The Streak I'm Most Proud of and What I’m Most Grateful for
Today is the 1000th day straight that I have logged into Spark. It's also DH's 72nd birthday.
How appropriate that they should coincide. I begin every day with a cup of coffee that Joe made for me, just as he has done every morning for ne... Read more
Challenge, Who needs a challenge? Oops, I guess I do!
Challenges are a big part of the spark world. We get invitations when we first join, on the start page, in email, through team activities or even through the posts of friends.
In 8 years I think I've done 3.
30 days of fiber - check, I'm... Read more
Following advice (or not) sometimes depends on the source
My daughter, who recognized that I needed to make some changes, gave me a food scale for Christmas a decade ago.
Eh, who needs it! I eat healthy food
Then she gave me a set of dumbbells.
Eh, who needs those! Look how fit I am.
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"Off to See the Wizard" - Following the Spark Road
It may not be made of yellow bricks and it doesn't end at the Land of Oz, but it is a path well worth following.
There are general directions posted. There are guidelines for nutrition and calorie ranges, tracking tools, and articles to re... Read more
The Road not Taken...The Pie not Eaten
With apologies to Robert Frost who poetically described:
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,. And sorry I could not travel both"
I'm thinking about the 2 roads I have traveled.
One was smooth sailing with lots of billboards for all ... Read more
The Comfort of a Comforter
During this holiday we had a full house one night which required getting out some extra blankets from the plastic storage bags in the closet.
After everyone left I was preparing to pack things away when suddenly this triggered some memori... Read more
What Would Grandma Think of My Excuses?
I always find motivation by logging into Spark. Sometimes it hits close to home.
My DD#1 Hayburner1969 is BACK to Spark after 15 months of going it alone!
Her blog this morning was a nice surprise that got me thinking too.
"It'... Read more
What the World Needs Now is...
I posted my status about taking our 6 grandkids to a photo session to recreate a 2004 picture.
This is NOT it, but on the walk back to our cars... Read more
I'm number 11! - I'm number 11! - and it only took 8 years!
Tomorrow, January 1, 2017 is my Spark Anniversary. It was 8 years ago, New Year's Day 2009, that I joined Spark. I made up some meaningless username to get started. I only intended to use the trackers not get involved in anything else.
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45 years of continuous gym memberships - done!
Here's my replacement.
I understand the theory behind changing up our fitness routine (challenging our body, combating boredom etc.)
I agree ... Read more
5 Billion SparkPoints! Our Cumulative Effort Toward a Healthy Lifestyle
At 11:52 pm last night the counter reached that milestone.
No, I didn't stay up to watch it. Something jarred me awake at 11:40 and I decided to see how accurate my prediction had been.
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One Billion Spark Points Ago - Nov 4, 2014
On that date I posted a blog as I watched the Spark counter tallying in real time the spark points of the total membership all over the world. I was fascinated as it approached 4 Billion points.
As I watched the changing total, I typed m... Read more
My Up and Down Spirit
Mind + Body + Environment = the state of my spirit.
My mathematical mind tends to quantify everything.
Over time I've discovered that I need 2 of the 3 to be positive or at least neutral or my spirit gets really down.
After my Dad ... Read more
My 47 year old tree
How long does an artificial tree last? I have read opinions and comments on this topic quite a lot recently.
This is Christmas 1969. Can you see the baby under the tree? Baby Jeannie was 3 months old and I sent this photo to DH who left ... Read more
Minutes Needed to Burn Off ONE Chocolate Chip Cookie
Yes, tis the season when cookies are everywhere
Yes, people tend to overindulge
No, I rarely stop at just one, although I admire those who can just "have a taste"
No, my active lifestyle and love of fitness activities will NOT allow me to ... Read more