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  • Time to get a plan....

    9/13/2014 4:01:52 PM, by DIETROCKSTAR

    I have gained a few pounds and I have not made any progress in a year. Which isn't all bad. I gained 3 pounds and lost 80. But I have 30 more to go! I need to make a plan. Medifast? Or Keto? Should I start exercising? Time to get a plan together!!... Read more

  • Major Mojo Madness

    9/12/2014 1:31:04 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    We all do it. (no, not that...) We all say we're going to get going, but something holds us back. Whether it be our newest excuse, life, time, or just simple lack of motivation we get ourselves in our own way. I'm big on it. and I'm just big. I have been struggling for months n... Read more

  • Move...Scale...Move!!!

    9/10/2014 4:22:31 PM, by ASANTOSO

    What gives...I've tracked my food and exercised for at least an hour and I haven't lost ANYTHING since Saturday. If anything, that little monster keeps creeping UP!!! I know it has only been 10 days of tracking, but seriously...not even a little bit. Curse you scale...encourage me just a little b... Read more

  • Week in Review/Mid-Week Review

    9/10/2014 1:37:44 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Last week was a mixed bag but I think it went really well. I averaged 1697 calories for the week which was a bit high but pretty good for my first week back on track. I didn't work out on Thursday but I did two classes on Saturday and two classes on Sunday for a combined six workouts for the week.... Read more

  • spark coach - when I go clothes shopping

    9/10/2014 10:59:11 AM, by CAYLAISDONE

    When I go clothes shopping it makes me feel happy ... and then I see the price tag.... Read more

  • S'up

    9/9/2014 12:20:55 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    After texting back and forth, hubs and I did talk. I explained why I was so hurt by him. He said I was complaining about job, life etc for a week and it was too much. I explained I listened to it for over six years with support and expect the same. He actually listened and replied with "I was ki... Read more

  • Autumn-Triggers

    9/8/2014 6:39:59 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Very quickly after I wrote my previous blog about overcoming my love of Dairy Queen blizzards, a commercial for the new apple pie and pumpkin pie blizzards for fall came on the TV and I wanted them!! If I hadn't seen that commercial I would have never thought about any kind of blizzard. Also, Dun... Read more

  • Saddened September.....

    9/7/2014 9:53:32 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I ran today. I was slow. Was the slowest run I've done in a long time. But I did it. I got out and I was like not thinking....I think that's what I was after. Just the golden, dead and brown views contrasted next to the blue sky and nothing in my brain but the tunes that I tried ... Read more

  • Dessert Ideas (250 - 300 calories)

    9/5/2014 2:23:26 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I've had two really lovely desserts this week. Delicious unexpected treats that did not break the caloric bank. 1.5 oz burrata cheese (would also work with a nice fresh mozzarella) 1 white peach, diced (deliciously in season right now!) A drizzle of honey (I tracked this as .5 tbsp but rea... Read more

  • A New Day, a New Life, a New Me...

    9/4/2014 8:40:02 PM, by ASANTOSO

    Well...It's been over 4 years since I have tracked, written, anything and I am 40 pounds heavier than I was then. WOW. It's time to get real and be real. I weigh more now than I have in over 12 years. I have no pregnancy to blame, I have no injury to blame, I have nothing to blame except myself... Read more

  • Motivation

    9/4/2014 7:59:11 PM, by TIFFA409

    As part of my 5% Fall challenge I need to make a list of my reasons for my weight loss journey. Here goes... Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do i... Read more

  • "Life is NOT a dress rehearsal."

    9/4/2014 1:17:52 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    This morning I awoke with an aphorism rolling about in my head: "Life is NOT a dress rehearsal." I'm not sure where this phrase came from but I'm sure of it's meaning: You only get one shot in life. This is your only chance, so make it count. There are no do-overs. But this morning, I though... Read more

  • Appetite + Exercise

    9/3/2014 5:45:01 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I brought an enormous quantity of healthy snacks with me to work today to help me combat the ravenous hunger that has been plaguing me. Strangely, I find that I am half as hungry today as I usually am. Possible interpretations: 1) I've been drinking more water? 2) Psychological comfort prov... Read more

  • Cool new stuff

    9/3/2014 12:43:56 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I've made two new purchases that I think will be helpful to me on my continued path towards a healthy weight. I brought a mini-fridge for my office! A lot of folks that I started with got mini-fridges back when we started. I didn't, reasoning that having a fridge at my feet might lead me to o... Read more

  • September Goals

    9/2/2014 3:21:39 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    1) Track nutrition every day. 2) Walk outside every day. 3) Attend five dance classes per week. 4) Lose 7 pounds. 5) Eliminate alcohol to help jump start metabolism/ results... Read more

  • Say it one more time with feeling

    9/2/2014 1:53:15 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Say it one more time with feeling: "You can't outrun your fork!" This weekend was an excellent example of this phenomena for me, as I was more active than I have been in the last year! On Saturday morning, I took my regular dance class (Shimmy Pop) then I took a special Beyonce choreo class in... Read more

  • In The News- Can You Train Your Brain To Like Healthy Foods?

    9/2/2014 10:51:12 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    The answer is yes and they had a news feature on the study this morning on TV. When I first started the "diet" that has been working for me I had just read "the Skinny on Losing Weight" . A couple of things really stood out to me. One is that Dr. Aronne explained how there is a physiological reaso... Read more

  • I will not give up

    9/1/2014 2:56:44 PM, by WINTERRAIN

    7 months ago I got very upset, actually I was super angry. I was extremely angry and I had enough of being the person I had become (weight wise). I felt invisible and thanks to a certain individual (whom I didn't know, and now don't really care about) I was made very aware how invisible I actuall... Read more

  • Man With a Plan

    8/29/2014 1:37:28 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    So, I've been using this week as a sort of "on ramp" to my return to health and wellness. I want Monday, specifically 9/1 to mark the beginning of a more hardcore pursuit. This week has been good in the soft sense -- I've gotten more veggies, more water and more exercise. But for the most part, I... Read more

  • Do These Pants Make My Butt Look Big? - Be Honest!

    8/29/2014 1:14:04 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    After contemplating the pros and cons of playing hockey this year I decided to go ahead and do it. Cons: too old, too fat , crummy skater, might break a leg. Pros: have fun, do something different, meet new people, get to be ... Read more

  • Settling in for the long haul

    8/28/2014 5:05:35 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    It is going to take a while before I see some progress and I need to be okay with that. I've been conscious and effortful and active all week with no change on the scale. But I know this is normal. My body is ramping up. When I get into weight loss mode, my body starts shedding pounds left a... Read more

  • Epiphanies for all!

    8/27/2014 1:17:59 AM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I'm just full of epiphanies on this (endless) journey to health. :channeling Oprah: And you get an epiphany! And you get an epiphany! Tonight at my fantastic, perfect, amazing, missed-it-so-much dance class, I realized two things: 1) I don't have to be perfect on nutrition. I don't h... Read more

  • Good food

    8/26/2014 5:17:10 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    I have some out of control produce in my life this week, thanks to the farmer's market. White nectarines, heirloom tomatoes, plums, Japanese eggplant, summer squash and piel de sapo melons, oh my! You know your body has been deprived of good food when it reacts to an overload of fruits and vegetab... Read more

  • Decisions, decisions.

    8/26/2014 1:23:50 AM, by PRETTYPITHY

    The more healthy decisions you make, the easier it is to make healthy decisions. But those first few can feel agonizing. I made two healthy decisions today. And while it almost hurt to make them, I know I put myself on track for more healthy decisions tomorrow. First, I was picking out a sna... Read more

  • Taking my medicine

    8/25/2014 8:13:44 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    For me, Sparkpeople is so much more than a website or a social media platform or a repository of information. It's like a daily vitamin, or maybe even a vital medication that must be taken each day. I always convince myself I don't need it (WHY???) but I always come crawling back. Because Sparkpe... Read more

  • Earthquake weather

    8/24/2014 4:49:38 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    It's a beautiful day here in sunny California. There was a pretty big earthquake last night that did a lot of damage around Napa but I somehow managed to sleep through it. That's a true native San Franciscan for you, right there. Earthquake? What earthquake??? Funny thing is, just yesterday... Read more

  • Too Much STUFF

    8/24/2014 9:08:51 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    First, I thank my Spark Friends who commiserated with me on the flooding of my basement. When we sold our house of 20 years about 3 years ago we had a big garage sale and then we filled 2 big roll-off dumpsters with junk. I was really convicted that I just had too much stuff. At the end of th... Read more

  • The Trouble with Travel

    8/20/2014 10:36:28 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Several of my Sparkfriends travel often for work so I have heard about their struggles on the road. But now I can add my own to the list! I feel like I've been doing okay because I'm not using this as an opportunity to binge. In fact, yesterday I even stayed within my calorie range. But here... Read more

  • Still alive! Still trying!

    8/19/2014 2:35:29 PM, by PRETTYPITHY

    Boy, that was a long time between blogs! August has been insane. I went to Outside Lands music festival for the fourth year in a row -- that accounted for four days of my absence. And then, I was sent on a business trip to North Carolina where I have been off and on since 8/11. Good news: NC is ... Read more