SparkPeople Community Journals Messageboard Telling people about your goals is one of the surest ways to reach them. We will cheer your successes and support you during your setbacks. SparkPeople Community Journals Messageboard Finding the right balance to feel good. I am 50 and have run the gamete with weight loss programs, fads and even surgery. Unfortunately nothing stuck and nothing will until I work on the inside. It took me many years of pain of self loathing, self punishing and food abuse to learn that I am not going to be happy by just being thin. That is not the problem. That is not the fix. <BR> <BR> Between all of the diets and the weight loss surgery I am sure I have lost hundreds of pounds over the years only to be back at over the 200 mar... Mon, 21 May 2018 12:40:07 EST New twist in my journey So, I have been adapting to being a age 44. I still work a 40+ hour work week. I still have two cats, a dog and a goldfish. I found a new job for the next school year and will move this summer, but rent is much higher where I am moving and it is shaking me a bit. Also, to find a place that allows cats and dogs, many just allow one or the other. It will all work out. It just seems like the next mess right now. Wed, 16 May 2018 12:34:47 EST getting old. I truly hate getting old. I look in the mirror and think " This just can't be me." I hate the way I look and feel. The fact that I can no longer do all the things I use to drives me nuts. My mind says yes but the body says "Who are you kidding". <em>24</em> Sun, 13 May 2018 07:25:48 EST BLC37: Determined Desert Tortoises Beginning status for this 12 week challenge with DDT. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Starting weight : 171 <BR> Bust 47" <BR> Waist 38.5" <BR> Hips 42" <BR> <BR> During the 12 week challenge my goal is to lose 10 lb. <BR> <BR> Plan my weekly breakfast and dinner meals. <BR> <BR> Goal is 6 - 8 oz of water 5 out of the 7 days. <BR> <BR> Water aerobics 2 days a week. That is a safe and ea... Wed, 2 May 2018 09:37:10 EST My Life As I Know It Big changes are about to take place. We have decided to move to Europe. This might be the best decision we ever made or the worst...only time will tell. Sometimes I am filled with overwhelming sadness because it will mean an end to the family life we created. Who am I kidding, it is not like my boys are coming back anytime soon. The oldest lives in Asia and the youngest owes the military 5 years after he graduates. The family we created was over a long time ago, I am just the last one t... Wed, 2 May 2018 09:19:04 EST My daily menu Monday April 30 <BR> Breakfast <BR> Wheat toast <BR> Strawberries <BR> Lunch <BR> Wheat bread <BR> Cheese <BR> Ham <BR> 2pickles <BR> Supper <BR> Salad <BR> Spinach <BR> Pork chop <BR> Apple <BR> Sun, 29 Apr 2018 19:45:16 EST Deby is BLESSED & Living on PURPOSE <BR> <BR> Saturday... April 21, 2018 <BR> <BR> My plan for Journal... is to set goals for the week... <BR> <BR> In addition to my daily goal routine <BR> <BR> My Daily Must Routine...goal List............ <BR> <BR> 1. Morning Prayer/Meditation <BR> 2. BE AUTHENTIC <BR> 3. Daily Comp Stuff (SPARKing) <BR> 4. Basic Chores <BR> 5. Stay on Track with Nutrition <BR> 6. Stay on Track with Exercise <BR> 7. Nightime Prayer/Meditation <BR> <BR> Sat, 21 Apr 2018 08:02:59 EST Fit I am so glad I am fit to doth driveway in shoveling. It was very heavy this storm around. Can't wait for no more snow for a while. Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:58:18 EST Sherry's Game Plan- just keep it Simple!! Going to kep this simple. Eat better and healthier, drink more water (64-128 ozs a day), and exercise. <BR> <BR> 1 Eat better and healtier, no food is off limits. Try not to eat after 7pm. <BR> 2 Drink 64-128 ozs of water a day. Less cokes and diet cokes. <BR> 3. Workout. Walking, planks, squats and weights. <BR> 4 Pray, give praise through this. I can't do this with out Him. <BR> 5 Try to get 7-8 hours sleep each night. <BR> 6 Journal it all. <BR> <BR> That's about it for now. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 21:28:30 EST I lost 100 pounds in 2 years. I will lose 100 more <BR> Hi, my name is Matt. I weighed 480 pounds in 2016. In highschool I weighed 350 at my heaviest, that was in 2013. In 2016 a friend of mine decided to kick my butt into shape and push me into the gym. 2 years later I am down 100 pounds. Recently I started dating the girl of my dreams. She loves me for who I am but she is alot smaller than I am, and honestly a smoke show (in my opinion). I want to get "hotter" for her and be the guy she can show off to her friends. <BR> <BR> If any of y'a... Sat, 14 Apr 2018 19:53:49 EST Don's Mood Journal 4/13 No daytime depression. Anxiety low to mid stress levels. No sweating. Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:43:42 EST I have tried many message boards This is going to be a journal for my motivation. I have used Sparkpeople over the years with no success. That is my fault I am sure. I am on the path to obesity again. I reached 180 at one time and after my illness I went to 128. During the years of my weight I had meds for every illness you can get for obesity, I have no diabetes, no high blood pressure, my labs are wonderful. I went to a pool three times a week to walk in the water for no less then one hour each time. You become social an... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 11:57:26 EST Running at 254 lbs- April 2018, 100 pounds lost! and now I've started running. This will be a place where I come and record my exercise, and just do a daily mind dump of this whole experience. Walking has been and still is my number one form of exercise. At 355lbs that was the only exercise that I could comfortable do.. I climbed to the very top of Mt. Elinor at 311lbs. This feat was huge for me, and it's my mental go to while running.. I always tell myself, "You can jog this last mile, you climbed a fricken mo... Wed, 4 Apr 2018 01:26:58 EST Meats allowed on 28 day diet...3rd week Is ham or Spam allowed? Sat, 24 Mar 2018 21:08:45 EST MsJennifer's Meditation Journal <BR> <BR> I am taking the Oprah and Deepak Chopra 21 Day Shedding the Weight Challenge. Today is Day 2... Very Helpful Information can be found here... I just wanted a place where I can take the challenge and post what I have learned and what I will be working on for the next 21 + days.... <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:40:12 EST Loving self Love one another as you love yourself... <BR> <BR> Do I love myself? Why am I so down on myself? <BR> <BR> I love it that I'm Motivated to always have room for improvement. I wish I could start loving all the work I've done....exercise, eating well, acts of service...that's what I love. My goal is to make it a point to love myself. Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:40:17 EST Allison's Journal Tuesday, March 13 <BR> My plans to lose 35 pounds. <BR> <BR> SW : 255 <BR> CW : 185 <BR> GW : 150 <BR> <BR> Food Goals : <BR> 1200-1300 calorie intake 5-7 days per week <BR> Drink 4-8 glasses of water per day <BR> Plan food menu the day before <BR> Find Veggie/Fruit Smoothie recipes and have 3-5 days per week <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Goals : I need to integrate 3 categories of exercise into my weekly fitness routine. Cardio, strength training, and stretching. <BR> <BR> Cardio : 5-7... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:06:25 EST A Time To Bloom Beautiful Amethyst Butterflies I started the Biggest Loser Spring Challenge on March 7th. This is the first time in years that I have taken part in a Biggest Loser Challenge. <BR> <BR> Naturally we made some goals for the 10 weeks and we do ITC (Inter Team Challenges). Part of my accountability will be to journal progress here during the 10 weeks. <BR> <BR> Beginning weight 180.8 pounds <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> <BR> My Nutrition Plan: <BR> <BR> 1. Weekly meal planning for Breakfast and Dinner (I never know if I w... Fri, 9 Mar 2018 14:56:09 EST Steve's Weight Tracking Going to start tracking my weight every Wednesday. First weigh-in tomorrow. <BR> <BR> 2/28- 250 <BR> <BR> March: <BR> 3/7- <BR> 3/14- <BR> 3/21- <BR> 3/28- <BR> <BR> April: <BR> 4/4 <BR> 4/11 <BR> 4/18 <BR> 4/25 <BR> <BR> May: <BR> Will add dates <BR> <BR> I'll also post any comments as a reply, but I'll edit this page weekly. <BR> <BR> <BR> --Steve Tue, 27 Feb 2018 16:18:16 EST Journaling deleted Sun, 25 Feb 2018 05:25:39 EST The question is, is it cheating? I was selfish and had surgery for me. I had gastric sleeve surgery last year. I have lost 80 lbs. I'm in my 50's and my health was going down hill fast. I was thin when I was younger. Had babies and just kept adding pounds. I tried every diet out there. I would lose and gain twice as much back. This surgery has given me my new life style. I have lost it slowly. I feel like I cheated. I'm not sure why, it hasn't been easy. My new life style is using this tool and I have gotten years back and ... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:48:12 EST Getting healthy to live long for granddaughter I am new. I am motivated to finally take charge of my health and fitness so that I can be around as long as possible for my granddaughter. <BR> <BR> This is Saturday and this coming Wednesday I am booked for a colonoscopy. Not excited about that, of course, but need to make sure things are ok. Having some intestinal issues for the last couple of years and getting really tired of it. I have a feeling it is a food allergy or a digestive issue so this is what the next step is. I have been taki... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 16:11:50 EST My Virtual Walking for fun and health I'm walking the Scottish Highlands Way <BR> <BR> I'm 13.1 miles into the Scottish Highlands I started this a few years ago and forgot about it. Yesterday 2.73 miles. <BR> <BR> <img src="" alt="Allander Water"/> <BR> <BR><BR>tish-highlands-way/photos/01-approach-<BR>trail-glasgow-to-milngavie/cattle-on-t<BR>he-trail.jpg <... Thu, 8 Feb 2018 14:13:13 EST Athena's Journal 2/1/2018 <BR> <BR> Steps: 10,286 <BR> Calories Burned: 1,808 <BR> Miles: 4.47 <BR> Minutes exercised: 28 <BR> <BR> Kept track with Fitbit Alta HR <BR> <BR> <em>590</em> Thu, 1 Feb 2018 21:44:08 EST 28 Day Liquid Diet & Walking Plan Anyone want to join me? <BR> <BR> In the past I have always been very successful with doing a liquid diet. Yes, the first few days are HELL and it is very hard. But after that it is really quite easy. You no longer have the cravings and your body gets rid of all the excess water from all the salt you have been eating. Plus it is very easy to plan meals as it is the same thing each and every meal. Well you can mix it up if your more ambitious than I am. I always drink the same flavor and kind... Thu, 1 Feb 2018 14:13:17 EST Tracy's 2018 Keto journal here we go into a new year. <BR> <BR> I made some good progress in 2017. I determined that for me to lose any weight, I must cut out high carb, processed foods and as much sugar as possible. <BR> <BR> I started Keto on 6/1/17 after doing a lot of research, and frankly feeling a little overwhelmed by all the information and opinions. I spent the first couple of months going full speed with amazing results. That slowed by October. Since then I have been at a war with my scale. ... Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:10:12 EST Please delete mistakenly posted here.... moderators can delete Fri, 26 Jan 2018 06:52:29 EST First Morning... So I was watching "Grace and Franky" the other night... when I occured to me that the character Grace, played by Jane Fonda, gets her tiny tush up, dresses fully, and no doubt makes her bed, before hobbling (yes she hobbles... so do i... but she is in her 70s) downstairs to start her day. I can't remember EVER doing that... in all my life, I jumped up to get kids ready for school... or rush myself to get ready for work. And my days off... lucky if I put sweat pants on... definitely no bra. ... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:17:26 EST Getting back to my Fightin' Weight I lost 100 lbs using this site about 13 years ago <BR> <BR> I have gotten lax (not to mention older) and find my weight has crept back up to an uncomfortable level. <BR> <BR> I always benefit from kicking off things with a liquid fast - and today is day one. <BR> <BR> Going to try to post my intake and weight here daily to keep me focused and moving forward <BR> <BR> Intake so far today - lots of Diet Dr. Pepper, water, and a pot of coffee with Splenda and powdered creamer. <BR> <BR> I d... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 19:21:06 EST The Eagle's Journey : Journal (lol) Hello, <BR> I am 52 year old single mother of two teenage boys. <BR> Jared is soon to be 16 years old (April 2018)and is in 10th grade, <BR> ~He is 6'5" and size 18 feet?! Great Basketball player. <BR> Drake just turned 15 years old last September, in 8th Grade and he is 6') <BR> ~and size 14 feet! Nickname: 'THE MOUTH', <BR> ~he already built his own computer from scratch. <BR> I am a nurse, who needs to practice what I preach to others, but my emotions and stress get the best of me a... Mon, 15 Jan 2018 20:04:47 EST Does color therapy work? My wife is obsessed with a new wallpapering. We start quarreling and can't come to a conclusion if wallpapers should be green, blue or yellow. I'd like to have white-painted walls and she needs yellow with some green shades. The thing is that Shan, my wife, learned a lot while coloring her adult coloring pages. Since that moment she believes in "art therapy", "color therapy" and so on. I can't explain her, that it doesn't matter what color are wallpapers of, the most important is that we have... Sun, 14 Jan 2018 16:22:18 EST Gettin my health on track at 50 A year ago, I woke up the day after Christmas, feeling terrible. I decided I have got to do something about my health. Stepping on the scales, the digital readout was disappointing..... 282 lbs. (By the way, I am 6'4".) January 2nd, 2017, I started working out. Mainly I focused on Elliptical work, but also did some light weight training 5-6 days a week. I didn't change my diet too much and on February 6th I had only dropped 5 lbs, to 277 lbs. <BR> <BR> I had lost 60 lbs, earlier in li... Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:15:38 EST 50 to 60 pounds to lose! And bye bye pounds I won't miss you!!!!!! <BR> <BR> Already making progress. Down 3 pounds and my pics show a big difference already. <BR> <BR> Excited! Mon, 8 Jan 2018 10:06:06 EST Stay Warm in the Bitter Cold Today is another record cold day in the NorthEast, and many people like me just cannot stay inside. Today I have to drive 90 minutes to care for my mother. I am responsible for her care on Saturdays. Yesterday I was out in the cold as I shoveled snow. Earlier, I was out snowshoeing for exercise. I always find a reason to be outside every day! <BR> There are 3 things that I do to stay warm: <BR> [img=216095] <BR> 1. Always dress in layers. I start with a thin shell-either tights, pantyh... Sat, 6 Jan 2018 21:44:12 EST positive weight loss year Last summer I finally got fed up after gaining weight that I had lost. I finally decided to seek a weight loss management doctor. I was put on a low carb high fat diet. since then I have lost 18 pounds. Praying I can keep motivated in losing and not give up. Fri, 5 Jan 2018 21:05:31 EST Do-over Well, With the new year I am starting again. I will make myself the priority. So far i have exercised each day and tracked what I am eating, need to slowly start eating better. I have taken out pop an sugary snacks so for. Tips welcome :) Wed, 3 Jan 2018 20:25:03 EST LOSE EXCUES--FOUND RESULTS I was going to start this jan 1 but everyone does, so I wanted to be different. Today I have exactly 10 months before my birthday so that is why I decided to start today. <BR> <BR> My game plan is to kinda of simple.... <BR> 1. exercise no less than 30 minutes- 4-5 days a week. <BR> 2. watch what I eat, make smarter/healthier food choice. Cut back way back on the junk food. <BR> 3. Drink my water 64-128 ozs a day. <BR> 4. Sleep 6-8 hours a night. <BR> 5. Journal/track it all. <BR> Each mont... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 19:53:34 EST Bringing positivity into 2018 starts with ME. Happy New Year everyone! I hit a dark patch with my PTSD this past year or so, doctor put me on mood stabilizers which I think are helping. But during this last year of numb autopilot, I didn't really give regard to much, let alone assuring eating healthy. It's frustrating that all the progress I made when I last joined, losing about 40lbs, has been erased and I think replaced with even more pudge. I have to buy a new lithium battery this week so I can see what the damage really is but I'm gl... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 02:00:18 EST Coffee On My Mind 30 minutes cardio, 30 minutes on the strength machines. Feelin' strong! <em>344</em> Loving the new Planet Fitness that just opened less than 5 minutes from my house. No more excuses! <BR> <BR> I've also been sticking pretty close to my eating plan since my holiday overeating. <BR> <BR> Baby steps Fri, 29 Dec 2017 19:52:13 EST 135 or bust 172 pounds. <BR> The heaviest I have been in forever. <BR> I am really disappointed with myself. <BR> I am so angry that I have allowed myself to be one of the ones that has to “start over”. <BR> Today is not my day one- I have had so many of those. <BR> Not sure what I want to call it other than I refuse to go backwards. Fri, 29 Dec 2017 10:31:40 EST Moving forward even without family support My husband has PTSD and, when I'd lost 10 pounds, he said I'd surely find it again...It's a struggle when he's so negative, but bound and determined to move forward to goal! <BR> Wed, 20 Dec 2017 23:06:18 EST Fell off the wagon - but got back up! Okay. So yesterday, I accidentally fell into a tin of Christmas Butter Cookies and IT WAS UGLY. Went to bed feeling guilty and ashamed of myself. How could I let myself do that after being so careful all day? Woke up today with resolve to get back on track and had a great day. Whew! Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:35:15 EST BC people connect Marilyn from Kamloops wanted to start a BC Connect so I started a link. <BR> <BR> I think anyone with a link to this (so save the link) can comment here. Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:31:07 EST SHERRY'S GAME PLAN!!! My game plans is simple. <BR> 1. workout on Mon-Wed-Thur-Sat-Sun Right now Tues and Fris are going to be my off days, After Feburary they might change. <BR> <BR> 2. Eat halthier, Make better eating choices. Portion control-serving size. <BR> <BR> 3. Drink 64-128 ozs of water. Less Cokes and Diet cokes <BR> <BR> 4. Watch sugar and carbs. <BR> <BR> 5. Sleep 6-8 hours a night. <BR> <BR> 6. Journal food ate, water drank, workouts,thoughts, ideas, quotes, etc. <BR> <BR> 7.Reward my self but... Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:06:36 EST Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Here we go again! I'm back on the diet train for what seems like the millionth time ever, but am more motivated than ever to make a healthy lifestyle change! <BR> <BR> I'm at the highest weight I've ever been (26 years old and over 280 lbs) and am unhappy and lacking confidence after more than a decade of failed diet attempts and an unhealthy relationship with food. After receiving some scary high A1C levels from my blood test last week, I am more committed than ever to lose weight and chang... Wed, 6 Dec 2017 15:18:58 EST rondajo's journal... Nov 2017 Daily journal. <BR> Wednesday, November 01, 2017 <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <em>592</em> <BR> 11/30 Thurs. EOM Recap on month <BR> <BR> begin: 264.8 ending....255.6 === -9.2 lbs <BR> BMI 44.1%..... END 42.6% == 1.5% <BR> BF 60% .. END... 57.2 == -2.8% <BR> BW 29.3% ..END.. 31.3-- - +2% (SINCE THIS IS WATER- I ASSUME THAT'S GOOD) <BR> waist-- 51.5 now .. 50 ... -1.5 <BR> hips 56 now.. 55 .. -1 <BR> thigh..30 .. now..29... -1 <BR> chest... 52 now 52 <BR> <BR> Good month... Mon, 4 Dec 2017 17:53:56 EST Misha's Monologue I've been saying for a while that I need to start eating healthier. I've been commenting all summer about how I want to lose weight. I kept putting it off, and putting it off and I suffered for it. Well I am putting it off no longer! <BR> <BR> This journal is for me to document my journey. I want to keep track of my daily moods, sleep, and what I did that day. I'm definitely wanting to keep track of what I eat. Though it helps to use the trackers here on this website, tracking everything he... Sun, 3 Dec 2017 00:33:28 EST Starting where I am..... and only looking forward. <BR> <BR> age: 53 <BR> height: 5'2.5" <BR> weight 147.8 <BR> <BR> 10,081/7,050 (actual/goal) Wed, 29 Nov 2017 17:46:32 EST MY LIFE AND THE SWEET STUFF!!! Here I am still addictic to sugar, I did do pretty good this week about my eating and I manage to gain weight. Story of my life. Getting tired of it about to give up and call it quits. I might give it until end of December. I need to try something diffent. But what I guess I will figure it out. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:11:56 EST Food addiction Deep breath, here goes... <BR> My name isVictoria and I’m addicted to food. <BR> I scored 8/8 and answered yes to all questions that expose you as an addict. But acknowledging this is kind of liberating. It’s not that I now have an excuse to carry on with this destructive behaviour, far from it. It’s more like I can begin to forgive myself and not see myself as weak and pathetic. <BR> I now have some very clear steps to follow to begin my recovery. It’s not going to be easy but I’m going to p... Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:46:23 EST Just A Warning About My Former College Program If you are from western Mass, be very careful of Sherri Sheer from BCC if you're considering a degree in personal training. She isn't someone you want to deal with. She's a jerk. She told me I didn't look "strong enough" to be in the program. When I said I could work hard to get stronger, she just said to me...... "sure, but I'm not holding my breath." She rode me constantly while I was there and had strong favoritism against me. And I ultimately left the program and got my ace elsewher... Sun, 19 Nov 2017 01:24:47 EST Skatmans Journal On July 11th 2017- then at 228lbs, 31lbs ago, after my Doctors visit and watching a few Documentaries; Fat sick, Cow Conscious and Food Inc ,too name a few, My mind was made up to go Vegan and use Sparkpeolpe tracker, I even got back into my walk/run routine, up to a 20K on Sundays. <BR> <BR> My Vision Statement: Why I wanted to loose weight was to get off of my medications- simvastatin and Levothyroxine, finish a marathon, too look better and able to fit in clothes I like, too be more flexi... Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:16:00 EST Wraps, Shakes, Etc. Has anyone had any success with wraps and/or shakes? I am 59 and have basically just stuck with watching my calories. I cannot exercise too much due to the need for a hip replacement. Any suggestions? Sun, 12 Nov 2017 22:05:51 EST Take etch day at a time I find looking forward to loosing weight can be discouraging if you go by the scale. I stopped weighing in each week, I now weigh in every two or three weeks and I find it more encouraging . I have been working out since Sept.1/2017 today is Nov 7/2017 I have only lost four pounds. I have six more to loose. I feel great my clothes are loose and I have lost inches . To me this is a better way to reach my goal without getting frustrated. Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:41:11 EST Betty s Journal Up a lot last night but reach my water goal yesterday and kick 3 pounds off body Tue, 7 Nov 2017 08:35:27 EST It's Alive! My fit bit stopped working 2 and a half weeks ago. It is my 3rd fitbit. I had two HR's before downgrading to the flex 2 in the hopes that it would be harder for me to damage. I was so frustrated I didn't even try to take advantage of the warranty. I did the whole trouble shooting thing and then just put it in a drawer. Then a few days ago I decided to try again. I put it on to charge and left it alone. This morning I tried it and it worked! The bluetooth is working and it is tracking my steps... Fri, 3 Nov 2017 09:12:36 EST Halloween When I was in my twenties Halloween was an excuse to drink in excess and dress in raunchy clothing. Now I'm looking forward to handing out candy dressed as a unicorn. I have snacks that I'm making for my teenage kids and their friends. None of those snacks should provide much temptation for me. My main temptation today will come from the Halloween candy. I have to purchase that today. <em>431</em> Tue, 31 Oct 2017 09:36:55 EST Confession I had an urge for the past week for a Nations Burger. It's so unhealthy. I also wanted a chocolate shake and pie and fries. I gave in yesterday and had a cheeseburger and the pie. I feel guilty and super duper bloated this morning. It tasted great but I'm paying for it now. I think I felt better when I had cut back on my meat intake. I want another burger, but this time I want to make a black bean burger. <em>527</em> Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:30:17 EST zilvbisheng journal I have been always overweight in my 41 years of life. I actually don't mind being overweight and typically keep myself active by jogging on the weekends and walking whenever I can. However, it is about time for midlife crisis and I don't like my identity being mediocre. I would like to give my future self a gift and give my two daughters a gift and give me wife of 17 years a gift: a better me, a fitter me and a stronger me. It is a challenge for me. I want to win this battle. I want to be bet... Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:17:55 EST I tracked For the first time in awhile I tracked my meals. Now I understand why I've been basically in the same spot on the scale. In my mind I was eating well. It wasn't until I looked at the amount of calories that I was consuming that I understood I need to make a change in that area. I've made changes in other areas like my activity level. I was coming in under 5000 steps per day for the longest. So my first goal was to get 5000 steps. Now my goal is 8000 per day and eventually I will end up at 100... Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:31:22 EST Finding it hard to focus It's difficult for me to remain focused on my goal. I start to worry about a lot of other things that are beyond my control. Then I get stressed out and my meal plan gets thrown out of the window and I everyday becomes a cheat day. I'm trying to log in to Spark and read something or comment on something to keep my focus. It is physically more difficult to lose weight at 45 and mentally as well. I have two teenagers and they take turns worrying me half to death. My 14 year old son is doing mis... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:42:36 EST new fund raising effort I am raising funds at Tue, 3 Oct 2017 07:45:30 EST 100 days until my 30th birthday! I am on a mission to get in better shape before my 30th birthday! My goal is to eat clean for 100 days and live an active life style in order to achieve it! Rather than focusing on an exact goal weight by then, I will focus on giving it my best effort: 100/100 for the upcoming days. <BR> <BR> Day 1: <BR> Ate clean <BR> Walked outdoors and on the tredmill <BR> <BR> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 20:37:47 EST Full-time student/employee with 12 yr old child I am in my last semester of my undergraduate program. I am currently working two full time jobs (one internship the other regular employment). I also have a child and a SO to make time for. My exercise program has been lacking since the start of the semester. I'm still exercising, but have not been consistently getting in my 5 cardio sessions. <BR> My goal for the next 30 days is to get back on track with my exercise by getting in 5 cardio sessions a week. Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:37:22 EST 90 days to ONEderland! When I started on January 5th I came out of the gate smoking. But since going on vacation in July and then again in August I have not really got totally back on track. And as we all do from time to time I gave myself a pep talk and said that if I was going to achieve my goal of being in ONEderland (under 200 pounds) by the end of the year I had better get back in the saddle and get going. <BR> <BR> So today I started what I call my 90 days to ONEderland journey. Since getting started is the ... Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:25:34 EST hoping this goes well 2 weeks ago I cut my leg right above my knee. Had 7 staples in my leg. Got them out on Monday. The doctor said I could go back to the gym on Wednesday only to walk. It still hurts and sore. I'm hoping things go good for tomorrow. Wed, 6 Sep 2017 23:24:24 EST Gut Balancing Revolution I'm one week into new way of living. Lost 4 pounds in first week, which I'm not completely wowed by, as my weight fluctuates in this range all the time. It's getting into the 160 range that my body hasn't done for years and years. Over 50, and I have a belly and back fat that seems permanently attached. I asked my doctor at my physical what my idea weight should be...she calculated BMI and said, you are within normal, this isn't a priority for me. Well, fine, I'm going to go with pre ba... Sun, 3 Sep 2017 09:56:11 EST 180 by Christmas 2017 In July I weighed in at 222, last year I got down to 206 but lost interest and gained weight up to 224. <BR> <BR> I started a Vegan diet in July and in august lost 14 lbs. <BR> I started running a couple weeks ago and ran three miles this Tuesday. <BR> <BR> In 2015 I was down too 200lbs <BR> <BR> The challenge is getting below the 200lbs mark. <BR> <BR> Getting to. 180 will put me in overweight class instead of obese. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to get my high cholesterol meds dropped completel... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 06:19:12 EST My Motivation Journal :) I'm starting this journal for motivational purposes. <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:28:08 EST Sherry's S.P.E.E.D. A new thing I'm trying. Started today. What is Sherry's SPEED it's the main things I'm doing to lose weight. Trying to keep it simply. Not jumping in head firat in the deep in but start off slow. This is what it stands for. <BR> S= Sleep try to get 7-8 hours. <BR> P= Pray, can't do this without God. <BR> E= Eat healthier, make healthier food choices, Portion control. <BR> E= Exercise, No less than 30 minutes 4+ days a week. <BR> D= Drink water. 64-128 ozs. <BR> Than about sums it up. <BR> ... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 21:53:45 EST Lifestyle revamp trumps statins! Well it took 4 mo of lifestyle revamp but got my total cholesterol down from 300+ to 166 Trigs down 420 to 78 and HDL up 40-56. No statins! Don't let doctors tell you it's baked in your DNA/genes/heredity. It's actually baked in your diet - period1! Wed, 23 Aug 2017 08:28:41 EST Journal of a Motorcycle Racer Figured I'd start a journal here to jot down thoughts and feelings, ups and downs as they happen. <BR> <BR> To give some background, Part 1: <BR> Most of my younger adult life (up until my very early 30's) was fit, trim, and generally pretty healthy without a lot of "extra" effort. Not that I never counted calories or had to focus on working out, but I was never too overweight - usually within 10 pounds of my "ideal" weight. <BR> <BR> Landing a more professional job meant sitting behind a d... Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:02:58 EST Please Help!!!!!!!!! 1} I have a lot of health problems and 2 of them keep getting in the way. my arthritis and i am diabetic. a lot of veggies have natural sugar and so do fruits. i have to watch how many and how often i eat them. so that route for healthy eating has some road blocks. i am going to talk to my doctor about diabetic meal replacement shakes and see how that goes. <BR> 2} my arthritis is in my back, hips and working on my knees. so i cant do most of the exercises that they have. I wrote some down an... Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:39:04 EST The Diet Starts Monday (famous last words) "No no really, I am 100% most definitely starting my diet this Monday!" <BR> <BR> I have been saying this every Friday evening over a glass of wine and a takeaway for the last 2 years and my weight... well, I've gained 5 and a half stone!!!! Yup, in just 2 years! (Going from a slim 14 to a voluptuous 22) <BR> <BR> I feel disgusting, I know it's vein but the fact I've piled so much weight on has caused me great depression. I can't bear to look in the mirror, I dread going out the house for ... Sat, 19 Aug 2017 04:25:03 EST The Diet Starts Monday (famous last words) No really!!!!! THIS Monday I REALLY TRULY AM GOING TO DIET. Ive said this every week for the last two years and have gained 5 and a half stone!!!!! Sat, 19 Aug 2017 03:43:16 EST Good news from the doctor Today I went for a second opinion about my ongoing hip problems. This doctor told me he would do cortisone injections. I'm going to try it. I know I need surgery but I'm not ready for it yet. Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:16:08 EST Depression & Binge-Eating Disorder kicking my butt I'm in a very, very bad place right now and I really need some support. I'm turning here, because I'm not ready to share this with people that I actually know. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with depression when I was 20-years-old and have spent the intervening 20 years on-and-off antidepressents and antianxiety meds. I'm currently in my darkest period since that initial diagnosis. I think a lot about dying and even about suicide, but have never gone so far as to plan anything- just thought about... Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:31:09 EST The Queen of Saboteur I find that for every ten or so pounds I lose, I manage to botch up my drive. I don't understand it, but I plan to end that cycle today. I refuse to allow all my hard work to fall south. I need to stay steady with this. Now to find my inspiration, where it lies most! Mon, 14 Aug 2017 14:35:21 EST BMI issues Is anyone pretty fit with a low body fat percentage, but still considered overweight when it comes to their BMI? <BR> <BR> I am on the overweight/obese border and am looking to lower my BMI. <BR> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:25:55 EST Sherry's keeping it simple. Wen it comes to weight loss, there's no magic pill, no fairy Godmother that going to wave their wand over you and boom you are skinny or may say at least your goal weight. No fad diets or diet pill, wraps or what else that is out there trying to take your money and it turns out it didn't work or if it did it was only short term and the weight creeps back. The only way to lose weight and keep it off is simple... <BR> 1 exercise start out slow and work up to more and longer. <BR> <BR> 2 make... Wed, 9 Aug 2017 20:57:36 EST My Journal of 1000 miles I have actually walked around 3000 miles but I love the quote " The journey of 1000 miles must start with a single step". It has stuck with me this whole time. It is a mental attitude I have adopted and will never fade. This is my life. Walking is so powerful and represents so much to me. It has changed me. It has changed my mind. It has taken me far. I will never be happy without it. Moving forward is necessary. <BR> It's no longer about the outside. It's about the inside and wellness. Heal... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 12:18:26 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> Positive words: ENERGETIC and EFFECTIVE <BR> <BR> Had an okay day yesterday. Nice lunch with my friend - ate more than I needed and then came home to beef stew and biscuits. <BR> <BR> Goals for today are: <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, walk for 20 minutes, 64 oz water <BR> 2. ... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 06:06:57 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> Had a quiet day yesterday. Church and then out to eat. Afternoon of reading and lazing around! <BR> <BR> Today will be a different story! Goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, walk, 64 oz of water <BR> 2. Lunch with a friend <BR> 3. Laundry <BR> <BR> Positive words: Small... Mon, 7 Aug 2017 05:48:03 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> -------------------- <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Positive words for today: JOYFUL and DETERMINED <BR> <BR> Had a good day yesterday - got busy downstairs and didn't get in all my water, but will do better today. I did get everything done down there that I wanted to. I think I am done cleaning, and getting rid ... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 05:52:56 EST Green_jeans' Non-Negotiables When I came back to Spark a few weeks ago, I started out strong with daily exercise & reasonably good eating. That lasted a couple of weeks until I went completely off track. I haven't exercised in a week (high heat/humidity & storms are not helping my motivation). I've just eaten a ton of sugar (m&ms, frozen yogurt, a cookie...). At least I had a good breakfast. <BR> <BR> For the time being, I'm going to focus on doing 3 things daily. These are my NON-NEGOTIABLES. I'll track my results here... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 14:05:53 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------------ <BR> <BR> Positive words to start our day: I am AWARE that I can ACHIEVE everything I want! <BR> <BR> Great day yesterday - got in my walk, counted all my points, did some arm exercises and sit-ups. Went downstairs and cleaned out the last 2 file cabinets. Got a whole bag of garbage tha... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 05:44:26 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> Didn't make it to the gym yesterday with everything else that was going on - will go today instead. Rest of day went as planned~ <BR> <BR> Goals for today are: <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, gym, 64 oz of water <BR> 2. Vacuum and dust <BR> 3. Get downstairs and continue cleaning ... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 05:32:44 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ============= <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Goals for today are: <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, gym, 64 oz water <BR> 2. Grocery shopping <BR> 3. Hair and Pedi appointment <BR> <BR> Going to be a busy day, but that is okay - will get at my other work tomorrow! <BR> <BR> Wishing everyone an awesome day! <BR> <... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 05:22:57 EST Michelle's Journey Journal So I have been on this journey for some time. I really finally got into it when I found myself pregnant with my now 5 yr old. I have been up and down now since having him and seems like forever that I'm bouncing from 155-153 lbs all the time. <BR> <BR> I keep saying the same thing over and over. Tomorrow I will start. Then I don't follow through. Tomorrow I will work out and then find myself sitting on the sofa. Tomorrow I will journal and keep track and again not do it. Tomorrow I will wake... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 20:43:50 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ----------------------- <BR> Had a good day yesterday. Weather was perfect for hanging out sheets, whites and some of my dark clothes. A light breeze helped them dry nicely. Going up and down the steps and then walking to the lines, bending and stretching helped me get in my steps and exercise too! <BR> <BR> Go... Tue, 1 Aug 2017 05:37:25 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ---------------- <BR> <BR> What a beautiful day we had yesterday. Left here around 7:30 and got back around 5:30. Made 450 on our little ride - made it to the restaurant for lunch just before NOON. Ate more points that I thought, and then came home and had strawberry shortcake for DS's birthday! Today I will g... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:51:22 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------ <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Did a lot of cooking and baking yesterday. Made all of sons favorite foods for his birthday; which is today. It's always a good day when I can spend a day in the kitchen! Did get downstairs and worked on another file drawer.....slowly but surely I am getting them c... Sun, 30 Jul 2017 05:13:34 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Positive words to start the day: Active and Bold <BR> <BR> Had a good day yesterday - got all my house cleaned, mostly because I was looking for a bracelet I had lost! It had the word "Believe" inscribed on it and the only time I took it off was in the morning wh... Sat, 29 Jul 2017 05:56:17 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------ <BR> Didn't make it downstairs yesterday, but will today. I decided to wash the sheets in the guest bedroom and give that room a thorough cleaning since DGS went back home on Tuesday. Did clean out several kitchen cabinets and did some rearranging there....still more to do! <BR> <BR> Goals for today ... Fri, 28 Jul 2017 05:33:53 EST 3 Goals for Today <BR> Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------- <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Made it to the grocery store and the gym yesterday. That took up half of the day - the rest was doing things around the house. Too hot to work outside again - hopefully today will be be a bit more bearable! <BR> <BR> Jibbie, thanks for stopping by - hope you... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:40:52 EST To take statins or not I am a 65 year old woman and my doctor just recommended that I start taking statins and I am reading conflicting info on whether I should take them or not based on my numbers so I am looking for opinions Thanks <BR> <BR> LDL 151 <BR> Triglicerides 135 <BR> HDL 68 <BR> Total Cholesterol 258 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:37:46 EST 3 Goals for Today <BR> Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> --------------- <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Went to WW first thing yesterday morning - lost 0.4 lbs; which is pretty good - 1.2 lbs gone in 2 weeks! Then hubby and I took the desktop computer to Best Buy; they couldn't find anything wrong with it so he spent 1 1/2 hrs on the phone with our internet provider... Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:46:24 EST Doc challenged me so the competition was on. Was actually looking forward to going for my physical last week. My Doc wanted me down 20 & I knew I had beaten that. According to his scale I was down 27.5. According to mine 30.5 <BR> All the corresponding numbers were down also - cholesteral, BP etc. <BR> <BR> And than we get to the listening part with the stethescope & he tells me something doesn't sound right & an EKG shows afib. <BR> <BR> So with losing weight & hitting the Y really well, I feel betrayed by my own body. <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:53:53 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------ <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Didn't make it to the gym yesterday. Ended up with a migraine headache around NOON. I did, however, go down and walk on the treadmill. I also brought up my weighted hula hoops and worked with them for a bit. It wasn't quite as easy as when I was a kid - and ... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:43:41 EST 3 Goals for Today <BR> Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive one! <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> It sounded as though we might have gotten some rain during the night. The thunder woke me up. Hoping that it will cool things off a bit - yesterday the temps hit 96 degrees! <BR> <BR> We went to IHOP after church for lunch. I had looked up the pts/ca... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:36:54 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive day! <BR> --------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Went to WW meeting yesterday morning (lost 0.8 lbs!) Came home and worked on our DS's scrapbook most of the day. DH asked if I wanted to go with him to pick up the program to upgrade his computer to Windows 10 so I rode along. He even took me out to dinner so I wouldn... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:09 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive day! <BR> ---------------------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I had a productive day yesterday - got my tile floors wiped up, DH did the vacuuming so I cleaned the wood floors, cleaned the bathrooms, did a couple of loads of laundry....and made it to the gym in the afternoon! <BR> <BR> Goals for today are: <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 05:39:49 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive day! <BR> ------------------- <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> My day didn't go quite as I expected yesterday, but that's okay! I decided to work on our DD's scrapbook and try to get that finished since our DS was going to be out of the house all day (I'm making one for him as well). I thought I had our DD's all done and then ... Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:33:51 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive today! <BR> --------------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> We hit 93 degrees yesterday and today looks like it will be close to that. No rain in sight so will need to water again today. <BR> <BR> Got my grocery shopping done yesterday. Kept telling myself "I am not that person anymore" when I saw an unhealthy item tha... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:45:10 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and let's make today a productive today! <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> We are starting out with 68 degrees so it is promising to be another hot day (in the 90's) with no rain in sight. I did get out and watered my flowers and garden yesterday and will probably have to do the same today. It seems to dry out quickly with the heat tha... Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:31:36 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and lets make today a productive day! <BR> ---------------- <BR> <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Going to be a warm day in East TN today. No rain, unless we get a pop up shower this afternoon! Will be watering my flowers and veggie garden this morning. <BR> <BR> Had a good day yesterday - friends made it here around 4 PM. I made a pork chop/hash brown dish... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:24:31 EST TamshaUmeno's personal log LoShar DarLeya: An Adventure <BR> Loshar Darleya and Shapeshifter: How they met (A tale of Ishteh) <BR> A loud clang erupted as her sword rang from the force of the blows she rained down on her opponent. Sweat stung at her eyes from under her helm and bitter regret twisted her mouth as she struck the final blow. Ignoring the blood on her face she turns to survey the clearing for a brief moment. <BR> Satisfied that all was fallen she withdrew from the battlefield, always wary of her surrou... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:49:38 EST 3 Goals for Today Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and lets make today a productive day! <BR> ------------ <BR> Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I decided to work at getting the pictures of my good jewelry organized, in a picture album; with prices that I paid for each piece, the sentimental value (if any) and the appraised value. My sister left a mess when she died because her husband had no idea what was the go... Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:22:29 EST Thoreau <BR> <BR> I believe Henry David Thoreau when he said, "If a man advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." It's true for women too;-). Sun, 16 Jul 2017 21:08:56 EST 3 Goals for Today <BR> Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and lets make today a productive day! <BR> <BR> ---------------------------- <BR> <BR> Had an okay day yesterday....stayed within my points/calories and got most of my water in and did get my exercise in. Spent a lot of the day finding phone numbers and getting them entered into my new phone. Also did a couple of loads of laundry and gave myself a m... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 05:43:47 EST Goal mapping Ultimate long term: avoid assisted living. <BR> factors: health, finances , mental capacity <BR> Sat, 15 Jul 2017 23:33:04 EST Working on me I still struggle with trying the right thing because while I'm grounded here at the mission because of poor choices I'm trying not to want soda or anything that's not healthy Sat, 15 Jul 2017 11:26:26 EST 3 Goals for Today Good Morning! <BR> <BR> 73 degrees and raining this morning. They say a cool front (cool as in the mid 80's) will be coming through after the rain. That will be welcomed after the 90+ degree days and the humidity we've been having. Well, I guess it is summer so we can expect that! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> The problem with my phone was not the battery, so I spent a couple of hours in the store trying to decide what I wanted (ended up with a newer version of my old one). They couldn't g... Sat, 15 Jul 2017 05:37:01 EST 3 Goals for Today Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Come join me and lets make today a productive day! <BR> <BR> ------------------- <BR> <BR> We made it to the gym yesterday and had a good workout. Could have done a bit better with my food selections, but stayed within my pts/calories so all is good! I finished the scrapbook I was working on for our DD - am very please with how it turned out a... Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:34:50 EST Today I will Today I will encourage someone. Today I will help someone. Today I will do something special for myself. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 05:43:22 EST 3 Goals for Today Good Morning ! <BR> <BR> Making small daily goals can lead to big results down the road - whether it is weight related or just getting things done. Join me and lets make today a productive day! <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, gym, 64 oz of water <BR> 2. Work on scrapbook for DD's Christmas present <BR> 3. Water flower gardens and planters <BR> <BR> Positive words for today: Happiness and Appreciation <BR> <BR> Enjoy your day! <BR> Carol <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>521</em> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 05:19:21 EST Tracking I am wondering if I can do this program without doing the calories for what I eat. Instead follow Weight Watchers plan I am use to ? <BR> Thx, <BR> Diane Wed, 12 Jul 2017 12:05:56 EST 3 Goals for Today Good Morning! <BR> <BR> Looks like it is the start of another hot, humid day in East TN - starting out with 66 degrees already ! <BR> <BR> I went to WW yesterday - lost 1.2 lbs (did a happy dance as I lose so slowly, but put it on so quickly! After lunch we went to the gym and I got in my aerobic and strength exercise! <BR> <BR> Goals for today are: <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, 20 minutes on treadmill, 64 oz water <BR> 2. Grocery shopping <BR> 3. Vacuum, dust and get ready for o... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 04:56:57 EST Mairo's Journey Rejoined SP today for the 100th time. I am not exaggerating. <BR> I presently don't own a drives me crazy. The last time I weighed myself I weighed 226lbs. I am looking to loose 76lbs. <BR> <BR> so I will drink 8 250ml cups of water <BR> exercise 30mins a day 6 days a week <BR> log food at least 4 times a day <BR> <BR> Lord help me help me. Tue, 11 Jul 2017 23:53:30 EST 3 Goals for Today Good Morning! <BR> <BR> I find that making small goals daily helps me stay focused and I get more accomplished; whether it is weight related or just getting myself organized for the day! Anyone wishing to join is welcomed! <BR> <BR> Goals for today are: <BR> <BR> 1. Write every bite, gym, 64 oz of water <BR> 2. Laundry <BR> 3. Work on DD scrapbook that I'm making her for Christmas <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT day! Mon, 10 Jul 2017 05:50:16 EST Starting a new diet Starting weight 150 lbs. Goal weight is 125. Small goals: drink 10 cups of water, sleep 7 hours, cardio 5 times a week, strength/core 3 times a week, and eat cleaner. Wed, 5 Jul 2017 13:01:55 EST . . Mon, 3 Jul 2017 22:16:44 EST Something moved! My blood pressure and blood glucose are going down. <BR> I get weighed at the Dr.'s office every few weeks. Last check 10 days ago it was the same. <BR> However, I am thrilled for the 1 1/2 inch loss! <BR> I have some challenges with exercise (arthritis, osteoporosis, back issues) and think I'll have to slow exercise min. down for a bit to prevent injury/chronic pain flare-- <BR> but I do feel stronger in the legs and core. And this is the longest I've tracked in about a year. <BR> <BR> That... Mon, 3 Jul 2017 00:40:09 EST Time To Get Real I've been talking about losing weight and going thru the motions for as long as I can remember - like years. I lose some, I put it back on... and nothing really changes in my life. Now I've had a wake up call health wise that means that I need to do this for real - I've got thyroid problems, kidney problems, high cholesterol and it's starting to impact my life so no more waffling and prevaricating, time to knuckle down and get it done this time. <BR> <BR> whilst I'm at it it's also time t... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 04:05:52 EST Feeling determined I started dieting on February 23, 2017. I've lost 34 lbs but the last three days have been horrible. Double cheeseburgers, ice cream, pizza, etc. today I'm back on track. I am NOT gaining this weight back. I have more to loose. My next goal is to loose 30 lbs then I'll choose my next goal. IVE GOT THIS! Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:48:32 EST Kicking Diabetes to the Curb Since joining SparkPeople I'm getting my blood sugar down. My long-term goal coming up in about 3 months is to have a normal A1C and normal cholesterol numbers. My last A1C was excellent, but I noticed my daily blood sugar numbers going up. <BR> <BR> Today I am struggling with the heat to get 30 more minutes of a workout in ...I will do it even if it takes 6 intervals of 5 minutes. I have 10 done for one challenge. Thu, 22 Jun 2017 22:44:57 EST Brenda's path to health and wellness Hello SparkFriends! I have been a SparkPeople member for almost 10 years now and have reached goal weight a handful of times, but have never learned how to maintain my weight loss. I am hoping to change that by working harder on consistency. I am charting my weight, sleep, water intake, calorie intake, exercise, and trying to prevent late night eating. If you are reading this, thanks for stopping by and if you have any tips or suggestions, please share! Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:12:17 EST Being Healthier Can't lie, it hasn't always been easy to make the right decisions when it comes to health. However, I am doing far better than before. I look at the past and have learned so many things and today is better because of those lessons. <BR> <BR> Each day I am striving to be better, do more, learn more. It is a journey with ups and downs and I still choose life. Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:10:33 EST I have to get motivated again I've got to get my head back on right. This is my chance to do this. <em>593</em> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:22:20 EST Weight Loss I'm down 1 lb after 2 weeks. I know to some it may not seem like much but I'm writing about it so that I chime back in after losing 2 lbs etc. This will keep me motivated. I would love to hear about your weight loss as well and what you did to lose the weight. What helped you? Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:06:33 EST 2nd job sometimes gets in the way of workouts My 2nd job is working for a Funeral Home doing after hours removals. The bad part is when I get called out at some god awful time of night, I don't get to my gym the next day. <BR> The good part is the pay, I don't know of another part time job that would pay like this for the amount of hours worked. It's usually not unpleasant, but occasionally it is-think car accidents, decomps, suicides etc. <BR> This week has been busy so I have only worked out 1 day this week compared to 6 days last week... Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:39:48 EST Michelle Great Journey to Health and Fitness Hi My name is Michelle. I am 48...will be 49 July 29th. I am a stay at home christian Mom. My husband and I have been married 17 years. We have a 16 year old daughter. <BR> <BR> I lost 60+ pounds with SparkPeople in 2006. I was bit by a copperhead on August 1, 2006. I gained all the weight back plus some. I know suffer from severe Anxiety and Depression which contribute to... Pancreatitis, Gastroparesis, IBS, Diabetes, Ulcers, Insomnia, and RLS. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 87 po... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:18:51 EST My journal for here. Since I am working towards my goal of getting down to 95 lbs, I going to keep a journal of triggers. It will be a great way of seeing what is keeping me from losing the weight I need to lose the weight I need to lose. <BR> <BR> I do let stress control my life and I don't need to let do that. I need to see what is triggering that as well. Coming here will help and I hope to help others as well. Fri, 9 Jun 2017 21:55:03 EST I'm a mess and not even a hot one. I'm a mess, my hair, my clothes, my house, my car and pretty much my life. I'm obese probably morbit obese and I'm short on top of that. I have let my self go. I guess being way over weight I just don't care. I don't have the energy to care. I'm depressed, I throw my self pity parties, but not to a lot of people mostly to my self and close friends and family. I'm always putting everything off to the last minute. Most of the time I say I'm going to do something then only change my mind and ... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 20:43:17 EST Having a career sucks I recently retired from teaching after 27 years in the classroom. Although I loved my job, it has taken a toll on my body. I am exactly 100 pounds heavier now than when I started my first class. How did that happen! I always ate breakfast because I didn't always get lunch. By 3:00 I was starving. But I don't snack like a mad woman now that I'm retired. I don't drink alcohol or gorge on sweets or even drink soda. But I can't get the scale to budge, and my husband was finally brave enough to s... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 20:08:35 EST diabetes and breast cancer I am a year into treatment for breast cancer. Currently on glimeperide and metaformin. Just finished herceptin treatment and have gained at least 25 lbs. <BR> all in the tummy and upper thighs. Has anyone else experienced this and if so how <BR> did you handle it. I eat lots of protein and avoid carbs and exercise regularly. Nothing seems to help. The scale is totally stuck. Where do I go from here? Mon, 29 May 2017 18:15:13 EST Recommitting to health Last year, I hit my goal weight of 145. Then....Fat Megan took over (You can have one cupcake, it's fine...) and regained half of what I lost. Today represents Day One of my journey to lose the pounds again. Sat, 27 May 2017 15:16:52 EST Sherry's trying to Escape the LBS! I have gained about 6 pounds seems like the story of my life and I need to rewrite it. I'm the worst one out there I can't start a diet it never happens. I do a lot of talk but no do.I can ever give up and throw in the towel or I can use it to wipe the sweat off, so I guess I will stop typing and start sweating. <BR> Mon, 22 May 2017 19:59:12 EST Losing 20 lbs: The Countdown So I set a goal to lose twenty pounds a while ago by July 1st. <BR> At that time (4/18/17), I was at 206 so recording that as my starting weight. <BR> <BR> I'm doing a challenge by the Walk at Home lady, Leslie Sansone's called The Great Walk Challenge: 100 miles in 100 days (TGWC)! Today is Day 21. And speaking of days, in this community journal for losing twenty pounds, I'm not gonna label each entry as "Day 1" like in TGWC. Instead I am going to do it in "Days left" like a countdown to... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:02:39 EST Stripes:the war within myself- MsJennifer's Day 1- <BR> <BR> The War Within Myself begins with preparation... <BR> <BR> -Today I choose to keep a food journal. <BR> -Today I choose to get in cardio exercise and strength exercises <BR> 20+ minutes of either treadmill or elliptical at the gym <BR> A home workout of various strength exercises (arms- legs and back & abs) <BR> I've been following a stretching routine on DVD with Miranda Esmonde White <BR> each day. <BR> - Emotions Journal Wed, 19 Apr 2017 03:22:23 EST I ROBOT PROGRESS REPORT 1 hour walk on treadmill Zone 2 <BR> <BR> 10 minutes BOOTCAMP Alternate these two <BR> Standing row 45# 10 reps Zone 4 <BR> Jumping jacks until legs hurt from lactic acid Zone 5 <BR> <BR> Max HR 149 <BR> Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:19:16 EST Alley''s Diet journey <img src="">Hello, all! <BR> Alley here! After a long while away, I have decided to return here and give it another go, especially as I have to lose weight due to health issues... I did lose a lot before but put it back on during cancer it all has to go so that I can deal with knee and back problems. I have made a start and am more committed than ever... I hope I can make it this time! <BR> <em>239... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:30:52 EST Sharon's Sugar Challenge - Join Me! 3/6/17 - Day One - A Gift to My Health <BR> <BR> Starting right now at 9:34AM EST. Just had about 3 tsp. sugar in coffee but challenging myself to stop all sugar until April 16. That is Easter and will be celebrating my DH birthday with family. My guess is that if I can stay off or at least severely restrict sugar/desserts, that I will not even want to break the challenge in April. <em>449</em> Mon, 6 Mar 2017 09:38:18 EST Tracy6659's 2017 Journal <em>386</em> <em>252</em> <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> Starting a fresh journal for the new year. I have restarted my travels. Tired of calling it my "journey". <BR> <BR> I have been doing really good with my foods the past week or so. I have been eating fresh fruits and veggies. <BR> <BR> I am down 2# this week. Which is fantastic because I was up 5# last week! Today I am holding water..which I normally don't do. Hoping whatever it is will pass. Trying to push my water intake tod... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 17:16:29 EST Misbehaving <em>524</em> <BR> Well, I joined spark people I think in 2011, & I have been in & out of here , numerous times(unfortunately). Still working on self motivation, so I'm trying again....adding spark people onto my to do list least 2-3Times per week...seems like I have gotten myself into a revolving New year's resolution door, I seem to come on strong for each new year but Peter out after first month or so... <BR> As I looked at my blogs just for 2017, I have already gone into lazy m... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 03:35:13 EST Clare's Journey - Journal This journal records my path to a better body weight, happier disposition, greater willingness to participate in (minor) physical challenges and to loving my life more. I will know I am winning when (a) I love to get up and get going at tasks and can keep some endurance going and (b) it is easy to move snappily and do things like run, play tennis. <BR> <BR> Week 1 completed Started at almost 128 and 1.8 kg disposed of. And am up to 2 km a day on cross trainer. 126.1 kg now. <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 22:38:06 EST 2017 and all that it will bring Day 1 <BR> <BR> Like so many others, I've chosen today to start anew. <BR> <BR> My goals for the month of January: <BR> No chocolate <BR> No chips of any kind <BR> No booze unless I have it outside of my home <BR> At least 40 ozs of water daily <BR> At least 5000 steps daily <BR> <BR> I tried to enlist a few of my friends to join me in setting goals for the new year. None of them were enthusiastic about making a fresh healthful start. Well, all except one - my coworker who's a wee little t... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 15:32:47 EST Candycane's Goals for Success Journal Most real, long term successes start out small and slow. I don't mean the kind that cause the roller-coaster effect, but that last a lifetime. So I'll only start with 2 little goals. <BR> <BR> My Beginning Plan for Success... <BR> ...drinking 8 cups of water a day <BR> ...walking for AT LEAST, but not limited to 10 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> That's all for starters....and until those goals are so a part of my life that they're habits, I'll not set any others for now. Believe me, just maki... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:42:22 EST My Fitness Journal <em>198</em> Time to make some fitness goals. I've fallen off the proverbial wagon. It doesn't matter why. It only matters that I start again. <BR> <BR> Since I never really know what I can do from one day to the next I am breaking this up into 2 week segments. <BR> Week 1 - Treadmill 4 times a week for at least 15 minutes. Longer if I can. <BR> Strength training twice a week. Remembering to start slow. <BR> Stretching 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> Once I... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:47:40 EST Misc. 1 Sat, 4 Jun 2016 02:59:56 EST Caution.... Curves Ahead. That's not my main goal but it would be a nice benefit. <BR> I started again in January but got a bit side tracked by life. April 5, 2016 will be my day to remember. I am soooo motivated. I am taking charge of my life and refuse to give up regardless of challenges that present themselves. Best of all - my sweet hubby is doing it with me. All of it. So here we go. Baby steps. One day at a time. <BR> Today was the second day in a row I was on the treadmill. In a few days I will add s... Sun, 10 Apr 2016 01:34:03 EST I just realized! I've been on SP for 10 years! I joined in 2006, it's now 2016! And in all this time, I've done nothing but gain! Sigh! I really need to work harder at this! However, I have more definition in my abs now! But I need to further shrink my waist because I can't fit into my tightest shorts! <BR> <BR> Do you think I'm being unrealistic? After all I am in my 40s now, no more in my 30s or 20s. Maybe I should accept my new size? Wed, 23 Mar 2016 06:04:43 EST Wandering Cuppa's Wanderings Journal. Interesting. Writing this just to hold my place...checking out how this "journal" thing works here.... <BR> <BR> <em>469</em> Fri, 4 Mar 2016 23:08:35 EST I've Figured it Out! (Nutritional Ketosis/Fasting) NOTE: Currently Fasting (water only, as per Dr. Fung's protocol): <BR> Tues. Feb. 9 - 9:00 PM through Sat. Feb 20 - 1:00 PM <BR> 10 DAYS, 16 hours <BR> <BR> Re-Feeding day: Saturday, February 20th <BR> <BR> <BR> A ketogenic diet: "eat small portions of protein, about twice that of veggies (the green leafy stuff), and a third more fats" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Keto Macros: <BR> 2 - 5 % (10 - 20 grams) Carbs <BR> 10 - 12 % (35 - 45 grams) Protein <BR> 83 - 88 % (105 - 145 grams) Fat <... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:20:50 EST Kelly's Not So Exciting Conversations in Her Head This is a journal where I will try to sort out my thoughts concerning weight loss and trying to improve health. It will be boring with such great thoughts as "Do I really care about getting healthier? Why wouldn't I. Why doesn't this motivate me?" <BR> <BR> I will also journal foods I have trouble resisting and should probably stop buying: like Ritz crackers and rotisserie chicken (no!!!!!! how can I give up my yummy salty rotisserie chicken. . . sigh). <BR> <BR> I will honestly report my d... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:48:52 EST Middle Earth Routes I plan to (virtually) explore Middle Earth through the following link: <BR> <link><BR>alk/walk.html </link> Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:21:24 EST Serene's food journal I'm going to put each day's food into these entries, but I'm also going to put an asterisk by any food that I find truly delicious -- that is, I wouldn't mind eating it once a day forever if necessary. <BR> <BR> Today's plan: <BR> <BR> B: Grape-nuts with almond milk, apple <BR> L: Vegan chili <BR> D: At mom's: shrimp scampi, pasta, broccoli <BR> S: Frozen cherries; hummus/toast; soup <BR> <BR> Today's actual: <BR> <BR> B: *Grape-nuts with almond milk <BR> L: Lunch out with Dad. Ate one pl... Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:16:14 EST Baconburger's Zero Carb Journal I am a zero carb eater. <BR> <BR> stats are 234---188---170 and below! <BR> <BR> I thrive on meat and high fat with a little dairy. period :) <BR> <BR> I monkeyed with LC a long time. carbs called my name constantly and I sunk into zero carb and would climb the carb ladder a little and not do well. <BR> <BR> until I just stayed at ZC I found my stride. Like everyone I want food in my life mostly :) but I realized I had to get off the carb yo yo failure plan----my way was ZC and I am do... Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:23:25 EST The Ultimate Life Journey Here on the first day of December, 2015 I'm starting my community journal to track my progress as I take on SparkPeople's Ultimate Life Challenge. I intend to track my progress during personal challenges here. I intend to set goals and create some public accountability for myself. My SparkFriends are welcome to join me and comment on my posts, or post your own goals or progress. New friends are always welcome! <BR> <BR> I'm currently working on FOCUS cornerstone. Tue, 1 Dec 2015 11:09:41 EST Life goes on and I am choosing to go with it! <BR> <BR> As a mom to many that is in the final stretch of child rearing, life can be a challenge. I have marrieds with children, marrieds no children, dating, not married, single helping a married sister etc, etc <BR> <BR> My life is changing, I have no preschoolers, only 3 teens. And 3 in elementary school. <BR> <BR> As I age, I am noticing aches and pains, I am not moving as fast or as graceful as I used to...and being a natural born klutz that is scar... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 20:08:57 EST The Four Cornerstones: Focus, Fitness, Fire, Force I have been doing a food journal type blog on my Spark page for about 4 weeks and (a) found it very useful for my own accountability and (b) found that comments soon dropped off as people got bored with it! I don't really want comments, but I DO want a place to keep a record and hold myself to account. So I'm starting a community journal. <BR> <BR> How my food journal works is: <BR> 1 = what I planned to eat <BR> 2= what I actually ate <BR> 3= anything I eat which is not really good food (... Sat, 16 May 2015 14:31:00 EST Chiggers Best Year of my Life I've been 'flirting' with a few forums and need to make a commitment for the summer. So Sparkpeople is my choice. It's time to get serious - at least for the summer. <BR> <BR> Got a clean bill of health - various appointments last week and this week to check everything out. There is nothing 'wrong' with me. Well - I do need to have a blood test repeated Thursday to make sure glucose levels are ok - we'll see. BUT - all-in-all, I am blessed to be in a healthy position. <BR> <BR> This su... Tue, 12 May 2015 13:56:51 EST starting fresh I am starting fresh right now 162 to 140 by 11/22 Thu, 5 Sep 2013 02:27:53 EST PATTYKLAVER'S Goal Journal August 29, 2013: I have been telling myself all summer (well, at least since July) that I was going to do a few things. Although I feel that I have made some small strides, I really haven't pushed myself as I want to or should do. So, I start this journal to write down my goals. I will consciously think of them. I will come up with short, medium and long term goals. I will only take a few on at a time as to not overwhelm myself and not do them again. <BR> <BR> This week: <BR> 1) I wi... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 11:18:26 EST GWynlee's accountablity journal this journal is for me to hold myself accountable for losing weight. I am coming up with my goals and will post them soon Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:35:23 EST Rhonda's Ramblings About 10 days ago, I started a new personal challenge. I decided that each day I would do a 1 minute plank. I know it doesn't sound like much, but if you add up the numbers just doing 1 minute a day adds up to 6 hours a year. That has to be worth something! I'm hoping that as time progresses I will add additional 1 minute daily challenges. Other ideas include push-ups, crunches, scissor kicks, jumping jacks, jump rope, etc. I think anything that can be done without equipment would work ... Tue, 22 May 2012 11:37:37 EST PATTYKLAVER's Journal The doctor is trying to lower my dose of Geodon. I usually take 80 mg at night. The first time, he lowered it to 40 mg. I'd not sleep that much and about 2 pm, I'd become so tired I was almost comatose. After two days of that, I started taking the 80 mg again. <BR> <BR> The second time, the dose got lowered to 60 mg. I didn't sleep good and I noticed that I felt more depressed. Sometimes the depression was pretty bad. <BR> <BR> So, the last two nights, I have been taking the 80 mg ag... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 08:15:08 EST Jibbie's 2010 sedulous, pluck, Moxie, doggedness. <em>15</em> Fri, 1 Jan 2010 09:38:50 EST PAT'S EXERCISE RECORD. <em>249</em> FEBRUARY <BR> <BR> 1. AEROBICS 30 MIN. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. <BR> 7. <BR> 8. <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. <BR> 12 <BR> 13. <BR> 14. <BR> 15. <BR> 16. <BR> 17. <BR> 18. <BR> 19. <BR> 20. <BR> 21. <BR> 22. <BR> 23. <BR> 24. <BR> 25. <BR> 26. <BR> 27. <BR> 28. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>129</em> I LOVE ME BETTER THAN THAT <em>473</em> Sun, 1 Feb 2009 18:34:00 EST Annie's Journal Down 13.5 pounds since I created my Spark Page on May 12, 2008. Down 22 pounds from my January 1st weight. I'm learning some good habits, and feel good about my journey. <BR> <BR> My personal goals: <BR> 1. Eat mostly healthy whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables. <BR> 2. 8 glasses of water <BR> 3. Stop at one helping. <BR> 4. Don't eat after supper. <BR> 5. Work with weights a minimum of three times a week. <BR> 6. Get 7 hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> I have been very successful with t... Sun, 22 Jun 2008 21:41:40 EST never give up For those of you who might remember, I'm the same Linloseandwin. Still trying to focus. <em>103</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks, Denise for the invite back/info and thank you Sparkpeople for the membership! <BR> <BR> Planning to continue the gains (losses), I made the last time I was here, with help from my friends! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe I can get back to "I can see clearly now....." <BR> <BR> Lin Mon, 23 Jan 2006 11:51:40 EST Welcome to: Challenging US! This is a new kind of challenge board and we decided to set it up on the journal board. <BR> <BR> What we, Janice and I have been discussing, is a different way of challenging ourselves. What we came up with is to set our own challenges and goals and work on them for a week at a time. <BR> <BR> A few of the challenges that each of us might consider is: tracking the minutes you expend on a daily basis for work out/exercise and anything else that expends energy on a day by day basis. Countin... Sun, 12 Dec 2004 07:59:07 EST