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  • Today

    2/23/2018 1:18:03 PM, by EMMELHART

    Focus on goals. Believe you can reach them. Be accountable. Report: Pros: Stayed focused. Logged food. Cons: Stressful day; didn't overeat but could have made better choices; didn't exercise Eat more veggies and fruits... Read more

  • Eating by the clock...

    2/22/2018 11:48:47 PM, by 5GRAMMYDIANA

    I try really hard to eat on a schedule. It helps me not get too hungry. It's nice to see it being promoted by those in the know!... Read more

  • Today

    2/22/2018 4:27:40 PM, by EMMELHART

    Focus on goals. Believe you can reach them. Be accountable. Report: Pro: logged my food; made a better choice when hungry most of the time Con: had no idea pistachios in shell were so high in calories; didn't exercise... Read more

  • Celebrating my Birthday today!

    2/21/2018 6:58:08 PM, by MONKEYJO10

    We are celebrating my birthday as we travel to Spokane, WA. We had some snow to travel through, which we managed fine, then we had some vehicle problems so we are at the Chevy dealership getting our truck fixed. Suppose to take a hour and a half!! All is perfect, enjoying my day with my hubby!!... Read more

  • I Want To Be The One

    2/21/2018 6:02:50 PM, by SPICY23

    I Want To Be The One I want to be the one to set goals and work to make them happen. √ I want to be the one among the 5% who keeps going after February 1st. √ I want to be the one among the 1% that reach goal weight. I want to be the one among the 0.001% that stay there. I want to be t... Read more

  • Data Crunching

    2/20/2018 8:24:09 PM, by SPICY23

    OK, I'm feeling that 'I knew it was too good to be true' felling as I watch the #s creep back on insidiously. I have not changed anything in my nutrition or fitness routine so it is as puzzling as the unexpected decrease in January. Rather than shrug with disgust or defeat, I took an alternate ... Read more

  • Daily Discipline Journal 2.19.18

    2/19/2018 5:15:45 PM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    Long story short...Went back to post my no knead, low fat, whole wheat bread recipe on the message board I was reading this AM, couldn't find the board, so here is the recipe:
    =3351734 The conversation on the board was inter... Read more

  • ONEDERLAND!! Down 186 pounds... So Far! A Saga

    2/19/2018 7:26:13 AM, by YANKCOMINGHOME

    Well, I've made into the 100s, finally below the 200 mark! Yes, me! From my highest of 384 (just short of 20 months ago), to yesterday's weigh in of 197.8 pounds. In UK or AU terms, that's a high of 27-1/2 stone down to just over 14 st. I began my recent journey on June 20th, 2016. I w... Read more

  • Poor little heart...

    2/18/2018 12:47:39 AM, by 5GRAMMYDIANA

    Yesterday I got a pacemaker. It went well, but I am on limited exercise for the next month.... Read more

  • Two Beautiful LONG Hikes!

    2/17/2018 9:31:36 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Yesterday I hiked with Don and Hanne from Riley Nature Preserve to Tumalo State Park -- and back. About 7.5 miles, plus some good elevation! It was a beautiful day for a hike, clear and cool. Me on the catwalk over the rocks Don on the trail Red-twig dogwood by the river ... Read more

  • Daily Discipline Journal 2.15.18

    2/15/2018 1:42:33 PM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    Whole30 - Whole 20 or whatever! My program recap here. Did it work? The book says that following the 30 days you will change your relationship with food. That is true. They ask you to not weigh during the program taking the heat off the scale and shifting to total focus on eating veggies a... Read more

  • Happy Valentine’s Day!!

    2/14/2018 6:29:11 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    So this morning I was trying to load Some jewelry Onto the SisQartisans Etsy shop, And our Internet took a dump. Now I cannot get onto my laptop computer to send goodies to my spark friends. So to all of you, from Litlle ol me..... Happy Valentine’s Day ... Read more

  • Daily Discipline Journal 2.14.18

    2/14/2018 11:11:27 AM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    "So take it as your duty to give those around you permission to love. Encourage their affection by showing it yourself, without regard for what you may get in return. Real love gains complete satisfaction simply by flowing out to what is loved; if love comes back, that is an added joy, but it ... Read more

  • Otter Bench Hike! And New Vacation Plans!

    2/13/2018 9:13:11 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Today, Hanne, Jan and I hiked the Otter Bench trail at Crooked River Ranch in Oregon. It was BEAUTIFUL, and we had the magnificent vistas to ourselves! The huge rock formations that towered over our heads are classic columnar basalt. Looking down into the Crooked River Canyon was th... Read more

  • Chocolate Festival today!

    2/10/2018 10:27:46 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I'm still here..... I don't get on my laptop very often but rather work from my phone which does not give access to a lot of the regular SP features. Woohoo! We took the opportunity of this gorgeous sunny day to drive to the coast . . . . not only to get away for a bit, but to have lunch at ou... Read more

  • Memories

    2/10/2018 7:06:44 PM, by TBRYAN-LU

    Hi all you Sparkys, Well today would have been my 53rd anniversary, G-d had other plans for us, as my hubby passed away 18 1/2yrs ago. I met my love when I was 14yrs old & he was 16, we did very little dating for when he was 17 the US Navy was his choice of service during the Vietnam War. When he... Read more

  • Two More Hikes! And coping with allergies (ah-choo!)

    2/10/2018 3:45:44 PM, by ALIHIKES

    On Wednesday, I led a hiking group on the obscure pedestrian trail from Juniper trailhead. It was a lot of fun, and everyone enjoyed it. Ten hikers and three dogs. The upper section of the trail traverses juniper and sagebrush, over sandy rocky soil. Don't these Canada geese look lik... Read more

  • Daily Discipline Journal 2.9.18

    2/9/2018 8:48:55 PM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    Our Living the Good Life challenge this week is to deliberately do something to make you happy for 10 minutes per day. Holding hands with my husband makes me happy. We usually hold hands when we are out and about. I appreciate walking side by side and taking our time to enjoy our moment... Read more

  • Daily Discipline Journal 2.8.18

    2/8/2018 6:44:48 PM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    Happy Healthy Heart Month! 247... Read more

  • 3 things...

    2/7/2018 11:14:26 PM, by 5GRAMMYDIANA

    1. I tried walking to class today - even though I didn't make it, I tried! 2. I have been using the stairs regularly. 3. I continue to try new healthy recipes with lots of whole grains.... Read more

  • Struggling today

    2/7/2018 10:32:46 PM, by RJFERRARO315

    Today I woke up with a headache, almost a migraine. Yet, I got up and into the shower. It wasn't until I was trying to get dressed that I realized how horrible I was feeling. I couldn't even contemplate brushing my teeth for fear of throwing up. I didn't feel that I could call in sick today so I... Read more

  • Daily Discipline Journal 2.7.18

    2/7/2018 11:46:49 AM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    Aha. Yoga Love! 458 247... Read more

  • Celebrating Friendship Month

    2/7/2018 2:46:54 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    February is Friendship Month and I’ve been wondering what friendship is all about. It’s such an easy word to say. What does it really mean? When I think of classic friendships I remember Pooh and Piglet. They know how to be with each other no matter what the day holds. ... Read more

  • Suttle Lake Hike

    2/6/2018 9:19:04 PM, by ALIHIKES

    It's early February, but our snow levels in Oregon are really low. Today we hiked around Suttle Lake. This mountain lake would normally be very snowy and inaccessible at this time of year -- but there was NO snow today. It was a beautiful, but windy and cold. Me on the trail ... Read more

  • Be Positive

    2/6/2018 5:52:23 PM, by TBRYAN-LU

    Positive thinking evokes more energy more initiative more happiness! Have a great rest of your day & evening! To all of you hard working SP friends!👏👏... Read more

  • Climbing Back On The Wagon

    2/5/2018 7:57:19 PM, by AANGEL3

    Life got away from me and I lost track of my journey to a healthier me. I stopped tracking anything. A lot has happened since I was last here. So here is a fast update. That book I was writing, the one I was posting chapters of here? I published in Oct. 2016. Santa Baby is on all seller sites. Now ... Read more

  • Three hikes this Week!

    2/3/2018 7:09:15 PM, by ALIHIKES

    I met my goals this week. I averaged over 10,500 steps, and I climbed hills at least 3 times. The weather was glorious for hiking (NOT so good for Nordic skiing!). Here are a few photos from my hikes. Hike at Pilot Butte State Park Motivational rock along the trail Yesterd... Read more

  • Stumped and Then Some

    2/2/2018 6:45:22 PM, by SPICY23

    OK I'm stumped. Stymied. Perplexed. Dumbfounded. I think you would be too. I don't trust the numbers I'm seeing lately. They don't begin to make sense. Not that they ever have, but this is both unexpected and unwarranted. I don't want to complain, I really don't; but I have trouble wi... Read more

  • A chuckle to help ya make it thru the day

    2/1/2018 9:02:59 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    A Mom is driving her little girl to a friend’s house for a play date. “Mommy,” the little girl asks, “how old are you?” “Honey, you are not supposed to ask a lady her age,” the mother warns. “It is not polite.” “Ok,” the little girl says. “How much do you weigh?” “Now really,” the mother says, “th... Read more

  • DD Journal 2.1.18

    2/1/2018 11:01:21 AM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    January 29th, I just realized, was my six year Sparkaversary. Yay me! 592 Wow - it has been that long since DH had his heart attack. Yay Dave! 26 129 345 250 244 129 Here we are starting February and Healthy Heart month! 129 Here’s a check-up: !2 small changes for Heart ... Read more

  • Retiring as a TEAM

    1/31/2018 5:15:21 PM, by DEBBIEANNE1124

    Many of you remember my trip to Palm Springs in October of 2010 for training to get my first ever guide dog. Her name is Leone. We were a good team. I'm Legally blind and totally deaf with the assistance of a Cochlear implant for my right ear. (The left never worked) Leone has had a few Traumat... Read more

  • January Results, And February Goals!

    1/31/2018 12:49:05 PM, by ALIHIKES

    JANUARY RESULTS I did really well in January! I mostly followed my plan and met my goals. Goals and results are: Use fitness tracker, and build daily steps to 10,000 daily by end of February. I MET THIS GOAL EVERY DAY IN JANUARY WOO HOO! 311 244 Lose 6 pounds in January. I LOST SIX... Read more

  • DD Journal 1.31.18

    1/31/2018 11:32:27 AM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    Wordless Wednesday 334 ... Read more

  • Yesterday's Hike! And On-Line Learning

    1/30/2018 2:41:16 PM, by ALIHIKES

    I enjoyed another great hike yesterday at Riley Nature Preserve. I took a new loop trail by the river; and ascending back up to the plateau was a good workout. Here are a few photos. Deschutes River Selfie by a basalt boulder that is taller than I am The trail climbs... Read more

  • DD Journal 1.29.18

    1/29/2018 11:02:05 AM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    This is me. I just keep showin' up and owning my direction. 593 381... Read more

  • Healthy changes - vegetarian and excercise

    1/28/2018 11:23:26 PM, by RJFERRARO315

    Since the beginning of the year, I've been working toward being a vegetarian. Going from 1 meal a day to two, and now all meals. I've been thinking about making this change for several months, and finally decided to go for it. My biggest concern is getting enough protein which is my problem ... Read more

  • Sugar Challenge, WOO HOO for Chores, and Gratitude!

    1/28/2018 2:17:13 PM, by ALIHIKES

    I completed the sugar challenge and this time it was really much easier for me. I over-indulged during the holidays, and I needed the challenge to BREAK the sweet tooth habit. Message to self: Eat this! Not that! (of course a single slice of buche du noel is not so bad --... Read more

  • Love Aprons

    1/27/2018 10:40:31 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    The History of 'APRONS' I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it ... Read more

  • Another Small Delay

    1/27/2018 11:08:14 AM, by AINTSKEERD

    About a month after my last blog I twisted my knee at work. I felt a sharp pain in the moment but kinda hobbled around and walked it off. The pain came and went for awhile and I was icing and taking NSAIDs to reduce inflammation. I got it to a point that it was tolerable and overall improved. About ... Read more

  • Yay! Great day Skiing!

    1/26/2018 11:03:37 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Yay! Our mountains FINALLY have enough snow for skiing! Pat, Jeanni and I went cross country skiing. They are faster skiers who ski farther than me, but I LOVED skiing today! And they are good friends; we enjoy each other's company. Tangent loop trail Tiny tree covered in snow ... Read more