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  • YAY!!! Last 5% Weigh In & Things Are Opening

    5/30/2020 9:01:39 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Thrilled I lost 6.4 pounds in the 2020 Spring 5% Challenge. Other challenges in my life seemed to distract me at times, but I wanted a strong finish this last week. I accomplished an important milestone - I am no in the 180's! At 176.4 my weight can fluctuate a bit and I will still be a 170-er. ... Read more

  • 1000 Calories Up in Smoke!

    5/30/2020 8:27:13 PM, by IFFILAYO

    It's Saturday. 224 Woke up feeling spritely and put it to good use! CARDIO ~ Briskly walked 6.5 miles STRENGTH ~ Arms, Legs, Thighs Now, with the Sun waving a slow good-bye, I'm wondering what to do with the rest of the evening... ... Read more

  • A miracle for me--a gradual one but still a miracle

    5/30/2020 12:40:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have been realizing how far I have come. I am so grateful for that. And I have my spark friends-YOU!- to thank. If not for support here, I have a feeling my weight would have ballooned in the past 10 or so years. You have helped me just day by day do the best I could. Other "diets" and... Read more

  • 1 More Slimfast!

    5/29/2020 7:01:57 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I love Dr. Nowzardan from My 600-Lb. Life. He was counseling a patient. He said do you know the difference between stop and slow down? If I take a baseball bat and start hitting you, do you want me to stop or slow down? haha very wise. I am thinking of which naughty habit I should apply it to. ... Read more

  • A month of daily small challenges. Fun!

    5/29/2020 5:31:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    sp?calendar=10 I love the graphics on this calendar. I am on day 1. Tell someone your goal(s). OK. My goal for today: Don't nap today! It wrecks my sleep during the night. chris... Read more

  • Easy Day...

    5/29/2020 3:25:13 PM, by IFFILAYO

    Woke earlier than usual. I thought maybe I'd be sluggish, but ended up walking on my treadmill for 156 minutes, covering a little over 9 miles and did 2 sets of thigh slimming strength exercises. So... yeah, that happened! 224... Read more

  • It sure has been a while!

    5/29/2020 2:22:11 AM, by CYN859

    It's been right at 10 years since I was on here last. A lot has happened with me during that time. I pretty much gave up on healthy eating and being active. I let my blood sugar stay up in the 300's for a couple of years. Lost a lot of weight through ketosis, but gained it all back plus some whe... Read more

  • WALK, WALK, WALK Off the Inches

    5/28/2020 7:22:47 PM, by IFFILAYO

    Now that I'm in my 40s, I've switched over to utilizing walking as my primary cardio exercise-- I walk between 5 - 10 miles daily. I do also pepper in freestyle dancing, just for the fun of it, but I not longer feel the need to bust my butt doing cardio that leaves me eventually feeling drained. ... Read more

  • Maybe this will get me to do a daily walk

    5/28/2020 3:31:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    Your choice: -go for a walk -clean the car Your choice: -go for a walk -put my clothes away Your choice: -go for a walk -sort garage stuff Your choice: -go for a walk -wash windows Your choice: -go for a walk -clean the fridge Your choice: -go for a wal... Read more

  • Hurray I am Overweight! 5 Slimfasts to Go!

    5/28/2020 1:01:57 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Yesterday I hit the magic number! My Body Mass Index was 30 which is Obese, and now my BMI is 29.7 classified as Overweight. I haven't seen that number since 1997! Wow it feels like I accomplished something big! I have been dieting many years with lots of ups and downs. In the spring of 2018 my... Read more

  • I am in the 170's!!!! 7 Slimfasts to Go!!!!

    5/27/2020 9:53:28 PM, by KALISWALKER

    When I approached the scale, I was going into battle with the scale. I stepped on, glanced down and was ecstatic! I am officially in the 170's! That is a huge milestone! I am at 179.6 zooming my way to 179.0 pounds (a 2100 calorie deficit) which moves my BMI from obese to overweight. WooHoo! Co... Read more


    5/26/2020 8:52:08 PM, by IFFILAYO

    I am about to turn 45 in a few weeks and I am finally accepting that I can't push my body the way I used to. I NEED REST For almost a decade, I got into the habit of prioritizing working over everything-- and I mean EVERYTHING. It wasn't unusual for me to work 18 - 20 hour days (periodically... Read more

  • Lighted flowers for the yard!

    5/26/2020 8:31:49 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Only 11 More Slimfasts to Go!

    5/26/2020 2:51:09 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Food. I am leaving the 180's only 1.1 pounds away! I am 2 pounds away from am important milestone, being overweight not obese. That is only a 7,350 calorie deficit away and I can be there Saturday the last weigh of the 2020 Spring 5% Challenge on Saturday. I will stay out of the kitchen. Hubby will ... Read more

  • A scared and lost returning to SP :)

    5/26/2020 12:58:55 AM, by BARCLE

    Yep, I'm scared and lost. This will be a very bluggy what-the-=heck-such-sense post as I get all of my thoughts out. I. AM. F##KING. LOST - is how I feel at the moment. I am currently binge listening to Cyndi Lauper's Rain On Me - such a lovely soothing melody. I am determined but so so... Read more

  • Easier to put on brand of compression stockings.

    5/25/2020 10:48:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    Ugh--cellulitis. Done antibiotics ,etc. DONE. Found my compression stockings, which I was not wearing. 198 I use "Tubi- something or other. You cut the elastic tubes to length.. Much, much easier to put on than any other things I tried. I had started walking, 20 min... Read more

  • What do these things have in common?

    5/25/2020 10:40:27 AM, by CTUPTON

    What do these things have in common? 38 Please read the following article to find out. 58 https://www.sparkpeople.com/bl
    ress_with_realworld_items... Read more

  • The Adventures of Mrs. Clean & Focus

    5/24/2020 11:16:10 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Focus on weight loss! 6 days to lose 1.6 pounds, and certainly not gain and be further away from the target. Sleep. Last night was one of those nights I couldn't stay asleep. I came downstairs and had cereal, milk, banana, WASA crackers and liver pate. I recorded and it was an extra meal. Tonig... Read more


    5/24/2020 9:36:51 PM, by IFFILAYO

    Despite feeling as if I had been heading backwards, or at the very least stalling out, I weighed and measured myself today and was surprised to discover that over the past month I've shed 10 additional pounds, lost 3/4 of an inch off my waist and 1/2 an inch off each thigh. I had been doing ev... Read more

  • Last Week of Spring 5% Challenge

    5/23/2020 10:33:40 AM, by KALISWALKER

    I am 1.6 pounds away from my milestone of 179.0 when my BMI changes from obese to overweight. For the next 7 days I will focus on my problem areas and make good decisions/choices - food, sleep, exercise and motivation. Food. My portion control is good, I always measure, I am eating more salads ... Read more

  • Cellulitis advice

    5/23/2020 12:06:58 AM, by CTUPTON

    From what I found, walking helps circulation so it is good for cellulitis. I tried to copy some of the article but it did not work.. 24 Darn. Walk to increase circulation, drink a liter of water daily, moisturize the skin, elevate legs often and more info. Pain killers if need... Read more

  • THE REAL END GOAL: A Healthy Body, Mind & Spirit

    5/22/2020 5:48:55 PM, by IFFILAYO

    Yesterday, I felt myself losing momentum-- physically and emotionally-- and I was left pondering why the past few days had been such a roller coaster of emotions and physical well-being. Overall, I've been feeling good. Yet, when it came to my weight loss journey, I found myself judging my act... Read more

  • Darn! A new health problem.

    5/22/2020 2:07:23 PM, by CTUPTON

    ankle cellulitis I am finishing an antibiotic. It seems to have cleared up. But scary. Whole leg itched and swelled and a purple area at the ankle. I have been walking much more. 20 min. about 2000 steps. Maybe 2-3 times a week. I thought this would be good for circulation. I never exp... Read more

  • Better Day Today

    5/21/2020 9:17:35 PM, by IFFILAYO

    Though still feeling a bit sluggish, I had a much more productive day today. I'm hoping the momentum continues through tomorrow.... Read more

  • 45 Days of Staycation... After Cruising

    5/21/2020 1:33:04 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Does it seems like I have been stuck in a time bubble? No... I am learning new things, doing new things, living in the moment, not stressing about things that are not in my control; but it doesn't mean this spring has been easy sailing. March 8th we were on a South American cruise when the wor... Read more

  • Ack! Lesson Learned-- Hopefully...

    5/20/2020 7:14:26 PM, by IFFILAYO

    So, consuming too little calories in a day will always, ALWAYS catch up to me. 24 On Monday, May 18, I barely felt hungry; therefore, I only ended up consuming 888 calories. On Tuesday, May 19, I felt fine, but by the end of the day my energy began to flag and then by this afternoon, I was ve... Read more

  • My 2 new veggies

    5/20/2020 4:40:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    Lately I have a big salad of these mixed together. Dressing "mayo" in blended with orange juice or 1 orange if I have it. In the salad I put craisins 50% sugar or golden raisins. Maybe a protein of some sort like chicken or imitation crab or tuna or whatever. ... Read more

  • Chili for dinner--yum

    5/20/2020 4:29:33 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Good Though Not Great Day

    5/19/2020 10:56:03 PM, by IFFILAYO

    Yesterday, I was unable to get enough calories in and slept poorly. By midday, I really felt the ill-effects. My muscles just weren't clicking. I ended up exercising much less than I'd planned on, but I'm proud to say I still didn't sit the day out. I walked briskly for over 6 miles, did a Dance Off... Read more

  • Visits, Phase 2, RV Trip?

    5/19/2020 12:09:19 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Eating a lower carb breakfast is making a difference in my appetite. Today I had an omelette with onions, mushrooms and cheese. At lunch I wasn't very hungry, and dinner ok too. I am 300 calories under for the day. Today was our first friend visit. Two of them came over for 2 hours and we sat ... Read more

  • Tactile Shopper & NOOM Review & Visit

    5/18/2020 12:50:02 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Buying furniture over the internet? I really don't think I can do it. We have theater seating in our family room. The love seat and sofa are electric recliners which are great for watching a movie, but not at all comfortable for regular seating. The back of the seat slopes away and lately I am getti... Read more

  • SATURDAY - Feeling Sensational

    5/16/2020 7:18:45 PM, by IFFILAYO

    Yesterday, I felt so drained, yet today, I've been feeling like a firecracker waiting impatiently to go off! I've used the surplus energy well-- walked very briskly for 157 minutes (9.20 miles), danced/hoola hooped for over 60 minutes, did bicycle crunches and a combo of Wednesday/Friday/Saturday t... Read more

  • Tomorrow's Plan

    5/15/2020 9:48:19 PM, by IFFILAYO

    Let's see how it goes... *Walk on Treadmill - 100 mins (5 - 6 miles) *Dance & Hoola - at least 60 mins *Waist (5 sets of 20) *Thighs (30 each thigh Friday & 50 each thigh Saturday) *Walk on Treadmill - 100 min (5 - 6 miles) 521... Read more

  • NOOM Build Good Habits, Geocache, Cut Meds

    5/15/2020 5:59:08 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Yesterday I joined NOOM for a free trial. I likely know most what it takes to lose weight, but it's good to refresh. Eat less, move more! What is the driving force behind my push to lose weight now? I want to feel and look younger, and age successfully! I want to be stronger for my dail... Read more

  • Negative Thoughts

    5/14/2020 10:00:57 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Giving weight to negative thoughts can lead to a negative result, try to switch the thought into a positive thought such as "I can handle this" or "This won't last", etc. Often the threat created by the negative thought in fact has no merit and the result will in fact be positive. Such positive re... Read more

  • Today's Exercise Plan

    5/14/2020 3:19:41 AM, by IFFILAYO

    Here's the plan: ~Walk on Treadmill for 100 minutes (between 5 - 6 miles) ~HIIT Strength (Jump rope of 75 - 100 between each circuit) *3 sets of 3 Leg exercises (20 reps each) *4 sets of Bicycle Waist exercises *2 sets of Thursday Thigh exercises ~Dance & Hoola Hoop for @ least ... Read more

  • My doctor might be better than I thought-maybe...

    5/13/2020 11:03:11 PM, by CTUPTON

    I finally figured out how to use the doctor's portal. It's only been 6 months. 24 At my appointments he says almost nothing. I talk lots. Mostly about all the ways I am trying to improve my health. He barely acknowledges what I say. ANd it seems he has to force himself to listen to me. UG... Read more

  • Things NOT cancelled !

    5/13/2020 10:47:27 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Today is my birthday

    5/13/2020 9:05:23 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Today is my birthday and this Friday will be my seventh Spark-anniversary“. When I joined Spark I wrote in my journal: " We should give thanks to our God for our life. For the voice and inspiration that guides us as we pay attention to who we really are and listen to our wishes and our disconten... Read more

  • Tomorrow's Exercise Plan is Ambitious!

    5/12/2020 11:40:01 PM, by IFFILAYO

    Here's the plan: ~Walk on Treadmill for 100 minutes (between 5 - 6 miles) ~HIIT Strength (Jump rope of 75 - 100 between each circuit) *3 sets of 5 Arm exercises *3 sets of 3 Leg exercises *4 sets of Bicycle Waist exercises *2 sets of Wednesday Thigh exercises ~Dance & Hoo... Read more

  • Hit my Apple goal!

    5/12/2020 11:20:07 PM, by DRGONABFIT

    Hi everyone! I hit my spark goal (to write a post) and my Apple goal to burn over 500 cals -I did 22 mins on the treadmill Yoga Stairs And I end every day with meditation 🧘🏾‍♀️. Goodnight!... Read more

  • Everything I Need to be Happy

    5/12/2020 2:24:52 AM, by KALISWALKER

    I decided I have everything I need to live a happy life at this time. This is like the law of non-resistance (in part) which teaches that whenever you resist some situation, you are giving more power to it. By resisting something you are directing negative energy to that object. So I will focus my e... Read more

  • Important - Do This

    5/11/2020 2:01:26 PM, by OLDEROWL

    We would be more successful if we each engage in the following steps with a positive attitude.. 1. Exercise at least three times weekly and eat only healthy foods daily. 2. Rarely drink more than 4 cans of beer a week and limit coffee to no more than one cup a day. 3. Look for ways to encou... Read more

  • A healthy attitude for all

    5/11/2020 2:21:46 AM, by OLDEROWL

    We would be more successful if we each engage in the following steps with a positive attitude.. 1. Exercise at least three times weekly and eat only healthy foods daily. 2. Rarely drink more than 4 cans of beer a week and limit coffee to no more than one cup a day. 3. Look for ways to encou... Read more

  • To all mothers!

    5/10/2020 5:37:31 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Moms are beautiful!

    5/10/2020 10:18:21 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • This Won't Last Forever - Hang in There

    5/10/2020 12:08:36 AM, by KALISWALKER

    I am rearranging things around the house for the lifestyle we live today. It assumes we do not have any guests in the house. There is now a folding table set up in the family room so we can do jigsaw puzzles while we watch TV. I cleaned and rearranged cupboards and moved heavy/large sized serving di... Read more

  • snowin' again aw geez

    5/8/2020 8:41:13 PM, by CTUPTON

    How we stay warm in Buffalo: ... Read more

  • Kitchen Clean-Up & Virtual Images

    5/5/2020 1:54:24 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Yesterday I did it my first bike ride of the year. I was wearing an industrial mask (from Home Depot) and found I wasn’t getting enough oxygen. I did a short ride and returned home, did a little gardening, then tackled the Spring Kitchen Clean-Up. My kitchen 'looks' clean, but I spent 40 minu... Read more

  • Got to hug hubby today!!! After 6 weeks of quarantine.

    5/4/2020 3:47:30 PM, by CTUPTON

    He had a doctor's appointment. A van took him and I rode along! I was able to hug him and be with him at least for an hour. I miss him so much! chris... Read more

  • How cats say they love you.

    5/4/2020 3:35:56 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Reposted, What I learned last night

    5/4/2020 2:52:25 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I stayed inside yesterday evening and listened to a youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=FfHF23q3uhw. Here is what I learned to do 1. Listen to the things you tell yourself and challenge any negative thoughts. 2. Use your positive thoughts as instructional self-statements. 3.... Read more

  • Cravings - Can I Give Up Bread? Get Back on Track?

    5/4/2020 11:01:08 AM, by KALISWALKER

    This year I go to sleep listening to Overeaters Anonymous podcasts. The speakers are not professionals, so their voices are usually soft and easy to listen, so I quickly drift off to sleep. I learned from them that to be successful with weight loss, they had to change their eating behaviors and elim... Read more

  • What I learned last night

    5/4/2020 4:00:42 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I stayed inside this evening and listened to a youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=FfHF23q3uhw. Here is what I learned to do 1. Listen to the things you tell yourself and challenge any negative thoughts. 2. Use your positive thoughts as instructional self-statements. 3. Be a... Read more

  • I Will Monitor My Physical Activity

    5/4/2020 12:22:36 AM, by KALISWALKER

    I will increase the daily exercise I am doing - duration, intensity, and consistency. Tomorrow I will have my first bike ride of the year. Next week I will have Rebel run along side the bike. I got a special attachment so she can do it safely. She is a high energy dog and loves running. ... Read more

  • Glad It's a New Month

    5/2/2020 5:31:08 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Note to self remember these 3 things. 1) Don't gather up all the exercise equipment if you are not going to use it. 2) If you find exercise boring and the time goes by so slowly, it's like adding time to your day when 15 minutes seems like an hour. The time will pass regardless of what you are ... Read more

  • It's World N*de Gardening Day no photos but info

    5/2/2020 11:57:37 AM, by CTUPTON

    It's World N*de Gardening Day Google it for a very nice, colorful, tasteful poster about this. It popped up in my FB for Buffalo Niagara Gardening.... Read more

  • I believe all your prayers have been powerful!

    5/2/2020 9:04:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    I don't know the whole story yet but nephew has survived. He is posting on FB. That must be positive, right? He had been air lifted to the emergency room. So I have not been exaggerating his flight. 220 247 304 458 304 458 304 458 458 304 304 458 304458 304 458... Read more