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Snow Skiers Out There: What Do You Do to Prep for the Season?
Wednesday, September 19, 2018      9 comments

It’s that time when I begin to dream of snowy slopes, new ski duds and long runs on pretty days. If you are like me, you may also be wondering how to make sure you are fit to reduce injuries and have stamina to make those days long and happy. ... Read more
Calculating the Risks in Being Active as We Age
Wednesday, August 29, 2018      17 comments

Calculating risk as we age is a challenge. I snow ski. In fact at 70, I have gotten back into skiing in the last few years and am getting better. Still I am aware it is a dangerous sport and that I can injure myself. I have decided it is worth... Read more
Does When We Eat Matter?
Thursday, August 02, 2018      14 comments

I just read this article that suggests limiting the time we eat during a day—not just calories—will result in better weight loss. This came from a comparison study of two groups—both groups ate the same amount, just within different time frames... Read more
Fruity Days of Summer
Saturday, July 28, 2018      11 comments

I just had the most awesome peach! I at it at my kitchen sink—wisely, it turns out. The juice ran down my chin. In Virginia where I live produce has been slow to come in this year. We’ve had a wee bit too much rain. But that peach, TH... Read more
Where Is the Danish? Back from a trip to Scandinavia.
Saturday, July 14, 2018      17 comments

We woke up this morning from a trip with our grandchildren and daughter to Scandinavia. We were in Denmark for several days and every morning our hotels had pastry. In Spark fashion I added it to my calorie count. (One isn’t so bad really). ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Some Days Are “Meh” Days
Tuesday, June 05, 2018      147 comments

I’d be the last person to say that living a healthy lifestyle is exhilerating every day. There are ups and downs to weight loss and maintaining lo... Read more
If I Live To Be 100.
Sunday, May 27, 2018      11 comments

My niece sent me this picture today. It is of her with our 100+ year old aunt—my aunt, her great aunt. My niece has taken auntie for a ride in an old Mustang convertible. I love how the sunshine is warming my aunt’s face and wonder what she i... Read more
Ready for Spring?
Tuesday, March 20, 2018      10 comments

We are on the brink of spring, but snow is coming tonight. I hope my daffodils will cozy up and stay safe over night. They are ready to bloom. Me too. I’m ready to bloom. Ready to drop the down coat and add some “spring” to my walking. ... Read more
Random Thoughts on Skiing as a “Senior.”
Tuesday, February 27, 2018      14 comments

When I tell people I downhill ski they often have something to say. “Be careful.” “Boy not me.” “I used to, but gave it up.” “I don’t want to risk it.” I get that. If you don’t ski regularly taking it up for the first time or “again” a... Read more
Void Filling
Sunday, February 11, 2018      14 comments

When life gets busy and expansive—we have been traveling a lot—the intorvert in me gets a little shakey. I need....I need...well sometimes I have no idea what I need. That’s a dangerous time for me around food. Food is always so handy. ... Read more
Super Bowl Eating: The Vegetable Hog
Sunday, February 04, 2018      6 comments

I am considering the need, coming up in a few hours, to navigate the Super Bowl party spread at a friend’s house. The food will be good and varied, but pretty high on the caloric end. I trust there will be a crudities platter though. Perh... Read more
Go Outside and Play!
Sunday, January 28, 2018      16 comments

I had a real bout with sickness this past month and boy am I glad it is over. It’s the first time in all my time on Spark that I have not been able to keep up a reasonable exercise schedule. I also lost some momentum and routine in all my layi... Read more
Drafting on the New Year
Monday, January 01, 2018      14 comments

Happy 2018! There is an energy that arrives for me every year on this date. It’s almost like a friend has dropped by on her bike to say, let’s go riding, let’s get outside, LET’S GET MOVING. Some years I’m not ready for that. I am more incli... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Human Being or Human Doing?
Sunday, December 10, 2017      95 comments

This season can get so out of hand. I make lists, I shop, I move, I entertain, I decorate. I do, do, do. And then some mornings I take some time to absorb it all. I love my holiday tree in the morning before it gets light. The soft ligh... Read more
Sparking Through December
Saturday, December 02, 2017      13 comments

Years ago I belonged to a gym that set up a holiday challenge from Halloween to Christmas. When we worked out at the gym we got stars on a chart, just like elementary school! We could also monitor other things, like weight and calories. At th... Read more

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