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 11/29 What's for breakfast? Sun, 29 Nov 2015 14:51:39 EST QOD 11/28 Now that Black Friday is over, something to think about: How would you celebrate the winter holidays if there were really no money (or any credit) available? No doorbuster sales, no money for any stuff at all. How would you let people know you care? What traditions could you keep or start? <BR> <BR> Can't even describe what a relief it would be for me to have the shopping/hunting/wrapping/gift giving taken out of the winter holidays. I want experiences with loved ones, new memories, time tog... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 14:31:32 EST QOD 11/27 If you overindulged a bit yesterday, were you able to appreciate it? Or did you notice anything else about eating? <BR> <BR> I noticed that I was pretty excited about dinner after skipping lunch, and ate pretty quickly (even though I felt as if I was taking my time). Half of the people at the table cleared their plates as I did, and the other half were just slowly nibbling their way through. I think I would like to slow down more. <BR> <BR> I realized that eating too much delicious food was... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 14:22:01 EST Thanksgiving QOD What are you thankful for? <BR> <BR> That I still have my Gram and Dad and Hubby. That my Gypsy dog is doing better. Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:33:35 EST QOD 11/25 Tell us about what you are doing well. <BR> <BR> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 14:14:56 EST QOD 11/24 What is somethings you've always wanted to learn to do? <BR> <BR> Play the saxophone. I need to be able to afford the sax and then find lessons hut i haven't given up. Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:20:04 EST QOD 11/23 Share a fun winter memory. <BR> <BR> We were in CO one year visiting family for Easter. We woke up to almost 2 ft of snow. We made a snow bunny and sculpted eggs. Gram made colored water to "dye" the eggs. Made being stuck in the valley a good day Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:25:16 EST QOD 11/22 What is the worst weather you've driven in? <BR> <BR> Yesterday was right up there in NW Indiana. We had sleet and ice all morning that changes to the dry cold snow in the evening. What is normally a 5 min drive took almost 25. Horrible. Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:41:17 EST Winter Sign Up! Winter has snuck up on me. Time for new buddies. Winter runs December 1st through February 28th. You are committing to a minimum of 6 mailings to your buddy. Two per month. <BR> <BR> I'm sending out a Team email with all the rules and a new sign up form. Please send the form back updated AND put your name on the list below. <BR> <BR> So I'll start: <BR> <BR> 1) Kitty - BigPawsUp Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:41:24 EST QOD 11/21 We are approaching the end of November. How are your fall goals going? <BR> <BR> I've had a horrible fall. I just can't get back on track. I don't want to complain because I know others have had it worse but . . . <BR> <BR> I need to make Winter better. Sat, 21 Nov 2015 11:37:13 EST QOD 11/19 Do you have plans for thanksgiving? <BR> <BR> My dad says he wants us over but is still "working it out" with his wife. Good grief. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 09:14:42 EST QOD 11/18 And what are some of your favorite hot beverages for cold weather? <BR> <BR> I'm pretty fond of my cup of coffee first thing in the morning, then hot ginger or a nice herbal tea like Bengal Spice. Wed, 18 Nov 2015 12:51:30 EST QOD 11/17 What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:34:23 EST QOD 11/16 Share something wonderful from this past weekend. <BR> <BR> We got what we needed for Chgo Tardis. Now to finish our costumes. Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:45:41 EST QOD 11/15 Took my wife and father in law to the airport early this morning for their flight through Atlanta to Patagonia. Then they're off to Antarctica! <BR> <BR> Where in the world have you been? Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:52:50 EST QOD 11/14 With all the horrible news bombarding us daily, we need to try to work to stay positive and hopeful each and every day. <BR> <BR> Share something that helps you stay positive and hopeful. <BR> <BR> Dogs. The love people have for dogs, the works so many of us do for them with only love in return. As long as as a species we can still connect with something so deeply there is hope. Sat, 14 Nov 2015 09:42:19 EST QOD 11/13 Are you ever superstitious? <BR> <BR> I admit, when I played sports I was bad. Lucky charms and phrases. <BR> <BR> Now, there are a few that kinda bug me if broken. Although I do have a race morning routine that is not to be messed with. <BR> <BR> So I guess I am. <BR> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:31:06 EST QOD 11/12 What do you find more inspirational - written word or pictures? <BR> <BR> Picts don't do much for me. I Ned the words and phrases. Thu, 12 Nov 2015 08:43:22 EST QOD 11/11 It's Veteran's Day. Let's honnor the veterans in our lives right now with a big hoorah. <BR> <BR> My Uncle Tony was an MP in Vietnam. I have several cousins that are retired navy. <BR> <BR> Both of my grandfathers (both deceased now] were in WWII. One in Europe and the other in the Pacific. Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:04:13 EST QOD 11/10 Do you have a temper? Slower burn or explosion? <BR> <BR> My hubby calls me Mt Vesuvius. I prefer Krakatoa but both are accurate. Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:17:41 EST QOD 11/9 What are some recovery techniques you use when you've "over-done" it? <BR> <BR> I'll just go to light short walks and Tai Chi until I feel better. Mon, 9 Nov 2015 09:02:00 EST QOD11/8 <BR> Do you ever use negative emotions to motivate yourself? <BR> <BR> Anger. I get angry about things not going correctly and sometimes I can channel that into some awesome workouts. Sun, 8 Nov 2015 12:03:16 EST QOD 11/7 Is there something that makes you laugh/smile that isn't really designed to? <BR> <BR> I love "horrible" monster movies. I'm talking the bad, made for TV/SYFY stuff. I can't help but crack up. Sat, 7 Nov 2015 13:41:40 EST QOD 11/6 Do you like playing "games"? Board or video? <BR> <BR> We do both although video games are played more often Fri, 6 Nov 2015 10:49:54 EST QOD 11/5 Ok Chris <em>20</em> lol - <BR> <BR> If you could "winter" somewhere, where is your dream location? <BR> <BR> I need a bit of winter and being a Midwestern Girl at heart I would miss it. However spending Jan and Feb in New Zealand sounds glorious!!! Thu, 5 Nov 2015 10:36:41 EST Mrsthurman Hi I am new to this team and look forward to getting to know some of you. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 15:02:55 EST QOD 11/4 As much as I hate to admit it, winter is right around the corner. Think and dig deep, what is a winter only activity you would like to try/do this year? <BR> <BR> Snowshoeing. I read Chandra's blogs and it sounded intetesting. Mu hubby has done it before and says it's fun. So that's something new for this year. Wed, 4 Nov 2015 08:36:55 EST QOD 11/3 What reward do you planned when you achieve your Nov goals? <BR> <BR> I have Chgo Tardis at the end of the month. I'm putting some money away every day i meet my goals to spend at the convention. Tue, 3 Nov 2015 08:55:20 EST QOD 11/2 Share one thing you need to change in November? <BR> <BR> I need to cut out the junk food. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 11:34:36 EST QOD 11/1 November is the perfect reminder to practice gratitude. Would you mind sharing a blessing in your life with us here? <BR> <BR> Feeling a bit of a mess this week, but dragged the exercise bike into the library to pedal as hard as I can while I watch the Blacklist. That means I have a home, a bike, I have strength, I have mobility, I have willingness, I have access to resources, I have vision, I have health, I have internet. Sun, 1 Nov 2015 16:56:20 EST QOD 10/31 Trick or treat! <BR> <BR> Any good stories about happy surprises? satisfying indulgences? a nice reward? <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> Sat, 31 Oct 2015 15:21:28 EST QOD 10/30 What will you do for yourself this weekend? Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:02:50 EST QO 10/29 Who are you thankful for? Do you let them know? <BR> <BR> I try to tell my hubby and son every day that I love them and that they are special to me. My dad I really only get talk to once a week - i know it should be more. <BR> <BR> I haven't talked to my sister in months, we just text. But after what is going on right now, I'll be calling her today. <BR> <BR> Also, my girls have to count here. I love my dogs and spend time with them daily. Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:36:17 EST QOD 10/28 What are you listening to\ what was the last song you heard? <BR> <BR> Green Day, When September Ends. I love the American Idiot album Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:59:27 EST QOD 10/27 Do you have a favorite flower? Which ones? <BR> <BR> Daisies and little sunflowers. They just look"happy" to me. Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:21:01 EST QOD 10/26 Share something positive from the weekend. <BR> <BR> I made my step and cardio goals both days. Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:58:56 EST QOD 10/25 Everyone is going on and on about "pumpkin spice" right now in EVERYTHING. Do you have a favorite "seasonal treat"? <BR> <BR> I'm not a pumpkin spice person, but I do love the peppermint mocha for my coffee. Also, Silk Nog (not really egg nog because it's vegan). I love that stuff. Sun, 25 Oct 2015 12:12:28 EST QOD 10/24 Are you a Morning person or Night Owl? <BR> <BR> I guess I'm a morning person. I like to get up and get things done. I never feel like I can relaz until my tasks for the day are over. Sat, 24 Oct 2015 13:34:30 EST QOD 10/23 Would you consider yourself "tech" savy? <BR> <BR> I don't know software very well and much of the social media stuff is a foreign language to me. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:36:50 EST QOD 10/22 I know it's early but I'm on 3 hrs sleep so the brain ain't workin. <BR> <BR> What do you have planned this weekend? <BR> <BR> I have the Halloween Hustle. I'll be walking it. Not happy about that part nut it will still be fun. Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:13:47 EST QOD 10/21 How many Spark Teams do you PARTICIPATE in? <BR> <BR> I'm in 6 but I have to admit I'm really only active here and a bit in my Club Canine. I used to be more active. I'm wondering if that isn't part of my current problems? Wed, 21 Oct 2015 09:19:14 EST QOD 10/20 Are you an animal person? <BR> <BR> I pretty much love all animals, except maybe the field mice when they get in the kitchen. Watching them in the wild or zoos I find peaceful. I admit I tend to interact with wildlife more than i should (hubby wants me to stop giving the opossum under the porch pizza crests). Tue, 20 Oct 2015 08:25:17 EST QOD 10/19 Looking forward to anything this week? <BR> <BR> and/or <BR> <BR> Anything lovely happen this weekend? Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:47:15 EST QOD10/18 Do you have any "fan memorabilia"? <BR> <BR> I have tons of Doctor Who stuff, including some signed items. I am redoing our living room in DW. <BR> <BR> I have some other horror items and White Sox items. Sun, 18 Oct 2015 12:33:18 EST QOD 10/17 Admit it - what holiday decorations would/do you leave up all year long? <BR> <BR> Halloween. I got a black cat in a with hat from a Spark buddy very early on that sits next to my TV all year long and a few other "creepy" do-dads that never seem to find their way into a box. Sat, 17 Oct 2015 08:07:05 EST QOD 10/16 Tell us about a favorite costume. If you don't wear them, maybe something you saw. Fri, 16 Oct 2015 14:49:25 EST QOD 10/15 Share a motivational tool/trick that keeps you going. <BR> <BR> Standing naked in a full lenght mirror?!? <BR> <BR> Seriously, I love stickers and colourful post it notes reminding me what to do and where i have succeeded. Thu, 15 Oct 2015 08:53:36 EST QOD 10/14 We've all done it. Share a "getting restarted" tip. <BR> <BR> Tracking sheets. I can kinda ignore Spark if im in a funk but hard copy paper in a pocket or boot is annoying and makes me look at it. <BR> <BR> Also stickers on a calendar. Wed, 14 Oct 2015 09:13:31 EST QOD 10/13 What was the last nice surprise you received? <BR> <BR> Had a coworker come up to me and says they want to take me to lunch cuz she thinks and sweet and fun to work with. Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:24:08 EST QOD 10/12 Do you purposefully time away from social media? Do you enjoy the time away or is it stressful? <BR> <BR> I NEED time away. I'm actually much happier without most of it. I do start to miss Spark buddies after a while but that's really about it. Mon, 12 Oct 2015 09:29:23 EST QOD 10/11 What are you enjoying right now (reading, listening, doing)? Sun, 11 Oct 2015 15:02:32 EST QOD 10/10 Do you like monster movies? Do you have a favorite monster/type of monster? <BR> <BR> I'm going to a Zombie festival today but I love the classic vampire the best. Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:11:33 EST QOD 10/9 Fess up, what are you ready to get rid of? <BR> <BR> Just finished collecting a whole shed full of blankets, towels, and linens to donate to the local animal shelter, but I also think it is time to pare down the closet full of clothes that are too big and probably a few boxes of books could go to the library, too. Fri, 9 Oct 2015 14:21:04 EST QOD 10/8 How are we moving it today? <BR> <BR> Push ups, gentle stretching, and foam roller time before back to back Ballet Boot Camp and Belly Dance classes this evening. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 14:13:11 EST QOD 10/7 What's for dinner tonight? Wed, 7 Oct 2015 15:07:08 EST QOD 10/6 Tell me about a blessing in your life today. <BR> <BR> My dog is my hero. Even on a rough weekend when I don't feel like I was the best dog mom, she is always the best service dog. She is made of loving enthusiasm, patience, and corn chip smells. Tue, 6 Oct 2015 14:30:18 EST QOD 10/5 Rainy day today! <BR> <BR> What's your favorite way to get in fitness minutes on a rainy day? <BR> <BR> <em>257</em> Mon, 5 Oct 2015 15:24:08 EST QOD 10/4 What's for lunch? Sun, 4 Oct 2015 15:08:06 EST QOD 10/3 Goals for October? <BR> <BR> Maintain all current daily health and fitness efforts. <BR> <BR> Improve sleep hygiene to get to bed earlier. <BR> <BR> Reconcile financial statements for the year. <BR> <BR> Order eyeglasses. <BR> <BR> Buy bras that fit. <BR> <BR> Get an oil change. <BR> <BR> Have wedding ring resized. <BR> <BR> Schedule Addie's well visit. Sat, 3 Oct 2015 14:49:43 EST QOD 10/2 What goal do you need encouragwmwnt on in October? <BR> <BR> I need to get my daily steps back up to ober 10,000 per day. Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:24:55 EST QOD 10/1 What are you looking forward to i. October? <BR> <BR> HALLOWEEN! I have a costumed race at the end of the month that i really need to train for. Thu, 1 Oct 2015 14:56:58 EST QOD 9/30 What was the BEST thing in September? <BR> <BR> I got a great night out with friends and hubby to see the premier of my favorite show. Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:21:27 EST QOD 9/29 I've decided to send all of the impossible people in my life on a one-way trip to Mars. <BR> <BR> How many tickets do you need? Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:13:47 EST QOD 9/28 Goal(s) for the week? How are you wrapping up September? Mon, 28 Sep 2015 14:50:57 EST QOD 9/27 Full eclipse of the super moon tonight. Do you pay attention to the phases of the moon? Other celestial events? Sun, 27 Sep 2015 14:00:45 EST QOD 9/26 Do you plan your days out or just wing it? <BR> <BR> I used to try to plan my day - never worked out. Now I just try to go with the flow. Sat, 26 Sep 2015 10:23:34 EST QOD 9/25 Give yourself a challenge for the weekend! <BR> <BR> I'm gonna challenge myself to 60 min of exercise pn both Sat and Sun. 30 ST and 30 cardio. Fri, 25 Sep 2015 09:00:15 EST QOD 9/24 Do you strength train? How often? <BR> <BR> I used to be better. Not lately. I have free weights and resistance bands. Need to get back at it Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:57:18 EST QOD 9/23 What is your favorite type of movie? <BR> <BR> I'm a horror girl. Classic monsters to Saw I love all types of horror. Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:08:53 EST QOD 9/22 Do you have a favorite tea? <BR> <BR> Is that better hot or iced? Tue, 22 Sep 2015 14:00:44 EST QOD 9/21 Ok, what is something you enjoy doing that maybe you are not too "good" at? <BR> <BR> I sing like a yowling cat but I enjoy doing it. Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:39:27 EST QOD 9/20 Is there something you do easily that other people find frightening? <BR> <BR> Public speaking. If it is something I know or enjoy I have no trouble speaking in front of a group. There are even times I enjoy it! Sun, 20 Sep 2015 12:44:00 EST QOD 9/19 Do you have pets, current or past? What role do your pets play in your life? <BR> <BR> Currently we have 2 cats, 2 prairie dogs, and 2 canines. <BR> <BR> Gandolph and Thor are our cats. These are my hubby's boys and except for the occasional rub on my leg we don't have much to do with each other. <BR> <BR> Buffy and Willow are our prairie dogs. I could almost give up tv to watch them. They are just complete goof balls. Always busy and playful. <BR> <BR> Gypsy and Tazzy are my girls. ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 09:26:11 EST QOD 9/18 Do you have anything planned this weekend? <BR> <BR> I'm going to a Doctor Who premier event Saturday night and then I'm supposed to do the Brookfield Zoo RunRun on Sunday. <BR> <BR> I don't know if Sunday is gonna happen as i lost my ride home and hubby had to work so can't stay for the race. Fri, 18 Sep 2015 09:57:06 EST QOD 9/17 Is there anything you tend to "geek out" about? <BR> <BR> Doctor Who. I have clothes jewerly and tons of DVDs. I've met 3 of the actors and i was fan struck. Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:47:33 EST QOD 9/16 How do you "curb" your sweet tooth without giving in? <BR> <BR> It doesn't always work but sometime a cup of rosehip or fruity tea with some stevia works, or at least helps me through. Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:18:54 EST QOD 9/15 Share something your fall buddy "needs to know"! <BR> <BR> I'm two days back on track and need your support. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:43:51 EST QOD 9/14 When you want to see a movie - theater or DVD? <BR> <BR> Big budget sci-fi is theater if we can. Everything else waits for DVD. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 08:34:31 EST QOD 9/13 This heat wave has put a lot of extra stress on my body, and I have had some reminders that I need to play. <BR> <BR> Got to swing on the swings (my great core strength meant I got all the way up to the bar and higher, sort of lifting up out of the swing at the top each time!) this week. Also had fun playing Forbidden Desert with friends. Fun to reward myself with Words With Friends and Trivia Crack once in a while, too. <BR> <BR> When is the last time you played (or laughed) a little? Sun, 13 Sep 2015 13:47:08 EST QOD 9/12 What are you enjoying reading, watching, listening to, or learning about lately? Sat, 12 Sep 2015 17:26:20 EST QOD 9/11 How have you changed since joining Spark? <BR> <BR> I'm certainly more aware of what I eat and when I'm to stationary. Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:02:38 EST QOD 9/10 Do you prefer to work out alone, with a partner, or in a group? <BR> <BR> Walking, running, or biking outside I love company. Usually pushes me to go faster or longer than i would on my own. Unfortunately the only company i get is my girls. <BR> <BR> ST i want to be on my own. Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:46:56 EST QOD 9/9 What are some of your favorite YouTube channels for fitness? <BR> <BR> Wed, 9 Sep 2015 15:09:41 EST QOD 9/8 Share something wonderful from your weekend. <BR> <BR> We got out to the ren faire on Sat. Great day just me and hubby Tue, 8 Sep 2015 08:33:13 EST QOD 9/7 Thank heavens for Labor Day! <BR> <BR> Have an interesting story about your first job? Do you remember your hourly pay then? <BR> <BR> Or have a better story about your worst job? Your finest hour at work? Crazy hours? Double or triple shifts? Working holidays or nights? Nutty boss? Crazy conditions? Mon, 7 Sep 2015 13:33:37 EST QOD 9/6 Anything nice happening for you this weekend? Sun, 6 Sep 2015 14:41:15 EST QOD 9/5 What advice do you have for someone at the very beginning of their fitness journey? (You know, that overwhelming place that feels like the end of your health rope.) <BR> <BR> What do you wish you knew when you started? <BR> <BR> Please listen to your body, it knows your truth even more than professional teachers or fitness instructors: please be gentle with your knees always and with your back until your core is strong enough to do that for you. Daily fitness recovery really is as importan... Sat, 5 Sep 2015 14:27:17 EST QOD 9/4 What healthy activity do you now enjoy that your "other" self would have never tried? <BR> <BR> Running. I actuallty have a shirt that says if im running run something nasty is coming Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:24:51 EST QOD 9/3 Tell me about your favorite fitness equipment, resource or inspiration! Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:22:22 EST QOD 9/2 I am celebrating the anniversary of my Vermont Civil Union today. Have you ever gone on an adventure for love? Wed, 2 Sep 2015 15:19:05 EST QOD 9/1 What are your goals for September? <BR> <BR> I need to get moving again. 60 minutes a day. Three 20 min should be more than doable. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 12:03:42 EST QOD 8/31 Do you like scary movies? <BR> <BR> Love them. Modern and classic horror make up the bulk of my movie collection. Mon, 31 Aug 2015 09:00:17 EST QOD 8/30 What is (was) your favorite TV show? <BR> <BR> I'm a big TV fan. I don't think I could choose between Doctor Who and Walking Dead. I love both shows. Sun, 30 Aug 2015 10:45:20 EST Fall Rules/Reminders and FYI's Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm still waiting on two forms. You know who you are and so do your buddies. They will be forwarded via Spark Mail as soon as they are received. <BR> <BR> Also, I dropped the ball (been doing that a lot lately) and I didn't get updates from everyone on new goals and/or events for September, October, and November. <BR> <BR> So here is what we're gonna do. If you want ANY info to be sent to your buddy that is mailing to you: <BR> 1) reply "sent" in this thread and... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:20:02 EST QOD 8/29 Did anything go well this week? this month? this summer? <BR> <BR> (If your answer is no, is there something you need support with right now?) <BR> <BR> I am so grateful about how well writing my court report went this week. It was a lot of hard work, but I got responses from the attorney and four different social workers so I could fill in a lot of blanks. My CASA kid had a family crisis so we didn't get to have our outing on Thursday, but he was willing to talk with me on the phone instea... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 14:01:10 EST QOD 8/28 Little more summer nostalgia today: do you have a fun childhood memory of ice cream or another special treat? <BR> <BR> My big brother would sometimes take me to Thrifty Drug Store where I would have to pick from what seemed like an endless amount of ice cream flavors, and then they would scoop it up in that funny cylindrical shape that fit the cone. I never really could decide which was my favorite, I wanted to try them all! Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:40:57 EST QOD 8/27 Cathygetsfit asks: <BR> <BR> As a kid, what did you do at recess? <BR> <BR> I was at a very small private grade school so there wasn't much. Jump rope if i was feeling social and reading inn the side of I wasn't. <BR> <BR> The boys were allowed kick ball once week but it wasn't "lady-like" so the girls didn't get to play. Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:59:15 EST QOD 8/26 How much do deadlines motivate your pace? <BR> <BR> Do you space things out evenly? Do you leave the majority of work until the last minute? <BR> <BR> Bonus idea: Can you use that tendency to your advantage in your health journey? Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:56:35 EST QOD 8/25 From Cathygetsfit: <BR> <BR> What is your most essential appliance? <BR> <BR> I have to go withmy microwave. I don't use many appliances but that i do use daily. Tue, 25 Aug 2015 06:33:17 EST QOD 8/24 Which part of healthy living is the biggest challenge for you? Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:02:00 EST QOD 8/23 Whats your favorite healthy food? <BR> <BR> Berries! Just about any berry will do but I blackberries are my absolute favorite. Sun, 23 Aug 2015 12:45:47 EST QOD 8/22 Does your workout routine change during the fall? <BR> <BR> Mine never changes much. Just am I running outside or inside. Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:34:19 EST QOD 8/21 What are you most looking forward to this autumn? Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:02:13 EST QOD 8/20 Summer is coming to a close. Share something you will miss. <BR> <BR> All the green. Yeah fall colors are pretty but the green is so alive. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 09:06:59 EST Summer Reveal. Buddy reveal time. Make your guesses and I'll post the list on Saturday. Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:22:52 EST Fall Sign Up August is just sneaking by me. New round starts on 9/1. <BR> <BR> 1 Bigpawsup (Kitty) Thu, 20 Aug 2015 08:21:41 EST QOD 8/19 When was the last time (or a wonderful time) that you found yourself in just the right place at exactly the right time? Wed, 19 Aug 2015 15:13:07 EST QOD 8/18 If you could be a famous, would you want to be? What would you like to be famous for/as? <BR> <BR> Huge with paparazzi - absolutely NOT. <BR> <BR> Low level, like Neil Degrasse Tyson or Michio Kaku, I could more than handle. I would love to be like either of these awesome men. And a scientist like them too. Theoretical physics. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 09:29:05 EST QOD 8/17 Cathy's got another for us. <BR> <BR> If you could go back and change ONE thing- what would it be? <BR> <BR> I used to spend time thinking about this but so many of the FUBARs of my life have lead to wonderful things. Maybe leave my ex sooner. Like right after mutt son was born instead of waiting so long. Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:34:09 EST QOD 8/16 Do you ever reward yourself for the changes you are making? What does that look like? Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:05:18 EST QOD8/15 What hobbies do you have? <BR> <BR> I paint for fun. Sat, 15 Aug 2015 07:04:58 EST QOD 8/14 From Cathy- gets-fit: What is your favorite summer time activity? <BR> <BR> Hiking. I don't get to do out enough but i love to hike. Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:14:11 EST QOD 8/13 One of my favorite writing prompts from my dance intensive: What is a question you wish you could have answered immediately? <BR> <BR> Mine: Why does every place that performs car maintenance have prices that vary so wildly, and how am I supposed to know if I am choosing the right place or getting ripped off? Thu, 13 Aug 2015 14:05:05 EST QOD8/12 You get an unexpected day off - what ya gonna do? <BR> <BR> Walk my girls, watch some of my favorite old shows or a movie, and when I get my glasses I can READ again. Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:02:07 EST QOD 8/11 Came home from a week of heavy exertion in the high desert with a sinus infection. Seems like the hardest part of an active lifestyle for me is resting, even when I really need to. (Ironic when I consider how sedentary I used to be for so many years.) <BR> <BR> How do you try to practice recovery/restoration/refilling your tank? My favorites are gentle yoga and mantra meditation. Tue, 11 Aug 2015 16:22:34 EST QOD 8/10 I missed you so much while I was offline and dancing since the first of August in New Mexico! Tell me about some interesting moment from the past week. <BR> <BR> One of my favorites was when Addie and I finally spotted my beloved waiting at the San Diego airport as we finally came home this weekend. Through the glass, I watched Laura jump in the air with her arms extended up high, and I started running down the hallway to get to her as fast as I could while Addie leaped along at my side. I ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:18:21 EST QOD 8/7 Wow, this week is just slipping past at warp speed. Sorry i missed yesterday. <BR> <BR> How do you slow down after an overly busy day/week? <BR> <BR> This is actually something I'm really bad at. I'll run until my body gives out. Once i get going it is very hard for me to stop. Fri, 7 Aug 2015 09:53:23 EST 8/5 Sorry, today is my anniversary. I was trying to get out of work early so couldn't get online. <BR> <BR> What do you like to do for a "simple celebration"? <BR> <BR> We lots of big celebrations and parties here but not this year. Tonight we've got movies, bottle of wine and goodies. Just gonna cuddle up and watch movies together. Just nice. Wed, 5 Aug 2015 19:42:27 EST QOD 8/4 I'm diggin' in your stuff again. This time it's your work space. What am i going to find that had nothing to do with your work? <BR> <BR> OMG - we laugh that my desk looks like it belongs to a crazy 6yr old. I've got stuffed dogs, Doctor Who toys, and minions all over my desk at work. Oh and my "Monkey in the Middle" game buttons girls i work with day that is actually my job description. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 08:17:05 EST QOD 8/3 When was the last time you did something brave? <BR> <BR> (Being brave means doing ANYTHING you are afraid of, even if it would be easy for someone else.) <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I made eye contact, kept my heart open, and stayed really present with an intimate audience during a performance that I had very little time to prepare for. So scary, I cried a little. Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:29:04 EST QOD 8/2 What is the last things you got obsessive about? <BR> <BR> I've found a ton of old Doctor Who episodes. I'm glued to them. Sun, 2 Aug 2015 12:19:15 EST QOD 8/1 Any hopes, plans, goals for August? Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:27:47 EST QOD 7/31 Here I go again, so anxious about packing I can barely see straight. <BR> <BR> When was the last time something went better than you thought it would? Fri, 31 Jul 2015 13:58:28 EST Red Wine? Have a glass! Resveratrol, a cancer-fighting compound found in red grapes and wine, helps prevent bowel cancer if taken in small doses, a University of Leicester, England, study showed. The latest research specifically found that small doses of wine were more effective than higher doses, slashing observations made by previous studies that say drinking more wine helps reduce the disease's risk. <BR> <BR> Researchers conducted the study to see whether the daily low doses of resveratrol were effective enough... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 09:31:46 EST QOD 7/30 What is your idea of fun in the sun? <BR> <BR> Walking the beach with my girls. They love the water abd chasing gulls. It tickles me to watch them. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:48:33 EST QOD 7/29 What is your favorite way to communicate? <BR> <BR> I'm a face to face kind of person. Phone is ok but if there is any way possible i like to byte sitting with the person I'm talking to. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:17:51 EST QOD 7/28 Tell me about the best thing you've read or watched or heard lately. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:45:54 EST QOD 7/27 What made you laugh this past weekend? <BR> <BR> Drunk squirrel at the fest. He was leaving a yeah can just outside the beer tent Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:39:46 EST QOD 7/26 What are some of your favorite experiences? <BR> <BR> Hiking the dunes with my girls and/or friends. <BR> <BR> Sunrises. <BR> <BR> Watching waves crash on the rocks when there is a storm over the lake. Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:36:59 EST QOD 7/25 Sounds like a lot of us are uncomfortable with big crowds. So tell me about an ideal low-key adventure. <BR> <BR> Today I finally get to go on another outing with my awesome CASA kid. Last time we met at a coffeehouse to do paper crafting side by side for a few hours. That was a bit too crowded for him, so this time we will try the same outing at the library. I adore the library, and long walks in nature. Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:58:22 EST QOD 7/24 Do you like street festivals? If so, tell us about a favorite. <BR> <BR> Whiting's Pierogi Fest starts tonight. I love it. Food, music, crafts, we even have a parade. The whole toen gets into it. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:37:04 EST QOD 7/23 Do you like to experiment with foods or happier with same old same? <BR> <BR> I'm pretty much a same old same when it comes to food. Not that i won't try things if they are available I'm just not that big on needing change. Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:35:45 EST QOD 7/22 sorry I'm so late today. <BR> <BR> What food is your Achilles heel? <BR> <BR> It's a toss up for me. Pizza or chocolate Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:56:04 EST QOD 7/21 When was that last things you over did something? <BR> <BR> I'm sitting in my docs office today with heat exhaustion cause i pushed to hard this past weekend Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:47:31 EST QOD 7/20 How do you handle the summer heat? <BR> <BR> Normally I'm the fool out gardening in100+ heat. This past weekend my tummy wasn't into being outside. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 09:33:55 EST QOD 7/19 Flying home after my last lecture this morning. <BR> <BR> Do you have any great airport stories? Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:46:03 EST QOD 7/18 Good morning, beauties. <BR> <BR> I am exhausted at this intensive, but so sad it is almost over. <BR> <BR> Please tell me one of the very best things about the comforts of your home, even if they are only a memory right now. Sat, 18 Jul 2015 08:52:32 EST QOD 7/17 Doing lots of work with stories and mythological archetypes this week. Do you have a favorite fairy tale that resonates with you? Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:29:44 EST QOD 7/16 Do you have a bucket list? Is there anything on that list you are planning? <BR> <BR> Route 66! Chicago to L.A. and back. We are hoping to drive it next summer of we can swing the cash. Thu, 16 Jul 2015 09:23:26 EST QOD 7/15 What is one of your favorite places to go? Why? <BR> <BR> Indiana Dunes. The state park is very quiet and has several hiking/talking trails of different difficulty. I can get a mini getaway when i go there. Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:57:49 EST QOD 7/14 How do you like to influence people around you? <BR> <BR> I love when i can get someone to push boundaries and test limits. I try to only ever push those who can take it or just keep inviting people Too do things with me. I'm a firm believer that life had to be experienced. Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:31:09 EST QOD 7/13 Anything exciting this week? Any blessings in your life today? <BR> <BR> I'm packing my bag and getting ready to go. Very lucky to study with my hero, Clarissa Pinkola Estes for a week. Trying to dance and walk and meditate and yoga my intense travel anxiety. Grateful for health and mobility and this amazing opportunity. Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:17:47 EST QOD 7/12 What is your favorite online workout video? <BR> <BR> If you share a link, be sure to take the S off of HTTPS at the beginning of the link! Sun, 12 Jul 2015 13:31:42 EST QOD 7/11 Really getting anxious about my trip next week. <BR> <BR> Please tell me your favorite thing about travel! Sat, 11 Jul 2015 15:10:57 EST QOD 7/10 What is your favorite sport - watch and play? <BR> If you watch, what's your team? <BR> <BR> Watch: Chgo White Sox (baseball) and Chgo Blackhawks (hockey) <BR> <BR> I miss playing softball. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 09:00:41 EST QOD 7/9 What an amazing treat to have overcast skies and cool (70 degree) weather for July in San Diego! I feel like I can exercise as much as I want and be outside in the middle of the day with just sunblock and no parasol or long sleeves for protection. <BR> <BR> What is your favorite weather on an ideal day and why? Thu, 9 Jul 2015 13:28:40 EST QOD 7/8 We've talked about music for motivation. What song really gets you up and going when you hear it? <BR> <BR> Uprising by Muse or I'm Not OK by My Chemical Romance. I try to always have one poor the other at the beginning of my playlists. Wed, 8 Jul 2015 09:05:31 EST QOD 7/7 Do you ever fully unplug? What is the most tech you go without? <BR> <BR> I had Saturday which was fully unplugged. Out with friends and in nature. I also unplugged from everything except my movies for the rest of this past weekend. <BR> <BR> I need tip just reset every now and then. The opportunity presented itself and I jumped on it. Tue, 7 Jul 2015 10:37:14 EST QOD 7/6 Looking forward to anything this week? Mon, 6 Jul 2015 14:28:36 EST QOD 7/5 Post Independence Day thought: <BR> <BR> If you could wave a wand and suddenly be independent from something causing suffering in your life today, what would that look like? <BR> <BR> Mine would be pretty miraculous: I would be able to heal all of the illnesses and distress of my beloveds. Somehow that would make much more of a difference than dissipating my worst ills. Sun, 5 Jul 2015 15:30:06 EST QOD 7/4 Tell me about the sparkliest thing in your day today. Sat, 4 Jul 2015 14:14:11 EST QOD 7/3 What's one of your favorite smells? Fri, 3 Jul 2015 13:44:36 EST QOD 7/2 What do you have planned for the holiday weekend? <BR> <BR> Nothing. I've got a vet appointment for my big girl tomorrow and I'm dog training on Sat. It's a normal weekend for me, just a bit longer. Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:32:11 EST QOD 7/1 Time to share those July goals so we can cheer you on! <BR> <BR> I'm starting a 100 day challenge today. <BR> 20 min ST <BR> 60 min Cardio <BR> 80 oz Water <BR> 1550 max Calorie. <BR> <BR> This worked for me before. Now I just have to do it again. Wed, 1 Jul 2015 08:22:23 EST Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction What an extraordinary blessing: a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course (that usually costs hundreds of dollars) offered completely free of charge, no catch. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>R.html </link> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:50:51 EST QOD 6/30 Goodbye June. How did it go for you? <BR> Not too bad. I'm getting back on track, be it slower than i would like. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:29:30 EST QOD 6/29 How do you handle things when life throws you a curve ball? <BR> <BR> I'm usually pretty go at going with the flow because i don't keep my life on a very tight schedule. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:45:52 EST QOD 6/28 We talk so much here about the really difficult work of making change (even though we don't usually discuss giving ourselves much credit for how extraordinary it is for adults to change their behavior in a lasting way). <BR> <BR> We focus on eliminating the negative and creating the positive, and sometimes accepting things we can't change. <BR> <BR> It is easy to forget the preservation of what is good. So, what is working in your life right now? Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:56:14 EST QOD 6/27 Gratitude practice: Name one blessing in your life! Sat, 27 Jun 2015 15:05:22 EST QOD 6/26 Where/how do you find a spark when your motivation starts to fade? <BR> <BR> Challenges help me. I love sports so I get pumped for competition. <BR> <BR> I've also found as respond best to tough love approach. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:31:47 EST QOD 6/25 What have you done your best with this week? <BR> <BR> (It's not bragging if it inspires the people who care about you!) Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:03:40 EST QOD 6/24 Be honest, what part of your personality gets you in the most trouble or is most often misunderstood? <BR> <BR> My hubby could write a book on this but I'm going with my sense of humor. I'll make fun of just about anything and I'll crack jokes at "wildly inappropriate" times. Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:50:08 EST QOD 6/23 Do you have a plan to reach your goals? <BR> <BR> I've made copies of the tracking sheets i used before i became reliant on my apps. I did better with paper. I also Will start mapping my day our the night before Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:16:45 EST QOD 6/22 First full day of summer. What are your goals for this season? <BR> <BR> To get my exercise minutes and step count back up to where they should be. Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:31:49 EST QOD 6/21 Happy Father's Day: <BR> <BR> Do you have plans for today? <BR> <BR> I'm taking my dad to a White Sox game today. Got some really great seats from my boss. Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:46:02 EST QOD 6/20 Tell us about one way you are succeeding right now. In *anything*! Sat, 20 Jun 2015 14:42:45 EST QOD 6/19 Are you able to forgive yourself mistakes? Do you just move on or do you let yourself have it? <BR> <BR> Most of the time I'm a "sh*t happens" kind of person. Now when I catch a bad pattern of behavior I can/will tear into myself. Sometime it helps to motivate me. Others no so much. Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:53:10 EST QOD 6/18 What holiday do you look forward to each year? <BR> <BR> Halloween! I love it. We might be starting back up our Halloween parties this year too. Love dressing up and being a big kid. Thu, 18 Jun 2015 09:03:09 EST QOD 6/17 Do you consider yourself a people person? <BR> <BR> Not really. Open honest people can be fun but i meet too few of those. Wed, 17 Jun 2015 09:54:35 EST QOD 6/16 When was the last time you intentionally went without enough sleep? <BR> <BR> All I could think of today. I'm on about 3 hrs. Too old for this but have waited too long for good Chicago hockey to go to sleep on it. Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:30:47 EST QOD 6/15 What is the hardest day of the week for you to stay on track? <BR> <BR> Sundays. I'm always home alone with no car and i just tend to "snack" all day. Mon, 15 Jun 2015 09:13:52 EST Answer with the First letter for your first name! Here is the list. Answer each question with a word or phrase staring with the first letter of your first name. <BR> <BR> Name : Kitty <BR> Animal: Koala <BR> Boys name : Kevin <BR> Girls name : Karen <BR> Occupation: King <BR> Color: Khaki <BR> Something you wear: Knickers <BR> Drink : Kailua <BR> Food: Kidney Beans <BR> Something you find in the bathroom: <BR> Place: Kilimanjaro <BR> Reason to be late: Kidnapped <BR> Something you shout out: Kick ass! <BR> Sun, 14 Jun 2015 13:47:37 EST QOD 6/14 Ever have a mess up that turned into a wonderful day? <BR> <BR> I messed up my race yesterday and ended up driving to Indy on the wrong weekend (date change and I didn't catch the email). We ending up having a lovely breakfast and hitting a bunch of little antique shops. And a farmers market run by ACTUAL farmers. Sun, 14 Jun 2015 12:57:15 EST QOD 6/13 Seen anything beautiful this week? <BR> <BR> I was having a grouchy walk around my very urban block yesterday, feeling sorry for myself that my wife is hiking and camping and I was walking solo and feeling anxious about the people around me, and then this lantana reminded me how lucky I am to be alive and healthy, mobile and active, and even missing someone. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:18:20 EST QOD 6/12 If I dug in your purse, w hat would i find besides the obvious (wallet, checkbook)? <BR> <BR> I don't really carry a purse per se. I have a tardis backpack. Hubby days it's ready for the zombie apocalypse. I've got a first aid kit, sewing kit, meds, flashlight, pens paper, small tool kit, pocket charger for electronics and cords for everything. I'm certain I'm missing things. I just like to be prepared. Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:52:35 EST QOD 6/11 Do you have a favorite water glass? Why, what is on it? <BR> <BR> 20 oz minion glass. Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:51:13 EST QOD 6/10 What is a simple mood "booster" for you? <BR> <BR> At home it would be posting the dogs or playing with the prairie dogs. <BR> <BR> When I'm out, i carry some of my favorite buddy cards with me to put a smile on my face. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 09:50:41 EST QOD 6/9 Do you embarrass easily? <BR> <BR> Nope. According to my hubby and close friends I'm usually causing them embarrassment without even knowing it. Tue, 9 Jun 2015 08:41:18 EST QOD 6/8 What is your goal for this week? <BR> <BR> Getting my exercise minutes back up to 60 cardio and 30 ST per day Mon, 8 Jun 2015 09:30:59 EST QOD 6/7 What do you have planned for this week? <BR> <BR> Mon - Gym <BR> Wed - Gym <BR> Fri - Dinner with a Friend <BR> Sat - Warrior's Dash in Indy. Sun, 7 Jun 2015 10:31:47 EST QOD 6/6 Yesterday we went retro, today let's go the other direction. What is your favorite tech? If you could how often would you update it? <BR> <BR> I've fallen in love with my smart phone. I would love to upgrade every time a new model comes out. Sat, 6 Jun 2015 10:56:42 EST QOD 6/5 Technology is awesome. We couldn't have Spark without it. But are there times you just prefer retro? <BR> <BR> Photos! My phone is fine i guess but i prefer a real camera. There are times i even still want film. Fri, 5 Jun 2015 11:42:04 EST QOD 6/4 Did you have any pets when you were a child? <BR> <BR> My mom had 2 birds, Trixie and Norton. The story gotta that Norton taught me to crawl. <BR> <BR> Our family always had dogs. Mostly hunters. <BR> <BR> The first pet that was "mine" was Teddy the hamster. I was six. Thu, 4 Jun 2015 08:46:40 EST QOD 6/3 How did you move it today? Wed, 3 Jun 2015 15:49:32 EST QOD 6/2 All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. <BR> What FUN do you have on the books for June? <BR> <BR> I have warrior's dash on the13th - mud runs are nothing but fun. And we have a superhero day in town on 6/20 we'll be checking out. Tue, 2 Jun 2015 09:17:37 EST Congratu lations! Congratulations to our leaders in fitness minutes and Spark points for May: <BR> MBPP50 <BR> BonnieMargay <BR> LeslieLenore <BR> TweetyKC00 Mon, 1 Jun 2015 17:23:37 EST QOD 6/1 Time to share a goal for June. <BR> <BR> I need to get moving. 8,000 steps per day should be a good place to start. Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:10:38 EST QOD 5/31 Happy end of May! What was your biggest accomplishment in May? <BR> <BR> I guess that would be today - I've extended my 5K streak to 20 months. My first 5K in this streak was October 2013 and my latest 5K was today in Highland Park. Sun, 31 May 2015 10:24:29 EST QOD 5/30 What are you looking forward to this weekend? Sat, 30 May 2015 15:29:52 EST QOD 5/29 So how was your May? <BR> <BR> Mine was horrible as I'm almost back to where i started with weight. I'm refusing to dwell on it and am just starting from square one going forward. Fri, 29 May 2015 09:15:35 EST QOD 5/28 It's there anything you would like to do/try that some people might consider over the top? <BR> <BR> I was (am) an adrenaline junkie so I've done some wild things but the one i could never afford is free swimming/diving with great white of the coast of south Africa. That would be a dream come true Thu, 28 May 2015 08:42:01 EST QOD 5/27 Share a tip or trick you use to sneak in more activity to your day. <BR> <BR> Squats everyone I use the bathroom. I usually do 15 to 20 each time. Always puts me over100 for the day. Wed, 27 May 2015 09:57:57 EST Buddy Reveal!! Time to guess - who had you? I'll post the list Turs or Fri! <BR> <BR> This is the first time i Know who had me. Renee you are an awesome buddy. Thanks for being there for me. Tue, 26 May 2015 14:57:47 EST QOD 5/26 Share something that made you smile this past weekend. <BR> <BR> Seeing the new Poltergeist with my dad Tue, 26 May 2015 14:53:58 EST QOD 5/25 Today is Memorial Day, so please share a memory of someone who has served. <BR> <BR> Alternately, it is also Geek Pride Day and Nerd Pride Day, so you can use this space to disclose a favorite geeky or nerdy memory. Mon, 25 May 2015 15:35:44 EST QOD 5/24 Share something people here wouldn't know about you. <BR> <BR> I have a really bad temper but I get over things almost as quickly. Sun, 24 May 2015 12:06:46 EST QOD 5/23 How do you like to wind down on the weekends? <BR> <BR> Movies. I love my movies! Sat, 23 May 2015 11:30:38 EST QOD 5/22 What is your biggest obstacle right now to achieving your goals? <BR> <BR> Laziness. Pure and simple. I've had so many health problems this winter and spring that I've just become lazy about what i do and what i eat. Fri, 22 May 2015 08:28:45 EST QOD 5/21 Why do you want to lose weight and attain your Spark goals? <BR> <BR> I'm going to be perfectly honest. While my health is primary importance I'm more interested in being able to DO things. Nothing makes me angrier that my bodybuilding out on a challenge i want to tackle. ( Back in the day i was a bit off an adrenaline junkie) Thu, 21 May 2015 08:53:38 EST QOD 5/20 What should your summer buddy know? <BR> <BR> That I'm restarting my program completely. Might even do a new name and page but i have to move forward. Health is slipping and support here is real important to me. Wed, 20 May 2015 09:07:12 EST Summer Sign Up June to August. Who is in? <BR> <BR> 1. bigpawsup (Kitty) Wed, 20 May 2015 09:01:59 EST QOD 5/19 So grateful when I can find a new way to move that leaves me drenched in sweat, because I know I can't make progress inside my comfort zone. Share your favorite way to work up a good sweat! <BR> <BR> I love practicing Choo Choo shimmies (like running fast in place, upper body still, emphasizing hips, without stomping sounds), riding the exercise bike as fast as I can on a higher resistance, and dancing myself silly to fast music. Just found this sweaty gem <link> Tue, 19 May 2015 14:17:55 EST QOD 5/18 When is the last time you tried something new? <BR> <BR> Did you learn anything? Mon, 18 May 2015 16:10:17 EST QOD 5/17 What do you like to do "just for fun"? <BR> <BR> I love comic cons and ren faires. Really anywhere I can get dressed up in costume. Sun, 17 May 2015 12:21:02 EST QOD 5/16 What went well this week? Sat, 16 May 2015 15:32:33 EST QOD 5/15 We're all probably experts at being self-critical. <BR> <BR> But have you ever received criticism that helped? Fri, 15 May 2015 15:24:44 EST QOD 5/14 Compliment yourself. <BR> <BR> Kitty you are tough and strong. You are a survivor. Yes you can. Thu, 14 May 2015 09:56:48 EST QOD 5/13 Moving this to a new thread: <BR> <BR> If Kitty "caught" you trolling you tube, what would you be watching? <BR> <BR> Deva Premal mantras <BR> Tiffany Rothe workouts <BR> Belly Twins workouts <BR> Dance music! Wed, 13 May 2015 13:15:30 EST QOD 5/12 Challenge yourself. One thing you WILL accomplish today. <BR> <BR> 100 squats Tue, 12 May 2015 08:37:28 EST QOD 5/11 Let's have a Motivational Monday. Share a favorite motivational quote. <BR> <BR> Do one thing every day that scares you. - Eleanor Roosevelt. Mon, 11 May 2015 09:32:12 EST QOD 5/10 Happy Mother's Day! How are you "like" your mom? <BR> <BR> Physically we look identical. I'm a bit heavier than mom was at this point by about 20 pounds but facially we are identical. <BR> <BR> I did also learn some of my strength from my mom. However, my attitude and personality are more like my dad. Sun, 10 May 2015 12:13:21 EST Hi, Everyone! Happy to find you here. What a great Team. Am just joining at the most hectic weekend of the year, aside from Christmas or Easter, but wanted to stop by to say 'hi' and to let you know that I am quite exited to have joined your awesome Team just now. Am very much looking forward to be an active Team Member. Sat, 9 May 2015 17:56:19 EST QOD 5/9 Living person - who would be someone you would just geek out to meet? <BR> <BR> Tom Baker (from Dr Who) or Tobin Bell (Saw) Sat, 9 May 2015 12:53:12 EST QOD 5/8 Any place you like that we haven't covered? Tells about it. <BR> <BR> I love being in the desert when things are in bloom. So lovely. <BR> <BR> And if you've ever been to the great plains, I'm thinking of a spot in south Dakota that just made me feel so small south all the grass going on for miles in ask directions. Fri, 8 May 2015 09:23:11 EST QOD 5/7 And our place today is the mountains. What ranges have you visited? Did you enjoy it? <BR> <BR> I've been to the Smokey Mountains once as teen. I've spent a ton of time inn the Rockies. I love them. Hiking, camping, skiing, photos or Just exploring. If I could find work in any Rockie Mountain state, islegone inn a heart beat Thu, 7 May 2015 08:39:48 EST QOD 5/6 Do you like the woods? Activities? <BR> <BR> I love hiking and walking in the woods. I'm not all that bothered bugs and such so I love pushing through the forest. Wed, 6 May 2015 06:46:54 EST QOD 5/5 Are you a beach person? <BR> <BR> Chicago beaches are too crowded for me and I'm not a big fan of the water. Now when i can take my ladies to the far end of the dunes and let them play in the lake, i can sit there all day. Tue, 5 May 2015 08:40:00 EST QOD 5/4 See sticky! Mon, 4 May 2015 08:59:22 EST QOD 5/4 Spring cleaning: Is there anything you're finally ready for less of in your life? Mon, 4 May 2015 08:58:52 EST QOD 5/3 Went to see The Avengers yesterday. Do you like superheroes? If so, who is your favorite? <BR> <BR> I'm a huge Captain America fan. Love Cap! Sun, 3 May 2015 13:34:13 EST QOD 5/1 Who is your personal hero and why? <BR> <BR> I'm asking this because they always talk about role models and heroes but I can't really ever name a person. There are people I look up to, for a variety of reasons, and there are people I totally geek-out over (see the profile picture) but no one I would call a hero. Sat, 2 May 2015 10:07:19 EST QOD 5/1 One thing you are aiming for in May. <BR> <BR> Staying in calorie range Fri, 1 May 2015 08:46:59 EST QOD 4/30 As we say goodbye to April, what was the high point of last month for you? <BR> <BR> Birthday, maybe. Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:51:17 EST QOD 4/29 Over 100 degrees here today, whew! <BR> <BR> Name a favorite cold treat, beverage, activity, image, memory, anything! Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:47:02 EST QOD 4/28 How did you two meet? <BR> <BR> (Yes, about the first person who comes to mind. Doesn't have to be a romance.) Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:15:40 EST QOD 4/27 What was your first car? <BR> <BR> I had a 76 Chrysler Cordoba. Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:14:17 EST QOD 4/26 Seen any good movies (or television shows or plays) lately? <BR> <BR> Borrowed a DVD from the library this week: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was marvelous! I had assumed they just couldn't miss with a cast like that, but the writing was phenomenal. Can't wait to see the sequel. Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:15:49 EST QOD 4/25 Having some heartache today. <BR> <BR> Would you mind telling me about a recent moment of indulgence, comfort, or joy? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance, beauties. Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:23:08 EST QOD 4/24 It is FINALLY raining for a day in San Diego! Woohoo! We need it so much, I am just dancing! <BR> <BR> What are you grateful for this day? this spring? this month? or this year? Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:16:30 EST QOD 4/23 Can't think today. What does/why did you choose your Spark ID? <BR> <BR> Big Paws Up is my dog training business. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:57:26 EST QOD 4/22 Do you listen to music when you work out? <BR> <BR> If I'm running by myself yes, but if I have the girls nope. <BR> <BR> In the house, I tend to watch movies agile working out. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:07:42 EST QOD 4/21 3 words you would like others to use to describe you. <BR> <BR> Tough. Loyal. Funny Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:17:17 EST QOD 4/20 TAKE 2!! I put this on yesterday's QOD by mistake. <BR> <BR> How do you like to celebrate your birthday? <BR> <BR> I like to go out to convert and just hang with family and friends Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:08:43 EST QOD 4/19 How do you like to spend your Sundays? <BR> <BR> I love just sitting around the house with my girls watching B-Horror movies. Lately I've had computer classes so that hasn't been happening. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:52:01 EST QOD 4/18 What was the last thing you heard or saw or read that felt really encouraging, nourishing, healing, motivating, or inspiring? <BR> <BR> (Please go ahead and post a picture or a link if you want.) <BR> <BR> Mine was in MBPP50's blog today: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1. Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness, and prosperity as often as possible. <BR> <BR> 2. Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is s... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 16:09:23 EST QOD 4/17 Dp you have any plans for the weekend? <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I pick up my new prairie dog pup and Sunday I have a computer class. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 06:34:02 EST QOD 4/16 What is your favorite mode of transportation? <BR> <BR> I would say walking is number one, with my bike a close second. Unfortunately, I don't have much in walking/biking distance. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 06:42:47 EST QOD 4/15 What is something you need/want to do more of? <BR> <BR> Walking. I love long walks but I just haven't Benn making the time. Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:20:17 EST QOD 4/14 And how do you like to butch it up? <BR> <BR> Any random thing you enjoy that our culture deems more masculine than feminine? <BR> <BR> I am great at fixing things, have tried just about every kind of finish work in construction, can reach that thing on the top shelf, have always preferred books to cut flowers (though I cannot even imagine why some would still consider that masculine), prefer sturdy natural fibers to silky lacy things, have never met a jar I couldn't open, and made it all ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:23:25 EST QOD 4/13 What is a "girlie" think that you really enjoy? <BR> <BR> I love getting dressed up. I don't do it often but every once in a while i like getting dressed to the nines - sometime for absolutely no real reason. Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:57:39 EST QOD 4/12 Best book you've read lately? <BR> <BR> (or ANYTHING else you'd recommend to a friend) <BR> <BR> This week, I loved Ruby, The Natty Professor, and Handle With Care. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 14:23:09 EST QOD 4/11 What are some things that you just can't imagine living without? (I know there are no possessions that we CAN'T like without, this is a WANT) <BR> <BR> My TV and DVDs. I love MOVIES. I always have something on. Life would be so dull without my movies. <BR> <BR> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:00:53 EST QOD 4/10 There is destination in Illinois again due to tornadoes. <BR> <BR> Who are you grateful for and why? <BR> <BR> My hubby, he might be an enabler but he has a beautiful heart. <BR> My son, who has worked so hard to be a square peg in a round hole. <BR> My girls, who always provide me with joy and laughter. <BR> My dad, who has always been there for me. Fri, 10 Apr 2015 06:32:23 EST QOD 4/9 Share a challenge you have set for yourself. <BR> <BR> I need to be running a 10 min mile. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 09:21:34 EST QOD 4/8 When you have to convey bad news, do you sugar coat things? <BR> <BR> Nope, I'm pretty blunt. It's caused me some problems but i never feel right dancing around any subjects. Wed, 8 Apr 2015 09:04:25 EST QOD 4/7 Flip the coin: How do you react when others compliment you? <BR> <BR> Here is where t really depends on the person. I know I blow hubby of to quickly but i don't feel he sees my flaws most days. <BR> <BR> Friends usually get a thanks and i move on. Compliments or comments from "strangers" usually tickle me. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 08:28:17 EST QOD 4/6 How do you handle things when someone hurts your feelings? <BR> <BR> I'd like to say I always tell them, but that is the reality only about half the time. The other half I just bite my tongue and move on. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 08:59:30 EST QOD 4/5 Happy Easter to those who celebrate! <BR> <BR> What is something to like to do on holidays? <BR> <BR> We always have a big family breakfast on holidays. Sun, 5 Apr 2015 13:33:59 EST QOD 4/4 Passover, full moon with a total lunar eclipse, Easter all in one weekend! <BR> <BR> Are you doing anything to celebrate? Sat, 4 Apr 2015 14:02:45 EST QOD 4/3 If the world was ending in 5 minutes, what song would you want to hear? <BR> <BR> It's the End of the World by REM Fri, 3 Apr 2015 06:34:20 EST QOD 4/2 What jewelry do you wear daily/most often? <BR> <BR> My wedding ring never comes off and I'm lost without my watch. My collar (yes i wear a dog collar) and spiked bracelet are almost an everyday thing. <BR> <BR> Earrings are wear i go nuts. I Have 4 holes in each ear and i change everything up daily. Thu, 2 Apr 2015 08:33:42 EST QOD 4/1 Happy April Fool's Day! <BR> <BR> Do you celebrate this? Do you prank or get pranked? <BR> <BR> My poor hubby tries every year. We are at 10 years with no success. I do appreciate the effort. Who knows what waits for me tonight. <BR> <BR> I'm a bit of a prankster by nature, so I'm not limited to today. Normally i don't bother today cause people are looking for it. Hate being obvious/doing what's expected. Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:48:28 EST QOD 3/31 So, how was March? What went right? <BR> <BR> March was not a good month for me at all. However I have extended my 5K streak. I'm at 18 months of at least 1 5K per month. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:40:48 EST QOD 3/30 I am SO wide awake after that brilliant season finale of The Walking Dead! <BR> <BR> What are your best tricks for trouble getting to sleep? <BR> <BR> Or if you just get out of bed for insomnia, what do you do when you're up? Mon, 30 Mar 2015 03:49:52 EST QOD 3/29 What is the best thing about where you live? Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:24:15 EST QOD 3/28 Well, 2015 keeps throwing me for a loop, so my progress is very different than my plans. <BR> <BR> Any good stuff at all in the first quarter of 2015? The tiniest things count! <BR> <BR> (Doesn't have to be fitness related, of course.) <BR> <BR> If your answer is no, wishing you relief. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:38:42 EST QOD 3/27 Is there any "bad weather" that you actually like? <BR> <BR> I'm a fan of thunderstorms. I enjoy watching the lightning and the roll of the thunder over the lake. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:52:33 EST Q0D 3/26 What would you like to share with your spring buddy? <BR> <BR> I so appreciate your humor and tone. Every card makes me feel better. Thanks. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:50:14 EST QOD 3/25 Tough one today: tell me something awesome about your body. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:58:50 EST QOD 3/24 Are there any charities you regularly support? <BR> <BR> Pits for Patriots - the train and provide service dogs (pitties) for vets in need <BR> <BR> Anti cruelty society my bark in the park fundraiser just started. <BR> Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:20:49 EST QOD 3/23 What is your favorite way to relax/unwind? <BR> <BR> Old "B" horror, glass of wine, and my dogs cuddled close Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:44:10 EST QOD 3/22 How often do you take a day off or a lazy day? <BR> <BR> I used to be once a week, Sundays. But not lately. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:21:38 EST QOD 3/21 What is your favorite outdoor exercise? <BR> <BR> I would say running but I haven't been able to do that lately. So walking with my girls. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:39:49 EST QOD 3/20 Today is the first official day of Spring. What says "spring" to you? <BR> <BR> Robins and tulips. It's not really spring to me until i see my first robin red breast and some tulips poking through the ground. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:32:48 EST QOD 3/19 Give 3words that describe you and/or you try o live up to. <BR> <BR> Strong. Loyal. Honest. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:31:19 EST QOD 3/18 Do you have pets? <BR> <BR> Yep. The two dogs are mine (my ladies) Gypsy and Tazzy. We have a family prairie dog, Buffy, but she likes the boys better. <BR> <BR> Hubby has 3 cats, Gandolph, Thor, and Inana. We'll just say the cats and I don't understand each other. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 06:42:12 EST QOD 3/17 Happy St Patrick's Day. <BR> <BR> Today there are no numbers. No scales or sizes. How would you know you are fit? <BR> <BR> When I can lift Tazzy and run without huffing and puffing. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:32:01 EST QOD 3/16 What is your goal weight or size? Why? <BR> <BR> I need to get back to around 130 or a size 6. It is were my body seems to function the best. I know BMI says I should be in the 120's but that is too thin for me. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 06:46:02 EST QOD 3/15 What is the last thing you read? Would you recommend it? <BR> <BR> i don't get to read many books, to time consuming. I do love magazines and short stories. Just finished my new Bark magazine. I love all things dog and this is my favorite magazine in the subject. Sun, 15 Mar 2015 09:54:38 EST QOD 3/14 What are you a FAN of? TV show, band, movie? <BR> <BR> I'm a Whovian (Fan of Dr. Who). I've loved the show since the 70's. Now that it is getting popular in the States I can get tons of stuff (great for me but not my bank book). <BR> <BR> I'm also a huge fan of Grimm. I can't get enough of that show. <BR> <BR> And then I'm a horror fan. love a good "quality kill". Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08:26:24 EST QOD 3/13 Do you have a "bucket list"? What is (or should be) on it? <BR> <BR> Hawaii - hike the volcanos, dive the reefs, and fall of a surf board. I could get several things of my list there without a passport too, bonus! Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:29:38 EST QOD 3/12 It's there an animal/type of animal you just don't like? <BR> <BR> I down right hate centipedes. Yuck! <BR> <BR> I'm also not a big fan of fish. Some can be pretty and i love seeks and rays, but your basic fish has a yuck factor to me. Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:06:35 EST QOD 3/11 Spring mean bugs are coming back. Is there a bug you like? <BR> <BR> I actually like many bugs, bumble bees are a favorite. I love to watch them on my flowering bushes. Butterflies and moths are pretty. Dragonflies are just awesome. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 06:31:13 EST QOD 3/10 What is something you enjoy that most people wouldn't "understand"? <BR> <BR> I love tacky old horror movies. The bad costumes and questionable scripts. I was just watching ZaAt last night. If you know that one, you might understand?!? lol Tue, 10 Mar 2015 06:35:03 EST QOD 3/9 How much of a "tech" person are you? <BR> <BR> While I love new tech, I don't need the latest and greatest. Once I have something i'm happy with it lasts a while. Mon, 9 Mar 2015 06:31:37 EST QOD 3/8 What is something you DON'T like that people seem to assume you do? <BR> <BR> Babies. Everyone seems to think that because I'm female I want to hold, snuggle, and/or have more babies. I'm actually a bit freaked out by tiny babies. I would prefer never to hold them. I don't like kids until they are about 3ish - talking walking and such. Sun, 8 Mar 2015 08:37:41 EST QOD 3/7 Morning or evening - when do you LIKE to do your workouts? <BR> <BR> I really do prefer mornings but my schedule rarely allows for it. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:48:53 EST QOD 3/6 Set a goal for this weekend! What are you GOING to do for yourself? <BR> <BR> I'm power walking a 5K Sat, so that will be good. But I'm seeing a goal to also get my steps done on Sunday! And i have to blog today. Fri, 6 Mar 2015 09:10:10 EST QOD 3/5 Does anyone remember the big metal audio visual (A/V) cart being trundled in for a lesson or a show in school? My wife and I were discussing this last night, and there were so many weird and happy memories associated with the break from routine. Do you have one? Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:33:12 EST QOD 3/4 Tell me something good. <BR> <BR> Any joy lately? <BR> Anything coming up? <BR> A happy memory? <BR> Notice someone kind or something beautiful? Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:06:01 EST 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