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The view from Day 125 of Sparking

Friday, April 17, 2015      9 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

Did you meet Nick?

Monday, March 02, 2015      1 comments

Did you watch the video of Nick Vujcic which was featured as one of today's SP top stories? If not, you can find the link on your start page. Do yourself a favor and go watch it... now. (If it's not there anymore, you can also find him on You... Read more


Tuesday, February 24, 2015      6 comments

Am doing well and reaping the rewards when I step on the scale... * following the food plan * drinking my water * exercising at least 10 min. a day (17 day streak) * checking in at SP (73 day streak) * feeling gre... Read more

Finding the "sweet spot"

Tuesday, February 17, 2015      4 comments

"A huge percentage of weight-loss success is mental." You might recognize this statement from today's SP article on realistic weight-loss secrets. I cannot agree with it more and yet I also disagree. It started me thinking and as a result...... Read more

Fat is not a feeling

Wednesday, February 11, 2015      2 comments

I never really understood what loving my body meant until I saw this video. I never understood that when you "feel fat" you are really feeling something else. This is a very powerful, short video that I hope you will view: www.bu... Read more

Day 4 and I'm 100%

Monday, February 09, 2015      3 comments

If you read my previous post, then you know I took a "drastic" step and signed up for the "Take shape for life" (Medifast) program. I'd been floundering for way too long while the scale continued creeping upwards. Just wanted to let you know t... Read more

"Drastic times call for drastic measures"

Wednesday, February 04, 2015      3 comments

What exactly are "drastic times" in terms of my personal health and well being? Reaching an all-time high weight and stagnating in my efforts to make progress toward healthier living. Upon reflection, I have made some small, positive changes b... Read more

Burn the candle

Tuesday, January 20, 2015      2 comments

I came across those words the other day. Brilliant. Simple. Why save that expensive candle for another day? Light it today and enjoy. Live life, don't wait. We get busy. We forget. We are tired. We miss out on the simple joys. ... Read more

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