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  • $#!#%

    12/17/2014 6:37:41 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    $#!@# laptop *shut down* and downright *died* in the middle of Sparkin' yesterday morning - what a pain in the seat! Am using an alternate and have a local place I'll drop it off with today - but the impact on my routine has been horrifying - can NOT get a good rhythm going with the way I have to d... Read more

  • Dedicated to my mom

    12/16/2014 9:12:14 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    A beautiful song for a beautiful mom: ... Read more

  • I will miss my mom forever

    12/16/2014 8:45:41 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    My twin sister created this beautiful tribute to my mom today - that's my son in the video. Just thinking about her makes me cry but I have to believe she is finally at peace:
    a-bill-kranis-plumb/ ... Read more

  • What a week so far!

    12/16/2014 10:17:35 AM, by ALP1976

    The Sickness has officially hit our house. First it started off with the little guy -- he had it for about three days and now my 8 year old has it. Sigh. The really cruddy part of it is that he was supposed to play Santa in the ... Read more

  • The blind men and the elephant

    12/16/2014 8:51:00 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I enjoyed John Godfrey Saxe's ( 1816-1887) version of the famous Indian legend: It was six men of Indostan, To learning much inclined, Who went to see the Elephant (Though all of them were blind), That each by observation Might satisfy his mind. The First approach'd the Elephant, ... Read more

  • I wish I were alone right now......

    12/16/2014 4:05:03 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    For all intents and purposes that's just how I feel.........I truly *envy* those who have NO family.........anyone who tells you just how "wonderful" family is, well, you're gonna have to be an *INCREDIBLE* actor to convince me of that right now! (DON"T ask!) ... Read more

  • Finally….

    12/15/2014 11:24:53 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    …..getting in the mood to work on my crafts again. Unfortunately, I won't get the girls' stockings done for this year. But they will have them for next year. I will probably show the girls the stockings when I am done instead of waiting until next Christmas. I'm hoping I will be able to st... Read more

  • An uncomfortable first...

    12/15/2014 3:45:43 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Nothing changes if nothing changes. So this time around something is changing! That something is me! I am HERE during the holidays!!! Usually I drop out of sight around October not to be seen again until sometime in January or February! Last Saturday was our work Holiday Party. They go... Read more

  • I've had ENOUGH :(

    12/15/2014 4:24:17 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    My approach to points will change, starting now - I will avoid as many of the point opportunities as I can (it's just NOT. WORTH. THE. STRESS!)............. Skipped the evening event last night - while the day's events went well, the long drive back and forth left my body very stiff and tense -... Read more

  • Recap of Weekly Goals

    12/14/2014 8:05:14 PM, by DALID414

    Here's how the week went: Sunday, I moved boxes and cleaned up at work. Yes, on a Sunday. Monday, I moved boxes at work. Tuesday, I moved boxes at work. Wednesday, I moved boxes at work. Thursday, I took a rest d... Read more


    12/14/2014 7:49:03 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Week 23: Navigating holiday stress

    12/14/2014 4:38:17 PM, by CRAMPERELLA

    The holidays are coming. As a stressed out and anxious binge eater, I have had to put a plan in place to make it through the season without a physical and emotional meltdo... Read more

  • The Easy Way To Get To The Pomegranate Seeds!

    12/14/2014 1:21:07 PM, by GUNNSGIRL91303

    I made a sweet potato dish for Thanksgiving that called for Pomegranate seeds and my son found a tip on how to best open the fruit and obtain the seeds. Here's how: Simply cut the pomegranate into quarters and soak in a pan or sink of hot water. The seeds will easily separate from the fruit m... Read more

  • Curried Chicken and Nectarines

    12/14/2014 1:17:00 PM, by GUNNSGIRL91303

    Here is a delicious and savory chicken recipe that your family will love! Give it a try, its awesome! Its definitely a great meal to serve guests and sure to impress! "Curried Chicken and Nectarines" Ingredients: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 2 Tbsp fat free oil and vi... Read more

  • Goals to Finish out the year :)

    12/14/2014 9:36:48 AM, by ALP1976

    I can't hardly believe that this year is almost over! Sheesh! 2014 was a flash!! I am feeling good about some things though and just planned out my last week for my Fitbook. I have a new one waiting for me, but I thought inst... Read more

  • The middle of the weekend.....

    12/14/2014 5:06:20 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Other than a mild tummyache and leg discomfort, the day went well - got things done and got needed rest.......I turned down an event that I really wouldn't have much enjoyed - I just wish that someone else wouldn't have asked me about it a *second time* after I demurred about the issue *TWICE previo... Read more

  • For me (but you can use it if it's useful to you)

    12/13/2014 11:17:15 AM, by ALICIA363

    It's the weekend, so time to get some of this week's Sparkly thoughts and learning out of my head by blogging. It clears my mind, refreshes my memory, reinforces the positive behaviors, and prepares me to learn more. I just realized that I didn't eat from the candy basket all week ... Read more

  • Another weekend begins......

    12/13/2014 9:04:47 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Got up later than usual, which will result in a later workout, but that's fine - totally doable......... Have a quick event to attend, and then some shopping/errands - no big deal - but now I've been blindsided by a requirement that is gonna drive me *absolutely bat crazy* to handle........wher... Read more

  • a realization, pulling out of a funk and What the heck is up with getting on a roll at 10pm!!!

    12/13/2014 12:34:38 AM, by LORIVIOLA

    tonight (friday night - i suppose it is saturday morning now...) i was very depressed. couldnt get a grip. i was wallowing. i have a cold and i am singing in a quartet in church on sunday morning and a community choir concert in the afternoon. i am lonely. DH is in a show and is gone several... Read more

  • Letting Go Poem

    12/12/2014 1:05:27 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Wanted to share this - the picture in my last blog was difficult to read - here is the link:
    rational-poem/ ... Read more

  • Letting go

    12/12/2014 12:20:06 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    We had the meeting and we are going to let her go - we know we have done everything we have but it's so hard. The Spark quote today is very relevant! ... Read more

  • Palliative Care

    12/12/2014 8:29:43 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    I couldn't sleep last night - I haven't been sleeping well since my moms been in the hospital - today marks 42 days/6 weeks in this hospital and 47 days she went into the hospital. It has been such a roller coaster of emotions for all of us and we need help and guidance to move forward - we are meet... Read more

  • Friday........

    12/12/2014 5:00:43 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Starting VERY badly due to an extreme dearth of points - I mean REALLY, now, SP? Why even bother with this feature at this point? Stinginess is NOT a desirable trait - and could turn people away from the site.........perhaps the entire concept of points should be revisited at this point - after al... Read more

  • Slow Down

    12/11/2014 7:41:23 PM, by ALICIA363

    This image has been, and still is, on my Start Page goal board since I started Spark People. There is a story about my birth: The doctor told my mother to quit pushing. My mother (I am her fourth child) told him, "I'm not pu... Read more

  • WOO-HOO! About *time* things started to turn around!

    12/11/2014 4:40:19 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Preliminary/obligatory vent mode on) GRRRRRRR! That "no html" message made me LOSE EVERYTHING I previously typed - STARTING FROM SCRATCH at 4:30AM IS. NOT. A. GOOD. IDEA! Please, fates, DON'T tell me that today will undo everything pleasant from yesterday - PLEEEEEEEZE! (ve... Read more

  • Ghost Status -- one more thought

    12/10/2014 10:33:07 PM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    Thanks to everyone who commented. I have given thought to all of the ideas. There was one more thought on the topic that I thought I would share.....something that occurred to me today. The organization that I work for provides fire protection and EMS services in my community. I type the... Read more

  • Mid-December Check-up

    12/10/2014 1:38:43 PM, by GRACED777

    I took off carefully over Thanksgiving week--no tracking, almost no exercise, but still mindful with my eating. My weight stayed even, below goal--then I was up a pound and a quarter, twenty five hundredths over goal, last week. I got right back into my tracking and low calorie substitute recipes a... Read more

  • An Interesting Challenge, stepping out of my comfort zone and other misc ramblings...

    12/10/2014 12:28:30 PM, by ALP1976

    I have been a bit sparse with SparkPeople lately and I blame my 8 year old his 3rd grade class posed an interesting challenge to the entire 3rd grade and their families to take a two day "no screen challenge" where basically if it has a screen, it is off limits. No tv, no phone, no co... Read more

  • Declaration: Today is Walking Wednesday

    12/10/2014 11:16:38 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I am a mere 9 miles from having walked 1600 miles since May 1. Today my goal is to get in those 9 miles on my fitbit! I am a quarter of the way there so I have my work cut out for me but I WILL make this happen! How simply amazing is that? Who would think I could have walked THAT far? Me,... Read more

  • Thank you, Becksters! (Beckians?)

    12/10/2014 6:58:37 AM, by ALICIA363

    This is a little longer than a status update, so I'm putting it out on the blog. I just want to say thank you to the Spark People who are sharing the Beck information, because I am able to take away and use ideas. When I was inhaling lunch at my desk yesterday, I remembered to slow down and th... Read more

  • The "bad patch" continues - even to *this moment*!

    12/10/2014 4:58:32 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Started the day with a bizarre car issue - thankfully that was quickly resolved with no muss or fuss - and totally for FREE! (vent mode ON!) However: had yet ANOTHER stressed work day - one troublesome issue went smoothly yesterday, only to be replaced with another equally i... Read more

  • BLC26 Progress: Entering Maintenance

    12/9/2014 11:30:55 PM, by KATELJM

    Tis the eve before the last weigh-in for BLC26. I'm curious to see just what my Weight Watchers weigh-in will reveal tomorrow, 12/10/14, at noon. In June I returned to SP to track nutrition and exercise, and to rejoin BLC. It was time to take responsibility for myself to stay off Lipitor and ... Read more


    12/9/2014 10:58:22 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Ever beat yourself up when things go well?

    12/9/2014 10:43:53 PM, by IC0ME1ST

    These days I practice self-care. Gone are the days of fad diets, of ‘perfect diets’. You know the ones- you follow the SparkPeople or other healthy weight loss program to a ‘T’. That is until a holiday, or a birthday or a bad day comes along. Then you go ‘off the wagon’ and eat everything in you... Read more

  • Knowledge is power

    12/9/2014 8:54:23 PM, by KMRJPR

    So I've been talking about revamping my program/routine for months, have I done it yet? Not completely. But I'm much more inspired and aware and willing to really put in the work now than I've been in a while. Have I worked as hard at this as I should? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Have I se... Read more

  • My new furry friend

    12/9/2014 3:17:51 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Here is a photo of my new furry friend, Tucker. I adopted him from a local shelter last Friday. So far, so good! I was a little apprehensive because of his large size, but he is a gentle giant! He is an awesome walking buddy. In the morning he nudges me and has that look on his face like, come ... Read more

  • Serenity

    12/9/2014 2:48:33 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    My mom's favorite saying. We are meeting with the Palliative and Hospice care team at the hospital on Friday - I came back to VA last night to see my family but will back to NJ on Thursday night for the meeting. ... Read more

  • Rearing it's ugly head.......

    12/9/2014 4:32:50 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    The perfectionism demon (along with anxiety and stress) - downer of a day yesterday, resulting in poor eating habits (R#!#@ that SPOUSE for his bad shopping trip - that sure didn't help things either)! GRRRRRRRRR! Is there ANY hope to get back on track at this point? (vent m... Read more

  • Grandma is needed

    12/8/2014 11:43:38 PM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    My DS and his wife called for reinforcements to help with the twins. I am out of town for a while but I am bringing my healthy journey with me. So far so good. Healthy but busy and never been happier.... Read more

  • Inspired, motivated and moved

    12/8/2014 5:28:25 PM, by KMRJPR

    I just watched the most amazing video. These things happen to me when it seems like I need to hear the message. I dare you to watch this video and not be moved or inspired:
    ail.asp?video=32 I have some chronic pa... Read more

  • Making it Happen Monday!

    12/8/2014 2:01:56 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    So today I was blessed by the scale..... it didn't move upward after a weekend of times with family and friends! I was also blessed to have had a great weekend with family and friends. Feeling fortunate! Friday, I went to the Newaygo County Animal Shelter and got a new dog. It was about an h... Read more

  • Decorating my mom's hospital room for Christmas

    12/8/2014 12:25:07 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    Back when my mom went into the hospital on October 26th, we didn't even think we would be decorating her room for Christmas! In fact, all of her family and friends would kid her while she has been on the ventilator, saying you have to get better, because we don't want to have to have to decorate for... Read more

  • Made it through another weekend!

    12/8/2014 4:12:30 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Not perfect with the eating, but I ramped up my activity so I think I'll survive on those grounds - now it's time to get back on my A-game and clean up the eating act! Holidays be da**ed! Had a bit of a scare, though - apparently my car's "smart key" battery decided *now* was t... Read more

  • What to Wear?

    12/8/2014 12:39:19 AM, by KATELJM

    Last time I had to find an outfit for Azure Island, I chose But recently, I found this look, which I am planning on making: Directions are at: laviedi... Read more

  • Recap of Weekly Goals

    12/7/2014 11:37:21 PM, by DALID414

    Here's how the week went: Sunday, I took a rest day. Monday, I moved boxes at work. Tuesday, I hopped on my mini cycle. Wednesday, I took a rest day. Thursday, I moved boxes and cleaned up at work. Friday, I m... Read more

  • An awesome challenge

    12/7/2014 8:13:24 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    Today our pastor challenged us that besides giving our children material gifts for Christmas, to pray for a spiritual gift to give them. I think this is awesome idea. I pray a certain prayer over my son every night, now I will add this to the prayer.... Read more


    12/7/2014 8:08:17 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Plan for the Week

    12/7/2014 7:57:38 AM, by ALP1976

    I spent some time this morning planning my meals and workouts in my Fitbook: and wrapped up my week last week: I stepped on the scale for the first time ... Read more

  • Mid-weekend status......

    12/7/2014 5:05:10 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Chillaxin' from yesterday was almost *too* effective - when asked about when we would go shopping, I decided to defer that until tuday because 1) the requester followed up a bit late in the day, and 2) by that time the weather was getting *worse* and there was NO way in heaven, h**l or earth that I ... Read more

  • Week 22: GUT INSTINCT

    12/6/2014 9:59:25 PM, by CRAMPERELLA

    It is far too easy to get confused and sucked in with all the crazy messages and diet regimes in this fat obsessed world. The diet industry is set up to make you hate yourself and make you fail. I have come to the conclusion... Read more

  • Catching Up, The Domino Maze, and Slowly

    12/6/2014 4:50:21 PM, by ALICIA363

    Catching Up The relief of successfully navigating Thanksgiving evidently triggered something in me that said it was okay to eat, eat, eat. I kept calm and observed myself and watched the scale numbers creep up. I knew I wouldn't be doing this forever, and I tried to learn by self-observing. The... Read more

  • New Fitbook Product :)

    12/6/2014 9:16:43 AM, by ALP1976

    Anyone who knows me knows how much I absolutely my Fitbook. It is such an amazing book and has helped me with building up habits and being able to track without going on the obsessive deep end like calorie counting does to me. Fitlosophy, the company behind the Fitbook has just rele... Read more

  • Ghost Status Revisited -- warning ....long blog

    12/6/2014 7:23:23 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    This is a follow-up to my blog of yesterday. My sincere thanks to everyone who commented. They were very helpful and did shed some light on the topic. I also did a little googling and read blogs on similar topics. There are quite a few blogs/articles where women share how they feel invis... Read more

  • Chillin'.......

    12/6/2014 6:50:33 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Quiet morning - no plans other than perhaps some toy shopping for some charity events coming up........a bit cool and rainy, but that's OK (especially since I got my needed errands out of the way before the weather turned)..........soooooooo - I'm just enjoying a calm morning to myself before the lo... Read more

  • Friday, 12/5/2014

    12/5/2014 9:46:32 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    My mom has been more cooperative with the physical therapist, which is a very good thing. She can be stubborn at times. Hopefully this will keep up. I know the therapist will come at least 4 more times, and I don't know about the home health nurse. Although, the palliative care nurse will contin... Read more

  • Friday, 12/5/2014

    12/5/2014 9:46:20 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    My mom has been more cooperative with the physical therapist, which is a very good thing. She can be stubborn at times. Hopefully this will keep up. I know the therapist will come at least 4 more times, and I don't know about the home health nurse. Although, the palliative care nurse will contin... Read more

  • Fishlips

    12/5/2014 9:32:26 AM, by -BERN-

    Had a nice lunch with Mikey, (workmate from when we used to run in the rat race), at Fishlips in Port Canaveral. We ate on the covered patio upstairs with a view of the port. A little breezy. The seagulls and pelicans kept us entertained. We expected the place would be packed because all the peopl... Read more

  • Am I a ghost?

    12/5/2014 9:19:14 AM, by MISSUSRIVERRAT

    First , let me say that I don't feel like a ghost on Spark. My Sparkfriends are quite interactive! But in my every day life, I feel like I am being stonewalled (except by people that want to sell me something) ! This has happened before to me and it is weird. Perhaps it is a coincidence, pe... Read more

  • TGIF!

    12/5/2014 6:58:32 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Not thrilled with the reduced pay (my KINGDOM for fully financed holidays and vacays!)............but shortly I will reap other benefits from full-time work (and not a minute too soon, either - fortunately, holiday shopping is very miniscule, which is a true relief in more ways than one).......... ... Read more

  • Walkin Wednesday and the reality check

    12/4/2014 12:18:13 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    I decided this week I would challenge myself to one day where I really put in extra effort to rack up some steps on the fitbit. I called it Walkin Wednesday. In fack I think I may have a walkin ____day one day per week this month! Yesterday, I got up early and put in two miles on the treadm... Read more

  • Feeling a bit better.... upcoming project and other misc ramblings....

    12/4/2014 11:39:30 AM, by ALP1976

    I can't honestly say that I am feeling tops, but I am feeling a bit better about things this morning. Yesterday really hit me, I am not sure what triggered it or if it was just a compilation of a whole bunch of stuff. Like I mentioned yesterday, I think this time of year messes with me a bit. I c... Read more

  • Sleep habits......

    12/4/2014 3:46:55 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Just when I thought things were getting better, sleep-wise, it looks like inconsistency is rearing its ugly head again wrt sleep habits.......don't know why, though more than likely my dislike of a too cold bedroom may be a reoccurring issue (this needs to be addressed seriously - it had been discus... Read more

  • 'Tis The Season

    12/3/2014 10:35:01 PM, by SPARKED2BFIT

    'Tis the season when food seems to be everywhere and for most of us, a time when weight gain is a given. I don't know about you but the harder I try to stick with my plan during the holidays, the higher the number each time I step on the scale. So maybe if I cut myself some slack & practice a litt... Read more

  • Deep Breaths.

    12/3/2014 4:14:58 PM, by ALP1976

    Today has been a bit of a rough one for me. I will admit it. The ebb and flow of this whole thing sucks sometimes. I have had to counter some real negative inner commentary today and it has been a bit more difficult. I can't quite put my finger on what caused it other than maybe just a bad day. ... Read more

  • For Today - Today is the day of NO

    12/3/2014 1:28:59 PM, by SASSYBOO62

    There will be NO "fat" shaming myself - I am who I am. I am beautiful no matter my weight or size. There will be NO negative stinking thinking - yesterday is over and so is all the bad decisions I made. - today is a new day. There will be NO regrets for past failures or decisions, all of those st... Read more

  • PSA for today...

    12/3/2014 7:36:21 AM, by ALP1976

    Hey kids, guess what?! YEAH! ... Read more

  • Not much goin' on for this "hump day"........

    12/3/2014 4:58:55 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Yep - another shameless blog for points (heh, heh!) - funny, though.......did get 50 team points courtesy of "Working Out At Home" (guess that'll give me even more incentive NOT to get into the gym scene)! Ate better yesterday - and the light lunch didn't really cause any proble... Read more

  • Back to Square One

    12/2/2014 12:56:02 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    So my mom is kind of back to square one - this is just so hard for her and for all of us to see her like this. I rushed back up to NJ yesterday afternoon as she had to be re-intubated as an emergency. They intubated her and her v... Read more

  • I hate the scale

    12/2/2014 12:07:01 PM, by ONTHEPATH2

    Actually, it isn't the scale...... it is the choices I made the past week. The scale just was one of those wishy washy friends (actually, not a friend) who co-signed my poor food choices on Wednesday which encouraged me to think I got away with it...... only to decide it was time to quit encouragin... Read more

  • Ouch!

    12/2/2014 7:51:09 AM, by ALP1976

    I must be sadistic because I love DOMS! But HOLY COW I can tell it has been over a week since I lifted! It felt so good to go yesterday. It truly is m... Read more

  • Tuesday

    12/2/2014 4:46:35 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    As seems to be the trend, there's not much to say for the day.........packed a fairly conservative lunch - fairly healthy, but I'm not sure how satisfying it'll be - will need to make sure I hit the store after work and NOT put it off as I did last night (weather was yucky so I headed straight home)... Read more

  • It's a new month

    12/1/2014 5:32:19 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    I can't believe it is already December and this year will soon be coming to a close. Seven years ago today, I started chatting online with a complete stranger and we both knew that we were made for each other. And we are still going strong. ... Read more

  • Habits for the Long Term

    12/1/2014 3:24:26 PM, by ALP1976

    I made it back to the gym today!!! Wahooooooo! It felt so good to be back in the weight room, music going, weights going. I have 'officially' started StrongLifts 5x5. The week before Thanksgiving I tried the program out to get an idea if it is something I can/will enjoy. I completely love the s... Read more

  • Retention is &%$#@!& With My Numbers!

    12/1/2014 2:18:49 PM, by NEKOCHARM

    Sunday - November 30th Perhaps there's something to this weighing more than once a week. My weekly weigh-in had me a bit disappointed. I lost .8 of a pound. If this was all there was for the week, I'd have been pretty disappointed, but fortunately I happened to get on the scale mid-week. lol... Read more

  • TGI *MONDAY* :(

    12/1/2014 4:43:23 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    The latter part of the weekend turned out to be much nicer than the beginning that having been said.........sigh........TGI*M
    ONDAY*! Now it's time to get back to some semblance of normality - and get back on track! Here's to a great day and week ahead, Sparkie... Read more

  • Week 7 recap

    11/30/2014 3:59:48 PM, by WUMPASTAR

    Week 4: Nov 23rd - Nov 30th Starting weight: 160.8 lbs Ending weight: 160.8 lbs 10 minutes a day streak: 4 days :( broke my streak Tuesday Total exercise time: 309 minutes Exercises done: walking, bellydancing, strenght training Nutrition: fell off the wagon. Not brutally, but I... Read more

  • Free podcasts that I find helpful

    11/30/2014 1:59:04 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Thought for this week. Renee Stephens provides an archive of podcasts that can be listened to free at www.insideoutweightloss.
    com/podcasts . There is a link to podcasts on self care that are relevant to many life events as well as to weight loss. Listening to them will allow you ... Read more

  • Recap of Weekly Goals

    11/30/2014 1:45:42 PM, by DALID414

    Here's how the week went: Sunday, I got to the gym and hopped on the Spin Bike. I also used the assisted pull-up and dips machine. Monday, I moved boxes at work. Tuesday, I got to the Power Yoga class in the evening. ... Read more

  • Week 21: GRATITUDE

    11/30/2014 1:36:10 PM, by CRAMPERELLA

    GRATITUDE I have yet to meet someone with the perfect life. From the outside some may appear to lead charmed lives but when you learn about the nitty-gritty of their existence, you realize they are as imperfect... Read more

  • What Have You Done Today?

    11/30/2014 10:38:33 AM, by ALICIA363

    If you immediately started berating yourself for what you haven't done: I know. I go there. Like this morning, when I skipped the exercise bike ride in favor of sleeping more. I seem to need more sleep when I'm actively losing weight. Go figure. After the bike ride, I typical... Read more

  • Post Thanksgiving Musings

    11/30/2014 8:47:50 AM, by ALP1976

    Thanksgiving was nothing short of spectacular! There is a HUGE sense of gratification when I pull that bird out of the oven and it is cooked and golden and delicious! It was a nice holiday, my in laws came up and that is at times a struggle for me. I adore them so much, they are very fantastic pe... Read more

  • Not much better (THANKS TO *EXTENDED FAMILY*) - but I made $#!@# sure I SURVIVED!

    11/30/2014 6:09:31 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    WARNING: long post with a *lot* of *family-related venting* - if you're one of these "family over all" advocates, *please* skip this post! Yep! Once again, while trying to have a nice day, EXTENDED FAMILY "saved the day* - NOT!!!!!! While I am at a nice little event (MANY MILES away from ... Read more

  • New Phones, Weigh-Ins and Cyberpunks

    11/29/2014 9:53:44 PM, by NEKOCHARM

    Not a whole lot new over here in Neko Land. I did finally get a new phone a couple of days ago. After dealing with my struggling phone for the past 6 months, having a new LG G3 is heavenly! I wish I didn't have to opt for the dumb 2 year contract, because after about a year and a half, I'm totall... Read more

  • Back to the routine

    11/29/2014 8:19:31 AM, by ALICIA363

    I gave myself a couple of days off. And I have the pounds to prove it. But now it's time to get back to business. I searched for a pretty image of one of my favorite sayings: "Attitude isn't everything; it's the only thing." Many nice images came up, but none with those words. This one... Read more


    11/29/2014 5:02:27 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Nasty family row yesterday - things got really heated and dramatic...........things will be changing around here and NOT in a good way :( - I had to actually take steps to calm things down (and let me tell you, that is NOT in my nature to do, but the situation took a VERY ugly turn).......... N... Read more

  • New challenge

    11/28/2014 9:13:18 PM, by GRAYCATBIRD

    I found out recently that my blood glucose is in the diabetic range. Now I really have to get serious about losing weight and changing my eating habits. I've been doing OK -- have lost 24 pounds in the past year -- but eating way too much sugar. I've had a brief email conversation with the doc... Read more

  • Post-Turkey Day

    11/28/2014 7:52:33 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    When I abruptly cut myself off from my online routines due to a sudden sense of tension (and a sudden headache, as well), it turned out to be a great call! That extra hour of sleep did the trick - didn't even need to pop a pill or take "the pink stuff"! Was pretty much back on my A-game almost ins... Read more

  • Thanksgiving dinner

    11/27/2014 9:12:51 PM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    I had a wonderful turkey dinner with my family. We had turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, Brussels sprouts and still have enough calories left for pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Portion control, a light lunch and no seconds made it all possible. Woohoo! I love it when... Read more

  • Day 133 of 135 - Happy Thanksgiving from Toronto

    11/27/2014 7:07:04 PM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    I realized I didn't count wrong - Day 135 is Saturday when we are having the Chinese Banquet to celebrate my husband's grandmother 100th birthday! This morning I posted that it was weird to be heading to Canada for Thanksgiving - but you know what, it isn't because i realized that it doesn't ma... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving Day

    11/27/2014 6:19:47 PM, by DALID414

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  • Happy Turkey Day!

    11/27/2014 7:17:43 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Not much going on, at least for the first part of the week.........have a belated b-day get-together at an old friend's church (belated things are just fine by me, and I can tolerate being in a church (sad story on that) under the circumstances)...........there will be enough inactivity to make me a... Read more

  • Thankful

    11/27/2014 1:59:51 AM, by POSITIVEHOPE

    So many things to be thankful for. Not just the abundance and the table laden with food make me thankful. The sure knowledge that God is with me in good times and bad is the richest blessing. I am blessed by all of you my Spark friends. Your support and understanding have been gratefully recei... Read more


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  • It's been a busy week

    11/26/2014 9:59:58 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    We've had company since Saturday and I've been cooking every night for them, except for tonight. Fortunately, they have liked everything I've cooked. My niece doesn't cook home-made meals, so her youngest daughter got a treat this week. Her oldest daughter lives with grandma, so she gets home-mad... Read more

  • Day 132 of 135 - Life is Unexpected

    11/26/2014 7:52:00 AM, by FORZACHANDMATT

    So I'm coming up on day 135 (I think I counted a bit wrong but it's pretty close) and we are off to Toronto tomorrow to celebrate my grandmother in laws 100th birthday which is day 135. I'm not exactly where I thought I would be a... Read more

  • Got through it........

    11/26/2014 4:25:21 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Day went as well as it could for the circumstances (mid-week, no "day off" (of course, full employment is A-OK))..........I did take another lunchtime walk - even though it was slightly cooler than the previous day, it was still a good temperature for the I can deal with the poor... Read more

  • When snacks become less valuable

    11/25/2014 11:57:15 AM, by IC0ME1ST

    If you are a Sparker who tracks your food you will find that some days you reach the limit of your calorie goals. Other times you find that many calories are left; in fact you may not have reached the calorie minimum for the day. On those days I like to find a nice snack for myself- something that... Read more

  • Thankful, yet somewhat lost. Help!

    11/25/2014 11:37:30 AM, by ONTHEPATH2

    3 more for today: Thankful for hot chocolate on a cold morning. Thankful for a car that gets me through the snow. Thankful for a warm house. I seem to have lost my way. I have been trying real hard to get back to my path, only to give in to those temptations along the way. I am not q... Read more

  • Buck Books PALEO Promotion TODAY Only!!!

    11/25/2014 10:56:18 AM, by _RAMONA

    They are HERE!!! I just now purchased my books... great sale... except for the one book at full price... didn't get that one... I'm sending a message to the author to get with the spirit of the event (if I really want it, it will still be full price tomorr... Read more

  • Saddened beyond words.......

    11/25/2014 7:18:34 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Imagine waking up on one's b-day to such horrific news as the Ferguson situation.........while it was certainly no surprise to me, it is still saddening beyond words.........our country STILL needs a $#!@# of a lot of work to do to get our proverbial "act together".......... On a... Read more