SparkPeople Together We Are Stronger Team Messageboard This team is for support in the real world! We send and receive support letters and/or packages through the mail every month. SparkPeople Together We Are Stronger Team Messageboard March forward A perfect spot for sharing any sort of progress! Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:32:05 EST QOD 3/3 Do you have a morning routine? <BR> <BR> I never realized i did until the last two days. Hubby gone had upset my apple cart. I even forgot my coffee this am! Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:37:35 EST QOD 3/2 I just realized how much I rely on my hubby in my morning routine (almost didn't have coffee this am!!!). Is there someone you rely on to "handle" certain things for you? <BR> <BR> Also, can't say much, but I'm asking everyone tossed my hubby David good ju-ju. He has an EXTREMELY important audition this afternoon in NJ. <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:48:35 EST EOD Each day a new "Exercise Of The Day" will be posted. Join in & have fun with it! <BR> <BR> 3/1/15 - Wall Push Ups 1 set = 12 repetitions Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:56:15 EST QOD 3/1 Welcome to March! What do you have on your plate for this month? <BR> <BR> I have two runs scheduled, a 5K the first Saturday and an 8K the end of the month. My son is also turning 21 this month. Exciting but sobering. Sun, 1 Mar 2015 11:44:09 EST EOD EOD - Exercise of the Day <BR> Day 1: Wall push-ups At least 1 set of 12 repetitions. <BR> <BR> All exercises can be viewed under the "Articles & Videos" section under "fitness". Or...if that doesn't help can alwys "GOOGLE" it. <BR> <BR> I plan to post the EOD every day for the month of March. Join me if you wish! Have fun with it! Sun, 1 Mar 2015 04:46:04 EST QOD 2/28 Anything you would like to say to February as it heads out the door? Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:19:09 EST QOD 2/27 First, thanks to everyone who have ignored my temporal distortions with the date lately. Maybe it's the TARDIS backpack I've been carrying. Who knows? <BR> <BR> All puns aside (and if you got those I now to a fellow nerd), what T.V. show do you remember watching as a kid? <BR> <BR> When i was really young i loved Gigglesnort Hotel. <BR> <BR> School age i was already getting my nerd on with Flash Gordon (the black n white version) And Dr. Who. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:46:24 EST QOD 2/20 It's there anything you will miss about winter (if it ever actually leaves)? <BR> <BR> The were some winter sports i normally enjoy that i didn't get to this year - skjoring with Tazzy being the biggie. However, i can live without it. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:17:18 EST QOD 2/25 (the real 2/25!!) What are you looking forward to this Spring? <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to being able to get back to the Dunes. It's just been too cold and I haven't been able to do any long hikes. I've got new meds that seem to have the asthma under control, so now all I need is the weather to warm up! Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:05:21 EST QOD 2/25 It's there a pet that you have always wanted but can't have? <BR> <BR> I want a pig. I just love them but i don't have the room, even for a mini. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:53:54 EST QOD 2/23 Happy Monday! I'm stuck at home today, managed to blow every piece of suspention on the right rear tire of my car. YUCK. But I'm making the most of it by catching up here and watching some Grimm. <BR> <BR> When was the last time you had to make lemonade out of life's lemons? What did you do. Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:06:24 EST Winter Buddy Reveal!!! BIGPAWSUP mailed to GARDENCHRIS <BR> BONNIEMARGAY mailed to CASEYSAUER <BR> CASEYSAUER mailed to TWEETYKC01 <BR> CATHYGETSFIT mailed to NOLABUG79 <BR> FLORIDASUN mailed to MBPP50 <BR> GARDENCHRIS mailed to LESLIELENORE <BR> GEORGIAGIRL26 mailed to READYRISA <BR> LESLIELENORE mailed to SPOONGIRLBEB <BR> LTURSS mailed to BIGPAWSUP <BR> MBPP50 mailed to GEORGIAGIRL26 <BR> NILLAPEPSI mailed to OHANAMAMA <BR> NOLABUG79 mailed to BONNIEMARGAY <BR> OHANAMAMA mailed to FLORIDASUN <BR> READYRISA maile... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:03:49 EST Spring Sign Up!! Believe it or not yet another season has come and gone. Time to switch buddies!! <BR> <BR> I'm also making everyone here a promise - I guarantee to be more active and available this spring. So who's in with me? <BR> <BR> 1) Kitty - BigPawsUp <BR> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:57:50 EST QOD 2/22 Do anything fun lately? <BR> <BR> (Mine is silly, yours can be anything.) <BR> <BR> I was surprised this week with a $10 gift card for Staples, so we went shopping in every aisle the other night to see what fun thing I could find. This was a stretch for me, since I never go shopping without a list or a plan, and don't like to browse. My tolerance for shopping is very low, especially when clerks ask if they can help over and over again, so it felt pretty normal that I got anxious and felt r... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:54:36 EST QOD 2/21 Would you like to be famous? Why? Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:59:04 EST QOD 2/20 Who was your favorite childhood teacher? Why are they special to you? <BR> <BR> Sister James Martin, 4th grade. No one else liked her and she was as strict as a nun could get. But she was also a bit of an oddball and an outsider. She taught me that being different was a good thing, and being who you ARE is far more important that who other think you should be. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:02:38 EST QOD 2/19 Today is Chinese New Year. It is the year of the Wooden Goat (or Sheep if you prefer). Got me thinking, fun or serious-do you get "into" your zodiac/horoscope? <BR> <BR> I love my Chinese zodiac (I'm a metal pig). I do check it on new years each year. Mostly for fun but i do find some of it spot on. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:04:54 EST QOD 2/18 Do you do anything to treat yourself, encourage yourself, reward yourself? Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:36:57 EST QOD 2/17 Do you celebrate Mardi Gras? <BR> <BR> What is your favorite holiday for feasting? Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:22:35 EST QOD 2/16 How are you moving it today? Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:48:07 EST QOD 2/15 When is the last time you sang? Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:16:08 EST QOD 2/14 Tell us about anyone/anything you love. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:05:29 EST QOD Friday the 13th! What scares you? <BR> <BR> I'm absolutely terrified to fly. I can't even walk down the ramp with shaking. I've had to fly exactly 4 times in my life and reach had been traumatic for both me and the flight crew (and please pity those who have had to fly with me) Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:35:42 EST QOD 2/12 What is your favorite children's book? <BR> <BR> Mother Goose's Fairy Tales. Sweeter and shorter versions of the Grimm Brothers. Loved when my mom read it to me and enjoyed reading it to my son. My copy was my mom's from when she was a kid. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EST QOD 2/11 If you had a warning label, what would it say? <BR> <BR> Caution, no filter between brain and mouth. Ask questions at your own risk. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:50:22 EST QOD 2/10 What is your favorite genre of entertainment? Share one of your favorite books, tv shows. or movies. <BR> <BR> I'm a horror girl first, sci-fi next. <BR> <BR> Favorite book of all time - Stranger in a Strange Land. <BR> <BR> TV would be Grimm, Dr Who, and Walking Dead <BR> <BR> Movies are to numerous to mention but two recent-ish favorites are Annabelle and Mama. <BR> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:57:16 EST QOD 2/9 Feeling a little under the weather today (no surprise after the stressful week I've had!). <BR> <BR> Tell me about your favorite home remedy. <BR> <BR> Yes, for anything! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:15:30 EST QOD 2/8 Looking forward to anything coming up? <BR> <BR> Massage this afternoon. <BR> TWD is on television again tonight. <BR> Picking up a free exercise bike from a friend. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 15:02:08 EST QOD 2/7 Rough night. I could really use a smile. <BR> <BR> Please share something that made you smile recently: a moment, a picture, a video, a joke, a story, anything. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 15:07:26 EST QOD 2/6 What would be your dream job? <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be something with dogs. Owing a doggy day care or doggy spa would be awesome. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 06:36:33 EST QOD 2/5 Do you have a friend from high school or primary/grade school? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 15:17:54 EST QOD 2/4 I'm SO crabby today! <BR> <BR> (Yes, *even* in the middle of a zillion blessings and great health and reaching goals!) <BR> <BR> How do you treat crabbiness (for yourself or loved ones)? <BR> <BR> I'm going to start with the basics <link> </link> Wed, 4 Feb 2015 16:12:31 EST QOD 2/3 Would you consider yourself competitive? Why? <BR> <BR> I'm very competitive, no only with others but with myself. I grew up playing sports so maybe it's just left over from that. Personally good natured competition is fun. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:23:11 EST QOD 2/2 Sorry so late. Internet is on the fritz today! <BR> <BR> <em>219</em> <BR> <BR> What are you looking forward to this month? Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:21:11 EST QOD 2/1 Does anyone care about the Superbowl? <BR> <BR> Celebrating? <BR> <BR> Doing something else? <BR> <BR> How do you handle the eating at parties with triggering foods/drinks? Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:41:28 EST QOD 1/31 Share a goal or issue you would like support on for February. <BR> <BR> I need to get back on track, I've let illness and fear be in charge far too long. <BR> <BR> For Feb, I want to focus on eating healthy again, no more junk. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:08:16 EST QOD 1/30 WOW! Just like that, we blinked and January's through! <BR> <BR> Pick one (or more), choose your own adventure: <BR> <BR> Did you try something new? <BR> <BR> Did you do anything you're proud of? <BR> <BR> Did you mail your buddy at least twice? <BR> <BR> Did January give you what you hoped? <BR> <BR> Did you find your resolve? <BR> <BR> Any surprises? <BR> <BR> Need support? Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:50:31 EST QOD 1/29 Do you prep and/our plan your meals in advance? <BR> <BR> I know i should but then i rebel and eat junk, i just try to keep several heathy options around and go with what sounds good. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:14:57 EST QOD 1/28 What's for dinner? Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:34:53 EST QOD 1/27 What's your favorite kind of movement in your fitness plan right now? <BR> <BR> How does it feel to enjoy that? (Assuming most of us started out resistant to exercise.) Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:35:47 EST QOD 1/26 Can you find the blessings in the mess? <BR> <BR> (It's harder to practice gratitude through a rough time, but it can help you through.) <BR> <BR> Here's an easy example for today: <BR> <BR> Rainy day in San Diego means the roads will definitely be snarled with traffic when I need to drive during rush hour to lead my yoga class, but I am the lucky one in that sparkly purple car headed north when everyone is headed south. Also, HOORAY for rain in all this drought! Also, our walk will be da... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:46:28 EST QOD 1/25 Here is a space to send a blessing of encouragement out into the world (even to someone in your life who can't hear you anymore), or maybe it is something you wish you could hear. <BR> <BR> You are enough. <BR> You have enough. <BR> You do enough. <BR> I am so proud of you. <BR> You are beautiful. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:01:18 EST QOD 1/24 What's on your wish list right now? Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:19:57 EST QOD 1/23 Who or what is something guaranteed to put a smile on your face? <BR> <BR> My Tazzy girl. The dog is the silliest little goofball. And she is always thrilled to be alive. Can't help but laugh at her. <BR> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:31:07 EST QOD 1/22 How often do you review your goals? <BR> <BR> I've been updating this this month. Trying to get a plan i can work. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:57:24 EST QOD 1/21 What are you reading (or watching or listening to or crafting or planning or repairing)? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:00:37 EST QOD 1/20 I just realized we haven't done this one this year yet. What is on your 2015 calender? <BR> <BR> Work: underwater dogs on the wall and a daily dog shaming on the desk. <BR> <BR> Home: Dr Who <BR> <BR> Date book: black labs Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:15:41 EST QOD 1/19 What was the last childish thing you did? <BR> <BR> Snuck up on my son while he was shoveling snow and started a snowball fight. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:37:53 EST QOD 1/18 Who is your favorite Muppet? Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:37:38 EST QOD 1/17 Your favorite buddy from Together We Are Stronger is meeting you for lunch. <BR> <BR> After all the greetings, they let you know that they are struggling with something personal. <BR> <BR> It would help if you tell them exactly how you keep going during the rough spots. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:16:27 EST Just to make you smile Maybe the happiest jobs in tennis <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>260</em> <em>338</em> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:56:35 EST QOD 1/16 Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Your favorite buddy from Together We Are Stronger is meeting you for lunch. <BR> <BR> Once you finally get all of the hugs and hellos and how do you dos taken care of, what would you want to ask about? And/or what would you want to share? Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:16:04 EST QOD 1/15 Do you follow any sports at all? <BR> <BR> We like watching ice hockey, but the Kings are having a disappointing season. Ugh. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:01:30 EST QOD 1/14 Do you have any daily goals? <BR> <BR> 100 squats a day. Do 10 or 20 every time i go to the bathroom and its pretty consistent. <BR> <BR> I want to get back to 12,000 steps but that is hard author having any time to walk during the day anymore. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:53:05 EST QOD 1/13 Notice anything beautiful or amazing lately? <BR> <BR> We love stargazing on the first Wednesday of each month when the local astronomy association sets up their gigantic telescopes outside of the space museum in Balboa Park. They are very generous to share such expensive equipment with the public, and they are so patient and happy about answering astronomy questions. It is magic when something as familiar as Orion's Sword is viewed through a powerful lens, so you can see that it is not thre... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:26:44 EST QOD 1/12 Do you allow yourself any little indulgences? <BR> <BR> Yep, mine is a glass of wine in the evening. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:42:23 EST QOD 1/11 Any chances to be generous yet in the new year? <BR> <BR> Or any chances to accept some loving kindness? Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:42:05 EST QOD 1/10 Do you like change or are you a person of routine? <BR> <BR> I love change. I had bored with things really fast. I always want to change things up. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:41:53 EST QOD 1/9 Any health, beauty or grooming product that feels essential? <BR> <BR> (A friend told me that if she was on a survival show and could only take one item from home, it would be her precision tweezers. If she could take two, eyeliner.) <BR> <BR> I have fair skin, and can't go anywhere without sunblock and lip balm. You will never catch me on a survival show, because I want a warm bed! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 15:56:06 EST QOD 1/8 I woke up to -8 degrees this am. How do you deal with bitter cold? <BR> <BR> I guarantee no outside walking today. I have a hard time getting going when it is this cold Thu, 8 Jan 2015 06:31:33 EST Simple living challenge We live in a fast-paced and increasingly complex world. Now, more than ever, we need to recapture the beauty, joy and wisdom of simplicity. So KindSpring is kicking off 2015 with a 21-Day Simple Living Challenge! Every day, for 21 days straight, you'll receive an action prompt that will help you deepen and declutter your inner and outer worlds. You'll join a community of participants from across the globe, and will have the opportunity to read their inspiring stories and also share your own! ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:22:19 EST QOD 1/7 People get a little caught up in what they think they should START or STOP for the new year. <BR> <BR> What are you CONTINUING? Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:13:19 EST QOD 1/6 Is there a song that can get you moving every time? Tue, 6 Jan 2015 14:51:12 EST QOD 1/5 Have you tried anything at all new this year? <BR> <BR> My friend and I started watching Orange is the New Black on Thursday. <BR> <BR> I jogged in the park with my pup instead of walking on Friday. <BR> <BR> Took her to an empty soccer field so we could run until we couldn't anymore yesterday. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:15:15 EST January progress No need for this to be fitness related! Every step toward your goals counts. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:38:06 EST QOD 1/4 Any exciting plans this year? <BR> <BR> (No need to keep them realistic!) <BR> <BR> Thinking about studying French and Spanish again for fun. (I did really well in high school and college and then lost most of it.) Also found out that my local library has free access to Rosetta Stone. <BR> <BR> Looking at what my financial options might be for going to graduate school. (I had a professor tell me once that I could do it for free, so I'm going to get back in touch with her to find out her s... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:36:37 EST QOD 1/3 It is 50 degrees inside my house this week. San Diego is really NOT built for cold! <BR> <BR> What are some of your favorite toasty warm comforts? <BR> <BR> I love flaxseed-filled hot packs warmed in the microwave, soft fuzzy socks, and hot oatmeal. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:46:46 EST QOD 1/2 Share a goal you have for 2015! <BR> <BR> I'm going to continue my 5K streak - going for another 12. <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:48:54 EST QOD 1/1 Fresh start! <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> What are you up to today? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:53:44 EST QOD 12/31 Any traditions for saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new? <BR> <BR> We eat greens, black eyed peas, cornbread, and roast a whole fish on the first day of the year for luck, prosperity, health, and happiness all year long. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:36:01 EST QOD 12/30 Any favorite moments from this year? <BR> <BR> Breakthroughs? Connections? Relief? Softening? Laughter? Love? Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:26:06 EST QOD 12/29 Your accomplishments this year were AMAZING and I am so proud of your hard work! <BR> <BR> Anything you wish you could have a do-over with? <BR> <BR> Will that become a goal for the new year? <BR> <BR> Or will you just chuck it in the bonfire and move on? Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:30:13 EST QOD 12/28 4 days left in 2014 - <BR> <BR> What did you accomplish this year that was a set goal? <BR> <BR> I said I would run a 5K per month this year, I ended up doing 15 races with one in every calendar month. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:28:42 EST QOD 12/27 What have you done lately that you are truly proud of? <BR> <BR> I've been able to avoid the chocolates. I've had a bit too much sweets but I'm not pigging our on candies like normal. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:51:35 EST QOD 12/26 Most delicious bite of food this week? Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:32:39 EST QOD 12/26 Did you give or receive anything really special for your holiday? <BR> <BR> I had an awesome "Dr Who" Christmas in terms of gifts but what was really special is that my whole family (minus my dad's wife who stayed home) got along. We talked and laughed all afternoon and evening. We had a great time. Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:32:25 EST QOD 12/25 (December can be rough and blue and dark and cold and stressful, which is why it is the perfect time to celebrate with festivals of light. No matter how you are feeling today, I am sending you the kind of hug that lasts until we both relax and soften. Or if you don't like hugs, just sending you love and light. Or a cookie.) <BR> <BR> Any miraculous holiday moments? Anything at all make you smile? Thu, 25 Dec 2014 14:42:20 EST QOD 12/24 Hope everyone is having a good day. I actually forgot someone on my xmas list so i have to hit the store tonight. What is the latest you've ever been getting ready for Christmas? Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:40:42 EST QOD 12/23 This is a hectic and stressful time of the year. What is something you make certain you find time for? <BR> <BR> Movie night. Two hours, every Thursday is just for me hubby and boy child. No matter what. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:44:07 EST QOD 12/22 My shoulder pain made me realize that I really needed to skip the gym today (I only go for upper body strength training, everything else I can do at home or outside), even though I hate skipping today, and the holidays won't let me go back til next week. (And now I can't hand a holiday greeting to my friend today who let me use her guest pass. Rats.) <BR> <BR> How have you been flexible or compassionate lately? Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:34:32 EST Inspiration The only disability in life is a bad attitude! <BR> <BR> Deep respect to these inspiring athletes <link> </link> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:00:49 EST QOD 12/21 We made it! It's here! Happy winter solstice! <BR> <BR> Now that we have reached the very darkest point of the year, we can finally celebrate the return of the light. <BR> <BR> Any outdated definitions of yourself, old beliefs, or old narratives that you might be ready to shine a light on and let go of? <BR> <BR> Or: How will you celebrate more light in your life? Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:39:58 EST QOD 12/20 Last day of the year before the winter solstice! <BR> <BR> How does the sparse sunlight in winter change your workouts? your evenings? or your moods? or not? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:06:29 EST QOD 12/19 What is your favorite time of the day? Tell us why, if you'd like to share. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:40:22 EST QOD 12/18 Are you good at taking care of yourself? <BR> <BR> What does that look like lately? Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:55:59 EST QOD 12/17 They say the best gifts in life are free: <BR> <BR> Best free gift you have given? <BR> <BR> Best free gift you have received? <BR> <BR> Any great stories about this? Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:22:05 EST QOD 12/16 How are you moving it today? Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:04:57 EST QOD 12/15 Nothing easier than bashing Mondays every week, so surprise us by sharing something marvelous about your Monday! Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:07:12 EST Winter page Ready for decorating your Spark page for winter? <BR> <BR> Reply with a link to your page here when you're done, like this: <link><BR>NNIEMARGAY </link> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:16:05 EST QOD 12/14 Is there anything you're looking forward to this week? Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:00:48 EST QOD 12/13 Anything silly, outrageous, perfect, delightful, impossible, messy, true on your wish list? <BR> <BR> (Doesn't even have to be an item, just anything you're wishing for.) <BR> <BR> <em>90</em> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:40:40 EST QOD 12/12 Any favorite from 2014: <BR> <BR> best phone call <BR> personal triumph <BR> funniest thing you heard <BR> happiest surprise <BR> most delicious morsel <BR> best belly laugh <BR> miraculous moment Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:17:41 EST QOD 12/11 Any favorite winter holiday songs? <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:08:33 EST QOD 12/10 Anything surprise you lately by turning out well? Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:25:17 EST QOD 12/9 What's the weirdest compliment you've ever received? Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:52:20 EST QOD 12/8 Do you have a favorite game? Did you have one as a kid? Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:17:48 EST QOD 12/7 What music do you like most? Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:07:12 EST QOD 12/6 Notice anything interesting this week? See anything of note? Learn anything new? Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:52:18 EST QOD 12/6 What have you done lately that you are truly PROUD of? <BR> <BR> I did my 5K today, which completes 12 months of one (or more) races per month. And January is scheduled!! Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:51:09 EST QOD 12/5 What is the silliest thing you’ve done that you're proud of? Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:24:20 EST QOD 12/4 If someone wanted to impress you, what would they need to do? Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:41:57 EST QOD 12/3 When did you last laugh really hard? Wed, 3 Dec 2014 16:32:53 EST QOD 12/2 When's the last time someone really made your day? What did they do? Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:44:26 EST December progress Want to commit to your goals for the month here? <BR> <BR> Track progress? <BR> <BR> Get support? Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:32:49 EST QOD 12/1 Do you re-gift (make a new gift out of something that someone gave to you)? <BR> <BR> Any great successes, failures, or stories about that? Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:31:09 EST QOD 11/30 Goodbye, November! <BR> <BR> Any last words about heading toward your goals? <BR> <BR> Anything you'd like to say to your Autumn TWAS buddy? <BR> <BR> One last thing you're grateful for? Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:46:42 EST QOD 11/29 Do you collect something (or have an unusual amount of something)? <BR> <BR> Want to tell us about what inspired it, how it started, or which parts (acquiring, admiring, planning, cleaning, playing, reading, maintenance, listening, watching, sharing, some special memory) make you the happiest? <BR> <BR> (Or the other side: Have you ever had a collection get out of hand? Want to tell us where it went wrong, how you tired of it, or how it ended, or your dreams of getting rid of it?) Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:19:17 EST QOD 11/28 What is the weirdest gift you have ever received? Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:21:44 EST QOD 11/27 Name a blessing in your life right this very moment. <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the extraordinary difference that daily gratitude practice has made in my life over the last decade. I can find the blessing in just about any situation now, no matter how stressful it might feel. <BR> <BR> My wife had a hugely frustrating day yesterday, and then was able to resolve the problem. What a blessing to have a problem that can be solved when many cannot! <BR> <BR> May our eyes be ope... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:52:48 EST QOD 11/26 What would it be like to say something nice about your body? What would it be like to do it here, where other people can see it? Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:35:23 EST QOD 11/25 What is the best reward anyone can give you? Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:16:47 EST QOD 11/24 Have you read a self-help or inspirational book that actually helped? Want to share the title or the lesson here? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:23:47 EST QOD 11/23 When was the last time you did something for the first time? What was it? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:28:54 EST QOD 11/22 Do you have a "go to" meal? Something you eat almost everyday? <BR> <BR> Plain yogurt with berries and Cheerios. Crunchy and creamy with just a bit of sweet. Perfect for me. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:54:13 EST QOD 11/21 What was the last picture you took? Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:47:48 EST QOD 11/20 Tensions can run very high during the holidays. Do you have any tricks for surviving a gathering with someone who seems unbearable/unkind/toxic? <BR> <BR> My wife and I made up a drinking game for her mother's constant complaining (even though we don't drink alcohol): We both have to take a drink EVERY time mum complains. Between refilling our glasses, watching nobody else ever catch on, and running to the bathroom for relief, her complaining actually becomes something we have to try not to ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:13:48 EST Winter Sign Up! Ok, time to get through the cold dark winter with a new buddy. Just add your name to the list and buddies will be assigned after Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> 1- Bigpawsup (Kitty) Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:35:41 EST QOD 11/19 Would/Do you like to travel for the holidays? <BR> <BR> Not really. I like to travel (even though i really don't get to anymore). I like being home when things are hectic and holidays are always hectic! Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:55:13 EST QOD 11/18 What is something you have changed your beliefs or views on? Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:51:29 EST QOD 11/17 What is one of the best pieces of advice you have ever received? Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:01:20 EST QOD 11/16 Name any guilty pleasure! <BR> <BR> I am a feminist activist lesbian who works so hard for women's equality and tries to be meticulously pro-woman with my language and actions, and yet I also love love love dancing to a zillion different songs with lyrics that are considered degrading or objectifying to women. <BR> <BR> *sigh* Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:47:48 EST QOD 11/15 Halfway through November already! What are you doing to take care of yourself as we slide into the home stretch of the year? Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:27:24 EST Buddy Guess/Reveal! With Thanksgiving taking up the last week of this month, I'm starting this a bit early.I will post the Fall list mid to end of the week and start sign ups for winter. <BR> <BR> Who has a guess as to who there Buddy was this round? Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:26:05 EST QOD 11/14 What will you accomplish this weekend? <BR> <BR> I'm getting back to the gym. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:09:04 EST QOD 11/13 What is your favorite way to exercise? <BR> <BR> Running or walking with my girls. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:57:14 EST QOD 11/12 What are some ideas/tricks you use to keep going when you don't want to? <BR> <BR> When i don't feel like walking i say it out loud. I suddenly have 200lbs of furry black motivation. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:22:50 EST QOD 11/11 Happy Veteran's Day. <BR> <BR> Do you acknowledge men and women in uniform? <BR> <BR> I always share a hand and say thanks. I also look for our older veterans in their baseball caps. Have heard some great stories from those guys. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:20:35 EST QOD 11/10 Do you have any living veterans in your family? <BR> <BR> We are a military family so we're have alot. Cousins,uncles,aunts, me. This will be the first year r have no one on active duty since i was young. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:15:50 EST QOD 11/9 What is your perfect "lazy day"? <BR> <BR> I got my steps done before 10 today so now it's fresh fleece jammies out of the dryer and a fun movie with the girls. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:53:11 EST QOD 11/8 Do you do anything the hard way to get more movement in? <BR> <BR> I hang up all of our laundry to dry, and I'm grateful to have an indoor closet rod installed along the length of the laundry room so I can use hangers for that. Sheets and towels are a little awkward to hang up, but I make it work. Lots of upper body stretching involved! Sat, 8 Nov 2014 14:29:41 EST QOD 11/7 November is also a time for remembering. Who is someone who is fine from us now but you were lucky to have known? <BR> <BR> I have a huge list of family and friends but this one that sticks out (I'm not counting my mom) would be my great aunt Annie. She raced motorcycles back in the 30's and 40's. I even have a picture. She was strong and sweet and just completely her own person. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 08:57:32 EST November progress Share anything at all that brings you even a fraction of a step closer to any goal! <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:19:50 EST QOD 11/6 If you could magically have fifteen minutes to spend with a Spark Buddy RIGHT NOW, what would you be the most excited to share with them? <BR> <BR> Mine is a bit personal, but yours can be ANYTHING! <BR> <BR> I was brave enough to connect with a high school friend last night while he is back in town for a few days, in spite of how hard it can be for me to connect and reach out. I was a tiny bit scared of his judgment, but he adored my wife and service dog and couldn't stop delighting at how... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:03:12 EST QOD 11/5 Now that we've hit the month that is so famous for gratitude, let's list a few blessings today! <BR> <em>426</em> <BR> 1. I am HOME again! <BR> 2. I can sleep so much more at night when I am home. Yay for sleep! <BR> 3. I have the right to VOTE! <BR> 4. I am so blessed to live in a time when marriage equality is not just a dream. <BR> 5. (Kansas makes *33* states now, after a ruling just yesterday!) <BR> 6. My friend is sharing her guest pass with me at her gym again today. <BR> 7. I am c... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 14:00:11 EST QOD 11/4 Happy Election Day! <BR> <BR> Nervous about bringing up a touchy topic, but I trust you to be kind. (No need to discuss parties or step on toes.) <BR> <BR> Do you vote? <BR> <BR> I have voted every single ballot since the day I turned 18. I feel it is my duty to honor my suffragette foremothers, my Native American ancestors, and everyone else who had/has no say. I do not think it is possible for a democracy to work without citizen participation, and feel like voter apathy is a terrible los... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:04:57 EST QOD 11/3 Do you prefer adventures or sticking close to home? <BR> <BR> Call me weird, but I am much happier at home. Not that I don't appreciate the beauty I was just surrounded with, it was absolutely breathtaking, but I haven't slept more than four hours a night since Tuesday. Travel is really stressful for me. <BR> <BR> Grateful to not have any trips coming up for the fall and winter holidays this year. Thrilled to be headed home today, even though we still have to survive the drive through Los ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:50:46 EST QOD 11/2 Hiked in the Sequoias, now on the road again. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite spot for a visit? Sun, 2 Nov 2014 18:41:09 EST QOD 11/1 So late at night (terrible reception in a gorgeous place). Any happy dreams lately, asleep or awake? Sun, 2 Nov 2014 02:15:30 EST QOD 10/31 One piece of candy, no calories... Which would you pick? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:08:14 EST QOD 10/30 One more day til Halloween, Halloween! <BR> <BR> When was the last time you dressed up for Halloween? Would you like to again? <BR> <BR> Last year!! I dress up every year. I'm not certain what I'm doing this year as we have a closet full of costumes and make-up. I'm thinking I might just do a simple witch this year as we are going to a friends bar for drinks after trick or treating. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:51:19 EST QOD 10/29 2 more days til Halloween, Halloween. <BR> (A goodie to anyone who can name the movie that song/countdown comes from) <BR> <BR> What scares you? Or really creeps you out? <BR> <BR> Ok. I'll admit centipedes creep me. O can handle most bugs but those little suckers send me running. I have a hard time even watching them on tv. <BR> <BR> Scaring me is tougher. Flying in a plane scares the h-e-double hockey stocks out of me but i don't know why. I'm fine in a helicopter. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:50:30 EST Hi...I'm Risa Hi Team! My name is Risa.... I have been on & off on SparkPeople for a few years... I think 7 or so...? Anyways... In February 2014, I had a stroke. I hardly remember anything between February and May/June but I have been recovering.... the stroke really hasn't affected me much except for my short-term memory, and I have some balance issues...I started back on Sparkpeople this summer trying to get my weight back down...which is working...I'm almost back down to where I was. before my stroke... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:37:14 EST QOD 10/28 Do you have a movie, show, book that just means"Halloween" to you. <BR> <BR> I love horror movies but it isn't Halloween without seeing Hocus Pocus and It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:47:47 EST QOD 10/27 Four more days til Halloween, Halloween. Share a fun Halloween memory. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:35:54 EST QOD 10/26 Goals are so helpful, but maybe even more important are the tiny successes and lessons along the way. Can you share any moment(s) of success from this week? Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:07:54 EST QOD 10/25 Do you have a lucky charm? Something that reminds you that you are blessed? Something special in your home/car/office/life that reminds you to breathe or smile? Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:10:23 EST QOD 10/24 One week til Halloween. Do you have any plans? <BR> <BR> We are not having a party so I'm a bit bummed but our friend has a bar and they have some festivities so we're gonna hang out there after doing candy in the neighborhood. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:55:54 EST QOD 10/23 It seems as if I watch other people buy new things *every* time they have a new idea, a new need, or a new project, and that seems so bizarre to me. <BR> <BR> When was the last time (or just a great time) you creatively made do with what you already had on hand? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:33:47 EST QOD 10/22 Happy hump day! How are those weekly goals going? <BR> <BR> Not great here but I'm in a restart mode. I'll be on track soon, riding one rail right now. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:36:43 EST QOD 10/21 If you had a personal assistant for the day, what would you have them take care of? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:52:51 EST QOD 10/20 What will/can you reward yourself with when you reach your goals this week? <BR> <BR> I've made myself a tracking sheet. When i complete it 4 of 6 days i get to game on Sunday. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:41:35 EST QOD 10/19 Last time you indulged in a rare treat, were you able to really enjoy it? Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:42:57 EST QOD 10/18 Is there something you've dreamed of doing for a long time but haven't? Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:58:14 EST QOD 10/17 Anything, big or small, present or past or future, that you are grateful for? <BR> <BR> My puppy sleeping on my feet. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:22:51 EST QOD 10/16 Can you think of a time when you broke a rule and were really glad you did? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:55:00 EST QOD 10/15 Ohmygoodness, we're halfway through October already! <BR> <BR> Are you keeping up with your goals? Did you get to send at least one card? Ready to try something new? How is it going? <BR> <BR> I am joining a friend at the gym today to use her guest pass and try out the assisted pull up machine, because I don't want to give up on my fitness goal for 2014 without a fight! I really want to do a pull up, even if that is a hard goal. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:08:00 EST QOD 10/14 List one way you have acted lovingly toward yourself lately. <BR> <BR> Made my oatmeal for breakfast, trying to be gentle by letting go of all the errands I thought I would do today, just making enough room for letting myself be sad. Tonight I will push through it enough to teach dance class. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:10:30 EST QOD 10/13 Do you have a favorite fall food? Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:22:03 EST QOD 10/12 Do you pay attention to the sky? <BR> <BR> We love noticing and taking pictures of the sunset on our walks each day, paying attention to the waxing and the waning of the moon, spotting the International Space Station when it passes overhead at night (my wife has an app for this), and checking out the stars and planets when the local astronomy association sets up their huge telescopes in the park for the public once a month. (This month I was able to see Saturn, her moon Titan, and our moon w... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:59:27 EST QOD 10/11 (Loved this one from The Book of Questions) <BR> <BR> If you could gain any one ability or quality you admire in someone else, what would you choose? <BR> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:48:36 EST AnnLivz Hello, <BR> I've just been reading posts here and it looks like you are a pretty close knit team. <BR> My name is Ann, I am 60 years old and retired from the mental health field. <BR> I just rejoined SP last month. I quit a couple of years ago after having been on SP for a few years. <BR> Anyway, I started getting back on track a couple of weeks before I made the good decision to come back to SP. <BR> I have three grown boys who no longer live with us. My husband and I have many adopted furr... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:36:21 EST October progress Even the TINIEST moments of progress! Share them here. <BR> <BR> Found out that my friend does have an assisted pull up machine at her gym. Now we just need to make time to connect there so I can try it out with her guest pass. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:19:43 EST QOD 10/10 Anything spooky you enjoy? <BR> <BR> After a lot of resistance from me (travel can be very anxious for me!), I finally agreed to vacation travel this month. We are going to see Yosemite over Halloween weekend. I did a search for activities and found a guided cemetery tour by moonlight on Halloween! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:16:00 EST QOD 10/9 Do YOU ever trick people? Now I'm talking fun/playful stuff. <BR> <BR> My sister and i have been know to wrap and seal packages/gifts with clear duct tape. <BR> <BR> My dad used to get into it too, but his wife doesn't like it. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:21:04 EST QOD 10/8 A lot of TRICKS/surprises seem a little stressful to me. <BR> <BR> Have you ever had a fun one? <BR> <BR> The last time a dozen of us hid carefully at a friend's house for a surprise party, I was very new to having a service dog and didn't even think about how she would react. The surprise would have been totally perfect, but Addie ran to the door and jumped on her favorite birthday boy before any of us could even pop up and yell surprise. Now I know a lot more about dog handling, but it i... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:37:56 EST QOD 10/7 What's your favorite treat? <BR> <BR> (Halloween or not!) Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:43:10 EST QOD 10/6 Outstanding news for LOVE this morning, with marriage equality in 24 states and DC! <BR> <BR> Is there anything amazing today that you never thought you would see in your lifetime? Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:17:31 EST QOD 10/5 What is something interesting you've noticed outside lately? <BR> <BR> A blue heron walking on the grassy slope toward the bay <BR> A gorgeous black and yellow writing spider in the cactus garden <BR> A tiny blue black beetle running in the grass that was so shiny she looked like glass <BR> A pepper tree so magical we expected there to be a tiny door at the base of her trunk Sun, 5 Oct 2014 16:09:53 EST QOD 10/4 Do you have a favorite costume? (Pictures welcome!) <BR> <BR> I've had a lot of goofy fun pulling together costumes for just a few bucks by making them myself. Silliest ones I've constructed from start to finish were a squid costume, a skunk costume, and Jambi, the genie from PeeWee's Playhouse! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:30:51 EST QOD 10/3 Feeling really stuck this week after a very unexpected loss in the family. <BR> <BR> How do you push through your stuck places? (Or can you afford to just stay for a bit?) <BR> <BR> I have to keep moving, or my anxiety/depression/CPTSD/insomnia all go whackadoodle. Movement is a priority. Music helps me get there. A lot. <BR> <BR> This is the song that is helping me wiggle this week: <BR> All About That Bass <link> </link> <BR> And the silly Tonight... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:19:17 EST QOD 10/2 What do you plan to accomplish in October? <BR> <BR> This is my reset month. I've been doing it wrong, trying to jump back in where i was when i fell. I'm coming back this month but just small steps everyday. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:03:52 EST QOD 10/1 What do you like best about October? <BR> <BR> Halloween! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:34:48 EST QOD 9/30 Goodbye, September! <BR> <BR> A lot of people get stuck with goodbyes. Is there something you wish you did differently? <BR> <BR> Or do you have any traditions, rituals, or favorite ways to say goodbye? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:18:23 EST QOD 9/29 Tomorrow is the last day of September. What went well for you this month? <BR> <BR> Switched providers to bring my mobile phone bill down to $25 a month. <BR> Finally connected with my first foster youth after a lot of (expected but painful) resistance. <BR> My daily dance challenge (on top of everything else) pushed my weight down to my goal! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:04:53 EST QOD 9/28 Finally autumn! What does comfort look like to you now, on this healthy journey? <BR> <BR> Fuzzy purple socks, hot tea, my morning oatmeal, deep-tissue massage, and always of course: a good book. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:21:30 EST QOD 9/27 Have you taken a risk, faced a fear, or stepped outside of your comfort zone and had a joyful result? <BR> <BR> I have terrible anxiety about calling people on the phone because I do not want to bother them. Thursday night I took a deep breath and called a dear friend to tell her the Ducks were beating the Kings in a preseason exhibition hockey game. Not only did she sound delighted to hear from me, but the whole room full of friends cheered hello to me and shouted my name. They were so happ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:46:38 EST Halloween page decorating contest. I thought this would be fun. Let's all decorate or page for Halloween between 10/1 and 10/11. Then team members can vote (spark mail me) on their favorite between 10/12 and 10/25. <BR> <BR> I'll announce the winning page on the 26th and send a team goodie. Sound fun? <BR> <BR> If you want in, sign the list; <BR> <BR> Halloween Page Contest Participants <BR> 1 Bigpawsup - Kitty <BR> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:41:05 EST QOD 9/26 Are you a people person? Why/why not? <BR> <BR> I'm an NOT. I hate drama,lies,and other assorted bs that always seems to come with people. Honestly, i trans to like animals better. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:31:17 EST QOD 9/25 What is your favorite part of your job, your day, your week, your year, your life, anything? <BR> <BR> People pay to dance with me! I can dye my hair dark violet and not get fired. Some of my friends make me so happy, I hum all the way home. It is finally getting cooler out. My puppy snores at my feet while I am writing. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:32:53 EST QOD 9/24 Super stressed today, sweating through my first court report due date. <BR> <BR> What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud? (links welcome) Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:08:41 EST QOD 9/23 We are in the home stretch of 2014. What will you accomplish before the end of the year? <BR> <BR> I will be back in the habit of daily exercise and healthy eating. And my 6s will be comfy again. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:20:22 EST QOD 9/22 The autumnal equinox is happening tonight, the perfect balance between night and day, the shift from the light of summer into the darker months, the beginning of fall. Anything in your life coming into balance right now? Or are any of the things you're done with finally on their way out? Any parting thoughts as they go? <BR> <BR> I had some huge frustrations in my life shift quite suddenly over the weekend from a huge NO into a resounding YES, and I am still quite stunned by how much relief ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:27:39 EST QOD 9/21 It's Sunday. Do you do anything to nourish your spirit with a personal practice? <BR> <BR> Mantra meditation (instead of ruminating), moving meditations, and walking meditations in nature are my daily spiritual practices. Every moment that I can be fully present in my body right here and now feels like a miracle to me; I have done so much healing work to get to a point where this is possible. I feel spiritually renewed and nourished through all acts of loving kindness and connection. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:29:44 EST QOD 9/20 Today the dance studio that I teach at is celebrating their eleventh anniversary with an open house, and all the dance classes are FREE! It feels so good to give away a dance class to the public, I cannot wait until 2:30 (and I wish you could all be there)! <BR> <BR> So, what's something you've given away that felt really good? <BR> <BR> I really love it when we have something we're not using that a friend needs and we can just gift it to them. Last month, I was able to give a whole bag of ... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:28:24 EST QOD 9/19 What is something you enjoy about living a healthier lifestyle that do didn't think you would? <BR> <BR> Sweating. I just love a good hard cardio workout that leaves me breathless and sweaty. I just feel so "ROAR" afterwards. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:54:47 EST QOD 9/18 What got you started on Spark? <BR> <BR> I had just been mistaken for being pregnant by my cousin and I knew i needed to do something about it. I knew a good friend of mine was trying to lose weight and was doing something online. That was 3 years ago. Can't imagine being anywhere else now. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:36:41 EST QOD 9/17 So what IS your feedback for this group, then? Anything good? Anything you want different? Anything you want printed on a T-shirt? Bring it on! <BR> <BR> This is my favorite group on SparkPeople. This is the place I want to check in first each day. This is the gathering of friends who cares about my triumphs and my struggles with health and fitness and life, when my friends in real life really don't want to share this journey with me. This is the group I want in my home for a game night. Thi... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:10:06 EST QOD 9/16 - Important to me I have only had limited internet via my phone lately, so i am quite a bit behind. However i was surprised at some of the negative comments about our team. So i need to know, are y'all happy? Are there things you feel bed to change? <BR> <BR> I was already depressed, but now I'm totally deflated. I really need the TRUTH, no sugar coatings. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:12:04 EST QOD 9/15 Getting ready to clear out some intense negative energy for a friend tonight so she can start again. Dreaming of relief from toxicity. <BR> <BR> What are you ready to have out of your life today? (Wish big! I'll include these tonight!) <BR> <BR> All of the painful symptoms of severe Complex PTSD <BR> My wife's terrible fragrance-induced migraines <BR> A grudge about a "friend" who owes me $13K that I need for medical bills Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:22:23 EST QOD 9/14 Name a go-to movie (or something else) that feeds your spirit, makes you smile, or that you just really love indulging in. <BR> <BR> Labyrinth Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:29:37 EST QOD 9/13 On the other hand, what has delighted you about your fitness journey that you really did not expect at all? <BR> <BR> I really thought I just wanted to lose weight, and get out of that giant fat suit I was so stuck in for decades. I didn't know there would be so many other benefits besides the health stats. <BR> <BR> Asking my wife to walk with me each day was really frustrating to her at first, because she wanted to unwind by sitting in front of the television set after a long day at work.... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:51:46 EST QOD 9/12 People sure don't talk about this much, and I hope it isn't too negative for this amazing group: Have you found any downside to losing weight or getting more fit? <BR> <BR> I've lost my marvelous booty: it is not just flat, there is even a tiny sag at the crease where it meets my leg. It is going to take SO much muscle to try to replace some of the round glory that it was. <BR> <BR> All of my clothes. There's only so much I can alter. The rest need to go. This is rough, because there is no ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:20:07 EST QOD 9/11 Today is a reflective day for many of us. Please share one precious thing about your life today. <BR> <BR> I woke up much too early, but the soft dawn light sneaking around the drapes was just enough to reveal the silhouette of my wife's strong back and the curve of her waist and hip. When her alarm went off, I reached out to touch her, and everything else just didn't matter. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:05:46 EST QOD 9/10 Ohmygoodness, we're a third of the way through September already! <BR> <BR> Has everyone with a buddy sent at least one note in the mail by now? <BR> <BR> What about your other goals? Anything you need to get going on before half the month flies by? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:20:02 EST QOD 9/9 If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for today? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 13:24:35 EST QOD 9/8 Mondays have a pretty bad reputation as days of the week go. What's your favorite thing about Monday? Or just today? <BR> <BR> Teaching yoga every Monday is wonderful. Today, FedEx might deliver my new phone! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:08:25 EST QOD 9/7 Do you have a specific day of the week that you take as a day off or lazy day? <BR> <BR> Mine is usually Sundays. Hubby and son both work every Sunday so I'm home with no car. I walk around town but that's it. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:12:43 EST QOD 9/6 Anything fun planned this weekend? <BR> <BR> We're off to a not-Labor-Day pool party, though I'll probably be hiding from the heat indoors to visit with a few friends. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 14:01:43 EST QOD 9/5 Let's flip the coin, what gets you pumped up? Not angry, i mean up and moving. <BR> <BR> Loud rock! I love music, I'm really never without it. Blasting some great alternative or hard rock gets me going. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 09:10:37 EST QOD 9/4 What is your favorite way to just "zone out" after a hard day? <BR> <BR> Laying on the floor or outside with my girls. Wine can also be involved. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 08:55:05 EST QOD 9/3 What are you reading (or listening to, or watching) this week? <BR> <BR> Reading: <BR> Hard Laughter by Anne Lamott <BR> Art and Physics by Leonard Shlain <BR> Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates <BR> Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin <BR> Resilient Adults by Gina O'Connell Higgins <BR> <BR> Watching: <BR> Kill Your Darlings <BR> The Long Day Closes <BR> Wadjda <BR> <BR> Listening to: <BR> Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (Original Broadway Cast Recording) <BR> <BR> I love the library! Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:23:41 EST QOD 9/2 How was your long weekend? <BR> <BR> The good: Super exciting to look at a house with so much dirt yard ready for planting in the back, so much rocky xeriscaping in the front ready for all of our cactus and succulents, all hardwood floors inside, quiet neighborhood, and a lot closer to our price range than we imagined. <BR> <BR> The bad: After being meticulously, painstakingly careful with the flip phone that I've been using since 2007, I accidentally ran it through the washing machine Sund... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:26:33 EST QOD 9/1 What are your plans for September? <BR> <BR> I need to get my life back. I have been letting everyone and everything else have control. September is time for me to take back the reins. <BR> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:46:26 EST QOD 8/31 Sometimes I feel like stress is coming at me from every direction, and it can be really hard to remember how much joy is possible in being alive. <BR> <BR> Please describe any moment of joy, especially a miraculous one that surprised you during a rough patch. <BR> <BR> Last night, after a very stressful day, our walk around the bay ran quite late. Because it was dark, my wife got to see a tern skimming the water for the very first time. The stormy high surf sent tiny ripples of turbulence ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:18:49 EST QOD 8/30 Okay, tough one today, ladies! <BR> <BR> What is something awesome about your body just the way it is, right now? ANYTHING! <BR> <BR> 15 years ago, my right arm was totally immobilized against my torso in a sling for half a year and I wasn't sure if I could ever use it or lift it again. Today, no matter how I feel about the way my arms *look*, I have the mobility and upper body strength for push ups, body weight rows, holding them up with grace for an hour of dance, and am working my way to... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:25:15 EST QOD 8/29 Anything fun planned for the holiday weekend? <BR> <BR> Feel like I need to push my way through some family obligations and some bookkeeping stuff so I can enjoy exercising, walking with my wife, washing the pup, sharing some of our succulents with friends who are planting a new garden, reading some great books and watching some great movies I reserved through the library. <BR> <BR> No big pool party at our friends' house this year since she's selling jewelry at the Festival of Sails, but t... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:53:57 EST QOD 8/28 Had one of those mornings where the number on the scale *really* got me down on top of everything else, even though I know for sure the four pound gain is a hormonal bloat or whatever happens to suddenly pack on those pounds once a month. <BR> <BR> In spite of all the different kinds of stress I'm facing, nothing helps blow away the discouragement like gratitude. <BR> <BR> Please share three blessings in your life today: <BR> <BR> Mother in law fell and went to the ER yesterday, but is a... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:20:31 EST QOD 8/27 I am so excited to finally get to meet my foster child client today for the first time, this is the moment that all of the training and case files and phone calls have been leading up to in my new role as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. <BR> <BR> Have you had any exciting firsts recently? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:35:12 EST QOD 8/26 Is there anything at all you wish you knew about your buddy when it comes down to picking or making that card or goodie? (Anything that isn't on our list of buddy info questions that might make a note seem a little more personal? Of course *anything* that is special to you can be listed after the last question: Anything else you want to share?) <BR> <BR> How about something really easy today, like favorite color! <BR> <BR> Mine's purple. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:06:45 EST QOD 8/25 Any surprises about receiving your notes or goodies? <BR> <BR> The timing seems uncanny to me, no matter how often I receive a TWAS buddy note in the mail, it always magically arrives exactly when I really need some loving kindness or encouragement. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:56:53 EST QOD 8/24 Seems like there's some regrets about not sending the minimum number of notes over the summer for our team. I know summer is gorgeous and shiny and distracting and filled with vacations, but so is the rest of the year. Let's use this question of the day to help Spark each other into making small, measurable changes for THIS goal, too! <BR> <BR> What does it look like for you when you successfully hold yourself accountable for sending two notes a month for three months? Please tell us what wo... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:19:12 EST Fall Sign UP!! Time for our Fall sign up. This list will run September, October, and November. Please make certain to add your name to the list below. I'm also emailing an updated form. It is not necessary if you filled out a form for Summer to do one again but our dear Bonnie had me make some cool adjustments that should make things even better! <BR> <BR> Once again - this is a 3 MONTH COMMITMENT!!! You are promising to do AT LEAST 6 mailings, 2 per month to help motivate and support your buddy. <BR>... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:36:28 EST QOD 8/23 Hope it isn't too early to start counting down to our new Spark Buddy matches! <BR> <BR> It is so lovely to just receive a note in the mail, they don't even need to have loot in them. <BR> <BR> What are some of the flat goodies you've sent or received that fit into a note card? <BR> <BR> I like sending bookmarks. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:32:02 EST QOD 8/22 We had some horrible thunder-storms last night. My girls kept me up most of the night. Now we have flooding everywhere, getting to work is going to be a trick. <BR> <BR> Do you have summer weather issues? Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:53:05 EST QOD 8/21 What is something you like/do that is "supposed" to be a"boy thing"? <BR> <BR> I hear all the time that I'm not much of a girl, but boxing and classic cars are the first two things that come to mind. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:40:14 EST QOD 8/20 Do you have anything in your workplace that is just for fun/to make you smile? <BR> <BR> I have little stuffed dogs and silly pictures/cards up. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:53:38 EST QOD 8/18 Even though we've got our Buddy Reveal thread going on today, I thought I should pick your gorgeous brains after seeing a handful of disappointed Spark buddies: <BR> <BR> Do you have any ideas about a simple way we might shuffle buddies who are not receiving anything at all (stranded)? Or when something comes up and you cannot send anything at all (stuck)? <BR> <BR> And since we're all committing to reaching out twice each month for three months, does 30 days sound like a clear time bounda... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:05:09 EST Buddy Reveal!! Ok, who did you have as buddy this round? Can you guess who had you? I will publish the list Saturday. <BR> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:47:02 EST QOD 8/18 What do you track/count as water besides just plain water? <BR> <BR> For me, nothing. If there is anything in it, it is not water in my mind. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:40:14 EST QOD 8/17 How do you deal with impossible people? <BR> <BR> I try to breathe and smile when I cannot get away. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:58:48 EST QOD 8/16 Healthy substitutions: have any of them really surprised you by being much more wonderful than what you were used to? <BR> <BR> I was really afraid to take away part of my wife's evening after her hard day at work, which she used to spend "unwinding" in front of the television set. <BR> <BR> Now we walk together, every single evening, enjoying the sunset and the wildlife at the park, the bay, the beach, the point, the estuary, the river, or just around our neighborhood in the middle of the ... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 14:26:28 EST QOD 8/15 You suddenly have a day all to yourself - what are you going to do? <BR> <BR> I just fell into one of those today. Hubby has to work and so does boy child. I'm taking the girls for a long walk and then trying out my new elliptical while watching the my new Uncle Vinny collection! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:44:58 EST QOD 8/14 Is planning easy or hard for you? Do you stick with it? <BR> <BR> I hate planning but I'm finding i have to start. I've been fighting it for weeks and everything is suffering. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:10:48 EST QOD 8/13 Scale's not budging much for me this summer. Any recent non-scale victories surprise you lately? <BR> <BR> My bra measurement went down a full cup size this summer after over two decades of being a very full D. Yay for new purple bras! Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:46:04 EST QOD 8/12 Tribute QOD, what is your favorite Robin Williams movie? <BR> <BR> I loved so many of his movies but "Good Morning Vietnam" is a stand out favorite for me. <BR> <BR> Hope you find as much peace and joy on the other side you have to its here. RIP Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:58:05 EST QOD 8/11 What is something you know you have way too much of? <BR> <BR> Clothes. I love clothes from t-shirts and jammies to dresses and formal wear, i have it. Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:11:13 EST QOD 8/10 What is one of your favorite "simple" pleasures? <BR> <BR> Petting and cuddling with my animals. My girls and Buffy bring me the most joy. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:38:46 EST Help! My Name is Laurie Johannah Yaffa Goodson, but we'll simplify it here by just saying, "Call me laurie!" <BR> <BR> I'm desperate for a team that is supportive, one where we get to know each other so we can give support rather than one where points are given for visiting others' pages. I want to be supportive, too, but we can only do that if we get to know each other. I'm hoping this is that team. I've tried and left so many teams. I want to find the place where I belong. <BR> <BR> I feel ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:12:56 EST QOD 8/9 Best surprise or gift you've given away? Sat, 9 Aug 2014 14:05:56 EST QOD 8/8 Do you like surprises? <BR> <BR> Gifts yes but in everything else no. I would much rather know what is going on then walk into an event. <BR> Fri, 8 Aug 2014 07:51:30 EST QOD 8/7 Are you good at keeping secrets? <BR> <BR> I'm pretty good, though hubby seems to know when I'm hiding something. A firm leave it gets him to back off. <BR> <BR> He is horrible with secrets, which it's way we don't tell him about surprises. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 11:37:09 EST QOD 8/6 What is a cause near and dear to your heart? <BR> <BR> I have two. Shelter dogs - just breaks my heart and I work to get as many adopted as I can. <BR> Autism. I don't think people really understand. My goal is for people to just understand. Wed, 6 Aug 2014 07:33:14 EST QOD 8/5 What do you like to do to celebrate a special occasion? <BR> <BR> We do dinner out with friends/family. Tonight we may head over to enjoy some quiet time on the Lake. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:33:08 EST QOD 8/4 Favorite message you've received in the mail recently from a Spark buddy? Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:18:39 EST my intro Hello ladies:) it's been awhile since I have been back. my name is Katie. I have a 12 year old daughter who I do k 12 with. I am working on losing the weight so that I can prepare for my wedding in 8 months. I would like to wear a smaller wedding dress size. reach my goals as I begin my new life with my daughter and soon to be husband John. I will be moving in April in a new city in Arkansas. Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:07:43 EST QOW 8/2 & 8/3 What was the last thing you did that really challenged you? <BR> <BR> Mine will be tonight. I have signed up for a 30 mile bike ride that starts at midnight. We bike out 13 miles and have a bit of a party then 17 miles back for breakfast. Wish me luck. Sat, 2 Aug 2014 19:09:32 EST QOD 8/1 So, what is your goal for August? <BR> <BR> I will get my 10,000 steps every day and get back to the gym. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:28:49 EST QOD 7/31 Do you find yourself motivated my challenges or competition? <BR> <BR> I like challenges and friendly competition can be fun. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:49:10 EST QOD 7/30 It's there a summer food you just don't like? <BR> <BR> My family teases me because i don't like watermelon Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:49:12 EST QOD 7/29 What sparks your motivation when things get tough? What keeps you pushing? <BR> <BR> This is something i really need to think on and revisit. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:19:28 EST QOD 7/28 Watched any good movies lately? <BR> <BR> We've borrowed DVDs from the library this month that were just wonderful: <BR> <BR> 42 The Jackie Robinson Story (so inspiring) <BR> The Dallas Buyers Club (how I miss all those beautiful boys we lost) <BR> The Monuments Men (who knew?) <BR> August Osage County (what a drama) <BR> The Invisible Woman (good love story) <BR> American Hustle (brilliant) <BR> and Labor Day (What a story!) Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:45:22 EST QOD 7/27 Notice anything beautiful lately? <BR> <BR> The sunset last night was phenomenal in silver, gold, peach, pink, purple, and then steel blue, with billowing waves of thunderheads rolling in. <BR> <BR> The rain and thunder this morning are so happy and unexpected in Southern California, it made my puppy and I have to dance and frolic in the yard! Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:07:31 EST QOD 7/26 How do you like to get your music - CD's or download? Why? <BR> <BR> I'm a CD girl. Have tons of them. I love to get a new cd with a one or two songs I like on it and then finding something wonderful deeper on the CD. <BR> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:37:20 EST QOD 7/25 Do you have plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> We have Pierogi Fest here in town. I'll spend some time there. I'm hoping to get out to the dunes tomorrow am. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:38:56 EST QOD 7/24 Have you ever had a negative roll model, what i mean is someone who motivates you because you DON'T want to be like them? <BR> <BR> I actually have two. My dad's wife had actually motivated me into being a nicer person and a woman at work who i have asked my hubby to put me down like a dog if i ever get like. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:23:19 EST QOD 7/23 When you were a child, did you follow the rules or do your own thing? Did that carry into adulthood? <BR> <BR> As a kid i followed mom and dad's rules but got in trouble most other places. <BR> <BR> I'm like that again now. I follow my moral compass and things that would be overly dangerous not to. I confirm a bit at work, but only to the limit i have to in order to keep my job. <BR> <BR> I gain most of my weight when i played at confirming and being "proper". <BR> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:24:51 EST QOD 7/22 What are some activities you enjoyed doing when you were a kid? <BR> <BR> pogo stick <BR> jump rope <BR> gymnastics (hand springs, cartwheels, and stuff like that in my yard) <BR> riding my bike Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:22:16 EST QOD 7/20 What is one of your favorite inspirational movies? <BR> <BR> Believe it or not - I love Rocky. I'm re-watching the first two today (after that they get a bit ridiculous). Really reminds me to give what I want ALL I've got. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:47:32 EST QOD 7/19 How often do you change up your workout? <BR> <BR> I know I need to change things up more often as I get bored easily. Once I'm back to 100% I'm going to try weekly rotations of work-out. that way I'm never doing the same thing more than a few days in a row. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:15:18 EST QOD 7/18 see the sticky for 7/17. My brain is no longer working. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:35:46 EST QOD 7/17 What was the last fruit or vegetable you ate? <BR> <BR> Craisins in my oatmeal and a banana! Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:18:08 EST QOD 7/16 What was the last thing that made you smile? <BR> <BR> Rubbing my pup's belly this morning. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:28:02 EST QOD 7/15 & 7/16 Sorry guys, I've been asleep since yesterday afternoon. Just getting to things <BR> <BR> There are times we all just need to go out to eat. What is your favorite food to "go out" for? <BR> <BR> Chinese! I can't make this stuff. I've tried and I end up with goop. We have a favorite restaurant in China town. It's pricey but we don't go that often. I have NEVER had anything there that wasn't to die for. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:20:32 EST QOD 7/14 Have you ever done something that you KNOW was really stupid but you are still proud/happy you did it? <BR> <BR> I ran a 5K on Saturday in the pouring rain with a "cold". Turns out I have "sever acute bronchitis". Makes me feel even better about my time. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:35:12 EST QOD 7/13 What time of day do you do the most of your workouts? <BR> <BR> I actually like the evening. I tried working out in the morning for a while, didn't work for me. I like having my work out after work. Stress relief after work. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:37:26 EST QOD 7/12 What NSV have you achieved so far that makes you proud? <BR> <BR> Running! 12 years ago I was told I wouldn't walk without surgery (hip replacement). I proved that wrong. Then I started losing the weight I had gained. Now I can run about 4 to 5 miles without pain in the hip. I might not be fast (and I haven't been training so today is going to be SLOW) but I can do it. <BR> <BR> I'll probably never push for longer distance, I usually start feeling strain about mile 4 but I'm still very... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:33:14 EST QOD 7/11 Do you have regular "go to" meals or do you try to vary your food daily? <BR> <BR> I have the same breakfast and lunch 5 days a week. I like my yogurt with cereal for breakfast and salad for lunch. I kind of vary my dinners but not too much. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:58:19 EST QOD 7/10 What is your favorite children's story/fairy tale? <BR> <BR> I think I would have to go with Peter Pan. Lots of action and adventure. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:09:45 EST QOD 7/9 Do you do a daily plan? Do you stick with it? <BR> <BR> I plan my food during the day and I know what I intend to do for exercise but I don't right it down. Maybe I should. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 06:47:58 EST QOD 7/8 What is your favorite way to "get comfy"? <BR> <BR> Fuzzy jammies, hot tea and honey, my girls and a favorite old movie. Tue, 8 Jul 2014 11:25:44 EST QOD 7/7 What is something that you know you spend too much time doing? <BR> <BR> I know I play on the computer way too much. Mon, 7 Jul 2014 12:26:03 EST QOD 7/6 No calories, no sensitivities, no allergies, no consequences: what would you eat? <BR> <BR> A Guinness stout (never tried one before I quit). <BR> A chilled grapefruit (not with my meds). <BR> Fried catfish with hushpuppies and collard greens, then sweet potato pie (yum). Sun, 6 Jul 2014 15:50:38 EST QOD 7/5 What fictional creature would you love to have for a pet? <BR> <BR> I always wanted a tribble. I had the toy when I was a kid, one of my favorite Star Trek episodes. Sat, 5 Jul 2014 12:44:44 EST QOD 7/4 Speaking of independence: what kind of freedom(s) have you found on your health journey? Fri, 4 Jul 2014 16:05:51 EST QOD 7/3 Do you like walking? Do you have a favorite place? <BR> <BR> I love long walks. The Dunes would be my favorite but that is more of a hike than a walk. Our local trail is a very nice walk. I have a choice of 3 miles. 5.5 miles, and 8.75 miles, depending on which turn around point I use. Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:54:31 EST QOD 7/1 What do you do when you lose power? What item do you miss most when the power is off? <BR> <BR> I was so missing the internet/computer time last night. <BR> <BR> We ended up playing Risk by candlelight. Tue, 1 Jul 2014 11:32:38 EST QOD 6/30 Half the year is done, what are you most proud of? <BR> <BR> I'm proud of joining and going to the gym. I've also managed to stop gaining weight. Time start losing again. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:56:07 EST Like a Girl <link><BR>l-every-woman-should-see-im-blown-away<BR>/?f=1&utm_content=buffer0a8b8&utm_medi<BR>um=Shared&utm_source=ilmd&utm_campaign=AZPost </link> <BR> <BR> I really hope this link works - EVERY girl should see this. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 22:51:41 EST QOD 6/29 Last of the "american dream" - dream car! <BR> <BR> I would need 2. A Ford Escape for everyday and an F250 (dream big right?) for hauling and off road fun. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 14:37:17 EST QOD 6/28 We talked dream job - now how about dream house? Where, big, small - where do you want to live? <BR> <BR> I'm a big city girl with a country lean so the suburbs are just right for me. I don't need a huge house, just lots of storage and closet space. 3 bed raised ranch but with a huge yard. I want LAND. <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:23:54 EST QOD 6/27 I'm stealing this question from Renee: <BR> <BR> If you could have any job, what would it be? <BR> <BR> I would want to own a Doggy Day Care and Spa. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:19:47 EST QOD 6/26 How often do you strength train? <BR> <BR> I was really good at 3 days a week, then I stopped going the gym. The ST stopped too. <BR> <BR> Need to get back at it. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:02:38 EST QOD 6/25 This is my third try. <BR> <BR> What reward do you have planned for your next goal? <BR> <BR> My next goal is maintainance, and I'm getting a tattoo with Tazzy's paw print. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:29:04 EST QOD 6/24 What is your favorite holiday? Why? <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be Halloween. Yeah, I'm a big horror fan, but I'm also a big fan of being a kid. I love dressing up, seeing others dress up, and everyone just being a kid for a day. <BR> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 09:20:24 EST QOD 6/23 Do you like where you live? Is there somewhere you would rather move to? <BR> <BR> I do like NW Indiana. There is a part of me that thinks I would like Oregon but I'm a Midwestern girl at heart. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:48:08 EST QOD 6/22 Do you have a favorite piece of fitness equipment? <BR> <BR> Until I was without my fitbit, i would have said not really. Now I know better. Love my fitbit. Sun, 22 Jun 2014 07:48:52 EST QOD 6/21 What miraculous blessings are you wishing for this summer solstice, JUST FOR YOU? <BR> <BR> (Let's raise some self-love here on the brightest day of the year!) <BR> <BR> 1. Freedom from panic attacks <BR> 2. Freedom from self-loathing and harsh criticism <BR> 3. All of my medical bills magically paid off <BR> 4. A magnificent, flattering new wardrobe that fits me <BR> 5. A brilliant tackling of my endless to-do list <BR> 6. A recent photo that I am not ashamed of <BR> 7. A magic time-stretc... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:24:44 EST QOD 6/20 What do your Spark buddies know about you that your other friends don't? <BR> <BR> (Or, what do you get from your online friends that you don't get in real life?) <BR> <BR> I get endless support for every step I take toward health here, and very little support in real life. (One of the reasons I am working on finding new real-life friends!) Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:37:49 EST QOD 6/19 Share something your "fleshie" friends know about you that might not. <BR> <BR> I have a horrible temper. My fuse has gotten longer as I've gotten older, but not much. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:48:38 EST QOD 6/18 Do you know your lineage? What nationalities do you come from? <BR> <BR> My dad's family are Russian and Polish. Mom's side is Irish (Grandpa) and Croatian/Gypsy (Gram). <BR> <BR> All of my grandparents are immigrants so I learned a lot of old world culture growing up. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:47:42 EST QOD 6/17 Is there somewhere in the U.S. you've always wanted to visit but never have? <BR> <BR> I have two. I have always wanted to visit Maine. Growing up a King fan may have something to do with this but it just looks so beautiful. <BR> <BR> I also want to go to Glacier National Park. The natural beauty, animals, and hiking just sounds perfect. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 06:50:54 EST QOD 6/16 Do you have any pets? Who are they? <BR> <BR> I have my two girls. Gypsy is my big girl- lab/Dane mix. Tazzy is my baby, and she's just an all American mutt. <BR> <BR> Hubby had three cats, Gandolf, Thor, and Inanna. Thor is the sweetie, Gandolf kind of like me, and Nana likes NO ONE. <BR> <BR> That's it anymore. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:21:14 EST QOD 6/14 Any recent non-scale victories on your health journey you'd like to share? Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:40:26 EST QOD 6/13 Friday the 13th <BR> <BR> Are you superstitious? <BR> <BR> Actually I kind of am. I'm not certain what ill fate will behalf me if I don't throw salt over my shoulder but I'd rather not tempt it. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:58:04 EST Daily Bark 6/13 Friday the 13 - let's go supernatural. <BR> <BR> Your dog gets to be a person just until midnight. What will he/she want to do? <BR> <BR> Well, I'll be dropping Gypsy off at the spa for a day of pampering while I take Tazzy to Six Flags to try and wear out the adrenaline junkie. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:37:14 EST QOD 6/12 Share something that brings you joy. <BR> <BR> Snuggling with my girls. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:09:40 EST QOD 6/11 If you like to read books do you prefer to read from a kindle, nook, ipad, other electronic device or do you prefer listen to audio-books or do you prefer to have the physical book in your hand and turn the paper pages? <BR> <BR> I like to switch things up...I like to read from my tablet computer but I also sometimes like to have the physical book in my hands and turn the paper pages. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:14:40 EST QOD 6/10 Describe any recent morsel of joy. <BR> <BR> A dance student bought my extra copy of a belly dance book I've had on the shelf forever. Suddenly, everyone in class needed the same resource and more! Found four gently used on Amazon for just a few bucks each. Tonight, we dig in! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:36:36 EST QOD 6/9 Do you have something indulgent that you just have to ban from your diet - you just can't do it in moderation? <BR> <BR> Cheesecake. I love the stuff. If it is here - I eat it. Mon, 9 Jun 2014 18:47:38 EST QOD 6/8 Seen any good movies lately? <BR> <BR> We finally watched Kiss Kiss Bang Bang last weekend. Fun! <BR> <BR> And after being on the reserve list forever, I just brought home Mandela to watch tonight. Sun, 8 Jun 2014 13:49:02 EST QOD 6/7 I forgot this in January - so what IS on your 2014 calendar? <BR> <BR> I still have piggies at work, cartoon dogs and cats at home, and a daily tear off with puppies. <BR> <BR> The computer calendar has a Dean Russo pittie. <BR> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:56:14 EST QOD 6/6 What was your favorite subject in school? <BR> <BR> I was a science geek. I loved chemistry and physics. Fri, 6 Jun 2014 07:23:04 EST QOD 6/5 Who is your favorite artist? <BR> <BR> Being a dog person I do love Dean Russo. However hubby took me the art institute last year and I just feel on love with Ivan Albright. Thu, 5 Jun 2014 10:16:10 EST QOD 6/4 What are you reading right now? Or if you're not reading anything right now, what's the most interesting book you've read this year? <BR> <BR> I am a constant reader! I am currently in the middle of a GREAT historical fiction paperback As The Crow Flies, The Norton Anthology of Women's Lives, The Age of Anxiety, Resilient Adults, and just finished Shakespeare's Christmas last night. Really enjoying them all. Wed, 4 Jun 2014 13:17:27 EST QOD 6/2 What is your favorite out door activity during the summer? <BR> <BR> Hiking in the woods is number one on my list. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 20:01:45 EST Spring Buddy Reveal. Ok. I don't have my list so I can't let people know. So I'm hoping everyone will put who they had! <BR> <BR> I had Rene- Ohanamama! She caught me though! <BR> <BR> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 10:24:22 EST