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  • Many thanks for those who read and commented on my book notes

    2/24/2020 11:03:45 AM, by WINACHST

    Thank you all - especially those that commented on each chapter. That helped me stay focused and continue reading the book and post what I learned from each chapter. What I learned was there is no diet plan that works long-term and I need to just incorporate those Smart Regulation Strategies in... Read more

  • Secrets From the Eating Lab Chapter 12 and Final Words

    2/24/2020 10:45:48 AM, by WINACHST

    CHAPTER 12: THE REAL REASONS TO EXERCISE AND STRATEGIES FOR STICKING WITH IT Perks for exercising: *More Energy *Better Mood *Look better in clothes *Better sleep *Lower resting heart rate and blood pressure But, exercise does not cause much weight loss. One reason exercise won’t... Read more

  • Secrets From the Eating Lab part 11

    2/24/2020 9:10:10 AM, by WINACHST

    PART 4 – YOUR WEIGHT IS NOT REALLY THE POINT Chapter 11: WHY TO STOP OBSESSING AND BE OKAY WITH YOUR BODY This chapter starts out discussing the weight stigma or discrimination that obese people experience. However, there are far reaching consequences of weight stigma: *lost educational opp... Read more

  • Spring Cleaning for self

    2/21/2020 11:28:08 PM, by LADYBUG166

    1.) I will be working on Meal Planing for the week. 2.) Wed, Fri & Sat I will be soaking up some rays :) . 3.) When I only sleep 7 hrs a night I will take a cat nap 4.) I will find a Stretch video & do it every day. 5.) I will try to walk after every breathing Treatment. 6.) I will clean a little ev... Read more

  • 02-21-2020 oof!

    2/21/2020 9:58:44 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I started dating these diary entry blogs because I wanted to keep track of what I was doing. Turns out it is a lot like my exercise routine: sporadic! Consistency has always been a struggle for me on this journey and I really need to prioritize it somehow that doesn't involve waking up at 4 a... Read more

  • it's thursday

    2/20/2020 1:49:41 PM, by MOMMY445

    another cool and windy day today. i got some much needed grocery shopping done this morning. now i am taking it easy and enjoying the day. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more


    2/20/2020 10:35:03 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    Dr Jade Teta created this acronym as a base-line measure for women's health. S = sleep H = hunger M = mood E = energy C = cravings and rather than a 'one size fits all' program, in the metabolic renewal program, it's up to you to tune into how you're feeling, and adjust... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    2/19/2020 4:39:19 PM, by MOMMY445

    a cool and somewhat windy day here today. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! after supper, i will be going for a long walk. have a wonderful day, everyone!... Read more

  • Changes I will make to my eating

    2/19/2020 10:56:41 AM, by QUERIDAANA

    Although I don't really know how I want to change my eating, I know I want to continue to eat 3 fruits per day, vegetables, yogurt (4 heaping tablespoons seems like a good portion), protein, and I am still learning.... Read more

  • Finally - counting carbs!

    2/19/2020 5:02:25 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    First off - I am NOT trying to do KETO! I've started following the 'metabolic renewal' program guidelines - 15 mins workout 3 days a week designed specifically to work with female hormonal make-up. And the guidelines for eating for my hormonal-age (ie oestrogen/progesterone shut-down). ht... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    2/18/2020 1:44:18 PM, by MOMMY445

    it is a mild and slightly windy day here today. my daughter says hi to everyone. the weekend was good. i am looking forward to the rest of the week. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Secrets From The Eating Lab Chapter 10

    2/16/2020 8:07:53 AM, by WINACHST

    Chapter 10: How to Comfort an Astronaut The author of Secrets from the Eating Lab states that astronauts tend to lose weight when on a mission in outer space because they don’t eat enough. It could be because the food is dehydrated and does not taste as good. She states that being in a weightle... Read more

  • Patience

    2/13/2020 4:55:41 PM, by LOVEBUZZED

    This week has been trying. I hope I maintain at the very least this week. I have 3 children and the poor things have been sick all week and well, my working out routine has suffered. I have been pretty active regardless trying to keep up cleaning the germs and messes made. All is not lost however, I... Read more

  • it's thursday

    2/13/2020 10:27:41 AM, by MOMMY445

    i'll be heading to the gym after lunch today. i also will be active throughout my day. it is snowing and mild here. tomorrow it is going to be very cold outside. my daughter and i are prepared for today and tomorrow. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Bursitis

    2/13/2020 9:54:42 AM, by JODNEX

    I've been dealing with some hip pain for weeks (months?) and it's been getting worse. I had this before, years ago, and now suddenly it's back. It made sense that a big factor is that my muscles in that area have been historically so tight, so I've been stretching more diligently. It turns out that ... Read more

  • Owning it!

    2/13/2020 9:27:54 AM, by NEED2MOVE2

    Owning it.. re-focus keto strong! 386... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    2/12/2020 4:12:36 PM, by MOMMY445

    a somewhat cool day here today. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! tomorrow i am heading off to the gym for the first time this week. i am looking forward to it. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • New Spark Team - rebranding Cooking Light Team

    2/11/2020 1:42:17 PM, by AMSHARK

    I am currently one of the leaders of a spark team for fans of Cooking Light Magazine. Attendance on the team page dwindled over the years, and the magazine itself has now gone out of print. I thought I'd keep the page to discuss old recipes, but there really isn't much to say. I was thinking ... Read more

  • February 11... Already?!

    2/11/2020 8:59:54 AM, by JODNEX

    I feel like it's still January, but it's actually mid-February already?!?!? Where do the days go??? I did great yesterday! I ate light and worked out and meditated even. I will do all of it again today. Yep! I 100% know how to do this. Happy Tuesday, y'all! 244... Read more

  • it's monday

    2/10/2020 2:11:03 PM, by MOMMY445

    a new week is now underway. my daughter says hi to everyone. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! I will be heading out for a long walk later on, after dinner. have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Be Mine - Valentine?

    2/10/2020 12:53:58 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    It'll be here in just four days............. it's a Friday, and I'll be at work. One of the things I'll be doing that day is supporting someone to attend the local Slimming World group for a weigh-in and meeting. I like doing this shift, because I know that some of the other support workers ... Read more

  • Healthy Workplace

    2/10/2020 11:46:12 AM, by AMSHARK

    I really do work for a good organization - especially when it comes to encouraging healthy habits for its employees. For years we've had a small conference room with "tread desks" - treadmills that allow you to walk at a slow pace while working on your laptop. (You can't go more than 2 mph, but ho... Read more

  • Rediscovering Peace and Joy

    2/10/2020 10:21:28 AM, by JODNEX

    I realize something I've been doing that's not helping. I thought it was helping. I spend some time analyzing why I haven't been doing well with my fitness goals, and it's because I've been feeling overwhelmed with life. So I analyze it and try to come up with strategies for dealing with the stuff t... Read more

  • Secrets From the Eating Lab Chapter 9

    2/10/2020 8:43:32 AM, by WINACHST

    Chapter 9: Know When to Turn Off Your Brain Habit, a behavior that is paired with a specific cue in your surroundings enough times that it becomes linked in your mind, or … a mental association that forms between the two. Once that association forms, you will do that behavior whenever you are i... Read more

  • 2-9-2020 checking in rambles

    2/9/2020 1:51:11 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Just checking in. My oldest has a preschool/daycare. She transitioned from 6-12 kids (under 5) in just one weekend due to referrals and a very kindly worded article in a state care newsletter. Hers is one of the only vegan and compassionate ones in our state. Anyway, Friday I went and v... Read more

  • Taking time for creative thinking

    2/9/2020 12:10:56 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    Sunday - and with strong gale-force winds, and rain etc, the advice was to stay at home unless you absolutely had to go out. So, after some hesitation, I took the advice, cancelled visiting my friend, and stayed home. I don't usually look at The Sun, but it has some really good photos of how... Read more

  • Re-framing

    2/8/2020 5:01:34 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    I just wrote a blog - then lost it. I wish Spark would automatically safe a draft when that happens. doh! I wanted to tell you about how I re-framed a negative belief - and had a good result! One of the things I'm currently working on (on the Fabulous app) is self-esteem - and identi... Read more

  • it's saturday

    2/8/2020 1:59:42 PM, by MOMMY445

    a cool and sunny day here today. my daughter says hi to all. both budgies say cheep, cheep! have an amazing day, everyone!... Read more

  • Secrets of the Eating Lab Chapter 8

    2/7/2020 11:12:14 AM, by WINACHST

    Chapter 8: Don’t Call That Apple Healthy Think of the Three Stooges, is it funny or not? Well, that depends on who you are asking. “It’s not the particular event we experience that affects how we feel, but rather, it how we interpret the events that matters.” (p. 119) Two people can experi... Read more

  • 02/06/2020 Surviving

    2/6/2020 3:47:42 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Not meant to be a depressing blog...more of an observation. Along this journey there are days it feels like I am no longer living, but merely surviving. I gave up smoking. I gave up meat (99.99% of the time) I gave up ice cream People cheer me on and I'm like "blaaaah !!!" ... Read more

  • it's thursday

    2/6/2020 1:32:06 PM, by MOMMY445

    a snowy day here today. my daughter says hi to everyone. both budgie birds say cheep ,cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • Little Miss Perfect!

    2/6/2020 3:39:19 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    Or is it Little Miss I'm-Afraid-I'm-Not-Good-Enough
    ? This is another self-searching therapy blog - so don't read on if it's not your cup of tea. It might also be about weight loss, diet and exercise.................... Little Miss Perfect is a phrase that easily comes to mind, b... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    2/5/2020 12:33:19 PM, by MOMMY445

    a sunny and cool day here today. my daughter is now in the school band and she is so happy! she loves to play and learn music. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a wonderful day, everyone!... Read more

  • Toilet training!

    2/5/2020 2:24:48 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    This month, February, I've been working on self-love issues; it's a life-long thing (not just for me, I'm sure!). I've been finding my mind turning a lot to memories from childhood - those cameo moments that create an emotional mark in our personalities. Of course, the memory is probably not... Read more

  • I had a binge

    2/4/2020 2:44:12 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    But not an eating binge! No - I bought TWO pairs of new trainers (one for the gym, one for wearing to work); some new sports undies; workout leggings, two sport t-shirts (quick dry etc); special shampoo for swimmers and the conditioner to go with it. It felt like a big pile of shopping! ... Read more

  • FEB 4.....hi :)

    2/4/2020 9:45:24 AM, by JODNEX

    Howdy, friends! I'm working on balance while juggling a lot. Like everyone else. Add fitness to the long list of big projects. It's a lot. Life is good. I'm choosing to believe this, even with the struggles in my own life and the struggles I see in the world and in the lives of my friends and ... Read more

  • Progress Being Made, but Oldest Sick Again (or Still)

    2/3/2020 2:50:06 PM, by BONNIEMCC488

    The boys got well, but then the oldest became sick again early Friday morning. I'm not sure if the previous illness wasn't completely gone or if he got a new one because his immune system was lowered by the first. Either way, he has been home again since. I think I got it now, but without the fever,... Read more

  • it's sunday

    2/2/2020 2:05:11 PM, by MOMMY445

    a mild and snowy day here today. my daughter says hi to everyone. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! i picked up a few new salads to try this week when i went grocery shopping a while ago. i will do an exercise dvd later on, after dinner. have an amazing day, everyone!... Read more

  • 4.20 am

    2/2/2020 3:55:41 AM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    Last night, finally tired of the word-wars on Twitter, I de-activated my account. I woke early this morning - wide awake at 4.20 am. I've been reading this book (I'm mentioning it again, as I think it's really important - and anyone who needs it can check it out) So, at 4.20 ... Read more

  • it's saturday

    2/1/2020 2:21:55 PM, by MOMMY445

    a day to take it easy here today. my daughter says hi and she likes her new teachers. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! Have a terrific day, everyone and a great weekend!... Read more

  • Feburary - self-love, and Imbolc

    2/1/2020 12:02:26 PM, by SWEETENUFGILL

    February is that month................. 129 214 129 214 129 214 129 214 129 When everything is oriented towards Valentine's Day! All the restaurants have their special Valentine's Day menus up 'BOOK NOW!' All the shops have special Valentine's Day gifts - chocolate, jewellery, ... Read more

  • January

    2/1/2020 8:59:29 AM, by NEED2MOVE2

    Highest weight 160 lowest 157 386... Read more

  • February 2020

    2/1/2020 8:38:08 AM, by JODNEX

    New month. New goals. Let's goooooooooooooo! January's excellent reboot and then fizzle are behind me and a new fresh start starts NOW. I have a lot to be excited about. Big changes in my personal life and the ability to manage my time and activities in a soul-satisfying way. Yes, I can do... Read more

  • January Results and February Goals!

    1/31/2020 1:45:52 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    January Goals Accountability Time: 64 Oz of Water a Day ✔️ Workout 3 Days a Week ✔️ (Most weeks I did 4!) Drink Alcohol Only 2 Times a Week ✔️ (Alright, one week I did 3 days, so the following week I only did 1) No Restaurant Food ✔️ As of this morning I've lost 2.5 lbs and 3/4 of an in... Read more

  • ARGH! 2 Weeks On. 2 Weeks Off.

    1/31/2020 10:16:53 AM, by JODNEX

    I did great the first half of January, and then.... less great. Overall I am down 4 pounds. I'm working at getting back on track. Again, LOTS of issues that I can point to, as reasons for my struggle, but yeah, more than anything it's frame of mind. BACK ON TRACK. NOW. MINDSET: SET. 224... Read more

  • it's thursday

    1/30/2020 2:42:12 PM, by MOMMY445

    i got caught up on some housework today. now i am just relaxing. my daughter says hi. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • cracking some seeds

    1/30/2020 9:59:06 AM, by NEED2MOVE2

    Bored or hungry? I say bored... need to listen to my body 521... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    1/29/2020 4:26:44 PM, by MOMMY445

    I am having a great day so far. my daughter is taking it easy until her next semester at school starts tomorrow. both budgie birds say cheep, cheep! have a terrific day, everyone!... Read more

  • The Flu, Teeny Weinies & Refridgerated Dough

    1/28/2020 5:29:21 PM, by AMSHARK

    The flu has returned to my house. I swear, wasn't it less than a month ago that my daughter got the flu? Now it's her twin brother. At least it seems to be mild for the flu - but he's got another double ear infection, and we're still waiting on a full 24 hour period without a high fever (which st... Read more

  • January Progress!

    1/28/2020 2:39:44 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    January is coming to close soon and all is going well! The truth? I literally haven't lost any weight. (as of this moment) Upside, I've only had two weigh in's since my initial weigh in. Week 1 - I gained 1.6 lbs. Week 2 - I LOST 1.6 lbs. So overall, can I really be mad at that? Hopefully my weigh i... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    1/28/2020 1:04:39 PM, by MOMMY445

    a new day is well underway, i am really enjoying the program i am in to help with my anxiety and depression. my daughter had her last final exam yesterday morning. she starts the second semester this thursday. she is looking forward to continuing to learn and the variety of courses she will be takin... Read more

  • green tea

    1/27/2020 11:22:34 AM, by NEED2MOVE2

    Black coffee water green tea and red wine 244 Getting my fluids... Read more

  • Apple Cider vinegar

    1/26/2020 3:35:49 PM, by NEED2MOVE2

    day #2 doing it! 521 ... Read more

  • Secrets From the Eating Lab Chapter 7

    1/26/2020 9:44:52 AM, by WINACHST

    Chapter 7: How To Trick Your Friends Into Ignoring a Cookie Our behavior is influenced by the people around us; the pressure to conform has a powerful influence on our behavior, including what we eat. “We do not simply eat; we eat certain things in certain ways, at certain places, and more... Read more