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  • Kids growing up, offer on house accepted!

    12/6/2019 8:06:24 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    And so it begins. Living through the ups and downs of buying a home. At least I'm not the only one warning them how mind-numbing the process is. 130 year old home. Updated plumbing, new heater, water heater, windows and appliances. BUUUUUUT, 130 year old home. Solid, I couldn't smell anything m... Read more

  • A Surprise

    12/5/2019 10:27:31 AM, by SUSANNAH31

    This morning I was looking for a recipe for ricotta cheese pancakes. I hadn't used the recipe in a while, and I wanted to make one of those pancakes for breakfast, so I Googled it. The recipe had appeared in a book of essays written by Nora Ephron, and that's all I could remember about it, so... Read more

  • SFEL, Part 1 Why Diets Fail You chapter 1

    12/5/2019 9:51:16 AM, by WINACHST

    Chapter 1 – Diets Don’t Work How does one define “work”? • For me, a diet works if I lose weight and keep it off • For a diet company CEO, a diet works if people lose any weight at all for any length of time. • For obesity researchers – diets work if the test subjects lose slightly more w... Read more

  • Secrets From the Eating Lab, Traci Mann PH.D.

    12/5/2019 9:42:54 AM, by WINACHST

    I just started reading this book: Secrets From the Eating Lab, by Traci Mann, Ph.D, who is a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota and an expert in the psychology of eating, dieting, and self-control. This book is to explain "the science of weight loss, the myth of willpower and why... Read more

  • Honesty

    12/5/2019 8:10:00 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I've not been dishonest. I simply didn't update at my weekly weigh-in for a while. Yep, up 6 pounds. They could be gone in a few weeks or hang around for months. Insert shoulder shrug here... It was all me. The purchase of some foods I ate daily that usually don't make my cart. Don't know w... Read more

  • Happy Scale! Featured Blog & TOPS

    12/4/2019 12:24:11 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Yesterday at TOPS I was thrilled with my weigh-in. Despite my overindulgence at the party Saturday, my weight stayed the same. My simple recovery plan worked very well - less food, more exercise, more sleep, daily weigh-ins, and nutrition tracking. TOPS I was 'star of the month' for November w... Read more

  • My ten years on SP

    12/4/2019 12:07:04 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    When I first began here on SP about ten years ago, I did not believe that I was capable of losing my excess weight. I had failed at so many attempted diets that I was unwilling to even try one again. In fact, I told myself that I would NOT start a diet. I would change my eating habits for a li... Read more

  • Soul searching about me and my eating habits and my blogging. Where to go from here?

    12/4/2019 9:31:26 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I don't think this is the death knell of my presence here on Spark, but it is an honest contemplation of what I've been looking for versus what I've accomplished. I came here, soon 11 years ago, to find assistance in taking off those pounds I added. For a while I learned new techniques or tweak... Read more

  • Just drink the water! And stay away from the Kool-aid!

    12/3/2019 3:54:10 PM, by BEDA65

    A little diet...and political humor 334 As I got on the scale this morning, I couldn't believe my eyes. I have lost 11.4 lbs in 6 weeks. I am flabbergasted! All I have managed to keep up with so far on this journey is to stop drinking soda and I am drinking the daily amount of wate... Read more

  • Holiday

    12/3/2019 3:00:48 PM, by SOULFISH80

    I had Thursday and Friday off, came in 3 hours on Saturday and had from 12pm Saturday to Tuesday (today) morning off. It was a mini vacation, although we stayed relatively busy. Thursday was cooking and movies. I was up early so we were able to eat by 1pm. I stuck to veg and meat, but had to have m... Read more

  • Have a beautiful day

    12/3/2019 7:11:51 AM, by BELLAMEMAW

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  • Whoops Day Recovery & 2020 Winter 5% Challenge

    12/2/2019 2:05:28 PM, by KALISWALKER

    On Saturday we went to a big birthday party with lots of appies. That day I ate light, and prepared my snack to take along, string cheese and apple slices 180 calories, leaving room for birthday cake. We left the house with so much stuff (music stand, guitar, gifts, appies, wine, etc.) we decided to... Read more

  • THE MONDAY AFTER...... A lesseon learned

    12/2/2019 7:34:57 AM, by TCARRIGAN21

    Welcome to the Monday after. I discovered today that no matter how hard I plan for a holiday I still can screw up. I had it all figured out and knew I would eat to much on Thursday … I want on minimal carb diet the week before so I could prepare and Thursday went great.. I didn't track but I feel... Read more

  • Decorating Updates

    12/1/2019 11:06:59 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Me before a dance night on Saturday. TNBC air freshener was vanilla scented.... Read more

  • bonus blog: the house verdict

    12/1/2019 7:13:08 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Tiny, tiny, tiny. Lovely location. Small river, well flood-controlled behind. Massive park on one side so only 1 neighbor next door. 2 additions over time; one well done, the other...meh. Pitch on both levels shows the foundation sunk a long time ago. It's solid and the walls look fine. 5 year ... Read more

  • You are Enough

    12/1/2019 7:53:15 AM, by BELLAMEMAW

    December 2019; where did this year go? As I reflect back over the year, I can't help but smile. I feel like I've matured in so many ways and I realize there are still some things I want to accomplish/tackle in 2020. This time of year is tough for so many people for a number of reasons. If it... Read more

  • When your kid asks...

    12/1/2019 7:24:38 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    "Mom and Dad, we want you to look at this house. Today." 334 OK, there is supposed to be an ice/snow storm. I have to drive an hour into it, into the hills and on major highways on one of the hairiest driving days this year. 39 "We'll take you to lunch. It will help us check out the area... Read more

  • I think I did the 5% challenge backwards...

    11/30/2019 10:48:06 AM, by WINACHST

    I had a weight gain instead of maintaining. This final weigh - in and looking at my starting weight - this is my wake-up call. I need to really focus and make better choices with what I am choosing to eat - read here: more vegetables, vegetables and some more vegetables. I was attempting to cl... Read more

  • Well we had a FIRE for Thanksgiving

    11/30/2019 8:50:40 AM, by APONI_KB

    Did you know that you can cook a frozen turkey in a crockpot - works great also and this is a solid tip, if you spill grease in the oven and put paper towels in the oven to clean it - make sure no one turns the oven on to heat up a pie I almost got to use fire extinguisher but the hubs fli... Read more

  • Went a little overboard

    11/29/2019 12:05:33 PM, by BELLAMEMAW

    and I don't care 246 It was a holiday and I ate/drank whatever I wanted. I'm sure I put on a few pounds. Honestly, I didn't overdo my eating like I have in the past. I was 'full' quickly and the thought of going crazy with sweets didn't appeal to me. Back to 'normal' today. Have a great d... Read more

  • Leftovers

    11/29/2019 11:57:27 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I chose enough leftovers to keep me happy but not overwhelmed. My SIL2 grinned at the weight of the bag and DD2 swears he'll have it all gone by Sunday. The grands were shepherded over by their parents on the way to their feast at another relatives house. How can three little kids destroy a hou... Read more

  • I am Losing Weight Over the Holidays

    11/28/2019 8:30:08 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Since October I am on the alert to sway myself from bad habits (bad choices). I am not perfect so I take corrective action as needed. What helps - 1) Daily nutrition tracking 2) Weighing myself daily 3) PGX capsules 4) Breakfast smoothies 255 calories 5) LOTS of diet Jello 6) Ta... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    11/27/2019 1:14:23 PM, by BELLAMEMAW

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  • You don't have to celebrate Thanksgiving Day...

    11/26/2019 8:55:26 PM, by BELLAMEMAW

    but if you do, I wish you and yours a beautiful day! ... Read more

  • I would like to vetch and also gloat about my old job.

    11/26/2019 11:11:40 AM, by APONI_KB

    I worked there for 15 years, 13 of them were great Then new management and cutting cutting cutting They would "reduce headcounts" and then pile that work on existing employees, then automate to "reduce work load" and then lay off the people who understood the automation and hire youn... Read more

  • The cooking begins

    11/26/2019 7:52:08 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    You'd think I'm preparing for 40 people when it's only 4 of us plus the 9 pound dog who eats no people food. I don't want to spend Thanksgiving in the kitchen so I am cooking ahead! I know a lot of you do too so have fun. When it's all over and done I hope to have enough leftovers to get u... Read more

  • Terrible Year

    11/26/2019 12:38:04 AM, by FANCYQTR

    In January I lost my mare, Fancy. It was something expected with her, since she was 34 years old, but it still hurt. In August my sweet little dog, Cassie, was diagnosed with lymphoma. We fought for her and prayed for her, but on Saturday I had to help her over the bridge. She wanted to be with me s... Read more

  • Healthy fun

    11/25/2019 5:29:04 PM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I had a blast a few weeks ago watching the little one while the rest of her family went to a Rangers game. What to do with a 3.5 year old? We made cookies. Watched shows, played games and colored pictures I printed off the internet as I had no books left. Aha, Nana had skills and applied the... Read more

  • Turkey Day is upon us

    11/25/2019 5:10:05 PM, by BEDA65

    ONE meal of overindulgence will not mess up your whole lifestyle change. So cut yourself some slack. If you want it, eat it! It's Thanksgiving after all. Be mindful of the days that follow with all the leftovers around. This is where people get in trouble, eating consecutive days of high calorie/car... Read more

  • Charlie

    11/23/2019 9:48:10 PM, by BEDA65

    When I got to work today, I found a kennel room full of kitties. Then I spotted Charlie. I thought he was dead. They told me he had been like that since his dental on Thursday. He was 14 years old. I immediately started massaging him and praying over him. His people were coming after him. The ... Read more

  • My Lowest Weight in 20 Years

    11/23/2019 12:05:50 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Today I am at my lowest weight in 20 years! I hit the 180s and today I am 189.4 pounds! Happy dance! I've accomplished something major this year! My interim goal was to get to the 180s before the end of the year! I have 38 more days this year to continue losing. My next major interim goal is ... Read more

  • In the mental (dental) chair.

    11/23/2019 8:46:11 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I recently had new crown made as the tooth next to my shiny $$$ implant suffered the effects of some "crowding" due to the fit, causing some pain. I thought I had great hygiene. I haven't had cavities in YEARS! I brush well, or so I thought. I floss. I got nifty things to clean the space created by... Read more

  • Inbetween

    11/22/2019 10:01:01 PM, by SOULFISH80

    I have 4 sizes of jeans in my closet, falling to the floor big, way too big but staying up, a bit big and too tight. I guess my perfect size is currently an inbetween size. Which is ok....3 out of 4 are too big.....I'd rather that than too small. Also feeling kinda inbetween at the gym. I'm very co... Read more

  • Anyone Have Peanut Butter?

    11/22/2019 2:13:25 PM, by HICKOK-HALEY
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  • Making it Through the Holidays & Doing More of What Makes Me Happy!

    11/22/2019 1:23:07 PM, by KALISWALKER

    2019 - Doing More of What Makes Me Happy! I found a lot of things I like more than eating and I've lost 30 pounds this last year. I am focused on losing more weight this fall, so I have a running start in the new year. I have been nutrition tracking all year - it's the magic in weight loss. Currentl... Read more

  • End of PT and beginning of working out smarter.

    11/22/2019 8:28:57 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Today is my last therapy session for these danged, overused and abused hamstrings, IT ligaments and inflamed bursas. I now get up in the morning without hamstring pain and have learned how to keep more limber. I'm stuck with the inflamed greater trochanter bursas as the damage is too great and ... Read more

  • 2019 Thanksgiving Buffet Rules & Holiday Eating

    11/21/2019 8:01:29 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Buffets, parties, and holidays we seem to lose our minds and live like there is no tomorrow. Forgo the "last supper" mentality! Remember, like any other day, you will be faced with choices, so it's just another day. Thanksgiving is a single day in November, and Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa, etc. is a ... Read more

  • Blogging

    11/20/2019 3:18:47 PM, by BEDA65

    I want to blog here. I like to write. But I am suffering a block right now. I think Stress is a Big factor. Thankfully, it isn't affecting my PLM. I say that, but I know it is. In some way or another. I am still losing and have not had any soda since October 21st. Sticking with the... Read more

  • November 20, 2019

    11/20/2019 3:01:57 PM, by XME501

    Today is Wednesday - but feels so much like Saturday. Probably because this is usually laundry day. But there is a note on the laundry room that there is no hot water. OH NO!! But help has been notified so will be fixed soon. So today will be doing some baking. And will be making calzone... Read more

  • The gift horse of sleep

    11/20/2019 8:43:42 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I'm so confused! 40 I went to bed at 10 last night and got up at 6. I GOT 8 HOURS OF UNINTERRUPTED SLEEP! What's wrong with me??????? 46 I must be sick. I haven't slept for 8 hours without getting up in at least 3 years. I don't have a fever, I feel rather fine. I'm ... Read more

  • I Want to Quit My "Adventure" as it Hit the Wall of Frustration

    11/19/2019 12:05:50 PM, by LILYPAD12311

    Ugh, 24 I want to quit. 46 I have been on this merry-go-round before and it has not been fun. 46 Lose 5 pounds and then gain 5 pounds ......... lose 5 pounds and then gain 6 or 7 pounds. Yes, I do want to quit and just accept that I am going to be overweight .... I look ... Read more

  • 2020 Vision

    11/19/2019 1:59:46 AM, by WOLFKITTY

    "2020 Vision" has been my motto for 2020 for awhile now. I started a Facebook group right after gaining two years in a row in 2017, and barely used it. I just updated my yearly weight measurements on the front of my SparkPage. I’ve been feeling pretty down about it, about to hit my... Read more

  • Oh hai, it's holidays 2019

    11/18/2019 11:41:35 PM, by WOLFKITTY

    So I'm pretty sure the last time I cracked open my laptop was in July for that last blog post. I'm happy to say that through some expensive comfy shoes and a committment to stretching my calves, I've succeeded in bringing down my heel pain considerably! I had signed up for a 5k and couldn't m... Read more

  • Next Gen

    11/16/2019 7:00:04 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Re-watching Star Trek Next Gen on Netflix, and noticed Riker goes to New Orleans to hit on girls.... Read more

  • A Sense of Purpose as I Near a Goal

    11/16/2019 4:27:47 PM, by KALISWALKER

    This week each day I wake with a sense of purpose, to make progress towards my interim goal the 180's. I am doing better staying in my calorie range, so my weigh-in this morning 190.6 pounds, thrilling so close! I am optimistic that I can lose .7 pounds in the last 2 weeks of the challenge. I am les... Read more

  • Hype vs. fact: The reality behind 2019’s most popular nutrition trends

    11/16/2019 3:53:55 PM, by HICKOK-HALEY
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  • I highly recommend physical therapy for many reasons

    11/16/2019 9:48:27 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    Who knew at the ripe age of 65 I'd find I was moving incorrectly? I noticed I was starting to sway when I walked. My hips and hamstrings were hurting and some of my exercises were suspect in these aches. My therapist worked with me to change some of these old habits and I am happy to say I have... Read more

  • Decluttering Kitchen and Getting Ready for Sock Hop

    11/15/2019 1:43:27 PM, by KALISWALKER

    One of my Spark teammates let me know she has joined TOPS too. It's nice to get feedback and I wish her all the best. I've been Sparking for years and joining this group has given a little push to try harder. Last week I kept seeing on youtube about people losing their minds over Popeye's Chic... Read more

  • Friday, November 15

    11/15/2019 11:52:03 AM, by XME501

    Have had a productive week. Stocking up some for winter - have a few more items to pick up. I just do not go out much when it snows. Do not want to risk falling. That would not be good! Today will be baking bread and fixing a new recipe for dinner. I do love my bread for toast with f... Read more

  • So True

    11/13/2019 9:15:08 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    So True! Funny in a sad way how we missed this boat.... Read more

  • Don't Be A Sheep!

    11/13/2019 8:26:29 AM, by BEDA65

    Pay attention to what's going on in the world. Do not make a decision on things because it's what your friends/family think is right. Educate yourself, which means absorb as much information as you can to make an educated decision for yourself. Remember when the edict used to be...Everything y... Read more

  • Go Friends

    11/12/2019 5:00:04 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    I need new friends on Pokemon Go for a quest. Please add me at Pokemon ID 942584611615... Read more

  • Gym

    11/12/2019 1:10:55 PM, by SOULFISH80

    Sunday was the one week mark for joining the gym. Woo hoo, it's awesome!!!!!! I got my scale working and I'm down 5 more lbs since I last weighed. I'll be in my smaller jeans in no time!!!!! The gym is just perfect. For now I'm mainly focused on water aerobics and swimming. My body feels good in th... Read more

  • Introspection on weight loss and maintenance of many kinds

    11/12/2019 10:06:06 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    "To every season, turn, turn, turn" has taken on a new meaning for me this year. There IS a time for everything. My therapist and a PT student accompanied me into the gym yesterday as I have less pain in my hamstrings and am learning better techniques for exercises. I want to translate them to... Read more

  • Life is an Adventure

    11/12/2019 12:33:40 AM, by LILYPAD12311

    Life is certainly an adventure and I really cannot complain about my life. It is a good life. I am successful in so many areas of my my life, but I have struggled when it comes to staying at a healthy weight.. 192 ...... ok,,,,,, I have failed, over and over again,,,,, for years. YES, yes,... Read more

  • Arches and Knees

    11/11/2019 8:54:02 PM, by SUSANNAH31

    A few years back, my dh and I took a trip to Italy: to Venice, Florence, and Rome. I was determined not to look like an American tourist, so I did not wear sneakers. It was summertime, so I wore sandals while we walked through those ancient cities and their museums. For two years after that ... Read more

  • Critical

    11/10/2019 7:39:18 AM, by BEDA65

    If someone asks you to help them be accountable, understand there's a difference in holding someone accountable and being critical of them. When I began this journey I asked a friend to help me be accountable. It's been 3 weeks, I have lost 7 pounds, I've really made some major changes, like quit... Read more

  • Declutter

    11/9/2019 8:17:34 PM, by WINACHST

    5% challenge includes a declutter of the kitchen. Well, I have been slowly decluttering one room at a time. I did my bedroom last night and this morning when I woke up, I noticed that I slept better. Hmmmm, coincidence?... Read more

  • Thinking again, this time about "too".

    11/9/2019 9:16:49 AM, by OVERWORKEDJANET

    I've been behind the scenes brewing about intuitive eating, intermittent fasting and various other methodologies to apply to my quest for being healthier. I've mentioned before that I've conquered the physicality of my quest. I exercise, too much and too hard it seems, according to my PT! She r... Read more

  • Weekend at BMR With Friends

    11/8/2019 1:24:04 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Weekend is almost here YAY! We are going to our place in WA this weekend and invited a couple of friends to join us. Last weekend we got groceries and planned some activities for this weekend. The weather will be in the 50's and rain is forecast for tomorrow. Here are some of the activities we can c... Read more

  • Friday, November 8

    11/8/2019 10:29:55 AM, by XME501

    Well, I think I have procrastinated enough!! Time to get to the grocery store. Especially since we are almost out of milk and bread. It has turned cold here - about 32 degrees now with a high expected of 53. Time to bundle up when going out. Have been listening to Pastor Brett Meador... Read more

  • Donate

    11/7/2019 9:32:05 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Just did a donation. Plasma centers in the Richmond, VA area are offering good bonuses just in time for Christmas.... Read more

  • Procrastinating

    11/7/2019 2:24:40 PM, by XME501

    Just read an article about procrastinating - and that is one thing I do very well. Like today! Had a grocery list yesterday and today have still not got to the grocery store! And, when I finally do get out, I really do not mind it - in fact, I do enjoy. And feel so much better when it is d... Read more


    11/7/2019 6:59:37 AM, by TCARRIGAN21

    I fell off the wagon... I went away for the weekend and did really well but when I came home I got sick and working out and tracking fell to the wayside. I gave my self a 30 day challenge to log everyday no matter what I eat and to work out every morning again. I am on day 4 and doing better. BUT... Read more