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  • Home Sweet Home

    1/21/2018 7:05:00 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    This week we listed our home of 23 years for sale. My daughter posted the listing on Facebook and one of the comments made me cry. Her childhood best friend wrote about the memories she had of our home and the time she spent here. The house we live in was, in many ways, my dream home. We ha... Read more

  • A Question >> looking for links

    1/21/2018 11:38:16 AM, by DCT2018

    Am I correct or am I wrong I have to burn 1000 cals through training daily and eating correct calories for my age and weight each day day My Height is 168 cm My ideal weight (at 65 male) lies between 152 - 156 lbs OR 69 - 71 kgs 1lb = ... Read more

  • Gym Day yahoo!!

    1/21/2018 9:58:15 AM, by DCT2018

    That silly doggy I am minding left his calling card for me to clean up this morning. After clean up operations I headed straight down to the gym after one cup of cappuccino . Three weeks into training now so I increased the duration of the session while also introducing an upper body strength un... Read more

  • Saturday circling the drain

    1/21/2018 9:20:59 AM, by DCT2018

    Saturday was one of those days with a lot of activity and very little accomplished, other than the good feeling of helping others. Spent the day running around doing a myriad of things including a two hour hospital visit. But did meet some real live angels in my travels. ... Read more

  • Reflections & Goals (Week 4): The D Monster Is Trying to Swallow Me

    1/21/2018 9:07:47 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    This will be a shorter blog, but l want to get this out this morning bc it's going to be another long Sunday (see previous posts about my Sundays to understand why
    ublic_journal_i... Read more


    1/20/2018 1:58:40 PM, by SHELLLEY2

    So I had a lovely lunch with an old friend yesterday that I haven’t seen in afew months. Even though I am afew years older I was always in better shape. This suited me just fine (shallow, I know). Well, the tables have turned! She looked UNBELIEVABLE! I mean, shockingly amazing!!! I found myself je... Read more

  • I Am a Survivor

    1/20/2018 1:04:32 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Last night, I spoke with a former college roommate. We'd lost touch over the years, but reconnected perhaps 5 years ago. She's now going through a divorce from a very emotionally/verbally (and, in the past, physically) abusive husband to whom she's been married for about 20 years. She reached out to... Read more

  • Loosing calories Versus maintaining energy levels for sports training

    1/19/2018 3:39:24 AM, by DCT2018

    I would love to hear from any sparklers who have found the perfect solution to my dilemma. Loosing calories Versus maintaining proper energy for sports training. I am a 65 year old male newbie and I want to do a sprint distance triathlon at the end of Aug 2018. I am 42lbs overweight. I los... Read more

  • I love Gym days

    1/19/2018 3:05:14 AM, by DCT2018

    Part 1. Yahoo today is gym day. I am sitting here with 400ml glass of water in front of me looking forward to hitting the gym. Funny thing is, since I started this Spark thingy, I find I am a little slower getting into gear for the first half hour of the day. I feel like my stomach is a blown up... Read more

  • Where did yesterday go

    1/19/2018 2:39:40 AM, by DCT2018

    18/01/2019 So my promise to update this blog daily took its first hit yesterday. Spent most of the day in Hospital with my younger brother so my mind set kinda switched to the off position. But its all good done what needed to be done and did manage to walk the doggies... Read more

  • What Lies Ahead

    1/18/2018 2:08:47 PM, by SHELLLEY2

    Trying new things has been sort of a "thing" for me in the past few weeks. This is VERY EXCITING!!! First, I tried cottage cheese which I add to my morning smoothie everyday NOW. Love it!!! The second was tuna. This one freaked me out, I'll be honest. BUT, yet again, turned out to be AMAZING! Had ... Read more

  • A little crow

    1/18/2018 1:50:56 PM, by SHINIGAN

    So I haven't weighed myself for a while. I decided to give myself a pass over the Holidays because life's too short, and one of the reasons I workout is because I like to eat. And I have gotten to a point where I don't enjoy over eating (finally). I mean I still do from time to time but, then my st... Read more

  • Own My Mistakes

    1/17/2018 9:34:30 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    So yesterday I made a poor decision. Which led to another poor decision. And yet another. And another. Let me describe. I've been having basically the same breakfast every morning: oatmeal with stewed apples and peanut butter powder. A filling tasty meal for just under 250 calories (according t... Read more

  • Slow but steady progress

    1/15/2018 8:07:21 PM, by OLDEROWL

    After completing week 2 of my fitness program I checked my progress to see if I could move to week 3. I manage only 13 pushups in the exhaustion test, I needed to do 16 to move on to week 3, but hey, 13 is more than doubled what I could do when I started this "6-week" program. So I made progress. ... Read more

  • New Program and Vegan Feast

    1/15/2018 1:52:30 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I did it. I finished "Clean Week" DVD on Beachbody on Demand. I had finally completed it to day 5 only to find out day 5-7 were the same as 1-3. Which means, TECHNICALLY, I've completed that sucker 3x or more. LOL (I kept wanting to finish and would start over) I was going to reward my... Read more


    1/15/2018 1:25:29 PM, by SHELLLEY2

    I’d like to say that I have a pretty wide range of food “likes”... ok, that’s a lie! I do not eat meat and can’t handle most smells from food. Not adventurous, OK, I SAID IT! Ugh! I am a long distance runner therefor I need to eat a good amount of protein. Adding fish to my diet was out of nece... Read more

  • Finding Your "Worth It"

    1/15/2018 8:27:49 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Seven years ago today my phone rang at about 2am. A call at that hour is terrifying. This call was from my brother telling me that my mom had died. I was crushed that he hadn't called me sooner, that I hadn't had a chance to say I love you one last time. I flew down to where she had been livin... Read more

  • Reflections & Goals (Week 3): Happy Birthday to My Hubs

    1/14/2018 8:56:26 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    After last Sunday's exhaustion (
    vidual.asp?blog_id=6448618), I decided to write my post in the morning instead of at the end of the day. Particularly because I'm not going to get home for the night today until 10pm (or later). ... Read more

  • Sticking to Sticking to It

    1/12/2018 3:00:30 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    First of all, how do you like them apples? I got myself a featured blogpost. Not sure though that it was necessarily helpful to a lot of people (who wants to read a big ol' long list?), but it was important for me. And writing this right now reminds me that I need to print the list out. (I'll do th... Read more

  • Day 12, Beach Vacation

    1/12/2018 12:54:09 PM, by STORMIN5

    Motivated and disciplined. Even while vacationing with my husband at beach kept my resolve. Pre-planned meals and workouts. Ran/walked 29 miles. Moving in right direction towards my goals!... Read more


    1/11/2018 12:57:06 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    That's my goal. It's been my goal for quite some time. But, what I learned already in the 11 days of 2018 is that consistency doesn't necessarily mean every. single. day. Already, this year I fell into my old "trap" I had missed two days of working out. The first day was because my ... Read more

  • Day 9, Running

    1/9/2018 10:14:16 PM, by STORMIN5

    "You can't go it alone. Never, Ever, Quit." Admiral McRaven - Make Your Bed book 9 days into new year. Focused and doing great. Have added lots of fresh fruit into my day. Family vacation in sunny Florida but staying the course with meal planning and prep. For instance, packing carrots, lau... Read more

  • 50 Ways to Feel Happy Today

    1/9/2018 10:52:18 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    One of my goals for this week was to make a happiness list. What do I mean? Last Saturday, I posted how I was feeling down about a lot of things, and a goofy TV show totally turned my mood around. It was SUCH an eye-opening experience. I knew in my brain that one simple action may be able ... Read more

  • Wish me LUCK

    1/8/2018 6:44:43 AM, by SHELLLEY2

    Heading out of town for a mini vacation... let’s just hope I can make good choices and not undo all of the progress I’ve made :)... Read more

  • Reflections & Goals (Week 2): Mindful Eating and Choices

    1/7/2018 6:23:00 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I'm exhausted. Utterly exhausted. Sundays are long for us. Let me explain. We have a lay ministry in my church, which means everybody who fills roles on Sunday are unpaid and may have a regular full-time job. My husband (who has busy university administrative responsibilities during the week) ... Read more

  • Can’t WAIT!!!

    1/6/2018 6:47:29 AM, by SHELLLEY2

    Beyond excited for tomorrow to get here!!!! There will be challenges, I’m not that naive to think it’ll be easy to resist temptations. Heading on a well deserved holiday... amazing restaurants and opportunities to ruin the progress I’ve made will be all around me. I need to remember that ~ it never... Read more

  • Don't Wait til Monday

    1/4/2018 5:53:13 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    Writing allows me to pause to self reflect. The one thing that stood out to me from my last post was something I hadn't really grasped until I wrote it down. My biggest success last week was that I didn't wait until New Year's (or Monday) to start. You see, this is what I do (over and ove... Read more

  • So PROUD of myself

    1/4/2018 10:41:34 AM, by SHELLLEY2

    So today I had my first weigh in since starting on Spark December 1st. I have been feeling a little defeated lately, due to Holiday eating I’m sure. I knew once I could get back on track I’d be fine but getting there.... that was my struggle. I weighed in at my doctors and IM PROUD TO REPORT ... I A... Read more

  • New Year - New Actions

    1/4/2018 7:47:27 AM, by CHANGINGHORSES

    New actions meaning activities! I got a super good deal through my insurance company to join a gym network and I only had to commit to three months! I can tell you right now I am not a fan of any indoor exercise. However, I thought that this was too good to pass-up. I can go to quite a few different... Read more

  • more progress

    1/3/2018 4:36:47 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I lost 2 of the 6 pounds that I gained over the holidays. I will be back at my optimum weight by March 3, since I have only 4 pounds to lose. My exercise goal is to perform a set of 100 pushups on February 28, 2018, and also 100 unassisted chin-ups and 30 situps. There is a web site that gives ... Read more

  • 2018: the year of the challenges!

    1/2/2018 6:02:12 PM, by AMANDANCES

    So once again, I started the new year running a 5k race, outside in the frigid 1-degree weather. I actually managed to dress appropriately this year and I really didn't get cold -- well, frozen. LOL. I do want one of those bandana things for cold-weather running, to keep my breath warm, but on to ot... Read more

  • Reflections & Goals (Week 1): Goals for the Year

    1/1/2018 7:47:26 PM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    I've been doing these for 2 days. Not doing it perfectly, but doing it. And that is definitely better than I was doing before. So what are my successes? 1. I started on a day that wasn't a Sunday or a Monday. Usually I'm pretty weird about start dates. If I mess up mid-week, I feel like... Read more

  • Back on tracking!

    1/1/2018 12:59:08 PM, by LDYHAZ

    So Happy to See 2018!!! Lets just say Dec 2017 has a hard month. After DH accident with the skill saw and my continued cough I didn't think anything else could top that. Then on the Saturday after I wrote my last blog our work truck was stolen from our yard. 10 am in the morning with my husba... Read more


    12/30/2017 10:09:08 PM, by SHELLLEY2

    So tomorrow marks exactly ONE month that I have been a member to Spark! Woo HOO for me right! Well... YES, absolutely, I am extremely happy for this milestone. Anyone who knows me knows that I don't exactly stick to many things. I run... yep, that I religiously stick to for many reasons, but a healt... Read more

  • Expect the Best and People Will Rise to Occasion

    12/30/2017 9:42:34 AM, by A-NEW-OLD-LAURA

    When I opened my email and saw the notification that I'd been named as a Motivating Member, I could only shake my head. Oh sheesh! Me? You see (and here's me laying it out being as honest and open as I can be this morning) I've been drowning..... I honestly haven't known how to reach out to an... Read more

  • Emotional EATING.... Boooo!

    12/29/2017 5:33:34 PM, by SHELLLEY2

    Never would have considered myself an emotional eater. I mean, I understood why someone would, but I just never focused on eating whilst upset, angry or what have you.... UNTIL last evening. My family and I went out to see a movie and I restrained from having theatre popcorn (which I LOVE). So this ... Read more

  • An inspirational blog

    12/28/2017 10:18:42 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I open my Spark mail today and discovered Song-of-Grace wrote and shared an inspirational blog.
    ?blog_id=6443436# She weighed 357 lbs about five years ago, lost 240 pounds in 18 months but had regained 91 lbs by last November. But God ... Read more

  • I've got THIS!!

    12/27/2017 9:58:23 PM, by SHELLLEY2

    Back on track from 2 days off program for Christmas. It was nice not having to think about measuring or weighing BUT it's also VERY NICE to know I can get back to it this easily. No cravings today that I couldn't control. I did have a handful of sweet & spicy pecans but I counted them into my calori... Read more

  • Santa Brought...Three Extra Pounds?!

    12/27/2017 12:41:44 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    We had two days with all of our children with us to celebrate Christmas. Haileigh had to work on the 25th and Jeremy went home to be with his family on that day. We had several inches of snow on Christmas Eve Day so Rick had to work as well. But it made for a beautiful white Christmas! We found ... Read more

  • More Progress

    12/26/2017 5:43:30 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I didn't get back from my Christmas trip until 4 pm, then ate dinner. Even so I weighed myself - 164.4, up only 2.2 lbs from 12/23, which is remarkable since I always previously weigh myself early in the morning, not after I've eaten the third meal of the day. So I think I am well on track to weig... Read more

  • Christmas Eve thoughts

    12/24/2017 8:45:58 PM, by SHELLLEY2

    I had decided a few days ago that I wasn't going to stress about my logging my food on Christmas day. I'm not sure if that was a good decision, not entirely sure at all. I've done extremely well this entire month. I haven't logged in a weight loss as I am weighing in at my doctors office monthly... ... Read more

  • A lot of emotions in just ONE day

    12/23/2017 7:30:11 PM, by SHELLLEY2

    Had an odd day today to be honest. Started out like any other except it was a beautiful snowy morning, looked gorgeous. Didn't affect me too much cause I didn't have to leave the house today. Finished all of my housework and logged a 5 mile run on the treadmill which always feels good. When in doubt... Read more