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  • Living History at the Pierce Homestead

    8/24/2016 5:24:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    History lives on at the Homestead There is something special about being someone else for a day. Someone admired and historically important. A person selected by others to be wrote about and remembered. Once a year, my husband John plays the part of the Governor John Butler Smith, and I as h... Read more

  • Tuesday...a walk and some dragonflies(pictures)

    8/23/2016 10:48:47 PM, by TERRI289

    Slept in, tutored, ran a few errands, and went for a walk with dh at Parvin State park We finished the day with a nice dinner at the diner! 243 ... Read more

  • I can do this...I can do this... I can do this

    8/23/2016 8:23:42 PM, by TIGERSPEECH

    Am I working my plan or is it working me?... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    8/23/2016 5:53:34 PM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter says hi to everyone! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i have an interview for a 1 month contract job on thursday morning. i will do my best. have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • I DID IT!! - How I Reached My Biggest Goal Yet!

    8/23/2016 3:53:05 PM, by CALLIKIA

    What is that? That's the face of a girl who reached the goal that's been haunting her all of her adult life. I still remember the day I first saw 300 on a scale. I was finishing out my senior year of high school and in my second trimester with my first son. I went in for a regular check-u... Read more

  • Thank you to my work!

    8/23/2016 3:45:09 PM, by MYAKAYAH

    They knew I was more concerned with my close friend who was having her kidney removed this morning. (Yes, it was a Nephrectomy). So they said go be there for however long it takes. I left at 7am and got there round 730am when they took her to surgery. The surgical team was fabulous about keeping us ... Read more

  • Banish migraines

    8/23/2016 10:41:26 AM, by MLIEN913

    I'm exhausted this morning. A screaming migraine woke me at 2am and again at 4am. The last one kept me awake. I finally got it down after 4 pills and a brisk walk with the dog. Speaking of the mutt, she decided to chew thru her collar during the night. I was so annoyed with her and she could tell. ... Read more

  • Thor's cave, goblins and ghosts

    8/23/2016 9:56:02 AM, by MINNIEUK

    Last weekend my parents asked to have both kids to stay for the weekend. Hubby and I gratefully accepted and decided to take the rare opportunity of a weekend away together. I suggested Wetton, a small village in Staffordshire. Wetton is the scene of many, many happy childhood memories for me. I us... Read more

  • Scale or No Scale

    8/23/2016 9:07:49 AM, by VALERIESTRACK

    I'm thinking about hiding my scale. When it's out in the open I tend to jump on it every time I see it expecting some magical change. I'm not necessarily frustrated with it but I am addicted to it. Maybe I should only get it out once a month and hope for the best that way. As long as I'm sticking ... Read more

  • Life is like a Tube of Toothpaste

    8/23/2016 5:30:58 AM, by JSTETSER

    Many times, life is like a tube of toothpaste. Words are spoken and are never forgotten. Words can never be taken back once they come out. As school starts, it is my hope that you will remember to use your words to be inspiring, kind, helpful and honest. If your words would be hurtful, donít say... Read more

  • Hi Monday night!

    8/22/2016 10:28:44 PM, by MYAKAYAH

    Yesterday at the BBQ, there was steak grilled so tonight I cut up that steak into thinner Julienne like pieces and marinated it further and heated it through on my cast iron grill! I used the roasted vegetables from last night, made canned black beans, Spanish rice and had cheese, cilantro, sour cre... Read more

  • Monday..low humidity..wow!

    8/22/2016 10:14:18 PM, by TERRI289

    What a nice change to have air that is breathable! YUM! I Zumba Gold class went well and I ran a few errands after. Got some good deals too! The foot doctor appointment went well....I am doing everything for my foot the right way. yay. Too bad my knees ache today. Oh well. growing older i... Read more

  • Most important meal of the day

    8/22/2016 7:30:30 PM, by SOMETIMESITEACH

    What are your favorite breakfasts? My go to has been 1/2 cup of non fat plain Greek yogurt with 1 tbsp raw sunflower seeds, 1 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp flax seeds, and 6 raw almonds. Filling for hours! I also occasionally change it up and have a piece of toasted fitness bre... Read more

  • Monday Monday

    8/22/2016 7:25:38 PM, by MLIEN913

    Today has been a good day. My neck is fine and it was a gorgeous day. I am truly bkessed.... Read more

  • a new day

    8/22/2016 12:58:32 PM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter and i are keeping cool today. it is the first day in a really long time that it has not been extra hot and humid here. earlier this morning, we were at a local park and having fun. today, i have bits and pieces of things to do. i got to speak with a good friend of mine this morning. i ke... Read more

  • GOALS: Week of August 21

    8/22/2016 12:49:45 PM, by DCFELLA

    Goal(s): 1) Do some light jogging (2:30:1:30 at least twice this week. 2) Take at least one high intensity yoga session. 3) Gym 3 times with split workout. Remain at 40 minutes of cardio beforehand, but increase target heart rate to 145. 4) Goal weight at end of week: 225 Results: 1) ... Read more

  • Technical Difficulties & Depression?

    8/22/2016 5:38:12 AM, by SUPER_CIARA

    Since getting a new router, I've been unable to get my Aria scale to sync properly with it, and it's not reading my weight and sending it to the computer the way it's supposed to, so it keeps telling the computer the wrong thing and so the computer keeps getting messages that I've lost 4 pounds eve... Read more

  • More about the Mountain

    8/22/2016 5:16:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday the Spark People site had some technical difficulties. I was only able to post half of the blog that I had written about hiking Mt. Monadnock. Here is the other half! When hiking, take time to look at the ordinary beauty of the trail signs on the mountain! The trails are well mark... Read more

  • Planning things out

    8/21/2016 10:36:59 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    From now until the new year Im going to plan out my week every Sunday night. Mainly just house and yard work and school work stuff I wanna do with my little cousin. This will help me focus on what needs to get done. Come the new year, yes its early to talk about this, but I want to have a jou... Read more

  • Sunday

    8/21/2016 10:21:38 PM, by TERRI289

    Pretty mellow day...trying to learn a new song to teach and clean and watch the Olympics..a little scattered. DH got home early from work and we managed a quick trip to the bookstore which is always nice. Got a nap, watched a little more Olympics and getting ready to read until I fall asl... Read more

  • Motivation took a hit after creepy comment at work

    8/21/2016 2:53:36 PM, by QWESTING

    A couple of weeks ago, someone I'd never spoken to at work came up behind me and asked me if I'd ever been a model. In a bar, it would have been manageable. But at work, it threw me. Especially after I pointed out it was inappropriate, and he continued to share how he and his colleagues had noticed... Read more

  • 9 at 9

    8/21/2016 12:32:49 PM, by GONABFIT

    Walked 9 miles at the lake with my his bag at 9 months pregnant. I'm very proud of myself because I certainly was tired and spent most of the pregnancy on bedrest. I'm now almost 38 weeks and God has protected this baby. Now I'm ready to deliver... Read more

  • Slightly soggy day

    8/21/2016 9:24:15 AM, by MLIEN913

    It's rehearsal day at Ft Tryon Park in NYC. The sun is shining now but it is raining on and off. The best part is the lower humidity. There's also a really nice art installation of pears right where we practice. All in all its a great day.... Read more

  • Week 4 Wrapup & Next Week's Possible Efforts

    8/21/2016 9:10:09 AM, by SUPER_CIARA

    Week 4 was good and bad. It was really good in that I really enjoyed the time with Fritzy and didn't bother about my weight or about fitness minutes. I just spent time with him. So you can guess it was bad as far as getting in miles and fitness minutes and my weight loss efforts. But as I said in m... Read more

  • Day 70 of Spark log in streak

    8/21/2016 7:55:50 AM, by TIGERSPEECH

    I am: -logging my food -drinking 8+ glasses of water -following the Beck plan with help -comitted to starting with 20 minutes of exercise or more per day... Read more

  • Hiking My Favorite Mountain

    8/21/2016 5:35:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Monadnock, the most hiked mountain in the USA, is a mountain that I have climbed about 130 times. Almost always, I hike with my husband John, and we have always had a good experience on this mountain that stands alone. We have experienced warm, cold, snowy and wet weather. The gorgeous scenery ar... Read more

  • Saturday evening..the water pump has been replaced.

    8/20/2016 10:15:55 PM, by TERRI289

    Yesterday was a good one.....my classes went well(in spite of a dicey ankle) and I had some nice visits with friends. Watching the Olympics led to an early bed time. Today started out the usual with chores and visits but then I came home to no water. The pump and the well were not cooperating. ... Read more

  • Using a toddler plate lol

    8/20/2016 9:07:44 PM, by SSMITH762

    So maybe it's time to do dishes when dinner is eaten off a toddler plate. Hmmmm, I will say that it's nice eating off small plates. Dinner tonight was spicy low carb tuna cakes, fell apart skittle bit, guacamole, and broccoli- jalapeno casserole. Delicious and plenty of leftovers for lunch over th... Read more

  • Saturday

    8/20/2016 6:38:31 PM, by MYAKAYAH

    Its in the lower 70's but sunny so that is nice! Did my hair yesterday and it looks good but I may have to ask the stylist to colour the front a bit more because I can see some white hairs. She did a very good job otherwise! Exercise today is yoga, cardio and ST. Maybe some walking but I have gotten... Read more

  • Saturday chores

    8/20/2016 5:22:08 PM, by MLIEN913

    Since I'm not allowed to do heavy lifting I'm getting my other chores done. Finally did some planting. I slept most of the day so food hasn't been an issue. Now that evening is approaching I'll try to move a few more things in an attempt to get my TV up.... Read more

  • Busy as a Bee

    8/20/2016 1:56:19 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    Right now my aunt is doing grocery shopping while Im doing the dishes and laundry. After lunch the TV is going to music for my grandma while we head to the back room. There is so much that I want to get done today so that tomorrow we can just relax and plan out the rest of the week and weekends. ... Read more

  • Mexican style shakshuka for brunch

    8/20/2016 12:18:33 PM, by SSMITH762

    This is the always delicious eggs cooked on a bed of rotel tomatoes with green chili's. With a side of guacamole and chopped bacon. This is a great way to start the day.... Read more

  • what a warm day

    8/20/2016 9:55:43 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is going to be another warm and humid day here today. my daughter and i are keeping cool and well hydrated. the birds are okay and are in a cool place. i am out running a few errands before it gets too hot outside. i may go and meet up with a good friend of mine later. i will see how i feel and g... Read more

  • Almost there!!

    8/20/2016 9:37:08 AM, by MJLUVSANIMALS

    I don't know how to put it into words. But in my entire life, all the yo yo dieting and falling off the wagon 100's of times, I am finally racing to the finish line. My goal is to defeat D2, but the weight falling away is a huge plus. Anyway I want to thank the SparkTeam Living Low Carb (Atki... Read more

  • Embrace The Weirdness

    8/20/2016 9:07:44 AM, by BESSHAILE

    So here I am, staring at the last 2 weeks of August. In 12 days it will be BIRTHDAY MONTH! And not just any birthday but my last birthday as a werkin' girl. Just over a year ago the VRS (that's Virginia Retirement System) sent me a letter saying I could retire with a full pension at 65. I have had t... Read more

  • Day 5, I'M STILL HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    8/20/2016 8:00:26 AM, by CRYSALLIS1

    Day 5 & I'm still here going strong!!! I'm following the Eat to Live plan. I'm so proud of the calories I pass up. For some reason that truly shocks me I don't even want those calorie laden foods. My resolve is somewhat of a miracle. I'm so happy!!!!! I'm away from home for 4 days and I don't ha... Read more

  • Beck Check #15: good

    8/20/2016 5:34:28 AM, by KRISZTA11

    This was a good week. At work I had some time on my hands and organized my emails and notes, discarding thousands of emails I will never need and making my folders, calendar and tasks simple and easy to use. I also started to use OneNote, very useful and pretty. I followed my food plan, 3 mea... Read more

  • Preparing for change!

    8/20/2016 5:24:50 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I got my test results back, and they were not good. I was especially disappointed over my A1C of 7.1. It is time for me to make some major changes if I want to stay off of Diabetes medication. For the past 3 years, I have been able to control the Type II Diabetes with food and exercise.... Read more

  • Chicken and avocado salad, aka guacamole

    8/19/2016 10:59:49 PM, by SSMITH762

    I wasn't hungry tonight until 9, so I ran out to the grocery store to pick up some essential, still didn't wasn't in a cooking mood at 10, so I made up some guacamole and left over chicken. Seriously delicious, plus avocados are 2 for a dollar this week at Kroger so I have 4 more to play with, plus... Read more

  • Melt down!!!

    8/19/2016 7:31:49 PM, by MRSOLIVER455

    Im having severe mood swings and right now I just wanna snap! I keep going off on hubby because I feel like he isn't taking my wants and needs into consideration. I just wanna scream and cry but I know that won't change anything. I am fighting the urge to binge because of the mood swings and stress.... Read more

  • Weight Loss Odds

    8/19/2016 4:25:22 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    It's Fritzy's last two weeks of summer vacation and my focus is on spending time with him and really enjoying it rather than on getting fitness minutes and losing weight. As a result, I haven't been having a great week as far as my weight loss journey goes, but I will have plenty of time to get my ... Read more

  • Friday Aug 19th

    8/19/2016 2:57:35 PM, by MLIEN913

    Feeling better each day. Eating well and exercising as much as I can under my current restrictions. I'm trying to use as little medication as I can. It's the steroid I really want to avoid since it causes weight gain no matter what I eat. This weekend I'll be resting again. I really wanted to set u... Read more

  • Going back to the start

    8/19/2016 2:51:00 PM, by ADRIENALINE

    I have started to let things lapse a little. 24 I've been grabbing cookies 495 and candy 493 way too much lately and my weight has crept up a little 225 . Just a couple of pounds but more importantly my jeans feel a little tight and I'm uncomfortable. I have adopted some good activity habit... Read more

  • Over Plateau!

    8/19/2016 2:10:10 PM, by FITINSPIREBABE

    ~ UPDATE ~ From the last post one of my friends suggested switching it up and all so I went to indoor cycling last nite and man did Rich the cycle instructor really did push us to our limits! I got in the studio a tad bit early so I set up and got on the bike and just started to warm up while lis... Read more

  • Do Better

    8/19/2016 11:32:45 AM, by VEG_GIRL04

    I could do better. I should push myself to be better. Nutrition is something I CAN do great at. I have not lately. It's just a few gummy bears here, to a few ounces of cheese after work. And I'm not tracking it. And it shows. I preach it and I know it - you CANNOT work off a bad diet. ... Read more

  • Discouraged this morning.

    8/19/2016 10:02:51 AM, by MRSOLIVER455

    I ate about 100 calories over goal last night, and I guess I ate too much and made myself sick so I ended up passing out before I could get in my last 30 mins of my workout done. :/ I'm bloated all to hell and modify on top of that. I keep pushing myself and i keep reminding myself that I've come al... Read more

  • Living the History!

    8/19/2016 5:49:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    Once a year my husband and I change our identities, and become something from the past. We dress up as The Governor John Butler Smith, and his wife Emma E. Lavender Smith. This couple have a beautiful past, and it is always a great way to give a history lesson. If you want someone to remember a g... Read more

  • Thursday night....oh shopping!!

    8/18/2016 11:49:23 PM, by TERRI289

    I went to pay a bill and ended up with some great bargains and some gifts. Pretty successful shopping trip. Had a coffee date with a friend that was fun and a surprise late lunch with some others. My dh took me to the movies in the evening. it was a pretty good day! Oh, and best of a... Read more

  • Stir fried pepper steak over cauliflower rice

    8/18/2016 10:16:05 PM, by SSMITH762

    I switched it up for dinner tonight and made the fried cauliflower rice and topped it with the stir fried leftover fajitas meat, peppers, onions, and broccoli. It was delicious. I'll have to make this again.... Read more

  • Goodbye to the 140s and hello 130s!

    8/18/2016 9:56:48 PM, by BRIGHTSPARK7

    It happened. It really happened. The scale reads 139 pounds. Part of me is elated and part of me feels just the same. I was curious if my khaki trousers would now fit me. They have been hanging in my closet for years. I remember wearing them to visit Shakespeare's home in Stratford-on-Avon, England.... Read more

  • Still doing well !

    8/18/2016 3:53:31 PM, by INSPIREDSOUL

    I haven't posted for awhile. But I missed everybody. It does the mind good to focus on your goals. Spark people can take up hours of time when you get involved in reading and replying to so many stories and friends. Since I last posted, I found out about taking High Dose Biotin for multiple ... Read more

  • Sidelined

    8/18/2016 2:39:15 PM, by MLIEN913

    Just when I was getting back into the swing of things I'm sidelined by a freak injury. Yesterday my neck hurt worse than ever before so I went to the ER. Turns out I may have a bone fragment floating in there and it may be irritating the nerve. So, I'm not allow to do any strenuous moving or liftin... Read more

  • "Sweat your Prayers" - Connections - Tribe - new beloved different drummers

    8/18/2016 1:41:47 PM, by PJH2028

    5 days dancing 5 hours a day! Guided through and with open hearted connections. Now THIS is "exercise" that synergies with my soul!... Read more

  • it's thursday

    8/18/2016 1:13:05 PM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter and i went shopping to get her a pair of jeans and a pair of shoes for her to wear while she is in school. now we are just hanging out at the local library until it is time to head to her guitar lesson. she really enjoys her lessons and she loves her guitar. all of the birds say cheep,ch... Read more

  • Weight Loss Plateau Frustration Again

    8/18/2016 10:18:03 AM, by FITINSPIREBABE

    So it seems like ive hit yet another weight loss plateau again grrrrrr I really do believe that once I try something new my body may decide to drop some weight then it just gets used to it and stops and decides that it will not drop anything or zippoo !!! Its been almost a week since I lost 1.6 poun... Read more

  • Thursday morning

    8/18/2016 9:48:59 AM, by TERRI289

    Fell asleep watching the Olympics hardly any sparking yesterday, It was a nice day, ZumbaGold in the am(with a/c issues as well) and then lunch with friends at an awesome Greek restaurant. Good visit with chiripractor and massage therapist. Back is good for now. yay Made an appointment... Read more

  • The New Baby Quilt

    8/18/2016 5:28:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    My son and DIL are expecting a new baby in a couple of weeks. It is an exciting and busy time for them. Matís residency as a surgeon means that he is at the hospital 10-12 hours a day. Nora is left with fixing up their new home and caring for a very active 2 year old. They are in a new city with ... Read more

  • Time for bed day 2

    8/18/2016 12:04:52 AM, by CRYSALLIS1

    Stuck with my program pretty much 100% today. I have done meal planning for tomorrow when we go out of town. Depending on which restraunt we narrow it down to I have a plan. Unlike many past voyages I have been letting the people in my life know my plan & that I'm 100% commited. My daughter who is ... Read more

  • Words for today~

    8/18/2016 12:02:42 AM, by MYAKAYAH

    It was busy and I am glad this is an easier week in the evenings! Needed that because when you work, take care of your people and cat it can get a bit atrocious with time. I am not feeling getting cranky with anyone unless it is a necessary thing! I made over 10K steps for the day so I am getting ba... Read more

  • Over the next couple weeks

    8/17/2016 10:20:26 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    I finally got a chance to head to the gym Monday. It was so nice getting in some good cardio. I woke up Tuesday will a KILLER headache. Slept with a different pillow so I did something to my neck which moved up the right side of my head and hung out just above and behind my eye. Finally startin... Read more

  • Labor and Delivery - What else can go wrong?

    8/17/2016 6:23:53 PM, by ERINLINDSAY83

    Friday August 5th, I went to work. I was feeling pretty awful, but I'm never one to call in sick if I can avoid it. I was having contractions and a lot of back pain, but nothing 'regular.' I made it through my shift rather miserably. Went home and walked to the diner and store with hubs and kiddo (a... Read more

  • The Search for Strength & Willpower

    8/17/2016 5:31:18 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    Strength & willpower have been in short supply so far this week, but when it comes down to it, searching for it I will never find it, but creating it for myself is the surest way to get it. Lately I've just been so wildly off track again and so completely lacking in energy and enthusiasm, which are... Read more

  • a lovely day

    8/17/2016 12:42:21 PM, by MOMMY445

    the job i had has now come to an end. now i am looking for other job opportunities. i have already heard from one place regarding job opportunities. i will not give up until i get a steady job that i enjoy. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • AC is out

    8/17/2016 12:26:53 PM, by MRSOLIVER455

    So our AC quit Sunday night into Monday....womp womp. Monday evening the HVAC guy came and took a look at it and the compressor is shot! He ordered a new one yesterday but can't install it until the weekend. Thankfully we have one window unit in our spare room so we've been sleeping in there, hub... Read more

  • So sleepy today

    8/17/2016 11:18:38 AM, by MLIEN913

    Migraine last night has never groggy still today. The meds make me so sleepy. I even took a nap earlier but that hasn't helped. If I could get away with it I'd take a 10 minute nap now. Perhaps if I exercise I'll wake up.... Read more

  • Goodbye Salty Potato Chips

    8/17/2016 9:58:06 AM, by YOGADAILY

    Today I will be one step closer to reaching my goal weight because I am not going to give in to salty snacking. I'm saying goodbye to chips and all those other unhealthy snack foods. I'm going to eat healthy, feel healthy & be healthy because I love my body. K... Read more

  • Norfolk holiday pictures

    8/17/2016 9:23:13 AM, by MINNIEUK

    Holidays/vacations can be a tricky time to stay on track with exercise, particularly holidays with young children! Luckily DH and I have fallen into a nice pattern regarding division of leisure time when we are away. I get an hour or so for a walk by myself first thing in the morning while he organi... Read more

  • Day 2

    8/17/2016 8:41:31 AM, by CRYSALLIS1

    Yeah, I lost 6.4# overnight! It's a great boost to my mental status. No, I did not eat too few of calories. I drank plenty of water & a cup of tea. What I did do was pass up drive thru food, chocolate, pretty little flavored coffee, a hamburger etc. Throughout the day I indulged in Gods abundance. S... Read more

  • Going the Distance

    8/17/2016 5:27:57 AM, by JSTETSER

    My dreams are only going to be fulfilled when I take the actions needed to complete them. Today I have a plan to help me be successful during the school year. Teaching requires lots of planning. I have some good plans in place for my classroom, but now I have to get my life ready. Cleaning... Read more

  • Day 1

    8/17/2016 4:49:42 AM, by CRYSALLIS1

    I was able to stay in my range for calories. I almost sabatoged myself by not eating enough for breakfast thus not having enough food with me. I figure I passed up at least 1,500 calories of food today that I would have usually indulged in. Mentally I'm happy to be committed again to healthier livi... Read more

  • The small wins matter

    8/17/2016 2:52:47 AM, by BRIGHTSPARK7

    It was a day of celebrating small wins. The scale has not budged for three weeks but I am confident this is the breakthrough week. On the upside, I know what to do to maintain! This morning I decided to celebrate small wins all day long. That was the experiment of the day. You know I love e... Read more

  • Pictures from the Delaware Bay lighthouse and my dragonfly pond

    8/16/2016 10:24:48 PM, by TERRI289

    Leaving the Jersey ShoreShip John LighthouseShip John close upApproaching Miah Maul lightMah Maul close upThe wavesFourteen Foot Lighthousethe remains of Elbow cross light(used for target practice..smh)our dragonfly pondwater lilies Me with a great curly hair day! Hope you enjoyed the pictures!... Read more

  • I had my face vacuumed .... ?

    8/16/2016 5:56:00 PM, by BBLUNDON

    Hi sparklers .. I got a groupon deal for microdermabrasion. As an older lady, I've been feeling for awhile that my skin wasn't quite as soft as I wanted it to be and even using moisturizer and serums, it didn't stay the way I wanted it. I felt like I was sometimes scrubbing in the shower, esp... Read more

  • Doing well today, its warm, sun is out!

    8/16/2016 2:59:58 PM, by MYAKAYAH

    Yesterday was just one of those days where it feels like nothing was going right, people were cranky with me because I am a logical straightforward person. Not given to deal with others on an emotional level in any manner, I get for some people that can be frustrating when conversing with me...I had... Read more

  • InDoor Cycling

    8/16/2016 2:38:25 PM, by FITINSPIREBABE

    It never really dawn on me that my knee doc wanted me to ride my bike for therapy and well spinning / Indoor Cycling is just like that so I got really excited about it and got a pair of cleats and clips on Sunday Aug 7th w some socks and all so that when Monday rolls around I was ready to roll and g... Read more

  • August - auspicious or not - the month between July & September

    8/16/2016 2:21:20 PM, by PJH2028

    58 bday - done Esalen week of dancing - DONE ! LOVED IT SO MUCH! Re-entry to "home life" in CV ... - yeah... I' mean, yes.... ongoing flux and shift and acceptance I am pushing for a two year plan, a five year plan . . . for myself... for "the couple" The difference in our ways and me... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday?

    8/16/2016 12:37:21 PM, by MLIEN913

    Today started out bleak. Family issues to deal with. My dog was being incredibly annoying this morning. Instead of letting these things derail my happy mood I've been praying. I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't believe in the power of prayer. Most of my life I haven't been very religious but I hav... Read more

  • I won a medal and certificate !

    8/16/2016 12:31:27 PM, by KATELIGRATHO

    I completed 100 hours of personal training at Goodlife Fitness !... Read more

  • thank you!

    8/16/2016 12:07:40 PM, by MOMMY445

    thank for all the birthday wishes! i had a really great day! my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Celebrate every step

    8/16/2016 9:19:25 AM, by YOGADAILY

    If you just drive yourself and never take the time to notice the small steps you are achieving, you might just give up and feel like you'll never reach those goals you set. Life is not a race it is a journey. Take all the time you need to reach your goals but don't forget to celebrate you along th... Read more

  • Planning for Successful School Start

    8/16/2016 5:47:13 AM, by JSTETSER

    The school year starts next week for me and that means BIG changes to my schedule. I have such a successful summer routine that I hate to see the school year start. Changes in the seasons and changes in schedules need my attention if they are going to work! School days are a race against th... Read more

  • It's Official, I'm Denouncing the Crave it & Eat It Plan!!!

    8/16/2016 4:13:57 AM, by CRYSALLIS1

    I'm really quite a mess with my eating. My plan has been I Crave it & Eat It. Basically it has caused me to pop a button on some new pants this weekend. Lots of weight gain. Food addictions. I'm a food junkyard! (Not a typo.) It's also caused a very achy back, knee, & feet. Not sure how I got into ... Read more

  • stronger than I thought

    8/16/2016 12:00:19 AM, by MLIEN913

    I made myself proud today. I was able to bring my new tv stand up to the 2nd floor all by myself. Naturally I couldn't carry it by myself but I was able to "walk" it to the stairs then lever it up. The package weighs at least 70lbs or more. I'm so proud that I was able to bring it up without hurting... Read more

  • Monday night..watching Olympics and cleaning

    8/15/2016 10:32:50 PM, by TERRI289

    It was a busy day..Zumba Gold went well even with the air conditioning issues(still not working but no one knows anything when you ask about it). A little food shopping, ran into a two good friends, and then home to make a healthy lunch. Since today is National Relaxation Day, I did fit i... Read more

  • Beck check #14: better

    8/15/2016 3:55:29 PM, by KRISZTA11

    Last week's summary blog helped. I did a better job at not eating standing up (except some watermelon after dinner), and followed my plan. Now I'm one pound closer to my center weight - at least I was before I left for a 3-day mini vacation with my parents and two sisters + their husbands and kids... Read more

  • Back at it

    8/15/2016 2:06:01 PM, by POLERGEEK13

    So today is a new day. I cheated on my meals Friday and Sunday. I didn't workout a few days. I can't let that get me down. Mistakes happen, things happen, life happens. This weekend was a bit crazy. Friday spent the day with grandparents (who swear I don't need to lose weight. Bless them haha... Read more

  • Dull day at work

    8/15/2016 1:56:52 PM, by MLIEN913

    I'm grateful for dull days at work because they allow me time to workout. Today is really hot again so I haven't done too much more. Hoping to get in at least a couple more weight lifting exercises before the heat makes it impossible.... Read more

  • Camera and Long Walks

    8/15/2016 1:32:42 PM, by YOGADAILY

    While I'm walking the calories off I like to capture things with my camera along the way. Today I captured this spiderweb. It looks like a broken string of pearls, gorgeous without the spider. There's beauty everywhere. Take the time to look around to see it, you'll be glad you did. Keep on Spa... Read more

  • A New Season

    8/15/2016 1:14:58 PM, by FIT-WHIT

    To everything (turn, turn, turn) There is a season (turn, turn, turn) And a time to every purpose, under heaven --- I hum this in my head today as I browse back through old blog posts and recollect the inspiration and fire I felt when I first made my home here in the SparkPeople community... Read more

  • A Tale of Two Runs and a Horseback Ride

    8/15/2016 10:54:47 AM, by KELLIEBEAN

    The middle of August. Wow! I hate when summer starts to fade away but I hate the humidity more. So I'm hating it even more this summer now that I'm training for the Chicago half marathon, necessitating that I run in the humidity. Some runs go better than others. Last Tuesday's run went a little... Read more

  • honesty in the midst of the storm

    8/15/2016 5:43:40 AM, by JSTETSER

    Honesty is what has helped me to grow this past week. I really questioned myself when I posted about needing help. In the end, I'm glad that I posted. My SparkFriends helped me to understand my family more than I could have imagined! Life is all about growth, and you cannot grow in areas tha... Read more

  • I am grateful for, 8/14:

    8/15/2016 3:43:07 AM, by CETANISTAWI

    1. my babies, because they like hugs. 2. getting some sleep, because i needed it. 3. working, because my paycheck likes it. 4. options, because choice is good. 5. text, because sometimes talking isn't worth it. 6. friends, because they accept us for where we're at. 7. medicine, because i... Read more

  • Sunday night..sadness followed by a boat, lighthouses, and the Delaware Bay

    8/14/2016 10:10:39 PM, by TERRI289

    It was a slow morning followed by some sad news. A Beautiful (inside and out) former student died in her sleep of cardiac arrest. She was 21, I feel numb..sad...and angry..All the things that she won't get to do ....hard to understand. When dh got home from work early he asked if I would like ... Read more

  • Today is a better day

    8/14/2016 9:30:38 PM, by MLIEN913

    The weather is better today than yesterday. It was still a challenge to get around but not as bad today. I was able to do longer walks and get some exercise done. More importantly I was able to get most of my chores done. Still have a lot to do before I can set up the new TV but I'm on the way.... Read more

  • Thinking of going for a quick bike ride after church

    8/14/2016 2:29:57 PM, by SSMITH762

    I walked the dogs this morning and saw a lot of people biking. My goal was to wait until I got down to 200 to take up cycling, but my bike is calling to me. I suppose I'm only 8 pounds away. I may keep it to 10 minutes though. I always feel guilty doing anything in the neighborhood without the do... Read more

  • Spark coach

    8/14/2016 10:07:36 AM, by MISSA526

    My mom is a big positive motivation in my life. My dad trys, sometimes but he eats mostly unhealthy foods. My boyfriend is getting better. . we're buying healthier foods but taking small steps.... Read more

  • My Birthday & Week 3 Reflection

    8/14/2016 9:19:31 AM, by SUPER_CIARA

    Here's a picture of some vegetables from my garden. The garden beans were really delicious with olive oil and salt and pepper and I'm using the tomatoes for sandwiches and I'm going to be making some spaghetti sauce. For my 30th birthday, I went to the chiropractor, and had no internet! Our router ... Read more

  • Self Compassion

    8/14/2016 9:17:51 AM, by YOGADAILY

    Self compassion is simply giving kindness to yourself that you would give to others. Do something everyday that is loving towards your body. Keep on Sparking Spark friends 218 26 ... Read more

  • GOALS: Week of August 14, 2016

    8/14/2016 7:41:20 AM, by DCFELLA

    Goal(s): 1) Do some light jogging (3:1) at least once this week. 2) Take at least one high intensity yoga classes. Try a a session from Down Dog app too. 3) Gym 3 times with split workout. Remain at 40 minutes of cardio beforehand, but increase target heart rate to 145. 4) Goal weight at end... Read more

  • I'm Changing and I love it!

    8/14/2016 5:55:16 AM, by JSTETSER

    Thank you friends for your comments and advice concerning my family. I have to remember that change might not be quick, just as it has been slow in my health. Change does come when we change. Recently I woke up, feeling really good. My summer workout schedule had had a good effect on my body... Read more