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Spark Challenges
5/10/2014 2:50:47 PM,  1 COMMENTS

I never realized what I was missing by not taking advantage of the Spark Challenges. Participated in one starting Jan. 18 & signed up for TWO spring c...  Read more

GINGERVISTA

Strength Training
5/3/2014 12:53:10 PM,  3 COMMENTS

I was NOT thrilled when this week's challenge focus was on strength training. Yes, I do ST 3x/week, but I couldn't IMAGINE possibly achieving the (see...  Read more

GINGERVISTA

Dangers of Winging It-UPDATE
4/19/2014 11:21:42 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I was NOT perfect, but instead of all the snacks & treats loaded with fats & sugars I had an apple, two Brazil nuts & a 1" square of the tiramisu I'd...  Read more

GINGERVISTA

The dangers of 'winging it'
4/17/2014 11:00:23 PM,  8 COMMENTS

Am going to a gathering with 15-20 women or more tomorrow for a game night, with everybody bringing snacks & treats at 7pm. At first I wasn't going to...  Read more

GINGERVISTA

First Half-Marathon!
4/13/2014 11:01:10 PM,  6 COMMENTS

I completed my first half-marathon today! I did the Gazelle Girl in Grand Rapids, MI. The money raised went to support 4 different charities, one be...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

ANOTHER Active Day!
4/13/2014 3:31:25 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Don't know what's going on, but had another active day yesterday: 40 minute cardio workout with Jessica Smith (free on-line videos), then hiked with a...  Read more

GINGERVISTA

Active Day!
4/8/2014 9:33:12 PM,  8 COMMENTS

Didn't realize I was going to have such an active day yesterday! First I did one of Jessica Smith's ST free online videos, then I walked to work--2....  Read more

GINGERVISTA

It's almost here!
4/4/2014 9:26:53 PM,  5 COMMENTS

I can't believe how quickly my half-marathon training has went! It's next Sunday! I *think* I'm ready. I ran 12.15 miles last week and did pretty w...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Jessica Smith
4/1/2014 11:14:30 PM,  3 COMMENTS

If you haven't checked out jessicasmithtv.com, I HIGHLY recommend it. Since SP ran an article with her in it, I've been downloading her exercise video...  Read more

GINGERVISTA

Running Buddy
3/24/2014 7:37:58 PM,  5 COMMENTS

I've always thought of myself as a "lone runner"~ liked to run by myself, didn't want to slow someone else down, or be embarrassed if I couldn't run a...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Half-Marathon Training Update!
3/16/2014 1:47:09 PM,  6 COMMENTS

My first half-marathon is one month from today! My training has been going pretty well... I've had the "normal" aches and pains that come with train...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Most recently finished Quilt Top
3/2/2014 7:02:30 PM,  26 COMMENTS

Well I want to share what I've been working on. Finished it and now just need to figure out backing, and get it quilted. I think I might bind in...  Read more

MSWEEZER

Making a BIG move!
2/22/2014 6:55:39 AM,  6 COMMENTS

So my husband and I are finally going to do it..we're going to move to Tennessee! 67 We were always talking about it but unsure we were ready f...  Read more

ADRIENNEAKAAJ

Running Group at Church!
2/2/2014 9:58:10 AM,  6 COMMENTS

My husband and I started a new running group at church. It's for ALL levels, a great way to introduce people to the LOVE of running and for them to m...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Weekend Accomplishment
2/2/2014 9:17:29 AM,  16 COMMENTS

So yesterday was a day of staying in. More snow and cold here in Michigan so after a bit of exercise I treated myself to a 'me' day in my sewing room...  Read more

MSWEEZER

Half-MarathonTraining
1/23/2014 7:17:21 PM,  5 COMMENTS

This is the "official" first week of my half-marathon training! I am using the Hal Higdon "Novice 2" training plan. I was going to use "Novice 1" bu...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Son's crafts
1/23/2014 7:14:50 PM,  3 COMMENTS

So I can share these with some of my SparkFriends, I'm posting some pendants my son made me for Christmas. It's like a glass-blowing process, only...  Read more

GINGERVISTA

S.M.A.R.T. Goals for BLC24
1/19/2014 7:31:31 PM,  9 COMMENTS

My goal is to lose 5 lbs this round of BLC and how I will go about it is as follows: Work to improve my veggie consumption daily. Shoot for 2-3...  Read more

MSWEEZER

Koala Cabinet
1/15/2014 7:55:10 PM,  20 COMMENTS

Okay Seesters, I've been whining about the delivery of this thing for months and I know you're probably all sick of it so now that it has arriv...  Read more

MSWEEZER

1-15-14 another day 1:)
1/15/2014 12:46:37 PM,  3 COMMENTS

I have a class this semester meant to prepare me for graduate school. One of the class requirements is to choose a non-academic self management projec...  Read more

SHEAMAMMA

BLC24 - Plan for Week One!
1/13/2014 8:37:48 PM,  9 COMMENTS

521 249 Okay, we are gearing up for the next round of BLC. I have set a goal of losing 5 lbs this round. 12 weeks to lose 5. Should be easy righ...  Read more

MSWEEZER

New Challenge Sign Up for Total Fitness Group!
1/10/2014 8:32:17 PM,  1 COMMENTS

I am starting a new challenge for the ladies in the "Total Fitness: Mind, Body, and Soul" group. This group is for women who want to grow stronger phy...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

*Now* signed up for 2 Half-Marathons for 2014
1/3/2014 1:27:19 PM,  6 COMMENTS

I posted a blog the other day about running my first half-marathon this April. Well, I am now signed up for TWO. How'd that happen?!?! 40 My husban...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

New Year-Back to the Old Me
1/2/2014 9:55:39 AM,  3 COMMENTS

Everyone (or at least it seems that way) makes a New Year's Resolution to "lose weight" or something very similar. Me, too--I resolve to lose weight i...  Read more

HERZINGM

Happy New Year! Welcome 2014
1/1/2014 8:26:38 PM,  5 COMMENTS

Happy New Year! I love New Year's~ it reminds me of the new beginnings and fresh starts that God gives us every day! Kind of like a "do-over"...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Half-Marathon
12/30/2013 11:47:41 PM,  10 COMMENTS

After over a year and a half of not running due to a hip injury, I have finally been able to run 312 again without pain (yay!) I'm running about 4 m...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Busy times..
12/24/2013 8:41:55 AM,  2 COMMENTS

The Holidays are extremely busy for me and I'm sure everyone else too. Its been hard to fit time to go get a workout in 24 I thought I would ha...  Read more

ADRIENNEAKAAJ

Another round of BLC is history
12/18/2013 5:36:56 AM,  6 COMMENTS

Just a quick reflection as I'm happy to see that I did well this round. I learned a lot about what does and doesn't work for me. I need to log...  Read more

MSWEEZER

Surviving the holidays
12/15/2013 7:40:49 PM,  6 COMMENTS

460 Well I've been pondering this and I don't think it will be too difficult as I have but one Xmas open house to attend so will plan to eat lightly f...  Read more

MSWEEZER

2 More months have gone by and this is my results
12/8/2013 8:20:08 AM,  12 COMMENTS

The before pictures were taken in October 2013 The after pictures were taking yesterday. 2 months progress 30 I have los...  Read more

ADRIENNEAKAAJ

My December Challenge
12/3/2013 5:53:03 AM,  7 COMMENTS

I couldn't do a push up to save my life but I am on day 3 now! If I don't challenge myself, I get bored with exercise. I did the skinny jean cha...  Read more

ADRIENNEAKAAJ

Come "LIKE" my Facebook page!
12/1/2013 6:47:09 PM,  3 COMMENTS

I created a Facebook "like" page the other day. I already had a group on there called "Total Fitness: Mind, Body, and Soul" but I wanted to make a pa...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Turkey Trot 2013 (with pictures!)
11/30/2013 9:41:58 PM,  9 COMMENTS

This was our first year doing a 5K as a family, and we figured what better race than a Turkey Trot! We found one in Ann Arbor, MI (my husband's favor...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Retreat with LILYGAL
11/24/2013 7:10:27 PM,  13 COMMENTS

Well another quilt retreat with LILYGAL is history. We had a fabulous time and I feel like I accomplished a great deal. Plus, it is always fun to se...  Read more

MSWEEZER

Cathe Friedrich's XTrain DVD set
11/17/2013 10:09:39 AM,  5 COMMENTS

I started Cathe Friedrich's DVD program: XTrain. I got a great deal on Amazon for $74 for 9 DVDs! It's about $100 on her site. I'm a week and a ha...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Life Coaching
11/4/2013 11:48:05 PM,  5 COMMENTS

Yesterday my husband was telling me that as he's been praying he feels that we are on the verge of something big, that there is something more in stor...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Eating for fuel instead of...
11/2/2013 9:38:03 PM,  2 COMMENTS

I noticed that I have to almost force myself to eat now. And when I do eat, my energy level rises and I want to take on the world! LOL I am now e...  Read more

ADRIENNEAKAAJ

Weight Watchers Week 2 and Work Stuff...
11/2/2013 12:53:52 PM,  2 COMMENTS

My plan was to go to Weight Watchers this past Wednesday to weigh in, but my youngest was home sick that day so it didn't work out... I ended up goin...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Weight Watchers
10/29/2013 10:42:12 PM,  6 COMMENTS

Lately I've been noticing my weight going up and down a few pounds... However the last few weeks, it's been stuck in the "up" position... It's been...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

Mackinaw Women's Conference & Met Lysa TerKuerst!
10/27/2013 10:49:02 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Last week I went to a Christian Women's Conference on Mackinac Island with some friends. We went up on Wednesday evening to stay in a hotel in Mackin...  Read more

FEELINGFITERIN

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