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1 Year of Spark Living....Some Hard Learned Truths

Sunday, January 08, 2012      14 comments

So as I start off my second year on Spark people, Iím pretty amazed at the progress in what now seems like a very short year. This time last year, I was sitting around the house recovering from some pretty massive surgery that had me laid up on ... Read more

Coming up on a 1-year Spark anniversary.....time flies!

Friday, January 06, 2012      7 comments

I'm glad today is over.....I'm glad this week is over! Now one should never wish time to go by quickly, but I found that coming back to work after the holiday break, everything seemed accelerated. I spent almost the whole friggin' day on th... Read more

Two workouts in a day....pretty tame really!

Thursday, January 05, 2012      6 comments

So I've always had a tendency to take things to the extreme. Sometimes that works out good (pack-a-day smoker to marathoner in 8 months)....other times not so good (almost got sucked out to sea in Hawaii on a dare). Problem is I can never tell ... Read more

A Change Would Do You Good....(apologies to Sheryl Crow)

Wednesday, January 04, 2012      5 comments

So my Stasi trained trainer changed things up again on me....welcome 2012! We've been pushing it up with lighter weights at higher reps, which has felt remarkably good, and kept me injury free these past 4 months. But "it's time to shake it... Read more

Welcome New Gym Rats! Here's to You!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012      9 comments

So today was the day I've been dreading for the last 4 weeks....they day everyone is back from their holiday break, full of remorse and regret, resolutions piled high....and packing into the gym, filling up the parking lot and taking all my favo... Read more

New Year's Day....one more item done on the Bucket List!

Sunday, January 01, 2012      5 comments

Hello Spark friends new and old....a Happy 2012 to you all!! Well this has been a wild holiday season. Wild to the extent that even though I worked out like a madman, I'm up about 4 lbs from my low weight in 2011. Of course the good news is... Read more

Help!! My neighbors are trying to fatten me up!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011      5 comments

My God it's been over 10 days since my last blog! Forgive me Sparkers, for I have sinned!!! Well I was very busy last week; my boss was in town for 5 days. Great guy, but much like relatives visiting during the holidays, shorter is always b... Read more

My (almost) first Green Smoothie....Yum!

Sunday, December 11, 2011      7 comments

Well this Sunday has all the makings of a regular workday...but first, the news! I've been hooked on smoothies for a while now. Usually I hoover up whatever stray fruit is in the fridge; pears, oranges, apples, bananas lying on the counter,... Read more

Travel and Hi Intensity Workouts

Tuesday, December 06, 2011      5 comments

Well I made it on to balmy & wet Washington DC. After some standard Delta Airline delays in Atlanta, I got into Reagan and got to my hotel around 7:00PM. Luckily SWMBO had made me some sandwiches for the flight, so I avoided yucky airport ... Read more

A busy, lazy Sunday

Sunday, December 04, 2011      4 comments

Well I got more done that I thought I would today, mostly because I had planned to do nothing at all! I finished a novel that's been a hanging chad on my mind for a few weeks, so that was good (very anti-climactic ending....hardly worth the... Read more

On Challenges and Winter Vegetables

Saturday, December 03, 2011      4 comments

Ahhh, I am so very happy for the weekend....I'm so very happy to start the Winter 5% Challenge....and I'm so very happy to have some Sparkpeople structure to the holiday season! First of all this past week was ridiculously busy, hence not a... Read more

Day #5 Cardio streak....thanks for the motivation Spark friends!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011      4 comments

This'll be a quick one Spark friends....I need to get up in about 5 hours to catch an early morning flight back down to Florida I came to Boston on business last Monday and took advantage of the trip to spend Thanksgiving with my mom....my... Read more

Day #4 cardio streak

Friday, November 25, 2011      5 comments

Today was fairly full of activities. Instead of Black Friday shopping, I basically spent the day taking care of mom's large list of must do fixes; change oil in car and get it ready for New England winter, go to Home Depot and get items to fix a... Read more

Day #3 Thanksgiving buffet, cardio.....and a bout of sheer genius I tell you!

Thursday, November 24, 2011      10 comments

I don't know about you (or y'all as my Florida panhandle friends say), but when I workout in the zone, I tend to let my brain go into freewheeling mode. I find this very therapeutic and it also gives me a nice, imaginative mental workout as much... Read more

Day #2 of a cardio streak and Thanksgiving vacation

Wednesday, November 23, 2011      4 comments

Well I survived another day of home cooked temptations here in New England. I've got mom trained now to realize that me having a smoothie for breakfast is all I need and that eggs & toast & cheeses & meats are not the best way for me to sta... Read more


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