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  • Charity Has An Adventure at the U-Pick Farm

    7/29/2014 11:09:37 PM, by CHARITYAK

    Today's Focus was clean eating. I wanted to try some of the Superfoods for Osteoarthritis that I read about in the nutritions articles here at SparkPeople. It was a gorgeous day and I decided to pile in the car and head over to the U-Pick Farm in Butte, Alaska, about 25 minutes from my home. <... Read more

  • Perils

    7/29/2014 8:01:31 PM, by FANGFACEKITTY

    I have a renter in my US house while I am in France. One of the dangers of renting one's house out is that you just don't know who you'll end up with and what they will do to your home. I've been lucky. My first renter took care of the house and everything looked good from the road driving by. ... Read more

  • clean slate

    7/29/2014 12:18:22 PM, by WUTADAY

    It has been quite a while since I have been on here. I was doing really well using another free ap on my phone but have found that it really isn't working for me. What really works for me is this site and app. I am back because since April I have gained 13 lbs and well need to get back to what wo... Read more

  • Back on the Bike!

    7/29/2014 9:33:37 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    I finally got over my mental hurtles and went out for a quick bike ride this morning!! I use to be a huge biker, but when my daughter joined the family - it was harder to get away from the house for extended periods of time. I have set a goal to complete a 100 mile bike ride at the end of Septembe... Read more

  • Here comes the rain again

    7/29/2014 6:35:45 AM, by FANGFACEKITTY

    And just call me "The Rainmaker" We didn't actually "go to court" yesterday morning, it was more negotiation between our lawyers. Somehow the PEH found a decent one this time, instead of the incompetent he had for the divorce. I "won" 2 of the 3 main points, which is really just a r... Read more

  • Gratitudes

    7/29/2014 2:47:05 AM, by CHARITYAK

    I will not be exercising today as it is a recovery day for me. I tend to get a bit panicked on recovery days. It feels like "slacking" and I get concerned that I am losing traction on goal progress. But my trainer reassures me (often) that rest is an essential component of fitness and weight loss. ... Read more

  • Monday's Quote

    7/28/2014 11:33:20 PM, by PMAY0313

    “People are sheep. TV is the shepherd.” ¯ Jess C. Scott ... Read more

  • When Last Place Is OK ... or ... DFL vs DNF

    7/28/2014 7:10:19 PM, by GHK1962

    Sooooo this weekend was wifey's and my wedding anniversary. We've been happily married now for 7 years. Yahhh! We decided to forgo buying each other spendy gifts. We decided to forgo a gluttonous dinner night out. We decided to forgo buying me a new back hoe, equipped with shade cano... Read more

  • Paleo--- or no?

    7/28/2014 2:55:11 PM, by GINGER_BISCUIT

    So for the last month I have been following a semi-strict paleo diet. Outside of eating low fat cottage cheese and some peanut butter here and there, I've done pretty well. I have never experienced withdrawal like I have with bread and cookies. It has been pretty terrible! But I can say that it does... Read more

  • Low-Carb Diet Recommended for Diabetics

    7/28/2014 2:10:44 PM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    "The study, accepted for publication in Nutrition and available on the journal’s website, offers 12 points of evidence showing that low-carbohydrate diets should be the first line of attack for treatment of Type 2 diabetes, and should be used in conjunction with insulin in those with Type 1 diabetes... Read more

  • Our Health Care System – More of a System than Health Care

    7/28/2014 1:49:17 PM, by GLADGAD

    Warning – if you are not currently active in the health care System, you will find this completely boring. However, if you or a loved one is sick, or if you are new to The System, then I hope that my experience and insights below will be helpful: Today is the 3 week anniversary of my broken an... Read more

  • Official Fitness Test

    7/28/2014 8:09:35 AM, by SPEEDYDOG

    Part 1: Football Officials Fitness Test Although I am not sure why, I have been a high school football official for 16 years. For the first 14 of those 16 years, the Colorado Football Official Association ("CFOA") pretty much ignored physical fitness. I suspect that the Colorado High School... Read more

  • Getting Over the First Hurdle!

    7/28/2014 7:17:59 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    Today is day 11 without alcohol. The funny thing is, 11 days is really nothing - a drop in the bucket, but for me - it feels like an eternity! "Wow! I have gone 11 days without alcohol! I am amazing!!! (note the sarcasm)". Truth is, I am proud of my eleven days. I have more energy, I am sleepin... Read more

  • Self-Care

    7/28/2014 2:28:25 AM, by CHARITYAK

    One of the reasons I started this whole Wellness journey is to maintain personal integrity. As a youth worker, one of the main things I teach youth is to self-care. To know that they are worth being whole, physically, emotionally, spiritually, socially. I am constantly encouraging them to embrace li... Read more

  • Cloud Chaser!

    7/27/2014 11:24:38 PM, by DDOORN

    A sizeable thunderstorm swept through our area earlier in the morning, however a check of the radar showed that the rain was OVER! Woo hoo! Out on our ride we go! I added some miles by starting in Center Village and met up with a couple of bike club members in Windsor. It was still a bit misty... Read more

  • Sunday's Quote

    7/27/2014 9:42:33 PM, by PMAY0313

    “Here's a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.” ¯ Tallulah Bankhead (Seems like sound advice...) List of Vices: Anger: Strong passion or emotion of displeasure or antagonism , excited by real or supposed injury or insult to one ' self or others , or by the intent to do ... Read more

  • Regrouping

    7/27/2014 3:31:27 AM, by CHARITYAK

    I am completely spent. Emotionally, physically, spiritually. I am back from a week at teen camp where i worked with the high needs girls as a cabin counselor and small group leader. It was wonderful in many ways but it was very tough. I am too tired to post much and will try to catch up a bit when m... Read more

  • Saturday's Quote

    7/26/2014 4:53:20 PM, by PMAY0313

    “Nobody can be bad at everything. There’s no such thing as a perfect screwup.” ¯ Jim Butcher ... Read more

  • Friday's Quote

    7/25/2014 9:55:37 PM, by PMAY0313

    “Age is always advancing and I'm fairly sure it's up to no good.” ¯ Jim Butcher Read more

  • How Long Does It Take?

    7/25/2014 3:30:24 PM, by LIVIN4LISH

    I was looking over my Spark Page, and see that I RE-returned to SP on June 11th. That was six weeks and two days ago. Have my healthier habits become ingrained, or will I regress? I am pleased that I am down about eight pounds, but am still feeling impatient. I have been strongly considering ... Read more

  • Accomplishing two things at once

    7/25/2014 9:32:10 AM, by ANLAOCH

    For the longest time, I never considered cleaning my house a form of exercise, neither cardio or strength. Through SparkPeople, I have found that I can accomplish my chores for the day as well as getting in my workout, so I am not so down on myself when I find myself too tired to go workout after c... Read more

  • Good News and How I Am Spending My Time

    7/25/2014 8:46:02 AM, by GLADGAD

    First, the good news: I went to the doctor yesterday and after an x-ray he told me that the bone has moved back into place and is healing as expected. I am really happy with that. I have two friends who loaned me boots that they had from previous injuries. I brought both of them to the d... Read more

  • Where's my umbrella?

    7/25/2014 12:19:39 AM, by FANGFACEKITTY

    As in the literal it has rained more days than not for the last month, including a cold and gloomy 10 day straight stretch. As in the idiomatic "when it rains, it pours"...when everything seems to go wrong all at once. As in the "WTF?" category..."I got the cash, I'm bringing the rain" whi... Read more

  • Suck It Up, Buttercup

    7/24/2014 7:49:51 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    I went for a swim aster work last night. I was feeling pretty unmotivated, so I decided to just swim with the snorkel and concentrate on form instead of worrying about testing out if I'm doing any better overall. As I was getting dressed, I realized I didn't have the wrist watch for my HRM. I opted ... Read more

  • 07/24/14

    7/24/2014 7:48:19 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I had a day off,love it! I hiked this morning and ran errands all afternoon. ... Read more

  • Thursday's Quote

    7/24/2014 1:14:26 PM, by PMAY0313

    “I've learned that it doesn't matter how your husband squeezes the toothpaste, the important thing is how he squeezes you.” ¯ H. Jackson Brown Jr. ... Read more

  • A Grocery Shopping Adventure

    7/24/2014 11:29:36 AM, by ANLAOCH

    This morning I had to do the grocery shopping for myself and my two kids (age 14 and 24). It is not a task I really enjoy because of all the temptations that seemingly try to attack me from their perches on the various shelves throughout the store. So, I decided that this shopping trip was going t... Read more

  • And My Point Is...

    7/24/2014 8:06:12 AM, by LIVIN4LISH

    From time to time, I fall into the, "what's the point," mindset. For example, last week when I saw the scale actually GO UP, or the painfully slow rate at which I'm losing weight, or the fact that my knees are still not feeling great, I start to wonder, just why am I making this effort? Maybe for... Read more

  • My 8 Week Marathon

    7/23/2014 7:57:04 PM, by GLADGAD

    About 2 ½ weeks ago, I was carrying a 40 lb bag of water system salt to my softener tank. It had been raining on and off for several days, which is typical for a South Florida July. I stepped on a wooden deck, not realizing how slippery it was when my right foot slipped out from under me and I sta... Read more

  • Could Less Be Better Than More?

    7/23/2014 7:42:34 PM, by GETSTRONGRRR

    Admit it Spark friends, when we were kids, more always meant better.....hell even today how many of us secretly believe that more is better than less.... .....come on raise your hand and admit it! Many of us are here because more food was always better than less food, more desse... Read more

  • Wednesday's Quote

    7/23/2014 4:00:18 PM, by PMAY0313

    “It’s good to be here. I’m just trying to go through life without looking stupid. It’s not working out too well. ” ¯ Brian Regan ... Read more

  • 9 weeks

    7/23/2014 11:30:43 AM, by LOSINGFORBABY

    Hello Week 9. This week I bought new, bigger jeans. While my old ones still technically fit, the waistband fell right across my heparin bruises, which wasn't particularly pleasant. Seems the waistband may have also been making the bruises worse, as I no longer have the dark multi-cooler bruises, ... Read more

  • A Breakfast Smoothie First - Protein Powder

    7/23/2014 7:39:16 AM, by ECKYLS

    In general I don't eat much meat. I may have chicken or fish once a week. So while it's possible for me to get enough protein in my diet, it's one of those things that I'm usually pretty close to the low end of my range. And since one of my current goals is to add more muscle, getting enough nutr... Read more

  • Stay Focused!!

    7/23/2014 6:29:23 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    Yeah - my weight is on it's way back down!! I know that I can get my weight down to my goal weight of 132 lbs (5 lbs away). So, what big changes have I made that is providing me such great success?? 1- I cut out all alcohol. Alcohol makes me lethargic, prevents me from getting a good nigh... Read more

  • Tuesday's Quote

    7/23/2014 12:13:51 AM, by PMAY0313

    “Anxiety's like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you very far.” ¯ Jodi Picoult ... Read more

  • One Day Challenge

    7/22/2014 8:34:42 AM, by LAURELSPARK

    Today will be the hardest challenge that I've had in a long time. We are going on vacation soon and am back to one pound from my goal weight. My challenge is that I have two meal "dates" today. The first one will happen at lunch. A friend of mine visiting (from out-of-town) and we're going... Read more

  • Well, It Could Have Been Worse

    7/21/2014 6:50:15 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    I was right about one thing that came out of my doctor's appointment last Friday, and wrong about another. I was right that I wouldn't like what he told me. I didn't. I was wrong about the diagnosis. It is plantar fasciitis. I'd convinced myself if wasn't because the pain is in my heel, not my ... Read more

  • 07/21/14

    7/21/2014 4:25:05 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    Today was fun,had ice cream with a friend this morning after my walk. My daughter and i had lunch at a local state park. Then came home n skipped rope,something fun,lol. ... Read more

  • 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse

    7/21/2014 9:46:52 AM, by LIZINVA1

    After months of much stress in my life I am up a few pounds. I decided to try a smoothie cleanse to detox and get my mind and body back into weight loss mode. I am doing JJ Smiths 10 day cleanse after seeing the success a frie... Read more

  • 07/20/14

    7/20/2014 3:57:26 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I love Sundays,my day off. I hiked this morning,the weather was great. The cats and I napped this afternoon. I went for a ride on the 4 wheeler with hubby,i love that. ... Read more

  • Sunday's Quote

    7/20/2014 3:56:37 PM, by PMAY0313

    “Why are there five syllables in the word “monosyllabic”?” ¯ Steven Wright ... Read more

  • A little date with my 21 year-old daughter

    7/20/2014 1:40:15 PM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    Last night my daughter and I went out for a little girl time. It was fun and I was proud of her and how I actually looked. I'm glad that we did it because you never know what life will bring. In the words of my grandmother, 'Live your life to the fullest because tomorrow is not guaranteed.' So I am ... Read more

  • Six months after finishing chemo...

    7/20/2014 11:33:41 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I have just recently passed the six month mark of finishing chemo for breast cancer. I did chemo first, so after chemo I also had surgery and radiation. I'm about two months out from my last radiation treatment. I feel like I'm about 65% of the way back to "normal" in terms of strength and endura... Read more

  • Can't wait..................

    7/20/2014 7:20:27 AM, by LAURELSPARK

    ..................to go on vacation! I've been cleaning the house, grocery shopping for the teen, doing piles of laundry, filing paperwork, gardening, getting lots of exercise, and working to drop a few pounds in anticipation of our upcoming vacation. Can't wait to go! ... Read more

  • Great Ride and Great Memories

    7/20/2014 1:18:43 AM, by DDOORN

    Today's ride paled in many ways to the wonderful ride back in October 2011, but there were enough parallels to bring back the memories and yet to enjoy the people with whom I was riding today. Here is the route for today's ride: ridewithgps.com/trips/30
    34307 30-s... Read more

  • Saturday's Quote

    7/20/2014 1:00:55 AM, by PMAY0313

    OMG! I love my new cruiser style bike! It is a 7 speed but I love the more upright position. Kind of makes me wonder if my old bike was set up right. My hands would gt numb after an hour of riding. No issues with the new one!!! Middle age is when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and ... Read more

  • Cheetos, Funnel Cake and Domino's Approved for School Lunches

    7/19/2014 11:56:11 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    m.motherjones.com/enviro
    nment/2014/07/school-lunch
    -conference-cheetos ... Read more

  • well it's a "snow day"

    7/19/2014 8:52:25 AM, by APONI_KB

    We were supposed to head up to the cabin in the mountains today. Both of us are really worn out from a rough week at work so we weren't all that delighted about it, but we told my parents we were coming and we've already canceled out on them once. We usually head up Friday after work but decid... Read more

  • Remind me again why I do this?

    7/19/2014 12:14:57 AM, by CORTNEY-LEE

    It is 5:30 in the morning. I just finished working a 13 hour overnight shift. It has been almost 24 hours since I have slept. I am standing in line at the gym, waiting to warm up for PC Fit. Coach Phyllis starts by yelling "Run it down" and we run. About midway down she yells "seal jacks! Ready! Go!... Read more

  • Michigan: The Rest of Vacation & Some Archeology...

    7/18/2014 10:58:57 PM, by DDOORN

    This was a most challenging week of re-entry after vacation, hence a delay in posting the "rest of the story"...! I was truly blessed with some of the BEST weather during my time in Michigan, especially on the important days of our reunion and our party for my father's 80th birthday. Here ... Read more

  • Friday's Quote

    7/18/2014 12:30:57 PM, by PMAY0313

    “Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.” ¯ Steve Martin ... Read more

  • The Truth About Weight Loss

    7/18/2014 5:58:12 AM, by MARTYRED4LOVE

    Even at 24 and having been in the healthy weight range of the BMI chart for a year and half, I still have loose skin and noticeable stretch marks. I sometimes feel like maybe I looked better with the extra weight occupying the... Read more

  • A High, A Low and Some Busy Work

    7/18/2014 2:38:32 AM, by CHARITYAK

    I try to have an adventure a day. And it's my intention to do a blog post for each one. However, work obligations have inserted themselves and I have gotten behind in my blogging. So this post will share a high (mountain hike), a low (ravine hike) and some busy work (preparing stage props for next w... Read more

  • Thursday's Quote

    7/17/2014 7:26:34 PM, by PMAY0313

    “I am not sure I trust you." "You can trust me with your life, My King." "But not with my wine, obviously. Give it back.” ¯ Megan Whalen Turner, The King of Attolia (I have a couple friends like this!) ... Read more

  • My Day Off

    7/17/2014 7:12:39 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I love my days off :). I walked 4.5 miles in 80 minutes,my time will get better with more walking. I'm still trying to rid the prednisone weight. My stress is work,requests for time off is denied,,that bites. But i'm healthier,now that i'm feeling better and i'm happy. Read more

  • The unplanned 4, a crash, and a compliment!

    7/17/2014 4:59:10 PM, by _MOBII_

    I am getting excited because I am more than halfway to my first weight goal of 199. I weighed in yesterday at 249...putting me up to 61 pounds total lost....50 to go! My allergies have been acting up for a couple of days now so I haven't been moving much...not moving as in I usually work late ... Read more

  • I'd Call This A Good Week

    7/17/2014 10:48:22 AM, by HILLSLUG98239

    I swam for about an hour last night. I may never excel at swimming, but I'm motivated to keep at it. The biggest reason is that swimming has toned my lower torso. At least a half-dozen people have told me I look great and I look like I've lost a lot of weight. I've lost about 35 pounds from my... Read more

  • My trip to Ireland!

    7/17/2014 10:34:37 AM, by ADRIENNEAKAAJ

    Even though I feel off the wagon with my fitness..I did have an amazing trip to Ireland! Here are some pictures ... Read more

  • Getting back on the wagon..

    7/17/2014 10:24:57 AM, by ADRIENNEAKAAJ

    I feel like I have lost my motivation I have had a lot going on lately and I am regretting not fitting in my workouts or logging my food. Shortly after the BIG move to Tennessee and getting settled into my new job, I went to Ireland for 2 weeks. It was an amazing trip! BUT it thr... Read more

  • Ivor Cummings - Amazing, Slightly Scientific Videos about Sugar, Obesity, Diabetes and Cholesterol

    7/17/2014 8:30:21 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    SUGAR as a primary Root Cause of Metabolic Syndrome and the Obesity/Diabetes Epidemic http://www.youtube.com/w
    atch?v=xrsHqIKtXNw --------------------- The Cholesterol Conundrum - and Root Cause Solution www.youtube.com/watch?v=
    fuj6nxCDBZ0 ... Read more

  • Post.

    7/17/2014 7:57:47 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    16042 was my Fitbit step count for last night. 45 treadmill and 1 hour on the bike. On track for the 10 k steps a day fitness group.... Read more

  • Wednesday's Quote

    7/16/2014 5:38:53 PM, by PMAY0313

    “On Wednesday, when the sky is blue, and I have nothing else to do, I sometimes wonder if it's true That who is what and what is who." - Winnie-the-Pooh” ¯ A.A. Milne ... Read more

  • Just checking In and looking back over the past ten months or so.

    7/16/2014 2:08:05 PM, by CROSSEDFLAGS

    It looks like I haven't logged in here or checked out my blog post since February or March, but lots has happened over the past few months. Some good, some not so good. First for the good! I have been marching right along my plan with little deviation from the path. Weight loss has been slow b... Read more

  • 8 weeks

    7/16/2014 12:30:41 PM, by LOSINGFORBABY

    Today I reach the 8 week mark! I'm afraid my exclamation is truly lacking, as I just received the news that another sparkfriend who was due on the same day is losing her baby. And it is hard to muster much enthusiasm after news like that. This week has been hard. I think I've mentioned he... Read more

  • It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood....

    7/15/2014 11:43:46 PM, by CHARITYAK

    Sometimes it's just about the calorie burn. I am on a time crunch this week. Next Monday I take off for our 2014 Summer Camp. We will be taking 100 youth up into the Hatcher's Pass area for a week of camp. The theme is "So Long" and we will be discussing leaving your past behind. No longer bei... Read more

  • Galiano Mountain hike

    7/15/2014 8:26:26 PM, by JUNEPA

    This hike was fun, it was a hot dry day, but the walk through the forest to get to the lookout bluff was cool and magical. I love forests. Galiano is a gulf island between Vancouver and Vancouver Island, we took a ferry to get there and back. That makes this hike an all-day event even though ... Read more

  • Vague...

    7/15/2014 5:11:32 PM, by LIVIN4LISH

    While waiting for my kids at the orthodontist today, I read an article by Dr. Phil in O Magazine. Even though I was only skimming, I believe the idea was that people who are highly successful live their lives with concrete goals and visions. Later, I had to visit my physical therapist, with whom I... Read more

  • I'm still around...

    7/15/2014 3:32:12 PM, by RAINEMARIE214

    It's been a really busy time in my life lately. I'm still studying for the bar exam (which is 2 weeks from today!) and working and trying to get myself ready for my move in 2 months. So much going on! Over 4th of July Weekend, we had a 4 day weekend here at work, which was nice. I did some r... Read more

  • Tuesday's Quote

    7/15/2014 12:18:21 PM, by PMAY0313

    “The two most beautiful words in the English language are 'cheque enclosed.” ¯ Dorothy Parker ... Read more

  • Monday's Quote

    7/15/2014 1:46:31 AM, by PMAY0313

    “You think I'd cheat on you?" I demanded with all the innocent outrage I could muster. "With another guy, no. With a cheeseburger . . . in a heartbeat.” ― Lisa Kleypas, Smooth Talking Stranger ... Read more

  • A Delightful Disaster

    7/14/2014 10:05:22 PM, by CHARITYAK

    Today my husband, my best friend, Sally, and I headed back out to Plumley Maud Trail in Butte, Alaska to see if we could rescue the "Adventure Pod" from where it had become high-centered in the mud on yesterday's outing. We got so busy winching the van out that i forgot to get a photo of it st... Read more

  • Post.

    7/14/2014 9:46:38 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    21036 Was my Fitbit step count for last night. 45 minutes walking and 1 hour on the bike. 6 days of 45 minutes a day on the treadmill per week at over 12000 steps per day, and goal met for the week.... Read more

  • Illustrated History Of Heart Disease 1825-2015

    7/14/2014 7:22:13 PM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    "1977 After conducting six additional hearings, McGovern's Senate Select Committee issues the final version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For the first time, an agency of the U.S. federal government is telling the American people to eat less fat. Nick Mottern, a vegetarian, whose heroes ... Read more

  • 23 Studies on Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets – Time to Retire The Fad

    7/14/2014 7:17:49 PM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    "However… in the past 11 years, an increasing number of studies have been challenging the low-fat dietary approach. Many health professionals now believe that a low-carb diet (higher in fat and protein) is a much better option to treat obesity and other chronic, Western diseases." a... Read more

  • Are We Killing Our Kids With Food? - Video

    7/14/2014 3:42:33 PM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    2007 News Program asks the question, "How long will it take government to act?" http://www.youtube.com/w
    atch?v=028yWWCYA7g Fixed the link. Thanks EXOTEC :)... Read more

  • Slug yesterday....two workouts today!

    7/14/2014 11:25:41 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    After running on Saturday for the first time since going through my cancer treatements, and going ballroom dancing that night, I was TIRED on Sunday. I really vegged out all day and even watched the World Soccer match on TV. I don't know the first thing about soccer so it was interesting to watch ... Read more

  • Dinner Party Was Great Success !

    7/14/2014 4:50:41 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    Thank you to my SparkFriends for the dinner suggestions :) I did follow the recommendations and cooked the dinner over the stove top. I made the ratatouille first - cooked it on low for about an hour - then cooked the chicken in one dish and tofu in another - then split the ratatouille between th... Read more

  • Sunday's Quote

    7/14/2014 12:57:42 AM, by PMAY0313

    “Normal" is just a setting on your dryer.” ¯ Patsy Clairmont ... Read more

  • Just when you thought you were done....

    7/14/2014 12:33:39 AM, by CHARITYAK

    The plan for today was to park at a local bridge, take off on the paved bike trail (with my road bike) and bike about 12 miles to a popular hiking destination, Bodenburg Butte, an easy climb of 1,000 ft in 1.5 miles. I intended to climb it and then bike back to the car. Read more

  • Cycling on a Beautiful Sunday

    7/13/2014 6:50:09 PM, by ILPAUL

    I got another 2 hour+bike ride in today ... Read more

  • Demoralized but moving on

    7/13/2014 4:49:49 PM, by PAMSPARKS

    I've had some ups and downs over my years on SP. Today I stepped on the scale to find I am a pound below my heaviest weight ever. It was a demoralizing moment. My goals this week: track everyday and be in range on the nutrition tracker every day. Next week I will be traveling and likely will n... Read more

  • Canada's Wonderland - A Healthy Visit

    7/13/2014 9:58:00 AM, by JUSTEATREALFOOD

    We were at Canada's Wonderland yesterday and it was an awesome day with the kids. I planned ahead and packed a ton of healthy food to take along. Carrots Celery Cucumber Peppers Radishes Fresh strawberries Pineapple Clementines Watermelon Kiwi Fresh salsa Pecans ... Read more

  • Went ballroom dancing last night...what fun!

    7/13/2014 7:11:03 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    While I was going through chemo and surgery last winter, I really didn't do much in terms of exercise. One thing I did do was learn how to ballroom dance.....well, actually, it would be more accurate that my husband and I went to ballroom dance classes once a week at the local senior center. How ... Read more

  • Crevasse Moraine

    7/13/2014 12:26:16 AM, by CHARITYAK

    Crevasse Moraine is a recreational greenbelt nestled between Wasilla and Palmer. It has over 39 miles of mountain biking, hiking and horse trails. The trails vary in difficulty from novice groomed trails to very difficult heavily rooted single track. There are four trailhead entrances to the area. ... Read more

  • Post.

    7/12/2014 11:36:20 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    16551 was my Fitbit stepcount for last night, 45 minutes treadmill walking, 30 minutes fitness bike. This is the third day I added the Slendertone fitness belt to my workout when using the fitness bike. I am so sore! A good pain means it is working.... Read more

  • Cycling

    7/12/2014 4:29:12 PM, by ILPAUL

    I got my 1st 2 hour+bike ride of the summer in today ... Read more

  • Thought of the day 7.12.14

    7/12/2014 4:20:40 PM, by ACTIVE_AT_60

    What has happened. I went through all my spark friends and noticed none seem to update their status any more. Does that mean that they just don't update their status - have they succeeded - have they reverted to the life style they lived prior to SP. Have they left SP? I am just wondering. ... Read more

  • Saturday's Quote

    7/12/2014 1:18:57 PM, by PMAY0313

    “You don't always have to kiss a lot of frogs to recognize a prince when you find one -Henrietta Barett” ... Read more

  • Signed up for a 5K.....now I just need to train for it!

    7/12/2014 11:43:35 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    While I was going through chemo, I found a lot of support on breastcancer.org on in a group of women that all started chemo in Sept. 2013 like me. After we were done with chemo, we came up with the idea to get together in Las Vegas to celebrate. Originally, we planned to get together in Sept. 2014... Read more

  • first bike crash - it had to happen sometime

    7/12/2014 8:40:40 AM, by APONI_KB

    I don't even think it really counts as a bike crash since I wasn't actually moving. ah but I get ahead of myself Yesterday I took a personal day to get some things done. By 9:30 I had dropped the dog off at the groomers, gotten the oil changed in the Jeep, and spent almost $100 at Target o... Read more

  • Friday's Quote

    7/12/2014 1:46:32 AM, by PMAY0313

    “When humor goes, there goes civilization.” ¯ Erma Bombeck ... Read more

  • Mountain Biking Alaskan Style or How I Dropped 3,886 ft on Two Wheels

    7/12/2014 1:42:52 AM, by CHARITYAK

    Today was one of those days where the mood does a 180 degree shift in a few short hours. The weather forecast predicted an 80% chance of rain and I was desperately hoping to get up Hatcher’s Pass today. Hatcher’s Pass is a recreational area about 30 minutes from our home. It is one of the most popul... Read more

  • So, How ya Doin', Foot?

    7/11/2014 4:18:59 PM, by HILLSLUG98239

    I'm doing a 5K tomorrow. I haven't run in a month. My foot feels better, but there are still times it aches. Tomorrow's run is a test. Last Wednesday evening, I had a bad session in the pool. It wasn't terrible. When I was talking myself down off the "I'm going to throw myself into this pit of ... Read more

  • Need Some Cooking Help From My Friends :)

    7/11/2014 3:43:33 PM, by ANNEMARGAR

    Hello SparkFriends, I am having family over for dinner Sunday night and I need some help with my cooking. I am planning on making ratatouille (yellow Squash, zucchini, onion, tomato, and oregano) and then cook some chicken thighs. I would like to combine the two so that the chicken really get... Read more

  • So Sleepy

    7/11/2014 3:36:31 PM, by LIVIN4LISH

    Even though I would like to crawl into bed and sleep the rest of the day away, I KNOW I cannot do that, and must get moving. Just composing this post is eating up precious time, but will hopefully get me motivated in the right direction. My son had a swim meet early this morning, and, maybe I w... Read more

  • Quick update

    7/11/2014 8:42:28 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    For whatever reason, I haven't been blogging much lately. I think it's because I don't feel like I'm doing much that is "blog worthy". Life is good. I've been exercising pretty consistently. I go to 5 aerobics classes a week at my local fitness center and try to keep moving when I'm at home.... Read more

  • Post.

    7/10/2014 9:29:41 PM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    13690 was my Fitbit step count for last night. Over 45 mins of treadmill 5 nights a week. I started using the Slendertone ab cardio schock blet I got a couple of months ago before my routine and a valero neoprean belt in my walks, and it is really working because I am very very sore. I thought th... Read more

  • Rag In The Bag: Michigan Travels!

    7/10/2014 6:19:25 PM, by DDOORN

    So in line with the shedding of the "bubble" I've been enjoying tossing a rag in the bag (pannier), hopping on my bike and reconnecting with new friends, old friends and family out Michigan way. After spending the night with a very close friend with whom we shared our MSW years at Michigan Stat... Read more

  • 07/10/14

    7/10/2014 5:48:27 PM, by NYKIMMIE

    I weighed myself today,i feel i have been gaining,my clothes are tight. I'm up 10 lbs thanks to prednisone. I have to work harder to resolve this,it sucks. ... Read more

  • Upcoming procedures

    7/10/2014 1:45:23 PM, by MRSSUZSTAR

    My health hasn't been the most wonderful thing of late and now we are looking at surgery to fix the issues. On this coming Tuesday, 7/15, I'll be undergoing a hysteroscopy and D&C to biopsy my uterine lining to see if the suspicion of adenomyosis is correct (though in truth they won't be able to det... Read more