GETFIT2LIVE's SparkPeople Blog GETFIT2LIVE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A (brief) update Whew--this year has been crazy so far! First off, I am still alive and well and here, just not online with SP a lot. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Since I last blogged (was it really that long ago? Oops!), I have spent a lot of time on job hunting, trying to get our new dog settled in, and figure out where I want to go from here. Who would have thought that could take as much time as it did?! <BR> <BR> It took from October to February, but I'm officially back in the working world. I... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:22:10 EST Four years of Sparking and some updates! This is way overdue in more ways than one--I can't believe my last blog was in September. There has been a lot that's changed in the last four months: <BR> <BR> - i ran another half marathon. <BR> - My job ended and I started looking for another. <BR> - I went to Florida for a convention and squeezed in a visit to Walt Disney World and Epcot. <BR> - The holidays, of course, with a visit from family and a ton of activity that goes along with those. <BR> - Our dog passed away. <BR> - We brough... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:52:16 EST SparkRadio and other updates Well, I was interviewed last night by Lily Hills for SparkRadio. Lily said it will air next Tuesday, so if you are interested, have a listen. It's about a 10-minute interview in two segments; I hope I shared something that will be of interest and help to others. <BR> <BR> It's always surprising to me that anyone would be interested in what I write or say, quite honestly. Yes, I know I lost a lot of weight, but so have a lot of people here. I'm not special; I just found what worked for me and... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:25:36 EST Seattle 3-Day Walk "So how was your 3-Day walk?" <BR> <BR> How do you begin to answer that question? I thought I had a good idea of what I was getting myself into when I signed up to walk 60 miles in three days. I knew it would be work and that it would be emotional, but nothing could fully prepare me for the experience. <BR> <BR> I trained for this event with lots and lots of walking, including back to back long walks and a weekend camping trip with my team to get a taste of walking miles three days in a row... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 00:34:59 EST Ch-ch-ch-CHANGES! Thank you to all who commented on my last blog, "Maintenance: Nirvana?" It always surprises me when others are interested enough in what I write to read and comment on it, and I appreciate it! <BR> <BR> Life is a bit chaotic for me right now; lots and lots happening. <BR> <BR> I have been walking (and walking and walking some more) in preparation for my first Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk in Seattle. I was blessed to get connected with an amazing team, Kindred Spirits (some here know just how a... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 19:36:37 EST Maintenance: Nirvana? I posted in my status today that I am amused. What sparked that was today's program from Spark Coach: <BR> <BR> "If you dream of the day when you'll no longer have to measure portions and count calories, then today's challenge will be a breath of fresh air!" <BR> <BR> I had to laugh at that. Once upon a time, I did dream of no longer having to measure portions and count calories. I thought I would get to my goal weight and life would be just grand, I would magically be able to eat without h... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:56:18 EST Ragnar Northwest Passage 2013 First, thank you to everyone who commented on my last blog, particularly about my less than graceful fall. It hurt like the dickens at the time, but I couldn't imagine NOT finishing the race at that point; it was going to hurt whether I finished or not, and I wanted my medal, champagne, and chocolate, LOL! <BR> <BR> Ragnar; what can I say about this experience? It would take several posts to begin to describe Ragnar Northwest Passage, but I'll try to keep it to just one and summarize. There ... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 02:16:32 EST See Jane Run Half Marathon: Race #7 of 2013 Sunday I ran the third annual See Jane Run half marathon in Seattle. The first one was my second half marathon, just three weeks after my first one; this was my 23rd half marathon. Crazy! <BR> <BR> Although I've done quite a few half marathons now, this was a race of firsts for me. It's the first half marathon that I ran entirely alone; I was given a free entry to this race for helping See Jane Run at the Seattle Marathon Expo last November, so my husband opted to assist with ham radio commu... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 01:30:28 EST Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathn: Race #6 of 2013 Last Saturday, my husband and I ran the Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon. This was our 22nd(!) half marathon. Little did we know when we ran it as our first half marathon two years ago that we would get hooked on that distance! <BR> <BR> I wish I could say we had done better training between the Portland Rock 'n' Roll and this race, but that's not the case. Life has been so busy lately that we have had a hard time getting in a lot of running. Having run the distance so many times before, ... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 01:58:09 EST Portland Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon: Race #5 of 2013 Okay, I'm going to try and make this short (ha! me write a short blog?!). <BR> <BR> My husband and I had the fun of running the second Portland Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon last Sunday. We were really looking forward to this one for a number of reasons; last year I surprised myself with a PR in spite of the hills, but the best part of the trip was meeting up with Spark friends in person. Candy (CBAILEYC) organized a pre-race dinner on Saturday night and then an early morning photo session for... Thu, 23 May 2013 13:59:52 EST Inspiring Hope 10K: Race #4 of 2013 Last Saturday was the fourth annual Inspiring Hope 5K/10K Walk/Run. It's a walk/run to raise money to fight breast cancer, and it is without a doubt my favorite race to do; after all, it's the race that got me started. <BR> <BR> In 2010, my husband and I did the first Inspiring Hope as 5K walkers. I remember that day vividly. I was just getting started with running, and I was too nervous about my abilities at that weight (I was around 220 pounds) to even try running any of it--I was sure peo... Tue, 14 May 2013 02:39:38 EST A&F? No thanks! One of the blogs I read regularly is "Weighty Matters: Musings of an Obesity Medicine Doc and Certifiably Cynical Realist" by Yoni Freedhoff, and his post today was about the exclusionary practices of Abercrombie & Fitch: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>at-ive-ever-shopped-at.html </link> <BR> <BR> I've never bought anything at A&F, and though I'm at a size now where I could, I definitely will not as long as the CEO has the kind of attitude quoted in this article... Wed, 8 May 2013 12:04:26 EST Choose love <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's bombings in Boston shocked and shook us all, especially those in the running community. The finish line is a place for celebration, and someone tried to take that away from us to make it a place of fear and devastation. We say NO to that. Like many others, today I am wearing a race shirt and will go for a run to remember and honor those in Boston. I'm signing up for another race, too. <BR> <BR> Choose ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:20:42 EST What really matters I just received the news that I have been both expecting and dreading. One of my dearest friends, Marilyn, passed away today. I needed to write this to help process, to honor her, and to remind us all about what really matters. <BR> <BR> Marilyn and I (our families, really) became friends about 25 years ago while we were attending the same church. We spent many hours laughing and talking and doing things together. Then jobs took us to different parts of the world, but we stayed in touch. Eve... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:04:00 EST St. Paddy's Day Half Marathon: Race #3 of 2013 Well, I'm a week late in getting this race report posted, but better late than never, right? <BR> <BR> A week ago my husband and I ran our third half marathon of the year and our 20th overall. (How did that happen--how did we get to 20 half marathons already?!) We headed south this time to run the St. Paddy's Day Half Marathon in Tacoma. Originally we hadn't planned to do this race, but my friend, Shannon, had asked if we'd do it with her, so of course we said yes. Her plans changed, but we... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 00:57:54 EST Lake Sammamish Half Marathon: Race #2 of 2013 I realized I'd better get on the stick and write at least a quick race report from last Saturday's half marathon--we have another one THIS Saturday! <BR> <BR> Lake Sammamish Half Marathon is a race from Marymoor Park in Redmond to Lake Sammamish State Park. It goes along the shores of Lake Sammamish primarily on gravel trails. This was our first time running this race, but it won't likely be our last time. <BR> <BR> We woke up bright and early to beautiful sunshine; it was one of those col... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 10:54:22 EST Total Body Sculpting With Coach Nicole: Review I came home from work one day and found a package at my doorstep. I didn't remember ordering anything; what could it be? I ripped open the package and peeked inside. Surprise! It was a copy of Coach Nicole's latest workout DVD--woo hoo! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now, generally speaking I am not a big workout DVD user. I have a few, but I don't use them often. My house is not laid out in a way that is very conducive to doing DVD... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:23:18 EST Still here! Life has been so busy, I never seem to have more than a couple of minutes at a time to do much of anything. I did want to post a quickie blog, though. <BR> <BR> I'm still here, logging my food and fitness minutes, commenting on blogs and threads as I have a chance. Work is very busy, but so is the rest of life. I've been having a blast with a belly dancing class, and doing some personal training with my favorite trainer. I'm running as often as I can, with two half marathons in March, one or... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:43:05 EST Tinkerbell Half Marathon: Race #1 of 2013 My husband and I flew down to Anaheim to run in the second annual Tinkerbell Half Marathon held last Sunday. First off, this race was not about time but about enjoying the experience. I am a Disney fan; I was born 6 months to the day before Disneyland opened, so Disneyland throws a big party for me when I reach milestone birthdays, or at least that's what it feels like. We lived in Southern California for many years before moving to Washington, and we got season passes to Disneyland for the y... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:12:28 EST What I've learned in three years of Sparking This is my unofficial SparkVersary; it was January 11, 2010, that I began consistently using SparkPeople, although I started my account about six months before that. That day, I weighed in at 252 pounds, my highest recorded weight. Today, I weigh 140 pounds, a healthy BMI for the first time in well over 30 years. <BR> <BR> I've learned a few things in the past three years. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Plan for maintenance from the beginning. <BR> <BR> I did not start dieting on January 11; I ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 02:57:33 EST Reflections on 2012 and looking ahead at 2013 I have been pretty quiet around here in recent days. Life has been so busy there hasn't been a lot of time for Sparking, just a bit here and there. With the end of one year and the start of a new one, though, I wanted to at least do a quick review and post a few thoughts about the year ahead. <BR> <BR> Last year was amazing. I not only passed the 100 pounds goal that I originally set, I went beyond that. I have officially moved from weight loss mode to maintenance now. Just recently I actual... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 01:49:08 EST Race #15/Half Marathon #9 of 2012: Seattle Amica Marathon My husband and I ran the Seattle Amica Marathon (the half marathon race) today. We signed up for it somewhat late as we had thought we wouldn't do it again--last year was miserably cold, wet, and windy. Then a friend asked if we were doing it and it got us thinking that we should give it another try before writing it off for the future. <BR> <BR> The weather this year was much, much better. It was dry, although a little foggy and definitely cool, so the race had that going for it. The weathe... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 00:31:41 EST Ragnar Las Vegas Part 4: Leg 3 and the Finish Line! For any who have stuck with me through all these entries, THANK YOU for wading through them! These blogs have been a way for me to process the experience, but I hope they also give you a glimpse of what Ragnar is like at least from my perspective. <BR> <BR> After a much too short sleep, it was time to load up and head to exchange 24 for our last set of legs. As we were driving there, we got a text from Van 2: somewhere along the way, runner 12 had lost the slap bracelet in the night. That's ... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 01:03:57 EST Ragnar Las Vegas Part 3: Leg 2 <BR> After our van was finished with our first set of legs and we had a break, we headed into town to find somewhere to eat before trying to get a little rest. We found a restaurant/brewery (are you sensing a theme here?) where we were refreshed by a delicious meal and beverages. Being a lightweight in the alcohol department, my husband and I opted for Diet Cokes while most others enjoyed a beer. Then it was off to the next major exchange (a casino/resort), where we freshened up in the restr... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:10:25 EST Ragnar Las Vegas Part 2: The Night Before and Leg 1 The arrangement for Thursday night was that we would meet everyone in the lobby of the hotel where we were staying at 5 p.m. and we'd make a decision there as to where to go for dinner. All but two of our team, Jana and John, had arrived by then, so there were 11 of us altogether, 10 runners and one driver. Van 1 was the lucky one to have a designated driver; we hadn't found another person to do just the driving, so Van 2 would have to take turns on the driving. <BR> <BR> We initially headed... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:57:08 EST Ragnar Las Vegas Part 1: Getting There Sorry to be AWOL around here more than usual recently. Life has been nothing if not hectic! <BR> <BR> This trip and event was so packed, it's going to take more than one blog to get it all down. For those who don't really know what Ragnar is, it is a relay race that covers approximately 200 miles. The course is divided up into 36 legs, and teams of 12 runners take turns running a leg. The teams split into two vans so that one van of runners is "on" while the other is traveling, eating, or ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 01:01:16 EST Ragnar Las Vegas--it's almost here! I can't believe it's already time for Ragnar Las Vegas! We are all packed and ready to fly out late tonight; I don't feel as prepared in terms of training as I would have liked, but we've done well enough with our last few races that I think we'll be okay. <BR> <BR> I will likely be offline for a few days as I am not taking a computer (duh!) and cell phone coverage is going to be spotty at least for the first part of the race. We start out at about 8400 feet elevation and run our first legs ... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 19:12:44 EST Race #14/Half Marathon #8 of 2012: Snohomish River Run Saturday my husband and I ran the inaugural Snohomish River Run Half Marathon. The race was advertised as FAST and FLAT; since we know the race director and know she does things right when it comes to putting on a race, how could we resist? <BR> <BR> As I posted on Facebook, you know you are a crazy runner when you sign up for a race in the fall or winter in the Northwest. All week leading up to the race, we watched the weather forecasts, getting encouraged when it looked like it might be dr... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:54:42 EST A quick note Just a quick note to say THANK YOU to everyone who has made comments on my blogs or page or sent a Spark goodie lately. I'm in a super busy time at work that has me running a little ragged, plus a lot going on with life in general, so I haven't been able to get online as much as I'd like to say thank you individually, comment on others' blogs, or be very active in my teams. I'm still here, still doing well in spite of the increasing proliferation of tempting treats that seem to pop up everywh... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:20:13 EST Race #13/Half Marathon #7 of 2012: Bellingham Bay Half Marathon Today my husband and I ran what has become one of my favorite half marathons to do, the Bellingham Bay Half Marathon. The race starts and finishes in downtown Bellingham, quite a distance north of us, so we opted to make a weekend of it and go up on Friday night to Birch Bay, about 12 miles north of Bellingham, and enjoy the area. <BR> <BR> The weather this weekend was gorgeous. We went to the expo Saturday only to discover that they had somehow assigned us each TWO sets of numbers--not sure... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 01:23:23 EST Fall 5% Countdown Assignments #1-3 I confess, I'm bad about doing the countdown assignments for the 5% challenges. I'm already behind; I just saw assignment #3 posted and I haven't done #1 or #2 yet. Eek! <BR> <BR> Assignment #1 <BR> <BR> This week get ready for the 5% Challenge. <BR> <BR> - Since I did not stop my routine of eating within calorie ranges and being active, there's not a whole lot to do in this regard! <BR> <BR> Next plan on what you will do for exercise. <BR> <BR> - I am running (3-5X a week), participat... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:11:28 EST What 69,000+ SparkPoints and 60,000+ Fitness Minutes got me I wasn't really paying attention to my total SparkPoints or fitness minutes were until the other day when I saw a lot of "likes" in my feed because I had crossed over 60,000 minutes and then 69,000 SparkPoints. Those numbers look pretty impressive, eh? But really, they are just numbers, and they won't buy anything (well, except Spark Goodies, which I do love to give out and don't do nearly often enough!). <BR> <BR> That started me thinking about what all those SparkPoints and minutes HAVW do... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 00:47:53 EST Buying an extra large and hiking a mountain My husband and I went shopping at REI last night because we wanted some pants for the hike we did today. I spotted some pants that were exactly what I was after, the ones that are lightweight, lots of pockets, and have a part that zips off to make them into shorts. They looked like they would fit me--then I saw that they were boys sizes. Darn! I went off to the ladies section to see what they had there and found some that were similar but not quite as many pockets and more expensive. I picked... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 00:33:13 EST Race #12/Half Marathon #6 of 2012: Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon Yesterday my husband and I did the Tacoma Narrows Half Marathon. We did this race last year as well, and because of the route, we decided just a couple of weeks ago that we wanted to do it again this year. The route goes from Gig Harbor to Tacoma by way of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and through Cheney Stadium, home of the Mariners' AAA ball club, the Tacoma Rainiers. <BR> <BR> Since the finish line is nowhere near the start, the race organizers ran shuttle buses from the finish to the start b... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 19:38:39 EST August goals and some wishes I haven't posted a blog with goals for awhile, so it's time to dust off the old goal book and get some written out. <BR> <BR> Since I crossed that mystical, magical 100 pounds lost mark and decided I was bascally done with weight loss, I've lost a little more. I'm currently at 145, which is 107 pounds down from my highest weight. Everyone tells me how great I look, but I know deep down that I probably need to lose another 5-15 pounds to get to a really good weight for my height and build. I'... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 02:30:38 EST Ragnar Northwest Passage (long--with pictures) How do I begin to describe Ragnar Northwest Passage? <BR> <BR> 1 team with <BR> 2 vans filled with <BR> 12 people running a relay race with <BR> 36 legs over <BR> 36 hours a distance of about <BR> 200 miles <BR> <BR> That's the short story; here, if you're brave enough to read on, is the long story. <BR> <BR> Ragnar is a relay race where teams of 4 to 12 people each run 3 to 9 "legs" (portions) of a course that runs roughly 200 miles. Distances for each leg vary from 3 to 10 miles or so.... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 23:59:11 EST Ragnar eve! It's almost here--Ragnar Northwest Passage! <BR> <BR> I am a bundle of energy and excitement; I thought a quick blog might help me get some of this spilled out so I can focus and finish getting ready. <BR> <BR> As for training, I am as ready as I'm going to be. Would I like to have done more? Of course; I didn't run as often, as long, as many two-runs-in-one-day sessions as I would have liked. Do I doubt that I'll make it? No, I had my doubts about the first half marathon that I did last ye... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:07:17 EST Race #11 of 2012: Kent Cornucopia Days 5K Fun Run Okay, I'll admit it up front: I'm very pleased with myself on this run. I was hoping to push myself to PR in this one because it's relatively flat, and I did easily. My previous best time for a 5K race was 36:43; I was able to shave over 3 minutes off that time and finish in 33:05. But I'm getting ahead of myself a bit here . . . <BR> <BR> This is the third year we have done the Kent Cornucopia Days 5K Fun Run. It takes place in the Kent Valley near a river, so the course is one of the flatt... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 23:43:06 EST Ragnar Northwest Passage route preview today! Ragnar Northwest Passage is now less than two weeks away, so today my husband and I met up with some of the other people from our team and two other teams organized by our friend, Penny, to get a preview of the course. Due to a mixup in van rental reservations, our team has the pleasure(!) of renting minivans instead of larger ones, which means all the runners will take turns driving rather than having non-running designated drivers--no room for an extra person, and relatively tight quarters ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 00:51:24 EST Check it out! Here's the blog of a friend you need to read: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/ironman-coeur-dalene-recap.html </link> <BR> <BR> If you think it's not possible to achieve your goals, read his story. He started out at well over 300 pounds. He has lost over 100 pounds, has run multiple marathons and most recently completed his first Ironman. Go, Travis! <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 17:07:01 EST It might be silly, but . . . I got very excited when I finally saw a race picture of me with both feet off the ground! That made me feel like a "real" runner; I know, I know, with 13 half marathons and over 1,000 miles covered in the last 18 months or so, I am a real runner. Seeing the picture just made my day, though, since I've never had one before. (Haven't purchased the picture so I can't post it here, you'll have to take my word for it, LOL!) <BR> <BR> Of course, the picture also showed me in the process of heel st... Tue, 26 Jun 2012 00:45:12 EST Race #10/Half Marathon #5 of 2012: Seattle Rock'n'Roll Today was my half marathon "anniversary" race! Last year, the Seattle Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon was my very first half marathon, so I was excited to do it again this year but as an experienced half marathoner (this was #13!). <BR> <BR> But before I give a race report, I have to back up a couple of days. Due to some scheduling conflicts at work for the days I originally signed up for vacation, I needed to change my vacation around. I thought taking a couple of days off to go enjoy the expo fo... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 00:32:10 EST Got chocolate milk? Who IS that person?? Last month at the Portland Rock'n'Roll, I stopped by the Got Chocolate Milk? booth and recorded a short video application for their Team REFUEL project. I didn't hear anything back, so I figured that it was that--it was fun to sit in a chair, pretend I was a "star" for a few minutes and extol the virtues of chocolate milk since it IS my go-to post workout fuel. Then I received the following email last night: <BR> <BR> "Congrats – you are a May Team REFUEL finalist! That means you submitted a... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 16:00:05 EST Race #9/Half Marathon #4 of 2012: Memorial Day HM--well, THAT was different! Okay, this was without a doubt the weirdest and most disorganized race that I have ever done. My husband and I got the crazy idea after the Portland Rock'n'Roll that we wanted to do one more half before the Seattle Rock'n'Roll next month so we would reach 12 HMs in 12 months. (Yes, I know that we are crazy!) That meant a quick search online to find a nearby, inexpensive half marathon, which led us to the one we did today. It was about an hour away, obviously very small, and only $45--dirt che... Mon, 28 May 2012 22:41:42 EST Race #8/Half Marathon #3 of 2012: Portland Rock'n'Roll What an amazing weekend! I'm exhausted, but I had an absolute blast from start to finish this weekend. Pull up a chair and relax a bit, this is gonna take awhile! <BR> <BR> It started with our trip to Portland on Friday. We knew that our friend, Shannon, who runs most half marathons with us, and her husband and children were heading to Portland around the same time and would be staying at a hotel across the street from us, but we did not expect to connect with them until probably Saturday. W... Mon, 21 May 2012 00:59:15 EST Bounce! Bounce! Bounce! This weekend is the inaugural Portland Rock'n'Roll Half Marathon, and in case you can't tell, <BR> <BR> I <BR> <BR> AM <BR> <BR> EXCITED! <BR> <BR> It's not the race itself that has me bouncing around so much, though I expect that to be a blast. It's the meetups that will be happening while we're there! <BR> <BR> Saturday I'll be meeting up with one of my best friends from high school whom I have not seen since before I was married 32 years ago. We reconnected some time back on Facebook... Wed, 16 May 2012 14:48:51 EST Race #7 of 2012: Inspiring Hope 10K Saturday was my 7th race of the year and what I consider my anniversary race, the Inspiring Hope 5K/10K. It's the first race I ever did two years ago (as a walker), and it is one of my favorite races--definitely an annual event in our household. <BR> <BR> The day did not start well. Somehow between the house and the car, I lost my ticket for the post-race pancake breakfast I was looking forward to. Of course I discovered that halfway to the race; boo! Then as we were getting off the freeway ... Mon, 14 May 2012 11:08:35 EST Tomorrow Tomorrow marks the two-year anniversary of my "racing" career, so to speak. I will be running in the Inspiring Hope 5K/10K run for the third time. The first year, I walked the 5K and was immediately bitten by the race bug; I had such a good experience, I couldn't wait to do another, then another, and, well, if you're read any of my race reports, you know there have been a whole lot more since then. Last year I ran the 10K, which is what I'll be doing again tomorrow. Great race, great cause (g... Fri, 11 May 2012 13:48:22 EST One of my favorite blogs I was browsing through some of the blogs I subscribe to, and one in particular always makes me stop and think: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Mark and Angel Hack Life is a blog about, well, life. The subtitle is "Practical Tips for Productive Living," and the subjects vary widely. Here's the short version of the one from April 26 that resonated with me: 12 Things You Should Be Able to Say About Yourself. Go read the full version here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.marcan... Wed, 2 May 2012 01:31:23 EST Where it started: Sucked into the vortex Okay, I'll admit it right up front--I'm blogging for my SparkPoints because that will push me to the next level! <BR> <BR> As I was thinking about how to get to that level, I remembered where it all started for me with SparkPeople in 2010. I didn't know anyone here; I hadn't joined any teams, participated in any challenges, or done anything other than read some articles and blogs. Then I saw the list of how you could get SparkPoints. Ohhh, a game of sorts, with ways to earn points! Yep, I wa... Tue, 1 May 2012 14:57:35 EST