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  • A warm and humid day

    7/4/2020 10:13:34 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's going to be another warm and humid day here today ๐ŸŒž. My daughter and I will stay hydrated and cool here today. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Happy Independence Day to all American spark people members! Have a great day, everyone and a great weekend! Keep cool and stay ... Read more

  • Word of the Day: Grateful

    7/3/2020 7:29:47 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    This day has been as close to a "me" day as possible since I'm home with only Isaac. He's been so kind to allow me space. 102 extended sleep 528 paid work 341 grocery shopping 252 Sparking Won't be long and it's time to make supper (easy -- spaghetti) and then I'm sur... Read more

  • A warm and humid day

    7/3/2020 1:02:39 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter and I are keeping cool and well hydrated today ๐Ÿ˜Š. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be going for a long walk indoors today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe! Have a great weekend!... Read more

  • Frugal Fitness Fun

    7/3/2020 10:08:46 AM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    I am trying to squeeze in more bursts of fitness were I can. I parked my car a million miles away from the grocery store to get in more steps but then I had a minor dilemma. There was a super sale on canned cat food with a minimum purchase of 20 cans. The frugal me could not pass up on such a great ... Read more

  • Word of the Day: Restful

    7/2/2020 7:15:15 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Loving that this day began after a sound sleep overnight and been very quiet and I've had a lot of alone time. I needed it! I was able to finish the project I was working on for paid work although I still have 1-2 small questions that need an answer, but it's close enough. I then shi... Read more

  • So Close... Very Close

    7/2/2020 6:37:00 PM, by KALISWALKER

    So exciting! 2.9 pounds away from the 160's! It's true moderation, measuring my food, portion control, nutrition tracking and weight loss go together! All diets come down to the same thing a calorie deficit. When I wanted to hit the 170's I went hard for a few days chugging Slimfast and bam did it M... Read more

  • Switching Focus

    7/2/2020 5:50:43 PM, by PAMBROWN62

    I will say, frankly, 2020, so far has personally not been a stellar year. I am pro-positively and have tried to live that way. However, I have been hit with a series of health and personal issues that has tested my resolve. Sorry to say I have not always passed on the positively meter. ... Read more

  • Exercise Motivation When I need it most

    7/2/2020 4:05:08 PM, by FNIGHT

    Motivation for the now: 1. put on workout clothes 2. listen to upbeat music 3. just start, no matter how I feel, 5 to 10 minutes is better than none. I can always choose to keep going. For the future: 1. schedule my workout 2. set up a reward system 3. track fitness minutes I c... Read more

  • Another hot and humid day here today

    7/2/2020 8:38:59 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to everyone. We are keeping cool and staying well hydrated. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep. I will be doing some yoga this morning and some indoor walking this afternoon. It's going to be hot and humid here for the next few days. Have a great day, everyo... Read more

  • Word of the Day: Truth

    7/1/2020 11:44:05 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    That's a good reminder for me today as I found myself mired down in a dark place today. When I sat down to do my Prayerful Planner everything kept pointing to remembering that all those emotional things I was feeling are not truth. I spent extra time naming my "rocks" and then looked in my j... Read more

  • Another warm day here today ๐ŸŒž

    7/1/2020 11:14:30 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be going for a walk later. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe! For all Canadian sparklers, Happy Canada Day!... Read more

  • Word of the Day: Calm

    6/30/2020 4:56:24 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    This has been a very calm day once again. 102 slept in 528 paid work 272 watching a Hallmark movie while 252 Sparking Next up is PT exercises and then it should almost be time to change gears to supper prep and the evening begins. Tomorrow Isaac will spend a few hours wi... Read more

  • A warm day

    6/30/2020 5:39:24 AM, by MOMMY445

    Another warm day here today. My daughter and I will keep cool and stay well hydrated. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep. In a while, I will be doing some yoga. Later on in the morning, I will be going for a walk. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Word of the Day: Hope

    6/29/2020 11:05:34 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Hope is a word that has kept coming up today in random places so I'm taking that as something I need to focus on and keep in place. I just "hope" it isn't because of something new and unexpected that is coming my way, but rather just because of the way things are right now. My day was... Read more

  • June 29, 2020

    6/29/2020 9:26:52 PM, by MAMATRAUB

    It's 2020 and everything is covid / racial crazy. I gained back all that I had lost. There is no explanation for what is going on now! Had 1/2 calories I should have (even with b/l/s/d). I am still keeping on!... Read more

  • Bedtime

    6/29/2020 9:22:58 PM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    I have a laundry list of things to work on. I don't want to think of myself as broken or a forever project but this is exhausting and sometimes that's how I feel. I am trying to pare down my goals for the month of July and I don't know what I want to tackle. My morning routine is solid. My exer... Read more

  • A warm and sunny day here today ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    6/29/2020 11:52:02 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I went for a walk this morning. I will go for another walk in the afternoon. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • No COVID here!

    6/28/2020 6:57:54 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Today is nice and quiet and mainly a "do whatever comes" type of day. 102 slept in 288 online worship 542 finished 2 loads of laundry (all towels) 528 helped Maegann get organized for her budget and bill payments 593 Sparking Our big news is the COVID test was negative! ... Read more

  • Success with Exercise, Diet, Triggers

    6/28/2020 4:16:51 PM, by KALISWALKER

    How can I lose weight and keep it off? 8 week 5% Challenge! I am doing a review of my plan. 2 - Exercise Plan In preparation for the Summer 5% Challenge I started a daily exercise program in May. Each day at 11 AM I do a videochat & YouTube exercise with 6 other people, each from our own ... Read more

  • A new day

    6/28/2020 2:43:54 PM, by MOMMY445

    A beautiful sunny day here today ๐ŸŒž. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a walk in the morning. I will be going for another walk in the afternoon. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • June Review

    6/28/2020 10:53:22 AM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    Like any journey, this month had its highs and lows. This week I discovered why I couldnโ€™t eat enough calories on a daily basis. My account was set to MALE. 2 That is a real game-changer. On a positive note, I have been eating to be satisfied and not to the caloric intake so I managed to continue t... Read more

  • Time for changes

    6/27/2020 5:41:43 PM, by BABS4625

    Time for serious changes in lifestyle, diet and activity. I have started to have some leg and feet issues related to my diabetes. It is time to take control, no more excuses. Small consistent steps.... Read more

  • Lack of Energy

    6/27/2020 4:32:20 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Our house is in "does she or does she not have COVID" mode. Doubtful she will hear back with results any earlier than Monday. What negatives this has brought so far: 126 M cannot start her new salon job tomorrow 126 M isn't able to work at her Walmart job 126 Isaac can't go over ... Read more

  • Day 14 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/27/2020 2:26:18 PM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 14: 6/26/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: Done! Strength Training Reps: done! Yesterday was great! I even got around to finally taking a walk outdoors, I took a sunset walk. I got my offer this morning about my summer school position, things are looking up! Today is my ... Read more

  • Plenty of sunshine

    6/27/2020 12:15:36 PM, by MOMMY445

    Another warm and sunny day here today ๐ŸŒž. In a while, I'll be going for a walk. My daughter says hello to everyone. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep. Have a great day, everyone! Stay safe and take care.... Read more

  • Same Old Routine

    6/26/2020 10:06:51 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Today was very quiet once again. 102 slept in a little 542 straightened up the kitchen 528 paid work 401 PT exercises 579 made supper 272 watching "The Core" while Sparking Tomorrow there is nothing firm on the schedule, but I do know that the bathrooms are first on m... Read more

  • Loggin' Food

    6/26/2020 12:33:59 PM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    I have been diligently loggin' my food. Now, we all know that at some point, it is easy to fall off. It has been easier since I am at home full-time right now but, still no walk in the park. I rush to grab food in between meetings and scribble my food on a pad I keep in the kitchen. I also notice I ... Read more

  • Sunshine

    6/26/2020 10:23:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    The sun is shining brightly here today ๐ŸŒž. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm going for a walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe! Have a great weekend!... Read more

  • Day 13 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/26/2020 10:15:08 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 13: 6/25/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: Done! Strength Training Reps: done! Today I made a WIN the day chart! I am so excited! It will help me through each portion of the day this summer.... Here is my WIN the day plan: Wake up no later than 7 40 oz of water, 3... Read more

  • Sleeping

    6/26/2020 9:58:17 AM, by PATTI24

    My bedtime routine and sleeping habits are going to bed at the same time every night. If I can't sleep, I read a book and that helps me sleep. The only thing that I would change is be more active during the day to help me get to sleep.... Read more

  • 6/26 Better Week

    6/26/2020 6:20:10 AM, by LOPEYP

    This week has been a good one. All quiet on the home front. The kitchen is finished. It came out great. We are done with the crazy cabinet guy. I still have some boxes to unpack but I have an excuse. 20 I ordered more organizational bins. I am putting things back differently in some cases. T... Read more

  • A good day

    6/25/2020 7:16:55 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    This morning I was able to sleep in a little as I did not need to set an alarm for the first time in ages! Woke up to find Auggie next to me so "conference call" done for the day! LOL Once up I straightened the kitchen and got busy on the finances. Wanted them caught up before the first... Read more

  • Too Busy To Workout Trick

    6/25/2020 1:18:01 PM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    It's the end of the month and all heck is breaking loose at work. I promised myself these things: 1. drink your water no matter how much you'll have to run to the bathroom 2. log your food 3. do your Spark (even if it's just in spurts) 4. Workout 30 mins I am doing everything on this li... Read more

  • Day 12 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/25/2020 11:05:31 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 12: 6/24/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: Done! Strength Training Reps: Rest day Can't believe it's almost to halfway mark.... Read more

  • Procrastination is the theme of my day

    6/24/2020 2:58:10 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    I did not get enough sleep last night but was able to get an extra hour on the sofa with two very compliant dogs. Some days Auggie just snuggles into the crook of my arm and doesn't move and today was one of those days. Next I straightened up the kitchen before heading to my work space to... Read more

  • Day 11 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/24/2020 9:33:38 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 11: 6/23/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: Done! Strength Training Reps: Done! Weigh-in this morning is down a half pound. I've decided I'm giving up chocolate. It is a huge red light food for me and a trigger food. When I crave sugar, nine times out of ten, it's chocolate re... Read more

  • A cooler day

    6/24/2020 8:51:58 AM, by MOMMY445

    It's not too hot here today. a beautiful cool breeze is blowing. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm heading out for a long walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe.... Read more

  • Winning Wednesday

    6/24/2020 8:13:35 AM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    I weighed in today and while there was a little movement today (HA! Take that Ms. Lofatilla Plus. She not a Sparkler. Sheโ€™s that awful scale that sits in judgement in my livingroom). I was just blogging about incorporating strength training regularly yesterday. Well, today my BMI is down and m... Read more

  • Use the tools

    6/23/2020 11:51:23 PM, by BLOSSOMKITTY

    About to head onto my mat for stretch-me-out yoga ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ I need it a lot tonight ๐Ÿ™ Wanted to be sure to share accountability post. Thank you for responding and having the space for me to reach out when hunger cravings hit today! They almost got me๐Ÿคช Just reaching out to others in the same path was ... Read more

  • Tuesday was calm

    6/23/2020 11:26:54 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    My day began with groceries and then I did some cleaning/straightening in the kitchen before heading to my Prayerful Planner and paid work. About 3 I did another set of my PT exercises and rested for an hour. Tonight we are watching "Beyond the Mask" and it's a good movie. Isaac was ... Read more

  • Day 10 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/23/2020 11:32:36 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 10: 6/22/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: Done! Strength Training Reps: Done! Another imperfect day, but I stuck by these three commitments. It's a start. Each day is better than the previous day, and that's all that matters! Feelings and eating are something I need to f... Read more

  • A beautiful day ๐ŸŒž

    6/23/2020 11:30:48 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be going for a walk in a while. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Strength training

    6/23/2020 8:22:42 AM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    Iโ€™ve been consistently including strength training in my fitness rotation. I have given up on trying to find a FUN video. I have settled on adequately meets my fitness level and time constraints. Iโ€™m a grown up. Sometimes you just do things because they are required. I liked the definition in ... Read more

  • Zumba!

    6/22/2020 9:09:58 PM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    I have been scrolling pass this Zumba concert for weeks. It is 70 minutes long, I can't dance (I love too but I am terrible) and I am not sure how it fits in with my current fitness plan. I walk/run 3 days with my app and I do strength training 3 days with yoga mixed in for stress relief. A normal p... Read more

  • Sore Knee Day

    6/22/2020 4:47:25 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Began my day with a 30-minute massage to work on my very stiff/sore leg. It was helpful and the therapist was able to identify that the I-Band is what is causing the extra pain. Just wish it would stay loosened up! Once home I got laundry started and then took a short nap as I couldn... Read more

  • Hot and humid day

    6/22/2020 1:34:16 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's the last hot and humid day here for the rest of the week. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Take care and stay safe, everyone!... Read more

  • Day Two

    6/22/2020 10:11:30 AM, by HAPPILYLOOSING

    Hello, Todayโ€™s day 2 of my journey. Iโ€™m a 63 year old recent retiree. I want to enjoy retirement in good health. Iโ€™m meeting up with family members I havenโ€™t seen in person for a while due to COVID-19. We usually go out to eat. Today we are going walking at the park.... Read more

  • Day 9 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/22/2020 10:08:57 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 9: 6/21/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: Done! Strength Training Reps: Done! Yesterday was still difficult for me, but somewhat better than Saturday. My focus today is to stay strong and get it done! I'm in a battle with myself, which is definitely the most difficult battle ... Read more

  • Proud, celebrating, keep on keeping on

    6/22/2020 2:00:41 AM, by BLOSSOMKITTY

    Yay!!! Was super intentional about moving my body and got lots of opportunities to do so this last week. Wrote out all my food and water and took time for self kindness.... I lost 3 pounds this week! I celebrated by gifting myself some new colorful leggings and tank tops and some new nikes(I k... Read more

  • Quiet Father's Day

    6/21/2020 11:12:04 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Another great message from Ephesians this morning. Afterwards I headed to my little corner to my Prayerful Planner. The view out the window was peaceful today. I then did some paid work (3 plans edited), went through personal email and some SP time. After supper I did some read... Read more

  • H20

    6/21/2020 9:48:46 PM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    I got a new water bottle. It holds a gallon of water and I started drinking it first thing this morning. After my walk and yoga this morning itโ€™s been a long day of running to the potty 246 Gotta ruuuuunnnnn........ I hope you have a healthy week! XOXO Ms. Most Improved 212 ... Read more

  • Day 8 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/21/2020 1:49:34 PM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 8: 6/20/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: not 100% tracked. It wasn't a good evening. Strength Training Reps: Done! Yesterday was tough. Today will be better. ... Read more

  • Splurge Day

    6/21/2020 10:18:16 AM, by PATTI24

    National Splurge Day is observed annually on June 18th. I try to splurge once in a while on going shopping or drinking coffee. I also order books to read when my reading books start to go low. I used to splurge on shopping for clothes but since I have retired, that has slowed down.... Read more

  • Happy Sunday

    6/21/2020 8:26:34 AM, by MOMMY445

    Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there. My daughter and I are keeping cool and well hydrated today. It's going to be another warm and humid day here today ๐ŸŒž. I'll do some exercise indoors today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Checked another to-do off the list!

    6/20/2020 6:40:03 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Last night we had an unexpected game night with M&M, but it was good. Kept me from finishing up my SP time as it was after 11pm when we finished and I was tired. M&M are doing very well and they are definitely taking the time to share all that has happened in the past 1 1/2 years - go... Read more

  • when I'll reach my goal

    6/20/2020 2:18:33 PM, by FNIGHT

    So for today's prompt I'm supposed to say when I'll reach my goal weight. . . All well and good except I'm not sure what the ultimate goal is. Right now my goal is to loose 100 pounds and then do a health assessment to see if I should let go of more weight. So I guess I'll go with that. 100 pounds t... Read more

  • Day 7 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/20/2020 10:31:49 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 7: 6/19/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: tracked! Strength Training Reps: REST DAY! Today I will call a double win because there are so many tempting foods in my house right now, and I did not eat them all. I will be honest and tell you, I did have a small serving of ice crea... Read more

  • Another warm and humid day

    6/20/2020 9:58:15 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter and I are keeping cool and well hydrated today. It's going to be a warm and humid day here today. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll go for a walk indoors today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Productivity

    6/20/2020 8:32:13 AM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    I was supposed to sleep in today. This is my active recovery day but I really wanted to rest and recharge. What am I doing? Up at 5:30 am feeding cats, filling up the seeds in the bird houses outside, washing clothes and heading to the grocery store. I guess I will do a workout video whe... Read more

  • More Lessons

    6/19/2020 11:33:32 PM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    I have wanted to solidify my morning routine for a while. I have bounced around but I know I thrive when I have a schedule. My most successful days include: - Making my bed before I leave my bedroom - Feeding the cats -Morning Prayers and meditation - No TV, Social Media or Emails -Workout... Read more

  • A hot and humid day

    6/19/2020 1:32:06 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's very hot and humid day here today ๐ŸŒž. My daughter and I are keeping cool and well hydrated. I already got in a long walk today. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Day 6 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/19/2020 11:38:48 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 6: 6/18/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: tracked! Strength Training Reps: done! I also walked over 15k steps yesterday AND stuck to my WIN TODAY plan. Today is another day to crush goals! I forgot that once you start, it's easier to continue if you keep putting one foot in f... Read more

  • My Re-Return

    6/18/2020 5:10:36 PM, by LOVIJO20

    Originally posted:Sunday, June 14, 2020 (I realized then that my ancient points etc. had carried over so I deleted & restarted my account) It says I have been a member since March of 2017! I guess I don't know how to deactivate my status! My last blog was March 31 2018. So much yo-yo dieting bec... Read more

  • Lack of Focus Once Again

    6/18/2020 3:58:09 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    This morning I started the day by going for groceries and then cleaned up the kitchen as the little gremlins were in there again overnight. I then decided to keep on cleaning out my computer files and tackled some of the work folders. Couldn't stay focused so I finished one group of them ... Read more

  • Hot and humid day here today

    6/18/2020 10:32:23 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. We are prepared for the weather. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I will be doing some dancing indoors after lunch today. Have a great day, everyone! Stay safe and take care!... Read more

  • Milestone

    6/18/2020 9:41:01 AM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    Today is a good day. Yesterday was Weigh In Wednesday. I forgot to weigh-in. I never forget to check in with that awful Ms. Lofitilla Plus. The fact that I forgot is a great milestone. That scale is NOT THE BOSS OF ME. I am eating better. I am moving more. I am Sparking and I feel great. I... Read more

  • Day 5 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/18/2020 9:20:50 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 5: 6/17/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: tracked! Strength Training Reps: done! Yesterday felt amazing. It's the first day in quite some time that I was able to eat correctly. I didn't eat off my plan! I pre-planned my day the night before, and I ate exactly what I planned a... Read more

  • I get to be home today!

    6/17/2020 4:40:11 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Let me just say it has been wonderful having a full day home! First up was having Faith come over to clean our windows and screens. They are all so clean now I can't even see the screens when I look through them! Such a blessing to have this done each year and she is very affordable.... Read more

  • Skipping...

    6/17/2020 1:56:49 PM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    I overdid it on Sunday. Shame on me. I have this fancy fitness watch and my niece challenged me to a weekly competition. I immediately kicked it into high gear and did waaayyyy too much walking, stretching and yoga. I am too old to try and keep up with this teenager but, I will never tell her. Let's... Read more

  • JUNE

    6/17/2020 11:54:39 AM, by XME501

    We were sick most of February and then in March the coronavirus hit!! I have been isolated most of the time - orders from my son and daughter. So most of our shopping was done by Eric, my son-in-law. What a trooper!! But now we are able to get out a bit more - and of course the weather is ... Read more

  • Day 4 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/17/2020 9:13:44 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 4: 6/16/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: tracked! Strength Training Reps: done! Today's WI is not positive. I am very upset about it, but I'm not going to cry about it, instead I need to boss up and deal with it. Many times I have allowed myself too much comfort instead... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day ๐ŸŒž

    6/17/2020 8:29:27 AM, by MOMMY445

    Lots of sunshine here today. It's supposed to be very warm here this afternoon. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be doing some dancing after lunch today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Felt like Monday all over again

    6/16/2020 10:48:28 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    This morning did not go at all as expected as I got in the van to run a quick errand and the "low tire" light was on so off to the tire shop I went thinking it would just be a 45 minute event. Boy was I wrong. This was my view from an outside bench for 2 hours! They finally too... Read more

  • Lost 68 Pounds! I Love SparkPeople!

    6/16/2020 6:10:09 PM, by KALISWALKER

    In 2008 I was a glum overworked, out of shape office worker. When I was tired or stressed I would run to the vending machines for a junk food fix. I knew without change, I would continue to gain weight and the rest of my life would be a steady decline. At 242 pounds I needed a healthier lifestyle. ... Read more

  • Day 3 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/16/2020 1:51:35 PM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 3: 6/15/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: tracked! Strength Training Reps: done! I had to use my lesson from 100 DWL yesterday, DO IT ANYWAY!!! I was sore from doing reps on Saturday & Sunday (but that's a good thing, means your body is working) and I really didn't want ... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day

    6/16/2020 10:58:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! After lunch, I will be going for a walk today. I'll do some yoga after supper today. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Massage Therapy Day

    6/15/2020 6:45:53 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    My day began with a wonderful massage. Very thankful that my regular therapist was back as it was so relaxing compared to last month. I thought I'd be home the rest of the day, but had a message from Maegann that she had forgotten her paperwork for the JCPenney orientation this afternoon so ... Read more

  • My Joie de Vie (joy of life)

    6/15/2020 5:55:11 PM, by KALISWALKER

    2020 is my year of doing more of what makes me happy. I set the goal in December as I was preparing to welcome my family home for Christmas. I was excited about my 2020 trip to South America and a cruise. I was learning Spanish and buying luggage. It's seems like a long time ago and much has h... Read more

  • Day 2 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/15/2020 11:27:03 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 2: 6/14/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: tracked! Strength Training Reps: done! I tried a burpee for the first time yesterday! Whoa! Not easy. I want to get better at these. Boy, those really show you when you are out of shape! Had my gallon of water drank by 5 pm, along... Read more

  • Happy/Healthy Weight Goals

    6/15/2020 10:03:10 AM, by FNIGHT

    Easily bending over to tie my shoes, Knees not hurting, Getting up from sitting on the floor without a struggle, Hiking faster to not hold my family back, Yoga poses require less adaptation I'm owning what I need and want. How about you?... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day

    6/15/2020 9:56:41 AM, by MOMMY445

    I'm off for a walk in a while. I feel great. My daughter says hello to all. both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • A Nice Sunday

    6/15/2020 12:36:10 AM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Our online worship did not happen as the download wasn't working. We will try again one of these evenings. Instead Tim got busy with the floor and actually had to go to the store to buy the bags of grout and a different tile cutter for the precision cuts he needed before he could do much.... Read more

  • No Work Weekend

    6/14/2020 7:09:46 PM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    I needed to work this weekend but, I was fried and too mentally exhausted to do it. Every time I started to log on, I found another distraction. The birds peeking in my window or hanging around by the feeder. They are so soothing and care-free. I totally played hooky. This little green bird c... Read more

  • Day 1 of my 30 Day Goal of Recommitment

    6/14/2020 10:24:07 AM, by _WARRIOR4LIFE

    Day 1: 6/13/2020 Gallon of water: drank! Calories: tracked! Strength Training Reps: done! The day wasn't perfect, but it is a start. Sometimes, a start is all you need. I'm working on a 30 day reset. Getting my mind back in the game, getting my body ready to get back to losing. It's im... Read more

  • A new day

    6/14/2020 10:13:49 AM, by MOMMY445

    I'm heading out to do some errands in a while. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'll be going for a walk in the afternoon. Have a great day, everyone! Stay safe and take care!... Read more

  • A Love Story the Shirt Fits

    6/13/2020 5:20:08 PM, by KALISWALKER

    December 2017 when my husband was away, he bought me a gift at the airport, an Edmonton Oilers T-shirt for a female. I am from Edmonton and the Oilers are still my favorite hockey team. What a loving guy, I thanked him profusely. The shirt was size extra large, but this itty bitty would fit a Barbie... Read more

  • How I Love a Rainy Day

    6/13/2020 5:04:09 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Woke to a windy, rainy day and I've been enjoying the cooler temps and the smells/sounds of the storms. I ran across this photo someone took this morning about 10 miles north of us. I'm glad that mega lightening storm was not right over us! Whew! I didn't get to sleep earl... Read more

  • Thank You

    6/13/2020 12:06:59 PM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    I just wanted to thank everyone that took the time to comment on my blog this week. I am going to do it personally but that may take a minute and I want you to know now I appreciate you. My mom is still in the hospital but she's up yapping and complaining so, it's a sure sign she's on the road ... Read more

  • A beautiful sunny day ๐ŸŒž

    6/13/2020 11:27:05 AM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I'm heading out for a walk in a while. I feel great. Have a wonderful day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Tile is going down!

    6/12/2020 10:47:07 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    Some days a picture says it better than words ever could. At home the day was fairly quiet. I spent time cleaning out more computer files and making the necessary trips to the vet. Ellsworth still shows too much infection inside his mouth at the site of the cyst so he is now on a strong... Read more

  • 6/12 Long Week

    6/12/2020 8:26:09 PM, by LOPEYP

    This has been a long week on many fronts. I slipped a bit on my plan. I think it was because of many factors. Work was INSANE. We are in the midst of 2 huge enterprise projects and on top of that a bunch of little projects were added on top of it. With only 4 writers and one of them being so... Read more

  • Next Milestone Normal Weight Range!

    6/12/2020 6:20:50 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I am in pursuit of my next milestone 149.5 pounds. Then my BMI will move from overweight to normal range. That's about 25 pounds from now. My last 25 pounds loss took ~47 weeks, at a rate of about 1/2 pound a week. Hopefully it comes off a little faster now. I need this new focus before the 8 week S... Read more

  • A windy day

    6/12/2020 1:01:51 PM, by MOMMY445

    My daughter says hello to all. It's a beautiful windy day here today ๐ŸŒž. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've been for a long walk outside and I feel great. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Hold Family Close

    6/11/2020 10:09:20 PM, by MSMOSTIMPROVED

    I had a family medical emergency today. Both of my parents are living and nearby. I get busy with work, kids and STUFF but all that went out the window when I got the call we all dread. My mom nagging me about calling the doctor didnโ€™t seem so annoying. I felt terrible for rushing my dad off FaceTim... Read more

  • 2020 Summer 5% #3 - Healthy Eating & Nutrition Plan

    6/11/2020 4:45:37 PM, by KALISWALKER

    2020 Summer 5% Diet Commitment I will follow the old Canadian Food Guide recommended number of servings and Nutrition Track in SparkPeople. I will eat the same breakfast each week, and prepare one week at a time. Week 1 will be - 1/4 cup low fat Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese, 1/4... Read more

  • Broken Pieces

    6/11/2020 3:03:30 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    A timely message for this mom's heart today. It has helped me take a deep breath, straighten up my shoulders and tell God I'm ready for whatever this day brings. Now to stay in that place is the goal. We had a good Bible study and family meeting last night with Isaac. His choice of goi... Read more

  • A cooler day

    6/11/2020 12:42:00 PM, by MOMMY445

    It's a much cooler day here today and I am okay with that. My daughter says hello to all. Both budgie birds are doing well and say cheep, cheep! I've completed a yoga workout this morning. I'll be going for a long walk this afternoon. Have a great day, everyone! Take care and stay safe!... Read more

  • Day 163: Gluten-Free 'Almond Joy' Macaroons

    6/11/2020 10:36:43 AM, by DOLLFACEDX

    In this recipe, pineapple replaces some of the sugar for natural sweetness, and egg whites are used in place of condensed milk for a lighter and healthier macaroon. Gluten-Free 'Almond Joy' Macaroons Number of Servings: 30 Ingredients 1/3 cup unsweetened crushed Pineapp... Read more

  • Day 163: A Pilates Workout for Beginners

    6/11/2020 10:24:24 AM, by DOLLFACEDX

    Learn the basics of Pilates with this 10-minute introductory workout for beginners. 10-Minute Beginner's Pilates Workout https://www.sparkpeople.com/re
    source/videos-detail.asp?v
    ideo=36 Your Spark Neighbor, Dolly ... Read more

  • The "Ouch" Factor

    6/10/2020 6:52:58 PM, by DETERMINEDJANET

    I find myself working to put a new concern in His hands because there is absolutely nothing I can do except pray, but my heart is troubled. All started with one question from Maegann as she was getting ready to leave for work: "How would you feel about me spending time with Michaell?" My fi... Read more