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On a lighter note...
7/9/2014 7:26:14 PM,  6 COMMENTS

This made me LOL! ...  Read more


6 Months to Go
7/9/2014 1:23:41 PM,  3 COMMENTS

We are now at the 6 month mark until we can start our IVF cycle. It took me a long time to make the very hard decision to wait until we could switch i...  Read more


9 pant sizes down!
7/7/2014 2:10:09 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Hard to believe but I'm consistently fitting into 12's! Last pair of 12's I bought was a pair of tan chinos at Lerners somewhere around 1982. No kid...  Read more


Busy and Active Weekend
6/30/2014 9:36:58 AM,  3 COMMENTS

On Friday, I met my friend, her son, and their dog on the Mall. We passed by the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, walking about 4 miles t...  Read more


The Ghost of Eating Past
6/29/2014 7:08:22 AM,  3 COMMENTS

The past few weeks have been a bit like A Christmas Carol. Analyzing my choices has been the equivalent of seeing Christmas past, present, and future...  Read more


In need of...
6/23/2014 9:24:50 AM,  13 COMMENTS

a hug? a mental health day? a yoga and spa session? an eat-pray-love find my soul type getaway? I've been feeling down lately. Like break d...  Read more


6/23/2014 6:12:45 AM,  1 COMMENTS

Finally-I've lost more than I dared believe I could. This reminds me of the children's story, I'm not a Loser. By the end of the story, it turns out t...  Read more


Be careful what you wish for....
6/21/2014 7:17:04 PM,  0 COMMENTS

I have been hoping and wishing that my hubby were more on board with this whole getting-healthier thing. He has always been supportive, but passively...  Read more


Not worried for now
6/21/2014 3:26:40 PM,  11 COMMENTS

Today I competed my first 5K in a long time. My family was there to cheer me on which was so helpful and great. I could only run about a total of 1 mi...  Read more


Vacation Eating
6/20/2014 4:30:22 PM,  0 COMMENTS

Hi everyone! I hope you all are well. I was only gone for a week but boy was it a busy week! I did not end up taking my workout clothes. I figure...  Read more


6/15/2014 8:01:10 AM,  0 COMMENTS

519 Marshall Jensen, Survivor of the year 2014. Love his talk about how Babe Ruth may have hit around twice as many strikes as he did home runs,...  Read more


6/14/2014 7:14:57 PM,  8 COMMENTS

I have to miss boot camp next week because of prior commitments and I am worried I won't have the motivation to workout on my own so I will be using m...  Read more


Over a month now
6/14/2014 11:20:10 AM,  0 COMMENTS

Been back at it for 5 weeks now and down 12 lbs. Working towards running, still awesome at walking but definitely out of shape (well, round is a shap...  Read more


The Ups and Downs Of Weight Loss
6/13/2014 10:13:55 AM,  7 COMMENTS

I wanted to share this picture of my weigh-ins since January, because it really shows that this process is give and take. I know daily weigh-ins do...  Read more


Zip Up Those Abs!
6/10/2014 7:44:32 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Tonight I did the Denise Austin DVD called Body Makeover Mix. It's not a hard workout but I like it on occasion. I bought it on the recommendation of...  Read more


5 Months of Sparking
6/6/2014 6:02:51 PM,  2 COMMENTS

I'm so proud of myself! Five whole months! I finally reached my 33 lb goal this week - it has been a bit of a battle the past few weeks but I'm finall...  Read more


Light Exercise Week
6/5/2014 10:31:12 PM,  1 COMMENTS

I've been busy this week with my boyfriend out of town. While I'm a regular gym-goer, he and I influence each other's laziness around the apartment. W...  Read more


Before and After Pics
6/2/2014 9:43:30 PM,  11 COMMENTS

Here is the china hutch that we turned into a buffet/display shelving. Here is the kitchen Here is the island There is still p...  Read more


Hike Report
6/1/2014 4:11:30 PM,  5 COMMENTS

Today I went for a 5-mile hike on Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland, about an hour's drive from where I live. It amazes me...  Read more


A Gluten-Free Q&A
5/30/2014 3:07:34 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Tomorrow is the last day of Celiac Disease Awareness Month so I thought I'd write one more blog. Question: What makes something "gluten free"? ...  Read more


WW Goals
5/29/2014 10:27:15 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Goals 10lbs by July 10 - 210 A 1 lb per week 200 by Oct 10...  Read more


I Ziplined!!
5/28/2014 12:14:56 PM,  3 COMMENTS

I am back from our fun trip to Kentucky and YES I ziplined! I was really nervous, but it was a lot of fun! I was so proud of myself! I'll post some pi...  Read more


It Never Hurts to Ask!
5/28/2014 9:59:57 AM,  7 COMMENTS

I started my gym membership 2 years ago right around Memorial Day when they were having a special. Last year when I renewed, they had the same deal. I...  Read more


Focusing on the Good Things
5/27/2014 9:53:21 AM,  3 COMMENTS

Whenever I think bad thoughts about myself, this is the picture I see in my head. I *hate* this picture. It was taken last fall when I was...  Read more


5/26/2014 7:47:25 AM,  4 COMMENTS

I used to think that if I could get something on, it fit. Too many times I bought pants one size too small! Then I would only rarely wear the pants b...  Read more


5/24/2014 9:30:57 AM,  0 COMMENTS

This week brought up an old wound. My daughter has refused to speak to me since shortly after I remarried. I am in her area and tried to make contact...  Read more


5/23/2014 12:06:07 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Yesterday I had to have a colonoscopy. 39 The entire day before I wasn't allowed to eat any solid foods -- only clear liquids. It made me realize how...  Read more


If not now, when?
5/22/2014 10:17:01 AM,  7 COMMENTS

Last year, when I was (un)happily eating myself into a 40 lb weight gain, a friend had a baby. A few months later, she proudly posted on Facebook that...  Read more


Needed a Break
5/20/2014 9:17:19 AM,  6 COMMENTS

Hi everyone, I needed a break from SP recently. I needed to stop thinking and reading so much about food and health and just do my thing. I was o...  Read more


5/19/2014 4:36:13 PM,  13 COMMENTS

This blog really has nothing to do with Spark or related health/fitness things. I will say I am doing 2 weeks of barre3 online workouts because I have...  Read more


5/18/2014 11:48:21 AM,  0 COMMENTS

Yesterday was a binge day. compensated by eating less at dinner. A step in the right direction. not my best day nutritionally but I will get to the...  Read more


Stop Being Afraid!
5/17/2014 4:02:48 PM,  4 COMMENTS

When I started on this journey in January, it was about a lot more than just weight. It was about moving beyond being terrified of trying new things,...  Read more


5/17/2014 11:19:19 AM,  0 COMMENTS

Life seems full of stress for me these days. My step son who has health issues in many ways has moved in with us. As we have been married for only 2...  Read more


May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month
5/16/2014 3:38:11 PM,  4 COMMENTS

For those who don't know, celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the small intestine when gluten is ingested. Gluten...  Read more


Posing for pics (with pics!)
5/13/2014 11:12:26 AM,  14 COMMENTS

I'm in full beat myself up mode right now and I need to snap out of it. The wedding that I've been talking about was this past weekend, the one where...  Read more


5/13/2014 7:28:02 AM,  5 COMMENTS

As we are facing infertility (and can't afford to get treatment until next year...) this weekend was hard for me. On Friday, we went out to cele...  Read more


Another pound is gone this week -- so much effort for 16 ounces
5/13/2014 7:23:28 AM,  4 COMMENTS

Wouldn't it be great if we had to go out of our way to get ice cream? What if we had to walk a mile for the Hersey bar? So I'm traveling for 2...  Read more


Another Hilly Half
5/12/2014 6:16:03 PM,  5 COMMENTS

Run my 4th Harpers Ferry Half Marathon this past weekend. I'll make this a short report because I've written about it before (see link at end). I won'...  Read more


I've planned the next 48 hours - hope the world cooperates with me
5/10/2014 7:58:28 AM,  1 COMMENTS

I've got a very detailed "to do" list for the next 48 hours and I'm rehearsing a small talk I'll have to initiate tomorrow afternoon. The To-Do l...  Read more


Been waiting to see which body system will pay for the stress
5/8/2014 8:25:16 AM,  0 COMMENTS

I have one more week of stress and I've been cautiously waiting to see which part of my body will help pay for the stress. It's the bridge that's...  Read more


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