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Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts The "Crisscross Effect" - Connecting Goals in Different Areas of Life
Friday, March 24, 2017      172 comments

At first glance these two photos do not appear to have anything in common. But they are indeed both personal challenges that Spark principles are helping me to conquer. Both are examples of testing the limit of my ability. My house is on a... Read more
Thank You Kelliebean - my personal motivator of the day
Saturday, March 11, 2017      40 comments

I woke up with negative thoughts. The wind was howling creating a wind chill of 24 degrees. That is NOT how this weather wimp wanted to do a 5k training run this morning. I truly would have bailed except for my daily Spark login and read... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts A Most Important Message for the Young and Future Generations
Wednesday, March 08, 2017      196 comments

If you are overweight, do not fall for the hype to lose the weight quickly! There is a dark side to following that path. Through the weight loss/regain chronicles of celebrities, reality TV shows, statistics of the general population... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Why spending time on Spark is different and more worthwhile than Facebook
Friday, March 03, 2017      77 comments

"I have legitimate conversations with others about weight loss, health issues, the ups and downs of the journey. And for this - I have become stronger, I have become more motivated, I have become a better me!" I didn’t write that. I read i... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts What to do when things don't go as planned?
Tuesday, February 28, 2017      175 comments

Turn to the best resource Spark has to offer - the Spark People! I always turn to the blogs first, especially the blogs of the "helpers" Something there always gives me my daily dose of motivation. Yes, there are lots of useful resou... Read more
A Different View of Functional Fitness
Friday, February 24, 2017      43 comments

Some years ago my daughter Jeannie (Hayburner1969) gave me a set of dumbbells for Christmas. My mother was in her eighties and not only needed a walker but also could not raise her arms above her head. That meant she needed help getting dress... Read more
What can we learn from our Spark friends?
Tuesday, February 21, 2017      35 comments

How to SUCCEED with their encouragement! I woke up 3 hours late lacking motivation. Maybe I’ll just read or putter around the house. Oh, why not check in with those who understand how this program works. And I read: “I Succeed W... Read more
Any Sparkers near Munich?
Saturday, February 18, 2017      41 comments

Pianist Sparker Hayburner1969 makes her European debut on March 3rd as part of a 3 day International Concert Series. www.gasteig.de/veranstal
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Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts I Know You Love Me - It's OK to Skip the Chocolate
Saturday, February 11, 2017      215 comments

It wasn't always this way. Feb 14, 1964 my boyfriend of 8 months brought me the biggest box of candy I had ever seen. It was a HUGE valentine box, 2 feet wide. I even knew how much it cost because I passed that "homemade chocolate" candy sho... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts "Hold on until Rescued" - Strength and Endurance
Monday, February 06, 2017      69 comments

It was 1964 and I was a high school senior. It was the first year our school participated in the President's Physical Fitness challenge. It seems that statistics showed we were getting "soft" or maybe it was another attempt for us to keep up w... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts "To Have and Have Not" - Finding an Unexpected Spark Lesson
Monday, January 30, 2017      156 comments

I spent most of Saturday at a high school swim meet. It was the conference championship and I had a connection to two of the schools. Two of my grandchildren are students at school 'A' and one more is a graduate One of my grandkids is... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Going the extra mile for the team - the 5% challenge team
Tuesday, January 24, 2017      72 comments

Although I like being active, running, walking, any kind of movement, I can settle into a rut. Spark always gives me a boost, sometimes even a needed kick in the pants. So, after 8 years here I joined my very first 5% challenge. I've se... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts The Streak I'm Most Proud of and What I’m Most Grateful for
Wednesday, January 18, 2017      173 comments

Today is the 1000th day straight that I have logged into Spark. It's also DH's 72nd birthday. How appropriate that they should coincide. I begin every day with a cup of coffee that Joe made for me, just as he has done every morning for ne... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Challenge, Who needs a challenge? Oops, I guess I do!
Friday, January 13, 2017      181 comments

Challenges are a big part of the spark world. We get invitations when we first join, on the start page, in email, through team activities or even through the posts of friends. In 8 years I think I've done 3. 30 days of fiber - check, I'm... Read more
Following advice (or not) sometimes depends on the source
Wednesday, January 11, 2017      40 comments

My daughter, who recognized that I needed to make some changes, gave me a food scale for Christmas a decade ago. Eh, who needs it! I eat healthy food Then she gave me a set of dumbbells. Eh, who needs those! Look how fit I am. ... Read more

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