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  • Philosophy Inspiration!

    7/24/2014 10:01:55 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    On my last trip to Ottawa, the hotel offered cute toiletry items... I threw it in my suitcase, and now that I am about to use it, it is almost like it is talking to me… so here is a short reflection based on the little things that can inspire me Read more

  • WOW! What a Great Team!

    7/24/2014 7:32:34 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Thanks Jeff Galloway Training for Any Length Race Team. I had 9 positive messages from teammates about my Watermelon Sunrise 5K #3 coming up Saturday morning. It is great to know so many people are rooting for me!! My training has been going well. Monday eve I ran nine 400s, the fastest one a... Read more

  • My 8 Week Marathon

    7/23/2014 7:57:04 PM, by GLADGAD

    About 2 ½ weeks ago, I was carrying a 40 lb bag of water system salt to my softener tank. It had been raining on and off for several days, which is typical for a South Florida July. I stepped on a wooden deck, not realizing how slippery it was when my right foot slipped out from under me and I sta... Read more

  • Another Yearly Blog

    7/23/2014 12:06:06 PM, by DAVIDTHEHARP

    So here it is, almost a year later since my last blog post. I am heavier now, and just had my bloodwork done. Not good news for me. My triglycerides are off the chart again (600+). Cholesterol is at 219 (should be under 200). So back on the diet. I need to get off the meds that I am on. Tryi... Read more

  • Negative People!

    7/23/2014 11:17:44 AM, by MIRAGE727

    I have to remind myself every day! People outside of my circle of influence, former friends, and seeing what others tolerate can really get old! I will take the action I need to resolve the negativity trying to infiltrate the life I OWN! The negative miserable people are there in life! I've let go... Read more

  • Hot for Chinese food

    7/23/2014 9:45:32 AM, by BA5454

    Quite possibly TMI, but here goes. DH and I decided not to cook last night so we ended up ordering Chinese food. Haven't had it in a while and now I remember why. I don't know if it's the soy sauce or possibly the MSG (the dish was not spicy, nor really hot temp-wise), but I was sweating buckets wit... Read more

  • anyone still in?

    7/23/2014 9:00:41 AM, by MARGARITTM

    I am over 14,00 exercise minutes - on taget for 24,000 for the year miles a little behind because of injury but still aiming for over 1,000 this year. Iam over half way there... Read more

  • A tale of magic miles

    7/22/2014 11:56:59 AM, by BA5454

    Magic miles are one mile time trials, so-named from Jeff Galloway, the run-walk-run guru. He has established "a prediction formula based upon a one mile time trial. In other words, every 2 weeks or so, you can run a measured mile (at a good, hard pace for you) and use the time to predict what you co... Read more

  • Desire, Ease, and Excuses

    7/21/2014 10:24:09 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Last week I read a blog from Gretchen Rubin, "My New Book about Habit Formation, as Distilled in 21 Sentences." * and it lead me to reflect on habit formation... Here is what she has to say and my thoughts on the section "Desire, Ease and Excuses" ... "Abstaining: For some of us, moderation ... Read more

  • Our day in Acadia & Bar Harbor

    7/21/2014 9:03:24 PM, by NINETOZE

    Here's a link (at the bottom) to more pictures taken but below are a few highlights... We are having fun. We are wore out by the time we get "home" each evening! I take a lot of pictures and so I brought my laptop on vacation with me. We have wifi from the house next door (owner of our cottage)... Read more

  • BLC25 NSV....Le Tour!!

    7/21/2014 2:36:31 PM, by HILLRUNNER

    When it was announced last year that Le Tour de France would have it's Grand Depart from Yorkshire, England I was stoked!! That meant it would only be about 35 miles from where I live!! How could I NOT go???!!! Due to some logisti... Read more

  • Aw, Monday's sad bear

    7/21/2014 1:36:06 PM, by BA5454

    Someone needs a hug. Happily, my Monday has been a bit better than this, hope yours is, too. ... Read more

  • After NINE rounds, still loving the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge)!

    7/21/2014 12:53:58 PM, by FIT-AT-50

    It is hard to believe that I've been SParking for over five years, now. If you know me, or have read the bio information on my SPark Page, you know that I joined SP as a last ditch effort to lose the pounds that had been gained through the years of my adult life. SP gave me to tools t... Read more

  • Scale Again ($#%%&) and Running Again : )

    7/21/2014 8:40:40 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    MAINTENANCE - Changing attitude about the scale: I am up one pound from yesterday. Still solidly in my goal weight range. I ate excellently yesterday. It is a fluctuation. It is okay. Everybody knows this; even me. But I still have to remind myself. I am committed to using the scale regularly as a... Read more

  • jumbles with pics

    7/20/2014 3:24:41 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I'm trying to get in there....you know where. The balance between life and yourself. We took in two extra kids who didn't have a place to stay (18 & 21) until low income housing opens up and we have my friend's daughter from PA here. Every day I think about a run, or a video, or even 10 min... Read more

  • Corn sunrise

    7/20/2014 10:45:49 AM, by BA5454

    Captured this on Friday when it was clear and cool (not so much anymore, lol): ... Read more

  • Tried Some New Recipes

    7/20/2014 10:18:01 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    My husband does the grocery shopping and he keeps buying those taco kits. I've told him repeatedly that I can make taco seasoning cheaper and healthier, but he hasn't wanted to try. So, last eve I fixed him his tacos out of the package and I fixed mine. Mine had ground turkey, 1% fat. Yes, it ... Read more

  • Our cottage in Castine

    7/19/2014 8:23:51 PM, by NINETOZE

    Made it over 1,800 miles across the U.S. today. Got settled , went for groceries at a tiny local market and are having dinner on the water. I'm exhausted. Just over 9 hours of sleep the last two nights so I'll be crashing as soon as we get back to the cottage. Here's a photo of our home away ... Read more

  • Bonus Blog: Runners Socializing

    7/19/2014 1:27:41 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    That's me, first on the right, socializing after our run this morning. Ally, my niece, is to my left at the end of the table. Great time!... Read more

  • Hey, Look, SparkGuy Put a Comment on My Page!!

    7/19/2014 12:51:50 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    No kidding. SparkGuy. Put a comment. On MY page. I feel like a celebrity. OK, that's getting carried away. He's the celebrity, but I feel like I've been rubbing elbows with the famous!! He even quoted me in his blog edit. WOW! This morning it was a 5 mile group run with my Galloway group at abo... Read more

  • Great Wyoming (DE) Buffalo Stampede 10K Recap

    7/19/2014 12:01:20 PM, by PLMITCH

    OK, to the important stuff: Ran a very respectable 1:02:06 today in my 2nd ever 10K race. My plan today was be in the 10 minute mile range for the first 4 miles then start to pick up the pace and come in under 1 hour. Actually executed the plan pretty well, though my last 2 miles were 9:31 an... Read more

  • New Garmin, first impression

    7/19/2014 10:59:22 AM, by PMRUNNER

    My old Garmin 305 died and I was looking to repair/replace it. When I contacted Garmin, they said I could repair it for $99 or get up to a $99 credit towards a replacement. I was looking at the 310XT and the 220. In the end, I got the 220. 1) it is smaller and 2) I don't think I will use some o... Read more

  • Oh Fiddle Dee Dee! It’s Scarlett and Me!

    7/19/2014 6:46:51 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Scarlett O’Hara and I have something in common. No, it’s not her 20” waist. It’s a vegetable. Remember the scene in “Gone with the Wind” when Scarlett shook her fist at the heavens and swore that she would never be hungry again? She was holding a TURNIP. All that survived the devast... Read more

  • Finally Friday motivation: Just stop!

    7/18/2014 6:50:56 AM, by BA5454

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  • Horoscope and Hawaii Taper Run Recap

    7/17/2014 10:46:50 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Don't waste time looking back to uncover your mistakes; instead, look ahead and plan for your future success. Nevertheless, it's not wise to make changes too quickly. Overreacting is even less constructive than doing nothing at all. " ~ My horoscope of the day I guess I will try to apply this o... Read more

  • Resting on My Laurels

    7/17/2014 11:03:18 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Brooklyn born just wrote an excellent blog in which she mentioned "resting on your laurels". This has been a problem for me lately - wake up, run 4 miles, be proud of myself and then sit around the rest of the day. Here is a pictur... Read more

  • Rethinking the Scale

    7/17/2014 7:08:55 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    The problem is not the scale and the feedback it gives me; the problem is my attitude. When I feel bad all day because the number is bigger than I thought I deserved, the problem is not the scale, but my attitude. All those times I got discouraged and gave up over the years because of what the scale... Read more

  • How Professor Dumbledore got me off the couch

    7/17/2014 6:48:02 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Yesterday was supposed to be a strength training day, but by late afternoon I was laying on the couch resting on my laurels. I was proud of myself. I had bashed my knee on a piece of furniture the night before and skipped running. However, I did walk 2+ miles outside and finished up 2 more a... Read more

  • My New hair and a NSV

    7/16/2014 11:40:46 PM, by NINETOZE

    Have a NSV to share today. I bought a skirt/shorts a few months ago at Goodwill because I thought it was too cute to pass up. Only problem was it was a size 6. I couldn’t get it up over my hips. I’ve tried it on a couple times the last couple months and could get it on but it was too tight to wear a... Read more

  • Disney Has Let Me Down!

    7/16/2014 10:17:00 PM, by NINETOZE

    So a SP friend and I WERE planning on running the Princess Half Marathon at Disney World in February. The "tickets" went on sale yesterday. First, I didn't get my email reminding me to sign up (I registered with them to receive it) and 2nd by the time I was reminded (by my SP friend) she had already... Read more

  • A Secret to Success!

    7/16/2014 9:32:24 PM, by MIRAGE727

    In everything we do... ...we will find how much potential we have within! And THAT will determine our success! Much love... ... Read more

  • Functional fitness for the win--except...

    7/16/2014 3:35:41 PM, by BA5454

    Rock wall: 1 Barb: 0 Always up for fitness on the job, that's why I volunteered to do some EW--Extreme Weeding in the rose gardens at work, including shoveling out old stumps. What I hadn't planned on was an old honeysuckle bush that had pretty much taken over everything, including working it... Read more

  • A blog about nothing?

    7/16/2014 2:21:34 PM, by PLMITCH

    One of my quirks on SP is that I always like to finish the day with my points at either a 5 or a 0 (i.e..65, 70, 75, 80). Don't know why...guess that is why it is quirk! So for today, the only way I can reach that goal is to write a blog to collect my 3 points...so like "Seinfeld", this is a blog ... Read more

  • Just checking In and looking back over the past ten months or so.

    7/16/2014 2:08:05 PM, by CROSSEDFLAGS

    It looks like I haven't logged in here or checked out my blog post since February or March, but lots has happened over the past few months. Some good, some not so good. First for the good! I have been marching right along my plan with little deviation from the path. Weight loss has been slow b... Read more

  • Scale Obsession?

    7/16/2014 11:18:24 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Today my SP start page recommended an article on breaking an obsession with the scale. Although I am doing better with my relationship with the scale, it still bothers me more than it should when I have a weigh-in higher than I anticipate. Now that I'm not tracking my food, weighing myself is crucia... Read more

  • I’ve Got to Stop Sleeping Around

    7/16/2014 8:40:50 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I can fall asleep anywhere – on the couch, in a recliner, on any padded flat surface, even on a plane if I have something or someone to lean against. Last night I was in a spare bedroom watching a movie that DH wasn’t interested in. I woke up in the middle of the night and promptly bashed my ... Read more

  • 18.12 Challenge - Training week #10, crazy hilly LSD

    7/16/2014 6:56:42 AM, by CHANGINGHORSES

    10 weeks down, 6 to go! This week had lot's of good stuff going on. Biggest one was a family reunion in McConnelsville, Ohio. So nice to see my Hun's family, they say I get along better with them then he does! LOL! I took the time on Saturday morning to do my LSD. This week it was 14 miles, yik... Read more

  • To 5K Your Way Running Team & All Needing Motivation!

    7/15/2014 4:26:11 PM, by MIRAGE727

    There are days when my mind starts to play games with me and all these bs excuses start to come out! "My stomach aches!" I THINK I have a headache." "My legs feel heavy!' BLAH! BLAH! BLAH! We all have these moments! Then I dive into my "Run Life" folder... Read more

  • Motivation and Aging

    7/15/2014 1:03:51 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I've been at or below my current goal weight 64 months now. I'm maintaining around BMI 21 with a daily commitment, but without a lot of struggle. I have not even tracked my food for over 7 months now. My current central weight of 132 is about 6 pounds over what I think is my best-looking weight. I'm... Read more

  • Be Careful Out There

    7/15/2014 11:51:09 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    My Spark email this morning contained a link to an article about Inspirational Workout Songs. I agree that music has the power to motivate us. I would even choose my fitness classes partly on the type of music the instructor used. However, the photo with the article showed a man and a woman r... Read more

  • Annual race as a fitness barometer

    7/15/2014 11:36:09 AM, by PMRUNNER

    For 4 of the past 5 years I have been able to run in the same race, a 5-miler in my DW's home town near Cleveland, OH. It is a flat course that starts and finishes two blocks from her house and winds through residential Cleveland suburb. The race is usually on the small side (~300 runners), ... Read more

  • One month Spark--the intangibles

    7/15/2014 6:40:30 AM, by BA5454

    Here is my list of intangible things that have happened over the last month: A much stronger belief in my physical skills and strength is one of the most satisfying aspects for me. Increased confidence that often carries over to other areas of my life. Even my husband says I’m walking wi... Read more

  • Enthusiastic Running Friends on Hills

    7/14/2014 9:18:58 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Here's David and Ashley, two members of the Super Sloths, promoting a Galloway Training article on running hills. Probably had I taken the slow and careful approach advocated in the article, I would be a fan of hill running, too... Read more

  • Missoula HM

    7/14/2014 12:54:11 PM, by DEBBYFROMMT

    Yesterday was the Missoula half marathon that I look forward to every year! We got up at 3:45, on a bus by 4:30. There were hundreds of buses. We waited in the dark until everyone arrived and they were getting ready for the ... Read more

  • One month on Spark, by the numbers

    7/14/2014 5:41:18 AM, by BA5454

    Strictly the numbers today. Here's what happened: Weight: 6 pounds** B/P: (diastolic) 119/65 Resting heart rate: 56 Measurements: Thigh: 1.5 inches Hip: 1 inch Waist: 1 inch Arm: ... Read more

  • What a week I'm having!!!

    7/13/2014 11:58:29 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    The girls are here from Washington state and we decided to take them to Santa Cruz for a night of fun. I work extra hours to get Wednesday off and we head out bright an early. About an hour into the trip my daughter says her check engine light came on and what does she do? I was like "don't p... Read more

  • Press PAUSE - I Want to Stretch my Weekend!!!

    7/13/2014 10:26:47 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I had such a wonderful weekend, I am not ready to go back to work! Last night we went to Barrielicious. We made a reservation at the FarmHouse and tried their special 3 courses dinner (for 25$)! Everything is home cooked and grown... I had the flatbread with chips and dip (with mushroom, sundr... Read more

  • Sleep earlier, lose weight

    7/13/2014 8:35:10 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Researchers have found that a good night's sleep helps people lose weight. See 52wlm.com/mission-31/ . I also found that by skipping late night TV and Internet and going to bed earlier, that I get a better nights sleep and wake up fresh. If your trying to change the time you sleep... Read more

  • Proud, Happy, Blessed

    7/13/2014 8:31:13 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Here's part of my Galloway running group, Dream Chasers, yesterday during the Miracle Mile. I'm in purple running shorts, mostly blocked by Fritz. I ended up passing him before it was over. As I posted yesterday, I finished the m... Read more

  • Protein supplements: animal vs plant

    7/13/2014 7:46:10 AM, by BA5454

    I thought I'd read an article here on Spark about animal protein supplements (like whey) not being good for athletes because they cause an inflammation in the body. Plant-based protein supplements (lentils, soy) are best because they don't cause the same response. Although I found a few 'prote... Read more

  • Going the extra mile for the team

    7/13/2014 6:47:08 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    My current status says that last week I recorded my 1st 40 mile week EVER. This is significant because: I’ve been running for nearly 30 years and have never done that before. I usually cut back in the summer (It’s HOT here in the South) I’m not training for anything (see above sentence)... Read more

  • My BMR - my thought process

    7/12/2014 10:03:02 PM, by NINETOZE

    So I've blogged about this in the past, how I don't use the BMR that spark comes up with - I still think we should have an option to enter what we get running our numbers through the typical formulas - a challenge for another day. (Several other sparkers I know take a couple hundred off their number... Read more

  • My 12 Steps to Keep Stress in Check!

    7/12/2014 6:46:46 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I read a spark article yesterday on stress, "Chronic Stress: Something to Worry About! How to Stop Stress in Its Tracks" -- By Ellen G. Goldman, Health and Wellness Coach, and will try to apply the 12 suggestions to manage my stress level. I had a lot of stress over the last year, too much. I ... Read more

  • Rhode Island Weekend

    7/12/2014 2:34:45 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    I went to Rhode Island with my daughter to watch her run in the Jamestown Half Marathon. On Friday we went biking on the East Bay Bike Path. It is one of the best and most scenic bike trails I've ever been on. ( although what I thou... Read more

  • Miracle Mile

    7/12/2014 1:50:32 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Jeff Galloway's method of training to run involves the "Miracle Mile," a one mile time test that tells the Program Director which pace group each participant should be assigned. It also gives the participant a goal time for each distance. Today I ran the Miracle Mile in 8 minutes and 50 seconds... Read more

  • "I'm NOT Motivated!"

    7/12/2014 10:38:29 AM, by MIRAGE727

    Hell no, I didn't say that! I will never say that! Now! When you start to feel that excuse coming on.... YOU go here... www.sparkpeople.com/reso
    urce/motivation_articles_l
    ist.asp ...and rea... Read more

  • You can’t outrun heredity!

    7/11/2014 3:55:34 PM, by IFDEEVARUNS2

    Lord knows I’ve tried. I’m sidelined for three weeks due to a left knee ‘injury’ which my doctor ascribes to arthritis. I shouldn’t be surprised. My grandmother had crippled hands for years from arthritis. My mother had deformed hands from arthritis. My father had occasional moderate arthri... Read more

  • Running: Is It All About the Bling?

    7/11/2014 10:08:32 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Hey, I run for fitness. I run to help maintain my 80+ pound weight loss. I run to socialize with other runners. I run because, at least sometimes, I love it. I run (and walk) to enjoy nature and the great outdoors. I run to amaze myself! I mean, how many people spend more than 50 years as a couch po... Read more

  • “Too Soon Old and Too Late Smart” – An Amish Proverb, I think

    7/11/2014 9:48:31 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    At least I used to hear it a lot when visiting my parents near Lancaster, PA. I thought about this during my run this morning. I had just posted a response to Indy-Girl’s featured blog warning about the “crabs” trying to pull us back down into the bucket. My post was: Perhaps the crabs ... Read more

  • Finally Friday motivation: Commitment

    7/11/2014 7:16:15 AM, by BA5454

    Heading into the weekend: ... Read more

  • Honored

    7/10/2014 8:42:23 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Today I was honored by being asked to serve as a Beck coach. I'm looking forward to reviewing this powerful program, The Beck Diet Solution by Dr. Judith Beck, again. The subtitle of the book is "train your brain to think like a thin person." I know I will benefit from going through the program agai... Read more

  • Random Observations

    7/10/2014 4:43:56 PM, by PLMITCH

    - Today was an interval speed training run day -- 16 quarter mile runs at a faster pace than I normally run, with a much needed 2 minute walk between each. Happy to report I completed this task, and my runs where right where I wanted them to be - in the 2:15 range! - With it being VERY humid a... Read more

  • Good news

    7/10/2014 4:23:54 PM, by BA5454

    On 2 July I posted a blog (McIntosh and Pink Lady) about DH and his cancer. We heard today that the MRI, blood and PET scan have all come back and there isn't any progression--what he has remains dormant. He still has numbness down one leg (and a few other things) that he'll get a referral to a neur... Read more

  • My feet

    7/10/2014 9:40:22 AM, by DEBBYFROMMT

    I always thought I had ugly feet, especially since I started running. But Rachel got me a pedicure for my birthday so we both got our toes done last Monday. The color is "Dutch Tulip" Now I have pretty feet! Thanks Rachel!... Read more

  • Joining the 21st Century

    7/9/2014 10:03:15 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I sent my first text today. It was successful. WooHoo. So I sent a second one. No problem. The text helped me meet up with my niece for a great 6 mile run-walk-run this eve. I added all my contacts from my old cell phone to the new smart phone. Appeared successful, but I can't say no problem. ... Read more

  • 18.12 Challenge - Training week #9 and 15k Race

    7/9/2014 8:48:29 PM, by CHANGINGHORSES

    Woohoo! Life is good! Run 1 - 7.29 miles (Hot and Humid, pretty slow going) Run 2 - 4.07 miles (Felt pretty darn good) Run 3 - 10.6 miles (LSR? Great hike with my pals!) Run 4 - 9.3 miles (15k Race) All in all, this... Read more

  • I had the best workout

    7/9/2014 4:05:38 PM, by BA5454

    My morning workouts the last couple of weeks have been nothing to write home about, although I have upped my running (yay, 'goal met') in anticipation of a half in September. And I have done a few more strength sessions than before (all of these babies count because I didn't do any before). But, boy... Read more

  • The Best Medal I Have!

    7/9/2014 3:30:39 PM, by MIRAGE727

    I've been a runner since Nov 2010. We've accumulated a nice rack load of medals in that time... I got this card from My Granddaughter Gianna on May 25, my 64th Birthday! THIS is my most precious and priceless medal I've ever re... Read more

  • I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike

    7/9/2014 1:14:02 PM, by PMRUNNER

    As earworms (i.e. songs that get stuck in your head) go, "I want to ride my bicycle" (or most of the Queen greatest hits for that matter) is a lot better than the soundtrack to Frozen (after hearing it 6 times on a road trip to PA, it was hard to shake "Let it go" and some of the other songs out of ... Read more

  • Standing my ground with a big stick

    7/9/2014 8:05:22 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Recently there have been several articles about proper etiquette for walkers, runners and bikers when sharing the trail. I’ve added my opinion about confronting a solid wall of walkers either in front of me or coming toward me. Lately though, my problem has been my country road. There are no ... Read more

  • The underrated nap

    7/8/2014 3:59:45 PM, by BA5454

    Ages ago, my then-running partner used to say that thirst is often disguised as hunger. She was right to a point. But now that I have a few years on me, I'd like to add one more thing: hunger can be deflected by napping. I'm not talking about the real deep-seated in your bones, haven't had a meal in... Read more

  • Whole Workout

    7/8/2014 1:33:33 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I did the whole track workout sponsored by Lakeland Runners Club located at the high school last eve: *10 minute walking warm-up before the group got there *half mile jogging warm up with group *plyometrics *1600 meter (about one mile), 9:40 pace, run *200 meter walk *1200 meter run ... Read more

  • New Goals- How to walk the path?

    7/8/2014 3:18:42 AM, by HOBBESIS49

    What motivates people enough to walk the path and stick to what they initially set out to do? I think that I have always suffered from depression and so running was my cure when I was younger (which became very addicting). But now since I'm at Master Runner's Age and my weight is way over and I'm ou... Read more

  • Smart? Really??

    7/7/2014 7:37:13 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I got my first smart phone yesterday. I have only one thing to say about it: It sure does make me feel dumb!!... Read more

  • Of course you hurt, it's supposed to hurt. So keep pedalling!

    7/7/2014 6:49:45 PM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: A Bicycle is a Unicycle with a Training Wheel When I was 14 years-old I decided I wanted to work on my balance. I bought a Schwinn unicycle with proceeds from my paper route. I had no idea how to ride a unicycle. I had even less of an idea on how to learn to ride a unicycle. M... Read more

  • Fundamental

    7/7/2014 11:58:48 AM, by BA5454

    The more I look around the Spark Blogs of SP, the more I see the variety of ways people are losing weight. And some are not. Whether they tout Paleo, Weight Watcher’s, CICO, those who track 100%, those not tracking at all, low-fat, no sweets, no eating after 7pm, no meat, etc. Some are pretty vocife... Read more

  • Sale or Scale – which do I fear?

    7/7/2014 8:11:23 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    There’s only one letter difference in those 2 words, but a world of difference in my life. I fear a particular kind of sale. The one my supermarket regularly runs on ice cream. I usually cope by avoiding that aisle completely, but the July 4th long weekend was approaching and company was comi... Read more

  • Happy July!

    7/6/2014 8:06:55 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    As most of my sparkfriends celebrated 4 July and enjoyed a long weekend, my long weekend was last week (Canada Day). And to make it even better, I stretched it to a 5 day weekend! Day 1: Friday. I had the day off but not my DH. So I got up I started my day with a run at the lake and I went to a... Read more

  • One last blog entry on trip - Earthquake Fault in Mammoth Lake

    7/6/2014 7:06:13 PM, by LINDAKAY228

    I guess it's actually outside of Mammoth Lake but just a little bit. After we finished with Devils Postpile and hiking and were back in the SUV we went for a short visit to this earthquake fault we passed earlier on the bus on our way to where it took us. It was not on the bus route and we didn't ... Read more

  • A Nice Bike Ride

    7/5/2014 5:53:09 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    What a difference a day makes. It has been really humid for a week. Yesterday Arthur blew through (not bad here) and today was bright, sunny and no humidity with a freshening breeze. A perfect day for a bike ride and my husband didn... Read more

  • 2014 Kiwanis Midnight Run on Dunedin Causeway!

    7/5/2014 5:17:31 PM, by MIRAGE727

    Since D & I have embraced a healthy lifestyle in 2010, we started several new traditions. One of them is doing this race every July 3 at 11:25pm. I used to finish it after Midnight. Not any more! I distinctly remember getting seriously ill in May 2011. I was in the hospital for 5... Read more

  • Devils Postpile and beyond - Day 5 of trip

    7/5/2014 12:58:55 PM, by LINDAKAY228

    I intended to do this blog yesterday or the day before but always got sidetracked before I got around to looking for pics. So I'm going to do it now. This is the last blog I think of my vacation. The day after we drove back to southern CA, then the next day I packed and did laundry and then flew ou... Read more

  • Big Plans!

    7/5/2014 12:57:35 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Enjoyed our 5.9 mile, 75 minute group run this morning. Great socializing after, too. Just love that my niece and nephew are running this year. I talked niece into running the OUC Half Marathon, so I'm all signed up for that Orlando race on December 6, 2014. It's suppose to be a pretty flat cou... Read more

  • A Glacial Pace

    7/5/2014 7:56:57 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Lately I've been using this phrase a lot. I've said I run at a glacial pace and that I am losing weight at a glacial pace. So I started thinking, " what am I actually saying? How fast do glaciers move?" In reading about glaciers ... Read more

  • Thin blue line

    7/5/2014 6:28:00 AM, by BA5454

    Backslid a bit this week by a pound and few ounces, but it was a tough week emotionally. I think I've got it back in hand now. Funny how cyclical losing weight can be.... Weight loss is partially mental, that's a known fact. So for folks who weigh in weekly, do you always put the res... Read more

  • Getting Ready

    7/4/2014 8:14:38 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    *alarm is set for 5am *bag is already in the car: towels and wash cloth, shorts and shirt, underwear, shoes, shampoo and conditioner *laid out: running outfit, sports bra, Balega socks, Saucony running shoes, Garmin GPS watch, Road ID, sports glasses, Amphipod water bottle, Gu Chews, banana *c... Read more

  • Celebrate the 4th

    7/4/2014 7:07:29 AM, by MARGARITTM

    Is anyone else sick of being told how we should or should NOT celebrate our freedom? Of course not to interfere with anyone else's freedom ...... but celebrate your way! Enjoy!... Read more

  • A busy 4th indeed!!!

    7/4/2014 2:31:58 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I did do my exercise that day...I did not run..it was 108 so it WAS too warm but I did Jillian. Yesterday I did some arm challenges and today I am looking at almost midnight and this is the first I've sat down all day. We are doing our BBQ event for the city fireworks tomorrow. Hubs is runnin... Read more

  • New Running Shoes

    7/3/2014 10:30:20 PM, by PLMITCH

    Monday evening I picked up a new pair of running shoes from a real running store! My 3rd pair of Brooks, and this time they were fitted properly! Also purchased what I am told is a top of the line orthotic insert -- Superfeet -- to go inside. New shoes got a real acid test outside today -- ... Read more

  • Embrace What it Takes!

    7/3/2014 6:57:35 PM, by MIRAGE727

    Believe me when I say, "It's worth it!" Much love.. ... Read more

  • Getting to Know Your Spark Friends

    7/3/2014 5:14:37 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    It's time for another "Getting to Know Your Spark Friends"… borrowed from CLAIREINPARIS. Your go to chewing gum flavor… Trident Original Best time of the year… No question, it's Spring. I love the beautiful warm days and cool nights and all the growing things and getting back out into the ... Read more

  • Good News

    7/3/2014 1:43:54 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Old Dad had his two week post-op follow up doctor appointment today. He got all 25+ staples out of his abdomen. He can now drive, drink soda (???), and eat salad (hooray!) But the really good news is that all 4 processes that were used to analyze his liver and colon biopsies determined everything wa... Read more

  • 1st attempt at running since the brace has come off

    7/3/2014 1:42:09 PM, by MARGARITTM

    A big whopper of 2 miles and EVERYTHING hurt - except the knee!!!! so yay!... Read more

  • Corn is as high as an elephant's eye

    7/3/2014 6:28:14 AM, by BA5454

    Maybe a baby elephant, but it *is* at least knee high: We have 16 acres, 15 of them planted. Did I ever envision being 'in' with the farming crowd? No and it was a huge learning curve, lol. But it certainly brings to the forefron... Read more

  • 18.12 Training Week #8 and the LSR

    7/2/2014 7:08:43 PM, by CHANGINGHORSES

    Very warm and humid this week, but I am making it. New inhaler seems to be a plus. Run 1 - 6.25 miles (Hot and Humid but feeling pretty darn good) Run 2 - 4.10 miles (again, feeling pretty good) Run 3 - 4.12 miles (Warmish and slowing down) Run 4 - 13.06 miles LSR (Ugh, see below) My... Read more

  • Don't Read This 'cause I'm Ragin'!

    7/2/2014 5:31:30 PM, by MIRAGE727

    This is not directed at anyone who has a serious medical condition that cannot be controlled. I feel and pray for healings. I'm ragin' on! I've been gifted with the knowledge to read and profile people! It real... Read more

  • Yosemite Day 4 and Mono Lake

    7/2/2014 10:35:44 AM, by LINDAKAY228

    On Day 4 of the trip we left the B & B for the last time. First we went back to a few places to check out preset tents and stuff so my friend could reserve one for early fall. Then we went up the top of the mountains, still in Yosemite, and started the drive toward Mammoth Lake on the other side ... Read more

  • McIntosh and Pink Lady

    7/2/2014 8:19:49 AM, by BA5454

    Ever go ticking along and something comes out of the blue that makes you careen off-course? The Mr. has a long history, over 20 years, of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) and it may be re-occurring (for the fourth time). It’s an indolent kind that goes into hiding after treatment then either comes back ... Read more

  • One Word Review: Yum

    7/2/2014 8:10:49 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    *whole wheat couscous *fresh spinach, sauteed with just a bit of olive oil and fresh garlic *canned no salt added tomatoes warmed with Italian spices *grilled skinless, boneless chicken breast When you serve picky eaters li... Read more

  • The Grand Scheme of Things

    7/1/2014 11:29:18 PM, by KONRAD695

    Caution Ladies- Be Warned! There is a shirtless photo of me contained in this blog. It might stir some funny emotions. It's almost odd how the timing of the mid-year coincides with my mid-life. Everything seems to be finding an even ground. It's all just a big long story, too long to... Read more