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  • 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

  • SPOILER...

    8/23/2014 2:40:12 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Remember, loving them is the powerful foundation for influencing those you want to help. … As a companion to that love, trust them. In some cases it may seem difficult to trust, but find some way to trust them. The children of Father in Heaven can do amazing things when they feel trusted. Every chi... Read more

  • MIA

    8/23/2014 1:36:34 PM, by BARBANNA

    I ended up in the swamps with the alligators this week. We had a very nice time at the party last Sunday. I had never experienced a Low Country Boil of that magnitude. The host is a ENT surgeon turned cook for this pool party. He fixed a massive amount of corn on the cob, red marble size potat... Read more

  • Day 131 Update: Sneak peek at 10+ Fitness Minutes Mini-Book

    8/22/2014 12:44:24 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Day 131 Update: Sneak peek at 10+ Fitness Minutes Mini-Book Hi Everyone – hope you are having a great Friday! Today is Day 131 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. I just came in from doing mini-trampoline in the sunshine to cross 10 minutes for the day so far. I’m excited today to give yo... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/22/2014 12:08:05 PM, by JLAMING263

    "It is only with the companionship of the Holy Ghost that we can hope to be equally yoked in a marriage free from discord. I have seen how that companionship is crucial for felicity in a marriage. The miracle of becoming one requires the help of heaven, and it takes time." —Henry B. Eyring... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/21/2014 2:59:17 PM, 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...

    8/20/2014 10:48:24 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Jesus Christ gave His life as a vicarious atonement. He resolved the ultimate question raised by Job. He overcame death for all mankind, which we could not do for ourselves. —Quentin L. Cook,... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/19/2014 11:17:02 AM, by JLAMING263

    "While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not. In the very beginning, God initiated marriage between a man and a woman—Adam and Eve. He designated the purposes of marriage to go far beyond the personal satisfaction and fulfillment of adults to, more i... Read more

  • Day 127 Update: Earthquakes Game

    8/18/2014 5:18:14 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Today is Day 127 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak. About 25 minutes so far today to keep the streak alive. Today I increased my number of lunges just a bit. I’ve learned the hard way to never increase lunges too much or you end up with lunge legs the next few days and can barely walk. Of ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/18/2014 12:26:17 PM, 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

  • SPOILER...

    8/17/2014 1:08:14 PM, by JLAMING263

    "I must testify of the blessings of daily scripture study and prayer and weekly family home evening. These are the very practices that help take away stress, give direction to our lives, and add protection to our homes." —Linda S. Reeves... Read more

  • Anniversary Gift Time

    8/16/2014 7:37:22 PM, by BARBANNA

    I bought a certificate for several accupuncture treatments for my DH for our anniversary and listed the time to send on the date of our anniv. They sent it the same day I purcherased it????? Now I gotta get another one which I was planning anyway but that takes the thrill from that gift. ... Read more

  • Interim Goal Reached

    8/16/2014 12:22:08 PM, by JLAMING263

    Today, I am overjoyed!!! I lost 4 pounds in my weekly weigh in. That is down 50 pounds since February this year and since I really started trying this time. Overall, I am down from about 420. I say “about”, because I am not really sure what weight I got up to. I did not have access to a s... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/15/2014 10:48:25 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

  • Gotta Find More Time to Do My SPARKIN'

    8/14/2014 10:32:41 PM, by BARBANNA

    I keep running short on time and always save the best for last so I may need to reverse my order of Sparking. Have an awesome Friday!... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/14/2014 10:33:18 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Decisions are constantly before us which can determine our destiny. In order for us to make the correct decisions, courage is needed—the courage to say no when we should, the courage to say yes when that is appropriate, the courage to do the right thing because it is right." —Thomas S. Monson... Read more

  • Good Day

    8/13/2014 10:16:10 PM, by BARBANNA

    Today was busy as usual. I am stiull trying to deal with the sad loss of Robin Williams. Have a great day tomorrow!... Read more

  • Day 122 Update: Robin Williams: O Captain! My Captain!

    8/13/2014 2:16:55 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Today is Day 122 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak. About 20 minutes so far today. Today I want to reflect on the passing of Robin Williams for a couple of reasons. First, his movie Dead Poet’s Society is one of the top movies that moved me to take action (and of course, was only ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/13/2014 1:18:58 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, each of us can become clean and the burden of our rebellion will be lifted. Remember, repentance is not punishment. It is the hope-filled path to a more glorious future." —Richard G. Scott,... Read more

  • Learning More about my illness and how my journey of faith will sustain me.

    8/12/2014 11:21:17 PM, by HARTINGL52

    Well, I learned so much about breast cancer. What a terrible shocker it was just a mere few weeks ago to hear these two simple words. I learned after my surgeries what i can do not do anymore and life as I once knew it is gone. I have to trudge new ground and discover new ways on how to deal wi... Read more

  • Job Fair & Goal Review Tuesday

    8/12/2014 10:07:41 PM, by BARBANNA

    I am status quo on my goals except I did loose one pound this past week in weight, yah! My strength training has not happened but I do 50 push ups and 80 abdominal exercises most days. I went to a job fair today and hope to have some new contracts for future work. I did a health physical for ... Read more

  • Day 121 Update: Urban Survivalist

    8/12/2014 9:08:46 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi everyone! Today is Day 121 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak. Yesterday was a fun day in the streak. I took the day off work and we went to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for my youngest son’s 8th birthday celebration. He took his best friend and his big brother as guests. So, I go... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/12/2014 11:21:48 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

  • Great Orientation and Party

    8/11/2014 10:10:21 PM, by BARBANNA

    The school orientation was pretty quick and then the party was great. We knew many of the other parents so that made it much more fun. They had open bar so I asked for the strongest "water" they had.... The bar tender chuckled as most people like the hard stuff. It was interesting to see all th... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/11/2014 11:22:45 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Our destiny is not determined by the number of times we stumble but by the number of times we rise up, dust ourselves off, and move forward." —Dieter F. Uchtdorf... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/10/2014 9:37:40 PM, by JLAMING263

    "Every appetite, desire, propensity, and impulse of the natural man may be overcome by and through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We are here on the earth to develop godlike qualities and to bridle all of the passions of the flesh." —David A. Bednar... Read more

  • Limited Time

    8/10/2014 4:38:43 PM, by BARBANNA

    My daughters first day back to school is tomorrow and all the parents have home-work today, LOL. We have an orientation at the school for several hours and then a Cocktail party afterwards. Her school is the Ivy League of HS so they like to throw big shin digs. I will be happy to meet all the oth... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/9/2014 11:42:17 AM, by JLAMING263

    "By His Atonement and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has overcome all aspects of the Fall. Physical death will be temporary, and even spiritual death has an end, in that all come back into the presence of God, at least temporarily, to be judged. We can have ultimate trust and confidence in His power to ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/8/2014 10:51:29 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Problems abound in this world because it is populated by imperfect people. Their objectives and desires are heavily influenced by their faith or lack of it. Many put other priorities ahead of God. Some challenge the relevance of religion in modern life. As in every age, so today there are those who... Read more

  • Major Workout Today

    8/7/2014 10:13:26 PM, by BARBANNA

    I went over board today with my exercise, so I feel totally wasted in a good way. I also worked all day, so I got my Gold Star for productivity. My daughter is 14 growing on 20 and she has been distant the last couple of weeks but yesterday and today she has been her old sweet self. We have spent... Read more

  • Day 116 Update: NFL Preseason

    8/7/2014 7:56:03 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Today is Day 116 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. About 45 minutes today so far. Just a quick blog update today. I’ll get some more fitness minutes today watching a little of the NFL pre-season games. My original hometown Cincinnati Bengals are playing the KC Chiefs and our current hometown 49e... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/7/2014 11:21:45 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Giving [others] confidence in your love can help them develop faith in God’s love. Then through your loving, thoughtful communication, their lives will be blessed by your sharing lessons you have learned, experiences you have had, and principles you have followed to find solutions to your own strug... Read more

  • Day 115 Update: Writing

    8/6/2014 8:31:33 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Today is day 115 of my 10+ fitness minutes streak. Today’s highlight: while doing several different types of exercises (exercise bike, rowing machine, and crunches), I could feel that I’ve jumped up to another level of fitness. This is right about the time where I expect that to happen from past ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/6/2014 10:48:37 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Don’t let the whirlwinds drag you down. These are your days—to stand strong as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ." —Neil L. Andersen... Read more

  • Day 114 Update: How to Train Your Dragon

    8/5/2014 8:33:48 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Today is Day 114 of the 10 or more fitness minutes streak – about 40 minutes today spread throughout the day. We finished watching How to Train Your Dragon last night as a family as part of my oldest’s 11th birthday. If you haven’t seen this movie, it’s really not just a kid’s movie, it’s a ma... Read more

  • Goal Review Tuesday

    8/5/2014 7:01:50 PM, by BARBANNA

    (1) Increase dumb bell exercising to every other day by 8/20//2014. I did not get this accomplished this week but I did go heavy on push ups and abdominal exercises. I used to hate both of these and now I love to do them. The dumb bell was my favorite before SP came along. I just r... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/5/2014 10:58:07 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Spiritually mature obedience is “the Savior’s obedience.” It is motivated by true love for Heavenly Father and His Son. When we willingly obey, as our Savior did, we cherish the words of our Heavenly Father." —Robert D. Hales... Read more

  • Day At The Lake

    8/4/2014 10:42:44 PM, by BARBANNA

    Yesterday we went ot the lake with the Sail boat, Jet Ski and a new Knee board. My daughter and husband tried out the knee board. I wanted to so bad it was painful to watch and not get to try. My husband was afraid I might destroy my shoulder. I was told that no more surgery will be possible afte... Read more

  • Latest before and after pics

    8/4/2014 8:00:27 PM, by THERLDL

    So been a few months since I put up my first before/after picture of my journey so far and I've come even further since then so wanted to add in a couple new pictures to show off the near 90 pounds I've lost since January 26th. Drum roll please.... Read more

  • staying motivated

    8/4/2014 7:32:47 PM, by TENNIS568

    in this one for the long haul. i didnt get my walk in but i did a 69 minute workout video. thats prettygood considering it was a work day.... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/4/2014 11:05:52 AM, by JLAMING263

    "As we ponder the messages we have heard, may we resolve to do a little better than we have done in the past. May we be kind and loving to those who do not share our beliefs and our standards. The Savior brought to this earth a message of love and goodwill to all men and women. May we ever follow Hi... Read more

  • Day 112 Update: Blackjack Recovery and my Jumping Bean

    8/3/2014 9:05:02 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hope everyone is having a great Sunday and looking forward to a fun week of taking small positive steps to reach goals! Today is Day 112 of my 10 or more fitness minutes streak. Did 35 minutes today. Two quick updates: 1 – Thanks to everyone for thoughts about Blackjack our chicken. ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/3/2014 8:08:13 AM, by JLAMING263

    "There is no physical pain, no spiritual wound, no anguish of soul or heartache, no infirmity or weakness you or I ever confront in mortality that the Savior did not experience first. In a moment of weakness we may cry out, “No one knows what it is like. No one understands.” But the Son of God perfe... Read more