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  • Never look back

    10/1/2014 8:26:32 AM, by BA5454

    The blogs I read this morning had a recurring theme: folks struggling with weight regain. I can sympathize for I've seen a few pounds more than once. Twice? I'm a big proponent of learning from past mistakes and to do that you have to look back and see what you've done, but not so much it take... Read more

  • Normally I don't cheer for October to come but...

    9/30/2014 4:47:04 PM, by PLMITCH

    Lots of fun stuff going on this October: - Greyhounds Reach the Beach - Brunch at our favorite winery - My wife's birthday (which usually turns into a week long celebration!) - A 5K race - And a trip to Jamaica to see my son and my soon to be daughter-in-law get married. Destination we... Read more

  • Reality

    9/30/2014 9:37:42 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Reality is I'm still feeling weird and beat up. Recovery is going to take me longer than I had hoped. Am very sad to get off track with my half marathon training. I intend to make the 13.1 miles on November 8th even if I have to walk it. There are several weeks for recovery but whether I can run wi... Read more

  • Just ducky

    9/29/2014 2:15:14 PM, by BA5454

    I was at the gym this morning doing my usual water jog at the deep end, and I heard a male voice yell out, "Hey, duck, are you going to use that lane?" I'll answer to a lot of things, but 'duck' is unique. Added to that, when I take my glasses off somehow my hearing gets less acute, so I answer... Read more

  • 2014 Thin Mint Sprint

    9/29/2014 1:49:42 PM, by MIRAGE727

    So, last year's theme was "the ultimatum run" where I had to finish in the Top 50 to score a box of Thin Mints for D. This year, it was all about doing " a fun run with Gianna!" We could also look forward to a post-race Girl Scout cookie tast... Read more

  • Good Walk

    9/29/2014 11:54:18 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I had a great one hour walk in my neighborhood this morning. I'm still coughing and on meds for a throat infection. I'm recovering from recent injury, too. Probably won't be running this week. That means I need to be extra careful on the eating front, as my weight is at the top of my goal weight ra... Read more

  • Imitating and learning from spark friends

    9/29/2014 6:51:15 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I’ve learned a lot in my 5+ years here from the general articles, from the resources and discussions on team pages and from individual blogs and status posts. Many of these have sparked changes in my life. Others don’t fit the way I live and while effective for some wouldn’t be realistic for m... Read more

  • Healthy September Week 4 Results

    9/28/2014 9:49:58 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    Healthy Goals for September Week Four Results: Burn 3000 calories every week through exercise. 2,274 (But I did do lots of yard work and hauling boxes of books up, down and around for our library book sale, even though I don't track those kinds of activities.) Eat under 1400 calories ever... Read more

  • Surgery, but I'm better.

    9/28/2014 7:30:34 PM, by SHIRE33

    Went to the ER with gall bladder attack Tuesday night about midnight. Well, Wednesday early, I guess. It was bad. Surgery Thursday afternoon and home Friday after lunch. I had been having these spells for at least two years. Finally early this year I had one that was worse and it actually had l... Read more

  • More on the “Great Race” – the Hill and I

    9/28/2014 2:20:44 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    The Virginia 10 Miler is a wonderful event attracting a lot of community support and thousands of local participants as well as elite national and international runners. Unfortunately for me Lynchburg is known as the “Hill City.” I’ve written many times about how I hate hills. There’s a very ... Read more

  • Compromise

    9/28/2014 9:09:05 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    "Old Mom, do you have any whole grain bread?", my 7 year old granddaughter asked. I smiled big. Never mind that the reason she asked is that she wanted Nutella on it. That stuff is like icing. Oh, well. At least her mom has taught her you only eat Nutella on whole grain or on a banana and in a ... Read more

  • I Got To Meet A Spark Friend!!! Woo Hoo

    9/28/2014 7:17:19 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Yesterday I, my daughter (runnergirlkim), and her friend (2scrambledlegs) were running in the Virginia 10 miler.(I ran the 4 miler). I had made plans to meet up with Brooklyn_Born who has been my Spark Friend for most of the year. ... Read more

  • Portillo Chile (getting a jump on ski season)

    9/27/2014 7:06:43 PM, by DEBBYFROMMT

    DH and I went to Chile a couple weeks ago, a much need vacation for him and a great way to start the ski season! We stayed at the only hotel in Portillo Read more

  • Determine to Live a Fit Life

    9/27/2014 3:11:07 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Today was a rough day, but there were lots of positives, too. I did great on the first 6.5 miles of our group run and I was really enjoying it. Lots of kind people helped me when I needed it. I'm especially grateful for my niece, nephew, and daughter. Right now I'm feeling very determined to i... Read more

  • Meeting a Spark Friend at a great race

    9/27/2014 2:10:34 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Today was my first real life encounter with a Spark Friend. Teri-rific and I ran the 4 mile option of the Virginia 10 Miler in Lynchburg. Nice that you don’t have to do the whole 10 miles to get a finisher’s medal. Then we we... Read more

  • My new hole in the wall

    9/26/2014 1:52:38 PM, by NINETOZE

    So I'm moving out on my own again. Very hard to do. But I've taken the first step and put down my deposits for a tiny 500 sqft duplex. It says its a one bedroom but it's more of an effeciency. The "bedroom" is 7'2" by 9'4" with doors. the closet in actually in the bathroom which I think may be bigge... Read more

  • Will this Book Change Me?

    9/26/2014 1:01:33 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I am reading Matt Fitzgerald's book, Racing Weight. It is a book for endurance athletes about eating and finding the best weight and body composition for performance. When I got down to 145 pounds my doctor was pleased wit... Read more

  • Hurrah for fall!

    9/26/2014 10:26:46 AM, by BA5454

    [T]hat old September feeling… of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air…. Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes and failures had been wiped clean by summer. ... Read more

  • Become a Runner? at 60?

    9/26/2014 9:58:52 AM, by MIRAGE727

    2012 Tampa Bay AIDS Walk 5K 2012 Santa's Twilight 5K 2013 Gasparilla Too Good for Drugs Kids Races ... Read more

  • That is that then...

    9/26/2014 7:23:32 AM, by THINRONNA

    OK...well...the notice has been given and it is official. We are moving. It is no longer a secret so I can tell you now...we are moving to Dubai. Yup. In December. Does the idea make me more that a little nervous? Yes. Is it because it is so darn foreign and ...sandy? Yes. But it is saf... Read more

  • Where I'm Going

    9/25/2014 7:26:47 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Sometimes I feel like I've become too accustomed to the speaker that comes after the president, telling us what we just heard. And I expect Cliff Notes, or the book club discussion section, to lead me to insights about what I just read. And I find myself waiting for friends and relatives, not to men... Read more

  • The Junk Food King and I

    9/25/2014 7:36:49 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Like other sparkers I often write about my efforts to encourage DH to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Looking through my blogs I noticed that I never included his picture. So here we are. When the photographer had us pose lik... Read more

  • Weeks 2 and 3 Healthy September

    9/24/2014 10:41:32 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    Healthy Goals for September Week Two Results: Burn 3000 calories every week through exercise. 2,465 Eat under 1400 calories every day. 6 of 7 days Keep up my 8-a-day water and 5-a-day freggie streaks. 7 of 7 days for both. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. 6 of 7 day... Read more

  • Cleared

    9/24/2014 1:25:24 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    The doctor cleared me for running; said my lungs are fine. However, I have a throat infection, so am on antibiotics for next 10 days. Enjoyed a run today. I started with 1 minute run/1 minute walk, 5.5 mph/4 mph, but felt so good I upped it to 2 min. run/1 min.walk, 5.8 mph/4 mph, and even kic... Read more

  • Best food for runners

    9/24/2014 11:51:08 AM, by PMRUNNER

    Mark Remy from runners world gave his top 7 foods for runners: www.runnersworld.com/fun
    /the-real-best-foods-for-r
    unners?page=single I have to admit, I have a particular weakness for number 7. I bought apples and a lemon, they will either end up in a pie or in an ... Read more

  • All righty then...

    9/24/2014 4:13:57 AM, by THINRONNA

    Hi...I want to write to you all to say that I am Ok...a little fatter for sure for not Sparking lately but OK. I want to blog...but I don't know how to explain all that has happened lately actually. Patrick and I are fine, the kids are fine...don't worry...I just have started writing this and have... Read more

  • Fun with the Grandkids

    9/23/2014 10:18:05 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Thoroughly enjoyed taking our granddaughters to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo yesterday. We took ponchos and knew it could rain but we enjoyed all overcast morning. I've never been so close to rhinoceros - 3 twelve year old females and a one year old male white rhino. Great talk by the docent. The kids wer... Read more

  • Tuesdays with Morrie

    9/23/2014 7:10:53 AM, by BA5454

    Actually I don't know the gentleman's name, but I see him every Tuesday morning on the track. To start at the beginning, I take a spin class at 0515: After the class, because my legs seize up like nobody's business, I take t... Read more

  • The long walk...

    9/22/2014 4:24:58 PM, by ACORALSEA

    Since February, after switching to a different make of running shoe, I've been fighting plantar fasciitis. Not a good thing for a runner/endurance athlete! Not that I'm at all talented as an athlete, but, I do have trophies, rankings, a feature article in USATF National Masters, and a wall of medals... Read more

  • 2014 Miles for Men Prostate Cancer Awareness Race

    9/22/2014 2:33:28 PM, by MIRAGE727

    Since 2008, I've been the proud recipient of 3 biopsies! I will add here that all were benign. Because of this history, I've become keenly aware of prostate cancer and support awareness. I also have a loving supportive family. So DSCESRETS (DW), LEC22041 (my Sis, Linnie), Gwen (DiL)... Read more

  • Monarch Crest Trail System - Mountain Biking on The Ragged Edge

    9/22/2014 9:39:15 AM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: Planning an Epic Ride On Wednesday, September 17th, myself and my three mountain biking buddies, Jason Andrew and Steve, lost our collective minds and decided to ride Monarch Crest. More specifically, our plans included: (1) Taking a shuttle from Poncha Springs to the top of Mon... Read more

  • Tracking? Your body knows

    9/21/2014 8:39:21 PM, by BA5454

    I try to track every day (emphasis on the 'try'), and do much better in terms of overall CICO when I do, but I find this statement to be incredibly true (yikes): ... Read more

  • I dream of maintenance

    9/21/2014 1:53:35 PM, by ARTISTSBRUSH

    There have been some great blogs about maintenance showcased recently. One person said that you will achieve maintenance when you reach your goal, because what you need to do to maintain your goal is how you got there. Convoluted perhaps, and it makes sense to me. This is one of the reasons I cho... Read more

  • Day 4 of not eating after 9PM (Goal = 100 days in a row)

    9/21/2014 9:51:02 AM, by ABBY_G

    Made it. As planned, had a high protein/good fat snack between 8-9. Good luck with your plans and goals today!... Read more

  • Make-Up Run

    9/21/2014 9:34:43 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    It just feels so good after I run. I took 7 days off of running due to cough, but today I woke up feeling good. Although many of our group including my niece and nephew saw this posting by our Galloway Program Director and ran yesterday morning in the rain, Read more

  • Nice to have my Mac back again!

    9/20/2014 2:32:43 PM, by PLMITCH

    We were in Arizona last week and into early this week when my MacBook Pro decided to go "toes up". It had done the same thing in W Virginia just a few weeks prior but made a miraculous recovery, plus one previous hiccup a few months prior. Everything was pointing towards the hard drive, and so las... Read more

  • Toe Troubles

    9/20/2014 1:46:50 PM, by ARTISTSBRUSH

    Here's a picture of the offending toe. Doesn't look like much, and its been the bane of my exercise existence for years! Of course the more I walk, the more irritated it gets.... Read more

  • Day 3 of not eating after 9PM (Goal = 100 days in a row)

    9/20/2014 1:01:28 PM, by ABBY_G

    Hello. Made it another night. Saving the calories for a snack between 8-9pm works really well. It's harder earlier in the day, but I'm not as tired then, so can cope better. ... Read more

  • Ready for my race

    9/20/2014 8:53:24 AM, by NINETOZE

    Blogging from starting line Andy said its raining at home. Just about 30 miles away! Getting over cast here now. Gotta go. Finished it in 2 1/2 hour... Read more

  • It All Turned Out Great!

    9/20/2014 7:23:13 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    The ganache finally set up and stayed in place: But my daughter had heard me uncertain about the cake's future, so she came with a back up plan. She decided ... Read more

  • How many people have an actual photo of their “aha moment?” I do!

    9/20/2014 7:02:57 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    That’s the moment in time when we realize that we have to make some changes, even if we’re not sure at that moment what they should be. Here I am on Dec 6, 2008 holding the mug which was the award for first place in my age group in our town’s annual 5K. Notice the smile (grimace?) on my face. ... Read more

  • Everyone Has the Right!

    9/19/2014 10:32:53 PM, by MIRAGE727

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  • Expectations for BLC26

    9/19/2014 6:18:17 PM, by LUV4CHOCOLATE

    Drop 12 pounds Track every BLT for 5 out of 7 days Stay on the exercise streak Stay on the freggie streak Post on the Gecko chat thread at least 5 times a week... Read more

  • Bonus Blog: The Birthday Project

    9/19/2014 2:45:13 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Almost ready for our party in 3 hours. Since there's interest, I'll show you the progress and the challenge. Here's Gwen yesterday thinking about her party. Please turn upside down -- that's the kind of day I've been having : ) : ... Read more

  • Great Joy

    9/19/2014 1:49:36 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Today we are celebrating Gwen's 4th birthday. It is very hard to fathom that it has been four years. Quite a few of my SparkFriends will remember when Gwen was born. It was an exciting time! It is always great to welcome a new life, but especially joyous when the little one is healthy and oh, so ver... Read more

  • About that Ten Percent

    9/19/2014 12:44:14 PM, by ARTISTSBRUSH

    I'm fixated on the ten percent thing. I'd never really thought about it before, but then, I'd never really read about running before either. I have a blister. Its a mother of a blister, and its keeping me from running or walking more than usual, and its all because of the 10 percent. I train... Read more

  • [insert metallic sound of sword being pulled from sheath]

    9/19/2014 12:42:07 PM, by ABBY_G

    I am beast tamer! The light of awareness shines on all my frustration and other emotions and illuminates my way! grrr... (That's the sound of determination.) Translation: I got frustrated with something and wanted to eat to 'fix' it. I became aware of it and rather than eating, decided to ... Read more

  • Day 2 of not eating after 9PM (Goal = 100 days in a row)

    9/19/2014 9:31:30 AM, by ABBY_G

    Hello. I struggled with not eating after 9PM, but kept to it. Analysis of the success: 1, Planned snack between 8-9PM: 200 calories of almonds 2. Stress reduction: I made time last night to pay attention to my stress level and to lower it by shopping online for 15 minutes. (Didn't b... Read more

  • Do you remember juice glasses?

    9/19/2014 8:13:01 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    My status yesterday said that I was weighing and measuring my food to check on “portion creep.” Portion creep, along with sizing creep, was primarily responsible for my weight gain. For anyone who isn’t aware of my pet peeve with the fashion industry, sizing creep refers to manufacturers... Read more

  • Cleared to run

    9/19/2014 7:43:14 AM, by BA5454

    At the end of the exam, my PT asked what my goals were now that the knee is doing tons better. Talk about a moment. Panicked because I really didn't have a goal, I snatched something out of thin air and said I'd like to get to a 5K distance by the end of the year--then swung my head around to the ca... Read more

  • One Year Sparkversary

    9/19/2014 7:21:53 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Tomorrow will be exactly one year since I restarted Spark People. My original goal was (60-60-60) -to lose 60 pounds by the time I was 60 and weigh 160. As of this morning I weigh 168, and I have lost 54 pounds. I'll take it! My ... Read more

  • Day 1 again of not eating after 9PM

    9/18/2014 8:15:21 AM, by ABBY_G

    Hello. After a short successful run of not eating after 9PM, I messed up on Wednesday night and binged on about 800 calories of food at 10PM. Analysis: Didn't make the time for refreshing my memory about my goals and my plans. Was a bit sick and quite tired. I used food for comfort. Yest... Read more

  • 2014 Tarpon Springs Triathlon

    9/18/2014 7:48:54 AM, by MIRAGE727

    First & foremost, I'm thankful for my wife, DSSECRETS, who is always with me at my Triathlons. She takes all the fabulous photos, which can be very telling about the journey. She also shows the wonderful support I have. My Sis, LEC22041, made her 2nd trip from the DC area, just to see me do another ... Read more

  • BLC26 GOALS....because "GOALS NOT WRITTEN DOWN ARE JUST DREAMS"! Time to STOP DREAMING!!

    9/17/2014 5:28:43 PM, by HILLRUNNER

    I've had a lot of DREAMS over the years....and yes I have written them down to make them goals. I have seen goals achieved and therefore I know I CAN do what I set my mind to do. I want 2014 to be the year of ROUTINES...the year of C... Read more

  • Can't get out of bed

    9/17/2014 4:34:29 PM, by BA5454

    Love the cooler temps, but they make me want to stay in bed longer! ... Read more

  • Best compliment/NSV lately

    9/17/2014 1:18:07 PM, by PMRUNNER

    I had a routine doctors appointment recently. Before meeting with the doctor, the nurse asked some questions about prior medical history and took my vitals. When he looked up to see my pulse and blood pressure (mid 50's BPM and 106/70), he said to me, "I take it you are a runner?" I told him, "Ye... Read more

  • Local Trail Runner Concerns

    9/17/2014 10:15:09 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Can't run yet due to chest cold, but I'm dreaming about getting back out there. Niece wants me to buy some trail shoes as she's planning a trail half marathon in the next couple months. I'm thinking about it, but there are some concerns: Read more

  • I cut up my mother’s pajamas this morning

    9/17/2014 10:13:12 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Like several sparkers lately, I have to deal with my mother’s possessions. Unlike some others, this is a slow process for me. Partly it’s because my mother saved everything and there isn’t any particular organization to the stuff she saved. Partly it’s because I could only deal with so much ... Read more

  • Big Changes

    9/17/2014 7:42:18 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    The stuff that was going on in my life concerned my daughter's problem with domestic violence. She will be staying with us for the foreseeable future. I really wasn't going to blog about it, because it is so personal, but, it is the reason that I have not been as active on Spark People. So I wanted ... Read more

  • “You have nice legs” said the nursing home resident.

    9/16/2014 7:09:00 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Several times a month my status reads “Brooklyn_Born is singing at a nursing home this morning.” A Spark Friend blogged today that she was beginning to volunteer at an old folks home. So I thought I would share this story. A few members of our church visit 3 different homes a few times du... Read more

  • I'll Rest

    9/16/2014 6:11:19 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I'm not going to run today due to a productive cough. I really hate getting off my training schedule. If I don't run my group on Saturday it will be hard for me to get back on schedule for my upcoming half marathon. I don't feel bad. I really feel like running, but from what I've read running with ... Read more

  • Julia in 24 Lessons...

    9/16/2014 1:44:30 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    In the military, we like to complete the circle by doing an AAR - After Action Report and LL and Lesson Learned! So here is my short version (only 24) of what I learned about me (and that I can share with you!)... 1. My first love - Read more

  • And the winner is.........

    9/15/2014 9:09:30 PM, by CHANGINGHORSES

    Me! Woohoo! I have to say that today started out as just another day, get up, have some coffee and go to work. Nothing special, or so I thought. I had to drive a slightly different route this morning and it was quite foggy. I was puttering along when suddenly as I approached the crest of a... Read more

  • Got Away with It

    9/15/2014 9:19:10 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    The Brooks Adrenaline running shoes I bought a few weeks ago did great on short runs. I had switched back to Brooks because they seemed to last longer and not wear down on the outer edge as fast. I ran about 5 training runs and 2 races in them with no problem. But the 9 mile group run resulted in a ... Read more

  • One week removed.

    9/14/2014 6:49:26 PM, by KONRAD695

    This will be low on words and high on pictures. This is my trip away with 6 of my high school friends. It is an annual outing to a cabin, and a relaxing weekend. The only requirement- everyone gets to be themselves. Here's my trip. My first new friend. Mister Snappy was waiting for me on ... Read more

  • Mainiac Triathalon

    9/14/2014 6:07:55 PM, by MARGARITTM

    I participated as the swim leg of the relay team Play Hard Tri Hard........ not my best swim; the air temp was the same as the air 61 degrees and an ocean swim. We did as a team still manage to win the female relay award! Woohoo us. After having been injured for several months this year... Read more

  • Planning ahead

    9/14/2014 1:18:37 PM, by BA5454

    The week ahead is looking sort of busy, so I'm planning ahead: -- Navy bean soup w/ cumin is simmering -- Lettuce has been spun -- Peppers, carrots, cauliflower and celery have been cut up and put into bags -- Chicken is marinating for the grill, w/enough for leftovers -- Pizza dough w... Read more

  • Focus on what you CAN do, not what you CAN’T – great blog from a Sparker living this advice

    9/14/2014 8:29:18 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I’d like to direct your attention to a great blog by LindaKay228 whose experience and motivation put this common slogan into action. “Why I Do What I Do” www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
    ge_public_journal_individu
    al.asp?blog_id=5779053 I believe it deserves a wider audienc... Read more

  • You May Admire My Trophy

    9/14/2014 5:18:11 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    No suspense here. I took first place in my age group in this 4-race series. And I'm not too proud to accept the trophy even when I was the only one in my age group. When I got to race 4 the results to date were posted. I foun... Read more

  • I finished my first 5K race

    9/13/2014 8:34:18 PM, by ARTISTSBRUSH

    Hello Again, I finished the race today. I didn't run the whole thing, there was quite a bit of walking done, and that's okay. This was in Kona, Hawaii, and I didn't get out of the starting gate until almost 9 am. It was already in the 90s at that point, and there was no shade to be had anywh... Read more

  • He Beat Me! Hooray!!

    9/13/2014 11:23:16 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    My nephew, Martin, who has lost 71 pounds and brought his 5K times down from 49 minutes to 32 minutes beat me for the first time today, twice!! WooHoo!!! He is 29 years old and he is suppose to beat his 65 year old aunt. I am so proud of him. He has worked very, very hard for this. He ran the o... Read more

  • Can you guess what happens when the unexpected does?

    9/13/2014 8:06:17 AM, by CATHIMOMMY

    This week was another in the country I call home outside my home culture. Have you ever had one of those moments in a mall parking lot where you've lost your car and spent more time that you should finding it? Well, this time I was parked outside a friend's home where I had gone to watch their oldes... Read more

  • Why, other than weight gain, would I go back to tracking my food?

    9/13/2014 7:05:42 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I must admit that I don’t track my food anymore UNLESS there is an upward trend in my weight. Weighing myself every day is especially important for me personally since avoiding the scale is how I gained the weight in the first place. Now I want to stay exactly where I am right now. So if ther... Read more

  • Major Mojo Madness

    9/12/2014 1:31:04 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    We all do it. (no, not that...) We all say we're going to get going, but something holds us back. Whether it be our newest excuse, life, time, or just simple lack of motivation we get ourselves in our own way. I'm big on it. and I'm just big. I have been struggling for months n... Read more

  • Are We Ready for the Aching Quad?

    9/12/2014 10:15:02 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Just couldn't blog yesterday. Appreciate those of you (ONEKIDSMOM comes to mind immediately) who hit a thoughtful, sensitive and positive tone. Good job! I really enjoyed reading blogs yesterday for some perspective. This eve at 7:30pm I'll be running a 5k with my nephew. That's the start of th... Read more

  • Friday loading

    9/12/2014 7:11:57 AM, by BA5454

    Awesome week, here's a few highlights: 1. Tried out 3 new exercises: spin class, water aerobics, aqua jogging. And they didn't kill me. (Although the spin class really tried.) ... Read more

  • My new way of remembering...

    9/11/2014 3:41:04 PM, by PLMITCH

    On the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it's odd just how searing that event still is to me. It's almost hard to imagine 13 years has gone by that quickly, and yet just how fresh it seems. A year ago, I found out my blood bank was doing a 9/11 blood drive (they may have been doing it in... Read more

  • 5 nights in a row of not eating after 9PM

    9/11/2014 10:32:21 AM, by ABBY_G

    Eating less dinner and having a 200 calorie high protein w/some healthy fat snack between 8-9 worked last night, too. It was much less of a struggle to not eat at 11PM or in the middle of the night. Hope your plans are going well, too!... Read more

  • time flies

    9/10/2014 9:14:19 PM, by ACORALSEA

    June: quit my job, but, hubby won't let me retire July: my 4yo grandson spent the month - he learned to swim, ride a bike, how to color, play with clay; started a wellness program Aug: went on Fed gov't contract, lower pay, longer commute, no benefits, but pays the bills, they want me long... Read more

  • Two More Comments About Gym Bags

    9/10/2014 1:23:26 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    1. I never feel cleaner than after a good sweaty workout and then a great shower. To magnify that feeling, I love to brush and floss my teeth afterwards, too. My dentist gives out sealing plastic bags that hold toothpaste, toothbrush, floss and a couple more items you might want like an emery board... Read more

  • Losing one’s identity as a runner

    9/10/2014 8:11:42 AM, by BA5454

    I’m a runner. Or rather, I was a runner. Maybe I still am. But mostly not. At least for now. I blame the movie ‘Rocky’ first in 1976, because sheesh, who else exhibited the sheer can-do attitude of Rocky Balboa? Then a little flick called ‘Running’ (1979) came along which starred Michael Dougla... Read more

  • adjusting the not eating 7PM-7AM plan to 9PM-7AM

    9/10/2014 7:37:35 AM, by ABBY_G

    My plan usually is to not eat 7PM-7AM. I've been struggling around 11PM, though, so am going to tweak the plan a bit to see if it helps: - Not eating 9PM-7AM instead of 7PM-7AM. - Having a smaller dinner (subtract 200 calories). - Having a snack (about 200 calories of protein and fat, such ... Read more

  • FIRST THOUGHT of the DAY!

    9/10/2014 7:21:56 AM, by MIRAGE727

    I found that when I get up in the morning, I'm excited by the fact that I have the opportunity to make myself better. I try to carry that with me throughout the day. Dr Seuss provides a great daily thought! ... Read more

  • New Definition of "Rise and Shine"!

    9/10/2014 5:11:48 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    A few months ago, or maybe it was last year, time goes so fast! , I did a 30 day streak of "Rise and Shine - One healthy habit every morning". With the fast and demanding pace that is taking place at the unit right now and my share of workload, I realize that it is time to get back to ... Rise ... Read more

  • Current Life

    9/9/2014 4:27:36 PM, by KONRAD695

    I could start off with all my difficulties in life, but does anyone really want to hear it. No?- that's what I thought. But a few said yes; so here is a list. Wife, kids, car, job, pets, job again, weight, sore feet, I'm tired, food, and those annoying phone calls. There's my list.... Read more

  • Bike Shorts Work and Other Fitness Issues

    9/9/2014 12:55:52 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Proud to report no soreness from spin class yesterday. The instructor kept saying to cement your bottom to the seat, but I found that difficult. I bounced some. I doubted the padded bike shorts would be sufficient, but they did great! Will definitely do it again. I need to work on learning the geari... Read more

  • S'up

    9/9/2014 12:20:55 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    After texting back and forth, hubs and I did talk. I explained why I was so hurt by him. He said I was complaining about job, life etc for a week and it was too much. I explained I listened to it for over six years with support and expect the same. He actually listened and replied with "I was ki... Read more

  • Age Quod Agis – not exactly Carpe Diem – but complementary advice

    9/9/2014 10:05:28 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    What most people don’t know about me is that I studied Latin for 5 years. I’ve got big medals to prove it. I would have been a Classics major in college if I thought I could make a living at it, but I’m very practical too. As a math/computer science teacher, “Age Quod Agis” was posted on the... Read more

  • 3 nights in a row of not eating between 7PM-7AM

    9/9/2014 9:30:43 AM, by ABBY_G

    I've had to take these steps to stop myself from eating between 7PM and 7AM: 1. not keeping anything tempting in the house 2. taking problem foods to the car and leaving them in a cooler in the trunk overnight 3. parking the car far enough away from the house so that it's less tem... Read more

  • 1st spin class

    9/9/2014 6:34:38 AM, by BA5454

    Erm, yeah. I'm not sure if it was the early hour 0515 or the effort, but at one point I saw a bright light--and tried hard not to pedal towards it. Sheesh, what a workout! (I'll do it again.) ... Read more

  • Chicago HM Race Report

    9/8/2014 4:57:29 PM, by MBTEPP

    The Chicago HM did not disappoint in any way. It was a fabulous race for me, since it is my largest one yet. I ran the 26.2 Challenge when I entered two of the three race series, the other race was in May. Both races were run ... Read more

  • Week One Healthy September

    9/8/2014 12:30:19 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    Healthy Goals for September Week One Results: Burn 3000 calories every week through exercise. 2,700 Eat under 1400 calories every day. 5 of 7 days Keep up my 8-a-day water and 5-a-day freggie streaks. 7 of 7 days for both. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. 7 of 7 ... Read more

  • Appreciate Life!

    9/8/2014 8:41:20 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Turn about is fair play. I have encouraged the niece and nephew to run and now they are both involving me in additional fitness pursuits. Yesterday I wrote about the Aching Quad events coming up this weekend that I promised Martin I would run. And then my niece challenged me to a spinning class. We... Read more

  • 15K and being back on the wagon

    9/8/2014 8:25:43 AM, by AMANDANCES

    I actually missed my Spark friends during the time when I was gone, but I got used to using the phone app rather than the website, and there isn't a lot of interaction on that app. I hope you all are doing well and staying positive. There are so many things I want to say to everyone, but since ... Read more

  • Water aerobics ain't for sissies

    9/8/2014 7:36:21 AM, by BA5454

    In the ongoing effort to rehab my knee, the doctor said the best thing would be to get in the water. Little did he know I haven't been near a swimmable body of water in over 8 years. Then I found a gym one town over that has an Olympic size pool and water aerobics classes. Woo-hoo! Let me tell ... Read more

  • Autumn-Triggers

    9/8/2014 6:39:59 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Very quickly after I wrote my previous blog about overcoming my love of Dairy Queen blizzards, a commercial for the new apple pie and pumpkin pie blizzards for fall came on the TV and I wanted them!! If I hadn't seen that commercial I would have never thought about any kind of blizzard. Also, Dun... Read more

  • Annual Hike in the Snowy Mountains

    9/7/2014 10:08:48 PM, by DEBBYFROMMT

    Every fall we try to hike in the snowies. There has been snow and a lot of rain up here so the creek that runs through was high and we ended up wading quite a bit. (cold wet feet) But we did about 15 1/2 miles! A beautiful day cool in the morning but up in the 70s when we got to the top for lu... Read more

  • Saddened September.....

    9/7/2014 9:53:32 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I ran today. I mean....it was slow. Was the slowest run I've done in a long time. But I did it. I got out and I was like not thinking....I think that's what I was after. Just the golden, dead and brown views contrasted next to the blue sky and nothing in my brain but the tunes that I tried ... Read more

  • Kids say the funniest things...

    9/7/2014 5:20:32 PM, by PMRUNNER

    My daughter, age 3 and 1/2, was in the car singing away. My DW and I paused to listen to what she was singing and this is her song: Jesus is so strong Jesus is so powerful Jesus can step in the poisin ivy And not get all itchy Hmmm, I have to check into what they are teaching her at... Read more

  • Is it a getting older thing?

    9/7/2014 11:15:51 AM, by BA5454

    I've gone up a half size in hiking and running shoes. I now officially wear these: So is it a fact your shoe size goes up when you get older? Because mine have gone up a whole size since turning 50. Just wondering because my f... Read more