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  • Shared Work & Gratitude

    7/30/2015 11:11:59 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I read Gretchen Rubin's blog on a regular basic… it is on happiness … that is actually after reading her book "The Happiness Project" that I started writing my blog with the purpose of cultivating positive memories. So Sunday night I read an old post on shared work. She posted it on Octobe... Read more

  • Leaving Yellowstone

    7/30/2015 9:23:12 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    Wow, how time flies! We left Medora, ND and then proceeded to Hardin, Montana for a few nights. We wanted to see Little Big Horn National Historic Park. (Remember, I'm married to a history major.) After that we moved on to Yellowstone National Park. OH MY GOSH! What an amazing park thi... Read more

  • Visit to the Belle Province!

    7/29/2015 7:25:10 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I am so happy about my decision of reporting my leave. I was schedule to go to Qc one month ago, unfortunately/or very fortunately that did not happen because I had to replace someone at work. So I postponed my leave - best decision because at this time I have a lot less to worry about and I was abl... Read more

  • A yucky, sucky Monday.

    7/27/2015 7:05:22 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I'm working the summer day program at my school. I'm a floater for the summer, and I give breaks to all the teachers. Some of them are such buttheads about their dang breaks! It makes me so mad. Also, when I woke up this morning, I felt really weird. My head was kind of spinning, I was queasy.... Read more

  • Weight loss!

    7/27/2015 8:02:06 AM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Last week when I got on the scale, I hadn't lost anything. I was so bummed, but didn't let it derail me. I kept pushing and ate well and worked out for the following week. I just got on the scale a few minutes ago, and I'm down 6.8 pounds! YAY! I'm so excited! 334... Read more

  • Organizing and getting rid of excess.

    7/26/2015 10:40:09 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I've spent all weekend reorganizing my kitchen. I have been feeling frustrated with my space lately, and I've wanted to make it cleaner and more organized and efficient. So I started with my kitchen. I knew I had to make room for that new Ninja System my mom bought me (a TON of stuff came with it, a... Read more

  • Cincinnati - Cont. with pictures

    7/25/2015 8:43:31 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I love to travel - I love discovering places and FOOD! Back from Cincinnati; now on route to Quebec City where I will spend 2 days catching up with the family. Yeah - I can write a blog on my way to Qc; I decided to take the train. So nice to just sit back and enjoy the view. Last time I took... Read more

  • Friday night and a drastic shift in emotions.

    7/24/2015 9:54:13 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    I was so stressed when I left work this afternoon that I swear I could've hit someone. I've dealt with a thousand smart-mouthed little brats all week long and this afternoon was just DRAGGING so slowly. I was just so incredibly stressed. I'm always exhausted and burned out on Fridays, but today was ... Read more

  • FATNESS......and being soooo incredibly aware of it.

    7/22/2015 9:48:25 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Within just the past few days, I've become so keenly, intensely, glaringly aware of how fat I really am. I've known for a while now that none of my clothes fit. I've also known what the number on the scale says. But it's almost like I still didn't notice the actual fat...if that even makes sen... Read more

  • Mixed emotions and wake-up calls.

    7/21/2015 9:15:33 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    So last week I started paying more attention to what I ate. I was eating much more fruits and veggies. Husband and I went out on double date with his sister and her husband on Thursday, and I had two slices of pizza, but the only toppings I asked for were veggies...and feta. Even for our anniversary... Read more

  • Baseball in Cincinnati

    7/21/2015 1:08:54 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    To be honest - I am not a sport fan! I enjoy going to the live game (any game) mostly because it is a fun thing to do with DH - Jeff. It is also an opportunity to discover a new city, have a weekend getaway and spend some fun time with friends. So off we went to Covington (KY) and Cincinnati (O... Read more

  • Update- photo style

    7/20/2015 4:28:55 PM, by KONRAD695

    Hello everyone out there. Many of you know that I do not blog often, and "sorry" don't do many blog responses either. Going to work on both of these. Currently my children are in VA with the in-laws. My wife was there too, but is now back home. One of my friends suggested I use this s... Read more

  • The freedom of letting go.

    7/19/2015 1:41:57 PM, by HEALTHYNCGAL

    Several days ago, I realized that there were multiple things holding me back. I suppose the true realization was that everything holding me back was no longer a present issue in my life. For instance, past traumas, regrets, things I hadn't yet forgiven myself for, etc...all of these things were hold... Read more

  • Time Off!

    7/18/2015 6:23:03 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    "People can't dim your sparkle unless you let them." ~ Horoscope ...and to sparkle you need energy. So I will recharge my batteries and light a fire! Yesterday was my last day at my unit. 198 and 224 It is time to turn over... to keep in touch with those that I get to know and ap... Read more

  • Secret of Happiness - Lesson from Gretchen

    7/11/2015 5:47:20 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I read Gretchen Rubin's blog on a regular basic… it is on happiness … that is actually after reading her book "The Happiness Project" that I started writing my blog with the purpose of cultivating positive memories. On her first "Happiness Book" she started sharing her Secret of Adulthood. I lik... Read more

  • Going the Distance

    7/9/2015 8:53:00 PM, by LEARN211

    As I face surgery next week, I am rethinking my exercise and nutrition goals. I know that I will face limitations. Well, okay, I won't be able to walk for eight weeks. That's a really long time to be out of commission. At first I thought about just giving up, but I knew that giving up means weig... Read more

  • House Hunting Trip Recap

    7/8/2015 2:52:22 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Mission accomplished! I secured an apartment in Toronto (NorthYork to be more precise). It is very small (490 s.f.) This is what it will look like ... quiet and I like what is around: a cineplex, many restaurants and cafes, a fancy grocery (it is organic paradise mecca!!! even the bags are green... Read more

  • 4th of July 5-mile race report and mid year progress check

    7/6/2015 1:53:19 PM, by PMRUNNER

    My wife’s home town of Bay Village, OH (suburb of Cleveland on Lake Erie) hosts a 4th of July 5-mile road race. It is a flat course and is normally a fast crowd. Many of the local high school teams use the race as a warm up for their cross country season and there is a fairly active adult runnin... Read more

  • South Dakota, North Dakota

    7/5/2015 5:44:57 PM, by TRAVELGRRL

    Hmm. We spent a week in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and WHAT an amazing city. I would definitely consider living here if it wasn't for the winters! Now we are on our way to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. We'll be there tomorrow. We have a week IN the national park, camping... Read more

  • Sparkfulness!

    7/3/2015 9:16:15 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I try to be positive and the best part is how positive uplifting I get from it! 304 Sparkfriends! (and I am sure you will recognize your contribution to this blog) When I think I am down, I take a second look, I go back to my own blogs and there is support that highlight for me what is right... Read more