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  • This really kicked my booty

    10/24/2014 1:15:33 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I kept telling myself that . . . Whatever this bug is that's kicked my booty for the past week, is no fun whatsoever. There were several times when I... Read more

  • Changing The Goal Date

    10/24/2014 10:26:02 AM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 51 of my streak! In September, I bought two size 1X shirts, which were too small for me. I called them my Motivation Shirts. They now hang proudly in my living room/workout room, where I can see them every day and be inspired to keep pushing myself. My original goal was to fit in... Read more

  • A Milestone and Some Progress Pics

    10/24/2014 8:14:24 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    I've been looking forward to this for awhile. Back in April 2014 as a response to a Spark Coach visualization challenge, I blogged about losing the first 30 pounds and realizing that it was equal to the bags of dog food I buy for my... Read more

  • This Week

    10/24/2014 7:59:34 AM, by HARRIETSDESIGN

    I want to be strong. I want to do what I say today and all the near future days. I want to reach my goal. I want to be strong enough to keep my personal commitment. To myself. I am worth it. ... Read more

  • UPDATE

    10/24/2014 6:50:05 AM, by SMIDGON

    Just thought I'd bring everyone up to date! January 01, 2014 I started on a 'Soul-searching Journey'. I tell you all one thing, it's not for whimps! My life has been a 'roller coaster' ever since. Everything from personal health to relationships, to taking my cares to the 'foot of the cross'... Read more

  • In lockdown

    10/23/2014 3:56:41 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Long days at the moment getting up at dawn to let the chickens out, then sitting with them in the evening to be sure the newbies have each eaten enough. And work is in full swing, with the MPs back in their house too. It is busy and buzzy. Concerning too with the events in Ottawa. Parliaments all... Read more

  • Not the preferred way to lose 4 pounds!

    10/22/2014 1:46:46 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    It's been a long time since I've spent the day sleeping, but that's exactly what I did yesterday. Not sure if I have/had a stomach bug or just the change of the seasons (as my neighbor attributes it to), but it kicked my booty. Thankful to be feeling better this morning, tho I did nap f... Read more

  • oooh, oooh, ahh

    10/22/2014 11:03:51 AM, by WINACHST

    The blisters are painful and I must have added sound effects when I put on my shoes because my 3-year old grandson was walking around saying, "oooh, oooh, ahhh". At least he was not copying my funny walk. lol... Read more

  • Being Prepared

    10/22/2014 10:35:54 AM, by MARGOH12

    Do you know it's only 64 days to Christmas? Far from being fun it can become a time that's very stressful. Also you can become so busy you don't get time to look after yourself. I deal with this by planning ahead and starting ear... Read more

  • October 21, 2014

    10/21/2014 12:19:09 PM, by DLITE719

    Today I will attend the funeral service a my good friend's husband Danny. Every time I think of this wonderful couple and know that I will never see Danny again I get teary eyed. Saturday I made a casserole for Alice because I knew she would have a lot of out of town guests. The minute I saw her ... Read more

  • Bedtime for chickens

    10/21/2014 12:04:54 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    My work week begins and I need to accommodate extra time for the new chickens. They are so sweet I am enjoying them a lot. Putting them to bed is a drama as the newbies need to sleep in the coop with the other girls. However Henny Penny the boss chook drives them out as soon as I put them in. It... Read more

  • Blisters and food choices

    10/21/2014 9:24:52 AM, by WINACHST

    I ended up getting blisters from my run yesterday! Ouch! I bought some Super Moleskin Padding to cover and protect. This product works better than band-aids, super sticky. I am going to attempt to track my food again because I really need to get back on track and this no calorie counting in not... Read more

  • Yes!!

    10/20/2014 2:48:21 PM, by MARUKI52

    This time SP is correct. I have lost 1lb. which is good news. I still have so much to lose and my progress has not been good for a long time. I live in hopes though that it will eventually happen. I don't think there will be much walking done tomorrow, unless I do WATP indoors, because we ... Read more

  • Accident Free For 47 Days

    10/20/2014 12:43:25 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 47 of my streak! Have you ever seen those workplace signs that say "X number of days without an accident" or something similar? Those signs are there to motivate the workers to keep up the good work and stay accid... Read more

  • I managed 5 miles today

    10/20/2014 12:43:05 PM, by WINACHST

    Another beautiful day, so I went for a run. The farmers are finished harvesting now (not much chemicals being added now) so I chose to go that way instead of the woods. It also meant flat roads for half of it. On one stretch ... Read more

  • My Two Inspirations

    10/20/2014 12:26:22 PM, by DIANESKATZ

    My two daughters, aged 37 and 40 are my inspirations. They have overcome insurmountable odds in their lifetime and came out the stronger for it. They are living in TX and the the eldest in FL. Don't get to see them too often since I don't like to fly but we are in touch daily. They are raising their... Read more

  • My First Blog ........... A Bit Intimidating

    10/20/2014 11:37:02 AM, by REDHEAD101359

    I read blog posts from SparkPeople members every day and they are wonderful. Deep, insightful, funny, sad and a whole myriad of other emotions flow through their words and as a result, I too feel the power of these writings. So to decide to sit down and write my own first blog about .... about... Read more

  • Don't get enough support ...

    10/20/2014 8:30:27 AM, by WINACHST

    SO WHAT! That is the idea behind a little tidbit in On Fitness Sept/Oct issue. I often use the excuse that I do not get the support I need to eat healthy and whine and complain about how difficult in is to eat the right foods when no one around me is doing the same. SO WHAT! Just because someo... Read more

  • I ran yesterday

    10/20/2014 7:14:35 AM, by WINACHST

    I ran yesterday for the first time in about a month. I have had a bout of plantar fasciitis so I stopped running for a bit. As a precaution, I put two insert inside my shoe and wore compression socks for arch support. The weather was perfect for a run. I checked the temperature, dressed for 4... Read more

  • Spring chickens are go

    10/19/2014 7:22:15 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    An early start to the day to let my chickens out of the hen house. DH helped me to set up a separate part of the run so my new gals can have some security while they learn how to walk and find food, without being haraassed by the Whataitai Whanau. But at night I am putting them all in together, much... Read more

  • Time to make the donuts.

    10/18/2014 7:02:50 PM, by QUEEN-EYDIE

    I found the idea for these online, created by some clever person, and a shower of blessings on their head, I say. The idea is to core an apple and to cut it into thick slices, so it looks like a donut, spread the slices with nut butter, and the fun part is adding the toppings. I used chopped d... Read more

  • Becking: Sitting down to eat

    10/18/2014 11:30:00 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Darn it! I talk a good game, but yesterday I ate strawberries while standing looking out the window at birds in the birdbath. I was really enjoying the taste, but I was distracted, too, with my attention on the comings and goings. Funny because think of myself as having very good habits, I don't ... Read more

  • One Step Closer

    10/18/2014 11:25:28 AM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 45 of my streak! Being back on track feels great. I'm seeing and feeling so much progress, and I've had some awesome NSV's. (Non-Scale Victories.) My clothes have gone from being so tight that I could barely fit i... Read more

  • WaaaaaaaH! WaaaaaH!

    10/18/2014 10:59:16 AM, by MARUKI52

    Can you hear my sobs from where you are? Wondering what is the matter? Oh! What to do, what to do? Well my trusty kitchen scales have gone and given up the ghost. I rely on my scales not only for measuring my nutrition but for cooking/baking purposes and making my bread. I made a... Read more

  • SparkPeople gone mad!

    10/18/2014 10:39:51 AM, by MARUKI52

    Thank you to all who, in recent days, have congratulated me on losing weight whether it be 1 lb. or 2 lbs. Unfortunately I have NOT lost this weight in fact I have put weight on! I don't understand why SP is saying on my Feed that I have lost this weight and congratulating me when ... Read more

  • Free Spirited Style At Any Age

    10/17/2014 11:55:17 AM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    I lead the Beauty Over 50 team, so of course, we have our fashionistas on the team, me included. You read the articles, what to wear over 40... over 50... blah, blah, blah. I say have your own style, whatever your age and be comfortable in your own skin, wrinkles and all. Daphne Selfe, an over... Read more

  • Absolute Genius

    10/17/2014 11:51:22 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein The same goes for each of us . . . if we try to live our life accordin... Read more

  • Sunny Day

    10/17/2014 9:52:42 AM, by MARUKI52

    Joy, oh joy! What a difference the sun makes. It's been shining most of the morning here although there are some clouds in the sky. I'm making the most of it by walking today. I've done quite a bit of WATP indoors this week due to the weather so being outside will be good. It's up... Read more

  • Breaking news on crash diets.

    10/17/2014 3:42:03 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    As a successful crash dieter, I was so happy to read this! It is an article saying essentially not only that crash diets do work, and have the same long term success rate as slower methods, but they are more successful than slower methods. Check it out! http://www.independent.co.uk
    /life-s... Read more

  • Keeping the positive attitude.

    10/16/2014 11:03:18 PM, by DLITE719

    This is the second week I have been trying to keep a positive attitude. So far so good. Today was a challenge though. I could swear we are going to have a full moon. I work in a medical provider's office. Today I worked as a receptionist. In all my years I haven't in one day encountered so many ... Read more

  • You are beautiful in every single way

    10/16/2014 9:06:14 PM, by SUECHRIS50

    I'm not a head turner beautiful but my mama taught me to keep a smile on my face and a pep in my step.Do good for others not expecting anything in return.I have a beautiful attitude,heart,and soul.I am a wonderful Mom of 4 and Grammy to almost 10 with 4 Great Grandkids and I'm a super great wife.God... Read more

  • Autumn at Oak Glen, California

    10/16/2014 8:29:23 PM, by DIANESKATZ

    Every year in the Fall I make a trip to Oak Glen. Only a 45-min drive from our home it's a little bit of country in Southern California; 1000 ft or one mile above sea level. It's known for it's apple orchards and great apple pie! There are gift shops to browse, country stores to visit and apple pick... Read more

  • Homemade Oven Roasted Tator Tots

    10/16/2014 1:58:02 PM, by WINACHST

    http://www.wishfulchef.c
    om/oven-roasted-tater-tots/ The other day I saw this recipe and just had to make them. Ingredients: potatoes, salt, pepper and olive oil. They were so good! It took about 30 minutes to bake so that they were crunchy on the outside. I used a p... Read more

  • Going Strong!

    10/16/2014 1:57:21 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Wow! What a busy few weeks it's been! DH is finally settling into his new job and I'm catching up on stuff I have been neglecting during his time off. I do miss him being at home but I will really enjoy getting back to my ve... Read more

  • A visit from the Queen

    10/16/2014 12:49:09 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I swam last night, my arms feel delicious this morning. Skipped my Wednesday swim because my Sister in Law was in town unexpectedly. We took her home straight after work for a drink before dropping her at the airport, so no time for a swim. SiL hasn't seen the 'new' ensuite bathroom. So she looked... Read more

  • Letting it just BE as it IS today.

    10/15/2014 4:32:37 PM, by CONFIDENTLYFIT

    It has been a wonderful day off... I started with a beautiful Yoga practice online (Ekhart Yoga) in a sunlit room at home. Then, I prepared a healthy breakfast, and coffee, to enjoy while reading from "A Course in Miracles." All along I am breathing deeply, but not really feeling as relaxed as... Read more

  • Giraffes have it tough ;-)

    10/15/2014 7:06:49 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

    I saw this on a friend's Facebook page yesterday and it made me laugh out loud so I thought I'd share it on Spark ... Read more

  • Of all the things to crave...

    10/14/2014 9:23:30 PM, by WINACHST

    A couple years ago my daughter and I made a bet with our husbands about something I cannot even remember and the prize for us, if we won, was a trip to the Spam Museum in southern Minnesota. Why there? I have no idea but it sounded good at the time, some wacky tourist attraction and to get-away for ... Read more

  • Anniversary

    10/14/2014 10:56:39 AM, by MARUKI52

    Well, I didn't lose that other pound that I was hoping for so the dress was not what I wore for our celebration. Instead I wore black trousers with a silver based and multi-coloured striped top I have. We were treated to a family meal on the Friday evening and I was quite surprised when I a... Read more

  • Spring flowers

    10/14/2014 6:00:00 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    DH painted the fence this weekend and i weeded the ''new' flower bed. Last week we had such a terrible storm that our bay window was damaged. So how is it that the lovely spring flowers can hold on to their petals? You would not t... Read more

  • Changing it up!

    10/13/2014 5:34:34 PM, by CONFIDENTLYFIT

    I changed my Sparkpage! Doesn't it feel energizing to make change it up , sometimes? My former page had images of yoga on white sand, palm trees, and blue water turning into blue sky. I think I created the beach theme because I had just joined Sparkpeople in June. My "outdoor world" wa... Read more

  • Eat According To Your Goals

    10/13/2014 12:58:36 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 40 of my streak! Last week was very healthy and successful, and now I'm ready to just keep on going and make this week healthy, too! I got off to a good start yesterday. I went out to breakfast with my two sons. ... Read more

  • A Blessed Day

    10/12/2014 10:23:31 PM, by DLITE719

    I slept so good last night so I woke up feeling refreshed. Got out of bed and got the newspaper, started the coffee, turned on the new, fed the fish and dogs and then sat down to catch some news. I finished cleaning the kitchen because I didn't get to it yesterday. I put beans in the pressure coo... Read more

  • 10 days

    10/12/2014 8:21:02 PM, by NATNOEL

    So much for blogging more like I talked about in my last post. We leave for London in 10 days. I have not stepped on the scale for weeks but I keep trying on the jeans I am bringing and I feel good in them. Not great because all 3 pairs I am bringing are size 12s not the size 10s I was wearing... Read more

  • The Real Cost

    10/11/2014 7:35:00 PM, by WINACHST

    How many times have you heard, "It is too expensive to eat healthy foods"? I received an email today that suggested calculating the real cost of healthy vs. junk food. The idea is to look up the cost of apples, potatoes, poptarts, and potato chips; then calculate the cost per ounce. So, I deci... Read more

  • What happened at PT today

    10/10/2014 9:10:23 PM, by TRESSWANN

    So I am on the bike today at PT. It's a different group so they have on HGTV instead of Friends. Lo and behold, I see Kate. Kate is my best friend from when I am 7's daughter. I held her as a baby. Kathy was the first of any of us to have children. I was Aunt Shoe in Kate's childhood - those l... Read more

  • The Motivation Shirts

    10/10/2014 11:34:35 AM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 37 of my streak! Last month, I got a couple of new shirts that were one size too small for me. I call them my Motivation Shirts, and I hung them up right in the living room, which is also my workout room. I gues... Read more

  • Birchbox Visit

    10/9/2014 10:14:25 PM, by TRESSWANN

    This one is for Pattie. I visited Birchbox today, finally. I will post pix tomorrow. I was a little wobbly by the time we got there after work and after a visit to ... Read more

  • Change

    10/9/2014 10:01:32 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • Too Adorably Cute Not to Share!

    10/9/2014 5:20:30 PM, by IMAVISION

    for stopping by! I hope that you enjoy this as much as I have. God bless! Read more

  • Getting the window fixed

    10/9/2014 1:23:21 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    We've heard back from the insurer and they will cover the fixing of the bay window. The firm that is doing it seems very efficient, but I know there is often quite the difference between the people selling the service and those delivering the service. Anyway this is a task that happens mostly off ... Read more

  • Golden Wedding Anniversary

    10/9/2014 11:08:29 AM, by MARUKI52

    Tomorrow is the big day when I celebrate my Golden Wedding Anniversary. 50 years is a long time and when I started out my married life all those years ago I never once wondered if I would reach this anniversary. It never crossed my mind to look so far ahead, I was far too busy with day to day life... Read more

  • Patronus Transformations - Inter-House Games Assignment

    10/9/2014 1:36:54 AM, by 1MIN17SECB412PM

    Patronus Transformations I had grown accustomed to walking round the Black Lake alone, or skirting edges of the Forbidden Forest, most of afternoons, yet still, ... Read more

  • Dreams

    10/8/2014 7:37:46 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • Web site complaint- Opinions wanted

    10/8/2014 7:06:30 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    A big change for me in using SP was getting a smartphone. I now can use it to access the site anywhere and any time and photos upload directly from my phone camera which is my main source of pics. I also have an iPad. A few days ago when I went to access my page I got some weird abbreviated form. ... Read more

  • Friends and Frangipani

    10/7/2014 10:54:40 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I had a great time at the reunion lunch yesterday. It was great to catch up with former co-workers and see what's gone on in their lives these past 25-30 years. Most of us are grandparents now, and we're all moving a bit slower. A couple of the ladies I used to work with I did not recognize at al... Read more

  • Been awhile

    10/7/2014 9:23:28 AM, by WINACHST

    It has been a while since my last blog, I was without internet service for a while. It is amazing how much time can pass on the web. Web is the correct term, it lures you in and then gets a hold on you so you cannot escape. I went to our hunting property with our oldest grandson. We had a blast... Read more

  • One Pound Down

    10/7/2014 3:49:26 AM, by MARUKI52

    Just a short blog as I woke up late this morning. It's a beautiful morning which I am hoping will last so I can go for a walk today. It's still breezy out there but what a wonderful morning for a refreshing walk. I've lost one of the pounds today which is great news. The BMI has been slowly movi... Read more

  • Another lovely spring day

    10/6/2014 11:20:49 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    it is mostly still today and sunny, but fresh, the wind is blowing off new snow. We have been having a stormy time of it, typical spring weather, except we did have some unusual wind the other day and it sucked a window nearly out of its frame. So spent all yesterday dealing with insurance issues. ... Read more

  • So Proud Of Myself ... ?

    10/6/2014 2:40:00 PM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    Today I still have gout pain, but for the first time in a LONG time I have energy! I am drinking this product, but that is another story. I cleaned out the refrigerator, cut up veggies and put them in containers, washed everything down and even emptied the ice maker! Then I started cooking, ka... Read more

  • Celebrate Monday

    10/6/2014 1:55:26 PM, by DLITE719

    Today I will celebrate Monday because it is the first day of the work week and a great day to start new beginnings. When a weekend doesn't go as expected and we over eat or didn't make time to work out, Monday is a great day to put things right and start over. Prior to today I didn't look forw... Read more

  • Fast and Furious

    10/6/2014 11:13:37 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Another fast and furious weekend. Most of it was spent taking care of business. This week will be another busy one. Today I'm driving back to the city to have lunch with a group of former co-workers from a job I had from 1986 - 1991. Then I might as well take care of some errands while I'm... Read more

  • Ready For A Healthy Week!

    10/5/2014 2:27:39 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 32 of my streak! I'm all ready for a healthy week! I have my workouts planned, and the kitchen is stocked with healthy food from my trip to the grocery store this morning. I got celery, carrots, hummus, cantaloup... Read more

  • Saturday - October 4, 2014

    10/5/2014 12:31:35 AM, by DLITE719

    Well this week was a great week. It would have been an exceptional week if I had lost a pound or two but it was only a great week because I at least maintained. At the beginning of the week I decided I would have a positive attitude. I woke up each day with a positive attitude that carried over for... Read more

  • Sparking for 2 years now!

    10/4/2014 3:21:44 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Last week I celebrated - and I do mean celebrated - my two year Spark-anniversary! What a difference SparkPeople has made in my life. I absolutely love that SparkPeople does not offer a quick weight loss diet plan . . . but a whole new outlook on life... Read more

  • What to do while recuperating

    10/4/2014 1:53:12 PM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    I have gout yet again. This time I got a prescription because the pain was too much to bear. I have had little sleep in two nights. Today is better! Pain is still there, however and swollen foot. So I am catching up on my reading. I read a while and sleep a while, drinking lots of water. ... Read more

  • Sadness, long term friends have moved.

    10/4/2014 9:47:09 AM, by MARUKI52

    Some neighbours of ours moved last Tuesday. It was a sad day for us because they have been good and friendly neighbours for the last 39 years. They had young children when we had young 'uns too. They have moved all the way to Cornwall to be near their daughter who relocated to Cornwall earlier i... Read more

  • Personal Fitness Retreat - Wrap Up

    10/2/2014 12:32:59 PM, by CHARITYAK

    Yesterday was my final day with the Personal Fitness Retreat I had put together for myself. There was some good and some bad to report. I started strong. Following through for two of my three fitness legs, but then I had an ene... Read more

  • October goal 2

    10/2/2014 9:08:57 AM, by MARUKI52

    Just checking in to say my weight was down a little today but not enough to register as 1 lb. I don't have a scale that registers under 1lb. Still it's in the right direction. Just gotta keep on track. Feeling pretty tired today as I had a rough night. It turn quite cold here... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question Thursday, October 2nd

    10/2/2014 7:12:21 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • October goal.

    10/1/2014 2:51:06 PM, by MARUKI52

    I don't usually make public my goals for weight loss, mainly because my weight goes up and down so often and would be unrealistic for me to do so, but this October is different. On October 10th it will be my Golden Wedding Anniversary. Yup! 50 years. Which goes to show how it's not only young o... Read more

  • Personal Fitness Retreat - Part Five

    9/30/2014 11:10:17 PM, by CHARITYAK

    Brief recap.... I've set up a Personal Fitness Retreat to coincide with three days my husband was going to be out of town at a church board retreat. Today was supposed to be Day Three. However, the board members covered their... Read more

  • Exactly what does a dog see?

    9/30/2014 6:41:31 PM, by IMAVISION

    & for checking this out. If you have ever been curious about what dogs see, this will afford excellent insight on that matter. As... Read more

  • Tough Love Got Me Back On Track

    9/30/2014 12:20:21 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    Today is day 27 of my streak! I've spent most of this year being off track (and gaining back almost all of the 71 lbs that I'd lost.) I wanted to get back on track, and I tried to do it (many times) but to be honest, my effor... Read more

  • I'm baaaacccckkkkk!

    9/30/2014 11:56:58 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    I watched hubby ride off to work this morning bringing a rude end to a great vacation. Well, maybe not so much a vacation as a much-needed time off, break from work. For the past 9 years, DH has been commuting 2 hours a day to work. Sun, rain, wind, hail, sleet, snow . . . it doesn't matter. ... Read more

  • Spring in the garden

    9/30/2014 4:08:03 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Great to spend the day in the garden today. It was a limpid day, still, sunny, warm. On my return from the shops laden with groceries I stopped to enjoy the view and an apple on one of our terraces. Henny Penny wanted some of that apple! so she Read more