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  • fond and loyal friendship

    1/24/2020 3:24:04 PM, by WHITE-2

    Seneca, one of the great Roman Stoic philosophers, on friendship: "...nothing delights the mind so much as fond and loyal friendship. What a blessing it is to have hearts that are ready and willing to receive all your secrets in safety, with whom you are less afraid to share knowledge of someth... Read more

  • Preparing for the Weekend

    1/24/2020 1:22:18 PM, by MRSJENRICKS

    This weekend we have hubby's kids coming.. that means that we will be going from 2 kids to 6 kids again. It is so great to have the whole family together, but man is that many kids a lot of work! To prepare myself, I have meal planned, defrosted the foods, grocery shopped, and even have dinner... Read more

  • Ended Up Sick

    1/24/2020 1:04:27 PM, by PORTIA70

    Went out to eat with some neighbors. It was warm when we left but the temperature dropped while we was eating. I felt fine until I got home, and noticed that my neuropathy was hurting. Shortly after that I got a low grade fever. I did not get to feeling better until late last night. That is why I ha... Read more

  • Moving Forward

    1/24/2020 10:08:34 AM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    In response to my last blog, spark friends shared wonderful support to propel me forward. Thank you! Besides the support, some suggestions really helped. Both 1Crazydog and Speded2 reminded me of one huge piece to my puzzle I had neglected-PROTEIN. (Warning...vegans and vegetarians may want to look ... Read more

  • On minimalism

    1/24/2020 2:06:33 AM, by WHITE-2

    James Clear: "On minimalism: The goal is not to have the least amount of things, but the optimal amount of things. Two important footnotes: (1) The optimal amount depends on your goals. (2) The optimal amount is almost always less than you think." /jamesclear.com/3... Read more

  • 19 years ago

    1/24/2020 1:14:15 AM, by L3DESIGNS

    2001: I was in labour with my first kid. It ended up as a c-section in the early morning hours of Jan 24! At 9months pregnant with my 1st, I was at my heaviest before now. I will get back down to a healthy weight. Searched for a photo of just my 19yo - but nothing recent, so here he is wit... Read more

  • Stressed ~ Blessed

    1/24/2020 12:21:01 AM, by MAMADEE016

    MAMADEE'S BLOG: SP ~ Day 5026 No matter how stressed you are Remember how blessed you are It's been a busy day! 198 And it's ending with a lot of stress! 39 My daughter came home about 9:30 tonight and said she was hearing a weird hissing sound from the car. By the time ... Read more

  • start each day with

    1/23/2020 11:26:04 PM, by USMAWIFE

    One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. – Dalai Lama © Source:... Read more

  • Energy Rising.. but also Confidence

    1/23/2020 2:26:09 PM, by MRSJENRICKS

    Today, I am working from home and I cannot begin to explain how much more work I get done. I have noticed increased energy anyway, but when I am home, I make myself walk around every hour to try to fit some movement in my day. When I am walking, I find myself doing a few chores around the house bec... Read more

  • It's my husband's birthday

    1/23/2020 9:16:34 AM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    He's out of town, using his vacation time to assist his brother with a cross-country move. Honestly, that tells you everything you need to know about the man. He is just so honorable and thoughtful and kind. Such a huge part of my success is because of him. He's working on weight loss too... Read more

  • Discipline

    1/23/2020 12:43:46 AM, by MAMADEE016

    MAMADEE'S BLOG: SP ~ Day 5025 DISCIPLINE is doing what needs to be done, even if you don't want to DO IT. DISCIPLINE is doing it no matter what your state of mind is. Both so true! But it's still so hard! Any tips? I'm trying to instill some better habits, but stil... Read more

  • push yourself

    1/22/2020 9:34:20 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you. – Unknown © Source:... Read more

  • Life is good?

    1/22/2020 6:43:43 PM, by SMILE7737

    My life is wonderful. I am able to go to work, pay my bills, own a dog and 2 cats, have a wonderful (almost fiance) boyfriend with assist raising his son. I'm not a millionaire and I don't want to be. All of these are good things and I want to do and give more but at the same time, I feel like I'm a... Read more

  • CBD oil or lotion Has anyone used it?

    1/22/2020 12:32:37 PM, by CTUPTON

    My daughter had me use hers. It looked like a deodorant. I had a "knot" near my wrist. I have many of these. If I press on it , it hurts. So I rubbed her stuff on it. The pain did go away.Even this morning when I press on it, the pain was practically gone. But I am afraid of it. Here is some i... Read more

  • Back To Sparking

    1/22/2020 12:06:01 PM, by PORTIA70

    My apologies for being gone almost a week. What started as a day or two just to relax caught me off guard. I also need to remember that the best time to Spark is in the morning hours for me. Evening tends to be my websurfing time, and then I end up going to bed and forget to post. Anywho, I ... Read more

  • True Measure

    1/21/2020 11:25:11 PM, by MAMADEE016

    MAMADEE'S BLOG ~ SP Day 5024 Such a powerful statement, don't ya think? The TRUE MEASURE of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good. ~Ann Landers I saw both sides of this during my month away from home. 24 Happy to be back where most of tho... Read more

  • A woman should have

    1/21/2020 8:30:10 PM, by USMAWIFE

    A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... Enough money within her control to move out... And rent a place of her own even if she never wants to or needs to... Something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to See Her in an hour... A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ... A youth she's content... Read more

  • food

    1/21/2020 6:00:27 PM, by MRSJENRICKS

    Why is eating enough what is hard for me? I keep being told with my medications would come cravings but even eating high calorie crap food, I never eat enough calories in a day. When I am tracking, I try to stay in my calorie range, but it feels like I have to stuff myself every day. I hate it... Read more

  • Two Sick Kids

    1/21/2020 2:16:40 PM, by BONNIEMCC488

    I did oatmeal and banana for breakfast yesterday and the day before, but today I had oven toast with cinnamon and sugar 198 Ryan got sick on Sunday. Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr Day, so both were home. Aiden woke up with a fever this morning. So both of them are home today. That makes ... Read more

  • Taking control of my image

    1/21/2020 2:02:00 PM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    My (so far, slight) weight loss has inspired me to take control of my image. I may be doing some more fundraising and networking for my work and feeling frumpy is not going to get the job done. I've never really loved how I've looked, but I've always convinced myself it shouldn't and doesn't ma... Read more

  • Honestly, It's Tough!

    1/21/2020 9:52:36 AM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    I almost wonder if I made it sound too simple in my last blogpost. To be honest, lately, I struggle most days to keep on track. It's cold, so very miserably cold out. Waking up at 5:45am doesn't agree with me no matter how early I get into bed or what sleep hygiene methods I practice. Stress makes e... Read more

  • I'm BACK! 01/20/2020 Been TOO Long!

    1/20/2020 11:55:14 PM, by MAMADEE016

    MAMADEE's Blog: SP ~ Day 5023 4 WEEKS since my last blog!!! 198 No, it's not my puppy! But it is where I'm at - so to speak. 211 I'm in recovery mode. It's Monday night. I'm at home, resting... A LOT! Thursday night I got on a plane in Houston, TX, where it was about ... Read more

  • the rudest customer rep

    1/20/2020 5:58:45 PM, by USMAWIFE

    In the last few days I have received calls from an 877 number.. leaving long long LONG messages after you answer the phone or if it goes to voice mail Jist of this is the first time, I listened and then pressed one to tell the lady I was not Kathy Verenza,, She said she would remove my numb... Read more

  • Today is the day.. I start taking this seriously

    1/20/2020 5:17:21 PM, by MRSJENRICKS

    Today I weighed in and saw that I am down 15 pounds. Besides stopping a couple of medications known to pack on the weight, I haven't been too dedicated to making and keeping changes, so this number.. 15.... is motivation. If I can just track what I eat, be sure to eat enough calories.. and tha... Read more

  • a shopping experience

    1/20/2020 4:29:55 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    I went shopping with three friends this past weekend. My one friend is a 20/22, I am a 16/18, another friend is an 8/10 and the other is a 4/6. My friend who is an 8/10 kept grabbing L/XL because she is so used to baggy clothes. We kept throwing M and even S at her and she marveled at herself in t... Read more

  • Detachment from urges to binge

    1/20/2020 2:59:17 PM, by WHITE-2

    Quoting Kathryn Hansen: "Several people have asked if there was anything specific I did or told myself to detach from the urges to binge. Besides briefly reminding myself of what I’d learned and the fact that those thoughts weren’t truly me, there wasn’t any specific mental dialogue or action tha... Read more

  • An update on Australia

    1/19/2020 5:37:22 PM, by RKOTTEK

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/new
    s/national/2020/01/20/thun
    derstorms-hail-rain-dust-storm/ hope you can all view this cheers richard... Read more

  • The Band's Visit

    1/19/2020 3:41:38 PM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    There are so many ways to enjoy life without relying on food to entertain you. My husband and I went to go see the Sunday matinee of "The Band's Visit" . We were able to head up to the venue about 15 minutes before curtain and get the community rush seats. We ended up in row P for only $30 each... Read more

  • You Don’t Have To Be Skinny To Look Good

    1/19/2020 10:00:55 AM, by WHITE-2

    For some distraction on the Sunday afternoon... www.boredpanda.com/celebrities
    -photo-recreations-katie-s
    turino/?utm_campaign=organ
    ic&utm_medium=organic&utm_source=bing... Read more

  • The rain continues

    1/18/2020 9:37:39 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Four inches through last Tuesday. Two days of a break and now another inch and temps fell from the 70.s to the mid thirties today... Read more

  • Surprise, surprise!

    1/18/2020 1:42:56 PM, by MRSFIX2007

    I decided to track my intake for the day today and got quite the shock- I am still eating a lot more than I thought I was. Just having a baby a month ago, I am not quite ready to get back into daily/strict food logging as that's not appropriate right now. But I just wanted to see what my intake has ... Read more

  • I'm Going to Start With Breakfast

    1/18/2020 11:09:07 AM, by BONNIEMCC488

    For the next week, I'm going to focus on breakfast. I've been eating mostly cereal lately and it's either sugary or I add sugar. I'm going to do oatmeal with bananas and cinnamon. I already have the oatmeal and I usually put bananas on the shopping list. So that's an easy thing to start with. Then, ... Read more

  • Planet Fitness

    1/17/2020 9:55:51 PM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    A new location was opened in Center City, Philadelphia a few months back. I never considered it before that because the closet one was by the scary Walmart with all the parking lot seagulls and the row of strip clubs (oh, the glory of living in a sports city). Now I'm running out of excuses. I'... Read more

  • Today is Broken Resolutions Day.

    1/17/2020 11:08:54 AM, by USMAWIFE

    Today is Broken Resolutions Day. Have you already ditched your New Years Resolutions?... Read more

  • Having a Hard Time in Life Right Now

    1/17/2020 9:52:02 AM, by BONNIEMCC488

    I haven't been on here in a long time. I check back every once in a while but don't post anything. Life has been crazy since my mom went into the hospital in July. I feel like the whole year of 2019 was insane in a bad way. Bear with me, as this is going to be a bit scattered. My mom was in th... Read more

  • Snow Day

    1/16/2020 12:51:23 AM, by L3DESIGNS

    Lots of snow here.... 18yo headed out to shovel first thing. Then we had a great relaxing snow day. Did some cleaning (and a million stairs in the process), one kid did their laundry, they did the dishes! And an afternoon nap! And then tonight, Motivated by the notification that I was the f... Read more

  • after my rant

    1/15/2020 5:21:22 PM, by USMAWIFE

    today I went to the tricare prime website and found the eob;s from hubby's visit to the PCP they paid the blood draw but would not pay the office visit since they were the same day.. 24 , Of course, I called to speak to a representative.. and their computers have been down all day. So I wrote a... Read more

  • Doomsday Preppers

    1/15/2020 12:12:36 PM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    I'm watching some guilty pleasure tv and was thinking about what it takes to be prepared for an emergency. I've watched 4 episodes of "Doomsday Preppers" today ( while folding laundry and otherwise adulting) and while I'm not going to buy 200 pounds of lentils and litter my compound with booby traps... Read more

  • trying to stay sane.. lol

    1/14/2020 9:47:25 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Since this year has begun, its kind of like one thing after another Between our awesome doctors not getting back to us on simple things like lab slips, refilling meds, confirming... does hubby see a specialist that is not the one our PCP wants him to see, or does he wait until the one they want... Read more

  • Brain over Binge: An Animated Youtube Book Summary

    1/14/2020 4:34:59 AM, by WHITE-2

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=smLoPx
    i7cDE I must add that the core of the cure is NOT described correctly! He mentions 'talking back' to the urges but the clue is to not argue with the voice of the animal brain but to simply watch and ingore the urges to binge. ... Read more

  • trust

    1/14/2020 3:52:35 AM, by USMAWIFE

    Trust is like a sticker. Once it is removed, it may stick again, but not as strong as it holds when you first applied it. – Unknown © Source:... Read more

  • Here I Sit Waiting

    1/13/2020 3:09:52 PM, by PORTIA70

    Exterminator's suppose to be here today to give my room a really good spray. A little info about that is I live in a hotel in Los Angeles; which is why I say room. Still sitting here waiting on them to arrive. *yawns* LOL Otherwise, it is a typical Monday and so much to get done. I found ... Read more

  • Pour some sugar on me

    1/13/2020 12:25:56 PM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    "Splenda" and "monkfruit" don't have the same ring to them, do they? Sweets have always been a struggle, especially because my anxiety and health struggles create a "treat yo' self" mentality and it's the cheapest, most readily available way to do so. Feeling addicted and out of control w... Read more

  • who should surround you

    1/13/2020 3:17:24 AM, by USMAWIFE

    “Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” In the words of Jim Rohn: “You are the average of five people you spend the most time with.” Choosing... Read more

  • To do list

    1/12/2020 2:42:44 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Happy Sunday Sparkers

    1/12/2020 12:20:28 PM, by PORTIA70

    I hope that all of you are enjoying your Sunday. Not a whole lot to report today. I plan to catch up on posting on my SparkTeams and explore other content that I may have overlooked. Picking up around the room also. I have to figure out a way to let the people in my building know th... Read more

  • Slumber Parties (the other SP in my life)

    1/12/2020 11:00:36 AM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    I had two girl friends visit from Michigan this weekend and together we took in all Philly had to offer. This included Reading Terminal Market and BYOB at the improv club. I haven't built the food tracking habit yet, but I know enough to know it wasn't great. Fortunately for my celiac self, th... Read more

  • New sparkteam for BRAIN OVER BINGE

    1/12/2020 5:08:06 AM, by WHITE-2

    I just started a new team to discuss the book BRAIN OVER BINGE. See my sparkpage or here:www.sparkpeople.com/myspa
    rk/groups_individual.asp?g
    id=71521 Basic ideas from the book: Your urges to binge are only faulty brain messages Recovery Goal 1: Dismiss urges to binge (stop givi... Read more

  • Insane weather

    1/11/2020 10:03:25 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Stay safe if the weather conditions where you are are going to be dangerous. the south is going through lots of rain and tornado warmings.. the north is getting snow Puerto RIco is getting more earthquakes Australia is still burning.. Prayers to all... Read more

  • radical thinking

    1/11/2020 8:57:43 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    I went to a cooking class tonight with my husband. The menu was divine yet simple; manly meals with beer pairings (which is why it was super easy to talk hubby into). We enjoyed grilled chicken tequila burgers, a peppered beef stew, bacon mac & cheese, pork medallions in a pepper jelly sauce with ve... Read more

  • Being Kind (girly stuff, guys beware)

    1/11/2020 10:52:55 AM, by SMILE7737

    January in its short 11 days has been just as bipolar as this year's Michigan Winter. I have PCOS, for my entire 28 years of life I can count on one hand how many periods I've had. All of them because of medication induced it. Even with PCOS the chance of becoming pregnant is still there so I got an... Read more

  • Trying to get new hearing aides.

    1/11/2020 10:35:42 AM, by CTUPTON

    I am frustrated my insurance company promises free hearing aides but getting the information from them has been very frustrating. The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing! chris... Read more

  • Handy vegan meal planner - also for non-vegans!

    1/11/2020 9:56:51 AM, by WHITE-2

    simnettnutrition.com/easy-vega
    n-meal-planner/ And, a demonstration of how to make a delicious vegan meal in 10 (ish) minutes! www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRDgIg
    T0U0w... Read more

  • New Beginning

    1/11/2020 6:30:26 AM, by AZROSEZ

    I have spent the last few weeks mostly away from the computer recovering from hurting my back to keep myself from falling on the ice last month. I tried to visit the site a few times but my back was screaming at me so I had to get off. I have had to lie down the majority of the time walking, standin... Read more

  • apologizing

    1/10/2020 10:38:08 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Apologizing does not always mean you’re wrong and the other person is right. It just means you value your relationship more than your ego. – Anonymous © Source:... Read more

  • END OF THE DAY

    1/10/2020 7:38:14 PM, by SMIDGON

    NIGHTY-NITE EVERYONE ! BLESSINGS, JANET 😁... Read more

  • our purpose in life

    1/9/2020 10:10:47 PM, by USMAWIFE

    “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama... Read more

  • Have The Winter Blues

    1/8/2020 11:10:10 PM, by PORTIA70

    I seriously think that is my issue for the last few days. I am currently in the cycle of not wanting to do anything. I have good intentions the night before when I make plans to take on a task, but by the next day I have lost all energy to even get started. I would rather just lay here and do absol... Read more

  • remember....

    1/8/2020 6:29:55 PM, by USMAWIFE

    No matter how good or bad you think life is, wake up each day and be thankful for life. Someone somewhere else is fighting to survive. http://www.themotivationhote
    l.com/2015/04/wake-up-each
    -day-and-be-thankful.html?
    spref=fb&fbclid=IwAR17rXIt
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  • Keeping the Spark Lit During Winter

    1/8/2020 6:26:31 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    I went back in the archives and every year I have the same issues. Bingey-beast tries to tempt me and my instinct to bulk up for winter goes wild. I start to lose my mojo with less exposure to sunlight and not enough quality sleep. The forces pulling me to give up are strong, but I am stronger. ... Read more

  • The only direct cause of binge eating: urges to binge

    1/8/2020 1:25:39 PM, by WHITE-2

    "You don’t need a lengthy preparation process before you can quit, nor do you need to solve any of your other problems. You have the power in you right now to stop binge eating. To prepare, you only need to zero in on your problem and understand its cause, and set your focus on the goal of recovery... Read more

  • Life

    1/7/2020 10:56:42 AM, by USMAWIFE

    “Life isn’t like a box of chocolates… it’s more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today might burn your ass tomorrow.” – author unknown ... Read more

  • 7 things to remember:

    1/7/2020 3:22:11 AM, by USMAWIFE

    •Don't beg anyone to stay. •Save space for people who matter. •Keep your circle small. •Accept what cannot be changed. •Leave behind what isn't good for you. •No matter what happened think positive. •Give time for yourself and love yourself more... Read more

  • Needing Exercise Support

    1/7/2020 12:52:19 AM, by PORTIA70

    The one thing I have found is not so much my eating habits as a problem. It is starting to exercise that is the single biggest obstacle. Trying to find out how much is safe enough for me to do, and to add to the fact that I have more energy one day then the next due to health issues. One da... Read more

  • have you seen this movie?

    1/6/2020 7:01:19 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    I recently watched Brittany Runs A Marathon. Have you seen it? If not, spoilers ahead! I loved the movie for a few reasons: 1) you don’t need fancy gym clothes to run or walk 2) you don’t need an expensive gym membership - just get outside 3) she found a new passion 4) she met new people that... Read more

  • Bought a bag of air...

    1/6/2020 6:57:42 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • His Action, My Boredom

    1/6/2020 10:15:09 AM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    I don't want to be one of those spouses who starts a blog post off with "I love my husband but...", so I will say this... That man works incredibly hard. So hard that we are able to cashflow my graduate program and I can pursue my passions in the nonprofit world, despite the fact I'm primarily ... Read more

  • WHAT IS CELIBACY

    1/5/2020 9:11:32 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • new year & my goals

    1/5/2020 6:33:32 PM, by SHINEFROMWITHIN

    A new year. For some it’s another year to finally reach the goal for the perfect figure always eating clean meals, becoming obsessive and in times withdrawn, so hyper-focused on the goal; the dream. Sorry but I’m over that. My goal is to challenge myself and have more fun. What does that look li... Read more

  • Basic babe goals!

    1/5/2020 11:23:46 AM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    There's a lot of important reasons to begin this journey to reach a healthy weight. An increased lifespan, a fufilling and active lifestyle, reduction of my rheumatoid arthritis symptoms...but there are even more personal, ridiculous goals to consider. I'm losing weight because... It'll b... Read more

  • the first weekend in 2020

    1/4/2020 11:44:30 PM, by USMAWIFE

    this has been an insane week just leaving it at that.. now we are back to normal next week... Read more

  • New Year, Same ole Health issues!

    1/4/2020 8:36:30 PM, by BEARSLOVER

    I have felt bad since I got out of the hospital on Thanksgivin'. I go to where I was feelin' better and did a little more. While that came and bit me in the butt! I'm in the hospital again and I now have RSV! I'm not sure how long I will be here, the doc thinks it could be up ta a week. I'... Read more

  • Awareness and anger: our true nature

    1/4/2020 1:56:25 PM, by WHITE-2

    I'm reading a Dutch translation of a book about Zen by Osho. To share the bits that really catch me, I have to translate it back to English: parts will be 'lost in translation' and also, my words are paraphrasing what Osho said so for the best experience, you'd have to go find the book! It's called ... Read more

  • flu preventative Have you used black elderberry ?

    1/4/2020 11:12:06 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Walking resolution

    1/4/2020 10:40:06 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Marzipan candy and trash cans

    1/4/2020 10:38:58 AM, by GLITTER_PIGEON

    My boss gave me a beautiful box of chocolates for Christmas and my husband and I have been working our way through them over the holiday season. We're down to the last few and, horror upon horror, they're marzipan. Marzipan isn't worth the calories. Marzipan isn't enjoyable. I'm not even sure ... Read more

  • will the rain stop..

    1/3/2020 11:40:15 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Yesterday it started raining today it POURED tonight we have more rain and it will end tomorrow total so far between four and five inches..... Read more

  • Better not Bitter for 2020

    1/3/2020 11:42:07 AM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    This is my philosophy in general, not just for 2020. However, I do allow myself to feel bitter too. I just try to move forward to figure out how each challenge or set back or even heartache can make me better. I think negative feelings have their place as long as we use them to grow and we don't get... Read more

  • ANY IDEAS ?

    1/3/2020 6:51:29 AM, by SMIDGON

    I have a question about a new age happening. If a family member with a relationship of say 6yrs. They own a house together and pets. They have ended their relationship, however they still occupie their home, and go with one another to family and friends social activities together. H... Read more

  • Never apologize for your love

    1/2/2020 9:38:08 PM, by USMAWIFE

    http://funnylogics.com/never-a
    pologize-for-your-love/?fb
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  • Day one

    1/1/2020 7:48:03 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Did all the traditional things greens corn bread black eye peas ribs new pajamas money in the wallet bought my lottery ticket and sprinkled it with nutmeg ... Read more

  • Goals

    1/1/2020 7:23:54 PM, by SMILE7737

    I'm a list person. I like things in order, planned ahead, and to check it off. I've had an alarm on my phone for some time just so I can look at my goals everyday. I think it helps keep me focused, however, it's always good to dive in deep and to review them often. "SMART" goals in my opinion, too r... Read more

  • Completion of 28 Days

    1/1/2020 5:40:47 PM, by MMEEK2019

    Not sure how many have utilized the 28 days readings but it really helped me in implementing the program without getting overwhelmed. The tools are invaluable offered. Just now starting to use the different tools and what a motivation!... Read more

  • Happy 2020 Sparkers

    1/1/2020 3:27:07 PM, by PORTIA70

    I hope all of you had a safe celebration bringing in the New Year and decade. I had a pretty good time with the neighbors in my building. A few of us watched Rockin New Year's Eve and had a little wine to bring it in. It was not without events happening though. A few months ago, my friend a... Read more

  • Interesting article about how to overcome binge eating

    1/1/2020 2:07:47 PM, by WHITE-2

    /www.psychologytoday.com/us/bl
    og/never-binge-again/20190
    1/how-stop-binge-eating-in
    -three-unusual-steps Quoting: "What's your single most troublesome trigger food or eating behavior? (....) Any rule you create is fine—as long as it doesn’t restrict your overall calories a... Read more

  • ANOTHER YEAR !

    1/1/2020 9:04:49 AM, by SMIDGON

    Sadie Mae has turned her back on 2019 and looking towards 2020 In her forever home! HAPPY NEW YEAR,! ... Read more

  • How not to fail at your goals/resolutions in 2020

    12/31/2019 5:15:15 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Copied this from a knitting instructor but the principles are the good for all The start of a new year can be exciting because it presents a fresh opportunity to start over. You know, “New Year, New You!” and all that. We may start with the best of intentions. But by the time mid-January r... Read more

  • That Famous NYE Song: My incorrect interpretation!

    12/31/2019 1:44:08 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    *Blog title and post edited since some helpful sparkpeople helped me understand what the song meant :). Oops Still those thoughts pop into my my mind some days more than others of "Hey, whatever happened to my old pals cookie and brownie?! They were so sweet! I enjoyed their company immensely. ... Read more

  • Mediterranean diet or Whole Food Plant Based Diet?

    12/31/2019 5:33:16 AM, by WHITE-2

    Yesterday I wrote a blog about Paleo and Low Carb diets (based on the information from Dr. Greger's book 'How not to diet'). Since two of the comments mentioned the Mediterranean Diet as an alternative I thought I'd look that up on Dr. Greger's site Nutritionfacts. Here is an article cal... Read more

  • Great things to remember

    12/30/2019 10:05:01 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • Well the cat has taken over...

    12/30/2019 11:41:42 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • Low-carb and Paleo diets put to the test

    12/30/2019 9:46:47 AM, by WHITE-2

    From 'How not to Diet' by M. Greger: "In a study out of MIT, researchers increased the carbohydrate intake of subjects by up to hundreds of grams a day, yet their insulin levels went down. How is that possible? The researchers (...) fed them whole plant foods (.....). What if you put someone... Read more

  • Of Course it will get Worse..and Better

    12/29/2019 4:22:15 PM, by LOSEDAPOUNDS

    Life is full of things getting worse and better and the worse just makes the better better. Right now it is a gloomy rainy day. Yesterday, was a taste of Spring just tip toeing up to 60 degrees with sunshine. Yesterday, we spent a lot of time getting outdoor movement-walking, shooting baskets and pl... Read more

  • I Stopped Waiting 5 Signs You Are An Extremely Strong Yet Highly Sensitive Person

    12/29/2019 1:54:16 PM, by USMAWIFE

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  • Getting Back Into Sparking

    12/29/2019 12:55:05 PM, by PORTIA70

    I posted in last night's blog that I would be back, and here I am. Did you miss me??? :) Today is a whole new day with new challenges, but we will get through them one way or another. Sometimes we have to go around the storm, and others we have to go through the storms, but no matter what... Read more

  • Was Gone For A Few Days

    12/29/2019 1:47:38 AM, by PORTIA70

    The last few days since Christmas has kept me busy, which is why I have not done my usual posting and getting my points. But I am doing well. I hope that all of you Sparkers had a good Christmas. I know that it is hard during the holidays when the stress of running around shopping, cooking, and spen... Read more

  • the last weekend of 2019

    12/28/2019 11:23:43 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Honestly where has time gone. Feels like the two thousands just started WE have gone through so much and yet it feels like yesterday and we were looking into the future. So this weekend I am cleaning out organizing and just waiting to see what will happen down the road ... Read more

  • cont. SP article about controlling cravings

    12/28/2019 11:41:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    1.Take the apple test. "Check in with yourself, and ask yourself if you're really hungry or if the craving stems from something else, like boredom, stress or anxiety," Rumsey says. To differentiate between true hunger and a craving, ask yourself "Would I eat an apple right now?" (Feel free to substi... Read more

  • Craving for cheese? SP article says this is the reason

    12/28/2019 11:29:36 AM, by CTUPTON

    29 24 198 Cheese: There's a place for cheese in every (tolerant) diet, but if you're finding ways to slip it into every meal and most snacks, it may be time to reassess your relationship with the creamy dairy food. Serious cheese cravings can sometimes be triggered by a calcium deficie... Read more

  • A long needed laugh

    12/27/2019 10:44:26 PM, by USMAWIFE

    today was our family Christmas. Our six year old granddaughter LOVES frozen. her mom found the frozen dolls she would like the most and I ordered them from amazon. They arrived. I left them in the shipping box. Today she opened it.. OMG our mouths went into shock and then we all co... Read more