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  • Self-Designed Indoor Low Impact Workout: Blog33/100(-22)

    7/14/2020 9:03:18 AM, by SPARKNB

    Posted this on a spark friend's page recently, when she had to cut a workout outdoors short. 412 What I do, often, to burn calories indoors (like the recent heatwaves we've been having when I didn't get outdoors early in the morning), is do a low-impact aerobics workout: I log this as: 259 ... Read more

  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

    7/14/2020 12:43:19 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day stumbled into the theaters in 2008, a romcom set in pre-WWll times (close enough to have air raid drills). The director tried to get a 1930’s flair to the flirty-flitty movie. It’s based on a novel of the same name, written in 1938 by Winifred Watson. Yep, it took a w... Read more

  • Summer5%wk2 GOALS+Monday: Blog32/100(-22)

    7/13/2020 4:38:33 PM, by SPARKNB

    {{started this blog post in the AM, but went away and came back several times}} So that pic was week 1 of my Summer5% challenge. Went 3.4 lbs down & NSV of more bicep&tricep definition; shopped over weekend & bought myself some rewards (but can't remember what they are right now, they need to b... Read more

  • Pleasantville

    7/13/2020 1:30:46 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    The movie Pleasantville, hit the theaters in 1998. Pleasantville was the name of a 1950’s Black & White TV show (emphasis on white). A perfect town, perfect students, when the high school basketball team threw their basketballs @ the same time, the balls all went in - they’d never lost a game or eve... Read more

  • Sunday - Check off the dining room

    7/12/2020 11:36:09 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Today my son and I tackled the dining room. We took everything off the shelving units, took them out to be picked up by trash collections. Then replaced them with more useful and wider shelving units. We washed all the glass and plastic containers and then put all of my son's kitchen toys on the she... Read more

  • "Only" One Pound This Week

    7/12/2020 4:44:54 PM, by JUNEAU2010

    It has been a challenging week. I did not walk around the "dead" mall this week - too hot! I started the week doing my kettlebells. About midweek, I had the weirdest pain in my back and right hip. I've never felt that before and I've been taking it easy, reluctantly. That has meant that I was ex... Read more

  • Always

    7/12/2020 1:16:56 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Always flew into theaters in 1989.The movie was loosely based on an 1943 movie, “A Man Named Joe”, set one WWII. Basic plot here: Pete, a an expert pilot, flies water tankers to dump on the forest fires. He’s heroic, saving a lot of ground firefighters, but cut it too close & was blown up.His sweeth... Read more

  • Saturday and time is flying by

    7/11/2020 9:46:58 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Week 1 of our 5% Challenge has finished, and I start the pre-op stuff for my surgery on Monday. My primary has to okay it and I have an appointment with him Monday, bloodwork, ekg, etc. I need to get done on Monday also. It is Monday that starts the country time clock ticking. Today the door fe... Read more

  • week 1-summer5%: Down 3.4 pounds: Blog30-31/100(-22)

    7/11/2020 2:58:37 PM, by SPARKNB

    Re-posting my SV post from the feed here, to document it: (re)Lost 3.4 pounds this week. Had lost them a few weeks ago, then gained back the next week, & maintained the next. Now back down...weird. But still working my plan, about as well as I can! #BelieveItToAchieveIt __________________... Read more

  • A. I. Artificial Intelligence

    7/10/2020 9:57:38 PM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence came to theaters in 2001.Another Steven Spielberg movie, with Stanley Kubrick (of 2001 Movie fame) pushing the limits, as usual. I really wanted to like this movie, but I found it confusing with a hopeless ending. OK, plot: In the 22 century, global warming has caused fl... Read more

  • Goals review, week 1-summer5%, health & other goals: Blog29/100(-22)

    7/10/2020 12:50:27 PM, by SPARKNB

    My first summer5% weigh-in approaches; Sat starts the new week; a little weird, would have been nice to start week on Sundays. I'm a little 'trepidatious', as I have big expectations (rather hopes and *expectations* for a big (pounds) loss this summer). Which means...to make a big loss happen, I ... Read more

  • Fried Green Tomatoes

    7/10/2020 12:31:19 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Fried Green Tomatoes came whistling in on train tracks into theaters in 1991. In the 80’s, Evelyn met Ninny @ a nursing home. Evelyn was a Southern’80’s woman. She’s taken class after class, trying to get her husband’s attention. Nothing works. She’s basically a wimp. Ninny was living in the nursing... Read more

  • Thankful Thursday turning into a puddle of sweat - Gratitude and joys topping off the tank!

    7/9/2020 8:30:42 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    Today was a grand day. I woke up to find myself the chosen one! I was chosen as the Star in the Starlight today. This honor always thrills me and I appreciate all the attention from my teammates. Then after getting moving, I headed with some trepidation to the fitness center where I was scheduled fo... Read more

  • Wordless Wednesday: The journey is the reward. Blog28/100(-21)

    7/9/2020 12:22:24 AM, by SPARKNB

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  • Hump Day - Making Progress

    7/8/2020 8:32:48 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    It's just another day in Paradise! Nothing really new or different but still I am making progress. My progress is slow but even slow is better than none. I went through my shirts and blouses and now have a huge bag to donate. I plan to do at least one more sort before I reach my final decision. T... Read more

  • Four Weddings &a Funeral

    7/8/2020 5:51:39 PM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Four Weddings and a Funeral strolled up the wedding aisles onto the movie screens in 1994. It’s a wonderful British comedy starring Hugh Grant as Charles. He & his group meet @ 4 weddings ... & a funeral, as disclosed in the title. The story starts with Charles & his flat mate Scarlett, waking up ... Read more

  • The Edge of Tomorrow

    7/8/2020 12:24:07 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    In 2014, space aliens invaded planet Earth. Remember this? Let me refresh your memory. “Mimics” (don’t know why they’re called that) have begun a program to wipe out humans & take over the world. Despite the most up to date exo-body armor, multi-use weapons, other weapons of destruction, the Mimics... Read more

  • Time flies! EXCEPT when it drags along slowly

    7/7/2020 8:46:40 PM, by NANCYPAT1

    I just realized that it has been more than a month since my last blog. I have been struggling with the whole Covid-19 situation. I have no problem staying home, except when I do. I have no problem spending time to read and play games, and meditate, except when I do. Part of my problem is dealin... Read more

  • Happy Tuesday, Attitude of Gratitude: Blog27/100(-21)

    7/7/2020 5:43:18 PM, by SPARKNB

    Attitude of Gratitude: 1) Clean water (I assume) 2) Monarch butterflies (flying around the garden today; 2 got caught in covered porch today & I let them out) 3) Perennial flowers (garden is glorious right now, thanks to red monarda, orange daylilies, yellow coreopsis, various other flowers... Read more

  • Jaws

    7/7/2020 1:48:58 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Jaws scared the poop out of theater goers in 1975. Normally rational people refused to go into bodies of water - oceans, fresh water, ponds - some people told me with a straight face “nothing bigger than a bathtub, & I may switch to a shower”. Really? (OK, I did get a little nervous watching Shark W... Read more

  • Every moment is a fresh beginning. -T. S. Eliot Blog26/100(-21)

    7/6/2020 7:00:00 AM, by SPARKNB

    Every moment is a fresh beginning. -T. S. Eliot Starting Summer2020 5% plan in earnest today: New season, new month, new week, new day, new moment. The beauty and joy of fresh starts. 179 249 411 410... Read more

  • Big

    7/6/2020 1:34:52 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Big danced & played onto movie screens in 1988. Tom Hanks played the “adult”; Josh Baskin was the 12 yo boy. So, plot - Josh was one of those boys that didn’t get an early growth spurt. He was embarrassed when he was too short to get on a carnival ride. Whose leaving the carnival, he passed Zoltan,... Read more

  • Self Talk

    7/5/2020 4:46:52 PM, by JUNEAU2010

    I weighed in this morning and can report that the small roller coaster continues. Last week, I weighed this same exact number, but, during the week, it went up and down and up. Well, ok. I reminded myself that this is ok; that this is just a snapshot in time. I also measure once a week. Ju... Read more

  • Robots

    7/5/2020 1:03:51 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Robots clinked & clanked onto movie theaters in 2005. The whole planet is run by sapient robots. To have a child, a baby kit is delivered to the parents home, & they put it together. As the child grows, they swap in larger parts. The Copperbottoms named their child Rodney. Rodney’s favorite tv show ... Read more

  • Declaring My Independence From Tonnage!

    7/4/2020 10:05:19 AM, by JUNEAU2010

    Happy Fourth of July! But for the noise of fireworks, this is my favorite holiday! Fortunately, I live in a much quieter area here in NC than I did in CA. I've been thinking a lot about independence this week. This is NOT going to be a political blog. This is about my SparkPeople journey. Whe... Read more

  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    7/4/2020 12:07:15 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Joe Versus the Volcano erupted into theaters in 1993. It starred Tom Hanks as Joe Banks, an officer worker in a dreary grey office in a grim office. Joe was a hypochondriac - but after years of every kind of test, his doctor says he has a “brain cloud” which will be fatal within 6 months.Ironically,... Read more

  • Blog25/100(-18): July Goals & Targets

    7/3/2020 6:57:31 AM, by SPARKNB

    I'm doing the 5% summer challenge, so my health goals* are being tracked there, but I have some OTHER stuff I want to also accomplish in a systematic way this month: My July health goals: FITNESS: -*CARDIO=lots, as much as I can, **min. 20 minutes daily** but mostly shooting for at least 2 ... Read more

  • Blog24/100(-19): June Assessment

    7/3/2020 6:57:17 AM, by SPARKNB

    My June was both successful and unsuccessful, a mixed bag, so...not bad, as far as periods of covid19-MercuryRetrograde go? (smile) Overall, I didn't change my fitness routine that much, though I did intensify it, but I did add a focus on breath, as noted below. I noted the *intense* energy of... Read more

  • Groundhog Day

    7/2/2020 11:19:18 PM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Groundhog Day popped up in theaters1993. Cynical weatherman, Phil (Bill Murray) & his team are sent, once again, to do a quick intro on Punxsutawney Phil, the mythical weather casting groundhog. He & his interpreters (humans) predict if there will be 6 more weeks of winter. (Technically, the vernal,... Read more

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    7/2/2020 1:35:58 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    In 2017, Murder on the Orient Express mysteriously appeared in the movie theaters. Kenneth Branagh both directed & starred as an OCD brilliant detective Hercule Poirot, “the world’s greatest detective” refuses (.he says, if no one else does. This movie was based on Agatha Christy’s book of the same ... Read more

  • Blogday 23(-18)_100days: Attitude of Gratitude: 3 Things & 3 People; Last Minute Happy Pride

    6/30/2020 11:05:57 PM, by SPARKNB

    1) Spark 2) PC's 3) Fire A) Dr. Fauci B) My cute niece, who's 9th birthday is today! C) Was gonna name other members of my fam, but-based on normal stuff going on, couldn't narrow down to 1-so then I thought I was gonna say...myself; but then decided on: Sappho . ... Read more

  • Thelma & Louise

    6/30/2020 9:11:45 PM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Thelma & Louise took a road trip in 1991. They planned to go to for a weekend. Thelma (Gina Davis) is married to a neglectful & verbally abusive husband, Daryl. She’s kinda ditzy. Louise (Susan Sarandon) is a hard working waitress, single, but has a boyfriend, Jimmy. He’s in a band, touring a lot. T... Read more

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    6/29/2020 9:25:28 PM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind appeared out of the night in multiple theaters in 1977. The first scene started in a sandstorm in the Sonoran Desert, Mexico. An intact US military plane appears, missing for 30 years. No crew aboard. How did it get there?Quick switch to a small town in Indiana. Ro... Read more

  • Blogday 23(-18)_100days: SUNny DayWeek & Summer 5%

    6/29/2020 8:19:30 PM, by SPARKNB

    The last of the tech 'difficulty' days...not all due to lack of power, like Friday, but for 1 reason or another...difficult to post in a timely manner. So, this one's only the next day. It was a pretty mellow day...woke up early (last few I have! which is NOT typical) & started with the 'talkin... Read more

  • Blogday 22(-19)_100days: Saturday $hopping

    6/29/2020 6:46:08 PM, by SPARKNB

    ...so had tech difficulties all weekend, for one reason or another, and blogday 21 which I just posted was because we lost electrical power Friday night, which does NOT happen often, for more than a few minutes... 27 54 257 54 27 ...anyway, ended up opting to go out & do a supply run Saturd... Read more

  • Blogday 21(-20)_100days: Storm...Friday

    6/29/2020 5:26:38 PM, by SPARKNB

    Multiple different days of problems posting here... Friday, was about to go down & watch Maddow but recorded it because our local channel's weather guy was doing a filibuster (his young assistant *did* get on to spell him for a bit) because there were massive wind & lightning in a fast moving s... Read more

  • Sexual Assault ***Trigger Warning***

    6/29/2020 1:38:46 PM, by PORTIA70

    I am sorry that I have not been on here in about 3 weeks. 2 weeks ago I was sexually assaulted by one of the maintenance men here where I live at. I have filed a police report and got a restraining order. The first hearing for the restraining order is on July 1. The day before my 50th birth... Read more

  • Analyze This

    6/29/2020 1:01:39 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Analyze This hit the theaters in 1999.It starts with mob boss Paul Vitti (Robert De Niro) reminiscing about a mob meeting in 1953.7. The Feds & other lawmen swarmed the farm it was on. They hadn’t had a mass meeting since then, but one was being planned. Leaving the restaurant, Vitti paused to get ... Read more

  • Universal Soldiers

    6/27/2020 7:55:48 PM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    IUniversal Soldiers fought its way into theaters in 1992. It started with 2 American soldiers in Vietnam in 1969. Sgt. Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren) has lost his mind, killing non-combatants & his fellow soldiers, putting their ears on a necklace. He confronts Private Luc Deveraux (John-Claude Van D... Read more

  • Twenty-Five in Honor of Eugene Franklin Norwood

    6/27/2020 6:37:56 PM, by JUNEAU2010

    I am dedicating my strength training between now and August 1 to my great-great-great uncle who died in Andersonville prison on August 1, 1864. He died at 25, far too young. I increased my reps to 25. I am still using very light weights, but I anticipate that will change. Boy, does it feel goo... Read more

  • The Jane Austin Book Club

    6/27/2020 12:04:37 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    The Jane Austin Book Club swanned into theaters in 2007. The movie is based on the 2004 book of the same name. The club is specifically formed to have 6 members, one for each book, with each reader leading the discussion.So, the players: Bernadette, a 6 time divorcée, proposed the club while @ a Jan... Read more

  • An Incentive to Counter Slacking Off

    6/26/2020 9:11:46 PM, by JUNEAU2010

    We had fast food last night. KFC. I pulled the skin off my chicken and had slaw, skipping the biscuits (those are a trigger food!); but that isn't the whole of the story. I have been using my kettlebells, but very little this week. I walked nearly 10K steps on Sunday and have been sore and exhau... Read more

  • Blogday 20(-16)_100days: June down7, Thyroid, & incl. Lost 3.4 pounds this week

    6/26/2020 12:50:17 AM, by SPARKNB

    On one of my teams...the team where I track & report my weekly weight, somewhat sporadically, but have usually checked in at least several times a month...this month one woman is doing some specific weekly challenges in the reporting thread: specifically Sprit, Body, Nutrition, with specific suggest... Read more

  • Deepwater Horizon

    6/25/2020 9:15:30 PM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Deepwater Horizon exploded into theaters in 2017. It’s a movie about the actual incident in the Gulf of Mexico when the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded. The movie itself is based on New York Times article titled “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours.” It was the largest & deepest underwater ... Read more

  • Coco

    6/25/2020 1:08:08 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Coco strolled into the theaters in 2017. It’s the story of a 12 yo Mexican boy, Miguel, who was accidentally taken to the Land of the Dead. He seeks the help of his Great-great grandfather, who died years ago. The family never speaks of him. Mama & Abuelita (grandmother), along with his extended fa... Read more

  • Spaceballs

    6/24/2020 12:13:42 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Spaceballs crashed into the theaters in 1987. It’s a hilarious parody of Star Wars, with a little Alien, Star Trek & some (original) Planet of the Apes. Mel Brooks co-wrote, directed & produced movies by Brooks before, you know that @ times, he cuts pretty close to his vulgar side of humor. So, pl... Read more

  • Book Club

    6/22/2020 8:43:33 PM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Book Club strolled into theaters in 2018. Four women have been friends for over 30 years. They formed a book club of 4, & rotate who gets to pick each month. This month, it’s 50 Shades of Grey, picked by Vivian, a single woman who doesn’t mind scratching the itch, but not forming connections. The ga... Read more

  • Staycation During COVID-19

    6/22/2020 6:45:36 PM, by JUNEAU2010

    Today is the 49th anniversary of my older brother's death. I took today off. Not sure why the anniversary hit me this year. Perhaps in the backdrop of COVID-19. About midday, I learned a cousin's wife is seriously ill. She's a cancer survivor several times over. She's been in the hospita... Read more

  • The Good Dinosaur

    6/22/2020 12:47:21 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    The Good Dinosaur stomped into theaters in 2015 in an alternative universe. Suppose the mass extinct didn’t happen to 75% of the animals &plants approximately 66million years ago? Instead of having almost no dinosaurs (except maybe the birds that scientists believe evolved from feathered dinosaurs)... Read more

  • Hotel Transylvania

    6/20/2020 9:31:03 PM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Hotel Transylvania flew, slithered & crawled into the theaters in 2012. It’s an animated feature (duh). Count Dracula runs a little retreat in Transylvania, where all kinds of monsters can check in & be safe from the (deadly, horrible, frightful) humans. Drac’s only child, Mavis, is turning 118 &act... Read more

  • Who Knew a Phone Call Could be so Uplifting?!

    6/20/2020 7:55:38 PM, by JUNEAU2010

    Yesterday, my "adopted" sisters (twins) celebrated a milestone birthday. Instead of a family reunion and all the usual birthday trimmings, it was a Zoom call with family and partners. I was honored to be included. The laughter, the fun, seeing their faces and hearing their voices, meeting cousins... Read more

  • Chicago

    6/20/2020 12:09:30 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Chicago came screaming to the theater screens in 2002. Plot: young Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger)had dreams of being a hit in vaudeville in the jazz age, the 1920’s, in Chicago. She was willing to sleep her way to the top, despite being married to Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie hooked up with Fred, who... Read more

  • Juneteenth Google Doodle

    6/19/2020 7:51:51 PM, by BLESSEDBEING

    Here's the doodle itself https://www.youtube.com/watc
    utu.be And this tells about making it https://www.youtube.com/watc
    h?v=ipodBEnW9Hk I first learned about Google Doodles when they featured one on Bruddah Iz for his 61st birthday https://www.youtu... Read more

  • What Is Your "Why" for Wanting to Lose Weight?

    6/19/2020 5:19:39 PM, by JUNEAU2010

    I read this article on Sparkpeople today. My reaction to it is different than it used to be. My "why" is multi-faceted. I want to be healthy. I want to be strong. I want to be capable. I also want to look better. (It would be a paradigm shift to look in the mirror at all, let alone do so and ... Read more

  • Grosse Point Black

    6/19/2020 1:24:27 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Grosse Point Blank shot into the theaters in 1997. In 1986, Martin Blank ( John Cusack) finished high school, then disappeared before taking his girlfriend Debi (Minnie Driver) the graduation prom. He became a hired killer (apparently via the military & government alphabet groups). His office per... Read more

  • The Scale is Not the Boss of Me

    6/18/2020 7:26:06 PM, by JUNEAU2010

    Today's Spark Coach asked me to blog about how to think about my journey apart from what the scale says. If weight were not the metric, how do I know that I am making progress? I recommitted myself to this journey on June 6. In, that short period of time, I am developing some consistency arou... Read more

  • True Lies

    6/18/2020 12:02:55 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    In 1994, Helen Tasker Jaime Lee Curtis) found out her husband , Harry (Arnold Schwarzenegger), has told her True Lies as long as they had been married. Helen worked as a legal secretary, while Harry told her he was a computer salesman. In reality, he was working to protect the United States for the... Read more

  • America’s Sweethearts

    6/16/2020 11:34:52 PM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    America’s Sweethearts swanned onto the movie screens in 1992. It’s a tongue in cheek movie in a movie. Eddie Thomas (John Cusack) & Gwen Harrison (Catherine Zera-Jones) made the best movies as both a married couple & in the movies. Unfortunately, they are going through a nasty breakup (for 1.5 year... Read more

  • My Cousin Vinny

    6/15/2020 10:12:46 PM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    My Cousin Vinny, an arresting movie, came into the theaters in 1992. Two young men, Bill Gambini & Stan Rothenstein, were driving across the states to get to UCLA college. The boys were driving Bill’s 1964 metallic mint green Buick Skylark convertible. They stopped @ the local Sac-O-Suds convenience... Read more

  • Blogday 19(-6)_100days: Summer 2020 5% Challenge_Diet

    6/15/2020 10:12:36 PM, by SPARKNB

    I don't follow a 'diet'; I find that I'm too much of a rebel (esp. against myself!) to follow a restriction-based diet. 334 550 I used to limit to a certain number of calories, but now I just track my food, though I need to write-it-down-as-it-happens more, before getting to the computer. I t... Read more

  • Blogday 18(-7)_100days: Down 10%; Next 5% moves

    6/15/2020 8:03:05 PM, by SPARKNB

    Made a hand-written plan yesterday, but didn't get chance to type it here, and not doing that now (may do another post tonight) Just wanted to acknowledge that I just realized, depending on how/when I calculate the beginning...I'm either at or coming up on 10% down. Yay. Gonna do next 5% on Sum... Read more

  • Bridget Jones’s Diary

    6/15/2020 12:15:43 AM, by DESERTDREAMERS

    Bridget Jones’s Diary entered 5e theaters with strong resolves. A 32yo spinster, Bridget (Renée Zellweger) makes New Years Resolutions - drink less, stop smoking, lose 20 pounds, get a boyfriend. Her path was not smooth - she had met Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) a barrister, both mother’s reminded her L... Read more