At first glance these two photos do not appear to have anything in common. But they are indeed both personal challenges that Spark principles are helping me to conquer. Both are examples of testing the limit of my ability.
My house is on a... Read more
I woke up with negative thoughts. The wind was howling creating a wind chill of 24 degrees.
That is NOT how this weather wimp wanted to do a 5k training run this morning.
I truly would have bailed except for my daily Spark login and read... Read more
If you are overweight, do not fall for the hype to lose the weight quickly!
There is a dark side to following that path.
Through the weight loss/regain chronicles of celebrities, reality TV shows, statistics of the general population... Read more
"I have legitimate conversations with others about weight loss, health issues, the ups and downs of the journey. And for this - I have become stronger, I have become more motivated, I have become a better me!"
I didn’t write that. I read i... Read more
Turn to the best resource Spark has to offer - the Spark People!
I always turn to the blogs first, especially the blogs of the "helpers"
Something there always gives me my daily dose of motivation.
Yes, there are lots of useful resou... Read more
Some years ago my daughter Jeannie (Hayburner1969) gave me a set of dumbbells for Christmas. My mother was in her eighties and not only needed a walker but also could not raise her arms above her head. That meant she needed help getting dress... Read more
How to SUCCEED with their encouragement!
I woke up 3 hours late lacking motivation.
Maybe I’ll just read or putter around the house.
Oh, why not check in with those who understand how this program works.
And I read:
“I Succeed W... Read more
Pianist Sparker Hayburner1969 makes her European debut on March 3rd as part of a 3 day International Concert Series.
www.gasteig.de/veranstal tungen/mein-pianoforte-pia nomarathon-internationaler -meisteramateure.html,v47088... Read more
It wasn't always this way. Feb 14, 1964 my boyfriend of 8 months brought me the biggest box of candy I had ever seen. It was a HUGE valentine box, 2 feet wide. I even knew how much it cost because I passed that "homemade chocolate" candy sho... Read more
It was 1964 and I was a high school senior. It was the first year our school participated in the President's Physical Fitness challenge. It seems that statistics showed we were getting "soft" or maybe it was another attempt for us to keep up w... Read more
I spent most of Saturday at a high school swim meet.
It was the conference championship and I had a connection to two of the schools.
Two of my grandchildren are students at school 'A' and one more is a graduate
One of my grandkids is... Read more
Although I like being active, running, walking, any kind of movement, I can settle into a rut. Spark always gives me a boost, sometimes even a needed kick in the pants.
So, after 8 years here I joined my very first 5% challenge. I've se... Read more
Today is the 1000th day straight that I have logged into Spark. It's also DH's 72nd birthday.
How appropriate that they should coincide. I begin every day with a cup of coffee that Joe made for me, just as he has done every morning for ne... Read more
Challenges are a big part of the spark world. We get invitations when we first join, on the start page, in email, through team activities or even through the posts of friends.
In 8 years I think I've done 3.
30 days of fiber - check, I'm... Read more
My daughter, who recognized that I needed to make some changes, gave me a food scale for Christmas a decade ago.
Eh, who needs it! I eat healthy food
Then she gave me a set of dumbbells.
Eh, who needs those! Look how fit I am.
... Read more