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  • Foot Update

    12/27/2014 9:11:13 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I have rested my foot for 3 days now. It feels much better and I am planning on a short walk tomorrow morning. Did some stepping on my mini-tramp today and it was fine. Even putting on the shoes didn't hurt as much as before so it must be healing. I will still take it easy as I don't want a repe... Read more

  • All Dogs Should Be on Leashes!

    12/25/2014 9:18:03 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Tuesday I took my friend R's elderly parents dog, Casey, for a walk in town. He is getting much better behaving on a leash. Sticks to my side and only occasionally barks at other dogs. But Wednesday, what a day. We are doing the big loop, I'm listening to a book when across the road (a busy road... Read more

  • Merry Christmas

    12/25/2014 3:44:16 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    Merry Christmas! Hope everyone is having a blessed day! I hope you all are able to spend the day with loved ones. Just know that I am thinking of all my Spark Friends! ... Read more

  • Smaller Jeans - Almost

    12/22/2014 9:23:18 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    My daughters and I drove to Ann Arbor today for our annual dental appointments. While we were there I wanted to stop by Briarwood Mall to poke around. It was a slow day (except at Williams & Sonoma - yikes!). I bought some new under eye cream which really seems to mask my huge under eye bags (fin... Read more

  • Ending My Second Year on Sparkpeople

    12/21/2014 6:07:55 PM, by MAWMAW101

    December 27 will be the second anniversary of my joining Sparkpeople. Because my large happy family will be here to celebrate that day, it seems that I should be writing my thoughts today while it is quiet! My original reason, besides losing weight when I joined Sparkpeople was t... Read more

  • And we did it!

    12/21/2014 2:03:46 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    21,414 steps is twice around. 2-1/2 hours of constant walking (well except the two times I needed to stop to use a restroom). The last mile was the worst. We were both tired and dragging but we made it. I took a hot shower as soon as we got home which helped energize me. Not enough to go out wa... Read more

  • After 4 crazy months!

    12/20/2014 10:20:49 PM, by DEBORAH2180

    I am finally free from working crazy long hours! I plan on joining the gym in the near future so that I can do group classes as well as the treadmill, stairs, and the indoor track. I am also thinking about swimming every now and then. I want to get back to what I was doing a year ago with jog... Read more

  • I Am Ready

    12/20/2014 7:50:11 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Today DH and I walked the new longer trail today. I have walked it twice before on my own and I like it. One lap is 12,000 steps for me and very interesting. Tomorrow he wants to attempt doing it twice. Twice! I am not sure how it will go. It was cold and slick today from the freeze last night... Read more

  • SP Date 3042 - 180+ miles this year!

    12/18/2014 10:07:35 PM, by MIZBUFFETT

    Whew - didn't think I would ever say that - and for the most part, I had fun this year with it. A couple of repeat races (Princess half, Space Coast half, Pink Feet 5k (we won best costume), Chic-Fil-A 5k, Turkey Trot 5k) and a couple of new ones that will be repeated next year (Tomoka half, Pro F... Read more

  • "Burning the Old Year"

    12/17/2014 2:41:54 PM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    Burning the Old Year BY NAOMI SHIHAB NYE Letters swallow themselves in seconds. Notes friends tied to the doorknob, transparent scarlet paper, sizzle like moth wings, marry the air. So much of any year is flammable, lists of vegetables, partial poems. Orange swirl... Read more

  • working out with my activity Tracker is fun!

    12/17/2014 6:59:50 AM, by JUICYPEACH222

    After I figure out how to set it up (which was really easy) This little tracker is a wonderful tool to motivate me! have me working out a little longer to reach my goal. If you get a change to purchase one. You should. At the end of the day you will be surprise on how many calories you lost! Now if... Read more

  • What Went Well #3

    12/16/2014 6:33:18 PM, by BERKANAFAIRY

    1. Managed to get out for a run today, and beat my pace goal!! I managed to motivate myself to get out in the cold! 2. Starting making a stocking with my daughter, which was great after we had an argument this morning. I do try and be a good mum. 3. Caught up on lots of online tasks that I... Read more

  • Pride and Prejudice and Pain and Potato Chips

    12/16/2014 5:38:34 PM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    I have gained ten pounds since October 18th. I had a trigger, but I accept full responsibility for turning to food, my most effective medication. I collapsed and went totally private so that I could not receive any Spark Mail and I got rid of almost all of my friends because I thought it was bette... 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

  • Walking to Clear My Head

    12/15/2014 5:44:56 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    The county added a new wide trail in the park where I walk. 12 feet wide and set like a sidewalk thru people's front yards. But it is a marvel. Now we can go further. One lap on the new expanded trail is like 1-1/2 laps on the old one. Fabulous. DH and I walked two of the longer laps Sunday. ... Read more

  • Sabotage!!

    12/15/2014 1:19:06 AM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    NOT been a good two months or so for me health-wise! I now live on my own which means I do my own cooking, or don't. I've been eating a lot of Subway Pastrami sandwiches...I only have a "limited time", right? Or my old standby, PIZZA! Yeah, not good for the body! Sabotage #1 I haven'... Read more

  • What Went Well #2

    12/14/2014 4:23:04 PM, by BERKANAFAIRY

    Well, posting this hasn't gone well! Trying again... 1. Not having a great time right now, so this is gonna be tough. I finally finished making all the envelopes for our advent calendar. I stopped procrastinating. 2. I got someone to look at the broken toilet, thanks to my son. 3. I f... Read more

  • Date Night

    12/13/2014 9:19:24 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Great weekend so far. Last evening I needed 6,000 steps to reach my daily goal. It was 7 at night, dark out, but DH suggested we go to the park and do a couple laps. Yep in the dark. We took along a couple of flashlights for safety. It was wonderful. No wind. The flashlights provided just... Read more

  • A blissful Saturday all to ourselves.

    12/13/2014 1:33:29 PM, by CELEST

    It feels like so long since Ive had an entire day off of everyting. Today everyone was out the house. Youngest son is back on the rig at work. Having his last cup of coffee, having just suited up and ready for flight. The oth... Read more

  • I Love Walking

    12/8/2014 6:32:26 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    5,568,551 I keep a spreadsheet of my daily steps which I update weekly. Mostly I did it just to make sure I was getting in 'enough' steps to make my monthly goal. I have average step count, a monthly total, how many steps until I reach my goal, my average needed to reach goal, stuff like that... Read more

  • low blood pressure

    12/8/2014 4:25:19 PM, by SUSIESMITH4

    hi i have orthostatic hipotension. some days my blood pressure is to low to be in an upright position. is anyone out there dealing with that and if so how have you learned to work around it. what exercises do you do? i am hoping loosing weight will help the condition.... 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

  • The What Went Well Challenge

    12/6/2014 4:28:27 PM, by BERKANAFAIRY

    For the next 7 days I shall endeavour to post three things that went well for me each day, and why they went well. 1. I finished covering the seat on my dining chair, because I just made a decision to get on with it. I actually quite enjoyed it. 2. I went for a run, even though I didn't want... 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

  • Wednesday stuff

    12/3/2014 8:01:00 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Today's movie was The Full Monty. What can I say about this movie? It is one of my favorites and I watch it at least once a year. I absolutely LOVE the music in this movie. I have the soundtrack loaded on my iPod. My daughters make fun of me when I play it in the car (they also do when I play s... Read more

  • Planning for Dinner Out

    12/3/2014 11:27:28 AM, by MARITIMER3

    Tonight we are going to the Christmas party for one of Peter's pipe bands. They hold it at The Keg, and I've been spending the last hour going over their menu, checking the nutritional values, and trying to plan what I will choose. To make it more complicated, the party organizers have pre-chosen ... Read more

  • War Horse

    12/2/2014 5:57:26 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Today's movie was "War Horse". I really liked this movie. Kind of a 'boy and his dog' type of movie only it was a boy and his horse and how he kept searching, and even went to fight in a war, in search of his horse (who had been sold to the army by his father). There were some incredible scenes d... 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

  • December 1, 2014

    12/1/2014 3:26:48 PM, by CAROJONES

    Been a while since I blogged - so much going on in the last year or two. But I am back on track today and very grateful! Planning a great December!... Read more

  • 7 Day Streak (and counting)

    12/1/2014 9:48:51 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Completed one full week of rising early to exercise. I have to admit that it has been wonderful. I don't even mind getting up early to get in those steps. I am raring to go by the time I get done. Showering and eating breakfast take no time and I am relaxed by the time I leave for work. I arriv... Read more

  • one holiday down, one to go!

    12/1/2014 8:37:58 AM, by MARYINFL2000

    Well, I made it through Thanksgiving without feeling like a total pig. I focused and made more sensible choices....based more on what is a special treat, something I rarely have vs everyday foods. I skipped the potatoes and sweet potatoes and had stuffing instead and had two small slivers of pie so... Read more

  • Exercise AND fundraising? YES!!

    11/30/2014 11:33:05 AM, by MARYINFL2000

    What a great motivator for me! I volunteer with a local dog rescue whenever I have a spare moment (including becoming a foster "failure" 3 times now...adopted all 3 furkids permanently) but don't have spare cash due to the economy and my SO's job loss BUT I have found a website that will motivate m... Read more

  • Update

    11/28/2014 1:44:06 PM, by KIWINURSE

    A lot has happened since my last blog, I have finished my degree! I graduated October 24th! I am taking a break before starting my masters and am enjoying some me time! I am still working on work and life balance. With my current job, this is something that I have struggled with and I am going to... Read more