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  • 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

  • Day 111 Update: Back from Vacation

    8/2/2014 8:42:25 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Today is Day 111 of the 10 or more fitness minute streak. I returned today from a quick 4-night vacation to Monterey, CA. We had a great time on the beach and hiking around town having fun. One splurge I had is my favorite clam chowder from Old Fisherman’s Grotto on the Monterey pier. One th... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/2/2014 11:36:39 AM, by JLAMING263

    "The Savior taught us to love not only our friends but also those who disagree with us—and even those who repudiate us." —Neil L. Andersen... Read more

  • Laptop Issues

    8/1/2014 8:03:54 PM, by BARBANNA

    My laptop has been going wacko and it got really bad the last two days. I spent the evening on Wednesday with a tech person going over it and still felt like it was a waste of two hours. Yes5terday I spent the entire morning with another tech in the Phillipines who took remote control of my lapto... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    8/1/2014 8:28:23 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

  • SPOILER...

    7/31/2014 11:06:54 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. Hale... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/30/2014 12:11:23 PM, by JLAMING263

    "You do not need to see the Savior, as the Apostles did, to experience the same transformation. Your testimony of Christ, born of the Holy Ghost, can help you look past the disappointing endings in mortality and see the bright future that the Redeemer of the world has prepared." —Dieter F. Uchtdor... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/29/2014 10:54:09 AM, by JLAMING263

    "Love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our Exemplar. His life was a legacy of love. The sick He healed; the downtrodden He lifted; the sinner He saved. At the end the angry mob took His life. And yet there rings from Golgotha’s hill the words: 'Father, forgive them; for they kn... Read more

  • Looooong Day

    7/28/2014 11:34:36 PM, by BARBANNA

    Worked late today so I got home late, worked out late, showered late, feed the animal late and now I am going to bed late. Have a great day tomorrow!... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/28/2014 12:24:05 PM, 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

  • Fantastic Time At The Lake

    7/27/2014 9:37:00 PM, by BARBANNA

    We invited some of my daughters friends to the lake with us. It was fantastic, one of them had never sailed, so he loved it. The weather was excellent and the wind was just right for sailing. I worked out before we left and got an extra workout swimming in place at the lake for 45 min. while wai... Read more

  • Day 105 Update: Hot!

    7/27/2014 8:51:38 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hope everyone is having a great weekend and ready for a positive week of taking one small step at a time to reach your goals! Today is Day 105 of my streak. It’s been a hot weekend out here in the SF Bay Area with temperatures close to 100 yesterday and still hot today though a little cooler. ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/26/2014 10:01:03 AM, by JLAMING263

    "When we speak of faith—the faith that can move mountains—we are not speaking of faith in general but of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ can be bolstered as we learn about Him and live our religion. The doctrine of Jesus Christ was designed by the Lord to help us incre... Read more

  • The Journey of My Faith with learning about My Breast Cancer.

    7/26/2014 4:53:55 AM, by HARTINGL52

    This summer was going to be the summer of rest and relief so I thought. Boy it was everything from that. Starting on June 18 when I went for my delayed mammogram due to school commitments and coaching obligations (I am a teacher and a volleyball coach which both jobs I enjoy) I put off until scho... Read more

  • It's Friday!

    7/25/2014 11:03:18 PM, by BARBANNA

    My daughter sang the National Anthem at a baseball game. She was great!! We stayed to watch the game and it was sad. Out team lost big time so we left before it was over to get something to eat. I had a salad and Blackened Salmon. It was okay, my husband cooks it better. Tomorrow we are sai... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/25/2014 11:10:55 AM, by JLAMING263

    "As true disciples, may we offer our willing hearts and our helping hands to hasten His work. … It does not matter if we are not yet perfect and complete. We are devoted disciples who reach out and help each other along the way." —Linda K. Burton... Read more

  • Great Day

    7/24/2014 11:15:06 PM, by BARBANNA

    I took today off to prepare for another contract doing Home Health which requires a lot of computer training. Unfortunately the company has not sent the material for me to use so I just used the day to get caught up on household work. It was so relaxing to be at home and go at my own pace. I'... Read more

  • Day 102 Update: I Love It When A Plan Comes Together

    7/24/2014 6:01:57 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Today is Day 102 of the 10+ streak. I’m at 20 minutes so far today – including 3 minutes of calf raises while waiting for an appointment. Good news! My boys have decided that they would like to start their own 10 or more fitness minutes streak – yesterday was Day 1 of tracking it for both of ... Read more

  • SPOILER...

    7/24/2014 10:50:29 AM, by JLAMING263

    "There is no age barrier when it comes to Christlike service. … As we look beyond our differences in age, culture, and circumstance to nurture and serve one another, we will be filled with the pure love of Christ and the inspiration which leads us to know when and whom to serve." —Bonnie L. Oscars... Read more

  • Another Long Day

    7/23/2014 11:11:50 PM, by BARBANNA

    I worked another 10 hours and this one seemed worse than yesterday for the amount of heavy duty lifting and major labor. The day was good but one of the pts I saw was mean. He is the former president of the local University, so I was greatly disappointed. He was being rude and arrogant. I cut hi... Read more

  • Day 101 Update: Teaching My Boys to Jump Rope

    7/23/2014 8:19:46 PM, by SPARKGUY

    Hi everyone! Today is Day 101 of the 10+ streak – first first day of the second 100. I’m currently at 45 minutes for the day. Today’s highlight was teaching my boys to jump rope. It was an interesting experience. My oldest got the hang of it quickly and I helped him set small goals to d... Read more