I usually don't exercise first thing in the morning. Our school starts early, my first class is at 7:30 and I arrive at school about 7 AM to get ready for my students. This means I wake up at 5:30 AM to get ready and drive across the island.
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Five gifts. Four were chocolate.
Yes, friends and relatives sent/gave holiday gifts. Calendar, candles, candle holder - C seems to be the operative letter. Because they almost all included chocolate. Dark chocolate. Except from my father, who sent ONLY dark chocolate.
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I'm getting MORE active as I age!
In a week, I'll hit my Sparkiversary #2. In those 2 years, I've lost 45-49 lbs. I've gotten healthier. And I've gotten way way way more active.
My DH has also lost 30-40 lbs, as a result of my increased fitness and better nutrition - and... Read more
The breakfast dilemma - cost vs. calories
I take myself to the coffee cart once or twice a week - it's enough of a "splurge" to make it a treat, but not enough of a caloric impact to make it an issue. It helps me stay on track to have something exciting and a bit sweet.
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"M'Schwartz, you slimming down still!"
I ran into my "adopted student" from years ago - he's now in his early 30s, married with 3 kids. I haven't seen him in nearly a year.
That was his comment - "M'Schwartz, you slimming down still!" Not that I see it on the scale, but the in... Read more
1,126.73 miles and counting
Nairobi to Khartoum!
NYC to Chicago to Minneapolis!
Seattle to San Diego!
WOW!... Read more
I am addicted to my pedometer
We had an emergency trip. I wore my pedometer, as usual. And on day 3 of the trip, I broke the clip on the pedometer. I couldn't attach it to my jeans. I felt lost!!!!! Uneasy!!! Going through pedometer withdrawal!!!!!!!!! How could I fu... Read more
I just had a "lightbulb" moment
You know the moment. When a lightbulb goes off in your head, the way it does in a cartoon.
A moment of brilliant realization. An epiphany.
I was logging in last night's meal. We moved last week, I've been unpacking after work, my di... Read more
I won 50 SparkGoodie points on the spin wheel today.
And I promptly bought myself SparkGoodie chocolate.
Yes, I crave chocolate. Yes, my DH offers to meet me at Ben & Jerry's. Yes, I'd love to eat some real chocolate. And yes, I spl... Read more
With my life, who needs to exercise?
10/13 - schlep all over the San Juan airport, with luggage, waiting for our flight (delayed 2 hours) and getting tickets and finding something edible.
10/14 - prep my classroom for the coming hurricane. Remove everything from the leaking s... Read more
I'm not used to my new size
I was admiring a jacket in a store yesterday - the only size left was a medium, and so I wasn't going to bother trying it on. After all, I've spent most of my adult life as a L, XL, or even 2X - who was I to try on an M?
The store owner lo... Read more
I ended up buying a heather grey little dress (by BCBG) that I can wear with a sweater for Yom Kippur, could dress up or down for my life in St. Thomas, and that I really liked and it looked good on me.
And the best part about this dress?
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The dress dilemma
I found a dress. It's a black party dress. It looks great on me. It flatters my shape. It's a smaller size than the last dress I bought. Which I still haven't worn.
Which brings me to the dilemma. Do I buy a dress because I love it an... Read more
People confuse me
I was approached by another teacher - the conversation went something like this:
Teacher 1: "You've lost so much weight, I was shocked when I saw you! What are you doing? I want to do it too!"
Me: "Eating less and exercising more. ... Read more
Phebe & Richard’s Adventures in Costa Rica Part 2
8/9 – We head south to Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, the old port in the region of Talamanca, on a paved and then dirt road that goes through Chiquita banana fields (ripening banana bunches all in blue plastic bags, I guess to keep birds an... Read more
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