One More Year Battling the Blerch
It is a cold (for the Willamette Valley in Oregon, anyways) fairly windy day. 29F at the moment, with 5-10 mph winds. But after I post this blog I'm headed outside for a run. I want to beat the Blerch.
Two Weeks and Yet Another Good Start
It's been two weeks since I started the South Beach Gluten Free Phase I diet. I gave myself two days after I returned from my trip to Rome, then started. I have lost 3 1/2 pounds in 2 weeks. Not bad for me...a 61 year old short (I'm 5 ft 3) fema... Read more
When In Rome...
...do as the Romans do.
The entire quote, attributed to St. Ambrose is, "si fueris Rōmae, Rōmānō vīvitō mōre; si fueris alibī, vīvitō sicut ibi."
Or.." if you should be in Rome, live in... Read more
Mid August Mindset
Here in Oregon we've been enjoying a wonderful summer. Today, though, reminds me that fall is coming. It is cloudy. Still warm, but a cloud cover. Yesterday was cloudy with a brief bit of rain. Stil...it was 80+ degrees. I can't quite get used t... Read more
Once again, with conviction
This has been my first blog entry in over a year!
But I vow to get back to personally reflecting on my spark journey and blogging more often. This past year has been a "holding even" year for me, but I have not been happy with the status quo..... Read more
Why I Need Challenging, Fun Goals
Achieving goals keeps me going.
Right now I am under a thousand points from achieving the next Spark Level.
I trained for and ran in the Portland Marathon last year. This year I am back at it, trying to train again (so far I've complet... Read more
Accountability and a Reality Check
I have been hovering under 150 for the last couple of months now. Bought a new scale because my other one was erratic and I swore it made me gain 2+ pounds.
Last week I watched the HBO documentary series on obesity in America. Scary stuff. ... Read more
Everything Will Be OK
I woke up this morning dreaming that I was supposed to be giving a presentation but I couldn't locate it on my MacAir nor remember how to use the finder. A crowd of people were patiently waiting for me. I was fumbling around and panicky. Even m... Read more
Two Days After Twenty Six Point Two
I woke up today feeling much less sore than yesterday. I slept really well...thank goodness I scheduled a massage for after work yesterday. It took a village to help me complete the marathon...and I need to thank my massage therapist, Alice, who... Read more
Running on Empty
Yesterday I ran the Portland Marathon. It was a tough, tough race for me...but I finished. I'm very sore and gimpy today and can't wait for my massage scheduled for late this afternoon.
My time: 5 hours, 36 minutes.
My goal: 5 hours.
My... Read more
Running Suspended for a Bit
Well...I was just cruisin' on my Portland Marathon training (the race is in October)...feeling great after my 15 mile benchmark run last Saturday. I did OK on that run, averaging 10 minute 50 second miles. The first 5 miles I went out more slowl... Read more
My Trip to Portugal, Running, and Enjoying the Journey
Iíve been traveling a lot. Since mid May Iíve been away from home 28 nights. Now that I am back home, it is time to reflect on my travels. I plan to blog about my other trips, but this blog will be about my most recent trip to Porto, Portugal.
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OK, here we go again! This time I'm headed off to Portugal for 10 days to attend a conference, co-teach a 1 day tutorial, give a keynote talk on the first day of the conference and another invited talk. Then, after Wednesday, I can relax (or may... Read more
Winter Struggles and Insights
OK...this is NOT a new topic. I'm sure some of you must even be getting tired of reading about the winter blahs. But I want to reflect what I've been going through...and see what lies ahead.
I gained a couple of pounds over the long days of... Read more
Today I went to a women's running session at the gym. I had talked on the phone with the coach, Michelle, who told me that her group was small (two regulars plus a few drop ins) and that I was welcome to come and try out the group. I explained a... Read more
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