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  • Outdoors

    6/2/2020 8:01:35 PM, by HOPEM61

    Today's challenge is like a treat for me. I love getting outside. Nature and fresh air revive me. So though I have been outside a few times today I plan to take my little Westie for a after dinner stroll around the neighborhood. Hopefully I can find a way to not over do it and cause more pain becaus... Read more

  • Love your body

    6/2/2020 6:04:12 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Let Cupid Take Aim at You -- By Carrie Myers Smith, Health & Exercise Expert 389 While many of us have an easy time showering other people with love, we find that Cupid has yet to hit us with the "body love" arrow. Don’t wait for Cupid! Begin today to start appreciating, accepting and yes, e... Read more

  • Garden Walk With Friends…

    6/1/2020 11:58:05 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Today was the first First Free Monday of the year at a local garden. So I told my four daughters we were going and I asked a friend and her daughter to join us. Not much was blooming but it was nice to walk somewhere other than in our neighborhood and to actually see and talk in person to our friend... Read more

  • Exercise partner

    6/1/2020 12:33:51 PM, by HOPEM61

    I have enjoyed having an walking partner for over 15 years. It definitely helps me get up and go when I would rather not. We have also become very good friends over this time. I have a new challenge, it has actually been giving me fits for over a year but now I know it has to do with changes in... Read more

  • Today Was A Constant Stream Of Light Activity...

    5/31/2020 9:34:29 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    Woke up late just in time for our online church service. Then I made some hamburger patties to grill for dinner. Next up was making a grocery list. My daughter, Gillian, was irritated from the moment she woke up with allergy symptoms but wanted to hold off on the allergy medication because she... Read more

  • Excited about the change

    5/31/2020 9:49:07 AM, by AMUSICALLIFE

    I just joined the Purple Phoenix team and I am so excited about this coming week. We start this Wednesday and I feel like this group is perfectly timed for me. I am really excited to do my best in the challenges. Being pushed when I am not ready, is not good for me, but now I want to get out of m... Read more

  • June Challenge

    5/31/2020 9:38:04 AM, by OLDEROWL

    Bob here, For June, try to give 5% more than what you gave in May even through there are fewer Sundays (4 instead of 5) to give. An online connection to a religious site (or a charitable institution if you are not religious) is a good answer to the coronavirus disease. I see religion not as a refug... Read more

  • 10 Things I Wish I'd Known When I Was a Kid

    5/30/2020 11:55:11 PM, by MILTONS_MAMA

    1. It's easier to swallow pills if you tilt your head back. 2. Chewing meat is better if you add something else also to your mouthful, like a vegetable, pasta, rice, what have you. 3. You don't need anyone with you to go running. 4. Accomplish things even thoug... Read more

  • School’s Out...

    5/30/2020 10:05:43 PM, by KOHLRABIGIRL

    My two youngest are enjoying their first day of freedom. Gillian (16) decided to begin attacking a 1000-piece sea-life puzzle. Isla (13) was coerced...in a good way...by her two oldest sisters, Maeve (23) and Fiona (21), to play Azul. Fiona won. I listed out all of the individua... Read more

  • hoping to SEE the numbers going down

    5/29/2020 7:08:42 PM, by SOFT_VAL67

    Another 1 lb gone today. It is not a mountain, but a hill. I am going down and not back up. I know it is just a start or in my case, a re-start. I got my glasses back yesterday and I am in misery!! They came about 3 weeks ago, i had them a week and hated them so much, didnt fit right, one le... Read more

  • Sunshine

    5/29/2020 6:58:08 PM, by BLHEALTH

    All the Spring storms have made Ga. a lot cooler than usual. It's been nice, but maybe there'll be more sunshine soon. Quote:Your wealth of experience makes you rich. Spend it on hurt people. They need it so badly. Beth Moore... Read more

  • Wash Your Face!

    5/28/2020 10:56:53 PM, by MILTONS_MAMA

    St. Peter's Square in Vatican City Today, I did something I wrote that I would not do. I went shopping at a store that doesn't require face masks! I know, it was scary for me. The reason is that I get money from my health insurance that is put on this kind of debit card that I can spend on h... Read more

  • Lost another...1 pound....woohoo!!!

    5/27/2020 9:05:44 AM, by LNIZME0828

    Got up this morning thinking I had gained since I kinda pigged out last night....seems to be a problem for me lately, especially craving chocolate. Need to find a way I can satisfy that and still lose!!! Anyway...1 more down, so I got excited and went out for a walk. Wishing everyone a great day ... Read more

  • Moderation in all Things

    5/25/2020 1:31:55 PM, by HOPEM61

    When you’re given a box of candy, don’t gulp it all down; eat too much chocolate and you’ll make yourself sick; And when you find a friend, don’t outwear your welcome; show up at all hours and he’ll soon get fed up. Proverbs 25:16‭-‬17 MSG... Read more

  • staying the course

    5/25/2020 7:59:58 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    I was shocked to see I was down another 2 lbs this morning!! Went to the steak house over the weekend and had a HUGE steak, it was so yummy. After 2 months of my own cooking, snacking, snacking some more and the occasional take out, it was really nice to sit down and eat something served to me. ... Read more

  • Sunday Walk

    5/24/2020 5:22:19 PM, by BLHEALTH

    We have enjoyed a blessed Sunday. The outdoor walk did us both good, even if it was a little hot. Summer is upon us! We'll have to take good care of yourself by drinking water, exercising and eating right And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget t... Read more

  • COVID SUCKS

    5/22/2020 11:18:51 AM, by AMUSICALLIFE

    I was kidding before about gaining 19 pounds during Covid 19. I never really thought I would pass more than 6 pounds at most, but I am now at a 13 pounds gain. Insert an expletive of your choice here, because I already said mine. I have innocently eaten and sat my way up to 171. I was at 158 on Feb... Read more

  • Sitting still is as good as meditation (at least in some respects)

    5/22/2020 4:44:16 AM, by WHITE-2

    Recently, I read in a book called 'The Buddha Pill' by Miguel Farias and Catherine Wikholm - an critical look at mindfulness and it's benefits - about a study that was done into Transcendental Meditation (TM) by Jonathan Smith from Michigan State University. Back then, TM was popular more or less i... Read more

  • Do Onto Others

    5/18/2020 2:12:42 AM, by MILTONS_MAMA

    I have heard a lot of talk recently about how masks are a bad idea. Really? If you protect others when you wear one, and other people are wearing one, are you not being protected by them? How does this basic idea of promoting extra hygiene in the face of an extremely contagious deadly contagio... Read more

  • Life is Different but Good

    5/17/2020 2:07:02 PM, by BLHEALTH

    Finally got back in regular church and it was so nice, but a lot different with all the new rules we now have to follow. Seems that many people are rather scared to be back in the public again. God is able to help us when we live for Him. Even in the bad times God is good. We had an Avocado Sa... Read more

  • excuse busting self talk

    5/16/2020 3:23:17 PM, by HOPEM61

    Probably my greatest excuse for not eating the best and not exercising is I'm tired and I don't want to cook or I'm tired I don't want to exercise. So here's my self talk. Girl, it takes no more energy to make an omelet than it does to drive through a drive-through, and besides, this is WHY you... Read more

  • How addiction 'works'

    5/15/2020 4:11:26 PM, by WHITE-2

    I don't know about you but every time I tried to cut out or diminish the amount of sugar I ate I felt close to what is described in this quote.... "An addicted person’s impaired ability to stop using drugs or alcohol has to do with deficits in the function of the prefrontal cortex — the part of... Read more

  • Are you susceptible to food addiction?

    5/15/2020 1:26:14 PM, by WHITE-2

    Take this quiz and find out... brightlineeating.com/2015/09/t
    he-susceptibility-quiz/ (Sadly, I am a 10)...... Read more

  • Negative Thoughts

    5/14/2020 10:00:57 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Giving weight to negative thoughts can lead to a negative result, try to switch the thought into a positive thought such as "I can handle this" or "This won't last", etc. Often the threat created by the negative thought in fact has no merit and the result will in fact be positive. Such positive re... Read more

  • Weight insight score quiz

    5/14/2020 7:03:29 AM, by WHITE-2

    This free quiz gives you insight in what areas you may work on to improve your health and weight. www.humanos.me/home/iwpquiz You don't have to leave your email-adress or sign up to anything to take the quiz.... Read more

  • Today is my birthday

    5/13/2020 9:05:23 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Today is my birthday and this Friday will be my seventh Spark-anniversary“. When I joined Spark I wrote in my journal: " We should give thanks to our God for our life. For the voice and inspiration that guides us as we pay attention to who we really are and listen to our wishes and our disconten... Read more

  • What foods are (most) addictive?

    5/13/2020 10:56:55 AM, by WHITE-2

    in 'How not to Diet' Dr. Michael Greger says that foods that contain a lot of sugar, salt and / or fat are addictive. According to him, the worst products are those that combine sugar and fat. Such as... Ice cream, candy bars, donuts. "Few folks may sit down to enjoy a bowl of straight sugar or... Read more

  • Important - Do This

    5/11/2020 2:01:26 PM, by OLDEROWL

    We would be more successful if we each engage in the following steps with a positive attitude.. 1. Exercise at least three times weekly and eat only healthy foods daily. 2. Rarely drink more than 4 cans of beer a week and limit coffee to no more than one cup a day. 3. Look for ways to encou... Read more

  • What is a Mantra (this is a Christian blog)

    5/11/2020 1:54:36 PM, by HOPEM61

    Whenever I read about people using mantras a little part of me always flinches because that word comes from Hindu and Buddhist traditions. I believe those traditions to be idolatry and not something I want to bring into my Christian lifestyle. Today I was thinking that in the Bible it says as a... Read more

  • Woman vs Food: Inside Overeaters Anonymous

    5/11/2020 3:58:41 AM, by WHITE-2

    www.marieclaire.com/health-fit
    ness/advice/a5910/inside-o
    vereaters-anonymous/ While I am trying to get to know more about the topic of food addiction, I came across the above article. I like it because it speaks about both the advantages and the disadvantages of OA. Many years... Read more

  • A healthy attitude for all

    5/11/2020 2:21:46 AM, by OLDEROWL

    We would be more successful if we each engage in the following steps with a positive attitude.. 1. Exercise at least three times weekly and eat only healthy foods daily. 2. Rarely drink more than 4 cans of beer a week and limit coffee to no more than one cup a day. 3. Look for ways to encou... Read more

  • One Thing

    5/10/2020 8:03:36 AM, by MILTONS_MAMA

    Steve Jobs I changed my entire page, because I didn't feel good about my message anymore. It was meant to be calming, and have a real mellow vibe. But it just doesn't work for me now. If you remember, it was titled 'Just Breathe' and had a link to a mindful breathing site and a quote from Yo... Read more

  • MOTHER'S DAY 2020

    5/9/2020 2:57:44 PM, by BLHEALTH

    Happy Mother's day to all mothers out there!!! I miss my own mother who has been gone to Heaven since 2008. Give your Mother Roses while she is living. God is my Comforter. He said: Isaiah 66:13: "As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you." Enjoy the Mother poem below: ... Read more

  • ownership

    5/8/2020 9:24:55 AM, by SOFT_VAL67

    What a year it has been. I have been lax in posting or even sparking and that changes today. Alot of bad has happened so far this year, but it was temporary and it has gotten better in some areas. Worse in others. My son had surgery, took a turn for bad and had to be put in ICU for 2 days and ... Read more

  • 7.5 years maintaining

    5/8/2020 2:31:33 AM, by VTRICIA

    At work they asked us to make some birds for an inspirational project, and that got me remembering Spark people. I actually was trying to find a quote I used to have, and I couldn't find it at first but it's come back to me now. "The bad news is time flies, the good news is you're the pilot." ... Read more

  • I'm Still Rolling Along :-)

    5/7/2020 7:17:25 PM, by NEWAGAIN

    Hello Spark Friends! Just a note to let you know that me and my family are all well as we deal with COVID-19 pandemic events. Since hubby and I are considered in the 'high risk' category, we've made sure to take the necessary precautions (mask, gloves, disinfecting things) and stay at home. Oh ... Read more

  • week 8???

    5/7/2020 10:28:49 AM, by AMUSICALLIFE

    UPDATE My son now has gained 15 pounds and me, a whooping 12 since February 29th, leap day. I am walking a few times a week for about an hour and the pounds are still coming on. My son is eating cookies. I am not eating cookies, but I did eat chocolate for the first time in 3 weeks... Read more

  • Interesting definition of addiction

    5/6/2020 2:13:43 PM, by WHITE-2

    "Addiction is a relationship between a person and an object or activity. With addiction, the object or activity becomes increasingly more important while previously important activities become less important. Ultimately, addiction is about the complex struggle between acting on impulse and resisting... Read more

  • Processing

    5/5/2020 2:24:24 PM, by HOPEM61

    In regards to my big gap in mindfulness Sunday, I suspect, now on reflection, I was doing something I have done in the past. I was using food to try to control my mood and behavior as far as being patient and kind. I wanted to go away and hide somewhere quiet. My nerves were on edge and every noise ... Read more

  • Party @ the Met!

    5/5/2020 3:22:21 AM, by MILTONS_MAMA

    Each evening, the Metropolitan Opera, out of New York, is bringing people a free video stream of an opera, which is available for one day, until an hour before the next one begins. Starting at 7:30PM Eastern Standard Time until the next day, at 6:30PM Eastern Standard Time. They all contain s... Read more

  • Reposted, What I learned last night

    5/4/2020 2:52:25 PM, by OLDEROWL

    I stayed inside yesterday evening and listened to a youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=FfHF23q3uhw. Here is what I learned to do 1. Listen to the things you tell yourself and challenge any negative thoughts. 2. Use your positive thoughts as instructional self-statements. 3.... Read more

  • something strange happened

    5/4/2020 12:16:31 PM, by HOPEM61

    Perhaps others have experienced this. Sunday we were getting a grocery list together. My son had bought granny smith apples and my husband didn't like them because of their tartness, I tend to prefer a gala or honeycrisp apple myself. so, I looked in my Betty Crocker cookbook to see what they reco... Read more

  • What I learned last night

    5/4/2020 4:00:42 AM, by OLDEROWL

    I stayed inside this evening and listened to a youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=FfHF23q3uhw. Here is what I learned to do 1. Listen to the things you tell yourself and challenge any negative thoughts. 2. Use your positive thoughts as instructional self-statements. 3. Be a... Read more

  • You Make It Happen!

    5/4/2020 2:27:41 AM, by MILTONS_MAMA

    'hope' was recently added to this rose sign, on the Portland Rose Festival building (Portland, Oregon) There are a lot of fun things you can be doing while staying at home! 104 149 58 Learn something new! Here is a free online course you might be interested in, called 'How to... Read more