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  • 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

  • May = STRESS!!!

    5/2/2015 9:59:23 PM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    We've arrived at May! Wow, where has the time gone? This is going to be one STRESSFUL month for me! Facing a June 1st deadline at work that it's going to take the 3 of us in my department a LOT of time and energy to meet! We can do it! Thankful for my vacation day next Friday! My bagpipe b... Read more

  • Week 5 - and the challenge is in the 2nd half!

    5/2/2015 6:46:17 PM, by RAYLINSTEPHENS

    half-way through the challenge sees me holding my own. I had to up my calories, trying to stop the binges - so I am eating a minimum of 1600 calories daily while my walking was increased, darn that walking buddy, lol. the seeds are working out well! 5/01 - 128.4 5/02 - 128.9 5/03 -... Read more

  • Sneak Attack

    5/2/2015 5:07:25 PM, by 56ROSE

    I've been sick with the flu this week. For the past several years (5?), I've been faithful about getting my flu shot with good results. Well, this year, the vaccine didn't target the prevalent virus, and, I was lucky enough to be selected for a sneak attack. Anyway, I'm still very tired and struggli... Read more

  • What a Day

    5/2/2015 8:48:29 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    This was a long week for me. I normally work until 12:30 each day but this week I was there until the end of school, 2:30; doing end-of-year testing on students. Plus we have been doing the M-Step, the newest statewide test mandated by Michigan. I feel very sorry for the kids. Test, test, test. ... Read more

  • Just won my first bet

    4/30/2015 3:51:09 PM, by ENERGY_MAMA

    So, one of the fitness apps I use is DietBet. If you win the bet, you at least get your money back, possibly more because you will split the losers' losses with the other winners as well. I'm not sure you could say I actually won $150, more like I didn't lose $150 by losing the bet. I'm not sure wha... Read more

  • Another week in... :)

    4/28/2015 4:12:01 PM, by MAGICKSTORMKATT

    Week two... I have done a little less yoga as in not everyday but am still doing it! About every other day right now. But with all the animals I take care of and my 3 kids and husband on top of building a house... I am plenty busy. I have noticed and wanted to share that I seem to be requiring less... Read more

  • Home Sweet Home!

    4/28/2015 9:30:11 AM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    Made it back home about 9 pm last night. It was a good feeling to be home. I set my mind to waking up today and exercising and that is what I have done. I strapped on my shoes and got on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I plan to either walk on the boardwalk this afternoon or go on treadmill again thi... Read more

  • Epic Scale Fail

    4/27/2015 7:19:44 PM, by RAENIEL

    I hopped on the scale this morning, not really expecting to see much change but more in the spirit of poking the angry cave bear with a pointy stick. I'm scared to death of my scale. Every weigh-in feels like I'm being judged and found wanting, sentenced to death by dumbassery because of COURSE my w... Read more

  • Busy, busy, busy

    4/27/2015 12:23:55 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    We are currently getting our house ready to be put back on the market for sale. It was for sale over the winter, but we discovered that no one really looks at houses in the winter. Who wants to move then? Now, the weather is nice and we have lots of painting to do outside. Lots! Our back porch,... Read more

  • A Goal I want to continue!!

    4/27/2015 8:19:45 AM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    I have started a new habit. I drink a full glass of water before I eat anything in the morning. It makes me feel like i am starting on the right track. For someone like me who for the past 4 months have really struggled with drinking Pop. I have finally decreased significantly the amount of pop I ... Read more

  • Food is Hard

    4/27/2015 5:59:12 AM, by RAENIEL

    I've been researching various diets that are supposed to help curb or even reverse type-2 diabetes. Lots of reputable sciencey folks are recommending low-fat whole food vegan diets, which is kinda where I'm leaning. I was worried about getting enough protein, but I'm working on wildly outdated notio... Read more

  • The frogs are singing and my heart is light!!

    4/26/2015 3:49:37 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    I went for my exercise of the day. I went on a walk in the country. I am always surprised at the frogs singing so loud. They must be having a lovely day talking back and forth to each other. The birds were singing and the air was cool and fresh with the sun shining. Days like this are so precious... Read more

  • I just had an amazing workout!

    4/26/2015 11:01:15 AM, by ENERGY_MAMA

    So, I am completely in love with this new app I'm using to accompany me on my walks on the treadmill: The Walk. I love love love this app! Oh yeah, I already said that. Seriously though, it keeps me completely motivated, and for the first time in my life I look forward to my workouts. I just worked ... Read more

  • Self Awareness

    4/25/2015 8:59:32 PM, by 56ROSE

    Well, I didn't make it through Vegan Week, but, truthfully, I'm ok with that. I'm beginning to understand my nutritional needs better and that's a good thing. I'm still basically not a meat eater. I do enjoy meat occasionally, though, (in small amounts) so that is an option. I identify as a Flexitar... Read more

  • It sure is a beautiful today!

    4/25/2015 12:49:37 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    Woke up early today and took a walk before 7. Still had to wear my winter coat, but the fresh air was invigorating. Each day I want to thank God that I am still healthy enough to exercise that I have no physical pain even with my size. I put the sparks people app on my iPod and I think that it wil... Read more

  • I Must Be Nuts

    4/24/2015 8:30:25 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I have a certain amount of steps I like to walk each day so I make my monthly goal. I've been increasing my goal for a few months and, honestly, I feel better when I walk more. I think my brain just needs those extra endorphins. But yesterday I was so busy that I didn't get in the amount that I w... Read more

  • Snow fell down this week!

    4/24/2015 8:02:04 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    It snowed this week. Slowly I have been walking through this year. Walking being my main exercise. Been eating more fruit and vegetables. My biggest problem is that as I work out I get more hungry. Maybe I am thirsty I don't know however I have stayed around the same weight for over a year give or ... Read more

  • Starting Over and other updates

    4/24/2015 3:59:25 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    I need to start over on my dieting and exercising. I'm doing great with just drinking one Pepsi 222 a week (on Sundays). I've really been craving salty things lately. Actually just Sour Cream and Onion Pringles. I admit I was eating them way too often. Decided to buy sunflower seeds. It ta... Read more

  • This is a test.....

    4/24/2015 2:56:09 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I am going on vacation. I am stressed. The before vacation stuff, work, home, commitments..... is pushing me towards the edge. How to get it ALL done before I go? I still have to pack, figure out what I am bringing (summer things for warm weather which are still packed away from winter), take th... Read more

  • The Big Push

    4/24/2015 1:06:36 PM, by ENERGY_MAMA

    It's down to the end days for one of my DietBets. I have 5 more days and a lot of weight left to lose. I know the odds are pretty much stacked against me, but I'm not going to give up. I've been juicing like crazy and I'm getting my steps in. Healthy, healthy, healthy. That's my mantra. And sleep is... Read more

  • A week in and feeling great again!!

    4/23/2015 8:22:12 PM, by MAGICKSTORMKATT

    So yesterday I took a day off because my abs were sore from the few seconds I did plank position in the yoga video I did the day before. I had to force myself to take it cause I wanted to do more but I knew I needed a day off. So I took it. lol. Today I was feeling so great that I did two twenty min... Read more

  • A week in and feeling great again!!

    4/23/2015 8:22:11 PM, by MAGICKSTORMKATT

    So yesterday I took a day off because my abs were sore from the few seconds I did plank position in the yoga video I did the day before. I had to force myself to take it cause I wanted to do more but I knew I needed a day off. So I took it. lol. Today I was feeling so great that I did two twenty min... Read more

  • The Way movie

    4/23/2015 3:50:46 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I watched "The Way" starring Martin Sheen a couple days ago. It took my morning walk time (50 minutes) and then I worked in some time in the evening to finish it because it was so good. I have been thinking about this movie ever since and have recommended it to 2 friends so far this week. I am al... Read more

  • Hungry, hungry, hungry!

    4/23/2015 11:23:37 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Ever have one of those days where you wake up hungry? Well I am having one. I ate normally yesterday, had a balanced, good dinner - I shouldn't be hungry - but when the alarm went off, my stomach was rumbling! I got ready for work, ate my breakfast - but am still hungry. It was as if I never ate... Read more

  • Not catching a break....resetting Sparkpeople again next month

    4/23/2015 8:09:58 AM, by DEBORAH2180

    I visited with my allergist the other day... and even though I am not coughing, I am still doing the throat clearing. He said that I still have swollen sinuses and back drip. He prescribed me an extremely strong antibiotics that can mess up tendons and give heart palpitations. I am on this med f... Read more

  • Continueing on forward.....

    4/22/2015 1:27:06 AM, by MAGICKSTORMKATT

    Today I did yet another yoga video. Three days in a row now! I feel so much more alive and connected. FINALLY! A year ago I found a cyst in my neck and it grew up to the size of a baseball before they finally removed it and ever since I have been different. Mentally. I have no desire anymore. My dr... Read more

  • Yikes it was windy

    4/21/2015 6:02:07 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    The last hour of each day at school I fill in for 1) the school secretary when she takes lunch, and 2) the woman in ISS when she takes her lunch. Today I'm sitting in the front office when one of the teachers comes in from outside. "Wow is it windy out there!" he tells me. "and cold too, hope you ... Read more

  • My First Real Workout...Sort of

    4/20/2015 9:51:33 AM, by DEBORAH2180

    This weekend, I washed all my carpets with that rental machine. I did a lot of filling and emptying of buckets of water! My legs are so sore!!! So, the next day, I did Yin Yoga to stretch out those sore muscles. They are so TIGHT! Then I walked for miles on the upstairs track. I was ve... Read more

  • Back on track and feeling great!

    4/19/2015 2:31:14 PM, by MAGICKSTORMKATT

    My positive for the day: I just did my second yoga stretching routine on youtube this morning... I feel amazing. Enough to where I want to say it out loud. I might just become a yoga junky if I am not careful. 211 I have a lot of back pain. Joint pain. etc. I am overweight, let's be honest. but no... Read more

  • And I'm a rock star!

    4/19/2015 1:58:53 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    A month ago I signed up to participate in the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5k. Our office is one of the sponsors of this event. I must admit I felt like I SHOULD participate. I wasn't sure I wanted to. When it came time to order our shirts - one of the younger, skinny girls in the office said ... Read more

  • What a week

    4/18/2015 7:58:59 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Work has been stressful lately. The kids started a new end-of-year test this week. The old test schedule was 2 weeks long, the new test - 8 weeks long. This week was Language Arts and the booklets they had to do all their answers in were huge. The kids were wasted by the end of each day. Next w... Read more

  • I'm doing it! I'm actually doing it!

    4/18/2015 6:46:07 PM, by ENERGY_MAMA

    For the first time in my life, I've stuck with a weight loss program for more than a week. And I specifically said "weight loss program" and not "diet" because the only reason I'm sticking with this program is because I'm NOT on a diet. What I'm doing is working for me so far, I haven't had an incre... Read more

  • Week 3 - adding back WATP!

    4/18/2015 7:38:09 AM, by RAYLINSTEPHENS

    Week 3 sees me up about 1/2 pound but I am trying to get back into my WATP and that makes muscle - muscle weighs more. I'm needing to work the Hamstrings and WATP does that with "kickbacks" and "grapevine" steps. 4/17 - 128.2 4/18 - 128.3 4/19 - 128.0 4/20 - 128.3 4/21 - 128.1 ... Read more

  • Vegan Week

    4/17/2015 12:58:23 PM, by 56ROSE

    Vegan Week, sponsored by Compassion over Killing, is fast approaching and I will be participating again this year. Last year, I avoided meat for over 5 weeks! I now consider myself a Flexitarian. I eat meat, but only small portions and not at every meal. I'm looking forward to this challenge which b... Read more

  • Scrapple - pork vs turkey

    4/17/2015 11:42:59 AM, by PAG2809

    One of the things we deal with in our attempts to live a healthy lifestyle is the food traditions we grew up with. Sometimes its an issue because our family still eats that way and expects us to (or we think they expect that) and sometimes those foods are what really tastes good to us. I grew ... Read more

  • Reset Sparkpeople

    4/16/2015 8:59:00 AM, by DEBORAH2180

    I am starting over again since my bronchitis blindsided me. 39 I gained 5 pounds in the month that I was sick. Exercise did not happen either. I feel like I am back at square 1 with being a couch potato. 40 So, I decided to reset Sparkpeople goals and entered my new weight. It wil... Read more

  • Hope this makes you smile!

    4/16/2015 1:27:55 AM, by ASOBFALLS

    We have replaced our Red Buick which had close to 300,000 miles and was needing something repaired every week or so. Pretty little Silver Ford Taurus...it's name is 'Missie' At least I hope that is what the Permanent Marker message above the visor means.... Hubby's name IS Lee, but mine ... Read more

  • Teamwork and friendship

    4/14/2015 11:25:07 AM, by LIVE2CRUISE

    As I grow older, I realize how much other people make a difference in your life. There are some that make a good difference and some that are a negative impact. All of these make you into the person you are. I want to take a minute to thank my Sparkpeople friends. Even though I am not on here ... Read more

  • Went for a walk, it was nice, until...

    4/13/2015 7:15:16 PM, by DEBORAH2180

    Finally! I was able to go for a walk with my dog without feeling so sick with the coughing! 41 311 338 I had my cough drops for just in case... 273 It actually felt good to be outside without coughing and enjoying the cool Spring air! 376 67 And then, about a quarter mile f... Read more

  • Misc Stuff

    4/12/2015 5:51:36 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    The weather has been so nice lately. Today I swapped out all my winter clothes for my spring duds. I need more dress slacks but don't want to spend much to get them. My friend C and I are planning a shopping trip to Lansing next weekend to check out some resale shops there that she assures me I w... Read more

  • My weight loss journey starts NOW!

    4/12/2015 3:51:10 PM, by SAVSWEETEST

    tomorrow starts my weight loss journey. I have started this path many times and failed, but I feel with the help and tools from SparkPeople I can make positive changes in my life to create a better me. Wish me luck.... Read more

  • Finally! Today was an improvement!

    4/11/2015 11:32:27 PM, by DEBORAH2180

    I have been dealing with illness for way too long in regards to coughing. Finally, the cough and the clearing of the throat is subsiding! It started out with flu-like symptoms, then bronchitis, then most likely allergies. Today, I planned on heading to the gym, but I was just not feeling it. ... Read more

  • Week 2 and I'm making progress!!

    4/10/2015 1:23:48 PM, by RAYLINSTEPHENS

    BTW, I have a new secret ingredient - Flax! I bought Oat Revolution w/ Flax (Instant Oatmeal 2/$1 @Salvage Grocery) and it has really 'moved' me. So, I decided to buy Flax Seeds @Walmart www.walmart.com/ip/Good-Grains
    -Whole-Fla x-Seed-24-oz/36532348 I'm adding about 1 TBL mor... Read more

  • Another Angel

    4/10/2015 2:24:54 AM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    My brother-in-law passed away last night. He fought hard the last year. But the last week he gave up fighting and went home to be with his son. He was 78 and smoked since he was about 10. And only gave them up about a month ago, even though he had been on oxygen the last year and almost blew him... Read more

  • Still clearing my throat! Ugh

    4/9/2015 7:54:30 PM, by DEBORAH2180

    This has to be allergy related! It is driving me nuts! I am resigned to believe that this is permanent....until summer arrives. I stopped the inhalers and that actually improved things. I am going to try walking again this Saturday and see how that goes. Maybe I will jog if I don't break ... Read more

  • April 2015

    4/9/2015 3:33:08 PM, by LIVE2CRUISE

    Lots of things going on. Moving soon for a major life change. Michigan to Tucson. Not the best timing as Tucson will be very hot very soon and I will have little/no time to adjust. Also, starting a long distance relationship with a friend I have known for many years. After a bad auto accident in ... Read more

  • Back to My Old Self

    4/8/2015 7:49:05 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Sunday I turned a corner on being sick. Monday I was still tired and took a nap when I got home from school. Tuesday I woke up and felt more like my normal self. Took a nice long walk and it really worked some kinks out of my lower back and it made me happy. Yesterday I dragged older DD out for ... Read more

  • Who? Me? Really?

    4/8/2015 1:39:18 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I just synced my fitbit with my virtual walk. Little did I know but...... I WALKED A HALF MARATHON on the PCT Monday. Yep, me! 13.6 miles worth of steps for the day... which for me was over 30,000 steps! I don't think I have EVER walked that many steps in a day since I have had the fitb... Read more

  • Easter, the good and a little dirt...

    4/7/2015 5:02:14 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    So yesterday I blogged about my virtual walk and Easter on the PCT. That was fun. Today, I am blogging about the real deal. I remember Easter as a kid... church, Easter outfit, Easter baskets, Easter dinner..... lot's of memories. This year I decided to do Easter a bit different. I told my ... Read more

  • Frustrated....but feeling hopeful

    4/6/2015 8:16:06 PM, by DEBORAH2180

    Still have my never ending cough. I think I am entering my 4th week of coughing.... All the other times I would have been recovered by now with noticeable relief after taking antibiotics. The "new" meds that I am taking besides the usual are my inhalers. I decided today to stop taking the in... Read more

  • An Easter Blessing

    4/6/2015 4:57:52 PM, by 56ROSE

    So, I'm on my way! I made it through Easter with no weight gain! Now, the next challenge is my Birthday this Thursday and then a get away weekend in McCall. 521 521 521 521 244 250 383 ... Read more

  • Easter on the Pacific Crest trail!

    4/6/2015 12:03:32 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    This week I have completed 234.5 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail! I am now almost halfway through stage 8 (I-10 to Highway 18/Big Bear City). That is 8.7% complete in 31 days! Only 2,455 more miles to go! Day 24 hiking along..... There was this swarm of lady bugs! camp... Read more

  • Spring Break?

    4/5/2015 5:42:33 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    This has been the most depressing spring break I have ever had. Spent the first day in Chicago with older DD, which was fun. But the very next day I came down with something that just hung on all week. I felt icky. Couldn't stay awake. Got nothing done that I had wanted to do during the break. ... Read more

  • Happy Easter

    4/5/2015 12:13:17 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    I hope you all have a wonderful Easter. 448 451 449 453 450 452 I missed going to church today. My brother and sister-in-law are coming over for dinner. They're bringing most of the dinner (YEAH) and thankfully my SIL is bringing paper plates, because my dishwasher isn't dr... Read more

  • 100th day on Spark

    4/5/2015 11:28:21 AM, by DEBORAH2180

    I was so hoping to have a great 100 days with noticeable results! It was going great until over 3 weeks ago when I got sick. I lost 13 pounds and hit a plateau that I working on busting it and come out strong. Since getting sick with bronchitis, and the incessant coughing, my walking / jo... Read more

  • Happy Easter/ Passover Sparkfriends!

    4/5/2015 10:17:06 AM, by MARYINFL2000

    I awakened this morning with a more positive attitude than normal about the holidays. My family has always had a potluck Easter at my mothers home and it seemed to be a junkfest. I would bring several healthy dishes that would barely be touched. I persevered and continued year after year. Well, ... Read more