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  • Part 2: Since you asked: The secrets of my success

    7/1/2016 1:58:59 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    My disclaimer: I've been asked about the secrets of my success, so in this series of blogs, I'm telling you what I am doing and why. I am not telling you what you should do. Please make up your own mind whether it's useful for you. In my last blog, I wrote how I decided I wanted a plan based on... Read more

  • What works for me😊

    7/1/2016 12:57:21 PM, by LDYHAZ

    First thing I do is get my run in. Starts the whole day off right. Before my running days I would get that walk in. Gives me a great since of accomplishment . It is also true what you hear about having more energy for the rest of the day. I prepare food in advance. This way I always have somethi... Read more

  • Failure is a Mentality

    6/30/2016 10:48:56 AM, by BA5454

    Failure is just a mentality. There's the anecdotal story of the California CEO who walked into work bursting with enthusiasm the day after the failure of a multi-billion dollar project. "Well," he said, "we know *that* doesn't work. Let's try something different." That's where I am in my w... Read more

  • Today

    6/29/2016 7:18:39 AM, by BA5454

    Hope yours is wonderful!... Read more

  • Man, I miss my computer

    6/28/2016 12:50:23 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    So. I've been Sparking via phone and today I'm on my hubby's laptop. Which on the the island has slow internet. But I thought I'd take a moment to say "hi" and write out some of the thoughts in my scattered brain. I've been trying to ponder what the heck I'm doing wrong and I think the answ... Read more

  • Good Day with my granddaughter

    6/27/2016 8:19:01 PM, by CDGO4TH

    Kali and I had a good day. We got in the pool. She always likes to play hide and seek knowing all too well that there is no where to really hide. She usually hides under the float and I act like I do not see her and go around the pool searching. LOL! She did some painting while I worked on a c... Read more

  • Status for the next couple of weeks

    6/27/2016 6:22:06 PM, by BEESHELL8

    Hi, I'll be traveling soon so not sure how much I will get on here to check in or read your blogs. Know that I am thinking of you all and will be back soon! Been a tough week trying to get ready for the trip. Sigh.... Read more

  • How did the 2 of us create HER?

    6/27/2016 6:46:44 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    That was DH's comment at the conclusion of DD's semi-final performance at the Cliburn International Piano Competition on Thursday. We watched the live stream broadcast of the field of 12, down from the original 68 competitors invited to Fort Worth by recorded audition. Thank you sparkers who... Read more

  • She loves her Uncle

    6/26/2016 8:58:40 PM, by CDGO4TH

    My son moved out on his own this week. My granddaughter came over yesterday and when she saw his room empty she freaked out and begaem to cry. She wanted to know where her Uncle Adam was. I tried to explain that he is an adult and need his privacy. She just did not understand and boo-hoo'd. I f... Read more

  • Always Hungry? The book that taught me I didn't fail - now I know why

    6/26/2016 2:21:13 PM, by SHIRE33

    That's me, third from left, with my farm girls. I'm pretty happy now, though still on my journey. In January I was pretty glum. Having lost 93 pounds and gained back all but 18, you can imagine. And then I read this story from WebMD about the fact that it's impossible to lose weight and keep i... Read more

  • when your fat clothes don't fit...

    6/24/2016 8:45:13 PM, by BEESHELL8

    ...and you are a week away from big vacation and you know you've gained's discouraging. As I mentioned, I had a pretty significant gain, which is what happens when you don't weigh for a while and are KIND OF doing the right thing. Well, I'm not one of those people who gave away my "... Read more

  • Sparker Hayburner1969 finishing her semi-final performance at the Cliburn International Piano Compet

    6/24/2016 8:28:41 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I LOVE this picture. At 2am Jeannie (my DD) posted the following on Facebook. "Hey everyone, I'm totally pooped and crawling into bed, but I wanted to say thank you for being such a great audience and support system. I had a good run here and got to play three times for a jury of world-clas... Read more

  • The News You Never Want to Hear

    6/23/2016 9:17:47 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    As many of you know, Rick's mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late April and had major surgery to remove the tumor, which involved stomach, pancreas, spleen, and intestines. The cancer was caught earlier than pancreatic cancer normally is, so we were hopeful the surgery would get it all. ... Read more

  • Cross Country 5k

    6/23/2016 8:55:23 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Daughter1 and I ran another race tonight--this time a cross-country 5k. I had never done a cross-country run of any kind, so it was a new experience for me and I couldn't give my sweet pea any guidance on how we should run it. I was pretty sure that we should aim for a slower pace, not only because ... Read more

  • Slogging Through Molasses

    6/23/2016 10:39:49 AM, by KANSASROSE67

    This morning I had the worst run I've had in months, maybe ever! I got out at 7:30 to beat the heat. There was a stiff breeze, but nothing like some of the winds I've run in. I don't know what was wrong, but I just had NO energy. It was like slogging through molasses. I was huffing and puffing a... Read more

  • "Several Amateur Pianists Stand Out in the Quarterfinals of the Cliburn"

    6/23/2016 8:54:32 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    And one of them is my DD#1 - Sparker Hayburner1969 She was pleased with her performance in the round of 30 (down from the 68 International competitors whose recorded auditions earned an invitation to the preliminaries in Fort Worth, TX). Being featured in the web story and in the newspaper ... Read more

  • Since you asked: The secrets of my success, part 1

    6/22/2016 10:14:24 PM, by TAICHIDANCER

    A while ago, I posted this picture. I expected that it would be liked, but was astounded at the magnitude of the response. Over 200 people made comments, it was voted a popular blog, and I received a dozen new friend requests. I also received a lot of emails. A number of them asked me abo... Read more

  • Facing Reality

    6/22/2016 5:50:31 PM, by BEESHELL8

    I knew I had gained weight but have been avoiding the scale. This morning, I weighed in and what I knew instinctively was confirmed. It isn't a surprise. I know what to do, and haven't been doing it consistently. I have had to make adjustments to my exercise routine because of my injury. But t... Read more

  • Home...BIG THANK-YOU!

    6/22/2016 10:32:50 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Will start out with the memorial service for my Aunt was hard. Many tears and too much comfort food. When ever I go home even for happy times there are so many triggers. My old way of thinking comes crashing in. I turn right back into that insecure person who seeks food for comfort. That is... Read more

  • My Son Is Home

    6/21/2016 10:39:29 AM, by CDGO4TH

    My son is in the Army National Guard. Over a year ago he was activated and after some training here at home left for Texas. He was there for a month and then headed over to Dajbuti, Africa. I was able to skype with him and even talk to him on the phone a few times but I am so glad that he is back... Read more

  • DD #1 Update

    6/20/2016 9:28:20 AM, by PLMITCH

    Hi all, I realized I had not posted any updates on my oldest daughter. I'm happy to report she is doing much better, and was thrilled that she was able to join us for our Father's Day brunch yesterday! Still wearing a heart rate monitor, and will be meeting with a cardiologist this week. Hopefully... Read more

  • Begin Again: Reflections & Goals (Week 14)

    6/20/2016 9:22:39 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Yes, there is no Week 13. As mentioned, some dreadful days the past couple of weeks. But I've got to pull myself out of it. I'm reminded (again) of a quote that I need to remember. Today is a new day! And I am looking forward to putting some rules back in place this week. Which means Ref... Read more

  • Body Mass Index "BMI" - Is Stupid!

    6/18/2016 8:57:33 PM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: What is BMI? There is some notion that a person's weight relative to a person's height can predict health problems and perhaps, early death. Besides ourselves, who else really cares about a measurement that predicts health problems and death? Answer: Insurance companies! The ... Read more

  • Enjoying a beautiful Saturday

    6/18/2016 5:52:45 PM, by BEESHELL8

    Hi all who are reading....I'm enjoying a beautiful Saturday with unseasonably mild weather for Sacramento. It's sunny but a bit breezy - going to get hot again soon, but am enjoying it while I can! I'm recovering from a somewhat difficult get together with my sisters. I didn't expect much, but ... Read more

  • The green tea cup exercise

    6/17/2016 7:25:29 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Try this exercise out. Andy Shaw in his book "Using a Bug Free Mind" describes the result of imprinting your mind with the general image of a green, tea or coffee cup two times daily. Continue your life as you ordinary would during the rest of your day. If you do this faithfully, then you will wi... Read more

  • Twilight 5k: The Good & Not-So-Good News (and Lessons Learned)

    6/16/2016 10:35:16 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So I ran my 5k last night. So here is my good news and not-so-good news and lessons learned. GOOD NEWS: 1) I beat my 5k time I ran last fall by nearly 2-1/2 min or 43 sec/ml (under 28 min). 2) I came in 2nd in my age division and 7th overall. 3) I woke up this morning feeling... Read more

  • Don't dispair, you have the power

    6/16/2016 9:43:51 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I haven't walked your journey, but I am sure you are a worthy and powerful person. God, or the universe, or however you define it made you human and as a member of the human race you have incredible power. If you lack confidence, it's not your fault that your mind is not trained to use your po... Read more

  • June 16

    6/16/2016 1:03:18 PM, by BEESHELL8

    Three years ago today, at about 2:30 in the morning, my dad died. He had been in the hospital for about 5 weeks and died of heart failure in the early hours of that Sunday. It was Father's Day. My life changed suddenly and dramatically. Although his death was not entirely unexpected, it happen... Read more

  • Decisions, Decisions!

    6/16/2016 11:06:43 AM, by KANSASROSE67

    I don't actually know what I'm going to write about...just whatever comes to mind, I guess! We are in full Summer Library Program mode at work, with activities and programs for preschoolers, grade schoolers, teens, and adults. Our theme this year is sports and fitness, so I'm teaching a health... Read more

  • The Medical Benefits of Sparking by Association

    6/16/2016 6:57:35 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I've written about DH a lot in the past 7 years. I've called him the "junk food king of the world" For those who have only known me only a short time, this was my kitchen table in 2010. It was not a staged photo. It really looked like that. At that time I wanted to document that I reached M... Read more

  • If It's Wednesday, It Must Be Meatloaf

    6/15/2016 6:47:37 AM, by BA5454

    For a time in my youth, my full-time working mother designated certain meals for certain days. Like Wednesdays were reserved for meatloaf, Sundays for roast beef. We kids--there were five of us at various ages and we never had a babysitter--would set the table and the older ones would start dinner b... Read more

  • The Weeinies Got Me Down

    6/14/2016 12:40:38 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So darling Hubs' favorite saying is, "Don't let the weenies get you down, Laura." For the past couple weeks, I've let those darn weenies get me down. Like I wrote last week, I feel so overwhelmed, and it's not going away as more schtuff has happened. Logically, I know that I need to just get up... Read more

  • Relentless Forward Motion

    6/14/2016 9:42:11 AM, by BA5454

    RFM or relentless forward motion is a term used in the ultramarathon world. I was thinking about it on my run this morning, not only how it applies to long distance running, but how it applies to weight loss. Progress is sometimes difficult to measure. You have 'off program' days, or lack of motivat... Read more

  • Today is National Sewing Machine Day

    6/13/2016 2:32:39 PM, by CDGO4TH

    Long ago, when mankind first started working with fibers to produce clothing, things were long and arduous. Fiber had to be laboriously broken down and spun into yarn and thread, and then thread woven into cloth. That cloth would then be cut and stitched together using a needle and threa... Read more

  • Cherish each moment with your family...

    6/13/2016 9:38:27 AM, by PLMITCH plan for Sunday was to make breakfast and get mowing done, as we were in NYC Friday and Saturday. As I was in midst of mowing the back yard, I got a call from my son in law. My oldest daughter was being taken to the emergency room due to passing out at work and having a racing heart beat... Read more

  • Believe

    6/12/2016 7:23:35 PM, by BA5454

    There are a gazillion tools for weight loss, like SP, trackers, scales, charts, etc. And there are all ways to lose weight (some are better than others). But I had a thought today while running. Along with the 'omigosh it's hot, omigosh it's hot' litany going through my brain, came the thought ... Read more

  • First Ever Group Road Bike Ride With Strangers

    6/12/2016 12:28:05 PM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: I Am Particular About Riding with Other People Most often, I ride my bikes by myself. Whether I am riding a road bike or a mountain bike, I tend to like a style of riding that suits me, but does not seem to suit a lot of other bicycle riders. Over the years I have found good ridi... Read more

  • A Rough Twist

    6/12/2016 10:03:22 AM, by KONRAD695

    As many here know- I run in any conditions. Rain, snow, sleet, and HEAT HEAT HEAT. At least it feels that hot right now. My last blog was earning my ugly, which was me running in the heat to train for races in the heat. My last short race was a 5k,which was after a another long week of work. T... Read more

  • Driver's License Weight

    6/10/2016 4:04:20 PM, by BA5454

    Last December I had to renew my driver's license and I told the lady behind the counter to change my weight to what I ACTUALLY weighed (at the time). It was an increase from the old one and she looked at me a little funny. I weighed today and found that I'm finally UNDER what my driver's licen... Read more

  • Reflections - Why Do People Leave the Spark Community?

    6/9/2016 5:06:34 PM, by BEESHELL8

    I read an interesting blog yesterday by BOBCATGIRL76. Not only was the blog interesting, but the comments were, too. The topic at hand, was why people leave Sparkpeople. Recently, BROOKLYN_BORN did a research project to find out where her spark friends went, and I found it also very intriguing. ... Read more

  • short note

    6/8/2016 8:21:05 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Doing well. The trip up the Oregon coast is just what my mother needed. Tonight will be our last night up here in Oregon then we will be heading to her home. Memorial service for my Aunt will be on the 18th so my trip has been prolonged. Changing the plane tickets was a real pain. I have be... Read more

  • Scrap material wreath

    6/8/2016 3:57:44 PM, by CDGO4TH

    Finished up using the red, white and blue material today. I was able to make two more wreaths. This is some material that I bough years ago at a years sale and only paid $2.00 for it. I have three people that wanted me to make them one. Guess I need to decide who these will go to. I also have o... Read more

  • Intermittent Insomnia

    6/8/2016 6:41:01 AM, by BA5454

    If you ignore the liquor bottle in his hand, this is how it's been for the last 4 days: Having nothing snappy to call it, I like to think of it as intermittent insomnia. It those times when I can get sleep but don't stay asleep, more of a doze. This cycle was particularly hard since I needed... Read more

  • Reflections & Goals (Week 12)

    6/7/2016 11:10:56 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    As I mentioned in my status--What a dreadful day yesterday! Too emotional as I worry about how much my kids are struggling with a few things right now, recognizing the many mistakes I've made and the real ramifications those mistakes might be having on their lives. They are really good kids, so it's... Read more

  • Thank-You Spark Friends

    6/6/2016 7:21:11 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Your words are so much appreciated. More than you could ever know. I write to clear my head and I read and receive rays of hope. You never know what a friend will say that will just hit home and make things better. I know I have choices when emotions hit hard. Saturday I got in a 6 mile run... Read more

  • Sweet Monday

    6/6/2016 7:14:24 AM, by BA5454

    I don't know why a baby goat makes Monday happier, it just does ;-). Have a great one! ... Read more

  • It's Spark Guy's fault that my laundry isn't folded

    6/5/2016 3:16:12 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It's DH's fault that I burned my toast this morning. It's my friend's fault for retiring so that so much tempting food was right in front of me today It's the wind's fault that I couldn't kayak longer. Which are true? Definitely not the first 3. For quite awhile Spark Guy blogged about th... Read more

  • Strawberry Festival 10K

    6/5/2016 12:57:52 PM, by BA5454

    Finished this fun race today and whoa, was not ready for the heat and humidity. But my summer running always seems to be like that, lol. I had several goals: 1. Maintain my intervals of 30:30 2. Finish with fuel in the tank 3. Beat the guy with the wool jester's hat, because come on, ... Read more

  • Saturday Afternoon

    6/4/2016 6:26:29 PM, by BEESHELL8

    It's hot here (again) and even a bit overcast. K and I went to the gym early and got our swim in and then at breakfast at our favorite local place. It's a good way to start the weekend! Friday I was a bit off. My clothes are tight and I could feel myself getting down on myself and discouraged.... Read more

  • I Just Don't Understand!

    6/4/2016 5:52:26 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    Sometimes things just don't make sense. While on our trip to Britain I decided not to track, to eat with enjoyment, and not to worry about it. No problem. We ate at lots of wonderful pubs, tried the local specialties (haggis, anyone?) and walked our feet off every day. It was a dream come true. ... Read more

  • Willfulness and Willingness

    6/4/2016 8:39:57 AM, by BA5454

    By definition, willfulness is a steadfast adherence to an opinion, purpose, or course of action in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion. I was thinking about willfulness the other day when I took the clothes out of the dryer and folded them, but didn't put them away. I thought about ... Read more

  • Experiencing the Sadness....Post visit depression :(...

    6/3/2016 11:37:42 AM, by LDYHAZ

    The grandchildren are back with their mother and father and Dale and I are back home. On Tuesday we drove 8 hours to Kansas City and spent the night. It was a long car ride but we stopped to visit that "Largest Ball of Twine". We also stopped at a shoe store and I bought my grandsons running shoe... Read more

  • Wishful Thinking

    6/3/2016 11:28:30 AM, by BA5454

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  • The Way We Were

    6/3/2016 10:07:51 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Since I've finished my "old spark friends" project, here's one of my oldest real life friends. Joe and Me in '63 - our first date at Rockaway Beach, Long Island, NY. He was 18. I was almost 16. We started "going steady" 4 months later. I still wear the ankle bracelet, but now it's... Read more

  • Getting back up after a fall

    6/2/2016 11:44:08 AM, by BEESHELL8

    So I've had a confusing couple of days. Yesterday, I found myself eating a lot of ice cream at one time. I don't know if I would call it a binge, but it was close to it. Later, I had some frustration dealing with a couple of different things - trying to get on my cel phone account and communicating ... Read more

  • Rolling Nirvana

    6/2/2016 10:32:22 AM, by BA5454

    No, it's not an ad for cigarettes, or anything like that, lol. Rolling Nirvana is the name of a new yoga class I signed up for at the local Y. I like to foam roll since I run a bit, but don't really do it very consistently. And this class advertised using a foam roller and yoga, with various bolster... Read more

  • Lots to be thankful for today...

    6/2/2016 9:31:51 AM, by PLMITCH

    OK, let me preface this by saying EVERY DAY is a day to be thankful for. Having said that, today is just one for me to be even more thankful for. - One year ago today my dad joined my mom in the afterlife. While some might question why I'd be thankful for this, I've chosen to think about al... Read more

  • Three purchases needed - immediately

    6/2/2016 6:48:26 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Tomorrow DH & I will be married for 49 years. There isn't much we NEED to buy anymore. You acquire a lot of stuff over a half century. In the beginning all our worldly possessions fit into the back of a 1961 station wagon. We didn't downsize after retirement. Actually our lake house has more sp... Read more

  • Global Running Day 2016

    6/1/2016 10:20:13 PM, by CDGO4TH

    Today is Global Running Day. I pledged to run a 5k, 3.1 miles. A group I belong to gets together each week downtown and runs. I usually like to run in the morning before it gets too hot. We did our run today at 6pm and it was still hot. I enjoy running this route because it is downtown and goes... Read more