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 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 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 QOD 11/30 Goodbye, November! <BR> <BR> Any last words about heading toward your goals? <BR> <BR> Anything you'd like to say to your Autumn TWAS buddy? <BR> <BR> One last thing you're grateful for? Sun, 30 Nov 2014 14:46:42 EST QOD 11/29 Do you collect something (or have an unusual amount of something)? <BR> <BR> Want to tell us about what inspired it, how it started, or which parts (acquiring, admiring, planning, cleaning, playing, reading, maintenance, listening, watching, sharing, some special memory) make you the happiest? <BR> <BR> (Or the other side: Have you ever had a collection get out of hand? Want to tell us where it went wrong, how you tired of it, or how it ended, or your dreams of getting rid of it?) Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:19:17 EST General Discussion and Chit Chat! Just thought it was time for a new chit chat thread! Anything goes. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:01:19 EST QOD 11/28 What is the weirdest gift you have ever received? Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:21:44 EST QOD 11/27 Name a blessing in your life right this very moment. <em>426</em> <BR> <BR> I am grateful for the extraordinary difference that daily gratitude practice has made in my life over the last decade. I can find the blessing in just about any situation now, no matter how stressful it might feel. <BR> <BR> My wife had a hugely frustrating day yesterday, and then was able to resolve the problem. What a blessing to have a problem that can be solved when many cannot! <BR> <BR> May our eyes be ope... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:52:48 EST QOD 11/26 What would it be like to say something nice about your body? What would it be like to do it here, where other people can see it? Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:35:23 EST QOD 11/25 What is the best reward anyone can give you? Tue, 25 Nov 2014 15:16:47 EST QOD 11/24 Have you read a self-help or inspirational book that actually helped? Want to share the title or the lesson here? Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:23:47 EST QOD 11/23 When was the last time you did something for the first time? What was it? Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:28:54 EST QOD 11/22 Do you have a "go to" meal? Something you eat almost everyday? <BR> <BR> Plain yogurt with berries and Cheerios. Crunchy and creamy with just a bit of sweet. Perfect for me. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:54:13 EST QOD 11/21 What was the last picture you took? Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:47:48 EST QOD 11/20 Tensions can run very high during the holidays. Do you have any tricks for surviving a gathering with someone who seems unbearable/unkind/toxic? <BR> <BR> My wife and I made up a drinking game for her mother's constant complaining (even though we don't drink alcohol): We both have to take a drink EVERY time mum complains. Between refilling our glasses, watching nobody else ever catch on, and running to the bathroom for relief, her complaining actually becomes something we have to try not to ... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:13:48 EST Winter Sign Up! Ok, time to get through the cold dark winter with a new buddy. Just add your name to the list and buddies will be assigned after Thanksgiving. <BR> <BR> 1- Bigpawsup (Kitty) Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:35:41 EST QOD 11/19 Would/Do you like to travel for the holidays? <BR> <BR> Not really. I like to travel (even though i really don't get to anymore). I like being home when things are hectic and holidays are always hectic! Wed, 19 Nov 2014 08:55:13 EST QOD 11/18 What is something you have changed your beliefs or views on? Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:51:29 EST QOD 11/17 What is one of the best pieces of advice you have ever received? Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:01:20 EST QOD 11/16 Name any guilty pleasure! <BR> <BR> I am a feminist activist lesbian who works so hard for women's equality and tries to be meticulously pro-woman with my language and actions, and yet I also love love love dancing to a zillion different songs with lyrics that are considered degrading or objectifying to women. <BR> <BR> *sigh* Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:47:48 EST QOD 11/15 Halfway through November already! What are you doing to take care of yourself as we slide into the home stretch of the year? Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:27:24 EST Buddy Guess/Reveal! With Thanksgiving taking up the last week of this month, I'm starting this a bit early.I will post the Fall list mid to end of the week and start sign ups for winter. <BR> <BR> Who has a guess as to who there Buddy was this round? Sat, 15 Nov 2014 08:26:05 EST QOD 11/14 What will you accomplish this weekend? <BR> <BR> I'm getting back to the gym. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:09:04 EST QOD 11/13 What is your favorite way to exercise? <BR> <BR> Running or walking with my girls. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 08:57:14 EST QOD 11/12 What are some ideas/tricks you use to keep going when you don't want to? <BR> <BR> When i don't feel like walking i say it out loud. I suddenly have 200lbs of furry black motivation. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:22:50 EST QOD 11/11 Happy Veteran's Day. <BR> <BR> Do you acknowledge men and women in uniform? <BR> <BR> I always share a hand and say thanks. I also look for our older veterans in their baseball caps. Have heard some great stories from those guys. Tue, 11 Nov 2014 09:20:35 EST QOD 11/10 Do you have any living veterans in your family? <BR> <BR> We are a military family so we're have alot. Cousins,uncles,aunts, me. This will be the first year r have no one on active duty since i was young. Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:15:50 EST QOD 11/9 What is your perfect "lazy day"? <BR> <BR> I got my steps done before 10 today so now it's fresh fleece jammies out of the dryer and a fun movie with the girls. Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:53:11 EST QOD 11/8 Do you do anything the hard way to get more movement in? <BR> <BR> I hang up all of our laundry to dry, and I'm grateful to have an indoor closet rod installed along the length of the laundry room so I can use hangers for that. Sheets and towels are a little awkward to hang up, but I make it work. Lots of upper body stretching involved! Sat, 8 Nov 2014 14:29:41 EST QOD 11/7 November is also a time for remembering. Who is someone who is fine from us now but you were lucky to have known? <BR> <BR> I have a huge list of family and friends but this one that sticks out (I'm not counting my mom) would be my great aunt Annie. She raced motorcycles back in the 30's and 40's. I even have a picture. She was strong and sweet and just completely her own person. Fri, 7 Nov 2014 08:57:32 EST November progress Share anything at all that brings you even a fraction of a step closer to any goal! <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:19:50 EST QOD 11/6 If you could magically have fifteen minutes to spend with a Spark Buddy RIGHT NOW, what would you be the most excited to share with them? <BR> <BR> Mine is a bit personal, but yours can be ANYTHING! <BR> <BR> I was brave enough to connect with a high school friend last night while he is back in town for a few days, in spite of how hard it can be for me to connect and reach out. I was a tiny bit scared of his judgment, but he adored my wife and service dog and couldn't stop delighting at how... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:03:12 EST QOD 11/5 Now that we've hit the month that is so famous for gratitude, let's list a few blessings today! <BR> <em>426</em> <BR> 1. I am HOME again! <BR> 2. I can sleep so much more at night when I am home. Yay for sleep! <BR> 3. I have the right to VOTE! <BR> 4. I am so blessed to live in a time when marriage equality is not just a dream. <BR> 5. (Kansas makes *33* states now, after a ruling just yesterday!) <BR> 6. My friend is sharing her guest pass with me at her gym again today. <BR> 7. I am c... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 14:00:11 EST QOD 11/4 Happy Election Day! <BR> <BR> Nervous about bringing up a touchy topic, but I trust you to be kind. (No need to discuss parties or step on toes.) <BR> <BR> Do you vote? <BR> <BR> I have voted every single ballot since the day I turned 18. I feel it is my duty to honor my suffragette foremothers, my Native American ancestors, and everyone else who had/has no say. I do not think it is possible for a democracy to work without citizen participation, and feel like voter apathy is a terrible los... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 14:04:57 EST QOD 11/3 Do you prefer adventures or sticking close to home? <BR> <BR> Call me weird, but I am much happier at home. Not that I don't appreciate the beauty I was just surrounded with, it was absolutely breathtaking, but I haven't slept more than four hours a night since Tuesday. Travel is really stressful for me. <BR> <BR> Grateful to not have any trips coming up for the fall and winter holidays this year. Thrilled to be headed home today, even though we still have to survive the drive through Los ... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 13:50:46 EST QOD 11/2 Hiked in the Sequoias, now on the road again. <BR> <BR> What's your favorite spot for a visit? Sun, 2 Nov 2014 18:41:09 EST QOD 11/1 So late at night (terrible reception in a gorgeous place). Any happy dreams lately, asleep or awake? Sun, 2 Nov 2014 02:15:30 EST QOD 10/31 One piece of candy, no calories... Which would you pick? Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:08:14 EST QOD 10/30 One more day til Halloween, Halloween! <BR> <BR> When was the last time you dressed up for Halloween? Would you like to again? <BR> <BR> Last year!! I dress up every year. I'm not certain what I'm doing this year as we have a closet full of costumes and make-up. I'm thinking I might just do a simple witch this year as we are going to a friends bar for drinks after trick or treating. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:51:19 EST QOD 10/29 2 more days til Halloween, Halloween. <BR> (A goodie to anyone who can name the movie that song/countdown comes from) <BR> <BR> What scares you? Or really creeps you out? <BR> <BR> Ok. I'll admit centipedes creep me. O can handle most bugs but those little suckers send me running. I have a hard time even watching them on tv. <BR> <BR> Scaring me is tougher. Flying in a plane scares the h-e-double hockey stocks out of me but i don't know why. I'm fine in a helicopter. Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:50:30 EST Hi...I'm Risa Hi Team! My name is Risa.... I have been on & off on SparkPeople for a few years... I think 7 or so...? Anyways... In February 2014, I had a stroke. I hardly remember anything between February and May/June but I have been recovering.... the stroke really hasn't affected me much except for my short-term memory, and I have some balance issues...I started back on Sparkpeople this summer trying to get my weight back down...which is working...I'm almost back down to where I was. before my stroke... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:37:14 EST QOD 10/28 Do you have a movie, show, book that just means"Halloween" to you. <BR> <BR> I love horror movies but it isn't Halloween without seeing Hocus Pocus and It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:47:47 EST QOD 10/27 Four more days til Halloween, Halloween. Share a fun Halloween memory. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:35:54 EST QOD 10/26 Goals are so helpful, but maybe even more important are the tiny successes and lessons along the way. Can you share any moment(s) of success from this week? Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:07:54 EST QOD 10/25 Do you have a lucky charm? Something that reminds you that you are blessed? Something special in your home/car/office/life that reminds you to breathe or smile? Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:10:23 EST QOD 10/24 One week til Halloween. Do you have any plans? <BR> <BR> We are not having a party so I'm a bit bummed but our friend has a bar and they have some festivities so we're gonna hang out there after doing candy in the neighborhood. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:55:54 EST QOD 10/23 It seems as if I watch other people buy new things *every* time they have a new idea, a new need, or a new project, and that seems so bizarre to me. <BR> <BR> When was the last time (or just a great time) you creatively made do with what you already had on hand? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:33:47 EST QOD 10/22 Happy hump day! How are those weekly goals going? <BR> <BR> Not great here but I'm in a restart mode. I'll be on track soon, riding one rail right now. Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:36:43 EST QOD 10/21 If you had a personal assistant for the day, what would you have them take care of? Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:52:51 EST QOD 10/20 What will/can you reward yourself with when you reach your goals this week? <BR> <BR> I've made myself a tracking sheet. When i complete it 4 of 6 days i get to game on Sunday. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:41:35 EST QOD 10/19 Last time you indulged in a rare treat, were you able to really enjoy it? Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:42:57 EST QOD 10/18 Is there something you've dreamed of doing for a long time but haven't? Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:58:14 EST QOD 10/17 Anything, big or small, present or past or future, that you are grateful for? <BR> <BR> My puppy sleeping on my feet. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:22:51 EST QOD 10/16 Can you think of a time when you broke a rule and were really glad you did? Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:55:00 EST QOD 10/15 Ohmygoodness, we're halfway through October already! <BR> <BR> Are you keeping up with your goals? Did you get to send at least one card? Ready to try something new? How is it going? <BR> <BR> I am joining a friend at the gym today to use her guest pass and try out the assisted pull up machine, because I don't want to give up on my fitness goal for 2014 without a fight! I really want to do a pull up, even if that is a hard goal. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:08:00 EST QOD 10/14 List one way you have acted lovingly toward yourself lately. <BR> <BR> Made my oatmeal for breakfast, trying to be gentle by letting go of all the errands I thought I would do today, just making enough room for letting myself be sad. Tonight I will push through it enough to teach dance class. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:10:30 EST QOD 10/13 Do you have a favorite fall food? Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:22:03 EST QOD 10/12 Do you pay attention to the sky? <BR> <BR> We love noticing and taking pictures of the sunset on our walks each day, paying attention to the waxing and the waning of the moon, spotting the International Space Station when it passes overhead at night (my wife has an app for this), and checking out the stars and planets when the local astronomy association sets up their huge telescopes in the park for the public once a month. (This month I was able to see Saturn, her moon Titan, and our moon w... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 14:59:27 EST QOD 10/11 (Loved this one from The Book of Questions) <BR> <BR> If you could gain any one ability or quality you admire in someone else, what would you choose? <BR> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:48:36 EST AnnLivz Hello, <BR> I've just been reading posts here and it looks like you are a pretty close knit team. <BR> My name is Ann, I am 60 years old and retired from the mental health field. <BR> I just rejoined SP last month. I quit a couple of years ago after having been on SP for a few years. <BR> Anyway, I started getting back on track a couple of weeks before I made the good decision to come back to SP. <BR> I have three grown boys who no longer live with us. My husband and I have many adopted furr... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 11:36:21 EST October progress Even the TINIEST moments of progress! Share them here. <BR> <BR> Found out that my friend does have an assisted pull up machine at her gym. Now we just need to make time to connect there so I can try it out with her guest pass. Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:19:43 EST QOD 10/10 Anything spooky you enjoy? <BR> <BR> After a lot of resistance from me (travel can be very anxious for me!), I finally agreed to vacation travel this month. We are going to see Yosemite over Halloween weekend. I did a search for activities and found a guided cemetery tour by moonlight on Halloween! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:16:00 EST QOD 10/9 Do YOU ever trick people? Now I'm talking fun/playful stuff. <BR> <BR> My sister and i have been know to wrap and seal packages/gifts with clear duct tape. <BR> <BR> My dad used to get into it too, but his wife doesn't like it. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:21:04 EST QOD 10/8 A lot of TRICKS/surprises seem a little stressful to me. <BR> <BR> Have you ever had a fun one? <BR> <BR> The last time a dozen of us hid carefully at a friend's house for a surprise party, I was very new to having a service dog and didn't even think about how she would react. The surprise would have been totally perfect, but Addie ran to the door and jumped on her favorite birthday boy before any of us could even pop up and yell surprise. Now I know a lot more about dog handling, but it i... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 14:37:56 EST QOD 10/7 What's your favorite treat? <BR> <BR> (Halloween or not!) Tue, 7 Oct 2014 13:43:10 EST QOD 10/6 Outstanding news for LOVE this morning, with marriage equality in 24 states and DC! <BR> <BR> Is there anything amazing today that you never thought you would see in your lifetime? Mon, 6 Oct 2014 15:17:31 EST QOD 10/5 What is something interesting you've noticed outside lately? <BR> <BR> A blue heron walking on the grassy slope toward the bay <BR> A gorgeous black and yellow writing spider in the cactus garden <BR> A tiny blue black beetle running in the grass that was so shiny she looked like glass <BR> A pepper tree so magical we expected there to be a tiny door at the base of her trunk Sun, 5 Oct 2014 16:09:53 EST QOD 10/4 Do you have a favorite costume? (Pictures welcome!) <BR> <BR> I've had a lot of goofy fun pulling together costumes for just a few bucks by making them myself. Silliest ones I've constructed from start to finish were a squid costume, a skunk costume, and Jambi, the genie from PeeWee's Playhouse! Sat, 4 Oct 2014 13:30:51 EST QOD 10/3 Feeling really stuck this week after a very unexpected loss in the family. <BR> <BR> How do you push through your stuck places? (Or can you afford to just stay for a bit?) <BR> <BR> I have to keep moving, or my anxiety/depression/CPTSD/insomnia all go whackadoodle. Movement is a priority. Music helps me get there. A lot. <BR> <BR> This is the song that is helping me wiggle this week: <BR> All About That Bass <link> </link> <BR> And the silly Tonight... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 15:19:17 EST QOD 10/2 What do you plan to accomplish in October? <BR> <BR> This is my reset month. I've been doing it wrong, trying to jump back in where i was when i fell. I'm coming back this month but just small steps everyday. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:03:52 EST QOD 10/1 What do you like best about October? <BR> <BR> Halloween! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:34:48 EST QOD 9/30 Goodbye, September! <BR> <BR> A lot of people get stuck with goodbyes. Is there something you wish you did differently? <BR> <BR> Or do you have any traditions, rituals, or favorite ways to say goodbye? Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:18:23 EST QOD 9/29 Tomorrow is the last day of September. What went well for you this month? <BR> <BR> Switched providers to bring my mobile phone bill down to $25 a month. <BR> Finally connected with my first foster youth after a lot of (expected but painful) resistance. <BR> My daily dance challenge (on top of everything else) pushed my weight down to my goal! Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:04:53 EST QOD 9/28 Finally autumn! What does comfort look like to you now, on this healthy journey? <BR> <BR> Fuzzy purple socks, hot tea, my morning oatmeal, deep-tissue massage, and always of course: a good book. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:21:30 EST QOD 9/27 Have you taken a risk, faced a fear, or stepped outside of your comfort zone and had a joyful result? <BR> <BR> I have terrible anxiety about calling people on the phone because I do not want to bother them. Thursday night I took a deep breath and called a dear friend to tell her the Ducks were beating the Kings in a preseason exhibition hockey game. Not only did she sound delighted to hear from me, but the whole room full of friends cheered hello to me and shouted my name. They were so happ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 13:46:38 EST Halloween page decorating contest. I thought this would be fun. Let's all decorate or page for Halloween between 10/1 and 10/11. Then team members can vote (spark mail me) on their favorite between 10/12 and 10/25. <BR> <BR> I'll announce the winning page on the 26th and send a team goodie. Sound fun? <BR> <BR> If you want in, sign the list; <BR> <BR> Halloween Page Contest Participants <BR> 1 Bigpawsup - Kitty <BR> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:41:05 EST QOD 9/26 Are you a people person? Why/why not? <BR> <BR> I'm an NOT. I hate drama,lies,and other assorted bs that always seems to come with people. Honestly, i trans to like animals better. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:31:17 EST QOD 9/25 What is your favorite part of your job, your day, your week, your year, your life, anything? <BR> <BR> People pay to dance with me! I can dye my hair dark violet and not get fired. Some of my friends make me so happy, I hum all the way home. It is finally getting cooler out. My puppy snores at my feet while I am writing. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:32:53 EST QOD 9/24 Super stressed today, sweating through my first court report due date. <BR> <BR> What is the last thing that made you laugh out loud? (links welcome) Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:08:41 EST QOD 9/23 We are in the home stretch of 2014. What will you accomplish before the end of the year? <BR> <BR> I will be back in the habit of daily exercise and healthy eating. And my 6s will be comfy again. Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:20:22 EST QOD 9/22 The autumnal equinox is happening tonight, the perfect balance between night and day, the shift from the light of summer into the darker months, the beginning of fall. Anything in your life coming into balance right now? Or are any of the things you're done with finally on their way out? Any parting thoughts as they go? <BR> <BR> I had some huge frustrations in my life shift quite suddenly over the weekend from a huge NO into a resounding YES, and I am still quite stunned by how much relief ... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:27:39 EST QOD 9/21 It's Sunday. Do you do anything to nourish your spirit with a personal practice? <BR> <BR> Mantra meditation (instead of ruminating), moving meditations, and walking meditations in nature are my daily spiritual practices. Every moment that I can be fully present in my body right here and now feels like a miracle to me; I have done so much healing work to get to a point where this is possible. I feel spiritually renewed and nourished through all acts of loving kindness and connection. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:29:44 EST QOD 9/20 Today the dance studio that I teach at is celebrating their eleventh anniversary with an open house, and all the dance classes are FREE! It feels so good to give away a dance class to the public, I cannot wait until 2:30 (and I wish you could all be there)! <BR> <BR> So, what's something you've given away that felt really good? <BR> <BR> I really love it when we have something we're not using that a friend needs and we can just gift it to them. Last month, I was able to give a whole bag of ... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:28:24 EST QOD 9/19 What is something you enjoy about living a healthier lifestyle that do didn't think you would? <BR> <BR> Sweating. I just love a good hard cardio workout that leaves me breathless and sweaty. I just feel so "ROAR" afterwards. Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:54:47 EST QOD 9/18 What got you started on Spark? <BR> <BR> I had just been mistaken for being pregnant by my cousin and I knew i needed to do something about it. I knew a good friend of mine was trying to lose weight and was doing something online. That was 3 years ago. Can't imagine being anywhere else now. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:36:41 EST QOD 9/17 So what IS your feedback for this group, then? Anything good? Anything you want different? Anything you want printed on a T-shirt? Bring it on! <BR> <BR> This is my favorite group on SparkPeople. This is the place I want to check in first each day. This is the gathering of friends who cares about my triumphs and my struggles with health and fitness and life, when my friends in real life really don't want to share this journey with me. This is the group I want in my home for a game night. Thi... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:10:06 EST QOD 9/16 - Important to me I have only had limited internet via my phone lately, so i am quite a bit behind. However i was surprised at some of the negative comments about our team. So i need to know, are y'all happy? Are there things you feel bed to change? <BR> <BR> I was already depressed, but now I'm totally deflated. I really need the TRUTH, no sugar coatings. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:12:04 EST QOD 9/15 Getting ready to clear out some intense negative energy for a friend tonight so she can start again. Dreaming of relief from toxicity. <BR> <BR> What are you ready to have out of your life today? (Wish big! I'll include these tonight!) <BR> <BR> All of the painful symptoms of severe Complex PTSD <BR> My wife's terrible fragrance-induced migraines <BR> A grudge about a "friend" who owes me $13K that I need for medical bills Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:22:23 EST QOD 9/14 Name a go-to movie (or something else) that feeds your spirit, makes you smile, or that you just really love indulging in. <BR> <BR> Labyrinth Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:29:37 EST QOD 9/13 On the other hand, what has delighted you about your fitness journey that you really did not expect at all? <BR> <BR> I really thought I just wanted to lose weight, and get out of that giant fat suit I was so stuck in for decades. I didn't know there would be so many other benefits besides the health stats. <BR> <BR> Asking my wife to walk with me each day was really frustrating to her at first, because she wanted to unwind by sitting in front of the television set after a long day at work.... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:51:46 EST QOD 9/12 People sure don't talk about this much, and I hope it isn't too negative for this amazing group: Have you found any downside to losing weight or getting more fit? <BR> <BR> I've lost my marvelous booty: it is not just flat, there is even a tiny sag at the crease where it meets my leg. It is going to take SO much muscle to try to replace some of the round glory that it was. <BR> <BR> All of my clothes. There's only so much I can alter. The rest need to go. This is rough, because there is no ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:20:07 EST QOD 9/11 Today is a reflective day for many of us. Please share one precious thing about your life today. <BR> <BR> I woke up much too early, but the soft dawn light sneaking around the drapes was just enough to reveal the silhouette of my wife's strong back and the curve of her waist and hip. When her alarm went off, I reached out to touch her, and everything else just didn't matter. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:05:46 EST QOD 9/10 Ohmygoodness, we're a third of the way through September already! <BR> <BR> Has everyone with a buddy sent at least one note in the mail by now? <BR> <BR> What about your other goals? Anything you need to get going on before half the month flies by? Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:20:02 EST QOD 9/9 If you had a magic wand, what would you wish for today? Tue, 9 Sep 2014 13:24:35 EST QOD 9/8 Mondays have a pretty bad reputation as days of the week go. What's your favorite thing about Monday? Or just today? <BR> <BR> Teaching yoga every Monday is wonderful. Today, FedEx might deliver my new phone! Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:08:25 EST QOD 9/7 Do you have a specific day of the week that you take as a day off or lazy day? <BR> <BR> Mine is usually Sundays. Hubby and son both work every Sunday so I'm home with no car. I walk around town but that's it. Sun, 7 Sep 2014 08:12:43 EST QOD 9/6 Anything fun planned this weekend? <BR> <BR> We're off to a not-Labor-Day pool party, though I'll probably be hiding from the heat indoors to visit with a few friends. Sat, 6 Sep 2014 14:01:43 EST QOD 9/5 Let's flip the coin, what gets you pumped up? Not angry, i mean up and moving. <BR> <BR> Loud rock! I love music, I'm really never without it. Blasting some great alternative or hard rock gets me going. Fri, 5 Sep 2014 09:10:37 EST QOD 9/4 What is your favorite way to just "zone out" after a hard day? <BR> <BR> Laying on the floor or outside with my girls. Wine can also be involved. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 08:55:05 EST QOD 9/3 What are you reading (or listening to, or watching) this week? <BR> <BR> Reading: <BR> Hard Laughter by Anne Lamott <BR> Art and Physics by Leonard Shlain <BR> Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates <BR> Beyond Magenta by Susan Kuklin <BR> Resilient Adults by Gina O'Connell Higgins <BR> <BR> Watching: <BR> Kill Your Darlings <BR> The Long Day Closes <BR> Wadjda <BR> <BR> Listening to: <BR> Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill (Original Broadway Cast Recording) <BR> <BR> I love the library! Wed, 3 Sep 2014 14:23:41 EST QOD 9/2 How was your long weekend? <BR> <BR> The good: Super exciting to look at a house with so much dirt yard ready for planting in the back, so much rocky xeriscaping in the front ready for all of our cactus and succulents, all hardwood floors inside, quiet neighborhood, and a lot closer to our price range than we imagined. <BR> <BR> The bad: After being meticulously, painstakingly careful with the flip phone that I've been using since 2007, I accidentally ran it through the washing machine Sund... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:26:33 EST QOD 9/1 What are your plans for September? <BR> <BR> I need to get my life back. I have been letting everyone and everything else have control. September is time for me to take back the reins. <BR> Mon, 1 Sep 2014 10:46:26 EST QOD 8/31 Sometimes I feel like stress is coming at me from every direction, and it can be really hard to remember how much joy is possible in being alive. <BR> <BR> Please describe any moment of joy, especially a miraculous one that surprised you during a rough patch. <BR> <BR> Last night, after a very stressful day, our walk around the bay ran quite late. Because it was dark, my wife got to see a tern skimming the water for the very first time. The stormy high surf sent tiny ripples of turbulence ... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:18:49 EST QOD 8/30 Okay, tough one today, ladies! <BR> <BR> What is something awesome about your body just the way it is, right now? ANYTHING! <BR> <BR> 15 years ago, my right arm was totally immobilized against my torso in a sling for half a year and I wasn't sure if I could ever use it or lift it again. Today, no matter how I feel about the way my arms *look*, I have the mobility and upper body strength for push ups, body weight rows, holding them up with grace for an hour of dance, and am working my way to... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:25:15 EST QOD 8/29 Anything fun planned for the holiday weekend? <BR> <BR> Feel like I need to push my way through some family obligations and some bookkeeping stuff so I can enjoy exercising, walking with my wife, washing the pup, sharing some of our succulents with friends who are planting a new garden, reading some great books and watching some great movies I reserved through the library. <BR> <BR> No big pool party at our friends' house this year since she's selling jewelry at the Festival of Sails, but t... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:53:57 EST QOD 8/28 Had one of those mornings where the number on the scale *really* got me down on top of everything else, even though I know for sure the four pound gain is a hormonal bloat or whatever happens to suddenly pack on those pounds once a month. <BR> <BR> In spite of all the different kinds of stress I'm facing, nothing helps blow away the discouragement like gratitude. <BR> <BR> Please share three blessings in your life today: <BR> <BR> Mother in law fell and went to the ER yesterday, but is a... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:20:31 EST QOD 8/27 I am so excited to finally get to meet my foster child client today for the first time, this is the moment that all of the training and case files and phone calls have been leading up to in my new role as a Court Appointed Special Advocate. <BR> <BR> Have you had any exciting firsts recently? Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:35:12 EST QOD 8/26 Is there anything at all you wish you knew about your buddy when it comes down to picking or making that card or goodie? (Anything that isn't on our list of buddy info questions that might make a note seem a little more personal? Of course *anything* that is special to you can be listed after the last question: Anything else you want to share?) <BR> <BR> How about something really easy today, like favorite color! <BR> <BR> Mine's purple. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:06:45 EST QOD 8/25 Any surprises about receiving your notes or goodies? <BR> <BR> The timing seems uncanny to me, no matter how often I receive a TWAS buddy note in the mail, it always magically arrives exactly when I really need some loving kindness or encouragement. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:56:53 EST QOD 8/24 Seems like there's some regrets about not sending the minimum number of notes over the summer for our team. I know summer is gorgeous and shiny and distracting and filled with vacations, but so is the rest of the year. Let's use this question of the day to help Spark each other into making small, measurable changes for THIS goal, too! <BR> <BR> What does it look like for you when you successfully hold yourself accountable for sending two notes a month for three months? Please tell us what wo... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:19:12 EST Fall Sign UP!! Time for our Fall sign up. This list will run September, October, and November. Please make certain to add your name to the list below. I'm also emailing an updated form. It is not necessary if you filled out a form for Summer to do one again but our dear Bonnie had me make some cool adjustments that should make things even better! <BR> <BR> Once again - this is a 3 MONTH COMMITMENT!!! You are promising to do AT LEAST 6 mailings, 2 per month to help motivate and support your buddy. <BR>... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:36:28 EST QOD 8/23 Hope it isn't too early to start counting down to our new Spark Buddy matches! <BR> <BR> It is so lovely to just receive a note in the mail, they don't even need to have loot in them. <BR> <BR> What are some of the flat goodies you've sent or received that fit into a note card? <BR> <BR> I like sending bookmarks. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:32:02 EST QOD 8/22 We had some horrible thunder-storms last night. My girls kept me up most of the night. Now we have flooding everywhere, getting to work is going to be a trick. <BR> <BR> Do you have summer weather issues? Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:53:05 EST