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  • Snow Lament

    1/31/2015 10:56:33 AM, by MARGOH12

    Snow Snow where have you gone. You disappeared overnight without a good bye. You have left me bereft.... Read more

  • Made myself a No S Diet calendar

    1/31/2015 4:09:50 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    Whisked it up on excel. As of today Im aiming to make every Monday to Friday N days. No snacks, sweets or seconds. Every successful N day will be highlighted in green. Saturdays and Sundays in yellow. Any slip ups will be blue. If you want a copy of the excel doc, sparkmail me your emai... Read more

  • Looking forward to a short week next week

    1/30/2015 12:35:19 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I should blush to be thinking about this because I only work three days a week outside the home, but I am looking forward to a public holiday on Friday. We won't be going anywhere, but it is an extra chance to get the garden sorted out after a month of neglect. And the house in order. And get the ... Read more

  • It was 27 years ago today ....

    1/30/2015 10:55:26 AM, by MARGOH12

    no it's nothing to do with Sgt Pepper it's Gareth's birthday. It seems odd to think that 27 years ago I was lying exhausted after 26 hours and loads of pain relief welcoming a lovely little boy into my life. Now he's taking us all out for a meal tonight. A Chinese buffet so it will be a challenge to... Read more

  • It is working

    1/30/2015 10:20:19 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    I was really pleased when I read in the No S Diet book that the author lost 40 pounds, which is what I want to lose! I weighed in at 193.2 (13 st 11.2 lbs) on Wednesday. A pound lighter than the week before. Some people who gave their testimonies in the book lost over 2 pounds per week. Othe... Read more

  • Snow at last

    1/29/2015 3:28:31 PM, by MARGOH12

    today we have had some snow, the first of the year. I love snow but we don't get much in Leicester. I was very excited but it didn't last long hardly enough to make a snowball - still it's a start. Neither of my dogs has seen snow before so I hope they get a chance to play in some over the next few... Read more

  • 3rd January Week in Review

    1/29/2015 2:05:34 PM, by SWDOTB2

    Last week on January 24, 2015, I posted this on the Beauty Over 50 January Challenge and wanted to include it here, in my blogs. 3rd Check-in of the Year: 54 days, my walking streak continues.., at least 30 minutes every day. This was my 5th wee... Read more

  • Validation of goals

    1/29/2015 1:07:56 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Sometimes it takes a while, but nasty people eventually show their true colors. . . . and if you give someone enough rope, they usually get themselves all tangled up in it. Well, a couple years ago, one of my neighbors (who I... Read more

  • I *will* stay consistently strong to build the habit that will make this non-diet work effortlessly

    1/29/2015 8:25:34 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    Yesterday, I came to the bit in the book which explained about Non-Weekend Special days. It says if youre taking more than 2 NWS days every month you might want to reassess. Yesterday I decided to take the first two of the three days that my DH is away from home (he goes away every 5-6 weeks) as ... Read more

  • slip-ups happen

    1/29/2015 12:32:33 AM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    slip-ups are only detours. What put you over the edge wanting "chocolate"? A snippy e-mail from a friend? Spouse say something bad? co worker? You are ready to indulge in exactly the thing you've sworn off, like impulse shopping, or eating that junk food. don't "reward" yourself with these.... Read more

  • About motivation - lack there of

    1/28/2015 2:08:36 PM, by GIGGIN

    I dont feel much motivated now. But motivation is not what determines my journey. This is why I have a plan. So when I dont feel like doing any workout or eat healthy I just follow the plan - just follow the plan. Ask now questions, find no excuses - just follow the plan. I will get back on ... Read more

  • Which film director are you? fun quiz

    1/28/2015 11:04:18 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    Bizarrely the only director I love is Mike Leigh and that's who this fun quiz said I would be if I was a film director! Who would you be? about.futurelearn.com/bl
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    ent-page-4/#comment-127931 ... Read more

  • ouchy

    1/28/2015 10:57:07 AM, by MARGOH12

    Saw my physio therapist today she gave me a good examination and showed me my x-rays from September. She was pleased with the progress I've made since she last saw me two years ago. I'm sore from the manipulation, but the good news is she said I can go back to the gym, if I'm careful. ... Read more

  • Too hot to sleep

    1/28/2015 10:38:28 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Its a funny old world, isn't it? Here I am struggling to get enough sleep because it is hit and stuffy, while over in the US, people are struggling to cope with blizzard conditions.... Read more

  • For LJCannon- The Blizzard in MA

    1/28/2015 9:42:55 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

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  • Pre Binge journal and will keep my 20 NoS days in February commitment

    1/28/2015 1:10:55 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    At 4.56 am I decided that rather than laying in bed planning a binge it would be more productive to come downstairs and draft a blog about it, and maybe even get to the bottom of why I do it. I do it when DH goes away, which he thankfully only does for a few days every 5 or 6 weeks. Why do I do it... Read more

  • Relosing countdown. One week down and twelve to go.

    1/27/2015 11:47:21 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    On my return from holiday I just... picked up on my weight loss program. After one week I have repost 10#. Late last year I had several abortive attempts to get on track but didnt follow through. But now, rested and indulged, it seems natural, just... the thing to do. I lost sight of my goals in ... Read more

  • So far so good

    1/27/2015 8:45:59 AM, by MARGOH12

    today I am writing yaay the exercise program seems to also be working also yaay. the best yaay though is that the hospital have phoned and I have a physio appointment for tomorrow, with the same physiotherapist I saw two years ago so now I feel as though things are going the right way. ... Read more

  • Not complaining! :-)

    1/27/2015 3:15:37 AM, by HISLOVEENDURES

    Yesterday: Oats, skimmed milk, honey, coconut, tea Sausage sandwich, yoghurt, grapes Quiche, boiled potatoes, Bisto gravy, carrot, sprouts, broccoli, cauli, coffee Off plan snack: Frosted wheats 20 minute walk Weight today was exactly the same as last week. With all Ive eaten ... Read more

  • About water

    1/26/2015 1:34:48 PM, by GIGGIN

    I drink a lot of water since last summer. It took some time to get used to it, but I drank a little more every month. Now I easily drink 8 cups a day, often more. I stopped drinking soda many years ago, but I drink coffee and tea, witch just dehydrates you. I never drink ice cold water, always ... Read more

  • Day 26 Of My 90 Day Challenge

    1/26/2015 12:23:05 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 26 of my 90 day challenge! This is also the last week of January, and I am determined to make it the best month of the year so far. For my 90 day challenge, I am posting new front and side pictures of myself on... Read more

  • How I Lost The First 5 lbs. in 8 Days

    1/26/2015 11:12:49 AM, by NIGHTLILLY

    And it wasn't by following any particular kind of diet! In fact, I try to ban that word from my vocabulary. Call it "lifestyle" or 'lifestyle change" or anything, buuut after YEARS of being a YoYo dieter, I know that the word carries heavy connotations. So, I made 'being more focused" and accou... Read more

  • 5 minute fitness

    1/26/2015 10:51:48 AM, by MARGOH12

    So today is the first day of the big writing job. Liz our leader sent everything through including the new logo. So as today is the first day of writing it is also the first day of setting an alarm every hour to fit in some fitness. I wasn't sure how well it would work out, but today it has been exc... Read more

  • Jury service

    1/26/2015 10:44:46 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    This week I am on jury service. Yesterday we attended, all 150 of us, and about forty were balloted to the trial. Then the second ballot in the court room, in which the lawyers got to challenge us as our names were called. As the prosepctive juror approached the seat, several were challenged. Once ... Read more

  • And today was even better!

    1/25/2015 9:57:45 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    There's a big smile on my face and in my heart today because I finally got to meet my SparkFriend Erin. The time we spent was great . . .we've traveled a lot of the same roads and have many similar goals. And what made it... Read more

  • Weird maths

    1/25/2015 4:56:05 PM, by MARGOH12

    My brother is 121/2 years older than I am. So how can Bryn do a mathematical equation that works to prove that I am in fact 38 years older than my brother?!!! ... Read more

  • The Other Half of the Half

    1/25/2015 8:45:16 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    The sun has set (even though this is my pic of the sunrise) on Key West and my first Half Marathon. I got more attention over this accomplishment than I have had in 30 years. People have been really nice! On my Facebook account peo... Read more

  • About nutrition

    1/25/2015 3:00:23 AM, by GIGGIN

    I have done really well this weekend with my food choices. And its getting easier. No cravings for sugar. I feel more drawn to healthy food. I WANT to eat broccoli and spinach - who would have thought. nutrition noun \nu̇-ˈtri-shən, nyu̇-: the process of eating the rig... Read more

  • Makin' it happen, because . . .

    1/24/2015 8:03:24 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • Team Work

    1/24/2015 3:55:26 PM, by MARGOH12

    Bill and I are core members of a beach mission team. We became leaders of the adult group 10 years ago after there was no-one to run it. Today was the annual team leaders meeting. It was great to see the others, we got loads done amid much laughter, we also had to find a new age group leader as some... Read more

  • Putting things to rights in the garden

    1/24/2015 12:13:42 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Yesterday was a big gardening day. I slept so well the night before, but not so long last night, because it was hot... We were so busy clearing the greenery DH trimmed, we took two trips to the dump, but managed to fit in a couple of visits to friends and family, too. And that pretty much occupi... Read more

  • My go to ingredient

    1/23/2015 9:37:43 AM, by MARGOH12

    Today I've cooked three dishes. Two curries for tonight and a lamb and lentil casserole for tomorrow. We are at an all day meeting tomorrow so I really don't want to come home and cook. It suddenly occurred to me that I used three tins of chopped tomatoes one in each dish. I started to think about a... Read more

  • About progress

    1/23/2015 3:58:30 AM, by GIGGIN

    Weigh in day. Only lost 0,2 kg and felt a bit discouraged. But that I used the measuring tape and the story changed. Since Newyears Ive lost: 4 cm/1,6 inch around my waist 4 cm/1,6 inch around my hips Ive also lost some on my thighs, legs and even arms. There is less "... Read more

  • Back to business

    1/23/2015 2:58:26 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Yet another hot day, thankfully it is the last day of my first week back at work. Got home and spent some time in the garden, chatting with neighbors then doing some gardening. Lawn has just been mowed and DH hired a pole trimmer and spent four hours tidying up the hedges and wild overgrowth. To... Read more

  • Keep it moving!

    1/22/2015 1:47:32 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Suffering a bit of a setback . . . I'm bumping at the top end of the 'tolerance' range I set for this phase of maintenance. Time to turn this train around!!! ... Read more

  • About morning ritual - part 2 - mantra

    1/22/2015 8:38:01 AM, by GIGGIN

    So, after having done my gratitude ritual, I say my mantra, or prayer : "I am a being of source and the universe I am awake and alert and Im ready to thrive I am an olympian spirit filled with strength and courage, integrity and discipline Nothing can stand in my way cause I am fearles... Read more

  • Alarm update

    1/22/2015 7:23:51 AM, by MARGOH12

    On January 7th I posted about setting an alarm while I am doing the big write of the year starting in February. This year it starts early on Monday next to be exact. I know from experience that I will become very absorbed in the project. I also know that I could easily ignore the alarm so I've put ... Read more

  • Being Honest With Myself

    1/21/2015 8:37:43 PM, by CHARITYAK

    So I posted a few days back in "Balancing the Budget" that I had planned out every meal and every snack for this week. And I posted in "Conviction" in yesterday's blog that we can always fight harder to resist temptation. And despite that....I just ate 350 calories in chocolate covered pretzel... Read more

  • About morning ritual - part 1 - gratitude

    1/21/2015 12:30:32 PM, by GIGGIN

    I am a very spiritual person, not religious, but spiritual. I am a spirit who now lives in this body. Every morning I start the day with the same ritual. While Im still in bed, before I even open my eyes, I put my hands around my face and I say to the universe and source: "Thank you, than... Read more

  • Trying hard

    1/21/2015 9:14:00 AM, by IMMORTALDEBRA

    My husband has to lose like 50 lbs in order to be put on the heart transplant list. He is halfway to his goal. That man has willpower of steel! I have type 2 diabetes so there is no way I could omit all carbs and restrict calories like he has. I have only lost 4 lbs and he has lost 25. It sucks beca... Read more

  • The great outdoors

    1/21/2015 6:22:13 AM, by MARGOH12

    Having been going stir crazy since Sunday, I took Ginny to meet Bill from work. Well I say work l met him less than half way home in the park. It was dark and cold but it felt good to be out. The bonus is you see wildlife that you don't see in daylight such as owls, not so sure about the rats though... Read more

  • Key West

    1/20/2015 9:44:29 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Key West is a very fun place and quite beautiful. You can get everywhere you want to go by bicycle. It is actually a biking paradise. There are bike lanes and bike trails all over and the streets are easy to share with cars. We spen... Read more

  • Planning

    1/20/2015 4:48:09 PM, by SWDOTB2

    Planning on a new moon day for the rest of this week (Jan. 20th-25th, 2015: Tuesday, January 20th: 5:20pm - 6:00pm will walk around the indoor track before teaching. 6:30pm - 7:45pm Will teach yoga downtown 8:15pm - 8:45pm I will walk on the treadmill downtown after teaching yoga to... Read more

  • Getting Creamed by the Creamer!!!

    1/20/2015 1:38:19 PM, by CHARITYAK

    I'm sitting here entering my breakfast foods into my nutrition tracker and it dawns on me, in my efforts to be really diligent about journaling, that I've been consistently missing a daily morning item. My coffee! I didn't think it was a big enough item to bother with, but I know that little things ... Read more

  • Day 20 Of My 90 Day Challenge

    1/20/2015 1:08:44 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 20 of my 90 Day Challenge! I was off track last week, but I'm determined to make this week better...and so far, so good! I still have plenty of time to make noticeable progress on this challenge, and I'm ready to ... Read more

  • sliding into 2015 feeling fine

    1/20/2015 12:00:58 PM, by NJJAZZ

    Lots of life questions ------------------ lots of solo time =----------- and lots of optimism about ME in 2015. Made some nice changes. Joined my local Elks club - line dancing there every thurs night and doing some volunteer work. JJoined a friday nice dance class................... ... Read more

  • Conviction

    1/20/2015 10:04:55 AM, by CHARITYAK

    There's an old bit of wisdom that says "If you want to learn, teach." These words came back to bite me in the butt the other day. I was working with one of my mentees and explaining to her that her life under her case managem... Read more

  • Dreams don't come true - hopefully

    1/20/2015 9:10:29 AM, by MARGOH12

    One strange thing that happens when I get acute pain is that I have weird dreams. They're not necessarily bad dreams just very strange. For example I had one once where I was acting on behalf of an author in a quazi-judicial panel no idea what the panel was for. The chair called an adjournment to ma... Read more

  • About weather

    1/20/2015 1:58:00 AM, by GIGGIN

    8 am in Oslo, dark and snowy, and a terrible wind outside. Our apartment is on second floor and still the windows are covered with snow.... Do I want to stay inside? You bet. But I wont. I will dress as warm as I can and walk to the subway which is about 30 min walk today since there is 1... Read more

  • 2nd January Week in Review

    1/19/2015 10:01:35 PM, by SWDOTB2

    2nd Check-in of the Year: 50 days, my walking streak continues.., at least 30 minutes every day. I was fortunate enough to see six swans on the river during Thursday's walk (January 15th). Saturday's walk was on an inside track downtown at the Memorial Health and Lifestyle Center where I teach... Read more

  • Balancing the Budget

    1/19/2015 12:31:31 PM, by CHARITYAK

    One of the young girls I mentor has moved out and gotten her first apartment. She was extremely nervous about her ability to afford rent, food, gas, etc. So I sat down with her and showed her how to create a budget. We listed all her expenditures and then her income sources. She was going to have a... Read more

  • Stll doing what I can

    1/19/2015 10:56:00 AM, by MARGOH12

    Still in pain today and having difficulty moving. So I thought up the strategy of small amounts of stretching and walking around the house when I get stiff. It still hurts too much to do anything but at least I'm mobile. The added bonus is that the dogs are guarding me very well.... Read more

  • Well, yes, the plan

    1/19/2015 6:10:37 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    We travelled home today and it was a very hot day. So we sweltered in the car and the ferry. A whole day of traveling, waking at 7 am and arriving home at 6.30 pm. Our dear tenant prepared a welcome home BBQ for us, so when we arrived there was a wonderful meal and friendly company. It has been quit... Read more

  • Racquetball

    1/19/2015 12:59:17 AM, by CHARITYAK

    I had fun today teaching a young friend to play racquetball, her first attempt. I'm not a huge sports person, especially competitive sports. But I do love racquetball. The mental part of the game intrigues me. The strategic placement of the ball. The analysis of your competition's strengths and weak... Read more

  • On a Scale of 1-10 I'm a 13.1

    1/18/2015 7:52:18 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Ha ha. I finished my first half marathon and get to use the funny blog title. Here is my fake picture: Well, that IS me, and it is mile 12 and I did go on to finish, but I was NOT that happy - I was dying! My daughter finished 4 s... Read more

  • Still ouchy

    1/18/2015 3:08:32 PM, by MARGOH12

    Still in a of of pain today. Not able to do much at all, but the good news is Bryn cooked a fabulous meal for us tonight and with the soup I made yesterday i didn't need to cook lunch. I have caught up on some recorded tv programs too - real luxury... Read more

  • Opened Our Second Shelter

    1/18/2015 12:09:59 PM, by CHARITYAK

    Those of you who've followed my blog for awhile, know that I am a high school teacher and guidance counselor who quit my job three years ago to help start a non-profit that works with homeless youth ages 14-24. Last Fall we opened our first shelter which I blogged at that time was going to be a girl... Read more

  • January Jumpstart Challenge-Week 3- It's About Health

    1/18/2015 11:08:36 AM, by BETH49

    I feel so much better than I did even a week ago. I really feel like I'm on the right track. Feeling healthy feels so muc better thatn feeling deprived, hungry, and craving. I've been researching Paleo because the shift last we... Read more

  • About breakfast

    1/18/2015 2:04:31 AM, by GIGGIN

    Eating breakfast is no challenge for meg. I have never been a person who skips a meal anyway :-) I eat my breakfast within a hour from getting up. On workdays it is usually a oatmeal porridge. But on weekends, my dear spark friends, it looks like the picture below. It is taken at 6.30 a... Read more

  • A Camo Tree

    1/17/2015 9:59:02 PM, by SWDOTB2

    My streak of taking at least a 30 minute walk every day continues. I walked outdoors Thursday, January 15th on my lunch hour. This is one of my favorite views downstream from atop the red foot bridge that connects our main camp... Read more

  • On the up-side

    1/17/2015 9:18:37 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Where do I begin . . . seems like forever since I've blogged. Here's what I've been up to: Dentist: I'm all done with the root canals and crowns . . . ... Read more

  • Saying goodbye to my little Ebony

    1/17/2015 7:46:22 PM, by DIANESKATZ

    Ebony lost his battle with auto immune and was put to rest on Wednesday, January 14. He was not drinking, eating very little and had a cancerous tumor under his tongue. I loved that little guy like a baby, and cared for him for 13 years. Ebony's absence is deeply felt and my arms ache to hold him. I... Read more

  • January Jumpstart Challenge-Week 2- Day 14-- My Body is Changing!

    1/17/2015 3:49:35 PM, by BETH49

    I looked in the mirror and I have a shape other than round!!!! Last Monday I was so disappointed by my NutriSystem weight gain that I almost gave up. I had returned to NutriSystem because we had so much left over from last years efforts. When Darling Husband and I decided to try to get health... Read more

  • Down but not out

    1/17/2015 1:21:58 PM, by MARGOH12

    Somehow I managed to twist my back this morning ouch! Despite this I have still managed to walk the dogs twice. Prepare vegetables for the coming week and make soup. I feel I can achieve anything after that.... Read more

  • Back to Working on Me

    1/16/2015 10:15:51 PM, by RAINBOWMF

    Saturday my life will return to normal, what ever that is LOL I will get back to my January commitment, of health and well being . Here is a picture of Me with my daughter Becky, her daughter Vada and her daughter Vivica. Four generations here. You can see these past 12 days have no... Read more

  • A truth to ponder!

    1/16/2015 7:52:08 PM, by IMAVISION

    Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, & persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laz... Read more

  • CHOLESTEROL....WHOHOO!!

    1/16/2015 7:28:18 PM, by YAKIRA_AVIGAYIL

    I am so excited my cholesterol levels are finally down to normal. You have to understand. I have ALWAYS had extremely high cholesterol and triglyceride numbers. Today...and this is great for me. My total cholesterol is 177!!! My triglycerides are 180 (these are usually through the roof! My ... Read more

  • The end of the summer weather...

    1/16/2015 4:14:37 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Not really, but we were woken at night by heavy rain on our iron roof. What great timing as everything has been so parched and our water tanks need replenishing. Today we pack up and head for Motueka, just an hour away but because of the special conditions created by Takaka Hill, which cuts off Go... Read more

  • Stunned

    1/16/2015 11:29:42 AM, by MARGOH12

    Today I went to a funeral for a man who used to volunteer for us. At the end before we left for the wake a young woman came over to me. She greeted me with "I don't suppose you remember me but ..." I did remember her. She used to work for us, after she left she had suffered from a mental illness tha... Read more

  • Day 16 of my 90 Day Challenge

    1/16/2015 10:59:02 AM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 16 of my 90 day challenge! My 90 day challenge started out as just a personal challenge to myself....to make as much noticeable progress in 90 days as I can. My goal is to just do my best each day to take steps t... Read more

  • I've seen the light

    1/15/2015 11:37:45 AM, by MARGOH12

    Last summer we attended an event with lots of art and craft stalls. One that really caught my eye was one where the artist made things from junk. two things that I was really taken with were art pieces made from old maps and scrabble tiles. The second was strings of lights using old comics for shade... Read more

  • Sisters Are Forever

    1/14/2015 10:08:00 AM, by RAINBOWMF

    Another piece of my heart has left this world. My beloved sister Winnie has passed. October 29, 1937---- January 13, 2015 Thank you all for the goodies, prayers and kind words in these last few days. ... Read more

  • OO la la Caruso

    1/14/2015 7:46:10 AM, by MARGOH12

    Today Caruso (that's our washing machine) decided to shred the bottom of a sleeve on one of my favourite jumpers grrrr. Just wondering if there's a way I can salvage it.... Read more

  • Fashion Carrot

    1/14/2015 3:25:32 AM, by CHARITYAK

    We have a little mini-gym set up in our unfinished basement. There's a treadmill, a nautilus weight machine/bench, a full set of dumbbells, jump ropes, exercise balls, resistance bands, ab machine, etc. I usually watch a movie on my laptop while on the treadmill. It helps with the monotony. Bu... Read more

  • A Winter Run and Feeling Nervous about the Half

    1/13/2015 4:52:47 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    This morning when I walked the dogs it was bitterly cold and very windy. I was dreading my scheduled run, even though it was only 3 miles. However by 11 there was bright sunshine and the wind had died down. I was reminded why I love... Read more

  • About Deprivation

    1/13/2015 3:11:29 PM, by GIGGIN

    In my many years of jo-jo dieting my method was deprivation. Nothing that I loved to eat or drink would be aloud. I love cakes and cookies, sweets and chips. But all this was an absolute no no. Horrible tasteless foods were eaten with no satisfaction. This was very effective, but needless to ... Read more

  • The beach

    1/13/2015 2:29:28 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    We joined some friends at Tata Beach yesterday for a kayaking experience. The water was so warm in comparison to the river. I water walked and swam, then it was time to get in the tandem kayak. DH was the principal propulsion power. We fell out at one stage but that was fine., on account of the war... Read more

  • Another Snow Day for the Visions!

    1/13/2015 11:21:01 AM, by IMAVISION

    Dear Fellow "Sparkers", Good Morning from the shadow of the Rockies here in Colorado! I hadnt expected to be sharing again so soon; however, as this is anoth... Read more

  • Bill 1 Squirrels ???

    1/13/2015 8:57:18 AM, by MARGOH12

    Bill has two flowers that he really loves. Aquilegia which grows in profusion in our garden and snowdrops which don't. The reason snowdrops don't grow is because every year Bill plants the bulbs and squirrels dig them up and eat them. Bill has patience and tenacity even though he knows the squirrels... Read more

  • January Jumpstart Challenge-Week 2- Day 9- I know why I'm Not Losing Weight

    1/13/2015 7:16:15 AM, by BETH49

    I don't lose weight because I eat too much. It's that simple. I am finding reasons every day to cheat and eat. It's not because I: am stressed love to play with my grands don't eat enough fat or any of the myriad of other reasons I justify the one more bite, the sneak treat. I fin... Read more

  • Goals, Events and Other Obligations

    1/12/2015 9:02:50 PM, by CHARITYAK

    Every year I set some specific fitness goals. They are usually related to annual milage, personal time best on a specific distance or participation in a race. Last year two of my major goals were 2000 miles (hike with elevation gain, bike, run or swim, walking didn't count) for the year and a second... Read more

  • Snow Day for the Visions!

    1/12/2015 2:30:30 PM, by IMAVISION

    Dear Fellow "Sparkers", Over the past few months, several Sister/Friends here in "Sparkville" have suggested that I save time & energy by blogging my sharing... Read more

  • Wet Wet Wet!

    1/12/2015 12:26:48 PM, by MARGOH12

    Today can be best summed up by the poet Alun Lewis he wrote "All day it has rained, ....... No refuge from the skirmishing fine rain." That's how it was all day and for the 2hours and 13 minutes I was walking the dogs this afternoon. fine skirmishing rain, not heavy fun rain where you can splash i... Read more

  • Have you tried the 7 minute workout?

    1/12/2015 11:01:10 AM, by WINACHST

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    -minute-workout/?_r=0 I have and have been doing 3 circuits for a 24 minute workout for about 3 weeks now and I noticed that I am actually getting stronger. When I first started, I was able to complete 7 on the knee pus... Read more

  • To, Two, Too, Morning

    1/12/2015 8:00:35 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    To walk - two dogs- two leashes-two bags- two mittens-too clumsy-too funny. Ps - bags= poo bags I'm glad I can laugh at myself because nobody else will, - oh wait.... Read more

  • Week 2

    1/12/2015 5:09:51 AM, by GIGGIN

    Did really well the first week. Ate well (enough), exercised really well, and my mindset is awesome. Been dieting more or less since I was 16, felt I was fat in my twenties, and that was 20 years and 40 pounds/20 kg ago. What a waste of energy and time. Completely ridiculous. But time has ... Read more

  • The river

    1/12/2015 4:30:26 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    It was too hot today. We were cast in whatever cool places we could find. It was so hot I couldn't even think of walking to the river, so we drove to the swimming hole that had just a little walk down. It is called the Miners' Pool. Then, the river was so cold. We swam to the rapids for a wat... Read more

  • Day Eleven - No Diet Coke

    1/11/2015 10:23:27 PM, by CHARITYAK

    I didn't make it through the New Year's unscathed. Came away with at least a handful of New Year's Resolutions. One of them being to give up Diet Coke entirely because I've come to accept that..I.AM.AN.ADDICT! I've always just... Read more

  • Tresswann Shall Rise Again Blog

    1/11/2015 5:46:24 PM, by TRESSWANN

    I have been alluding to this for sometime but I have started a blog outside of SP to help me as I battle my autoimmune things. Through a circuitous, serendipitous turn of events, I found there was a way of eating that should be able to get me back to me, high heel wearing, mobile me. It's not be... Read more

  • The Good Old Days

    1/11/2015 11:52:13 AM, by MARGOH12

    I've often heard people saying "it wasn't like that in my day" or something similar. It is always meant that things were better then. I can't for the life of me think how. I love today and all of it's technology, gadgets and labour saving devices. I would hate to have to do the washing by hand, a tw... Read more

  • New week & not giving up...

    1/11/2015 9:03:21 AM, by DEBI160NOW

    Taking it a day at a time and just for today I will...stay focused and keep in touch.... Read more

  • January 2015 Challenge --- Day 7 --- Week 1

    1/11/2015 9:02:33 AM, by BETH49

    I'm surprised that week 1 was so hard. This is becoming more and more a process of humility. I'm coming face to face with my denial, the stories I tell myself, my laziness, and my general unwillingness to walk the talk. By really doing this week , really doing this week, I am coming face to face ... Read more

  • January Week in Review

    1/11/2015 4:30:51 AM, by SWDOTB2

    1st Check-in of the Year: I am happy to report that my little orchid is blooming again. I am also happy to report that I am continuing my walking streak each day for at least 30 minutes since the first of December, whether i... Read more

  • A Hike in the Moose HayFlats

    1/10/2015 11:55:45 PM, by CHARITYAK

    Got up early this morning to do a six mile hike in the game refuge near my house. I wanted to be out there alone at sunrise to capture some photos while walking. It was snowy and icy which made it kinda like hiking in sand. Fine with me. It just means more calorie burn. Here are some photos! Read more

  • Been Gone For A Couple of Months

    1/10/2015 11:48:35 PM, by CHARITYAK

    My apologies to everyone who has sent me mail and wall posts. I will start slugging through them over the next few days and get caught up. While I have fallen off the SparkPeople wagon, I have not forsaken my fitness efforts. I have less time now than I did when I first started with Sparkpeople. My... Read more

  • Thanks

    1/10/2015 11:14:02 AM, by MARUKI52

    I'd like to thank you all who sent me goodies over Christmas/New Year, those who sent good wishes for the festive season and those who have supported me over the last year. My thanks also go to those who were so supportive when I put up about my rebel scale which insisted on pointing in the wrong d... Read more

  • Nice as pie

    1/10/2015 8:36:38 AM, by MARGOH12

    My family love meat pies. I can get them to eat almost any type of meat as long as it's encased in a nice, golden brown crispy crust. Obviously this is not helpful for loosing weight. The Hairy Bikers have provided a brilliant solution to the problem, you simply buy a pizza base mix and use that.... Read more

  • January 2015 Challenge --- Day 6 - Lessons

    1/10/2015 8:32:59 AM, by BETH49

    Yesterday was either a failure or a schooling. I'm going to take a schooling. He-re's what I learned 1. The day before I was craving cheese-- which meant I need to add some some dairy and a bit more fat. 2. Because of the intense cravings, I set myself up to cave on a high trigger day and I... Read more

  • Margo and the blustery day

    1/9/2015 12:59:49 PM, by MARGOH12

    Today has been a blustery day. not cold or wet just very strong winds. I nearly got blown over it was so strong. I wondered if I had a balloon whether I could get blown up into the honey tree like Winnie the Pooh. ... Read more

  • THANK YOU

    1/9/2015 12:40:35 PM, by COACHSANDRAAULT

    Thank you, Lord, for brining my dream to pass. Thank you, that I will become what YOU created me to be.... Read more