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New Year's Beach Party, Spark Style!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008      3 comments

DH and I decided to have a big party on New Year's Day - and I made some adjustments to keep the party part of my new Spark life! 1. We had the party at the beach - fresh air, outside, easy access to lots of physical activity and exercise ... Read more

New Year, New Hair, New Body

Monday, December 31, 2007      2 comments

Blogdate 12.31.07 Weight: 189 and holding through the holidays Cholesterol: from a high of 227 down to 199 in June, and still falling. Blood pressue: from a normal of about 118/85 to a new low of 98/68. Haven't seen numbers li... Read more

A STUDENT noticed I've lost weight!!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007      4 comments

I teach middle school art. One of my students from last year (now in 8th grade) stopped by to say hi, on her way to her next class. The conversation went like this: "Hi Ms. Schwartz." "Hi Lisa, how are you." "I'm fine, you got skinny!"... Read more

Day 350 and counting

Tuesday, December 18, 2007      1 comments

I have been a Sparkie for 350 days. Fifteen days short of a year. I have lost 45 lbs in that time - that's one lb gone every 8 or so days. Not that it goes that way, of course. I am also about 3 or 4 sizes smaller. That's one size sma... Read more

Dear clothing retailers who email me:

Thursday, December 06, 2007      3 comments

You can't see me. If you could, you'd stop sending me emails for plus size clothes. Because they don't fit any more. They are too big. Kiyonna, I can't wear your clothes any more. Peaches, I love your styles, please make them smaller - a ne... Read more

Exercise the frustration and anger

Wednesday, November 28, 2007      1 comments

Our school will not get full accreditation because the local Department of Education and/or our school district never got around to updating/writing curricula for each subject area, and each grade level. (They have them for high school, we're a... Read more

I need a fashion intervention

Wednesday, November 07, 2007      4 comments

My body changed shape when I wasn't looking. My hips used to be bigger than my bustline. Bigger than my shoulders. Now the hips are smaller than either my shoulders or my bust. In fact, my bustline is smaller than my shoulders, too! I've wa... Read more

Thoughts on exercise

Wednesday, October 31, 2007      2 comments

I'll admit it, I haven't done cardio in weeks. Maybe a month. I've been busy with a huge project at work, working 12 to 15 hr days for about a month. And it's easy to skip cardio, just do some weights and squats at home, and leave it at that.... Read more

45 lbs and 9.25 months later

Sunday, October 07, 2007      6 comments

I was having breakfast at our usual spot today, and started thinking about this fitness and weight loss journey. I started on January 2, 2007; today is October 7, 2007. And in that 9 months and 5 days, I've lost 45 lbs. (Today made it the 45.... Read more

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr - I want ice cream!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007      2 comments

I'm chairing the accreditation team at school. Someone else had been the chair of this committee, but he didn't finish stuff up last year, and then he retired. And left no paperwork. No notes. No hard copy of anything. Just whatever the com... Read more

Goal Setting

Monday, September 24, 2007      5 comments

I tend to set goals for myself that are difficult to reach. And then I have to settle for not achieving my goal. Example - we spent 3.5 days in Philadelphia, visiting family. I walk a lot, and my routes there include more hills than where... Read more

"De woman got no bum!"

Thursday, September 06, 2007      6 comments

I have lost my tush. I have lost 40 lbs, and my tush went with them. Yes, I have returned to the barely-there white woman tush that I used to have. I lived in Liberia, West Africa, and would often hear "De woman got no bum!" I currently ... Read more

I made it to full points of the "Very Healthy" lifestyle scale

Tuesday, September 04, 2007      1 comments

I had fruit with my bkfst, lunch, snack, supper. I had 2 vegs for lunch, and 3 vegs for supper. I had whole grains at bkfstt and snack. I slept 8 hours. I exercised - 2 hrs of cardio, plus 20 minutes of ST. And I drank 1... Read more

Closet cleaning

Monday, August 27, 2007      6 comments

I cleaned out my closet before going to Italy - I had a huge pile of clothes for another teacher at school, some things will fit, some will be too small but then we'll pass them along to a third and even fourth teacher. Yesterday, I went ... Read more

Six jars of truffle paste

Thursday, August 16, 2007      4 comments

That's what I bought in Italy. Six jars of truffle paste, or sauce, to put on pasta or bruschetta. White truffles. White truffles with artichoke hearts. Blacck truffles. Black truffles with porcini mushrooms. Variation on the above. T... Read more

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