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My 5th year at Spark--a little older, a little wiser, but grateful to be here!

Friday, January 23, 2015      17 comments

Five years ago I was searching the internet for a site that would help me with my quest for being healthier, weight loss and just plain feeling better. As the saying goes I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. The rear end accident that h... Read more

The loss of my dearly loved friend Russ and the beginning of my journey without him.

Sunday, January 18, 2015      14 comments

Back in 2007 I was at a very low point in my life after my rear end accident. My kids were in the car-thank God we survived-but my Camry was totalled and I went through months of occupational and physical therapy. During that time I met Russ w... Read more

Yesterday's unintended by accident but ended great 14 mile in a day trek.

Sunday, December 14, 2014      4 comments

The weather was coooold yesterday morning so after I dropped my son off at the boys/girls club I happily drove downtown to go to my favorite YMCA-but all the parking garages were full. Irritated but not defeated I drove back home and decided to ... Read more

Age is nothing but a number-not letting it hold me back this year.

Sunday, November 30, 2014      13 comments

Back in 2010 when I joined Spark at the back of my mind was that I was getting older, there was only so much I could do. I wasn't a spring chicken by any means, but I would do the best that I could to become more fit. Walking(not jogging or runn... Read more

Yesterday I walked,jogged, ran over 14 miles...before my 45th birthday!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014      19 comments

Yesterday was a milestone for me and I am still giddy about it! I walked to the YMCA, did my heavy chest and back workout, ran/jogged/sprinted on the treadmill, walked back from the YMCA, then ran around our basement room-when all was said and ... Read more

My very first visit with a personal trainer-and not my last!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014      14 comments

For all that I love exercise I was a bit nervous before my session today. I made sure to inform her that I do have carpal tunnel and explained just how I normally work out and my vegan diet and my weight loss over the past several years. So what... Read more

Non-scale victory -my total cholesterol lowered AGAIN! Vegan power!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014      7 comments

Days like yesterday are a reminder that is not always about the amount of weight I can lift or mile I can walk(and now run, woohoo!)-that with the family risk factors of heart disease and diabetes that I am lessening my risk even as I grow older... Read more

I like running. No, I LOVE IT!!

Friday, August 15, 2014      7 comments

Goodness knows I would have never thought to like it so much during my fitness journey--now I am not fast admittedly, and I do slow down when I need to--but I like to run and honestly feel the difference mentally when I don't. It's a beautiful t... Read more

I ran a whole minute today without stopping! Yes that is big for me!!

Friday, June 27, 2014      9 comments

I love to sprint, LOVE to sprint--going all out for 20-30 seconds is wonderful for fat loss and endurance. But going longer than 30 seconds just was NOT going to happen--dropping back down to a walk or stopping on the side of the treadmill durin... Read more

If she can do it, I can!

Sunday, April 27, 2014      8 comments

In the gym at work this week as I was doing my insane sideways treadmill there was a woman doing heavy deadlifting. Now I mean as in 35lbs on each end of the bar. It was so inspiring! But I pouted as I finished my workout-- because of my wrist... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts My 4th year at Spark--changes and hopes and dreams for my 5th.

Saturday, January 18, 2014      37 comments

Once upon a time there was a woman in her early forties who decided to take her life back one step at a time by dropping diet soda cold turkey--a small step but it was an important one. And though she smiled sometimes it was not a truly happy sm... Read more

Conquering my final fear at the gym one row at a time.

Friday, December 13, 2013      9 comments

I like being challenged at the gym-lifting heavier weights thrills me, sprinting at higher speeds-without damaging major body parts is cathartic! Yes I like to live on the edge so to speak especially being 44 now-but age is just a number! Yet...... Read more

Met my yearly fitness minute goals early! And progress pics and Tabata sprints :)

Thursday, October 31, 2013      14 comments

I'd set my goal for this year at 35, 000 fitness minutes--and saw the other day that I'd gone past them-last year had been 30, 000 so I ambitiously set it at the 35k for 2013--how cool is that! And two months to go--so I still have some Zumbaing... Read more

Non scale victories--loving the latest one :)

Saturday, October 26, 2013      11 comments

I do have to say that my quest to gain muscle is going well--of course my lower half is still my (not!)favorite part but I have been faithfully doing my squats and sprints. (And sideways treadmill which is still fun!!!!) But a longtime friend a... Read more

I've gained weight!! Yay me!! No's a good thing. (video blog)

Saturday, October 12, 2013      10 comments

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