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  • Strength Training for Functional Fitness

    3/17/2018 3:04:31 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL FITNESS? Functional fitness is strength training to make your body better at doing everyday activities. Functional fitness focuses on real-life motions to increase your flexibility and overall strength. That makes everything you do — from shopping to tying your sho... Read more

  • Doctor’s Orders

    3/15/2018 10:36:14 AM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    I’ve been needing a lot of rest these past few days. I hope it passes and I’m able to do more soon. I’m still weighing each morning and that’s been good for keeping me better connected with where I’m at. ... Read more

  • Chronic Illness

    3/14/2018 12:08:08 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    This funny brought on a few tears yesterday as it has been closer to true than I’d like due to ongoing health challenges. I think it took me by surprise that emotion was under the surface and was that poiniant. If you are able to move and be active please do so. It’s a joy and a blessing. ... Read more

  • Sparking Magic

    3/13/2018 2:14:00 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    I’ve been enjoying the magic of Sparking. There’s lots of positivity here. Having a peek into someone’s efforts and thought processes has helped me be aware of mine. Little changes are taking place with me and I’m so glad. It’s like a bit of magic to me. Thank you Sparkers!... Read more

  • Daily Monitoring

    3/12/2018 3:19:27 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    I’ve been weighing in each morning and I do feel more connected to what’s happening day to day. I’m also enjoying the satisfaction of keeping a commitment to weigh regularly in this way. ... Read more

  • Just not feeling it

    3/12/2018 12:33:59 PM, by SURLYMAMA

    Since my big splash to reinvent myself at the beginning of the year, it's been a pathetic, painful spiral of denial. I haven't been feeling well; I haven't been eating well which makes me not feel well; I don't exercise when I don't feel well, even though I know I feel great, both physically and em... Read more

  • Keeping My Focus

    3/10/2018 11:22:30 AM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    I’m like a child on training wheels as I launch my healthy weigh initiatives. Keeping this blog and check in daily here is helping. I kept my commitments yesterday. ... Read more

  • Happy Cats, Happy Life

    3/9/2018 1:36:57 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    We switched our cats to be indoor only this past week. We’ve had some behavior problems with our male cat, Tigar and after speaking with the Humane Society they thought he may be experiencing aggression with neighbor cats and redirecting it towards our female cat, Primrose. I think we’ve also ha... Read more

  • Self Mastery

    3/8/2018 4:37:42 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    I did a quick study today of the virtues of self mastery. It was very inspiring. It’s inspiring to know people who posses this trait and I’m grateful to know folks through Sparks faithfully working to grow theirs. ... Read more

  • Do your health goals influence other goals?

    3/6/2018 12:30:54 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    Since the new US tax law estimates more of us will have lower taxes, what would you do with $1k? - Add / start emergency fund - Pay down debt - Start / fund a ROTH / IRA - Buy a treadmill - Start a biz venture (make more money) - Take a course (personal development, maybe make m... Read more

  • Online Journaling

    3/5/2018 10:36:35 AM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    I’ve begun exploring some online journaling resources. These are three I’m investigating. JRNL (can have multiple journals within) Grid Diary (asked specifics about your day) Day One (photo journaling, plus writing)... Read more

  • Growing more trusting and strong

    3/4/2018 10:27:24 AM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Hardest puzzle to date! One piece at a time, like my healthy lifestyle quest, one day at a time. ... Read more

  • Increments forward

    3/3/2018 2:07:25 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    Let’s create something joyous for ourselves and others, including a healthy lifestyle and outlook. ... Read more

  • Weighing Daily Habit (Day 1)

    3/1/2018 6:36:26 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    Weighing daily experiment Yesterday I wrote about my decision to begin weighing myself on a daily basis. I have officially begun. I’m weighing and tracking, in the mornings typically. In the past I’ve weighed weekly for my TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meetings and through out the week as I... Read more

  • Testing out a new standard

    2/28/2018 2:00:59 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    I’ve decided I’m going to commit to weighing myself each morning and logging it for a while. I’ve heard of this being a maintainers technique to make quick modifications in relation to their scream weight (top of their goal weight maintenance range.) I think emotionally I’m fairly detached from th... Read more

  • Choose health

    2/27/2018 3:18:45 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    I’m grateful for another day to keep working on my health. I’m grateful for all of you and your persistence and your remarkable examples. I think it’s making a difference. ... Read more

  • My body is a gift

    2/25/2018 3:56:31 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    I’m grateful for the many things my body can do. I’ve had some health challenges lasting over a decade but through it all my body has been amazing. Being a part of Sparks is helping me take better care of her. 💕🌷😊... Read more

  • Pickleball

    2/25/2018 11:07:43 AM, by BIKE4HEALTH

    Started playing pickleball. Found it to be a great workout, very fun, and burns about 400 -500 calories each hour I am playing. A great way to get cardio and not have to do so many of those boring machines trying to keep my mind active doing something.... Read more

  • More vegetables

    2/24/2018 6:09:06 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    Planned a nice dinner salad for tonight but also adding steamed zucchini to the menu. ... Read more

  • Mo Vegtables

    2/23/2018 2:39:06 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    I’ve been working on switching out other calories for more vegetables 🍅🍆🥦🥒🥕. I like vegetables so that’s good. I’ve had some salads with a variety of lettuce types, cooked carrots, aspergagus and sautéed zucchini. I’d love to hear what some of your favorite veggies are. What’s your latest t... Read more

  • Becoming more clear about what we want

    2/22/2018 1:31:36 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    The psychiatrist asked his patient if they sometimes had a hard time making up their mind. The patient replied, “Well, yes and no.” ... Read more

  • Pleasant Dreams - February 16

    2/21/2018 11:28:29 PM, by AUNA_VISTA

    "The ebb and flow of will is like the movements of the tides....If you cease your vain struggles and lamentations long enough to look away from the personal self...we realize life is going well with us after all." _Charles B. Newcomb [ T.S. Eliot ] Everything in nature changes. ... Read more

  • The Weight Is Over!

    2/21/2018 1:19:38 AM, by AUNA_VISTA

    the goal dress I gained two pounds this week. I went from 176 lbs to 178 lbs. I've been eating well enough, getting plenty of fiber. I think I'm where I need to be right now, as far as the weight. Perhaps before I was dehydrated or hadn't been getting enough fiber. I don't feel like I "gaine... Read more

  • White As Snow

    2/21/2018 12:51:43 AM, by AUNA_VISTA

    Where I came from there were no hills at all The land was flat, the highway straight and wide My brother and I would drive for hours Like we had years instead of days Our faces as pale as the dirty snow Once I knew there was a love divine Then came a time I thought it knew me no... Read more

  • Pleasant Dreams - February 15

    2/21/2018 12:35:49 AM, by AUNA_VISTA

    "We ought to hear at least one little song every day, read a good poem, see a first-rate painting, and if possible speak a few sensible words." _Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [ be your own inspiration ] At the end of each day, do you feel as if you ever really accomplish anything? ... Read more

  • Pleasant Dreams - February 14

    2/20/2018 11:47:14 PM, by AUNA_VISTA

    "Between them whom there is hearty truth, there is love." _Henry David Thoreau Every February 14th millions of Americans send valentines to people they love. How did this tradition start? One theory is that people began sending love notes on Valentine's Day in the late Middle Ages... Read more

  • Low

    2/19/2018 9:09:29 PM, by AUNA_VISTA

    David Lowery, lead singer of Cracker Sometimes I wanna take you down Sometime I wanna get you low Brush your hair back from your eyes Take you down let the river flow Sometimes I go and walk the street Behind a green sheet of glass A million miles below their feet A million ... Read more

  • Pleasant Dreams - February 13

    2/19/2018 8:58:43 PM, by AUNA_VISTA

    "The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart." _Elisabeth Foley Too often when you're in a close friendship or intimate relationship you may think that you each have to be like twins--to dress alike, think alike, talk alike, and ... Read more

  • Pleasant Dreams - February 12

    2/19/2018 7:50:32 PM, by AUNA_VISTA

    So every faithful heart shall pray to Thee in the hour of anxiety, when great floods threaten. Thou art a refuge to me from distress so that it cannot touch me... _Psalm 32 [ Saint Teresa of Avila ] Right now it may be difficult for you to relax and look forward to a good night'... Read more

  • Transferable skills

    2/19/2018 12:09:10 PM, by ZUZUPETALS10

    I’ve spent the last few years focused on improving my financial footing and all along the way I’ve been hopeful that the discipline and experience gained there will transfer over and help me find better footing with my health improvement initiatives. I can’t help but think the skills for one are u... Read more

  • The Hurdy Gurdy Man

    2/18/2018 1:57:13 PM, by AUNA_VISTA

    John Barber and his assistant Matilda Corso, and their hurdy-gurdy, circa 1898 Thrown like a star in my vast sleep I opened my eyes to take a peek To find that I was by the sea Gazing with tranquility 'Twas then when the Hurdy Gurdy Man Came singing songs of love Then when the... Read more

  • Pleasant Dreams - February 11

    2/18/2018 1:25:22 PM, by AUNA_VISTA

    " "The road," wrote Cervantes, "is always better than the inn." Those who settle on fame or fortune as the inn, and having arrived, call it quits, miss the whole point of life. Realistically, there is no inn, no ultimate point of arrival. It is the road now and forever..." _Leonard E. Read ... Read more

  • Pleasant Dreams - February 10

    2/18/2018 12:15:55 PM, by AUNA_VISTA

    "I have wept in the night For the shortness of sight That to somebody's need made me blind; But I have never yet Felt a tinge of regret For being a little too kind." _Anonymous You have only to open an evening newspaper or turn on the evening news to be deluged by all th... Read more

  • Pleasant Dreams - February 9

    2/17/2018 11:07:06 PM, by AUNA_VISTA

    "Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night." _Leo Aikman Your reward for today's activities will be sleep. Although your body and mind may crave this slumber, it may take some time to "turn off" stressful thoughts so you can rel... Read more

  • Pleasant Dreams - February 8

    2/17/2018 9:40:16 PM, by AUNA_VISTA

    " must have faith in yourself--faith that you can determine what must be done to solve the problem...and faith that you will be able to take the appropriate action." _Marsha Sinetar How would your life be different if, from this moment on, you made up your mind to do things ... Read more

  • Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

    2/17/2018 8:09:50 PM, by AUNA_VISTA

    Sean Lennon Close your eyes, Have no fear, The monster's gone, He's on the run And your daddy's here, [2x] Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Beautiful boy, Before you go to sleep, Say a little prayer, Every day In every way, It's getting better and better, [... Read more

  • The Hounds of Winter

    2/16/2018 10:20:09 PM, by AUNA_VISTA

    Mercury falling I rise from my bed, Collect my thoughts together I have to hold my head It seems that she's gone And somehow I am pinned by The Hounds of Winter Howling in the wind I walk through the day My coat around my ears I look for my companion I have to dry my tear... Read more