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  • 5 reasons to work out (spark coach bloh)

    7/22/2014 11:37:15 AM, by CAYLAISDONE

    This is a good blog for me to write considering I skipped my workouts for the past three days due to company and work. 1. I have more energy after I work out. 2. I feel like I have accomplished something for me after a sweaty workout. 3. I feel stronger. I don't want to be feeble. I w... Read more

  • Free Eating Psychology Conference link

    7/21/2014 8:00:45 PM, by DOTSLADY

    FYI: http://eatingpsychologyc sign up for free speakers regarding different aspects of the psychology of eating. Speakers include Dr. Hyman, Dr. Sarah Gottfried (hormones), Jessica Ortner (tapping), Dr. Perlmutter (neurologist), Jon Gabriel (love him), Dr. Hyl... Read more

  • compliment myself - spark coach blog

    7/21/2014 11:24:04 AM, by CAYLAISDONE

    Wow. I didn't think complimenting myself would be so difficult until asked to do it via spark coach. It could be because of a derailed weekend and the desire to beat myself up over it. But here goes. 1. I'm kind. I think being kind is a good quality because there is so much unkindnes... Read more

  • jumbles with pics

    7/20/2014 3:24:41 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I'm trying to get in know where. The balance between life and yourself. We took in two extra kids who didn't have a place to stay (18 & 21) until low income housing opens up and we have my friend's daughter from PA here. Every day I think about a run, or a video, or even 10 min... Read more

  • On Scales and Numbers and Feeling Feelings

    7/20/2014 11:29:45 AM, by SOVERYJESSICA

    My mom has had the same scale for as long as I can remember. Throughout high school, the number it showed was high enough that it never mattered to me if it was off by a pound or two. This week, while staying with my mom, I happily announced that I've lost 8 pounds in the last couple weeks whil... Read more

  • Good News and Feeling Great!

    7/19/2014 9:09:47 AM, by NATURALROCKS

    This week has been pretty good for me I went back to green smoothies this week for breakfast. This week I added oatmeal to help keep my full and it worked This week I also tracked ALL my food, walked 2 miles a day with baby, and started a super deep cleaning of my hous... Read more

  • Resting on My Laurels

    7/17/2014 11:03:18 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Brooklyn born just wrote an excellent blog in which she mentioned "resting on your laurels". This has been a problem for me lately - wake up, run 4 miles, be proud of myself and then sit around the rest of the day. Here is a pictur... Read more

  • my 5 reasons to exercise (spark coach blog)

    7/17/2014 10:04:36 AM, by CAYLAISDONE

    What are my reasons for exercising regularly? 1. To be healthy. I'm 52. Its time I treated my body wth more respect. I do not want to be feeble when I'm older. I want to have energy to spare. 2. For energy. I have more energy when I exercise. I have a lot of goals and projects on the go. I... Read more

  • spark coach blog...what to do with my fat clothes

    7/15/2014 12:34:50 PM, by CAYLAISDONE

    What am I going to do with my fat clothes once I have lost all my weight? Easy. They're going. Never to be seen again. Except for maybe on another person because I will donate the ones that are in good shape to The Salvation Army. I have beautiful stage outfits that I will more than likely have... Read more

  • Sweet Tooth Challenge Week 1 (16th July - 22nd July)

    7/15/2014 12:32:05 PM, by LADYPIIXEL

    Today (16th July, 2014) Night shift is the pits. 3am, I'm craving toast with a sweet apricot Jam. Ate it (on white bread) so quickly I'm lucky I didn't inhale it and choke. My bad. I ate a sweet muesli bar instead of something filling because I didn't know what else to eat, plus I had a hun... Read more

  • Back In The Game

    7/15/2014 12:27:10 PM, by LADYPIIXEL

    I put on 20kg with my first baby back in 2007. Between 2008 - January 2010 I lost it again and was a LOT happier. Then, I started my midwifery degree, and studied full time, got very unwell in that pregnancy and consoled myself with chocolate, soda, chips and movies. I easily put it all back on. I f... Read more

  • Calling for HELP!!!!

    7/14/2014 12:31:12 PM, by NATURALROCKS

    I am calling out to all my Spark People Friends- I need HELP!!! I have had a really hard time getting back into the swing of things. I KNOW I am an emotionally eater and I have truly been LOTS of emotional eating Why I emotional: 1. I am not working and I am really conc... Read more

  • spark coach blog -exercise

    7/14/2014 12:10:57 PM, by CAYLAISDONE

    When it comes to exercise I am really good at giving an all out effort once I'm going, but could use improvement in starting. That first step is the hardest ... especially when its hot out.... Read more

  • What a week I'm having!!!

    7/13/2014 11:58:29 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    The girls are here from Washington state and we decided to take them to Santa Cruz for a night of fun. I work extra hours to get Wednesday off and we head out bright an early. About an hour into the trip my daughter says her check engine light came on and what does she do? I was like "don't p... Read more

  • A Good Weekend!

    7/13/2014 9:12:33 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Huzzah! I actually managed to have a pretty good weekend. I did not eat as few calories as I would have hoped but I kept it under 1800, made both of my workouts and continued tracking and getting my water. All this even though I went out with a friend for lunch yesterday, and got Thai take-out la... Read more

  • Rhode Island Weekend

    7/12/2014 2:34:45 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    I went to Rhode Island with my daughter to watch her run in the Jamestown Half Marathon. On Friday we went biking on the East Bay Bike Path. It is one of the best and most scenic bike trails I've ever been on. ( although what I thou... Read more

  • today in five words.

    7/11/2014 12:15:52 PM, by CAYLAISDONE

    I'm down half a pound!... Read more

  • Those Calories! They're burning, too!

    7/10/2014 3:12:12 PM, by SOVERYJESSICA

    I know I'm not the only one that hated high school gym class. I didn't mind getting outside for soccer or softball, but there I absolutely dreaded the fitness room. I hated the smell of sweat. I hated moving from one machine to the next. I hated the half hour of boredom while keeping my heart rate u... Read more

  • A "Come to Jesus" Moment

    7/10/2014 1:09:40 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Urban dictionary defines it as "An epiphany in which one realizes the truth of a matter." After years of running from the truth of the matter, it has finally dawned on me: I need to eat a low-calorie diet. Pretty much every day. For the rest of my life. You may think I've known or though... Read more

  • I'm proud of me

    7/10/2014 10:41:37 AM, by CAYLAISDONE

    I've been walking daily for years now. Movement has become a regular part of my daily routine. Having an abnoxious little beagle has helped. But I knew it want enough for me. I know that as soon as the days are shorter my walks become shorter and all of the progress I have made during the summer bec... Read more

  • Small streak, small reward

    7/9/2014 7:07:18 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I have an incredibly tiny streak going right now -- 3 days of proper nutrition. I love streaking. And I love rewards. But when rewards are tied to weight loss, you can go along time without getting one. That sort of defeats the purpose of rewards -- to celebrate your victories along the way.... Read more

  • Mid-Week Check-In

    7/9/2014 2:56:41 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    TRIUMPHS I've been eating about 1200 calories a day I've been drinking 8+ glasses of water a day I've attended Zumba twice CHALLENGES I need to make larger batches of food so I'm not cooking all the time I need to invest more time in meal planning My foot hurts (but it hasn't stoppe... Read more

  • My Legs! They BURRRRN!

    7/9/2014 12:00:45 PM, by SOVERYJESSICA

    I laced up my running shoes for the first time in a LONG time this morning and hopped on the treadmill. A few years ago, I went through the Couch 2 5K plan before running the Warrior Dash. Running three days a week helped me lose weight and feel strong enough to climb the walls, crawl under bar... Read more

  • NSV's I am looking forward to

    7/9/2014 11:06:56 AM, by PRETTYPITHY

    NSVís I am looking forward to: 1) No longer feeling pain in my foot (this is a huge motivator right now!) 2) Fitting comfortably into my new school boy blazer 3) Fitting comfortably in my dark blue jean jacket 4) Fitting comfortably into my suits 5) Feeling greater energy 6) Feeling ... Read more

  • Ready, Freddy?

    7/8/2014 5:15:59 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I'm ready for this! I am excited to lose weight! I can't wait to be healthy! Two big changes: As I may have mentioned, we're in escrow on our new house. The new house is back in the East Bay where we were living so happily for two years before we had to move for my new job. The move, as I'... Read more

  • A Nice Bike Ride

    7/5/2014 5:53:09 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    What a difference a day makes. It has been really humid for a week. Yesterday Arthur blew through (not bad here) and today was bright, sunny and no humidity with a freshening breeze. A perfect day for a bike ride and my husband didn... Read more

  • Some Of The Tools/Gadgets/Tricks That Keep Me Going!

    7/5/2014 3:39:43 PM, by LILHOBBIT29

    Hello fellow Sparkers!! Tonight Im gonna talk about (and photo blog about) things/tools/gadgets etc. that keep me going!! :-) Exhibit A: The Calendar!! As you can see, I mark my fitness minutes, my weight, and I total out th... Read more

  • A Glacial Pace

    7/5/2014 7:56:57 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Lately I've been using this phrase a lot. I've said I run at a glacial pace and that I am losing weight at a glacial pace. So I started thinking, " what am I actually saying? How fast do glaciers move?" In reading about glaciers ... Read more

  • My First Vlog!

    7/4/2014 8:48:09 AM, by LILHOBBIT29

    I got inspired by Karen Is Here and decided to do a Vlog! Hope to hear from you all about it! :-) Peace and happiness! Lilhobbit29!... Read more

  • A busy 4th indeed!!!

    7/4/2014 2:31:58 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I did do my exercise that day...I did not was 108 so it WAS too warm but I did Jillian. Yesterday I did some arm challenges and today I am looking at almost midnight and this is the first I've sat down all day. We are doing our BBQ event for the city fireworks tomorrow. Hubs is runnin... Read more

  • 1 coffee conversations

    6/30/2014 1:49:43 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I'm sitting here with my morning cup of coffee (NSV: creamer swapped with almond milk) and just kind of being. I'm enjoying the silence as I haven't even put in my ears (hearing aids) yet. It's my "alone" time for an hour or so before the hustle and bustle of being a mom and wife kick ... Read more

  • First Half of The Year 2014!

    6/28/2014 5:18:57 AM, by LILHOBBIT29

    Hi All! This is just a summary of all that's happened so far this year, good and bad and in between! :-) January: I weighed in at a phenomenal 187 lbs! I'm only 5 feet 3inches tall/short/whatever you can call it!! Hehehe! Running a cafe can take its toll and for me weight gain was a huge p... Read more

  • Getting Ready

    6/27/2014 6:33:44 PM, by NATURALROCKS

    So for the last two weeks I have been drinking green smoothies in the mornings and the results are in Starting weight 221 Current weight 219.4 Weight loss -1.6 pounds!! Pretty good since I really was not tracking my food intake and have not started working out yet. My son also l... Read more

  • Week 2 but still on day 1

    6/27/2014 2:49:13 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Isn't that amazing? I've been so motivated in my head to "begin" this journey. I even went on a run. Then I spend my days running running cleaning and doing for others. I use my exercise as a reward to myself that I can never claim. But, while running (seems to be when I think best) I thought: ... Read more

  • Expecting Immediate Results

    6/27/2014 1:32:47 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    One way in which I have been setting myself up for failure is by expecting immediate results. When I weighed much more, I could make relatively small changes and get moderate results instantaneously. If I made large changes, I got HUGE results almost instantly -- talk about instant gratificati... Read more

  • Feeling pretty good

    6/26/2014 12:59:40 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I worked out Saturday through Wednesday which should be my usual schedule. I've had such difficulty implementing a regular schedule, it felt good to actually succeed on that front this week. Now, I have two days off. I've been on point with my nutrition all week, eating super cl... Read more

  • Higher Standards

    6/25/2014 2:15:16 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    For the longest time I just wanted to be under 200 pounds. It does not fill me with pride to admit that I weighed over 200 pounds for nearly seven years. Then, through a lot of hard work and determination and above all CONSISTENCY, I got below 200 in February 2013. I felt joy and pride. I fe... Read more

  • As I sit here and eat my twinkie....

    6/24/2014 11:32:15 PM, by WINTERRAIN

    Hehe just kidding. But now that I have your attention I have to share something I feel is important. As we go down this road of endless opportunities of health and happiness, we change. Some of us change for the better (hopefully) while some may change (in the eyes of some) for the worse. Ei... Read more