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  • Whey? No WAY... unless...

    1/16/2017 8:19:51 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Since beginning to track my nutrition, I'm finding it's hard to get the recommended daily amount of protein. I like meat and nuts, but I just don't eat a lot of them. Eggs are something I like quite a bit, so maybe I can add in some more eggs to my diet. However, one day at Kroger, I saw this... Read more

  • My way is the right way

    1/15/2017 7:44:21 PM, by BF20PERCENT

    Whew....It is 7:30PM and I'm done eating for today. Gosh, this girl can eat. It's almost time for monthly stuff and I am going crazy with my cravings and emotional up & down due to the hormonal changes. I've been depressed since this morning and cried all day and have cramps and very cold and jus... Read more

  • Waiting on Storm

    1/15/2017 9:14:35 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Sounds like most of it will be south of us. Hey?? when did they start naming "all" storms? is this a new thing ? Picked up the very happy Beagle and the weather was just warm enough that I got in a nice RUN! Yes an outside RUN! 4 miles and I was feeling so good. My mind cleared and there ... Read more

  • Sacrifice and Strength

    1/15/2017 7:56:38 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Yesterday I posted a blog entry that began with St. Augustine saying that prayer is more powerful when accompanied by sacrifice. I thought a bit more about sacrifice over the course of the day. In the season of Lent, some Christian denominations have the practice of giving up something in spir... Read more

  • Challenges, Sacrifice, and Appreciation

    1/14/2017 9:57:12 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    A couple weeks ago, our pastor reminded us how St. Augustine said that prayer is most powerful when accompanied by sacrifice. I have Googled for an exact quote, but I can't find one, so I guess if you want to know exactly what St. Augustine said, you'd have to read his writings. Whether you agree ... Read more

  • Home..

    1/14/2017 9:29:59 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Drove home last afternoon. So very nice to have our own bed. Mother in law was sleeping most of the day yesterday. Have noticed some disorientation with father in law. Stress and being out of his own surroundings. Dales brother took over being with FIL. We may have to make the trip again in a ... Read more

  • Good day.....

    1/13/2017 9:24:52 AM, by LDYHAZ

    She was alert and oriented. Concerned about everyone. Was a major relief that she looked so well yesterday. This morning not so good. Pain and discomfort up along with nasty nausea. We expected as much but very hard on FIL. I of course want to fix the world. So I will be good and stay in the waiting... Read more

  • Challenge, Who needs a challenge? Oops, I guess I do!

    1/13/2017 8:40:30 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Challenges are a big part of the spark world. We get invitations when we first join, on the start page, in email, through team activities or even through the posts of friends. In 8 years I think I've done 3. 30 days of fiber - check, I'm fine 30 days of healthy eating - healthy yes, but I ... Read more

  • The Perfect Time to "X" - Smart Forecasts!

    1/13/2017 5:07:15 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    A few days ago, I posted about the RunKeeper app and how wonderful it is. You can track all kinds of activities (not just running), and set it up to sync to your SparkPeople fitness tracker. I've got another app I used for many years before they recently came out with a neat feature that helps... Read more

  • Pepper Spray

    1/12/2017 7:52:29 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I've told you before that my favorite cardio activity is running. Like many people, I prefer to run outside as opposed to indoors on a treadmill (although I don't dislike that, either.) A few days ago, I wrote about RunKeeper Go and how it makes me feel safer knowing my family can find where I... Read more

  • Rough time

    1/12/2017 7:00:59 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Arlene ended up having quadruple bypass and remained out of it at the time we took father in law to hotel. Prayers for a good night for all and a bright hopeful day. Thank you all for your prayers. It really helps... Read more

  • I want it so bad!

    1/11/2017 2:39:27 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Healthbet has officially kicked off this week. I had every intention of doing my H/C Strength yesterday as ST is one of my all time favorites. Well, between writing a paper for school and straightening up before the college girl got here, time just slipped away. But no worries, I took it as a rest... Read more

  • An Anti-Inflammatory Concoction

    1/11/2017 11:19:24 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I've been struggling with tendinitis issues in my arms lately, which is not good when you're a concert pianist. So a caring, health-conscious good friend of mine (who also happens to be a professional violinist) gave me a recipe for an anti-inflammatory concoction she & her husband drink twice a da... Read more

  • Following advice (or not) sometimes depends on the source

    1/11/2017 11:02:08 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    My daughter, who recognized that I needed to make some changes, gave me a food scale for Christmas a decade ago. Eh, who needs it! I eat healthy food Then she gave me a set of dumbbells. Eh, who needs those! Look how fit I am. Then she told me about Spark and I joined and OTHER ... Read more

  • Prayers

    1/11/2017 6:41:48 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Dale's mother is having triple bypass this morning. Please send all prayers for Arlene.... Read more

  • What are your clothes telling you?

    1/10/2017 8:51:52 PM, by RUNSWITHDEER

    My pants to me: No way Chas, you shouldn't be wearing me. Really, I'm being stretched to the maximum. This is really uncomfortable. What have you been eating lately or what haven't you eaten lately is more like it? Well, I wasn't listening but I'm listening now. Yeah, one embarrassing ... Read more

  • The Dreaded D Word

    1/10/2017 7:54:00 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Thank you for all your kind encouragement to my Monday's post on my goals. I'm going to go out on a limb and be brutally honestly in my response, so please be kind. [gulp] I do realize I might *appear* to be a perfectionist--but actually I think I just *want* to be one. I unfortunately do very... Read more

  • RunKeeper GO

    1/10/2017 6:41:40 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I discovered fitness 18 years ago, at the age of 29. At that time, I discovered that running is the cardio exercise my body is best suited for and that (coincidentally?) I like the best. Now, I'm not going to try to sell anyone on running in this blog entry, because I believe the best cardio for an... Read more

  • Following the Rules....

    1/9/2017 4:12:44 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I missed Saturday's workout with a nasty cold and intended on doing Sunday. Well, like my dear friend far far away, I too got a call. My friend of over 30 years had passed. I hadn't seen her much truthfully and when we moved back to Washington she was one of the first we hooked up... Read more

  • Help me write a book (you will gain much more)

    1/9/2017 4:04:24 PM, by OLDEROWL

    First I felt I should share this link because it is practical advice for those who might feel their New Years Goals may have been set too high or too low. www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.
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  • Grattitude & Attitude (Wk 2)

    1/9/2017 9:57:42 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I've changed the title of these check-ins to Gratitude & Attitude--because I definitely need to focus on being more positive. WHAT GOOD THINGS HAPPENED LAST WEEK: 1) Like I mentioned, I am thrilled that my son's first youth dance went so well. It completely changed his perspective. 2)... Read more

  • Resisting the Baking Frenzy

    1/9/2017 9:43:05 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    As you may know, I've recently begun tracking my nutrition again after a long, long time away. Boy, was I overeating. Here's one thing that causes me to struggle with overeating (and eating poorly). Baking treats for my family. My kids are older now (15, nearly 18, and 20), but I still l... Read more

  • About Saturday

    1/8/2017 12:45:08 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    This cold is kicking my bootay. Went to make coffee in my Keurig this morning, started it up and realized I forgot to put in my coffee cup. Maybe it's the ninja fat cells wagin war on ME, now that I'm waging war on it. Could be. It's okay, I won't be defeated. They may have won Sa... Read more

  • "Off to See the Wizard" - Following the Spark Road

    1/8/2017 8:56:39 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It may not be made of yellow bricks and it doesn't end at the Land of Oz, but it is a path well worth following. There are general directions posted. There are guidelines for nutrition and calorie ranges, tracking tools, and articles to read. Then there are teams and challenges to join. Thes... Read more

  • Creatures of Habit

    1/8/2017 5:05:10 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    It's a unusually cold, snowy morning in the south as I write this. The birds are in a feeding frenzy around our feeders. There are about 30 birds out there, including 6 finches on the thistle seed feeder alone. We have a large picture window in the family room which provides a great view of t... Read more

  • A Little Jam Goes a Long Way

    1/7/2017 8:41:08 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I've started tracking my food intake again. It's been a couple years since I did this. No wonder my weight has slowly creeped back up. Once I started tracking, I was also appalled at my poor nutrition. So I started entering my proposed diet of the day into SP to make sure I was getting everythin... Read more

  • Chaperoning My 1st Dance

    1/6/2017 9:16:27 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    My church holds regular dances for the youth in about 10 congregations in the area. My son just turned 14, so he is going to his first one tonight. Lucky him, i was just asked to be a youth leader so I have to go to my 1st one tonight as well. We walked in and he knew nobody--poor thing! But w... Read more

  • Another one bites the dust

    1/6/2017 4:35:29 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Yesterday was rest day and although I had planned on doing Yoga AND abs, abs won. I'm not disappointed with my self at ALL. With this cold coming on, I still prevailed to get in a workout. Boom. Hub and I sitting on the couch and we're watching "Life Below Zero". Now, I'm watching thi... Read more

  • A BIG leap of faith...believe in myself

    1/6/2017 10:09:17 AM, by CHANGINGHORSES

    Several years of holding my weight loss have come and gone. I have been maintaining a 65-70 lb weight loss for almost 7 years now and it is time to finally time to do something drastic. I'm not talking about drastic as in climbing a high peak or running a marathon. No, I've done that and I'm full of... Read more

  • I have a problem with SALT!

    1/6/2017 8:48:01 AM, by LDYHAZ

    I step on the scale this morning and I KNOW the number should be down.... They are not :( I then sit here and go over what I have eaten the last couple of days. SALT. I had chicken broth and oyster crackers...SALT....I had a hard boiled egg and applied... SALT..I had my chicken curry and ground th... Read more

  • "Stop Wishing, Start Doing!"

    1/6/2017 7:54:32 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I've recently come back to SparkPeople after gradually losing fitness over the past two years. I wrote my first blog post in about 15 months, titled "It's Not Like You Have to Saddle Up the Horse," which is basically about no longer making pathetic excuses to not work out. A couple days later,... Read more

  • Hugs and Kisses

    1/5/2017 8:18:40 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Everybody is just so supportive--thanks for your encouragement and some of your gentle nudging to stop whinging on my last blog post. Definitely needed it. As I read your comments, I really did feel even more grateful for those things I listed--so I whole-heartedly appreciate you all! One othe... Read more

  • Mark your calendars peeps!

    1/5/2017 11:14:45 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    That's right. Day 3 in the books. Yesterday was probably the most "fun" workout I've had in the Master and Hammer workouts. It was a strength training day and I LOVE me some weights! but man I stink afterwards. whooooo doggie! As you may or may not know, Day 4 is where I pe... Read more

  • "This Beer Tastes Like Llama Spit."

    1/5/2017 7:38:27 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    I've been a fan of humor writer Dave Barry since I was in my teens. A line from one of his columns has always stuck in my mind. "This beer tastes like llama spit." I thought of my first experience drinking beer (in college at a frat party), and I totally agreed with Dave Barry. I couldn'... Read more

  • Hammer and Chisel

    1/4/2017 10:04:40 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I decided to try this Hammer and Chisel workout as my first workout of the year. As I got the Beachbody on Demand (a GREAT tool by the way) I wanted to do a workout I didn't own physically. Makes sense in my mind. The cover is quite intimidating for a chunky monkey like myself but the revie... Read more

  • Spreading Our Wings

    1/4/2017 8:03:43 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Buzzards are probably not considered the most attractive birds out there. In fact, they look downright creepy sometimes. I once hit a buzzard as it flew right into the windshield of my pickup truck as I came by. I remember after my shock and sadness at hitting it, my next thought was, "That is on... Read more

  • The Road not Taken...The Pie not Eaten

    1/4/2017 7:32:53 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    With apologies to Robert Frost who poetically described: "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,. And sorry I could not travel both" I'm thinking about the 2 roads I have traveled. One was smooth sailing with lots of billboards for all kinds of food and excuses for more and more eating. It... Read more

  • Shake It Off

    1/3/2017 10:20:39 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Boy! I've been a grumpy bumpy, grumble bear lately. And I'm getting ti-red of my own attitude. Sheesh! They say the antidote to negativity is gratitude, so I guess I need a heaping helping of it. Here's my list for today: 1. A thick, warm blanket on a freezing cold morning after a very po... Read more

  • Let the daily blogs commence

    1/3/2017 10:45:22 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Second time posting. Stupid html error. What's an html anyway? Once again it's a New Year with new goals and new hopes. Okay, in this case it's the same hopes. But, I'm determined to make my hopes a reality. As I know, and maybe you do too, 2016 was a pretty rough year full of chan... Read more

  • The Comfort of a Comforter

    1/3/2017 8:12:31 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    During this holiday we had a full house one night which required getting out some extra blankets from the plastic storage bags in the closet. After everyone left I was preparing to pack things away when suddenly this triggered some memories. Yeah, I must be very nostalgic to remin... Read more

  • Starting your day with Snap! Crackle! Pop!

    1/3/2017 7:59:30 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Anybody around my age (47) or older should definitely remember those commercials for Kellogg's Rice Krispies, with the 3 little elves(?) pouring milk in the bowl. The kid at the table put an ear to the bowl and listened, smiling, to the noises the cereal made as it absorbed the milk. As a side... Read more

  • Gratitude and Attitude: Goals (Week 1)

    1/2/2017 10:24:30 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    A new year. I love new starts. But I hope this year I can look at every day (every hour even) as filled with opportunities to start over. So here are my goals for the next few months. Long-term Physical Goals: 1. Lose 15 pounds by May 1 (I think it's possible to lose it by ... Read more

  • Self Love

    1/2/2017 1:15:49 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Self Love is an important pillar to success. That's why I added it as a six Pillar on my team Create Your Perfect Days. With self love, whenever life gets you down, slowly but surely you can get back up and move on a successful, maybe slightly altered, course. The other Pillars are 1. Planning and ... Read more

  • Lost weight over Christmas!

    1/2/2017 12:41:44 PM, by AMANDANCES

    First of all, I have to thank my sister-in-law for giving me a Fitbit Charge HR for an early Christmas present because even though I had the Spark tracker and a Jawbone UP, I had no "friends" to compete with, I had to be close to my computer to synchronize my day, and essentially I quickly lost inte... Read more

  • What Would Grandma Think of My Excuses?

    1/2/2017 8:34:37 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I always find motivation by logging into Spark. Sometimes it hits close to home. My DD#1 Hayburner1969 is BACK to Spark after 15 months of going it alone! Her blog this morning was a nice surprise that got me thinking too. "It's Not Like You Have to Saddle Up the Horse" www.sp... Read more

  • "It's not like you have to saddle up the horse."

    1/2/2017 7:54:20 AM, by HAYBURNER1969

    Yesterday was January 1st and part of my New Year's resolutions are to move my body every day. Over the past two years, I have run and worked out less and less. I've made all kinds of excuses. The main excuse is that since I moved to a different house, I can no longer just go "running out my door... Read more

  • My most important 2017 Commitment

    1/1/2017 12:52:37 PM, by OLDEROWL

    The following are the 13 Topics of 4 Week Focus (T4WF) for 2017 in the CYPD team. I commit to posting each week on the current (T4WF) and encouraging all active team members to also post as part of my/their Year End Reflection and Commitment. 13 2017 CYPD 4-Week Topic Focus Template to Create... Read more

  • What the World Needs Now is...

    1/1/2017 7:44:39 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I posted my status about taking our 6 grandkids to a photo session to recreate a 2004 picture. This is NOT it, but on the walk back to our cars after the session they ran over to this sculpture and posed for this impromptu photo. Left to right: Billy (age 20), his brother Andy in t... Read more

  • I'm number 11! - I'm number 11! - and it only took 8 years!

    12/31/2016 7:44:17 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Tomorrow, January 1, 2017 is my Spark Anniversary. It was 8 years ago, New Year's Day 2009, that I joined Spark. I made up some meaningless username to get started. I only intended to use the trackers not get involved in anything else. By summer I was halfway to my goal and I was getting da... Read more

  • Cow Move!

    12/29/2016 8:45:15 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Family event. Moved cows 5 miles with help from family and neighbors. Ahh the country life!... Read more

  • Made it through Christmas! Cow move..

    12/29/2016 8:39:30 AM, by LDYHAZ

    It was a perfect celebration with 59 people total. Including small children. Our large shop was perfect and the kids threw footballs and were able to ride bikes while the rest of us caught up with the life events of our loved ones. Our house was full with 7 adult guest and 3 small children. It w... Read more

  • Grieving This Christmas

    12/28/2016 1:24:59 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    Thank you so much for your loving support and prayers for our family and especially my mother-in-law, Geneva. After a nine-month battle with pancreatic cancer, she died on December 20, slipping away peacefully. Her faith and her family were her comfort and strength until the very end, and we rejoic... Read more

  • 45 years of continuous gym memberships - done!

    12/28/2016 9:43:49 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Here's my replacement. I understand the theory behind changing up our fitness routine (challenging our body, combating boredom etc.) I agree that changing "time or manner of the routine" is what we should strive for. I just have to remember to temper my enthusiasm with caution when tr... Read more

  • Oh my HECK!

    12/22/2016 7:24:39 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I did amazing with my eating yesterday--even exercised. Until dinner. I still didn't do *horrible* ... but I definitely didn't do *anything* near well. And today? I exercised, but my eating was just lousy. Flippin' dippin' son of a biscuit eater! (Yes, I'm known for my "swears"!) ... Read more

  • Gatlinburg Strong

    12/21/2016 9:22:15 PM, by RUNSWITHDEER

    If you hadn't heard, a horrible forest fire devastated Sevier County, Tennessee late November, where Gatlinburg and it's commercial operation is located along with many who live in the area. Being a Tennessee resident, I wasn't aware of the fires that started around the 23rd of November. As a... Read more

  • One Week Later

    12/21/2016 11:23:44 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Sheesh! When the heck will I learn that--even when life is BUSY and stressful and emotional and whatever else--I just HAVE to log in and hold myself accountable??!! Because every single time I don't log in, I mess up! Every single time! So today I won't write much (both because of time co... Read more

  • Bad Bad Brittle!!

    12/20/2016 1:28:30 PM, by LDYHAZ

    I am blaming it on the holidays..... Ok maybe I will blame it on that Brittle.... Ok OK!!! I GAVE IN! All through my spin class.. I kept thinking Peanut Brittle...Peanut Brittle... By the time the class was over I couldn't wait to get to the store. Pure sugar junkie waiting to score! Sco... Read more

  • The Long Good-Bye

    12/20/2016 1:20:15 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    My mother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in April, just after she and my father-in-law celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Because they caught the cancer early, she opted for an extensive surgery to remove the tumor. It was very hard on her and took her several months to recove... Read more

  • 5 Billion SparkPoints! Our Cumulative Effort Toward a Healthy Lifestyle

    12/20/2016 8:52:25 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    At 11:52 pm last night the counter reached that milestone. No, I didn't stay up to watch it. Something jarred me awake at 11:40 and I decided to see how accurate my prediction had been. The cumulative points of the tracker represent the efforts of like-minded people all over the ... Read more

  • The Choices.... It's all about the choices

    12/19/2016 4:32:11 PM, by LDYHAZ

    Happy Holidays to one and all! Life here in Rural Nebraska goes on with the cold chill of winter. Here on the farm Dale and I have just returned from a nice week in TX where we took care of our two grandsons. Once again I am reminded why the young have children! Those two little people wore us O... Read more

  • One Billion Spark Points Ago - Nov 4, 2014

    12/18/2016 5:56:42 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    On that date I posted a blog as I watched the Spark counter tallying in real time the spark points of the total membership all over the world. I was fascinated as it approached 4 Billion points. As I watched the changing total, I typed my feelings about Spark People and the changes this comm... Read more

  • oh em geeeeeee

    12/18/2016 10:21:19 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    What a year this has been, huh? In reflection, it's been a crazy one. The nation itself has been divided and all that but in my own little world, we've moved back to the Pacific Northwest and it's been a year of readjusting. I have mentioned my disdain for the island and although my life ... Read more