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Cloud Chaser!
7/27/2014 11:24:38 PM,  12 COMMENTS

A sizeable thunderstorm swept through our area earlier in the morning, however a check of the radar showed that the rain was OVER! Woo hoo! Out on our...  Read more

DDOORN

Great Ride and Great Memories
7/20/2014 1:18:43 AM,  13 COMMENTS

Today's ride paled in many ways to the wonderful ride back in October 2011, but there were enough parallels to bring back the memories and yet to enjo...  Read more

DDOORN

Michigan: The Rest of Vacation & Some Archeology...
7/18/2014 10:58:57 PM,  19 COMMENTS

This was a most challenging week of re-entry after vacation, hence a delay in posting the "rest of the story"...! I was truly blessed with some o...  Read more

DDOORN

I Look Incredible
7/16/2014 10:07:57 AM,  5 COMMENTS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cnm0tdkJE
U&feature=kp Nah, I don't. I've gained. But life's been crazy. I still walk pretty much...  Read more

JESPAH

Rag In The Bag: Michigan Travels!
7/10/2014 6:19:25 PM,  17 COMMENTS

So in line with the shedding of the "bubble" I've been enjoying tossing a rag in the bag (pannier), hopping on my bike and reconnecting with new frien...  Read more

DDOORN

Oh joy! San Francisco Bay Area and Environs, #10 2014 Trip
7/8/2014 5:56:04 PM,  16 COMMENTS

The first stopover in the SF Bay Area, has come and gone and this blog is long overdue. (I am now visiting dear Kathy, ATRANSFORMATION, in Folsom, Sa...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

I thought plateaus happened LATER!
7/4/2014 8:39:12 AM,  4 COMMENTS

For five days I have been on track with food tracking, staying within calorie range (between 1,200 and 1,500 per day) and doing modest aerobic exerci...  Read more

DOKEYOKEY

Day 3 on Track: Update
7/2/2014 9:21:54 AM,  3 COMMENTS

Did 3 (count' em) days of staying on track with food (tracking and staying within limits). Have I lost an ounce? Answer: No. Darn this middle-a...  Read more

DOKEYOKEY

We have arrived! #9 2014 Trip
6/26/2014 10:52:34 AM,  15 COMMENTS

I would say I'm into the third chapter of this adventure, one being Little Rock to San Diego, where I rendezvoused with Diana, two being the trip up t...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

Title: Trundling up the California Coast #8 2014 Trip
6/25/2014 10:09:58 PM,  12 COMMENTS

I'm entering the near past, not to dwell there (of course), but simply to begin to bring you up to the present. I left off in Blog #7 having arrived...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

San Francisco or bust! #7 2014 Trip
6/24/2014 6:23:22 PM,  12 COMMENTS

This is the San Francisco digs (near Geary and Presidio) of dear friend Jnani, where Diana and I are currently hanging out. Jnani is in sout...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

Bubble No More!
6/22/2014 9:12:55 PM,  24 COMMENTS

Today I decided I will not live in a bubble any longer and Eliquis (my anti-coagulant) was NOT going to keep me off the bike! A friendly nudge from 4-...  Read more

DDOORN

Stopping and Water!
6/22/2014 9:14:33 AM,  6 COMMENTS

I'm proud of myself because I stopped eating the day before yesterday. Not altogether, of course, but I'm noticing that even if I eat a lot at one poi...  Read more

DOKEYOKEY

To My SparkFamily: I Just Wanna Say...
6/19/2014 10:47:13 PM,  22 COMMENTS

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCDWMqWZbqQ I Am BACK! My night opened up: totally free to head to the fitness center and see what I coul...  Read more

DDOORN

1st Day of Experiment: Definite Improvement!
6/18/2014 10:31:11 PM,  17 COMMENTS

Thank you to everyone for your wonderful support, suggestions and for being "with me" through my struggles! I skipped my Ramipril last night and...  Read more

DDOORN

Deep In The Valley of "meh"
6/17/2014 10:08:41 PM,  23 COMMENTS

Apologies for dropping out of the Spark-iverse as I have, but this has been a month of torture. I haven't had anything of value to say to anyone...  Read more

DDOORN

Checking in, not checking out
6/17/2014 10:37:52 AM,  3 COMMENTS

It's clear that emo stress, perceptions of overwork, being alone, and evening are the challenge times for me. When I'm feeling upset, angry, bo...  Read more

DOKEYOKEY

Friends and Dos Picos County Park #6 2014 Trip
6/15/2014 11:10:11 AM,  19 COMMENTS

I traveled on the famous Route 66 to my old Hawaii-now-Arizona friend Sam's, in Topock, AZ, arriving a week ago. Scenery along the wa...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

Miscellaneous trip shots #5 2014 Trip
6/14/2014 11:24:25 AM,  7 COMMENTS

It's a sunny, warm morning in Brawley. I'm on my bicycle at 6:00am and decided to come to Starbucks to post some of the photos that have "fallen by...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

More bicycling in the high desert #4 2014 Trip
6/13/2014 9:25:19 PM,  14 COMMENTS

Well, it has been a rather challenging day, because after I left my friend's place in Topock, AZ my cell phone died. I'm in Brawley now for the night...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

A little of this, a little of that, #3 2014 Trip
6/10/2014 1:45:54 PM,  14 COMMENTS

Because my computer access is so limited (I'm at the library doing this), I will just send some photo clips today, and hope to have greater access whe...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

To meet everything and everyone through stillness, #2B 2014 Trip
6/3/2014 10:10:32 AM,  17 COMMENTS

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder. -- John O'Donohue I am re-posting yesterday's blog -- THE NEW...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

Woven around the heart of wonder, #2 2014 Trip
6/2/2014 10:51:30 AM,  11 COMMENTS

May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder. -- John O'Donohue I am well into the west coast road trip, havin...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

Get Your Kicks on Route 66, #1 2014 Trip
5/20/2014 12:27:51 PM,  23 COMMENTS

Bon voyage brunch at Patio Cafe last Saturday with yoga sisters, Brooke on the left, teacher extraordinaire Meg on the right The countdown...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

Vehicle Inspection
5/18/2014 10:12:59 PM,  18 COMMENTS

Both of our household cars are up for their annual vehicle inspection this month, which is about to become even more crazy/busy than it already has. S...  Read more

DDOORN

Jog Along the RiverWalk With Me!
5/9/2014 8:50:34 AM,  15 COMMENTS

DOGLADY13 lived in the Binghamton area for a number of years and asked about some parts of the downtown area through which I've been jogging a lot rec...  Read more

DDOORN

Be the SPARK You Want to See in the World!
5/7/2014 9:32:03 AM,  14 COMMENTS

Riffing off a couple of fellow super blogsters, HILLSLUG98239 & ONEKIDSMOM: Success is not an accident www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journa...  Read more

DDOORN

Lycra Busting
5/6/2014 7:09:44 AM,  15 COMMENTS

Oh, but there WAS new territory forged after all! I forgot to mention another change: way back when I started wearing bicycle shorts I decided: N...  Read more

DDOORN

Update
5/5/2014 10:39:02 PM,  12 COMMENTS

Hmm...been busy lately with mostly good stuff happening, but for whatever reason it hasn't really come together as blogs usually do for me. So I'm ju...  Read more

DDOORN

Listen to things more often than beings.
4/23/2014 5:40:55 PM,  17 COMMENTS

I am deeply comforted by this profound poem. I find it inspiring as I become more intricately involved in the planning for my May 24 departure. 534...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

Easter Hike
4/21/2014 9:46:14 AM,  27 COMMENTS

After enjoying a breakfast out together as a family my DS joined me on a hike through one of our local parks soaking up all the sunshine and nature. D...  Read more

DDOORN

What Goes Around...
4/19/2014 11:51:44 PM,  21 COMMENTS

A few years ago my neighbor was duly impressed by my health efforts and getting into bicycling. So he reclaimed what was once an interest of his in th...  Read more

DDOORN

3 Days, 3 Hour-Long Jogs
4/15/2014 8:56:04 AM,  19 COMMENTS

These past few days have been such an amazing spring preview, with temps in the 70s, that I simply could not resist putting myself right out there and...  Read more

DDOORN

When I Grow Up...
4/14/2014 8:45:31 AM,  20 COMMENTS

I had such a wonderful jog yesterday in my favorite local park, Dorchester: I maintained my jogging gait as I went up the ridge to jog alon...  Read more

DDOORN

Salty Upper Lip: Prepping for 5K
4/12/2014 10:56:31 PM,  17 COMMENTS

We've been graced by stupendous spring-into-summer-like weather this weekend and EVERYBODY'S heading outdoors! Today I began in earnest to prepare for...  Read more

DDOORN

Safety Not Guaranteed
3/30/2014 11:31:46 AM,  21 COMMENTS

I just have to give this movie one of the most heart-felt shout outs and and jump up & downs I've had over a movie in a long, long time. I knew way ba...  Read more

DDOORN

The OTHER NSA: Pile With A Smile!
3/29/2014 11:25:33 PM,  17 COMMENTS

I've enjoyed getting back into the swing of things at Spinning Class this week along with some nice walk / jogs outside now that the temps are roundin...  Read more

DDOORN

Working the Spark: The Pay-Offs Keep Rolling In!
3/23/2014 11:14:02 PM,  28 COMMENTS

Today started off with a bang when I hit my new low weight of the year...woo hoo! Only 17 pounds away from my goal of 200! I had already had a pl...  Read more

DDOORN

On the Death of the Beloved -- for a dear friend
3/17/2014 10:23:32 AM,  20 COMMENTS

On The Death Of The Beloved Though we need to weep your loss, You dwell in that safe place in our hearts, Where no storm or night or pain...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

Quiet Leadership
3/15/2014 7:41:35 PM,  22 COMMENTS

Another member inspired my blog for today when she pondered the fact that others considered her to be a "leader" but she wasn't so comfortable thinkin...  Read more

DDOORN

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