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  • I will not give up my dream

    9/28/2016 6:20:57 PM, by OLDEROWL

    My motivation to eat healthy is my dream. My dream is to run a 10K without breaking out of running stride. I decided to keep track of my progress here and discuss overcoming my doubts and fears. Sept 28, 2016: I am 70. I last ran a 5K on the treadmill in 48 minutes, lowest pace (besides warmup... Read more

  • 400,000 points!

    9/28/2016 9:44:37 AM, by LKEITHO

    I passed the 400,000 point mark today. Only took me 7 years. I'll hit my 7th anniversary on SparkPeople tomorrow!... Read more

  • How normal people handle stress

    9/27/2016 8:03:57 PM, by SHIRE33

    So it was one of those weeks. I get to 200.8 and then things fall apart. So close! Last Tuesday afternoon my mom had a heart scare, so I picked her up and took her to the doctor for an EKG, missing my Tuesday afternoon strength training. He said she had a. fibrillation, so he prescribed some p... Read more

  • 9/27/2016: Fall 5% Challenge Day 4

    9/27/2016 10:47:56 AM, by ZENMUM

    Well, I haven't made a daily post. But I will continue to blog when I can. For now I am still working on my to do list. The next exercise that I am going to blog about is from the 5% Fall Challenge Community Motivational Forum. Item #7: Triggers and Red Light Foods. For this exercise we are to t... Read more

  • 9/24/2016: 5% Fall Challenge Day 1

    9/24/2016 1:52:17 PM, by ZENMUM

    Well, it is day one of the fall challenge. I will try to add a blog post every day. I will be using the blogs to keep track of my progress and work through some of the exercises the kind leaders have set out for us. The first exercise that I am going to blog about is from the 5% Fall Challenge ... Read more

  • Adulting is Hard

    9/24/2016 9:57:57 AM, by BA5454

    I heard this from one of the kid's at the barn--she was about to turn 18, LOL. But I can appreciate the sentiment because this morning I had to make an adult decision about running a race that I really wanted to attend--The Grand Lakes Marathon in Celina, Ohio. After the Air Force half last we... Read more

  • 2 Pieces of Good News

    9/23/2016 6:53:28 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    First of all, thank you everyone for your prayers and good wishes for Joe's recovery. His follow-up CT scan confirmed what I've been observing. He's doing REALLY well! Except for the 4 incision scabs on his head you wouldn't know that he had brain surgery 3 weeks ago. The swelling and resi... Read more

  • Weekly Updates commitment

    9/22/2016 4:08:57 PM, by BF20PERCENT

    I have not been very committed myself losing weight this year. Since the weather is getting nicer, I am going to update weekly (probably Saturday will be my weigh-in days) about my eating and exercising. I am planning to lose 20 pounds and have not been successful this year so far. I'd better ... Read more

  • Hello Fall!

    9/22/2016 7:54:58 AM, by BA5454

    First day of fall/autumn today y'all. I don't know what it is about the fall but it super charges me up where summer drains me. It should be the other way around, right? Eating is on point, still trying to curb my sugar monster but he's actually been quiet of late--it must be the healthy fo... Read more

  • Funny Monday

    9/19/2016 8:34:18 AM, by BA5454

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  • New RV, and a promise to myself

    9/17/2016 9:39:13 PM, by LKEITHO

    I picked up my new Type B RV (basically a converted Mercedes Sprinter van called a Roadtrek CS XL) and drove it home from Tucson today. I am making a pledge that I am going to eat healthy foods only when I am traveling in it, and that I will maintain my exercise streak while I'm on the road. Here's ... Read more

  • Air Force Half

    9/17/2016 3:46:42 PM, by BA5454

    The Air Force half this morning makes my 7th half-marathon overall. It was a good one, today, too. The rain stopped at the start and left it pretty humid (wah-wah), but overall good weather. Each year the AF highlights a plane and this year's was was the V-22 Osprey, the bird that acts as a helicop... Read more

  • That is not how I want to age

    9/16/2016 9:44:19 AM, by SHIRE33

    Last July I was sitting in my dad's hospital room, helping him recover from carotid surgery after a series of small strokes. I had recently been walking with my mom and seeing her (and hearing her) get winded after a short walk. They're both 76. I'm 54. And I thought that is not how I want to age. ... Read more

  • All Tingly

    9/16/2016 8:46:24 AM, by BA5454

    Happy Friday! And why didn't anyone tell me I have spinach in my teeth? So, the all tingly part--my nerves are acting up before the Air Force half tomorrow. I trained adequately, not the very best, but I feel comfortable with the effort. I've got what I need to wear (forecast calls for 70% r... Read more

  • Fall 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

    9/15/2016 10:00:54 AM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    Exercise Plan Cardio/aerobic exercise 60-120 per day (running/walking) 5 days per week. My daily step goal is 10-15,000. Strength/weight training 3 days per week 30-60 minutes Diet Plan Continue with current diet (Spark) maintaining a healthy calorie intake of 1800 to 2000 calories per da... Read more

  • Blog Challenge! 1st day for me - 10 Facts about me

    9/13/2016 8:00:35 PM, by BEESHELL8

    Happy Tuesday! Yesterday I discovered a 31 day blog challenge and decided to join in - even though I'm late to the party... Here are the 30 topics: Day 1: Write Ten Facts About Yourself. (You cannot do simple facts such as "I like cheese" and "Red is my favorite color." They must be... Read more

  • OK!! YES I have Trust Issues................

    9/13/2016 3:22:54 PM, by LDYHAZ

    I don't trust myself. I don't trust what my body is telling me. What I am trying to do is to get "Over It". Here I am just over a year of living actively and eating better.( Ok a year of tracking everything that passes my lips, reading labels and studying the nutritional content.) I have bec... Read more

  • Sparking in trying times - update on DH

    9/13/2016 9:03:55 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It's been 13 days since DH had brain surgery for a subdural hematoma. First the good news - Joe is doing quite well. He came home on Thursday and is right now sitting at his computer answering email after making a pot of coffee for us as he has done for the last 50 years. Of all the thing... Read more

  • Random Acts of Sparkgoodies

    9/13/2016 12:57:38 AM, by BEESHELL8

    I find it a bit hard to keep up with the different teams I'm on, and also try and check in with Sparkfriends. But one thing that has been fun is giving "goodies" to people. Periodically, I will give something to someone who has posted that they are having a hard time, or to someone new to a te... Read more

  • Monday Motivation

    9/11/2016 7:30:17 PM, by BA5454

    What? It's not Monday yet? It'll be here soon enough. Make it a good one ;-). ... Read more

  • Remembrance

    9/11/2016 5:44:40 PM, by BEESHELL8

    652 I have come to think of September 11 as the date that many of my generation remember the way our parents remembered Kennedy's assassination. I was only 2 years old when President Kennedy was shot so of course don't remember it. But I remember September 11, 2001. I was getting ready for ... Read more

  • September 10 2016

    9/10/2016 10:00:53 AM, by ZENMUM

    Well, my first blog entry. I have been in Sparkpeople for a few months getting my bearings. Now I have joined the 2016 Fall 5% Challenge Community and they have encouraged us to post our exercise commitment on our blog page. I am pretty excited about this "team". It is very active, with a bit of com... Read more

  • The Purple Monkey Run - September 3, 2016 Alvin, TX

    9/9/2016 5:32:06 PM, by 1DAY-ATA-TIME

    I rarely run races during summer because it's too darn hot and humid in Southeastern Texas. Generally, I get my runs done early in the morning before sunrise during summer months. When the sun comes out I'm like a vampire---looking for shade. And although I'm reluctant to admit it, I just can't t... Read more

  • Slowest Loser Ever

    9/9/2016 7:52:25 AM, by BA5454

    I'm not sure but I have the feeling I'm a contender for the slowest loser ever. I've been on SP for 27 months and have an average of .4 pounds per month. Ah, *not* 4 pounds, but *point* 4 pounds. And I feel pretty good about it and here's why--I haven't revisited those pounds. Sure somet... Read more

  • Thoughts on self-care and boundaries

    9/6/2016 1:28:17 PM, by BEESHELL8

    "If people are used to us taking care of their responsibilities, feeling, and problems, they may give us flack when we stop."-- The Language of Letting Go, Melody Beattie I've been a big caretaker for most of my life. I am still in the process of figuring out what self-care means. It is e... Read more

  • When my Tuesday is a Monday

    9/6/2016 7:59:51 AM, by BA5454

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  • Back to work

    9/5/2016 9:47:41 PM, by LKEITHO

    Today was the last day of my time off, and it is back to work in the morning. It will be a short week, though, so that will help break me back in gently (I hope). I get my hearing aides on Wednesday, so I'll be getting used to them and experimenting with them a bit for the rest of the week. Next wee... Read more

  • Last Long Training Run

    9/5/2016 11:49:51 AM, by BA5454

    Did my final training run this morning of 11 miles. It was gorgeous outside, low humidity and temps in the 60's. Tons of people at the park getting their exercise on! A little less than 2 weeks to the Air Force Half! To all my U.S. peeps: Have an awesome Labor Day! 67... Read more

  • Motivation and Long Run.....

    9/4/2016 8:36:28 PM, by LDYHAZ

    My personal motivation comes from different places. Up coming races. Training plans. That bouncy Beagle waiting at the back door. These are things that help me put on those shoes and go out the door. This past week I found another!! I discovered that while attempting to motivate a spark friend I ... Read more

  • Progress is better than goals!

    9/4/2016 9:50:10 AM, by SHIRE33

    You know, I don't know what my "goal" is anymore - that elusive goal that I used to set, the one that meant every day I didn't get there was "fail." I have a weight listed on my tracker, but really, I don't know what I'm going to weigh when I am satisfied. I just know I'm going to know. ... Read more

  • Ch...ch...changes

    9/4/2016 8:33:31 AM, by BA5454

    Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes, Turn and face the strain (apologies to David Bowie) Oh boy, life choices, they can be hazardous to your health. My husband and I were debating going on the road, full-timing it in an RV. We decided we were off to the grand adventure. Change #42: we're not. There was a... Read more

  • An eventful couple of weeks for my health

    9/3/2016 3:26:47 PM, by LKEITHO

    Several issues have presented them selves over the past couple weeks. First, I had been monitoring my BP since my last visit with my doctor, and I could see the pattern. I have mild hypertension. I went back to my doc with the list of Bps I had recorded, and he agreed it was high and felt I needed t... Read more

  • Saturday Funny

    9/3/2016 7:04:59 AM, by BA5454

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  • Unprocessed Foods and the Budget

    9/2/2016 8:22:05 AM, by BA5454

    I'm going into a challenge that emphasizes unprocessed foods--something I've been trying to make as a core part of my healthy-eating repertoire. I always used to think eating healthy was really expensive but then I started to take a look around the grocery store and found a few things--like fresh pr... Read more

  • Freestyle

    9/2/2016 1:01:55 AM, by BEESHELL8

    Yesterday when I did Zumba, there was a part during the class called "Freestyle." You basically do anything you want. I tried not to look like a complete idiot. There are mirrors everywhere. So a lot of freestyle random thoughts. One of my little things on Spark is to try and get to 25 points s... Read more

  • Hello September!

    9/1/2016 8:43:45 AM, by BA5454

    Omigosh, fall is almost upon us. Fortunately, with all the rain, we still have greenery and a bit of color left over from summer. From yesterday morning: a repeat customer at the butterfly bushes--he was nice enough to spread his wings so I could get a shot: Go get your September go... Read more

  • Thanks for the support

    9/1/2016 1:22:05 AM, by BEESHELL8

    I really appreciate this community and the support for the last few days. My husband had his follow up with his cardiologist today. We'll see....I'm not a big fan of this doc. We are pushing diplomatically to have things reviewed with the head of the department and his dr.. was amenable to this. I h... Read more

  • Exercise helps my busy days

    8/31/2016 7:51:22 PM, by SHIRE33

    What a day. Ran this morning. Took Dad to breakfast. The girls couldn't come to work today (one has a sick child and she drives the other one). But I got all the harvesting done myself for the CSA. Also put a pork roast in sauerkraut in the Instant Pot on slow cooker setting and that worked great. D... Read more

  • 12 Things

    8/31/2016 9:01:04 AM, by BA5454

    Saw this on FB this morning, liked the sentiment: ... Read more

  • I'm Alive!

    8/30/2016 12:27:52 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    The kids are back to school, so hopefully I can get myself back on a healthy regimen. I've exercised the past 2 days--and I deserve an extra big cheer because I had to wake up BEFORE 5am in order to get it done before Son wakes up to leave for his early morning scripture class that meets before scho... Read more

  • Finding time and Starting an exercise Routine

    8/30/2016 11:10:00 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I read this somewhere and put it in my Journal 1/22/16: "Is it even possible to be too busy to exercise? Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, has started more than 400 companies. He has also published multiple books, is an active philanthropist, and has many personal hobbies. When asked how he ... Read more