What Sparkpeople has Done for Me - First Quarterly Review of 2012!
I admit that I have been MIA this month, but it's not for bad reasons. I've been keeping up with my Spark program, running, eating right, and making healthy choices. I've just been really busy. But it's time to update my Quarterly Review blog co... Read more
The Fainting Couch
Back when my kids were growing up, one of our family vacations included a tour of an upscale 18th century village. In one of the lovely homes, my youngest daughter Kim found particular amusement with a certain item of furniture...an ornate, velv... Read more
Happy New Year Today...Spark Anniversary Tomorrow!
Happy New Year, Sparkies! This is it...the day we've been waiting for!
And...Tomorrow is my one-year Spark Anniversary!!
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Life's a Roller Coaster
If we never had that long, slow, ride up up that endless, steep incline...where we asked:
What would happen if we got stuck up here?
How would we get down?
Was our seatbelt fastened properly?
Does anyone really inspect these things?
Ha... Read more
Thoughts on a Winter Solstice
Many of us are about to celebrate yet another New Years Eve. We glue our eyes to the TV in anticipation of that big, glittery ball making its way down the pole and marking the beginning of a new year. If we're with somebody special, we kiss them... Read more
What Sparkpeople has Done for Me - Quarterly Review
It's almost time to wrap up my first year here on Sparkpeople. After the festivities of the holidays are over, and we enter the first week of January, I will be celebrating my One-Year Spark Anniversary. I decided to write this blog a little ear... Read more
Welcome to Motherhood
It's official. My first baby is going to be a mom! There's something extra special that happens in a mother's heart when she remembers that first experience...and though she loves each of her children, equally, with all her heart...that first ti... Read more
Even the Cat has a Date!
It's Friday night again...that great big, beautiful pot of gold at the end of a week of meetings and deadlines and bosses...oh MY! Tomorrow, I am going to start out early, on a weekend trip to visit my elderly mom who lives about 130 miles away.... Read more
A Gleam and a Smile
This morning, I was sitting at my computer doing some Sparking and received an email with one of my all-time favorite creative pieces by an anonymous artist. It never fails to make me smile...which also reminded me of another favorite creative p... Read more
Sometimes, the Runner Stumbles
The time we think we're the most on top of our game, can also be the time that we're the most vulnerable. Life throws us a curveball or places a slick spot on that curve toward the home stretch, and we feel ourselves spinning. Maybe, we think we... Read more
Nicole's Ruby Slippers
My 5 year-old granddaughter, Nikki, is crazy about the Wizard of Oz. In fact, she is planning to dress up as Dorothy for Halloween this year, and is most excited about the sparkly red shoes that she gets to wear. She's talked about them for week... Read more
Back to Our Roots
No matter how hard we work at fitness and health, we all sometimes feel like we're hitting a rut. Over the past two months, I've been concentrating so hard on training for running races, that I forgot just how much fun and rewarding my 'humble b... Read more
Reflections on a Football Saturday
It's been over 2 months now since my dad passed away. As for the stages of grief, there is no 'normal'...it's very personal. And I've found that my mind and heart are a scattered mess right now. My job keeps me so busy, which I thought would be ... Read more
I Did It! I Did It!
And I'm all smiles tonight...I completed my first 5K since my knee injury 4 years ago!!! I knew that it would be such an awesome sense of accomplishment...but after driving 140 miles back home, the rush is just now setting in! Everyone who ever ... Read more
What Sparkpeople Means to Me--A Quarterly Review
I've now been with my Spark program for nearly 9 months, and I'm not that far from my goal now. It's almost my birthday, and I'm actually doing so much better than I ever dreamed possible. But hey wait...I KNEW I could do this time! I KNEW that ... Read more