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 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 QOD 6/1 Summer session starts today! What goals are you hoping to achieve in the next 3 months? <BR> <BR> My major goal is the loss of 20 pounds. That will put be back at a healthy BMI and exactly where I felt best last year. <BR> <BR> I'm also looking to tone up. I don't ever want a "muscular" look, I just don't want to look like a jello sculpture. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 10:36:27 EST More SP Changes.... "The Planner will be removed from SparkPeople on June 10. We recommend moving any Planner items to another calendar." <BR> <BR> I copied this statement from the notice on the Planner page. :/ <BR> <BR> I'm thinking this might also include the Journal. If you have anything there you want to keep, start moving it soon. <BR> <BR> You might look into Google Calendar if you use the calendar feature here. My hubby uses Google Calender a lot and likes it. Sat, 31 May 2014 13:32:53 EST QOD 5/30 and 5/31 I know I will not be around tomorrow. Bad day for me. Today isn't much better so I do apologize. <BR> <BR> Instead of eating, how do you deal with "difficult" emotions? <BR> <BR> I like to go for a run or play with my girls. Both tend to lighten my mood and keep me out of the kitchen. Fri, 30 May 2014 19:51:53 EST QOD 5/29 Do you focus on one task at a time or do you try doing several things at once? <BR> <BR> I wish I was more focused. I'm a scatter-brain and it doesn't help that I'm usually doing about 3things as a time. Thu, 29 May 2014 14:35:37 EST QOD 5/28 One of my most inspiring heroes passed on peacefully this morning, and was blessed to have her brilliant intellect intact all the way through. Maya Angelou was resilient and fierce, transforming all of her suffering into grace and compassion, sharing all of her adventures in her prolific writing. <BR> <BR> Please post about one of your heroes here and how they made a difference in your life, or just a favorite quote, or even a memory of a moment that someone guided you through. Wed, 28 May 2014 11:25:16 EST QOD 5/27 What is your favorite TV show? If you no longer watch TV, what was your favorite when you did? <BR> <BR> I love Grimm, it is my current favorite - can't wait for the new season. <BR> <BR> However, I'm a horribly addicted Whovian! I watch both the current seasons and classic Dr. Who. Tue, 27 May 2014 10:02:13 EST QOD 5/26 - Memorial Day How will you celebrate today? <BR> <BR> We did breakfast this am, run with the dogs, and dropped off some donations at the VFW. <BR> <BR> Will be leaving for BBQ with the family soon. Mon, 26 May 2014 12:34:46 EST QOD 5/25 What was a recent happy surprise? <BR> <BR> Our Los Angeles Kings were losing their playoff game against the Chicago Blackhawks last night, so we baked an apple pie with their logo on it for good luck. By the time it was done baking, we were WINNING! <BR> <BR> A friend took the picture we posted on Facebook and posted it on Twitter, where thousands of Kings fans rejoiced at its magical properties, saying "Four and twenty Blackhawks baked in a pie!" <BR> <BR> Such silly fun! <em>196</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 14:09:39 EST One Perfect Week Challenge Aloha TWAS team! <BR> <BR> Do NOT let the word PERFECT deter you from this challenge... by perfect, I mean whatever is relative to you concerning your diet and exercise. I think we all have different plans and ideas we try to follow... sometimes hitting them spot-on, sometimes wavering in our choices or giving in to temptations... <BR> <BR> This challenge is to strive for 7 straight spot-on days in a row. Those days where you say to yourself, YES! Today was a good day and I did everything ... Sun, 25 May 2014 13:03:35 EST QOD 5/24 Anything fun planned for the weekend? <BR> <BR> Washing the pup today at Wag'n Tails and then walking around beautiful Coronado. Tomorrow we will celebrate my father-in-law's 91st birthday. <BR> <BR> (If no plans, just post something that makes you smile.) Sat, 24 May 2014 14:12:25 EST QOD 5/23 Do you wear make-up? Why? <BR> <BR> I do eyeliner and lipstick a few days a week. I'll go without if I don't feel like going through the trouble. Just makes me feel like I've put some effort into my appearance. Fri, 23 May 2014 12:35:40 EST QOD 5/22 What do you SAY to yourself in the mirror each morning? <BR> <BR> I start the day with "Morning beautiful." That is usually followed by something sassy. Today was "let's see who we can P.O. today" and a grin. <BR> <BR> Granted there are negative days- "what ya gonna f-up Tuesday" it's a favorite but I always start with Morning Beautiful whether I feel it or not. <BR> Thu, 22 May 2014 10:39:13 EST QOD 5/21 What do you do that other might consider childish? <BR> <BR> Hmmm, pigtails, Gir purse, I watch cartoons, knee socks with my short skirts. <BR> <BR> Most of my life tanks in the "childish" category. Wed, 21 May 2014 10:35:18 EST QOD 5/20 Stepping in late today, after my CASA training. I could sure use a smile! <BR> <BR> Who is your favorite Muppet (or other imaginary character)? <BR> <BR> I like Oscar the Grouch's pet worm Slimey. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:57:29 EST Hi from amybelles Hi, I'm Amy! <BR> <BR> I saw this group form about this time last year, but I was too busy to commit then, as we were packing and moving out of our house of 24 years in southeastern PA. What a job!!! I'm tired just thinking of it! But I kept the team in the back of my mind and would keep seeing it on my friend Cathy's sparkpage. I feel that now my life is settled enough to participate! I look forward to getting to know some great people and helping to encourage and motivate through the ca... Tue, 20 May 2014 14:39:48 EST QOD 5/19 What is something that really lights a fire under you? <BR> <BR> Telling me I CAN'T do something. Watch me. Mon, 19 May 2014 09:12:50 EST QOD 5/18 This intensive training for foster youth is a lot of heartbreaking information all at once, and I'm finding myself fighting the blues. <BR> <BR> Please post anything that makes you smile. <BR> <BR> Here's an old standard for me <link> </link> Sun, 18 May 2014 13:15:13 EST QOD 5/17 It has been over 100 degrees in San Diego this week. What do you do to stay cool in the heat? <BR> <BR> I drink a lot of water, use ice packs while I exercise, and have a fan on me almost all the time. Sat, 17 May 2014 13:33:35 EST Summer Sign Up Summer runs June to August. Assignments will go out on May 31st. <BR> <BR> Please make certain to add you name to this list AND complete the buddy form that was sparkmailed! <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Bigpawsup (Kitty) Fri, 16 May 2014 20:18:40 EST QOD 5/16 We talk about what makes this journey work, but what have you found on this journey that is easy, or at least fun? <BR> <BR> 5K's are fun. Never thought I would still that. <BR> <BR> Also, I find getting my water in simple. As long as I keep my cup with me I'm always over on water. Fri, 16 May 2014 13:12:57 EST Hi! I'm new! My name is Jacque, and I'm coming up on my 3rd year on Spark. <BR> I've been going through lots of changes at home lately, so my focus has been on things like yoga, meditation, things like that. <BR> I love to bike, knit, crochet, read, dance, and run. <BR> I'm married to a wonderful man, and the mommy of an adorable 1 year old & an angel baby. <BR> Nice to meet you all! Fri, 16 May 2014 01:04:19 EST QOD 5/14 How did you pick your goal weight? <BR> <BR> My original goal weight was my driver's licence, not kidding. <BR> <BR> After losing the weight before, I just want to get back where I felt best. A bit heavy than the licence but still in the "normal" BMI. Thu, 15 May 2014 08:56:23 EST QOD 5/13 Do you like to socialize on big groups where yo might not know everyone, small groups where everyone had met before, or one on one? <BR> <BR> I like and hate all three. Big parties tend to intimidate me at first but I usually have a good time. Small groups get clickish. One on one really needs to be the right person, I don't get along with most people on a one on one situation. <BR> <BR> I think the big party is probably my fave. Wed, 14 May 2014 13:46:56 EST QOD 5/13 What do you do when you need a quick reset from stress? <BR> <BR> I try get outside, no matter the weather. Just a few quick minutes helps me reset. Tue, 13 May 2014 10:55:44 EST QOD 5/12 What is your "go to" breakfast? <BR> <BR> Plain yogurt with fresh berries and Cherrios. Mon, 12 May 2014 08:40:52 EST QOD 5/11 Do you ever buy your own gifts? <BR> <BR> I got my own mother's day gift (I wanted new running shoes). I've been known to get my own birthday gifts too. Sun, 11 May 2014 10:30:34 EST QOD 5/10 How will you celebrate mother's day? <BR> <BR> Did a breast cancer run this am. Tomorrow will be spending the day with the boy child watching movies. Sat, 10 May 2014 13:04:21 EST QOD 5/9 What are some of your favorite ways to workout on rainy days? <BR> <BR> My mini-tramp had to be number one. Of course if the rain is light and its warm out, I like to run in the rain. Fri, 9 May 2014 09:39:08 EST QOD 5/8 What have you done recently that was just plain fun? <BR> <BR> We got last minute tickets to the cross town classic, baseball game, so we just dropped everything and went. Thu, 8 May 2014 11:28:22 EST QOD 5/7 How did you (or will you) pamper yourself this week? <BR> <BR> Got a desperately-needed deep-tissue massage over the weekend. <BR> <BR> Hoping to make time this week to take a bit of time out to care for my dancing/walking feet. Wed, 7 May 2014 14:42:16 EST QOD 5/6 Anything, big or small, that is a blessing in your life right this moment! <BR> <BR> I am grateful that my wife's parents moved all the way here from Texas, so that we could be there for them in the middle of the night last night when they needed to go to the emergency room. I am very grateful that it looks like mummy will be alright. Health is such a blessing. Tue, 6 May 2014 13:57:44 EST Move it! One more time, just like the last challenge, with gusto! <BR> <BR> Do the posted challenge, then post a new challenge (please modify as needed for your fitness and mobility levels). <BR> <BR> 20 push ups! Mon, 5 May 2014 14:44:50 EST QOD 5/5 What do you do that would be considered crafty? <BR> <BR> I scrapbook my races but that's as good it gets. <BR> Mon, 5 May 2014 10:04:28 EST QOD 5/4 Do you use any herbal supplements or methods of healing? <BR> <BR> My grandmother taught me to use herbs and plants to treat just about everything. I'll never have the garden she did but I do try to always start with herbs and natural cures for things. Sun, 4 May 2014 11:50:19 EST QOD 5/3 Any special goals or plans for May? <BR> <BR> I am SO excited to do all of my training to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster youth this month! Sat, 3 May 2014 15:58:09 EST QOD 5/2 Who is the WORST influence on your healthy life style? <BR> <BR> My dad. Bad food, lots of drink, and sitting watching sports are his activities. He doesn't really give me a choice in "participating" either. Fri, 2 May 2014 07:39:36 EST QOD 5/1 Well in the spirit of what we've woken up, do you like change? Are you quick to apt or does it take you a while? <BR> <BR> I usually adapt pretty quickly even though I'm not a big fan of most change. I'm more of a "if it's not broke don't fix it" kind of gal. <BR> Thu, 1 May 2014 10:21:20 EST QOD 4/30 Looking back at April, what makes you proud of yourself? <BR> <BR> 1- I've kept my streak of 10,000+ steps per day alive. <BR> 2- It's been a rough month but I never gave up. <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:23:03 EST QOD 4/29 Are you usually early, late, or right on time? <BR> <BR> I hate being late so I'm usually early. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 13:03:15 EST QOD 4/28 Do you have a favorite super hero? <BR> <BR> I've always loved Captain America. My grandfather had the comics from when he was in the navy. I remember reading them a child. <BR> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 10:18:46 EST QOD 4/27 What do you really LIKE about yourself? <BR> <BR> My sense of humor. It is really hard to offend me, I really try to find the humor in most things. <BR> <BR> Also, that I'm tough. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:36:57 EST QOD 4/26 Do you have an author you enjoy so much that you've had to read all of their books? <BR> <BR> Recently finished everything by Charlaine Harris, Neil Gaiman, and Lois McMaster Bujold. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:49:40 EST QOD 4/25 Happy Arbor Day! <BR> <BR> Do you have a favorite tree or tree story? <BR> <BR> We call our house Crooked Tree Manor because the tree in the front yard was cut down by the electric company, resiliently grew back, fell over and died, and is now alive again, but very, very crooked. <BR> <BR> <em>47</em> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:16:34 EST QOD 4/24 It's there something adventurous you would like to do/try? <BR> <BR> I want to swim with great white sharks. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:19:06 EST QOD 4/23 What fitness activity would you do even if it wasn't good for you? <BR> <BR> Hiking with my girls. Makes all of us feel alive. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:52:48 EST QOD 4/22 What is the longest you have been completely "unplugged"? <BR> <BR> When I camp there is nothing, longest trip has been two weeks but that was a while ago. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:49:24 EST QOD 4/21 Brightest birthday blessings to BigPawsUp! <BR> <BR> How has her Together We Are Stronger team made a nice difference in your life? <BR> <BR> I can't even describe what a difference it has made for me to have this real, tangible support during some real stressful struggles and happy triumphs. <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for all of your hard work and loving kindness, Kitty! <BR> <BR> <em>409</em> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:41:51 EST QOD 4/20 What are you doing for Easter? <BR> <BR> We're spending the day with my Dad and sister. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:14:39 EST QOD 4/19 Best movie you've seen recently? <BR> <BR> Really enjoyed Gravity last night, but a LOT of tension! <BR> <BR> Finally saw Frozen this week with a free Redbox code. Yeah, I cried. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:55:32 EST QOD 4/18 When was the last time you slept in? How late did you sleep? <BR> <BR> I haven't slept in in years. I wake up at 6am no matter what, but the girls usually get me up by 5:30 Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:45:38 EST QOD 4/17 What is your favorite spring activity? <BR> <BR> Planting. I love doing all my planting on a nice cool spring day. Not that we have had one yet. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:44:13 EST QOD 4/15 What was your very first job? <BR> <BR> I cleaned stables and lead "trail rides" at a stable when I was 13. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:37:25 EST QOD 4/15 Happy full moon! What's the looniest thing you've done lately? <BR> <BR> Belting out a song in the middle of the grocery store to the outrageous muzak playing overhead! Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:45:36 EST QOD 4/14 Are you usually a planner or just spontaneous? <BR> <BR> I think following a plan is somehow against my religion. I've tried but I just can't seem to do it. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:37:53 EST QOD 4/13 Name one thing you're grateful for. <BR> <BR> I slept last night! Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:32:39 EST QOD 4/12 Any nice surprises that made you smile this week? <BR> <BR> I was having a really sad and stressful day yesterday, when my wife told me how she had been bragging at work about how proud she is of me. <BR> <BR> <em>26</em> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:51:45 EST QOD 4/11 Describe yourself in 3 words. <BR> <BR> Silly, creepy, tenacious Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:27:23 EST QOD 4/10 What is you favorite NSV you've had so far? <BR> <BR> Getting into a size six! Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:37:54 EST QOD 4/9 Do you like cartoons? <BR> <BR> I admit to watching the old Disney movies but I don't really watch cartoons anymore. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 06:53:07 EST QOD 4/8 How do you fight negative self talk? <BR> <BR> Turning on a feel-good song works best for me. When I can't do that I have affirmations and quotes with me all the time. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 08:47:17 EST QOD 4/7 Do you enjoy clothes shopping? <BR> <BR> I do, love it actually. Although I have still not completely broken the habit of looking in the plus sizes yet. Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:47:44 EST QOD 4/6 Do you collect anything? <BR> <BR> I have a decent collection of dark/goth fairy statues. I also collect piggy banks - any size shape and color but must be a pig. Looking around, I guess I also collect stuffed dogs (this is unintentional they are all gifts). Just sitting here I can see 5. Sun, 6 Apr 2014 11:01:32 EST QOD 4/5 What is your favorite flower? <BR> <BR> Mine are purple roses! <link><BR>uploads/2012/11/446324804_07266c8704.jpg </link> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 15:25:34 EST QOD 4/4 What was the trigger (Ah-ha) moment when you decided it was time to change your life? <BR> <BR> I had two in two weeks. First my doctor put paperwork about "obesity" in with my medications for me to look over. <BR> <BR> Then at a New Year's Eve party my cousin wanted to know when I was expecting - I wasn't pregnant. <BR> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 07:36:42 EST QOD 4/3 From a team member: <BR> <BR> Are there any chronic conditions you feel with? <BR> <BR> I have a bad hip that I can't walk when it flairs up. Fortunate I've only had one flair since losing my weight (hmm-think that might be related). I also have RA, controlled. <BR> <BR> Anxiety is the only thing that still really affects me, that too is getting better. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 08:43:24 EST QOD 4/2 Share a goal/something you are working on for April! <BR> <BR> I need to get my calories under control. I'm keeping my step streak alive and ST 4X a week. <BR> Calories are next to get going. Wed, 2 Apr 2014 06:52:25 EST QOD 4/1 Do you participate in April Fool's Day pranks? <BR> <BR> I like a good prank but most of the people around me now take life way to serious. Anger tends to take the fun out of it. Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:38:24 EST QOD 3/31 Ok, last day of March. What good thing(s)came out of March? <BR> <BR> Well the gym has to be a biggie for me, I'm actually doing ST- who'd of thought! It is also the first month I've shown an overall lose this year. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 08:55:38 EST QOD 3/30 Do you eat protein bars and/or shakes? Have a favorite? <BR> <BR> I just started protein bars as a treat. My protein is always low so I figured I'd try them. I'm liking the nu-go slim. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:14:29 EST QOD 3/29 What is a favorite feel-good movie? <BR> <BR> Really hard to pick just one, but I like Ever After. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:31:20 EST QOD 3/28 What is you comfy but can be seen clothes? <BR> <BR> Yoga pants and a big t-shirt. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:30:29 EST QOD 3/27 What kind of car do you drive? Do you have loyalty to a certain auto maker? <BR> <BR> I love my Ford Focus. For a while I was the only one in my family not driving a Chevy, but now my dad is driving a Ford too. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:52:45 EST QOD 3/26 Do you drink tea? What are some of your favorite flavors? <BR> <BR> I like really bold teas, things like licorice and ginger. I usually don't put anything in it either. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:00:26 EST QOD 3/25 What are some thing you do to lift your mood when you are down? <BR> <BR> Music is my main helper. If I can get the right music going, I can usually turn my mood around. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:43:21 EST QOD 3/24 If you came into a large sum of money, what would be the first thing you would want to buy? <BR> <BR> Land! We have a house now but our lot is like a postage stamp. I want land! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:04:49 EST Natalie in Ohio I just found this team because I searched for "Letters" on the spark team search and this was the only one that came up. <BR> <BR> I really enjoy sending and receiving mail. Just brief little snippets of something in the mail box to alleviate the gazillion pieces of junk mail that implore me to hand money over... <BR> <BR> My handwriting is not as nifty as it once was (alas!) but I still like the old-fashioned art of correspondence. Too many people I know have decided to live totally via... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 10:23:32 EST QOW 3/22 & 3/23 What happened this past week that made you happy and/or grateful? Share you highlights! <BR> <BR> 1) Got my car back!! I love my car, I know that sounds silly but I do. I'm so happy he's back and good as new. <BR> <BR> 2) I have kept both my login streak (82 days) and my 10,000 step/day streak (50 days) going. <BR> <BR> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:45:13 EST QOD 3/22 If you had a personal assistant for the day, which to do list item would you be happiest to have them take care of? <BR> <BR> Me? Tax preparation. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 14:05:44 EST QOD 3/21 If you had to pick a "theme song" what would it be? <BR> <BR> Planetary Go! by My Chemical Romance. Not only do I love the music but the lyrics are fantastic. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:28:48 EST QOD 3/20 It is officially the first day of Spring. We are supposed to get snow today, so not much of a spring day. What says spring to you? <BR> <BR> Spring really starts in my mind when I see buds on the trees. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:46:08 EST QOD 3/19 Are you a morning person or a night owl? <BR> <BR> I was a night owl when I was younger but life has turned me into a morning person. I actually enjoy getting up early now and getting my day going. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 06:48:54 EST QOD 3/18 What is something you would like to do/experience that other might think is odd? <BR> <BR> This came from yesterday's question. I really want to experience an earthquake. I've been through tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, and other dangerous weather. There is just something about an earthquake that seems interesting. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:54:18 EST QOD 3/17 Do you have any bit of good luck you'd like to share today? <BR> <BR> (Mine is silly, but it is so rare when advertised loss-leader specials are actually kept in stock.) When we went to Albertson's with my coupon for crazy cheap corned beef ($1.29 a pound) this weekend, they actually had a dozen left to choose from. We picked two and froze one for later in the year. <BR> <BR> Today I shall prepare a corned beef feast with all of the trimmings for under $4, and the leftovers will last at lea... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:45:25 EST QOD 3/16 What does a rest day consist of for you? <BR> <BR> Lately a rest day is just making my steps with slow steady walking. Maybe a couple of short walks. No ST and no major sweating, just easy movement. <BR> <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 10:35:32 EST QOD 3/15 The Ides of March is a great time to think about spring cleaning. What are you ready to let go of that no longer serves your vision for a healthy life? Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:57:06 EST QOD 3/14 Will you be celebrating St. Patrick's Day this weekend? <BR> <BR> In Chicago, you either hid in a whole or celebrate. EVERYONE is Irish this weekend. It's supposed to be nice tomorrow, so we may head out to the parade. I will be "wearin' the green" on Monday. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:58:16 EST QOD 3/13 What foods have you discovered on your healthy journey that you really like/love that the "old" you would have never tried? <BR> <BR> Spaghetti squash and hummus (not together). I had never had either before coming to spark and now I eat both fairly often. Yummy! Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:19:27 EST QOD 3/12 When was the last time you had a nice surprise? <BR> <BR> Today, when I went to my credit union to discuss my frustration with the terms of my checking account, they changed it in less than five minutes, with a smile. (For some reason, I thought it was going to be so hard, I had put off doing that for months!) Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:35:28 EST QOD 3/11 What kinds of things do you have around for motivation? <BR> <BR> I like quotes/words. Picture make me feel like I'm comparing (and I'm NEVER) gonna look like the girls in the motivational picts. <BR> <BR> I like to do the quotes on sticky notes in my own hand writing. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:13:21 EST QOD 3/10 Daylight Saving Time has me dragging today. <BR> <BR> If you could do ANYTHING with the hour that disappeared this weekend, what would it be? <BR> <BR> Of all the tempting possibilities in the world? My body really wants sleep. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:50:05 EST QOD 3/9 What is one of your favorite ways to work out? <BR> <BR> I love to race/run. Racing is my favorite but I do like running with my girls. I really don't like running on my own. <BR> Sun, 9 Mar 2014 12:53:51 EST QOW 3/8 & 3/9 Oops - had one posted. Will save this one! Sat, 8 Mar 2014 16:10:17 EST QOD 3/8 Happy International Women's Day! Name at least one of your biggest inspirations. <BR> <BR> Mine? Audre Lorde, Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy, Somaly Mam, my grandmother. Sat, 8 Mar 2014 15:31:29 EST QOD 3/7 What song/music always makes you smile? <BR> <BR> Planetary Go! by My Chemical Romance puts a smile on my face and can usually get me moving. Fri, 7 Mar 2014 08:41:16 EST QOD 3/6 Did you have a favorite toy when you were young? <BR> <BR> I had 2. First was my Pooh bear. I slept with him until I was in second grade. I also had a baby beans doll (bean bag body with the plastic head). I still have both of them. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 06:47:13 EST Goodie bombtastic! There would be no Together We Are Stronger team without Kitty! <BR> <BR> Please help her feel supported, appreciated, and celebrated this week for her Sparkversary! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?id=BIGPAWSUP </link> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:30:09 EST QOD 3/5 When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? <BR> <BR> I remember wanting to be a zoologist. I figured that's what you had to be to work at the zoo so I was going to be a zoologist. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:51:37 EST QOD 3/4 When was the last time you "felt your age"? <BR> <BR> I'm feeling it today as my son is turning 20 today. I normally don't act/feel much older than that! Tue, 4 Mar 2014 15:33:28 EST What Do these acronyms stand for????? I am still learning my way on this team, what do all these acronyms stand for???? <BR> <BR> QOD QOTD QOWD 3/1 3/2 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sorry I just don't understand <em>101</em> Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:40:18 EST QOTD 3/3/2014 What was your wake up call to want to lose weight? Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:17:28 EST QOW 3/1 & 3/2 Share a goal you plan on working towards in March! <BR> <BR> I will continue my 10,000 step streak. I made all of February, now to try a longer month! <BR> <BR> I also know I need to get my calories under control. That mean eating in range. Streak starts today. Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:04:37 EST QOD 2/28 What is something you are super picky about? <BR> <BR> I'm so picky about my dogs. I know I talk about them a lot but I feel like they rely on me for everything and it was my choice to have dogs. They get the best before anyone else. <BR> <BR> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:34:27 EST QOD 2/27 Can you even believe February is ending tomorrow? Yikes! What was a highlight from your month? <BR> <BR> I was brave enough to push through my Stunt Writing for Personal Growth class online. Learning so much about myself! Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:53:53 EST QOD 2/26 What do you do just to help you "feel good"? <BR> <BR> First and foremost is snuggling. I love to snuggle with my hubby or my girls. <BR> <BR> One of the silly things I like to do is turn on old B movies and giggle at the monster and such. I don't know why but they tickle me. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:43:00 EST QOD 2/25 Is there music you can't stop thinking of right now? <BR> <BR> I've got Same Love <link><BR>7_08n0 </link> <BR> <BR> Om Purnam <link><BR>NLgfC8 </link> <BR> <BR> and Peanut Butter (dancing in video is a little naughty, twerk warning) <link><BR>-VtFO4 </link> all stuck in my head. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:04:05 EST QOD 2/24 Any sweet moments of bliss, joy, success, connection, gratitude over the weekend? Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:35:34 EST QOW 2/22 & 2/23 Are you working on any "streaks" right now? Do you have one you would like to start? <BR> <BR> I'm on a 10,000 step per day streak. I've made it 22 days in a row right now. <BR> <BR> I need to start a clean eating streak. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 12:42:21 EST QOD 2/21 How do you get your news? <BR> <BR> I let the morning news run in the background while I'm getting ready for work. I used to read the paper but it just doesn't appeal to me any more. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 08:00:53 EST QOD 2/20 Thunder storms - love 'em or hate 'em? <BR> <BR> I like thunderstorms if I have nowhere to go. I like to watch the lightening. <BR> <BR> Only thing that make me unhappy is that they panic my Gypsy. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:12:10 EST QOD 2/19 What is one thing you are looking forward to when it gets warmer out? <BR> <BR> A good run with my girls! I can walk them in the snow and I can run on my own but I'm too afraid of slipping on the ice with the girls going 2/40. First nice day without snow and ice - we run as a pack. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:01:50 EST Spring Sign Up!! <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <em>228</em> <BR> Before you just jump on the list, please remember that you need to be mailing to your buddy at LEAST twice a month. That's 6 times over the 3 months. I understand that things happen but you need to let me know if you cannot keep up your end of the mailing. <BR> <BR> Also, you are your buddy's motivator! As a TWAS buddy you are agreeing to try to motivate, inspire, and uplift your assigned buddy. Keep it ... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:47:55 EST Winter Reveal! Time to let your buddy know who you are!! I'll wait to reveal myself in case my buddy wants to guess!! Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:40:19 EST QOD 2/17 Name a blessing in your life today! Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:02:55 EST QOW 2/15 & 2/16 Now that we have our table. List your guest and you can ask each person ONE question. What will it be? <BR> <BR> My answers to come! Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:47:41 EST QOD 2/14 Ok, last two seats at the table are Wild Card - time to fit in people who didn't fit into the other categories or that you just have too many. Who get's your last two chairs? <BR> <BR> 9- Ben Franklin <BR> 10- Michio Kaku - a physicist that I really admire Fri, 14 Feb 2014 07:13:49 EST QOD 2/13 Over half done! Today's two seats are going men and woman of science. Who are you inviting? <BR> <BR> 7 Albert Einstein <BR> 8 Enrico Fermi Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:37:53 EST QOD 2/12 We are getting there - next two seats are for religious/spiritual people. Just remember if they speak to you on a spiritual level - it counts. So who gets your seats? <BR> <BR> 5 - Lao Tzu (Laozi), writer of the Dao Te Ching <BR> 6 - Imhotep, Egyptian priest and builder of the First Dynasty. The Egyptian Book of the Dead facinates me. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:09:36 EST Goodie Bomb 2/12 One of our own is going for surgery tomorrow - let's show Kay the love with a GOODIE BOMB!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>MPLELIFE4REAL </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you Casey for making certain we were aware of this! Wed, 12 Feb 2014 06:50:37 EST QOD 2/11 Next two seats at our table need to be people from entertainment. Actors, writers, artists - who are you inviting? <BR> <BR> 3 - Vincent Price, he was so much more than any of his movies suggested. <BR> 4 - Ralph Waldo Emerson - Father of the Transcendental movement. Glorious. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:12:03 EST QOD 2/10 We are having a dinner party. First two people on the guest list need to be political figures (living or dead - doesn't matter). <BR> <BR> 1- Teddy Roosevelt, I have always been a fan. <BR> 2- Queen Elizabeth the First, this was a bit od a tougher choice but she seems fasinating! <BR> <BR> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:31:23 EST QOW 2/8 & 2/9 What do you like to do that others might think are a bit crazy/odd? <BR> <BR> I love going to the Dunes no matter the weather. I was there today in 9 degrees and snow. I just go whenever I can, no matter how much "normal" people would stay home. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 19:01:15 EST QOD 2/8 What is your favorite show(s) right now? <BR> <BR> Downton Abbey and Walking Dead for me! Sat, 8 Feb 2014 17:06:18 EST QOD 2/7 Are you excited about the Olympic Opening Ceremonies tonight? <BR> <BR> Sorry, but it's just not my thing. I'll watch some of the hockey but that's usually about it. Fri, 7 Feb 2014 08:07:55 EST QOD 2/6 What are some things you use to keep youself accountablr? <BR> <BR> I have a spreadsheet for exercise, weight, and measurements. I also my stars on a calender. <BR> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 08:48:09 EST QOD 2/5 I know this is a stretch for someb of us, but what do you LIKE about winter? <BR> <BR> I do enjoy watching my girls play in the snow. Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:15:03 EST QOD 2/4 What is your go to snack? <BR> <BR> Apples especially fuji, when we have them. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 06:46:56 EST QOD 2/3 Do you consider yourself organized? <BR> <BR> Nope, not at all. Probably part of why you never know whe I'll post :-) Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:39:00 EST New year check in! January was so slammed with family emergencies that I am ready to start again with the Chinese New Year. <BR> <BR> Anyone else need another chance to start over? (Of course, every moment of life is a new chance to try.) <BR> <BR> Wishing you a magnificent Year of the Horse, a happy February, a blessed Imbolc, and a happy Super Bowl day. <BR> <BR> Today, I started over by choosing half an hour of much-needed gentle yoga over my daily rigorous half hour of Pilates. I will also stick with a ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 14:17:29 EST QOW 2/1 and 2/2 What is your favorite piece of exercise equipment? <BR> <BR> I love treadmills. I don't own one but have used them at hotels and gyms. I can really push myself on a treadmill. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 08:33:30 EST Spark Team bonus points Did you know that you can earn team bonus points for Together We Are Stronger? <BR> <BR> Each day you can complete bonus spins for your favorite SparkTeams. You get 1 bonus spin for every 5 SparkPoints you earn per day, with a maximum of 5 spins a day. Just click the flags next to your favorite teams on the Team Bonus Points section in Step 3 on your Start page. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>w-sa.asp </link> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:56:32 EST QOD 1/31 What do you usually do when you're not feeling well? <BR> <BR> I like to curl up on the couch, it's warmer than in bed and I can prop up in the corner. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 07:53:20 EST QOD 1/30 Do you have any "pet peeves"? I'm talking about little things that just annoy you even though they are generally harmless. <BR> <BR> People that constantly exaggerate or white lie consistently. Just drives me crazy. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:16:54 EST QOD 1/29 Since we are donw to all girls here, are you a girly girl or a tom boy? <BR> <BR> Tom boy all the way. I love getting dirty and playing rough. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:15:08 EST QOD 1/28 Share something that always puts a smile on your face. <BR> <BR> My girls. Even when they are driving me nuts they are just too loving and cute. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:09:26 EST QOD 1/27 What is your favorite "comfy" outfit? <BR> <BR> I love my thick wuzzy PJ pants and an uber soft cotton T, and don' t forget the toe socks! Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:32:50 EST QOW 1/25 & 1/26 Share something fun that you wish you could do more often. <BR> <BR> I love to go hiking. I wish I could go every Saturday that I don't get to race and even some odd days during the week. That's just not possible but I go when I can. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:03:00 EST QOD 1/24 Is there a color that just "makes you happy"? <BR> <BR> I love orange things. I think is just looks happy. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:46:42 EST QOD 1/23 What is your favorite smell? <BR> <BR> Puppy breath! Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:58:08 EST QOD 1/22 What is your favorite part of living healthy? <BR> <BR> I'm loving being able to move and grove in almost any way I want. My body no longer limits what I can do. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 06:39:17 EST QOD 1/21 If you had one hour to do anything you want, what would you do? <BR> <BR> Base jumping. I've never had the money or the time. I know my weight is low enough now, so yeah, base jumping. Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:22:22 EST QOD 1/20 Is there anything you eat regulary now that you would have never eaten before your "lifestyle" change? <BR> <BR> Plain yogurt and hummus. Never thought I could eat the yogurt without sugar. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:21:59 EST QOW 1/18 & 1/19 How often do you revamp your goals? <BR> <BR> I haven't been really even setting much the last year. Might be why is wasn't all that hot. This year I'm trying to look at the previous month and set monthly goals. Sat, 18 Jan 2014 09:52:28 EST QOD 1/17 What kind of "purse" do you carry? <BR> <BR> I have either a fanny pack (when I'm out and active) or a Gir backpack for fun time. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 07:35:52 EST Goodie Bomb 1/16 We've had a request for a goodie bomb. Let's go get - BONNIEMARGAY!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NNIEMARGAY </link> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:11:37 EST Goodie Bomb 1/16/14 I call a goodie bomb on Bonnie Margay! she has been a great friend. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:06:39 EST QOD 1/16 Name some of your favorite personality traits that you feel you have! <BR> <BR> Honesty. I strive to always be honest, don't ask me if you don't want the answer has always been my motto. I have been told by others that I'm the most honest person that they know. That made me feel good. <BR> <BR> Loyality. To a fault, but break my trust and you'll never get it back. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 09:08:01 EST QOD 1/15 What is your favorite non-domesticated (wild) animal? <BR> <BR> I've got a toss up. I adore wombats. They just make me smile. Then there are the African painted dogs. I could watch them for hours! Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:00:09 EST QOD 1/14 What kind of fresh flowers would you like to be suprised with? <BR> <BR> I love daisys and blackeyed susans. Gerber daisys are my favorite plant. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:24:54 EST QOD 1/13 What will you commit to do today to move you towards your goals? <BR> <BR> I will do 20 min os ST tonight! Mon, 13 Jan 2014 09:02:09 EST QOW 1/11 & 1/12 What is something you do for "fun" now that you never would have done before making the "healthy change"? <BR> <BR> Running. Even when I played ball, I wasn't much of a runner. Now I can't say I like training runs but I LOVE racing. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 07:13:47 EST QOD 1/10/2014 What is one goal you want to accomplish this year? Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:36:37 EST QOD 1/9 What is on your 2014 calendar? <BR> <BR> At home, it's cartoon dogs and cats. Kinds silly. <BR> <BR> At work, I have piglets. Thu, 9 Jan 2014 06:42:52 EST QOD 1/8 What food is your weakness? <BR> <BR> I'm a pizza girl. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 12:25:34 EST QOD 1/7 What is the next reward you have planned for yourself? How will you earn it? <BR> <BR> I'm getting some runder pants - cute boy shorts type undies with running sayings. They are silly but they make me smile. This is my reward for an overall loss in january - inches and weight. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 09:27:49 EST QOD 1/6 Who is your biggest supporter in your journey to heath? <BR> <BR> Thata's actually hard for me because my two biggest supporters in life , Hubby and Dad, tend to sabatoge me in the eating department. The only truely consistant supporet I get is here. Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:14:42 EST Goodie Bomb 1/5 2BDYNAMIC got a Popular Blog Award for her New Year’s day blog. Let’s celebrate her achievement – Goodie Bomb!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>DYNAMIC </link> Sat, 4 Jan 2014 16:58:53 EST New year check in! Any luck so far with new goals? <BR> <BR> Too busy taking care of the in laws on New Year's Day to add anything extra on top of Pilates, bike, and walk (except the part where I dashed out of the symphony hall after repeated gunfire in Strauss's Banditen Polka gave me a panic attack and I ran around the very steep block a few times to try to calm down again). <BR> <BR> But I have done at least eight push ups a day since then toward my upper body strength goal (even though I forgot on the sec... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 14:41:14 EST QOD 1/3 What is one thing about you your buddy should know? <BR> <BR> I love dogs and anything dog related. Fri, 3 Jan 2014 07:46:06 EST QOD 1/2 What goals/resolutions have you set for January? <BR> <BR> I'm shooting for 10 to 15 minutes of ST 6 days a week and 10,000 steps daily. <BR> Thu, 2 Jan 2014 06:40:05 EST Happy New Year! Congratulations on making it through 2013! <BR> <BR> How will you start your new year? <BR> <BR> I've already done my half hour of Pilates, and am about to get on the exercise bike for half an hour. Today we are going to see the symphony's Salute to Vienna with the in laws. My wife and I will walk the pup a few miles after that. Going to do at least one set of pushups sometime, too. Whew! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 13:18:38 EST QOD 12/31 Happy New year's Eve! <BR> <BR> Do you make New Years Resolutions? <BR> <BR> I do. I'm not always great on keeping them, but I do make them. Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:27:29 EST QOD 12/29 & 12/30 What healthy habit would you like to be consistent with in 2014? <BR> <BR> I'm looking to be consistent with Strength Training. I want to develop my muscles this year. <BR> <BR> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:44:09 EST Volunteer work experience? Have any of you done volunteer work that was fun, lighthearted, silly, uplifting, happy? <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear about it! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:16:43 EST QOD 12/27 What is one healthy habit you really stuck to this past year? <BR> <BR> Unless it was raining, I got out for a walk everyday. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 07:54:57 EST QOD 12/26 Hope everyone had a good day yesterday. Time to take this last week and reflect on the past year. <BR> <BR> What did you try in 2013 that was new? Did you like it? <BR> <BR> I did my first mud runs. I LOVED it. I'm signing up for 3 this year. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:44:42 EST QOD 12/24 Santa's coming! Have you been naughty or nice to youself this year? <BR> <BR> 've been naughty. I know I'm not caring for myself the way I should. Not lump of coal naughty, but a wee bit more naughty than nice. Mostly in what I've been eating. Need to fix that for next year. I deserve to put myself on my own nice list. Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:47:15 EST QOW 12/21 & 12/22 What are your Christmas plans this year? <BR> <BR> We'll go to dad's early and open gifts then it is over to my uncle's for an early dinner with extended family. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 08:07:55 EST QOD 12/20 Memories! Do you have a memory of a special gift you received as a child? <BR> <BR> I have a couple but my Barbie Dream House has to be the best. It was completely set up, with the long haired Barbie and a plastic Christmas tree in the living room. I even got the black horse who was "tied up" out front. I was so excited. <BR> <BR> I just couldn't understand why my dad couldn't stay awake! LOL. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:52:21 EST QOD 12/19 When you shop for gifts, do you go off a list of "wants" or just from the heart? <BR> <BR> I mostly shop from the heart, finding things that I think others will like. However, I do ask if there are things people need/want. I just don't always go off the list. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 06:46:17 EST QOD 12/18 Have you ever received a silly/funny present that made you happy? <BR> <BR> Last year hubby bought me a stuffed hippo that singa "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas". When it sings the cheeks light up. I just thought it was the cutest thing. I still smile everytime I play it. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 09:31:00 EST QOD 12/17 Ok, can't help it. Lotto fever has infected the midwest. There is 500,000,000 jackpot today. Yep, 500 million. And in our lovely fantasy world we each just won. What are the top 5 things on your to do list? <BR> <BR> 1-quit my job. I'll still work but with dogs only. <BR> 2- I've never had a new car so I'm off to the dealership (one for hubby too) <BR> 3- set a million in a trust for my son. <BR> 4- start finding a contractor - I already know how I want my new home to be. <BR> 5-takin... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 09:18:21 EST QOD 12/16 What are your favorite games? <BR> <BR> With people. I love card games. Hearts or Spades are my top two. <BR> <BR> If I have some "free" time, that when I like video role playing games. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 10:38:54 EST QOD 12/15 What have you done this weekend to make yourself smile? <BR> <BR> I went out and played in the snow with my girls. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:26:12 EST QOD 12/13 Happy Friday the 13th! <BR> <BR> Today is traditionally the 1st day of Christmas (think the song) - a partridge in a pear tree. Have ever given or received a pet or plant for a present? Did you help to pick it out? <BR> <BR> I get plants most years for my birthday and/or mother's day. I do pick them out. <BR> <BR> I won't get a pet for or around a "special occasion". The last pet I got as a gift was a hamster for my 6th birthday. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 07:30:56 EST QOD 12/12 What is the last thing you did that you were proud of? <BR> <BR> The Santa Hustle. Even a year ago, I would not have tried to run in that weather (9 is a shoe size not a tempature). But I did it and I feel pretty good about that. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:35:23 EST QOD 12/10 What stuff is on your wish list this winter holiday season? <BR> <BR> I need new clothes that fit, and need my wedding ring resized so I can wear it on my ring finger again without it falling off. Also asked for mantra meditation CDs by Deva Premal and a Rumi datebook. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:34:28 EST Blown QOW So sorry everyone. I've had 5 17+ hour days this week. After race and shopping yesterday, I was burnt and slept. I hit the ground running this am and just realized that I never posted a QOW. Sorry!!! <BR> <BR> So, what did you do just for "FUN" this weekend? <BR> <BR> I bought Bing Crosby's White Christmas while shopping yesterday and listened to it all night. Sun, 8 Dec 2013 15:41:35 EST Fruit and veggie tracker If you are as disappointed as I am that the fruit and veggie tracker disappeared with all of the recent site changes, please let SparkPeople know via their suggestion box at <link><BR>uggestion_box.asp </link> <BR> <BR> If enough users miss it, maybe they'll put it back! Sat, 7 Dec 2013 14:23:02 EST QOD 12/6 What charities do you donate to/support? <BR> <BR> I'm all dog - currently doing a dog food drive for our pet pantry (food pantry for animal food). I also donate to the Anti-Cruelty and our local animal shelter. Fri, 6 Dec 2013 07:57:35 EST QOD 12/5 I know this will be tough for some of us - namw some you LIKE about winter. Come on, you can come up with something. <BR> <BR> I do like throwing snowballs for the girls. They love biting them out of the air and it is funny. Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:00:54 EST QOD 12/5 Do you have a favorite holiday carol? <BR> <BR> I like anything by Bing Crosby. <BR> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 18:39:13 EST Curtiosity I was drawn in by this group's great graphics and the team name, Together We Are Stronger. I believe this and I very firmly believe in all sorts of diversity - different ways of thinking and believing and getting from A to B make us strong. <BR> <BR> I am a professional artist/naturalist living in one of the world's most biologically diverse regions, South-Eastern Tennessee. There are a few pieces of my work on my spark page, if you are interested you are certainly most welcome. I moved t... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 17:43:13 EST QOD 12/3 Did you shop online yesterday? Do you normally shop online? <BR> <BR> I'm not an online shopper. I did order two races that had Cyber Monday sales but that is it. I prefer going to the stores. I want to put my hands on thing. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 06:53:03 EST A good read! now I know there are some guys on this team ..... this is not for you. <BR> <BR> This was so thought provoking I just had to share it with the rest of you Wonderful WOMEN!..... I can honestly say most of the things on here apply to me and are very true...... not to say I can't get all whinny and pouty cause I do at times but not as a rule! <BR> <BR> Also her is a direct link <BR> <link><BR>ween-dating-a-girl-vs-a-woman/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rec... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 20:09:17 EST Today is Puppywhispers Birthday <em>383</em> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:47:07 EST QOD 12/2 Do you send holiday cards? <BR> <BR> It is 50/50 for me. Some years I'm right on it, some they never get opened. Mon, 2 Dec 2013 14:19:06 EST QOD 12/1 and 12/2 Sorry I thought I posted a question this morning. OOPS! <BR> <BR> So what is your plan for December? <BR> <BR> 60 minutes of cardio per day <BR> 20 minutes of ST <BR> 10 minutes of stretching (2 sets of 5) <BR> <BR> More specific, I'm stepping up my boxing and ST this month. Hubby has promised 3 lessons a week and I'm going to ST on the other 3. For right now Fridays are off - long day with dog training. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 18:12:24 EST Year end challenge! Thought I would try something that might get us up and moving for the end of the year! <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>**************************************** <BR> REGULAR CHALLENGE <BR> 1. Log your nutrition (either on Spark People or in a journal) - 1 point <BR> 2. Drink 8 glasses + water daily - 1 point <BR> 3. Eat at least 4 fruit/veggies daily - 1 point <BR> 4. Sleep at least 7 hours every night - 1 point <BR> 5. Minimum of 10... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:59:47 EST December Goals and Plans! I thought this would be a good idea to put out there our plans for the month and give our buddies an idea what we are working towards. <BR> <BR> My December is going to be all about a strong finish. I've had some really weak months this year, I'm going out with a BANG! <BR> <BR> 60 min cardio <BR> 20 min ST <BR> 10 min stretching <BR> <BR> I want to be back under 140 by New Years. Sun, 1 Dec 2013 12:34:45 EST Winter Buddies!! I got them all done - and it isn't even midnight on the EAST coast yet. I'm so proud of myself!! Woo Hoo!! <BR> <BR> Now if I did something silly and you didn't get an email - SPARK MAIL me right away. I will send your buddy info out. <BR> <BR> I'm making myself a goal to get two mailings out before Christmas. Anyone want to join me? Sat, 30 Nov 2013 23:47:47 EST QOD 11/30 Do you put up a tree? When do you do it? <BR> <BR> I have a small tree I put up. We will do it this afternoon as I have to take my holiday picture of the girls. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:08:44 EST QOD 11/29 Well, it's Black Friday here in the US. Have you started your holiday shopping yet? <BR> <BR> I'm almost done with the boy child and hubby. I start grabbing things around Halloween. I need to spread out the shopping or I really go overboard. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 11:22:55 EST QOD - Thanksgiving! Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all! <BR> <BR> Instead of a question share a Thanksgiving wish for your fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> My Thanksgiving wish for you is that you can see the blessings in your life each and every day! Thu, 28 Nov 2013 08:46:29 EST QOD 11/27 List 3 things that happened in the last year that you are Thankful for. <BR> <BR> 1) My son finished High School <BR> 2) My hubby survived his latest surgery <BR> 3) My family is still all here. Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:11:01 EST QOD 11/26 What are 3 things that you are grateful are NO LONGER a part of your life? <BR> <BR> 1 - smoking - I'm 8 year smoke free <BR> 2 - soda - I have not had a soda for 2 years now <BR> 3 - work-a-holic nature. I used to constantly work overtime (paid or un-paid). I would bring home work every weekend. I have not brought work home since May so I'm doing well. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 12:36:03 EST QOD 11/25 Name three things you are grateful for: <BR> <BR> 1) My house - it might need work but it keeps the elements out and us safe. <BR> 2) My car - cute, safe, and reliable, nothing more I could want in a car <BR> 3) My business - it might not pay the bills but I love dog training and it makes me feel like I am truly helping other. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 06:43:45 EST Hi my name is MNDebbie1 My name is Debbie and I live in Southern MN. I am the mom of 4 adult children. I love to read, crochet, do other types of crafts, scrapbook. Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:27:22 EST QOW 11/23 & 11/24 List 3 people you are truly thankful for. <BR> <BR> 1) Hubby <BR> 2) Boy Child <BR> 3) My Dad <BR> <BR> (Wow, my top 3 are all male??) Sat, 23 Nov 2013 15:13:29 EST 40 things about being over 40 I thought some of these were worth a giggle!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-effed-up-things-about-_b_3386565.html </link> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:54:02 EST QOD 11/22 What is one of your daily motivators? <BR> <BR> My dogs! They always want me up and moving. That gets me going on a lot of days I want to just sit on the couch. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:34:55 EST QOD 11/21 What food are you looking forward to on Thanksgiving that you don't normally have? <BR> <BR> Mashed potatoes. I hate making them, but love eating them. I only have them 2 or 3 times a year. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 06:52:33 EST Buddy Reveal!! Do you have a guess at who your fall buddy was? It's reveal time!! <BR> <BR> I'm guessing 2B. My packages have come from Oregon and I seem to remember her saying something about Oregon football. I'm hoping I remember that right. <BR> <BR> I will say who my buddy was in a day or two. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 06:49:08 EST Winter Sign Up Winter buddy sign up starts today and ends on the 29th!! I will assign Winter buddies next weekend. Also, I'm going to be getting some updated goals for everyone signing up. I'll send you back your form for any updates. <BR> <BR> <BR> Please just add your name to the list and let's have some fun. <BR> <BR> Kitty Thu, 21 Nov 2013 06:46:16 EST QOD 11/20 Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions you are looking forward to? <BR> <BR> Most of our family traditions went the way of the dodo.when dad got remarried. <BR> I do look forward to spending time with my cousins. I guess the round of soco shots hiding in the garage is a tradition (started when most of us where to young to drink - thus the hiding part!L. :-) Wed, 20 Nov 2013 10:48:02 EST QOD 11/19 Do you have a favorite meal/snack for when you come in out of the cold? <BR> <BR> I love a small bowl of oatmeal after a cold walk outside. Just seems to warm me up!! Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:47:25 EST QOD 11/18 I'm watching all the devastation through Illinois. Do you have an emergency plan if your home were to get hit with dangerous weather? <BR> <BR> I have disaster plans in place. I would hope afterwards I could stay with my dad. If not, I do know of two pet friendly hotels I could go to. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:46:53 EST QOD 11/17 Do you have any tricks/tips on how to stay organized? <BR> <BR> I live and breath off of a calender - I have a date book with me at all times and my online calender is linked to my phone. Sun, 17 Nov 2013 12:23:37 EST QOD 11/16 What are your nicknames? Who uses them? <BR> <BR> Well, Kitty is a nickname. No one except my Dad (and sister when she is in a bad mood) call me by my given name: Cathy. <BR> <BR> I also answer to Kit and Kit-Kat. <BR> <BR> Hubby calls me "my one". Kind of sweet. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 08:45:51 EST QOD 11/15 What is your favorite motivational quote? <BR> <BR> I have two: <BR> <BR> Don't give me anything, I will earn my Respect. <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> Some day I will not be able to do this, today is NOT that day. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:39:48 EST QOD 11/14 Is there one exercise/video/training routine that you really look forward to? <BR> <BR> I love my boxing. I can only use the bag on Tues, Thurs, and Sun as my hubby is using it on the other evenings for Classes. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:11:26 EST QOD 11/13 When was the last time you were hospitalized? For what? <BR> <BR> I had a major chrondritis attack about 2 years ago. They thought I was having a heart attack. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:47:13 EST Goodie Bomb!!! 11/13 Our own Dear Casey is home and recovering from cancer surgery. She needs a googie bomb! <BR> <BR> I can't do links from my phone bur her Spark ID is caseysauer. <BR> <BR> Maybe some can add a link to this thread for me! <BR> <BR> Let's blow her page up with love and support Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:39:51 EST QOD 11/11 Happy Veterans day. Have you or anyone in your family served? <BR> <BR> I was army, so was my uncle and my dad's father. My mom's father was navy, also two of my uncles on my dad's side and 3 cousins. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:59:01 EST QOD 11/10 What was the last reward you got for yourself? <BR> <BR> I just picked up a Dr. Who poster and frame for getting back on track. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 14:18:47 EST QOD 11/8 I'm on a pet kick right now. IF money and space was not a problem, what animal (animals) would you want as a pet? <BR> <BR> I love my dogs and will always have 2 (or more dogs) but I have to admit I have always wanted a mini-pig and a goat. I love pigs, they are so cute and smart. A mini I could let in the house. <BR> <BR> I don't know what my fascinations is with goats. I just love goats and they have such great personalities. Fri, 8 Nov 2013 08:12:03 EST QOD 11/7 What is you favorite hot herbal tea? Cold? <BR> <BR> Hot - I love licorice. I loved the Stash brand but no body has it anymore :(. Yogi has been a ggo substitute. <BR> <BR> Cold- I really don't do cold drinks. Room temp peppermint is good. <BR> Thu, 7 Nov 2013 11:06:07 EST QOD 11/6 You have a great day planned with outside fun and exercise. You wake up to a luing weatheman. The downpour outside has ducks hiding. How do you salvage your day? <BR> <BR> First, I'm learning to like that torture device called the eliptical (her name id iron madien). If I can watch a fun movie I seem to be able to get a decent work out. But first would be about 30 min of stress reduction on the heavy bag. I always want to be outside. Wed, 6 Nov 2013 10:01:32 EST QOD 11/5 Bonnie was so sweet and jumped in with a QOD yesterday when I was running late - and I blew it by not seeing the thread (can't see much on this phone). So we're gonna make her question official today! And if you answered yesterday, answer again for those of us that missed it! <BR> <BR> "What is the BEST book you have read this year?" Come on - favorite time! <BR> <BR> The Most Beloved Dog Tails. It is a collection of short stories about dogs. I just love this book. Tue, 5 Nov 2013 08:51:57 EST QOD 11/4 What color is your winter coat? Hat and gloves - do they match? <BR> <BR> My coats are all black. Itend to bright colored hats, ear muffs, scarfs, and gloves. Idon't usually have a matching set. Mon, 4 Nov 2013 15:40:36 EST QOD 11/4 What is the best book you have read this year? <BR> <BR> I just plowed through all thirteen books in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and really enjoyed Stephen King's new Doctor Sleep (following up on Danny Torrance this many years after The Shining). Mon, 4 Nov 2013 15:24:16 EST QOW 11/2 & 11/3 What is something you enjoy doing now that you could not have done before starting this journey? Or what is something you are looking forward to doing? <BR> <BR> Running. I never thought I would enjoy doing 5K's but I love them. The people, the atmosphere, and the competition against only myself. I'm really addicted! <BR> Sat, 2 Nov 2013 01:16:03 EST QOD 11/1 What are your November goals? <BR> <BR> 1) Eat in calorie range 5 of 7 days <BR> 2) ST 3 days a week <BR> 3) 10,000 steps a day <BR> 4) 6 to 7 hours of sleep each night - no more late night movies. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 08:05:05 EST QOD 10/31 Happy Halloween! Will you be doing anything special to celebrate today? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm going to work in costume (elf). Then home to hand out candy and getting together with some close friends for a meal and memories of those we have lost. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:49:54 EST QOD 10/30 What is the Halloween treat you find hardest to resist? How do you handle it? <BR> <BR> I used to say tootsie roll and candy corn, but noe cadbury makes "scream" eggs so that is the winner! <BR> <BR> I just can't have them in the house. I have NO control and I know it! Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:50:16 EST Non-Contributer I had lunch with some friends the other day. Both work for the state in different agencies. Each year they are evaluated and can be classified as a non-contributer, contributer, acceptable contributer, excellent contributer.... It made me realize that I am a non-contributer on this team! I am going to leave the team and ask Kitty to reassign my pal! <BR> <BR> I feel terrible, but with being blind and being uber-busy I am not able to get out and buy cards or items like I would love to d... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:09:22 EST QOD 10/29 What was the last movie you saw that frightened you? <BR> <BR> I laughed and jumped at Evil Dead (new version), so we'll go with that one. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:45:16 EST QOD 10/28 What creepy critter really bothers/scares you? Something you don't even think you could touch. <BR> <BR> Centipedes! They totally freak me out. It is the ONLY thing that gets me screaming "Huddy KILL IT!" Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:05:47 EST QOW 10/26 & 10/27 I'm stealing this question from another team but I loved it. <BR> Describe your PERFECT day: <BR> <BR> Mine would start out going to the dunes and watching the sunrise. A nice hike. Then off to a yummy breakfast at a favorite diner. Drop off the girls and do some thrift shopping. Home to a hot lunch and then some fun horror/dark comedies with a glass of wine. Sat, 26 Oct 2013 08:52:41 EST QOD 10/25 Are you your own biggest supporter or biggest critic? <BR> <BR> Critic. I even have a hard time accepting compliments. I tend to down play it. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:33:30 EST QOD 10/24 One week til Halloween. When was the last time your "dressed up" for Halloween and what were you? <BR> <BR> Hubby and I did alien make up last year. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:04:30 EST Goodie Bomb!!! Ok, 2B (Jan) just gave me an idea. This group is all about motivation. Goodies are all about support and motivation. So I would Love IT if everyone would particiapte in an occasional "goodie bomb" on a member. Just send our "bomb-ee" a goodie. Notes are optional. <BR> <BR> Our first Bomb-ee is = Kelly ie seasons_change_. I can't post links from my phone but you can find him in the team member list on the bottom of the team page. Let's get him! Thu, 24 Oct 2013 09:50:38 EST QOD 10/23 Do you have problems getting motivated when it's cold? Any tips? <BR> <BR> I'm horrible when it's cold out. My hip just hurts and I want to just stay curled up under a blanket. I also don't tend to be "pleasant". <BR> <BR> I'll take any ideas. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:47:42 EST QOD 10/22 What is your nearest city? What is something you like about it? <BR> <BR> I'm very close to Chicago. I love the lake front and the museums. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 09:41:35 EST QOD 10/21 Three words you strive to be daily <BR> <BR> Tenatious, strong, and fun. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:52:51 EST QOW 10/19 & 10/20 Sorry to be so late! <BR> <BR> What color am I gong to see the most of around your house? <BR> <BR> In my home it's going to be brown. Not really my cup of tea but it is what it is. I'd much rather do some burgundy and greens. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 19:19:09 EST A BRAND NEW SPARK PEOPLE! In case you missed it, SP will be unveiling new changes to the website. Honestly, I don't mind change...I usually welcome it. However, when I heard that SP was overhauling their website I was a bit doubtful that I'd like it. After watching the video of the new changes coming to SP on Monday, October 21 I think the changes are <em>345</em> ! I know when I joined SP several years ago I was a bit confused as to how to get around and get to the things I wanted. I think the changes will be ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 00:53:19 EST QOD 10/18 Is there a food you just can't have in the house because it is just too tempting? <BR> <BR> Chocolate bars. I can't just eat a piece. If I have chocolate, I eat it. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:08:25 EST QOD 10/17 Do you have a song that really motivates you? <BR> <BR> Uprising by Muse can get me fired up. I have the refrain quoted on my Spark page. <BR> They will not force us <BR> They will stop degrading us <BR> They will not control us <BR> We will be victorious! <BR> <BR> Now just to get me moving, that would be Planetary Go! By My Chemical Romance. Can't sit still to that one. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 08:43:52 EST QOD 10/16 What adjustments do you make to your exercise routine for fall and winter? <BR> <BR> Not all that much here. I have a nice Columbia jacket, hat, gloves, and Yak tracks so I do continue to run/walk outside. I can't afford a treadmill so if I want to run, I have to deal with the weather. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 06:51:28 EST QOD 10/15 What is your favorite ST exercise? Least favorite? <BR> <BR> I like squats. I hate anything upper body, probably why I have Olive Olye arms! Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:25:35 EST QOD 10/14 Are you a pack-rat? <BR> <BR> Yes, although I'm trying to get better. My hubby is worse than I am, so that doesn't help. <BR> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 08:56:04 EST QOW 10/12 & 10/13 What is something that used to scare/frighten you that doesn't anymore? <BR> <BR> Spiders! I could never handle them as a kid or even young adult. Now, unless they are ON me I'm fine with the small ones. I can even tolerate large spiders outside. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 19:57:22 EST QOD 10/11 What is your favorite holiday? <BR> <BR> HALLOWEEN!!! I love the decorations and the costumes. The thinning of the "veil" between worlds is fantastic. I just so enjoy it. <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 07:02:46 EST QOD 10/10 How often do you do something "just for you"? <BR> <BR> Two or three times a week I take some "me" time. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 06:48:09 EST QOD 10/8 You get to experience ONE day as any animal on the planet. What would you want to be and why? <BR> <BR> The first one that comes to mind for me is a red-tailed hawk. Flight, vision, powerful - that could be fun for a day. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 09:04:34 EST QOW 10/5 & 10/6 Do you ever work out while watching TV/Movies? <BR> <BR> I love using my elliptical while watching horror movies. Maybe it's all the "getting the blood pumping" but it really works for me. <BR> <BR> I will occasionally do some ST while watching TV with hubby!!! Sat, 5 Oct 2013 17:34:02 EST QOD 10/4 What is the ONE food/drink that you can't get through the day without? <BR> <BR> COFFEE!!! It keeps those around me safe and secure. Fri, 4 Oct 2013 08:07:19 EST QOD 10/2 Do you have a favorite herbal tea? <BR> <BR> I love peppermint or licorice teas. Depends on my mood. Wed, 2 Oct 2013 19:49:44 EST QOD 10/1 Happy October 1st. Do you decorate for Halloween? <BR> <BR> I do. Not as much as I used to, but idon't have much of a yard now so it is mostly stuff in th windows and inside. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 12:37:31 EST QOD 9/30 Are you looking forward to the fall premiers of any TV shows? <BR> <BR> Grimm and Dr. Who - I LOVE these two shows. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:37:20 EST QOD 9/29 How do you plan to handle trick or treat temptations being in the house? Or not? <BR> <BR> We stopped buying the bags of candy a few years ago and started handing out the little plastic toys that come into your life at parties, as favors, as prizes, in Xmas crackers, even beads from Mardi Gras. At first we thought the kids would be disappointed to get toys instead of candy, but they LOVE it! Sun, 29 Sep 2013 12:52:59 EST Just joining it :) This team was recommended by a new Spark friend and it sounded like something I needed to be part of. You can never have too much support and friends along this journey. <BR> <BR> About me? I'm 31. I live in Missouri, a little east of KC. Starting this new healthier way of life and must stick with it. Persistence will pay off eventually. <BR> <BR> So happy to be here :) Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:27:39 EST QOD 9/27 Do you enjoy big formal get togethers? <BR> <BR> I have a wedding today for a cousin I just adore. However, I'm DREADING going. I hate all the crap that goes along with family get together. The back biting and snide comments. Just gets so old. <BR> <BR> I love big parties with my friends, as I'm not involved in the family "drama". Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:49:59 EST QOD 9/26 Share one thing your buddy should know about you!! <BR> <BR> I have a very wacky sense of humor. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 06:48:41 EST QOD 9/25 What was the last thing you did that you were proud of? <BR> <BR> I should say keeping up with my girls (see bunny blog) but that was more funny/embarrassing. <BR> <BR> I think I have to go back to my Warrior's Dash. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:48:47 EST SparkPeople Super Bowl Commercial Intuit is running a contest for small businesses & the prize is a commercial during the Super Bowl. This is their chance to get the word out on a huge scale. All they need is the support of people like us who <em>252</em> ! <BR> <BR> Just go to the website below and vote for SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>kPeopl e-Inc/387418 </link> <BR> <BR> You can vote once a day so add a reminder <em>52</em> to your calendar to vote daily and let's help ... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:54:09 EST