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  • My goals for June

    6/1/2020 4:17:03 AM, by ALOTCANHAPPEN

    1 - No snacks (that's my eating plan) 2 - Complete the SP 30 day Walk This Way Challenge 3 - Do the first 30 days of Linda Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss book with that team 4 - Attempt a new Christian Exercise video 5 days a week 5 - Write all my food and exercise in a notebook 6 - Mov... Read more

  • June Challenge

    5/31/2020 9:38:04 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Bob here, For June, try to give 5% more than what you gave in May even through there are fewer Sundays (4 instead of 5) to give. An online connection to a religious site (or a charitable institution if you are not religious) is a good answer to the coronavirus disease. I see religion not as a refug... Read more

  • Dark times...

    5/31/2020 4:26:12 AM, by CORVUS42

    As I write this, twelve states in the union have called out the National Guard to help defend our citizens against other citizens. As I watched the video coming out of the Fairfax district in Los Angeles, I was having flashbacks from the Rodney King riots in 1992. Now, as then, as the skies grew dar... Read more

  • hoping to SEE the numbers going down

    5/29/2020 7:08:42 PM, by SOFT_VAL67

    Another 1 lb gone today. It is not a mountain, but a hill. I am going down and not back up. I know it is just a start or in my case, a re-start. I got my glasses back yesterday and I am in misery!! They came about 3 weeks ago, i had them a week and hated them so much, didnt fit right, one le... Read more

  • BLOGGING and TEAM CHAT for WEIGHT LOSS. Yes it is important! Let me tell you why.

    5/28/2020 11:28:04 PM, by MIAMIRN

    Hi, guys everywhere! Some time ago, I learned something important about Sparkpeople. Blogging and posting on my team challenge chats was not what it appeared to be, just another time filler. A read an SP article many years ago. It told me to blogging is a powerful way to lose weight. At tha... Read more

  • Invite to walking challenge - I'm starting Monday 1st June

    5/27/2020 5:47:16 AM, by ALOTCANHAPPEN

    I joined two walking challenges today - I'll start the walking Monday so the rest days fall on Sundays - anyone want to join me? The links to the teams are here: 30 day walking challenge
    ndar-challenge.asp?calendar=9 33 day - 5k your way walking chal... Read more

  • Strange dreams and suddenly...

    5/26/2020 12:41:11 PM, by IM-SO-WORTH-IT

    So last night I had a very strange dream. In my dream, I was young and healthy again. I was excited to go and see my man. (My ex who broke my heart 28 years ago.) He was looking so fine, and I was thrilled to be with him at first. But in this dream, I saw his eyes wandering to the pretty women w... Read more

  • staying the course

    5/25/2020 7:59:58 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    I was shocked to see I was down another 2 lbs this morning!! Went to the steak house over the weekend and had a HUGE steak, it was so yummy. After 2 months of my own cooking, snacking, snacking some more and the occasional take out, it was really nice to sit down and eat something served to me. ... Read more

  • Summer Clothes

    5/25/2020 12:33:27 AM, by CHANGING-TURTLE

    I love when the season changes and I go through the boxes of summer clothes. Among the boxes i had a whole box of things that were to small last summer. That I had bought on line or in the thrift store with out trying on. My jeans shorts have become to big for me and wanted to go to the Goodwill t... Read more

  • Sitting still is as good as meditation (at least in some respects)

    5/22/2020 4:44:16 AM, by WHITE-2

    Recently, I read in a book called 'The Buddha Pill' by Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm - an critical look at mindfulness and it's benefits - about a study that was done into Transcendental Meditation (TM) by Jonathan Smith from Michigan State University. Back then, TM was popular more or less i... Read more

  • Food and moods

    5/19/2020 4:35:35 PM, by POLSKARENIA

    Last weekend was Laurie’s birthday on Saturday. His birthday, his food choices. In the morning, I went to the village shop for fresh bread and croissants. He also made a traditional cooked breakfast, more of a brunch really. In the afternoon, I went out and bought steak and potatoes for chips. ... Read more

  • Who had pandemic in their weight loss strategy?

    5/15/2020 9:21:33 PM, by TIKITAMI

    Is is still 2020? Where to start, where to start? Like a lot of people, not you of course cause you're doing awesome, I fell into the rabbit hole of eating while being quarantined. I'm pretty sure I ate three weeks of snacks in an hour and a half. And I'm pretty sure that I did that a... Read more

  • How addiction 'works'

    5/15/2020 4:11:26 PM, by WHITE-2

    I don't know about you but every time I tried to cut out or diminish the amount of sugar I ate I felt close to what is described in this quote.... "An addicted person’s impaired ability to stop using drugs or alcohol has to do with deficits in the function of the prefrontal cortex — the part of... Read more

  • Are you susceptible to food addiction?

    5/15/2020 1:26:14 PM, by WHITE-2

    Take this quiz and find out...
    he-susceptibility-quiz/ (Sadly, I am a 10)...... 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

  • Lumps and bumps and NSVs

    5/14/2020 2:44:08 PM, by POLSKARENIA

    I’ve been pondering this blog for a few days now... After all, what do lumps and bumps and NSVs have to do with each other? Rather a lot actually! We’re all made up of lumps and bumps to varying degrees and how they vary tends to be featured in our NSVs... NSV - planks gett... Read more

  • Weight insight score quiz

    5/14/2020 7:03:29 AM, by WHITE-2

    This free quiz gives you insight in what areas you may work on to improve your health and weight. You don't have to leave your email-adress or sign up to anything to take the quiz.... Read more

  • 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

  • What foods are (most) addictive?

    5/13/2020 10:56:55 AM, by WHITE-2

    in 'How not to Diet' Dr. Michael Greger says that foods that contain a lot of sugar, salt and / or fat are addictive. According to him, the worst products are those that combine sugar and fat. Such as... Ice cream, candy bars, donuts. "Few folks may sit down to enjoy a bowl of straight sugar or... Read more

  • Is this a diet or a lifestyle change? Health or stress? You pick!

    5/11/2020 10:56:38 PM, by MIAMIRN

    I have joined the BLC Team. The mini-team I chose is like Bootcamp. It demands accountability and work commitment! It has structure but is individualized. All of us are different and have different goals and needs. We all have different health-wise. It has taken me years for me to even think ... Read more

  • Monday, Monday... just full of rain!

    5/11/2020 4:57:46 PM, by POLSKARENIA

    Not a lot to report today... We went to our apartment in Carcassonne for the first time since late March - all ok there and I swept up as there was a little residue dust from the building works. We didn’t take the dogs out as it just rained heavily all day. Zaba had his usual cuddles.... 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

  • Covid19 Blues

    5/11/2020 11:48:32 AM, by IM-SO-WORTH-IT

    Well, I'm starting to feel the loneliness set in. It's now mid-May and I haven't had any physical contact with anyone since Christmas. Not a hug, not a handshake, not even an accidental bump in the grocery store. I was overwhelmed by phone calls and texts and Facebook messages in March for the we... Read more

  • Woman vs Food: Inside Overeaters Anonymous

    5/11/2020 3:58:41 AM, by WHITE-2
    vereaters-anonymous/ While I am trying to get to know more about the topic of food addiction, I came across the above article. I like it because it speaks about both the advantages and the disadvantages of OA. Many years... 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

  • Planking again...

    5/9/2020 5:03:04 PM, by POLSKARENIA

    So I kept saying that I need to get back to planks. Today, being that I have done over my target minutes for the week in exercise, I decided to pedal, dog walk and do some yoga, planks and stretching... and I did! I’m starting slow, 2 planks of about 30-40 seconds each, but I did them! ... Read more

  • The morning sun, better sleep, health,motivation. Accountability blog

    5/9/2020 3:00:52 PM, by MIAMIRN

    Hi guys! 9 One of my goals in the BLC34 Team I am on is to set goals for myself. I set one hour of the early morning sun as my first goal and the second was to blog every day for the purpose of accountability. The purpose is to motivate me and to gain insight to do things that help me... Read more

  • Shopping

    5/9/2020 9:44:47 AM, by CHANGING-TURTLE

    The retail stores opened yesterday for curbside delivery. And I need a new pair jeans shorts. The pair I have now are so big I am floating in them. I have been working hard on losing weight and really need to go try on some shorts. And curbside delivery is not what I needed. I needed s store wh... Read more

  • 100 yr old woman wins GOLD! FINA 1,500 meter swim. NEVER GIVE UP!!!

    5/8/2020 5:01:47 PM, by MIAMIRN

    How do you spell inspiration? Everyone has a different way to spell it. I like to spell it with music, art, and photography. Sometimes I do it by pretending I'm a world swimming champion. I am working on it for real! There are so many ways! What is your way? I would love to learn you... Read more

  • ownership

    5/8/2020 9:24:55 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    What a year it has been. I have been lax in posting or even sparking and that changes today. Alot of bad has happened so far this year, but it was temporary and it has gotten better in some areas. Worse in others. My son had surgery, took a turn for bad and had to be put in ICU for 2 days and ... Read more

  • Make your Tiny Habit pleasureable

    5/7/2020 6:10:21 PM, by JANEGSN

    Ok, another Tiny Habit tip (I am kicking several out today). 189 49 Tiny Habits Tip Finding habits where you can feel successful and good about what you are doing is the core of BJ's Tiny Habits. Sometimes we have to figure out what is getting in the way of us doing the habit. I h... Read more

  • Tiny Habits - the famous "Maui Habit"

    5/7/2020 6:03:07 PM, by JANEGSN

    BJ Fogg (creator/author) of Tiny Habits said his favorite habit is the Maui habit. The Maui habit is: After my feet hit the floor (first thing in the morning when getting out of bed), I will say "Today will be a great day". The idea - if you start out saying it will be a great day, it ope... Read more

  • Tiny Habits - basics of a Tiny Habit

    5/7/2020 5:57:18 PM, by JANEGSN

    I recently read thru BJ Fogg's tiny habit book (several times) and I am sneaking bits of this info into the BLC43 challenge - Renegades team, so I am doing these tips in blogs (so I can find them easier next round 334 ). I also started a Tiny Habits sparkteam that anyone an join - https://www.spar... Read more

  • Well, wonders will never cease....

    5/7/2020 4:29:49 PM, by POLSKARENIA

    Being a daily weigher, yes, I know I shouldn’t, but I do and actually it’s made me more aware of how different foods affect me, I had a surprise today... You see, yesterday I was up a pound - no problem as my weight tends to yo-yo or fluctuate as it drops.... no big deal, I had had a couple of dill... Read more

  • Best laid plans....

    5/6/2020 3:59:22 PM, by POLSKARENIA

    So, the day started well.... Water and a lemon and ginger infusion. Breakfast of porridge with blueberries and raspberries. Sparking while I had my coffee and another water. Then a three mile walk with Nogi, our vineyard wanderer who is no longer allowed off the lead during walks... Read more

  • Interesting definition of addiction

    5/6/2020 2:13:43 PM, by WHITE-2

    "Addiction is a relationship between a person and an object or activity. With addiction, the object or activity becomes increasingly more important while previously important activities become less important. Ultimately, addiction is about the complex struggle between acting on impulse and resisting... Read more

  • 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 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

  • 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
    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