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Sparking FINE Before the Crash...

Sunday, January 17, 2010      12 comments

Just a quick one tonight as I'm heading for bed *on time* tonight...scary! :-) Had a GLORIOUS walk in yesterday's January thaw day...around 40 degrees, sunny blue skies...had *intended* to walk one of our local parks (the Rail-to-Trail) wit... Read more

Check Out My Music...!

Saturday, January 16, 2010      11 comments

If anyone wants to check out my musical preferences, check out my Pandora ( radio station, titled: ECM - World - Jazz Favorites Looks like today is for sure going to be my Nordic Walking day...woo hoo! Don I ... Read more


Friday, January 15, 2010      9 comments

Lately I've been shifting my baseline treadmill speed to 5 mph instead of 4 mph, with occasional bursts of 6 mph. One of the consequences of doing this is that songs which were formerly just right for 4 mph no longer are. BUT one of the cool res... Read more

Keeping the SPARK Alive!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010      15 comments

I thought I would pass along one of my motivational strategies for folks to consider. On one of my SparkTeams a relative newcomer posted for suggestions on how to stay motivated. Many positive ideas were offered such as being kind to oneself, fo... Read more

Baby It's Cold INSIDE!

Saturday, January 09, 2010      17 comments

I keep my workout room closed to the rest of the house for a number of reasons: I don't have to HEAT it (I'm!), it is nice and cool for my workouts, I don't disturb others as much with my music and it is free from cats and their FUR... Read more

Show A Little SPARK!

Thursday, January 07, 2010      7 comments
xf7dn4VrYXs Nice one from Mary Chapin-Carpenter tonight while doing my me thinking about the lyrics in a different way. The obvious meaning relates to relationships. But how about our jo... Read more

Third Wind...

Monday, January 04, 2010      13 comments's what is left after one's Second Wind fades! Did some great 'millwork tonight where I kept the speed at 5-6 mph throughout the entire 40 mins. No 4 mph tonight! Had a great helping hand near the end from Pat Metheny's song "Third Win... Read more

Alive ---> THRIVE!

Sunday, January 03, 2010      16 comments

Rivulets running down the windows as I steam up my 50 degree workout room during my hour on the 'mill and a half hour with my dumb bells and resistance bands today. Been percolating thoughts for a New Year's blog for some time now...but somehow ... Read more

Who ME? Run?

Friday, December 18, 2009      13 comments

I enjoyed reading another members' blog about discovering that he could RUN and got to thinking about how I just can't BELIEVE I can run these days! It just doesn't even occur to me that I CAN run except once in a while like tonight while headin... Read more

Frazzled & Frantic But Holding the Line w/ Healthy Choices

Thursday, December 17, 2009      6 comments

Going crazy dealing with BOTH a pellet stove that isn't burning right and an oil furnace that isn't running and here we are zooming down to our first single-digit night...argh! Service fellow is coming to save the day...after hours fees and all,... Read more

Another Holiday Temptation Hurdle Cleared!

Friday, December 11, 2009      13 comments

BRR am I ever feeling the COLD these days without all my "extra padding!" As I said in my status update...this must be the only drawback to having lost the weight I! I did well today at our agency's buffet luncheon...even if they... Read more

Nailing Backslides Before They Happen!

Thursday, December 10, 2009      13 comments

An old colleague of mine from back at the state psychiatric hospital sent me a note recently with some holiday wishes and letting me know she was sending me a nut roll next week. Hmm...temptation! Normally I wouldn't bat an eye, but a nasty thou... Read more

Easy Come, Easy Go...!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009      12 comments

My HUGE, BIG NEWS of the day is that (drum roll...) in 6 days I have succeeded in dropping ALL FIFTEEN POUNDS I gained while traveling over Thanksgiving weekend! Picked 'em UP in 6...DROPPED 'em in 6! Woo hoo! I'm so PLEA... Read more

One BIG Thank You!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009      5 comments

...going out to everyone who sends me SparkGoodies and pep talks on my blogs and SparkPage! Since losing out on my SparkPeople access at work and being so CRAZY/BUSY at home, SparkTime has been greatly trimmed and as much as the sp... Read more

Early Christmas!

Monday, December 07, 2009      3 comments

The Leki Nordic Walking Poles (
ID=3 ) I won from the AARP Blue Zones Project (
lth/vitality_national/ ) arrived today! Woo... Read more

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