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  • The Cave

    The longer I stay inside my cave, the easier it is to remain and the harder it is to leave.   This is a familiar feeling, one that reappears from time to time when the world has been too much. I struggle with all the reasons I came to this plac...

    Posted on 4/04/2016 by forrl | 17 Comments

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  • 5 Years Ago My Life Almost Ended

    I woke up this morning. I savored the last moments of a dream that made me feel warm inside. Out the window, in the cold distance, I could see the snow quietly falling. I yanked out the wedgie my boxers had created overnight. As I gathered my early m...

    Posted on 4/04/2016 by dsjohndrow | 21 Comments

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  • Why Can't We Just Accept It, That...

    You've met them. Some of them are your MFP friends, and others are in real life. They are people who can't see that they are in trouble with their weight and ultimately their health. And worst of all, you could be one of those that continue to give y...

    Posted on 3/29/2016 by dsjohndrow | 37 Comments

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  • Looking my BEST!

    While in Arizona I befriended one of the merchants at the local flea market (because I visited her booth so often!!).  She is a beautiful lady both inside and out.  Whenever I saw her, her appearance was always impeccable. She has beautiful blonde ha...

    Posted on 3/24/2016 by SnagTop | 28 Comments

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  • 3 Years Down

    “Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss” – Douglas Adams Time has flown and life has changed. Not through the mere act of time passing, but through a conscious decision that I must be more, be better than I am. When I joined ...

    Posted on 2/15/2016 by xX_PhoenixRising_Xx | 3 Comments

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  • Not Feeling It? Do It Anyway!

    Life has been a little bit like the seemingly endless scrolling credits to a horror film. Despite the bumpy ride, I am still hanging in there. This is a lifestyle, so I need to remain committed to the changes that have worked.My Timehop on Facebook r...

    Posted on 3/22/2016 by dsjohndrow | 20 Comments

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  • Whew!!

    I'm stopped for the night on my trip back -- I've covered 1600 miles in 24 hours driving time and have about 6 more hours (and just less than 500 miles) to do tomorrow in order to arrive in Ohio to see my sons and pick up my pooch.  Tomorrow is my bi...

    Posted on 3/19/2016 by SnagTop | 13 Comments

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  • Sitting Disease

    I am a computer addict.  There is no doubt about it . . . I love the little machines!  I have had a "smart device" since the late 1970's -- it was called a WIZARD and was an electronic datebook, contact list, and note keeper.  I graduated to a Palm P...

    Posted on 3/15/2016 by SnagTop | 15 Comments

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  • Fb, MFP, and Mortality

    I left my hometown 27 years ago and I make few return visits there, so I’ve lost touch with many old friends, classmates, and former coworkers over the years. The wonder that is Facebook has allowed me to rekindle some old relationships from miles aw...

    Posted on 3/15/2016 by johnwhitent | 23 Comments

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  • Some Days I Just Don't Want To!

    I am well past 1400 days on MFP. I have won the battle with body image. I have won the battle with heart disease. Although having had cancer 4 times, I would rather die from heart failure if I have to.After all these years the battle is still with fo...

    Posted on 3/15/2016 by dsjohndrow | 34 Comments

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  • I already know how it feels!!

    Another day of sunshine, palm trees, mountains, and blue skies! Does it get any better than this? I love being here . . . . but I have to admit it is really hard! Not only do the happy hours and afternoon socials cause me trouble, just being by mysel...

    Posted on 3/14/2016 by SnagTop | 9 Comments

    23 votes + -

  • Let's do a Spartan!

    Mud. Mud. More mud. Rachael and I expected mud before we even got there. It had been raining across East Texas all week long, non-stop. Nothing could have prepared for what we actually went through, though. We talked briefly about what we did to pr...

    Posted on 3/14/2016 by Holly_Roman_Empire | 10 Comments

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  • It's the little things . . .

    It's amazing how a little word or deed makes a difference in one's life. Without even knowing it we can make or break someone's day with our careless words or seemingly small good deed.  A smile, a hello.  If you follow my blog you know that I believ...

    Posted on 3/13/2016 by SnagTop | 11 Comments

    28 votes + -

  • The Sounds of Silence

         Within my arm's reach, I have the following:  a smart phone, a tablet, the laptop that I'm writing on, a physical book, my paper journal, several half used notebooks, a jar of pens and pencils.   I hear my dog's even breathing as she wanders of...

    Posted on 3/12/2016 by forrl | 8 Comments

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  • ANOTHER new day!!!

    It's a new day.  Take a deep breath and start again.I say this not because yesterday was a bad day (it wasn't).  I say it because today IS a new day!  Yesterday no longer matters -- good, bad, or indifferent it is done and today will bring it's own c...

    Posted on 3/12/2016 by SnagTop | 9 Comments

    34 votes + -

  • Stereotyping . . .

    I think the thing I hate most as an overweight person is being stereotyped. When people look at me and think that I probably do certain things (eat like a pig) or, worse yet, that I can't do other things. You all already know that I love to hike and ...

    Posted on 2/18/2016 by SnagTop | 7 Comments

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  • Why Track??

    So . . . if you follow my blog you know that I recently re-committed to tracking: something I have been neglecting even though I know in my heart of hearts it is the secret to success.  The first two days, because I was honest and tracked everything ...

    Posted on 3/10/2016 by SnagTop | 14 Comments

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  • Baby steps

    As I promised in yesterday's blog, I got up this morning and took a deep cleansing breath and started again.  First thing this morning I stepped on the scale.  I have been doing that regularly but have been neglecting to document the results; this mo...

    Posted on 3/08/2016 by SnagTop | 10 Comments

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  • Smelling the roses . . .

    Just to recap . . . I've been working at this for about a year and a half. I went great guns for the first 6 months, losing 50 pounds from the middle of December 2014 to the first of July 2015. I lost 10 more in the next few months and then became pr...

    Posted on 3/07/2016 by SnagTop | 9 Comments

    35 votes + -

  • Weight Loss for Men and Women, the Gender Gap

    Today I was thinking about my stomach. I found out that my stomach is cancer free, infection free and for the most part, is mechanically sound. Whatever is making me feel badly, has not yet been found. Going through this alone has been, well, sort of...

    Posted on 3/08/2016 by dsjohndrow | 15 Comments

    102 votes + -