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Sparking = Courage.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013      15 comments

I love this quote from Mary Anne Radmacher, writer and artist. It speaks to me about the effort it takes to "show up" every day to create and shape our lives as we would like them to be. “Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is... Read more
Thoughts on Doing It Anyway
Thursday, March 28, 2013      19 comments

The planets do not have to be aligned. I don’t have to feel like it. It doesn’t’ matter if I am not in the mood. I struggle out the door. (Having opened it first!) I put on my music. I get going. It’s what I want for myself in the... Read more
Dealing with the Unexpected Hurdle
Tuesday, March 26, 2013      13 comments

I found this quote in my email this morning. It is from Martha Beck who you may know from Oprah's magazine. I love it for dealing with the unexpected. I hope you do to. The moment you say, “No worries, we’ll make a plan,” is the moment y... Read more
Finding Color (and Energy) on a Wintry Day
Sunday, March 24, 2013      19 comments

I took a long-for-me walk yesterday. Four miles in my Virginia country neighborhood. The area is heavily wooded and right now, pretty brown and dreary. But then I found this burst of color: ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts It's a Little Thing: 6 Months Maintaining
Friday, March 15, 2013      60 comments

I’m doing a little hip hop zumba be-bop dance this morning to celebrate my arrival at the 6 month line of maintenance. I must thank the At Goal and Maintaining Team for being with me every step of the way. What a great team, what fun friends, w... Read more
Yummy Recipe for Healthy Bran, Walnut & Blueberry Muffins
Sunday, March 10, 2013      6 comments

This morning I tried this recipe and froze the extras. We liked it here, even my "sweet tooth" husband who didn't mind the lack of sugar. A touch of honey as a spread would be good if you do want a bit of "sweet." projects.washing... Read more
Dumping Bottled Salad Dressings
Tuesday, March 05, 2013      16 comments

Feeling bold, today I emptied my refrigerator and pantry of all bottled dressings. It puts the pressure on me to make my own from scratch each time, but almost every recipe I know for healthy dressing takes about 5 minutes to make and tastes wo... Read more
The Silliest Thing I Ever Did to Lose Weight
Tuesday, February 26, 2013      24 comments

The silliest thing I did to lose weight was when I was 15. One summer I ate 900 calories a day and popped Chicklets gum all day. I got very skinny and had very fresh and minty breath. But I gained the weight back quickly and to this day cann... Read more
I'm Engaged
Saturday, February 23, 2013      17 comments

I have to start with a disclaimer. I’ve been married for 27 years so this blog is not about THAT kind of engagement. It’s about getting engaged in life. Ideally being overweight ought not keep us from being active, but we who have st... Read more
30 Pounds Ago: Then and Now
Thursday, February 21, 2013      13 comments

Then: I worried about the impact of my weight on my health. I didn’t like the way I looked in clothes. I felt ashamed getting on the scale in my doctor’s office. I breathed hard doing everyday household chores. I spent part of my en... Read more
Maintenance is Not Sexy
Monday, February 18, 2013      13 comments

Wheee, I’m maintaining! It doesn’t sound that sexy, does it? Not as sexy as, “I’ve just lost a pound.” Not as sexy as “I’m making progress…” So that’s my problem with maintenance. I am used to slapping myself around for the scale not ... Read more
One Year and Still Counting...Er, TRACKING
Thursday, February 14, 2013      9 comments

A year ago today my scale hit 173 pounds, my blood pressure was up, and I’d lost my “umph”. At 65, I was fortunate to be pretty healthy, but I recognized my life wasn’t going to get better—and possibly would get worse--unless I acted. I ... Read more
Enjoying a Healthy On and Off Line Community
Monday, February 04, 2013      7 comments

emoticon On Spark we talk quite a bit about the people who get in our way while we try to change our every ... Read more
Maintenance Reminder
Tuesday, January 29, 2013      8 comments

Memo to self: keep dreaming the dream and doing the work. That's maintaining!... Read more
Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway
Monday, January 28, 2013      12 comments

I used to do quite a bit of education and training--all involving significant public speaking. But I don't step into that role very often anymore. Yesterday I joined a friend to lead a short workshop: Creating an Intentional Year. Stepp... Read more

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