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  • Mosquito bite info. from Walmart Pharmacist in case you need it one day :-)

    6/30/2015 11:08:49 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Mosquito bite info. from Walmart Pharmacist in case you need it one day :-) or This past weekend, I cleaned out my garage and got bitten a LOT of times on my arms by mosquito’s which I didn’t know until later which resulted in redness, swelling inflammation and hea... Read more

  • Under 400 calories

    6/30/2015 8:44:45 AM, by SARAANN73

    Just a reminder to myself that I can enjoy a LOT of food for about 350 calories. Dinner last night: Fresh brussels sprouts sauteed in olive oil until the outer leaves crisped up. Two eggs scrambled with tomatoes, mushrooms, green peppers and onions. Filling (and kept me full). Delicious. And I go... Read more

  • Little Miss Imperfect

    6/29/2015 1:49:28 PM, by SARAANN73

    My initial response to this morning's (weekly) weigh-in was disappointment. No change on the scale. As in past attempts, the stubborn scale made for a bummer of a Monday morning. I've been tracking my mood (what a great Spark feature!) and noticed that, while the past 2 weeks have been mostly 8's, t... Read more

  • Cleaned out my Garage yesterday, yeh!!!!

    6/29/2015 9:19:22 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Cleaned out my Garage yesterday, yeh!!!! went from this: to THIS = YEP brought many, many, many BINS at Walmart for $4.88 each, they are CLEAR (see thru) which means NO NEED for LABELING... I can SEE what is in each bin so I know where stuff is at. lol YES I got OVER 20 to... Read more

  • Putting fork down between bites

    6/28/2015 11:38:46 AM, by --MAY--

    Hey, I atarted doing this yesterday, though it is hard to remember it will come, just like Marilyn says it will be automatic, like putting on sunscreen after getting burned, or not putting your hand on a hot Iron even when your 82 year old Mother said it was turned OFF!! I Will Never do that again! ... Read more

  • I Can Dish It Out, But I Can't Always Take It! :(

    6/27/2015 3:42:36 AM, by STEPH-KNEE

    I can dish out advice (when asked for) and kind, supportive words to anyone at any time! Someone can tell me that overate, ate something they shouldn't, skipped a workout, gained 5 pounds etc. and I can find a positive spin on all of it. I can remind them not to give up, not to let the scale get to ... Read more

  • 2nd Day of 5K Training & Lungs Expanding 06/26/15

    6/26/2015 3:32:37 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    2nd Day of 5K Training 06/26/15 and My LUNGS are expanding, yeh!!! THE PROCESS: 3 X per week (M, W, F) running and walking for 20 minutes. In case you, the reader, don't know me... I am a FAT person at age 59... and my doctor said I don't have ANY patients YOUR AGE running and I ... Read more

  • Swimsuit Model vs. Healthy Weight

    6/26/2015 8:51:25 AM, by SARAANN73

    I more or less love my body. I haven't always, and there are days where I just. Can't. Even. (And photographs... I mostly HATE pictures of myself.) But in general, I'm good with myself, even though I'm just one tiny tick... a sliver... beneath the "obese" label. (I looked up my BMI. It was a sh... Read more

  • Today...just ugh

    6/25/2015 4:11:43 PM, by WINTERRAIN

    At the time I am writing this blog I have no idea what my weight is, last weigh in I was up 4lbs....shooting me to 188.8. Very close to the 190 mark, an area I haven't been in for months and it bothers me. I hate the way I feel and I hate the way my clothes feel. All last week I counted my ca... Read more

  • 2 Women same age which do u want to be? ... and Couch to 5K plan

    6/25/2015 10:52:20 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    2 Women same age, which do u want to be? ... and Couch to 5K plan You decide! Couch to 5K ® | Beginning Running PLAN First off, you may be asking, "exactly how many miles is a 5K?" A 5K is 3.1 miles. We're here to help you achieve your goal of beginning to run your fir... Read more

  • Vacation eating and consequences

    6/25/2015 8:01:23 AM, by SARAANN73

    Oooh. Consequences. What a fun word. It makes me picture a figure wearing bishop's robes, chanting as he walks down an aisle of people, chanting "Atone... Atone... Atone for your sins!" Maybe he's menacingly shaking a scale at me, too. So my "mini-vacation" (4 day) weekend. I did, after two day... Read more

  • I finally DID something about it.Couch to 5K Training starting today 6/24/15 3 times per wk, yeh!!

    6/24/2015 3:18:13 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Remember yesterday I was stressing out? well I finally DID something about it, took action and decided to train for the COUCH TO 5K ... SERIOUSLY. I started today, yeh!!!! Now you all know this is me "naturally" = = I am naturally lazy LOL and then yesterday... I thought and th... Read more

  • Sugar, BLC, Life update!

    6/23/2015 9:12:36 PM, by STEPH-KNEE

    So I had mentioned wanting to make this sugar plan more of a long term thing. Well I haven't changed my mind, but it is best for me to tackle this 21 day challenge and then work on the rest. If I get overwhelmed, I shut down, so baby steps for me is right. For full disclosure, I have had... Read more

  • What is wrong with me? Self-Doubt phase...

    6/23/2015 8:33:20 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    what I wrong with me? Self-Doubt phase.... I am struggling.... with food. its like I literally wake up most times thinking of what I will eat today. Not what exercise will I do... but what will I eat today . I think like other people can be successful at weight loss because they ha... Read more

  • 9 YEAR SPARKVERSARY!

    6/22/2015 11:31:16 PM, by DOTSLADY

    Where has time gone? I was hoping to be at goal by now (again). LOL. I'm stuck on 105 lbs lost (not a horrible thing, mind you! *pats on back*). Trying to shake it up again, so I started to weight train...yesterday (so that'd be once now). Today is rest day (yay). I'm SORE (what did ya expec... Read more

  • So tired of the rain and thunderstorms in colorado..

    6/19/2015 2:28:29 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    So tired of the rain and thunderstorms in colorado.. all I see in the news lately is about the thunderstorm watch and the rain and flash flooding ... and watch when the summer heat comes... then I will be complaining about the heat 334 LOL ... Read more

  • Confession... I hate doing the dishes :-(

    6/18/2015 1:21:14 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    My goal today is to wishhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I had a fairy god mother to come and do my dishes and clean my kitchen once per week and be happy about it like in this photo LOL in the meantime............. I had to go and load the dishwasher myself 24 shoot! ... Read more

  • Why I'm Not At Goal Yet...

    6/17/2015 10:19:28 PM, by STEPH-KNEE

    This started with me updating my opening on my Spark page, but I decided to share it in a blog as well. 20 6/17/15 - The true prize that no one tells you about is the sense of pride and happiness one can achieve after losing so much weight. We deserve to have confidence, love ourselves, and b... Read more

  • Starting over does not mean you are a failure

    6/17/2015 9:36:55 PM, by WINTERRAIN

    Over the course of 3 days I have had numerous thoughts both negative and positive towards my weight loss goals. I have mulled over how I felt when I wasn't tracking my food or when i just tossed my exercise goals to the side. Then I mulled over how I felt when i did track my food and reached my ex... Read more

  • THE BRIEFCASE.... what do you think of this TV reality show????

    6/17/2015 8:58:09 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    THE BRIEFCASE.... what do you think of this TV reality show???? getting ready to watch THE BRIEFCASE on television. In case you don't know what that is... it is a reality TV show where 2 middle class couples receive a brief case with 100,000 in it that they can keep OR share ... Read more

  • Day 3 on my Challenge to lose 32 more lbs to reach 100 lbs lost

    6/17/2015 2:40:25 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Day 3 on my Challenge to lose 32 more lbs to reach 100 lbs lost NO MATTER WHAT I "WILL" REACH MY 100 lb WT LOSS this is VERY serious = I have REACHED that point! I am GOING to bring HOME the Gold! 208 141 GOAL = to lose 32 more lbs to reach 100 lbs... Read more

  • What's 5 More Pounds?!

    6/16/2015 8:59:16 PM, by STEPH-KNEE

    5 pounds is the theme of the day... so far on my sugar detox I have lost 5 pounds in 5 days! I know it's probably 4 pounds water weight and 1 pound real weight (based on my calorie intake), especially because I was eating SO poorly the 10 days leading up to starting the detox... but at the end ... Read more

  • Article I found called: SHAPE UP & DROP 10:

    6/16/2015 5:58:30 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    This is an article I found on the website ............................ shapeup.org/sud10-overview/ ** A side note from WOUBBIE = Oooh. WAY too high in carbs for me. One of the Model Lunches has almost 100g of carbs! That's about 2 day's worth. Some good ideas, and some less good... Read more

  • People care about YOU.

    6/16/2015 5:01:23 PM, by SARAANN73

    Today I got some sad news. One of the nicest guys I went to high school with committed suicide yesterday. He was 42. He had a wife and children. One of the things I like best about Spark is that people are honest here. We talk about our struggles. Our weaknesses. Sometimes our feelings of hope... Read more

  • Why didnt I lose wt overnight?

    6/16/2015 9:16:01 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Why didnt I lose wt overnight? I changed my eating habits yesterday, followed the guidelines so why didn't I lose any weight OVER night? I really expected to see LESS on the scale this morning but it didn't happened... why? because reality is............ ... Read more

  • Mama needs a drink.

    6/15/2015 8:36:22 PM, by SARAANN73

    I am coming to grips with a destructive bent toward perfectionism. An "all-or-nothing" attitude that has held me back, because, if I feel I'm not doing it PERFECTLY, I give up on myself. I have a fun "mini-vacation" this weekend, and the thought of it has been stressing me out. Isn't that sad?... Read more

  • Monday start over, again? yes Again, lawrd.

    6/15/2015 12:49:56 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Monday start over, again? yes Again, lawrd. yep... it is true.... the eating of the 4 pieces of candy started the cycle this weekend. Taking responsibility: I allowed it to get out of control .... Result: yes the scale went UP... how much up? TOO embarrassed to say... bu... Read more

  • Detoxing: Not For the Faint of Heart

    6/15/2015 10:50:43 AM, by DOTSLADY

    I know my liver's whacked, but do I really understand HOW whacked? No. Because if I did, I wouldn't have succumbed to wanting flavor on my dry Greek salad (sans feta, the best part/flavor: the more aged, the more bacteria, the more flavor) at Panera last night. It has crappity crap in it like MSG l... Read more

  • Saturday, sleep day for me.... almost....

    6/13/2015 10:24:38 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    me = it is Saturday and I literally took a nap most of the day... It was soooooooo relaxing.... so wonderful so soothing.... until my dogs kept waking me up LOL 338 338 334 I am wide awake now... watching Jurassic P... Read more

  • Jurrassic World ~ SUCKED, sorry!

    6/13/2015 12:08:43 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Jurrassic World ~ SUCKED, sorry! if you SEE a LOT of kids and I mean LITTLE kids IN the movie that YOU want to see... my advise.... turn around and get OUT! that's what happened to me in JURASSIC WORLD.... the movie I wanted to see sooooooooooooo much... Read more

  • Eating Better Doesn't Have To Be Hard!

    6/12/2015 9:33:51 PM, by STEPH-KNEE

    You probably read the title and said "of course it doesn't have to be hard, everyone knows that!" 246 But for me it's not so obvious. I end up thinking it has to be way harder than it actually is. I think it requires hours of preparation, cooking fancy recipes etc. But that really isn't the case... Read more

  • Hide the kids/pets: JURASSIC PARK movie is here... runnnnnnnnnnn!!!

    6/12/2015 7:42:41 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Hide the kids & pets: JURASSIC PARK movie is here... runnnnnnnnnnn!!! RUNNNN!!!! They are HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to see it tomorrow, Saturday, yeh!!!!! at 12:30pm I don't care if I am afraid, I am going I tell ya... Read more

  • 06/12/15 chocolate BINGE today, ate not 1 but 4 pieces of chocolate, lawrd!!!!!

    6/12/2015 4:47:39 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    06/12/15 chocolate BINGE today, ate not 1 but 4 pieces of chocolate, lawrd!!!!! Started off with ONE piece of chocolate candy as I was covering the front desk today and before I knew it, I had eaten 4 thick pieces of individual chocolates and I ... Read more

  • Day 33 -- What next?

    6/11/2015 4:33:49 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I've actually had a lot on my mind lately with regards to what, exactly, I am trying to accomplish with my weight loss goals. Basically, what is my "why?" I'm finding that my "why" is really abstract these days. I want to maintain my health for the future, of course. But when I really loo... Read more

  • Was I Complaining About My Dogs? & SIBO Conference & New SIBO Test

    6/11/2015 2:31:13 PM, by DOTSLADY

    Now I can't stop huggin' on them (even if Coco puked and I had to unstuff her bed manually so I could wash it; and really I have to thank her for doing it on the tile, not rug), ran into the forest after a stray dog, pulled out pillow stuffing from another pillow all over the room, clawed my face tr... Read more

  • Day 7 on my 53-Day Challenge 06/11/15 to lose 100 lbs

    6/11/2015 2:28:14 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Day 7 on my 53-Day Challenge 06/11/15 to lose 100 lbs NO MATTER WHAT I "WILL" REACH MY 100 lb WT LOSS by 07/28/15!!! this is VERY serious = I have REACHED that point! I am GOING to bring HOME the Gold! 104 208 104 227 I'm under a Dr.'s care/supervision*** please con... Read more

  • Good genes

    6/11/2015 11:34:23 AM, by SARAANN73

    My 10-year-old daughter was prancing around the other night, wearing the sweatband I brought home from the Color Run. Around her waist. Yup. Her tiny, elfin little waist is about as big around as my head. (No, it's bigger. Those things stretch.) But still... you get the idea. Our fam... Read more

  • Mike Mutzel Podcasts Are My Fave

    6/10/2015 12:33:22 PM, by DOTSLADY

    I'm on FB more than here, ya'all (yeah, I'm Southern today). But I don't blog my life like I do here. I'm always sharing Mike Mutzel podcasts over there (if you're also on FB, let me know so we can wave). I encourage you to check him out as he's so en pointe about relevant health topics (least in ... Read more

  • Why Is It So Hard To Be Kind To Your Body?

    6/10/2015 8:33:01 AM, by STEPH-KNEE

    Sometimes I really have to stop and ask myself "what are you doing?" Basically, I got back on track with partial motivation from a weight loss challenge at work. There are 3 rounds, and for the first 3 weeks I kicked butt, took names and lost 10 pounds through hard work and laser focus. Then we g... Read more

  • Day 5 on my 53-Day Challenge 06/09/15 to lose 100 lbs

    6/9/2015 10:22:44 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Day 5 on my 53-Day Challenge 06/09/15 to lose 100 lbs NO MATTER WHAT I "WILL" REACH MY 100 lb WT LOSS by 07/28/15!!! this is VERY serious = I have REACHED that point! I am GOING to bring HOME the Gold! 104 208 104 227 I'm under a Dr.'s care/supervision*** please con... Read more

  • I ate how many calories???

    6/9/2015 6:35:13 PM, by KAYE_K

    Tracking my food the last couple of days and it's just amazing how fast those calories add up, even when your food choices are healthier. I'm amazed. Well, maybe that's a bit hyperbolic, but it's definitely an aye opener. I need to maintain laser focus in this area if I want to make real progress. I... Read more

  • Hormone Update and May Cholesterol Results

    6/9/2015 2:01:59 PM, by DOTSLADY

    Paleo doc didn't really say much. He raised my estriol balance in my progesterone cream is all. He again grabbed my fatty parts and told me the hormones responsible: knees: thyroid lower belly: cortisol upper belly: can't remember (I'll edit when I do) back fat: can't remember arm fat... Read more

  • Getting off This Crazy Roller Coaster Ride!

    6/8/2015 7:53:44 PM, by KAYE_K

    The cycle: lose 2lbs. Gain 5lbs. Lose3 lbs. Gain 2lbs. Lose no pounds for a while. Gain 5lbs during "that time of the month". Lose 5lbs. Just in time to gain it all back again. Stop the madness! No more, I tell you! If you told me I'd be186lbs (and that I've been much closer to 190lbs than the Lord ... Read more

  • OMG I am 259.4 lbs ~ RECORD BREAKING!! Day 4 on my 53-Day Challenge to lose 100 lbs

    6/8/2015 4:27:49 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    OMG I am 259.4 lbs !!! ~ RECORD BREAKING!! Day 4 on my 53-Day Challenge to lose 100 lbs I celebrated by going to the park and LITERALLY sat in the grass, no blanket, just ME and the grass and even laid down on the grass for a few moments..... It is WONDERFUL to feel FREE! ... Read more

  • DO the RIGHT thing even when you don't want to, to get RESULTS!

    6/8/2015 1:32:00 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    DO the RIGHT thing even when you don't want to, to get RESULTS! 479 Personal Thoughts today: 26 This is my journal entry as a part of my 53-Day Personal Challenge to lose 100 lbs. by 07/28/15. Part of being focused on a goal is DOING things ON plan that sometimes you don't feel ... Read more

  • Because YOU matter ...................

    6/7/2015 3:12:52 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Because .... The situation: You win a food gift/prize at a gathering (that you CANNOT eat) and you don't want to hurt the person's feelings by not accepting that gift... what do you do? My answer: I am an admitted food addict.... learning NOW or re-learning how to eat for... Read more

  • 262.2 lbs = Day 3 of the 53-Day Challenge 6/7/15 Sunday

    6/7/2015 12:11:27 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    262.2 lbs = Day 3 of the 53-Day Challenge 6/7/15 Sunday NO MATTER WHAT I "WILL" REACH MY 100 lb WT LOSS by 07/28/15!!! this is VERY serious = I have REACHED that point! I am GOING to bring HOME the Gold! 104 208 104 227 I'm under a Dr.'s care/supervision*** please co... Read more

  • Enough!

    6/6/2015 9:29:49 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    I have 53 days to reach my goal 100 lb weight loss goal. In 53 days will be my 1 yr anniversary since my surgery, so it is NOW or never kind of mindset, Enough! NOTE: THIS is a very, very serious commitment to "me" that NO MATTER what, No matter what food is on sale, No matter the tem... Read more

  • Pre-Operative Bariatric Diet = Using as a guideline starting 6/5/15

    6/6/2015 8:16:13 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Pre-Operative Bariatric Diet = Using this as a guideline to reach GOAL! 227 I am under a Dr.'s care/supervision*** please consult your Dr. 227 Pre-Operative Bariatric Diet that MYSurgeon gave "Me" on 07/14/15 = I am using this as a "guideline" starting 6/5/15 to reach my GO... Read more

  • 263 lbs = Day 2 of the 53-Day Challenge 6/6/15 Saturday

    6/6/2015 6:03:21 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    263 lbs = Day 2 of the 53-Day Challenge 6/6/15 Saturday this is serious as I am GOING to reach my goal on day 53, shoot... I am very, very serious. I am GOING to bring HOME the Gold! 208 I am under a Dr.'s care and supervision*** please consult your Dr. NOTE: THIS is... Read more

  • Day 1 of the 53 day Challenge 06/05/15 Friday*

    6/5/2015 2:55:59 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Day 1 of the 53 day Challenge 06/05/15 Friday . this is serious as I am GOING to reach my goal on day 53, shoot... I am very, very serious. I am GOING to bring HOME the Gold! 208 150 I am under a Dr.'s care and supervision*** please consult your Dr... Read more

  • 53 days to change = TIPS & Saw myself on Video and I am STILL fat***

    6/5/2015 9:43:12 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    53 days to change = Saw myself on video and I am STILL fat*** and TIPS Note: before I start this: I just saw ON the news that TODAY is "National Donut Day" 6/5/15... can you believe it? really? yes really! But I don't care... I am going to IGNORE that and proceed with my 53 day plan to... Read more

  • Learning About My Regain...

    6/4/2015 9:09:26 PM, by STEPH-KNEE

    In all my past weight loss attempts, regain was what happened when I'd lost quite a bit of weight, 20-40 pounds, got stuck, got frustrated, gave up and regained ALL the weight, PLUS more. That was the only way I understoodd weight loss journeys. The people that lost their weight, got to goal, and... Read more

  • Day 6 = 264.8 lbs. = HIGH Protein LOW Carb plan

    6/4/2015 10:44:38 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Day 6 = 264.8 lbs = HIGH Protein LOW Carb plan ********************** 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 150 NOTE/DISCLAIMER: 1. *** Please check in with your Dr. before starting any plan or program, seriously. 2. * I am under a doctor/sur... Read more

  • Day 5 = 264.2 lbs!!! = Take a Poop lose a LB! lol of the HIGH Protein LOW Carb Plan

    6/3/2015 8:39:19 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Day 5 = 264.2 lbs!!! = Take Poop lose a Pound lol ...of the HIGH Protein LOW Carb plan ********************** 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 150 NOTE/DISCLAIMER: 1. *** Please check in with your Dr. before starting any plan or program, ... Read more

  • Day 24 -- Great news!!

    6/2/2015 12:05:01 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Great news! I went to my dance class last night, stood in the back row and took it REALLY EASY. This morning, my back is a little sore but I did not reinjure myself like last time -- yay!!! I plan to rest it today and then take another class on Wednesday -- taking it really easy again. Over ... Read more

  • Day 4 = 265.4 lbs. = of the HIGH Protein LOW Carb 800 calorie plan

    6/2/2015 9:27:59 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Day 4 = 265.4 lbs!!! = of the HIGH Protein LOW Carb 800 calorie plan ********************** 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 128 Woke up at 4:20am = too tired, went back to sleep 128 Work up at 6:10am = kind of exhausted but have t... Read more

  • 90 day Bikini Mommy Challenge

    6/1/2015 12:53:17 PM, by --MAY--

    This is what I did on July 23rd, 2014 Well I did the fitness test! WOW is all I could say So here is day one: 1. Squats 30 2. Hi-knees 49 3. Push-ups 13 on knees and full and only went down a couple inches but I did SOME! 4. Squat Jumps 19 5. Tri-cep Dips 18 6. Burpe... Read more

  • My Legs are not as bad as I thought, and getting rid of my Fluffy parts

    6/1/2015 12:46:35 PM, by --MAY--

    I have hated my legs for so long!! My Mom told me when I was a teen they looked like Telephone Poles!! When I see them I see awful legs, but when I took the picture, they really are not that bad!! And I do not need my Sparkfriends to tell me that, just putting this out there, so everyo... Read more

  • My food tracking for today

    6/1/2015 10:56:44 AM, by WINTERRAIN

    I didn't have the energy last night to prepare my breakfast and lunch for today, to be honest I was totally being lazy because it was late. So I went to the grocers this morning before work, and picked out a few things that were discounted and presumably healthy. Granted the majority of the th... Read more

  • Day 3 = 265.6 lbs!!! = of the HIGH Protein LOW Carb 800 calorie plan

    6/1/2015 7:49:56 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Day 3 = 265.6 lbs!!! = of the HIGH Protein LOW Carb 800 calorie plan ********************** 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 141 128 6:00 a.m. = Water32 oz. & Crystal Light194 194 194 194 6:00 AM = BREAKFAST MEDS TAKEN BEANS, T... Read more