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  • Day 45: Happy birthday to me! New goals and planning for when spark ends :(

    7/30/2021 2:48:07 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    For my birthday, as a gift to myself, I'm going to plan some new goals for myself. First of all, I'm planning on measuring myself on August 1st. I will measure my arms/biceps, chest, biggest part of my stomach/waist, hips, and legs/thighs. I'll measure again after 2 months so on October 1st. In the ... Read more

  • Day 44: Ready for my bday weekend!

    7/29/2021 3:00:50 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    My birthday is tomorrow! I actually enjoy my birthday. A lot of people hate celebrating their birthday but I think every birthday is a blessing and should be appreciated and fun! My family is asking me what I want. To be honest, I really just want a nice vacuum cleaner LOL. I think that makes me bor... Read more

  • Day 43: Surprising NSV!

    7/28/2021 12:59:09 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    Had a busy day yesterday. We were gone from 8 am to around 5 pm. Hubby had some business to do in San Bernardino and needed my help. I wasn't aware of just how far away that was from our home! It was literally 2 hours one way! It wasn't too hot out but it was humid. That humidity is uck. When w... Read more

  • Day 41: Drama and my birthday is coming!

    7/26/2021 3:03:05 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    Excuses, excuses I know. I missed several days in a row. There was some drama involved with a few friends of mine. Related to what I wrote about before. I don't like to write too much about that in case someone I know read it and became offended. I know if I found one of my friends writing about me,... Read more

  • Today -- art

    7/24/2021 9:42:23 PM, by SERENEART

    Today, I finally got back to doing some art.. It was experimentation with tools and mediums... ... Read more

  • 24th July 2021

    7/24/2021 6:19:13 AM, by DSJB9999

    This Wednesday I took my daughter shopping to a local 'hardware' kind of shop which sells kitchen things, cleaning products and caring items such as shampoo etc. Chloe decided it had got time to get organised towards her upcoming move to University, in fact she laughed and said 'it looks like I'm m... Read more

  • Less then a month to go....

    7/21/2021 7:56:01 PM, by SERENEART

    then Spark will go bye bye.... Time is just flying by. I need to finish pulling down the rest of the blogs I want to keep. Get email and contact info organized. I still haven't made a decision as to where is going to be my new home. In less that 4 weeks, my two big trees will be take... Read more

  • Day 36: Gotta quit the cheat meals and a great day today

    7/21/2021 7:31:19 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    Today was a great day! My calorie intake is actually under what is needed so I have extra calories! Lately, I've been barely meeting it and definitely going over on the weekends. It's hard, but I'm going to quit doing cheat rewards. I usually always do on the weekend. I may need to take baby steps t... Read more

  • Catch your breath with classical music

    7/21/2021 7:53:40 AM, by WHITE-2

    I loved this... A simple and special way to calm down with a 'breathing bubble' with classical music. Try it! It's only 1.5 minute. The visual tells you when to breathe in and out. and the process of calming down is aided by lovely music, in this case by Dvořák. It is in Dutch but you on... Read more

  • Day 35: Fell behind?? and kids make it hard to exercise!

    7/20/2021 7:02:43 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    Crazy how time slips away when you're busy. Nothing really exciting has been happening but I've been up to my eyeballs in tasks that need to be done. A friend of mine had a family crisis and is going through a lot so I met up with her yesterday. Our kids played together and had a blast. I hope she f... Read more

  • Day 31 and 32: Struggling to say NO

    7/17/2021 4:40:00 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    At one month in and I have to admit I'm struggling. After 30 days on this challenge, I've barely lost 4 lbs. 3 1/2 more like. I know it's because of the weekends. When I'm with my family, I just don't know how to say no. To both myself and to them. Our trip was especially hard. It was vacation, ever... Read more

  • 16th July 2021

    7/16/2021 9:49:17 AM, by DSJB9999

    Where is time going,... my daughter told me she has 8 weeks to go till staring University, still a lot to get my head around and for her to get and arrange. She sorted out her clothes this week and they are all washed and many are ready to pass to charity. My son sorted his clothes (many too... Read more

  • Day 30: A bit bummed out.

    7/15/2021 8:49:34 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    Today is a "meh" kind of day. Just a day that I don't feel really motivated anymore. I hate these days. They come and go randomly it seems. Yesterday was so good. So motivating and inspiring! And then BAM! Today just kind of ugh... It's about 85 degrees outside and I don't want to go out and wa... Read more

  • Day 29: Goal dress

    7/14/2021 8:13:08 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    I decided to try and motivate myself a little more by pulling out a dress I used to wear. Hubby bought if for me a few years back when I got to my goal weight. I have several other dresses from then as well. I would be so happy if I could fit in them again! I hung them up on the wall in plain ... Read more

  • Day 27 and 28: Back from the anniversary trip, sunburned and sore but ready to keep at it!

    7/13/2021 7:03:42 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    Well, we got back from our anniversary trip yesterday afternoon. It was a great trip, the first trip we've had since...well since everything changed. The hotel was amazing! They keep everything super clean and have hand sanitizer everywhere. All of the guests distanced themselves from each other. Th... Read more

  • Day 25 and 26: so much fun I forgot to eat! What?

    7/11/2021 6:12:16 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    So far our trip has been amazing! We made ot to our anniversary dinner on Friday night...but barely. We've been hanging out at the hotel and by the pool all weekend. Got a lot of exercise swimming with the kids too! There were no people around and had the pool to ourselves! It was great! ... Read more

  • Update -- June Review

    7/10/2021 11:10:56 AM, by SERENEART

    Not sure if this will be my last blog.. but anyway.. I felt the urge to post... June was kind of a sucky month. I slipped on a lot of things exercise, eating etc.... and my weight has basically plateaued. Been going back and forth between the same 3 lb range.. up 2...down one.. up one down 3..u... Read more

  • Day 24: Stressed out and late!

    7/9/2021 6:34:02 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    I'm pretty tired and stressed. Been finishing up the packing and getting the kids ready to go. We have tons of Lysol, sanitizer and masks just in case. They are all dressed up for our anniversary dinner tonight but....I don't think we will make it in time. As usual, hubby didn't get the time o... Read more

  • Day 23: Allergies just in time for our anniversary trip!

    7/8/2021 9:52:40 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    This will be pretty short. As the title says, my allergies have kicked up today. I have a nasal spray for it that gives me temporary relief for about 20ish minutes. Then it's back and I have to wait a few hours to follow the dosage. Hopefully, it'll be gone by tomorrow! Last night we got... Read more

  • Inflammation

    7/8/2021 4:51:17 AM, by SUNNYWAGAL

    On Tuesday my blood work came back showing I have extreme inflammation. The range is 0-20, I came back at 48. My body hurts almost all of the time where it interferes with my life. My naturopathic doctor has me on a few supplements and has asked me to look into an anti inflammatory diet. I’m not exc... Read more

  • Day 22: Productive day. hubs encouraging me to exercise!

    7/7/2021 7:54:18 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    Was a great day, very productive, and just fun. Hanging out with the kids, packing bit by bit. Getting things done. No sign of Mr. skunk anymore thank goodness. But we did spot a racoon outback. We have a very large backyard with lots of bushes and plants so it's a haven for critters to hideout. I d... Read more

  • 7th July 2021

    7/7/2021 8:23:24 AM, by DSJB9999

    Flowers again and 10 hour eating window Although it has been raining yesterday and our flowers are suffering a little they are still looking really lovely and cheer me up no end, I can't add them here again but have added today's photos on my Spark page and also on my other site below. I... Read more

  • Day 21: A visit from a furry stinky friend lol

    7/6/2021 8:00:03 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    A good day today. On track and met all of my goals. I had to fast more during the weekend because there was a ton of holiday food around. I don't know if that balanced it out enough but we'll see .... I worked out at home today. I'm trying to ease myself back into doing tae bo again for my indo... Read more

  • Day 20: Surprise day off and had a great 4th of july!

    7/5/2021 3:50:23 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    Hubby surprised me by staying home today. He has a day off after the 4th of July. We are planning a family walk once the sun goes down a bit. Even though, it's a nice temperature day today. Not as hot. We are also getting ready for our anniversary trip. We're leaving this Friday afternoon and ... Read more

  • Day 18 and 19: Happy 4th of July!

    7/4/2021 4:24:33 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    Kind of slipped on posting. Just busy with the weekend. We are going to to just chill and watch fireworks today. Had a salad last night and being ...good lol. Have a happy and safe 4th of July! ... Read more

  • Day 17: meh day

    7/2/2021 9:44:27 PM, by BEACHCALSIX

    Not much to celebrate. Stayed the same this week. Just focusing on the new week ahead. Ready for tom to be gone and push forward. I've always had issues with tom week but I always wish to beat it. Tomorrow will be a better day! Enjoy the weekend... Read more

  • discouraging blood tests

    7/2/2021 12:15:10 PM, by OOLALA53

    I'm feeling quite discouraged. I dropped nearly all sugar -kept to under 10 grams a day of added sugar-and switched to very few animal sources of food in my diet back at the beginning of 2020. I can count the times I had anything like a tortilla chip on one hand, thus no trans fats. I would sometime... Read more

  • Pizza

    7/2/2021 9:09:36 AM, by DSJB9999

    My hubby has been making his wonderful pizzas again and we had it again for lunch so don't know how my 5% weigh in will go tomorrow, really so lovely! Love the red onion, tuna and mushroom and I wrap my slices up with Kale in the middle, what an excellent meal! If I don't manage to post them he... Read more