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  • End of September Reflections

    9/29/2016 10:27:01 PM, by AMYBELLES

    On the eve before my birthday I am feeling a bit reflective. It amazes me how fast the days, weeks and months just fly on by since I have retired. It has been three years since I have taught elementary school, but in some ways it seems just like just yesterday when I would spend hours preparing my ... Read more

  • I will not give up my dream

    9/28/2016 6:20:57 PM, by OLDEROWL

    My motivation to eat healthy is my dream. My dream is to run a 10K without breaking out of running stride. I decided to keep track of my progress here and discuss overcoming my doubts and fears. Sept 28, 2016: I am 70. I last ran a 5K on the treadmill in 48 minutes, lowest pace (besides warmup... Read more


    9/27/2016 7:12:55 PM, by ICECUB

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  • So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye to My Spark Activity Tracker

    9/25/2016 12:46:10 PM, by KATELJM

    Another reminder that things don't last forever. The clip on my Spark Activity Tracker rusted and broke off due to non-stop wear. For years I counted on my SPAT to identify 10-minute or more continuous minutes at a time, and I became known at the local stores as "The Stepper." "How shall I su... Read more

  • Quick Update!

    9/25/2016 10:27:32 AM, by LSIG14

    First off, I thank each and every one of my Spark Friends for all of your thoughts and prayers and for not giving up on me! I am so grateful for all your support even though I've gotten so far behind on my reading and responding to your blogs. Hubby had his stress test on Friday afternoon and... Read more

  • CICO Shove Off! 'New Kid on the (Nutritional) Block' Hits Mainstream: LCHF/Keto

    9/25/2016 2:19:06 AM, by _RAMONA

    On Fox News TODAY: Why outdated information is to blame for weight gain
    t-gain.html Since I began following a ketogenic nutritional plan (under the Paleo umbrella) almost a year ago, I've n... Read more

  • A Friday not worth repeating..

    9/24/2016 9:34:19 AM, by REDSHOEBLUE

    Wow. What a Friday. I know it's now Saturday, but Friday and Saturday just kind of blended together this week. My youngest daughter came home in tears, from work. This is odd, as although she works in customer service, she really deals well with customers attitudes and snarkiness, not letting it ... Read more

  • My bike hero of the week.

    9/20/2016 12:39:12 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    My bike hero of the week. I wish I could get my dog to sit this still on rides.... Read more

  • Me on TV

    9/19/2016 5:41:30 PM, by FMIAYLA

    If you are curious about what I look like this is the best you will get. I'm a bit camera shy. One of the local news stations did a story about a little resturaunt I go to with friends on occasion. The food is really healthy and fresh. You can get a home made soup and salad with the freshest gre... Read more

  • Continuing the September "reboot"

    9/19/2016 2:31:43 PM, by ALP1976

    Summer is over. Well, almost. Technically Thursday is the first day of fall, but for all argument's sake, summer is over. I will say this: I miss summer like hell. In a way anyway. There is so much I am missing right now -- the unstructured times. Being able to just sit and enjoy my coffee wit... Read more

  • About life balance, plagarized shamelessly from Dr Roark

    9/18/2016 4:01:16 PM, by CARBMONSTERII

    This is from Dr Roark is a veterinarian who also provides information of all sorts, funny and informational, for folks who work in veterinary medicine, and also for pet owners. I ran across this article on his Facebook page. It really spoke to me. In vet medicine, whether you ar... Read more

  • Fat Shaming

    9/18/2016 1:34:09 PM, by FMIAYLA

    it's a beautiful fall day out and I am getting ready to do some yard work. But I ran across this quote while waiting for my wash cycle to finish up and I wanted to comment on it before I lost the thought. It is a quote from Hippocrates, who is known as the father of Western medicine. "Obese ... Read more

  • Getting the thoughts out

    9/18/2016 11:25:33 AM, by ALICIA363

    We interrupt the blog challenge topics to bring you the thoughts of today... As I scrambled up and down steps this morning to do laundry, talk to family members, distract the dog, etc., I felt joy in knowing that I couldn't do that (at least not as quickly and as well) in December and January 2... Read more

  • Sugar. Natures Cocaine?

    9/17/2016 4:39:35 PM, by FMIAYLA

    The human body was designed with the ability to detect sweet tastes. This served a good function back in our pre-history. If you ate meat you were pretty safe. At least after you caught and killed the beasts. But since many plants are poisonous the gathering part required knowledge of your envir... Read more

  • Interlude

    9/17/2016 12:17:28 PM, by FMIAYLA

    I would like to take this opportunity to everyone who has been stopping by my blog posts and supporting me on my journey. I would like to share a little bit about why I choose to blog what I do. To date I have lost a little over 50#. For the people who see me in my day to day life it just i... Read more

  • The missing number 11

    9/15/2016 9:04:38 PM, by ALICIA363

    Blog challenge topic number 11 is labeled my "school status" with suggestions-examples of nerd, jock, prep, bully, etc. I disliked being boxed in. In high school I was referred to as a "brain", and I understood there was some disdain in the label. "Nerd" was just beginning to be used in the l... Read more

  • From Wheat to Flour

    9/15/2016 8:48:12 PM, by FMIAYLA

    Continued from my previous Blog 'Wheat: What's the big fuss?" How does this stocky little hybrid wheat that makes up the majority of the wheat eaten today go from field to your grocery store? I will share the condensed version with you. * machines remove large contaminants such as rocks... Read more

  • Blog Challenge 8, 9, 10, 11 and 26

    9/13/2016 8:01:31 PM, by ALICIA363

    8. How did I discover Sparkpeople? I didn't really discover it; ONEKIDSMOM had been mentioning it for years. I got desperate and decided to try it in January 2014. I think I'm still in shock from how well it worked initially; I set my goals, I tracked my food, I stayed 100% compliant (with some ... Read more

  • What do you need? What do you want?

    9/11/2016 6:02:29 PM, by CARBMONSTERII

    I read AutiJ's blog about how we each have the power to change our lives and our bodies. And it got me to thinking- how do we know, I mean really KNOW, deep down in our core that we have the power? I believe we each do but until we KNOW it, we can't use it. And what is it worth to have this power... Read more

  • WHEAT: What's the big fuss

    9/11/2016 3:05:21 PM, by FMIAYLA

    Seems like you can 't go any where to day without running into someone who no longer eats gluten or has given up grains entirely. So what's up with that? Some believe it is just a fad and it will go away, others consider it a down right inconvenience because of all the adjustments they have to mak... Read more

  • Back to the Drawing Board!

    9/11/2016 11:08:57 AM, by LSIG14

    Well, today was weigh-in day and I am feeling extremely bad about myself. What with illnesses and company and everything going on, I have totally let my health slide and it shows. I have allowed the scales to creep back up above where I was in January. I thought that once I hit my goal, a couple ... Read more

  • Blog Challenge Catch Up

    9/11/2016 7:50:48 AM, by ALICIA363

    Day 2: Dream Profession - Reclusive Writer Day 3: Closest to - my gut reaction was myself. My thoughtful answer is DD. Day 4: One of my biggest Secrets? Sorry, if I told you about it, it wouldn't be secret. Duh. Day 5: Obsessions. Hmmm. I suppose right now my 90% dark chocolate b... Read more

  • What is a food Engineer?

    9/10/2016 5:10:05 PM, by FMIAYLA

    A few years back in the 1980's a co-worker told us his brother-in-law was a food engineer. He worked for a big food manufacturer in Chicago and his job was to make food taste better so people would buy more. 'So you mean he comes up with new recipes that taste better than the old ones?' we ... Read more

  • 50 years

    9/9/2016 8:20:39 PM, by FMIAYLA

    In 1960 the average forty-year-old man weighed 166 pounds. In 2016 the average forty-year-old man weighed 196 pounds. 30 pounds heavier in 50 years? Why? We go in to our Drs. appointments and get told it's time to diet - calories in Calories out. But I tried that you say. Your not ... Read more

  • Creating a New Me

    9/9/2016 6:38:08 PM, by TKRYSTINA

    I am working on creating & becoming a New Me. I am trying to learn about & embrace my Native American heritage. I am a member of the Cherokee Nation. Even though we do not have enough Cherokee in our blood to get any money I still consider myself a member of the Cherokee Nation. I am also Scottish,... Read more

  • Today's Challenges

    9/9/2016 7:22:59 AM, by ALICIA363

    Well, I got stuck on the blog challenge for now. Might get unstuck later, might not. But I need to post something. Glancing at my friend feed, I see people are setting healthy boundaries, both with others and themselves. Keep up the good work! Of course as we go about our day, we'll run... Read more

  • Fit and Fiber Full Challenge Day 13

    9/6/2016 9:29:55 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Yup, been missing a few days. We've had company and have been having too much fun to have much time on the computer. Today's challenge is about organizing your freggie bins, but there was also a great article to read that this gem of a chart: On so many of the spark articles, I've... Read more

  • Monday, September 5, 2016 - the blog challenge begins for me

    9/5/2016 8:13:19 PM, by ALICIA363

    The days have been full. I get to spark late, and tired. The 31-day blog challenge intrigues me; I fear I am too boring and private. I love to think, and many of the topics generate hours of thought. Well, here goes nothing. For the topics:
    lic_journal_i... Read more

  • Reflections after the fast

    9/5/2016 4:19:27 PM, by FMIAYLA

    I broke my fast on the completion of day 5. I started out with a cup of bone broth. My next meal was a smaller than normal portion of what I would normally eat. My fast was a good experience and I will do it again. Breaking the fast was also good. My body appreciated the nutrients I offered it.... Read more


    9/4/2016 3:33:58 PM, by ICECUB


  • Two months absence explained

    9/4/2016 12:09:23 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    My last blog post was on July 5th. Long story short, the next day, my boyfriend broke up with me. I was in Regina getting my car fixed and waiting for him to come back from the Netherlands. He broke up with me on the phone while in Toronto at the airport. Followed my giving a two weeks not... Read more

  • Totally Off Center

    9/4/2016 10:30:48 AM, by LSIG14

    Life has thrown me lots of curves lately and I have simply let everything go! Our daughter came home on the 26th and we have been having a great time. And then my sister (who went home on the 26) didn't want to miss out on the fun so she came back on the 29th. With all the eating out and dr... Read more

  • August Review and September Goals

    9/3/2016 2:34:29 PM, by AMYBELLES

    August was a fairly successful month for me. My goals were: 1. Keep hydrated during the continuous hot summer days in Florida 248 91 2. Exercise consistently for 30 minutes or more at least five days a week (although I do know that my exercise will be more limited due to shoulder surgery)... Read more

  • Get Out There and make the other dogs jealous

    9/3/2016 10:21:16 AM, by ALICIA363

    Hanging out on sparkpeople made me give in and take the dog for an extra walk this morning, even though I just wanted a t-shirt to proclaim "I'd rather be watching Harry Potter." But the being-active-is-the-way-to-go sparkpeople culture triumphed, and I noticed, as I walked the beloved furry pe... Read more

  • A Good Start

    9/1/2016 7:31:39 AM, by ALICIA363

    Running on time today. Ha, ha, I said running. The workout bag is still in the car from yesterday. I don't like my choices, but I know what they are: run on a treadmill, or run on streets. After work. High priority. The food bag has chicken and peas for lunch. Cheese sticks, apricots ... Read more

  • Some thoughts on exercise

    8/31/2016 10:32:51 PM, by ALP1976

    First off, I am going to say that getting back into the swing of exercise this week has been, er, well a bit more difficult than I originally thought it would be. Sheesh. I have managed to get in exercise each day this week, but it has had to be forced... at least in the beginning. Once I get goi... Read more

  • Favorite and Least Favorite Exercise

    8/31/2016 10:30:59 PM, by AMYBELLES

    My bonus blog for Week 4 of A&I's BSG challenge is: What is your favorite fitness activity and why? Your least favorite? Is there any way you could learn to like it? Without a doubt, walking is my favorite fitness activity, preferably outdoors so I can enjoy nature and the fresh air. It's ... Read more

  • Fit and Fiber Full Challenge Day 10

    8/31/2016 7:17:15 PM, by JENSHAINES

    Falling off a bit on my blogging... Today was about relieving mind-belly stress. We were challenged to do a stress-busting exercise. I meditated, which I try to do for 15 - 20 minutes every day. It helps me stay even keel. What do you do to help tame your stress?... Read more

  • If you don't have anything nice to say ...

    8/31/2016 7:16:05 AM, by ALICIA363

    ... don't say anything at all. How many of us had that drummed into our heads as children? How many of us wish other adults had learned it, at times? 211 So yesterday's lack of blog was largely due to that. What is there to say, when there's nothing to say? It's like a switch got f... Read more