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  • Happy Thanksgiving

    11/27/2014 9:53:11 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Hope that everyone had great Thanksgiving. We did. We went up to my step cousin's house and it was just me and my dad, step cousin, his wife and daughter. Pretty much all day we watched football and GSN. Sold a set of pot holders. My step cousin's wife forgot to put out the cranberry sauce but I put... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving!!

    11/27/2014 8:25:01 PM, by COOP9002

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  • Race Report: Race with Grace 10K

    11/27/2014 7:18:09 PM, by MOBYCARP

    For most of last week, the forecast for Thanksgiving called for temperatures in the mid 30s and no precipitation. It turned out to be a little colder and a little wetter. I woke up this morning to see a snow-covered driveway, and a mostly covered street with clear tire tracks. By extrapolation, I... Read more

  • 10K completed!

    11/27/2014 12:47:26 PM, by POSITIVE41

    2nd year in a row! This is what it's about, making consistent changes and don't give up! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    11/27/2014 11:45:56 AM, by APONI_KB

    The turkey trot 8k is in the books. The weather was amazing. It was raining like crazy yesterday so we really got lucky. This is a fun race because its just huge and everyone is always in a good mood so the general atmosphere is positive. My time wasn't too bad. Its not out there yet but ... Read more

  • it's thursday

    11/27/2014 10:38:05 AM, by MOMMY445

    i will be going over the rest of the information i noted about the company i had a phone interview with last week. they want me to come in tomorrow morning to do some computer testing and for an in person interview. i will spend some time today reviewing what i have and on reading more about the co... Read more

  • Update - Crazy Week So Far!

    11/27/2014 10:30:16 AM, by ANGEL_AMBER

    Wow! It had been a crazy week! First lets begin with last Thursday. I took my little guy to the doctor. Our family doctor ordered blood work on him as he would also like to rule out anything serious as to why his under-eye circles are so dark. However, only certain blood labs will take blood from a... Read more

  • Back after a break

    11/27/2014 12:37:58 AM, by HISTORYRUNNER

    Happy to report back to Spark after an extended break ... I spent the past number of months getting into the world of Facebook. Lots of fun there, but I have decided I'm capable of and interested in pursuing two major on-line forums, esp. given Spark's focus on cultivating a healthy lifestyle. Loo... Read more

  • Feeling somewhat better but still fighting the sinuses

    11/26/2014 9:54:18 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm feeling better tonight but my sinuses are still bugging me. I had a headache off and on all day long. There were a few times that I almost got dark chocolate but couldn't find what I wanted. Got a pair of new boots. They're black with a gold like chain across the front. They have about a 2"... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    11/26/2014 1:47:50 PM, by JAMIRBLAZE

    Happy Thanksgiving to all US-based Sparkers! So this year, I have a lot to be thankful for. I met a great guy, met my goal weight, am well on my way to completing my first formal HM, etc. I'm actually am having two Thanksgivings - one with his family on Thursday and one with mine on Friday. ... Read more

  • I've Lost 2.75 Inches in Two Weeks!

    11/26/2014 1:00:32 PM, by COUCH2ROAD_LIZ

    Okay, I kind of feel like low energy lately and I did have a few chocolate covered cookies through the week, so I was surprised (but not). It wasn't too much of a shock, because I went from a size 12 to a size 10 so rapidly. But I'm proud to see the measurements! November 26: Waist: 35.5" ... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    11/26/2014 11:11:48 AM, by MOMMY445

    i have some errands to run. my daughter is back at school and she feels much better. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i will be working on my online courses today, as i want to get more caught up and be a bit ahead. here, it is cool and not too windy. yesterday, when i went to look after my good fr... Read more

  • well this is just nuts

    11/26/2014 8:27:54 AM, by APONI_KB

    true story so this wasn't a total waste of your time, check out the huge red ball that landed outside of my work building. ... Read more

  • One extra hour

    11/25/2014 11:32:43 PM, by DSIERRA73

    I would love an extra hour a day and would love to say I would spend it doing something healthy and smart but honestly I would probably use it to sleep or more time on my computer or phone lol! That is why I am here to help get some motivation!!!... Read more

  • Can you divorce your sinuses?

    11/25/2014 9:45:03 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm wishing that I could divorce my sinuses. They are killing me today. This morning around 4am they made me take the last of my sinus medicine and wouldn't let me go back to sleep. I wanted to sleep until around 5 or 6 am but not my sinuses. So I've been up since then. I didn't get any sinus medici... Read more

  • Breaking my worst habit - afternoon binges! It's hard, but I'm doing it.

    11/25/2014 4:34:15 PM, by HAPPYOHIO

    As I type this right now, my son is napping. It's mid-afternoon and I'm already hungry again. It's too early for dinner, and I only have a limited amount of calories left for the day (less than 600 - I'm shooting for no more than 1,500/day). For the past 6+ months, THIS is where I would throw in ... Read more

  • Back in the Saddle Again

    11/25/2014 2:06:48 PM, by SDSWTP

    What a crazy past 5 months! Let's recap: *Purchased our first home *I had a MRSA infection that knocked me on my rear with a quickness (and helped add 10lbs with all the steroids and lack of exercise) *Entered (and have only missed one) the Rotary Elementary School 5k Series in Faye... Read more

  • Response to Al Sharpton

    11/25/2014 12:15:13 PM, by COOP9002

    i try not to be overly political in these little posts. however, as a native of and resident of the state of Missouri, i am feeling compelled to make just a few comments regarding the unrest in Ferguson. As a child my mother taught me a very important lesson. When i would come home and go on a... Read more

  • Reintroducing myself!

    11/25/2014 11:36:03 AM, by MEL_UNRAU

    I know, it's a crazy time to do this. That I could just keep at my routine through the holidays and maintain this pace, but I need to get back on the WL bandwagon. Anywho! I'm Melanie, a 37 year old stay at home mom to two of my own and nanny to another! I started my journey after my son wa... Read more

  • Work Weight Loss Challenge Is Done!

    11/25/2014 11:34:57 AM, by DEBJAE

    Before anyone gets any ideas about filling me in how unhealthy what I did was and how much damage I did or what I did wrong or how I lost muscle instead of fat...please, please save it. I know all of this. It was a competition. I was competing with the guys and I know some of you will disagre... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    11/25/2014 10:22:43 AM, by MOMMY445

    not as windy here today. my daughter has come down with a slight cold. she was off school yesterday and she wants to go back this afternoon. she is resting lots so we can go out this saturday. all of the birds are doing well and say hi. i am busy working on both of my online courses today and i will... Read more

  • My World Turned Upside Down In The Blink Of An Eye...

    11/24/2014 10:05:09 PM, by ROXYZMOM

    My son passed away yesterday from anorexia. His heart stopped suddenly. He weighed 110 pounds. I have experienced such a wave of emotion. I go from shocked, to crying, to "ok", then back to shocked. Last night my husband and I moved from couch to couch and got maybe, 1 hour of sleep. We have... Read more

  • Still fighting sinuses

    11/24/2014 9:45:47 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I'm still fighting my sinuses but I'm not tired like I was yesterday. I was hoping that my headache would be gone by today but it comes and goes. I'm hoping that I can get rid of it tonight when I'm asleep. I just wish that I could pop my neck so I can get rid of the headache. Its the only way that ... Read more

  • Podiatrist, Blood Donation, and Upcoming 10K

    11/24/2014 5:50:21 PM, by MOBYCARP

    It seems that even the days off work tend to be a bit busy. This morning I saw the podiatrist again. X-rays show healing progress in the stress fractures on the left foot, but the process isn't done. I described my foot twinges, and he gave me a wrap to support the arch. It works kind of lik... Read more

  • Monday

    11/24/2014 4:49:42 PM, by COOP9002

    the radical weather shift has forced me indoors for my running this week. i can handle the colder temps, but the 20-30 mph wind is more than i feel like dealing with early in the morning. we are trying to get some things done so that we can head to my folks for Thanksgiving. We will travel on Thursd... Read more

  • Race Weekend and Blah Blah Blah

    11/24/2014 12:31:08 PM, by ATHENAFOREVER81

    Since my Fall 5% Challenge has come to an end, and I have hurt my foot and havent been able to run, I have found my motivation lacking. There is, of course, other forms of exercise to stay in shape and on track, and I have been doing some, but running is my passion and its the one I love the most, ... Read more

  • I Love Cold Weather Running. Am I Alone on This?

    11/24/2014 11:58:42 AM, by COUCH2ROAD_LIZ

    So, I just got finished with a 30 minute run in the "heat wave". It is 65 degrees!! It gave me a good comparison between "hot" and "cold" running. I have found my ideal running temp and it is between 35-40 degrees. Before running, I never thought I'd want to run in the cold. But I learn ev... Read more

  • Very Important Reminder

    11/24/2014 10:43:35 AM, by WINACHST

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  • it's monday

    11/24/2014 9:42:37 AM, by MOMMY445

    a very windy and mild day here today. my daughter's sooo excited about the kids/family event that is happening this coming saturday. now she has me excited about it. it's in a different city than where we now live, so we will be taking a train to get there. she likes travelling by train. when i am i... Read more

  • About the BMI

    11/24/2014 8:10:28 AM, by WINACHST

    I found this on the McDougall forum about the best BMI for reduced risk of disease: "Impact of Overweight on the Risk of Developing Common Chronic Diseases During a 10-Year Period Arch Intern Med. 2001;161:1581-1586 Conclusions: During 10 years of follow-up, the incidence of diabetes, gal... Read more

  • Sunday 11/23/14

    11/23/2014 10:19:40 PM, by FRECKS96

    While I haven't blogged in almost 2 weeks, I have been sparking. I finished my 28 day boot camp strong, been getting back into running more steadily and have been working at moderating my nutrition. This weekend was pretty terrible as far as taking care of myself, but I got a lot done for my family... Read more

  • Fighting sinuses

    11/23/2014 9:27:17 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    My sinuses are being a pain today. I've been fighting them off and on all day long. 3 doses of Excedrin and 2 doses of sinuses medicine and I'm hoping that I don't have to put up with them tomorrow. But I am tired. I walked to church today. But I didn't walk home because my dad picked me up. It... Read more

  • Bonus Blog: Today's run and training musings

    11/23/2014 6:51:11 PM, by MOBYCARP

    A few days ago, I noted that I had seen three seasons of weather in one calendar month. We had a day of summer weather, several days of autumn weather, and a few days of winter weather this month. Today we got spring weather. Not gorgeous spring weather, but a gray drippy melt the snow style of s... Read more

  • Musings on Weight Maintenance

    11/23/2014 6:31:12 PM, by MOBYCARP

    This morning the scale showed me down 2.2 pounds from yesterday. There are a couple of things going on here. Yesterday was a long run day, so I was up early and weighed myself early. My body didn't have as much time as usual to dehydrate, so I expect that weight to be a bit on the high side. Tod... Read more

  • Soup and bread day

    11/23/2014 2:45:50 PM, by PMRUNNER

    A crisp fall day, a great day to make French bread and split pea soup! Also, a lot of fall and pre winter chores such as stowing the boat stuff, getting out the ski stuff, sorting out kid ski sizes to figure out what we are s... Read more

  • it's sunday

    11/23/2014 2:27:58 PM, by MOMMY445

    today is my dad's birthday! happy birthday,dad! my uncle is treating him and my mom, along with my daughter, to lunch today. i will be hearing this week whether or not i go for an interview for the same company that called me on friday afternoon. i will continue to work in both of my online courses ... Read more

  • Faithful Servant

    11/23/2014 2:07:26 PM, by COOP9002

    Our church family took the time to honor our senior adult/evangelism minister, Clyde Chiles, who is retiring this year. We were able to have a couple of gentlemen share about how the Father had used he and his wife to change their life. Good day.... Read more

  • 3 pounds gone

    11/23/2014 8:48:28 AM, by WINACHST

    WOW! I must have been holding a lot of water. Had to get up 3 times last night and was down 3 pounds this morning. I am feeling less bloated today.... Read more

  • simple is harder than it looks

    11/23/2014 8:05:13 AM, by APONI_KB

    My photography club's assignment this week is minimalism. These are very simple looking pictures like say a snow covered valley with a lone tree, cabin, hiker, or something to focus on. My photos tend to be rather busy. I like itty bitty apertures aka everything in focus and a lot of stuff in ... Read more

  • What's inside?

    11/23/2014 7:22:28 AM, by PMRUNNER

    I live in an older neighborhood, solid brick houses built in the 1930s on a residential street lined with white oaks. The trees were planted when the houses were built. Off the main street, there are a variety of other trees that were planted about the same time. Next to our house, we had an enor... Read more

  • Check this out, Kris!

    11/23/2014 2:46:04 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    Beat that! One of many in my 3 punnets (3 for $20 and I'm a sucker for a deal). I only had to go to Napier to get them... In other news for anyone who isn't participating in The Great Kiwi Strawberry Competition, I went to Napi... Read more

  • Born to Dance

    11/22/2014 11:27:18 PM, by BWCAGRL

    It's my girl's birthday and she was born to dance! Her winter recital performances were today and she did a beautiful job. I love watching her grow and discover her gifts and her passions. When she was born this day 11 years ago ... Read more

  • No freezing rain

    11/22/2014 9:38:54 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    We didn't get any freezing rain last night. Got some rain but it must of been before I got up this morning. That's about it. My sinuses are killing me. I hope that they clear up before I have to go to sleep tonight. I'm half way done with one of the scarves. I'm doing a school colors scarf... Read more

  • Remember this when you get stuck

    11/22/2014 9:31:48 PM, by LINFHALL

    I've only been doing this for a little over a month, but I've lost 14 pounds and 9 inches. It's been incredible. I feel strong, sleek and confident. All of my clothes are loose, my stomach's smaller and I know I can wear anything in my closet. Inobody other than my husband has noticed, but if defini... Read more

  • I did it!!

    11/22/2014 9:15:03 PM, by LINFHALL

    I finished the 5k run/walk program today. I ran 5k in 43:10. It felt so good to accomplish it and I was very proud of myself for doing it. Now I want to get faster. I'm not sure exactly how I want to continue, but I plan on doing some research to plan it out. I really want to focus on my running. Wh... Read more

  • Musings on moderation and building mileage

    11/22/2014 9:06:12 PM, by MOBYCARP

    Recently, my thoughts have been on the dangers of over-doing the exercise. I got a couple of foot twinges after last Saturday's 16 mile run, and decided it wouldn't be wise to do speed work this week. So Thursday's run was an unremarkable 5.6 miles at a moderate pace. I wore trail shoes, but didn... Read more

  • Humorous Thanksgiving Story

    11/22/2014 7:26:03 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    This is a story I found online: www.naplesnews.com/commu
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    ignant-and-most That secret ingredient I was 9 when we were at my Great Aunt Jean and Uncle John's 1850s farmhouse near Lockport, New York with 25 relat... Read more

  • I have to get back in control

    11/22/2014 6:50:43 PM, by WINACHST

    OMG! I stepped on the scale this morning and had reality slap me in the face. I gained 10 pounds since July. In 4 months, I added 10 pounds. I knew I was out of control with my eating ever since I had a foot injury and quite running. I had been eating lots of junk food and it was like I was on... Read more

  • Saturday

    11/22/2014 12:05:35 PM, by COOP9002

    today, my wife, our youngest daughter and i are going to Columbia to get new phones. It's always nice to spend the day together. Hopefully, the weather will remain nice. It's a little cool and cloudy but nice to have temps back in the 50's. Enjoy your Saturday... Read more

  • Oh boy, that was brutal

    11/22/2014 11:28:26 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I knew it was coming. I had told y'all I was bingin' waaaaaaaay too much and it caught up. BIG TIME!! yup...that beautiful 169 goal was self sabotaged by none other than myself. What to do what to do? We all k... Read more

  • This has nothing to do with Exercise - move along

    11/22/2014 10:05:13 AM, by OPTIMIST1948

    Just a note of lunacy in an otherwise ordinary Saturday. My title for today shall be: "Furious Commando of Desert Tortoise Persuasion" (although being a Commando of Persuasion may perhaps be oxymoronic - which leads to the moron question) Title comes from herbertlives.com/blo... Read more

  • it's saturday

    11/22/2014 9:28:09 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am catching up on some computer work today. then i'm off to spend some time with my daughter. all of the birds say hi! my daughter is enjoying the weather these days. a great day to get outdoors and have some fun! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • A smaller homemade Christmas gits list

    11/21/2014 9:53:18 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I just have more gifts to go. 2 scarves & 2 no sew fleece throws. I am not sure how many more I'll add to it. The people who receive these gifts better treasure these gifts, We're suppose to get freezing rain tonight but I'm hoping that it blows over. We're suppose to get in the 50s this weeke... Read more

  • Friday

    11/21/2014 3:50:00 PM, by COOP9002

    my wife took a day off from work, so we've actually been hanging out on my day off. getting ready to pick up Olivia and then chill some more at home. Enjoy your Friday... Read more

  • Apparently I'm a size 10!!!

    11/21/2014 2:35:20 PM, by COUCH2ROAD_LIZ

    I don't feel like a size 10 and I don't think I look smaller than I did just a few weeks ago when I finally fit in size 12. But..here's proof: These are sk... Read more

  • Whole30ish Check-in

    11/21/2014 1:40:21 PM, by STEPHM-ARATHON

    I'm on day 5 now and going until Thanksgiving. I'm not going to write everything I wrote, as I repeat a lot and that would be boring. But here's a little bit about how it's going. First of all, it's pretty well known (for those who truly know me) that I'm not the greatest cook. So the followin... Read more

  • it's friday

    11/21/2014 11:52:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    i heard from my good friend who is overseas today. I gave him a brief update of what I have been doing and how I am doing. earlier, I was thinking about him and how he is doing. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep, including two that one of my good friend's neighbours are minding t... Read more

  • it's friday

    11/21/2014 11:52:21 AM, by MOMMY445

    i heard from my good friend who is overseas today. I gave him a brief update of what I have been doing and how I am doing. earlier, I was thinking about him and how he is doing. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep, including two that one of my good friend's neighbours are minding t... Read more

  • Update - possible new allergies developing and severe pain

    11/21/2014 8:28:13 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    Thank you for everyone who is following my blogs. Last Monday at 4pm - after I finished my fitness for the day and everything was on track for a successful day, I started having abdominal pains. These were different. They are not from y celiac. I figured it would pass. I was wrong. ... Read more

  • GOAL SKIRT!!!!

    11/21/2014 4:38:30 AM, by GERMANPICKLE

    And on my birthday at that :D Still low sugar is making a big difference for how I feel and look :D Yeah! More comparison pictures are in my photo collection. Sadly I lost the original pictures when my phone died - but than... Read more

  • Got a good night sleep

    11/20/2014 9:45:44 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I got a good night sleep last night. I don't think that I got up at all last night. I was a little groggy this morning after feeding the pets. I tried to fall asleep on the way home from supper tonight but it didn't last long. I didn't want to fall asleep because it was dark and the deer run at nigh... Read more

  • My first gym workout / Still stuck & searching for my WHYs

    11/20/2014 5:03:40 PM, by HAPPYOHIO

    I don't know where to begin... I'm SO frustrated with myself. I make commitment after commitment and get so pumped about staying on track, but then I give into food (or excuses... or both) EVERY single time. I still weigh 165. I still binge. I still eat way too much sugar every day. I still wak... Read more

  • Thursday

    11/20/2014 1:10:22 PM, by COOP9002

    i was able to get a cycle at the rec center this morning. it was actually rather quiet there today. after making a quick trip to the hospital in Columbia, i am back in town and wondering what the rest of the day holds. Enjoy your Thursday... Read more

  • it's thursday

    11/20/2014 10:29:53 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am spending some time reading up,making notes on the company that contacted me for a phone interview. that will take place tomorrow afternoon and it will take about twenty minutes to complete. i am getting prepared now so that when i hear from the company tomorrow, i will not be surprised to lear... Read more

  • W3/D4 - Treat Attempt Failed! hahaha

    11/20/2014 9:05:49 AM, by ANGEL_AMBER

    Last night was a very hairy drive home after teaching. We've had a lot of snow fall. Thankfully once I got onto the highway no one was driving crazy. Everyone seemed to be on the same page and were driving slowly and cautiously. I arrived home in time to have some cuddles with the little guy befor... Read more

  • Dad's colonoscopy

    11/19/2014 5:12:23 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Everything went fine for dad's colonoscopy. Nothing serious. That's good. Dad's in his recliner asleep. Don't blame him. He's tired. He slept in his recliner last night so he could be near the bathroom. He brought me a chocolate muffin (not gluten free) from where he had something to eat and it didn... Read more

  • Diet or lifestyle?

    11/19/2014 2:42:48 PM, by LINFHALL

    I keep trying to focus that I am changing my lifestyle, NOT starting a diet. I'm finding that it's really hard to change my mindset though. I weighed in this morning and gained 1.5 pounds. I've been on plan all week, finished all of my workouts, I've felt strong and even made wise choices while cele... Read more

  • A hard fall and rebounding with a Whole 30

    11/19/2014 12:52:13 PM, by STEPHM-ARATHON

    So, I was already struggling last week. I don't know why. I just couldn't get full, and it wasn't the greatest start to my diet bet. I had a 3 day weekend because I had to stay home on Friday and wait for internet to be installed at home. So I waited most of the day. On the couch, eating. Not ... Read more

  • My Action Plan to Keep from Gaining Weight over Thanksgiving

    11/19/2014 12:32:06 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    My assigned topic for the A&I BSG Challenge Week 3: Is there anything you are planning on doing differently this year to try to mitigate any weight gain from Thanksgiving? Earlier this year I adopted a new approach to my eating, following for the most part the Forks Over Knives/Engine 2 pla... Read more

  • A Little Warmer

    11/19/2014 11:58:09 AM, by COOP9002

    hopefully, the weather where you are is starting to moderate a little. We have a bearable day here in mid-Mo. Looks like i might even go out for a short walk after lunch. Enjoy your Wednesday... Read more

  • Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 6

    11/19/2014 11:48:39 AM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Week 7 ended great with a 3-pound loss. I know when I'm consistent that it pays off and that often my efforts one week do not show up until the following week, so I did not lose heart when I lost on half a pound last week. I kept up with the added cross-training (stationary bike) and finally did my ... Read more

  • Countdown to 2015 Week 6 CICO

    11/19/2014 11:38:41 AM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    CICO Week 6 Losing again this week means a lower BMR, but I'd still rather make that adjustment than not lose! Wednesday 19 November: Calories Eaten: 1662 BMR: 1397 Exercise: 714 Differential: -449 Thursday 20 November: Calories Eaten: 1314 BMR: 1397 Exercise: 12 Diffe... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    11/19/2014 11:27:24 AM, by MOMMY445

    i am helping out my good friend who went overseas, by looking after his place while he is away. i spend a lot of time there lately. my daughter says hi. i found out that a company wants to do a phone interview with me on friday. so i said yes and i let them know which time is best for me. i will mak... Read more

  • Fall Biggest Loser Challenge

    11/19/2014 10:31:38 AM, by MAPFARMS

    Today was our last weigh in for the fall challenge, I lost a total of 6 pounds. It doesn't sound like much but I have been hanging at the same weight for a few months, so I am happy with the 6 pounds! Progress is not just measured by the numbers on the scale. My Non Scale Victories since sta... Read more

  • W3/D3 - Got Some Sleep and Feeling Awesome!

    11/19/2014 8:58:00 AM, by ANGEL_AMBER

    Last night I had a good class with my students. I ended up having to give a few students a bit of a lecture on fairness and what it's like when they begin working. I think they all left feeling much better. I am still shocked at some of the accusations they come up with though. My goodness! haha ... Read more

  • 40 is far easier than 100 ...

    11/19/2014 8:46:30 AM, by LABEAUTEVRAIE

    I'm so happy in my life, truthfully I am. I think that, without realizing it, when we are content, we suddenly feel as if we don't have to push anymore. Why push when you have everything you want and everything you need? I lost 100 lbs. last year. This year, I found 40 of it. But toda... Read more

  • I have the cardio blahs.

    11/19/2014 3:25:32 AM, by BUBBLEJ1

    I don't really like cardio. I never have. I liked boxing, but that was more about the social aspect than the actual activity. I do enjoy the GRIT classes at the gym because they are only 30 minutes but there is only 1 I can go to and I can't make it every week because I pick up Riley every second we... Read more

  • What is your regional favorite for Thanksgiving?

    11/19/2014 12:09:04 AM, by TIMOTHY53

    I was born and raised in and around Baltimore. Not just Maryland. Baltimore. Very strong roots here. If you get west of Carroll County, that's Western Maryland; east of Cecil County is the Eastern Shore; start to see Washington Post paperboxes, like in nearby Columbia, but not Elli... Read more

  • Snowy Tuesday Run

    11/18/2014 8:56:30 PM, by MOBYCARP

    Today the polar vortex decided to start acting like a polar vortex in upstate NY. It was 17 when I went out to clear the snow from my driveway this morning. Not to worry, Tuesday is a work at home day. It was a nice warm 22 when I got out to walk at noon, but there was a brisk southwesterly... Read more

  • Slow and crazy day

    11/18/2014 8:31:25 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    Today was a slow and crazy day. We never left the house because dad had to get prepared for tomorrow. I'm not ready for tomorrow. Still might not be going to go with dad tomorrow because I wasn't feeling well this morning. Had an upset stomach and had to set in the bathroom twice. With my TOM going ... Read more

  • dog as marathon recovery tool

    11/18/2014 5:22:56 PM, by APONI_KB

    The hubs had his marathon on Saturday. Hes quite smug right now because he was shooting for 4:30 and came in at 4:16. I was happy about the fact that he finally got to run one of these things when he was completely healthy. It just seems like every time in the past hes either just getting over bei... Read more

  • Tuesday

    11/18/2014 12:34:10 PM, by COOP9002

    like most of you the "polar vortex" has us here in mid-Mo in it's icy grip. fortunately, i was able to make it to the rec center this morning and find a stationary bike to get some exercise. hope your Tuesday is going well. we are simply trying to stay ahead of the curve as the holiday season quickl... Read more

  • Tried starting 10k Training Today. Nope Didn't Happen.

    11/18/2014 11:39:23 AM, by COUCH2ROAD_LIZ

    I only ran 12 minutes in the teens today. I was beginning to lose feeling in my hands with gloves on. BUT I then did: 10 minutes on the elliptical 80 jumping jacks 30 crunches 20 squats 10 push ups Some arm workouts with kettlebells That made up for it...kind of. Just have to thi... Read more

  • W3/D2 - Baby It's Cold Outside!

    11/18/2014 9:34:13 AM, by ANGEL_AMBER

    Wow is it ever cold outside today!!! Brrrr -definitely wearing a thick sweater today. hahaha Last night the hubby had a guys night so after the little guy went to sleep I decided to get in a bonus workout. I didn't feel like yoga but didn't want to do something too intense. So I opted for Turb... Read more

  • What I play.

    11/18/2014 12:43:43 AM, by TIMOTHY53

    I decided that I needed to get back to my music. I play a number of instruments. Now particularly well, but I enjoy them. I never learned the two stand-bys though ... the guitar and the piano. I play other things. There is the hammered dulcimer Read more

  • Bored

    11/17/2014 9:39:09 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    We didn't go anywhere today. It gave me a chance to finish up a scarf for my step cousin. With what I have left is 3 scarves, 3 sets of pot holders, and a no sew fleece throw. I know that one scarf is a ruffle scarf but not sure how I'm going to do the other 2 scarves yet. By the time that I get to ... Read more

  • Considering an IronMan?

    11/17/2014 7:01:11 PM, by OPTIMIST1948

    I know - its unlikely, but just in case you are.... I just got an email from Active.com (where you register for these things) and they are offering a special deal for Ironman Lake Placid Its says that to race is only $50 -- which is CRAZY cheap for a triathlon of any distance. Coupon expi... Read more

  • Monday Morning

    11/17/2014 11:54:22 AM, by COOP9002

    our youngest daughter is feeling better today. she slept most of the day yesterday, and that seems to have helped. thanks to those of you who prayed for her. like most of the country, we are stuck in the deep freeze here in mid-Mo. fortunately, i have some exercise options besides running outs... Read more

  • Monday, take two

    11/17/2014 11:08:01 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    So I deleted the last blog. Not because it was anything bad or whatnot. It actually, (I thought) was pretty good and heartfelt. It needed to be said. However, I kind of freaked out about anyone outside spark ever catching it so it went away. I'm hoping by airing out my fears and despair... Read more

  • Just Like Peddling a Bulldozer Fat Bike Riding in the Snow

    11/17/2014 10:10:30 AM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: No Offseason Most of my riding buddies have put away their bikes and are doing offseason conditioning. You know, boring stuff like, elliptical trainers, treadmills and indoor cycling. I have a good indoor cycling trainer and an elliptical machine. I only use my boring indoor trai... Read more

  • Today's Kick in the Butt

    11/17/2014 9:46:18 AM, by BLUEROSE73

    I'm sitting here. Shivering. 2lbs heavier than I was last time I blogged. Yes, life got in my way. I had a deadline, and a lot of baking to do for it. For the most part, I didn't do too badly during that week. I was so busy baking I didn't have time to get into trouble, or eat any crap. ... Read more

  • more snow

    11/17/2014 9:45:27 AM, by MOMMY445

    it is snowing some more here today and my daughter loves it! she enjoys playing in the snow. all of the birds say cheep,cheep. my self esteem workshop went really well. i would do it again in a heartbeat. i will have to find my other boots that i can wear in the snow later on today. i have already ... Read more

  • Week 3 - What an Amazing Weekend!

    11/17/2014 9:28:01 AM, by ANGEL_AMBER

    I had such a great weekend! I was so happy to see my son. We drove down Thursday night and decided to go out for dinner since our son would be fast asleep by the time we got there anyways. It was a nice date night. when we got there we heard all kinds of funny stories about our son. He is ev... Read more

  • bit of a financial cautionary tale

    11/17/2014 6:22:11 AM, by APONI_KB

    Once upon a time long ago hubs and I bought a house. One of the first things we did was have a fence installed so we could get dogs. We financed the fence and then when we tried to pay it off early we discovered that through some financial trickery that is probably illegal now, we were going to have... Read more

  • Woods Sprints

    11/17/2014 6:10:37 AM, by OPTIMIST1948

    Just a short one: I'm trying and routinely failing to carve out time to exercise. One of my more successful ventures in previous years was running at my MILs house before Sunday dinner. She's a widow so we routinely arrive at around 3pm so that my husband can help with any heavy lifting necessar... Read more

  • PiYo Cert and self-confidence

    11/17/2014 2:01:43 AM, by JDLANDER

    I got my PiYo cert yesterday. The instructor posted a video of the class and to my chagrin I looked even bigger than I felt. I'm very disturbed. I'm hoping that it gives me the motivation I need to make the changes I have not been able to accomplish since having my last son 3 1/2 years ago. I re... Read more

  • We are not meant for safe walks ... and other adventures.

    11/17/2014 12:42:59 AM, by TIMOTHY53

    I generally do not take away a lot from Sunday sermons. There is one I remember all my life. Father Pirronac (not sure of the spelling but who cares? Pretty sure he's not around to complain 45+ years later) was preaching on Mother's Day. He had a Rooseveltian accent. He gripped the sides of the... Read more

  • Needing to relax

    11/16/2014 9:52:55 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I wish that I could relax right now. It would help with my TOM right now. I know that I started it yesterday but its just that I would relax a lot better. I am hoping that I can get rid of it before Wednesday. If not, I'm not going with dad to the hospital when he has his colonoscopy. I don't like d... Read more

  • Summary of my week...

    11/16/2014 8:07:08 PM, by ROXYZMOM

    Here is a drill from my son's graduation. This was an awesome week! First, I found out Roxy had something in her paw. It wasn't cancer! Thank God! It has been a really hard 1 1/2 weeks with the cast. Bless her heart, she hasn't messed with it at all. So, no cone! I take her Wednesday... Read more

  • Sunday

    11/16/2014 3:00:04 PM, by COOP9002

    our oldest daughter should be on her way back from Hannibal soon, while our youngest daughter seems to have caught a stomach bug. she woke up this morning and complained of some stomach pains, then she said she felt tired. she has been in bed for all but a half-hour today. the cold weather has... Read more