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  • Yesterday I ran 8 miles. Wait what?

    9/22/2014 1:14:13 PM, by THERLDL

    It's been almost 8 months since that inspired night at 301 pounds that I decided enough was enough and this weight just had to go. It was killing me, both literally and figuratively. I had to be more for my kids and I had to be more myself. I knew I had it in me and my mind this time felt fully comm... Read more

  • SPOILER...Service

    9/22/2014 11:36:22 AM, by JLAMING263

    You Never Know Sometimes, the most important things you do each day are never even on your “to-do” list. You might worry about the things you never get done, but President Gordon B. Hinckley reminds us, “You never know how much good you do.”... Read more

  • New Gym Report

    9/22/2014 11:33:09 AM, by SAABSTORY

    Well, it was quite a weekend. Had a great time with the kids, and my son actually came over for the weekend. I hadn’t really seen him since Labor Day weekend when we went camping. So we got to watch some football together Saturday and Sunday and our teams won. Always a nice feeling. Lol Wh... Read more

  • Relief At Last

    9/21/2014 7:24:23 PM, by BARBANNA

    I have been on antibiotics, nasal steroid spray and prednisone. I was dizzy with headaches that were making me sick at my tummy. I am much better an hope to stay that way. It's been a busy week regardless of my heallth which only slowed me down a little. Still got my exercise but it was not fun... Read more

  • SPOILER...Kindness

    9/21/2014 10:55:30 AM, by JLAMING263

    “As we arise each morning, let us determine to respond with love and kindness to whatever might come our way.” —President Thomas S. Monson... Read more

  • SPOILER...Death

    9/20/2014 10:04:52 AM, by JLAMING263

    Just before his death from cancer in 1981, the controversial writer William Saroyan told the press, “Everybody has to die, but I always believed an exception would be made in my case. Now what?” 1. William Saroyan, in Henry Allen, “Raging against Aging,” Wall Street Journal, Dec. 31, 2011–Jan.... Read more

  • Trying a new gym!

    9/19/2014 1:52:08 PM, by SAABSTORY

    Well another week in the books and I am about to leave work. Which is super busy right now as we had someone get promoted and have not been able to fill the opening yet. Which means I get double the workload. Yay! But I am sneaking out early today to try out my new gym. Well, not the one I p... Read more

  • SPOILER...Prayer

    9/19/2014 10:46:29 AM, by JLAMING263

    "We pray continuously for guidance, but we shouldn’t expect continuous revelation. We expect continuing revelation, which is the continuing assurance of revelation whenever we seek guidance and our circumstances are such that a wise and loving Lord chooses to give it to us." —Dallin H. Oaks... Read more

  • Sign a Digital Card for Leah and Devon Still

    9/19/2014 7:12:30 AM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Thanks for your great response to my last blog about Leah and Devon Still! After writing the blog, I came up with an idea to create a digital card that anyone can sign and then I'll figure out how to make sure Devon Still sees the card. If you'd like to participate, just s... Read more

  • SPOILER...Scripture Study

    9/18/2014 11:21:31 AM, by JLAMING263

    "As we read and ponder the scriptures, we will experience the sweet whisperings of the Spirit to our souls. We can find answers to our questions. We learn of the blessings which come through keeping God’s commandments. We gain a sure testimony of our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, and... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/17/2014 11:47:26 AM, by JLAMING263

    "As you pray for forgiveness, you will find yourself forgiving others. As you thank God for His kindness, you will think of others, by name, who need your kindness. Again, that experience will surprise you every day, and over time it will change you." —Henry B. Eyring... Read more

  • Tuesday Goal Review

    9/16/2014 7:20:24 PM, by BARBANNA

    I keep having daily headaches so I seeing my doctor tomorrow. They start mild and get worse as the day advances. I get nauseus with them and thats no fun. I'm maintaining my usual work out routine everday and steadily going up on my elliptical speed and total calories burned. I am doing 120... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/16/2014 11:06:35 AM, by JLAMING263

    "One way you will be changed by … fervent prayer is, I promise you, that you will feel truly that you are a child of God. When you know that you are a child of God, you will also know that He expects much of you. Because you are His child, He will expect you to follow His teachings and the teachings... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/15/2014 10:59:12 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Like most things of great worth, knowledge which is of eternal value comes only through personal prayer and pondering. These, joined with fasting and scripture study, will invite impressions and revelations and the whisperings of the Holy Spirit. This provides us with instruction from on high as we... Read more

  • Day 155 Update: Positive (but sad) sports story

    9/15/2014 8:51:12 AM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Today is Day 155 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak. Best wishes to anyone else out there streaking with me! Before writing this blog this morning, I challenged myself to get to 10 minutes here in my hotel room and did: 1 minute jogging in place; 2 minutes pushups; 2 minutes... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/14/2014 8:03:15 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Neither take ye thought beforehand what ye shall say; but treasure up in your minds continually the words of life, and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man."... Read more

  • Yesterday Was One Big Headache

    9/13/2014 6:45:42 PM, by BARBANNA

    I had one mishap after another yesterday in the rehab facility. When I realized what I had done I was more stressed which made things worse in my mind. I just wanted to pack up and head home. I endured the misery and got a headache as my day advanced. I saw the wrong patient and then that put me... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/13/2014 10:38:26 AM, by JLAMING263

    "As we read and ponder the scriptures, we will experience the sweet whisperings of the Spirit to our souls. We can find answers to our questions. We learn of the blessings which come through keeping God’s commandments. We gain a sure testimony of our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, and... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/12/2014 11:12:04 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Through the ages, God has made covenants with His children. His covenants occur throughout the entire plan of salvation and are therefore part of the fulness of His gospel. For example, God promised to send a Savior for His children, asking in turn for their obedience to His law." —Russell M. Nel... Read more

  • Getting More Productive

    9/11/2014 8:04:16 PM, by BARBANNA

    My new work site has been a challenge with varying documentation just in one setting and new everything but I am finally getting into the swing of things Just more wks, unless they don't extend my contract. They may have new employees starting at that time!! Have a great Friday and say a pray... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/11/2014 4:36:12 PM, by JLAMING263

    "The power of our teacher’s words has been a source of inspiration to me because of the emphasis she placed on gospel study. The scriptures guide us to a standard of truth by which we can judge the knowledge we are receiving, whether it be true or false. True doctrine comes from God, the source and ... Read more

  • Quick update

    9/11/2014 11:39:15 AM, by SAABSTORY

    Well it is a gray day today. I hope it clears up. I want to be outside tonight walking with my youngest. She has decided that she wants to run cross country in 7th grade. She just started 6th. One thing that frustrated me when my son ran was his constant battle with shin splints. I know it was... Read more

  • 9-11

    9/11/2014 9:29:27 AM, by KESTRYLL

    I remember where I was when I heard the news. My friend and I walked every morning for three miles so several months and we were losing weight and had lots of energy because of it. We had just finished a 3 mile walk and was getting in the car and turned on the radio to hear the news. We went straigh... Read more

  • Day 150 Update: Fun milestone

    9/10/2014 7:22:35 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Today is Day 150 of my 10+ Fitness minutes streak. It’s fun to reach this milestone and not have any burn-out – I’m ready for many more days ahead! Thanks a bunch to everyone who participated in the 10+ Fitness Minutes Mini-Book survey. I got many great comments that helped m... Read more

  • Sorry to all my friends here

    9/10/2014 11:34:09 AM, by SAABSTORY

    Let me first say sorry to all my friends here for pulling a disappearing act. I can explain it other than to say I pretty much was skirting the edges of depression for awhile. I think I have pulled myself out even though I did a lot of damage to myself along the way. For the last month or so, I h... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/10/2014 10:31:38 AM, by JLAMING263

    "In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time. Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home. We talk with, rather than about, each other. We learn from each other, and we appreciate our differences as well as our commonalities. We establish a divine bond with each other ... Read more

  • Quick Day & Goal Review Tuesday

    9/9/2014 7:48:49 PM, by BARBANNA

    My days are zooming by with the new work location. They keep ya busy going from pt to pt with no breathing room/ I really like that pace but by the end of the day my heart is racing and my head is pounding to stay on time. The new productivity standards are rough especially when you are PRN as I ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/9/2014 11:06:10 AM, by JLAMING263

    "As important as it is to leave home every day with a full charge on your cell phone, it is far more important to be fully charged spiritually. Every time you plug in your phone, use it as a reminder to ask yourself if you have plugged in to the most important source of spiritual power—prayer and sc... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/8/2014 10:46:51 AM, by JLAMING263

    "As we strive to understand, internalize, and live correct gospel principles, we will become more spiritually self-reliant. The principle of spiritual self-reliance grows out of a fundamental doctrine of the Church that God has granted us—agency." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/7/2014 9:13:21 PM, by JLAMING263

    "The gospel teaches us to be happy, to have faith rather than fear, to find hope and overcome despair, to leave darkness and turn toward the light of the everlasting gospel." —Boyd K. Packer... Read more

  • More Challenges Yesterday But Happy Ending

    9/6/2014 5:42:36 PM, by BARBANNA

    I am working in a mega Rehab Facility that has units for every type of Rehab such as Pulmonary, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Stroke Rehab, General Rehab, Pediatric Rehab, Hippotherapy (Horse therapy) as well as Outpatient and Aquatic Therapy. There are many more sections such as a Pain Institu... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/6/2014 9:16:17 AM, by JLAMING263

    "So how do you best respond when mental or emotional challenges confront you or those you love? Above all, never lose faith in your Father in Heaven, who loves you more than you can comprehend. ... Never, ever doubt that, and never harden your heart." —Jeffrey R. Holland... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/5/2014 11:37:14 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year's supply of food and clothing and were debt-free." —Thomas S. Monson... Read more

  • Chemo-Rad Jane comes on Line

    9/5/2014 8:39:29 AM, by HARTINGL52

    Well my ultra self is Chemo-Rad Jane which is what I am calling her and she states the obvious on her journey of self discover of the ravages and advanges of chemo and radiation of breast cancer. My discover this week has been not freaking out by looking in the mirror and realizing I am shedding mo... Read more

  • Just Wanted To Get Home Early

    9/4/2014 8:21:59 PM, by BARBANNA

    I was going full speed ahead today, so I could leave work before the rush hour traffic started. I had to walk a mile in the facility to return a laptop and then my code for clocking out did not work, so I had to take another long walk to HR. The HR person was unable to figure out what was keeping... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/4/2014 10:53:57 AM, by JLAMING263

    "We are to teach our children in a well-organized, regular family home evening. No other activities should involve our family members on Monday night. This designated time is to be with our families." —L. Tom Perry Be with your family as often as possible... Even when you are not able to be ... Read more

  • Day 143 Update: 10+ Fitness Minutes Mini-Book Survey

    9/3/2014 10:03:16 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi All Today is Day 143 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Did 23 minutes today (yes, you can tell I used to be an accountant!). Today’s highlight was mini-trampoline outside. If you are interested, here is a survey for the 10+ Fitness Minutes Challenge Mini-Book: Shoot -- there is a... Read more

  • Early Day

    9/3/2014 8:03:57 PM, by BARBANNA

    Up at 5 and out the door early, at work early and home late, busy!!! Good work day and learning how everything works, Have a great Thursday!... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/3/2014 12:04:54 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Each one of us is on that path. … As individuals, we are strong. Together with God, we are unstoppable." —Rosemary M. Wixom... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/2/2014 9:31:42 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Please understand that having faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and keeping His commandments are and always will be the defining test of mortality." —Quentin L. Cook... Read more

  • New Work Site & Goal Review

    9/2/2014 8:06:31 PM, by BARBANNA

    I am working at a famous rehab facility that is huge. I did my early OT training there in 1976 when it was one old building. It's a major complex with every therapy you can imagine. They have 70 OTS and 80 PTs, Surprisingly I asked for directions after an all day Marathon training session ad rea... Read more

  • Day 141 Update: Mobile App Upgrade Launch

    9/1/2014 9:19:35 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone Hope everyone in the US and Canada is having a great holiday! Happy Monday to everyone else. Today is Day 141 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak – about an hour today spread throughout the day. It’s getting easier and easier – like the rowing machine was easier today so I did i... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    9/1/2014 7:51:03 PM, by JLAMING263

    "The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achiev... Read more

  • Active Weekend

    9/1/2014 6:43:39 PM, by BARBANNA

    I worked part of today and then met my family at the lake for sailing. We were hit by a storm after 60 min. I came home to get some work done and they stayed to wait until it passed. Friday my hubby and I went to a movie and then my daughter, hubby and I sailed onSarturday for a long time I... Read more

  • Movie Night Friday and Lake Today

    8/30/2014 8:52:45 PM, by BARBANNA

    After a long workday I jumped on the elliptiical and took it to the max. Grabbed a shower and out the door to eat. Went to see Pierce Morgan in November Man. It was very action packed and the American version of 007. He is stias ll handsame and very funny. Good one! Today we were up and ou... Read more

  • Day 137 Update: Fun Partner Signed

    8/28/2014 9:37:48 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone! Today is Day 137 of m y 10+ Fitness Minutes streak. Today’s highlight was swimming with my boys. They like it when we play “tickle shark” where they are on rafts and I have to be the shark that catches them and tickles them. Then the other one has to rescue the boy being tickled... Read more

  • Yesterday's Anniversary Surprise!

    8/28/2014 7:59:49 PM, by BARBANNA

    We had mini-classes at my daughters school so we went to dinner early. My husband pulled out a small box and acted as if something bit his finger, LOL! It was an incredibe Le Vian Chocolate and White Diamond 2-row Band (1-1/2 ct. t.w.) in 14k Rose Gold. I was shocked and totally amazed that he ... Read more

  • Breaking the Plateau

    8/28/2014 11:33:30 AM, by NHEMBERGER

    I joined Sparkpeople in Feb 2012 weighing in at 218 & set a goal weight of 165. That's 53 pounds total. I lost the first 40 pounds in 5 months by walking daily & tracking what I ate. I loved the transformation & it felt really good to get compliments. Then I hit a plateua which we all know is in... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/28/2014 11:29:23 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls. No one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable. But just as the yellow and gold and brown strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressiv... Read more

  • Day 136 Update: More Lunges

    8/27/2014 8:28:46 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone – hope you are having a great week! I continue seeing fun signs of hitting the exercise tipping point mentioned in my mini-book during this part of the streak – now at Day 136. I mentioned last week increasing the number of lunges I do because of more leg strength. I did that ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/27/2014 10:42:39 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Let us be at the forefront in protecting time for family." —Quentin L. Cook "There is no superior career, and no amount of money, authority, or public acclaim can exceed the ultimate rewards of family." —D. Todd Christofferson... Read more

  • Great Day At Work/ Goal Review Tuesday

    8/26/2014 6:15:26 PM, by BARBANNA

    I love where I am working even if I drive an hour and 10 minutes to get there and the work is a killer. It all worth it to feel like you are making a significant contribution. My DH's health is much better and he is back to his lively self. I think he is hormonal, men can be worse than wome... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/26/2014 12:25:29 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Hold family home evening every week. As parents, we are sometimes too intimidated to teach or testify to our children. I have been guilty of that in my own life. Our children need to have us share spiritual feelings with them and to teach and bear testimony to them." —Robert D. Hale "There i... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/25/2014 11:31:16 AM, by JLAMING263

    "I begin with family home evening. We cannot afford to neglect this heaven-inspired program. It can bring spiritual growth to each member of the family, helping him or her to withstand the temptations which are everywhere. The lessons learned in the home are those that last the longest." —Thomas S... Read more

  • Busy But Relaxed Week

    8/24/2014 8:06:21 PM, by BARBANNA

    I had lots to get done before returning to work this week. I completed that and then some so it was a good. My daughter and I had a lot of quality time watching two movies, shopping and just tlking about all her fun times. Today there was a gas leak across the stress so we had 3 large firetrucks,... Read more

  • in for the long haul

    8/24/2014 7:45:29 PM, by TENNIS568

    I started this journey for 3 reasons 1: i didnt like how fat my face looked in the mirror.2: i couldnt fit into my swim suit from 2013 which brings me to the 3 point which is Vacation Sept 5-13 2014! i got very serious in june more towards the end. after work one day it hit me that my body wasnt goi... Read more

  • Day 133 Update: Giant Teachers

    8/24/2014 7:30:24 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Today is Day 133 of my 10+ Fitness Minutes Streak. I think a bug is trying to get me, so I’m taking it easy and fighting it off with tricks like putting oregano essential oil on my feet. About 20 easy fitness minutes so far today. I may have gotten something last night at the San Jose Giants ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/24/2014 1:37:23 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Brothers and sisters, dear friends, we need your unique talents and perspectives. The diversity of persons and peoples all around the globe is a strength of this Church." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf Of ANY church...... Read more