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Spark Challenges
5/10/2014 2:50:47 PM,  1 COMMENTS

I never realized what I was missing by not taking advantage of the Spark Challenges. Participated in one starting Jan. 18 & signed up for TWO spring c...  Read more


Strength Training
5/3/2014 12:53:10 PM,  3 COMMENTS

I was NOT thrilled when this week's challenge focus was on strength training. Yes, I do ST 3x/week, but I couldn't IMAGINE possibly achieving the (see...  Read more


Dangers of Winging It-UPDATE
4/19/2014 11:21:42 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I was NOT perfect, but instead of all the snacks & treats loaded with fats & sugars I had an apple, two Brazil nuts & a 1" square of the tiramisu I'd...  Read more


The dangers of 'winging it'
4/17/2014 11:00:23 PM,  8 COMMENTS

Am going to a gathering with 15-20 women or more tomorrow for a game night, with everybody bringing snacks & treats at 7pm. At first I wasn't going to...  Read more


ANOTHER Active Day!
4/13/2014 3:31:25 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Don't know what's going on, but had another active day yesterday: 40 minute cardio workout with Jessica Smith (free on-line videos), then hiked with a...  Read more


Active Day!
4/8/2014 9:33:12 PM,  8 COMMENTS

Didn't realize I was going to have such an active day yesterday! First I did one of Jessica Smith's ST free online videos, then I walked to work--2....  Read more


Jessica Smith
4/1/2014 11:14:30 PM,  3 COMMENTS

If you haven't checked out, I HIGHLY recommend it. Since SP ran an article with her in it, I've been downloading her exercise video...  Read more


Dog Poop - Seriously???
3/23/2014 2:27:57 PM,  8 COMMENTS

Dear Diary, So I moved in with my fiancee in August. We live an hour from our parents, an hour from my work, and over an hour from any of my frie...  Read more


2 Walks in 2 Days
3/9/2014 3:43:39 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Warning! Slow-moving person ahead! I should get one of those "slow vehicle" signs they sell at Farm and Fleet for tractors and grain wagons. 198...  Read more


Motivation from a Supportive Group of Friends
3/6/2014 9:58:38 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Well. We just started a SparkTeam at work today! I'm very excited about joining my friends in gaining back a healthier lifestyle and losing some of th...  Read more


Look Out, Arms
2/19/2014 7:32:23 AM,  1 COMMENTS

I have inherited my mother's arms...or I SHOULD say, her tendency to the flappy underarm fat often seen in older women. But at age 50 (I'll be 59 this...  Read more


Back on this site... Again!
2/6/2014 11:37:52 AM,  0 COMMENTS

Why do I move away from this site. Calculating , keeping accountable and support from other Sparksters are the key..... Here I go again.. Lance...  Read more


Overcoming myself and my new Roomie
2/2/2014 2:52:16 PM,  11 COMMENTS

Okay, so the little progress I made in January was squashed. Overall, I am proud of my will power. I have been living the last 8 months with ice cream...  Read more


January Updates :)
1/24/2014 10:06:19 AM,  8 COMMENTS

So, so far my longest streak is 9 days for logging, 8 days for 10 min of exercise. I am gonna beat those! Right now I am on my 5th day of logging and...  Read more


Son's crafts
1/23/2014 7:14:50 PM,  3 COMMENTS

So I can share these with some of my SparkFriends, I'm posting some pendants my son made me for Christmas. It's like a glass-blowing process, only...  Read more


Baby steps
1/18/2014 8:55:20 AM,  1 COMMENTS

I need to post a new goal: Do not touch (or walk near) the candy basket on the school secretary's desk. Period. I know it only adds, say, 100 calories...  Read more


Heading toward another new me...
1/15/2014 8:54:38 PM,  1 COMMENTS

As I stepped onto the scale this morning--something I haven't done regularly for about a year--I let out my breath with a mutter of "oh, lord." ...  Read more


BIG year, BIG changes, SMALL me???
1/11/2014 6:56:52 PM,  14 COMMENTS

So I am getting married!!! So many of you have been there with me as I struggled through weight loss and dating and breaking up and learning to run et...  Read more


Making a Push for Fitober
10/1/2013 3:55:00 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I decided that I've been kind of lazy. So I'm pushing myself hardcore this month. I've laid out a plan that is better for me and hopefully will result...  Read more


9/26/2013 12:15:53 AM,  1 COMMENTS

My main fitness goal at this time is to be able to run a 5k all the way through. It might not sound like much, but running has always been hard for me...  Read more


To Do
9/16/2013 12:18:55 AM,  1 COMMENTS

I make a lot of to do lists. I'm always thinking about what I want to get done and what is needed to be done. Sometimes I feel like I spend too much t...  Read more


Work in Progress
9/14/2013 11:58:22 PM,  0 COMMENTS

I would rate my relationship with food as a 7. I work as a dietitian so I have seen many people with very unhealthy relationships with food and I know...  Read more


An Affair with Food
8/24/2013 1:07:54 PM,  1 COMMENTS

So I LOVE to eat. Not in the emotional sense. I see food as an experience. I love to see the variety in color, to explore the way tastes work together...  Read more


Odd Motivators
8/22/2013 4:08:38 PM,  5 COMMENTS

I was dating this guy for about 4 months. He told me he was having a rough go of it, though it had nothing to do with him and me. Then, all the sudden...  Read more


On the Menu: PB & J
7/26/2013 5:05:57 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Had a photo, but wouldn't download. 24 I 26 peanut butter....especially natural crunchy. If it was calorie-free, I'd eat it by the spoonful....  Read more


First DNF - Bombed Triathlon :(
7/14/2013 3:29:39 PM,  13 COMMENTS

Prenote - On the upside, I have the best man ever - came rushing early to the finish line with water and a granola bar, AND was at home making me a me...  Read more


On the menu: Parmesan Tilapia
7/4/2013 10:51:32 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Made a great spark recipe of Parmesan tilapia
recipe=75983 with sautéed garlic/spinach in 1/2 tsp o...  Read more


Dessert/Snack: SP's frozen banana pops
6/30/2013 9:08:26 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I don't know if all these recipes actually have the right picture, but mine didn't look ANYTHING like the theirs. Maybe using regular peanut bu...  Read more


On the Menu 6/23/13
6/23/2013 9:32:56 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Tonight for dinner I made seared cod with peach-mango salsa
recipe=2458626 had along with brow...  Read more


6/3/2013 11:26:49 PM,  4 COMMENTS

I just entered that I wanted to track my mies each week, especially since I always wear a pedometer, but can't figure out how to track it. On the page...  Read more


Foods to help obesity scientifically/medically proven.
3/28/2013 12:54:10 AM,  4 COMMENTS

Dr. William Li makes a presentation on TED Talks on how certain foods--naturally, fresh fruits & veggies--can not only help cure some cancers or preve...  Read more


Here I go again
3/6/2013 3:17:27 PM,  2 COMMENTS

39 Once again I have failed at properly facing life's tough blows. It has been about a yr since I have truly been active here or at the gym let...  Read more


Snow Day!
3/5/2013 5:16:27 AM,  4 COMMENTS

...Which means my daughter will be home all day. Which means I'll get a LITTLE less work done, but on the plus side -- I do eat less when other people...  Read more


Pretty great weekend
3/4/2013 6:43:01 AM,  3 COMMENTS

It was so much fun watching our friends' daughter shine on stage. Kids are so oblivious to how incredibly beautiful and YOUNG they are. Then a great l...  Read more


Day Two
3/2/2013 9:03:25 AM,  2 COMMENTS

Motivation is high. Yesterday was a good day. Even at a new restaurant that served mainly burgers and chips and fried fish, I found a balsamic salad w...  Read more


Why so scared?
3/1/2013 5:08:17 AM,  2 COMMENTS

Ok, I guess it's because this is the billionth time I've restarted a wellness program. But fear of failure can't continue to get in my way. My health...  Read more


The Future, One Day at a Time
2/25/2013 10:09:33 AM,  2 COMMENTS

I can’t believe February is almost done. January was spent recovering from surgery. A few weeks in, I had a minor infection that required some antibio...  Read more


Coach Nicole's Cardio Blast
2/23/2013 1:36:21 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Recently received Coach Nicole's Cardio Blast dvd, which I won on one of my spins on the wheel! Today I did one section of it--just a 20-minute sect...  Read more


Dear Diary,
1/29/2013 11:20:32 PM,  14 COMMENTS

What better place to vent than to my sparkies. I was doing so well the last couple weeks, working out, logging food, being a good little girl. Now eac...  Read more


This Woman At Work Really Ticked Me Off
1/24/2013 12:04:46 AM,  7 COMMENTS

I told her how I'd love to move out towards California, Oregon, Washington, basically anywhere along the west coast. She told me that I'd need to lose...  Read more


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