SparkPeople At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1111 Support, encouragement and useful information for Sparkers at or around goal weight. SparkPeople At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=1111 Daily check in 3/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66511461 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Wow, slept late again. This is good for me. Hope the busy is settling down, Jamirblaze. And those under the weather feel better soon. <BR> <BR> I had a great day yesterday, was named an "All Star" at work which means a dinner in April--not sure what else. The credit really goes to my team. Grateful for this wonderful opportunity to cap off my career. <BR> <BR> DD and "speaking cat", take 2: I didn't mention they have a cat they call "Mister", a yellow tabby... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 06:08:20 EST World Environment Day Maintenance Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66507820 We are preparing to launch our next maintenance challenge - World Environment Day Maintenance Challenge <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c6ca644-2468-4f9d-9215-32bf5b83f370.png"> <BR> <BR> Let's continue our maintenance efforts by focusing on healthy habits. Those of us residing in the northern hemisphere will see this challenge take us through spring and nearly into summer. Our neighbors to the south will see the fall months approach winter. <BR> <BR> We will ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:10:08 EST Daily check in 3/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66504947 Good morning! <BR> <BR> The stars must have been perfectly aligned last night--I slept so well and long. If I didn't have an appointment set at 9:15 today, I might have taken the day off to make up for working Saturday. <BR> <BR> Moved all the winter clothes out and spring/summer in yesterday. I'm so ready! <BR> <BR> My DGD funny story of the day: DD is fostering a cat and he keeps crying at night. DGD finally got so frustrated with the crying and asked DD "what does he want?" DD sa... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:05:47 EST Daily check in 3/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66499434 Good morning! <BR> Quick check in as I slept late after waking up around 1 am and being up an hr or so. I needed the rest as the auction was exhausting! But exceeded expectations of the auctioneers. Very stressful--can't imagine doing that for a living!! Talented team, though, wow. <BR> <BR> I'll be saying lots of prayers of thanksgiving at church, then walking with SIL, then DH and I will be cleaning gutters at the rental house and painting the bathroom. Weather cloudy with chance of ... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 07:26:51 EST Daily check in 3/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66493249 Good morning friends! <BR> <BR> What a beautiful, warm peaceful morning. It's 60 degrees! Fresh fragrances after early morning rainfall and even the birds are still asleep--so quiet. I'm in love with this season. <BR> <BR> And my scale reflects progress; anxious to see if the fancy-schmancy gym scale agrees. Looking at my own records, my weight is down 10 lbs from a high on 10/2/16. <em>9</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I've received tel calls from my physical therapist and the orth... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:44:40 EST NEW-CAZ has maintained for NINE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66490243 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=NE<BR>W-CAZ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:19:00 EST Daily check in 3/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66487459 Good morning! Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Phebess, welcome back! We've missed you. <BR> <BR> Sorry to hear about the tummy issues, Kellie, Terri--hope all are on the mend. Glad to hear you're all able to travel, Toni--hope you have a great trip. Jamirblaze--hope your repairs hold. <BR> <BR> Our Crossfit get-together was fun AND inspiring last night. Two of the coaches did the 17.5 workout--9 thrusters @ 95 lbs and 35 double unders for 10 rounds for time. The food spread temptation was ea... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:00:46 EST Daily check in 3/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66480999 Good morning! <BR> Welcome, Gill. I can relate as I, too, am a 20 lb (or so) loser, but those lbs sure make a difference in my life. My focus has recently turned to nutrition as a means of fueling healing at a cellular level, reducing inflammation to maximize health. We look forward to getting to know you. <BR> <BR> Yaay, Bess, on goal anniversary! And Kellie, getting back at it--Feels good to get back to routine, doesn't it?! Glitter, I'm happy to report that our daffodils survived t... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:42:57 EST ADRIENALINE has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66476778 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=AD<BR>RIENALINE </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <l... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:56:43 EST Daily check in 3/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66474693 Good morning SP friends! <BR> <BR> Hey, Dawn, congrats on 7 yrs of maintaining. It's always inspiring to hear how folks maintain. June 15, 2011 is my date but I still have to work hard at it, tweaking diet and exercise. <BR> <BR> Love the idea of carb/cheese-free stuffed peppers. I'll have to check those out, Toni. DH requested that I make a batch last week, but I used my ole recipe with brown rice and parmesan cheese and then ate them sparingly. <BR> <BR> Welcome back Kellie! What... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:14:49 EST BESSHAILE has maintained for EIGHT YEARS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66470024 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BE<BR>SSHAILE </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <lin... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:47:06 EST Daily check in 3/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66467974 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the "sleep" wishes. I was able to catch more zzzzz's-- Last night was another challenge as it was nearly 9 pm before I arrived home from an out of town appointment. I'm really trying to focus on a healthy lifestyle and good sleep is an important element, which can be a challenge for me. I picked up 2 more of Dr Perlmutter's "Brain" books from the library yesterday--Brain Maker and Grain Brain Cookbook. I want to see how it stacks up against Whole 30... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 05:54:17 EST OOLALA53 has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66464105 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=OO<BR>LALA53 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:33:35 EST DAWNFIRE72 has maintained for SEVEN YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66464060 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DA<BR>WNFIRE72 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:30:43 EST Daily check in 3/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66460869 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Up too early as all the undone tasks nagged at me. It started with a stuffy nose and the thought that I should take some Airborne--lots of coughing in church yesterday. <BR> <BR> The bathroom is demolished. That was a lot of work! Stripping the wallpaper was the worst job for me--despite the sizing I did 30 yrs ago when I put it up. Then cleaning the mess. Wore me out! The onyx installer plans to have it delivered tomorrow and start Tuesday morning. Yaaaay! <BR> ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:16:17 EST Daily check in 3/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66454516 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Our dog has a new way of communicating when she wants something, a biscuit or to go outside--she does this "stomp" thing. There's no ignoring her, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> As we drove around yesterday, DH reminisced about big ole lovable Huckleberry. <BR> <BR> DH really enjoyed the small town brewery and quaint tavern. I was the only water drinker, and dinner turned out to be almonds and jerkey from a convenience store. A late night but good to see our former t... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:50:13 EST Daily Check in 3/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66448487 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Toni, here's lots of good healing thoughts coming your way for all of your loved ones who are having medical procedures/treatments. I think about the good health most of us on this thread enjoy, and how much we appreciate being able to be of help. It reminds me of a sermon that really touched me: Blessed to be a blessing. <BR> <BR> Bess, I guess I didn't realize your bathroom addition included a walk-in closet. How cool is that! And I have those same thoughts ab... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 04:53:30 EST SLENDERELLA61 has maintained for EIGHT YEARS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66444880 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SL<BR>ENDERELLA61 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:02:10 EST Daily check in 3/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66443142 Good morning! Anyone wearing green today? <BR> <BR> Toni, healing prayers for your daughter. How are the 15 treatments spaced out? Weekly? <BR> <BR> I avoided the breakroom altogether. I really don't understand the "Eat Day" tradition for March Madness--it looked to me that folks just load up a plate and take it to their desk--no socializing component. So easy to avoid. <BR> <BR> My shower onyx has arrived so DH will demo the bathroom Sunday. Installer will begin work next week. I ha... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:04:52 EST SPARKLINGME176 has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66439285 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SP<BR>ARKLINGME176 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> *... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 12:19:48 EST Daily check in 3/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66436641 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I guess my sleep cycle is out of whack after staying up so late Tuesday. I ran out of steam and came home a little early. <BR> <BR> It was supper time, but I struggled: which does this body need--sleep or nourishment. Laying down early just further messes with regular sleep. Another example of the benefits of "routine". <BR> <BR> Today brings another challenge: it's an "eat day" at work for March Madness. So, knowing who I am, I should just resolve not to e... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:12:30 EST Daily check in 3/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66430749 Good morning! Hump day! <BR> <BR> Late night for me, attending Chicago, the Musical. Oooh, risque, sexy--long legged, black nylons, great singing, dancing, orchestra. Inspiring....and all that jazz!!! [Totally avoided reception food and drinks] <BR> <BR> Toni, I have never had any desire to "drink my meal." To the contrary, I want to chew and savor every single bite. Too few calories to waste. So no smoothies for me. <BR> <BR> Enjoyed the visions created by yesterday's posts--a yar... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 06:02:01 EST GABY1948 has maintained for TWO YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66425622 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GA<BR>BY1948 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:49:01 EST Daily check in 3/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66424332 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Oh, sleep ... an extra 20 minutes after the alarm...again. I think this is good for me. <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Awaiting the coffee. Our snow hasn't melted off the lawns and trees. It's pretty. Roads are clear, though I will watch for icy patches as I'm traveling today. Kellie, hopefully the airport will be clear for your vacation flight. The news about the snow out east sounds like a lot of folks will be staying home today. Stay safe! <BR> <BR> Crossfit t... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:02:15 EST Daily check in 3/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66417444 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Oh, wow. I slept an extra 20 min and thought "I've been robbed" as I crawled out of bed (weekend was mostly devoted to purchasing Turboxtax, a new desktop computer, loading the software and completing the tax return). But it is done--remember all that decluttering I did last year? Each item was entered into the "It's Deductible" feature so it took a long time. And resulted in a substantial deduction. This was my first time using software; I've done it manually all... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 05:55:48 EST Daily check in 3/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66410757 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Your date night sounded wonderful Bess! DH and I got all dolled up and went out to our favorite restaurant last night. Gourmet meals, always unusual and delicious. We visited some friends while there and stopped in to see my SIL. Fun evening. <BR> <BR> Gym scale was recalibrated and my percentages were improved. Weight is a bit higher on gym scale but still squarely at goal. It recommends I lose 4.9 lbs of fat. Well, okay. I plan to stay on Whole 30 through th... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 05:52:18 EST LRSILVER has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66407879 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LR<BR>SILVEr </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:34:19 EST FELINA has maintained for NINE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66407863 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=FE<BR>LINA </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>h... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:32:05 EST Daily check in 3/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66405092 Good morning, my dear friends! <BR> <BR> The new Start Page really caught me off guard yesterday, too. I kept searching for the Team points and finally realized the feature had been eliminated. It seems like team leaders used to receive messages about upcoming changes. Oh, well. Life is full of changes and I shall just try to embrace them. <BR> <BR> After 7 days of the scale staying on the exact same number, right down to the tenth (never happens!), I bought some new batteries. So I wo... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 04:53:24 EST Daily check in 3/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66398655 Good morning! It's Friday!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the support. Freeing myself from those few extra pounds has me feeling stronger in the gym--less weight to "pull up", lighter on my feet for skipping rope (and traipsing around in high heels all day), not to mention better fitting clothes! <BR> <BR> I've been reading nonfiction (except "A Dog's Purpose")--I guess I feel like I need to learn something. I agree the reader's voice is important. "Grain Brain" has convinced me not to rein... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:01:43 EST Daily check in 3/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66392321 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I slept an extra 20 minutes after the alarm. It seems that my sleep has improved with the Whole 30 eating plan. I have been stuck on the same weight for 6 days--unusual for me as the scale usually bounces around. It's slightly under goal so I can't complain, but I have the gym weigh in Saturday morning and would like to see improvement in percentages. <BR> <BR> Author evening sounds fun, Bess. Those workout endorphins keep us coming back, Kellie. Yesterday the w... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 05:52:10 EST Daily check in 3/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66385543 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Nothing like a new dress, Bess. I need to think about buying one for the weddings I'll be attending in TX in June and here in August. I'm so ready for spring clothes and to put away the winter stuff -- even though snow is predicted Saturday. Crazy March weather-- lions, lambs.. <BR> <BR> Ah, waterfront walks sound great Toni. Soon... Sorry to hear your cold returned, Sunny. My dr said this has been a rough year for nasty colds. Terri and Bess, sounds like it w... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 05:49:10 EST TINAJANE76 has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66379589 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=TI<BR>NAJANE76 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 09:07:56 EST ICEDEMETER has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66379540 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=IC<BR>EDEMETER </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 09:06:05 EST Daily check in 3/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66378074 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Vacation days sound great Jamirblaze. I have some big work events late this month through late April and would like to plan a few days off myself. DD may need some help if she will need another back surgery--will find out Thurs. So I'll wait to make plans. <BR> <BR> Bess, our library director of 20+ yrs is retiring soon, too; local newspaper article outlined all she's done and the challenge to find a replacement. I bet you're feeling lots of emotions! <BR> <BR> K... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 05:03:32 EST Sneak Peak: New Community Goal Feed http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66375784 I have copied this message from Coach Jen. I thought this would be of interest to some of you. <BR> <BR> ~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> <BR> Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I wanted to give you a heads up about a new feature we'll be launching in the next day or two. We're very excited to introduce our Community Goal Feed, a place to post updates and photos, share your goal progress and tell others a little more about yourself! This feed will be found on your Start page (on the full site) or homescreen (throu... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 19:21:12 EST Daily check in 3/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66370726 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Movin' a little slow this morning. When's our next holiday? Ugh, Memorial Day end of May. I think I need to schedule some vacation time before then. Poindextra, I agree that the job gets in the way of the personal to do list. I bet the piano concert was beautiful. <BR> <BR> I have my annual physical today. It will be nice to report improvements to my shoulder and biometric testing. I have less fear this year-- I'm doing my best to be healthy. <BR> <BR> Crossf... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 05:51:44 EST Daily check in 3/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66363887 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Look at me, sleeping late! 9 hrs of sleep. Yaay! DGD had a little friend for a sleepover and she is whining--wants to go home... <BR> <BR> Welcome back Kendra. Nice job on the smaller sized sweater, Patti. <BR> <BR> Beautiful warm sunshiney weather yesterday and today. Had to borrow shorts from DD and we sat in the sun. <BR> <BR> Read through Refuse to Regain book; pretty good--still have a few chapters to read closely. <BR> <BR> Better scoot and get this... Sun, 5 Mar 2017 06:56:32 EST Daily check in 3/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66357169 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> I'm the early riser at DD's house this morning. DH will be leaving around 6 am to spend time with his hunting buddy (season is over but they are going to run the dogs--beagles). I will miss him. But DD, DGD and I will have lots of fun. I need to shop for bathroom vanity light and a friend told me Lord and Taylor's has dress pants in "curvy" that fit us girls with small waists and, shall we say, full hips and thighs. "It's all about that bass" <em>335</em> So,... Sat, 4 Mar 2017 05:30:26 EST Daily check in 3/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66349729 Good morning! <BR> It's Friiiiiday!! <BR> <BR> I hope to have time to catch up on blogs this weekend, especially Toni's--congratulations!! <BR> <BR> I hope this day improves--it started with the discovery that although I plugged my phone in last night, the other end of the charger had become unplugged. So, now I have 15% and must try to catch a charge before I head out. Then, I have an 8 am meeting with former partner who says he doesn't understand the draft income tax return--the busines... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 05:56:48 EST Daily check in 3/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66342381 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Toni, I've researched paleo as fellow crossfitter friends have gone on similar 30 day challenges and agree with Jamirblaze's summary. "Processed &amp; unnatural sugar is poison", if I had to summarize. Both have a lot to say about science, and attribute the rise in the production and availability of those foods as the cause of the increase in obesity and chronic disease. I'd like to read "Refuse to Regain", will check library. Also, Toni, the SP Paleo team I jus... Thu, 2 Mar 2017 05:26:25 EST FOXBAY99 has maintained for ONE YEAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66337827 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=FO<BR>XBAY99 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:14:34 EST MERRY_XMAS has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66337803 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=ME<BR>RRY_XMAS </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:12:49 EST GLASSART43 has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66337799 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GL<BR>ASSART43 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:11:46 EST POINDEXTRA has maintained for FOURTEEN YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66337792 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PO<BR>INDEXTRA </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:10:27 EST Daily check in 3/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66334781 Good morning! Celebrate 1st of March and hump day! <BR> <BR> Storms rolled through around 2 am and woke me up. I couldn't get back to sleep, so decided to start my day really early. We were lucky; no damage. Tornadoes touched down in the area; hope everyone is safe. <BR> <BR> My trainer and I are having a friendly dispute about "calories in, calories out." It's just not that simple--we are not mere mathematical equations. I agree nutrition is at least 80% of the picture--much mor... Wed, 1 Mar 2017 05:23:17 EST RJSCHWEITZER has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66330768 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=RJ<BR>SCHWEITZER </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:51:42 EST Daily check in 2/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66327297 Good morning! Yaaay--last day of February! "March" just sounds like "spring" to me. Time change coming soon, longer days, daffodils and forsythia bushes will bloom--ah, leading up to time on and in the water. Just makes me happy all over!!!! Plus now I am solidly at, and even below, goal weight. All those cute spring clothes are gonna look great on me again!! Wow, I am feeling GREAT! <BR> <BR> Diane, look back through Kelliebean's posts as she has a link for those suffering from eatin... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:55:43 EST Daily check in 2/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66319719 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Late (for me) check in as I slept an extra 50 min! Headed to crossfit class, will walk at noon with a friend and already have my Whole 30 lunch packed. <BR> <BR> Good luck with your first day, Poindextra! <BR> <BR> Jan, run or walk or whatever you enjoy--maintainence is very individualized. <BR> <BR> Better scoot. Hope all have a great day! Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:10:33 EST Daily check in 2/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66313290 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> Congratulations Nell! What fun, karaoke for an 87th birthday! Singing is so good for the soul. Let us know the songs your mom enjoyed singing the most, Sharon!! <BR> <BR> Both scales showed weight loss (below goal!!), but gym showed percentages of muscle mass down and fat up, whereas my WW scale showed loss in fat percentage. Not going to worry about it; just plan to keep up my workouts and Whole 30 as I'm 3 lbs under goal and glad to be able to comfortably wea... Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:33:05 EST Daily check in 2/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66307213 Good morning! <BR> Congrats, Jan, on your 5 yr anniversary and featured blog! We all learn so much from each other, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> I have my gym challenge weigh in this morning at 7:00, so I've been especially careful this past week. To be real honest, I'm hungry. I woke up early because I was hungry. I've had some tea and coffee, but won't eat until after the weigh in. According to my scale, I'm actually a little under my goal. The fancy schmancy gym scale says I should ... Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:29:21 EST Daily check in 2/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66300143 Good morning! Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Days, weeks, months, years -- they all seem to fly by. So glad it's Friday--the last one in Feb! Warm today, mid 60s, but a dip to 38 and 48 for this weekend. Maybe that's what I need to get back to my filing project. It's been too nice to stay indoors this winter! <BR> <BR> Retirement is certainly a big milestone, Bess! Somehow I don't think you'll struggle for a minute! Kinda like shifting from weight loss to weight maintenance... <BR> <BR> Th... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:38:53 EST Fear of gaining the weight back http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66297265 Was there a point during maintenance when you finally let go of the fear of gaining your weight back? <BR> <BR> How long into maintenance were you when the little ups and downs on the scale didn't freak you out anymore? Does weighing in daily help with that, or create obsession? <BR> <BR> Do you have a weight that you do not allow yourself to get higher? What about if you start weight training? <BR> <BR> Do you trust in your ability to keep the weight off? <BR> <BR> And also, does it see... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:36:06 EST Daily check in 2/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66293369 Good morning, friends!! <BR> <BR> Woke up a little too early, but the coffee is hitting the spot and I feel great. Come this afternoon I might feel like laying my head on my desk, but can't complain about a day in February with mid 60 degree weather forecasted. I'm ready for spring clothes! <BR> <BR> I have a WW digital scale and yesterday I stepped on and saw a 3+ lb gain. Shocked, I decided to try again. Much better. Stepped on a third time just to make sure; matched the 2d try. Not... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:06:39 EST Daily check in 2/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66286501 Good morning! Hump day already! <BR> <BR> I passed on the luncheon yesterday--pasta salad, chips, sandwiches consisting mostly of bread and cookies. Carb crazy. There was SO much left over; but no one asked me... I'll continue to suggest healthier options when appropriate. Don't want to be a "know it all." <BR> <BR> It is becoming easier to pass on the "non-compliant" as my brain has adjusted. Roasted vegetables are now my sweet treats (sweet potatoes, sweet peppers, sweet onions, car... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:28:20 EST PLMITCH has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66281417 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PL<BR>MITCH </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:13:00 EST Article about maintainers who lost slowly http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66280947 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm writing an article about the benefits of being a "slow loser" when it comes to weight loss. I'm looking for members who lost weight slowly and are now in maintenance. If this describes you and you'd be willing to share your story with me, can you send me a SparkMail? Specifically, here are the questions I'd like you to answer: <BR> <BR> 1. How much weight did you lose and how long did it take you to lose it? <BR> 2. Did you intend to lose as slowly as you did, or... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:00:40 EST Daily check in 2/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66279190 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Okay back to work, and traveling today, with back to back meetings beginning at 8:30 to 3:00, with one being a luncheon seminar. I just wish the "good health" corporate policy carried through to the lunch choices for events like these. I keep trying to influence the choices, but in the meantime, I'll carry my lunch to eat at my desk in the event there's nothing Whole 30 compliant on the menu. <BR> <BR> Crossfit class this morning. Yesterday's fresh air and sunsh... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:39:10 EST Daily check in 2/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66271781 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Happy President's Day! I'm happy to report that I have a holiday from work today and we have a 70 degree sunshiney day forecast. At some point I'll be driving to meet DD to return DGD. We sure had a fun day in the sun yesterday--farm, then Washington Park. It was a gorgeous day! <BR> <BR> Crossfit class this morning and a walk with my friend around lunch time planned. <BR> <BR> Nutrition has been Whole 30 compliant despite all the sugar and snack temptations pr... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:39:00 EST Daily check in 2/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66265466 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> Slept late again--must have needed it, and may have been all that fresh air. I wore layers and sat outside in a tank top but it was still a bit chilly with the breezes. But oh my goodness, it was a beautiful day!! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone's plans for today come to fruition! Congratulations Poindextra!!! <BR> <BR> Another beautiful sunshiney day with DH and DGD! So wonderful! <BR> <BR> Hope all have a great day! Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:56:37 EST Daily check in 2/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66258709 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Yaaay, I slept late (after awaking at 2:30 am). I have a new technique: I talk to myself as if I were talking to my granddaughter--"try to sleep 2 more hours...") <BR> <BR> DGD is here! DH is taking her to friend's farm where he is managing the coyote problem. His alarm just went off. Later this morning we will head to the river!!! A family shindig, but I'm wearing a bikini for underwear just in case "sitting in the sunshine" becomes an option. Would LOVE a b... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:21:34 EST Would you rather?.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66254748 Lemme pick yalls brains again!! <BR> <BR> Would you rather...be obese but in tip top health (I know not possible probably) , or be at your goal weight for life never to gain it back BUT have health problems associated with obesity? Diabetes, high blood pressure, food addiction etc? No getting healthier either. <BR> <BR> Hmmmm. . <BR> <BR> Im supposed to say i would rather be obese but healthy, so I can be here for my family. Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:15:19 EST Daily check in 2/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66252080 Good morning! Happy Friday!! <BR> <BR> Donna, did you notice that your long post did actually post? That exact same thing happened to me, where I hit the "Post Message" button and nothing happened, I posted a small message and then discovered the first message posted after all. <BR> <BR> I'm on an early schedule (5 am crossfit class) since I have a 7:30 am physical therapy appointment, and then a client meeting at 9 am. Then another glorious, record breaking warm, sunshiney day. DGD will ... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:11:52 EST Daily check in 2/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66244928 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm getting closer on our bathroom remodel. I have purchased faucets for the vanity and shower, the mirrored medicine cabinet, confirmed the "chocolate" vanity cabinet, the onyx countertop (that matches the shower walls), chose the bowl shape, confirmed onyx shower base and walls. I found flooring. Just need to find light fixtures and obtain the shower installer's estimate. Looking forward to getting started! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was "running" day at crossfit--had t... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:34:23 EST CHRISTIECAT has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66240211 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CH<BR>RISTIECAT </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <l... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:46:07 EST Daily check in 2/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66237530 Good morning! <BR> <BR> So sorry for your losses, Poohscout. Those new puppies remind us that life goes on. <BR> <BR> It has been 10 mos. since our ole lab Huckleberry passed away and last night DH confided that he really misses having a "working dog" and has been considering a beagle puppy. That breed would be a first for both of us--I've always had golden, shepherd, chow mixes, until Huckleberry--full blooded lab. No decision yet, still checking them out. <BR> <BR> Great dinner last... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 03:53:46 EST Daily check in 2/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66230717 Good morning and Happy Valentines Day! <BR> <BR> Who has plans with their sweetie today? DH will fix a surf (lobster tail) and turf (steak) dinner and we'll likely exchange cards--I have a little surprise for him. <BR> <BR> Jamirblaze, last time I lost my log in streak (before I had a smart phone), I had asked DD to log in for me and she forgot. It's a bummer, but yes, just gotta start again. <BR> <BR> Poindextra, it sounds like all your hard work is about to pay off. Yaaaay! <BR> <... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:43:45 EST Daily check in 2/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66223342 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm feeling kinda foggy this morning, like Im cellularly tired. I think I need a vacation... But, no, I must be "on" today. I have to travel for a face-to-face meeting, but mid way I will pull over and make a presentation to Company employees about what I do. I'll wake up here in a minute. <BR> <BR> Granddaughter and I took two of her dolls (one being her new Rapunzel) on a wagon ride in the morning sunshine. That, and standing at the open house and grocery sho... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:18:52 EST Daily check in 2/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66217096 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Today we drive home and I have a reception/open house to attend for a good friend who has taken a new job and is moving to Texas. I brought my running shoes and hope I can talk my DD into a walk with me this morning before we leave. <BR> <BR> Last time I checked yesterday it was 67 degrees, a record breaker for Feb 11 here. It was great for the kids, we played kickball (they call it soccer), basketball, saw flowers peeking through. <BR> <BR> I'm happy to report s... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 07:30:35 EST Daily check in 2/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66210519 Good morning! Happy Saturday! <BR> <BR> I had my weigh in at the gym yesterday and only had a second to look at the print out (it's at home), but trainer pointed out good progress: weight down, fat percentage down, muscle percentage up. Keep doing what I'm doing. I attribute my success this time to this "accountability" challenge. So I'm learning a little more about myself throughout this process. <BR> <BR> "Disney on Ice" at 11 this morning and then to a favorite restaurant of DD. It'... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 05:52:34 EST Daily check in 2/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66203282 Good morning teammaties! It's Friiiiiday!! <BR> <BR> And the body seems to have decided to release some weight, 2 days in a row--below goal! I have a gym weigh-in this morning on the fancy-schmancy scale (that measures the weight of each arm and leg, in addition to %s) so it will be interesting to see if it agrees. Biometric testing yesterday (which included an analysis of a teeny blood sample) by the lab the employer brought in was "optimal or normal" in all categories. Employer rewar... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 04:54:17 EST Losing weight not the problem-solver you thought? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66197394 Did you go into your weight loss journey thinking that losing weight would be the answer to all your problems, only to find out all (or some) of your problems were still there when you lost the weight? If so, message me. I'm writing an article for SparkPeople about this very thing and I'd love to hear your take of this very common conundrum. <BR> <BR> Elizabeth Lowry <BR> Assistant Editor Thu, 9 Feb 2017 08:48:06 EST Daily check in 2/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66196323 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Yes, Sunny, I see a pattern--great job taking advantage of that sunshine when you can! Lots of great exercise on yesterday's posts. This morning my employer brings in a team to provide biometric testing. I signed up for the 9 am time slot since we're supposed to fast for 12 hrs. So, I will have to do my workout with no fuel and then drive (travel day). I ve decided not to deprive myself of coffee, though. <BR> <BR> Quick post since I need to leave early. <BR> ... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 05:29:41 EST JESSIHOVER2 has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66190822 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=EM<BR>ARTIN1974 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <l... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 10:34:15 EST Daily check in 2/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66188820 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Hump day! And after balmy temps in the high 50s yesterday, we have snow in the forecast today (1" to 2"). Not nearly the storms predicted on east and west coasts. Take care! Spring temps back in the mid 60s predicted for Saturday--perfect for our trip to DD's! Tastes of spring for sure. <BR> <BR> Count me in on stepping on the scale every day. I'm proud to be on a plateau of my goal weight. A couple of lbs below would be a nice cushion, but we'll see what th... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 05:54:05 EST Daily check in 2/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66181567 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Coffee is hitting the spot this morning. Yesterday I had the yearning to live in a Whole 30 compliant world where there are no temptations and all easy decisions. Even a few restaurants that had a section on the menu would be nice; a grocery store divided into "compliant" and "noncompliant" sections. <BR> <BR> My scale is seeing "goal" weight more often, but will jump up a lb or two for no justifiable reason. Never jumps down like that. I just kick it back i... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 06:03:33 EST Daily check in 2/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66173835 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Hugs, Sunny. We never know how our lives may take a turn; good for you to find new ways to take care of yourself. <BR> <BR> After the very brisk walk with SIL yesterday, I came home to a beautiful sunshiney unseasonably warm day which I basked in for 2 hrs as I raked leaves. Whew, wore myself out! <BR> <BR> Which I guess is the reason I fell fast asleep just before the half time show, waking up to see the game changing Patriots touchdown. <BR> <BR> Found the med... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 05:44:51 EST Daily check in 2/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66166966 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! Toni, memories of being on the water in the warm sunshine are what get me through the winter--especially my Hawaii memories from last February. Paddle boarding, early morning walks on the beach, the sunrise, the sunset, the beach... <BR> <BR> Hugs for your DD and the whole family, Toni. <BR> <BR> Bess, happy hunting! I spent several hours yesterday and Friday evening picking out vinyl flooring, tile for the shower ceiling to coordinate with the on... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 05:09:03 EST Daily check in 2/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66160348 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I slept late. Feels good and like what I needed. The dog didn't even bark to announce the newspaper's arrival. <BR> <BR> Toni, sending prayers for wisdom. <BR> <BR> I better scoot and get this posted! <BR> <BR> Hope all have a great day!! Sat, 4 Feb 2017 06:43:09 EST Getting back "on the wagon" and regaining control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66155286 I'm a veteran SP member for a good many many years,use SP religiously, and have been a member of this team for the past 2 or so. Lost 50 # in 2013 and adhered to a very robust and balanced exercise regimen and nutritional program with reasonable trade-off provisions for vacations, holidays, etc. <BR> <BR> But the past 6 months have been a rocky road, and I completely lost it. Succession of vacation, holidays, illness and (minor) depression -- and not looking in the mirror -- seduced me in... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 11:34:07 EST Daily check in 2/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66152885 Good morning! Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> My Friday is packed--8 am physical therapy appointment; stop at bank for cash for the half side of beef DH will be picking up, drop it off to his ofc, errands for work, lunch with two friends from the old office, and meeting the bath remodel guys at 4:30. DH is heading out of town for a hunting weekend. So I plan to tackle my filing project and make a huge dent. <BR> <BR> I better scoot to make crossfit class and PT appointment. <BR> <BR> Hope all h... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 05:48:48 EST Daily check in 2/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66145644 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Pooh, so sad to see a life cut short. I offer my sincere sympathy and hope the funeral service provides comfort. <BR> <BR> Terri, I had braces in my late 20s--used to say that I drive an old car, but will have a healthy bite. It was a Good investment. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have been reading Whole 30 posts of those finishing the 30 days, and the "what now" question. We've all been there, accomplishing a goal and trying to stay there. <BR> <BR> So one as... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 05:57:35 EST SHERRYLHBB has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66140774 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SH<BR>ERRYLHBB </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 12:03:57 EST Daily check in 2/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66138063 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Congratulations Jamirblaze on your 3 yr maintenance anniversary, such a significant weight loss. And for continuing to take care of yourself to deal with the skin condition. <BR> <BR> Bess, don't you love how your little "pwincess" lights up when she sees you! I was SO amazed at the love connection, and fell deeper in love with DH watching him cuddle and bond with her. As for Thai food, my DD loves it and we always spring for it when she comes to visit. I skipped... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 06:01:43 EST Daily check in 1/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66130513 Good morning! <BR> <BR> And goodbye to January! We're getting closer to spring! Rachel, good for you to walk in the rain to get in your fitness goals. I see a lot of snow forecast; hope you all stay safe. <BR> <BR> Toni, I hope the appointment with surgeon went well and that your daughter has a clear path to beat this. So scarey. <BR> <BR> Hoping to hear a good interview experience, Poindextra. Think it might be a good fit? <BR> <BR> What a delicious day, Bess! I'm grateful for audi... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 05:56:03 EST GISSELLET has maintained for SIX YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66129857 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GI<BR>SSELLET </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <lin... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:12:04 EST JAMIRBLAZE has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66129840 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JA<BR>MIRBLAZE </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:08:01 EST Daily check in 1/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66123412 Good morning. <BR> <BR> Here we are at Monday again, and I'm dragging a bit. I had a productive day yesterday, and slept an extra 20 min this morning. I worked around the house and finished the former office's tax prep work. Our walk was chilly, but always good to reconnect. My SIL is diabetic and determined to avoid insulin injections as long as she can. We shared nutrition tips. <BR> <BR> Sunshine returns with colder temps. Crossfit class this morning and a luncheon walk with a frie... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:05:20 EST Daily check in 1/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66116497 Good morning!!! <BR> <BR> Happy dance!!!! <em>9</em> <em>590</em> <em>334</em> I am at goal again! But now that I think about it, I donated blood yesterday morning, so that may be a contributing factor. Looking back at the records I have kept (sporadically), I have been fighting the 5-6 lb creep since 2013. The creep has now been slain. And I shall remain much more vigilant to stay here. <BR> <BR> As for the weigh in at the gym, the fancy schmancy scale said I had only lost .... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 06:34:52 EST Daily check in 1/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66109946 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Ah, St Thomas... (Christmas 1989, and where I resolved that life would go on, despite the loss of my fairy-tale ideal). I would love to go back, at least one more time--maybe I could pick your brain sometime, Phebess, about traveling there. <BR> <BR> I stepped on scale, a preview of the formal weigh in at my gym at 7:15. Down 1.5 lbs in 2 weeks, % fat has remained the same, slightly lower BMI. We'll see what the "fancy sophisticated" scale says. It has an unreal... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 05:12:11 EST Daily check in 1/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66102977 Good morning team! It's Friiiiiday!! <BR> <BR> "Ain't no sunshine when she's gone..." <em>335</em> Sadly, no sun in our forecast until Monday. Hope it's wrong. I can live with 30 degree high, but REALLY miss my sunshine. License plates on my car, truck and motorcycle is "LUV SUN 7". Seven days a week; the biblical number for complete. Sunshine completes me, the sun comes up no matter what, an assurance of His love. What better feeling to know that you're loved "no matter what." ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 05:40:04 EST Daily check in 1/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66095951 Good morning! <BR> <BR> On the downhill toward the weekend and I'm looking forward to it. I'm just starting to think about what I would do if I were retired. My annual review is Friday--interesting process after being self-employed for over 30 yrs. I hear that one can "purchase" an extra week of vacation after 3 yrs with the company. Five weeks might be a good way to transition. But for now, I shall plan out my 4 weeks. <BR> <BR> Which might include some time off next month. Nell, ... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:14:41 EST Daily check in 1/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66088251 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Oh, Toni, your daughter is in my prayers--very scarey, glad it was found early, praying for wisdom for her medical providers and in the journey that lies ahead of her. <BR> <BR> My travels north yesterday took me to cloudy weather and a luncheon of salad, multiple pizzas and adorable, huge cookies. I had salad to be polite, and ate a bit of the lunch I had packed to round out protein nutrition needs. It is so much easier to resist these temptations once the brain i... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 05:35:01 EST Daily check in 1/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66081020 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Lots of dreary weather in the posts yesterday, except Phebess who is exploring the many wonders of the world in the warm sunshine. Last night the weatherman said we'd have sunshine today, but this morning's report doesn't look too promising. First day of spring in less than 60 days... it will come. <BR> <BR> Poindextra, we're all pulling for you! Hope the right opportunity comes your way soon. <BR> <BR> I have a luncheon seminar today, but have a Whole 30 compl... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:49:28 EST Daily check in 1/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66073013 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Congratulations on the Grandbaby, Bess! So glad baby and mom are healthy and hope you join those ranks soon so that you can cuddle and bond with the new bundle of joy! <BR> <BR> I hope the FL and east coaster SPs stay safe through the storms out that way. Seems more like spring with the tornados and high winds. <BR> <BR> DD and I did some shopping and scored some incredible deals! It's been a long time--I treated myself to a new robe and blouse. Fun! <BR> <BR... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:54:11 EST Daily check in 1/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66065996 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness, yesterday was BEAUTIFUL!! It was at least 65 degrees, with bright sunshine. Us girls had a great walk through hilly Washington Park. I hope this beautiful weather blesses all our east coast friends. What a gift! <BR> <BR> I haven't listened to any news reports of the protests and, Nell, have the same sentiments about the crime many commit. I guess they are hoping for their 15 min of fame, and thinking a criminal record won't have any long term ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:36:38 EST Daily check in 1/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66059118 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm up at my usual early time, with my two girls sleeping, DH up and having some tummy trouble (hope it was just the Thai food they had last night--I stuck with Whole 30--pat on the back). Scale is trending down and inching ever so slowly to that number that I have chosen is best for me. <BR> <BR> DH and DGD will head to the farm to do their "hunting" bonding while DD and I will head to our beautiful Washington Park to meet SIL/aunt for a nice long brisk walk in t... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:57:36 EST Daily check in 1/20/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66051887 Good morning!! Happy Friiiiiday! <BR> <BR> And a special day it is because DD and DGD are coming "over the river, and past the woods" today after work! I'm especially excited because the weather this weekend is a sneak peek at spring -- sunshine and near 60 degrees! A near record. <BR> <BR> I've managed to completely avoid all candies/chocolate and grains of any kind for at least 19 days while on this Whole 30 experiment. Almonds and cashews, allowed on Whole 30, are my "chocolate"--I'm... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 04:59:58 EST Daily check in 1/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66044687 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Congratulations on the big 500 check-in number!! [My "number" (scale) made me cheer today, too.] And, to Bess, to have that project completed; waist whittling, Jamirblaze; killer workouts, Kellie; great adventure, Phebess (looking forward to your blog); Nell's son's milestone; staying on track; lots of great accomplishments! <BR> <BR> DH put on his Chef's hat (not really) and made a fancy pants recipe from the second Whole 30 book -- short ribs and bell pepper, appl... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:13:06 EST Daily check in 1/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66036538 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Hump day. I'm not sure why I was so tired last night, but I was sound asleep before 7 pm. And then ready to arise by 2:30 am. Is that abnormal? <BR> <BR> To be honest, I think it's my way of avoiding evening snacking. Or winter hibernation. <BR> <BR> Too bad us early risers don't live closer; we could all go for a brisk walk before the sun comes up. Wouldn't that be fun? <BR> <BR> I'm thinking of outside workout options for DD and I this Saturday with temp... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:21:36 EST Daily check in 1/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66028693 Good morning! <BR> <BR> 46 degrees this morning and warmer than normal temps all week! I'll take it! DD and DGD are coming this weekend--so excited to see them and get outside! <BR> <BR> I wriggled into my skinny jeans yesterday and finished mending the lining of a couple of skirts to add to my wardrobe. That makes me happy. I am very happy with my productivity yesterday. <BR> <BR> Thanks for the link Bess. We're all booked for the family vacation to Myrtle Beach in mid June. DH and I... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:03:09 EST Daily check in 1/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66020355 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Holiday from work for me, so DH and I spent the evening in front of a roaring fire, sorting and playing old 45s. Ah...memory lane! <BR> <BR> Today the temperature is predicted to reach 50 degrees! But 90% rain and no sunshine until Wednesday (sigh). Plan is crossfit at 6, maybe some extra cardio, finish mending projects (skirt linings are falling apart!), and then time in my home office, updating my estate planning documents and making a dent in filing project. <... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:00:22 EST EMARTIN1974 has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66014780 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=EM<BR>ARTIN1974 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <l... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:31:56 EST Daily check in 1/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66012516 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm listening to a vinyl record of a men's seminary choir that my mother owned. I plan to venture out to church at 8, then call my former walking friend who moved away and catch up (I'm planning a trip to see her to attend her son's wedding the first of June), and then a walk with SIL at 11, provided rain and ice holds off. <BR> <BR> Roads yesterday were fine, but I was disappointed to find a sign on the gym's door announcing cancellation of cyclefit. My trainer w... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:00:34 EST GRACEINAZI has maintained for SEVEN YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66007484 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GR<BR>ACEINAZ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <lin... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:59:45 EST DENISEFULLER has maintained for SIX YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x66007472 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DE<BR>NISEFULLER </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:58:29 EST Daily check in 1/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x66004987 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Terri, hope the re-test was clear. <BR> <BR> The freezing rain held off until last night. It's raining right now. But I'm not sure if the roads are icy. I can (carefully) walk to the gym for the weigh in and cyclefit class at 7:15 if I can't drive safely (and they don't cancel). It's only about a mile from here. <BR> <BR> That's the ONLY thing I have planned for the long weekend. The rest is glorious home projects, some paperwork, filing project and some sewi... Sat, 14 Jan 2017 05:47:15 EST Daily check in 1/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65997562 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> Happy Friday -- the 13th! Any superstitious sparkers out there? I think it is always a good day because it's Friiiiiday! <BR> <BR> As I was awakening this morning, I thought it was Saturday and I was heading to the gym for the Challenge Weigh in and a Cyclefit class and reserving my bike. But then reality set in and I realized I have one more day of work first. I guess my psyche had become accustomed to a 4 day work week with the holidays and a Dec vacation day... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:53:39 EST Daily check in 1/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65990000 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Today is my 2nd anniversary at my new job. It certainly has been a blessing--"Never too late to begin again". Sounds like an interesting book, Toni. <BR> <BR> What a roller coaster we have with temps. Mid 50s last night (spring making a sneak peek), mid 20s this morning. I'm checking roads before I head out to travel for work today. There's no reason I have to drive if it looks like ice--lots of it in the forecast, unfortunately. <BR> <BR> Weight hovering ... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:01:35 EST Daily check in 1/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65982059 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Welcome T604! I laughed out loud about the big bear sleeping in the other room. The library notified me that it's my turn to check out the Whole 30 book, so I'll pick it up today so I can tweak what I'm doing with the Cookbook (which has a short summary of the rules). <BR> <BR> Congrats on your stats, Strongdawg! I have those exact same "trouble spots" or shall we say, "attributes"! This baby's got back! Ah, brings back memories of the days DH and I would dance... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:55:55 EST Daily check in 1/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65974416 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm amazed at how much better I am sleeping now that my shoulder doesn't hurt and I'm not tossing and turning to find a comfortable position. So grateful. I am very cautious about what I can do at crossfit, though. I have a return visit to the orthopedic in a month and will have a list of questions. <BR> <BR> Nice to hear the variety of exercise and new recipes being tried. I'll check out that link, Bess. <BR> <BR> Since I slept an extra 20 minutes I have to ... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:56:45 EST 4A-HEALTHY-BMI has maintained for SEVEN YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65969112 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=4A<BR>-HEALTHY-BMI </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> *... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:49:37 EST Motivation Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65968425 I have a problem. My husband's motivation techniques are horrible. Basically, he doesn't have any. I'm having trouble finding any way to motivate him. I can't mention food, EVER, because food is the devil. I can't talk about MY weight loss because he's mad at himself for gaining 6 pounds and thinks I'm throwing it in his face. He won't even tell me I'm doing a good job because he's not doing a good job. He won't listen to any of my advice. How can I motivate him without him thinking I... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:37:13 EST Daily check in 1/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65966567 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Here we are at Monday again, back to a full week after 3 weeks of 4-day weeks. "Suck it up Buttercup" I tell myself. Hopefully the icy snowy roads out east have been cleared for you gals out there or you can stay in. Lovely pictures Toni and Bess! Hope you and your hubby enjoyed your anniversary day, Nell. <BR> <BR> We are warming up here in the Midwest and I had a nice walk in the sunshine yesterday and will see if my lunch walk buddy is available today before t... Mon, 9 Jan 2017 05:52:10 EST Daily check in 1/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65959034 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I applaud you and your husband's efforts to cut out sugar, Toni. My slogan is: "Sugar is poison". (I develop these 3 word shortcut slogans/mottos to help me stay on track and/or resist temptation--not that it really is poison, just what it does to my brain [lights up addictive tendencies] and my body). <BR> <BR> Yesterday's spinning class was 90 min and I was rewarded for staying the entire class as the (incredibly WONDERFUL) instructor gave a few nutrition tips, ... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 07:07:27 EST MAMABUGAZ has maintained for ONE YEAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65953438 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MA<BR>MABUGAZ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <lin... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 11:12:26 EST Daily check in 1/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65951380 Good morning Team!! <BR> <BR> A big Welcome to Eaglemom and welcome back Poohscout (fellow scout ladies!) No judgments made here when the "creep lbs" appear. Key for me is to face them (get on scale) and cut out food indulgence. ("No, not one" became my motto once Halloween candy came into the house, and it helps me through all seasons). At my age, I can no longer "out-exercise a bad diet." Sugar and its buddies (most carbs that process into blood sugar) are my enemies. Sadly. I acce... Sat, 7 Jan 2017 06:15:25 EST MICAROO has maintained for ONE YEAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65946536 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MI<BR>CAROO </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:30:42 EST Daily check in 1/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65944291 Good morning team! Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Welcome Dianne and congratulations on your weight loss! As Bess says, maintenance is a lot like losing weight (because we have to be vigilant and lose any "creep" pounds), but with cuter clothes! (Did I get that right, Bess?) <BR> <BR> So I agree with you all, and my trainer who said to keep up my good habits of weighing and tracking--that a maintainer isn't the average buyer of the Whole 30 book. I am becoming accustomed to black coffee (givin... Fri, 6 Jan 2017 05:17:02 EST JSTETSER has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65938912 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JS<BR>TETSER </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 11:34:00 EST Daily check in 1/5/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65936258 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I've been awake for over an hour, reading blogs that BrooklynBorn highlighted for us. They are always inspiring, but goodness, does time fly. The Whole 30 rules include; (1) no weighing; and (2) no tracking. I think all of us SP Maintainers would agree that those two tools keep us on track and to ignore them for 30 days might just result in a huge disappointment for me. I think those rules are for non-maintainers who haven't been on a healthy plan, but for me, it ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 04:41:14 EST Daily check in 1/4/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65928405 Good morning! <BR> <BR> The cleaning lady is coming this morning so I have been busy tidying up the house. I ran out of steam last night and went to bed early. I hadn't slept well the night before, between the pain in my right shoulder and the "returning" pain in my right hip, I just couldn't get comfortable. <BR> <BR> But the good news is, I went to the orthopedic doc yesterday, who after taking multiple x-rays, determined that although he saw some arthritis and the beginning of a spur... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 06:04:18 EST Daily check in 1/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65920546 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Back to work today - along with all my colleagues returning from vacation-- it's "use it or lose it" so the place is a ghost town as people squeeze in the days they saved. Some of the old timers get 5 weeks (I get 4); some take every minute; some don't care if they lose time. I'm just extremely grateful for the 10 holidays, 20 vacation days and the 1 or 2 personal days--I just need to stop checking email and making exceptions to join scheduled calls. Another New Y... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 06:18:07 EST _JODI404 has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65913960 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=_J<BR>ODI404 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 10:50:51 EST Daily check in 1/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65911976 Good morning! <BR> <BR> SIL postponed yesterday's walk until 1:30 when the sun had warmed the day to about 45 degrees and her antihistamine kicked in. I took Airborne last night, but have congestion this morning that has settled in my ears so I've taken decongestant. <BR> <BR> Good attitude Kellie. Positivity (or focusing on feelings of gratitude) is a great tool for battling depression. I am happy to have learned that skill about 10 yrs ago--I no longer allow myself to "wallow" in sadne... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 06:17:36 EST DAKOTACAT has maintained for ONE YEAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65906915 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=DA<BR>KOTACAT </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <lin... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:42:44 EST GEE-KNEE has maintained for SEVEN YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65906907 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GE<BR>E-KNEE </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:41:31 EST MOONCHILD8 has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65906893 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MO<BR>ONCHILD8 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:40:12 EST HAPPYSOUL91 has maintained for THIRTEEN YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65906878 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=HA<BR>PPYSOUL91 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <l... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:38:54 EST ECCOVISION1 has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65906860 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=EC<BR>COVISION1 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <l... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:37:30 EST MAMMAC66 has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65906798 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MA<BR>MMAC66 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:31:23 EST Daily check in 1/1/** 2017 ** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65904048 Good morning and Happy 2017! <BR> I truly wish each and every one a year of good health and happiness. <BR> <BR> We went to our favorite sea food shop and bought two servings of stuffed mushrooms, scallops and lobster and DH cooked our New Year's Eve dinner, made a roaring fire in our fireplace and listened to some of our favorite vinyl records and CDs. <BR> <BR> I was sound asleep at 9:30 (actually late for me) so I rang in the new year like many of you, when I woke up this morning. Not ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 06:04:04 EST Daily check in 12/31 New Year's Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65897019 Good morning, teammates! <BR> <BR> Kellie, my heart goes out to you -- so many emotions I hear, especially sadness and fear, I'm just sure, though, that you have passed along to your son all of the life skills he will need to "make it in the big city." I expect he views this move as a stepping stone to "growing up" and will appreciate his visits with you even more. I'll be thinking of you today. <BR> <BR> I agree that Terri deserves the Declutter Queen crown because moving requires that ... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 05:18:24 EST CTYONIT has maintained for ONE YEAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65892561 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CT<BR>YONIT </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:31:12 EST KIMPY225 has maintained for TWO YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65892532 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KI<BR>MPY225 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:28:20 EST Daily check in 12/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65890531 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Last workday of the year, and time to complete any payments for deductions! If I have any energy left tonight, I'll gather another load to donate Saturday morning. Wonder if IRS will send me a "Decluttering Queen of the Year" award with my refund this year! Bwahahahaha! (Not too often that I receive a refund, but one can only hope!) Just hope the donations don't trigger an audit--not really a risk though. <BR> <BR> Strongdawg, I'm looking forward to reading your... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 05:52:00 EST Daily check in 12/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65884251 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Wow, you ladies know a lot about coffee and how to drink it. Always learning something new. "Hot" is one secret. I use a teapot of steaming hot water when I mop floors. <BR> <BR> What a relief, Strongdawg. I hope the tests confirm all is well. Nell, nice new pic! I hope the TV can be fixed. My DH once took the back off a TV that DD was going to throw away and pulled some strip off and put it back on and it's still working fine now, down in his "cave." He found ... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 05:57:04 EST IAMAGEMLOVER has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65880264 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=IA<BR>MAGEMLOVER </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:39:44 EST Daily check in 12/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65878182 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Mmm, coffee tastes good this morning. Congrats to those stepping on the scale and staying within range. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on capping the holiday, Bess. DD sent me a link to sign up for Whole 30 beginning January 1. It's free and I bought the new cookbook so I may try it, as support for DD and boost for me. The biggest change will be drinking my coffee black as I now enjoy sweetner and sugar-free French Vanilla creamer and I drink decaf all day at w... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 05:43:16 EST Daily check in 12/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65871844 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I took advantage of balmy temperatures and sunshine yesterday--starting with crossfit workout (100 air squats, 1 mi run, 100 squats for time) and later hand washing the car. It felt SO good to be home and productive (grocery shopping, Hobby Lobby stop for next year's Christmas cards and a few tree decorations, 3 loads of laundry (including sheets), ironing, scrubbing Kitchen floor (including behind the refrigerator), etc.) I need to work on end of year tax planni... Tue, 27 Dec 2016 05:55:16 EST Daily check in 12/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65866058 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Monday... I hope everyone enjoyed the day yesterday. It was a long day of food preparation and a very late night. Crossfit workout is listed as air squats and running, but it is raining so unless it stops here pretty soon, we'll be rowing. It's 47 degrees with a high of 57 predicted. <BR> <BR> Might be a good day to wash the car inside and out. <BR> <BR> Hope all have a great day! Mon, 26 Dec 2016 06:05:08 EST JEWELY_ROADS has maintained for FORTY FIVE years!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65864655 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JE<BR>WELY_ROADS </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <... Sun, 25 Dec 2016 19:22:50 EST Daily check in 12/25 Christmas! Hanukkah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65861438 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> Finally...the day is here. Merry Christmas!! Ho ho ho! Happy Hanukkah Phebess! <BR> <BR> All the preparations will come to fruition today. We are at DD's house and we will be cooking prime rib, ham and all the trimmings. DD has everything looking grand. We'll travel home late today for a quiet day tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone 's day meets your own expectations and if something doesn't go as planned, you can laugh and make a memory!! Sun, 25 Dec 2016 05:35:30 EST Daily check in 12/24 "Eve" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65856401 Good morning friends and happy Christmas and Hanukkah Eve! <BR> <BR> Unlike Nell, I do not limit my cookie eating to one day a year, but like Toni, I've discovered that I can eat sweets in "moderation" this year. I count that as a NSV. <BR> <BR> But I did have an "ah ha" moment yesterday as I told my crossfit trainer and classmates that "every cell of my body is tired." Why? Could it be what I have allowed to pass through my lips? And could that be the reason I am looking forward to "ro... Sat, 24 Dec 2016 05:16:35 EST Daily check in 12/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65850928 Good morning! Happy Friday!! <BR> <BR> I have a Yankee Candle to wrap this morning and pumpkin bread to bake this evening and we will be ready to go to MIL's tomorrow and then on to DD's from there for Christmas Eve night and Christmas day. <BR> <BR> DH will fry a turkey and some chicken wings and some shrimp for the gathering at his mom's. <BR> <BR> Making my list of items to take with us now! <BR> <BR> Crossfit this morning! Full day at work, although I expect to receive an email f... Fri, 23 Dec 2016 05:31:43 EST Daily check in 12/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65845304 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Yesterday morning I was able to go back to sleep, but it was a travel day and busy packing up presents, etc. Attended crossfit class and spent the whole evening playing "house" with DGD where she is the mom and I'm her "honey!" (The kid). Candlelight was her fascination last night. <BR> <BR> Crossfit this morning and I may have a luncheon. I'd rather get back to routine but think that luxury won't happen until next week. <BR> <BR> I'm taking Jonie in for a profes... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 05:15:52 EST KIM--POSSIBLE has maintained for SEVEN YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65840794 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KI<BR>M--POSSIBLE </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * ... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:28:03 EST Daily check in 12/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65838836 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I woke up too early, had a cup of tea, but am going to lay back down. Worrying about work won't solve any problems. <BR> <BR> I hope to check back in later. If not, I hope all have a great day! Wed, 21 Dec 2016 04:20:19 EST GUGY16 has maintained for ONE YEAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65835352 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GU<BR>GY16 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>h... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:08:19 EST Daily check in 12/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65832800 Good morning! <BR> <BR> It's like Monday for me since I took the day off yesterday. We have DGD here and she just had to sleep with us--the last two nights actually. She's 5 so small enough, but I'm dragging this morning. <BR> <BR> Back to routine (sorta), crossfit class this morning and I've got flank steak marinating for dinner. Thank goodness, it's warming up. Forecast doesn't look hopeful for a white Christmas. But the frigid is moving back to Canada. DH is taking DGD out to his... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 05:48:15 EST Daily check in 12/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65826655 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Oh, Glitter, no bare legs and sandles here! I bet you have to keep reminding yourself that it's Christmas time, now that you've moved south!! (Nice pic!) Bess, loved pic of your tree, dogs and men--"some of your favorite things!" DH bought a gadget called "Light Pro" for $16 that identifies which light bulb is out or where there's a break in the connection and then fixes it. He used it on all our strands of lights and lent it to several friends. But not sure you... Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:19:48 EST Daily check in 12/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65820345 Good morning! <BR> <BR> What a wonderful Christmas Breakfast! It was her 19th. I ve been drafting a "thank you" note in my head ever since I left, so I have my favorite calligraphy pen out to put it to paper. One of her friends hinted that next year she will be handing out cookbooks of all her recipes. I forgot to tell you that she has a pianist playing Christmas songs. But it's the people.. By the way, she has been elected to two terms on our local school board and just announced she w... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 05:15:04 EST JEWELY_ROADS has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65816028 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JE<BR>WELY_ROADS </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:17:18 EST Daily check in 12/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65814214 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Aaaahhhh, sleep. 7 pm to 4 am. I left work a little early yesterday as the roads were beginning to ice up. I went straight to bed after dinner, and boy did I need the rest. Light at the end of the tunnel for the huge project at work so I guess the mind and body worked together to really shut down and relax... So grateful. (Kellie, I'm sure you can relate and hope your day away from work revived you!) <BR> <BR> Today a long-time friend is having her annual Christ... Sat, 17 Dec 2016 06:07:32 EST SUNSHINE20113 has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65810062 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SU<BR>NSHINE20113 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:37:43 EST Daily check in 12/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65808126 Good morning! It's Friiiiiday! <BR> <BR> I awoke early and took some Airborne as I'm feeling a little congested. I hope to run off any germs that may be thinking of settling in. <BR> <BR> I just looked at the crossfit workout that's posted and am strongly considering the Ripped class instead. I'll check that schedule to make sure it's still being offered at 5:30 am <BR> <BR> Good day at work yesterday. Although it was really really cold. And I ate a donut which I later regretted. ... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 04:50:30 EST Anyone sugar/refined carb free? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65804993 I am realizing that sugar and refined carbs are big stumbling blocks for me, I can't seem to ever eat them in moderation. I do good for a while, but start to crave them more and more. I've been reading about people who have cut them out of their diets completely. I can't eat them without repercussions like I used to. Now I feel yucky and foggy headed. <BR> <BR> By refined carb I mean bread, pasta, anything with wheat basically. I think that's called refined carbs. Thu, 15 Dec 2016 14:11:28 EST Daily check in 12/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65802115 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I guess my Christmas traditions are much more scaled back. And DH is not a big fan as long as he does the usual--namely, Christmas Eve at his mom's house where he cooks mass quantities of shrimp and chicken wings, and his (much bigger than mine) family all come over. There's so many little kids in his family now, mostly great nieces and nephews, that the parents just bring a small gift for them to open instead of each of us trying to shop for all of them. So I have... Thu, 15 Dec 2016 05:11:16 EST Declaring maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65800802 I have been thinking about this for a while, and I think I am going to go ahead and call this my maintenance range. I have been living the maintenance life for a few months now, and my weight has been pretty stable, fluctuating a few pounds up and down. But basically its been between 127-132. But more importantly, I can live with this and be at peace. <BR> <BR> I realized that my life is too short to keep chasing after skinny. And I should just enjoy eating healthy for the sake of liking ho... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 21:49:12 EST Daily check in 12/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65795867 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm still limping from Monday's workout--150 wall balls with 12 lb medicine ball. Quads will never be the same. <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> Travelling for work today and there will be a Christmas party at work, with lots of food and visits from retired employees. I made pumpkin bread last night to take. <BR> <BR> DH put a roast in the oven last night and I think the smells wafting through the house contributed to my early wake-up, together with that bright moo... Wed, 14 Dec 2016 04:50:16 EST Daily check in 12/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65789919 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Quick check in. I arrived home about 10:30 pm, very late for me. So I slept a little late. I'm not sure I'll make it to crossfit. Meeting went well, though. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a much better day, Nell. Goodness! <BR> <BR> And hope that all have a great day!! Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:08:51 EST VTRICIA has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65784889 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=VT<BR>RICIA </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:56:48 EST Daily check in 12/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65783453 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Good reminder about backing up data, Nell. I'm blessed with IT folks at work who do all those things automatically so all I have to manage is the data and pictures on my phone. I rarely use the desktop; it holds data from the (now closed) office. We are almost done, but will have a tax return for 2016, and possibly 2017. <BR> <BR> I, too, have several presents to wrap. I have my wrapping station set up now in my office so I'll have everything at my fingertips. ... Mon, 12 Dec 2016 05:46:57 EST Daily check in 12/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65777490 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I slept a little late after having a disturbing dream, about work, I think. I promptly forgot it, and I had to soothe myself, that it wasn't real. It's bad enough to worry about and lise sleep over the real matters I'm working on, let alone imaginary ones. Geesh! <BR> <BR> Oh, Toni, how awful! Baby raccoons tried coming down the chimney at the rental house a few years ago, but got stuck in some pipework. Yikes! Maybe they heard about Santa. We added additiona... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 07:24:15 EST RAVELGIRLY has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65773360 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=RA<BR>VELGIRLY </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:57:40 EST Daily check in 12/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65771426 Good morning! <BR> <BR> We were out late with Santa. DD's good friends dress up and hand out candy canes to folks driving through their lit up neighborhood. Granddaughter was reunited with her BFF and they had helper elf hats . Ho ho ho!! <BR> <BR> Baby it's cold outside!! <em>335</em> Stay warm and enjoy the season! <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Dec 2016 06:15:41 EST Daily check in 12/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65765340 Good morning! Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Today after work I'm heading to DD's to spend some time with her and granddaughter and do some Christmas shopping. Hopefully all of it. <BR> <BR> Crossfit class this morning, but not excited to go. I miss my one morning of long walks with my puppy dogs and fitness buddy. My friend moved away and my dog is too old. But I'm sure I'll find a new early morning walking friend eventually. <BR> <BR> Hope those suffering from colds etc heal up soon. And ... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 05:43:00 EST Daily check in 12/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65758561 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Congratulations on your anniversary Toni as well as the progress you've made on the slopes. I've never been tempted to try snow skiing, probably because we have no readily available slopes or equipment, inconsistent snowfall, and no great son as an instructor! So happy for you! <BR> <BR> My friend is not the typical designer--she and her husband have been building high end homes for over 30 yrs, remodeling too, and she embellished her natural talent with color and ... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:38:10 EST GEMLADYONE has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65753748 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GE<BR>MLADYONE </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:21:18 EST Daily check in 12/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65751803 Good morning! Hump day! <BR> <BR> The cleaning lady comes today, so I need to tidy up a few things before I leave for work. I sure enjoy having a tidy house, but really need to get back on task with donating and selling items. I had some steel shelving to sell and DH loaded it up and gave it to some friends of ours who just moved. Well, okay... My designer friend says I need to ditch all my artificial plants. But, but.... Perhaps I'll box them up and see if I can live without them. <B... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 05:34:09 EST Daily check in 12/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65745041 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I just finished a cup of Sleepy Time hot tea, after waking up around 2 am. I read all of yesterday's posts and let the dog out. Read work email and sent a meeting invite. <BR> <BR> Donna, how are you doing with the shingles outbreak? The TV commercials just make me cringe. <BR> <BR> Glitter, it sounds like you have the perfect skills for the Habitat project. <BR> <BR> Okay I'm going to try to go back to sleep. Then crossfit class and traveling for work. Lu... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 04:25:38 EST Daily check in 12/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65738657 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Here we are at Monday again. Kellie, I hope you are able to take some time off after working all weekend on your "go live." We have snow, too, only about 3 inches, but it stuck to the tree branches and made for a beautiful winter Wonderland! I see on the news that Hawaii had snow! <BR> <BR> DH and I ventured out in it to buy a new kitchen light fixture and have lunch. It was on sale, LED strips, 5000 lumens and is supposed to last 45 years. Uh, that should be ple... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:40:54 EST Daily check in 12/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65732300 Good morning! <BR> <BR> What a beautiful day I had yesterday! After SPing, I listened to my vinyl albums while decorating the Christmas tree when suddenly I realized it was time for my blood donation. I rushed out and afterwards did some shopping. I scored! I found a new leather Calvin Klein purse which has the same zipped side pocket for credit cards (wallet) as my old fraying purse. Perfect smallish size, all my stuff fits perfectly inside the compartments. I couldn't have desig... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 05:47:13 EST BABARR67 has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65728149 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BA<BR>BARR67 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:18:44 EST THETURTLEBEAR has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65728127 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=TH<BR>ETURTLEBEAR </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * ... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 11:15:43 EST Daily check in 12/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65726485 Good morning, my dears! <BR> <BR> So nice to see you all (read all your posts)! Glittercurls, Nell and Charlene had some great suggestions, and I would encourage you to speak with a trusted medical professional (whether it's your general physician, or a registered dietician, etc) and find out what your body needs and when. Sweetie, Nothing, I mean nothing, is more important than taking good care of ourselves. Please promise us that you will call and make that appointment. <BR> <BR> Kelli... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 06:32:52 EST PRESBESS has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65721473 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PR<BR>ESBESS </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:51:29 EST Help! Low blood sugar is driving me crazy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65720934 Good Morning and Merry Christmas! When we moved from Wisconsin to Texas two months ago I took a break from SP while we settled in. You may not recognize me, because I always had a grapefruit graphic for my photo. Now that I am happy in Texas I have a smile worth sharing! <BR> <BR> I look forward to catching up with all of you, and enjoying a Healthy Christmas! <BR> <BR> Hopefully someone will have a suggestion for an issue that is new to me. Low blood sugar. I forget to eat, because I ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 08:46:39 EST Daily check in 12/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65719919 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Sorry about the double thread yesterday--when I hit "post message" I received a "nope!" message and started over, only to discover later in the day that the first message did in fact post! Oh well. <BR> <BR> Frustrating, Nell. Being able to diagnose the problem is the important skill of a mechanic--anyone (well, almost) can be a "parts-changer!" Ah, the memories I have of working on my '56 Chevy. A half hour job always turned into a whole day project. But that ... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 05:05:20 EST HAKAPES has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65714854 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=HA<BR>KAPES </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:23:11 EST ELLEKTRA has maintained for SIX YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65714843 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=EL<BR>LEKTRA </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:22:06 EST NOLAHORSERIDER has maintained for TWO YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65714830 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=NO<BR>LAHORSERIDER </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> *... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:20:30 EST Daily check in 12/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65712781 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Great pics, Toni and Phebess. Great to hear from you Kellie. <BR> <BR> Cyberspace ate first post and I need to scoot. Walking this morning with fitness buddy who is in town for work. <BR> <BR> Hope all have a great day! Thu, 1 Dec 2016 05:28:14 EST Daily check in 12/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65712775 Good morning. <BR> <BR> It was good to read all of yesterday's posts and have Kellie back--hope your project is successful! Nice new photo of you, Toni, and of your kitties, Phebess. <BR> <BR> I'm heading out for a walk with my fitness buddy who is in town for work, so I need to bundle up -- in bright reflective yellow. We'll meet at the crossfit gym so I'll have the option to join the class if we finish walk early. However, I am traveling for work today so busy morning! <BR> <BR> H... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 05:25:16 EST AMARILYNH has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65707980 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=AM<BR>ARILYNH </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <lin... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:49:45 EST Daily check in 11/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65706007 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Oh, feels good to have slept well. Tonight I have a hair appointment, tomorrow my ole exercise buddy will be in town and we are set to walk Thursday and Friday mornings at 5 am. Can't wait to catch up. She is a very fast walker and I know it'll be a challenge to keep up with her. <BR> <BR> DH made a new recipe last night, a roast with sweet potatoes, celery and carrots, beef broth. It was yummy and a nice change from the mushroom soup version. <BR> <BR> Phebess,... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:54:02 EST Daily check in 11/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65698836 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm a mess. Rough Monday -- one challenging issue after another at work, rain and strong winds all day, so I went to bed early, fell sound asleep from about 7 to 11 and now I am awake and have tried the hot tea regimen, trying to get back to sleep but ruminating about all those challenging issues at work. <BR> <BR> I feel congested and that it's settling in my ears. I took some medicine and hope it clears so I can hear... ugh. <BR> <BR> I guess that's why they ca... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 03:32:20 EST Daily check in 11/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65692108 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I enjoyed all the Christmas memories in yesterday's posts. It's interesting to hear other traditions. We purchased a 6-7 ft Frasier fir and have it set up undecorated in the living room. DH was busy checking and fixing strands of lights with his new gadget "Light Keeper Pro." I put on some Christmas CDs, but the John Fahey Christmas Guitar vinyl record sounds SO much better. <BR> <BR> Back to crossfit class this morning and a full week of work ahead. Grilled tur... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:38:58 EST Daily check in 11/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65685711 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Wow, I slept well. FedEx delivered the cartridge around noon, my brother came over with my 10 albums he cleaned and his precision tools to install it all and we played my vinyl version of Stairway to Heaven. And then both sides of all 10 albums! Happy times! DH and I picked out 40 more albums to clean at my brother's. <BR> <BR> Phebess, DH and I set the globe on the counter and talked about next year's vacation. We found Tuvalu Islands and I wondered if you h... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 06:39:13 EST Daily check in 11/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65679378 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Oh, so sorry to hear of shingles, Donna, but relieved it is only a mild case. And hope you are able to get plenty of rest. <BR> <BR> Dawg, it's good to hear you are feeling better. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping for sunshine today, as we have had a series of gray, cloudy, cold days. Granddaughter woke up coughing yesterday so we didn't get to go walking the woods with DH. Instead we played school and tea set on the dining room table. DD and fiancé went shopping and pick... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 03:34:30 EST BROOKLYN_BORN has maintained for SEVEN YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65676466 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=BR<BR>OOKLYN_BORN </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * ... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:22:14 EST KELLIEBEAN has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65676460 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KE<BR>LLIEBEAN </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:20:43 EST Daily check in 11/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65674014 Good morning! <BR> <BR> How was everybody's day yesterday? <BR> <BR> I need to venture out to Best Buy to purchase speaker wire, but I dread the anticipated crowds. I may take a rest day from crossfit class and spend time walking the woods with DH or a walk in the park--something a little different. I took a vacation day today and plan to enjoy it. <BR> <BR> I hope all who are under the weather see improvement today. And that the holiday was full of hugs and love from family and frien... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:05:34 EST Daily check in 11/24 Thanksgiving Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65668887 Good morning teammates! And all stopping by today! <BR> <BR> I include each and every one of you as I count my blessings on this Thanksgiving Day <BR> (and that you take the time to reply and share your lives with us). And, it goes without saying that, for us, this day of sharing a bounty of tasty foods will be centered on enjoying the people (and furry creatures) we love and maybe sneaking in a walk or throwing a football in the backyard. Small portions of those special "once or twice a ... Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:07:34 EST Daily check in 11/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65662484 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Yikes, day before Thanksgiving!! I need to check with my hostess about what to bring!! I'm happy to report 9 hrs of sleep last night, making up for the hours I lost the night before. <BR> <BR> I love cookbooks too. Since DH and I have been together, he has taken over that job, fir two main reasons: 1. He arrives home first; and 2. He's better at it. 90 % of our meals are grilled meats though. We invested in a wood pellet smoker/grill a few years ago; helps me ... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 06:03:37 EST THOMASINA57 has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65658569 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=TH<BR>OMASINA57 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <l... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:49:48 EST PERRYBABE has maintained for ONE YEAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65658551 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PE<BR>RRYBABE </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <lin... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 12:46:32 EST Daily check in 11/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65655887 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Had a bit of excitement last night around 3 am, when I thought I heard the door from the garage to the lower level and then Jonie started making noises, not a bark, but a whine/growl. I didn't trust my hearing, but I do trust hers. So I woke DH and he went into his plan of attack. I am happy to report that we are safe and sound and found nothing. But DH is not one to go back to sleep so we're both up and at 'em. For now... <BR> <BR> Oh, and Jonie is sound asleep... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 06:00:56 EST Daily check in 11/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65649049 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Short week -- as I am planning to take Friday off. Usually that means doing 5 days of work in three, right? I have a lot to look forward to this week, starting with a "new" stereo system. My vinyl record collection hasn't had a turntable to dance on since 2004 when the ex-husband (self-described cad [I had to check that definition, but he nailed it]) moved his stuff out. My brother located a vintage turntable on Ebay, and I purchased two new speakers Saturday. ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 05:41:45 EST Daily check in 11/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65642264 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Charlene, do share the low carb pumpkin recipe if you give it a favorable review. Since I spent several hours cooking down a pumpkin yesterday -- froze six 2-cup packages and refrigerated one as I had planned to make mini loaf pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving. But perhaps I would try your recipe! I'm always on the lookout for good pumpkin recipes. I have one that uses a gingersnap cookie as the base and it sets up in foil baking cups. I have a problem avoiding th... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 05:25:49 EST Optical illusion? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65638696 I wanted to talk about a strange phenomenon that I've noticed lately. Maybe you guys have noticed this yourselves too. <BR> <BR> So, when I look at my whole body in the mirror I look like Im still in the 140s, but when I put on my khakis (infamous khakis that I blogged about) they are falling off, and I have to wear a belt and the belt notch is on the smallest I've ever had it. And my shirts that I used to stretch out to fit over my belly, just hang down on me away from my belly. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 13:35:18 EST Daily check in 11/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65636160 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Weekend: two full days with NO plans. Cold, windy weather has charged in and dropped a gazillion leaves, so that may be Sunday afternoon's workout. Otherwise, it's laundry, tidying up the piles that accumulated during the "too busy " work week, continued work on decluttering and filing projects. Yaaay for "routine"! <BR> <BR> I like your attitude Phebess toward the cardiac cath. Certainly you've done everything recommended to keep your heart healthy--fitness and... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 05:57:28 EST Daily check in 11/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65629352 Good morning team and Happy Friday!!! <BR> <BR> I SO enjoyed the bright warm sunshine walk with my friend yesterday. I know those 70+ degree days are numbered. <BR> <BR> The Whole 30 book is big (400+ pp), half recipes with glossy pictures . I understand that a full recipe book is scheduled to be released soon. I'll provide opinion on content soon. <BR> <BR> Phebess, sending good thoughts your way as you go through this cardiac cath testing. Bess, I love vegetables, but I'm with Nell ... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 04:52:58 EST KSIGMA1222 has maintained for EIGHT YEARS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65625162 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KS<BR>IGMA1222 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:17:09 EST Daily check in 11/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65622746 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Oh wow, did I sleep last night! I really needed that. A little pampering sounds wonderful, Bess, hope you grabbed a good audio book. I plan to walk at noon with a friend (retired librarian) and we'll stop at the library to pick up a book on hold (the second Whole 30 book). I am staying in town today and plan to enjoy the record high temperature by getting outside as much as I can before the cold front moves in. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to hearing what you thoug... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 05:34:43 EST Daily check in 11/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65615893 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Happy anniversary Phebess! And welcome back Sue--I benefited from your Beck Reboot blogs. Bess, we'll always wonder what words of wisdom we missed by virtue of the Internet gremlin stealing yesterday's post!! LOL <BR> <BR> Terri, it's so great to see the joy back in your posts now that you're settling in your new home! Jamirblaze, that's a shame about your Thanksgiving plans--we'll be driving 90 min in the morning to DH's mom's house and then 90 min back home lat... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 05:47:09 EST PEGGYT3 has maintained for NINE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65610687 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PE<BR>GGYT3 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:49:51 EST MICKEYH has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65610620 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MI<BR>CKEYH </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 09:44:43 EST Daily check in 11/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65609222 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Stressful day ahead for me, a major project culminating at 9:30 am. I'll be travelling by about 6 am, so no crossfit this morning. Hoping and praying for good results, but have Plan C waiting in the wings if required [so hope this is not necessary]. <BR> <BR> Funny to hear my DD say "Patience Grasshopper " when I lamented that the scale has been stuck on the same exact number for the last three weigh-ins despite my "no, not one" piece of candy/sugar/etc eating im... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 06:04:20 EST OED Maintenance Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65608606 We are preparing to launch our next maintenance challenge - Oxford Dictionary debuts (OED) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/93915f74-ed09-4be7-ab03-19ec6c125db0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's continue our maintenance efforts by focusing on healthy habits. Those of us residing in the northern hemisphere will see this challenge take us from late fall into the heart of winter. Our neighbors to the south will say goodbye to spring and greet summer. <BR> <BR> We will record o... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:13:34 EST _LINDA has maintained for SEVEN YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65603904 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=_L<BR>INDA </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>h... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:20:17 EST Daily check in 11/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65602118 Good morning! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f02381ec-7d64-4908-b1fb-3d8a8824a6e4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Super moon from our back deck. But why do my pics post sideways? What a beautiful night. Kinda matches the beautiful days so many described yesterday--Bess, great picture and congrats on finding son's cap [it ain't lost until momma can't find it], love love love walks in the woods, by any body of water, and any type of boat making its way. <BR> <BR> I tried 3 t... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:41:32 EST Eating Clean http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65598070 I have noticed many a Sparker mention that they are "eating clean." <BR> <BR> What does eating clean mean to you? I'm curious. Sun, 13 Nov 2016 12:21:53 EST Daily check in 11/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65595707 Good morning! <BR> <BR> This morning the news includes stories of "canines for vets", puppy rescue from drain pipe, a premature baby's survival--in other words, a break from politics!!! YAAAAY! <BR> <BR> I just finished reading The Boys in the Boat, the story of 9 unlikely college boys who, through sheer grit and hard work, brought home the gold medal in Hitler's 1936 Olympics. Striking difference from the college students making the news today--seriously, cry fests, cancelling finals, cri... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 06:27:40 EST VISUALLYRICS has maintained for SEVEN YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65591378 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=VI<BR>SUALLYRICS </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:16:22 EST Daily check in 11/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65589432 Good morning! <BR> <BR> It's so weird to be home alone; Jonie keeps looking at me, like "where's dad?" The "Hero's Workout" at Crossfit was amazingly challenging, but I kept my brother's memory in his green uniform and told myself to "dig deep." (He, too, went to Viet Nam, made it back, but died at age 24 from injuries sustained by being hit by a train while at college nearly 45 yrs ago...still brings tears). <BR> <BR> My other brother and I went "speaker/turn table" shopping yesterda... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 05:26:21 EST Eating when hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65584768 So, I think I've been eating too much when Im not hungry, I've been eating healthy foods, but I haven't been needing it yet. I think that might be contributing to my weight platues and gains. Also, I don't stop when satisfied, but I usually keep going until almost stuffed or pretty full. <BR> <BR> If the hunger scale is 0 to 10, 0 being an empty stomach and very hungry, and 10 being overstuffed and feeling sick, I should start at 0 and stop at 5 which is satisfied. <BR> <BR> The book Im re... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:36:03 EST Double Letter Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12988x1111x65584383 I love word games. Please join me in playing double letter words. <BR> <BR> Happy Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:56:35 EST Daily check in 11/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65582720 Good morning! <BR> <BR> And happy Veterans Day! A huge thank you to all who served and are serving, as well as their families. To honor the vets, we have a special crossfit workout today. It will definitely make me appreciate the boot camp service members are required to master. <BR> <BR> A holiday from work, but I'll be working from home as we have a major project for a client, actually several major projects. I had planned to stay home anyway to work on my office filing project -- seve... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 05:47:32 EST Daily check in 11/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65576380 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Whoa, balance is kinda off this morning. I think my sinuses are stuffy and drainage in my ears. I think coffee will help. <BR> <BR> NSV yesterday: I resisted chocolate chip cookies at luncheon seminar. Better to eat more of the sandwich than sugar, for me. <BR> <BR> Vet tried to drain fluid from Jonie's lipoma, but no luck. He confirmed they are fat cells, but agreed he had never seen a lipoma grow this big or this fast. Gave us some meds for seasonal allerg... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:00:17 EST Daily check in 11/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65569661 Good morning!! <BR> <BR> What a surprise to wake up to the news! <BR> <BR> Now all the analysis. <BR> <BR> Sounds like everyone had a good day yesterday. My cleaning lady will be here this morning so I need to tidy up before crossfit class. Looking forward to a fresh clean house when I come home. <BR> <BR> We're taking Jonie to the vet tonight to see if there's something we can do to make her more comfortable. She itches all the time and I don't know if it's related to the tumor growth ... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 05:41:22 EST PATRICIA-CR has maintained for TWO YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65564445 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=PA<BR>TRICIA-CR </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <l... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 09:37:04 EST Daily check in 11/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65562866 Good morning! How many times have we heard "November 8" over the last year. So here we are, and by tomorrow morning, all our decisions will be posted and we'll get a small reprieve from the mud-slinging. I considered stopping in at the courthouse to vote early last night after work, but I think there will be fewer people at crack-o-dawn 6:00 when polls open. I think I'll go to 5 a.m. Crossfit, leave early to vote at 6:00 and then return to finish the class. I can't ever remember standing... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 05:15:03 EST Daily check in 11/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65555741 Good morning teammates! <BR> <BR> Yes, I think we will all be relieved to have the campaigning behind us. I plan to vote first thing tomorrow morning, as I will be traveling for work and don't want to risk putting it off until the end of the day and running into long lines like you did, Kellie. <BR> <BR> Great day yesterday, although when I left church, it felt like half the day was over, even though it was only 9:15. Nell, I must say that you are the only one I've ever heard that likes ... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 05:41:51 EST MICHIGANLORI has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65551789 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MI<BR>CHIGANLORI </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 13:01:30 EST Daily check in 11/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65549449 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Did everyone change their clocks? These time changes always throw off my body clock. No little feet traipsing across our floor this morning. DD came to town for photo shoot yesterday afternoon--we watched; pictures should be great as everyone was laughing and having fun! We all went to a lovely dinner (Mahi mahi pita yummy) and then they went home. Sure enjoyed our time together! <BR> <BR> DH cut down a dead tree yesterday. We have several that died, I guess as r... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 06:26:37 EST Daily check in 11/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65542969 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Oh, what a sweet, thoughtful surprise for your niece and new husband, Phebess! That ocean view upgrade will surely bring a big smile to their faces. We stayed at the Hale Koa in Honolulu which is right on Waikiki beach, so your post brings back the memories of my early morning walks on the beach with DH last February, the warm breeze and the sound of the ocean. Ah... <BR> <BR> As I was packing up to go to Crossfit yesterday morning, I heard "Maw Maw?" So, we thre... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 05:25:18 EST Daily check in 11/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65536523 Good morning! Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> One of the scarey movies I remember as a child was Alfred Hitchcock "The Birds ". The frenzy of jumping asian carp we saw last Saturday reminded me of that movie once again. <BR> <BR> My newly tidy house has "granddaughter " tracks all over it. LOL. I'll do a quick sweep this morning as I gather the trash to set out to the curb. We enjoyed the grandparents program at her preschool yesterday--what a full day! She will go to work with DH today. <BR>... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 05:48:25 EST Advice on FitBit or similar gadget.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65535348 We upgraded our cell phones and completely not thinking about my lovely Samsung Gear Neo 2, I picked an LG phone. Guess what?! Samsung doesn't like their gear to play with other phones so now I can't use my "watch" with my phone to track everything. I am thinking of "gifting" my Gear to my daughter who will NOT part with her Samsung phone and said that if I couldn't use it she would love to have it. <BR> <BR> That said I would like to be able to pair any fitness tracker I get from now on... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 22:18:47 EST Daily check in 11/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65529720 Good morning! <BR> <BR> My long post didn't post because SP took too long to respond. Ugh <BR> <BR> So, I'll just say, happy Cubs Win Day, Kellie. And I'm glad for a rest day, just walking granddaughter to and from school. <BR> <BR> "No, not one " is still working for me. De-stressing is a good thing. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and stress-free day! Thu, 3 Nov 2016 05:35:36 EST Daily check in 11/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65522298 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Hump day, with a twist for me. Tonight after work, DH and I are headed to DD's house as we will go to Grandparents' Day at granddaughter's school. She is in Preschool at a small catholic school just down the street from DD's house. She will come home with us and stay until Saturday, when they are coming here for a family photo shoot. She'll go to work with DH on Friday. <BR> <BR> Natalie, I just have the one daughter and she has one daughter, both living about ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 05:12:33 EST Daily check in 11/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65515194 Good morning and happy November! <BR> <BR> We had a few groups of children last night. DH kept sneaking around to the front door and ringing the doorbell for candy. He chose the candy and will finish it off. My motto: no, not one. (Like you Natalie) I am really determined to avoid sugar; toxic for me. <BR> <BR> Sunnybeachgirl, my CA cousin said they were enjoying the rain too. It's 66 degrees right now, with a high of 80--about 15 degrees above average. Enjoyed a lunch time walk wit... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 06:02:39 EST KANOE10 has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65509912 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KA<BR>NOE10 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:35:12 EST LESLIE871948 has maintained for FOURTEEN YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65509885 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LE<BR>SLIE871948 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:29:59 EST ARRO-YO has maintained for TWO YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65509864 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=AR<BR>RO-YO </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:24:56 EST IMEMINE1 has maintained for ONE YEAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65509839 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=IM<BR>EMINE1 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:20:45 EST GENERIC-FIT has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65509817 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GE<BR>NERIC-FIT </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <l... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:17:27 EST Daily check in 10/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65508141 Good morning! Happy Halloween! <BR> <BR> Oh, man I slept well. Feeling kinda foggy. Yesterday was dedicated to winterizing the boats and the sky sported a "hazy shade of winter" for the occasion. We filled the engines and generator with antifreeze and pulled the Rinker runabout home where she'll stay in our garage until next spring. I cleaned up the refrigerator at the houseboat. At home, I gave Jonie a bath with some dog shampoo to heal her itching skin. Hope it helps. She sure look... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 06:04:06 EST Daily check in 10/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65501085 Good morning! <BR> <BR> After a lazy morning on the dock, a boat ride and several hours on a south sandbar (exploring and running a few sprints at granddaughter's insistence), we four boaters were in bed by 8 pm! Another bonus day. <BR> <BR> DD and I spent some time discussing Whole 30. I borrowed Hartwig's book It Starts With Food from the library--no surprises on "how" to eat, a few refreshers on "why". And a reminder, Natalie, on why it's so hard--what processed foods and sugar do t... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 05:41:56 EST Daily check in 10/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65494677 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I see that the Cubs lost game 3--hope Chicago handled it okay, Toni and Kellie. On to the next game, right?! (I'm not a baseball watcher, but hopeful for your sake). <BR> <BR> I'm soaking up these absolutely gorgeous, delicious temperatures, a sweet soothing breeze coming through the stateroom window to greet me. Ahhhhhh. <BR> <BR> Welcome Natalie. And Poindextra, so sorry to hear about your job loss--hope it represents a new and improved opportunity for you. ... Sat, 29 Oct 2016 06:01:53 EST Daily check in 10/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65488080 Good morning! It's Friiiiiday!!! <BR> <BR> I'm grateful to be working in town today, although we have back to back meetings scheduled this morning and one this afternoon. Fridays are usually catch up days, kinda.... <BR> <BR> And then DH will be driving us to the marina. I'm really looking forward to our evening together and DD and granddaughter's arrival tomorrow morning! They are like a delivered arm load of a fresh bouquet of flowers. Love our time together, especially at "our hap... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 05:36:36 EST HMMILLER007 has maintained for EIGHT YEARS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65483051 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=HM<BR>MILLER007 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <l... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:58:38 EST Daily check in 10/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65481259 Good morning! <BR> <BR> It's a balmy 51 degrees outside. I'm sitting at the kitchen counter, listening to an owl and some other creature exchange "words ". High 60. It's boating weather, with a high of 81 predicted for Saturday! I'm not sure we'll winterize the boats this weekend after all! Although we now have made plans on the next two weekends. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Jumping for joy with you Terri! I'd say you passed that test of your patience. Hope the journey to your new home goe... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:11:51 EST Daily check in 10/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65474491 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Happy hump day. I traveled yesterday, and must travel today and tomorrow for work. At least I slept well last night, always a plus. <BR> <BR> And DH will be driving us to the river Friday. We'll be hauling DD's runabout home Sunday to winterize it. We plan to winterize the houseboat too despite temperatures forecasted to be in the 70's. Weather guy says we might break a record for a late first freeze of the year. Although I turned the heat on in 2 rooms last nig... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:30:01 EST Struggling this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65474031 I'm not sure where my head is at, but I need to make a shift before this snowballs out of control. So, Friday was my treat day as usual, I had dairy queen. Bad decision number one was having a whole meal instead of just an icecream like Im supposed to on treat day. The next day I was invited to a play date at Mcdonald's. Bad decision number 2: I had a happy meal and frappe.Later that night I also had icecream from our freezer (that I told my husband to buy a few days ago for my Friday treat d... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:17:51 EST SUNSHINEYOURWAY has maintained for TWO YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65469146 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SU<BR>NSHINEYOURWAY </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:46:12 EST Daily check in 10/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65467449 Good morning. <BR> <BR> Bess, you're such a great story teller! When DH and I narrow choices down to two, we seem to always disagree. Can you imagine the stories furniture salesmen/women could tell? What really made the hair on my neck rise was when he started criticizing my Ethan Allen end tables (purchased long before he was in the picture) as if I would really get rid of them. It seems he would be happy with the tv, a recliner and a table for his remotes, cup and ANOTHER work bench. ... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:09:43 EST Daily check in 10/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65459732 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was such a great day, I went to church and sat/visited afterwards with some good friends of 30+ yrs, came home and leisurely read the entire paper, walked outside and was surprised by how warm it had become. DH and I immediately wished we were on the river, but instead I ran errands, got three bins to organize my gift wrapping station, a new entry rug from the garage (still looking for a low profile rug to put in front door foyer), and did a Walmart run. Sp... Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:56:39 EST Daily check in 10/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65453363 Good morning! <BR> <BR> It makes me so happy that we're having such beautiful sunshiney fall weather for those visiting/living in America's heartland, my CA cousins, Strongdawg, Kellie. The brunch was so nice yesterday at my brother's. Sadness set into my heart as we said our farewells to my cousin and her husband. She is the closest thing I had to a sister, having lived with her family at age 4/5 due to death of my dad and illness of my mom. The ten years between us was more significant b... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 06:00:52 EST Daily check in 10/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65447371 Good morning team! <BR> <BR> I slept a little late, for me. Cousin and husband were here all day and my brother and his wife joined us for dinner. Best part of the day was all six of us dancing on my new floor to "Love Shack" and the dog standing to look at us all with worried puppy dog eyes. Great way to break in the new and improved space! <BR> <BR> Today we meet at brother's house for brunch, with my nephew joining us. I'm baking pumpkin bread for the occasion. <BR> <BR> My cousin us... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 07:02:05 EST Daily check in 10/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65440467 Good morning! Happy happy Friday!! <BR> <BR> Yaaaaay, Terri!!! It sounds like you really weighed the options, and with your unique circumstances, with your house being difficult to sell, you will move on without regrets. A good portion of the last 30+ years of my career, before this gig, was spent being in the middle of facilitating people grappling with decisions on whether to settle for a known number, or roll the dice to see what life might bring. You have certainty now, and what a gr... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:07:45 EST Daily check in 10/20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65433687 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Welcome, Aalley and Usha! Healing thoughts to you, Kellie, and hope you receive good medical care to knock out that sinus infection for once and for all. Looking forward to some good news from Terri -- positive energy coming your way. Nell, maybe some of those people who approved that vacation time should be invited (or required) to "volunteer " their time! <BR> <BR> I washed walls in stairwell and hallway yesterday morning and have already cleaned the refrigerato... Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:11:15 EST Daily check in 10/19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65426674 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I'm with you, Dee, yesterday was one of the worst days I've had at work. But no need to dwell on it, today's a new and better day. My cohort brought me a great big mum for Boss' Day yesterday which I brought home and DH planted for me. <BR> <BR> Still readying a box for donation. I changed our bedspread and washed the current one and will store it for next spring. <BR> <BR> Terri, crossing my fingers for buyers. I just think of the domino effect as the sellers... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 04:33:52 EST Daily check in 10/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65420005 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I was up early still dealing with boxes of "stuff". Last night we went to Lowes and bought clear plastic storage bins and entry-way rugs. So, now I have granddaughter's puzzles and art/play-school supplies nicely organized. I need to stop and pay bills, though, so I'm in the office now. My morning time is so productive, but man does it slip by fast. Before I know it, it's time to head out to cross fit class--there are times I barely make it. Luckily, it is locat... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:46:49 EST SUNNYBEACHGIRL has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65414224 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=SU<BR>NNYBEACHGIRL </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> *... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:40:21 EST NOOMA341 has maintained for ONE YEAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65414204 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=NO<BR>OMA341 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 09:38:18 EST HELP on this.... I need some feedback http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65413436 OK, here it is. I just updated my "anniversary" figures and I have an issue. I am not at all sure what to use as a date for entering Maintenance. In brief, in 1981 I was over 350 pounds but no one verified my exact start weight as I did not go to a cattle scale. Weight watchers set my start weight at 365 by guesstimate after I lost for about 4 weeks and kept topping out their scale. <BR> <BR> I got to a Very acceptable goal for me in 1983. 180 pounds, size 10 clothing on a 5'7" frame. I wen... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 08:13:57 EST Daily check in 10/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65412712 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Monday, Monday. <em>335</em> After crossfit class, my day will begin with a trip to the dentist for a cleaning. One of those necessities. I was sorry to hear of your weekend at the hospital, Linda, and hope your medical team can discover a solution for you. <BR> <BR> Congrats on your 45th date anniversary Bess. That's so sweet. There's no feeling in the world quite like that of falling in love. I hope the endorphins rushed once again as you trekked across ... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:55:19 EST Daily check in 10/16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65406128 Good morning! <BR> <BR> This is the second day in a row that I have had to reconstruct a post lost in cyberspace. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Sunny, I love the sound of crashing waves. Occasionally we will have river sounds that will remind me of the ocean. Phebess, you'll be enjoying the Hawaii ocean soon enough. I feel so blessed to have experienced Ohau in February. <BR> <BR> We had a gorgeous day yesterday. It started out cloudy and chilly but when we arrived home the sun came ou... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:24:22 EST Daily check in 10/15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65399637 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Waking up on the houseboat for one of the last times of the season. Granddaughter insisted that she wear her swimsuit as we went for a boat ride yesterday afternoon. But when we arrived at the sandbar (mostly under water because the river is still high), and she stripped down to her suit, she changed her mind. Brrrr. Live and learn! She's five! <BR> <BR> DH had his alumni event here on the dock last night. But I was uncomfortable leaving granddaughter sleeping i... Sat, 15 Oct 2016 06:14:42 EST Daily check in 10/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65392475 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Here at DD's house so no crossfit class today. But I worked hard yesterday instead of just doing mobility since trainer switched up the workouts. This morning we will walk granddaughter to preschool so a little break from the usual workout. My shoulder needs some PT and a rest anyway. <BR> <BR> I count it a blessing to have a cleaning lady. When I was promoted last year, I told DH that the extra money would allow me the opportunity to hire someone but it took th... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:48:41 EST ASCHU2 has maintained for FOUR YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65386803 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=AS<BR>CHU2 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>h... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:46:41 EST Daily check in 10/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65385835 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Confession Strongdawg, I don't always keep everyone straight! But I sure enjoy all my friends here, and have learned so much--some weight-related, some not. I've been known to pass along stories from these posts, saying "I have a friend who...." Very enriching! <BR> <BR> Oh, was it nice to come home to a clean house last night! I hope she comes back next month. We texted last night, but I don't have a date for next month. I hope I can keep up with the great start ... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 05:47:27 EST Daily check in 10/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65378495 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Today is the cleaning lady's debut. Unfortunately I do not have everything back in place because I am still reorganizing and finding new places for items (donate, pitch, put away). So, I will make this short and rush through each room to do my best to find a place for stuff I still need to deal with--time for quick decisions! I really wish I could be here as she cleans, but she will let herself in at 10 am. I hope this works out well! <BR> <BR> Okay, so I have to ... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 05:08:25 EST JLAUGHLINAR has maintained for ONE YEAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65373394 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=JL<BR>AUGHLINAR </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <l... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:28:11 EST Daily check in 10/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65371255 Good morning, teammates! <BR> <BR> Welcome, Linda, and congratulations on having only 5 lbs to goal. I'm always battling those 5 lbs here in maintenance land. Some say it gets easier, but it hasn't for me. <BR> <BR> And welcome back Poindextra! How was the cruise, other than lots of yummy foods that you didn't have to cook yourself! Glad you didn't have to deal with the hurricane. <BR> <BR> Kellie, I'm so glad you were able to "medal" your daughter. That sounds like a very rewarding ... Tue, 11 Oct 2016 04:51:38 EST Daily check in 10/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65364080 Good morning! <BR> <BR> We returned home yesterday morning and spent some time with the kitty. While she napped, I worked about 3 hrs on the front yard, trimming bushes, hauling to the curb, blowing off trimmings and the few leaves that have fallen while DH worked on the deck. It's really bright. <BR> <BR> Then as I was working inside, the kitty woke up and cried so I came upstairs and held her as she breathed her last breath. DH dug a grave and we reminisced about her life. Rainbow Bri... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 05:50:46 EST Daily check in 10/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65357859 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Good luck Kellie on the medal job. That's going to be so much fun! Greeting runners who will be so happy and proud of themselves. I remember your tears of joy at the finish line. <BR> <BR> We took the runabout up river and spent 3+ hrs just floating back to the marina, enjoying the sunshine and good conversation with two of our closest friends. They grilled dinner to share and we topped off the day with a roaring fire at the firepit. Beautiful fall day. <BR> <BR... Sun, 9 Oct 2016 07:29:37 EST Daily check in 10/8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65351843 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Bess, (and others who've had it) thanks for sharing your shingle warning. My dr and I discussed the vaccine at my annual physical and she said that I should wait because it only lasts 10 years and there's no booster. But we didn't discuss first symptoms and what to do about it-"the 48 hr window." I've heard other stories of quick action=mild case. Glad you are taking some sick leave to take care of thyself. <BR> <BR> We delayed kitty decision and recruited my ne... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 05:28:50 EST MOBYCARP has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65346864 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MO<BR>BYCARP </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:44:51 EST GREBJACK has maintained for SEVEN YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65346859 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=GR<BR>EBJACK </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 09:43:52 EST Daily check in 10/7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65345331 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Here we are, at another Friday, some with a 3 day weekend. For the second time in my work life, I will join those who have a holiday on Columbus day. <BR> <BR> I have a tough decision to make--our cat is suffering from renal failure and her breathing is so labored. She is still eating, but obviously not much of a life. She was a feral cat born on the houseboat about 13 yrs ago that I rescued after her mother left her for dead. So she wasn't the most healthy ca... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 05:50:30 EST Daily check in 10/6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65338509 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Lightening and thunder storms have been roaring through for the past hour. Jamirblaze and any others out East, take care! <BR> <BR> DH received some good news yesterday and decided we should go out to dinner and use some gift certificates he had accumulated. I ordered salmon, but also endulged in a baked potato and a roll. I'm sure it will show up on the scale.. <BR> <BR> Congrats on goal weigh in Bess! Way to go! I'm gonna run and hit the 5 am class. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 05:43:37 EST FRENCHTOSD has maintained for FIVE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65332030 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=FR<BR>ENCHTOSD </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <li... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 09:05:11 EST Daily check in 10/5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65330593 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Up early (1:30 am) after succumbing to exhaustion at 7 pm last night. Six and a half hours of sleep--could have been better. I had planned to watch the debate, but a replay is on now anyway. Ugh, trying to do my civic duty, but so discouraging this year. <BR> <BR> Glad to hear from you Sharon and that you are still enjoying running, especially after last year's injuries. Hope all those living near hurricane threats remain safe. <BR> <BR> Love discussion on books, a... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 03:29:34 EST Daily check in 10/4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65323302 Good morning! <BR> <BR> You do have the patience of Job, Terri. I hope all on the east coast stay safe. And I agree that the water is getting too cold for this sun lover. DH always gets in first and declares "it's just like bath water ." I don't believe him, and ask when he last took a bath (we both are shower only beings). <BR> <BR> My animals are showing their age. It's only a matter of time for the cat, weight loss and labored breathing, kidneys shutting down. Jonie is itching a... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 05:53:19 EST Daily check in 10/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65315405 Good morning team! <BR> <BR> Weekends are just too short, aren't they? Yesterday was such a beautiful day, with sunshine returning after 3 gray, rainy days. I spent the entire day working on the house. DH helped move the rest of the furniture from the garage, touch up painted, helped me with placement and organization decisions. We are so happy with our new flooring and redecorated lower level. <BR> <BR> Welcome Strongdawg! I have borrowed the Beck book from the library a couple of tim... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 05:59:36 EST Daily check in 10/2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65308113 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I slept a little better last night. I'm sure the extra carbs I consumed at the family gathering was a contributing factor, as I was not as successful as Bess in "just saying no" to a taste of this and that, topped off with sweets. I have a good stretch of no temptations coming up though. <BR> <BR> Hope your headaches subside, Kellie. <BR> <BR> As we unloaded the three boxes (from the barstools I just purchased), a male patron asked if he could take the big warm ca... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 06:44:49 EST Keeping an eye on my future http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x1111x65308059 Hi, I'm a longtime member who slipped up and regained. I have been consistently checking in to SP, but just wasn't ready to tackle my weight and life imbalance. <BR> <BR> About three weeks ago I got fed up, literally. I'm working toward my goal weight (top range of healthy BMI), and whether I go all the way down or not, I know the real challenge will be maintaining my weight. Any weight. I've failed twice already. The losing was an easy part. <BR> <BR> My parents are coming for the week and... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 06:25:25 EST CAROLISCIOUS has maintained for EIGHT YEARS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65302225 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=CA<BR>ROLISCIOUS </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 10:07:19 EST LADYREDCOMET has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65302210 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LA<BR>DYREDCOMET </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 10:05:57 EST RESTORETOSANITY has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65302190 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=RE<BR>STORETOSANITY </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 10:04:46 EST MARF226 has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65302171 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=MA<BR>RF226 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 10:03:04 EST Daily check in 10/1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65300833 Good morning! <BR> <BR> New month. Time flies when you're having fun...like cleaning. Goodness, this has been a huge project. The dog woke me up at 1:30 to go outside, and then I couldn't get back to sleep so I got up and went through another closet. We have three big boxes to take for donations, so far, that is. I've got until 9:00 am or so to keep packing. I'm gonna try to fall asleep for a bit. Thought I better check in first. <BR> <BR> We have a family gathering to attend, so ... Sat, 1 Oct 2016 06:10:37 EST LGIOWA has maintained for THREE YEARS!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65296185 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=LG<BR>IOWA </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>h... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:35:06 EST KNH771 has maintained for EIGHT YEARS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65296173 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=KN<BR>H771 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Head on over to the page to offer congratulations! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> These are important milestones! <BR> <BR> - The likelihood of regaining weight when you reach goal is 80% - 95%. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 2 years the likelihood of regain drops to 50%*. <BR> <BR> - When you've maintained for 5 years the likelihood of regain drops to 27%*! <BR> <BR> * <link>h... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:33:07 EST Daily check in 9/30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65293662 Good morning! It's Friiiiiday!! <BR> <BR> What a gloomy, gray, rainy day yesterday. It was a challenge to drive home through the rain, but we made it safe and sound. More rain in the forecast today and tomorrow. It messes with my mood, but I'm happy to be working in town and preparing a big load of clothes (mine and DH's) to donate Saturday morning. <BR> <BR> Hoping for good news from Terri today. Cookies are my weakness, too, Bess. It's best if I don't even try a bite, as it seems "m... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 05:18:51 EST Daily check in 9/29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65286766 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Over the hump day, and it really feels like we're on the downhill slide. I slept from 7 pm to 4 am; finally a good night's sleep. I donated blood last night after work -- maybe that helped. <BR> <BR> National Coffee Day today. I'm certainly enjoying my cup(s) this morning. <em>106</em> <BR> <BR> Sunnybeachgirl, I haven't been to France, but sure enjoyed The Nightingale and reading the blog of SP member Claireinparis, about her hike along the Normandy beach... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:41:58 EST Life got crazy advice please?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=681x1111x65280703 I admit I am not very active on any of my SP groups. For years it was because I was working 2 jobs or working a 45+ hour work week and going to school through distance education. <BR> <BR> I now have only 1 job but it is now a very sedentary job (that is I sit on my butt for 8 hours a day typing reports, love the job but not how I feel). I used to work as a automotive detailer (fancy title for I cleaned cars...LOL) so I was always on the move (my pedometer was always between 15,000 to 25,0... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:11:55 EST Daily check in 9/28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65279205 Good morning team. <BR> <BR> So glad you made it home safe and sound, Toni, and hope your luggage is close behind. Left to myself, I'm content to stay close to home, but once coaxed out of my comfort zone, I've loved my travels, most notable for me being Hawaii last February and the Virgin Islands in 1989. Certainly makes one more aware. Perhaps when I finish this quest of clearing out and literally getting my house in order, I can think about traveling. I really appreciate hearing ab... Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:38:47 EST Daily check in 9/27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65272118 Good morning! <BR> <BR> I finally slept well last night, making up for an early wake up several nights last week, including Sunday night--was right there with you Bess. I'm sure it was stress too; had a big meeting yesterday am, but it went great! <BR> <BR> I fell asleep just as the debate was starting. I managed to watch a little bit. <BR> <BR> Congrats Kellie. I'll have to check out your blog. How sweet of your daughter to put those memories together. <BR> <BR> Traveling today, with a ... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:05:38 EST Daily check in 9/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65264288 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Quick check in for me as I need to prepare for my out of town meeting and head out by 6:30. The cold front is moving in with a little rain this morning. The high temperature all week long will be in the mid-70s so at least it feels appropriate to wear fall clothing instead of dealing with 90 degree weather. <BR> <BR> I'm afraid I'll have to miss crossfit class this morning because even the 5 am class wouldn't give me enough time to get ready. Maybe I can get DH to... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:30:56 EST Daily check in 9/25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65257290 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Hey hey hey, the gang's all here!! So good to hear from so many yesterday! And Toni, it was wonderful to hear about your Italy trip and the grand reconnecting that occurs over a long, slow paced dinner. Making memories. <BR> <BR> Come to think of it, how many of our most cherished memories with family and friends include long slow paced meals gathered in the dining room. Like DH's last birthday dinner (just him and me tucked away in a corner at a favorite rest... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:19:56 EST Daily check in 9/24 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65250398 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Bess and Cat, thanks for the quick check in, even though life is busy. Terri and Toni have a pass while they move and vacation out of country, respectively. You both are missed and we look forward to hearing about your adventures when you are able. <BR> <BR> Nell, did the Geek tell you how your phone accumulated pictures you didn't take? That's pretty bizarre. Glad you got it fixed and hope you're enjoying your new car. Did you trade in the old one? <BR> <BR> I'm ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:03:03 EST Daily check in 9/23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65243044 Good morning, my friends! It's Friiiiiday!! <BR> <BR> I must be excited about the weekend as I awoke REALLY early, like 1:15 am. -- thinking about the exact thing you suggested, Lynch, using the old prom/bridesmaid dresses for Halloween costumes! A friend suggested donating them to a theater. I'll check out both ideas! I think they'll all still fit <em>336</em> ! I had to look up definition of "Pleistocene", Nell and Phebess! That's really old! <BR> <BR> We're going to the houseb... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 03:35:38 EST Daily check in 9/22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65236273 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Moving a little slow this morning. I worked on closets last night. It's just getting started because the job seems so overwhelming. I found an old prom dress, and 2 bridesmaid dresses I wore over 40 yrs ago in one of those zipped clothes thingamajigs. --- shaking head-- Keep in mind that I've lived in this house for 31 years, with plenty of closet space, so I guess I never bothered to unzip it and really look in it. Until now, when I need to reclaim the space.... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:16:33 EST Daily check in 9/21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x65228503 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Lynch, I have lost long posts in cyberspace, too. Very frustrating! Terri, I hope that appraisal comes through soon; I can't imagine the deal falling through at this stage of your move! <BR> <BR> Nell, my new cleaning lady coming Oct 12 said she generally spends 4 to 5 hrs, but it sounds like you have a team of cleaners. I think it would be interesting to watch, as I'm sure they have many time-saving tips. <BR> <BR> Poindextra, your cruise sounds very interesti... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:16:24 EST