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  • Weekend report.......

    2/1/2015 6:17:48 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Good extended workout, a refreshing (though longer than usual) mid-day nap, and a bit of decluttering/cleanup work - didn't bother to leave the house, which was fine since there were no plans nor errands that needed to be done...... Today is another matter, though - have a food pickup and an ad... Read more

  • Linus? Really? *Seriously*, dude?

    1/31/2015 7:09:16 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    So *you're* the one who's gonna wreak more havoc on people this weekend, eh? *Really?* *Seriously?* You're goin' around with a blanket semi-permanently attached to you..........did someone give ya grief about givin' that sucke... Read more

  • Mistakes

    1/30/2015 7:06:14 AM, by MARION-S

    Mistakes and failures are such a very important part of learning. When we learn to see them for what they are they can hold no power over us.... Read more

  • Dusting of snow overnight.......

    1/30/2015 3:47:31 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ......I think I can tolerate that....... Awaiting the equipment I need to be able to work remotely - can't wait to get *that* started! There's talk of some more bad weather soon, but it's too early yet to tell wrt impact, but I've read reports of New England getting more grief...... Read more

  • Walking Day 17 of 2015

    1/29/2015 6:44:37 PM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    Well today I talked myself into walking outside and was sprinkled on. I don't like doing that because the cold and wet makes me hurt so bad and possible immobile tomorrow. Hopefully not and I can finish my month on a good note. I have to say I am very proud of myself I went from a very bad place ... Read more

  • Closer to Friday!

    1/29/2015 4:36:57 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    More talk about some rough weather :( - sigh............could use a break! Hopefully in the next two weeks or so I should be well positioned to be able to work remotely.........halleluia! Nothing more to add here - the usual struggles are still with me :(............ Enjoy your Thursday, ... Read more

  • For all you NURSES out there...

    1/28/2015 6:41:17 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    You know you're a nurse if... You would like to meet the inventor of the call light in a dark alley one night. You believe every patient needs TLC: Thorazine, Lorazepam and Compazine You live by the motto, "To be right is only half the battle, to convince the physician is more di... Read more

  • Walking Day 12-16 2015

    1/28/2015 1:56:16 PM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    Well I have not noted on my status for a few days. I have been busy and productive. I have cleaned my house almost from top to bottom, floors, stove, dusting bathrooms walking. We are working on lots of walking this week. Getting ready for a visit from family. Not sure if I slept well last nigh... Read more

  • Climbed that "hump" *before* Wednesday actually came!

    1/28/2015 3:39:54 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Relief beyond belief! At least the financial damage was staved - from a potentially scary flow to a relative trickle - can't ask for much more (especially when compared to those who are still struggling) will be a day for special reflection (when I can get some quiet time - actuall... Read more

  • My latest NSV and Erik update

    1/27/2015 1:00:34 PM, by GINIEMIE

    My Cholesterol is down to 265. I remember when it was much higher, actually in the 300. The HDLs are at 97-which is an increase and the LDL s have gone down. My kidney and thyroid levels are good too. My doctor is happy about that but he is concerned about my rising glucose, it's been climbing stead... Read more

  • A mixed bag......

    1/27/2015 6:48:23 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Got the car issue handled (the other one will be taken care of next week) - got NO blizzard - and looks like the total amount will be significantly less than originally predicted - but that $#!@# TRAVEL BAN is gonna really drive me NUTS! As some of you who've read my past blogs may know, I'm a cabi... Read more

  • Erma Bombeck - an original

    1/26/2015 9:03:49 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    "The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again." too funny...... Read more

  • Just a thought doing the best YOU can do, is still doing...

    1/26/2015 3:01:02 PM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    Words written to Hot4Fitness... But I wanted to remember for myself what I wrote. I understand words hurt. I often get the you don't look sick. Well because you cannot see it on the outside does not mean the battle on the inside is any less. When someone has inner conflict, depression, auto... Read more

  • Two icons say it all.....

    1/26/2015 4:55:23 AM, by RASPBERRY56

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  • Here's hoping that this last week of January...

    1/26/2015 2:54:13 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    is a good one for Sparkers far and wide. May it be a good week for finding our own personal acceptance, key to so much in life. Glenn... Read more

  • Birthday resolution

    1/25/2015 5:57:52 AM, by ALIIDA

    I need to make resolutions again because I'm sliding a bit with exercise. Good timing less than four weeks into the New Year for renewing my New Year resolutions. Oh wait a minute! I didn't make any New Year resolutions this year! Oh well! Bye to early sixties and hello mid sixties. Anywa... Read more

  • MAJOR stressor........

    1/25/2015 5:14:48 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ........thy name is winter in the Northeast! Talk is running toward a *major* event early this week - and I simply CANNOT afford to be out of commission for ONE $#!@# MINUTE - too much needs to be done ASAP, and postponing is NOT a viable or feasible option! Chocolate - take ... Read more

  • Smoke Detectors True Purpose?

    1/24/2015 11:04:16 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    (*Fire Hazard *Your abilities in the kitchen) Seems like an old joke? I had dinner at a friend's place yesterday. She apologized for absolutely every single thing she set in front of me. She went on and on to all the other g... Read more

  • Walking Day 11 of 2015

    1/24/2015 8:46:14 PM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    Okay so something dawned on me last night. Since I have started walking again, I have not had as many cravings for bad things. I used to want sweets all the time now I am down to once a day. I started walking for the therapeutic reasons and to get myself out of a depressive funk. I was not going... Read more

  • :(

    1/24/2015 4:45:20 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    SNOOOOOW! NOOOOOOOO! "Blue screen of death" on attempting to start work yesterday - no way to even get things going -- total day LOST! Loaner was useless since I had no way to get to my usual connectins.....barely had email on me! Now have TW... Read more

  • Walking Day 10 of 2015

    1/23/2015 9:26:13 PM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    Today I logged lots of miles (150) in the car. I but I managed to get a walk in also. EVA and I went on our one mile walk cut it short as it was dark out, then took my little maddie out, she needs to walk as much as I do, but she is old and hurts. She is a trooper, I gave her and ou... Read more


    1/23/2015 7:10:30 PM, by ICECUB

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  • The Key

    1/23/2015 8:47:18 AM, by MARION-S

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  • More snow on the way.....

    1/23/2015 4:06:41 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    ......and this one could be "the real deal" - still haven't heard much in the way of anticipated amounts (that *can't* be good)........ At least it'll hit on a Saturday and I have NO plans to leave the house for anything! All I could probably benefit from getting done is a few q... Read more

  • walking day 9 of 2015

    1/22/2015 3:19:42 PM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    Today we walked it was brisk. It is funny I am never sure about the temperature here some days it is t-shirt weather other days it is a sweatshirt others it is a coat day. But I feel like I have done something when I am cold but sweating. Maybe some more walking this afternoon just have to see wh... Read more

  • Snow......

    1/22/2015 4:27:09 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Just a dusting, thankfully..........there's talk about something "significant" over the weekend - well, if it *must* snow big-time, might as well do it then.......... Not much more to say here - still plugging along, struggling as so many of us do - enjoy your Thursday, Sparkies! ... Read more

  • I needed a joke today and I love animals so here goes...

    1/21/2015 9:28:51 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    "Three handsome male dogs are walking down the street when they see a beautiful, enticing, female Poodle. "The three male dogs fall all over themselves in an effort to be the one to reach her first, but end up arriving in front of her at the same time. The males are speechless before her beauty... Read more

  • Procrastination is not a good habit.

    1/21/2015 5:51:25 PM, by GINIEMIE

    I'm seeing a pattern here, back in January a little over a year ago I confessed to being a PROCRASTINATOR in a blog.
    ual.asp?blog_id=5582925 Here I'm going to admit I'm still a PROCRASTINATOR. Not only that I am a miserable book keepe... Read more

  • That "hump" of a day looms once more........

    1/21/2015 3:46:30 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Still struggling, too - yep......a classic "hump day"! Don't have a great deal to say (it's probably be another vent, anyhow), so I'm outta here - just another shameless blog for those points.........oh, well - "it is what it is"........ Enjoy your Wednesday, Sparkies! Read more

  • walking Day 7 of 2015

    1/20/2015 11:26:41 PM, by DRAGONFLYGALS

    Today we walked our little hearts out. Two plus miles. Broke it up into two walks. AM/PM. Worked out nicely. One step at a time, one foot in front of the other. ... Read more


    1/20/2015 2:52:11 PM, by ICECUB


  • TGI "back to work day".......

    1/20/2015 4:31:52 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Yep! Once again - attempt at destressing went totally, scarily awry.........a pox on the person responsible! Note to self - *stay away from churches*! This just tears it! And also just proves that I am, truly, indeed, meant to keep to a work-based sense try... Read more

  • NO good deed.........

    1/19/2015 6:15:03 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    As that old saying goes (and it IS TRUE!) - NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED! Thought I'd bond with DD by walking with her to the church down the street yesterday- BAD $#!@# IDEA! REASON - ICE STORM HORROR! Got there OK, but it was horribly scary in spots - and this day gets even WORSE f... Read more

  • One Day at a Time/One Step at a Time

    1/19/2015 12:12:26 AM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    And it's easy if you follow these guidelines... *Drink your *Eat your five servings *Track your food and fitness *Get in an extra 10 minutes of dancing *Get plenty of ... Read more

  • I made a list

    1/18/2015 3:11:16 PM, by WIDELOADROAD

    I've kinda been digging deep lately. I've quickly come to realize that there's a pattern of not finishing what I've started. My patience has actually decreased as I've become older. Me no likey. So, I made a list of simple tasks that I would like to achieve this weekend on my new list-... Read more

  • Believe in Miracles

    1/18/2015 2:14:04 PM, by MARION-S

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  • Sunday.....

    1/18/2015 9:22:08 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Nasty weather this morning - freezing rain and ice.........I'm thinking that I may actually *walk* to the church down the street rather than drive...........I had been contemplating whether or not to resume any kind of spiritual activity - something curious occurred last week that got me to thinking... Read more

  • Second thoughts on "Stuck in the Natural World".

    1/18/2015 6:20:11 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Humans are amazingly adaptable. I find that I am also. Even though hours ago, I expressed grave concern about the coming changes to how we will deal with our bodies, I feel now that I just will adapt. I don't have to live to be 200. I don't have to get pregnant. Just like I don't have to watch TV... Read more

  • Stuck in the natural world.

    1/18/2015 1:30:10 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Was just reading an article about transhumanism. That is a school of thought that believes that we should use all the science and technology to extend our lives, including artificial organs to keep us going indefinitely. Also, it includes using science and electrodes to give us far better sex by o... Read more


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  • Plan to revitalize......

    1/17/2015 7:21:23 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    This weekend I plan to slowly regenerate my effort to get back on track - there'll be a lot of soul-searching (for what supposedly counts as a "soul" in my case - don't ask :( ) looking to start anew on Monday (it'll be an off day so I won't have those kinds of challenges to deal with - hop... Read more

  • Mid January -- three months later

    1/16/2015 11:34:10 PM, by WOMANWITHGRIT

    I never intended this break, but I have not been on these pages. I'm not sure why, really, except that I had so much going on - more work than normal, a busy church schedule, the Monterey vacation, and then Christmas, with my adult sons and other company. Some highlights *I have started yog... Read more

  • I Don't Believe in Myself

    1/16/2015 5:39:04 PM, by WIDELOADROAD

    I always seem to come back here when I'm stuck. I no longer believe in myself. I no longer see a light at the end of this dark, fat tunnel. I see others reaching goals, and I'm still in the same exact place. Where's the fire? Where's the passion? Why can't I finish what I've started? ... Read more

  • Even worse :(

    1/16/2015 4:33:43 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Almost in a free-fall, eating wise - yeah, I have some stresses going on but I felt that I was dealing fairly well, and getting things done...........but I can't cut off that urge for sweets.......really aggravating! Not happy about an unpaid day off looming (sigh - when the $#!@## is this path... Read more

  • HATE this!

    1/15/2015 4:33:02 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    One of my most despised activities is to actually get on a phone and SPEAK with a person! Don't know why that is - but it "is what it is"...........and it's all because a simple website would NOT cooperate with a simple request from me! SHEESH! I do SOOOOOO much better when I can conduct ... Read more

  • Believe

    1/14/2015 8:47:20 AM, by MARION-S

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  • GRRRRR :(

    1/14/2015 4:28:34 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Blindsided by an unpleasant request - causing me to SKIP HALF MY WORKOUT! NOT COOL - especially in light of my continuing struggles to eat well (AGAIN) .......... and needless to say, I did not do well yesterday, either! I swear - this journey can ONLY be successfully worked on by SINGLES WITH... Read more

  • Not TOO Much Water

    1/13/2015 4:12:54 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    For most of my adult life, the diet experts have been singing the praises of water consumption for weight loss plans. Having penchant for ice water (I loved it), I drank to my hearts content. In addition to the water, I had added diet Pepsi, and eventually, and in large quantities, green iced tea. (... Read more

  • 10 Years Without a Cell Phone

    1/13/2015 5:54:51 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    5 Years Without TV. How Can He Survive? I left my job. I got closer to my wife. I bought more of a stereo. I found Pandora and subscribed to SiriusXM (at 1/5th the cost of TV) Lost a small amount of weight. Joined a gym. Eat less fast food. Don't impulsively buy food due to it... Read more

  • Winter is really here and sticking around!

    1/13/2015 12:09:50 AM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • Gotta get this "battery" "recharged" :(

    1/12/2015 4:47:55 AM, by RASPBERRY56

    Ate poorly AGAIN ........GOTTA knock this off and get back on track! I'm sure the overly low-key weekend didn't help matters any...... Sheesh - is there ANY hope for me at this point? ... Read more

  • Eating on a short trip

    1/11/2015 8:56:05 PM, by ALIIDA

    I've just found on the Internet that Hawaii is the healthiest State and the state with the second lowest rate of obesity. Quite apart from that, I could sooooo live there forever! People were so warm and friendly. I wanted to k... Read more

  • Visitors

    1/11/2015 2:53:10 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to loveÖ and then we return home. ... Read more

  • When & why?

    1/11/2015 6:52:18 AM, by MARION-S

    Why is it that when we are trying to lose weight all we can think about is when to eat, what to eat, what not to eat...... eat, eat , eat....... food, food, food. When & why did something so basic become out of control? Shouldn't we just be going about our normal lives, doing what we love... Read more

  • Happy Monday!

    1/11/2015 12:47:36 AM, by IMLOCOLINDA

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  • I'm drowning in paper work, but I lost weight!!!!

    1/10/2015 6:04:57 PM, by GINIEMIE

    Woohoo, went from 172 to 169.1 on my Aria scale (169.5 on my daily scale). I am no where near ready to hand over my report to the courts, and running Erik to the prosthetic clinic to have his brace strap fixed took up some of my time as did volunteering. I have a doctor's appointment Monday and Er... Read more

  • Think about your choices...

    1/10/2015 8:57:35 AM, by MARION-S

    Don't sacrifice tomorrow for today. Think about your choices and don't be impulsive. That cake will give you the comfort you are looking for at this moment and probably lead to a 2nd piece.....but you will hate yourself tomorrow and you will be right back where your started from... Read more


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  • Attitude of Gratitude

    1/9/2015 6:24:26 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    and for the Dance 10 Minute Challenge how about this one??? if you can stand they are doing one of my favorites..."Highway to Hell"
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  • Happy Day 9

    1/9/2015 5:46:41 AM, by MARION-S

    I am so grateful that I have been able to stay focused on me and my goals. Small steps, one day at a time, moving forward in a positive direction.... Read more

  • Dance Like No One is Watching!

    1/8/2015 11:51:56 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    So here's a 30 Day Challenge...Dance for 10 Minutes Every Single Day until Valentine's Day!!... Read more

  • Smile For Today

    1/7/2015 5:20:13 AM, by MARION-S

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  • There's no place like chrome?

    1/6/2015 11:18:35 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Maybe you have to be a true foodie to think this is hysterical?? I laughed and laughed. Reminded me of a sad commentary (from a food service/catering background) that 70% of people could not tell you what was in Eggs Benedict but ... Read more

  • Big change... big flop...lessened learned

    1/6/2015 9:16:53 AM, by CASHER52

    Okay so Monday I had and still do have plans for big changes in my weight loss journey. However plan A failed big time! I saw in a magazine an article about spinach powder getting good results for helping people lose weight. I guess I was looking for something to help jump start me back on track. Th... Read more

  • We had a great time in New York.

    1/5/2015 5:41:04 PM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    We so enjoyed yesterday. My favorite bus driver Les drove and welcome me on the bus with open arms. No kidding, I got a big bear hug and a Happy New Year, when I got on the bus. I don't get that from my BF Gary, the tour director. It was raining cats and dogs when we took off from ... Read more

  • Beet it!

    1/5/2015 5:19:50 PM, by IMLOCOLINDA

    Just came home from a lovely lunch and the veggie was Harvard Beets.. Then there was this e-mail from the Cleveland Clinic so I thought I might as well share...seemed like I was supposed to tout the wonders of beets. They are one of my favorites any time of the year! "Just beet it, beet it, bee... Read more

  • Start The Day

    1/5/2015 5:03:08 PM, by MARION-S

    If you do nothing else during the day, start each day with a good, healthy breakfast. It will energize you, it will get your brain going and your body moving. It will give you a little quiet time with yourself ( maybe the only time) before your busy day starts. And you will feel g... Read more

  • How to make a broccoli Wreath

    1/4/2015 6:47:07 PM, by GINIEMIE

    Yes BrooklynBorn it's made with broccoli crowns! Needed Broccoli crowns, 1 red pepper, and cherry or grape tomatoes-I also put some snap peas in mine for added interest and cause I like em. Put a large pot of water to boil. C... Read more

  • So much has changed!! Where to start?

    1/4/2015 5:26:30 PM, by ITISABOUTME

    Hey there all of my beautiful spark friends!!! Well the last half of 2014 was a whirlwind time that has brought so many changes to my life! 1. I am so over my ex!!! I am happy and looking to the future!! I even signed up on some dating sites! 2. I have made peace with so much ... Read more

  • New Year's Resolution -- sort of

    1/4/2015 3:20:37 PM, by TUDAFD

    I don't actually make resolutions but I wanted to try something I recently read about on spark people. One woman on here decided to try something new every day for a year. I don't think I can manage that but it would be fun to try. So, does anyone have any ideas? Many days would have to be somet... Read more

  • Dead Dog

    1/3/2015 3:46:21 PM, by ~KINDREDSPIRIT~

    A man runs into the vetís office carrying his dog, screaming for help. The vet rushes him back to an examination room and has him put his dog down on the examination table. The vet examines the still, limp body and after a few moments, tells the man that his dog, regrettably, is dead. The man, clear... Read more

  • My motivation

    1/3/2015 10:28:57 AM, by IAMAGEMLOVER

    I have read this list often, and it does motivate me. So I decided to copy it into a blog instead of searching for it each time I needed it. I hope it motivates you too. I will be gone until Monday sometime to my Mom's. My UConn buddy. Really, I am her UConn buddy, she got me into it. ... Read more

  • A New Year - One day at a time

    1/3/2015 7:46:58 AM, by MARION-S

    How many new years do we start out with resolutions that are vanished by the end of January? Too many right! No resolutions for me this year! Just a real commitment to work hard one day at a time, one week at a time, to be the best that I can be. Today is the last day of my first wee... Read more

  • Candid shots

    1/3/2015 4:25:29 AM, by ALIIDA

    My son has bought a rather good camera. On New Year's Eve, I went with daughter, son and DIL to have dinner in a hotel coffee lounge. Then we all came home and had snacks (and wickedly delicious chocs - shhhhhh) with DH. My son was snapping away the whole time and he's just sent dozens of photos to ... Read more

  • You Can't Predict When These Things Will Happen...

    1/2/2015 3:44:55 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    But I just had a great time listening to jazz last night, New Years Day. I had recently subscribed to a satellite radio station and bought some new computer speakers for better sound. I was listening to real jazz in my family room, computer right next to me so I could see the album covers of the so... Read more

  • May 2015...

    1/2/2015 2:28:53 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Be a Year of WILD SUCCESS!! gLENN... Read more

  • My New Years Day/& the 8th Day of Christmas.

    1/2/2015 1:25:47 PM, by GINIEMIE

    Went for two walks, a real short one and then a longer one. Went to church for the 10AM Mass on New Years Day and had left Erik at his brother's. That meant I got to hang around and talk to some of my friends a little longer. Cleaned up my desk where the computer used to be so I'd have a clean space... Read more