HIKETOHEIGHTS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HIKETOHEIGHTS HIKETOHEIGHTS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Amazing photo of moon and Venus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045360 Amazing photo of moon and Venus <BR> <BR> <BR> Throughout the day on Monday, as the hours ticked by, the moon moved closer to Venus and ultimately passed in front of it. This was taken in La Habra Heights, California. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7bf3345c-dd12-4dda-8e0f-737092323368.png"> <BR> photo by Bruce Everett <BR> <BR> On a different note, Sox goes home to his mommy for the first time in over a month after gone missing. He had been living on my neig... Thu, 10 Dec 2015 11:08:21 EST Thanksgiving Progress... who knew it was possible? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038159 Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays with the main attraction of food. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d187776d-de23-4a7e-8a6c-5865f906c661.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The plan is to eat myself into the shape of a balloon with intent. <BR> <BR> Body Combat Class begins in 45 minutes... <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/55a178e6-8eb4-4dbc-aef4-f3a78d5daf0a.png"> <BR> <BR> This will be so much better than overeating#shockingmyself! <BR> <BR... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:23:08 EST Happy 80th Surprise Party for Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033061 Mom is a very smart and proud woman. She prides herself on being ahead of the game if you will. We pulled one over on her with a surprise birthday party. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9419492c-27ef-4782-b57a-5808c971ecf6.jpg"> <BR> Surprise! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5638b6d7-c059-4f06-bcac-6f9cbf9781c6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97b13e15-8976-4447-b911-d656fe04b326.jpg"> <BR> Mom was so happy... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 11:44:26 EST Binx & Champ; Sugar. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025517 For some time we have been learning just how bad sugar is. It has become undeniable, we might as well be doing crack. I propose we have sugar rehab for those of us who can't stay away from it. <BR> <BR> I am fostering two cuties; Binx & Champ: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3f87377-2b45-4b48-b067-15d7ff8d193b.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e5a27fa4-8dbc-41f3-bd19-280829e44cb7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> They are so incredibly sweet and ... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 17:04:31 EST Molly & Polly-Rescue WORKS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023260 While hiking with my daughter a few months ago we found 3 abandoned kittens with no food or water source. With some advice and help we were able to rescue 2 of them. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/143a88bc-f5b7-47de-907c-f98c1cdad6fd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They captured our hearts and we re-homed them. They are now Molly & Polly: <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f209822a-25c4-4df8-a407-1fc2c729073e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They are so big and extremely happy ... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 16:29:20 EST *Sox* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018128 Meet Sox <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fe13cd5-c6a6-4ff0-9da9-5925d36ed6e3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He is a spirited male cat with a mind of his own. He comes from a loving home that has had a significant reduction in occupants leaving him without a caretaker. He was also the cause of an entire house re-model, just saying. <BR> <BR> He is reluctantly staying here on a temporary basis until I can find him a home. Baily and Moo are like "whaat?" It will take a few days for... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 10:42:34 EST A New Family and a Happy Ending http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007540 Kitty & Kitty were taken to their new home today. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bf679856-5b2c-4493-b2d1-76200eb2ac7a.JPG"> <BR> Baily was close to the kittens so they were very friendly with their new canine sibling. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/65a08285-edcc-446e-a6d2-199eed62a1c8.JPG"> <BR> <BR> People said the kittens should have been left in the wild to survive, but seeing how sweet and loving they turned out I don't agree. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 16:27:50 EST Abandoned Kittens Getting Older http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006295 My daughter and I found these 3 adorable female kittens abandoned. They are getting cuter by the day. They are Tabby gorgeous with stripes. Life turns on a dime, one day they were starving and now they are playing constantly. Some lucky person gets these two beautiful little girls. Baily loves playing with them and she thinks she is their manager. We are looking for a good home as I can't keep them. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7f22883-82fa-4f4b-9c49-cf7ec5766a... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:54:26 EST Feral Kittens & Baily http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985184 Took 3 days to catch these kittens. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7f7c0ea1-e3cb-412c-ba3b-df319d9a419b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Baily is watching over them. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/898d45ab-6ad5-4a08-9638-06142650502d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have coyotes who will hunt them down, but they are being extremely communicative about wanting to be outside. Not really sure what to do with them. Moo was raised in the wild and she is a survivor. Interestingl... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:03:28 EST My heart is breaking, this had me in tears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978535 I have been mocked and belittled for picking up trash on sidewalks. Most people don't realize the floating trash ends up in the ocean after the wind blows it into our storm drains. I did not need to see a video like this one to motivate me to pick up trash when I see it. Perhaps some people should watch this, particularly the liter bugs like my neighbor who throws trash right out of his pick up truck. I have been told people don't care, but I refuse to believe it. Everyone needs to care.... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:12:45 EST Too good not to share http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973789 I recently enjoyed a trip to Alcatraz and would like to share my photos with you. However, this is too good not to share <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be6d0254-0220-4457-a66c-fa6aa50b7c94.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Seems all the conversations about weight get... well old. How about we just have some fun and let the rest work itself out? Fri, 7 Aug 2015 16:31:24 EST Knock Knock Live http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964326 Ryan Seacrest is the go to local DJ on every morning on 102.7 kiss fm. He is so cool, I just adore him. <BR> <BR> He has a new show starting tonight on FOX and I am watching LIVE! Definitely going to be the best show of the summer! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3f70d03-0927-45a7-89a1-46941a4b07cd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.fox.com/knock-knock-live </link> <BR> <BR> now for a little morning fun <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cdd1eb17-... Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:36:26 EST Mount Whitney http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958167 I had been waiting for an invitation to climb Mt. Whitney for several years. Finally one friend invited me and another friend said she would climb with me. When both opportunities fell through it seemed like I had no options. I realized then this had to happen. <BR> <BR> A fellow docent came up with a plan to help me reach my goals and loaned me everything! It just took one person besides me person to believe I could do it and he was it! He believed in me! My journey was better than ... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 15:26:52 EST Gorgonio Wilderness on Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947331 My backpacking weekend has gone up in smoke, literally. " The Lake Fire " started at 100 acres is now over 9,000. <BR> <BR> Our very own Lynda from Sparkpeople.com was interviewed: <BR> <BR> <link>losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/06/18/l<BR>ake-fire-expands-to-7500-acres-campers<BR>-evacuated/ </link> <BR> <BR> This wild fire is spreading with fierce only 5% contained. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:37:41 EST Laura's Slumber Party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945664 My old buddy from grade school won 4 tickets to a public slumber party. At first I thought... "what? this is too far!" This friend drives up from San Diego to go on hikes with me all of the time so it was my turn to drive to her so I went for her. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1d476001-1748-49ae-9439-1cecca42be77.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d15af623-8091-498f-ba3d-201a83aca523.jpg"> <BR> Here I am with DJ Laura Cain winning a $50.... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 16:55:52 EST Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912314 Mom has been in the hospital since January. She is finally recovering and it seems she might come home soon. Mom's knee surgery lead to a 5 month challenge for the entire family as we all struggled to keep her healthy without feeling discouraged or lonely. <BR> <BR> i have always been proud of my family and never more than now. Everyone managed to visit regularly in spite of the roller coaster we call life. A few had more downs than ups yet managed to do more than the rest. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:17:09 EST Paradise: Havasupai Falls, Arizona http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909908 Havasupai means people of the blue-green waters. The spectacular waterfalls and isolated community within the Havasupai Indian Reservation are on most Hiker's bucket list. This blue- green water is sacred to the Havasupai. It flows not only across the land, but also through each tribal member. When you enter their land, you enter their home, their place of origin. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2105084929.jpg"> <BR> I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Havas... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 12:20:07 EST Hip Hop artist Iggy Azaelia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880154 Iggy Azaelia is a hip hop artist recently nominated for multiple Grammy's. I love her music and I am a fan of the Non-explicit versions of her songs. Here is her Wiki Profile if you want to know more. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l229709657.jpg"> <BR> <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iggy_Azalea </link> <BR> <BR> Like many celebrities she has been criticized in social media. Most of the criticizes is straight out bullying. I follow her on twitter just to keep tra... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:05:23 EST SONY HACKING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834906 I certainly never thought I would see this day. Unknown persons are censoring media, attacking a major corporation, depriving everyone associated with " The Interview" of their success and seemingly getting away with it. <BR> <BR> The damage of this cyber attack goes beyond a big corporation. Sony has cancelled their premier after threats along the lines of 911 if they proceed. This is incredibly unfair to all of the talent behind this film. Threats have been made to the movie theaters if ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:12:13 EST ShoalHaven Zoo, New South Wales http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796967 I noticed I was popping out of my gym clothes this morning at Body Combat so I thought I should make it official and stepped on the scale-up 5 pounds from my goal range so I changed my ticker to keep me accountable. I stopped on the way home to buy some healthy options. Vacations are nice, but it is hard on the waistline and the wardrobe. <BR> <BR> Here are some cute shots from my visit to the ShoalHaven Zoo. <link>shoalhavenzoo.com.au/our-animals/gal<BR>lery/ </link> <BR> <img src="ht... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 17:33:53 EST Blue Mountains National Park in New South Wales, Australia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795437 The Blue Mountains National Park is a protected national park that is located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, in eastern Australia. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l633488326.jpg"> <BR> The Three Sisters are a rock formation in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, on the north escarpment of the Jamison Valley. They are close to the town of Katoomba and are one of the Blue Mountains' best known sites, towering above the Jamison Valley. The... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 19:03:19 EST Mt. Baldy Moonlight Hike & BBQ Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778091 Every Friday and Saturday the weekend of or before the Full Moon Mt. Baldy has a BBQ serving Tri Tip and Chicken along with some tasty fixings and delicious Missy Salad. Hike from the bottom up or take the lift and make the short stroll to desert view. There's lots of different hiking options. We'll supply the great food and live music. The information is here. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mtbaldyskilifts.com/index.lasso#<BR>!moonlighthikes/c1laj </link> <BR> <BR> For anyone who can make it you... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:14:41 EST Idea World Fitness Expo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761141 I clicked on a SparkPeople.com ad getting me a free pass to an " idea world fitness" expo. I went today and had a a good day. They had lots of booths with different bars, healthy stuff and workouts. <BR> <BR> I did a class called U Jam, that was way fun. These folks have moves and rhythm big time. I was a fish out of water having some fun at it. <BR> <BR> Les Mills had a big presence including a Body Combat class. I was super tired by the end of a long day. <BR> <BR> Good to be home... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 23:30:25 EST Tell me I am not the only one! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742041 Going to a pool party today, fun! I haven't worn a swim suit in YEARS! The last swim suit I bought is over a decade old. Good thing I will be with my friends who won't judge me. <BR> <BR> I am guessing I am not the only old lady who doesn't own a swim suit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l855575100.jpg"> <BR> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:59:12 EST Greens: Raw or Cooked? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741598 Someone recently told me raw greens are better for us than cooked. I read a few articles stating otherwise. One article suggested a variety is ideal. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1771506193.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Would you please share your thoughts? Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:27:13 EST Big Pine, California & Shat's Bakery in Biship. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738782 Just went to Big Pine Lakes for some hiking. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l546522058.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l73147745.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l716409410.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1356145956.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l921322425.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nine beautiful glacial lakes high up the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevad... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:52:51 EST Happy Fourth of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731612 I just love our beautiful United States of America. I am so proud and happy to live here, truly a privilege. I received this from my father I hope the link works. I wish everyone a wonderful holiday filled with red, white and blue! <BR> <BR> <link>www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?c<BR>ode=1221321706636&source=jl999 </link> <BR> <BR> Feeling so blessed to be an American. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 23:37:17 EST Happy Memorial Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703440 It certainly is a good day to spend with family and friends breaking bread. I found two spark recipes to share with mine. Love out to those who have served and the ones who love them. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1744250130.jpg"> <BR> Loved ones spend holidays without our soldiers so we can spend the holidays with ours. <BR> <BR> My brother's Bichons Max & Tilda are back. Max grooms his sister first thing each morning. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Mon, 26 May 2014 10:31:13 EST Jillian Michaels, Oak Ridge Boys & Mr. Baby http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697863 Jillian Michaels just finished a tour called " Maximize your life. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1467688223.jpg"> <BR> She has quite the personality that one. I especially liked two things she said: <BR> 1. Where ever you are in your life you are the one that put yourself there. <BR> 2. All you need to accomplish your goals is your "why" ( meaning your reason for setting that goal ). <BR> <BR> I was invited to see The Oak Ridge Boys. I almost said no because I am not... Sun, 18 May 2014 19:43:13 EST Welcome Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694808 Welcome Wednesday we are all in suspense to see what exciting adventures we will have today! Insert some laughter in your day with a comedy or some you tube videos. <BR> <BR> This video is cute, if the link doesn't work for you just enter cat meets baby first time. Should be a baby in a carrier. Pretty funny, the cat reminds me of Baily's first few encounters with children. <BR> <BR> <link>m.youtube.com/watch?v=wHpIyDnwwX0 </link> Wed, 14 May 2014 10:21:26 EST Finding Your Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694222 Look for your happy in the Drama Free Zone <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1846715661.jpg"> <BR> Have a happy day <em>211</em> Tue, 13 May 2014 14:09:10 EST Motivational Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693588 This blog is for my team mates who had a rough holiday, I feel your pain. <BR> <BR> Hello Motivational Monday <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1361414692.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have T.G.I.F. <BR> and <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1924041226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Seems some of us had a stressful holiday followed by fatigue with lack of energy <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1839736077.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No energy to do a regul... Mon, 12 May 2014 17:21:09 EST Brooke' s Graduation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681501 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2040129924.jpg"> <BR> My baby girl, Brooke, graduated from college. She is still a baby to me <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:14:52 EST Les Mills Body Combat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675182 We had an extra special treat in my body combat class this morning. Our regular instructor brought someone to help him teach the class. A bit pathetic when the highlight of your day is going to the gym, but I have so much fun in my body combat classes. <BR> <BR> So as we were doing the class he waits until we are half way to announce there are actually many instructors among us. Lucky us when we had SIX body combat combat instructors. It felt like we had won the jack pot. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:29:59 EST Quote from FB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664208 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l559155786.jpg"> <BR> Got this off a friend's FB page & wanted to share it with my Spark Family. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:43:31 EST Hiking fun & Poachers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645598 Having some awesome hiking adventures lately. A few snow hikes: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1869343116.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l610003399.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l350873811.jpg"> <BR> Sangeetha got this shot of my cucumber snacking. One of my hydration tricks eat wet veggies like cucumber & celery. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1884391947.jpg"> <BR> Ontario pea... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:19:15 EST Spring Forward sparkies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643211 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1587356953.jpg"> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 22:12:27 EST Chilling with Mom & Murphy hiker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641492 Baily makes these sad eyes when I leave without her, but today she was suppose to stay home during Body Combat at the gym. She jumped in my car refusing to get out. We met her puppy au pair and spark friend Murphy hiker who walks her while I take body combat. After this we always visit mom. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1329132197.jpg"> <BR> We lay around and discuss little things and sometimes we have these passionate debates. Everything is fine so long as we al... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 15:10:22 EST Cheri's blog "we are family" re-sparked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638648 We have all heard of a re-tweet, but how about a re-spark? Just read Cheri's blog and just had to re-spark it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638142 </link> <BR> <BR> Her page is set to private so I am including it here in case you can't read it. This is priceless: <BR> <BR> We are family <BR> I got all my cripples with me <BR> We are family <BR> Get up everybody and hobble <BR> <BR> We are family <BR> I got all my cripples... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:46:20 EST Okay to look at map on your phone while driving, really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635956 Do not talk on your phone while driving in California, but go ahead and look at it all you want. An appellate court has determined holding a phone in your hand to follow a map is legal. Reminds me of a moment I nearly lost my life to a young lady staring at her phone driving straight at me while I was walking my dogs. Having someone driving head on at you in a vehicle as you stand there is as haunting as it is infuriating. Apparently now it is perfectly legal. <BR> <BR> The clowns on t... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:22:51 EST What happens when I put my jacket down? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618873 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l534456395.jpg"> <BR> Then I feel guilty when I need my jacket back <em>24</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1845438477.jpg"> <BR> Baily's Valentine's Day portraits. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838234813.jpg"> <BR> Have a great weekend everyone. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 18:48:04 EST 'The Needle & The Damage Done' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614027 Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor and director. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, and received three Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor as well as three Tony Award nominations for his work in the theater. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1865164812.jpg"> <BR> That first moment you consider taking drugs, realize it is the merry- go- round of hell. <BR> <B... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 12:55:31 EST You know this was a great green smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611984 This is for those of you who won't try green smoothies: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l150628829.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1742906642.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l198715483.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51800546.jpg"> <BR> Baily takes ownership of my nutri bullet cup, onward! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l817112382.jpg"> <BR> <img src="... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:55:36 EST Loving this new start page more each day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607239 spark-people keeps improving the site making goal seating easier for us. Now we get points for reviewing our goal board-GENIUS! My goal setting and progress has improved significantly with this reminder. <BR> <BR> The clutter battle is real for most of us. As we get older the crap accumulates so we need to purge. I set it in my goal board, review it daily and happy to toss a few things each day. Feels great to clean up the place too. It starts with baby steps like everything. <BR> <B... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:46:47 EST Confessions of a sugar addict http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605177 I have struggled with my excessive sugar intake my whole life, I did the spark sugar challenge and that did help. Yet every now and then I have little slips into the vicious cycle. This most recent slip was one of the worst. <BR> <BR> I was at my favorite bakery the night I went to the Eagles concert, Portos. I ordered one guava pastery, but he ordered 6. At the end of the night they ended up at my place. The guava pastry is not a treat I can turn down so I ate them all by Friday. The... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:02:28 EST Getting my groove back & http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604349 Recovering from the flu kept me from working out for weeks. Returning to a workout has been surprisingly hard. My fitness level dropped and I am a wimp. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303622614.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1092265265.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l945451704.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1178200237.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No complaint here, just some catch... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:45:32 EST Looking for my groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600361 That awful flu had me in bed for several days <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l157821021.jpg"> <BR> I hadn't worked out for 2 weeks so I gave it a try only to cough my way out of the gym. No one wants a sick person working out next to them. <BR> <BR> Workers unplugged and moved my elliptical so I couldn't use it either. Before I knew it, 3weeks went by. <BR> I woke up this morning and saw this in the mirror <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:05:32 EST 3 arrested for starting fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598987 3 young men were cold so they started a fire in the forest, <em>40</em> Causing a horrible fire for days. People have lost their homes, risked their lives, wildlife will die and suffer a horrible death by fire. Our brave firefighters have to risk their lives because of sheer stupidity. It is so aggravating. <BR> <BR> The boys are in custody with five hundred thousand dollars bail. They were honest when apprehended immediately telling authorities they were sorry, they started the fire... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:15:26 EST Angeles Forest on Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595831 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1458497951.jpg"> <BR> They are calling it the "Colby fire" has burned 125 acres. This fire is so close to homes in Glendora California embers are flying on roof tops and trees. One lady's shirt has a burn hole from the embers. They have their hoses out in an effort to save their homes. <BR> <BR> Our brave firefighters are going to wipe this one out! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1860594060.jpg"> <BR> Vi... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:24:55 EST Present for Baily http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585842 My neighbor gave Baily this collar this morning <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1131653167.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was sweet of her, but it is a bit tight on her. Perhaps Baily needs her own spark page to get down to goal weight, lol. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2144773375.jpg"> <BR> Baily doesn't seem to like it though. <BR> <BR> I so thought I could go work out, but that was nuts. I got tired just walking around the block. I just keep r... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:49:29 EST