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  • Plans change like the weather in FL and that's a LOT!

    10/13/2019 9:39:29 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    213 Hello dear sparklers! This has been a WEEK! The upstairs air conditioner finally took it's last gasp once the freon that they shot into it a few weeks back leaked out. It was an old a/c that we put in because we have always been reluctant to spend money on this house for maintenance items ... Read more

  • Trip into town yesterday...for food

    10/13/2019 6:04:03 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    First time I have bought flour or sugar in years. But I needed it to make a pineapple upside down cake for somebody else on the 18th. But do you see all those lemons :) I can't resist adding mushrooms into a homemade veggie soup Haven't tried cilantro in years, but I got some to g... Read more

  • JOY

    10/13/2019 6:00:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love the feeling of being in the woods in Autumn. Walking quietly along a path with beautiful colors all around me. That is much more than just a cardio workout. It is a joy! That joy keeps me moving forward and meeting my goals. Joy is a strength. Join me on my Daily Goals Challenge! s... Read more

  • Today--October 12th in ND

    10/12/2019 6:08:09 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Enjoy...bet you never thought of this before!

    10/12/2019 5:57:21 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • 2009 plane crashes into her house near Buffalo, NY --book by Karen Wielinski

    10/12/2019 5:41:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    This is a true story. Of course it is very tragic. About 50 people died, including the author's husband. Not easy reading by any means, but the places and people she mentions have meaning for me. I am grateful my family and friends were safe. Thank the Lord. One on the Ground: The Stor... Read more

  • Vegan mayonaise recipe - easy and great taste

    10/12/2019 12:24:54 PM, by WHITE-2

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    ss-mayo/ Made this today, with firm tofu so it did not turn out very creamy, but it tastes great and I can also use it as a spread! Very quick and easy to prepare. Didn't need to use a blender, I could just 'knead' it by hand. ... Read more

  • Fall 5% Challenge: 2nd Offical Weigh-in

    10/12/2019 8:40:44 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    Well its seems that I got frustrated/ whiny yesterday for nothing. The official weigh-in for my challenge team is Saturday. So seeing as I was awake after midnight I weighed myself before falling asleep. I was pleasantly surprised with a number. I woke up a little after 5am, which is around the... Read more

  • the little "c".

    10/12/2019 5:28:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    Cancer. It's a very scary word. I'm dealing with basal cell carcinoma. Skin cancer is not going to kill me, but it's made me re-examine my life in a new way. On Thursday I drove an hour to see a dermatologist. It took me a month to get in to see him, and that was quick compared to others!... Read more

  • Happy Thanksgiving --to our Canadian neighbors!

    10/11/2019 6:26:39 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • I Hate the Yo-Yo

    10/11/2019 5:27:09 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Grandma had given me & my younger brothers all yo-yo's for Christmas when we were little kids. We had fun for awhile moving the hard piece of plastic up and down the string. But like alot of toys, the yo-yo became boring. I don't remember playing with it much after the next year. I think Dad h... Read more

  • On My Way to Get Puppy & Weight Down

    10/11/2019 10:22:51 AM, by KALISWALKER

    My weight is down 1.6 pounds since last week. I take that as a big win, considering my recent struggles with my appetite. It proves I can lose weight if I am objective about my behaviors and use positive self-talk to get back on track. Hopefully, I am over this recent bout of self-sabotage. La... Read more

  • My Mama Will Be Waiting

    10/11/2019 5:59:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    Dear Friends, My Mom is having conversations and visits with my Dad, her parents, and sisters who have all died many years ago. At 97, I wonder if one day soon she will follow them to heaven. Every day that she is with me is a treasure. One day I will be looking for her face in my dreams and... Read more

  • Thursday's Breakfast Drink

    10/10/2019 1:04:05 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I didn't add to much of the mixed fruit, but enough strawberries to give it a slight pinkish color. Mostly I tasted coconut from the milk. I love this almond/coconut milk combination. I have to remember to add it to my shopping list. So far this morning I am feeling better...still got ... Read more

  • thursdays are the best

    10/10/2019 9:42:51 AM, by WHIRLEDP

    I'm not sure when Fridays got usurped by Thursdays but man I love our Thursday schedules. Part of Westley's bday gift back in August was some personal training sessions with my friend and neighbor who happens to be a personal trainer. He and she finally coordinated some times to make it work an... Read more

  • I HAVE A VOICE

    10/10/2019 5:24:17 AM, by JSTETSER

    I remember how nervous Mom would get whenever I would bring up the president and national affairs. You see, politics were never discussed in our home. Ever. She would tell me; “Please stop! Nice people don’t discuss such things.” I’ve never known a nicer person that my mother, and she let me... Read more

  • decluttering--still--and most likely forever!

    10/9/2019 5:22:07 PM, by CTUPTON

    I actually got some decluttering done. I had to push myself-still fatigued. But a plumber is supposed to show up. There is a leak from the upstairs tenant. The plumber is not here in my condo--I hope he (she?) is upstairs! I am happy the place looks better. I guess that is self-care. ... Read more

  • My Puppy & Back on Track

    10/9/2019 5:17:06 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Yesterday I still felt my eating was crazy. Maybe I am feeling stressed about some projects I have on the go at home, and our 3 night trip to Portland, and getting a new puppy. This morning I made a list of the calorie appropriate food combinations I can eat to ensure I have protein and fiber any ti... Read more

  • Spark Daily Challenges

    10/9/2019 5:21:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love the Daily Spark Challenges. They keep me on track and find balance in my quest for good health. My favorite three are the Daily Goals, the Daily Fitness, and the Daily Nutrition. I keep them going most of the time. What keeps you moving forward? ... Read more

  • 5% Challenge: The Hardest Part

    10/8/2019 11:33:56 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    The people in this challenge are great, I love reading their spark pages. Sparkpeople is now the first website I check every morning. I like starting the day seeing how many team points that I can get. It's fun to search Google for a motivational quote to leave on the team page. But I can't seem t... Read more

  • Suggested meatless frozen meals --Gardein brand.

    10/8/2019 8:12:42 PM, by CTUPTON

    Gardein Meatless Products Gardein Gmo-Free Vegan Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets, 12 Ounce (Pack of 8) ... Gardein The Ultimate Beefless Ground, 13.7 Ounce -- 8 per case. ... Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs, 12.7 Ounce -- 8 per case. ... Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tender, 9 Ounce - 8 per c... Read more

  • Your Halloween costumes were fantastic--a couple more of mine...

    10/8/2019 8:05:57 PM, by CTUPTON

    Once I scared my last class of the day (science) by wearing a gruesome mad scientist rubber mask--with nodules and even sores on the face. They told me to take it off. Oh well. I was "God" once. In the style of George Burns "God." Fancy white sweatshirt . I think it had gold on it. I also ... Read more

  • part 6 of 6 the fix (standing and sitting workday)

    10/8/2019 10:04:06 AM, by WHIRLEDP

    It started where I seemingly spend most of my time…MY DESK. I’ve been researching a standing desk alternative for years. The standing desks are not only expensive but I also knew I couldn’t commit to it for 8 hours. I had a bajillion designs in my head for a cheap and more practical alternativ... Read more

  • Falling Leaves

    10/8/2019 5:20:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    The Tree of Life in all its glory has released you and your beauty. Its foliage one at a time drops. And down you fall~ slowly turning around and around Suddenly you hit the ground. Stepped on, rained on, your colors fade to brown. Crushed, forgotten raked away. Is this t... Read more

  • Halloween costumes you have tried...???

    10/7/2019 8:31:04 PM, by CTUPTON

    Hubby wore his fireman clothes -coat, boots, hat, etc. So I was a Dalmatian. His costume was way easier than mine. I don't think I have a photo of that. darn. For a scout meeting/party, in HS I did "blackface" when no one said it was not PC. I was quite tall and wore one of my Dad's suits a... Read more

  • Have you tried jackfruit?

    10/7/2019 8:13:21 PM, by CTUPTON

    I have not tried it but some people on other spark teams use it quite a bit instead of meat. ... Read more

  • Cold Season== Weight loss

    10/7/2019 2:50:24 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I had weighed myself on Saturday for the start of the 5% challenge group and I was at 200#. This morning I decided to check weight again..even though we don't officially have to weigh in until next Saturday. Well this morning I was pleasantly surprised when the scale said 197.2#. Of course I real... Read more

  • Reminder I have too much to lose!

    10/7/2019 2:03:06 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I am 27.8 lighter than this time last year. Lately, my weight is inching upward and I seem to lose focus. And at times I seem to lose my mind! Saturday night we were at a party with a huge potluck and so much great food. I immediately dropped my defenses and ate everything I wanted - appetizers, mai... Read more

  • part 5 of 6...this isn't forever

    10/7/2019 12:42:19 PM, by WHIRLEDP

    Part 4: https://www.sparkpeople.com/
    mypage_public_journal_indi
    vidual.asp?blog_id=6617261 So we covered the injuries and inflictions that have plagued me the last few years. I’m writing this in hopes that somebody can relate. Small recap… I broke a back rib and had injuries to my... Read more

  • Living a Healthy Life

    10/7/2019 5:42:33 AM, by JSTETSER

    Eating a healthy diet, exercising, getting the rest that I need: these all go into making my life healthy. My healthy life makes me a happy wife, mom, and person. Today I'm going to go out for my walk and drink all 9 glasses of water. Taking care of myself is the foundation for having a heal... Read more

  • Meals in the EDR (Employee Dining Room)

    10/6/2019 4:32:11 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    1. Eat to live, or Live to eat 2. Only eat when hungry. I have seen both of those statements/quotes/mantras (whatever you want to call them) many times throughout my life. 1. Is one of your first thoughts of the day..."oh boy time to eat, what will I have today" the minute you wak... Read more

  • The Little Extra

    10/6/2019 5:35:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    "The difference between ordinary and extra ordinary is that little extra." Unknown. Every day I take a few minutes to gain focus through my time of prayer and my time of planning. i'm writing a book, and spend at least 10-20 minutes working on it every day. I value my health and I take tim... Read more

  • I will try to stop...

    10/5/2019 7:43:40 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • If you love Halloweeen...

    10/5/2019 7:32:18 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Saturday Oct 5, 2019

    10/5/2019 2:28:55 PM, by FOUNDER3

    Well, it has been a tough few weeks. My mom is doing very well with her rehab, and we are hoping to get her home on Monday. The rehab facility has been pretty good as far as the rehab goes. But, the medical part is not good at all. Mom began with an infection in her surgery area last F... Read more

  • Fall 5% Challenge - Day 1

    10/5/2019 12:09:33 PM, by KALISWALKER

    249 The Fall 5% Challenge has started! I am filling up my water bottles and getting out walking. I weighed in this morning and am up a bit, but recorded it. Yesterday I had a beef dip for lunch, and that likely was salty, so maybe a little water retention. Today I received an email with ... Read more

  • Fall 5% Challenge: measurements & picture OH MY!

    10/5/2019 9:48:02 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    249 I had to reset my weight tracker this morning on my page to start this new challenge group. While I was doing that, I noticed some old measurements that I took in August 2013. Waist...43.5" Hips...47" Thighs...25" I decided to update those same measurements today.. Waist...49... Read more

  • My Autumn Walk

    10/5/2019 5:35:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    There's nothing as beautiful as a walk in Autumn. I think that New Hampshire has the most colorful Fall season of them all!... Read more

  • Thank goodness my little snowbirdie customers are flying back to FL!

    10/4/2019 9:14:31 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    213 Welcome back snow birdies! I'm SO happy to greet you back. Yes, of course, the highways get crazy congested and the restaurants are impossible to go to...and you can't too early the 'early birds' to get a seat...but all in all I welcome you back with open arms. I must say this summer has b... Read more

  • saturday goals

    10/4/2019 6:51:57 PM, by WHIRLEDP

    Not only am I taking the day off tomorrow but I have the house to myself, with the doggies of course. I have a few things in mind but I won't be heart broken if they don't all get done. I want to avoid Netflix and Hulu and listen to music...All. Day. Long. The new album Sparrow by Jump Little Childr... Read more

  • Breakfast

    10/4/2019 11:22:31 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    A friend that moved away from Death Valley gave me the bag of Potato o'Brien, and I am slowly using them up. My old roommate left the can chicken behind. I also added 2 eggs into this and mixed everything together. This was Tuesday's breakfast and it was pretty tasty. Actually my old roommate ... Read more

  • Tummy Troubles

    10/4/2019 5:41:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    When your body talks to you, listen. It will talk louder and louder until you do. Lately, my stomach has been queezy. I don't know why, but it's time for me to take the time to figure out what is going on. I think that a lot of my tummy troubles come from stress at work and being responsi... Read more

  • 5% Challenge: Accountable

    10/3/2019 3:53:01 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Being accountable is more than just being responsible for something—it's also, ultimately being answerable for your actions. To hold yourself accountable, you must find the motivation to do difficult things. Don't just set it and forget it, when it comes to any goal that you want. Remind yourself re... Read more

  • Two weeks on a plant based diet reduces cancer risk greatly

    10/3/2019 12:06:32 PM, by WHITE-2

    "As you can see in my video How Not to Die from Cancer, the study showed cancer growth started out at 100 percent, but then dropped after the subjects ate a plant-based diet for 14 days. A layer of breast cancer cells was laid down in a petri dish, and then blood from women eating the Standard Ameri... Read more

  • Enjoy the Beauty that's Around You!

    10/3/2019 5:24:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    Stop and look at the flowers, trees, and people's faces! There's beauty all around you, meant to be enjoyed. In sunshine and in rain, there is something beautiful for you to see. The New England fall colors are one of the sights that I just love to see each year. "Autumn... the year's last, l... Read more

  • Fall 5%Challenge: Exercise Commitment

    10/2/2019 2:43:15 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    This challenge will only last 8 weeks from October 5th-- November 30th. Plenty of time to get into the groove of moving my butt and keep it moving after this challenge ends. For days when I am down with a cold (like today) and don't wanna do anything I don't really have to do (except go to work a... Read more

  • Planning on Success

    10/2/2019 5:23:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    Make your plans and pray. Some days, I have lots of energy and put that energy into my plans, and other days I'm on autopilot. Always, I ask for God's help. Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. We just can't do it without help from above! God al... Read more

  • 70th Weekend Fasting Cycle

    10/1/2019 8:19:20 PM, by SKATER787

    The 70-hour fast went fine. I'm looking forward to the 75th, but next week the fast will be on hold for social eating.... Read more

  • Still finding my feet in this new strange world I'm living in

    10/1/2019 4:17:06 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    It's been a minute since I've blogged. I always sit down and think I'll put a few words together and then something gets in the way. Don't even ask me what those things are....I couldn't tell you...it's just STUFF and life I guess. I've been working hard on trying to live just in the momen... Read more

  • October: Fall 5% Challenge

    10/1/2019 2:10:08 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Every season has it's beauty and Autumn is no exception. Autumn sings to you with the rustle of leaves And breathes on you with spicy scents that flow with the breeze. 465 431 574 774 422 I have joined one of the 5% challenge teams. It seems that they have been around sparkpeople... Read more

  • Ready for 5% Challenge - New Month New Goals

    10/1/2019 12:37:54 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Today I am detailing my fitness and diet plans/menus, and assigning time slots. I haven't selected a gym so my default the recreation center gym with a swimming pool. It's a new month, a fresh start so I am starting my 5% Challenge lifestyle today. My next weight goal is 190 pounds by Oct. 29, ... Read more

  • The Woodpile Workout!

    10/1/2019 5:24:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday a wonderful friend and his son came over and transformed a pile of huge chunks of wood into this beautiful stack. The three of us worked together for 2 hours and my husband was amazed. This is his birthday gift from the 3 of us. Happy 70th John!... Read more

  • Today Sounds Like A Good Day to ❤ Me!

    9/30/2019 3:11:59 PM, by CRYSALLIS1

    Out of embarrassment part of me wants to delete my account & start over. The truth is I believe in Me! I believe in My Plan! So here I am. I went to the work of getting logged in. I publicly declare its time to start showing myself some TLC.... Read more

  • Will my mini-cycler prove that my Fitbit is useless?

    9/30/2019 1:37:15 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Recently I ordered a new mini-cycler exercise machine from Amazon. It can actually be used to exercise your legs or arms. But if you are just interested in leg exercises, just beware that if you are only pedaling with your legs then it won't count on your Fitbit. Now if you rest your hands on... Read more

  • this week's goals

    9/30/2019 10:19:53 AM, by WHIRLEDP

    upper body w/core 1x lower body w/core 2x core all the other times. currently experiencing overall weakness in the area. barre 1x hike 2x daily 30 minute walk enjoy the weather when the 90s break enjoy the weather anyways find my meditation passion again. it... Read more

  • My first hike-in camping trip - Success

    9/30/2019 9:06:40 AM, by WINACHST

    I survived my first hike-in camping trip. Saturday afternoon, the weather was perfect for hiking and camping: sunny, cool, and best of all no bugs. But Sunday night, the rain and wind started. I did not sleep well because the camp site was wooded and the branches above me were swaying from side to s... Read more

  • WORK THE PLAN!

    9/30/2019 5:27:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every morning I take a few minutes and plan my day. I write it down in my planner, and off I go. Spark helps me to start that plan by keeping my exercise and diet in check. I also get my motivation from being here. Taking time to plan has helped me to stay on track in many ways. It has also... Read more

  • Monthly Fitness Minutes

    9/29/2019 12:11:36 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    This month is the first time that I have reached 2500 fitness minutes. Well at least it's the first month that I have ever tracked them. The most I had done before was only 1500 minutes. In late 2011, my mom's death was caused from a blood clot...and while I don't know everything about blo... Read more

  • Finding That "Get Moving" Spirit!

    9/29/2019 6:58:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Some days are easier than others. Some days I love going out for a walk. Today is not one of THOSE days. So what do I do? I get moving anyhow. My "Get Moving" attitude is out there, and I'm sure to find it if I just get moving! ... Read more

  • I didn't win, but I didn't lose either

    9/28/2019 11:25:51 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    Almost every week for the last 1-2 months, an ex-boss's husband has invited me to participate in a 5-day "work week Hustle" challenge. Every week its usually the same few people at the top of the list at the end of the challenge. This week, I wanted to shake things up so I invited my youngest daught... Read more

  • 214.4 biked 12 miles 4 beers

    9/28/2019 9:26:41 AM, by JOE14250

    I have been very inconsistent with nutrition, exercise and charting.... Read more

  • I can and I will!

    9/28/2019 5:44:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe I don't understand how I will make some things happen, but I know that I will figure it out as I go. I can and I will see my blood sugar at 120. My blood sugar is going down, and I will continue to see it go to 120. I continue to struggle with high morning numbers. I can and I will see... Read more

  • progress pic

    9/27/2019 10:44:15 AM, by WHIRLEDP

    As planned, I had about a 50 minute hike before going to barre last night. Well, not quite as planned, because I thought I only had time for a 30 minute hike. Score. Outside. Solitude. Quiet. Trail. It was just what I needed after the previous night's hot yoga class that was not only inte... Read more

  • I am the Woman to Blame!

    9/27/2019 5:31:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, I have no one to blame. I am responsible for my actions and my words. I am too old to blame my mother and too young to blame the kids. My boss is not responsible for my happiness and my husband is not responsible for my problems. The buck stops here. I am the person responsible for... Read more

  • Now for something Completely Different...

    9/26/2019 8:26:16 PM, by SPICY23

    Yes, I've been quiet on this front for what feels like a long time. Busy; but that didn't stop me before. Rather, I don't post just to post. I don't 'do' social media either, although I guess this now qualifies as social media so it turns out that I do. Regardless, I am not here for the 'social medi... Read more

  • How to stop overthinking

    9/26/2019 3:21:09 PM, by WHITE-2

    I found this blog very thought-provoking: www.devilinagoodman.com/post/2
    018/12/21/how-to-stop-over
    thinking-forever "All this is possible when we realize THAT we are thinking, rather than focusing on WHAT we are thinking about." * This youtube offers insights along the same line... Read more

  • I raided the salad bar at work

    9/26/2019 2:11:55 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I walked down to the EDR (employee dining room) to grab a few things off their salad bar. 3 hard boiled eggs, little bit of diced onions and bell peppers, and a few cherry tomatoes. Then I walked back home. After slicing up the eggs and adding my own salad dressing, I decided it needed ... Read more

  • Still around...

    9/26/2019 12:12:24 PM, by ALLEYCATTUS

    This is about how I am feeling on a permanent basis these days... I keep meaning to start posting again and keeping up, but too tired... recently, I had to undergo a radical mastectomy- thank God no cancerous cells to my knowledge at least, but had an ulcerated suture line due to skin deterioration... Read more

  • I am going to do it --

    9/26/2019 9:37:05 AM, by WINACHST

    About a month ago, a friend of mine said she would do a hike in camping trip with me. I was not sure how serious she was, but she has been contacting me to ask if I reserved a site yet. Well, last night I couldn't sleep so I logged onto the website and saw the 1st choice of the campsite was open -- ... Read more

  • bullet point randomness

    9/26/2019 8:48:41 AM, by WHIRLEDP

    It's been a fantastic week! There was a date day and night with the husband, work, doggie care, and more. My random updates bullet style, sans bullets... Rode the ferris wheel in Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta Tooled around on an electric scooter. SO fun and a lot more leg and core ... Read more

  • "Keep On Keeping On!"

    9/26/2019 5:20:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    My Mom would tell me in words and actions; "Keep On Keeping On!" At 97, she still gets up each morning and does her crafts. Now she colors pictures that I laminate and put on bags. Her family and church family love receiving her gifts. Albert Einstein once said; "Life is like riding a bic... Read more

  • Assessing our bodies after age 60

    9/25/2019 8:52:40 PM, by CTUPTON

    I need to do this! chris www.sparkpeople.com/resource
    /fitness_articles.asp?id=1202... Read more

  • Points to ponder

    9/25/2019 8:41:48 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Part 3 Seniors

    9/25/2019 8:39:43 PM, by CTUPTON

    Nine Important Facts To Remember As We Grow Older #9 Death is the number 1 killer in the world. #8 Life is sexually transmitted. #7 Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. #6 Men have 2 motivations: hunger and hanky panky, and they can't tell ... Read more

  • Enjoy!

    9/25/2019 8:25:36 PM, by CTUPTON

    no I did not draw these... Read more

  • Workout with a Deck of Cards

    9/25/2019 1:54:07 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    As I was searching through articles to read for points today, I found this... https://www.sparkpeople.com/bl
    og/blog.asp?post=ace_your_
    next_workout_with_a_deck_of_cards At first I wondered "what the heck does playing cards have to do with exercise? " Well it's actually a clever... Read more

  • Pleasant five minute meditation

    9/25/2019 10:01:07 AM, by WHITE-2

    I tend to be critical with regard to the voice of the person reading the meditation. I like the voice on this five-minute meditation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=inpok4
    MKVLM... Read more

  • Looking up!

    9/25/2019 5:19:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    Our focus makes such a difference! Do you want to improve your mood, look up! Make your focus at a higher point. It's all a great mystery...Look up at the sky and you'll see how everything changes Antoine de Saint-Exupery My favorite spot to look is Mt Monadnock. Both in artwork ... Read more

  • Fall is Planning for Success

    9/25/2019 12:11:04 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Fall is a time that I like to plan for a busy and happy season. Today hubby and I discussed having a Rock Star Halloween party. We will make it a karaoke night and guests come in the costume of a rock star. Hubby is thinking Rod Stewart and I am thinking Cyndi Lauper or Madonna. I've been busy... Read more

  • Singing

    9/24/2019 5:24:31 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love to sing! It brightens my day and lifts up my spirit. Lately, I've been enjoying the Ken Burns documentary on Country Music. If you are down, this will lift you up! I once sang on the Rue Royale in New Orleans with Grampa Elliot. What a memory! ... Read more

  • Part 2: Seniors

    9/23/2019 11:43:31 PM, by CTUPTON

    Then God considered the function of bladders and decided seniors would have additional calls of nature, requiring more trips to the bathroom, thus providing more exercise. God looked down and saw that it was good. So, if you find as you age, you are getting up and down more, remember it’s Go... Read more

  • 69th Weekend Fasting Cycle

    9/23/2019 9:26:10 PM, by SKATER787

    The 70 hour fast went fine. I didn't feel hungry on Monday. I guess I'm getting used to it. I got to look forward to break the fast with Monday dinner and it was good. Next weekend is #70. Yeh.... Read more

  • Monday Motivation

    9/23/2019 12:54:22 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    Monday doesn't have to be doomsday, to me Mondays always meant a fresh start for a new week.. a new week to be better than last week. Does anyone start their week with a to-do list of important stuff that needs to be done? I love checking things off such lists when I finish them.... Read more

  • Skin & Cancer

    9/23/2019 5:18:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have a small wound on my nose that has not healed in about a year. It may be cancerous, and I am beginning to learn about it. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, and it frequently occurs on the nose. This picture shows a hard, well-defined basal cell carcinoma that is no... Read more

  • Another event in my 'new normal' life

    9/22/2019 11:45:47 PM, by FLORIDASUN

    Hello, my dear friends! Another 'first' in my new normal life. Last night the grief group I have been attending had a get together at Bonefish Grill for an early dinner. This was a combination of our grief group that meets Tuesday mornings and a group that meets later in the afternoon at Hope H... Read more

  • Sunday Morning

    9/22/2019 12:48:25 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I got my 2nd cup of coffee now. So is Sunday the end of a week or the start of a new week? Why is it called a weekEND, when most calendars put it at the beginning of the week? Either way...its my Friday at work. Good thing because my hip hates me this morning.... Read more

  • Part 1: Seniors

    9/22/2019 12:44:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    Most seniors never get enough exercise. In His wisdom God decreed that seniors become forgetful so they would have to search for their glasses, keys and other things thus doing more walking. And God looked down and saw that it was good. Then God saw there was another need. In His wisdom He made s... Read more

  • Good Morning Sunshine!

    9/22/2019 6:08:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    Good morning Friends! Remember to look up into the sunshine and count your many blessings. This is the day that the Lord has made. I am going to make someone's day wonderful with a loving and positive attitude. Be the sunshine in someone else's day today, and your day will be brighter t... Read more

  • Do people really hate to change?

    9/21/2019 10:30:51 AM, by WHITE-2

    'It is often stated that people naturally hate change. That's not true. People don't hate to change, but they hate to lose. If a change leads directly to an improvement of our situation, without costing us effort, pain or regrets, you'll never hear any complaint from anyone. If a change will only ... Read more

  • ME too!

    9/21/2019 5:18:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    School started, and I've been very busy. I've been taking care of everything and everyone. Except for ME. Somehow in the shuffle, I forgot about ME. I've been getting tired, frustrated and sad. I've been crabby with my husband. If I don't take care of ME, nothing words. It's time to f... Read more

  • Frustrations at the nursing home

    9/21/2019 2:05:51 AM, by CTUPTON

    Two big problems. Darn. Hubby needs a "small" surgery. The pump holding a medicine needs to be replaced. After I think, 5 years they do that. But... it is Tuesday and Monday many things need to be done! I didn't get the phone message* and I just found out today. I have been saying some pray... Read more

  • Not feelin' too good today...

    9/21/2019 1:51:24 AM, by CTUPTON

    Just kidding, of course. Chris 213... Read more

  • Lean on Me

    9/20/2019 5:18:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    We all need someone to lean on. One of the healthiest and often overlooked ways that you can help yourself by to helping another person. Almost everyone needs help in one form or another. Taking the time to smile, say an encouraging word or go out of your way to show kindness can change anothe... Read more

  • OMG: Area 51

    9/20/2019 2:45:51 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    I don't live to far from the gas station/diner/hotel in Armagosa Valley,NV. I stopped in at the gas station over 3 years ago. It's has a quirky little gift shop selling anything imaginable with aliens on it. Hey it's all a fun gimmick for a business in the middle of the desert. I had... Read more

  • Lost 50 Pounds! Happy Dance!

    9/19/2019 11:32:15 AM, by KALISWALKER

    I have officially lost 50 pounds since I joined Spark 1/24/2008. I haven't been the fastest loser, but I have never been a quitter. As of this morning, I weigh 6 pounds less than my husband, and 23.6 pounds less than my driver's license! I am excited to have my follow up medical appointment for... Read more

  • miscellaneous randomness

    9/19/2019 8:31:54 AM, by WHIRLEDP

    I planned on barre class tonight only to remember yesterday that I have book club instead. Since I organize it, I guess I better go. This month's book, The Nest, was pretty good. A lot better than last month's book, Truly Madly Guilty. TMG was a big let down. After LOVING Liane Moriarty's Big ... Read more

  • Keep On Learning

    9/19/2019 5:07:55 AM, by JSTETSER

    Every day is a new adventure if you are willing to learn! My grandchild is starting PreK, and she is so excited. A new school and a brand new adventure. We need to have Shiloh's attitude! Today is a new opportunity for us to grow and learn. I hope that you keep a vision for learning somethin... Read more

  • I Will Make Exercise Fun & Rewarding!

    9/18/2019 12:53:20 PM, by KALISWALKER

    This morning I am doing my 2019 Fall 5% Challenge exercise planning so I am successful in losing weight, increasing my strength and feeling great. 1) It's fall so hubby and I are going back to the gym at the recreation center. I can do water aerobics and we can both go to the gym for strength ... Read more

  • Wednesday

    9/18/2019 11:15:59 AM, by CANYON_GAL

    Have a great day everyone. I am having my 2nd cup of coffee and peach flavored chobani yogurt now. The sun is out but not to hot yet. Got a 7 birds hanging around the Bush in front of my room trying to sing me a new song...but I don't understand bird language.... Read more

  • Find the Sunshine!

    9/18/2019 5:13:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    When you look for it, you will find it, even on the darkest of days. Finding my way out of the shadows is not always easy. Recently I was told that I might have skin cancer. For a while, I just did not want to even look for the sunshine. All I saw was something bigger than I have had to dea... Read more