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  • 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

  • Guy in the Banana Suit

    4/27/2016 5:44:57 PM, by BA5454

    I was reading a bit of Runner's World online the other day and they had an article on the '11 Things a Runner Never Wants to Hear'. One of the top ones was: "Hurry! The guy in the banana suit is catching you!" Too true, friends. Too true. Although I've never had a banana catch me, I did ha... Read more

  • So Much.

    4/27/2016 3:22:39 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    I see it has been a long time since I wrote a blog. It's been a stressful time. My husband's mother, Geneva, has been in the hospital for two weeks. During the first week, she was here in our small local hospital while tests were conducted and they tried to figure out why she was in pain, nauseou... Read more

  • The Power of Tracking (Pictures of the baby)

    4/27/2016 8:24:21 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    I want to tell you about my recent experiences with food tracking. During my wife's pregnancy, I put on quite a bit of "sympathetic" weight gain. Then my wife gave birth to our son, Sasha, and I was still pregnant. In December I got my first ever smart phone (I'm not exactly on the cutting ... Read more

  • Earth Day 5K

    4/25/2016 8:14:28 PM, by BA5454

    On Sunday, I ran in the Glen Helen Earth Day 5K with all the proceeds going to the 1,000 acre nature preserve that provides trails, education and even a rehab raptor house for those birds that cannot be returned to the wild anymore. It was an awesome day and a great trail run through the prese... Read more

  • Gratitude and Attitude: Reflections & Goals (Week 6)

    4/25/2016 8:35:12 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I found a couple of incredible ideas over the weekend about changing my attitude--feeling more grateful for what I have (and for who I have), accepting compliments from others (and, I would assume, myself too), focusing on the positive in my life, finding opportunities to serve, etc. I am defin... Read more

  • Successful Recital

    4/25/2016 7:30:06 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    How wonderful to see every seat occupied. They actually had to quickly run off more copies of the program. How nice to see my daughter (Hayburner1969), now the mother of 3 teenagers, performing again. How great to sleep for 10 hours last night. I didn't take any photos or do any record... Read more

  • Monday Motivation

    4/24/2016 7:40:04 PM, by BA5454

    Monday is coming--go get it! ... Read more

  • Cravings & Hormones

    4/24/2016 1:49:17 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I read a wonderful phrase from a blog (and dang it! I can't find the post--if you are the author and stop by here... PLEASE let me know so I can credit you!). Anyway, the author wrote that having self-control "means saying no to being impetuous around food." The idea of being "impetuous about food" ... Read more

  • Week of lessons and loss...

    4/23/2016 12:56:24 PM, by LDYHAZ

    My Monday started off with a phone call alerting me that there was going to be a funeral dinner on Friday. I am the one in charge. This was my First. My job is to call all 29 women on my list to bring in salads and cakes. I am also the one to go in early and cook large pans of potatoes and ham. ... Read more

  • Light Bulb!

    4/23/2016 11:33:17 AM, by BA5454

    I sat down this morning to do our grocery shopping list. It's on an access database, that I cannot for the life of me figure out how to make it print without losing its numbers. Hubs seems to melded with the program and he usually prints it up. Anyway, I was going over our list and it dawned o... Read more

  • International Piano Competition

    4/22/2016 7:16:40 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Not much keeps me from posting regularly here, but sometimes attention must be paid elsewhere. No, I'm not competing. My daughter (Hayburner1969) is the pianist. I was thinking of how to explain the history of all this when this article appeared in our paper. http://www.smithmountainlake... Read more

  • Be Cool

    4/22/2016 6:38:22 AM, by BA5454

    It's Friday, be cool! And Sparky. Have a goat one, er, GOOD one! ;-) ... Read more

  • 3 Challenges: Time for Some Planning

    4/21/2016 5:41:39 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I'm signed up for three different challenges. For a couple of them, I've been asked to do some planning. Here are the assignments: 1. Look ahead and establish a long-term plan for continued success. What do you want to accomplish over the next month or next year? Let's create a plan for succe... Read more

  • Another IBT Exercise

    4/21/2016 12:24:13 PM, by BA5454

    I have had IBT issues in the past and don't want them again this running season, so I was looking for more helps. And I found this one. Turn the treadmill's incline up 4-5.0 and set speed at 1.0. Turn so you face the side with your feet straight in front of you and begin to take a side steps, m... Read more

  • Reflections & Goals (Week 5)

    4/20/2016 8:25:59 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Another late Reflections and Goals entry. Boo! I feel like I'm running to just stay in the same place, but then as I reflect, I realize how much time I waste doing nonsense stuff. Blllt! But, like last week, I'm not giving up. I'm slipping and failing, but I need to look at this as an opportun... Read more

  • Who I am

    4/19/2016 5:31:17 PM, by CHANGINGHORSES

    I love this! I am constantly amazed at who I am today and who I am becoming. ... Read more

  • Tuesday

    4/19/2016 7:06:43 AM, by BA5454

    Had and awesome time in the pool this morning for an aqua circuit class. Then water jogged: I feel very smug about getting in my exercise so early this morning, hopefully will go for a walk later on. Meals are planned except for dinner, which will be planned after consultation with hubs. ;-)... Read more

  • Sugar Bomb

    4/18/2016 4:14:05 PM, by BA5454

    I was eating a container of yogurt and I must have made some sounds because my husband walks by and asks: "Enjoying that sugar bomb?" Huh? He said he'd read the label and it contains 17 grams of sugar. Then he brought me another as I had bought four of them (on sale), so I could read the l... Read more

  • Failure

    4/17/2016 8:43:13 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    For so many years, I was so afraid to really just try--because maybe I would fail. Lately I have gained an enormous confidence boost through the little successes I've told you about like getting back into running and tackling my weight problems for real. But--and this is the kicker--I thin... Read more

  • Last Week of Conditioning Pgm

    4/17/2016 9:35:10 AM, by BA5454

    Finally, my last week of a run-walk-run conditioning program. After the beginning of the new year, I took a new attitude towards fitness and decided to do what I liked and what 'felt' right. Truthfully, I was a little burned out on running so I ended up in the pool, went horseback riding, walked and... Read more

  • Bottom Line Poem author unknown

    4/16/2016 11:24:33 AM, by LDYHAZ

    THE BOTTOM LINE FACE IT, nobody owes you a living. What you achieve, or fail to achieve in your lifetime Is directly related to what you do or fail to do. No one chooses his parent or childhood, But you can choose your own direction. Everyone has problems and obstacles to overcome, ... Read more

  • Week in review...Rain...

    4/16/2016 8:55:59 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I sit here while we are still under storm warnings. Nebraska has beautiful storms. I grew up in Northern CA near Oregon and it would gently rain for days. Not so here. Here you get a show. Thunder and lightning with that rain. Our ever present wind jumps in just to make things more interesting... Read more

  • "FROZEN" Green Beans

    4/16/2016 6:48:54 AM, by BA5454

    I pulled a can of green beans out of the cupboard last evening and found this: --What is Green Giant doing with Olaf on the can? Sneakily trying to get kids to eat veggies? --And as a 10-year old, would I be enticed to eat green beans because of Olaf? (The picture is far tastier than the c... Read more

  • Commitment

    4/15/2016 1:24:12 PM, by BA5454

    My mood has been up and down this week, nothing too unusual. But at times my commitment I made to myself wavered. So this is good for a post and a reminder. Hope you all have a Spark-a-licious weekend! Bonus sleepy baby elephant for your time (because they're super cute and make me s... Read more

  • "The News"

    4/15/2016 11:49:48 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    This will be quick... I've got some deep thoughts, but I'll have to post them tomorrow. Anyhoo, thanks for the notes and the cheers for my status update. Let me give you the scoop. So in my 5/2 blogpost (
    p?blog_id=6133198) I ment... Read more

  • Too Cheesy

    4/14/2016 7:31:55 PM, by BA5454

    Yes! Another day without cake! Or Diet Coke. The coke may be a non-player, though. I used to drink one can per day, but I realized as a habit, I tied it to other foods, like chips. I don't eat chips--I don't 'need' a coke. Weird how that happens. Hubs is away and I was so very tempted to order ... Read more

  • 1st Day of Running Group

    4/14/2016 8:51:21 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So last night was the first day of my running group. It is hosted by a running store in the area and is just for women. Each session has 4 groups with a 5k goal event at the end: 1. A walking only (with abilities ranging from barely able to walk anything to marathon speed walkers); 2. A walk... Read more

  • Strong Today

    4/13/2016 7:55:52 PM, by BA5454

    Oh boy, I am having such severe cake cravings in the afternoon, it's not even funny. So far, I've been able to push them away--thank goodness for shifting focus, the 5% Challenge and my (slow) half-marathon training. But seriously, where ARE they coming from? P.S. Diet Coke free for one week! ... Read more

  • Decoding the Mindset

    4/12/2016 7:03:21 AM, by BA5454

    An article by Orlando Health quoted only 1 in 10 people believe that emotional issues (that can lead to overeating) factor into weight loss. In the survey, 1005 Americans were asked what they thought the obstacles were when it comes to losing weight. The study found: --31% of participants thi... Read more

  • I Didn't Give up! (Reflections & Goals, Week 4)

    4/11/2016 4:06:01 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I didn't give up last week! And guess what I found out last week? I don't have to blow off the rest of the week even if I slip up at the beginning. I don't have to wait for a new week or even a new day to reset my healthy lifestyle. I can begin again--every single minute of every single day! ... Read more

  • Progress Pics

    4/10/2016 8:36:26 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I'm thrilled today--can I just share?! A while ago, I bought a "motivation" skirt on sale, hoping that I could someday wear it. It may be hard to tell from the picture, but it's black leather-- VA VA VA VOOM!! My hubs liked it 334 Sorry for the blurry BAD picture--couldn't fi... Read more

  • Sasha goes for a hike (photos)

    4/10/2016 3:19:18 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    We took Sasha for a hike around Goose Pond. We saw evidence of beavers but from the current year ... So maybe the beavers have moved on. Goose Pond was pretty as always. Sasha with Mama and Baba. Near the end of the hike we came across these sla... Read more

  • Week in review..Nerves..

    4/10/2016 10:32:20 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Monday was a productive day for me. I was up early got my 1 hour easy run in and then took my mother in law to her doctors appoint in McCook. McCook is were we are able to do some shopping. They have a JC Penny and a Wal-Mart along with a couple other locally owned stores. My main goal was Sungla... Read more

  • 5K Today ;-)

    4/9/2016 4:50:30 PM, by BA5454

    My friend Terri and I did a 5K this morning. If you read my previous blog, it was an iffy thing because of weather. And it certainly lived up to expectations, lol. Wind gusts of 25 mph, wind chill of 14 and scattered snow flurries. We got it done! And all the proceeds went to an awesome charit... Read more

  • Tilting at Friday

    4/8/2016 6:43:56 AM, by BA5454

    If I tilt my head, it looks like Friday! Happy Friday--make it the best one ever! Stay Spark-ly ;-)... Read more

  • Mid Week Stink!

    4/7/2016 5:09:08 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Barkley discovered or met up with a Skunk! Of course that happened last night when all stores were closed. He spent a lonely night in the garage. Gave him his dinner water and travel bed. He was not very happy. I wasn't either. I could hear him whimper off and on during the night. Rough night... Read more

  • Why My Weight Loss Is So Personal

    4/7/2016 4:08:52 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Thank you so much for the encouragement yesterday in blog comments and messages. I feel so much more hopeful that I can keep pushing, even when I have little slip ups. I also appreciate the concern that I might be pushing too hard. You are all definitely right--I do have to take this step by st... Read more

  • "but I know I want to check in"

    4/7/2016 7:07:15 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Thank you to Alicia363 whose blog this morning reignited my flickering spark.
    sp?blog_id=6135806 I've come to believe that just checking in here is the key to keeping on track. It's like taking a wrong turn and my GPS immediately t... Read more

  • What Would Happen if I Didn't Give up? (Reflections & Goals, Week 3)

    4/6/2016 9:46:29 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Like I mentioned in the status update, I've not done as well listening to my tummy signals. Eating just one more bite. Eating not as healthy. There are lots of reasons (Spring Break, hormones, stress), but no good-enough excuses. But I also realize that if this is going to be a lifetime change,... Read more

  • Funny How Motivation Works

    4/5/2016 5:06:57 PM, by BA5454

    A friend and I have a 5k coming up this weekend. The proceeds go to the pediatric oncology unit at the local hospital. I figured she would be interested because she volunteers to hold the 'crack' babies at the same hospital. She bit on it, so I signed us up. My friend is a walker due to a couple of ... Read more

  • Quote for Today 4/4/2016

    4/4/2016 11:47:01 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    "As I have gotten older and wiser I discovered that there are six things that I really loved about my job. Pay day, lunch time, quitting time, vacation time, holidays, and of course RETIREMENT!"... Read more

  • Spark - my touchstone and motivation during a stressful week

    4/4/2016 8:14:04 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Last week was tough. On Easter Sunday DH & I drove 8 hours to attend the funeral of a dear friend on Monday. We could have saved 45 minutes if we hadn't mindlessly followed our GPS instructions which took us over some crazy mountain roads. That route was probably shorter but the narrow twists and... Read more

  • Sasha's first swimming lesson

    4/4/2016 12:45:58 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Good job Sasha!... Read more

  • Love Me Some Racing Swag

    4/3/2016 5:00:07 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    One of my friends pointed out a cool sight that has supplies for virtual races (I've just learned about these recently). Anyway, I thought it might be fun to do a virtual 5k, so I picked out a race I liked (ok, the swag might be what got me). Anyway, my cute hubs wanted something to... Read more

  • Healthy Lawn, Healthy Body?

    4/2/2016 8:01:43 PM, by BA5454

    A few days ago there was the whirring of dueling lawn mowers--the neighbors trying to get their lawns mowed before the oncoming rain. We have a few acres to mow (the rest are to be planted soon) so I added my machine to the mix because, hey...rain. While I was out there, it struck me as being kind o... Read more

  • Measurement changes as of April 2016

    4/2/2016 4:51:47 PM, by NEWNECK

    Down approximately 10 pounds since mid-February and have definitely felt clothes loosening, so not capturing top range of regain. Location___________August 2010___August 2011___April 2016 Head_________________22.5" --------- 22.0" ------------ 22.25" Neck_________________14.0" --------- 12.... Read more

  • OMG!! I have muscle!!

    4/2/2016 12:57:50 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Once a month I do my official weigh in and measurements. Last month I was stretching that tape to make sure my numbers stayed the same. This month I did it correctly. I had felt this dread before. The numbers had gone up. I then had to think of what I had been doing wrong. Wait! Nothing. I h... Read more

  • I Took a Step towards My Someday

    4/2/2016 11:31:42 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So I know I don't have very many people reading this, but I still want to give you an update. Through my writing here, I feel like I've gained some real understanding. I wrote about how fear has stopped me from reaching for goals (
    p?blo... Read more

  • Someday

    4/1/2016 8:34:05 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Watched the movie "Knight and Day" during my long run this morning. (I try to do about 40 minutes of walk/run/incline every day; on my Cto10k day, I do it before I start my assigned run so it's actually a long run). Anyway, I'd forgotten how much it totally cracked me up. I highly recommend it. ... Read more

  • Owee Ow OW!

    3/31/2016 2:06:09 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I think the only muscle that isn't aching right now is somewhere on my foot ... Wait .... nooooo.... that one hurts too. Sheesh, Bob, that charming smile of yours hides a truly EVIL man! You are definitely NOT as nice as you pretend to be. But I am reminding myself that, again... Read more