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  • December 10: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Origins of SparkAmerica/ SparkEarth

    12/10/2017 4:29:30 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone * Today is Day 18 of 39 = 46% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 302 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak (remember, this is a relatively simple fitness accomplishment and more of a mental/consisten... Read more

  • Spoiler...Christmas

    12/10/2017 8:05:23 AM, by JLAMING263

    "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)."... Read more

  • Christmastime Eats

    12/9/2017 1:05:00 PM, by KARENJOJO

    Christmastime, or any holiday, is always the hardest time for me when it comes to eating healthy. All the fabulous foods created by myself and others. Knowing that this time of year is the only time to try new eye-appealing treats or to indulge my old-time favorites. Well I just keep on, keeping on... Read more

  • Spoiler...Christmas

    12/9/2017 8:58:00 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Christmas is what we make of it. Despite all the distractions, we can see to it that Christ is at the center of our celebration. If we have not already done so, we can establish Christmas traditions for ourselves and for our families which will help us capture and keep the spirit of Christmas." —... Read more

  • Update

    12/9/2017 8:19:16 AM, by GLENDAK72

    hey spark family, sorry haven’t posted any updates in over a week I didn’t realize how busy I was during Christmas lol things are going well I have managed to stay pretty close to under 20 carbs some days more like 30 but that’s ok it’s better then them 500 o probably had on a normal day (no idk if ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Christmas

    12/8/2017 10:41:30 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The wonder and awe of Christmas is just a beginning. Christmas reminds us that the babe born in Bethlehem has given us purpose for living, and what happens next to us largely depends on how we embrace our Savior, Jesus Christ, and follow Him." —Rosemary M. Wixom... Read more

  • December 7: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Update on SparkAmerica/ SparkEarth

    12/7/2017 8:50:53 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone * Today is Day 17 of 36 = 47% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 299 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Hi Everyone I have a big and fun update on our SparkAmerica/SparkEarth project! ... Read more

  • Happy Feelings 😁

    12/7/2017 1:54:00 PM, by KARENJOJO

    Got up this morning to lite snow ❄️ flurries. Then the sun 🌞finally appeared. Outside looks so warm for 31 degrees. Hubby brought in our green artificial tree 🎄from the garage rafters. It’s now standing in the corner of our all-season room. So pretty all lit. Now I need to wrap the presents 🎁 I b... Read more

  • Spoiler...Christmas

    12/7/2017 10:55:52 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets (3 Nephi 1:13)."... Read more

  • Spoiler...Christmas

    12/6/2017 11:43:48 AM, by JLAMING263

    ""And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:10–11).""... Read more

  • Spoiler...Christmas

    12/5/2017 9:53:37 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The spirit of Christmas … puts in our hearts a desire to give joy to other people. We feel a spirit of giving and gratitude for what we have been given. The celebration of Christmas helps us keep our promise to always remember Him and His gifts to us. And that remembrance creates a desire in us to ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Christmas

    12/4/2017 8:06:13 PM, by JLAMING263

    "While the Christmas season is typically a time for looking back and celebrating the birth of our Lord, it seems to me that it should also be a time of looking to the future. Let us look forward. Let us prepare for that blessed day when He will come again. Let us be as wise as those ancients who wat... Read more

  • December 4: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Monday!

    12/4/2017 7:53:00 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone * Today is Day 16 of 33 = 48% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 296 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. I hope you had a good Monday! Thanks for all of the good wishes on my 11yo's brok... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #132 - Monday Night Football!!

    12/4/2017 12:55:40 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Working a short day today so I'm not going to write a long blog on my lunch break. Why am I working a short day? MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL!!! Tonight I'm heading to the Steelers vs. Bengals game here in Cincinnati. I'm going with 5 other Steelers fans, 3 of which drove in from Pittsburgh. I've... Read more

  • Spoiler...Christmas

    12/3/2017 12:59:36 PM, by JLAMING263

    "At this time of Christmas, this season when gifts are given, let us not forget that God gave His Son, and His Son gave His life, that each of us might have the gift of eternal life." —Gordon B. Hinckley... Read more

  • December 2: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Another family broken bone!

    12/2/2017 9:33:56 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone * Today is Day 15 of 31 = 48% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 294 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Happy Saturday everyone! Sheesh, we've had a rough year in terms of family broken... Read more

  • Snow

    12/2/2017 3:43:33 PM, by KARENJOJO

    Twenty three days before Christmas and it’s 56 degrees outside. Of course next weekend the snow is supposed to arrive; heard that one before. Anyway, started Christmas shopping today. And although the weather isn’t christmasy, it’s perfect for shopping. There’s plenty of time for the snow to arrive.... Read more

  • Spoiler...Jesus Christ

    12/2/2017 9:09:51 AM, by JLAMING263

    Carole M. Stephens Our Savior will speak to us in a voice we recognize when we come to Him—for He knows us. Because He has experienced our pain, He can give us living water when we seek it.... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog #131 - Sorry!

    12/1/2017 1:16:55 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Wow - what a long time it's been since I've written a Blog! I'm so sorry! Where do I begin other than to beg you to forgive me and continue to read my blog? It's been a busy few weeks with a trip to Pennsylvania so while I have a reason, I will not even dare to use it as an excuse! So once again - S... Read more

  • Spoiler...Loving Others

    12/1/2017 11:04:46 AM, by JLAMING263

    Gordon B. Hinckley I thank you for the manner in which you labor, unselfishly and with a great and moving faith, to advance the work of God and to assist in bringing to pass his eternal purposes with reference to his sons and daughters.... Read more

  • November 30: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Good Day

    11/30/2017 8:18:57 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone * Today is Day 14 of 29 = 48% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 292 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Happy Thursday One more day in the work week :). Good day here. Got a good amou... Read more

  • Spoiler...Gratitude

    11/30/2017 5:30:21 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Those who set aside the bottle of bitterness and lift instead the goblet of gratitude can find a purifying drink of healing." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf... Read more

  • SALAD

    11/30/2017 2:53:15 PM, by KARENJOJO

    Scheduled for lunch was ham & beans, fried potatoes & cornbread. Before lunch I received a call to take Mom to ER. Still waiting at ER so lunch will now become my dinner. My sister & I went to cafeteria & made ourselves a salad with no dressing. Haven’t had a lettuce salad in quite a while, so taste... Read more

  • Spoiler...Gratitude

    11/29/2017 9:15:31 AM, by JLAMING263

    "We can choose to be grateful, no matter what." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf... Read more

  • November 28: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Good dentist visit

    11/28/2017 10:05:23 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone * Today is Day 13 of 27 = 48% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 290 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. I had a great visit to the dentist yesterday. After having a few cavities 6 months ag... Read more

  • DAY OFF- Maybe...

    11/28/2017 9:54:15 PM, by KARENJOJO

    When I take a day off from exercising I am still getting in my daily goal steps but not active (10) minutes. At least not intentional active minutes. My intentional active minutes are done on my treadmill which sits silent on those days. I’ve already walked my treadmill enough that it’s absence is d... Read more

  • Spoiler...Gratitude

    11/28/2017 9:16:21 AM, by JLAMING263

    "To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven." —Thomas S. Monson... Read more

  • Spoiler...Gratitude

    11/27/2017 9:49:18 AM, by JLAMING263

    "When we are grateful to God in our circumstances, we can experience gentle peace in the midst of tribulation. In grief, we can still lift up our hearts in praise. In pain, we can glory in Christ’s Atonement. In the cold of bitter sorrow, we can experience the closeness and warmth of heaven’s embrac... Read more

  • Sunday (weekly goals)

    11/26/2017 3:21:02 PM, by GLENDAK72

    good afternoon spark family, so a new week is upon on us. I’m gonna try to post new weekly goals every Sunday . 🤞🏼 I actually do it , we all know how I am , lol there’s no pretending here 😂🤣😂🤣 ..... 1) NO CARBS (under 20) 2) 30 minutes of exercise a day (m-f ) even if I have to do a few... Read more

  • Spoiler...Gratitude and Thanksgiving

    11/26/2017 8:13:26 AM, by JLAMING263

    "We often take for granted the very people who most deserve our gratitude. Let us not wait until it is too late for us to express that gratitude. Speaking of loved ones he had lost, one man declared his regret this way: “I remember those happy days, and often wish I could speak into the ears of the ... Read more

  • November 25: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Weekend

    11/25/2017 7:51:23 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone * Today is Day 12 of 24 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 287 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. I hope you are having a good weekend! We went to the beach today for a while. It was... Read more

  • Spoiler...Improvement

    11/25/2017 2:41:56 PM, by JLAMING263

    "When we decide to do “whatsoever [God] saith unto” us, we earnestly commit to align our everyday behavior with God’s will. Such simple acts of faith as studying the scriptures daily, fasting regularly, and praying with real intent deepen our well of spiritual capacity to meet the demands of mortali... Read more

  • Saturday

    11/25/2017 9:52:36 AM, by GLENDAK72

    good morning...I’m feeling a little like crap today I’m sure it has been the excessive amount of carbs from the last 2 days but that’s ok life does go on. and we do have reset buttons for somethings and thankfully dieting is one of them lol have a wonderful weekend 💋 glenda... Read more

  • Black Friday

    11/24/2017 7:56:57 PM, by KARENJOJO

    In the days leading up to the holidays I am slow getting into ‘that holiday’ mood. Thanksgiving Dinner is at our house because we have plenty of space. We don’t go out for Black Friday shopping as my husband & I don’t want to hassle with the store crowds. The last few years my husband surfed the ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Prayer

    11/24/2017 6:54:19 PM, by JLAMING263

    "When you pray with faith, you will feel God’s love as His Spirit speaks to your soul. No matter how alone or uncertain you may feel at times, you are not alone in this world. God knows you, personally. As you pray, you will come to know Him. As you study the scriptures, you not only learn about the... Read more

  • Friday (thanksgiving blog)

    11/24/2017 7:28:54 AM, by GLENDAK72

    well yesterday was thanksgiving. here’s my what my plate consisted of ..heads up it wasn’t all low carb but it’s ok 👍🏼 ham & turkey spoonful of dressing with half spoon gravy (I only ate about half of it) green beans bout half cup 1 roll 1/2 piece of pecan pie (was cut in 8 pieces, I cut 1 ... Read more

  • November 23: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Thanksgiving

    11/23/2017 6:34:57 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone * Today is Day 11 of 22 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 285 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate! We're having a nice quiet day with lots ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Gratitude and Thanksgiving

    11/23/2017 9:11:45 AM, by JLAMING263

    Marion G. Romney Great men have always recognized the greatness of God and their dependence upon him, and they have with regularity rendered to him gratitude and thanksgiving.... Read more

  • Spoiler...Loving Others

    11/22/2017 5:31:55 PM, by JLAMING263

    "What good does it do to save the world if we neglect the needs of those closest to us and those whom we love the most? How much value is there in fixing the world if the people around us are falling apart and we don’t notice? Heavenly Father may have placed those who need us closest to us, knowing ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Agency

    11/21/2017 10:26:59 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

  • November 20: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Holiday Week

    11/20/2017 8:15:42 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone * Today is Day 10 of 19 = 53% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 282 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Happy Monday! I hope you are ready for a good holiday week if you celebrate! I j... Read more

  • One of those Days!

    11/20/2017 1:46:46 PM, by KARENJOJO

    Well it’s one of those days! You know the kind where you run around like crazy doing the #1 errand all the way down the list to #10 only to realize your fitbit is on the charger or your Spark tracker for is still laying where you placed it before climbing into bed the night before. All that spent st... Read more

  • Spoiler...Building Families

    11/20/2017 9:17:37 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Parenthood is a sacred privilege, and depending upon faithfulness, it can be an eternal blessing. The ultimate end of all activity in the Church is that a man and his wife and their children can be happy at home." —Boyd K. Packer... Read more

  • November 19: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Rebel Training Part 2

    11/19/2017 8:35:38 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone * Today is Day 9 of 18 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 281 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. I hope you had a great weekend! Below is my weekly email going out tonight. If I get ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Loving Others

    11/19/2017 4:54:54 PM, by JLAMING263

    "In today’s world of so much suffering because of different circumstances, sending a text message with a funny emoji or posting a nice picture with the words “I love you” is good and valuable. But what many of us need to do is leave our mobile devices behind and, with our hands and feet, help others... Read more

  • Spoiler...Love Others

    11/18/2017 12:06:03 PM, by JLAMING263

    "I also find it hard to sing sunny, bouncy lyrics when so many around us suffer from mental and emotional illness or other debilitating health limitations. Unfortunately, these burdens sometimes persist despite the valiant efforts of many kinds of caregivers, including family members. I pray we will... Read more

  • November 17: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Red Rocks Hike

    11/17/2017 8:10:29 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi Everyone * Today is Day 8 of 16 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 279 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Happy Friday everyone. I hope you had a great week. I did a very quick business trip ... Read more

  • Baby Steps

    11/17/2017 7:46:58 PM, by KARENJOJO

    Walking is my favorite exercise. Got a real good deal on a treadmill from a local store going out-of-business. Ten minutes a day at 1.5 mph is a good start. Doctor wants me to stay at 1.5 mph & lengthen the walking time. Sounds good to me! ... Read more

  • Spoiler...Loving Others

    11/17/2017 12:54:34 PM, by JLAMING263

    "What good does it do to save the world if we neglect the needs of those closest to us and those whom we love the most? How much value is there in fixing the world if the people around us are falling apart and we don’t notice? Heavenly Father may have placed those who need us closest to us, knowing ... Read more

  • AYITL - Blog # 130 - Vacation

    11/16/2017 1:45:42 PM, by VEG_GIRL04

    Well, it looks like we're going on vacation on our own this time. Our friends who wanted to go along with us crunched the numbers and realized that saving up by April isn't necessarily the best thing for them. His GI Bill runs out in January so he's got to start paying for school and she was off wor... Read more

  • Spoiler...Jesus Christ

    11/16/2017 10:29:09 AM, by JLAMING263

    W. Christopher Waddell The changes, and resulting challenges, that we encounter in mortality come in a variety of shapes and sizes and impact each of us in unique ways. Although each “change” may be unique to our individual circumstances, there is a common element in the resulting trial or challen... Read more

  • Spoiler...Plan of Salvation

    11/15/2017 9:05:11 AM, by JLAMING263

    David A. Bednar Our Heavenly Father’s great plan of happiness includes the doctrine, the ordinances, the covenants, and the exceeding great and precious promises whereby we can become partakers of the divine nature. His plan defines our eternal identity and the pathway we must follow to learn, cha... Read more

  • Spoiler...Prayer

    11/14/2017 10:12:09 AM, by JLAMING263

    Donald L. Hallstrom While it is good to pray for and work for physical protection and healing during our mortal existence, our supreme focus should be on the spiritual miracles that are available to all of God’s children. No matter our ethnicity, no matter our nationality, no matter what we have d... Read more

  • November 13: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Liver for dinner

    11/13/2017 8:23:07 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi SparkFriends! * Today is Day 7 of 12 = 58% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 275 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Thanks for all the great comments on my blog/weekly email! It's fun to share the ... Read more

  • Spoiler... Jesus Christ Exemplar

    11/13/2017 10:47:14 AM, by JLAMING263

    "As we go about our daily lives, we discover countless opportunities to follow the example of the Savior. When our hearts are in tune with His teachings, we discover the unmistakable nearness of His divine help. It is almost as though we are on the Lord’s errand; and we then discover that, when we a... Read more

  • November 12: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Rebel Training Part 1

    11/12/2017 9:08:41 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi SparkFriends! * Today is Day 6 of 11 = 55% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 273 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Here is my weekly SparkGuy email that will go out tonight. I'm excited to see what... Read more

  • Spoiler...Eye Single to Glory of God

    11/12/2017 1:10:23 PM, by JLAMING263

    "We give our lives to that which we give our time. ... We need to examine all the ways we use our time: our work, our ambitions, our affiliations, and the habits that drive our actions. As we make such a study, we will be able to better understand what we should really be spending our time doing." ... Read more

  • November 11: Small Goals Commitment Challenge -- Happy Weekend!

    11/11/2017 9:37:27 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi SparkFriends! * Today is Day 5 of 10 = 50% for my new blogging goal (50% from Nov. 2 - Dec. 31 to do my best to motivate people through the holidays) * Today is Day 273 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. I hope you are having a good weekend! Good day here. My wife took our younge... Read more

  • Spoiler...Learning

    11/11/2017 8:12:08 AM, by JLAMING263

    David F. Evans Our search for truth should focus on “the best books” and the best sources. Among the very best are the scriptures and the words of living prophets. To know the truth, we need to live the gospel and “experiment” on the word. We are cautioned to not resist the Spirit of the Lord.... Read more

  • Saturday

    11/11/2017 6:45:20 AM, by GLENDAK72

    well here we are again another weekend upon us. so let me tell y’all this yesterday was horrible day (eating wise) I ate butter toast for breakfast (not low carb) and 2 pieces of pizza (not low carb) and that’s it oh and I drank a Pepsi (regular) awww but that was all that was available yesterday so... Read more