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  • 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 www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub
    lic_journal_individual.asp
    ?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

  • Celebrate success!

    7/1/2015 10:10:12 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Honestly - I don't have much to celebrate; my feelings were on the down side. True - is it really that bad? Nope. I am feeling down but I can take care of that and make it different. And this is how I am going to achieve this: 1- I will be selfish! YES, selfish! I will not wait and expect h... Read more

  • It doesn't feel like 853 calories

    6/30/2015 7:02:30 AM, by BA5454

    After lunch yesterday, I was looking at my food tracker and it came up to 853 calories. Normally I don't go that high that early in the day. Here's the thing though, I did a self-assessment and came up with 'it doesn't feel like 853 calories'. Eek, dangerous waters! Because if I had not see... Read more

  • Monday Motivation

    6/29/2015 4:54:09 AM, by BA5454

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  • If you have no vision of success

    6/27/2015 8:14:48 PM, by OLDEROWL

    If you have no clear vision of where you are headed, you will end up back where you started and will have to start over again. If you can not find others who share your vision, you either did not look deep enough to find others like you who had enough sense to guide your way, you failed to learn fr... Read more

  • A Fun 5 K With My Daughter (Her First)

    6/27/2015 1:48:03 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    This was a trail race through a state park. The Lake Dennison 5 K. It was not too hot and very pretty. My unofficial time was 34:58, which is good for me. I ran the whole thing and did not have to take walk breaks. A lot of the footing was pretty bad, so I knew I would not set any record. It... Read more

  • I Broke Down and Bought a New Dress

    6/27/2015 6:39:03 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    First off, I am not a dress person. Secondly, I haven't bought many new clothes since I have lost weight. I live in my running clothes. Once you start wearing technical t-shirts and capris you realize how comfy and breathable they are and other clothes feel heavy. Other than my running stuff a ha... Read more

  • Authenticity (and 5 Years Sparkiversary! )

    6/25/2015 8:54:24 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    "Your authenticity is key to creating meaningful relationships." ~ Horoscope I will start this blog by saying that I don't apply the wisdom of my horoscope as a strict rule... I read it as a curiosity and sometimes the words speak to me ... so I share it ! ... I think the quote above is someth... Read more

  • Colt State Park 5K Trail Race 2015

    6/24/2015 11:41:39 PM, by CONAN1956

    Today I had my first road race in over a month and my first 5k since the beginning of May. This was the Colt State Park 5k Trail Race. It is located in Bristol, RI right on the waters of Narragansett Bay. It is a beautiful setting. The course starts a bit outside the tree line and winds through the... Read more

  • Cyberbullying

    6/24/2015 6:10:06 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I learned, from the teaching tolerance magazine, a couple of resources for parents and friends to help their child or someone they know to avoid being a victim of or to deal with cyberbullying, promote positive self esteem, and in general encourage young people to use the internet safely and for doi... Read more

  • Updated my website with our April trip

    6/23/2015 6:28:18 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    "A Conference, a Half Marathon and Walking through History" http://www.brigs.us/Europe-A
    pr-2015/index.htm Now on to the next adventure with DD#2 and family in 2 days. From the Glacier Express in the Swiss Alps to Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and finally Paris. I must pack f... Read more

  • Hallelujah - Tribute to Grey Hair (plus archived pictures!)

    6/22/2015 3:52:21 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Father's Days (… and Mother's Day) are filled with emotions for me. It brings me back to my roots, helps me reflect on my expectations (WRT my relations with my parents and my kids) and how I want to be perceived as a parent. When it comes to family matters, my grand-parents are my inspirati... Read more

  • Mt Washington Road Race 3rd time

    6/21/2015 6:27:59 PM, by MARGARITTM

    This is my third time running this road race only one hill Last 2.6 above the tree line 12 - 22% grade 6288 feet Usual time = 1/2 marathon and add a bit. Perfect running day and fabulous views to reward us at the top! 2:07 not too bad. My goodness that was re... Read more

  • Like a teenager putting on too-tight jeans,

    6/21/2015 2:01:59 AM, by HEALTHIERKEN

    I had to lie on the floor and suck in my gut in order to do up the buckles on my kilt when I put it on to "Wear Plaid for Dad" day on June 19th. If that doesn't shock me into getting rid of these extra 20 lbs, I'm not sure what will. Been running sporadically, been tracking nutrition sporadically... Read more

  • Since its your Decision, Decide to have a Great Day!

    6/19/2015 11:53:57 PM, by MORGANTHEFAY

    Time for another blog entry. Today I woke up before 5, and got up when I woke up. Usually I toss and turn in bed hoping for a little more sleep. Then, I went for a walk. I was feeling a little down, and remembered that it is up to me how I feel. Stuff happens to us, or to those we care about al... Read more

  • The $100,000 Workout - Yours Free

    6/18/2015 7:22:00 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    I'm not sure how much we actually paid for my son's college education, I just picked a high sounding number. But this is what I got for my money. He is getting a degree in exercise physiology and he wrote me up a plan. I was originally doing 5x5's (Arnold's method) - but my son talked me out o... Read more

  • Experiment of One

    6/17/2015 12:09:41 PM, by DAISYBELL6

    Its been almost a year since I wrote my last blog. I've been on Spark but I've definitely been struggling. I have been stalled at 185 in my journey to go from 270 pounds to 175 pounds. I have tried a couple of different eating plans - Whole 30 and State of Slim. I lost down to 180 with each of t... Read more

  • What a JERK!! The enablers and saboteurs in our lives

    6/16/2015 9:56:51 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    DH was surprised to hear me yelling at the TV. I had been asleep on the coach. Sunday was my REST day and I was really, really resting. I awoke to see a show on TV that was unfamiliar to me – “My 600 Pound Life.” So who was the jerk? Not the woman struggling to take control of her lif... Read more

  • A BIG nsv (for me)

    6/16/2015 6:36:17 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    My daughter and granddaughter. We've had a jet ski for about 15 years. We bought it used and it has been a great deal of fun as our kids grew up. One of our best purchases! Now our grandchildren are enjoying it. I have never been able to pull myself up on the back of it. I really hated the fac... Read more

  • Mid-June : Ahimsa Challenge

    6/14/2015 10:48:56 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    How about a progress report! 1) I am doing great at one of my goal - journaling! The proofs : a) I am here writing this blog. 224 b) I took my journal with me to the Scandinavian Spa and after a short nature meditation ... (as my mom and sister were getting massage - a gift from me...) I wrot... Read more

  • Rookie Mistakes

    6/13/2015 9:15:35 PM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: Buy a Fast Bike - Tear the Bike Apart - Rebuild the Bike to go Faster I used to hotrod cars and motorcycles. When I was 8 years-old, I hot-rodded a toilet! I timed how many times the toilet could flushed in minute. I found that the toilet cycle time was actually over a minute! Wit... Read more

  • More on

    6/13/2015 4:47:24 PM, by OLDEROWL

    In another forum AJDOVER challenged my conclusion that Let Go, Let God was a most important Al-Anon slogan. She said the importance of each slogan depended upon the circumstances. She also said that to her this slogan was a call for one to pause and examine his or her motives, or agenda, before act... Read more

  • Let go and Let God

    6/11/2015 8:18:37 PM, by OLDEROWL

    This is one of the most important slogans of the Al-Anon program, or for mitigating any stressful relationship, but it is important to not abuse it by turning it into a mandate for displaying utter apathy toward the others need for compassion and understanding. Instead the slogan is meant to help u... Read more

  • Expanding My Fitness Horizons

    6/11/2015 7:00:31 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I write all the time that logging into Spark every morning provides my daily dose of motivation. Sometimes it comes from an article, sometimes from a blog or even a recipe. If you are my spark friend, you are likely aware that exercise was never my problem, food was. I like movement. However... Read more

  • I think I got more exercise before I trained the dogs to fetch

    6/8/2015 12:00:47 AM, by SHIRAZSOLLY

    Enough said.... Read more

  • Family Fun - Tree Trekking and Cave Hiking

    6/7/2015 10:06:47 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Just a quick one. I don't have much time for spark... Between fun time at work, the workload is not decreasing so it means overtime... I am trying to stay on top of it but I have my moments. Now the good stuff - I am taking an extended weekend off to spend some time with my sister and ... Read more

  • Have you tried a hash run?

    6/7/2015 11:47:54 AM, by RUNSWITHDEER

    So, if you're like me you've never even heard of a hash run, hashing, or a harrier. All the same thing and there are probably countless versions of the original HHH. The one I participated in yesterday involved a group of runners (many in costume), who followed the trail left by a lead runner (the... Read more

  • Think (Al-Anon Slogan)

    6/6/2015 7:32:50 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Think before speaking since thoughts spoken when the mind is not quiet and calm can lead to self harm just as a bee kills itself when it stings you. To give impulsive criticism, display impatience or hostility, or speak words of anger all tend to sting you back. A thoughtful word will make the sit... Read more

  • My final dad update

    6/4/2015 6:40:54 PM, by PLMITCH

    It has taken me two days to be able to blog this -- my apologies -- so here goes: My dad passed away early Tuesday morning, June 2. While I am sad to see him go, I am very relieved that he is out of his pain and back with my mom, which I really think he wanted all along. He'll be cremat... Read more

  • "In a Cloud of DUST with a Hearty Hi-Ho Silver!"

    6/4/2015 7:59:29 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Thank you to all who read and commented on my blog yesterday. 8 days on the road including 4 with MIL in a nursing home, put me in a very introspective mood. Finally at home this morning, I find that Mr. Thompson’s quote still suggests to me approval of an “anti-healthy” lifestyle. Pe... Read more