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  • Summer Plans

    5/23/2016 9:55:46 PM, by AMYBELLES

    The Week 3 blog assignment for my Aspire & Inspire BSG team is: Summer is almost here, so blog about your plans for this summer. Do you have any plans for vacationing or traveling this summer? If so, how do you plan to stay on track with your eating and exercising or do you plan to even try? E... Read more

  • Change -- it isn't always a bad thing

    5/23/2016 8:01:18 AM, by ALP1976

    I haven't been on SparkPeople in a very long time. I logged in for the first time in a long time and I see such change. A lot of change actually. I was quite surprised at the look of my new sparkpage. I have also read a lot of things by others here on SP upset by them. I think it is s... Read more

  • Maintainance Efforts

    5/22/2016 9:17:47 AM, by LSIG14

    I am dashing this off before the cable repairman gets here to repair our cable (please forgive any and all typos) - we can't use 2 computers or a TV and a computer at the same time. Both DH and I get frustrated! Don't know why the only time they do repairs is Sunday but we'll take what we can get!... Read more

  • Protein.... trying to remember to take it LOL

    5/19/2016 12:40:48 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Protein.... trying to remember to take it LOL yes I confess I forget to meet my daily protein intake that is required for people like me that had weight loss surgery. My Minimum daily intake of protein = 60 grams a day MINIMUM. I forget... just telling the truth here. I eat... Read more

  • Fighting Discouragement

    5/17/2016 7:07:29 AM, by ALICIA363

    DH and DD were puzzled to awake to two sentences on the bathroom mirror the other day. I had written them to myself. They are: What would you say to DD? What would a sparkfriend say? "What would I say to DD about what?" said a sleepy DH. I explained they're my current antidote ... Read more

  • Spending Time Outdoors in May

    5/16/2016 10:39:09 PM, by AMYBELLES

    The Aspire and Inspire's BSG Challenge week 2 blog assignment is: Since our focus this month is spending time outdoors, blog about the outdoors. How will you be spending some time outdoors this month? What are some activities you like to do in May? Do you look forward to spending time outdoors? Why... Read more

  • Sticking To The Plan!

    5/15/2016 3:45:29 PM, by LSIG14

    This has been a very good week for me! Stuck to the food plan all week and have walked just over 40 miles (my Spark Tracker says 42 but I think it's set a little generously!) Weight is back down near goal weight - still can't get back under the 160 mark but feel good about where I am! The Wal... Read more

  • Why stay on SP? I'm not losing weight!

    5/15/2016 1:08:03 PM, by CARBMONSTERII

    A dear SP friend is questioning if SP is ever going to help her lose weight. She is disappointed with herself & SP. I know no one thing works for everyone, and this website is not the be-all end-all for anything, but I think sometimes we need to stop, take stock, see where we started and where we ar... Read more

  • Bread VS Buns.... visual fun fact...

    5/15/2016 12:36:05 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Bread VS Buns.... visual fun fact... if you are like most people..... we tend to loveeeeeeeee bread 334 ** FACT: I used to eat ONE loaf of bread per day... no joke. 215 Now = I eat in portion controlled servings due to a smaller stomach. Regular bread = usually takes 2 slices ... Read more

  • Weighing In and Speaking Up

    5/15/2016 10:44:37 AM, by ALICIA363

    I hate getting out there, I mean, speaking up in a public arena. I'd rather listen and do. Professional Assistant, remember? But based on the responses to my two most recent blogs, I have realized I am not alone in my feelings nine months after big (at least big to me) changes were made in my... Read more

  • Communication/conversatio
    n thought

    5/15/2016 9:34:33 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    The new technique that I'm trying for bringing up difficult topics that just might possibly work..... I decided that I needed to sound very casual and undramatic when I bring things up that are really bothering me (and apparently aren't really bothering other people). Getting all dramatic & emoti... Read more

  • Johnny-One-Note

    5/14/2016 12:22:06 PM, by ALICIA363

    Anyone who's perused my spark stuff lately knows how despondent I am at the loss of my visible goal board on my sparkpeople start page. When I started spark, the START page had tracking fitness and food as step one, left hand side. Still does. Boring. Tedious. Repetitive. At times, frustra... Read more

  • Decluttering -- Toss Ten

    5/14/2016 7:38:36 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    I'm not ready to move to a tiny house yet, but I do think it is wise for me to realize there may be a move to a smaller residence in my future. Plus decluttering is something I do periodically. I invented a game that works for me. It's called "Toss Ten." Every day I get rid of ten things. ... Read more

  • Positive Body Mantras !!

    5/13/2016 8:04:36 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    Great article with lots of positive ideas....Rah ! Rah ! 104 321 greatist.com/grow/body-positiv
    e-mantras... Read more

  • Attitude Somewhat Adjusted

    5/12/2016 11:01:47 PM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    This blog is a follow-up to the venting blog I wrote earlier today. Where my head is at right now is this...... All the problems I vented about center around two things, money problems & communication. The problems are in some ways intertwined. And what perpetuates them is my lack of facing ... Read more

  • Come on in, the water's fine!

    5/12/2016 7:30:11 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Want some fun as you get healthier this summer? Join the BLC Summer Camp! SUMMER CAMP will be a shorter round - 8 weeks. Requirements will be relaxed because summer activities keep us all so busy. More information can be found on the Registration website below. SUMMER CAMP - BLC31 SCHEDU... Read more

  • Working on an Attitude Adjustment

    5/12/2016 6:35:21 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    Warning ....vent ahead. I have been very bummed out and am trying to figure out why. This happens every now and then to me. This is what I have come up with to deal with. Problem areas: Husband -- I opened up to him about a month ago about a couple of areas in our life that troubled... Read more

  • I hate my goal board

    5/11/2016 9:21:59 PM, by ALICIA363

    There. I said it. Right after I last updated my goal board, I promptly quit it. It's lower and hidden on my Sparkpeople start page, and frankly, a nuisance to pull up and read. I haven't revised it, and haven't even thought about it. Out of sight, out of mind. When I started Sparkpeopl... Read more

  • Bonus Blog for A&I BSG Week 1 Challenge: My Mom and Mother's Day

    5/10/2016 12:11:24 AM, by AMYBELLES

    Our bonus blog assignment for this week's BSG challenge is; Blog about your mother and Mother's Day: Do you have a favorite memory of your mother? How are you and your mother alike/not alike? Do you have anything special planned to celebrate Mother's Day? I have always been close to my mom. Sh... Read more

  • April Review and May Goals

    5/9/2016 11:41:18 PM, by AMYBELLES

    I've been putting off writing my goals blog for a number of reasons, I think. First of all, I have not been in the mood to write blogs for over a month, but mostly because my April wasn't as successful as I had wanted and expected it to be. I didn't lose the weight I had wanted to and my exercise,... Read more

  • Reminder: The Journey to Success

    5/9/2016 8:08:42 PM, by ALICIA363

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  • 5-9-16 monday

    5/9/2016 1:56:06 PM, by ICECUB

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    5/9/2016 1:56:03 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Holiday Weekend Lapse in Mindfulness!

    5/8/2016 9:50:03 AM, by LSIG14

    I have been so excited about maintaining my goal weight within a pound or two and then Friday and Saturday I simply ignored all the healthy eating guidelines and went on a mindless carb and salt binge! We were going to my DH's family for a Mother's Day Weekend pot luck picnic on Saturday and instea... Read more

  • Sometimes u have to do what is RIGHT for U ****

    5/7/2016 12:37:42 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Sometimes you have to do what is RIGHT for YOU **** 26 NOTE: Sometimes I use my blog like a DIARY 150 .... these are one of those times LOL... so please bare with me.... My life is pretty wonderful to be honest. No complaints. I am usually happy and... Read more

  • I dreaded this year but it has become my best year ever!

    5/6/2016 2:37:31 PM, by DRAGYN5

    Last summer I turned 53, my father died of a heart attack at that same age when I was 19. I had been dreading this age. Last year I made some healthy changes and they have become the secrets to my success! I have lost 26 pounds and I am now at my lowest weight in 16 years! It has taken me about 6 mo... Read more

  • Good thing I have clothespins

    5/5/2016 6:05:44 PM, by ALICIA363

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  • May 3, 2016 = find a way to get my WATER in for crying out loud!

    5/3/2016 11:24:12 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    May 02, 2016 5/1/16 = MISSION = Measure everything 248 5/3/16 =MISSION = FIND a way to get your water 194 in for crying out loud. * It's my biggest problem... not drinking enough water. The body NEEDS water! * I saw yesterday where I ONLY dran... Read more

  • May 02, 2016

    5/2/2016 11:43:55 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    May 02, 2016 MISSION = Do EXACT measurements instead of guessing portions 128 9AM = BREAKFAST 8 OZ PROTEIN SHAKE MADE WITH WATER = 30 PRO, 180 CAL, 9 CARBS 128 9:30AM = 1/2 SAUSAGE PATTY JIMMY DEAN = 4.5 PRO, 100 CAL, 8F, 1 C 128 10 AM = 16 OZ OF WATER 274 ... Read more

  • Additional May Focal Point

    5/2/2016 5:51:10 PM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    I wanted to add this to my May Focal Point Blog of May 1 220 129 Family First Help adult kids with their plans and goals. Attend important events of grand kids. Create family memories. Nourish relationship with spouse. (Reduce work hours -- that is why I am trying to economize in oth... Read more

  • Weekly check-in. Barging into Spring.

    5/2/2016 12:33:54 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    I feel great, great, great!!! Usually when I feel this way it doesn't last. I never even expect it to last - I accepted long ago the fact that life is made of ups and downs, and that not every day has to be extraordinary (unlike social media wants us to believe). But in the past week I've been ... Read more

  • May Goals

    5/2/2016 8:34:44 AM, by ALP1976

    Hard to believe May is here! Wow, things have gone fast this year. I really think that overall my goals for April were successful. I am planning on keeping with the theme of simplicity for May as well. There has been far too much going on for me to focus on anything BUT... 4 For nutrition,... Read more

  • May Focal Points

    5/1/2016 8:58:19 PM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    334 Teeth Me -- 5 crowns prepped on May 2. 5 crowns installed on May 16. Mom (95 year old frail elderly) -- Multiple extractions on May 26. 528 Money Spend less by getting things for reduced prices at Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Aldi, and resale shops. 204 Femininity Enj... Read more

  • May 01, 2016

    5/1/2016 6:34:37 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    May 01, 2016 = Try EXACT measurements instead of guessing portions 128 4:00pm = M.O.M. + hot tea, 2 sugar substitutes 469 128 4:30pm 5 oz = sugar-free Jell-O = 10 cal. est. 2 oz (4 tablespoons) = Whipped Cream = 80 cal, 8 fat, 4 carbs 128 5:30pm RX taken 128 6 ... Read more

  • Race Report: Fan Girl Edition

    5/1/2016 3:30:52 PM, by ALICIA363

    Couldn't find my cowbells. Luckily, DH has a backup cowbell that I could take. Couldn't find my knee brace. Hobbled along. I blame the rainy weather for making my joints ache. It couldn't possibly be the extra pounds I'm carrying ... 211 Knew enough from previous years to not drink a ... Read more

  • Administrative Professionals Day

    4/30/2016 8:56:24 AM, by ALICIA363

    This morning my start page tells me: You are what you repeatedly do -- Aristotle LOL. I work as support personnel. There is nothing if not repetition in what I do. Fighting off boredom while maintaining accuracy and consistency is part of the job. This week was Administrative Profe... Read more

  • Just for the points

    4/29/2016 7:43:18 PM, by ALICIA363

    I'm posting to get blog points so I can earn my bonus spin. How pathetic is that? Giving myself credit - as I do this, I am pedalling the basement bike and typing with my thumbs. I am determined (stubborn). It's just channelling that trait properly that is the challenge! TTYL!... Read more

  • I'm eating a TON of food and I'm LOVING it

    4/29/2016 11:35:04 AM, by WUMPASTAR

    Almost two weeks ago I added Lean Habit #5 to my tracker. The goal of the habit is to have 2-3 cups of non-starchy vegetables with every meal. However, I was pushing this habit and never starting it just because I didn't know what to do with breakfast. Solution: ignore it for breakfast for now.... Read more

  • Fangirl Strategizes

    4/28/2016 7:55:44 PM, by ALICIA363

    I made a runner at work laugh when I told her I was planning my strategy as a fangirl for watching this Sunday's hometown marathon/half-marathon. Despite not running-training myself right now, thanks to this hometown marathon, runner siblings, experiencing the sport for myself, and discovering runn... Read more

  • Is It Working for Me?

    4/28/2016 12:27:13 PM, by KATELJM

    Whew, I need to post a more positive blog than my previous depressing and angry one. I have been struggling since last September to stay within the Healthy Weight Range while nursing my injured foot back to health. My core good health habits have saved me from revisiting those dreaded higher w... Read more

  • More Spring Pictures

    4/26/2016 8:36:27 PM, by ALICIA363

    Benji made sure I found the first tulip of the season by pulling me aside from our usual path. One block over and a few days later, a neighbor showed me double-blossom daffodils, I never new there was such a thing... The hyacinths have also come and gone, and the lilacs are almost spent... Read more

  • I want to look like this!

    4/26/2016 1:51:08 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    It started in my teens that I was uncomfortable in my own body. When I was a kid I never gave much thought to what I looked like, and I don't remember comparing myself to anyone but my older sister. I just remember being taller than everyone at school, and always being in the back row in group pictu... Read more

  • Weekly check-in. Not beating myself up over everything.

    4/25/2016 2:33:24 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    Okay, overall last week was a real rollercoaster, but I had a very good weekend. Last week I posted about being immensely stressed about having to find a job. I'm moving to Estevan in less than six weeks and couldn't really find anything online. I ended up sending my resume with an open cover l... Read more