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I climbed my challenge hill today
Tuesday, January 22, 2008      4 comments

All 750 feet of it. All one mile of the road. All the switchbacks and turns and curves and steep climbing. I just decided that today would be the day. This was it. I was gonna tame that hill and make it mine. I fueled up with an apple,... Read more
I rewarded myself with exercise! I don't believe it!!!!!
Saturday, January 19, 2008      3 comments

What a U turn in my thinking!!!!!!!!! I worked out all week, every day, training for this half marathon. I walked 2 hours three or four days, and walked steep hills the other days, alternating. I lifted weights. I did tons of stretching.... Read more
I think I'm in better shape than I think I am
Thursday, January 17, 2008      4 comments

Today was a hill day. So I drove to my challenge hill, and decided to start by driving the hill and clocking the miles. Turns out the road is all of .9 miles - yet it goes from sea level to 750 feet. Can we say steep? Sunday, when I star... Read more
Hill #3, I'm in training
Wednesday, January 16, 2008      4 comments

I have found my hill to train for the half marathon. It goes from sea level to 750 feet. I'm not sure at this point how many miles the road to the top is, I'm guessing 2 or 3. On Sunday, I made my first attempt. I didn't plan to walk t... Read more
Marathon training, day #3, and hill #2
Friday, January 11, 2008      2 comments

Blogdate 1.11.07 Mahogany Run hill 1.5 miles - estimated elevation change 200 feet in .75 mile distance Time: 43 minutes - maybe 25 minutes up, and 18 minutes down. Not too bad, but I need to speed up. Charlottesville, h... Read more
Taking the initiative vs. talking the initiative
Thursday, January 10, 2008      2 comments

I'm starting to tell people that I'm signed up for a half marathon in April. I don't pretend that I'm running it, I'm upfront about the fact that I'll walk most of it (with small amounts of jogging). Most people are surprised, then smile a... Read more
Step blog
Wednesday, January 09, 2008      1 comments

1/7/08 - 11,110 steps 1/8/08 - 10,452 steps 1/9/08 - wardrobe malfunction - seriously, the pedometer got wrapped around my slip and didn't count half my walk. My walk one way went from 4000-something to 7000-something. My return walk (s... Read more
So, uh, I'm in training for a half marathon
Tuesday, January 08, 2008      3 comments

How did this happen? How did I get here? And why am I doing this? Well, it makes sense to have a goal - I've always worked best when having a goal in mind. And I have the type of body that is built for endurance (and very little speed) -... Read more
I can't believe I was disappointed I couldn't exercise!
Sunday, January 06, 2008      1 comments

It rained most of the day. Not drizzle rain, but pouring rain. Windy, blowing the rain in - so we had to close all the windows on the windward side. Cold - at least, cold for here, so that I put on long sleeves and long pants - unheard of! ... Read more
New Year's Beach Party, Spark Style!
Wednesday, January 02, 2008      3 comments

DH and I decided to have a big party on New Year's Day - and I made some adjustments to keep the party part of my new Spark life! 1. We had the party at the beach - fresh air, outside, easy access to lots of physical activity and exercise ... Read more
New Year, New Hair, New Body
Monday, December 31, 2007      2 comments

Blogdate 12.31.07 Weight: 189 and holding through the holidays Cholesterol: from a high of 227 down to 199 in June, and still falling. Blood pressue: from a normal of about 118/85 to a new low of 98/68. Haven't seen numbers li... Read more
A STUDENT noticed I've lost weight!!!!
Thursday, December 20, 2007      4 comments

I teach middle school art. One of my students from last year (now in 8th grade) stopped by to say hi, on her way to her next class. The conversation went like this: "Hi Ms. Schwartz." "Hi Lisa, how are you." "I'm fine, you got skinny!"... Read more
Day 350 and counting
Tuesday, December 18, 2007      1 comments

I have been a Sparkie for 350 days. Fifteen days short of a year. I have lost 45 lbs in that time - that's one lb gone every 8 or so days. Not that it goes that way, of course. I am also about 3 or 4 sizes smaller. That's one size sma... Read more
Dear clothing retailers who email me:
Thursday, December 06, 2007      3 comments

You can't see me. If you could, you'd stop sending me emails for plus size clothes. Because they don't fit any more. They are too big. Kiyonna, I can't wear your clothes any more. Peaches, I love your styles, please make them smaller - a ne... Read more
Exercise the frustration and anger
Wednesday, November 28, 2007      1 comments

Our school will not get full accreditation because the local Department of Education and/or our school district never got around to updating/writing curricula for each subject area, and each grade level. (They have them for high school, we're a... Read more

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