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  • Sunday's Smile =)

    5/3/2015 10:46:49 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • When life is stressful....

    5/3/2015 9:15:53 PM, by ZOEWMU

    Eating that comfort food won't make you feel better. It's not going to fill the empty spot. Feel the pain. It hurts. But eating won't make it hurt less. It's just going to add to the hurt because then you'll be hurting emotionally and you'll be hurting yourself. Life feels out of control. Eat... Read more

  • Happy Sunday!

    5/3/2015 6:08:59 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Worked 6 hours today but pleased with my project. Didn't have rehearsal as a band member has a sick mom (get well soon!). Cooked fried fish, asparagus and sweet potatoes with Gary Brenneman​ which turned out delicious! Enjoyed the beautiful weather sitting on the deck with the critters. Ready ... Read more

  • Energizer Bunny Is Losing Energy...

    5/2/2015 7:13:04 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Exhausted. Worked 46.5 hours on my regular job, attended 1.5 days of training in Washington, DC, for my Federal contract (not counting travel time), packed for the yard sale last night, unloaded two loads of stuff for the yard sale at 5:30 am this morning, and reloaded one load that I didn't sell (b... Read more

  • Silly Saturday =)

    5/2/2015 3:56:39 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Feline Friday =^..^=

    5/1/2015 9:26:35 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Thursday's Teehee =)

    4/30/2015 10:11:25 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Wednesday's Wisdom =)

    4/29/2015 10:28:35 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • very long weekend!!( And few days)

    4/29/2015 7:14:34 AM, by MISSA526

    Sorry I was MIA for awhile. I was house sitting for Shawn's boss. I stayed there for 3 and a half days taking care of the house and 5 cats and 1 huge black lab and one smaller dog. Have I mentioned I'm allergic to all? But I should get a little money out of it. I gained some weight 15 because all w... Read more

  • Tuesday's Tickle =)

    4/28/2015 4:33:38 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Tomorrow is Day 45!!!

    4/28/2015 1:11:31 PM, by ANIKA34

    WOW!! I can't believe that tomorrow is day number 45 in my first cycle of my 60 day program! I have been doing the best I can, staying on track about 95% of the time and it's paying off! I am hoping that when I weigh in Thursday morning that I will be at my first goal of 30 lbs lost! I am feeling AM... Read more

  • I Got the Runnin' On Empty Sittin' at the Airport with the Power Runnin' Out on My Laptop Blues..

    4/27/2015 8:33:44 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    LOL. If I had my guitar with me, I'd totally break into song. Trying to stay awake and do some work while on this layover in Charlotte, NC. Won't get to my hotel until after midnight tonight, then have to be up and ready to catch the shuttle to the training site at 7:30 AM. Somebody remind me th... Read more

  • Monday Pun Fun =)

    4/27/2015 4:03:11 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • And....Here We Go!

    4/26/2015 8:12:03 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    I have a Federal contract that I've had for some time as a child welfare expert reviewing the practice of State DSS agencies. Just after I started my new job, they culled the list of contractors and I made the cut! Then they scheduled training for two days in April. I can't take leave until my 90... Read more

  • Finally Spring is Here!

    4/26/2015 6:16:53 PM, by LIZMORGAN

    Now that the weather has improved, I'm finally getting outside more. My step count has been up, I've been walking the dog more, and I have no trouble getting in my running workouts (I started training for a half marathon that will take place at the end of June). My healthy eating habits are slowly f... Read more

  • Sunday's Smile =)

    4/26/2015 4:51:46 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Focus On The Good Right Now

    4/25/2015 6:23:57 PM, by LADYMACK24

    This speaks volumes. Happy Saturday All! ... Read more

  • Silly Saturday =)

    4/25/2015 4:56:53 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Life is a Everlasting Challenge

    4/25/2015 4:37:00 PM, by LULAFANULA

    Reaching your goals does not end it, but open new ones. Embrace it and forge ahead... Read more

  • Be Ye Perfect...ing!

    4/25/2015 3:19:54 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    So my lovely friend Vic was blogging yesterday about having an imperfect day. I totally get where she was coming from, but it set me to thinking. PERFECT. What exactly does that mean? So...I looked it up. "Perfect - having all the required or desirable elements, qualities, or characteristics; a... Read more

  • Weird phenonmena....

    4/24/2015 9:07:14 PM, by ZOEWMU

    I ate really well today. In fact, I finished dinner at the low end of my calorie range. I could eat 260 more calories today and still be in my range. DH and I had to go to the grocery store, so I decided, before I went, that I was going to get a candy bar. It would still be in my calorie range. ... Read more

  • Feline Friday =^..^=

    4/24/2015 8:37:25 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Prayers and Positive Energy Requested

    4/24/2015 8:14:22 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Hello, dear friends. I got a call from my oldest son tonight. He said that my daughter-in-law had some kind of irritation on her face. She went to the doctor and they said it was shingles. Due to that diagnosis, they did an ultrasound. Apparently, there is a possibility that she has a blighted ... Read more

  • Crazy Busy...but it's almost Friday!

    4/23/2015 9:14:05 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Wow, work is nuts. Fortunately, I love my boss and the work. AND tomorrow is Friday! Plus I'm in love. My boyfriend is the best and makes me so happy. Oh, and I got a new keyboard in the mail for the new band! So excited! I GOT THIS.... Read more

  • Thursday's Thought =)

    4/23/2015 4:59:35 AM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Learning from the averages....

    4/22/2015 9:32:07 PM, by ZOEWMU

    I like numbers. So, today, just for kicks, I took my average dinner time calories and compared them to my average daily calories. I just wanted to see. I feel like I eat most of my calories at dinner time. I like eating a big meal at dinner. I eat the same thing for breakfast every morning... Read more

  • A Donkey Story

    4/22/2015 7:44:30 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    I really like my new boss. She's a very direct, no frills kind of boss - the kind that used to terrify me because I have such a hard time with even constructive criticism. But she has learned me quickly, and I've seen her soften up just to help me. I really appreciate that kind of boundary setting... Read more

  • Wednesday's Wisdom =)

    4/22/2015 10:55:25 AM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • It's My Spark-iversary: One Month

    4/22/2015 9:24:38 AM, by BADGER-GAL

    Wow! It's already been a month ago today that I came back to Spark. It seems that I've also come back to learning and relearning more about myself. What a surprise I've been getting when I read my nutritional report at the end of each day. It isn't always very well balanced fat/carb/protein-wise.... Read more

  • Do Not Think of Soreness as Pain....

    4/22/2015 7:27:43 AM, by LULAFANULA

    Bear it with a grin, carry it with pride, look forward to more.... Read more

  • Tired...

    4/21/2015 9:02:26 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Worked until 8:30. Tired. Still hanging tough....just tired. Hope you all had a great day. I GOT THIS.... Read more

  • Tuesday's Tickle =)

    4/21/2015 1:14:01 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

    It's finals week for me!!! ... Read more

  • My next mini goal....

    4/20/2015 9:14:31 PM, by ZOEWMU

    is to get to 209 pounds. I know it's only 4 and a half pounds away, but if I look too far ahead I get discouraged. At 209 pounds, I'm below the weight I was 4 years ago when I started this job. The weight I started at when I lost weight the last time, getting down to 175. It's important to me b... Read more

  • Confession (Again)

    4/20/2015 7:33:27 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Alright, so I'm looking at the scale - which is why I knew that I lost 3 pounds over the weekend. But I had read an SP article where recording your weight daily was helpful to someone else. So I'm making peace with the scale. I think it's fine if I feel the need to weigh frequently (even daily) b... Read more

  • A Life of Courage and Grit

    4/20/2015 11:50:37 AM, by BADGER-GAL

    Our daughter has a physical disability. The first neurologist predicted that by her age now (30+) she would be using a wheelchair full-time. She wore braces from age 5 on. She has had terrible, nearly immobilizing hip pain for a number of years. The orthopedic surgeon last year didn't want to do... Read more

  • Monday Pun Fun =)

    4/20/2015 12:38:05 AM, by GAYLE-G-63

    It was an emotional wedding; even the cake was in tiers!... Read more

  • Love Meeting My Goals!

    4/19/2015 9:00:34 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Today I had four goals when I woke up: 1. Finish some HR stuff for work. 2. Cut the grass. 3. Rehearse with the new band. 4. Have drinks with my friends. Feeling great because I accomplished all four! Got the HR stuff done quick. I really enjoyed cutting the grass - not a lot but it gives me a good ... Read more

  • Sunday's Smile =)

    4/19/2015 12:12:27 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • How will I get through this day?

    4/19/2015 7:23:08 AM, by BADGER-GAL

    Today I'll see my daughter after 3 1/2 years. I'm eager and so glad to be with her and her hubby for a few days. When I'm away from home I tend to go on vacation" all the way. This time will I be committed enough to be aware as I eat and drink and will I track all of that today and through Wednes... Read more

  • Man Up!

    4/18/2015 7:53:28 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Today was a great day. My agency has a Male Involvement component focusing on engaging and empowering fathers. Today we had our first ever Man-Up Conference! We had great speakers from our community partners, from fathers and from mothers who we also hosted to encourage them in supporting the mal... Read more

  • Silly Saturday =)

    4/18/2015 2:15:58 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • The grass is always greener....

    4/18/2015 11:42:43 AM, by LULAFANULA

    In someone else's basket.... Read more

  • Saturday weigh in: down .2 lbs What I learned this week.

    4/18/2015 7:43:35 AM, by ZOEWMU

    .2 lbs. I'm choosing to be okay with that. Sure, I thought there would be more of a loss. Since losing weight is the goal, the scale agreeing with the hard work I've been doing would be fabulous. What I learned this week: 1) The healthy habits are for a lifetime. When I get to the point th... Read more

  • Need to Eat More!

    4/17/2015 8:12:34 PM, by BADGER-GAL

    Fruits and veggies 45 267 Easy to grab the emoticons - hard to incorporate a balance of the two. I love fruit! I can easily add fruit to my daily routines when I've been to the market recently. But veggies - I have a hard time with them - fresh & raw are more tasty to me, but I have a sensitiv... Read more

  • Feline Friday =^..^=

    4/17/2015 10:27:29 AM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Finding the Music Again!

    4/16/2015 8:44:51 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Some time ago, I had a falling out with my band in Raleigh. So it's been awhile since I was playing and singing regularly. That is without a doubt my biggest love - and I miss it. So I placed an ad on Craigslist to find new friends in the music scene in New Bern. Got quite a few responses and I'... Read more

  • Thursday's Thought =)

    4/16/2015 12:53:06 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Wiping sweat off my brow...

    4/16/2015 8:10:01 AM, by LULAFANULA

    and getting ready for another round. 386... Read more

  • The Yo-Yo

    4/16/2015 12:55:29 AM, by ALILOFF71

    I'm up, I'm down, I'm up, I'm down.... Having some prolems getting in my cardio but luckily it's yard work season! My weight can't make up it's mind though. The FitBit helps and I use it to push myself on my slow days. But butweeen two jobs, school, kids, a house and a husband I feel ike there's con... Read more

  • Exciting News!

    4/15/2015 9:14:13 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    My son called me a little bit ago - he had called me three times, but I didn't have the phone on. "MOM, I've been trying to call you! Did you get the picture?" I looked at my phone and saw a text from my daughter-in-law. It had a picture of TWO pregnancy tests and they were POSITIVE! I'm going ... Read more

  • Making and Breaking Habits

    4/15/2015 5:10:16 PM, by BADGER-GAL

    I haven't read about this recently but in years past the mantra was that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit - change some way of life - 3 weeks of intentional actions. I always felt like I was dragging myself through those days, Today I realized that I re-joined Spark People 24 days ago... Read more

  • Wednesday's Wisdom =)

    4/15/2015 10:27:06 AM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Do not go where the path may lead...

    4/15/2015 7:25:43 AM, by LULAFANULA

    go instead where there is no path and leave a trail - Ralph Waldo Emerson. Smart guy, that Ralph 48... Read more

  • Road Trip Coming in 3 Days!

    4/14/2015 6:32:25 PM, by BADGER-GAL

    433 My husband and I are leaving Saturday to drive to Pennsylvania to see our daughter and her husband and our grand-doggies and kitties. 200 239 We haven't been able to get together for a few years due to varied happenstances. This trip is the first one since I retired at the end of last... Read more

  • Rise...

    4/14/2015 7:46:33 AM, by LULAFANULA

    and shine like the sun. Spring is finally here! 345... Read more

  • Update!!

    4/14/2015 7:42:27 AM, by MISSA526

    Still in quite a bit of pain but I can wear a sports bra now and that's helping so I plan on doing some light exercising today. Leg work with bands, some yoga and stretching and a very easy session on the elliptical. Now if only I could get rid of these cramps LOL.... Read more

  • Tuesday's Tickle =) (Slighty 'blue')

    4/14/2015 12:45:31 AM, by GAYLE-G-63

    A husband and wife were trying to set up a new password to their computer. The husband, trying to embarass the wife, puts “PENIS” as password. The next minute, the wife fell to the ground laughing. The screen error was: “Error. Not long enough”.... Read more

  • Manic Monday

    4/13/2015 8:22:15 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    SO MUCH going on at work right now, but I'm going with the flow. Continuing my healthy habits because I know when life gets hectic, the worst thing I can do is fall off the wagon. There was cake, chocolates and a cupcake just for me (late birthday present from my employer) and I didn't eat ANY of ... Read more

  • Approaching Day 30 (tomorrow)

    4/13/2015 10:26:54 AM, by ANIKA34

    Approaching Day 30 of my 60 day journey (which I am going to start right back up after this round ends) and I am feeling pretty good about my journey so far! Minus the cramps today and just feeling blah, but overall I feel like I have done pretty good to sticking to my plan. Couple days of some not ... Read more

  • Monday Pun Fun =)

    4/13/2015 12:57:46 AM, by GAYLE-G-63

    Did you hear about the man whose left side was cut off? He's all right now!!!... Read more

  • Rough March Hoping for Better April and May

    4/12/2015 9:19:09 PM, by HEALTHIER-TT

    My March was horrid. I was recovering from an injury and a minor illness. Then on 03/25/15, we received word that the agency I work for is closing. That was a lot to take in and deal with in a short time. Now, I am slowly pulling it back together. Instead of focusing on what I can't control, I ... Read more

  • Cooking Up Some Stuff!

    4/12/2015 2:39:18 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Did some chores. Enjoyed the beautiful sunshine outside with a cup of coffee, my puppies, and some binoculars so I could watch the birds. Boiled eggs and packed stuff for healthy lunches this week. Going to cook flounder for dinner - fried in panko for Gary and sauteed for me. Will also make som... Read more

  • Sunday's Smile =)

    4/12/2015 1:01:46 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Aha! From Sunday Newspaper - Habits -> Happiness

    4/12/2015 9:36:04 AM, by BADGER-GAL

    A features column caught my eye. "Break Habits to Boost Happiness". Same-same? Actually not. The columnist writes about a new book "Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives." (Gretchen Rubin). "We have the inherent power to start good ones and stop old ones, but we're surpri... Read more

  • Here we go again.

    4/12/2015 8:50:47 AM, by SPINSTER321

    Sigh. Gained yet another pound, in spite of doing Couch To 5K. In the past 2 months, went from 15 lbs. lost, to putting back on 5 lbs. Been doing this for over 1 year now, and based on my SparkPeople report (and my own common sense), this isn't how it's supposed to go. Something has got to give. Mor... Read more

  • A Good Reminder

    4/11/2015 7:08:25 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

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  • Silly Saturday =)

    4/11/2015 4:01:24 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Mu doctor is a jerk

    4/11/2015 1:51:03 PM, by MISSA526

    Saw my doctor, well saw his resident. After an excruciating exam she went to talk to my doctor. Then he came in and prescribed me antibiotics. And nothing else. I am in agony every second of the day. I am swollen to the point where I am embarressed to go out in public because my breast are so obvio... Read more

  • A New Day....

    4/11/2015 10:01:19 AM, by LULAFANULA

    A new challenge; a new triumph; a new loss. Just another day. Take it as such and learn from it.... Read more

  • Long Hours

    4/10/2015 9:00:26 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Worked about 10 hours today. Tired but content with the work I did this week. Not going to do anything I don't have to this weekend. Looking forward to spending some time with my love. Hope everyone has a great weekend!... Read more

  • Veni, Vidi, Vici

    4/10/2015 1:40:59 PM, by LULAFANULA

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  • Feline Friday =^..^=

    4/10/2015 11:49:03 AM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Double the Fun!

    4/9/2015 8:30:47 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    So I got an email from the iFit people today and they are going to send me a new one! So I'm going to wear both the iFit and my Spark tracker - see if they are measuring the same. Worked late today and have to work late tomorrow, but it's so good to be back doing work with families. I am enjoying... Read more

  • *READ AT OWN RISK*

    4/9/2015 12:47:12 PM, by MISSA526

    Well I was doing really well with cardio, strength training, and yoga. I was feeling great and the Botox was working so I wasn't getting migraines and my shoulder was doing a really well. 3 days ago I discovered an abscess under my left breast, It hurt very bad, then it popped, the hole it left is t... Read more

  • Thursday's Thought =)

    4/9/2015 10:41:51 AM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • Wednesday's Wisdom =)

    4/8/2015 11:23:11 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • SparkFit!

    4/8/2015 7:58:51 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    So I decided to go ahead and order a SparkFit regardless of what happened with my iFit. I think they are going to replace it - so this way I will always have a back up if one of them gets sick again or needs charging. Here's to healthy planning! I GOT THIS.... Read more

  • Run for it.

    4/8/2015 12:25:57 PM, by SPINSTER321

    I began SparkPeople's Couch To 5K program at the end of January. I figured it'd be a good way to spice up my exercise routine. I'm currently in Week 7. It has taken me longer than the prescribed 8 weeks - I had to restart 1 (or was it 2?) week due to falling ill, and have also been on vacation twice... Read more

  • For as long as....

    4/8/2015 7:27:09 AM, by LULAFANULA

    There is breath in you, you must plow on. 9... Read more

  • Tuesday's Tickle =)

    4/7/2015 10:55:15 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • iFit is Sick....

    4/7/2015 7:59:18 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    I haven't been able to wear my iFit for the last few days. That totally sucks since I've worn it every day this year. *sigh* I have contacted tech support and I hope they can fix it. If not, I think I'm going to get the SparkFit. It would be nice to have something that syncs with the website. ... Read more

  • We are.....

    4/7/2015 7:54:22 AM, by LULAFANULA

    the Champions!! No matter what you do, as long as you try, that makes us all champions. 381... Read more

  • Confession....

    4/6/2015 8:20:41 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    OK....I cheated. I broke down and stepped on the scale. The good news is... it was good news. BUT I'm going to try my best not to peak again before April 30. On to healthy living! I GOT THIS.... Read more

  • Monday Pun Fun =)

    4/6/2015 8:11:50 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

    Ding dong, the witch is dead! Dragonfly ... Read more

  • Feeling Content

    4/5/2015 7:18:47 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Quiet and happy day. Went for a drive towards Oriental. I so love being near water all the time now. Then to New Bern to have soft shell crab for lunch. Came home and made ham and sweet potatoes for dinner with deviled eggs. Also made a carrot cake and going to eat a small piece in a bit. Beau... Read more

  • Sunday's Smile =)

    4/5/2015 5:05:51 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • update to our lawsuit

    4/5/2015 1:56:05 PM, by MLKDUD

    So tomorrow night our 6 month law suit battle with the school district should come to an end. We signed a settlement agreement on Friday and the school board just has to approve it. No, we don't get money like people like to think we do. We get the services that my daughter was already entitled t... Read more

  • Happy Easter!

    4/4/2015 9:22:07 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Spent the day unpacking some boxes and putting family pictures into frames. Just the way I wanted to. Happy Easter everyone! I GOT THIS.... Read more

  • Silly Saturday =)

    4/4/2015 8:44:30 PM, by GAYLE-G-63

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  • almost met a goal

    4/4/2015 3:04:41 PM, by MLKDUD

    well my goal by my 42nd birthday (March 24th) was to lose 100 pounds. I lost 75 and am pretty happy with that!!... Read more

  • There is no Magic Trick......

    4/4/2015 10:13:27 AM, by LULAFANULA

    Just Hard Work 347... Read more