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  • Beautiful Day Tough Race

    3/26/2017 9:56:18 AM, by LDYHAZ

    1st race of the year and the weather couldn't have been better. No wind, 60's and endless blue sky. Only took me three outfit changes before we were ready to go. Pre race nerves always make me change my clothes several times. Race was an hour away and I started to think we would be late. Dale ass... Read more

  • YOU INSPIRE ME!

    3/25/2017 10:54:53 AM, by MIRAGE727

    I'm always inspired by everyone who has reached out to me as a SparkFriend. I'm a little slow getting back to you all but I want to say "Thank you for letting me be a part of the journey." Most of you are new on SparkPeople and I'm excited for you. I've been on this journey for coming on... Read more

  • Single-Serving Packaging... Do We Need It?

    3/25/2017 8:27:01 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    If you Google "increase in single-serving packaging," you'll find a number of articles from the food packing industry. Did you know there is a "Packing Digest" publication or foodmanufacturing.com? I never thought about it. If you look at the price per ounce, it's much more expensive to buy s... Read more

  • Lifting a Mother's Spirit

    3/24/2017 4:33:08 PM, by HAYBURNER1969

    "A mother Is only as happy as her unhappiest child." It's something my mother, Brooklyn_Born, once said years ago and I've never forgotten it. First, let me reassure you that nothing is wrong at home. We've got three kids, ages 15, 18, and nearly 21. My 18-year-old had a massive amount of ho... Read more

  • Rest, Recovery and New Life.....

    3/24/2017 8:39:25 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Last week I was getting in long walks and nice quick runs. Even went to the Circuit Training class that left me sore for 3 days. (really lets me know what muscles I don't use in running..apparently ALOT. Ouch) It was a good week and on Friday I was pretty stiff and sore but felt ok and took GiGi f... Read more

  • The "Crisscross Effect" - Connecting Goals in Different Areas of Life

    3/24/2017 6:27:09 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    At first glance these two photos do not appear to have anything in common. But they are indeed both personal challenges that Spark principles are helping me to conquer. Both are examples of testing the limit of my ability. My house is on a curvy country road. Here is the beginning of my one m... Read more

  • Patience... Yeah, Yeah, I Know...

    3/19/2017 7:48:41 PM, by HAYBURNER1969

    We all know patience is a virtue. I am sitting here moping a little about this injury and not feeling very virtuous, I guess. In the grand scheme of things, I suppose it's not all that bad. It's not life-threatening and it should heal. I was inspired by the patience of my friend JeanKnee, who ha... Read more

  • They Look Like Me!

    3/18/2017 6:14:48 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    The other day, my oldest son was off from school and I found him in the middle of watching The Price Is Right. I loved that show as a girl in the 1970s and 80s, so I sat down and started watching with him. The doors opened to reveal what some lucky contestant could win, and within a few moments, t... Read more

  • Simplify your life, less is better

    3/17/2017 10:52:20 AM, by OLDEROWL

    OlderOwl, yours truly, says "Simplify your life, focus first on what is important and necessary, in that order." I say this because too many times, we delude ourselves into believing that something is necessary when it is even not really important to a wholesome, inspirational, healthy and joyous l... Read more

  • Believe it and commit to it

    3/17/2017 9:15:28 AM, by OLDEROWL

    All humans, no matter their handicaps, have the potential to do Good Works if they have faith and are committed. This includes obtaining a healthy weight. I say healthy for it is most important to live a wholesome, inspirational, healthy and joyous life, not to please the world, but to honor our g... Read more

  • Do Not Squander Time

    3/17/2017 6:14:53 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    For the past few days, I've been dealing with pain in my left hand. I went to my GP today and she brought the sports doc in. Diagnosis: Stress fracture of the fifth metacarpal. NOT what a concert pianist (who has an engagement to play Rhapsody in Blue in 61 days) wants to hear. Now, the goo... Read more

  • Prayers Answered!! THank-You!

    3/15/2017 5:11:15 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Hard week. The family has been waiting for the surgeon to call us with a date and time for My MIL to have her lung surgery. Monday they did another CT scan and...... Drum roll....... The fluid level has gone down!! They have canceled any surgery plans for now. She is in NO discomfort and is ... Read more

  • Thanks to You for These Two MILEstones!

    3/15/2017 8:34:18 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    This morning, I got quite a shock when I opened up my SparkPeople blog and saw the little sticker that yesterday's post was voted a Featured Blog. That's the first time that's ever happened to me. My mouth literally dropped open, and I joked that I might have to ice my chin after it hit the table.... Read more

  • 59 and 364 days....

    3/14/2017 8:53:18 AM, by PLMITCH

    Yep...tomorrow is my 60th birthday! So today is celebrate 59 and 364 days old! I don't expect to feel any different tomorrow. But today on my treadmill run (too rainy and windy and COLD!) I will do a "pi" run -- 3.14 miles -- for my last run in my 50s', then tomorrow I'll celebrate day one in my ... Read more

  • Someone's Gotta Be Last!

    3/14/2017 7:49:05 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I ran a unique kind of race on March 11th. It's a Predict-Your-Time 4-miler. You guess what time it will take you to walk or run it, and the race director writes your name on a big chart. The race clock starts ticking DOWN starting at 70 minutes. When your time rolls around, off you go. You can... Read more

  • a blog and a vlog?

    3/13/2017 4:15:13 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Trying out a vlog for the very first time. This is me doing Plyometrix jump roping. I tried to put it in my last blog but then had a "duh" moment of oh, I gotta do a vlog blog! So here you go! Me Jump roping You know you wanted to see this. ANNNNNNNND I forgot to... Read more

  • Good Intentions

    3/13/2017 3:40:42 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    It'll never work That's what my brain has convinced my heart as I stand sideways looking in the mirror. Small half an "a" size cups tic tac boobies appear even smaller today as I look at my protruding stomach. Do people wonder how far along I am? I'd say maybe six months or so..... Only... Read more

  • Reached Goal after 46 Months at Spark

    3/13/2017 10:23:21 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Yesterday (3/12/17) after less than 4 years in Spark People (starting weight 190 lbs), I achieve my goal weight, 158 lbs, for the first time with the help of a private 5% challenge “weight loss” team and my wife’s cooking. I aim to maintain that weight (between 155 and 162 lbs). I reviewed my goa... Read more

  • Daily Goals to Curb Hunger?

    3/13/2017 7:52:16 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    A few days ago, I wrote about how filling a German breakfast is and how it stuck with me through the day while touring Munich. One Sparker suggested part of that might be because I was distracted by my new surroundings and activities. While I still believe a large part of it is due to the differen... Read more

  • What's life like at goal?? There Will be some Grief..............

    3/12/2017 10:25:37 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I used to have the idea that once at goal I could return to all those foods I haven't eaten in a while. You know return to eating like I used to. Reaching that goal weight and all the world would become easy and I could take back all those eating habits......... I still remember that moment when I... Read more

  • Thank You Kelliebean - my personal motivator of the day

    3/11/2017 1:04:31 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I woke up with negative thoughts. The wind was howling creating a wind chill of 24 degrees. That is NOT how this weather wimp wanted to do a 5k training run this morning. I truly would have bailed except for my daily Spark login and reading: "Reframing" www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
    ub... Read more

  • This Weisswurst Is Making Me Thirsty!

    3/11/2017 6:21:00 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    We discovered weisswurst in Munich. We liked it so much that my husband ordered it three times. I ate it twice. Of course, everywhere you eat in Munich, you have to drink their beer. I mean, it's Germany. You just *have* to drink their beer! I am not much of a beer drinker, but even I liked it... Read more

  • A Breakfast Revelation

    3/9/2017 5:39:14 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    My husband and I ate breakfast four times in Germany. On the afternoon of the second day, as we were walking around the city centre, I remarked to my husband, "It's already 12:30 and I'm not hungry at all." He said he wasn't, either. We ate a very European breakfast each day. Cold cuts, an e... Read more

  • On the bad days . . .

    3/8/2017 10:37:36 AM, by SHIRE33

    Tough winter. Read my last entry and that was right before the stress wheels came off. It took me 8 months to lose 32 pounds and three months to gain 27 of it back. /sigh/ But now, after two months back on it, I've lost 12 of it again. It's just sickening to think it'll be May before I get to w... Read more

  • Searching for Comfort....

    3/8/2017 8:24:34 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Why Oh Why do I still turn to food?? I know it doesn't work! My dear mother in law is preparing for another surgery. She had the open heart in January and now they have discovered fluid around her left lung. They call it a side effect that can occur after open heart surgery. Sat with mother in ... Read more

  • A Most Important Message for the Young and Future Generations

    3/8/2017 6:29:06 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    If you are overweight, do not fall for the hype to lose the weight quickly! There is a dark side to following that path. Through the weight loss/regain chronicles of celebrities, reality TV shows, statistics of the general population or personal stories of friends and acquaintances, the ... Read more

  • Munich Piano Marathon

    3/7/2017 8:22:36 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Home, sweet Home! We're back after spending four full days in Munich. We went because I was invited to play a piano recital at the Gasteig in Munich. It's a huge cultural venue, much like the Kennedy Center in D.C. So of course I jumped at the chance and accepted! I played the first... Read more

  • Vacation Time

    3/5/2017 8:41:07 AM, by PLMITCH

    Heading to Jamaica! Vacation time! And much needed too!... Read more

  • The MMA chick, the bunny, and me...

    3/5/2017 6:13:01 AM, by KATTURTLE

    While watching TV today, I saw a commercial for Colace. You know, the one with the tough looking MMA chick and the cute little bunny. While I have no need for their product, I did hear their message "try a little softness" (paraphrased). When I set a goal, I go all out. I train rigorously and ... Read more

  • Reviewing my week.....

    3/4/2017 10:57:38 AM, by LDYHAZ

    The week started out with our first Calves being born. That is the sign that spring is near. We had two born in the same morning. Was the exact morning that DH's brother was coming to take a load back to the ranch. Sad for me that I wasn't going to be able to enjoy them. There will be more. We... Read more

  • Why spending time on Spark is different and more worthwhile than Facebook

    3/3/2017 5:39:07 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    "I have legitimate conversations with others about weight loss, health issues, the ups and downs of the journey. And for this - I have become stronger, I have become more motivated, I have become a better me!" I didn’t write that. I read it on a blog by VirginiaGirl "True Confessions of an E... Read more

  • COMMITMENT (by its letters)

    3/3/2017 8:02:10 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Commitment to me means C-choosing to follow a plan to lose weight permanently because of x,y and z. O-one that is easy to follow and not too restrictive but represents a healthy lifestyle M-making changes surely but gradually M-modifying the plan as I learn for myself, via Spark, which... Read more

  • Guilt

    3/1/2017 8:08:55 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    A couple-days-late Monday Morning Musing post .... I sit at my computer this morning after listening to Guilt's words most of the day yesterday. Guilt told me I was being uncharitable, unkind, unloving as I set a boundary for a person I was trying to help. Guilt insisted that, because I had not... Read more

  • What to do when things don't go as planned?

    2/28/2017 7:33:18 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Turn to the best resource Spark has to offer - the Spark People! I always turn to the blogs first, especially the blogs of the "helpers" Something there always gives me my daily dose of motivation. Yes, there are lots of useful resources and challenges on the site . But it's connecting w... Read more

  • Gratitude and Attitude (Wk 4)

    2/27/2017 8:33:58 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    WHAT GOOD THINGS HAPPENED LAST WEEK: 1) I came home yesterday to see this cute scene. I love that my 10 y/o (Daughter 2) is still happy being a little girl. There is such a pressure to have these little girls grow up--to wear provocative clothes, have boyfriends, and leave the world of imagina... Read more

  • Turning Fifty and Staying Slim (with pics)

    2/26/2017 10:03:31 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    Rick continues to stick with the Naturally Slim program in a way that amazes me! He weighs in again tomorrow so we'll see if he's lost more weight three weeks into the program. I turned 50 on February 8 so there has been some celebrating and extra eating going on! Rick and the kids pulled of... Read more

  • Cutting down the Creamer....

    2/26/2017 10:18:10 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I have been searching for those little hidden calories. You know the ones you don't count...Those ones you tell yourself don't count. For me coffee creamer really does count!! But HEY now!! I really Really like it! So I came up with a compromise for my coffee creamer. After I used up ... Read more