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  • New Before Photo!

    10/4/2015 7:06:29 AM, by STEPH-KNEE

    I am considering this my new before photo! This photo is important to me on so many levels... despite the fact I'm 205ish pounds, not happy with my stomach or my 20 pound regain, I didn't allow that to hold me back. I walked 7 miles, I ran, yes ran from zombies! I was careful not to overdo it ... Read more

  • Carbs

    10/1/2015 2:23:30 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I was going through photos from my 2013 Turkey trip last night. I weighed about 15-20 pounds less in the photos and though I'm fairly happy with my current appearance, there's no denying I look better in those Turkey photos. I had just lost 70 pounds. And though I'm proud to have kept off 50 of t... Read more

  • Ending The Pity Party! Starting October off right!

    10/1/2015 3:07:00 AM, by STEPH-KNEE

    First off, thank you so much for all the goodies and support! I didn't know that a post of a sad cat would get so many responses. 246 239 You are all so sweet and I was truly grateful to see that I really do have the best Spark friends. 247 It's hard to continue to feel sad when you have so ma... Read more

  • Long time no see! October Goals.

    9/30/2015 11:28:07 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Wow! It has been over a month since I last blogged. As usual, it is a bad sign when I fall totally silent. After successfully maintaining my weight for about six months, I had a not so good September and found myself six pounds above the range I have maintained for most of the year. I didn't lik... Read more

  • End of week one.

    9/27/2015 8:09:15 PM, by VANESSA2PT0

    Weight: 178.8 Calories In: 1070 Exercise: Walked the dog 1 mile / 20 minutes. Weekends are my nemesis! The scale didn't move today, which considering my yesterday I am just glad it didn't go up. I am horrible at mindless eating especially finishing my youngest daughter's food. I really ne... Read more

  • Day six.

    9/27/2015 8:08:02 PM, by VANESSA2PT0

    Weight: 178.8 Calories In: 1501 Exercise: Cleaned house for 2 hours I was a little nervous about stepping on the scale this morning. I had 2 drinks last night and didn't exercise yesterday. But I stayed within my range on calories after making a smart beverage choice so it apparently paid o... Read more

  • Day five.

    9/26/2015 9:51:20 AM, by VANESSA2PT0

    Weight: 179.8 Calories In: 1382 Exercise: none I feel a little bad about not exercising today but, I am totally happy with myself about my alcohol choice tonight. Me and my husband went over to our friends to have a drink and I was so worried about blowing my calories for the day. I hadn't ... Read more

  • A New Vision... Board! :)

    9/26/2015 3:14:25 AM, by STEPH-KNEE

    When I started my weight loss journey, there were so many motivational tools that were suggested to me through Spark & fellow sparkers. I did the marble jars, I attempted a vision collage, and tried a few other things. The thing was, I did them because I was told it was a good idea. I wasn't really ... Read more

  • Day four.

    9/24/2015 8:31:47 PM, by VANESSA2PT0

    Weight: 180.6 Calories In: 1417 Exercise: Walked 1 mile / 20 min I do a lot more mindless eating when I am bored at home. I didn't go to work today because my youngest was sick. I found myself walking into the kitchen looking around even though I wasn't hungry. I did get stay within reason ... Read more

  • It all started with a thump . . .

    9/24/2015 1:42:08 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Well, yes. It all started with a thump, and then another, and another. My heart thumping woke me up with weird, irregular beats. Of course, I took notice! No pain whatsoever. It continued for a couple of days and nights. Monday afternoon I went in for an EKG. And there it was! a bi... Read more

  • Day three.

    9/23/2015 11:09:23 PM, by VANESSA2PT0

    Weight: 181.2 lbs Calories in: 1424 Exercise: Walked the dog 1 mile / 20 minutes I blew it! My husband text me "Arby's" and I blew it! It wasn't as badly as I thought but I knew it wasn't in my calorie budget for dinner and I ate it anyway. I feel like I did redeem myself at least because I... Read more

  • Day two.

    9/23/2015 10:08:59 AM, by VANESSA2PT0

    Weight: 182 lbs Calories In: 1207 Exercise: Housecleaning for an hour I didn't really exercise today. I took the time to clean my house which at least I was moving around and it needed to be done. I stayed around my calorie range so that's a plus. I also had chili for lunch in the cafeteria... Read more

  • Why Putting Yourself Out There Can Be Tough...

    9/23/2015 3:23:54 AM, by STEPH-KNEE

    I got a lot of feedback on one of my recent blogs, and I'm so glad it spoke to so many of you. Not only does it show you that you aren't alone, it reminds me that I'm not alone either. 220 I am always humbled, excited and quite shocked by all the support I continue to receive on Spark. 129 I ne... Read more

  • Mirror, Mirror on the Wall . . . who is THAT?!

    9/22/2015 12:28:38 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    There's no wake-up call like getting a good look at your reflection in the mirror of a dressing room while trying on clothes. And that's all I gotta say about that!... Read more

  • Day one.

    9/21/2015 9:30:57 PM, by VANESSA2PT0

    Weight: 183.2 lbs Calories in: 1156 Exercise: Walked 1 mile = 95 calories I feel very good about today. I stayed within my calorie range and I'm not starving. I took the kids to the park and walked roughly a mile. I live close to a bike trail that goes around a pond. It's roughly a mile onc... Read more

  • Steph's Super Dooper Sugar Plan!

    9/21/2015 3:30:09 AM, by STEPH-KNEE

    228 Disclaimer: I am in no way promoting this plan, asking others to join me, or anything of the sort. I am just posting some accountability for myself. 304 If you have been my Spark friend for quite some time, you're awesome. 246 But in addition to being awesome I am sure you have he... Read more

  • I feel like crap.

    9/20/2015 9:03:24 PM, by VANESSA2PT0

    I would like a t-shirt that just has that sentence on it. I feel like crap. I need to try, I need to change, I need something. I'm challenging myself. I have a goal to diet blog for 352 days. I sort of have a game plan, I have no energy, but I'm motivated and just optimistic enough to think I can p... Read more

  • It's Like Starting Over... Only BETTER!

    9/20/2015 3:11:26 AM, by STEPH-KNEE

    As I was laying in bed last night, I was thinking about HOW I could get things turned around. I mean it's pretty obvious: Stop eating like a heffer is going to be step one, but more specifically HOW do I get this turned around? Of course my instincts are to just dive right in to what I was doing... Read more

  • Saturday catch up

    9/19/2015 11:12:14 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    It's been a busy week. . . I lost some points this week because DH made a cheesecake.... well, actually two cheesecakes. I limited myself to half-sized servings. This morning we attended a Creative Copper class and learned how to tool copper sheet (foil), under the supervision of the inst... Read more

  • 30 Day Squat Challenge

    9/19/2015 10:58:04 AM, by --MAY--

    Have never finished this!! So I am gonna finish it this time!! If anyone wants to join me feel free!! And Good Luck, cuz if I do not I will still be fat in one month!! ... Read more

  • I Want What I Had...

    9/19/2015 3:51:52 AM, by STEPH-KNEE

    I'm sure you know the expression: That is what that photo represents to me, it was taken on January 22nd, 2015 and that day was very special to me on many levels. For starters, it was my first solo trip to Disneyland, I was in my size 16 shorts (weighed 186) and had walked a record 13 mil... Read more

  • WWWWI: #1 The world doesn't revolve around me?!

    9/16/2015 10:23:40 PM, by STEPH-KNEE

    Yep, the dreaded gain. 246 We have all been there, and there are many Sparkers that won't even post a gain. There's nothing wrong with that at all, your journey, your choices, whatever works for you! Years ago I never wanted to log the gains, and for a long time I didn't. But the one thing that ... Read more

  • Two week report -- it really adds up!

    9/16/2015 3:41:13 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Remember when I blogged about developing a habit of getting on the treadmill while talking on the phone??? When I looked at my numbers, I could NOT believe that since getting the treadmill 2 weeks ago, ... well, here are my numbers: drum roll please . . . Calories burned ==... Read more

  • Trending Now: Fatty Liver!

    9/16/2015 12:02:50 PM, by DOTSLADY

    Seriously, on Yahoo this minute! I must've been burning up the internet with all my searches. Here's one article from Time if you have the time. (Sitting too much is killing us.) Seems my apathetic giving-up attitude (life can be like an emotional roller-coaster when you h... Read more

  • I did it!!!!

    9/15/2015 11:41:01 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    That's been my story for the past 10 or 15 years . . . I used to run, and I loved it. But with the addition of a few pounds and even more years, I thought my running days were over. Since I've been using the treadmill these past 2 or 3 weeks, plus doing the recommended stretches fo... Read more

  • Please Take a moment to Post on someones sparkpage please....

    9/13/2015 6:35:06 PM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Take a moment and spread the loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Take a moment and Post on someones sparkpage pleaseeeeee.... YOU may not know what someone is going thru in their quiet moments.... YOU may not know that that person may NEED someone's email or post on their sparkp... Read more

  • *** Please watch this Dog Teeth Cleaning HOW TO video:

    9/13/2015 1:59:10 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    BRUSHING YOUR DOGS/CATS TEETH IS IMPORTANT *** Please watch this Dog Teeth Cleaning HOW TO video:
    SBWLU I even started GENTLY brushing my dogs teeth like 3 times per week... with DOGS TOOTH PASTE... not human toot... Read more

  • Dentist Update and DOGS teeth

    9/13/2015 1:28:48 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    Dentist update and Dogs Teeth ............... Problem: a partial filling came out... my Dentist said I needed a crown or a bridge, mostly a bridge. My problem: didn't have crown nor bridge money as my dental insurance only pays for HALF. I asked the dentist just to replace the f... Read more

  • WWWWI: #0

    9/10/2015 10:05:30 PM, by STEPH-KNEE

    Yes yes, my title doesn't make any sense. 198 Well I totally said there were 16 weigh-ins left this year... well I didn't realize that the 31st is a Thursday, which means if you are a Thursday weigher like me, there are 16 weigh ins NOW! Oopsie doodles! So I'm going to call today #0, and then ... Read more

  • Take care

    9/10/2015 5:19:01 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    "I believe that caring for myself is not self indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival." - Audre Londe ... Read more

  • Dentist and 93 Days to go ... from 100 days 09/10/15 Dentist

    9/10/2015 9:05:16 AM, by SUNSHINE5268

    93 Days to go ... from 100 days 09/10/15 Easy Breezy is what I keep telling myself :-) Today I go to the dentist to get my temporary replacement crown (original crown fell off while chewing gummy bears.... lawrd age 59 chewing gummie bears at 3:45 in the morning.. WHO does th... Read more

  • This tickled my funny bone

    9/10/2015 12:05:40 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I know this has been around a long time, but my Aunt sent this to me and it just tickled my funny bone.... so I thought I'd share. We had a crazy day today. You know how it is when you're waiting for something to happen -- or maybe three things to happen -- and they all come together at... Read more