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  • A series of observations

    1/17/2020 12:42:50 PM, by SUSMANNIE

    My husband informed me at breakfast that his friend in California sent him another email. There had been some back and forth about sharing personal information, the pluses and minuses of sharing problems, disappointments, and the like. His friend prefers to not plunge into "the depths". I ment... Read more

  • What to do next about weight loss???

    1/17/2020 1:18:58 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I was steadily losing weight up to early September by dropping meat from my diet. I was a low fat pescatarian for 7 months. Then, due to a problem with my toe, I had to go on a high protein diet. I re-added meat, and put on ten pounds in a short period of time. I am now 9 pounds up from that low I... Read more

  • Don't Make It About Weight

    1/16/2020 12:51:05 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    There is much controversy about whether it is better to be overweight but fit or thinner and not as fit, rather like the age old question "Which came first...?" These two women are living proof that a rethink is needed. https://www.canadianliving.com
    /health/fitness/article/ho
    w-two-wo... Read more

  • Today was devoted to "pampering" my cat

    1/15/2020 8:17:32 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    Spa day? Pampering? Ha! My cat Harleigh had gotten into the habit of scratching the walls and door jambs of my apartment, and scratching sores on herself with her impressive claws. It seemed like she had completely forgotten that her scratching post existed. I was worried about the paint in my ... Read more

  • A sammich

    1/15/2020 3:26:55 PM, by SUSMANNIE

    Eggless egg salad sandwich for dinner last night and lunch today. Is made with tofu. And scallions, parsley, capers, turmeric, paprika, tahini, vegan mayo, lemon juice, vinegar. I got a tofu press for Christmas. I asked for one. My husband had a similar experience as i did with complain... Read more

  • Look at that

    1/14/2020 10:43:44 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    My last blog was Jan 31, 2019. How is that possible? I've been around. I have Spark as one of my tabs on my computer, yet, somehow words elude me for a year. Anyhow, I am here whether anyone else is listening or not. Mostly the words are for my own mind. I've been doing this for suc... Read more

  • Lining up the workouts

    1/13/2020 3:15:26 PM, by SUSMANNIE

    I went through the Spark fitness videos and set up some workouts to do. I have to schedule them now and do them. Also, I still have the 8fit app and subscription until March, and they have yoga classes. Lunch today, photo courtesy of my husband. Pinto bean chili and salad. I took Trader J... Read more

  • Here I Sit Waiting

    1/13/2020 3:09:52 PM, by PORTIA70

    Exterminator's suppose to be here today to give my room a really good spray. A little info about that is I live in a hotel in Los Angeles; which is why I say room. Still sitting here waiting on them to arrive. *yawns* LOL Otherwise, it is a typical Monday and so much to get done. I found ... Read more

  • The Benefits of Walking

    1/13/2020 2:42:35 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    I have been commiserating with a fellow Sparker about our past histories of running and where that has left us now that we are older and possibly wiser. Up popped this excellent article on CBC this morning, enjoy and maybe look at walking in a whole new way. https://www.cbc.ca/life/wellne
    ... Read more

  • Just Read This Article About...

    1/12/2020 2:15:54 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    How to become a good and better person. How to make all of these changes to yourself. It made me want to go out and buy a pack of smokes and a bottle of Scotch. (I quit smoking 30 years ago, and quit drinking 5 years ago.) My thought was: Maybe I've made enough changes for a while. Maybe even for a... Read more

  • Happy Sunday Sparkers

    1/12/2020 12:20:28 PM, by PORTIA70

    I hope that all of you are enjoying your Sunday. Not a whole lot to report today. I plan to catch up on posting on my SparkTeams and explore other content that I may have overlooked. Picking up around the room also. I have to figure out a way to let the people in my building know th... Read more

  • Shabbat Shalom from California 1/10/2020

    1/10/2020 11:37:54 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    I wish you health and Shabbat Blessings, dear friends. I do not know who said this, who's quote this is, but i do remember it as a hippie quote from my childhood: Peace Lights The Way. The word "Shalom" is the Hebrew word for peace. I desire more peace than is currently happening in the worl... Read more

  • Woman's Job

    1/9/2020 7:10:02 PM, by IMEMINE1

    Housework was a woman’s job, but one evening, Jenny arrived home from work to find the children bathed, one load of laundry in the washer and another in the dryer. Dinner was on the stove, and the table set. She was astonished! It turned out that Ralph had read an article that said, ‘Wives who worke... Read more

  • Have The Winter Blues

    1/8/2020 11:10:10 PM, by PORTIA70

    I seriously think that is my issue for the last few days. I am currently in the cycle of not wanting to do anything. I have good intentions the night before when I make plans to take on a task, but by the next day I have lost all energy to even get started. I would rather just lay here and do absol... Read more

  • Letting Go

    1/7/2020 1:43:42 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    It took less than one hour for part of my life to be loaded onto a truck and driven away this morning. I'm not sad but I do find it interesting that belongings that I have lived with and valued for many years (some over 50 years) suddenly are now commodities again. Long ago they were bought for a ... Read more

  • Needing Exercise Support

    1/7/2020 12:52:19 AM, by PORTIA70

    The one thing I have found is not so much my eating habits as a problem. It is starting to exercise that is the single biggest obstacle. Trying to find out how much is safe enough for me to do, and to add to the fact that I have more energy one day then the next due to health issues. One da... Read more

  • day 5. mountain crossing.

    1/6/2020 6:54:10 AM, by SWEDE_SU

    the trip was less eventful than many winter crossings over the mountain pass - it helped that we got an early start, and had daylight all the way. i'm fairly pleased with the food choices i made for the day, and took claire on a decent walk once we arrived in seattle. so it was a win, all in all. ... Read more

  • Young andOld

    1/5/2020 3:55:02 PM, by IMEMINE1

    An old geezer became very bored in retirement and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: “Dr. Geezer’s clinic. Get your treatment for $500, if not cured, get back $1,000.” Doctor “Young,” who was positive that this old geezer didn’t know beans about medicine, thou... Read more

  • Yellow Split-Pea Soup with Ham

    1/5/2020 3:28:09 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    That's what I made in my crockpot yesterday. A LOT of food for one person, much will go in the freezer. I had gotten a whole 2 lbs of yellow split-peas from one of the food pantries I choose to attend, and in fact could have even more of that if it had been what I picked out. I just don't have the... Read more

  • day 4. travel.

    1/5/2020 6:16:59 AM, by SWEDE_SU

    time to travel. not as far as I'd like, or had planned. we were supposed to leave for molokai on wednesday, but in a burst of overconfidence, i had overlooked one of the boxes for claire the border collie to enter hawaii without quarantine, and she now has to wait 30 days for a rabies titer. which m... Read more

  • day 3. regrouping

    1/4/2020 5:19:36 AM, by SWEDE_SU

    first, thank you all for the warm welcome back - wonderful to see so many old friends, and a few new ones too. i find i am digging out my old healthy habits - the ones that brought me to maintenance back in 2012 and served so well until late last summer. what has changed? i thought i could mana... Read more

  • Shabbat Shalom

    1/3/2020 9:42:28 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    Grant us peace, Your most precious gift, O Eternal Source of peace, and give us the will to proclaim its message to all the peoples of the earth. Bless our country, that it may always be a stronghold of peace, and its advocate among the nations. May contentment reign within its border, health ... Read more

  • Breakfast last Sunday

    1/3/2020 3:22:00 PM, by SUSMANNIE

    Polenta-based hot cereal with berries, pecans, and maple syrup. Citrus sections. I found an app to use to work my feelings in. It's called Sanvello. I can journal, work out issues, and do meditations. I was doing really well today until after lunch. My job has lost it's lustre, I j... Read more

  • day 2. challenges.

    1/3/2020 5:54:35 AM, by SWEDE_SU

    aren't they all. don't feel like it. do it anyway. good intentions. waylaid along the way. exercise goals are always met, as long as there is enough sleep, and yesterday was no exception. but meal planning - yes, i planned, and ate. but then there was the unplanned. clearly that resistance muscle ne... Read more

  • day 1. i'm back.

    1/2/2020 6:08:58 AM, by SWEDE_SU

    title says it all. i thought i could do it on my own, but weight has been inching up since september. and the new year (new decade!) is the perfect time for starting over, right? life is pretty much the same, though with more of an emphasis on photography and less on running, which may account ... Read more

  • Last night of Hanukkah shared with my friend H.

    1/1/2020 8:23:05 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    The very last night of Hanukkah, my friend H. brought her chanukiah over and we shared the celebration together. She took this with her phone. The one on the right is mine. This is not someone else's celebratory candle or saying which I am using, it's really mine so I am glad to share it with you!... Read more

  • Happy New Year.

    1/1/2020 5:05:09 PM, by IMEMINE1

    I just wanted to put in writing a few of the things I want to get done, (or at least work on) this year. #1. I am going to become debt-free. I am am going to focus on paying off all our debs. "ASAP" #2. I am going to eat as healthy as I can. Fruits and Veggies will be the focal point. #3. I... Read more

  • Happy 2020 Sparkers

    1/1/2020 3:27:07 PM, by PORTIA70

    I hope all of you had a safe celebration bringing in the New Year and decade. I had a pretty good time with the neighbors in my building. A few of us watched Rockin New Year's Eve and had a little wine to bring it in. It was not without events happening though. A few months ago, my friend a... Read more

  • Bonus: She Radiates Happiness

    1/1/2020 12:48:42 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada
    /montreal/canadiens-organi
    st-diane-bibaud-bell-centr
    e-1.5411719 This woman shares her radiance with a very large audience!... Read more

  • New Year 2020

    1/1/2020 12:28:17 PM, by ON_A_DIET

    I hope all of you had a wonderful New Year’s Eve. Mine was all exciting. Well, atleast, at first. The roommate’s were going to be out for the afternoon. Which left me in appetizer mode. I told them I’d have appetizers waiting for them and to be hungry. I thought a little healthy and a ... Read more

  • Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

    1/1/2020 8:32:24 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    Happy New Year fellow Sparkers, may 2020 bring good health and happiness to all of us here! I listened to an interview on CBC radio yesterday regarding the surge in Gym memberships in the first month of the year and then the subsequent "falling off" of attendance as folks gradually abandon thei... Read more

  • Hope For Wildlife

    12/30/2019 8:01:54 AM, by MOLLIEMAC

    We are very fortunate here in Nova Scotia to have access to several wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facilities, the largest being Hope for Wildlife in Seaforth on the Eastern Shore. Hope Swinamer takes in wild birds and animals year round and has an amazing team of volunteers and professionals ... Read more

  • Hanukkah 2019!

    12/29/2019 4:48:42 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    It's the final night, full of light! I wish you peace, love, and happiness! Good health too, because health is wealth!... Read more

  • NEW YEARS RESOLUTION (TRIAL)

    12/29/2019 4:48:01 PM, by WEARINGTHIN

    This year I tried a form of intermittent fasting that I think I will return to in 2020. It involves eating 3 meals, one every six hours, with no food in between. Suggested by a dietician. When I tried it, I didn't see a weight loss, but my blood sugar and blood pressure and pulse really came down. ... Read more

  • Getting Back Into Sparking

    12/29/2019 12:55:05 PM, by PORTIA70

    I posted in last night's blog that I would be back, and here I am. Did you miss me??? :) Today is a whole new day with new challenges, but we will get through them one way or another. Sometimes we have to go around the storm, and others we have to go through the storms, but no matter what... Read more

  • Was Gone For A Few Days

    12/29/2019 1:47:38 AM, by PORTIA70

    The last few days since Christmas has kept me busy, which is why I have not done my usual posting and getting my points. But I am doing well. I hope that all of you Sparkers had a good Christmas. I know that it is hard during the holidays when the stress of running around shopping, cooking, and spen... Read more

  • Happy Seventh Night of Hanukkah!

    12/28/2019 10:15:02 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    "As long as Hanukkah is studied and remembered, Jews will not surrender to the night. The proper response, as Hanukkah teaches, is not to curse the darkness but to light a candle."--Irving Greenberg... Read more

  • What is So Special About the 6th Night of Hanukkah?

    12/27/2019 3:20:09 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    Tonight is not just the 6th night of Hanukkah, it is also Shabbat. So both sets of candles will be lit tonight, the once a year candles before the weekly Shabbat candles (there is a spiritual reason for this order). I am out of Shabbat candles, I asked my mother to send me those kind instead o... Read more

  • How my attitude towards food has changed

    12/27/2019 7:06:42 AM, by SUSMANNIE

    I was browsing my photo library on my iPad looking through the many photos of our kitty Mia, whom we just recently lost, and I came across this selfie I took back in 2013. It was one way to control my after work pre-dinner eating. It made me realize how far I’ve progressed in my own personal w... Read more

  • Quiet Christmas

    12/26/2019 6:56:02 PM, by SUSMANNIE

    We had a quiet Christmas holiday. I was fortunate to spend the day with my dear husband, relaxing at home. We are sad because we lost our pet cat Mia 2 days before Christmas. She was 13 and had a heart attack. We will miss her. I have time off until New Year’s Day. The organizatio... Read more

  • Some Holiday Cheer

    12/26/2019 2:20:07 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    This story from yesterday's CBC brought me good cheer, enjoy! https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada
    /nova-scotia/sable-island-
    christmas-tree-1.5405780 ... Read more

  • Happy Fifth Night of Hanukkah!

    12/26/2019 1:20:20 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    “We light candles in testament that faith makes miracles possible.” — Nachum Braverman... Read more

  • Wishing All Of You Sparkers A Merry Christmas

    12/24/2019 10:28:26 PM, by PORTIA70

    Probably not going to be a very long blog tonight. I wanted to stop in and wish all of you Sparkers a very Merry Christmas. Hard to believe Christmas is upon us again. And we are getting ready to head into a whole new decade. I have a feeling we will go through many changes in 2020, but will come ou... Read more

  • Merry Christmas Eve and Happy 3rd Night of Hanukkah!

    12/24/2019 7:28:32 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

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  • Petroleum Jelly

    12/24/2019 11:47:36 AM, by IMEMINE1

    One day while doing door-to-door market research, this guy knocks on a door and is greeted by a beautiful young housewife. “Hello,” he starts, “I’m doing some research for a petroleum jelly manufacturer. Have you ever used the product?” “Yes. My husband and I use it during sex,” she answer... Read more

  • Amazing Mind Blowing Documentary! But is the diet for me or not?

    12/23/2019 11:52:36 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    I am NOT going to now ditch my new found love, the Mediterranean diet. It ranks as the best diet overall for MANY reasons. It ranks as the #1 best diet overall because it is the best for diabetes (which I don't have, but don't want), best heart health diet (important to me), best diet for healthy ... Read more

  • Celebrating Baba Ram Dass

    12/23/2019 11:50:56 PM, by TRUEPEACENIK

    One of the shining lights of the consciousness movement died this week. Sail on, Baba Ram Dass. Thank you for the chemical and behavioral enlightenment. Baba wrote a little tome in 1971. I’ve had a copy since...1978? ‘79? A brilliant work to start adolescence. By 1984, I was surfing the psych... Read more

  • Monday Made For Housework

    12/23/2019 6:01:25 PM, by PORTIA70

    Today is my housework day, and this is how Monday makes me feel I usually reserve weekends for my relaxation days, but with a cat it becomes such a chore. She wants to be under my feet wanting to know what I am doing. A restaurant a block and a half from when I live was giving o... Read more

  • Happy First Night of Hanukkah!

    12/22/2019 4:45:07 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    May you experience 8 Nights of Peace, Love, & Light! ... Read more

  • Learning To Start My Day With SparkPeople

    12/22/2019 2:14:32 PM, by PORTIA70

    I am starting my day by checking in with SparkPeople first, before I do anything else. It is not only a good way to know how far you have come, but also a way to speak to others who are also on this journey. They can be much needed support to get you through the day. Sunday for me is usually... Read more

  • Debunking Myths

    12/22/2019 11:48:17 AM, by IMEMINE1

    A man boarded an airplane and took his seat. As he settled in, he glanced up and saw the most beautiful woman boarding the plane. He soon realized She was heading straight towards his seat. As fate would have it, she took the seat right beside his. Eager to strike up a conversation he blurted out, “... Read more

  • Had some time off

    12/22/2019 8:58:23 AM, by SUSMANNIE

    And I am grateful for it. My DH and I went to one of our favorite restaurants for a Christmas lunch. I had salmon, a glass of Chardonnay and brownie with raspberry ice cream for dessert. I was thinking that I could not remember when my last brownie was. At least a year, if not longer. I didn’t have ... Read more

  • Happy Holidays, Sparkland

    12/22/2019 2:54:48 AM, by WEARINGTHIN

    I hope you all have a very good rest of the holiday season. I just thought of a gift to myself for the remainder of the season. I will not follow anything in terms of national or local politics until the New Year. That means no Trump, no McConnell, no Pelosi, or anyone else involved in politics... Read more

  • Forgot To Blog Yesterday

    12/22/2019 1:11:58 AM, by PORTIA70

    I totally forgot to get my points and post yesterday. It was on my mind, but then I got busy with other things and went to bed. It was only when I woke up today that I remembered 198 My neighbor took us out to eat today and I noticed that my clothes are starting to be too loose on me, and ... Read more

  • Shabbat Shalom from California~!

    12/20/2019 11:31:10 PM, by SUNNYCALIGIRL

    Have as peaceful a weekend as is possible. ... Read more

  • Pulling the Plug

    12/20/2019 2:15:04 PM, by MOLLIEMAC

    For some time I have been contemplating a move to a smaller property and this week I finally made the first move; I bought a condo in Dartmouth, just across the harbour from Halifax. It answers all my needs; single storey, 2 bedroom, attached garage, small garden space, adjacent to walking trails a... Read more

  • Allergies Or A Cold

    12/19/2019 10:34:23 PM, by PORTIA70

    Was up until 2 this morning with allergies or a cold. I could not stop sneezing and was so cold. Felt it a little bit this afternoon too, and had to lay down. I am doing slightly better now so I am starting on some much needed housework. I also watched my daily calories because on Thursday my friend... Read more

  • Two More Weeks Left In This Decade

    12/19/2019 1:54:28 AM, by PORTIA70

    Only two more weeks left not only in 2019, but we start a new decade. I have a feeling that big and wonderful things are coming in 2020. Gosh, 2020, I remember waiting for 2000 to hit, and here we are 2 decades later. In some ways it feels like such a long time that I have been in Los Angeles, and y... Read more