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DH gave away a package of cupcakes! Dare I hope?

Monday, November 05, 2012      17 comments

Could this be a new direction for the junk food king? My husband, aka the junk food king of the world, has carried on a 45 year affair with Little Debbie, the snack cake lady. On my sparkpage I have a candid photo of our kitchen table at... Read more

Did you have work done?

Sunday, November 04, 2012      16 comments

It took me a minute to understand what that old acquaintance was actually asking. I hadn’t seen her since my retirement and when we reconnected, I was two years into maintenance. I lost my weight very slowly so I really didn’t get much r... Read more

My daughter is a Sparker too! What can we teach the next generation?

Saturday, November 03, 2012      11 comments

How about preventing weight gain in the first place? Now I don’t expect SP to be inundated with new members in their appropriate BMI range, but I’m glad to see a team of those with “Less Than 10 Pounds to Lose.” My daughter is in that gr... Read more

Honest mistakes: Underestimating and Overestimating – the results?

Friday, November 02, 2012      19 comments

I clicked the wrong category when registering for the SP 5K challenge. OK, no problem . This time I’ll be a walker keeping one foot on the ground at all times. Imagine my surprise to see that we’ve got world walking records here on SP. Som... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Is Normal BMI the new skinny?

Thursday, November 01, 2012      130 comments

There was an article awhile ago asking if fat is the new normal. Recently I’ve been reading posts about people being called skinny and obsessive when they are actually in the normal BMI range. The number of people reporting this phenomenon... Read more

Mom said “Hold your stomach in or you’re going to have to wear a girdle”

Wednesday, October 31, 2012      10 comments

I was probably about 9 years old and I remember that vise-like contraption that my mother and most of her friends used to wear. For you youngsters, it’s what you would call a body shaper today. Except we didn’t have the terrific fabrics you se... Read more

Back to the Future? Pictures: Then and Now

Tuesday, October 30, 2012      15 comments

I can’t call these pictures before and after, because they’re really before and back to before – decades later. I made this colorful jumpsuit for a trip to Hawaii in 1970 (meeting DH for RnR from Vietnam). This photo was taken in 1972 wh... Read more

Can you give a whole team a Goodie?

Monday, October 29, 2012      10 comments

First, I want to thank those who have been reading my blogs. After 3 years of being totally mute on SP, suddenly the words are tumbling out and through my keyboard. In addition I would like to thank whole teams. Two in particular – Main... Read more

I wanted to win something and suddenly I did!

Sunday, October 28, 2012      15 comments

This is what I was writing yesterday. I want to win the lottery I want to win a raffle I want to win something major on the SP wheel I want to win an age group award at my next race. The first 3 are just luck, the type that I... Read more

Shopping the perimeter of the supermarket. Finally, I’m doing it automatically!

Saturday, October 27, 2012      9 comments

Yesterday, I actually had to ask an employee where to find the cake mix. Suddenly, the location of candy for Trick or Treaters was a mystery to me. This is what happened. As I walk into my supermarket, the produce is on my right. I alwa... Read more

Mom, you’re not exactly Donna Reed – An apology to my children

Friday, October 26, 2012      10 comments

The Donna Reed observation was my teenage son reacting to my news that I had agreed to host a German exchange student. Her host family had backed out at the last minute. From “Nick at Night,” he knew Donna Reed – the 60s sitcom icon of per... Read more

Running on Empty – My Car vs. My Body

Thursday, October 25, 2012      10 comments

My car’s gas tank is always in the red zone according to my husband. He wonders how I can go so far on “fumes.” It’s just laziness on my part. I hate to spend the time at the pump so I do it as infrequently as possible. This is not the c... Read more

Daddy, how old is a Geezer?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012      15 comments

That was the question I asked my father when he complained about the driver he was following on the highway. The man stopped suddenly and Dad had to slam on his brakes to avoid a collision. Of course, I understand that Dad would have been at ... Read more

Runners add an average of 3 years to their lifespan, but they will have spent them running.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012      7 comments

That was a rather cynical reaction of a critic to a longevity study a few years ago. Other research has documented the longevity bonus of running and of other exercise as well. One concluded a 7 year differential. So why the cynicism? Is i... Read more

I wish I lived in Kansas

Monday, October 22, 2012      8 comments

One thing I remember about driving across Kansas was that it was flat – very flat. I thought about that trip on Saturday during my “long” run. Long is a relative term for me lately. My recovery and comeback had been going so well that I... Read more


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