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  • How my habits quickly pulled me out of a funk.

    9/27/2016 8:22:03 AM, by FITJEN48

    This post kind of means a lot to me. Probably more than I am comfortable putting into words, at least anywhere online. I'm always writing about habits and routines, self-discipline and calendars. And today, I'm writing about it again, but from an unexpected angle. I had made it a goal to m... Read more

  • Expression

    9/25/2016 4:12:04 PM, by FITJEN48

    I've always been a fan of differences. Same is just boring. If you take a good look at my marriage, people sometimes have to turn their head to the side to process what they see. He is very instinctive, while I tend to want to think a thing to death. One of the things I loved about my hubby when I f... Read more

  • Pulling myself out of a cookie coma.

    9/22/2016 1:38:21 PM, by FITJEN48

    There are just people in our lives who, to put it mildly, can trigger less than favorable emotional responses. Sometimes I wonder if the chlorophyll escapes from the leaves, converts into crazy, and absorbs into the skin of people during the months that lead into heavy holiday hoedowns. In my... Read more

  • What a difference a word can make.

    9/19/2016 12:30:57 PM, by FITJEN48

    Should: Used in auxiliary function to express obligation, propriety or expediency. Must: Be required by immediate need or purpose. Words mean things. And shifting just one word from "should" to "must" can illicit major change in our lives. Guess what? Change hurts. In each and every ... Read more

  • Goals: Compelled? Can you be?

    9/12/2016 8:52:44 AM, by FITJEN48

    When I began this leg of my journey on Spark something was different. For once in my life, this became a have to and not just a should. The issue with my weight needed to be solved for good. What I thought about the whole thing was that this was more of a mental issue than a weight issue and that, ... Read more

  • New Beginnings 3: Black Ceasar, blood and the guts to go for it.

    9/10/2016 2:10:00 PM, by FITJEN48

    Leave it to me to find a takeaway hidden in a 1973 movie called, "Black Caesar." Now, before you go judging me or making any assumptions, you must know the following. I have a household of men. They hog our living room TV. I do not pay for satellite in my bedroom. AND my belly was hurting really bad... Read more

  • Sep 10 episode record and why tracking is an important tool.

    9/10/2016 1:25:07 PM, by FITJEN48

    This post should provide some added emphasis to the value of tracking. It's so much more than a weight reduction tool. I thought I could find a little spot for notes on my nutritional tracker, I think that used to be a feature here on spark. For now, I am recording my most recent "episode" here... Read more

  • New Beginnings 2: Tools from the past.

    9/8/2016 5:33:01 PM, by FITJEN48

    Recognizing where you are now. And NOT comparing it to where you were in (insert year of your life here) is paramount to a successful new beginning. In order to be clear about where you want to go, we have to recognize where you are. This is the starting point. Let's take an inventory. Are ... Read more

  • New Beginnings: A whole lotta grace, and a good dose of grit!

    9/6/2016 11:59:23 PM, by FITJEN48

    Maybe you’re like I used to be when it comes to the two words “new beginnings.” I used to hear those words and think, “Oh, awesome, another chance for me to start something I won’t stick with or even worse, fail at doing. How exciting.” I am soooooo happy to say, I’m not there anymore. And here’s wh... Read more

  • Unique sparks and just showing up.

    9/3/2016 3:28:03 PM, by FITJEN48

    I have to give a shout out to the Spicy Sparkologist team in the BLC round32. The unique approaches and spots on the journey make it a rich group! This brings me to the point of my post. For some reason, I woke up this morning thinking about how hard it can be to "get back in the game" or find... Read more