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  • Tough Week

    11/22/2014 7:19:28 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    This week has been tough for me. I don't recall being so depressed over winter before and not wanting to do anything. But all this week I have struggled with walking and wanting to exercise at all. Today it finally got above freezing. It was wonderful. 44 outside and I went for 2 wonderful ... Read more

  • Artella Inspiration

    11/20/2014 9:01:00 AM, by BERKANAFAIRY

    I’m inspired by this new guide by Marney Makridakis, called HOP, SKIP, JUMP: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life. Do you Hop, Skip, or Jump? Take this fun quiz and find out your most productive manifesting style:
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  • Zombies! Run!

    11/20/2014 8:42:17 AM, by BERKANAFAIRY

    So I've been doing this couch to 5k training app for the last few weeks, and I'm now halfway through week 4. I can't believe how much I'm enjoying it! I've always hated running, but I'm so surprised by how much fitter I'm getting. I think the background story involving zombies is helping muchly, and... Read more

  • Ugh, Winter Came Early This Year

    11/19/2014 7:23:33 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    View out my back window. I've had some trouble getting in my steps the last couple of days. The bitter cold (it's only mid-November for goodness sake!), the blowing wind, the snow. Excuses, excuses. But it is dragging me down... Read more

  • Left speechless

    11/16/2014 10:46:39 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    My mom has been home 3 days and it is going okay. I think when she fell, she messed up her back some. (The X-rays did show some compound fractures, they couldn't tell for sure if they were old or new. I know some are old). She was a difficult time getting up from her chairs and bed. If she had ... Read more

  • Updates

    11/16/2014 2:45:37 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    So far no movement on our house. It's a little disheartening but DH doesn't want to move in the winter so I guess it's ok. We recently replaced the front storm door to something nicer. And now we are discussing updating the master bath. New counter, double bowls, wall scones, a little tile. I t... Read more

  • Puchero-Suggestions?

    11/16/2014 12:54:32 PM, by SAGE150

    I cooked an Argentinean soup this weekend that gave me great difficulty when I tried to enter it into my Nutrition Tracker. It is a soup that is chock full of vegetables and has lots of homemade beef stock in it. Here is the re... Read more

  • Push Ups

    11/15/2014 7:22:58 PM, by HOLISTIC5

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  • Adjusted BMR and Mindful Eating

    11/14/2014 8:13:53 PM, by SAGE150

    I have been examining my BMR lately. I have gone to independent sites to calculate it, and it is around 1700 calories. Spark tends to focus on our adjusted BMR, but everyone's metabolism and level of activity is different so applying the universally accepted multiplier of 1.2 for living a sedentar... Read more

  • Movie Night

    11/12/2014 8:49:56 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Got my stitches out today (finally). My arms feel much better. The scars look impressive (red) but should heal up pretty quickly. I feel good. Had quite a bit of time to kill after my visit to the Doctors office and before meeting R for a movie (Intersteller). Called older DD and she met me... Read more

  • Two inspirational quotes for today...

    11/12/2014 8:59:12 AM, by MARITIMER3

    that I read on SP today "If it was easy, everyone could do it!" and "Tired of starting over? Just stop quitting." Remember... Hugs, Gail... Read more

  • +4 lbs

    11/12/2014 7:36:31 AM, by SAGE150

    Over the last month, I have gained 4 lbs, not lost. The scale doesn't lie. I have eaten too much at parties. I have eaten too much at home with numerous binges or just by going over my calorie range. I have not exercised enough, and yet I continued to eat as though I was following through with ... Read more

  • Finally!

    11/11/2014 11:56:13 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    My mom will be home on Thursday. YEAH! She did tell me that her kidneys are hurting now. I just pray that her UTI didn't spread to them. But also said her back hurts all the way across. Hopefully, it is back and not her kidneys. I will have to talk to her nurse tomorrow. ... Read more

  • Keeping commitments!

    11/10/2014 9:35:53 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    I am learning the value of keeping commitments. Doing so really boosts my self esteem. I am working on learning when to commit myself and having following through. This ties in to loosing weight. If I set a time to exercise am I keeping it?? Even though it is to myself? or do I do it when I want ... Read more

  • Thank Goodness for Friends

    11/10/2014 8:40:45 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    This past weekend I managed to walk over 25,000 steps both days. It felt really awesome to do this and I think this is something I would like to strive for each weekend for the rest of 2014. I know I can do it! This morning was a little difficult for me. It is a Monday so I kinda know why bu... Read more

  • Time to take care of ....ME!

    11/9/2014 9:04:46 AM, by JUICYPEACH222

    It's been awhile since I've been on Sparks site. I've been pretty busy being a caregiver to my Grandma who recently passed away. She made it to 100 years of age. I have to admit taking care of someone can stop you from taking care of yourself. So I'm back! to do just that!... Read more

  • Ahhhh, Nothing Like a Walk (or Two)

    11/8/2014 7:09:01 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Twice I went walking today. And twice I got caught in the rain. Didn't melt (much LOL) either time and actually enjoyed both my walks. Got almost 25,000 steps in because of it and I feel FABULOUS! There is nothing, and I mean nothing, like a walk outside. It really calms me and keeps me focused... Read more

  • Motivation from Scripture

    11/7/2014 5:19:11 PM, by BERKANAFAIRY

    1 Corinthians 9:26-27 “Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.” Isaiah 40:29-31 “He gives power to the faint, abundant strength to the weak... Read more

  • Dream a Little Dream

    11/7/2014 4:49:14 PM, by BERKANAFAIRY

    Potential epic wins: Lose 20 pounds Run 5k Earn £1000 a month Get my pattern business off the ground Visit St Petersburg See the Northern Lights from a glass roofed igloo Go to Hampton Court and see the Xmas lights ... Read more

  • Just keep swimming

    11/7/2014 4:44:47 PM, by BERKANAFAIRY

    I'm still here, still plodding on. I've done some proper walking over the summer and am slowly getting my pace and fitness back. I even walked 20k around Leek, Staffs. I'm getting back to the virtual walking now the weather is changing, I need the motivation to get off my butt and get out of the doo... Read more

  • How Gloom Became Fun

    11/6/2014 7:11:50 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    It was another gloomy day today, but today I decided to conquer my aversion to walking in the rain. It was more of a misty drizzle and actually pretty nice to walk in. I was the only person over at the park but that was nice too. I finished my audiobook (Hamish Macbeth and The Death of a Macho Ma... Read more

  • 30 Days of Thankfulness

    11/5/2014 7:53:52 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    On Facebook, I post daily (try to anyways) 30 days of thankfulness for the month of November. Although I feel we should be thankful everyday of the year. I'm going to try to update (edit) my list here everyday. DAY 1:……….GOD DAY 2………..CHURCH FAMILY DAY 3………..MY CAT (she's good company w... Read more

  • Random Thoughts on a Gloomy Day

    11/4/2014 4:34:24 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    It is a gloomy day. DH hasn't set up my mini-tramp yet for winter and I've only gotten in 6,700 steps so far today. One of my FitBit buddies asked me to join him to a week-long challenge and I accepted. You would think it would really motivate a person no matter what but walking in the rain is on... Read more

  • Super Hero? Secret Identity?

    11/3/2014 8:38:34 PM, by RUTHE_51

    Even though I have had some challenging times in my life, none have taken super-human strength from me. I have leaned on the Lord during those times. He is my hope and my strength. I am grateful that I can depend on Him, not just in challenging times but daily. Secret identity? Am I wearing... Read more

  • Not sure what to call this...

    11/2/2014 9:56:03 PM, by MARITIMER3

    This has been a bad week. I've been doing lots of extra cleaning, because I won't be able to do a lot of bending for the next month because of my cataract surgery. I haven't done as much walking, under 15 miles last week, and haven't done my ST. We went away for 2 days, then Peter started sel... Read more

  • Lauren Hill

    11/2/2014 4:26:36 PM, by PAG2809

    This afternoon I'm lying on my couch watching basketball, with a box of tissues close by. The women's NCAA basketball season usually starts in mid-November and Division III games are never televised. And then came Lauren Hill. Lauren Hill is a sophomore at Mt. St. Joseph's University in Cincin... Read more

  • WIO challenge

    11/1/2014 3:14:41 PM, by BECKYSKEL

    For a WIO challenge, I had to take a picture of my Mii with the juggler. Here it is: ... Read more

  • Rested

    10/31/2014 8:38:01 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Because I've been doing extra steps all month to meet my new, higher goal I discovered on Wednesday that I only needed to do 4,000 steps for the last 3 days to get there. And since I have been getting a little burned out I decided to just take a break. So I did not go on any walks except what I ac... Read more

  • It's been a long month

    10/30/2014 10:50:38 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    It is been a long month. With my mom being in the nursing home, my eating habits haven't been the best and I haven't been walking either. I was almost off the Pepsi, but being stressed I got back on it. Hopefully, if she gets to come home, my eating hab... Read more

  • So far so good!!

    10/28/2014 9:01:03 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    Indulged this evening in some pineapple greek yogurt after working out with some water. Simple pleasures much better than a candy bar or cake or ice cream. I Got washed up and applied a honey mask from honey straight from my parents farm and now relaxing watching tv. Even though I have bee... Read more

  • Peace

    10/27/2014 8:22:35 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    Today has been a wonderful day. I woke up happy and excited to walk on my treadmill. I am glad to start using it and getting in the groove before winter comes so I will be in a routine. I just generally felt optimistic. Got outside for a few hours in the nice weather. I have had a good amount o... Read more

  • Feeling conflicted

    10/27/2014 3:10:20 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    My mom fell and fractured her pelvis last month. Then she had a stroke a few days later. For a few days, we weren't sure if she would make it. She has improved a lot, especially over the last week. The head therapist at the rehabilitation center said she should be able to come around the 12th of ... Read more

  • My inspirations

    10/27/2014 1:52:13 PM, by BECKYSKEL

    For a WIO challenge, I am to write a blog about someone or something who inspires me. Honestly, I have three someones. God is my Christian inspiration, my Dad was my personal inspiration and Mrs. Ford was my teacher/work inspiration. Being a Christian definitely has its ups and downs but thro... Read more

  • Better to err on the side of safety

    10/27/2014 8:08:59 AM, by MARITIMER3

    As a result of some unwanted posts from someone called JESSICA4LOVE, I've been reminded not to be quite so open with my activity feed. From now on I won't be posting that I'm going away, for example. I'll wait until I'm home again to comment on a vacation. I'm sad that there are people out the... Read more

  • This Plateau - Part 2

    10/27/2014 6:04:52 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    R and I got in a lot of walking this weekend. She is getting faster and keeps up now. She commented to me about her weight - she has been losing since joining me on the walks - and is very pleased. I was kidding her about her extremely baggy pants one day and she admitted that she knows she needs... Read more

  • Gratitude list! Lets look to the positive instead of the negative

    10/26/2014 8:51:31 PM, by JANELMARIESTAR

    I am grateful I could walk on treadmill today for 20 minutes I am grateful i could have fresh water to drink. With Ice cubes just the way I like. I am grateful I have a roof over my head. THese are just a few of things that I am grateful for today... Read more

  • Learning

    10/25/2014 7:58:26 PM, by SAGE150

    Today I ate too many calories, but I stopped myself from binging so I am proud of that. I recognized why I was eating. My anxiety was high. I hadn't accomplished any of my goals for the day including my exercise. I also felt unloved, lonely, and am experiencing a void of affection in my marriage... Read more

  • Juggling

    10/25/2014 3:05:19 PM, by RUTHE_51

    I took a selfie with me and the juggler but this is as far as I got. Not sure how to get the picture from my camera to this blog. ... Read more