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  • Thoughts of today - alternatives to gels.

    5/23/2015 10:35:54 PM, by ACTIVE_AT_60

    Runners and cyclists are often using gels for carbohydrates during a race. If you are one of them, do you know there are alternatives. One is to add Maltodextrin to your water bottle(s) - 4cal per gram. It is tasteless so you may want to use one of the effervescent electrolyte tabs for a little... Read more

  • New baby ducks!

    5/23/2015 3:04:32 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    For most of this spring, hubby and I have been watching a mommy duck lay eggs in various spots around our back yard and our neighbor's back yard. Most of the eggs were taken by crows or other wildlife, but she managed to lay seven eggs in our neighbor's flowerpot and keep other wildlife from gettin... Read more

  • Lovely Bunch of Coconuts

    5/22/2015 5:30:43 PM, by DONNA_W

    So today was the day I decided to remove the fallen coconuts from underneath my two coconut trees. Mind you I did not pick the best time of year as it is quite hot in Delray Beach FL right now, but this was a cooler day being around 80-85 while I was gardening. So I filled 8 wheel barrels full of ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/22/15

    5/22/2015 11:49:57 AM, by ICE9CA

    I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. - Lao Tzu ... Read more

  • First Hike of the Season

    5/22/2015 12:32:54 AM, by JULIEJULIE3

    Today I decided to hike Latourell Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. I've done this hike a bunch of times, but this one was different. I had surgery in March and was restricted to minimal exercise until recently. Consequently, this was pretty much the most difficult hike of my entire life. I didn't ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/21/15

    5/21/2015 2:45:45 PM, by ICE9CA

    A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. - Charles Gordy. ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/20/15

    5/21/2015 2:43:53 PM, by ICE9CA

    He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life. - Ralph Waldo Emerson ... Read more

  • Riding in the rain

    5/21/2015 1:47:36 PM, by ELLEMARI

    I woke up this morning and it was raining. I almost didn't go to work I recall not liking riding in the rain I laid in bed for an hour contemplating missing work When I looked at the weather I saw that it was going to rain until Friday. I couldn't miss work for a whole week because of rain... Read more

  • I completed Day 10 of 28 Day Bootcamp DVD today

    5/21/2015 10:49:25 AM, by CHRISTINAUK

    Things are going very well. My exercise routine has improved a lot and I'm eating much better. As a result of both these things my sleep has been a lot better too and I noticed today that I actually feel energised! 334 I've also started doing some short meditations too. 250 My dog... Read more

  • 9.6 mile walk.

    5/21/2015 4:05:49 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    My Fitbit step counter for today showed 22901 steps for a 9.6 mile walk. Busy day!... Read more

  • Well, the paint color was a bust!

    5/20/2015 10:17:29 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    We had our carpet installed yesterday and it turns out that the undertones in the grey carpet are different than in the paint we chose. The grey paint has blue undertones and the carpet has brown undertones. I was afraid of that when hubby started painting. The paint almost looks like a pale blu... Read more

  • Oh, that it comes down to this

    5/19/2015 4:24:20 PM, by FANGFACEKITTY

    I'm making a blog entry for the sole purpose of getting that last 1 spark point to get the next level trophy. I am ashamed of myself 246 But I get the next trophy! Since I'm here already I'll also make a quick update. Or maybe not so quick. Been phoning it in for way too long. Late ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/19/15

    5/19/2015 12:52:36 PM, by ICE9CA

    Well done is better than well said. - Benjamin Franklin ... Read more

  • Carpet being installed last!

    5/19/2015 11:07:36 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I'm happy to report that some carpet we ordered for the basement is finally being installed today. I'm looking forward to the finished product. We have painted the rooms and stairwell where the carpet is going and I think we will have everything back it it's proper place by this evening. I have... Read more

  • Weight Loss Program Week 2 recap!

    5/19/2015 1:20:39 AM, by SYZYGY922

    I lost about two pounds in a week after resuming my old tracking habits. I didn't exercise as much as I had planned, but I am starting over, basically, and it's okay for me to start slow. Two pounds is a LOT for me to lose in a week, and I know I won't stay at that pace very long, if at all. I... Read more

  • Managing Moods & Life / Cycling Update

    5/18/2015 11:55:23 AM, by DDOORN

    WATERMELLEN has written some interesting blogs about mood lately and here was one of my "chime-ins" she suggested I share, of course with a little cycling update afterward... :-) Throughout my years of working with clients I've been pretty underwhelmed by their responses to SSRI's and most of t... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/18/15

    5/18/2015 11:18:50 AM, by ICE9CA

    The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them. - Maya Angelou ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/17/15

    5/18/2015 11:15:35 AM, by ICE9CA

    I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she will make the same effort, and cultivate the same hope and faith. - Mahatma Ghandhi ... Read more

  • 5 pounds...gone!

    5/18/2015 9:17:07 AM, by SHANNYMEDIC

    I look back this morning at the countless times I have used Sparkpeople over the years and my accomplishments and I wonder to myself why I have taken time off just to let myself gain weight back. The last time I said I would never do this again, but here I am. I saw a quote the other day on Pinter... Read more

  • New Week

    5/17/2015 7:20:11 PM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    It is a new week and I am going to keep up with the great momentum, I should be able to hit 175 at some point this week. But I really need to get walking/running more so I can reach my 80 mile goal!... Read more

  • Getting through this thing called life

    5/16/2015 10:39:39 AM, by SHANNYMEDIC

    My husband worked last night. My son stayed over at a friends. It was just me and the dogs. I slept in this morning and didn't have to get up to a buzzing alarm. I've got nothing to do today until I work tonight. The sun is shining. I've got coffee next to me. Life is good. It's these moment... Read more

  • Internet fasting.

    5/15/2015 12:40:00 PM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    Everything is on track for the weekend and I am down 6 lbs in 15 days! One itty bitty problem; I have been on the internet too much lately and my kids need to have some fun. So I am going to take a break from social media and the internet. I can't go cold turkey because I do not want to loose moment... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/15/15

    5/15/2015 12:15:12 PM, by ICE9CA

    When there's that forgiveness present and compassion, it just helps you live so much easier. - Craig T. Nelson ... Read more

  • Going to walk 80 miles in May/June.

    5/14/2015 4:08:08 PM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    Yep so that is my plan, 80 miles sounds far, but it really is not that far. I am already at 16 miles so I think it is very realistic. And if I do even more, that would be great. My not as realistic plan is to to loose 20lbs in the same amount of time. (well really I wanted to loose 20 lbs in 1... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/14/15

    5/14/2015 2:20:33 PM, by ICE9CA

    Opportunities multiply as they are seized. - Sun Tzu ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/13/15

    5/13/2015 2:54:44 PM, by ICE9CA

    I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single work of what I am saying. - Oscar Wilde ... Read more

  • Is sparkpeople dead?

    5/13/2015 11:29:42 AM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    I feel like all of the spark teams are kinda dead, When I started spark, there were way less advertisements, now everything is full of popups and videos that stall my computer. Even when I am trying to track my calories some of the advertisements pop up as I am typing. Makes me want to jump ship and... Read more

  • Night Shifter

    5/13/2015 9:03:23 AM, by SHANNYMEDIC

    I work the night shift. It's crazy because I like the night shift...except that I do find it very hard to lose weight during those nights I work. My sleeping pattern isn't the greatest so when I work several nights in a row I find myself only getting at the most 5 hours per day of sleep. Which in... Read more

  • A Quick Hello

    5/13/2015 8:43:02 AM, by ECKYLS

    So it's been a while since I did a blog, so I thought I'd type up a few thoughts and see what happens! The scale has moved up a few pounds for me. Oh nos! Not the end of the world, but not something anyone likes seeing. Clothes still fit fine. That's my main thing, I don't want to have to wor... Read more

  • I am not sure if I was overreacting or not, but I don't think I was.

    5/12/2015 10:59:37 PM, by SYZYGY922

    Yes, I'm overweight. There are multiple reasons for that. Some of those reasons are physical, and a LOT of those reasons are psychological. I have some deep-rooted self-esteem issues. I don't like myself. I never have. I was seeing a therapist and I stopped seeing her because she was very unhel... Read more

  • Weight loss program Week 1 recap!

    5/12/2015 9:16:35 PM, by SYZYGY922

    I rejoined my gym back in January, and honestly, I haven't been all that consistent. There are several gyms in my neighborhood -- I know of three within about four blocks of where I live -- but they are all very, very expensive. I rejoined my old one. Now, I do live closer to it than I did when I wa... Read more

  • Tuesday May 12

    5/12/2015 8:33:16 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I worked a half day today,was a nice change. Then went to the range,my time,i love it. We watched the storm roll in. I walked after that,made a heathly dinner. The cats and i are relaxing. ... Read more

  • A Challenging Month and a Surprise

    5/12/2015 8:23:55 PM, by BILL60

    May is turning out to be a very difficult month. Between the very bad allergies and the constant rain, it's becoming difficult to put in some miles. Hopes it clears up soon. On another positive note, I found out that I'm officially a great grandfather. My grandson and his lovely bride made it possib... Read more

  • Quick trip to Illinois and Wisconsin

    5/12/2015 5:50:40 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    We decided to take a spur of the moment trip up to Illinois and Wisconsin to visit friends and family this week. One of the nice things about being retired is that we can do things like this on short notice. I'm loving getting to spend time with people that I haven't had a chance to see much of si... Read more

  • I DID IT! Another Rite of Passage ritual

    5/12/2015 1:13:08 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    Lago (Lake) Cuicocha, near Quiroga, Ecuador Shortly before leaving San Francisco for Ecuador last September, dear friend Ricardo Govinda and I, at his suggestion, walked together across the Golden Gate Bridge spanning the San Francisco Bay on one side and the majestic Pacific Ocean on the ot... Read more

  • Bonus Quote - Life Isn't Measured...

    5/12/2015 11:29:13 AM, by ICE9CA

    I've probably posted this before, but today seemed like a day for a good reminder. ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/12/15

    5/12/2015 11:23:20 AM, by ICE9CA

    Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. - Maya Angelou ... Read more

  • I started SparkPeople 28 day Bootcamp today.

    5/12/2015 5:13:06 AM, by CHRISTINAUK

    I received the DVD yesterday and decided I would start the 28 day program today. I thought it would be a good idea to do these exercise sessions first thing in the morning after a cup of coffee and a read of the Spark Coach material. Did the Short Cardio Blast today. Got a bit uncoordinated at ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/11/15

    5/11/2015 6:59:27 PM, by ICE9CA

    Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough: we must do. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/10/15

    5/11/2015 6:57:08 PM, by ICE9CA

    How do we nurture the soul? By revering our own life. By learning to love it all, not only the joys and the victories, but also the pain and the struggles. - Nathaniel Branden ... Read more

  • Reports of My Imminent Departure Were Exaggerated ... by me

    5/10/2015 11:15:14 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    So I'm not giving up on SparkPeople just yet. It occurred to me that I haven't been blogging. My past blogs are great motivational tools (for me - they may be whiny boring blather to everyone else), and I need to get back to regular blogging. Why no blogging? I've been writing weekly emails to ... Read more

  • One thing I am good at

    5/10/2015 7:59:06 AM, by CHRISTINAUK

    Spark coach community task for today is to think about one thing I am good at and to post it on my blog. I am good at studying subjects that I interested in. I am more a theory person than practical. I need to find balance in this area by building streaks of practical application. I am w... Read more

  • Mud on the Mountain 2015 (PHOTOS)

    5/9/2015 9:11:10 PM, by CORTNEY-LEE

    Distance: 8 miles Time: 3 hrs 11 mins Obstacles: 31 total Obstacles Attempted: 31 Obstacles Completed: 30 It was a tough course. I gave it all I had and am very pleased with what I accomplished. The begining ... Read more

  • 63.1 Mile Endurance Ride Today

    5/8/2015 11:01:27 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    It was a bit chilly, 55 degrees and cloudy, but it looked to be a nice day for a 60+ mile bike ride. My friends Craig, Kevin and Jim were set to come over at 9:30 a.m. so that we could hit the road by 10:00 but they arrived a bit early, so we left a bit early! The wind was out of the NW at... Read more

  • Great Day Painting

    5/8/2015 9:53:09 PM, by DONNA_W

    I have been working on finishing touches on a few plein air paintings and one studio painting. It has been so relaxing that I almost forgot to make lunch. Lunch is the main meal my husband and I eat together so it is important to me. So I think I need to go on the painting meal plan, get so... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/08/15

    5/8/2015 11:59:24 AM, by ICE9CA

    There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist , or accept the responsibility for changing them. Denis Waitley ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/07/15

    5/7/2015 6:41:24 PM, by ICE9CA

    Love gives us in a moment what we can hardly attain by effort after years of toil. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/06/15

    5/7/2015 6:34:18 PM, by ICE9CA

    Hitch your wagon to a star. - Ralph Waldo Emerson ... Read more

  • Visiting Universal Orlando I upped my steps

    5/6/2015 7:40:18 PM, by DONNA_W

    It is always great to have a good time and get some health benefit. My hsband and I went up to Orlando this weekend and took in Universal Orlando. We paced ourselves over three days (read went about 4-5 hours per day and then dragged ourselves back for a nap). But while we were there we did 10,0... Read more

  • Listen to yourself

    5/6/2015 9:34:11 AM, by DMARTIN302

    It's been five years since I changed my lifestyle. First I just changed my eating -- the continued weight gain meant I added running. Still gaining weight, I found out I'm hypothyroid (and, due to a hysterectomy, I didn't have enough estrogen). Getting my hormones in shape allowed me to start losin... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/05/15

    5/5/2015 11:10:11 AM, by ICE9CA

    A person's a person, no matter how small. - Dr. Seuss ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/04/15

    5/4/2015 11:58:24 AM, by ICE9CA

    He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery. - Samuel Smiles ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/03/15

    5/4/2015 11:55:35 AM, by ICE9CA

    Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. - Anthony J. D'Angelo ... Read more

  • May the Force Be With You!

    5/4/2015 10:12:21 AM, by CROWDGOESWILD

    Today is May 4th- Star Wars Day ("May the Fourth be with you!"). But what does that mean to me today? I've graduated, I've wrapped up my job, and now it is time to get back to focusing on me. I'm looking for a new job, yes, but I'm also looking for a foundation. I'm reestablishing some healthie... Read more

  • Pepacton Ride

    5/3/2015 10:09:34 PM, by DDOORN

    Just a quickie...late, bed's a-callin'! :-) For a 34 mile ride, we had a rough last half as we crossed over the northern edge of the Pepacton Reservoir with a lot more climbing than we bargained for. After only a little way in to the northern edge our bike club president caught up with me to sa... Read more

  • Down by 5.

    5/3/2015 7:15:57 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    5th month in a row of using the Tony Little Gazelle Elliptical 4 times a week, down by 5 pounds! At least I did no GAIN dress sizes.... Read more

  • Run in the Florida Sun

    5/3/2015 11:42:04 AM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: Trip to Florida I traveled to Florida in on March 16th to attend a professional symposium. I suspect conference organizers schedule winter events just to sucker people from attending that live cold and snowy places. This is a photo of the plane that took my to sunny Florida. T... Read more

  • Coming Around With a Little "Witchcraft"

    5/2/2015 9:59:39 PM, by DDOORN

    Quickie blog today, thanking you all for your support and to let you know today's ride was a good step in the right direction: Perfect weather, great company, some old bike club friends I hadn't seen in a while and a little help from my internal "radio" which dialed up, of all songs, a nice lai... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 5/01/15

    5/1/2015 7:31:37 PM, by ICE9CA

    He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. - Friedrich Nietzsche ... Read more

  • 50 Mile Endurance Ride

    4/30/2015 6:57:11 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    Took another step today toward my goal of "Duluth and Back or Bust!" The week of training has been good, including my rest and eating patterns, so I was more ready for the longer ride today than I was last week. I set a nice, steady pace going out, and came into the 23.5 mile rest stop feeling good... Read more

  • Surviving Transformative Times: Good Enough

    4/30/2015 3:28:38 PM, by DDOORN

    I recently came across a blog that "spoke" to me: The “good enough” workout
    -workout/ The author was referencing the "winter slump" in his physical activity and trying to get back on track with his workouts. He said "Whe... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 4/30/15

    4/30/2015 2:37:08 PM, by ICE9CA

    Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. - Chinese Proverb ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 4/29/15

    4/29/2015 2:41:59 PM, by ICE9CA

    Having a vision for your life allows you to live out of hope, rather than live out of your fears. - Stedman Graham ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 4/28/15

    4/28/2015 12:01:03 PM, by ICE9CA

    I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. - Albert Einstein ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 4/27/15

    4/28/2015 11:58:07 AM, by ICE9CA

    Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. - Ambrose Redmoon ... Read more

  • Basement project (stairs and master bedroom)

    4/28/2015 8:27:32 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    We have been very busy with our basement project for the past couple weeks. It all got started when we ordered new carpet for the stairwell and master bedroom in the basement. We sleep downstairs during the summer months. I also use the big closet and bathroom down there year round for dressing. ... Read more

  • Happy Monday

    4/27/2015 7:42:02 AM, by NATHELESS

    Had a great last week or so in the activity department. Yard work (lots), a bike ride, trampolining, and walking. Since last weekend, only one day under 10k steps. Feeling ready for more for today and the week ahead! Need my optimism today, as it looks like it'll be a rainy one. But, as I ... Read more

  • Very Nice Ride

    4/27/2015 6:46:51 AM, by BILL60

    Well, we did our first century of the year. Almost 4,000 feet of climbing and plenty of wind. But, the body hung tough and I did my fastest 100-miler ever. Seems that I get stronger as the ride gets longer. Many young studs were passed by this beat-up old man and I Loved it. Normally, after finishin... Read more

  • Veggies for breakfast

    4/26/2015 10:27:18 AM, by DONNA_W

    I'll admit was not crazy about this idea, but I decided to give it a try as I was kind of tired of cereal or eggs for breakfast, both of which had their own problems with carbs and cholesterol respectively. So this morning I made a veggie plate with hummus and also had some string cheese. My 4... Read more

  • Hey, remember me?

    4/25/2015 8:33:35 PM, by SYZYGY922

    Embarrassingly enough, it's been over a year since my last blog post, and I'm in the exact same situation. I haven't lost weight -- in fact I've gained even more. I'm basically where I started back in 2008. I have to get back to myself. I felt alive in 2012 and I miss that. I've been struggling... Read more

  • 30 lb lost

    4/25/2015 7:14:43 PM, by DONNA_W

    As I weighed in this morning, I hit a milestone. 30 lb lost since Dec 2014. I was excited as I thought this week I was plateauing. I based the plateau theory on my weight loss charts and although I was trying to deny the slope of the graph, it really did look like it was leveling off. But today ... Read more

  • 30 mins Elliptical and 13895 steps

    4/25/2015 3:59:57 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    30 mins Elliptical and 13895 steps was my workout for last night. On track for the 10 k steps a day workout plan listed on my profile.... Read more

  • Pure Barre

    4/24/2015 2:31:51 PM, by LLLAWSON

    The last two weeks of half marathon training I decided I needed to reward myself and try something new. I've been wanting to try the Pure Barre classes. So Monday morning I went in for my first class. It was much harder than I thought it would be. Those stretches and tucks and hard. But I retur... Read more

  • You can be overweight and fit

    4/24/2015 12:06:51 PM, by IRONBESS

    Sharing AlexsGirl1's encouraging blog:
    ?blog_id=5916190... Read more