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  • Project Restart- Day 10 of 10-Minute Fitness Streak

    8/29/2015 3:08:07 AM, by AUNA_CALM

    Day 10 of my 10-minute fitness streak! Today I was able to have my iron an hour before each meal. That went really well! It was somewhat tense here today, though, because the neighbors across the street were taking down their garage. It was very loud! It is too bad we did not know about this... Read more

  • diet is the key

    8/28/2015 10:04:57 PM, by SIDURIANA

    I am shocked how many calories I consume! It's one of those eye opening moments. My little frame needs far less and more protein! Big awareness moment. Even though I am still down from my high, I need to revamp the diet in a serious way. More protein, less carbs. I think I can do this!... Read more

  • Engaging the Established Presbyterian Church of Scotland

    8/28/2015 5:20:08 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    “Resurrection-Denying Preacher to Return to Scotland.” That was the headline of a story published in the Glasgow Herald about a week before I was scheduled to lecture in the Cairns Church in Milngavie, a constituent member of the established Presbyterian Church of Scotland. The Senior Pastor of ... Read more

  • Computer Age Battle of the Sexes

    8/28/2015 4:54:28 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    A French teacher was explaining to her class that in French, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. "House" for instance, is feminine - "la maison" - "pencil", however, is masculine - "le crayon." A student asked, "What gender is 'computer'?" Instead of giv... Read more

  • Project Restart- Day 9 of 10-Minute Fitness Streak

    8/28/2015 1:24:44 AM, by AUNA_CALM

    Cyndi Lauper sang a great song, called "I'll Kiss You," from her She's So Unusual album. She is singing about Love Potion Number 9, and it is my ninth day! Here is the lyrics, and you might want to read them, because she sings this song pretty fast: www.metrolyrics.com/ill-kiss
    -you-lyr... Read more

  • Project Restart- Day 8 of 10-Minute Fitness Streak

    8/26/2015 4:36:06 PM, by AUNA_CALM

    I had my workout on the exercise bike kind of late, it was almost noon. But it was still not too warm outside. It warmed me up, I was able to take off my sweater afterwards. I have been reading a lot of the writings of this Mormon guy, and he is a really good preacher! You can learn a lot from... Read more

  • Introspection

    8/26/2015 12:39:36 PM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    I am proud today. Yesterday, I stuck to my plan. I ate the Medifast foods I planned. When I went home, I finished the cous cous and grilled veggies in the fridge - about 1 cup of cous cous and a LOT of grilled veggies (peppers, eggplant, zucchini). Honestly, I ate so many veggies, I kinda felt bloat... Read more

  • Facing failure

    8/25/2015 8:03:19 PM, by REMILJ126

    Hello again world! Today, I have decided to come out of hiding. Today, I am facing what I hoped to never experience, the thing we all fear most--failure. Four years ago, when I took the first step in my journey towards better health, my ultimate goal was to have a baby and become a mom.... Read more

  • Project Restart- Days 6 and 7 of 10-Minute Fitness Streak

    8/25/2015 6:34:28 PM, by AUNA_CALM

    Day 6 Yesterday, I forgot to write a blog! But I did exercise. I was glad the air was clear enough for me to ride on the exercise bike again. I have it out on the porch right now. I got to feeling like I could read more than one chapter a day of the Mormon history book, so I went ahead and fini... Read more

  • Can I have a do-over

    8/25/2015 5:35:59 PM, by BRANDESKA

    I finally finished grad school and have just taken the board exam. I tried to tell myself that school was not an excuse, that I CAN diet and exercise as well. Last year I was able to do both, but I found myself focusing moreso on losing weight and not studying as much. As a result I was persisten... Read more

  • This finding a "new routine thing" *SIGH*

    8/25/2015 1:01:25 PM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    I hate saying "I'm back" because either it seems my previous return didn't last or it really highlights how long it's been that I've taken a break. I have had my braces for nearly a month, and my mouth is definitely more accustomed to the little demons. Sure, food gets stuck in them constantly,... Read more

  • Late Night Funnies

    8/24/2015 9:25:34 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    The Cadillac Escalade EXT is the most popular car driven in New York. Partly because they're stylish, but mostly because New Yorkers like to have a place to stretch out when they leave their apartments. -Jimmy Fallon A study found that many types of head lice have mutated and now have become re... Read more

  • North vs. South

    8/24/2015 12:28:11 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    The North has coffee houses, The South has Waffle Houses The North has dating services, The South has family reunions. The North has switchblade knives, The South has Lee Press-on Nails The North has double last names, The South has double first names. The North has I... Read more

  • Project Restart- Day 5 of 10-Minute Fitness Streak

    8/23/2015 10:04:47 PM, by AUNA_CALM

    The smoke is still in our valley, but it looks a little less hazy. It looks foggy, but it is smoky instead. It is giving me a headache, because it is in my house. There is too much of it in the house. We still have our kitchen window open. My mom cannot close that window without help from my brot... Read more

  • Project Restart- Day 4 of 10-Minute Fitness Streak

    8/22/2015 11:14:37 PM, by AUNA_CALM

    My knee popped out of place this morning. It has been doing that a lot lately. I was just about to workout this morning when it happened, but I ended up having to put it off for a while. I went ahead and read in my book some more, since it was the time I get to read it. I read about how t... Read more

  • Project Restart- Day 3 of 10-Minute Fitness Streak

    8/22/2015 2:05:56 AM, by AUNA_CALM

    Today was kind of quiet, and seemed short because I slept through most of it. I guess I had quite a sleep deficit that I needed to make up! I feel rested now. I had gotten seven hours the night before, so I just expected to sleep for an hour or two, but my little nap turned into five hours. So th... Read more

  • Summer Memories: State Fair

    8/22/2015 1:31:20 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    It’s August and the time of year when many states are getting ready for their annual fair. When I was a new teacher my first job was in Salem, the capital of Oregon. I lived a few blocks from the state fairgrounds. My apartment was just across Silverton Road near the Gray Gate. ... Read more

  • My most active day yet

    8/21/2015 10:41:55 PM, by PDXLOR

    I started out today in a funk. I woke up feeling agitated. Don't know why, but it was still with me by lunch time. I decided to go to a park near work on my lunch break and spent 40 minutes hiking through the woods. It was good for my mind, body, and soul! This turned out to be my most acti... Read more

  • Project Restart- Day 2 of 10-Minute Fitness Streak

    8/20/2015 3:13:57 PM, by AUNA_CALM

    Today is special, because "two" looks like the peace sign, and I get to have Bono here displaying that. Clap, clap, clap, thank you, Bono! He is so sweet. My workout today went great. I did not want it to end, because it was going well and because I was in the middle of reading something. That is... Read more

  • Project Restart- Day 1 Of 10 Minute Fitness Streak

    8/19/2015 5:00:12 PM, by AUNA_CALM

    Yesterday, I forgot to exercise early enough, and then it got too hot to do that. So that broke my 5 minute fitness streak. I was a little disappointed that I did that, but tomorrow is always a new day, right? Yeah! And I thought I would start exercising for 5 more minutes, and start a new s... Read more

  • laughs

    8/19/2015 12:19:11 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    Army of the Lord A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside. The Pastor said to him, "You need to join the Army of the Lord!" My friend repl... Read more

  • day 4

    8/17/2015 10:33:25 PM, by RHINESTONE_EYES

    Things went smoothly today. I haven't been tempted yet though, so we will see how I do. Vacation starts tomorrow afternoon. There's going to be 10 days of a lot of family fun time and a hectic travelling schedule with a 2 year old. All I want to do is make better food choices and get some workou... Read more

  • Forced home cooking

    8/17/2015 3:17:43 PM, by HEALTHYSHELLS

    We are currently in a tight financial spot. That means no take out, fast food, soda, energy drinks, or surgery goodies. I am relearning how to cook healthy meals. Portion control is a major problem, but I'm making my way. My husband on the other hand needs some portion control lessons. Although I di... Read more

  • Getting started

    8/16/2015 11:27:21 PM, by AELFFLAED

    tracking food and water. Figuring out how to get iPhone tracking steps... Read more

  • day 3

    8/16/2015 10:36:06 PM, by RHINESTONE_EYES

    Went over on calories today, but I am 100% okay with it because for the first time in a while, I didn't feel like I needed to have a cocktail or glass of wine after dinner. I am so happy not to be drinking my calories, that the bit I went over my 1350 doesn't bother me at all. Did some house clea... Read more

  • How A Missed Train Caused Us To Lose Our Farm

    8/16/2015 2:28:30 PM, by AUNA_CALM

    So much of life is about connections, it is who we know, it is where we live. As much as we want to believe that we can live without money, or that we do not need to make the right friends, we cannot and we do! We need people. And sometimes we need their money. You know, to buy the necessiti... Read more

  • Onederland at last!

    8/16/2015 2:00:25 PM, by PDXLOR

    After hovering just above the 200 pound mark for 3 weeks, I finaly blew past that milestone with a 2 pound loss this week. It feels good! I passed the half way mark for pounds 4 weeks ago. That felt good too. It is uplifting to see the pounds I need to lose as smaller number than the pounds ... Read more

  • day 2

    8/15/2015 11:13:54 PM, by RHINESTONE_EYES

    Today was pretty good. I was much hungrier than yesterday though, so it was more difficult to eat mindfully. I love tracking my calories and knowing exactly what I'm eating, so when my hubby wanted to make need hot pot for dinner, I was a little scared. Turned out well though- just lean beef, mus... Read more

  • and then Thai food happened

    8/15/2015 10:01:33 PM, by CASSEAPDX

    With the glass noodles and the gluten free udon, (which probably have more calories than normal udon ) and the way too many carbs and the no idea how much I really ate. But I feel better now, not on the verge of starving like I felt most of the day. I need to figure out how to balance weekend food. ... Read more

  • Day 3 Of Five-Minute Fitness Streak

    8/15/2015 1:50:25 AM, by AUNA_CALM

    Today is Day 3 of my new five-minute fitness streak. I am using my stationary bike, because it is really low-impact. I stopped keeping track of my calories. I think the summer has really got the better of me. It has been too hot this year. That is my excuse. I am blogging again, so I obviously ... Read more

  • Day 2

    8/15/2015 12:31:13 AM, by CASSEAPDX

    so, day 2 of the latest "start". I've logged food both days. I didn't quite reach the range I wanted to be in, but I'm under 2000, so that's good. I also did not eat chocolate today and said no to the yummy yummy chips.... Read more

  • Day 1

    8/14/2015 12:57:36 PM, by RHINESTONE_EYES

    How many times have I had a day 1? An embarrassing number of times. I guess it's about not giving up in the first place though. If I had been willing to correct my actions instead of quit and waste my time for a while before starting again, I only would have had ONE day 1. I am feeling a l... Read more

  • THREE THINGS EXERCISING HAS TAUGHT ME

    8/14/2015 4:34:21 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    When I started Spark I did not think of exercise as a reward. I thought it was next to impossible! I had experienced several car accidents which left me disabled and unable to walk without pain. At that time exercising was a memory, something that able bodied people did in order to lose weig... Read more

  • I'm back again

    8/14/2015 12:42:07 AM, by CASSEAPDX

    I really have to do something. And truly, logging food works. I hate having to log 1000 calories of junk. I just don't have a lot of time anymore. But I've reached an all new high, so I've got to do something.... Read more

  • Goodbye For Now

    8/11/2015 11:21:21 PM, by AUNA_CALM

    Writing blogs is like playing the telephone game, and I think I am going to quit doing it because it is too frustrating for me. I am not enjoying myself. I have anemia, that is why I cannot exercise right now, not because I lack energy. I have energy, but I know that exercising uses blood. Ever... Read more

  • Quick Update

    8/11/2015 12:01:57 AM, by AUNA_CALM

    Not feeling my best. I have a headache and it is really hot today, and my anemia is causing me problems again. I found some chewable iron that contains Vitamin C, and the instructions say to take two a day, so that's what I was doing. Except it is not enough for me right now. So I am having problems... Read more

  • A Shopping Day

    8/10/2015 12:45:08 AM, by AUNA_CALM

    Today, I went to the grocery store with my mom, because I was really curious about what kinds of low fat ice cream they have. She can never remember when I ask her. I was really glad I went, because I have been wanting some cookies and cream flavor. She seemed surprised I would want that, maybe that... Read more

  • First time to RUN

    8/10/2015 12:20:49 AM, by PHGARDENER-2

    I jsut did my first ever run. I am almost 62 and I am going to run my first 5k in Dec THE JINGLE BELL RUN. Today was my first time to use the Couch to 5k app. I was able to jog 7 and speed walk the last one. This pretty amazing to me. I have never been one to run. I was hard to get my self to s... Read more

  • Being More Practical About Fitness

    8/8/2015 10:41:30 PM, by AUNA_CALM

    Today I am not feeling all that stellar, and it is disappointing because it is the day of the annual street fair near my house and I am not feeling well enough to go. My mom offered to walk up there with me, but I have a bad sinus headache today. I did take something and I am getting a lot of fluids... Read more

  • Bigger Pants

    8/8/2015 10:09:58 PM, by LIMITEDGRACE

    When I told my husband last week that I needed to buy a pair of bigger jeans, he just casually said, "Okay," and we added a stop to the Lane Bryant outlet store to our day of errands where I scored a pair for 40% off. By the end of the day it was no different than needing to buy a replacement throw... Read more

  • WHY I LIKE USING "SPARKRECIPES"

    8/8/2015 2:12:50 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    SparkRecipes is one of my favorite Spark resources. ~1 – SparkRecipes encourages me to do more of my own cooking. There are so many ideas. If I have lots of zucchini to use up I can search for zucchini and find a wide range of recipes to try. Here is one of my favorites: ... Read more

  • Home Organizing- Get Caught Up And Break It Down With Boxes

    8/8/2015 1:59:55 AM, by AUNA_CALM

    Sometimes the related tasks of cleaning house and putting things where they go gets away from you. You may have been sick for a long time, injured, or unable to keep up because you were busy with responsibilities outside the house. And maybe when you got back to it you did not know where to start, s... Read more

  • Having Fun And The Importance Of Protein

    8/7/2015 12:52:52 AM, by AUNA_CALM

    I finished reading The Legend of Barney Thomson, formerly known as The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson. It is quite ridiculous! Very funny! It has some gross parts, though, but they pass quickly. I really cannot tell you much about them, because it may give away the ending. I know, because it happen... Read more

  • Reading And Reading!

    8/5/2015 11:23:35 PM, by AUNA_CALM

    I did a lot of reading today. I bought a book that the new movie The Legend of Barney Thomson is based on. It is like a mystery/comedy of errors. Barney Thomson is a not so good barber in rainy Glasgow, Scotland. Because there are two other barbers in the shop, and he is quite bad at it and at talki... Read more

  • Another Day

    8/5/2015 1:30:17 AM, by AUNA_CALM

    I am not really feeling well today. I went to bed last night with a headache, and I woke up after 2 pm with the same headache. It will not go away. It may be a tension headache. We are enjoying cooler temperatures in Portland, Oregon. That is good! I am watching Dr. Who today on Netflix. They said t... Read more

  • AUGUST GOALS: How I Plan to Reduce Stress

    8/4/2015 5:09:59 PM, by CJWORDPLAY

    Reduce your stress. How many times have you heard that? We know that reducing stress lessens your chances of developing all kinds of unhealthy conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more? And if you have one or more stress-related conditions, reducing yo... Read more

  • Balanced Life?

    8/4/2015 12:50:25 PM, by WRITERYVONNE

    I joined the 30 days to a Balanced Life Challenge today, because I feel incredibly out of balance. The first day's guidance s to write about why I feel out of balance. And here I sit, staring at the blinking cursor, because I DON'T KNOW! Maybe it's that it seems there are too many top priorit... Read more

  • What?

    8/4/2015 1:25:09 AM, by AUNA_CALM

    "We all know that people lie, but when you know that it's happening every time, it makes it hard to be in a relationship with someone." Here's where I got that quote, but I'm not talking about the article: www.out.com/entertainment/tele
    vision/2011/06/26/exclusiv
    e-warehouse-13-goes-ga... Read more

  • Ups & Downs, but it's ok!

    8/3/2015 10:25:48 PM, by PDXLOR

    The Downs: - Two weeks ago I pulled a muscle in my upper back and I had to limit my workout for a few days - Just as my back was getting better, I twisted my knee - again I had to limit my workout for a few days - Last week was the final week before the annual Portland Brain Tumor Walk. ... Read more

  • Finding a new routine

    8/3/2015 1:37:09 PM, by SWEET_CAROLYN

    So I got off vacation last week and started slowly getting back into my routine: work, exercise, eating, etc. And then I got braces last Wednesday! This is a good thing, because as a result of the DNA appliance that was used to cure my sleep apnea (and what started my whole new look on Healthy ... Read more

  • Sunday Gratitude Blog

    8/2/2015 3:46:13 PM, by AUNA_CALM

    I am thankful for many things this week! It has been great to be feeling better, to being less anemic. I can walk farther and do more, and even talk more. I was able to go downtown and listen to music, visit a bookstore, and even have frozen yogurt! I read a book really fast, in two days! It was a g... Read more

  • Absorbing Iron from Meals and Supplements

    8/1/2015 4:58:23 AM, by AUNA_CALM

    If you are taking iron supplements, the best way to absorb the most iron from them is to take them on an empty stomach. To do this, you need to take them either one hour before a meal, or two hours after one. Drinking an 8 oz serving of vegetable or fruit juice that contains 100% Vitamin C is a good... Read more

  • This again....

    7/31/2015 3:27:14 PM, by RAINBOWAMBROSIA

    Everything has changed and nothing has changed. I started a SP in 2006. I used it fairly regularly and when I actually used it, it helped. I can remember logging into the computer and spinning the wheel daily even if I didn't actually track calories or do any excercise during the day. Fast forward n... Read more

  • Friday, July 31

    7/31/2015 11:34:39 AM, by TERRIH0904

    I've been doing pretty well since my last blog entry. I don't know if I lost any weight, I'm waiting till tomorrow to weigh myself. But I have been tracking every day and even more important everything. Which some days have been scary. However the past 3 or 4 days I've been doing really ... Read more

  • Goings On

    7/31/2015 2:10:38 AM, by AUNA_CALM

    It was 103 degrees here today! This is really unusual for Portland, Oregon. And we do not have air conditioning, so it is pretty uncomfortable. I had a nightmare during my nap today, and it had Kurt Cobain in it. It was very freaky! It was like visiting hell, or someplace like the movie The... Read more