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  • Day 11 Core

    6/25/2016 11:32:55 PM, by XOIYASPARK

    Well another day is done. I'm late on posting this today because my son was on my laptop when i was doing my exercises but i did get some of them done today. Was able to do a modified side plank for 15 seconds could have gone longer but my left hand started to hurt really bad. I was also able to ... Read more

  • Day 10 Sculpted Arms

    6/24/2016 1:28:55 PM, by XOIYASPARK

    So this is actually day 11 of the 30 Day Jump Start challenge. It was more arm exercises and they were a little rough. Can't do a proper tricep dip though because my chairs aren't wide enough for me and my couches are too low to the floor but i did try them. I did these with my 9 year old son as ... Read more

  • Believe

    6/23/2016 8:28:40 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " You have to count on living every single day in a way you believe will make you feel good about your life- so that if it were over tomorrow , you'd be content with yourself ." Jane Seymour. This morning was cool and beautiful I got to see some great nature on my morning stroll, I saw a hug... Read more

  • Day 9 Lean Legs

    6/23/2016 9:17:43 AM, by XOIYASPARK

    Well another day of the 30 Day Jump Start done. Did legs today and even did a 15 sec plank. I'm feeling pretty good today. I was able to do most of the exercises without hardly any issues so that is good. Well I'm off for the day be back later.... Read more

  • I'm never old just older

    6/22/2016 8:17:57 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old, " Jonathan Swift Just wondering what you do to keep from getting older.? I play silly games all day on facebook. Trying to keep the mind sharp or at least that is what I tell myself. I eat a lot of blueberries and other fruits ... Read more

  • Day 8 10 mins to stronger core

    6/22/2016 1:35:59 PM, by XOIYASPARK

    Well Day 9 of the 30 day jump start is done. It was core exercises. I couldnt do a few of them very well but I did try them. I'm doing good with the exercising everyday the only problem I'm having now is to keep eating healthy. Well I'm off for now. See you all later.... Read more

  • Glorious Morning

    6/21/2016 8:30:35 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains.! " John Muir I had another glorious early morning walk today, As I was enjoying the blue skies , singing birds and beautiful flowers I saw something I need to share. I saw the landscapers at a neighbors house. From down the street I saw my... Read more

  • It's the Inches NOT the Pounds

    6/21/2016 5:33:09 PM, by TSUFISH

    Everyone is always so worried about their weight. The scale is the number one enemy in America these days. However, it is not the best indicator of losing weight. People always seem to forget that a side affect of exercise is gaining muscle. Measuring your inches and not your pounds is a much... Read more

  • Week 1 Reflections

    6/21/2016 10:44:20 AM, by XOIYASPARK

    Well week 1 is done. I have stayed on track with my exercises and some what on track with eating. I'm feeling a little bit better. I have a long way to go but it'll be all worth it in the end. I'm hoping to keep going strong on this track I am on. And don't lose any steam. Well I'll be b... Read more

  • Day 7 Upper Body

    6/21/2016 10:41:21 AM, by XOIYASPARK

    Well another day of the 30 day jump start done. I did the upper body today and did 2 sets of each this time. I'm getting better. ... Read more

  • Found My Mind

    6/20/2016 9:32:00 PM, by KTTAYLOR21

    Today I stayed within my calorie range, took a long walk and spent some time on Spark. I tracked my food and my exercise .... EVERYTHING counts!!! I am going to get this done one day at a time. 521... Read more

  • Change

    6/20/2016 7:58:57 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    "No matter who you are , no matter what you did , no matter where you've come from, you can always change , become a better version of yourself." Madonna A great quote for motivational Monday, I have been slowly gaining weight since I have been laid off from my job in April. I haven't given up... Read more

  • Day 6 Yoga

    6/20/2016 3:36:52 PM, by XOIYASPARK

    Well I did Day 7 of the 30 Day Jump Start which was yoga. Its been awhile since I did any of those but I did them. Yesterday was kind of a good day. I went almost the whole entire day without a soda but I had such a bad headache last night from not having any caffeine that I broke down and ... Read more

  • BACK TO FINISHING UP BOOKKEEPING COURSE

    6/19/2016 10:55:23 PM, by JOANN25

    I had stopped working on my bookkeeping course through Penn Foster and decided yesterday, I need to stop stopping and move ahead towards finishing. I worked on it for awhile last night and worked a couple of hours on it today. Made some progress. I'm giving myself two weeks to complete and send i... Read more

  • Happy Fathers Day

    6/19/2016 7:48:45 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " I am in the world to change the world." Kathe Kollwitz Thank God so many men feel that way. This a huge shout out to all the men who step up and in and make a child's life so special, So many men have touched my life in a huge way . My grandfather uncles , teachers, my brothers, all helped... Read more

  • Day 5 Get A Leg UP

    6/19/2016 9:23:59 AM, by XOIYASPARK

    Well I'm done with day 6 of the 30 jump start challenge. The reverse lunges are hard for me to do but i tried them. the genie sits were hard for me too but at least i tried them. Breakfast included steel cut oatmeal, carnation breakfast essentials, a peach and light string cheese. Well... Read more

  • Sleep is Overrated

    6/19/2016 4:33:25 AM, by BDJOHNSON

    Why sleep when you can roll over at 2:32 A.M. and see the clock's digital readout? Why not hop online and write your sports blog? Why not jump on SparkPeople to get your login points? Why not read the book you have in your hand instead of stimulating your brain with writing coherent sentences? Why n... Read more

  • Laughter is needed

    6/18/2016 8:35:19 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Laughter is an instant vacation." Milton Berle I'll be the first to admit I am having a little bit of a hard time right now. We all go through stuff. I seem to be depressed. It's been hard losing my job, being asked to leave earlier than others. Trying to interview for a job I desperately... Read more

  • Day 4 Work The core skip the crunches

    6/18/2016 11:36:27 AM, by XOIYASPARK

    Well i was able to do day 5 but was only able to do a few of each due to back issues. Will be doing this workout again as I get stronger. I'm doing the 30 Day Jump Start Challenge and I am on day 5. These workouts are challenge for me but I am doing my best to do all of them even its only 3 or 5 ... Read more

  • Put some Happy in your Aloha Friday

    6/17/2016 8:26:36 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If you want to know what God thinks about money , just look at the people he gave it to " Dorothy Parker Hope you all remembered to put some happy In your Aloha Friday . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living... Read more

  • Day 3: Arms

    6/17/2016 10:40:34 AM, by XOIYASPARK

    Wow that was intense for me. I did about 10 modify push ups and 3 tricep dips. That is amazing for me. Yesterday I ate a lot of fruit. I am feeling good about myself right now. I am on day 3 and havent stopped with exercising yay me. Have a good day everyone.... Read more

  • Live for the joy in it,

    6/16/2016 7:40:14 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough, " Emily Dickinson. This morning the air was cool and the sky was dark. There would be sun later but it did not have a place in the sky as I set out with my American Eskimo dog Miss Misha. We listened to the birds sing as we ventur... Read more

  • Day 2 Leg Day

    6/16/2016 9:35:09 AM, by XOIYASPARK

    Well today is another day. So far I've had a bowl of Multi Grain Cheerios, a bowl of grapes, half a bowl of blueberries, did about 30 mins of exercises and i feel wonderful. I'm gonna get this weight off of me once and for all. My goal is to be under 200lbs by Dec. 31, 2016. But if I dont make i... Read more

  • Love You

    6/15/2016 7:18:14 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    "There's a limit to how many times you can read how great you are and what an inspiration you are, but I'm not there yet." Randy Pausch Lol Welcome to wild Wednesday .I hope you let your inner child out to play, Ever notice when you were a young child you never picked on yourself. You neve... Read more

  • Big Walk Wednesday!

    6/15/2016 12:45:56 PM, by BDJOHNSON

    I went walking this morning and logged in 4.33 miles. This was accomplished in 75 minutes. I feel proud of myself for taking the time to do the work. I saw 13 bunnies, 2 herons, and 4 ducks on my route. Counting cars is a bit tedious.... Read more

  • Day 1 Of a New Adventure

    6/15/2016 12:14:59 PM, by XOIYASPARK

    Well technically it is day 7 of the new adventure but since I havent blogged the other 6 we'll start with Day 1. So far I'm doing a decent job. I've been eating a lot more fruit and veggies. Working out more, and drinking more water and less soda. I'm trying to substitute Iced Tea (unsweetened) ... Read more

  • Do over

    6/14/2016 7:40:45 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    "We have it in our power to begin the world over again, " Thomas Paine So much hate and drama in the world. We sometimes forget that man has the power to destroy everything. Or the power to add more love in to the world. We can also begin our lives over to a more healthy way of being. We... Read more

  • New Beginnings

    6/14/2016 12:21:05 PM, by XOIYASPARK

    Well I'm starting a new again. I'm having issues sticking with this whole weight loss thing. I'm hoping to stick with it this time. I almost reached my goal last year was about 10lbs shy of reaching it. Now I am at 218lbs and would love to lose 19lbs by Dec. 31, 2016. My yearly goal is 168. I ... Read more

  • New Nikes...time to use them more..

    6/14/2016 10:27:40 AM, by ELIZACG9

    I had these in a box and, I have to use them more now...I like to use old shoes but, these feel so good on my feet...so as Summer time approaches these will be my walking buddies. 331 I hope to get up earlier and walk more this season of summer 2016. 381 313... Read more

  • A Day Away

    6/14/2016 8:23:09 AM, by BDJOHNSON

    I went to bed last night with the notion that I did not have to exercise today. That's right. I decided to stay inside and tend to my house chores on my own schedule since I have no where to be today. I will hit the trail again tomorrow, but every now and then I take a day away and feel no guilt wha... Read more

  • BACK TWO STEPS, FORWARD ONE

    6/14/2016 12:04:15 AM, by JOANN25

    In spite of my good intentions, I had to take care of some business today and spent too much time driving and sitting. Tomorrow will be more of the same. Because of this, I am still going to work hard to make my 10000 steps. Made 4168 today and plan to double that tomorrow plus enough to get my ... Read more

  • I am Lucky

    6/13/2016 8:26:41 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Luck affects everything,; let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it, , there will be fish." Ovid Sometimes we don't think how really lucky we are. I am close to sixty , with two adult children and a pretty good husband. I am slightly over weight and now unemplo... Read more

  • Big clothes

    6/12/2016 11:24:33 PM, by MORMING

    I am donating all my old clothes to other friends that would wear them or to good will ... Read more

  • Big clothes

    6/12/2016 11:24:24 PM, by MORMING

    I am donating all my old clothes to other friends that would wear them or to good will ... Read more

  • Sending Love to Orlando Florida

    6/12/2016 8:35:42 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " You are a rare orchid, magically lit from within, but warmed outside by flaming sun of passion. You are strong, and cling tenaciously to love. No jungle predator can tear you from your home, for you protect your own. But when streaking storms have blown down all the ... Read more

  • Always do something

    6/11/2016 12:23:14 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it--- but we must sail , and not drift , nor lie at anchor," Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr Today still feeling the sting of rejection from not getting the job, more than I feel accomplished for putting myself out there and trying what I ... Read more

  • Just trying to get 16000 steps

    6/10/2016 4:23:42 PM, by REDDYOUNG

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  • The motivation is here!

    6/10/2016 4:21:25 PM, by JOANN25

    Hi everyone. I went through a period of being really lax on my exercise. Two days ago I committed to working hard again to make the 10000 step challenge and today I joined the "Bust A Plateau" challenge. I got below the 140 mark and now I'm back up to 147. I am counting on this challenge plus the... Read more

  • Crash and Burn and......

    6/9/2016 7:54:45 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self- satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable." John Wooden Have you ever set yourself up for a really hard goal?. Have you reached your highest, tried your hardest, pushed yourself like y... Read more

  • Inspiring

    6/9/2016 11:20:45 AM, by MIASIMMONS22

    I found this article very inspiring. http://www.msn.com/en-us/healt
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  • First Run of the Summer

    6/9/2016 10:39:01 AM, by BDJOHNSON

    I managed to run 1.52 miles in 18 minutes on the track at the school around the corner where I teach. It felt good to log in that time and drop 200 calories in less than 20 minutes. Woohoo!... Read more

  • Have a fairly wild Wednesday

    6/8/2016 7:46:09 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " If life was fair , Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead ." Johnny Carson . Hope you all had a fairly wild Wednesday . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy living... Read more

  • NEED MOTIVATION

    6/8/2016 12:21:26 AM, by JOANN25

    I WAS DOING REALLY GOOD AND NOW I'M NOT DOING GOOD AT ALL. I HAVEN'T REACHED 10000 STEPS IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. THIS WEEK I'VE DID GOOD TO MAKE 5000 AND SOMETIMES EVEN LESS. AS I SAID IN MY LAST BLOG, I FELL LAST WEEK AND THAT SET ME BACK SOME. GOING ABOUT 35 MILES TO VISIT MOM IN A NURSING FACI... Read more

  • Summer Insomnia - Year Seven

    6/7/2016 4:25:21 AM, by BDJOHNSON

    That's right. I have been dealing with insomnia since 2009, the year my son was in sixth grade. It started when we had reading and math tutorials for our state testing, and that made me nervous because I was not specifically trained to be a reading teacher. I was a history major who loved English (g... Read more

  • Do well

    6/6/2016 8:31:50 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Rest satisfied with doing well and leave others to talk of you as they will." Pythagoras It's Monday the start of the week. Did you start off well? No one truly knows how well you did but you. I could have done better with the eating but I have a whole week to get more veggies in,... Read more

  • Life is...

    6/6/2016 4:24:53 PM, by MIASIMMONS22

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  • try to make others feel happy

    6/5/2016 8:01:31 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did , but people will never forget how you made them feel," Maya Angelou Sundays are always a blessing . Even the ones that are filled with rain. Even the ones that because of the rain , it makes your back hurt a... Read more

  • Giving it my all Col 3:23

    6/5/2016 8:21:37 AM, by STEPHCURRY2

    Today was weigh in day. I lost 1.6 lbs. Round 3 of my personal 21 day challenge is over. I met my goals and got to order my rewards. 1.6 lbs in 3 weeks is a loss and I am grateful for that but that is not going to cut it. At my weight it should be coming off a little quicker than that. I expected my... Read more

  • Milestone Achieved

    6/5/2016 4:37:01 AM, by BDJOHNSON

    Now I join the ranks of parents with high school graduates living in the house. My son graduated yesterday. Both sets of his grandparents were there to see it in person. My sisters and two of my brother-in-laws were there, too. It was wonderful to have my family around me as we marked this step in ... Read more

  • Laughter is the best medicine

    6/4/2016 9:45:09 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. " Mark Twain Hope you all had your weapons on stun today . Hope you aim was pointed at your friends and family. Hope your day was filled with laughter , hugs , and plain ole love. Keep looking for hugs, happiness and heal... Read more

  • Happy Saturday!

    6/4/2016 3:18:28 PM, by MIASIMMONS22

    I attended a birthday party for a 1 year old today. It was such a joy to see such a precious little girl enjoy her day. And of course, there was birthday cake. And of course, I had a piece. A small piece but a piece of birthday cake still. It was good! I guess my short blog today is about ... Read more

  • Aloha smiles from the gutter

    6/3/2016 8:54:17 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars, " Oscar Wilde Have a happy healthy Aloha Friday . Keep looking for those stars . Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living... Read more

  • round 3 of my own 21 day challenge

    6/2/2016 8:54:15 PM, by STEPHCURRY2

    3rd 21 day challenge is over. Recap. I nailed the first one. 15 days of 20 minutes or more of exercise in the 21 day period and track food (over or under didn't matter) 15 days in 21 day period. Got to order my Steph Curry shirt and my new flip flops. Yay. 2nd challenge was yoga once a week, strengt... Read more

  • Life is not black and white

    6/2/2016 8:20:14 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " When You reduce life to black and white, you never see rainbows.' Rachel Houston There is more than one way. Life is full of colors and adventures. Stop limiting yourself stop seeing in only black and white, Sometimes there is no right way or wrong way. Lately in the media there has... Read more

  • Those Three Little Words

    6/2/2016 2:17:35 PM, by TSUFISH

    We all have a reason we do this. That moment or event that made us wake up and do something about our weight, our health, our body appearance. Maybe it is an upcoming wedding or reunion. You can't take the stairs without having to rest. You can't play with your kids. You can no longer fit into your ... Read more

  • Have a wildly funny Wednesday

    6/1/2016 8:52:19 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " He who laughs, lasts " Mary Pettibone Poole Hope you all had a wildly funny Wednesday and let your inner child out to play,.Laughter will keep you young and fit and engaged in life, Keep looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living... Read more

  • Be calm

    5/31/2016 8:54:25 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat . Jules Renard About ten minutes before I was ready to begin my workout my husband went to help a friend. He told me I needed to take my son to work about ten minutes after my workout ended, At first I was mad an agitated then I looked over at my c... Read more

  • Motivational Quote 5/31/16

    5/31/2016 12:14:43 PM, by SHELLYKYLEIGH

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  • CLUMSY, CLUMSY, CLUMSY!

    5/30/2016 11:01:19 PM, by JOANN25

    Had a great day. Went to visit my mom at the nursing home. My granddaughter called me and asked what I was doing. I told her and she said, "Do you Want some company on the drive? I enjoyed the visit with them. Came home and watched the end of the Astros game with an Astros win...still feeling g... Read more

  • You are perfect

    5/30/2016 9:00:54 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " The thing that is really hard, and really amazing , is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself." Anna Quindlen When you were born God made you perfect. As you grew you wanted everything in your life orderly and perfect. No speed bumps , no distractions and no w... Read more

  • A little update

    5/30/2016 11:55:27 AM, by BUMBLEBEESTING

    I've decided to start weighing myself once per month. I have an unhealthy obsession with the scale and the number on it. I'm starting to realize that number doesn't mean sh*t. I look good, I feel amazing, I eat well and I exercise. If the number doesn't drop I get unmotivated and since my body lik... Read more

  • Choose your path

    5/29/2016 8:19:26 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    " Understand that the right to choose your path is a sacred privilege . Use it. Dwell In possibility, " Oprah Winfrey Ten minutes after I woke up this morning before even taking two sips of coffee my daughter wanted to know if I wanted to go hiking. Hiking? To a place I've never been, with no... Read more

  • Beauty

    5/28/2016 10:12:59 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    "The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within strength , courage, dignity ." Ruby Dee Hope you all had a special Saturday . Keep Looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living... Read more

  • Update

    5/28/2016 2:14:43 PM, by TEEZIE

    Well I have not been able to workout for the past week and a half. I had been experiencing swelling and was not sure why. I finally went to the doctor. Diagnosis it as..... my medicine was doing it. So they changed my medicine. I only take one pill once a day. So its amazing that it was the cause. ... Read more

  • Build

    5/27/2016 10:54:38 PM, by ALEXSGIRL1

    "Each man is the architect of his own fate," Appius Claudis Hope you all had a happy healthy Aloha Friday to build on. Sending love and good vibes your way. Spend some time in the sunny side of life. Keep Looking for Hugs, Happiness and Healthy Living... Read more