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  • Can You Change?

    8/1/2015 9:21:11 AM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    It's a simple question... that sometimes has a complex answer. We know WHAT we need to do. We know HOW to do it. We WANT to do it. Why then do we sometimes get in our own way when it comes to actually DOING it? This, all this Spark People stuff, is all about a lifestyle CHANGE. ... Read more

  • Body hatred and Exercise hatred explained

    7/31/2015 7:42:43 PM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    I've been overweight for many years. I hated how I looked and how much my weight restricted my movements. In 2010, I dieted and lost 70 pounds but hadn't reached my goal. I re-gained some weight and restarted my journey more than once. No matter my weight, I felt like a successful dieter but I didn'... Read more

  • You can heal your life

    7/31/2015 6:26:26 PM, by OLDEROWL

    This is the title and philosophy of a new spark team that I just formed. This team is based on my viewpoint that the unhappiness in our lives is caused not by the events in our lives, but by negative thoughts brought on by these events, many of which occur very early in our lives. My feeling is that... Read more

  • Gym joys and other Summer struggles

    7/31/2015 3:40:14 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    I was pretty quick to go back to normal habits, and it feels great. I felt super tired Tuesday, better Wednesday, and today I'm actually feeling great. Yesterday morning I set my alarm to 6 as usual. I wanted to go for a run. I hadn't ran in a while. But, when the alarm rang, I had absolutely n... Read more

  • Small Daily Improvements

    7/31/2015 1:54:44 PM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    It may not seem like a whole lot while you're actually doing it, but every small step, change, modification you make, gets you THAT MUCH CLOSER to your goal! ... Read more

  • The Challenge, the Plan and the winner is...

    7/30/2015 6:09:26 PM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    I've restarted my journey and have 3 healthy weeks going. The Challenge is a catered buffet dinner this evening. I don't know what the options will be. The Plan... Eat a reasonable breakfast and lunch. Done. Eat a salad @ 4PM so I will not be overly hungry. Face the buffet and make healthy cho... Read more

  • Reset day 60: Flounder is more than a fish

    7/30/2015 11:13:59 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Ever feel like that fish someone caught and tossed in the boat - flopping around knowing that this isn't good, that you really WANT to be somewhere else, a feeling of panic, flopping around but going nowhere? I kind of feel like that today. I'm not sure why. I'm floundering. Maybe it is re... Read more

  • Procrastination

    7/29/2015 4:54:55 PM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    Weight loss takes focus and dedication. A healthy lifestyle journey means finding ways to love healthy eating and follow a fitness program. Tracking keeps us honest and helps us recognize the consequences of our decisions. But most of all, we need to find ways to deal with our emotions without using... Read more

  • Weigh In After Vacation

    7/29/2015 4:18:17 PM, by KATELJM

    Last week I was at the beach in Duck, North Carolina with DH and his daughter and her family (her DH, Granddaughter #1 3 y.o., & Granddaughter #2 1 1/2 y.o.). I opted not to take my Vitamix with me, nor any ingredients for my usual green protein shake. That scared me, I'll admit it. We took a... Read more

  • I'm back!

    7/29/2015 3:44:05 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    Okay I wasn't really "gone", but here's what happened in short :) So my last update was Monday of last week. Tuesday I spent the day at work, and right after supper I left for Winnipeg. Four hours of driving later I got to the airport tired and stressed (never drove there on my own) only to fin... Read more

  • Reset day 58: Tucker Tuesday and mother nature's paintbox

    7/29/2015 12:32:09 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    It has been hot here. Hot AND humid. Sticky. Yucky. Not exactly the weather that one wants to go out in and walk a big, black dog. The dog was panting before I put on his leash! So, change of plans. Instead of walking the dog, why not take the dog swimming? Now my dog has never been to t... Read more

  • Don't Give Up!

    7/29/2015 6:48:53 AM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    This is not my first time on Spark People. I quit the first time. When I rejoined in 2012, I made a promise to myself that the second time would be different because I would do the things I needed to even when I didn't feel like it or want to. The only person who can change me is m... Read more

  • Swim Report: Day 14

    7/29/2015 12:09:56 AM, by DALID414

    Apologies for the late report, yet again. Having to take pictures from the video the boyfriend takes, takes me a while. On top of that, life has been happening, despite my futile attempts at stopping time before my nephew turns 6 on Thursday! On with the report! I had Instructor Steven to ... Read more

  • Restart Day 57: this is your life...

    7/27/2015 3:58:29 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Well vacation is over.... for now. Looking back at vacation, I feel pretty good about the choices I made. My exercise was low. I knew it would be. We spent more than 6 hours each day in the car. None of our lodging places had workout rooms or pools. My traveling companion is not an active... Read more

  • Another fun-filled morning of Running and walking, yeh!!!

    7/27/2015 12:53:54 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Another fun-filled morning of Running and walking, yeh!!! I run & walk 3 days per wk. for 20 min. during breaktime at work OUTSIDE.312 Mon + Wed + Fri = Run 80 sec + walk 40 sec & Repeat, etc. 20 pushups 320 I went from 60 seconds of running to 80 seconds, yeh!!! ... Read more

  • July 27

    7/27/2015 11:18:34 AM, by JES_IN_ME

    Here's hoping that August goes more smoothly than July has. I've been so stressed and frustrated with everything going on lately that it's sapping all of my energy. I was so excited about the move and Jon's new job, that having it all yanked out from under us brought both of us pretty low. I haven't... Read more

  • So Strong

    7/27/2015 12:18:28 AM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    This is week 3. I feel so much healthier now. I've lost weight and feel so proud of myself. In the beginning of a healthy eating journey, there is a wonderful feeling of elation. I've got this! It's so easy! Healthy eating makes my body function at its best. I know there are days up ahead where... Read more

  • Living Happy!

    7/26/2015 2:30:47 PM, by LSIG14

    Reading back over past blogs, I sound like a total basket case! Elation alternating with discouragement every time the scales changed! After last weeks perfect control, I went to my doctor on Monday and my weight was up 4 lbs and the leg bloating was horrible. I started to cry and told him he nee... Read more

  • Feeling "Ugly" As You Lose Weight

    7/26/2015 1:25:41 PM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    Stop looking into the mirror and feeling ugly because you’re not. Start accepting how you look and feeling better about yourself. ^^ Image by chibird
    ror-and-feeling-ugly It takes a long time before our heart, body, a... Read more

  • How I Sometimes Feel When I'm Eating

    7/26/2015 12:41:42 PM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    Wouldn't it be great if we could just call out like this, knowing a responsible adult would come to us and save the day? Yeah! Except for the fact that we are the responsible adult. Aww! 334 ... Read more

  • Do you want it badly enough?

    7/26/2015 12:20:09 PM, by CARBMONSTERII

    Randy Pausch was one of the smartest, bravest, most alive people I ever heard speak. If you don't know who he is, consider watching his last lecture, Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. You can find it on YouTube at . I had never heard of him ... Read more

  • I'm Baaaaaack!!

    7/26/2015 8:30:04 AM, by ALP1976

    Whew! What a whirlwind of a last couple of weeks I have had! 198 To start off, about a week and a half ago, my daughter was in a car accident. The dreaded phone call that NO parent ever wants to get from their child. She was hit by a lady who ran a red light. She wasn't hurt, thank goodness,... Read more

  • Recap of Weekly Goals

    7/25/2015 11:21:57 PM, by DALID414

    Here's how the week went: Sunday, I earned my 10 minute swim credit. Monday, I got to the TRX class. Tuesday, I moved boxes upstairs at work. Wednesday, I moved boxes as soon as I got in to work. I got to the TRX class with a wonky knee, so I requested special treatment.... Read more

  • Found Fantastic Exercise Motivation

    7/25/2015 9:02:31 PM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    We are planning a trip in October with lots of sightseeing and walking. I am using the trip to motivate me to get in my planned daily exercise minutes. Who knew you could smile while exercising?... Read more

  • The Grecian Trip (finally)

    7/25/2015 7:06:07 PM, by TIFFFIT

    I promised my family that when I fell below 200 pounds we'd plan a big vacation, and as you probably know by now we made that a reality with a trip to Greece last month. I can't begin to tell you how wonderful the trip was, or how much more enjoyable it was at a fit and fairly healthy weight (170's)... Read more

  • Self-care plan, week three

    7/24/2015 9:21:59 PM, by GRAYCATBIRD

    I'm a day late putting this plan together, but here goes: SATURDAY: 1. For one meal or snack, try to pay attention to my body and how much it needs for food. 2. Five fruits/veggies. 3. When tempted to eat for reasons other than hunger, try to notice what's happening when the urge strik... Read more

  • The Problem Is...

    7/24/2015 7:08:18 AM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    Change your attitude and you will change your life!... Read more

  • Interesting Essay About Valuing Each Moment

    7/24/2015 5:56:48 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    This came in an e-mail this morning from a relative who is about 80 years old, living a full and happy life.
    20pages/dancing.htm... Read more

  • End of deployment.

    7/23/2015 9:15:19 PM, by NAOMI_ACOSTA

    How to explain to people who never go through this, who think a week apart from their loved ones is a big deal. The past 6 months it's been me and my dog. My wonderful husband has been gone, because someone told him to. Again. Now it is almost over and I am nervous, excited, ready and not ready.... Read more

  • The Wagon from both sides now.

    7/23/2015 7:11:23 PM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    I was on the wagon rolling right along and then I hit a life speed bump. The short story edited for publication is that someone deeply hurt my feelings and reconciliation didn't seem likely. Then I felt sad. Over time, the sadness turned to anger. I fell off the wagon with a thump. ... Read more

  • July 23- Kicking the Habit

    7/23/2015 9:04:26 AM, by JES_IN_ME

    I have drank Mt. Dew on a daily basis for the majority of the last 20 years. I don't like coffee, so a can of soda is generally how I've always started my day. Last week, my husband pointed out the numbers to me. Just by quitting my daily soda habit and replacing it with green tea, I could lose near... Read more

  • I Can Do This

    7/23/2015 8:36:50 AM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

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  • The Hardest Battle

    7/22/2015 7:10:06 AM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

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  • July Goals: Week 3 Progress & Accountability

    7/22/2015 6:25:53 AM, by JULIA211X

    Great quote! Week 3 was my best week yet! I lost 2 lbs., of the 2.2 lbs., I gained the previous week. I'm so grateful! Total loss so far, 14.6. This weekly accountability blog has helped a lot. It's what keeps me going everyday. July Goals: 10,000 steps or more a d... Read more

  • It's Been a Looooooooooooong Time!

    7/21/2015 11:18:30 PM, by KATELJM

    It has been challenging to get 120 minutes of fitness a day while on a family vacation at the beach. When it's 97 degrees Fahrenheit with humidity, walking is challenging. For over 3 decades, I have limited my exposure to the sun. DH sleeps about 10-12 hours at night, so the odds of waking him to... Read more


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  • 7/21/15 = 5K Training Update

    7/21/2015 12:44:33 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    7/21/15 = 5K Training Update 204 I am a 59 years young and feel FABULOUS! 334 This was me........... This is me now …. Remember............. 26 It is just 20 minutes of your life. Lets DO this! hugs 26 NOTE: Being as larg... Read more

  • It's Scary To Be Positive

    7/21/2015 7:30:10 AM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    I'm the first one to admit it because of past experience. But I don't live in the past so keeping a positive frame of mind is really important to help get me where I want to be. Here's to everyone who has ever felt the same way! ... Read more

  • Swim Report: Day 13

    7/20/2015 11:31:02 PM, by DALID414

    [Apologies for the lateness of this report, the boyfriend decided to take video of the lesson this time. I debated posting a snip of video, which includes other people in the pool and weird audio because he's recording in another room...these photos are from the video.] I shared Instructor Stev... Read more

  • 7/20/15 = 5K Training Update.. its RUN day, yeh!!!!

    7/20/2015 3:05:47 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    7/20/15 = 5K Training Update.. its RUN day, yeh!!!! 204 I am a 59 years young and look FABULOUS! 334 Couch to 5K report on my progress, yeh!!!! = This was me........... This is me now …. Remember............. 312 My 5K training Routine i... Read more

  • Start of Lean Habit Two, and more

    7/20/2015 2:43:17 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    So today marks my first day of practicing the Lean Habit #2: Hunger Mastery. Long story short, it means not being afraid of hunger, adjusting your portions so that you feel your hunger build up 30 to 60 minutes before your next meal. Since it's less "concrete" than the first habit (eat 3-4 me... Read more

  • Confession: I "LIED" ................

    7/20/2015 9:38:34 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Confession: I "lied" ... sometimes one is FORCED to lie ***** Yes I lied...... it has been a year now and I just wanted to come CLEAN because it may help someone else who was in a similar situation.... NOTE: I am NOT beating myself up about this lie.... I am just "releasing" it ... Read more

  • Discipline Is The Bridge

    7/20/2015 7:21:01 AM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    Use more of your will-power and less of your won't-power. 211... Read more

  • SO far behind in getting ahead...

    7/19/2015 12:45:44 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I finally got moving to a daily routine...sort of. I'm only on day 3 which is usually where I peter right on out. but...going to finish this damn thing if it .... if it....well, if it makes me feel better I guess. LOL So can't talk much as you can tell by my sporadic blogs off doing the busy ... Read more

  • It's Going To Be Hard, But Hard Is Not Impossible

    7/19/2015 11:27:03 AM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    Put in the effort because YOU are so WORTH it!... Read more

  • Awesome Week!

    7/19/2015 11:11:38 AM, by LSIG14

    What a good week it has been for me! I stuck to the plan nearly all week (except for Friday and even that worked out pretty good!) DH had his 2nd eye surgery Tuesday and that went great. Then his follow up was Wednesday - excellent! Thursday was my walking-breathing test. I had to walk up... Read more

  • Just For Today

    7/19/2015 9:38:33 AM, by ALICIA363

    Years ago, I read this in an Ann Landers' advice column*, and it spoke to me. I typed it out on a manual typewriter and posted it on my refrigerator when I was in my twenties, and have gone back to it time and again to find it helpful over these next thirty years ... Just For Today Just f... Read more

  • Recap of Weekly Goals

    7/19/2015 12:22:01 AM, by DALID414

    Here's how the week went: Sunday, I gave myself a 10 minute swim credit. Monday, I got to the TRX class after a long work day. Much to my chagrin, it was leg day. Tuesday, I moved boxes and stood most of the day at work. Wednesday, I moved boxes downstairs as soon as I got... Read more

  • Dealing with stress

    7/18/2015 8:27:34 PM, by OLDEROWL

    The one choice to remember when you are stressed is to be happy no matter what your circumstances. Practice being grateful. Even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances, spend at least 15 seconds of every hour to be grateful for those things that have brought you happiness in the past an... Read more

  • Running review, planning, and goals

    7/18/2015 12:30:10 PM, by ALICIA363

    I’m trying to move from the 5K training plan to the half marathon training plan, and pretty much feeling my way. I’ve been working 1:3 walk-run ratios since the end of May. I gradually started paying attention to mileage and adding intervals. I was doing about 13 or 14 intervals by the end of... Read more

  • I Don't Believe in Maintenance

    7/18/2015 10:18:33 AM, by TIFFFIT

    OK, I hope I caught you with that title. It probably doesn't mean what you think it does. :-) As of this morning, I've lost 95 pounds. When I began this journey a bit over a year ago, 100 pounds seemed like an enormous goal but it also felt like a nice round number that would get me to (the very... Read more

  • Navigating Through the Mist

    7/18/2015 7:50:56 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    What follows is a reflection of my personal beliefs/awareness at this point. I do not expect people to agree. I trust that you will allow me to simply express them and record them without argument or criticism. At this moment in time, this is my basic understanding of reality-- my starting po... Read more

  • Treats how-to

    7/17/2015 6:23:50 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    Day 12 of Lean Habit One (eat 3-4 meals a day without snacking) and I've been doing great so far. The only day I haven't followed the habit was last Saturday (ice cream 2 hours after supper with my nieces) and now today. Friday last week at mail time (when everybody's gathered at my desk a... Read more

  • Quote for 7/17 through 7/24

    7/17/2015 4:39:37 PM, by BADGER-GAL

    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. Thanks for Dr Seuss and his quirky plain talk. This week I will be more aware of my choices and do more healthy planning. Walking every day, eating more freggies, doing puzzles ...... Read more

  • Lean Habits, 30 Day Yoga Challenge ... and more for this Friday

    7/17/2015 9:10:58 AM, by ALP1976

    What a week..... This week has been far from.... uneventful. We've had a bit of a family emergency happen and I have been so hopped up on adrenaline, I haven't been able to settle myself much. You know the old saying, when it rains, it pours. That holds true for me at the moment. I am... Read more

  • Choice, Chance, Change

    7/17/2015 7:10:01 AM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    September 2, 2012 is my Spark Anniversary (aka SparkVersary), the day I chose to take a chance by joining SparkPeople for the second time. I promised myself it would be different because I was going to participate and purposely went looking for Spark Teams to belong to and joined them. I made a... Read more

  • Self-care action plan, week two

    7/16/2015 7:41:31 PM, by GRAYCATBIRD

    Well, my self-care plan was pretty helpful last week. So here goes with week two's plan. For this next week, I'd like to focus on making my food portions smaller. My blood sugar spiked higher than it's ever been yesterday, which was quite alarming. I suspect it was because I just plain ate too much,... Read more

  • Is SP going to the dark side?

    7/16/2015 1:59:42 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    I don't know if it's just me who's noticing it for the first time or if it's really new, but it seems I see here on SparkPeople more and more articles, videos and resources with misleading titles, like "belly blaster" or sensationalist-sounding stuff. I guess it increases traffic, but since this is ... Read more

  • It's Good for You -- Unless, Of Course, It is NOT, for YOU!

    7/16/2015 1:22:05 PM, by KATELJM

    aka "Musings on Fish Oil Supplements and Epsom Bath Soaks" Last summer I tried taking fish oil (krill) as a supplement. Many people said it could lower blood pressure and cholesterol. However, by mid-August, after a lot of foot-pounding to continue losing 2 pounds a week, a big blood blister ... Read more

  • A motivational walk

    7/16/2015 11:36:59 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    So while my oldest is at sleep away camp (haven't heard from him - hope he's having fun), my little one has been at a Parkour camp for the week. He has been enjoying it a lot and it's a ton of running and jumping. It is kind of far from our house,so I've used the time to explore some local area... Read more

  • Day 46: I can..... I did

    7/16/2015 11:32:58 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Yesterday was a bit of a struggle for me. I got home from work and was thinking supper. My first thought? Make a box of mac and cheese and down the WHOLE thing. It just sounded comforting and good. I got the pan out of the cupboard and filled it with some water. I put it on the stove and turne... Read more

  • One of my favorite things...

    7/16/2015 9:33:06 AM, by REDSHOEBLUE

    524 to all stopping by to read this! I love this Spark community, and all who make it amazing! Spark is definitely one of my favorite things! But, this blog is all about my favorite hat... I got this decluttering bug from a couple of my spark friends. A BIG 304 shout out to Laurensquest ... Read more

  • Never Give Up!

    7/15/2015 9:16:41 PM, by ALICIA363

    Well, I did not succeed in only eating while sitting on the day I challenged myself to that. But I did succeed in eating no sugar yesterday, and today. Tomorrow, I have to (okay, want to) run and will need a GU, which contains sugar by my definition. I fear it will trigger cravings... Read more

  • Benji wants to spark

    7/15/2015 8:26:57 PM, by ALICIA363

    And he sure makes it hard for me to do so... 39 334... Read more

  • Reset day 45: Lethargic and Walking Wednesday

    7/15/2015 1:34:01 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Yesterday it was inspired.... today, lethargic! That old pendulum just keeps swinging. Positive side, it won't stay here. After work yesterday, I had a nice dinner with my friend. We went to a Mexican restaurant and I had chicken and rice. I ate half my dinner and boxed the rest. We had th... Read more

  • 7/15/15 = WT. Check & 5K update.. its RUN day, yeh!!!!

    7/15/2015 9:40:44 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    7/15/15 = WT. Check & 5K update.. its RUN day, yeh!!!! Couch to 5K report on my progress, yeh!!!! NOTE: I worried HOW was I going to lose 100 lbs… Answer: one moment at a time! In case you, the reader, don't know me... I am a FAT person, age 59... In June 2015,... Read more

  • How I Sometimes Feel When I Hear

    7/15/2015 8:09:14 AM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    Exactly! 334 I just go to that happy "Spark People" place in my head and say nothing! What kinds of interesting things/theories have you heard about "weight loss" when you've been out and about?... Read more

  • July Goals: Week 2 Progress & Accountability

    7/15/2015 5:19:24 AM, by JULIA211X

    Week 2 Diet: This past week was a little tougher, my husband's work schedule changed for the summer, and now I'm up with him at 2:30 a.m. After making his coffee and locking up, I'm wide awake. I also get hungry more often throughout the day, so it's been a struggle. Gained 2.2 pounds ... Read more

  • WT. Check and 5K Training update 07/14/15 Tues.

    7/14/2015 11:08:49 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Couch to 5K report on my progress, yeh!!!! NOTE: I worried HOW was I going to lose 100 lbs… Answer: one moment at a time! In case you, the reader, don't know me... I am a FAT person, age 59... In June 2015, I told my doctor I going to start running and my Dr. said "I don't... Read more

  • I dont wanna, don't feel like it ......

    7/14/2015 1:01:32 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    I don't wanna, don't feel like it ..... YEP, I am tired, depressed because of an arguement with my daughter and I just don't FEEL like running today.... I don't wanna I tell ya! but I must.... because I missed yesterday due to hard physical sweat dripping work at the office or... Read more

  • Reset Day 44: Inspired

    7/14/2015 12:37:16 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Well yesterday was a challenge. Self forgiveness and acceptance comes hard for this girl, especially when it comes to not reaching my goals. However, I did manage to reign it in most of the time. My son had softball practice after work. It was hot and humid. Much to my surprise his coach sa... Read more

  • Exercise -- what I enjoy

    7/14/2015 9:41:36 AM, by ALP1976

    At the moment my main goals for exercise is to simply move in ways that feel good to me. I have been down the road of forcing exercise and it is no fun. At all. I've posted and talked about a lot how I have injured myself in the past from over exercise and it was a pretty good eye opener and was ... Read more

  • Of forgiveness

    7/14/2015 9:23:50 AM, by WUMPASTAR

    I think my biggest accomplishment of 2015, health-wise, is learning to forgive myself. Whenever I read about punitive behaviors or the likes here on SP, I always thought: oh, that's not me. To be honest, I always thought I was doing pretty good with everything I did, but there would always be a... Read more

  • Just Get Started, Today Is the Day!

    7/14/2015 9:20:34 AM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    You can do it. It's right there inside you waiting to come out! 67 ... Read more

  • Swim Report: Day 12

    7/14/2015 12:28:34 AM, by DALID414

    I had to share Instructor Steven this lesson, but at least he was back to his normal self. Somehow, between my lane partner missing so many lessons and me showing up to all of mine, we were training on the same level. It was exciting, but caught me completely off guard. My adrenaline was flowing.... Read more

  • Challenge: 1 Pizza Slice in 20 Minutes or MORE

    7/13/2015 4:14:03 PM, by KATELJM

    Last night we had pizza, and our Live the Good Life goal for the week was to make each meal last at least 20 minutes. I don't know about you, but pizza is a food that I have been known to wolf down, and easily consume 4 slices before I sensed I was full (780 calories of "my" pizza). I ha... Read more

  • Reset Day 43: 50 shades of popcorn

    7/13/2015 11:31:50 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I had a busy weekend. I worked a fundraiser Saturday - my job was to take money at the door and sell tickets for food. So, I sat on my butt from 9-5:30 with little time to get up and stretch. Not the best for getting steps in! However, a wonderful thing happened and someone donated $300 to our c... Read more


    7/13/2015 11:07:33 AM, by WUMPASTAR

    Can you tell I'm excited? LOL! I AM! Jumping around! (Coffee helps) I'm looking forward to one day of relaxation and doing (almost) nothing, which is probably not gonna happen for another month. Hahaha! Oh well, maybe next weekend. Yesterday I spent over an hour cleaning the house - by the time... Read more

  • It's Monday...

    7/13/2015 9:00:02 AM, by ALP1976

    I spent some time getting the week planned: I am feeling great. I am going to be starting the second week of habit one for the Lean Habits program and it is going very well for me. I am sitting at 71% for my habit and have only missed one day which I am very happy about ... Read more

  • It's never too late to turn things around

    7/13/2015 6:59:30 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    I have made friends with an amazing resident at a nursing home we'll call Jack. He listens to upbeat or spiritual music in a well-lit sitting room with lots of windows. Sometimes he will read novels. He tells me that he learns a lot from them. If there are words that he doesn't know, he looks the... Read more

  • Sparkfriends ...I can't thank you enough for what you did .....

    7/13/2015 4:18:59 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    ************* THANK you to my friends at *********** Thanks EVERYONE for real for helping me thru a rough patch by commenting on my blog and REMINDING me to drink lotsssssssssssssssss of water, hugsssssssssssss It goes to show you HOW IMPOR... Read more

  • Weight check 07/12/15 Sunday .... lawrd!!

    7/13/2015 2:49:32 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    193 Weight Check 07/12/15 Saturday 07/03/15 = 268.0 lbs. = Starting weight 07/04/15 = 267.0 lbs. = 1 lb gone = (SW 268 – 267.0 = Total of 1 lb. gone) 07/05/15 = 266.0 lbs. = 1 lb gone = (SW 268 – 266.0 = Total of 2 lbs. gone) 07/06/15 = 264.4 lbs. = 1.6 lbs. gone (SW 268 ... Read more

  • Shhhh!

    7/12/2015 6:27:01 PM, by ALICIA363

    I found my way to a laptop, and the house is quiet! Eeeee! (That's a bookish person's excitement, typing "eeee" on a blog, no further hullabaloo needed.) One of last year's snapdragons reseeded itself and bloomed. The color reminds me of my late mother, because it is a shade of red she al... Read more

  • Buried Under a Mountain of Stress and Salt!

    7/12/2015 4:25:25 PM, by LSIG14

    Once again I feel like I'm on the "down" side of the teeter-totter. Last week I was so positive that I'd finally hit a steady balance and was starting to move toward my goal. This week started out very well and everything was going just the way it should! Then Friday afternoon disaster struck..... Read more

  • How I stopped caring about what others thought - again

    7/12/2015 1:59:46 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    A year ago I posted a blog entry about going to the waterpark close to Quebec City and feeling comfortable all day in my bikini.
    idual.asp?blog_id=5719206 Taken from it: "Ever since I started losing weight and taking better ca... Read more

  • There but for the grace of God...

    7/12/2015 9:16:44 AM, by CARBMONSTERII

    So many lonely people that feel that no one hears them or cares about them. They are living quiet lives of desperation. They are all around us every day, if we just look. They are not all rich, or poor, pretty or ugly, clean or dirty. I see them come into my business, I see them standing in li... Read more

  • Learning to love oneself...........

    7/11/2015 11:06:17 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Learning to love oneself ................ it takes time but we can do it. Sometimes one needs to look in their past, to possibly find out why something is going on now in their lives or why someone put on weight like in my case and that's what I did.... I explained an... Read more

  • Weight Check 07/11/15 Saturday gained 4 ounces

    7/11/2015 10:29:55 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    193 Weight Check 07/11/15 Saturday 07/03/15 = 268.0 lbs 07/04/15 = 267.0 lbs = 1 lb released 07/05/15 = 266.0 lbs = 1 lb released = a total of 2 lbs. gone 07/06/15 = 264.4 lbs = 1.6 lbs released = a total of 3.6 lbs. gone 07/07/15 = 263.2 lbs = 1.2 lbs released = a total of 4.... Read more

  • Announcing a new Spark Team: Mind, Body & Spirit

    7/11/2015 2:15:01 PM, by AUTHENTICALLYME

    Announcing a new Spark Team: Mind, Body & Spirit Connecting our minds, bodies & spirit together using positive & inspiring motivation. Team URL if you'd like to check it out and join:
    dyandspirit... Read more

  • Creating a life filled with supportive friends

    7/11/2015 1:53:36 PM, by OLDEROWL

    The most healthy relationships are those where respect and support is freely given and received. If you continually fid yourself in a pattern of relationships where you feel let down and not supported, perhaps you could look at the one common denominator of that pattern over which you have control... Read more

  • Recap of Weekly Goals

    7/11/2015 1:21:58 PM, by DALID414

    Here's how the week went: Sunday, I took a rest day. Monday, I got through my first TRX class 104 Tuesday, I moved boxes at work. Wednesday, I got through day two of the TRX class. Instructor Marques thought I picked light weights so he swapped them out 362 Thursday... Read more

  • Learning to Step Outside My Comfort Zone

    7/11/2015 9:56:19 AM, by ALP1976

    So far so good with the Lean Habits. It *is* getting easier. I did, however, have a snack last night. No judgement and it was very controlled -- I had a small bowl of popcorn popped in coconut oil so it was a healthy snack -- during game night last night with the family. Again, no judgement, no ... Read more

  • Update with thumbs

    7/10/2015 9:39:20 PM, by ALICIA363

    Forced onto mobile be the needs of the dog... DD graduated as planned, and we got our first dog. The fit bit seems to have died for good. Before it died, I learned I was being awakened an average of 14 times per night. We got the dog a thundershirt and we're all sleeping better. I'm still runn... Read more

  • A week of food victories

    7/10/2015 8:18:25 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    Okay, so today is Friday, I just had supper, and I feel FANTASTIC. I feel in control of my choices. I'm day 5 into Georgie Fear's "Lean Habits" Habit #1, which is eat 3 meals a day without snacking. And even though adjusting has been tough, I'm still doing it, and I feel great. Here are a couple... Read more

  • FL Keys Trail: Marathon (stage 8)

    7/10/2015 3:13:21 PM, by UP-2-ME

    Oh, thank goodness that 7-mile bridge is behind me. I think that has to be the "worst" leg of the trail but I could be wrong since I don't know what the future holds! I'm moving towards that half-way mark. Remember passing Pigeon Key? It turns out the visitor center isn't even on the Key at ... Read more

  • Words ..................

    7/10/2015 12:03:21 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    now get UP and run!!!!! Time to exercise people! its Friday... my RUN day, yeh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ... Read more

  • Bambi :-)

    7/10/2015 11:56:27 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Bambi ... Read more

  • Reset day 40: TGIF Trusting, Grateful, Inspired, Faith!

    7/10/2015 11:54:35 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Years ago I met a woman in Chicago at a women's conference named Brene Brown. She had just published a book named "I Thought It Was Just Me". In her workshop on Friday, she had a TGIF moment where we all shared what we were Trusting, Grateful, Inspired, and had Faith in. It has kind of stuck with... Read more

  • "Place the Mask Over Your Own Nose and Mouth..."

    7/10/2015 11:45:45 AM, by GIMMESPARK

    My cabin is facing rapid depressurization. Root causes (reorder as necessary, depending on the moment): * Menopause hormones * Relationship challenges with sig other of nearly 10 years * Teenager in household * Job change * Looming, rapidly approach 50th birthda... Read more

  • Weight Check 07/10/15 Friday

    7/10/2015 11:39:42 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    193 Weight Check 07/109/15 Friday 07/03/15 = 268.0 lbs 07/04/15 = 267.0 lbs = 1 lb released 07/05/15 = 266.0 lbs = 1 lb released = a total of 2 lbs. gone 07/06/15 = 264.4 lbs = 1.6 lbs released = a total of 3.6 lbs. gone 07/07/15 = 263.2 lbs = 1.2 lbs released = a total of 4.8... Read more