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  • Good running week and Travel Plans for FUN!

    2/13/2016 9:13:49 PM, by LDYHAZ

    It's been a good week. Started with 45 minute treadmill run. Bad thing is I feel unsteady on the treadmill. Good things was I was in front of a mirror so I could stay in the center easier. I also have a new audio book and found I can get into a good steady pace and listen away. Helps the time go... Read more

  • Saturday Morning Funny

    2/13/2016 7:07:12 AM, by BA5454

    I don't think I've ever done this--yet ;-). ... Read more

  • I Love Morning Chores ;-)

    2/12/2016 1:58:54 PM, by BA5454

    Spent the entire morning doing what I really love--working in the barn, lol. I sometimes volunteer to help out at a nearby stable to muck stalls, feed and hay the horses, sweep and water. This morning it was 14 degrees, so it's a real labor of love to get ALL my gear on and go. My husband shakes his... Read more

  • MidWinter Classic 10 miler

    2/12/2016 12:59:35 PM, by MARGARITTM

    Woohoo 2nd in my age group and about a minute faster than last year. Yeah very color in the rainbow on! My goodness!... Read more

  • One Month No Sugar No Starch and Back in the Zone

    2/12/2016 6:21:54 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Being in the zone is like walking on water. I want to thank whoever mentioned in her blog because that is what helped me get back in the zone. Struggling with a plateau and also inching upwards, having bad days when I ate snacks and treats and being hooked on sweet coffee drinks-I ... Read more

  • Gigi

    2/11/2016 10:34:43 AM, by PLMITCH

    So this blog is about our 13 and nearly 3/4 year old greyhound Gigi. She has been part of our pack and lives since April 2008 (almost 8 years!). The average life span for a greyhound is 12-14 years. Which leads me to where things are at today. She is starting to show signs of aging: she gets me... Read more

  • Remembering What You Already Know

    2/10/2016 12:54:40 PM, by OUBACHE

    It's kind of amazing to me that sometimes I have to rediscover things that I already know. It's like I learn things, but then put them aside thinking somehow I don't have to put what I've learned into action. For example, tracking food. I hate tracking food but I know that it works, so lately I'v... Read more

  • Still learning after all these Spark years

    2/10/2016 7:18:29 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Spark and Sparkers have been responsible for my continued motivation and success. However, I had become complacent. I know what I have to do and logging in here has kept me doing it. So what a surprise to realize that since 2013 I could have linked my nutrition and fitness trackers together... Read more

  • Being sugar-free

    2/10/2016 7:02:13 AM, by BA5454 a wonderful thing. Have been sugar-free from any overt sugars for a few weeks, with a couple of slip-ups here and there. At the same time, I'm limiting processed carbs. All in all going swimmingly as I find I don't miss the bread and/or potatoes so much and once you say 'no' a few times to sug... Read more

  • When to Run? And other "Honest" thoughts

    2/9/2016 11:08:55 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Ok to cut to the chase. Last week was just over 18 miles of running and one spin class. How is that for a training log. I have decided to just post as things go. My mind doesn't want to hang onto those extra thoughts for days. I sit down to do a week in review and my mind goes blank "What Week?"... Read more

  • A blog about nothing...

    2/9/2016 9:13:13 AM, by PLMITCH

    Kind of like Seinfeld! But it has been a little while since I blogged: - Running in back to back 5K races for the first time in my running career -- at least back to back weekends. Ran the 5K Run for the Plunge last Saturday, then a 5K chocolate run this coming Saturday. If the weather forec... Read more

  • Fat Tuesday

    2/9/2016 8:15:30 AM, by BA5454

    Mardi Gras! Today is Fat Tuesday, one of those days given over to excess, in anticipation of the Lenten season. Growing up, it was a day that was noted, but not so much for excess. Ash Wednesday and the next forty days were the bigger focus. As an adult I used Fat Tuesday as a crutch for ... Read more

  • Superbowl

    2/7/2016 4:33:25 PM, by BA5454

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  • Video Of Cow Girl In Snow

    2/6/2016 10:40:04 AM, by LDYHAZ

    My first ever video!! cut and paste in browser Read more

  • Cow Girls in the Snow

    2/6/2016 10:16:44 AM, by LDYHAZ

    What a wonderful morning I had yesterday. First thing in the morning our neighbor girls arrived on their horses. Due to the excess snow we couldn't bring the cows in by 4 wheelers. So the girls were happy to lend a hand and give their horses a work out. It was chilly but I enjoyed the sh... Read more

  • Stop waiting

    2/5/2016 8:02:58 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Dear Spark Friends, This is a note to myself, but you're welcome to read along if you wish. Stop waiting! Stop thinking that when you get to your goal weight things will be great. Stop thinking that then you'll reward yourself with a whole new wardrobe and suddenly there will be no stres... Read more

  • Those Hexagons in My Running Shoes Work!!

    2/5/2016 7:27:41 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Some of you may remember a few months ago my DH screwed in hexagon screws to the underside of an older pair of running shoes. I was able to take them on the perfect test run yesterday morning. The snow was packed from where the dozer blade had pushed it. Still being in the low 10's I was afraid I... Read more

  • Day after storm

    2/3/2016 8:14:10 PM, by LDYHAZ

    DH was up and running that tractor first thing this morning all so I could go running! The run was slow going. I did climb over a snow drift and tripped just once while I was doing that but it was very soft snow. Even though it was 10 degrees Barkley enjoyed himself. DH Dozed the s... Read more

  • GroundHog Day Weather

    2/2/2016 10:16:08 AM, by BA5454

    The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it. ~Patrick Young Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while. ~Kin Hubbard In the lit... Read more

  • OK I did "IT":( Work in Progress..

    2/2/2016 8:22:52 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I was stressed for some reason and ate 3 bowls of oatmeal at 1am. I am honest so looks like that is my breakfast for today. This lets me know I still have issues to work on. I need to accept life on life's terms and deal with things in other ways than trying to numb myself with oatmeal. (It wasn'... Read more

  • You know you're weird when the doc calls the intern in to observe

    2/1/2016 8:04:08 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Nothing serious, fortunately. I was at an appointment to get new orthotics. The ones I got last year are fine for walking but I CANNOT run in them. I've been using a pair that is now 4 years old. Maybe a new pair will solve my shoe problem? (See other blog today) I really like this facility... Read more

  • Shoe Woes Continue - I feel like Goldilocks

    2/1/2016 8:01:23 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I've always identified with the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea." Her problem was the mattresses. Mine are the shoes. Now I have a new alter ego. This is my living room floor right now. I already own the 2 on the right, but they are wearing out. As Goldilocks would say, "these a... Read more

  • Week Ahead

    1/31/2016 6:15:12 PM, by BA5454

    Here's to the week ahead, ladies and gents: Go get it! ... Read more

  • Excuse or Challenge???

    1/31/2016 3:14:05 PM, by LDYHAZ

    It's all how you view it. What's your answer? Barkley and I couldn't wait to put our tracks down! Woo Hoo! Expecting big storm to come through in the next couple of days. Will take advantage of clear crisp day out side.... Read more

  • Determination

    1/30/2016 2:55:10 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    My word for February is going to be determination. I am determined to stop messing around, grazing, cheating, and generally being a constantly-nibbling sloth. What has caused this awakening? My monthly weigh-in. It was as I expected. Instead of losing in January, I gained a pound. I'm now ... Read more

  • Training log Week 5/ Pissed off the Beagle/Week in review

    1/30/2016 12:51:46 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Weather on Sunday (start of my week) was really nice! In the 40's and very light wind. I decided I wanted to push myself and see what type of time I could get for a 5k. This of course meant that Barkley the beagle had to stay home. I had him fastened to the back porch and off I went. I kept the ... Read more

  • Targeted Advertising

    1/30/2016 8:29:42 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I wasn't going to blog today. I got up late (7:00) and I have a lot to do. This is NOT a complaint about advertising in general, neither on Spark or anywhere else. It's more about how I see myself and how advertisers view me. Because I'm old, I'm used to the phone calls about how I need one ... Read more

  • Change

    1/30/2016 3:23:10 AM, by BA5454

    Just a reminder for me, as I fell into some old habits this last week! ... Read more

  • Carnegie Hall! Here I Come!

    1/28/2016 7:18:25 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    No, I haven't suddenly been "discovered" and I didn't just buy a ticket. I'm actually going to be on the stage singing - in a chorus in a concert in June. It's not the NY Philharmonic and it is not one of their premier events, but I'll be on the stage I used to look up at from the audience. ... Read more

  • Quote for today 1/26/2016

    1/26/2016 9:12:03 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    Sometimes the strength in you is not a big fiery flame for everyone to see, it's just a tiny Spark that whispers ever so softly, "Keep going. You got this!" ... Read more

  • Lean Habit 2, Mastering the hunger pain (satiety clue)

    1/25/2016 7:15:51 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Doug Lisle created a video called “Losing weight without losing your sanity”
    6bTuQ. eating is controlled by the part of the brain called the hypothalamus which responds to stretch receptors and nutrient receptors in the digestive system. Law of satiety: Animals ... Read more

  • My split sports personality - watching 2 channels at once

    1/25/2016 7:54:55 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I know why the networks schedule figure skating against football. Surely each will appeal to only one segment of the population. Except for me, again the oddball. Yesterday, Denver vs New England began at 3pm, so I had one hour to watch uninterrupted. I did use the time for 32 minutes of s... Read more

  • Safely Adding The miles- Week 4 Training completed

    1/25/2016 7:30:39 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Another week of Half marathon training in the bag. Mixture of challenging weather. Mostly cold with some wind. My pace run on Tuesday just included one big sprint in the middle of the run. That was a in an area where I was sure of the road surface. MY easy runs were slower this past week. Dodgi... Read more

  • Glorioski What a Day

    1/24/2016 1:00:28 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Sometimes after a big snow, the day after is just the brightest most sparkling day you could ask for. Well, the snow stopped south of us and we got NONE, but we got the glorious day after anyway! To top things off, my back is feeling much better. Yesterday it felt OK, too, but my brain was still in ... Read more

  • Revisiting Kale

    1/24/2016 11:08:26 AM, by BA5454

    I wasn't so much a kale fan unless it was accompanied by sausage, potatoes and cream in the form a soup. Ahem. But I bought a big bag of the curly stuff and I'm coming around to it. For one, it's pretty hearty and if you're going to put it in soup, it holds up pretty well. For another, I've di... Read more

  • Snowbound - fitness info for the data driven mind of a "confused squirrel"

    1/24/2016 8:15:24 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    After one blizzard day of fitness walking around the house, strength training and yoga, I had to keep up my motivation for day 2. I would much rather be outside running or walking, but my neighborhood looked like this. I won't let DH shovel the driveway. At 71 he doesn't need the sudden... Read more

  • Motivation

    1/24/2016 7:00:45 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    I'll be honest, this blog is just an excuse to post a picture of shopping with my little bear. I tried to upload this to my status, but the photo uploader kept flipping it upside down for some reason. Still, since I'm here, I would like to say that it is amazing how much motivation Sas... Read more

  • The Sun Rise

    1/23/2016 9:15:31 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I make it a purpose to get up each morning before the sun. My special time is having a cup of coffee. Checking my emails and watching the new day start. As many of you may know I grew up in California and then made a bold move in my late 40's to move to Nebraska. I didn't know anyone who liv... Read more

  • Relatively Speaking - Continuing Yesterday's Deep Thoughts

    1/23/2016 9:07:39 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Yesterday I pondered what was considered a "significant" amount of weight loss and the attitudes of and toward those who have lost (or want to lose) different amounts of weight. Of course magazines want to make sales and spotlight the extreme cases either in total weight (a lot) or a short amou... Read more

  • Relatively Insignificant - The Power of Words

    1/22/2016 2:51:04 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I'm blaming this blog on the blizzard. I have time to ponder and think deep thoughts. Yesterday I was included on a group sparkmail regarding a request to interview women with a unique story and aha moment who fit certain other criteria. I'm too old to qualify by about 25 years so it certain... Read more

  • Back Pain and Pain

    1/22/2016 8:35:39 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    I have a recurring problem with back pain. Everybody in my family is sick of it, including me. It's not really muscle strain or even a pulled muscle-it's a spasm. I can't sleep through it, I can't stand it and it makes me one unhappy camper. No one really understands (channeling my inner teenager) ... Read more

  • Pphhbt!

    1/22/2016 6:37:27 AM, by BA5454

    Last week deserves a big ole: pphhbt! Onward and upward to better things, like the weekend: Keep it Spark-a-licious this weekend, and I will too. ... Read more

  • Eat what I want? Yep, I'm doing that!

    1/21/2016 7:01:48 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Last night DH & I were having dinner - spaghetti, which I carefully weighed on my food scale before cooking it. He also threw 2 thick slices of garlic bread in the oven and asked me if I wanted some. No thanks - and that was that. It reminded me of recent posts/discussions about food pushers ... Read more

  • Quote for Today 1/20/2016

    1/21/2016 6:00:41 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    "Throughout years and years, slow and steady wins the race. Is greatness winning? Is it losing? Is it recovery? It's all of them, plus being good to yourself. I don't have regrets. I don't live in the past. I live in the present and learn not to make the same mistakes in the future." Serena Willi... Read more

  • One day at a time

    1/20/2016 3:03:29 PM, by WILMA42

    Working through mindset demons - down 3 pounds since Jan 6.... Energy up and feel more positive , but have to keep reminding myself this is a slow and steady journey .... Progress will be made one choice at a time ... Read more

  • Fit to Fat to Fit (TV Show)

    1/20/2016 8:56:26 AM, by BA5454

    I saw this and dvr'ed it then ended up watching most of it anyway last night. And I'm not sure what I saw--still trying to make sense of it. This is the promo for it: 'A groundbreaking new series that follows personal fitness trainers from across the country as they undertake the most extreme w... Read more

  • Slushy Running....and the herding Beagle..

    1/20/2016 6:45:25 AM, by LDYHAZ

    This is my first winter running and it has been very educational to say the least. I have put hexagon screws in one pair of running shoes. Bought lots of winter running clothes. (that was real fun because I love running clothes) Read and re read all the articles I could find on running in snow and... Read more

  • Disappointed :(

    1/18/2016 4:44:17 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Got up this morning. Showered and even put on makeup. Dressed real nice with those new boots. All this for my cardiologist! It's a cold one today. The nurse is great she comments on how great I look and wishes she could do what I have done. I tell her she can. He was an hour... Read more

  • Hey, Sugar

    1/18/2016 11:31:03 AM, by BA5454

    I inadvertently did an experiment. I was pretty much sugar-free from the beginning of the year--something I've never done before because my mantra has been 'everything in moderation'. But hey, I gave it a go. The results? I lost weight, couldn't sleep, felt more alert, and had more energy. ... Read more

  • Today is DH's 71st Birthday - Look what he bought last night!

    1/18/2016 9:10:21 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It weighs 2lbs 8oz and has 12 assorted varieties of slices. So each slice is 3.3 oz We are NOT having a party. He bought this for the TWO of us. The missing piece was his breakfast at 6am. I love cheesecake. It's my favorite dessert, but even I don't want to eat it before sunrise. ... Read more

  • Cardiologist Appointment.....

    1/18/2016 6:58:18 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Ok folks to put it simply.. I have 2 leaky valves. Sounds like I am a car. I like to think of myself right now as a Sports Car! Zoom Zoom. The valve leak is something that I was born with and inherited from my father. He died at age 45 after having 3 heart attacks and one stroke. Eac... Read more

  • Week Three 1/2 Marathon Training!

    1/17/2016 2:51:47 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Switched things up this week some. I needed to make sure and have Mondays off so my whole schedule became shifted one day. All the days I ran were on decent temp. I did a 4 mile fast walk on Monday and that was because it was so cold. Tuesday was my first interval runs. 20 min easy with 5 1 min fa... Read more

  • Results of the ABB 5K

    1/17/2016 10:47:01 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    The ABB 5k in Houston is the second largest race in which I've participated with over 6000 runners. The largest was New Orleans' Crescent City Classic (10K) that attach over 20000 runners. ABB 5K result Finish time 29:56 Pace: 9:38 per mile 6:23 miles per hour Gun time: 32:31... Read more

  • Unstoppable Motivation

    1/17/2016 9:44:02 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Listen to the podcast at
    nstoppable-weightloss/play. Continue with the tapping from the prologue, See
    ?board=4806x20380x63417223 and also tap... Read more

  • A Comment by My Brother

    1/17/2016 6:43:57 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Over the holidays my brother and his daughter (my niece) came for a visit. My brother is 10 years older. He has never had the weight problem that I have, but he has been up and down and does battle with excess weight. This picture is from the summer when I stayed with him to go to my cousin's 80... Read more

  • Sorry, Adele

    1/16/2016 6:48:40 AM, by BA5454

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  • Running With The Cows!

    1/15/2016 2:50:41 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Ok,I am sure most of you have heard or seen the whole "Running With The Bulls" in Spain. Well here in Nebraska it is running with the Cows. This morning during my long run, I cut across on a trail road that separates a couple of our fields. We have the corn fields fenced off and a herd of young ... Read more

  • Priority

    1/15/2016 6:52:25 AM, by BA5454

    Have a Spark-tacular Friday all!... Read more