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  • May Mania Day 26

    5/26/2016 12:12:45 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Last night I was laying in bed and suddenly got up and went into the kitchen. I went to the freezer where there was a gallon of chocolate ice cream left over from Sasha's birthday party 10 days earlier. Olya doesn't like chocolate ice cream (honestly, WHAT IS WRONG WITH HER?!?) and the ice cream h... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 19

    5/26/2016 6:44:45 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    "In Times of Change, Learners Inherit the Earth while the Learned are Perfectly Prepared for a World that No Longer Exists" That was one of the quotations displayed prominently in the front of my classroom. It's also the title of my personal website - the one I continue to update and maintain ... Read more

  • Weight off my shoulders

    5/25/2016 1:57:07 PM, by CDGO4TH

    We bought some land in Tennessee back in 2008 and our plans changed so we knew we would never want to live there. We have had it up for sale for the past three years and thankfully we closed on the deal yesterday. It was a nice 40 acres of land but sometimes things happen in life and you have t... Read more

  • Wow -- It has been awhile!

    5/25/2016 10:06:45 AM, by PLMITCH

    My last blog was on 3/5 while still in Jamaica! Wow! I guess things have been very hectic since I got home! Some highlights over the past 2+ months: - Two races -- a HM and two 5K's. HM was a new PR! - Began training for my first marathon in October - Went to Vegas with my wife... Read more

  • Getting Rid of "Stuff"

    5/25/2016 9:03:08 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So a friend came up to me at church on Sunday and asked something like, "Aren't you afraid you'll gain all the weight back?" Are you kidding me??!! What a question! But, honestly, that was a HUGE fear. I've lost and regained a little weight before. Granted, I've never been as heavy as I w... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 18

    5/25/2016 6:23:05 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way" Anyone get my reference? Yes, even Math majors read the classics. In the context of my project, substitute "sparkers" for "families" I'm looking at unhappy results right now. Today's group includes 2/3 with ... Read more

  • May Mania Day 25

    5/25/2016 12:57:26 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 24: Well it rained in the SW corner of NH on Tuesday so it was sorta quiet on the mania front. Steps: 11,134 Flights of stairs climbed: 16 Day 25 looms large with possibility. What will you do today?... Read more

  • Kindergarten Graduation

    5/24/2016 5:56:42 PM, by CDGO4TH

    Today I went to the graduation ceremony for my granddaughter. It seems like yesterday she was a tiny baby. Time sure does fly. Before you know it she will be graduating from high school. I am thankful that I have changed my lifestyle to healthy eating and exercise so I can enjoy days like today ... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 17

    5/24/2016 8:04:41 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    "It's not our old Brooklyn anymore" That's what an old friend told me 2 years ago when I was planning to attend my 50th high school reunion. It's also the comment I got from a spark friend about this community as she returned after a long break. No community is static. People change. Thei... Read more

  • May Mania Day 24

    5/24/2016 6:37:45 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 23 recap: Sasha and I went for a long walk. Then in the evening a friend came over to stay with him while my wife and I went salsa dancing. Total steps: 14,079 Flights of stairs climbed: 17 Day 24 outlook: errands, yard work, working out and ???... Read more

  • First Peony of the Season

    5/24/2016 6:05:02 AM, by BA5454

    Nothing too Sparky here, just my first peony of the season. What a whopper! ... Read more

  • Travel and family fun!

    5/23/2016 2:53:10 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Once again we took off and drove 5 hours. This time it was back to Omaha. Our oldest daughter Alisha, her husband Jay and our two grandson were driving in from TX. Alisha has been training for 2 years for Bikini Body Building. Last year she placed a 2nd in the open competition. Dale and I were ... Read more

  • May Mania Day 23

    5/23/2016 9:35:13 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First, the totals from Day 22: Steps: 16,103 Flights of stairs: 33 Strength Training (upper body) Today: Who knows what lies ahead??? Spark on peeps.... Read more

  • Reflections & Goals (Week 10)

    5/23/2016 8:26:26 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Again, I did pretty poopy with my goals this week--or rather with being productive with anything but the running goals. I lost weight and am learning to walk away from food I'm craving. Which means I am CAPABLE of forcing myself to focus and do hard things. So I need to apply that capability to rou... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 16

    5/23/2016 8:01:13 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Hopefulness and Discouragement - Our attitude makes a difference in our ability to stick with a plan. That's the reason for all those inspirational quotes on spark pages. I believe they help, but it's not enough just to say it. We have to really believe it. We have to act on our hopeful, positiv... Read more

  • New Shoes!!

    5/22/2016 8:58:43 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Got my new running shoes yesterday! Love them! Sundays are my rest day, but I can't wait to try them out tomorrow! ! (And, in case there is any possible chance you were still wondering, the answer to the question below is YES!) UPDATE: I've gotten a couple of questions. ... Read more

  • Long Walks and Ruminations

    5/22/2016 8:48:10 PM, by BA5454

    "You must walk like a camel, which is said to be the only beast which ruminates when walking." -- "Walking" by Henry David Thoreau, 1861 I took off for a walk this evening, with no real destination in mind. I only knew that I *had* to walk. 5.2 woodsy miles later, my head was clear and a ... Read more

  • Play Now, Grow up Later!

    5/22/2016 3:15:40 PM, by CDGO4TH

    That is their motto at The Factory. My granddaughters 6th birthday party was held yesterday at an indoor Trampoline park. I will be 57 next weekend but she asked me to get in an "play" with her. It was a lot of fun. I am so thankful that I have lost weight because there is No Way I could have d... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 15

    5/22/2016 7:44:42 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    "Let the Haters Be Your Motivation" - Persistence and Resilience Yesterday we attended the HS graduation of grandson #3. He is class valedictorian and made a speech at the ceremony. He's known as "Math Guy" since he enrolled in Calculus at the local Community College at age 12. All his math ... Read more

  • May Mania Day 22

    5/22/2016 5:23:59 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First a report on Day 21: Steps: 17,830 Flights of stairs climbed: 20 Only 9 days left in May Mania, on to day 22...... Read more

  • May Mania Day 21

    5/21/2016 4:09:16 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 20 Summary: Steps: 15,630 Flights of stairs climbed: 18 Day 21: This morning we went to the Currier Museum in Manchester, NH. This little museum is a hidden gem. This evening I'll be downstairs working out. Here are Sasha and the DW at the Museum (don't worry, this was somethi... Read more

  • Sometimes It's Initimidating

    5/21/2016 12:27:59 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So my thoughts have been in a bit of a turmoil lately. I posted about the ta-doo I planned for my mom's birthday on Facebook. Just like you all, so many wonderful comments from friends and family. But I also got a little worried... You see, I was talking to a friend afterwards, and she m... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 14

    5/21/2016 5:46:51 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Today's group of 20 friends deserves a gold star from Spark. 18 are still active. That's a remarkable 90% I didn't have to remind myself of who they are because they are active here regularly and I "see" them here all the time even if they are not specifically interacting with me. At ... Read more

  • Word of the Day: Dally

    5/20/2016 12:35:29 PM, by BA5454

    Merriam-Webster's word of the day is dally. By definition, in part, dally means to waste time, linger, dawdle. Don't dally this weekend. Instead: 1. Extend your workout. 2. Eat like it's a weekday! Fuel appropriately. 3. Get outdoors. 4. Plan for relaxation. 5. Plan for next week.... Read more

  • May Mania Day 20

    5/20/2016 10:26:24 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Recap of Day 19: Steps: 11,926 Flights of stairs climbed: 15 Strength training: some upper body that I didn't have time for the previous day Goals for day 20: more stairs! super strict on logging food! Stay manic!!... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 13

    5/20/2016 7:44:22 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Suddenly, recognizing old friends became a bit more difficult. Heck, when I logged in on Wednesday for my 654th consecutive day, I hardly recognized myself. My profile picture, where I proudly display my Spark T-Shirt, was a tiny little "postage stamp" amid a sea of blue. The new format of... Read more

  • May Moderation?!? (May Mania Day 19)

    5/19/2016 5:03:53 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    In yesterday's blog, I talked about how I once had a streak of 100 days where I walked 20,000+ steps a day (including one day over 75,000 steps!). And - in yesterday's blog - I speculated that maybe I should try and break that streak record. Enter wisdom in the form of my wife. She reminded m... Read more

  • Handmade Patriotic Wreath

    5/19/2016 4:08:10 PM, by CDGO4TH

    My latest crafting project is complete. I am impressed and want to start on another one right away. This just might be what everyone on my Christmas list is getting this year! I want to try different Holiday Wreaths. I have lots of ideas going around in my head. ... Read more

  • I Am Free (Before-After Pics)

    5/19/2016 8:25:41 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Thank you SO much for all your kind comments and notes on my last post
    ?blog_id=6164505. The project started out small--just donating however many pounds I lost by my mom's birthday to the domestic violence shelter in her memory. ... Read more

  • I Am Free (Before-After Pics)

    5/19/2016 8:25:41 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Thank you SO much for all your kind comments and notes on my last post
    ?blog_id=6164505. The project started out small--just donating however many pounds I lost by my mom's birthday to the domestic violence shelter in her memory. ... Read more

  • Blah.

    5/19/2016 8:17:20 AM, by BA5454

    Absolutely no motivation for the last several days, although I have gone out for a run or two. I think the big decision process on whether to move or not, is partly to blame. Isn't that one of those life-changing events that always garners the high points on the stress scale? I've moved more t... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 12

    5/19/2016 7:36:20 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    "My live-in BF calls me fat chick" - That was one line of the last blog of an old spark friend. It was no surprise then that she became inactive before reaching her goal. The blog didn't say she was leaving, so that wasn't her intention at the moment she last blogged, but living in that atmosphere... Read more

  • May Mania Day 18

    5/18/2016 9:54:46 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 17 summary: Steps: 11,198 Flights of stairs climbed: 16 Day 18 goals. Okay, it's time to take it up a notch. This morning I was looking at some of my old blogs and I noticed one from a few years ago where I was talking about how I had walked 20,000 steps (or more) a day for 100 day... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 11

    5/18/2016 8:05:16 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    The law of unintended consequences is usually invoked when describing an unexpected outcome of a project. My original goal was to check in on old friends, reconnect with those still active and maybe discover why others had disappeared. Yesterday I read about a friend's swimming activities... Read more

  • May Mania Day 17

    5/17/2016 3:18:35 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Recap of Day 16: Meetings, meetings, meetings. Neuroscience group, followed by Sasha's one-year check-up (3 shots, poor thing), followed by faculty meeting. Aaarrgh! Oh for the "endless days of summer." Still: Steps: 11,760 Flights of stairs climbed: 16 Tuesday: piano lesson, Sp... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 10

    5/17/2016 8:15:37 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Each day of this project a new question pops into my head. Of course, I still want to know the results - active vs inactive/missing, but today I was wondering about the "old timers." Some sparkers have been here longer than I have and I consider myself a real veteran. At this point my "... Read more

  • Celebrating 50+ Pounds Lost (the best way I can think of)

    5/17/2016 12:03:46 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So, as I mentioned in this post (
    dual.asp?blog_id=6137264), I've been wanting to lose weight for a while, but I wanted to lose weight by my mom's birthday to honor her memory. And, as of this morning, I've lost 53 pounds (WAHOOO!) S... Read more

  • Sewing Projects

    5/16/2016 8:56:37 PM, by CDGO4TH

    I finally got a day in my seeing room. My Family Reunion is coming up at the end of the month and we always have an auction. It is a lot of fun. There are some great items. I plan on making a few more things. Today I made two dishcloths that hang from the oven door, a Santa Pillow that has a fl... Read more

  • To RV or Not to RV?

    5/16/2016 8:54:29 PM, by BA5454

    That's the question of the day. DH and I have had some serious discussions about going RV'ing full-time. Again. Here's me in '95 with our pupper, Sadie (she passed in 2012). We were on the road for 6 months in a 5th Wheel (or some call it a goose-neck): We're thinking about it again ... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 9

    5/16/2016 7:28:39 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    DH calls my spark friends my "imaginary friends." I envy those who are able to meet in real life after sharing experiences online. So far in real life I've meet exactly ONE spark friend (Teri-rific) when we realized we would both be participating in the VA 10 Miler which attracts thousands of runn... Read more

  • May Mania Day 16

    5/16/2016 12:11:59 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Over 45 people showed up to Sasha's first birthday party! There were acres of cake and mountains of ice cream as well as lots of other decadent treats, but I stuck to the veggie platters and the sparkling water. Sasha didn't have any cake either, for that matter, and - like all one year olds - was... Read more

  • Reflections & Goals (Week 9)

    5/15/2016 11:34:03 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Stink stank stunk! I had already written this post and my computer shut down, losing it all. The bad thing is that I was in a more positive mood when I wrote it before, so I think this one might be more of a Debbie Downer. Before I get into anything, I took my kidlets out to see my mom's grave... Read more

  • Running the Proving Grounds.

    5/15/2016 5:13:52 PM, by KONRAD695

    Today I went to run a special race, The "Prove It 5k" It was held on GM's proving grounds outside of Detroit. For those not familiar, here is a brief description. The proving grounds is a three plus mile track entirely inside General Motors property. It is loaded with hills, dips, curves... Read more

  • Sunset Run 5k

    5/15/2016 1:07:18 PM, by CDGO4TH

    I did the St John's Sunset Run 5k yesterday here in Pensacola, FLorida. It was a nice route. We ran by the water and roads that were mostly shaded. It was still hot at 5:30 pm. I ended up coming in 2nd place for my age division. I shaved off 3 minutes from my time in the race I did last weekend... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 8

    5/15/2016 7:20:21 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Each day I look forward to this project. I'm glad I have the time to do it. I'm retired so there is no boss (principal or superintendent in my case) to demand something be done immediately if not sooner. I was a math/computer science teacher and later Technology Coordinator. My time is my ... Read more

  • May Mania Day 15

    5/15/2016 6:57:32 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    I've reached the halfway point for May Mania. When I get to the end, I'll post a blog explaining what it was all about. First, a report on day 14: I didn't have much free time but managed to get my minimums in: Steps: 13,019 Flights of stairs climbed: 21 Looking ahead to day 15... Read more

  • May Mania Day 14

    5/14/2016 3:04:10 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    About Day 13: it was ... interesting I knew it would be a tough day going in. My department held their end-of-the-semester retreat and that meant sitting for hours. I knew I wouldn't be able to be manic, I was just hoping I wouldn't lose my streaks. For a long time now I've set myself a dail... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 7

    5/14/2016 7:27:41 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Today I'm thinking about my "class" - those who joined the same week that I did. I know that we are supposed to be automatically assigned to a team when we sign up, but somehow that did not happen to me. I know I didn't have any friends or any teams for a very long time. I just tracked and occasi... Read more

  • I went to the Barre today!

    5/13/2016 4:32:37 PM, by CDGO4TH

    I tried out a Barre class today. It was fun and boy did we do lots of pli'es. My legs were trembling! I hope I am not too sore tomorrow because I have a 5k race. If you are curious about Barre, give it a try. ... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 6

    5/13/2016 7:02:06 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Perhaps there should be a subtitle today? Why did they leave? I'm learning a lot both from my stroll down the memory lane of old friends and also from the comments. Is the efficiency of the website a reason to leave? In the beginning I used to have trouble with the trackers. Then veter... Read more

  • May Mania Day 13

    5/13/2016 6:45:24 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Day 12 wasn't that many steps but a lot of them were stairs: Steps: 11,585 Flights of stairs climbed: 29 Strength training: Lower body and core Today on day thirteen: my end-of-the-year departmental retreat: lot's of sitting with a bunch of people, some of whom are nice and ... well, b... Read more

  • What A Great Way To Start A Day!

    5/12/2016 12:53:04 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Today started off with getting just shy of 8 hours of sleep. I awoke refreshed and full of energy. (even before my cup of coffee) DH has a full day of farming ahead. Two fields to be planted before Friday night. If he can get this done then he will go with me to Kansas for a family event. If not... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 5

    5/12/2016 7:58:17 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I used to be a fan of the "Survivor" TV show. I remember that on the day before the finale the 4 last "survivors" would walk down a path lined with the torches of those who had not survived and would say a few words about each one of them. This is a bit how I feel with this project. While I'... Read more

  • May Mania Day 12

    5/12/2016 12:31:05 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First, a report on Day 11: Steps: 15,778 Flights of stairs climbed: 40 Strength training: Upper body Other: Tai Chi class Day 12: I have no idea what this day will bring except that it will be manic. Of course, if I don't get to bed soon, nothing much will happen!... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 4

    5/11/2016 7:45:07 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Another reminder from my project. Some sparkers return with a new screen name. Either they left for a while and returned with a brand new persona and outlook or like me they just deleted their old page and joined again without a spark break. My spark start date is listed as 8/20/2009, but I r... Read more

  • May Mania Day 11

    5/11/2016 12:10:42 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Even the May Maniac needs a rest day now and then, so on Day 10, I took it a little easier: Steps: 12,009 Flights of stairs climbed: 15 Strength training: Lower Body & Core Day 11: Sasha turns one! Happy Birthday Sasha! ... Read more

  • What A Workout!

    5/10/2016 3:19:02 PM, by CDGO4TH

    It is very nice here today. I went to Zumba class and then for a run along the trail on the Navy Base in Pensacola. The Blue Angels were flying overhead. I ran past Fort Barancas and the Pensacola light house. I have not ran this trail in over a year but I think I will make it a weekly thing! ... Read more

  • New Schedule

    5/10/2016 8:15:57 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Back to training. After reflection on that half marathon. I have decided I did enjoy it and will be planning on another in the fall. Until then I will be working on overall healthy and building some strength. I would also like to get rid of those last 5 lbs.. Attempt not to eat after 9PM. That d... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 3

    5/10/2016 7:48:16 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I'm working on this project gradually, checking in on 10 old friends per day. That's my mindset about most things - gradual, slow and steady progress. It's worked so far for weight loss, increasing fitness/strength training/steps per day, cutting down on sugar etc. The lesson learned tod... Read more

  • May Mania Day 10

    5/10/2016 1:52:21 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    As usual, I start with a report on the previous day. Day 9: Steps: 36,508 Floors of stairs climbed: 45 Strength training: Upper body, 3 sets of each exercise to failure AND I FINISHED GRADING!!!!! Coming up on Day 10: Now that grading is done, I want to reintroduce myself to my ... Read more

  • 21 Day Challenge

    5/9/2016 9:08:56 PM, by CDGO4TH

    I just finished a 21 Day Challenge that involved giving up sugar. You never realize how much sugar you are consuming until you do something like this. Within a few days of beginning your body starts to go through withdrawal or detox. Sugar in different forms and names are in so many things. I st... Read more

  • Reflections & Goals (Week 8)

    5/9/2016 9:19:56 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    WOW! Last week was not a bad week in general but definitely a stinky week with actually accomplishing anything with last week's organization goals. Anyway, I'll get to all that in a minute. First, I want to celebrate every little step that you and I are making. Little or big--we just need to f... Read more

  • Quote of the Day may 9, 2016

    5/9/2016 9:16:27 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    "Success comes from knowing what you don’t know, more than coming from what you do know." - Ray Dalio ... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone? Day 2

    5/9/2016 7:22:40 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Before I post the data for today, I want to clarify something because of a comment posted on yesterday's blog. It ended with this statement. "I am not one of those people who feel the need to have hundreds and hundreds of friends. For me, that is totally ridiculous." I believe: We are a... Read more

  • May Mania Day 9

    5/9/2016 7:19:45 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    As usual, I first look at the previous day's results: Day 8: Strength training: rest day Steps: 38,239 Floors of stairs climbed: 44 Coming up on Day 9, I HAVE TO FINISH GRADING. I HAVE TO FINISH GRADING. I HAVE TO FINISH GRADING. (Gosh, I hate grading). P.S. I've had enoug... Read more

  • Be the Warrior

    5/9/2016 6:08:52 AM, by BA5454

    Whoa, it's Monday! Time to be the warrior: Have an exceptionally good week all! Be the warrior and stay Sparky!... Read more

  • My Mom

    5/8/2016 11:05:15 AM, by BA5454

    Here's one of favorite pictures of my mom and her mom (my grandmother). I believe it was taken in the early '40's: Grandmother died at 102 years old in '97, mom is still going as strong at 92. She's a wonder to me sometimes: --She raised 5 kids, and with a husband in the military and of... Read more

  • Happy Mothers Day We started C25K

    5/8/2016 9:01:31 AM, by NEWSWEETBREEZES

    Mom and I started C25k this morning and Completed Day#1 May 8,2016. Mom is age 68 and I am age 46. We decided to give ourselves the gift of Health for Mothers Day. πŸ’•πŸ˜ƒ... Read more

  • Where have all my old friends gone?

    5/8/2016 8:01:41 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Today I decided to find out. Over my 7+ years on Spark I've made hundreds of friends, followed their journeys, celebrated their successes and sympathized with their problems. Perhaps it's the recent losses in my life as members of my own generation pass away, or maybe it's my 70th birthday coming... Read more

  • May Mania Day 8

    5/8/2016 12:04:03 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Well, today is Sunday (one minute past midnight) and Sunday is my first official May Mania weigh-in. But that will have to wait until I get up in the morning. Now I'll just give my totals from day 7: Strength training: upper body Steps: 22,709 Floors of stairs climbed: 37 Update: It'... Read more

  • "I Deserve To Be The Best I Can Be"

    5/7/2016 5:19:24 PM, by NEWSWEETBREEZES

    Since Nov 2015 I was working through a foot, neck injury. I was on crutches but I'v been getting Physo and Chiro treatment ever since and my foot neck and back is getting better. I went up to 172 pounds no exercise and good and bad days of eating. May 2,2016 This week I started eating well again ... Read more

  • Pictures from the Pasture

    5/7/2016 4:26:37 PM, by BA5454

    There are 2 herds at the riding center I volunteer at, and they each need to be fed then turned out to their various pastures. The larger of the two usually run heck bent for leather out to the green grass after their grain, but not yesterday. Yesterday was a slow amble and a little bit of kissy-fac... Read more

  • We Are All Here for Each Other

    5/7/2016 2:47:11 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I've been a Spark member for several years, but I've only recently started really using it. For me, I think one of the most intimidating part of being a member is diving into the community--I never understood how I could really be "friends" with people I'd never met. But I was so tired of bein... Read more

  • Need some advise/help Synced Fitbit Surge

    5/7/2016 12:48:25 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Ok so I synced my new fit bit to spark people. Now my calorie level is all out of wack. The level now has gone way UP. It has added all my daily movements and added an additional 1000 calories to my limit. How do you work with this? Should I only sync when I am all done for the day? Technolo... Read more

  • May Mania Day 7

    5/7/2016 12:08:31 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First, a report on Day 6: Friday was a mixture of sun and rain. Unfortunately, I spent most of the sunny period in a hardware store as I fought with my lawn mower. Replaced the spark plug and the air filter and still the thing won't start. Any suggestions, Spark Friends? Still, that didn... Read more

  • May Mania Day 6

    5/6/2016 12:11:46 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Report on Day 5: Strength training: Upper body, 3 sets of each exercise, reps until failure Steps: 20,840 Floors of stairs climbed: 26 Day 6: More grading, more mania.... Read more

  • Sorrow and Joy

    5/5/2016 9:06:09 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    BOY! I'm having a melancholy week! Like I mentioned, I know I'm sad missing my mom leading up to Mother's Day and her birthday the week after. (And I know these anniversaries always bring mixed feelings with childhood memories.) I know I'm bummed (and worried) about this stupid achiness in my hip. ... Read more

  • Physical Activity and Diet Are Not Equal

    5/5/2016 8:41:40 AM, by BA5454

    I was at the gym the other day doing a dreaded aerobics class (it's a love-hate, I'm less rhythmic than say, your average gecko, but I try because it makes me sweat) and the instructor yells out: "You'll work so hard today, you can have that piece of chocolate cake! I had to pause as that side ... Read more

  • May Mania Day 5

    5/5/2016 12:13:50 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    A report on Day 4: Yet another day of rain dampened the clothes, but not the spirits, of the May Maniac. Steps: 13,540 Floors climbed: 24 Strength training: rest day Coming up day 5: the exams are done, now it's just grading, grading, grading. Be manic friends!... Read more

  • Star Wars Day

    5/4/2016 10:56:11 AM, by BA5454

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  • May Mania Day 4

    5/4/2016 7:00:27 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    First a report on Day 3: Tuesday was the first day of May here it didn't rain. Took Sasha for a long walk in the stroller and finished the day with: Steps: 24,146 Floors climbed: 21 Strength training: core workout Day 4 will be a rest day from strength training. It will also be b... Read more

  • Heading Across the Pond!

    5/3/2016 4:13:41 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    Just a quick update. My mother-in-law is recovering, slowly, from her pancreatic cancer surgery. They did find cancer in 3 of 9 lymph nodes, so she is facing chemotherapy once she is healed. It's been a very up-and-down ride and I'm sure that will continue. Your prayers and good wishes have been... Read more

  • Thinking of My Mom

    5/3/2016 3:32:28 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I read a post my sweet friend, BEESHELL8, about her mother. Her thoughts coming into Mother's Day were so meaningful to me that I wanted to share my own. Especially in the hopes it will help me work through some of the melancholy I'm feeling. I've mentioned here that my mom passed away 5 years ... Read more

  • May Mania Day 3

    5/3/2016 6:37:44 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    I begin with a report on Day 2. It was another rainy day. I spent some of the day in the hospital. No, there's nothing wrong with me - I didn't even make a co-pay - it was for May Mania. Often when its rainy or cold, I head to the "big box stores" to get my steps in, but because May Mania is a... Read more

  • Lincoln Half Marathon 2016 My Race

    5/2/2016 10:42:18 PM, by LDYHAZ

    I could just sum up the whole experience with WOW followed by Ouch! That does cover a lot of ground so I will break it down some. On Saturday Dale, His daughter and I showed up for packet pick up. That's when I spotted ONEKIDSMOM and HOT4FITNESS . It was perfect timing. Can't help it I am a ... Read more

  • Kicking the chips

    5/2/2016 11:48:02 AM, by BA5454

    Sometimes I feel like my face looks like this when I see a bag of chips: Why can't you have just one? The culprit is natural marijuana-like chemicals in the body called endocannabinoids, researchers from University of California, Irvine found. They discovered that when rats tasted somet... Read more

  • House for sale

    5/2/2016 10:51:05 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    I finally got my house on the market. Construction on new home should start this month. I'll probably be living in a tent for a few months if I'm lucky. It'll beats the doghouse that I sleep in occasionally--it's really not that bad except for when the dog snores. 43 18 See more at: ... Read more

  • What is May Mania?

    5/2/2016 10:11:29 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Fitness is a permanent change in the way we live our lives, not something we do for a time and then stop like a "diet" (as in "I want a bikini body by summer". Of course, if you ever saw this hairy old man in a bikini, you'd die laughing. Wait, am I digressing? Focus, Steve, focus.). But eve... Read more

  • Reflections & Goals (Week 7)

    5/2/2016 8:44:21 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Hey friends and new friends! I've had SUCH an amazing time getting to know more Sparkers this week--I am going slow, so I am still visiting folks. I have to quickly write up this post and then do my running this morning. Mondays are my CRAZY busy days for kids' activities: volunteer at the sch... Read more

  • May Mania Day 2

    5/2/2016 12:20:33 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Results from day 1: Core workout, plus 12,592 steps and 32 floors climbed. Coming up on day two I'll be doing upper body ST. I'll have to work around office hours and giving a make-up exam but that's not a problem because I'm a May Maniac!... Read more

  • Some heavy and totally unexpected race hardware

    5/1/2016 6:32:29 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    With all the excitement about music events lately, I've neglected to mention that I've been rehabbing another one of my freak yoga (over-stretching) injuries which occurred on April 7th. DH calls my approach to this activity "competitive yoga" - not competing with anyone else only myself. ... Read more

  • May Mania Day 1

    5/1/2016 2:26:02 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Rainy day here, but that couldn't dampen my spirits for May Mania. Did core work today: farmer's walks, planks, mountain climbers, ab wheel, crunches and more. I'll post step and stair totals tomorrow. Mother's Day is coming up. I'm thinking of having this pic of Sasha printed and framed for ... Read more

  • Get Ready for May Mania

    4/30/2016 9:42:29 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Classes ended on Friday. Now there's a week of exams and a frenzy of grading and then it's summer. I'll have more time to play with Sasha and focus on my health. To celebrate I've decided to make a real push this month. I'll be stepping, lifting, tracking, and all those good things. I'll p... Read more

  • We are in the Big City! Lincoln NE!

    4/30/2016 8:39:34 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I was amazed that some how I was able to get in over 8000 steps by taking a car ride. We did get out a couple of times. DH is pretty much a point A to Point B person. I did get him to explore a new visitor center that was featured around " Sandhill Crane Migration". That was just a chance encoun... Read more

  • I Am Just Stunned!

    4/30/2016 6:46:18 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    WOW! So that's what happens when a blog is featured! Holy cow! I'm absolutely overwhelmed by all the many wonderful comments. Thank you. I'm having such fun going to new Sparkpages, commenting on new pages, blogs and pics. It's a slow process, but I'm excited to get to know so many incredible p... Read more

  • *Yawn*

    4/29/2016 9:31:33 PM, by BA5454

    Man, am I tired. Hubs was snoring like this last night: And the dog was right beside him, albeit a smaller version: Hence: So after a big day at work, I'm tired. Have a good night all and a lovely weekend, too! Stay Sparkalicious! ... Read more

  • Horseback Riding and the Middle-Aged Woman

    4/28/2016 9:32:11 PM, by BA5454

    I'm taking Adult Horseback Riding lessons and tonight we cantered--like a lot. It made me realize that I'm not anywhere close to being 20-21 again, lol. My bones go a different way now and so does the jiggle. But I have to say, it's outstanding exercise. And no, the horse does NOT do all the work! ... Read more

  • Follow along

    4/28/2016 4:49:19 PM, by LDYHAZ

    If anyone wants to follow allong while I run this half marathon there is tracking. Race will start 7-8am on Sunday May 1st. Real early for you west coast folks. Just put my bib or name in. Thanks for reminding me Donna :) look for Lincoln NE half marathon... Read more

  • Taper week, emotional and way too much time on my hands..

    4/28/2016 1:45:05 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Looking back. Last May I RAN my first ever 5K from start to finish. I cried. I started running more. My next goal was a 10K in August during fair. I trained hard and with purpose. I ran that 10K and came in dead last. There was only about 9 of us running. Still I finished and got first in my ... Read more

  • I'm 1/2 lb away from 50 lbs (but there's a bigger milestone I've already reached)

    4/28/2016 8:25:06 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I stepped on the scale this morning, and I'm 1/2 pound from that big 50-pound milestone. Yes, I *am* one of those people who weigh in daily. I am finally realizing that my weight will fluctuate up and down, so I don't get too stressed (or excited) but wait for it to settle into the new "norm." ... Read more