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How to Reward a Kid

Wednesday, November 14, 2012      5 comments

I have a 16-year-old exchange student living with me. His report card came today, and he got "second honors," in spite of getting a D in his Bible class. The Bible class was actually a coup in itself, because he was failing and brought it up aft... Read more

Maybe Not That Big a Deal, but I'm Still Beside Myself

Monday, October 15, 2012      12 comments

Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 30. My driver's license expired. Last week, I filled out the form to renew online and printed out the temporary license. This morning, I saw it as I was walking out the door and figured that even though I... Read more

Aiming for Perfection

Saturday, October 06, 2012      8 comments

They say you shouldn't do that. They say that you're setting yourself up for failure, for giving up, for disappointment. I've already failed, I'm ready to give up, and I'm already disappointed. Clearly, my haphazard, unsystematic ... Read more

Fall 5% Challenge - Assignment 8

Tuesday, September 25, 2012      7 comments

Here is my prompt: Give 3 or 4 reasons and for each (reason/excuse on why my diets and exercise plans have not been well-executed in the past) write a strategy that will keep me on track for 8 weeks. I really like this assignment. It i... Read more

5% Challenge Assignment #3

Thursday, September 20, 2012      6 comments

I've kept the same answers to the third assignment on my SparkPage for a looooong time. It's time to update. Not only was I so inspired by my Larve-cum-Adult Starfishie Dragonfly, but I mean, it's just TIME. I haven't thought about these answ... Read more

Five Minutes...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012      7 comments

I realized I have five (maybe six) things I want to do. If I spend a minimum of only five minutes a day on each item, then that's half an hour. I can schedule a half hour out of my evening...and of course, the minimum means I spend five minutes... Read more

Sybaritism

Wednesday, September 19, 2012      5 comments

I guess I'm "back." Not that I was super-gone. I've logged in daily, tracked iffily, replied to blogs, etc. But I haven't been Sparking. Since May, I haven't been Sparking. I've barely exercised. My food sucked, then was okay,... Read more

Passion

Saturday, August 25, 2012      10 comments

I went to a party tonight. It was hosted by some people who called their house the "Street-they-live-on" Brewery. We took our new exchange student, and we had to leave early, after the third time I saw him yawn. I don't blame him for... Read more

The Worst Starfish Ever...

Saturday, August 11, 2012      15 comments

Okay, no, I'm so not the worst Starfish ever. You remember that one season where seriously between a third and half of us were completely inactive after the second week? What a nightmare that was! I am the worst Starfish I've ever been, t... Read more

Dogs, Diets, and Days Off

Saturday, July 14, 2012      9 comments

I haven't posted a blog in a long while. I started one at one point but realized that it wasn't interesting. If it bores me, I certainly don't think it will interest you! I mean, the Challenge prep blog seemed a bit forced when I wrote it, to... Read more

Some Challenge Prep

Friday, June 15, 2012      11 comments

I put my commitment and answered questions on my SparkPage, but I want to list some reasons I want to lose weight in a blog. 1. I want to move on to something else! I've been "working on" losing weight for a looooong time, and I'd like to ... Read more

Pumpkin Lady's Bad Day

Saturday, May 19, 2012      14 comments

Yesterday sucked. I didn't do any of the stuff I said I was going to do in terms of medium-term goals. I didn't even track my food, which I always do. Around 4:00am this morning, I couldn't figure out how to not give up. I know that that... Read more

Today's Successes

Thursday, May 17, 2012      5 comments

This is one of the short-term goals that was associated with my medium-term goals that I set up yesterday. I probably won't do this every day--I mean, of course I will, but probably not in a blog. Today's successes: 1. I opened the s... Read more

Single-Mindedness and How I Did This Week

Saturday, May 05, 2012      10 comments

So, my goals this week were good, but I didn't do them all like I meant to. Toward the end of the week, I did that on purpose. My goals this week were: Work on my Arabic for a minimum of 5 minutes per day. -- Nope. I did this twic... Read more

Just Said No

Thursday, May 03, 2012      11 comments

Today, I woke up and decided to be single-minded. I'm going to focus on losing weight and eating less than I burn. I made some rules for myself, wrote them down, and decided that these were the rules, and they weren't for breaking. One of... Read more


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