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  • My New Blog Site

    6/12/2021 11:15:49 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    My NEW BLOG is at bethdonovan.com Please do stay in touch. I love all of you! My email is indygirl101@icloud.com My phone number is (317) 772-2545 FaceBook.com/Indygirl101 ... Read more

  • Wow We Did It!

    6/12/2021 12:54:16 AM, by KALISWALKER

    We hurried things up so we can start the Summer 5% Challenge earlier. This ensures we can do the full 8 weeks before SparkPeople close the doors. It was a lot of work but it been it's done! I had my 6 month check up today with my Medical Weight Management (MWM) doctor. It's been about 2.5 years... Read more

  • Sad but… We Must Never Give Up

    6/10/2021 8:33:30 PM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Spark Spirit, all! Yes, we are sad, some angry, frustrated, emotions running around like crazy. I’m deeply saddened by losing the one thing that worked for me- a community to support me. I know Chris Downie, SparkGuy, is a man of integrity and really cares. He must have a really good reason for c... Read more

  • Still Looking

    6/9/2021 12:23:57 AM, by KALISWALKER

    We are looking a new site to replace Spark but haven't found the diet, exercise, member lead teams/challenges, and blogs. If you find something please let me know. We are setting up a Facebook 5% Challenge team with topics/sections for each team, so people can keep in contact with their teammat... Read more

  • So long and thanks for the fish

    6/8/2021 8:17:54 PM, by TIKITAMI

    Things change. As SP gets ready to change over to their new platform so many of us are looking back at our journey here, I'm right along there with you. The day I started here I was 312 pounds and couldn't take it anymore. It wasn't the tools that kept me going here it was the people.... Read more

  • New Site?

    6/8/2021 12:49:17 AM, by KALISWALKER

    I am sad to learn that SparkPeople will be closing August 17th. SparkAmerica where you can choose an American city to join. We have a second home in WA so hubby and I joined SparkSeattle https://sparkamerica.com/spark
    -cities/ I am not sure what the site is about, but I will let... Read more

  • Disappointed but still trying until the end.

    6/7/2021 12:41:19 AM, by KEIANN1

    Like most every one else I am extremely disappointed in the loss of Spark People. I did sign onto the new site, Spark 360, and as of right now I am not very impressed. As far as I could tell, there is no nutrition tracker, which is a very important tool for me to stay on track with my healthy eating... Read more

  • RV Camping & Kayaks

    6/5/2021 7:58:10 PM, by KALISWALKER

    We are RV camping for 4 nights. Yesterday we did tourist things like a scenic drive in the mountains on a winding road that follows a river. We explored a campground on a river and sourced out things to do if we stay there sometime. Nearby there is a small heritage museum and a cafe and hiking desti... Read more

  • The excuses were ready

    6/3/2021 1:35:55 PM, by TIKITAMI

    I've started running again this week and yesterday I had planned another short outing, a break from work to regenerate. That was the plan but as the morning wore on the excuses started creeping into my mind. It's super hot out. Too nice, the trails will be crowded. Lots to do still, can'... Read more

  • White dinner

    6/3/2021 1:25:52 AM, by FLUFFBUSTER

    I realize that it doesn't look very colorful, but I was very happy at my last minute supper. Bare in mind that it was 9:30pm and my broccoli was no longer edible. So I steamed cauliflower and seared some mahi mahi. Also, admire my finest Dixie ware. We're in the middle of a kitchen remodel and ... Read more

  • Find Your Motivation

    6/3/2021 12:15:22 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Looking at these images, I rate myself #5 (bottom right hand). I expect to be #6 (to the left of #5) by July 12th, when I have my annual appointment with the surgeon who will be doing my surgery in the late fall. The recovery will be 8 - 12 weeks. Yesterday I had a telemedical visit wit... Read more

  • Whoa there little buddies

    6/1/2021 9:49:42 PM, by TIKITAMI

    Trying to make adjustments as my business being back almost full swing. This means long days on my feet and little movement as I bake. It also means that my days of hiking 40K a week are going to have to be put on the back burner. I'm really happy to be back working so much but at the same time I'm ... Read more

  • New month, new start.

    6/1/2021 9:34:23 PM, by KEIANN1

    Today is the first day of June and my new goal is to do better this month than last month. I exercised most every day in May and I am going for every day in June. I have maintained my weight since the first of the year, give a take a few pounds each week, but that is not my goal. I track my food, bu... Read more

  • Already a Great Day

    6/1/2021 3:46:59 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I usually shop the Safeway flyer the first Monday of the month, and get the 10% discount. Otherwise I buy groceries online from another store. This morning I did something different, I went to Chalo a food chain owned by the same parent company as Safeway. Chalo is targeted to an Indian/Asian demogr... Read more

  • Must eat my veggies

    6/1/2021 2:50:36 PM, by ANGELWENDYMAMA

    I lost my way as far as Sparkpeople, but have been eating pretty healthy. Losing weight slowly. Have had some bowel issues, which is always a problem. I'm a 4 year survivor of colorectal cancer. I'm cancer free, but there are leftover issues from my surgeries, chemo and radiation. I do find t... Read more

  • Tada Final Spring Weigh In!

    5/30/2021 12:42:33 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Down 4.8 pounds in the Spring 5% Challenge. I now weigh 160.4, so close to the 150's! I know I will be there soon. YTD loss 6.2 pounds. This year has been a bumpy one with lots of ups and a few downs. What's gone right? 02/01/21 stopped eating during night 03/21/21 only 3 meals a day... Read more

  • Personal Updates

    5/30/2021 3:41:26 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I somehow managed 3 days ago to have a broken rib. No accident or bruise. Just pain. So I went to the Urgent Care and the X-ray showed my 7th rib on the left side was broken. Later I went to the ER because I can’t breathe in. They did nothing. I can’t wait til my doctor is back in office on Tu... Read more

  • Steps in the Forest

    5/26/2021 11:10:08 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I saw on a local Facebook group that a family is looking for their missing 28 year old son. He may have been sighted in the forest where I hike. There were no details other than a description of him. I didn't think anything of it, I don't believe everything I read. When I got to the forest at 6:20 t... Read more

  • Waiting to launch into phase 2

    5/25/2021 7:40:46 PM, by FLUFFBUSTER

    I'm not sure what my mental block is but I'm waiting for this weekend to start the activity part of my new and improved ME. My DH and I have over 18 tumultuous years together, mostly good, but then feelings bubble up and little insecurities settle in and have me doubting myself. Well, this Sat... Read more

  • Nothing Else to Do in the Morning But Hike

    5/25/2021 12:54:26 PM, by KALISWALKER

    This morning hubby and Puppy Royce got up at 5:45 AM to do a 2 hour morning walk. I thought too earlier for me I need sleep. I had a quick look at news on the phone, listened to my audiobook, and realized I was awake for the day. This is my hiking day, I don't 'need' to do the morning hike. Now what... Read more

  • Holiday Monday Here

    5/24/2021 4:27:34 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I had a yogurt/cottage cheese/fruit breakfast and added a crumbled up 59 Calorie Cookie. I liked have the very chewy cookie texture, so it's a winner for my 'granola'. The other day in my email I missed seeing that I got a Spark 10,000 steps a day trophy from SparkPeople. Wow now that my Fitbi... Read more

  • 59 Calorie Cookies

    5/23/2021 10:36:09 PM, by KALISWALKER

    This morning when I got back from my hike I was going to have greek yogurt with fruit and topped with granola. Whoa! That granola is very high in calories, 1/2 cup 240 calories. I got creative and started from scratch to create a low calorie granola for a yogurt topping, but it can also be a breakfa... Read more

  • The Journey of Terrain and Health

    5/23/2021 12:36:18 PM, by ~INDYGIRL

    In a Journey, we go through beautiful beaches, rocky terrain, hot hot desserts with no water, delightful sparkling blue seas that tickle our senses…. Just like that, our health journey goes many places. Wherever you are, whatever you do, embrace the journey. 💗Beth Donovan... Read more

  • Living With a Good Role Model

    5/22/2021 7:42:08 PM, by KALISWALKER

    My husband walks 2 hours every morning before breakfast, and has for 10 years. Years ago when I started going to the gym he did too (we are not going during virus). Now he does daily YouTube exercise videos with me. Diet he usually eats what I do, so when I diet he loses, haha sometimes I do too. He... Read more

  • Sometimes Later Means Never- Do It Now

    5/22/2021 5:40:38 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    This was a real revelation I had at 39 years old. What if thin never happened? I was waiting to do so many things for when I got to the right weight. I had been waiting my whole life…. And failing to get where I was going. By embracing life at 40, I lost weight and enjoyed life more. I stopped ... Read more

  • All or Nothing

    5/21/2021 1:43:10 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I know I have an 'all or nothing' tendency. I don't trust myself to stick with something I 'want to do or should do' if I take a break, I am not a quitter. This has been good with many things I do/achieve. I went to night school for 7 years to become a CPA and to learn computer skills, concurrent wi... Read more

  • 20,000 Steps Yesterday!

    5/20/2021 11:56:49 AM, by KALISWALKER

    The habit formation is working, the morning hike is becoming more automatic. Initially there is the thought of a 'good' reason not to do it today. Yesterday it was well I am hiking in the afternoon, that is enough. Today it was I didn't get enough sleep so stay in bed. But I always wake up without a... Read more

  • 73 Calorie Soup & Hiking Streak Has Started

    5/19/2021 12:43:26 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I seem to have started a morning hiking streak, that hour of exercise before starting my day. Again I left the house at 7AM returned a 8 AM. I am now consistently getting over 10,000 steps a day. Today we hike and picnic with another couple. I considered not hiking this morning to stay energized, bu... Read more

  • Fitbit Connects to SparkPeople

    5/18/2021 1:59:36 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I left the house listening to the 7 AM news on my MP3 and returned listening to 8 AM news. Steps so far today 6,877. I like the momentum with an hour of exercise before starting my day. In between the news at the top of the hour, I listen to an audio book. My hike was 59 minutes, exactly the same as... Read more

  • If a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

    5/18/2021 12:37:09 PM, by KALISWALKER

    • When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them. • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy. • Take naps. • Stretch before rising. • Run, romp, and play daily. • Thrive on attention and ... Read more

  • Pep talk to lose 2.5 Pounds

    5/17/2021 9:41:31 AM, by KALISWALKER

    More positive self talk. Good weigh in this morning, down a pound. I am not eating at the low end of my calorie range so losing a pound over night likely is water weight. It shows how important it is to monitor sodium. Between exercise and diet I must have a daily 729 calorie deficit to lose 2.5 pou... Read more

  • Pep talk to lose 3.5 Pounds

    5/16/2021 11:06:22 PM, by KALISWALKER

    My Spark Name KALISWALKER is from 2008 when I joined Spark. I had an American Water Spaniel named Kali. My new dog Rebel is also American Water Spaniel, so really I am REBELSWALKER. I am giving myself positive self talk. Aim for a weight loss of 1 pound a week (daily 500 calorie deficit). Losi... Read more

  • Spring Routine & Red Raincoat

    5/14/2021 11:59:15 AM, by KALISWALKER

    This week I took several bags of clothes I had shrunk out of to the Salvation Army. The bags were in my trunk for a few weeks and I continued to add more, so the trunk was quite full. I have several very nice coats in like new condition that are too big. My favorite is a long red hooded vinyl rainco... Read more