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Grandson Cove's Sept visit
Wednesday, September 21, 2016      7 comments

What a visit! Since we share Cove with his Grampy & Granny when he's in town, we usually only have him for one overnight. Boy, we packed a LOT into that time last weekend! We made our customary first stop at the historic 501 steam engine do... Read more
Why measurements & photos are so important
Wednesday, September 14, 2016      7 comments

Back when I got serious about losing weight, in October 2014, I failed to do 2 big things: I didn't take before photos. I didn't take measurements. I didn't think it was that big of a deal. I mean, I had photos of myself, right? I k... Read more
My Plank Challenge
Friday, September 09, 2016      13 comments

I finished my 30 day plank challenge 2 days ago. This is the challenge I used: I chose it because I liked the calendar format. (As I discovered, t... Read more
Grandson's Aug visit!
Monday, August 29, 2016      14 comments

My 2-1/2 year old grandson, Cove, comes to visit about once a month. We try to have fun adventures and get lots of snuggles. We always have to start at the historic steam engine in town, just to "say hello to the train." Cove absolutely lo... Read more
Help me plank!
Wednesday, August 24, 2016      13 comments

Early this month I started a 30 day plank challenge. It's going pretty well - I'm up to 2 minutes and WOW! What a killer! The objective of the challenge is a 5 minute plank at the end of the 30 days. My form is good. I'm not feeling strain ... Read more
Challenging my maintenance!
Wednesday, August 17, 2016      11 comments

I'm now 9 days into a 30 day plank challenge, and along with it I'm carefully tracking my exercise, including 30 days of 50 squats/day. That means: At least 3 days/week of cardio At least 2 days/week of ST 50 squats/day, EVERY day Pla... Read more
Maintenance Mode Boredom
Tuesday, July 19, 2016      9 comments

I know, I know - cry me a river, right? I'm coming up on a year in maintenance mode, and I'm hanging in there at about +/- 3 lbs. Goal weight is 150; today I weighed in at 149.2. So it goes. When I was in weight loss mode, I looked forward ... Read more
YOOVIE update
Friday, May 06, 2016      8 comments

Many of you long-time Sparkies will remember YOOVIE. I've had her on my mind lately and ran a quick search to see what I could find. Et voila! The Internet is a wonderful thing. https://adventurefoxblog ... Read more
Home renovation - Master Bathroom
Monday, February 29, 2016      10 comments

The first interior room we did was the master bathroom. There was still carpet (!!!) on the floor and some questionable wallpaper. We wanted to just paint over the wallpaper, to bring out the texture, but after 1 coat of paint, it looked terribl... Read more
Home renovation - Exterior, part 1
Monday, February 29, 2016      10 comments

In 2015, we embarked on a major home facelift, beginning with the exterior. Our old, 40s era, wood frame home had recently gotten new, double pane, energy efficient windows, so it needed a new skin to go with them! We added extra insulation on t... Read more
St. Lucia - the trip of a lifetime!
Tuesday, February 23, 2016      16 comments

A couple of weeks ago, my SO and I took a vacation to one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. We stayed at Sandals Halcyon; I highly recommend it! What a wonderful trip! It was worth the saving and planning. In the 13 years I've known m... Read more
My "A-Ha moment"... or the lack thereof
Friday, December 18, 2015      23 comments

I just saw a board post asking, "What was the straw that broke the camel's back for you?" It's funny I saw this question today. I was talking with another friend who's on the weight loss train just yesterday, and as she was telling me what... Read more
Confession is good for the soul
Tuesday, November 24, 2015      31 comments

I'm firmly in maintenance mode. My maintenance goal is no more than 5 lbs either way. Here's where the confession comes in; I've recently allowed myself to grow lax about my eating habits. We've had multiple contractors working on an... Read more
Fun with post-surgical followups
Thursday, October 22, 2015      11 comments

I saw my orthopedic surgeon this week as a followup to my shoulder surgery. He reviewed the occupational therapist's recommendation to release me from therapy and concurred. AND he told me I was doing better than he'd expected! He had a student ... Read more
Drumroll please...
Wednesday, October 14, 2015      17 comments

I'VE OFFICIALLY BEEN RELEASED FROM OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY!! Whew!! After 4 long months, I had my final assessment yesterday and was deemed functional in all areas - and back to 100% in several! I was given a maintenance plan to continue on my... Read more

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