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  • Motivation help....

    7/29/2015 2:45:39 PM, by LTURSS

    What do you do to stay motivated? My motivation right now is my wedding. Andy and I are getting married on July 15, 2016. We're beyond excite... Read more

  • Running craziness

    7/29/2015 10:28:15 AM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    Okay, first of all, it's NASTY HOT outside. Yes, I know it's summer, and summer tends to be hot... but we have excessive heat warnings and air q... Read more

  • Going to be a long day

    7/29/2015 6:58:22 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Nothing like going to bed last night only to hear John yelling let it go Marlowe. I came out to see what was going on and Marlowe had a mouse in ... Read more

  • Almost there...

    7/28/2015 9:42:58 PM, by PLMITCH

    My start date back to work is tomorrow -- Wednesday, July 29. 182 days from when I got my notice. Thankfully that was not my last day -- that w... Read more

  • Happy, Sad, Concerned

    7/23/2015 10:30:35 PM, by PURPLE0906

    Last Friday Melissa went to triage. She was having slurred speech and blurred vision. She was there for a while and was told she may have had a s... Read more

  • BIG MIRRORS

    7/22/2015 12:30:40 PM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    Welllll... Nothing quite so humbling as spending two hours in front of huge mirrors in a dance studio. I have lots and lots and LOTS of... Read more

  • My Trip To Kripalu...

    7/20/2015 7:52:01 PM, by ROXYZMOM

    I have been traveling steady up and down the East Coast, with not much time to blog. As I ride home from Vermont, I find myself having some t... Read more

  • FINALLY!

    7/20/2015 1:42:27 PM, by PLMITCH

    It has been a crazy last few months! It all started on May 1 when I "retired" from my previous company (not exactly by choice!). Then came my d... Read more

  • HOT

    7/20/2015 9:43:13 AM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    Yesterday's run was four miles of slow torture. I don't think I've ever done anything THAT physical in weather THAT hot/humid before. I w... Read more

  • Sunday - 7-19-2015

    7/19/2015 8:43:03 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Have not blogged in a while, have not been feeling too well. Seems stress, lack of sleep, taking penicillin is really getting to me. Yesterday, ... Read more

  • I Ate and I Was Satisfied?!

    7/18/2015 9:56:12 AM, by FITANDFAITHFUL1

    (A journal entry from yesterday) Today for lunch I had 1.5 cups of corn chowder(homemade with fresh corn), 10 crackers, and a 1/2 cup ... Read more

  • Sunday's run...

    7/17/2015 10:12:08 AM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    I can tell it's already going to be ugly... the high is forecast to be 97 degrees. Looks like a pre-dawn run will be the order of the day...... Read more

  • Burn Baby Burn!

    7/16/2015 9:58:04 AM, by FITANDFAITHFUL1

    It's now been 81 consecutive days of living free from the control and addiction of sugary junk. Here's a "before and after" photo of the sugary... Read more

  • Headlong into Week 2

    7/16/2015 9:55:32 AM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    Soooo I'm using Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Novice 1 training program, which is 10.5 weeks. In case you're wondering what that is, here's a link:... Read more

  • I RAN FOUR MILES

    7/13/2015 10:38:06 AM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    And I didn't even need to walk once!! I'm r... Read more

  • Rain running

    7/9/2015 11:41:27 AM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    As I got up to run this morning, I knew it was going to be gross and humid. There was condensation on the outside of my home's windows, and a th... Read more

  • Wednesday 7-8-15

    7/8/2015 7:25:25 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Had last Thursday and Friday off. Melissa and Lilly were here Thursday, no company on Friday so was pretty quiet. Saturday Melissa and Lilly came... Read more

  • RIDDLE ME THIS, BATMAN

    7/7/2015 10:30:49 AM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    How is it possible to run AND WALK a 5k (3.1 miles) faster than straight-up running 3 miles with no walking? I ran/walked the 5k on Sunday ... Read more

  • First 5K: A Learning Experience

    7/6/2015 10:10:41 AM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    So, I ran my first 5k. I'm not going to be ashamed to admit it: I was disappointed in my performance. I'm trying to not let it diminish th... Read more

  • Yep, it's that time again, lol

    7/4/2015 11:01:57 AM, by PURPLE0906

    With all the rain we have been having, the pickle bush cucumbers are growing like crazy. It's refrigerator pickle time again, lol Approx. 9 ... Read more

  • Not My Favorite Anymore

    7/4/2015 8:26:47 AM, by FITANDFAITHFUL1

    So....I've been on Spark for quite a few years now and I've accumulated quite a "favorites" list. Hopefully everyone knows about h... Read more

  • Happy 4th of July

    7/4/2015 7:12:21 AM, by PURPLE0906

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  • Garlic, Zucchini chips and Sun!!!!

    7/3/2015 9:29:21 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Yesterday was interesting and nice. I got up early but sinuses were acting up so I took a benadryl and laid down, When I got up Melissa and Lilly... Read more

  • Ridiculously good mood

    7/2/2015 10:14:54 AM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    Even in spite of being nervous for this 5k, I'm still in a really great mood... three day weekend coming up, office closing early... I'm pretty j... Read more

  • Thursday

    7/2/2015 7:56:14 AM, by PURPLE0906

    ok, enough with the rain, storms, I need the sun!! Waiting to hear from Melissa and my older sister. Melissa had to take Pat to the medic... Read more

  • Wed. 7/1/2015

    7/1/2015 7:11:39 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Can't believe it's already July. Woke up this morning around 2am to a very nasty storm. Lots of lightening, wind, heavy rain. The rain sounded li... Read more

  • Crosstraining and Chasing One's Bliss

    6/30/2015 4:30:37 PM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    So, I keep fussing with myself about crosstraining as I'm wrapping up my final (!!!) week of Couch to 5k. After this week, I run the 5k on Sunda... Read more

  • Eat, Pray, Love...

    6/28/2015 10:36:50 PM, by ROXYZMOM

    I have finished planning my trip! I am going to Maine - to the most Northern town in the US - Limestone - for my grandmother's memorial. Hubby ... Read more

  • Up a Couple Pounds : /

    6/26/2015 10:00:34 AM, by FITANDFAITHFUL1

    Two weeks ago I hit 10 pounds gone. It was exciting and motivating. 5-6 days ago I weighed in and I was up on the scale. I disreg... Read more

  • Time to put up or shut up

    6/24/2015 12:08:04 PM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    Well, I am now headlong into Week 8 of Couch to 5k. Today is another milestone day in that my total distance walked and ran was 3.01 - just ... Read more

  • Catching up :)

    6/22/2015 7:55:37 AM, by CONFIDENTLY_FIT

    Hello, hello Spark buddies:) Another school year comes to a close. As I reflect back on my practices this year, I would say my skills in troub... Read more

  • Busy, productive weekend

    6/22/2015 6:36:45 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Lilly was not over this weekend but we got a lot done. John worked on side jobs with Marty (his friend) and also got some cleaning done in the ga... Read more

  • Great Grandfather

    6/20/2015 9:23:29 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Below is a pic of John's granddaughter (Alicia), boyfriend (Brandon) and their son. Jeremiah Scott Ball-Flores was born on Wed. 6/17/2015. He i... Read more

  • MILESTONE DAY

    6/17/2015 10:07:26 AM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    I ran two miles with no stops today! I haven't done that in years! I'm feeling pretty darn good about that. *~*~*~* I started hoo... Read more

  • 6-17-2015

    6/17/2015 7:12:00 AM, by PURPLE0906

    Have not really been blogging lately. This weather is hot, humid and zapping my energy. Had Lilly last weekend, she loves coming over here and ... Read more

  • Blackbelt Camp

    6/15/2015 8:57:37 AM, by MACCASUPERFREAK

    Camp was awesome - nothing like an hour of the same Hyung in a 95 degree or hotter auditorium with 250 of your fellow martial artists. This capp... Read more

  • 6/13/2015

    6/13/2015 9:58:16 PM, by PURPLE0906

    This is what I woke up to on Friday morning. The join... Read more

  • Chocolate Cake : o

    6/13/2015 9:01:01 PM, by FITANDFAITHFUL1

    I had a wonderful opportunity to go to a baby shower last night. It was very laid back and I didn't know the people very well. I enjoyed the din... Read more

  • The seeking of solutions

    6/12/2015 11:40:26 AM, by SHAKINGTHETREE

    Encountering problems doesn't mean you stop what you're doing. It means you have to find solutions or ways around those problems. This week... Read more

  • Gotta Have It!

    6/11/2015 9:43:15 PM, by FITANDFAITHFUL1

    On my way home, yesterday, I was dreaming of a sweet, juicy, mouth watering.... ... Read more

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