It's "Time to Bloom" !!
This is the eve of the beginning of the BLC spring challenge, "Time to Bloom"! The timing is perfect for me, since there are no big holidays that will be a distraction, and the gardening season -- my passion -- won't really be heating up until... Read more
Using the Nutrition Tracker
The nutrition tracker is a huge factor in letting me know how I'm doing in terms of the quantity and quality of the food that I'm consuming.
This tracker can, of course, be used after the fact, to record what you've already eaten; sometim... Read more
Back to Sparking again!
So, here I am again at the beginning of a new year, feeling motivated and ready to rock my plan! I've been away for about a year and a half -- and initially came here in 2012, with high hopes and expectations of getting myself back to a normal ... Read more
Temporarily off track!
Well, the first half of July (and then some) has been quite a challenge in terms of staying with my plan. Relatives visiting here from Florida (for a couple of months), 4th of July holiday, and lots of family get-togethers. Trying hard to stay... Read more
Just for today...
For some reason, it seems a lot easier to me to stick to my guns about following my plan when I tell myself that "I'm only going to do this today" -- I'll figure out tomorrow when it gets here! So, today I will:
Walk on my treadmill for 15 m... Read more
Seeing some progress
I've been back for a week now and am feeling good about it; my mind seems to be in the right place for making a good effort. Many times I have vowed to eat less, exercise more, drink less alcohol, etc. -- but until my mind has really embraced t... Read more
I'm back and ready to lose!
To celebrate the 1st day of summer (June 20th) I decided to come back to SP - after being gone for much too long - and commit to working hard to achieve my goals of improving my overall health, including losing weight and becoming physically str... Read more
Who knew that carrots could be braided?
Over the years I've dug up a lot of carrots where 2 of them had grown twisted together, but have never before found 3 that were literally braiding themselves together as they grew!
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Pretty much everyone has encountered a "word cloud" somewhere -- a "visual representation for text data." There are a number of web sites that will help you create them by simply pasting in the text that you want to include, but (so far, at le... Read more
So... this morning I got out of bed and got on the scale and saw the number "240.0." Yikes -- back in the spring I had managed to hit the "magical" number of 225, which represented a 25-lb loss from where I started a little over a year ago, in ... Read more
Breathe In, Breathe Out.... Part 2
So... our weekend challenge for BLC22 is to R.E.G.R.O.U.P. "R" stands for "reflect." Reflecting on the last several months does not make me very happy, I'm afraid. I managed to get appointed as township clerk and have been extremely stressed ... Read more
As you may have read previously, I managed to get myself appointed to the position of township clerk, when our clerk resigned as of the end of May. And, although she has been very good about answering my calls for help, and spent a pretty fair ... Read more
Cooking healthy -- kitchen staples
Cottage cheese (low fat, reduced sodium)
boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders
lean ground beef
leaf lettuce and other fresh vegetables -- from my garden during April-November
fresh fruit -- bananas, apples, berries in season
c... Read more
S.M.A.R.T. goals !
This was part of last week's challenge for BLC22 and I didn't get it posted in time to claim my points for the challenge, but that doesn't mean I can't still put them down here!
My goals for the challenge (Specific, Measurable, Attainable... Read more
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Breathe in, breathe out...
That's a reminder to myself, and anyone else that may be feeling a bit (or more than a bit) stressed at this moment! Had my first township meeting tonight as Township Clerk, and I don't think I made a complete fool of myself, at least... howev... Read more