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  • Season 21

    6/12/2021 8:21:22 AM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    Lol... Read more

  • Simplicity.

    6/12/2021 4:51:11 AM, by JSTETSER

    The time has come for me to do some emotional housecleaning. I have to eliminate those things that are not working in my life. There are people to whom I give my time and energy to who drain my emotional battery. I have to cut back on the time that I give them. I have been on committees... Read more

  • Wow We Did It!

    6/12/2021 12:54:16 AM, by KALISWALKER

    We hurried things up so we can start the Summer 5% Challenge earlier. This ensures we can do the full 8 weeks before SparkPeople close the doors. It was a lot of work but it been it's done! I had my 6 month check up today with my Medical Weight Management (MWM) doctor. It's been about 2.5 years... Read more

  • Meditation: be like a ruminant cow...

    6/11/2021 7:39:11 AM, by WHITE-2

    This is an - imperfect! - transcript I made from a youtube with a talk by Zen teacher Henry Shukman.
    VQH-s&t=975s By all means listen to (part of) it if you enjoy a charming British accent. In it (from about the 18th minute onwards) he answers a qu... Read more

  • New Path & New Plan

    6/11/2021 4:45:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    I am a creature of habit and plans.  I love knowing what will come next.   This year is definitely different.   The old plan is not going to work anymore.   I have to change. I need to accept the fact that I'm changing and my life will never be the same. My first change is in my mind.   I'm... Read more

  • Lessons from a Porcupine

    6/10/2021 4:55:08 AM, by JSTETSER

    Growing up, our family had dogs. I remember Brownie. He was a lovable mixed breed that my Dad got at the dog pound. We loved Brownie and had a great time with him. That is, until the day that Brownie met the porcupine. He came home crying, with a mouth full of quills. My Dad pulled th... Read more

  • Spark People closing

    6/9/2021 10:43:52 AM, by WINACHST

    Well, it has been good while it lasted, but as with everything there is a season. I am glad that it lasted as long as it did, this has been great resource.... Read more

  • Taking Charge!

    6/9/2021 4:51:09 AM, by JSTETSER

    About a month ago, I realized that something was off in my life. My mind was not functioning as well as it had in the recent past. My memory wasn't working well, I'd forget words and sometimes I'd think one word, but a different word came out of my mouth. I decided to take charge of my health.... Read more

  • Still Looking

    6/9/2021 12:23:57 AM, by KALISWALKER

    We are looking a new site to replace Spark but haven't found the diet, exercise, member lead teams/challenges, and blogs. If you find something please let me know. We are setting up a Facebook 5% Challenge team with topics/sections for each team, so people can keep in contact with their teammat... Read more

  • 195.7 Day 2 Biked to BZ/ SS workout/ biked back ........ AF

    6/8/2021 5:12:26 PM, by JOE14250

    Biked to BZ good workout. Used 5 # weights workout fine. a lot of quick step one two sheit. I was more than my feet and brain could handle well. It is good for my brain to be behind my feet. It gives me room to improve my performance. I had to laugh at myself, luckily this is a talent I have... Read more

  • Please Don't Go!!!

    6/8/2021 1:58:58 PM, by BUTTERFLYWINGZ

    I JUST logged into SparkPeople after being gone for quite a long time. I have ALWAYS gotten so much out of this community & the inspiration, tools, people, etc. have been a wonderful pillar in my life. I have been horrible at staying motivated and unfortunately lost my own Spark for taking care o... Read more

  • Cognitive Decline and Stress

    6/8/2021 5:15:32 AM, by JSTETSER

    Recently I had an MRI to check for signs of Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease in my brain. Thank God, there were no signs. My next area to look at is my stress levels. I have experienced a high level of chronic stress over the past year. It is time for me to slow down and listen to the signs of... Read more

  • I still love Spark. Even if I am in the minority.

    6/8/2021 12:55:11 AM, by ZELDA13

    I haven't written a blog in ages. But now, I feel empowered to write what I feel. It's cathartic for me. I have to stay away from the community feed for a bit. I understand that everybody has their opinions and we are all entitled to ours. What I am struggling with is the negative posts and t... Read more

  • New Site?

    6/8/2021 12:49:17 AM, by KALISWALKER

    I am sad to learn that SparkPeople will be closing August 17th. SparkAmerica where you can choose an American city to join. We have a second home in WA so hubby and I joined SparkSeattle
    -cities/ I am not sure what the site is about, but I will let... Read more

  • Don't leave me!!

    6/7/2021 3:05:56 PM, by CANYON_GAL

    I know that change can sometimes be a good thing....but I HATE the changes going on with SP this Summer. I should update everyone...Sparkpeople won't be the only change in my life. I am moving to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. I arrive there on Thursday. Yes in 3 days. I will be working ... Read more

  • Poking around, I found this epitaph connected to the NCIS show.

    6/7/2021 12:13:55 PM, by CTUPTON

    Epitaph poem from NCIS Epitaph By Merrit Malloy When I die Give what’s left of me away To children And old men that wait to die. And if you need to cry, Cry for your brother Walking the street beside you. And when you need me, Put your arms Around anyone And give them... Read more

  • 144th Weekend Fasting Cycle - Deep Fried Black Fungus

    6/7/2021 11:43:12 AM, by SKATER787

    The 60-hour fast from Fri dinner to Mon breakfast went without a hitch. There was no cooking project last weekend. Mon breakfast: Fried salmon, hamburger, black fungus (new item). Cherries and limenade. PS. All the fried foods including the black fungus turned out very good. I got the deep fr... Read more

  • Good Times Are Coming!

    6/7/2021 5:28:36 AM, by JSTETSER

    On my last visit, there were only two. Now there are 3. I am getting ready for a summer of fun and frolic! I'm going to play with the grandies and this motivates me to get ready for it. I have 2 areas of focus right now: my diet and my stamina level. In order to be ready for running, jumping... Read more

  • 195.4 Day 1 Biked to Sheetz then Lincoln circle ....... AF

    6/6/2021 9:45:02 PM, by JOE14250

    Did a bike ride in the AM before 10AM so that it was not so hot. Did about 8 miles. Did 16 different exercises designed by my PT therapist. The B series for the second week of work. I also worked on Balance. I have been doing this balancing on one foot at a time for weeks. It is tedi... Read more

  • Sparkpeople is going to be closed down

    6/6/2021 12:00:32 PM, by WHITE-2
    asp?id=2660 "On August 17, 2021, we will be closing down SparkPeople along with its features and mobile apps to make way for a new platform". (SparkAmerica). And: "At this time, due to various rules and regulations, SparkA... Read more

  • 194.4 Hike to Pinnacle 9miles .......AF

    6/6/2021 6:45:52 AM, by JOE14250

    Did a blow out hike with BCHC very tough on the feet especially toes coming down. I need hiking boots for support. very tired upon return home. No alcohol - no cramps. Of course I drank plenty of water. Ate ravenously. Some how in my head all out expenditure of energy allows for all out... Read more

  • The Test.

    6/6/2021 5:19:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday I went to Catholic Medical Center for an MRI. I have been experiencing some memory loss, and I got it checked out. The results were delivered to my FollowMyHealth account within an hour after the test. There is a normal amount of plaque in my brain for someone who is 65. I am not... Read more

  • RV Camping & Kayaks

    6/5/2021 7:58:10 PM, by KALISWALKER

    We are RV camping for 4 nights. Yesterday we did tourist things like a scenic drive in the mountains on a winding road that follows a river. We explored a campground on a river and sourced out things to do if we stay there sometime. Nearby there is a small heritage museum and a cafe and hiking desti... Read more

  • Reminded about Habit Stacking

    6/5/2021 6:53:44 PM, by WEAVERNI2

    Yes the SPARK article did mention the Atomic Habits book and Habit Stacking. I recently added twisting to my Sun Exercises and my new Mantra to my am check-in with SPARK. Went out to eat for first time in months. Able to stay meatless, work in some salad and veggies, kept down to 1 butter... Read more

  • Enjoy. Advice for when you grow older.

    6/5/2021 6:11:39 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 two motivations: hunger and sex, and they can't tell them apa... Read more

  • Why do people like a smart TV?

    6/5/2021 1:57:50 PM, by CTUPTON

    My TV is broken. It is huge. So we are looking to get a new TV. Two TVs were here when we moved into this condo. I did not buy them myself. help chris... Read more

  • a joke of my Dad's

    6/5/2021 1:44:06 PM, by CTUPTON

    When I was growing up, we had a grocery store in a country area. Some people would take candy and not pay. Just small items. My Dad did not like that. He put a dish near the register with chocolate candy and Exlax pieces. I don't remember if anyone actually ate it. 198 He had a hug... Read more

  • No More Mask Making For Me!

    6/5/2021 5:17:59 AM, by JSTETSER

    For the past 16 months, I've taken a few minutes every day to check the COVID case count of my town and my state. Currently there are 1-4 cases in my town, with 0 new cases. ZERO! What a wonderful thing! For the first time since March of 2020, there are no new cases of COVID in Hillsboro, NH.... Read more

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear

    6/4/2021 12:36:19 PM, by WEAVERNI2

    Just started listening but finding this book is addressing my root issues, not just with food but with the trajectory of my life. He says "...focus on who you wish to become...". Maybe I've been focusing on who I wish NOT to become: disabled, obese, old and useless. In other words, my fears. "F... Read more

  • Talking with a professional

    6/4/2021 5:30:45 AM, by JSTETSER

    I have talked with friends and it has helped to a degree. Yesterday I took the time to talk with a professional about my problems and life situation. Sometimes, it's just worth having an objective opinion on what a person is facing. While I did not come out with a different life plan or ... Read more

  • It is so great to really visit with hubby!

    6/3/2021 8:40:03 PM, by CTUPTON

    After a year of rarely even being in the same room with him! He is so happy to be with me and our daughter! We all had lots of fun! chris... Read more

  • 194.7 Jogged a mile 14:50ish old dude style .......AF

    6/3/2021 8:31:08 AM, by JOE14250

    Went to SS exercise class in the AM. I aim to do this weekly on Wed. I like the instructor, she is upbeat and has new exercises with the same old stuff, ball, tube, and DB. Variety is the spice of exercise for sure. Later in the PM did the mile track a block away from my house in prep fo... Read more

  • In It For Life!

    6/3/2021 5:15:24 AM, by JSTETSER

    There is no quitting in the game of life. Maybe I don't like what might be around the next corner, but I'm going to remember my goal: I want to be in good health and be able to play with my grandkids until the day that they graduate from college. When things go wrong, as they sometimes ... Read more

  • Find Your Motivation

    6/3/2021 12:15:22 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Looking at these images, I rate myself #5 (bottom right hand). I expect to be #6 (to the left of #5) by July 12th, when I have my annual appointment with the surgeon who will be doing my surgery in the late fall. The recovery will be 8 - 12 weeks. Yesterday I had a telemedical visit wit... Read more

  • 194.7 Walked with Vaughn but missed PT component 4 beers

    6/2/2021 5:05:05 PM, by JOE14250

    Drove to Philly time for my wife to get her injections for Macular Degeneration. Too tired after the drive to do any PT upon return.... Read more

  • Dealing with Cognitive Decline

    6/2/2021 5:05:12 AM, by JSTETSER

    Well, my journey into my brain has begun. I'm reading Dr. Dale E Breseden't book The End of Alzheimer's (the first program to prevent and reverse cognitive decline). and finding small ways to apply what he ways. 1. Get tested through your doctor to find out exactly where you are. 2 Id... Read more

  • Already a Great Day

    6/1/2021 3:46:59 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I usually shop the Safeway flyer the first Monday of the month, and get the 10% discount. Otherwise I buy groceries online from another store. This morning I did something different, I went to Chalo a food chain owned by the same parent company as Safeway. Chalo is targeted to an Indian/Asian demogr... Read more

  • 143rd Weekend Fasting Cycle

    6/1/2021 2:02:10 PM, by SKATER787

    The 60-hour fast from Fri dinner to Mon breakfast went without a hitch. For Mon breakfast I had fried salmon, mussels, and onions. Slow cooked sausage and fresh lemonade. ... Read more

  • Camping Surprises

    6/1/2021 5:23:18 AM, by JSTETSER

    I found several things that really surprised me at the campground this weekend. First, there are no ticks at the Saco River Hideaway Campground. They spray the area with an all-natural pesticide containing chrysanthemum oil. It is very nice to have no concerns about tick bites. Second, ... Read more

  • Detox ideas

    5/31/2021 1:18:36 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • cont more squirrel antics!

    5/31/2021 1:08:06 PM, by CTUPTON
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  • This is incredible!

    5/31/2021 12:51:44 PM, by CTUPTON
    v=DTvS9lvRxZ8 If the link does not work, try copying and pasting. chris... Read more

  • 194.7 Day 2 hiked with Mary to Grill pool ......... 2 beers

    5/31/2021 11:33:07 AM, by JOE14250

    did morning PT good work out watching Sunday shows. walked at 5 PM to Ken Grill from Brentwood parking lot. cold drizzly day. Missed goal weight for the first time in 2021 . 194.7 was a miss of 192 goal. some new PBs New plan for PT Deb McKim counseled rest days each w... Read more

  • The Wet Camping Trip

    5/31/2021 7:12:51 AM, by JSTETSER

    This camping trip has the distinction of being a rainy one. We visited with the kids, I did some handstitching and reading before we shopped. The camper seems really small after spending three days in it. Today we go home to our big warm home and a big pile of laundry. Our garden has been w... Read more

  • A Salad Every Day

    5/30/2021 7:04:20 PM, by WEAVERNI2

    Just thinking: I'll bet I could count on one hand the times I had a bad binge after eating my big salad. And probably never after a salad and later bowl of cooked veggie. This year even with the cold, I've had chives, rhubarb, lettuce (3 kinds), chinese onions, kale and chard re-seed. So ple... Read more

  • Tada Final Spring Weigh In!

    5/30/2021 12:42:33 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Down 4.8 pounds in the Spring 5% Challenge. I now weigh 160.4, so close to the 150's! I know I will be there soon. YTD loss 6.2 pounds. This year has been a bumpy one with lots of ups and a few downs. What's gone right? 02/01/21 stopped eating during night 03/21/21 only 3 meals a day... Read more

  • Enjoy!

    5/30/2021 11:05:50 AM, by CTUPTON
    Ydb3v7zXG-aM6cxi7XmxMtusI If this does not connect, try copying and pasting please. chris... Read more

  • My dogs irritate me

    5/30/2021 10:43:50 AM, by WINACHST

    They are so jealous and fight for my attention. It agitates me and gives me a lot of stress. I need to separate them whenever I sit down to be on my computer. Hence, I do not have much computer time. 8 month puppy - Germain Shepherd / Lab mix - bossy and a bully senior chug - going blind and ... Read more

  • Season 21

    5/30/2021 8:43:40 AM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    Only way to reach your goal is stay on target let nothing distract you... Read more

  • Remember

    5/30/2021 5:29:03 AM, by JSTETSER

    Look around you today and you'll find many ways to remember that this is a special day. There are American 🇺🇸 flags at half mast, parades and fireworks 🎆 as well as special ceremonies. It is important to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom. Now I am working to continue to b... Read more

  • 195.9 day 0 blew off exercise and will begin again ...... AF day 5

    5/29/2021 11:48:53 AM, by JOE14250

    Did do some biking but rain began, so quit. should have and could have continued on a stat bike. I need to make a suggestion list like a Chinese menu. Cardio from Column a and PT from Column B. It would be easy. Opportunity missed, but plan made. Alcohol free still working. ... Read more

  • Will You Be There?

    5/29/2021 5:23:52 AM, by JSTETSER

    You just weren't there For the stroke For the eye surgery For the knee surgery For the finger amputation For the holidays You missed it all- The tears and the laughter. We could not share it with you. AND IT HURT! We needed you,  and you weren't there. The burden was so heavy at times.   ... Read more

  • 194.6 Day 4 Led group ride to Mill Grove area. 18ish miles.... AF 4 days

    5/28/2021 5:44:08 AM, by JOE14250

    The bike group has rotating leadership. I usually don't like to lead since that means having a fixed spot in the ride. I do like introducing people to new places that they haven't ridden. I would much rather drift up and down the column of the group and have side conversations with whomever is r... Read more

  • The Rule Breaker!

    5/28/2021 4:55:37 AM, by JSTETSER

    This weekend we are going to visit two men who have become our friends. because of a clerical error, we were given a campsite. Technically, we should not have been given a campsite at a Maine campground since we are from New Hampshire. They were willing to break a rule to help us visit our f... Read more

  • 194.5 Day 3 indoor gym workout at BZ SSclass ...... AF

    5/27/2021 6:36:33 PM, by JOE14250

    Did a workout at BZ in a Silver Sneakers gym program. Good work out and benefited from it. My PT paid off kept pace easily with the older folks. In addition did enough steps to complete 10k+ steps. ... Read more

  • Sinus problems are getting better! Yeah!

    5/27/2021 10:45:56 AM, by CTUPTON

    Maybe it was a certain kind of pollen and that plant stopped spreading it. Who knows! chris 575 575 575 575 575 575 575 575... Read more

  • Things Look Better in the AM

    5/27/2021 9:48:39 AM, by WEAVERNI2

    In the Morning: It's a New Day. I feel more hopeful, have more energy. I'm not hungry. I will have lost weight if I followed my plan. I'll have a good BM! I probably won't remember what I worried about in the darkness. My thoughts are brighter. I'll feel good knowing I'm detoxing... Read more

  • Goals

    5/27/2021 5:44:56 AM, by DRHODES1000

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  • Work The Plan!

    5/27/2021 5:05:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    I've gone through some tough times lately, but I have stayed with my healthy eating and exercise plan. I believe that following the plan is what helps me to recover from emotional lows like bad news. I have type 2 diabetes and have to watch my blood sugar (glucose) levels. My levels were... Read more

  • Steps in the Forest

    5/26/2021 11:10:08 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I saw on a local Facebook group that a family is looking for their missing 28 year old son. He may have been sighted in the forest where I hike. There were no details other than a description of him. I didn't think anything of it, I don't believe everything I read. When I got to the forest at 6:20 t... Read more

  • 196 Day 2 Hiked skyline drive with VS ......... 2 days AF

    5/26/2021 8:14:14 AM, by JOE14250

    I had lunch with several buddies and skipped the beer. It felt good to not have the usual. New patterns are good. We walked skyline Vaughn who has trouble with heights was good with it. He still defers to me in selecting walks. Strange in that he was my boss earlier in our work life. ... Read more

  • Children's Playmat

    5/26/2021 5:27:43 AM, by JSTETSER

    For the past 3 months, I have been working on making personalized playmats. I create the mat with each child in mind. This playmat is for James, the grandchild of my friend. The house looks like his house, and has his house number of the mailbox. The school looks like his school, and has its ... Read more

  • 196.0 Day 1 Walked hill from Front to 3rd ......AF

    5/25/2021 4:26:00 PM, by JOE14250

    Got an alcohol free day in, and hiked 12,249 steps including up a pretty steep hill. It was much easier than prior sessions. Last PT session for a month. Liked the Phd who did my sessions. She was very good and listened to my needs well. My shoulder is much improved. I wonder if the war... Read more

  • Nothing Else to Do in the Morning But Hike

    5/25/2021 12:54:26 PM, by KALISWALKER

    This morning hubby and Puppy Royce got up at 5:45 AM to do a 2 hour morning walk. I thought too earlier for me I need sleep. I had a quick look at news on the phone, listened to my audiobook, and realized I was awake for the day. This is my hiking day, I don't 'need' to do the morning hike. Now what... Read more

  • Taking Time

    5/25/2021 5:00:04 AM, by JSTETSER

    My life, just like yours,, is very busy. I normally only take time to visit my doctor when I absolutely have to. Not this time. I'm going to find out about something that may be lurking in the back of my mind. I may have the start of dementia. I've seen signs of it for years. I think tha... Read more

  • Holiday Monday Here

    5/24/2021 4:27:34 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I had a yogurt/cottage cheese/fruit breakfast and added a crumbled up 59 Calorie Cookie. I liked have the very chewy cookie texture, so it's a winner for my 'granola'. The other day in my email I missed seeing that I got a Spark 10,000 steps a day trophy from SparkPeople. Wow now that my Fitbi... Read more

  • xxxx 14381 steps NEAT ....... ooops 1 lager and 2 stoudts

    5/24/2021 3:17:51 PM, by JOE14250

    Hot, tired, and frustrated. My son couldn't get his chain saw started, after getting preparation for a safe tree removal most of the afternoon. Made it 141 days. Will start again today! New goal no beer till Father's Day! I'll drink to that!... Read more

  • 197.6 hiked Leaser Lake with BCHC AF

    5/24/2021 3:13:38 PM, by JOE14250

    Hiked with Berks county Hiking Club around Leaser. My role model showed up she is 93, she kept up and was perky the whole time.... Read more

  • Session 21

    5/24/2021 2:40:28 PM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    473 I must own it time to work... Read more

  • 142nd Weekend Fasting Cycle - Super Crunchy Fried Foods

    5/24/2021 12:42:38 PM, by SKATER787

    The 60-hour fast from Fri dinner to Mon breakfast went without a hitch. There was no cooking project this weekend as I was studying for work. After months of frying food, I finally got it super crunchy. The trick is to cut shrimp in half and double fried the food. This morning the salmon wasn't... Read more

  • Don't Eat The Donuts!

    5/24/2021 4:57:21 AM, by JSTETSER

    On Saturday, I was very busy and did some mindless eating. I helped out at our church yard sale. Mike graciously stopped by with two dozen donuts, and yes, my favorite chocolate-covered was waiting for me. Once again, I fell for the donut without even thinking. I ate the whole thing and got ... Read more

  • 59 Calorie Cookies

    5/23/2021 10:36:09 PM, by KALISWALKER

    This morning when I got back from my hike I was going to have greek yogurt with fruit and topped with granola. Whoa! That granola is very high in calories, 1/2 cup 240 calories. I got creative and started from scratch to create a low calorie granola for a yogurt topping, but it can also be a breakfa... Read more

  • Getting My Head Examined

    5/23/2021 4:50:19 AM, by JSTETSER

    It has taken me a long time to admit that I might have a problem. I get partway through a sentence and forget what I'm talking about. I forget words. Sometimes I mean to say one word and another word comes out of my mouth. These are very bad signs for a teacher and puts stress on my life. I ... Read more

  • Living With a Good Role Model

    5/22/2021 7:42:08 PM, by KALISWALKER

    My husband walks 2 hours every morning before breakfast, and has for 10 years. Years ago when I started going to the gym he did too (we are not going during virus). Now he does daily YouTube exercise videos with me. Diet he usually eats what I do, so when I diet he loses, haha sometimes I do too. He... Read more

  • Season 21

    5/22/2021 7:15:44 PM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    Extreme measures are at hand Yesterday I went and eat shuff totally off my meal plan payment is due today lol back on my gameplan... Read more

  • 195.2 Day 0 again Rest and rehab total day off AF

    5/22/2021 8:37:28 AM, by JOE14250

    Went to lunch with my sister and was AF, while she drank a Guiness. It was easy! Her doc told her to lose 30 pounds she lost 6. I should have reinforced it more!!! I should have eaten differently to be a role model. I ate something I would never make for myself. Next time!... Read more

  • The Little Things

    5/22/2021 4:54:38 AM, by JSTETSER

    Think about those little treats and splurges. It is the little steps in the right direction that move me forward. It is the little steps in the wrong direction that cause me harm. Little things can add up quickly, becoming big things. An unkind jab to a friend can be a stumbling ... Read more

  • All or Nothing

    5/21/2021 1:43:10 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I know I have an 'all or nothing' tendency. I don't trust myself to stick with something I 'want to do or should do' if I take a break, I am not a quitter. This has been good with many things I do/achieve. I went to night school for 7 years to become a CPA and to learn computer skills, concurrent wi... Read more

  • Wheat/Sugar/Inflammation/

    5/21/2021 1:36:55 PM, by WEAVERNI2

    Saw Dr yesterday. I was so proud! My knee pain so much better. I'd lost 5 lbs, and BP better so of course Time to Celebrate! I've been so good for a couple of weeks. Got dairy-free ice cream (loaded with sugar though), a "healthy" TV dinner (instead of the pulled pork hubby was eating) and ate ... Read more

  • CTUPTON is thanking St. Anthony again! He will be sick of me!

    5/21/2021 1:23:34 PM, by CTUPTON

    Lost my cell phone. And also my house phone went out! Both phones are now found and working! chris... Read more

  • Walking Therapy

    5/21/2021 4:51:15 AM, by JSTETSER

    Walking is my therapy session.   It is my time to think about my life.  It is also my time to take in the sounds,  sights, and smells of nature. My soul is calm, and problems don't feel as big when I walk. Finding peace Making time for more than work Looking Listening Smell... Read more

  • OK OK OK. I will call the doctor!

    5/20/2021 7:04:26 PM, by CTUPTON

    i have not tried a couple of things I have. Using something like a neti pot but a spray bottle of sterile salt water Thank you all for sending me such helpful suggestions! Sneeze blow sneeze blow spit Sneeze blow sneeze blow spit Sneeze blow sneeze blow spit No fever. It is meas... Read more

  • 20,000 Steps Yesterday!

    5/20/2021 11:56:49 AM, by KALISWALKER

    The habit formation is working, the morning hike is becoming more automatic. Initially there is the thought of a 'good' reason not to do it today. Yesterday it was well I am hiking in the afternoon, that is enough. Today it was I didn't get enough sleep so stay in bed. But I always wake up without a... Read more

  • 195.6 Rest and rehab kicking back ..... still AF

    5/20/2021 9:09:47 AM, by JOE14250

    I have been thinking, maybe the minor injury is not such a bad thing. If it makes you aware of your fragility and is a distinct reminder to listen more carefully and remember your experience then perhaps it is the underlining of a point to help me remember it. I will adapt and structure new ... Read more

  • Waves of Grief

    5/20/2021 4:26:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    Just when I think I'm over it, Another wave comes crashing in. To tear my heart in pieces And make me cry again. No it doesn't get any easier I'm still stunned and in grief Waiting for the Sun to shine again And bring me some relief. On this trail of tears I walk alon... Read more

  • 73 Calorie Soup & Hiking Streak Has Started

    5/19/2021 12:43:26 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I seem to have started a morning hiking streak, that hour of exercise before starting my day. Again I left the house at 7AM returned a 8 AM. I am now consistently getting over 10,000 steps a day. Today we hike and picnic with another couple. I considered not hiking this morning to stay energized, bu... Read more

  • 197.1 Injury from stupidity again! still no booze 147 days

    5/19/2021 10:50:00 AM, by JOE14250

    Went riding for the second time in recent years with my buddy. Did OK no problem. We rode and did a walk also. got a tick off my leg. Injury: stopped at a gym first time in a year and picked up a jump rope I have been jumping recently and doing ok. I enjoy the intensity and challenge... Read more

  • Contact Improvisation

    5/19/2021 9:44:33 AM, by WHITE-2

    I stumbled across this on internet and thought it was very interesting to watch... I'd never heard of this. Not sure if it is something I can or would want to try but just watching the video's somehow made me feel relaxed...
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  • A Half-finished Project Saves the Day!

    5/19/2021 4:56:47 AM, by JSTETSER

    Today is Sal's birthday and I need a gift! I ran downstairs and looked through my craft Room and found the half finished bag. I had made 10 of them earlier and now it was time to finish this one. I added some handles that didn't quite fit, and VOILA! I now have a special bag for a dog ... Read more

  • Sinus problems for a month!

    5/18/2021 9:53:51 PM, by CTUPTON

    No fever or pain. But lots of phlegm. Taking Allegra, flonase, and sudafed. Can this be an infection? Lots of plants are blooming here. Thanks if you can advise me. chris... Read more

  • 141st Weekend Fasting Cycle

    5/18/2021 8:18:03 PM, by SKATER787

    The 60-hour fast from Fri dinner to Mon breakfast went without a hitch. Cooking project this weekend was light. Just cut up some frozen salmon and peeled, julienne and pickled ginger. Mon breakfast: Fried salmon, shrimp, oysters, onion, and garlic. Sausage link and condiments: Natto, Kimchi and... Read more

  • 196.5 Day 5 Biked to Vote and to PT .... AF

    5/18/2021 7:44:20 PM, by JOE14250

    voted and did PT biked to both. Sunday did PT watching political shows / Biked my WaWa route to Lincoln Circle and back. Still no booze.... Read more

  • Fitbit Connects to SparkPeople

    5/18/2021 1:59:36 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I left the house listening to the 7 AM news on my MP3 and returned listening to 8 AM news. Steps so far today 6,877. I like the momentum with an hour of exercise before starting my day. In between the news at the top of the hour, I listen to an audio book. My hike was 59 minutes, exactly the same as... Read more

  • If a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

    5/18/2021 12:37:09 PM, by KALISWALKER

    • When your loved ones come home, always run to greet them. • Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. • Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy. • Take naps. • Stretch before rising. • Run, romp, and play daily. • Thrive on attention and ... Read more

  • Season 21

    5/18/2021 9:30:34 AM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    Fall down 6 times get up 7... Read more

  • The Adventure of Life!

    5/18/2021 5:25:35 AM, by JSTETSER

    Lately, many things have been beyond my control. It looks like I could be out of a job on June 18th, and then there's a possibility that I won't be. I took 2 days off just to allow myself to process these changes. Now, I look at this event as though I'm in a survival game. How will I make it ... Read more

  • Try never to judge

    5/17/2021 10:18:30 AM, by WHITE-2

    Though I am not a Christian - at least not in the way the word Christian is usually used - I liked this and thought I'd share it... "Try never to judge. The human mind is so delicate and so complex that only its Maker can know it wholly. Each mind is so different, actuated by such different mo... Read more

  • Pep talk to lose 2.5 Pounds

    5/17/2021 9:41:31 AM, by KALISWALKER

    More positive self talk. Good weigh in this morning, down a pound. I am not eating at the low end of my calorie range so losing a pound over night likely is water weight. It shows how important it is to monitor sodium. Between exercise and diet I must have a daily 729 calorie deficit to lose 2.5 pou... Read more

  • Season 21

    5/17/2021 5:45:52 AM, by TWISTEDSTEELE

    This is the only battle that matters Me vs Me 108/53 🩸 200... Read more

  • Lovewell Mt Hike

    5/17/2021 5:42:01 AM, by JSTETSER

    Yesterday was the perfect day for a hike! The temperature started in the low 50's and rose to the high 60's as we hiked along. The black flies did not bother us until the end. The sun was shining, and there was a light breeze. I found a hiking hat that I had worn many years ago, and wore it. ... Read more