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Lyrical Shakedown

Wednesday, April 11, 2012      3 comments

At work, I'm limited in access to music. I've started to use Evernote to keep a list of the songs that spring to mind which move me, and get me going. My current list is fairly eclectic, and I can always use new suggestions for up-tempo songs th... Read more

One Small Step for Me...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012      2 comments

I am celebrating the small victories today. After months of limited exercise, I received a pleasant surprise yesterday on the elliptical trainer. I did ten minutes of hard climbing and falling at level 2-10 on intervals, and I didnít compl... Read more

Carpe Diem!

Friday, April 06, 2012      3 comments

Choices: life is full of them. Each day begins the cycle afresh, pressing the reset button for all that came before. What you ate for dinner yesterday, how much you worked out last week, the weight you gained or lost or kept the same is a... Read more

Project: Astalanya

Thursday, April 05, 2012      4 comments

I need to see my own words to sometimes act upon the thoughts. Nothing is more powerful a statement than "I did" rather than "I want to" or "I should" or "I tried." Here's the plan. At lunch hour: (1) Add 5 minutes of hard cardio (... Read more

Full Circle

Thursday, April 05, 2012      1 comments

The last half of 2011 brought serious changes to my life. In a way, I leaped up the stairs of experience two at a time towards a healthier, happier lifestyle as far as psychological and spiritual well-being were concerned. I reached higher peaks... Read more

I Want It

Tuesday, April 26, 2011      1 comments

Over and over, The Spark recommends visualizing a goal and leaving reminders wherever you will see them: in the office, at my desk, on the wall. This is another of those reminders for myself of how I can succeed if I put my mind to it, and stati... Read more

Art Imitates Life

Wednesday, August 19, 2009      0 comments

So I was having a conversation online with a friend this morning about (crazy maps on Neatorama that featured sea monsters, but it got to the topic of) ivory, and the discussion slanted to narwhals being hunted/prized for their great big ivory t... Read more

August Rolls Around Again

Wednesday, August 12, 2009      0 comments

August is the month of my birthday and the time when I tend to ramp up for my goals in the remainder of the year, something of an end-of-summer drive. People have spring cleaning. I have August. This summer wasn't necessarily a shining mome... Read more

Finding Motivation

Thursday, July 16, 2009      2 comments

I feel like I have no motivation today. I know I should go to the MuscleFlex class tonight at the Y, but I can find a million reasons not to do it, foremost that I wish the class were earlier than 6:30! Why can't I seem to get ahead when I want ... Read more

Inspiration: My "Lazy" Brother

Thursday, July 09, 2009      3 comments

I took my seventeen-year-old brother to the YMCA on a guest pass earlier this week, sick that he was slinking around the house lazily while on vacation. While I may have stomped his butt bike-riding -- apparently I'm a bit quick when I sprint u... Read more

It's Not You, It's Me

Thursday, July 09, 2009      0 comments

A recent messageboard topic on tips for first-time gym-goers stirred my thoughts this morning while I savoured my regular routine of a cup of tea. I reflected upon the hurdles faced when we begin this path, and few appear more daunting than the ... Read more

Getting Back into the Swing

Monday, July 06, 2009      0 comments

When I realized my last blog entry was dated for nearly two months ago, it saddened me considerably, especially since I haven't been consistent through the later half of June with working out. I can blame a 10 day vacation in Canada for that, bu... Read more

Finding the Balance Point

Wednesday, May 13, 2009      1 comments

My challenge this week is pushing myself to do better than I have last week. Small steps get us to our goals better than mighty leaps, but I am one of those people who finds herself mid-stride expecting to clear a great chasm instead of taking a... Read more

Audere est Facere

Saturday, May 09, 2009      2 comments

"To dare is to do." It's a good quote to live by. Today I think it summarizes very well. It urges me to go farther than I have, to stop thinking about all the reasons why I cannot and just do it. Nike knew what they were about choosing tha... Read more

On a Limb

Friday, May 08, 2009      2 comments

Sometimes positive motivation works when I have a clear goal in mind. I like to say, too often, that I lack any sort of willpower. And yet, when it comes down to it, I got myself through an international move in three weeks (from time of resume ... Read more

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