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  • thought for today 1/26/21

    1/26/2021 11:42:05 AM, by USMAWIFE

    The fact that you're struggling doesn't make you a burden. It doesn't make you unloveable or undesirable or undeserving of care. It doesn't make you too much or too sensitive or too needy. It makes you human. Everyone struggles. Everyone has a difficult time coping, and at times, we all fall apart. ... Read more

  • Nana Tells A Story

    1/26/2021 7:11:03 AM, by BESSHAILE

    I'm getting ready to film a video interview for my woman's club and thought I'd practice a bit. It's been almost a year since I last made a video and I'd forgotten how much fun this was to do. This one uses a different puppet and I see there's a flub in it - so I'm only going to keep this up a week... Read more

  • the day barely started

    1/25/2021 8:28:39 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Barely the day started and... it's already six in the evening. Barely arrived on Monday and it's already Friday. ... and the month is already over. ... and the year is almost over. ... and already 40, 50 or 60 years of our lives have passed. ... and we realize that we lost our parents, fri... Read more

  • Victory -3.8 lbs, Week 2*: 5%Wint21

    1/25/2021 7:12:32 PM, by SPARKNB

    Victory -3.7lbs, Week 1*: 5%Wint21 was my headline last week, so this is nice! Further, I'm seeing a little non-scale victory in terms of clothing (looser) and skin (same)...good things! Gives me motivation to keep going. Had lost some in the autumn... Oth, it's re-losing the same weight I... Read more

  • Weigh-In -- 24Jan21

    1/24/2021 10:02:54 PM, by MT-MOONCHASER

    Still more or less maintaining the same weight. I need to up my freggie game... I'm getting at least 64 oz. fluids daily. I usually start the day strong and taper off. I need to drink more water in the afternoons. I'm working at moving more. I have been getting some knitting and ... Read more

  • thought for today 1/24/21

    1/24/2021 12:42:49 PM, by USMAWIFE

    What if your scars stayed to remind you that you were healed, and your blemishes were a sign of times you called upon your light? What if your beautiful round belly was a sign of strong years lived and good food eaten ... And your wrinkles were signs of you feeling ...feeling life and not runnin... Read more

  • I Never Knew Myself

    1/24/2021 6:55:31 AM, by BESSHAILE

    Elizabeth Bennet says this in Pride and Prejudice when she tells her sister Jane about the perfidy of Mr. Wickham and the integrity of Mr. Darcy. "Till this time I never knew myself" she says. The character, Emma, says much the same thing to herself when, after being chastised by Mr. Knightly for b... Read more

  • thought for today 1/23/21

    1/23/2021 11:04:24 PM, by USMAWIFE

    a quote from Founding Father Benjamin Franklin: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”'... Read more

  • thought for today 1/22/21

    1/22/2021 10:40:40 PM, by USMAWIFE

    “Other people don’t get to invalidate your truth. They can disagree with it. They can struggle to understand it. They can carry a truth that conflicts with your own — but they don’t have the authority to tell you what your truth should or shouldn’t be. You feel what you feel and you need what you ne... Read more

  • Day 21 - can’t give up now

    1/22/2021 2:10:29 PM, by DOINGBETTER854

    Today is my 21st day of making this change. The wheels have come off this wagon and I am off in the dust somewhere. Today has been super hard. I became complacent and the troubles snuck up on me while I wasn’t looking. I am virtually schooling my 2 older kids through their school district. And the... Read more

  • Happy Thursday

    1/21/2021 11:34:52 PM, by WILSOD1

    Happy Thursday... Read more

  • wheres bernie just something for fun

    1/21/2021 10:04:43 PM, by USMAWIFE

    i love this. enter an address or location and instantly bernie is there http://dc101.iheart.com/featur
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  • Baby You're a Firework! Also...fav exercise?

    1/21/2021 2:05:40 AM, by SPARKNB

    In my 5% group, the q of the day was: fav exercise? My answer was Hiking edges out all others; luckily there's a trailhead, 4 houses down, but I don't do it much when it's too cold or esp. when icy (both now). I also do some low impact aerobics, also stationary bikes (sometimes road bike... Read more

  • Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem

    1/20/2021 5:47:27 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Even if you did not watch today's Inauguration, this poem says it all. She is a talented young lady who will go far When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We've braved the belly of the beast We've le... Read more

  • Happy Inauguration Day!

    1/20/2021 12:55:10 PM, by WILSOD1

    Happy Inauguration Day!... Read more

  • thought for today 1/19/21

    1/19/2021 5:44:54 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you're doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you... Read more

  • Monday is almost over

    1/18/2021 8:41:58 PM, by WILSOD1

    Monday is almost over... Read more

  • Thought for today 1/18/21

    1/18/2021 7:47:32 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Millions of people never analyze themselves. Mentally they are mechanical products of the factory of their environment ... Preoccupied with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, working and sleeping, and going here and there to be entertained. They don't know what or why they are seeking, nor why they... Read more

  • Depression

    1/18/2021 12:02:43 PM, by AFERRARI

    For most of my life I have suffered from bouts of depression. It seems to affect other people in my family as well. I try hard to overcome it and hate to have it affect me so deeply. I have gone to psychiatrists and at one time even went on anti-depressant medication. I am learning to deal with it b... Read more

  • Happy New Year, New Admin, New Goals for New Week

    1/17/2021 11:57:49 PM, by SPARKNB

    91 185 362 402 1) Exercise earlier in day this week 2) Drink Water earlier in day this week 3) More videos (spark, youtube) 551 475 471 495 486 4) Plan out menus later tonight 5) Healthy baking this week 6) Keep up with more kitchen duties 56 52 542 7) Follow up on c... Read more

  • thought for today 1/17/21

    1/17/2021 7:47:00 PM, by USMAWIFE

    “Even if your life holds a lot of beauty. Even if your cup is full and your days are blessed. You’re allowed to be affected. You’re allowed to hurt. You’re allowed to feel broken and sad. And you deserve a space to talk about it. Always.”... Read more

  • Weigh-In -- 17Jan21

    1/17/2021 5:21:27 PM, by MT-MOONCHASER

    Still hanging in there around the same weight - a bit up, a bit down... Not much going on around here. Winter has been pretty mild so far after our end of September blast. Most of the snow has melted, still quite a bit of ice where it was packed down. We are supposed to get a bit of snow lat... Read more

  • Happy Sunday

    1/17/2021 3:56:14 PM, by WILSOD1

    Happy Sunday... Read more

  • Victory -3.7lbs, Week 1*: 5%Wint21

    1/16/2021 11:07:21 PM, by SPARKNB

    It's our first week's weigh-in of Winter21 on the 5% teams, and honestly I was not expecting such a big loss; however, I think my body is getting back to it's 'set-point' that I had for much of the autumn, before the elections morphed into the holi-daze; maybe because I'm flushing out some of the fa... Read more

  • thought for today 1/16/21

    1/16/2021 8:39:43 PM, by USMAWIFE

    “Even if your life holds a lot of beauty. Even if your cup is full and your days are blessed. You’re allowed to be affected. You’re allowed to hurt. You’re allowed to feel broken and sad. And you deserve a space to talk about it. Always.”... Read more

  • It's Friday

    1/15/2021 10:45:31 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Hi. Stop scrolling. Notice your breath. Big inhale. Lengthen your neck. Big exhale. Drop your shoulders. Unclench your jaw. Soften your tongue. It’s Friday. We made it. Deep breath. You’re beautiful. Have some water. Smile. - Liz Petrone... Read more

  • If I Could Live It Over Again...

    1/14/2021 5:30:33 PM, by USMAWIFE

    If I had to live my life over again, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time. I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would take more trips. I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers. I would eat... Read more

  • Feeling Good

    1/14/2021 3:18:16 PM, by DOINGBETTER854

    I realized while I was running errands. That my muscles, my legs, feel good today. They don't ache, or hurt or feel fatigued. Which is a first in a long time. Sure I still have aches and pains from trouble spots. I'm overall tired on general. But I'm not dragging myself in and out of the car at ev... Read more

  • Happy New Year!

    1/14/2021 10:15:43 AM, by HEALTHYWRITER

    I fought 2020, and 2021. 211 The new year's gotten off to a bit of a rocky start here, and I suspect that may be true for a whole lot of us. Maybe we should adjust expectations. If 2020 taught me anything, it's that maybe we set ourselves up for disappointment, living too much in the fu... Read more

  • thought for today 1/13/21

    1/13/2021 9:42:44 PM, by USMAWIFE

    “You don’t ever have to feel guilty about removing toxic people from your life. It doesn’t matter whether someone is a relative, romantic interest, employer, childhood friend, or a new acquaintance — you don’t have to make room for people who cause you pain or make you feel small. It’s one thing if ... Read more

  • Staying committed

    1/13/2021 10:43:56 AM, by DOINGBETTER854

    So far I have completed my workouts as desired. Every day, Monday through Friday. For 8 workout days now. I keep trying to see all the ways my weight effects me and I’ve just become numb to it. The way the bed sinks so deep while I sleep in it. The way the folding chair wiggles under me. The way I... Read more

  • Riding the Crest of January

    1/13/2021 6:48:41 AM, by BESSHAILE

    Fresh, crisp, clean, blue-sky January - how I love you. Even more than the first cool days of autumn, after the long humid and hot summer of the southern US, you bring me energy, inspiration - action! As I have often said, I'm a very good journal/diary keeper for January. Lists of things I hope... Read more

  • 7 effective ways to make others feel important

    1/12/2021 8:38:44 PM, by USMAWIFE

    7 Effective Ways to Make Others Feel Important 1. Use their name. 2. Express sincere gratitude. 3. Do more listening than talking. 4. Talk more about them than about you. 5. Be authentically interested. 6. Be sincere in your praise. 7. Show you care.... Read more

  • Month/Week Plans/2Do's & Possible Recipes

    1/12/2021 12:00:05 AM, by SPARKNB

    Tuesday, (& some are for rest of the week as reminder) in no particular order: 1) Dishes 2) Healthy baking (for my 'snack bag') 3) walk 30 4) recordings 5) Code 6) washer? 7) coffee table cleared 8) fix calcium deposit 9) roomba & vaccum 10) catch up on 5% prep 11) exercycle 10-15 12) make shallot... Read more

  • thought for today 1/11/21

    1/11/2021 10:41:02 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Let go of something old that no longer serves you in order to make room for something new.... Read more

  • thought for today 1/10/21

    1/10/2021 1:00:24 PM, by USMAWIFE

    t’s important that what thoughts you are feeding into your mind because your thoughts create your belief and experiences. You have positive thoughts and you have negative ones too. Nurture your mind with positive thoughts: kindness, empathy, compassion, peace, love, joy, humility, generosity, etc. T... Read more

  • ThePlan 2021-a Different Feel

    1/10/2021 7:54:34 AM, by BESSHAILE

    That's right. ThePlan 2021 is shaping up with a different feel this year from years past. Mind now - there will still be a plan. And it will still be deeply personal and probably big and encompassing and probably extremely detailed. That's just how I like to plan. But I don't feel as much like sha... Read more

  • thought for today 1/9/21

    1/9/2021 10:17:44 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Everyone enjoys being acknowledged and appreciated. Sometimes even the simplest act of gratitude can change someone's entire day. Take the time to recognize and value the people around you and appreciate those who make a difference in your lives... Read more

  • Slow is GOOD !!

    1/9/2021 9:51:50 AM, by YOGAMUSICIAN

    Losing 1 lb. a week ...... sounds easy ....and terrifying ! It's not that much ,it's only a pound !! But it's scary....what if I cant lose even 1 lb. in a week , WITH the exercise and food modifications ?!?! STOP ...... This is my bad mental place I do to my self .......... Read more

  • thought for today 1/8/21

    1/8/2021 1:52:34 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Surround Yourself with Positive People Who Believe in Your Dreams Distance yourself from negative people who try to lower your motivation and decrease your ambition. Create space for positive people to come into your life. Surround yourself with positive people who believe in your dreams, encour... Read more

  • Why I Love A Plan

    1/8/2021 6:15:59 AM, by BESSHAILE

    I got my new planner yesterday and it is exactly what I wanted. Very similar to the one I've been using but with a hard cover. I'm going to enjoy exploring its features and start working on ThePlan 2021 this weekend. It's made by a company called Tools4Wisdom just in case you were curious. I w... Read more

  • wise words for today 1/7/21

    1/7/2021 2:06:30 PM, by USMAWIFE

    You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you've tried. If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, you don't branch out, you don't try ; you don't take the risk. None of us like difficulties, bu... Read more

  • declutter for life.

    1/6/2021 11:29:41 AM, by USMAWIFE

    Interesting things to declutter now http://bemorewithless.com/decl
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  • just when I did not expect it

    1/5/2021 8:47:52 PM, by USMAWIFE

    We have been having dates set for the install of our new kitchen windows the last few weeks, only to have the contractors cancel them. Each of those times we had set up our fur child to go in for grooming to get him out of the house since there would be windows open Today out of the blue, the ... Read more

  • After working out

    1/5/2021 4:11:49 PM, by DOINGBETTER854

    I started a new workout series and I am just in love with it right now. The trainer starts it out so simple that I can do most of the moves even though I’m in terrible shape. And then she also shows you how she’s going to build to moves into what I can only describe as beautiful physical freedom. I’... Read more

  • Please keep this family in your prayers

    1/4/2021 10:32:04 PM, by USMAWIFE

    I am friends with a former SP member on Facebook. Yesterday one of the worst things happened Her beautiful 24 yo daughter went to bed like normal the night before with her husband, and in the morning she was singing the angels She never woke from her sleep You just never know. The ... Read more

  • Happy Sunday

    1/3/2021 5:43:02 PM, by WILSOD1

    Happy Sunday... Read more

  • thought for today 1/3/21

    1/3/2021 1:39:33 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Each day brings new opportunities, allowing you to constantly live with love—be there for others—bring a little light into someone's day. Be grateful and live each day to the fullest.... Read more

  • TheBrains Talk About C Students

    1/3/2021 7:27:45 AM, by BESSHAILE

    Well - here it is already January 3 and I have written nary a word about ThePlan for 2021. NOT that I don't have plans - but they're not ready to put down on paper. In part that's because I bought the wrong planner (for me) this year and am waiting on a different one to be delivered, the end of nex... Read more

  • I thought I was doing well

    1/2/2021 11:07:56 PM, by USMAWIFE

    with multitasking.. but it is catching up to me now and i need to plan out my days better. its ok. that is life... Read more

  • Trying to stay focused.

    1/2/2021 9:39:40 PM, by DOINGBETTER854

    I’m currently at the highest weight I've been at in over 20 years, maybe my life. I am in pain, I’m tired, I don’t sleep good. My clothes don’t fit. I can barely do stairs. Getting off the floor is a chore. I have 4 young kids. I can’t be this broken down. That’s exactly what I am. I am broken... Read more

  • Happy Saturday

    1/2/2021 11:44:40 AM, by WILSOD1

    Happy Saturday... Read more

  • Time to reclaim my health

    1/1/2021 11:56:20 PM, by DOINGBETTER854

    I just had our fourth baby in July. She’s going to be our last. I’m currently 37. And add the typical story of 2020, my weight hasn’t been good. I’ve been eating my stress away, over indulging because I need to treat myself, and not actually taking care of myself. I need my strength to care fo... Read more

  • Happiness tips

    1/1/2021 2:43:08 PM, by USMAWIFE

    HAPPINESS TIPS: • Don’t listen to gossip • Ignore what people say about you • Design your own life • Look for the good in every situation • Develop an attitude of gratitude • Laugh more... Read more

  • Happy New Year

    1/1/2021 2:30:44 PM, by SPARKNB

    From my friend 1crazydog, a couple of months ago, but apt for this new year of 2021: ♥ -:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-: -*♥-* Do not take today for granted. And tomorrow is truly uncertain. Try to live everyday as though it was the last – if not for yourself, then for someone you love. ... Read more

  • We Welcome...

    1/1/2021 9:56:04 AM, by LADYCALICO

    "And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been." -- Rainer Maria Rilke ... Read more

  • Scale

    1/1/2021 2:17:09 AM, by WILSOD1

    I'm looking for recommendations for a digital bathroom scale. There's so many to choose from.... Read more

  • The New Year...

    12/31/2020 6:24:16 PM, by LADYCALICO

    "The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written." -- Melody Beattie Wishing my fellow Sparklers a Happy New Year's Eve! e... Read more

  • 2020

    12/31/2020 6:19:59 PM, by USMAWIFE

    What a horrible year So much has and continues going on around the world and professionally I have some decisions to make next week and not sure how that is going to effect my husband. He truly believes he can go back to work but his memory is just getting worse and we do not see the neurolo... Read more

  • Goodbye 2020

    12/31/2020 1:57:42 PM, by AFERRARI

    What a year it has been. One thing I will be really glad for is that Covid will be finally controlled in 2021. I did not sleep well last night as it was the one year anniversary of my puppy passing in her sleep. I could not get her off my mind. I am hoping to get a nap this afternoon as my chi... Read more

  • thought for today 12.30

    12/30/2020 8:01:15 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Just as hidden springs bring life to the desert, random acts of kindness can breathe new life into the world. We each have the ability to bring unexpected joy into one another’s lives — no matter your circumstances. May the gift you bring spread like a rare desert flower, and may your efforts grow i... Read more

  • Setting goals

    12/30/2020 1:11:23 PM, by AFERRARI

    I had to laugh - someone asked me if I was still working on my bookcases. Yes I am but this is the kind of thing that keeps happening to me. I start a project, then something else happens so I move on, then something else gets in the way. And I have to get back to all the unfinished projects. ... Read more

  • Hope Smiles...

    12/30/2020 10:17:57 AM, by LADYCALICO

    "Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.' " Alfred Lord Tennyson Yes, I did post this very same thing at the beginning of 2020--what a cockeyed optimist! ... Read more

  • A cold moon

    12/29/2020 9:48:19 PM, by USMAWIFE

    “Snow was falling, so much like stars filling the dark trees that one could easily imagine its reason for being was nothing more than prettiness.” — Mary Oliver Mother Earth has taken a deep inhale and settled into her long slumber… finally, the prairie and woodlands are covered wit... Read more

  • MIA

    12/29/2020 12:15:55 PM, by AFERRARI

    So I have not been on lately due to a number of reasons. Mostly because I was tired, exhausted, and really needed the rest. I did, however get a lot done. As I told you that my cabinets arrived so I spent 2 days re-organising the kitchen. Emptied the cupboards, figured out what should go where ... Read more

  • The Days Available...

    12/29/2020 11:16:08 AM, by LADYCALICO

    "The days available to say a kind word to someone this year are rapidly drawing to a close. Lord God, teach us to be kind"--Suzanne Woods Fisher So I don't miss one of my last chances this year, I send best wishes to all for a Happy New Year and prayers for blessing for all my fellow Sparklers. ... Read more

  • My Running Journey 2021

    12/28/2020 9:08:53 PM, by RUNNINGCHIEF

    ┌────────────────────────── ⋆⋅〔 2020 〕⋅⋆ ──────────────────────────┐ 12.28 Mo My fitness goal for 2021 is to rebuild my base running mileage so I can run pain free for extended distances and durations. For clarity, I consider extended distances to be 10-15 miles and extended durations to be 2-3 ... Read more

  • My Crochet Journey 2021

    12/28/2020 5:15:55 PM, by RUNNINGCHIEF

    ✦ ───── ❖ ════ ✪ ☾ ✧ J A N U A R Y ✧ ☽ ✪ ════ ❖ ───── ✦ 01.01 Fr Happy New Year! Welcome 2021!! ༺═──────────────═༻ ✦ ───── ❖ ════ ✪ ☾ ✧✧J A N U A R Y✧✧ ☽ ✪ ════ ❖ ───── ✦ ✦ ───── ❖ ════ ✪ ☾ ✧ F E B R U A R Y ✧ ☽ ✪ ════ ❖ ───── ✦ ✦ ───── ❖ ════ ✪ ☾ ✧✧ M A R... Read more

  • its never to late

    12/28/2020 4:12:24 PM, by USMAWIFE

    It's never too late to change your life for the better. You don't have to take huge steps to change your life. Making even the smallest changes to your daily routine can make a big difference to your life.... Read more

  • My Crochet Journey 2020

    12/28/2020 3:14:06 PM, by RUNNINGCHIEF

    »» ————- ★ M A Y ★ ————- «« 05.16Sa I enjoy crocheting. There's a number of reasons. I find it relaxing. It keeps my hands and mind busy while my body rests. For me, it is much like meditation except when I get done, I am not only calm and peaceful, I have a tangle object. It's just fun to me... Read more

  • Year's End...

    12/28/2020 11:23:06 AM, by LADYCALICO

    "Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on."--Hal Borland ... Read more

  • Heading into 2021

    12/27/2020 3:01:53 PM, by USMAWIFE

    Heading into 2021: •Don't beg anyone to stay. •Save space for people who matter. •Keep your circle small. •Accept what cannot be changed. •Leave behind what isn't good for you. •No matter what happened think positive. •Give time for yourself and love yourself.... Read more