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  • In my own words...

    12/17/2014 11:47:03 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Take each moment to improve YOU.....because YOU are worth every moment! yourself today!... Read more

  • The tree just fainted!

    12/16/2014 11:59:07 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • I my own words...

    12/16/2014 11:39:31 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    There is no mistakes.....just learning opportunities!!!... Read more

  • Reflections on my hissy fit

    12/16/2014 10:27:45 AM, by ALIIDA

    I've had an easy ride. I lost 22 pounds in a year at the rate I planned to, and then I got stuck a few pounds from goal, but it wasn't too difficult to accept that I wasn't going to lose any more. In the last couple of weeks, my weight has moved up a little and I noticed today it doesn't look ... Read more

  • Feel like giving up

    12/15/2014 9:55:11 PM, by ALIIDA

    My weight has moved up in the last two or three weeks. I'm still within 3% so it's not the end of maintenance. I suppose I must be eating more but it doesn't feel like it. I'm exercising more but I need to change things up. I thought about giving up Sparking this morning, but that's childish: I woul... Read more

  • Ten shopping days left.

    12/14/2014 10:39:33 PM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    Do you have your Christmas shopping done? There are only 10 days left to shop. I shopped on line. I buy my own Christmas presents. Out of the clothes that I bought before, The only ones that fit were the bathrobes and pajamas and I did buy my brother flannel pajama bottoms. I bought 3 flannel s... Read more

  • A prayer...

    12/14/2014 10:01:52 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    GOD'S "PHONE NUMBER" Hello God, I called tonight To talk a little while I need a friend who'll listen To my anxiety and trial. You see, I can't quite make it Through a day just on my own... I need your love to guide me So I'll never feel alone. I want to ask ... Read more

  • Best made plans of mice and "wo"men!

    12/14/2014 8:49:02 PM, by GINIEMIE

    This morning started out ok, when I came home from church and brunch Erik was still in bed. So I started bringing in the Christmas decorations. Erik got up and wanted to know where his decorations were-probably in the storage unit Erik, ask your brother. So he called poor Steven and had to pass the ... Read more


    12/14/2014 7:49:03 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Recipe: How to make a Turkey this Christmas

    12/14/2014 4:05:44 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    Not too late for you to try this recipe...TURKEY RECIPE (read all) I thought this sounded good as it is from a Sparkfriend of mine! She says, "here is a turkey recipe that also includes the use of popcorn as a stuffing ingredient -- imagine that. When I found this recipe, I thought it was perfe... Read more

  • Chapter 28 - best friends for life

    12/13/2014 12:52:50 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. This is the last chapter and what an amazing book. I liked that I originally read this along with the 100 Days Challenge book because it worked well together. I think it is at least true that my attitude towa... Read more

  • Chapter 27 - building the friendship

    12/13/2014 12:43:23 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. Spangle explains the Dot Calendar. Green sticker - weight loss day (solid day on your program) Yellow sticker - maintainence day (caution - your day could have gone better) Red sticker - gain day (poor day on your ... Read more

  • Chapter 26 - when your weight is totally stuck

    12/13/2014 12:25:49 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. When your weight is totally stuck, make a drastic change by increasing food intake to high levels, descre exercise by at least half - maybe even 2/3 time, and practice relaxation techniques says Linda Spangle. ... Read more

  • Chapter 25 - jolting the scale w/interval training

    12/13/2014 12:12:55 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. Extremes don't usually work Retrain Your body: within first 30 days - "take a gentle approach to exercise;" second thirty days, "increase intensity"; next 30 days and beyond, 'take gradual approach to adding ... Read more

  • Chapter 24 - switching things up with exercise

    12/13/2014 12:09:24 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. When you reach a plateau and are stalled for a long time, you need to change things up: 1) split your activity - "Divide your usual routine in half, then split it into two different activities." 2) vary ... Read more

  • Weight loss vs. Maintenance

    12/13/2014 12:02:16 PM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    Where am I? That is the million dollar question. As of yesterday my weight is 130.3, which is technically out of maintenance. My center weight is 127 pounds. According to the team challenge you are suppose to maintain you weight with = or -3% which means I shouldn't weigh anymore more than 130.1... Read more

  • Choosing a weight range

    12/12/2014 8:50:10 PM, by ALIIDA

    OK so I chose my lowest sustainable weight to be 66.5 kilos, and I've been close to it for a bit over six months. When stressed or sick, I've been down to 66. Until this week, I've only briefly hit 67 and quickly got down, so I set 67 as the top of my range - obviously very tight (just over a pound ... Read more

  • Treadmill is occupied! Sorry folks!)

    12/12/2014 10:57:31 AM, by GINIEMIE

    Erik's gifts are ready and since the tree is not, I put them where he can see them when he's in the sun room 50% of the time. The available space, so I can still clean the floors is the TREADMILL . I wrote before I prefer walking around my house than getting on that noisy thing, so I ... Read more

  • the Nutcracker GIRLS? day out

    12/12/2014 9:48:00 AM, by GINIEMIE

    Do you see why the question mark, the row behind my GD's guest, my eldest GD, my daughter and DIL? Well here is the next row.... A year and a half ago, I went to a... Read more

  • Words to consder...

    12/11/2014 11:57:16 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    RESPECT the old when you are young... HELP the weak when you are strong... CONFESS the fault when you are wrong... BECAUSE... One day in life YOU will be OLD, that YOU are WEAK, and YOU are WRONG!!! ~ author unknown~ ... Read more

  • Open letter

    12/11/2014 9:56:56 AM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    Three years ago today I remember sitting down at my computer and feeling defeated. That is the word I have been looking for. I had started losing weight in February after going shopping with my then 85 year old Mom and having her outlast me. How embarrassing. I wanted to go home and she was stil... Read more

  • ADVENT-where are you going? or CHAOS reigns in my house!

    12/11/2014 9:25:19 AM, by GINIEMIE

    I am about preparing my heart for Christmas and gifts for the family right now. I am not worried about the tree being up, it is never up before December 1st anyway and rarely before the second Sunday of Advent. Well Steven put up the tree Sunday before we "girls" went to the Nutcracker (blog later ... Read more

  • Some words to consider...

    12/10/2014 11:24:38 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    "Do not wait for another person to give you flowers. Instead plant your own garden and decorate your own soul." Author unknown. ... Read more

  • Tuesday funny

    12/10/2014 12:04:19 AM, by STEVEN2GO2

    A busload of politicians were driving down a country road when the bus suddenly ran off the road and crashed into an old farmer's field. The old farmer heard the tragic crash so he rushed over to investigate. He then began digging a large grave to bury the politicians. A few hours lat... Read more


    12/9/2014 10:58:22 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Magical & Manic Monday.

    12/8/2014 11:27:29 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Let's see ~ three loads of laundry, lots of walking, core workout and the FINAL gift this year ~ treats for my cousin's pup Vegas. I am so worn out and I have to start writing cards and wrapping presents...One day at a time! Have a Terrific, Tremendous & Thankful Tuesday ... Read more

  • Motivation for Monday.

    12/8/2014 12:41:25 AM, by STEVEN2GO2

    You have heard that MOTIVATION just does not last. Well if you think about it neither does BATHING. That's why it's recommended daily & even more when it is needed! & DON'T GIVE UP BECAUSE YOU ARE WORTH THE EXTRA EFFORT!... Read more


    12/7/2014 8:08:17 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Chapter 23 - ways to boost your weight loss

    12/7/2014 3:18:09 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. Aim for a goal that is in a range rather than a set goal regarding calorie levels. Drink lots of H20 Be consistent. Eat at regular intervals, do not skip meals, skip things that will slow you down Move a ... Read more

  • Day 22 - how to recognize a plateau

    12/7/2014 2:56:54 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. If you're weight stays the same for more than a week, you have probably hit a plateau. 1) you may or may not have unconsciously altered your food intake or exercise routine 2) after 5-6 weeks, your body w... Read more

  • TO BE RICH....

    12/7/2014 1:37:03 AM, by STEVEN2GO2


  • Thanks Sparkfriends!

    12/5/2014 8:23:52 AM, by GINIEMIE

    First: All of you! I want to from the bottom of my heart for the encouragement. Sometimes I see the progress Erik is making, but not how I'm improving in my skills at interpretation or Charades. Actually I think I missed a step in Erik's explanation of what he needed, He grabbed a tras... Read more

  • In Praise of Work.

    12/5/2014 5:39:34 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I have been retired for almost 5 years now. Ever since retiring, I have tooted the same horn as my father did to me. He spoke about how positive retirement is. He left his work early, and encouraged me to do the same. I bought the whole idea of a life of leisure hook, line and sinker, and never ga... Read more

  • Thursday Joke

    12/5/2014 1:19:14 AM, by STEVEN2GO2

    The ABC of love... After being married for thirty years, a wife asked her husband to describe her. He looked at her carefully, then said, "You are A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K." She asks ... "Well, What does that mean?" He said, "Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, El... Read more

  • Adding Fruits and Veggies, Day III

    12/4/2014 10:42:20 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    The day started off with a large bowl of oatmeal, with walnuts, brown sugar and raisins and milk. Not a lot of fruits and veggies there, but almost all plant based, and considered by most to be a healthy breakfast. Then, I went into my high fat mode. I was out, and had a triple cheese burger (510... Read more

  • Chaper 21 - when the scale won't budge

    12/4/2014 7:16:40 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. There are just moments when the scale will not move. What do you do? Do you eat so it will move? Spangle says it is usually due to a physiological effect where your body is causing you to hold on to the wei... Read more

  • Revelations this morning!

    12/4/2014 8:32:20 AM, by GINIEMIE

    First of all I found a napkin with 3:30 and 4:15 on it, my deduction Erik was letting me know he's been up during the night. Secondly, since I knew he wanted a Jimmy Dean biscuit for breakfast I looked into the freezer to make sure it as accessible for him.-It was missing, found the wrapper in th... Read more

  • Facts to smile about today ~

    12/3/2014 11:23:49 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    15 Facts That'll Make You Smile You can always pick up a newspaper and read sad facts. But there also some very happy facts in this world, so for a great start to your day, we'd like to introduce you to 15 happy, funny and adorable facts that'll plaster a great big smile on your face! Sea... Read more

  • Raking Leaves in December

    12/3/2014 12:27:42 PM, by GINIEMIE

    I have a lot of trees on my 1/2 acre lot, not a problem usually right. But I have an HOA that does not consider leaves as mulch so I must clear them out of the front and side yards so I don't get a warning or worse a fine for not keeping my property up. Now I know this, I learned it at closing in 20... Read more

  • Adding Fruits and Veggies, Part II

    12/3/2014 12:48:20 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    After posting my fruits and veggies blog, I got a lot of affirmations and thanks from people who liked being reminded of the value of adding them. Today, in keeping with my new vow to add them, I did my grocery shopping a day early. I picked up fresh carrots, cucumber, red peppers, leaf lettuce, a... Read more


    12/3/2014 12:46:29 AM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Good News, Bad News A woman phones up her husband at work for a chat... He answers, "I'm sorry honey but I'm up to my neck in work today." She responds, "But I've got some good news and some bad news for you dear." He says, "OK darling, but since I've got little time now, just... Read more

  • Hi! I'm Alida and I'm an approval-seeker.

    12/2/2014 8:25:36 AM, by ALIIDA

    For months and months, someone in my circle of friends made derogatory remarks about my weight loss. It bothered me - a lot, but she's done me a big favor in the long run. I've learnt some valuable lessons. I kept thinking and thinking about why I seem to have a notice on my back saying, "Kick ... Read more

  • Another joke: Two women and how they passed on.

    12/2/2014 12:10:10 AM, by STEVEN2GO2

    How Did You Die? Two women were new arrivals at the Pearly Gates and compared their stories on how they had died. First Woman: "I froze to death!" Second Woman: "You froze to death? How horrible!" First Woman: "Well, it wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking form the cold, I be... Read more

  • Adding Fruits and Vegetables.

    12/1/2014 10:16:45 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Just read an article about a prescription program that was set up in Harlem by pediatricians that allows families to purchase fruits and vegetables at half their normal price. This effectively puts the prices of produce at less than what they would pay for McDonald's food. The doctors are prescribi... Read more

  • Something to do after you get to retire :)!

    11/30/2014 11:23:59 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    A working people frequently ask us, as a retired couple, what we do to make our days interesting. Well, the other day my wife and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about five minutes. When we came out, there was a policeman writing out a parking ticket. We w... Read more

  • Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    11/30/2014 10:04:01 PM, by GINIEMIE

    Why? My husband had the album when we were young and I've been missing him something fierce this past week. Well let's say I've been feeling extremely lonely even at my son, Steven's house. My DIL is wonderful and I enjoy working with her in the kitchen and decorating her tree-ours doesn't usually g... Read more

  • Oh no here comes the rain!

    11/29/2014 11:46:21 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    A man goes into the confession booth at the church. "Forgive me father, for I have sinned." "What is your sin, my son?" Asks the priest. "Well, about a month ago I was in the library until closing time, and when I wanted to leave it started to rain very heavily and didn't let up. Afte... Read more

  • Chapter 20 - letting go of scale memories

    11/29/2014 12:51:17 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. That you mustn't allow the scale to be associated with bad or negative feelings from the past although I cannot say this was ever the case for me. We didn't even have a scale in our home through the age 15! ... Read more

  • Chapter 19 - trouble in scale city

    11/29/2014 11:59:28 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. Apparently, scale denial is a real issue. By facing the truth and accepting it along with tracking food allows you to "see if you've been exceeding your food budget." Spangle tells us to have the courag... Read more

  • Chapter 18 - tracking reveals the truth

    11/29/2014 11:46:01 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. Mindless eating catches any of us off guard. The example of eating almonds out of a bag while working on the computer is a good example. If you don't put some aside and eat only those, you might mindlessly or n... Read more

  • This was sent to me by a wonderful spark friend, luckily I saved it so I can share it!

    11/28/2014 10:55:18 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Real life stories that teach you many things in life. Excellent reading! The following stories have wonderful shades of emotions. These are based on true incidences both wonderful and inspirational. 1. Today, when I slipped on the wet tile floor a boy in a wheelchair caught me before... Read more

  • Guys ~ did you gain weight this Thanksgiving? Here is a quick loss diet plan for you :)!

    11/27/2014 11:40:59 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    A guy calls a company and orders their 5-day, 5lbs weight loss program. The next day, there's a knock on the door and there stands before him a voluptuous, athletic, 19 year old woman dressed in nothing but a pair of running shoes and a sign around her neck. She introduces herself as a represe... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    11/27/2014 6:06:24 PM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving dinner. I was looking forward to turkey and all the trimmings, but I haven't felt that great for a couple days now., running a low grade fever. I watched the parade this morning and called my Mom to say that I was coming, after the parade and I took a sho... Read more

  • Let us remember what tomorrow is about!

    11/26/2014 11:59:47 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Let's us celebrate our thanks to the Creator for the gifts we receive every moment! Te mysterious Gifts of Life, Hope and Love. Enjoy a Blessed Holiday with your loved ones!... Read more


    11/26/2014 10:18:27 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Happy Thanksgiving Spark Friends!

    11/26/2014 2:31:41 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Wouldn't it be wonderful If every day we're living We stopped to count our blessings Like we do on Thanksgiving? If every day we to... Read more

  • In praise of us Whiners!

    11/26/2014 3:45:20 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I recently read an article where someone took offense to New Yorkers being cast as the unhappiest people in the country. The reasoning was that New Yorkers complain on an almost constant basis, and therefore are not happy. The writer of a rebuttal of this said he had New York roots and understood ... Read more

  • Felling not that intelligent here are some quotes to cause you to believe you are not!

    11/25/2014 11:23:32 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    -- If you ever feel a little bit stupid, just dig this up and read it again; you'll begin to think you're a genius.. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, (On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995.) Question: If you could ... Read more

  • TGIF-Oh! Wait, not yet!

    11/25/2014 9:07:40 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • Monday's Joke, this is a bit raunchy readers beware!

    11/24/2014 11:26:02 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    I was studying to become a HigH School Mathematics Teacher, but life can make your plans switch. I met my ex-wife, awesome step-son, Dominic and Buzz their Pup who needed me. Well today's joke is about a Math teacher that thank goodness I did not become: A math teacher and his wife were bo... Read more

  • Half a year of maintenance - sort of

    11/23/2014 11:14:31 PM, by ALIIDA

    "Sort of" because I was on a plateau for four or five months of the six, three pounds short of goal, when I decided to accept that weight and switch to maintaining it. It wasn't only because I felt stuck that I changed my mind about my goal. The amount of self-discipline that I was exercising was en... Read more

  • Sunday funny :)!

    11/23/2014 8:35:25 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    A rich businessman walls down the street when he spots an old man sitting with a fishing rod next to a puddle, trying to get fish. The businessman takes pity on the old deranged man, and invited him to eat lunch with him at the coffee shop close by. After the meal, the businessman asks hi... Read more

  • Always Something to Be Thankful For...Always!

    11/23/2014 10:54:22 AM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    T for time to be together, turkey, talk and autumn weather. H for harvest stored away, home and hearth and holiday. A for autumnís frosty art and abundance in the heart. N for neighbors and November, nice things, new things ... Read more


    11/22/2014 10:32:32 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    10 Tips On Living a Happier Life Pope Francis was interviewed by Viva, an Argentinean publication, and offered 10 invaluable tips on how to become a happier person. Some of the tips on the list might even surprise you a bit, and even change your perspective on life. I think if we followed the ... Read more


    11/22/2014 3:23:11 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Chapter 17 - scale and weight loss patterns

    11/22/2014 10:51:24 AM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. 1. There is a honeymoon phase with the scale in the beginning of one's weight loss program 2. Even when I am doing everything right, the scale fluctuates and so does my weight patterns. 3. There are fac... Read more

  • Winter lights

    11/22/2014 4:50:56 AM, by ALIIDA

    In pre-Spark days, I took the train home to the nearest station. Now I don't, but I have to admit, it only makes a 10-minute difference at most. Anyway, I would have missed the winter lights. I didn't know they've already put them u... Read more

  • Never forget how unique and special you are!

    11/21/2014 10:37:03 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    Snow flakes have nothing on us humans. We were all created equally, yet with such an amalgamation of different traits and personalities, wants and interests that we seem almost alien to each other. But we are all God's creatures, and we are all, every one of us - unique. In this holiday seas... Read more

  • I'm sure my blood pressure will go up...

    11/21/2014 5:14:06 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I'm sure my blood pressure will go up in the next two years during the presidential runoff. I'd like to just bury my head in the sand, and on Nov 4, 2016, just ask someone, Who won? That would be the healthiest thing to do. But I know that I will be glued to my computer day in and day out, followin... Read more

  • There's something amiss in our land...

    11/21/2014 3:36:11 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    There's something amiss in our land when the combined incomes of Howard Stern, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh would be enough to support a small country. Glenn... Read more

  • Chapter 16 - how to retrain yourself

    11/20/2014 11:11:50 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter. 1) "By focusing on how you think, you change what you believe." 2) Let go of my fears regarding the scale numbers: a) it is "only data" b) if the scale goes up, it doesn't mean I cannot manage my weight s... Read more


    11/20/2014 10:10:00 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Time & Money to GOD

    11/20/2014 9:45:13 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    A man meets God and has a some questions and a request: Man: "God, how much is a million years for you?" God: "Like a minute." Man: "God, how much is a million dollars for you?" God: "Like a penny." Man: "Then, could you lend me a penny?" God: "In a minute..." H... Read more

  • Happy Hump Day

    11/19/2014 9:34:43 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    After yesterday I want to de-stress by telling a Hump day joke: A handsome two hump male Camel saw a beautiful one hump lady camel. He was enamored so pursued her as his mate. She seeing his attention and handsomeness feel in love with him. So they got together and soon had a delightful no hump baby... Read more

  • Today was a good day.

    11/19/2014 7:27:59 PM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    Gary went home from the hospital this afternoon. That is good news. He has his Mom and her partner staying with him, tending to his every whim and desire. I am sure she is feeding him a bunch of junk, whatever sonny by wants. I hate when his mother is around, she is a PITA, a typical overprotect... Read more

  • A trying Tuesday.

    11/18/2014 11:33:52 PM, by STEVEN2GO2

    My nurse from the VA was suppose to visit around 1pm. About 9 am I called her but only got her voice mail, and so I left a massage to confirm we would meet around 1pm. She didn't call me back until 12:30 pm and would be here at 2pm. She eventually showed up around 2:30 pm. So I one for three and a h... Read more