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  • I failed to fulfill my promise

    3/4/2015 7:23:51 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I.m taking a week of not using the internet since I failed to limit my hours the past month as much as I had promised my wife. I will do my blogs on word perfect then post them on the evening of March18. Until then I am asking team members to visit and encourage each other to visit the team and pos... Read more

  • The Place Inside

    3/4/2015 3:04:57 AM, by SPT_MOTIVATOR

    When I rise up let me rise up joyful like a bird. When I fall let me fall without regret like a leaf. ~ Wendell Berry I learned about a meaningful death in my family today. Amazingly, SparkPeople provided the support to continue caring for myself. Goals met. 220... Read more

  • Picture Challenge - Family

    3/3/2015 3:52:06 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Family.... Source of my joy - and at time my worries. My support and my confidents. My role models... and my future. With love. ****** Because of the distance, it is not always easy to be together... My mom goes south where she escapes the winter, my sister and my Emma are in... Read more

  • The Fraud in the Mirror

    3/3/2015 9:29:38 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    WATERMELLEN wrote another great blog today. She called herself a fraud, which she definitely is not, but she made some great points: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
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    sp?blog_id=5886069 One of my favorite parts of her blog, "weight loss/maintenance is another a... Read more

  • The Mystery of the Missing SPAT – a “Who Done it” Story

    3/3/2015 9:15:29 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    More precisely it’s a “What Done it” because after more than 2 days of searching I can blame the disappearance on “Dustin” our “Roomba.” That’s the robot vacuum cleaner that my son gave us a few years ago. Our grandchildren named it after following it around fascinated at how it found dust a... Read more

  • Today!

    3/3/2015 5:51:01 AM, by BA5454

    Go get it! ... Read more

  • Patience = Success

    3/2/2015 11:55:07 PM, by KONRAD695

    This is a quick one. Some people may remember me having a very rotten attitude following my Feb 5k 2014 race for the BARC. See that day I didn't try hard enough, didn't have my head in it, and did not give it my all. I had earned a first place medal in the Dec and Jan races then fell short of a m... Read more

  • Secret 2 to a sucessful marriage/relationship

    3/2/2015 9:49:39 PM, by OLDEROWL

    "SECRET 2: TALK & TOUCH Did you ever hear the Paul Simon song, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"? It's a humorous song about a not-so-funny subject (the break-up of Simon's marriage). I don't want you to hop on a bus or drop off your keys, but the song does make a good point about how to succeed... Read more

  • Secret 1 to sucessful a marriage/relationship

    3/2/2015 9:37:11 PM, by OLDEROWL

    To have a successful relationship with an individual don't focus on your differences or past history, don't focus on what you want, but focus on doing what will lead to a winning situation for both you and your spouse/partner. More to follow when I have time.... Read more

  • Give Yourself Lots and Lots of Credit

    3/2/2015 3:18:45 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    My Beck quote of the day: "You deserve credit for taking the time to prepare meals; eating all of your food slowly, while sitting down and enjoying every bite; sticking to your plan precisely; and filling in your Food Plan Chart." It's easy for me to think I'm just suppose to do eat right and ... Read more

  • Positive transformation

    3/1/2015 3:48:50 PM, by PMRUNNER

    We have a guy who runs our IM sports program. I have known him off and on for about ten years. During that time, he was over weight and getting bigger. His office is in a really nice fitness center and he works with our department of physical education, who are among the fittest Army officers I k... Read more

  • I Could Run Today!! And Eat Smart, too!!

    3/1/2015 3:14:05 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I ran over 3 miles today! Counting the warm up and cool down that was primarily walking, I went a total of 4.33 miles. It was an almost pain-free run. Hooray!! I did the 5K after warm up in right at 31 minutes. That's way off my PR of 27:33, or my last 5K of 28:15, but at least I am running. Feel co... Read more

  • Who will you help today?

    3/1/2015 11:15:17 AM, by RUNNERSTEPHE

    The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?" - Martin Luther King, Jr. ... Read more

  • In like a lion

    3/1/2015 7:52:49 AM, by BA5454

    March is coming in like a lion in both weather and attitude. Managed a few baby steps ahead in February as in getting back on the exercising track, cleaning out the cupboards and eating cleaner, but a new month is a clean slate and I'm ready to go! Rawr***. ***I also signed up for a half-marat... Read more

  • Hello again

    3/1/2015 3:58:58 AM, by THINRONNA

    Hello Spark Friends! I am finally able to be in touch again as we now have internet after being here almost three months and being in our permanent home now for two months. I am happy to be back online. I look forward to catching up with my good friends. :-) As far as how I am ...I really d... Read more

  • Preparing for Competition

    2/28/2015 9:06:07 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Senior Games opened today, but my training is suffering. I ran about 50 steps and decided my heel was just too sore to run. Will try again tomorrow. It rained most of the day, so I didn't want to ride my bike. Hubby had the car for his Senior Games chess event, so I didn't have a way to the gym. I ... Read more

  • Endorphins

    2/28/2015 8:07:27 AM, by BA5454

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  • Not Going There

    2/27/2015 3:03:54 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I have been trying to maintain a weight of 129. Weight Grapher gave me this warning today. It's the first time it predicted my weight would go up: Trending Weight 129.98 lb Recorded Weight 130.00 lb One Week Change ↑ 0.37 lb One Month Change ↑ 0.34 lb One Month Predi... Read more

  • Overwhelmed by Challenges for the next 2-13 weeks, etc?

    2/26/2015 11:06:44 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Live the rest of your life with less stress and more joy. I mean don't stress yourself by trying to do too much, but by focusing each moment on what is important for that moment. Also, don't stress yourself by trying to make changes in the others around you but be yourself the change you like ... Read more

  • Forever love

    2/26/2015 7:52:53 PM, by RUNNERSTEPHE

    True love is real http://youtu.be/PdYxS2Kyx5Q... Read more

  • Disjointed Blog

    2/26/2015 5:56:07 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Want to thank everyone who put Ryan in their thoughts and prayers. He is 22 years old, the father of my only step grandchild. His brain tumor was benign and his healing is going very well. Two weeks after surgery and the only treatment he is expected to continue is speech therapy. They are expecting... Read more

  • 2015 Drunken Cupid 5K

    2/26/2015 4:26:24 PM, by MIRAGE727

    Any race that has a name like this...I gotta do! It was only about 5 minutes from my house at New England Ale House Grill, where I run with a Monday Night Group that stages here. And the run started at 10:00am on a Saturday! As I pulled up early, there was Michael, one of the hardest working Co... Read more

  • What's your runner name?

    2/26/2015 2:35:28 PM, by BA5454

    Mine is Bibs O'Finisher, lol. ... Read more

  • Spa Pedicure

    2/25/2015 10:17:44 PM, by PLMITCH

    One of my indulgences is to get a pedicure pretty much monthly, and I usually get a spa pedicure, which just means I get lots of special treatment! one of the best benefits is a fantastic foot and calf massage, which after the miles I have been running, feels just great! I scheduled my next appoint... Read more

  • Almost Rattlesnake

    2/25/2015 5:20:25 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Indulge this grandmother. I have to share this true story. Yesterday while I was helping 8 year old Natalie with her piano lessons, hubby was keeping half an eye on 4 year old Gwen who was playing outside. Suddenly Gwen came bursting into the piano room, yelling "come, come." She said she'd fou... Read more

  • Week 7 Goals and Plans

    2/25/2015 5:08:05 PM, by HILLRUNNER

    FOR WEEK 7: (exercise plan to follow) Weekly Challenge Goals (upcoming week) 1) Physical: Complete my week 6 workout plan as prepared 2) Nutritional: PLAN MY MEALS for the week 3) Get at least 7 hours sleep 5 days this week 4) Hot chocolate only 1 night this week 5) at least 30 m... Read more

  • Love // Pic Challenge and Goals Update

    2/25/2015 11:38:36 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Last week family picture challenge theme was LOVE... Now looking back at the pictures we shared brings joy to my heart. First- self love... show yourself compassion - be kind and take the time. What if what I see or perceive is not what I am!?! 2) Love to love your life... There is pl... Read more

  • Happy Wednesday

    2/25/2015 8:20:28 AM, by BA5454

    As my father used to tell us kids: 'Another day in which to excel!' I'm not sure where he came up with those sayings, but he always had them on hand, lol. ... Read more

  • Changes in Running.

    2/24/2015 8:51:59 PM, by KONRAD695

    Most people here know I'm a runner. Some people think I'm a good runner. Not really, just tough and persistent about it. This winter I signed up for three local 5k, three half marathons 70 miles away, and one 10k in Port Huron. I've already covered the 10k, the 5k's will be next blog, and here I... Read more

  • Ready for Springtime!

    2/24/2015 12:01:15 PM, by FIT-AT-50

    My heart goes out to those of you who have been inundated with extreme cold and much snow this winter. Central NC typically gets one or two "winter storms" each year with accumulating snow in the 2-4 inch range each time. Because our daytime high temperature in the middle of winter is well above f... Read more

  • My week 6 plan 2/20 to 2/26

    2/24/2015 11:39:54 AM, by HILLRUNNER

    The following is just my exercise plans. I will combine this with healthy eating choices and sleeping 7-8 hours a night. I know that when I stay up too late, my weight does not shift!!! WEEK 6: 20/2 Friday: Bike 10K/ THROW DOWN THURSDAY ST 21/2 Saturday: BOXING with ST warm up 22/2 Sunday: ... Read more

  • Picture from Dance and More From Gasparilla

    2/24/2015 11:14:10 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Part of the reason I have been sleep deprived this week, the Sweetheart Dance on Saturday February 21st. Hubby and I really enjoyed, although getting up at 3am for the Gasparilla races that morning was a challenge!! Hubby looked really nice. Love his haircut. Now I feel like I'm the straggly member ... Read more

  • Oof, grandkids are exhausting

    2/24/2015 10:00:39 AM, by BA5454

    Grandkids are exhausting. Even the dog was rolling her eyes. The three tornadoes made their way to our house with parents in tow. DS is a government civilian employee who has been stationed overseas for the next three years, so they are making the rounds of goodbyes. I have not been around smaller c... Read more

  • ALMOST got there...

    2/23/2015 9:35:49 PM, by PLMITCH

    Last Saturday, my goal for my long run was 14 miles. had never run that far. EVER! The bad part was that the weather was not cooperating and it was going to be an indoor run on the treadmill at the YMCA. So let's get right to it -- 13.25 miles was as far as I made it. Still at distance PR,... Read more

  • Gasparilla Photos

    2/23/2015 1:26:54 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I wrote a long blog with pictures this morning and it just disappeared when I clicked on "post blog entry." Sigh. I'll try again. The Gasparilla races were so much fun! Here's a picture a friend of mine took of the pirate ship next to the convention center (where the runners had after-race food... Read more

  • A chilly morning but a beautiful day!

    2/23/2015 1:22:43 PM, by DEBBYFROMMT

    On my way to the gym this morn there were 2 bald eagles sitting in a tree on our road. This tree must have been hit by lightening a long time ago because it is alive on the bottom but dead on top. I never get tired of living up here! (even when it's cold)... Read more

  • Pause, Rewind, Delete

    2/23/2015 11:28:40 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    If it were only that easy to fight the mutant ninja fat cells that way. So here it is in black and white. I have completely regained the 10 pounds that I've worked so so hard to lose. those ten pounds of plateauing. those ten pounds of constant blogging and obsessing. al... Read more

  • Tomatan: Necessary tomatoes for runners

    2/23/2015 8:00:28 AM, by BA5454

    Seen in the news this morning--Tomaton is a tomato-dispensing device for marathon runners, created by a Japanese vegetable juice maker. As tomatoes are purported to be a source of nutrition that combats fatigue, it fits right into marathon running. The device weighs 8 kilograms, but there is also a ... Read more

  • Reconnecting

    2/23/2015 7:58:06 AM, by RUNNERSTEPHE

    I had an interesting thing happen this weekend. After High school, I was basically kicked out of my parents house. I had no job, no plans for college. I ended up joining the Navy. Little did I know how much it would make me become the man I was meant to be. This weekend one of the only friends fr... Read more

  • A Tale of Two Weeks

    2/23/2015 6:33:52 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I like Spark Trophies. I once insisted to DH that we had to walk for 10 more minutes so I could reach the next level. DH: They send you a trophy? Me: No, I get an email with a picture of a trophy. DH (Rolling his eyes): Let’s go. He knows when I’m serious about something. We’ve be... Read more

  • War in my head

    2/22/2015 5:27:52 PM, by RUNNERSTEPHE

    I used to run and it was the best thing ever. I quit and struggled with not doing it, even though it was my passion. My last few runs I questioned if it was really worth it. I've been struggling, then the sore muscles. Yesterday I was planning on 10. It had been snowing, most roads weren't plowed... Read more

  • Just a Blurrrrrr

    2/22/2015 1:13:01 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Barb was running so very, very fast at the Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon, all I got was a blurry hand: She did an incredible, awesome, wonderful job!! But I'll let her tell you. Besides, I've been up since 3am. Yawn. Will share more tomorrow!! ... Read more

  • Choose to make the best of your day!

    2/22/2015 7:50:29 AM, by CHANGINGHORSES

    You know I hear and see people moaning and groaning a lot lately about the weather. We live in Pennsylvania and it's winter! Let's be glad that we don't live in Boston area. I for one, take it all in stride and make the best of it. I realize that I have been making the best of a lot of things my who... Read more

  • Saturn's Day post

    2/22/2015 12:20:23 AM, by OONAOWL

    Wow, this weight loss stuff has be completely humbled & confused. I am never giving up though, will accept nothing less than 100% success & then sustain it. I am down a handful of pounds recently, but from eating very low carb (under 30 grams a day) you would think I would have lost much more in 2... Read more

  • February 21, 2015 race

    2/21/2015 5:10:34 PM, by -PAULA

    My second race this year. Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K. I could have registered for a challenge - 15K plus 5K. Knowing I had to work after the running was over, I chose not to when I registered. Glad I did the shorter distance because my foot has been bothering me lately. I suspect plantar fasciit... Read more

  • I'm back

    2/21/2015 2:35:57 PM, by SHIRAZSOLLY

    I'm back again. I don't have any grand ideas of checking in daily, counting every calorie and joining ten groups for motivation and fun, since I know I can't possibly afford the time to do that. However, I need the idea in the back of my head that I am accountable to someone besides myself. ... Read more

  • Icebound in South Central Virginia? Look at my boat!

    2/21/2015 8:55:40 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It’s not like I planned to go for a sail or a cruise on the lake, but this was a surprise this morning. The sailboat is 25 feet long. That’s a lot of ice. Our lake was created 50 years ago by construction of a power dam over the Roanoke River. There’s a current, but it’s been s... Read more

  • The Keys were in the Legos!!

    2/20/2015 11:35:54 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    My keys were in the legos. No kidding. Just when I wanted my keys to take Barb to Lake Hollingsworth, a beautiful area to walk or run, I could not find them to save me. After she left I spent over an hour looking for them, and there they were, where they fell out of my pocket when I sat on the floor... Read more

  • Challenge to develop a positive life you love

    2/20/2015 9:59:25 AM, by OLDEROWL

    This challenge starts tomorrow February 21 on my building self esteem team. A wonderful site for motivational articles and quotes to do this is Jonathan Lockwood Huie's page www.sail7.com. I happily recommend you go there. The articles are numerous and listed under the categories of --Happiness;Po... Read more

  • Finally Friday

    2/20/2015 6:12:55 AM, by BA5454

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  • Hey Fitness Tracker

    2/19/2015 11:30:51 AM, by MARGARITTM

    I know I do SHOVELING SNOW as an activity a whole lot this year ....but I just can NOT get myself to put it in my favorites ok????? Because favorite it is NOT... Read more

  • 2015 Best Damn Race - Safety Harbor

    2/19/2015 10:58:30 AM, by MIRAGE727

    In 2013, a now very good friend & mentor, Nick, started a little race in Safety Harbor, created for runners by a runner. D & I did that Inaugural race. Today, Best Damn Race (BDR) has caught national attention as a must do race in Florida! It has now expanded to Jacksonville, Orlando, and Cape Coral... Read more

  • Marathon #8 done

    2/18/2015 2:27:41 PM, by ACORALSEA

    I've started 11, completed 8 marathons (2 became HMs due to injury or sick on route, 1 DNF due to heat exhaustion), and completed well over 20 HMs. This last marathon was as tough as I expected, with temps in the 50's and 92% humidity. Even the Elites were having a tough time (have you heard ab... Read more

  • Cool Days, Beautiful Days

    2/18/2015 2:19:44 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Dear Barb is coming to Florida just when it is getting cooler and cooler. We have freeze warnings for Friday, so I suspect she'll feel right at home. Takes me back to the years (1992-1997) we lived in North Carolina . I grew up in Florida and just could not get warm all winter. My hubby had a job as... Read more

  • Seen at the library

    2/18/2015 12:57:06 PM, by BA5454

    A copy of this was hanging in the break room at the library this morning. I think it's too true! ... Read more

  • When a night out goes terribly wrong

    2/18/2015 7:48:28 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I posted the short version in my status Monday morning. A few hours after dinner at a local restaurant, I began having GI issues which continued until the next morning. Monday: The only activity I did was to log into Spark to get my points. I was upset at this unfortunate turn of events, bu... Read more

  • More Progress

    2/17/2015 1:32:59 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Ryan is now able to swallow pureed foods, but his speech is very limited. He has said "hey" and "hi" and he shakes his head yes and no. He seems to be having no trouble understanding speech. He gets frustrated trying to write. He is able to walk around his ICU room, and will probably move to a neuro... Read more

  • Getting better

    2/17/2015 7:12:10 AM, by RUNNERSTEPHE

    If it had never happened to me, I don't think I would ever have truly believed it. The one person, that came into my life to change everything. It's wasn't because of her, that I wanted to change, but it was in me all along. I knew I needed to change, but I wasn't my own best friend. I could see mys... Read more

  • Upcoming Meet-Up

    2/16/2015 3:34:04 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Ryan continues to make progress. Thanks for prayers. I'm really getting excited about our upcoming SparkPeople meet-up. We have found child care for Sunday so I'm available and can go watch Barb, her cousin, and my niece run the half marathon. Then Barb and I plan to cheer on the 8K runners, in... Read more

  • Monday Funny: Be careful with that pillow!

    2/16/2015 11:36:44 AM, by BA5454

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  • Perfection? Really?

    2/15/2015 8:08:15 PM, by MIRAGE727

    I like what John Legend wrote in his song, All of Me, "...perfect imperfections!" My wife, DSSECRETS, says, "How we deal with our imperfections (those we can change as well as those we can't.) defines our character." Personally, I believe perfection is an illusion. I also believe it shou... Read more

  • Not There Yet

    2/15/2015 7:17:39 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Didn't do as well eating as I would have liked yesterday. Enjoyed the women's college softball game, though. Today I did better eating. It'll be okay. I'm trying to develop that NO CHOICE mindset every day, but I'm not there yet. Yesterday I got a good run in before my right foot started hurtin... Read more

  • Ups, Downs and Sidewayses

    2/15/2015 12:12:11 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    First down is that I just finished this whole blog, decided to add a pic and lost the whole thing! SP is not optimized for iPad or android platforms. This morning's weigh in marked two whole months of staying the same weight. Time flies. On the up side -I didn't gain- on the downside I di... Read more

  • What about me?

    2/15/2015 11:00:14 AM, by RUNNERSTEPHE

    I had some strange dreams last night. I was living in a house and an apartment. In both places, an ex had left me, and all my belongings were there. I had no feelings about being left like this. I was more concerned about how I was going to get the rent paid. I had no one to call to ask for help? Di... Read more

  • 4 Paws for Veterans Marathon

    2/15/2015 7:43:45 AM, by BA5454

    I signed up for the 4 Paws for Veterans marathon! I can do it all at once (nope) or in segments (yep), just need to get it done by 14 March. It's a virtual marathon put on by a group called 4 Paws for Ability and they provide service dogs for children and veterans who are in need. I figure it'... Read more

  • Too cold to run?

    2/14/2015 4:46:10 PM, by RUNNERSTEPHE

    My Awesome fitness partner suggested I do a blog about running in the cold. She is my motivation, inspiration and biggest encourager. I'll edify her every chance I can. :-) Well, I never had an day when I wanted to really talk about it, until today. I prefer to race in the cold. I'm not sure if it... Read more

  • The Chocolate Run

    2/14/2015 3:21:00 PM, by KONRAD695

    On Feb the whatever a race was held to prove the strong and the brave. What I mean is that it was cold, cold, cold, and slippery. So here goes in pictorial form. First comes the pre race stretching. This isn't working so well. After many hours of work and too few hours of sleep, his body is... Read more

  • Return to the marathon after 4 years

    2/14/2015 9:01:28 AM, by ACORALSEA

    The last full marathon I completed was in 2010. Since then, I attempted another, but, collapsed from heat exhaustion at mile 10 - it was in the 40'sF with 99% humidity and my body shut down. Not fun. A friend said she was going to train for another marathon after a few years hiatus, and I said ... Read more

  • Happy Valentine's Day

    2/14/2015 8:44:59 AM, by ACORALSEA

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  • Pre-diabetes and the cupboard

    2/14/2015 8:04:25 AM, by BA5454

    Hubs was diagnosed as being pre-diabetic by his primary. His A1C--a blood test that indicates what your average blood sugar was for the 2-3 months--was 5.6. When I was in clinic we had 5.7 as the cut-off, so maybe he's pre-pre diabetic? The one thing I do know for sure is that a fire has been lit. ... Read more

  • Last Eve, Today, and Tomorrow

    2/13/2015 9:29:32 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Wonderful local team dinner last eve. The kale-chicken-sweet potato soup was heavenly and the jalapeno cornbread was very good. But the company was definitely what made it very, very special. I do feel very blessed to be part of this great group! I've mentioned in previous blogs a young man, re... Read more

  • DARE TO DREAM- One man's comeback tale (part one)

    2/13/2015 2:02:51 PM, by RUNSWITHDEER

    Dreams are a part of your life. The voice of your inner self perhaps. Do you listen to its musings? Do you suppose Walt Disney listened to his inner voice? Often this voice (dream) may seem so unbelievable, you might dismiss it. You might disregard that voice that requires too much of you or ru... Read more

  • Thinking about pregnancy at age 67

    2/13/2015 9:27:58 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    No, I’m not announcing or planning a medical miracle. Blame it on the Beatles. My choral society is performing a concert of Beatles music and through the months of rehearsals I’ve been digging out my old clothes from the 60s and 70s. I keep my favorite stuff a LONG time. In one box I foun... Read more

  • Perfectly good Friday

    2/13/2015 6:50:03 AM, by BA5454

    Off to work a half day outside in 15 degree weather at the local park (volunteer) where I'll wear a pair of these quilted bad boys: Happy Friday all! ... Read more

  • Quitting the Racing Scene

    2/12/2015 5:58:39 PM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I've run a bunch of races in the past 13 years since becoming a runner. I am signed up to run the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach in March. I've decided to cut my losses and not go. At the moment, I don't feel like ever signing up for any of these races ever again. They've gotten so ex... Read more

  • Free Food Isn't Free

    2/12/2015 5:08:32 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    "Extra food will always go to waste, either in the trash or in my body," -Judith s. Beck PhD, The Complete Beck Diet for Life, pg. 83. "...trying to 'get your money's worth' will cost you a lot in terms of gaining weight and strengthening your giving-in muscle," -Beck, specifically in regard to... Read more

  • Just Sayin'

    2/12/2015 8:23:31 AM, by BA5454

    Woah! Who turned off the heat? ... Read more

  • A song

    2/12/2015 7:13:46 AM, by RUNNERSTEPHE

    I grew up with music, mostly Jazz, Country and Hippy music. Of course as I got older I developed my own tastes, which change frequently depending on my mood. So many songs, bring me back to moments, times, people that are just memories. These days I'm creating newer ones, and trying not to be as ... Read more

  • Still Smiling

    2/11/2015 10:32:58 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    It's late and not too much time to blog. Good, active day with elliptical workout, playing with kids, and moving while watching my favorite basketball team on TV. Tracking really approximate; probably a little too much food today, but if so, this one day is not a big problem. My long-term commitment... Read more

  • 2014 is over... catching up!

    2/11/2015 10:18:30 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    Ok... it is time to come back to sharing a bit of my spark to my sparkfriends... I won't go in details about the reasons of my absence (oups - my last post was Thnaksgiving) and I won't try to cover up all what I did not have the time to post... How about a quick snapshot of the my way ahead.... Read more

  • My week 5 plan 2/12/ to 2/19

    2/11/2015 6:55:14 PM, by HILLRUNNER

    Keeping to my goal of planning my weeks ahead of time! Looks very much like last week...cause I am keeping to my plan!! WEEK 5: 12/2 Thursday: BIKE Intervals and stretch/pool 13/2 Friday: UPPER Body 14/2 Saturday: CARDIO Boxing with bike warm up 15/2 Sunday: BIKE warm up abs/core ... Read more

  • Procrastination

    2/11/2015 8:47:57 AM, by BA5454

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  • Destination Walmart – my long walk

    2/11/2015 7:32:52 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    First of all, why Walmart? It’s not one of my favorite places for several reasons I won’t list here. However, suddenly they are the ONLY place that stocks my organic yogurt (Stonyfield - plain and their non-flavored Greek variety). I buy both by the quart. I eat a LOT of yogurt. On Monday... Read more

  • You can do this.

    2/11/2015 5:54:51 AM, by RUNNERSTEPHE

    You don't have to be the best. You don't need to be the fastest. You don't need to be the strongest. It's perfectly fine to just be you. Be the best version of yourself. When you have that you have it all. Set your goals for your own growth. You will still cross that finish line as long as you keep ... Read more

  • Hungrier

    2/10/2015 5:56:20 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    "The hungrier you are, the slower you should eat. Eating quickly -- which may be your first instinct -- will leave you feeling unsatisfied and still hungry!" - Judith S. Beck, PhD, The Complete Beck Diet for Life, pg. 62 Why is it some days I just feel so much hungrier than others? Today is a h... Read more

  • It's true

    2/10/2015 7:59:43 AM, by RUNNERSTEPHE

    I can truly relate to this. I went through this last fall, and now my life is better than I could have ever imagined. Never ever give up, things always get better. You just need to believe. ... Read more

  • So Worth It!

    2/9/2015 5:32:19 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    "Continue to remind yourself why it's so worth it for the rest of your life." -The Complete Beck Diet for Life, page 191 Judith S. Beck, PhD, says that we have multiple opportunities every day to tell yourself "it is so worth it to keep on going." Every time you look in the mirror, acknowledge ... Read more

  • um rambles and stuff

    2/9/2015 5:31:28 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I've been trying Combat off and on. Notice the off and on. I'm still learning consistency. However, I did this time print out a full workout....stickers ready. I measured myself. I even (gasp) took pics. I'm still debating whether to post those scary things or wait until it looks defin... Read more

  • Tai Chi and Me and my search for a “perfect” exercise class

    2/9/2015 7:49:21 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I have belonged to a gym or some kind of fitness center for 40 years, beginning with “Spa Lady” in 1975. Back then aerobic classes were 20 minutes long and we jumped around shoeless in leotards, tights and sometimes even leg warmers. I liked the music, but never achieved the enthusiasm of the ... Read more

  • Busy Monday

    2/9/2015 7:12:54 AM, by BA5454

    Make it awesome!... Read more

  • Always forever

    2/9/2015 7:08:52 AM, by RUNNERSTEPHE

    “I seen the look in your eyes...I reached out to touch you but feared I would mark your skin. I do not want just tonight, my love. I want to know that always...always...you will be mine.” ― Faye Hall ... Read more

  • Gray Sunday

    2/9/2015 12:08:29 AM, by OONAOWL

    Here I am again. Started back on the PGX Satisfast as it really does work for me as an appetite suppressant. Very relieved to have found SOMETHING that works for me! It is early days still as I have meandered about these past months in low carb land trying to find something that budges the pudge.... Read more

  • 12 mile run? Eh, no big deal! ;-)

    2/8/2015 6:28:34 PM, by PLMITCH

    Oh yes it was a big deal!! And while I was confident that I could achieve the training goal for yesterday, until you do it, there is always a little nagging doubt (at least for me). Thankfully, it was a reasonably nice day (40's), very little wind, and an awful lot of desire! Even bet... Read more

  • Back for more

    2/8/2015 12:25:37 PM, by RUNNERSTEPHE

    After I completed my 50K in November 2012, I was very sore, and my passion for running faded as I recovered. In 2013 I tried to run again on several occasions. I just didn't feel the passion I once had. Running had been everything to me since I first fell in love with it in 2006. I did a half marath... Read more

  • My husband's on a diet and I'm getting fat

    2/8/2015 9:43:33 AM, by BA5454

    DH has been having some GI issues lately and decided the cause of his problems was sugar. So sayeth the man who runs through a bucket of ice cream in a week. He did a search and came up with a 2-week 'jumpstart' metabolism diet that allows for basic protein and vegetables. No fruit, no grain product... Read more

  • Getting Easier and Other Beck Points

    2/8/2015 9:08:24 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I'm re-reading Beck green (The Complete Beck Diet for Life), looking for things I missed, and deciding if there aren't more parts of her plan I want to incorporate in my life. I found this suggestion for a card that I had overlooked before: "I have to eat every bite slowly, while sitting down, so I ... Read more

  • 20 miles = 3220 calories

    2/7/2015 11:52:47 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    Training for my upcoming 50K next month, I figured it was time to do a 20M run which will be my longest before the race. I'll probably try to do one more before tapering. This is the first year I've run with any kind of tracking device. I'm using an iPhone with the Strava app. Not su... Read more

  • Happy Saturday ;-)

    2/7/2015 12:03:28 PM, by BA5454

    BTW, received my medal and shirt from the Galloway folks for my 'virtual' half-marathon (after sending them confirmation of the date, distance traveled, etc.). Pretty sweet! ... Read more

  • Keeping Up with the Times: Using Technology

    2/7/2015 9:48:54 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    DH & I bought a new car last night - well, new to us. I haven't had a brand-new car since 1992. However, this one is pretty darn close. It's a 2014 Impala LTZ. We looked at other cars as well, including a beautiful 2013 Honda Crosstour that was being sold by a friend. The Crosstour was abo... Read more

  • Yes to the Mother of the Groom Dress!

    2/6/2015 10:31:22 PM, by FIT-AT-50

    DS2, Kevin, is getting married this summer. Tonight, I went shopping for the dress and found it!!! I'm so excited. When DS1, Ben, got married seven years ago, I was at my heaviest weight, and in spite of having their ten month engagement to lose the weight, I couldn't find the discipline to do it... Read more