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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. Sometim... 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

Ode to blue jeans - who sizes these things anyway??

Wednesday, March 25, 2015      7 comments

I emoticon blue jeans. Always have and probably always will. Now that I'm retired, I don't have to wait for... ... Read more


Monday, March 16, 2015      8 comments

Noticed my last blog announced that I had reached the dreaded plateau. It is with great joy that I announce that the scale has become ""un-stuck." I may have over-reacted in labeling the lull as a plateau. In my experience the dreaded p-word ... Read more

Oh no... plateau

Tuesday, March 10, 2015      5 comments

The dreaded plateau. Just when I'm chugging along nicely with my food and exercise plan. Reaping the rewards in the dropping numbers on the scale and loosening of the jeans. "It" hits. Not a surprise but the timing is ironic. Just as all th... Read more


Tuesday, March 03, 2015      9 comments

Have had my heart warmed by several things recently and I want to pause and enjoy them. And be thankful. Nothing extraordinary. In fact, pretty ordinary. But they warmed my heart. Yesterday I blogged about the video SP featured on Nic... Read more

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