Wicked and weird
An absolutely rotten start to my day. Had to skip breakfast because I was getting blood tests -- no food or drink for ten hours prior to the test. That was difficult because I always eat within a half hour of rising. I felt dismal and was in a f... Read more
Watch that monkey mind fly!
Dear Sparktacular friends,
I just wanted to catch you up, tell you all how things have been going.
I went off the rails a bit in December. It wasn't too horrific, but I stopped tracking. I did however, stay fairly moderate in my eating... Read more
For Christmas I knit some socks for my sister and a scarf for my mom. I learned to knit as a kid, but hadn't ever done any complicated projects because I wasn't comfortable following a pattern.
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Spark it up
I'm so happy to be back at home! It takes leaving for a while to show me how much I love it here.
My holidays were spent in the mountains, where my sister is raising her son, and where my mom relocated after she retired. The air is very thi... Read more
The spiral of change
Picture a spiral, then picture yourself moving along it. Imagine the point at which you start is the beginning of your work on a particular issue.
For me, the issue I'm working on is how I use unhealthy actions like overeating to try to cop... Read more
The most beautiful body
I went to the office Xmas party tonight. Ate a little too much… I looked at all the ladies' pretty dresses and their sparkly jewellery, wishing I'd had time to buy a new outfit. I only have one frock, and it's a summer dress that's now much too ... Read more
Umm... too much information?
Today was a good day. I am back on track and taking no crap! Back to being careful with my food intake! Some things really help.
1) Keeping a lot of food in the house. This makes me eat more veggies because I don't want them to spoil. It ke... Read more
Warning: this is a sad blog
I've been in a funk.
My friend has cancer again, and since it came back so quickly, this time his chances of survival are extremely low. He is five years old. He and his family were my downstairs neighbours for several years, and now we are... Read more
Strength training is the BEST. THING. EVER.
The scale hasn't budged since I started strength training 6 weeks ago. There are a few reasons for that, and I could be sad about it, especially because I was losing about 7 pounds a month for the preceding 5 months. But since I started strength... Read more
I sent off my CV tonight, so I've done it! I applied for a job I really want and probably won't get, put myself out there, took a risk, told my boss that I was applying…. It's an internal position, so I had to tell him, even though I know the ch... Read more
A close friend's mom died two days ago, from brain cancer. She was an amazing woman, so full of life and love. What I found most remarkable and comfortable and lovely about her was how non-judgemental she was.
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How playing the cello helped me lose weight
I recently saw that playing a musical instrument is in the Fitness Tracker! WHAT?!?!? Apparently, I can burn 334 calories an hour playing my cello! I still don't count it in my fitness minutes though. Even though I have occasionally broken a sw... Read more
Bodywork, tune-up, major repairs
I just read Harold and Maude. It's a charming little book. It's really just the movie's screenplay that they published as a novel.
Here's a passage from it that I loved:
-- "I knew a man once who used to like working with cars. A Germ... Read more
So much Sparkly LOOOOOOVE!
Thank you all so much for the wonderful support and kind words and advice and sympathy. Not just sympathy, but real empathy, because I know you've all been there or been in a similar struggle of your own.
I planned to get back to each of yo... Read more
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A little Spark love, please....
I'm eating for comfort sometimes, and for reward. I'm eating sweets. It doesn't feel good.
There are some reasons, I'm sure, and I examine them to try to find solutions.
1) I miss summer fruit. It really did do away with my sugar cravi... Read more