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  • Big Party Coming Up

    9/20/2019 10:46:20 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My sweet mother is turning 98 in a couple of months and my brothers have all of a sudden thrown themselves into action to work on the special birthday party that we are planning for her, probably because they all live in Houston, and right now getting out and about in Houston is an iffy proposition,... Read more

  • Test riding trikes in Iowa. Better than Disney Land

    9/20/2019 10:43:47 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Scorpion, tri con (Azub), trident Fat, TT Rover. My Buddy said go ahead and pay the $77 for neon yellow.... what a fun day. PS saw daughter 3 for dinner Thursday night and daughter 2 for sourdough bread drop off as well as again for dinner. Great day !!!... Read more

  • Raising Your Children Right..... Arrrrrrrrrrrgh! iTLAP was Today!

    9/19/2019 11:52:16 PM, by MCJULIEO

    International Talk Like a Pirate was today....... and I had only a handful of opportunities to practice my “piratese “! (It just didn’t seem to translate well to the Bible study group that I was leading, though I gave it my best shot) The best thing, though, was that my (grown) children rememb... Read more

  • More Tired Than Hungry!

    9/18/2019 8:37:37 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I hardly slept last night, but I MADE myself go swim laps this afternoon, 41 and then afterwards I had the stir-fry leftover from lunch, and my calories are just barely adequate, but I have the astonishing feeling of not being hungry! Not hungry at all! Perhaps I can convince myself to eat som... Read more

  • It’s An Experiment!

    9/17/2019 11:29:34 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Tomorrow I’m planning on swimming another mile, 1.25 mile if I have time.... and today I ate a couple hundred extra calories (I added melted peanut butter to my frozen banana ice cream- so scrumptious!) so that when I burn that extra thousand or so calories tomorrow, my body will not question my mot... Read more

  • My life

    9/17/2019 7:19:17 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Today is going to get better Today I have gotten things done ... Read more

  • 478.65 workout miles so far

    9/17/2019 12:55:46 PM, by SHINETRI

    This year I'm keeping a running total of the miles I walk, run, and swim during workouts. I'd like to start biking too, maybe later in the year. Walk: 306.5 miles Run: 163.95 miles Swim: 8.2 miles (14400 yards) Bike: 0 miles... Read more

  • Totally Bushed, .... and Eating MORE to LOSE...

    9/16/2019 9:49:36 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I pushed myself again today in swimming laps, and, though I was SO satisfied with actually GOING and swimming, I find myself really bushed tonight, and can barely keep my eyes open! It’s going to mean an early bedtime, I think.... Has anyone had any experience with breaking through a plate... Read more

  • My life

    9/16/2019 8:54:08 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My cardio workout round two today ... Read more

  • Tai Chi @ McNair Park

    9/16/2019 7:59:41 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    9 am morning mindfulness....or practicing mindfulness. Tai Chi is very challenging for me. I have a friend that is so knowledgeable and patient. I am truly grateful!... Read more

  • New Week

    9/15/2019 10:30:46 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This is our chance to correct all those “meh” choices. This is our opportunity to get it right! This is my stated aim: to boldly Do the Right Thing, whether in Food or in Activities ALL WEEK! Hold me accountable, Sparkfriends! I want to have victory after victory this week! We CA... Read more

  • RV Show walking

    9/15/2019 5:08:20 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Walked around about an hour . Fun, fun, fun. A lot of 3 or 4 steps up & down into trailers I couldn't climb the ladder to get up into this tent.... Read more

  • 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

  • September 14th walking stats

    9/14/2019 6:21:29 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Another picture worth many words.... Read more

  • Sept 14 Trike shopping then walk at the park

    9/14/2019 6:20:43 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Well, I was able to eliminate a couple brands in my full suspension trike search as well as get a few specific characteristics determined. So a productive morning, then for the fun. Walked around the shortened path around water at Lakeside 370 Park with my rollator. My left knee hyper extended... Read more

  • September 13, Friday, 2019 Y workout

    9/14/2019 10:09:42 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Had a very good "land" workout today. Octane for 30 minutes, stretch, AMT for 65 minutes, then a long stretch time, sauna and shower. Then Costco for Jean's at less than $5 each and cuffed shorts for less than $5 each. A meeting and home to bake bread and do a little bathroom cleaning. Enjoyed ... 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

  • Sept 12, 2019 Walking & Talking and a couple close calls

    9/13/2019 6:16:57 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    So, doing two things at a time can get me in trouble. I have to focus on walking. I have to focus on talking. I tried to put the two together during a walk with a friend and about fell everytime. Sometimes I have to stay within the boundaries of my capabilities.... Read more

  • My life

    9/13/2019 2:44:09 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Round one cardio workout today ... 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

  • My life

    9/12/2019 6:47:31 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Today we do Blue Mass in Honor of first responders... Read more

  • Sept 11th, 2019 Size 6 Costco Jeans

    9/12/2019 7:50:44 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Yep, for less than $5 I bought my favorite Jean's at Costco. They are the Gloria Vanderbilt brand style "AMANDA". THE 8's were fitting well, so for 5 bucks I thought I would go to 6 as an experiment. Well yesterday they fit. So even though the scale doesn't show much progress, I will be able t... 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

  • My life

    9/11/2019 7:27:16 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Cardio workout today ... 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

  • Monday Tai Chi at McNair Gardens 9/9/19

    9/10/2019 6:36:18 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Cornel had me use a small red ball as part of the exercise time. He let me bring it home. Not sore yesterday, but very sore today ( writing this the next day ) Happy to have a great instructor.... Read more

  • Upstairs at the YMCA 9/10/19

    9/10/2019 6:34:02 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    First 30 minutes on the OCTANE legs & arms, then 65 on the AMT. Left knee handled it today. So grateful!... 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

  • 465.44 workout miles so far

    9/9/2019 4:36:51 PM, by SHINETRI

    This year I'm keeping a running total of the miles I walk, run, and swim during workouts. I'd like to start biking too, maybe later in the year. Walk: 295.75 miles Run: 161.49 miles Swim: 8.2 miles (14400 yards) Bike: 0 miles... Read more

  • My life

    9/9/2019 4:00:57 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Cardio workout today ... Read more

  • Pops & Football

    9/9/2019 9:05:57 AM, by APONI_KB

    What a coincidence, opening week of NFL and dad came for a visit and wanted to see how that thing I have where I can watch any game at any time works. I have his place on a hotspot but he's out in the country so even so the internet is a bit too spotty to pull off this sort of trickery. I'd lov... 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

  • My life

    9/8/2019 8:12:52 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My bike ride today ... Read more

  • Saturday exercise at our favorite park.

    9/8/2019 3:53:12 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Saw an alligator. It's metal on an island overlooking the path.... Read more

  • Lakeside 370 Park

    9/8/2019 3:46:19 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    My husband rode bike while I walked. Nice park has been reopened after the May levy breach.... 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

  • My life

    9/6/2019 10:05:44 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My cardio workout today and floor workout today ... 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

  • next time just litter

    9/5/2019 2:19:01 PM, by APONI_KB

    I'm going through stuff right now. Who isn't right? What I need most right now is to stay positive, eyes on the prize sort of way. It's vital, I'm in a weird place. I'm not super fragile and incapable of taking criticism. I just know that my entire future relies on me not getting sucked in the the m... Read more

  • My life

    9/4/2019 8:20:05 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Good day today easy dose it Rowing today ... Read more

  • tackling sodium

    9/4/2019 7:48:30 AM, by APONI_KB

    I've been cutting down on salt for some time now. It was rough because I was someone who used to salt already salted popcorn. I got used to it. After a while if I ate one of the hubs delicious fast food fries, all I could taste was salt. Then after the latest test results I started getti... 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

  • My life

    9/3/2019 5:30:01 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Today we do Biking ... Read more

  • 456.08 workout miles so far

    9/3/2019 1:36:51 PM, by SHINETRI

    This year I'm keeping a running total of the miles I walk, run, and swim during workouts. I'd like to start biking too, maybe later in the year. Walk: 292.06 miles Run: 155.82 miles Swim: 8.2 miles (14400 yards) Bike: 0 miles... Read more

  • It is NOT Fall yet. Stop rushing it

    9/3/2019 10:37:30 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Today everyone on the radio station I listen to is talking like it is Fall. Summer is over on Labor Day it seems to be the thought. It is supposed to be 91 degrees here today. That is Summer saying I'm still here...lol. Swam @ indoor YMCA in Ofallon. Feels like coming home to visit family and fr... Read more

  • My life

    9/2/2019 9:06:43 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Round two cardio workouts today ... Read more

  • Senior Living

    9/2/2019 8:39:40 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Do you know anyone who lives in a senior independent living facility? Do you visit them or offer to take them places? Would you like to make a difference? My almost 98 year old mother lives in a senior apartment complex, and when I go and visit her, I stay in her apartment and sleep on her couc... Read more

  • Happy Labor Day Holiday

    9/2/2019 4:50:33 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Tai Chi outside in the garden of a community park, then off the walk the levy near an outlet mall. The Missouri River level has reduced, so the path by the river under I-64 bridge is open. I only walked 15 minutes, but ever second I am grateful for.... Read more

  • Happy Labor Day Holiday

    9/2/2019 4:49:33 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Tai Chi outside in the garden of a community park, then off the walk the levy near an outlet mall. The Missouri River level has reduced, so the path by the river under I-64 bridge is open. I only walked 15 minutes, but ever second I am grateful for.... Read more

  • Happy Labor Day Holiday

    9/2/2019 4:48:08 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Tai Chi outside in the garden of a community park, then off the walk the levy near an outlet mall. The Missouri River level has reduced, so the path by the river under I-64 bridge is open. I only walked 15 minutes, but ever second I am grateful for.... Read more

  • September 1st kayaking

    9/1/2019 11:38:53 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Fun !!!!... Read more

  • September 1st Sunday 2019 Surprise

    9/1/2019 11:37:29 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    So a friend text me and ask if I want to go Kayaking....yes please....she has a tandem one my husband and I can borrow. I wrap up some of my homemade sourdough bread with a thank you card, put on my suit, my husband gets my lifevest and we are heading to stranger's house to borrow their equipment. ... Read more

  • Strength Building-The Other Kind

    8/31/2019 11:55:54 PM, by MCJULIEO

    As we are working to build body strength, let us not neglect the Other Things in our lives that need strengthening.... Everything happens for a purpose... and I HOPE that I learn the lesson I’m supposed to learn the first time around...... Read more

  • “Swimmers High”

    8/30/2019 8:27:50 PM, by MCJULIEO

    If runners who cover their distances for the wonderful feeling of euphoria get what they call “runner’s high”, do swimmer’s get the same thing , but in the water? Unfortunately, “swimmer’s high” has actually come to mean something completely different (and deadly). Apparently when some competit... Read more

  • College Football

    8/30/2019 12:43:09 AM, by MCJULIEO

    My beloved Texas Aggies survived their opening football game tonight, and since it was televised, I could enjoy the game while spending some quality time with my neighbors, who are also Aggies... The best part was that we could catch up on each other after dashing past each other for some busy ... Read more

  • I need fat! (feel better from yesterday)

    8/29/2019 1:37:38 PM, by KENNABLUE

    So my anniversary with my husband was 2 days ago. We've officially annoyed each other for 19 years. I didn't ask for anything this year as I am just trying to adust to life, when he came home yesterday with this one thing I not only wanted, but needed the most in the world. He came home with a magne... Read more

  • maybe I'll stick to accounting

    8/29/2019 1:05:26 PM, by APONI_KB

    I needed to come up with a physical product for a workshop. I thought about a bat house (already done) and owl or eagle house (huge) and then came up with a hummingbird house. This is just an exercise but I sketched it out and dad doesn't know it yet, but he's going to make a couple of these fo... Read more

  • Shopping Expedition

    8/28/2019 10:32:42 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Do you like to shop? I used to think I do, and, in comparison to everyone else in my family, I DO... but i’ve been putting off a much needed shopping expedition long enough to make me question my motivation... I need a few things, most particularly a new swimsuit....so I headed to the outlet ma... Read more

  • A quick blog about today.

    8/28/2019 2:15:41 PM, by KENNABLUE

    Keto flu... I almost enjoy the real flu more. I am doing intermittent fasting on top of keto, and something broke! I got the rash. I got foggy headed. I got stinky sweat. Being smelly and itchy are for sure annoying but they are 100 percent fixable. The fogginess though. I can't live that life. I'v... Read more

  • Tai Chi

    8/27/2019 11:55:47 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Started back with Tai Chi instructor today. He has returned from multiple months away. We met outside at a park. Best session yet. The outside venue was so much better for me. I look forward to weekly formal sessions and daily practice. It is very difficult to find Tai Chi near me. I am super blesse... Read more

  • Pushing Oneself

    8/27/2019 11:23:52 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I went back to the pool again today, and barely got 5 laps in when the staff told me I would have to move to the other side of the pool because they were going to be staging a class where I was..... fortunately, there was a lane available and I continued my laps, stroking one after another even as t... Read more

  • Where have I been...

    8/27/2019 6:38:42 PM, by KENNABLUE

    Working! However now I can't work due to some health issues I have been having so I am at home with my kids chilling out. Really have actually been working on me. I am back on Keto, and while my starting weight in all of this was 315, I am down to 284 and I am not quitting. I am drinking insane amo... Read more

  • My life

    8/27/2019 6:33:56 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My cardio workout today ... Read more

  • 446.57 workout miles so far

    8/27/2019 3:19:24 PM, by SHINETRI

    This year I'm keeping a running total of the miles I walk, run, and swim during workouts. I'd like to start biking too, maybe later in the year. Walk: 285.1 miles Run: 153.27 miles Swim: 8.2 miles (14400 yards) Bike: 0 miles... Read more

  • Holding On

    8/26/2019 11:55:16 PM, by MCJULIEO

    This was one of the perfect posts that I needed to see today, and I’m clinging to it with both hands and all my heart... Even if it doesn’t get easier someday, I’m hanging in there, and I know that you all are rooting for me.... we’re all in this together!... Read more

  • My life

    8/26/2019 9:15:21 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My workouts today ... Read more

  • My life

    8/26/2019 9:15:20 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    My workouts today ... Read more

  • Aug 26 ... schedule be flexible

    8/26/2019 12:36:08 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    Well all my appointments were changed so I got in a 2000 yard swim. It is beautiful outside, so heading to watch a college soccer game with a friend. Life is very good.... Read more

  • 8-25-19 migraine status

    8/25/2019 11:47:47 PM, by ALATONA

    Well, I think my migraines are triggered in part by my menstrual cycle. After I got rid of the headache/migraine that lasted for 3 weeks, I got another one, and it coincided with the start of my period, as the previous two migraines had done. Good news is that the pain & light sensitivity only last... Read more

  • 510 Calories in Popeye’s Chicken Breast!!!

    8/25/2019 11:47:03 PM, by MCJULIEO

    I shouldn’t have, but did eat a Popeyes fried chicken breast at lunch, and I shouldn’t have been surprised to discover that it had 510 calories....(I certainly hadn’t guessed the total was THAT high) but it was yummy... And it will be a long time before I eat another one! This was at a po... Read more

  • Last Sighs of Summer

    8/24/2019 10:59:12 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Living in a lovely tourist destination, and just a couple blocks from one of Texas’ most famous dance halls, we can almost feel the summer drawing to a close... throngs of well heeled tourists (probably here from Houston just 3 hours away) are marking off the End Of Summer Vacation from their To Do ... Read more

  • Last Sighs of Summer

    8/24/2019 10:59:12 PM, by MCJULIEO

    Living in a lovely tourist destination, and just a couple blocks from one of Texas’ most famous dance halls, we can almost feel the summer drawing to a close... throngs of well heeled tourists (probably here from Houston just 3 hours away) are marking off the End Of Summer Vacation from their To Do ... Read more

  • Aug 24 th article thoughts and PLANKS

    8/24/2019 10:57:33 AM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    I just read an article about weighing more than you look. I don't think that is the case with me, but a friend I was discussing my latest goals with and my motivation behind those goals said she thought I would be good. ( by the way. . Motivation is an upcoming doctor's appointment in 10 weeks )... Read more

  • My life

    8/23/2019 10:10:59 PM, by BIGRENTMAN

    Took a sick day today feeling better now ... Read more

  • Aug 23 swim than walk

    8/23/2019 9:11:33 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    So my trike is still up North. I got my usual 2,000 yard swim in then walked while my husband rode bike. We were on a paved path on the top of a levey so it was flat and nice and sunny with a breeze. I walked just under 6 miles behind my rollator. A couple times bikes almost ran me down. It is a m... Read more

  • Finally! A Mile!

    8/22/2019 10:41:34 PM, by MCJULIEO

    My lap swimming this summer has been awfully random, and I haven’t gone more than 2/3rds of a mile in my trips to the pool.... until today... TODAY I got the full mile in , and could gracefully hand over my lane to another person with my head held high.... I’m going to have to figure when the ... Read more

  • Aug 22, 2019. 2000 yards a little easier

    8/22/2019 6:01:03 PM, by JULIACOLLINS62

    So today's swim was slow but not as much pain. I was proud of myself for not having coffee/creamer today at the meeting at church. I had my oats for a late lunch. Just tired today, but happy and grateful I am able to do things today that get me tired. I'm already looking forward to the weekend... Read more

  • Recovery Day and Eating Slowly

    8/22/2019 12:03:40 AM, by MCJULIEO

    I’m sore today, but will take some anti-inflammatory before going to bed. I knew I would be eating at a fancy Italian restaurant tonight, so I skimped on lunch and snacked on fruit, but by dinner time I was quite hungry.... my will power was at a low ebb, but FORTUNATELY my dining companions an... Read more