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  • February Focus: Lean Habits & balance

    2/11/2016 5:08:29 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    So it's almost been a week since I left Cuba, and it feels like months, lol. Crazy how we can get back into our routine quickly and easily. Let me start off with my huge victory of the week: I haven't had any treats at work. In January this had really become a problem. There's always something ... Read more

  • giving up

    2/11/2016 3:05:44 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    First I need to say, I am not giving up - as in quitting this journey. You hear the word diet. Your first thought? Deprivation. Giving up..... I am Catholic. This is our Lenten Season. This is the time of year many people give up things they love, things that are hard to give up. Some of my ... Read more

  • What I Need Right Now...

    2/11/2016 11:09:16 AM, by ALP1976

    I feel like I had a bit of a temper tantrum yesterday. Just like a little kid who doesn't get a candy bar in the checkout line, I felt the need to kick my arms and legs and pout. Metaphorically anyway... I feel like I did that a bit here on my blog but it did help. I feel like I got a whole lot o... Read more

  • IncomeTax Refund, 1st time in life = Debt Free ****************

    2/11/2016 11:01:43 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Income Tax Refund = 1st time in life reached GOAL = Debt Free and CURRENT with regular monthly bills **************** 353 FACT: it is NEVER too late to get your act together.. look at me @ 59 I literally wanted to CRY this morning because I have NEVER been debt free and CURRENT with my ... Read more

  • Day 9 (yesterday) The Streak Ended, but the Good Eating Continues

    2/11/2016 7:28:23 AM, by ALICIA363

    Beware hanging around on Sparkpeople. Your perceptions of things may change ... 211 No, I didn't succumb to the candy basket. But I had potato chips and snack nibbles, and I didn't measure or weigh so I'll have to guess when I get to to tracking. Then, since I had "blown it anyway", I b... Read more

  • Celiac Disease is No Joke

    2/10/2016 5:08:57 PM, by KELLYFIT123

    Today was not as good of a day as yesterday. 42 I woke up a little later than planned and had to very diligently get everything done in the AM before my flight. My BF is also out of town and so I had to make sure the trash was taken out, things were picked up, etc. I had plenty of time at the ai... Read more

  • Smoking Kills

    2/10/2016 3:40:37 PM, by KATELJM

    I am in the waiting room for the cardiac ICU. My sister-in-law is fighting for her life. She came to this hospital for the 4th time in 12 months, with a weird feeling in her chest. On each of the other times her cardiac tests came out fine and she was sent home. Stress test okay. ECG good. Chol... Read more

  • Back from Cuba: cervezas and extra pounds

    2/10/2016 10:59:22 AM, by WUMPASTAR

    Let me start off by saying: CUBA WAS AWESOME. It was a trip with my mom, sister, brother and I only, for a week. I left Thursday night on the 28th for a four-hours drive to Winnipeg. TRIED to sleep at the airport (failed) and was way too early for my flight. What I didn't know is that checking ... Read more

  • Will I Ever Break This Wall Down?

    2/10/2016 10:09:03 AM, by ALP1976

    Disclaimer: I am looking to rant. Please forgive me, my brain has hit a major wall of frustration. I have hit a major wall of frustration, I will be extremely honest. I am so damn tired of it all sometimes. I work so hard all the time. I practice my habits, I eat good, I am physically fit... Read more

  • A Good and Active Day

    2/9/2016 9:44:01 PM, by KELLYFIT123

    244 I had such a nice day today. First off, I was able to work from home, which was really useful. I am going on two back-to-back trips and needed to pack. I had food to eat up in my fridge, and being at home for lunch helped me eat just a little more of it. I had a haircut appointment at 3:... Read more

  • PHOTOS I did my OWN hair 02/07/16 learned how to do it on youtube.com

    2/8/2016 1:40:21 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    PHOTOS I did my OWN hair 02/07/16 learned how to do it on youtube.com A star is born 26 girlllllll this is me.... Can't tell me nothin' LOL I love me a LOT lol My name is Sharon 26 Age: 59 years young..BAM! ... .. you GO ... Read more

  • *** INCOME TAX CK CAME!!! FILED 12/30/16, ARRIVED 1/08/16, WILL POST 1/10/16

    2/8/2016 9:16:00 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    *** INCOME TAX CK CAME!!! FILED 12/30/16 using "turbo tax" DVD on my computer. the check SOFT posted in my bank on 1/08/16 = which means I can SEE it, can't touch it. the check will POST on: 1/10/16 = this is the day I can pay OFF bills Completely, yeh!!! ... Read more

  • Groundhog Day? (...or my UPDATE/Before PICTURES don't look as awesome as I thought they would)

    2/8/2016 3:51:53 AM, by _RAMONA

    Before I post pictures, I have a confession to make. So, this past year I haven't been a really active SPARKling. I was tired and grumpy. I had been working at this steadily for eight very long years, and I still had a very long way to go. It was discouraging. ...And, for th... Read more

  • Day 6 of good eating

    2/7/2016 8:17:13 PM, by ALICIA363

    Kitchen work, bleh! But if I don't do it today, I may not see days 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11! I've been trying to get to the chiropractor after work, but Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are already claimed. 39 I also went down and pedalled a bit during the game. I write down each time I do, a... Read more

  • Maudlin blog

    2/7/2016 12:22:28 PM, by CARBMONSTERII

    OK, skip this blog if you don't like "mushy" emotional stuff. I am about to type some. Today is my husband's 61st birthday. I love him so much that now, after almost 19 years together, it makes me cry happy tears, just to think of him. 8 years of marriage has not ruined out beautiful relationsh... Read more

  • Feeling Crummy!

    2/7/2016 10:00:27 AM, by LSIG14

    Really am feeling pretty crummy this morning - physically and mentally! I have never completely gotten over the "bug" from Christmas time and now it's back with a vengeance. DH has strep throat (took him to the Urgent Care yesterday so he is on an antibiotic) and our daughter seems to have the bug... Read more

  • Day 5 of good eating streak

    2/6/2016 9:14:45 PM, by ALICIA363

    I'm counting yesterday, although I discovered my report was not entirely accurate. Today the ranges are where I want them. And I have been nourishing myself with food these five days, rather than abusing it. So I shall streak on!... Read more

  • Being Noticed

    2/6/2016 6:36:36 PM, by KELLYFIT123

    My weigh-ins continue to be consistent, which is satisfying. I have two trips coming up, back-to-back, so once I come back from them, it will be very interesting to see what it says again. I promise to do my best. My co-worker noticed that I lost a little weight. I was wearing those brown pant... Read more

  • Day 4 of Good Eating Day Streak

    2/5/2016 6:35:58 PM, by ALICIA363

    Ate within calorie range. No sugar. No flour. At least 10% of my calories from protein. 321... Read more

  • Gratitude

    2/5/2016 11:52:44 AM, by KELLYFIT123

    My heart is full this morning. I love my SparkFriends, this community of positivity and support that we have here. I love that I see one SparkFriend comment on the blog of another SparkFriend... It's a real community here, this little corner of my SparkWorld. Thank you for sharing your life wi... Read more

  • I didn't want to...

    2/4/2016 9:44:10 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I have had a busy week at work. I had a busy week in my after work hours - meetings, son's basketball, appointments. Tonight I got my haircut and colored. I got home and sat on the couch. It felt so good to sit and do nothing! I turned on the tv. I thought to myself "I should do those reports ... Read more

  • Things That Make Me Feel Good

    2/4/2016 8:38:38 AM, by ALP1976

    I have had so much going on in my life. It has been a turbulent ride for awhile. I wanted to make a list of all the things I find awesome in it -- the truth of the matter, despite the sadness that I have in my life, I have so much good in it. I have so much in my life to feel gratitude over. I t... Read more

  • Taking care of ME, starting week 3 and my weigh in

    2/3/2016 12:53:04 PM, by ALP1976

    I want to start off by saying thank you to everyone for the kind sentiments/goodies/etc. This has been an extremely hard time for me. 39 Yesterday was a snow day and a total day off was *exactly* what I needed. I cried a bit and called my dad and talked to him. He helped me work through s... Read more

  • Good Eating Day Streak

    2/3/2016 11:31:22 AM, by ALICIA363

    Well, I think I'm jumping on this bandwagon. It seems easier to accomplish when it's not a work day. I guess the time I used to spend tracking is now spent on our canine companion! So I've had one good eating day. Today shall be day two. I may not blog each day, but this will give me a benc... Read more

  • WT. Check = New Goal: Get into the 240's anything in Feb 2016 ****

    2/3/2016 11:00:12 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    WT. Check = New Goal: Get into the 240's anything range in Feb 2016 **** MY WEIGHT HISTORY JOURNEY 01/01/13 = 347.0 lbs = My highest weight ever 07/15/14 = 333.0 lbs = WT Loss Journey began ***** 07/17/14 = 324.8 lbs 07/18/14 = 322.8 lbs 07/19/14 = ... Read more

  • Another milestone

    2/2/2016 10:54:03 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I haven't blogged much about my virtual walk lately. However, I have been plodding along on the PCT. I have loved this stretch of trail in Oregon. The mountains and lakes are so beautiful. I am certainly planning on making a trip out there someday! I will set my feet on a stretch of this awesom... Read more

  • Done. Just done.

    2/2/2016 8:26:29 AM, by ALP1976

    I am tired. Mentally. Physically. Emotionally. I am just done. I found out yesterday that my grandpa is in hospice care. It has been coming for a long time, but it doesn't make it any easier. I have been through the emotional wringer since July of 2014. My uncle, my grandma, two of... Read more

  • Getting My Act Together

    2/2/2016 8:24:06 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    I've got some big stuff coming. In March I will have cataract surgery. Although my cataracts are not quite advanced enough to qualify as far as typical 20/40 vision requirement, they do qualify because of the multiple ghost images in each eye....classified as "double vision" for insurance purposes... Read more

  • January Review and February Goals

    2/1/2016 6:54:37 PM, by AMYBELLES

    Looking back on the past month, there were things I did well. I lost 3.2 pounds, going from 177.4 on 1/2/16 to 174.2 today. I got a Garmin Vivoactive watch for Christmas, so I can do a bit more on it than I did with my vivofit tracker. I did not make a specific goal of 10,000+ steps each day ... Read more

  • It's February! Share the love!

    2/1/2016 3:17:07 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    So this morning I get out of bed. I was going to hop on the treadmill, but I didn't. I putzed around and ran out of time. However, I did hop on the scale to record my February 1 weight. Guess what? Another pound slid off that scale! If only it had done that yesterday, then I would have hit my ... Read more

  • February Goals

    2/1/2016 3:06:07 PM, by ALP1976

    So I spent some time going over my goals for the month: This month is shaping up to be a busy one. I like to take a few minutes each month and reflect on the past month and get an idea of what I want to work on for the next month. Last month wasn't fantastic but it wasn't horrible eithe... Read more

  • Disappointed, Not Defeated!!

    2/1/2016 11:41:17 AM, by LSIG14

    My status yesterday was sad. I am very seldom feeling down but last week was tough for me! My routine, boring life has suddenly been disrupted and I am too old to adapt to change easily! I was very careful to stay within my calorie limits and walked nearly 50,000 steps more than my weekly goal - ... Read more

  • More Color !

    2/1/2016 7:44:23 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    We can see the rainbow of color in our food and "eat the rainbow" for health! Or we can use a rainbow to understand and balance our emotions ! Or we can use a rainbow to understand ourselves and heal! I once saw the end of the rainbow. Usually the rainbow is off... Read more

  • oh geez you posted THAT on facebook?

    1/31/2016 7:21:22 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Friday I went to a Detroit Pistons game with a friend. We stopped to have dinner on the road. While waiting for our food, my friend snapped my photo. She laughed and said one more - just as I was laughing about her snapping photos before I am ready. She laughed again and posted it on facebook. ... Read more

  • Some Thoughts on Hunger and Satiety

    1/31/2016 9:20:46 AM, by ALP1976

    Getting in tune with hunger and satiety is tough for me. I don't know why -- other than the fact that through the process of dieting for so many years it has diminished it to where I quit listening to it and started eating based off of diets and not from my own internal ques. Lean Habits has... Read more

  • Craving Color ??!!!!!

    1/31/2016 7:43:42 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    Better??? Doesn't that help?? It's a little bleak around here this time of year and I needed a burst of color ! So, I tried to come up with some easy ways to bring some color into my day ..... This was not a typical Saturday...the only scheduled event on my list was for m... Read more

  • Winter Outdoor Exercise

    1/30/2016 11:32:50 PM, by AMYBELLES

    My blog assignment for Week 4 of the BSG January Challenge is to write about an outdoor exercise you enjoy during the winter. Well, I am very fortunate to be able to take walks throughout the winter since we moved to Florida two years ago. I walk most days from 2 to 4 miles. I love that I can now ... Read more

  • Complain - Whine - Rant

    1/30/2016 11:44:29 AM, by ALICIA363

    Warning: Negative Blog, and about Sparkpeople. Totally understand if it disappears. I tried to put this in my status, but didn't have enough characters. Where are the 7-day per week 5K running plans? They included cross-training and rest days. Seriously, Sparkpeople?!? If it wasn't br... Read more

  • WT. CHECK = New Goal: Get into the 240 anything range :-)

    1/30/2016 10:14:38 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    WT. Check = New Goal: Get into the 240's anything range in Feb 2016 **** MY WEIGHT HISTORY JOURNEY 01/01/13 = 347.0 lbs = My highest weight ever 07/15/14 = 333.0 lbs = WT Loss Journey began ***** 07/17/14 = 324.8 lbs 07/18/14 = 322.8 lbs 07/19/14 = ... Read more

  • Movie Review: 50 Shades of Black *****************

    1/29/2016 8:56:15 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Movie Review: 50 Shades of Black ***************** There really are NO words...... to describe how AWFUL this movie was.... so AWFUL in fact that me and my friends LEFT THE THEATER early! It was horrible. Wasn't even funny. It was beyond stupid really. ... Read more

  • I cooked CABBAGE SOUP for the 1st time Ever... it is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1/28/2016 9:57:31 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    I cooked CABBAGE SOUP for the 1st time Ever... it is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! and for ME.... this is the PERFECT LOW CARB MEAL FULL OF VEGGIES, FRUIT... yes FRUIT and protein 334 ... which means doing a bowel movement should no longer be a problem... smiles. Not b... Read more

  • HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!!!!!!!!

    1/28/2016 7:19:47 PM, by ICECUB

    LOVE LEMONS ... Read more

  • 1-28

    1/28/2016 5:43:51 PM, by ANNE7777

    1 mile total walk warm up/cool down. 30 mins elliptical & stretching... Read more

  • PMS and stress bingeing... :(

    1/28/2016 2:07:28 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    When I'm back from Cuba (LEAVING TOMORROW MORNING!!!!!!!!!!!!) I will start a food journal. Not to monitor what I'm eating (although I will note what my meal is in general - ie "oatmeal" but not every ingredient I used) but to monitor how I feel when food happens. I think it's really needed, es... Read more

  • Fitbook Lite Week 1 Review

    1/27/2016 7:45:43 AM, by ALP1976

    I have been using the Fitbook Lite for one week now -- I am certainly not a stranger to the Fitbooks as I have been using them off and on for years. I love them. I don't do calorie counting but I do like to write down what I eat. I find that it is working very well with Lean Habits. ... Read more

  • Progress.

    1/27/2016 12:50:45 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    3 inches lost on my belly this month! Woot, happy day!... Read more

  • I AM SO, SO SAD FOR KEEP BEING CODEPENDENTLY SICK WITH MY MOM

    1/26/2016 9:10:42 PM, by LADYANDREA2012

    I had been very happy and active with SparkPeople and sparking around every day. I know for sure that if I keep coming back to Sparkpeople sanity and health will stay with me always. So I come to my page and interact with my sparks friends everyday. I am as healthy asI had never before. Toni... Read more

  • January 26

    1/26/2016 5:55:04 PM, by ANNE7777

    2 mile sustained jog, 2 miles walking :) oh yeah!... Read more

  • More numbers.....

    1/26/2016 4:48:09 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Numbers seem to be a big part of our lives! I am a numbers person. I like to think I have complete control over numbers. Numbers are black and white. There is no gray with numbers. That being said..... I got the results from my lab work for my physical. My overall cholesterol remained the... Read more

  • A bit of a rant...

    1/26/2016 3:48:37 PM, by ALP1976

    I have to say that I am to glad that last week is behind me. It was a very sad and hard week. Saying goodbye to so many people over the last 18 or so months has really done a bit of a number on me. Today I had a stark realization that kind of made me angry. Bear with me as I type this and ... Read more

  • Is "right now" always the best time?

    1/26/2016 2:37:15 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    I feel a bit overwhelmed right now. I guess my life was kind of cruising by normally and it was comfortable. I started tracking Lean Habit #2 (Hunger Mastery) again on December 28th, right before a long weekend at my boyfriend's where I started off right away with negative trackings. It took me... Read more

  • Lean Habit 2, Mastering the hunger pain (satiety clue)

    1/25/2016 7:15:51 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Doug Lisle created a video called “Losing weight without losing your sanity” www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAdqLB
    6bTuQ. eating is controlled by the part of the brain called the hypothalamus which responds to stretch receptors and nutrient receptors in the digestive system. Law of satiety: Animals ... Read more

  • WE GOT SNOW!!!

    1/24/2016 9:17:19 PM, by ICECUB

    HI EVERYONE. WE GOT THAT SNOW PLUS 3 INCHES OF SLEET. I MADE IT TO WORK THANKS TO SOME KIND DRIVER THAT GAVE THEIR FREE TIME TO PICK US UP AND TAKE UES HOME. AS OF THIS MORNING I AM BACK IN ONDERLAND AT 197LBS. IT IS HARD WITH THIS FREEZING COLD WEATHER. BUT I AM DOING VIDEOS. HOPING EVERYONE I... Read more

  • Hanging In There

    1/24/2016 11:01:21 AM, by LSIG14

    This will be short and sweet! I am hanging in there (just barely)!! Things are so hectic around here trying to get everything done that it's nearly impossible to rest! Have been out to eat with DH's siblings so they all could see Connie while she is here and then several of the nieces and nephews... Read more

  • Don't want to take the stairs!

    1/24/2016 10:44:12 AM, by ALICIA363

    The quote at the bottom of my spark page today says, "There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs." In the recent past, when my status gets stale, I snag the quote and put it as my status. Keeping the spark alive, as it were. The quotes that I borrow seem to get a lot of lik... Read more

  • I'm In LOVE

    1/24/2016 7:54:27 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    "Love isn't something we have, it's something we feel." "Start by aiming to experience the feeling of love, regardless of a partner." "To do this, make a love list." "Throughout the day, look for things to love and be joyful about." spiritualityhealth.com/blog/ev
    e-hogan/simple-... Read more

  • Eating the elephant one bite at a time......

    1/23/2016 7:49:04 PM, by CARBMONSTERII

    You know what? Trying to lose weight stinks. It's hard, it's discouraging, it makes me unhappy with myself, and puts me in a foul state of mind. But guess what? It's the only game in town. And I can do this. One step at a time. One breath at a time. One thought at a time.Once in a while I will loo... Read more

  • Weather or not

    1/23/2016 12:23:43 PM, by CARBMONSTERII

    I am in the southeastern USA. That means I was greeted this morning with 27 degrees, swirling snow and ice on the ground, and 44 mph gusts. I realized really fast how dumb it was to go outside to check for a newspaper (that wasn't there) in my coat, sweats and slippers. That coat was fine for what i... Read more

  • An Attitude of Gratitude

    1/23/2016 7:08:29 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    Here's a list of things I'm grateful for (in no particular order): 1) We have enough money to buy fruits and vegetables and other foods that sustain me. 2) My legs work great. The rest of me works pretty well too ! 3) I am flexible, move easily, and enjoy dancing. 4) I can still read and ... Read more

  • How Slow Can You Go?

    1/22/2016 3:14:14 PM, by KATELJM

    Let's have some fun with the Winter 5% Challenge "Living the Good Life" healthy habit of The 20-Minute Meal. Back in July, I wrote about my 20-minute slice of Pizza and the crucial decision making regarding a possible third slice! Oh, the trauma! 100 www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub
    lic... Read more

  • Gotta Try: Beet Blueberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie, and My Obsession with Soluble Fiber

    1/22/2016 11:49:44 AM, by KATELJM

    I look forward to my green protein smoothie each morning, but it's good to shake up the routine now and then. This morning, on SparkPeople's Web Search page, there was a link to PopSugar's recipe for a Beet Blueberry Chocolate Protein Smoothie, www.popsugar.com/fitness/High-
    Protein-Beet-Sm... Read more

  • HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND

    1/21/2016 9:02:16 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Jammin

    1/21/2016 5:47:30 PM, by ANNE7777

    1 mile walk warm up, 1 mile jog, 42 levels floor climber, 1 mile cool down walk :) woot... Read more

  • I don't want to end up like my mother

    1/21/2016 1:27:52 PM, by WONDAWOMAN2

    I began this blog with a cheeky-ish title, started a few glib paragraphs, then deleted it. Today I don't want to gloss over this fear. I own this fear. I'm afraid I will wind up like my mother. My mom was full of vitality when she was younger, beautiful, funny. A real 1970's foxy lady w... Read more

  • Numbers and winning

    1/21/2016 12:09:02 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    My son had a Special Olympic basketball game yesterday. It was their first game of the year and he has several new teammates, some of whom have never played in a game. The team they were playing outsized them in height. They were quicker. Now you would think that would have intimidated our team ... Read more

  • Regrouping a Bit -- very sad with a heavy heart :(

    1/21/2016 10:28:25 AM, by ALP1976

    This last week has been hell, I will tell you. A good friend of mine passed away this last weekend. Talk about a shock. I have really been struggling. I am tired of funerals and death. Since July of 2014 I have been to 4 funerals, this will make number 5. I will admit something, seeing someone... Read more

  • Week 3 of 2016

    1/21/2016 10:20:11 AM, by LORIVIOLA

    Keeping things positive and remembering good things: ~ Still enjoying coloring labrynths. ~ My singing voice is finally starting to come back! Had church choir rehearsal, church and we are back for a new semester for the Community Choir. Always good to be back. ~ We put the Christmas tree... Read more

  • MY DO's AND DON'Ts. How did i lose 7lbs and 1 pants size down in 31 days.

    1/21/2016 8:53:13 AM, by MSFIGGY

    I been thinking since I started this new plan to share it with you all, but I was first willing to see if it will work or not. If you're someone reading my story the first time then let me tell you. If you already know all this I let you pass this first part :)) I'm 37 years old. I have PCOS, a... Read more

  • What I Like About Winter (in both PA and FL)

    1/20/2016 10:17:48 PM, by AMYBELLES

    It's time to write my weekly blog for my Aspire and Inspire Buddy Support Team. Our assignment this week is to write about what we like about winter. Well, as my close SparkFriends know, I used to live in Pennsylvania my whole life, up until two years ago, that is, when my dh and I moved to centr... Read more

  • Gym adventures and the power of not giving a F

    1/20/2016 12:22:14 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    I go to the gym three times a week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. I get up at 6, feed my complaining fat cat (if he hasn't woken me up before my alarm because he's "starving"), put my clothes on and some deodorant since I don't want people to hate me, and I leave usually at 6:15. I re... Read more

  • A little rattled

    1/20/2016 9:02:38 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    Trying to cope with a few things: 1) Cataract surgery is needed in both eyes-- I determined that I have 3 ghost images in my weaker left eye and 1-2 very noticeable ghost images in my right eye (plus a few other symptoms). I am self-limiting my driving 2) Husband reinjured knee and will probab... Read more

  • Low carb + CONSTIPATION... sighs....................

    1/19/2016 9:53:33 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Low carb + CONSTIPATION... sighs.................... = yep for ME it is true... carbs that are TOO low for ME = leads to constipation. Sad but true.... you guys know that I am honest and open in my blogs and this is true for ME. Low carb WORKS for me.... but the... Read more

  • New Year, New and Not-so-new Me

    1/18/2016 8:40:07 PM, by ALICIA363

    You know, I didn't make new year's resolutions before Spark people. I guess I still don't. But I'm not immune to the cultural phenomenon of this time of year, when people are clutching harder to their attempts to be healthier and simultaneously feeling like those goals are slipping farther away. ... Read more

  • Comparing Calories and WW Smart Points for a Typical Day

    1/18/2016 2:34:06 PM, by KATELJM

    Weight Watchers has revised its points system yet again for 2016. Last year we had Points Plus. This year we have Smart Points. What is the difference? Per WW, sugar is the temptation of the Devil. In Points Plus, sugar was penalized with more points than before. In Smart Points, sugar cos... Read more

  • My body...... my moment of clarity

    1/18/2016 2:18:47 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    It's in the single digit temperatures. I'm worried. Summer is coming! Yep, summer. The time of year when you can't hide under baggy sweaters and layers of clothes. Summer, when you put on a bathing suit and go out in public. Gasp! I was reading a SP article on loving our bodies at any size... Read more

  • Having a supportive relationship ROCKS!

    1/18/2016 1:36:51 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    What a messy weekend! But it was FUN! Friday I was glad to be home after a long, boring week at work. The boss is off to Mexico until Thursday so it's very slow. I dream of self-employment, lol. I had a delicious salad for supper - new recipe I tried and my roasted chickpeas were ON POINT! Th... Read more

  • Meal Planning is Helping Me

    1/18/2016 1:11:15 PM, by KATELJM

    In Week 3 of the Winter 5% Challenge our new LTGL ("Living the Good Life") habit is Menu Planning. We not only have to plan our day's main meals at least the day before, we have to actually follow that plan to get points! Ooooooooooh, that's hard for a go-with-the-flow person like me, whose usual ... Read more

  • Unstoppable Motivation

    1/17/2016 9:44:02 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Listen to the podcast at podcasts.personallifemedia.com
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    eight-loss/episodes/2789-u
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    ?board=4806x20380x63417223 and also tap... Read more

  • Moving Forward - Inch By Inch!

    1/17/2016 6:44:31 AM, by LSIG14

    My daughter is here and so far, the struggle that I was dreading has not been that bad. We did have Pizza delivered one night (since she said she'd been craving NY style pizza since she moved to CA) but I only ate one slice and a large salad - and then we had our "Christmas" brunch with cinnamon ro... Read more

  • A Different View of the New Year

    1/16/2016 11:30:13 PM, by AMYBELLES

    Here we are halfway through January and I have not written a review of the past year and what my goals for the coming year will be. This has been a bit puzzling to me, since I am used to startiing the New Year with a lot of reflection and several resolutions of things I want to change or become. ... Read more

  • The Revenant PHOTOS Review ..... wow!

    1/16/2016 10:55:17 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    The Revenant... MOVIE REVIEW in photos.... as there are NO words to describe it literally.... wow!!!! There is a LOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT of a LOT of ... Read more

  • The Revenant MOVIE REVIEW.... wow!!!

    1/16/2016 10:12:06 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    The Revenant... MOVIE REVIEW.... wow!!!! There is a LOTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT of a LOT of Did I mention there is a LOTTTT of end review..... by the way ... a MASTERPIECE..... ... Read more

  • The attitude email - re: hair

    1/16/2016 8:26:30 PM, by ALICIA363

    A frequent whine of mine is about my thinning hair. I've had my thyroid tested. Nope, not that. Just genetic female pattern baldness. A recent blog reminded me of this email gem sent to me by a young friend, back in 2007. (I've been whining for some time now.) Attitude There once was a... Read more

  • The Revenant... going to the movies today, yeh!!!!

    1/16/2016 5:34:42 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    The Revenant... going to the movies today, yeh!!!! I am sooooooooooooooo excited! CONFESSION: the commercial on TV "did" scare me when he was in the woods and he shot at an attacking bear and even though the bear was SHOT... he KEPT coming at him and I was like oh my god I have t... Read more

  • Part 3 = Atkins = Six food that are LC friendly. What if LC raises your Cholesterol

    1/16/2016 3:26:30 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    141 Part 3 = Atkins = Six food that are Low Carb friendly. What if Low Carb raises your Cholesterol? (The Atkins Diet is discussed in DETAIL in Part 1) 227 I am only sharing what I am currently doing.... my current eating plan. 227 I did my due diligence RESEARCH and this is what I ... Read more

  • Part 2 = Atkins = Lose Wt. Fast & Low Carb Meals .. Atkins Diet & Other Related Topics

    1/16/2016 1:26:51 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    141 Part 2 = Atkins = Lose Weight Fast & Low Carb Meals .. Atkins Diet & Other Related Topics (The Atkins Diet is discussed in DETAIL in Part 1) 227 I am only sharing what I am currently doing.... my current eating plan. 227 I did my due diligence RESEARCH and this is what I found & to... Read more

  • The joy of letting go

    1/15/2016 12:02:10 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    I know I've been talking about simplicity and minimalism a lot lately, but like I said before, it's my focus for January, and it's changing my life so I feel like talking about it, lol. You know how on dating websites people always write that they are "simple" before listing a list of the very ... Read more

  • A New Me

    1/15/2016 7:59:23 AM, by TIFFFIT

    This year has brought a lot of changes for me; not only is my weight just on the cusp of "healthy" but I'm in a new job, and that's huge too. It's weird though; with my new job I've lost the ongoing support of my coworkers because virtually nobody here knew me at my biggest, and those that do say t... Read more

  • Quick Custom Meal Planning on SP Nutrition Tracker

    1/14/2016 11:30:42 PM, by KATELJM

    For decades, experts have recommended specific meal plans to people beginning a diet. I have never been comfortable with someone else determining my meal plan, does that make me a rebel? With SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker, you can select the foods you want, and expand the nutritional analy... Read more

  • When *Less* is *More*

    1/14/2016 3:50:14 PM, by ALP1976

    My mantra since the latter part of last year has been one word: simplify. I have been working really hard to find ways to simplify everything in my life -- ranging from being a mom to running a house to the way I approach diet and fitness. One of the things I am working on is de-cluttering. I bou... Read more

  • Day 2 = Another successful day on eating LOW CARB, yeh!!!

    1/14/2016 2:30:25 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Day 2 = Another successful day on eating LOW CARB, yeh!!! I can't believe that I made it to day 2 and I feel okay, VERY okay, yeh!!!! ... Read more

  • Part 1 = Atkins Diet & Other Related Topics:

    1/14/2016 2:09:26 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Part 1 = Atkins Diet & Other Related Topics: 227 I am only sharing what I am currently doing.... my current eating plan. 227 I did my due diligence RESEARCH and this is what I found & told my Dr. 227 Before starting any diet, please consider consulting your physician. ... Read more

  • Week 2 of 2016

    1/14/2016 11:05:16 AM, by LORIVIOLA

    Keeping things positive and remembering good things: January 14- wow time is flying by! We have a new member of the family. My newest great nephew, Warren. So sweet. Also, time spent with our Grandsons, playing games, making muffins, having dinner. It was great. I walked even ... Read more

  • Simplifying and food challenges

    1/14/2016 11:00:16 AM, by WUMPASTAR

    To start off on a very positive note, I am doing wonderful with the first two habits of Lean Habits and I'm so proud of it. Proud, but also so happy with myself. Not only am I losing weight again (I lost all the weight gained from the holidays and am now back down to 157.4 pounds as of Monday mornin... Read more

  • Week 1 of 2016

    1/14/2016 10:56:15 AM, by LORIVIOLA

    Keeping things positive and remembering good things: Thursday January 7?! Wow, a week has gone by already! Egads! Highlights of the last busy week: A funny movie "Spy", a long overdue visit from a cousin/friend, a party, Contra Dancing, a nourishing women's meeting (parafin hand waxing), footba... Read more

  • I won the Colorado Lottery!!!

    1/14/2016 9:06:08 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    I won the Colorado Lottery! 01/14/16 Yes I won the lottery 141 ODDS OF WINNING ...141 141 if one gets 3 numbers out of 6 numbers 141 the percentage of that WIN is so naturally I got happy! 104 227 ....................... ... Read more

  • POEDAUGHTER7 is STILL sticking to the New Years Resolutions of 2016.

    1/14/2016 12:30:15 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    POEDAUGHTER7 is STILL sticking to the New Years Resolutions of 2016. As I jam to 80s music. ... Read more

  • What makes me happy

    1/13/2016 7:24:02 AM, by CARBMONSTERII

    I read a blog by someone this morning, and it started off with this: So I made my own list of what makes me happy: My husband's smile Either of my cats choosing to be with me and/or asking for my attention Smells, sounds and tastes that remind me of my early childhood Seeing someone enj... Read more

  • I played the LOTTERY for the 1st time last night...... lawrd!

    1/13/2016 5:31:51 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    I played the LOTTERY for the 1st time EVER... last night.... lawrd! I am now worried.... 24 24CONFESSION = I went OVERBOARD!!!!! 24 24 SERIOUSLY overboard for real..... no joke! shakes my head..... what was I thinking???? it is too late now... ... Read more