SARAWALKS's SparkPeople Blog SARAWALKS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fasting...who'd have thought it? Hi sparkies, I am way overdue for a blog here goes! <BR> I returned from France 9 lbs. heavier than when I left...this despite having LOST down to approximating 130 while in Villefranche-sur-Mer at Institut de français! <BR> How do I know I lost that much? My pants all needed safety pins at the waist! <BR> I did nothing heroic to lose this weight, in fact I ate exactly what I wanted, and our food at breakfast and lunch was nothing short of fantastic. We had a lunch consisting of... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 17:39:53 EST Hit and run blog! Getting in a very fast blog here...going out to eat with a friend who is here from Nova Scotia...and yes, planning to do the salad with salmon or chicken and dressing on the side! <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> YES, doing well! I actually hit 138.6 this week, before I had a chip attack and popped back up to 140.2. But it was a mild chip attack, involving lentil chips (yum! gluten free section) and not involving nearly as much white wine as it could have. <BR> <BR> I AM learning to control t... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:43:00 EST Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose... I'm leaving off the accents because they just make a mess...sorry, French speakers! <BR> <BR> Finally back, feeling that I am making progress, but my weight is not that much lower than my last blog! 141.4 this AM. 141.8, my last blog on July 19. <BR> <BR> Thanks to you who are still with me, despite my infidelity! I must admit that having a new iPhone makes it so much easier to track on Fitbit, and that Fitbit's food tracker is easier for me to use. Plus, I've discovered the Fitbit ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:08:46 EST It moved! AND Mr. Yo-yo moved out too. He's begging to come back but I am being firm... <BR> <BR> "It" of course is Mr. Scale. <BR> And not just because I kicked him to a different corner of the bathroom... <BR> <BR> Finally, this AM, 141.8. I know it doesn't seem like much, but after two weeks at 143, I was so happy to see change in the right direction. <BR> <BR> The victory equally is to be beating the starve/stuff syndrome. I found the emotional eaters group a week or so ago and someone had ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:07:38 EST Counting down, ditching Mr. Yoyo My last blog was April 24 and I THOUGHT I was getting serious... <em>246</em> <em>18</em> <em>43</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> It's been oscillation city, folks...or yoyoville...whatever you want to call it. <BR> <BR> Whereas the image I'd like is more like a down elevator or escalator... <BR> <BR> But I am wrestling with Core Stuff here and you know how that is! <BR> <BR> My Core Stuff seems to be the classic yoyo syndrome. Two or three days of eating and exercising well (but... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 14:50:51 EST Mano a mano... That wrestling analogy is kind of how I feel. But it IS getting me somewhere. <BR> <BR> Last blog was April 11, a Thursday. Today is April 24, Wednesday. So - two weeks out from that resolution about patience and sustainability and being grateful for small progress - <BR> <BR> I am 143.2, down from 143.6. So, big whoops? No, but yes... <BR> <BR> During that two-week period, I was 143.6 or less for seven days. <BR> On four days, I was 144-something. <BR> On two days, I was 145-somet... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:59:23 EST Happy to see the scale the SAME! ;-) Time I checked in here...and I still haven't thanked all of you for commenting on the last blog, liking my infrequent status posts, just BEING THERE! <BR> So here's an official group Thank You <BR> <em>304</em> <em>223</em> <em>304</em> <em>223</em> <em>304</em> <em>223</em> <BR> <BR> I'm sure I will be here more often, once the crunch of 5 million extra after-Easter liturgies lets up (well, maybe not 5 million...) and we hire someone to fill my position. But until then... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 10:50:24 EST The Non-Blog Blog...keeping on keeping on, essentially Dear Sparkies, <BR> (at least, those of you who remember who I am!) <BR> <BR> I have been such a stranger of late. I'm sorry. But it's just one of those things... <BR> <BR> STRESS - from heading the search committee to fill my own position - which I will retire from in August 2013. <BR> <BR> OVERLOAD - from catching up on all the planning I should have done last fall which I didn't do because I was dealing with the choir trip to Italy. <BR> <BR> GUILT - from not even being able to deal ... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 23:41:28 EST 45 Lessons Life Taught Me - Regina Brett These 45 life lessons were shared by BRITOMART and although I've seen some of them before, I had to share again... <BR> <BR> BRITOMART writes: <BR> This is written by Regina Brett, a well-known columnist and author, and, I think, host of some sort of talk show. Ms. Brett is also a cancer survivor. Originally, this was a column in the Cleveland, Ohio, Plain Dealer. What a wise soul!! ...she was born in 1956--making her my near-contemporary. That means there may be hope for me--us--to gain suc... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 10:33:18 EST Giving thanks for a holiday which can include us all... of my favorite holidays, actually. <BR> No need to run out and buy lots of gifts. <BR> Just enjoy time with friends and family. <BR> Yes, we are thankful all year round, so why should we need a special holiday for thanksgiving? <BR> This year, I am especially thankful that our country includes so many races and religions and types of people. Many of them came out and voted in our recent election, and as far as I am concerned, I think that makes us stronger, because all fee... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:43:05 EST Fitbit! How it is helping... Ok, it's been 2 weeks of wearing my Fitbit 24/7 and I am seeing changes for the better! It's also been a challenge. I am spending less time on Spark, however, since I don't have to record my exercise. Fitbit does all that FOR me! So I can focus on doing, and not recording. <em>104</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I have the Fitbit One, which tracks your sleep - time in bed, the amount of sleep you actually got, the # of times you woke up, and the overall efficiency of your sleep. <... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:51:15 EST KISS...why does it take me so long? KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID! <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <em>212</em> <BR> <BR> I should never forget this, but somehow I do... <BR> <BR> My latest trick is working like a charm. So simple. <BR> I read a Spark article about successful maintainers and part of it is weighing every I went back to that. But lo, the same old problem...the yo-yo effect, and the yo-yo-ing was going the wrong way despite my efforts. <BR> <BR> Hm...blame the weather? Blame changes to wanting "cold w... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 09:05:30 EST Just one word (if possible)...stolen from MICKEYMAX...thanks! Where is your cell phone? <BR> COUNTER <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> NONE <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> SHORT <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> CREATIVE <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> HORSE WHISPERER <BR> <BR> Your favourite thing? <BR> BOOKS <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> NONE <BR> <BR> Favourite drink? <BR> COFFEE <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> MUSIC <BR> <BR> Your hobby? <BR> FRENCH <BR> <BR> Your fear? <BR> PIT BULLS <BR> <BR> Where do you want to be in 6 years? <BR> HEALTHY & SOLVENT... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 23:27:51 EST Walking in my town...with photos! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fall (or autumn, if you are European!) is my favorite time of year. Brilliant leaves covering the sidewalks and mingling with the lawns still green. I walked nine miles today and this was the last half of my walk, from a quiet neighborhood close to the Penn State music buildings through a park which is just south of my neighborhood. <BR> <BR> There were almost no cars on the street, even though it was mid-after... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 21:33:06 EST Vacationing in Rome...a poem and a photo Not really! Don't get excited! Just going to Rome in my mind. I bought a book years ago, when going to Italy was just a gleam in my eye, which is full of unusual photos and quotations about Italy. I thought I would share some discoveries with you. <BR> <BR> "In Italy one learns how to smile at time: perhaps not to get intoxicated by it." <BR> Riccardo Bacchelli, 1962 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> These two old guys were singing... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 10:12:08 EST Spa water, courtesy of KAREN42BOYS Hi Sparkies, <BR> Just wanting to share this great link to recipes for Spa Water - I never knew it existed - but turns out it's just regular water with good fruity-veggie stuff in it to make it taste better and feel more festive. <BR> <BR><BR>2011/07/spa-water-recipes.html <BR> <BR> I'm thinking this may help me avoid the wine coolers this summer! <BR> Love the ones involving melon and pineapple - not to mention fresh basil... <BR> <BR> Enjoy! A... Fri, 4 May 2012 18:11:32 EST Spring flowers! What Sara's been up to... Dear Spark Friends, <BR> It just occurred to me that some of you might like to get some lovely spring bulbs and help my choir out at the same time. So I'm sharing this email message here, to give you the opportunity. Fundraising for this Rome trip has been taking up a lot of my time but I'm hoping to be back to more of a normal routine soon. Thanks to all of you for continuing to comment and to be there for me! I do NOT forget you, busy though I may be. Sometimes I think my Spark friends... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 12:03:50 EST "Now, thieving time..." It's on days like this that I remember, I am 66 years old going on 67... <BR> Tension-producing developments at work lead to lack of sleep and I finally hit bottom and fall asleep, heavily asleep, for two hours on the sofa when I should be finishing a task. <BR> <em>102</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> So what do I do? Listen to my body, which perhaps is warning me that it needs rest to be ready for the coming onslaught of rehearsals and masses...and read a murder mystery! <BR> <BR> No... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:51:00 EST What on earth have I been doing? NOT dead. NOT gaining weight...yet... <BR> Losing some muscle because I've been spending so much time editing photos! <BR> But here are the results so far... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ions/72157629337035281/ </link> <BR> <BR> I hope this will work and take you to all my photos of Florence! <BR> I do mean to blog but in the meantime this is the quickest thing. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> to all you sparkies! I think of you often even though I have not been ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:30:55 EST Clawing it down here! Hang tight, kitties! <em>241</em> <em>241</em> <em>241</em> <em>241</em> <em>241</em> <em>241</em> <em>241</em> <em>241</em> <BR> <BR> This is a cute little kitty picture but I really think we should have one of the kitty clinging to the branch with her would be SO SPARK! <BR> <BR> That is how I feel today. Clawing down those last five pounds. 138.2, down 0.6 of a pound. Could be worse, meow! <BR> <BR> I know I'd have done better if I had resisted the lure of several helpings of pudd... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 10:04:13 EST Seated core video Ok, a quick report here...I missed doing a video on Wednesday so yesterday I did the Wed. video, Seated Core exercises. <BR> <BR> This is the one that asks you to pull the abdominal area WAY IN in order to make your leg move. First time I did this, I couldn't feel if I was doing anything different! But this week, I DID feel my abs kick in and realized when I was adding leg muscle to I was able to make the leg lift smaller and feel it just happening from the abs. Cool! <BR> <B... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:34:16 EST Doing it early... I know none of you will misunderstand that title... <BR> <BR> I mean cardio, of course! I have a hard time moving my body in the morning. I just would rather do other things. But I read a spark friend's blog this AM and she had done 80-some minutes of exercise. I usually do 30-40, and if I do more than that it's a really good day! <BR> <BR> So HOW does she do this? Mornings, I feel sure! Today was a good day for me to try it, since I have most of my hideous paperwork done, and some fr... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:39:10 EST Tired... This will be REALLY brief. <BR> Tired. <BR> Although a month ago, my running yesterday would have left me much MORE tired...progress... <BR> Today I got home from youth choir and did a fast 1.5 mile walk and followed that up with 14 minutes more walking, unmeasured. <BR> I visited my two neighbors for the first time in two days - one is beginning radiation soon for stage 4 cancer and I really wanted to see her and find out how she is doing. <BR> After fixing dinner, I was tired...but I di... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 22:33:06 EST Not too shabby... This will be brief, but I am happy today because I managed to walk/run my 3.09 miles with a speed between 14 & 15 minutes a mile, and I finished up NOT being too tired to do Coach Nicole's 9-minute hips & thighs workout and then I added Leslie Sansone's legs focus mile which has a good number of lunges and squats. <BR> <BR> Not TOO shabby! <BR> <BR> I was a bit worried that I might not be able to up my cardio...but today I managed the Sansone addition which is mainly cardio. Usually, o... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 22:38:48 EST Who knew my core was so weak? Blog #2 of the 7-day series for January Jumpstart <BR> <BR> Weak ABS? MOI? But I've been doing Leslie Sansone leg lifts, kicks, and crunches, and if I am in my accustomed floor position I can hold a backward lean quite easily... <BR> <BR> BUT try it on a ball, babes! Humility enters... <BR> <BR> Two big challenge videos for me - Coach Nicole's 12-Minute Seated Core Workout. <BR> Yep, she said, "seated." <BR> <BR> That makes it harder! You aren't supposed to use your leg muscles to lif... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 20:54:59 EST Finally the scale moved! And not because I accidentally kicked it... <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Interesting thing is, I knew it had. I could feel a difference mid-week. <BR> AND oddly enough I got too busy to track food, around Wednesday, but I did get in my exercise, no matter what. <BR> <BR> The January Jumpstart challenge videos have helped me break through my boredom and the lack of challenge in my ST workouts. They REALLY are surprising my body, to put it in Leslie Sansone terms, in a very good way. Not t... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 10:46:00 EST Mid-challenge - some progress - self-evaluation with navel-staring... Today the scale disappointed me. I have made progress with some lifestyle issues that have been a problem for a long time - BUT the scale did not show that progress. 140.2 today, 139.6 for the last 2 weeks. Bleah. <BR> <BR> So I went back to my goals recorded at the end of November before this challenge began. Let's see how I did... <BR> <BR> "I will exercise daily for a minimum of 10 minutes for the 56 days of the challenge." <BR> YES. This is consistency which I have never even attem... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 09:23:34 EST Maddy Prior! Great running music! It may not seem quite traditional to go running while playing Christmas music - but hey, it is REALLY working for me! <BR> <BR> One of my friends makes me CDs each year of eclectic Christmas music and Maddy Prior's Carnival Band is one of the very best and liveliest groups. <BR> <BR> Check them out on Amazon! <BR> This is only the fifth day of Christmas, after all... <BR> <em>100</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keyw<BR>or... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 16:43:36 EST Roast some root veggies, Cats! 5% Weight-loss group has as its goal MORE VEGGIES this week. <BR> <BR> Soooooo I roasted up all the root veggies in my fridge. It made a lovely meal! <BR> If you like rutabagas, turnips and parsnips, you will like this! <BR> <BR><BR>tail.asp?recipe=1908063&ff=1 <BR> <BR> Actually, to make this a meal, I would add a bit of meat of some kind...but since I'm heading out for a Hanukkah feast tonight, I decided to forego that luxury. <BR> <BR> Happ... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:52:18 EST Decadent treats... Just in case you'd like to try something yummy... <BR> <BR> Not too hard to make, but you do have to watch the portion sizes! <BR> <BR><BR>tail.asp?recipe=1905828 <BR> <BR> I packaged most of them for gifts but am now having one with my tea! <em>4</em> Sun, 18 Dec 2011 14:05:58 EST Moving in the wrong direction... Bonnie Raitt recorded that song a long time ago. <BR> Yep, that's what I am doing. 140.4. <BR> <BR> Self-assessment - this week, NOT enough exercise. <BR> <BR> Reasons - stress, too much c___ to do. <BR> <BR> I did do better on measuring things - bread for one. <em>104</em> <BR> I did better with water and better with freggies. <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I did not buy or eat chips. (well, just TWO tortilla chips last night with salsa. How do you track TWO tortilla chips?) <BR> <... Sat, 17 Dec 2011 08:47:59 EST "Pain de campagne" - guilty as charged! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep, that's the bad guy! <BR> <BR> I really wondered WHY, since last week I had tracked food for the first time in almost a year, and stayed within my limits for all but two days, and been fairly consistent with exercise... <BR> <BR> WHY I gained a half pound! <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> NOT that this was a disaster. One just wonders. Why. <BR> <BR> It all goes back to my disastrous relationship with numbers, ... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 07:18:51 EST The Cats Team! Does that title strike anyone as funny? <BR> For one thing, the idea of CATS on a TEAM? <BR> When a common way to describe an impossible organizational task involving people is to say that it's like "herding cats?" <BR> <BR> Well, no matter...I have joined the Winter 5% challenge and I am on the Cats Team since I do like cats. <BR> <BR> Probably one reason I like cats is that I identify with them. <BR> They spend most of their time lazing on the couch and they really like their food and a... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 11:07:08 EST Worst week in a long time... <em>33</em> <em>198</em> <em>24</em> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Well, this is what I get for putting off blogging until things get better... <BR> Things got worse... <BR> <BR> So here is the blog, and finally I entered my weight for the first time since I hit 135 on May 24 of this year. <BR> <BR> 139. <BR> OK, not disastrous - it has been as high as 141 but not for long, and it has often been 138. <BR> <BR> But it is not the weight that made this a bad week. <BR> It was the stress... Sat, 19 Nov 2011 22:45:49 EST Our Choir CD is here! OK, Sparkies, I know I promised a REAL blog (way overdue) about health/exercise/weight progress and's been SO BUSY! <BR> <BR> Producing a CD and running a fundraising campaign for 30+ people to go to Rome is time-consuming and stressful. We are making a pilgrimage right after Christmas 2012 and raising money so that all members can go. <BR> <BR> BUT the CD is DONE! And we will be selling it all day tomorrow at Our Lady of Victory's annual bazaar. If any of you would ... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 08:54:46 EST Spark Meetup - State College Arts Festival! With photos! KAKIPOPUP and I finally met this last Sunday, July 17th! She drove over to State College from Indiana, PA, and we met at Wegmans for a sushi lunch before going down to the yearly Arts Festival which is held downtown and on the Penn State campus. It turned out that we have a lot of things in common, not least being that we both love sushi - so the day was off to a great start! <BR> <BR> We parked near the campus and walked in - that spark fitness came in handy since I racked up over 20,000 ... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:31:02 EST Living moment by in pursuit of a goal I'm moved to think about this by MEZZOANGEL's most recent's actually been on my mind since a good friend committed suicide on May 29th. None of us really understand why he did the sense that we all so deeply valued the moments he spent with us...but we do know that the pain of his moment-to-moment life had become too much for him to bear and that in a moment, he took his own life. He had made plans, goals if you will, of trips to visit his children and he was growing a n... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 13:42:37 EST 5K Playlist for quirky runners age 50 and up! Today I did W7D1 of the rookie run training for the Spark Virtual 5K. I was surprised that I only cheated once - on the 4th or 5th leg when the run segment had me going up a long hill fairly steep at the end. So I did walk for 1 minute of that run segment... <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> But all things considered, not too bad for a 65-year-old! <em>312</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> It occurred to me that my playlist was a BIG part of my success. AND that my playlist has a lot of quirky thing... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 18:19:09 EST Here's to the wearin' o' the green! Happy St. Patrick's Day, everybody! <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> <em>441</em> <em>137</em> <em>437</em> <em>440</em> <em>438</em> <em>441</em> <BR> <BR> And, if you like, some <em>439</em> as well - I am having some delicious Irish soda bread from Wegman's! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They gave away free tastes, with Irish butter and Irish latte - which was pretty good too! <BR> ... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 14:32:41 EST Running - week 4, day 1 - woot! Just a quick blog here since you know I was thinking this day of running would be...harder...maybe not so great...BUT <BR> <BR> It was actually fine! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> I must say that it helped to load up the old iPod with a new playlist, alternating 2 minute songs with 3 minute songs -- but do you know how hard it is to find songs that are close to that length and suitable for running? Anyway, I got close enough for government work... <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> <em>100</em> <em... Mon, 14 Mar 2011 23:00:18 EST My virtual 5K! I would never have dreamed I'd be doing this! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> But I DO like to run! Especially since I'm getting better at it - so it is more fun! <BR> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <em>312</em> <BR> <BR> I just took the plunge and signed up for the April 10-16 Virtual 5K - Rookie Runner's version. I considered the walk/jog approach - in fact I did Day 1 of that training program today - but I THINK I can do the running thing. <BR> <BR> I THINK I can, ... Sat, 19 Feb 2011 17:48:02 EST "Grace in the struggle..." That is a quote from Paula, our MEZZOANGEL...thanks, Paula, it fitted perfectly for the blog I have been working up to writing! <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> I realized today that I've totally neglected my overall fitness tracking (under Other Goals, where I list fitness minutes & what I did during those minutes) and that it went off track after one day when I maxed out on Bollywood and also walked quite a bit outdoors, but didn't get a very high step count or mileage because Bollywood doesn't m... Wed, 9 Feb 2011 11:34:29 EST Things about me...maybe more than you want to know! Things about me <BR> <BR> (It is fun to learn different things about our friends!! Stolen from MAMADWARF...Thanks, Jan! My answers aren't as fun as yours though! <BR> <BR> The names I go by: <BR> Sara <BR> Dr. Sara - my kids at church call me this <BR> Miss Picky - my friend Diane calls me this, she knows me too well! <BR> <BR> Three places I've lived in the past: <BR> Chicago, IL <BR> Miami, FL <BR> Greenbelt, MD <BR> <BR> Three sports I have played: <BR> Horseback riding <BR> Softbal... Sat, 29 Jan 2011 18:03:23 EST Too warm in 18 degree F. weather... I am in serious need of advice, from all you serious people who get out there and walk/run in all weather, even weather COLDER than this...I realize that this could be considered mild for some of you... <BR> <BR> I don't know what to wear! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I am not often clothing-challenged. The task of traveling light to Paris in the winter didn't faze me, I tested my layers numerous times, and was SO pleased when I was actually more or less comfy all the time, even when the weath... Sat, 22 Jan 2011 16:21:05 EST Losing weight in Paris! Yes, it can be done! Well, I lied. Or rather, exaggerated! (sounds so much better) I didn't lose weight in Paris, but I didn't gain weight either, which translates to me as losing weight, considering that it was Paris and I really ate exactly what I wanted. <BR> <BR> 55WALKER is bugging me for a blog so here goes. (I have to warn you, Anne, there is meat in some of these photos...hope that is OK!) <BR> <BR> It will actually be multiple blogs, this is the food chapter, just because I LOVE to torture peo... Sat, 15 Jan 2011 11:16:30 EST Merry Christmas to all - a bit late! OK, I'm late! But I worked last night! <BR> What better way to work on Christmas Eve than with choirs of young and old! <BR> <BR> They were wonderful -- and my camera's batteries held out for the children's mass, and then gave out. so I can only show you <BR> <BR> Mary, Joseph, and a donkey... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The angels and the shepherds... <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 25 Dec 2010 22:34:47 EST Christmas Eve music! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The lights are brightly shining outside our church and tomorrow all will be put in place for the Christmas Vigil, Midnight, and Day masses! <BR> <BR> The choir is ready and sounding good! <BR> I thought some of you might like to see what we are here is our program! <BR> <BR> "Hodie Christus natus est" (Gregorian chant) <BR> <BR> "On This Day" (an arrangement for choir and organ of Personent Hodie) <... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 21:46:35 EST "Bridging our gulf of self-despair..." <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is still Advent season, not Christmas yet! We're still preparing the way...I read this today and liked it a lot so I wanted to share. <BR> <BR> "'Every valley is to be bridged and every mountain and hill leveled'; the ancients built their roads...with an eye to avoiding steep gradients -- the cutting and the embankment must eliminate rises and dips. That Christmas ought to drive a cutting through our self-co... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 10:18:08 EST Four months later, the Big D has paid off... I just looked back to see that on August 19, I blogged about that big D word, Discipline, which has been so hard for me. <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3552903 </link> <BR> <BR> Today I am so grateful for that resolution that I made. <BR> <BR> It wouldn't have happened without Sparkpeople and the encouraging support and tools for change that Spark provides. <BR> <BR> Just last night my choir members were noticing my weight loss AND... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 13:11:25 EST Thanksgiving with friends and kitty friends! You won't believe it, but this 32-lb. turkey was cooked for just 4 people! <BR> Planned leftovers are a wonderful thing! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of my friends is a bit camera-shy... <BR> <BR> But the other two are not! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My delicious dinner - the perfect size, didn't need seconds! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 21:07:45 EST