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  • Using Spices in Your Cooking

    12/27/2014 7:52:51 AM, by KABMPH

    (This is really my spice rack!) How do you use spices in your cooking? Most... Read more

  • Holiday Blues

    12/26/2014 3:48:09 PM, by KABMPH

    There are so many things about the holidays that I don't like. The expectation. The potential for bad weather and having to travel. The commercia... Read more

  • Happy Holidays to All My Sparkpals!

    12/23/2014 9:37:21 PM, by DUXGRL1

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  • All Well and Done!

    12/22/2014 11:22:10 AM, by NAYIME

    Wow, I must say that I am "so happy", that my Fall Graduate Degree Quarter ended on today (12/22/14) , this was one heavy quarter th... Read more

  • Trainer Feedback Advice Requested

    12/17/2014 10:54:35 AM, by KABMPH

    My trainer told me yesterday that I only had one more session with her left. She asked if I wanted to renew and in my usual way of avoidance I sa... Read more

  • Hard To Resist $5 Half Marathon

    12/16/2014 2:15:46 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    Ran the GW HM this past weekend. No medal, no music, and no "free" t-shirt. But beautiful views of the Potomac River the whole way. And unlimited... Read more

  • Reducing Sugar Intake

    12/11/2014 9:24:59 AM, by KABMPH

    The American Heart Association recommends that we not consume any more than 100 calories of added sugar per day. I'm pretty sure this translates... Read more

  • $5 vs $50 Half Marathon?

    12/1/2014 10:10:59 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    If it was worth $5, wouldn’t it be worth ten times that? (Huh, you don't like my logic?) Yes, you can run the exact same course as the $5 Gar Wil... Read more

  • 855 Minutes

    11/30/2014 1:33:49 PM, by KABMPH

    I love counting fitness minutes. This month I had 855 minutes, and that is with a 5-day trip to London for a wedding and a 4-day trip to New Orle... Read more

  • So Thankful!

    11/26/2014 4:04:38 PM, by NAYIME

    During this time of the season so many of us are planning and preparing good delicious meals for gathering around our family and friends, and so ... Read more

  • Self-Directed Exercise

    11/26/2014 7:45:10 AM, by KABMPH

    I LOVE my classes at the gym. I enjoy having a trainer (though my 12, 30-minute sessions must be ending somewhat soon). Both make... Read more

  • Eating Less

    11/24/2014 2:10:47 PM, by KABMPH

    Since I was in London two weeks ago, I've been making a conscious effort to eat a little less than usual. In London, I ate less because food is s... Read more

  • ½ and ½ ≠ 1 marathon

    11/15/2014 9:53:38 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    How can ½ + ½ ≠ 1? At the DC Half and Half: You run 6.55M, eat a half-smoke with chili and chips, then run the remaining 6.55M to complete ... Read more

  • Week 3 and Cruisin'

    11/9/2014 11:08:44 PM, by SONGBIRD010

    Did well last week except our Wednesday date night was Chinese takeout and I suspect mine wasn't all that healthy (sautéed General Tso's and brow... Read more

  • Training for the Half and Half Marathon

    11/6/2014 9:42:51 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    This weekend, I will do the DC Half and Half Marathon: Run 6.55M, eat a half-smoke with chili and chips, then run the remaining 6.55M. I admit th... Read more

  • Week Number 2 - Here We Go!

    11/2/2014 2:05:08 PM, by SONGBIRD010

    I just started using Peapod for grocery ordering. It will be much easier to order online every Sunday and pick up Monday afternoon. Instead of ... Read more

  • "Wow, Finally!"

    11/1/2014 7:56:16 PM, by NAYIME

    So, I just received word on last week from my Graduate degree program, the University in which I attend that I will be finished with my Graduate ... Read more

  • I Found the Problem

    10/29/2014 10:55:07 AM, by KABMPH

    As some of you know, I've been stressing over my frequent breakouts. I have been racking my brain over what could be causing it. The dermatologis... Read more

  • Day 3

    10/29/2014 8:35:42 AM, by SONGBIRD010

    Days 1 and 2 were successful. A new challenge today - a catered lunch at work. I need to avoid my usual choices and if I can ditch the bread of... Read more

  • Let's Try This Again

    10/27/2014 8:20:38 AM, by SONGBIRD010

    It has been more than a year since I really focused on healthy eating and my need to lose weight. I was just getting started and had written thr... Read more

  • Motivation

    10/21/2014 10:57:24 AM, by BROADWAYMAVEN

    Today I have been very motivated. I have cooked healthy foods and prepared a meal plan for the week. I have done 30 minutes of walking and worke... Read more

  • exercise v. movement

    10/17/2014 9:43:37 PM, by BROADWAYMAVEN

    I hate the idea of exercising. It isn't that I don't like the activity. It's the emotion that occurs when I hear the words. I try very hard to m... Read more

  • Positivity

    10/14/2014 9:16:12 PM, by BROADWAYMAVEN

    No one is more sympathetic or supportive as I am. I have dedicated myself to supporting women for the first few months postpartum to feel more co... Read more

  • Why Be Healthy?

    10/14/2014 1:26:57 PM, by KABMPH

    Lately I've been thinking about the Whole30 diet. My good SparkFriend JULS_MARIE is doing it and let's face it: I want to be like her. ... Read more

  • Hiking Today

    10/12/2014 6:21:21 PM, by KABMPH

    I had a lovely day hiking in Sky Meadows State Park today! The weather mostly cooperated. We got the hardest part of the hike out of the way at t... Read more

  • Eye Opening Relaxation!

    10/11/2014 1:51:58 PM, by NAYIME

    Its amazing of what just a bit of relaxation will do for the soul, I had to remind myself this morning as I walked in my kitchen to cook breakfas... Read more

  • Ready and Now Count Down Time!

    10/7/2014 7:19:58 PM, by NAYIME

    I have prepared myself for more studying now that my Graduate degree semester for the Fall has begun, and now count down time with only a few cla... Read more

  • Update on the job front

    10/6/2014 10:51:45 AM, by SDLEE514

    I recently blogged that I got a new job!! It came so fast--I got the offer on 9/25 and I needed to fill in my forms by Monday 9/29. Well, I did,... Read more

  • Out with the old , and in with the new, oh my!

    10/4/2014 4:04:51 PM, by NAYIME

    So today I was dreading it, but knew it needed to be done the fact that I have so much clothes in my huge walk in closet, No one ever told me tha... Read more

  • Coming Clean

    10/1/2014 8:54:37 AM, by KELLYINVA

    Full disclosure- I have been trying to get back on track for a while now, and it felt like every day, I would find a way to go off track. I... Read more

  • Weak!

    9/30/2014 8:29:05 PM, by KABMPH

    I enjoyed my training session today. She's mostly having me use the weight machines, and with some of them I saw very clearly how weak I am on my... Read more

  • Celebrating!

    9/30/2014 8:47:41 AM, by NAYIME

    Today I woke up and off at home celebrating my "51" Birthday! And as I got up I notice that my body felt so much light... Read more

  • Etsy shop!!

    9/29/2014 8:24:05 AM, by SDLEE514

    Pardon me while I shamelessly promote the opening of my Etsy shop!!!! www... Read more

  • NEWS!

    9/26/2014 10:40:52 AM, by SDLEE514

    I got a new job offer!!!! I'm still processing. I can't believe my life (because let's face it, work is a big part of your life) will be changing... Read more

  • Going strong!

    9/25/2014 7:55:48 PM, by NAYIME

    I have found that by adding variety with my workouts from the Leslie Sansone 4 mile walk fit dvd, Slim and 6, Rock n Body workout dvd's by Shaun ... Read more

  • Excuses, Squared

    9/25/2014 10:16:47 AM, by KABMPH

    Wednesday (yesterday) was a busy work day as it was the only day I was in the office. Coming off of a successful meeting in Atlanta on Monday and... Read more

  • New beginnings in being thankful!

    9/24/2014 3:01:03 PM, by NAYIME

    Have you often wondered why this or why that situation is going on, or might have happen as it surrounds your daily life?, yes circumstances do h... Read more

  • Dreaded Work Travel

    9/18/2014 1:57:00 PM, by KABMPH

    I have an awful work travel schedule coming up. I will do my best to work out at hotel gyms, but you won't see me around here very much. Here's m... Read more

  • Made it through and still pushing!

    9/15/2014 6:09:05 PM, by NAYIME

    Finally finished my Graduate Degree Summer quarter on today until the Fall quarter starts on October 1, 2014, so will be enjoying this little bre... Read more

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