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  • The Later years - or Part 2

    8/25/2016 6:19:05 PM, by FMIAYLA

    The anniversary of my stroke took place six years ago tomorrow. I was really lucky because it was a mild stroke and the residual effects are not noticeable by anyone else but me. Having a health event like that puts one on notice and I wasn't going to ignore it. I started meeting with a per... Read more

  • Fit and Fiber Full Challenge Day 4

    8/25/2016 8:11:36 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Okay, so I'm not going to do the challenge task today. Hahahahahaha! I got 50, count 'em 50, grams of fiber yesterday - um.... TOO much. And yeah, I'm feeling it. So... going to dial it back today. Today's challenge is a fiber full breakfast - getting 15 g before noon. I think... not. ... Read more

  • POEDAUGHTER7 is sleepy after my bike ride on my fixed bike.

    8/25/2016 1:07:24 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    POEDAUGHTER7 is sleepy after my bike ride on my fixed bike. I fixed the flat tires on the broken bike, and took a good ride. I need a new bike the speeds are busted on my mountain bike now. In Europe folding bikes are all the rage. Youtube search folding bikes Europe to see many funny videos. I... Read more

  • Favorite Childhood Memories

    8/24/2016 10:53:14 PM, by AMYBELLES

    The bonus blog assignment for this week's A&I BSG challenge is to share a favorite childhood memory. I have many so I will share more than one. I had a very happy childhood and feel grateful to have been raised by two loving parents who always made my sister and me feel special. I grew up n... Read more

  • Why I Love SparkPeople!

    8/24/2016 10:07:34 PM, by AMYBELLES

    My assigned blog for week 3 of the Aspire and Inspire team's BSG challenge is: How and why did you come to SparkPeople? What keeps you coming back to SparkPeople? What is your favorite feature of the site? Are you a regular blogger?? I joined SparkPeople in 2006. I don't remember too much abou... Read more

  • I've been SPARKED by DEBVNE!

    8/24/2016 3:10:32 PM, by _RAMONA

    Check out her blog: Finding Your Fight
    sp?blog_id=6223629 So, how is your "inner, petulant brat" doing today? (THANK YOU for the laugh Deb... it gave me what I needed to MOVE through this moment in which I... Read more

  • Fit and Fiber Full Challenge Day 3

    8/24/2016 8:03:56 AM, by JENSHAINES

    So, today we took a quiz about snacking. Snacking isn't a big issue for me when I'm in focus. Yesterday, I planned for a piece of olive oil banana bread for my afternoon snack. It has almost no sugar in it, but it was still too sweet for me and didn't take the edge off my hunger. Learning experi... Read more

  • Wednesday morning check-in

    8/24/2016 7:34:56 AM, by ALICIA363

    As usual, running short on time. Gym bag packed - I can bike in my run shoes - haven't decided which to do today. But the "stuff" is ready for either choice. Food bag yet to be packed and I'm at negative one minute for leave the house time. Yikes! Part of the reason I pack too much is becau... Read more

  • Fit and Fiber Full Challenge Day 2

    8/23/2016 8:19:35 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Easy peasy the first day, but would also like to "up" the amounts. Reading the challenge wall today reminded me about beans and oatmeal (er.... not together). I always forget about beans and they're so good for you in so many ways! Love oatmeal, but not going to breakfast on that until ... Read more

  • It's Tuesday

    8/23/2016 7:27:18 AM, by ALICIA363

    Sometimes I have to remind myself of the day of the week. Sometimes multiple times. The little things: I need to get the beef into the refrigerator. I need to get the trash out. I need to finish this blog, get dressed, pack my lunch, and get out the door in seven minutes. 40 The big t... Read more

  • Some thoughts on satiety/habit 3/EJE

    8/22/2016 8:54:11 AM, by ALP1976

    Well yesterday we went to the pool for the last time. 39 I will admit it, I cried when I put away the towels after washing them. The pool toys have been put away. The sunscreen is now back in the cupboard. The pool has been symbolic for me of the pool -- we started summer there and we ended it... Read more

  • Day 1 Fit and Fiber Full Challenge

    8/22/2016 8:17:37 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Think I'm just going to keep going with these Challenges... 104 Admittedly, this isn't as hard for me as I try to be well aware of fiber, but some days I just don't make it, so this will help me AND help me stay tracking. We'll see where it gets me. Has anyone else tried this before? Anyon... Read more

  • Good morning!

    8/22/2016 7:37:41 AM, by ALICIA363

    Running late out the door ... roast in the crock pot for evening and beyond. After work chore - dog medicines. Too much food in the bag - no sugar, at least. Gotta work on the lunch bag food. TTYL! Have a great day!... Read more

  • Morning Run, Late Day Blog, Good Eating

    8/21/2016 5:34:30 PM, by ALICIA363

    What? It's after 4 o'clock (p.m.) and I haven't blogged yet?!? As ONEKIDSMOM always says, real life takes precedence over the online life. I think that's what happened to me today. I enjoyed the quiet early morning, snagged a couple more hours of sleep than usual, thought about blogging - bu... Read more

  • Working on Normal!

    8/21/2016 12:35:45 PM, by LSIG14

    e Really behind schedule on my day today! My body really wanted to catch up on much needed sleep so I slept 10 hours last night and now feel much better! I had been running on fumes for several weeks and just am beginning to get back to normal! Sister is still having pain but is getting around pr... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 21 - I DID it!

    8/21/2016 12:09:21 PM, by JENSHAINES

    Okay... on the LAST day of the Challenge! Originally, I thought I'd go back to small amounts of sugar each day after I finished the Challenge, but I'm not planning on it - I will indulge occasionally, but I'm really feeling so much better and loving my new set of taste buds! And I'm so enjoyin... Read more

  • Crazy, hectic August -- three weeks in and the Best.Summer.Ever.

    8/21/2016 9:29:41 AM, by ALP1976

    I am not going to lie -- I don't want summer to end! I have spent a bit of time this last week in tears feeling so sad because it is ending. Today is the last day of the pool -- the bag is packed with the pool toys, towels and sunscreen. The boys' swim trunks have been washed one final time. I a... Read more


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  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 20

    8/20/2016 3:56:43 PM, by JENSHAINES

    So, today's challenge is to write a list of why I'm cutting back on sugar. Also, to blog about sugar cravings. And admission here - we went out to dinner with friends last night. I was the only one who didn't get dessert. I *did* have a half tsp bite of both my DH's chocolate mousse and my... Read more

  • The Early Years

    8/20/2016 1:01:30 PM, by FMIAYLA

    SET UP I plan on blogging about an experiment I am doing on myself with the type of food I eat and the time frames I am choosing to eat ii in. To understand why I came to this point I decided to explain how I arrive at this point in time. A BIT ABOUT MY PERSONALITY I've always b... Read more

  • Jogging in flip flops

    8/20/2016 9:31:38 AM, by ALICIA363

    Great title - can't guarantee any great writing to follow, though. 30 The title refers to this morning's unplanned activity - Benji took me on a walk. He didn't get any exercise yesterday, so he needed the movement badly, and I'm still feeling awful about DD's lengthy absence that sent him in... Read more

  • HELP

    8/19/2016 2:21:52 PM, by ICECUB


  • Murder Mystery & Me Update

    8/19/2016 10:16:14 AM, by TKRYSTINA

    I have been working on my murder mystery a lot this summer. I did Camp NaNoWriMo & got 7474 words out of my 10,000 word goal. I am still working on my mystery & I now have over 10,500 words. I am now working on seeing how many more words total I can get between today 08/19/16 & 12/31/16. The 500+ wo... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 19

    8/19/2016 7:43:36 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Another easy-peasy day - sub exercise for cravings to replace the dopamine. I didn't realize that sugar gave us dopamine, but it makes sense. The thing is, I exercise when I need/want breaks anyway, since I can't exercise much at one time due to the injuries, etc., so it's a go-to feel good fo... Read more

  • The disappearing "I" and too tired to run

    8/19/2016 7:07:03 AM, by ALICIA363

    I have noticed, and mentioned before, that when I'm having trouble with life, my "I" disappears. Yes, I'm team-oriented, wholistic-minded, etc - and I'd love to think that's why it disappears. Humility? Nope. Loss of perspective? Out of balance? More likely. This morning I noted myself om... Read more

  • Time To Come Back

    8/18/2016 10:08:58 AM, by TIFFFIT

    Like too many people before me, and too many times in the past, I've slipped back into my old habits and starting adding the pounds back on with a vengeance. My scale has been packed for a month but my DH finally found it sad! I think I would have preferred to have it "lost" forever... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 18

    8/18/2016 8:21:14 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Well, I had a strange thing happen last night - couldn't sleep. Had a snack... went overboard. That wouldn't have been odd in the past, but I've been feeling so satiated. I did NOT have sugar, however. I did have carbs, though. I am going to meditate instead if I'm having trouble sleepi... Read more

  • Time to rush off

    8/18/2016 7:19:48 AM, by ALICIA363

    Time flies when you're having fun on Sparkpeople. Ten minutes just got whisked away spinning the wheel and flags, updating my status, and reading a little of my friend feed. Yikes! I'm supposed to be here to keep my promise to myself to blog daily. I overate yesterday, weight's up today. No... Read more

  • What Back to School Means to Me!

    8/18/2016 12:00:24 AM, by AMYBELLES

    This week for my BSG challenge blog assignment, our topic is back to school time. How does this affect your routine? Will you have to make changes, if so what changes? This will be a short and sweet blog for me. Four years ago, this time of year was a totally different story than it is now.... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 17

    8/17/2016 9:05:26 AM, by JENSHAINES

    We're checking in today - was this challenge easier or harder than you expected? You know what? It's been easier. I'm astonished by how my body has settled down in so many ways. I don't think I'll permanently cut out all added sugar, but it's definitely going to be a norm from now on. I jus... Read more

  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    8/17/2016 7:32:37 AM, by ALICIA363

    I woke up 40 minutes before the alarm, but stayed in bed to keep the routine for the dog. DD got home late - missed her bus connection, but a gracious young friend drove to get her. Dog had just gotten used to her absence. Although he's happy, he's also unsettled by her presence and appears a... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 16

    8/16/2016 7:29:14 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Okay... so day 1 with NO sugar and did just fine! I did allow myself a larger than usual snack last night, but I think that was mostly because dinner wasn't the greatest and I didn't eat much of it. I would have done better eating more dinner, probably. I had a little six-year-old friend who ... Read more

  • Water, water, water

    8/16/2016 7:00:45 AM, by ALICIA363

    Hydration is the nutritional priority today! Physical priority - I'm dithering between run-walking and getting an adjustment. I may compromise with the exercise bike, just to get a good sweat on. Or, I may just run home to see if DD has arrived yet! 334... Read more

  • I Felt Like I Was In A Soap-Opera!

    8/15/2016 10:41:30 AM, by LSIG14

    Took my sister to her doctor's appointment last Monday and they said one vertebrae was crushed so she needed it fixed and we got it scheduled for Thursday morning. They gave her pain meds and her daughter-in-law was able to stay with her Tuesday and Wednesday so I went home, did up her laundry and ... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 15

    8/15/2016 8:06:00 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Okay... now the real challenge of the Challenge begins - NO added sugar from now until the end of the Challenge. And you know what? I can DO this. It will be interesting to me to see how I do. I'm feeling great, though, and well-motivated. And I'm glad I didn't know this was coming or... Read more

  • Eat your vegetables, drink your water, get your sleep

    8/15/2016 7:17:16 AM, by ALICIA363

    Enough said. 550 274 194 102 Have a great day! Spark on! 529... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 14

    8/14/2016 12:08:25 PM, by JENSHAINES

    Wow! Two weeks in! So today's article and focus is on adding in high protein snacks. This is something I already do when I DO snack, which is rare, because I'm feeling more satisfied and full. Even starting to leave food on my plates. It's funny, I tried Lean Habits and it didn't work f... Read more

  • Priority One: Take Care of Me (so I can take care of the dog)

    8/14/2016 11:51:53 AM, by ALICIA363

    The good news - the only sugar I've consumed was in DD's breakfast granola, to provide a familiar routine to the dog yesterday. DH is wrapping up one huge work project, and working on another one that must be done Friday. His contractor is behind on paying him for the projects (most of what th... Read more

  • Crazy, hectic August -- two weeks in and hanging on!

    8/14/2016 8:15:46 AM, by ALP1976

    As much as I am clinging to summer, I see it quickly slipping through my fingers. Pretty soon, I am going to be up and packing lunches, waking sleepy kids and seeing them off to school. How is it that time flies so fast? 198 It really is amazing to me that time just flies! August is so funny a... Read more

  • THANK YOU for visiting my page today...

    8/14/2016 4:10:23 AM, by _RAMONA

    Being SparkPeople Motivator of the Day is a double-edged sword. While it is certainly an honour, and I appreciate the acknowledgement of my contribution to this site over the years, it is impossible to respond to everyone who will visit my page this day in the same personal way that tr... Read more

  • Normal?

    8/13/2016 12:18:58 PM, by ALICIA363

    Watching sports on a Saturday morning, just like many households. Only it's on a laptop. And it's Age Group Nationals triathlon. Go, ONEKIDSMOM!!! (And thank you for understanding my need for a deep cave this weekend.) 321 321 247 321 321... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 13

    8/13/2016 9:23:21 AM, by JENSHAINES

    So, yesterday was MUCH better. And I feel MUCH better. Not only in terms of my body, but also my mood. I'm starting to crave food, rather than junk. It's a good feeling. I hope everyone has a spectacular Saturday!... Read more

  • Humidity with a touch of sarcasm

    8/12/2016 12:47:32 PM, by FMIAYLA

    When I stepped outside at 7AM this morning the air was already saturated with moisture. I checked the weather app on my phone and it shows we are due to have 85% humidity today. I really hope I read that wrong. So I did what any sensible person would do after running some errands. I s... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 12

    8/12/2016 9:01:18 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Okay... so I'm struggling. Had another bad day yesterday. I'm getting some clarity, though, so I'm grateful for that. It was all emotional. Need to have a bag of tricks for those moments. Today we learned about artificial sweeteners for the challenge. This is an area I already know much ab... Read more

  • Rain Delay, sort of

    8/12/2016 6:45:45 AM, by ALICIA363

    ... and reality check! I am postponing my run because of the rain. I try to blame it on the weather, but it really is my choice. I had planned to run this morning - I must go in late to work - and I have run in rain before. No big deal. BUT, I am tired. It's more than physical tiredness, i... Read more

  • Back

    8/11/2016 8:19:30 PM, by FMIAYLA

    It's been a while since I've been on Spark people. A lot has happened in the last couple of years. My dear beautiful dog died of cancer on July 23, 2015. It hit me hard and I did that emotional eating thing and put back the weight I had lost and then added on a few pounds for good measure. ... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 11

    8/11/2016 8:03:45 AM, by JENSHAINES

    So, back on track. I'm having a flare-up, but I'm still glad that I'm doing this and feeling better in terms of my brain and general health. What I most want now is to have a sense of what exercise works and pushes my body enough, but doesn't cause pain. Today my challenge is to have chro... Read more

  • Fuel for the Day

    8/11/2016 7:11:53 AM, by ALICIA363

    Food-wise, morning fuel: A hard boiled egg, 1/3 cup quick oatmeal, 1 oz. raisins, 1/3 cup milk, black coffee. I am tired. No going back to bed, though - a long work day ahead. I was up on purpose an hour and a half early to take DD to the bus station. Benji's wondering what's going on. ... Read more

  • Monthly Progress and August Goals

    8/10/2016 10:31:43 PM, by AMYBELLES

    Looking back on the three goals I made for the month of July, I was pretty successfull. #1. I kept hydrated by drinking 10 or more cups of water most days. #2. I did fairly well exercising at least an hour five days a week by making it three out of four weeks. I did a lot of pool walking bec... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 10

    8/10/2016 10:22:29 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Okay. Confession time. Yesterday, I blew it big time. Not so much with the TYSTC, but with my Mediterranean Diet. I started being much hungrier on days 8 and 9 and yesterday I had a post-lunch binge of carbs, carbs, carbs, including 4 servings of added sugar (via 4 cybele's cookies) rather t... Read more

  • Thinking ahead

    8/10/2016 7:32:51 AM, by ALICIA363

    Another good night of sleep, thank goodness, even though I woke an hour early. I stayed in bed to maintain the dog's routine. My habit, when awake in bed, is to try to recite an alphabet of gratitude. I noticed today, every letter began a person's name. So I am grateful for other people today. ... Read more

  • BACK

    8/9/2016 6:49:23 PM, by ICECUB


  • Great Apps

    8/9/2016 2:17:43 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    A great app for use with Pokemon Go is Map My Ride. One does not block the other, and the Ride app shows you walk time, miles walked, and calories. Also Macy's is giving away a $300 gift card to log runs on the Map my Ride app challenges right now!... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 9

    8/9/2016 11:44:52 AM, by JENSHAINES

    So made the decision to go to DQ last night and have a mini salted caramel truffle blizzard with the family. This is what I learned: Yes, it was good. Yes, I was able to afford the calories. No, it wasn't *that* good. And... YIKES - 50 grams of sugar????!!!!!! 37 of those g... Read more

  • Priority One Today: Take Care of My Body

    8/9/2016 7:25:08 AM, by ALICIA363

    Priority One Today: Take Care of My Body I'm repeating it so I remember it. Today, I would love to linger over the blog and chat. Pour a cup of coffee and breathe (which, incidentally, I'm doing as I write it) for a much longer time. But alas, the busy work day and work week call, and I... Read more

  • Crazy, hectic August - one week in...

    8/8/2016 9:44:56 AM, by ALP1976

    I am going to be 110% honest. Right now, I feel funky. How is it August always has to feel so... weird to me. It is like this weird cycle of emotion for me right now. On one hand I just want to dig in and not let summer go. I don't want to say goodbye to the warm nights of sitting outside and w... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 8

    8/8/2016 7:50:52 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Another good day! Really craved sugar last night, but had a peach, plain nonfat greek yogurt and my sprinkle of granola and all was good. Today I'm supposed to make over my pantry. I already did this recently and I do need to keep some things in the house for DH and DS and company, but I will... Read more

  • The Daily Blog

    8/8/2016 7:25:49 AM, by ALICIA363

    Hmm. I don't feel like sharing today. I don't want to elaborate all the details of the lead-in-the-water, what to do about the pipes problem. Not here, not now. I don't want to talk about my nerves surrounding DD's upcoming solo bus trip. I don't want to talk about DH's hour-long nightly di... Read more

  • Time to Blog!

    8/7/2016 11:18:16 AM, by ALICIA363

    It feels really weird to have blogging on my list of priorities. I mean, there's so much else to do! After a good dinner, and an OK night's sleep (which was a vast improvement), goal one for today was a four mile run-walk. I got up at 4:30, the usual time, figuring the dog would need to g... Read more

  • Take a Step Back!

    8/7/2016 10:39:31 AM, by LSIG14

    I think the last few months have taught me one thing - when you think that God has given you more than you can handle, maybe it's time to take a step back and realize that you cannot take care of everybody unless you take care of you first. After facing DH's illness, I thought the stress was al... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 7

    8/7/2016 8:17:40 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Today's challenge is to make a game plan for a situation that hits your sugar cravings: The very worst situation for me is a party or something that I'M giving and I am really "good" through the servings of things (tiny sliver or this or that or whatever) and then during clean-up, the dams brea... Read more

  • No more Mrs. Doubtfire... or Picture UPDATE at nearly 100 lbs. ELIMINATED!

    8/6/2016 4:43:29 PM, by _RAMONA

    First of all, no one was harmed in the making of this video (at least not much, LOL... I'm not sure husbands are always the best resource in these situations)! We are SO not photographers, and he even less so than I, so this little project tested our mettle as couple. He i... Read more

  • August 6, 2016

    8/6/2016 1:43:07 PM, by ALICIA363

    Well, two nights of rotten sleep caused me to postpone the Saturday morning run to Sunday morning. I have better runs when I'm well rested. We took the dog to the vet this morning because of his scratching and chewing on himself. He's been living in a cone. The good news - no fleas or earmit... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 6

    8/6/2016 9:28:21 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Still hanging in there. Today is an easy day - sub half your grains for whole grains. Since I pretty much do that anyway, it's not a hardship. The only thing I have some issues with is gluten free pasta and gluten free baguettes. I don't do the baguettes frequently, so that's not such an iss... Read more

  • Healthy Cole slaw recipe

    8/5/2016 7:05:56 PM, by CARBMONSTERII

    I've been experimenting with recipes from the Fat Resistance Diet. Here's my latest: Asian Slaw ala CarbmonsterII Modified from the fat resistance diet Ingredients 2 cups shredded cabbage 1/4 cup finely sliced carrot 1/4 cup finely sliced or diced onion 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice... Read more

  • Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge Day 5

    8/5/2016 8:12:32 AM, by JENSHAINES

    It's generally becoming easier! And I can't get over how much better my body feels! Yesterday my challenge was lunch, which I solved by one of my whole grain blueberry pancakes with a tsp of almond butter and one of low sugar jam. I made a dessert last night by microwaving a fresh peach w... Read more

  • Get out the bellows!

    8/5/2016 3:39:34 AM, by ALICIA363

    Turn those embers into flames! You can do it! We can do it! 529 I woke up over an hour ago (1:30 a.m. our time) - middle of the night for me, my regular get-up time is 4:30 ... and I DON"T LIKE IT! BUT ... the good thing is, I get to catch up on blogs here and there. And the theme seems t... Read more

  • I just need to get this off my chest...

    8/4/2016 11:53:37 PM, by _RAMONA

    To those of you who showed up to read the non-blog, I'm so sorry... somehow it posted before I was done, and I thought it best to just delete it, and finish it properly first. I hope you feel it's worth a second visit. Today I had my first physical in 6 years (we booked physic... Read more

  • Day 4 Tame Your Sugar Challenge and BLC 32 registration

    8/4/2016 8:26:13 AM, by JENSHAINES

    So, my worst time yesterday was after dinner. I didn't have enough protein at dinner and I was meeting a student at a Starbucks. I thought about chocolate. They have a new 200 calorie drink there that appealed to me. They had mini chocolate bars 50 - 60 calories each. Finally, I decided on deca... Read more

  • Sailing Away

    8/4/2016 7:34:13 AM, by ALICIA363

    Figuratively. I thought about postponing this blog until later - I have to meet the water guys mid-day - but then I reconsidered. Checking in here is kind of like looking at the compass before sailing the ship. This is the direction I intend to go today. It's a form of daily goal setting, or a... Read more

  • No Sugar Challenge Day 3

    8/3/2016 9:06:37 AM, by JENSHAINES

    Two days down! Changes - my pain is decreasing and I have calmer energy. I'm taking more time to do things I enjoy. Craving times yesterday were at lunch and after dinner. Did not stick to my original plan, but subbed things that were no/low sugar and that actually were what I wanted (ie... Read more

  • Wait... August already?! How is that possible? Okay, let's do this....

    8/3/2016 8:07:44 AM, by ALP1976

    August already... how is that possible...? It seems like I was just in celebration for the end of yet another school year and I turn around to find another one breathing down my neck so quickly. 24 August. Oh, August.... August is such a hard and funky and wacky and interesting ... Read more

  • Wednesday

    8/3/2016 7:16:35 AM, by ALICIA363

    I have to hurry - need to go to the store on my own time, with my own money, to get coffee and maybe filters for work. It's what assistants do. Have you appreciated and thanked your assistant lately? 30 Yesterday I ran-walked 3 miles on the gym treadmill. I'm only partially joking when I say... Read more

  • No Sugar Challenge Day 2

    8/2/2016 8:13:06 AM, by JENSHAINES

    I am going to use the blog as public accountability for this challenge and see if it keeps me honest... mwhahahahahaha! So starting today I'm going to keep journaling about when/where/and what I gave in to. I know already that my sugar cravings hit hardest mid-afternoon and after dinner. ... Read more

  • The Daily Dump?

    8/2/2016 7:27:01 AM, by ALICIA363

    Ewwww! I don't feel like I have anything to say, and I only have a few minutes to say it. I experimented with this morning's routine to try to make more time - FAIL! With the addition of a dog, his walk replaced my morning exercise bike ride, so I have to find time elsewhere in the day to exercis... Read more

  • AUSPICIOUS August: Regrouping & Moving FORWARD!

    8/2/2016 2:48:53 AM, by _RAMONA

    "Accept the possibility that in order to live your purpose you may need to put yourself first for a while, and that's okay." ~ CHESTER GOAD So, for the last eight months, in the midst of, and despite life upheaval, and never having a moment to myself, I also feel that I have ... Read more

  • Making Time to Blog

    8/1/2016 7:04:30 AM, by ALICIA363

    Here I am again, knowing intuitively for some reason it's important. It doesn't seem fair; I haven't had a chance to read sparkfriends' blogs - last time I caught up, I was 11 days behind, and I didn't catch up completely. How selfish it feels to blog for me first, day after day. Well, it is ... Read more

  • Hopefully Back On Track and Staying There!!

    7/31/2016 10:45:03 AM, by LSIG14

    Great news this week - DH's Leukemia is the Chronic type and is in early stages so no treatment is necessary at this time so that s a great relief. He will be monitored every 3 months and of course we are to watch for any infections but otherwise, life is back to normal for us! Our grandson go... Read more

  • Time to de-clutter!

    7/31/2016 8:18:05 AM, by ALICIA363

    My head, that is. Although it looks like my physical space needs some attention, too. Mt. St. Ohmygawd is alive and well, and the foothills look like they are expanding. :( But even as I ponder what I need, and the inexhaustible list cascades in my head, the dog comes and lays down in my lap... Read more

  • Summer Recipes

    7/30/2016 10:22:04 PM, by AMYBELLES

    This week for the Aspire and Inspire BSG challenge we were asked to share a few healthy summer recipes. I love to use Pinterest to find new recipes, so I will also include the link for a few of these, so you can see the pictures and I can give credit to the website source. Zucchini Tots... Read more

  • Scattered Thoughts

    7/30/2016 10:07:33 AM, by ALICIA363

    I have so much rolling around in my head that I need to get out. I essentially quit journalling with the addition of a dog to the household. Not good. The blog can help me get some of it out, but I can't get to the level of detail I need to process and make peace with everything. For instanc... Read more

  • The Born Analyst Views Chaos

    7/30/2016 1:47:00 AM, by KATELJM

    I might not be crazy, but I am most probably borderline. I have known I was "different" from the norm from the beginning of my memory. Being different doesn't equate "crazy". But it makes you (or a born analyst like me) analyze... Very simply, I am different from the norm. I am female and v... Read more

  • Make Time

    7/29/2016 6:21:05 PM, by ALICIA363

    It's easy to get out of the habit. Two days this week, I didn't pack or didn't bring the gym bag to work, and I could have-would have had time to get a good sweat on. So, just reminding myself with this picture ... gotta make the time, not just expect to "find" it. (The battle for the blo... Read more

  • Obesity is Protective!

    7/28/2016 1:25:44 AM, by _RAMONA

    We're all familiar with this perspective, and few people would argue it's veracity: ...but what if there was another way of looking at obesity... a way that actually created a solution? I invite you to consider the following articles, and tell me what you think! ... Read more

  • Today is the 1st day...

    7/27/2016 7:35:21 PM, by TKRYSTINA

    Today is the 1st day in a really long time that I had numerous crafting ideas just come to me as I saw items to work with. I really enjoyed my day today because of this. I found a pair of skull & cross bones buttons & I came up with the idea to find a sugar skull to trace onto some kind of fabric, s... Read more

  • Get some air

    7/27/2016 6:29:02 PM, by ALICIA363

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