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  • A More Open Lifestyle & Plz Find Me

    6/21/2021 4:11:03 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Sunday I walked 2.5 hours with my new walking buddy (both masked). While I live 700 steps from hiking trails, she lives even closer to the walking trails near her - she backs on to them. We had an interesting walk around Beaver Creek complete with real beavers and many ducks. Then we followed Cougar... Read more

  • 198.1 Day ? hiked Swatara SP 21k 2 beers

    6/20/2021 9:33:51 AM, by JOE14250

    Biked Thursday with the group in Oley. 20 miles Hiked Birdsboro Waters with Tom G 20 + steps by the end of the day. Sat. Hiked Swatara SP solo (missed group starting point) 21+ steps end of the day Sat went to Arts on the Ave. and over ate no tracking and had a beer at GNA ... Read more

  • Walking Buddies & 5% Starts Soon

    6/17/2021 11:46:25 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I got in touch with a couple of walking buddies that live in my area. One is 11 blocks away and the other is a 10 minute drive from here. Sunday I am meeting the one closest by to walk at Cougar Creek Park (right near her house). It takes its name after Cougar Creek, a salmon stream that flows throu... Read more

  • xxx Wed Bike BZ Bike / walked with VS 22K steps ....... AF

    6/16/2021 9:49:27 PM, by JOE14250

    Left close to 9AM biked to 4th and Cherry. then up Cherry to 7th cut up past MC D's over the bridege and then off of Park rd. paralleling main Rd. to go under 222 at Best Buy and over the strip mall to river rd. Went to Berks' Leisure Center and then up trail to Red Bridge. got there by 9:55... Read more

  • 196.5 Monday Biked BZ biked 1/2 distance

    6/16/2021 8:42:22 AM, by JOE14250

    late so biked only from wyo on the border. good work out and biked to on the border. xxx Tuesday at Grace's drove Trud to Dentist met with Denise at Geets . meet Dan at AAA for full authoritzation POA with Vanguard. hike Philly and west reading for 11K.... Read more

  • 2021 50 Things I Love & 5% Future

    6/15/2021 10:04:50 PM, by KALISWALKER

    50 THINGS I LOVE This is in no particular order, just as they come to mind. 1. My loving hubby Alan 2. My children and grandchildren 3. My dogs Rebel & Royce 4. Cherry Jam 5. Homemade soup 6. Walking with Royce in the Watershed Park 7. Playing board games 8. Playing Canasta w... Read more

  • 1297 Blogs Later, Saving Info & Invitation

    6/14/2021 12:58:54 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Wow 1297 blogs (1) since I started in 2008. I am copying and then deleting my blogs. When I copy a blog sometimes it includes the pictures and with some I have to save the picture on my laptop and then paste it in. I started with the oldest first. It's a very slow process. Each time I delete a blog ... Read more

  • 197.5 Day 0 in a slide I have not been on it ........ AF

    6/14/2021 6:31:57 AM, by JOE14250

    I am in a slide. Yesterday was a wash I didn't track food in the PM and ate food not recorded. I didn't exercise at all. Yes, the absence of this tool in the upcoming months is on my mind and I should prepare for it. I somehow find it secure that I can go back and review what I was doing in... Read more

  • Future of The Official 5% Challenges

    6/13/2021 12:05:53 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Hi 5% Challengers. You've likely read that SparkPeople is closing August 17th. The 2021 Summer Challenge is the last one we are doing on Spark. It starts June 19th so we can complete all 8 weeks. We have got a lot of inquiries about the future of the 5% Challenge. The Official 5% Challenge Comm... Read more

  • Wow We Did It!

    6/12/2021 12:54:16 AM, by KALISWALKER

    We hurried things up so we can start the Summer 5% Challenge earlier. This ensures we can do the full 8 weeks before SparkPeople close the doors. It was a lot of work but it been it's done! I had my 6 month check up today with my Medical Weight Management (MWM) doctor. It's been about 2.5 years... Read more

  • Still Looking

    6/9/2021 12:23:57 AM, by KALISWALKER

    We are looking a new site to replace Spark but haven't found the diet, exercise, member lead teams/challenges, and blogs. If you find something please let me know. We are setting up a Facebook 5% Challenge team with topics/sections for each team, so people can keep in contact with their teammat... Read more

  • 195.7 Day 2 Biked to BZ/ SS workout/ biked back ........ AF

    6/8/2021 5:12:26 PM, by JOE14250

    Biked to BZ good workout. Used 5 # weights workout fine. a lot of quick step one two sheit. I was more than my feet and brain could handle well. It is good for my brain to be behind my feet. It gives me room to improve my performance. I had to laugh at myself, luckily this is a talent I have... Read more

  • New Site?

    6/8/2021 12:49:17 AM, by KALISWALKER

    I am sad to learn that SparkPeople will be closing August 17th. SparkAmerica where you can choose an American city to join. We have a second home in WA so hubby and I joined SparkSeattle https://sparkamerica.com/spark
    -cities/ I am not sure what the site is about, but I will let... Read more

  • I'm not thrilled to move to SparkAmerica or SparkCincinnati-BUT

    6/7/2021 11:48:11 PM, by CERXELS

    I will give SparkAmerica a chance and keep working on either it, or both. I will work on bettering myself either way.... Read more

  • 10th Day of Trying to Take Care of Myself

    6/7/2021 10:29:59 AM, by CERXELS

    I watched the most fascinating thing last night before Magnus Nordmo's Insomnia video part three. It was [ Full Video ] Building Two Story Villa With Private Underground Living Room and Swimming Pool https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=lHMlLCMkuPE Two men built a 5x7m (16'4"x23') house digging under... Read more

  • 9th Day of Trying to Take Care of Myself?

    6/6/2021 10:27:35 PM, by CERXELS

    I started the day talking to my dad with dementia about his prosperity preacher being a false prophet...and he'd rather hear prosperity gospel than Christian truth. I know there are those that think I'm right, those who think I'm judgmental and in between. Our church service was spot-on for balance ... Read more

  • 195.4 Day 1 Biked to Sheetz then Lincoln circle ....... AF

    6/6/2021 9:45:02 PM, by JOE14250

    Did a bike ride in the AM before 10AM so that it was not so hot. Did about 8 miles. Did 16 different exercises designed by my PT therapist. The B series for the second week of work. I also worked on Balance. I have been doing this balancing on one foot at a time for weeks. It is tedi... Read more

  • 194.4 Hike to Pinnacle 9miles .......AF

    6/6/2021 6:45:52 AM, by JOE14250

    Did a blow out hike with BCHC very tough on the feet especially toes coming down. I need hiking boots for support. very tired upon return home. No alcohol - no cramps. Of course I drank plenty of water. Ate ravenously. Some how in my head all out expenditure of energy allows for all out... Read more

  • RV Camping & Kayaks

    6/5/2021 7:58:10 PM, by KALISWALKER

    We are RV camping for 4 nights. Yesterday we did tourist things like a scenic drive in the mountains on a winding road that follows a river. We explored a campground on a river and sourced out things to do if we stay there sometime. Nearby there is a small heritage museum and a cafe and hiking desti... Read more

  • 8th Day of Trying to Take Care of Myself--setting a record lol

    6/5/2021 10:46:43 AM, by CERXELS

    BP 160/99 pulse 67...that's not good but it is crawling down to better. Although the Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc with vitamin D3 is at my elbow and has been since I bought it, I forgot to take it yesterday. WOW! Now, after weighing myself:218.2, dressing, making a five-grain oatmeal with the last diced... Read more

  • 7th Day of Trying to Take Care of Myself

    6/4/2021 5:58:09 PM, by CERXELS

    I am not sure when I was awake and when I slept. SIGH. I got up and started running errands. I found Dad four replacement phone and I was more excited than he was but I don't know why. I found a glass new Pyrex measuring cup for $2, an Instant Pot (small which is preferred for one to two people for ... Read more

  • 6th Day of Trying to Take Care of Myself

    6/3/2021 9:48:47 AM, by CERXELS

    I went to bed 11:30 and slept decently. No leg cramps. I took my blood pressure and the top number seems down 163/105 pulse 66; 71/108 pulse 80 yesterday...so I'll finish off the can of spinach and eat a banana as part of my diet today. Merriam-Webster defines diet as follows: 1a) food and drink r... Read more

  • 194.7 Jogged a mile 14:50ish old dude style .......AF

    6/3/2021 8:31:08 AM, by JOE14250

    Went to SS exercise class in the AM. I aim to do this weekly on Wed. I like the instructor, she is upbeat and has new exercises with the same old stuff, ball, tube, and DB. Variety is the spice of exercise for sure. Later in the PM did the mile track a block away from my house in prep fo... Read more

  • Find Your Motivation

    6/3/2021 12:15:22 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Looking at these images, I rate myself #5 (bottom right hand). I expect to be #6 (to the left of #5) by July 12th, when I have my annual appointment with the surgeon who will be doing my surgery in the late fall. The recovery will be 8 - 12 weeks. Yesterday I had a telemedical visit wit... Read more

  • 194.7 Walked with Vaughn but missed PT component 4 beers

    6/2/2021 5:05:05 PM, by JOE14250

    Drove to Philly time for my wife to get her injections for Macular Degeneration. Too tired after the drive to do any PT upon return.... Read more

  • 5th Day of Trying to Take Care of Myself

    6/2/2021 12:47:49 PM, by CERXELS

    I went to bed at 11:30. My potassium was above the threshold yesterday but I still had leg cramps. I had already taken a fairly hot bath. I was off my electronics. I tried a sleep video. At 1am I tried another hot bath coupled with gin/orange juice, which also didn't work. I at some points slept, bu... Read more

  • Already a Great Day

    6/1/2021 3:46:59 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I usually shop the Safeway flyer the first Monday of the month, and get the 10% discount. Otherwise I buy groceries online from another store. This morning I did something different, I went to Chalo a food chain owned by the same parent company as Safeway. Chalo is targeted to an Indian/Asian demogr... Read more

  • 4th Day of Trying to Take Care of Myself

    6/1/2021 1:55:32 PM, by CERXELS

    Still struggling with sleep....but did the sleep journal. Still 218.2 though I went to a picnic yesterday...so no weight gain is good. I had two lovely hamburgers, a bag of Cheetos and three bottled water...no sweets. And, oh the hamburgers were lovely! And I was satisfied. I found out a seatbe... Read more

  • 194.7 Day 2 hiked with Mary to Grill pool ......... 2 beers

    5/31/2021 11:33:07 AM, by JOE14250

    did morning PT good work out watching Sunday shows. walked at 5 PM to Ken Grill from Brentwood parking lot. cold drizzly day. Missed goal weight for the first time in 2021 . 194.7 was a miss of 192 goal. some new PBs New plan for PT Deb McKim counseled rest days each w... Read more

  • 3rd Day of Trying to Take Care of Myself

    5/31/2021 11:29:17 AM, by CERXELS

    I went to bed 1:07 after watching Barney Miller on Crackle for free via Roku and doing Animal Crossing New Leaf, and Happy Color, and two new coloring apps I just downloaded to my tablet that lets you choose the colors: Mandala coloring pages and Flower Mandala Coloring Book. I took over an hour to ... Read more

  • Tada Final Spring Weigh In!

    5/30/2021 12:42:33 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Down 4.8 pounds in the Spring 5% Challenge. I now weigh 160.4, so close to the 150's! I know I will be there soon. YTD loss 6.2 pounds. This year has been a bumpy one with lots of ups and a few downs. What's gone right? 02/01/21 stopped eating during night 03/21/21 only 3 meals a day... Read more

  • 2nd Day: Trying to Take Care of Myself

    5/30/2021 12:12:21 PM, by CERXELS

    SO: My goals for yesterday: I logged SparkPeople but did not do the gentle stretch video before bed. I watched Insomnia video 2, bed 1:47am Today's goals: Log SparkPeople, didn't do the gentle stretch video in the morning, started my sleep diary, did Bible study for an hour and was late to chur... Read more

  • 195.9 day 0 blew off exercise and will begin again ...... AF day 5

    5/29/2021 11:48:53 AM, by JOE14250

    Did do some biking but rain began, so quit. should have and could have continued on a stat bike. I need to make a suggestion list like a Chinese menu. Cardio from Column a and PT from Column B. It would be easy. Opportunity missed, but plan made. Alcohol free still working. ... Read more

  • 194.6 Day 4 Led group ride to Mill Grove area. 18ish miles.... AF 4 days

    5/28/2021 5:44:08 AM, by JOE14250

    The bike group has rotating leadership. I usually don't like to lead since that means having a fixed spot in the ride. I do like introducing people to new places that they haven't ridden. I would much rather drift up and down the column of the group and have side conversations with whomever is r... Read more

  • 194.5 Day 3 indoor gym workout at BZ SSclass ...... AF

    5/27/2021 6:36:33 PM, by JOE14250

    Did a workout at BZ in a Silver Sneakers gym program. Good work out and benefited from it. My PT paid off kept pace easily with the older folks. In addition did enough steps to complete 10k+ steps. ... Read more

  • Steps in the Forest

    5/26/2021 11:10:08 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I saw on a local Facebook group that a family is looking for their missing 28 year old son. He may have been sighted in the forest where I hike. There were no details other than a description of him. I didn't think anything of it, I don't believe everything I read. When I got to the forest at 6:20 t... Read more

  • 196 Day 2 Hiked skyline drive with VS ......... 2 days AF

    5/26/2021 8:14:14 AM, by JOE14250

    I had lunch with several buddies and skipped the beer. It felt good to not have the usual. New patterns are good. We walked skyline Vaughn who has trouble with heights was good with it. He still defers to me in selecting walks. Strange in that he was my boss earlier in our work life. ... Read more

  • 196.0 Day 1 Walked hill from Front to 3rd ......AF

    5/25/2021 4:26:00 PM, by JOE14250

    Got an alcohol free day in, and hiked 12,249 steps including up a pretty steep hill. It was much easier than prior sessions. Last PT session for a month. Liked the Phd who did my sessions. She was very good and listened to my needs well. My shoulder is much improved. I wonder if the war... Read more

  • Nothing Else to Do in the Morning But Hike

    5/25/2021 12:54:26 PM, by KALISWALKER

    This morning hubby and Puppy Royce got up at 5:45 AM to do a 2 hour morning walk. I thought too earlier for me I need sleep. I had a quick look at news on the phone, listened to my audiobook, and realized I was awake for the day. This is my hiking day, I don't 'need' to do the morning hike. Now what... Read more

  • Holiday Monday Here

    5/24/2021 4:27:34 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I had a yogurt/cottage cheese/fruit breakfast and added a crumbled up 59 Calorie Cookie. I liked have the very chewy cookie texture, so it's a winner for my 'granola'. The other day in my email I missed seeing that I got a Spark 10,000 steps a day trophy from SparkPeople. Wow now that my Fitbi... Read more

  • xxxx 14381 steps NEAT ....... ooops 1 lager and 2 stoudts

    5/24/2021 3:17:51 PM, by JOE14250

    Hot, tired, and frustrated. My son couldn't get his chain saw started, after getting preparation for a safe tree removal most of the afternoon. Made it 141 days. Will start again today! New goal no beer till Father's Day! I'll drink to that!... Read more

  • 197.6 hiked Leaser Lake with BCHC AF

    5/24/2021 3:13:38 PM, by JOE14250

    Hiked with Berks county Hiking Club around Leaser. My role model showed up she is 93, she kept up and was perky the whole time.... Read more

  • 59 Calorie Cookies

    5/23/2021 10:36:09 PM, by KALISWALKER

    This morning when I got back from my hike I was going to have greek yogurt with fruit and topped with granola. Whoa! That granola is very high in calories, 1/2 cup 240 calories. I got creative and started from scratch to create a low calorie granola for a yogurt topping, but it can also be a breakfa... Read more