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  • A Good Time For Introverts

    3/28/2020 12:10:54 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    People are struggling with the concept of social/physical distancing but those of us who are introverts will likely be much less affected. I am not anti-social but I do not seek out activities and events that involve groups of participants, they make me most uncomfortable. I relish my time "alone"... Read more

  • Aid Concert

    3/27/2020 11:48:33 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Another musical icon here in Canada, Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, is presenting an online concert on Facebook Live tonight at 6pm EDT. It will be an hour long, featuring several artists and donations will be accepted in aid of The Kids' Helpline. This organization has seen a huge increase in calls... Read more

  • 03/26/2020 Strange times

    3/26/2020 2:52:20 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    Here we are. Most of us on lockdowns. Strange times as when we are all trying to get healthy.... But, it's good to see the crafts. The cooking the baking the extra workouts and such It's good to see everyone trying to avoid cabin fever and hopefully helping those t... Read more

  • Courage

    3/26/2020 12:28:48 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

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  • Fancy dress day challenge; canceled

    3/26/2020 12:16:21 PM, by KATIKOHT

    I tried to post a blog the other day but there were technical difficulties (?). Fancy dress day was canceled, so hard for all! It was such a motivating force for me, and it took me a minute to shake that off - mourn the dress that may never see the light of day (for good reasons - it is unlikely t... Read more

  • 2nd Blog.......Ever!!

    3/24/2020 11:50:07 AM, by PBVHCCVH

    This a letter that I sent to all the Teams on which I am the Leader or the Co-Leader. Several people asked if I would post this where anyone could read it, so here it is. Even if you're not on the Teams, I still care about you! MESSAGE TO ALL TEAM MEMBERS During this time of turmoil i... Read more

  • PSA: Self Isolation

    3/24/2020 8:19:56 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Here in Canada over 1.3million citizens and permanent residents returned from vacations and other travels last week, many more are being repatriated. The directive for all is to self isolate for at least 14 days. That includes occupying separate rooms in one's abode, having groceries and pharmacy ... Read more

  • WFH

    3/24/2020 6:57:10 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    6tyLb9tDowgw For the many of us who are having to work from home or for the many who are just trying to find some order in their lives as a coping mechanism perhaps this article might help. We have been told by our infectious control and public health off... Read more

  • beck Diet Solution on hold

    3/23/2020 10:35:04 AM, by WINACHST

    During this crisis, we decided to watch the 2 youngest grandchildren - I do not have time to even think - man, those kids are busy, busy, busy... Read more

  • Life in a Bubble

    3/23/2020 9:04:42 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Thank you SUSAN_CDN for sending me this update. March 22, 2020 10:30AM PT Coral Princess Update Princess Cruises can confirm that Coral Princess made a port call to Montevideo, Uruguay, on March 21 to take delivery of supplies and fuel. No guests were permitted to disembark. The ship... Read more

  • Love in the Time of Coronavirus 19

    3/23/2020 9:02:15 AM, by MRSLIVINGWELL

    Strange times that we find ourselves in. Today I will become a one woman factory producing facemasks for hospitals. Everyday, I am committed to exercise and good eating to be in fighting shape to prevent the worst complications of CV19, Flu or anything. Brushing and flossing with enthusiasm ... Read more

  • I Ain't Going Nowhere

    3/23/2020 8:40:36 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    v=8OeCacs5oqM Plan for today is to access as many Tim Conway videos as I can find. Laughter is good and he always delivered that in spades.... Read more

  • First week at home

    3/22/2020 11:26:03 PM, by AFINEMESS

    Things changed a lot and so fast since the beginning of this pandemic crisis.. so of course, and for the better, the gym is closed. Now i have time, but i can't go, haha! Starting tomorrow I will be working from home, i never did so it's a lot of unknown territories but i think i'll like it a lot. T... Read more

  • Caremongering

    3/22/2020 8:36:55 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    A FB group here in Canada has started a movement to check in on people and offer services for those who need help; rather than fear mongering or scaremongering it is CAREmongering. One can either ask for assistance or offer. This article on CBC gives an example of how this kind of movement helps o... Read more

  • This Is What Panic Does

    3/21/2020 12:23:41 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    yers-clear-shelves Shameful. As a now retired nurse I know her angst, trying to hold herself together after working for 48 straight hours with severely ill patients. B... Read more

  • Canadian Repatriation Help

    3/20/2020 8:25:41 PM, by KALISWALKER

    We are aboard the Coral Princess Cruise Ship. We are looking at options to get home. Like everyone else we were caught by surprise by the rapid escalation of COVID-19. Our ship set sail March 5, well before the federal government’s no cruise advisory issued March 13th. Our group of five were s... Read more

  • Thoughts

    3/20/2020 12:19:50 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    These are today's thoughts from Action for Happiness: There are lots of things outside our control. Let’s remember to breathe and focus on what really matters so we can respond constructively. Making wise choices helps everyone. Let’s choose positive actions that support our wellbeing an... Read more

  • Even in Paradise One has to Eat Right & Exercise

    3/20/2020 10:01:16 AM, by KALISWALKER

    We are sailing again. Argentina went into lock down at midnight. People with confirmed airline tickets were supposed to be able to fly out of Buenos Aires, and yesterday some passengers did get to the airport but got returned to ship before 10 PM. We were unaware of the returned passengers till this... Read more

  • Beware of COVID Scams

    3/19/2020 11:49:49 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    It is unfortunate that at a time when we are encouraged to look out for each other and follow official directives there are some in our society that are seeing this as an opportunity to profit. Yesterday I had an unknown phone call, checked the number which I did not recognize and traced it to Tex... Read more

  • Cruising in South America & Buenos Aires Tonight

    3/18/2020 4:23:12 PM, by KALISWALKER

    We are approaching Buenos Aires Argentina. Our South American cruise on Coral Princess officially ends tomorrow morning. I enjoyed the cruise and this special time with our friends. Yes we missed some ports but we have been entertained and well taken care of by the crew. I am looking forward to our ... Read more

  • Enjoy!

    3/18/2020 9:08:23 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    pty-toilet-paper-aisle Many musicians are performing online but these women brought some calming and comedic relief to shoppers. Support local performers by buying th... Read more

  • Cruising in South America & Change, Change, Change

    3/17/2020 1:44:31 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Yesterday we were happy to move our return flight up to Sunday, March 22nd. Now it looks like we can get an earlier flight Saturday, March 21st. We have difficulty with the website, so hopefully it's not gone. There are many others changing their flights and this allows us to change ours. Our s... Read more

  • Chocolate Meditation

    3/17/2020 11:57:09 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Certainly not green in honour of all things Irish today but this is from the last day of the NYTimes Healthy Living Challenge. Mindful indulgence to soothe worried minds. Chocolate Meditation For your final challenge, you will be getting a chocolate reward. To get the most out of the expe... Read more

  • Cruising in South America & 14 Days of What?

    3/16/2020 3:43:46 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Yesterday hubby and I did a renewal of wedding vows, along with about 20 other couples. It was meaningful and fun. Later we joined our friends for a lovely dinner in the The Bayou Café. It has an amazing selection of steaks, gumbo and seafood. We watched a musical performance, then a movie. We have ... Read more

  • Stuck And Need a Diversion to Maintain Sanity?

    3/16/2020 11:59:11 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    This is part of a message from BecomingMinimalist, a super tutorial and challenge to avoid further procrastination and get on with this task. Enjoy and help the time fly by faster. 14 Achievable Tasks to Help Declutter Your Home —Challenge-Based Tasks— 1. Take the 12-12-12 challenge.... Read more

  • Cruising in South America & What is Next?

    3/15/2020 3:06:58 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Our plans are evolving as the situation is changing quickly. The latest our government wants Canadians home ASAP, while commercial flights are still available. Some out of country travel insurance companies won’t insure people traveling after 10 days from now. Starting March 17, Argentina is h... Read more

  • Cruising in South America & Living in the Moment

    3/14/2020 3:30:21 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Saturday and we are cruising on the Coral Princess up the east coast of South America, a sea day. We have been unplugged since we set sail March 5th, so we live in the moment. A couple of times a day we scan TV news, so we are aware of world medical events and how they impact us personally. This mor... Read more

  • Just Saying

    3/14/2020 2:34:53 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Stay safe everyone! https://www.facebook.com/photo
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  • Beck Diet Solution Day 14 Plan for Tomorrow

    3/14/2020 11:05:54 AM, by WINACHST

    This one is a hard task for me to do, I struggle with planning and prepping for my meals ahead of time even though I know that this is one of the keys to success. For me, if I have something already prepared and if I am away from home it is easy to say, "I can wait until I get home." My biggest... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution Day 13 Overcome Cravings

    3/14/2020 10:50:09 AM, by WINACHST

    That quote " The best way to overcome cravings is to stop giving in to them." says it all. Days 11, 12 and 13 have helped me focus on my timings of when and what I am eating. Yesterday, I am so glad I did my little notes to self about this day before I went shopping. I found myself in the candy... Read more

  • Better than I thought (IBC 5%)

    3/14/2020 10:22:16 AM, by WINACHST

    Today is weigh-in for the 5% in between challenge and I was frustrated because my weight was up a pound from my mid-week weigh-in. BUT, as I logged my weight for today, I noticed I dropped a pound from last week. Now, I am feeling better about that number even though I know the number only tell... Read more

  • 03-12-2020 Birthday wishes

    3/12/2020 2:12:46 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    My MIL is 75 today. Crazy talk. so with all this panic going on and amazon running out of toilet paper (how is that even possible people???) we're keeping her milestone birthday low key and quiet. After all she is the **can't think of word** but you know...the right age, health etc th... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution Day 11 & 12

    3/12/2020 11:23:20 AM, by WINACHST

    Day 11 - Differentiate Be Hunger, Desire, and Cravings In my little journal I am keeping this time doing this, I was wanting to write down the definitions of these terms. So I searched my computer files because I have a memory of doing this in the past. But I could not find any files that I sav... Read more

  • March Drizzle

    3/11/2020 11:19:19 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    "The truth we need not stretch or shove We know that dogs are full of love. But I have found, by actual test, That wet dogs are the lovingest." (possibly by Ogden Nash... or possibly by someone else...) Not only wet but also muddy, lol. Yet another sign of Spring which here is t... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution Days 8 - 10

    3/10/2020 11:47:14 AM, by WINACHST

    This time around I am doing a simplified version and not giving it so much thought that I get too overwhelmed with it all and end up giving up. Day 8 -- hey!! what was I reading all those other times - this day is to focus on creating time and energy for eating healthy and exercise. In the past... Read more

  • Fancy Dress Day Challenge: 32

    3/9/2020 1:49:39 PM, by KATIKOHT

    Well, we are sitting at that month point till we are fancy dressed! After my indulgent weekend celebrating our wedding anniversary, I'm on a mission this week to un-bloat and keep losing! I've finished 9 days of my arm challenge and am set to continue through. I observed that drinking wine (2.5 gla... Read more

  • Where has the time gone

    3/8/2020 7:06:28 PM, by MISSJACQUE

    I haven't been on SparkPeople in about 4 years. Many things have changed, many things are the same: * I haven't kicked the Rockstar habit - that one is a real battle. * Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure in 2016, high but not too high (Dr.'s words) cholesterol in 2017.... Read more

  • Pigs Do It Too!

    3/8/2020 10:30:06 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Of course pigs poop but now apparently some pigs also wear pedometers. Unfortunately one got away and the fire brigade had to be called. Enjoy and have a Sunday giggle! https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-en
    -51790435 Happy International Women's Day to everyone. We ... Read more

  • Beck Diet Solution Day 7

    3/7/2020 9:12:38 PM, by WINACHST

    Arrange Your Environment One thing I have done is I bought a bigger bowl for my salads - lots of room to add all those veggies. A positive for me is that I do not put dressing on my salad and I eat all the veggies plain. My husband said he wants to not bring the snacks into the house - I ... Read more

  • What's Wrong With Being Confident

    3/6/2020 5:30:47 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Disclaimer: I am a customer of this company, best and most comfortable lingerie I have ever worn. I am heartened by the message delivered in this video; when so many of us and other women struggle with body image and self acceptance this video celebrates our bodies regardless of age, size or co... Read more

  • Fancy Dress Day Challenge; 5 weeks to go!

    3/6/2020 2:25:40 PM, by KATIKOHT

    So, I'm 3.5 months in to this, 5 weeks to go till the big event, and 22# down! Just came from the gym, a habit I've picked back up in that 3.5 months. What I can say about it 1-I have been far from perfect, but the trend has been good 2 - nothing is off limits. This keeps me sane and happy. ... Read more

  • Pussy Willows!

    3/6/2020 11:59:22 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Catkins everywhere suddenly, the wild willows along the roadsides are bursting with them. Truly a sign of longer days, warmer nights and much more sunshine; they are really our first sign of Spring here. Today is our final day of the 5% Challenge, tomorrow some of us will continue with an in b... Read more

  • The Sun Came out Shining Brightly this Morning!

    3/5/2020 7:10:36 PM, by COMEBACKKID12

    So I had this glimmer of hope from the Sun today. 67 Not that all was lost, it's just that all was snow and cold and cloudy the past little bit. 46 And i'm gonna wax poetic here: The leaves of Plants hold onto the energy from the Sun. 100 That's HUGE when it comes to your health! 334 So ... Read more

  • Breathe

    3/5/2020 11:50:55 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    "Every hour simply take 3 deep calming breaths and relax". Today's wisdom from Action For Happiness; so simple and so rewarding. I have a busy mind and find it difficult to meditate so this action is right up my alley and I am reminded to do it when I get the signal to move for 250 steps every hou... Read more

  • Peru Day 2 in a Small Town in Peru

    3/5/2020 6:43:57 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Our second day in Ollantaytambo we were continued taking altitude pills (day ) in preparation for the 11,000 foot altitude in Machu Picchu. Altitude sickness symptoms - headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, loss of appetite, shortness of breath. We walked the local ruins which are a smal... Read more

  • Peru & Chile - 11 Days & 5 Hotels

    3/4/2020 9:54:13 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Day one - It took us 17 hours to travel from Vancouver to Lima Peru, via Toronto. We had a 4 hour wait in Lima, and then boarded our flight to Cusco. We were met there by our private tour guide and made our way over harsh washboard roads to Moray. It is a deep bowled shaped ruin that looked like an ... Read more

  • Appreciation

    3/4/2020 12:09:25 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    "Start today by appreciating that you are alive and have a body." This is today's reflection on the Action for Happiness calendar. How many of us are so self consumed and "busy" that we fail to step back and realize that yes indeed we are alive? We have a body and no matter what shape, size, colour... Read more

  • Fancy Dress Day Challenge: 37 days to go!

    3/4/2020 10:25:10 AM, by KATIKOHT

    Currently on the walking treadmill! Whoo Whoo! 1:10 minutes done and at 4600 steps for the day so far (max speed 2 MPH, I average closer to 1.5 trying to type and such). Arms challenge done for the day, fasting day 2 for the week underway. Gym scheduled; leaving in an hour or so. Also walked the... Read more

  • Today is Beck Diet Solution Day 5

    3/4/2020 10:11:59 AM, by WINACHST

    GIVE YOURSELF CREDIT I think this is about the 5th or 6th time I am going through this book. The first couple of times, I thought this was a silly exercise, but then one day it hit me... giving myself credit aka tell myself the positive things I accomplished throughout the day is not a silly th... Read more

  • Action For Happiness

    3/3/2020 9:58:51 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    b1ed&id=b8f00398ca&e=4fc43514a8 I subscribe to this monthly calendar and today's "task" is to work on cultivating kindness towards others today. This is a good exercise for me at this time as I am e... Read more

  • Fancy Dres Day Challenge: 40 days to go

    3/3/2020 9:35:04 AM, by KATIKOHT

    Successful fast day yesterday, enjoying my breakfast and food planned for the day! Worked out, arm challenge day 3 complete. A bit of a "vulnerability hangover" from posting pics of myself yesterday, but I'm pushing that aside to focus on the fact that we are all human and for me those photos were ... Read more

  • This says it all

    3/2/2020 8:49:30 PM, by MMW2LOSE

    This was gifted to me. My bucket list... Read more

  • Rewards?

    3/2/2020 1:37:25 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    I read an interesting bit in the NYTimes this morning, part of their continuing Health and Wellness Challenge. It asked the question "do you reward yourself during or after exercise?" It suggested listening to favourite podcasts or music while exercising as a reward, treating oneself to new workou... Read more

  • Fancy Dress Day Challenge: 41 days to go

    3/2/2020 10:56:54 AM, by KATIKOHT

    Well, photos say it better than I can. And measuring tape; My BMI is down to 25, so just into "overweight" and soon to be into normal weight. Photos make me realize how much work I've done (and more to do, but happy to see the progress). This is modest exercise and intermittent fasting follo... Read more

  • Sunday thoughts on weight loss

    3/1/2020 1:20:01 PM, by AFINEMESS

    I wanted to write some ideas that came to me after reading a couple articles on here: - I need to ask myself why do i want to lose weight, and focus on my motivations. - I notice that i fall off track when I am bored. Nothing like a sugar rush, right? Or a big bag of chips to feel alive... Read more

  • Prep Day

    3/1/2020 8:57:58 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    I use Saturday and Sunday as my days to plan and prep for my Spark week ahead; one reason is that I enjoy reduced electrical rates on the weekend so I make big use of both my stove and washer/dryer on those days. I begin with my journal, mapping out meals and exercise schedule for the week ahead ... Read more

  • Making it Lighter

    2/29/2020 9:10:10 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    A task for the last week of the Winter 5% Challenge is to write a daily blog. I am always looking for ways to make tweaks in my eating habits and I find this one appealing. it is borrowed from Day 12 of the NYTimes Health and Wellness Challenge. "Reverse Your Pasta Today, I want you to thin... Read more