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  • My Hon Passed Her Blood Test!

    7/17/2019 3:29:40 PM, by KALISWALKER

    The other day hubby and I looked at my blood test results online and he said 'My Hon Passed Her Blood Test!' We are pleased my readings are in the normal ranges, and I am no longer borderline diabetic. Yesterday I had a follow up appointment with my weight loss doctor. He said I was doing well, and ... Read more

  • Progress

    7/16/2019 8:23:33 AM, by WINACHST

    I renewed my driver's license yesterday. When I filled out the formed I saw that I am down 5 pounds from the last time. That is 1.25 pounds a year! I'll take it.... Read more

  • Get Moving!

    7/14/2019 6:13:21 PM, by MOLLIEMAC
    h-48963215 This might encourage folks to get up, get moving and do it on a regular basis. And yes, not to forego a healthy diet with limited alcohol intake. 381... Read more

  • Can I be happy with less?

    7/14/2019 1:49:12 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I have been measuring my food and tracking calories all year. Lately, I started having 1/4 cup servings vs 1/2 cups servings of higher-calorie foods like Bush beans, oatmeal, bran muffin, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and cottage cheese, rather than just giving them up. I have sufficient protein and calc... Read more

  • workout at home

    7/13/2019 8:26:23 PM, by AFINEMESS

    I worked out at home today.. man! it was sweaty and intense, it’s been so long and i’m proud of myself even though i’m still a little shaky :) When you come from as far as i am, it’s like a miracle. I couldn’t believe it.. and it’s free! I’ll try to do it again, on the “cross training” days of 5k yo... Read more

  • Why Fear Dieting?

    7/13/2019 4:48:50 PM, by KALISWALKER

    My weight is heading in the right direction, 198.6 today. I had a slight increase with my new medication resulting in water retention, but I am in onederland again. Today I posted a good weigh-in for the 5% Challenge. Now to work on my Tuesday TOPS weigh-in. I am thinking about years of being ... Read more

  • The Benefits of Being Positive--Part 2

    7/12/2019 9:23:58 AM, by MRSLIVINGWELL

    Getting things done give you more confidence and feelings of accomplishment. Reminds me of a story told to me by someone who works in jail education. A drug addict who lived in a dirty home with no job remembered something that a drug counselor told her: Make your bed each day. Doing that o... Read more

  • 5K your way

    7/11/2019 11:13:58 PM, by AFINEMESS

    I enrolled in this challenge! I tried to do C25K before and i understand it’s similar but maybe more appropriated to my actual fitness, plus maybe i’ll connect with people on SP who are also doing it as the C25K group isn’t very active at all, hehe! Today was a long, hard day... I went to run b... Read more

  • Accountablility

    7/11/2019 11:45:14 AM, by KALISWALKER

    My weight loss accountability - TOPS group, Medical Weight Management Program, 5% Challenge, my husband, my friends, me. Tuesday - Woo Hoo I was down 7 pounds since my last weigh-in 3 weeks ago (was on vacation). The TOPS members were thrilled to see someone in our group have a happy dance wei... Read more

  • derby

    7/10/2019 11:16:43 PM, by AFINEMESS

    Quick update to say that i am proud of myself for going to derby practice tonight! Didn’t think i’d go! So, yay :)... Read more

  • The Benefits of Being Positive--Part 1

    7/10/2019 11:01:15 AM, by MRSLIVINGWELL

    Think about helping others, loving others, putting more pleasure in your life each week. Why is this a health tip? The blue zones research shows this has a positive effect on your well-being and longevity. Because being positive gives you the energy to do more things, including healthy thing... Read more

  • Happiness is a choice that requires an effort at times. ~ Aeschylus

    7/10/2019 8:11:02 AM, by WINACHST

    My quote for the day - This reminds me of the time when I was away at school and one of the instructors called me "Happy" - not because I was, but because I was grumpy all the time. One morning when I walked in the room, he asked me, "Are you happy today?" I replied, "No, but I can be if I change wh... Read more

  • laziness VS fatigue

    7/9/2019 9:50:46 PM, by AFINEMESS

    You know what they say.. listen to yourself, listen to your body it’ll tell you what it needs! Well, if you’re anything like me, sometimes the body is confused too. Tonight i debated for a long while wether i should be going on a walk or stay chilling in front of the tv. Am i lazy? or really ti... Read more

  • TOPS Cheerleaders!

    7/9/2019 3:50:25 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Woo Hoo I am down 7 pounds since my last weigh-in 3 weeks ago (was on vacation). The TOPS members were thrilled to see someone in our group have a happy dance weigh in. I think that is the fastest weight loss I have ever had. Two days of eating lightly offset the party food on Saturday night. ... Read more

  • 99 yo Ben Ferenc in Shape to Change the World

    7/9/2019 9:16:22 AM, by MRSLIVINGWELL

    Ben Ferenc, at 99 years of age, is the only living prosecutor of the Nuremburg Trials. Nazi SS officers were tried for killing Jewish (mainly) and other nationalities during WW2. "The crime, genocide; and the defendants, a group of German SS officers accused of committing the largest number of... Read more

  • thank you :)

    7/8/2019 10:11:28 PM, by AFINEMESS

    Thank you so much everybody for your kind words! I wish we had the option to “like” comments on the blog posts.. Maybe one day, SP? ;) I will try to take small steps and let myself time to create new habits.. though i will admit that i feel i have to do everything at once to hang on motivation ... Read more

  • Bringing Sexy Back & Other Shows & My Excuse Schedule

    7/8/2019 2:17:01 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Last night I was tired and went to bed at 9 PM, and only slept 6.5 hours (love the Fitbit sleep report), but I stayed in bed listening to an audiobook. I got Netflix on my laptop yesterday and will start watching some boring shows related to fitne... Read more

  • Getting My Vitamin D the BEST way!

    7/8/2019 9:35:32 AM, by MRSLIVINGWELL

    Today, I raked the grass and hauled it to my organic vegetable garden for one hour this morning. I try to spend at least 30 minutes outdoors with my arms and/or legs exposed daily. Easier to do in the summer than other times of the year, for sure. I try to be in the sun before 10 am and after ... Read more

  • some news

    7/7/2019 3:24:59 PM, by AFINEMESS

    Every time i come back here, it's because i feel lost. Trying to make sense, to find a reason to finally do this. With all the other social media outlets, it's hard to keep up, especially when my health / physical activities were pretty much out of hands, hehe. I just keep thinking "i'll start runni... Read more

  • I Love Day One! & Lo-Cal Desserts Ideas

    7/6/2019 3:24:34 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Before the 5% Challenge starts I think of how I will succeed in losing 5% of my starting weight and my motivation is running high. In the Spring 5% Challenge I lost 2.8 pounds, not a big loss but certainly headed in the right direction. In between challenges I set a goal Small June Goal... One... Read more

  • Tomorrow is the Day!

    7/5/2019 12:07:04 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    The 5% Summer Challenge begins tomorrow and runs through until Aug. 31. My focus for the challenge will be on nutrition and to that end I have spent this practice week tracking my food. I don't normally track but as a vegetarian I felt it wise to check in on my macro amounts; I have a rotating set... Read more

  • Losing weight the Betty White Way

    7/5/2019 9:47:57 AM, by MRSLIVINGWELL

    Betty White, the actress, was interviewed about how she maintained her weight throughout her career. She said she weighed herself daily and adjusted her eating based on that information. She said that if she had gained 5 lbs., she cut out desserts and higher fat foods and watched what she ate until... Read more

  • "No excuses I can do it!"

    7/4/2019 1:12:11 PM, by KALISWALKER

    "No excuses I can do it!" Our Summer 5% Challenge Theme. Carefully select 3 important daily goals you will can do to consistently exercise and eat sensibly - regardless of where you are, whatever you are doing and whoever you are with. These are things you can do on your own any where. Tell you... Read more

  • 4th of July 2019

    7/4/2019 12:14:09 PM, by MAUITN

    To all, a very blessed and happy 4th of July! Stay safe. 652 195 7/4/19 JRNL - 144.2 (-2.2 upset system yesterday) B - Smoothie( Vega Mocha protein powder, coffee, almond milk, chia seeds, grapes) It wasn't the prettiest color, but the taste was spot on and I've never add the little bit ... Read more

  • Love Thyself... in Sickness and in Health

    7/4/2019 10:50:09 AM, by GIMMESPARK

    Why is it so natural to nurture a loved one when he/she is sick, yet so hard to do the same for oneself? I've stayed in relationships well past the point of getting anything personally from them to continue emotionally caring for someone else. I have seemingly endless patience with others who ... Read more

  • Throw Out the Ice Cream

    7/3/2019 7:21:22 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Ice cream - the best time to throw it out is when the guests leave, not 3 days later LOL. But it's in the garbage no more cherry ice cream 1/2 cup = 270 calories to beckon to me. My Daily Focus 1) My best weight is the weight that will give me a normal BMI 2) Diet = Way of Life = Susta... Read more

  • Summer Challenge: Week 2, Day 6

    7/3/2019 10:46:01 AM, by KATIKOHT

    I'm delighted to note I'm still here, still tracking, and checking the box for my goals this week. I committed to (2) days of 7'000 steps and I've hit both and planning a walk later today as well. I've done well with planning my calories in advance, leaving a bit of room, and ending the day strong.... Read more

  • Starting the Day in Nature

    7/3/2019 9:45:20 AM, by MRSLIVINGWELL

    I've been enjoying having our breakfast on the porch with the hummingbirds, song birds, bees, etc... It's a very calming way to start the day. I brought my computer out here to get my sparkpeople fitness game on after doing some yoga on the wraparound porch. The outdoor yoga videos I like... Read more

  • Wolves & Future Reward

    7/1/2019 3:40:04 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I am on Fidalgo Island, north of Seattle. The sun is shining, and I am looking out onto Skagit Bay, on the Pacific Ocean. The tide is in and the sun is sparkling on the water; nearby islands seem so close. Jets from the nearby airbase can be heard now and then. I am doing my Spanish lessons th... Read more

  • Practice

    7/1/2019 1:17:54 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Thanks to all who responded to my blog about planning and who revealed that that is an activity they either have trouble with or simply avoid altogether. Are they procrastinators? Do they not have enough time? Does the task seem too daunting? Do they not know where to begin? This is "Practi... Read more

  • My June reads

    7/1/2019 11:10:50 AM, by CINCMAC

    Here is what I found to read for June. I used to read more in the summer becuase I would take my youngest daughter to the pool and read while she played with her friends. She's 14 now and not at all interested in the pool. Sadly she doesn't seem to adjusting well to the changing of her body and I c... Read more

  • Are You Failing to Plan?

    6/29/2019 12:47:05 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Thursday's Best of Spark had a motivational article and one of the quotes stood out: FAIL TO PLAN = PLAN TO FAIL. How true. Success with any nutritional and fitness endeavours really does hinge upon careful planning. Clearing the fridge and pantry of unhealthy foods, making at least a weekly m... Read more

  • Second Chance Hiker

    6/29/2019 10:29:22 AM, by WINACHST

    I am following Second Chance Hiker's videos on youtube as he hikes the PCT on his journey to lose 200 pounds. He is so inspiring. When he first started he could only walk 3 - 4 miles a day, then he gradually worked his way up to 10 miles a day, See what you can do if you persist and keep pressing on... Read more

  • The Biology of Belief

    6/28/2019 10:21:11 AM, by WINACHST

    I found some bits and pieces of a lecture by Bruce Lipton, but this morning I found the full lecture:
    v=82ShSNuru6c Fascinating lecture - I will need to listen to it more than once because a lot of it is way over my head. ... Read more

  • Summer Challenge: Week 2 Day 1

    6/28/2019 8:59:09 AM, by KATIKOHT

    I rocked it during week 1. I know tracking is what keeps me in line, and I just haven't prioritized it previously and through the past 7 days it has absolutely allowed me to stay in range. I have tracked, stayed within my calorie budget, remained alcohol free and checked the box for 10 minutes of ... Read more

  • 198.8 Pounds - Onederland!

    6/26/2019 3:23:38 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I AM IN ONEDERLAND! What a great way to start the day! My goal was to hit onederland before the 2019 Summer 5% Challenge. I am dancing with joy! I took a picture of the scale and will post it later in the week. As I drove home this morning (to get my fitbit charger) I thought staying in onedera... Read more

  • Another list

    6/26/2019 11:26:08 AM, by WINACHST

    I think I am slowly getting my mindset ready to get serious again. It could be because hubby is wanting to eat better himself so that helps a bit. I just wish we could both get on board and support one another to reach our goals. I still deal with telling him I want to stop eating junk food and then... Read more

  • Good Decisions Grocery Shopping

    6/25/2019 3:53:53 PM, by KALISWALKER

    We are settled at the RV park. I was asleep by 8:30 PM and woke up refreshed. This morning I saw some friends, got their little shopping lists for when I am in town. Now I am at the library Sparking, and did my Duolingo. I forgot my Fitbit Ionic charger and can't find someone who has one. After... Read more

  • Needing Inspiration?

    6/25/2019 2:58:37 PM, by MOLLIEMAC
    8730994 If you have lost your mojo this story just might give you inspiration to get "back in the saddle". And she is not the only person getting plenty of exercise; a widower from Wales just completed a year long walk around the... Read more

  • Summer Challenge Week 1: Day 4

    6/24/2019 3:47:42 PM, by KATIKOHT

    I survived a weekend away! I've tracked, stayed under calorie threshold, and feeling good! Success breeds success, and I have some muscle memory from previous weight loss success tracking so I was able to calculate reasonably well in my brain at the moment of decisions being made about serving siz... Read more

  • Coming Home 2 Pounds Lighter!

    6/24/2019 3:21:24 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I am betting on me to make good decisions for food and exercise and come home in onederland. Yes still fluctuating in the 200-ville, weigh this AM 201.6 pounds. We are ready to leave for an 11 night RV vacation at La Conner WA. It's a very natural setting with singing around campfire, pickleball, e... Read more

  • Rocking the Boat

    6/24/2019 2:23:36 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    After a brief vacation with family it is time to "rock my boat". I didn't spend time tracking calories or fitness minutes while away but chose to savour every moment, experience, French fry and glass of wine that came my way. I was not surprised to find the scales recording higher than usual but a... Read more

  • Food & Kitchen

    6/22/2019 6:38:02 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Food - I am decreasing the types of food I have in the kitchen. As some things get used up I am not replacing them. I want less variety so I stay focused on a simple menu. Breakfast this morning - toasted Winco whole wheat English muffin, one poached egg, 1/2 Tbsp jam = 231 calories Poac... Read more

  • Activity Is a Positive Feedback Loop

    6/22/2019 5:32:08 PM, by GIMMESPARK

    Last week, I wrote about a "Eureka!" development in my life, when I started replacing unhealthy eating habits with more positive coping strategies. Specifically, I fought the urge to self-soothe/binge on crap with movement, making myself do something active instead. Literally, each time I felt like ... Read more

  • Accept the Apology You Never Got & La Conner Weight Loss Plan

    6/22/2019 2:20:36 AM, by KALISWALKER

    A few years ago a close friend had an outrageous tantrum at me in reaction to a discussion I was having with someone else. I was shocked by the outburst, no one has every talked to me that way. But I didn't react to it, like I would not react to a small child's tantrum. The friendship continued but ... Read more

  • 13 week Summer Challenge Starts NOW

    6/21/2019 12:01:57 PM, by KATIKOHT

    My spring... badly sprained ankle and unexpected abdominal surgery for a premalignant condition means its been a rough few months. But I'm officially 6 weeks post surgery today - the first day of summer, and while I still need to take some care with that ankle and my self its time to invest in my h... Read more

  • Took a break

    6/21/2019 8:32:37 AM, by WINACHST

    Earlier this week, I took a break and went camping. I chose a state park that had a waterfall and lots of trails. I spent 3 days and 2 nights. On that last morning, as I was packing up my tent, I decided that 2 nights was not enough, I need a longer break. But things are so hectic right now with my ... Read more

  • Another Month Another Pound Gone!

    6/20/2019 1:30:38 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Time to celebrate another pound gone, gone, gone. And time for a positive self talk. It's taken one month to lose one pound but the scale is headed in the right direction. At this rate of weight loss that's 12 pounds in one year! Losing is better than gaining, so any weight loss is good. I take it a... Read more

  • I Invented Awesome

    6/19/2019 6:05:25 PM, by KALISWALKER

    In a Facebook diet group, and someone asked for advice about binge foods. I gave this advice. Make your home a binge free zone by eliminating the foods that make you crazy, just stop buying it. I don't buy candy, so I was annoyed when I found a bag of gummy bears open by the sink. Fortunately it was... Read more