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  • heading north

    9/9/2016 12:22:33 PM, by SARAWMS48

    After endless deliberation and much discussion, my husband and I are buying out my brother and moving into the house where I grew up. We are als... Read more

  • Some is better than none

    7/2/2016 8:13:29 AM, by SARAWMS48

    Five years ago, one of my daughters graduated from law school. A woman at our celebration encouraged me to take a photo of all of us together, c... Read more

  • Back to the elliptical

    6/4/2016 7:49:53 AM, by SARAWMS48

    This morning I weighed less than I did before I hurt my knee in March. In early August, my older son is getting married. My first goal is to we... Read more

  • Heading back down

    5/15/2016 8:11:34 AM, by SARAWMS48

    Because my knee has finally healed, I have been off the anti-inflammatory medication for 4 days. My weight is within 2 pounds of where it was wh... Read more

  • Beginning again

    4/23/2016 8:07:15 AM, by SARAWMS48

    After spending a couple of years maintaining around 200, I weighed 217 this morning which makes me officially obese. To leave that category, I m... Read more

  • The new normal

    4/9/2016 7:31:19 AM, by SARAWMS48

    Since March 16th I have been unable to do my normal exercise. Since that date,one of my daughters got married. We were busy preparing for it, ... Read more

  • Gaining

    3/23/2016 2:11:28 PM, by SARAWMS48

    I began a massive dental procedure to crown all of my lower teeth a few weeks before Thanksgiving. Last week it was completed. A day later I inju... Read more

  • Returning home

    2/6/2016 9:31:59 AM, by SARAWMS48

    As I write those words, I realize that I have felt more at home here than I do in my real home where I've lived for nearly 30 years. They say th... Read more

  • City mouse vs. country mouse

    1/11/2016 10:02:52 AM, by SARAWMS48

    We have now been staying in Chicago for 24 days sans any scale. When I spent the night at my daughter's last week, I discovered I weighed the sa... Read more

  • Location, location, location

    12/22/2015 9:07:28 AM, by SARAWMS48

    We have sublet a furnished apartment for 6 weeks to be near my daughter who is expecting a baby in a few weeks. Five of my children live within ... Read more

  • Changes

    12/9/2015 5:45:55 PM, by SARAWMS48

    My mother-in-law had a heart attack on the 20th of November. She was able to speak with many of her far-flung grandchildren and children during ... Read more

  • Tooth issues

    11/12/2015 9:11:23 AM, by SARAWMS48

    Three weeks ago I had a molar pulled. The tooth had a root canal, a crown and gum surgery before being removed. Next week, I am getting 6 crown... Read more

  • 12 Steps for Self-Care

    9/10/2015 10:46:58 AM, by CARPROTH

    1. If it feels wrong, don't do it. 2. Say EXACTLY what you mean. 3. Don't be a people pleaser 4. Trust your instincts. 5. Never spea... Read more

  • Reunions

    8/22/2015 8:09:00 AM, by SARAWMS48

    Today I am going with my oldest daughter and her four children to my family reunion. Four of my mother's siblings, all in their eighties, will b... Read more

  • Day 70 of not smoking

    8/9/2015 8:39:17 AM, by SARAWMS48

    After not smoking for 70 days, my weight is only a pound higher than when I gave it up. I'm pleased to be able to maintain through this time. U... Read more

  • Weddings

    6/7/2015 8:14:45 AM, by SARAWMS48

    Once again, I have quit smoking. It has been six days now and I'm glad I did it. My body started the process by getting a horrid cough while I ... Read more

  • Spring

    3/30/2015 8:24:06 AM, by SARAWMS48

    The coming days are supposed to be warm and sunny, but I'm sure we'll have more cool, rainy days. In the last few weeks, I washed some curtains t... Read more

  • I am back, after a very, very long break.

    3/9/2015 8:22:12 AM, by GREASE31

    I am back, after a very, very long break, which seeems to, have lasted forever, & @ times, has felt like, it!!!! !!!! !!!!. Recently i have... Read more

  • Trying harder, trying differently

    2/19/2015 8:52:56 AM, by SARAWMS48

    My continual effort to reach my goal of getting back under 200 pounds is being slowed down by how I manage to cheat. While I made it through Va... Read more

  • Restarting again ... again

    2/16/2015 7:14:32 PM, by WOMANATWORK1

    Hello SP! I'm returning to my SP roots because I've recently been diagn... Read more

  • Dealing with new reality

    2/7/2015 8:45:45 AM, by SARAWMS48

    My husband's mother went into the hospital in early November, then to a nursing home until early January, and is now in assisted-living. Our liv... Read more

  • First loss since Christmas

    1/11/2015 9:22:13 AM, by SARAWMS48

    Eating correctly is becoming easier with each day. At my visit to the doctor, he said I had gained 5 pounds since two years ago. That was not a... Read more

  • Goals for 2015

    1/3/2015 7:58:55 PM, by SARAWMS48

    This year brought a return to weighing consistently over 200 pounds for the first time in the last four years. I hate to see the numbers, but I ... Read more

  • frightened by weight gain

    12/2/2014 4:43:26 PM, by SARAWMS48

    Today I weighed more than I have in 5 years. My weight has held steady and now it isn't. My husband's mother had been in the hospital for two w... Read more

  • Memories of years ago

    11/3/2014 6:03:40 PM, by SARAWMS48

    On Halloween night back in 1974, I was at a friend's house eating from a large bowl of her children's candy and downing homemade rice krispie tre... Read more

  • maintaining in different circumstances

    10/16/2014 7:44:44 AM, by SARAWMS48

    Three weeks ago I had gum surgery. For the first week, I allowed myself to eat ice cream every day. Normally, this is a special once-a-week tre... Read more

  • Looking back 5 years

    9/17/2014 6:44:43 PM, by SARAWMS48

    By using the tools on this site, I discovered that I now weigh within a couple of pounds of my weight in 2009. Back in 1997 when I weighed 283, I... Read more

  • Recovery

    9/13/2014 8:33:43 AM, by SARAWMS48

    Yesterday I weighed what I had before my anniversary and birthday celebrations. It feels good to find out I can regain control after eating swee... Read more

  • Overcelebrating

    9/8/2014 7:53:30 AM, by SARAWMS48

    My anniversary and bday are only 4 days apart. I have been on a non-stop overeating, wine-drinking celebration for the last 10 days which obviou... Read more

  • Such a Long Time Away..............

    9/5/2014 1:48:16 PM, by LIBBYG7

    Hello Friends. I've been away from the Sparks community for a long while due to continuing health problems, and I'm fighting them every day.... Read more

  • Judging women by their looks

    8/15/2014 9:14:27 AM, by SARAWMS48

    My daughter, my 9-year-old granddaughter and I had an interesting discussion yesterday about whether women should be valued for their looks that ... Read more

  • Not smoking, part 2

    8/1/2014 8:23:18 AM, by SARAWMS48

    Tomorrow will be 2 weeks since I quit smoking. I only weighed a half pound more when I weighed myself than I used to. The cravings stopped afte... Read more

  • not smoking

    7/26/2014 8:00:28 AM, by SARAWMS48

    When my cousin decided to quit smoking last Friday, I decided I would also try. I tapered off from 4 on Wednesday to two on Thurs. and Friday, t... Read more

  • Watching the grands

    7/6/2014 8:02:29 PM, by SARAWMS48

    Since last Tuesday, we have helped my daughter by babysitting her three girls, ages 9, 5, and 2. I am totally and utterly worn out. Tonight we t... Read more

  • New grandchild

    7/1/2014 8:34:06 PM, by SARAWMS48

    My oldest daughter had her fourth child, first boy, after a 20-hour labor. I didn't know that ever happened. Quite an ordeal for her and a lot ... Read more

  • Waiting on a baby

    6/23/2014 7:25:59 AM, by SARAWMS48

    My oldest daughter is due to have our first grandson on Wednesday. Yesterday, we babysat her three girls while she worked. My own mom worked... Read more

  • Ironic weight loss

    6/11/2014 12:29:25 PM, by SARAWMS48

    We got home yesterday after spending 5 days in Michigan vacationing with our kids. I drank wine, ate pizza, a brownie, zucchini bread, potato sa... Read more

  • Realistic goals

    5/28/2014 7:06:40 PM, by SARAWMS48

    In the last two days, two different people have commented on my weight loss. One hadn't seen me in over 12 years. The other is a woman I see we... Read more

  • Learning my limits

    5/9/2014 9:41:33 AM, by SARAWMS48

    1920--calories 2 smokes I mowed the lawn, did the elliptical for 35 minutes, and collapsed on the couch. Apparently, I need to build up t... Read more

  • Neighbors

    5/4/2014 10:05:34 PM, by SARAWMS48

    1892--calories working in garden for 3 hours We had fun with our neighbors. After living next door to them for 23 years, we finally went ... Read more

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