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  • Managing Expectations

    11/13/2019 6:50:03 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    I'm three and a half weeks into my routine and one of the biggest lessons I'm learning, especially this past week, is how to manage my expectations. Like most people, I hop on the weight loss train, see some quick water weight loss, and feel like I could bask in the glow of the honeymoon stage forev... Read more

  • Challenge Day 52 and, Yes, I'm 70 and I Feel Great!!

    11/13/2019 11:27:10 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I waited for it to warm up just a bit and got our walk in at 9:30 this morning. It was the first challenge walk that required a jacket. I took a couple extra pictures so you can see how much Casey is growing: You can tell his ears have not totally straightened out, b... Read more

  • Challenge Day 51

    11/12/2019 9:00:06 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I had a good short walk this morning. No prong collar and he did pretty well. I know in parts of the country it is really cold this morning, but at 62 degrees here I enjoyed a long sleeve shirt. Now I am all warmed up and going to the YMCA shortly for some elliptical trainer bef... Read more

  • Walk / Jog success

    11/11/2019 8:38:30 PM, by ANNIEMAROO

    I started with the 5 km Spark Walk / Jog calendar challenge. My first day was jog 30 seconds, walk 4minutes and 30 seconds. I believe I did that for 30 minutes. As the months rolled by, I kept repeating the challenge. To make it a bit more challenging for me, I started to increase the time past w... Read more

  • Challenge Day 50

    11/11/2019 7:15:43 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I have now finished 5% of the 1000 day SparkGuy's 10 minutes daily exercise challenge. I have chosen to include my 5 month old puppy on this effort in a daily outside walk. I am using my Garmin watch or Garmin Connect screen shot for the documentation SparkGuy encouraged. I know that thi... Read more

  • Challenge Day 49

    11/10/2019 9:12:45 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    It is the coolest day of Casey's life so far. He didn't seem to mind at all though. I didn't either. We enjoyed our walk. The grandkids are still at Girl Scout Camp Dorothy Thomas where I camped every year, sometimes weeks at a time, from age 7 to 14. I know they've had rain ... Read more

  • Declutter

    11/9/2019 8:17:34 PM, by WINACHST

    5% challenge includes a declutter of the kitchen. Well, I have been slowly decluttering one room at a time. I did my bedroom last night and this morning when I woke up, I noticed that I slept better. Hmmmm, coincidence?... Read more

  • Capital A day?

    11/9/2019 2:55:08 PM, by SUNSHINE20113

    Firstly, thank you to everyone who wished me a capital A day today. If ever there was a day I needed it, it was today as I have weighed in very high for me, and I am quite frustrated about it. I now have breakfast and lunch fairly under control. Also, I managed to get my 4-6pm snacking under co... Read more

  • Challenge Day 48

    11/9/2019 10:22:24 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I'm glad when I got up at 5am I didn't realize it was raining. So I got dressed and ready for our group run. When I opened the garage door I did see the rain and grabbed a jacket, but I had momentum and just went on. By the time I got to the meeting place it was downpouring. There were just 8 ... Read more

  • Challenge Day 47

    11/8/2019 9:08:19 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I completed day 47 ten minute challenge walk. Today we were back to morning walk routine and he did much better. The only time I wish I had used the prong collar was at minute eight when we encountered a neighbor dog off leash, a nice young sheltie near his owner. The sheltie stayed ... Read more

  • Challenge Day 46

    11/7/2019 5:58:47 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Gwen walked with Casey and me. She had the camera and was all set to take a picture of good loose leash walking. However, Casey was in no mood to comply. Maybe he wanted to play with Gwen. We did get 10 minutes of walk, most of it with the leash in his mouth or me correcting him. But we can count... Read more

  • Day 46 challenge will happen

    11/7/2019 3:43:44 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I am waiting on granddaughter Natalie to take her to piano lesson. Today has been one thing after another from sun up. I have 12,824 steps so far today, including Senior Dance, walking Lake Mirror and Hollis Gardens, all fun and lovely. Have not gotten the dog walk accomplished, but I will. I was ... Read more

  • Day 45 Challenge

    11/6/2019 9:28:17 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I did our challenge walk this morning. He was full of energy. I had to get the prong collar and use the water bottle a lot. But when we got back he was ready to rest. Yesterday I did Silver Sneakers, dog walk and paced throughout the Lady Vols vs. Eastern Tennessee basketball game.... Read more

  • Bonus 10K Pictures

    11/5/2019 7:08:15 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Starting line: I'm near the middle of the picture. Finish line: Can't miss me! Winners of female 70-74 age group: Bet you can find me! ... Read more

  • Day 44 Challenge

    11/5/2019 8:48:36 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got our walk in this morning. I had trouble getting Casey, my watch documenting the challenge, and - ta-da - ripe grapefruit from our yard all in one picture, but here is my best attempt. I am going to Silver Sneakers class this morning and will do elliptical as I have done the last ... Read more

  • Day 43 Challenge

    11/4/2019 9:26:29 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I walked this morning and he did pretty good. At the end of the walk he picked a hibiscus to chew on. I wasn't sure if it was okay for him or not so I took it. This challenge is good for me. I have some soreness in my left foot just beyond the toes. I might have skipped walking tod... Read more

  • No Random Eating

    11/4/2019 9:16:14 AM, by WINACHST

    This part of the 5% challenge causes me to be aware of how many times during the day I am eating. No random eating means I need to plan to include snacks. Hope I get the hang of this --- and soon !!... Read more

  • First 2 Weeks Down!

    11/3/2019 8:35:12 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    My husband and I have been together for three and a half years and in that time we've both gained a bit of weight. From going to too many restaurants when we were dating to celebrating with too much food as fresh newlyweds to getting lazy and ordering pizza when our day to day lives were busy and st... Read more

  • Day 42 Challenge

    11/3/2019 9:16:34 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got our challenge walk in which is perfect recovery exercise for me. Casey was good. I didn't even have to use the prong collar today. After our walk I caught Casey checking out the bougainvillea. We are taking granddaughters to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on stage i... Read more

  • Lake to Lake 10 K Report

    11/2/2019 10:53:50 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I was happy with my 10k time this morning. I felt good the whole way, slowed on the hills when I needed to, and accepted my award proudly. I don't know how many were in my age group (70-74) but at least 3, because they handed out third and second before my first and all 3 of us got a picture ... Read more

  • Day 40 Challenge

    11/1/2019 9:23:26 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got our walk in the cool mist this morning. He was just full of energy and I went back to get the prong collar because he was in no mind to heel. Then he did okay. I drove Natalie to school first thing. Sunrise this morning was 7:38, after I dropped her off, but we'll soon "fall... Read more

  • Happy Halloween Challenge Day 39

    10/31/2019 8:30:01 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    We did it again! I did get dressed for Halloween Senior Dance party before taking Natalie to school. This year I'm not really wearing a costume but taking advantage of the Halloween-themed race I ran almost 2 weeks ago. So I'm going as a runner. That may be a bit of cheating but I think it is ok. Hu... Read more

  • Challenge Day 38

    10/30/2019 8:56:23 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Didn't feel good this morning and decided not to push to get the challenge walk done before dog obedience class. But Casey and I did get it done this eve. 10 minutes is pretty easy even when you don't feel too good. Nothing serious. Tomorrow will be a better day! By the time I took this picture... Read more

  • a 21 day plant based eating challenge

    10/30/2019 8:36:59 AM, by WINACHST

    t1y9NVGkV8rQY#gs.ctijov I think this is the fifth year UC Davis Intergrative Medicine for this challenge. It comes with a free cookbook with recipes with a Latin, Mediter... Read more

  • I Passed Up Free Mexican Food...On Purpose!

    10/29/2019 8:59:45 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    Whoa, guys. I'm just as surprised as y'all are at the title. But it's true! I had the opportunity to eat free Mexican food today and I skipped it. I work in an OBGYN office and we have drug reps that bring catered lunches fairly often. It's actually a big reason why I've gained the weight that ... Read more

  • Challenge Day 37

    10/29/2019 8:24:49 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got our challenge walk in at sunrise. Hubby wanted to go to the hardware store so he drove Natalie to school and will stop on the way back. He likes to double up on trips to save gas. I understand but will miss my Natalie time today. Casey was super cuddly this morning. He kept r... Read more

  • 280 Days Until August 3 2020

    10/28/2019 5:54:49 PM, by CHRISTINALOVES

    In answer to the question about what I do for our horse's DSLD: when he is doing good we lightly exercise him without a rider. He is on BL Solution, VitaCalm (magnesium) and also Vitamin E with Selenium. We had found that joint supplements actually made his condition worse & he impr... Read more

  • Challenge Day 36

    10/28/2019 10:15:56 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I got dressed for my run first thing this morning, ate a light 130 calorie breakfast and drove in the dark to take Natalie to school. The sunrise was glorious pinks and purples and interesting cloud shapes. On the way back I stopped at Fort Frazier Trail and after a warm up walk, I ran-walked ... Read more

  • I'm A Morning Exerciser?

    10/27/2019 7:11:11 PM, by KENTUCKYMEL14

    I've never been a morning person. At all. I'm the exact opposite and an insomniac. The only time I'm willingly awake during morning hours is after the clock strikes midnight. No one is more surprised than me that I actually got up at 5:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday this week to go to the gym b... Read more

  • Day 35 Challenge

    10/27/2019 9:53:30 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got our walk in this morning. A neighbor was loading her black lab, Ziva, into her car and we stopped a few minutes to converse. At first Casey was scared but soon Ziva won him over and they were snuggling! I should have asked the neighbor to snap the picture of us loose-leash walking, b... Read more

  • Promised Screenshot

    10/26/2019 12:43:38 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I found the screenshot: That is the documentation of my run this morning and the warm up walk with Casey, the puppy dog. SparkGuy's 1000 day challenge not only includes 10 minutes of exercise but documenting the effort as well. OK, accomplished! A week from today I am running a 10K... Read more

  • Day 34 Challenge Plus

    10/26/2019 9:43:20 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got in a warm up walk with a few run intervals before my Galloway run and coffee socializing. Life is good! Hope you are good, too. Awk. I can't find the screenshot I just took that documents walk and run. Oh well. I will post a picture of me in Florida wilderness this morning.... Read more

  • Answer to the Western Dressage question & other horses....

    10/26/2019 8:10:57 AM, by CHRISTINALOVES

    In answer to MCFITZ2, yes, there is now a western dressage: WDAA https://westerndressageassocia Though the reason I am using my western saddle is because that is the one that fits, and in my tiny fleet of saddles it is 3 endurance saddles two western and three dressage saddles t... Read more

  • Wasting Food

    10/25/2019 10:41:36 PM, by CAMYTANG

    I ate some calories today that I shouldn't have--I bought an iced mocha for my mom, although I kind of knew she wouldn't be upset if I didn't and I definitely knew she wouldn't drink all of it, and of course I ended up drinking some of it. Then I bought some pepperoni pretzel nuggets when we went to... Read more

  • 283 Days Until August 3rd 2020

    10/25/2019 8:10:43 PM, by CHRISTINALOVES

    Grace's new beginnings So my amazing Gracie Girl, we hauled out for *her* first official dressage lesson. I was so concerned that she was going to be freaked out by the windmills, the other horses, the huge barn/arena/mirrors/viewing windows and overall new surrounds. I was worried that I wa... Read more

  • Day 33 Challenge

    10/25/2019 8:59:38 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I finished our day 33 challenge walk. Some day he "heels" very nicely; today we had several minutes of excellent loose-leash walking. However, he bit the leash more than usual today. Hubby says he lost 2 baby teeth last eve. He is growing up. Maybe the biting is related to the teeth or may... Read more

  • Kua'aina

    10/24/2019 8:44:09 PM, by CAMYTANG

    My family had plans to visit my favorite burger joint, Kua'aina, and since I only get to eat this once a year I wasn't about to pass it up. They have my favorite fries in the entire world! I can usually resist any and all candy and chocolate, but french fries are my kryptonite. I prepared by dr... Read more

  • Better Pix

    10/24/2019 1:30:14 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    The promised documentation of today's challenge walk: The rest of the picture, including my head, posted earlier from my phone: Here's a picture of both hubby and me taken by a friend at the dance: The BBQ dinner turned out great. People appreciated and enjoyed it. I... Read more

  • Day 32 Challenge, Western Themed

    10/24/2019 8:47:25 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got in our 10 minute challenge walk right after I got back from taking Natalie to school. My obstacle was my Western wear; Casey kept biting my skirt but by the end of the walk he was used to rustling crinolines and walking like a good boy. My watch says we walked .52; miles in 10:03, f... Read more

  • Better running pace today

    10/24/2019 12:54:08 AM, by CAMYTANG

    Today during my run, I ran my fastest average pace since July! And I didn't feel too tired or sore, either. I haven't had access to my normal scale so I don't know my current weight, but I find I like measuring my progress by my exercise and how I feel during my runs and afterward. I spent some... Read more

  • Bonus: Day 31 Challenge

    10/23/2019 8:36:31 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got our 10 minute challenge walk this eve. Very pleasant day. No problem with the walk. Casey is getting better and better at walking nicely on the leash. I had problem getting the watch and Casey in the same documenting picture. Oh, well. I have several pix from today. Casey at obe... Read more

  • Water

    10/23/2019 2:13:57 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I always think I drink enough water, certainly I drink far more than when I was obese. My mom has never drunk water and growing up we never drank something that mom considered as boring as water unless maybe we were taking a pill. if you asked mom about water she is still likely to quip that water ... Read more

  • Stall Progress and 285 Days Until AUG 3 2020

    10/23/2019 11:20:45 AM, by CHRISTINALOVES

    As promised! A stall pic update! Also as stated; I hit the elliptical twice yesterday, once was only for 10 minutes while dinner was in the oven and then later in the night for 20 minutes Worked with horses yesterday. Doing the same today & also teaching a riding lesson to a... Read more

  • Back on the wagon

    10/23/2019 2:25:12 AM, by CAMYTANG

    I'm not sure why, but I logged back into SP a few days ago again after a long time away. I logged my meals, exercise, and water yesterday and today. I had forgotten how emotional it can be to see how many calories I've eaten and my nutrition breakdown. In some ways it's motivating and in other ... Read more

  • Challenge Day 30

    10/22/2019 9:17:23 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got our 10 minute walk in the fog this morning. He did pretty well. Just 970 more days in this challenge! I had a good day yesterday with over 19000 steps, a resting heart rate of 59, in calorie range despite a couple hours of really wanting to eat more, and dealing with fatig... Read more

  • Challenge Day 29

    10/21/2019 11:05:38 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I didn't get to walk until 10:20am BECAUSE my DD went to the ER last night for kidney stones. I have had kidney stones several times and know it is no fun at all. I got up from a sound sleep and went to her house to watch the kids last night. Got up and drove Natalie to school this morning... Read more

  • 286 Days until Aug 3 2020

    10/21/2019 10:25:42 AM, by CHRISTINALOVES

    So the prep on the stalls is going slowly, though now I am promised by my dear, sweet, loving husband that today, after he gets home for work that it will fly along much faster and that the walls on the stalls will be up soon, and I will post pics of that progress tomorrow. It is getting co... Read more

  • Still kicking and Forks Over Knives Food Plan

    10/20/2019 2:09:01 PM, by ROXYZMOM

    I had a ton of tests done, got a second opinion from a Doctor at Univ of Penn, saw an infectious disease Doctor and had more tests. Nothing has grown. I still have no symptoms. Oncologist said it may be a rare, slow growing cancer or sarcoidosis. I have no symptoms of either. I go back for another C... Read more

  • Bonus: More Joggin Pix

    10/20/2019 11:57:01 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Here's the beginning of the race. You can see my friend Wonder Woman Shelly in one shot and can see my pirate stripes in the other. There were lots of costumes and good vibes!! Granddaughter Natalie, age 12, solved my tech problem. Yay, Natalie! ... Read more

  • Make Up Run + Day 28 Challenge

    10/20/2019 9:27:24 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Yesterday's group run was cancelled due to thunderstorms, so we walked-ran this morning at the golf course-three park trail. I chose to go the speed of the friend who invited me and drove me to the run. Doesn't hurt me to have a slower run from time to time. She runs :12/:30 run/walk, and is a heart... Read more

  • Stress and food

    10/20/2019 9:26:20 AM, by SUNSHINE20113

    I eat, not when I'm stressed out, but as a means to relieve myself from stress: to help me feel better. The two are quite oddly connected - I'm stressed and anxious, so I eat because it feels like a means to help me have a quick relax from the stressful and anxious situation. It can also ... Read more

  • 289 Days Until August 3rd 2020

    10/19/2019 11:43:06 AM, by CHRISTINALOVES

    Well It is working, am down now to 215.4 What is working is that I am being diligent about the calories.. We have some things going on at home, I am for sure getting moving around with taking care of horses though need to be more diligent about elliptical etc. Will update / edit this blog post la... Read more

  • Challenge Day 27

    10/19/2019 10:18:36 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    We dodged the raindrops and walked the flooded streets. He was distracted by the running water so I stopped to correct him several times and we walked a little extra to make up for it. You can even see signs of raindrops on Casey! I am very aware that meeting this challenge is not sufficient to... Read more

  • Joggin' for the Noggin' 5k

    10/19/2019 7:59:22 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    We had a great time at the fun race last eve. Lots of people in costume, including me. My daughter Dana and granddaughter Gwen surprised me, showing up to cheer me on! Once again I am having trouble importing pictures from phone to laptop so may only be able to post one pix and I have so... Read more

  • Challenge Day 26

    10/18/2019 9:13:09 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Beautiful morning. I snapped this picture as I waited for Natalie. All the way to Bartow (10 miles) the sky changed shades and clouds changed configurations. Each moment was different and so lovely. Casey and I walked our 26th day of SparkGuy's challenge. Casey was not in the mood to list... Read more

  • Challenge Day 25

    10/17/2019 8:46:24 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Casey and I got in our challenge walk before Senior Dance this morning. I notice in the picture that pinch collar looks like an implement of torture, but it works really well and doesn't seem to bother him at all. We bought it at our dog training class. You correct with a quick pop but otherwise ke... Read more

  • Bonus: oh, NO!!!

    10/16/2019 2:18:06 PM, by SLENDERELLA61

    I expected at least a couple more weeks before the temptation season begins, but look what hubby brought home today. I AM stronger than chocolate. I AM stronger than Baby Ruths, stronger than Butterfingers, stronger than any temptation he can bring in this house. YES I AM. YES I AM.... Read more

  • Challenge Day 24

    10/16/2019 8:55:05 AM, by SLENDERELLA61

    Challenge walk completed. We are now going to dog training. He is doing pretty good and think we will have fun today. I am feeling much better. May try to run this eve if I am still feeling strong and pain free!... Read more