Increased Fitness Minutes
This month I decided to try to get in 1,000 fitness minutes.
Yesterday I met my goal for the month ... Read more
Spread the Spark to my Doctor
Today I had a routine annual check up. As I expected, I'm perfectly healthy but my doctor wanted to talk about two things: family planning and my weight. The good doctor knows I'm a newlywed, so he wanted to know what my family plan is. Fair... Read more
Back on Track
This week was a real struggle. But I stuck to my fitness and nutrition goals all week, racking up 4 100% days and losing 2.5 pounds. ... Read more
August was a lost month. I didn't gain anything, but I didn't lose either. I started the C25K program but then traveled and haven't done anything since Week 1. I did some other exercise, but not consistently or in a focused manner. My food c... Read more
I signed up for the Hot Chocolate 5 K on November 6 in Chicago. By that time I want to:
1. Finish the C25K program.
2. Be able to run the whole race without walking.
3. Be in 170ville.
4. Touch my toes. I have never been able to... Read more
Why I Began the Couch to 5K Program, and How My First Day Went
More than a week ago I bought a new scale. I was pleased with what I saw, but DH wasn't. He was a lot heavier than he thought. And he started taking blood pressure pills in his late 20s - high blood pressure runs in his family - so the extra ... Read more
Unexpected Benefits and Results
I've been doing SP a while, and my health is better. I eat better, exercise more, have lost 18ish pounds, and overall just feel better. But there have been other unexpected benefits and results. Here, in no particular order, are the strange, ... Read more
Confession and Game Plan
I have a confession to make: I have only been half heartedly doing SP for the past two months. The past two weeks have been particularly bad: I haven't tracked a full day's worth of food or worked out in that time. Ugh.
And, of course,... Read more
What 3 Things Make You the Happiest?
I saw this on GRANDMAAMIE's blog, and decided to copy her. Sometimes it seems like we all - myself definitely included - spend so much time on our to-do lists and solving problems that we don't take a step back to focus on the positive or be gr... Read more
Today I got the nicest compliment. I bumped into a lady at work that I haven't seen in about a month. She told me that I've lost weight and look great. Then she asked me how much I've lost. When I told her it was about 15 pounds she didn't b... Read more
Two weeks ago I met none of my goals, barely exercised, and totally overate. Last week I met all my goals, ate very well, and exercised a lot. Two weeks ago I lost 1.8 pounds. This week I gained 0.1 pound. Ugh. Frustrating!
But whate... Read more
Last week was just a disaster, Spark-wise. So I set some goals for this week to try to turn thins around. And you know what? I succeeded! I met or surpassed every one of my goals! ... Read more
Summer Madness Week 1 Check In
In last Sunday's blog (also my last blog), I laid out a plan of how I hope to get through the next two months - which will be absolutely insane at work, it being summer - while continuing with SP. I laid out four simple goals: Good nutrition, ... Read more
Six-Month Progress Report
I have been actively Sparking for about six months now, so I figure it's a great time to stand back and take stock. Unlike most Sparkers, I didn't set goals other than the big weight loss goal and I have not set a time line. I travel too much ... Read more
Pedal to the Metal
But alas, not on Spark. At work.
I have four major - and I mean MAY-JOUR - projects to do in the next tw... Read more