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  • Great Day

    9/20/2014 7:51:15 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Well it turns out I actually did lose a pound (yeah!). And an inch off my thighs. Nothing else but I'll take it. At least I'm still moving in the right direction. Today was a wonderful day. Had a long walk in the early AM then off for my haircut and grocery shopping. Had to really hustle t... Read more

  • Moving On

    9/20/2014 2:47:23 PM, by 56ROSE

    So, I was successful with my exercise baby steps last week.. This week I will aim for that elusive 30 minute daily goal. ... Read more

  • What a Weird Day

    9/19/2014 9:19:48 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Today was a weird day. Driving in to the Dr's I kept getting behind drivers going so slow I could have walked there quicker. Then I'm driving into work and a semi decides to pull out in front of me while I'm trying to make a turn. Older DD and I went to Red Lobster for lunch and my first choice w... Read more

  • New cookery books

    9/19/2014 9:03:40 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    Over the years I have collected a lot of cookery books and used many of the recipes in them. All however are geared around families and contain recipes for 4-6 people. I have reduced the quantities of many of the recipes but still seem to end up with more than I really need. I can and do add the ... Read more

  • Firefighters and Princesses

    9/18/2014 5:44:04 PM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    My grandson will be 3 years old in December. He's a delightful little guy but he is also illustrating the kinds of gender stereotypes that are pervasive. In his own home, he calls his mother "Doctor" (as per her instructions) an... Read more

  • What I Learned Today

    9/18/2014 4:24:24 PM, by MARITIMER3

    I've always exercised at night, and was very proud of myself for walking 3-4 miles on the treadmill most nights, especially since I started my virtual walk the length of Britain late last October. I've walked almost 900 miles since then. My thinking was that I would get my housework, gardening... Read more

  • I Made It

    9/17/2014 9:09:56 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    After 4 days of a horrible cold I am back! Today I took a long nap after work and then changed and laced up my shoes and hit the trail in the park. It was glorious. The weather was perfect for just short sleeves and I was really stepping up my speed. I felt so good. It was nice to finally feel ... Read more

  • Surviving My Birthday!

    9/17/2014 8:47:10 PM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    I survived my birthday and felt a lot better today. It is over; it is done with for another year. And there was no ice cream, no cake, nothing more fattening than a blueberry! I am finding my way back into the SPARK zone; I am ... Read more

  • Smaller Size

    9/17/2014 2:22:35 PM, by READINGGAL

    I have lost 30 pounds. I went shopping today and bought new jeans and black dress pants in size 18 (instead of 20). I have lost 4.5" off my waist and 2.5" off my bust. New clothes are really a confidence booster. I feel so much better. Not as fat as I was feeling in my baggy clothes.... Read more

  • A ghost in your machine.

    9/16/2014 4:26:55 PM, by 40PUDDLEJUMPER

    Hey every one, I have been meaning to get time to sit down and talk to you all for quite some while, but being me it always takes me a long time to just pull up a chair and join the party. well here I am. So its been a while I think I last told you about my exciting news about my story being ... Read more

  • Virtual Walk Number 4

    9/16/2014 3:52:21 PM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    This walk is from St Breward in Cornwall to Jamaica Inn and then onto Launceston. Cornwall is steeped in history and smuggling is part of that history. The author Daphne du Maurier wrote about Jamaica Inn and it has been televised as well. Explore this site to find out more about the Inn and ... Read more

  • Addictions

    9/16/2014 12:44:16 AM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    According to the Advanced English Dictionary, the definition of addiction is as follows: 1) being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs). 2) an abnormally strong craving. Addiction i... Read more

  • I think I finally get the song....."Manic Monday"

    9/15/2014 11:30:40 AM, by CELEST

    Oh my word, today was seriously much like a nightmare. After sitting through three days of spiritual convention in our second language...which is tough enough because there are words that are never used in general conversation, only in theocratic conversation. Needless to say, it takes extra con... Read more

  • Before Fall 5% Challenge photo

    9/15/2014 10:21:25 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    Okay this is not my favourite thing to do as I dread my photos being taken and always have. Even as a child I disliked my photo being taken so pictures of me are far and few between as an adult. So I asked DH to take a photo, well several so I could pick the one I liked the best and this is it. ... Read more

  • Countdown to 5%

    9/14/2014 9:14:08 PM, by SIRIUS2014

    I had a great week last week. I was cat sitting for a friend, so I got my mile in per day with two trips to see the cat. Plus I had one day of heavy yard work: carrying cement chunks over to the fence to block out all kinds of things coming through from the neighbor's yard. I'll cover it all with mu... Read more

  • Cool Weather and Getting a Cold (Ick)

    9/14/2014 3:55:23 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Swapped out my summer clothes for fall/winter ones today. How sad, since officially it is still summer. But since menopause I just can't tolerate the cooler weather and find myself wearing fleece jackets over my clothes in the house and then adding a heavier jacket on top of that when I go outside... Read more

  • Exercise Frustration

    9/13/2014 9:24:35 PM, by 56ROSE

    Why can't I be more consistent with my exercise goals? My goal is 30 minutes daily to include stretching and some type of cardio; usually walking and/or riding on my stationary bike. I've been successful with the 10 minute daily challenge but my progress seems to stop there. I know I can do this! Ma... Read more

  • Gender ultrasound today!

    9/12/2014 5:37:49 PM, by HUGHESBOYS4

    Went for anatomy ultrasound today. Everything looks good! And we are having....... ... Read more

  • Full Disclosure: I must do better

    9/11/2014 7:52:56 PM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    I must do better. I have been a bit wacky and wonky and crazy with food of late. Ever since I returned from Norway I have had few "clean" days. It's time to meet my triggers face to face and not simply allow them to walk all ove... Read more

  • My Virtual Walk 3 Padstow to St Breward

    9/11/2014 10:10:51 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    My Virtual walk will take me from Padstow to St Breward and short walk of 11 miles. In 2009 we had a wonderful holiday in St Breward it is in Bodmin Moor and really out of the way. Just what we wanted peace and quite in the beautiful countryside. We stayed at a cottage called The Lodge and it w... Read more

  • Prepare for Success

    9/10/2014 9:18:01 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    We were given this as an assignment for the 5% Challenge Prepare yourself for success by having the words that will move you to action and keep you on track for the 8 Weeks of the 5% Challenge. What can you tell yourself every morning that will give you a sense of purpose for your day? M... Read more

  • Great Biking Day

    9/9/2014 8:03:35 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Today was a wonderful day. DD volunteers at our local Goodwill ReStore and the inner-city trail is right next to their parking lot and it connects to the longer trail that DH and I bike on. So today, with 3-1/2 hours to kill, DD and I loaded my bike on the car and I went riding from the ReStore pa... Read more

  • Noro Brooklyn Tweed Scarf

    9/9/2014 7:00:06 PM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    I'm thinking of knitting a couple of these with a black or dark navy background. Knitting discourageds eating. This scarf is modelled by Mrs. Palmer.... Read more

  • Virtual Walk... past Edinburgh, heading for Loch Lomond

    9/9/2014 3:56:18 PM, by MARITIMER3

    Hi Spark Friends. I haven't posted about my virtual walk in about three weeks, but have added 78 miles and am now past Edinburgh, a wonderful (if mostly grey) city, heading for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. If you look at a map of Scotland and draw a line between Glasgow and Edinbur... Read more

  • Green Chili

    9/8/2014 11:12:22 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    Living in Southwest Colorado, this time of year is green chili time. I love going to the store and smelling the green chili as it is being roasted. I have had my green chili roasted at the store and I have roasted it myself. This year I was going to buy some at WalMart and let them roast is for m... Read more

  • Insurance Health Test Results

    9/8/2014 9:03:16 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Got my health score today: -20, which is the best score you can get. OMG I am so happy and I owe it all to Spark and how it has turned my life around. Two years ago I had a 6, last year a 3, but this year all the way to the top! I am happy, happy, happy (you can probably tell).... Read more

  • More House Talk

    9/8/2014 4:36:21 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    This house stuff is leaving me spinning. We had originally planned to sell in 2015. There are some improvements we wanted to make to the house (turns out we really don't have to according to a realtor). Things are moving too fast for me and I feel rushed. The house we are interested in has an of... Read more

  • Knitting

    9/8/2014 11:56:22 AM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    I have vowed not to spend any NEW money, but I still have a smallish stash of knitting yarn. I started (and almost completed) a hat like this last night. I already have made a few in various color-ways. If I am virtuous a... Read more

  • Discipline is my secret friend

    9/7/2014 7:17:17 PM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    September has always been the beginning of MY year. My birthday is in September; my school year starts in September. September is my month for new resolutions (and yes, I know that my resolutions are mainly all out, wandering or... Read more

  • My Triangle Shawl

    9/7/2014 2:56:45 PM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    The September Stashbuster Challenge is under way and this is the first completed week and I started and finished a shawl much to my surprise. I have knitted every day and was surprised how fast the shawl grew. I needed it to be 26 inches from bottom to top and 45 inches wide. I used my own patt... Read more

  • Frustrations

    9/6/2014 9:58:04 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    Yesterday, was the 1 year anniversary of my nephew's passing. Before my friend moved to town, she told me to ready to walk every day. Although, it has been only 3 weeks since she moved into town, we haven't walked yet. But she walks with her neighbor a lot. She thinks I won't be... Read more

  • Now more than ever....

    9/6/2014 5:39:24 PM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    It's early September and I must renew my goals and become more disciplined. I've had a piece of very good news that makes me almost blush to admit: after three weeks approaching the North Pole, I have returned to reality. I gained ... Read more

  • House Hunting

    9/6/2014 1:45:56 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I have written about my DH's reluctance to the "downsize/move somewhere smaller plan." Until last week. Last week a house went up for sale on a road that we travel down frequently. It has a couple of lakes on it and a stream that runs behind most of the houses. We know we can't afford lakefront ... Read more

  • Art in the Park

    9/5/2014 10:10:32 PM, by 56ROSE

    Tomorrow my husband & I will be attending Art in the Park. This is an annual tradition for us. We met for the first time at this event and we were married in the Rose Garden which is centrally located in the park. Hopefully, we can stick to our food plan while there. So many temptations await!... Read more

  • Hot Day

    9/5/2014 5:20:36 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Oh boy, today was a hot one. 88 in our building. Just stifling. I couldn't wait to peel off my clothes when I got home and put on lighter stuff. DD cleaned out our fridge today and put lots of misc stuff in a pan and created our dinner. Leftover beans, potato, tomato. Very tasty. I was ve... Read more

  • How much do I really want to do this?

    9/5/2014 11:04:33 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    I have been on diets galore, lost weight gained it back and started over so many times I have lost count. I have made all sorts of excuses as to why I have not lost weight but in the end it is down to me and how much I really want to change. I have looked back at my previous attempts and look... Read more

  • Victoria Mallory

    9/4/2014 9:25:41 PM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    She was a magical, luminous person of rare kindness and sweetness. She is gone too soon. September 1949-August, 2014... Read more

  • Trigger Foods

    9/4/2014 4:24:21 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    Fall 5% Challenge set this as the assignment in preparation for the challenge Let's assess the Triggers - List ALL your trigger foods. Is it a snack food or part of a meal? Definitely snack Are they sweet or salty? Usually savoury and sometimes sweet but not often Hot, c... Read more

  • My Motivation

    9/3/2014 10:17:16 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    In readiness for the Fall 5% Challenge we have been given this assignment. Today's assignment is to list all the reasons you want to lose weight. What do you want to change? My View of Food: I have seen food in the past as a means of comfort. Healthy foods are often seen as boring b... Read more

  • Broken hip

    9/2/2014 2:09:55 PM, by LINDRAY

    Well, its been a while. I was doing very well on my bike and then fell in my kitchen and broke my hip, so I am on the mend. five weeks ago yesterday, I had surgery. walking with a cane and I am told no bike for a few weeks, I am walking each day and getting stronger. Went and got a hair cut today. T... Read more

  • Busy day

    9/2/2014 10:36:41 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    Today has been very busy we went to Age UK Furniture store (it is a charity that sells items and the money goes toward helping the elderly ) yesterday and found two items we wanted. We wanted to make more space in or flat and decided we needed to get rid of a rather large unit that housed the TV, ... Read more

  • 1 Year on - not a good story

    9/2/2014 4:56:55 AM, by KIBBLE55

    12 months ago I completed a 155 charity walk after losing 70 lbs in weight since then have I gone on and achieved my goal???????? Sorry only 30lbs away from it and I caved and guess what I am now 80lbs away from it. I obviously have some very serious issues with food - but for the love of ... Read more

  • It's September and things will get better

    9/1/2014 11:18:34 PM, by DOILIEQUEEN

    Wow! I can hardly believe that September is already here. That means fall is just around the corner. And then Thanksgiving and Christmas . This last month has been kind of stressful for me. I didn't do so well with limiting myself on the... Read more

  • September Goals

    9/1/2014 12:36:52 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    DH and I went for a morning bike ride today. The trail was packed! Packed with bikers of all sizes and more walkers than I have ever seen at any one time. We actually had a hard time getting out of the parking lot after reloading our bikes because of the amount of cars there. It is nice to see ... Read more

  • Cleaning the Pantry

    9/1/2014 11:36:18 AM, by MARITIMER3

    Our kitchen is U-shaped, with the fridge on the left end of the U, stove in the middle of the bottom of the U, and sinks in the middle of the right side. There are upper cupboards on the left and bottom sections, the right side is open to the table, and looks out into the back yard. Across fro... Read more

  • Daily Routine

    9/1/2014 8:00:22 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    The 5% Challenge has asked if we have a check list for a daily routine to make things easier. This is what I will be doing. Do you already have a daily routine that includes your fitness and well being? Yes I get up early each day and start my workouts before DH gets up that way I get my e... Read more

  • My First Mushroom as Burger

    8/31/2014 9:09:50 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    Today I had my very first portabello-as-burger burger. I put a couple slices of tomato on it and bit in. Hmmmm, not really a burger taste (DH had grilled it) but it tasted like something. Not mushroomy either. I just couldn't put my finger on it. I would definately have it again though. It was... Read more

  • I Challenge You...

    8/31/2014 3:59:57 PM, by MARITIMER3

    to add 10 minutes of ST to your daily exercise routine. I love my cardio. Cardio comes easy to me, and when I think about adding a new exercise, it's usually in the cardio group. For example, I will keep up my treadmill, but will add swimming lengths in the fall. HICKOK-HALEY, one of my... Read more

  • Bummer.

    8/31/2014 3:28:26 AM, by COSMICWATCHER

    Summer was slow. In a slow kind of way… In my last blog i talked about having gained a few pounds over the exam period (which was ok) and that I was reluctant to step on the scale to find out the size of the dam... Read more

  • Update

    8/30/2014 10:17:30 PM, by 56ROSE

    Butters was found this evening 2 blocks South of our home. He is worn out and dirty but seems ok. Thanks so much for the kind words of support.... Read more

  • Rain

    8/30/2014 9:21:17 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    This morning DH and I went for a bike ride at 8AM. It was lovely out, just a bit breezy. We are making really good time on the bike trail when we stopped at the little library box that is located on the trail to see the new books. I felt a couple of sprinkles, no big deal. DH told me to leave th... Read more

  • "Having a Baby Can Be a Scream"

    8/30/2014 1:13:41 PM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    My thoughts are with Joan Rivers and I hope that she can pull through--to one side or the other. I had never heard her name before. The library had a "new book" called "Having a Baby Can Be a Scream". It was a time when I was fairly isolated. I lived in a new town and had no friends and th... Read more

  • Sad couple of Days

    8/30/2014 12:26:27 PM, by 56ROSE

    My beloved cat Butters has gone missing. He is 14 years old and has been part of our family for 11 years. I really don't think he could survive for very long outside so I am very worried. He has the typical signs of aging including arthritis, loss of hearing, and digestive upsets. I miss him! ... Read more

  • Nutrition Commitment

    8/30/2014 7:12:31 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    As part of the plan for the Fall 5% Challenge we have been asked to do this Do you know what diet you will follow? For me this is going to be the diet plate a 9 inch plate sectioned off so that I get the correct amount of food on the plate being careful not to pile it up Found some recip... Read more

  • My Exercise Commitment

    8/29/2014 12:34:30 PM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    The Fall 5% Challenge is on its way and that means Planning is needed, for me lots of planning. We have been asked to decide what our exercise commitment will be and this is mine. My exercise commitment: Walking I use Leslie Sansone videos on Youtube and walk to some DVD's I have as well... Read more

  • Fun with the computer

    8/29/2014 10:12:56 AM, by PAULAAUTUMN

    Well that was a hair raising couple of days that is thankfully behind me. I downloaded Google Chrome as DH said it was good and how much he liked it. So I did just that and boy did it mess things up. Loads of other stuff including something that changed my browser and altered everything s... Read more

  • A Life Plan (and why it is a hard thing to do)

    8/27/2014 2:01:35 PM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    DH got his annual blood work results back yesterday. Everything checks out really well except his cholesterol, which is 235. He thinks he is okay because his LDL/HDL were fantastic. But as he was walking in he did comment that he would have to give up eating meat because of the cholesterol number... Read more

  • Re... calculating

    8/25/2014 12:06:32 PM, by MARITIMER3

    Does the voice on your GPS say that (with a rather disgruntled pause after the "re") when you don't follow her instructions to the letter? Spark People is sort of like that. I've been sparking for 3 1/2 years and have lost and kept off 27 lbs. so far. My goal is to lose another 15. My doctor ... Read more

  • On Becoming Vegetarian (or at least trying)

    8/25/2014 9:36:06 AM, by SQUIRRELMOMMA1

    I have been transitioning into a more vegetarian lifestyle this past year. I gave up soda pop a couple months back and I'm very happy I did. I've been trying to give up cheese lately. That is a hard one, it seems to be hidden everywhere. Plus I sabotage myself every morning by taking a cheese st... Read more

  • Have I learned to love nature?

    8/24/2014 12:07:15 PM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    I've always loved to travel but my goals have been to go to cities to see art museums, architecture, concerts, and pay tribute to the great minds of the past. This time I chose nature. And I loved it! Just staring at the co... Read more

  • Bug Day

    8/23/2014 10:51:35 PM, by 56ROSE

    Today was Bug Day at the Idaho Botanical Gardens. We attended with our 2 Grandchildren, ages 8 and 10. The weather was gorgeous; not too hot with a refreshing breeze. It was great being outdoors with the little ones as they discovered the world of bugs. I also got in some walking and enjoyed the gar... Read more

  • I'm back

    8/23/2014 2:52:08 PM, by ADAGIO_CON_BRIO

    I've been away for almost two months---and just got back this morning at 1 AM. The best part of the journey was going along the Norwegian fjords--I took this photo of Geiranger Fjord from above. We made it past the 80th parall... Read more

  • 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