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  • Gods day

    7/23/2016 11:24:40 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a very blessed day hugs... Read more

  • How I Am Eliminating 'EXCESS Weight"

    7/23/2016 1:03:30 PM, by _RAMONA

    ... I love this picture because when my Mr. first glanced at it 8 years ago, he demanded to know who took it, LOL! It really does look like me, and represents how I have felt much of this journey. Rarely do I post several blogs in such quick succession, but since yesterday's entry seve... Read more

  • Today's Affirmation

    7/23/2016 2:01:24 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Respect the religious views of others to the same degree that you ask them to respect your views." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
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  • What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Losing a Lot of Weight

    7/23/2016 1:16:40 AM, by _RAMONA

    I read an article today, and I've come to a funny realization.... I think I had to become an unhappy, frighteningly unhealthy 'fat' person in order to learn, once and for all, how be a deeply happy and fulfilled... what? A deeply happy and fulfilled 'thin' person? A deeply h... Read more

  • An exercise in loving and approving of yourself

    7/22/2016 7:28:53 PM, by DIXIEFB

    "Think outside the box. Pledge that you will look in the mirror, and find the unique beauty in you!" ~ Tyra Banks "The female body is something so beautiful. I wish women would be proud of their bodies, and not diss other women for being proud of theirs." ~ Chri... Read more

  • Asian Salad

    7/22/2016 6:51:59 PM, by DRS510

    Top with seasoned rice vinegar and a touch of sesame oil. I also like my Asian salad dressing. If you want I will share it as well. A little more work, but so worth it! You could use store bought as well, look for a "Lite" variety. Then combine your salad: Lettuce or spring greens Mandarin or... Read more

  • Women's Wellness Report!

    7/22/2016 5:28:12 PM, by VISUALLYRICS

    Well....I did have my women's wellness FULL checkup today, and :::::::.... 104 I received a 250 report! ((Thank YOU for your prayers!)) It feels good ...a relief really....that I am in good health....:::now to wait on my lab reports. One con is that my usual blood pressure that ... Read more

  • it's friday

    7/22/2016 10:51:08 AM, by MOMMY445

    another hot,hazy and humid day here today. i'm getting caught up with my online courses and working on some extra math practice,too. i did a math test last week and i did not do as well as i know i can do. so i am putting in some extra practice over the weekend. my daughter is also practicing her ma... Read more

  • Today's Affirmation

    7/22/2016 2:40:31 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Today, I will do my best... and then relax in the knowing that I have done all I could." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
    dHuie... Read more

  • TGIF

    7/21/2016 11:45:10 PM, by CHIBIKARATE

    Have a wonderful day be blessed and enjoy living life to the fullest if possible for me too hugs... Read more

  • Aspire & Inspire Team Challenge - July week 3

    7/21/2016 9:36:27 PM, by DIXIEFB

    How does exercise differ for you during the hot summer days? What is a favorite summer activity? Hmmmm, when it is really hot both inside and outside it is really hard to do any kind of exercise. The heat tends to paralyze and immobilize me. I do love water, especially being in a po... Read more

  • Calorie cycling July 7 thru 21 , 2016

    7/21/2016 9:08:04 PM, by DIXIEFB

    Weigh-in on Monday... Read more

  • Hot Chicago

    7/21/2016 8:50:25 PM, by BABY_GIRL69

    Here in Chicago and surrounding areas we are having a heat wave. So I'm going to go out and play in the water.... In other news, my 21st wedding anniversary is tomorrow..... WOW!! It's been tough and it's still tough but we still fighting. My going after my goal and I am losing weigh... Read more

  • The heat is zapping / draining all energy out of me ...

    7/21/2016 8:20:14 PM, by DIXIEFB

    It is way too hot for comfort, too hot to move around, and definitely too hot for exercise. The real-feel temperature outside is 110 F - inside it is 90 F even with the air conditioning and the ceiling fans running. Even strength exercise or yoga & pilates are out for me right now.... Read more

  • Boring May Be Better: Why Routine May Be Best for Certain Health Goals

    7/21/2016 6:00:09 PM, by _RAMONA

    From Mark's Daily Apple: www.marksdailyapple.com/bori
    ng-may-be-better-why-routi
    ne-may-be-best-for-certain
    -health-goals/ (Ramona here: I found the following really interesting to consider...) Let me first point out that I'm not arguing for a routine life. This isn't a... Read more

  • a warm,sunny and humid day

    7/21/2016 1:13:08 PM, by MOMMY445

    if the company that has the full time job is satisfied with my test results and my resume,i will be meeting with them in the next few days. in the meantime, i heard from another place i applied to for a job. it has been a long time since i have been in demand work wise. so any downtime i have i like... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/21/2016 2:33:40 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Honour tradition AND question tradition. Tradition is like a second-hand store. It is best to sort carefully between the treasures and the trash. See everything with new eyes." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
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  • Starting to feel back to my ornery self...thank heavens! :-))

    7/20/2016 7:36:42 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    Wow...so very grateful to be getting back to my normal self. That was some nasty flu bug that reared it's nasty head last week. Little bumps in the road like this remind us that our health is our biggest blessing. We almost always take it for granted until something goes haywire then we wonde... Read more

  • it's wednesday

    7/20/2016 12:30:55 PM, by MOMMY445

    i had a phone interview this morning for a job. if all goes well, i well do a phone interview with the actual company. this job will be for three months starting in august. i also touched base with another place that had contacted me about another job. this second one is full time. plus, i have an i... Read more

  • Check-up at doctor's office with weigh-in

    7/19/2016 7:15:57 PM, by DIXIEFB

    I had a doctor's checkup today & weighed in at 210 lbs fully clothed, but on an empty stomach (no food, no drinks); My last weigh-in at home was 229.8 lbs on 7/1/2016. Because of the apparent huge weight loss in just 2 or 3 weeks, I weighed myself again as soon as I got home. By then I had eate... Read more

  • a beautiful day

    7/19/2016 1:34:39 PM, by MOMMY445

    i managed to get my housework done this morning so i can get outdoors and have fun with my daughter. all the bird say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Just under 230.

    7/19/2016 12:33:31 PM, by RANA!!

    My scale read just under 230. I'm officially in the 220's. It feels really good and actually helps with the motivation to keep it up. First goal met! It had been a long time coming. Hooray me!... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/19/2016 2:38:52 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    YOU make a difference to the world. Act on your dreams today." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
    dHuie... Read more

  • Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable

    7/18/2016 7:46:53 PM, by DIXIEFB

    381 together! 220 Perceive one great decisive goal; Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable; Use Affirmations to help you stay Focused; Be Motivated and Determined, And with Dedication you will Achieve. 381 together! 220 ... Read more

  • Are you accidentally dieting?

    7/18/2016 12:03:33 PM, by _RAMONA

    From my inbox today... and too good to not share: "Treats" don't make us "fall off the wagon." Guilt and shame do. Happy Monday! (Ugh. Monday.) I've been thinking about DIETING a lot lately. Specifically, dieting in the Paleo/Primal/Real Food/Whateveryouca... Read more

  • a beautiful sunny day

    7/18/2016 11:31:42 AM, by MOMMY445

    a new week is well underway. i have started a different online course called health for life and i am really enjoying it. it just goes for one month, so it can get pretty intense at times. i do not mind. when i am really enjoying something, i do whatever is needed and then some. the course is also h... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/18/2016 3:20:51 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " There is sanctuary in being alone with nature." -Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
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  • One minute and a grateful heart.

    7/17/2016 11:44:51 PM, by FITJEN48

    My time with my rock and my family has been the gift that keeps on giving. We returned from vacation on Wednesday. That day hubbo and I got in a huge fight. (I know, I know. I'm sick of it too, you would have thought we would have learned our lesson by now). But ya know what there's some super duper... Read more

  • Need to focus a little on positive reinforcement today

    7/17/2016 8:38:16 PM, by DIXIEFB

    It is not that I had a couple of bad days, not even poor days. I just got really busy. I got a 'buddy' to assist with SparkPeople, mainly focussing on exercise, but also some nutrition; and I am not a nutritionist at all. Right now it is especially portion control. And I try to encourage ... Read more

  • it's sunday

    7/17/2016 12:52:45 PM, by MOMMY445

    a warm and sunny day here today. my daughter and i are going outside in a while to have fun! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a great day,everyone!... Read more

  • Sunday and feeling a little better from this nasty cold~

    7/17/2016 12:47:10 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    213 Howdy my dear sparkies! Yes...I'm still here..kicking pretty slow... but getting a little better every day. 104 I've had LOTS of down time from this nasty flu that has held me captive in our home for the last seven days. Normally I would be biting at the bit to get out and about...but ho... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/17/2016 2:46:25 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " A time for work, a time for play - balance in all things." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
    dHuie... Read more

  • Back to it!

    7/16/2016 5:09:43 PM, by SNOWSTARZ

    Is there anyone who doesn't fall off the healthy wagon now and again? I'd love to be able to bounce right back on. I've found myself doing a lot of negative wishing lately. I wish I didn't hurt often, I wish I didn't get migraines, I wish I wasn't an insomniac, I wish I wasn't somewhat of an uber pl... Read more

  • Balsamic Dressing

    7/16/2016 4:30:50 PM, by DRS510

    I make a bottle at a time, so I always have on hand. My son makes 3 bottles and keeps one at work for his salads. Balsamic Dressing 2 T olive oil 6 T balsamic vinegar 1 t garlic powder (easier but you can use fresh instead) 1/2 tsp. Cavenders Greek seasoning 1/4 t dry mustard 1 ... Read more

  • Whatever happened with the rock?

    7/16/2016 10:44:49 AM, by FITJEN48

    So, I wrote last week about a rock. Not just any rock, but a rock that carried some weight. While reading, "Write is a Verb," I decided to externalize a lot of the junk I had been saying to myself for as long as I can remember. Negative thought patterns are real folks and they hold you back, literal... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/16/2016 1:49:31 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Resilience is about believing in yourself, and trusting your own wisdom rather than being swayed by the opinions of others." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
    dHuie... Read more

  • Lunch Dilemma Solved

    7/15/2016 4:53:16 PM, by DRS510

    I make 3 salads on Sunday afternoon and 2 on Wednesday after work and take those each day. This morning I posted this response to the question - help! I need some quick lunch ideas. So I thought I would post it here too. If you want my balsamic dressing recipe, let me know and I will post it: W... Read more

  • it's friday

    7/15/2016 10:31:22 AM, by MOMMY445

    i'm taking it easy today. i heard from two more places yesterday regarding jobs. i will see what the companies have to offer and go from there. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone and a terrific weekend!... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/15/2016 2:39:41 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Balance activity with serenity, wealth with simplicity, persistence with innovation, community with solitude, familiarity with adventure, constancy with change, leading with following." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
    dHuie... Read more

  • Got up early to watch the sunrise

    7/14/2016 7:36:45 PM, by DIXIEFB

    I got up this morning at 5:30 am, wanting to watch the sunrise. By 6am it was more or less light outside (enough to read) but no colorful sky. I felt cheated, even though every sunrise in itself is a miracle and a blessing. The birds were chirping along, singing their songs. I went back to ... Read more

  • it's thursday

    7/14/2016 1:19:57 PM, by MOMMY445

    another warm day here today. figuring out whether or not i can take a much needed vacation next month. i have heard about some more job opportunities,one of which will start later next month. i will be sitting down later and figuring out what i can realistically afford. there is a family reunion nex... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/14/2016 1:57:28 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " " Success " isn't about money or fame. Success is living a life you feel proud of." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
    dHuie... Read more

  • a very warm and humid day here today

    7/13/2016 9:46:58 AM, by MOMMY445

    my daughter and i are keeping cool again today. we have plenty of water in the fridge, ready to drink. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a wonderful day,everyone!... Read more

  • Week 7

    7/13/2016 9:10:21 AM, by MELISSAMARIE66

    So i was on vacation last week, for an entire week, at a bed and breakfast that serves up wonderful, carb loaded breakfasts :). We also go out to dinner most nights, and of course, enjoy adult beverages and desserts. So i kept an eye on myself, monitored my bodies cues, and stopped eating when i w... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/13/2016 1:58:41 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " The key to success, and to happiness, is being fully engaged in life - leading yourself with inspiration and committed action - setting your own time and honourable example." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
    dHuie... Read more

  • Updated / upgraded goals for July

    7/12/2016 9:41:18 PM, by DIXIEFB

    Working at being joyful, grateful & bliss-full How: Positive thinking, Law of Attraction, Daily blessings Daily blessings Dear lord, I praise you for allowing me another day to spend with my family. Another opportunity to work on my health and my weightloss journey Anot... Read more

  • Uh OH...nasty cold with cough! :-((

    7/12/2016 7:51:22 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    Drat...at our last dine out group last Saturday we had a sickie that spread his evil bug throughout the group! WHY do people who are sick insist on mingling with the healthy? This guy was hacking all night and finally he went into his bedroom where he should have been the entire time. I rea... Read more

  • Its summer time.

    7/12/2016 2:09:43 PM, by MARTINT011

    Still enjoying the beautiful sun today. We have been getting lots of rain. No not today. Also need to write a paper for an essay and I chose the Spark website! 252 . Hope to do good on this paper to write how well this site has helped me. I will remember the encouragement from different people... Read more

  • a very warm and sunny day

    7/12/2016 11:39:54 AM, by MOMMY445

    there is a heat alert here for the next few days. my daughter and i are keeping cool as much as possible today. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! i heard about a few more job opportunities today. i will deal with them in a while. i have some computer work to catch up on first, then i will deal with ... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/12/2016 2:07:50 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Be Thankful. Be Content." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
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  • Today's Inspiration

    7/11/2016 1:36:52 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Whatever you do, do with kindness. Whatever you say, say with kindness. Wherever you go, radiate kindness." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
    dHuie... Read more

  • Calorie Cycling

    7/10/2016 9:16:44 PM, by DIXIEFB

    I am going to give Caloric Cycling (zig-zag) a try. Benefits of Cycling Your Calories http://www.coachcalorie.com/
    calorie-cycling/ For people with highly adaptable metabolisms, cutting calories and staying in that deficit will leave them with a weight loss plateau in just a... Read more

  • it's sunday

    7/10/2016 1:01:10 PM, by MOMMY445

    a not as humid day here as it was last week. very windy and sunny here today. i am catching up on some computer work, then i am going to enjoy the day with my daughter. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Month 1 of Keto is in the books!

    7/10/2016 11:58:59 AM, by WHITE_DAISY

    I know I haven't been tracking here consistently. I've been using MFP and SHealth of my phone. It's just quicker and easier when it comes to tracking my Keto macros. After a 3 week stall at 260, I'm finally in the 250s. I've been working out and running, but am being smart about it. It's hot ou... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/10/2016 2:07:40 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " If you are healthy, support those who are sick. If you have a job, support those who have lost theirs. If you are strong, support those who are feeble of body or mind." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
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  • Feeling so much better after 2 "less than positive" days

    7/9/2016 10:07:24 PM, by DIXIEFB

    The last 2 days were less than positive for me. 1) I think I was getting dehydrated. It has been so hot lately and the airco compressor (sitting out in full sunshine) could not keep us, resulting in indoor temperatures around 85 degrees F. I was sweating like crazy and did not need to run to ... Read more

  • Week 1 and still attacking healthy habits list! :-))

    7/9/2016 11:56:41 AM, by FLORIDASUN

    9 I have really been pushing myself to get in my 60 minutes a day on my treadmill. There is NO reason for me not to do it. It sits in our leisure room and the house is nicely air conditioned. The treadmill has the capacity to do circuit training, incline settings and a burst button to do interval... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/9/2016 2:06:11 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Whatever comes next, the eye of the storm is a moment of serenity among the challenge - a time for repose and contemplation." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
    dHuie... Read more

  • And They Keep Coming

    7/9/2016 12:54:35 AM, by MUSIC2HISEARS

    Wow, if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all. It's gotten so bad that my mom is planning on putting horseshoes over my doors of my house! And I'm not stopping her. On a good note, I started back to work this week. On a bad note, I woke up Wednesday night/Thursday morning with level... Read more

  • Feeling tired and in need of a hug

    7/8/2016 9:02:00 PM, by DIXIEFB

    I'm tired today. I did strength training and worked (and walked) around the house, but the heat is getting to me. Or maybe not so much the temperature by itself, but the humidity, which makes the heat harder on me. I think I need a hug. a really tight bear hug and if ... Read more

  • it's friday

    7/8/2016 12:16:33 PM, by MOMMY445

    the weather here has been mostly hot and humid, with some rain inbetween. my daughter and i went to a kids event in the big city here and we had so much fun! The rain that came down did not deter us from enjoying the day. now i am figuring out the next outing we can go on together. all of the birds ... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/8/2016 1:45:20 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Miracles are the natural way of the Universe - our only job is to move our doubting minds aside and let the miracles flow." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
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  • Today's Inspiration

    7/8/2016 12:49:52 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect ; be open to receiving the bounty of the Universe." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
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  • Treading water or running in place instead of making progress

    7/7/2016 9:42:51 PM, by DIXIEFB

    I feel like I am treading water or running in place right now. Not making progress. My body is sore, even though I don't think I overdid it exercising. My spirit is good, but I am feeling sluggish; my energy is low and I have to really push myself to work out. I started with some ... Read more

  • Protection, Strength, Like a Rock

    7/7/2016 2:11:27 PM, by FITJEN48

    I spend Tuesdays with my mom. We usually find an antique store to browse or cute little Main Street to explore. After we've ooh'd and aah'd sufficiently, we cap our time together with a bite to eat. Between laughing our way through TJ Maxx and Kirklands and chips, salsa and ranch (dang it) we were ... Read more

  • Almost back to normal

    7/7/2016 2:24:52 AM, by VIDYARP

    So i had this amazing vacation in June. Went out hiking and swimming. Then on the day i returned back home, i had a massive flareup of my arthristis (right hip). It was beyond painful and i couldnt do a damn thing. I dreaded the thought of lying down in bed, because once i do that, i cannot turn wit... Read more

  • Taking My Health Back!

    7/6/2016 10:50:52 PM, by VISUALLYRICS

    After my initial inflammation scare in late June, the winds of research swept me away where I made a series of choices to be healthier. After I decided to cut out all sweets for 30 days, I felt the overall inflammation leave! I dropped 3# 192 ....and my fatigue slowly left... Read more

  • You are awesome! and don't you forget it

    7/6/2016 7:33:11 PM, by DIXIEFB

    Today I received this "Message from the Universe" in my mailbox (through awesomeaj.com) You are the invincible dreamer, you are the true believer, you are the one who open up wings of faith and fly above the rainbow of dreams. You are the winner of life, you are the healer of pain, you ... Read more

  • Voices

    7/6/2016 9:38:21 AM, by FITJEN48

    This is kind of the opposite post of my previous, "Knowing What Gets You Going." This post will delve into the stuff that grinds me to a halt. Again, I am reading the book "Write is A Verb" by Bill O'Hanlon and this post is prompted from that book. I think I've been aware of this concept before... Read more

  • Walking, Fast-walking, Jogging and Running

    7/5/2016 8:34:34 PM, by DIXIEFB

    To start off, even before I was 'obese', I was never able to run. I just could not regulate my breathing and I would pass out from holding my breath for too long. I never passed out for long, probably like 30 seconds or 1 minute, but still. It was frightening and uncomfortable, so I never di... Read more

  • DH's 50th high school reunion coming up...I'd better 'step it up' on the weight loss!

    7/5/2016 10:30:40 AM, by FLORIDASUN

    Hello to all of my sparkling friends! 213 I hope your 4th of July holiday was fun! We were very low key this year. Lately our lives have been so full of activity we just wanted to enjoy some down time at home. We watched the fireworks on television...WOW...what a spectacular display in New ... Read more

  • it's tuesday

    7/5/2016 8:26:37 AM, by MOMMY445

    i still have not heard about that job i went for an interview last week. i will check in with the agency and see what is happening. my daughter says hi! all of the birds say cheep,cheep! have a terrific day,everyone!... Read more

  • Knowing what gets you going.

    7/4/2016 10:27:25 PM, by FITJEN48

    The back of the book reads, "Do you need a kick in the pants?" A resounding uh, huh followed in my thoughts as I read that. The title of my newest Goodwill read is "Write is a Verb" by Bill OHanlon. Here's the cool part. Bil used to be a psychotherapist. SInce i need both a writing coach and a psych... Read more

  • I can do this, I am motivated

    7/4/2016 8:31:34 PM, by DIXIEFB

    I can do this, I am motivated I can do this, I am motivated I can do this, I am motivated I can do this, I am motivated I can do this, I am motivated ... even when my body wants to weep, I can do this, I am motivated I can do this, I am motivated I can do this, I am motivated ... Read more

  • Piloxing (Pilates + Boxing) cardio workout is FUN

    7/4/2016 3:18:38 PM, by DIXIEFB

    I did some of my Piloxing workout today, and I can only say that it is absolutely FUN ! Piloxing - The Original V Pilates Workout + BONUS (Viveca Jensen) The DVD has 2 workouts of about 1hr each, but speaking for myself, I will need to build up to it. Each separate move is easy to d... Read more

  • it's monday

    7/4/2016 8:10:35 AM, by MOMMY445

    i find out today whether or not i get that job i went for an interview last week for. my daughter says hi. all of the birds say cheep,cheep! it will be a very warm day here today. the next few days will be very warm,too. my daughter and i are prepared. tomorrow, we are going on an outing and there w... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/4/2016 1:49:11 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Life is lived in the living, Set aside convention, caution, and arbitrary " rules " about how life is supposed to be lived. Choose ! Explore ! Adventure ! Live life to the fullest." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
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  • Mirror work

    7/3/2016 8:27:55 PM, by DIXIEFB

    5 stages of mirror work ---------------------------- 1 -- from birth to 18 months: infants are not interested in the mirror, and still identify with what is in their soul. 2 -- 18 months to 4 years old: mirror stage. Kids see the mirror as a toy, a game, making faces, a sou... Read more

  • Early 4th of July celebration, and it is HOT!

    7/3/2016 4:45:02 PM, by DIXIEFB

    We are celebrating the 4th of July a day early because of family from out of state visiting us. They need to be leaving tomorrow morning for a 10-11 hr drive back home from Texas to Colorado to be back in time for work on Tuesday. It is really hot, so everybody seems to go fo... Read more

  • When Do I........

    7/3/2016 4:26:41 PM, by BABY_GIRL69

    Good day Sparkfam! So the sweet giving me that I am gave hubby a nice relaxing neck and back massage. He and I both suffer from neck shoulders and back pain from years of lifting weights. I was very giving to do this because I do deep tissue massage but only for family members and friends. Now that ... Read more

  • Are you ready?

    7/3/2016 3:15:35 PM, by FITJEN48

    I've mentioned it before, that email from a fellow sparker about her journey from fat to fit awesomeness, "Jen, I was just ready." I often beat myself up over the fact that perfection is the enemy of progress. So, while we want to be "ready," we can spend so much time getting ready that we never get... Read more

  • Happy 4th of July

    7/3/2016 9:38:34 AM, by POSEY440

    Have a great and safe holiday. ... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/3/2016 1:28:25 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Honor your being, Release each and every struggle, Gather strength from life's storms, Relax into the arms of spirit. " - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
    dHuie... Read more

  • One HOT Summer

    7/3/2016 1:14:49 AM, by NIELSENSLADY

    This summer reminds me of when I was pregnant in 2011. We are getting close to breaking 100 degree weather although I don't think we've done it quite yet. We had like 100 consecutive days of 100 plus degrees in 2011. I have a new work project where I've joined up with a group of other ecomm... Read more

  • What happens when you can't save a good friend from herself?!?

    7/2/2016 9:38:19 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    213 Lets face it. You all know I have some wacky friends! For the most part I like wacks~they are always more interesting than practical people who actually think things through in a logical and mannerly order. I have lots of wacky friends and I love em all. 26 Like my good friend M..... Read more

  • Lazy Saturday Afternoon

    7/2/2016 5:49:12 PM, by DIXIEFB

    I got up early this morning and got my 1hr30' cardio workout in. But that took all the umpf out of me. I have 0 energy left and on top of that I feel bloated. Soooooo, lets have some fun on my blog The song on youtube www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhJ2vy
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  • Today's Inspiration

    7/2/2016 1:10:43 AM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Forgiveness is the cleansing fire that burns away old regrets and resentments." - Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
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  • Another Big Change (Not one I wanted now...)

    7/2/2016 1:00:36 AM, by SLIMMERSUSAN10

    At 10:30 in the morning (on July 2), we will celebrate the life of my 98-year-old Grandpa who we lost on Monday. I was hoping he'd make at least 99 if not 100, but God had other plans. Grandpa would have been 99 the 28th of this month. But, now he's with his wife (who would have been 99 on the 25... Read more

  • Today's Inspiration

    7/1/2016 10:00:46 PM, by PRAIRIECROCUS

    " Zig as Life Zigs and Zag as Life Zags. Stay adaptable, Stay Joyful." Jonathan Lockwood Huie, with link to facebook.com/JonathanLockwoo
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  • KICKING MY DERMATOLOGIST TO THE CURB!

    7/1/2016 9:11:29 PM, by LOVINLIFE1717

    In my 20+ years of fighting my dyshidrotic eczema, I have seen approximately 10 dermatologists. One of the last ones really stands out because of his attitude. He came into the exam room, the first time we met and I began to tell my story…”I’ve had dyshidrotic eczema for 20 years and it is full bl... Read more

  • CAN STRESS CAUSE DERMATITIS?! LISTEN UP ALL YOU POOR PEOPLE WITH PROBLEM SKIN LIKE ME…

    7/1/2016 9:09:44 PM, by LOVINLIFE1717

    Today I was going to write a whistleblower blog about dermatologists and steroids, but I met a nice young man last night at dinner, who brought a common misconception to the table, and I wanted to address it straight away! As he sat there trying not to scratch his irritated and inflamed arms, he sa... Read more

  • Positive Thinking and the Law of Attraction

    7/1/2016 7:27:39 PM, by DIXIEFB

    The two greatest keys are Gratitude and Bliss (this means Being Happy All the time) 1. Make a complete list of all your dreams as detailed as you can. Do not put any deadline, just focus on the result or the final outcome. Action plan awesomeajdotcom.files.wordpr
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  • Goal: 20 or less net carbs per day

    7/1/2016 4:27:32 PM, by WHITE_DAISY

    It's time to reflect. As of today, I've been bread/pasta/candy/chip etc. carb free for 3 weeks. Some victories... * I have not cheated ONCE in these 3 weeks. Pretty amazing since I live with two boys who love candy, sweets, and processed food. Omg. * We had a bag of Cerreta candy and a mas... Read more

  • Weigh-in and measurements

    7/1/2016 3:42:13 PM, by DIXIEFB

    So, It seems I have a "full hourglass shape" Weight: 229.8 lbs (- 20lbs) Measure your Waist - 40 (-1") Measure your Hips - 54 (+/- 0) Measure your Waist to Hip Ratio - .74 (- 0.2) Below the chest - 39 (-1") Over the chest - 47.5 (- 0.5") Blood Pressure - Systolic - 1... Read more

  • Teacher summer

    7/1/2016 11:44:23 AM, by DRS510

    Summer is a time for teachers to recharge and spend time with friends and family. One of my favorite things to do is prep for the school year and get some things in the freezer for dinners, clean closets, organize clothes and donate things I don't use anymore. Here is a photo of some Asian ribs we m... Read more

  • Back to my healthy routine! It sure feels GREAT!

    6/30/2016 9:21:50 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    198 Whew~y it's been a hectic few weeks! I'm so happy they are in the real view mirror and we can once again push forward. I always turn to my crafts when I get stressed out and I find that concentrating on them puts me in a meditative state of mind. I love to do meditation whenever I can squ... Read more

  • Wow.

    6/30/2016 9:11:51 PM, by FITJEN48

    I don't even know where to begin this post, and as usually, it may get rambly. SO, my great basement cleanout resulted in so many bags of stuff being donated to Goodwill that I got a $25 gift certificate to Goodwill. LOL. However, I tend to find some awesome books there and so, I set off on a Goodwi... Read more

  • Things to remind myself regularly

    6/30/2016 7:56:26 PM, by DIXIEFB

    Why am I doing this weight loss and fitness journey? For me ! I want to feel better in my own body. Daily challenges are there to be confronted and overcome. Moving more throughout your day is just as important as your cardio, strength training, and stretching plans. ... Read more

  • My 42nd Year

    6/30/2016 12:57:23 PM, by SUNSHINE4747

    After yo-yo dieting for years, I may have found enlightenment. The older I get, the easier it is to gain weight. Partially, due to less activity than when I was younger. My 10 hour / week commute to work (that's 2 hours per day, 5 days per week) impacts my after work activity: wanting to sit on m... Read more

  • woo hoo!

    6/30/2016 12:15:33 PM, by MOMMY445

    i feel great today! the sun is shining brightly here and i feel i did really well at my job interview this morning. i have a few errands to run, then i will be enjoying the rest of the day with my beautiful daughter. we have a few places in mind to go to tomorrow, for canada day. for all canadian sp... Read more