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Getting back on track after gaining back 12 pounds
8/20/2014 10:04:12 AM,  2 COMMENTS

I've maintained 120 pounds of the 130+ pounds that I initially lost, which is great, but within the past 5 months I just put on 12 pounds. Argh! ...  Read more


Saturday's "Alarm Clock"
8/18/2014 6:49:42 AM,  2 COMMENTS

My DH and I were guests with the Pequawket Alliance re-enactors at HIllsborough, NH this past weekend. It was such fun! I love camping and being out...  Read more


August revisited
8/17/2014 9:35:55 AM,  1 COMMENTS

What I forgot to factor in when I was making August's goals is my husband's eight-day trip to Wisconsin. So that means instead of one parent playing...  Read more


Feeling down
8/12/2014 9:39:46 AM,  0 COMMENTS

I did get a workout in last night, despite the video I was trying to use freezing a few times. I just did a few various exercises and got up to ten m...  Read more


Day 34. NSV and busy weekend. (photos)
8/11/2014 10:22:47 AM,  4 COMMENTS

NSV: Yes, those are shorts. For the first time since, I don't know - freshman year in high school? (Disclaimer - I was skinny in high school b...  Read more


8/10/2014 2:26:24 PM,  1 COMMENTS

We went hiking this afternoon, which was good. We bought an expensive carrier for Jane with the intent that we would use it a lot to get our money's...  Read more


The bumpy road continues
8/9/2014 9:46:07 AM,  0 COMMENTS

So my "attempt" to meet all my Sparkstreaks for the month pretty quickly fell by the wayside. I'm on track to meet all my streaks today, and I'm goin...  Read more


Doing a Bit Better
8/9/2014 8:29:07 AM,  4 COMMENTS

Had a major setback with exercise: with the tarsal tunnel I have been dx'ed with when I was walking I was compensating. This caused a hip problem whic...  Read more


Day 28. A lot has changed in a year.
8/5/2014 11:43:01 AM,  18 COMMENTS

A year ago, on August 5, I was pretty sure I was doomed to NEVER lose any weight. I had gotten my fitbit in January and had lost a whopping 3 pounds s...  Read more


Bumpy road
8/5/2014 9:21:33 AM,  1 COMMENTS

So, I'm not meeting my "All streaks for the month" goal. But it's OK. I started on the 1st doing ten minutes of cardio kickboxing. Then on the...  Read more


Day 24. August.
8/1/2014 2:56:11 PM,  4 COMMENTS

Hard to believe it's already August! This summer seems to have flown by! Fiance and I are closer and closer to securing our date and location. Hopeful...  Read more


August goals
7/30/2014 11:16:31 AM,  2 COMMENTS

July was a month where I stopped challenging myself. That won't happen for August. In June, I stuck to my daily streaks and I was proud of mysel...  Read more


Day 20. Busy, productive weekend.
7/28/2014 1:36:47 PM,  5 COMMENTS

Fiance and I got a lot done this weekend - picked our venue (we have a meeting on Wed to book it), got a few gifts, picked out rings to be ordered lat...  Read more


So Hot...!
7/23/2014 3:41:45 PM,  2 COMMENTS

Just a quick blog before work. It is soo... hot today that my appetite is low... I 'm Trying to eat on lower end of ranges, and definitely more fresh...  Read more


Day 14. 1 Mile Run.
7/22/2014 9:44:23 AM,  3 COMMENTS

Did a 1-mile test as part of BLC wrap up yesterday. I have dropped my pace to 9:24! Not sure I could have gone much further, but I did it! 226 ...  Read more


Day 13. Back on track
7/21/2014 9:48:01 AM,  3 COMMENTS

Went out for my 13.1 Trainer run again for the first time in 4 weeks. It was tough, but I felt AMAZING after it was done. I'm really looking forward t...  Read more


Day 10. BLC wrapup/reflection
7/18/2014 9:50:50 AM,  5 COMMENTS

This round of BLC, I stepped outside my comfort zone and into a new team. I had been with the foxes (previously cougars) for many many rounds, and I w...  Read more


Day 9. Beet sliders
7/17/2014 9:17:12 AM,  5 COMMENTS

We made beet sliders last night with beets from the farm. (recipe:
rilled-beet-sliders/beet-sliders/ )....  Read more


Day 8. Mac N Cheese
7/16/2014 12:40:39 PM,  6 COMMENTS

We had a box of mac n cheese lying around and decided to make a quick dinner out of it last night. We made some alterations that made it delicious, he...  Read more


Day 7. My happy moment of the day
7/15/2014 2:39:41 PM,  6 COMMENTS

I had a great five minute happy moment this morning. Jason Mraz's new CD is out (released today), and while I haven't bought it yet, I was able to lis...  Read more


Day 6. Weekend victories
7/14/2014 1:49:20 PM,  7 COMMENTS

Spent the weekend back at home with our parents again, except this time we had a little bit more control. I was able to meet my stepping goals both da...  Read more


Day 3. Another Restart
7/11/2014 1:03:34 PM,  7 COMMENTS

Engagement celebrations and the holiday left much to be desired in the way of proper eating and exercising. My average step count for Thursday-Tuesday...  Read more


Not there yet
7/8/2014 7:47:10 PM,  3 COMMENTS

OK, so I haven't made any concrete July goals, which isn't going to help anything. I'm still pondering whether I actually have weight to lose or if I...  Read more


June recap and what's next
7/4/2014 7:08:34 PM,  1 COMMENTS

My goal for June was to meet all four of my Sparkstreaks each day, the most important being the ten minutes of daily exercise. I was able to meet the...  Read more


Why Is It
7/4/2014 8:44:26 AM,  4 COMMENTS

When I want a particular recipe, I cannot find it? When I don't want that one, yet another one, I can only find the particular recipe I'm looking for...  Read more


Drats! Can Anything Go Right?
7/2/2014 10:13:04 AM,  1 COMMENTS

Starting yesterday, when we had dinner at 3:30 because DH was exhausted from the heat and needed to go to sleep (he works outside from about 5:30 to n...  Read more


Day 2. Walking to work
7/1/2014 9:39:09 AM,  9 COMMENTS

We walked to work for the first time this morning. The plan is at least 2 days a week. It took us about 45 minutes and it was so nice to have that tim...  Read more


Starting With Spark is a Great Motivator
7/1/2014 7:12:27 AM,  2 COMMENTS

Since I use FF exclusively, I found a nifty little extension called My Weekly Browsing. I use it to open pages (Ion particular days, such as our local...  Read more


Day 1. Restart
6/30/2014 9:28:07 AM,  5 COMMENTS

Didn't realize until this morning that I missed both my steps (by 500) and my Spark Wheel yesterday. So back to Day 1! At least my days of missing one...  Read more


Today is Another Day to Start Over
6/30/2014 8:34:26 AM,  1 COMMENTS

As I was doing something, I cannot remember what, I realized how to rearrange my kitchen. So, I will be taking the shelving where I currently store m...  Read more


Day 10. Farm Share Pickup.
6/27/2014 11:36:02 AM,  6 COMMENTS

We had our farm share pickup yesterday and picked up a variety of goodies - turnips, brocolli, kohrabi, bok choy, kale, chard, salad mix, and somethin...  Read more


I did it! Well sort of...
6/26/2014 7:17:11 AM,  2 COMMENTS

I made it to Level 20! Yeah.... funny though, I haven't made my weight loss goal yet. These Spark points are nice, and they help me focus but I am no...  Read more


You know what are important? Big toes.
6/25/2014 7:26:40 PM,  2 COMMENTS

I gave my daughter a bath tonight as usual, and I must have stood up weird because my big toe is aching now. I hadn't done my workout for the day yet...  Read more


Inventorying a Pantry is HARD Work!
6/24/2014 1:16:25 PM,  3 COMMENTS

When I got my Kindle, I found the most wonderful app, "Out of Milk" (available at and on your Kindle and other places where you get apps...  Read more


Day 7. Quick Run
6/24/2014 12:21:53 PM,  6 COMMENTS

This morning I did not want to get up and run. Nope. Nope. Nope. Put it off for an hour then realized that I wouldn't be able to make it up in the eve...  Read more


Day 6. Engagement
6/23/2014 2:00:15 PM,  11 COMMENTS

Apparently I'm already not doing so great at the daily blogging. I won't go back and do the blogs for last few days. The fact that I'm back and haven'...  Read more


Started Another On-Line Course Today
6/23/2014 1:49:34 PM,  2 COMMENTS

I've signed up for six Coursea on-line courses this summer; number two started today. I have macro and microeconomics to take. Later this summer is i...  Read more


Two Years + some, I'm back again!
6/22/2014 10:51:25 AM,  3 COMMENTS

I read the last blog, and so much has changed. I'm in school now (again, only I don't remember the first two years due to medication). When I realize...  Read more


Fitbit Challenge
6/20/2014 9:13:09 PM,  1 COMMENTS

Still on the lookout for a sparkpartner - no luck. However - Aetna is now offering me $5 a day - for every day that I sync my fitbit to them - an...  Read more


Good numbers, let's hope we get some more!
6/19/2014 11:58:55 AM,  4 COMMENTS

I don't want to jinx anything for tomorrow, but I'm not sure I believe in that stuff anyway. As I posted the other day I've been trying to stay o...  Read more


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