Is Walking all it's cracked up to be?
After reading so many people talk about Leslie Sanson's Walk at Home DVD's, I bought 3 that were on special at Amazon. I just finished my first 13 min. mile workout. Did my heart rate elevate? Yes. Did I feel my muscles had been worked when ... Read more
Support from Spark
I recently posted a concern about having a plastic surgery procedure on the team "At Goal and Maintaining. " I have been so touched by all the comments and concerns of my fellow teammates. The posts were thoughtful, sharing personal or friends... Read more
What is old?
Today I went to a seminar to learn about Medicare. I have to be enrolled by the end of this month. I looked around the room and thought, "Who are these people? Aren't most of them on Medicare already?"
Over the past 5 years, I have gotte... Read more
Bikes and Birthdays
The sun is supplicating me to join it outside. Unfortunately the snow is still on the ground which means the bike trails will be snow-covered, icy, wet, muddy - generally impassable. There comes a point when the bike on the trainer inside just... Read more
A Metaphor (or Metaphors be with you.)
I 've been thinking about how Spark is not about dieting, but about moving to a new lifestyle... which led me to thinking moving. We moved 13 times in our first 11 years of marriage and now have lived in the same house for 34 years. I thought ... Read more
Relationship with others and food
This morning in my yoga class, the instructor read the following:
Feeling More and More
We bump up against the fact of change and impermanence as soon as we acknowledge our feelings or needs for others. Basically, we all tend to go in one of... Read more
DVD vs. classes/personal trainer
Every time I looked outside and saw more snow falling, I was always tempted to exercise or do yoga with one of my DVD's or finding something on line. However, I always chose to get in the car unless the streets were just too dangerous.
I... Read more
What do maintenance and losing have in common?
I originally thought the answer the above question was absolutely nothing. But as I have been reading The Spark has started me thinking why maintenance is such an issue for so many people. Evidently only about 6% of people maintain their weigh... Read more
Manic Monday: in a good way
I can't believe how much I managed to get accomplished today, none of which shows around my house. The bed needs clean sheets, the bathroom needs to be cleaned, the carpets swept. However, I had a great yin yoga practice this morning, and a wo... Read more
Sundays and Eating
It seems more often than not, I only get in two meals on Sunday. I tend to sleep in fairly late, have tea and the paper. Then hubby and I often go out for breakfast...his favorite meal to eat out. I love the IHOP for me menu and at out local ... Read more
Coach Nicole's Fit, Firm and Fired Up
I just got my free video Coach Nicole's Fit, Firm and Fired Up for ordering The Spark. I have done the first 10 minute workout of seven to be done in a week. It's hard to believe that something this much fun with such great, clear directions a... Read more
I really shouldn't complain about the snow.
I really shouldn't complain about the snow. It does make things look lovely and dampens the noises of suburban living.
Today in yoga, our instructor reminded us that winter is a time of dormancy for nature. She suggested we take a page from... Read more
Pain and its message
Found this on a web site called Dailly OM:
When we feel pain, our first impulse is often to eradicate it with medication. This is an understandable response, but sometimes in our hurry to get rid of pain, we forget that it is the body’s way of... Read more
A Real Valentine Story
On Sunday, February, my husband and I attended a Valentine wedding. (The bride's last name was Valentine) held on the 50th anniversary of her parents' wedding which was also on a Sunday. Her mother made her wedding gown and covered it with the... Read more
Yoga for Real!
The more I learn about yoga and yoga practice, the more impressed I am by this ancient practice. It is not still around just because it's popular in the West right now. The purpose of the yoga poses originally was to prepare the body and mind ... Read more