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Stepping It Up in the Second Trimester

Monday, July 16, 2012      6 comments

Yesterday I officially entered the second trimester. emoticon I'm already starting to feel better: my stomach is mo... Read more

Yesterday's Foot Surgery - The Least Eventful Part of My Day

Saturday, June 30, 2012      6 comments

Surgery went well yesterday. DH and I got to the office half an hour early - we were worried about traffic and getting lost - and they worked us in soon after we arrived. Very, very nice. The doctor numbed up my toes a lot more than in previous ... Read more

Attitude is Everything

Thursday, June 28, 2012      7 comments

My pregnancy symptoms had eased up a bit last week, to the point that I thought the worst was over. Well, the universe saw fit to tell me otherwise this week, lol. Acid stomach, fatigue, inability to concentrate are all back in force. Tuesday wa... Read more

Reconciling Myself to Pregnancy's Changes

Friday, June 08, 2012      7 comments

Pregnancy is hard. Those of you who have been here know this truth firsthand, the rest of you probably secondhand from friends and loved ones. But I need to process a little bit, so I'm blogging - pretty standard operating procedure for me. :) ... Read more

Plantar Fascitis, Family Weddings, and Other Challenges

Wednesday, April 25, 2012      5 comments

The past two-plus weeks have been really bad on the wellness front. They've dealt me more challenges than usual, and I haven't met them very well. Every day I try to do better than yesterday and I succeed more often than not but it's from such a... Read more

March Progress Report

Thursday, March 29, 2012      5 comments

March was a month of big changes for me. The two most important were going off birth control and entering maintenance mode, both in an effort to get pregnant. I generally stuck to my nutrition framework and fitness plan, so I didn't expect to se... Read more

Cardio Contemplation

Monday, March 12, 2012      3 comments

Sometimes cardio is utilitarian drudgery: Just do it. I'll feel better afterwards. Sometimes cardio is intense, sweaty, push-myself-to-see-how-far-I-c
an-go. Sometimes cardio is about working off stress, anger, or other emotions. ... Read more

Learned a Shocking Fact Today

Thursday, February 23, 2012      2 comments

Today I learned a shocking and appalling fact: of the 7 billion souls on this planet, 3 billion are improperly nourished. These people break down into three even groups of about 1 billion each: don't get enough to eat (undernourished), don't ... Read more

Discovered Snacking Nirvana Yesterday

Tuesday, January 31, 2012      4 comments

Yesterday I passed by a Trader Joe's on my way home, only because I had an appointment and took a different route. I was hungry and majorly PMSing (my TOM is more than a week late but my PMS was right on time; it's getting excruciating) and I r... Read more

Fresh Dose of Determination Needed

Monday, January 23, 2012      4 comments

All right, I have a plan. I laid it all out, including pretty emoticons, in my last blog. That's great. But what I haven't had is follow-through or motivation. Friday I stepped on the scale to discover I gained FOUR POUNDS over a long weeken... Read more

Freshening Up My Program for the New Year

Tuesday, January 10, 2012      6 comments

Last year I wanted to lose 40 pounds but only lost 15. So this year I have about 25 pounds to lose - and my husband I plan to try to get pregnant this year, so I probably won't lose all the weight before then. And that's fine with me; I don't ... Read more

What I Learned In A Month Away

Wednesday, December 07, 2011      7 comments

At the end of October I felt very overwhelmed and pulled in too many directions. So I decided to take a SparkBreak for two main reasons: to pare down the number of things I try to do in a day and to focus in on what is and isn't working in my ... Read more

Taking a Spark Break

Monday, October 31, 2011      10 comments

Lately I've been feeling overwhelmed, mostly at work - which is where I do most of my Sparking. My weight loss effort level has been up and down, more down than up, and I keep beating myself up over it. I just need to free up some of the brain... Read more

Turning It Around: New Motivation and a Double Win

Wednesday, October 12, 2011      9 comments

My last blog was about me feeling stuck and frustrated. In it I mentioned that I'm frustrated because DH and I are getting closer and closer to starting a family, but I'm no closer to my weight loss goals. Well, I decided to turn that rational... Read more

Reset My Ticker

Friday, October 07, 2011      8 comments

I started out 2011 very strong, losing 10 pounds by February. Since then I've only dropped 3 real pounds, losing and gaining the same pounds over and over again. And I'm heartily sick of it. While I love all the positive comments on my friend... Read more


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