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  • Gratitude and Letting Go

    11/26/2015 7:23:08 PM, by LYNDALOVES2HIKE

    I am very grateful for my life, my husband, my home and I feel extremely lucky because things could have turned out so differently - so I am always aware of the saying 'There but for the Grace of God go I' when I see others in less fortunate circumstances. I feel especially grateful for my husband, ... Read more

  • Walt Whitman's paper butterfly

    11/25/2015 12:23:17 PM, by HARMONIUM

    A paper butterfly found among the papers and personal effects of Walt Whitman. Probably 1850-1860 ... Read more

  • Procrastination - but I got it done!

    11/22/2015 9:46:56 PM, by HMBROWN1

    So it was almost 7:30 and cold and dark and crappy. All GREAT reasons to snuggle in front of the TV and cheer on my Montreal Canadiens. However, despite having the entire day, I did not haul my butt to the gym. I did LOTS of other things - errands, shopping, cooking, cleaned out the hall closet, ... Read more

  • My November Guest

    11/21/2015 11:41:00 AM, by HARMONIUM

    My November Guest by Robert Frost My Sorrow, when she’s here with me, Thinks these dark days of autumn rain Are beautiful as days can be; She loves the bare, the withered tree; She walks the sodden pasture lane. Her pleasure will not let me stay. She talks a... Read more

  • Putting Lessons into Practice!

    11/21/2015 9:28:09 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Putting Lessons into Practice! 9 The recent blogs I have posted are based on lessons from the book, "100 Days of Weight Loss" by Linda Spangle. It seems a good time and place for me to put into practice all l have discovered about myself while I go through the next hectic weeks. I w... Read more

  • 11-18 Day 7 - Making Progress!!

    11/18/2015 11:24:46 AM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    Okay, so I've been bad about checking in EVERY day! Maybe once a week or so? I haven't weighed myself and won't until tomorrow. But... 1. I've been drinking more water. With medication the doctor has me on, I've spent more time in the restroom than I have at my desk, at least it feel... Read more

  • Day #30 Postpone Eating

    11/18/2015 8:39:59 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #30 Postpone Eating Watch for places where you can postpone eating. Hold off as long as possible, especially with snack foods or sweets. Some of the places to consider: the bread basket or bowls of chips brought to the table before a meal, snacks set out on game night, plates of go... Read more

  • Blessings

    11/17/2015 7:15:36 PM, by LINDRAY

    Its been a year (and can not believe its been that long It has been a year since I been on this blog. Why I do not know. I have been cycling on my stationary bike, I have fallen a few times and then I get discouraged, and have to start all over. I have lost weight though which is nice. I am t... Read more

  • Day 2 - going strong!

    11/17/2015 9:14:19 AM, by HMBROWN1

    Day 2 of work week and 45 minutes at the gym before work. I love the gym early. I can use 2 or 3 pieces of equipment at one and switch from arms to chest to back with no down time! Also day 2 of fruit and veggie fast. Nothing but the good stuff! Feeling great! Looking forward to protein s... Read more

  • Day #29 Handheld Foods

    11/17/2015 8:57:56 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #29 Handheld Foods 29 This lesson is very difficult for me because it involves snack foods like chips, cookies, M&Ms, and my favorite which is popcorn. My way to deal with most of these is not to have them because I've never figured out how to stop when I open a bag of chips! The one r... Read more

  • Starting Over Again

    11/16/2015 7:51:46 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    I have tried to change my eating and exercise (or lack of) habits, with not much luck. But that is my own fault. Although, I have managed to stay on track of limiting myself to 2 Pepsis per week, which is an accomplishment for me, since I used to drink 2 a day. I need to get better at drink... Read more

  • Be aware of COPD in November

    11/16/2015 12:30:33 PM, by ASOBFALLS

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 11 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, but an estimated 24 million may have the disease without even knowing it. COPD causes serious long-term disability and early death. A... Read more

  • Day #28 Eating Because It's There

    11/16/2015 11:00:17 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #28 Eating Because It's There For sure this is an area that I need to take to heart. A lot of times when I've eaten, put the food away and been plenty full, I keep thinking about how good it was and have been known to go back for more just because it's there. I know that I need to ke... Read more

  • Gym at 6 am - YEAH!!!

    11/16/2015 8:02:38 AM, by HMBROWN1

    I was up a lot last night. My bad knee hurt. I wanted to sleep another hour. Really bad!!! However I got up. Had a coffee. Fed the dog. Grabbed my water and headed to the gym. Once I got there it was great. There was another couple but they were on their way out. Had the place all to ... Read more

  • Day #27 Eat Dessert When it's Special

    11/15/2015 11:51:03 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #27 Eat Dessert When It's Special In a restaurant in my small hometown is the sign "Life is Short, Eat Dessert First"! I will say there are very few times that I eat there, but when I do eat there I actually do eat dessert first! Their speciality is dessert and it is a special outing lik... Read more

  • Overall a GREAT effort this week!

    11/14/2015 9:13:07 PM, by HMBROWN1

    Well, this week had highs (Fitness) and lows (Nutrition). I was able to work out at the gym 6 days out of 7 but I only got to the pool twice. We are season ticket holders for out local Junior A hockey team and there were 3 games this week! Also, I started physio. So, all in all, I have been busy... Read more

  • Back to Step One!

    11/14/2015 6:17:49 PM, by RAYLINSTEPHENS

    The other day I got to thinking - as much trouble as I'm having, maybe I should just start again. Not with a new page, but like a 'newbie' - so I am going to track everything for 2 weeks whether I stay on track or not. That is the Spark Program's Step One. Track without worrying about the c... Read more

  • Day #26 When Food Disappoints You

    11/14/2015 7:01:47 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #26 When Food Disappoints You Yesterday I mentioned that we need to plan for the things we know are coming, i.e. celebrations, holidays and even fun weekends! For me the first outing on my November list was a birthday party and the lesson of "when food disappoints" really fit. It ... Read more

  • I did it!!

    11/13/2015 1:35:33 PM, by DAVINA50

    I just ran for the first time in my 51 years of life a continuous 5K run in 37 minutes!!! Considering when I started this journey on April 16, 2015 I was over 190 lbs and could barely walk 10 minutes without gasping for air. Also since I live in the Sierra Nevada's in Northern California, which mean... Read more

  • Day #25 Smaller Amounts, Less Often

    11/13/2015 11:43:20 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #25 Smaller Amounts, Less Often Contrary to what we might think, it is not necessary to stop eating all our favorite foods to manage weight. Instead of avoiding yummy treats plan for them. It may be necessary to use the guideline: Smaller amounts, less often! By planning your favo... Read more

  • 11-12 My Journey Day 1 - Evening

    11/12/2015 11:40:33 PM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    Picked up my medication from the pharmacy at lunch. I start taking it tomorrow morning. My doctor and pharmacist are both going to be monitoring closely since this Phentermine can have some nasty side effects. I've heard that some people have no problems with it but my pharmacist said to watch th... Read more

  • The Adventures of Wanda Smitty - Chapter 72 - Reality!

    11/12/2015 7:27:56 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Who disguised as an accountant for a great Midwestern distributor seeks to continue to maintain great health, a lean body and a decluttered home! Thursday already and Wanda was EXHAUSTED! Wanda knew it was going to be a busy couple of weeks. At her first job, she was staying after to get the p... Read more

  • Stay the course!!

    11/12/2015 4:34:04 PM, by DAVINA50

    Weight loss has slowed down a bit each month but I'm still losing!! So long as I keep my eating right and working out, I'll hit my goal. Just keep swimming! Just keep swimming!.......... Read more

  • 11-12 My Journey - Day 1 (Morning)

    11/12/2015 12:23:45 PM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    Starting my journey today. Went to the doctor this morning about the weight issue. She has me on a medication that acts like an appetite suppressant (not sure what, since I turned in my prescription to my pharmacist to pick up on my lunch hour) that she said the main side effects are heart-related... Read more

  • Bad weather, bad headache, had to forgo gym this morning

    11/12/2015 7:04:33 AM, by HMBROWN1

    I have been on a streak! Three days at the gym in the morning! BEFORE WORK!!! It all came to a crashing halt today. I woke up at 5 am, before my alarm, but when I went to stand up everything was spinning and my head was throbbing. I gave it 5 minutes, then I took a Tylenol and laid back down un... Read more

  • Day #24 Eat for Satisfaction

    11/12/2015 6:52:42 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #24 Eat for Satisfaction For your brain to achieve satisfaction, you have to eat slowly, pay attention to the bites, and appreciate your food. If your determined you want to appreciate flavors, work on getting satisfaction from your food, not guilt or remorse. Savoring your food wi... Read more

  • Where's Barb?

    11/11/2015 11:46:24 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    This week of hiking included Seiad Valley back on day 243. The Seiad Café has a pancake eating challenge..... 5 pancakes...... however each one weighs one pound! I passed on that one. I eat a lot some days, but even I couldn't do that! So on we hiked, leaving the valley behind us. ... Read more

  • 11-11 - A New Outlook on Life

    11/11/2015 11:24:14 AM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    One of my favorite times of day (and days of the year) is 11-11. I'm a numbers geek and seeing the same number on the clock or writing the same day and date is just cool to me! I've been thinking about the way my life has been going for quite some time and have decided that 11-11 is a good t... Read more

  • Day # 23 Savoring

    11/11/2015 6:49:07 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day# 23 Savoring I am truly amazed how hard it is for me to focus on my food. I have always said I don't care what it is, "I'll eat anything except coconut"! Turns out that was my problem because I didn't really taste the flavors in most things, I just ate them. 4 Another way to in... Read more

  • Paulo Coelho Words

    11/10/2015 10:27:21 AM, by HARMONIUM

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  • Finally made it to the gym BEFORE work - blew it all on "healthy breakfast wrap"

    11/10/2015 8:44:41 AM, by HMBROWN1

    I have always struggled with the gym BEFORE work. I have set the alarm, woke up, reset the alarm, got up & dressed and then drank coffee, but never made it there. There were always excuses - too hot, too cold, too early, too tired, too sore, blah, blah, blah..... I made a deal with myself - j... Read more

  • Meeting up with Old Friends

    11/10/2015 8:12:25 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    It has been a full week since my last post. I have not been as active as normal but I am okay with that. Actually it has been self-imposed and I feel much more rested and relaxed from taking a week off. Yesterday I did update my spreadsheet and discovered that taking off some time hasn't really h... Read more

  • Day # 22 Multitask with Food

    11/10/2015 6:25:19 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #22 Multitask with Food Because yesterday's challenge to be conscious of what I eat took total commitment, today I may have trouble multitasking and paying attention to my food since multitasking and eating is what I normally do. I think that when I eat with other people I can join in... Read more

  • The Adventures of Wanda Smitty: Chapter 71 - Retreat Weekend

    11/8/2015 11:53:10 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Who disguised as an accountant for a great Midwestern distributor seeks to maintain great health, a lean body and a decluttered home! After another exhausting week, Wanda made her way home anxious to start her new adventure, yet tired from the never ending busyness. Wanda changed her cloth... Read more

  • Day #20 Half-off Special

    11/8/2015 10:55:34 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #20 Half-off Special Divide and conquer! 4 For an easy way to manage your serving sizes, use a concept called the half-off special! That simply means eat half as much as you normally would, or take half of the amount you want. If you can't stop yourself from finishing off everything, ... Read more

  • The bad, the ugly & the uglier! Anniversary Dinner last night!

    11/8/2015 9:17:58 AM, by HMBROWN1

    Yesterday had some great points - swimming, gym, sensible eating right up until dinner entrees were done. And there were some REALLY bad points - the massive serving chocolate cake we ate and the entire bottle of Mango Cooler I drank after at a friend's house. I will congratulate myself o... Read more

  • day 20

    11/7/2015 10:02:51 PM, by THORNROSE23

    it been a long time I given up and I need to think about everything that has happened. I need to think about my self and try to make others happy. I got a job work over night a nursing home cleaning and making sure the clines are sleeping well I told myself I wound never go back to heath care but he... Read more

  • You are more important....

    11/7/2015 9:44:30 PM, by LYNDALOVES2HIKE

    than the number on the scale!!... Read more

  • Yes - I have been hiding :(

    11/7/2015 2:45:20 PM, by RAYLINSTEPHENS

    I never had this much trouble getting the weight off the first time 46 Ok, trying again!! Remember, "I cannot fail unless I quit trying!" I cannot "hover" over Ray without dire consequences (he will start to believe he is frail) and I cannot eat instead of hovering (the scale said so). ... Read more

  • Day #19 Eat Reasonable Amounts

    11/7/2015 7:59:42 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day # 19 Eat Reasonable Amounts This I will say is probably one of my biggest downfalls. 4 I will admit that when I look at a canned item and it says "contains 7.5 servings" that my mind thinks "you are kidding!" I am trying to get better about it but I do believe that because we are getti... Read more


    11/6/2015 8:21:08 PM, by HMBROWN1

    I was able to see a doctor today about my knee. My family doctor is off due to a family emergency, so they had a retired doctor helping out. Really great man! He looked at my knee and read the MRI report. I spent over half an hour with him. He said that my knee was very interesting. After look... Read more

  • Day #18 Retrain Eating Habits

    11/6/2015 8:47:38 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #18 Retrain Eating Habits 4 This lesson continues with ways to leave extra food on your plate instead of continuing to be a part of the "clean your plate" club. Because I grew up in a large family with not a lot of extra food, the idea of leaving something on my plate is a hard one fo... Read more

  • The Adventures of Wanda Smitty: Chapter 70 - Self-Evaluation

    11/5/2015 10:17:02 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Who disguised as an accountant for a great Midwestern distributor seeks to maintain great health, a lean body and a decluttered home! At Wanda's job, duties were doubled because someone had been let go. Wanda couldn't get her job done because she too busy trying to get the basic duties done. W... Read more

  • Doctors - so annoying!

    11/5/2015 9:07:31 PM, by HMBROWN1

    So, I was working out of town today, over an hour away from the doctors office. I had an appointment for 3:45, and I rushed back to make sure I got there in time. I saw a voice mail message on my home phone - sure enough, they were cancelling!!! Said that the doctor had an emergency and had... Read more

  • Day #17 Stop Wasting Food

    11/5/2015 6:44:20 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #17 Stop Wasting Food Some people grew up with the clean-your-plate rule and even as adults find it difficult to leave anything on their plate because it is a waste. Of course not wasting food makes perfect sense and is important. But a new way to look at it is that if you are filling you... Read more

  • Doctors! Grrrr!!!!

    11/4/2015 7:14:24 PM, by HMBROWN1

    So, I got MRI results and booked an appointment with my family doctor for Monday afternoon. I asked for an appointment on Thursday or Friday at the end of the day. They said that there were no appointments available after 2:15 either day. So, I had to wait until next week. Then today the... Read more

  • Day #16 Nurturing Power of Food

    11/4/2015 7:19:53 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #16 Nurturing Power of Food This was a good day for this experiment for sure. My granddaughter (age 28) had minor surgery and is getting two rounds of chemo again this week. Because she is 3 hours away a lot of days are spent waiting for news. When your feeling stressed or sad or lo... Read more

  • Sod Rooftops in Germany

    11/3/2015 9:58:46 PM, by LYNDALOVES2HIKE

    In one village in Northern Germany, not far from Lubeck, we saw quite a few homes with sod rooftops - intriguing! From what I understand, this roof system is common in some traditional areas in Scandinavia and of course, Lubeck is one of the cities with ferry service to Denmark and ultimately Sweden... Read more

  • Knee Diagnosis - Patella is laterally dislocated with damage to ligaments!

    11/3/2015 4:35:28 PM, by HMBROWN1

    What that means is that the knee cap has been moved sideways and in the process, it has damaged the supporting ligaments. Obviously not the greatest of news! I made a doctor appointment for Monday afternoon to go over treatment options available. I would have liked to have gone this week but ... Read more

  • The Adventures of Wanda Smitty: Chapter 69 - Duties as Assigned

    11/3/2015 12:46:04 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Who disguised as an accountant for a Great Midwestern Distributor seeks to maintain great health, a lean body and a decluttered home! Wanda's Friday started with a co-worker being let go for not doing her basic duties. This then translated in Wanda's work load to double. Trying not to feel ov... Read more

  • Rested & Relaxed

    11/3/2015 8:15:21 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I took two days off in a row from walking. I feel much better today about the whole exercising thing. I have my day planned out and already have 10,000 steps put in this morning from my morning/before work walk. I feel good. Rested. Course it helped having yesterday off from work too. I was ab... Read more

  • Day #15 First Two Bites

    11/3/2015 6:26:11 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #15 First Two Bites You may not realize it but the first two bites of any food will always have the most flavor. This lesson is focused on desserts mostly and the idea that if you take two bites and savor them, the next thing would be to decide if the rest is worth the fat and calories. ... Read more

  • Day #14 Morning affects Evening

    11/2/2015 7:09:44 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #14 Morning affects Evening Monday already? November already? This is why I continue to look for a better way to live. As I am planning things, life is passing me by! I plan to be healthy; I plan to exercise; I plan to enjoy each day, etc. I want to be the best ME I can be so i... Read more

  • motivation and determination

    11/1/2015 11:06:45 PM, by SIMPLYMOI

    2 things that everyone needs in order to achieve their dreams, I believe. 2 things that other people had, but I never did. They were completely foreign concepts to me. I thought I would have some for a little while, but it never lasted. My head was filled with so much guilt, there was never an... Read more

  • All My Ancestors

    11/1/2015 11:57:09 AM, by HARMONIUM

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  • Halloween at the zoo

    11/1/2015 11:08:23 AM, by LYNDALOVES2HIKE

    As usual, Halloween at the zoo was very popular - we all dress up in costumes and have games, a scavenger hunt [with questions to answer about the zoo animals], prizes and of course lots of candy and other goodies to give out to the kids. Some of the animals get to wear costumes and most are pretty ... Read more

  • Day #13 Oops, I Forgot to Eat

    11/1/2015 10:14:17 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day #13 Oops, I Forgot to Eat Very few times in my life have I ever uttered that phrase! In most of them it was a time I don't even want to think about because they were days of deep sorrow. When my hubby gets sick he isn't hungry and I worry that he should try to eat something with the meds... Read more

  • Finding Balance in November

    11/1/2015 7:27:06 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    As I'm doing my initial sign-in stuff here on SP I'm flipping thru my Goal Board and see "I will have fun when exercising." Last month I raised my step goal back to 700,000 steps, something I had been doing regularly last year but got out of habit over the summer. October was a struggle for me. I... Read more

  • Forest Mushrooms in Germany

    11/1/2015 12:30:43 AM, by LYNDALOVES2HIKE

    We hiked in a lot of places across Germany during our trip and I couldn't hope but notice that there were mushrooms EVERYWHERE we went - different kinds with a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and quantity. Here are some pictures I took - I don't really know much about which type of mushrooms these ... Read more

  • The Adventures of Wanda Smitty: Chapter 68 - Halloween Ride

    10/31/2015 11:26:23 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Who disguised as an accountant for a great Midwestern distributor seeks to maintain great health, a lean body and a decluttered home! Wanda looked forward to her horseback ride this morning. It was a crisp fall day with the colors of fall falling to the ground from the trees. She saddled he... Read more

  • Triumphant Day!

    10/31/2015 9:56:47 PM, by HMBROWN1

    I consider today a success! Even though I ate some less than stellar food - 4 pieces of pizza, YIKES! - I tracked it all AND stayed in my range (under 1500). I spent Halloween with my sister, my daughter and my SIL. We dressed up dogs and handed out candy. I DID NOT EAT EVEN 1 SINGLE CANDY!!... Read more

  • Words from Julia Child

    10/31/2015 8:02:53 PM, by HARMONIUM

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  • Day #12

    10/31/2015 7:44:12 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day # 12 Fuel or Filler Keep in mind that fuel keeps your body running but filler often gets sent to your fat stores. Most healthy foods like lean meat, fruits and vegetables are fuel that keeps you going. Most sweets, chips and snacks are fillers. A lot of 100 calorie snack foods are... Read more

  • Pecan pies, sadness, loss and feeling lost

    10/30/2015 2:33:52 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    My dear friend's son committed suicide a few years ago. She called her best friend in Detroit to break the news to her. Her friend dropped everything got in her car and made the 3 hour trip to Grand Rapids. My friend immediately went to a bakery and purchased a pecan pie (her friend's favorite). ... Read more

  • Stressful day!

    10/30/2015 8:30:09 AM, by HMBROWN1

    Yesterday, I attended a trade show. Due to the proximity to Halloween, all the vendors had big bowls of little chocolate bars and tootsie pops and candy. I knew this was coming. I made a decision before entering. DO NOT PICK UP EVEN ONE! And I didn't! I did however really overdo it on my bad k... Read more

  • Day # 11 Purposes of Food

    10/30/2015 7:09:29 AM, by MAWMAW101

    My Magic Notebook is full of gratitude this morning, thank you all for the comments on this project. I also appreciate the prayers and good wishes for my granddaughter who is getting chemo. Day # 11 Purposes of Food 4 Days 11-20 Put Food In Its Place The next 10-day segment is all a... Read more

  • Getting Closer to Step Count

    10/29/2015 8:09:02 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    It's near the end of the month. Catch up time on my step goal. I thought I was doing real well then I took a couple days off and - bam! - I'm behind. I track my daily steps in a spreadsheet so I know how many steps I need each day to stay on track. Yesterday when I logged my steps I discovered t... Read more

  • The Adventures of Wanda Smitty: Chapter 67 - Bright New Day

    10/29/2015 1:16:49 PM, by LAURENSQUEST

    Who disguised as an accountant for a great Midwestern Distributor seeks to maintain great health, a lean body and a decluttered home! In the midwest, it hadn't rained for weeks. It was so dusty, when you looked out at the sky, it even looked yellow! The cars had a film of dust. When outside,... Read more

  • Day #10 Appreciate Good Support

    10/29/2015 8:19:25 AM, by MAWMAW101

    Day # 10 Appreciate Good Support Wow this day is a trip back in time to when I learned to "just say thank you"! It is a lesson I need to think about often even now. Because I grew up in a home with only criticism, it has always been hard to take compliments or criticism very well but I... Read more