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A Small Non-Scale Victory Followed by a Week of BLAH
Friday, March 06, 2020      6 comments

Years ago, I bought an ankle bracelet with little bells on it -- the kind belly dancers wear. I was teaching middle school at the time, and liked wearing it to work. In general, I like jewelry that moves, and I especially like jewelry that makes... Read more
Considering the Month, and the Year So Far
Friday, February 28, 2020      3 comments

This morning I spent some time looking at my history on my fitness tracker. My partner gave me an Apple watch for Christmas (he's a real spoiler in the best ways) and it tracks a bit differently than the FitBit I'd used for years. I really... Read more
Having a Slightly Down Sting of Days
Thursday, February 20, 2020      3 comments

I've had a good, long run of really excellent mental health days--weeks, even. But this week has been more challenging. Today I'm not going to the gym, and I'm not sure whether that's a good decision or not yet. Yesterday we met with our a... Read more
Uneven performance, but moving along
Tuesday, February 11, 2020      3 comments

Tuesday is apparently the day I feel like writing a post here -- after spin, and a hurried lunch. I don't generally eat breakfast before working out because it makes me nauseous so after spin I'm ravenous and come home, make a pot of coffee and ... Read more
Non-Scale Victories
Wednesday, February 05, 2020      3 comments

I've never really liked the phrase "non-scale victory" but I'm not sure why. However, the last couple of weeks I've been noticing little things, not related to the scale that felt like victories. First, I was straightening up our closet (w... Read more
So Many Years of Frustration
Tuesday, January 28, 2020      6 comments

I can't stop thinking about how frustrated I've been and for how long. As always, hindsight is far sharper than foresight. I now weigh 1 pound more than I did in 2010 -- ten years ago! During the last decade I gained, and now have lost 40 ... Read more
It's the Drugs, and I Have Mixed Feelings
Tuesday, January 14, 2020      3 comments

If you've been following along here on Spark (I think I've been here since 2008, I think), you know that for many years, I've been searching for my personal "key" to weight loss. I've tried LOTS things, including extreme calorie restriction, a v... Read more
New Year, Same Me
Tuesday, January 07, 2020      4 comments

I'm heading into 2020 feeling pretty darn good (personally -- national and international events got me down!). Yesterday, I finally managed to get back to the gym after a 2 week hiatus. I went to bodypump and it felt good, though today I'm... Read more
I Feel Strong
Wednesday, December 18, 2019      5 comments

Nearly everyday I post a list of good things on FB. Sometimes they are things I'm grateful for, sometimes they are silly things, and sometimes they are just things that brought me a moment of pleasure or peace or beauty. It's surprising how ofte... Read more
Spin Class Woes
Wednesday, December 11, 2019      3 comments

In the relatively distant past, maybe about 12 years ago or so, I wrote a newsletter for a gym in exchange for a membership. I was trying out all their different classes and went to a spin class. I hated it. I hated everything about it. Fa... Read more
Update: Finally Saw an Endocrinologist
Wednesday, December 04, 2019      6 comments

I have tons of work to be doing (so many of my posts start like this!), but I wanted to write about my visit with the endocrinologist today. I've been waiting for several months for this appointment, so there was some buildup. I was pretty... Read more
An Amusing Observation
Friday, November 22, 2019      5 comments

Here's a thing I've noticed: when people find out how much I workout they always think I'm losing weight. Here's an example: a friend I used to work with saw me the other day, and commented on how great I look. I kind of giggled, and she said, "... Read more
Settling Into a Good Routine
Tuesday, November 19, 2019      1 comments

This morning I got up early to go to the one yoga class I seem to be able to make it to. Road closures (and the resulting traffic snarl) made me 15 minutes late and that's much too late to go into a yoga class (for me, ymmv). Instead of turning ... Read more
The Amazing Power of Perspective
Monday, November 11, 2019      0 comments

Week before last, my husband had a small medical procedure on Monday. It threw off my routine, and I let a couple of workouts slide and wasn't as strict with my food as I usually am -- in fact, during the whole month of October I was a little le... Read more
The Self Care Dilemma (one of them, anyway)
Wednesday, November 06, 2019      2 comments

This week is the week I'm trying out my "ideal" schedule. It's ideal in that it includes the workouts I want to complete, enough hours working to improve my business, and time for meal and cooking and writing fiction. All the things that are cur... Read more

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