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  • What works, what doesn't

    It's been a very long time since I last blogged -- almost a month!  My slip (which progressed to a slide and now has me spiraling downward) started with sickness. After I suffered the original illness and then the relapse it was two full weeks before...

    Posted on 6/01/2016 by SnagTop | 32 Comments

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  • Twisted Inspirational Quotes for Weight Losers Remix

    When I read the wisdom of the ages, I can't help but have my own thoughts - how scary is that?  "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." Jimmy Dean  I can't change the direction of the wind...

    Posted on 6/01/2016 by dsjohndrow | 6 Comments

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  • My crazy train

    I am a firm believer in karma. I work very hard to put out as much good in the world as I can. When I can. Of course at times I fail at this. Because I’m human. Because as much good as I might possibly have in me there is bad that seeps out like go...

    Posted on 5/26/2016 by KaleNBcaonCleanse | 7 Comments

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  • Sugar. Scapegoat and Scaremongering? Something to Monitor?

      As with most things in fitness and nutrition, people tend to take rather extreme viewpoints on a given topic.  Sugar seems to be no exception, with people making claims such as: “It’s more addictive than cocaine!” (Until people start eating str...

    Posted on 5/25/2016 by SideSteel | 27 Comments

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  • Simple Answers to Complex Fitness Questions

    You may have read some of the Message Boards here on MFP. There are hundreds of thousands of them! The categories are diverse, ranging from Success Stories to Nutrition and Chit-Chat. Each one appears to be crafted by experts in their field. With suc...

    Posted on 5/24/2016 by dsjohndrow | 30 Comments

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  • It takes a village.

     I have a little green notebook with body measurements going back to when I first started to work out with a trainer.  Well, that’s not completely true.  I have measurements from when I first started, and pretty regularly for the first year or so.  T...

    Posted on 5/23/2016 by andeey | 9 Comments

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  • Band of Brothers. And a Ring.

    I just finished watching Band of Brothers for the first time as part of my "all history, all the time" mentality lately.  I'm nothing if not a decade behind the current *things*.  I was unprepared for the 9th episode and needed to retreat into my cav...

    Posted on 5/20/2016 by forrl | 8 Comments

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  • A Prisoner No More

    I've often heard the phrase "art imitates life". Up until now I have never really given much thought to the meaning behind it. However, today as I was sitting on the deck in the sun finishing a book, something in the last few pages really struck me. ...

    Posted on 4/24/2016 by Mexicanbigfoot | 7 Comments

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  • Strong Enough

    I am often surprised at how aware my children are of the Presidential election here in the United States."Dad," my son asks, "are we fully prepared for the coming apocalypse? Do we have enough supplies to last until civilization can rebuild itself?"M...

    Posted on 5/19/2016 by ihad | 15 Comments

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  • Things Weight Loss Can't Do

    I started getting serious about my weight loss and fitness about 2 years ago. I thought that when I lost a certain amount of weight, I would be this totally different person. I would be sleek and infinitely more interesting. Women would want to be me...

    Posted on 5/18/2016 by Mexicanbigfoot | 27 Comments

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  • Trying to rewrite a long history

    I love booze. I love a buttery chardonnay. I love a rich cabernet. I love a nice tasty stout beer. I love a mojito. And all of that's ok. Moderation is a great thing. Nothing ever starts out "whoa nelly that's too much" it always just kind of.... gro...

    Posted on 5/17/2016 by KaleNBcaonCleanse | 8 Comments

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  • 3 Words You Don't Want to Hear

    As weight losers, we don't always need a lecture to get out attention. In fact, we may not need an entire sentence. It's like the driver who cut me off on the Interstate. I screamed 3 stress relieving words at him as well as doing it in sign language...

    Posted on 5/17/2016 by dsjohndrow | 51 Comments

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  • For My Daughter

    Dear Daughter,I saw you this morning as you were getting ready for school...not just looked at you as we normally do those we see every day...but I SAW you.  And it hit me...My little girl isn't so little anymore.  There's this mixture of the old inn...

    Posted on 5/17/2016 by PocketPunky | 3 Comments

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  • Sunday Night Thoughts

     It was a good weekend. #1 surprised us by coming home for the weekend after her finals were done.  That is always cause for celebration because it means our family is whole again.  #2 dutifully plowed through her homework, diligent student that she...

    Posted on 5/15/2016 by forrl | 5 Comments

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  • Pixels

    There are a few different viewpoints on the social side of MFP. Some people feel like they've made some of their closest friends here.Some people are social, but keep a slight distance.Some people feel like the other people here are nothing more than...

    Posted on 5/13/2016 by PocketPunky | 7 Comments

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  • My Body

    My body is a vessel. It is lumpy and bumpy and scarred. My thighs are thick, my arms jiggle and my stomach is not flat. It has carried me along this earth for 13,357 days. Some of them good, some of them bad. It has grown and changed. It has battled ...

    Posted on 5/13/2016 by Mexicanbigfoot | 24 Comments

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  • Words

    I posted a status update earlier this morning about the meaning and connotation of words. I recently got a new personal trainer. During our first 1 on 1 workout together, she asked me how an exercise was. I told her it was “hard”. She rebutted and to...

    Posted on 5/12/2016 by Mexicanbigfoot | 14 Comments

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  • Through someone else's eyes

    Back in 2007 I lost a ton of weight..ok not a ton but I got to what I continually say is my goal weight of 160. It was a total loss of 62 lbs in a matter of 7 months. I was Hella proud of myself...so proud I started rewarding my accomplishment with f...

    Posted on 5/11/2016 by Picsntwists | 38 Comments

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  • Salad Made Me Sick! Fad Diets

    Despite my pretty darn good record of eating healthy, I still have had some health issues. I have worked really hard to eat the nutrition I need. I wanted to be healthy without supplements and "diet food." I wanted this to be a lifestyle.Salad made m...

    Posted on 5/10/2016 by dsjohndrow | 14 Comments

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  • Needing Hunger

     I need to feel hungry. Not just want to eat. I need to allow myself to feel.Insecurity.Fear.Anxiety.Stress. Anger.Sadness.Aggression.All of them.Food is necessary. It is fuel. But we often use it not to move, but to be numb.In excess it draws down o...

    Posted on 5/08/2016 by downsizinghoss | 18 Comments

    64 votes + -