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  • Boom boom pow

    6/18/2018 2:38:57 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    I love this piece of art work and the saying: “i’ve Got that boom, boom, pow.” Sparklers—What advice do you have for successful weight loss? I’ve done this before and will do it again. But first, I’m going to ask the experts. What I Think the key elements for me are: Food journal, co... Read more

  • The Scale and I

    6/14/2018 6:41:12 AM, by SMITTY-B

    Weekly weigh-in: 166.4 Loss: -.6 Total loss: - 5 lbs Emotion: Tense Do you and the scale dance every day? Maybe you don’t give a darn what it’s got to say. A gain can send you into a spiral of sadness and self-loathing. Maybe an uptick on the scale spurs you to be more determined an... Read more

  • Sticks and Stones

    6/12/2018 6:47:34 PM, by SMITTY-B

    "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." Isn’t it funny, how the view you have of yourself can be disproportionately influenced by the view that other people have of you? I’ve always wanted to be one of those uber-confident people who don’t give a good shake a... Read more

  • Sometimes I need a break

    6/11/2018 7:22:01 PM, by RHETTDOG

    I tend to over do it when I exercise and then I pay for it the next day. I get so frustrated and depressed because since last year I gained 20lbs because I broke my leg. I often wonder if I’ll ever be able to be where I was actively before I broke it. If I gained a little weight I could easily loose... Read more

  • Omada Day 1

    6/10/2018 11:10:51 AM, by VHALKYRIE

    This morning I received my welcome information and introduction to the Omada program (see my previous blog about what the Omada program is). Pretty simple stuff. Use my scale, track food and exercise. The mission statement of the program is diabetes prevention. My employer is paying for ... Read more

  • Making the best of it

    6/10/2018 10:42:56 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    For the last 2 days I’ve been in an unusual place, highly restricted and regulated. With modern conveniences, but significant limitations. No grocery, no restaurants, no pedestrian traffic, no talking except in designated areas. Food is plentiful, but not necessarily my first choice. I want t... Read more

  • Omada Health Program - A Trial

    6/9/2018 9:07:04 AM, by VHALKYRIE

    Earlier this month, I joined a work incentive plan to get in better shape. It's an "On the Move" challenge where members of the company combine together into teams, then try to meet walking step objectives with fitness trackers. The idea is to encourage employees to get in better health to lower h... Read more

  • Dr. Peter Attia: Readdressing Dietary Guidelines

    6/8/2018 7:11:50 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    Dr. Peter Attia discusses the history behind our beliefs about fat and cholesterol's effects on our body systems and uses data to debunk myths. http://www.youtube.com/watch
    ?v=nhzV-J1h0do About Peter Attia Peter is the founder of Attia Medical, PC, a medical practice with offices i... Read more

  • 100 days

    6/7/2018 9:05:24 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    This sums up life. Have a great attitude and things will happen. I’ve been reading Linda Spangle’s 100 more days of Weight Loss. My first goal is to read through the entire book and then I will journal for 100 days and work back through the book one day at a time. 100 days can bring a b... Read more

  • My Way...or, erm the High Weigh?

    6/6/2018 3:53:54 PM, by SMITTY-B

    It was a pretty active week as my workplace has ramped up for the summer. Horse Camps usually make me shudder a bit, but the kids seem to have a good time and the horses get loved on, so who am I to judge? I did mess up my foot somehow that I link to wearing boots and walking over rough pasture, so ... Read more

  • June 5

    6/5/2018 11:25:47 PM, by ALLIEOOPS2

    It’s been a few weeks since I blogged last. My knee is back to normal, but I’m afraid to go back to doing 80 Day Obsession. It was very heavy into lunges and squats and I don’t want to relapse. In the alternative I have begun doing a C25K program on the treadmill. I’ve been feeling really go... Read more

  • Blood Donation Haters

    6/5/2018 3:26:34 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    I lost 20 pounds as of this week! I have about 8 fitness apps on my phone, and one tracks your first size and last. I hit the 20 pounds lost mark. Progress is good. Unfortunately the way I found out was a bit of a downer. I donate blood at a plasma place for extra cash. You can ... Read more

  • Hey SparkPeople - What's Up With Your Sponsored Blogs with the Comments Turned Off?

    6/5/2018 7:24:12 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    Has anyone else noticed this? If an article is sponsored by the for example the American Beverage Association you are not allowed to comment on the article. That's pretty annoying. My comment would probably be, If the American Beverage Association makes this product than it's probab... Read more

  • Moving Forward

    6/5/2018 6:30:45 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    The last 2 months have been a game of up and under 240 lbs. For me, typing that number is surprisingly real. I do not feel fat. I’m very active and other than when at work, I never sit down for long. A couch potato does not describe me at all. Yet there it is on the scale. I remember when I w... Read more

  • A Time to Every Purpose

    6/5/2018 3:12:06 AM, by MIDDLEMIST_RED

    On Sunday, I put a halt to keeping up with the 28 Days* I've been working on for the past two weeks. But, I will resume the second half as soon as I am done with finals--sometimes, a shift needs to take place. By no means is this giving up or falling off a wagon or back-sliding or anythi... Read more

  • Great Discussion about Sugar, Carbs, Fat, Exercise, IF and CICO

    6/4/2018 6:34:06 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    Joe Rogan and Gary Taubes talk about sugar, carbs, fat, exercise, intermittent fasting and calories in, calories out. m.youtube.com/watch?v=q0ffsw
    UVoxA... Read more

  • 4 legged personal trainers

    6/4/2018 3:18:59 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Meet Henry, the standard poodle. Aka Mr personality. He loves to be photographed and be the center of attention, especially after he’s groomed. He knows he’s hot stuff then. Every Batman has a Robin. Beebee is the greyhound and loves her walks. She’s routine driven and is either up or down. Gr... Read more

  • Saturated Fat and Heart Disease with Chris Masterjohn

    6/3/2018 8:21:20 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    Chris Masterjohn Video Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
    =vbBXy5xssY0 Chris Masterjohn Video Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=GVg41YT2m3Y Chris Masterjohn Video Part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
    =Xdb_ou_Z814 ---------------------- Quick history here ... Read more

  • 23 Studies on Low Carb Diets

    6/3/2018 8:05:50 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    All of the studies are randomized controlled trials, the gold standard of science. All are published in respected, peer-reviewed journals. A sample of them below ————————- 2. Samaha FF, et al. A low-carbohydrate as compared with a low-fat diet in severe obesity. New England Journal of... Read more

  • 5 Studies on Saturated Fats

    6/3/2018 8:02:51 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    Great podcast about saturated fats here - www.blogtalkradio.com/undergro
    undwellness/ 2014/09/03/nina-teicholz-eat
    -more-butter And here -www.blogtalkradio.com/undergr
    oundwellness/ 2010/03/18/good-calories-bad
    -calories- with-gary-taubes ———————- 5 Studies on Satura... Read more

  • How Different Fats Are Made

    6/3/2018 7:45:57 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    Canola Oil www.youtube.com/watch?v=omjW
    mLG0EAs Cold Pressed Olive Oil www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pbzr
    dz0yetU Butter www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwb2
    uZLSLhw ... Read more

  • Array: Days 9, 10, 11, 12 of 28

    6/3/2018 1:03:48 AM, by MIDDLEMIST_RED

    "It's your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you." --Rumi (get moving!) Connected and Creative: Days 9 & 10 When stress gets high, what are the first things to go? Usually, for me, it's exercise and nutrition. Things must... Read more

  • First 5% challenge finished

    6/2/2018 10:45:32 AM, by HANDPRINT1972

    Today I finished my first 5% Challenge. The first in what I hope will be many. I really enjoyed the team interaction and support. The check-ins kept me focused and encouraged the life-style habits that need to be permanent to make the weight loss permanent. I lost weight, but didn't quite make ... Read more

  • Links that can save or change your life

    6/2/2018 9:35:13 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Tomorrow marks the 12 year anniversary of my 2nd chance at life. I knew something was seriously wrong and went to ER for the second time in my life, exactly 3 weeks after the 1st visit. I was 40 years old, athletic, active, and overweight, but in Onederland and ready to tackle the world. 185 216 ... Read more

  • 7 Reasons Why Cycling is Better Than Running

    6/2/2018 6:22:38 AM, by GOODGETNBETR

    Who knew? Okay, I had a feeling 332 https://www.bicycling.com/news
    /a20028021/7-reasons-why-c
    ycling-is-better-than-running/ #cycling #rideindiana #love... Read more

  • Body Recomposition (Some Numbers)

    6/1/2018 9:32:49 PM, by VHALKYRIE

    I met with my metabolic coach today for a weigh in and a body comp measurement. The results surprised me. I went in for my initial measurement on 5/16, which was about two and a half weeks ago. My cardio endurance and power during my bike rides has improved considerably due to my conditioning... Read more

  • Confessions of an Oreo Addict

    6/1/2018 4:01:39 PM, by SMITTY-B

    I’ve been trying to find the words to start this blog, but between you and me, those words have proved incredibly elusive this week…perhaps they’re off somewhere partying with my willpower, which has also been AWOL. I met the Oreo challenge head-on...and failed. Desperately. They were in the ho... Read more

  • At age 70 he took up skateboarding

    6/1/2018 2:02:23 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Age is not a limiting factor for exercising. “At age 70 he took up skateboarding, in his 90’s he was still barreling down ski slopes. Also in his 90s he was high in a tree with a chainsaw trimming branches.” Today I wrapped up the book “Unbroken” by Laura Hillerbrand. It is about Louis Zamper... Read more

  • Contrast: Day 8 of 28

    5/31/2018 3:43:21 PM, by MIDDLEMIST_RED

    I usually post photos of myself that either don't show my face (because I'm body documenting) or I've snapped a sweaty selfie, post work-out. Anyway, here's one from the other day where I'm a bit more put together and definitely happier. As you can probably tell from the photo, things a... Read more

  • Feeling better

    5/31/2018 11:37:03 AM, by CYCLISTA58

    Thanks to all who commented. I ate a little extra and had a very low stimulation evening and got a decent night's sleep and the cold doesn't seem too bad and I am feeling like myself again. I am having a little trouble with my legs cramping (which sometimes happens to me AFTER big rides) but I... Read more

  • Does God want me to return to combat?

    5/31/2018 8:49:56 AM, by DISCIPLEAD33

    The thing about Parkinson’s Disease is that symptoms continue to get worse over time. I know that, I accept that. Does that acceptance come easily? Not at all! Accepting that I have Parkinson’s means accepting that I likely will never be able to perform at the level I did when I was at my peak ... Read more

  • Support, focus, goal-setting and friendship

    5/31/2018 5:46:53 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    2 years ago 504 I took a chance and committed to this thing called a private 5% challenge. This means what you post is accessible to team members only. I wasn’t sure about the entire concept or even about Sparkpeople then. I hadn’t really found anything that awesome that I felt justified my time on... Read more

  • Capris, breakfast, and a tip of the day

    5/30/2018 6:49:54 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    This meme says it all. I got ticked off earlier in the week when I was able to pull on a pair of pants and snap them. Why? Because they didn’t fit, they should have, I could have worked harder, because I don’t even like donuts. You all know the drill. This morning I was looking for someth... Read more

  • Bold In The Soul

    5/30/2018 1:07:06 AM, by HEATHERSTHPW68

    Ever since i started a new fitness class over a year ago, i have noticed a different side of me that i hadn't seen in a long time if ever. A few months into the class I started feeling something deep down inside but i wasn't sure until I heard about a new book that was released last August. not o... Read more

  • Struggling with sleep and getting sick

    5/29/2018 5:18:18 PM, by CYCLISTA58

    Well, I am in the early stage of what appears to be a nasty cold after travelling with someone who had one. And I had a different virus last week. I tried to ride easy this morning and it was a mistake--I felt terrible. I know I am getting sick from not sleeping and the only way I can really... Read more

  • Choices and action

    5/29/2018 11:41:20 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    I’m mad at myself for not pushing a bit harder and for making bad choices. I had to go buy a pair of specialty pants for an activity that Doesn't cater to fat people. Because most obese people don’t need these clothes or do this sort of thing. I’m on the fringe of not doing several activities ... Read more

  • Class is out

    5/29/2018 12:01:29 AM, by HANDPRINT1972

    Today marks a change for me. I have been teaching an online course for the past 4 or 5 years. It was only supposed to take up 20 hours a week, but ended up taking up most of my "free" time, that is, time not spent at my primary place of employment. It's been during this time that I gained back so mu... Read more

  • Not So Simple Calorie Counting

    5/28/2018 9:48:11 PM, by VHALKYRIE

    When I think back to when I first joined Spark so many years ago, I'm often stunned by how my journey has changed. I joined back then because I was overweight, unhappy, and unhealthy. I needed help. I was so focused and committed to calories in - calories out that I had spreadsheets designed to f... Read more

  • End of the First Week: Day 7 of 28

    5/28/2018 6:20:54 PM, by MIDDLEMIST_RED

    The day's big challenge was to go it alone, to spend time thinking about interests and goals that don't include others. As an introvert, I probably need the opposite of this challenge! Nevertheless, I took the challenge seriously and spent more time journaling than I usually do, took ... Read more

  • Easy ride

    5/28/2018 12:59:59 PM, by CYCLISTA58

    Went out early this morning for a very easy ride doing loops around the state park. I totally needed a recovery ride and it was lovely. We saw a mama kildeer running around pretending to have a broken wing and then looked closer and saw 4 baby kildeer running around too. Also an oriole carrying ... Read more

  • Join an 8 week boot camp

    5/28/2018 6:59:46 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Today is Memorial Day. First thank you to all who have served our country and have sacrificed so much. My father-in-law helped liberate prisoners from German concentration camps at the end of WWII. He saw the horror of war and the walking dead. Many gave their life, so this was possible. All deserve... Read more

  • Hard ride

    5/27/2018 7:20:41 PM, by CYCLISTA58

    I just got back from the Horsey Hundred bicycle ride in KY and it was HOT, but I did okay. Did have a (clothed) full body shower under a hose held by a volunteer at the 75 mile mark. Another reason to lose weight: smaller bodies are better at releasing heat and keeping cool!... Read more

  • In a month I want to 5lbs less

    5/27/2018 11:29:53 AM, by RHETTDOG

    Next month in 30 days I want to be 5lbs less. I need a plan. I need to hear your tricks of the trade. I need advice on cooking for families. And I need to figure out how to eat more vegetables.... Read more

  • Memorial Day!

    5/27/2018 11:13:55 AM, by SMITTY-B

    A hometown girl, Erma Bombeck was an original. Here's a favorite quote from her regarding Memorial Day: “You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with... Read more

  • Grateful: Day 6 of 28

    5/27/2018 4:49:57 AM, by MIDDLEMIST_RED

    Journaling in bed this morning about the day's challenge* (gratitude), I sat and thought for a good long while about just how amazing it is to be on this journey, with all of you who are also on journeys of your own, in this community, right now--I am so grateful, so blessed. To not be alone t... Read more

  • Memorial Day Fitness and Reflection

    5/27/2018 4:16:08 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Last year this weekend, I fought thru a bicycle ride called the Horsey Hundred in the beautiful Lexington, Kentucky area. Over 2 days I rode options that gave me 100+ miles total for the weekend. It was both a mental and physical struggle for me and I later learned I had a thyroid issue going ... Read more

  • My First Blog

    5/26/2018 9:11:09 PM, by HANDPRINT1972

    Today has been a good day. I look forward to Saturdays. I spent some time working at the barn. My friend came to trim my horses’ feet, so I got to talk “horse” for a while. 572 It was 2:00 by the time I came back to the house. The sky was starting to get grey, giving warning of the storm head... Read more

  • What is a 5% challenge team?

    5/26/2018 7:16:01 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    My Cloverleafs team found me when I first joined SP and it is where I feel at home. They’ve been there for me as I’ve gained, lost, and sustained weight over the past 2 years. They understand success, failure, frustration, and challenges. I’m grateful to this team because I’ve not given ... Read more

  • Vision: Day 5 of 28

    5/26/2018 5:55:51 AM, by MIDDLEMIST_RED

    It's day 5 and unlike yesterday, I woke happy and stayed that way. It's also the first rest day and I've been so grateful for the slowing of today's pace. The big challenge today from the book was to focus on self-talk. One of the exercises was to write out little notes of an uplifting nature ... Read more

  • A Wal-Mart Bag

    5/25/2018 12:19:26 PM, by SMITTY-B

    There is a horse at the riding center who is considered utterly bomb-proof. Little kids can clamber around Jorge’s legs, hang off his glorious mane--it’s black and white, now cut in a stylish Mohawk--pull on his bottom lip that is always sticking. Deer on the trail? Pffft. Jackhammers? Whatever. Bir... Read more

  • Lemons: Day 4 of 28

    5/25/2018 8:34:50 AM, by MIDDLEMIST_RED

    Over the past few days, I've felt really upbeat and excited for the morning, the start of a new day, and another opportunity to increase my strength and endurance. As in the other mornings, I woke excited to see what the day's chapter had to say. When I read it however, my response was some... Read more

  • N/a and inspiration

    5/24/2018 6:53:29 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    Meet 102 year old Julia Hawkins. She is the world record holder for running in the 100 plus year old age group. She is also a cyclist. She began her career as an athlete at age 81. Hello! What exactly is your excuse? This morning I’m still sore and was out for a walk with DH at 5:... Read more

  • Day 3 of 28

    5/24/2018 2:42:52 AM, by MIDDLEMIST_RED

    Post-workout: thirsty, hot, and super sweaty! It's Day 3 and I'm still going strong! Whoot! I feel amazing, probably because I slept like a baby last night (anyone reading my early entries knows I have had some trouble in that area on top of the fact that noisy neighbors moved in a ... Read more

  • Motivation: Day 2 of 28

    5/24/2018 1:37:23 AM, by MIDDLEMIST_RED

    Got a day behind in blogging about this 28 day journey I'm on using the Tone It Up book: Fit, Fierce, and Fabulous but I'm here, I made it, and I'm excited to write about my experience. I'll start off by saying I was eager to wake up this morning, which is usually not the way my mornings... Read more

  • Confession: Can’t walk

    5/23/2018 10:28:21 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    On Tuesday morning I had good intentions and went out for a walk with DH and the greyhound at 5:30 am. And then we saw a car so I stepped to the side of the road and fell in a plank position face to the pavement. Wrists, forearms, shoulders, hands broke my fall. My chest and abs hit t... Read more

  • Too much time goes by

    5/23/2018 2:32:01 PM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    Every time I say now is the time I find that too much time goes by before I get to it again or I get started and I lose it again. I need, more than anything, to be accountable to ME. I'm 46, I'm not going to magically lose 20 years and be 26 again. I'm just going to keep marching forward in time. I ... Read more

  • Did it!

    5/22/2018 9:41:08 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    Day 2, Trying a vegan diet, Whole Foods. I prepare the food. Was Spot on for calories, and all targets for the most part. Was too high for vitamin A. Guess I ate too many veggies. Only 1/2 a carrot. This was my lunch smoothie. I use water. Parsley, cilantro, micro greens, pineapple, spinac... Read more

  • Intact grains

    5/22/2018 6:43:16 AM, by CYCLISTA58

    Works for me: intact grains. In my journey to figure out which foods work best for my genetics and biome, I have found that I do well with intact grains. We mostly eat farro and quinoa and we usually eat them with something that is rich in fat and protein along with plenty of veggies. Th... Read more

  • Pre-Graduation Challenge: Day 1 of 28

    5/22/2018 1:56:22 AM, by MIDDLEMIST_RED

    Observations from Day 1: Exercise Woke this morning and followed a prescribed quick workout which took me far longer to do than I think was intended as I was super confused (maybe because I just woke up and hadn't even had a full cup of coffee before trying to function haha). T... Read more

  • Choose Your Miserable

    5/21/2018 8:04:53 PM, by SMITTY-B

    Harrumph! Well, it’s been an interesting few days. The battle between me and the The Voice in my head has raged on and on to the point where it’s becoming old news. I’m bloodied and battered but you know what, I’m hanging in there. Yesterday was not a good day. Today was not a good day. I at... Read more

  • Buttercup

    5/21/2018 5:16:51 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    I’ve been Telling myself: Suck it up buttercup! You’re strong willed and can do this! Remember those goals! And the reward of seeing Onederland again! You want this and can do this! Friday wasn’t such a great day and I just needed a weekend to mentally and physically rest. I got ... Read more

  • 28 Day Pre-Graduation Challenge

    5/21/2018 2:32:40 AM, by MIDDLEMIST_RED

    In four weeks, I'll finally be graduating with my paralegal certificate--I've been hard at my studies this past month in order to maintain my 4.0 average but I can only give myself a C- in exercise and a B+ in nutrition for that same stretch of time. As there are four weeks left in my progr... Read more

  • Is Coconut Oil Healthy? - Wonderful Article in the Link

    5/20/2018 9:26:24 PM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    “When it comes to health information, we must ALWAYS consider the source (and examine it well!) Even if advice seems to come from a perfectly respectable organization on the surface (like the American Heart Association) – research who they are, who funds their work, and what types of health cl... Read more

  • Testing My Limits

    5/20/2018 12:32:34 PM, by VHALKYRIE

    Greetings, Sparklers! How are you all doing? By the look of my last blog it's been about a year since I've visited. Here's a recap of what's been going on with me. About a year ago, I had metabolic testing to measure my actual fitness numbers, such as my fat burn rate, and resting metabo... Read more

  • Past year

    5/19/2018 3:28:40 PM, by IRONBESS

    Key word: Sucked The past year included a stroke (mine) with partial vision loss, deaths of three good friends (two besties unexpectedly during the holidays), a second hospitalization, Dad moved to nursing home and Mom to assisted living apartment. BUT, I'm still going. Have been riding a new ... Read more