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  • Little Yellow Duck

    8/22/2014 7:12:28 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    I knitted my first Yellow duck last night and took her out with me this morning here she is Daffy Duck I added the label and left her on a seat in the Shopping Centre ... Read more

  • Interesting Week

    8/21/2014 8:33:03 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Last weekend my DH lost his 87-year old aunt and his 90-year old uncle. On the same day as his own mother had passed away when he was only 2. They all live in the Thumb area of Michigan, which is a 4 hour drive for us from our location. Wednesday they buried his aunt so DH got up early and left t... Read more

  • And go!

    8/20/2014 10:36:21 PM, by CHASENMYDESTINY

    I am not going to say I am starting over but I will say I have set a couple of new goals. They are #1) stay on program one whole day. #2) Call Peg every Thurs to see how she is doing. She needs my help to stick to her plan and I am here for her and I know she is here for me. #3) get ready for our ch... Read more

  • Sibol Afghan completed

    8/20/2014 5:28:03 PM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    My Sibol ( Sunshine International Blankets of Love) Afghan is complete. The patch you can see is a pocket with a butterfly on it I took the picture to sh... Read more

  • Am I missing something?

    8/19/2014 7:11:11 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    I have been seeing a lot people doing the "ice bucket" challenge. The way I understand it, if they only have to pay if they DON'T do the challenge. Isn't the whole point of donating to a charity is to give them money. Maybe I'm misunderstanding the whole thing. I am not financially able to pa... Read more

  • Back Walking

    8/19/2014 12:19:46 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Went back walking today after a week off to rest my Achilles. It was slow going but I managed 3 laps (thank you Cindy!) before the humidity got the best of me. I still need to manage a trip to the weight room at some point in the day for some arm work. Started a new audiobook so that helps. "De... Read more

  • WWI Prayer book update

    8/19/2014 9:43:02 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    Today I got an email that made my day. Here is a copy of was sent to me. Thank you for your email of 4 August, and for taking the trouble to send the images of the pocket prayer book used by your late grandfather during his military service in the First World War. Your grandfather's p... Read more

  • Making a New Rule for Me

    8/19/2014 9:11:06 AM, by DEBORAH2180

    I was on this site faithfully when I was working part time. Last summer, after I graduated with my Masters, I decided to focus on me and I worked out by walking and jogging miles each day. I LOVED it! Then I landed another position at my job which was full time and I was immediately swamped!... Read more

  • New Challenge to keep me on track

    8/18/2014 3:38:15 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    In my search for a new Challenge I found this 30 Days of Fit Food right here on Sparkpeople.
    urce/30-days-of-fit-food.asp So I am going to try this and see how it goes. There are plenty of reminders of what I should be doing as well as meal pl... Read more

  • Did that weasel make me fall?

    8/17/2014 5:26:15 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Waited out the rain this morning and finally got to go bike riding with DH around 10:30. We made really good time too. Didn't see too many other people on the trail until about 8 miles out. It had stopped misting by then and Wow the bikers and walkers were just streaming onto the trail. The weat... Read more

  • Birthday dinner

    8/17/2014 12:47:47 AM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    I asked my son awhile where he wanted to go for his birthday dinner. He said he would rather I pay some towards his tuition. He would rather have the $$ to go to a good cause. He did ask me to make enchilada stacks for his birthday dinner. I had the man and his girls over. Luckily they liked th... Read more

  • Jackpot!

    8/16/2014 11:39:09 PM, by 56ROSE

    I went to the Goodwill store today with my hubby; not expecting to find much of anything for myself. I have such a hard time finding clothes that fit. I usually walk out empty handed more times than not. Well, today was a surprise! I bought 5 tops that fit nicely for under $5 each. Some of them were... Read more

  • Rest Day

    8/16/2014 8:04:52 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Today was a rest day for me. And I actually did that. I didn't try to sneak in a short ride, or a short walk or even a trip to the weight room. Nope older DD and I went to an auction today and did some people watching. I also bought the cutest doorstop with a little bronze mouse on it. But most... Read more

  • 5% Challenge ends

    8/16/2014 11:59:14 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    Well the challenge is over and I shed 3 pounds in total, I had hoped for more but it is better than last time when I lost nothing at all. Now the things is keeping going during the break before the Autumn Challenge. It is easy to slide back into old habits and relax during the break. What I ... Read more

  • Tired of sweating

    8/15/2014 8:33:09 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    I have had the Mirena IUD for about 8 years and haven't had a period this whole time. I asked my health care provider how would I know if I was going through menopause. She said when I have it taken out in 2 years. If I got my period back that I would mean no and if I didn't I would mostly likely... Read more


    8/15/2014 4:09:42 PM, by TIME2BLOOM4ME

    The other night hubby went to bed early. It was just the cat and I alone. We got busy again, together in the kitchen. Hubby loves a product called Cacao Bliss, sol... Read more

  • I need to start over

    8/15/2014 12:30:50 AM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    I admit it I haven't been walking like I should the last few weeks. And I know saying it is too hot is just a lame excuse. Things have been kind of crazy this past week. My boyfriend had court, because his X wanted more child support. He has no problem paying it, but what the child suppor... Read more

  • New Record!

    8/14/2014 2:22:48 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Yesterday was one for the books. DH rode the 20 mile trail with me in the morning. Then later my best friend rode it again with me. 40 miles in one day! The early morning trip was windy and I was exhausted when we were done. The later trip the air was still and even though there were a lot more... Read more

  • Be Kind....

    8/13/2014 9:33:16 PM, by HOLISTIC5

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  • Vacation Pictures

    8/12/2014 9:56:53 PM, by BECKYSKEL

    We went on two vacations this summer. The first one was to New Mexico and Colorado so here we are at Pikes Peak. The second one was to the Gulf Coast in Galveston. ... Read more

  • More Coconut milk notes

    8/12/2014 3:25:19 AM, by TIME2BLOOM4ME

    I remade my dehydrated flaked coconut milk again. It was a hectic day, so I took my time on making more milk. In the morning I soaked the unsweetened coconut flakes in cool water. I let them sit out all day on the counter. Just before bed I finally got around to running them throug... Read more

  • My Longest Bike Ride To Date (4 Hours)

    8/11/2014 3:52:37 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Yesterday's bike ride proved that I can pedal without causing any pain to my foot. Biking doesn't get my FitBit count up much but it is so much fun that it doesn't matter. My count will be off until my foot heals but so long as I can still bike I'm good. Went to a get-together last evening wi... Read more

  • Turmoil so close to home

    8/11/2014 1:52:26 PM, by CELEST

    Mossel Bay is a little fishing village an hour away from where I live. Usually NOTHING happens in this town. It is one of the most laid back places, given to holiday makers fun. Then suddenly out the blue DRAMA RULES. According to the latest information, +-300 protesters are causing havoc in th... Read more

  • 10 Minute Daily ST Commitment

    8/11/2014 11:40:45 AM, by MARITIMER3

    As most of you know, I have no problem doing lots of cardio exercise every day, as I walk 20-25 miles each week on my virtual walk. ST is a different matter. Although I have a stability ball, resistance bands, free weights, a medicine ball and a brand new kettlebell, I often go 4-5-6 days with... Read more

  • Ode to Beans

    8/10/2014 9:04:17 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Well I knew it was bound to happen. I've been flirting with ETL for a few months now and it looks like this time it is sticking. Beans are my favorite food. If I don't get in my cup a day it feels like I've missed something. Yesterday I had such a hankering for lettuce that I opened a bag and sa... Read more

  • 25,000!!

    8/10/2014 12:42:29 AM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    When I post this blog, I will have finally reached 25,000 SparkPoints! I'm amazed it took me this long to achieve that! When I first joined SparkPeople back in 2010, I was faithful about logging in every day. I had a SparkStreak of several hundred days before I missed a day. I was unemploy... Read more

  • Grand Adventure

    8/9/2014 10:22:13 PM, by 56ROSE

    Today we returned from a 2 day trip to McCall, Idaho. This was our first trip with our Grandchildren, ages 8 and 10. Initially, I was somewhat apprehensive about how this adventure would turn out. Despite a few bumps here & there, I think all went well. The children had a good time and seem eager to... Read more

  • Yard sale

    8/9/2014 6:46:00 PM, by MARITIMER3

    Up at 6, showered and started putting things out at 6:30. First buyers arrived before 7. Bev arrived around 7:30 with her stuff and we were busy off and on until 2. Heated up left-over shepherd's pie, put out home-made coleslaw and grape tomatoes. Apple cider, which tasted really good. Called it... Read more

  • Frustrated with Annual Physical

    8/9/2014 12:15:35 PM, by READINGGAL

    I've worked hard the last four months for good results at my annual physical. The good news is that my blood pressure and HDL (bad) cholesterol numbers were low. This is what I needed to pass (along with sugar level) so our insurance rates don't double next year. The frustrating news was that t... Read more

  • Virtual Walk 2 St Ives to Padstow

    8/9/2014 7:14:20 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    My second virtual walk will take me through a part of Cornwall that I love. I have been here in reality with my husband Colin and loved it. If I could I would happily move to Cornwall as I love the cliffs and beaches. myvirtual-walks.blogspot
    padstow.htm... Read more

  • Still Trying to Hula Hoop

    8/8/2014 7:16:46 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    That weighted hula hoop is kicking my butt. I am sure I will have bruises tomorrow on my calves but I am sticking to it. I have yet to get more than 2 spins on it before it falls to the floor. I used to hula hoop all the time when I was a kid and with my daughters when they were little. But it's... Read more

  • UPDATED. Almost Instant Dehydrated Coconut Milk

    8/8/2014 3:35:01 PM, by TIME2BLOOM4ME

    Today I decided to try making some coconut milk at home. There are times when I don't have the luxury of having young coconuts available to make coconut milk. Most of the time we don't go to t... Read more

  • Better habits finally kicking in...

    8/7/2014 6:49:57 PM, by MARITIMER3

    As some of you may remember, I made a shepherd's pie yesterday. Cleaning out the fridge, I cooked and mashed turnip, which I like but Peter doesn't, to have with it. Turns out the weather was good today, so he decided to take the Sprite to the car show which is held in town every Thursday du... Read more

  • A company that cares!!

    8/7/2014 1:48:58 PM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    Well today has been interesting I got up early and did my exercise, showered dressed and had breakfast, all perfectly normal. Got the laundry sorted out and then got on with the housework. The washing machine was making an odd noise and I thought maybe it was an uneven load. The wash cycle f... Read more

  • Fun Stuff

    8/6/2014 8:41:56 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I am loving this week! Walking in the morning, biking in the afternoon, hula hooping (or attempting) just for fun. I'm gonna hate going back to work next month but for now I'm having a blast. Hula hooping is not going well. I still can't keep the hoop up on my waist but I did keep attempting... Read more

  • Reducing our intake of processed foods

    8/6/2014 7:06:15 PM, by MARITIMER3

    Let me start by saying that we don't eat a lot of processed foods. I make most things from scratch, but processed foods sneak in... deli potato salad, low fat cold cuts, an occasional can of "healthy" soup... and I still find the sodium creeping up. This week I bought extra chicken breasts, o... Read more

  • Setting time aside to write

    8/6/2014 11:36:52 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    I used to write stories all the time nothing special just tales of magic and imagination. I wrote stories for my brother when he was little and my children loads of them, I even read them in schools as the children liked them. Then with life stepping in with all sorts of problems raising their... Read more


    8/5/2014 9:15:13 PM, by MCCALI59

    I fell again today. I hurt myself all over. I almost split my head open on a glasss table. I was very shaken up bt it and still don't feel too good. But at least I am not in the hospital again.... Read more

  • Fun Time Shopping

    8/5/2014 5:06:21 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    DD and I drove to Lansing today to check out a mall I have never been to before. It's been there many years, I even had my Lasik surgery right next to it 10 years ago. But I have never visited it until today. It is one of those ... Read more

  • Home Made GOLD FISH, Yum

    8/5/2014 3:47:21 PM, by TIME2BLOOM4ME

    Crispy, crunchy, cheesy GOLD FISH crackers. What's not to love about them. Their small bite size crackers are delicious. The problem with them is they are fake foods. They are made with foods that in my opi... Read more

  • Protein and Sodium

    8/4/2014 7:06:45 PM, by MARITIMER3

    Tonight I grilled extra boneless, skinless chicken breasts so that I would have some ready-to-eat protein for a salad or wrap. I try hard to stay as close as I can to the 50% carbs, 30% healthy fats and 20% lean protein recommended by SP. At the same time, I try to keep my sodium intake belo... Read more

  • That's A Lot of Water!

    8/4/2014 4:01:01 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Today was very warm, very quickly. Usually the day after biking (yesterday) I just want to do a really long walk. Today was that day. I got up, dressed and headed out to the park. But I was astonished at how warm it already was at 7:30AM. I peeled off my warm up jacket before even getting in th... Read more

  • Kind of sad to do this

    8/4/2014 2:10:25 PM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    Today marks 100 years from the start of World War 1 and tonight we have been asked to light a candle for all those who did not come home. My Mothers family was lucky her Father came home, my Mother was born July 1st 1918. My Grandfather carried a pocket prayer book with him throughout the war... Read more

  • I bought stuff to Binge

    8/3/2014 11:25:34 AM, by TIME2BLOOM4ME

    Hubby and I went to the store yesterday. While I got the usual healthy stuff, I wanted some junk food. I WANTED TO BINGE. Crazy right. Well no, I have been eating well and I wanted some JUNK food. I purchas... Read more

  • Knitting frenzy

    8/3/2014 10:12:20 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    Okay those of you that follow my blog will know I love knitting and knit for different charities. So it will be no big surprise when I say I am starting a new project. I completed my frogs and created a bag for each of them F... Read more

  • Still losing

    8/2/2014 10:29:17 PM, by 56ROSE

    I have lost almost 5 lbs in the past 6 weeks! Although the bloating has subsided, I'm still cautious about my food choices since I'm also dealing with chronic acid reflux. All these digestive issues seem to keep my eating under control most of the time. On the flip side, it is sometimes really hard ... Read more

  • Today

    8/1/2014 10:07:05 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Broke my hula hoop today. Not sure how, one minute I'm spinning away and the next the thing comes apart. Luckily I have another, smaller one too. And oddly the smaller one is easier to use. Still can't do for more than a few seconds before it falls to the ground but I've attempted for 2 days now... Read more

  • Spiced Tea Latte, my new Love

    8/1/2014 9:07:04 PM, by TIME2BLOOM4ME

    I found my new LOVE. It's so insanely delicious. It's something I have been searching for a very long time. Several years ago, I developed an instant fondness for Chai tea. My daughter and I were exploring o... Read more

  • Ready to Rock August!

    8/1/2014 8:30:41 PM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    July was kind of a wash out for me in terms of exercising/eating right. Getting sick just threw me off! August is going to be MUCH better! After watching the infomercial for a LONG time, I finally decided to order my own Focus T25. I have a friend who has done it and she said i... Read more

  • New Eating Habit

    8/1/2014 11:16:46 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    Yesterday we went to see the Dietician at HALO ( Health and Lifestyle Opportunities) everything they have said mirrors Sparkpeople. The theme for yesterday was Eating Habits. Snacks are a big problem especially for DH as he likes what he calls 'something nice' in the evening whilst watching T... Read more

  • july 31

    7/31/2014 10:37:33 PM, by RHAYS01

    I did very well today! Gavin walked with me this evening. It was HIS idea! ... Read more

  • I SLIPPED up Big time.

    7/31/2014 8:26:26 PM, by TIME2BLOOM4ME

    A few days ago I slipped up. It was a Big, BAD Slip up. I was on way to collect the garden hose so I could water my Goji berry plants when it happened. My body flew up in the air, I didn't know I could fly. Then I came crashing back down to the earth. It wasn't like a graceful fea... Read more

  • My Virtual Walks

    7/31/2014 10:32:02 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    I have decided to get back to my Virtual Walks and have created a new blog for them. My first walk is from St Ives to Zennor in Cornwall. It will take in views of the sea and I have included information about the area and pictures. Virtual walks mean I can plan my exercise and get to learn ... Read more

  • Living Life

    7/30/2014 9:25:20 PM, by DIVINEDIVA40

    We all can find something that is wrong with us or the world and others but can we all find a way to actually live life. I gave up on negativity so long ago, I'm not sure I know what it means anymore. I constantly find the silver lining and the good in everyone and everything. Many times this get... Read more

  • Our day out to Brighton

    7/30/2014 9:00:00 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    Yesterday we went to a coach trip to Brighton and really enjoyed it. Temperatures were high and reached around 90F so we stopped off at various places and had drinks and bought bottle of water. A nice healthy lunch was rounded off by frozen Greek Yogurt with honey for me as most of the desserts h... Read more

  • Does anyone else have trouble getting below a specific weight number?

    7/29/2014 11:19:34 PM, by MARITIMER3

    My highest weight, before I joined Spark People 3 1/2 years ago, was 192 lbs. Since then, I got down to 165-166 lbs. twice, and twice my weight quickly went back to 180. That's where I was in January 2014. I've worked hard at both eating properly and exercising more over the past 6 m... Read more

  • Biking

    7/29/2014 8:24:38 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    My best friend from high school has been down to see her parents this week. Last evening we went over to the park that I walk at and walked her dog. Fun time and her dog really enjoyed it. Today we went bike riding, which we have done before. When we were in high school she and I were going ... Read more

  • Exercise for Stress

    7/28/2014 9:09:46 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Summer is starting to unwind. It makes me sad because that means back to school soon. Last year I had a very difficult time with a new teacher who took an instant dislike to me. She made my life very difficult and unhappy. This Thursday is "bid day" when the support staff has to report and bid o... Read more

  • My personal inspiration

    7/27/2014 6:02:18 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I have a number of these sayings copied onto my computer. Occasionally (like today) I open them all and reread them. They remind me that I am headed in the right direction for me and that I still have a long way to go. This one is... Read more

  • Operation Declutter

    7/27/2014 10:04:52 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    I have always disliked clutter even as a girl I was always tidying things up and getting stuff organised. My Dad would say' Paula's in tidy mode again, I can't find a thing' Now my Husband says 'Oh no not tidy head again, it will take me ages to find stuff around here' Read more


    7/26/2014 10:02:37 PM, by 56ROSE

    I have been dealing with digestive issues (mostly chronic bloating) all week. After doing some online research, I stumbled across FODMAP diets for IBS symptoms and other digestive issues. This diet addresses sensitivities to lactose, fructose, and other substances. I'm hoping I will find some relief... Read more

  • Journey Notes: Road Map

    7/26/2014 8:23:47 PM, by AZRIYA

    When Bilbo Baggins, having uncharacteristically overslept, set out for his journey through Middle Earth, he took with him nothing but the clothes on his back. I find that I need a little more than that, not least of which is a road map. I'm a bit of a mess. My house is an over-cluttered shambl... Read more

  • Leaving the Land of Shadows

    7/26/2014 4:48:34 PM, by AZRIYA

    I've been a long time gone, lost in my own Land of Shadows, dealing with a serious car accident and the injuries it caused, compounded by my ongoing struggles with chronic pain, PTSD, and agoraphobia. Somewhere in the midst of all that fuss and bother, the effort to begin finally healing my broken r... Read more


    7/25/2014 6:17:48 PM, by TIME2BLOOM4ME

    I UNDERSTAND. Gosh I REALLY, REALLY UNDERSTAND now how being prepared and organized helps you to stay on track. Lately I have been very busy preparing foods several days in a row. Foods that I can safely ea... Read more

  • Summer Reading

    7/25/2014 5:46:03 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Today I finished the 2 books I have been working on. One "The Whole Cat and Caboodle" is a cozy mystery and the killer wasn't revealed until the last chapter. Wow what a ride! I loved it. This author also writes my very favorite series The Magical Cats which are also cozy mysteries. I have ... Read more

  • Late Start

    7/24/2014 8:35:28 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Taking 2 days off to do gardening seems to have zapped me. This morning I awoke in time to hit the trail by 7AM but I just wasn't feeling it. So I talked myself into waiting for DD to leave for her volunteer job (10:10AM) and then hit the trail. So while I was waiting I got my gear on, loaded... Read more

  • Weather causes problems

    7/24/2014 10:00:09 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    This humid weather we are having and then the rather hot and humid days are causing havoc with everything. For one this the bus service is up the creak without a paddle as buses are breaking down due to being over heated. So if you have an appointment to get to you have to plan a head and get a... Read more