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30 Days to Greater Happiness

Friday, November 04, 2011      5 comments

On Monday night, hubby and I were talking about the pending winter & holiday season, and how it always brings us down. We get depressed, and then start bickering, and things spiral down until March, when suddenly everything seems hopeful again. ... Read more

Back to Basics #1

Tuesday, November 01, 2011      4 comments

Hi everyone! I've been away awhile, dealing with heavy demands on my time and a persistent injury. I've missed you! Unfortunately, I've been struggling, and it shows. By summer of last year, I had lost 50 pounds. 35 of it has come bac... Read more

Geneva Lakes Amazing Race Report

Sunday, July 31, 2011      1 comments

Yesterday my friend Peggy and I participated in our very first Amazing Race-style event. We had a blast!! There were 14 teams of two. Each team had to raise at least $1000 to participate, and teams raising $1500 or more were given advantage... Read more

Geneva Lakes Amazing Race

Thursday, July 28, 2011      3 comments

Hi Spark Friends! I don't usually do this, and I hope this doesn't upset anyone (sorry if it does). In 2 days, I will be competing in the Geneva Lakes Amazing Race, and I am hoping to raise at least $1500. I need $130 more to reach that go... Read more

Boot Camp vs. Yoga

Wednesday, July 27, 2011      4 comments

I started yoga four weeks ago, and boot camp three weeks ago. So, which one is better? emoticon Read more

Food is Fuel

Friday, July 22, 2011      6 comments

It's taken me a long time to realize that. Food has always been fun, my friend, my companion. When there was no one else, food was there. Food stood by my side and never judged me. But it became my enemy, all the same. Food became an ob... Read more

Orange Shoe Boot Camp

Friday, July 08, 2011      5 comments

Do you get Groupons? I do, and I love them! Wednesday, I used a Groupon that allowed me to take 10 yoga sessions for $18. Thursday, I used another Groupon that signed me up for unlimited bootcamp sessions for 30 days for $20. Deals, deals, deals... Read more

Keeping it Even More Real

Thursday, July 07, 2011      2 comments

So, yesterday I had a talk with myself and decided to own up to where I'm at. I had been holding off updating my tracker, convinced that the gain was just a blip and I could easily turn it back around. Not so. The "blip" has lasted at least 6 mo... Read more

Checking In

Wednesday, April 06, 2011      2 comments

Don't have much to say, but wanted to give a shout out to all my SparkFriends. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! I got in a couple good workouts Sunday and Monday, and I plan on getting another one in tonight after work. Tomorrow is... Read more

April Fool's?

Friday, April 01, 2011      5 comments

I woke this morning wondering what the day had in store for me. It is April Fool's Day, after all, and my husband and some of my co-workers like to play a prank or two. But I never imagined that something fantastic would happen today! My friend,... Read more

First 5k since hip surgery: race report

Monday, March 14, 2011      8 comments

My last organized event was the Lake Country Half Marathon in Oconomowoc, WI. I had trained for the event and was mentally prepared. My body had other plans. A couple miles in, my hip gave out and I walk-limped the remaining 11 miles. (Stubborn... Read more

Finding motivation

Monday, February 28, 2011      6 comments

In year one, my motivation was high, and I lost 50 pounds. Yay! In year two, I got injured and my motivation got lost instead of my extra pounds. Boo! At the start of year three, my medications for PCOS got changed and my motivation disappea... Read more

100% Pledge: Day 5 and on my own

Saturday, January 29, 2011      3 comments

Thank you all for your feedback and assistance on yesterday's blog! Per one suggestion, I am blogging exactly what I eat so you can all check up on me. emoticonRead more

Alone...uh-oh

Friday, January 28, 2011      6 comments

I am going strong on my 100% commitment this week - I made it 3 days and promised 4 more. Last night, my husband reminded me that he would be gone for the weekend. I am on my own. No one to remind me of my promise. No one to request a heal... Read more

100% Pledge: Day 3

Thursday, January 27, 2011      2 comments

On Tuesday I began a commitment to my Purple Panthers team leader to dedicate myself 100% for one week. One measly little week! I was not feeling motivated, but I promised anyway, knowing it would be good for me. And a promise is a promise. ... Read more


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