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  • ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    2/27/2020 3:08:07 AM, by USMAWIFE

    people just get upset when something is put out as free and then the designer pulls the pattern as she does not want to give away more copies I post over and over, until i am blue in the face and they just do not read 24... Read more

  • LENT

    2/26/2020 3:06:22 AM, by USMAWIFE

    After thinking hard of what to give up for lent.. finally figured I am not going to start any new projects until I finish up those already started. i... Read more

  • STUCK. Lost 19 lbs now stuck.

    2/25/2020 9:47:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    Last fall my cravings magically lessened. 590 (Not so magically 24 because I spark daily --for over 10 try to do what my sparkfriends suggest.) 220 Stuck for 3 months now! 234 I log my foods daily. Calories about 1500. Aiming at 1200 but night time eating is out of hand--can't sleep. ... Read more

  • it’s OK

    2/25/2020 6:54:31 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    For the people struggling, it’s OK. For the people who feel like a failure, it’s OK. For the people trying and trying, it’s OK. Stop being so hard on yourself. it’s OK! Stop feeling like you have to lose 10lbs in a month. Stop trying to hate yourself into your goal. it’s OK! Stop acting like e... Read more

  • "The pleasure chemical" - recovery from addiction

    2/25/2020 4:20:44 AM, by WHITE-2

    This is an article about recovery from alcohol addiction, but it explains a lot about dopamine which plays a role in all types of addiction.
    ction-recovery/ Adapting from this article: " Judith Grisel, author of Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Exp... Read more

  • I am just me

    2/24/2020 7:42:14 PM, by USMAWIFE

    I'm happy being myself, which I've never been before. I always hid in other people, or tried to find myself through the characters, or live out their lives, but I didn't have those things in mine. Angelina Jolie I’m just human, I have weaknesses, I make mistakes and I experience sadness; But I ... Read more

  • can you recommend eye drops for dry eyes?

    2/24/2020 6:05:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am having a hard time keeping them lubricated. Thanks!... Read more

  • what are you carrying?

    2/24/2020 7:47:28 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    What are you carrying that you can let go of? Today, I panicked because in the lighting in my living room, my face was darker than my neck. This is a cardinal rule, a makeup no-no. My husband told me I’m beautiful and I look fine and he thinks it’s just the lighting making it weird. But, doesn’t h... Read more

  • Thank you GOD

    2/24/2020 4:00:54 AM, by USMAWIFE

    My body sometimes feels sore, but it works.I don't sleep well most nights, but I do wake up to fight another day. My wallet is not full but my stomach is. I don't have all the things I ever wanted but I do have everything I will ever need.I'm thankful because although my life is by no means perfect,... Read more

  • Lost 9 lbs in One Month

    2/23/2020 2:09:08 PM, by PORTIA70

    I am so proud of myself. Even with only a bare amount of walking and climbing stairs I still lost 9 lbs since I was last at my doctor. She asked me how I did it and I told her just basically watching what I eat. And if you have been with me through most of my journal entries you know that I have a n... Read more

  • Sroke

    2/23/2020 9:38:51 AM, by SMILE7737

    I had a stroke less than a month ago. I am doing ok, my speech patters are turning around but I am still the lack of trying to lose weight. I want to do it but I am a little sloth for right now. I can't seem to bring exercise and my daily habit beside reading and watching tv. I just can't help... Read more

  • but, I want it now

    2/23/2020 9:21:27 AM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    In a world of instant gratification, weight loss is hard. And, loving ourselves is hard. We expect immediate results because it’s what we want. We expect to be able to look in the mirror and magically not hate what we see. We want it, and we want it now! You see it in the magazines or on the Dr ... Read more

  • Long time since a new post!

    2/23/2020 9:12:00 AM, by MISSA526

    All good here! Liver numbers still pretty good. I'm in physical therapy for knee strength and balance. Its helping a ton! i stll have over a month to go and I can't wait too see how I'm doing by then! I even started doing aerobics again. just walk away the pounds but its more than i could do a few m... Read more

  • decluttering for Lent

    2/23/2020 9:02:26 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Prayers for the Family

    2/22/2020 5:19:05 PM, by USMAWIFE

    PRAYER FOR FAMILY! May my family be protected from harm, misfortune and sadness. May we enjoy the privilege of spending time together to share joy, celebrate happy occasions and to be there for each other when there is need for comfort. May good health prevail and may there be ever-present faith i... Read more

  • The Craving Brain: Neuroscience of Uncontrollable Urges

    2/22/2020 8:08:35 AM, by WHITE-2
    v=p0lL1MN2yCs What I learned in the first 15-20 minutes: Even after more than 20 years of abstinence, after using even a limited / small amount of the substance, an ex-addict will go straight back to the level of use that they had back when they were ful... Read more

  • My Mental Muscles were Challenged this Week

    2/21/2020 10:22:34 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    Starting with the no good very bad day Monday and then scattered through the week, I had plenty of mini-mental fitness tests. Tests of my patience included my parked car getting hit in a parking lot, my rights as a parent of SN child getting violated (so I addressed it and went up chain of command u... Read more

  • Healing Prayers

    2/21/2020 9:33:21 PM, by USMAWIFE

    A Healing prayer: Lord, I pray for the healing of high blood pressure, blood sugar, thyroid, cancer tumors, back problems, migraine, knee pain, arthritis, kidney problems, and liver problems. Heal them and protect them from all harm. Amen! "Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I w... Read more

  • more

    2/21/2020 3:15:18 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    I remember it vividly. I was so angry with my body. I hated all the extraness that hung on me. I wanted to grab a knife and slice the excess off. I wanted to pull the fat off my body. I cried violently, hating myself. It’s taken a while, but I’ve found peace. I’ve found comfort in my body even ... Read more

  • Breaking News

    2/20/2020 11:20:05 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Breaking News: Tomorrow morning God is about to drop you a miracle that will cancel every worries in your life. “Worrying is a waste of time. It doesn’t change anything, it just messes with your mind and steals your happiness.” “Start small, think big. Don’t worry about too many things ... Read more

  • scientific research

    2/20/2020 5:59:38 PM, by CTUPTON
    l_exercise In NOOM (a weight loss app) I learned about a brain chemical that helps cognitive function and in general making more brain cells. Whoopee! BDNF brain derived neurotropic factor 58 So how can we get more of ... Read more

  • The bravest thing you have ever done--ask for help.

    2/20/2020 12:36:09 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • catnip

    2/20/2020 11:42:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    Heard noises. Looked for the source. Cujo was in the middle of the dining room table. I could not figure out why. No food there. Oh! The new catnip package was there. 240 ... Read more

  • Foods to help muscle cramps

    2/20/2020 10:59:22 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Foods to help muscle cramps

    2/20/2020 10:59:22 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • grudges

    2/19/2020 8:40:19 PM, by USMAWIFE

    “Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.” – Dave Willis... Read more

  • Day One

    2/19/2020 9:44:28 AM, by LACYKNIT

    Well, I'm excited and a little scared. I see the trainer today at the gym. I'm hoping we can come up with a good exercise plan for me. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and I have some issues with some of my joints. This will be a good thing.... Read more

  • Spring Time Planning

    2/19/2020 12:25:25 AM, by PORTIA70

    I was doing some thinking today and part of my exercise plan is going to include walking up and down the block a few times in the morning after I get my meds in me. We are suppose to be in the 70's for the rest of February here in Los Angeles, so the weather will not be my excuse. I also am thinking... Read more

  • You will love this..

    2/18/2020 8:43:00 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Make sure you have your volumne turned on for this..
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  • I have been wanting pancakes so I went looking...

    2/18/2020 8:09:02 PM, by CTUPTON
    ancakes/rcp-20049839 I will try to get graphics...... Read more

  • Somethin' New---Book Nooks

    2/17/2020 11:27:58 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Resturant efficiency

    2/17/2020 6:37:36 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Last week, we took some friends out to a new restaurant, and noticed that the waiter who took our order carried a spoon in his shirt pocket. It seemed a little strange. When the waiter brought our water and cutlery, I noticed he also had a spoon in his shirt pocket. Then I looked around and saw... Read more

  • Fun in 2020

    2/17/2020 12:49:08 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • messages to child and parents

    2/17/2020 3:47:21 AM, by USMAWIFE

    these are not mine A message to my Children. If you should ever need me, all you need to do is call me. It won't matter I'm sleeping, If we've had a falling out or if I'm going through my own issues, because there's nothing more important to me than my children. No matter what the circums... Read more

  • It's What I do NOW that matters

    2/16/2020 7:16:34 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    I'm in one of THOSE moods. Having a little pity party in my head after a few weeks of "la casa de never-ending viruses" playing caregiver and sicky and now playing school marm to get my kids caught up in their schoolwork when I still am not 100% healthy yet. My brain still goes there...I deserve a w... Read more

  • The true cause of happiness

    2/16/2020 12:11:31 PM, by WHITE-2

    "It is our habit to think that there is some reason for our feeling of happiness - the bright green of spring leaves, the sound of laughter of a child, or the sensations you get from playing in the ocean. However what reallly causes the feeling of happiness is the silent, benevolent presence in the ... Read more

  • valentines day

    2/14/2020 8:34:05 PM, by USMAWIFE

    I have figured that.. in our area, no doctors at the hospital stay there after noon on Fridays ( Friday afternoons are the new Wednesday's when doctors where found on the golf course) the only doctors around are those on call or in the ER With that, I got a call at 1224 from the doctors nurse... Read more

  • Joke of the day. A broom wedding.

    2/14/2020 7:57:32 PM, by CTUPTON

    A broom wedding... Two brooms were hanging in the closet, and after they got to know each other a bit, decided to get married. The bride broom looked very beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome and suave in his tuxedo. The wedding was lovely and attended by all the push br... Read more

  • Updated photo, finally, at Valentine Luncheon

    2/14/2020 7:23:38 PM, by CTUPTON

    John's nursing home had a beautiful luncheon for families who signed up. Not that many signed up. They missed a nice time. The room was all decorated in red and our meal was prime rib, potatoes, steamed veggies, shrimp cocktail, cake with strawberry filling. We sat with several very nice ... Read more

  • I saw the Sun Rise Again

    2/14/2020 10:30:00 AM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    I literally saw the sun rise again and it was triumphant. After being sick and/or tending to sick kids (one of whom got 2 viruses back to back), I finally did a morning walk for the first time in too long and the sunrise was particularly lovely this morning. When I am sick and/or tending to sick kid... Read more

  • I would swear today was Friday the 13th

    2/13/2020 4:24:02 PM, by USMAWIFE

    after getting five hours of sleep, got up and got hubby ready for work.. brought the dog downstairs and then just sat in the recliner and caught up on email before I took a short nap Got up. it was POURING outside As I started going through my email later in the morning, one popped up wi... Read more

  • Lagging Again

    2/12/2020 6:40:11 PM, by PORTIA70

    I have let several days go by without checking in. As mentioned I have a neighbor who likes to take us out to eat. He never eats at home and likes to take about 3 or 4 of us out to eat. This means he has someone knock on my door almost every day, and gets me side tracked from what I want to do. So f... Read more

  • I did like the new doctor... but

    2/12/2020 4:45:10 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Had a lot of issues with sleeping last night.. At three when hubby gets up, I got his lunch and coffee. got dressed, brought the dog downstairs (since his surgery in Nov. he really is more fearful of the steps. I put his leash on and guide him down one at a time and at night time, hubby carries... Read more

  • the real signs of depression

    2/11/2020 6:39:51 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • Preserving memories of our parents and grandparents--thank you all!!!

    2/11/2020 4:32:47 PM, by CTUPTON

    Thank you for commenting on my blog. chris... Read more

  • Instapot--Making Yogurt-no I have not tried it yet.

    2/11/2020 4:29:45 PM, by CTUPTON

    Here is the link for the jars:
    /B07QX5H547… Here is the recipe I use: 1 52 ounce jug of fair life whole milk, One can of sweetened condensed milk, one small container of heavy whipping cream, and one serving of yogurt of choice. I use a serving of the previ... Read more

  • Rain, rain, go away

    2/11/2020 1:37:41 PM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    I need to move somewhere more conducive to exercise. Maybe Bali. ... Read more

  • A must-watch if you're interested in weight loss AND health

    2/11/2020 11:30:59 AM, by WHITE-2
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  • A further update on Australia

    2/10/2020 10:53:03 PM, by RKOTTEK

    In the State of New South Wales, floods have followed infernos
    s/11944182 cheers richard hope you can read it... Read more

  • Preparing for a new adventure, which I am not happy about

    2/10/2020 4:39:12 PM, by USMAWIFE

    It's raining.. its pouring.. and already we can see the water running down from our yard to our neighbors. I had a run a few errands this morning.. and Of course it stated to rain hours ahead of the time the weather forecasters thought it would start This afternoon I am putting together m... Read more

  • Healthy fats!

    2/10/2020 1:42:30 PM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    My favorites are walnuts and avocados! I don't think I'll ever go full keto, but I am able to focus more on natural foods than lab-produced nonsense and that means healthy fats. Yum!... Read more

  • another wet week ahead

    2/9/2020 9:46:21 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Another week with more rain.. like we need more rain after last weeks eight inches and then two inches of snow yesterday... Read more

  • I taped my Mom talking about old family photos

    2/9/2020 6:02:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    I taped my Mom talking about old family photos. I am so happy I did that! Of course she is not with us anymore. Here is some info about saving your own information. https://www.familytreemagazi
    ... Read more

  • Yarn from human skin

    2/8/2020 3:15:20 PM, by USMAWIFE

    In my life, I never thought this could happen
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  • Finding your purpose: 5 questions to ask

    2/8/2020 2:48:24 PM, by WHITE-2
    -need-help-finding-your-purpose... Read more

  • 10,000 steps a day is a myth SP article

    2/8/2020 8:48:57 AM, by CTUPTON

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week to reduce disease risk. But regular, daily walking—to and from the door of the grocery store, or out to the mailbox and back—isn’t usually fast enough to raise the heart rate to "... Read more

  • I went to the post office. lol

    2/7/2020 9:56:28 PM, by USMAWIFE

    I went to the post office this morning to file a claim LMAO they acted like it was normal I showed the clerk the picture and the tracking information. He said , did the package get there. I said yes Case closed Just because it says two day priority , if it takes ten days... Read more

  • CHART To remind myself about blood pressure

    2/7/2020 9:05:48 PM, by CTUPTON

    I was supposed to go back and get it measured again but I did not go.Just lately it has gone higher. But I lost 19 lbs. HUH??? ... Read more

  • Been Falling Behind

    2/7/2020 2:18:11 AM, by PORTIA70

    I have good intentions everyday on things that I want to tackle and finish. And everyday someone or something comes along and throws a monkey wrench in my plans. For example, I will go to start the housework, and soon as I get started here comes a neighbor wanting me to go out to eat with them. One ... Read more

  • the skies opened up today

    2/6/2020 10:54:16 PM, by USMAWIFE

    and just could not stop. We were averaging 1.5 to 2.2 inches of rain an hour here at one point and they total rainfall in twenty four hours is close to ten roads are flooded... but we are lucky compared to other places in our area. they lost power, trees down and houses flooded... Read more

  • Working towards a healthier self

    2/6/2020 4:31:32 PM, by MISSESDW

    It has been years since I have been on here. I allowed stress and food addiction to take over again. I now have 5 grandsons and my daughter is getting married in 2021. My diabetes has become so out of control and I was diagnosed with fibro and Psoriatic arthritis. I have pretty much learned that... Read more

  • Fatty liver

    2/6/2020 2:43:01 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have known for years that I had fatty liver. My doctor said , of course, lose weight. But the following article gave me much more information. Losing 8% of my weight is supposed to significantly reduce this problem. I lost 19 lbs. So this gives me some hope. I learned more i... Read more

  • the post office just got my bp up edited

    2/5/2020 12:58:27 PM, by USMAWIFE

    the package i sent to new mexico which was to have arrived on january 29 finally made it there this morning, a week after scheduled delivery BUT their delivery person did not feel like delivering to the occupant or the apt office and wrote attempted delivery, will try again on thursday ... Read more

  • tuesday

    2/5/2020 3:19:36 AM, by USMAWIFE

    just one of those days... Read more

  • 1st Blog...ever!

    2/4/2020 3:49:34 AM, by PBVHCCVH

    I've never done a blog before, but shall give this a try. I just joined Spark Premium and am finding it very informative and helpful. My exercising has to be modified after falling yesterday and cracking 2 ribs and getting a mild concussion! The positive side is that I stayed on my calorie count... Read more

  • today I did most of my to do list

    2/3/2020 8:48:59 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Today I accomplished driving 45 miles round trip to hallmark for valentine's cards barnes and noble, where I saw two employees who I know and as we talked, I gave them a hug.. nordstoms to get two pillows bed bath and beyond and got the last heated mattress pad to mcdonalds for a quick ... Read more

  • Progress Being Made, but Oldest Sick Again (or Still)

    2/3/2020 2:50:06 PM, by BONNIEMCC488

    The boys got well, but then the oldest became sick again early Friday morning. I'm not sure if the previous illness wasn't completely gone or if he got a new one because his immune system was lowered by the first. Either way, he has been home again since. I think I got it now, but without the fever,... Read more

  • heck of a week .. and this week could be interesting

    2/2/2020 8:30:00 PM, by USMAWIFE

    to much last week and this week means me going to the post office,(new update... package just left Houston at 733 pm on Sunday night I also need to have more labs done as the wrong codes were used when I had them done two weeks ago. While I am close by, will get my monthly allergy sho... Read more

  • My invented Chile Recipe --about 20 servings

    2/2/2020 4:23:46 PM, by CTUPTON

    utrition-analyzer-4157076 I know I am inventing my own recipe depending what I had on hand. 198 It is very thick right now. Probably I will add some beef broth too. I used this recipe calculator. I found it very useful. ... Read more

  • The Power of Exercise!

    2/2/2020 2:48:47 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    I ventured off to workout today feeling like a sloth who would rather be hanging on a branch sleeping. I promised myself I would give it a good 10 minutes at least. I ascended the elliptical and did my thing. At first, I wondered if I would even last 5 minutes. I felt much like this.. ... Read more

  • More winter or early spring?

    2/2/2020 2:02:48 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Got A New Tattoo

    2/2/2020 1:02:02 AM, by PORTIA70

    I rewarded myself with a new tattoo yesterday. I will add a photo after bit when I go through my cell phone. It is of mine and my love's zodiac signs. He is a Capricorn and I am a Cancer. Both signs overlap each other and there is stars illuminating the way. I absolutely love it. I picked it put las... Read more

  • update on post office rant

    2/1/2020 11:52:20 PM, by USMAWIFE

    after I posted last night... the box went from Austin TX to Houston TX and left there this morning for places unknown ... Read more

  • Sugar cravings

    1/31/2020 8:30:24 PM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    They always kick in when I'm sleepy and sore. My RA is being a beast today (it's been raining for hours). I decided I'm not ready to totally give up my crutch and my coach and therapist agree... but I am only eating the good stuff, and that's a start. No 'meh' desserts out of a box No handfu... Read more

  • Post office rant

    1/31/2020 7:16:47 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Last Monday I mailed a box of yarn to a friend who is going through a rough time financially. She lives in New Mexico. The clerk at the post office looked at the address and asked the other agent as to which forms she needed to fill out. yes.. she believed that New Mexico was not p... Read more

  • SAVED! Medicaid re-certification due

    1/31/2020 2:50:39 PM, by CTUPTON

    I WAS TOLD BY SOMEONE THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 31. WRONG! It was Jan. 1st! Almost as bad as doing taxes. I called she said send it in by end of Jan. EEEK! I am still not done. I called again. OK to mail it Monday. Our name starts with U so she won't get to ours till next week. ... Read more

  • replacement phone battery...

    1/31/2020 2:33:15 PM, by CTUPTON

    I just dropped my phone off to get a new battery. I came home to watch a youtube video about that. Yup-it was definitely right to pay someone to do this! Over 20 tiny, tiny screws were removed to open up the back of the phone. Over 20! Yeah and later put them all back! The battery ... Read more

  • Spring is coming

    1/30/2020 11:29:46 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • Then what?

    1/30/2020 3:36:54 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    Truth be told, stuck at home with a sick child, my mind started to fantasize about me alone with 2 beautiful boxes of Girl Scout cookies-one Somoa (are they still called that?) the other Thin Mint. Thank goodness I don't have any in the house, but in that moment I found it tragic we had none. I... Read more

  • Atmospheric pressure and pain....

    1/30/2020 11:11:18 AM, by L3DESIGNS

    My body really notices the atmospheric pressure changes.... Woke in pain today.... I have an app that shows the predicted pressure.... It's going to be lost of pain management over the next few days.... Read more

  • Home again, home again, riggity jig

    1/30/2020 9:54:43 AM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    I made it back from my visit to Fort Myers, FL and am actually down a half a pound. I tried to squeeze in exercise and since I was staying with family, couldn't snack throughout the evening like I would if I were alone. I got to indulge in some of my favorites, like those coconut patties and f... Read more

  • remember....

    1/29/2020 9:22:17 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Remember to take care of yourself. Sometimes you get so busy taking care of others that you forget that you are important too. – Unknown © Source:... Read more

  • To all caregivers-you MUST take care of yourself! Are you doing this?

    1/29/2020 4:11:21 PM, by CTUPTON
    sp?id=1825 Some quotes from the article, too... but please see the article... 9 Self-Care Tips for Caregivers 1. Put your own self-care at the top of your priority list. Stick to your exercise routine, don't skip meals, fue... Read more

  • Brain humming... no I have not tried this. But I sure am curious

    1/29/2020 4:04:57 PM, by CTUPTON
    -qnBoeZQ98J8&h=true... Read more

  • 6 Teeth Pulled Yesterday

    1/29/2020 1:12:29 PM, by PORTIA70

    So, my dentist started on my bottom teeth yesterday, now that all my tops were already removed. They told me they will not send off for my dentures until they are done with the pulling of all they plan to take out. How fun. I look like grandma gums already LOL One of the stitches came loose ... Read more

  • The Top 10 Quotes to Inspire You to Love yourself first

    1/28/2020 9:37:09 PM, by USMAWIFE
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  • Losing weight sucks

    1/28/2020 7:35:30 PM, by SMILE7737

    So this is the year. I tell myself that every month. I'm going to lose the weight, keep it off, and be awesome. And yet, month after month I gain weight or barely lose it. It's so hard in the morning to even move let alone get up and exercise and eat a proper meal. On good days (low pain days) I can... Read more