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  • Correction to the 4 week challenge

    2/26/2015 11:06:44 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Live the rest of your life 4 weeks at a time with less stress and more joy. A wonderful site for motivational articles and quotes to achieve joy is Jonathan Lockwood Huie's page www.sail7.com . I happily recommend you go there. The articles are numerous and listed under the categories of --Happine... Read more

  • Using Sparkpeople for my Cardio

    2/26/2015 5:28:49 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Yesterday I went searching through the videos here on Sparkpeople. I wanted to add something new that I could do at home. Found a few of Coach Nicole's cardio videos. Some are even done while sitting in a chair. I guess as long as you keep your feet & arms moving together then it's ok if your bu... Read more

  • The Gym

    2/26/2015 4:39:07 PM, by PAISLEYOWL140

    Me and my aunt joined the Gym Jan 9th and we still haven't been. We both got that chest bug at the same time which lasted just over 2 weeks. On top of that we got all this snow. We plan to go tomorrow and Sunday, if the weather is okay. I would like to try to go at least 3x a week. Here is ... Read more

  • A Penny For My Thoughts

    2/26/2015 12:07:34 PM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    If I had a penny for every thought of you, I'd be the richest person in the world. Streets would be covered with pennies, and the skies would be bright and shiny.   I begin each day with the thoughts of your love, your smile just brightens my life. A penny for my thoughts could fill... Read more

  • Let It Snow, Let It Rain, Let It Sleet

    2/25/2015 11:53:38 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Oh the weather outside is frightful. What's the difference between sleet, freezing rain, and wintry mix? I can't tell you, mostly because all of it is happening in my neck of the woods. I expect to go ice-skating tomorrow. And that's just my driveway. So, lots of indoor exercise... Read more

  • Early Morning Workout

    2/25/2015 6:40:07 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    As usual I woke up early, so I grabbed my cup of coffee while I checked facebook…my normal routine. But soon afterwards I decided to head out to the gym. I arrived there about 4:35am and was slightly surprised to see so many cars in the parking lot. Guess I ain’t the only early bird around here. ... Read more

  • Endless Possibilities

    2/25/2015 10:45:27 AM, by SUPER_CIARA

    I'm finally starting to feel better. I got a Fitbit, which served as good inspiration to start getting in more steps and tracking my food again, but after a week of using the Fitbit, I pulled a muscle in my left leg and had to stop exercising and I'm still having some lingering pain but I'm sl... Read more

  • Viral Fitness

    2/24/2015 11:21:30 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    I'm proposing the common cold as a weight loss and fitness program. It's certainly working for me. Dehydration from sweating and the production/ejection of unspeakable bodily fluids, coupled with loss of appetite has helped me shed a quick five pounds! And the ab workout from uncontro... Read more

  • Little Soldiers, We

    2/24/2015 11:16:46 PM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    March to the beat of our God, Taking charge of our life so proud. Given to us to be shared by all, Knowledge and strength to stand tall. Care for the creatures and children, Just as we do for the old and weary. Give strength to others that have weakened, So they may share in the ble... Read more

  • My Health Updates (easier way to update my health)

    2/24/2015 3:18:21 PM, by AOLIVER2015

    This is what I know now, yes something is wrong with my blood from what the second lab test results show. It came back saying that both my white and red blood cell count is low along with my hemacrit levels in my blood. Well cause of the results I am being referred to a blood specialist. Been doing ... Read more

  • Running with Asthma, Well -- Getting There

    2/24/2015 12:38:05 PM, by TALLIEPANTS

    I have asthma. In particular, I have asthma that is triggered by cold air, which means winter (in Chicago!) and exercise trigger flares. When you exercise, there's a kind of perfect storm that turns cold induced asthma into its official name: exercise induced asthma (yes, a real thing.) Breathing mo... Read more

  • AND LIBERTY FOR ALL

    2/24/2015 11:42:18 AM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    (This is one of my very serious poems. I wrote this while living in DC about 2 yrs. ago.) Our nation’s liberty remains stern and strong, Though there are people who wish us to fall. Our shields are the strength of our nation's force, And the will of the people will never default. ... Read more

  • I'm Back!

    2/23/2015 10:42:22 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Sort of. It never ceases to amaze me how much cardiovascular conditioning I lose in just a few days off, especially with a cold, or allergies, or other respiratory issue. So I did about a 5-mile walk/hike today, but it was tough. Well, the first mile or so of it was, because much of ... Read more

  • Where Do I Belong?

    2/23/2015 7:32:46 PM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    Where do I belong? Life spent caring for others, Family, friends, neighbors, Along with pets and plants.   Is there a place called 'Here'? A secret place called 'There'? Love my private time and solitude, Love having my own attitude.   Where do I belong? Alone and misplaced. ... Read more

  • Feed a Cold

    2/22/2015 11:54:29 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Just don't feed it sugary things. Or dairy products. Both induce additional mucus production. And that snot what you want. Don't ask me how I know.... Read more

  • ARRGH!!

    2/22/2015 3:37:45 PM, by RELAXEDBISCUIT

    11 +2.2kg I could have thrown my head back and screamed, "nooooooooo" when I jumped on the scale this morning 40. I was not expecting to see a loss, but what I was expecting even less than that was a 2.2 kilo gain!! *shakes head* My body you guys... oh my gosh it can be so freaking frustrating ... Read more

  • This Couch-Potato Went to the Gym

    2/22/2015 12:19:17 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    My roomie & her teenage daughter joined a gym a few weeks ago, but always seem to have some lame excuse for not going in to workout. A few days ago, I decided to check out the gym for myself. Yesterday a trainer showed me some cardio machines. He said my heart rate was too high for the s... Read more

  • Just saying hi!

    2/22/2015 11:37:29 AM, by ALICIA363

    Hi, everybody! I'm still here ... just real life is seriously trumping the on line. The timer is set for 30 minutes to be on Spark. My To Do list feels like quicksand. If I had the time, I'd watch the Fire Swamp scene from The Princess Bride to encourage myself to keep going. 30 It’... Read more

  • Surrendered

    2/22/2015 10:42:16 AM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    (Please remember, many of these poems are not related to my personal life) Surrendered my heart, And my dreams. Gave my love to someone, Who surrendered nothing. But took my love, Broke my heart, Trampled my dreams, That person I loved. My emotions and dreams, Shattered ... Read more

  • Just like Groundhog Day

    2/22/2015 10:13:22 AM, by LUNADRAGON

    Every weekend for bookoodles of weeks, there has been snow and ice to fight our Sundays, and Mondays. Today there is more of the same. There is at least an inch or two of ice on our front walk right now. And no salt to throw down. We got milk before this one hit, but just didn't get any salt. Froz... Read more

  • Back on Track - I hope!

    2/21/2015 5:33:48 PM, by PENOR1845

    So, having my husband home was more of an issue than I thought it would be. Not because he wasn't supportive, but because I went back to my same old habits with him, the same habits that led me to gain 17 pounds in the first place. I think it would've been a different story if I didn't wear ... Read more

  • Day One: Starting My Blog

    2/21/2015 5:16:50 PM, by SIMPLY-CRM

    Going to write daily so that it keeps me on track (hopefully) to continue healthy habits and check in with where my mind is. It's day one of my blog. I was in a car accident Wednesday and wrote off my car. It still seems unreal - can't believe it happened. Thoughts keep drifting back to it a... Read more

  • Finding Inspiration (The Right Way?)

    2/21/2015 12:28:52 PM, by JADEDYETHOPEFUL

    Okay, even though this blog has more of a literary bent to it, I think that even those without designs on becoming a professional writer/novelist/author/whateve
    r, will be able to find something to take away from it. Here goes everything: I used to believe that inspiration for my writing co... Read more

  • FOGGY Day

    2/21/2015 10:22:14 AM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    Oh what a dreary foggy day, The sky is overcast and the sun is grey; What more could a person ask for? Maybe add some dreary rain to complete the foggy day. Overcast and foggy days are dreamy, They cover a day's beauty with a hazy film. Covering yourself with a protective coating, ... Read more

  • Las Vegas Athletic Club

    2/20/2015 7:35:24 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I joined a gym today. I meet with my personal trainer & nutritionist tomorrow at 2pm. Today I stepped on a special scale that figures out your body composition. It said I was 43% fat. I get to re-check that once a month to keep track of my progress. I'm not sure how I can be almost 1/2 fat. I... Read more

  • Every Little Breeze

    2/20/2015 5:28:35 PM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    A breeze flutters through the bushes, Its whispers are heard by the birds. The sun glistens on the dew, While songbirds practice a tune.   Warning sounds from nature, Shouted from the treetops, Go unnoticed by humans. Broadcast warning signs of danger.   When nature speaks, ... Read more

  • Life Update

    2/20/2015 12:13:48 PM, by STARRYROSES

    I still haven't located my SPAT and I'm not sure if I'm ready to buy another yet or if I'll keep searching. It's frustrating to be without it and was an essential part of my motivation towards my goals. We moved to a larger apartment, one that has a stairway to the front door, which I like hav... Read more

  • Challenge to develop a positive life you love

    2/20/2015 9:59:25 AM, by OLDEROWL

    This challenge starts tomorrow February 21 on my building self esteem team. A wonderful site for motivational articles and quotes to do this is Jonathan Lockwood Huie's page www.sail7.com. I happily recommend you go there. The articles are numerous and listed under the categories of --Happiness;Po... Read more

  • Voice

    2/20/2015 9:55:11 AM, by MYREALANA

    For me, flash stories flow easier in first person. If I'm going to tell an event momentous enough to warrant a story, but compressed enough to tell in 1000 words or so, I feel like a first person retrospective saves a lot of time. Though, the first and only flash I've sold professionally was to... Read more

  • SMILING EYES

    2/20/2015 9:44:07 AM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    (Written for my Dad who lived with me for the last 10 years of his life with Alzheimer's)   At the end of each day, You stare out the window and wait, For daddy to arrive, With his smiling eyes.   His truck pulls up in front of the house, He walks slowly and enters. His demure e... Read more

  • another recent update for you to think on

    2/19/2015 9:16:02 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    just for you to think on... Read more

  • What if?

    2/19/2015 2:34:54 PM, by MYREALANA

    One of the greatest tools of fiction writing is the "what if?" What if there was a school for wizards in England? What if a spider and a pig became friends? What if a high school outcast had telekinetic powers? (Extra brownie points for naming all three of these books.) I've knock... Read more

  • Still Feeling It

    2/19/2015 1:03:34 PM, by PENOR1845

    So I bonked yesterday, and today I'm still very tired and sore. Lesson learned - again. I am going to work on my fitness today, but it will be an easy walk, no hills or intervals, and if it's only 30 minutes instead of my 60-minute goal, that's OK. I remembered, too, that I had a sugar crash ... Read more

  • Keepin' It Movin'... Slooowly

    2/19/2015 11:48:53 AM, by JADEDYETHOPEFUL

    I...am tired. Tired of this cold, tired of this place...just tired. I do my best to maintain a positive attitude, it's just more work on some days than others. One thing that's helping me keep a bright outlook in sight--if not exactly embracing it--is that I'll be done with this halfway house... Read more

  • That Feels Like Progress!

    2/19/2015 11:07:59 AM, by HEALTHYWRITER

    Weight loss experts are fond of reminding us that it took more than a week or two to GAIN the weight, so it's going to take more than a week or two to LOSE it, as well. Very sensible, and true, but daunting. I mean, I've been gaining since around 2006, and don't want to wait that long to shed ... Read more

  • Move-On

    2/19/2015 10:09:10 AM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    Since you have been gone, It has been hard to move-on. I've tried, and tried, But I can't erase the memories of our past.   I sit and think of the wonderful times, All the days and nights. We just sat and talked, Or did nothing at all.   I'm still sitting and talking, But ... Read more

  • morning musings

    2/18/2015 4:03:52 PM, by GEORGI1832

    I've been feeling creatively frustrated lately. I had some small success several years ago at having poetry published and then hit a wall, feeling I wasn't good enough to continue to write and put things out there for anyone else to read. These feelings of insecurity will spiral until I find myself ... Read more

  • I Bonked!

    2/18/2015 3:16:32 PM, by PENOR1845

    I worked out on the treadmill for an hour or walked for 75 minutes outdoors for the past 7 days. I did too much - I hit the wall, I bonked. I woke up 11 hours after going to sleep last night, only then because of a phone call; I would've kept sleeping if not interrupted. I don't know for how long... Read more

  • No Excuses, Please

    2/18/2015 1:02:37 PM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    What kind of world is this we live in? Children go to bed hungry, And wake up weak from hunger.   The elderly are left to care for themselves, No one to talk to, just left on their own. Where is their family to care for them at home?   What has become of family values? They've b... Read more

  • The Monarch

    2/17/2015 5:23:01 PM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    I sit sipping my morning coffee, Unaware of my surroundings. Adrift in my subconscious, Focused on one thing.   My attention is poised on the delicate, Yet sturdy fluttering of a single butterfly. It flutters, then just drifts through the air, Unaware of my presence in its garden. ... Read more

  • Triggered By Fitspo

    2/17/2015 12:45:57 PM, by TALLIEPANTS

    Is anyone else majorly triggered by fitspo/fitspiration? I see it occasionally on this site, but it's not usually just quotes and not super skinny or "fit" sexualized young women, and I know that these quotes are hugely motivational (and healthy!) for a lot of people, so I can take it with a grain o... Read more

  • FLASH!

    2/17/2015 11:44:55 AM, by MYREALANA

    Flash fiction: A style of fiction that is extremely brief. The classic example is: "For sale. Baby Shoes. Never worn." Another example: dailysciencefiction.com/scienc
    e-fiction/aliens/carrie-l-
    cadwallader/three-is-a-sac
    red-number "Three Is a Sacred Number" from yours truly. ... Read more

  • Ring the Alarm

    2/16/2015 11:36:20 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    It's the simple things that make a big difference. For me, the simple thing I've recently incorporated is setting multiple alarms on my phone, all repeated daily. They are at equal intervals and each time they go off, they signal me to take healthy action. Specifically, each time my alarm... Read more

  • 10 Ideas That Are Working For Me

    2/16/2015 5:26:10 PM, by PENOR1845

    I've only been back with SP for a week, but I made a list of some of the things I'm doing that are helping me make progress. Maybe one of them will work for you! 1. I have a sweet-tooth, but I'm giving up processed sugar for now so I won't crave it any more. I freeze blueberries and grab a c... Read more

  • Taking a spark break from 18th Feb but I will be back!

    2/16/2015 5:10:45 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    I am going to focus on writing on paper for a while. See you when I get back! :-)... Read more

  • The Writing Diet book review

    2/16/2015 3:16:14 AM, by TODAYIHAVE

    I have now read the first part of The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron, and would describe it as a useful book! It brings together a lot of different dieting ideas, including a couple that are new to me. The first part of the book describes the 7 tools that make up The Writing Diet. The second... Read more

  • Pushing Past Limits - Other Observations

    2/15/2015 11:27:03 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Just one other observation. I needed more rest. No aches, pains, or injuries. Just needed more sleep.... Read more

  • Getting Started

    2/15/2015 10:29:26 PM, by PENOR1845

    I've never blogged before, but I'm a writer, so I think maybe it's time! I have had a whirlwind two-and-a-half years. I met my husband, Rob, online in July 2012, in person the next month, and we have been inseparable (except for work) ever since. We spent a week in NYC in October that year ... Read more

  • WALTZING THROUGH THE MILKY WAY

    2/15/2015 4:38:51 PM, by LEEBROWNLEE

    Waltzing through the Milky Way My partner leading the way. The Minute Waltz is playing As we celebrate our day. Holding me close to his heart We glide from star to star. Swirling and turning as we Scatter stardust on our ballroom floor. Using the stars as stepping stones B... Read more

  • How healthy is "Healthy Choice" soup?

    2/15/2015 4:22:53 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I still have a bad cough & runny nose. My roommate decided to get me some chicken soup because we have all heard that chicken soup is good for colds. Well yeah, maybe the soups that our grandmothers made from scratch. At least when Grandma made it, you could actually see the celery & chicken in y... Read more

  • A small loss!

    2/15/2015 4:13:25 PM, by RELAXEDBISCUIT

    Weighed in this morning at 145.3 which is overall a 200gm loss from two weeks ago! I'm just stoked that I haven't gained weight, and am determined to get below 145 this week so that I never have to see these numbers that I'm currently stuck at/around again lol. I've had a pretty crappy weekend ... Read more

  • Pushing Past Limits

    2/14/2015 9:04:31 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    ***DISCLAIMER*** I'm not advocating overdoing things and risking unnecessary injuries. However, I am increasingly a fan of the notion that my physical limits are quite flexible. Just a couple weeks ago I started doing drop sets of push ups daily (with only 2 days off along the way) an... Read more

  • another recent update

    2/14/2015 7:18:39 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    mri decision and other things... Read more

  • turning slowly

    2/14/2015 7:12:39 PM, by ALICIA363

    Not feeling very sparkly, although I did my 10 minutes toward my goals today. Okay, actually quite a bit more. I'm running one of the 5K Your Way plans quite flexibly, with one or two days between runs, depending on weather, and adding extra intervals or running through walk minutes as I see fit. ... Read more

  • Blood pressure while sick

    2/14/2015 1:31:45 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I thought your blood pressure goes up when you're sick. Mine seems to go down. Took this at the pharmacy dept in the grocery store today while I was waiting for the bank to open. I have had a runny nose for a couple days now. I think the days that it was so warm here, that I drove aro... Read more

  • Drop by Drop

    2/13/2015 11:20:55 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    I started an experiment with daily drop sets of push ups nearly two weeks ago and have found that my overall physical fitness and sense of well being have benefited greatly. One of the benefits is that I can now do a lot of push ups in a day, so for both variety and challenge, I've started adding o... Read more

  • Gratitudes: salad, water, the dishwasher

    2/11/2015 1:41:57 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) I'm developing a taste for a good salad. I mean, it doesn't seem like a punishment. 2) Ditto for water. 3) My dishwasher. Considering how low my energy has been lately (due to the cold, I think) my home has no right to look as tidy and livable as it does. I think that is in large part t... Read more

  • Mental Evolution...Sort Of

    2/10/2015 3:52:04 PM, by JADEDYETHOPEFUL

    Okay, I was in the doctor's office today, waiting to see a new psychiatrist (sounds like a lead-in to a bad joke, doesn't it?), and I'm watching the TV, which is on Fox 5's morning show. On this show, there is an interview going on with a plus-sized model who has swimsuit pictures in a series of ad... Read more

  • update on my health

    2/10/2015 12:04:43 PM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    just what it says... Read more

  • Focus on what I CAN do

    2/10/2015 10:40:31 AM, by BONNIJEAN

    It is so easy for me to get stuck thinking about the things I can't do: I can't walk very far without pain. I can't participate in martial arts. I am too tired to do the things I want to do. When I focus on those obstacles, I lose sight of the things I CAN do: I can choose to eat fruit instead ... Read more

  • Gratitudes: Sick at the park

    2/10/2015 12:11:40 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    I woke up with the full-blown cold that has been threatening me for a few days. Even so, I wanted to get outside because it was sunny and reasonably warm. I got a hot tea with lemon & honey from a coffee shop and drove to a nearby park. Here's what I'm grateful for: 1) the weather 2) the tea ... Read more

  • So what have we learned today?

    2/9/2015 6:15:51 PM, by SCOOTER4263

    249 - if I'm going to drink water in ounces equal to half my body weight, I'm going to have to start earlier. That's all there is to it. I still have a quart or so to go, and if I don't want to be up all night - as if my normal insomnia isn't bad enough - I'm not sure I'm going to finish i... Read more

  • Gratitudes: Whiplash, Downton Abby and The Walking Dead

    2/9/2015 12:14:15 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    Today it's all about the entertainment :D 1) Went to see Whiplash. Devastatingly good. HATED the theater itself ... I am not a fan of this whole recliner thing. Stupid. Also, they showed a preview for a special screening of all the Oscar nominated short films ... which played (one night o... Read more

  • I'm Baaaaack!

    2/8/2015 11:06:06 PM, by MARTIO1966

    After joining Spark People in January of 2014, I went back to work full time in mid-February. For the first couple of weeks, things went well, I still tracked my food ... well mostly ... and I got up from my desk every hour and took a short walk around the office. I even set my Fitbit alarm to go of... Read more

  • Goal of the Day

    2/8/2015 10:46:56 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Since I've been doing drop sets of push ups, I've noticed that several things have happened, quite separate from the aching in my pecs. For one, I'm sleeping better, both because I'm going to bed earlier, and because once there, I'm out like a light. And I feel more accomplished every day.... Read more

  • Mt. St. OhMyGawd today

    2/8/2015 10:03:52 PM, by ALICIA363

    Just keeping myself accountable and moving forward. I've changed the angle so you can see I've dealt with the sack on the far right chair. And that there are shelves to the right that are part of the topography that needs to be addressed. On the left, the ever-accumulating grocery sacks have... Read more

  • I gained weight! :(

    2/8/2015 4:36:53 PM, by RELAXEDBISCUIT

    Boo lol, I woke up this morning excited to find out how much I had lost this week, looked down at the scales which read 146kg! 500gm 49 than my last weigh in. I had a little moment where I could have thrown my scales out the window. But then I realised that it's only 500gm and it's not even necessa... Read more

  • Weigh In & Weight Loss! Finally!

    2/8/2015 8:08:41 AM, by PHOENIXXRISING

    YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYA
    YAYAYAY!!!! FINALLY! Woohoo! I lost 3 lbs!!! SQUEE SQUEE SQUEE!!! AHH!!! *ahem* Now that I have the initial squee fest out of my system! :) The details. I went from 212.5 to 209.4. :) PLUS I lost inches! I lost 1/4 inch off my waist, 3/4 inch off my hips, and 1... Read more

  • Volunteering

    2/8/2015 5:26:14 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    ...so we have all these beggars from Rumania in Sweden this winter. From being a phenomenon only in Stockholm, they are now in most cities - in karlstad, I meet them at the entrance of every food store. They slept under a concrete driveway until some vandals started a fire there. Luckily noone was h... Read more

  • Hiking :)

    2/8/2015 1:28:31 AM, by RELAXEDBISCUIT

    I did an almost 3k loop track yesterday. It absolutely killed. I don't understand how you can walk uphill for so long and end up at the same place you started lol. I had to take heaps of breaks and it took us about 3 hours (though we did stop for my daughter to swim in the river) when it should have... Read more

  • Beautiful Day

    2/7/2015 8:11:23 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    It was simply magnificent outside today. There was literally not a cloud in the sky, but just crisp as far as the eye could see. Though it was quite cold early on (well below freezing) as the day went on it warmed into the low 60's. Sometimes it's the simple things that make life so e... Read more

  • The dejection of a bad weigh-in day, and the dawning of realization.

    2/7/2015 12:27:49 PM, by SCOOTER4263

    Yeah, disappointing weigh-in. We've all had them. I followed the Fast Metabolism diet for three weeks, lost 3.5 pounds the first week and not an ounce since. After thinking of myself as a fat, sad blob for about ten minutes (pretty much my attention span for anything) my genetic, "Okay, so what's ... Read more

  • What a difference a run makes!

    2/7/2015 10:50:26 AM, by ALICIA363

    I started this blog in my head as I started my first training run of the season this morning. The title would have been “Terrible Footing”. As I adapted and got my workout on, I started to wax poetic about the “frost-kissed trail slowly melting in the morning sun”. 30 I shattered my prec... Read more

  • Gratitudes: warmth, my dog, and happy hour shrimp and cocktails.

    2/7/2015 2:45:52 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) A lovely day that I didn't expect. It was really cold yesterday, and I thought it would be the same today, but instead there was real warmth in the sunshine. 2) Taking my dog for a walk in our nearby "downtown" village can be so much fun. I work on his training and I'm mostly concentrating ... Read more

  • Drop It Like It's Hot

    2/5/2015 11:01:50 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    Or more accurately, drop SET like it's hot. So as a way to add variety and interest to my daily workout routine, I've been doing drop sets of push ups through the day. A drop set is simply recurring sets of an exercise in which you reduce the number of reps with each set. For example... Read more

  • Walking to work

    2/5/2015 10:20:12 PM, by BELLALUNA8

    When I located my office and then relocated it (for a larger space), one of the main considerations was it be close to where I live. In both instances it has been less than two miles away. The idea was a short commute, but also the possibility of WALKING to work. I've been doing more of that ... Read more

  • Goals, reasons and ramblings!

    2/5/2015 9:12:06 PM, by RELAXEDBISCUIT

    'Tis Waitangi Day here in New Zealand 708 which essentially commemorates the birth of the country, marking the day when a Treaty was signed between the Maori people and European settlers in 1840. So 'tis a day off work for my husband, a day off school for my little lady and a lazy day for me - hoor... Read more

  • Graveyard Shift

    2/4/2015 11:45:11 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Years ago I worked 12 hour graveyard shifts at a hospital in AZ. Now thanks to Labor Ready, I am working 8 hour shifts at Walmart 11pm-8am. Tonight will be my 3rd night. Tonight I am eating a huge salad @ 7:30pm before work, and will probably grab yogurt and some type of crackers with peanut b... Read more

  • 241 lbs

    2/4/2015 2:47:59 PM, by SALLYLEE84

    There, it's out there, for all of you to see; I backslid to my highest weight ever. I knew what was happening, but I decided to be an ostrich and stick my head in the sand and pretend that if I didn't acknowledge it, it wasn't happening. But you can only hide from the damage so long, if nothing el... Read more

  • another update for you

    2/4/2015 9:06:09 AM, by PHOENIXREBIRTH

    This is about my recent bariatric weight loss surgery appointment and weight loss as well as other things. 244... Read more

  • on track but want more

    2/3/2015 2:11:20 PM, by GEORGI1832

    Reading the blogs of others today I feel like I'm making progress and yet still find myself wanting more. The old "you're not exercising enough, you're still snacking at night, you need to be doing more, more, more". This self sabotage has been an ongoing issue and today I'm resolving to feel ... Read more

  • Cold Sweat

    2/2/2015 11:40:33 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    One of my primary concerns when exercising outside in cold weather is overheating. And sweating. And then cooling too fast because of it. I haven't quite figured out the right combination of layering to get the cold protection I need without ending up sweating profusely, and therefo... Read more

  • Bringing the Effort Every Single Day

    2/2/2015 3:47:07 PM, by SUPER_CIARA

    I was lucky enough to get my pain under control and I've been able to refocus and start working on my goals again. I did some reflection and looked over my notes from Sparkcoach and realized that over the winter I actually lost a lot of weight, nearly reaching 171 again three or four separate ... Read more

  • The Gift of a Day

    2/2/2015 10:41:33 AM, by ALICIA363

    Each day is a gift, really. But usual days I don’t slow down enough to notice it. Too busy earning a living, for the most part. But, thanks to Linus (the recent snowstorm here), I am home for the day. It feels so good! The kitchen work continues. When you eat at home, it’s a part of li... Read more

  • More Water Please

    2/2/2015 3:44:55 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    91 drink at least 60 ounces every day 106 drink more water then coffee 262 stop drinking Sprite or other sugary drinks 274 put fruit slices in some of my water Now I had a slight eye-opener this last week on my water intake. I donated plasma twice. The first time I went, I was tur... Read more

  • Longing...

    2/2/2015 2:10:39 AM, by MEDDYPEDDY

    Didn´t need to plan exercise yeaterday - a lot of snow fell and I had to shovel the driveway twice. Three days ago I fell when I walked the dog - it is a miracle that it has not happened before because this winter has been more icy than snowy. Banged my head but had a thick cap on so there was no la... Read more

  • Hello February

    2/1/2015 7:37:50 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    No super bowl for this girl. I might check online later to see what new clever commercials they had today though. Now if you remember last month, I had posted a plan for losing weight this year. I had marked on my goggle calendar that I wanted to weigh between 165-167.5 by today, as part of... Read more

  • Started reading the Spark Solution

    2/1/2015 4:53:22 PM, by AOLIVER2015

    Last night started reading the Spark Solution, or at least the introduction to it. Then started thinking, it said if follow the plan for two weeks will lose 4 lbs a week. Ok well I didn't follow it, didn't even know anything about it until recently and when got weighed by my doctors office last mont... Read more

  • Plateau-busting plan

    2/1/2015 2:39:42 PM, by NYINME

    Today I made it to the next phase of my Spark plan, and I chose the plateau-busting plan. What I need to do is my daily check-ins early in the day, to remind myself about tracking food. I find that the food tracking works much better in my laptop than in my iPad. The iPad app makes that part very te... Read more

  • Pneumonia...... Not fun.

    2/1/2015 11:57:30 AM, by 100LBLIGHTER

    Just a quick note to tell you I have spent three days in the hospital..... it is a long story three trips to the Doctor....and a trip to the ER....... 3 days hospital.....2 more trips to the clinic............. then then finally an oxygen monitor....and oxygen at home at night. Prayers from ... Read more

  • Starting a Sparktacular Day

    2/1/2015 8:51:17 AM, by ALICIA363

    First, I ate a healthy breakfast. I find that eating the same things, even on weekends, helps set me up for success. I took this picture earlier in the week (ate the same things today) because I felt like the amount of food I was eating was mammoth (shoutout to LEANJEAN6 whose husband has a mammo... Read more

  • Went to the .99only store, again

    1/31/2015 5:33:02 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    yummy fruit. I also got bananas for .49 a pound I also got grape tomatoes instead of the roma variety today. ok, I should be all set to stay home and eat this weekend now. 334 Not sure why these were priced more...increase because of its super bowl weekend, maybe. ... Read more

  • Honesty

    1/31/2015 2:22:54 PM, by NYINME

    To be perfectly honest about what's motivating me these days, it's a graduation I'll be attending in May. My step-daughter's mother (VERY slim, always has been) will be there. We've never met before. I signed up for a local gym and it's been almost a full week. I've attended classes there almo... Read more

  • Why yes, I speak a little thin

    1/31/2015 9:38:34 AM, by ALICIA363

    Ever since I was young, I’ve had a facility with languages. In high school, I took Spanish, French, and German classes simultaneously because I found it fun. Without communities to use them in, German and French fell by the wayside. At one point I thought I would become a Spanish teacher, but tha... Read more

  • Salad for breakfast

    1/30/2015 2:18:48 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    sorry but the lighting in the kitchen was not very good today. I had spinach, broccoli, cucumber, roma tomato, & yellow pepper. In most stores yellow, orange or even red bell peppers cost more then the green ones. Luckily I bought all these veggies at the .99only store, so everything is the ... Read more

  • Gratitudes: errands with my boy, Firefly, and a solid financial solution.

    1/30/2015 4:19:06 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) My son and I went out and about today. He drove to the place where he gets his hair cut, then turned the car over to me in the parking lot. When I picked him up later, he'd gotten himself a good cut ... an improvement over last time when it was just too darn short. 2) Firefly Cortex became a... Read more

  • How Can 20 People All Be So Identically WRONG?

    1/29/2015 9:49:49 PM, by HEALTHYWRITER

    Back to that rant the other day about people incorrectly entering foods in the Nutrition Tracker here - seriously, how can so many people enter the same incorrect nutrition facts? Nutrition facts are generally based on a SINGLE PORTION SIZE. If the package says there are 2.5 servings in the pa... Read more

  • January 29, 2015

    1/29/2015 9:42:45 PM, by DCARMONEY

    It is hard to believe that a month of 2015 has gone by. i am busy getting my private practice up and running. my stress level is sky high right now my mom is in the hospital again and she is not doing good, so my mind and heart is with her but my body is home with my kids. edit: my mom is now... Read more

  • Who is Tess Munster?

    1/29/2015 2:15:22 PM, by TRIANGLE-WOMAN

    I wanted to get this article out to my Spark Peeps because "KA BOOM" it kind blew me away. WARNING: If you have no tolerance for profanity, skip the article below. It has some choice words planted throughout. But you can read about Tess Munster at other sites. She seems to be trending right... Read more

  • Gratitudes: an easy shift, fog and novel progress.

    1/29/2015 4:01:55 AM, by RRUDEPARANORMAL

    1) A quiet and quick-feeling shift at the hotel. 2) Fog. It wasn't heavy, and it may have really been more of a mist, but it was pretty. 3) I feel like I'm making progress on my novel project these days. I've done well to at least touch it every day for weeks, and these last few days have ... Read more