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  • Fire evacuation

    7/6/2015 1:50:57 AM, by IRONBESS

    What a day. We'd been gone enjoying a morning out with friends 30 miles north. On our way back as we neared our town, thick clouds of smoke rose from the direction of our neighborhood at the end of the road and bordering national forest. Our beloved mountain is on fire. Evacuation began less t... Read more

  • dipping my toe into spark a little at a time

    7/5/2015 8:46:03 AM, by APONI_KB

    I've been gone from here for quite a while. The quick and dirty on it is that I have breast cancer and that took over my life to the point where I just didn't have any spark to spare. Things are on the upswing now. I'm a couple of weeks out of surgery and while I'm still facing a little over a... Read more

  • Having trouble.

    7/4/2015 8:45:31 PM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    I am hungry today and the scale is not doing what I want it to do. I have a burning need in the pit of my stomach telling me to eat. But I just ate a huge dinner then had a snack and I also feel full ... my TOM must be approaching. So here is my reminder of my July goals: 1 - Eat wi... Read more

  • Of Course I Know

    7/4/2015 10:31:23 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    The results of my first week of the 5% Challenge were utterly dismal - up 3 pounds. I knew I'd be up, I've been eating terribly, and I haven't even attempted to rein in. Well, I certainly can't afford to continue on this trajectory, how embarrassing it would be to be up 24 pounds at the end of the... Read more

  • A Very Happy Fourth of July!

    7/4/2015 10:10:16 AM, by K3NDRAR

    Happy 4th, everyone! I'm doing alright. At the end of this week, I started to get lazy. I didn't feel like making food so I ended up eating a lot of Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches. Not the best choice but it could have been worse, I guess. I was staying in my calorie range until yeste... Read more

  • 2015 Katy Trail, Marthasville to St Charles

    7/4/2015 12:44:04 AM, by BEVPRESLEY

    Well, today was supposed to be Marthasville to St Charles, but due to rain and lightening the ride was called and riders were shuttled to St Charles. We packed up in the rain, ate a leisurely breakfast, and headed home in our stinky van. As we reach Illinois, the rain is letting up an... Read more

  • Mountain WiIdflowers - Running and Bike Riding in Paradise

    7/3/2015 9:36:10 AM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: Water, Water Everywhere, that Cause the Flowers to Bloom "Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." Alphonse Karr I rarely put quotes in my blogs. However, I like this quote from Alphonse Karr because of the optimistic atti... Read more

  • 2015 Katy Trail, Mokane to Marthasville (51 miles)

    7/3/2015 1:10:19 AM, by BEVPRESLEY

    Today we took our time getting started. Had a nice breakfast, loaded the gear on the truck and hit the trail about 7. This section is partially shaded and passes some lovely bluffs. There are wonderful sections along the river and flood plains. Today is a poker run, we draw a card at each rest s... Read more

  • Desperate Measures - Supplement Programs

    7/2/2015 8:57:35 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    I will admit that I have been struggling with diet as of late. I try not to use the term diet in a way that suggests "I'm on one," but rather what and how I'm nourishing my body. Don't get me wrong, I've tried every diet and weight loss supplement in the book, but now I prefer to think of it as li... Read more

  • 2015 Katy Trail, Boonville to Mokane (70 miles)

    7/2/2015 12:08:35 AM, by BEVPRESLEY

    This was our longest day of the ride, and man was it hot. We had a nice breakfast at the YMCA, put our bags on the truck and headed out at 6:30 to try and beat the heat (didn't work, but we tried). A short ride through town and over the bridge (I don't do bridges well) and we were back on the trai... Read more

  • Bonus Quote - Your Life...

    7/1/2015 2:41:36 PM, by ICE9CA

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  • Inspirational Quote - 7/01/15

    7/1/2015 2:38:55 PM, by ICE9CA

    Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but but great actions speak to all mankind. - Theodore Roosevelt ... Read more

  • Eating Clean, today's meal

    7/1/2015 1:07:49 PM, by DONNA_W

    This was today's meal: Boneless Breast of Chicken with maple syrup glaze, Sautéed Onions and swiss Chard with sesame seeds, salad of butter Lettuce, tomatoes, Cucumbers & Parsley. Was very yummy and the whole meal was 349 call. Love eating Clean. Tomorrow I pick up the next CSA share... Read more

  • Feeling down

    7/1/2015 11:06:46 AM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    Life currently has me feeling down. I've tried to get myself motivated but it just isn't working. I was thinking hard about this last night. I know the questions that will be asked of me by those I need to approach on this. How was I able to do it before? How is it that this time it isn't working as... Read more

  • July Goals!!

    7/1/2015 10:55:21 AM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    I am going home to see family at the end of the month. I really want to push it and see how much weight i can loose before I get there! My goals are: Eat within my calorie ranges 6 days a week. One cheat meal only. Exercise to burn 6000 calories in July. Strength train at least once a ... Read more

  • 2015 Katy Trail, Sedalia to Boonville (40 miles)

    6/30/2015 11:31:37 PM, by BEVPRESLEY

    A nice cool morning as we pack up our gear and carry it to the truck. Nice breakfast then on the trail again. This section of the trail is mostly shady and slightly uphill. First rest stop was Clifton City. Just up the trail is the last remaining signal light, and some tunnels. ... Read more

  • Why I Will NEVER Do An Ironman

    6/30/2015 3:42:44 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    This past weekend, I volunteered as an athlete catcher at the finish line of Ironman Coeur d’Alene for the last shift. Forget Disneyland: the happiest place on the earth is the finishers’ chute at an Ironman. Leading up to the event, I fully anticipated I’d spend my entire shift crying. S... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/30/15

    6/30/2015 12:20:42 PM, by ICE9CA

    Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done. - Josh Billings ... Read more

  • 2015 Katy Trail Clinton to Sedalia (40 miles)

    6/30/2015 12:34:11 AM, by BEVPRESLEY

    Monday morning and we are excited to start our ride. We get up early (along with 345 others), pack our gear, eat a quick breakfast and hit the trail. This end of the trail is prairie restoration and farm land. There are a lot of wild flowers, barns, birds, and other wild life. ... Read more

  • 80.0 Mile Ride Around Stillwater, MN

    6/29/2015 10:06:03 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    Last week I enjoyed a great ride in the Stillwater MN area from the Wild River State Park down to the city, up to the Gateway Trail, back to Stillwater and then up to a little town called Marine on Saint Croix. I really enjoyed the day but there was a lot more climbing than I've been doing, and so t... Read more

  • Canoes at Pride

    6/29/2015 7:32:31 PM, by K3NDRAR

    My weekend was so hectic that I never even turned on my computer until 9:30pm on Sunday night. Hence the lack of activity on this website. I wasn't even able to track my food. I spent the entire weekend at the local Pride Festival leading canoe rides. And these were long days. I needed to arriv... Read more

  • Healthy Weight Monitoring Study for Vanderbilt

    6/29/2015 7:25:41 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I go to Vanderbilt University's medical system for a lot of my healthcare needs. As a patient there, I occasionally get asked to be part of a study or trial. A couple weeks ago, I was asked to participate i a "Healthy Weight Monitoring Study" in which I got paid $50 for answering about 10 question... Read more

  • Bonus Quote - Life is Like a Piano...

    6/29/2015 6:51:58 PM, by ICE9CA

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  • Inspirational Quote - 6/29/15

    6/29/2015 6:49:55 PM, by ICE9CA

    Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. - Charles Swindoll ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/27/15

    6/29/2015 6:44:07 PM, by ICE9CA

    People who consider themselves victims of their circumstances will always remain victims unless they develop a greater vision for their lives. - Stedman Graham ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/26/15

    6/29/2015 6:31:10 PM, by ICE9CA

    The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers. - Deepak Chopra ... Read more

  • Today's thought

    6/29/2015 11:31:10 AM, by IRONBESS

    When other things weigh me down, nature is the one I count on, my constant, my church. It can be found even in crowded cities, in the flight of birds, in the chatter of squirrels, in a weed growing through a crack in a sidewalk. When I really need to refresh my soul, I walk into the forest crossing ... Read more

  • Today's the Day!

    6/29/2015 8:26:08 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    "Today is the first day of the rest of your life..." We've all heard the quote, we've probably all said it to ourselves at one point or another. I know I have, and today, I'm telling it to myself in a very loud voice, shouting it even! This past weekend was wonderful. My family and I went to ... Read more

  • June reflection....July goals

    6/29/2015 5:09:25 AM, by SHANNYMEDIC

    Oh June....I'm so happy it's getting ready to be over! It has been a stressful month. I have felt agitated this whole month with ongoing projects. My projects are not done yet, but I am done being stressed about them! I have not logged well in June and subsequently gained a little weight back. ... Read more

  • So, I am stupid.

    6/28/2015 9:30:27 PM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    OK maybe not stupid but tonight I realized that ten weeks and two months are two different things. My original goal was to loose 20 lbs in 10 weeks starting May 1. BUT .... at some point during the last two months I decided that 10 weeks equals two months. It does not. I am an smart person, I ... Read more

  • Getting ready for the Katy Trail Ride.

    6/28/2015 8:44:00 PM, by BEVPRESLEY

    The MO Park Service sponsors a bike ride across MO every year beginning the Monday after Father's Day. We rode in 2008 and finally made it back this year. Our fur baby gets very nervous when we start packing, so we try to wait till the last minute, especially if she is going to have to be boarded.... Read more

  • Summer 5% Challenge Weigh In

    6/28/2015 4:31:48 PM, by GOODGETNBETR

    It's hard looking back sometimes. Especially if what you're looking back at seems better than the current reality. I look back at 2014 blogs, with scale pics showing less than 200 lbs, and can't help but wonder: what went wrong? Why did I let it slip to return once more to where I am again...unco... Read more

  • Just checking in :)

    6/28/2015 9:01:16 AM, by RAINEMARIE214

    Its been about 3 months since my last update so I figured I would pop in and let you all know how things are going! Work is super busy. I have 4 trials coming up between July and October, which means I am constantly doing something. I love my job, though and I enjoy the work so its not a bad ... Read more

  • 2015 5%Summer Challenge

    6/27/2015 7:38:24 PM, by DONNA_W

    I enjoyed participating in and was successful with the 2015 5% Spring challenge. I did loose 5% of my weight and I was one of three 'last firecrackers standing' I also was lucky enough to win a Spark Cookbook, so now I have lots of new ideas for all the veggies I am getting from my CSA. For th... Read more

  • CSA provides lots of veggies and a challenge for creativity

    6/27/2015 9:58:58 AM, by DONNA_W

    Picked up this week's CSA share. I did manage to use up all the vegetables from last week except for a half a head of Napa cabbage which I will use this week. Anyway here's what I have for this week and will be looking for lots of new recipes to try. Anyone have favorite recipe for rhubarb or ideas ... Read more

  • 6.26.2015 Bicycling nostalgia and hot weather sleeping

    6/26/2015 9:41:34 PM, by IRONBESS

    R came into the house this afternoon, exasperation on his face and bike chain grease on his hands. He had taken the rear wheel off to fix a flat. He wondered if I could help him untangle this: Umm, no. He is not a patient man and can be stubborn. As he further complicated th... Read more

  • Of Distractions and Bike Rides

    6/26/2015 3:01:17 PM, by K3NDRAR

    These past few days have been really good and not so good. After getting home from the weekend at my parents place, things were good. But I think I have a little too much time on my hands because on Tuesday I made the mistake of starting to watch a new TV show. It's The Fosters, a show on ABC Family... Read more

  • Almost two months in!

    6/26/2015 1:45:18 PM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    I started this new weight loss journey almost 2 months ago and I am only like 2 lbs away from my first goal of loosing 20 lbs in two months. I blogged before that I am probably not going to make this goal, and I still think it will be just over two months when I see 20lbs gone. But I figure that is ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/25/15

    6/25/2015 4:45:05 PM, by ICE9CA

    In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those show their good qualities in action. - Aristotle ... Read more

  • Well now, THAT was FUN!

    6/25/2015 1:02:55 PM, by LORIVIOLA

    So first, a story. I was walking one of my usual walks but at a different time of day. Two kids just got off the bus. Their mom was with them, walking. Their Dad was driving his truck down the hill toward their house. The boy took off on the grassy side of the road trying to "beat" his fath... Read more

  • Who Couldn't Love A City Like This?

    6/25/2015 8:34:16 AM, by DDOORN

    Who can't love noodling about on one's bike through a city as gorgeous as this? That little girl's brother was oogling my bike and I said "do you have a bike?" "Yes." "They're a lot of fun aren't they?" Sister scoots up and chimes "I have a bike too!" I replied, "I LOV... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/24/15

    6/24/2015 5:52:24 PM, by ICE9CA

    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because character is really what you are, while reputation is merely what others think you are. - John Wooden ... Read more

  • Thought energy alone isn't enough

    6/24/2015 3:54:49 PM, by NJOYNOW

    A while ago I read an article that talked about the negative correlation between reading about fitness and health and achieving goals. Now, I'm a big believer in learning, education AND reading. However, I do think there is something to be said for spending time thinking about exercising or eating h... Read more

  • Mini-challenge for the Sizzlin Summer Honeys

    6/24/2015 9:13:28 AM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    For the mini-challenge in the Sizzlin’ Summer Honeys Challenge, we were asked to post a blog about what we are looking forward to doing when we are healthier! This can be something we have never done before or something that is just harder to do these days! It can be something big or small! W... Read more

  • Summer Challenges

    6/24/2015 8:03:48 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    When summer break approaches, I usually have grand ideas of how I'm going to get the kids on a schedule with responsibilities, get myself organized, and (naturally), eat as healthy as possible and lose a bunch of weight. Admittedly, this has not happened in my household, ever. I end up with no pla... Read more

  • Tuesday June 23,2015

    6/23/2015 7:00:55 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I live in upstate NY. Very quiet ,lots of farms. We travel 45 minutes to grocery shop,nothing local. We have bears,we see often,deer,turkeys,love it. ... Read more

  • Updates on things.

    6/23/2015 3:34:19 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    Darn you PMS I gained one pound this week. Oh well, last week was a good one. And water does help in the long-term.... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/23/15

    6/23/2015 2:40:16 PM, by ICE9CA

    The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. - Confucius ... Read more

  • 3 pounds gain...But, I've got no one to blame but myself!

    6/23/2015 11:20:54 AM, by SHANNYMEDIC

    In the last few weeks, I have distanced myself from Spark! Why? I have no idea other than I am falling back to my stupid old habits. I got busy. We are selling our house so I am doing more now (painting, laying floor) than what I did when we moved in. If I am not at work, I am working from sun ... Read more

  • Pedometer

    6/22/2015 11:16:02 PM, by K3NDRAR

    So for a while now I've been thinking about getting a fitbit or some kind of activity tracker. But I was shocked at the cost of many of them. Aren't these just glorified pedometers? The main addition is being able to track numbers on their apps or websites. Well, for fathers day, my dad got a G... Read more

  • Monday June 22,2015

    6/22/2015 9:06:08 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    Evening. I did dirty 30,21 day workout this morning before a 9 hour shift. I did my measurements this morning,lost 1/2 inch,still progress. The outside pic,is a farm i pass everyday.... Read more

  • Plugging along.

    6/22/2015 12:52:56 PM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    This week I will exercise everyday! This week I will stay true to my healthy food plan! This week I will keep up with my house! This week I will play with my kids! ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/22/15

    6/22/2015 12:08:36 PM, by ICE9CA

    If you want to leave footprints in the sands of time, don't drag your feet. - Arnot L. Sheppard ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/21/15

    6/22/2015 12:00:29 PM, by ICE9CA

    Only those who learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment. - Anthony Robbins ... Read more

  • A Good Weekend - And Bootcamp Day Three!

    6/22/2015 11:37:46 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    We had a fun weekend as we planned for my oldest son's eight grade graduation / Father's Day party. We ended up with about 25 people, and the weather was spectacular. Saturday night we had to go to an away baseball game for my youngest, then went out to dinner at a custard restaurant. I tried to c... Read more

  • Seesaw

    6/22/2015 11:27:54 AM, by CROWDGOESWILD

    I've been interviewing and working on articles and presentations for upcoming conferences. I was the finalist for one job (that I really wanted) that was cancelled due to sudden budget issues. I just came back from another interview that went very well. In my better moments, I feel reasonably confid... Read more

  • Yoda Was Wrong

    6/22/2015 10:03:38 AM, by GHK1962

    Sooo ... that Yoda dude said, "Do, or do not. There is no try." Uhm ... yes there is a "try." Or rather ... a TRI!!! I did my first triathlon just over a couple weeks ago. It was a short triathlon, but still a triathlon. Since it was my first attempt at one I decided to go with a modif... Read more

  • May Your Life Be As a Song

    6/22/2015 8:01:54 AM, by DDOORN

    Just had to share the simple, laugh-out-loud joy of my morning bicycle ride to work this morning! The streets so quiet, the birds so raucous and sweet. The few children out walking to school or waiting for the bus. Feeling so free from the turn of the ignition switch! Here's t... Read more

  • Summer 2015 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

    6/21/2015 10:54:55 PM, by KKINNEA

    My goals for this challenge are simple. I will be following the plan put together by my group running coach, who I am going to hire as a personal coach as well. This will heal my remaining injuries and get me back on a good road!... Read more

  • Sunday June 21,2015

    6/21/2015 7:57:55 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    Happy Father's Day! It rained a lot here. I visited friends this morning then walked this afternoon.I got my nails done,i'm human again,lol.... Read more

  • The End of the Weekend

    6/21/2015 3:40:36 PM, by K3NDRAR

    This weekend went better than I expected. On Friday, I went for a run and ran a few errands. My mom usually brings home fast food on Friday nights and she asked me what I wanted. I told her to get Taco Bell and I found some relatively healthy options there so I was happy with that. Satur... Read more

  • Managing blog subscriptions on SparkPeople

    6/21/2015 7:57:08 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I like to subscribe to the blogs of all my SparkFriends. Lately, I've noticed that I wasn't getting very many notifications about new blogs by my friends. I finally got around to investigating why this was happening. I went to my "manage blog subscriptions" page on Spark, and found that I had... Read more

  • Flashlight!

    6/21/2015 12:03:49 AM, by SHOTOKIDO

    (With apologies to P-Funk) When going hiking in the late afternoon, equipment should include water, emergency snacks, and at least one good flashlight. Preferably two. Because, hypothetically speaking, you might lose the trail, and find yourself stumbling around in fading light, even j... Read more

  • What I Can Do In Eight Weeks

    6/19/2015 11:14:38 PM, by LIVIN4LISH

    As part of the summer 5% Challenge, we are preparing by making a list of ten things that can be done during the eight week challenge. Drum roll please; The Top Ten Ways I Will Change During the Summer 5% Challenge! 10. I will lose 9-10 pounds 9. I will lose three inches from my middle... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/19/15

    6/19/2015 11:38:13 AM, by ICE9CA

    Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. - William Feather ... Read more

  • Extending my goal deadline

    6/19/2015 11:15:18 AM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    I am going to be a little late hitting the two goals I set myself at the beginning of May. My Plan was to loose 20 lbs and walk/run 80 miles by the end of June. Today I am down 14 lbs and have gone 45 miles. This is fantastic progress, but I am just not going to meet my deadlines. Th... Read more

  • Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour: Cheating the Bluffs!

    6/19/2015 9:43:14 AM, by DDOORN

    This past weekend was our bike club's annual Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour: https://sites.google.com/site/
    gflbt2015/ Things began with a BANG on Friday night during our short, 18-mile Fire Tower loop. There was a storm predicted for later that evening, however it rolled in MUCH mor... Read more

  • I Had Nothing to Worry About

    6/19/2015 9:05:05 AM, by K3NDRAR

    I was worried about my weigh in this morning because I played around and weighed myself in the evening yesterday and the result wasn't good. But I think that was a mixture of water, clothing, and a trick of the day because when I stepped on the scale this morning, it said 196.5! I'm down 3.5 pounds ... Read more

  • Tonight Didn't Go Well

    6/18/2015 10:37:13 PM, by K3NDRAR

    Even being prepared, I ate way more than I should have. But I didn't go too much over my calorie goal because I ate less than normal at lunch in anticipation for this event. Additionally, I don't think I ate over my BMR so, although I won't lose any weight today, tonight didn't hurt my efforts too m... Read more

  • Bonus Quote - A Thankful Heart...

    6/18/2015 3:29:18 PM, by ICE9CA

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  • Inspirational Quote - 6/18/15

    6/18/2015 11:31:46 AM, by ICE9CA

    Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. - William Faulkner ... Read more

  • How I deal with the ups and downs.

    6/18/2015 9:48:35 AM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    I saw this Spark article on how to deal with the ups and downs of weight loss. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/m
    otivation_articles.asp?id=
    1943&page=3 The article was more about resiliency and what steps you can take to increase your resilience in regards to weight loss. The 6 key s... Read more

  • Wed June 17,2015

    6/17/2015 5:56:36 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I biked 21 miles today. I woke up thinking about what my exercise today would be and that was it. I was only able to bike that route once last summer. ... Read more

  • A Bike Ride and Temptation

    6/17/2015 4:41:45 PM, by K3NDRAR

    Today, I met up with a Bike & Build alumni who recently moved into the area and we went on a nice 27 mile bike ride. It was pretty fabulous - working out with others is so motivating. Although, I am really frustrated with the SparkPeople fitness tracker - the calories burned they list is always so m... Read more

  • Bonus Quote - Giving Up...

    6/17/2015 11:32:43 AM, by ICE9CA

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  • Inspirational Quote - 6/17/15

    6/17/2015 11:28:07 AM, by ICE9CA

    Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. - Marilyn Vos Savant ... Read more

  • Something inside of me

    6/17/2015 10:55:21 AM, by SHANNYMEDIC

    The other day I was talking with someone about feeling wrong inside my own body. I just feel wrong. Not sure if that makes sense to anyone else. I feel like this happy, athletic, healthy girl is trapped. When I look in the mirror, it's not the same person I'm feeling on the inside. I know this ... Read more

  • Awesome Homemade Gluten Free Bread!

    6/17/2015 7:10:16 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I usually don't eat processed foods, but occassionally I like to eat a sandwich or have an egg on toast in the mornings. About a year ago, I was diagnosed with Celiac sprue which means I'm intolerant to gluten. I've tried various store bought gluten-free breads, but really haven't been happy with ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/16/15

    6/16/2015 12:58:47 PM, by ICE9CA

    High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectations. - Charles F. Kettering ... Read more

  • I'm Anticipating Going Home For a Few Days

    6/16/2015 11:21:22 AM, by K3NDRAR

    On Thursday evening I will be going to my parents' place for the weekend and I'm both looking forward to it and dreading it. This will be my first time back there since I got back on track with healthy eating and exercise. I'll weight myself for the first time so I'm excited for that - I feel ... Read more

  • Peace

    6/16/2015 8:35:30 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    When my mind isn't racing around, I feel much more accomplished. I am coming to realize that I've fallen into the "more is better," trap. I'm not talking only about STUFF, but I'm certainly guilty of that, and of giving into my kid's wants for STUFF. I'm also talking about what we're doing. It s... Read more

  • My restart healthy habits goal

    6/15/2015 4:11:47 PM, by EXERTIGER

    So, I'm doing the healthy habits restart challenge. Today's task is to tell everyone about my goal. So here it is. I'm really not good at making sure I eat enough fruit and vegetables. So my goal is to eat enough of them. The reasons I want to eat better are to decrease anxiety, decrease my wai... Read more

  • Bonus Quote - What We Think...

    6/15/2015 11:33:50 AM, by ICE9CA

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  • Inspirational Quote - 6/15/15

    6/15/2015 11:31:57 AM, by ICE9CA

    If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. - Mother Teresa ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/14/15

    6/15/2015 11:28:42 AM, by ICE9CA

    Choose being kind over being right and you'll be right every time. - Richard Carlson ... Read more

  • Back home after spending time with family and friends

    6/15/2015 5:51:23 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I just spent the past week up in Illinois visiting with family and friends. I'm back home in Tennessee now and miss my children already. Here's a picture that was taken Saturday of me with my sons. We had just finished a lot of yardwork and doing a massive decluttering so we are hot and sweaty, b... Read more

  • I Worry About My Mom

    6/14/2015 11:33:09 PM, by K3NDRAR

    My mom uses my Amazon Prime account for the free shipping so I get confirmation emails whenever she buys something. Tonight she purchased "Diet Drops" and it makes me so sad for her. Over the years, I've watched her struggle with her weight just as I have but as she has gotten older, she seems to lo... Read more

  • Oatmeal, Raisin, Cranberry, Peanut Butter Goodness.

    6/14/2015 10:55:10 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    All that in a single snack. Forget granola bars or energy bars. I've been making my own snacks and they are PERFECT. (Low cost too).... Read more

  • Victory

    6/14/2015 6:42:52 AM, by BILL60

    Yesterday and today we will skip cycling. The reason..........for 1.5 years my doggie and I have been training almost daily, learning the business of agility. We've had to learn how to maneuver different obstacles and more importantly, build a bond of trust. Yesterday was the first time that we comp... Read more

  • Rookie Mistakes

    6/13/2015 9:15:35 PM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: Buy a Fast Bike - Tear the Bike Apart - Rebuild the Bike to go Faster I used to hotrod cars and motorcycles. When I was 8 years-old, I hot-rodded a toilet! I timed how many times the toilet could flushed in minute. I found that the toilet cycle time was actually over a minute! Wit... Read more

  • Perspective

    6/13/2015 8:16:24 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    Who would have thunk that 15 minutes in the morning would prove so difficult? I guess I have to reevaluate the way I look at it; I completed my morning routine five out of seven days this week, isn't that great?! The meditation does help me be more aware of being present, but admittedly, with the... Read more

  • From Bad to Best

    6/12/2015 3:11:07 PM, by K3NDRAR

    Yesterday was kind of miserable. I was just in a bad mood and frustrated with a lot of things going on in my life. My food reflected that. Although I stayed within my calorie range, my dinner consisted of waffles with nutella and ice cream.... not the most nutritious things. And I didn't really exer... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/12/15

    6/12/2015 12:01:31 PM, by ICE9CA

    Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; Nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination. - William Arthur Ward ... Read more

  • Accountability

    6/11/2015 7:26:43 PM, by BILL60

    It's getting hot in South Texas. The avg temp for today's ride was 92.6. It just keeps you honest. Worked on hills, walked/trained the dogs, and did some house cleaning. Great day to stay busy. HOOAAA!!... Read more

  • Goodbye NINJALINDA

    6/11/2015 6:42:16 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I recently discovered that a longtime SparkFriend of mine died last month from breast cancer. Linda had been very active on SparkPeople for many years, but when she was diagnosed last fall with breast cancer, she didn't post here much about it. We corresponded through SparkMail as she was going th... Read more

  • my own little streak

    6/11/2015 6:13:52 PM, by EXERTIGER

    A while ago, my husband and I decided to see how many days in a row we could go for a thirty-minute walk. I know we have spark streaks, but maybe from fear of failure I haven't been tracking our walking streak here. I wish I could start a spark streak where we're at, but I've been keeping track on ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/11/15

    6/11/2015 11:43:56 AM, by ICE9CA

    The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Mahatma Gandhi ... Read more

  • Needing friend time

    6/11/2015 10:34:30 AM, by SHANNYMEDIC

    When we are young, we focus our attention so much on other people. We grow up, our friends do their own thing, we do ours, and before you know it, you don't ever see or do things anymore with your friends. As I have grown older, I realize that this is really important. I want to do things with my... Read more

  • No Excuse

    6/11/2015 8:01:37 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    I was going to begin this blog with how busy I was with my son's 8th grade graduation ceremony, and my mother coming into town, etc., but then I realized there is really know reason I couldn't have sat down for my 15 minutes or so yesterday morning. I was going to come back later in the day, but it... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 6/10/15

    6/10/2015 10:54:55 AM, by ICE9CA

    If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability. - Henry Ford ... Read more