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  • August 24 2016 Wednesday

    8/24/2016 8:35:26 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Had a fun time with Melanie and three of her friends from school. They are all in the ROTC together. They are all so polite and well mannered and FUNNY!! Of course we went pokemon hunting and we took over the gym at the Wylie high school. GO PIRATES!! One young lady texted Mel after we dropp... Read more

  • August 24 2016 Wednesday

    8/24/2016 8:34:58 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Had a fun time with Melanie and three of her friends from school. They are all in the ROTC together. They are all so polite and well mannered and FUNNY!! Of course we went pokemon hunting and we took over the gym at the Wylie high school. GO PIRATES!! One young lady texted Mel after we droppe... Read more

  • August 24 2016 Wednesday

    8/24/2016 8:34:57 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Had a fun time with Melanie and three of her friends from school. They are all in the ROTC together. They are all so polite and well mannered and FUNNY!! Of course we went pokemon hunting and we took over the gym at the Wylie high school. GO PIRATES!! One young lady texted Mel after we droppe... Read more

  • Eating more veggies

    8/24/2016 2:23:28 PM, by INGRIDSLIM

    Ouch, I had bread with shrimps, bread with fish and bread with meat, and a bag with banana chips yesterday. It wasn't even that good. I was so hungry at work, I ordered it online and then biked home quickly to receive it. I need to plan plan plan! I did not bring a snack to work yesterday. Taki... Read more

  • Comfort Foods - or not??

    8/24/2016 1:48:11 PM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I've been clearing out my hoard of newspapers from when we were on vacation last fall. I had read though and tossed the news and ad parts earlier, saving the comics for "later". It is NOW "later"! As I read and enjoy them, I'm making photos of the ones that I enjoyed or that hit me in other ways, an... Read more

  • August 23 2016 Tuesday

    8/23/2016 10:31:05 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Picked up Melanie and Matt today after school today. I love playing pokemon with these two. We took over the gym at thd high school Stadium. I told Melanie I felt skinny today. I have been at 213 for two weeks now which is a good thing. Now I think I will start to lose again. This usually ... Read more

  • Fully raw, need more veggies

    8/23/2016 4:39:56 PM, by INGRIDSLIM

    After a bladder infection last week I decided to eat fully raw. I started last Saturday and never looked back 224. However, during the bladder infection week I did not eat veggies. It didn't feel nice for my stomach. On Saturday when I started eating raw it was mostly fruit. I wanted to do a very li... Read more

  • August 20 2016 Monday First day of school

    8/22/2016 10:58:22 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Melanie was the first kid at the high school today. The principal took pictures of the kids and posted them He said she was the first Pirate of the new school year! Took her to ROTC session tonight. They are sewing the patches on all the camo uniforms. My great neices, Emmie and Bella, took ... Read more

  • August 19 2016 Sunday

    8/22/2016 10:53:34 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Had a good day with the kids pokekon hunting.... Read more

  • Fully raw

    8/22/2016 6:31:56 PM, by INGRIDSLIM

    As long as I have enough fruit and veggies in my house, I can stay fully raw.... Read more

  • Earning My Associate's Degree

    8/22/2016 3:42:48 PM, by HOT_MAMA_13

    I'm feeling pretty proud of myself today. After Will's Cross Country practice was done I dropped him off at home and went down to Moraine Valley Community College to find out how close I was (or not) to an Associate's Degree. I currently have a 3.05 GPA (I need to make it to 3.5 if I w... Read more

  • Fully raw

    8/21/2016 6:16:43 PM, by INGRIDSLIM

    Keeping it simple: fruit and a big salade tonight.... Read more


    8/21/2016 5:49:38 AM, by SMIDGON

    What is the one thing that makes you feel good about yourself? Mine is my hair ! If my hair looks good, then I can basically deal with anything else. VANITY? I suppose so, but what the heck, if that is what it takes, so be it. I noticed that when I was drinking my morning coffee... Read more

  • August 19 2016 Saturday

    8/20/2016 9:08:18 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Love the overcast cool day for August. What a treat! I just wanted to curl up with a good book. Maybe tomorrow. Sis told me the kreepy is finally running like it should. I would hope so after spending 750.00 on the pool pump lol. Earlier this summer the kreepy up and died so I bought a gene... Read more

  • Yeah, fully raw today!

    8/20/2016 6:15:43 PM, by INGRIDSLIM

    Mostly fruit and some green leaves. Low fat, 801010 (80% carb, 10% fat, 10% protein) ... Read more

  • August 18 2016 Friday

    8/20/2016 1:22:20 AM, by MELSMIMI

    Sometimes being a homeowner can be a pain in the butt! The stations on the sprinkler system stopped working due to a cellinoid (sp) which cost 125.00. I just spent 2500.00 to get it all upgraded about 3 months ago. Last week it w... Read more

  • Yesterday I reset all my goals

    8/19/2016 7:22:56 PM, by INGRIDSLIM

    I had no possibility to have my weight graph start where I wanted it to start. So I had to reset (=delete) all the data and then added the ones back that I cared for. Fully raw today! 334... Read more

  • Another success story that is inspiring to me

    8/19/2016 11:33:43 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA
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  • August 18 2016 WinStar Road Trip

    8/18/2016 8:00:40 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Melanie and I picked up Drew in Sangar and stayed at the Win Star Casino last night. We headed home today. Melanie drove. It was her first time on a major Interstate highway, first time driving 75, first time driving in the rain ( not at 75 lol) and first out of state trip. I love being abl... Read more

  • Captains Log 8.17.16 Reignite your weight loss

    8/17/2016 11:54:06 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    I have a bit of time tonight after dinner to catch up on everyone's blog and just Spark for a bit this evening. First things first. I haven't been logging my nutrition for the past few days, but am managing to keep things under control. I keep it down to a dull roar. I didn't lose any weight t... Read more

  • August 17 2016 Wednesday

    8/17/2016 10:28:17 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Today was such a fun day. After I picked her up from ROTC, we headed to Sanger to pick up Drew, Melanie's best friend. From there we headed to WinStar Casino in Oklahoma. Melanie drove the whole way. I am inpressed at how good she drives and how well she handles the truck. Those two togethe... Read more

  • August 16 2016 Tuesday

    8/17/2016 10:19:21 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Had a busy day with Melanie and running places for AFJROTC. Ate lunch at Cici's with her and Matt.... Read more

  • I don't believe it, the sun is shining, here in central Ohio !

    8/17/2016 4:19:10 PM, by SMIDGON

    My hair completely dried out. The little natural curl I have, showed up! I 'picked' it out this morning. The cut was good enough , and styling that it isn't the way like I wanted it, but, it'll do until I go in Friday. I prefer to go in twice a week. My arms are weak so it's impossibl... Read more


    8/17/2016 6:48:18 AM, by SMIDGON

    We needed the rain so bad---but, REALLY, enough, enough ! Next Monday John has the 3mo. CAT/IMAGING. Then his blood work for Chemo. That's on Tuesday. This round of Chemo is starting to wear him out. Outside of sitting on the porch, he spends much of his time in his room, napping. T... Read more

  • August 15 2016 Monday

    8/15/2016 10:42:38 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Happy Monday! It was so cool today and raining this morning. Melanie, my granddaughter, is in AFJROTC and had a meeting at the high school today. After I picked her up we went hunting pokemon in downtown Wylie with one of her friends. It was so much fun. We took over the Gym there and we ... Read more

  • Healthy Substitutions

    8/15/2016 7:33:19 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    I received an email from Mayo Clinic and it was too good not to share. Just small things that make a difference.
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  • Good Things Coming This Week

    8/15/2016 1:02:11 AM, by HOT_MAMA_13

    The resumes I sent out last week did earn me an interview this week on Thursday morning. It's at a place similar to SW but not as big. The big plus is that they have people on staff who do card readings - tarot, fortune and/or oracle cards. I've been wanting to do that more myself, and not just for ... Read more

  • August 14 2016 Sunday

    8/14/2016 11:20:09 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Hey today was a great day. It was cloudy and cool which is unusual for August. At the grocery store as we were putting our bags in the car we saw this older gentleman on a scooter cart going down the parking front and then he comes back and then there is a lady walking beside him. I told my s... Read more

  • August 13 2016 The Best Day Ever!!!

    8/13/2016 6:47:57 PM, by MELSMIMI

    As SpongeBob says "I had the best day ever because I was wearing my new outfit 14/16 top and 18 jeans! My daughter who is a stylist gave me a new hair do! My favorite peeps, my daughter, Lisa, my sister Lisa and my granddaughter, Melanie! We ate at a new japanese restaurant in Plano that ... Read more

  • Testing Activity Trackers thru

    8/13/2016 12:17:12 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    I am trying out three activity trackers for a week, through a rental type "try before you buy" kind of deal. Think I will explain more on that later. But one of the trackers is the Leaf, by . I have been wearing it as a necklace past two nights but disagrees with the lackadaisica... Read more

  • Captains Star Date Log 8.12.16 HOMELESS I AM NOT!!

    8/12/2016 11:58:16 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    One more item checked off my list! I have new housing. Isn't it funny when you pray and listen? Yesterday I was pretty bummed out that there was nothing here in Mesa that was even remotely affordable without going into some areas that are pretty sketchy. Last night after dinner, I was ... Read more

  • August 12 2016 Friday

    8/12/2016 10:05:59 PM, by MELSMIMI

    It rained today!!! We were outside in the truck for several hours waiting on my nephew. It was 106 with heat index of 114. It started raining and it went down to 96 and an hour later down to 81. Relief. Hope you all had a fabulous Friday! Did I post my granddaighter's hair color? I think i... Read more

  • Food plan

    8/12/2016 2:08:48 AM, by INGRIDSLIM

    I'm repeating a way of eating that made me lose 15 pounds within a month in the not so far away past. I was guided by a Paleo dietitian. I had a different breakfast then with seeds and almond milk, but I didn't care for it. So I changed it to the paleo breakfast below. She advised me to have 2 egg... Read more

  • Airplane Crash

    8/12/2016 12:37:24 AM, by SUNSHINE65


  • Captains Star Date Log 8.11.16

    8/11/2016 9:17:08 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Obtain reliable transportation 248 Obtain Adequate Housing- Work in Process I looked at an apartment yesterday. I worked on housing yesterday. I checked out the Orchardsand put my name on the call list. Pros: over 55 community takes Section 8 vouchers ( which I don't... Read more

  • August 11 2016 Thursday

    8/11/2016 8:37:41 PM, by MELSMIMI

    My sis came home today from being on vacation in Louisama with my older sis from Alaska. I have been doing great with my eating while she was gone. Hope I can keep it up. Went 100 over but I was 100 under yesterday so I am not concerned.... Read more

  • August 10 2016 Wednesday

    8/11/2016 8:35:05 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Had fun today with Melanie and Robyn. We did a pokemon hunt in Garland.... Read more

  • What happens when I (or you) binge on sugar

    8/11/2016 9:34:58 AM, by DOKEYOKEY

    I've been making excellent progress on being dairy-free (haven't had cheese in weeks). I've also been making (slow) progress in increasing my water intake, and my new observation is that to get enough water in, it's a really good idea for me to start drinking water right away in the morning. ... Read more

  • The hitchhiker

    8/11/2016 12:34:44 AM, by SUNSHINE65

    This story happened a while ago in Brisbane. John Bradford, a Sydney University student, was on the side of the road hitch hiking on a very dark night and in the midst of a storm. The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him. Sudd... Read more

  • August 9 2016 Tuesday Melanie drove my truck!

    8/9/2016 10:00:01 PM, by MELSMIMI

    I like posting my totals. It keeps me accountable. Years ago before smartphones I would email my totals to Forestlittle my accountability partner. Sure do miss her!! I had Melanie take a picture of me :) Hey my thighs arent touching lol!!! My granddaughter passed her writtem driving exa... Read more

  • Tuesday at Sunny's Captain Star Log Date 8.9.2016

    8/9/2016 8:49:00 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    Today is my oldest son's 47th Birthday. So this morning with my coffee, I reminisced about that. Choked up a bit. Look how far we have come since then! WOW. Some things don't change. My manifesto for a simple life will hold me well as I go through this process. I called my favori... Read more

  • Update Blog

    8/9/2016 4:39:26 PM, by HOT_MAMA_13

    For those of you who might be wondering how my oldest is doing after splitting open his chin last month, he's doing really good! The glue came off about a week and a half ago and though it's still tender to the touch it looks great! Take a look: He's feeling better about the sc... Read more

  • August 8 2016

    8/8/2016 8:05:51 PM, by MELSMIMI

    Well, I am down to 214.0!! Yea me. That is 86 lbs GFG (Gone for Good). That leaves me 9lbs from my next milestone weight which was 205 when I lived in Hawaii from 97-01. Only 5 lbs to be in the 200s...wowza. Long time no see :) I understand people are shocked when they see my total calories. ... Read more

  • Aug 7 2016

    8/8/2016 1:27:20 AM, by MELSMIMI

    Total calories for Sunday... Read more

  • Challenge of the day

    8/6/2016 5:12:29 AM, by INGRIDSLIM

    steps... Read more

  • A Good Wife Would

    8/5/2016 8:21:19 PM, by IAMSUNNYHOWARD

    It has been a long month this week. My blood sugar goes down, my weight goes up. My blood sugar goes up, my weight goes down. It is officially a mystery that I am determined to resolve. Last weekend, I was blessed to worship the porcelain god for the majority of the weekend. My energy levels ... Read more

  • Making Your Creative Dreams Real by SARK

    8/4/2016 5:56:09 PM, by HOT_MAMA_13

    A Creative Dream Is: - Something that pulls you, draws you in, causes glee - Something you think about with great relish, eagerness, quiet satisfaction or delight - Something you would do for free - Something you feel inspired to share - Something that occupies your at... Read more

  • Let RAW food be thy medicine and medicine be RAW food.

    8/3/2016 8:33:02 AM, by INGRIDSLIM

    eating raw... Read more

  • Longest? Or best?

    8/1/2016 10:55:16 PM, by LGRASS23

    Today wasn't my longest exercise activity, but it was awesome. Added in some jogging and it was comfortable. Yay!... Read more

  • Honor The Space

    7/31/2016 5:13:36 PM, by HOT_MAMA_13

    On July 21st I was let go from the place I'd dreamed of working since at least 2008. I'm grateful to have been there for the year I was as I did learn much both about massage and about myself. I allowed myself that Thursday to be crushed, to cry, to wallow. By Friday morning I was updating m... Read more


    7/31/2016 2:00:30 PM, by MOMMA48

    Hi everyone! It's been quite awhile since I've posted a blog, but with the major changes in my and that of my family's lives, it's time to post a bit of an update and the reason for my being here and there on Sparks as well. (Pic taken a few days before his illness--looking fine!) My 90-y... Read more

  • Kansas Weather Last Night

    7/29/2016 1:41:29 AM, by PROVERBS31JULIA

    Was headed to a friend's house last night like 45 min or so before sundown....and this Shelf cloud was getting closer to me! We were scheduled for rain and possible hail but only got rain. PHEBESS brings an interesting question and I thought I'd better clarify. Shelf clouds ar... Read more

  • FINALLY...Progress

    7/27/2016 10:00:41 PM, by EMBRACINGHAPPY

    Well, at last I have something new to report. I have been on Spark since Feb. 4th, 2016 (so over 5 months), and I started losing weight in Sept 2015 from my highest, which I'd been hovering at for over a year. In the first 5 months, I lost 5lbs, so averaging 1lb a month. Considering how seriously il... Read more


    7/26/2016 2:39:47 PM, by SMIDGON

    John had another treatment today! They are making him more tired. I had another blood draw yesterday. If that dr calls me again, wanting me to take more b.p meds.. I am going to unload on him. He has me on 4 different b.p. meds NOW. And, my pressure still going up and down. I am s... Read more