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    5/24/2015 10:41:25 AM, by ICECUB

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  • Thank you for your support, Sparkies! And now.........

    5/24/2015 6:07:28 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    .......a bit of clarity, soul-searching, and admission of guilt is in order........ Yeah, I'm painfully aware that my blogs have been rough these days - and the hope is that Ms. Raspberry Torte (and the razzie background) will return to my SparkPage at some point........ but all of that hinges ... Read more

  • Happy memorial day

    5/23/2015 9:18:51 PM, by ICECUB

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  • A Message to MONTANAWALKER

    5/23/2015 11:30:32 AM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    I know you're taking a spark break, so I hope you see this! Thank you for your response to my last blog - for sharing your experience. I would not have guessed you had knee problems and now I understand your commitment to walking in this context. And I have received your white light and good wishe... Read more

  • Still, as always........

    5/23/2015 10:44:10 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ..... *NOTHING* to look forward to......... "Holidays" (or should they be called "hellidays" ) TRULY S**K! 28... Read more

  • Still - #!@#!

    5/22/2015 9:24:42 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    * NO plans through Tuesday - this s**ks! Just makes each day interminable looooooong, drawn out and boooooooring - at least if I had WORK I'd have SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO - as of now, NOOOOOOOOTHING! 28 * Was "out for the count" yesterday due to sinus issues (that and suspected caf... Read more

  • Getting ready to get more flute students so I can say "Good-bye Retail"

    5/21/2015 2:41:44 PM, by SGFLAUTIST

    Hello!! In my last blog I was mentioning how the manager at my part time job at Sears is beyond horrible. Some of my fellow associates apparently are worse than the Operations Manager to the point of making the Operations Manager the best boss ever (yes some associates are that bad and the main... Read more

  • Making an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon

    5/21/2015 10:18:28 AM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    Yesterday I had a second appointment with a physical therapist. I have been significantly debilitated by my bad knees and I really haven't wanted to even admit that. But, truth be told -- I avoid stairs - and when I cannot, I am doing the one step at a time both up and down. I cannot stand in one ... Read more

  • :( - $#!#@#

    5/21/2015 6:11:37 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Am officially a "worthless loser" - filed my first "dole" claim - nothing sucks out a spirit (or what's left of such) more than having to resort to that......... 28 Suddenly, search momentum is halted............ 28 Have NO plans other than to hang loose AT HOME ($#!#@#) and monito... Read more

  • To all Spark members who are parts of competitive teams - esp 5% challenges

    5/20/2015 11:29:47 AM, by PCOH051610

    Hi, Just let me get this off my chest. THERE IS NO "I IN TEAMS!!! A healthy and rewarding team experience comes about when no matter your performance you are still a valued team member. I've been a member of the wonderful Teddy Bear team as part of the quarterly 5% challenges for a few yea... Read more

  • NOW what?

    5/20/2015 8:59:27 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ANOTHER health issue in family - When the $#!@# will this c**p STOP being shoveled @ me? 28... Read more

  • You score 100K points, and whaddya get?

    5/19/2015 8:42:11 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    .......not a h***uva lot, from what I see.........$#!@# miserable LIFE..... 198... Read more

  • MAJOR setback in self-improvement.......

    5/18/2015 6:27:38 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    I've never experienced panic or anxiety attacks, but I gotta wonder if I did just that yesterday......... Dragged myself to a social event as I didn't feel like doing the usual for a change.......BIG $#!@# MISTAKE! Within 5 minutes of arriving I heard some talk about an acquaintance's JOB ... Read more

  • Whoa, nelly! What a weekend!

    5/17/2015 9:18:57 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Phone call after phone call after $#!@# PHONE CALL! On a SATURDAY, no less! I tend to shy away from using the phone - I'm more efficient with email and the *occasional* text - SPEAKING INTO A PHONE - NOT so much......... 198 But - get this - one of the contacts was a *recruiter* on a potenti... Read more


    5/16/2015 9:36:31 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Weekend begins........

    5/16/2015 6:35:48 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had a sudden appointment yesterday afternoon - went well, but I'm not gonna dwell on it - will keep plugging away until something good happens (I have other "irons in the fire" next week)....... Had to stop an interview process mid-call - couldn't accept the unstable nature of the assignment (I... Read more

  • Glass half-______?

    5/15/2015 4:29:04 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Not sure whether to say *empty* or *full*..........have been getting a few contacts, but the frustrating health issue with a family member (along with an extended family issue) is driving me up the wall! Yep - thanks to family, I guess I'll have to say 3/4-EMPTY at this point.......THANKS, FAMI... Read more

  • SICK and TIRED......

    5/14/2015 1:02:55 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    of BEING HOME DURING THE DAY! 'NUFF SAID! 234... Read more

  • summer's coming

    5/13/2015 10:54:37 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Are your S.M.A.R.T. goals sabotaging you? Would flex-goals work better?

    5/13/2015 3:33:38 PM, by PCOH051610

    Hi, Like many of you, I began my Spark journey with their recommendation of setting daily goals. It is believed that once you focus your efforts on successfully meeting those daily goals you are more likely to ingrain these things as habits. And these little tweaks to our lifestyle are the corn... Read more


    5/12/2015 11:37:50 AM, by ICECUB


  • $#!# - KNEW this wouldn't last!

    5/12/2015 6:14:49 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Had to deal with a DISTURBING PHONE CALL yesterday - hopefully I was able to smoothing things over and continue with my "moving on"..........I do NOT need complications right now while trying to get back on my $#!@# FEET! 234 On top of that, FAMILY MEMBER disturbed sleep due to $#!@@ COU... Read more

  • Mother's Day 2015-for ERIK

    5/11/2015 7:58:12 AM, by GINIEMIE

    Erik had a good mother's day. He's feeling better, got his surround sound and some other things done for him that he waited "a long time" for. He started his grill and Kim and I made dinner with some steaks the she and Steven got for my Mother's Day. Steven also sanded my outdoor table top-now to pa... Read more

  • Post-Mother's Day musing.......

    5/11/2015 5:46:03 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Nice weather, nice meal, event (local ballgame - met the former manager and their mascots)..........home team pulled out the win last-minute.........had phone issues so I couldn't save anything for posterity, but that's OK..........I'm more concerned about getting back to WORK..........yep - back to... Read more

  • CAZ was right!

    5/10/2015 11:29:53 PM, by ALIIDA

    Thank you so much CAZ and Spark. Compressed nerve in the neck showed on X-Ray. Two weeks pain killer and see how it goes.... Read more

  • Mother's Day

    5/10/2015 5:28:14 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    I wish all moms a wonderful day, and for those who have lost theirs (as I have), may you find peace, comfort, and loving memories to guide you through this day....... Have a nice day planned - and the weather should be fair, though warm (and there may be some slight chance of rain - which is a... Read more

  • Life since the pizza mistake

    5/9/2015 9:15:23 AM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    I have not had an easy time of it since I at the pizza. Up and down with food planning, making good choices, and drinking water. And! I did not log in for 5 days. It all goes together. It was the last week of the semester, managing a major conference, and I was very busy - however.... Toda... Read more

  • Crash, burn, recover, repeat......

    5/9/2015 3:55:27 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Looks like there's a definite pattern here........ 101 Once again I could NOT deal with an evening meal - took to bed early and just did NOT care.........woke up fine - no hunger or discomfort...........starting anew as if nothing happened.........I guess if I lose a few pounds I won't really ... Read more

  • Muscle spasms

    5/8/2015 11:19:22 PM, by ALIIDA

    I usually blog about once a week but I haven't blogged for nearly two weeks. I was beginning to notice that I didn't have that much to blog about anyway 246 . Well, I'm blogging after nearly two weeks this time. Two reasons: not much to blog about + exercising has been pushed into the backgroun... Read more

  • Continuing to push hard.....

    5/8/2015 8:56:07 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Am still getting contacts/calls, but nothing is going any further, and that's starting to anger me........ 234 Pushed hard on the workouts this week (what else am I doing beside the search grind, anyhow?)............. ALL. I. WANT. IS. AN. END. TO. THIS! ON. MY. TER... Read more

  • New makeup? Picture

    5/7/2015 6:24:26 PM, by PCOH051610

    Hi, You're probably all wondering about my blog title? I'm normally not much of a makeup wearer despite loving the stuff. I only ventured into the whole "girlie" side of me when I hit 40 and up until then had probably worn makeup two or three times in my life....and very minimal at that!!! ... Read more

  • $#!@# computer!

    5/7/2015 2:18:22 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    This slow computer is messing with whatever kind of routine I'm trying to establish while I'm in h**l (home)............I swear I'm thiiiiiiiiiis close to throwing it out the window (I'm now on the second floor so it'll be funny to watch - not so funny for me, but you get the point)! 198... Read more

  • Feeling Defeated

    5/6/2015 2:53:20 PM, by CASHER52

    I joined a gym and honestly don't feel like I had proper training, thus the injured muscle in my back. I cancelled my membership, and decided for the time being to stick with walking. I saw in our local paper where they were inviting people free of charge to walk in a 1hr. weekly walking program fo... Read more

  • Happy Nurse's Day and Nurse's Week!

    5/5/2015 11:45:53 PM, by MONTANAWALKER

    Had to pop in and give a little shout out to all those nurses who make such a difference in our daily lives. National Nurses Day is celebrated annually on May 6 to raise awareness of the important role nurses play in society. It marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, which ends on May 12,... Read more

  • Would rather be somewhere else, but......

    5/5/2015 2:45:23 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    ........a few things have been accomplished, work search-wise..........extended my workout, but I'm not sure I'll get outside for a walk as I fear my usual seasonal allergies are about to kick in again (I did stock up on OTC meds, though, for the "long haul")....... 101... Read more

  • One more humiliation to go.........

    5/4/2015 6:25:21 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ......and as painful as that may be, I only hope that I *can* do that.......... 198... Read more


    5/3/2015 6:08:42 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Roller-coaster.......

    5/3/2015 1:45:22 PM, by RASPBERRY56

    Geez Louise, the mood swings - and I'm pretty sure it's NOT the hormones, but the stressful situation! Another horrible day of allergy discomfort and ornery computer would have been beautiful if I were in the mood to even acknowledge it, much less appreciate it......... Read more

  • Week 4 recap

    5/2/2015 10:19:28 AM, by PCOH051610

    Hi, Well, I weighed in at 233.6 this morning so I've officially lost four pounds. I walked everyday 104 this past week but didnt always make the healthiest food choices. 4 Mentally it's been a good week 334 I finished work on Thursday and am looking forward to having the next four... Read more

  • Recognizing and Implementing Food Boundaries

    5/1/2015 8:07:43 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    Yesterday I planned for 2 slices of pizza for dinner. I was teaching the last class my students would have before graduation and so this was a seminar and we were celebrating. Easy dinner, and I planned for it. But my experience taught me (again?) that while planning to eat this food within ... Read more

  • Fun, fun, fun....but I don't have a T-Bird for daddy to take away!

    5/1/2015 11:00:05 AM, by GINIEMIE

    I'll find it soon, fun that is. Erik's birthday was April 17th and he wanted a new grill, so mom chipped in and made sure he got one. I remember sharing that he said he wanted a charcoal but kept looking at the gas ones, which would have been easier all the way around, but his older brother and b... Read more

  • Substandard existence officially begins.......

    5/1/2015 7:24:51 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Yesterday did end with dignity - I'll just leave it at that - the less I say at this point, the better...... I have a strategy and plan in place to try to keep sane (whether or not it'll make any difference remains to be seen).........the key here is NOT to be at home for as long as possible du... Read more

  • Last decent day on earth.........

    4/30/2015 4:44:52 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    .......for the foreseeable future.........I just hope the day ends with DIGNITY (not like what I witnessed on Tuesday)........ 234... Read more

  • Unrelenting stress........

    4/29/2015 5:23:58 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    I witnessed something that I REALLY SHOULD NOT HAVE SEEN yesterday morning - I don't care if you apologize afterwards - that could have been handled PRIVATELY so NOBODY else could have been impacted by it!! Even though my fate has been sealed, seeing that was not necessary - unless it was intended ... Read more

  • Feeling a little sad tonight.

    4/29/2015 12:43:35 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    My younger sister by two years has come down with pancreatic cancer. I actually knew about it a month ago, but tonight, the news is really sinking in. She is kind of a non-traditionalist, and believes in natural and homeopathic ways of healing. Though a CAT scan reveals cancer, she never saw the ... Read more

  • I've reached my limit on football!!

    4/28/2015 4:24:52 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I have written here about some of my feelings about football since the later information has come out about concussions and traumatic brain injury. I just yesterday read a very moving piece in the NYTimes about a kid who came from a football oriented family and went on to play in high school and at ... Read more

  • On cruelty........

    4/28/2015 3:45:58 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    The hammer comes down on Friday - am feeling closed in, and like a complete loser :( :( Having TWO visits this week and I am NOT PLEASED ABOUT THAT! May have to take evasive action.........sheesh! It's not like either of those visits will help my crisis - in fact, both visitors are EMPLOYED,... Read more

  • My journey of 3000 km has consisted of many itty-bitty steps

    4/27/2015 10:32:17 AM, by PCOH051610

    Hi! When I joined SparkPeople back in the late summer of 2010, I could barely walk the length of myself. Seriously. At the time we had one dog (Maddy our Pomeranian) and I was quite content to walk him for about five!!! Then we rescued a Lab (Louisa) who was still hyper so we... Read more

  • April 2015 has been a good month!

    4/27/2015 6:35:58 AM, by NOWYOUDIDIT

    After struggling to find a way of eating that works for me. After dreading daily "if" I could eat the way I wanted to eat, without giving in to Ben & Jerry! I am finally doing it! I don't even like B&J anymore!! Yesterday I made a chocolate chia pudding that I think tastes 100x better! I'm... Read more

  • Wasn't feelin' it, so I didn't do it........

    4/27/2015 4:47:36 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ........the walkathon yesterday, that is......... Not to worry - I did give my donation, which was what I always intended to do (heck - now more than ever I NEED the tax deduction)........... About 10 minutes after I arrived, a horrible sensation set in - and it was like, suddenly, this ev... Read more

  • Week 3 - recap and something I'm really excited about!

    4/26/2015 5:42:59 PM, by PCOH051610

    Hi, Last week I wrote about how upset I was about gaining weight. For those that didn't read that blog I will confess it was only a gain of 2 ounces. Yes, you read that correctly....a gain of 2 ounces threatened to derail my plan. This week I weighed myself and I gained and additional 14 ... Read more


    4/26/2015 3:52:06 PM, by ICECUB

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  • DH and me and the gym

    4/26/2015 11:42:23 AM, by ALIIDA

    104 23 I haven't been to the gym for quite a long time and I miss it. I may go there tomorrow with DH and it will be nice not to go there by myself. We went today to get DH kitted out. Until three years ago, we used to go to the pool occasionally, but since then, his disability has upped a not... Read more

  • Sunday

    4/26/2015 4:51:51 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Finally broke that team point "drought" in a BIG way - I get the message loud and clear! One of the big point wins was for a "Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge" team - sent quite a message to yours truly, as I have been seriously struggling with that issue lately! The other was for one of my wal... Read more

  • Some people dream about success. Other people wake up and work hard at it.

    4/26/2015 12:23:07 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I have realized lately that I have been doing neither of those. So it's time to start dreamin'. And time to start workin'. I've got to go after my interests before life runs me out of steam (by getting too old to start). Or is there a too old to start? Maybe not. I guess if it came down to it, y... Read more

  • UNRELENTING misery!

    4/25/2015 5:41:36 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Took to bed before 6PM and did NOT bother with dinner - AGAIN! $#!@# computer keyboard is so $#!@# sluggish - much slower than my fingers - typing is becoming horrendously frustrating (since I've always been good with the keyboard this is driving me nuts!)......... Right now I feel like th... Read more