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  • Quote for the Day July 23, 2016

    7/23/2016 9:45:49 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    There's nothing you can know that isn't known. Nothing you can see that isn't shown. There's nowhere you can be that isn't where You're meant to be It's easy. All you need is love, all you need is love, The Beatles... Read more

  • A Trophy That Means Something

    7/21/2016 12:54:40 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    Over the 6+ years I've been a SparkPerson, I've never really been motivated by the Spark Points or Wheel or trophies that much. Except for the fitness ones. In 76 months on Spark, I've hit at least 1,000 fitness minutes every month but one, and that was a month where I was ill. I don't tak... Read more

  • The Only Thing Constant is Change

    7/21/2016 10:02:05 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So that quote popped in my brain this morning. All I could think was, "Ain't that the truth??" So I went looking for a meme that said that..... and look what I found right next to the one I chose: Wow--ain't THAT the truth?! Yeah, that sounds trite, so let me expand. I'm... Read more

  • Still Here!! Nebraska Sunrise and Sunset!

    7/20/2016 4:07:06 PM, by LDYHAZ

    ""Sunrise"" Summer time and BUSY! Vacation Bible school was a success. Wheat harvest is over. Helping friends move this weekend and then next week Hubby is taking me to the Mountains for some cool air and hiking! Will be staying in a B&B. No children under 14 allowed. Will be a nice relaxin... Read more

  • Have Mercy, Jillian!

    7/19/2016 1:55:28 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Dear Jillian, I think we need to talk about our relationship. While I appreciate your enthusiasm and desire to help me, I think I may need to see other people .... maybe Richard Simmons or that Sit and Be Fit Chair lady. Or the Zookinesis guy even sounds interesting.... I... Read more

  • Reflections & Goals (Week 1)

    7/18/2016 11:56:13 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Wow! I'm stunned. I just posted a blogpost and it disappeared. Absolutely disappeared. Not. A. Clue. Why. Let's just say I followed my friend JENSTRESS's example to try to figure out why I've been struggling with my healthy lifestyle for the past month. And I wrote som... Read more

  • I am not a miserable failure!

    7/18/2016 8:45:32 AM, by SHIRE33

    Starve and lose fast or eat and lose slow - those are my choices. I've chosen to eat and lose slow, but there are days when this is a tough decision. The last time I was on Spark and lost 93 pounds, I lost it pretty fast - 245 to 153 in about 15 months or so. You can see the photos in my album.... Read more

  • Run to the Moon 10K

    7/17/2016 6:12:46 PM, by BA5454

    Or as my friend remarked, jokingly: "I thought it was longer to the moon than a 10K!" I actually ran this one, the whole way. A bit different for me as I usually do my Galloway intervals, but it felt fine all the way and even afterwards. Today was a full out-in-the barn type of day and there w... Read more

  • Peachtree shadow 10k race report

    7/15/2016 6:01:19 AM, by PMRUNNER

    On Friday, 15 July, in Kabul Afghanistan we held our shadow Peachtree road race 10k. I have heard of the real Peachtree road race, but never had the opportunity to run in it. We are usually in Cleveland around the 4th of July and run in a local 5 miler in my wifes hometown there. We are on... Read more

  • Butt officially kicked - jet lag and virus/cold

    7/14/2016 3:44:15 PM, by BEESHELL8

    Wow, after I posted the other day I was feeling okay but WHAM. I woke up super early, ate breakfast, and then had to go back to bed. I felt terrible - my throat hurt, body ached, and I was running a fever - first it was 101.6, mid day it dropped to 100.4. It was awful. I stayed in bed most of ... Read more

  • Feeling So Much Better

    7/14/2016 9:07:11 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    As my title implies, I feel so much better this morning. It is incredible how just one day can make such a huge difference. You see, I hate the feeling of the blecks--the feeling I get when I slip a little (or a LOT) with my exercise and eating. Even for just a few days. Over the last couple o... Read more

  • Mary and Martha

    7/13/2016 4:00:28 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    I'm leading worship and preaching every Sunday this summer at a church about 80 miles from my home. This week's text is the story of Mary and Martha. Nothing could hit closer to home for me right now! Even as I'm trying to study, reflect, and write about Martha, who was "troubled about many thin... Read more

  • I'm Alive!

    7/13/2016 7:12:34 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Yes, I'm alive. And, after a few weeks of vacation eating, I'm a little nervous to step on the scales this morning. Thankfully, I did get exercise in during most of my trips. But there is no way I can run away from the eating I've been doing lately. However, I absolutely know how t... Read more

  • Bonjour - back from France

    7/12/2016 6:22:19 PM, by BEESHELL8

    Hello to any and all who read this: back from 11 days in France. I am hoping to get caught up on all of my spark friends' blogs over the next few days. I am mostly unpacked, but still have lots of mail to sort through. We got back LATE last night and I am not sure WHAT time zone I am in. I wok... Read more

  • The unexpected mirror

    7/11/2016 9:52:22 AM, by SHIRE33

    So I got to looking at my measurements records and I see that it's good news. Just Saturday I was feeing down about my weight. I had done a bad thing - I caught a glance of myself in a full mirror in Costco BY ACCIDENT. I don't avoid mirrors, but I'm usually prepared. :D I thought I looked ki... Read more

  • Monday Laugh

    7/11/2016 6:48:15 AM, by BA5454

    Go out and have a most excellent Monday!... Read more

  • Perfect Image

    7/9/2016 10:17:51 AM, by BA5454

    I was looking for something else and found this image: I think it represents what weight loss is (at least for me), a series of back and forths, maybe even side to side, but still moving forward. Keep it moving forward today! Have a good one ;-).... Read more

  • Quote for Today 7/9/2016

    7/9/2016 9:22:02 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you ... Read more

  • Screaming Like a Goat! (run)

    7/8/2016 10:38:07 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Just to set the record straight.. I can NOT scream. Never could. My scream sounds like an injured goat. IwwwYaaa. Not that high pitched girly scream. I always been jealous of people who could scream. Nope not me I have the ugly throaty noise. Soooo any way. This morning I am out of the ho... Read more

  • Searching for a new suit with Spark help

    7/8/2016 6:32:45 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    A few months ago I decided to start swimming again and posted this picture in a blog. After 5 years in a drawer the elastic had deteriorated and I wasn't sure how long I would have before it gave out completely. So began the search for a new bathing suit - one I could actually swim... Read more

  • Today I needed to laugh - Joke of the Day July 7, 2016

    7/7/2016 1:28:14 PM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    A driver was stuck in a traffic jam on the highway outside Washington, DC. Nothing was moving. Suddenly, a man knocks on the window. The driver rolls down the window and asks, "What's going on?" "Terrorists have kidnapped the entire US Congress, and they're asking for a $100 million d... Read more

  • Adventures in Horseback Riding

    7/6/2016 4:36:46 PM, by BA5454

    Episode #12: When last seen, I was learning the proper cues to go from a posting trot to the canter in an English saddle. Update: Yesterday, I cantered BAREBACK for the first time in my life.** Even better update: I didn't fall off! **I'm not sure I would have attempted it a fe... Read more

  • My weird hand injury

    7/6/2016 6:31:01 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Thank you for the good wishes for recovery. Day 4 and I am almost back to normal but still trying to do as much as possible with my left hand. That's not easy. I'm strongly right handed. My left hand and arm just coast through life. One positive - holding my fork in my left hand reall... Read more

  • INDEPENDENCE DAY

    7/5/2016 10:17:28 PM, by KATTURTLE

    In recognition of Independence Day, I would like to make the following statement : I declare myself independent from self deprecation. I will no longer refer to myself as fat, old or slow, either verbally or mentally. I will honor my efforts, evaluate my failures and celebrate my successe... Read more

  • New 10K PR!

    7/5/2016 7:33:33 AM, by LDYHAZ

    It was a good day. No fireworks for us but an early bedtime was achieved. We had gotten up at 0430 to get ready and drive to Culbertson NE for a 10K race. We live very close to the time zone change so we lost an hour. Culbertson is a very small town that puts on a big 4th of July every year. Nic... Read more

  • Running in Greenville South Carolina

    7/4/2016 4:18:29 PM, by CDGO4TH

    We came to Greenville to visit my hubby's family and we are staying downtown right on the river. It is very pretty here. There are lots of running trails. I have been getting up early and going for a run each morning. This morning I participated in the Red, White and Blueshoes 5k. It was a nice... Read more

  • Happy 4th!

    7/4/2016 9:44:34 AM, by BA5454

    Hope you all have a happy and safe fourth! ... Read more

  • Look! We have twins!

    7/2/2016 7:25:05 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Not children, just matching kayaks Exactly one month ago I blogged that I had an immediate need to make 3 purchases. The first was a new kayak. 5 of our 6 grandchildren were visiting and the 18 year old at 6'2" had a tough time getting his legs into a comfortable position. ... Read more

  • Part 2: Since you asked: The secrets of my success

    7/1/2016 1:58:59 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    My disclaimer: I've been asked about the secrets of my success, so in this series of blogs, I'm telling you what I am doing and why. I am not telling you what you should do. Please make up your own mind whether it's useful for you. In my last blog, I wrote how I decided I wanted a plan based on... Read more

  • What works for me😊

    7/1/2016 12:57:21 PM, by LDYHAZ

    First thing I do is get my run in. Starts the whole day off right. Before my running days I would get that walk in. Gives me a great since of accomplishment . It is also true what you hear about having more energy for the rest of the day. I prepare food in advance. This way I always have somethi... Read more

  • Failure is a Mentality

    6/30/2016 10:48:56 AM, by BA5454

    Failure is just a mentality. There's the anecdotal story of the California CEO who walked into work bursting with enthusiasm the day after the failure of a multi-billion dollar project. "Well," he said, "we know *that* doesn't work. Let's try something different." That's where I am in my w... Read more

  • Today

    6/29/2016 7:18:39 AM, by BA5454

    Hope yours is wonderful!... Read more

  • Man, I miss my computer

    6/28/2016 12:50:23 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    So. I've been Sparking via phone and today I'm on my hubby's laptop. Which on the the island has slow internet. But I thought I'd take a moment to say "hi" and write out some of the thoughts in my scattered brain. I've been trying to ponder what the heck I'm doing wrong and I think the answ... Read more

  • Good Day with my granddaughter

    6/27/2016 8:19:01 PM, by CDGO4TH

    Kali and I had a good day. We got in the pool. She always likes to play hide and seek knowing all too well that there is no where to really hide. She usually hides under the float and I act like I do not see her and go around the pool searching. LOL! She did some painting while I worked on a c... Read more

  • Status for the next couple of weeks

    6/27/2016 6:22:06 PM, by BEESHELL8

    Hi, I'll be traveling soon so not sure how much I will get on here to check in or read your blogs. Know that I am thinking of you all and will be back soon! Been a tough week trying to get ready for the trip. Sigh.... Read more

  • How did the 2 of us create HER?

    6/27/2016 6:46:44 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    That was DH's comment at the conclusion of DD's semi-final performance at the Cliburn International Piano Competition on Thursday. We watched the live stream broadcast of the field of 12, down from the original 68 competitors invited to Fort Worth by recorded audition. Thank you sparkers who... Read more

  • She loves her Uncle

    6/26/2016 8:58:40 PM, by CDGO4TH

    My son moved out on his own this week. My granddaughter came over yesterday and when she saw his room empty she freaked out and begaem to cry. She wanted to know where her Uncle Adam was. I tried to explain that he is an adult and need his privacy. She just did not understand and boo-hoo'd. I f... Read more

  • Always Hungry? The book that taught me I didn't fail - now I know why

    6/26/2016 2:21:13 PM, by SHIRE33

    That's me, third from left, with my farm girls. I'm pretty happy now, though still on my journey. In January I was pretty glum. Having lost 93 pounds and gained back all but 18, you can imagine. And then I read this story from WebMD about the fact that it's impossible to lose weight and keep i... Read more

  • when your fat clothes don't fit...

    6/24/2016 8:45:13 PM, by BEESHELL8

    ...and you are a week away from big vacation and you know you've gained weight...it's discouraging. As I mentioned, I had a pretty significant gain, which is what happens when you don't weigh for a while and are KIND OF doing the right thing. Well, I'm not one of those people who gave away my "... Read more

  • Sparker Hayburner1969 finishing her semi-final performance at the Cliburn International Piano Compet

    6/24/2016 8:28:41 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I LOVE this picture. At 2am Jeannie (my DD) posted the following on Facebook. "Hey everyone, I'm totally pooped and crawling into bed, but I wanted to say thank you for being such a great audience and support system. I had a good run here and got to play three times for a jury of world-clas... Read more

  • The News You Never Want to Hear

    6/23/2016 9:17:47 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    As many of you know, Rick's mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late April and had major surgery to remove the tumor, which involved stomach, pancreas, spleen, and intestines. The cancer was caught earlier than pancreatic cancer normally is, so we were hopeful the surgery would get it all. ... Read more

  • Cross Country 5k

    6/23/2016 8:55:23 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Daughter1 and I ran another race tonight--this time a cross-country 5k. I had never done a cross-country run of any kind, so it was a new experience for me and I couldn't give my sweet pea any guidance on how we should run it. I was pretty sure that we should aim for a slower pace, not only because ... Read more