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  • Never Quit the Journey!

    7/17/2014 6:52:19 PM, by KARENCRANER

    While I was growing up, my charismatic dad worked as a high school administrator in some very small school districts in Washington State. He, the... Read more

  • Positive Results!

    9/10/2013 8:11:16 PM, by KARENCRANER

    Finally, at long last, the scale is moving down again! I still haven't figured out what caused me to overeat purposefully for all of those months... Read more

  • Good Girl?

    8/22/2013 1:01:06 PM, by KARENCRANER

    I've been a good girl - - fairly consistent the last two weeks, stayed within my calorie range, and chopped plenty of firewood. (I even got a bli... Read more

  • It's been too long

    8/4/2013 10:16:21 PM, by ANGIEC77

    It has been far too long since I have logged on to this site. It's unfortunate that I made the choice to be inconsistant, as I find it motivation... Read more

  • Finally Back On!

    8/2/2013 1:32:27 AM, by KARENCRANER

    I've finally drug myself back onto the eating healthier and being more active wagon. Yee hah! I even stayed within my calorie range (averaged ove... Read more

  • The Wedding!

    4/29/2013 3:19:44 PM, by KARENCRANER

    The wedding went great! I was able to control my voice and keep it from cracking with emotion, and we got through the formalities all right. Here... Read more

  • Friday!

    4/19/2013 5:36:21 PM, by KARENCRANER

    It's Friday! Whoo hoo! To follow up on my last blog: I raked about half of the yard over spring vacation before the rains came, and I've been fai... Read more

  • Spring, Finally!

    3/30/2013 1:01:04 PM, by KARENCRANER

    It is the beginning of spring break for me, or will be as soon as I finish grading papers and posting grades! God has blessed us this year with a... Read more

  • No Quitting Allowed!

    3/21/2013 2:01:40 PM, by KARENCRANER

    Please stop and sign this pledge....let's do this together Thursday, March 21, 2013 Today, I promise I will not quit. I pledge... Read more

  • 5 Pound Gain!

    3/17/2013 3:20:35 PM, by KARENCRANER

    Although I'm still tracking my caloric intake, I haven't been exercising regularly over the past two weeks. Over the holidays, I ate LOTS, but ke... Read more

  • Now I Can Loose It!

    3/12/2013 5:49:01 PM, by KARENCRANER

    It's so typical for me; shortly after the crisis passes, I become a basket case! So, despite the fact that I'd used all of my best stress-relievi... Read more

  • Stable!

    3/10/2013 8:26:02 PM, by KARENCRANER

    Phil's stable, although they may give him one more pint just to "top him off." We're hoping he gets to come home tomorrow. I'm exhausted! W... Read more

  • Kicked Out of ICU!

    3/9/2013 12:10:17 AM, by KARENCRANER

    All of Phil's tests show no major bleeding issues, so evidentially his spleen is just eating his blood. So, today they kicked us out of intensive... Read more

  • Phil Update!

    3/7/2013 3:44:05 PM, by KARENCRANER

    My sweetie suffers from hep. C and end stage liver disease because of it. So, yesterday we took him to the local VA, and his blood counts were al... Read more

  • Oh, My Gosh!

    2/17/2013 9:14:04 PM, by KARENCRANER

    Two fabulous weekends in a row will raise my expectations for next weekend (no problem, I have appointments with a seafood buffet and a swimming ... Read more

  • Thankful for Good Friends!!

    2/11/2013 2:18:08 PM, by KARENCRANER

    What a fabulous weeked! Although several factors played roles in making it great, just one factor made it super-awesome: good friends. On S... Read more

  • Rough Day!

    2/8/2013 12:02:28 AM, by KARENCRANER

    Boy, I had a rough day today. I overslept, had to deal with squirley freshmen all day, was rushed to complete grade changes, and informed of a we... Read more

  • Exercise Rocks!!!

    2/4/2013 10:47:11 PM, by KARENCRANER

    Yeah, I said it, and I meant it. Exercise rocks! I never would have thought when I started sparking, just a year ago, that I would ever say it, l... Read more

  • Amazing Update!

    1/29/2013 6:24:42 PM, by KARENCRANER

    I've still not gained weight! That's amazing!!! I'm somewhat sad that I haven't lost yet, either, but since I'm having such a difficult time stay... Read more

  • Hitting the Exercise Bike!

    1/14/2013 7:35:59 PM, by KARENCRANER

    I'm really enjoying my new exercise bike! I got on it five days out of seven last week. It works pretty well. My only complaint is that I can't a... Read more

  • Met Daily Goal!

    1/9/2013 11:09:25 AM, by KARENCRANER

    Sweet success! I met my goal for yesterday! I only had one serving of dessert! Wow, I've been eating a lot of sweets. It kind of blows my mind. I... Read more

  • Unfortunately, since then, . . .

    1/8/2013 1:51:11 PM, by KARENCRANER

    Since that Christmas party, I've been overindulging in sweets almost daily, and going over my caloric range by an average of 1,000! There is some... Read more

  • Great!

    12/20/2012 11:11:26 AM, by KARENCRANER

    I did great at the party! Only two glasses of wine and one small plate!... Read more

  • Party Challenge!

    12/14/2012 12:24:19 PM, by KARENCRANER

    Work Christmas party tonight. In preparation, I did not choose the prime rib option, but I will be tempted by a bevy of tasty treats and drinks. ... Read more

  • Making Strides!

    12/12/2012 3:53:24 PM, by KARENCRANER

    I'm getting a bit more done every day to get out from under this deluge of paperwork. Again, one day at a time!... Read more

  • Now What?

    12/10/2012 1:48:15 PM, by KARENCRANER

    So, we're moved in, I got the rental house cleaned yesterday, I'm over the stomach flu, and I'm still feeling overwhelmed. Maybe that's just how ... Read more

  • Sick!

    12/5/2012 10:06:36 PM, by KARENCRANER

    The stomach flu blows. Pun intended. ;/... Read more

  • Reflection on Patience

    12/4/2012 5:18:13 PM, by KARENCRANER

    As I've traveled this road toward healthier living, I've also had an opportunity to reflect on patience. We are so used to immediate gratifacatio... Read more

  • $ Yikes!

    12/1/2012 1:23:12 PM, by KARENCRANER

    The well guy is speculating that I just have a broken pipe in my well, so the repair should ONLY cost around $750.... Read more

  • Home Ownership 101!

    11/29/2012 1:49:00 PM, by KARENCRANER

    My brother, Edward, sagely advised me this summer, "You should plan for things to go wrong; once you're a homeowner, little things cost big money... Read more

  • It's Official!

    11/27/2012 4:45:50 PM, by KARENCRANER

    The keys have been released to the new owner: me! Let the cleaning and moving begin!... Read more

  • Lots To Be Thankful For!

    11/22/2012 10:50:38 AM, by KARENCRANER

    At the top of my list of things to be thankful for is a new home. We finally signed for our pretty little piece of property yesterday and plan on... Read more

  • Feeling Awesome!

    11/15/2012 5:31:57 PM, by KARENCRANER

    Yup, one small step leads to another. Pretty soon, I won't even remember the hole I was in a couple of weeks ago! I'm keeping up on my schoolwork... Read more

  • Giving Up Control.

    11/14/2012 3:13:54 PM, by KARENCRANER

    For the last month or two, I've rarely met my recommended calorie window. I've still tracked almost every bite, but I quit trying to meet that go... Read more

  • Praise God!

    11/13/2012 11:54:53 AM, by KARENCRANER

    Levi got a job at Dollar Tree!... Read more

  • A Little Update!

    11/11/2012 9:56:13 PM, by KARENCRANER

    I just wanted to give a little update on how things are going, to let you know how I'm dealing with this month's stressors. First and forem... Read more

  • It Exploded When I Hit It!

    11/2/2012 6:50:21 PM, by KARENCRANER

    I was driving to work on Tuesday in the pre-dawn wet gloom after a ton of rain the night before, minding my own business. I'd just gotten off th... Read more

  • Coming Clean!

    10/29/2012 3:57:15 PM, by KARENCRANER

    It's time to come clean and account for my mental, emotional,and physical anguish over the last couple of months as well as how they've affected ... Read more

  • My Favorite Thing About Sparkpeople (Entry #7)

    10/26/2012 5:19:36 PM, by KARENCRANER

    My favorite thing about spark today, and my last blog in this series, is that it is mobile. I mean that in a couple of ways. One, with my smart p... Read more

  • My Favorite Thing About Sparkpeople? (Entry #6)

    10/11/2012 5:54:45 PM, by KARENCRANER

    My favorite thing about Spark today is that it is not a person. I can't hurt its feelings, p!ss it off, or make it resentful just because I didn'... Read more

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