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A&I Challenge Week 4: Things I like about myself.

Friday, October 26, 2012      3 comments

Short & sweet--a lunch hour blog! “THINGS I LIKE ABOUT MYSELF” - We sometimes have difficulty seeing the good in ourselves. Write about at least 5 things you really like about yourself and how they help define you as the unique and special ... Read more

A&I Challenge Week 3: Meaningful Quote

Wednesday, October 17, 2012      8 comments

“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” ― Maya Angelou I can relate to this quote on many levels--large issues and small. A... Read more

Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park

Saturday, October 13, 2012      12 comments

Our weekend away this month came at a good time, the end of the season for hiking in the High Sierras means dry and cool conditions. We did one last long hike, about 12 miles round-trip, with 3,000 foot elevation gain, so easier than our hike in... Read more

September? Don't Ask! -- October Goals

Friday, October 05, 2012      5 comments

I think this September is the worst month diet & exercise-wise than I've had since beginning SP. There's no way to go but up! In October, I plan to: 1. Stay in my calorie range. 2. Stay in training mode for my half-marathon on November ... Read more

Switzerland! (aka Cheese-a-palooza)

Saturday, September 22, 2012      9 comments

Traveling for work has its advantages and disadvantages. I often find myself in places I would not normally visit. But once I’m there, I have little time on my own to do... Read more

August recap & September Goals

Sunday, September 02, 2012      11 comments

August: Most of August I spent trying to not stress over strictly meeting calorie ranges and exercise minutes while also trying not to lose too much ground. I ended the month about the same weight as I started it (about 10 pounds above... Read more

Five Words: Then & Now

Sunday, August 26, 2012      10 comments

A&I Challenge Blog Assignment: What 5 words best described you at the beginning of your Spark Journey? Why/how did those words relate to you at that time? What 5 words best describe you at this point on your journey and why/how do they relate ... Read more

Not My Imagination!

Monday, August 06, 2012      6 comments

It seems like it's so much harder to stay on track when I'm stressed... Because the evidence confirms it is!! Force of habit: Stress hormones switch off areas of the brain for goal-directed behaviour www.sciencedaily.com/rel
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Alta Peak Hike

Saturday, July 21, 2012      10 comments

On Friday we drove out to the parking lot at Wolverton to find the trailhead for our hike the next day and ate our picnic lunch there. Later, we checked in with the ranger to talk to her about the hike. She was very encouraging so we felt optimi... Read more

Alta Peak Preview

Monday, July 16, 2012      13 comments

My DH took this of me taking pictures while lying on the very top rock at the summit of Alta Peak. You can actually see Mt. Whitney through a gap in the Great Western Divid... Read more

July 2012 Goals

Saturday, July 07, 2012      8 comments

Introducing my July Spark Goals, but first, a word from our sponsor, 2012 Goals Results! 1. Nutrition: Stay in calorie range, avoiding empty calories of refined sugar & alcohol. * June 2012: 70% (21 days of 30) * January-June... Read more

Mid-Month Check-In (Saturday 16 June)

Saturday, June 16, 2012      9 comments

June is turning out well! 1. Wedding anniversary celebrated within calorie range the first week of the month. Now 19 days in a row in my new lower calorie range (since Memorial Day). This has been challenging at times, especially when eatin... Read more

Goodbye May, Hello June!

Sunday, June 03, 2012      10 comments

This May, I did better than any other month in 2012 staying in my calorie range: Days in calorie range during May: 24 Total days in calorie range January-May 2012: 80 Total days over calorie range January-May 2012: 72 Total days over ... Read more

No more tuna--so now what?

Friday, June 01, 2012      7 comments

Lots of studies point to the mercury levels in tuna having climbed in the last two decades to the point where they recommend at least limiting the amount and frequency it's eaten. See this for more information: nutritionfacts.org/video<... Read more

Dealing with Cravings (A&I Challenge Week 4 May)

Thursday, May 24, 2012      8 comments

My assignment: “How do you say NO to that Craving? Share the strategies and techniques you use to overcome cravings.” The short answer for me is: “This too shall pass.” If I could remember that, I think I’d be within my calorie range all t... Read more


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