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  • Day 24 - eat for satisifaction

    7/28/2014 10:59:45 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Chapter 24 is an amazing, powerful lesson by Linda Spangle...one of many... Bottom line: Eat to achieve "satisfaction from your food, not guilt or remorse." How to achieve this?: "Eat slowly, pay attention to the bites, and appreciate the food." I would add, "Have no distractions." Ms. S... Read more

  • Student chauffer/companion for Erik

    7/28/2014 7:02:55 AM, by GINIEMIE

    Sarah is not a caregiver, she is a student wanting in on sports medicine-physical therapy will be her focus in grad school Meanwhile starting Friday, August 1st I have some relief until she begins her program probably in May, then I'll start a search all over again. Thank you for your prayers my ... Read more

  • I tried to do this Yesterday

    7/28/2014 4:01:25 AM, by CHERYLERBE1

    I wanted this to be 1/2 yesterday and 1/2 today, but it didn't turn out like that so I am just writing about tomorrow. My adult (26) yr old son asked me to come and look at the adult group home he's looking at tomorrow morning. The last one he did by himself and he got turned down so I guess he thin... Read more

  • SUCCESS IS UNAVOIDABLE

    7/28/2014 1:43:06 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I GOT THE ABOVE QUOTE FROM AN ARTICLE ON SPARK THAT I JUST READ. I FIGURE, NO MATTER WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING, I AM STAYING WITH MY CHANGES AND ADJUSTMENTS, AND SIMPLY REALIZE THAT I AM HEADING TOWARD MY GOALS OF GREATER FITNESS AND WEIGHT LOSS, AND THINGS ARE BOUND TO HAPPEN POSITIVELY. I STARTED E... Read more

  • YESTERDAY WAS HAPPY HOOPING SUNDAY!

    7/28/2014 12:33:50 AM, by SETTIMIA

    Morning, happy hoopers, yesterday was a blast, but believe me I am exhausted this morning from all the fun and games. Today my usual asthanga yoga was slow and laborious, and my hoop swinging many thuds to the ground! LOL, and getting ready to drag myself to work. Anyway the following phot... Read more

  • Makeup or Not?

    7/27/2014 7:47:20 PM, by TUDAFD

    So, I did a little experiment the other day: I put make up on 1/2 my face and compared to the other half. Not much difference as far as I could see. Didn't do much to hide the bags under my eyes from lack of sleep and it certainly didn't hide the developing "smile" wrinkles. My kids didn't r... Read more

  • Day 23 - savoring

    7/27/2014 5:49:48 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    I am working at my 2nd job (Sunday afternoons only) so I have no access to what I wrote for the Challenge on Day 23. Also, I had forgotten I was supposed to buy something decadent (ex: small Andes mint) and take 5-6 bites out of it - savoring its 'delicious-ness'. I may have to do this tomorr... Read more

  • Another storm a coming!

    7/27/2014 4:54:27 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    It is so dark now outside, rumblings are occurring! Last night was awesome! I love lightening, thunder and rain, when I am inside protected! I somehow did not loose electricity, but my alarm clock must have at one point. I enjoyed the show lying on my couch looking up at my sky light, felt the vibra... Read more

  • July 27/14

    7/27/2014 4:32:04 PM, by GINILEE4

    Well, I finally got it together enough to get a blog done. I've been offline for the better part of 2 weeks. We had a disaster with the hard drive. Nuff said. Tomorrow is my official weigh in and to be honest I don't know what to expect. As far as eating well, it has been a pretty good week but... Read more

  • HIYA

    7/27/2014 5:32:32 AM, by SETTIMIA

    Hi wonderful people, I wanted to post a vlog, of me trying to hula hoop, but can not transfer it onto a email as it is too large, and and do not have a usb to upload it onto computer, although this computer has limited memory. Anyway, when I work it out I will send it on. In the meant... Read more

  • To add an activity.

    7/27/2014 1:43:14 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I want to add something to my routine. I do my workouts regularly now. and that has convinced me that I can stay with an activity. I could add hikes at parks on alternating days. This could help my weight loss and fitness areas. But it wouldn't add anything social. I spend a lot of time w... Read more

  • A late Saturday blog during a thunderstorm!

    7/26/2014 10:55:16 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Tonight's blog has to be short! So far some how my electricity is still working. But the lights keep flickering on and off. Somehow my computer is still alive! It is time to light candles in case the electricity dies. So good night, I wanted to spark more but all heck is brewing outside so I am goin... Read more

  • Day 22 – multitask with food

    7/26/2014 4:44:05 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    So this challenge is a bit different from yesterday where it was centered on mindful eating and concentrating on nothing else. Today’s challenge wants you to multitask, but still eat with awareness. At first, I was somewhat confused, but after re-reading it, I get it. To understand, you first ... Read more

  • MY TEACHERS

    7/26/2014 12:12:34 PM, by SETTIMIA

    Hello wonderful inspiration people, how have you all been? Have you been doing your daily exercise, whatever it may be. I am still struggling with learning the basics of spinning the hoop and I am still at the stage of spin, (a few more rotations), thud and squat. But I am persevering like... Read more

  • Trying to catch my breath and get back on track :(

    7/26/2014 7:35:58 AM, by GINIEMIE

    Okay my sparking days have been splotchy at best. I'm like the heat rash that comes and goes... Since our trip to Europe I've struggled with trying to get my new windows in-not yet completed; make my dress for my nieces wedding-finished; and get a new care-giver for Erik-have an interview Sunday a... Read more

  • Friday

    7/25/2014 10:45:56 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I had a full day today. My peer support counselor took me to breakfast and some shopping at Target. During breakfast I told him about the near miss anxiety attack earlier this week at check out at Giant Eagles. Then we went shopping at Target. I finally purchased the statistical calculator that I wa... Read more

  • Walloped by my feelings and trying to behave well

    7/25/2014 9:40:23 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    I've blogged about so many things here; coming to terms with the reality, really, and facing changes in my life. It has been a year since my ex husband said he wanted a divorce, and I am now divorced, legally, since the end of February. I filed, because I needed to protect myself as he continued on ... Read more

  • Summer heat and walking

    7/25/2014 7:48:30 PM, by ALIIDA

    My fitness minutes are down these days. It's what I expected with the summer heat. Temperatures are in the mid nineties and my favorite exercise is walking - puts a bit of a damper (or should I say a heater LOL) on my walking motivation. I know I know, it's an excuse, and I will work round it - prom... Read more

  • It's Summer! Flowers, warmth and happiness!

    7/25/2014 9:07:59 AM, by SHELLYED

    It seems to me that people who weigh a "normal" weight say they go up and down maybe 5 or 10 pounds. I wish I could say that about myself, but I go up and down about 20-25 pounds at a time. That doesn't seem normal? I guess I must eat really well and exercise to get to my goal weight, and once th... Read more

  • Day 21 – eat with awareness

    7/25/2014 4:33:47 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    There are two reasons to eat says, Linda Spangler: “…to fuel your body and to appreciate flavors”. Either way, you need to be CONSCIOUS of what you are eating~ SLOW DOWN… Lifewalk says something so simple, but profound: “Staying aware of what and how we are eating helps us become aware of when... Read more

  • Time to jump through hula hoops!

    7/24/2014 9:59:48 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    As I said yesterday my Doctor said yes to my ability to manage my funds. The next step is dealing with a VA Social Worker. My Doctor gave me a telephone number to contact this Social Worker. But when I tried this number, it rang three or four times, then my ear was assaulted by a shrill high pitch f... Read more

  • How Healthy is Your Relationship with Food?

    7/24/2014 3:47:07 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    If you are interested in taking this quiz, here is the link: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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    zid=66 I cannot believe it, but the... Read more

  • Day 20 - half-off special

    7/24/2014 10:34:11 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Lifewalk has it ‘right’ when she says basically that if you are cooking at home, you can be aware of what serving amounts you are dishing out, “but away from home is more difficult.” So this Chapter's challenge is to take half of what you would normally eat. The example Linda Spangler gives is lasag... Read more

  • Walk This Way

    7/24/2014 9:06:21 AM, by FUNLOVEN

    Spark featured an article called "9 Ways To Walk 10,000 Steps Per Day" which I found interesting and motivation. With all of the health issues I have had so far this year I have felt that I was taking one step forward and two back. After my last surgery I was at the lowest weight that I have... Read more

  • My Doctor said I am doing very well!

    7/23/2014 10:55:24 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I had my four month check-up with my Doctor today. Before I met with him he read over the notes from my VA nurse and Peer Support Counselor. The major subject that was important to me was the concern of wether I still need a Fiduciary (representative pay-ee). He said that he feels I am doing so well... Read more

  • Karen

    7/23/2014 4:59:20 PM, by ALIIDA

    In her last blog, Karen seemed to be fed up with responses to her calls to us to work on becoming spiritually as well as physically healthy. The responses that seemed to annoy her were short suggestions to be positive. Her legacy to me will be to take my nutritional program a step further, and also ... Read more

  • He I noticed I'd been so out of touch

    7/23/2014 4:45:18 PM, by CHERYLERBE1

    I've been so out of touch that no one even read my blog. You know some of us have a hard life and we are suppose to share that and get encouragement from friends and cohorts so that I might actually smile, Instead of saying I'm just going to chuck it all and eat a whole bag of double stuff Oreos. ... Read more

  • I'm missing a SparkFriend

    7/23/2014 9:36:42 AM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    One of my dear Sparkfriends has deactivated her page. I miss her. She was so very active here in Spark and supported many people. She identified herself as vegan and recently changed her name, but not her picture. She was the author of the Caturday blogs. I want to wish her well, tell... Read more

  • Day 19 – eat reasonable amounts

    7/23/2014 12:41:53 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    I have been down this road before so I am familiar with the lesson. Weight Watcher teaches this lesson v. well. I went ahead and guessed what a cup of cheerios is like. Then I put my guess cereal in a measuring cup. I actually ball parked lower than the actual cup size, but this is because I hav... Read more

  • Tuesday

    7/22/2014 9:38:01 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I went to our community pool today. The lifeguard saved three tiles from drowning. I guess during the bitter cold winter (remember that) the tiles had become loose. Today while I was taking a break from swimming I noticed the lifeguard hurry over to the side of our pool and with a fishnet sweeping ... Read more

  • #88 thankful....

    7/22/2014 9:17:07 PM, by SHAKESALOT

    Speaking of amazing colors!! Check out this unusual lily....it has triple set of petals. Pretty wonderful, huh? Wanted to share with my spark friends. Have a... Read more

  • #87 Thankful....

    7/22/2014 9:13:06 PM, by SHAKESALOT

    I am thankful that my days are filled with colors. Ever notice how each stage of the year brings new vibrant colors for us to enjoy? Or how mountains are constantly changing? I've noticed the sea does the same thing. May your days have many colors to brighten the day! : )... Read more

  • Day 18 - retrain eating habits

    7/22/2014 11:21:49 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    The idea of throwing food away is a mixed bag for me. I have no problems throwing food away, ‘unless’ it’s a matter of leftovers. THAT I find hard. Due to this economy and my money situation, I think it is smart to use leftovers as another meal. So many times, I just ate out and the word ‘leftovers’... Read more

  • I haven't made an entry in a long time..

    7/22/2014 8:46:31 AM, by CHERYLERBE1

    I haven't made a entry in a long time, because all I had to says were bad things, I still only have bad things to say. I'm currently waiting to see if they will put a neurostimulator to my back to help with my pain. Two years ago I was running around the water park with my husband just one more ride... Read more

  • SPIN, THUD, SQUAT, SPIN, THUD, SQUAT

    7/22/2014 1:42:57 AM, by SETTIMIA

    Good morning my lovely hula hooping SP friends, well if you see the title of this blog, this is exactly what I am experiencing at the moment, spin the hoop around my waist, move my waist a bit, thud as it hits the floor, and squat to pick it up, all in good form of course....and boy do I ache t... Read more

  • I guess you take the bad with the good.

    7/22/2014 1:08:59 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Good news-I've completed 15 weeks of exercising three times per week. Have seen a rosier outlook for me, plus, as a result of the working out, I stand straighter. I've actually improved my posture almost unintentionally. Bad news-For the last month or so I've been getting a pain in my arm whe... Read more

  • Feeling better!!

    7/21/2014 11:38:33 PM, by ITISABOUTME

    On July 3rd I posted a blog about my ex and on July 9th I went and talked to my doctor about depression. She put me on anti depressants and it has been a couple of weeks and I feel so much better. Before the meds I would break into tears for no reason other than a passing thought now I have those sa... Read more

  • To THINFITFEMINISTRAWKINDVEG
    AN

    7/21/2014 10:45:43 PM, by ALIIDA

    Karen seems to have gone off Spark today. I hope she'll come back, preferably soon. I don't know if she would be offended by this, but to me, she is a rough diamond. She gives so much, and most of her insights are on the mark, for me anyway. Sometimes I've got angry because I thought her c... Read more

  • Monday: Did I blog or not?

    7/21/2014 10:10:02 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I was in the middle of writing my Monday blog when my computer froze. So I shut my computer down and restarted the nasty thing. It took several attempts and about 10 minutes then finally I was back online. I went to rewrite my Monday Blog, but I had received credit from sparks for a blog, but no blo... Read more

  • Day 17 - stop wasting food

    7/21/2014 8:47:59 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Before I talk about this chapter, I have to say yesterday was a total bust. And with that I have good news and bad news: Bad news: First time in 4 weeks, I blew it and went over my calorie level. Two days ago, my scale showed a 2 pound loss. Today it was a .2 gain. My first and usual insti... Read more

  • He landed on the moon today!

    7/20/2014 11:44:11 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Was reminded very early this morning that this was the anniversary of the day that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. I was between 5th and 6th grade and living in Missoula, Montana. We had a color TV and watched it. When school started our social studies teacher said it would be the most 'momentous... Read more

  • MY HULA QUEST

    7/20/2014 11:39:43 PM, by SETTIMIA

    HELLO MY BEAUTIFUL, INSPIRATIONAL, UP FOR A CHALLENGE SP FRIENDS, WHAT A FANTASTIC RESPONSE I HAVE GOT TO ENCOURAGING YOU ALL TO JOIN ME IN MY CHALLENGE. FIRST AND FOREMOST, I MUST GIVE THANKS TO MY SISTA WHO ENCOURAGED ME, HER VLOG IS THE BEST EVER, SHE IS AN EXPERT. WELL ALL WEEKEND, I H... Read more

  • Sunday Dreaming

    7/20/2014 8:11:54 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I have been having interesting dreams. Last night I had a dream in which God asked me if I would like to take over for Him. I defiantly replied "NO" in the dream and then went on to recite the "Our Father". I have no idea where this dream came from but do understand that it was a confirmation... Read more

  • Bananas and Almond Milk "Shake" -- A Mainstay

    7/20/2014 5:29:29 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    Not sure what to call it -- but I have this healthy "treat" several times a week and I'm about to leave my work desk right now and go down and make one! I take two frozen bananas and one cup of non sweetened vanilla almond milk and place it in my Vita-Mix. I either ad some cinnamon or 1 T uns... Read more

  • 7/20/14

    7/20/2014 2:27:37 PM, by PROUD-GRANDMA

    We ended up completing a full marathon. It took us to a 11:00 pm at night but all three of us finished it! Today, I'm nursing my blisters & sore muscles but I can say I completed my 1st marathon. ... Read more

  • HULA HOOPING OR HULA DANCING

    7/20/2014 5:36:32 AM, by SETTIMIA

    HELLO WONDERFUL PEOPLE, MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND AND ADOPTED SISTA, WHO SET ME THE CHALLENGE, OPENED THE CHALLENGE UP TO THOSE WHO CAN'T USE THE HULA HOOP OR HAVE LIMITED ROOM, HOW ABOUT HULA DANCING, MOVING YOUR HIPS TO YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC AND JUST HAVE A GREAT TIME. I AM DEFINITELY MOVING MY BIG... Read more

  • Saturday

    7/19/2014 7:35:04 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Today it was misting. It was a very relaxing weather for walking! I had an umbrella but the wind was blowing the mist so I still was getting wet. But I did not get soaked. I really enjoyed the walk! I also met a friendly puppy along the way. Poor thing as I was leaving I said Bye Bye, to him this me... Read more

  • 7/19/14

    7/19/2014 5:57:48 PM, by PROUD-GRANDMA

    My goal for today is to walk 13 miles for Relay for Life & 10 flights of stairs. My stairs are finished & I have 3 more miles to go!... Read more

  • Deserve? Reward?

    7/19/2014 2:27:51 AM, by ALIIDA

    It was probably in the 1960s. We saw a TV commercial for chocolates. "You deserve...." "Reward yourself with....." My father said those lines were silly. I've often wondered since about why they might be silly. When I was a child and I first heard about "liking yourself" I thought, "How can you like... Read more

  • Friday: Plan B

    7/18/2014 10:08:52 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Yesterday, I thought today I would sunbathe by the pool and swim. I would of worn a speedo swimsuit because I think my neighbors would not enjoy the sight of a near 50 year old in his baby suit :)! Well the sky was dark all day and threatening with rain, so plan B, hit the gym. It was not extremely... Read more

  • I FOUND BARBIE

    7/18/2014 7:15:58 PM, by SETTIMIA

    Hello all my wonderful helpful SP friends, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME FIND MY FRIEND, I AM SO PLEASED THAT NUTTYBARBIE HAS JOINED SP. Everyone her photo alone shows the amazing results. WE CAN ALL DO IT HOPE YOU ARE ALL READY FOR THE HULA HOOP CHALLENGE. Now I have a l... Read more

  • #85 Thankful...

    7/18/2014 9:56:30 AM, by SHAKESALOT

    I am thankful for playful moments.... Life is for living. Laugh lots!! Enjoy whatever you are doing. Have a great day!... Read more

  • KEEP TRYING DON'T GIVE UP.....

    7/18/2014 4:18:28 AM, by SETTIMIA

    Hello beautiful wonderful people, yesterday was the last day of a course I teach to adult students. In my teaching I try to reach my students and start off a class with positive affirmations, when I visit them in their placements schools or daycare (part of my job) if their practice is good, an... Read more

  • The pool and the gym

    7/18/2014 1:56:17 AM, by ALIIDA

    Yesterday, I got ready for the gym and then thought at the last minute to check the website - closed. This morning I felt lethargic, but DH encouraged me to go anyway. It's a bit cooler than usual today, so not so hard to get there. When I was walking toward the pool, I looked down at my stoma... Read more

  • A gorgeous day

    7/17/2014 10:04:30 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    It was a great day to just walk around my neighborhood! I stopped along the way a few times to pet the dogs and chat with their owners. I sort of meditate while I walk, noticing how my feet touch the ground and my breathing. The air smelled fresh and thank goodness the humidity was low for a change.... Read more

  • 7/17/14

    7/17/2014 11:56:38 AM, by PROUD-GRANDMA

    Surgery went well. The pain medication made me sick so I had to not move & lay still until they can get me something my stomach can tolerate. Thhe Dr called in a new script this morning.... Read more

  • Can you help?

    7/17/2014 10:16:30 AM, by NOWYOUDIDIT

    This was posted by my very dear friend who has stage 4 breast cancer. Spreading the word to find her help! Zometa by keeponspinning Novartis Oncology. I would like to harness the power of the village, the globally connected internet world, because I am absolutely confident that so... Read more

  • Stress

    7/16/2014 9:43:27 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Things that caused stress for me today: 1) Meeting new people at our pool. 2) Having to hike to the bank/grocery store to put deposit money. 3) My Kindle Fire will not charge, I am concerned about where to get it fixed and the cost. 4) Just feeling overwhelmed with everything. Things... Read more

  • Summer

    7/15/2014 10:59:44 PM, by ALIIDA

    TFKV has asked me what's doing in my life because I've been writing a bit less than usual. Life is good since I came back from England. DH is getting better after a half year of heart problems, and while I was away, he was forced to do things by himself and become more independent - a very goo... Read more

  • Tuesday

    7/15/2014 10:34:45 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I met with my VA Nurse today, all is swell! I hit our gym and had a great strength and cardio workout. I walked around my neighborhood. The weather here today was perfect. About 80 degrees, sunshine with passing clouds to keep comfy. The hardest part of the day was logging in my fitness for the day.... Read more

  • MOSTLY MY HULA HOOP ENDS....

    7/15/2014 9:13:45 PM, by SETTIMIA

    Morning beautiful people, guess where my hula hoops ends up, yes on the floor!!! Not only have I been trying to learn a new skill, but have learnt that my hoop is too small and I need a bigger one, a fitness one. Thank you ... Read more

  • My Lateset Last Ditch Effort to get the weight down.

    7/15/2014 5:25:57 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Still exercising three times per week at the gym (14 weeks), and still seeing no reduction around the middle, and not seeing pounds go down. A new approach is in order. Recently I was reading of new long term studies that say that alcohol is no longer seen as a heart benefit. First, the announced ... Read more

  • I HAVE BEEN GIVEN A CHALLENGE...

    7/15/2014 4:44:02 AM, by SETTIMIA

    Hi all my beautiful inspiring SP friends, those of you who have been seeing my feed will know that I am trying to learn how to hula hoop, recently. To my totally honest, I have really struggled. I have looked at a few videos, but really can not keep the hoop moving long as it drops to the groun... Read more

  • Monday

    7/14/2014 10:14:37 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    As my update earlier said a wacky weather day here. I woke up to rain this morning. So I decided to clean my apartment in anticipation of my meeting with my VA Nurse tomorrow. Then there was sunshine, so I hoofed it over to Giant Eagle for 0% milk, tea and fresh produce. Coming home dark clouds were... Read more

  • Conquering The Challenges One Day At A Time

    7/14/2014 10:56:30 AM, by FUNLOVEN

    I haven't been much of a blogger lately, but I enjoying reading your blogs so much that I thought I would put one out there too. On "My Status" this weekend I posted that I was ready to face the challenges that faced me on Saturday. This Saturday was an event called The Freedom Run". I don't... Read more

  • 7/14/14

    7/14/2014 9:18:29 AM, by PROUD-GRANDMA

    Today, out of state for my doctor appointment to go over my blood work. Tomorrow, I have carpal tunnel surgery. Friday the girls & I walked 9 miles in the Relay for Life. This Saturday I hope to be able to walk 13 miles for our local Relay for Life. My husband and I are both committ... Read more

  • FANTASTIC TRANSFORMATION

    7/13/2014 9:35:39 PM, by SETTIMIA

    Hello wonderful people, I just want to share my friend's fantastic achievements, it is her dream to become a bodybuilder. She started lifting weights at the end of last July 2013, but it was at the end of October 2013 that s... Read more

  • an August Attitude ...

    7/13/2014 9:20:07 PM, by NANASUGE

    A year ago August I recorded 195. That is my goal for August 15th. I have lost nearly 10 pounds in part thanks to my sailor son who worked me through the month of June - nothing severe but stepped up from where I was. Diet was modified to no meat, only fowl or fish. The carnivore that I am, I broke ... Read more

  • Sunday

    7/13/2014 8:01:02 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    If you do not want to read about the Pirates just skip this paragraph. Last night the Pirates were behind 6 -5 headed into the top half of the 8th inning. I decided I did not want to watch them loss another game, so I went in my computer room and sparked for 45 minutes. After Sparking I went and tur... Read more

  • #84 thankful....

    7/13/2014 7:41:08 PM, by SHAKESALOT

    Happy to report....no or other critters around. No tumbling into the brier patch. Was able to gather about a gallon of fresh blackberries(these are the early ones- lots more coming). A restful, enjoyable da... Read more

  • THE DEFINITION OF A BLACK MAN

    7/13/2014 6:12:07 AM, by SETTIMIA

    Hello everyone I came across this inspiring clip, the words are so powerful. I am proud to be with a wonderful Guyanese man. He fights the stereotypes everyday, and succeeds to be the kind, gentle person he is. So wherever you or your partner (male of female) come from as long as you are hap... Read more

  • #83 thankful...

    7/13/2014 4:43:53 AM, by SHAKESALOT

    Today is supposed to be picking day for the blackberries. Going to leave early so miss the hot of the day and hopefully beat the birds, raccoon's, and bears to some of them. Most will go in the tubs, but quite sure my mouth will be stained purple by the time I'm done. Most will be transfo... Read more

  • Saturday

    7/12/2014 10:24:55 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    A good friend was concerned that my leg movement was from RLS. Thursday night I took an extra pill of my antidepressant/sleep aid medication, which my Doctor allows me too. One side affect of this medication, for me, is sometimes having extra leg movement. Last night I took the usual amount and my ... Read more

  • My Lunch Today - rather labor intensive but really good :-)

    7/12/2014 7:22:54 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    I went to the Farmers' Market this morning and came home with so many delicious vegetables - including zucchini and eggplant. I decided to oven roast diagonal slices of eggplant, z-squash, and sweet peppers (no added oil). Meanwhile I took some white beans (1.5 C) out of the freezer (I had cooked ... Read more

  • #82 thankful....

    7/12/2014 1:55:08 PM, by SHAKESALOT

    I am thankful for the times I can laugh at myself! I was in a situation this morning that was out of my control and could have been the beginning to a very bad day. Instead of allowing myself to become upset...I returned home, took an outside shower, went inside and took another much needed... Read more

  • 7/12/14

    7/12/2014 11:39:05 AM, by PROUD-GRANDMA

    I'm having computer issues so I'm not as active on this site as I would like to be. However, I think of my Spark buddies often & I'm cheering you on! ... Read more

  • Friday

    7/11/2014 10:44:54 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I went to bed last night at midnight. I drifted in and out of sleep due to restlessness in my legs. My legs just wanted to keep on moving. Around 4 am I gave up on sleeping. From 4 am until 8 am I played my video game. Then I took a shower to be ready for my Peer Support Counselor from the VA. He ca... Read more

  • 2 weeks post surgery

    7/11/2014 1:20:23 PM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    I went to the Dr. yesterday. He said I am healing fine. I still shouldn't, notice he didn't say can't, go in the water I can take a shower, but the chlorine just may irritate the incision. I can now do strength training as long as it doesn't pull on the incision. I can do the arms, and legs mai... Read more

  • Motivated by a Spark Challenge

    7/11/2014 9:12:32 AM, by ALIIDA

    I've joined a Maintainers' Challenge even though I haven't quite reached my goal weight of 65 kilos (about 143 pounds). I can probably get down there, but it might be difficult to maintain it. I've been under 68 for more than two months now, and I'm pretty happy about that. For the C... Read more

  • #81 Thankful....

    7/11/2014 4:16:57 AM, by SHAKESALOT

    I am thankful for quiet times... Let's one let their hair down and just absorb their surroundings. Take yourself a moment and see the beauty. : ) Happy day!... Read more

  • Happy Birthday Mike, my nephew and Godson!

    7/10/2014 11:15:32 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Today is Mike's 25th birthday. Our Pirates gave him a present by winning 9 -1. Mike graduated from college two years ago with High Honors. His Major was in Secondary Education Social Studies and a Minor in Theater. A 30 page final paper was about how the Pirates influenced Pittsburgh's History. ... Read more

  • I'm ready to get fit

    7/10/2014 6:00:42 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    I don't know for certain what sparked the change in me. I have been more open to myself and to positive change and more ready and willing to take care of me. I walked 40 minutes today. I will water jog another 30 minutes yet today. Hooray! I've lost 30 and now I'm ready to lose the next... Read more

  • #80 THANKFUL***** ; )

    7/10/2014 1:30:31 PM, by SHAKESALOT

    I am thankful that I am seeing improvement with my cholesterol levels!!!!! : ) and a few other test looking good. I am thankful not all doctor calls are bad!!!! : ) Hope your day is spectacular!!!... Read more

  • day 2

    7/10/2014 8:11:27 AM, by ARABORN

    Welp..... here goes day 2!... Read more

  • #79 Thankful....

    7/10/2014 5:10:44 AM, by SHAKESALOT

    I am thankful for taking time to smell the roses in each of my days. Every day is a good day to stop, breathe and move. : ) Have a wonderful day!!... Read more

  • Thankful for wonderful Spark Friends

    7/9/2014 10:39:56 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Last night was a rough night for me. I was depressed, I think it was due to a poor telephone conversation with my Dear Aunt. Then it kept sliding from there, it just seemed everything kept going wrong and/or depressed me more. This is the dark side of being bi-polar. I am glad I kept sparking. Goo... Read more

  • I won't be smoking the new legal marijuana.

    7/9/2014 8:44:43 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I know that sounds rather prudish, but I have valid reasons. Last year, I had access to some good marijuana before the recreational legal stuff was available. I went through a period of smoking some, and having some edibles, and found a couple of problems that I cared much less about when I was in... Read more

  • Intro

    7/9/2014 9:45:20 AM, by ARABORN

    Hello, i am extremely new at this, but here goes..... I am a full time working mom, with 2 children, ages 5 and 10. My pre pregnancy weight was 123. i am now up to 142, and would like to lose most, if not all of that weight. I look forward to my journey ahead and am excited to meet some new... Read more