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  • Comfort in repetition

    2/20/2017 10:18:12 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Sometimes I am so happy on my SP site, checking out what everyone is doing and finding comfort knowing that others share my struggles and feeling happy when I see what others do with their days. I love the half hour each morning when I check in. Thanks for sharing everyone.... Read more

  • 2/19/17 - Bedtime

    2/19/2017 11:45:41 PM, by GORDON66

    Instead of spending another hour in the gym, I came home and started some pre-spring cleanup in the yard. I purchased a Platinum pass at the fitness center. For one fee, I can take as many classes as I like. Today I tried Power Ballet Barre. Although we used two and three pound dumbbells, th... Read more

  • Feelings

    2/19/2017 9:23:13 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Not easy for me to identify , acknowledge or admit to feelings. I talk about superficial things and tend to ignore my feelings. I am a pleaser, want people to be happy, no conflict, will do a lot of stuff to avoid dealing with inner feelings. Anybody else like this? Im sure this has a lot to do w... Read more

  • 2/18/17 - Bedtime

    2/18/2017 11:30:19 PM, by GORDON66

    It's the middle of February, and the temperature reached 70 degrees. 244 The day was so glorious that I was able to drive with an open sunroof. 244 One of the gym members told me she like my T-shirt. It was my Cubs World Championship T-shirt. 244 244 244 244 244 Sweet dreams... Read more

  • If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

    2/18/2017 4:45:42 PM, by GORDON66

    Several weeks ago, I tried a new class being offered by the fitness center. It incorporates strength and balance. For example, there are bicep curls standing on one foot. I was using 10-pound weights and had to put them down. Although I was just pumping my arms, balancing was a major issue. In ... Read more

  • Shopping

    2/18/2017 1:59:42 PM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Did 60 minutes of exercise and going to go shopping. Not something I usually do but going to look for some new things. making a vow to myself not to get discouraged by trying on clothes.... Read more

  • 2/17/17 - Bedtime

    2/17/2017 11:57:26 PM, by GORDON66

    With visions of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson dancing in my head, I completed 2 sets of 15 pound bicep curls and hammer curls. 85 Last evening I took a TRX class. I took another this morning and followed it up with a personal training session. I was wiped out. Nick suggested that I back off on ... Read more

  • 2/16/17 - Bedtime

    2/16/2017 11:37:43 PM, by GORDON66

    Tonight I went to the fitness center for a TRX class and followed it up with something I've never tried - yoga. Since my flexibility is so poor, it was very intense. The class is called restorative yoga, and all the poses are held between three and five minutes. Getting my nose to touch my knees ... Read more

  • 2/15/17 - Bedtime

    2/15/2017 11:11:13 PM, by GORDON66

    Last night for the first time ever, I watched "Titanic" - sort of. AMC was running the movie back to back to back, etc., and calling it a romance and a disaster. When I tuned in, Rose was getting out of the lifeboat so she could be with Jack. Clearly, I had missed all the romance and was left wit... Read more

  • Have a great day

    2/14/2017 9:12:08 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    I am so grateful for the life i have. Be kind to one another. Happy Valentines Day... Read more

  • 2/13/17 - Bedtime

    2/13/2017 10:55:29 PM, by GORDON66

    I have been enjoying the horse show memories a friend is posting on Facebook. Such a refreshing break from all the nasty politics that I've been seeing. Thank you Brendan!!! Speaking of politics, I limited myself to Hardball this evening, and I'm a very happy camper. The days are getting... Read more

  • Listen to Your....

    2/13/2017 6:18:39 PM, by BABY_GIRL69

    Pray that you take this Valentine's Day to listen to your heart and to do something for it on a daily basis. God bless & enjoy the journey. Happy Valentine's Day to you all! Dee... Read more

  • 2/12/17 - Bedtime

    2/12/2017 11:48:59 PM, by GORDON66

    This morning I dragged myself out of bed and went to the gym. I was only glad about it after it was over. I didn't sleep well last night, but I made up for it this afternoon. Sami and I snoozed together sitting on a chair in the living room. Since it had been so cold, I put off putting g... Read more

  • Be open to new things

    2/12/2017 1:45:27 PM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Last night I went to 21 Pilots with the grandkids and my son and husband. Great experience for all, and I have to say something I really wasn't looking forward to was a fantastic opportunity to spend time with the teenager and see what goes on with them. Glad I did it. Actually liked a few songs ... Read more

  • 2/11/17 - Bedtime

    2/11/2017 11:22:26 PM, by GORDON66

    It would appear the backyard bunny has a friend, because I spotted two rabbits hanging out together. The squirrel found the sunflower seeds I put out for him/her. All that was left were hulls. In the winter, all God's creatures need a meal that's easy to find. I'm glad I'm able to be a h... Read more

  • Its a beautiful sunshine day

    2/11/2017 2:37:01 PM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Bye bye I'm off to walk, rake the leaves and enjoy the sun. So happy to see the sun.... Read more

  • I need a yes

    2/11/2017 1:37:02 AM, by CHRISBEM

    Have you ever been told no so many times that it just really starts f ing with your head? That's where I'm at today. I lost my job 3 months ago...after years of being told no - like no, you can't get that raise because of the budget; no, you can't get that promotion because you're too new to your ... Read more

  • 2/10/17 - Bedtime

    2/10/2017 11:58:11 PM, by GORDON66

    Trainer Nick took me to the "brodeo". That would be the free weight part the gym where the guys hang out. He congratulated me for not grunting or dropping any weights. 211 Sami has me trained. If she fusses enough, she's figured out I will get out of her favorite chair so she can have it al... Read more

  • Friday of a so so week

    2/10/2017 4:23:34 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Im going to celebrate my so so week. I did fairly ok on eating, tracking, exercise and being motivated. I didn't exercise every day, but many days I did, I checked in daily, tracked my food everyday and I feel good about this. Some days I did not eat perfectly but thats ok. Im changing my mind s... Read more

  • 2/9/17 - Bedtime

    2/9/2017 11:50:51 PM, by GORDON66

    Since I didn't have a fitness class or a personal training session, I managed not to talk myself out of going to the gym this evening. I've been planting myself in a chair and watching cable news instead of heading to the gym. Working out is good for the body and getting out of the house is the be... Read more

  • The light comes on

    2/9/2017 10:01:57 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    I am trying the best I can everyday. It is all I can do. No more no less. Trying to make better choice and be better prepared, from shopping, to menu prep, to meal prep to exercise.... Read more

  • 2/8/17 - Bedtime

    2/8/2017 11:16:51 PM, by GORDON66

    Since I had all the ingredients in the pantry, freezer, and refrigerator, I made Southwest Black Bean Soup. I guess the cumin and green chili peppers are the southwest part of the name. I stirred in some fat free sour cream, and it was quite delicious. A squirrel was foraging under the bird f... Read more

  • Another wet and rainy day in Sacramento

    2/8/2017 12:57:03 PM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Crazy how much rain we are getting. We need it but makes exercise tough. Have a great day everyone.... Read more

  • I surrender to the weather Gods.

    2/7/2017 1:46:40 PM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Ok, lets review. Great intentions that this was going to be my year. Jan 1 at 10 am got the call about my mom's broken hip and spent 20 days there. Great, I came away from that with getting to spend 20 days with my parents which I see as a gift as they are mid 80's and my mom will recover. Got ho... Read more

  • I surrender to the weather Gods.

    2/7/2017 1:46:40 PM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Ok, lets review. Great intentions that this was going to be my year. Jan 1 at 10 am got the call about my mom's broken hip and spent 20 days there. Great, I came away from that with getting to spend 20 days with my parents which I see as a gift as they are mid 80's and my mom will recover. Got ho... Read more

  • 2/6/17 - Bedtime

    2/6/2017 11:16:00 PM, by GORDON66

    Did the math, and I am now a member of the Centennial Fitness Center. Since I'm taking so many classes, membership is the most cost effective option. The kitties and I took a nap together. My friend Kevin called, and we talked for almost an hour. He's so funny and very unique. I enjoyed... Read more

  • Fast weight lost

    2/6/2017 6:41:39 PM, by BOBP56

    Have you heard from others that losing weight fast is good for you? In fact losing weight fast can be harmful to you. You know as well as I do we would love to hit that goal weight quickly, so we can see results from all our hard work from the gym and meals plans. I found this article that has grea... Read more

  • Update

    2/6/2017 9:52:08 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    My husband went to Truckee over the weekend where we have a vacation home. It is in a small community of vacation home near a national forrest and over the years we have had to deal with forest fires and converting to natural gas and updating many services because when it was built many things were... Read more

  • 2/5/17 - Bedtime

    2/5/2017 11:50:55 PM, by GORDON66

    It was great to visit my friends at the Super Bowl party. My seafood dip was a hit. Jan always makes sure there's plenty of champagne to go around!!! 181 Sweet dreams everyone!!! Leslie XXXOOOXXX... Read more

  • Super Bowl Sunday

    2/5/2017 8:55:30 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    It is a bit of a dreary day here in Northern California and we have a break in the rain until tonight when it will rain and snow fairly intensely. I am going to bake the last of the mini cupcakes for my grandson who needs 300 for student council. That will keep me busy. Yesterday I did a good job ... Read more

  • 2/4/17 - Bedtime

    2/4/2017 10:23:30 PM, by GORDON66

    I looked through a cookbook and found an appetizer recipe for seafood dip. I'm taking it to a Super Bowl party. It looks easy enough and is made in a slow cooker. I've decided I need to be more like a duck and let water roll off my back. Anger is such a waste of energy. I'm doing a we... Read more

  • no exercise today

    2/4/2017 8:41:09 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    It is storming this morning and I am not going to brave it. Going to take a rest day even though I probably haven't earned it. Ill do all my errands, grocery store, post office, etc and then run to the mall and walk around the mall a few times for at least some activity and see if there is anythin... Read more

  • 2/3/17 - Bedtime

    2/3/2017 11:39:55 PM, by GORDON66

    Kristin had surgery on her hip, and today she was back teaching TRX. Gosh I really missed her. This afternoon I stopped at a restaurant in a strip mall. It was crowed, and I got the last remaining spot in the parking lot. 244 Although it was cold, the sun made a rare appearance and was ... Read more

  • More rain and snow in Northern Ca

    2/3/2017 7:10:51 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    I think it may be safe to say the drought is over. Cant believe the amount of rain we continue to get here. Rain through Tuesday forecast with another 24 inches of snow in Sierras. We need it and I am grateful. At times it rains so hard you can't see. Everyone stay safe.... Read more

  • 2/1/17 - Bedtime

    2/1/2017 11:19:52 PM, by GORDON66

    I bought 60 pounds of birdseed today, so the birdies will not starve. 586 587 The kitties did not like the Newman's Own organic cat food. In fact, they wouldn't touch it. On the other hand, they gobbled up the Fancy Feast. =^..^= =^..^= I had some more of the immunity soup, and it's... Read more

  • FIT BIT help

    2/1/2017 8:35:15 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Does anyone have an opinion on an exercise tracker. I just had my second FitBit bite the dust. Got two years of use out of two different fit bits. Last was a Charge HR. I really loved it but there were many days when the watch showed the wrong time and I had to have it replaced twice as it just ... Read more

  • Tuesday update

    1/31/2017 8:43:35 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Feeling a bit more upbeat today and I am off to do a long walk with the group so hopefully that will help me get my mojo back! We are due to have more rain and snow tomorrow so Im getting the exercise in today. I am avoiding the news and computer as all of the negativity about the new president is... Read more

  • 1/30/17 - Bedtime

    1/30/2017 10:44:44 PM, by GORDON66

    I made the immunity soup today, and it has a wonderful flavor. All the garlic wasn't overpowering, because the recipe made a good sized batch. I forgot to mention there's also chickpeas in the soup. I talked to my brother this evening and was reminded that I shouldn't take my health for gra... Read more

  • Time to make a change

    1/30/2017 11:47:04 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    So after looking through the blogs I think Im a bit down and need to do something about it. Its two year anniversary of my brothers death, Im clearly overwhelmed by most everything and its all exacerbated by my weight. Cant stand how negative Im getting. 39... Read more

  • 1/29/17 - Bedtime

    1/29/2017 11:57:33 PM, by GORDON66

    Both of the kitties and I slept in this morning. EJ was at the corner of my bed, and Sami was snuggled between my ankles. We got a light dusting of snow today. It was not enough to shovel, but it was sure pretty coming down. The car stayed in the garage today, because I walked to the gro... Read more


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  • 1/28/17 - Bedtime

    1/28/2017 11:21:32 PM, by GORDON66

    Since that's where all the guys hang out, I don't usually venture into the free weight side of the gym. Today I snuck over and did a set of 30-pound one arm rows. I bought some bone-in chicken breasts for something called immunity soup. The other ingredients are carrots, celery, mushrooms, ka... Read more


    1/28/2017 11:03:59 AM, by SASRR5

    Set a goal.....get motivated....and BE determined! ... Read more

  • 1/27/17 - Bedtime

    1/28/2017 12:02:33 AM, by GORDON66

    TRX is my favorite class, and there was a nice turnout this morning. When the sessions are under attended, the classes tend to get cancelled. I sure don't want that to happen. Yesterday I dropped a cherry tomato on the floor and couldn't figure out where it had rolled. This afternoon I spott... Read more

  • 27 days into 2017

    1/27/2017 9:23:31 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    Im a great example of having a plan that life knocks over. I don't think I am going to have a plan anymore as it doesn't seem to work out for me. Possibly I will go day by day and see how that works out for me. On the up side I do seem to roll with the punches but I think all the stressors contri... Read more

  • 1/26/17 - Bedtime

    1/27/2017 12:16:36 AM, by GORDON66

    One of our company's marketing reps took me out to lunch today. Instead of discussing business, she told me all about her daughter's wedding preparations. It's being held at the Botanic Gardens, so it should be lovely. When I left the gym this evening, I was wiped out, so the walk to the car ... Read more

  • 1/25/17 - Bedtime

    1/25/2017 11:12:16 PM, by GORDON66

    I slept through most of the news at 6 PM, and that was probably a good thing. I thought I had lost a glove but found it in a coat pocket. 244 Although the day has been overcast and gloomy, it did not rain until the evening. I just went outside to fill the bird feeder, and some of the pre... Read more

  • 1/24/17 - Bedtime

    1/25/2017 12:05:27 AM, by GORDON66

    One of our companies brought in pizza for lunch. 244 I got home too late to go to the gym, so I worked out in the living room. On the "L" ride home, some guy was on his cell phone discussing his upcoming job interview, and his concerns about being able to pass the drug test. It just go... Read more

  • 1/23/17 - Bedtime

    1/23/2017 11:13:08 PM, by GORDON66

    I work in a mid-rise office building in downtown Chicago, and the tenants were given really nice water bottles. I chose a blue one. I just noticed SP has horsey emoticons. How cool is that? 572 572 572 572 572 I wore my Cubs World Series T-shirt to the gym today. Only 21 days unt... Read more

  • My Dream Team in Fitness

    1/23/2017 4:35:58 PM, by BABY_GIRL69

    These are my go to guys when I need to get a workout in and do it rather quickly. I wouldn't try Millionaire Hoy unless you have been training for a while, HE KICKS butt!!! I love the Fitness Blender duo because they help trim my belly and thigh fat. Also, don't do there 1000 calorie bur... Read more

  • 1/22/17 - Bedtime

    1/23/2017 12:15:12 AM, by GORDON66

    I didn't go to the gym today so I worked out at home. I have paw prints all over me. Sami really likes getting up on my shoulders. =^..^= I overjoyed that the TV channel can be changed. My water meter is under the house in the crawl space, and it's a pain in the neck to reach. I'm glad... Read more

  • 175 days

    1/22/2017 8:45:25 AM, by SUSANYOUNGER

    175 day street for logging in to spark people... Read more

  • 1/21/17 - Bedtime

    1/22/2017 12:14:26 AM, by GORDON66

    It was bright and sunny with the temperatures in the 50's! Wherever I went, my kitties followed me. Who said cats are not affectionate? When I got to the fitness studio, I realized I had left my water bottle in the car. Since I had to dash out to get it, one of the ladies set up my spot ... Read more