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Do you turn rest days into rest weeks?

Wednesday, February 08, 2012      4 comments

It's amazing to me the amount of effort that's required to exercise 20-30 minutes a day, but how little thought goes into stretching a rest day into weeks and sometimes months! I called out Monday as a rest day, as I had done 6 days in a r... Read more

A week of training

Monday, February 06, 2012      4 comments

Last week was a busy one, folks! But through it all I managed to get it lots of exercise. Tuesday I did a straight cardio session at home using Yourself Fitness for PS2. It's a great program and gives lots of variety while you work to unloc... Read more

February Goals

Friday, February 03, 2012      3 comments

I am always very inspired by RUNNER4LIFE08's monthly goals and recap blogs. So I decided to try it out myself. Here goes... #1 - Climb stairs at work twice a week. I am team captain for my company team at the Fight For Air Climb on March 1... Read more

Aqua Endurance, part 2 - Land Ho!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012      3 comments

Tonight's session was a chance to see the other method this trainer uses to help people get in shape. Everything was land-based this time around, so no jumping up and down in a swimsuit (oh, gee, darn). Read more

Tell Me I'm Not Old!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012      9 comments

So, today I admitted to a friend that I hate going to bed at 10:00 pm because it makes me think I'm old. The logical part of my brain knows that people of all ages go to bed before 10:00 - it just depends on their schedule. Every plan I've ... Read more

Aqua Endurance - yeaow!

Thursday, January 19, 2012      7 comments

Today I had a free session at the gym to try out a new training program. (Free = yay!!) It's called Aqua Endurance, and it was developed by one of the personal trainers in an effort to help injured and/or extremely out-of-shape people regain eno... Read more

Is it really 2012 already?

Saturday, January 07, 2012      2 comments

I just can't believe how fast 2011 went! It was not the best year for me, but it definitely had some high points. During the first quarter, I trained for and completed my first 5k since my hip surgery. It was the Blarney 5k - which, in Wisc... Read more

C'mon Get Happy

Friday, November 18, 2011      2 comments

November started out with determined focus to follow the 30 days to happiness calendar that Sparks created. As with all things, I started strong and fizzled. But there is hope! The month is not over. Here's what I missed: 12: Eat dark choco... Read more

Lessons Learned

Tuesday, November 15, 2011      4 comments

Hi SparkFriends! I had a nice 11-day streak going and then something happened. It's something I've known for a long time, but I didn't realize it ran as deep as it apparently does. The thing is...I'm a rebel. I have always rebelled aga... Read more

Greater Happiness: Day 11 + Patience

Friday, November 11, 2011      2 comments

Today's recommendation for happiness is to start a journal and use it to record positive experiences and things you are thankful for so you can go back and use it as a mood booster when things aren't going so well. I've tried journaling bef... Read more

Greater Happiness: Days 9 & 10

Thursday, November 10, 2011      2 comments

Hi SparkFriends! Yesterday and today were not good days for me. Work was extremely stressful. Yesterday I got home from work at 7:00 pm (I start at 9:00 am), and then had to log back in at 9:00 pm to deal with a security issue. I got done a... Read more

Greater Happiness: Day 8, Inner Voice + Living the Plan

Tuesday, November 08, 2011      2 comments

Today Spark asks us to make time for ourselves. "Pursuing personal growth is just as important as spending time with others. Pencil in some "me" time, even if it's just a few minutes each day." This I do. Thanks to FORBANDE, who pointed me ... Read more

Greater Happiness: Day 7 + Zen Lesson (Duplicity)

Monday, November 07, 2011      2 comments

Happy Monday, SparkFriends! Tomorrow is my weigh-in day and I'm very excited. After 6 straight days of following my goals, I feel better, healthier, and maybe even a little lighter. Even if the scale doesn't reflect it, I am noticing differences... Read more

Greater Happiness: Day 6 + Zen Lesson

Sunday, November 06, 2011      2 comments

Today's Spark calendar for greater happiness says: Find Meaningful Work. The nature of your job isn't as important as how you approach it. A positive attitude and a focus on the meaning behind your work make it more rewarding. I love my job... Read more

Greater Happiness: Day 5 + Zen Lesson

Saturday, November 05, 2011      4 comments

Today the 30 Days to Greater Happiness calendar says to Take Action. "If you don't life your job or other life circumstances, make a plan and take charge. You create your own reality, and you can change your life if you're unhappy." I truly... Read more


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