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  • 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

  • Improved & Puurrrfectly Amazing

    7/27/2014 3:48:55 PM, by DIANESKATZ

    My baby cat, Ebony, was diagnosed last summer with pemphygus which is an auto-immune disease. It was a rough time for him. He had a sore on his belly, red swollen gums and sore nail beds. I cried as we took him often to the vet for shots and checkups. It took him awhile to get better too. I feared l... Read more

  • My next steps--what to do, what to do.....

    7/27/2014 2:37:30 PM, by DIANNEMT

    I had a goal to beat my 5K time in May--and I did it! Not by a lot but I ran faster than I have ever run before and finished under 36 minutes. I will do another 5K this year--without trying to beat my record (different course, different timing). But--I read this article www.sparkpeople.... Read more

  • Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables --- I approve this idea!

    7/27/2014 12:53:43 PM, by IMAVISION

    In the United States of America -- three hundred million tons of fresh produce is thrown away per year! Quite insane! Worse, yet, when ... Read more

  • Restful weekend, didn't count on this.

    7/27/2014 12:09:34 PM, by DLITE719

    Today I am laying around hoping I feel better. Mike went to church by himself since I didn't feel good. M stomach started acting up last night and has continued. I feel odd just laying around. This isn't normal for me. I look around the room and think of all the things that need to be done. My dog... 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

  • Looking back, looking forward

    7/26/2014 6:31:29 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Just curious . . . . (My note would say LIVE TODAY!) Well we all know life doesn't allow do-overs. We can't go back and change anything . . . but we can decide today to make a difference, for today and tomorrow . . . ... Read more

  • Just desserts with the jockettes

    7/26/2014 3:39:31 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    DH & I joined friends for dessert last night. He had some, I didn't. They drank wine, I drank water. I hadn't felt like sitting through a whole meal with them, but felt I could ignore as they ate dessert. It was fine, and I had fun catching up. But actually had some extra food when I went home... Read more

  • What?! No chocolate chip cookie trees?

    7/26/2014 8:59:59 AM, by WINACHST

    Below is an excerpt from the introductory pages of The Health Promoting Cookbook by Alan Goldhamer, D.C. I just had to share because it is helping me realize that if I am going to be successful in eating healthy, I also need to create an environment that will support and make things a bit easier to ... Read more

  • Over the hump & winning again

    7/25/2014 2:41:34 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I was going to say losing again, but that,s not what it feels like to get rid of excess weight, is it? This round my weight will not budge and then after two or three days, drops. It is annoying as I am used to a smoother ride. Then I look at the end of my week and feel abashed that I have been... Read more

  • I just got up and ran...

    7/25/2014 9:06:29 AM, by WINACHST

    WOW! I was doing some exercises last night after the grandchildren went home and after I was warmed up a bit I noticed there was still about 1/2 hour of daylight. So, I put on my running shoes and ran down the road to the neighbors driveway (3/4 of a mile). As I neared the mailbox, I thought back of... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question

    7/25/2014 6:26:08 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Got rid of some weight again

    7/24/2014 2:59:40 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Don't want to say regain, becaue it's not what I like to think of as a gain, but i am relosing some extra weight. As I have said before, I let my focus go for a couple of months and the result was I put on a bit over 10 kilos. Dang! Getting myself back on track and in last two weeks have drop... Read more

  • Need to change

    7/24/2014 11:48:35 AM, by MARGOH12

    Having spent several weeks behind my computer screen, and doing little else. I hate deadlines! I felt in need of a revamp. so for the last week I've spent time reviewing my exercise program, clearing out my wardrobe and inventing some new recipes. I feel so much better now - phew that's a relief.... Read more

  • Nutritionist Was Spot On!

    7/24/2014 11:05:21 AM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    Nothing is off-limits, those are the main words the nutritionist spoke to me. Now that is after she found out what I am eating and drinking. It does not mean that I can start drinking sodas or alcohol again or eating fried foods. It means that I have a sweet tooth and if I want dessert, I can cu... Read more

  • Make Today Count!

    7/24/2014 9:57:47 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    After all, before ya know it, it'll be Halloween. What would YOU be able to accomplish in 100 days if you really set your mind to it? Instead of wishin' & hoping - - - let's make it happen! ... Read more

  • Smile

    7/24/2014 9:29:55 AM, by RAINBOWMF

    Great Grand Daughter----- Vivica----- Babies like to smile! ... Read more

  • When tough tries to overtake.

    7/24/2014 7:21:50 AM, by PITSAKI

    There are some days when pain overcomes our efforts, draining one of energy and stamina. Attempting to remain on track and positive can become strenuous with much effort. Then one begins to feel alone and fights the thoughts that come gushing in. That is when I turn to God in prayer asking for motiv... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question

    7/24/2014 5:44:00 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Perspective

    7/23/2014 10:17:03 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • Tales of woe.

    7/22/2014 6:32:14 AM, by MARUKI52

    Why is it that when I go to blog it is not for good news! P'raps it just old age eh! I started off my two week break, to sort stuff out, with vigour and anticipation. Then the heatwave struck. Now as some of you will know I just "don't do" heat and humidity at all. I just turn ... Read more

  • Housewifely day

    7/21/2014 10:16:47 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Really satisfied with my day so far, went to Zumba, bought some gloves (just developed Reynaud's and it's tough in winter) and some new pillows. Then home for the electrician to install a heated towel rail in the middle flat, while I ate a three egg white 1 yolk omelette, and prepped my veggies for ... Read more

  • Tea Sandwiches by TopsBear

    7/21/2014 2:22:58 PM, by IMAVISION

    Ideas/recipes too mouthwateringly delectable sounding not to share. Enjoy!
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  • Reviewing My Plan

    7/21/2014 12:42:00 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Today could be one of those days. It's Monday, the first day after vacation. 5AM rolled around much too early this morning. YAWN.... But it will not diminish my enthusiasm for the journey I'm on. Though having DH at home... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question

    7/21/2014 5:44:44 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Saturday evening with my Daughter & her 2 daughters, 07/19/2014

    7/20/2014 5:47:14 PM, by SWDOTB2

    My daughter and her two little girls at Krider Garden, Middlbury, Indiana. We met up near a halfway point to walk in the garden. ... Read more

  • Steamed to sleep

    7/20/2014 12:58:11 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    This weekend I have been tidying the house since DH has been out of town. The kitchen and bedroom are a marvel, living room and lobby, not so much. I'll be picking him up at the airport this morning an we will go for a swim. Yesterday I spent two hours in the steam room, came out boiled and... Read more

  • New beginning, AGAIN

    7/20/2014 11:16:02 AM, by GINYAN

    Getting the weight off this time has been much barber then in the past! I'm sure age has something to do with it, motivation might been an issue as well. It's not time so much, as I seem to have more time for me right now, just not using it to exercise that's for sure. I'm going through a maj... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question

    7/20/2014 7:06:45 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Memory Lane

    7/19/2014 9:15:23 PM, by DIANESKATZ

    This blog has nothing to do with weight loss or nutrition. But, I wanted to share it with all of you because it is so adoring. Today at the mall I saw a little girl with blonde hair. I know it's not unusual but this particular child reminded me so much of my youngest daughter; not only in her looks ... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question

    7/19/2014 8:39:27 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Beach Bound Vacation!!

    7/19/2014 5:33:29 AM, by BEFIT014

    Well, I am packed up & ready to go! EXCEPT, I have to work til 2 . But, with a little luck, we'll be on the road by 4pm. I have a 10 day vacation! We're heading for 6 days of ! We are... Read more

  • Really unhappy with the scale--and I guess with me, too.

    7/18/2014 6:47:28 PM, by DIANNEMT

    The scale has been inching up--pretty much since February. I do not know why--I have been exercising and tracking and am usually under the calorie range --and I eat pretty healthy--I will have a glass of wine (and track it) or a .5 cup of ice cream and it fits into my calories. I spoke with a... Read more

  • Biggest loser challenge

    7/18/2014 4:36:14 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Yesterday was weigh in day for my new six week challenge. I've been weighing regularly again after neglecting the scales for a few months, and boy does it show. I remember now, the scale is my friend. We need to keep in regular touch. It's good to be tackling a challenge, I am on an... Read more

  • Diets, Diets, Diets... (faint scream in the background...)

    7/18/2014 1:12:54 PM, by BOHEMIANCAT

    That would be my scream in the background. I had to quit my vegetarian diet. I developed ulcer in my mouth (or canker sores). This is due to lack of amino acids. So I have added meat, beef, chicken or fish, for dinner every other day. Today I am visiting a nutritionist. I hope she ca... Read more

  • A Non-Scale Victory At The Grocery Store

    7/18/2014 1:10:52 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    I got up bright and early this morning to go grocery shopping with my youngest son. I had my list written out, and I was ready to only buy healthy foods. No junk! ... Read more

  • 94 years young

    7/18/2014 7:21:15 AM, by WINACHST

    I volunteer as a meal coordinator for a program where groups come in and prepare a meal for the community and last night I had the pleasure of working with one of the members who told me he was 94 years old. I was so impressed. This man looked well although he moved like he had a few aches and ... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question

    7/18/2014 6:02:16 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • 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

  • Lowering Cholesterol

    7/17/2014 12:07:05 PM, by CYNTHIAPITTMANN

    I did not realize that gaining weight would have such a profound influence on my cholesterol. I haven't been as dedicated to losing as I should, i.e. my cholesterol number is approaching 400! Today is the day that I'm changing my harmful habits! I'm committed to: 1) walk more (60 minutes ... Read more

  • Resting on My Laurels

    7/17/2014 11:03:18 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Brooklyn born just wrote an excellent blog in which she mentioned "resting on your laurels". This has been a problem for me lately - wake up, run 4 miles, be proud of myself and then sit around the rest of the day. Here is a pictur... Read more

  • continuing the walk

    7/17/2014 10:20:32 AM, by PITSAKI

    up bright and early - taking my walk and ending in art lessons. resulting in a very productive morning.... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question (I'm going to stop numbering them!)

    7/17/2014 7:42:46 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Filmmaker Michael Moore As Fitness Inspiration?

    7/16/2014 1:15:52 PM, by FRENCHPETAL

    The answer is yes. At least he was *one* of my inspirations this week. He writes about it in the link below. After reading a few of his posts, it got me wanting to start back on my fitness goals in a tangible, daily way. I am now on day 7 of my goal of walking a mile everyday. So far, that's al... Read more

  • There's a Challenge Brewing!!

    7/16/2014 6:49:23 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

    On the “Beauty Over 50” team I co-lead, I’m starting a Biggest Loser Challenge beginning on Friday, July 18th and ending (final weigh in) Friday, August 29th. Please feel welcome to join the team and challenge if you are interested. There’s a thread started under team challenges titled “Summer Big... Read more

  • So cold I really needed something to warm me up

    7/16/2014 3:39:57 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    The heating at work is broken and I have been freezing cold all day as the rain and sleet came down. Finally winter after the mildest of weather so far. Brrr! I made sure to have a hot cup of tea befor leaving work tonight, then dashed up the steps to turn on the heaters. It's days like these... 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

  • Trusting The Process

    7/15/2014 1:11:09 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    When I gave up the scale three weeks ago, I posted an index card on the refrigerator that says TRUST THE PROCESS in bold red letters. My hubby asked what it meant. Well, to me it means that I am going to trust that if I eat right, measure my portions, drink my water, exercise and stay active, I wil... Read more

  • New Course

    7/15/2014 8:47:18 AM, by PITSAKI

    Am so excited as I have enrolled on a short course to extend on my creativety.... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question #40

    7/15/2014 7:45:49 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • 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

  • Week 2 Challenge continues

    7/14/2014 4:51:47 PM, by PITSAKI

    Into the second week and determined to continue. The heat helps to drink up the water.... Read more

  • Giggle for the Day

    7/14/2014 2:36:04 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    If only it were that easy. Busy day around the property today . . . we're heading into town for some supplies for a project DH's in the middle of doing. Well, it IS Summer. Our temps are setting new records . . . tomorrow... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Questions #39

    7/14/2014 6:58:16 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

    "What's one Event that has made you stronger?" I typed it out because I had a hard time reading it myself :-)... 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

  • Balancing Act III

    7/13/2014 11:14:25 PM, by DLITE719

    Just thought I would update you an how things are progressing. FANTASTIC. I must say my cup is full. We are working together as a team. We are encouraging each other and helping each other with household chores when possible. He finally got a smart phone so I have been teaching him the basics. ... Read more

  • Super Moon

    7/13/2014 6:00:28 PM, by NATNOEL

    Did everyone see that moon last night > It was hot pink and huge and from where we were watching on the beach it was reflecting a beautiful pink glow on the water. Defiantly one of the best moons rises I have ever seen and I have seen a lot...I love them. If you read this blog before ... Read more

  • Gone quiet: Racewellwon, Kathrynlp, Motlem

    7/13/2014 1:47:21 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I'm missing my SparkBuddies Racewellwon, Kathrynlp and Motlem, who were posting away one day, and offline the next. They were so inspiring and such fun, I really enjoyed them. Two of the three have health issues that I know of, but the third, just disappeared. Karen, Mel, Kathryn. I... Read more

  • Vacation Day #3 = Sunday Check-in

    7/13/2014 1:38:24 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Well so far, so good. One thing I need to explain . . . the suggestions for planning ahead are great, and when I am at home, I do just that. But when we're on a road trip, most of the time we have no idea where we'll be for lunch. And even if we did, it's usually at a hometown diner or gre... 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

  • Late filing of 2014 Annual Report to Fifi HQ

    7/12/2014 6:14:30 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I missed my Sparkaversary, and I didn't write my annual report. So here is the Annual report to Fifi HQ as at June 2014. As at my 3 year Sparkaversary,  I can report to Fifi HQ that: I  have maintained a weight reduction of 16 kgs since my last report.  Barring a recent blip due to health i... Read more

  • Rhode Island Weekend

    7/12/2014 2:34:45 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    I went to Rhode Island with my daughter to watch her run in the Jamestown Half Marathon. On Friday we went biking on the East Bay Bike Path. It is one of the best and most scenic bike trails I've ever been on. ( although what I thou... Read more

  • feeling motivated.

    7/12/2014 8:03:00 AM, by PITSAKI

    Today was a clear decision day. One of current assessment and one of future plans. Definite and clear decisions with planning. Am excited for the results which should follow in the next few months. By remaining focused on a healthy lifestyle it is clearing my mind to focus better. My crea... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question #38

    7/12/2014 7:47:54 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • In the winter...

    7/12/2014 4:48:57 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    It's been ages since I blogged but I am still sparking away. Have picked up my exercise, still not so hardcore with the Zumba (counting pennies) but doing my water exercise. Had a walk along beautiful Oriental Bay this morning after a cafe brunch with friends. Not exactly exercise, just a stroll. ... 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

  • Update on requested prayer blog of July 6th!

    7/11/2014 5:26:56 PM, by IMAVISION

    Natalie posted this a few minutes after 7:30pm on July 8th... The love of my life has entered Heaven and is now fully healed. ... Read more

  • July already??

    7/11/2014 12:48:42 PM, by DIANNEMT

    This summer is speeding by. I am not seeing movement on the scale--and not on measurements either, judging by my clothes--but I do have energy even with the heat. I am keeping up with my Spark activities--helping with my 5% Challenge team and thinking about learning more about some of these ot... Read more

  • Trying again!

    7/11/2014 8:33:49 AM, by SMIDGON

    A lot has gone on in my life since I was last on here! So, I am trying again! Over that time, I gained 5#. Up and down! I have left emotions get the best of me! I finally realized, I am only human. That will derail me right there. I am trying again! Hugs, Janet... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question #37

    7/11/2014 6:23:38 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Tornado pics

    7/10/2014 8:41:33 PM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

    We had another (2nd in 1.5 years) tornado come through our area and lost the 31 yr old tree in our front yard. The house sustained minor damage from a tree in the backyard. I'm originally from Long Island and have experienced at least 3 different hurricanes in my lifetime. The air and sky after t... Read more

  • Making Plans for Vacation

    7/10/2014 3:35:04 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Although we are planning some day trips rather than a 'pack it up and get outta Dodge' vacation, having DH at home for 10 days will be a big change to my normal routine. My brain is already going into vacation mode. And apparently so is his because he brought home pizza last night and is planning ... Read more

  • Everything I Know About Life I Learned on a Bicycle

    7/10/2014 11:41:48 AM, by CHARITYAK

    The teacher in me loves analogies, love parables, loves finding that yoda-moment in even the most banal experiences. And the cyclist in me loves every moment I spend on my Terry saddle whether profound or not. So I thought I'd compile some of the lessons I've learned while tearing it up in the Alas... Read more

  • My Mistake

    7/9/2014 12:15:58 PM, by PIXIE-LICIOUS

    I made a mistake, but I'm glad I did because I learned from it! When I began my journey back in 2012, I got my starting weigh in, and then I literally threw my scale in the trash. I'm not a wasteful person, but I knew that ge... Read more

  • Twin Peaks (No, not the show. And not those ones either)

    7/8/2014 11:35:02 PM, by CHARITYAK

    I am finding that as an avid hiker I have pretty much tried all the trails rated Easy to Moderate in our valley as well as some of the Difficult or Strenuous trails. The hikes i have left to do are mostly hikes that require all day to complete or even multi-day expeditions. While I am a volunt... Read more

  • Making Today Count!

    7/7/2014 3:30:56 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Hope you made the most of the three-day weekend. We sure did. On Friday, we drove the back roads through the mountains all the way to the coast. Surprisingly azaleas are still in bloom on the cool coast side of the mountains... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question #36

    7/7/2014 7:28:01 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Don't even know where to start...

    7/6/2014 11:09:05 PM, by WVAWACKADOO

    I'm embarrassed to tell you, but I have been away so long, it took me quite a while to figure out how to enter a blog. My last blog was April 30th. I started out at 248 back in Dec. 2011 & as of July 4th, I weighed in at 252.4...Hellooooo...I am going the WRONG direction... not sure who I think I'm ... Read more

  • Asking for your much appreciated prayers!

    7/6/2014 3:37:51 PM, by IMAVISION

    Natalie has gotten word from Hospice that her husband Chad will probably pass within a few days. She is asking for prayers of strength for her, t... Read more

  • A Nice Bike Ride

    7/5/2014 5:53:09 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    What a difference a day makes. It has been really humid for a week. Yesterday Arthur blew through (not bad here) and today was bright, sunny and no humidity with a freshening breeze. A perfect day for a bike ride and my husband didn... Read more

  • Perspective

    7/5/2014 5:06:18 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

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  • A Glacial Pace

    7/5/2014 7:56:57 AM, by TERI-RIFIC

    Lately I've been using this phrase a lot. I've said I run at a glacial pace and that I am losing weight at a glacial pace. So I started thinking, " what am I actually saying? How fast do glaciers move?" In reading about glaciers ... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question #35

    7/5/2014 6:55:39 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • My July challenge to me.

    7/4/2014 6:01:37 PM, by NJJAZZ

    In june I kind of discovered a love for working out with kettlebells. Made a nice and slow steady progression from learning the swing - to moving up both in reps and the weight of the bell. Kicked off July with a commitment to getting to 300 swings in one workout with a 25 pound bell. No easy f... Read more

  • Happy 4th of July everyone

    7/4/2014 9:20:47 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

    If you celebrate it..............I wish you a Happy and Safe July 4th!! ... Read more

  • I thought plateaus happened LATER!

    7/4/2014 8:39:12 AM, by DOKEYOKEY

    For five days I have been on track with food tracking, staying within calorie range (between 1,200 and 1,500 per day) and doing modest aerobic exercise every day and strength training (to “failure”) almost every day. Result? ZERO movement on the numbers on the scale, and I mean NADA. And, no, I ... Read more

  • Coleslaw recipe by request for OJ

    7/4/2014 2:28:41 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Coleslaw Grate:An apple, a carrot or two, sharp tasting cheese, onion. Chop: cabbage very finely, and celery into small pieces. Season with salt and pepper. Add currants and fennel seeds. Mix in lemon juice. Cover and put in the fridge for a day or two, it will get juicy. I make a dressi... Read more

  • Early to bed means early to wake

    7/3/2014 12:42:43 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    It's a dilemma when I get back from my pool sessions. We go in the evening straight from work, in the water at sixish, out at eight, then a quick drive home. We have to eat, usually it is something easy and light, and as quick as possible soup and salad. If it's more than that, it take too long ... Read more

  • Keeping it Real

    7/3/2014 11:49:45 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    A quick catch up for another busy week . . . First of all, we had an awesome ride last weekend. Found a new-to-us restaurant in a tiny little town. Great food and atmosphere. Gonna do that one again! I don't have a step tracker gizmo but I know I'm getting plenty steps in every day! I... Read more

  • VW's Brilliant Ad - dangers of using cell phones while driving

    7/3/2014 11:30:11 AM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    A brilliant way to get the point across ... Read more

  • Just to let you know

    7/3/2014 9:50:39 AM, by MARUKI52

    I will not be around so much in the coming couple of weeks. I have to confess that I have let other things, which should have claimed my attention and time, slip badly. So now it's crunch time and I have to put aside some time to get these sorted out. This means that I will be doing a minim... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question #34

    7/3/2014 7:36:58 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • Bonus blog

    7/3/2014 5:44:38 AM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Mad to do two blogs in one day, I know. But just feel like recording my pool time today, another 90 minute session. This time a lot of running in a different, slightly less warm, pool. ST with foam weights, a good long stretching session. And a warm shower after, thank heavens. I feel just slig... Read more

  • In the pool

    7/2/2014 2:53:39 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    I did 90 minutes, I feel worked out! Got out and the showers were cold. Went home, cooked dinner and then early to bed. It was sleeting outside. Yay for the gleeful feeling of having been in the water even though it is so inclement outside. More swim today. My wrists are a bit sore so I m... Read more

  • Day 3 on Track: Update

    7/2/2014 9:21:54 AM, by DOKEYOKEY

    Did 3 (count' em) days of staying on track with food (tracking and staying within limits). Have I lost an ounce? Answer: No. Darn this middle-aged-ness! Nothing for it but to continue. I've been a bit of an exercise slacker because of the heat and humidity, but maybe I'll treat myself ... Read more

  • July - revisiting resolutions

    7/1/2014 7:23:11 PM, by CAT-IN-CJ

    Half a year has past since the big push to set resolution for this new year. So, how are you doing? ... Read more

  • Zumba reunion

    7/1/2014 12:45:33 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    It was great to see my Zumba buddies again, they were happy to see me. Lots of new routines to learn and that is absolutely fine. I didn't work that hard due do the new routines but certainly got a sweat up. So glad to be back. Got a ne whaircut and met DH on town for a coffee afterwards. Shopping... Read more

  • It only Hurts When I laugh- A Mishap on the Way to Non-scale Goals

    7/1/2014 12:20:58 PM, by TERI-RIFIC

    At the very beginning I listed some goals that had nothing to do with weight. One of them was to eliminate the "beached whale" appearance at the lake. This included getting in and (harder) out of the kayak more easily and gracefully. Also I wanted to be able to get into the sailboat and onto the jet... Read more

  • Soul Searcher Question #33

    7/1/2014 6:46:13 AM, by SWEETYOUNGTHING

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  • White Rabbits: Back to Zumba

    6/30/2014 3:51:21 PM, by FIFIFRIZZLE

    Today is bleak and here will be hail this morning. Never mind the weather, I am going to Zumba this morning. My clothes are laid out ready to go. And I have set my intention. Tomorrow and Thursday I am swimming and Saturday and Monday Zumba, and I am back in my routine for July. Fri... Read more