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  • Day 525 - Titus 2:7 & Tutu Tuesday

    7/27/2021 8:56:29 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Tuesday! I may have finally figured out the culprit of my digestive issues at night. I have two possibilities, but I'm definitely leaning toward the one. So we'll see. On today's schedule: walk, maybe Pilates, dust, dentist Have a great day, Spark Friends!... Read more

  • Italian Lovers, Life Hacks, and Obsessions

    7/27/2021 7:18:36 AM, by WONDERWOMAN772

    Hello love. I'm thinking about you this morning. The fan whirring over my head, soft birds chirping outside my office window, and in the distance, the early morning peace is shattered by a siren screaming by. My beloved is obsessed with learning Italian. He downloaded an app and is t... Read more

  • 072521 moments - pink mat

    7/26/2021 11:57:06 PM, by IMREITE

    my 5 year old niece was at my house and wanted to do yoga. i have 2 yoga mats, 1 blue and 1 purple. she played with my yoga block, strap, padded kneelsers.foam roller and resistance bands. then she saw my videos. so i played one for her. the instructor said "this routine will work your head to your ... Read more

  • Day 524 - Ephesians 1:23 & Monday Motivation

    7/26/2021 9:05:16 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Monday! I had a hard time waking up this morning. Then my cat sliced open my leg while I was trying to brush him. He is a long-hair cat, so when he sheds, it's noticeable, and he sheds all the time. It bled for a little bit, but has now stopped. On the schedule today: ... Read more

  • 072521 moments

    7/26/2021 12:07:04 AM, by IMREITE

    time with my sisters kids this weekend. crazy little monsters... Read more

  • Day 523 - Sunday Scripture & Sunday Sillies

    7/25/2021 1:07:38 PM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Sunday! We had a great time with our friends yesterday! We played games and laughed ourselves silly. On today's schedule: call dad (it's his birthday), organize pictures, work on scrapbooking Have a great day, Spark Friends!... Read more

  • Breakfast casserole

    7/25/2021 12:19:50 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I made this breakfast casserole this morning. It has artichoke hearts, black olives, spinach, onions, mushrooms, and a yellow bell pepper. I have been eating a lot of vegetables here lately. Been cutting back on the meat. I have noticed how I feel here lately. I still have meat but not as much as... Read more

  • 072421 moments she forgets nothing

    7/25/2021 12:17:32 AM, by IMREITE

    a month ago i promised my 10 year oid niece i'd take her to a mexican resturant for a birthday lunch. we have been really busy and i forgot. yesterday she reminded me. i was not busy today and they were not either. so today, i took her and her younger sister. then after ward i brought them t... Read more

  • Day 522 - Psalm 52:9 & Saturday Smiles

    7/24/2021 10:10:11 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Saturday! Yesterday I got the vacuuming done and we successfully had our fingerprints done. Today, we are headed to visit some friends who live about an hour and half from us. We went to college with the husband, and he and his wife became good friends of ours during col... Read more

  • 072321 healthy swap

    7/23/2021 11:35:00 PM, by IMREITE

    i was annoyed because my cucumber seeds and pland have not done well this year. i still dont have any cucumbers. i was looking forward to my favorite salad i make - cucumber, peppers and tomatoes with a homemade lemon or balsamic vinegrette. . tonight i maade it substituting zucchinni for my cucumb... Read more

  • Day 521 - Psalm 122:1 & Friday Funnies

    7/23/2021 10:26:44 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Friday! I managed to get some dusting done while talking with my mom on the phone. Yay for multi-tasking! Babysitting when pretty well, but I got a workout it. Up and down off the floor over and over. Then it was up and down the stairs a bunch. And finally, the youngest f... Read more

  • 072221 moments brain worm

    7/22/2021 11:57:04 PM, by IMREITE

    took my 5 year old niece swimming. on the way home she started singing. her sisters teach her songs others are jut in her head. here is a link to chicken wing- one of her favorites.
    v=LZflyH3XErI... Read more

  • Of Trips and Excuses

    7/22/2021 12:19:00 PM, by HMKITTEN

    Hello again. Been a while since learning of Sparks' demise. Figured that I would toss a post up on here to ramble on about nothing and everything. Waiting for the tea to brew while I let the words come to my fingertips. I had to cancel the cruise for a bunch of reasons, the major one being that... Read more

  • Day 520 - Psalm 23:6 & Thankful Thursday

    7/22/2021 9:16:25 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Today I'm thankful that the mother I babysit for can be counted as a friend. What are you thankful for today? On today's schedule: grocery shopping, call mom, dusting, babysitting (for a different family than the usual one). Have a great day, Spark Friends!... Read more

  • 072121 moments

    7/21/2021 9:28:36 PM, by IMREITE

    middle of the week. workday was slpw, but no bit problems.... Read more

  • Day 519 - Ephesians 2:20 & Happy Wednesday!

    7/21/2021 8:30:06 PM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Here's a picture from my time in Colorado. It was taken from a soccer field near the church we attended. The cross on top of the church lined up nicely with Pikes Peak when viewed from the soccer field. Happy Wednesday! The post is late today because I babysat this morning. I at... Read more

  • 072021 moments

    7/20/2021 10:26:33 PM, by IMREITE

    hummus and veggies for supper for a simple supper... Read more

  • Day 518 - Psalm 103:2-3 & Tutu Tuesday

    7/20/2021 8:17:14 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Tuesday! Yesterday I got 5 (!) months of lesson plans done! I thought I only had enough time to get through 3 months, but I was on a roll. Also, all the students in my last class of the day were having a good day. They all danced, which is a very high bar in a 2-year old ... Read more

  • 071921 moments

    7/19/2021 11:42:16 PM, by IMREITE

    work day done.... Read more

  • Veggie scramble

    7/19/2021 6:48:25 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I fixed myself a veggie scramble tonight for supper because I didn't feel like anything heavy or will take forever to cook. This has kale, mushrooms, red bell pepper, eggs and cheese. I am still eating meat but cutting back on it. I noticed a difference with the way my stomach feels. My stomach g... Read more

  • Easy Like Sunday Morning

    7/19/2021 12:49:31 PM, by WONDERWOMAN772

    Hello Love, I did it! A full week of clean eating followed by a stunningly relaxing Sunday. I also fully expected to gain back at least a few pounds after a week of fasting, but I actually lost two more! Work has me tracking my hours now so it can be attributed to the separate projec... Read more

  • Day 517 - Galatians 6:9

    7/19/2021 8:30:27 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Monday! On today's schedule: laundry, clean bathrooms, teach dance classes, curriculum development Have a great day, Spark Friends!... Read more

  • 071821 moments

    7/18/2021 9:22:14 PM, by IMREITE

    picnic fundraiser day - games, face paining, fun foods and beverages. didnt eat a lot but enjoyed fresh french fries and ice cream... Read more

  • Day 516 - Isaiah 40:31 & Sunday Sillies

    7/18/2021 8:36:49 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Sunday! It was nice to take the day yesterday to reset. With that being said, waking up at 7 this morning was a little bit rough. On today's schedule: church, reading, organizing pictures & possibly some scrapbooking It's supposed to rain today, so the pool was n... Read more

  • 071721 moments bubble guns

    7/17/2021 2:48:52 PM, by IMREITE

    my dh picked up 2 bubble guns at a local store. 1 is in the shape of a dinosaur. my nieces loved them. the 19 month old was too little to work them but she loved seeing all the bubbles.... Read more

  • Is this for real?

    7/17/2021 2:41:04 PM, by LALO492

    I HATE changes - I love routine and knowing exactly what and when I am supposed to do something. My anxiety takes a hit when changes happen and lately that is what I have been facing. First, my sons preschool (which I LOVE) decided that it will move location. Its just 10 minutes further ... Read more

  • Day 515 - Exodus 14:14 & Saturday Smiles

    7/17/2021 1:33:57 PM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Saturday! The hubs and I stayed up late last night binge watching a TV show. So we had a slow start to the day. So, today is a regrouping day. Have a great day, Spark Friends!... Read more

  • New version of my mom's Shepherd's Pie

    7/17/2021 12:52:59 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I have been hungry for my mom's Shepherd's Pie. So I decided to use some of the leftover lentils that I made this week. I took some of the lentils and spinach and did 2 batches in a saucepan with half a can of peas and carrots and a half of a container of diced onion. Put them into a 9x13 inch pa... Read more

  • 071621 moments

    7/17/2021 12:45:19 AM, by IMREITE

    helping a coworker learn some new skills... Read more

  • Realization Hits

    7/16/2021 8:36:07 PM, by LALO492

    Lately I haven't been feeling very well. Im exhausted, bloated and my joints are starting to hurt. I thought that maybe I was coming down with a cold, but today my feet swelled up. My husband (who is a nurse) came home and I told him about my swollen feet. I asked him if he thinks I have diabe... Read more

  • Day 514 - Psalm 13:5 & Friday Funnies

    7/16/2021 10:44:35 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Friday! Well, the Walmart trip ended up taking a while, and being rather expensive. And I did not make it to the pool. But I walked laps in my house while I talked with my mom on the phone. On today's schedule: vacuum the house, catch up on some curriculum work and read... Read more

  • 071521 moments

    7/16/2021 12:05:57 AM, by IMREITE

    picked a bunch of beans out of my garden... Read more

  • Tried something new

    7/15/2021 7:49:04 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I have never cooked any kind of dried bean before. Tonight I did that. I have been craving lentils from dry. I used a 32oz bag because I have a lot of meatless meals in mind. I got a 5oz container of organic baby spinach from Walmart a couple of days ago and added it to the lentils. I have cereal... Read more

  • Day 513 - 1 John 4:9 & Thankful Thursday

    7/15/2021 10:55:13 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Today I'm thankful for a flexible schedule. What are you thankful for today? Somehow I managed to get all the things done yesterday. But I woke up sluggish this morning. I'm still trying to find my groove since the gall bladder surgery. I was so used to being able to move it all... Read more

  • 071421 moments

    7/14/2021 9:23:28 PM, by IMREITE

    a good rainy day.... its been really dry so the plants needed a good rain... Read more

  • Tropical smoothie

    7/14/2021 6:36:14 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I didn't feel like fixing anything hot or heavy tonight for supper. Yesterday I got some groceries and in it I got some pineapple, strawberries and bananas. I got some milk too. I already had vanilla yogurt so I blended everything up. It is good and filling. I don't fix smoothies too often.... Read more

  • Tropical smoothie

    7/14/2021 6:35:57 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I didn't feel like fixing anything hot or heavy tonight for supper. Yesterday I got some groceries and in it I got some pineapple, strawberries and bananas. I got some milk too. I already had vanilla yogurt so I blended everything up. It is good and filling. I don't fix smoothies too often.... Read more

  • Day 512 - Proverbs 19:20 & Happy Wednesday!

    7/14/2021 9:12:29 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Today's picture is one I took at Mesa Verde National Park a few years ago. The canyons there were absolutely gorgeous. Happy Wednesday! I didn't get to the Pilates workout yesterday, but I got everything else on my schedule done. There were a lot of dead bugs in the window tr... Read more

  • 071321 moments

    7/13/2021 11:03:38 PM, by IMREITE

    19th anniversery day. we went kayaking. leftovers for supper. we went out for supper 1 day last week. we are not big party animals and both had to work. we enjoyed the last 19 years.. that is better than a party... Read more

  • Day 511 - Proverbs 8:33 & Tutu Tuesday

    7/13/2021 9:38:50 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Tuesday! Yesterday, my dance classes went well! And I got the bathroom cleaned. Also a little dance lesson planning was done, but not as much as planned because my computer decided it needed to install updates and it took an hour to restart. But it's working fine now. ... Read more

  • 071221 moments

    7/12/2021 11:57:42 PM, by IMREITE

    i finally finished weeding the strawberry garden tonight. it was overtaken by crabgrass. i had to dig it all out, shake out the roots and replant the healthy berry plants. it took hours on several different days to get it cleaned out. i hope the plants survive.... Read more

  • 2021 - Post COVID ass kick

    7/12/2021 12:03:00 PM, by STEMPY22

    Wow, COVID and my lack of motivation has really been tough the last 1.5 years. Back up to 207.2, time to start over again. I lack the motivation to work out at home and with gyms open then closed then open, then closed etc I really had a tough time. So out of shape at the moment, but went for... Read more

  • Day 510 - Proverbs 23:26 & Monday Motivation

    7/12/2021 10:03:11 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Monday! I had a great time last week with family. My parents and I went to see my aunt and uncle, who live on the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina. One day we went to the Outer Banks and saw the Kitty Hawk Museum and Cape Hatteras Light Station (lighthouse included). And one day... Read more

  • New mani

    7/12/2021 8:41:14 AM, by AUNTRENEE

    I gave myself a manicure yesterday afternoon. The color is called Juneau The Drill. Its from Color Street. Its purple with some sparkle in it. Since I have been doing my nails this way (with no dry time), I hate having my nails naked.... Read more

  • Clean

    7/12/2021 6:37:20 AM, by WONDERWOMAN772

    Good Morning, Love. How I do love the quiet spaces in the early mornings. The gentle thrum of a fan, the whirring waves of the cicadas outside my sanctuary window, the faint sounds of traffic as the world slowly awakens and begins the wheel all over again. Well, I did it. I did... Read more

  • 071121 moments

    7/11/2021 11:32:07 PM, by IMREITE

    sunshine and nice weather... Read more

  • 071021 moments

    7/11/2021 12:39:08 AM, by IMREITE

    my dh and i made brunch at my parents for them and my sister with her 2 kids. my hubby's family is of danish descent and they make aebleskivers. when we started dating 20 years ago, he introduced them to me. they are still an enjoyable brekfast/brunch we make for my family.... Read more

  • 070921 moments

    7/9/2021 11:52:07 PM, by IMREITE

    after work, my dh gave me a massage. i was si relaxed. i napped for about 2.5 hours afterwards... Read more

  • Day 1 of LIFETIME

    7/9/2021 5:43:38 PM, by KASHKINGDOM

    Monday is Day 1. It's not the first "Day 1", but it's Day 1 none the less and I am excited about it! I'm back like I never left! LOL. Kiddos will be away for most of the Summer so I can make some real headway with my fitness, nutrition, and movement journey. Not that they keep me from doing it... Read more

  • 070821 moments

    7/8/2021 11:35:07 PM, by IMREITE

    getting some weeding done on strawberry patch... Read more

  • Three Years

    7/8/2021 11:45:51 AM, by IGSBETH

    Today I reached a goal of logging in to Sparkpeople every day for three years. I'm proud of that. I'm sad I don't have a chance to make it to four years. It means that even on days that I don't do perfectly, I am still doing something to remind myself of my fitness journey. I am doing ... Read more

  • Inflammation

    7/8/2021 4:51:17 AM, by SUNNYWAGAL

    On Tuesday my blood work came back showing I have extreme inflammation. The range is 0-20, I came back at 48. My body hurts almost all of the time where it interferes with my life. My naturopathic doctor has me on a few supplements and has asked me to look into an anti inflammatory diet. I’m not exc... Read more

  • 070721 moments

    7/7/2021 8:57:01 PM, by IMREITE

    better day. took a longer lunch so i relaxed more.... Read more

  • 070621 moments

    7/6/2021 9:44:30 PM, by IMREITE

    bit of a crummy day. dh's surgery was postponed. arg. we have been waiting about 8 years and the insurance company found a new way to be the problem.... Read more

  • Recycled Body

    7/6/2021 4:29:01 PM, by ALITTLEBIRD

    I finally found the medicines to keep me going, unfortunately steroids are a necessity to keep me from feeling so weak and sick from chemo fridays. I got my diet down to a habit I know is in my caloric range. Now, it's working out and weight training the best I can. Flares are inevitable, but if I ... Read more

  • Happy Dance! And Vacations!

    7/6/2021 1:51:25 PM, by HMKITTEN

    What has changed in the past week and a half? I hit 205.0 a few days ago, busting through the 50 pound mark in less than a year! I call that a win considering that six of those months I barely lost anything. I can now look at the before and after photos and see a difference. Heck, I can see a differ... Read more

  • Day 504 - 1 Thessalonians 5:18 & Tutu Tuesday

    7/6/2021 9:51:55 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Tuesday! Yesterday was a little slim on attendance at the dance studio, but that was to be expected as most people were still celebrating Independence Day. I did exchange phone numbers with a dance parent who needs a babysitter for her precious little dancer. And the family ... Read more

  • 070521 moments -no curfew for grandma

    7/6/2021 12:04:37 AM, by IMREITE

    yesterday was a birthday party for my 4 year old niece. my dh and i were in shcare of picking up my grandma at 2. we ate about 430 my parents kept asking her if she was ready to go home. her response "i dont have a curfew". she is in her 90's so we didnt want to wear her out. she did not want to lea... Read more

  • A New Beginning

    7/5/2021 6:04:19 PM, by WONDERWOMAN772

    Hello love, I could whine to you about my challenging weekend. Navigating family drama, picky eaters, feigned illnesses, posturing, and frustrations on all sides... Or I could tell you about my new beginning. Today was day one of my first 7 day juice cleanse. It's going well so far! ... Read more

  • Day 503 - 2 Corinthians 4:7 & Monday Motivation

    7/5/2021 10:54:02 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Monday! I hope all of my US friends had a great Independence Day celebration! We made the last minute decision to contact some friends who live in a town close by and ended up at their house last night. We brought over dinner and a board game. They provided smores and a fire pi... Read more

  • Day 502 - Happy Independence Day!

    7/4/2021 9:06:59 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Independence Day! There were a lot of good memes out there for Independence Day, but I had a hard time finding one that was just perfect for today. At any rate, you get your humor today. On the schedule today: church, celebrating my independence... Read more

  • 070321 moments

    7/4/2021 12:01:07 AM, by IMREITE

    Shopping with Mia... Read more

  • Day 501 - Romans 8:1 & Saturday Smiles

    7/3/2021 10:59:09 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Saturday! Babysitting yesterday went great. The little tot is starting to dance and sing. She really likes "Let It Go" from Frozen. So we did that, but I also made sure she was introduced to some classic Disney princesses from the 90s like Belle and Ariel. On today's sched... Read more

  • 070221 moments

    7/2/2021 11:29:18 PM, by IMREITE

    veggie garden fully weeded.... Read more

  • Day 500 - 2 Corinthians 3:17 & Friday Funnies

    7/2/2021 8:44:52 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Friday! I got to the pool yesterday, but it was crowded with a bunch of people who have no kinesthetic awareness. That's means I had 3 people run into me while I was swimming, one even landed on me while trying to catch a ball. But I got a workout in. Also, yesterday I got ... Read more

  • 070121 moments

    7/1/2021 11:10:23 PM, by IMREITE

    all ot done for the week. 1 8-hr day left for the week. then i have 2 whole days off.... Read more

  • Day 499 - Psalm 63:8 & Happy July!

    7/1/2021 10:15:03 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Anyone else out there get in trouble for their sarcastic mouth? I know there are some of you who do! Anyway, yesterday by the time I was to the point where I could head out my door (for my walk) it was already in the 90s. Since I get heat rash when I get too hot I decided to walk ... Read more

  • 063021 moments

    6/30/2021 10:45:56 PM, by IMREITE

    time to weed, not to humid and shady so not in the sun... Read more

  • Day 498 - John 8:32 & Happy Wednesday

    6/30/2021 10:17:23 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Wednesday! The above picture was taken from our bedroom window at our house in Colorado. I sure do miss that view! Yesterday I got in my walk, but it started raining when I was at my goal and almost half a mile from home. So I got soaked at the end. I also got the dusting ... Read more

  • 062921 moments

    6/29/2021 9:42:18 PM, by IMREITE

    a whole lot of kohlrabi in my garden... Read more

  • Day 497 - Psalm 46:1 & Tutu Tuesday

    6/29/2021 9:44:33 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Tuesday! I survived my dance classes yesterday. In the first class (2-year olds) they mostly followed along. I have one in that class that is super shy and doesn't like it when I even look at her. She runs out of the room to her mother (who's having to watch the baby brother an... Read more

  • Chicken and vegetables and rice

    6/28/2021 6:20:58 PM, by AUNTRENEE

    I wasn't in n the mood for anything heavy or hot for supper tonight so I made something that helped clean out my utility/pantry room on cans. I took 2 cans of chicken (like you would get tuna in),a can each of green beans, green peas, chick peas, corn and carrots. I had a a cup of dried brown rice l... Read more

  • The Verge of Tears

    6/28/2021 10:28:19 AM, by WONDERWOMAN772

    Good morning love. I had a rough week. The anxiety is peaking in waves, interrupting what little sleep I get, and keeping me from enjoying my beloved's company. Friday, I broke. I sat staring at an inbox full of negativity and uninspired, unmotivated people to whom nothing I said or... Read more

  • Day 496 - Psalm 119:45 & Monday Motivation

    6/28/2021 9:04:09 AM, by REDEEMED_DANCER

    Happy Monday! I didn't get on here yesterday because I didn't sleep well the night before. I could hardly stay awake for church yesterday. I ended up taking a nap yesterday afternoon and reading the rest of the day. But I'm feeling better rested today. On the schedule today: cle... Read more

  • 062721 moments

    6/28/2021 12:20:41 AM, by IMREITE

    we had a bunch of rain yesterday. i found a new cucumber plant today.2 other stores had none. i my have found the last plant in the city. i had a few other plants that died already and only a few surviving seedlings. hoping the weather the next few weeks helps them... Read more

  • Holy Excrement!

    6/27/2021 8:54:09 PM, by HMKITTEN

    205.0 pounds as of just before taking a shower, halfway through the day. That's 51.5 pounds down since (and I messed up the date before) July 17, 2020! Yes, I have 50ish more to go, but I have come so far to get here. So I know if I keep it up I will make it to 150, though probably not as fast as th... Read more