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Caught in the Doldrums

Monday, September 10, 2012      3 comments

This happens every so often, usually when I skip a week of working out for something else. In this case, I spent weeknights working feverishly on a creative pursuit that came together with a brilliant bit of speed. I spent more time in front of ... Read more

Four Month Anniversary

Monday, August 27, 2012      3 comments

It's my four month anniversary for aquatic aerobics. Who thought I was going to keep it up this long? Even a silly duck like me can accomplish anything... Read more

Grab Those Dancin' Shoes

Monday, August 27, 2012      4 comments

A Viennese ball is the centerpiece of my boyfriend's and my forthcoming trip to Austria in February. Imagine a night full of the bespoke couples whirling to th... Read more

Talking 'Bout My Motivation...

Monday, August 13, 2012      0 comments

Where has July gone? It's fading into the horizon as I close in on my birthday -- one of the big milestones -- and I look forward to trying to make the most of August and September with the hot weather. Time to pull out the bike and get back on ... Read more

Ball Gowns Ahoy!

Thursday, July 19, 2012      6 comments

Some women have wedding dresses as their incentive, others their grad gowns or a bathing suit. True to a child who idolized Princess Diana (and met her joyously on ... Read more

Hello Again, 172...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012      2 comments

Despite having an Olga's orange cream drink that contains more calories than I should care to count, being sick and/or being healthy granted a little reprieve today. I dropped from 178 before I was sick to 172 lbs. It's not the 155 I want,... Read more

Dog Days of Summer

Tuesday, July 17, 2012      0 comments

The dog days of summer have descended in all their stifling heat and murderous humidity. I've come to miss the ocean breeze and cooling shade, and long for a proper lake or beach nearby I can avail myself of. I discovered something worse th... Read more


Tuesday, June 26, 2012      4 comments

"Wonderful" surprise this morning. My loosest jeans are tight... again. I set out in March to try to lose fifteen pounds by September. Easy, right? Yeah, as if. I threw in regular biking at the gym, reintroduced strength exercises, went to... Read more

Up Down, Up Down

Thursday, June 21, 2012      2 comments

Swimming and trying to get outdoors, where my mind beckons, will hopefully keep me in check for fitness. I need to improve eating more fruits and veggies more this coming week, as it's been rather rough in the 32'C+ heat to tolerate standing in ... Read more

The City of Sacher Torte and Snowy Times

Thursday, June 14, 2012      6 comments

Vienna, Wien, that Old Dame of Europe. I'm going in February 2013. EEEEEEEEE!!... Read more

Everyday I'm Shuffling...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012      4 comments

My beau's sisters came in from Denver yesterday, so I expect a busy weekend. Their lack of a car and home right downtown allow them to be much more active naturally than I feel I can be in my corner of Michigan. Driving to work is a necessity du... Read more

Walk the Walk

Wednesday, June 06, 2012      6 comments

One of the Michigan Sparkers put together a diabetes team walk. I've long admired fundraising for a good cause and particularly charitable walks/runs. Assistance for the Kidney Cancer Foundation certainly aided my father and the next generation ... Read more

Still Lazy

Tuesday, June 05, 2012      6 comments

Aside from conscious decisions to eat somewhat healthy and evening walks, I've bombed out this week on being healthy. My motivation for going to the gym is at an all-time low. Maybe because I cannot find my bathing suit? I should really ju... Read more


Thursday, May 31, 2012      0 comments

I have a confession: I haven't been to the YMCA all week. My exercise totals have included bopping around a pool (not included in the totals), lifting a few weights, walking at lunch and in the evening. At least I'm doing something. But I ... Read more

Achilles Heel: Strawberry Vanilla Wafers

Monday, May 21, 2012      2 comments

I should have known better. Playing Diablo III all weekend with my beau and our friends does not exactly lend itself well to excellent eating habits. The fridge and the cabinets are barren of fruits and vegetables. I, however, managed to s... Read more

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