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A Funny Little Blog about Underwear
Monday, September 30, 2013      16 comments

I bought new bras last week and all I have to say is that since then, I’ve gotten all kinds of compliments about how well I look. Several people asked if I had lost more weight. Hmmmmmm. Guess those old “boulder holders” just were not doing t... Read more
Fall Salad Bowl
Tuesday, September 24, 2013      15 comments

I live in Virginia, in a soggy summer climate. Springs are often short and gardening is a bit of a challenge, especially for the cooler weather crops I like the best (greens, onions, herbs). So this year I am trying an experiment. I planted a... Read more
Nana and Her New Grandson
Wednesday, July 03, 2013      22 comments

Here I am, holding my two week old grandson, at 7 lbs, 4 ounces. He is tiny! Hard to believe this American baby has a huge chance of being over weight at some point. Now... Read more
Looking for the Clutter
Tuesday, June 25, 2013      17 comments

I love this quote: "Clutter isn't just the stuff in your closet. It's anything that gets between you and the life that you want to be living, whether its in your home, in your head, in your heart, or on your hips." -Peter Walsh Often I... Read more
Remembering I Can Still Play Outside All Day If I Want To…
Saturday, June 22, 2013      18 comments

When I think of summer I think most of the days of my childhood. My sister and I would play outside from morning until evening, and even then continue playing into the early evening: Hide & Seek in the back yards of our suburban neighborhood (th... Read more
The Creep Is Not My Friend
Saturday, June 15, 2013      28 comments

It’s my 9th month maintenance anniversary today and 16 months since I first signed on to Spark. The next three months on Spark are especially important to me. My goal is to maintain my 30 lb weight loss right on through my first year anniversar... Read more
A Quote from an Author Who Inspires Me
Saturday, June 08, 2013      14 comments

"When we expose our own hurt or fear, we actually give others permission to be more authentic. ... While it takes courage to be vulnerable, the reward is sweet: We awaken compassion and genuine intimacy in our relationships with others." ~ Radic... Read more
A Reflection on Serenity & Spark
Sunday, May 26, 2013      13 comments

I am not a religious person, nor do I belong to AA or any other 12-step program. But I love the Serenity Prayer. For me it speaks to what we do here on Spark every day. We try to accept ourselves as we are. Whatever weight or fitness le... Read more
My Review: The Spark Solution
Monday, May 20, 2013      10 comments

I am sharing my thoughts here about the new Spark Solution book. I've also included a link to the book's website at the bottom of the blog for those interested in taking a look at it. • What made you decide to try "The Spark Solution" Prog... Read more
A Simple Meditation Practice
Friday, May 17, 2013      13 comments

I pass this along from a book I am reading and using now. It is simple, and helps me when I am overly concerned with "stuff," going on in my life. Enjoy. THREE STEP PRACTICE "First, come into the present. Flash on what’s happening with... Read more
Mom Loved a Good Martini on Friday Night
Thursday, May 09, 2013      20 comments

My mother loved a good martini on Friday night. Doesn’t she look elegant here, sitting in her kitchen of 55 years? A few years later she fell victim to dementia, bu... Read more
Fresh Take on Life: Meet Valentino
Saturday, May 04, 2013      19 comments

First, let me introduce you to Valentino, the male blue bird guarding his mate's nest in our back yard. And then, my blog: Spring has really arrived in Virg... Read more
One Conversation at a Time
Saturday, April 27, 2013      14 comments

I was walking with an acquaintance yesterday when we passed a man who appeared to be very overweight. “What a shame,” my walking partner said. “How do people let themselves get like that? Terrible!” “We never know where people are,” ... Read more
Avoiding Starvation and Getting What’s Essential
Sunday, April 21, 2013      18 comments

I have the hardest time staying with my healthy eating and fitness goals when I am starving myself. I am not talking about food, though. I am talking about the activities in life that nourish me, vs. those that leave me with a sense of emptine... Read more
7,500 Beautiful Steps at the Tidal Basin, Washington, DC
Wednesday, April 10, 2013      22 comments

Today I walked at the Tidal Basin in Washington DC (I live near by) to experience the cherry blossoms on a beautiful spring morning. There is a hush there when the blossoms are out, a reverence. Even though there are thousands of people wander... Read more

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