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  • They call the wind Mariah

    11/24/2014 1:36:01 PM, by BA5454

    Sheesh, stepped outside and was knocked sideways, the winds are gusting from 30-50 mph with this new front moving through. The title comes from 'Paint Your Wagon' with Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood and Harve Presnell. Only Mr. Presnell has the pipes to sing, and they are lovely. Such a manly singer. Th... Read more

  • Green vs. Ripe Bananas

    11/24/2014 10:02:48 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Martin and I had an interesting discussion about bananas. He said you should only eat them green. I had read that the yellow with spots are good for you. Well, we are both right. As a type 2 diabetic, he needs to eat only green ones. They don't have much fructose and are processed by the body as a s... Read more

  • Over 2 years ago I posted a blog asking “Who are these people who always get 100% in Spark Trivia?”

    11/24/2014 8:17:08 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I was lucky to see a “passing” grade. On the scoreboard you would have to scroll 50 to 80 pages to find my name. I persisted for quite a long time. I know I could have googled the information before answering a question, but it was a personal choice to see what I knew on my own. I drift... Read more

  • That's some high quality H2O

    11/23/2014 7:36:33 PM, by BA5454

    Couldn't resist the quote from the Adam Sandler movie: Waterboy. But wowza, winter has hit and my plain water consumption is at an all time low. I don't know if I'm just lazy or what, but the last thing on my mind is drinking wat... Read more

  • Soup and bread day

    11/23/2014 2:45:50 PM, by PMRUNNER

    A crisp fall day, a great day to make French bread and split pea soup! Also, a lot of fall and pre winter chores such as stowing the boat stuff, getting out the ski stuff, sorting out kid ski sizes to figure out what we are s... Read more

  • Enjoying the Active Life and Free Pictures

    11/23/2014 10:01:15 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I feel really good about my run yesterday. I believe that is the first time I ran over 10 miles that I felt energized and energetic all day after. No soreness in quads or hamstrings. Just a twinge in my left arch, but hardly noticeable. Isn't it cool to be 65 years old and able to really enjoy a 10+... Read more

  • What's inside?

    11/23/2014 7:22:28 AM, by PMRUNNER

    I live in an older neighborhood, solid brick houses built in the 1930s on a residential street lined with white oaks. The trees were planted when the houses were built. Off the main street, there are a variety of other trees that were planted about the same time. Next to our house, we had an enor... Read more

  • Really quick blog

    11/23/2014 5:50:04 AM, by THINRONNA

    Hello to my Spark friends! I thought I would write a super quick blog today before I get on to my packing and tutoring. Packing because we are moving in two weeks to Dubai and tutoring because the kids need to take entrance exams for school and Norway is a bit behind scholastically. (Truly...Qui... Read more

  • Humorous Thanksgiving Story

    11/22/2014 7:26:03 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    This is a story I found online: www.naplesnews.com/commu
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    ignant-and-most That secret ingredient I was 9 when we were at my Great Aunt Jean and Uncle John's 1850s farmhouse near Lockport, New York with 25 relat... Read more

  • Don't Think About.....

    11/22/2014 2:49:29 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Don't think about a pink elephant. You got that? DO NOT think about a pink elephant. No pink elephants allowed. You may think about anything but not a pink elephant. Okay? Now think about a purple giraffe. See her curly eyelashes? Her polished purple toe nails? Big goofy smile?? Just keep thin... Read more

  • Oh boy, that was brutal

    11/22/2014 11:28:26 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I knew it was coming. I had told y'all I was bingin' waaaaaaaay too much and it caught up. BIG TIME!! yup...that beautiful 169 goal was self sabotaged by none other than myself. What to do what to do? We all k... Read more

  • Turkey shenanigans

    11/22/2014 7:55:08 AM, by BA5454

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  • Recovery... is not Easy! (Half-marathon Observations)

    11/21/2014 9:40:00 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    "Whether you like it or not, going along with the flow is smarter now than fighting it." ~ Horoscope. I don't like it!!! My body is telling me to take it easy and I want to get back on my feet and GO... This week was like a physical roller coaster, I was getting up fine and then crashing mid-da... Read more

  • Tracking Day Two

    11/21/2014 12:52:11 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I had 2 good eating days with calorie deficits of approximately 200 calories on one day and 350 calories the next. But that 550 calorie deficit would only account for about a one-seventh of a pound weight loss. My weight was down 4.4 pounds. Guess those couple not-so-good eating days (but believe me... Read more

  • Too Much Negativity!

    11/21/2014 12:41:28 PM, by MIRAGE727

    I've been reading a lot of negativity today. Isn't it amazing when you embrace the positive, you can either see it coming in yourself or you read it between the lines of someone else! It tries to bring me down then I overload in "Positive Waves!" Read more

  • Gee, Eileen got FAT! - Remembering a Thanksgiving Day comment.

    11/21/2014 8:12:08 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It was a family dinner sometime back in the 1980s and that observation was loudly expressed by my aunt. I’m pondering that memory today for several reasons. Thanksgiving week marks 5 years of maintenance for me. A Spark email this morning informed me that I am today’s SparkPeople Mo... Read more

  • Everything Counts

    11/20/2014 4:17:31 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    My first day back to food tracking felt really good. Although I liked the freedom of choosing my food as I went for the last 11 months, not having to make food decisions during the day was good, too. Seemed to me I was more relaxed about food, absolutely confident that I was eating good choices in t... Read more

  • Planning the Right Amount of Freggies

    11/19/2014 2:22:59 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    One more thing about overeating freggies, my last of 4 blogs to deal with the issue. Developing an eating plan and sticking to it is powerful. Saying "NO CHOICE" (as Beck tells us) to any food that appears unexpectedly or we decide to grab on the fly is wise. I have never planned to overeat vegetabl... Read more

  • My Action Plan to Keep from Gaining Weight over Thanksgiving

    11/19/2014 12:32:06 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    My assigned topic for the A&I BSG Challenge Week 3: Is there anything you are planning on doing differently this year to try to mitigate any weight gain from Thanksgiving? Earlier this year I adopted a new approach to my eating, following for the most part the Forks Over Knives/Engine 2 pla... Read more

  • Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 6

    11/19/2014 11:48:39 AM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Week 7 ended great with a 3-pound loss. I know when I'm consistent that it pays off and that often my efforts one week do not show up until the following week, so I did not lose heart when I lost on half a pound last week. I kept up with the added cross-training (stationary bike) and finally did my ... Read more

  • Countdown to 2015 Week 6 CICO

    11/19/2014 11:38:41 AM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    CICO Week 6 Losing again this week means a lower BMR, but I'd still rather make that adjustment than not lose! Wednesday 19 November: Calories Eaten: 1662 BMR: 1397 Exercise: 714 Differential: -449 Thursday 20 November: Calories Eaten: 1314 BMR: 1397 Exercise: 12 Diffe... Read more

  • My “brush” with an SUV

    11/19/2014 7:38:15 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    What’s going on? For the 2nd time in a week a driver almost ran me down. Last time while on her cell phone, the woman didn’t even notice me. This time the driver saw me and either couldn’t judge distance or just didn’t care. Here’s the location - a school driveway that’s the start and finish... Read more

  • 2014 Inaugural Honeymoon Half!

    11/18/2014 3:57:26 PM, by MIRAGE727

    Race Site Dawn at Honeymoon Island, Dunedin, FL, D & I support a lot of our local races! Our BFF, Suzanne, created this new race and caused a lot of excitement because of it! This year, she included a Half Marathon, a 10K, and ... Read more

  • Continuing Veggie Comments

    11/18/2014 1:31:25 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I don't think I have ever planned to eat over a pound of yellow squash or a full bag of SteamFresh broccoli, but I hate to admit I have. Another downside of eating a specific vegetable in excess is that you almost guarantee that you won't get the variety of fruits and vegetables you need for optimal... Read more

  • Monster walks

    11/18/2014 6:58:43 AM, by BA5454

    Kind of like this, but without the seriously ticked off villagers carrying torches: Monster walks were something prescribed to me for the rehabilitation of my knee--which turned out to be an over-use injury and some arthritis. Th... Read more

  • Stengthening Mind and Body & Book Review

    11/18/2014 12:58:50 AM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    "Strengthening your body, mind and spirit increases your chances for success." ~ Horoscope. Here is a short recap of my November progress (before I share with you my book review- my yoga teacher training assignment for the week...) : - Food. Was doing great for the most part. Had a little... Read more

  • First snow

    11/17/2014 2:34:01 PM, by BA5454

    Oh, there's snow! Three or four inches, I think. I love it now that I'm not commuting any more. The corn was harvested a week and half ago, I have bird seed in the feeders and all the plants are either mulched or brought into the garage. Yep, winter is here. Here's our King Hawthorne tree fro... Read more

  • Monday, take two

    11/17/2014 11:08:01 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    So I deleted the last blog. Not because it was anything bad or whatnot. It actually, (I thought) was pretty good and heartfelt. It needed to be said. However, I kind of freaked out about anyone outside spark ever catching it so it went away. I'm hoping by airing out my fears and despair... Read more

  • Just Like Peddling a Bulldozer – Fat Bike Riding in the Snow

    11/17/2014 10:10:30 AM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: No Offseason Most of my riding buddies have put away their bikes and are doing offseason conditioning. You know, boring stuff like, elliptical trainers, treadmills and indoor cycling. I have a good indoor cycling trainer and an elliptical machine. I only use my boring indoor trai... Read more

  • Continuing Yesterday's Blog

    11/17/2014 8:52:58 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Another reason not to overeat freggies is that we are trying to change our definition of full. Dr. Judith Beck, author of the Beck Diet Solution, says [chapter 3]] that one of the big differences between most thin people and people who aren't is that the later like the feeling of being full or overf... Read more

  • Sometimes you just gotta eat the cheesecake - Choices for 4 days on the road

    11/17/2014 6:56:57 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    This was a combination trip for us. We drove to the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina to: Check on my 94 year old MIL in her assisted living facility At MIL’s request, visit the old family vacation/retirement cabin a few hours drive further on Attend a meeting of Carpatho... Read more

  • Blessings

    11/16/2014 10:39:25 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    It's Sunday evening and I'm feeling peaceful and contented, even though I have to be at work at 8:00 in the morning to face two classes of junior high students for our annual "Book Relays" at the library! This is a tradition we've doing for 20 years and it's really a lot of fun for both us and the ... Read more

  • Still Learning

    11/16/2014 12:54:18 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Gwen slept well, woke up this morning and wanted another grapefruit! Yummy. Then she wanted another one. Takes after me, I guess. Makes me think.Weight Watchers has been a wonderful resource for me and I don't know that I would have lost the weight without getting started there. On WW you don't... Read more

  • ½ and ½ ≠ 1 marathon

    11/15/2014 9:53:38 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    How can ½ + ½ ≠ 1? At the DC Half and Half: You run 6.55M, eat a half-smoke with chili and chips, then run the remaining 6.55M to complete the half marathon. I’m not keen on gimmick races but I like half marathons so I h... Read more

  • Grapefruit Time

    11/15/2014 5:16:18 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Yesterday while Gwen and I were outside a grapefruit fell off our tree and rolled around. We ran and got it. No wormholes, no big flaws. It looked mostly yellow without much green. I hadn't thought they were ripe yet, but must be. So we cut it. And we picked one more just to compare it to the one th... Read more

  • Inaugural East Lake Fire Rescue 5K

    11/14/2014 10:19:18 AM, by MIRAGE727

    Ever since 9-11, I realized the utmost respect for our First Responders! They serve & protect us every day in our own backyards! When I found out my friend Suzanna was Race Director of this new race, I was in! D was at Honeymoon Island doing her training long run of 11 miles so I represented at t... Read more

  • Friday's freeze

    11/14/2014 10:13:49 AM, by BA5454

    Yikes, woke up this morning to 25 degrees, which is not normal for this time of year where I live. Too bad I don't live here: In other news, my wrist is doing great and I've started swimming again. last night was the breast strok... Read more

  • This Is A Test

    11/14/2014 9:38:50 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I am home alone with a house full of junk food. Hubby has gone for the weekend. He was a dear and hired someone to drive him to the airport because big city driving is one of my least favorite things these days -- although today there was not fog like there was the last time I drove to the Tampa air... Read more

  • Silver Award rambles

    11/13/2014 7:44:13 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I finally got one of those babies on my Spark Tracker. I see a lot of negativity towards the Spark Tracker, but I figure it is what it is for the price so I quite enjoy mine. It's great until I can advance to a new giggity gadget. I so love new gijjity gadgets and whatnots. My hubby came hom... Read more

  • "Greyt" News!

    11/13/2014 5:21:10 PM, by PLMITCH

    Got a call from our vet this afternoon to give me the results of our greyhound Gigi's biopsy on the growth on her ear. It was benign!! She has bounced back so well from her procedures, and this is just icing on the cake!! ... Read more

  • Partial Book Review

    11/13/2014 4:18:33 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Six weeks ago I blogged that I was reading this book and it might change my life: Well, two days later I fell, got a concussion, and my identity as an athlete was shaken, my perspective changed, and my athletic goals suspended... Read more

  • Blogging to Help

    11/12/2014 2:55:31 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I blog for me. Of course, it is great when others appreciate my efforts, but really it helps me so much to savor and enjoy the positives and work through the challenges. The support and input I get from SparkFriends has helped me over and over. My last blog, The Final Winner, saved my day!! I h... Read more

  • Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 7

    11/12/2014 12:37:03 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 7 Week 8 Action Plan Results: Lost a half a pound=moving in the right direction! Usually my efforts one week do not show up on the scale until the following week. Once I realized that, I do not get discouraged when I don't lose as much as I think my efforts would i... Read more

  • Countdown to 2015 Week 7 CICO

    11/12/2014 12:23:22 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    CICO Week 7 Losing this week means a lower BMR, but I'd rather make that adjustment than not lose. Wednesday 12 November: Calories Eaten: 1520 BMR: 1410 Exercise: 692 Differential: -582 Thursday 13 November: Calories Eaten: 1355 BMR: 1410 Exercise: 12 Differential: -67... Read more

  • Unintended consequences of technology

    11/12/2014 8:18:17 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    My daughter got her first mobile phone in 1994. It was called a “car phone” back then and it was huge. Her new husband bought it for her since she had to drive 1 hour to work along country roads which were very deserted in the early morning. Safety was the driving force. As the technology de... Read more

  • Putting it out there. A slip up.

    11/12/2014 7:57:13 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Last Thursday I "binge ate" one evening. I'm blogging about it so I will remember. After dinner I was still hungry. I told myself - have dessert and then you will be OK. I had my usual dessert and stll felt " not full". It wasn't a starvingly hungry feeling - more like a restless, empty not full f... Read more

  • Container with a timer lock has helped me get 12 days in a row of not eating past 9PM!

    11/11/2014 9:15:14 AM, by ABBY_G

    Hello. I really struggle with night time eating. I usually do a great job all day of sticking with my food and exercise plans. It's extremely discouraging to undo all that work by eating late at night. I finally found a solution that is working for me. I bought: --- 3 toolboxes (1... Read more

  • Poppies to remember and honour

    11/11/2014 8:20:29 AM, by HILLRUNNER

    The poppy appeal is in progress over here in the UK. An amazing display has been on show in London on the grounds of The Tower. This tribute is to honour all those who have died serving their country. It is especially poignant th... Read more

  • Turkey Trotters Week 2 A&I BSG Blog

    11/10/2014 7:06:28 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Are you ready for the holidays? Have you prepared your menus? Have you started shopping yet? First, let me pick myself up off the floor, now that I’ve stopped laughing. I just found out yesterday that after 8 years of my daughter hosting Thanksgiving dinner, she has asked that I do it thi... Read more

  • I'm getting a treadmill

    11/10/2014 11:36:28 AM, by AMANDANCES

    Do I need a beginner treadmill that goes over 10 mph? I am so lost on these and have NO idea which one to get. Any thoughts?... Read more

  • The Final Winner!

    11/10/2014 11:02:47 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    It was wonderful to help my nephew Martin become a half-marathoner on Saturday. I am very, very proud of him and glad that I helped to spark his interest in running. Proud, too, that he's lost 0ver 70 pounds and controls his diabetes now with only exercise and healthy eating. We were numbers 441 and... Read more

  • Hello Astro!

    11/10/2014 9:30:05 AM, by DEBBYFROMMT

    Hard to tell because it was windy and drifted, but looks like about 3-4 inches of snow last night.... Read more

  • "What Doesn't Kill You ..."

    11/10/2014 9:20:15 AM, by MIRAGE727

    On Saturday afternoon, I went to TriRock Clearwater Triathlon Packet Pickup. I came home and started my Pre-Tri Prep, dress rehearsing my Transition on my living room floor. During the day, I was not feeling 100% due to a permanent condition I thought I had control over. Reality check! It started to... Read more

  • Fall Colors and Nuances

    11/9/2014 11:52:06 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    "There's a world of difference in the various shadings of gray, and now it may be the most subtle nuances that have the greatest impact." ~ Horoscope of the day! After reading this post I thought it would be a nice idea to share with you the changing colors of my favorite tree. I see this land... Read more

  • Making progress, one step at a time

    11/9/2014 11:23:04 AM, by ACORALSEA

    Well, I haven't completely given up, yet. I'm still training for what will likely be my last marathon, and making a bit of progress every long run. I've finally been able to run a mile without stopping. Yesterday, I ran 4 miles from my house to the trail and up to meet my team for our 6mi run. ... Read more

  • My very long, extremely productive, spark filled day

    11/9/2014 8:21:24 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It actually began Friday afternoon when I read an email from my favorite running store about a sudden “flash sale.” I planned to visit them at some point anyway and this seemed like a personal invitation. DH decided to come with me and combine some errands. The store is in a city about 30 mil... Read more

  • Looking at Pictures While I Recover

    11/9/2014 7:39:55 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Found a picture of Martin and me running the Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon yesterday: And here's a picture of Martin at mile one. I'm somewhere in this picture. I must be behind the woman in the middle: ... Read more

  • It's a real pain in the...wrist

    11/8/2014 7:29:01 PM, by BA5454

    I have something called De Quervain's tenosynovitis, which totally goes against my beliefs that if one should "have" something it should be pronounceable. Ahem. It's basically a pain in the wrist--an acute stabbing pain actually--on the thumb side where the tendons are inflamed. I woke up with it We... Read more

  • I Ran Happy!!

    11/8/2014 12:25:40 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Yeah, I ran happy today! The weather was gorgeous and running in your hometown where you know hundreds of people running and on the sidelines is just an awesome experience!! Here's a picture of some of the people in my running group who ran this morning: Read more

  • Heading for the Dreadmill

    11/8/2014 7:00:39 AM, by MARGARITTM

    Big hunting day around here and frankly I feel safer on the mill!... Read more

  • Just About Ready

    11/7/2014 2:04:13 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Think I'm just about ready for the Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon tomorrow morning!! ... Read more

  • Technology is wonderful

    11/7/2014 12:11:22 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I took my car to Honest Auto for an oil change and engine light check. They have dedicated laptop computers set up at tables to use while they work on your car, and I decided to check my Spark teams. Isn't technology wonderful? My wife called me to ask if I could stop on the way back to pick up ... Read more

  • Lost Blog: Weight Loss Gimmicks

    11/7/2014 11:26:13 AM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Introduction During the five years that I have been on SparkPeople, I have composed several blogs, that for one reason or another, I never posted. I have decided to post a few of the "Lost Blogs". Lost Blog: February 9, 2010 - Weight Loss Gimmicks It is always nice when someone ... Read more

  • I must be the only person who does not own or want to wear jeans

    11/7/2014 5:23:39 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    It’s not because I’m old. I haven’t owned a pair since 1975. That’s when the 60s officially ended for me. At that point I was a mother of 3. So many articles and blogs talk about getting back into those “skinny” jeans. I don’t covet any jeans, skinny, fat or in between. I think I wore them... Read more

  • Yes they are family...

    11/6/2014 10:17:36 PM, by PLMITCH

    Tomorrow we take our oldest greyhound, Gigi, in for two procedures. One, to remove a growth on one of her ears that blossomed up in the past few weeks. Two, for a much needed dental cleaning. We decided to do both due to the growth, which absolutely needs to be done. The issue is she is 12.5 year... Read more

  • Training for the Half and Half Marathon

    11/6/2014 9:42:51 PM, by PASTAFARIAN

    This weekend, I will do the DC Half and Half Marathon: Run 6.55M, eat a half-smoke with chili and chips, then run the remaining 6.55M. I admit that I have not trained my GI system for this. But I have given it some thought: When I originally registered, there was a veggie option but I figured I... Read more

  • Goings On

    11/6/2014 2:59:26 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Great time at the SparkPeople dinner last eve! I feel very, very lucky to have such a great group of people I get to see monthly or more!! Great time at Senior Dance this morning, too. The time just flew by. The countdow... Read more

  • Tis what I get for sneeking a peek

    11/6/2014 12:15:42 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    It's a good thing I don't let the scale ruin a day. I figured with the consistent running I've done this week it'd be pretty. Not. I looked at the number (yes, above 169) and said "liar" and got off. and you know what? I'm going for a run. Read more

  • Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 8

    11/5/2014 9:14:54 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 8 Week 9 Action Plan Results: Completed pretty much all except adding back stretching & finding a non-food way to stave off cravings (I have been using tea, especially in the evenings). Week 8 Action Plan: General: Post CICO blog this week for the secon... Read more

  • October Progress & November Goals

    11/5/2014 9:06:23 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    For my A&I November BSG Challenge, Week 1 October progress: After many months of free-fall, I got back to tracking what I eat and added exercise to my minimal (for me) activity. I came up with a plan for myself for the final 9 weeks of 2014. You can see that in my previous blogs, one that ass... Read more

  • Countdown to 2015 Week 8 CICO

    11/5/2014 4:01:35 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    CICO Week 8 Losing this week means a lower BMR, but I'd rather make that adjustment than not lose. Wednesday 5 November: Calories Eaten: 1599 BMR: 1415 Exercise: 780 Differential: -596 Thursday 6 November: Calories Eaten: 1428 BMR: 1415 Exercise: 77 Differential: -6... Read more

  • Busy Good Day

    11/5/2014 10:45:59 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I got up early to nice cool weather and ran without a watch, but I went around 3 miles in my neighborhood. The dog joined me for warm up and about a mile run. I'm thinking in December just to have something fun and different I may do the Jingle Bell One Mile Dog Walk. A lot of the people run even wh... Read more

  • Quick Reality Check!

    11/4/2014 11:19:31 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I started my day way too early again ... but on my way to work today I was listening to the radio and I paid attention to the weather forecast. That is when I made the decision of going for a run outside and to do it before the rain (announced for lunch time) so that would not become an excuse. ... Read more

  • My first swim lesson

    11/4/2014 9:13:35 PM, by BA5454

    Actually it was just this side of awesome! It would have been even more awesome if I could remember to inhale and exhale during the stroke, LOL. So yeah, me and 2 other ladies and a young man about 15 years old who already swi... Read more

  • Refrigerator Magnet

    11/4/2014 7:36:19 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Here is a homemade sign with magnet I've had on my refrigerator for a year now. Some signs I get used to and don't even notice any more, but this one has remained at the top of my mind. A snack is something that you eat at othe... Read more

  • New York City Marathon 2014

    11/4/2014 4:40:20 PM, by IFDEEVARUNS2

    I arrived at my destination with no mishaps this year, unlike last year’s Wineglass Marathon travel fiasco. My first afternoon and evening were spent with friends, and the next morning I headed for the Expo. I expected it to be bigger than it was – other than the Asics market, there wasn’t much el... Read more

  • 4 Billion Spark Points? I’m watching a milestone achievement right now in real time.

    11/4/2014 12:08:57 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    I’m referring to the counter on the Spark Points page. It’s like watching my car’s odometer as it approaches 200,000 miles. I like seeing my own spark points add up. I like observing how many cumulative points my teams are earning. But this? I’ve seen that counter in constant m... Read more

  • Wonderful trip to Jamaica!

    11/4/2014 8:53:57 AM, by PLMITCH

    The sign of a good vacation: it went by quick! And by our standards, this was a short one -- just 4 days in Jamaica -- we usually try to go for a week, but this was a special trip -- my son and new daughter-in-law were getting married on the sunny beaches of Sandals Whitehouse! This was our first... Read more

  • Countdown, Distance Report and Goals

    11/3/2014 10:54:00 PM, by JULIA_RUN2SMILE

    I am a runner who has not ran much in the last few months... and I miss it. I was so discouraged that I even stop recording my distance tracking in my log book. But Now it is time to start again. Summer is definitely gone... The early sunrise at the lake is now very different... Read more

  • I'm The Hero Today!

    11/3/2014 2:39:10 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Today I asked Gwen (4 year old granddaughter) to sing me a song and she started, "Zippidy do Dah, Bluebird on my shoulder, and on my head, flies off with me, flies and flies, I'm scared but Old Mom saves me." I just love getting to be the hero! I feel better about my eating this week than last ... Read more

  • My New Running Buddy

    11/3/2014 12:34:00 PM, by KANSASROSE67

    As many of you know, Fritz the German Shepherd was my running buddy. He loved to go with me and was such a great companion as I traveled the country roads around our area. Rick always felt safer knowing he was with me, just in case I came across some kind of predator! When Fritz died this summer ... Read more

  • Two items of utmost importance!!!

    11/3/2014 11:00:56 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    !) I finally made it to week 2 of my C25K running and Spark running plan. I know. whoa! I had made it to week 4 before (a long long long time ago) and for the life of me couldn't get up a hill, then I slacked off for um....3 or 5 years. Because my running was so "inconsistent" ((wor... Read more

  • Live in the present and reach your goals

    11/3/2014 9:28:08 AM, by OLDEROWL

    This is meant to be merely an introduction to my The Holistic, Naturopathic Alternative Group which is meant to enable us to gain the knowledge and motivation to treat food, exercise and thought like medicines so we allow our bodies digestion and immune systems and stress response to prevent and rem... Read more

  • Goals for 2015 Countdown Week 9

    11/2/2014 6:03:48 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    Week 9 Action Plan General: Post CICO blog this week for the first week of the countdown. A. Nutrition: 1. Get back into my calorie range, tracking everything I eat. 2. Idenitfy at least one non-food way to stave off cravings. B. Fitness: 1. Run 3x this week, total at leas... Read more

  • Countdown to 2015 Week 9 CICO

    11/2/2014 5:46:42 PM, by SIOBHANKNITS

    CICO Week 9 Wednesday 29 October: Calories Eaten: 2040 BMR: 1428 Exercise: 619 Differential: -7 Thursday 30 October: Calories Eaten: 1768 BMR: 1428 Exercise: 0 Differential: +340 Friday 31 October: Calories Eaten: 1766 BMR: 1428 Exercise: 787 Differenti... Read more

  • That morning when...

    11/2/2014 5:07:46 PM, by BA5454

    ...I find a whole new streak of grey because I decided to part my hair a different way. Then hubs says: "Oh, I knew about that a long time ago, but I didn't think you wanted to know. There's another in the back. *silence* But they look really good." Read more

  • How to find your passion and follow it

    11/2/2014 3:35:11 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I am a bit disappointed with my self because I haven't actually started an anti-inflammation diet although I read enough material on the subject, tried a couple of meals and started a team devoted to it. You see I don't do the cooking in my house, and I'm having difficulty even discussing the topi... Read more

  • In HONOUR of every 26.2er out there!

    11/2/2014 8:49:59 AM, by HILLRUNNER

    YESS this one is for YOU! For US and for every soon to be, I wanna be, some day I will be marathoner!!! Why today??? Well as I watch the NYC Marathon from across the pond...I am drawing on my personal memories and experiences from... Read more

  • free 21 day law of attraction meditation series starts 11/3

    11/2/2014 7:06:18 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Oprah Winfrey and her meditation expert, Deepak Chopra, every so often give us free 21 Day meditation sessions to enjoy. Sorry for the late notice but I just notice that this session focuses on using the power of positivity to attract improvements, even more wealth, into your life. To register go... Read more

  • Two Elsas and Running

    11/1/2014 5:07:14 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    We had a great time with our DGDs yesterday trick-or-treating through our neighborhood. They both wanted to be Elsa from Frozen, so we had 2 Elsas: Here's Old... Read more

  • I have seven minutes

    11/1/2014 11:58:16 AM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Seven minutes til I grab my shoes and off to work. a quickie. um. **stares at blank page in desperation** I ran yesterday. today I got up, put on my sweats, pulled my hair in a ponytail, and grabbed my phone. to see I had to get ready for work. so tonight it wi... Read more

  • There is No "NO" in my KNOWvember!!

    11/1/2014 10:50:55 AM, by HILLRUNNER

    That's right, this is the month of KNOW! The month of and the month of This is the month that I take a new step, in a different direction, and the month my targets move closer.... Read more

  • White blazes in eastern Tennessee/Virginia

    10/31/2014 8:57:11 PM, by BA5454

    Got back today from some hiking in eastern Tennessee and parts of Virginia. I think these 2 states must have the corner on fall gorgeousness. Leaves of every color on the hills and in the valleys--truly spectacular. This was my first time on the Appalachian Trail, but I hope it won't be my last. The... Read more

  • Hero HM Oct 19

    10/31/2014 12:48:22 PM, by MBTEPP

    No cape or super heroes for me, although there were many runners adding to the fun. My heroes are the ones who serve our country. I was dressed in fatigues! Thank you, Amanda in the National Guard; Derek, in the Air Force; Chri... Read more

  • HM Plans A Go

    10/31/2014 11:41:51 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Hooray! I get to run both the Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon on November 8th and the Orlando Utilities Commission Half Marathon on December 6th. No medical procedures are scheduled to interfere. I saw the neurologist today. I've got to have a couple more tests, but he's planning on gathering... Read more

  • Halloween at work

    10/31/2014 9:16:57 AM, by PMRUNNER

    I was psyched to see the teaching schedule, because I get to teach on Halloween. We have a fun program, it isn't unusual to see folks dressed up for class (usually related to the lesson) or on Halloween. Last year, I was dressed in scrubs as a nurse. One of my students suddenly said, in the midd... Read more

  • Remember the movie “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers?”

    10/31/2014 7:27:11 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    This is one scary vegetable to appear on Halloween. It triggered a memory of the “pod people” from the 1950s version of the movie that freaked me out as a kid. DH picked the last of our squash and found this thing. He do... Read more

  • Samhain Song

    10/31/2014 3:18:53 AM, by ARTISTSBRUSH

    Happy Halloween everyone! (Happy New Year!) Beware the black horse that goes riding on Samhain When the old year is dying, the new yet unborn, for this is the time that the veil grows the thinnest Between the world we know and places untold. The pookas will trick you, raise havoc wi... Read more

  • STOP WAITING!

    10/30/2014 7:50:05 PM, by HILLRUNNER

    TODAY is the only day I have. It's not about thinking I have all the time in the world. I don't! ALL I have is right now, this moment! Whatever I choose to do with it is up to me! It is unfolding and am I paying attention???!!! OR ... Read more

  • The Jeans discussion at the Marine Corps Marathon

    10/30/2014 2:44:33 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    What is it with us women and jeans? Remember "nothing gets between me and my Calvins"? Well , I have saved a pair of size 8 Calvins from when I was in my late 20's. This was not my smallest size ever, but I really loved those jeans. When I went to DC to see my daughter and her friend run the MCM, th... Read more