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  • Thursday Goals

    10/23/2014 12:27:38 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Today is my son's birthday! He is now DS16. How will this effect my goals today? I still plan on going to personal trainer. We're going out to dinner at a local Chinese restaurant (not a chain). And I'm going to have a slice of cake. This may be a 2,000 calorie day. Thursday Goals: 1. Write i... Read more

  • So Furious!

    10/22/2014 8:30:01 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • Heart Goes Out to Ottawa Spark Friends

    10/22/2014 1:58:19 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I'm listening to the news about the entire city being locked down. Very sorry for your loss. While crime is a way of life in the U.S and we're largely desensitized to it, it's pretty rare in Canada. Hope all are okay.... Read more

  • Wednesday Goals

    10/22/2014 10:23:24 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Another busy day. 1. Write it before I bite it 2. eat every 3-4 hours, so I don't get too hungry 3. 4pm p/u DS15 4. 4:20 physical therapy 5. 6-7 zumba 6. no alcohol Physical therapy was ok. I learned that weakness in my abs & hips contributed to misalignment in lower body, and pain... Read more

  • Fence Guy Confirmed for Friday

    10/21/2014 3:46:31 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    However, my neighbor refuses to respond or contribute even though this is her property fence as well. These people have been nothing but a headache, so I don't feel like being charitable. In fact, I feel like calling off the whole thing. Yes, I'm aggravated.... Read more

  • Tuesday Goals & IOWL #271

    10/21/2014 11:29:59 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    IOWL (inside out weight loss) #271: Unblocking your dreams What can be blocking my dreams of becoming slimmer? https://www.insideoutwei
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    am-part-i In my dream of being slim goes like this: I'm in a swim suit... Read more

  • Pitfalls of International Travel

    10/21/2014 10:53:14 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    While in Ireland, we stopped in Dublin to visit an IKEA store that was on our way to the hotel. I know that there are IKEA stores in the USA, but they are 250-300+ miles away. We discovered these candies at the end, right by the checkout: Read more

  • Burial Plans

    10/20/2014 9:13:18 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    A man and woman were married for many years. Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night. The old man would shout, "When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!" Neighb... Read more

  • Dealing With: Isolation… But, Piece By Piece I Am Taking Parts of My Life Back.

    10/20/2014 6:38:18 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • WILL HE, OR WON'T HE SHOW UP ON FRIDAY?

    10/20/2014 2:42:36 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    My fence guy has been on vacation; I've called and emailed to confirm the side fence replacement and can only hope it's a go. Getting to this point has been no less complicated than the signing of the Magna Carta. (smiling) Wishing all a good day.... Read more

  • Monday Goals 10/20/14

    10/20/2014 9:27:31 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    What a great weekend. The kids won 1st place at U of I, completing an undefeated competition season. I walked my legs off. (21,000 steps!) Sunday was a recovery day; not as productive as I had planned. (Didn't work on attic or lawn) Tonight is the marching band chili supper fundraiser. (so I'm ... Read more

  • New Beginnings

    10/20/2014 12:35:00 AM, by HOT_MAMA_13

    It was with some regret that I left my post at Elements Therapeutic Massage in Woodridge after having been there for a year and a half. But sadly things were not going the way they needed to and it was time for a change. It all started when I ended up being off for a month due to some medical issue... Read more

  • Conquered Caffeine, Now Sugar has Revisited My Life Bigtime

    10/19/2014 4:18:16 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Was doing so well with little/no sugar for a long time. Got rid of caffeine, but sugar is back. I'd better get this under control.... Read more

  • Sunday Goals 10/19/14

    10/19/2014 11:50:22 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Long day yesterday. I did 21,000 steps. (so glad I go the cortisone shot to the knee) I tried pho and liked it. I wrote down everything I ate, but didn't enter it into the tracker. I figure 2,000 calories easily. Best part, the band won 1st place! I lost my Spark Streak, so I have to start a n... Read more

  • Not Coconut Milk, Coconut Beverage

    10/18/2014 9:49:21 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I don't know how accurate this info is, but I was shopping at a new store and needed coconut milk for my green smoothies. All they had was coconut beverage and I asked what the difference is. They said that the milk industry is making everyone else call theirs a beverage as theirs is the only true... Read more

  • I Just Ordered the SP Activity Tracker

    10/17/2014 3:48:30 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I really like to support SP, but the tracker was pricey until they just lowered the cost by half. So, I ordered it and will use it with my FB to see how it does. This website has been a free tool for almost six years, and I've bought everything SP has come out with to show my support. It's my way... Read more

  • You don't know what you've got till it's gone...

    10/17/2014 10:28:24 AM, by LE7_1234

    I read an interesting article today on what the dying really regret. Get up and dance, folks. Love that body! edition.cnn.com/2014/10/
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  • Friday Goals

    10/17/2014 7:32:24 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I'm going to the orthopedist for a cortisone shot in one (or both) knees this morning, which makes me very happy, because I'll be able to dance better, as well as do lower body work with my personal trainer. Friday Goals: 1. Write it before I bite it 2. Lay off the starchy carbs 3. Don't... Read more

  • Home Workout Videos

    10/16/2014 9:20:38 PM, by LOVELY-AMANDA

    I was working out this evening and realized that the girls in the Leslie Sansone videos (which I LOVE) NEVER stop smiling. I tried to smile through my workout and I didn't last a minute. I lost my focus too easily. I thought it was hilarious! ... Read more

  • Thursday Goals

    10/16/2014 9:40:16 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    The photo shoot Tuesday was so much fun. Here's the best shot. Thursday goals: 1. Write it before I bite it 2. avoid starchy carbs like bread, pasta, & rice 3. avoid all the snacks in the break room, OK maybe the chocolate stra... Read more

  • Ireland...

    10/16/2014 4:12:28 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    The Stone of Destiny, as vandalized recently with green paint. It's up at the Hill of Tara. ... Read more

  • REALLY Want To Change My Ways!!!

    10/15/2014 11:32:31 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • Wednesday

    10/15/2014 10:07:02 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    oops! time for bed, and i forgot to post my goals for today. I didn't do as well as I would have liked. Mostly because of tempting, tasty, buttery garlic bread, which I intended for the kids, but I had 2 slices. 1459 calories, more than 11,000 steps, no alcohol, got to zumba 5-6pm I d... Read more

  • Bursitis in My Shoulder

    10/15/2014 9:40:01 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I occasionally get these painful shoulder things going on. I figured out it's bursitis. My first thought was that this flare-up was from painting a couple of weeks ago. But I used my other arm and not the one currently in pain. Plus, this has happened before. OUCH! Doing ice compacts on it... Read more

  • Greetings from Ireland

    10/15/2014 3:40:04 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I'm in Ireland now. Actually I have been over a week and we will be going home later this weekend. It's been a wonderful Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkoth and the perfect place to rejoice. Deuteronomy 16:15 " Seven days you shall keep a sacred feast to the Lord your God in the place which the Lord... Read more

  • Even Dogs (the human variety) Can Be Quite Charming… LOL

    10/14/2014 10:20:08 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • 365 ~ 10/14/14 ~ 359 ~ 1 Week to go!

    10/14/2014 6:14:09 PM, by ALMYEARTHLYBEST

    365 ~ 10/14/14 ~ 359 52 days since my last blog! I am wrapping up 365 days of "something" in the next week. What a disappointment! A failure really! Not at all what I intended it to be! Not even close! What's the point of going on? It's time to just bury this year and mo... Read more

  • Tuesday Goals

    10/14/2014 9:25:01 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I am psyched today! I'm directing a photo shoot of the university's mascot dog for the 2015 calendar. It's been years since I've done a photo shoot. When I was at ToysRus, I did a lot of shoots, mostly babies for diaper ads. Loved it. Tuesday Goals: 1. Write it before I bite it 2. Eat every... Read more

  • Losing Weight Using Passwords?

    10/14/2014 9:19:51 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I recently read an article, not sure if it was here on SP, about someone who used passwords to lose weight. She set all of the passwords to remind herself that she eats healthy and is losing weight. She claims that the constant reinforcement and reminder each time she logged into all of her sites ... Read more

  • Last Ditch Effort - I Cannot Just

    10/13/2014 11:20:28 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian Sparkfriends!

    10/13/2014 10:19:43 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.... Read more

  • Monday Goals

    10/13/2014 9:16:26 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    1. Write it before I bite it 2. Eat every 3-4 hours 3. Stay within calorie range 4. try to get 10,000 step 5. no alcohol 6. Zumba 6-7pm C, I'm so grateful for my fitbit; it's been a year & a half since you sent it to me, and I use it every day. Yesterday, I though... Read more

  • 11,000 calorie Halloween Candy Bags

    10/12/2014 12:52:42 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I heard on the news that the average kid who will be out trick or treating will bring home candy that totals about 11,000 calories. When I was shopping for a new dentist, I walked into a nearby office and was surprised to see a bowl of candy on the counter. The receptionist said that the dent... Read more

  • Sunday Goals

    10/12/2014 7:35:47 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I put away my scale. I'm going to focus on daily goals like exercising for elevating mood & energy (zumba M/W; pt T/TH), staying within my calorie range (1350-1700), avoiding stuff that makes me gain (starchy carbs & alcohol). I'm still frustrated with my lack of progress. Like, what am I even doing... Read more

  • Haloween Therapy Group

    10/12/2014 4:08:31 AM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • Just For Laughs

    10/11/2014 10:02:15 PM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • Flu Shot Yesterday / EXTREME Exhaustion Today!

    10/11/2014 7:29:50 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • My Computer is Slowly Dying

    10/11/2014 12:50:35 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    My trusty computer has been showing signs of uh-oh. And it may be unfixable, and necessitate a purchase. If I disappear suddenly and for awhile, that might be what happened. I do have a laptop and will try to use that to bridge the gap until purchase. This has been a work horse and I'm sorry it ... Read more

  • Saturday Goals 10/11/14

    10/11/2014 9:53:13 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Weigh in day and I can't believe my eyes. I'm up! WTF? I'm so frustrated. I work out so hard. Count every calorie like I'm OCD, and not only do I not lose, I actually gain. I'm not getting back on the scale until just before Thanksgiving break. I'll just work on my daily goals. Maybe I should ... Read more

  • Still plugging along.

    10/10/2014 9:35:41 PM, by MOM2BOYZ1GIRL

    I have been very busy with school being in session and all. I home school 2 kids and one has decided to go to a regular school, and that one has kept me busier than home school!! However my little 6 year old that wanted so badly to go to a regular school wanted me to wake him up to go on a run ... Read more

  • Halloween Zit, Trader Joe's, Portion Control, Weigh-in Loss

    10/10/2014 2:57:10 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    It never fails; almost every year, I get a big, honkin' zit right at the end of my nose. No kidding, it's hilarious. It's not the kind that you can take care of or cover up with makeup. It's also the kind that gets worse before it gets better. Big, red bump. Hooray for me. Just in time for Hal... Read more

  • Friday Goals 10/10/14

    10/10/2014 12:19:25 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I've been doing daily goals for 3 weeks now. Only 4 out of the 21 days I was over my calorie range. I day I didn't track. I'm nailing all my workouts. But I lost only 1 pound. That's not what I expected. My calorie range is 1350 - 1700. Should I take it lower? I'm 5'3" 175 pounds. Read more

  • Happy Friday, Shabbat Shalom

    10/10/2014 11:00:37 AM, by STRINGS58

    Hello Sparkers! I do miss checking in and I love that the new mobile app makes it easier. I'm having problems finding a good team. I seems to find inactive ones, or ones that lean to one topic, and then again, I'll have some that I'll always stick with even if I don't participate. I'm usi... Read more

  • Posting a Pic of Backyard

    10/9/2014 7:03:23 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    My friend came over for lunch today and took a pic but couldn't get the entire yard in; there are more plants, a walkway, and my little bridge. Will try to take other ones after the last side fence is replaced and painted. Will go to post the pic now. The tribute bench I ordered just arrive... Read more

  • Thursday Goals 10/9/14

    10/9/2014 11:52:47 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Thursday Goals: 1. Write it before I bite it 2. eat non starchy veg with every meal 3. no alcohol 4. personal trainer 4:30-5:15 5. quick dinner 6. DS15 to marching band practice 6-9 pm 7. optional 7-8pm dance fusion class Having a personal trainer means consistent & progressive we... Read more

  • I Turn Doctor’s Heads

    10/8/2014 8:51:30 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • 7 Years Ago on Columbus Day, 6 Years Ago This Coming Jan. on SP

    10/8/2014 12:52:28 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Seven years ago on Columbus Day, I embarked on a new journey. Never having had a wgt problem in my life, I was faced with the result of a confluence of factors - overwork, less exercise, hormonal changes, stress, and yes, overeating. I started with two months of Nutrisystem, which taught me ... Read more

  • Wednesday Goals 10/8/14

    10/8/2014 9:35:44 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Wednesday Goals: 1. Write it before I bite it. Oops, forgot to write breakfast before I ate it. When I wrote it in just now, I also wrote in lunch & snacks. 2. Stay in the shallow end of the calorie range 3. No alcohol 4. p/u DS15 from scholastic bowl 4pm 5. Clean out the fridge 6. 6-7 Z... Read more

  • Tuesday goals 10/7/14

    10/7/2014 7:16:16 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Focusing on process, instead of results keeps me productive, positive, and present. It's the daily activities that add up, over time to weight loss. I type out my goals every day, no copy/paste for me! I feel like the act of typing solidifies my intent. I nailed my Monday goals. Tuesday goals: ... Read more

  • Quotes, Deep Thoughts, Pictures, & Sometimes Even Funnies #3

    10/6/2014 10:50:05 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

    QUOTE: You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. QUOTE: You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. ~ May... Read more

  • HOORAYYYYYYYY....I'M DONE PAINTING! (UNTIL November)

    10/6/2014 12:08:35 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Man, am I happy! Done girl, that's me. Until the last side of the fence is replaced on the last weekend of this month, no more painting! WOOHOO! I figure I'll start again on Sat., November 1st. By then, the weather will be cooler and it'll go faster on new wood. I ordered a few last... Read more

  • Monday Goals 10/6/14

    10/6/2014 9:04:46 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Good Monday morning, Spark friends! My goals for today: 1. Write it before I bite it (I did that before breakfast-win!) 2. Stay within calorie range 3. Zumba 6-7 4. Get at least 10k steps Well, I really tried to find the box or bag with hats, gloves & scarves. I even inventoried all ... Read more

  • Tailgating

    10/6/2014 2:43:17 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten The red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman was fu... Read more

  • Quotes, Deep Thoughts, Pictures, & Sometimes Even Funnies #2

    10/5/2014 8:29:13 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • Updates on Scale, Painting Project, etc.

    10/5/2014 12:32:59 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Okay, I switched brands of paint for the fence and it's a world of difference. They matched the color, and this brand not only goes on easier, but also is more forgiving for unevenness. My last section of these two sides will be done tomorrow. Gave myself the day off because I'm wearing myself do... Read more

  • Sunday Goals 10/5/14

    10/5/2014 9:56:45 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I have a small list of things to do today, as well as my own healthy goals: 1. Write it before I bite it, or at least after 2. Stay under calorie limit 3. Go for a nice long walk, or go to the gym if it rains I've been pretty good at meeting my goals, feeling good, and I've at least halte... Read more

  • 6 Lessons in management that everyone should know.

    10/4/2014 10:18:06 PM, by SUNSHINE65

    LESSON 1: A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings. The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs. When she opens the door there stands Bob, the next-door neighbor. Before she says a word, Bob says, "I'll give you $800 to... Read more

  • Morals...

    10/4/2014 9:45:36 PM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • Quotes, Deep Thoughts, Pictures, & Sometimes Even Funnies #1

    10/4/2014 4:25:22 PM, by LIVE_AMAZINGLY

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  • Saturday Goals 10/4/14

    10/4/2014 9:38:22 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I should be fasting for Yom Kippur, but I'm not. Since moving to rural midwest, having no synagogue, I've become quite secular, and assimilated. Oh well. Another thing: if you don't have specific plans, goals & agenda for doing what you want to do, and getting what you want, someone else's agen... Read more

  • Friday Goals 10/3/14

    10/3/2014 2:18:45 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Friday! So much going on. Friday Goals: 1. Write it before I bite it, either on computer, phone, or notebook 2. Get 20 min cardio, c'mon there's time to squeeze that in somewhere 3. 3:30pm, p/u DS15, food shop 4. grill burgers & bake sweet potato fries for dinner 5. 6pm hs football, ... Read more

  • ARE YOU MY MOTHER?

    10/3/2014 8:52:12 AM, by --KREN

    DEMENTIA BLOG My mother has progressively worsening dementia. She was officially diagnosed after an ischemic stroke in March of 2014, but had been having symptoms long before that. I’m not going to write a lengthy blog about what dementia IS or how to live with it or be a caregiver for it... Read more

  • Breat cancer awareness month

    10/3/2014 1:10:43 AM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • September a Surprise Success

    10/2/2014 7:26:37 PM, by MADLYINLOVE

    Oh yeah. Yesterday was a great day. I weighed in and much to my surprise realized I had fully met my September goal. I lost 4% of my body weight from Sep 3 - Oct 1 and I'm seriously surprised. I'm unable to do any fierce workouts involving heavy weights or high-impact running... Read more

  • Updates

    10/2/2014 3:50:26 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Well, I'm trying to wrap my mind around the fact that it's October 2!!!! Where in the h did this year go? Today I finished painting the back side of the fence from h. Started on the side. Went to HD yesterday and they mixed the same color in a brand that is supposed to go on easier. Yeah, rig... Read more

  • Thursday Goals 10/2/14

    10/2/2014 10:11:13 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Thursday Goals: 1. Write it before I bite it. Sadly, I keep trying to type Bite it before I write it, which is my standard operating procedure, but often leads to food amnesia, as well as accidentally going over my daily calories. So...write first. 2. I will not eat any of the plethora of go... Read more

  • IOWL #269: When Weight is Money, Pt 1 & Wed. Goals

    10/1/2014 12:51:24 PM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    If you don't want to invest in your own health, like hiring a personal trainer, buying fresh food, quality meat, getting help, you may have a limiting belief that "I'm not worthy." Self care is an act of self acceptance and self love. If you're busy hating yourself, you're going to resist this. ... Read more

  • The "Change"

    9/30/2014 9:36:04 AM, by SUNSHINE65

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  • Pinterest & Tuesday Goals

    9/30/2014 9:20:59 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Well, it's been a week since I started focusing on my daily goals. And it's wonderful! When I get all my daily goals accomplished, I feel like I hit a home run and tagged all the bases. I get a great feeling of self-efficacy. Tuesday Goals: 1. Write it before I bite it 2. Stay within calor... Read more

  • This is A Total Comedy, This Fence Painting

    9/29/2014 6:57:21 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    So, yesterday I went back to Home Depot to get more paint. I discussed my woes with the staff there in the paint dept. She replies, "oh, that brand is hard to apply, no matter what surface." Well, gee, I went in there with tons of questions last week as a new painter but left with the hardes... Read more

  • Monday Goals

    9/29/2014 10:11:15 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Monday Goals: 1. Zumba 6pm 2. write it before I bite it 3. eat every 3 hours 4. stay within calorie range 5. drink plenty of water It takes about a month to form a new habit. I'm still working on writing down my food BEFORE I eat it. The good part is that just INTENDING to journal my ... Read more

  • Connection is Key

    9/28/2014 11:07:15 PM, by HARTMOM7

    I have struggled with my health challenge these past two weeks. So very much stress in my life just derailed everything. I have been somewhat mindful of what I've eaten but not diligent about exercise or food choices. I've withdrawn from lots of people and stopped reaching out to other members do... Read more

  • Painting the Fence

    9/28/2014 1:48:51 PM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    Yesterday I started a gargantuan job - painting the backyard fence. I'm limiting myself to a certain length each day so that I don't burn out. There are several challenges that make the job more difficult, but that's the way life is. Plus, this is not my bag, so I'm learning as I go. (smiling) ... Read more

  • Life Vests - Because Kindness Keeps the World Afloat

    9/27/2014 6:23:03 PM, by --KREN

    8vid.tv/video/40/this-is
    -one-of-the-most-beautiful
    -ads-i-have-ever-seen-/ Worth watching. Karen... Read more

  • Rewards, Motivations and Altruism...

    9/27/2014 2:00:44 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I'm reading an article now and have to put this aside to prepare for services... Want to come back to it. But reading of the scientific documented benefits of "giving unto others" suddenly reminds me of my long time nemosis (sp?) of trying to determine "rewards" for exercise or eating right or whate... Read more

  • Saturday Goals

    9/27/2014 10:32:59 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Saturday goals: 1. C25K W1D1-done 2. food shop 3. pack finger food dinner 4. chaperone-avoid stadium food 5. drink plenty of water I got my workout done at 9am, get it out of the way because it's going to be a busy day. I did Couch to 5k for the countless time. I don't love running, b... Read more

  • Sept 27, 2014

    9/27/2014 7:59:50 AM, by AZURELITE

    After a solid, though short night of sleep I find i have good energy today! Good thing, too, as we (DH, DD's BF and I) will be moving out the rest of our belongings from the cottage today. Due to a glitch which almost stopped the deal from closing, our buyers said to leave things there (incase the... Read more

  • Good workout for weight loss + Friday goals

    9/26/2014 10:00:41 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    For fat loss, I learned from my personal trainer: 1. Weight training sets: warm up set with light weights, 3 sets with 30 sec rest to keep heart rate up 2. Elliptical intervals 2 min low, 30 sec hi intensity for 20 min total I did upper body strength yesterday. Arm, shoulders, chest & back.... Read more

  • Thursday Goals

    9/25/2014 10:11:02 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    I went to Zumba yesterday. I feel a real improvement in my cardio conditioning over the last few weeks. so, progress isn't always just on the scale. I had a busy schedule yesterday, so just showing up was a win! Crushing my workout was a double win. And I have a cold. There were girls half my age th... Read more

  • Backyard is Finished

    9/25/2014 9:08:31 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    I'll try to take and post pics this weekend. It turned out great. Very different from front in design. Again, low water and no maintenance needed. When weather gets cooler, I am going to start painting the fence. Which is hilarious because that's not me at all. But I plan to pace myself ... Read more

  • The Most Caring Child

    9/25/2014 1:22:44 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge. The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was: 1. A four-year-old child, whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman, who had recently lost his wife. Upon seei... Read more

  • Wednesday Goals

    9/24/2014 10:06:11 AM, by CAREN_BLUEJEANS

    Sometimes I think, "What else can I eat?" It's a really small voice that just pops in my head, after lunch or dinner, and I'm in a nice place between not-hungry and totally-full. It's that desire to eat, to be stuffed full, to be i... Read more

  • Welcoming Back Several Spark Friends

    9/24/2014 9:01:37 AM, by SLIMMERJESSE

    In the last few days, about five SP friends returned after a long time away. It was so nice to see them again and catch up on their lives. It reminded me that SP is like home. Even when we go away for awhile, we know where to come to find the road back to healthier choices. SP is like coming... Read more

  • Music Appreciation for the Day

    9/23/2014 5:38:29 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Today's lesson is on Woodwinds - flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoon, although saxophones were also mentioned in passing... This class is hosted on Blackboard, and so they usually provide some informational and/or fun videos relevant to the current lesson. Here's an interesting bassoon i... Read more