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Itching for Spring and Summer Living
Saturday, April 11, 2015      14 comments

I love how spring makes me 'itchy," and I don't mean seasonal-allergy itchy. I mean itching to MOVE. As soon as the weather turns just a little warm I am drawn outside to walk, to kayak. I also start dreaming of swimming, hiking and the beach... Read more
Spring Yoga
Wednesday, April 01, 2015      12 comments

I don't know how many calories are in a "Peep," do you? But this picture made me laugh out loud! Happy Spring and Happy Easter to those who celebrate. ... Read more
First Paddle
Saturday, March 21, 2015      11 comments

Those of you who know me on Spark know I've been waiting for this day. The outside temp got over 55 when my husband and I pushed off. The sun was warm on our backs. The windspeed low. Nirvana! It was a quiet trip. We paddled by some t... Read more
Watching My Weight(s)
Friday, March 13, 2015      17 comments

This is not another blog about weight. Well it is about weight, but not the kind we talk most about on Spark. I'm talking about the weight I use in the gym to strength train. Let me be clear. I am not a body builder. And free weights st... Read more
I'm Thinking that Sometimes Easy Does It
Friday, March 06, 2015      12 comments

I woke up too early today. 4 a.m. is early even for an early riser like me. But it's my strategy for times when I seem fully awake and can't get back to sleep. I just get up and start my day. Which probably means there is a nap ahead in my d... Read more
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth about Maintenance
Monday, February 23, 2015      13 comments

I am coming to grips with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth about what it takes for me to maintain a healthy life style. The Good (news) is all the great information, the fabulous motivating friends, and the inspiring photos and ideas o... Read more
Snow Day
Tuesday, February 17, 2015      10 comments

It's a feet by the fire kind of day. First snowfall of the year where I live. (I know, Boston, you should be so fortunate). But with it comes a delightful pause in metro DC where we all know people could wisely spend a little more time pausin... Read more
A Spark-Like Food Fight
Friday, February 13, 2015      12 comments

Remember fighting over the biggest cookie? I sure do. And my husband, one of four boys, sure does as well. But lately something weird in a Sparky kind of way is happ... Read more
Saturday, February 07, 2015      16 comments

I borrowed a tool called a "Spiralizer" from a friend and have been experimenting with different vegetables. Last night it was beets: I roasted them and then tossed... Read more
Wednesday, January 28, 2015      12 comments

Keeping it short and sweet today. True this! ... Read more
I HAD NO IDEA: 4 Grams of Sugar in 1 Teaspoon
Tuesday, January 20, 2015      16 comments

Out of curiosity I just checked into how many grams of sugar there are in a teaspoon. I found out there were 4. And I am now in sugar shock. I HAD NO IDEA. Today I had some Dannon Greek Yogurt -- flavored and 0 fat -- but it has 19... Read more
Laxidaisical January
Thursday, January 08, 2015      12 comments

Wow, it's cold where I live this week. I actually slept in my work out tights last night just to add a layer under my night shirt. Handy when morning came because I was half ready to go to the gym. LOL. I'm fighting the laxidaisical tren... Read more
Healthy, Happy 2015!
Thursday, January 01, 2015      11 comments

The joy of having hung in with Spark for many years now--3 years in February to be exact--is that weight maintenance is my goal as the new year begins, not weight loss. It felt like a 'little miracle' last January 1, and it feels like a little ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Living into the Season
Thursday, December 18, 2014      72 comments

Yesterday I had lunch with a group of friends in my writing group. It was festive and fun. We know each other's stories and have shared a lot over several years now. Being together is a treat. As we were leaving a few of us were talking in t... Read more
Setting My Mood by the Number(s)
Sunday, December 14, 2014      12 comments

At check-in with Spark every morning I score my mood on my start page. It the past I’d consider how I was feeling right then—usually at 5:30 am--and give myself a score. Typically I’d pick a score between 7 and 8. For me that meant I was feel... Read more

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