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  • A More Open Lifestyle & Plz Find Me

    6/21/2021 4:11:03 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Sunday I walked 2.5 hours with my new walking buddy (both masked). While I live 700 steps from hiking trails, she lives even closer to the walking trails near her - she backs on to them. We had an interesting walk around Beaver Creek complete with real beavers and many ducks. Then we followed Cougar... Read more

  • Walking Buddies & 5% Starts Soon

    6/17/2021 11:46:25 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I got in touch with a couple of walking buddies that live in my area. One is 11 blocks away and the other is a 10 minute drive from here. Sunday I am meeting the one closest by to walk at Cougar Creek Park (right near her house). It takes its name after Cougar Creek, a salmon stream that flows throu... Read more

  • 2021 50 Things I Love & 5% Future

    6/15/2021 10:04:50 PM, by KALISWALKER

    50 THINGS I LOVE This is in no particular order, just as they come to mind. 1. My loving hubby Alan 2. My children and grandchildren 3. My dogs Rebel & Royce 4. Cherry Jam 5. Homemade soup 6. Walking with Royce in the Watershed Park 7. Playing board games 8. Playing Canasta w... Read more

  • Spark is going down and we will miss each other so much...

    6/14/2021 5:37:36 PM, by IRISHEI

    Just a short note to mention if anyone is looking for site to log food and exercise on, try Myfitnesspal.com .......I am using it and really works well.....YOU can also add friends and then we can keep in touch if you like..... My name on there is EileenL2015 so let me know if you want t... Read more

  • 1297 Blogs Later, Saving Info & Invitation

    6/14/2021 12:58:54 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Wow 1297 blogs (1) since I started in 2008. I am copying and then deleting my blogs. When I copy a blog sometimes it includes the pictures and with some I have to save the picture on my laptop and then paste it in. I started with the oldest first. It's a very slow process. Each time I delete a blog ... Read more


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  • Future of The Official 5% Challenges

    6/13/2021 12:05:53 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Hi 5% Challengers. You've likely read that SparkPeople is closing August 17th. The 2021 Summer Challenge is the last one we are doing on Spark. It starts June 19th so we can complete all 8 weeks. We have got a lot of inquiries about the future of the 5% Challenge. The Official 5% Challenge Comm... Read more

  • Wow We Did It!

    6/12/2021 12:54:16 AM, by KALISWALKER

    We hurried things up so we can start the Summer 5% Challenge earlier. This ensures we can do the full 8 weeks before SparkPeople close the doors. It was a lot of work but it been it's done! I had my 6 month check up today with my Medical Weight Management (MWM) doctor. It's been about 2.5 years... Read more

  • Still Looking

    6/9/2021 12:23:57 AM, by KALISWALKER

    We are looking a new site to replace Spark but haven't found the diet, exercise, member lead teams/challenges, and blogs. If you find something please let me know. We are setting up a Facebook 5% Challenge team with topics/sections for each team, so people can keep in contact with their teammat... Read more

  • New Site?

    6/8/2021 12:49:17 AM, by KALISWALKER

    I am sad to learn that SparkPeople will be closing August 17th. SparkAmerica where you can choose an American city to join. We have a second home in WA so hubby and I joined SparkSeattle https://sparkamerica.com/spark
    -cities/ I am not sure what the site is about, but I will let... Read more

  • Goodbye Sparkpeople

    6/7/2021 9:44:04 AM, by POETLKNG2LOSE

    After hearing about it and reading the article about Sparkpeople ending I have to say; for me it is goodbye. Spark America is not the same as Sparkpeople. First of all it is only for Americans not anyone in other countries. Secondly, it is only for working people not retired or unemployed people as ... Read more

  • RV Camping & Kayaks

    6/5/2021 7:58:10 PM, by KALISWALKER

    We are RV camping for 4 nights. Yesterday we did tourist things like a scenic drive in the mountains on a winding road that follows a river. We explored a campground on a river and sourced out things to do if we stay there sometime. Nearby there is a small heritage museum and a cafe and hiking desti... Read more

  • Find Your Motivation

    6/3/2021 12:15:22 AM, by KALISWALKER

    Looking at these images, I rate myself #5 (bottom right hand). I expect to be #6 (to the left of #5) by July 12th, when I have my annual appointment with the surgeon who will be doing my surgery in the late fall. The recovery will be 8 - 12 weeks. Yesterday I had a telemedical visit wit... Read more

  • Just for today

    6/2/2021 8:44:40 AM, by VLRPRKS

    Today I have a lot going on. I choose to calm my mind and keep anxiety at bay. So instead of panicking about all my “ to do’s “ I said to myself make a list of these tasks so as not to forget. My thought process is just for today I’ll prioritize and choose peace not perfection.The world isn’t going... Read more

  • Already a Great Day

    6/1/2021 3:46:59 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I usually shop the Safeway flyer the first Monday of the month, and get the 10% discount. Otherwise I buy groceries online from another store. This morning I did something different, I went to Chalo a food chain owned by the same parent company as Safeway. Chalo is targeted to an Indian/Asian demogr... Read more

  • Tada Final Spring Weigh In!

    5/30/2021 12:42:33 PM, by KALISWALKER

    Down 4.8 pounds in the Spring 5% Challenge. I now weigh 160.4, so close to the 150's! I know I will be there soon. YTD loss 6.2 pounds. This year has been a bumpy one with lots of ups and a few downs. What's gone right? 02/01/21 stopped eating during night 03/21/21 only 3 meals a day... Read more

  • Steps in the Forest

    5/26/2021 11:10:08 PM, by KALISWALKER

    I saw on a local Facebook group that a family is looking for their missing 28 year old son. He may have been sighted in the forest where I hike. There were no details other than a description of him. I didn't think anything of it, I don't believe everything I read. When I got to the forest at 6:20 t... Read more

  • Loving this new Lifestyle

    5/26/2021 8:53:00 AM, by VLRPRKS

    I’m really finding my groove with my nutrition using SparkPeople. I can really do this for a lifetime. No more yo yo dieting. No more super restrictive eating plans. It’s very freeing to know that I don’t have to deprive myself of anything I want as long as it’s within my caloric deficit. This is a ... Read more

  • May 2021

    5/25/2021 11:19:41 PM, by NIELSENSLADY

    We made it through 3rd with Joey. Whew! It was quite a year. I have not quite figured out his issues. I decided that he could be Autistic. We did some evaluations and determined that we believe he is. He doesn't get treated that way at school. Not much patience on that front. Poor kid. He h... Read more