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  • Out of the pit!

    6/23/2018 1:49:06 AM, by STACIT0571

    I have finally clawed my way out of a year long depression that included a hospitalization. I am so ready to get my diet and movement heading back in the right direction you guys just don't know. My doctor has said that 150 minutes a week is the magic mood lifter number for exercise, so I am going t... Read more

  • Do You Experience This? What is your Solution?

    6/22/2018 5:51:01 PM, by SPICY23

    Do you ever find yourself trying something that is supposed to be 'good for you' only to find it tastes really awful to you? What is your solution? I had this happen recently and it really raised some significant questions and concerns: > I had 'planned' it, therefore I should follow throu... Read more

  • Water bottle confessions…

    6/21/2018 11:20:04 AM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    A huge part of my personal Spark journey has been to lay down my self indulgent behavior regarding food and drink. Until Spark, I ate junk food and drank whatever I pleased. That is, up until my true heart’s desire - my DH - suffered a heart attack. I was shocked into doing what I’d always “known”... Read more

  • Sparkcoach assignment: Blog/write about why I want to lose weight and develop a healthy life style!

    6/20/2018 8:21:52 PM, by MERRYJO1

    I want to lose weight: (1) I don't like being fat; it affects my overall health and appearance. (2) I want to set a better example for my son and grandsons. This means I must develop discipline in this area of my life. Also I must exercise to share the importance of this discipline to them as well.... Read more

  • Visit from my brother; hike

    6/13/2018 9:12:03 PM, by ALIHIKES

    My life has slowly returned to normal after returning from our Alaska vacation. My brother Greg came for a visit, it was great to see him and he is a very relaxing guest. He is an avid train buff, and he had come to Oregon for a model railway convention. So the only sight he REALLY wanted to see was... Read more

  • So tried so tired. Moving

    6/12/2018 7:26:23 PM, by TBRYAN-LU

    Hi all Sparkys, After living with my son for 10yrs I decided to move in with my youngest daughter. So I'm now in the wonderful state of Idaho. It was a very long hurried weekend! Now to get all my things unpacked & out of the way. So have been carrying boxes ugh! I've found out that my more matu... Read more

  • Trivia game...wanna play?

    6/12/2018 1:16:57 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Anyone want to join me for some fun trivia about yourself? Okay! I’ll play! 😉 ▪️First Job - secretary/bookkeeper in an insurance office Summer before my senior year in high school (long before copy machines!) ▪️Dream Job - Artist - finally able to do this, now that I'm retired ▪️A... Read more

  • Final day in Alaska: Fairbanks

    6/11/2018 7:33:36 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Our final Alaska destination was Fairbanks. On the coach ride from Denali, we saw our last herd of Dall sheep in the mountains. We went through beautiful aspen and birch forests. Our package included a riverboat ride on the Discovery (sternwheeler). Entertaining and fun experience! River ... Read more

  • Alaska: Denali National Park

    6/10/2018 4:17:38 PM, by ALIHIKES

    We disembarked from our cruise at the port of Whittier (near Anchorage) in the early a.m., and boarded the train for Denali. We were in the upper dome level of a two story car, and the views were great. I loved the grand vistas of mountains, river and wildlife. We saw two dall sheep, four bears, and... Read more

  • Part 2: Our One Year Exercise Streak

    6/9/2018 1:24:32 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    This is the day. Karenmarie and CJ were joined by virtual friends from around the world to celebrate 365 days – one full year – of daily exercise. (If you haven’t already read it, be sure to check out the first part of the story in the Blog, “JOIN THE PARTY: Celebrate Our One Year Exercise S... Read more

  • Alaska Part 3! Glaciers

    6/8/2018 7:25:05 PM, by ALIHIKES

    We spent two days cruising to view the glaciers in Glacier Bay and College Fjord. Wow the glaciers are immense and impressive! They have been receding over the past years changing the scenery and wildlife habitat -- but they are still HUGE. Glacier Bay is a national park, but it can only be rea... Read more

  • JOIN THE PARTY: Celebrate Our One Year Exercise Streak

    6/8/2018 12:09:34 AM, by CJWORDPLAY

    We are having a party. Just one year ago – June 8, 2017 my Spark Friend Karenmarie (Candok1260) announced that she wanted to start an exercise streak. She would do 10 or more minutes of exercise per day. I liked her idea (I’ve found that having an exercise partner helps me keep going), so I... Read more

  • I Deserve It! A habit to be harnessed not broken.

    6/5/2018 8:10:22 PM, by SPICY23

    I started to write this post a few days ago but was interrupted by a work crisis (gave up my lunch period) and let it go. Today I am feeling like a hypocrite, having eaten about 500 Kcal over my budget for the past 2 days in a row, resulting in a 3 # increase at the scale. Feeling out of control. He... Read more

  • Alaska Part 2! Skagway and Yukon

    6/5/2018 1:24:02 PM, by ALIHIKES

    Our next port was Skagway, and we had a great experience, even though a delay changed our plans. Linda and I signed up for the train trip up White Pass, but we were delayed from leaving the ship (an avalanche damaged the dock the night before we arrived, so the captain had to set anchor out in the h... Read more

  • 6/4/2018

    6/4/2018 8:23:25 PM, by BARCELONAME

    Raging thoughts asking for something to eat... I choose to get to my home gym.... 20 minuts of aerobic and 1 hour of walk... now I can go and eat some....... Read more

  • Spring Fitness Pictures

    6/4/2018 1:16:37 PM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    During the Spring 5% 8 week challenge, I managed to lose one pound! At first glance, that may not seem like much, but then I looked back to see what I’d been doing. As they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words… Went through all our storage and closets, this is some of my ‘give away’ declutter... Read more

  • North to Alaska! (part 1)

    6/2/2018 4:28:18 PM, by ALIHIKES

    My friend Linda and I really enjoyed our trip to Alaska! We flew to Vancouver BC, and then boarded a Princess cruise ship. Vancouver was lovely on the drive from the airport; I wish we had more time to explore it. The transport driver took us on a nice scenic drive through the city, which was very p... Read more

  • 6/1/2018

    6/1/2018 1:07:13 PM, by BARCELONAME

    Recap for May: kept weight with little fluctuation.... so... still in my 159 pounds. I am considering that fact a great achievement. Still looking forward to get rid of the next 20... taking it easy at the moment and learning how to balance my macros a bit better... let's keep on trying....let's go ... Read more

  • Stop the merry go round!!!!

    5/31/2018 9:33:17 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    CT went okay this morning. No panic attack. 👍 Just got a voicemail from my primary care physician telling me that I have an abscess in #1 molar That’s the same one that I had five dentists work on three years ago, and also the first of three root canal‘s to take care of the pain in that area. S... Read more

  • Feeling the Pull

    5/31/2018 7:21:48 PM, by SPICY23

    Feeling the Pull of the upcoming challenges (BL, 5%, summer slim, etc) that are being actively promoted and advertised here on SP. It is similar to the 'pull' of the magazine covers that promise 'Beach Body in 30 Days', 'Drop 2 sizes in 2 Weeks', or 'Lose 20 Pounds in a Month'. We all want to jump o... Read more

  • 5% thoughts

    5/31/2018 1:42:36 PM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    My awesome thought today. To the untrained eye, I do not have many friends. If my neighbors watched, they would not see a stream of friends coming to see Dave or me. Along my Spark journey in the past six years, this has been by my design. No one I know locally (DH aside) has ever asked to star... Read more

  • I'm losing,which is WINNING!!

    5/30/2018 1:52:50 PM, by KRUELLA1

    I don't know at this point what my weight loss total is but hopefully I am down two more pounds, that's my weekly goal to drop two pounds. What I DO know, is that I feel the difference, as small as it may be!!! And to that I say HOORAY!! ... Read more

  • Autism, Micah and Me......

    5/29/2018 12:54:44 PM, by DEBTEVELDAHL

    "Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences." Autism Speaks I love Micah. Micah is my 7 year old, grandson. He... Read more

  • Over the top!

    5/29/2018 11:09:04 AM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    The power of the written goal. Our GS Tucker writes his goals on his hand before each of his track meets. Originally he had a goal of 15’2” his HS’s pole vault record written on his hand. He cleared 15’2” several weeks ago. This last Saturday was the State Track Meet in Cheney, Washington. ... Read more

  • Thank you for your service.

    5/28/2018 9:50:09 PM, by GOULDSGRANITE

    Happy Memorial Day from Umatilla, Oregon. Thank you. My Spark friend NancyPat said it all earlier, I share it here:
    dual.asp?blog_id=6495550 Want a great personal challenge this Summer? Join the Spark 5% Summer chall... Read more

  • May 28 update

    5/28/2018 4:50:05 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Seems like forever since I have added a blog. So much has happened. First of all I’ve been sick for the last three weeks with this creepy crud, coughing my head off. I feel like I have been in hibernation because I have slept most of the time. This bug is really hard on the old bod. Today’s the fir... Read more

  • Because .....

    5/28/2018 12:42:14 PM, by DEBTEVELDAHL

    First of all thank you to all the military families, those who have served , are serving and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 652 I am a member of the 5% Challenge Community and have been since the Fall of 2016. Why? Because I want to be healthier and more fit, yes... Read more

  • Why I'm a 5%er

    5/27/2018 11:12:49 AM, by DEBTEVELDAHL

    As I sit here and try to write this blog, I keep trying to come up with some glitzy phrase or jingle that will catch the eye. Something that will give me a starting point from which to brag about my Team, my pride, my resolve and my devotion to the 5% Challenge Community and its purpose. It is ... Read more

  • Summer 5% Challenge Fun

    5/26/2018 6:28:43 PM, by DEBTEVELDAHL

    For the past year and a half I have participated in the most fun, interesting and friendly competition on this site. I am talking about the 5% Challenges here on Sparkpeople. If you are looking for a way to lose weight, make some good friends, virtually travel all over the world the 5% Challenges ... Read more