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  • AUGUST GOALS: How I Plan to Reduce Stress

    8/4/2015 5:09:59 PM, by CJWORDPLAY

    Reduce your stress. How many times have you heard that? We know that reducing stress lessens your chances of developing all kinds of unhealthy conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more? And if you have one or more stress-related conditions, reducing yo... Read more

  • Tuesday afternoon

    8/4/2015 4:56:31 PM, by PICKIE98

    A good day at work, no stress, not as hot there. It is 100% humidity again and we just got some rain for about ten minutes, a nice soaker. Temps in the low 70's. I ran the vacuum when I got home and the sweat was just pouring off me!! Talk about a cardio workout!! Moving furniture and high humi... Read more

  • Gardening

    8/4/2015 3:15:03 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Work continues, Completed planting one Sequoia and took down a dead Austrian pine More of the same tomorrow. 244... Read more

  • Be Grateful for Today...

    8/4/2015 2:41:21 PM, by TYMBERWOLFE

    I meditate after I workout. 414 I find visualization really helps me to reach my goals. Each time I meditate I focus on love and gratitude for what I have and the things coming to me. It's about staying in the mindset of appreciation for each new day. 67 After the things I have been through I appr... Read more

  • What Went - Monday

    8/4/2015 2:07:17 AM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    I am going to vent. I desperately need to set up my CPap again. It may be why I'm sleeping for hours and hours. I ordered supplies a week ago. They are supposed to come right away. I was patient. I waited until today and then called. They had the box still sitting there. I am so mad. They ... Read more

  • Just didn't do it and other woes.

    8/3/2015 11:13:52 PM, by MRSKATEDUVALL

    August 3, 2015. Today’s 100 is about doing it anyway, and today I didn’t do it. I choose to sleep instead of getting up and doing my bible study, sleep instead of walking. I choose easy quick fast food instead of coming home and eating salad. I ended the day with a 3,000 calorie day. The bib... Read more

  • Sweet tea & tears

    8/3/2015 10:32:31 PM, by MILLER-S

    I love sweet tea - with lots of ice. When you grow up and live in the southern part of the US like I do, sweet tea is almost a food group all by itself. Ideally, it's strong-brewed and sweetened with LOTS of pure cane sugar and we drink it all year long - even on the coldest days. But for many month... Read more

  • ENT doc's diagnosis now is allergic rhinitis....

    8/3/2015 8:15:46 PM, by TEDDYTEDDY

    I do not have a sinus infection at present, but am on generic Claritin (without the D) also known as loratadine. After about 5 days I am much improved without so much sinus pain. She said if I am not improved to go on another antibiotic for 3 weeks and then have CT scan of sinuses to see what's up,... Read more

  • If I can do it...you can do it!

    8/3/2015 8:08:16 PM, by TYMBERWOLFE

    So I woke up ready to go this morning. 67 I ate a good breakfast, took the Insanity Fit Test and drank a shake before going to an important meeting. I am glad that is out of the way! I then sat down and completed a task that has been weighing on me for two weeks! Way to procrastinate, eh? 29 I hav... Read more

  • Spinach Cantaloupe Salad With Mint

    8/3/2015 5:04:47 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I am going to indulge in the likes of this! Come join me! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 4 cups fresh spinach leaves 1 c sliced cantaloupe 1 c sliced avocado 1/2 c diced red bell pepper 2 Tbsps chopped fresh mint leaves 1 Tbsps mint apple jelly 1 1/2 tsps... Read more

  • Change Your Attitude to Change Your Actions

    8/3/2015 4:11:09 PM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I went shopping for some new yoga pants the other day. When I go shopping, I go with my old 460-pound Beth mentality, trying on sizes larger than I need. The other day in the dressing room, a clerk brought me a 1x and a 3x, so which should I try first? I looked at myself in the mirror and asked if I... Read more

  • Digging Bar

    8/3/2015 12:53:24 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Digging a hole to plant a tree can be challenging especially when you encounter impacted sandstone. Using a pointed shovel does little as would a post hole digger and of course using dynamite would be a bit extreme and hard on the adjoining neighbors. 334 Enter the digging bar. My b... Read more

  • My 5 minutes on Sparkpeople today! From TUT --notes from the UNIVERSE

    8/3/2015 8:01:45 AM, by CTUPTON

    What if you were to see your every action and inaction in this life so far, CHRISTINE, your every strength and weakness, your every hope and fear, as proof of your divinity? 526 chris... Read more

  • Monday morning

    8/3/2015 7:03:15 AM, by PICKIE98

    We had a very loud, crash, boom bang thunder and lightning storm last evening,,all evening!! The raindrops were so huge we thought it was hail. IT hit the deck and roof so hard, it LOOKED like hail! We could not see our neighbors house,,30 feet away. We needed it so much, we are dry here..well... Read more

  • What Went - Sunday

    8/3/2015 1:02:18 AM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    Ended up sleeping 12 hours between last night's 8 hours and today's 4. And I can't wait until bedtime. But I hope I can actually sleep tonight. Started one new med today. Will start another new one tomorrow. These are just sort of "let's see if they work" OTC meds that the doctor wants m... Read more

  • Fire Prevention

    8/2/2015 7:57:19 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    who isn't quite right in the head. For the last 2-days have been spent cleaning out all the dead unwanted brush. We have neighbors that don't always heed "Do Not Burn Days" and it is well known cinders can be carried for over a mile when the wind is right. All the pesky weeds, bunch grass, n... Read more

  • My Mind is Wandering Today...

    8/2/2015 5:50:02 PM, by TYMBERWOLFE

    So today is the day I recharge my batteries. My day off from my Insanity workouts. I just finished week 2 and lost 2 lb. this week. 224 If I can continue at this rate I will easily reach my goal of losing 35lb by Christmas 446 . It' hard for me to take a day off because in the back of my mind I am ... Read more

  • Fontina, Caramelized-Onion, And Pancetta Pizza

    8/2/2015 2:31:32 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, We are having pizza night and the time you ask? 6pm sharp! Take a peek! Pizza Dough Ingredients~ 1 tsp olive oil 1 1/2 ounces pancetta (Italian-style bacon) or Canadian bacon, chopped 8 cups sliced onion (about 3 large) 1 Tbsp chopped fresh th... Read more

  • Sunday afternoon

    8/2/2015 1:54:07 PM, by PICKIE98

    I went through that Civic Arena so fast yesterday!!There was no ventilation and a few hundred people in there from the rink being closed off all night!! Whew!! I was so hot, I was sweating so hard I could not stand it. I think I was there less than an hour, BUT I filled a banana box with 33 books, ... Read more

  • Am I interested or Committed?

    8/2/2015 10:51:03 AM, by MRSKATEDUVALL

    8-2. Scripture that started the day: "to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.... Read more

  • The Joy of Discovery

    8/2/2015 9:56:40 AM, by ALEXMAX2015

    Today I'm trying something new, just take a chance and experience the joy of discovery. Goals: 1. Do something whose outcome is uncertain: I'm going to embrace today and it's infinite possibilities with enthusiasm. 2. Go somewhere you've never been before: as I'm pret... Read more

  • Seven-Layer Hummus Dip

    8/1/2015 6:37:43 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Pull out the "HEALTHY" chips or your favorite veggies and take a peek! Ingredients~ ½ (10-ounce) container hummus, traditional or other flavor 10 Tbsps plain greek yogurt ½ c chopped tomato ½ c chopped cucumber 2 Tbsps chopped kalamata olives ... Read more

  • It's AUGUST. So glad for a new month. new goals, etc

    8/1/2015 3:07:07 PM, by MRSKATEDUVALL

    8-1-2015, Starting 100 days challenge today, again, for the third time. My August starting weight is 287. My weight fluctuated all the month of July, up two, down two. My goal is to loss a pound a week, so 15 weeks equals 15 pounds. My goal is to weigh 270 by Thanks giving. When I do so, I ... Read more

  • Morning Sleep Journal

    8/1/2015 2:23:17 PM, by CROAGANEY

    Time to fall asleep - 1.5 Awakenings - 8 Total sleep - 4... Read more

  • No Blog Yesterday

    8/1/2015 2:05:37 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Hi Sparkers. Yesterday time got away from me. Worked in the yard most of the day then DW reminded me of a BBQ we were to attend. 198 By the time I got cleaned up it was time to leave. 41 We arrived on time and had a fantastic time. 4 33 It was past my bedtime before we ... Read more

  • Early Saturday morning

    8/1/2015 5:31:20 AM, by PICKIE98

    Woke up to not breathing,, so unhooked pappy and decided to get up and moving.. I can get things ready for the day..I did bring up my largest rolling suitcase last night while doing laundry. I forgot how huge it is, compared to the others I used lately. It will hold a banana box. That can hold a ... Read more

  • Lower Your Stress Level

    8/1/2015 5:05:34 AM, by ALEXMAX2015

    As much as I would love to live a stress free existence, I know that it is impossible. I plan to minimize the effects of stress by trying to change my response to outside stressors. Chronic stress causes so much damage to our mental and physical health, makes me grouchy and makes my immune system... Read more

  • What Went - Friday

    8/1/2015 3:22:52 AM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    Today was another extreme fatigue day. I finally texted dh at 1 pm to tell him that I was barely able to function. My throat was also very tight and I was coughing a lot and since I had not been able to swallow the night before when eating dinner, I was still having to take very little bits of foo... Read more

  • Life

    7/31/2015 11:33:21 PM, by JAMER123

    Thank you for stopping by to share my blog. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!... Read more

  • Friday !!

    7/31/2015 5:19:13 PM, by PICKIE98

    A VERY BUSY DAY.. i GOT HOME FROM WORK AND SHOWERED, PRINTED OUT MY DIGITAL COUPONS, SORTED AND ORGANIZED MY PAPER ONES, MADE MY LIST, LEFT FOR CREDIT UNION, THEN KROGER. Just saw that darned caps lock was on again!! I now will get $1/gal off my gasoline next month..IT was $.90 this month. ... Read more

  • A little at a time...

    7/31/2015 5:15:59 PM, by TYMBERWOLFE

    My partner and I drove up to her parent's house today. We are taking care of their house while they are away. I look around and EVERYTHING is perfect. 436 Clean house, perfect yard...you name it. Her Mom is 72 and her dad is almost 90 yet they keep this place immaculate and they have a busy social ... Read more

  • A start

    7/31/2015 4:46:43 PM, by CROAGANEY

    I walked with my walker to the pool area this morning. It's about 150 feet to get there, further than I can walk without resting. I spent ten minutes in the hot tub walking and stretching arms, abs, back and legs. I didn't turn the tub on. It was nicely warm water and already 87°. I also was worri... Read more

  • Morning Sleep Journal

    7/31/2015 4:37:18 PM, by CROAGANEY

    Time to fall asleep - 3.5 hours Awakenings - 10 Total sleep - 4 ... Read more

  • Perspective: Why?

    7/31/2015 1:10:20 PM, by ~INDYGIRL

    One day I woke up and was astonished to find that I had grown to 460 pounds and was using my family as helpers. I didn't do this on purpose. From my perspective, I was in a lot of pain from many chronic issues and needed to lie down to alleviate the pain. From their perspective, I was abusing the... Read more

  • Sesame Chicken And Pasta In Peanut Sauce

    7/31/2015 11:39:03 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Dinner tonight is...Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1/2 pound spaghetti 1 c trimmed snowpeas 1 pound precooked chicken breast slices, cut into bite-size strips 1 c grated carrot 2/3 c sliced scallion 1/2 c halved and sliced cucumber 3-4 Tbsps chopped ci... Read more

  • Taking a Sparkpeople break to deal with family problems.

    7/31/2015 9:30:43 AM, by CTUPTON

    Prayers for hubby's health, daughter's problems (age 33) and my ability to hang in there. Thank you all for support you provided in the past and now. "All will be well." chris... Read more

  • What Went - Thursday

    7/31/2015 2:40:53 AM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    1. I've been working hard on my camp lesson plans. I have written 5 lessons out of 9. It takes me 2 hours to write the body of one lesson. Then I will have to come up with crafts or activities to go with each one and assemble all materials. I have 2 1/2 weeks. I'm feeling the pressure! 2.... Read more

  • Breathe Deep

    7/31/2015 1:56:09 AM, by ALEXMAX2015

    Today, I am going to focus on my breathing and make a conscious effort to breathe deeply. Healthy breathing can ease pain, increase vitality and calm anxiety. Goals: 1.Proper breathing nourishes your brain, I know that when I am sat working my breathing becomes much shallower and ... Read more

  • What's on Your To-Do List?

    7/30/2015 6:06:22 PM, by TYMBERWOLFE

    It's HOT 67 259 today but somehow I have worked out, cleaned house, made important phone calls, attended a meeting crucial to my masters thesis, and I am now here blogging when I would really like to eat ice cream 76 and take a nap under the fan. I do have important homework to do and I am still ... Read more

  • Tree purchase

    7/30/2015 5:06:58 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Hi Sparkers - all DW and I had a chance to do is water the plants before the 90-degree plus heat struck. So we took advantage of the situation and shopped for more trees at the U.S. Forestry Nursery. We picked up 4-more Seedling Rocky Mountain Junipers , a Sequoia Tree , and a Lilac bush . ... Read more

  • Morning Sleep Journal

    7/30/2015 3:42:25 PM, by CROAGANEY

    Time to sleep - 1 hour Awakenings - 10 Total sleep - 6 Heavy, heavy, distracting and thick fatigue today. ... Read more

  • Thai Shrimp Salad In Lettuce Cups

    7/30/2015 12:02:50 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Yummmmmmm!! Take a peek! Thai dressing ingredients~ 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter 1/4 c rice vinegar 2 Tbsps soy sauce 2 Tbsps oil 2 Tbsps honey Red pepper sauce to taste 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1 mango, peeled and chopped 1/4 c chopped fr... Read more

  • Thursday morning

    7/30/2015 6:51:11 AM, by PICKIE98

    I slept over nine hours last night. Only one interruption, so that is good. I feel refreshed and ready for the day. I am happier at my job, more pleasant with others and I think I am eating less.. not sure about that.. I am working extra on SATURDAY, SO AM NOT REALLY EXCITED ABOUT TOMORROW BEIN... Read more

  • Some Like it Hot – Some Do Not

    7/30/2015 5:44:13 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    It's that time of year again. Summer is here and people start asking, "What is your favorite? The heat of summer or the cold of winter?" Here in the NW we have been sweltering with WAY above average temperatures. Some people really like day after day of 100 degrees and above. Y... Read more

  • Be Here Now

    7/30/2015 4:02:30 AM, by ALEXMAX2015

    I am human being, NOT a human doing, yet I spend most of my time doing rather than being. So today is about noticing whether I'm in the moment, or whether I'm thinking about the future or the past. Goals: 1.I am going to focus on the present, by constantly having one eye on the ... Read more

  • I've learned a few things since then...

    7/29/2015 5:41:15 PM, by MRS_PRINCESS_07

    They say "hindsight is 20/20". With time comes perspective. Indeed it does. The last time a was truly an active member on this site was 2007-2008. I canceled my first page in early 2009. I was tired, frustrated, chronically ill, and something needed to change, everything needed to ... Read more

  • Easy Corn Cheese Casserole

    7/29/2015 4:18:39 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Here is some comfort food for ya! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 Slightly beaten eggs 1 8 1/2 oz.Pkg of Corn Muffin Mix (Jiffy) 1 can Creamed Corn 1 can Whole Kernel Corn (drained) 1 c Sour Cream 1/2 c Melted Butter 1 pkg. sliced Swiss Cheese ... Read more

  • Morning Sleep Journal

    7/29/2015 3:47:34 PM, by CROAGANEY

    Time to call asleep: 3 Awakenings: 9 Total hours slept: 3 ... Read more

  • Wednesday afternoon

    7/29/2015 2:47:53 PM, by PICKIE98

    Short, good day at work.. it is extremely hot in there though..humid.. When I leave work every day, my hair is so wet, it is dripping. My shirt was dripping wet too. NO cooking today,, I think I would faint if there was any more heat near me today. THe boss asked if I would come in extra Satur... Read more

  • sparkcoach blog

    7/29/2015 1:39:40 PM, by MISSA526

    My hardest healthy habit to maintain is eating well on the weekends when I'm at my boyfriend's place or with his family. There is never any healthy food to eat.... Read more

  • More Landscaping

    7/29/2015 12:54:00 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Planted another Sequoia Tree today. They seem to do well in our area; of the four planted last year, one did not make it. The one today replaced it. 376 Have a pleasant day Sparkers. 104... Read more

  • Keep Pluggin' Along...

    7/29/2015 12:41:20 PM, by TYMBERWOLFE

    So here I am...on a 10 day streak. I am proud of that. I have worked very hard to keep up the nutrition and exercise. I am finally getting to the point that I don't have to put all my focus on that. There are other priorities in my life that I need to manage. So, yesterday I made a list 387 and inc... Read more

  • Use Your Imagination

    7/29/2015 9:51:53 AM, by ALEXMAX2015

    Today is all about using my imagination, if anything I have an overactive imagination. So I'm going to channel my imagination into helping me with my health, fitness and weight loss journey. I'm going to start with lowering stress (setting up a cloud server, getting there but slower than I'd l... Read more

  • Being Brave

    7/29/2015 8:08:16 AM, by ~INDYGIRL

    I can't tell you how many opportunities I've passed up because I've beaten myself down before I've even had a chance to go for the brass ring. In the past, instead of losing weight, I resigned myself to failure almost every time. I could not believe in myself or be brave enough to face the obst... Read more

  • Strange

    7/28/2015 8:17:12 PM, by DAMEGRISE

    At the moment, I'm at the strange point where I've burned more in exercise than I took in today. There hasn't been a big food choice at the apartment. I may give in and crunch up some snap peas before meeting the fella to go grocery shopping. Swimming always makes me feel good. I have been avoi... Read more

  • Thanks

    7/28/2015 3:18:06 PM, by CHLOE12343

    Thanks for the comforting messages. They mean a lot to me and help me. I actually slept another 3 hour this morning!... Read more

  • Blazing hot Tuesday!

    7/28/2015 2:28:31 PM, by PICKIE98

    I got out of work a tad early since I did extra work in Mach 3 time.. My one thermometer states 89 degrees and it is five degrees low, so the temp is 94,, humidity is 90%..Yesterday was 86%. Lake Huron temp is 71 degrees. That is warm. My dear Spark friend IMUSTLOSEIT has requested that I ... Read more

  • Removing Tree Stump

    7/28/2015 2:02:21 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Hi Sparkers. Switched tactics today; I really got tired of separating flood silt from the rock garden so today's focus was removing a tree stump. But worry not I'll complete that project. But to continue; we had a Blue Spruce give up the ghost & last year I cut it down. It left a blan... Read more

  • Taco Salad

    7/28/2015 12:29:10 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Taco salad for dinner! Be here at 6pm sharp! ingredients~ 1 pound ground beef 1 (15-ounce) can chili beans 1 c salsa Shredded lettuce Tortilla chips, broken slightly 1 1/2 cups Market Pantry Taco Blend Finely Shredded Cheese Toppings: black olives... Read more

  • Family Fun

    7/28/2015 7:26:58 AM, by ALEXMAX2015

    Today is my Birthday. I'm focusing on caring not only myself, but my family by engaging in shared activities. The positive bonds created together can translate into good health for us all. Goals: 1.Play word games with my family, not only is it fun it is educational. The plan w... Read more

  • Still not sleeping

    7/28/2015 3:03:21 AM, by CHLOE12343

    I went to sleep at 10 and got up at 12:30 to pee. I was also sweating and thirsty. I have been up ever since. It iss now 2:05.... Read more

  • What Went - Monday

    7/27/2015 11:40:29 PM, by JEANINNEWCASTLE

    Last week I increased one of my meds. It is a powerful drug, though I was on a very low dose and even my increase is still a low dose. However, just a small increase was pretty difficult. The first day I slept for 11 hours and had a very difficult time getting up even after that. The second day ... Read more

  • What Happened?

    7/27/2015 6:54:11 PM, by HIPPYJONJON

    Ok, What in the world happened? I woke up this morning, did morning routines, then, it happened; I was doing a beginners yoga class. who in their right mind or wrong mind decides that yoga would be the correct response to, "What should I do next today?" I could just as easily decided... Read more

  • Buddy Up List at the Indy/Noblesville Rally

    7/27/2015 5:12:29 PM, by ~INDYGIRL

    Lucy Crazymama46 Fishers, IN Beth ~indygirl Fishers, IN Tina Hoosiergirlindy India
    napolis, IN Tom McCourtt Dayton, OH Brad Bradmill2922 Jefferso
    nville, IN Andrea Rachelle50 Indianap
    olis, IN Michelle McJoyful Indianapo
    lis, IN Geoff Gmccuen Indianapo... Read more

  • New Outlook

    7/27/2015 3:06:17 PM, by TYMBERWOLFE

    Many might say I have been here before, starting over yet again. I have been through a lot in the last few years all while battling my health. Since my last entry I have chosen the vegan lifestyle. 551 I went from 215 to 193 in about 6 month time just by sticking to my vegetarian diet and working a... Read more

  • Again Today

    7/27/2015 2:43:35 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Almost finished separating flood silt from our rock garden. Heat stopped my progress today. But I'll 386 . Eat healthy Sparkers. 244... Read more

  • Monday afternoon

    7/27/2015 2:28:21 PM, by PICKIE98

    Today was a good day at work, hot, but not as unbearable as usual. The next four days are supposed to hit close to 100 degrees plus the high humidity,,about 80-90% humidity. I did something stupid last night. DD made dinner and I made cucumber/Vidalia onion/sour cream salad. I ate some f... Read more

  • this is not my plan

    7/27/2015 10:53:48 AM, by TATHY49

    well my doctor just said no exercises for me for 5 days ... And I am supposed to take it easy and rest ... Well I guess I will catch up with my reading and I w ill do some cross stich too... The last few days have been , not what I had on mind or had planned for ... so true ....... Read more

  • Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

    7/27/2015 9:49:35 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Would like to try some healthy fries on for size? Well then just drop on over and take a peek! Ingredients~ Sweet potatoes~ I’d plan on at least one per person. Medium-sized sweet potatoes with smooth, firm, evenly toned skin usually make the best sweet... Read more

  • Seeing the Words

    7/26/2015 8:43:33 PM, by HIPPYJONJON

    I find it difficult to eat a balanced diet while trying to appease an irritable bowel, and raise antioxidant levels for fibromyalgia. I have had enough of flare-ups. I guess I just needed to see the words. I have changed my whole diet to include good foods, foods good for me, that is. No... Read more

  • a picture for my.thoughts

    7/26/2015 8:40:32 PM, by TATHY49

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  • a day fasting

    7/26/2015 8:39:11 PM, by TATHY49

    Today Sunday is a day of not solid foods,just liquids and just clear liquids. Orders of my doctor. Tomorrow I will have a colonoscopy done . No much fun drinking only liquids and taking that other stuff I need to take .... So today no food tracking for.me I am so.full of liquids... well I will get ... Read more

  • Morning Sleep Journal 4

    7/26/2015 4:26:30 PM, by CROAGANEY

    Time to fall asleep? 45 minutes Number of awakenings? 6 Hours of sleep? 5... Read more

  • Same as yesterday

    7/26/2015 3:14:14 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Continue removing silt from the rock garden. I'll have several more days of this. At least I'm outdoors and its great exercise. 104 386 Sparkers 213... Read more

  • Fastest 5k program week 3

    7/26/2015 9:06:34 AM, by WINACHST

    244 I am starting week 3 today! Sometimes I get discouraged on my journey of healthier habits but remind myself that I can stick with a few things if I put my mind to it. This is my third time repeating this program. I am one of those people that need a voice telling me what to do in my workouts and... Read more

  • Sunday

    7/26/2015 8:47:16 AM, by PICKIE98

    I greatly underestimated yesterday's heat index! When I stepped outside last night at 10p.m., my glasses steamed up and the hot,moist air hit me like a wet sponge! IT felt like somebody threw a wet wool blanket at me in the dark! IT was 87 degrees with 88% humidity! Today is supposed to be 90 ... Read more

  • Mushroom Muffins!

    7/26/2015 8:39:20 AM, by WINACHST

    The other day I had some over-ripe bananas and the featured recipe on Fork Over Knives facebook page was Chef AJ's Just Bananas Muffins www.forksoverknives.com/recipe
    s/just-bananas-muffins/ So I made a batch of muffins, then went next door to my daughter's house and my 5 year old gra... Read more

  • Minestrone

    7/26/2015 8:16:26 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Get that stock pot out and take a peek! Ingredients 1/3 c olive oil 1 c chopped onion 1 c diced carrots 1 c diced celery 1 bay leaf Sprig of thyme 4 cups beef stock or chicken stock 1- 16 oz can of Italian chopped tomatoes and their juice Salt an... Read more

  • BABY STEPS

    7/25/2015 10:53:18 PM, by HDRMISSI

    Good evening all!! I have been very busy. We have a "bunny" farm named Happy Dance Ranch. There's always something that needs to be done. I have been working hard on "steps" literally. I have been walking out to the barn and little by little, my steps are up to 700 steps per day. "Baby Steps" are t... Read more

  • Zucchini Pizza

    7/25/2015 7:50:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    Zucchini Pizzas....Low carb! Ingredients: Zucchini Olive Oil... weird-- I cut and pasted into MS Word but 3 times I cannot put the rest of the recipe into this blog! 24 ... Read more

  • Slept 12 hours last night...

    7/25/2015 5:31:24 PM, by TEDDYTEDDY

    Sinus infection has returned and have serious head pains, headaches, earache, etc, Have appointment to see ENT specialist on Tuesday after work. Hope she can help as I am having trouble working, problems with memory and distress over pains in my head. Hope she orders an ultrasound to see what is ... Read more

  • Landscape repair

    7/25/2015 4:21:25 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Today was removing the flood silt from our rock garden. It's a slow process; we have a screen atop a wheel barrow & shovel the mess onto the screen. The silt drops into through and wa-la; no more silty rocks. I'll have a few more days to go on this cleanup project. 198 But the work is... Read more

  • Easy Vegetable Salad

    7/25/2015 3:29:25 PM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, I am in for a healthy salad how 'bout you? Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 lg bag Baby spinach 1 lg bag Mixed leafy salad greens 1 lg container of cherry or grape tomatoes 2 med. cucumbers (coarsely chopped or thinly sliced) 1-2 lg carrots (or a sm. bag of p... Read more

  • Saturday morning

    7/25/2015 7:32:33 AM, by PICKIE98

    Up, showered, had my Cheerios and 1/2% milk. Ready for my haircut, running errands and hopefully a walk in the park. 80% humidity and 87 degrees today,, got to hurry!... Read more

  • Serendipitous Saturday

    7/25/2015 3:26:51 AM, by ALEXMAX2015

    Today, I’m going to allow myself (as much as possible) to be guided by serendipitous occurrences – Let’s see if something wonderful happens! I’m letting go of my inner control freak which is kind of scary. Goals: 1. Notice synchronicities – Fate and coincidences, I am going to pay a... Read more

  • Clear Clutter

    7/24/2015 5:10:56 PM, by ALEXMAX2015

    Today’s Self Car for Life is a little X-rated (Chris and I will be enjoying this privately later , so to spare blushes I am jumping a day. Clear the Clutter Do I waste time looking for something I know I have, but can’t find because of all of the clutter? That’s a resounding YES! ... Read more

  • Flood Repair Continued

    7/24/2015 3:06:43 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    Flooding in Minden, NV wasn't as bad 334 Good exercise today removing more silt from our rock garden. Called it quits at noon as the temperature rose. Have a great day Sparkers 213... Read more

  • Hello from Baby Land!

    7/24/2015 12:48:07 PM, by GIRANIMAL

    Hi Sparklers! Oh man, has it been FOREVER! I miss all of you -- and exercising, and possibly even tracking my nutrition, which I never ever thought I'd say -- so much! But life is good. Chaotic, but good. Great, actually, with THIS! --> 334 244 How can it not be... Read more

  • Homemade Slushie

    7/24/2015 10:09:49 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Let's all sit back together under the shade tree and crunch on one of these! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 2 cups ice water 4 cups ice cubes 2/3 c sugar 1 packet Kool-Aid mix Directions~ Combine all ingredients in a blender jar. Blend on hig... Read more

  • Friday morning

    7/24/2015 6:30:10 AM, by PICKIE98

    I hope today goes as smoothly as the previous days this week! I have lots to do after work and hope I am not too pooped to do it. Hope to get more steps today and do some more strength exercises.... Read more

  • No Spark left

    7/23/2015 10:16:25 PM, by BABIRD1

    Kind of an awkward time, I can't really track food or excercise because I feel so bad. I have nausea and diarrhea and dizziness and weakness. So, my diet is irregular based on the needs of my digestion system, there is no way in he11 I'm going to go far from the bathroom, let alone go for my 3x week... Read more

  • Poor

    7/23/2015 10:11:20 PM, by JAMER123

    Poor I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy. Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy. I was deprived. Then they told me that it was bad for my ego to think of myself as deprived, I was really underprivileged. Then they t... Read more

  • Sleep?

    7/23/2015 8:50:35 PM, by HIPPYJONJON

    Now I lay me down to sleep, to sleep, to sleep, to SLEEP! Ok, no sleep. Whew! So, no sleep and a canoe trip planned. Fibromyalgia will hold me hostage today. I have years of practice, so off we go. Today is the perfect day for floating. It rained on us for about an hour. My favor... Read more

  • I will never give up.....

    7/23/2015 7:25:45 PM, by OKCPAM

    I've been away from Sparks for way too long. And honestly, I was doing quite well. I had lost 133 pounds through proper eating and exercise. That was back in 2011. I had maintained that weight loss for 4 years. Then my Dad passed away in 2013, during that time of him being sick (Lung Cancer) and his... Read more

  • Summer Memories

    7/23/2015 5:59:15 PM, by CJWORDPLAY

    Summer takes me back to the time when I was a child playing my way through school vacation time. Things like wearing flip flops (we called them Zori’s) and writing in the sand. Do you remember your first hula hoop? I did a lot of silly things to play with it before I was big enough to... Read more

  • Flood Damage Landscape Repair

    7/23/2015 4:36:34 PM, by NEPTUNE1939

    This years thunderstorms brought 4-Flash Floods to our area. The culvert on the south side of our fence line was breached & brought a lot of unwanted silt to our rock garden. Today was spent putting the silt ridden rock through a screen; the silt fell into our wheel barrow & the rocks pille... Read more

  • Thursday afternoon

    7/23/2015 3:54:41 PM, by PICKIE98

    What a beautiful day it is!!! Perfect weather. I was supposed to have a short workday today, but they kept me over for one extra hour. It was easy and I do not mind. IT was hot, but nothing like usual. More $$ in my paycheck! Just been keeping busy here at home, organizing my bills, mom's ... Read more

  • GOODBYE DR PEPPER!!!

    7/23/2015 11:41:30 AM, by HDRMISSI

    Good Morning!! It is rainy in the Ozarks today. I am trying to get moving this morning. I accomplished several goals yesterday. I am no longer drinking soda pop. I am going to admit to being a "drinker"- Dr Pepper was my drink of choice. I was drinking up to 4 liters of Dr Pepper per DAY. NO MORE!! ... Read more

  • Curried Chicken

    7/23/2015 10:46:45 AM, by MEMORIES7

    Hello Sparkfamily, Here we go with the chicken again! Take a peek! Ingredients~ 1 ½ pounds Chicken breast cut into cubes ¼ c butter or olive oil 2 large onions, diced 2-3 tbs curry powder, or to taste 1 finely chopped carrot. ½ c water or chicken broth ... Read more

  • Real Food

    7/23/2015 8:41:09 AM, by WINACHST

    I watched an episode of an old show "Good Neighbors" and it was about this couple who decided to become self-sufficient. They quit their jobs and attempt to barter for things they need and the bulk of their income comes from selling the produce they grow. On this particular episode, the "hired... Read more