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This is why we live here

Monday, February 18, 2008      1 comments

It was a gorgeous day, with a clear blue sky and moderate ocean breeze. I walked from the far west end of the waterfront to the new marina on the east end, about 2 miles. Shopped, had a snack, walked back. It's February but warm here. People ... Read more

Feeling proud, feeling discouraged

Wednesday, February 13, 2008      5 comments

PROUD: I cooked dinner for DH and myself last night. He had the greasy Italian sausage cooked in marinara with extra vegs added, over whole wheat pasta. I went to the extra trouble of cooking myself a boneless skinless chicken breast, eaten w... Read more

Step log - February

Tuesday, February 05, 2008      1 comments

2/1 - 11,534 steps 2/2 - 18,940 steps 2/3 - 4,730 steps (rest day) 2/4 - 10,152 steps 2/5 - 4,595 steps 2/6 - 8,522 steps 2/7 - 12,385 steps 2/8 - 12,714 steps 2/9 - 20,853 steps 2/10 - 4,115 steps 2/11 - 9,880 steps 2/12 -... Read more

I climbed my challenge hill today

Tuesday, January 22, 2008      4 comments

All 750 feet of it. All one mile of the road. All the switchbacks and turns and curves and steep climbing. I just decided that today would be the day. This was it. I was gonna tame that hill and make it mine. I fueled up with an apple,... Read more

I rewarded myself with exercise! I don't believe it!!!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2008      3 comments

What a U turn in my thinking!!!!!!!!! I worked out all week, every day, training for this half marathon. I walked 2 hours three or four days, and walked steep hills the other days, alternating. I lifted weights. I did tons of stretching.... Read more

I think I'm in better shape than I think I am

Thursday, January 17, 2008      4 comments

Today was a hill day. So I drove to my challenge hill, and decided to start by driving the hill and clocking the miles. Turns out the road is all of .9 miles - yet it goes from sea level to 750 feet. Can we say steep? Sunday, when I star... Read more

Hill #3, I'm in training

Wednesday, January 16, 2008      4 comments

I have found my hill to train for the half marathon. It goes from sea level to 750 feet. I'm not sure at this point how many miles the road to the top is, I'm guessing 2 or 3. On Sunday, I made my first attempt. I didn't plan to walk t... Read more

Marathon training, day #3, and hill #2

Friday, January 11, 2008      2 comments

Blogdate 1.11.07 Mahogany Run hill 1.5 miles - estimated elevation change 200 feet in .75 mile distance Time: 43 minutes - maybe 25 minutes up, and 18 minutes down. Not too bad, but I need to speed up. Charlottesville, h... Read more

Taking the initiative vs. talking the initiative

Thursday, January 10, 2008      2 comments

I'm starting to tell people that I'm signed up for a half marathon in April. I don't pretend that I'm running it, I'm upfront about the fact that I'll walk most of it (with small amounts of jogging). Most people are surprised, then smile a... Read more

Step blog

Wednesday, January 09, 2008      1 comments

1/7/08 - 11,110 steps 1/8/08 - 10,452 steps 1/9/08 - wardrobe malfunction - seriously, the pedometer got wrapped around my slip and didn't count half my walk. My walk one way went from 4000-something to 7000-something. My return walk (s... Read more

So, uh, I'm in training for a half marathon

Tuesday, January 08, 2008      3 comments

How did this happen? How did I get here? And why am I doing this? Well, it makes sense to have a goal - I've always worked best when having a goal in mind. And I have the type of body that is built for endurance (and very little speed) -... Read more

I can't believe I was disappointed I couldn't exercise!

Sunday, January 06, 2008      1 comments

It rained most of the day. Not drizzle rain, but pouring rain. Windy, blowing the rain in - so we had to close all the windows on the windward side. Cold - at least, cold for here, so that I put on long sleeves and long pants - unheard of! ... Read more

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


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