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  • 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 blogs.plos.org/obesitypanacea/
    2015/04/28/the-good-enough
    -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: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub
    lic_journal_individual.asp
    ?blog_id=5916190... Read more

  • 45 Mile Endurance Ride Today

    4/23/2015 9:59:58 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    It was a bit chilly today, about 55 degrees, but the wind was fairly still and the sun was shining bright. So I set out for a 45 mile ride on a very lumpy course. The first half or so went pretty well, but I went out way too fast and got somewhat fatigued around the half way point. I was still able ... Read more

  • Blue Ridge Half Marathon - DONE!

    4/23/2015 11:22:04 AM, by LLLAWSON

    Wow.... it wasn't as bad as I thought. The last week was hard because I was kicking myself for signing up for this. I listened to all the horror stories about how hard it was and how your feet will hurt afterwards and you knees and bla bla bla. I just wanted it to be over. Plus our last long tr... Read more

  • Faced with adversity, I bought new clothes

    4/21/2015 7:15:39 PM, by NATHELESS

    I spend so much time tugging at my compression stockings that I decided a change in wardrobe was warranted. It was either that or wear sweatpants all the time. I went colorful, very much so. Another departure. Two of my new dresses could even be called pink. Whoa! ... Read more

  • Because I'm Happy!!!

    4/21/2015 5:16:39 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    My niece is putting together a video of all the members of my family dancing to Pharrell Williams "Happy" song for my brother's 65th birthday. We are sending her clips that she will piece together. Today, in beginning Zumba class, we danced to that song and I had a classmate videotape part of it ... Read more

  • Great day for walking, beauty & friendship

    4/20/2015 11:49:49 PM, by DONNA_W

    Today I went to Fairchild Gardens in Miami with a friend of mine. Our motivation for going was to see the Dale Chihuly exhibit there. How magnificent to see all the lovely glass sculptures in a garden setting. Here is just one of them. There is a tropical butterfly house where they have ma... Read more

  • The Doctor is in.

    4/20/2015 12:15:55 PM, by CROWDGOESWILD

    So its official, or at least it will be on Sunday afternoon. I have completed my PhD! What does this mean? Well, I've been busy these past few months. I was a visiting scholar in Australia during the month of March. I had an on-campus interview almost immediately upon my return in April, and th... Read more

  • Journal 4.19.15

    4/20/2015 12:14:24 AM, by IRONBESS

    What a beautiful day! Near 70. Forecast to be warmer tomorrow and Tuesday. Our pleasant winter has turned into the same kind of spring. A few weeks ago, I pushed some pea seeds left over from last year into one of the 3 x 6 garden boxes. Shortly after that, the temp dropped into the 40s daytime and ... Read more

  • Does this count?

    4/19/2015 9:28:03 AM, by DONNA_W

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  • Super Week

    4/18/2015 10:43:35 PM, by BILL60

    To lead the active life that I lead, I must be and am retired. This past week I cycled 297+ miles and 1,537 minutes of exercise (walking/training dogs, lifting, and cycling). Folks, I'm a beat up 70 year old that's not supposed to be able to do that much. And the best part is that I'm ready for anot... Read more

  • My little asparagus harvest and house projects

    4/18/2015 3:53:25 PM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    I decided to go ahead and harvest a little of my asparagus this year. The plants are two years old. I planted them as one year old plants last spring so this is the first year that they have actually produced asparagus. Next year, they should produce significantly more. Here's my little harves... Read more

  • Race report - 15k trail run

    4/18/2015 2:50:50 PM, by ACTIVE_AT_60

    This morning I ran a 15k trail run. If you know me, you will know I have been a road runner for the past 10 years. . I have done a few trail runs a couple of years ago and this year I have done two. I must say I have taken a liking to trail running and if you are a road runner you should try a trai... Read more

  • It's Raining Again

    4/17/2015 11:20:20 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    I know. Because I was out hiking in it, slogging through lots of mud and puddles. It might not sound like fun, but it was so much better than being cooped up and unable to stretch my legs and breathe freely. I don't know if this persistent rain will wash out all the remaining pollen... Read more

  • 40 Mile Endurance Ride Today

    4/17/2015 8:20:43 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    In preparation for my big ride to Duluth and back (150 miles each way, riding there in one day and back in one day after a little rest), I took a 40 mile endurance ride today. It's in the low 70s with a slight WNW wind, and clear blue skies here in Minneapolis, so it was perfect! The ride went... Read more

  • Pants shopping

    4/17/2015 2:39:02 AM, by GERALD_G

    Wow, today I feel like this SP project has generated results. I needed a pair of active-wear pants, so I went looking for some this afternoon. I am accustomed to heading for the XL rack, but today I realized I better look in the L. I ended up reading the waist size listed, and was shocked to r... Read more

  • Singing in the Rain

    4/16/2015 11:18:38 PM, by SHOTOKIDO

    No, seriously. It's been raining nearly constantly for a couple of days, and that meant that I was able to get out and get some mileage in for the first time in over a week! Yup, every year around this time I become a virtual pollen shut-in, because whenever I do venture out, I hav... Read more

  • Last Training Day

    4/15/2015 1:22:38 PM, by LLLAWSON

    Today we did an easy 4 miles. Weather was great and it was nice not to train so hard. Since the race is Saturday gonna take the rest of the week off and rest up. So ready for this to be over. At least the weather for race day has improved. It was 70% chance of rain and it's not down to 10%....... Read more

  • Aerobic Endurance Ride Today: 3-2 Intervals

    4/14/2015 4:24:41 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    What a beautiful day in Minnesota! It's in the low 70s with slight wind and clear blue skies. So I went out for an aerobic endurance ride today that goes like this. Warm up for 5-10 minutes, and then push the pace near to your limit for three minutes and recover for two minutes. Repeat until the rid... Read more

  • Rainy Wednesday Training

    4/14/2015 4:06:59 PM, by LLLAWSON

    Too wet to go outside today, so I did the sculpt class this morning. Haven't done it in a while so it was a nice change. I really need to be consistent with weights/sculpting classes. Hoping after the race this week-end I can get back on more of a regular schedule. Looking forward to another... Read more

  • Tried Clipless Shoes in Spin Class

    4/14/2015 1:32:02 PM, by JUDIES

    Brought my clipless shoes to spin class this morning. Took me several minutes to get them to clip in, then the instructor told me to adjust my seat - seems the seat needs to be lower, probably because there is no sole on the shoes. I had a lot of pain in my arches when I tried standing, made some ... Read more

  • Before Breakfast.

    4/14/2015 1:04:10 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    I read online that working out in the morning makes you less heavy, so I am switching to before-breakfast workouts.... Read more

  • Facebook

    4/13/2015 1:39:28 PM, by _MOBII_

    Since I don't have a lot of time that I am able to spend online since taking care of mom and the house, I wanted to be able to keep in touch with my friends here...I spend a lot of my online 'me' time on Facebook after having joined a support group for Alzheimer's and Dementia caregivers. Pleas... Read more

  • First Long Ride of Season

    4/13/2015 10:16:52 AM, by JUDIES

    We went on our first long ride of the season yesterday. It was a bit cool in the beginning, but warmed up as we went along. Went to the Farmington Canal Trail - parked by the Crossfit at the corner of Putnam and Dixwell Ave in Hamden. Went all the way up to where this section of trail ends, at Co... Read more

  • 60 mins Bike and 14607 steps.

    4/13/2015 12:48:12 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    60 mins Bike and 14607 steps was my workout for last night. On track for the 10 k steps a day plan listed on my profile. ... Read more

  • Color Run 2015

    4/12/2015 11:47:28 PM, by MBLIFE24

    My friends and I had a fabulous time! Lots of high energy in an event like the Color Run. Big fun. :-)... Read more

  • A Great Month

    4/12/2015 7:27:02 PM, by BILL60

    Now that the weather has opened up in South Texas, I am taking advantage of the opportunity and logging some cycling miles. So far this month I've logged 396 miles. I must admit that luck has played a part in this accomplishment. It's been raining pretty hard here, but I've been able to ride in betw... Read more

  • Wonderful Trip to Sweden!

    4/12/2015 7:36:55 AM, by ANNEMARGAR

    Just returned from eight wonderful days in Sweden - seeing the sites and visiting family. We spent a day in Copenhagen, Denmark; three days in Gothenburg, Sweden; and three days in Stockholm, Sweden. My true weakness is European sweet rolls! The ones that look like donuts, but they're baked wi... Read more

  • 36 Mile Endurance Ride Today

    4/11/2015 8:19:38 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    It was a very nice day, a very nice ride, and I'm very tired! My big cycling goal this year is to ride to Duluth MN in one day (150 miles) and then back home in one day, after a couple days of rest. So once per week I'm taking an endurance ride that gets longer and longer each week. My longest... Read more

  • Thought of the day 4.10.15

    4/11/2015 5:23:52 PM, by ACTIVE_AT_60

    April 16 is national health care decision day. if you are incapacitated to make decisions - have you identified a designated decision maker (power of attorney for health care) - do you have a living will? Take a moment to look at this website www.begintheconversation.org/ You ... Read more

  • Spring clean up...inside and out!

    4/11/2015 7:26:06 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    This week has been a very busy week in terms of house projects. With the warm weather coming back, we seem to have awakened from our winter slumber and decided to tackle several projects. We knew we wanted to get the outside of our house painted this year. With the ice storm doing a number ... Read more

  • Journal day 4.10.15

    4/10/2015 5:07:29 PM, by IRONBESS

    Another busy week. Took the car for service last Friday. A replacement switch for the passenger side window was ordered, and we returned on Monday. That was a crazy day. When we left the house around 7:30 a.m., light snow was falling. By the time we got to the park it was a freakin' blizzard. R's l... Read more

  • Here we go again

    4/10/2015 11:03:31 AM, by MKMMARTY

    Home - unpack the suit cases - do lots of laundry - go get Dalhouse - pack the suitcases - go visit Mom - and load the car. That seems like the day in short yesterday. Today we will finish loading the car and packing - take Dalhouise back to the veterinarian clinic to have his stitches removed an... Read more

  • Thursday's Quote

    4/10/2015 1:23:27 AM, by PMAY0313

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  • Tired

    4/9/2015 4:24:44 PM, by LLLAWSON

    What was I thinking when I signed up for the Blue Ridge Half Marathon. One more long run and then it's show time next Saturday. This past week I have been over this. Wanting it to be done. I think this may be my last one. For the last two races my hips have bothered me and it doesn't seem to b... Read more

  • Tiny asparagus...loving fitbit...summer plans?

    4/9/2015 7:54:04 AM, by SIMPLELIFE4REAL

    Happy Thurday All! It's really warming up here. High today will be around 80 degrees. Yesterday, I did a lot of yard work cleaning up the flowerbeds and spreading mulch. It's on sale. My asparagus crop was really too small to harvest this year, so I'm just going to let it grow. I have ab... Read more

  • 30 mins Elliptical and 16654 steps

    4/9/2015 1:57:43 AM, by POEDAUGHTER7

    30 mins Elliptical and 16654 steps for last night. On track for 10 k steps a day.... Read more

  • Mexico comes to an end

    4/8/2015 8:24:14 PM, by MKMMARTY

    Last time I used Sunwing Travel and it was terrible - I have nothing good to say about that experience - this time we used West Jet and I am pleased. So far every thing has gone more or less great. Our hotel room was not the best but acceptable and the Internet at the hotel was a hit and miss... Read more

  • Chilly Ride, Good Ride Today

    4/8/2015 7:10:12 PM, by MNCYCLIST

    It was a bit chilly out today, temps in the high 40s, cloud cover, and a 10 mph ENE wind. I chose to take a 22 mile out and back ride that takes me west for 11 miles and then back along the same route for 11 miles. This means that I rode with the wind for the first half of the ride, and into t... Read more

  • Informal exercise

    4/8/2015 12:57:49 PM, by _MOBII_

    Since I haven't really had a chance for 'formal' exercise, I have been trying to make do with what I have....which is a LOT of yardwork! As I said before, mom and stepdad have a lot of property here and while most of it is wooded, there is a giant amount that is not. I have the hang of running th... Read more

  • ALL of Me!

    4/8/2015 12:48:16 PM, by DDOORN

    Continuing my efforts to move toward a kinder, gentler, more accepting attitude toward myself, especially my body I was inspired to "hear" a love song from a different perspective. John Legend's "All Of Me"...such a wonderfully romantic song! But check out the chorus: "'Cause all of me L... Read more

  • Finally warm enough to bike!

    4/8/2015 12:30:40 PM, by JUDIES

    The weather is finally warming up enough to get out on our bikes again! Last weekend I purchased bike shoes and clipless pedals. Went on two rides to learn how to use them. The first ride, it was so windy - steady at about 20, with gusts up to 50, we kept it short and away from the coastline. En... Read more

  • Monday's Quote

    4/7/2015 1:30:51 PM, by PMAY0313

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  • Inspirational Quote - 4/07/15

    4/7/2015 12:47:42 PM, by ICE9CA

    Never, never, never, never give up. - Winston Churchill ... Read more