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First Paddle

Saturday, March 21, 2015      11 comments

Those of you who know me on Spark know I've been waiting for this day. The outside temp got over 55 when my husband and I pushed off. The sun was warm on our backs. The windspeed low. Nirvana! It was a quiet trip. We paddled by some t... Read more

Watching My Weight(s)

Friday, March 13, 2015      17 comments

This is not another blog about weight. Well it is about weight, but not the kind we talk most about on Spark. I'm talking about the weight I use in the gym to strength train. Let me be clear. I am not a body builder. And free weights st... Read more

I'm Thinking that Sometimes Easy Does It

Friday, March 06, 2015      12 comments

I woke up too early today. 4 a.m. is early even for an early riser like me. But it's my strategy for times when I seem fully awake and can't get back to sleep. I just get up and start my day. Which probably means there is a nap ahead in my d... Read more

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth about Maintenance

Monday, February 23, 2015      13 comments

I am coming to grips with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth about what it takes for me to maintain a healthy life style. The Good (news) is all the great information, the fabulous motivating friends, and the inspiring photos and ideas o... Read more

Snow Day

Tuesday, February 17, 2015      10 comments

It's a feet by the fire kind of day. First snowfall of the year where I live. (I know, Boston, you should be so fortunate). But with it comes a delightful pause in metro DC where we all know people could wisely spend a little more time pausin... Read more

A Spark-Like Food Fight

Friday, February 13, 2015      12 comments

Remember fighting over the biggest cookie? I sure do. And my husband, one of four boys, sure does as well. But lately something weird in a Sparky kind of way is happe... Read more


Saturday, February 07, 2015      16 comments

I borrowed a tool called a "Spiralizer" from a friend and have been experimenting with different vegetables. Last night it was beets: I roasted them and then tossed ... Read more


Wednesday, January 28, 2015      12 comments

Keeping it short and sweet today. True this! ... Read more

I HAD NO IDEA: 4 Grams of Sugar in 1 Teaspoon

Tuesday, January 20, 2015      16 comments

Out of curiosity I just checked into how many grams of sugar there are in a teaspoon. I found out there were 4. And I am now in sugar shock. I HAD NO IDEA. Today I had some Dannon Greek Yogurt -- flavored and 0 fat -- but it has 19... Read more

Laxidaisical January

Thursday, January 08, 2015      12 comments

Wow, it's cold where I live this week. I actually slept in my work out tights last night just to add a layer under my night shirt. Handy when morning came because I was half ready to go to the gym. LOL. I'm fighting the laxidaisical tren... Read more

Healthy, Happy 2015!

Thursday, January 01, 2015      11 comments

The joy of having hung in with Spark for many years now--3 years in February to be exact--is that weight maintenance is my goal as the new year begins, not weight loss. It felt like a 'little miracle' last January 1, and it feels like a little ... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Living into the Season

Thursday, December 18, 2014      70 comments

Yesterday I had lunch with a group of friends in my writing group. It was festive and fun. We know each other's stories and have shared a lot over several years now. Being together is a treat. As we were leaving a few of us were talking in t... Read more

Setting My Mood by the Number(s)

Sunday, December 14, 2014      12 comments

At check-in with Spark every morning I score my mood on my start page. It the past I’d consider how I was feeling right then—usually at 5:30 am--and give myself a score. Typically I’d pick a score between 7 and 8. For me that meant I was feel... Read more

There Will Probably Be Another Meal

Thursday, November 20, 2014      15 comments

When I am eating something the I really enjoy I try to remind myself that this is probably not my last meal of "it." I will have another opportunity at some point to eat and enjoy it or something equally as enjoyable. In other words I eat a re... Read more

Looking for an Apology?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014      12 comments

I have been taking an on line class that poses powerful questions, life changing questions, every other day or so. Yesterday this one came up: I realized that I was s... Read more

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