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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    11/25/2015 7:20:13 PM, by BA5454

    I hope you and yours have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! ... Read more


    11/25/2015 6:27:34 PM, by HILLRUNNER

    It's the eve of another birthday! WOW how did that happen? Where have all the years gone? I look in the mirror and the face I see doesn't seem to match the mind! Yes I see that 18 year old still behind those eyes, but she seems to have added a few wrinkles and smile lines to her face. I ... Read more

  • Good doctors report

    11/25/2015 9:40:42 AM, by LDYHAZ

    The doctors appointment went well. I guess I do know my body and have already been doing what I needed to do. He did rule out the dangerous injuries. So this week I have started back with my running. New plan with slower increases and cross training. Felt wonderful to be out in the air and movi... Read more

  • Health is a mind-body quantum prenominal

    11/22/2015 9:52:47 PM, by OLDEROWL

    In my work on my Spark Team "You Can Heal Your Life", I found Deepak Chopra's new book "Quantum Healing", revised and expanded November 2015, very enlightening. The book speaks of many cases of medically unexplained cases of cancer reversal including a case where the cancer metastasized to a man's... Read more

  • Yoga Class

    11/21/2015 4:57:50 PM, by BA5454

    Can I say that I loved it? It's the first yoga I've done in a really long time--I've always been hesitant to go to the class offered at the gym, but not anymore. It did bring up a few key points: 1. Boy, I am not flexible, LOL. 2. Some positions are not doable because of previous knee... Read more

  • It's the little things...

    11/21/2015 1:47:01 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Hubs has been planning a late buck hunting trip to Washington and my youngest wanted to go with her. They had been changing dates and times and back and forth. Nicole says "well, boyfriend and I have a one year anniversary that week so I can't go" and so hubs says "good, I'll leave a day early" ... Read more

  • Getting dressed for a run in the dark - Oops!

    11/20/2015 9:57:01 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    We're in Tennessee visiting MIL in the nursing home. We stay at the same Best Western every time. The staff is used to me running laps around the parking lot (1/3 mile around). This morning it was dark and DH was still asleep. These visits are harder on him than me. It's HIS mother, after... Read more

  • Going Nuts! Harvest ends!

    11/20/2015 8:21:13 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I miss my running! November 6th I noticed discomfort in my right calf. Not a soreness that could be relieved by stretching or message. Feels deep. I rested several days and then ran again. Felt the discomfort and backed off and then took 4 days rest. I have scaled my running back by 3/4 of wha... Read more

  • Friday's Elephant

    11/19/2015 8:18:17 PM, by BA5454

    How can one picture so eloquently capture what I'd like my Friday to be like? Hope yours is awesome! Keep on Sparking!... Read more

  • You Can't Take It With You

    11/19/2015 12:30:22 AM, by KANSASROSE67

    James is now a college grad, living and working on his own. He decided he needed to meet some people in his new town of Lincoln, Nebraska, so he tried out for the Lincoln Community Playhouse production of "You Can't Take It With You." Back in high school, this was his last play (of eight) an... Read more

  • Bling a la Mode

    11/18/2015 3:25:29 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    A friend of mine did two major races this year and got the same type of medal from both: bottle openers That 2nd one is from a 50M race. Imagine running 50 miles only to be given yet another bottle opener. Or, for that matter, two Ragnars. Yeah, every year, the medal producers ... Read more

  • An unexpected voice from France

    11/18/2015 7:39:53 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    A few days ago while I and the rest of the world, were reeling from the horrific events in Paris, I received a surprise email from a stranger. As some of my spark friends know, my travels include walking in the footsteps of my Dad, a sailor during WWII, who kept a diary and took many pictures... Read more

  • Game Change or Backing Off Just a Tad!

    11/16/2015 7:51:20 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Several weeks ago instead of my long run I pushed it and got a new PR for 10K. Took one day of rest and ran another 6 miles. Then I followed it by 4-6 miles for the nest several days and that's when I noticed it. A spot in my right calf that was painful. Rested for 2 days and ran a very disappoint... Read more

  • Team Inspired Thoughts

    11/14/2015 10:32:14 AM, by MIRAGE727

    Today, in forums, I read various scenarios of life, reminding me of how I've changed on the journey. I still have so much to learn but I feel I've grown in a better light. In anticipation of an upcoming event which has been a part of my life over the last 38 years I've taken the liberty of pro... Read more

  • Calf Injury? Quite House.....

    11/13/2015 2:15:15 PM, by LDYHAZ

    My daughter and grandchildren have left and once again the house is quite. I enjoy company but it is also nice when they go home. I pray for their safety and hope all their dreams come true. We had a small blizzard while they where here. Was the perfect time to enjoy each other and play ... Read more

  • Daughter and Grandchildrens Visit

    11/12/2015 8:09:25 AM, by LDYHAZ

    It's early morning and latter my daughter and grandchildren will be driving off into the the unknown area of Missouri. Thats where the father of my grandchildren live. I pray for her safety and that god leads them where they need to go. It has been a wonderful couple of days with my daughter and ... Read more

  • If I hadn't found Spark People, where would I be now?

    11/12/2015 6:58:57 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    As I approach my 6 year anniversary in maintenance (ironically, Thanksgiving week), I have a different perspective on my journey. Of course I think about how my life has changed, but it's also important to recognize where I would be if I hadn't made the changes. Note: I realize that my sto... Read more

  • May I have your support? Looking for Balance...

    11/11/2015 11:49:25 PM, by ARTISTSBRUSH

    Finding balance in life is a challenge for all of us. I for one rarely seem to be able to maintain equilibrium for long. There's always one more thing to do. Part of the balance in my life is the need for a creative outlet. Art is my stress reliever, and that is where a lot of my self-confidence... Read more

  • Thinking of all veterans today, especially my Dad

    11/11/2015 3:31:23 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    The first photo is in my Dad's WWII album and referenced in his diary. His ship the USS Philadelphia escorted President Truman to the Potsdam Conference to meet with Churchill and Stalin. Dad documented all his photos with labels. Last month we visited Potsdam, Germany and were surpri... Read more

  • Happy Veterans Day

    11/11/2015 9:38:07 AM, by BA5454

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  • Prayers Are Answered!! And How!! WOW

    11/9/2015 11:24:21 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Real rough week with the daughter issues. I had not heard from her for over 6 days she had closed herself off completely. Major crisis and DH and I had to stick with our boundaries. It was very hard for us all. A lot of tears worries anger...heck you name it and I probably felt it this week. I hav... Read more

  • NYC Marathon 2015

    11/9/2015 9:44:12 AM, by MARGARITTM

    After running a big whopping one marathon up to this point....I decided that the training is so grueling that if I was going to do another one - I would do a big one! They do not get any bigger. NYC Marathon is the largest field of ANY marathon. I am not sure of the exact number but somewhere around... Read more

  • Be the best

    11/8/2015 8:26:28 PM, by BA5454

    A new week is coming: be the very best you can be! ... Read more

  • GET TO KNOW YOU, A QUESTIONNAIRE (on the lighter side)

    11/8/2015 9:12:34 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    First and foremost, I want to apologize to the author of this original blog. It was well thought out and genuine. Several members and Spark friends use it as a mean to express themselves which I found very informative and enlightening. However, when I started completing the questionnaire I coul... Read more

  • Hills are just Flat trails on an Incline!(long run)

    11/8/2015 8:27:24 AM, by LDYHAZ

    And other thoughts on a long run. Rough week. Roughest week I have had in a very long time. I am drawing closer to god which is a good thing. My right calf felt tender earlier in the week so my running was slow and short when I did run. Emotionally drained and with interrupted sleep I didn't have... Read more

  • Two Wicked Fun Races and a Note on my Dog

    11/7/2015 3:57:42 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    First off, I had a notice on Facebook that really hit home with me. It stated " I find that God usually gives me what I've been wanting after I stop worshipping it." I think this was very true with my house situation! Next, during my month off Spark People when I had no internet or TV, I was in th... Read more

  • How many tears can a mother cry?

    11/6/2015 8:38:41 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Once again my daughter is in crisis. Things are very painful for her right now and I know she is hurting. I hurt for her. I can not be her band aid. This is new ground for both of us. All of her 32 years I have been there to catch her when she has fallen. Too many times to count I have come to ... Read more

  • Water belts/bottles for running

    11/5/2015 12:09:45 PM, by BA5454

    I ordered a new TNYKER running belt that holds 2 bottles, and it came today. I'll let Mckayla express my feelings about it: I usually run with a hand held Amphipod bottle of 12 oz. It has seen me thru several half-marathon preps, has a place that'll fit my car keys, my outdated cell phone... Read more

  • The conspiring universe...

    11/5/2015 11:38:41 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Now in hindsight I'm thinking of all the things I SHOULD have done. I didn't go running because I put on my shoes and my ankle kept popping out. I checked the bottoms of my shoes and they are very very worn. Momma needs new shoes!! Now, I should;ve done my DVDs barefoot. but,... Read more

  • Wearing shorts in November

    11/4/2015 1:30:00 PM, by BA5454

    By this time of the year I'm usually hunkered down in my PJ (puffy jacket). But today? I have shorts on because it's 71 degrees and yesterday was 75. Truly, I love winter but this little weather interlude is kind of nice. Time to work out! ... Read more

  • What to do when stranded in an airport?

    11/4/2015 7:01:36 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Measure the distance around the terminal and walk 6 miles. Not all at once, of course since I didn't want to attract security as a woman acting strange. I also don't want to get all sweaty just in case I fianlly do get on a plane and sit next to somebody besides DH (who always accepts me as ... Read more

  • Harvest Time!

    11/3/2015 8:27:56 PM, by LDYHAZ

    We are hard at it right now. With day light saving in effect I have been able to get in my morning runs prior to driving the tractor for the rest of the day. Seen 6 does in the field we picked today. That and a Racoon. This time of year it is sack lunches, quick easy dinners and days tha... Read more

  • Joy Johnson, NYC Marathon's oldest woman

    11/3/2015 7:31:04 AM, by BA5454

    She was an inspirational woman! She ran 25 consecutive New York City Marathons, and was its oldest female runner at 86. Here's a clip from ESPN:
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  • November rambles.

    11/1/2015 11:29:57 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Although I haven't been posting much (and that needs to change for my own accountability) I have been constantly obsessing over what I need to do. I think it was Sparkguy or someone in Spark who tweeted the question of what was harder: food or exercise. and I answered "both" It's true. I thi... Read more

  • A better pumpkin bread

    11/1/2015 11:06:23 AM, by BA5454

    I really love a good pumpkin bread this time of year, but I need one with a lower sugar content and didn't want to go the Splenda route (Splenda tastes really bitter to me). Tons of recipes on the 'net. Including one that was advertised as lower in sugar when all they did was reduce the white... Read more

  • Salty sweater

    10/31/2015 1:36:23 PM, by BA5454

    Not as much as this: But after a 10 mile run this morning, around 44 degrees/chilly, my face was streaked with white on my cheeks and forehead, my long sleeves were wet around the wrists and pits. My knees had chalky white rings against black capris. Such a lovely picture, no? Evidence point... Read more

  • Running in the Rain!

    10/31/2015 7:48:04 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Weather report said that the rain would slow to a drizzle between 8am and 9am. They lied........ I had a new water resistant jacket I wanted to try out. I headed to town so I could run on street and not the mud of my trails. I prefer running on trails but Have a dislike for mud. Especially sinc... Read more

  • The Domino Effect

    10/30/2015 2:45:39 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    I have been in a pretty serious slump lately, and I don't really know why. One of my smart Sparkfriends suggested it might be the time of year, and I think she's right. Although autumn can be a beautiful time, it's also a bit sad because it makes you think of endings, and winter, and darker days. ... Read more

  • Trying to Break the Habit of After Dinner Eating.....

    10/30/2015 9:39:59 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I am pleased by the most part on how I have been dealing with food...Except....... At night! Still! I am not getting down on myself but I know this is an area I can improve on. I find that I crave Carbs after 7PM. I will do fine all day long then "Boom" I eat dinner and just keep stuffing it i... Read more

  • Finally Friday

    10/30/2015 8:06:29 AM, by BA5454

    Yep, this week...not so much, LOL. Onward and upward! ... Read more

  • The perfect storm is over. I made it and skies are sunny

    10/29/2015 2:43:09 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Yikes! We just moved twice in less than a month. We had to back out of the first house deal- the one that was being built. It appears that the builder was running out of money and was lying to us. So, about a week before our lease was up, we had no prospect of a house and had to get out of our townh... Read more

  • Screaming and Running is a Release!

    10/28/2015 4:12:37 PM, by LDYHAZ

    DH has been seeing packages come in and running shoes piling up. I have had to get winter running garments. I have explained that this is an investment and since I am so close to my goal weight I most likely wont need much more and it will last for years! He is still adjusting to the runnin... Read more

  • Today is not my day

    10/28/2015 12:34:13 PM, by BA5454

    My day: ... Read more

  • Invitation: Create a New Year's goal now (and meet your goal by 1/1/16)

    10/27/2015 7:01:39 PM, by ABBY_G

    Hello, Rather than waiting until 1/1/16 to make your New Year's resolution, consider making a goal that you want to meet by 1/1/2016 and doing it now. My goal is to lose 5 pounds by 1/1/16. I'm about 158 pounds now. I want to wake up on 1/1/2016 and see 153.0 or lower on the scale. H... Read more

  • Day 14 beginners marathon training

    10/27/2015 2:21:45 AM, by I_WANT_TO_RUN

    My original entry read - 'This year I turned 50 and I set myself a handful of challenges which I've pushed down to one, to run my first marathon. I began my training on 4 October this year for the third time and I'm making mostly great progress. On 17 October I ran my first 13km/8 miles with... Read more