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Marching in place for a bit
Wednesday, June 10, 2015      5 comments

The scale says I still have 4 lb. to go to reach my goal. The glass is either half empty (I'm stuck) or half full (I'm holding my own.) Either way is ok. Time for a break. Time to reintroduce a few things to my eating plan. Time to increase... Read more
The final four ( and no this isn't about basketball!)
Friday, June 05, 2015      5 comments

Only four more pounds until I reach my personal weight goal. Not the ideal weight from the charts but safely out of the obese zone. Sustainable and comfortable. But my tracker just isn't moving. I know why. I'm tired (bored)? I'm not 100%.... Read more
I will - so there.
Sunday, May 31, 2015      5 comments

I'll keep this short because I'm in a mood... irritable and cranky for no particularly good reason. A friend of mine refers to this state as our "inner brats" taking over. My motivation is non-existent. It's raining and I don't want to walk... Read more
Abstainer vs moderator - we're both okay!
Tuesday, May 26, 2015      8 comments

Just finished reading Gretchen Rubin's latest book - Better than before: mastering the habits of our everyday lives. I would recommend it (or check out her blog, newsletter, podcast...) as I found many links to my personal quest for healthier ... Read more
Re-commit: the day after I sabotaged myself at the grocery store
Wednesday, May 20, 2015      8 comments

Went into the grocery store with a very short list yesterday and came out with two new flavors of B &J's ice cream... on sale no less. Got home, ate an early dinner, and opened both cartons. Ate most of both but ditched the rest. ... Read more
The Doppler Game: how to get your 10,000 steps in (and the grass mowed) before the rain arrives
Monday, May 18, 2015      3 comments

This time of year the grass grows quickly in my somewhat damp neighborhood and really needs mowing every 5 days or so. The job was on my to do list for Wednesday - a day with cooler temps and no rain forecast. As I sat here enjoying my sun... Read more
When the going gets tough...
Thursday, May 14, 2015      3 comments

I've hit that place where I just don't want to... eat healthy, count calories, exercise, clean the house... Arrrgh! But I'm within 10 lbs of my goal so I can't give up - I won't give up. I need to get there so the last pants hanging in my cl... Read more
Happily ever after
Thursday, May 07, 2015      6 comments

Have been giving thought to maintenance - only 10 more pounds to my target weight! I will still be in the "overweight" zone but I chose my target as a) attainable and b) sustainable. Maintenance will be my biggest challenge. I have never succ... Read more
Portion control to the rescue!
Thursday, April 30, 2015      9 comments

Yesterday's brunch with family ended on a successful, rather than "ugly" (see yesterday's blog), note. I made a reasonable meal choice (eggs, homefries, sausage, toast) at least as compared to some of the menu options. When it arrived, I cut t... Read more
The good, the not-so-bad, and the (potentially) ugly
Wednesday, April 29, 2015      7 comments

The very abbreviated explanation of today's title: The good... it's a beautiful day, I reached my ultimate goal of 10,000+ steps yesterday... The not-so-bad... I lost another pound and am going to try a 20min or so interval walk on my... Read more
Walking my dog vs. my dog walking his person
Sunday, April 26, 2015      10 comments

As many of you know, I am the proud "Mom" of a 2.5 yo mini goldendoodle, Riley. He was my retirement present to me! In keeping with my goal for a retirement avocation, we achieved his Canine good citizen and certification as a therapy dog. We... Read more
The view from Day 125 of Sparking
Friday, April 17, 2015      10 comments

Woo Hoo for SP... a trophy for every occasion! Achieving one is not an "end goal" for me but they are fun and appreciated. They act as milestones and reminders. Someti... Read more
The sunroom is open for business
Friday, April 10, 2015      8 comments

Last fall I made a large investment in my home. I had a sunroom built on top of the deck. I have finished photos somewhere but, for today, here's a skeleton shot to give you the general idea. I won't bore you with a lot of details but... I l... Read more
Thunder and lightening and fire trucks... oh my!
Thursday, April 09, 2015      7 comments

emoticon There we were, yesterday afternoon, all nice and comfy and snug in an old recliner by the window. Riley w... Read more
Eating out: a struggle and a victory
Thursday, April 02, 2015      7 comments

Here's a real life scenario familiar to many: eating out and facing all the tempting choices on the menu. Last night I met a friend, whom I hadn't seen in months, for a dinner celebrating both of our birthdays. We met up at a bar/restaurant ... Read more

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