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  • 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

  • Monday

    8/29/2016 6:50:29 PM, by BEESHELL8

    I got to walk today so that felt good. Four days of sitting around the hospital with just walking to/from the car or to lunch...not enough! By the time I got home each day, I was wiped out and had to take care of stuff here. I now understand why my dad used to leave lights on at his house. He ... Read more

  • Final thoughts of sedemdesiatnici (70 year olds)

    8/29/2016 10:46:36 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I learned that new Slovak word when watching the director of our summer program in Bratislava being interviewed by a TV reporter. She said that 31 countries were represented in the 13 levels of the course. There were over 150 students including two "sedemdesiatnici" from the USA. LOL - That's Joe... Read more

  • Anyone out there who has lost more than 100 pounds, including the 'final 10'?

    8/28/2016 2:25:17 PM, by ABBY_G

    Hi. If you've lost more than 100 pounds and managed to get off the 'final 10' and maintain that for a while, I'd love to hear from you about how you did it. History: I'm 5'7". I went from 288 lbs --> about 156 lbs, then have maintained that plus or minus a few pounds for years now. I would like... Read more

  • Again. Discouraging..

    8/27/2016 4:36:52 PM, by BEESHELL8

    My husband had a heart attack on Thursday. He was having chest pain after being at the gym, I was volunteering at the library. So he calls me....I told him to call 911!!!!! He did, and was rushed to the hospital. One cardiac cath and additional stent later, he's better. In ICU overnight, and still t... Read more

  • Searching for roots and finding new branches

    8/26/2016 8:38:01 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    In 2008 I set out to find my roots in Eastern Europe - the hazy history behind the immigration of my grandparents to America. Grandma was 17 when she came alone in 1900. My grandfather was a widower and arrived in 1907. I had 2 documents, grandma's birth certificate from the village of Sambr... Read more

  • Putting ME on the agenda

    8/24/2016 3:33:06 PM, by SHIRE33

    Four years ago my weight loss program fell apart. Almost to the day. On August 25, my 50th birthday, I weighed 152, down from 245. Then at work, my university went from quarters to semesters, our enrollment dropped 40%, our jobs were in jeopardy, our insurance changed, all my courses had been comple... Read more

  • You just have to start.........

    8/23/2016 6:12:37 PM, by LDYHAZ

    It's been a very busy year so far for me. Looking forward to winter when my world slows down. During my run this morning I was doing my normal praying and sorting recent events out in my mind. My runs have become my personal time. I considered my journey and also that no matter how I wish family... Read more

  • Guess who's off insulin???

    8/22/2016 11:42:14 AM, by TAICHIDANCER

    Hi fellow Sparkers, I've been away; did you miss me? Spent three weeks in Russia introducing little Sasha to that side of the family. Then a week in Maine visiting an old college friend and hiking the trails of Acadia National Park. Now it's back to work, BUT FIRST: I had a three month ... Read more

  • Century on a spin bike

    8/22/2016 6:21:18 AM, by PMRUNNER

    The spin studio at the US embassy has morning and evening classes most days and once a month offers a group century ride. I have been going to class a few times a week, which has been great cross training from my primary running training. I signed up for the August century but was a bit nervous ab... Read more

  • Exploring the "Big Little Country" - Slovakia - Day 3

    8/22/2016 3:04:18 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    The final day of our excursion took us from the heights to the depths and to the northern border with Poland. Day 2 ended in the high Tatra Mountains Day 3 we explored one of Slovakia's many caves. This one is known for the discovery of a complete skeleton of a ice age bear which stood 3 ... Read more

  • Canta or Water?

    8/21/2016 8:13:24 AM, by BA5454

    'Somehow I married my father', is the phrase that comes to mind when my husband grocery shops by himself. Like my Pop, DH throws anything he thinks 'looks good' into the cart. Meaning we end up with a lot of ice cream, goobers, brownie mixes, and deli cheeses, lol. But he asked for a list this ... Read more

  • Morning Run

    8/19/2016 12:07:34 PM, by BA5454

    Whew, 9.5 miles in sweaty, foggy Ohio weather, lol. Done and done. Now I'm ready for the weekend! How about you? Make it Spark-a-licious! Bonus elephant on the beach to start the weekend off right ;-). P.S. Hug an elephant today, it was World Elephant Day on August 12--they need all the s... Read more

  • Exploring the "Big Little Country" - Slovakia - Day 2

    8/19/2016 9:52:34 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    All 4 excursion buses from the university met for the night at the same hotel in the city of Proprad in the Vysoke Tatry (High Tatra Mountains). This was the view from our window. After a buffet breakfast we set off again in 4 different directions. First stop was a "historical reservat... Read more

  • Out of my comfort zone

    8/18/2016 7:50:37 PM, by BEESHELL8

    So I have been in a bit of a funk this week; not really sure what's going on but had the opportunity to process a bit with my therapist. As a result, I realized that this retirement thing is a bit more challenging than I thought....and that I'm in a different place than most of my friends (i.e., the... Read more

  • Exploring the "Big Little Country" - Slovakia

    8/18/2016 7:33:11 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    That slogan of the Slovak tourist bureau refers to the variety of geographic landscapes, and historic locations and ethic traditions within this small country. Our course in Slovak Language and Culture includes 4 separate 3 day excursions from which we choose one. Joe and I have traveled aroun... Read more

  • Re-cap and New Deadline

    8/17/2016 1:33:58 PM, by BA5454

    Re-cap of my blog from 11 August: 1. Weigh in today and reset my 'Yellow Line' on the Weight Report to reflect the change. 2. Get my food scale back on the counter and use it to weigh out portions again. 3. Track all my food intake using the SP tracker, modify somewhat for increased exercise. ... Read more

  • Off Kilter

    8/16/2016 4:42:34 PM, by BEESHELL8

    Hello....been a weird couple of days. I met a friend for lunch on Sunday, and felt like things were a bit off between us. I couldn't really figure out why and am deciding not to take it personally. Just felt like said person was distracted and pressed for time. So it threw me off. I did follow up af... Read more

  • 2500 days on SparkPeople!

    8/15/2016 8:14:56 PM, by LKEITHO

    I recently passed 2500 days on SP. Can't believe I'm coming up on 7 years without missing a day. Love this site!... Read more

  • Some days you feel like a fun-gi

    8/15/2016 6:27:18 PM, by KONRAD695

    Was thinking of someone today. So I went and got my phone for pics during the cool down lap on the trails. Hope you enjoy- Middle of the trail. Wet tree. Strange holes, like a bacteria was eating the mushroom. My running phone doesn't show the layers, but it was coo... Read more

  • 150+ international students and me in the Slovak countryside

    8/14/2016 1:57:29 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    We returned from our 3 day excursion at 11 pm last night. I've got a ton of photos to sort through but this will give you a snapshot of my traveling companions. Our group of 40 are visiting a "skanzen" an open air historical museum with buildings of cultural significance. This is a 1950s era... Read more

  • I'm a runner again!

    8/13/2016 9:45:03 PM, by SHIRE33

    Just a note of encouragement to myself - I have run two full weeks of my Easy5K reboot! I moved in week 2 from a 30-second run/45-second walk ratio to a 60/60 ratio and that worked well. Surprised me. I really wanted to move to 45/45, but there wasn't a selection for that. The first few 60s running ... Read more

  • Happy Friday!

    8/12/2016 8:05:18 AM, by BA5454

    Have an awesome weekend and stay Sparky!... Read more

  • Day 11 - ? - 55 years old on 8-8-16

    8/11/2016 3:51:41 PM, by BEESHELL8

    383 I have an uneasy relationship with my birthday. Some history. My younger sister J and I share a birthday. I am older by two years. So it has been a lifetime of navigating how to celebrate--something I think my parents did reasonably well, but let's face it, this sort of thing is hard ... Read more

  • Goal Ahead

    8/11/2016 10:51:27 AM, by BA5454

    I need to get back to basics, my weight isn't going anywhere except up and down within a 3-4 pound range. Soooooo, to that end, here's my plan for the next 7 days: 1. Weigh in today and reset my 'Yellow Line' on the Weight Report to reflect the change. 2. Get my food scale back on t... Read more

  • Whew....

    8/10/2016 8:44:55 AM, by BA5454

    I swam with Michael Phelps. I balanced-beamed with Simone Biles. I played beach volleyball with Kerri Walsh-Jennings. I fenced with Ibtihaj Muhammad. I even went cross-country with Philip Dutton and Happy (his horse). Whew....glad the Olympics are only every few years. *Now on t... Read more

  • Sites of Bratislava

    8/10/2016 1:18:11 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    On Saturday all the students went on an all day walking tour of the city. We gathered in front of the National Theater. It was a short walk for us. Our apartment is a few buildings away. Across the square is the National Philharmonic Orchestra. August is summer vacati... Read more

  • Every morning in Bratislava, Slovakia

    8/9/2016 11:39:00 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I walk about 1/4 mile to the Danube River and along the path there until I come to this bridge. It's called the Novy Most (new bridge) or Most UFO (UFO Bridge because of the shape of the restaurant on top. You can get a good meal up there or as an alternative, they will give you a bungee ca... Read more

  • Garden Goodies

    8/8/2016 3:57:11 PM, by BA5454

    Garden cukes and tomatoes, aka lunchtime goodies. We moved the all-volunteer tomatoes from the compost bin where they started to grow to a portion of our corn field, never thinking they'd live. Ta-da! They are really thriving. DH wanted to try cucumbers, also in the corn field, and we are about to h... Read more

  • How'd that happen? - Day 6

    8/6/2016 7:30:29 PM, by BEESHELL8

    I didn't log in at all yesterday! Lost my streak. Oh well. I was living my life. I am continually amazed at how busy I am. Yesterday I decided I could not take the cluttered counter so I spent some time in the morning cleaning that off and then cleaning the floors in the kitchen area. I feel l... Read more

  • Good Boy!

    8/6/2016 7:54:52 AM, by BA5454

    Saturday Silly: ... Read more

  • Singers don't dance & dancers don't sing?

    8/6/2016 1:39:39 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    That was the situation in our community theater group in Ohio. Not true in Slovakia! After Friday's classes were done for the day, at 4:30 we went to a folk singing workshop. It was optional, but everyone was there. The words were on the screen and we sang along with a traditional ... Read more

  • Taking Care

    8/5/2016 8:50:04 AM, by BA5454

    Hope you have a Spark-a-licious weekend!... Read more

  • Living as a student in a foreign country

    8/4/2016 7:04:42 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    DH and I like to travel, but this trip is a very different experience. Our usual plan is to research countries and travel on our own or with children and grandchildren. We also enjoy river cruises where our floating hotel takes us to major cities and interesting towns without any effort on our pa... Read more

  • It's Thursday - Day 4

    8/4/2016 1:08:47 PM, by BEESHELL8

    Hello and it's Thursday already. Things better around here, the ups and downs are just that. The important thing is that we can talk about things - that is progress for us. It also helps that I am in therapy! Like my therapist always says - when I get frustrated about what I feel is me doing all the... Read more

  • Reflection & Goals, Week 3

    8/3/2016 8:28:52 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So last week I did pretty well--this week? Not so much. Hormones and emotions are doing a number on me. What's going on? Weeeellll, two things: 1) I applied for a job. The FIRST job I've applied for in nearly 14 years--since I became a SAHM when my son was born. I have a masters degree, but I o... Read more

  • Some Days

    8/2/2016 1:44:09 PM, by BA5454

    Weight loss, man. Some days I feel like a warrior, ready to take on the world: Other days, not so much: It's not just looking at the numbers, though they are important: There are all these emotions, each and every day: Weight loss. It's an exercise in perseverance, pe... Read more

  • Day 2.25...

    8/2/2016 1:29:46 PM, by BEESHELL8

    ..because yesterday was technically Day 2 and I'm writing at about 10 this morning. Yesterday we took a 44 minute walk and I did some yard work after. That's a good way to keep the sweat going! I also took my bike in to get checked. I had wanted to ride it on Sunday, but couldn't pump up the back... Read more