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 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 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 QOD 2/19 Today is Chinese New Year. It is the year of the Wooden Goat (or Sheep if you prefer). Got me thinking, fun or serious-do you get "into" your zodiac/horoscope? <BR> <BR> I love my Chinese zodiac (I'm a metal pig). I do check it on new years each year. Mostly for fun but i do find some of it spot on. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:04:54 EST QOD 2/18 Do you do anything to treat yourself, encourage yourself, reward yourself? Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:36:57 EST QOD 2/17 Do you celebrate Mardi Gras? <BR> <BR> What is your favorite holiday for feasting? Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:22:35 EST QOD 2/16 How are you moving it today? Mon, 16 Feb 2015 15:48:07 EST QOD 2/15 When is the last time you sang? Sun, 15 Feb 2015 16:16:08 EST QOD 2/14 Tell us about anyone/anything you love. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:05:29 EST QOD Friday the 13th! What scares you? <BR> <BR> I'm absolutely terrified to fly. I can't even walk down the ramp with shaking. I've had to fly exactly 4 times in my life and reach had been traumatic for both me and the flight crew (and please pity those who have had to fly with me) Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:35:42 EST QOD 2/12 What is your favorite children's book? <BR> <BR> Mother Goose's Fairy Tales. Sweeter and shorter versions of the Grimm Brothers. Loved when my mom read it to me and enjoyed reading it to my son. My copy was my mom's from when she was a kid. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 12:00:00 EST QOD 2/11 If you had a warning label, what would it say? <BR> <BR> Caution, no filter between brain and mouth. Ask questions at your own risk. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:50:22 EST QOD 2/10 What is your favorite genre of entertainment? Share one of your favorite books, tv shows. or movies. <BR> <BR> I'm a horror girl first, sci-fi next. <BR> <BR> Favorite book of all time - Stranger in a Strange Land. <BR> <BR> TV would be Grimm, Dr Who, and Walking Dead <BR> <BR> Movies are to numerous to mention but two recent-ish favorites are Annabelle and Mama. <BR> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:57:16 EST QOD 2/9 Feeling a little under the weather today (no surprise after the stressful week I've had!). <BR> <BR> Tell me about your favorite home remedy. <BR> <BR> Yes, for anything! Mon, 9 Feb 2015 16:15:30 EST QOD 2/8 Looking forward to anything coming up? <BR> <BR> Massage this afternoon. <BR> TWD is on television again tonight. <BR> Picking up a free exercise bike from a friend. Sun, 8 Feb 2015 15:02:08 EST QOD 2/7 Rough night. I could really use a smile. <BR> <BR> Please share something that made you smile recently: a moment, a picture, a video, a joke, a story, anything. <BR> <BR> Thank you. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 15:07:26 EST QOD 2/6 What would be your dream job? <BR> <BR> Mine would have to be something with dogs. Owing a doggy day care or doggy spa would be awesome. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 06:36:33 EST QOD 2/5 Do you have a friend from high school or primary/grade school? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 15:17:54 EST QOD 2/4 I'm SO crabby today! <BR> <BR> (Yes, *even* in the middle of a zillion blessings and great health and reaching goals!) <BR> <BR> How do you treat crabbiness (for yourself or loved ones)? <BR> <BR> I'm going to start with the basics <link> </link> Wed, 4 Feb 2015 16:12:31 EST QOD 2/3 Would you consider yourself competitive? Why? <BR> <BR> I'm very competitive, no only with others but with myself. I grew up playing sports so maybe it's just left over from that. Personally good natured competition is fun. Tue, 3 Feb 2015 08:23:11 EST QOD 2/2 Sorry so late. Internet is on the fritz today! <BR> <BR> <em>219</em> <BR> <BR> What are you looking forward to this month? Mon, 2 Feb 2015 19:21:11 EST QOD 2/1 Does anyone care about the Superbowl? <BR> <BR> Celebrating? <BR> <BR> Doing something else? <BR> <BR> How do you handle the eating at parties with triggering foods/drinks? Sun, 1 Feb 2015 14:41:28 EST QOD 1/31 Share a goal or issue you would like support on for February. <BR> <BR> I need to get back on track, I've let illness and fear be in charge far too long. <BR> <BR> For Feb, I want to focus on eating healthy again, no more junk. Sat, 31 Jan 2015 15:08:16 EST QOD 1/30 WOW! Just like that, we blinked and January's through! <BR> <BR> Pick one (or more), choose your own adventure: <BR> <BR> Did you try something new? <BR> <BR> Did you do anything you're proud of? <BR> <BR> Did you mail your buddy at least twice? <BR> <BR> Did January give you what you hoped? <BR> <BR> Did you find your resolve? <BR> <BR> Any surprises? <BR> <BR> Need support? Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:50:31 EST QOD 1/29 Do you prep and/our plan your meals in advance? <BR> <BR> I know i should but then i rebel and eat junk, i just try to keep several heathy options around and go with what sounds good. Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:14:57 EST QOD 1/28 What's for dinner? Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:34:53 EST QOD 1/27 What's your favorite kind of movement in your fitness plan right now? <BR> <BR> How does it feel to enjoy that? (Assuming most of us started out resistant to exercise.) Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:35:47 EST QOD 1/26 Can you find the blessings in the mess? <BR> <BR> (It's harder to practice gratitude through a rough time, but it can help you through.) <BR> <BR> Here's an easy example for today: <BR> <BR> Rainy day in San Diego means the roads will definitely be snarled with traffic when I need to drive during rush hour to lead my yoga class, but I am the lucky one in that sparkly purple car headed north when everyone is headed south. Also, HOORAY for rain in all this drought! Also, our walk will be da... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:46:28 EST QOD 1/25 Here is a space to send a blessing of encouragement out into the world (even to someone in your life who can't hear you anymore), or maybe it is something you wish you could hear. <BR> <BR> You are enough. <BR> You have enough. <BR> You do enough. <BR> I am so proud of you. <BR> You are beautiful. Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:01:18 EST QOD 1/24 What's on your wish list right now? Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:19:57 EST QOD 1/23 Who or what is something guaranteed to put a smile on your face? <BR> <BR> My Tazzy girl. The dog is the silliest little goofball. And she is always thrilled to be alive. Can't help but laugh at her. <BR> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:31:07 EST QOD 1/22 How often do you review your goals? <BR> <BR> I've been updating this this month. Trying to get a plan i can work. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:57:24 EST QOD 1/21 What are you reading (or watching or listening to or crafting or planning or repairing)? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:00:37 EST QOD 1/20 I just realized we haven't done this one this year yet. What is on your 2015 calender? <BR> <BR> Work: underwater dogs on the wall and a daily dog shaming on the desk. <BR> <BR> Home: Dr Who <BR> <BR> Date book: black labs Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:15:41 EST QOD 1/19 What was the last childish thing you did? <BR> <BR> Snuck up on my son while he was shoveling snow and started a snowball fight. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:37:53 EST QOD 1/18 Who is your favorite Muppet? Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:37:38 EST QOD 1/17 Your favorite buddy from Together We Are Stronger is meeting you for lunch. <BR> <BR> After all the greetings, they let you know that they are struggling with something personal. <BR> <BR> It would help if you tell them exactly how you keep going during the rough spots. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:16:27 EST Just to make you smile Maybe the happiest jobs in tennis <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>260</em> <em>338</em> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:56:35 EST QOD 1/16 Happy Friday! <BR> <BR> Your favorite buddy from Together We Are Stronger is meeting you for lunch. <BR> <BR> Once you finally get all of the hugs and hellos and how do you dos taken care of, what would you want to ask about? And/or what would you want to share? Fri, 16 Jan 2015 16:16:04 EST QOD 1/15 Do you follow any sports at all? <BR> <BR> We like watching ice hockey, but the Kings are having a disappointing season. Ugh. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:01:30 EST QOD 1/14 Do you have any daily goals? <BR> <BR> 100 squats a day. Do 10 or 20 every time i go to the bathroom and its pretty consistent. <BR> <BR> I want to get back to 12,000 steps but that is hard author having any time to walk during the day anymore. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:53:05 EST QOD 1/13 Notice anything beautiful or amazing lately? <BR> <BR> We love stargazing on the first Wednesday of each month when the local astronomy association sets up their gigantic telescopes outside of the space museum in Balboa Park. They are very generous to share such expensive equipment with the public, and they are so patient and happy about answering astronomy questions. It is magic when something as familiar as Orion's Sword is viewed through a powerful lens, so you can see that it is not thre... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:26:44 EST QOD 1/12 Do you allow yourself any little indulgences? <BR> <BR> Yep, mine is a glass of wine in the evening. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:42:23 EST QOD 1/11 Any chances to be generous yet in the new year? <BR> <BR> Or any chances to accept some loving kindness? Sun, 11 Jan 2015 16:42:05 EST QOD 1/10 Do you like change or are you a person of routine? <BR> <BR> I love change. I had bored with things really fast. I always want to change things up. Sat, 10 Jan 2015 11:41:53 EST QOD 1/9 Any health, beauty or grooming product that feels essential? <BR> <BR> (A friend told me that if she was on a survival show and could only take one item from home, it would be her precision tweezers. If she could take two, eyeliner.) <BR> <BR> I have fair skin, and can't go anywhere without sunblock and lip balm. You will never catch me on a survival show, because I want a warm bed! Fri, 9 Jan 2015 15:56:06 EST QOD 1/8 I woke up to -8 degrees this am. How do you deal with bitter cold? <BR> <BR> I guarantee no outside walking today. I have a hard time getting going when it is this cold Thu, 8 Jan 2015 06:31:33 EST Simple living challenge We live in a fast-paced and increasingly complex world. Now, more than ever, we need to recapture the beauty, joy and wisdom of simplicity. So KindSpring is kicking off 2015 with a 21-Day Simple Living Challenge! Every day, for 21 days straight, you'll receive an action prompt that will help you deepen and declutter your inner and outer worlds. You'll join a community of participants from across the globe, and will have the opportunity to read their inspiring stories and also share your own! ... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:22:19 EST QOD 1/7 People get a little caught up in what they think they should START or STOP for the new year. <BR> <BR> What are you CONTINUING? Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:13:19 EST QOD 1/6 Is there a song that can get you moving every time? Tue, 6 Jan 2015 14:51:12 EST QOD 1/5 Have you tried anything at all new this year? <BR> <BR> My friend and I started watching Orange is the New Black on Thursday. <BR> <BR> I jogged in the park with my pup instead of walking on Friday. <BR> <BR> Took her to an empty soccer field so we could run until we couldn't anymore yesterday. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 15:15:15 EST January progress No need for this to be fitness related! Every step toward your goals counts. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:38:06 EST QOD 1/4 Any exciting plans this year? <BR> <BR> (No need to keep them realistic!) <BR> <BR> Thinking about studying French and Spanish again for fun. (I did really well in high school and college and then lost most of it.) Also found out that my local library has free access to Rosetta Stone. <BR> <BR> Looking at what my financial options might be for going to graduate school. (I had a professor tell me once that I could do it for free, so I'm going to get back in touch with her to find out her s... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 16:36:37 EST QOD 1/3 It is 50 degrees inside my house this week. San Diego is really NOT built for cold! <BR> <BR> What are some of your favorite toasty warm comforts? <BR> <BR> I love flaxseed-filled hot packs warmed in the microwave, soft fuzzy socks, and hot oatmeal. Sat, 3 Jan 2015 15:46:46 EST QOD 1/2 Share a goal you have for 2015! <BR> <BR> I'm going to continue my 5K streak - going for another 12. <BR> Fri, 2 Jan 2015 11:48:54 EST QOD 1/1 Fresh start! <em>411</em> <BR> <BR> What are you up to today? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 13:53:44 EST QOD 12/31 Any traditions for saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new? <BR> <BR> We eat greens, black eyed peas, cornbread, and roast a whole fish on the first day of the year for luck, prosperity, health, and happiness all year long. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 15:36:01 EST QOD 12/30 Any favorite moments from this year? <BR> <BR> Breakthroughs? Connections? Relief? Softening? Laughter? Love? Tue, 30 Dec 2014 13:26:06 EST QOD 12/29 Your accomplishments this year were AMAZING and I am so proud of your hard work! <BR> <BR> Anything you wish you could have a do-over with? <BR> <BR> Will that become a goal for the new year? <BR> <BR> Or will you just chuck it in the bonfire and move on? Mon, 29 Dec 2014 14:30:13 EST QOD 12/28 4 days left in 2014 - <BR> <BR> What did you accomplish this year that was a set goal? <BR> <BR> I said I would run a 5K per month this year, I ended up doing 15 races with one in every calendar month. Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:28:42 EST QOD 12/27 What have you done lately that you are truly proud of? <BR> <BR> I've been able to avoid the chocolates. I've had a bit too much sweets but I'm not pigging our on candies like normal. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:51:35 EST QOD 12/26 Most delicious bite of food this week? Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:32:39 EST QOD 12/26 Did you give or receive anything really special for your holiday? <BR> <BR> I had an awesome "Dr Who" Christmas in terms of gifts but what was really special is that my whole family (minus my dad's wife who stayed home) got along. We talked and laughed all afternoon and evening. We had a great time. Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:32:25 EST QOD 12/25 (December can be rough and blue and dark and cold and stressful, which is why it is the perfect time to celebrate with festivals of light. No matter how you are feeling today, I am sending you the kind of hug that lasts until we both relax and soften. Or if you don't like hugs, just sending you love and light. Or a cookie.) <BR> <BR> Any miraculous holiday moments? Anything at all make you smile? Thu, 25 Dec 2014 14:42:20 EST QOD 12/24 Hope everyone is having a good day. I actually forgot someone on my xmas list so i have to hit the store tonight. What is the latest you've ever been getting ready for Christmas? Wed, 24 Dec 2014 12:40:42 EST QOD 12/23 This is a hectic and stressful time of the year. What is something you make certain you find time for? <BR> <BR> Movie night. Two hours, every Thursday is just for me hubby and boy child. No matter what. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:44:07 EST QOD 12/22 My shoulder pain made me realize that I really needed to skip the gym today (I only go for upper body strength training, everything else I can do at home or outside), even though I hate skipping today, and the holidays won't let me go back til next week. (And now I can't hand a holiday greeting to my friend today who let me use her guest pass. Rats.) <BR> <BR> How have you been flexible or compassionate lately? Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:34:32 EST Inspiration The only disability in life is a bad attitude! <BR> <BR> Deep respect to these inspiring athletes <link> </link> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:00:49 EST QOD 12/21 We made it! It's here! Happy winter solstice! <BR> <BR> Now that we have reached the very darkest point of the year, we can finally celebrate the return of the light. <BR> <BR> Any outdated definitions of yourself, old beliefs, or old narratives that you might be ready to shine a light on and let go of? <BR> <BR> Or: How will you celebrate more light in your life? Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:39:58 EST QOD 12/20 Last day of the year before the winter solstice! <BR> <BR> How does the sparse sunlight in winter change your workouts? your evenings? or your moods? or not? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:06:29 EST QOD 12/19 What is your favorite time of the day? Tell us why, if you'd like to share. Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:40:22 EST QOD 12/18 Are you good at taking care of yourself? <BR> <BR> What does that look like lately? Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:55:59 EST QOD 12/17 They say the best gifts in life are free: <BR> <BR> Best free gift you have given? <BR> <BR> Best free gift you have received? <BR> <BR> Any great stories about this? Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:22:05 EST QOD 12/16 How are you moving it today? Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:04:57 EST QOD 12/15 Nothing easier than bashing Mondays every week, so surprise us by sharing something marvelous about your Monday! Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:07:12 EST Winter page Ready for decorating your Spark page for winter? <BR> <BR> Reply with a link to your page here when you're done, like this: <link><BR>NNIEMARGAY </link> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:16:05 EST QOD 12/14 Is there anything you're looking forward to this week? Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:00:48 EST QOD 12/13 Anything silly, outrageous, perfect, delightful, impossible, messy, true on your wish list? <BR> <BR> (Doesn't even have to be an item, just anything you're wishing for.) <BR> <BR> <em>90</em> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:40:40 EST QOD 12/12 Any favorite from 2014: <BR> <BR> best phone call <BR> personal triumph <BR> funniest thing you heard <BR> happiest surprise <BR> most delicious morsel <BR> best belly laugh <BR> miraculous moment Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:17:41 EST QOD 12/11 Any favorite winter holiday songs? <BR> <BR> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:08:33 EST QOD 12/10 Anything surprise you lately by turning out well? Wed, 10 Dec 2014 16:25:17 EST QOD 12/9 What's the weirdest compliment you've ever received? Tue, 9 Dec 2014 16:52:20 EST QOD 12/8 Do you have a favorite game? Did you have one as a kid? Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:17:48 EST QOD 12/7 What music do you like most? Sun, 7 Dec 2014 15:07:12 EST QOD 12/6 Notice anything interesting this week? See anything of note? Learn anything new? Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:52:18 EST QOD 12/6 What have you done lately that you are truly PROUD of? <BR> <BR> I did my 5K today, which completes 12 months of one (or more) races per month. And January is scheduled!! Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:51:09 EST QOD 12/5 What is the silliest thing you’ve done that you're proud of? Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:24:20 EST QOD 12/4 If someone wanted to impress you, what would they need to do? Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:41:57 EST QOD 12/3 When did you last laugh really hard? Wed, 3 Dec 2014 16:32:53 EST QOD 12/2 When's the last time someone really made your day? What did they do? Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:44:26 EST December progress Want to commit to your goals for the month here? <BR> <BR> Track progress? <BR> <BR> Get support? Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:32:49 EST QOD 12/1 Do you re-gift (make a new gift out of something that someone gave to you)? <BR> <BR> Any great successes, failures, or stories about that? Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:31:09 EST