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  • Assignment for our monthly writing group--topic: HAPPINESS

    3/16/2018 8:29:28 PM, by CTUPTON

    March 15, 2018 Christine Happiness As a young person, I used to brood most of the time. I’d say I was not at all steeped in happiness. I am not sure at what age I started to brood and over think. Definitely by my teen... Read more

  • Darn. Having bad effects from overdoing it Tuesday.

    3/16/2018 8:27:08 PM, by CTUPTON

    I knew Tuesday was too strenuous for me but I did not want to miss anything. It is Friday and I am still sleeping too much and nursing a hurting knee. Other people would consider it a normal day. Not for me apparently. 1 and 1/2 water aerobics class. Take hubby to the doctor--but his... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/16/18

    3/16/2018 7:50:00 PM, by JVANAM

    Don't wait for the right moment to start, start and make each moment right. - Roy T. Bennett ~ 3/16/18... Read more

  • Oh spring how I missed you

    3/16/2018 11:13:01 AM, by TIKITAMI

    Yesterday afternoon my husband and I headed up the trails beside our house. It's one of our favourites but over the winter the storms had ravaged the are and most of the trails were impassable. Many of them have been cleaned up but there are still old growth trees that were toppled by the wind la... Read more

  • Talking to myself

    3/16/2018 12:04:29 AM, by CHRISSYMACD66

    Urgh. I can't wait to get all of these tests started so they can be over. I guess it's partly my fault, but I mean really? Who honestly thinks it's ok to cut out pieces of someone's body without benefit of pain meds at the least?!?! I know they do it, but nope. Nuh uh. No way. Not for this chick.... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/15/18

    3/15/2018 10:03:46 PM, by JVANAM

    Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine. - Roy T. Bennett ` 3/15/18... Read more

  • Time to Bloom Biggest Loser Spring Challenge SparkPage Contest Winners

    3/14/2018 9:03:26 PM, by KPACE7

    To kick off the Time to Bloom Biggest Loser Spring challenge, members decorate their SparkPages to reflect their challenge team. There are so many GREAT SparkPages, it is hard to award only one first place. Selecting finalist is NEVER easy. Every contestant blooms this spring with enthusi... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/14/18

    3/14/2018 6:53:50 PM, by JVANAM

    Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature. - Steve Maraboli ~ 3/14/18... Read more

  • I Miss Her

    3/13/2018 9:49:44 PM, by SASSYBLONDE69

    I'm missing my Bitty-Kitty so much right now. I caught a glimpse of camoflage yarn in a shadow last night and thought it was L'il Bit for a moment. Then I cried. I never managed to take a picture where she didn't look at least just a little grumpy, but she was the sweetest little kitty, and would ... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/13/18

    3/13/2018 9:46:29 PM, by JVANAM

    Failure is a bend in the road, not the end of the road. Learn from failure and keep moving forward. ~ 3/13/18... Read more

  • Tracking w/e 3/13

    3/13/2018 8:07:49 AM, by LOPEYP

    I just realized that I didn't blog last week.Honestly the last two weeks were kind of a blur. The all day every day audit took a lot out of me. Thankfully my coworker kept us walking at lunch and breaks or I would have totally gone crazy. 20 Another thing that kept me sane was tracking my food. ... Read more

  • It has HOW many calories?

    3/12/2018 10:16:43 PM, by TIKITAMI

    A recent trip to Ikea included lunch and we tried the vegetable medallions. Pretty good and we decided to pick some up. I picked up the package. 260 calories for 2?! What the heck?! I just ate 260 calories in broccoli? They were good, but not 260 good. I decided to experiment today to come up wit... Read more

  • March 12-18 Workout Schedule

    3/12/2018 3:09:48 PM, by MOMIN09

    I feel like I do better when I have a written plan. I am finally able to start doing more exercising after my rotator cuff surgery, but still not able to get back to Krav Maga classes yet. I may have to modify things as I go with this plan, but at least I will be trying. I need to do something ... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/12/18

    3/12/2018 12:23:39 AM, by JVANAM

    The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying. - Roy T. Bennett ~ 3/12/18... Read more

  • A Race a PR and a bunny mystery solved

    3/11/2018 5:24:38 PM, by TIKITAMI

    The weather was perfect for today's race. There was a light frost that quickly gave way to the sun and off we went. I ran the 7 mile race, my husband ran the 5K. His was an out and back, mine was once around the lake. I was a little worried about my leg and by the 3K mark where it was bruised starte... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/11/18

    3/11/2018 3:43:58 PM, by JVANAM

    Don't fear failure - Bruce Lee ~ 3/11/18... Read more

  • Captain Fluffernut and the magic basement

    3/9/2018 3:35:49 PM, by TIKITAMI

    Some days things happen to remind us that is always another way of looking at things. Yesterday as I walked past my downstairs guestroom I saw something white hop across the floor. Hop? I gathered up my 2 year old granddaughters, my husband and we went on search. Sure enough a baby bunny ha... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/9/18

    3/9/2018 12:12:58 AM, by JVANAM

    I cannot let the fear of the past color the future. - Julie Kagawa, The Eternity Cure ~ 3/9/18... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/8/18

    3/8/2018 11:10:20 PM, by JVANAM

    Don't wish it were easier. Wish you were better. - Jim Rohn ~ 3/8/18... Read more

  • Happy St. Patrick's month!

    3/8/2018 7:33:52 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Winter Doldrums

    3/8/2018 12:54:27 PM, by GAILRUU

    Spring is nearly here according to the calendar but in northern Minnesota that is often just an illusion. We are having warmer temperatures but still it freezes hard at night. I am torn between wanting to be outdoors and being wary about icy conditions from the nightly freezes which might mean a n... Read more

  • Running and then things went .... dark

    3/7/2018 9:21:12 PM, by TIKITAMI

    Today I was really excited to get back to the trails. The snow has melted, it was a relatively warm day and as soon as my husband got home from work we headed out. YAY! Trails, mud, fresh air...umm...snow? Ok, so the snow has melted at home but not quite all of it up the mountain. ... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/6/18

    3/6/2018 9:11:55 PM, by JVANAM

    Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. - William James ~ 3/6/18... Read more

  • Words of wisdom...

    3/6/2018 8:33:35 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • First graders finish famous sayings...

    3/6/2018 7:02:22 PM, by CTUPTON

    Better to be safe than a tiger. Children should be seen and not in the night. Look before you walk on water. A picture is worth a thousand dollars. Too many cooks spoil the whole table. Other kids were similarly amusing: ... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/5/18

    3/5/2018 4:17:12 PM, by JVANAM

    If you hang out with eagles, you're going to fly. - Steve Maraboli ~ 3/5/18... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/4/18

    3/4/2018 5:27:35 PM, by JVANAM

    If you can dream it, you can do it. - Walt Disney ~ 3/4/18 70th OSCARS... Read more

  • Getting Back on Track w/e 2/27

    3/4/2018 2:17:13 PM, by LOPEYP

    Last week was a bit strange. We returned from vacation and went shopping and tried to get back on track but were kind of still in vacation mode. 40 I had taken the rest of the week off to do things around the house and watch over Ricki, one of our Persian sisters, who was having a tooth extracti... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/3/18

    3/3/2018 6:52:16 PM, by JVANAM

    If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all. - Joey Adams ~ 3/3/18... Read more

  • Mastectomy Done & I am Doing VERY Well!

    3/3/2018 1:39:15 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Thursday, March 1st I had a simple mastectomy (day surgery/outpatient procedure) with immediate breast reconstruction surgery (tissue expander). I am fortunate to live in an area where the surgery and reconstruction can be done as one surgery. Two surgeons at the same time — one to remove the breast... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/2/18

    3/2/2018 10:00:57 PM, by JVANAM

    At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets. - Steve Maraboli ~ 3/2/18... Read more

  • What ya thunk 3/1/18

    3/1/2018 9:16:05 PM, by JVANAM

    Gym is a sacred place which makes your life feel worth existing by putting effort of care into the home of your soul called body!... Read more

  • Hibernate While I Heal

    2/28/2018 6:01:04 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I saw the surgeon on Friday and decided to have a mastectomy this Thurs. It was a very difficult choice as it's only Stage 0 cancer, which means it has not spread. I wanted a lumpectomy, but it is the third time on the same side, so there is a 50% chance of recurrence. Standard medical opinion suppo... Read more

  • Still here

    2/28/2018 5:51:38 PM, by BSWIFE01

    I know attendance has been a little spotty the last few days. I haven't left or given up. Im just not feeling well. Yesterday was a day full of lab tests and a CT scan. Friday is a colonoscopy. As a lot of people know this does not do fun things to your diet or energy level. I know I will return at ... Read more

  • about doing good...

    2/28/2018 1:15:19 PM, by CTUPTON

    “ The Paradoxical Commandments People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. T... Read more

  • Wipeout

    2/27/2018 8:42:40 PM, by TIKITAMI

    The newest item I've added to our home gym is a balance board. I really like it and I am getting pretty good at being able to do my squats on it. My husband has left it alone, worried he was too big for it and I was fine with that, coordination is not his strong suit. Last night he decided to giv... Read more

  • What ya thunk 2/27/18

    2/27/2018 3:17:46 PM, by JVANAM

    Let the improvement of yourself keep you so busy that you have no time to criticize others-Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart ~ 2/27/18... Read more

  • Once upon a time

    2/26/2018 10:19:04 PM, by TIKITAMI

    Let me tell you a story. Once upon in the beautiful land of hikes and run, where fresh fruits and veggies fell from rainbows of happiness a joyful couple lost over 200 pounds. They were happy, they were committed, they were not stopping and knew they would reach goal. One day the wife tur... Read more

  • What ya thunk 2/26/18

    2/26/2018 12:30:27 AM, by JVANAM

    Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine. Roy T. Bennett ~ 2/26/18... Read more

  • What ya thunk 2/25/18

    2/25/2018 4:29:22 PM, by JVANAM

    Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change. - Wayne W. Dyer ~ 2/25/18... Read more

  • Eye Opening

    2/25/2018 12:29:49 PM, by READYRACHEL

    I'm fat and I'm staying fat so obviously I eat too much, but to see it in my tracker is still a wow. No wonder I'm so fat. I regularly eat well over 2,000 calories a day. Last week was mainly about getting a clear picture of where I am starting. This week I am going to focus on getting in my 8 gla... Read more

  • Social

    2/24/2018 7:47:52 PM, by BSWIFE01

    Being social is a good thing, but for some reason we always try to associate food with it!... Read more

  • Navigating Vacation w/e 2/20

    2/24/2018 9:49:30 AM, by LOPEYP

    Last week we were on vacation. We had a nice time and it was great to relax and not have to be somewhere at a certain time. It was a bit difficult for our meals though and trying to stay on plan or close to it. We had made a rough plan that we'd eat one meal "in" a day. That was typically lunch... Read more

  • What ya thunk 2/23/18

    2/23/2018 3:47:32 PM, by JVANAM

    Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ 2/23/18... Read more

  • head bumping in cats...who woulda thunk it!

    2/22/2018 11:52:48 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • Ice and a cold virus

    2/22/2018 10:47:42 PM, by KAREN608

    Several times we had freezing rain, and more is coming. By Monday a good thaw, but one must use some ice melt to make walking safer for postal workers and for me to make it outside as well. Since Saturday a cold virus has had hold of me, coughing and congestion. So far the flu has sidestepped m... Read more

  • Not feeling good

    2/22/2018 8:23:56 PM, by BSWIFE01

    I don't know how many other people are like this, but I am definitely one of those people they wrote that quote about "feeding a cold!"Ugh 🙄... Read more

  • Warning! Venting....

    2/22/2018 3:25:17 PM, by CTUPTON

    Not fair! I had 3 great things planned for today and all 3 fell through! water aerobics writing club meeting haircut with a very special hair dresser Insurance people called me even before I was out of bed. That led to many phone calls! Not good news all 'round. ... Read more

  • What ya thunk 2/22/18

    2/22/2018 2:04:57 PM, by JVANAM

    The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. - Confucius ~ 2/22/18... Read more

  • Saxenda Update

    2/21/2018 11:32:36 PM, by SASSYBLONDE69

    So I got a call from my Saxenda Care advisor today. How weird is it that I needed to confirm that I could skip my snacks if I wasn't hungry? I should just learn to trust myself. Eat when I'm hungry, and don't eat when I'm not. Today I took hubby to a craft brewery to pick up some beer. We went to... Read more

  • What ya thunk 2/21/18

    2/21/2018 7:22:42 PM, by JVANAM

    The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. - Arthur C. Clarke ~ 2/21/18... Read more

  • Feeling good.

    2/20/2018 9:39:20 PM, by BSWIFE01

    You know that you feel good about something when you have a friend with similar struggles and you are willing to share something you have found helpful, that has made feel good, or made your journey that much easier as you go along. That was me today. I have a coworker who also greatly struggles wit... Read more

  • A meaningful meeting

    2/19/2018 9:47:36 PM, by BSWIFE01

    I need my mind, my emotions, and my body to have a true meeting. Kind of like being mindful. All being on the same page.... Read more

  • Living here is way different than living in our own home!

    2/19/2018 7:53:09 PM, by CTUPTON

    110 apartments. So almost 150 residents. We eat meals mostly in a big dining room. Young waters and waitresses serve us. Four residents to a table. Tonight I sat with a woman most people don't like. I realized she zeros in on the negative aspect to each person's behavior. I focus on the p... Read more

  • What ya thunk 2/19/18

    2/19/2018 2:11:36 AM, by JVANAM

    It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform. - Roy T. Bennett ~ 2/19/18... Read more

  • What ya thunk 2/18/18

    2/18/2018 10:17:22 PM, by JVANAM

    Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart. - Roy T. Bennett ~ 2/18/18... Read more

  • Run my little minions, run!

    2/18/2018 3:12:03 PM, by TIKITAMI

    When my daughter suggested a 10K trail run with her toddlers I immediately accepted. At two years old her girls are already avid runners and I love that this will be a memory they will have growing up, running with their nana. It took a lot of searching to find a "stroller friendly" long trail ru... Read more

  • I feel like I need to shed my winter coat

    2/18/2018 2:27:44 PM, by BSWIFE01

    I literally feel stuck in my winter coat of fat that needs to shed. I know I am in here somewhere and screaming "let me out and take it off please!" This just isn't the real me!... Read more

  • has been a while

    2/18/2018 11:16:27 AM, by READYRACHEL

    I haven't been on Sparkpeople since 2014. Wow. A lot has happened in my time away. My first baby is going to be a kindergartener in the fall, I have a new baby just born in January, we moved, I got a new job, both of my dogs died, we got a new dog, and I've gained about 30lbs. I downloaded the Spar... Read more

  • Note to self -how to get my taxes done in a timely fashion

    2/18/2018 10:20:28 AM, by CTUPTON

    First find a flat place to work. I used to use a folding table. But since we moved the only one I moved with is in use for hubby's meals, etc. I think I can clear off a section of the kitchen counter facing the living room. 15 minutes Get out the stacking trays that organize the year's r... Read more

  • Thank you all for your wonderful support!

    2/18/2018 10:19:32 AM, by CTUPTON

    220 247 212 chris... Read more

  • Things were going OK, then...

    2/17/2018 11:52:14 AM, by CTUPTON

    Hubby now has a broken leg and an open bed sore. Getting help has been impossible! 234 His wheelchair needs a new cushion. It is almost 5 yrs old and the cushion is as hard as cement. Although our aides care for him diligently he finally has an open bedsore. I am sure it is from the cushion ha... Read more

  • What ya thunk 2/16/18

    2/16/2018 8:20:49 PM, by JVANAM

    Incredible change happen in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over. - Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free 2/16/18... Read more

  • Doing it Disney style

    2/16/2018 8:08:18 PM, by TIKITAMI

    What a great time we had at Disneyland. Let me actually rephrase that, what a great, healthy time we had at Disneyland. The trip was well planned out and my daughter and I managed to successfully eat healthy (at least 80% of the time) and definitely got our exercise in. We opted for a hotel... Read more

  • What ya thunk 2/15/18

    2/15/2018 3:15:02 AM, by JVANAM

    Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. ~ Marilyn Monroe ~ 2/15/18... Read more