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  • Snow went through the night so we shovelled some more.

    2/6/2016 11:26:41 PM, by NORASPAT

    This time I did the scraping and the guys moved the snow. Today was our GD birthday, She was so looking forward for her THIRTEEN, alas her Mom had to go to work. GD goes bowling in a league she got home at 12.30pm and her Mom had to go to work for 2pm Tomorrow we have a concert so we will not... Read more

  • February 6, 2016 (Saturday)

    2/6/2016 4:53:17 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Lazy day for me. Only one class, and all errands completed. Tonight I am going to watch a couple of basketball games with my oldest son who is coming over (to watch basketball games). He doesn't get the basketball station on his TV so he likes to come over to watch the games here. Other th... Read more

  • Snowy Busy and shovelling today.

    2/5/2016 11:38:26 PM, by NORASPAT

    SHORT blog. I am happy that so many friends read my blog. Maine has not had much snow and it snowed all day today stopped after dark and we shoveled with the lights on. I made a potato soup with garlic, broccoli and cauliflower. I left it on simmer and as soon as we got in DH and I ate dinn... Read more

  • Inspiring motivation

    2/5/2016 7:47:44 PM, by RENATA144

    I was shoveling a lot of snow . When I started to get tired I reminded myself of the struggles that my ancestors went through to survive. I reminded myself that I come from great people who overcame countless obstacles to survive. I was so proud off myself for completing a tough job & realiz... Read more

  • Making My Life Better

    2/5/2016 11:25:54 AM, by OLD-NACL

    Today's Spark Coach blog task is to come up with something to make life better. DW and I will celebrate our thirty- second anniversary this May and I am in love with her. My children are good people. Jr is a Junior at UVA and Princess is a well regarded counselor at ODU also working on her Doctorate... Read more

  • February 4, 2016 (Thursday)

    2/5/2016 2:49:49 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Have a GREAT FRIDAY and a WONDERFUL WEEKEND! HUGS Pam... Read more

  • My BLOG was TOP STORY of the DAY. I am so happy and busy writing responses.

    2/4/2016 11:36:07 PM, by NORASPAT

    I saw the BLOG but we had to get the supplies for the concert. I only spun the wheel and added my fasting blood sugar. The store was not too crowded but I had a paper prescription and that slowed me down. I bought the supplies for the university and some I needed at home. We went home for lun... Read more

  • Three Things

    2/4/2016 9:46:46 AM, by OLD-NACL

    Today's Spark Coach blog task us to write about three good things that have happened this week. 1. I am a shift worker currently two weeks into 3 months of mids. My wife is on disability. I have been able to cook and eat her breakfast (my dinner) with her. 2. We have not been abke to walk into her ... Read more

  • February 3, 2016 (Wednesday)

    2/4/2016 2:15:37 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Thank you for responding to my last blog. I really am trying to write something everyday, but sometimes I just don't have an opportunity to get in here. I do like to keep in touch with those who respond regularly. I think you are all very kind and thoughtful to read what I wr... Read more

  • Tomorrow is forecast to be a warm day between the cold fronts.

    2/3/2016 10:23:57 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today we were both having appointments myself at my acupuncturist and DH his eye exam. We drove with the speed at 45 mph on the highway, very few people could speed because the snow plow was scraping the road way and spreading sand and salt. We kept hearing a strange noise from the back of t... Read more

  • Healthy Breakfast

    2/3/2016 6:54:14 AM, by WENDYSPARKS

    Hi to all Sparkers! I hope you have been doing well. I have been on a healthy spree lately...this morning I started the day with a healthy breakfast of oatmeal....with chia seeds....I often mix it up on what I add to the oatmeal or it was chia... I have been walking a lot at my ... Read more

  • On the road again tomorrow. If the snow arrives I will cancel our appointments.

    2/2/2016 10:39:02 PM, by NORASPAT

    DH has an eye examination after noon that will be fine the plows will be out and the roads will be cleared. My acupuncture is at 9 am and that might have to be cancelled. We rarely cancel but if the plows are out on the interstate and commuters it is a white out. My acupuncture is helping ... Read more

  • Once Upon a Time, two arguing sisters....

    2/2/2016 1:25:20 AM, by SUSANSKI

    Okay. that title. It's not what I was going for....but I couldn't think of anything at the time. As I was racking my brain, two of my girls were heard bickering about chores (yes, it's 12:54 am.) and so I just went with it. It gives me something to talk about. It will be my ice-breaker for this ... Read more

  • I hope thanked everyone. Tonight was a very slow computer.

    2/1/2016 11:46:53 PM, by NORASPAT

    I had hoped to get to 15,000 but it took me forever to input my nutrition, I did my trivia and it kept going back to one. I had to wait to get to the message boards. I did get to 14,220 steps and I had walked over 6 miles. Now it is bed time and I have promised myself I will stay at home and... Read more

  • February 1 2016 (Monday)

    2/1/2016 6:26:21 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Thank you for responding on my blog of yesterday. Already February! Imagine that! Time is flying by very fast. Early blog today because my son is coming over tonight, and I don't want to run the risk that I may be unable to get back on here later. I hope your day has been great and ... Read more

  • January 31, 2016 (Sunday)

    2/1/2016 1:36:45 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Not quite so busy today. I am going to bed a little earlier than usual for me. I do not want to be so exhausted tomorrow. I hope you all have a GREAT WEEK! HUGS Pam... Read more

  • DH Birthday. I lost it last night so here it is with thanks from myself and DH.

    1/31/2016 11:38:21 PM, by NORASPAT

    Thank you all for sending birthday wishes to my DH. Our sons called and he had a long chatting session. We never send cards but Valentines are definitely yes from DH to me and me to DH. I have a 52 year Valentines day card from DH---My very first one. Sunday morning he was grumpy. He did not want ... Read more

  • DH had a wonderful Birthday. Thanks for the good wishes.

    1/31/2016 12:02:49 AM, by NORASPAT

    My Blog disappeared and so it will be done again later. Now it is after midnight and I will write it later in the day. Pat in Maine,... Read more

  • DH had a wonderful Birthday. Thanks for the good wishes.

    1/31/2016 12:02:48 AM, by NORASPAT

    My Blog disappeared and so it will be done again later. Now it is after midnight and I will write it later in the day. Pat in Maine,... Read more

  • Down 7

    1/30/2016 7:17:10 PM, by TULALU111

    Down 7 pounds as of this morning but didn't eat well today... Read more

  • January 30, 2016 (Saturday)

    1/30/2016 3:40:47 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    What a busy and exhausting week! I worked until 9:00 PM last night, got home around 10:00, sat down to dinner around 11:00, fell asleep at the table, and woke up around 3:00 AM. I have fallen asleep at the computer a number of times, but NEVER at the table! I may need to cut back a little. Actua... Read more

  • I thought everyone knew about the eye plugs. I found a good article about it.

    1/29/2016 10:46:54 PM, by NORASPAT

    Punctal Plugs for Dry Eyes - -This was the easiest to read. DH and I are doing fine. I walked over 8,200 steps today and DH and I went for a second opinion about his foot. The surgeon was giving us all kinds of advice about this surgery. The bottom line was since DH is o... Read more

  • Half Full or Half Empty?

    1/29/2016 9:10:30 AM, by OLD-NACL

    There is potential in either.... Read more

  • EYES are still not fine.

    1/28/2016 11:30:57 PM, by NORASPAT

    I have had blurry vision for quite some time so I did go back to the eye Dr. A technician did all of the work up and she told me my examination results would not be able to drive, DH and I panicked. We had an hour to wait for the Optometrist. She took many examinations of both eyes and she... Read more

  • Jauary 27, 2016 (Wednesday)

    1/28/2016 2:51:50 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    I am going to have find more time in my day or early evening hours to get online at Spark I am once again checking in at almost cutoff time. Have a GREAT THURSDAY! HUGS Pam... Read more

  • Today was a good walking day ! Woo-Hoo!

    1/27/2016 11:07:04 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today I walked 6.8 miles and now I have 15,196 plus. I walked with my walking buddies for 55 minutes and after lunch I had some shopping and and other walking for 55 minutes and then I watched TV walking on the gazelle for almost an hour. Actually it was 59 minutes when the dogs wanted to go out.... Read more

  • January 26, 2016 (Tuesday)

    1/27/2016 2:58:42 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Yikes! TWO MINUTES until cutoff! Have a GREAT WEDNESDAY! HUGS Pam... Read more

  • Staying home for the repair man. Missing my walk because he came early.

    1/26/2016 9:58:08 PM, by NORASPAT

    I had scheduled a repair man from the store where we purchased the stainless steel washer with no agitator. Instead of the agitator moving the entire drum moves back and forth. We like this a lot but it is a very big capacity. DH and I never needed a super capacity but I knew I would use it som... Read more

  • January 25, 2016 (Monday)

    1/26/2016 2:53:19 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Again I am rushing in before the cutoff. Really nothing much to talk about. I do want to thank each one of you for your response on yesterday's blog. I hope you all have a GREAT TUESDAY! HUGS Pam... Read more

  • Once Upon (or AROUND) a Skating Rink....

    1/26/2016 2:32:48 AM, by SUSANSKI

    271 On Saturday, my family went to the local skating rink. It was a Christmas Present from a couple of our oldest children, so I really wanted to make it a fun time for everybody by.... well, PARTICIPATING. We all knew that Hubby couldn't because of his back. Well, THAT ANNNND because the la... Read more

  • Sunday was a really annoying day. We worked from 10 till 4pm.

    1/25/2016 10:19:17 PM, by NORASPAT

    276 335 339 335 276 335 339 Sunday morning I pressed the table cloths. I made them with fabric and we wash them after the concert. They stay in the totes till Sunday a m. Once we know the concert is a go we have to carry up 4 totes of supplies, food table cloths and pitchers/ Then we us... Read more

  • January 24, 2016 (Sunday)

    1/25/2016 2:30:16 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Rushing in before the cutoff! Thank you for responding to my last blog. I really didn't have to make too many trips up and down THE HILL because things were almost all clear on Saturday. I had driven down on Thurs. night, so I had to walk back up; then I walked down on Frida... Read more

  • Only 30 min

    1/24/2016 10:26:52 PM, by TULALU111

    Today I Walked mile. It's the first excerise I done in months. I'm definitely tired... Read more

  • We are not expecting snow so our Senior concert is a GO!!

    1/23/2016 11:07:23 PM, by NORASPAT

    I have been watching the East coast storm. I hope people will stay in their homes and wait it out. Staying safe is the best place to be. Going outside in a big storm is a great risk and if you get in to trouble others have to come to rescue you. When heavy storms arrive there is no point to go... Read more

  • January 22, 2015 (Friday)

    1/23/2016 2:34:03 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Whew! What a busy week for me. I am just noticing that it was Monday when I last posted here. Actually, a couple of those days, I was only online for a few minutes, and I did not get to do much of what I like to do on here. I think it is 3 days of Trivia Questions that I have skipped. That irri... Read more

  • Another 8,000 plus walking in Super Walmart. My walking buddies like to see my tracker lights.

    1/22/2016 11:11:37 PM, by NORASPAT

    If you want to walk on cold days find your biggest favorite store and walk before you shop. If anyone asks what you are doing tell them exactly what we do. When we first walked a man in Home Depot asked what we are doing we told him we are walking indoors. After we walked one of my friends look... Read more

  • Today was too busy wih foolishness.

    1/21/2016 9:59:52 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today I tried to renew my Diabetes strips to check my daily blood sugar. I was told I could not renew them. I had a prescription that said two refills but there were only two months apart-instead of at least 200 strips in 2016. I was supposed to have 100 strips. I wanted to be sure I have them ... Read more

  • :)

    1/21/2016 9:19:56 AM, by TULALU111

    Yummy healthy breakfast is the way to start... Read more

  • Today was an ice covered rail rail so we walked in WalMart.

    1/20/2016 11:07:11 PM, by NORASPAT

    We have a Super WalMart. We usually walk on Wednesday on the rail trail but I am really anxious after falling a couple of times. I met a friend and the two of us just looked for the long empty Aisles and we just kept on walking. My friend stopped a couple of times, she is older than I am a... Read more

  • We went to the restaurant on a very cold day and the Minivan heater was COLD !!!!.

    1/19/2016 9:37:42 PM, by NORASPAT

    We got in to our Minivan this morning and It was cold. DH said it will warm up. I am the navigator. holder of the GARMIN so I was making sure we were in the right place, we had not been to the restaurant I had chosen. . I realized the mini-van was still COLD !!!!!! I said to DH. it ne... Read more

  • Broken

    1/19/2016 7:34:16 PM, by TULALU111

    My scale is broken and I think I like it that way. I was to depend on it... Read more

  • January 18, 2016 (Monday)

    1/19/2016 2:27:35 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Thank you all for your responses on my Saturday's post. Fortunately, Scott was very good. He was already asleep when I arrived. He did wake up about an hour after they left, but Kay had told me that he might wake up since he'd been asleep for awhile. I fed him a sandwich, an... Read more

  • Hi I am a bit stressed tonight. I hope we can go to the German Restaurant.

    1/18/2016 9:57:26 PM, by NORASPAT

    Hi there, I declined a shot in my hand because I organized a Senior college "DINING CLUB" so I would not have a stiff hand in case I need to drive, I also told the Doctor I want surgery and get it over prednisone. That decision is done with. Today it has snowed but not much. Tomorrow ... Read more

  • Once Upon a time there lived something named Ursula....

    1/18/2016 5:05:09 PM, by SUSANSKI

    194 274 Hi folks, pull up a chair. Well, most of you know that I had an interesting TWIST to last week. I was foolish enough to have a bag of popcorn while watching a movie with my Hubby last Sunday night. (sometimes popcorn and peanuts hurt my tummy and I had had BOTH that day, but who can ... Read more

  • I decided I needed a really good walk. 6.1 miles without leaving the house.

    1/17/2016 11:09:50 PM, by NORASPAT

    I have a Gazelle, we have had it for a long time and both DH and I love it. Today I felt I wanted to walk but the driveway's are like a slide. We brought the Gazelle out in to the living room again and DH did 30 minutes, well done for DH. The family had friends over so I sparked just a lit... Read more

  • Finally we have snow! I have some fun ahead.

    1/16/2016 10:29:38 PM, by NORASPAT

    It started last night and went through the day. It was not a massive storm just about 9 inches. Before it snowed heavy there was ice beneath the snow and that is my fear after last years concussion. We tried to buy cleats but there were non left of the ice grippers. The others were very large and ... Read more

  • January 16, 2016 (Saturday)

    1/16/2016 1:33:14 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Busy, busy, busy. That's ME! Still adjusting to my January schedule that has included LOTS of planning and working on new programs AT HOME! I do not get paid for HOMEWORK, but in order to do the GREAT job that I demand of myself, that is what it takes. I am sort of rushing in here now beca... Read more

  • My 1st day

    1/16/2016 1:11:33 PM, by TULALU111

    Today is the first day I started eating correct. So far I feel great but it's the afternoon I worry about. I have always been a night time eater. So I pray for control tonight... Read more

  • Adjustment

    1/16/2016 11:55:18 AM, by OLD-NACL

    Starting mid-shift tonight, 2330-0730, and I have not thought about the changes I will need to make. On the positive side I will be able to exercise in the house without waking people up. What meal should I eat at mid-night? Dinner left-overs or breakfast? Should I sleep when I come and get up in th... Read more

  • Weight loss

    1/16/2016 9:01:29 AM, by LINDA442

    I have been losing more weight because of being diabetic,and have loss 27 lbs since last year. I'm now at 243 it's a slow process but I'm still working on my weight goals to succeed in this journey of a healthier lifestyle. I hope to stay on track this year and make my weight goal. I have a treadmil... Read more

  • It has been a very long day. I have to be up very early.

    1/14/2016 10:37:56 PM, by NORASPAT

    Tomorrow will be a long day. Too many appointments I wish I could cancel them all but they will just come back to haunt me so I will have a good sleep and get on ! Pat in Maine.... Read more

  • Edema

    1/14/2016 8:40:24 PM, by TULALU111

    Legs full of water and the hurt tonight:(... Read more

  • January 13, 2016 (Wednesday)

    1/14/2016 2:59:16 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Two minutes until cut off so I am just saying "HI!" Talk to you tomorrow! Have a GREAT Thursday! HUGS Pam... Read more

  • After shoveling the driveway I just decided to go to bed early.

    1/13/2016 10:55:22 PM, by NORASPAT

    My shoulders are sore but it was a great workout. I make certain I will stay warm and I did despite the wind. I did not wear my neoprene face mask and I really like them. When we walk the rail trail we use cleats and our face masks to stay warm. We start at the beginning and there is no way to get... Read more

  • A long time

    1/13/2016 7:47:47 PM, by TULALU111

    I have a lot going on with me. I lost my best friend in march unexpectedly and the very next day I lost my mother then a few weeks later I lost my beloved lab. I have so much grief and took it on my self this past year. I have aways been heavy but I'm the biggest I every been . I'm going to learn to... Read more

  • Change your Mindset to achieve success in all aspects of your life.

    1/13/2016 7:13:21 PM, by RENATA144

    Set your goal(s) & make choices that will help you to achieve them. You are in charge of your Life. You decide what you put in your mouth. If you want to lose weight & improve your blood glucose / blood sugar eat foods that will help you to balance your glucose, for example.... Read more

  • January 12, 2016 (Tuesday)

    1/13/2016 1:11:27 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Thank you for responding to my last blog. It has gotten warmer, so no chance of snow for at least a couple of days. We have really weird weather here, so we really never know what to expect. Honestly, it can be in the 60-70 temperature range one day, and then snow on the next... Read more

  • We have snow, it is our first storm of the year. There has been so little now it is here.

    1/12/2016 11:54:22 PM, by NORASPAT

    It started after dark so I will try to take a walk in the snow I just like the bright white light that really wakes me up and it makes me feel really alive. I have SAD and I do not like the cold but when there is clean snow I love to get a great lift in my spirits. I lived in UK and we had mu... Read more

  • Once Upon a Time the odds were against me...

    1/11/2016 11:58:11 PM, by SUSANSKI

    Sighhhh. I have to unwind a bit before telling my "The Day I Lost My One-Year Old Daughter" story. Come on in and have a seat! How many cups should I get down? 271 478 194 469 274 222 Is THAT enough? OH my ACHING BODY. This morning I was up for about 20 minutes when suddenly I felt the... Read more

  • So sad David Bowie has died. A loss of a legend for me and some others.

    1/11/2016 10:42:03 PM, by NORASPAT

    I keep trying to write about him but I think I will go down to the old stack of Rolling Stone Magazines and read a few articles they have written there about him. We have some from the late 1980's and in to the 90's and they are my treasures. There are at least two photos of that face on cov... Read more

  • January 10, 2016 (Sunday)

    1/11/2016 2:36:57 AM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Just now getting in here tonight, and it is almost cutoff time. Thank you all for your responses on my yesterday's blog. It got really cold here last night, and snow was predicted. I took the truck down to the bottom of THE HILL, hoping I could get up our street today. However, it did not snow o... Read more

  • I was expecting ice but alas it was water.

    1/10/2016 11:40:22 PM, by NORASPAT

    I am weary the water came in to the basement so I had to vacuum and cover it with old towels and fabric. There are no cracks and the drain that it enters through is under a false floor and rugs. That room does not get wet but it runs to the concrete floor in the washroom. I added it as strength, ... Read more

  • DH and I had a leisurely day.

    1/9/2016 11:35:46 PM, by NORASPAT

    Today DH and I and the dogs were at the house all day. I slept late a very unusual occurrence. DH got up at 10 a.m., I was up an hour earlier but I got to bed a bit later than I should. I had some cleaning to do so DH used the Gazelle and after he was finished I got on the Gazelle and we watche... Read more

  • January 9, 2016 (Saturday)

    1/9/2016 4:59:52 PM, by WORKOUTWITHPAM

    Hello Everyone, Thank you for your 'get well wishes' for Max. He seems to be totally well now. He is back to his climbing, running, playing, chasing Jade, and begging for treats. 239 This week has been really busy especially at the YMCA. They have the new equipment, there is no Janua... Read more

  • Late again but I was typing and you all know how slow I am.

    1/8/2016 11:34:00 PM, by NORASPAT

    HI all I was asked to write about my logins for Spark and I think I was able to send it in. It was not my best but I had to do it just because I wanted to. I was aching after yesterdays walk but my hands are a bit better after the acupuncture. I can actually make a fist. with both hands. I am ho... Read more