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  • NOTHING kills the ol' mood and "spirit".......

    3/5/2015 4:52:53 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ........or what may be called "spirit" (don't ask) - like waking up to learn your state is under a "STATE OF EMERGENCY"! Sheesh! AAAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! 28 (to the nth degree!)... Read more

  • Met with the Dietician today...

    3/5/2015 12:58:57 AM, by READYRISA

    Happy Wednesday! I got back from seeing the Dietician regarding my pre-diabetic results. Went over my diet, and was pleased to hear that my diet is actually good...and that I just need to add more carbs...yup...was following a low carb diet! Also just need to keep up with my current exercises. Will... Read more

  • had a beautiful day today

    3/4/2015 10:28:28 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    Very blessed indeed..... Read more

  • 25 Pushups For 100 Days - 8 down

    3/4/2015 11:31:31 AM, by DEADCENTER

    Woo hoo - 8 down - 92 to go.... 320... Read more

  • Focus: Self Care

    3/4/2015 11:10:30 AM, by ALP1976

    Ok I will admit it. The scale still messes with me. I am getting ready to invite Aunt Flo to stay for a few days and that *always* affects things, I am down an inch in my waist, my jeans are fitting better and less tight. I know all of these things, yet why do I still let the scale mentally... Read more

  • I failed to fulfill my promise

    3/4/2015 7:23:51 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I.m taking a week of not using the internet since I failed to limit my hours the past month as much as I had promised my wife. I will do my blogs on word perfect then post them on the evening of March18. Until then I am asking team members to visit and encourage each other to visit the team and pos... Read more

  • NOOOOOO! NOT AGAIN!

    3/4/2015 7:01:38 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    216 444... Read more

  • Embrace your surroundings!

    3/3/2015 6:01:28 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I live in Michigan. It is cold. People are heading south for warm weather getaways. Me, I headed north with a friend. It just seems so much easier to embrace the cold than to complain about it everyday! We were planning on hiking in to see some of the frozen waterfalls. Funny how you live s... Read more

  • Day 7 down - 25 Pushups / 100 Days

    3/3/2015 3:36:54 PM, by DEADCENTER

    Woohoo - 7 down - 93 to go.... 320... Read more

  • Cherry Blossoms

    3/3/2015 11:32:31 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    I just heard on the news that the experts are predicting that the cherry blossoms are going to peak in their blooming from April 11-14 - they did mention that these predicted dates could change over the next couple of weeks depending on the weather. We have lived here in Northern Virginia for 2.5 ye... Read more

  • So We Go On...

    3/3/2015 9:15:46 AM, by DHARRIS10

    Life is never what we expect it to be. There are always twists and turns and you never know what is around that bend. In December my husband I took a trip to Jamaica. My first time there. I was so excited to be going. My brother took ill a few days before we were to leave. We talked and he said... Read more

  • That first cup in the morning

    3/3/2015 7:42:12 AM, by DEADCENTER

    For me I find the best tasting coffee of the day is that first cup. When I was younger I never much appreciated mornings. But as I aged I found sleeping in wasted valuable time. I enjoy waking each day to new challenges and of course that first cup of coffee. 106... Read more

  • Disheartened......

    3/3/2015 6:54:27 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had a bit of a shocking "reality check" yesterday - hopefully this will be smoothed over as best as possible on my end ........ even though I was briefly assured, I still have a sense of discomfort (there was another "parallel" issue that also has me wondering about things).........needless to say, ... Read more

  • Secret 2 to a sucessful marriage/relationship

    3/2/2015 9:49:39 PM, by OLDEROWL

    "SECRET 2: TALK & TOUCH Did you ever hear the Paul Simon song, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"? It's a humorous song about a not-so-funny subject (the break-up of Simon's marriage). I don't want you to hop on a bus or drop off your keys, but the song does make a good point about how to succeed... Read more

  • Secret 1 to sucessful a marriage/relationship

    3/2/2015 9:37:11 PM, by OLDEROWL

    To have a successful relationship with an individual don't focus on your differences or past history, don't focus on what you want, but focus on doing what will lead to a winning situation for both you and your spouse/partner. More to follow when I have time.... Read more

  • Healthy Habits for Sustainable Change

    3/2/2015 2:38:00 PM, by ALP1976

    So I posted all of this in my Balance and Moderation team and I thought I would share it also in a blog post. It is interesting because I have been hard-core focused on simply habit building over the last year and it has benefited me in several ways. I feel better. Getting more sleep has been... Read more

  • Day 6 down - 25 Pushups / 100 Days

    3/2/2015 11:36:11 AM, by DEADCENTER

    Inspired to add 25 pushups to my workout routine for 100 days by a video on my SP start page this morning. The video came from giveit100.com. Thanks SP for more motivation. ... Read more

  • 3/2- Getting back on track

    3/2/2015 11:10:28 AM, by JES_VARNER

    I've bounced all over the place this past month and haven't done a very good job at sticking with any of my goals. Somehow I managed to end February at the exact same weight I started it with, which is a minor miracle considering the scale was usually headed up throughout the month! Here I go, st... Read more

  • It’s March…Bring it on!

    3/2/2015 7:44:37 AM, by READYRISA

    February, just like January came and went in just a blink! Didn’t have time to set up goals or anything… It was a pretty good month though, I mostly stayed within calorie range despite it being my Birthday month. I hit 1000 fitness minutes for the month … a first! I think I will try to make i... Read more

  • ENOUGH. BAD. WEATHER!

    3/2/2015 5:05:04 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    'Nuff said! 198... Read more

  • Recap of Weekly Goals

    3/1/2015 11:26:22 PM, by DALID414

    Here's how the week went: Sunday, I walked on the treadmill for two hours sans SPAT 546 which made me feel like a huge loser! Monday, I ended up taking a rest day. *Tuesday, I moved boxes downstairs, then from one room into another. I also walked the block around my nephews' s... Read more

  • Bummed about missing exercise...what?!?

    3/1/2015 10:52:55 PM, by TIFFFIT

    So this morning I forced myself to get up, get dressed and go on a hike about an hour from home. Wouldn't you know it, just before I got there it started to sprinkle and I was afraid it would be canceled. Well, the rain stopped quickly BUT my GPS took me to a spot nowhere near where I was supposed... Read more

  • A new sister in law in 212 days

    3/1/2015 3:59:23 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    I am so excited - my brother in law, Andrew (my husband's brother) got engaged last weekend to a wonderful woman, Jamie and I couldn't be more happy for them. Andrew is 10 years younger than my husband and his only sibling and he and Jamie have been dating for a couple of years and we absolutely lov... Read more

  • Intuitive Eating or Calorie Counting? Why Not Both?

    3/1/2015 2:53:17 PM, by TINAJANE76

    Back in September, I started to experiment with intuitive eating. I was in a good place and felt like the time was right. I did really well and was able to hold my weight reasonably steady without counting calories or measuring and tracking my food. It was a big relief at a time when I needed things... Read more

  • Holding on and letting go- a work in progress forever

    3/1/2015 11:32:26 AM, by CARBMONSTERII

    I was really inspired by BUTTERFIYEMERGE's recent blogs. It is wonderful to discover new (to me) SparkPeople, with their vast array of perspectives, struggles and solutions, and ways of coping with the challenges of life. I so appreciate the ability to see the SparkPages and blogs of others and know... Read more

  • Dragging My Feet

    3/1/2015 7:36:50 AM, by LSIG14

    Well, the last couple of weeks have been pretty disappointing - weight and measurements have certainly not shown any progress toward reaching my goal. I had a slight gain the week before last and no change this week at all. I could make all sorts of excuses but none of them solve the problem -... Read more

  • INVINCIBLE by Kelly Clarkson

    2/28/2015 2:44:13 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    I recently heard Kelly Clarkson's new song, Invincible and I was so touched by it - I have to admit I have loved Kelly Clarkson since I watched her on American Idol - that feels like SUCH a lifetime ago, and her lyrics always speak to me. Here is a link to the lyrics to the song and some comme... Read more

  • Reflecting on the Past to Build a Better Future

    2/28/2015 8:26:11 AM, by ALP1976

    The world of dieting is the same as madness. At least it has been for me. I have no other word for it. Madness. I think back to the years of my life that I have spent hating myself, trying to be a better version of myself and I wish I had stopped the madness sooner. One of the things that h... Read more

  • Mixed bag of a weekend so far........

    2/28/2015 7:27:29 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Up and at 'em nice and early - have a lot to do, so getting things out of the way is key! Family member (for now) is stating that the annoying health issue is apparently starting to "turn the corner", so to speak - this is HUGE, since the constant crabbing about it was starting to stress me out... Read more

  • Pre ITC challenge - write a letter to yourself

    2/27/2015 12:44:13 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    For the upcoming challenge, we were asked to write a Pre ITC challenge, so here it is: Dear Self, It has been a while since you have been truly committed and honest with yourself. With mom dying in mid-December and the cold, snowy winter, it has been an uphill battle for the last several m... Read more

  • Friday......

    2/27/2015 4:33:10 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    .......and about time, too! 224 At long last, the battered vehicle has returned home....... Have a full social calendar (it's been a while since this phenomena has occurred) - and some events have food involved, so I gotta take care....... Last bit of a "financial squeeze" from... Read more

  • Overwhelmed by Challenges for the next 2-13 weeks, etc?

    2/26/2015 11:06:44 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Live the rest of your life with less stress and more joy. I mean don't stress yourself by trying to do too much, but by focusing each moment on what is important for that moment. Also, don't stress yourself by trying to make changes in the others around you but be yourself the change you like ... Read more

  • How Leading a Team Has Helped Me Stick to My Plan

    2/26/2015 4:20:55 PM, by TINAJANE76

    Three years of maintenance, that’s what I’ll be celebrating in just over a week. I'm still trying to wrap my head around just the idea of it. In those three years, I’ve gone from a timid, newbie maintainer who was terrified of regain, to a (mostly) confident, increasingly more seasoned mainta... Read more

  • Keep on thinking, keep on doing, this too, shall pass

    2/26/2015 7:49:47 AM, by CARBMONSTERII

    Slenderizing Sue posted a blog about losing control of her diet after Valentines Day. I so appreciated her honesty. It lets me know that I am not the only one struggling, and having set-backs. I started to put the remarks below as a comment on her blog, but decided they are better placed as my own b... Read more

  • Climbed the hump (day) fairly successfly.......then got hit in the gut by STRESS!

    2/26/2015 5:10:27 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    FINALLY got the long-delayed conference call out of the way - and NAILED IT, in essence! Other party seemed to understand what I prepared - will see how things go for me goin' forward......... DD threw me a curve last night by making a request that I wasn't particularly relishing performing - ... Read more

  • church family is weighing on my heart

    2/25/2015 11:49:19 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    Prayer request for Barbara widow at 56 she's really having a rough time adjusting to her life... Read more

  • Week 7 Goals and Plans

    2/25/2015 5:08:05 PM, by HILLRUNNER

    FOR WEEK 7: (exercise plan to follow) Weekly Challenge Goals (upcoming week) 1) Physical: Complete my week 6 workout plan as prepared 2) Nutritional: PLAN MY MEALS for the week 3) Get at least 7 hours sleep 5 days this week 4) Hot chocolate only 1 night this week 5) at least 30 m... Read more

  • 25 Pushups for 100 days starting today

    2/25/2015 8:56:34 AM, by DEADCENTER

    Inspired to add 25 pushups to my workout routine for 100 days by a video on my SP start page this morning. The video came from giveit100.com. Thanks SP for more motivation. ... Read more

  • Still dealing with tech "glitches".......

    2/25/2015 4:58:21 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    This one, while not critical, is annoying nevertheless - one of my other fave sites had an "ooopsie" this morning .......... seems to have - get this, now! - *lost my total point accumulation" (yeah, yeah, I know - what's up with Raspberry and points, eh?)...........soooooo, I sent an email to the c... Read more

  • That time of year

    2/24/2015 8:17:28 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    Went in for my yearly check up. According to the numbers from my blood work, everything is pretty much the same as last year. Need to work on the weight problem. I was told that people with A, B, or AB blood types have a harder time losing weight. I'm AB, and according to the book "Eat Right for... Read more

  • Tuesday 02/24/15 - Always right around the corner

    2/24/2015 8:03:00 PM, by DEADCENTER

    I been travelling this road for a long time. Sometimes seems like too long. Why is it that all that is good for you takes hard work, extreme drive, and serious determination? Because I or you are worth all it that it takes to grow to better. I hear the train a coming, coming round the bend... Read more

  • My week 6 plan 2/20 to 2/26

    2/24/2015 11:39:54 AM, by HILLRUNNER

    The following is just my exercise plans. I will combine this with healthy eating choices and sleeping 7-8 hours a night. I know that when I stay up too late, my weight does not shift!!! WEEK 6: 20/2 Friday: Bike 10K/ THROW DOWN THURSDAY ST 21/2 Saturday: BOXING with ST warm up 22/2 Sunday: ... Read more

  • Live from Saskatchewan

    2/24/2015 9:45:34 AM, by WUMPASTAR

    So I moved! This is finally done! Let me tell you a little bit about this crazy idea we had. My last week in Quebec City was tough. Final goodbyes to everybody, packing up everything, not having food at home, stress... LOTS of stress. I had to repack everything 3 times because I had too mu... Read more

  • AAAAAAAAGH! GRRRRRRR! :( :( :(

    2/24/2015 4:59:50 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Needless to say, after a hellacious experience trying to deal with yet ANOTHER technical problem (4o-45 minutes or so) to get a badly needed problem resolved, the cookie demon took over ....... 198 This morning, as an added insult, I was woken up at 2:30AM by an Amber Alert phone message... Read more

  • had a beautiful day...

    2/23/2015 10:13:39 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    I won 220 today that was really fun... Read more

  • Monday......

    2/23/2015 6:47:48 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Did an unofficial weigh-in - looks like I might have lost a pound (I won't re-weigh in on an official basis until I get back to what I last posted - about 4 more pounds should do it)! Wasn't perfect on the eating yesterday (had a few cookies), but got a bit of sovely now shoveling done along wi... Read more

  • Tips from Pro Trainer Mike Howard - Day 5

    2/23/2015 12:22:13 AM, by KATELJM

    Back to 10 tips a day from Vancouver trainer, Mike Howard... Today is Day 5. 41. Join a challenge. While getting and keeping fit is a lifestyle with no time-constraints, transformation challenges can provide the right platform to propel you towards your goals. 42. A new body won’t change w... Read more

  • Recap of Weekly Goals

    2/22/2015 10:00:50 PM, by DALID414

    Here's how the week went: Sunday, I walked on the treadmill before the Body Pump class. *Monday, I moved the expected boxes upstairs. After work, I got to the gym and hopped on the Spin Bike. *Tuesday, I took a work walk in the morning and moved boxes in the afternoon. *... Read more

  • Blog and Mental Dump Of The New Year 2015 - Part Two

    2/22/2015 5:03:45 PM, by DEADCENTER

    Blog and Mental Dump Of The New Year 2015 Part Two Date: 02/22/15 Grasping at every new thing that crossed my path (books, internet research, books, radio, books, and more books) I learned several new things along the way. The first and most important. I AM RESPONSIBLE. No one else No... Read more

  • Just saying hi!

    2/22/2015 11:37:29 AM, by ALICIA363

    Hi, everybody! I'm still here ... just real life is seriously trumping the on line. The timer is set for 30 minutes to be on Spark. My To Do list feels like quicksand. If I had the time, I'd watch the Fire Swamp scene from The Princess Bride to encourage myself to keep going. 30 It’... Read more

  • Something sparked in me, figured out something that is life changing for me.

    2/22/2015 10:28:40 AM, by 2BEEFIT

    I read a blog.. and it said that taking care of yourself is like anything else you have going on, work, family, relationships, friends, hobbies, whatever is important to you. I have always felt like taking care of myself and exercise are going to be so overwhelming.. I needed a huge commitment... Read more

  • Yesterday was great; today will be too

    2/22/2015 10:19:16 AM, by TIFFFIT

    Yesterday morning I joined a MeetUp group for an "easy beginner" hike through the mountains of Phoenix. I've decided that I love hiking, and these two hour hikes are perfect (well, this one was only an hour so even easier). I meet great people there; everyone is very nice and I always find myself ... Read more

  • I Really Dislike Winter!

    2/22/2015 8:48:39 AM, by LSIG14

    One of my Spark Friends, BACCAGIRL, asked if shivering counted as exercise. I told her I didn't think so but I sure wish it did! This has been a week with another round of doctor visits so lots of eating out and then it has been so cold and snowy that I have heated up cans of soup in order to... Read more

  • Mid-weekend review.......

    2/22/2015 8:35:08 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Family member doing fairly well - has a post-stay regimen of meds to work with for a while.........is getting back to the ol' cranky routine, griping about politics and the like......yep, back to "normal", as it were......... Got some groceries before this latest snow hit - this morning there's... Read more

  • Blog and Mental Dump Of The New Year 2015 - Part One

    2/21/2015 5:26:24 PM, by DEADCENTER

    Blog and Mental Dump Of The New Year 2015 Date: 02/21/15 Part One of Two Well it’s been a rough end to 2014 and bumpy start to 2015. I had the crazy Idea that once the holidays were behind me that I would be in the clear. Boy was I wrong. I was filled and still could be with such stinking t... Read more

  • Aeolus at The Eden Project - Acoustic Wind Pavilion

    2/21/2015 2:35:14 PM, by _RAMONA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
    =__YdjypIZ_o *www.lukejerram.com/aeolus *thekidshouldseethis.com/pos
    t/52878929719 Since several people have asked for more information about my feed picture, I thought this was the easiest way to provide the information.... Read more

  • The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans just released

    2/21/2015 1:05:48 PM, by KATELJM

    The latest U.S. nutrition report, just issued publicly for comments prior to official acceptance, makes sense to me; I have included the official source link for my excerpts that follow the link: www.health.gov/dietaryguidel
    ines/2015-scientific-report/ "The DGAC found that several nu... Read more

  • Sheesh!

    2/21/2015 12:32:18 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    Day ended well (nice get-together, release of family member from hospital, good evaluation meeting for another family member) - but today was a bit of "another story" - a very bizarre (and embarrassing) incident occurred in the morning that I can't for the life of me figure out WHY it happened (it's... Read more

  • Doctor Visit

    2/21/2015 9:52:31 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    My notes for me. So I went to the doctor (female gynecologist) because I thought my thyroid meds needed to be bumped up. As a background for this blog, let me say that I live in the snowy, cold mid-west. I live in the country near a small village. The nearest larger towns are about 30 minu... Read more

  • Reviewing and Revisiting Goals

    2/20/2015 10:20:02 PM, by ALP1976

    This marks the 6th week (out of 12) for the BLC. I can say honestly, I have really enjoyed it this go round. I think I have found my 'home' with the Azure group. It is a nice fit for me. As part of the challenge this week we're supposed to take some time reviewing our goals and tweaking them as ... Read more

  • Week 3 Happy Hearts Blog about Cardio Exercise

    2/20/2015 10:08:18 PM, by AMYBELLES

    This week's blog assignment for my Aspire and Inspire BSG challenge is to write about five forms of cardio exercise, explaining your favorite and least favorite type. 1, I think my favorite cardio would have to be walking and hiking. I prefer hiking on trails in the mountains, but now I have t... Read more

  • what a beautiful day today

    2/20/2015 8:14:49 PM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    Seems like my off day flew by... ..enjoyed participating in water aerobics.. I'm so blessed to have a family gym... Read more

  • the way it is

    2/20/2015 11:55:40 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I am tired. I am frustrated. I am cold. I am sick of all this below zero weather. I feel lazy. I have no energy. I need help today. Sooo throwing out this simple prayer: Dear God, Please remove my desire to binge eat today. ... Read more

  • the way it is

    2/20/2015 11:55:40 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I am tired. I am frustrated. I am cold. I am sick of all this below zero weather. I feel lazy. I have no energy. I need help today. Sooo throwing out this simple prayer: Dear God, Please remove my desire to binge eat today. ... Read more

  • Stop and look at the clouds

    2/20/2015 11:43:27 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    So, this being the third snow day this week (this time for extreme cold), the boys and I dressed warmly in layers and went outside to get some freezing but fresh air. I was just going to watch the boys play but I got right in there with them and played. My oldest was making snow angels when he stopp... Read more

  • Challenge to develop a positive life you love

    2/20/2015 9:59:25 AM, by OLDEROWL

    This challenge starts tomorrow February 21 on my building self esteem team. A wonderful site for motivational articles and quotes to do this is Jonathan Lockwood Huie's page www.sail7.com. I happily recommend you go there. The articles are numerous and listed under the categories of --Happiness;Po... Read more

  • Still struggling and a bit uneasy.......

    2/20/2015 5:01:45 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Ate pretty well yesterday, and as it turned out due to choices I made previously, the remainder of my "free leftovers" turned out to be a full-on veggie selection - and I was surprisingly OK with - felt good after eating that, and I recall feeling light and relaxed through the afternoon (which was, ... Read more

  • Still Here

    2/19/2015 7:52:32 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    524 I'm still here, but have been slacking about getting on SparkPeople. I wish I could stay away from Facebook as easily as I do here. I was sick over the weekend, 15 and slept as much as I could 102 I've been kind of bummed 39 lately, since I'm not able to go to church or women... Read more

  • Feeling a Difference With Exercsie

    2/19/2015 12:51:52 PM, by ALP1976

    Today has been a day. That is about the only adjective that I can use here because anything else comes out as a 4 letter word and that probably isn't good here because I will get a message from SparkPeople reminding that profanity isn't allowed. 101 I won't go into details (trust me t... Read more

  • Really? dang ads

    2/19/2015 11:08:46 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I get it that SP probably gets funding for having ads on their site - but really, in two places I have Jets deep dish pizza duos complete with photos popping up? What happened to healthy food ads? Please go away. I didn't come here for temptations - there are enough of them in the real world!... Read more

  • Kindsight.

    2/19/2015 8:30:56 AM, by LORIVIOLA

    this image is one i saw this morning and it says it all. DH and i ate an entire box of Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies last night. Not in line with the goals- already- on day one. Oh well. Today is another day! Have a KIND day, Sparklers! 126... Read more

  • Calling all Sparkers!!! Fat girl fighting depression & needing support.

    2/19/2015 6:16:07 AM, by THESHELBSTER

    Hello fellow Sparkly friends, Once again, I have been pretty much almost completely inactive on Spark as of late. To be completely straight up honest with you, I got bit by the depression bug BAD. Until today, I have been spending all my free time sleeping on the couch, falling asleep wit... Read more

  • Some turnarounds :)

    2/19/2015 4:40:04 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Got good news on two (actually, more like *three*) fronts - what a relief! Still have to deal with some issues, not the least of which is a computer conversion at work - I do NOT need any trouble there, so let's cross those ol' fingers! Even though I don't officially "do" Lent, I figured this ... Read more

  • Being 'Thin' Didn't Make Me Happy, But Being Healthy Does

    2/19/2015 4:04:13 AM, by TINAJANE76

    Yesterday, a man I'm Facebook friends with through my activity here on SparkPeople posted the following article from HuffPost: www.huffingtonpost.com/ravis
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    me-happy-being-fat-does_b_
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    =1411489682484321&fb_actio
    n_types=og.comme... Read more

  • Pass the magic fairy dust please...

    2/18/2015 4:33:50 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I fell asleep on the couch last night while watching tv. I transplanted myself to my bed only to discover that my dear son (who has down syndrome) decided to be helpful and made my bed. While doing so, he moved my furniture. I noticed my nightstand was not where it usually is. I went to turn on ... Read more

  • My Brother's Birthday, 2 snow days and I finished the photo book

    2/18/2015 3:43:41 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Today is my brother's 35th birthday and its a good thing to celebrate but it is also making me sad. He is the "Baby" and it is the first birthday of all of us kids that my mom is missing and it's making me miss her even more. I haven't been doing too well these last couple of weeks - being very spor... Read more

  • 6 months from today and a new beginning for Lent

    2/18/2015 7:57:51 AM, by LORIVIOLA

    6 months from today I will turn 50 years old. I want to be stronger, more flexible and lose that stubborn 10 pounds (or is it 15 now...?) The point is: I want to be better at 50 than at 40! How am I planning on doing this? 1. Exercise: do something MORE than just walking! 2. Begin inco... Read more

  • Happy Wednesday

    2/18/2015 7:54:48 AM, by ETERNALPINKGLOW

    Thankful for this beautiful morning. Greetings )... Read more

  • I. DO. NOT. KNOW. HOW. I. *SURVIVED*. THIS. DAY!

    2/18/2015 5:00:17 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    This post is a bit on the long and rambling side, so read at your own risk .......... 211 I would like to take yesterday back to the manufacturer for a full refund under any "lemon law" available - reasons being: * Addressing an emergency situation (HAD to do so - weather was a key ... Read more

  • I. DO. NOT. KNOW. HOW. I. *SURVIVED*. THIS. DAY!

    2/18/2015 5:00:11 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    This post is a bit on the long and rambling side, so read at your own risk .......... 211 I would like to take yesterday back to the manufacturer for a full refund under any "lemon law" available - reasons being: * Addressing an emergency situation (HAD to do so - weather was a key ... Read more

  • Tips from Pro Trainer Mike Howard - Day 4

    2/18/2015 12:49:16 AM, by KATELJM

    Here are tips 31-40 from Vancouver trainer, Mike Howard: 31. Vitamin D, fish oil a multivitamin/mineral and protein powder are “bordering-on-necessary” front line supplements. 32. Write down what you eat. Be specific and honest. Food logging creates instant self-awareness and accountabilit... Read more

  • TUESDAY

    2/17/2015 5:03:48 PM, by ICECUB

    HI EVERYONE, HOPE EVERYONE IS STAYING WARM. WE GOT ABOUT 3 INCHES OF SNOW YESTERDAY. MOST HAVE MELTED OFF THE STREET NOT THE GROUND. I AM MOVING ON DOWN TO 197 LBS. MY DR'S OFFICE CALLED AND SAID MY ECHO WAS NORMAL. THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE PRAYERS AND KIND NOTE. IT DID GIVE ME THE INCENTIV... Read more

  • Fat Tuesday, paczki and mardi gras beads

    2/17/2015 3:53:42 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I remember asking my Polish grandma why they called it Fat Tuesday - after all, a day can't be fat! I don't know that I quite understood her answer about the upcoming Lenten season and fasting - and people indulging because they needed to eat enough to carry them through the 40 days of the Lenten s... Read more

  • Just Stop the War...

    2/17/2015 3:50:39 PM, by ALP1976

    So I saw this today and I about cried.... I can say that body image has been an uphill battle for me my entire adult life. I have not loved (or even really liked for that matter) my body for the majority of my adult life. I posted one of the hardest blogs I've ever written yesterday: ... Read more

  • THE RIDE

    2/17/2015 1:42:40 PM, by STEPHIGIRL

    WOW...I was away for three weeks. I certainly didn't intend to be gone so long, and I thought about Spark and all of my dear friends here very, very frequently. But being gone for so many days actually taught me something incredible that I think is important to share. First let me say...I was... Read more

  • HORRORS continue :(

    2/17/2015 4:50:08 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Have a heating situation that needs to be addressed :( :( :( S N O W AGAIN! :( :( :( :( (Disclaimer: Yeah, yeah, I know, I know - I'm not getting an ice storm, I'm NOT in Boston, yada yada yada.........just need to vent, though...........$#!@# good thing I made the call to grab the comput... Read more

  • IT IS SNOWING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2/16/2015 5:36:04 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Wild ride....

    2/16/2015 2:51:52 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Sometimes life can be a wild ride. Things happen we do not expect. Usually when we least expect them. That is my life right now! My son's housemate committed suicide this weekend. It has been a rough couple days. I am praying for him, his family, his housemates and friends and sending warm... Read more

  • Why Are You Still Here?

    2/16/2015 12:13:27 PM, by TINAJANE76

    Almost five years after joining this site and nearly three years after reaching my weight-loss goal and I'm still here. Some might say, why? You've reached goal, you've been maintaining for several years--go out and enjoy yourself! My response is, "Well, yes, I do." I have a very full life--I live a... Read more

  • HORRIBLE end to the week :(

    2/16/2015 10:44:54 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    * Spouse in hospital for cough issues....... * Sudden need to change work plans due to $#!@# weather.......... I. DO. NOT. NEED. THIS. STRESS! Seems like almost to the minute that I start to work on the stress, I get piled on almost IMMEDIATELY! 28 So much for a ... Read more

  • A Letter to My (Almost) 39 Year Old Body

    2/16/2015 9:38:23 AM, by ALP1976

    I won't lie. I won't hide it. My birthday is just around the corner (on the 26th of this month). I'm embarking on the last year of my 30's. To some this is a scary and detrimental turn of years. I am almost 40. Wow. I can't say that I am dreading my 40's. I really am not. In fact, I am kind... Read more

  • Tips from Pro Trainer Mike Howard - Day 3

    2/16/2015 1:00:23 AM, by KATELJM

    Here is the third installment, 10 more tips, from Vancouver trainer Mike Howard, and afterwards I will add my comments: 21. Moderation: It’s less than you think it is. 22. Enter into and re-commit to your health journey knowing that it won’t be easy 23. Definition of insanity? Doing t... Read more

  • Recap of Weekly Goals

    2/15/2015 4:04:47 PM, by DALID414

    Here's how the week went: Sunday, I took a rest day. *Monday, I got to the gym in the AM and hopped on the Spin Bike. Part way into my work walk, I received a delivery so it was cut short to move the boxes upstairs. *Tuesday, I got to the gym in the AM and hopped on the Spin B... Read more

  • Spring Will Come!

    2/15/2015 9:45:30 AM, by LSIG14

    This week has been a challenge to my new resolve for "patience!" I want this snow to go away - NOW! I want to be well - NOW! I want to be slim and fit - NOW!!!! I have really worked hard this week exercising, tracking food, tracking salt, choosing food wisely, trying to maintain a cheerful attitud... Read more

  • Mid-weekend review.......

    2/15/2015 5:01:21 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Yesterday was quiet and low-key, which is fine by me as usual..........got a quick errand in before "hunkering down" for the weather - so far it's not a big snow event, but those temps are gonna kick in *big time* - and that's NOT a good thing! 198 This morning the wind AND ANOTHER PERSO... Read more

  • Tips from Pro Trainer Mike Howard - Day 2

    2/15/2015 1:22:09 AM, by KATELJM

    Today's 10 tips from Vancouver trainer, Mike Howard: 11. Yoga and Pilates can be effective but if your goal is fat loss or performance-based – they should be “extra’s” when you’ve done your strength/metabolic/cardio work. 12. Fat loss simplified: Get in a deficit and get adequate protein –... Read more

  • turning slowly

    2/14/2015 7:12:39 PM, by ALICIA363

    Not feeling very sparkly, although I did my 10 minutes toward my goals today. Okay, actually quite a bit more. I'm running one of the 5K Your Way plans quite flexibly, with one or two days between runs, depending on weather, and adding extra intervals or running through walk minutes as I see fit. ... Read more

  • Tips from Pro Trainer Mike Howard - Day 1

    2/14/2015 2:43:16 PM, by KATELJM

    I'm going through some old emails from Tom Venuto's Burn the Fat and Feed the Muscle newsletter, and wandered across a series of 100 tips from Vancouver-based trainer, Mike Howard (currently associated with fitocracy.com for online coaching). I decided to share 10 of his tips a day. 1. Slow do... Read more

  • Bummer of a weekend ahead.......

    2/14/2015 11:34:50 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    (vent mode ON) AHEM - I don't care much for this "no HTML" dictate when the carat is a LEGITIMATE character to use! LOST EVERYTHING OVER THIS - NOT NICE! (vent mode off) Now that I have to REDO everything, I'm sure this blog will be poorer quality than originally written.......... ... Read more

  • Looking Forward to a Happy Valentine's Day

    2/14/2015 9:36:31 AM, by TIFFFIT

    Today will be a great day. Right now it's 67 degrees; I can hear the birds singing outside our window and the kitties are curled up at the end of the bed. My DH is getting ready to make coffee and I'm checking in on SparkPeople. My weight is in the 180's again today so it's probably actually real... Read more