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  • Fantasy Football and a Challenge

    8/28/2014 10:44:02 PM, by NINETOZE

    So I love Professional football. Monday Night, Thursday night and sometimes alllllll ddddaaayyyy Sunday! That's a lot of sitting on your butt! I came across these last year for a GOYB! Depending how the games goes, it's an awesome workout for as long as you can last! Give one a try next ... Read more

  • Upcoming Lessons

    8/28/2014 6:11:47 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Hubby and I enjoyed the Senior Dance this morning and learned about some dance lessons. So, we went and committed to 14 weekly dance classes starting September 9th. Several people told us that the teacher is excellent, although we were warned not to miss a lesson, that each one builds on the previou... Read more

  • Runner's Food Pyramid

    8/28/2014 6:34:11 AM, by BA5454

    Bananas and bagels: Constitutionally mandated post race Tree Bark: Readily available and chock full of fibery goodness Goo: We don't want to know why Spaghetti: Must be carb loaded at all times Stuff we can't pronounce: Arugu... Read more

  • Crazy elevations in the Annapolis 10M

    8/27/2014 6:47:54 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    Ran the Annapolis 10M on Sunday. A nice race for hill lovers. Check this "interesting" elevation chart. (I'm just showing an excerpt since SP squeezes photos down too much otherwise. The horizontal lines were 20' apart.) It was... Read more

  • Chin up bar: complete

    8/27/2014 1:26:36 PM, by BA5454

    Here's the new handy-dandy chin up bar, recently installed in the barn using a pipe and a few pieces of plywood: Number of actual chin-ups completed: 0. Like DH says--it's a place to start, LOL. Did get out on my bike today,... Read more

  • Attitude Adjustment

    8/27/2014 8:05:24 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    There were years I tried so hard to never get sweaty. Sweat was the enemy. It made me feel dirty, uncomfortable, and gross. Somewhere along the line while becoming more active my attitude changed. I realized that when you first start sweating it does feel yucky. Light exercise in high humidity ... Read more

  • August Food Edition - Part 1

    8/27/2014 12:41:36 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Caution: Keep reading only if ... - You have a full stomach; or - You can say NO to food; or - Food blogs won't make you go to the kitchen to get more food (or perhaps I should include a disclaimer - I don't want to be responsible!!!); or - You want to feel better about cheating ... Read more

  • Today's Little Smile

    8/26/2014 2:03:34 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I'm in the frame of mind where I celebrate the good things I see on the scale, but I don't let the number throw me any more. I will never let the number on the scale ruin my day again and I'll never again give up trying to be healthy and fit because of scale discouragement. I know that my weigh... Read more

  • Courage to Tri Report AND Reality Check!

    8/26/2014 9:44:41 AM, by MIRAGE727

    When I crossed the Finish Line, I realized how fitting this Triathlon name truly was! Once again, DSSECRETS created a fantastic photographic story of this race and I am so thankful for her effort! We arrived around 5:30am with more than enough time for me to get situated & rel... Read more

  • Your argument is valid

    8/26/2014 7:48:56 AM, by BA5454

    ...but this bunny is wearing a pancake beret. Have a fabulous Tuesday! ... Read more

  • Snow in August?

    8/25/2014 5:15:24 PM, by DEBBYFROMMT

    August is suppose to be the hottest, driest month, but it has been raining here for 4 days. The creek is flooded in places and it is very cool. I don't know if it will even make it up to 60 today. Well, ok, it really hasn't snow here, but the mountains behind us got quite a bit! Read more

  • Getting More Active

    8/25/2014 5:05:50 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    First I started bringing several pair of shoes to rotate at work and looking for comfortable, acceptable ones that I could be more active in. Then I started bringing my athletic shoes to change into for lunch and break walks and occasionally to do some work-related walking like to the bank or post o... Read more

  • Rave Run at Sabino Canyon

    8/25/2014 4:55:05 PM, by MBTEPP

    1:36:12 7.5 Miles 635 Ft Elevation climb I did this run 8 months ago for the first time. Last week, I did it for a second time. I was fortunate that the weather was cool (70 degree... Read more

  • P.T.

    8/25/2014 1:16:12 PM, by BA5454

    Physical therapy was . I didn't know what to expect--evil machines, pain, nonchalance--but it rocked. Here's why: the therapist took the time to sit down and explain the x-ray results (a bit of arthritis under the knee cap, but otherwise structurally sound knee), do her diagnostics (an... Read more

  • Storm King 10k run report

    8/25/2014 9:06:59 AM, by PMRUNNER

    It was a great morning for a 10k, not too hot or muggy, but comfortable. I brought most of the family today, except for DD1 who had a sleepover at a friends house. Last year she and DS1 ran the kids 1 miler before the bigger race and they both had done well. This year, the kids race was smaller, ... Read more

  • I BLOG therefore I AM…NOT eating the ice cream (apologies to Descartes for the paraphrase)

    8/24/2014 4:13:56 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I never blog in the middle of the day. That’s an early morning thing for me. This is a special case. Today is supposed to be a rest day. I’m working on a big project. I want to finish updating my website to include the recent concert tour of my choral society before our “welcome to a ne... Read more

  • Too Much STUFF

    8/24/2014 9:08:51 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    First, I thank my Spark Friends who commiserated with me on the flooding of my basement. When we sold our house of 20 years about 3 years ago we had a big garage sale and then we filled 2 big roll-off dumpsters with junk. I was really convicted that I just had too much stuff. At the end of th... Read more

  • Undergarments for Activity

    8/24/2014 8:32:03 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    SparkFriends make the good times even better! Thanks to all 23 Sparkers who shared in my victory yesterday! Back to my reliving of how I got active which will lead up to a blog on how I pack a gym bag. I wrote about keeping athletic shoes and socks in my trunk and getting out of the office, usu... Read more

  • WooHoo!!

    8/23/2014 12:21:00 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Here's me this morning with my award, a colorful tile that says, "2nd Place Age Group Award, 19th Annual Sunrise Watermelon 5K Series." WooHoo!... Read more

  • Sadly, no redemption for AF half-marathon

    8/23/2014 11:31:39 AM, by BA5454

    Saw the doctor yesterday about my knee and he seems to think it's either the classic 'runner's knee' (patellofemoral syndrome) or a torn meniscus. X-rays were done and a course of physical therapy prescribed. If the PT doesn't work then an MRI. The bad news: he recommended *not* doing the half. The ... Read more

  • Golf

    8/23/2014 10:10:15 AM, by PLMITCH

    Had a really enjoyable round of golf on Friday. No, I did not have a great score -- 108 -- but it was just getting outside with friends, having lots of laughs, and taking in a late summer day outside. It was my first time this season, which is a shame, but will get out at least one more time in mi... Read more

  • Failure? Never

    8/23/2014 7:30:13 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I have been following Leo Babauta's blogs and one of his latest blogs at helps us to believe in ourselves regardless of whether or not we meet our goals. The main point of his blogs is that we are human, and life events can't always be controlled; therefore, ... Read more

  • Empty Nest...

    8/22/2014 9:12:06 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    Today I went for a hot, humid, six-mile run and spent the rest of the day cleaning. The house has been a mess for quite a while, with James' furniture in the dining room, boxes everywhere, and so much to do to get everyone ready to move. Cleaning children's rooms after they have moved out is such ... Read more

  • Passed out after a full day (with new pics)

    8/22/2014 8:14:16 PM, by PMRUNNER

    My DS2 is a small dynamo and will keep on going, well at least until he can't anymore. My DW took our DS1 to swimming practice and I stayed home with the kids playing at the park and making pizza. While I was making pizza, his little motor must have run out. I came out to the living room and foun... Read more

  • Doctor's Report-Good Progress

    8/22/2014 8:14:54 AM, by GLADGAD

    I met with the orthopedic doctor yesterday. He said the bones are together and there is more bone growth, although you can still see the break. I can’t take the boot off yet, but he gave me clearance to do the following: 1. Walk as much as I want in the boot. I started doing daily ½ mile walk... Read more

  • Friday smile

    8/22/2014 8:02:33 AM, by BA5454

    I'm not sure which is cutest: or Have a terrific Friday and make it a great weekend ;-).... Read more

  • Sweat As An Obstacle

    8/22/2014 7:51:09 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I live in central Florida where there is lots of heat and humidity. (Today our 94 degrees has a "feels like" rating of 101.) I'm not complaining. We have very little winter and can get outdoors year round. But sweat is an obstacle, a barrier to living an active life. I found that to be especially tr... Read more

  • Sugar alcohol and me – got to read those labels carefully.

    8/22/2014 7:38:09 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    My status today says that I’m sorting through photos. That’s true and needs to be done, but the decision wasn’t totally my choice. Like many people, some food “agrees with me” and some doesn’t. In my case I’ve learned to totally avoid fish. Yes, the food that everyone is supposed to include ... Read more

  • Before My Gym Bag Days

    8/21/2014 7:30:28 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Long before I started packing gym bags, I started taking comfortable shoes to work. When I wore heels and uncomfortable shoes I found I did not walk around near as much as when my feet felt okay. I changed shoes quite a few times a day -- sometimes to change which part of my feet felt bad -- and oft... Read more

  • Moving... And Distance Report/Goals

    8/20/2014 11:04:43 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    OK... Here is the what's up with Julia... Almost one month since my last post! The last week of July was super crazy at work because we packed everything and moved... to a temporary location... and then I went away on leave... (10 days to be precise, not enough!)... and then we moved again to o... Read more

  • Half-Fast Old Lady Fit Jock Says Make It Easy on Yourself

    8/20/2014 6:03:01 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I have been threatening to write a blog about how I pack a gym bag for some time. I think someone might benefit from it. Keeping a gym bag packed has been key in my transformation from couch potato to half-fast old lady fit jock. I've even started writing the blog a time or two. I realize I hav... Read more


    8/20/2014 2:06:19 PM, by DAISYBELL6

    I finished my 30 days of Whole30 Monday and am starting to add foods back into my diet to see how my body reacts. I have to say, I did the Whole30 without any slips and with very little trouble. The biggest change I noticed is that my cravings both for sugar and just to overeat in general practica... Read more

  • Getting back on track after gaining back 12 pounds

    8/20/2014 10:04:12 AM, by ABBY_G

    I've maintained 120 pounds of the 130+ pounds that I initially lost, which is great, but within the past 5 months I just put on 12 pounds. Argh! Analysis: 1. Foot injury - I injured my foot (and it's still not back to normal even after many months). I need to let go of thinking I can do t... Read more

  • I've Gone Basil Crazy!!

    8/20/2014 9:34:03 AM, by GLADGAD

    I love to cook. I love to eat well, too. One of my most favorite ingredients for the past 1+ years is basil. I don't use the dried basil - either fresh or the basil in a tube that I find in the refrigerated produce section of my grocery store. I use basil in almost everything. There are health be... Read more

  • Gravitational pull

    8/20/2014 8:19:01 AM, by BA5454

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  • Mini Bootcamp Challenge 8/20/14

    8/20/2014 7:52:41 AM, by NINETOZE

    Well, hello! Thanks for comin by!! I've been working on my own daily bootcamps and have a challenge for you too! I love Pinterest and have amassed a collection or two of mini workouts on a couple of my fitness boards. They are meant to get you up and moving if only for a couple minutes. ... Read more

  • Oops! That wasn’t deodorant.

    8/20/2014 7:24:28 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    We travel a LOT and regularly by plane. So I’ve become expert at packing efficiently even for 3-4 week trips. I have a light-weight carry-on with the essentials I would need if the airline lost my checked suitcase. I even include some common stuff that I just don’t need the hassle of replaci... Read more

  • Two week turn around results

    8/19/2014 7:43:38 PM, by PMRUNNER

    This summer didn't go exactly as planned (but then when does it?). I have been trying to maintain a range between 180 and 185 lbs, but had drifted up into the 185-190 range. Going from July to August, I continued to drift up until I saw 193 on the scale one morning. Good grief! I was exercising a... Read more

  • You say COLOR...I say FUN!!

    8/19/2014 4:31:57 PM, by HILLRUNNER

    I FINALLY got to experience what the COLOR RUN is all about! With only having eye laser surgery 4 days before I was instructed that IF I was going to do this event, I could not RUN, I must WALK! I promised the doctor I would be c... Read more

  • Ninja's Coming! (I'm a Navy Ninja in the BLC)

    8/19/2014 2:18:00 PM, by NINETOZE

    Looking for something else on Pinterest and I kept seeing Ninja pictures! Had to share the fun... ... Read more

  • A homemade home gym

    8/19/2014 1:17:37 PM, by BA5454

    My husband thinks I watch too much 'American Ninja Warrior' or as he asked today: Are you going to try out for American Ninja, Senior Division? I might, I just might (not really). Before my knee issue, I made some movement towards getting my strength workouts in, using the least amount of money... Read more

  • Function, Not Fashion

    8/19/2014 10:54:27 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Here's a picture of my new shoes, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 14: I took them out this morning for a good half hour hot walk and I've got to say they don't feel like they need any breaking in. Just felt great -- an obvious big impro... Read more

  • Arthritis

    8/19/2014 9:16:46 AM, by PLMITCH

    Visited with a sports Dr. yesterday to get a prognosis on my right knee, which a month ago was really hurting me. It actually was (and is) much better, but since I had set the appointment up and had x-rays taken on the knee last Friday, I figured it was worthwhile to keep the appointment. Go... Read more

  • Look where I am – virtually, that is.

    8/19/2014 6:33:41 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I’m running/walking across the USA thanks to a Spark Team – The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.c
    al.asp?gid=33492 This seemed like an appropriate follow-up to my last b... Read more

  • Life's a beach...

    8/19/2014 3:23:22 AM, by ACORALSEA

    and sometimes you just need to share it with someone.... Read more

  • Honey-ginger salmon

    8/18/2014 7:53:41 PM, by BA5454

    We bought some salmon the other day and *surprise* it still had the skin on one side. So we wondered what to do about because we didn't have a clue. I've only seen salmon with the skin on in restaurants (funnily enough--I have travelled a bit, lol). Found this recipe and grilled it right up: Ma... Read more

  • Intend to Run Happy!

    8/18/2014 7:50:38 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I did my speed work in my neighborhood this morning. I'm in the taper week with a race on Saturday, so my plan called for 3 - 4 quarter mile intervals at 2 minutes each or 8 minutes per mile which is also 7.5 mph. The first two attempts I ran too fast (6.5 minutes per mile pace) but didn't make it a... Read more

  • Another example of great customer service (Fitbit)

    8/18/2014 11:16:56 AM, by PLMITCH

    So easy to get caught up in the negative side of customer service, so I really try to make a point to let people know about great customer service. And since this is healthy living related, good time to blog about it -- Fitbit. The background story: Last Monday after my AM run through Timoniu... Read more

  • Six Week Anklebreakerversary

    8/18/2014 8:17:16 AM, by GLADGAD

    Today marks 6 weeks since I slipped and broke my right ankle, and I believe healing is coming along as it should. Shortly after the break, a couple of friends lent me boots that they had for their previous injuries, and I brought them to my 2 week appointment for the ortho to look at. He said ... Read more

  • New Running Shoes - if only for a day

    8/17/2014 11:09:46 PM, by NINETOZE

    It was time for new shoes. I'm getting ready to run half a dozen races or so this fall and wanted (needed) new shoes. I went to a speciality store here in the area that set me up with my last pair. They have a reward card so I got points on that purchase that took money off the price of the new ones... Read more

  • Serene Summer Thoughts

    8/17/2014 5:44:42 PM, by SHARON7464

    As the weather has begun to cool and I'm back to regular hours at work it's a time for reflection. Looking at the calendar I know there's a full month left of summer- it just doesn't seem like it. So the question is...what did I do over my summer vacation First...what didn't I do..... Read more

  • Surprise Funny

    8/17/2014 3:13:15 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Here are my new friends, Lisa and Lucas Smelser, at Lake Hollingsworth yesterday: I met Lucas and Lisa at a Lakeland Runners Club meeting. Luke sat right next to me, said he was new to town, and asked me where to run, about ru... Read more

  • What we can learn from the Ferguson, Mo events.

    8/17/2014 12:09:44 PM, by OLDEROWL

    The vary tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri seem to have people on both sides jumping to contrary conclusions. Maybe a deeper understanding and appreciation of life would help. Everyone tends to judge things from his or her own perspective and too many do not attempt to understand the full merits ... Read more

  • Training with real people

    8/17/2014 7:37:56 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I love SparkPeople and especially the friends I’ve met here. DH calls them my “imaginary” friends. Regardless of their title, these online friends have helped me immensely. I follow their journey and they follow mine. The special interest teams have been especially valuable for resources, ... Read more

  • The week that Water was my Nemesis

    8/16/2014 7:56:19 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    At our camp in Maine our neighbor got a new driveway put in. We now call it the spillway because it is causing a river to flow onto our property when it rains. We are getting severe erosion and our ( big) retaining wall fell down after the last storm. We're struggling to find a solution and just as... Read more

  • Inspiring 99 Year Old; Aspiring to Speed and Bling

    8/16/2014 3:31:49 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Oh, wow! I find this 99 year old woman amazingly inspiring:
    socMOT_20140814_29742806 Don't know that I'll be able to run in 34 more years, much less at record pace, but heavens knows I... Read more

  • Yoga...I may be doing it wrong

    8/16/2014 9:19:13 AM, by BA5454

    In honor of my yoga this morning, in which I haven't reached nearly the level of flexibility demonstrated here: ... Read more

  • Soccer (Kind Of) Pictures

    8/15/2014 3:28:41 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Here is Gwen and I playing with a volleyball kind of like soccer: Natalie took these pictur... Read more

  • I Beat a Pregnant Woman

    8/15/2014 3:20:07 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    Half the fun of trail races is how much we complain about them during and afterward. But how could I complain in the presence of her: 29 weeks pregnant and running a 25K! Afterward, she admitted only to feeling “a bit sore.” (P... Read more

  • Hike up Lime Kiln Trail

    8/14/2014 9:56:16 PM, by DEBBYFROMMT

    It is just a tad over 2 miles to the Lewistown Overlook on the Lime Kiln trail. It was a beautiful morning and we got up and back down before it started raining. Lewistown Overlook ... Read more

  • Half marathon training, interrupted

    8/14/2014 4:12:59 PM, by BA5454

    It feels like something is loose on the outside of my left knee. It catches and gives way at the oddest times. Going through the self-diagnosis trail, it appears to be a meniscal problem, the lateral ligament, either stretched or... Read more

  • Biking with the young guys

    8/14/2014 11:39:26 AM, by PMRUNNER

    I like biking. I am blessed to be able to bike to work (most days) and enjoy taking my road bike out for a lunch time ride when I can. But I really enjoy riding single track on my mountain bike. I have had a few times when I had a good riding group and was able to get in a regular ride, including... Read more

  • Expanding my horizons with a Spark Recipe – Moroccan Chicken & Lentils

    8/14/2014 7:29:45 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I’m an impatient cook. I want it to be healthy and taste good, but I don’t want to take a lot of time doing it and I don’t want to baby-sit it. It should cook by itself without any more help from me. I also prefer a reasonable length of ingredients with names that I actually recognize. Y... Read more

  • How I sifted thru conflicting diet infro.

    8/13/2014 6:35:42 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I was kind of sold on a carb cycling/exercise plan by Shaun Hadshall and have lost enough weight on it to feel that it is working for me. Also, I found a book in my wife's collection of books describing the Pritikin weight loss plan which confirms Shaun Hadshall's recommendation to eat whole food ... Read more

  • It Can Be Done!

    8/13/2014 3:47:52 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    If you are a member of the At Goal & Maintaining Plus.... Team, you undoubtedly have seen this great blog. But for those of you who aren't ready to transition to maintenance yet, check this out:
    al.asp?blog_id=5758529 ... Read more

  • New Heating and A/C System

    8/13/2014 10:34:12 AM, by PLMITCH

    OK, so not as much fun as say a new PC or some other "toy" I'd like, but I am pretty excited that we are getting our new heating and A/C system installed. The heater was original with the house -- 23 years old -- so it was past due, and my wife and I have spent more than a few nights in the winter ... Read more

  • My homemade Bootcamp workout!

    8/12/2014 11:38:10 PM, by NINETOZE

    So I've been working the last couple weeks on a morning workout routine to get some strength training in. I have always made excuses on ST but know its good for me. For a while I've been grabbing the hand weights and doing a few random arm exercises while I get ready for work but I knew if I planned... Read more

  • 18.12 Challenge - Training weeks 13 and 14

    8/12/2014 8:09:58 PM, by CHANGINGHORSES

    Well I will attempt to finish this now tonight. I started last night and then was told the news about Robin Williams which really bummed me out. Depression and addiction sucks. Mental illness sucks. Part of the reason that I exercise is because of these issues. I know what exercise means to my menta... Read more

  • A coincidence but a nice “Field of Dreams” kind of memory

    8/12/2014 1:35:49 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    This is the baseball team of my Dad’s WWII ship (USS Philadelphia). Dad taught me to be a fan. We watched NY baseball on TV or in person way back from when the Dodgers were still playing at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Yeah, ... Read more

  • I spend most of my money on bikes and beer. The rest I just waste!

    8/12/2014 9:27:48 AM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: Bikes, Bikes and More Bikes I just have to face facts. I am a mountain biker. I like the smell of a pine forest. I love the feeling of dropping like a rock down steep trail. I enjoy the challenge of switchbacks and the wonderful feeling of a flowing along winding single track. ... Read more

  • Training and Transition

    8/12/2014 8:55:37 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Yesterday after dropping Gwen off for her Jellyfish Camp from 9 to noon, I went outside, behind the Y, in a gorgeous lake and forest area. I warmed up and ran the first of the 15 intervals my training plan called for. I did not quite make it in 2 minutes; my time was 2:09 for a quarter mile. I decid... Read more

  • RIP....Robin Williams......Depression is so sad.

    8/11/2014 8:31:22 PM, by CHANGINGHORSES

    I really don't know what to say about this except that I feel very sad about his suicide and realize that depression is a terrible thing to live with. I have had my share of depression and actually considered suicide once in my life. I know how low and desperate a person can get and how much you jus... Read more

  • Small but swift progress!

    8/11/2014 5:59:00 PM, by OONAOWL

    I am sticking with my new goal of at least 30 minutes exercise each day. I have discovered lots of workout websites with free workouts to do. I love working out at home alone, lol. Yes I am an introvert! :) I also love running outdoors, but today it is 100 degrees so I did a 40 minute workout on... Read more

  • Do One Thing

    8/11/2014 5:39:11 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I saw a friend at the Y today. She said that she now has a little Marsha who whispers in her ear! Three weeks ago she told me she was stuck, about 10 pounds over her goal weight. Just couldn't seem to get motivated to eat to get it off, despite being totally dedicated to a rigorous workout schedule.... Read more

  • 2014 Top Gun Triathlon

    8/11/2014 5:06:40 PM, by MIRAGE727

    I wasn't going to do Top Gun this year but then I realized it was my first Tri and this was my 1st Anniversary as a Triathlete! My sis came to visit so she could see my Tri and be with me during my procedure. (Which you all know came out with great results!) I had a full SUV with DSSECRETS, my Sis, ... Read more

  • Diet obsession--nothing new!

    8/11/2014 11:56:44 AM, by BA5454

    1820, The Vinegar and Water Diet: Lord Byron popularises the Vinegar and Water Diet, which entails drinking water mixed with apple cider vinegar. 1829, The Graham diet, whose followers were know as Grahamites: Sylvester Graham created a diet based on the consumption of vegetarian foods, caffein... Read more

  • A Run/Walker in Paradise

    8/10/2014 5:29:09 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    I just ran the Monadnock 5 K. My daughter ran the Half. It was a small, friendly race. My time was 37:20. ( I wanted to run the whole thing, but it was hilly and I walked up the worst hill). A highlight was that a goose started cha... Read more

  • Staying focused & positive today.

    8/10/2014 5:10:38 PM, by OONAOWL

    I am very touched by those of you who took the time to comment and encourage me. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT! Thank you so very much! :) This return to balance process has greatly challenged me, and I am hugely humbled by the experience. I will not let this frustration I am experiencing get th... Read more

  • Balance Today

    8/10/2014 12:20:21 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    The Today Show featured older exercisers and recommended some balance and core work this morning. The core work included figure eights with hand weights in front of the body. OK. I used 5 pound weights; no problem. They showed wall push-ups. Again, no problem. A balance exercise was standing on one... Read more

  • You know what’s wrong with you? You’re BOTTOM HEAVY!

    8/10/2014 9:38:07 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Those are the exact words I was told yesterday at the gym. I had just finished a 3 mile run on the treadmill, sandwiched between a warm-up and cool-down walk totaling another 1.8 miles. The source of this “helpful” observation was an old guy, another gym regular, who spends most of his time ... Read more

  • Summer Training ramping up! YAY!

    8/10/2014 8:06:17 AM, by RUNNERKDB

    Yesterday was my second long run after several months of not being able to run more than 6 miles due to extreme pain from ischial bursitis also known as a pain in the butt! Last weekend I ran 14 with mild pain. Yesterday 15 with no pain. For a while there I was thinking I was not going to be able to... Read more

  • Montana Island Challenge 2014

    8/9/2014 6:05:27 PM, by DEBBYFROMMT

    DD#3 and I did the 9k. (that is 5.58 miles) up a huge hill then another even bigger longer hill, through trees and rocks and everything you come across hiking in the mountains. But it was beautiful and a perfect day! This is t... Read more

  • Before and after or a matter of trust

    8/9/2014 4:25:43 PM, by PMRUNNER

    My DW was getting fed up with her hair, it is long and thick and too hot for the summer. She wears it up in a bun, but it is heavy enough that it hurts her neck sometimes. A few times she has told me to chop it off, and finally she was fed up enough that she let me do it. Here is before: ... Read more

  • One More Time

    8/9/2014 4:10:16 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    SparkPeople is constantly improving. Most changes I have come to appreciate even if I didn't right off. I recently heard that SP is about to delete the "Secrets of Success" feature. That makes sense. It became very repetitive and some of the "information" that came from members was questionable at b... Read more

  • Geeking on The Run!

    8/8/2014 10:36:01 PM, by MIRAGE727

    I've been reading over several running forums. I found a recurring theme of Personal Records (PR) & Personal Bests (PB) which made me think. I've now done enough Triathlons to try to compare my times The swim depended on the day's conditions. They've either been choppy and calm. Th... Read more

  • Strengthening my commitment to health & happiness

    8/8/2014 9:23:51 PM, by OONAOWL

    Here I am to strengthen my commitment to health and happiness. I have been overweight for a few years now & really want to turn things around and return to a healthy slim body & lifestyle. My goal is to get back to healthy weight by Fall Equinox, which gives me 6 weeks to get there. I may need ... Read more

  • Blog From My Phone

    8/8/2014 10:24:01 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I'm playingwith my phone here at the Y. 45 minutes of cardiovascular exercise and 30 of ST done. Now to see DGD perform.... Read more

  • Joy and Sorrow Intermingled...a Photo Blog

    8/7/2014 9:06:53 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    A week into August already...I can't believe it! I've been tracking my food and fitness but not doing much else on Spark. Tonight I discovered that I had somehow been unsubscribed from a bunch of your blogs, so I've gotten them all redone and hope to be a better friend from now on! A lot has ... Read more

  • Enjoyment as Reward

    8/7/2014 2:44:40 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Today at Senior Dance several people told me they saw me dancing in Mike Laine's YouTube clips. I searched the clips and found me walking off the dance floor once and Gary and I walking across the floor, but I did not find any clips of us dancing. Was hoping to share with SparkFriends. Oh, well. ... Read more

  • Dog days of summer

    8/7/2014 12:09:04 PM, by BA5454

    I never *really* thought about the change of seasons until we lived on the farm, but planting brings out the cyclical nature of things. We have corn this year and with the temperatures being fairly moderate, we weren't sure if anything would come of it except some very tall plants: Read more

  • Selfie - yes, enjoy the way down, too.

    8/7/2014 11:57:16 AM, by SHIRE33

    So today I took a selfie of me in my new on-sale jean skirt. I'm at 204, which is a long way yet from my goal of 150, but it's ALSO a long way from my starting point of 245. Last time I don't think I appreciated myself enough on the way down from 245 to 152. I just kept focusing on how good I W... Read more

  • Paddleboarding

    8/7/2014 8:03:10 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    I rented a paddleboard for a couple of days to see what it is like. It was fun. It was easier to balance than I thought it would be, but it still required constant vigilance the whole time to maintain balance. Therefore, it is good... Read more

  • How to find and live your dreams

    8/7/2014 7:28:30 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Hi I just want to let you know you have talents that enable you to do great things, but you have to work at it. Life isn't easy; the trick is to get passionate about your interests and allot the time. Leo Babauta of Zen Habits is my hero in this regard. I have been following his blogs since Januar... Read more

  • YAY I am 166.5 pounds this week!!!

    8/6/2014 1:50:55 PM, by NEWSWEETBREEZES

    I had a concussion on Dec 2012 as I fell backwards and hit my head, later i was finaly was told I had cervegogenic dizziness. It ben a long hard journey but the good news is that first for the past 4 weeks I am finally back to work, my physical rehab program has gone from just being about to do sma... Read more

  • Beach to Beacon 10k

    8/6/2014 12:01:46 PM, by MARGARITTM

    Probably the most prestigious race in Maine - the race director is Joan Benoit Samuelson. There are many elites that come an run the race and it is quite the event: Meb, Flanagan etc... There race is in Cape Elizabeth Maine and ends at the iconic Portland Headlight. After my injury I ... Read more

  • So, when did your gall bladder problems kick in?

    8/6/2014 8:38:06 AM, by SHIRE33

    Well, I know everyone doesn't have gall bladder issues. But I've read that people who lose a decent amount of weight will often have them. I guess that's what I have. I'm still in the process of figuring it out. Ultrasound yesterday for gall stones. Dr. put me on 40 mg. of Nexium to rule out a... Read more

  • My 50th HS Reunion and 30 hours in NYC

    8/6/2014 7:11:51 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    That’s me in the 3rd row in red. It was a memorable evening reconnecting with old friends, making new ones (we were a class of over 700) and listening to the soundtrack of our youth. The trip didn’t start out so well. The on... Read more

  • Another Good Day!!

    8/5/2014 4:40:27 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Maintaining right where I'm aiming: 131.8 today. Eating frequent healthy meals and snacks with an occasional treat. Gwen is eating healthy with a smile today, too. Walked 60 minutes and did 30 on the elliptical this morning. Not sore from my challenging run yesterday, but a little DOMS (sorenes... Read more

  • Had a sugar craving

    8/5/2014 2:36:49 PM, by BA5454

    I didn't have a sugar craving until I went into the grocery store for a few items in the vegetable aisle and lo and behold, there were cakes--right by the peppers. Chocolate-covered pretzels and trail mix in fancy plastic containers were by the bananas, frosted cookies were stacked by the fresh rasp... Read more

  • More kinds of win - a hilly, up-and-down path is NOT success/fail

    8/4/2014 9:51:06 PM, by SHIRE33

    I've been surfing around on blogs, finding some kindred spirits in the stop-and-start-style journey to a healthy weight. There are a lot of us, and that's empowering. I don't think any of us need to feel bad about it, either. For one thing - we're still here!! That's hugely important. We ... Read more