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  • Slow But Sure

    9/14/2019 10:45:21 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Usually I try to swim laps during the week, but after an unfortunate experience this Wednesday (I was asked to leave the pool at the city rec center so that one of the local high school’s swim team could practice, so I stopped without cooling down or stretching and I’ve been sore ever since!)... any... Read more

  • Sat 9/14 Decluttering

    9/14/2019 6:20:29 PM, by ARNETTELEE

    More decluttering to do. We cleaned the house yesterday, but our spare room is a mess! I will tackle that room today. I started looking at my plastic bins of things and consolidating them with similar items. Right now they are here, there, and everywhere. I am in the process of getting them in order... Read more

  • A friend lost 25 lbs since June but...

    9/14/2019 1:22:05 PM, by CTUPTON

    A friend lost 25 lbs since June but...she seemed discouraged, like that was not enough. She does this over and over and over . She is now 62 years old. She was on WW a few months ago, dropped some weight, gained it back over the winter. She did it with a friend of hers. The friend lost a ... Read more

  • Saturday

    9/14/2019 7:12:53 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Rainy and chilly would love to hunker down with a good book but have a 3 hour cake delivery. Maybe this afternoon!! Have a great day!!... Read more

  • SATURDAY THOUGHT

    9/14/2019 5:15:28 AM, by MARYJOANNA

    Love strong, laugh louder!... Read more

  • More Stinkin’ Cute for Halloween

    9/14/2019 12:33:05 AM, by MCJULIEO

    As I explained yesterday, I don’t really celebrate Halloween, but I love celebrating creativity, and these are some wonderful examples of DIY costumes seen on Pinterest. toy soldier made by spray painting clothes and “army gear” and painted panty hose covering the child’s face ... I’m just blo... Read more

  • Fri 9/13 Friday the 13th

    9/13/2019 9:37:59 PM, by ARNETTELEE

    I'm not superstitious so Friday the 13th is just another day. It's a gloomy day, the sun is barely peeking out, with dark clouds overhead. I'm not sure if we will get to 95% today. Right now it is 85% and 3:30 pm. Oh well... At least it's not raining..... Have a great day! *************** ... Read more

  • Friday

    9/13/2019 7:23:36 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Running late..stepdad still in hospital. Heading to bakery to finish last cake Long delivery tomorrow. Pickups today...... Read more

  • Thu 9/12 library day

    9/13/2019 5:57:08 AM, by ARNETTELEE

    Today is library day. I've been reading Danielle Steel's "The Dark Side." It's very interesting. I had a doctor's appointment today to follow up from last week's check up. I had a reaction to my blood pressure medication (irbesartan), and now I'm off that meds temporarily. Hopefully it will be ... Read more

  • So Stinkin’ Cute for Halloween

    9/12/2019 11:53:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Pinterest is full of costume ideas, and even though I don’t celebrate Halloween, I LOVE creativity! Some are relatively easy... A stick figure using electrical tape on sweats and a paper plate! A chicken- note the rubber glove feet! Adorable potted plant... paper mache cereal ... Read more

  • Dr's Office.

    9/12/2019 11:41:55 PM, by LIVINGLOVINLIFE

    Found this and had to chuckle. Have a great evening/day.... Read more

  • Finally, real knee progress

    9/12/2019 8:58:00 PM, by CTUPTON

    I am able to bend both knees. It has been years--at least since 2016. I thought they were bending better. Then I visited a new "Y." We needed to go upstairs when someone was showing me around. I tried doing stairs the normal way and I did it! This is the best thing that has happened to me ... Read more

  • Recording steps

    9/12/2019 6:50:04 PM, by CAVAMOMMY

    Can anyone help? Is there a way to record your steps?... Read more

  • The Never-ending Story

    9/12/2019 11:54:39 AM, by SMILINGTREE

    Seriously. For 11 years now, I've been coming here to Spark to write about my health and fitness. And one huge theme emerges: Frustration. I keep trying things, adding things, making changes, and not getting the expected results. And it's frustrating. But, look. Over those 11 years, I've made ... Read more

  • THOUGHT FOR THURSDAY

    9/12/2019 10:42:32 AM, by MARYJOANNA

    What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? ---Dr. Robert Schuler... Read more

  • Thurs

    9/12/2019 6:55:56 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Off to work on cakes. 2 weddings and a shower this weekend. Then more cleaning..kitchen is really coming along!!!... Read more

  • Wed 9/11 at last

    9/12/2019 12:08:03 AM, by ARNETTELEE

    At last. The property behind our house belongs to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL). Some of the neighbors have made use of the "free" land by growing vegetables, raising animals, planting big trees, etc. The DHHL has decided to install a fire break between our properties. Our neighbor on... Read more

  • Remembering... The Aggie Way...

    9/11/2019 11:35:27 PM, by MCJULIEO

    September 11, 2001 remains as one of those pivotal historic moments... one that everyone remembers where they were when they first heard the news came filtering out from NYC and WashingSeptember 11, 2001 remains as one of those pivotal historic moments... one that everyone remembers where they were ... Read more

  • A decoration for hubby's nursing room door...

    9/11/2019 9:07:08 PM, by CTUPTON

    I actually got an orange and black door matt with this quote on it. Hopoe it gives him and the aises oops! aides a chuckle. chris... Read more

  • Hit the nail on the head

    9/11/2019 3:36:16 PM, by FRABBIT

    I was reading a Spark article today and this one line resonated with me. Feeling overwhelmed leads to inertia, so you end up doing nothing despite wanting change This is me to a tee right now. So I have identified the problem. The next step is how to move forward. I try to over organize... Read more

  • After PT stretching my neck muscles I feel like JarJarBinks!

    9/11/2019 11:25:44 AM, by CTUPTON

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  • YOU GOTTA LAUGH

    9/11/2019 5:24:56 AM, by MARYJOANNA

    Q. What did the symphony conductor say when his triangle player retired? A. "Thanks for every ting!" Stan: "I heard you went to the costume party dressed as a tennis ball. How did that go?" Jan: "I was the first one served." ... Read more

  • 9/11

    9/11/2019 12:51:18 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Never forget. ... Read more

  • Tue 9/10 tai chi and qigong

    9/10/2019 11:37:52 PM, by ARNETTELEE

    Tuesday is tai chi and qigong day. Our practice group didn't have our "leader" so hubby had to lead the group. We are learning a lot about the kidney in our qigong group. We are doing mystical warrior to work on the kidney. Have a great afternoon! *************** Note: If you are a spark... Read more

  • One Wise Decision at a Time

    9/10/2019 11:20:14 PM, by MCJULIEO

    After Bible Study today, a few friends and I went out to lunch, and this group tends to want to go to a really good Italian place which has really good food, but it’s rich, and lunch runs about $20. I like that place but I have to be sure and eat only half my meal to mitigate the calorie debt... whi... Read more

  • 6 months later - down 45 lbs

    9/10/2019 9:23:24 AM, by CMCCLELLAN521

    I am still plugging right along following the intermittent fasting and low carb way of eating - and I still feel amazing! Life has been so radically simple since transitioning to this new way of eating. I lose about a pound a week on average and never feel deprived. The great thing about ch... Read more

  • World Suicide Prevention Day

    9/10/2019 7:38:50 AM, by LIVINGLOVINLIFE

    Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. It seems like we hear, see or are affected by suicide almost every day. We whisper about it. We shake out heads. We wonder why? What went wrong? A teenager in high school, a young mother with a baby on her hip, a soldier just home from combat, an old man... Read more

  • JOKE OF THE DAY

    9/10/2019 7:22:09 AM, by MARYJOANNA

    What did the ocean liner say to the tugboat? Take this job and shove it!... Read more

  • Tuesday

    9/10/2019 6:44:49 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Derailed again yesterday. Got the grocery shopping done but at 11 just when I was about to start on the kitchen the phone rang. One of the mayors assistants wanting a 3D cake—for TODAY—of the twin towers for a ceremony. No. Nope. No way. People don’t get it. You have to bake. Chill. Takes hours to ... Read more

  • Back to Fall Stuff

    9/9/2019 11:47:46 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Even though it’s still hot around here, I can no longer ignore that it is Fall! I start back to BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) tomorrow, and so it means quite a bit more scheduling and study, which is great since I’ll be forced to organize my time and goals better, not to mention that THIS year’s stud... Read more

  • Mon 9/9 Laundry

    9/9/2019 7:05:30 PM, by ARNETTELEE

    It's laundry day today. The sun is shining, and the wind is very nice. Laundry should dry quickly. We are going to pick up the grands soon. Hope they are in a good mood. Have a great afternoon! *************** Note: If you are a sparker who does not allow comments, please note that ... Read more

  • Reminding Myself of What's Right and My Successes

    9/9/2019 4:29:33 PM, by SMILINGTREE

    It's a funny thing, how one day you can look in the mirror and be all "hm. Not bad. Definite improvement." Then, scarcely two weeks later, you're all, "My goodness, my belly is getting BIGGER." Especially when you use objective measures, like the scale, your clothes, and an actual measuring tape to ... Read more

  • Monday

    9/9/2019 8:56:24 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    shopping this morning...then more cleaning. made HUGE headway in the kitchen and on the porch yesterday. dr appt tomorrow... then 3 cakes for friday/saturday Busy week as always!!... Read more

  • Hot, Hot, Hot

    9/8/2019 10:15:31 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Though it was pretty cloudy today, we received only about 10 drops of rain, and the heat continues. I am so grateful for air-conditioning! And cotton! After yesterday’s blog, I got to thinking about how old fashioned cotton makes such comfortable clothing.... I know that there are new “won... Read more

  • Sun 9/8 decluttering

    9/8/2019 8:20:02 PM, by ARNETTELEE

    We are slowly decluttering our things. Fumigation has forced us to get rid of stuff, and even more so after going through our parents things. They had so much stuff, it isn't funny. I don't want my children to have to go through what we went through. It's time to get organized! Have a great Sun... Read more

  • Minor Set-back!

    9/8/2019 1:51:50 PM, by LSIG14

    Sometimes I just feel like I'm dancing - 2 steps forward and then a step backward. I had really felt good about my progress and then Thursday, I had a serious dizzy spell so ended up back in the ER. My heart is doing weird things again - it just decides to take a break every now and again. (In f... Read more

  • When Challenges Arise

    9/8/2019 11:40:24 AM, by TINATC26

    So after two phenomenal weeks, I've had a bit of a hiccup the past couple of days. Both the result of being outside of routine. I so don't want to be one of those people who can't "go with the flow" and be able to survive a bit of turbulence, but perhaps instead of being worried about that, I shou... Read more

  • Sunday morning

    9/8/2019 8:46:16 AM, by PICKIE98

    Listening to Bocelli, Pavoratti, Paul Greene.., nice way to begin my day.... Read more

  • Sunday

    9/8/2019 7:41:03 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    I think I have a day off..rare and VERY needed and appreciated!! It’s cool and not very nice out..forcing me to not mow, or do yard work. So, I’ll clean a section of the kitchen then relax!! Enjoy your Sunday!!... Read more

  • Sat 9/7 Lihue

    9/8/2019 5:25:24 AM, by ARNETTELEE

    The three of us went to Lihue today after the grands went home. We were asked to watch them since their parents had a PTSA meeting/training in Lihue in the morning. We went to Longs, Walmart, Home Depot, Costco Gas, and Costco. We bought a lot of groceries since our refrig was fairly empty beca... Read more

  • Snowing Down South

    9/7/2019 7:27:49 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Are you old enough to remember someone telling you that “It’s snowing down south”, meaning that your slip is showing below the hem of your skirt? I guess nowadays so few women wear skirts that the saying has become obsolete, if not just archaic.... or maybe if they DO wear skirts, they don’t wear sl... Read more

  • Saturday afternoon

    9/7/2019 1:46:32 PM, by PICKIE98

    I just called the cottage owner up north to see about an early check-in. It is getting closer to vacation time, so now we just have to pack and gas up the car. Easy-peasy. Mackinac Bridge, here we come! ... Read more

  • Yep, Prayer, positive thoughts, hope and loving support WORK!

    9/7/2019 12:39:57 PM, by CGPS1795

    Hi Good Friends & Family! We got through yesterday, (Colonoscopy Friday 9/6as we called it). The prep is clearly the worst part of the whole thing! The Coolyte (the worst tasting clean out solution ever thought of or invented) did a fantastic job; about 2/3 of the gallon caused Mark to make a... Read more

  • WORDS TO LIVE BY

    9/7/2019 7:13:34 AM, by MARYJOANNA

    We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. . .... Read more

  • Saturday

    9/7/2019 6:08:59 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    Lovely chill in the air!! Applesauce day..going to try to push through and do it all today so I can reclaim my kitchen. Did close to 40 pounds of apples Thursday, figured one more session, then saw the wind took down a ton of high apples so I’m back to having another 40 pounds to cook and can. If I ... Read more

  • Fri 9/6 Lihue

    9/6/2019 10:31:16 PM, by ARNETTELEE

    We went to Lihue today to do a few errands. We didn't have enough time to do all we wanted so we will have to do another trip to Lihue soon. We had lunch with daughter at Pho Hale, who will be closing next Friday. The food was okay but the menu was small. Not much to choose from. I'm still hungry, s... Read more

  • The Double-Edged Sword of Being Busy

    9/6/2019 11:31:40 AM, by TINATC26

    So I've been working very hard to stay on track with my eating. I really can't do much physically because I need a hip replacement and mobility is very difficult for me until that happens, which still won't be for a couple of months. So I have to do this for now with controlling my eating. I cert... Read more

  • friday

    9/6/2019 10:01:32 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    sigh..if i havent responded to a usual blog, or thread, forgive me. every so often Spark just goes a little nuts and erases all my settings. i knew this morning when i had zero mail from spark. and sure enough..went in and they had the box checked for "never email me again" its fixed, but getting ... Read more

  • Mindful attitude really does work!

    9/6/2019 8:29:54 AM, by PICKIE98

    I was totally aware of my mouth yesterday:intake throughout the day. I lost another pound. When I started fasting, I saw how well it worked for me, but yesterday I really just sat and went over how proud I was of myself without using my mouth to eat. I did eat, but really forced myself to use ... Read more

  • The More She Changed, The More She Stayed the Same?

    9/5/2019 11:50:36 PM, by MCJULIEO

    . Introduced in 1930 She was “Everygirl” The 2018 movie version Is there an American girl anywhere (who liked to read even only a “little bit”) who hasn’t encountered (and loved) Nancy Drew, the Famous Girl Sleuth, star of countless mysteries? Spunky Nancy, with her perf... Read more

  • Trying to have a goal for each day....now is Day 1,2,3,4,5 but...

    9/5/2019 6:53:46 PM, by CTUPTON

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  • Thursday morning

    9/5/2019 11:22:31 AM, by PICKIE98

    Today IS a great day, I decide.... Read more

  • Update Because I Don't Want to Write the Thing I Need to Write Today

    9/5/2019 10:35:35 AM, by SMILINGTREE

    As a freelance writer and business owner, I have a bunch of different clients and I get to write all sorts of things. Today, I'm working on a piece for my least favorite client -- they aren't bad, I just don't enjoy the work (and I should have dropped them long ago, but they are dependable so I have... Read more

  • thursday

    9/5/2019 9:44:29 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    a couple asked about the wedding cake cancelling. no it doesnt happen ofte. i think in the 40+ years i've been doing wedding cakes it happens less than once a year. Normally, i charge a deposit fee thats non refundable but goes towards the final invoice. I've had a couple cancel where the fiancee wa... Read more

  • from Bernie Siegel

    9/5/2019 7:29:09 AM, by CTUPTON

    (from an old Ann Landers column) if you can start the day without caffeine if you can get going without pep pills if you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles if you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it if you can understand when your loved... Read more

  • Thu 9/5 library

    9/5/2019 7:26:29 AM, by ARNETTELEE

    Today is library day. We started cleaning the house yesterday and will finish up today. Things are a bit out of place because of the fumigation, but we are getting rid of a lot of stuff! It takes a major fumigation (or other event) to really go through what we have and get rid of stuff. It's great! ... Read more

  • WIT & WISDOM

    9/5/2019 5:28:54 AM, by MARYJOANNA

    "Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty without being supervised. --Ann Landers... Read more

  • Wed 9/4 hump day

    9/4/2019 9:53:13 PM, by ARNETTELEE

    It's hump day, and a great day! The sun is out, filling our powerwall with power. We are at 100% today. The past 4 days we were at 95 to 98%. We've started walking at the school again while waiting for the grands to get out of school. It's a nice leisurely walk around the park, and it takes 10 ... Read more

  • Wednesday morning

    9/4/2019 11:09:08 AM, by PICKIE98

    I had another rough pain night, but just got up, walked around and went back to bed, sleeping a couple more hours. Two hours sleep was just NOT enough. The high winds are finished and people with trees are seeing downed trees, big limbs on the ground,etc. The winds gusted for hours at 45 m... Read more

  • weds

    9/4/2019 10:11:58 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    one of my weddings for this week cancelled last night. so i only have one to do this week...which is a bit involved but nothing too bad. so yay for a little bit of a more relaxed week!! off shortly with my folks to look at houses for them. i hope they can find something soon and get moved so i ... Read more

  • WEDNESDAY

    9/4/2019 8:41:03 AM, by MARYJOANNA

    HAPPY HUMP DAY TO EVERYONE! ... Read more

  • Tue 9/3 tai chi and qigong

    9/4/2019 12:03:45 AM, by ARNETTELEE

    Today is tai chi practice and qigong class. We pick up the grands today too. We were able to get in a 20 minute walk while waiting for them. Have a great afternoon. *************** Note: If you are a sparker who does not allow comments, please note that I appreciate your stopping by my b... Read more

  • Starting over one small step at a time

    9/3/2019 10:33:06 PM, by GETTINFIT23

    Boy am I tired! And moody, and depressed, and anxious, and stressed, and, and, and... Need To Change My Ways! This is downright miserable. Sleepy all the time, body aches, don't want to do anything, eat poorly, don't exercise... For someone 36 yrs old, I'm worse off than my 78 year old mom! I'm bac... Read more

  • Fatigue Happens

    9/3/2019 9:55:13 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I took my mother to the dentist today... AND the hairdresser... and we went out for lunch at Longhorn Steakhouse..... and I ate only half my lunch, and saved the other half to eat for dinner tonight, which STILL put me a couple hundred calories over my plan.... BUT, we got those things DONE, an... Read more

  • Tuesday evening

    9/3/2019 6:18:49 PM, by PICKIE98

    Today was about paying the property taxes, walking at the beach and seeing a doe! She was on the path just ahead of us, so we stopped and we watched each other. I then just turned and walked the opposite way so as not to disturb her morning browsing. We got about 40 minutes of hiking in our routi... Read more

  • Making steady progress!

    9/3/2019 1:56:31 PM, by MELAMOM3

    I'm so pleased with where I'm at right now! I'm using a proven system and I'm about 1/2 way to my goal weight, I've lost 38 pounds!. I love this system because it's so easy to follow and I'm confident I won't gain the weight back! In fact I'm getting rid of all the clothes that are too loose! ... Read more

  • Breaking All the Rules - I'm such a bad girl!!

    9/3/2019 9:33:19 AM, by TINATC26

    Okay, maybe not. But I did break a few "weight loss rules" in the last week, with great success I might add. Last Monday morning I stepped on the scale in I don't know how long. I didn't like what I saw, though I can't say I was surprised. So something deep in the recesses of my brain went ... Read more

  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    9/3/2019 7:28:13 AM, by MARYJOANNA

    "I don't know that there are any shortcuts to doing a good job."---Sandra Day O''Connor... Read more

  • Preparing for Autumn

    9/3/2019 6:20:20 AM, by CVRONEK

    With my favorite season, around the bend, I find myself with much to be done. My sister and I must say goodbye to our childhood home and have been spending the Summer remembering and packing up. Although it is hard, I feel that it is really not the same since Mama is gone. The heart of t... Read more

  • Tuesday

    9/3/2019 5:56:36 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    So much to do. Got a bunch done yesterday but not enough. Took Lucy for a walk yesterday and she was not herself..she has a nose like a bloodhound and twice stopped and rumbled..something she rarely does. When we got most of the way around the field she stopped dead hair up on her neck wouldn’t let... Read more

  • Tuesday

    9/3/2019 5:56:35 AM, by NIGHTSKYSTAR

    So much to do. Got a bunch done yesterday but not enough. Took Lucy for a walk yesterday and she was not herself..she has a nose like a bloodhound and twice stopped and rumbled..something she rarely does. When we got most of the way around the field she stopped dead hair up on her neck wouldn’t let... Read more

  • Mon 9/2 Labor day

    9/3/2019 5:52:18 AM, by ARNETTELEE

    It truly was a labor day today. We did our laundry, and of course, we save our wash water for our plants since it is so dry these days. We use the water for the tangelo tree, lime tree, orange tree, crown flower, and gardenia. We actually do this weekly, unless it is raining. Have a great eveni... Read more