New Trophy in Sight!
I think I'm about to have some spark point fever. Less than a thousand points until this pretty trophy is mine!... Read more
I ran 2 miles Saturday and 3 miles today. I'm getting my running groove back. I'm a slow runner, my legs are very happy running an 11 mile/pace, and my head was trying to mess with me today telling me that was too slow. Dang it, I've not been ru... Read more
The Shovel: Choosing between Bitterness and Moving On
A couple years ago, shortly after I started Sparking, school started back up. My boys and I bike to school, and there was this one part of our ride where we had to bike on a dirt path where some city workers had dumped a fair sized pile of grave... Read more
I'm Just Different Now
For the last 3 years, I've run our school's book fair. That means huge long hours, standing, tidying, hunched over a register as needed. Very draining work, but very satisfying also because we get hundreds of books into students' hands plus the ... Read more
50 Reasons I Want to Do a Triathlon and Start My Own Triathlon Team
1. I already like running a 5k
2. Biking has gotten more fun for me
3. I don't want to let swimming prevent me from doing something.
4. Just because 25 years ago I decided I hate swimming, I want to give it a good trial to see if my body c... Read more
The Scale and Me
I'm a daily weigher, and for me that's a good thing. Several years ago I did Weight Watchers and I got way obsessed with the scale and that weekly weigh in. I even took laxatives wanting to get the lowest number. And guess what? The weight didn'... Read more
2011 Goal: Sprint Triathlon
I've been thinking over the last couple weeks that I needed to start thinking about some physical goals for 2011. I was casually toying with the idea of a sprint triathlon (400 m swim, 11 mile bike ride, 5k run), and then I found out a girlfrien... Read more
Vacation Plateau Broken
When I go away on a vacation, and I get all that added salt from vacation food plus the disruption to my normal routine of eating and exercising, I go into a plateau. Typically with my weight going up about 4 or 5 pounds. So over the next week o... Read more
Fresh Figs and Goat Cheese
My newest happy snack.
4 deliciously fresh small figs each sliced gently in half.
1 ounce soft goat cheese softened for about 10 seconds in the microwave.
One fig slice at a time, smear a little goat cheese on it. Eat, savor. Repeat ... Read more
Our New Kittens
These sweet 8 week old brothers moved into our laundry room this afternoon. A friend had a stray ca... Read more
Fear Will Not Make My Decisions For Me
I am still kind of trembling, but I did it. I just did a redwood canopy ropes course. Do you remember the Ewok village high in the trees in Star Wars? It looked a lot like that.
Now something to know about me is I am cross eyed without m... Read more
Conquering Fears at the Gym
I'm learning to box jump. I can jump 12 inches high no problem, well, except it wipes me out, but I can do it. Thinking of jumping higher intimidates me. I started searching on the net about this today, and I found this great blog on the topic.
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Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something u... Read more
Thinking about Reaching Goal Weight
I'm not sure how far I am from my goal weight, but it's coming closer. Probably within 20 pounds, not sure exactly because my goal weight I'm basing on my body composition. My goal is 20% body fat. I'll be rechecking that when I get to 158 which... Read more
Cool Athletic Top
I've been wishing for cool looking work out clothes. Currently I'm crushing on this top. I'm not sure if I'm small enough for it sizewise, but dang I want it. My measurements fit within the size range, but I'm not sure how comfy I'd feel now in ... Read more
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