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7/22/16 6:54 P

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Awwwwww ... back home to Cooooolorado and the internet.

My skin had started to feel like it was gonna explode wide open from the water retention, heat and definitely the humidity ... and the 14 pounds I gained being the ol’ me. We got home late Monday unpacked the car and most of the trailer. Hubby has already started on getting the yard in shape.

I have walked three days this week and will walk again tomorrow. Food is getting closer and closer to being on track.

It’s good to be back.


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Good Morning - Thanks for the support and confidence in me! Yes, Sue - today especially it is sweating in WI...and I'm certain many other states as well!! I'll try to check in over the weekend, but also working all three jobs. Have a great day!

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Hello Everyone!

David: I want to thank you for saying you feel bad for letting your wife down. With my hubby sick, he'll not get a paycheck for this week at all. I wonder sometimes if he does worry about it .. He never shows it. I do the bills, and struggle with stretching the money .. But please know .. I'd rather have him getting healthy, than having money .. I'm sure your wife feels the same way. Hugs to you both!

Kat: I'm confident that you can do 2.5 lbs per week .. Let's do it together! We can call it "sweatin' in WI"!

Linda: your salad sounds yummy. Good thing I slept yesterday, because I didn't get much last nite .. Hubby is still coughing. He went back to the doc yesterday, and they did a chest x-ray. No pneumonia .. But said his lungs looked very "tight." I'm not sure what that means. They gave him steroids, and a cough medicine that he can take with his bad heart. He also got instructions to be off of work until Tuesday. Then he came home and played on the computer all day. When I'm sick, I sleep all the time .. Just sayin' (as Cat would say).

Paula: yes .. Eating at 3pm is helping me. I also made a smaller salad, and had some leftover fish for lunch yesterday .. My tummy was better in the afternoon for it! I'm really struggling with salads lately. WooHoo for the scale victory! Enjoy your relaxing day .. You deserve it! Yes, I'm doing all I can to not catch the bug in my house.

3yr old definitely has a cold .. Runny nose, coughing .. She crawls up on my lap every once in a while for a snuggle .., but her spirits are pretty good. I cheered her a bit by putting music on so she could put her "dance dress" on and dance for a while. Of course, I have to sit and watch, and clap when she's done .. It's a lot of clapping, but her eyes just lite up when I do .. Does my heart good! We had Chinese takeout for dinner when I got home ( I picked up after my haircut appt), so I ate about 7:30pm .. I shouldn't do that, but I was hungry by then. I limited myself to no seconds, and just tried a bit of each dish .. I wasn't too full, but I'm sure the sodium punished me a bit this morning because I was up a bit on the scale. No worry .. Water will flush that out today. Gonna be hot today .. 90s again .. Time to go! Enjoy your Friday!

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Paula if I were going to leave out the onion I think I would add some apple to it just before serving.

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Linda – DS is doing just fine. He enjoyed our visiting relatives a great deal. His Godfather was among our Texas family visiting, and they have a special bond, so being able to spend time with him meant a lot to DS. He goes back to school in about a month. Just today he found out that there might be a mix up on his financial aid (ugh!). His state grant (which he has verified in an email) is not showing up on his fall semester aid package. He plans to set that straight next week by contacting his school’s financial aid office. Your salad (except for the onion emoticon ) sounds delicious. Yum!

David – I suspect your wife will be very understanding about your pay check. It was not your fault that you weren’t able to get in more hours.

Kat – Woo hoo on dropping over 2 more pounds. You sound focused enough to make your 10 pound goal. Count on me to cheer you on.

Sue – A 3pm snack sounds very reasonable to me. It is good that you discovered this. It might be just what you need to stay more on track. Hope your family is feeling better. And hope you don’t contract whatever they all have. Rest is soooo important. Glad you had a good night.

I had a good and super busy day today and am not too exhausted yet. I finished up all the extra laundry from having our family here as well as the usual laundry. The last load of towels is in the dryer now. I also got my nails done and grocery shopped. I was pleased with several bargains at the grocery store. But the big news is that I braved the scale today (even though I was going to wait a few more days), and much to my surprise, I didn’t gain at all. I am the same weight as before our family arrived. This to me is remarkable because I did stray quite a bit over the past week. This is highly motivating to me and encouraged me to eat very healthily today. I am expecting to have a relaxing “me” day tomorrow. I want to sleep in and read and relax most of the day.


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7/21/16 3:44 P

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David - I know how frustrating money problems can be. My son is struggling. He is making good money, but for some reason his wife who has always been frugal in the past is spending it like water. They can barely make their bills after she has had three expensive vacations (without him) this summer. I do not understand what is happening.

Sue - glad you finally got a good night's sleep. Tuesday night I had 8 hours and then last night I had 4. I woke in the middle of the night and could not get back to sleep until about 3 AM and then only slept until 4:30. I hope your hubby gets better.

Cat are you still on the Spangle web site? I used to see you posts all the time. I haven't lately.

Paula - How is DS? Busy getting ready to go back to college? did he enjoy the relatives as much as you did?

I have decided to do two days a week of really intense exercise at least 2 hours, then 2 days a week of instructor led water aerobics, 2 days a week of just the recumbent bike and that leaves one day of either chair yoga, or relaxation exercises.
Today I went to water aerobics. It was a very light routine today, but I am just going to go with the flow.
I made a great salad for dinner last night- edamame, corn, celery, onion, red and green bell pepper and lite house bacon vinaigrette. I made it at about 10 AM and then let it marinate until dinner time at 5:30. It was so good and refreshing on a hot summer night.

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7/21/16 12:59 P

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Thanks for the comment on my photo...it is about 8 years old - for my 50th B-day party in CO. So down another 2.6 pounds this week, but have 10 to lose in the next 4 weeks if I still want to make my minimum goal. It is possible but going to be tough. Hope everyone else doing well. Have a great day!

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7/21/16 10:40 A

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Goal today is for me to try to completely stay away from soda.
Had (fresh oj) , 2 pb&is.
Feel I let my wife down. Today is payday. Only worked 2 days due to illness. Clears $85.00 after tax's etc. I know this will really put us behind again.
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Goal today is for me to try to completely stay away from soda.
Had (fresh oj) , 2 pb&is.
Feel I let my wife down. Today is payday. Only worked 2 days due to illness. Clears $85.00 after tax's etc. I know this will really put us behind again.
David

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Hello Everyone!

Well .. The heat is on here. We are in a heat advisory … Yuck! It's 6:30am and near 80 already … and muggy, muggy. We'll not be spending time outside in this. Hubby is still sick .. 3 days on antibiotics .. Hope they start working soon. He was very kind and slept on the couch last nite, and I got a full nite's sleep. I do feel stronger today. I'm gonna have to be. Hubby, oldest son, and 3yr old are all not feeling well .. Coughing, running noses everywhere I go. Yuck. I had a headache thru most of the day yesterday, which didn't help my day .. And at 3:30pm, I made a sandwich (at g-kids' house) .. And you know what? I didn't have that "panic" feeling when I got home .. I was not so hungry, and didn't do that eating thing that I've been fighting and fighting. I am going to plan to have a yogurt about 3 today, and see if that helps.

Linda: sometimes, we just need a "do nothing" day .. My happy place is up at the cabin, where I can sit around and read … my best thoughts. Your metabolism test sounds interesting. It would be nice to know that information .. And then do something about it. Wow! That's a lot of water exercise! Good for you!

Kat: hello .. Journey on, and stay safe in the heat

PandB: shopping was a victory for you! I know if I don't have it in the house, it's not calling to me all the time. I struggle when hubby is gone, and often eat to fill my loneliness.

Paula: Glad you are back, and really glad you got all that lovin' from family around you. I do think part of my searching is a spiritual thing. I feel more peace in my heart as I do my morning prayers .. Especially when I can do them without interruptions, and can focus. I have a prayer book for daily prayers. I am thinking of trying to do some in the afternoon too, but I'm not sure that will work too peacefully. Yes, I'm sure a lot of my discomfort is from trying to adjust to my new life .. Working 42yrs was quite a habit, and it'll take time to adjust .. Day by day right?

Well .. I got the diffuser running, and time to set off to see what the day will bring. Hopefully, the 3yr old is feeling better, and not coughing so much. Every time someone coughs, I cringe. I can do this for today!!!!! I can take care of me!!!!!

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7/20/16 10:22 P

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Paula - so glad your visit was what you wanted. What is a size 2? I never saw that in my lifetime. The smallest I ever got was a size 8 and that was when I weighed 103. When she turns sideways can you see her? Sometimes life is more important than the plan, this was something really special. I am glad you enjoyed it.

PandB - this is a new test. It was funny because the nurse that gave it to me said she did not trust it when she first started giving it, but now that she has been administering it for about 9 months she has found the results to be valid. I think I over-did water aerobics today. I did 20 minutes of warm up, 45 minutes of strength training, 60 minutes of aerobics, 20 minutes of stretching, and 15 minutes of balance. When I got out I felt ready to collapse, BUT I did 10,000 steps!!!!

I am going to bed early tonight, I am really tired. Tomorrow is water aerobics at physical therapy and Friday I am going to file my intention to run for school board with the registrar of voters. August 8th I give my first public speech.

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PandB – It is lovely here today too but the humidity and excessive heat are expected to return tomorrow and last through early next week. I plan to remain in air conditioning as much as possible for the next few days.

Linda – Thanks for asking. I certainly did enjoy the family visit and wedding. I miss my Texas family already. Our visitors ranged in age from 15 to 69, so it really was an inter-generational visit. We all had a blast. Your metabolism info is very interesting to me too. I never heard of such a test.

Sue - I don’t feel like I am searching for something in my life (other than weight loss!), but I know folks who share your sentiments. It sounds to me like you are reading, searching, and thinking a great deal, which I think could lead you to the answers you seek. You give so much of yourself to others that finding what you are searching for could be very important. I know your faith is a big part of your life. Reading spiritual material is always helpful to me. I know you are quite busy with your grandchildren, but do you think part of your searching is still adjusting to your retirement as well? Just at thought. Thanks for missing me. I am glad to be back!

Kat – Great new photo. What a lucky pooch Onyx is!

Trixy – Welcome!

Donita – Hope all is well. Like you, I try to avoid processed foods as much as possible and to eat more fruits and veggies (especially veggies).

Joanne – Happy vacation! I will be looking forward to hearing about how you enjoyed your time off! Did you mention where you will be? I haven’t been here for about a week, and though I tried to read the posts, I might have missed some things.

David – Glad you check in and keep us posted on how you are doing. You can do this, and we are here to cheer you on. Your success matters to us as well as to you!


I am back here at spark after about 7 days absence enjoying our family from Texas who were here for a family wedding which was on Saturday the 16th. Some relatives returned to Texas yesterday, while the rest returned today (are actually in the air at the moment). Everyone had a super time, and being together for a marvelously happy occasion meant a lot to all of us. Of course the bride was stunning (about a size 2 by the way), and the groom very handsome. (We are related to the bride.) It tugs at my heart that such a big part of our family lives so far away, especially one of my cousins who is more like a sister to me than a cousin (and it has always been that way with the 2 of us). This trip she kept on pointing out over and over how much we are alike (sometimes doing so in front of her real sister who just smiled). I am close to her sister as well, but not in the same way as I am with my “sister-cousin.”
I am now tackling all of the mountainous laundry that accumulated while we were enjoying each other and I was doing very little work. We ate here for most meals but did eat in a restaurant twice and of course ate well at wedding. We also ate twice at the home of the bride’s parents. When I did the cooking, I was able to stay relatively well on track, but not so much when we ate at the bride’s parents’ home. My restaurant eating was totally on track once and not so on track the other time. I was too busy to log my food most days. I took the entire wedding day off from “planned eating” and am thus avoiding the scale until I get back on track for a few days. I don’t feel like I gained all that much, but I don’t want to be disappointed either, so I’ll weigh in after a few days.


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7/20/16 12:44 P

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Just checking in to say Hi...still just plugging along. Have a great day!

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Hello Sparklers,

Had a good workout at water aerobics today. It is not to hot with low humidity today so its a good day to get a few things done around the house. Tomorrow the heat and humidity return.

JUSTME - Your resting metabolism study sounds very interesting. Too bad your metabolism isn't a bit faster but it is good to have that information. Now you know how to be successful.

Be well

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Actually the test was order by my dietitian. It is to help me understand how to plan my meals. It explained a lot about my extended plateau. My metabolism is very slow. The recommendation is to up my movement. To lose weight I really cannot eat more than 1200 calories, but they do not want me to go below 1200 calories, so the solution is to move more. This is something I have been concentrating on for over a year and still cannot seem to get it right.
The test starts out with weight and height, then does percentage of fat and muscle, then does a 10 minutes breathing test. At the end you get a readout of your resting metabolism, your working metabolism, and your everyday metabolism with calorie suggestions for maintenance, or weight loss.

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Hello Sparklers,

Yesterday I went to the grocery store to do my weekly shopping and for the first time in awhile I didn’t put anything unhealthy in the cart (as I’ve mentioned, I’ve been misbehaving). For the past several weeks I would toss a few high calorie items in the cart and scarf them down while B was out of town. But this week I kept to my list and bought only healthy foods.

JUSTME - Your pool routine sounds wonderful. There is nothing like an outdoor pool in the summer for water aerobics. I have to remind myself how lucky I am to be able to get in the water each morning. My routine isn’t as long as yours - 5 minutes stretching, 40 minutes aerobics, 15 minutes strength exercises then I splash around in the water for another 10 minutes or so.

ITZ_SUE - Sometimes I feel like I need more in my life. I’m not sure what, but something to give it more meaning.

JUSTME - Your resting metabolism test sounds interesting. If you don’t mind me asking, what will your doctor do with that information?

Well its a beautiful day here. The humidity dropped, there is a breeze and it’s not too warm. A good day to head out to the garden and get some weeding done.

Be well,

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7/19/16 10:28 A

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Happy Monday,

Sue Glad you are feeling better this week.

Paula- hope you are enjoying your family visit

Yesterday was a good day for me. Today is going to be a vacation day. I am off the the doctor's for a resting metabolism rest so no food, no coffee, no exercise this morning. I have a headache, probably from the no coffee. It is a drive to get there. I am planning on doing a lot of nothing today other than driving

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7/19/16 7:30 A

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Hello Everyone!

P&B: good job on making better choices in eating … we can do this, and support each other along the way. I don't know anything about your beetles .. But they sound like yuck! Sounds like internet research is required.

Kat: well .. Having a nap is as good as spending time outside .. Hope you are rested up.

Linda: no, I haven't tried silly putty, but I do try ear plugs sometimes. With having to wear my full face mask for apnea, my ears feel yucky when they are plugged. I'm better today .. Slept better, even if it was only 5.5 hrs .. I was pretty crabby yesterday, so today will be better.

Yesterday was really a crabby day for me … full of self pity, anger … just plain yuck. Hubby went to doc, and has bronchitis and a sinus infection. Both sons are also coughing now. I came home from babysitting, and worked in the kitchen making a big kettle of chicken dumpling soup for the sickos. Then at 8:30pm, and went into my office and did bills (since I've been putting them off since we came back from vacation). Sorting thru all the junk mail, and then paying and paying didn't help my mood at all. At 9:45pm, I had a small cup of soup, and then went to bed.

The good news is … I feel better today. I still didn't get over 6hrs (which is my goal) of efficient sleep, but it was efficient sleep, so that's good. And .. There's a full moon, and I swear I'm part werewolf when the full moon is coming. I did the Linda Spangle 1mile walk again yesterday. I felt better after I did that. I highly recommend it for indoor/staying in place exercise. I keep thinking I should buy the cd, but YouTube is working fine, and it's free!

Does anyone else ever feel like they are searching for something in their lives? I have some days that I feel desperate for something, and just not sure what the deal is.

I'm missing several folks from this site .. Cat, Tammy, Debby, Donita .. hope you are all doing well.

Well .. I plan to make today a good day … spirit, health and peace. Hope you all have the same!

God's Peace, Health & Happiness!
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Happy Monday Sparks,

I already have over 9000 steps in today. 30 minutes on the bike and 2 hours in the pool.

David- Remember how many people you have routing for you, your #1 - your wife and 2 your granddaughter and everyone here at this site and all the people you interact with ever day. That makes a big cheering section.

PandB - good idea about the sun protective wear. I buy it for the grandkids, but do not think of it for myself. I burn through regular clothing. Luckily I tan, but it used to be funny because you could see exactly where my bra was when I took off my clothes because I would burn through my shirts, but not through my bra, so it looked like I had been wearing a 2 piece suit suit.

Sue have you tried silly putty? In our ears! I had a friend who swore by it when her husband was snoring. She said it was more comfortable and quieter than any earplug. Glad your tummy is better.

Joanne - I am so used to dry, dry weather that any humidity with heat just wears me out.

another great day, weather is actually a little cooler- low 89s, clear clear skies, pool is such a luxury. I feel so spoiled. Loving every minute of it. I love my pool routine, 20 minutes upper body strength training, 20 minutes flexibility and balance, 60 minutes aerobics, 10 minutes lower body strength training, 10 minutes yoga then 30 minutes just relax and enjoy the water.
I do not think my cousin's family is going to have a memorial, and I am sad about it, but not overly concerned. The decision is really hurting my brother, who needs and wants closure. His children are upset for him which I totally understand. My brother is big into tradition and as he nears his own death, respect for those that have passed. This hurts him, so it hurts me for him.
I am making something new for dinner tonight. Pesto chicken with spinach ravioli in pesto sauce.


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Hello - no I didn't get to enjoy the weather yesterday :( Worked a lot all weekend so ended up napping a bit. Guess I needed it. Have a great day!

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Hello Sparklers,

Had a good weekend. Made good food choices on Saturday (my day to be less strict) and got right back into Sparking on Sunday. I’ve been consistently hitting my goal of 6K steps a day, even if I have to walk around the house in circles like a mad woman. Water aerobics was good today and so far my eating is on track. Not a lot happening this week, so it should be a good one.

JUSTME - I have the same fair skin as you do and feel for you on the sun burn. I hate to wear sun screen and it tends to wash off in the water anyway. I wear the sun protective jackets in the water. Coolibar makes a good swim one and they have a website. They are pricy, but work really well and last a long time. Sometimes you can get them on sale on Amazon.

ITZ_SUE - Good job on not eating the chips and making good food choices.

NOTURNINGBACK - You would be surprised what a smile can do. The more you smile at others the more they will smile back. And that makes for a nice day.

AJISUUN - Enjoy your vacation.

My garden is coming along. I can see the beginnings of eggplants starting to grow but my eggplants also have Colorado potage beetles. I’ve been picking them off and spraying. Anyone have any experience/ suggestions with these pests?

Be well,

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Hello Everyone!

Linda: again Wow! We ARE sisters! I too am very pale, (with freckles), and sunburn very easily. I carry sunscreen with me all the time. I have to use the "baby" kind as I get a rash from other regular stuff .. I don't like the feel of it on my skin, but I like sunburns worse. My daughter, and g-daughters are the same .. We are called pale-faces all the time. Yahoo for the sleep! That's gotta feel good. I am not sleeping well. Hubby is still coughing all the time, and then snoring like a bear when he does come to bed. So between everyone going to bed at different times, all the coughing (hubby & both sons now) .. I am tired. I have to say that they DO try to be quieter, but I am such a lite sleeper, I wake a lot. .. And against the "rules," I do check my alarm clock and that helps me get back to sleep. Stay safe from that sun sister!

Joanne: I guess we all become accustomed to our environments right? Others probably think my life is wild (with all the g-kids, and all) .. But yes, I adapt to it. I probably complain a lot on here, but it IS my life, and I I do okay with it.

David: you sound a little better .. I pray for you to continue to handle what life dishes out to you.

Yesterday, was a pretty good day. My stomach was feeling better finally. I went to Mass (which is always a light in my life). It just is good to be surrounded by people who have some passion for Christ. Then oldest son and I went to g-son's soccer game, and the we all attended Rib-fest at the local county fair grounds. It was pretty neat .. They had some live bands performing, and then had stands of "rib places." We got there later in the day, but they were tallying votes for best ribs (we didn't get to participate in that part), and saw the winner presented. You could go from booth to booth getting sample plates (paying for them all). Daughter, S-inlaw, DS and I each got a plate from different booths and then shared with each other to sample. I ate very lightly so I didn't stir up the stomach monster .. But it was fun to see how different ribs could be. I've never tried a "rub" on ribs, but that was my favorite .. Gonna have to investigate it more. I don't understand it .. But I was up a lb this morning, maybe sodium again, because I know I didn't hardly eat yesterday .. But no worries .. We feeling a bit better today, and will be moving forward, and getting back on track.

Weather guy is predicting hot, HOT weather later this week .. So the sweating will begin. .. And we need rain, hopefully Wednesday, it'll be true as predicted.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness!
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Hi all. Hot and sunny here. Waiting to punch in at work. 11-7pm. Got thru yesterday. Going to try to smile and get thru today. Wishing everyone well.
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Sue, yes, I can make good food choices on vacation. The question is WILL I? I already over ate at the wedding reception I went to yesterday, but that's just one blip. It was completely different from any African wedding I've ever been to. It was Christian and most weddings I go to here are Muslim. There were a lot of elements that they took from western culture.

I don't think bravery has anything to do with doing what I do. At this point, it's just my life. I've lived here longer than I've lived in any one place in my life.

Linda, our weather here now is humid with occasional rain. Temps in the high 80's, low 90's during the day.

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Hey Sue - I got 7.5 hours of sleep last night!!!! Yeah! going to indoor water aerobics today - got sunburned even with 50 spf sunscreen yesterday. I am very white. My son's friends tell him his children are pigmentationally challenged.

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Hello Everyone!

I don't know what happened to yesterday! It is a blur. Friday nite, my oldest son surprised us and came home (from SC). I was not feeling well Friday, with a lot of stomach pain, so it really cheered me up. Yesterday, I got up, went to local quick stop, got eggs, oj and some donuts, and then came home and we prepared a big breakfast for the 4 of us. Hubby then went to work, and I cleaned up dishes in kitchen. Then, I sliced cucumbers, onions, gr peppers, and cooked noodles for pasta salad and cucumber salad. Oldest son went to the grocery store for me, cuz my stomach was still not too good, and brought brats, and salami, tomatoes, Italian dressing to finish off the pasta salad. Daughter's family came over and son cooked brats and we had a feast for dinner (including the cherry dump cake I made for dessert). It was so great to have the whole family together, but I was really exhausted by the end of the day. The kids & gr-kids all went moonlight bowling, but I stayed home with hubby (who came home from work about 9pm; he was tired too). It was funny, cuz I stayed home, and then hubby said he'd stay home with me .. I knew he was using me as an excuse. He said he's stay to take care of me, but the minute they left, he started playing minecraft, and didn't say 2 words to me. I went to bed. I ate some of everything I cooked, so the weight was up a bit today, but I'm sure it's a lot of salt and I can get it back off quickly. I enjoyed the day even if I wasn't feeling the best.

Hello Trixie .. welcome to this group whenever you can check in

Linda: Enjoy your blessing when they come. You deserve some peace. Isn't the Linda Spangle book interesting. It is simple "facts" for each day. I'm right with you with in sleep dept. I need to go to bed when I'm tired, and am determined to make that choice as best I can. We can get control.

David: I'm with Linda .. you need to keep the sugar balanced. I am considered "pre-diabetic" and have experienced the big drops that low blood sugar can cause. Take care of you .. especially with the life you are dealt. We all are dealing with different things in our lives, some we post, some we don't .. but I know I can post anything here, and get support that I need. I deal the best I can each day.

Joanne: your life is sounding busy, busy as usual. What experiences you have! You are a brave women to do all of this .. I don't think I could be so brave. You CAN make good choices in your food while on vacation. I have faith in you.

Kat: great weather here yesterday . did you get a chance to enjoy? And we got a bit of rain last nite to help with dry looking yards. Hope you are doing well.

P&B: hope you were successful in your choices yesterday. I did pretty good .. just ate a bit more than normal. I did make a choice to NOT eat any of the chips that were set out for all for snacking .. and for me .. that is a great victory.

Well .. time to get moving .. going to Mass this morning.

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Linda, I'm glad life is going well for you!

No need to apologize for saying so.

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David - I worry that you are pushing yourself too hard. Going without eating for longer than 4-5 hours can be unhealthy particularly for someone that is diabetic or pre-diabetic. Why not take a protein bar or a small bag of nuts to have with your diet soda? That would help your blood sugar and help you through the day. Take care of yourself.

I am sorry to say this but I am feeling like the luckiest person on earth. The weather is perfect about 85, slight breeze, clear blue skies and I was in my pool in my own back yard for 2 hours exercising and then relaxing. I am lucky beyond belief. There are problems in my life, but compared to the rest of the people in the world my life is a 9,8 out of 10.

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My goal is to go to work, do my best no matter what they assign me.
I plan not to ask any questions about my cut in hours for next week.
I plan to limit my break(I don't get a lunch today. They gave me a 7hr shift), to 1 diet soda.

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My goal is to go to work, do my best no matter what they assign me.
I plan not to ask any questions about my cut in hours for next week.
I plan to limit my break(I don't get a lunch today. They gave me a 7hr shift), to 1 diet soda.

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Happy Saturday Sparks,

Trixy - nice to see you here - this is a really good group. We have our success and our struggles, but we do have each other

Joanne - how is your weather right now? Wedding reception sounds interesting. How do the Christian and Muslim tradition intertwine? Religious difference are more obvious, but how do they differ in the celebration? You lead such an interesting life.

David - if we had this down, no one would have weight to lose. We have all been exactly where you are. I am so glad to see you checking in and being so honest. That is a victory in itself. Honesty is the first step toward success. I know how hard it is to say "i am human, I made a mistake." The real secret is that we are all human. The fight is to make our mistakes farther and farther apart and of shorter duration.

I just read the Spangle section that said "Motivation is a choice" I tried to analyze what I could do to increase my motivation when it is in the toilet. I found 3 things where I have problems with motivation, when I am really tired, drinking enough water, and daily movement. I have made a plan for these situations; water - prepare water at the same time I get my coffee, evening exhaustion - go to bed no matter what time it is, and movement - get a really annoying alarm. We will see if it works. Last night I went to bed at 8:30.

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Hey Joanne. Thanks! It's good to know I won't be messing things up by not posting daily. (as I seem to be posting daily lately-teehee).

Have a great vacation!

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Trixy, welcome! I'm one that can't check in every day, but the great thing about this group is that it is so active that there's always someone checking in.

Linda, in the city there is more English spoken but also Mandinka. There are several other language groups in the country, but Wolof and Mandinka and Fula are the big ones.

I made it in to our guesthouse yesterday. The ferry crossing took longer than sometimes. We were in line 6:30 am and finally got on the ferry around 11:30. We had to wait for the third ferry of the day.

More on the Fitbit saga, Fitbit caved after I turned down their discount offer 3 times. They are sending me a replacement Fitbit! So I'm going from zero to two! I will put the replacement away for when the one from my friend dies.

Today I am attending a wedding reception for some Ghanaian friends who live here but married in Ghana in May. That will be a different experience for me since I don't know Ghanaian culture. They are also Christian and in the village most people are Muslim and do things the Muslim way. It will be fun to experience a Christian African party.

I will be here in the city August 10, so I have to stay strong in my food choices. I didn't bring my scale, so I'm just going to track as much as I can, eat mindfully and pray for a loss at the end of vacation. Since I won't be expending energy on work I also hope to do some exercise while I'm here. I just can't exert myself like that when I'm working. The CFS just doesn't allow that level of exertion.

Joanne

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Hi Linda. I will likely check in every few days (except when I go on holiday) and sometimes, I may be here every day. Thanks for the welcome. I appreciate it.

Noturningback........I'm sorry you're having such a rough time right now. It does not sound fun.
Thing is........do you want to let these idiots win? Don't turn back!! Do baby steps. If you eat something you know you shouldn't......follow it with something healthy.....like a salad or a piece of fruit. Drink your water it. It really, really helps with dealing with stress. Take what helps from this post and leave the rest. Hoping things get better for you real soon!!!

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I'm off the wagon (and in the ditch again), I've been off past 3 days. I had a pimple on my right thumb. Turned into s boil, didn't go out word, went internal. My right hand swelled and filled with fluid. Went and saw Dr. He drained most of the fluid with a syringe. It hurt, but almost back to normal. My mgr was mad so wrote me up and docked me 10 hrs for next week schedule. Wow.....there's always something. Im still searching for a Dr that is taking new patients along with my insurance.
I don't think I can do this anymore with just willpower. I read and see other have problems and are working thru them. I wish I could be more like you.

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Thank you all for your support. Have a great weekend.!

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Welcome Trixy- how often you check in is your choice. Some of us try to check in everyday, some it maybe once a month. Do what works for you. We are all working on supporting each other in our journey toward health.

Sue -NSV!!!! Great work, great change in thinking. We CAN do this.

Kat - congrats on the weight loss

PandB - super persistence. In the end time and effort WILL conquer apathy and old habits. As I said to Sue. YES, WE CAN!

Donita - thank you for your prayers. I think they worked since I decided to let my Higher Power take over I am feeling much better both physically and mentally. It threw me when my cousin went so quickly down hill and died suddenly. I am now at peace as is she. Thank you for the kindness and support.

I am babysitting today so that my daughter and SIL can go see Ghost Busters. I am much better and have found a place of serenity. Have a great weekend all.
Spark on
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Hello Sparklers,

Was on track all day yesterday and so far so good today. The weekend is coming and that is always a challenge. Like ITZ_SUE I will focus on making good choices.

Excellence, not perfection!!

Be well,

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Hi All. I'm wondering if there is anyone here who doesn't always get a chance to check in every day but who would like a buddy to keep in touch with. If so, let me know because that's what I'm looking for. We can still encourage each other to work towards our goals and be supportive. Have a great day!
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Hello Everyone!

I too am plugging along "like a turtle," but moving forward and feeling good about myself. I am making better choices everyday . and I get it! it is my choice to eat, whether it's eating too much, or just plain eating junk. I don't want the junk in my body anymore, and I don't want a stomach ache from overeating. I'm taking a break when I need a break, and am stopping the pushing to do one more thing. It is what it is! I continue to work on changing my head.

God's Peace, Health & Happiness.
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Well I actually got 3 pounds off plus what I had gained on the 4th Holiday weekend. I'm still behind, but moving along...like a turtle! Have a great day!

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Hello Sparklers,

Yesterday was a good day. Stayed on track with my eating and hit my targeted number of steps.

Today, so far so good. Went to water aerobics and have planned out my food for the day.

Be well,

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Hello Everyone,

Still working on staying in compliance for a string of days. I've been successful in making good choices the last couple days - Victory for me!, and have lost the vacation weight .. now to continue, and get back to my 100lb loss. I'm at 90 right now, so in reality, I'm up 10lbs for this past year. Time to move on, and treat myself with care and love. The Linda Spangle book continues to open my eyes to a lot of my struggles with food, and really does help me thru most of the day. I still struggle when I get home from babysitting, and I truly do not feel like standing in the kitchen and cooking, so I'm trying to set things up in the morning, and keeping it simple at night. I bought myself a pressure cooker .. we'll see if that will help with quicker dinners at night.

I've moved my mushroom log already in my yard, as I was afraid it was getting too much sun. We don't have a lot of shady areas in our yard, but I think I found a good spot now.

We have a family wedding coming up end of August, and I've been considering getting my house in shape to invite some family over the day after for a barbeque. I don't know .. I go back and forth on it. I'm really the only person in my family that has people over (other than my Mom, and she doesn't really care about all her clutter when guests come ... I get very stressed about it.). I've been reading about your decluttering Tammy, and I'm really jealous about your accomplishments. I would love to have some of that victory! But in my mind, I know I'd work on it, and get stressed and crabby because I'd be the only one working on it. I know, I know .. baby steps right? I've got to do something .. I can't stand the clutter .. in my house, or in my head.

Yesterday, I successfully got the Leslie Sansone walk 1 mile youtube exercise - Yay! I really did so much better after (sweaty tho, cuz I did it outside in the garage at the kids' house). It's been near 90 here, and too humid for me, but I did it anyway.

Well .. time for my day to move on .. thinking of you all, and keeping you in my prayers for peace of heart, and health of mind.

Kat: I'm working very hard on changing my mind.

Linda: hugs, hope things are shaping up for you.

Cat: wishing you success for your official weigh-in

Joanne: your environment of "food" sounds like my family life (lol) .. every get together is wrapped around food

David: hugs, hope your health and environment get safer .. take care

ok .. really gotta run now .. I'm gonna be late

hugs to all!

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A quick check in--I've missed reading and catching up with everyone.
Linda still praying for you and your family.
Looks as if there are several struggling. I must admit I am just trying to make it day by day. Try to be conscious of the food I put in my body. trying to stay away from processed foods, eating more fruits and veggies. Trying more varieties of fruits. Cherries were on sale yesterday.
spark on sparkers,
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I'll try this again. Computer is wonky lately. I am doing better, decided to turn things over to the Higher Power. whatever happens happens.

David. Wow congrats on the GREAT loss. WTG!! I know that stress can contribute to boils. I wish that you could catch a break; find a nice place to live, get the medical care you deserve, get a job you enjoy that pays more, be respected for the worker that you are, adopt your GD, and so much more. I do not see you as a negative person. I see you as a person overwhelmed by life. I wish you peace and serenity. Life should get easier not harder as we age. You have a lot on your plate.

PandB - me too. WA today and on track with food. One day at a time. I am struggling with my no seconds rule, but it took a while for the no eating in the car to become habit. I think this will also take so time and effort, but I think it is going to make a huge difference.

Paula - I felt your support accross the miles. I think it is what allowed me to let go and let God take care of things. Have a wonderful time with your family. I want to hear all about it after everyone has left. ENJOY!

Joanne - you are such a gracious lady, knowing how to handle thing for the best, for your hosts and for yourself. What is the language spoken in the city? I have heard that people in Africa speak more difference languages than any other continent.

Sue - I would love to grow some of those profane mushrooms. They are my favorite, love them in soup. I am babysitting the youngest while SIL takes GD to doc for eye exam. Sounds like you had a busy day yesterday.

I copied my message this time just in case the computer decides to be uncooperative. Have a great day all.
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I'm desperately staying away from the fridge today. I have lost 9 lbs in 2wks. But, I'm on the edge today. Awhile back I shared that about every 4months I break out with at least 5 boils (scattered), well it looks like that time again. I had a tiny pimple in top of my right thumb.within 2days I couldn't use, bend etc . the joint closest my wrist turned red, then purple. The infection has traveled across my hand and wrist. Went to minor clinic. Was given injectable antibiotics along with 2 oral antibiotics. It hurts, I'm tired, fed up. Dr said should start going away in bout 3days. Put me out 4daysfrom work. I called and told boss. Of course she was P,O,d even with Dr note I'll get a write up at work for missing.
My next check will only have 2days. My wife said don't worry ....but I could see on her face.
We had rats...now mice too...found a toy of my granddaughter all chewed up. Now I'm worried of her getting bit. Still can't find affordable housing to move to.


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Hello Sparklers,

Well, I think my tracker says it all.

Today I am starting anew. So far so good. Did my water aerobics and my food is on track. For now, just taking it one day at a time.

Be well,

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Acutally, I am down about a pound from yesterday, so at least I lost that .5 from the 4th...tomorrow is the true weigh in though. Have a great day everyone!

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Cat – So glad you had a great 4th! Your blog is excellent as usual.

Linda – Hope you are feeling a little less sad and a lot less stressed. I understand having both of these emotions, given your recent and current experiences. I am sending you strength and love across the miles….Hope you can feel both!

Joanne – I live about 2 hours from Sight and Sound in Lancaster PA. Is that the one you went to? (The other one is in Branson MO.) I love S and S productions. I try to get there about once a year, usually in the summer. My favorite production of all time there was Daniel. I think they are doing Jonah next year. How nice that your fitbit issue is resolved. It was a gift from God! I am still relying on the app on my phone to monitor my steps. I think it provides an accurate measure. I just have to make sure I wear something with a pocket to keep my phone in.

Sue – Very interesting about your mushroom class. I get mushrooms in my organic deliveries whenever they are offered. I read somewhere that eating even only one mushroom a day can have great health benefits.

Kat – Status quo is better than gaining, so celebrate that! Sometimes our bods need some time to adjust before a loss occurs again.

I have continued to be busily preparing for our family who arrive here tomorrow from Texas and will stay till probably Wednesday the 20th , though they might be leaving a day or two earlier. There is still a lot I could do in terms of decluttering various areas, but I am rather pleased with all I accomplished this month. I have been a frequent visitor to our recycle center and our local thrift store. I am looking forward to some wonderful times with our family. More Texas family arrives on Friday. The wedding here in PA for the daughter of one of our first cousins is Saturday. Then on Sunday there is an open house at the home of the bride’s parents. This is the first time so many of us have been all together since my dad’s funeral over 19 years ago. Various groups of us cousins have gotten together here or in TX but not so many of us all at once. I am really looking forward to this, as is my DS. I am not sure how much I’ll be able to check in here over the next 7 days or so, but I will do my best, even if it is just a quick check in.


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Just a quick check in...every status quo, but means not losing either. :( Hope you all doing fine.

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Sue, lol, shame on you, using profanity here!

Yesterday was a busy day for me too. We hosted a checking workshop for a book of Bible lessons for children We had about 15 adults that we invited and each adult had to bring a child between the ages of 8 and 15. We divided into 4 groups and read through the book in each group, checking with the kids as we went along to make sure they understood the words that were chosen to describe certain things. Sometimes there isn't an easier word, but we did find some easier ways to say some things. We will half another workshop like this in the city. The people living in the city do not understand Wolof as well as those in the villages so we expect to find more problems with understanding.

We provide breakfast and lunch as well as travel fare and a stipend for each participant. African food is really not healthy! I tried to limit my portions, but that's all I could do. After the workshop ended around 5pm, I needed to attend a baby naming party for twins. We didn't stay long, but wouldn't you know, the meal was served before we could leave. We tried to leave without eating but no one was going for that. We had to stay and at least pretend to eat. I had two or three tiny little handfuls of the rice (we eat with our hands).

Altogether I did okay considering the circumstances. I supplemented the day with some chicken breast and veggies in the evening. Couldn't really track, just had eat mindfully. Just makes me realize how bad people's diet is here. White rice, lots of oil, limited protein and veggies and they love sugar!



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Hello Everyone!

Yesterday was a busy day for me. Babysat the kids, busy with laundry and feeding and dishes .. I did take a break for a while, and crocheted. Then, in the evening, I attended a class with my good friend Mel. We learned how to grow shi-take mushrooms, and even came home with a log with the mushroom spores injected in it to start the growth. The class was very interesting .. but I have to admit that I'm a bit freaked about eating mushrooms that I find outside (I should have some in Spring (about 6 months). The man that taught the class has an organic farm and talked a lot about the organic fruits that he produces. He also teaches a class about small fruits, which Mel and I are going to try to attend in the Spring. Although the class was great, it was even better spending the evening with Mel. Being with her really lifts my spririts.

Being busy didn't leave me much time for munching, so my choices for the day were successful. I was really tired last nite, and slept really hard .. so I think the day will be strong for me. Smoothie is made, salad planned for lunch .. I just have to see what there is in my house for dinner.

Well .. gotta run .. time to get my log outside (it was too dark when I came home last nite), and then get to kids' house. Hope you are all doing well.

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(lol .. I had to change the way the mushrooms were spelled because SP flagged the word as profanity)

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Hello Everyone!

We're back from vacation, and now it's time to buckle down, and stay on track. Vacation was good, but I did have a 2.5lbs gain .. but I know that it was because of the choices I made, and knew it at the time. I've read some of the posts from the last week, but I'm sure I can never get caught up .. so we're starting fresh. Internet up north was terrible .. I couldn't even get a phone signal in the middle of the lake where we normally do. The good thing was we only went to town one time, so there wasn't the constant "ice cream" temptation for me.

Well .. time to get back to the real world .. sparkin' on!

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Joanne - congrats on the 2+ loss. I switched from fitbit to garmin and am very happy with the garmin. My main reason was that it was advertised as water proof.

Cat - glad your fourth was festive. Mine was very low key. We stayed home, and there were no fireworks close by, so a lot of nothing.. (((hugs))) back at you. Thanks

Paula - I am taking it one step at a time. Emotions ebb and flow. My brother is calling me constantly asking about memorial service. We are going to use my house, but no information about when and my daughter goes back to work the first of August. I am trying to be calm, but not succeeding most of the time. Sad and stressed.
Hope you have agreat time a your concert. Sounds lovely

David - you have so much stress in your life. Take care of yourself. I pray you can find a better place to live.

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Paula, I got to go to Sight and Sound while I was in the U.S.. Amazing production! We probably ate at that same restaurant too! Good luck staying on track there! You're a better woman than I am!

I finally got the scale to move again in a good direction. Down 2.4 pounds and possibly another pound if this morning's result stays. I'm normally a once a week weigher but with my weight bumping up and down, I needed to keep closer tabs for a while to remind me of my goals. I'm trying to decide if I should take my scale with me on vacation. I might.

I've had a Fitbit saga going on here. I lost my charger soon after arriving back in Africa. I hunted, but couldn't find it. A friend offered to buy me another charger and mail it to me. She mailed it in March. It still hasn't arrived. Last month, when I went to the guest house, the manager asked if I had lost some kind of charger. Sure enough, there was my charger. I happily plugged in my Fitbit, which I had brought with me in hopes that my package would have arrived. The little lights all lit up and I put it on and went on my way. Later, I checked and saw that no lights were lighting up. I charged it again. All the lights lit, but as soon as I took it off the charger...dead as a doornail. I contacted Fitbit this week but since it is two months out of warranty, they will only offer 25% discount on a new purchase from Fitbit store. Uh, no. I expressed my frustration on FB this morning. What do you know! A friend has an almost brand new Fitbit just like mine that she wants to send to me. I was going to buy a different brand, but to get a replacement at no cost is a gift from a God!

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Linda - (((hugs)))

Paula - I wrote a blog about our wonderful 4th of July. A surprisingly awesome day. You go girl on your decluttering. I appreciate you immensely sharing your accomplishments.

Walked in the pool today and then played with 2 out of the 4 g-kids ... Anne is too young to get in the pool : )

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Linda – Thinking of you and hoping all is going as well as it can for you at the moment.

David – You are juggling so many issues at once! I think you are doing remarkably well with so many serious concerns going on in your life. I applaud you for keeping up with your posts here. Hope your day was happy and compliant too.

Cat – So how did things go for your Independence Day get together? I agree with you. We all have so much to be thankful for.

I have been working hard as I continue with my decluttering. I made another trip to the recycling center again today with more recyclable items. I also dropped off 2 large bags of old blankets, sheets, etc. for one of our animal shelters. 1-800-got-junk was here on Tuesday to take away items I deemed not worthy of donating and that didn’t meet recycle criteria, including several tires that have been in our shed forever. The “junk” filled up 2/3 of their truck. I had estimated a full truck so 2/3 cost me less than I anticipated. Plus I was able to apply a coupon I received. Today I got a manicure and a pedicure, then went grocery shopping, and then came home and cooked a healthy dinner. My eating has been right on track, and I feel very good. Tomorrow I am going to Sight and Sound (a Christian theatre where they perform Biblical musicals) to see their production of Samson. It is several hours from here so tomorrow is a full day for me (leaving home at 10 am and getting back probably 12 hours later). On the way back we will stop at a relatively well known Pennsylvania Dutch restaurant for dinner. I fully intend to remain on track there. On Saturday DS and I are going to the wedding of one of his childhood friends. That too is around 2 hours from here so another full day is in store for me. I hope to rest on Sunday after church and then finish preparing for our relatives visit. They arrive on Wednesday the 13th in time for a family wedding on the 16th. So next week will be another full week for me.


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Good morning ladies, still eating and tracking everything. Nothing much new to report. Temp here is like most everywhere....tooooo....hottttt! .
I haven't added any info to my application for past few days on the slim down showdown camp. Our granddaughter has spent last 2days at her dads family house. Its really been quiet here. Feels strange..... I've been trying to get Dr appt for referral to podiatrist. Earliest opening in end of sept or 1st week in october.
I still think its planter warts on side/bottom of left foot. Every step and I want to scream!!!!!. My right knee has 2 small tears on left side.was told to walk/ exercise to help mend faster. Okay.....
They put my wife on new diabetic meds. I think its making her worse ( from side effects), than before. She's up to 9 different meds a day. ,( she's only in her 40s). I worry about her, and about everything else all the time.
They continue to build the aptments next door to us. They put up a 7 foot tall aluminum fence( same owner as our apts), srperating the properties. I don't know if its to keep us out...or to keep us in.... We continue to look for another place to live but nothing we can afford yet. We have to be out before my step daughter gets out of jail( substance abuse program), sometime around April of next year. We are going to give her benifit of doubt to try to better herself and her life. She's been in the program for about 3 months. She stays, counciling , job training etc there. We are not going to let her have her daughter until she seems capable, place of her own etc when she gets out. I'm trying not to dwell on any of that or it will be "stress eating city". I have took many short term items to worry about first.
Well, I'm going to try to nap for about an hour before getting ready for work.
I wish a happy and compliant day to each of you.
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thank you so much each and everyone of you. I love coming here. This is the kindest most supporting group of individuals I have ever encountered. So often on the internet it is not the best of people that we see. But here I feel love, and peace, acceptance and support. Take a moment and breath deeply and love yourself. Give yourselves a deep calm hug. The same kind of hug you have given me. Thank you for being you for showing the best of humanity,

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Linda – I am so, so sorry for your loss. Please know we are all thinking of you. Also know that you have a safe place here to process your grief.

You have always shared your words of wisdom with us and during your time of sadness, have done so again.

Peace and comfort be to you and yours.


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Linda - I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and I hope you find some peace in knowing that she is no longer suffering. Take care of yourself. We're all here for you in spirit.

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Linda,

Hugs and love to you. God knew to lessen the suffering of your cousin, an all of you watching. Praying for peace for you all.

Very poor internet service up here .. having a nice peaceful time, and trying to make healthy choices thru the days. Sometimes I win and sometimes not so much.

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Thank you so much for your kindness and support. You have all said exactly the right things. Paula, I loved the idea that she is now in the house of the blessed and that memories are eternal. I know this is the best thing for Maxine. She did very well until 2 weeks ago and then it was a very rapid decline. This last week she has been in misery and now she is at peace. I will miss her. Other than my brother she was the last person to remember my parents and my grandmother. We grew up together. More than my brother and I did. He is 10 years older than I am. She and I were only 2 years apart. One daughters were born 2 months apart. I am missing my sister-in-law because of the memories we shared and now I will miss my cousin. She wanted to live so badly. She said she knew it was not her time to go. She may have been right. If she had gone to the doctor when she first had symptoms she would probably be alive right now, instead she waited over a year. Just a reminder, take care of yourself, pay attention to the signals your body gives you and see the doctor.

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So sorry for your loss, Linda. It's always hard to lose someone. Praying for you and your family.

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Linda, so sorry on the passing of your cousin. Nothing about this situation comes easy. My prayers are with you and the rest of your family now and in the days ahead.
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Linda - so sorry for your loss!

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Linda, its hard to express the right words when it comes to loosing someone. I know everyone here is sending you prayers and hugs.
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Dear Linda,

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are right, she is now at peace. I will add her name to my "departed" prayer list. As we say in my church, "Her soul shall dwell with the blessed!" May her memory be eternal!

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My cousin died last night. My relatives seem to died on Holidays: my father died the day after Valentine's Day, my mother on Christmas eve, my grandmother the day after Thanksgiving. I am missing her, but know that she has found peace.

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Happy Independence Day everyone; liberal, socialist, conservative, libertarian, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Buddist, Agnostic, Atheist. Isn't it wonderful we live in a country where we can each have our own opinions? I am proud to be an American, land of the free, and free thinking. Land where we can read what we want and learn new things. Yeah! Freedom of speech, religion and thought. Love you my country

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Cat I loved your letter idea. I am going to sit down and write it for her and then give it too her daughter to read to her. She has just been approved for 24 hour home health care which is a huge relief for me. I had visions of horrible things and this assuages my worries. I do not think I will be able to see her again before she passes as her house is so hard to get into - a very bad set of stairs.

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I feel tons better today … no binge eating can do that. Go figure??? We also took time away from DD and family. DD is not happy about it coz we leave on the 13th and she wants to spend every moment together. We do too … but needed space.

We will have had 3 days apart when we get together tomorrow for a BBQ at her house. Which we will provide all the food for coz they have NO money even though they bought take out Chinese and pizza this past week. And would have gone bowling yesterday as a family if the place had been open. Since they weren’t they all got ice cream from a famous St Louis place.

Tomorrow her kids will cry they want some of everything made and then eat only a fourth or less of what they put on their own plate. Then one to two of them will throw the food away in the trash hiding it under stuff or flush it down the toilet like they have been doing and then lying about it.

There won’t be a place to sit inside or outside of her home. Or counter space to prepare any of the food. They will tell the oldest … Z who will be 14 in August … to do something. He will ignore it. After 4-5 times of loud drama … they will then tell A the 12 year old to do “it” who usually does … but since we have been here is pointing out that Z was told first to do it and didn’t. More drama.

Do y’all want to come with us since I have made it sound like soooooo much family fun???

Linda – I am soooooo sorry for your family’s situation. I think we “forget” that death is part of life. My dad died after 10ish months of cancer pain and sickness. Hubby’s dad passed away suddenly with us barely getting there before he went on to his next adventure. Both were heart breaking … but my dad’s was the hardest with watching him fade away. What did you think of my letter idea??

Paula – you have done a lot of decluttering … don’t feel guilty you didn’t do “more” in a day. I’m very glad you have good friends that help you out. Hubby and I have isolated ourselves … our own fault.

Donita – thank you for sharing your life with us. It’s not misery loves company … but insight into others’ lives that can encourage us, support us and bond us together. I am glad hubby is doing better. Sounds like the new school year will come with lots of changes … change can be a good thing.

Hug someone today … we do have LOTS to be thankful for!!!!


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Good afternoon all...
I wanted to stop by and say hello and let you all know I have been thinking about you guys. We have been very busy and tried to catch up on some posts. We have been trying to buy the house we have been living in. We finally became home owners last week. What a stressful time trying to send everyone everything they needed to complete the mortgage. Which is why my weight loss program has gone by the wayside. I have been taking the kids aged 5yo and 15 months to the pool sometimes. Have done some water arobics and some walking to the park with kids so my my exercise is better but food choices not so good... I will get back on the stick now that the stress level is coming down.
I tape everyone has a great 44th...will connect later...Jean

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Donita - thank you so much for sharing. It really helped me put the loss of my cousin in perspective. You are totally right. The worst is a long good-bye. Watching our loved ones suffer and disintegrate is the worst. Death is a part of life. I am really going to miss her, but it is time for her to go. One thing that is funny is that I hear from both of my children how I favor the other child. My son says I favor my daughter because she was the easy one that never got in trouble. My daughter says I favor my son because he was the troubled child that needed my help. The truth is I love them both, but I love them differently. I respond to them differently. I see myself helping my son more because I see him as more fragile. This is a big mistake because I make him more depended. I need to help my daughter more because she really is in financial problems at the moment through no fault of her own. My son's financial problem are all of his and his wife's making. If they are going to stand on their own two feet I have to let go.

Paula - You are absolutely right. Our prayers should be for her release from earthly suffering and for her to join the Higher Power in peace. Her daughter has accepted what is happening, but I do not think her son has.

I totally over ate yesterday. I actually decided that I needed to numb myself with food. I grazed most of the day and did not eat for health. I did track what I ate and it was about 2000 calories. I needed to just let myself go within reason. I am ready to get back on track today. I am going to go to water aerobics.
Have a wonderful holiday, fun and safe
Linda

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Oh my so much going on since I last checked in. So much of what we think is someone else's problem affects us more than we know. We just think we have our kids raised when they leave our homes and begin their own families. Both my daughters certainly know the buttons to push to get under my skin. My oldest the Virginian and I are alike in many ways so we can only be around each other for about 4 days and we're good. She is a total control freak with her kids and it drives me crazy. Extremely hard on her oldest son. He's only 12, but some of the responsibilities they give him you'd think he is 16. Wish they'd back off and let him enjoy being a kid. He'll grow up soon enough. The youngest daughter is a hard worker; to her own detriment. She can't stand to have down time. She always has to have a project going on. She is dealing well so far with her unemployment. Or so it seems; she is a open book when she wants to; but can also close off. Some of the choices she makes are not things I approve of and she was raised better. At this point I just continue praying that God will bring her back to Him.

Watching loved ones suffer with health issues sucks. (Plain and simple) I don't like that expression, but just about sums it up. You want to help; but sometimes your hands are tied and you are dealing with personalities of a lot of people. Sickness and death are things that none of really deal with well. My dad had Alzheimer's for about 4 years before he passed from other difficulties. The saying that it is a long goodbye doesn't even tell the tale. He's been gone 3 years, but to my mother it's as if it happened yesterday. And although her health has improved somewhat since his death she is a shell of her former self. She has lost so much weight she looks like a holocaust victim--just a bag of bones draped by skin. Their are 3 of us kids, but my younger brother and I can never live up to the expectations of our other brother who she leans on so much. They are co-dependent on one another. He has taken dad's place in her life. And although he gripes and complains about it; he feels he is the only one that can take care of mom. Very aggravating. For the longest time I felt such guilt over not doing/being enough until I finally decided I was involved in her life as much as she wants me to be. I try to call her at least a couple of times a week and we go mow her lawn and weed eat every 6 weeks. For some reason since my dad's death she rarely calls me. She tells me well I think about it, I just never get it done. Both boys live in the same town as she does, I live an hour away. Plus the "Favored" one lives only 3 miles and doesn't hold down a full time job. He's disabled, but manages to work at what he wants to do. So sorry didn't mean to rant on. I guess just empathizing with some of you got me going.

I guess as they say your stuck with your family; but your friends you can chose. I do try to enjoy my family as much as I can as I truly know that in an instant everything can change. I try to live more in the present, learn from my past and not let the future consume me too much. I don't know what I expected when we became empty nesters, but I don't think it is my present life. LOL

this will truly be a year of changes at work. We've had a long time employee retire just this last week. One of my closest friends who had been their 30 years. Then we had two instructors come hand in resignations very unexpectedly. So we'll have a lot of newbies on board. But in the next year there will be several more folks getting ready for retirement. I turn 61 this month so I have a few years yet, if my health will hold up. The hubs is doing fantastic with his health improvements. He's finding the most struggle with the smoking. But I think he has done so well and I pray that he can continue.
Talk to all of you later,
Hope each of you has a safe and wonderful Independence Day.
Spark on,
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Linda – I strongly caution you against tackling any stairs that do not have a railing. I know from first hand experience how dangerous that can be. Even four steps could cause major injuries for those of us who need to hold on to something when ascending or descending stairs. When there is no railing, I will not attempt it, even with a cane. I am so sorry about your cousin’s condition. Overall it sure seems to me like she fought a good fight. At times like this when the end is inevitable, I pray for a blessed and peaceful death for the person, so I will do that for your cousin, and pray too for the acceptance of God’s will for all involved with her. I suspect she is in good hands with the compassionate folks who work for hospice. Please take care of yourself. You have gone far above and beyond for your cousin for a very long time now.

Cat – Wow good for you for walking 3 miles and in the rain yet. You are getting back to your successful habits already! The belly side effects of off track eating is one thing that helps me stay on track or get back on track after I stray. Really, it is just not worth it in my book….so why do we do it??? Ugh!

I was really tired all day today. My sleeping schedule seems to be mixed up a bit. My neighbor came over early this morning to work with me for just a little in doing more stuff in the basement. He is such a dear sweet man. (For those of you who have been here a while, this is the neighbor who lost a lot of weight and still swims faithfully at our community indoor pool at least 4 or 5 times per week.) After he left (before lunch) I just did some little things around the house, feeling too tired to do much of anything significant. I ended up napping off and on through the afternoon and then made a relatively healthy dinner for DS and myself. My plan is to go to bed early (well early for me) so that I am well rested to get up early for church tomorrow morning. I doubt that I will do much, if any, decluttering tomorrow as I always try to keep Sunday as a day of rest and family stuff after we get home from church. I admit that I feel guilty for not doing more today. But realistically I would not have done anything well feeling as tired as I was.


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The hospital called and told my cousin's family that there was no longer anything they could do for her and she was being put on hospice care. She is coming home sometime this evening. They are bringing her to her own house, which has no air conditioning. It does have a swamp cooler but we have had both heat and humidity lately. Her son and daughter are going to take turns spending the night with her. She will have a daily nurse that comes in and a 3 hour health aid. Her daughter is going to stay with her the rest of the time. I think she may have about 2 weeks left. It could be a little shorter or a little longer. My son and I got in a fight today because I said I did not know if I could help because I cannot breathe if it gets too hot and without air I do not know if I could do anything. Putting her in a facility would cost $1500 which neither of her children have, but she has about $4000 for the month. Her house payment is 1200 and she has no other bills except utilities. I would just shut off all the utilities and use her money to pay for it. I do not want to say anything because I do not think it is my place, but I do not even know if they have thought of it. I did tell her daughter that I would relieve her during the day if I can get up the stairs and can breathe once I get there. There are only 4 stairs, but they have no railing so we will see.
Right now I am babysitting. My daughter and SIL are running some errands.
Today was my GD''s birthday so went to the country club for a couple of hours to celebrate. It was so nice there, about 80 degrees, bright and sunny, a slight breeze and the kids all playing in the lake.

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The crazy lady is back … I walked 3 miles in the RV parking lot in the RAIN. One lady applauded. I stayed on track yesterday with food but wanted to chew the house down last night. My belly hates me from allllll the over eating. OK sister … stay the course NOW.

Paula – thank you for commenting on my pretty, crazy, goofy, unorganized, beloved daughter. I miss her terribly when we are home and now that I am with her … I am confronted with allllll her flaws and my own as well. My frustration is like all moms … I want the best for and from my kids. The years and years of SIL’s alcoholism was pure torture for hubby and I. Now that SIL has turned the corner and has been sober for 2+ years … we had hoped our DD would have made progress. She has a weight issue, financial deficiencies, hoarding and a tendency to ignore issues as they arise and waits for the dam to break before doing anything IF anything. SIL’s father passed away just a month ago. We have talked many times about how he has been “tempted” to have just one drink to take the edge off his grief. I soooooo related with him when I wanted something to chew on to take the edge off. I think it is biological/physical … mind and body connection. And good question … why can’t it be lettuce or celery that will ease it. Sounds like you are doing good with food and decluttering!!! Stay the course.

Linda – I used a cane/seat for years and years before getting my knees replaced. It was a cane that folded out to provide a very small seat. Walking was painful but standing still was more than I could mortally take. When my tongue grows back … coz I bit it off trying not to say anything … I will have to freeze it. Have you thought about writing your cousin a letter telling her about your memories growing up with her, what she means to you and what you would like for her in her finally days??? This would give you an opportunity to express yourself, share it with her and then allow her to do with it what she wants/needs to. The kids were supposed to come over to the RV park today and swim in the pool with us. It is raining. So we cancelled our plans. Hubby and I took it as a sign we needed to be by ourselves today … so we didn’t feel anything. Ahhhh … we all need days off.

Take care of yourself everyone … you deserve it!!!



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Paula - thank you so much for your kind thoughts. I need my walker for places that I must wait and stand. In the stores I use the motorized carts, but at the post office I have to stand at the counter to get my packages so I use the walker because it has a seat, push a little, sit a little and I can make it. I can walk for about 5 minutes without a problem then If I sit for 1-2 minutes I can walk again, so any place where there are no motorized carts I use the walker.
Wow you really have be on a cleaning binge. WTG!

Cat - I know you will be back on track. KIDS!! They can fill your heart with hope and love and then they step on it just to remind you that life is not meant to be perfect. I am so proud of my son for his many accomplishments, but he seldom does things logically, his life is emotionally based. I have to freeze my tongue because biting it is not enough.

Mizzbee - welcome- congrats on a great beginning. I am a retired teacher (elementary)

David - I hope you get chosen this time. I think you are ready and up for the challenge and the thought of that money is bound to be an incentive. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Sue - I have another spangler book that is really talking to me Eat Q. It is about emotional Intelligence and living mindfully.

I have had a rough couple of days. I went to see my cousin and it is time to let her move on. May the Higher Power treat her with kindness and mercy.. She is in constant misery at the moment. She did know who I was. I just sat and held her hand. My son went with me and he is traumatized.
Food wise I have not done well. I went to piology and ate half of an individual pizza. and today I had 2 onion rings after leaving my cousin. I am sad and tired, emotionally tired. I do not want to feel anything for a while.

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Rondajo – You can move out of this little slump you are in. Maybe if you take a step back and start again by focusing on just one or two small changes, you will build momentum again and keep moving. Don’t beat yourself up but also realize that there is no time like the present to make changes. And definitely celebrate the fact that you didn’t gain any weight this month! We all have periods of trying to lose but just maintaining instead. I think sometimes our bodies need a little time to adjust as we lose. We are all here to support you as you get back to your healthy lifestyle. Sometimes a touch of the blues can derail our healthy lifestyle. Could that be a factor for you? I hope you focus on all the positives. You can do it! I am going to try the broccoli or spinach cakes. I’ll buy just one package. If I don’t like them, DS will eat them. He isn’t a big onion fan, but isn’t as fussy as I am about them.

PandB – Thanks for the brand name for the pedometer. I saw that brand on Amazon, and it had good reviews as I recall.

Joanne – Being tired sometimes brings on carb cravings for me too. I think it must be much more difficult for you since your food options are more limited than they are here for us in the US.

Mizzbee – Welcome! Nice to have you join in here.

Cat – Anne’s mommy is very pretty. I bet she looks like you. When you dust yourself off my friend, it is star dust. You are a star!!!!! Don’t fret too much about that blasted scale. We are much more than a number and YOU are success, regardless of the number on the scale. You have done super with your plan of food and exercise. And woo hoo for not buying your old favorites. That is a positive for sure. Our overeating doesn’t fix anything long term, but I do believe in the whole concept of comfort food as it contributes a great deal to overeating. Sometimes I wonder about a biological/physical component to it. I think there is a connection between mind and body. And I think that stress triggers physiological changes in our bodies that are sometimes uncomfortable and are eased when we consume carbs, etc. (Like, why couldn’t it be that lettuce or celery eased it instead????) I am in no way making excuses for overeating, but at least for me that is how I think it happens.

Linda – So sorry to read about all your cousin and family are facing. My heart just aches for everyone who must suffer and deal with such difficulties. Lending her your walker is really generous of you. I think David’s advice rings true: love them, pray for them, and let them know you are there. Do you use a walker all the time? I use a cane on occasion when my RA is really flaring. I used it on Thursday when we went to the minor league ball game because I had to walk a really long distance (well, long for me anyway). I have considered looking into a walker because I do so well when holding on to shopping carts, etc. Around the house the only time I use the cane is first thing in the morning. I hope your cousin gets her own walker soon.

David – I am so proud of you for wanting to do the weight loss challenge at work. I am pulling for you. Remember you will have a whole team of cheerleaders here cheering you on! Good luck! I also admire your company for promoting healthy practices in that way. Your advice to Linda is so sweet and sensitive. I too am an only child. My mother died first even though my dad had been the one who had a long history of illness. I had to care for my dad who ended up moving in here while I worked full time, etc. It was not easy, but I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Like you, I don’t think of the rough times much these days, and I know those days helped make me who I am today, and for that I am grateful.

Kat – 42 pounds in 10 months is super. You are doing great. Woo hoo!

Sue – Will miss you while you are off line so to speak, but I am very happy for you to have a break and a much deserved vacation.

Debby – Enjoy your time away from the fireworks. I saw something today online that said more dogs are lost on July 4 than any other day of the year, because of being scared from the fireworks. Our little guy doesn’t seem to mind them too much. Some years one of our neighbors goes a little overboard with fireworks but other than that the community fireworks display is far enough away from us that we can barely hear it.

I have had several busy productive days. I did fine on Wednesday going out to breakfast and then stayed on track the remainder of the day. Yesterday I did pretty well at the ballgame and was proud of myself for not going back for seconds on the very delicious cheeseburgers they had at the buffet. I did indulge in a few homemade cookies though. Today my neighbor brought us a pizza from a pizza place that is a favorite of mine. I haven’t had a pizza from this place in many many years. Well it is as good as ever, and I truly enjoyed it. I know I had more calories today (and probably yesterday) than I should have, but I also know I will be back on track tomorrow so I am mostly ok with it. I just can’t make a habit of this kind of eating. I have worked very hard with my neighbor to get more junk taken care of in the basement. I have 1800gotjunk scheduled to come on Tuesday so I still have the weekend to get more stuff ready for them to take. I think I might have enough to fill a full truck! My neighbor and I also made 2 trips to our recycle center with a full van of recyclables each time. And I have a section of boxes to donate to our local thrift shop. I am finally letting go of much of the stuff from my parents’ home which my dad sold 22 years ago when he moved in here. At the time he wasn’t ready to get rid of these items, and I guess I wasn’t either really, so we moved it all here to our very large basement. I still have a lot more stuff that I will eventually get rid of over time. But I must admit I feel great about what I have accomplished this week. I also had the carpeting in our bedrooms and family room shampooed today by a friend who has a cleaning service. He is such a sweet man and charged me only $45 for all three rooms! I am working on all of this because on July 13 I have family coming from Texas to stay here for a family wedding we have on July 16. DS and I also have a wedding to go to on July 9, for one of DS’s childhood friends. Just so much going on right now.


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A fall from grace … and I am doing my best to dust myself off.

I HAD been on program … planning my food, ensuring I have it on hand and eating when I am physically hungry. Exercising 5+ times a week … even in the humid, hot temperatures and with my feet, legs and hands swollen.

I have compulsively eaten every day for a week … crackers, Ginger Snaps, nuts even Fiber One Bars. My definition is not being able to stop and eating large, large quantities before I basically wind down. The good news is I ate things on hand instead of going to the store and buying alllllllll my ol’ favorites.

Why????

Disappointed that I didn’t reach my Onederland goal before Anne was born … weighed in at 200.5
The scale betrayed me and jumped up 5-10 pounds in water retention.
DD’s hoarding, chaotic household … I raised her better than this.
G-kids lying, sneaking and manipulation.
DS’s alcoholism has left an ugly scar in everyone’s life … not just his.
DD’s household eats nothing but crap at every meal … I raised her better than this.
DD wails constantly about being broke … while she spends money daily on things not necessary and buys take out for most of their suppers. We eat back at the trailer.
We do NOT give our three kids money … any more. Their decisions are their right to support but ARRRRRRRRGH.
Maybe we are … homesick.
DIL in Colorado has to have a diagnostic sonogram because g-kid number 9 that is due the end of August has not grown in the last month and we are 800 miles from them.
Maybe I’m a chomping addict … chomp, chomp, chomp.

So what is me over eating gonna fix you ask????? I hope y’all have an answer coz I don’t.

Paula – the picture of Anne is with her mom … our beloved DD who is a mess and is driving me nuts. You go girl on the decluttering. Thank you for providing such needed guidance to our school kids as a psychologist.

Linda – WooHoo on getting your living room better organized. I love cranberries but have raisins on hand. Hmmm … didn’t know there was flat vs curly kale … so I have been using curly. Ouch on the kiddos. Sorry about your cousin. Right now I am overwhelmed with wanting to FIX my daughter’s life … but that is hers to fix how she wants … or not. So frustrating.

P&B – I minored in psychology and I started a Masters in it but alas I was not a good on-line student. WooHoo on your steps.

Donita – good to hear from you. Let’s both get on track with food and exercise. I bailed on exercise for a week now … it took 3 hours to get it done. 30 minutes to the park; 60 minutes of exercise; 45 minutes to DD; and 45 minutes of peeling off wet clothes, showering and putting clean clothes on. But you know what … I have missed walking.

RondaJo – WooHoo for walking … I really have missed it this past week. I have been over eating in the evening when we get “home” from DD’s … hmmm???

Kat – WooHoo for being 42 pounds lighter. I swear I gain weight at lightning speed.

Debby – have fun on your camping trip while keeping your eating in check.

David – I have my fingers and toes crossed for ya on the fit camp.

Sue – Linda Spangle’s book is not a one size fits all … but had many, many lessons that spoke to me. I find them rolling around in my head this past week as my mouth took on a life of its own … while I watched. Enjoy those kiddos … we only have 11 more days with ours … if I don’t strangle them first.

MizzBee - welcome, welcome. Hang for the ride here.

Joanne - let's feed our souls and not our carb cravings ... we can do this!!!!!

Just finished catching up on reading everyone’s posts … I hope I have included everyone coz I know how important it is to me to be “heard”. Now for a jumbo size kale salad to keep me on track. I haven’t figured out how to count my days … since I broke my streak : (


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Hi, mizzbee, welcome! I just sent you a private message. I forgot to say that our students range from 15-60.

Congrats on your loss so far! There are rough patches along the way but we are here for each other. Power through! You can whine or vent here all you want, just don't give up!

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To Aiisuun:
Hi! I'm just joining this group. I found your post interesting. Congratulations on your weight loss , it is inspiring! I just started my wight loss journey - lost 14 lbs. Going through a rough patch right now but I have challenged myself for the month of July.
I supervise an Adult Basic Education class in the Brooklyn Public Library. I've been in adult literacy for over 15 years. Where is your program? How old are your students?

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Good Morning!
It's really nice out. We have a light drizzle going. My dogs aren't happy about that. There was thunder last night and this morning. They don't like that.

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I haven't quite fallen off the wagon, but I'm hanging of the edges. I'm pretty much staying in my calories, but at the high end. I'm so exhausted these days. The CFS is hitting me more than it has in a long time. When I'm so tired I crave carbs! I'm trying to resist because the wrong kinds of carbs make the fatigue worse. I also don't have the energy too cook much or food prep so I go to the quick easy things that are not the healthiest options. I haven't gained any. Just not losing.

The end is in sight. Our literacy program closes for the rainy season so we closed yesterday. That's part of the reason I'm so tired. I went out to villages this week, giving certificates and prizes to those who did well in their classes this year. I love doing that, but it's tiring. I get to make a little speech in each village. I enjoy public speaking, so I get a charge out of that. It's fun in another language when most of your audience doesn't realize that you speak the language that well. I love using local proverbs and seeing my audience light up when I do.

My other responsibilities of overseeing all the finances will continue, but with programs closed for a little while, that work will reduce too. Two weeks until vacation!

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Sue and David - thank you so much for the kind words it helps so much to be able to come here and just tell all.
My cousin is back in ER tonight. This time both her daughter and her DIL took her. That is much better as they can get support from each other.
Tonight is my class. I spent 30 minutes on the bike this morning and my daughter actually has a week off so we may be able to get somethings done around here.

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Hello - I didn't get anything off this last week, very frustrating. I'm going to play some this weekend since I have all three days off from all three jobs. I really need to watch it because I can put on 10 pounds in a weekend. I just barely made my end of June goal. Have a great day!

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Good Morning! It's hot and humid but the sun was hiding again. So I got a small one mile walk in. I like it when the sun isn't beating on my head.

NOTURNINGBACK57; Love that camp idea. I need that! Hope u get picked. If u do it would be cool to know how u are doing. Good Luck

This month is over. I didn't achieve any of my goals. :-( Makes me not want to set any goals for July. Still having a major problem with eating. For example yesterday I did really good until after dinner. After dinner I had waffles, eggs, syrup. and popcorn. Almost 2000 calories again. This happens so many times. I'll consume 1100-1400 calories for the day & that night I have an uncontrollable eating spur. Not hungry : just can't quit eating. It's as if my brain needs something. I think the problem is in the head not the belly. I didn't lose any weight this month but I didn't gain any back. Exercise (walking) has gone down the tubes since it got so hot out. I haven't been doing anything.... No reading, no church, housework & laundry not as often as I should be doing it. I don't know what to do. I feel overwhelmed and I am doing absolutely nothing. I don't even leave the house. I watch Netflix and that's about it.

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