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  • Day 50 With a Loss!

    8/1/2015 8:37:00 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    Since last Sunday, so today will be one full week, I have gone gluten, and mostly (added) sugar free. The scale rewarded me with a nearly 5 pound loss since my last weight in! I also logged into SparkPeople for 50 days in a row today - I think that has got to be my longest streak at doing anything... Read more

  • Weekends with Bigmamat (#3)

    7/31/2015 5:24:51 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    Hey Sparkfriends! 213 Excited to do the weekend blog. Good bye July! 253 524 August! July has been my friend. A fresh start, a new perspective, a new Motto, a new beginning. Started at 243# 40 LOST 11# 521 Current weight 232# 192 GAINED endurance and p... Read more

  • Bonus Quote - Watch...

    7/31/2015 11:42:25 AM, by ICE9CA

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  • Inspirational Quote - 7/31/15

    7/31/2015 11:40:11 AM, by ICE9CA

    Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway. - Eleanor Roosevelt ... Read more

  • Aug is here

    7/31/2015 9:51:22 AM, by APLOUIS

    Let's make it a great month!... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/30/15

    7/30/2015 11:48:37 AM, by ICE9CA

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe. - Anatole France ... Read more

  • Added a workout center

    7/29/2015 10:54:44 PM, by 1234MOM

    My Healthways fitness program allows us to go to any number of workout centers that participate with it. We have signed upnwith the local YMCAs so we can join my sons famiky for swims. The Y also gave us 9 appointments with fitness trainers and I'll be taking advantage of that. Getting my granddaug... Read more

  • One Bad Meal is Not Gonna Slow Me Down

    7/29/2015 7:39:56 PM, by K3NDRAR

    Today I went to a baseball game with a friend and had a fabulous time. She's someone I haven't seen in a long time and it was great to catch up. After the game, we went out to dinner at Perkin's and, honestly, I didn't even try to choose a healthy option. I went all forward with a large, greasy... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/29/15

    7/29/2015 11:06:24 AM, by ICE9CA

    Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation. - Henry Ward Beecher ... Read more

  • Stretching never felt so good

    7/29/2015 7:07:51 AM, by STEFFYBABYSTAR

    I will keep this short and sweet. I hope this can be encouraging to somebody else out there! About a month ago, I started stretching 2 times a day. It takes 5-10 minutes of my time and let me tell you, it is well worth it. I feel far more limber and way less stiff! I didn't think I would feel such... Read more

  • Lost

    7/29/2015 6:26:39 AM, by BILL60

    While doing RAGBRAI, I was hearing this god-awful sound coming from my bike when going uphill. It turned out to be bad bearings, according to my mechanic. I turned my bike in for repair yesterday hoping to get it back right away. Unfortunately, no bearings available. They have to be ordered and won... Read more

  • A Great Run and RAGBRAI Photos!

    7/28/2015 9:39:45 PM, by K3NDRAR

    Today was my first day back to normal exercise after the craziness that was biking across Iowa. For me, biking doesn't feel like exercise - it just feels like manual transportation in a fun way. So when I got back on the treadmill this evening, it felt like I took a week off entirely (crazy, huh?). ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/28/15

    7/28/2015 11:05:59 AM, by ICE9CA

    Life is either a daring adventure of nothing. - Helen Keller ... Read more


    7/28/2015 9:31:46 AM, by BIGMAMAT

    I am feeling thankful for this site this morning and all the fabulous sparkpeople I have met along the way. I am treating everyday as a new start, making positive choices and it's showing. 10 pounds down! Woohooooo!!!!! 104 I realized after reading other people's blog and evaluating my yo... Read more

  • Tomorrows a new day.

    7/27/2015 11:13:52 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    Tomorrow is a new day. Thank goodness. after working the last two days, I decided that this morning I would allow myself a doughnut on the way home. Just one. 473 Why? After two very long night-shifts I felt like i could splurge a little. Why does one splurge lead to another? Weakness.... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/27/15

    7/27/2015 11:33:58 AM, by ICE9CA

    Every artist was first an amateur. - Ralph Waldo Emerson ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/25/15

    7/27/2015 11:29:15 AM, by ICE9CA

    It's kind of fun to do the impossible. - Walt Disney ... Read more

  • A Week of Biking and Pie

    7/27/2015 9:04:03 AM, by K3NDRAR

    RAGBRAI was amazing. For those who don't know, it's an annual week-long bike ride across Iowa that attracts more than 20,000 people. Its It's basically a huge bike party. It was a great week and an awesome ride but I am exhausted. And according to the scale this morning, I lost half a pound which i... Read more

  • Time To Up The Ante

    7/27/2015 8:28:03 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    I just logged into Sparkpeople for the 45th day in a row. Woo! Hoo! I guess that I've definitely established a pattern here. I have read and commented on blogs, drawn inspiration and motivation from my Spark Team members, and even added a few new friends! After Sparking these 2-1/2 months, I fou... Read more


    7/26/2015 7:52:09 PM, by BILL60

    This was my 4th time doing this incredible ride. I arrived at the Iowa town of Davenport on Thursday and took a shuttle bus across Iowa to the start town of Sioux City. Upon arriving, we put up out tents and met up with old friends. Tat night there came a tornado warning and many who were tenting ra... Read more

  • Summer 5% Challenge Weigh In Pic Week 4

    7/25/2015 12:13:51 PM, by GOODGETNBETR

    Happy Saturday! Not sure how I got here (ok, I have a clue) but all I can say is our bodies are amazing. Weighed in on Wednesday and was up and even though I figured it was water and what I ate Monday and esp. Tuesday I just started reapplying eating less with IF and stepping up the exercise a ... Read more

  • I'm Gonna Hold My Head Up!

    7/25/2015 11:48:18 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    It's been a while since I've posted about my progress, primarily because I haven't been making much. In fact, I have been going the wrong direction since I'm up 4-1/2 pounds since we started the 5% Challenge. I am so unhappy about this, and need to dig out now before it gets worse! Last weeke... Read more

  • "The Artist's Way" is gonna kill me--no me online for a week...

    7/25/2015 1:01:31 AM, by MAD_WRITER_TAL

    well, at least I can still write, but I'm used to referring back to other stuff I've done or put down as ideas. I guess that's part of the no list, too. still, means no books (oh, the humanity!), internet (need a break anyway), facebook, or other reading (short of road signs and other safe stuf... Read more

  • Huntsville trip.

    7/24/2015 11:40:35 PM, by BEVPRESLEY

    School will be starting back Aug 6th, so we took the grands on one more adventure. Tuesday we went to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens, a wonderful place for adults and children. This summer's theme is LEGO, perfect for the guys. There were LEGO statues scattered throughout the gardens and it was... Read more

  • Weekends with Bigmamat (#2)

    7/24/2015 11:23:34 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    I am blogging a few days early. (No it's not Sunday yet. LOL) 211 I lost one more pound this week for a total of 8 pounds which was my first goal! Yay!! 334 I have exercised like a mad woman 198 , but unfortunately I have also eaten like one. Not really, but I did go over my calories a... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/24/15

    7/24/2015 10:34:23 AM, by ICE9CA

    Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed up in overalls and look like work. - Thomas Edison ... Read more

  • Big things happened this week.

    7/24/2015 10:22:50 AM, by SAABSTORY

    Well what a difference a week can make in your life. Well actually a few days, I am just now getting a chance to put it on paper. First my son graduating basic training and then on Saturday, I didn’t find out till Tuesday, my oldest daughter got engaged. So two pretty big events happening... Read more

  • I be crushin' it!

    7/24/2015 9:38:10 AM, by IGNATZ50

    11.13 miles on my bike yesterday evening. 40 laps in 70 minutes in the pool this morning! I know that's not particularly fast, but it's under 2 minutes per lap, which is a vast improvement from where I started. AND I lost another pound!! I be crushin' it!!!... Read more

  • Tick Tick.....and other smartphone apps.

    7/24/2015 8:15:19 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I've been a list maker ever since my college days in the early 1970's when I had to resort to carrying around a little assignment book to list my homework assignments so I wouldn't forget to to them. I've used all kinds of systems to kept track of my "ToDo Lists" at work over the years. I carr... Read more

  • The weather is spectacular!

    7/23/2015 9:42:26 PM, by IGNATZ50

    11.13 miles on the bike today!... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/23/15

    7/23/2015 11:22:32 AM, by ICE9CA

    Never giving up and pushing forward will unlock all of the potential we are capable of. - Christy Borgeld ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/22/15

    7/22/2015 5:27:55 PM, by ICE9CA

    It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, bu the one most responsive to change. - Charles Darwin ... Read more

  • Time I am A-wasting

    7/22/2015 11:52:40 AM, by LOS1NG1T4ME

    I am a habitual time waster. I love playing games online to keep my mind sharp and I love reading for the same reason. I have learned to incorporate my game playing into my workout decision making bc that is another area I struggle with. Which exercises should I be doing? Every exercise ha... Read more

  • Well, THAT escalated quickly

    7/21/2015 8:28:02 PM, by IGNATZ50

    Just yesterday I posted my goals for this year: SWIM: 5 laps (250 yds) in 9 minutes or less BIKE: 7 mi, non-stop, with at least 1 hill, in 38 minutes or less WALK/RUN: 2 mi, non-stop, in 37 minutes or less Yesterday I swam 6 laps, non-stop (if you don't include count-of-3 pauses) i... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/21/15

    7/21/2015 11:16:45 AM, by ICE9CA

    Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise - then you will discover the fulness of your life. - David Steindl-Rast ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/20/15

    7/21/2015 11:12:55 AM, by ICE9CA

    It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. - J.K. Rowling ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/18/15

    7/21/2015 11:10:12 AM, by ICE9CA

    Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. - Mother Teresa ... Read more

  • Going in the right direction!

    7/21/2015 11:05:54 AM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    Finally I seem to be loosing weight again ... knock on wood. I might have been eating too few calories, I was eating 1200 cal a day and stopped loosing weight so I went up to 1330-1400 and have lost a little this week. I guess with the small amount of baby feeding I do (basically just three sessions... Read more

  • Fantastic Day!

    7/20/2015 10:02:59 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    Up early today. Middle child had to be at band camp at 630 this morning and its about 1 hr and 20 minutes away. THAT'S REALLY EARLY!!! 102 I really enjoyed the ride there talking to him, (really the only way to get quality time with a teen is trapped in the car, lol) Then I went to my mom and d... Read more

  • I met my hero last Wednesday and Thursday

    7/20/2015 12:40:21 PM, by SAABSTORY

    I met my hero last week. It wasn’t the first time we had met. As a matter of fact I have known him all his life. I was there the day he was born. He is my son. And he is now a soldier in the Ohio National Guard. And he graduated Basic Combat Training on Thursday of last week. When he le... Read more

  • When in doubt, swim.

    7/20/2015 12:08:49 PM, by IGNATZ50

    The weather has turned beastly hot and humid. My motivation for outside exercise drops right out the window when the weather is like this. I wanted to go for a bike ride Sunday morning, but it had rained so hard and so long Saturday evening that my bike seat was still sopping wet. So this morni... Read more

  • Time to Start Over

    7/20/2015 12:23:49 AM, by DAVEINSEOUL

    Having just returned from the United States, I got a scare that made me realize just how much I have let my Spark lifestyle 'slip'. I was so sick while I was in Colorado, I ended up in the Emergency Room (because I was not able to 'keep anything down' for two days). The hospital staff gave me ... Read more

  • Huge Victory

    7/19/2015 11:43:02 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    I did the Race the River Sprint tri in Coeur d'Alene today. In sharp contrast to my last race, this one was AWESOME. I'm tired, so I'm just going to copy & paste the email I sent my coach : The water was a little choppy. Not bad, but I've never encountered chop before. My pre-race splashing ar... Read more

  • Summer 5% Challenge Weigh In Pic Week 3

    7/19/2015 12:45:47 PM, by GOODGETNBETR

    Hi all. Been keeping up with the IF most days of the week but now I'm trying to incorporate more weight bearing exercises. GF recently gave me some workout DVDs (hint, hint:) so I'm going to start incorporating those. Still working on the food but I feel it has gotten better. Now just need... Read more

  • Weekends with Bigmamat(#1)

    7/19/2015 9:42:45 AM, by BIGMAMAT

    Good morning Sparkfriends! I have decided that I will make a weekly blog on the weekends so I can share(and track) my progress and so you can share yours! I am, once again, happy and excited to be on this weightloss journey. My goal is to lose 8 pounds a month, which is 2 pounds a week. I ... Read more

  • Heading to Chicago this Week

    7/19/2015 12:39:25 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Besides serving as the Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Glory of Christ Fellowship in Elk River, Minnesota, I'm also a doctoral student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL on the north side of Chicago). The particular degree I'm earning requires me to take three classes pe... Read more

  • 7.17.2015 It's good to be back home again

    7/17/2015 4:31:42 PM, by IRONBESS

    I returned home a week ago. It feels so good to be here. Power was restored Thursday before, landline phone on Saturday, and temporary cable splice done yesterday for internet (until burnt utility poles can be replaced). Between here and the three miles to town is a patchwork of greenwood, scorched ... Read more

  • 22 Mile Cadence Ride Today

    7/17/2015 3:23:31 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    As I shared a while back, I've changed my training plan for the year and it's going well. Today I did a 22-mile bike ride focusing on cadence. The workout is straight-forward but, for me, quite a bit of fun. I warm up for 5-10 minutes and then pick up my cadence to 90-95 for one minute followed by o... Read more

  • Bonus Quote - Before...

    7/17/2015 11:09:50 AM, by ICE9CA

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  • Inspirational Quote - 7/17/15

    7/17/2015 11:07:46 AM, by ICE9CA

    We do not remember days, we remember moments. - Cesare Pavese ... Read more

  • Down 2 pounds, See you in a week

    7/17/2015 9:48:22 AM, by K3NDRAR

    The scale this morning said 192, which is great. But for some reason I just wasn't as excited about the loss as I was in previous weeks. Maybe it's because I'm greatly anticipating the moment I'm out of the 190s (something I haven't been since probably early high school). The other reason, I think... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/16/15

    7/16/2015 12:07:47 PM, by ICE9CA

    It is not until you become a mother that your judgement slowly turns to compassion and understanding. - Emma Bombeck ... Read more

  • On The Right Path...Maybe

    7/16/2015 8:57:33 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    When I logged in this morning, I was a little surprised to see that I have a 34 day login streak going on! Pretty impressive from one who is very inconsistent! I am pleased that I have been coming to SP every day, and keeping my health and well-being at the forefront. But, and there's always a bu... Read more

  • Just an Update

    7/16/2015 7:16:36 AM, by BILL60

    In my last blog I described my very first experience with dog agility competition. My puppy ended up kicking butt and placing first. Two weeks later we competed again and this time took 2 first places. Boy am I proud of my "Blue". Now, we must take a break as I head to Iowa for my annual 7-day bike ... Read more

  • Water World

    7/15/2015 11:54:44 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    An interesting mathematical fact for exercising in the Summer in Georgia. Let X be the amount of water you have estimated that you will need. 2X + 3 = Still not enough. ... Read more

  • Good Weeks and Hair Cuts

    7/15/2015 10:02:10 PM, by K3NDRAR

    This week has been fabulous! I've been good about working out, I've been eating within my calorie range (although not as many fruits and vegetables as I'd like) and on a whim last night I decided to cut my hair! I leave on Saturday for RAGBRAI, an annual week-long bicycle ride across Iow... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/15/15

    7/15/2015 5:45:41 PM, by ICE9CA

    One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it. - Sidney Howard ... Read more

  • nothing says intimidating like daisy bike socks

    7/15/2015 4:25:58 PM, by APONI_KB

    Come on no way I could resist that. So I wanted to wash my new socks so I could wear them, but the laundry detergent bottle was empty. Not the huge one from Costco that weighs a ton just the one that lives under the washing machine. I started refilling it but lost interest so I mostly pre... Read more

  • My black Stanyon

    7/15/2015 12:26:48 PM, by BEVPRESLEY

    For the first time in a year I am back on my beautiful black Stanyon and riding the roads that a year ago I couldn't do 3 miles on. The end of the month I will see my cardiologist and pulmonologist and hopefully be released. It has been a long road getting back on the bike, and DH has done a... Read more

  • Success is so much more than a number on a scale

    7/14/2015 8:02:21 PM, by BIGMAMAT

    A number is only a number. That's right. I said it. There are so many things I love about this site. 252 I love it that people from all walks of life can come together with the same goal " to be healthy". Yes, weight loss may be important, but when I read the success stories, that's not the ... Read more

  • The Dress and the Donation Pile

    7/14/2015 1:37:31 PM, by NJOYNOW

    Last night I got together with two grade school pals - women that I've known for a long time, yet don't see very often. Like years in between visits. We have instant click, and it's always fun to catch up. At the end of the evening, the smartphones came out and pics were snapped as the three of us s... Read more

  • Bonus Quote - Happiest People...

    7/14/2015 11:58:44 AM, by ICE9CA

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  • metamorphosis

    7/14/2015 11:47:34 AM, by APONI_KB

    The cicadas are emerging. I was always a little fascinated by these as a kid. If you think about it, the whole process is really strange. It makes me wonder if when it's in its larva stage the cicada had any idea what was happening to it when it started to change. You're going along one... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/14/15

    7/14/2015 10:44:08 AM, by ICE9CA

    Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. - Ralph Waldo Emerson ... Read more

  • Forward Ho!

    7/14/2015 10:12:02 AM, by DDOORN

    You folks are just wonderful! REALLY appreciate all the support from each of you! So here's the update, re: atrial fibrillation: My e-mail to the NP: Hello Jenn, I'm back from my vacation during which I did some bike riding, walking and other activity, nothing too strenuous, but ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/13/15

    7/13/2015 12:20:04 PM, by ICE9CA

    Love is the flower you've got to let it grow. - John Lennon ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/11/15

    7/13/2015 12:17:47 PM, by ICE9CA

    The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. - William James ... Read more

  • Lake of Childhood Dreams

    7/13/2015 10:08:15 AM, by DDOORN

    What a wonderful vacation I've had! Reconnecting with family (our annual reunion is always around July 4th), beachcombing along the shore of Lake Michigan, riding my bike around, often with the company of my nephew from Portland who doesn't own a car and is (like so many in Portland) all about the b... Read more

  • Gulf Shores State Park, July 2015

    7/12/2015 11:07:30 PM, by BEVPRESLEY

    Last week we took the grands camping at Gulf Shores State Park. We went to the pool and beach twice a day, and the youngest went for bike rides on the trail. There were a lot of people camping, but the pool was rarely crowded. The beach was great, and also not very cro... Read more

  • A picture is worth a thousand words - First Spartan Sprint

    7/12/2015 10:00:26 PM, by KA_JUN

    Wow, have I been remiss. Almost two years since I've blogged. In that time, I've attempted to just keep on truckin', achieved some progress, had some setbacks. I'm assuming pretty much like the rest of you. Still on the journey to grow and become a better me. Sometimes, during the journey y... Read more


    7/12/2015 12:34:12 AM, by BIGMAMAT

    Came back from vacation refreshed and renewed. After my birthday I decided its time to press the restart button. Here we go . Hold on tight! Personally I find a direct correlation with my weight and confidence and happiness. I have always felt that people treat me different when I'm heavier. TRUTH... Read more

  • Summer 5% Challenge Weigh In Pics Week 1 & 2

    7/11/2015 11:50:41 PM, by GOODGETNBETR

    Week 1 - Decided to get back to intermittent fasting and once again it works. Week 2 - The 4th and several days after I went back to mostly old patterns of eating: too much and too often. Got back to watching cals and IF on Wednesday and it helped turns things back in the right directi... Read more

  • Horray for the App Update

    7/11/2015 2:19:19 PM, by K3NDRAR

    FINALLY, I can blog from my phone on the SP app. It's a feature I've been hoping they would add for a while now and I'm so happy they did. Yesterday was very full. I started work at 7am, got off at about 4:30pm and then hung out at a coffee shop until 7pm. In the evening, I went to church. It's ... Read more

  • ADHD gets an MRI (oh its funny now)

    7/11/2015 9:17:44 AM, by APONI_KB

    As a part of the fun times it was to get my diagnosis I had to get an MRI guided biopsy. Oh why not because nothing beats an MRI and who wouldn't love a biopsy so why not combine the two into one delicious day. To help get me through this I was given an anti-anxiety drug. See the tough thing ab... Read more

  • test balloon

    7/10/2015 6:31:27 PM, by APONI_KB

    seeing if this is going to work (really I work in IT and computers vex me)... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/10/15

    7/10/2015 1:37:37 PM, by ICE9CA

    It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. - Robert H. Goddard ... Read more

  • I broke and I broke hard.

    7/10/2015 11:28:12 AM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    After not loosing anything in I don't know how long ... seems like weeks, but it has probably just been like a week and a half ... I went way over board yesterday. Lets just say it started with peanut butter and ended with grocery store sushi and I won't even mention the stuff in between ... s... Read more

  • I'm Getting Better at Sticking With Things

    7/9/2015 7:11:30 PM, by K3NDRAR

    I'm starting to notice that the older I get and the more life I live through, the better I am at sticking with things. My tendency to hop from one thing to the next has always been my fatal flaw. On one hand, it stems from abundant curiosity, which is definitely a good thing. But on the other,... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/09/15

    7/9/2015 11:51:46 AM, by ICE9CA

    Whatever you are willing to put up with is exactly what you will have. - Anonymous ... Read more

  • who could resist a sunflower

    7/9/2015 11:14:22 AM, by APONI_KB

    There is a community garden nearby. I go by it quit a bit on my dog walking route and decided to swing in today to check it out. The vegetables look fantastic but I was especially drawn to the sunflowers. Bodie was more interested in the squirrels ... Read more

  • Not Giving Up

    7/9/2015 8:36:44 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    Yesterday a thought crossed my mind that maybe I should just quit. Quit the 5% Challenge, quit logging into Spark People every day, and quit telling myself I can lose this weight. But then I decided I didn't want to be a quitter, and I truly want to lose the weight. I think I become unbalanced ... Read more

  • 7.9.2015

    7/9/2015 5:19:08 AM, by IRONBESS

    1:17 a.m. Brain in overdrive tonight. I've been lying awake for 2 hours, thoughts tumbling over each other like unruly children. Might as well let them play outside, then maybe a little welcome rest will follow. Wednesday was day four after the fire started that threatened our home. Last nig... Read more

  • Playing Tourist in Minneapolis

    7/8/2015 8:39:32 PM, by K3NDRAR

    I had the day off today so I decided to play tourist in my city. I'd never been to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts before and since it's a free museum, I figured why not? It didn't open until 10:00am and since I'm trying to wake up at a decent hour every morning (even the ones I don't work),... Read more

  • Ready to begin again. Again.

    7/8/2015 2:10:42 PM, by SAABSTORY

    Ready to start again. And again. And again. I know I am not alone in this. I know probably most of here have been in this position before. And here I am again, ready to start this journey another time. Sadly I can’t recall how many times I have tried to start this. Most likely that is a... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/08/15

    7/8/2015 11:22:48 AM, by ICE9CA

    Life simply is. It follows its course. Give yourself to the moment. Let life reveal itself to you. - Jerry Brown ... Read more

  • The Re-Newed Training Plan

    7/8/2015 10:24:28 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    As I shared yesterday, I've decided to delay my ride to Duluth and back so that I can increase fitness, speed on the bike, and joy in riding. So here's my simple training plan for the next few months: Mondays: OFF Tuesdays: Gym (upper and core) Wednesdays: Cadence workout on the bike T... Read more

  • After the excitement fades...

    7/7/2015 7:21:14 PM, by K3NDRAR

    Going into my 5th week of actively trying to lose weight, I've lost a lot of the motivation and excitement I felt the first few weeks. My progress has been good - I've lost 6lbs in 5 weeks - but this has stopped becoming a shiny new goal and has started to feel a bit daunting. I indulged in lots of ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/07/15

    7/7/2015 1:06:53 PM, by ICE9CA

    Imagine all of the people living life in peace. You may say I am a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. - John Lennon ... Read more

  • Duluth and Back or Bust - Important Update

    7/7/2015 10:33:39 AM, by MNCYCLIST

    Over the last few months I have been working toward the goal of riding my bike from the northwest Twin Cities to Duluth in one day (about 150 miles) and then back in one day after a couple days of rest. But as my training has progressed I've decided to delay the trip - not cancel it but delay it - f... Read more

  • random thoughts re: cancer (probably long)

    7/7/2015 8:46:21 AM, by APONI_KB

    I've never had any health problems and then discovered through a routine mammogram that I have breast cancer. Oh its not that simple though, you don't go from zero to breast cancer, you get put through scans and tests and consultations and more tests and consultations. You go from a bright sunny spr... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/06/15

    7/6/2015 11:12:28 AM, by ICE9CA

    You don't just stumble into the future. You create your future. - Roger Smith ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/04/15

    7/6/2015 11:08:22 AM, by ICE9CA

    If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives. - Vince Lombardi ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/03/15

    7/6/2015 11:05:50 AM, by ICE9CA

    Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. - Berthold Auerbach ... Read more

  • Inspirational Quote - 7/02/15

    7/6/2015 11:03:54 AM, by ICE9CA

    In three words I can sum up everything I have learned about life. It goes on. - Robert Frost ... Read more

  • Out For An Adventure To Prove Something To Myself....

    7/6/2015 10:29:30 AM, by STRONGNFIERCE

    I'm the kind of girl who bites off more than she can chew. I'm the kind of girl who goes big or goes home. I'm the kind of girl who is on the wagon or off the wagon. I'm the kind of girl who when she was off the wagon she was off. I'm the kind of girl who felt like a failure when I was off... Read more

  • Fire evacuation

    7/6/2015 1:50:57 AM, by IRONBESS

    What a day. We'd been gone enjoying a morning out with friends 30 miles north. On our way back as we neared our town, thick clouds of smoke rose from the direction of our neighborhood at the end of the road and bordering national forest. Our beloved mountain is on fire. Evacuation began less t... Read more

  • dipping my toe into spark a little at a time

    7/5/2015 8:46:03 AM, by APONI_KB

    I've been gone from here for quite a while. The quick and dirty on it is that I have breast cancer and that took over my life to the point where I just didn't have any spark to spare. Things are on the upswing now. I'm a couple of weeks out of surgery and while I'm still facing a little over a... Read more

  • Having trouble.

    7/4/2015 8:45:31 PM, by MULTIPLEHIGH5S

    I am hungry today and the scale is not doing what I want it to do. I have a burning need in the pit of my stomach telling me to eat. But I just ate a huge dinner then had a snack and I also feel full ... my TOM must be approaching. So here is my reminder of my July goals: 1 - Eat wi... Read more

  • Of Course I Know

    7/4/2015 10:31:23 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    The results of my first week of the 5% Challenge were utterly dismal - up 3 pounds. I knew I'd be up, I've been eating terribly, and I haven't even attempted to rein in. Well, I certainly can't afford to continue on this trajectory, how embarrassing it would be to be up 24 pounds at the end of the... Read more

  • A Very Happy Fourth of July!

    7/4/2015 10:10:16 AM, by K3NDRAR

    Happy 4th, everyone! I'm doing alright. At the end of this week, I started to get lazy. I didn't feel like making food so I ended up eating a lot of Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches. Not the best choice but it could have been worse, I guess. I was staying in my calorie range until yeste... Read more