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  • I CHOOSE ~ ~ ~

    7/23/2021 2:40:49 PM, by MAMADEE016

    MAMADEE's Blog ~ SP Day 5573 Friday ~ July 23, 2021 ~ 1:23PM Have a FABULOUS FRIDAY! May your cup overflow with PEACE, LOVE, JOY, and Pure AWESOMENESS!!! We are less than 4 weeks away... Or just a little over 3 weeks away... Does it seem real to you yet? That S... Read more

  • lovely day with GD

    7/23/2021 8:14:04 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - Had a wonderful day with GD age 4. She says last year I was a baby. I asked what are you now? she says I am a big girl. She played in her pool, sand table, splash pad, and in the house with the play kitchen. This is the first time she focused on cooking and serving us play food.... Read more

  • TGIF!

    7/23/2021 7:02:04 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great Friday! 30 386... Read more

  • Step away from the computer...

    7/23/2021 5:08:00 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is my day to step away from the lesson plans and relax. I've worked very hard lately. I'm glad that I have. But today I just need to focus on me. I need to relax. When I go back to school on Tuesday, I'll be a better teacher for taking the break today. I'm stepping away from the c... Read more

  • GD coming today

    7/22/2021 9:58:22 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning. My household is in a tizzy this morning. we had our suitcases out and taking inventory. DS called late evening he needs us to watch our GD (4). They have some business with the house they are trying to sell. DS said yes to watching her. I agreed but this morning we remembered all... Read more

  • Happy Thursday

    7/22/2021 5:56:42 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • My Feet

    7/22/2021 5:02:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love to walk barefoot and I stepped on something sharp. It was probably part of a thorn. It is in the pad of my left foot between my big toe and the second toe. There is a constant dull pain, and I find myself walking less. This keeps me from reaching my daily goal of 11K steps or more beca... Read more

  • having a peaceful morning

    7/21/2021 9:38:52 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - DH is getting anxious about the trip. He has this huge photo lens where he wants to take wildlife photos on the Galapagos. He could have practiced with it during the isolation which I had suggested. But he was down in the dumps most of that year and did not want to practice. Now h... Read more

  • Happy Wednesday

    7/21/2021 5:53:13 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • OOPS!

    7/21/2021 5:20:02 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was a bus,y stressful day. My classroom didn't go as it should, people who were hired to be helpful were not, and I lost my phone. Later, I forgot to take my evening medication. Oops! Today I'll remember not to let things get to me. I don't often forget, but taking medication is o... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday

    7/20/2021 6:13:37 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • It Takes Love To Make A Family

    7/20/2021 4:58:27 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, today is the day. I’ve waited through a whole pandemic to see my son, his wife, and their three lovely children. They just moved up from Florida to the Boston area. Unfortunately, the pod with all of their belongings did not make it. They might not have their own furniture for a week or... Read more

  • good news all around

    7/19/2021 8:55:07 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - I got a wonderful email from my doctor's office. I was given an apology for phone calls and the televisit from the office staff. She is going to have a meeting with them about how they treated me. They do not want to lose me. I do not have to have the August televisiit. I can wait ... Read more

  • Happy Monday

    7/19/2021 7:30:57 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • At My House, Everyone Cleans!

    7/19/2021 5:20:54 AM, by JSTETSER

    This is one story that is best told with props. In My House, Everyone Cleans! My grandchildren are about to receive some fun and beautiful gifts. One of them they will wonder about. I’m giving them each a nice cleaning cloth. Later, after their furniture arrives, they will each get a feath... Read more

  • Happy Sunday

    7/18/2021 8:26:33 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • A Thankful Heart

    7/18/2021 6:01:46 AM, by JSTETSER

    A thankful heart can change gray to grand The sad stringed quartet becomes a happy marching band. If your heart is grieving and broken in two There’s a way to change the day so you won’t be blue. Start thanking God for all you’ve got The good, the bad, and the messed up lot. Many p... Read more

  • having a peaceful morning

    7/17/2021 11:55:47 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - having a lovely morning. DH has taken off to run some errands. He has worked hard to lay out the COVID testing options we will have to do during the trip. I am just relaxing. I have much to do online. Yesterday was stressful with my doctor's office. I am looking for a new docto... Read more

  • Happy Saturday

    7/17/2021 9:05:41 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Waiting

    7/17/2021 5:26:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    These are the last days before I get to see my Florida son and his family. The waiting time is hard, and I anticipate a great visit. I anticipate some fun and laughter. Not seeing my grandkids has been tough. The pandemic has kept us apart for a full year. Monday cannot come soon enoug... Read more

  • sparks closing in a month

    7/16/2021 7:51:44 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - I am glad I will be soon leaving on vacation when this happens. I have been on Sparks since 2008. It is a healthy habit of mine. During the pandemic and isolation, I used it much more to get me through the devastation of COVID. I am looking forward to a break from the daily online... Read more

  • sparks closing in a month

    7/16/2021 7:51:44 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - I am glad I will be soon leaving on vacation when this happens. I have been on Sparks since 2008. It is a healthy habit of mine. During the pandemic and isolation, I used it much more to get me through the devastation of COVID. I am looking forward to a break from the daily online... Read more

  • TGIF!

    7/16/2021 6:52:58 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great weekend. 386... Read more

  • A Slow Start

    7/16/2021 5:33:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've had to push harder than normal for a while. Today is my rest day. I'm tired, and I need a rest. It is the most overlooked part of my program. Usually, I take my rest days on rainy days when I cannot get in my walks or days when I have to drive for a long distance. Today I need my ... Read more

  • If you're wondering where I've gone...

    7/15/2021 7:02:40 PM, by _RAMONA

    ...I'm still here; and, a quick update to explain: We went on holidays for 2 weeks (I'll share more about that another day), and the very moment we got back we were slammed into the thick of it all (LIFE!). My younger sister's granddaughter (10-months-old) has started having severe seizure... Read more

  • Happy Thursday

    7/15/2021 6:18:37 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Get Planning!

    7/15/2021 5:26:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    One way that I stay on track with my goals is to take a few minutes to plan ahead. I plan my meals and snacks. I plan my workouts and (for the most part), I stick with them. I also plan my time to be on SparkPeople. What a difference it makes! ... Read more

  • Happy Wednesday

    7/14/2021 6:44:06 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Pep Talk Time!

    7/14/2021 5:08:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    We all have days when we just don't want to do much of anything. All I really want to do is just sit. I don't feel motivated! I don't want to exercise. I don't want to go to work. I don't want to follow my health plan. Listen up, self, YOU'RE GOING TO GET MOVING ANYWAY! It's been ra... Read more

  • getting ready to travel

    7/13/2021 8:57:26 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - My DH never really was engaged in traveling. I did all the planning and he just came along. But with his retirement and isolation from COVID, he is so GONE HO! Every day he is rearranging something or finding out something! I have traveled since I have been 18; traveling to nearl... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday

    7/13/2021 6:32:43 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Finding What Works

    7/13/2021 5:23:53 AM, by JSTETSER

    It takes time to find solutions to health problems. Our bodies are constantly changing. What worked yesterday might not be as effective today. For me, that meant changing my primary care doctor and chiropractor. I also found a good massage therapist. On a regular basis, I change up my exe... Read more

  • America

    7/13/2021 3:39:48 AM, by RKOTTEK

    Wishing for an immediate turnaround in the heat and fires in the US we know what its like in Oz... Read more

  • 5 Weeks 1 Day

    7/12/2021 3:24:03 PM, by MAMADEE016

    MAMADEE's Blog ~ SP Day 5562 Monday July 12, 2021 2:20PM When life gives you Monday Dip it in GLITTER and SPARKLE all day! I am glad that I will have reminders like these to help me keep my SPARKLE! Today it's been 5 weeks & 1 day since our SP world was shattered with th... Read more

  • what I am going to miss about Sparks

    7/12/2021 9:21:52 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - today in the community feed section, there are some excellent comments and remarks. I will miss them greatly. I love when people are so insightful and not just concerned about losing weight, but awake to this beautiful person inside yourself. Not to hide the inner person but to expr... Read more

  • Happy Monday

    7/12/2021 6:56:41 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Moving Forward

    7/12/2021 5:30:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's almost time to step out on a new adventure. Things here at Spark will change in a month. I have been blogging here for about 8 years. SparkPeople.com has been a great place for me to begin my blogging.   Now I must move on, and so will you! My craft and sewing blogs will be posted at Jac... Read more

  • Happy Sunday

    7/11/2021 9:02:59 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • My Blueberry Obsession

    7/11/2021 6:09:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    I love blueberries and every morning I put them in my smoothie. They are sweet and very good for you. It makes me so happy to hear know that my granddaughters Lina and Ellie also have the same love for the berries. John and I eat about 50 pounds of blueberries every year. Our favorite place... Read more

  • Happy Saturday!

    7/10/2021 8:39:56 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Less Is More

    7/10/2021 5:41:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    My life has been cluttered with too much commitment. Doing less can have more impact than doing a lot. I'm cutting back (once again) on saying yes to things that won't make a difference in my life. I can make more progress through precise, persistent pushes in the right direction. It's ... Read more

  • New details

    7/10/2021 3:02:18 AM, by RKOTTEK

    on myfitnesspal.com I am rkottek1 on fatsecret.com I am rkottek on facebook.com i am richard kottek on spark360.com i am richard kottek My email is rkottek@mail.com hope to see you wherever I wish you all well cheers richard... Read more

  • TGIF!

    7/9/2021 8:29:15 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • We are all Connected

    7/9/2021 5:40:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    We are all connected. When I lean into my connections, my stress level goes down. I feel much better when I know have people who love me and I love. I feel more confident and happier. I have been meditating with Julie Frischkorn in the Spark360's Unplug. She has a meditation session on... Read more

  • Happy Thursday

    7/8/2021 8:12:27 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Patiently Waiting

    7/8/2021 5:28:44 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've getting impatient while waiting outside for 90 minutes for my husband to come out of the doctor's office.   Thinking of all the things that I could be doing when I stop and realize what a lovely day it is. Why not enjoy the sunshine and warmth?  Why not be happy with my day?  There are... Read more

  • Maybe not Today

    7/7/2021 11:20:52 PM, by MAMADEE016

    MAMADEE's Blog ~ SP Day 5557 Wednesday, July 7, 2021 10:05PM Everything is gonna be alright Maybe not today But eventually Tonight my daughters and I opted to have someone else make dinner for us. It's been a long, very full day, so we ordered our favorite burgers from a local pub... Read more

  • Happy Wednesday

    7/7/2021 6:18:05 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • I Feel Good!

    7/7/2021 5:19:23 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I met a big challenge. I started a difficult summer job. I work with 30 students and 5 staff that I've never met in a building that I've never worked in. All went well. I just had to quell my inner critic and focus on what I could do. I did okay! Sometimes I look at the "if onl... Read more

  • what a change

    7/6/2021 9:54:30 AM, by TRAVELGAL417

    good morning - DH has been so pleasant. He is communicating, positive and really seeing what I do for him and thanks me. I thought I was living with an alien for the past nearly 2 years. I am very grateful!!! It sure allows me to pay attention to myself. Have a good day. I will!! 244 243 24... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday

    7/6/2021 5:47:53 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Obligations

    7/6/2021 5:06:14 AM, by JSTETSER

    Obligations Part of the cognitive processing problems that I experienced was due to my sense of obligation to my friends and family.  I would get emails asking my opinion on certain things.  I felt the need to answer each and every question completely. My attention was split in so many di... Read more

  • ICONIC TREE

    7/5/2021 11:15:50 PM, by ANACORAZON

    Flamboyant is considered an iconic tree here in South Florida. When the are flowering, I walk their route, going from one beautiful tree to the next, just to enjoy the gift of their exotic flowers! ... Read more

  • WALKING MY NEIGHBORHOOD

    7/5/2021 11:09:21 PM, by ANACORAZON

    I have been walking through these pandemic times, with my mask and saving social distance. After I got fully vaccinated, I feel more relaxed, although I have my mask ready to put on, not only because of COVID, but all the other respiratory infections I prevented during these year and a half. During... Read more

  • Happy Monday

    7/5/2021 7:49:27 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • The Reset Day

    7/5/2021 5:43:29 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is my day to reset my focus and energy. I've had a lot of drama in the early part of my summer, and now it's time to take a day and relax. I'm going to go for a long walk, and spend some time preparing for ESY (extended school year) teaching. Today is going to be a great day! I'll... Read more

  • Happy Sunday

    7/4/2021 7:42:35 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Rest In Peace

    7/4/2021 5:45:10 AM, by JSTETSER

    I cannot hold you in my arms anymore, but I will forever hold you in my heart. I'm finding strength in these dark times. I will cherish my mother and the time that I spent with her. Now I have my brothers and sisters and family to share the grief so that it diminishes. Now is the tim... Read more

  • Happy Saturday

    7/3/2021 10:26:17 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • 70 days or 10 weeks to go

    7/3/2021 9:14:09 AM, by JYOTI68

    Tina invited me to her wedding. Its on September 11th 2021. I had been eating really bad. Forget loosing weight, I am keep on going upward trend. I went up 170 lbs. Shame, shame, shame. But I got a little grip this past week. I have been good. But I need to be better and also I need to exercise... Read more

  • Saying Goodbye Together

    7/3/2021 4:50:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is the day that we celebrate the life of my mother. It's been almost 7 months since she passed, and now we can join together to say goodbye to the matriarch of our family. I will miss her, and I will pass on her love and kindness to those around me. She was a kind and giving person wh... Read more

  • Set the Tone for the Day

    7/2/2021 5:06:56 PM, by 3VEGGIES

    Every morning we get to decide how our day will begin. Choose happiness, optimism, and achievement. We CAN and DO manifest our choices. Pick carefully! ... Read more

  • Staying on Track

    7/2/2021 11:38:01 AM, by SKIMBRO

    I have began meal planning for the day to help me stay on track. I dare not try to plan too far ahead. It becomes overwhelming to me and I loose focus. 521... Read more

  • TGIF!

    7/2/2021 9:30:25 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Yes!

    7/2/2021 5:34:39 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today I choose to see success in some tough situations. I could worry, but I choose to see myself as making it through these new challenges. Sometimes it's the unknown that keeps me uncomfortable, but this is where I'll grow. I'm going to learn some good lessons through this process. Tomor... Read more

  • Happy Thursday

    7/1/2021 6:13:04 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Celebrating Mom's Life

    7/1/2021 5:27:22 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's been almost 7 months since you died of COVID. It still shakes me and stuns me that you're gone. I miss you so much. You've always been here for me with your gentle strength. Your greatest strength is that you were Mom, and you put your heart and soul into raising your family. You ... Read more

  • Last of June ~ 48 days changes

    7/1/2021 12:57:35 AM, by MAMADEE016

    MAMADEE's Blog ~ SP Day 5550 Wednesday, June 30, 2021 11:33PM 347 FYI: 5550 days on SP = 185 times of getting 25 Extra Bonus Points for Logging In every 30 days! With 48 days, to be 47 in less than 30 minutes, left for this site, I will only earn that bonus just one more time. Ju... Read more

  • Happy hump day

    6/30/2021 6:23:45 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great Wednesday. 386... Read more

  • The end of an era

    6/30/2021 5:30:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    I can hardly believe that it's happening. Spark People is changing, and I must change too. Thanks for all that you've provided for me to become the person that I am today. This photo was taken 7 years ago at a SparkPeople picnic in Concord, NH. I miss those days! More growth is ahead for... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday

    6/29/2021 6:28:40 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • The Learning Adventure

    6/29/2021 5:05:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    Life is an adventure and we are constantly learning new information. Sometimes what we know only works for a short time. Then we need to unlearn the old and learn something else. Unfortunately, some of my friends stay where they are and refuse to change. They can't see themselves any differen... Read more

  • Happy Monday

    6/28/2021 7:35:09 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Happy Sunday

    6/27/2021 9:03:04 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Hiking Black Mountain!

    6/27/2021 6:01:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    Maybe it looks like I'm posing, but I'm just trying to keep my hair out of my face while John takes a photo. It was very windy on Black Mountain summit (2,830"). The Chippewa Trail was steep and a tough climb. I worked as hard on that trail as I did on any of the New England 4,000 foot pea... Read more

  • COURAGE to BEGIN

    6/26/2021 10:25:06 PM, by MAMADEE016

    MAMADEE's Blog ~ SP Day 5546 Saturday, June 26, 2021 8:55PM IF YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO BEGIN YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO SUCCEED! This week I began my very first 5% Challenge here on SP!!! 104 244 My VERY FIRST 5% Challenge will also be my VERY LAST 5% Challenge here on SP.... Read more

  • Happy Saturday

    6/26/2021 8:52:17 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • TGIF!

    6/25/2021 6:39:43 AM, by EVILCECIL

    We made it! Friday is finally here - woohoo! Have a great day. 386... Read more

  • Happy Thursday

    6/24/2021 6:40:06 AM, by EVILCECIL

    Don't panic, the weekend is almost here! 36 386... Read more

  • What's Your Why

    6/24/2021 5:55:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    It's the "Why" that keeps me going with my healthy lifestyle program. I want to be able to run and play with my grandkids. I want to have the strength to climb up mountains with them and swim in lakes. I don't want to sit on the sidelines of life and watch as others have fun. I want to ... Read more