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  • Another Year Younger!

    10/16/2014 11:38:57 PM, by DDOORN

    It's been a WAY crazy busy week with not much room for celebrations but I already have SO many ways to celebrate the passing of another year. So as busy as it's been I slowed down tonight to take stock of my "presents": ---of course every time I hop on my bicycle I am so grateful for the p... Read more

  • Zen Treadmill

    10/13/2014 11:08:21 PM, by DDOORN

    It's been a while since I've used my home gym which I've dubbed my "SparkHaven" :-) The fitness center with it's elliptical, rower, spin bikes and weight machines run a stiff competition and because it's so close to work I can fall right into my workouts pretty easily there. Once upon a time, ... Read more

  • Party Hardy! -- #15, 2014 Trip

    10/12/2014 12:39:02 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    Down memory lane -- I met my sangha family, now dearest friends, in the early 80s at the Integral Yoga Institute in San Francisco, where I lived and taught for a few years. ... Read more

  • which is yes -- #14, 2014 Trip

    10/8/2014 2:46:50 PM, by VALERIEMAHA

    I thank You God for most this amazing day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes --ee cummings, who says it best when I can't say it (as my friend Rachel, MTRACHEL, reflected) Read more

  • DOH! Lesson Learned...

    10/8/2014 8:55:18 AM, by DDOORN

    Well phooey...the scale is UP! Unfortunately I out-ate the miles I climbed this weekend. The extra pounds are TOAST and lesson learned re: gauging food that's necessary for the burn vs. indulging the carbie tiger, which has been dutifully re-shackled! Keeping the SPARK! Don... Read more

  • Mountain Pics!

    10/7/2014 8:38:18 AM, by DDOORN

    Here are some pics from our Sunday Ride in the Walton - Downsville area: Group Pic Curious approach to a home: caboose it! :-) A few from our lunch stop ... Read more

  • Twin Peaks Climb!

    10/5/2014 10:10:49 PM, by DDOORN

    Today's ride was a triple challenge: 2 REALLY TOUGH CLIMBS each of which brought me a whisker away from having to get off the bike a walk and one WAY chilly day that caught me under-dressed with shorts when I really should've had pants...course that propelled me above and beyond my USUAL need for sp... Read more

  • Ain't No Mickey Mantle...But Who Cares? :-)

    9/29/2014 9:31:18 AM, by DDOORN

    The good news is that my first time up to bat for our bike club's softball game I was able to hit the ball and get to base! The predictable news? It was the last time my bat connected with a ball...sigh. But I was way okay with... Read more

  • Return To Oz!

    9/26/2014 8:49:03 AM, by DDOORN

    Today I am BACK! Into the same "skinny" size 38 jeans I wore in 2010 when I was one of several members of SparkPeople on Dr. Oz's 100th episode featuring 100 people who had lost 100+ pounds and kept it off...woo hoo! Here was my blog from back then featuring some pics: www.sparkpeo... Read more

  • Tough Muscles AND Mind!

    9/24/2014 8:30:48 AM, by DDOORN

    Not only did I prove the muscles in my body to be tough enough to climb the mountains of the Catskills, but I gave myself another challenge which I pulled off: How do I properly fuel my body with the carbohydrates I need to climb those mountains by unleashing the carbie tiger for the weekend a... Read more

  • Stewards Of The Earth and Of Our Bodies & Souls

    9/23/2014 12:38:53 AM, by DDOORN

    Six of us joined forces with our tour leader, let's name him "Pete" to light out for the Catskill Mountains and steep ourselves in the ups and downs of all the challenging climbs and breathtaking descents with nature's palette providing a feast for all of our senses. Among us we had some of the... Read more