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  • Scale Is Compliant... DARN!

    9/22/2014 7:54:56 AM, by SPARKED2BFIT

    Haven't seen the scale budge in almost two weeks but I'm not surprised. Been taking it easy and cruising on the upper end of my calorie range all this time. So, for the next few weeks I'm down shifting to the low end of my range and expecting positive results. Till then, take advantage of t... Read more

  • YESSSSSSSS! :)

    9/22/2014 2:53:59 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Despite frustrating times and less than stellar eating - I, indeed, *lost a pound*! Can we say "happy dance time", Sparkies? OK, now - back to reality........ I'm being pressured to do something that my gut is ... Read more

  • 100 Days of Sun Salutations!

    9/22/2014 1:58:54 AM, by NEKOCHARM

    I was talking to my husband about this "new" team I came across today. It's basically a 100 day challenge toward improving yourself in whatever area you see fit. I was intrigued and asked my husband what area or areas did he think I could use some improvement in. He said that I didn't struggle wi... Read more

  • Expectations of BLC26

    9/21/2014 6:04:12 PM, by 2BERUNNING

    1) Weigh myself ONLY on Wednesday 2) Measure myself each month 3) Count calories to watch food intake and exercise burn BUT not let it rule my life. 4) Complete Zombie 5K training program (presently starting W3D1 tomor... Read more

  • Recap of Weekly Goals

    9/21/2014 3:36:46 PM, by DALID414

    Here's how the week went: Sunday, I hopped on my mini cycle during the second half of the CHI vs SF game. Monday, I moved boxes at work. I don't know why I thought I'd be up to going to the gym after work, I was so tired! Tuesday, it was so hot and the end of the work day (both jobs... Read more

  • AWESOME!

    9/21/2014 7:49:25 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Got two of the three desired plans taken care of - even with one of them not panning out, and another not resulting in getting what I wanted (of course, that saved me a few $$$$ which was great!), all went well! Even got a good extended bit of exercise in! 'Twas all good, all things considered... Read more

  • Cardinals

    9/21/2014 7:39:30 AM, by OHANAMAMA

    These are the cardinals I watched build a nest outside my window at work earlier this summer. It appears there was only one chick hatched. I don't know how many eggs she laid... perhaps it was just the one... anyhow, this is a video I took of the parents feeding it. I apologize for the shakiness of ... Read more

  • Why you shouldn't make your bed :) Friendly debate..

    9/21/2014 7:19:27 AM, by NOSNACKER-57

    I found this quite interesting...so now I'm good with NOT making my bed. everyoneisstupidbutme.co
    m/rants/make-your-bed/ After reading the article, what do you think? And who will change their mind and not make their beds now? Let's have a friendly debate: ... Read more

  • What Do You Want?

    9/21/2014 7:11:05 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    One of my teams posed the question....What do you want? This was my answer: "I believe this is an absolutely crucial question. It guides all our choices and defines the structure of what we consider progress. It gives signposts when we make decisions and design a detailed program for ourselve... Read more

  • Side by side comparison of Weight Issues-Benefits

    9/21/2014 4:43:49 AM, by NOSNACKER-57

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  • Expectations for the BLC

    9/20/2014 7:19:30 PM, by JENSHAINES

    So... this was an interesting exercise. We are to blog about our expectations for the BLC. My expectations? To have no expectations. Yes, I know that doesn't sound very positive. Actually, though, it's the best kind of positive. The reason that I have no expectations is that each r... Read more

  • Blog inspiration

    9/20/2014 2:33:33 PM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    I read a lot of your blogs. I find the most insightful, amazing comments about our journey. Here are a few of this mornings best. There's something in us that wants to say "Yes". Yes even though Yes is not in our best interests. Yes just feels better. You just have to remember that good ... Read more

  • Could be a *very* busy day.......

    9/20/2014 6:40:51 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    .....if I make certain decisions - am still weighing my options as I type this.........fortunately, the weather is shaping up to be *gorgeous*, so whatever decisions I make will be made in a good environment! Not much more to say here - enjoy your Saturday! ... Read more

  • More Support? Why, Yes! I Could Use a Helping of That!

    9/19/2014 10:58:01 PM, by NEKOCHARM

    This morning I woke up and there was a chill in the air. I don't do as well with the cold as I do with the heat. I climbed out of bed, went downstairs, sat on the couch like a zomboid, and bundled up beneath a comforter. I was feeling glum and negative. Then I got hungry. I'm pretty sure the hu... Read more

  • Day 66 of 135 - record # of steps

    9/19/2014 9:35:57 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    This will be very quick tonight - had a record # of steps today - 13,486 - almost 2 miles of that was running today. I used to wonder how could people possible get 5,000 steps, never mind 10,000 steps. I don't usually get 10,000 steps per day - usually it's closer to between 5000 and 7500. So it was... Read more

  • SEPTEMBER BLOG

    9/19/2014 1:08:18 PM, by ICECUB

    I HAVE NOTICE ABOUT 7 SPARK BUDDIES HAVE LEFT. I GOT AN EMAIL ALERT THIS MORNING TO ONES BLOG AND I COULD NO LONGER READ IT. HOPE THIS IS TEMPORALLY. MAYBE THEY ARE JUST TAKING A BREAK. ANYWAY WE ARE OVER HALF WAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER AND I AM STILL NOT WHERE I WOULD LIKE TO BE. I DID LOSE 1 LBS THI... Read more

  • :(

    9/19/2014 4:10:07 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Can't believe this happened to me - I actually had a moment of confusion as to what day of the week it is! Yikes! Thankfully, I was set straight quickly (good thing I wasn't alone, for sure)! The really weird thing about it was - at that time I had a hold of my checkbook and... Read more

  • Crisis Averted!

    9/19/2014 12:28:04 AM, by NEKOCHARM

    Yesterday I had a wonderful day! Everything went perfectly. Well, except for the heat in the city, which is quite unbearable when you don't have air conditioning in your car. I live in the mountains (elev. 6,100 ft). In the city down below us, the temperatures are about 20į warmer... Read more

  • It Bears Repeating! Blessed Sleep

    9/18/2014 11:22:26 PM, by KATELJM

    This summer I rocked my nutrition and exercise components. I went from 168 to 143, and I am confident that I will reach a healthy weight within the next few weeks. However, my sleep record has been shameful, often under 7 hou... Read more

  • Timing

    9/18/2014 5:18:27 PM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    I'm finally feeling better and am ready to buckle down but today is my DH's birthday. I don't want to rain on his parade so we start tomorrow. We are having grilled turkey sausage sandwiches, chips, potato salad, chocolate cake and ice cream because they are his favorites. Really hard to make a heal... Read more

  • September - Is it really over half way through??

    9/18/2014 8:30:41 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    Seems that this month I have a mild case of adult onset ADD. Does anyone know if that is really possible? I even forgot that I made September goals! Good thing I blogged so I could refresh my memory. Actually, I have taken quite a mental journey so far this month. House guests threw me off; possible... Read more

  • Guess I had that one comin' ......

    9/18/2014 6:56:33 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Blew it big-time, food-wise..........totally blindsided while in a somewhat weakened state, willpower-wise........d'oh! Soooooo - the way I figure it, karma had its good ol' way with me by providing yet another stingy day in terms of points..........sigh........ha
    rd lesson learn... Read more

  • Reasons to Lose Weight - Reminders to Me

    9/18/2014 5:40:10 AM, by NOSNACKER-57

    Health issues and other issues the extra weight and binging has caused: Health Issues: 1. Fatty liver (just found out from last blood work) 2. Hiatal hernia (I'm sure from years of binge eating) 3. High Cholesterol (already 49% blockage in my carotid arteries) 4. Back issues 5. Feet... Read more

  • Time for a change

    9/17/2014 9:09:33 PM, by GUNNSGIRL91303

    So I've been struggling with exercise lately, not really in doing it because I've been working out each day but in the way that I think my routine needs a change. So I have this new plan. Instead of doing both cardio and alternating upper/lower body ST each day I'm going to do 2-3 full body wo... Read more

  • Trash Head

    9/17/2014 4:40:32 PM, by JENSHAINES

    So today is the official start to Round 26 of the BLC. My name is Jennifer, and I am a Trash Head. Thank goodness the round is starting! On August 13th, I weighed 215.8 lbs. Today, I weigh 220.6 lbs. I know exactly w... Read more

  • #6 you find it where you look for it!

    9/17/2014 2:21:29 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Did I ever say sometimes I amaze myself? Well I do! Yesterday I went to a nearby park for a walk after work. I intended to walk my normal lap around a couple small gravel pits. I was thinking in my head that any number bigger than 10,000 on the fitbit would do! After a family vacation follow... Read more

  • Coping with loss and mourning

    9/17/2014 11:45:58 AM, by WUMPASTAR

    Well it's not that easy actually. At least I haven't cried since Sunday night; I had tears in my eyes about an hour ago while texting my ex but that's it. I've been truly enjoying being alone, and yesterday after some shopping, my apartment started looking more like... a liveable place. Mo... Read more

  • Workout Wednesday

    9/17/2014 8:46:11 AM, by DALID414

    I love this Jillian quote. I hate that she's not on The Biggest Loser this season, but the new girl... Does she make anyone else want to work on their calves or is it just me?... Read more

  • Bouncing Back

    9/17/2014 8:16:42 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    Well, after my mini-slump in reaction to the news regarding my dance teacher and studio.............. I bounced back !!! I realized I would not, should not, could not give up line dance/dance ! I realized there were lots of other options and opportunities ! I thought of so many that now... Read more

  • Day 63 of 135 - my baby is 11 years old

    9/16/2014 9:38:45 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    How did that happen? It seems like just yesterday he was a baby and here he is, almost taller than me now! Despite it being a school day, I think he had a nice day - his best present was that he had no homework (a coincidence - no one did) which he was so happy about and to tell the truth, so was I.... Read more

  • Week 2 A & I Team Challenge Blog

    9/16/2014 2:51:12 PM, by -WRKNG2ABTTRME-

    Are you looking forward to cooler weather? Yes, very much! I love the Fall season. It is a time for me, that I can slow down the work from the gardens, harvesting the garden, mowing the yards, hay season, etc. What is your favorite outdoor fitness activity to do in the fall?? Raking leaves, ma... Read more

  • Keep on keeping on...

    9/16/2014 1:10:26 PM, by CHEFKAMALII

    So I've been back at this for about 5 weeks now. I am taking a more sensible approach than I have in the past, but still staying within calorie ranges overall (on a weekly basis at least). I'm getting in 5+ fruits and veggies, and drinking 8+ waters every day. I have even been consistent about ta... Read more

  • Day 5 The things I do....

    9/16/2014 10:48:05 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Today is day 5 of my login streak. Yippee! Now - here is where it gets a bit ugly. Yesterday I had my son over. I stopped by the grocery store to pick up something to make for dinner. He wanted chicken voila.... strange request from him - but sounded easy and simple to me. I grabbed a cart... Read more

  • Making Adjustments

    9/16/2014 7:58:23 AM, by ALP1976

    Whew, this last weekend was just the break that I needed -- I pretty much did nothing and it was everything I thought it should be. My NEAT activity was low, but I was also very tired as i didn't sleep well at all Friday and Saturday. Saturday was a busy day with a trip to the Farmer's Market and ... Read more

  • Who is a raw/homemade cat food adventurer? Or Interested?

    9/16/2014 4:35:02 AM, by NOSNACKER-57

    I have four cats and the last one I just adopted is 8 years old and had untreated diabetes. It was me or he was going to be put down...seeing I knew the person (shame on them) I said I would take him. Anyway, I ran across the sites below "catinfo.org" and "catnutrition.org" and many others, bu... Read more

  • Monday report.......

    9/16/2014 4:34:43 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Better night of sleep - "guilty party" in household had a quiet night (at least of 4:30AM EST - the time that I'm writing this blog)......... Got my flu shot and a free cholesterol screening yesterday..........number wasn't as bad as I feared it might have been - a nice surprise, as it were! I... Read more

  • Addictions

    9/16/2014 12:44:16 AM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    According to the Advanced English Dictionary, the definition of addiction is as follows: 1) being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs). 2) an abnormally strong craving. Addiction i... Read more

  • Freedom

    9/16/2014 12:31:49 AM, by NEKOCHARM

    Something that Iíve realized over the years is that one of the kindest, most respectful thing I can do for others is to let them be. I used to be very controlling, and everything was either my way or the highway. All this did was cause myself a lot of strife, and add to my stress levels. I guess... Read more

  • Recovering but slow

    9/16/2014 12:03:47 AM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    I've been tapering my steroids for a week and have one more week to go to get off the meds. Today, I pushed a bit and went for a walk. My chest got tight and I had to use my inhaler and rest a bit but I recovered. It can be discouraging exercising after 3 weeks of no fitness minutes. I feel so much ... Read more

  • It Bears Repeating! You Don't Have Time Not To

    9/15/2014 11:59:49 PM, by KATELJM

    You look at things differently over the course of your life. When we're young we think we have all the time in the world, and so much to see and do... "Exercise can wait..." In the middle of our life, we get so caught up... Read more

  • Kinda Bummed

    9/15/2014 9:33:58 PM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    Today my activity level has been extremely good (housework, yardwork, walking, dancing). But then....woopsie...my eating seemed to get out of control and I started eating things that I normally wouldn't even be interested in and in a manner that is unusual for me. Finally I got enough presence of ... Read more

  • Motivational Monday

    9/15/2014 11:28:55 AM, by DALID414

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  • Moving, a true workout

    9/15/2014 8:44:45 AM, by WUMPASTAR

    So I moved out of my old apartment and into my new one. It's small(er). But I love it. Last week went by so fast. I did all my address changes, I opened new accounts for services, I worked a lot, I worried a little, of course. I'm the worrying/stressed type, but this went pretty well actually... Read more

  • May just have to say TGI *MONDAY* again :(

    9/15/2014 5:19:27 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Yesterday was almost "golden" (beautiful weather, good long workout with an extra outdoor walk) - but the #$!@# day was spoiled totally by poor quality sleep (once again due to ANOTHER PERSON - NOT ME!).......... Needless to say, I'm a very, *very* SOUR raspberry........who can't get out of the... Read more

  • Recap of Weekly Goals

    9/14/2014 7:51:52 PM, by DALID414

    Here's how the week went: Sunday, I hopped on the spin bike (unclipped) before the Body Pump class. Monday, I didn't sleep well and was attacked in the face all day by my allergies; rest day. Tuesday, another rest day. ... Read more

  • Day 61 of 135 - great weekend even though I miss my boys

    9/14/2014 6:03:54 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    So my husband and boys went camping this weekend - on their 3rd annual father/kids camping trip. They were really looking forward to it and I just spoke to them as they are driving home and despite the downpours yesterday and Friday night, they had a great time - went on a beautiful hike with beauti... Read more

  • Yesterday, Today and on to Tomorrow

    9/14/2014 4:55:06 PM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    Before joining the healthy lifestyle journey, I ate large portions of calorie dense foods. I ate for comfort. I ate to celebrate life. I gained weight and when I realized I was fat, I was bewildered and told myself I didn't care. I felt awful. Being obese is uncomfortable, places restrictions on lif... Read more

  • Weekend half-way over.......

    9/14/2014 5:40:00 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had a nice visit with an old friend over a small church dinner........was a bit on the bleak and rainy side (which was nice for relaxing at home during the day) and the event itself was sparsely attended, but the social break was good to have despite my generally introverted nature (this was a HS fr... Read more

  • I Am Changing and That Is a Positive

    9/14/2014 3:57:56 AM, by NEKOCHARM

    As I sit here writing this, there are tears streaming down my face. I donít know whatís happening, or why itís happening now, but I am changing. I can feel it deep down inside. And I donít know what to make of it. The only thing I do know is that it is a positive. For over 15 years Iíve bee... Read more

  • The Success Equation

    9/13/2014 8:19:48 AM, by ALP1976

    I used to believe that success was linear. Man, was I ever wrong. It can be crushing at times to feel like I am completely on top and then to have/feel/do something that makes me completely question myself, what I am doing and why I am doing it. I am learning, however, that the success equa... Read more

  • Sigh......

    9/13/2014 5:58:05 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Received some saddening feedback last evening - I suspected what I had heard would have been the case, and I am saddened, but ironically I am now also feeling numb to the whole thing..........now I can go on about my days with a stronger sense of confidence in the decision I have made in how to hand... Read more

  • It's been a week, so I'm checking in :)

    9/12/2014 12:50:14 PM, by CHEFKAMALII

    I haven't had much worth blogging about the last few days, so I have been quiet. I hope you are all having a good week. I know I am! Happy Friday!... Read more

  • Taking Up Space

    9/12/2014 11:27:52 AM, by ALP1976

    This is me taking up space It has taken a ton of work on my part to get to a place where I am comfortable in my own skin. Able to take up space unapologet... Read more

  • TGIF anyway!

    9/12/2014 8:54:02 AM, by DALID414

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  • House Guests

    9/12/2014 8:32:11 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    I'm good when I can control my routine and environment........but when I have to cater to other's food preferences and needs that vary from my own, things go haywire! Plus there's the lack of privacy, personal time for taking care of normal needs, constant vigilance to make sure they are comfortabl... Read more

  • Fall 5% Challenge Nutrition and Exercise Commitment

    9/12/2014 5:33:21 AM, by NOSNACKER-57

    My commitment to my nutrition and exercise for this challenge: Exercise: 6 days a week either walk or use my elliptical (30-60 minutes) 2 days a week upper body strength training Nutrition: Drink 8 glasses of water Track calories al... Read more

  • Another rough evening........

    9/12/2014 4:22:01 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Once again I have to state - this journey would best be done as a single person without any family! 'Nuff said....... ... Read more

  • Sickness and the journey

    9/12/2014 1:16:49 AM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    I've been sick for 10 days. I have seasonal allergies that trigger my asthma twice a year and it's one of those seasons for me. I can't breath easily and have strict limits on activity. I take steroids for the asthma and they have miserable side effects. They increase your appetite, give you a stoma... Read more

  • Day 58 of 135 - Panther Poetry and Symbolism

    9/11/2014 9:05:39 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Headed back to boot camp this week and am going M/W/F and Monday and Wednesday were so tough but so great. I had about a 3 week break from boot camp in August but continued to be very active and run/walk/exercise but boot camp is a whole other story. The first day back we did a circuit workout and i... Read more

  • Never Forget

    9/11/2014 8:50:54 AM, by DALID414

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  • Body Shaming

    9/11/2014 7:56:53 AM, by ALP1976

    Last night, I had to deal with something that literally just about broke my heart. My oldest son, who is 12, just started junior high and in 7th grade has had his first run in with body shaming. It angers me deeply and I had to muster all of my strength not to get emotional in front of him -- to k... Read more

  • Very little to say........

    9/11/2014 3:47:49 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    .......that's good, so I'll keep this short........ Need to keep away from those cookies - a pox on the person who brought them in to the $#!@# house! Survived the evening out (though the event was a bit contentions and difficult)- I think I need to back off of the activity ... Read more

  • What If?

    9/11/2014 12:31:37 AM, by KATELJM

    My return to SP in early June was to track my exercise and nutrition, and to do everything in my power to bring my blood labs in line to stay off cholesterol and high blood pressure medication. I went from no exercise except walking the dog, to a full cardio and ST program. I went from mindles... Read more

  • 103 - Shandi

    9/10/2014 8:40:56 PM, by EDDYMEESE

    Yesterday was a big day for us...I amputated Shandi's cancer leg (well, I monitored the anesthesia and Zvika held my hand and told me to stop crying). It was a rough night for everyone - she cried a lot and I didn't get more than an hour or two of sleep. But then she suddenly stood up on her o... Read more

  • No Sugar, Healthy Eating - Can We Say MOOD SWINGS??

    9/10/2014 8:23:52 PM, by NEKOCHARM

    How am I feeling today? I think up, down, and all around sums it up nicely. I woke up this morning, had my weekly weigh-in, and was pleased with the results. Then I continued on with normal morning stuff. After awhi... Read more

  • Being Perfect With Imperfection

    9/10/2014 6:24:59 PM, by ALP1976

    It has taken a lot of work for me to learn to like and accept myself as I am. It has been far from an uneventful undertaking, that I guarantee. I have learned a lot about myself. For the longest time I had this image about myself that I needed to fit in some mold. I feel like I was working so ha... Read more

  • #2..... no matter what

    9/10/2014 3:06:09 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I have decided to attempt to walk one mile on the treadmill tonight - no matter how slow - no matter what. I am beginning to feel like I am using not feeling well as an excuse not to exercise. The silly part is I can be so convincing to myself that sometimes I believe it! Going to give it a try. ... Read more

  • TRYING SOMETHING NEW

    9/10/2014 2:16:46 PM, by STITCH4EVER

    I GET BORED QUITE EASILY. BEING MARRIED TO THE MAN THAT I AM, THAT SHOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE AS HE IS TRULY UNIQUE UNTO HIMSELF. THANK THE LORD ABOVE THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE OF HIM BECAUSE THE WORLD COULDN'T TAKE TWO. AND I'M SURE, TO HIM, I MUST BE A FREAK OF NATURE AS WELL. NOT ONLY DO I HAVE THI... Read more

  • Workout Wednesday

    9/10/2014 9:28:42 AM, by DALID414

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  • Day 57 of 135 - Prepping for Fall Challenges

    9/10/2014 5:12:59 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Looking forward to the Fall 5% challenge and BLC 26 and after prepping, I'm ready!!!... Read more

  • Mid-week angst.......

    9/10/2014 4:29:13 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Didn't do so well with the eating - fell to a few cookies, sad to say...... Need to step it up for sure - so step it up I will....... Got a distressing bit of info last night - will need to scramble and hustle to get a meal in and get parked early for a meet... Read more

  • It Bears Repeating! If Plan A Fails

    9/9/2014 11:28:39 PM, by KATELJM

    We set goals. Then as time progresses, we understand more about the true obstacles to our success. Sometimes we fail... BADLY. As SparkCoach said, a failure can tell us about ourselves and our environment, it can be a "Learn... Read more

  • SEPTEMBER

    9/9/2014 10:01:56 PM, by ICECUB

    WELL HERE IT IS SEPTEMBER 9, AND I AM STILL 205 I AM SO DISGUSTED. I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO WALK DUE TO RAIN. BUT I AM STILL DRINKING MY WATER AND ADDING VEGGIES. I STILL GET FAST FOOD ON OCCASION. BUT I AM BETTER ABOUT THAT. I DID RECENTLY FIT INTO A PAIR OF JEANS I BOUGHT LAST SUMMER. THAT ... Read more

  • How I Knew I Was Ready to Try Intuitive Eating

    9/9/2014 6:26:23 PM, by TINAJANE76

    Today was Day 9 of my intuitive eating experiment and I'd say things are going pretty well. My weight's been holding reasonably steady--or at least as steady as it has tended to hold on any other given week before I started this experiment. In addition to the weight factor, I also feel quite a big s... Read more

  • Aquarium

    9/9/2014 6:08:16 PM, by OHANAMAMA

    This is our 125 gallon freshwater aquarium my hubby has been working on. It's not 100% finished, but it's looking quite pretty already. Also I included a quick look at my classic horror movie posters hanging above the aquarium. The lighting is bad, so forgive me for that. Perhaps I'll show them agai... Read more

  • Quick update: why I'll be absent for a while

    9/9/2014 2:18:06 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    So I'm single. Long story short, I left my ex Saturday, and I've been pretty busy since. I have to move out, so yesterday I visited an apartment and I'm signing the lease tomorrow PM. I'll be moving out ASAP. At least everyone is very nice and understanding. My boss, my colleagues, my... Read more

  • sick, sick, sick

    9/9/2014 11:45:54 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Hokey Pete...... It started with a sore throat which I had for a few days but never really got sick. Wednesday, my head started feeling a bit stuffy and I had this little annoying cough. Thursday my head was soooo stuffed up. I had the worst headache I have had in a long time. I couldn't focus m... Read more

  • Balance and Moderation Defined (by my own means)

    9/9/2014 9:58:07 AM, by ALP1976

    I love this picture of balance -- balance can be such a tricky thing at times. It is never an easy thing for me. I do think that for some it comes easy, but for me it has been a bit of a struggle. I am a very dichotomous perso... Read more

  • Tuesday - not much to say.........

    9/9/2014 4:56:03 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Almost didn't get the morning report out, but got what I needed just in the nick of time! I HATE to start a week out like that...... Not much else to say - yesterday I treated myself to a small snack of gingerbread cookies donated by a coworker returning from a foreign vacation... Read more

  • Shake It Up

    9/8/2014 11:19:16 PM, by KATELJM

    SparkCoach insists I need to shake up my exercise plan, but he doesn't realize that I have added an ST program, which just switched exercises and increased the dumbbell weight, or that I have added hip adduction and hip abduction and Arc Trainer time to my leg press used as a substitute for squats. ... Read more

  • Green Chili

    9/8/2014 11:12:22 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    Living in Southwest Colorado, this time of year is green chili time. I love going to the store and smelling the green chili as it is being roasted. I have had my green chili roasted at the store and I have roasted it myself. This year I was going to buy some at WalMart and let them roast is for m... Read more

  • Exercise - The Ugly Side

    9/8/2014 2:59:47 PM, by NEKOCHARM

    I just finished a 25 minute moderate strength workout - skull crushers, curl and presses, rows, push ups, and step ups. Since I suffered from a bunch of over-training symptoms in 2012, and then broke both of my feet in May 2013, exercising has been a here or there affair. I'm actually very leery a... Read more

  • Women's Gluten-Free Heath Summit!!!

    9/8/2014 12:18:21 PM, by _RAMONA

    I don't have the time (I wish I did!) to make notes for everyone to read here as I usually do... I just want to say that this summit is so worth the time it takes to listen!!!! All talks this week (four a day) are under a... Read more

  • Motivational Monday

    9/8/2014 9:30:17 AM, by DALID414

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  • Fair to middlin'.......

    9/8/2014 4:54:42 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Ate fairly OK (not perfect at the dinner, but kept away from tempting snacks in the mid-afternoon), and got significant activity in during the day.........all in all, a "fair to middlin'" kind of day....... Onward with a new week! Enjoy yours, Sparkies! ... Read more

  • Is Motivation Enough?

    9/8/2014 12:38:42 AM, by NEKOCHARM

    At the moment I have a lot of motivation, so staying on track is easy. But since Iím a pro at this dieting stuff (No, Iím not proud of that fact!), I KNOW that the day will come when I just donít want to do it anymore. When no matter what great strides Iíve made, I will be willing to throw it all ... Read more

  • Day 54 of 135 - Being more positive

    9/7/2014 10:30:10 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    I vow to be more positive! ... Read more

  • Recap of Weekly Goals

    9/7/2014 3:31:31 PM, by DALID414

    Here's how the week went: Sunday, I hopped on the spin bike (unclipped) before the Body Pump class. Oh, so many push-ups! Monday, I got my run on at the beach at the butt crack of dawn. (And a walk, back to my car.) Tues... Read more

  • Sunday.......

    9/7/2014 5:09:14 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Have two events today which involve food/snacks, so I'll need to be mindful.......... Did errands/housework yesterday - good day for it as there were no other activities to get in the way..........ate fairly well and got a good extended workout in.........might have had a park walk but it got r... Read more

  • I wish...

    9/7/2014 3:59:49 AM, by _RAMONA

    This song just makes me feel happy... I smile in spite of myself... and my being dances... http://www.youtube.com/w
    atch?v=9l8Xaly5b8g ďI Wish You Enough!Ē (c) 2001, Bob Perks Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together at the airp... Read more

  • What Would You Do? An Adventure at a Chinese Restaurant

    9/7/2014 12:16:34 AM, by KATELJM

    Occasionally we eat out, not often, but sometimes DH needs a break from my cooking and sometimes I want a break from cooking. Tonight, we decided to try a Chinese restaurant DH's daughter enjoyed. We had been disappointed by other Chinese restaurants in our area, but this one was reasonably close ... Read more

  • Frustrations

    9/6/2014 9:58:04 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    Yesterday, was the 1 year anniversary of my nephew's passing. Before my friend moved to town, she told me to ready to walk every day. Although, it has been only 3 weeks since she moved into town, we haven't walked yet. But she walks with her neighbor a lot. She thinks I won't be... Read more

  • A Dilly Of A Pork Chop!

    9/6/2014 9:09:11 PM, by GUNNSGIRL91303

    I tried something new with pork chops a couple nights ago and they turned out great so I thought I'd share the recipe with you! I call it... "A dilly of a pork chop" Ingredients: 4 pork chops 1 container sour cream or plain yogurt - I use lowfat 4 Tbsp. dried dill weed salt a... Read more

  • An Update on My Intuitive Eating Experiment

    9/6/2014 8:09:26 AM, by TINAJANE76

    As some of you may already know, my main health and fitness-related goal for the month of September is to experiment with intuitive eating. I've been weighing, measuring and tracking the vast majority of my food most of the time for nearly four and a half years and felt like this was a good time to ... Read more

  • Fall 5% Challenge -- Triggers

    9/5/2014 8:28:54 PM, by KATELJM

    I have updated the triggers I listed for the Summer 5% Challenge. MY TRIGGERS: Simple Carbs -- empty sugar calories void of any nutrition -- are my worst triggers! At the top of the list: Jelly Bellies and Twizzlers. I know what a portion is and count it out; I eat them; then I count out... Read more

  • TIME SENSITIVE: Bringing SEXY back!!!!!

    9/5/2014 5:07:00 PM, by _RAMONA

    sexybacksummit.com/ It's back for THIS WEEKEND only!!! September 5th, 6th, 7th!!! FREE!!! ORIGINALLY WRITTEN: May 28, 2013 What do you think about when you hear the words sexy... mojo... libido... s... Read more

  • The truth about a heathy obesity

    9/5/2014 2:57:39 PM, by OLDEROWL

    For those who are obese, there is a interesting article on Dr Sears site about unhealthy vs healthy obesity. "One of great paradoxes of our obesity epidemic is that many obese individuals appear to be quite healthy. This makes the true believers in the Holy Grail of BMI as the standard for good heal... Read more

  • Day 52 of 135 - Finding the Calm

    9/5/2014 1:10:52 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Happened across this article and wanted to post it in honor of all my Spark teams and really, for ALL Spark teams and Sparkers: www.everydayhealth.com/c
    olumns/therese-borchard-sa
    nity-break/5-steps-to-find
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  • TGIF!!

    9/5/2014 1:05:38 PM, by DALID414

    I thought I'd share a photo of my most recent NSV. My nephew invited me up to use the slide, I was waiting my turn It was fun not having to think 'will I fit'? TGIF Spark Friends!... Read more

  • An Unconventional Approach

    9/5/2014 12:59:10 PM, by ALP1976

    Fall is definitely in the air today! I love it. It is overcast and misty outside so yes, perfect for a walk this morning, cup of coffee in hand. This type of weather invigorates me and makes me feel fantastic! Homemade applesauce is going in the crock pot and I am making some salted caramel sauc... Read more