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  • Overwhelmed?

    3/29/2020 9:24:51 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I had this thought yesterday during my meditation time: We must operate from a place of love - not a place of fear. This thought changed my mindset. I began to settle in and I felt so much calmer. It has become my new mantra. I realized that if I am operating out of a place of love,... Read more

  • No excuses...

    3/28/2020 12:30:24 PM, by STORMYG56

    So, now I really do have extra time& I cannot in good conscience NOT work on my overall health & well-being. I had lost 20 lbs. & got real depressed, thought I did not need my dietician, & basically, relapsed. AND as a Substance Abuse Counselor, I know about relapse. I am trying not to beat myself u... Read more

  • On the go...

    3/27/2020 8:51:01 PM, by STORMYG56

    With my relentless trainetr. Mylie, we walked 45 minutes today! We enjoyed the beautiful weather today. In the pictue, she barks at me as I put my shoes on. "Okay, Mommy, let's get gong!"... Read more

  • On the go.

    3/27/2020 8:49:11 PM, by STORMYG56

    With my relentless trainer, we walked 45 minutes today! Her name is Mylie. We enjoyed the beautiful weather today. In the pictue, she barks at me as I put my shoes on. "Okay, Mommy, let's get goong!"... Read more

  • The seed!

    3/27/2020 7:38:24 PM, by GOLFGMA

    Be positive, Be true, Be kind. Gratitude is the seed that sprouts positivity... Read more

  • Alone Again, Naturally

    3/26/2020 8:09:45 PM, by STORMYG56

    No sayng that for.pity. Just saying it. I actally enjoy as lone time, but am not working dueto quarantine. Last September. I had lost 20 lbs. Starting in October, I went through a bad depression & gained it back. I had stopped seeing my dietician, so I went back. This is so humbling & hard. I kno... Read more

  • COVID-19 Week 3?! I think

    3/26/2020 6:55:05 PM, by APORTER78

    NC has grown in numbers all week! The stress and angst in the world is noticeable! I hope everyone takes a moment to walk outside, to sing, to dance, to do what makes you happy!!! Lots of love to everyone!! โค๏ธโค๏ธ... Read more

  • I can't control everything but THIS I can control

    3/26/2020 1:46:48 PM, by 240POINT6

    I like my life to be arranged in neat little rows. I work in a profession with oodles of policies and procedures and handbooks and laws and in the past two weeks that has all flown out the window. I have managed to stay on plan about 98% of the time and have lost 5 pounds in March. I don't know what... Read more

  • chit chat ...

    3/25/2020 10:22:51 AM, by THE_FAE

    This weekend will be really nice here. I am staying as close to home, and fine with that. I will go out and walk. I am not going to drive anywhere if I can help it. a small health food store near me has fresh produce and when I need some I will order it and go walk and pick up. Another g... Read more

  • Day 3 Homeschool

    3/25/2020 6:08:34 AM, by BJGRAINGER1

    Getting ready to wake the girls for day 3 homeschooling. I was not meant to be a teacher, but I keep giving it my best. I didn't have to call any teachers for help yesterday day so hopefully today will run as smooth. Maybe I can sneak off into my sewing room for a little bit. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž... Read more

  • Dealing With The Unknown

    3/24/2020 2:22:12 PM, by GOLFGMA

    In talking to friends and reading blogs here and other places it seems we are all living in unknown, uncharted circumstances. Changes are necessary and it is a well known fact we don't like changes when we feel we have finally reached our "spot" in life. Covid-19 has claimed the biggest change we ... Read more

  • Sitting at home

    3/24/2020 8:28:14 AM, by BJGRAINGER1

    Easier said than done. Seams like every time I cook something, I need something else from the store. Been out of work a week now cause of this government closer crap, so when I do go to the store I try to get as little as possible. Then you got everyone hoarding stuff up so what you need is out a... Read more

  • Grandma Fun!

    3/23/2020 9:02:07 PM, by GOLFGMA

    Please don't think I am referring to my Grandmas. Both were sweet little ladies and except for my mini-skirt years we had loads of fun together. I think maybe my Mom heard more about allowing me to wear "such" than I did! Bless their little hearts. The following are just for fun: ... Read more

  • Safety

    3/22/2020 11:27:40 AM, by WNCGIRL

    This Covid 19 thing has alot of people having to stay home. I am a director of a Long term Care Facility/rehab/ SNF otherwise known as a nursing home .. not a rest home a skilled nursing facility. There is a huge difference. Also I am director of a small rest home. The regulations are different. But... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution: Putting the principles to work during this time.

    3/22/2020 9:58:38 AM, by THE_FAE

    I started a re-read of the book at the beginning of the month. However, because of the pandemic I had to put the book up because I'm doing some last minute scrambling to make money as I feel like it's going to be worse before it's better. My markets are canceled and my gift stores are closed. ... Read more

  • Looking for a routine

    3/21/2020 8:11:42 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I am a person who thrives on routine. This week and our current situation have taken away my routine. So, I create a new routine or develop one in my head that I think will work. No, the situation changes. For me, this whole social distancing thing is going to be about learning to b... Read more

  • It's Corny!

    3/21/2020 8:04:15 AM, by GOLFGMA

    I am from the South and love me some homemade cornbread sometimes called Johnny cake , or, in Colonial days Indian cake. I have shied away from this treat because of calories and trying to keep to my goal, but, just how bad would it be to have some? A 1-oz. serving of cornbread contains... Read more

  • 5% challenge...oh my!

    3/20/2020 7:10:35 AM, by FIT2BETHIN

    On April 4th Iโ€™ll be logging my weight for the Spring 5% challenge. I did a quick calculation on what I am projecting my weight will be in 2 weeks, and how much Iโ€™ll need to lose during the 8 week challenge. I predict Iโ€™ll need to lose 11.5 pounds to meet the challenge. Which means Iโ€™ll need ... Read more

  • Fighting Back

    3/19/2020 10:37:44 PM, by GOLFGMA

    Listening to the numerous news reports about the Covid-19, this week,many have mentioned that we are "at war" against this killer. I have decided to fight back by making my immune system stronger by eating healthier. I knew several foods that would help from all the information we are given in art... Read more

  • 2020 Spring 5% Challenge

    3/19/2020 4:14:42 PM, by FIT2BETHIN

    I just joined this Spark team. My first time doing a virtual challenge! I would encourage folks who may be interested in finding more info to click on this link (or copy/paste):
    71569 The challenge starts April 4th, but teams are f... Read more

  • Changes ... WHOA! Figuring out a new normal.

    3/19/2020 9:15:22 AM, by THE_FAE

    Like MANY people on our planet, my life has changed so quickly. I have had to back away from others and practice "social distancing" and trying to flatten the curve. I am in survival mode. I have a business that has been slowed and almost stopped because of the pandemic. My shows are ... Read more

  • What Can We Do?

    3/18/2020 8:18:42 AM, by GOLFGMA

    Everyone including me are wondering what our future holds just now regarding the "virus". I am a believer knowing the answer is prayer. God is in control as the one who designed our bodies and knows each of us. I am praying to the one who has the POWER! I pray for mercy for all nations for all a... Read more

  • Seven!

    3/16/2020 4:59:25 PM, by GOLFGMA

    Seven is a lucky number and occurs in the Bible referring to completeness. Seven is also the number of times we should be chewing our food. Below are benefits of taking your time to eat for better health. Taking at least 20 minutes to eat a meal is another suggestion from Sparkpeople. ... Read more

  • Social distancing

    3/15/2020 11:00:14 AM, by FIT2BETHIN

    It's all over the distance. All bc of a new virus that is deadly to immunocompromised people. Myself included, since I am over 60 years of age. As a retired nurse, I get it. Social distancing is necessary to reduce the rate in which the virus is spread. This in turn, will red... Read more

  • My morning walk.

    3/14/2020 10:21:35 AM, by WNCGIRL

    Every morning I get up for work and the day is so gorgeous and I long for a morning walk. But I have a job to do and by the time I get home the sun has set so no time to walk outside except Saturdays. This morning my old dog and I went on a real morning walk. The sun had already crested the tree... Read more

  • Give It Time!

    3/13/2020 10:55:24 PM, by GOLFGMA

    Are you impatient? I think I was born that way and it is hard to change this. Maybe someone needs the reminders as I do. Amen?... Read more

  • A Good Day

    3/12/2020 10:19:20 PM, by SBCABELL

    Made good nutritional choices all day even when faced with multiple temptations and got in more steps!... Read more

  • Today

    3/12/2020 7:33:02 AM, by GOLFGMA

    Thinking of all my Spark friends who may need encouragement today. Thursday can be a new Monday! 306 306 306 381 381 381 386 386 386... Read more

  • St. Patrick Trivia and more

    3/11/2020 4:41:32 PM, by GRAMLOCK77

    Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?ย  I never did, but upon hearing a sermon by my pastor many years ago, I became more interested in the life of this man.ย  He really is not who everyone thinks he is.ย  Moments with the Book puts out a Happy St. Patrick's Day Tract with some trivia.ย  With their ... Read more

  • Starting over again

    3/11/2020 9:12:39 AM, by NURSEMEL404

    I have quit soda totally. I only drink water now. I will occasionally have another type of drink. Unfortunately my mom passed almost a month ago so stress and eating junk while at the hospital and hospice house have caused me to gain 10 pounds. I have been very sporadic with exercise too. I have be... Read more

  • To Tickle The Funnybone!

    3/10/2020 2:48:31 PM, by GOLFGMA

    Define Humor: the quality of being amusing or comic, especially as expressed in literature or speech. "his tales are full of humor" A young boy came home from school and told his mother, "I had a big fight with my classmate. He called me a sissy." The mother asked, "What did you do?" The b... Read more

  • SparkPeople Motivator

    3/10/2020 9:00:13 AM, by SWDESERTLOVER

    I was so surprised to open my email and see that I was yesterday's SparkPeople Motivator! I have been away from this site for quite a while (and it shows in my weight). Maybe this was a sign that I need to get back on track. It's good to know, however, that some may still be finding some motivati... Read more

  • Post Flu Checkup

    3/9/2020 5:04:02 PM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    I had to go in today for a post flu follow up. Man, I must have looked horrible the last time I was there (10 days ago) because the first words out of everyone's mouth were along the lines of..."Boy, you sure look better than the last time we saw you!" I got a good report and can resume worki... Read more

  • What have you "put on" today?

    3/9/2020 1:28:23 PM, by GRAMLOCK77

    ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ป! ๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜. ๐—ฃ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ - ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ป'๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ต ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—น๏ฟฝ... Read more

  • Humor

    3/9/2020 7:33:02 AM, by GOLFGMA

    Mondays need a smile or two to get going. Coffee helps also! Lots of coffee today!... Read more

  • Cruising

    3/7/2020 9:42:49 PM, by WNCGIRL

    I am glad we went o. Our cruise when we did. Every one is scared now to go on one. So I got my balcony room and had a lovely time.... Read more

  • O Lord, thou art my God!

    3/6/2020 11:52:20 AM, by GRAMLOCK77

    O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. Isaiah 25:1 ... Read more

  • Does It Really Work?

    3/6/2020 8:43:38 AM, by GOLFGMA

    Some solutions may be milder, but my guess is this works! I prefer exercise and healthy eating! ... Read more

  • Sheee's Baaaack!

    3/6/2020 6:54:11 AM, by LDYJARHEAD

    Once upon a time, I Sparked religiously every day, grabbing ALL the points! I gave it up years ago, and not sure why, but it was probably something along the lines of 'What's the point? What am I getting for my effort?". I've maintained a pretty good level of fitness (most of the time), but w... Read more

  • Revenge

    3/5/2020 10:10:59 PM, by GOLFGMA

    Revenge or maybe she just loved pranks? ... Read more

  • Reason reminders

    3/5/2020 1:43:27 PM, by NETSUE64

    I've been thinking about the lack of motivation I had, and the sporadic motivation I've had over the last few months. I did well when I had a solid reason behind my reason to lose weight and I know that it really helps when the motivation drops. I wanted to make a list of reasons for losing weight... Read more

  • I did something today

    3/5/2020 11:00:54 AM, by FIT2BETHIN

    It's raining here in NC... so no walking the hood with the pups. Instead, DH and I went to the fitness center at the clubhouse and worked out. I have bad knees... they have dislocated several times in my younger years. I have to do a lot of quad exercises to keep the kneecap stable in the joi... Read more

  • Cheat Day?

    3/4/2020 8:16:08 AM, by GOLFGMA

    Assuming all have gone over on calories at least one day and felt despair. Not to worry because one day won't destroy all the other days. One day won't make or break us, however consistency and staying on track is the better way to go. ... Read more

  • Hardheaded Husband

    3/3/2020 10:27:55 PM, by GOLFGMA

    Some men just won't listen! ... Read more

  • Happy March

    3/3/2020 7:08:35 PM, by GRAMLOCK77

    Today was very rainy, but we got out and voted. At the end of the day it turned out to be sunshine and warmth. We went to a nearby college campus and walked around the sidewalks. It was nice and good exercise and fresh air. I'm glad it's March because I know spring is on the way although I... Read more

  • Life Lessons from Jonah

    3/2/2020 6:22:32 PM, by GRAMLOCK77

    There are so many lessons from the Life of Jonah.ย  Here are seven of them. Jonah 1:1-3 ย Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ย Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee ... Read more

  • Be Prepared

    3/2/2020 3:32:00 PM, by GOLFGMA

    There are a few things we need to know before starting a diet. We need to be prepared and know if it is worthwhile it probably won't be easy. Many diet pills do have dieretics and keep you hopping to restrooms! Giving up is too easy for most people and we see them every day in size 3X... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution: Re-Read and Re-Boot.

    3/2/2020 10:51:18 AM, by THE_FAE

    I've been off and on sparkpeople for years now. Last year I got back on for the new year. when I quit smoking in 2000 and then next year got pregnant and had a baby I ended up chubbier than I'd ever been. I used the excuse that in late 30s and 40s you just put on weight and that's middle age. ... Read more

  • When the Scale the Wrong Direction

    3/2/2020 8:51:22 AM, by 240POINT6

    So it happened. The scale moved in the wrong direction. Two pounds worth. At cursory glance I call BS because I have stayed within calories for the past two months. I could through up my hands or excuse it away... or I could give myself mercy - bodies fluctuate Assess the events of ... Read more

  • March Goals

    3/2/2020 5:58:45 AM, by FIT2BETHIN

    Camping for a month knocked the wind out of me! We got home Friday and literally did nothing all weekend! So today is my "get back on track" day. For the month of March I will continue on the skills I acquired thus far on my weight loss journey: track food intake, eat healthy and under 1500 c... Read more

  • New goal for 2020

    3/1/2020 11:24:44 PM, by MOONDRAGON31

    My new goal for 2020 is to read 50 books. So far, I read 2 books and get 48 more books to read. Once I finished that goal, I will start reading 100 books before this year is up.... Read more

  • Foolproof!

    3/1/2020 8:49:26 AM, by GOLFGMA

    This would certainly consume most of a day. One meal a day! ... Read more

  • I got the 'flu!

    3/1/2020 7:52:28 AM, by WALKIN4JEANIE

    For only the second time in my life, I got the flu. I woke up very sick with a fever on Friday morning around 4:30. I felt bad enough to go ahead and get a sub on the sub system and go back to bed. I don't get fevers, so I knew something wasn't right. I called my doctor who was able to get me in q... Read more

  • Just For Fun

    2/29/2020 5:48:27 PM, by GOLFGMA

    We joke about fat to keep from crying, you think? Some terms are hard to hear such as someone saying "oink". I have even hear the term "porky". And then there are these............. The escape from hearing these about ourselves is to eat healthy and exercise! ... Read more

  • oops noodles

    2/29/2020 10:25:29 AM, by THE_FAE

    last night out, I ordered a dish with sweet potato noodles. I was going for a stir fry with veggies and I hought it was going to be more of a slightly steamed sweet potato "noodles". instead it was asian sweet potato noodles which is a starch vermicell (similar to glass noodles)i. I think maybe less... Read more

  • February Goal---Check!

    2/29/2020 6:50:25 AM, by FIT2BETHIN

    I crushed my Feb goal! My goal was to maintain my weight while vacationing. We got home yesterday, so today was my official weigh-in. I lost a pound!! I was so thrilled! I was actually expecting a gain. Whew! Now to get back to the business of losing weight. I'm looking forward to getting ... Read more

  • Favorite Quotes from St. Patrick

    2/28/2020 6:17:18 PM, by GRAMLOCK77

    Here are my favorite quotes from St. Patrick. Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me. (Patrick knew he was totally surrounded by God's love and care.) I am Patrick, a sinner, most uncultivated and ... Read more