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  • Fall is in the Air (and smoke!)

    8/28/2015 12:04:03 PM, by 56ROSE

    We have been under a hazardous air quality warning for almost 2 weeks now due to the smoke from multiple statewide (Idaho) fires. UGH! Luckily, I do not have to go outside too often. The air is improving, though, and my hubby and I have resumed our morning walks. We decided to buy a bigger air purif... Read more

  • Reset day 89: from spotlight to the trenches

    8/28/2015 11:50:49 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Tuesday I had my moment in the spotlight. I danced on the stage of life. I basked in its warmth. I soaked it in. I enjoyed every minute of it (except the minute I saw the photos). Today, I am back in the trenches of life. I am not a spotlight person. I don't seek out the spotlight. ... Read more

  • Reset day 88: blah blah blah

    8/27/2015 3:13:52 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Yesterday was an awesome day. I logged over 25,000 steps on the fitbit. When you are a walker, not a runner, and work full time, that is a LOT of steps! I stayed on track with my food yesterday too! Yippee. Today those pesky bagels were back in the kitchen, but I did ok. I had my pro... Read more

  • NHL/Ovarian

    8/27/2015 2:16:39 PM, by AL-SAKINAH

    I have been part of spark people off and on. This last time I stopped, I found out I had cancer. Not just 1, but 2 types of cancer. Hopefully, I am done with it.... Read more

  • Speaking out

    8/27/2015 8:17:58 AM, by RW1647

    I made a huge decision to go to my manager yesterday and address some major issues at work that have been causing me a lot of stress. I've felt a lot of division in our team and have felt very unsupported and alone... Basically, like I've been doing 2-3 jobs daily and then getting grief because ever... Read more

  • Do You Try New Recipes Very Often?

    8/26/2015 8:59:52 PM, by MARITIMER3

    I must admit that I don't. I've spent hours yesterday and today going through magazines, clipping decorating ideas, recipes, knitting patterns and exercises. Then I got out my recipe files - 1 envelope each for appetizers, breakfast, beef, breads, chicken, desserts... you get the idea, and yes, I e... Read more

  • Reset Day 87: That moment when....

    8/26/2015 3:06:49 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    We had our office Summer Staff party yesterday. I received an award for 10 years of service. I struggled with what to wear to the party which was being held at the local gardens. You know, summer dinner party at the gardens... cute summery sundress, comfy sandals... Well, the weather turned cool... Read more

  • Dear Web Page Designer,

    8/26/2015 2:43:48 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Dear Sparkpeople web designer(s) - QUIT REDESIGNING! It has taken me a while to get used to the redesign of a few months ago. Still not keen on it but I'll suck it up and keep on. Today I log in and WHAM weird layout again. I had to look for the slider thing so I could put in water drunk, etc. ... Read more

  • Day 4/183

    8/25/2015 11:15:19 PM, by OKOBOJII

    I joined my first DietBet on 8/21 and started the next day. I've been meaning to make this post since, but kept forgetting. I'm so proud of myself for these first few days. I've kept myself to my calories, avoided temptation, spread the spark, and TRACKED over the weekend. This last bit was huge fo... Read more

  • Today I Lost a Spark Friend...

    8/25/2015 11:51:58 AM, by MARITIMER3

    ... I'm so glad I found her again! As some of you know, I limit my number of Spark Friends. Probably because I think of you as penpals, and want to keep the number low so that I can keep in touch with you regularly. I may never meet any of you, but you are carefully chosen, and are definitely "re... Read more

  • Bad headache but what was I thinking???

    8/25/2015 9:28:43 AM, by HMBROWN1

    We have had a sudden cold spell where I live. It has brought rain and unstable weather. Yesterday I thought my head was going to blow off. That was a double whammy. First I got home and say on my but all night. No exercise. NOT GOOD. Then, even worse, I sent my husband out for pecan pie... Read more

  • Staying motivated

    8/25/2015 8:01:39 AM, by RW1647

    I'm trying to stay motivated today... I'm stupid tired thanks to hormones being hormones, plus an unnecessary degree of work stress this week. I feel like I could sleep for a week. I did let myself sleep in yesterday, instead of getting up at 7 to walk the dog. I slept in until 8 and then was runnin... Read more

  • Time to signup for the Fall Challenge?! OMGoodness!!

    8/24/2015 4:39:36 PM, by RAYLINSTEPHENS

    Yup! It's already time to signup for the next challenge! Are you ready? I'm working at it! come join the "fun" and pick your desired team! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/gr
    oups_individual.asp?gid=65592 We'll be looking for you! 213 *sigh* how far I've fallen 15 8/2... Read more

  • What, What, What?

    8/24/2015 12:44:33 PM, by GEORGIE1957

    What am I willing to sacrafice to get to my goal this time? What am I not going to do this time that only sabotages my efforts? What am I really looking forward to when reaching my goal? What is the most important thing about losing weight I need to come to realise? What can I live without? What... Read more

  • Capsule Wardrobe

    8/24/2015 11:38:14 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Anyone on here do the 'capsule wardrobe' thing? I've been reading quite a bit about it lately. It must be part of the simplifying your life thing since that is mostly where I see it talked about. I've been simplifying my life for years now. Years. It takes a long time to do it evidently. ... Read more

  • A New focus

    8/23/2015 1:20:49 PM, by RW1647

    I'm making tentative steps towards going back to sparking full time after several years of not being active on this site. It saved me, awhile ago, kept me sane through a lot of bad stuff but I also let myself get into habits that were probably as bad as the ones I wanted to break. I became really ob... Read more

  • Tire Trouble

    8/23/2015 1:15:45 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Yesterday and today DH and I biked. It is his favorite thing in the whole world to do which is one of the major reasons for our wanting to move closer to town so we can do it more often. Friday he had the day off and we got up extra early so we could be on the trail by the time the sun came up. W... Read more

  • Now I've Done It...

    8/23/2015 1:01:42 AM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    What have I done, you ask? Well, nothing good, as far as my health is concerned!! Let me just say, I REFUSE to become my grandmother! I've let my health issues get so far out of hand (no matter how hard I try to not let them get that way) that my feet are constantly swollen (no, I'm NOT pregn... Read more

  • Ugly Feet

    8/22/2015 7:40:53 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Feet. We all have them. My feet are ugly now. After years and years of walking they have corns, callouses, and occasional blister. I have one right now on my big toe. It is dark and ugly and hurts, especially at night when my sheet touches it. I should drain it and be done but I guess I'm not ... Read more

  • When When When?

    8/20/2015 9:29:53 AM, by GEORGIE1957

    When will I get serious enough to stay on track losing weight? When am I going to see food as a need to live and not as a way to live for the food? When am I going to stop emotionally hurting myself for what I've allowed my body to weigh? When am I going to realize I have to live the rest of my li... Read more

  • Ceazy is as crazy does

    8/20/2015 7:38:15 AM, by ANDY13

    Being busy ? Oh my, I think I have gone way beyond that.... like to the point of almost insanity. I was working 2 parttime jobs, then had the opportunity to get into one that would be fulltime once trained, so I took while working out a notice to one of the others -- I am working from ~8:30am unti... Read more

  • Why? Why?

    8/19/2015 8:04:31 AM, by GEORGIE1957

    I always have good intentions and start out the gate fast and steady but seem to slow down 1/2 way around the track and stop way before the finish line.. Why.....I've used food for so long for pleasure and don't know how to stop. I wish I could only see food as fuel to keep my body going. I trul... Read more

  • Heat and Tomatoes Just Go Together

    8/18/2015 12:23:59 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Took yesterday off, something I haven't done in a very long time. Just kind of loafed around the house and read instead. It was really, really nice to do that. Still got in quite a few steps from doing laundry, taking care of compost, moving from house to porch and back in when it got too hot. ... Read more

  • Do you really believe...

    8/18/2015 10:45:16 AM, by MARITIMER3

    that you can reach the goal weight you set for yourself? That's one of the questions in an article I read yesterday on the SP site, under the heading, Weight Loss articles. The article is called, " An Obesity Expert Tells Us What Really Works in Weight Loss". When I joined SP in 2011, I... Read more

  • 90 day BBM challenge update

    8/17/2015 8:27:25 PM, by HUGHESBOYS4

    Friday was the final day of the 90 day bikini body mommy challenge! I didn't end this quite where I wanted to be. I lost 3 pounds and 2.5 inches. But I will say I didn't give it my all every day. Tomorrow I will be starting the 2nd 90 day challenge. Below are my fit test stats for the 1st challenge.... Read more

  • Reset Day 78: Still learning and a slice of vacation

    8/17/2015 11:26:46 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Yesterday we celebrated my son's birthday with the family. There were bbq ribs on the grill, fresh corn on the cob, side dishes and of course cake and ice cream. As I ate, I thought to myself: the celebrating never ends. Life IS a celebration! The light bulb went on again. There seems to be... Read more

  • Sparkgoodies

    8/16/2015 12:25:53 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Today I earned 100 sparkgoodie points when I spun. Normally I don't like getting those but today I was feeling pretty darn good about myself so I used it to buy myself a new pair of sunglasses. It has been so hot and sunny out that I could certainly use them if they were real. My good feeling... Read more

  • The Bun and I: Written in April, 2015

    8/16/2015 11:28:38 AM, by HARMONIUM

    She was my best friend for 25 years. I know that she had many other friends, but I did not. She was sufficiently eccentric to be interesting when I first met her. We did a lot together: we subscribed to the local symphony, opera, and chamber music society. We occasionally supported student eff... Read more

  • Saugatuck

    8/15/2015 12:27:40 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Younger DD and I drove over to Saugatuck yesterday. Our first time there. I walked in the morning before leaving since the drive was expected to be over 2 hours each way. We printed out googlemap instructions on how to get there and then hit the road. I-94 is not for wimps I have decided. I... Read more

  • It is never too late to get healthy.....one meal at a time.

    8/15/2015 9:36:10 AM, by GEORGIE1957

    I want to believe its never too late to reach my goal. That each day I live I can be one more day closer. I need to see food as an energy for my body to keep me going and getting healthier and not as a way to feel pleasure. I need to eat more often and much less each time. I'm going to try eatin... Read more

  • Calorie-Cutting Switch

    8/14/2015 4:01:44 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Realized I started this most recent phase of the journey 2 months ago this next Tuesday! I've already lost considerably in that short time. Look at the photos from 2 months ago, I decided to wash the outfit I was wearing in the photos and take some more next Tuesday so I can accurately compare my ... Read more

  • Reset day 74: I'm back, grateful and making a u-turn

    8/13/2015 4:19:35 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I am back from vacation. It was wonderful to be away. I reconnected with an old friend I hadn't seen in years. I laughed until my face hurt. I challenged myself with some hikes. I set my feet on the North Country Trail and planted a seed. I took my first ride on a quad. I saw the hand of God ... Read more

  • Comfort Zone

    8/13/2015 12:50:50 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Today's Spark tip when I logged in was this: "You'll never be able to experience new things if you stay in your comfort zone all the time! Today, your challenge is to make one big step toward your goal that pushes you out of the safety of your comfort zone. For example, if you're working toward a s... Read more

  • Spark Mojo Missing and First House Showing!

    8/12/2015 6:22:40 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    For over 2 years I logged in to SP faithfully every single day. Had quite an awesome streak going and then - poof - it was gone one day because I forgot. Now I am lucky to log in a couple times a week. It just isn't a priority anymore. Where has my SP mojo gone? I still walk faithfully every da... Read more

  • Moving Dad to Assisted Living...part 1

    8/12/2015 12:11:28 PM, by ASOBFALLS

    After military service and college, Dad went to Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa with goal of starting a Christian Radio station. He surveyed and built a road, surveyed the land and cut away the jungle with his crew of laborers.... the Radio Station started broadcasting in 1954, later they build a ho... Read more

  • Collision

    8/12/2015 3:06:28 AM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Went down to the office to pick up a package that had been delivered. As I was walking out with my big box, a man put his car into reverse and started backing into to me. I felt contact with my foot and leg, but not much pain and yelled to stop. The man stopped, moved forward again, and in ton to ... Read more

  • New Strength

    8/11/2015 1:58:23 AM, by EO4WELLNESS

    So today's workout included exploding by jumping upwards, reaching for the sky, from a deep squat position. Well, a few weeks ago my "deep squat" looked like I was barely bending my knee, and even that was limited by pain. Now I can get lower, and for the first time in 30 or more years I jumped and ... Read more

  • Bit of a Wake-Up Call

    8/10/2015 2:10:22 PM, by MARITIMER3

    Hi all... As most of you know, I've been sick for over a month, with various diagnoses ranging from a virus to bronchitis. I've been on Flovent for 2 weeks and an antibiotic for one, both prescribed by a doctor at walk-in, as I couldn't get a quick appointment with our own doctor. Today I... Read more

  • A new way of eating: Keto Food Diary

    8/10/2015 12:41:05 PM, by LISA2321

    So I just started my keto diet on August 5th. It was really hard in the beginning (not knowing what to eat and all) and I'm not going to lie, it's now hard just to reach my recommended calorie range and I feel unwell. In order to hit my minimum calories for the day, I've been drinking heavy whippi... Read more

  • Visitor Tips

    8/10/2015 2:50:08 AM, by EO4WELLNESS

    How do y'all handle friends and family coming to visit? So far so good. Recently had folks visit who brought foods I loved but wasn't eating. I just visited while everyone else ate. It worked. I've read a lot of tips on SparkPeople, but none so far about guests. Would be interested in hearing about... Read more

  • Metabolic Aftershock

    8/8/2015 5:31:48 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Today I started a new exercise method entitled: Metabolic Aftershock. This is a 9-week program and today was the first day for me. The program is very compatible with goals, tracking, teaching, methods, etc. For example, as I've just started I'm of course in phase 1. Phase one is all about ... Read more

  • Week 7 of the Summer Challenge - not a great day

    8/8/2015 7:32:31 AM, by RAYLINSTEPHENS

    Not the best day yesterday - to the Dentist and Ray has an abscessed tooth/cavity and it needs to be pulled and another tooth added to his partial. Also, we learned he has the beginning of Congestive Heart - as though not bad enough, his little "chicken legs" swelled up (over his knee) enough... Read more

  • Sleepy

    8/7/2015 12:46:06 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    While I slept last night, the quality of sleep wasn't so good. Sooner or later, this happens to everyone. I've noticed, I have to realize I'm tired and put extra efforts into making good choices in ton order to not let being exhausted take me places I've all ready decided to leave behind. ... Read more

  • Day 15

    8/7/2015 1:38:07 AM, by THORNROSE23

    I had to pick up life and move again but it was some what planed it just sucks to move for the second time in 2 months. I stop my diet but I will be back on trait tomorrow because I feeling gross and sleepy all the time with all the sugar in my body. I'm shocked at what the small changes did for my ... Read more

  • Amazing

    8/6/2015 2:11:56 AM, by EO4WELLNESS

    So, weeks or perhaps months ago, I really longed for positive encouragement from people around me. None came. I really went through it. Some were even outright mean. Then suddenly, after giving up hoping for their support, having found it here, I suddenly hear "I am proud of you" and "Don't quit, y... Read more

  • Sticker Shock

    8/5/2015 9:11:43 PM, by EO4WELLNESS

    Can you guess what I did today? Grocery shopping. Everything healthy keeps going up in price. Ouch! How is everyone else doing?... Read more

  • Bid Day

    8/4/2015 4:10:41 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    DH is off this week for vacation. He has been walking with me in the early morning but also complaining that we are out there walking when we could be biking. He loves to bike. So today we biked after the walk. It was tiring but I felt absolutely wonderful afterward. We were biking into the win... Read more

  • Arms

    8/4/2015 1:13:37 AM, by EO4WELLNESS

    So like a lot of overweight gals my age, my arms don't look like the used to when I was 20. However, I'm so excited. I'm not lost in some unrealistic fairy tale of trying to be something I'm not, but instead focusing on increasing my overall strength and endurance. When I did my upper body work out... Read more

  • Biker Love

    8/2/2015 8:30:41 PM, by JLO863

    Well, I've been riding my bicycle in the park - and I'm loving it. I climbed on my "moving" bicycle on Friday, July 31st, 2015. I rode for almost 1.5hrs. This was my 1st time riding on a moving bike in about 11yrs. I was sore afterwards; but I felt good and relaxed knowing that I'd done someth... Read more

  • Week 6 in the DAWG-Haus - *sigh*

    8/2/2015 2:43:24 PM, by RAYLINSTEPHENS

    It's just been so hard maintaining, let alone losing. But I persevere! Sadly it's food, not water, waste or anything else. Just fattening foods that taste so good at the time :( It's ok, eventually I always get back on track :) **Sophia is right - although I speak of my team, the sp... Read more

  • New Month

    8/1/2015 12:13:23 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    New month. For the past 2 months I have not met my step goal. Not sure why since it is summer and I am more active in summer, at least I always thought I was. But all this year I've hit 700,000+ steps except in June and July. Weird for me. This past month I had numerous days under 10,000 which ... Read more

  • August Already?!

    8/1/2015 10:39:18 AM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    The month all teachers and students hate...back to school!! For those of us who DON'T get our summers off, it's just August. Vacation is over. Had a wonderful time, but looked HORRIBLE in pictures, especially the one taken of me on the beach in Ocean City, NJ. THAT is the kind of photo that ... Read more

  • Living a Conscious Life

    8/1/2015 5:53:15 AM, by MAWMAW101

    213 Here we are at the beginning of a new month and for me it is the day to weigh in for our 5% challenge. Although the scale did go down some, as I read my commitment for the year it is hard not to be disappointed with myself that this journey to a healthy BMI number is taking so long. My re... Read more

  • Hot Weather Sickness

    7/30/2015 7:42:38 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    The past week has been unusually hot here in Michigan. So humid even going for a walk at 6AM is exhausting and hot. I have not felt well in days. My blood pressure has been all over the place. Very low one day (109) to mid-130's the next. I have trouble sleeping because I just feel 'weird'. ... Read more

  • Reset day 60: Flounder is more than a fish

    7/30/2015 11:13:59 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Ever feel like that fish someone caught and tossed in the boat - flopping around knowing that this isn't good, that you really WANT to be somewhere else, a feeling of panic, flopping around but going nowhere? I kind of feel like that today. I'm not sure why. I'm floundering. Maybe it is re... Read more