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  • Definitely Good News & My 10k Walk-Run Program

    2/25/2017 11:33:09 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    After my slip yesterday, I knew it was doubly important to get up and get in a good workout, even though I'd run last night. My muscles feel shaky, but I feel SO much better. I finished my 30-Day Challenges with these numbers: Push-ups: 10 on my toes (squeal!) and 40 on my knees Trice... Read more

  • Good News or Bad News?

    2/24/2017 11:48:25 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So do you want the good news or the bad news first? Well, the bad news is that I'm a num-nut and for some reason decided it would be a good idea to open a bag of Valentine's peanut M&Ms that Hubs got on clearance. (Did I mention he bought like 8 lbs of on-clearance candy?) Then I ate near... Read more

  • You Have Reached the Top of the Mountain!

    2/24/2017 9:01:52 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    "You have reached the top of the mountain: performance on the level of .....!" This was the only line of text in an email I (and 10 others) received early this morning from the man who has organized the "Piano Marathon of Master Amateurs" that will take place at the Gasteig in Munich, Germany n... Read more

  • A Different View of Functional Fitness

    2/24/2017 8:32:45 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Some years ago my daughter Jeannie (Hayburner1969) gave me a set of dumbbells for Christmas. My mother was in her eighties and not only needed a walker but also could not raise her arms above her head. That meant she needed help getting dressed and even combing her hair. I think Jeannie was conc... Read more

  • There's a SparkTeam for That! (Calling All Pianists!)

    2/23/2017 7:46:12 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the vastness of SparkPeople. Seriously! But in a good way. There are so many things to help us on our journey to better health. Nutrition tracker. Weight tracker. Fitness tracker. SparkRecipes. Articles. Videos. Message Boards. Challenges. Blogs. Goals. St... Read more

  • Stepping out of my Comfort Zone! and other stuff

    2/22/2017 6:13:13 PM, by LDYHAZ

    I bought Fuchsia Pumps!!! May not sound like a major event in many peoples lives but it is for me. I have always been straight black, brown or rare occasions white shoes. Very boring and NEVER ever anything to draw attention to myself. This healthy life is making me bolder. The warm weather... Read more

  • Pedal OFF! A Reality Check.

    2/22/2017 7:45:59 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I've been learning Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" for an upcoming performance in May. It's coming along quite nicely, but I'll tell you something I have struggled with since I was a little girl when it comes to the piano. My mother, Brooklyn_Born, always called it "concertizing." "Concerti... Read more

  • What can we learn from our Spark friends?

    2/21/2017 9:10:48 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    How to SUCCEED with their encouragement! I woke up 3 hours late lacking motivation. Maybe I’ll just read or putter around the house. Oh, why not check in with those who understand how this program works. And I read: “I Succeed With the Help from my Friends” (JStetser) www.sparkpeo... Read more

  • There Will Come a Day

    2/21/2017 8:05:36 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I love the Lord of the Rings movies - especially Return of the King. One of my favorite parts of the movie is where Aragorn is rallying his army outside the Black Gate of Mordor and gives a stirring speech. If you don't know what I'm talking about (or you just want to see it again), here it is: ... Read more

  • Monday Morning Meditations: Being Perfect vs. Being Complete

    2/20/2017 10:30:08 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Too often when we are struggling on this weight loss journey, we fall and wonder if it’s worth the effort to get up and try again. I think it's related to that fear of failure, the all-or-nothing compulsion to be perfect. After all, even the Sermon on the Mount (which contains some of the most... Read more

  • Ordinary People

    2/20/2017 7:55:22 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    This blog isn't about anything health-related. It's just something funny I remembered as I went through photos on my hard drive. Last summer, I was with my husband in the elevator of the Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, headed down to the first floor, on our way to attend the finals of ... Read more

  • Gratitude and Attitude (Wk 3)

    2/19/2017 5:44:30 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    WHAT GOOD THINGS HAPPENED LAST WEEK: 1) In my church, members of the congregation are assigned to give short 10-20 minute sermons (or talks) each Sunday. Sometimes youth 12-17 are asked to give shorter talks. A few weeks ago, my 11 y/o daughter (the runner) was asked to give a talk to the entire ... Read more

  • Finding the Real "How" to Weight Loss

    2/18/2017 12:05:22 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So to recap, on Thursday night I taught a class to the women in my congregation on how I lost my weight and got down to a healthy weight range (from an Obese BMI). Some of you have asked how it went. Honestly, I'm not sure. It's hard to gear a presentation to such a diverse group of women. But... Read more

  • Any Sparkers near Munich?

    2/18/2017 8:40:18 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Pianist Sparker Hayburner1969 makes her European debut on March 3rd as part of a 3 day International Concert Series.
    steramateure.html,v47088 I’m so pleased she has returned to the stage after a bre... Read more

  • You're Never "Over the Hill"

    2/18/2017 7:57:59 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Recently, my children's high school band director invited guest conductors to work with their bands for over 10 hours of rehearsal from 4 PM Friday to 3 PM Saturday as they prepare for Concert Assessment. For the final hour, parents were invited to an Open House where they could roam from room to r... Read more

  • So Delicious!

    2/17/2017 7:36:52 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    A few years ago, my husband switched to almond & coconut milk products. Around the same time, we were also looking to consume less high-fructose corn syrup. We discovered it was in our coffee creamer, so I started looking at others. I found this: The product's very name is truthful, in... Read more

  • All Things Work for Good

    2/16/2017 8:44:03 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    There's a reason I thought of this particular Bible quote today from Romans 8:28. Nineteen years ago today, I miscarried my second pregnancy. The pain and sadness lessened a long time ago, which is why I can write about it and share my thoughts. When I was starting my senior year of col... Read more

  • Teaching a Class

    2/15/2017 4:27:10 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So I was asked to teach a weight loss class to the women in my congregation tomorrow night. I talked to the person who asked me about focusing it something different--like "healthy choices" or "general strategies"--but she wanted me to talk about what *I* did to lose my weight. I'm VERY uncomfo... Read more

  • That darn scale!I have been weighing myself way too much......

    2/15/2017 11:50:18 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Last week I did great with not eating after dinner. This week not so well. Start of the week my weight was just about where I wanted it.. Then I started eating after dinner and doing the snack nibble thing. Then I did the weighing thing. Knowing I have been over eating and just hoping that mayb... Read more

  • Let It Go... Let It Goooooooo...

    2/15/2017 6:42:23 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Sorry. I'm sure I've now put that song in your head for the rest of the day, but it figures prominently in what I'm going to talk about today. A few days ago, I played another solo recital - this one was my "dry run" before I make my European debut in two weeks in Munich, Germany. The rec... Read more

  • Valentine's Day #27

    2/14/2017 9:08:02 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Today is the 27th Valentine's Day for my husband and me. We had our first date on February 9th, 1991. I was flying out to Texas on the 13th for a piano competition, so I was really surprised when my boyfriend of 3 days dropped by my apartment on the 12th with a red rose, a small heart-shaped box o... Read more

  • May the Force Be with You!

    2/13/2017 12:12:33 PM, by HAYBURNER1969

    What is the strongest force in the world? According to what I found using Google, it seems it's the nuclear force that holds together the atom. I think the atoms that make up the mattress of my bed have the strongest nuclear force in the entire world. At least, they have quite a hold on me. ... Read more

  • Update on Goals

    2/11/2017 3:17:22 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Somewhere in the scheme of things, I had to let some things drop. With minimal guilt or self-incriminations (I say minimal because I'm lousy at no guilt), I chose to not get on Spark until things settled a bit. I'm glad I did, but the stinky thing is that it's often hard (at least for me) to get bac... Read more

  • The "Show" I'm Referring to in My Blog Post Today

    2/11/2017 11:39:23 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    See "The Health Benefits of Pets" for more about Gracie and how pets can help us be healthy!... Read more

  • The Health Benefits of Pets

    2/11/2017 7:06:33 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    This is Gracie. Gracie is not our dog. She lives next door. Imagine every time you drive into the garage, you see this little face looking at you, on the other side of the invisible fence. Imagine the whining noise she emits. As you can see, this dog is *clearly* starving and neglecte... Read more

  • I Know You Love Me - It's OK to Skip the Chocolate

    2/11/2017 6:27:46 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It wasn't always this way. Feb 14, 1964 my boyfriend of 8 months brought me the biggest box of candy I had ever seen. It was a HUGE valentine box, 2 feet wide. I even knew how much it cost because I passed that "homemade chocolate" candy shop every day on my way to high school and the box was th... Read more

  • Best Diets 2017 - US News and World Report

    2/10/2017 5:41:32 PM, by MWWENSIN

    I've been motivated to try and help out a work to try and figure out how to improve my own and other people's health in general. The main issue is how to motivate other people when diet/exercise plans are hard to follow, stay committed, etc. etc. So I'd like some help from other people on here... Read more

  • "The Scale Is Wrong."

    2/10/2017 6:58:54 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    This morning, I am pondering a question. How can you weigh more upon awakening (and after "emptying" yourself, to put it nicely) than you did when you went to bed? I don't usually weigh myself at night, but last night I did. Then this morning, I was 2 pounds heavier. I'm sure I didn't re... Read more

  • Becoming Naturally Slim

    2/9/2017 9:33:45 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    My husband and I have a health insurance plan through his work that is high-deductible with a health-savings plan. His employer will give a discount on insurance premiums AND actual money into the health savings account for doing various healthy things such as annual checkups and screenings. This ... Read more

  • Goals for the next 10 days

    2/9/2017 3:07:26 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Overdue Goal-Setting 2017 Making this public for accountability. Hoping this is not too much at once, but if I can do it I know I will feel much better. February 10-19 1. Attend at least one Yoga class per day (got a 10-days for $10 pass at a place 5-minute walk from home). 2. Cut ou... Read more

  • Hooray! Love the Seagulls!

    2/9/2017 8:12:59 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    You know how much I hate the cold. Well, I'm here to tell you to forget Punxsutawney Phil's forecast this year! 6 more weeks of winter? Nope, I disagree. And it's all because of the seagulls. I pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot and look what I found! This doesn't begin to show... Read more

  • Lonely Beans at the SuperCenter

    2/8/2017 7:53:57 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I had to make a quick trip to Wal-Mart before heading home after church this past Sunday. I headed for the food section and oh. my. goodness. What on earth? The snack food aisle was mobbed. So was the beer aisle. Luckily, I was not there to buy those things, because I bet I couldn't have gotten... Read more

  • Everything Counts.. Must remember that

    2/7/2017 12:03:33 PM, by LDYHAZ

    I have been doing some reviewing of my nutritional tracker. By the way the calories look I should have been maintaining. I realised that I had been omitting a couple items.. THinking they were so small they couldn't really count. Fixing my cup off coffee and then adding the 3 tablespoons of "Sugar... Read more

  • Unrealistic Expectations

    2/7/2017 7:38:31 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Yesterday's blog entry was about maintaining perfect "streaks" and how it can put a lot of pressure on us. Later in the day, I was working on the fugue from J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C major from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II. I played this piece back in high school, so it's been at le... Read more

  • Surprised that I lost 1 1/2 lbs the third week

    2/6/2017 6:47:20 PM, by OLDEROWL

    As a member of the Winter 5% weight loss Challenge team the first two weeks were rather ordinary for me except I more than tripled the amount of exercise I usually do, averaging 391 minutes a week. However, I only lost 1.4 pounds the first two weeks. On the third week, I found myself concentrating ... Read more

  • How many times must I bang my head against that WALL!

    2/6/2017 9:26:16 AM, by LDYHAZ

    That's how I am feeling this morning. Well I felt that way yesterday also but couldn't bring myself to blog about it. Spark People has really helped me understand myself. I know my triggers. I know the things I should do. I step on the scale and WTF! I am up 5 lbs. Instantly my brain goes int... Read more

  • The Pressure of a Streak

    2/6/2017 7:57:41 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    We hear about "Streaks" all the time on SparkPeople. I've got some streaks going - like logging in every day, and blogging every day since January 2nd. I'm not sure how long I can keep up the blogging one, but it's fun to see if I think of something to write about. I've got some streaks in my... Read more

  • "Hold on until Rescued" - Strength and Endurance

    2/6/2017 7:03:14 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It was 1964 and I was a high school senior. It was the first year our school participated in the President's Physical Fitness challenge. It seems that statistics showed we were getting "soft" or maybe it was another attempt for us to keep up with the Russians. Anyway, suddenly we girls were t... Read more

  • "I Hate the Cold!!!!!"

    2/5/2017 9:14:33 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Every Fall, my husband says he's going to keep a tally of how many times I utter this phrase until Spring arrives. "I hate the cold!!!" I think I blogged about this once years ago, as I seem to remember writing the sentence, "There are not enough strong words to emphasize how much I hate i... Read more

  • A Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy & Joyous Life Pledge

    2/4/2017 1:12:27 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Please (now is a fine time) add your name and spread this pledge to as many Sparkpeople members you think may be encouraged by it, such as by including it in a blog. A WHOLESOME, INSPIRATIONAL, HEALTHY, AND JOYOUS PLEDGE We, the undersigned, pledge to strive to live each day, a Wholesome... Read more

  • Waiting for Tires... While Avoiding that "Spare Tire"

    2/4/2017 7:49:17 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I sit in Starbucks as I write this. If anybody out there has read my blog for the past few days, you'll notice three of the entries mention this Starbucks visit. Since I write my entries a few days in advance, I'm getting the rest of the week's blog entries knocked out while sitting here, waiting ... Read more

  • Super Socks!

    2/3/2017 8:04:52 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I'm sitting in Starbucks waiting for my car to be inspected. I'm reading SparkPeople and thanking members who have kindly commented on my blogs and/or given me words of encouragement. It's becoming one of my favorite pastimes, and yet I'm not enjoying it as much as usual today. The reason? M... Read more

  • Fitting In

    2/2/2017 7:59:55 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Because I'm a real planner, I usually write my blog entries a few days in advance. Ideas pop into my head - things I'd like to write about - and so I keep a running list of topics. The topic of "fitting in" came to mind, so I jotted it down. Then I went to SparkPeople and I found this posted to m... Read more

  • New Dog Vets Visit

    2/1/2017 7:35:20 AM, by LDYHAZ

    She was perfectly well behaved. Her weight is 59 lbs and that is a little on the heavy side but with regular walking that should go down. The vet estimated that she is closer to 6-8 years old and not 4. That explains much of her mellow ways. She appears perfectly healthy. Slight clouding in... Read more

  • Press Any Key

    2/1/2017 6:28:53 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Some of you know, from reading my mother's blogs last year, that I'm a trained concert pianist. I spent much of my young life in piano competition all over the country. I liked it, but not enough to make it my life's work. So it was a surprise to many people, myself included, when a year ago,... Read more

  • New Nameless Dog :)

    1/31/2017 8:16:38 AM, by LDYHAZ

    So my new Border Collie was found lost in farm country. The farmer that found her tried to locate any owner by driving to all the farms and even took her to church. No one knew her. She arrived at the shelter Jan 6 2017. They named her Delilah. That's a fine name but for some reason just doesn'... Read more

  • Morning Rituals - The Coffee

    1/31/2017 8:12:28 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    This morning, I thought about my blog post the other day about the little extra efforts we make for loved ones. Every morning during the workweek, here's what my counter looks like by the Keurig machine. I line up my husband's and daughter's travel cups and my my own regular cup with our... Read more

  • Beautiful Georgia on My Mind (with pictures)

    1/30/2017 10:13:08 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    Rick and I arrived home about a week ago after a trip to Savannah,Jekyll Island, and St. Mary's, Georgia. We had been so stressed after his mom's illness and death and then his dad's long hospital stay that if we hadn't already purchased plane tickets, we would not have gone. A big ice storm was p... Read more

  • Dog Shelter visit!

    1/30/2017 8:05:39 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Even though I still have these bouts where I sob and search for Barkley. I am moving on. I am a fast and furious mourner. Days of puffy eyes and crying. Led to me looking at my husband and asking... Ok what type of dog do we want now? We have both decided that a Beagle or any dog that blindly... Read more

  • A Powerful Ally It Is

    1/30/2017 7:41:39 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Have you ever watched hummingbirds for an extended amount of time? They are amazing little creatures. We have had a hummer feeder for many years now. My husband once remarked, "It's a good thing hummingbirds are not big, because boy, they are mean!" He's right. A hummingbird will fight and chas... Read more

  • "To Have and Have Not" - Finding an Unexpected Spark Lesson

    1/30/2017 5:38:48 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I spent most of Saturday at a high school swim meet. It was the conference championship and I had a connection to two of the schools. Two of my grandchildren are students at school 'A' and one more is a graduate One of my grandkids is a student at school 'B' and one more is a graduate. ... Read more

  • Lower Sugar Dried Cranberries

    1/29/2017 9:39:21 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I think it's time for another "new food"-related blog entry. I've been working on getting more fiber in my diet after a few weeks of tracking my nutrition. One day, I planned to make a new recipe (Cranberry-Quinoa Salad). I needed Craisins. Craisins are loaded with added sugar which raises t... Read more

  • Update

    1/28/2017 11:59:58 PM, by MWWENSIN

    Over the years I've adjusted my goals from losing weight to becoming healthier. By this I mean to become more active, stay active, eat better and learn more about nutrition. I have also looked for tools that can help motivate me. I use a fitbit to help count steps, a garmin to accurately meas... Read more

  • A Wholesome, Inspirational, Healthy and Joyous Pledge

    1/28/2017 4:07:12 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Important 303 Prior to February 6, the contents of this message may be shared with others only by giving a link to this blog
    ?blog_id=6306814 or this link
    ?board=0x64349x6... Read more

  • The Rudest Sparker of All???

    1/28/2017 7:18:11 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I've been on & off SparkPeople for several years now. (Mostly off.) There is so much to see & do here and so many people to interact with in different ways. I sometimes can't keep it all straight. One SP feature I've pretty much ignored has been SparkGoodies. I'd see the little GIFs in the lef... Read more

  • Loss my Barkley.............

    1/27/2017 7:08:49 AM, by LDYHAZ

    That Beagle that helped me become healthy is no more. My heart is breaking. Prayers for emotional healing. This is really a tough one... ... Read more

  • That Little Extra Effort for the People We Love

    1/27/2017 6:59:56 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    One thing I do for my family is prepare our daily lunches. My kids are all over the age of 15, so they're certainly capable of making their own and sometimes remind me I don't have to do it, but I like to do it. It's one fewer thing for them to have to do in the morning, and they all have to leave... Read more

  • is 2018 here yet?

    1/26/2017 5:49:13 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    As many of us were struggling with celebrity deaths, the dramatic election results, and our own woes, we were mostly anxious for 2016 to disappear and begin anew with 2017. In 2017, January, I've lost a friend of over 30 years. My youngest is currently struggling with the loss of her best frie... Read more