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  • It All Happens So Fast...

    9/26/2016 8:49:03 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    I haven't had a "depressed" day for a while. I got up early this morning because I wasn't sleeping well (nothing new and I'm working on a solution). So instead of watching something mindless, I did some work in my "Healing Your Aloneness" workbook which my therapist assigned. Then when my h... Read more

  • Housework day!

    9/25/2016 12:50:33 PM, by ACHERRY5

    Catching up on weekend chores! Getting ready for colder weather and preparing for the upcoming holidays!... Read more

  • Day 19 of Whole30

    9/25/2016 10:48:15 AM, by MLKDUD

    So now it just feels like routine following the Whole30. Feeling pretty good, getting more exercise in. Kind of burned out on eggs for breakfast everyday so I've been researching non egg compliant breakfasts and hope to do something different this week. Sadly I don't know if I even want to reintr... Read more

  • I Am Not a Peacock - I Am Perfecting

    9/25/2016 9:06:19 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    So the other day, I posted this picture on Facebook of my new swim goggles and swim cap: I post things about my fitness frequently. Its one of my secrets to keeping healthy habits. It not only helps me stay accountable, but others are often inspired to make healthy changes and they will... Read more

  • Oops I Did It Again....

    9/24/2016 3:37:52 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    No, it's not Britney b$tch. I went out last night with friends and had a great time! Chose fish tacos for dinner and only ate one because I was full and I didn't want to be overly full for dancing. The band was playing outside at a waterfront bar, but it was still HOT AND HUMID, so the dancing we... Read more

  • Always something

    9/23/2016 11:49:54 AM, by CH64412010

    I have lost 62 lbs since February. There are days I look in the mirror and feel soooo good about myself, but I still have days where I do not. I look in the mirror and think that i have more wrinkly skin, the cellulite shows up worse than before. I was losing 10 lbs a month in the beginning, but now... Read more

  • I have to find my way!

    9/23/2016 8:44:13 AM, by MISSA526

    My shoulder is killing me 28 . I woke up at 2am this morning to go to the bathroom and the pain was so bad I couldn't go back to sleep. So I'm running on about 4 hours of sleep. Which is not good for my waistline or my pain tolerance, especially with the fibromyalgia and lupus. I keep putting off ex... Read more

  • Yay, It's Friday!

    9/23/2016 7:42:55 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Going to water aerobics this morning. I was going to try something new and do an exercise class that started at 7:30 but had to go to the office (got a page last night) instead. After water aerobics, headed to do the grocery shopping. Lots of new ideas for healthy stuff! Then some much needed re... Read more

  • Today is My Friday!

    9/22/2016 11:23:40 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Up late last night working then couldn't sleep well. Went to the office early and got reports turned in. Went to the pool and had a great time doing water aerobics. I HOPE I can get a good nap in, since I'm on call again tonight. But then I get a three day weekend! Going out Friday with my adored hu... Read more

  • Wow

    9/21/2016 1:28:13 PM, by COUNTRYFISHIN

    Oh wow just noticed that it has once more been a few weeks since I have written anything. Well to give an update I have put aside the negativity about my weight. I am planning on talking to my dr in hopes that he might be able to help figure out what is going on. Hopefully it is just me not making t... Read more

  • Walking on Wednesday

    9/21/2016 12:30:27 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Had a little shoulder pain and I read an article that swimming (especially the way I do it) can be one of those things that causes shoulder injury. So I don't want to overdo it. Besides, I know that for me, changing up what I do for fitness keeps me from getting bored. Plus, it helps you work dif... Read more

  • Such a great day!

    9/20/2016 9:55:36 PM, by ACHERRY5

    Training in Detroit is done, 11,000 + steps done and back home to sleep in my own bed!!!!... Read more

  • I Came Out Today!!

    9/20/2016 6:21:57 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    No, it's not what you think - I'm not gay (but I fully support those who are - love is love!). I came out in a different way today. We had a Division meeting at work. The emphasis today was on being healthy and self-care. I thought, "Heck, this is perfect!" I announced to everyone, "I'm 54 and I... Read more

  • Day 12 of 21 day challenge for newbies God be with me

    9/19/2016 11:00:32 PM, by GREENSAPPHIRE

    Started 2nd job today training, did 5 hours on 1st job, ate@ BK got home, 50year old visually impaired nephew left front door open with keys in door, reacting to excessive use of mothballs for rodents 🐭 and bugs and I snackedddd,... I will brush my knees off. Tomorrow......is a new day. Keep Hope... Read more

  • Mini vacation…

    9/19/2016 10:17:18 PM, by ACHERRY5

    At the Detroit Marriott for work. Feels like a mini spa vacation…… Enjoying myself!... Read more

  • Ugh.. migraine

    9/19/2016 1:24:28 PM, by MISSA526

    Feeling so ill. I've thrown up twice and my eye is killing me. I was supposed to be at Shawn's apt today but the bug people came and I couldn't be there while they were doing their job. So now I'm stuck at home with mom and dad (he has the week off) and I'm miserable. I still need to do my PT exerci... Read more

  • Day 15 of Whole30

    9/19/2016 10:43:51 AM, by MLKDUD

    Doing the Whole30 hasn't been bad at all!! In fact my blood sugar has been PERFECT. I struggle at times to keep it from going too low, but I'm learning how to make sure I eat enough at meals and keep compliant snacks around to prevent the lows. I do have to work a little harder to be creative wit... Read more

  • Weight...no, wait...no, WEIGHT...no...What???!

    9/19/2016 7:39:27 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Had a busy weekend, but did well and feel productive. Worked 12.5 hours on Saturday and 13 yesterday. I didn't exercise yesterday and all day long I had the "do something quick" panic voice in my head. I probably could have done at least 10 minutes, and my goal next time is to DO IT. But I don't... Read more

  • One More Day!

    9/18/2016 5:43:25 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Then I get two days off. Getting to the office early to dump the pager and get over to my water aerobics class in the morning. Can't wait! I GOT THIS.... Read more

  • Busy!

    9/17/2016 10:16:36 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    No time to blog, but wanted to say hi! Staying the course despite the stress of the day! I GOT THIS!... Read more

  • Hit it out of the park!

    9/17/2016 7:17:37 PM, by ACHERRY5

    Perfectly imperfect birthday for my son...normally that would bother me, but not since my spark days began...more patience with myself and life in general....... Read more

  • Another great day!

    9/16/2016 10:50:32 PM, by ACHERRY5

    I've always hated the thought of exercise… But since beginning with SparkPeople.com I've been really excited about adding more movement to my day. I've been increasing my steps by parking farther out in the parking lot at work, climbing the stairs more and watching what I eat. I feel so motivated ... Read more

  • And....We're Off!

    9/16/2016 7:17:14 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    This is going to be a busy weekend (I think). I never know with my job, but I'm on call until Monday morning at 8:00 am and you never know what you're going to get. One weekend I worked 42 out of 48 hours (no lie). Normally I would have today open until 4:00 pm when I get the pager, but I have th... Read more

  • Uh oh...Full Moon this Weekend!

    9/15/2016 8:48:59 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    I'm on call this weekend, but I'm planning ahead to be sure I can still get some fitness in. Of course, I'm at the mercy of the pager and people's actions, but I will still MAKE time - even if it's only 10 minutes here and there. Improved my swimming time yesterday - did 1.37 miles in 60 minu... Read more

  • To my surprise

    9/15/2016 6:40:37 PM, by ACHERRY5

    I'm still going at it. Giving it my all. Drinking lots of water. Making better choices. Walking more. Counting steps. This feels awesome!... Read more

  • Switching Psychiatrist after 15 years

    9/15/2016 6:33:48 PM, by MISSA526

    My psychiatrist appt went horrible yesterday. she accused me of misses appoints which is why I went an extra month without seeing her. That was totally untrue! She was out of the country for all of August and I was rescheduled 3 times. SHe just said "If it'ss my fault then it's my fault" I was near... Read more

  • 3 accomplishments

    9/15/2016 12:04:12 AM, by CH64412010

    I want to focus on what this lifestyle change has done for me besides weight loss. I didn't realize what an impact weight had on the rest of my life. I have lost 61 lbs since Feb which feels amazing but it has done so much more for me: 1. I have so much more energy to play with my kids and I'm becom... Read more

  • Day 6 of the 21 day for newbies

    9/13/2016 7:16:54 PM, by GREENSAPPHIRE

    Blogging is in my future as one of my NSV! 💕✨💃✨💕💫... Read more

  • Updates from Yesterday

    9/13/2016 12:32:36 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    I had two important appointments yesterday. One was my therapy appointment. It was exciting telling Dr. B about how I have really been using the tools he's giving me. I told him about last Thursday at the hotel, when I had the revelation that my mood and motivation totally went down the drain bec... Read more

  • Spark coach

    9/13/2016 5:54:50 AM, by MISSA526

    Today I am feeling tired but motivated! How are you feeling today?... Read more

  • Busy is No Excuse!

    9/12/2016 10:11:32 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Went to water aerobics - they called it on account of thunder, even nixed indoor (because it's glassed-in I guess?). Came home and cranked up the fitness videos. Did 10 minutes of yoga stretch (ouchie, but so good when you're done!) and 30 minutes of cardio dance with some kickboxing thrown in. A... Read more

  • Lazy Sunday - NOT!

    9/11/2016 9:50:58 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Had a lovely sleep last night. Ate a small, but healthy breakfast and had my morning (decaf) coffee. Now off to the pool to swim laps. Yesterday I beat my record for the mile - did it in 39 minutes (it was 45 last time - KILLED IT!). Later today, going to some friends of ours to play music and h... Read more

  • my worst enemy

    9/11/2016 8:08:04 AM, by MARPARMC46

    no one blocks my weight loss goals but me. i have a disease when it comes to food. i can not say no. i dont like the taste of healthy foods and love the taste of junk. i am willful and want immediate gratification. i am like that 2 year old all of us see in the groc line who is stomping its ... Read more

  • my worst enemy

    9/11/2016 8:07:59 AM, by MARPARMC46

    no one blocks my weight loss goals but me. i have a disease when it comes to food. i can not say no. i dont like the taste of healthy foods and love the taste of junk. i am willful and want immediate gratification. i am like that 2 year old all of us see in the groc line who is stomping its ... Read more

  • Vintage and Victorious!

    9/10/2016 10:17:07 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Yep, that's me! I was responding to a faithful sparkfriend (Thanks Gary!) who always offers encouragement and thought I'd use my response as my blog today. I really do believe that age is just a number. I see so many people WAY younger than me who are just "existing" day by day, sitting aro... Read more

  • In the Presence of Greatness

    9/9/2016 8:06:13 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    I read this recently in a SP article and kept it because it really resonated with me: "Those moments after feeling defeated are the most important moments on your journey, the ones that define who you are, how tough your spirit can be and how much you want that end goal. How you react means the dif... Read more

  • The struggle...

    9/8/2016 9:09:49 PM, by ACHERRY5

    Been struggling for several days in a row. Made a commitment to myself that tomorrow I'm going to give it my all!!!... Read more

  • Extra cardio

    9/8/2016 2:28:21 AM, by CH64412010

    This might sound strange because it will sound like i don't clean my house, but I do. However, I have had some ups and downs with getting cardio in since I don't have as much time for the gym. So, I have added an hr a day to cleaning the house and that's it. Usually I did it all in one day and it on... Read more

  • Travel Day One- A Rousing Success!

    9/7/2016 8:32:58 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Up at 5:00 am and on the road by 6:00 am. Had to get the county car and got breakfast at the Dunkin' Donuts on the way - but be ye not dismayed! Even DD has a healthy choice or two if you do your homework. I got the veggie flatbread which was delicious. Brought protein bars for snacks and had on... Read more

  • Planning for Success!

    9/6/2016 8:02:13 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    2FIT2BFAB gave me a great idea - find others to workout with while I'm out of town. That got me thinking - find a class! I'm so excited! I don't want to do what I used to do which is get bad things to eat and go sit in front of the TV in the room in the evening. I googled Zumba classes and found a... Read more

  • Spark coach blog

    9/6/2016 1:40:42 PM, by MISSA526

    I'm supposed to give myself 3 compliments. This is extremely difficult because I am going through a rough patch with body image and negative feeling. I'm a good listener. I can get along with most people. And I have a nice butt lol. Too anyone who reads this list 3 compliments about yourself! Hugs!... Read more

  • Thinking Things Through

    9/6/2016 1:24:12 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    I made a decision. I had joined one of the SparkTeams that is really active and seems like a lot of fun. BUT there was so much going on, I began to stress about getting all the rules down, getting all the required posts up, and struggling to understand all the rules. So - I stopped. I have learn... Read more

  • A final realization: I am enough.

    9/6/2016 10:55:06 AM, by ANGIEEVERETTE

    Recently I went to my 30th high school class reunion, something I was not sure I wanted to do. You see I have packed on some pounds since we were all together last. So before I went, I felt compelled to post on Facebook my basic insecurities about my physical shape (or lack thereof) to try to make m... Read more

  • my challenge

    9/6/2016 6:58:49 AM, by MARPARMC46

    i am doing great with the physical activity part of spark people walking my 10000 steps per day and have now added strength tapes and some streaching. no problem but my food is a different thing. cant seem to learn to like veggies. i still want junk food and quick snacks instead of good hea... Read more

  • day 1 of Whole30

    9/5/2016 6:11:35 PM, by MLKDUD

    Well i didn't feel prepared enough to begin Whole30 today. But after I woke up, I thought, why shouldn't I? I'm off today, plenty of time to prep, and after a weekend at camp and horrible eating my husband and I feel icky, so I wanted to do something! I sat down, planned out dinners, figured out ... Read more

  • Dragging A LittleToday

    9/5/2016 2:09:56 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Had a rough time sleeping last night. Really busy day and my pager went off just as I was trying to settle down to sleep, which totally got my adrenalin running again, so that was probably the culprit. Did not do morning exercise and I can totally tell the difference in how I feel. Absolutely ama... Read more

  • And, again

    9/5/2016 10:35:52 AM, by BEVERLEE

    Well, here I start yet again. Glad that I am able to re-group ☺️... Read more

  • Good bye August, hello September!

    9/4/2016 6:02:39 PM, by OLYMUM

    I am so happy to welcome September. I am ready to get back to routines, organization, schedules, and planned meals. I am ready for cooler weather, crisp air, golden leaves, and cozy sweaters. September, I love you!... Read more

  • Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming, Swimming....

    9/4/2016 11:17:44 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Today I swam a MILE. A whole mile! I took me 48 minutes and I was alternating between crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. Swimming is my FAVORITE exercise because I burn so many calories, work so many muscles and I've always loved being in the water. I'm going to buy a new fitness tracker that's... Read more

  • Tracey and the Tropical Storm

    9/3/2016 1:00:18 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    On call last night so of course, I ended up with an Immediate report that I had to initiate. The good news is that I got all my fitness and over 13000 steps in even before I got the report! I'm telling you, this morning exercise stuff is the way to go. Still on call, so no more time to chat, but ... Read more

  • Training Day - Part Deux

    9/2/2016 7:15:42 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Yesterday was a huge success! Took two healthy snacks for the day - only ate the morning snack because I wasn't hungry in the afternoon and knew I was meeting a friend for an early dinner. Got a healthy lunch from the "Grab and Go" section of th Publix. Not everything they have there is a healthy... Read more

  • Surgery tomorrow

    9/1/2016 7:48:05 PM, by INTEND2LOSE

    If you ever have someone tell you that a kidney stone is as bad as labor, BELIEVE THEM. I woke at 2:30 am on Wednesday and if felt like the Hand of God was trying to pop my left kidney like a water balloon. Long story short, the stone is 33 mm, too big for my local hospital to deal with. So, at noon... Read more

  • Fitting it in when I can

    9/1/2016 2:38:19 PM, by CH64412010

    Does anyone else not have a set gym schedule? Since school has started back, I have to fit it in when I can. I get 10,000 steps a day no matter what. If I do not achieve the steps on my own throughout the day (which is almost every day). I will get on the treadmill or trampoline at home. IF i have t... Read more

  • Training Day

    9/1/2016 7:27:26 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    I have to be in the office during the "regular" work hours for the next two days. That totally messes up my favorite workout (swimming) in the morning, because the pool isn't open early enough. SO- I planned ahead and got up early enough this morning to do yoga and cardio dance videos at home! I ... Read more

  • A year has passed!

    8/31/2016 6:32:53 PM, by MLKDUD

    Wow, I didn't realize it's been a year since I blogged! I had all over body pain that was progressively getting worse and no doctor would really listen or do anything about it. My sister was here in June and saying that she eats very little gluten and just feels better when she does. I was tellin... Read more

  • Knowledge is Power - and I'm Going to Use It in a POWERFUL Way!

    8/31/2016 2:26:55 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Had my endoscopy today. Results? My former RNY is still in place and has NOT stretched. I have to acknowledge that the only reason I've been able to "eat my way through it" is because of the food choices I was making. Carbs (like pasta) are easy to move through your stomach, no matter how small ... Read more

  • Well now

    8/31/2016 1:06:19 PM, by COUNTRYFISHIN

    Sorry it has been a while since I have blogged. My lap top got broke over the summer and now that I have started my second fall semester at College I am able to get to a computer and start back up letting y'all know what is rolling around in my brain. Okay the one thing that has come up in my ... Read more

  • Putting the scale away

    8/31/2016 12:46:43 PM, by CH64412010

    My goal for September is to be 210 by the end of it. I'm at 217 now. This will be a total of 65 lbs. However, I am going to put the scale away until September is over. I have the scale in my bathroom so I tend to get on it every morning out of habit. Sometimes it gets discouraging when it goes up or... Read more

  • pumping it up

    8/31/2016 8:49:14 AM, by MARPARMC46

    i have been walking each day and get in at least 10000 steps on 6 days of the week and about 7500 on the 7th. ( sunday so very full of church and family) i have really been lax about strength exercises. i have now organized my exercise equip here at home and hooked up the dvr. during tv commer... Read more

  • To Cut or Not to Cut, That is the Question...

    8/30/2016 4:42:01 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    So when I was still in the throes of my months-long binge, I had reconnected with the practice that did my gastric bypass surgery in 2001. They told me that I might be a candidate for lap-band over RNY if certain things line up. So I went for a chest X-ray and tomorrow I have an upper endoscopy. I... Read more

  • Yearly physical...

    8/30/2016 3:56:31 PM, by ACHERRY5

    Had a great visit with the doctor today! Had my annual physical with all the bells and whistles, checked under the hood and kicked the tires...🤗 now to wait for lab results:)... Read more

  • healthy me

    8/30/2016 7:15:10 AM, by MARPARMC46

    to be in my perfectly healthy place without a scale is scary but i have read that the other ways to track success are actually more accurate. for me this would be the ability to do many of the physical activities i love with out worry ie kayak climb a mountain zip line play with the grands... Read more

  • Another day

    8/29/2016 10:00:07 PM, by ACHERRY5

    I can't believe I've made it another day. I'm excited to see what tomorrow brings and a conquer more challenges. I've been focused on making better choices with food and moving around more during the day. Yay me! I hope you all are having the same sorts of successes and having a great day. 👏👊... Read more

  • SCHEDULE it - you're worth it!

    8/29/2016 8:32:36 AM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    One of the things I've found to be most helpful to me is to be sure and SCHEDULE time each day to be healthy. Not just fitness, although that's definitely the main thing I make sure I plan ahead for; but also time for Sparkpoints. Now I know you're saying all the things I did - what? Schedule som... Read more

  • Organizing!

    8/28/2016 5:16:02 PM, by ROGUEKAT

    Goodness! Summer has been nothing but a blur of activity! I have spent almost every weekend in the forest camping, out hiking by the river, kayaking on the lakes or cycling. You would think all of that activity led to weight loss but noooooo Why? Um because with all of that activity I haven't h... Read more

  • The Beast is Back!

    8/28/2016 3:32:25 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    Been back in "beast" mode now for 7 days and it feels GREAT. Did laps in the pool for 30 minutes straight today. Beat my first day record by 6 laps! Then did strength training for 30 minutes. Got one question though - how many calories do you burn getting into a sports bra? HOLY COW. Trying to get t... Read more

  • Hard work

    8/27/2016 3:58:56 PM, by OLYMUM

    I hate that losing weight is so much work. Then, when I hear myself say that, I hate that I am whining. I hate that I am so weak. I mean, seriously, "suck it up", right! Get over yourself. It is hard work. Just do it. So, why can't I just do it? Ugh.... Read more

  • Leaves of Change Fall Challenge Goals

    8/27/2016 2:36:01 PM, by NARNIAROSE2003

    I was invited by my new Sparkfriend AMY_1217 to join the Leaves of Change Fall Challenge, so I did! She also challenged our Team members to post our Fall goals so here are mine: 1. Log in to Sparkpeople every day. 2. Track my nutrition and water intake every day. 3. Continue my current ... Read more