NEWKAREN43's SparkPeople Blog NEWKAREN43's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Running This Weekend Saturday I decided to walk to the school, walk/run and then walk home. Between the trip to and from and the 1.25 miles on the track that was about 3 miles. My laps looked like this: <BR> <BR> Lap 1 - Ran all of it <BR> Lap 2 - Walked 1/2, ran 1/2 <BR> Lap 3 - Waked 1/2, ran 1/2 <BR> Lap 4 - Walked whole lap <BR> Lap 5 - Walked 1/2, ran 1/2 <BR> <BR> I had a bit of exercise induced asthma and I was pretty uncomfortable for a while but it wasn't scary. My DH was concerned, lectured me a bi... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 23:02:18 EST Running Day 2 When I got out of bed this morning I decided that if I didn't run today, I might not move at all tomorrow! We went to church and came home, then straight to the track. Today instead of walking to the school, I conserved my energy for the run on the track. <BR> <BR> Here's how it went: <BR> Laps 1-4: Walk 1/2, Run 1/2 <BR> Lap 5: Walk whole lap <BR> Laps 6: Walk 1/2, Run 1/2 <BR> Lap 7: Walk whole lap <BR> Lap 8: Walk 1/2, Run 1/2 <BR> <BR> But, here is the really exciting part to me, my m... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 18:58:29 EST I'm a Runner! One of my goals as I've gotten more healthy and fit, and as I've seen other friends accomplish it, is I've wanted to be a runner. I want to run. <BR> <BR> My SP Friend EBeams says that once you run, you are a runner. As much as I appreciate that, I ran a few steps a couple of times and still really couldn't call myself a runner. Until Today... <BR> <BR> Today, I set out on a walk over to the middle school near my home. It's just a good stretch of the legs to get there but they have a be... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 22:05:29 EST Dr. Joseph Mercola As many of you know, I have been on this journey since January 2011. I started by counting calories, carbs, protein, fat, etc as per the SP tracker. Earlier this year I started reading Mark's Daily Apple about eating Grok where the emphasis is eliminating grains and root veggies, while eating meat and veggies. I successfully eliminated breads, potatoes, pasta, etc but I still wasn't seeing any weight loss, even while exercising for hours at a time, literally. <BR> <BR> Recently, I got an ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 23:20:15 EST 82 Days It has been 82 full days since my beloved daughter last self-harmed. Has it been easy for her, definitely no. Has it been easy for me and/or her dad, definitely no. Has it been easy for her brother, no, but he has taken it easier with her than I have, for sure. You know, he suggests iPod aps, he suggests music he thinks she should hear (pretty insightful songs, I might add) and he just treats her as a brother treats a sister, no holds barred, no 'better not say that', no 'she's fragile so... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 23:29:17 EST Strange Day On Tuesday July 3rd, I had the weirdest was strange and weird and has left me a bit unsettled. <BR> <BR> My son has worked for 2 months at the coffee shop where I have gotten coffee for the past, probably, three years. So, Tuesday morning I pull up at the coffee shop and the owner, Gene, takes my order, I pull to the next window, he hands me my son's paycheck (cash) and asks me to confirm the amount and sign for it. No big deal, right? So, I count and sign and hand the signed pag... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 21:04:08 EST Tough Times = Lessons Learned In April I learned that my daughter who is 13 was not only being bulled at school, which I knew some about, but I also learned she was self-harming; cutting and burning. The harming has been going on since she was in third grade. <BR> <BR> The story of my daughter's harming is really her story to tell so I probably won't go into that much here. I will however tell you all that she is in counseling, she is on medication, she is working very hard to heal and she has not harmed in the last 31... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 21:07:04 EST Take this world and give me Jesus... All I Know is I'm not Home Yet, This is NOT Where I Belong! Take this World and Give me Jesus, This is NOT Where I Belong! <BR> <BR> This is a line from a Christian song that my kids and I love to hear come on the radio. We all sing along... <BR> <BR> Tonight, on the way home from church, we had separate cars because of family members needing to be too many places...Hubby came home directly after church, I stayed and brought the kids home. And this song came on the radio and once again, ... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 23:40:42 EST Clothes and Weight Since I have one pair of pants that were decent to wear to work, I decided I was going shopping today and I wasn't going home until I had pants. Really, pants. I just want a pair of pants, not jeans, lets be clear that my dress code at work says no jeans, not even gorgeous colored ones... <BR> <BR> I've lost 42 pounds in the past year and over 16 inches just in the last 6 months. I know, I can't really say that enough...I'm pretty pleased with my accomplishments. But I can honestly say t... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 22:29:59 EST An Idea I have... One of the things that I like about the Flab Fighters class that I attend at the Fitness Studio is the variety of the exercise that I get. Like I said in my Saturday March 17 blog is that I can go to the class 5 or more times per week and still get a different work out every single class! Love that! <BR> <BR> For Christmas, I asked for a GymBoss interval timer and I got it. This tool is a nifty little gadget where you can time intervals with time in between. So, say you want to do every ... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 20:51:19 EST Flab Fighters Flab Fighters is a class that I really enjoy taking at the Fitness Studio where I work out with some of my SP Friends, EBeams,TBeams and SkinnyRadle. <BR> <BR> This class is 'sold' as "the heaviest 5 pounds will ever feel" - or something close. The instructor is usually Kim Rose, she also owns the Fitness Studio. Anyway, why am I tell you all of this? Well, because this is my blog and I want to! Ok, I'm being smart. First, I have been asked to blog about FF and second, because I have an... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 20:42:04 EST Just How Big is the Love of God? I told my DD this story about eternity, because eternity is such a big concept to fathom...if you have a rope that is a mile long, really any length that you imagine, and you take a ball point pen and you draw a line around that rope. That ball point pen line is your life on the rope of eternity. One ball point pen width in a whole rope!!!! <BR> <BR> So, DD was at Winter Retreat this weekend, she told the counselor that story. A while later the counselor came back to DD and said, "Hey, r... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 22:03:09 EST Much Ablog about Little I don't have a lot to report but what I do have to say is quite exciting for me! <BR> <BR> One of my greatest regrets is not having measurements from when I started my weight loss journey in Jan 2011. Finally, when I was frustrated with pounds lost in October 2011, I finally decided to take some measurements, a starting point if you will. By Jan 1, 2012 when I took my second set of measurements, I lost 7 inches but no pounds! Not bad, right? <BR> <BR> So today I decided to measure again.... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 20:24:46 EST Grok, Primal, Paleo For most of my life I've had problems with my guts. When I was 9 I had ulcers - I guess you could say I was a Type A personality before it was popular! At that time I went over a year eating a 'bland' diet. My blessed mom literally cooked me different food than what was served daily to my family. I got potatoes before they were gravied or spiced, I got veggies that had no sauce on them, meat was cooked without gravy, I seam to remember a lot of meatloaf. I had no soda (it was our traditi... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 18:31:34 EST Tiny, short blog My SIL's mom has a recurrence of breast cancer, very active non-Hodgkin lymphoma and the breast cancer has spread to her spine. <BR> <BR> No radiation, 6 rounds of chemo. My SIL is coming home on Sunday, 1/5/12 but will return her mom's in Seattle for each round of chemo. <BR> <BR> As my SIL says, "we covet your prayers" youngest niece (Micayla, age 6) wants her mommy home 'right now'. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for your prayers, positive thoughts, etc. Blessings to each of you on your... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 23:23:59 EST Strange Weekend Yesterday I got a call from my brother and a text from my SIL asking that we take their little ones (we call them the 'babies') for even a couple of hours. My SIL is in Seattle with her mom who has recently been diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer and stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - they are currently testing to see if the the cancer has spread, they have already found abnormal cells in her hip/pelvic bone but they aren't calling that cancer yet. Anyway, my older niece and nephew ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 22:25:31 EST Bodybugg, Body Media, Others??? There are these 'tools' that you can buy and use that tell you how many calories you burn, how well you sleep, they 'interact' - I think that's not the right word - with a program where you track your food kinda like SP but with other information that you wear on your body. <BR> <BR> Near as I can tell, you wear an armband that records a bunch of stuff during the day and perhaps a watch type reader and then there is a program where the statistics are assessed on the computer. <BR> <BR> I ... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 22:50:09 EST How Hard is Hard Enough?? I've been on SP for almost a year. During that time I've gone from working out 11 minutes on my elliptical (1/2/11) to joining a bootcamp class for an hour this morning and doing Zumba and a ST class on Thursday evening. I not only own and love my elliptical but I have recently purchased a recumbent bike which I also love. I have a yoga mat, a collection of DVD's, barbells from 3# - 10# and resistance bands and the clothes...I've come a long way. I work out often, I enjoy 'being worked ou... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 17:19:08 EST Work Out Clothes - Post Workout Update Once you take the tags off the sports bra, it becomes a little easier to get into, once sweat damp, not easy to get out of...but, wow! I was SO comfortable during my workout! The girls stayed right were they belong - I thought I had support before - now I know better. Also, the fabric that I keep touching and saying 'ick' is really neat stuff! This is NOT your Grandma's polyester!!! <BR> <BR> I sweat, I mean, I really sweat when I work out. And I've been wearing cotton so you can ima... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 21:12:55 EST Work Out Clothes - Men may want to skip this blog Today I took back a pair of 'sweatpants' that were far too large (thankfully!). I offered them to by sweet husband but they were at LEAST 6 inches too long for him. He's such a cutey! <BR> <BR> So I decided it was a good time to get some workout clothes to better reflect my commitment to working out and show a little of how far I've come. I realized when posting my "appearances" blog that I would probably feel better about myself if I wasn't hiding out in shirts that are 2-3 sizes too lar... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 18:47:07 EST Reflecting on 2011 and Goals for 2012 As I've reflected on 2011 I must admit I've been a little under-whelmed with myself. I kind of thought that was no way to inspire myself to greatness in 2012 so I'm trying to focus on the positives. Here is a list of the best: <BR> <BR> 1. Logged 9753 minutes of exercise this year <BR> 2. Sustained a 269 day streak of being on Spark (since Europe trip) including logging all my food every one of those days. <BR> 3. Lost a total of 37 pounds in 2011 <BR> 4. Decreased my body measurements by... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 20:19:37 EST Musings and Christmas As I was working out on Th and F this week, I decided that "appearances" (my last blog) was closer to what I should be reading thank writing. I need to get some sleeveless workout shirts so I can see my muscles. They are developing nicely and I'm missing out on seeing them. Second, I need some capri workout pants, so I can see my calves, they are SO well-defined that I need to see them when I work out so I can appreciate the strength of my body. That said, I have a rash on one calf that I... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 23:01:21 EST Appearances I've had a couple of thoughts about "appearance" recently. I'm exploring my thoughts... <BR> <BR> First, I was at Flab Fighter class on Saturday noon and I was looking at our instructor and my classmates in the mirror. Some who are getting fit, dress skinny. Some who are getting fit, dress fat. I dress like a fat girl. I said to myself that I was working out, do you 'dress up' to work out? Hm...that was thought one. <BR> <BR> Second, I was at church this morning, we go to a very casua... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 22:35:44 EST Karen's Chronicles November 6, 2011 What a week...I'll spare you all the icky parts and just hit the numbers... <BR> <BR> Eating this week wasn't too bad. One day, Wednesday, I ate candy at work. It was icky, left my teeth feeling nasty, made me feel like I'd wasted calories...serious waste. I ended the week eating 5 days at the low end of my calories, one day at the top end and one day over. Candy day was not the over day...interestingly enough...not too bad. <em>421</em> <BR> <BR> My workouts were lame or non-existent ... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 22:43:18 EST Karen's Chronicles - October 30, 2011 I absolutely have to start with the big news first!!! I lost 5 pounds this week!!! I have said for months and months that if I keep doing the right things, I will move that scale. I had NO idea it would move that dramatically...I was stunned. You know the drill, big or small number, we get on the scale, do a double take, get off, get back on, is the number the same? Get off, get back on - and in our house this morning I went running into the kitchen to say to my beloved husband "Guess wh... Sun, 30 Oct 2011 19:28:40 EST Karen's Chronicles - October 23, 2011 I continue with a FABULOUS month of October!!! I have been inspired by friends, SP Friends and those who don't Spark. I've been inspired by compliments and by my own performance. So, let's see how it breaks down... <BR> <BR> Food: <em>291</em> <em>277</em> <em>267</em> <BR> I ate at the low end or under my calories every day of the last 7 including Saturday when we went to Red Lobster for my son's 15 year b-day dinner out. I can honestly say 2 things about the experience; first, the ... Sun, 23 Oct 2011 22:13:15 EST Week in Review - Karen's Chronicles Catchy Title, huh? I was thinking of "Karen's Khronicles" but that seemed almost cheesy! <em>22</em> <BR> <BR> This week was an interesting one. <em>52</em> <BR> <BR> Food: I ate under my calories 6 days this week. Under my minimum calories. This really isn't what I intended when I set this goal in October, I was aiming for the low end of my range, not under my range completely. My range is 1400-1750 and I ate 1015-1312. I have to work harder on having a snack mid afternoon to get me... Sun, 16 Oct 2011 21:49:27 EST Blood, Sweat and no Tears <em>331</em> . <em>312</em> <em>311</em> > <em>331</em> <em>312</em> <em>311</em> <BR> One of my goals for October is to work out on Saturday in the morning instead of evening like I usually this morning, I set out for a walk. 4.5 miles in 60 minutes was my goal, I greased my feet, set out strong...about a mile in I considered shortening my route, but quickly decided that I really wanted to make the 4.5 miles. I've done it before, but I didn't work out every evening this week l... Sat, 15 Oct 2011 22:18:02 EST Greasy Feet Two and Weekly Review First, I need to clear up a misunderstanding about Greasy is vaseline and NEOSPORIN, not hydrocortisone see, these are very different products and I thank those of you who questioned why hydrocortisone. SKINNYRADLE, one of my future running partners, cleared this up. The vaseline is for lubrication of the feet and the neosporin is for healing any problems that you have on your feet. <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> Second, several SP friends have started updating their previo... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 18:57:55 EST Greasy Feet Strange name for a blog? My Nampa - Caldwell SP friends know just about exactly what I'm going to say here... <BR> <BR> Tonight I took a walk, 3.2 miles, still 15 minutes per mile, but that's ok, right gang??? Because the real question is, 'Did Karen get blisters on her feet?' and the answer is "NO"!!!!!! <BR> <BR> The answer to my blister issue seems to be 'greasy feet'. My SP friends at our monthly, in-person huddle suggested that I make a slurry of vasoline and hydrocortisone cream a... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 21:51:06 EST Intensity Matters On Oct 1 I made a re-commitment to myself and to losing weight. Let's face it, a 2 month plateau will either be your doing or your undoing and I really, really want it to be my doing. <BR> <BR> So, Sat, Oct 1 was my daughters 13th birthday, she spent Friday night with a friend so she could pay 'child rates' one more time at the movies...and she wasn't coming home until early afternoon. I got up, got some water, and I got on my elliptical machine. This was my first am workout in well, an u... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 23:17:43 EST October Starting Fresh In July I'd lost 30 pounds. My daughter and I talked about me losing 30 more pounds by today, her 13th birthday, October 1. Well, I've spent the last 2+ months on a plateau, always weighing within 2-3 pounds of the weight I posted this morning which is a 29 pound loss. I've been frustrated, I've tried several changes though I htink my body is looking for a dramatic change to move weight again. Not ironically, I have always been able to lose 30 pounds, I've once been able to lose 40 pounds... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 13:20:06 EST I'm Frustrated Pure and simple, I'm frustrated. I'm eating completely within my ranges, I'm doing cardio, I'm doing ST. I'm drinking my water, I'm not drinking alcohol. I've changed up my workouts... <BR> <BR> I'm starting to think about trying some HCG to see if I can get the weight moving again. <BR> <BR> I'm just plain and simple frustrated. I'm working too darn hard and living without too many foods that I love to just keep on and not losing. Frustrating! Sun, 18 Sep 2011 22:17:18 EST Recently MIA...But Back on Track So recently I hit my first really BIG bump in the road on this journey. I went AWOL, I was so completely MIA, I couldn't find myself! <BR> <BR> Mid July came and I was doing well, I handled hubby's birthday and though I didn't eat great, I worked out a lot during our week of vacation but I got off track with SP, I was tracking food and fitness but I wasn't reading or blogging or visiting friends or commenting and my e-mails went completely out of control! <BR> <BR> Then I had a birthday ... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 21:06:23 EST Sometimes I reach the end... In my life before SP (I hate to call it BS, but that about sums it up, Before Spark) I would reach the end of myself often, about every other week. The end of me is not's tired, sometimes sick, I have no energy, my mouth runs but has no filters, I have no patience, I am a tougher boss than normal, I'm not a very nice mom and my 'wife skills', well, there just aren't any. This was a weekly or bi-weekly occurrence before Spark. Now, it's been just about non-existent. <BR> <BR> I... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:19:09 EST Nampa Idaho Tour w/Pictures One of the challenges for my The Amazing Race Team race is to blog about a walking tour of our city. I took pictures along the way. The walk was short, I went to the oldest part of our old downtown. Here is what I saw. <BR> <BR> I started at the back of our old train station, the track side. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And took a gorgeous picture of Old Glory! <BR> <img src=""> <... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 22:51:38 EST Family Dynamics I've written this blog several times...well, started it anyway but never posted it. <BR> <BR> Two months ago my dad moved back to Idaho from Illinois where he has lived for the past 9 years. He has essentially been out of my life for 11 years and I'd gotten beyond the point where I missed him, or even thought of him. It's a complicated past and I'm finding it to be a complicated present and a confusing future. I'm having trouble finding time or energy or desire to have him in my life. Th... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 23:33:35 EST You've Been Remade Christian music speaks to me. I only listen when I'm in the car but I love to sing along and the words are what it is about for me. So, I was just on a SP page of a friend who is struggling and this song came to my mind...and I have to share it because this is it...this is what we are here for, this is the journey and in this song I find a gigantic personal promise from God, to me. I am this girl...but greater than that, I'm His. May each of you be blessed by these lyrics. Karen <BR> <B... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 22:42:08 EST I did pushups...Yep... So recently I read The Spark. It was a great reminder of the stages, took me back to the basics. So I was very interested in the back of the book, near the end where it was talking about the 10 minute exercises. As you know, I've been stuck at 28-29 pounds lost and gaining and losing the same 3 pounds for almost 5 weeks now, I know mixing up my work out will pop me out of this plateau. <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> There is this one where you put your hands down on the floor and then do t... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 23:09:07 EST Food from A-Z Thank You GiantMicrobe A: is for Apple, what’s your favorite variety? <BR> Apples are too much trouble to eat - but we have a Fuji apple tree so I do lots of applesauce, apple pie and apple crisp <BR> <BR> B: is for Bread, regardless of nutrition, calories, or whole grains what is your favorite type to have a nice big piece of? <BR> Sourdough is my favorite. But now the sandwich thins are a fave... <BR> <BR> C: is for Cereal what is your favorite kind currently (just one!) <BR> I've loved cereal for my whole ... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 22:39:37 EST Embracing my "Stuckness" I'm stuck. I'm at a plateau. I've lost 29 pounds in 2011, 22 of those on SP and I'm stuck. I've gained and lost the same 3 pounds for the past several weeks. Stuck tighter than a cork in a jug. <BR> <BR> *I'm tracking all I eat. <em>45</em> <BR> <BR> *I'm drinking my water and more. <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> *I'm sleeping 9-10 hours a night (I need lots of sleep). <em>176</em> <BR> <BR> *I'm doing cardio 3-4 times a week. <em>315</em> <BR> <BR> *I'm ST several times a week, wor... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 21:47:33 EST Walking Issues - I need help! I try to walk as often as the weather allows, but I have some issues. <BR> <BR> First, I get blisters on the bottom of my feet - on the ball of the foot between the big toe and the "pointer" toe. I wear New Balance walking shoes. I had a shoe guy tell me that I have to wear ThIcK socks - so I do...Nike work out socks. <BR> <BR> Second, I can't walk faster that 4 miles/hour. I do really well until I get the blisters and then...I get slower, of course, the pain slows me down. <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 23:07:41 EST Shopping Trip 2... Today I went shopping with my mom, she is a super-shopper, the person that I've shopped with all my life and she knows me better than anyone...I really, really needed some slacks for work. We recently got a new dress code at work that said we couldn't wear jeans AT ALL - what!?!?! Ok, so I've lost 28-29 pounds and I've gone down 4 pant sizes and I really have little to wear. I have 2 pairs of slacks that were in my closet that I 'shrunk in to' but they are really over a size too Sat, 4 Jun 2011 23:14:04 EST I ate...gasp...pop tarts...of all... During the summer we usually buy food that we don't normally have in the house because the kids are home all day and they consume enormous amounts of food - ginormous, enormous quantities of we shopped on Saturday morning, stocking up for summer...including pop tarts. My beloved and I do this shipping without the kids, but trust me, with their input (!)... <BR> <BR> So, pop tarts...hold NO desire for me at all! I haven't been eating sweets!! But then my son said "Cherry Pop Tart... Mon, 30 May 2011 17:05:52 EST The Man and Me... I've been married for almost 17 years...and I love him, I really, really love him. He is the father of the children that I was told I would never have (100% chance of never having children without major medial intervention) yet here are the lovely children, sired by him, carried by my own body...the children, 12 and 14 years later, are 'the frosting on the cake'...the man and I who created them are the cake. We really are a great team, we are really, The Team. I love him more than breath,... Sun, 29 May 2011 23:06:36 EST The Story of Flowering Plants My brother, my only sibling...I love this guy, he is 1 year and 11 months older than me and he has been my hero since I was conceived! <BR> <BR> Ok, enough extolling the love of my big brother...his second child, his oldest daughter, who will be 18 in July is graduating high school this year and then she will join her older brother in Seattle at SPU next fall - and is there this weekend for registration/orientation. The graduation party will be June 4 at their house. In light of the party... Sat, 21 May 2011 21:19:13 EST Trouble with Artificial Sweeteners In my life Before SparkPeople (I guess B.S. would be appropriate!) I tried to drink diet soda, sugar free beverages, substitute a packet os sweet n low for sugar in my iced tea, etc. But I didn't drink the amount of fluids that I do now, in my A.S. or After SparkPeople era... <BR> <BR> With the addition of water, really fluids in general to my lifestyle, I often, probably more often than I should have or maybe even realized, dumped in a Crystal Light pack or Wyler's packet of flavor to my c... Thu, 19 May 2011 23:27:51 EST I went shopping for clothes... Next Saturday is the 40th Anniversary Celebration for the company that I work for and during that celebration they give out longevity awards, I'll be receiving my 10 year award and I will be presenting to my staff 1-10 year award and 2-20 year this is a big deal, a big event. I am expected to look nice, dressy professional nice. So, my 12 year old daughter and I went shopping. <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark for over 3 months, I've lost 26 pounds in 2011, I've worked out hard, I'... Mon, 9 May 2011 13:04:55 EST Positive Self Talk Throughout my life I've tried to be a positive person. I enjoy encouraging other people to do their best, succeed, grow... <BR> <BR> One of the things that I've struggled with as an adult, especially as an overweight woman with perfectionist tendencies who manages staff in a tough industry (medical) and a tough field (collections) is feeling like I don't have a lot of successes to celebrate. That usually takes me to a place where I start thinking I'm not good at what I do or don't succeed ... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 23:01:20 EST Reading YOUR Blogs! Thank you!!! I have been on Spark for 3.5 months. I've lost 22 pounds since the first of 2011, 16 of those pounds on Spark. So...what about your blogs??? <BR> <BR> I've been reading blogs about my new Spark Friends; gaining weight and losing it f-a-s-t, handling a child's birthday party with an ice cream cake (oh my!), losing friends in death from cancer but also every day life, grandchildren born with illnesses, jokes about weight loss (to really get us through!), traveling, challenges, frustrations,... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 22:55:13 EST