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  • Getting er' done

    11/20/2019 8:07:42 AM, by BCHARIE

    Pretty excited. I spent a couple hours in the "dungeon" (unfinished basement) yesterday and put down the area rug where my work out stuff will go. What this means is that I am very close to having a wonderful home gym area. The plan today is to move the weight bench, and other equipment into the a... Read more

  • Road trip success

    11/18/2019 11:16:28 AM, by BCHARIE

    Pictured is Autumn Big Eyes, yes that is her name. I call her Autumn but my son calls her big eyes. She was watching the parking lot from our hotel room. She was a good traveler for the most part. We made it to Omaha Nebraska and back to Chicagoland successfully. It sleeted a bit in ... Read more

  • No pop or Starbucks since Sunday

    11/15/2019 12:10:49 PM, by KELLYZZZZ

    I have had no pop or Starbucks drinks since Sunday. It has not been as hard as i thought it would be. Of course it is day 5 so that could change but so far so good. I also have been walking more and eating more salads. Slowly I am changing my habits. It didn't help I was dealing with a sick gra... Read more

  • Mirrors

    11/14/2019 9:19:59 AM, by BCHARIE

    How do you feel about mirrors? Today I'm in Omaha Nebraska, a little birthday road trip action. The motel has a massive mirror outside the shower area. Rude! I stood there thinking how do I tuck this flesh in, to make me look smaller. I got to thinking, maybe I need more mirrors in my house. ... Read more

  • Birthday Magic

    11/11/2019 12:55:07 PM, by MOMMACAT57

    My birthday was yesterday, but the birthday magic started Friday evening. I just had the feeling I was really going to enjoy this birthday. Three of us at work have birthdays in November - the 5th, the 10th and the 19th. Sometimes it is a little challenging sending around birthday cards to be sig... Read more

  • Ominous!

    11/11/2019 11:05:04 AM, by BCHARIE

    Wake at 3:30, about 30 minutes into the dozing in and out, with the t.v. on, I hear local news say "We're coming on early today because of the weather.". Hmmmm, back to sleep because, hallelujah, I am retired. Few hours later, I'm laying in bed with Hossa (dog) and read a post from my girlf... Read more

  • 680 and the Warrior

    11/10/2019 10:56:46 AM, by BCHARIE

    Day 680 of logging in here. I am feeling weird today....not a good weird, a kind of sadness, heaviness. I am weigh in leader for my 5% Challenge group, I just finished logging numbers. I may be picking up a vibe there. It didn't look like a globally good week for many of us, so there is that. I ... Read more

  • Winter birds

    11/9/2019 7:23:14 PM, by BCHARIE

    The fun of winter is the bird feeders I watch from my kitchen. Yesterday there was this absolutely crazy cacophony, going down. Upon closer inspection, 2 gorgeous blue Jays were busy making their presence known. Today, this guy was fighting off birds and squirrels. He thinks he owns the feede... Read more

  • It's a rough one.

    11/9/2019 6:08:49 PM, by MICHELLE_391

    I really, really need someone to tell me that if I have days in which I eat close to the upper level of my range, I'm still "doing it right" and I'm still moving in the right direction. And if I have days where I exceed my range at eat too much, I'm not a bad person.... Read more

  • 6-7-8

    11/8/2019 10:17:59 AM, by BCHARIE

    When I count that number I want to start a dance routine....6,7,8 and plie, plie, plie. That is the sum total I remember about ballet. I do love going to the Joffrey every once in a while, but don't really know the moves anymore. Did you ever do a few plie? Good exercise when done right. 678, is... Read more

  • TRX and the basement

    11/7/2019 9:20:10 AM, by BCHARIE

    I have been working on my basement for about 8 months. Yes, it all started about 8 months ago... actually more like 12 but, it became more serious as time went by. I started with a simple challenge to declutter. I started in the kitchen and worked my way through the upper level of the house. ... Read more

  • I'm Baaack

    11/6/2019 1:13:26 PM, by ACIMPEGGY

    I have been missing here for about 1 1/2 years. Then I received an email saying my page was Motivator of the Day. Well, how could I not come back after that?! I'm retired now. Living in a beautiful little city about an hour south of the twin cities in Minnesota. I am retired now and living in a... Read more

  • This dog!

    11/6/2019 10:07:01 AM, by BCHARIE

    Every morning we have this rather German Shepherd, aggressive snuggle time. Picture is of him giving me GS kisses. I am not going to lie, some days I get a pretty good head butt, it's his way of showing love. Today is his day. Despite the clouds we are going to tromp in the forest preserve. ... Read more


    11/5/2019 9:52:21 AM, by BCHARIE

    I think I am going to lose my peanut sized mind with the fruit flies in the house. I have traps and I think they are just breeding in the traps. So today I am taking on these critters with an insane vengeance. They will be GONE!!! This reminds me of a dear old woman i wrote about in past blogs. ... Read more

  • Cups, and Bowl and Plates, O MY!

    11/4/2019 11:06:56 AM, by BCHARIE

    This photo shows the Evolution of Plates, at least in my household and if you go to an antique store, it's an eye opener. This week with the 5% Challenge, the lifestyle goal is to use a 9 inch plate. In my household it happens because really look at that HUGE PLATE! The plate on the right ... Read more

  • How to Break the Stress/Anxiety Food Connection?

    11/3/2019 9:01:03 PM, by MICHELLE_391

    Instead of using the SP app, I've been doing more pre-tracking food on the full site and recording everything else as a note on my phone to log in the evening. Until I find an app that blocks malicious popups or find a job so I can pay for ad-free version, this is going to be my routine. It's not ba... Read more

  • That extra hour......poof!

    11/3/2019 10:18:56 AM, by BCHARIE

    Well, here in USA most of us turned back our clocks an hour last night. I always hate this ritual of turning the clock forward (spring forward) and back (fall back). It just messes with me. I worked night shift before retiring and that extra hour was NOT COOL. That meant that a 12 hour shift that... Read more

  • Persevere

    11/2/2019 12:14:26 PM, by BCHARIE

    "Continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or nor prospect of success." I kind of chuckle over that, I love the whole concept of perseverance. It was through perseverance that I obtained my degree and became a nurse, despite lack of support from my husband an... Read more

  • Cannot get motivated

    10/31/2019 8:43:00 AM, by LARAN123

    I have tried to get motivated I just can't . Some days are better than others, But I have too. I am planning a trip to Europe in October of 2021 and I want to be comfortable sitting in my airplane seat. My first stop will be London then on to Rome. I will be gone 10 days and I want to be healthy and... Read more

  • Might not happen.....

    10/31/2019 6:21:07 AM, by BCHARIE

    Happy Halloween (USA) I don't know if the world globally celebrates this one. Isn't this guy just so cute? I think I am going to make this when my g.daughter is here. She's so picky that maybe this will inspire a little more eating of the good stuff. I don't know if Halloween ... Read more

  • Errands And such

    10/29/2019 9:39:07 AM, by BCHARIE

    Today, I will go to the grocery store and get the candy for the goblins and ghouls. I will be fine not eating it. I did really great last year but my youngest (in his late 30's) devoured it, and the grand has a sweet tooth the size of Texas. My youngest has recently joined a gym to fight the midlif... Read more

  • Happy Birthday to Me!

    10/29/2019 1:43:25 AM, by ATHLETELORI

    My birthday just ended. It was 10/28. I had a good day. I had lunch with a friend. A few days ago, I adopted a dog. His name is Zed. He's 12-pound mini-pin/chihuahua mix. I've never owned such a small dog. I'm gaining and losing the same 5 pounds over and over. I need to fix that. For today, I'm cel... Read more

  • The smells of fall

    10/28/2019 4:15:48 PM, by BCHARIE

    My neck which has been stiff for several days is finally coming around and I can move it both directions. YEA! I took the dog for our more usual long walk today. The air is crisp but still just hoodie and vest weather. Perfect though gray skies. The leaves are beginning to fall, rustle as we wal... Read more

  • Who?

    10/26/2019 11:29:10 AM, by BCHARIE

    I woke up after a really great sleep at 6:30 a.m. I marvel at the really great sleep because it so rarely happens that I sleep an entire night. THE WHOLE NIGHT! My bladder was about to burst but the whole night! Here's the kicker tho....I can't move my head, I must have found a position that tho... Read more

  • Winters coming

    10/25/2019 10:48:32 AM, by BCHARIE

    Yes I keep surprising myself. Evolving person! This week with the 5% Challenge we are working on No Random Eating. This comes at a really good time for me. I find that with the change of seasons I want to nibble. I do track it but still it's just the random nosh that isn't right. ... Read more

  • Wednesday

    10/23/2019 11:07:22 AM, by BCHARIE

    Going to hit it today. The rains have finally moved on through so we, that german and I will hit the walking routine. Then I am back to digging out the basement and getting it ready for off season living. I miss the warm days already but I know I love the changing seasons so this momenta... Read more