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  • One All-Important Question To Answer

    1/27/2015 11:39:47 PM, by DDOORN

    This Mary Oliver quote was used in a totally awesome presentation on bicycle touring I attended in Ithaca tonight! Stoked & ready to hit the ROAD!! ​Here is the blog I borrowed the jpg from, PLUS the beautiful poem by Ma... Read more

  • Extra Flexy Hips

    1/26/2015 3:12:37 PM, by TINASWEEP

    I'm researching hypermobility of the joints, for the hips in particular. During a massage I expected to deal with a knot in my back from August. Instead it was my hip and leg that were even more sore and messed up. A possible theory is that the hips and pelvis move around too much, so the core and r... Read more

  • Back to work tonight!

    1/26/2015 2:21:25 PM, by KAH0988

    After having off for the winter break... a very loooonnnnnggggg winter break......the longest i think any college has ever hadddddd.....I am finally back to work tonight. I am thankful for this although I'm definitely going to miss my nighttime routine! I work 5p-midnight Monday-Friday while th... Read more

  • Halfway there

    1/26/2015 8:43:03 AM, by RAINBOWFALLS

    I just love this saying and the graphic grabbed me this morning. I am sure I have shared it before, but some things are worth repeating. After all repetition is good for us in may aspects of our life. I wish I was halfway there... Read more

  • My Second Olympic Distance Triathlon

    1/25/2015 11:08:50 PM, by KNAPSPLASH

    **Warning, this is another long one** Timaru, New Zealand January 25, 2015 Friend: "Timaru, eh? Isn't it quite hilly there?" Me: "I don't think so, why do you say that?" Friend: "I just don't think Timaru is as flat as Christchurch or Ashburton" Me: "Oh it can't be that bad, it's... Read more

  • Reaffirming My Path

    1/24/2015 9:23:25 PM, by DDOORN

    As many changes as I have wrought for myself over the past several years since joining SparkPeople, I am betting that this year ahead will be one of my most transformative years yet. Today I re-visited this TED talk by Lissa Rankin which excited me way back when I first heard it last year. Now it ex... Read more

  • Nursery Pictures

    1/24/2015 8:24:50 AM, by HUGHESBOYS4

    Thought I would share a few pictures of the nursery. We went with a Dr Seuss theme. I'm just waiting for the light/plug covers that I ordered to arrive and I still would like a book shelf. ... Read more

  • My First Olympic Distance Triathlon

    1/23/2015 7:11:18 PM, by KNAPSPLASH

    Ashburton, New Zealand December 20, 2014 I wanted to document this experience for a number of reasons. I hope to one day look back on this and think of how far I have come. I also want others to believe in themselves and realize that anything is possible. If you've read my previous blo... Read more

  • Update- 37 weeks

    1/22/2015 6:25:50 AM, by HUGHESBOYS4

    Had my weekly 37 week apt, NST and u/s yesterday. Baby boy was sleeping through the beginning of the NST so started poking him to get him moving around and drank some cold water. Then he perked right up! Passed NST. Will call today to make sure he passed the u/s but his practice breathing looked goo... Read more

  • Is Happiness Worth $80,000?

    1/21/2015 10:48:22 PM, by KNAPSPLASH

    No. It's worth more. $80,000 is the cut in pay that I took to leave my old job and end the cycle of madness that I had subjected myself to for nearly 6 years. Was it worth it? Yup. Would it be worth more? Yup. Happiness is priceless, don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise. ... Read more

  • Back to normal...at least for a few days!

    1/21/2015 4:02:51 PM, by KAH0988

    Well this weekend didn't quite turn out to be what i was expecting gym wise! I didn't end up going on Saturday and then ended up spending all day Sunday sick on the couch with a migraine. But I think I definitely needed the rest because I have been feeling much better. Monday I decided to make ... Read more

  • Today is National Hug Day!

    1/21/2015 1:14:16 PM, by WILLOW49

    National Hug Day was created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney in 1986. This day has since been celebrated annually and continues to grow internationally, it is observed this Monday, Jan. 21. Zaborney wanted to help people show their emotions in public and spread more love throughout America. With all th... Read more

  • It's never too late

    1/21/2015 7:22:01 AM, by RAINBOWFALLS

    My words of wisdom for the day - I am finally starting to feel better. This cold took a hold of me and didn't want to let go. I hope everyone out there in Spark land is feeling wonderful and still working hard at their goals. ... Read more

  • The Life You Envisioned for Yourself

    1/20/2015 10:15:43 PM, by KNAPSPLASH

    ***Note: This is a long blog but I really hope that you take the time to read the whole thing. I promise it's worth it.*** A lot has happened over the last few years, which probably explains why I have been absent. Not just absent from Spark People, but absent from my life. I suppose the bi... Read more

  • 4 Years Down

    1/19/2015 10:29:52 PM, by TINASWEEP

    It's been four years maintaining the body size I want! That went by fast. I set that as a goal based on the average statistics to test if I could keep off the weight or I would regain. My lifestyle is standing the test of time, through the good and the bad. Speaking of bad, 2014 was not a ... Read more

  • Back on the bike

    1/19/2015 11:04:58 AM, by 4A-HEALTHY-BMI

    My fitness has really suffered during the past 3 months. My bf moved down to AR from NY to join me and brought a nasty head/chest cold that knocked us both flat until the end of December. I also traveled three times in three months for work. It has been a real struggle to crawl back into activity... Read more

  • Catching Up with Local Sparkers

    1/17/2015 10:08:47 PM, by DDOORN

    We've had some interest among our local SparkTeam members in catching up for a walk so I set up a meet 'n greet for today...however back when I set it up the weather was calling for mid-20's. Instead we only had 11 degrees...brrr! So our ranks got whittled down a tad: only myself and STRIVERON... Read more

  • 100 days!!

    1/16/2015 4:49:56 PM, by KAH0988

    Woo! So excited to see that there's 100 days until The Color Run !! I can't wait to see my progress :) Yesterday was a rough day workout wise. I woke up extremely sore and fatigued. I warmed up a little and forced myself to go to the gym. The day of the 5k program that I'm on has me... Read more

  • Hump Day!

    1/14/2015 8:47:33 PM, by KAH0988

    Ah Wednesday. It's well into the evening and I almost forgot that it's blog day! Yesterday I repeated Monday's workout at the gym. I was definitely more tired, but I pushed hard. I had sugar snap peas and tuna salad for dinner (yum!). My fiancee and I watched Silver Linings Playbook before bed last ... Read more

  • Eat Less Crap

    1/14/2015 10:44:27 AM, by RAINBOWFALLS

    I saw this and just had to share it with my Spark Friends! As you know I have started slow this year and I'm going to continue with my next stop being the crap I eat! Have a great day.... Read more

  • A smile for today

    1/13/2015 9:17:24 AM, by RAINBOWFALLS

    I have been under the weather for the last few days. I have bad lungs and when I get a cold it tends to go into bronchitis not matter how hard I try to take care of myself. It is very frustrating, but it will not keep me down. I am not currently exercising since just breathing is a chore. I may not ... Read more

  • Success comes in small packages :)

    1/12/2015 7:52:07 PM, by KAH0988

    Happy Monday everyone! I really must say that success comes in small packages today. I have been extremely dilligent with going to the gym and watching what I eat and I am really proud of that. This is the longest I have ever gone with both eating better and exercising. It was always one or the... Read more

  • Friday!!

    1/9/2015 4:22:36 PM, by KAH0988

    Oh Friday, how I love you! I have now gone to the gym 4 times this week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and today) and was active with WiiFit on Wednesday. I have very mixed feelings about achieving my goal today. It started when I went to put day 3 of the training program into my phone and realized tha... Read more

  • New Pleasures, New Joys

    1/9/2015 10:04:50 AM, by DDOORN

    A lot of smart blogs have been posted related to FatLoser.com and recently the theme has been that "thin people eat to live, fat people eat for pleasure." Certainly if we're going to shift gears from one way of living (eating for pleasure) to a new and healthier way of living (eating to live) ... Read more

  • Pushups and strength

    1/9/2015 8:57:59 AM, by RAINBOWFALLS

    I saw this and it made me chuckle. I prefer doing pushups on my stability ball, but my husband deflated it. I wasn't using it at the time, but I know that I want to add some new exercises to my regime and the ball is one of m... Read more

  • Funny Thing...

    1/8/2015 11:35:37 PM, by STRIVERONE

    When I joined Spark People over three years ago, I set my notifications for most of the comments and activities of my Spark Friends but I didn't request email notifications about comments and likes on my own statuses. I have seen all the comments on my Spark Page and on my blogs but since I check m... Read more

  • Thursday 1/8/14

    1/8/2015 9:19:42 PM, by FRECKS96

    It's been a long, busy month since I last blogged. I performed in 3 concerts in December, which meant lots of rehearsals. My boyfriend had back surgery an hour away right in the middle of performance weeks. I ended up working full time for the entire month (which is great, but doesn't leave much ti... Read more

  • rest day = no way!

    1/7/2015 8:30:29 PM, by KAH0988

    Like most of the states today, it is incredibly cold outside - you know only 0 degrees with a wind chill of -23 right now! I was motivated to go to the gym; but not motivated to get outside. I was however very excited to go to Wal-Mart and get ingredients to make homemade turkey chili. So I put on ... Read more

  • Looking Ahead to 2015

    1/7/2015 11:37:45 AM, by DDOORN

    2014 was off to a hobble with a pacemaker install and blood thinner jitters scaring me off the bike until June...although it certainly picked up steam with an AWESOME self-supported tour through the Catskill Mountains in September. I am looking forward to a SPARKIN' 2015 now that I'm comfortabl... Read more

  • I am going to succeed

    1/7/2015 8:16:59 AM, by RAINBOWFALLS

    I made a Spinach and Spaghetti Squash casserole last night and my husband even tried it. He didn't love it, but I did. He isn't a fan of squash so I'm just glad he ate some. I changed the recipe a little from the one I found. I used fresh garlic, a can of tomatoes and oregano because my search at ho... Read more

  • Focus - all things are possible

    1/6/2015 12:23:21 PM, by RAINBOWFALLS

    I saw this and thought it was the perfect reminder that I need to stay focused on what I want and what I need to accomplish it. One of my other small goals is to make sure I get fruits and veggies in each day. Tonight I'm going to... Read more

  • Oh the holidays and colds :\

    1/5/2015 2:12:53 PM, by KAH0988

    Well I definitely didn't go to the gym at all since I last wrote. Christmas week came and went incredibly fast, and the day after Christmas I went home for 5ish days. I decided to just enjoy myself and enjoy being home so I didn't pay attention to what I ate or what I did. Justin worked on NYD so I ... Read more

  • This could be funny

    1/5/2015 8:12:37 AM, by RAINBOWFALLS

    It all depends on how you look at it. I have a smart scale that saves the information from each person in the house. I have often wondered how it would determine between two that weighed close to the same weight. At the moment I don't have to worry about that. I have not weighed since last year at t... Read more

  • Baby update

    1/5/2015 7:19:20 AM, by HUGHESBOYS4

    Still pregnant! :) I have about 4 weeks until due date but I have a feeling baby will make his appearance some time this month. I'm ready. I'm ready to have my body back to myself and I'm ready to get back into walking again. I haven't walked in a couple weeks- just too uncomfortable. With my age an... Read more

  • Stretch that Stretch

    1/4/2015 2:19:05 PM, by RAINBOWFALLS

    I am doing my best to make some changes this year. I will not call these resolutions, just positive changes for myself. I will be making small changes so that I can make these permanent. One thing that I have always struggled with is eating slowly. Both my husband and I are very quick eaters, so we ... Read more

  • A New Year's Wish

    12/31/2014 10:46:34 AM, by RAINBOWFALLS

    2014 is the year that will be in my memory as a year filled with many family adventures. I started the year travelling with one brother to see the other, something we had put off much too long. We bonded with family that we missed growing up and ate some fantastic authentic Mexican food made by exte... Read more