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  • Day 4 ... frustrating yet successful!

    6/2/2015 10:54:03 PM, by ANCILLAGRAD

    Started my day at 4 a.m. (new work schedule). Packed my pre-planned meals, went to work. Got home around 6p.m., quick changed and headed right out for physical therapy. Overdid everything in a stupid attempt to speed up recovery. (That's what happens when you are too tired). So far, frustra... Read more

  • Reset: Day 2 and those pesky mean girl voices

    6/2/2015 3:59:54 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    So again today I hit the snooze. I thought to myself Barb, you should get up and get on that treadmill, but I stayed in bed. Maybe that is where I needed to be. I am NOT a morning person. Doing things in the morning comes hard for me. I could walk on the treadmill during late night tv, but earl... Read more

  • Day 3: so far so good.

    6/1/2015 7:24:44 PM, by ANCILLAGRAD

    Didn't pick up groceries this past weekend, and won't get a chance to until this coming weekend. But I was able to scrounge up a decent breakfast and lunch to pack for work...including applesauce single serve cups! Luckily we were so swamped I didn't have time to think about being hungry. And ... Read more

  • Lay-offs

    6/1/2015 6:12:53 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Well the lay-offs were last friday. Many teachers. Many who had been there for many, many years. 2 were only 1 year from retirement. One also ended up having a heart attack that same evening (she is still in intensive care). She was very overweight and I'm sure the stress of those lay-offs hang... Read more

  • It's June!!!

    6/1/2015 2:49:52 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    So it's June. I thought at this point I'd be down about 30 lbs from where I started in January. That didn't happen. I've reflected a long time on my journey so far. I was feeling pretty weary. My goals seemed unreachable. I thought about logging off spark people for good. The motivational... Read more

  • Another 5% Challenge without losing 1% - I gained :(

    6/1/2015 9:59:26 AM, by RAYLINSTEPHENS

    Got this in an email today - sheesh! Not the brightest idea for exercise 198 The challenge saw me up a pound 39 but it happens. I've been newly inspired by DBEAU57 to get back on track and I whole-heartedly thank Donna for shoving me in the right direction! 5/30 - 130.2 5/31 ... Read more

  • 5 Goals for June

    5/31/2015 11:41:28 PM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    1 1/2 hours until June 1st. (Central Daylight Time) I'm going on vacation on July 22nd to visit relatives in Philadelphia (and attend a cousin's wedding). I haven't seen any of them (except for my Aunt) since 2008! My Grandma reminds me of that often. I finally have a steady job with vaca... Read more

  • Confused but sticking to it

    5/31/2015 9:06:39 PM, by MARYINFL2000

    Today I was a bit disappointed to see the scale up 2 1/2 ponds after I started wearing my Spark Activity tracker and taking extra walks. I am also a bit baffled as to how it measures steps and time brcause I take 2 20 minute walks at work 5 x a week along the same path and get varying steps/time. ... Read more

  • Chemin Le Puy

    5/31/2015 6:26:51 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Photos from my current virtual walk. Love the new site I've found. When you upload your step count up pop photos of what you would have passed. Fabulous! I feel almost like I'm there (except I get to sleep in my own bed each night). This is absolutely my favorite photo. Such a wonderful... Read more

  • Day 2 and still on track

    5/31/2015 12:35:33 PM, by ANCILLAGRAD

    Had a good night's sleep, knowing that yesterday I had taken this first step towards a healthier lifestyle. The cold, rainy day we had also made for good sleeping! But it's not so good for arthritis. Nevertheless I will be walking this afternoon. Slowly, but determined to hit 30 minutes of acti... Read more

  • May is over?

    5/31/2015 12:24:14 PM, by MAWMAW101

    Here we are once again at the beginning of a brand new month. I personally am ready for a fresh start with fresh food from the garden and the Farmer's Market. The older I get the more time I spend celebrateing my birthday and this year I pretty much celebrated the entire month of May. It ha... Read more

  • Road Trip

    5/30/2015 9:33:39 PM, by 56ROSE

    We arrived home Thursday evening after spending 2 nights/1 day in Bend, Oregon, at our timeshare resort. We spent 3+ hours at the High Desert Museum in Bend Wednesday morning. I really enjoyed the animal exhibits! I weighed myself Friday morning and had only gained about 1 lb. 224 Wish we could hav... Read more

  • Where is Everyone?

    5/30/2015 7:31:12 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I've been on SP for a few years now. People come and go I realize that, but lately it's like all my good friends have disappeared. My favorite bloggers are gone too. Where is everyone going? Even I have had a harder time lately logging in and doing what I used to do. I'm still every committed t... Read more

  • Here we go again

    5/30/2015 1:54:08 PM, by ANCILLAGRAD

    I know the weight can be lost (again). I know I can be active (again). I know what has been stopping me from meeting my goals. Me_Me_Me. I will do this: lose weight, be active. I will do this: for me. I will succeed...for me.... Read more

  • Building a campfire, kindling those sparks and igniting the big ol log!

    5/29/2015 3:39:29 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Ever build a campfire? Once those little twigs and starter materials you throw in there burn out you hope there was enough heat to catch those big ol' logs on fire. Sometimes the bark is glowing a bit but they never really catch. Sometimes there is a little pocket of bright burning embers and yo... Read more

  • Not much has changed

    5/29/2015 1:45:56 PM, by COWBOYSBABY1

    Not much in my life has changed. I am still dividing my time between Texas and Aruba. We are getting a new granddaughter in August and will have our first teenager in the family when our granddaughter turns 13 in a few weeks. Then after birthdays the rest of the year we will have 2 8 year olds, o... Read more

  • Almost June!!

    5/29/2015 1:22:46 AM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    Hard to believe Monday is June 1st! May has been quite the stressful month for me with our deadline at work. We have had a lot of interruptions and other things thrown at us so we're not going to meet the deadline but we're not the only company who isn't, so we're hoping for an extension. Will ha... Read more

  • Global Menstrual Hygiene Day 5-28

    5/28/2015 12:03:52 PM, by ASOBFALLS

    For about 5 days out of every 28 days.....every healthy woman has a menstrual period. Some of us have pain and discomfort, some have no sanitary supplies to help them manage the flow. some of us have to stay home and hide until it is over. This disrupts school, and work. menstrualhygiened... Read more

  • The calendar

    5/28/2015 11:49:54 AM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    I invested in a beautiful calendar and some colored pens. I hung it up and I write when I use my treadmill or bike. It is just one thing that has made the transition to a healthy lifestyle happy and fun. I have specific colors for certain activites. I am even thinking I will use it for outside activ... Read more

  • Step by step!

    5/27/2015 2:17:09 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    I started volunteering at the Rainbow community center answering phones. Afterward I had time to get on treadmill. This month I have started to encorporate this statement to my days. What can I do for myself that is loving? (Remember loving is not always wHat you want to do but truly benefits you).... Read more

  • New Walk

    5/26/2015 8:37:19 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I finished my walk to Mordor and back earlier this month. It took me a long time and it was actually quite exciting for me. But ever since then I have been trying to figure out what I was going to walk next. I did the AT last year so I'm used to long distances. Where, where? Then I saw the movi... Read more

  • Choices matter!!

    5/26/2015 4:39:09 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    I am finding that if I choose before I get out of bed happiness the day goes better. Today I learned that the heaviness that has pervaded me and often stopped me from exercising seems to have gone I have more energy!!! I am choosing to have energy I am choosing life!!!πŸ˜ƒπŸŒ·πŸŒ·πŸŒ·... Read more

  • Cycling to success!

    5/25/2015 1:38:53 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    I am pleasantly surprised that I am enjoying biking as much as I do!!. My stationary bike the seat is getting more comfortable and I truly enjoy singing as I bike. It gets me to breath deep and it helps the time go past. Its raining today. I kind a wanted to make a picnic lunch and go to the par... Read more

  • I Love My Activity Tracker

    5/24/2015 8:28:30 PM, by MARYINFL2000

    I decided to start with a plain pedometer instead of a Fitbit or similar device to start with. I am very happy with that choice and I was very surprised at how many steps I take on an average sedentary day at my job. Most of my day is spent at a desk so I try to walk at breaktime. I really love t... Read more

  • Why

    5/23/2015 6:35:42 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    This has been a difficult week for me. Wednesday evening I received a call from the school that one of our students had passed away in a 4-wheeler accident. It rocked me to my core as that student used to come into the ISS room when I was there to escape the loudness that is the lunchroom at least ... Read more

  • Week 8

    5/23/2015 5:21:56 PM, by RAYLINSTEPHENS

    Still have my "sense" of humor, lol. Soooo, I didn't lose 5 lbs, I should lose at least 1-lb! I can live with that! A 1-lb loss is still a victory! 5/23 - 128.3 5/24 - 127.5 5/25 - 127.9 5/26 - 129.7 *sigh* should'a kept my mouth closed, lol. 5/27 - 128.5 5/28 - 128.3 5/29 ... Read more

  • Encouraging myself

    5/23/2015 5:15:47 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    I am trying to find ways to encourage my self. Right now I am eating what I have in the house so I don't have much choice however I feel good I exercised and took pictures on the board walk. And I am thinking of making an exercise plan for this coming week. Maybe that will inspire me πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸŒΊπ... Read more

  • CPAP Adventures - Nights 1 & 2

    5/23/2015 4:48:41 PM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    For a few days, I'm going to chronicle my adventures with my new CPAP machine in hopes that some of you reading will know what I'm going through and have some "tips"... My results from the sleep study were quite astounding! The max Respiratory Episodes they prefer you to have in one hour is 5 ... Read more

  • Weaving through time!!

    5/22/2015 4:51:18 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    Now is the time I can feel it!! To follow to my inner self. Often times it encourages me to go for a walk! Use my weights eat better. Drink a glass of water. My question to myself now is what can I do that is loving and honoring to my person!! I can feel things coming into line!... Read more

  • Measurements and such

    5/22/2015 7:11:49 AM, by HUGHESBOYS4

    2 weeks ago I started the Bikini Body Mommy workouts that can be found on You Tube. I started with her 1.0 challenge (she is up to 4.0). It is basically 90 days of interval workouts mixed with cardio days. Day 1 consisted of doing a fit test which included 50 seconds each of the following: burpees, ... Read more

  • Keeping at it!

    5/21/2015 9:36:46 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    Although I have been silent on this site For about 3 weeksI have lost 8 pounds. Got a stationary bike and am eating much better!! Now tonight I am resting after a evening walk to neighborhood park. Am enjoying PBS... πŸ˜„... Read more

  • Summer Vacation

    5/21/2015 8:28:34 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    Today was the last day of school for the summer vacation! Will most likely stay home this year, although some friends want to go camping. Not exactly my favorite thing to do, but I will do whatever to get a break from taking care of my mom for a couple of days. My boyfriend's girls are suppo... Read more

  • Unmotivated But Trying to Recover

    5/20/2015 7:17:31 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I have been struggling all week with getting in my steps. Not that I haven't had the time but I have been totally unmotivated. What makes a person lose their motivation occasionally? It has happened to me before but I was able to shake myself out of it in just a couple of days. This time I went ... Read more

  • And The Fun Continues!

    5/20/2015 1:57:55 PM, by 56ROSE

    So, just when I started feeling better after dealing with flu symptoms for over 2 weeks, my husband & I are hit by the stomach flu (IE FOOD POISONING!). For me, it was relatively mild but a nuisance, nonetheless. My poor husband was hit hard!! Then, Monday, I twisted my knee and I'm still hobbling a... Read more

  • I had no idea!

    5/19/2015 6:51:07 PM, by MARYINFL2000

    I am so surprised. I have a desk job and felt pretty sedentary other than my walks at breaktime when I can slip away. I bought the Spark tracker and finally got it loaded ( had to use my son's computer becsuse my Kindle HD wouldn't open the initial file download - good thing college boy moved back... Read more

  • Property Photos

    5/19/2015 6:49:41 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    The realtors came back yesterday to take photos of our house and yard. They arrived at 3:30 and left at 5:45. And yes, they were taking photos the whole time. Our home when live online today. There were 30 photos and I have to admit that the house and yard look fantastic. He came back today bec... Read more

  • Surprise hidden in Genealogy

    5/18/2015 2:29:36 PM, by ASOBFALLS

    Did Genealogy 30 years ago...found lots of interesting things and verified the truth of the family history that was passed down verbally. Then my house burned down and I lost it all...Done with Genealogy... Well my nieces and nephews are interested in NOT losing the family lore. So I looked i... Read more

  • Great Saturday Fun

    5/17/2015 1:30:09 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Had fun this weekend. Yesterday both my DD's and I went to the Lansing Art Festival. We skipped the craft booths and just hung out in the arts area. Such beautiful stuff. I could have dropped some serious cash there but why when I'd just have to pack it away indifinately waiting for our move. B... Read more

  • Keeping it Off

    5/16/2015 11:09:31 PM, by 56ROSE

    I was fortunate to lose almost 3 lbs while sick with the flu recently. My challenge now is to keep those pounds from creeping back. So far, so good. 521 193 55 244 9... Read more

  • So out of shape...again!

    5/16/2015 5:12:54 PM, by DEBORAH2180

    I walked the dog for a mile...then left him at home and tried jogging a mile. It was very humid out with storm clouds and I can tell the allergens were full force. I did the mile in 13 minutes and 30 seconds. Not bad... But I had to walk several times to catch my breath! (Note: for some re... Read more

  • Week 7 and I hope I am making progress!

    5/16/2015 7:47:59 AM, by RAYLINSTEPHENS

    ... fill in the "blank" if you don't like bacon! Yes, this is a funny! "Skinnier" does feel (taste) awesome! 5/16 - 127.7 5/17 - 128.5 5/18 - 128.6 5/19 - 130.1 5/20 - 128.6 5/21 - 128.5 5/22 - 129.5 5/23 - 128.3 ... Read more

  • Craft Projects

    5/16/2015 12:08:53 AM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    For some reason I like to work on 2-3 craft projects at at time. I guess that way I don't get bored with one, and put it away and not work on it (or anything) for a long time. I finally finished the stockings for the girls. It took me about 11 months to get them finished. I showed them to t... Read more

  • Updates.....

    5/15/2015 4:35:37 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Oh boy - so at the docs Wednesday she told me she didn't want to order any testing at this point - that there are numerous reasons for these types of symptoms. We are starting with a BRAT diet (banana's, rice, applesauce and toast) with water. I can add bland, chicken breast to that - but no heavy... Read more

  • 2 steps forward, 3 steps back?

    5/14/2015 9:37:22 AM, by ENERGY_MAMA

    So yesterday I logged all my calories and was confronted by the fact that I eat like a total pig! A couple of things happened in the past 2 days that were a total wake-up call on my lifestyle. Now to do something about it.... that is the trick.... Read more

  • Long enough

    5/13/2015 2:03:51 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Last night after work, I got home, ate a quick supper, walked 15 minutes on the treadmill, did a little strength training and feel onto the couch absolutely exhausted. While on the couch I started checking my facebook feed and saw where a dear friend from high school posted about having some se... Read more

  • A Slow Start

    5/12/2015 9:47:48 PM, by DEBORAH2180

    I have been procrastinating but I finally went to the gym today! 104 I did 3 miles of mix walking and jogging. 198 I am so out of shape again from being so sick these past few months! 527 Plus, I gained 8 pounds that was jiggling inside me. 15 But I am ready again t... Read more

  • Today's challenge.....

    5/12/2015 12:01:45 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I feel yucky. I have been feeling yucky for a few days now. My intestines and I are not working together! Without getting into the gross details but to help you know what I am dealing with - I feel pretty good for a while, then I eat something (anything) and about an hour later I am running to th... Read more

  • Walking in the rain....

    5/12/2015 9:59:12 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Had an interesting walk home yesterday. It was barely sprinkling when I headed home. It was hot, muggy, and I was glad I did not have a jacket with me. Too much weight to carry. But as I was walking along the sprinkling increased a bit. Okay, it was keeping me cool and I was fine with that. Ab... Read more

  • Most Amazing Mother's Day Gift

    5/12/2015 9:02:43 AM, by ASOBFALLS

    The most amazing Mother's Day Gift: unexpected, unplanned, sweet. I was served communion wine by my son for the first time! It has always been a special thing for me to notice who is passing me the communion bread/wine. For the many many years in the Episcopal look up into the... Read more

  • Giving it a go

    5/11/2015 10:02:35 PM, by ENERGY_MAMA

    I am going to be putting my all into the next 20 days. I am going to do this as well as I know how, as accountably as I know how. I want to be completely back on track by June 1st. 20 days of: logging my food meeting or beating my macros for protein/carbohydrate eating 5+ servings of frui... Read more

  • Week 6 and I am

    5/10/2015 7:47:36 AM, by RAYLINSTEPHENS

    Tomorrow is ALWAYS another NEW day! I caught myself saying, "I went to the dogs yesterday" and had to laugh because my team is the Spirited Underdawgs! I never know what will start a binge - but it's easier to start one than it is to stop one :( Bless my DH, Ray, for always saying to me, ... Read more

  • Starting Fresh Again

    5/9/2015 9:42:59 AM, by DEBORAH2180

    My chronic cough that lasted about 2 months is finally gone! It took 3 antibiotics to clear it up! The last antibiotics, the doctor said to not weightlift or jog since it can damage or loosen tendons. Then I developed swelling and weakness in my left arm and hand. I was sent to the main hospital... Read more

  • Total Backslide

    5/8/2015 6:28:23 AM, by ENERGY_MAMA

    So I'm back up to nearly my starting weight. This is such a bummer, but I'm not going to let it defeat me. The difference 10 pounds makes at this weight is amazing. Now that I'm back up there, I'm back to feeling warn out, out of breath, stuffed into my clothes, red in the face, and just generally w... Read more

  • Gratitudes

    5/8/2015 1:54:03 AM, by RAENIEL

    I am grateful for The Boo, my wife, because of her unflagging love, support, encouragement and all around goofiness. She is my Why - why I keep on with the struggle toward better health, greater sanity, even why I stay on the planet when the PTSD and physical issues are crushingly overwhelming. ... Read more

  • When it Rains, It Pours!

    5/7/2015 2:13:48 PM, by 56ROSE

    So, I've been dealing with the flu bug for over a week now. It just seems to linger on & on. A few days ago, I noticed that my right ankle was swollen, sore, and painful when I walked. This is an old fracture injury that flares up now & again. Then, to make things even more fun, I woke up Tuesday @ ... Read more

  • Ugh, I am ...... enough AND able...really, I AM!!!

    5/7/2015 1:43:52 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Did I ever say I am obsessed about numbers? Seems natural that I would be drawn to a career that involved numbers. And then, there are those personal numbers.... weight, size clothing, calories, time it takes to walk a mile, how many miles walked at one time, number of steps on the fitbit.... you ... Read more

  • Update 2015

    5/6/2015 3:21:49 PM, by JUSTJO66

    Geez, it's been a long time since I have made a blog entry. Sorry, is all I can say. Life got really busy my last year at work. I have FINALLY retired from nursing after 30+ years. "Do I miss it?" Heck no!! I'm enjoying every day. However, I've been so busy since I retired June 15th, ... Read more

  • MOM

    5/6/2015 6:45:42 AM, by MCCALI59

    Happy birthday in heaven to my Mom Helen Vena Love and miss you with + all my heart and soul. Love your daughter Marie 383 247 382 ... Read more

  • Back Home, Back on Track

    5/6/2015 3:20:11 AM, by RAENIEL

    Finally home after a week in the hospital, dealing with tedious medical stuff that's even more boring to read about than to experience. 'Nuff said about that, except that I'm sooo glad to be back! Stopped at the grocery store, brought back the majority of the produce department. Threw out my st... Read more

  • This is when it could unravel.......

    5/5/2015 4:23:42 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I got back from vacation Friday night. A week in Florida on Marco Island behind me. I was a bit worried about the week, however, I did AWESOME! My friend I went with wanted a place with a workout room when we booked this trip - so we are somewhat on the same page. I must admit, I only visite... Read more

  • Exercise

    5/4/2015 8:11:05 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I've done 700,000 steps for the past 2 months. The first time I did it was amazing. An unwritten goal for myself and I made it. Last month, same thing. I did it once, I should be able to do it again. But last month was 1 day shorter and I had a few unmotivated days. That put me in the hole and... Read more

  • Yard Work

    5/4/2015 6:06:57 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    Spent most of the day mowing my front and back yards. 379 Tomorrow I need to trim some tree branches, that make mowing difficult. They hang down and I have to bend down as low as I can so my hair and/or hat don't get caught. One of the trees is in my neighbor's yard, but the branches hang in... Read more