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Getting Ready
Saturday, March 19, 2016      5 comments

I just noticed the leaders of the Teddy Bear team (love my bears!) have received their invites to the 2016 Spring Teddy Bear team as part of the 2016 Spring 5% Challenge. It is kind of bittersweet for me, as I know I'll be a Teddy Bear still, ju... Read more
Overcoming Medication Side-Effects and Weight Gain
Saturday, November 28, 2015      5 comments

Since July, I have been having a hard time with gaining weight. I was hospitalized the last week of June due to depression, and was subsequently put on a slew of new drugs. Unfortunately, some of them had a negative side-effect of weight gain. M... Read more
A Furbaby Prayer
Monday, October 19, 2015      12 comments

I just got off the phone with my furbaby's veterinarian. Sampson had been at the vet for his annual wellness visit, which meant blood work. Unfortunately, the ALP liver enzyme came back 10 times higher than it should be. Her first concern was Cu... Read more
What does fitness look like to me
Sunday, October 18, 2015      4 comments

I've been struggling lately. Earlier this year, I was the picture of health. Losing weight at a maintainable pace. Getting toned and fit. But then I got sick and it all fell apart. Since being hospitalized in June, I've regained 30 lbs of the 50... Read more
Could it be the food?
Friday, October 09, 2015      7 comments

As most of you know from previous blog posts, I had signed up for Nutrisystem. I purchased a month's worth of dry and frozen foods. The second day on the diet, my abdomen started hurting all of the sudden, and not just an ache, but a serious sha... Read more
Three weeks and I'm over it!
Friday, October 09, 2015      4 comments

Okay, my past blog was written at the 2 week point of my issues with pain. Today, I'm nearing the 3 week mark and still no relief or resolution for the pain. Yesterday I had a colonoscopy performed on me and it came back normal. Nothing there wa... Read more
Two weeks...getting old
Friday, October 02, 2015      7 comments

Here I am in week two of being in severe pain. I've gotten to the point where I "tolerate" it and go on living life. I just ask people to not make me laugh, because it hurts so bad it makes me cry when I laugh. I've now been to the doctor ... Read more
You told me so...
Tuesday, September 29, 2015      8 comments

Yes, you all warned me, but I still did it anyway. I signed up for a month of Nutrisystem. And let me just say, that is all they will be getting from me. From poor to mediocre foods that lack taste to the fact it costs well over $500 a month. It... Read more
The chains that bind us
Sunday, September 27, 2015      1 comments

Why be shackled by your past when you can set free to experience what lies in today and tomorrow. Your past may have sculpted you into who you are today, but if you continue to hid behind those things, you continue to be chained to it until you ... Read more
Side-lined, yet again
Friday, September 25, 2015      6 comments

It's been a bad week. A VERY bad week. After an absolutely wonderful weekend where the sun shined, I rode my bike and ate healthy, it all fell apart at 2 am on Monday morning. At first I thought the stabbing burning pain in my abdomen was a resu... Read more
Take it easy
Tuesday, September 22, 2015      4 comments

I'm a big fan of the Eagles. I bought my first Eagles cassette (yes, cassette) when I was in junior high. Their music to me transcends generations. But as I grow older, I find many of their songs focusing on the older single ladies. Despera... Read more
Oh, what a beautiful morning! Oh, what a beautiful day!
Sunday, September 20, 2015      5 comments

I've got a wonderful feeling, everything is going my way... ~from the musical Oklahoma! Today, I started my new lifestyle changes! Yes, I'm starting a week early with the new 5% challenge starting next weekend, but after stepping on the ... Read more
Pre-challenge Activity #: Exercise Plan
Thursday, September 10, 2015      1 comments

Well, it's that time of the Fall season for the 2015 Fall 5% Challenge to begin. But, before we take off, there are a few pre-challenge activities that need to be addressed first. Like today, my exercise plan and commitment. I've already updated... Read more
I need some advice
Monday, September 07, 2015      10 comments

I need you, my fellow sparkers, to give me some advice. I'm looking for a healthy weight loss plan that is not a strain on my pocket book. I had been participating in a program called The Onion Factory for the past year. Problem is, I'm spending... Read more
Sunday Night Musings: 9/6/2015 - Swim, Forest, Swim!
Sunday, September 06, 2015      1 comments

34 years ago I found a new passion: swimming! And, boy, was I good at it. Our family lived in a neighborhood that had a pool, so I was constantly in the pool building up my swim prowess. I had great strength in my arms to pull me effortlessly th... Read more

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