Tri Training Week 1
Friday, January 07, 2011      20 comments

December 28th marked the start of triathlon training. :-) Yay! The program I'm part of prepares us for a sprint length tri in mid-May (.5 mile swimming; 12.5 mile bike; 3.1 mile run), and I've also decided to prepare for an olympic length tri... Read more
2011 Goals & Intentions
Monday, January 03, 2011      31 comments

In 2010, I set about 35 goals (25 or so I shared here on sparkpeople). I had, by far, the most successful year of my life. I'm scaling back a bit for 2011, but I do have some goals. Here they are: For 2011, I have three BIGGER PICTURE go... Read more
Some Thoughts on Setting Goals, Having Resolutions, and Being Supportive of Your Growth
Friday, December 31, 2010      18 comments

Over the course of my life, I've spent years setting new years resolutions I never followed through on--at least, not past February. In January I'd create great lists of things I'd wanted for myself and the step-by-step plans I intended to put ... Read more
What I'd Hoped to Accomplish--and DID Accomplish--in 2010: A Reflection
Monday, December 27, 2010      39 comments

Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a blog in which I reflected on 2009 and set some intentions and goals for 2010. I had a pretty hefty list! Here it is, copied verbatim from my blog with some notes on how I did working towards each of these g... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Why I Give Myself an "A" for 2010: A Celebratory Blog
Wednesday, December 08, 2010      128 comments

A is for AWARE. As in self-aware. While this hasn't all happened this year, I've developed skills for self-awareness, took responsibility for my emotions and actions, and got to know myself a lot more. I'm aware of who I am, of what I need, a... Read more
Just a Check-In
Thursday, December 02, 2010      19 comments

It's been a mostly uneventful couple of weeks, actually! Well, that's not entirely true. I've been busy with some grading as the semester draws to a close. I also hosted Thanksgiving here at my house for my family, and that took some plan... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts The Picture I'd Always Hoped to Take
Monday, November 22, 2010      417 comments

I came across a picture on sparkpeople a few years ago of someone standing inside one leg of their old jeans and swore that would be me one day! So this is me 120 pounds lighter standing in one leg of the jeans I wore when I started this journe... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts No, Thank YOU & Some Answers to Questions From My Last Blog
Wednesday, November 17, 2010      122 comments

I'm completely overwhelmed and humbled by the response to my last blog. As I'm writing this, it's up to over 1,050 comments. I've been showered with spark gifts, incredible compliments on my sparkpage and via sparkmail, touching stories of oth... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts 115 Pounds Lost: A Photo Blog
Wednesday, November 10, 2010      1187 comments

I've reached and passed my initial goal weight here on sparkpeople, and have, to date, lost 115 pounds. I can't even begin to describe the way my life has changed over the course of the past 16 months. Thanks to a fantastic support system--inc... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Today I Reached My Goal Weight & A Tidbit of "My Story"
Friday, November 05, 2010      49 comments

Three and a half years ago, I stumbled onto sparkpeople thanks to the recommendation of a friend and entered my then-highest weight of about 250 pounds, and a goal weight of about 165. Unfortunately, as we all know this journey isn't always lin... Read more
Some Musings on Room for More--or the Next--Growth
Tuesday, October 19, 2010      17 comments

Last week's staycation was, in sum, lovely! It was really nice to have the time off from the usual routine, and Dan and I remained (VERY) active--we ran together 3 times, spent a few hours swimming at the gym, walked about 7 miles in NYC, and h... Read more
Staycation & Running
Friday, October 15, 2010      18 comments

Dan and I have been "stay"cationing this week. Unlike past times when we've staycationed, we were mindful this time to create fun, relaxing, and enjoyable days together. It's been, so far, a truly lovely time. This morning, as part of o... Read more
Personal Best 5k!
Sunday, October 03, 2010      14 comments

Feeling pretty great about it. My knee held up. I'm not pushing it though--gonna give it a few days after this. But no fall out. It's feeling really good tonight. And I ran my town's 5k in 31:40! A full 3:10 less than the one I ran in ... Read more
Am I Losing my Spark?
Thursday, September 30, 2010      15 comments

Well, yes and no. I'm still very much sticking to all the things I've been doing since day one--striving for balance, working out, eating well and in an apporpriate calorie range. I have no inclination to change these things even in the ... Read more
Working on Balance in a New Routine
Wednesday, September 22, 2010      6 comments

It's been a busy week here. Busy is the new black, I'm thinking--it's here to stay for a little while. Maintaining balance was a lot simpler when there were less things to blanace. LOL. Slowly but surely over the course of this past mo... Read more

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