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  • Dinner Compliments Of Bingo

    2/17/2020 9:51:25 AM, by ON_A_DIET

    By now, if you follow me, you know how I like to be frugal. I love food. I like to be healthy. I love my Crock-Pot. I play bingo once a week. However, instead of playing for money, we play for groceries. Most of the time, I donate the groceries I win to my church. But, if there is an item... Read more

  • Just For Myself

    2/17/2020 9:19:13 AM, by ON_A_DIET

    Lately, I have been tossing around in my head a quick way of a good and healthy grab and go that would use ingredients my roommates do not like and I can have just for myself. This idea led me to various websites. What did I come up with you ask? Freezer bean burritos My roommates do not... Read more

  • Feeling Blah

    2/15/2020 7:48:27 PM, by JENNRENE1

    Well today is one of those I'm really tired kind of days. I should be working on homework, but even that is difficult to get going on today. I don't know why I am so darn tired. I went to a birthday party earlier, and ate unhealthy food on top of already being tired. I did stay in my calories though... Read more

  • The Good Wife

    2/15/2020 4:19:40 PM, by IMEMINE1

    Alan and Sandra lived on a cove at Gull Lake Alberta. It was early winter and the lower portion of the cove had frozen over. Alan asked Sandra if she would walk across the frozen part of the cove to the general store and get him some smokes and beer. She asked him for some money, but he told he... Read more

  • Flavored Coffee

    2/15/2020 9:41:55 AM, by ON_A_DIET

    Hello Saturday! Lately, I have been wondering about how YOU flavor your coffee. Myself? I have used ground cinnamon, syrup, creamer, already flavored coffee grounds and hot chocolate. My favorite? I love to use hot chocolate mixed in my coffee! My own copycat version of a Starbuc... Read more

  • Shabbat Shalom and Happy Valentine's Day (eve)! For everyone.

    2/14/2020 8:22:07 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    "Valentine’s Day in Israel is not the same kind of celebration as it is in North America 0r Europe, however, it has gained popularity and is celebrated more in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with a variety of parties, concerts and special romantic dinners on February 14, 2020. In Israel, there is another da... Read more

  • ‘I think I will write A Blog’, she said.

    2/14/2020 5:19:45 PM, by SUSMANNIE

    I realized I have not blogged for a while, and I kind of miss expressing myself. I do love to write. One time I tried but then erased it. Another time I gazed, transfixed, at the screen and then gave up. I still struggle occasionally with work and dealing with people there. I have entered a new... Read more

  • Romance Indeed :)

    2/14/2020 6:37:04 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Gushing tributes to love abound today, lineups at the flower counters in stores are huge with men making a last minute gesture, restaurants fully booked and seduction is in the air. One only has to observe the actions of the wild birds to know that "love" is blooming. I read this last night and h... Read more

  • Looking Better All The Time

    2/13/2020 8:23:04 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Coffee drinkers rejoice! Unless you load your cups of Joe with cream and sweeteners you might consider the good news in this article. https://apple.news/At6FstWvwRb
    W00V4HftRSFg... Read more

  • Lagging Again

    2/12/2020 6:40:11 PM, by PORTIA70

    I have let several days go by without checking in. As mentioned I have a neighbor who likes to take us out to eat. He never eats at home and likes to take about 3 or 4 of us out to eat. This means he has someone knock on my door almost every day, and gets me side tracked from what I want to do. So f... Read more

  • Doing good

    2/12/2020 1:18:29 PM, by JENNRENE1

    Well I started doing the intermittent fasting along with counting my calories. So far I have done great with it. I'm down 3.2lbs this week which is great. The last hour of the fast is kind of hard. I start to get pretty hungry, but I'm going to give it a few more days before I shave off an hour to s... Read more

  • Dear Self - DO NOT STEP ON THE SCALE

    2/12/2020 8:29:22 AM, by HEALTHBEAUTY143

    Right now I'm avoiding one of my biggest traps that I need to sidestep: weighing myself too often. I have been on my weight loss journey for years, learning all sorts of diet plans and workouts and nutrition, etc. At this point, I feel like I've tried everything. And finally, using Eat to Live, I fe... Read more

  • The Brain Game

    2/11/2020 7:53:27 PM, by HEALTHBEAUTY143

    I love that meme that says something like, "you only have 20 minutes of cardio left, that's just 10 mins twice, or 5 mins 4 times" - I've always done that. It's definitely how I get through my workouts, just by focusing on the next 5 minutes, or the next part of the workout series. Break it down int... Read more

  • Monday Funday

    2/10/2020 12:56:05 PM, by HEALTHBEAUTY143

    Hello Beautiful Sparkers! 362 I woke up sore from my weekend exercise and that felt great to me - it's been a long time since I moved enough that I felt sore from it. I convinced a co-worker to go for a walk during our lunch break today, even though it was a little drizzly and cold out. I f... Read more

  • Time to start a new week!

    2/9/2020 9:59:54 PM, by HEALTHBEAUTY143

    This weekend passed in such a blur, but I feel proud that I got everything done on my personal check list. I made my home-made minestrone soup, pico de galo, chickpea breakfast cups, and prepped fruits and veggies for the week. I got in workouts on both days (woo hoo!) Last night I planned on d... Read more

  • 2-9-2020 checking in rambles

    2/9/2020 1:51:11 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Just checking in. My oldest has a preschool/daycare. She transitioned from 6-12 kids (under 5) in just one weekend due to referrals and a very kindly worded article in a state care newsletter. Hers is one of the only vegan and compassionate ones in our state. Anyway, Friday I went and v... Read more

  • My Secret Political Wish

    2/9/2020 12:37:43 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    It's probably pretty apparent to you, if you see my blogs at all, that I lean toward the Democratic party in my beliefs. However, I think I am a unity person. I was talking to my wife today and complained about how since Biden was down in the Iowa caucus, he felt he had to go on the attack against t... Read more

  • 4LBS Down - When did that happen???

    2/8/2020 7:53:11 PM, by HEALTHBEAUTY143

    Today I stepped on the scale for the first time in weeks. Halfway through January I caught the flu and stopped stepping on the scale, and my body and stomach only wanted carbs, carbs, carbs. I dreaded stepping on the scale this morning and seeing what happened and seeing my new starting point, KNOWI... Read more

  • Random Ramblings for the day

    2/8/2020 6:19:13 PM, by JENNRENE1

    Well the sun is out, but it is still cold. It is supposed to snow tomorrow, so I'm trying to get all of my homework done, so we can all go sledding tomorrow. Currently I am taking a short break from doing my homework. Sitting and doing homework all day makes it hard to get exercise in. I am goi... Read more

  • Shabbat Shalom from California~!

    2/7/2020 7:04:45 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    As the Democratic Debate starts at 5 pm for me on the West Coast, I am lighting candles and just watching the TV. I am really pressed for time. BUT I just want to say to all my FB friends, if you feel discouraged at all by recent political or health events in the US or globally, And AL... Read more

  • Yesterday morning, this toddler made my day.

    2/7/2020 3:00:00 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    The night before, my wife and I had something that does happen very often, a blow out argument. I think I remained calm, but was definitely given a talking to. That following morning, though I wasn't feeling right, I went out to breakfast at my favorite place. I sat toward the back of my usual small... Read more

  • The Craving's Are Real

    2/7/2020 11:44:18 AM, by HEALTHBEAUTY143

    Every morning I crave a grilled cheese sandwich. Every. morning. It's so strange. My stomach usually takes some time to wake up in the morning before I start to get hungry, and I'll notice that I'm not HUNGRY I'm just CRAVING a grilled cheese. Then I start thinking about what to have instead... and ... Read more

  • Been Falling Behind

    2/7/2020 2:18:11 AM, by PORTIA70

    I have good intentions everyday on things that I want to tackle and finish. And everyday someone or something comes along and throws a monkey wrench in my plans. For example, I will go to start the housework, and soon as I get started here comes a neighbor wanting me to go out to eat with them. One ... Read more

  • 02/06/2020 Surviving

    2/6/2020 3:47:42 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Not meant to be a depressing blog...more of an observation. Along this journey there are days it feels like I am no longer living, but merely surviving. I gave up smoking. I gave up meat (99.99% of the time) I gave up ice cream People cheer me on and I'm like "blaaaah !!!" ... Read more

  • Excited

    2/6/2020 2:08:56 PM, by HEALTHBEAUTY143

    In January I began using a planner to track different goals, like trying to use up processed fake meats that I can't give away and don't want to waste money by throwing away and using up convenience foods like bagged frozen fries - things that I can make myself but also keep on hand. I did a great j... Read more

  • All Roads Lead to P*t*n

    2/5/2020 1:31:28 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Even though we know she tore up the State of the Union speech, it is easy to see how frustrated she gets when, as she pointed out so blatantly to the Prez in Oct, "All Roads Lead to P*t*n"... Read more

  • 1st Blog...ever!

    2/4/2020 3:49:34 AM, by PBVHCCVH

    I've never done a blog before, but shall give this a try. I just joined Spark Premium and am finding it very informative and helpful. My exercising has to be modified after falling yesterday and cracking 2 ribs and getting a mild concussion! The positive side is that I stayed on my calorie count... Read more

  • No Turning Back Now

    2/3/2020 1:07:42 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Lots of things happening in my life this year, all good but also venturing into new territory. Wednesday a real estate photographer comes to take photos for my home listing, once those are complete the listing will go up. No turning back now. Life takes many turns and I am fortunate that most for... Read more

  • Vacation Plans

    2/2/2020 7:16:18 PM, by IMEMINE1

    Billy Bob and Luther were talking one afternoon when Billy Bob tells Luther, “Ya know, I reckon I’m ’bout ready for a vacation… only this year I’m gonna do it different. The last few years, I been takin’ your advice ’bout where to go. Three years ago you said to go to Hawaii. I went to Hawaii and Ea... Read more

  • Got A New Tattoo

    2/2/2020 1:02:02 AM, by PORTIA70

    I rewarded myself with a new tattoo yesterday. I will add a photo after bit when I go through my cell phone. It is of mine and my love's zodiac signs. He is a Capricorn and I am a Cancer. Both signs overlap each other and there is stars illuminating the way. I absolutely love it. I picked it put las... Read more

  • Groundhog Day February 2, 2020

    2/1/2020 6:33:28 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    So tomorrow, the American holiday "Groundhog Day" is celebrated by pulling a groundhog out of a stump (a well cared for groundhog) to see if it sees it's shadow or not. Shadow=six more weeks of winter, NO shadow=early spring. Although this ritual is peculiar to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania it is ALSO ... Read more

  • Shabbat Shalom from California, last Friday night of Jan. 2020

    1/31/2020 11:14:38 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    Shabbat Shalom Sparker friends. Rest up and be refreshed for the new week and month ahead of us. ... Read more

  • Mediterranean Butternut Squash Casserole with Asiago Cheese and Vegetables recipe

    1/29/2020 9:19:43 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    I made this last night! Here's my recipe: Mediterranean Butternut Squash Casserole with Asiago Cheese and Vegetables Ingredients Prepare the night before: 1 butternut squash, whole (cooked) Roasted Chickpeas: 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas 1 tbsp olive oil Spices & herbs, such as ... Read more

  • American Journal of Clinical Nutrition---A Comparison

    1/29/2020 2:42:11 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I was recently sharing the results of a new comparison study of diets with a Spark Friend, when I realized more might benefit from it. They compared weight loss and health indicator success between thee diets: Mediterranean, Intermittent fasting, and Paleo. (I'm not sure of the time period cove... Read more

  • 6 Teeth Pulled Yesterday

    1/29/2020 1:12:29 PM, by PORTIA70

    So, my dentist started on my bottom teeth yesterday, now that all my tops were already removed. They told me they will not send off for my dentures until they are done with the pulling of all they plan to take out. How fun. I look like grandma gums already LOL One of the stitches came loose ... Read more

  • A Hazard of Social Media

    1/29/2020 12:23:29 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Unless one doesn't follow the news or lives in a bubble, the online chatter surrounding the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China is leading to some misinformed decisions, racist rhetoric and panic among some people. Petitions are appearing demanding that schools either close or even prevent certa... Read more

  • Mediterranean Masterpiece

    1/28/2020 10:37:48 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    I can really cook well when I have the right ingredients, and tonight I shone. I am including this in my Mediterranean Diet repertoire, I am definitely cooking this one again! It's the end of the month and I am short of cash until pay day on Friday and short on food as well. But I did have som... Read more

  • Time, time, time...

    1/28/2020 12:47:40 PM, by SUSMANNIE

    I got the Michael Greger book "How Not to Diet", but have only read little bits of it. I do get emails from his web site with nutritional info that I listen to. I struggle to find things to write that aren't complaining or offloading my issues here. Positive nuggets: I lined up a series o... Read more

  • Time, time, time...

    1/28/2020 12:47:29 PM, by SUSMANNIE

    I got the Michael Greger book "How Not to Diet", but have only read little bits of it. I do get emails from his web site with nutritional info that I listen to. I struggle to find things to write that aren't complaining or unloading my issues here. Positive nuggets: I lined up a series of... Read more

  • We Can't Just Walk Away

    1/28/2020 5:03:07 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I often have commented politically on this site. I have at times expressed frustration, and have temporarily developed a "What's the Point?" mentality. The other side does their darnedest to obfuscate the truth. Even calling into the conversation the point that there are "alternative truths". This s... Read more

  • A Deviant

    1/25/2020 1:34:52 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    I have never been one to accept the status quo or "go with the flow" or "follow the crowd". My childhood years were quite isolated as we lived in a rural community in western Canada and neighbours were miles away rather than just next door. Getting together with others could never be spontaneous an... Read more

  • Shabbat Shalom from California January 24, 2020

    1/24/2020 8:25:19 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    Have a peaceful and blessed night tonight. Here is a welcoming the Shabbat prayer/hymn/song (different versions): With explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watc
    h?v=j-wAAtCvPnQ Susana Allen with orchestral accompaniment: https://www.youtube.com/watc
    h?v=0H2-8IKIGlw... Read more

  • Ended Up Sick

    1/24/2020 1:04:27 PM, by PORTIA70

    Went out to eat with some neighbors. It was warm when we left but the temperature dropped while we was eating. I felt fine until I got home, and noticed that my neuropathy was hurting. Shortly after that I got a low grade fever. I did not get to feeling better until late last night. That is why I ha... Read more

  • Joke of The Day

    1/24/2020 12:25:36 AM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    Joke of the Day: Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "And what starting salary are you looking for?" The engineer replies, "In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package."... Read more

  • In case of emergency...

    1/24/2020 12:01:58 AM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

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  • Thank YOU...

    1/23/2020 11:48:49 AM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    ...to everyone who sent me a goodie or a comment wishing me a Happy Birthday! 30 213 304... Read more

  • 1-22-2020 Opinions and Thoughts please!

    1/22/2020 2:16:18 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I live on a pretty cool island. We love the views and the isolation of it. But, my house isn't ..... updated? nice? Actually, sometimes it's embarrassing. ANNNNND we're pretty far out. I don't drive. Something about blind deaf person being a hazard I dunno, some lame a$$ reason, but ... Read more

  • Back To Sparking

    1/22/2020 12:06:01 PM, by PORTIA70

    My apologies for being gone almost a week. What started as a day or two just to relax caught me off guard. I also need to remember that the best time to Spark is in the morning hours for me. Evening tends to be my websurfing time, and then I end up going to bed and forget to post. Anywho, I ... Read more

  • Travel as a Motivator and Riding out the Urges

    1/21/2020 9:03:40 AM, by MRSLIVINGWELL

    To motivate me, I'm in major workout mode and good nutrition mode to prepare for a wonderful trip coming up in a couple months. Every day, I look at beautiful pictures of the places we will go to remind myself why I want to be in the best shape. I should really add them to my visual board here... Read more

  • A Very Tough Day

    1/21/2020 5:10:50 AM, by IMEMINE1

    A Very Tough Day An attorney arrived home late, after a very tough day trying to get a stay of execution. His last minute plea for clemency to the governor had failed and he was feeling worn out and depressed. As soon as he walked through the door at home, his wife started on him about... Read more

  • Fighting Cravings the McDougall Plan Way

    1/19/2020 2:02:34 PM, by MRSLIVINGWELL

    I may be the McDougall Team leader, but I struggle, too. For me, it was the extended holiday, travel and guests that we had. To get back on track, I've been listening to Doug Lisle videos on Youtube about food addictions. When we eat the McDougall way, there are no addictions, but it seems t... Read more

  • Last night i wrote about returning to pescatarianism.

    1/19/2020 5:44:03 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    Today, I did that. And I also formulated how I would set my goals and objectives. So far I know my goal is to lose 30 lbs by March 30, 2021. I will do it in three pound increments. And I am also hoping to increase my social contacts. So for every three pounds lost, I will do something social within ... Read more

  • Family planning

    1/18/2020 6:52:10 PM, by IMEMINE1

    There were these three girls who were getting married and they all met at the family planning office to discuss the options of having or not having a baby right away. They were two city girls and one farm girl. The counselor asked them if they planned on having a baby right away or were going to wai... Read more

  • Speed Bump

    1/18/2020 12:01:58 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    One minute sailing along, the next minute flat on one's back. Quick check before moving, all body parts in moving order but pain, a lot of pain. I slammed down on my replacement hip; total metal so it's not broken or dislocated so I can only assume that I have torn muscles in my groin. Now I hobb... Read more