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  • Tech Revolt!

    7/31/2015 10:03:03 PM, by PLMITCH

    So let me think of all the devices that revolted this week: work laptop, my wife's laptop, my running watch, my Fitbit! Let's hope next week that the revolt will be over!... Read more

  • You can heal your life

    7/31/2015 6:26:26 PM, by OLDEROWL

    This is the title and philosophy of a new spark team that I just formed. This team is based on my viewpoint that the unhappiness in our lives is caused not by the events in our lives, but by negative thoughts brought on by these events, many of which occur very early in our lives. My feeling is that... Read more

  • Being Open to New Experiences Brings Surprises

    7/31/2015 1:00:28 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I like to travel. I like to try new things. From the glaciers in Switzerland to the old covered market in Istanbul, I want to see what’s out there and participate to the best of my ability. However, never did I EVER think you would find me at a NASCAR track. I have nothing against auto rac... Read more

  • Shared Work & Gratitude

    7/30/2015 11:11:59 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I read Gretchen Rubin's blog on a regular basic… it is on happiness … that is actually after reading her book "The Happiness Project" that I started writing my blog with the purpose of cultivating positive memories. So Sunday night I read an old post on shared work. She posted it on Octobe... Read more

  • New Plan...Weight Loss!

    7/30/2015 3:47:23 PM, by KANSASROSE67 has been FOREVER since I wrote a blog! I still don't have time to do the whole family/life/whatever blog, but I want to write a short one about my fitness/weight plans so that I am forced to be accountable! I've been maintaining, but not with gusto, this summer. My weight has crept u... Read more

  • Suffered a loss

    7/29/2015 8:28:17 PM, by FREE2LOSE

    So, feeling sad today. I went out to give my dog a bath and found that she had passed away. She was an older dog, so it wasn't unexpected, but that doesn't make it any easier. Pets really have a piece of your heart. The sad thing also was that I thought what can I eat to make myself feel better!... Read more

  • Visit to the Belle Province!

    7/29/2015 7:25:10 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I am so happy about my decision of reporting my leave. I was schedule to go to Qc one month ago, unfortunately/or very fortunately that did not happen because I had to replace someone at work. So I postponed my leave - best decision because at this time I have a lot less to worry about and I was abl... Read more

  • Family Weekend

    7/29/2015 10:56:00 AM, by LDYHAZ

    This past Saturday we picked up our daughter and two grand sons from the Denver airport. The boys did not know where they were going. So when they arrived at the airport and saw grandpa they were very surprised. As you can see they were very happy! DH's mother had her 80's birthday party in t... Read more

  • Almost there...

    7/28/2015 9:42:58 PM, by PLMITCH

    My start date back to work is tomorrow -- Wednesday, July 29. 182 days from when I got my notice. Thankfully that was not my last day -- that was April 30, or 89 days, so roughly 3 months ago. It has been an experience. Good, kinda bad, interesting, a true learning experience. I'm sure I ... Read more

  • is my lifeline - my tether to a healthy lifestyle

    7/28/2015 7:32:15 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I’ve been here for over 6 years. I’ve been in maintenance for over 5 years. I login every day unless I do not have Internet access. This has been a traveling, family summer. On June 26 DH & I took DD#2 & family to Europe for nearly 3 weeks. Although I walked 161 miles in tha... Read more

  • Revelations...

    7/26/2015 4:26:32 PM, by FREE2LOSE

    I've been running now for over three years, but I always knew that running was not enough by itself. I knew I needed to add strength training, but I just never did it. In the past week I've started adding strength training and other things to my running. It's been a great move so far, I hope to k... Read more

  • July 26, 2015

    7/26/2015 8:46:41 AM, by DAVIDTHEHARP

    Ran 7.2 miles this a.m. with my daughter. She is training for a Fall marathon in Richmond. So proud of her. I am still on blood pressure meds which still give me some bad side effects (depression, lack of motivation). So I am just taking things one day at a time and looking for the long term go... Read more

  • Cincinnati - Cont. with pictures

    7/25/2015 8:43:31 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I love to travel - I love discovering places and FOOD! Back from Cincinnati; now on route to Quebec City where I will spend 2 days catching up with the family. Yeah - I can write a blog on my way to Qc; I decided to take the train. So nice to just sit back and enjoy the view. Last time I took... Read more

  • Our 3 Generation European Vacation - Paris, France - Country 6 of 6

    7/24/2015 3:53:25 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It’s not easy to describe Paris in a short blog We ate in a lot of sidewalk cafes unless people were smoking. Then we looked for an indoor location. Can’t enjoy the city when I’m wheezing. We saw a lot of art by visiting the Louvre TWICE. Fortunately it was very close to our ... Read more

  • Weekend!

    7/24/2015 6:20:58 AM, by BA5454

    Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless, like getting on the bus and going for a ride. Have an awesome weekend, Spark peeps! ... Read more

  • Looking forward and looking back....

    7/23/2015 8:09:54 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Still in training for the 10K. 4 weeks to go. I am now running just at 20 miles a week. Two 4 mile runs and two 6 mile runs. Today was an easy 4 mile run that I added a little something too. A speed test. I read about it in the "Runners" magazine. I realized I didn't know what type of time I cou... Read more

  • Our 3 Generation European Vacation - Vienna, Austria - Country 5 of 6

    7/23/2015 11:25:11 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    After stopping for 1 night in Bratislava to return our cars, we arranged a “limo” for the 45 min drive to Vienna. When DH & I travel alone, we take the bus between these 2 cities for 7 Euros each. However, considering the time and hassle of 6 people dragging vacation luggage, the additional co... Read more

  • Our 3 Generation European Vacation - Budapest, Hungary - Country 4 of 6

    7/22/2015 9:08:14 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    DH & I have visited Budapest several times but always as part of a river cruise tour. We do not speak ANY Hungarian and the language is unlike any other in Europe. The Danube divides the city into 2 parts: Buda (hilly side) and Pest (flat side). We had booked a hotel on the Buda side so we ... Read more

  • Baseball in Cincinnati

    7/21/2015 1:08:54 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    To be honest - I am not a sport fan! I enjoy going to the live game (any game) mostly because it is a fun thing to do with DH - Jeff. It is also an opportunity to discover a new city, have a weekend getaway and spend some fun time with friends. So off we went to Covington (KY) and Cincinnati (O... Read more

  • American Ninja Warriors

    7/21/2015 11:23:55 AM, by BA5454

    I always see an up tic the next day in the gym after this show is aired on TV. Personally, I like the show quite a bit--it has that can-do, will they make it or not, type of attitude. I also find it incredibly motivating as far as exercising goes, love it when they show the person not in a gym, but ... Read more

  • Update- photo style

    7/20/2015 4:28:55 PM, by KONRAD695

    Hello everyone out there. Many of you know that I do not blog often, and "sorry" don't do many blog responses either. Going to work on both of these. Currently my children are in VA with the in-laws. My wife was there too, but is now back home. One of my friends suggested I use this s... Read more

  • Feeling good!

    7/20/2015 2:23:10 PM, by FREE2LOSE

    When you get on track and you are feeling good, why do we return to old habits? That's what I am wondering today. I feel refreshed, alive, happy... Why does that wear off? Life I guess? Responsibilities? I don't know. If someone finds the answer, please share. ... Read more


    7/20/2015 1:42:27 PM, by PLMITCH

    It has been a crazy last few months! It all started on May 1 when I "retired" from my previous company (not exactly by choice!). Then came my dad and all his health issues just a week later, and almost right after that my car started its downward spiral! Talk about some stress! Thankfully ... Read more

  • Our 3 Generation European Vacation - Slovakia - Country 3 of 6

    7/20/2015 12:17:27 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Slovakia, the eastern part of the former Czechoslovakia, was created on Jan 1, 1993 as part of the “Velvet Divorce.” I first visited in 2008 when I reunited with family with whom there had been no contact for 70 years. DH & I have returned many times since. It’s a remarkable place wit... Read more

  • Mad-Hatter Tea Party

    7/20/2015 10:24:21 AM, by BA5454

    I went to a 'Mad-Hatter' tea party yesterday complete with tea, feast and conversation. It has been on-going for almost 12 years and I'm proud to say I've been a part of it for the last two. The tea party is really a way to honor sisterhood and all started with the hostess' mother and a silver... Read more

  • SO far behind in getting ahead...

    7/19/2015 12:45:44 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I finally got moving to a daily routine...sort of. I'm only on day 3 which is usually where I peter right on out. but...going to finish this damn thing if it .... if it....well, if it makes me feel better I guess. LOL So can't talk much as you can tell by my sporadic blogs off doing the busy ... Read more

  • Lens Distortion

    7/19/2015 6:35:16 AM, by BA5454

    Or why do I see myself differently in a picture than I do in the mirror? This was driven home when I received a picture of me from a Mother's Day outing. I mean, really?? I see myself differently in photos and in the mirror. Not entirely different but different in a negative way. I hate ... Read more

  • Dealing with stress

    7/18/2015 8:27:34 PM, by OLDEROWL

    The one choice to remember when you are stressed is to be happy no matter what your circumstances. Practice being grateful. Even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances, spend at least 15 seconds of every hour to be grateful for those things that have brought you happiness in the past an... Read more

  • Colleen Celia Memorial 5K Road Race

    7/18/2015 5:15:28 PM, by CONAN1956

    COLLEEN CELIA MEMORIAL 5K Middleborough, MA on 7/18/2015 It wasn’t until late last night that I decided to run this (Colleen Celia Memorial 5K) this morning at 7:30am. A Facebook friend had mentioned it a couple of weeks ago but I had completely forgotten about it and had not registered.... Read more

  • Our 3 Generation European Vacation - Prague, CZ - Country 2 of 6

    7/18/2015 2:36:48 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    My generation remembers Prague as the capital of Czechoslovakia, but that country peacefully decided to separate into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Jan 1, 1993 - the "Velvet Divorce." We flew from Zurich to Prague and I persuaded DD to join her quirky mother at this sculpture in the airp... Read more

  • Run to the Moon 10K

    7/18/2015 12:34:16 PM, by BA5454

    Ran the second crown in the Mid West Ohio 10K Triple Crown series this morning in beautiful Wapakoneta OH (pop: 9800, salute!) One more to go in October then it'll be done! Sweaty race in 81 degrees w/74% humidity. That being said, it was a wonderfully organized and held at the Armstrong Air a... Read more

  • Time Off!

    7/18/2015 6:23:03 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    "People can't dim your sparkle unless you let them." ~ Horoscope ...and to sparkle you need energy. So I will recharge my batteries and light a fire! Yesterday was my last day at my unit. 198 and 224 It is time to turn over... to keep in touch with those that I get to know and ap... Read more

  • My sentiments about Friday

    7/17/2015 3:58:35 PM, by BA5454

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  • Our 3 generation European Vacation - Switzerland -- Country 1 of 6

    7/17/2015 12:17:55 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    DH & I with DD#2 and her DH and 2 teenage children flew from Washington DC into Zurich and took a train to Chur. Chur was a lovely, picturesque town but for us it was mainly a starting point on the Bernina Express train route through the Alps. We chose the commute... Read more

  • Is There Ever a Downside to Losing Weight and My Trip Back "Home"

    7/16/2015 7:29:47 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    It was my cousin's 80th birthday party so I decided to fly back to my hometown for the week-end. The rest of the family was headed to the lake where I would rejoin them later. We have a suburban, but after packing three adults, two toddlers, one baby, two dogs and all of the resultant paraphernal... Read more

  • Morning exercise

    7/13/2015 5:04:56 AM, by BA5454

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  • While you were sleeping...

    7/12/2015 1:08:36 AM, by -PAULA

    I'm sitting here "working" the Saturday overnight shift from home, more like monitoring for work, trying to finish Sparking (I'm at 45 points for Sunday, way over 100 for Saturday). I want to turn on some You tube dance and walk videos, decided to get a Sparkpoint for searching "whip and nae nae" a... Read more

  • Secret of Happiness - Lesson from Gretchen

    7/11/2015 5:47:20 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I read Gretchen Rubin's blog on a regular basic… it is on happiness … that is actually after reading her book "The Happiness Project" that I started writing my blog with the purpose of cultivating positive memories. On her first "Happiness Book" she started sharing her Secret of Adulthood. I lik... Read more

  • Little Compton 4.8 Mile Road Race

    7/11/2015 2:14:16 PM, by CONAN1956

    LITTLE COMPTON 4.8 MILE ROAD RACE 7/11/15 I decided early this week that, family schedule allowing, I would be running the Little Compton 35th Annual 4.8 Mile Road Race on Saturday, July 11th. This is the one race that I ran during my two previous running “years” of 1991 (how long ago wa... Read more

  • Creating a life filled with supportive friends

    7/11/2015 1:53:36 PM, by OLDEROWL

    The most healthy relationships are those where respect and support is freely given and received. If you continually fid yourself in a pattern of relationships where you feel let down and not supported, perhaps you could look at the one common denominator of that pattern over which you have control... Read more

  • House Hunting Trip Recap

    7/8/2015 2:52:22 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Mission accomplished! I secured an apartment in Toronto (NorthYork to be more precise). It is very small (490 s.f.) This is what it will look like ... quiet and I like what is around: a cineplex, many restaurants and cafes, a fancy grocery (it is organic paradise mecca!!! even the bags are green... Read more

  • I bought a Rickshaw

    7/8/2015 2:05:10 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    That was my first thought when we got the new double jogging stroller put together in the living room. OMG it looks like a rickshaw! The Amazon reviews were right- this stroller is not going through any doors. I took it for a 4 mile trial run this morning and it worked great. It is VERY humid so ... Read more

  • Week Two NYC Marathon Training

    7/8/2015 7:18:25 AM, by MARGARITTM

    Hal Higdon's intermediate I - actually for the first couple of weeks I am cutting back the miles.....will enjoy it while it lasts! ... Read more


    7/7/2015 7:22:45 PM, by HILLRUNNER

    This is my follow up to the previous blog. Over two months ago I GOT SERIOUS! I have seen a dramatic weight loss of over 20 pounds! I have seen improved energy, smaller clothes, and greater stamina! NOw it's time to STAY SERIOUS! Oh yeah it's one thing to start's another to ke... Read more

  • I'm being opressed!

    7/7/2015 3:03:03 PM, by BA5454

    By the humidity, as in oppressive humidity. Started a run today at 80 degrees and 74% humidity. For you folks in the gulf states, etc. I realize this is nothing new, but take pity on an Ohio girl. I sweat volumes during a non-humid workout but today? Today I was especially 'dewy'. The run turned int... Read more

  • 4th of July 5-mile race report and mid year progress check

    7/6/2015 1:53:19 PM, by PMRUNNER

    My wife’s home town of Bay Village, OH (suburb of Cleveland on Lake Erie) hosts a 4th of July 5-mile road race. It is a flat course and is normally a fast crowd. Many of the local high school teams use the race as a warm up for their cross country season and there is a fairly active adult runnin... Read more

  • Monday Motivation

    7/6/2015 7:07:36 AM, by BA5454

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  • Billington Memorial 5K Road Race

    7/4/2015 12:27:01 PM, by CONAN1956

    BILLINGTON MEMORIAL 5K ROAD RACE Somerset, MA on the 4th of July, 2015 It wasn’t until earlier this week that someone reminded me about this (Billington Memorial 5K Road Race) race that was taking place today (Saturday, 7/4/15) in Somerset, MA, a town just across the river from where I l... Read more

  • 5K Fourth

    7/4/2015 6:32:19 AM, by BA5454

    Off to do a 5K in honor of my sister whose birthday would've been today. Melinda was 10 years older than me, but it didn't seem like it. We had the best times. Here we are in '89/'90 at the Great Sand Dunes Nat'l Park. Her first trip out west (I was stationed in Denver at the time). Awesome time roa... Read more

  • Mountain WiIdflowers - Running and Bike Riding in Paradise

    7/3/2015 9:36:10 AM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: Water, Water Everywhere, that Cause the Flowers to Bloom "Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses." Alphonse Karr I rarely put quotes in my blogs. However, I like this quote from Alphonse Karr because of the optimistic atti... Read more

  • Sparkfulness!

    7/3/2015 9:16:15 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I try to be positive and the best part is how positive uplifting I get from it! 304 Sparkfriends! (and I am sure you will recognize your contribution to this blog) When I think I am down, I take a second look, I go back to my own blogs and there is support that highlight for me what is right... Read more

  • Outrageous!

    7/3/2015 6:54:04 AM, by BA5454

    Have you heard the news? Bubble wrap is dead. The Sealed Air Corporation (first made in 1957) have taken away the pop and instead the air will shift around in columns of bubbles--that you can't pop. Welcome to the dystopian future. Fun fact: I kept a piece of the stuff in my desk at work--it w... Read more

  • Good Advice

    7/2/2015 12:55:51 PM, by CONNIEKANDOIT

    Advice from a blug entry by Sandy1969
    ?blog_id=5954161 "Move. Just move. Take the steps every day to get it done. Plan. BLOG. Post pics. Be totally honest with yourself. Don't lie to anyone else either. " Trying to get the w... Read more