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  • Personal stress taking me down - you may want to skip this one.

    7/21/2014 2:02:41 PM, by BLUEROSE73

    I've been feeling down for a while now. I can pinpoint the exact time this hit, and why this time. I went into Regina to go dancing. It was a Tuesday evening. Hubby was working, so I didn't even bother to invite him. I went. Had a lesson, and danced for an hour. Then came home. As... Read more

  • Vacation Part 13 - Seward

    7/21/2014 10:22:50 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    The boat we went fishing on. you can see how well people here follow the laws and rules. ... Read more

  • Acceptance.

    7/20/2014 1:38:14 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I'm so tired. I'm exhausted. I'm done battling certain things. I'm tired of the same struggles and frustrations, year after year after year. I'm at the point now where I'm trying my best to just accept things as they are. I'm tired, literally TIRED of trying to change certain things about my life. I... Read more

  • Vacation Part 12 - Anchorage

    7/20/2014 11:31:45 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    My race gear for the land of the midnight sun half marathon on June 21 This steep hill was a tough one. We had to run up the other side, then down this side. I... Read more

  • Today's Kick in the Butt

    7/19/2014 11:31:17 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    I got up and went running this morning. Almost didn't, but I got out there. We only went 1.6miles, but I tried to run during it. My HR spiked, and I was working with what I've got - a body and heart/lungs that are not used ... Read more

  • Today's Kick in the Butt

    7/17/2014 2:52:58 PM, by BLUEROSE73

    I did it again. I slept in this morning. My eyes opened up at 7am. Then I fell asleep on the couch. I'm honestly having trouble breathing. But I'm using that as an excuse. So far today, I've gone to work - I only had a couple of hours today. I came home and prepared two perogie fi... Read more

  • Vacation Part 11 - Domed Rail to Anchorage

    7/17/2014 12:09:59 AM, by BLUEROSE73

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  • Vacation Part 10 - Denali & some incredible wildlife pics

    7/16/2014 12:16:11 AM, by BLUEROSE73

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  • It's going good!!

    7/15/2014 8:15:28 PM, by ZANDASMOM1

    So I'm back here on Spark!!! I've had a first few successful days and I'm really happy about that!!! I wasn't sure how easy it was going to be keeping my calories to a minimum once again. But yesterday and today I stayed in range!!! I tried a Body Flow class at the Y today. I was a little appreh... Read more

  • Can't seem to get started

    7/15/2014 1:08:48 PM, by BLUEROSE73

    Today I'm feeling very sloth-ish. I know. It's not a word. But I'm sure you know what I mean. On Saturday and Sunday, I started moving again. Walking mainly. Some running. But moving. I also started to track every bite of food. Yesterday it all fell apart. TOM has been difficult fo... Read more

  • Vacation Part 9 - Fairbanks

    7/15/2014 12:59:00 PM, by BLUEROSE73

    Hubby put his ring i... Read more

  • Super Moon Pics

    7/14/2014 1:41:35 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    I've been having trouble with my camera. I need to figure out what the problem is. But luckily I was able to capture some shots of the super moon. Wow. They ... Read more

  • Vacation Part 8 - Dawson City

    7/13/2014 8:22:50 PM, by BLUEROSE73

    The tailings left by the gold dredges. What a mess to the environment. ... Read more

  • So Hello Again Spark

    7/13/2014 6:18:25 PM, by ZANDASMOM1

    Hello once again Spark!! I am at it once again!! I keep trying other things and in the end I keep coming home. I just thing the one thing that Spark has that other communities don't have is the community and support I need. Sometime I feel a bit embarrassed because life just... Read more

  • Vacation Part 7 - Bus to Dawson City

    7/12/2014 11:51:19 PM, by BLUEROSE73

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  • Vacation Part 6 - Carcross and Whitehorse YK

    7/10/2014 10:19:20 AM, by BLUEROSE73

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  • Mom frustrations.

    7/10/2014 8:50:26 AM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    My parents are going to be here tomorrow for dinner. My mother has not set foot in my house in six years, and hasn't spent the night in my home in about 10 years. (They are not staying with us, though). My back has been hurting so I haven't worked the past couple days. I need to work on cleaning my ... Read more

  • Health Risk Assessment, And A Few Thrift Finds

    7/9/2014 5:37:48 PM, by TUBLADY

    A couple of times a year, I have to fill out a Health Risk Assessment. It gives my insurance company a better understanding of what care I might need. It starts out with :"In general what would you say your health is?" Excellent...Very Good...Good...Fair...Poor. July 2014, Very good. July 20... Read more

  • Deflation.

    7/9/2014 12:19:27 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I've been in an off-again-on-again rut for what feels like forever. I've read countless articles and viewed dozens upon dozens of videos about "living the life you REALLY want to live," yet I stay in this perpetual state of flux. Hell, it's not even really flux. I'm just always feeling STUCK. I don'... Read more

  • Vacation Part 5 - White Pass Railroad trip into the Yukon

    7/9/2014 2:41:57 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    This was along the White Pass route the gold rush stampeders took. ... Read more

  • Vacation Part 4 - Skagway AK

    7/8/2014 10:31:15 AM, by BLUEROSE73

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  • Best friends.

    7/7/2014 9:41:34 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Daughter has had her best friend over since this morning. We picked her up at 8am, ran a couple quick errands, and then came home. We had breakfast, and the girls have just played and visited and goofed off all day. I made lunch...and dinner...homemade pizza. We all sat around the table together and... Read more

  • Vacation Part 3 - Juneau Alaska

    7/6/2014 7:47:17 PM, by BLUEROSE73

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  • Bargains. Accumulation. Letting go. Making choices.

    7/4/2014 8:38:44 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I don't usually spend money on "extras," but I did today. Spending money on myself is typically accompanied with guilt, but today it was different. It felt like such a treat. My absolute FAVORITE cookbook company, Gooseberry Patch, is having a "Christmas in July Sale," with many of their cookbooks 8... Read more

  • Vacation Part 2 - Time on the Cruise Ship

    7/4/2014 1:22:50 PM, by BLUEROSE73

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  • Lunch with a friend.

    7/1/2014 11:09:24 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I went out to lunch today with a friend and we had a nice time. It was a short visit, as she was on her lunch break and I was off today, but it was a good one nonetheless. It's been a very long time since I've had a female friend who actually requested to spend time with me, and one that I wanted to... Read more

  • A long day. Meanness.

    6/30/2014 10:55:43 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Today was a long day. I cleaned two houses, and Daughter came with me so I had some help. We had a pretty good day, but we worked so hard. My goodness that is hard work. When we finally got home, Husband was here, so I just heated up some leftovers for dinner. We had all kinds of good things to eat,... Read more


    6/30/2014 4:23:03 PM, by SPEEDY143

    What have I learned? Gotta love, love LOVE it when the scale moves in the right direction... going down??? ... Read more

  • Sunday.

    6/29/2014 8:33:26 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Today was a pretty nice day. After my interview, I came home and changed into some comfy clothes. I just kind of relaxed with the family. At 1:30, I put dinner in the Crock-Pot. Then we all got ready and went to my niece's music recital. There were kids playing the violin, or the piano, or singing, ... Read more

  • Interview.

    6/29/2014 12:53:39 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I had an interview this morning for a hotel job I applied for last week. It's for a Breakfast Hostess job that would only be on Saturdays and Sundays. This job would work for me during the summer and it would also transition well when the school year starts again. I've had kind of a hard time findin... Read more

  • Dear body...

    6/27/2014 11:01:08 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Internet problems prevented me from getting online last night. We just decided to turn it all off and let it rest, to see if the problem would fix itself. It appeared to, anyway. I have been procrastinating cleaning my bathroom for a LONG time, but last night I felt a twinge of motivation so I decid... Read more

  • Vacation 2014 - The First Part - Calgary and Vancouver

    6/27/2014 3:11:11 PM, by BLUEROSE73

    Wow. What a holiday. We started in Calgary. I ran the half marathon with my son in Calgary on June 1. There was an elvis impersonator singing karaoke... Read more

  • Bored.

    6/25/2014 10:22:17 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I didn't really do anything today. Just for fun, I drew some simple plans for our "dream house." I watched TV. Made dinner. Watched a movie with the family. Puttered around online. I've just been so BORED lately. I'm usually so busy at school and I am not working much this summer. When I get really ... Read more

  • June 25: 175.8

    6/25/2014 11:48:14 AM, by MOMTOMONKEYS2

    Thursday, June 25, 2014: Weigh in: 175.8 I noticed a small fat roll on my knee. And that area above my hip - you know- the "love handle"? Well, I'm not lovin' it. Today my weight gain is particularly bugging me. Most days I am able to ignore it and convince myself that it isn't that bad...e... Read more

  • Too early to debate.

    6/25/2014 9:11:05 AM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I woke up around 8am, got my coffee brewing, and decided to curl up in bed with my laptop. I had this dream where I looked up this girl I used to work with on Facebook, so I wanted to actually look her up. Just before Christmas, she'd met this guy online, actually saw him in person twice, and then d... Read more

  • Taco Tuesday.

    6/24/2014 8:23:05 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I subbed today. Today was alright, I suppose. This group of kids was pretty annoying, to be honest. There were only five kids in the classroom, but they were just really hyper and didn't seem to have much discipline or structure. They kind of just got to do whatever they wanted. Whenever I tried to ... Read more

  • Today was ok.

    6/23/2014 9:45:35 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Today was ok. Not the greatest day, but not the worst. I found out I have some more work coming, ran a few errands, came home and put groceries away, had lunch, watched an episode of "What Not to Wear" while I ate lunch, did the dishes, did a little laundry, looked through a couple books, took a cat... Read more

  • Work on the horizon.

    6/23/2014 3:42:49 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Today I got a couple more cleaning jobs lined up for the month of July. Additionally, a client I cleaned for a couple of weeks ago was really nasty to me over the weekend about the rate I charged (even though it's a rate set by the club, not by me, and he'd already agreed to that rate before I did t... Read more

  • Death.

    6/22/2014 11:08:25 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I just found out a co-worker of mine passed away today. I knew who she was, but we didn't "know each other." It still just comes as such a shock. She was the one I subbed for on Thursday. She was going in to have surgery on some lumps they found in her chest. Then that morning, she was walking down ... Read more

  • A lazy Sunday.

    6/22/2014 10:43:44 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Today has been a nice day. I fixed the girls pancakes for breakfast. They asked me to make them and I was happy to do it. While I was cooking the pancakes, Daughter's friend thanked me for letting her spend the night. Then she leaned on me, gave me a little shoulder hug, and said, "You're like my se... Read more