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Working the Spark: The Pay-Offs Keep Rolling In!

Sunday, March 23, 2014      28 comments

Today started off with a bang when I hit my new low weight of the year...woo hoo! Only 17 pounds away from my goal of 200! I had already had a plan to clear the closet of all my old clothes that are really too big. I don't want ANYTHING aro... Read more

Quiet Leadership

Saturday, March 15, 2014      22 comments

Another member inspired my blog for today when she pondered the fact that others considered her to be a "leader" but she wasn't so comfortable thinking of herself in that way...it didn't seem to "fit" her perception of herself. Here were the tho... Read more

Another First! Thanks & Shout Out to Our SparkFamily!

Friday, March 14, 2014      24 comments

Thank you everyone for all of your TREMENDOUS support which pushed one of my recent blogs ("A Change in Perspective: Preparing for Maintenance") toward achieving my very first Popular Blog Post award! It's not only a super day for this reas... Read more

First Day of Spring!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014      20 comments

Who cares what the calendar sez? Who cares that we're gonna get DUMPED on with another half foot of snow tomorrow? Today was truly the first day of spring! 50+ degrees and sunshine / blue skies EVERYWHERE! A nice, teensy NSV was to decide i... Read more

Breathing In & Breathing Out...

Saturday, March 08, 2014      25 comments

Sending a big shout out of appreciation and thanks to everyone for your support on my last blog! Took you all "with" me on my latest medical journey which went very smoothly. The ablation was completed Thursday, bumping my HR back up to 55-... Read more

Heart School

Tuesday, March 04, 2014      32 comments

I've had this absolutely weird, humorous preoccupation with this old "Far Side" cartoon ever since I knew another intervention was going to be necessary to correct my heart rhythm: jerrytravis.blogspot.com
/2011/11/tutored.html <... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts A Change in Perspective: Preparing for Maintenance

Friday, February 28, 2014      58 comments

One of our members of "At Goal and Maintaining" SparkTeam recently expressed worries about relapse and "obsessing" over food. This got me thinking about some of the changes in my thinking since 2014 began. I once upon a teensy sliver of tim... Read more

Ablating We Will Go!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014      25 comments

Well my "electrician" or more formally, electrophysiologist got right down to business and scheduled me for my cardiac ablation next week! I'm pleased to get going on this and am hopeful that I'll be putting this behind me so that I can hit the ... Read more

Nordic Swing Dance!

Saturday, February 22, 2014      16 comments

Sometimes a workout is just that: a WORK out! It just doesn't come easy and it just doesn't crank up those endorphins the way one would like. This morning was one of those mornings. The old upper body ST moves just weren't happening withou... Read more

Finally: Down To New Weight Loss Low for 2014!

Thursday, February 20, 2014      22 comments

Beginning in January I've been on a zero-sugar, zero-grain approach and for the heckuvit I've been trying what some refer to as an intermittent fasting where I only eat from noon until 8-9 pm and leave myself food-free for around 16 hours. Keepi... Read more

Valentine's Day: The Heart...It's Complicated!

Friday, February 14, 2014      18 comments

Here I was ready to march off and either zap ye olde heart or slap a pacemaker in and be good to go! Sadly no such simple solutions await... My EKG confirmed a return of the atrial flutter, however with some worsening features that ma... Read more

What Is It About February?

Monday, February 10, 2014      22 comments

It was a year ago when I had my atrial flutter and electrical heart block with low resting heart rates around 20-30 or so. Got my cardioversion zap and was finally taken off coumadin and cleared for no restrictions in my activities this past Jun... Read more

Holding Firm / Addiction

Thursday, February 06, 2014      15 comments

The pounds they have grown stubborn, but I'm MORE stubborn and sticking with my zero sugar / zero grain approach. Also sticking with my 16 hour daily fasts and limiting my eating to the hours between noon & 8-9 pm. Calories varying between 1400-... Read more

Stronger Than Food!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014      14 comments

I'm thinking of that old Ajax commercial: Stronger Than DIRT! Well this week began my "Season of Pain": ...all the "easy" pounds have been lost! While following a very similar food plan this week...the same plan that brought me n... Read more

Food: Slowing Down and Savoring

Monday, January 27, 2014      12 comments

I've been trying to focus on savoring food that I eat. One of the best examples for me are natural almonds. I always keep them on hand in my car for snacking. However in the past I would mindlessly snack without limiting myself. Now ... Read more


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