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  • Knowing what you need

    7/28/2014 5:11:25 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Know thyself is a good saying , but not in all situations . In many it is better to say know others." Menander In weight loss it is good if you know yourself. What you are capable of? . How far you can push yourself? What are you goals ? How will you get there .? How do you feel? But so... Read more

  • KENNY'S WALKING WARRIORS

    7/27/2014 8:26:00 PM, by CVRONEK

    You may have read some of my other blogs, over the past three years, on walking for fitness. I walk as part of my job, I walk in challenges and I walk with my daughter Ashley, a fellow Sparker, but this time I walk in honor of my son Kenny. Ashley and I have been hitting the loca... Read more

  • Keeping it Going

    7/27/2014 9:17:51 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Keep a thing happenin' All throughout." John Coltrane Living a healthy life is a 24 hour job.. It is not having strawberries in your yogurt and then you are done for the day. No, living a healthy life involves planning ,and dreaming and sacrifice. Work, but work with a giant reward . ... Read more

  • What I'm good at?

    7/27/2014 8:57:18 AM, by GOODNITE2

    I have no idea what I'm good at, cooking I'm good at cooking! There I thought of something, yay.... Read more

  • How far are you going

    7/26/2014 11:32:18 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged , sympathetic with the striving , and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." George Washington Carver I love this quote it stands on its own I ... Read more

  • Self pity = no control

    7/26/2014 10:03:43 AM, by GOODNITE2

    I had an emotional week and I finally had a breakthrough. I was feeling self pity. I realized when I am feeling that way I am giving complete power over to whatever is causing it. Feeling like you have no power is the worst feeling I can think of. Yet, what a great excuse to not take responsibility ... Read more

  • Met a Sparkfriend!

    7/25/2014 8:18:34 AM, by NINETOZE

    Had lunch today with Theresa. ... Read more

  • your Driving

    7/25/2014 5:14:26 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Don't let other people tell you what you want." Pat Riley You know where your going and how to get there you and only you. You come with your own set of directions your own internal GPS. Your goals, your ideas, your passions all belong to you. Do not let others speak for you or lead... Read more

  • Excellent!!!

    7/24/2014 5:19:08 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second , quit doing less -than - excellent work." Thomas Watson If you want to be excellent you have to ask your self some hard questions . For instance How can I work harder, smarter or faster.? How can I get more out o... Read more

  • We Are All Equals

    7/23/2014 4:56:43 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If you never assume importance , you never lose it." Lao-Tzu Everyone on this great planet of ours is the same, Yes we are a little different ,but yet we are the same. We may have different style or mannerisms but yet we are the same .Some of us are better than others at some things , but th... Read more

  • Living the High Life

    7/22/2014 5:02:15 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " We are all worm bait waiting to happen . It's what you do while you wait that matters." Kinky Friedman Ever notice that some people are always happy living a great life and you are always struggling ? Things will change if you simply change your outlook. To be happy you have to be happ... Read more

  • Our day in Acadia & Bar Harbor

    7/21/2014 9:03:24 PM, by NINETOZE

    Here's a link (at the bottom) to more pictures taken but below are a few highlights... We are having fun. We are wore out by the time we get "home" each evening! I take a lot of pictures and so I brought my laptop on vacation with me. We have wifi from the house next door (owner of our cottage)... Read more

  • School Schedule Time Already?

    7/21/2014 6:57:58 AM, by BDJOHNSON

    My son is in jazz camp this week, and he has to be there by 8:30 A.M. every day, so I am on work mode as far as waking up goes. Next week, I have a work shop on Monday and Tuesday. My son's high school band camp begins next Monday at 8:00 A.M. We will be juggling schedules and pick-ups then because ... Read more

  • Surprises

    7/21/2014 5:11:33 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail." Heracleitus I will never forget the car trip we took one Sunday on the spur of the moment .We were a few states away lost in the woods some where in New York. Yes the scenery was gorgeou... Read more

  • Hammering Away

    7/20/2014 10:28:12 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If the only tool you have is a hammer , you tend to see every problem as a nail.' Abraham Maslow Yes!! I have been hammering away at my weight loss. I have been hammering away at the goo and the yuk and the unwanted pounds. I have been hammering away at getting rid of junk food and prepacka... Read more

  • Our cottage in Castine

    7/19/2014 8:23:51 PM, by NINETOZE

    Made it over 1,800 miles across the U.S. today. Got settled , went for groceries at a tiny local market and are having dinner on the water. I'm exhausted. Just over 9 hours of sleep the last two nights so I'll be crashing as soon as we get back to the cottage. Here's a photo of our home away ... Read more

  • Fight it out

    7/19/2014 10:27:53 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " I have always adhered to two principles . The first one is to train hard and to get in the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight ." Rocky Marciano There are over a million people ... Read more

  • Be Real

    7/18/2014 5:04:07 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If you're phony they will feel it in the farthest row of the arena . You have to really care . And you have to make yourself care time and time again." Tom Petty You are the star of the show whether you know it or not and your cells are your audience. We are constantly making new cells and... Read more

  • No weigh-in today

    7/17/2014 1:23:01 PM, by IMAGIRL2

    No weigh-in today because I am already dressed in jeans and tennis shoes. That adds false pounds. I have to say I'm disappointed in myself because I used to have my niece kind of look up to me and how I would always take care of myself getting ready, buying clothes, doing my nails and hair but tha... Read more

  • Living Every Day

    7/17/2014 5:11:26 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose . You are already naked . There is no reason not to follow your heart. " Steve Jobs Way to many people live their lives unhappy miserable and unfulfilled .Don't be stagnate ... Read more

  • My New hair and a NSV

    7/16/2014 11:40:46 PM, by NINETOZE

    Have a NSV to share today. I bought a skirt/shorts a few months ago at Goodwill because I thought it was too cute to pass up. Only problem was it was a size 6. I couldn’t get it up over my hips. I’ve tried it on a couple times the last couple months and could get it on but it was too tight to wear a... Read more

  • Disney Has Let Me Down!

    7/16/2014 10:17:00 PM, by NINETOZE

    So a SP friend and I WERE planning on running the Princess Half Marathon at Disney World in February. The "tickets" went on sale yesterday. First, I didn't get my email reminding me to sign up (I registered with them to receive it) and 2nd by the time I was reminded (by my SP friend) she had already... Read more

  • Additions to the memorial garden

    7/16/2014 8:42:34 PM, by CVRONEK

    Five friends and I made a road trip to Harrisonburg, VA, in the mountains. ABout a 2 hour drive. The weather was cool, the sky was beautiful and we had much to catch up on! All ladies from, work, some from past and some from present. First stop....The Sugar Shack, for some warm doughnuts. ... Read more

  • You Never Know or Do You ?

    7/16/2014 5:23:34 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " The things that important to know is that you never know .You're always sort of feeling your way." Diane Arbus That statement is true in life and maybe exercise and fitness for a time. But when you hit that right combination believe me you know and so does the whole world. You know you... Read more

  • Day 2 and still hopeful

    7/15/2014 11:15:08 PM, by AAMEZQUITA

    I kept the promise that I made to myself: walk in the morning before going to work and walk in the evening after work. Promises are important whether we make them to others or to ourselves. I always keep my promises to my friends, to my colleagues, to my family, and it seems to me that keeping a p... Read more

  • Kenny's Memorial Garden

    7/15/2014 5:37:54 PM, by CVRONEK

    Today, I feel brave enough to blog again. As I edited my last blog, written on May 19th, I ended it with this.... Little did I know, that as we were visiting Papa, at Arlington, on this beautiful day, he was welcoming, my oldest son, Kenny, into heaven. The two Kens are now together and Pa... Read more

  • New 28 Day Challenge for August

    7/15/2014 2:54:34 PM, by ABOUCHER85

    Join me August 4th to begin the new 28 Day Challenge!! Every day there will be a new challenge for you to complete. The challenges start small and begin to grow in toughness! This should hold you accountable for your fitness goals. You will track points and at the end, a reward will be giv... Read more

  • Spinning your wheels

    7/15/2014 5:22:06 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    ' It is useless to put on your breaks when you are upside down." Paul Newman Yesterday was a normal day until I arrived home to find out my nieces home had burned to the ground. Thank God Tiffany and her baby where with her boyfriend and her roommate was staying with a friend that night . The... Read more

  • Starting today

    7/14/2014 11:35:43 PM, by AAMEZQUITA

    I am training to be healthy. When my husband left me for another woman five years ago (cliche, I know) I became really depresses. I blamed/blame myself: maybe if I were prettier or smarter or funnier he would have stayed with me. The truth is nothing I do or would have done could have kelp us to... Read more

  • Tried something different!

    7/14/2014 10:42:28 PM, by RKTHETEXGAL

    So yesterday I decided to try two different vids on spark, with so-so results! One was a core workout and Man oh Man was it hard on me!!! I got through it, thankfully, due to Coach Nicole showing each exercise has a harder and easier way of doing it! The second one I did was the jump start cardio... Read more

  • Learn all you can

    7/14/2014 5:33:18 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Learn all you can " Classroom Rules Weston middle school Weston Oregon When faced with a disease or a hard situation or even a simple problem people often tell you to learn all you can. When you are young and in school people will tell you the same thing. But why then does this stop f... Read more

  • July 13 - Bunco win

    7/13/2014 7:07:06 PM, by JUDITH1654

    Have you seen the infomercial that advertises the "apple" cutter that's big enough to cut a watermelon? Well, that's what I won at Bunco. LOL But where to keep it???? ... Read more

  • Touch Down

    7/13/2014 11:42:02 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Act like you expect to get into the end zone." Joe Paterno Where are your dreams and goals .? Are they still floating around in your head. ?Or are you letting your head ,heart and legs take you to success. Are you doubtful, cautious ,unsure? Or are you positive , sure and steady . ... Read more

  • My BMR - my thought process

    7/12/2014 10:03:02 PM, by NINETOZE

    So I've blogged about this in the past, how I don't use the BMR that spark comes up with - I still think we should have an option to enter what we get running our numbers through the typical formulas - a challenge for another day. (Several other sparkers I know take a couple hundred off their number... Read more

  • Are You Truly Moving?

    7/12/2014 11:46:09 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Never confuse movement with action." Ernest Hemingway Where are you going? What are your goals ? Are you planning to win? or just place or show.? How bad do you want it? How much are you willing to sacrifice? Are you just moving along at a turtles pace? We all know that the t... Read more

  • What the Hell?

    7/11/2014 4:53:01 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Ever notice how " what the hell " Is always the right answer ? " Marilyn Monroe Bet you thought this was going to be a negative complaining blog.? Well you are very wrong my friends this is a get up and change your life and attitude blog. That is if you choose too. But what the hel... Read more

  • July 10 - Discipline

    7/10/2014 12:48:53 PM, by JUDITH1654

    ....that's something I'm trying to work on as far as exercising goes. Last night, after work and feeding the cats, I mowed the front, as tired as I was, but was glad I did. With three days off, I wanted to have the mowing behind me to focus on other projects. And as much as I hate going to the re... Read more

  • Completely Successful

    7/10/2014 5:11:30 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " There are complete men and incomplete men. If you would be a complete man , put all your strength of soul into every act of your life." Eugenio Maria De Hostos Are you trying hard enough, or are you leaving a lot on the table. No I am not talking about finishing your food . I am talking abou... Read more

  • July 9 - Off

    7/9/2014 7:09:08 PM, by JUDITH1654

    I have the next three days off and looking forward to it! Though it will be busy - doctor, car repair, dietician classes, garage to clean, papers to organize, kitchen to paint, etc., etc. Getting ready to mow the yard tonight so I can enjoy the next three days and tend to things that always se... Read more

  • Easy on the mayo!!!!!!

    7/9/2014 5:05:33 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Easy on the mayo.!" Mark Bricklin The secret to weight loss is simple. Go easy on the stuff that is bad for you. Go hog wild on the food that are good for you . Lean meats , whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables are the way to go. Try something new. I now have my tuna... Read more

  • Color Run

    7/8/2014 9:45:25 PM, by QUILTINGQUE

    So my long-term goal is to lose at least 60 pounds. I figure at one pound per week, I'm looking at October 2nd for my goal date. As the best way to reach long-term goals is to make short-term goals along the way, my daughter has g... Read more

  • July 8 - Car

    7/8/2014 8:45:05 PM, by JUDITH1654

    The indicator light has come on again so I will have to take the car back in next week to be serviced. (sigh)... Read more

  • Knocking on the door of weight loss

    7/8/2014 5:03:03 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate you are bound to wake up somebody.' Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Sometimes weight and fat seems to stick with you and on you. Never give up though just keep knocking and you will find the right combo that will lead to weight loss. ... Read more

  • Spark Tracker Opened My Eyes Showing Me Where I Have Been Missing The Mark

    7/7/2014 1:15:21 PM, by MOMALDERMAN1

    Boy was I amazed as I went to track my lunch traveling from Houston to Midland Texas. I never expected a thin hamburger to cost so many calories. We were in a hurry to meet an 18 wheeler truck at my husbands job leaving us little time to stop at a restaurant and review a menu for our lunch. It was a... Read more

  • Doing the Impossible

    7/7/2014 8:06:25 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Do what needs to be done , and check to see if it was impossible only after you are done," Paul Hawken A few years ago my daughter saw I was in a rut with exercise. I was getting bored with walking . I didn't like to run . I was doing the same routines at the gym . Yeah I would mix it up bu... Read more

  • Good Thoughts

    7/6/2014 8:47:41 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth , but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely ." Roald Dahl It is Sunday a Blessed Holy day... Read more

  • Everything is Negotiable

    7/5/2014 10:37:19 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    Everything is negotiable ." Muhammad Ali It not very hard to exercise and eat right if you only realize that every thing is negotiable. Everything is not cut and dried like the ten commandments carved in stone. Here the rules can be bent and remolded like clay and you are the sculptor. F... Read more

  • Happy 4th of July

    7/4/2014 12:55:33 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you." Eric Hoffer No one can ever take your right to freedom and independence away from you . Yes they can scare us , and scar us , and if we let them diminish us. But we must and can know that they... Read more

  • Speak it & make it so time! # 8

    7/3/2014 1:50:32 PM, by POETICJUSTUS

    Hello dear Sparker friends. My brother & his kiddos are here from Dallas/Colorado to visit . I isolates so terribly I almost told them not to come. My brother knows me so well & said " You have got to get over being so embarrassed of what you don't have ( or how I look ). " "We're coming to visit yo... Read more

  • July 3 - Good News Re: car

    7/3/2014 12:35:00 PM, by JUDITH1654

    It's rare, but sometimes, you actually get good news regarding car repair. My "check engine light" (it's actually called 'malfunction indicator light'), was staying on the last couple of days. My thoughts was "great - another expense I can't afford". But I took it to my reliable car mecha... Read more

  • Exceptional People often need an Exception

    7/3/2014 5:28:07 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    "There is no useful rule without an exception," Thomas Fuller People who try to better themselves are exceptional in my book. We all know that their are a million rules to better yourself. It's always starts off with follow a .b , and c. Every rule also comes with an exception .Why becau... Read more

  • Jogging is an incredible feeling

    7/2/2014 11:18:47 AM, by TISH0125

    I started walking a few months ago in my neighborhood. I wanted to start jogging and at the time could barely make it a whole 5min before had to walk. Now - my jogging is at a turtle pace mind you- but I consider it more than a walk lol!! That 5 min of jogging time turned in to 15min, then 20m... Read more

  • Half-way Mark

    7/2/2014 9:40:59 AM, by BDJOHNSON

    We will have hit the half way mark of 2014 at 12:00 P.M. today. We will have exactly 182.5 days left. Random fact of the day. ... Read more

  • Your almost There

    7/2/2014 5:32:53 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Think of yourself on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole clear glorious life lies before you. Achieve ! Achieve!! " Dale Carnegie Today where do your thoughts lie. Are you thinking I'll never get there. It's to hard , its taking to long. Maybe I should quit!!! Stop don't... Read more

  • Here I Go Again...

    7/1/2014 12:33:16 PM, by AINTSKEERD

    Since this is my first blog in over three years…aaaahhh, I’ll make it the down and dirty recap/update. When I last dropped off from Sparkland, I was half way through my second year of school which had been quite brutal in many ways. I completed my AAS in Exercise and Movement Science and I now... Read more

  • Being Wise

    7/1/2014 5:16:17 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Quit smoking and observe posted speed limits. This will improve your odds of getting old enough to be wise." Barbara Kingsolver Everyone wants to be wise . But if your like me you are sure in no hurry to be old. My goals and my life are all about staying young vital and alive. Ever ... Read more

  • You've Got the Power

    6/30/2014 5:17:35 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Go to were the power lies. You may not like them . You may abhor them. But they are who you must deal with .Any other course is a waste of time. " Iain Macleod Experts they hold the power , they tell us what to do and how to do it. For us that is the doctors and dieticians , and the exercise ... Read more

  • up...

    6/29/2014 1:00:55 PM, by IMAGIRL2

    Ok, so I went down to 168 yay but went back up 4 lbs. back up to 172. Going to get back on track!! I just wrote a whole blog but it didn't post so this is short and to the point!! ... Read more

  • The Mystery of You

    6/29/2014 11:18:37 AM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Never forget : We are alive within mysteries." Wendell Berry Nineteen years ago I was pregnant with my daughter. When we went to hear the babies heart beat for the first time we did not receive good news. Her heart beat was considerable slow. After going for an ultrasound we also learned tha... Read more

  • Mama's Birthday

    6/29/2014 9:36:10 AM, by BDJOHNSON

    Today is my mother's birthday. She and her high school friend went on a trip over the week, so Daddy had to pick her up yesterday. They'll be driving back home and arrive this afternoon. My family and I plan to be there to wish her a happy birthday and hug her neck after not seeing her for a week... Read more

  • June 28 - Red cards

    6/28/2014 8:15:22 PM, by JUDITH1654

    FINALLY got two red cards today. For those who don't know what that is, it is a debit and/or credit card from Target, and while the cashiers don't really get anything for it, the number of red cards we sign up does reflect on our annual review. The two red cards I got today were the first ones sin... Read more