Back in the fall I made a decision to take a break from Spark and focus on spending time with my Mom. We were told in March of 2014 that she wouldn't live long and I wanted to focus my energy on her. I wanted my young sons to spend time with h... Read more
Our Dazzling Diamond Challenge for the week is to share some information about ourselves. So here it goes.
* My Spark names represents why I started this weight loss wild ride. FORBANDE = FOR Brendan AND Evan (my sons)
* I'm 41. I f... Read more
This week starts the 10 week, Fall Frenzy Challenge with my fellow Diamonds. The weather is perfect. The leaves are changing and I'm seeing pumpkins everywhere. So the timing of the challenge could not be better!
To kick-off the challeng... Read more
10 weeks ago the Biggest Loser Summer Challenge got underway. Like all challenge beginnings - motivation, interest and excitement was high. However this momentum quickly faded as "life happened". As life always has a way of doing.
Not to... Read more
Because I want to be healthy.
Because I want to be fit.
Because I want my boys to have a role model for health, happiness and success.
Because I want to wear clothes that don't have an "X" in the size.
Because I want to inspi... Read more
YOU ARE ENOUGH. When I logged into Spark, those 3 words jumped off the page at me. I stopped and whispered them to myself. It felt good so I said it again. And again.
I've been incredibly overwhelmed with life's curve balls lately. A... Read more
With the promise of warmer temperatures and more sunshine, I'm ready to give my goals an overhaul. It's been a long winter and I've been in somewhat of a rut so I'm ready to change things up.
1. Get outside more. I have a very sedentary j... Read more
Anyone who has flown in an airplane has heard the flight attendant explain that in the case of an emergency, place your oxygen mask on first, then help those around you. I understand why they say to do this. What good are you to those around y... Read more
Each winter the cold temperatures and snow tend to drive me close to hibernation. The older I get I find that I like a little snow on Christmas and then I'm ready for Spring. However, here in Ohio Spring doesn't come until April or so.
S... Read more
Dear Spark Recipes,
Each morning I log into my email and am greeted with a message from you. Typically these messages have yummy ideas for salads, chicken or healthy makeovers. However the majority of the recipes I've been greeted with th... Read more
I've heard of beauty sleep but never weight loss sleep. Imagine my surprise when I stepped on the scale and saw 151.9! I haven't seen that number since high school!!
Okay, okay. I know it's not really possible to lose over 100 pounds i... Read more
Fall is my favorite season. There is something about the crisp air, the beautiful color of the leaves turning and school getting us back on a schedule that gives a feeling of strength and commitment. I get an amazing feeling that anything is p... Read more
Back in June I started a 10 week challenge with my lovely Dazzling Diamonds. Summer flew by and now here it is the end of the challenge. I posted a starting blog with a beginning weight and measurements. I also posted the dreaded "before" pho... Read more
My uplifting word of the day is STRENGTH.
This is one of those words that depending on the moment or situation, can mean different things. This morning STRENGTH meant seeing my oldest off to his first day of the first grade. As I see him... Read more