Back from Hibernation
Thursday, April 11, 2013      0 comments

Hello All- It's been a LONG LONG time since I've even logged in. Right after my last blog post, I met my now fiance and we are getting married on September 7th! Not only have I gained new love, I've gained probably 2/3 of my weight back. It... Read more
Re-visiting How Far I've Come
Wednesday, August 17, 2011      1 comments

I've slipped "off the wagon" the last couple weeks due to parties, friends and excuses, but here I am again. I missed the accountability. I wanted some motivation for my continued work to prove to me that my hard work did/does pay off. I realize... Read more
Time to Put it Out of My Mind
Sunday, August 07, 2011      1 comments

I'm currently sitting in an "office" of sorts working my last two hours of my 40 hr week. Today I'm in a different part of the hospital and haven't been walking most of this 10 hr shift. I feel tired, sluggish and ready to go on home. I've... Read more
Feeling Defeated
Friday, August 05, 2011      1 comments

Lately I have posted to message boards and blogged about how wonderfully happy I am to be having these near breakthrough moments with exercise, diet and emotional stability. Truth is, I am happy most of the time, but I'm struggling. My weight on... Read more
The Little Voice in My Head, The Little Feeling in My Heart
Tuesday, August 02, 2011      0 comments

How can I explain those two things? The Voice in My Head: She is often critical, overly so, of me and the things I do. Occasionally she says cruel things that are not necessary, helpful, or truthful. She can twist the truth and skew facts u... Read more
Nearing a Week Streak :)
Sunday, July 17, 2011      0 comments

The Spark talks frequently about starting "streaks" and training your mind to look at things in a positive light. For example, when confronted with a challenge such as wanting to eat something unhealthy, rather than let negative thoughts about f... Read more
I have to be accountable and pick up the pieces
Monday, July 04, 2011      1 comments

Hey people, So, it's been six months since I've written (or logged in) and yes, I have lost weight, but there have been other things that are started to eat at me. I'm still working, and that's great, but the hours are unpredictable as well... Read more
Searching for motivation and inspiration today
Friday, January 14, 2011      2 comments

Today I got up and hit the gym for the second day in a row. I did 35 minutes on the eliptical trainer and 8 minutes on the StairMaster (that is way harder than it looks). So, I did burn the calories and I've been eating fairly well. I have been ... Read more
Back to Being a Working Girl
Thursday, January 06, 2011      1 comments

I am officially hired on at Salem Hospital as of January 3, 2011. I have been doing training for the last three days focusing primarily on the computer system. This feels so different. I'm used to days upon days of nothing to do and actually got... Read more
A Fall Off the Wagon
Wednesday, August 18, 2010      2 comments

Hello all-- Well, I have not exercised in over a week, and my eating has not been perfect. I have no idea what happened. Actually, yes, I do. I really think I overworked myself, especially since I wasn't used to working out that hard or tha... Read more
Is It Worth It?
Wednesday, August 11, 2010      3 comments

Hello, all my fellow Sparkers- Despite the title, this blog entry isn't about giving up. I feel more fully committed to this journey than I have ever before, but I am questioning my workout regime. I have now increased my cardio to six days... Read more
My Sunday
Sunday, August 08, 2010      1 comments

Today the roommate and I decided that our house needed a deep clean. It was time to do the sweeping, mopping, scrubbing, sanitizing that has been put off for months. I got the bathroom...I'm the only one who ever cleans that room anyway, so what... Read more
My Opinion on "Cheating"
Saturday, August 07, 2010      2 comments

I began reading a message board on "cheat days" or "cheat meals" and how so many people felt that it was such an awful idea. I think it's more the mentality that you've convinced yourself you're "cheating" which is bad. The concept of cheating m... Read more
Friday, August 06, 2010      0 comments

I just ordered 20 packets of Spiru-Tein protein powder. All different flavors, and I'm so excited. I spent $30, but who cares? I should be spending money on my health. I got them from if anyone would like to take a look at t... Read more
And the plateau is finally conquered...
Friday, August 06, 2010      1 comments

For the last two/three weeks I was exercising and eating the best that I could, but for some reason, the weight wasn't coming off like it had earlier. Needless to say I was DEPRESSED and frustrated. We've all been there and suddenly think "Well,... Read more