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  • it's monday

    12/9/2019 10:14:24 AM, by MOMMY445

    a mild and mostly rainy day here today. i am alright with that and so is my daughter. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i have some errands to run and then i will be taking it easy for the rest of the day. have a marvelous day, everyone!... Read more

  • Prepared for a Busy Week!

    12/9/2019 5:20:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've had a few tough days and learned some valuable lessons. 1. If I'm not prepared, life can really knock me down and drag me through the mud. I have to plan my days to get in everything that is important to me. 2. Peace of mind comes through my planning. 3. I won't be ready for Chri... Read more

  • Weigh-In #47

    12/9/2019 2:23:24 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    I've been icing my side and back and taking a lot of naproxen and that seems to help a little bit. I did a chair workout and some stretches and cleaned a little bit this morning and that was about all I could do. Fritzy and I went shopping yesterday and had a nice time although eating was not as goo... Read more

  • The Children's Hour

    12/8/2019 6:35:19 PM, by OLDEROWL

    poem by Henry W Longfellow: Between the dark and the daylight, When night is beginning to lower, Comes a pause in the day's occupations, That is known as the Children's Hour. It would be a great family treasure if families with young children took time out at least once a week to cel... Read more

  • Details, Details!

    12/8/2019 7:07:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    It was one of those days with too much to do. I woke up a little tired and rushed into the day. I forgot to bring important things to the nursing home for my mom, I forgot to take care of things that needed to be done because I was all caught up in the unimportant things of life. Sometimes my l... Read more

  • zantac/ranitidine

    12/7/2019 8:49:27 PM, by RKOTTEK

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  • Gliding Through the Snow

    12/7/2019 4:16:57 PM, by KATTHOMAS2

    I just got back from the most wonderful sleigh ride. My SIL and my daughter and I took the baby on her first sleigh ride. We have cousins who hold an open house every year and it was perfect weather this year for the sleigh ride. They own Clydesdale horses and they were wearing Santa hats and Chr... Read more

  • Need To Get Back In The Habit

    12/7/2019 11:43:40 AM, by PORTIA70

    This was one of my weak points on my last SparkPeople Profile, tracking my food. Often I would get embarrassed over going above my calorie intake that I would just skip it. So in this profile I plan to be more honest about it. We all mess up sometimes, but by facing our fears of what other ... Read more

  • Listen to your body and your animals too

    12/7/2019 7:08:19 AM, by JANROLG

    This past week I had to rush one of my cats to the vet. She was breathing heavily and listless. Come to find out she has severe asthma. We always thought it was her coughing because of hair balls. But it wasn’t the case. She’s home and has a long road ahead of her. One thing I learned from ... Read more

  • Preparing to challenge myself to succeed in 2020

    12/7/2019 6:58:31 AM, by 3VEGGIES

    386 521 386 521 386 521 386 521 386 521 386 521 These were my goals for 2019 and they will stay the same for 2020. 1. Fighting for and then maintaining my ideal weight range 2. With a clean organized house 3. With more items checked off my bucket list ... Read more

  • I Am Not Super Woman!

    12/7/2019 6:01:56 AM, by JSTETSER

    No, I am not Super Woman, and I cannot save the world. I need help. I’m having a tough time, making plans to go to Florida in February to visit my son and his family I know that it is not at all rational, but I wonder if my mother will pass while we are gone. It really hurts my heart to leav... Read more

  • Weigh-In #46

    12/7/2019 1:02:19 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So Wyatt thinks I need my appendix out. He's probably right. I have a doctor appointment coming up soon so hopefully I can get things taken care of. I had a difficult day yesterday and didn't do well, so my stats are bad today, but I'm just not feeling well these days. I tried to do a core workout b... Read more

  • ive had some sparkfriends with giddy spells or the wobbles, maybe this is why

    12/6/2019 10:51:58 PM, by RKOTTEK

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  • ranitidine was found contaminated with nitrosamines, heres a diabetic drug too

    12/6/2019 10:48:29 PM, by RKOTTEK

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  • it's friday

    12/6/2019 12:54:28 PM, by MOMMY445

    it started off snowing steadily here. now the sun is shining brightly and it is not snowing anymore. my daughter says hi to everyone. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a fabulous day, everyone and a terrific weekend!... Read more

  • Stretching to Reach my Goals!

    12/6/2019 5:21:20 AM, by JSTETSER

    Cold weather seems to bring on more aches and pain in my body. I'm tempted just to sit still, but I have goals to reach! I want to stay in shape to kayak with my sons and run with the grandkids. We will be climbing Mt Monadnock and possibly Mt Katahdin in Maine this summer. I also control Typ... Read more

  • Where Does Time Go

    12/5/2019 12:20:25 PM, by KATTHOMAS2

    Our granddaughter is already five months old and starting to crawl. Her mama came to visit yesterday and went home with a highchair and a stack of pictures. We put the baby in the highchair for the first time and she loved it. She will be starting on solid food at six months. I sorted through so... Read more

  • it's thursday

    12/5/2019 10:21:20 AM, by MOMMY445

    a day to take it easy here. my daughter is back to school today. she just took it easy yesterday. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! it's snowing here this morning and it is okay with me and with my daughter. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Making Cards & Thanking Others

    12/5/2019 5:16:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Homemade cards are the best. The time and thought that goes into the process is priceless. This is a tough Christmas for me with my Mom’s health and energy declining. We have made Christmas cards every year for as long as I can remember. Making them without her is difficult, but decided to... Read more

  • Merry & Motivated

    12/5/2019 5:13:24 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    I'm feeling pretty good right now. I'm ready for Christmas and I'm feeling motivated. I have been exercising consistently again and keeping to my fitness routine. I did chair yoga yesterday and I did chair cardio this morning and I've been able to work out for about 6 minutes on average currently. I... Read more

  • Weigh-In #45

    12/5/2019 1:12:07 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Things are going in the right direction. My weigh-in this morning was positive. I did some chair yoga yesterday and my eating is somewhat better although not perfect. I am making positive improvements, though! I have received all of Fritzy's Christmas presents in the mail and have most of them wrapp... Read more

  • Feeling Disappointed With SparkTeams

    12/4/2019 10:10:51 PM, by PORTIA70

    Hi everyone :) Welcome to my new SparkPage and Blog Post. I was a member before, but losing my login information and with the changes in my life, I decided to create a whole new profile. So here I am. I discovered while going through all the groups, that even with the ones that hav... Read more

  • Think ahead for 2020

    12/4/2019 3:40:18 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I was reading Heidi's blog from 12/1/19 title: 'Ready, Set, Reset' re the Winter 2020 5% Challenge' and it was a GREAT reminder of exactly WHY we are all here!!! The 5% Weight Loss Challenge Community even though we have obtained our desired weight. To see her blog, please follow this link: http:... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    12/4/2019 10:54:44 AM, by MOMMY445

    i had a challenging workout with my personal trainer at the gym yesterday and i feel good today. my daughter says hi to all. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i'll be doing some of my christmas shopping today. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Weigh-In #44

    12/4/2019 9:31:43 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Thought I'd do a weigh-in today even though there's not much change with my weight, but there has been some movement with my other stats. I haven't been able to exercise lately because I haven't been feeling good but my eating has been much improved lately. Just haven't really been hungry lately. ... Read more

  • What's Your Focus?

    12/4/2019 5:15:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today, I'm focusing on what matters! This morning, I woke up and had a heart-to-heart conversation with myself. Me: Hi Beautiful, how are you today? Myself: I'm doing good! I've got some big challenges, but I can meet them with God's help. Me: That's right, Jackie! You can meet these ... Read more

  • Blogging Through the Alphabet - A is for Attitude

    12/3/2019 8:09:15 PM, by AMYBELLES

    Yesterday I gave myself a day off before starting my ABC blog for this month. My goal is to get through the alphabet by the end of the month, so I have a couple days leeway. I needed a break to get my thoughts together and plan what I want to do. I decided to choose just one word for each letter th... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    12/3/2019 10:49:34 AM, by MOMMY445

    a beautiful sunny day here today, we did get some snow yesterday. my daughter says hi. i will be going to the gym later on after dinner for a session with my personal trainer. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Weigh-In #43

    12/3/2019 9:26:15 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Thanksgiving bloat came off. I've been exercising pretty regularly and even got 3K yesterday for the first time in a while. I've been eating better as well, haven't had as much appetite since my side has been hurting lot. Been trying to get in to see the doctor sooner but they won't let me. My docto... Read more

  • Have a beautiful day

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

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  • Snow Days

    12/3/2019 5:17:28 AM, by JSTETSER

    15 inches, and it's still snowing! Yesterday I spent over 3 hours shoveling. I create some ramps out of snow on the side of my driveway so that I don't have to lift the snow. I bought a great shovel to help me keep from straining my back. Today it's still snowing, and I'll be out there ... Read more

  • Monday after a week long holiday

    12/2/2019 9:18:28 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    My students were happy to be back to school and was was happy to be back as well. Our trip was fantastic and filled with positivity and lots of blessings. The final blessing of the trip was arriving home a few hours before the weather on our last part of the trip turned so treacherous that there was... Read more

  • Joyous living for Christmas

    12/2/2019 7:17:42 PM, by OLDEROWL

    This Christmas season, we will live each day, a Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy, and Joyous life. Wholesome because we strive: -to eat only wholesome foods, and get a proper amount of exercise, -to live every moment guided by principles based upon Jesus teachings or which we deem to be in... Read more

  • McDougall Plan

    12/2/2019 6:21:24 PM, by KAYAHSLOANE1

    I am working on being completely Vegan again! Dairy is no problem as I don't consume any dairy. I do like chicken and turkey so that is something to be worked on. I am reading The Starch Solution, I am also reading information on the McDougall site and Forums so I have a plethora of information. ... Read more

  • December

    12/2/2019 5:25:34 PM, by WADDLINGALONG

    December has arrived, Seems we all are anticipating something or another. Either the joy or the angst. Holiday gatherings of people we want to see. Or those we Do not. The angst of having too much to do. And too many places to be. Or the angst of isolation. And nowhere that fee... Read more

  • December is a time for giving

    12/2/2019 1:08:32 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I had so much to be thankful for last week and enjoyed Thanksgiving with my wife while on vacation in Hawaii. One thing that struck me though was that even in Hawaii, there are those whose luck has turned sour like the homeless man I saw with his cart of meager essentials. It made me think of how ... Read more

  • Hunkering Down in the Snow Storm

    12/2/2019 5:10:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    It snowed 8 inches last night and should snow all day today. It's a good day to stay home. The school has been canceled! We have our first winter wonderland. It's almost 5 am as I put another stick on the fire, and enjoy the quiet of the early morning. I'll take some time to write before... 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

  • November Review and December Goals

    12/1/2019 7:46:42 PM, by AMYBELLES

    I think I had a pretty successful month on the whole, especially considering Thanksgiving foods and not feeling well with my shoulder and sinuses. Here were my goals: #1 - Eating: I will gradually get back to a more strict low carb eating plan. Results: 41 I did well for most of the... Read more

  • Just lovely!

    12/1/2019 12:35:57 PM, by MEADSBAY

    Thanksgiving went so well over at my son and wonderful DIL’s new house. 244 They pulled it off admirably and the weather cooperated so we could dine in the biggest room in the house...an enclosed sunroom (with a space heater). Luckily, dear Jean and the kids had Wednesday off of school so they ... 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

  • Making Granola!

    12/1/2019 6:04:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I'm heating up the oven and making some low-sugar granola. The maple syrup is optional. I love it for the great flavor that it adds. A little goes a long way! 4 It's a great addition to my breakfasts and snacks. I use it as a cereal and also on my greek yogurt. 8 cup dry Oatmea... Read more

  • Planning My Workouts

    12/1/2019 2:32:18 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Today is a rest day so I won't be working out today, but I have been planning my fitness and getting excited about working out on the regular. As today is a rest day I will be using my massage roller, recovery massager, and foam roller today, and maybe an ice bath. I'm pretty bloated this morning an... Read more

  • Feeling Motivated

    11/30/2019 6:36:26 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So since I recommitted today I have been feeling super motivated tonight. I started out the day this morning and didn't feel particularly good about things, felt kind of overwhelmed and dejected about the weight I had gained over the past couple of months. And the idea of trying to eat better seemed... Read more

  • Hurray for Support Groups!

    11/30/2019 5:54:00 PM, by AMYBELLES

    It’s hard to believe it’s the last day of November! Amazingly, I was able to reach my goal of writing a gratitude blog every single day this month! It was really hard to take the time to do it some days, but I am glad I did. It really made me focus on the positives in my life, instead of sadness fro... Read more

  • Rough Holiday

    11/30/2019 3:29:26 PM, by JANROLG

    It was a rough week with eating. I am hoping next week will be a better week.... Read more

  • Rebooting The Mission

    11/30/2019 10:04:27 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    I've decided that it's time to reboot my weight loss journey, as I've been having some trouble with the numbers and with my habits for the last couple of months. Here's a comparison from the end of September 30 and now November 30. September 30 Weight 268 Body Water 37.9% Body Fat 46.9% ... Read more

  • Science Saves Lives!

    11/30/2019 6:15:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    I'm sure that my life is much healthier because of science. I stopped smoking before 20 because science proved that smoking caused heart disease. I changed my diet because science proved that a low sugar and low carb diet is healthy for people who have Type 2 Diabetes. I drink 8 glasses of wat... Read more

  • Books, Libraries, and Library Apps

    11/29/2019 8:50:41 PM, by AMYBELLES

    I can’t let a month of gratitude blogs end without mentioning my love and appreciation for books! I wrote a long detailed blog about my love for reading over a year ago though,https://www.sparkpeople
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    _individual.asp?blog_id=6518520 so this time I thought I would f... Read more

  • Attitude check; I'm very lucky - Bob

    11/29/2019 4:13:26 PM, by OLDEROWL

    An healthy attitude is everything, as it will guarantee success no matter your circumstances. Lucky Bob; that's me. Most of all I'm lucky to have an happy family life and a loving wife. I gained a bit of weight over the summer but I'm lucky that I feel fine and have less than 10 pounds to lose; no... Read more

  • Just do it

    11/29/2019 2:53:54 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    594 A few weeks ago I actually met one of my sparkfriends. She’s had wonderful success, is loved by many friends on this site, is very inspirational, and has an awesome attitude. One of the things she said made total sense to me. She said one of the most frequent questions she gets from people is th... 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

  • it's friday

    11/29/2019 11:43:02 AM, by MOMMY445

    a new day is well underway. my daughter says hi. it is a cooler day here today. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i will be going to the gym later on today. have a terrific day, everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    11/29/2019 6:33:10 AM, by KATTHOMAS2

    A friend sent her husband over to my house with three bags of fabric scraps because she knows I am learning to quilt. Oh my goodness! I had just recently gone through my own stash of material and sorted it....now I am in the midst of chaos again. I have made a vow that I will not start cutting ma... Read more

  • Setting Happier Traditions

    11/29/2019 5:29:34 AM, by JSTETSER

    I’ve started a new tradition this year. Thanksgiving dinner was spent with people who love me. Some were family, and some weren’t exactly family. We ate at my husband’s ex-in-laws home. The celebration was fun and enjoyable. I made sure to call all members of my family or send a text. ... Read more

  • Weigh-In #42

    11/29/2019 3:38:35 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Thanksgiving of course left a mark on my weight. I'm up a bit but I'm not too worried about it, the bloat should come down within the next week especially because I've been exercising consistently now. I did chair cardio this morning even if I was only able to do half of it, that's usually the case ... Read more

  • Thanks for the Thanksgiving Memories!

    11/28/2019 9:05:40 PM, by AMYBELLES

    I hope everyone had a blessed Thanksgiving! It may not be the most ideal compared to other years, but there is always something to be grateful for! We had a small gathering at our house-there were seven of us: my hubby and son, our good friends, Karen and Denny and their son and his wife, Tyler... Read more

  • Broke my 50 year streak!

    11/28/2019 3:16:34 PM, by MEADSBAY

    I have cooked Thanksgiving dinner every single November since 1968. I’m getting pretty good at it, though some meals are better than others. 334 My dear man and I clearly remember the first major fight in our months-old marriage was while cooking our first Thanksgiving meal together...too young... Read more

  • it's thursday

    11/28/2019 9:56:49 AM, by MOMMY445

    a much cooler day here today. my daughter did her leadership thing at the school board yesterday and she really enjoyed it.both budgie birds say cheep cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • I'm On the Look-Out!

    11/28/2019 5:36:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    I don’t fully understand the angry, draining emotions around me, but I know that I need to be strong and resist them. I need to bring joy to my family, to my students, and to my mother. I need to first receive that joy before I can give it away. Here is my plan (actually, I copied this from m... Read more

  • Water Park

    11/28/2019 5:25:26 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    We took Fritzy to a water park to celebrate his Thanksgiving break and while I was too sick to go swimming and had to stay in the hotel, he has been having fun. I have been eating a lot more than normal, of course, and I'm sure I'll have a lot of bloat. There's not much that can be done for that. I ... Read more

  • Count Your Blessings!

    11/27/2019 9:43:06 PM, by AMYBELLES

    I found this picture the other day and thought it very appropriate for what I am focusing on this month! So I decided to count my blessings throughout the day, instead of dwelling on negatives (or counting calories! LOL!) Here are just a few of the many I thought about today. I am grateful... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    11/27/2019 6:31:17 PM, by MOMMY445

    it was a mostly cloudy and windy day here today. my daughter took part in a leadership thing related to her previous school today and she enjoyed it. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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  • My Exercise Adventure

    11/27/2019 5:35:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Two weeks ago I joined a Yoga class at Bethel Farm here in Hillsboro. It's a lot of work, but worth it! I can do most of the exercises, but even when I can't do an exercise perfectly, I give it a try. Shantelle, the class leader, is helpful, but not pushy. I like that. I really like the roo... Read more

  • 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

  • What Would I Do Without YouTube?

    11/26/2019 8:33:52 PM, by AMYBELLES

    Not a day goes by that I am not using my laptop, iPad and/or iPhone, if nothing else, to at least go on SparkPeople. So I really could make this blog about being grateful for the internet. But instead I decided to specifically focus on YouTube, since I use it so much for many different things, both ... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    11/26/2019 11:22:49 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is a beautiful sunny and mild day here today. my daughter says hello. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i will be heading for a long walk after lunch today. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Weigh-In #41

    11/26/2019 8:39:29 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    So I got my Fitbit chargers and band in the mail and have my Fitbit all charged up again so hopefully that will make the difference I'm looking for in my weight loss journey. I've been pretty sick lately so I haven't been following my meal plan or getting any exercise just basically watching videos ... Read more

  • Turning up the Volume

    11/26/2019 5:23:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    My Mom started hospice. I've been watching the fire of my mother's life flicker and it's frightening, agonizing and painful.  Even more painful are the reactions of family members who have rejected me because Mom is now in hospice.  My brother and sister once loved me, but no longer are k... Read more

  • A Morning Walk

    11/25/2019 11:45:11 PM, by AMYBELLES

    Since my shoulder pain has prevented me from doing strength training at the gym, I am especially grateful that I can take walks for my exercise. Ever since summer, my dh has been going out before daylight to beat the intense Florida heat and humidity. I would sometimes join him at 5:30 in the mornin... Read more

  • Holiday self talk

    11/25/2019 8:52:04 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    Goal 1: 15 lbs Goal 2: 15 more Impact: For every 1 lb lost, knee pressure is reduced by 4 lbs. So 120 lbs of pressure on the knees. This matters. ... Read more

  • it's monday

    11/25/2019 9:56:13 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter and i had a great time with my parents and my sister on saturday. she wants to see the new frozen 2 movie with me. she will let me know when she wants to go an we will go from there. my dad says thanks for all the birthday wishes. he had a great day. i have some grocery shopping to do la... Read more

  • Staying off the Thin Ice!

    11/25/2019 5:18:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Last night, we got a large dose of freezing rain. Our roads and sidewalks are covered with a thin sheet of ice. The town has sanded, but this is one day where the elliptical and the stationary bike come in very handy. It's much better to have sure footing in life and in walking. Don't take... Read more

  • Benefits of Texting

    11/24/2019 2:39:40 PM, by AMYBELLES

    Today I am grateful for the benefits of texting. I know there can be a lot of negatives in some cases (dangerous texting while driving, it's not as personal as a phone call, etc.) but I am going to focus on what I appreciate about this mode of communication. #1. It allows me to easily stay in ... Read more

  • Finding and Using the Help

    11/24/2019 5:40:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I met with a hospice nurse. It's hard to face the fact that my mother is preparing to die. Even though she loves her children, she's ready to move on. Her work on Earth is coming to a close, and now I need to hold her hand as she experiences her "change of life". I want my mom to... Read more

  • Happy for My Son's Accomplishments

    11/23/2019 9:22:39 PM, by AMYBELLES

    Today my gratitude has to do with my adult son, Sean. For those who have known me here on Spark the last ten years, you know the heartache I have experienced for my son's challenges with alcohol addiction. I am so grateful that he has been on the right road now for two years, earning his two yea... Read more

  • Being Thankful

    11/23/2019 7:25:23 PM, by JANROLG

    This is the week to reflect on being thankful. I’m thankful that I have a husband that is supportive. I’m thankful that I know how to get my finances back on track. I’m thankful for my family.... Read more

  • Holiday Horrors

    11/23/2019 2:43:52 PM, by BYWAYOFTHEMUSE

    I've been struggling with staying on track with my diet and exercise routines the majority of this year. I keep going back and forth between feeling motivated and feeling depressed, I had some self control during Halloween, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I'd love to hear some tips you ... Read more

  • Watching cousin's dogs until tomorrow-update FIXED!

    11/23/2019 1:17:51 PM, by KAYAHSLOANE1

    Issue Fixed-on laptop! I figured it out! Had to put on my thinking cap. Carry on with the day! Some days life is difficult with care giving, need to learn a little more patience. Never been great with that my whole life! Earlier~May not be able to use all of Spark's features until tomorrow n... Read more

  • Opportunity

    11/23/2019 5:46:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    "Opportunity looks a lot like hard work." Jim Rohn I'm thankful for the many opportunities that I've been given in my life. Currently, I have the opportunity to learn about hospice. I never wanted to learn these lessons, but it is my gift from God right now. I might as well embrace what I... Read more

  • Paris and Mobility

    11/22/2019 9:49:21 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    Today I returned to the YMCA for an Active Older Adults circuit training class. It was a bit much..but I hung in there. It was a start. I need to watch it because I triggered some nerve pain. Anyhow, this made me think about the phrase “we only have one life to live. I sort of need a reboot... Read more

  • Appreciating My Roomba!

    11/22/2019 9:48:39 PM, by AMYBELLES

    Today is a short and sweet gratitude blog, as I have not been feeling well today and am not in a mood to write much. On a day that I am feeling a lot of pain in my shoulder, I am especially appreciative of the roomba we have that vacuums the main part of our house three days a week! I rememb... Read more

  • Not easy but I am (mostly) doing it!

    11/22/2019 10:40:38 AM, by MEADSBAY

    My November goal was to go AF (alcohol free) until Thanksgiving. Doing well so far...not perfect, but pretty well. I do not expect perfection from anyone or anything. My sleep is even better than it was (cbd oil is also helping there). My thinking seems so much clearer all day! I feel more... Read more

  • Committed to be Fit!

    11/22/2019 5:23:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am committed to my health. If I'm not healthy, I can't help my family or myself. This is a busy time in my life, but my commitment to fitness is still a part of the plan. 1. I walk every day. If the weather is bad outside, I walk inside. 2. I eat right and track my food. I give mysel... Read more

  • Weigh-In #40

    11/22/2019 4:58:15 AM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    I've been really sick again, getting worse now, pain in my side getting bad again, the last few times Wyatt wanted to drink I could only drink half of my drink and one night I told him I couldn't even get out of bed to see him, now I don't want to see him at all or anyone as I am feeling pretty terr... Read more

  • Blessings of Retirement

    11/21/2019 5:55:57 PM, by AMYBELLES

    We all go through many different stages of our lives. Retirement is one of them, and I count my blessings for the freedom I have and all the choices I can do each day. Pretty frequently I look back at memories from previous years through photos, Facebook memories that pop up, my journals, and e... Read more

  • Being Held by my new friend, Unsettled

    11/21/2019 9:50:40 AM, by FEARTOLOVE77

    There was an unexpected conflict at work yesterday. I feel like in a conflict I'm always the one who bends. I hate it when others are upset with me. Others will stand their ground and, just to make amends, I'll acquiesce. I'm tired of it to be honest. I try to be accommodating, find a win... Read more

  • Letting Bo & Letting Be

    11/21/2019 5:09:07 AM, by JSTETSER

    Mom has told us that she is ready to go. "I thought that I was dying last night;' she told us. My Dad (who passed 20 years ago) visits her at night and she will go with him one of these nights. It's her privilege and her life. Our family is starting hospice care on Saturday and making some hard ... Read more

  • Learn and Grow

    11/20/2019 8:06:29 PM, by AMYBELLES

    I taught elementary school for 30 years, so I value education and appreciate teachers for their dedication and hard work. Since being retired, I continuously strive to keep learning, whether it is specific information about a topic of interest or a skill I would like to acquire. There is so mu... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    11/20/2019 5:55:45 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a great workout at the gym today and i feel good. my daughter says hi. on saturday, it will be my dad's birthday. my daughter and i will be spending the day with him, my mom and my sister. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Hump - de - dump we are over the hump . . . sliding toward the end of the week!

    11/20/2019 3:51:30 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    It has been a rough week and at least we are more than halfway through it. The anxiety escalates and turns my darling kids into monsters. It is very hard on them as most live in a residential facility and many don't even see their parents while others get loving family who visit and take them home f... Read more

  • Making The Time

    11/20/2019 5:19:49 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a very busy person. I bet you are too. I fill my day with friends, family, work, exercise, good food, and some fun. Now there are new demands on my time in regards to my Mom. I really don't have time to spare, but I will make the time. Time is a precious gift that is not to be wasted... Read more

  • Yikes, again?

    11/20/2019 12:17:50 AM, by SASSIBUNNY

    Our household is prepping for yet another public safety power shutoff paired with extreme fire danger. The last one had us in the dark for a week, watching the Kincade fire grow ever closer. This one is only meant to last from 1-4 days, but I'm still awfully anxious about it. Between my disabilities... Read more

  • Hooray for Humor!

    11/19/2019 10:13:50 PM, by AMYBELLES

    Today I am thankful for humor. They say laughter is the best medicine, and I totally agree. Finding something to laugh about lightens up your life. Sometimes we just have to stop taking things so seriously! Whether joking around with a family member or friend, looking at funny pictures on Faceboo... Read more

  • The Road To 50

    11/19/2019 9:06:02 PM, by KTTAYLOR21

    I will be 50 years old in 5 short months. I do not want to dwell on what I have not been doing but want to focus on what my plan is going forward: *No more thinking 60 min or nothing. Short 10 min workouts can be just as beneficial. 20 or 30 min 4 to 5 days a week is sufficient. When I can do 6... Read more

  • Weigh-In #39

    11/19/2019 5:29:34 PM, by FRITZYS_MAMA

    Weight seems to be continuing to yo-yo as it has been, but it is down a bit today. I have changed up my nutrition a bit and been drinking less alcohol and working on getting more exercise so hopefully that helps me to break through this plateau soon. Starting Weight: 296.6 Last Weigh In: 270.... Read more

  • Pain, inflammation, fatigue, it's hard, but don't give up!

    11/19/2019 2:06:33 PM, by NEBRASKANNIE

    I've had 3 surgeries this summer, and managed to keep up with all of my normal activities. However, pain and inflammation, and fatigue are finally kicking my butt. I didn't worry about logging, exercising, planning my food, whether I cheated or not. I thought it would be easy to get back with the pr... Read more

  • Personal Milestone - weight loss

    11/19/2019 9:39:11 AM, by MSPLACEDAGAIN

    Last week I realize that I quietly passed a personal milestone. Several years ago I lost 25 pounds and got down to 155. I was able to maintain that, until I wasn't. I regained to about 173. And that is OK. I worked out during my regaining, so I looked and felt better than I did at my higher weight y... Read more

  • Trying Something New!

    11/19/2019 5:14:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I changed my normal exercise schedule and went to a yoga class. I am not much of a class person, choosing to exercise on my own and hike with my husband. The change was very good, and I really liked the group. With all that is going on in my life right now, I think that the yoga comm... Read more