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Having a Slightly Down Sting of Days
Thursday, February 20, 2020      3 comments

I've had a good, long run of really excellent mental health days--weeks, even. But this week has been more challenging. Today I'm not going to the gym, and I'm not sure whether that's a good decision or not yet. Yesterday we met with our a... Read more
Uneven performance, but moving along
Tuesday, February 11, 2020      3 comments

Tuesday is apparently the day I feel like writing a post here -- after spin, and a hurried lunch. I don't generally eat breakfast before working out because it makes me nauseous so after spin I'm ravenous and come home, make a pot of coffee and ... Read more
Non-Scale Victories
Wednesday, February 05, 2020      3 comments

I've never really liked the phrase "non-scale victory" but I'm not sure why. However, the last couple of weeks I've been noticing little things, not related to the scale that felt like victories. First, I was straightening up our closet (w... Read more
So Many Years of Frustration
Tuesday, January 28, 2020      6 comments

I can't stop thinking about how frustrated I've been and for how long. As always, hindsight is far sharper than foresight. I now weigh 1 pound more than I did in 2010 -- ten years ago! During the last decade I gained, and now have lost 40 ... Read more
It's the Drugs, and I Have Mixed Feelings
Tuesday, January 14, 2020      3 comments

If you've been following along here on Spark (I think I've been here since 2008, I think), you know that for many years, I've been searching for my personal "key" to weight loss. I've tried LOTS things, including extreme calorie restriction, a v... Read more
New Year, Same Me
Tuesday, January 07, 2020      4 comments

I'm heading into 2020 feeling pretty darn good (personally -- national and international events got me down!). Yesterday, I finally managed to get back to the gym after a 2 week hiatus. I went to bodypump and it felt good, though today I'm... Read more
I Feel Strong
Wednesday, December 18, 2019      5 comments

Nearly everyday I post a list of good things on FB. Sometimes they are things I'm grateful for, sometimes they are silly things, and sometimes they are just things that brought me a moment of pleasure or peace or beauty. It's surprising how ofte... Read more
Spin Class Woes
Wednesday, December 11, 2019      3 comments

In the relatively distant past, maybe about 12 years ago or so, I wrote a newsletter for a gym in exchange for a membership. I was trying out all their different classes and went to a spin class. I hated it. I hated everything about it. Fa... Read more
Update: Finally Saw an Endocrinologist
Wednesday, December 04, 2019      6 comments

I have tons of work to be doing (so many of my posts start like this!), but I wanted to write about my visit with the endocrinologist today. I've been waiting for several months for this appointment, so there was some buildup. I was pretty... Read more
An Amusing Observation
Friday, November 22, 2019      5 comments

Here's a thing I've noticed: when people find out how much I workout they always think I'm losing weight. Here's an example: a friend I used to work with saw me the other day, and commented on how great I look. I kind of giggled, and she said, "... Read more
Settling Into a Good Routine
Tuesday, November 19, 2019      1 comments

This morning I got up early to go to the one yoga class I seem to be able to make it to. Road closures (and the resulting traffic snarl) made me 15 minutes late and that's much too late to go into a yoga class (for me, ymmv). Instead of turning ... Read more
The Amazing Power of Perspective
Monday, November 11, 2019      0 comments

Week before last, my husband had a small medical procedure on Monday. It threw off my routine, and I let a couple of workouts slide and wasn't as strict with my food as I usually am -- in fact, during the whole month of October I was a little le... Read more
The Self Care Dilemma (one of them, anyway)
Wednesday, November 06, 2019      2 comments

This week is the week I'm trying out my "ideal" schedule. It's ideal in that it includes the workouts I want to complete, enough hours working to improve my business, and time for meal and cooking and writing fiction. All the things that are cur... Read more
Discipline, Discipline, Discipline
Friday, November 01, 2019      2 comments

All last week, I kept thinking, "tomorrow. Tomorrow, I'll track. I'll get back to the right habits tomorrow." Of course I didn't. Then yesterday, it was Halloween, and I threw all caution to the wind and had little Snickers bars and cinnamon rol... Read more
Feeling Committed to Doing My Best in November
Tuesday, October 29, 2019      1 comments

For the last month or so, I've been coasting along -- exercising regularly, and trying to find the best mix of exercises for me -- but slacking a bit on nutrition. I haven't been tracking and not tracking leads to "well, I'll just have one slice... Read more

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