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  • Trees Down And Scary Experience!

    4/27/2015 8:18:37 AM, by _LINDA

    My sister and I thought we would drive to the weir to see if we could see the pelicans. The snow was already melting in earnest: Right around the corner was this: When we got to the path that goes down and overlooks the weir, we saw this: And this: While trying to zoom in on a s... Read more

  • How to become a winning parent to yourself!

    4/26/2015 11:17:32 PM, by MIAMIRN

    Hey guys! This is sort of an upside down way of looking at things. I often look at different perspectives so bear with me and my introduction to the meat of the matter. I found this most awesome article on how to be a good sports parent. This was written for parents on how they can bring o... Read more

  • Veggies for breakfast

    4/26/2015 10:27:18 AM, by DONNA_W

    I'll admit was not crazy about this idea, but I decided to give it a try as I was kind of tired of cereal or eggs for breakfast, both of which had their own problems with carbs and cholesterol respectively. So this morning I made a veggie plate with hummus and also had some string cheese. My 4... Read more

  • Snowbound!

    4/26/2015 8:51:40 AM, by _LINDA

    Huge snowfall, heavy, wet snow caused a mugo to fall over and its still coming down! Its 5:30 am, Mom's usual wake up time and I would have rather stayed snuggled in my blankets, oh well. Its right a freezing but by Monday expected to get up to 20 C. Really stiff and sore this morning. Unfortun... Read more

  • 30 lb lost

    4/25/2015 7:14:43 PM, by DONNA_W

    As I weighed in this morning, I hit a milestone. 30 lb lost since Dec 2014. I was excited as I thought this week I was plateauing. I based the plateau theory on my weight loss charts and although I was trying to deny the slope of the graph, it really did look like it was leveling off. But today ... Read more

  • Coping

    4/25/2015 6:29:06 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am feeling better when our weather is milder. I got out to play golf on Tuesday. I did well. I get very tired. I will need to give up some activities at church. I cannot be dependable when I have a flare or back pain. I am working diligently to keep moving and eat properly. I have gre... Read more

  • Photo Of My New Shirt!

    4/24/2015 1:15:43 AM, by _LINDA

    I went to get fitted for my new free bra for being one of the top fundraisers for Bust A Move today. This was exactly what I needed as I was desperately seeking both a new workout bra as well as one for daily use. Without thinking, as I liked both bras I tried on, I said I would take both... Read more

  • Amazing Sucess story!

    4/23/2015 7:01:31 PM, by MIAMIRN

    Four months ago, upon the recommendation of a SparkPeople friend, I started a new diet. It looked really healthy. Lots and lots of vegetables and not so much of the things I seem to crave, well carbs of course. Lol. My friend told me she lost three whole pounds in a month. I was jealous to say the l... Read more

  • I Have Bunionettes!

    4/23/2015 1:11:52 AM, by _LINDA

    Also known as a Tailor's bunion, it develops on the outside of the foot at the bottom of the fifth toe. Its usually caused by rubbing and/or too narrow shoes. That is not the case with me as I have always had to get shoes that are wide with a large toe box because of my deformed toes. Unfortuna... Read more

  • Panoramic View Of Bust A Move Site

    4/21/2015 10:23:02 AM, by _LINDA

    This is how big the facility is that my event was held in. Its designed to hold full athletic track meets. Its neat to be able to work out in a place that top athletes from across Canada and the world met in competition! I was glad to be fit enough to last all day! This morning I woke u... Read more

  • Great day for walking, beauty & friendship

    4/20/2015 11:49:49 PM, by DONNA_W

    Today I went to Fairchild Gardens in Miami with a friend of mine. Our motivation for going was to see the Dale Chihuly exhibit there. How magnificent to see all the lovely glass sculptures in a garden setting. Here is just one of them. There is a tropical butterfly house where they have ma... Read more

  • Looking for a virtual swim buddy :)

    4/20/2015 1:22:27 PM, by MIAMIRN

    Hi Sparkers! I'm looking for a virtual swim buddy. I swim a lot. I swim 5 to 6 days a week. I'd love to find someone to swim with. Is there anyone that would like to do laps with me? Sort of like a challenge. We can count the laps we do and compare our accomplishments. We could set a goal ... Read more

  • PiYo - Days 6-9

    4/20/2015 5:58:08 AM, by BKWERM

    Since last Thursday, I've done 4 PiYo workouts. On Friday, I did PiYo Sweat which is my favourite so far as I can do a lot of the moves, some with modifications and some without and I actually burn more calories, too and it's a longer workout. On Saturday, I did PiYo Lower Body and since it's ... Read more

  • Does this count?

    4/19/2015 9:28:03 AM, by DONNA_W

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  • Sunday Rest

    4/19/2015 3:10:46 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I am on Day 3 of my six week "induction" to the EAT TO LIVE program put together by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. So far I have stuck to the plan perfectly. This morning (3:00 AM) I had two mini whole wheat bagels with vegan cream cheese....which is allowable, however I will have to forgo anymore starches to... Read more

  • Bust A Move!

    4/19/2015 2:00:20 AM, by _LINDA

    The fitness fun day arrived! When I got there, I discovered they had moved things around again. My spot had changed, and was still on the edge, but moved in a block. There were a lot of empty spaces around everywhere. This young girl sang O'Canada wonderfully: A demo of the latest fitne... Read more

  • SparkPeople giveaways, prizes. Your voice please!

    4/18/2015 8:10:01 PM, by MIAMIRN

    SparkPeople used to have giveaways, prizes and stuff. Where have they gone? I once won an exercise video on the wheel. It was a thrill. SparkPeople has given away a Fitbit, videos, T shirts, lots of stuff. What happened? Is there anyone here that would like to have the giveaways and prizes co... Read more

  • Excited About Tomorrow!

    4/18/2015 1:59:55 AM, by _LINDA

    Its finally arrived! My reward for fundraising for breast cancer research and the breast cancer center. My all day health and wellness party. Six fitness classes throughout the day and nutritious snacks and lunch. I rested today. My only exercise was walking to the mall and back and a... Read more

  • I'm a Nana!

    4/17/2015 6:55:09 PM, by ROCKPORT9

    What an adventure! Our first grand child was born Tuesday- Charlie Robert, named after my husband and his paternal grandfather, 7 lbs. 15 ounces. A little jaundice but doing well. He has ginger hair and blue eyes. Both our daughter and SIL are being wonderful new parents, but ... Read more

  • A New Six Week Start

    4/17/2015 6:02:33 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    4-17-15 Day Two Yesterday I finally did it. I put together a perfect day. I went out to eat at a new restaurant where they had all kinds of yummies. I had a salad.: a giNORmous salad….and was satisfied. While a friend was driving me to the pharmacy, DH texted me that he had a piece of piz... Read more

  • Golf and RA - post surgery

    4/16/2015 11:32:05 PM, by SBECKER526

    I have worried about golfing, RA, and post abdominal surgery. My surgery on Jan 17 restricted me from exercise for 2 weeks and then with modifications for 6 weeks. My personal trainer, Lisa Leayman, was masterful and helpful in my recovery. We began golf body training in early March. Every M... Read more

  • Cough Update

    4/15/2015 5:51:08 PM, by BKWERM

    I went to the doctor's because I've had a cough for 7 weeks and my friends (real-life and Spark) were worried and kept insisting I go again (I've already been twice) but my lungs are clear and nothing else hurts and I'm not coughing up blood so he thinks I just have a really resistant bug. But he ga... Read more

  • Working It Wednesday!

    4/15/2015 11:07:00 AM, by _LINDA

    So there were two days I hit seven to eight hours sleep, but with wake ups. Each time I was in a lot of pain. I think a lot of it was due to not being able to change position. I used to try sleep on my side but my shoulder/arm would soon protest. Now it won't even let me put any weight on it at... Read more

  • PiYo - Day 5

    4/15/2015 5:51:25 AM, by BKWERM

    Today, I combined the Lower Body workout and the Upper Body workout for a total of 45 minutes of exercise. It still didn't give me much of a calorie burn but it is what it is, essentially a yoga workout. I found that some of the moves hurt my right wrist today so I'll have to watch that but I ... Read more

  • Another Rest Day

    4/14/2015 6:12:24 AM, by BKWERM

    I didn't have a good sleep last night so I elected to sleep in rather than doing PiYo. I was coughing for a lot of the night again. Sigh... I thought I was doing better when I was able to sleep lying down for 3 nights in a row without coughing. Oh well, 3 steps forward and 1 step back is better ... Read more

  • Walking Wounded

    4/13/2015 8:01:59 PM, by _LINDA

    I have been pushing through quite a bit of pain lately. Near the end of my walk on Sunday, I felt what I thought was a shin splint happening above my my right ankle. Later, during the night I woke up with a foot to leg cramp in that same area. My ankle was sore to walk on. I have been having ong... Read more

  • PiYo - Day 4

    4/13/2015 5:47:38 AM, by BKWERM

    Day 4 is called Sweat and so far, it's my favourite as it's mostly standing work like lunges and squats. There were also a lot of balancing exercises like Warrior 3 so I used a chair to help keep my balance with them. There are still a lot of planks and pushups, this time both tricep and regul... Read more

  • Recognizing change in me

    4/12/2015 11:06:19 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am accepting the challenges that lie ahead for me. Bob has been ill most days. His stomach is finicky. Sometimes restaurant food appeals more. I relaxed the number of meals that we eat at home. I still order healthy foods when I am out. I bring home 1/2 my meal to have for lunch the next day... Read more

  • Marathon of Hope

    4/12/2015 2:35:46 PM, by _LINDA

    Terry Fox was a young Canadian male 18 years old diagnosed with bone cancer to which he lost his leg. He decided to do a cross Canada marathon to raise funds for cancer 35 years ago today. He was inspired by the suffering of other cancer patients, many younger than himself. After 18 months of tr... Read more

  • Sleep Of The Dead

    4/11/2015 10:49:43 PM, by _LINDA

    After running Friday's bridge game at the club, I was tired, but I needed to go home get my bank card, drop off the change from the club and walk to my bank to cash my check. It was warm, but very windy, the gusts and vehicles driving by kicking a lot of dust into the air. Then I went over to the ... Read more

  • PiYo - Day 3

    4/11/2015 11:26:27 AM, by BKWERM

    Today's workout was supposed to be upper body-focused but there was actually a lot of core work plus Chalene's favourite tricep pushups, which I can only do against the wall at this point in time. There were also lots of planks and crunches. I can only do planks using an exercise bench at this poi... Read more

  • Day 19

    4/10/2015 1:30:40 PM, by NEWMARILYN

    I'm not doing so good. My BP went sky high on Wednesday. I've been eating out of control. I can't get any good sleep. And, I'm having really bad thoughts about myself and my weight. But, I am back on Spark today. So, I will count that as a positive. God, please help me with this.... Read more

  • PiYo - Day 2

    4/10/2015 5:46:56 AM, by BKWERM

    Today was Define: Lower Body. There were a lot of Warrior poses, which are pretty easy, well except for Warrior 3 because I have no sense of balance but I used a chair for it so it was fine. There were also a lot of downward facing dogs and transitions to pigeon pose. I can do both those moves bu... Read more

  • Furious!

    4/9/2015 10:31:15 PM, by _LINDA

    I visited my family Dr. and she agreed I needed careful checking out and promptly. Before she could refer me to the specialists, she needed tests done. My plan was to walk home to Mom's place with Daisy and Mom after my appointment. She would meet me at a spot close to the office that was along ... Read more

  • PiYo - Day 1 is in the books

    4/9/2015 5:46:48 AM, by BKWERM

    Day 1 is in the books. The first DVD in the program gives you the fundamental moves. I could do most of them with modifications but the ones that still trip me up are the ones you have to do on your knees. I can't put any weight on my knees because they hurt so I'll have to see what I can do. I'm no... Read more

  • Keeping calm

    4/8/2015 11:17:57 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am diligently working on taking things in stride. I heard a speaker in January who reinforced that we are defined by our passions and not by our illness. I made a poster and have that near my desk. Last night I practiced some art therapy. We noted that nature brings us peace. I found that my... Read more

  • Piloxing!

    4/8/2015 12:38:26 AM, by _LINDA

    It wasn't hard to find Piloxing videos online. There were lots, mostly short 10 minutes or less but they showed what to expect. They use weighted gloves to work the upper body and alternate between fast cardio boxing moves and ballerina type balancing moves. It really is a great whole body worko... Read more

  • CAMO Crew Challenge

    4/7/2015 7:29:15 PM, by 4-1HEALTHYCYNDI

    OK, I keep meaning to do update blogs weekly. But it just isn't happening like I wish it would. They don't just write themselves and I'm so busy at work right now my thoughts are pretty scattered. So this week one of my challenge teams challenged us to write a blog regarding our round with ... Read more

  • Choosing a Workout Program to Do

    4/6/2015 2:48:29 PM, by BKWERM

    BLC27 is almost at an end and I'd like to do one of my 4 workout programs between rounds (BLC28 starts May 20) but I don't know which one I should do. So I thought I would post here which ones I have with descriptions about each and maybe you could help me figure it out. Two things to keep in mind... Read more

  • Day 15

    4/6/2015 2:08:53 PM, by NEWMARILYN

    Why can't I do this?... Read more

  • Health not perfection. A Metamorphosis...

    4/5/2015 10:49:59 PM, by MIAMIRN

    Hi all After I wrote this I thought, Will anyone understand? Will anyone care? I don't want anyone to feel bad for me. I want them to rejoice in my health in my progress however small it is. I am a retired RN who specialized in pediatric rehabilitation most of my career. Initially, I le... Read more

  • Hope for less pain

    4/4/2015 11:05:18 PM, by SBECKER526

    I am hopeful for lessening of pain. I have spent time with yoga and tai chi at home. I have plans to exercise for 30 in the morning, 60 minutes with cardio and/or strength, and 30 minutes of yoga in the evening. I am eating fruits and vegetables almost 75% of the time. I have salmon, turke... Read more

  • I'm stepping up my steps

    4/4/2015 7:40:48 PM, by DONNA_W

    Since getting my fitness tracker, I have been inspired to try and walk more and get in the steps to reach 10,000 a day. This used to seem nearly impossible for me but the tracker gives me little nudges. I started to respond to the nudges by taking a walk once or twice around my neighborhood of m... Read more

  • Movie And a Dinner with Sister

    4/3/2015 10:33:12 PM, by _LINDA

    My sister Sandy (SABLE77) came into the city from the farm so she could go on the bus early in the morning to Edmonton to visit her daughter with our Mom. Mom didn't feel like going out, so Sandy and I attended the movie Run All Night starring Liam Neeson, it was full of character actors including ... Read more

  • I'm Baaaaack

    4/3/2015 9:10:00 PM, by HMATTAX

    Wow, a year and a half since posting! I should fix that. Over that year and a half I managed to gain a lot of weight, especially over the past summer. I got up to 180 by May, 220 as of two months ago. Now I have been getting some mental help as well as getting back into writing all my food down... Read more

  • 100 Club

    4/3/2015 1:55:36 PM, by --MAY--

    I am on a TEAM called the "100 Club" it is where you do 100 of any Exercise a day!! So I picked 100 Step-ups ith 3.5 lb. Dumbbells 100 seconds of Planks, 20 sec. With 10 sec. Rest X 5 320 Mine are on elbows Start a new week Tomorrow: Here is where I will track my progress: 100 Ju... Read more

  • Day 12

    4/3/2015 10:01:04 AM, by NEWMARILYN

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  • dear people in my life

    4/2/2015 11:08:47 PM, by SBECKER526

    Today I ran into a person who is so dear to me. I have not seen him for almost a year. I am reminded how I need to reach out more to those who touched my life so deeply. I made several friends in my retired group. Those friendships carried me through many tough times. Several Sparkpeople be... Read more

  • Day 11

    4/2/2015 11:02:56 AM, by NEWMARILYN

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  • Day 10

    4/2/2015 11:02:31 AM, by NEWMARILYN

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  • Rebuttal

    4/2/2015 6:34:45 AM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    I am not snacking on sugar. I am making recipes that conform to the Eat to Live program. A program that has helped thousands of people lose astronomical amounts of weight. I myself have lost 30 pounds on it. I know what i am doing wrong and it is not that I am not tracking. I do keep record of wh... Read more

  • Last Month!

    4/2/2015 1:58:46 AM, by _LINDA

    My big training month is nearly over. Why I had ramped up the fitness minutes (and as a bonus the steps) was because I wanted to fully participate in the fundraiser I have been working on. Bust A Move features six fitness classes throughout the day with meals and snacks (all healthy of course) as ... Read more

  • Assessment

    4/1/2015 4:20:56 PM, by DEDICATED2HIM

    A week ago, after eating poorly for a couple of weeks (by poorly, i mean not perfectly. Meals were ok but too much eating out and some snacking). I decided to get in gear with the Eat to Live Program once again as it is the only thing that has helped me. I told myself I would not weigh myself agai... Read more

  • Working on the positive

    3/31/2015 9:07:36 PM, by SBECKER526

    126 Tulips are beautiful. I always order a batch for Easter and look forward to planting the bulbs for renewed beauty each year. I welcome warmer weather and hope to leave some pain at the demise of winter. 341 Grocery shopping stills wears me down. I can get the stuff in my car and put awa... Read more

  • March review and results & April Goals

    3/31/2015 3:12:11 PM, by DONNA_W

    green bar = lean weight, purple bar = fat weight. Together they = total weight. Start date = Oct, bars on left are real data, Projection from real data is goal weight by end of March 2016. Streaks 244 Login to SP everyday - 129 day streak Exercise 10 min a day - 123 day streak E... Read more

  • Day 9

    3/31/2015 12:40:59 PM, by NEWMARILYN

    Well, I ate ice cream with the kids last night. It tasted really good. But, I wasn't careful with the measurement. I really enjoyed my time with the kids, though. Today, is a little stressful. But, I am doing okay with the food.... Read more

  • Caffeine? Heck No!

    3/30/2015 10:59:15 PM, by ANGRITTER

    MOSTLY... Yes, I did it. I am on decaf coffee except some on the weekend with Joe, but here's the kicker... I GAVE UP SODAS! And still haven't lost a damn pound. But how can I when people keep sticking their hands in my spine & moving it around. And I refuse to step on the scale again until Fr... Read more

  • Victories And Ice Photos

    3/30/2015 9:17:00 PM, by _LINDA

    I won the Freecell online Master's tourney on Sunday. This tournament happens once a week. Only people who have won tourneys can enter. This website runs tourneys 24/7 of different variations of Freecell, lots of fun to see who can win a predetermined set of games the fastest! Another vi... Read more

  • Day 8

    3/30/2015 12:40:46 PM, by NEWMARILYN

    I'm back on track. But, I am hating the way that I look. Every time I pass a mirror or a large window, I cringe. I really didn't want to add a picture today.... Read more

  • Day 7

    3/30/2015 12:38:15 PM, by NEWMARILYN

    Well, this weekend just didn't work for me. I ate 2 cookies, drank 2 7-up sodas and ate 1 piece of fried chicken breast. Oh, I also did not get my water in today. Tomorrow is another day!... Read more

  • Duh! Back to square one...

    3/29/2015 4:00:34 PM, by ANGRITTER

    I'm am once again 9 days post-op. I herniated the SAME disk that I had my previous laminectomy. Hmm... Could it be that there was only half s disk left and OF COURSE it's gonna rupture! Anyway. I got out if the hospital on the 23rd with another PICC line. Yeah, not so jazzed about that, as you ... Read more

  • Night Out At a Unique Place With Photos

    3/29/2015 12:05:27 PM, by _LINDA

    The first thing I did when at Mom's was go for a walk. The paved paths along the river were clear, but the wooded paths are still either muddy or icy. The last of the ice along the river is ready to break off: I was going over to Mom's because I wanted to go see a bridge friend perform ... Read more