I have a problem with sugar. Some would call it an addiction. My mom thinks this is funny, and every year buys me a 2-lb box of pure maple sugar candy for Christmas. Having grown up in New England, that is my absolute favorite candy, and I ne... Read more
Embracing my Inner Mark Spitz
(and the Michael Phelps generation is thinking..."Who's Mark Spitz?" LOL)
Today I went swimming in the YMCA's pool for the first time after finally finding a swimsuit that would cover my rather large posterior, allow me to swim laps, and n... Read more
Procrastination, Thou Art Vanquished!
One of the real issues I struggle with is procrastination. I believe this stems from my inherent perfectionism and fear of starting anything because I might not accomplish it perfectly or because I SHOULD be doing something else that's a higher... Read more
Last January I was inspired by my SF MRSPRINCIPAL to think of a word to inspire me for the year. My word for 2013 was "Integrity", which for me meant keeping promises I make to myself.
My word for 2014 is CONFIDENCE.
I found an old jo... Read more
Silent Night? Ha!
Christmas Eve is anything but silent in our family...and I wouldn't want it any other way. This year there were 16 adults plus 2 children packed around my brother's banquet table on Christmas Eve. The table used to belong to my grandmother, and... Read more
The few times that I tried Weight Watchers (unsuccessfully), my initial goal was set by the woman behind the counter at 10% of my body weight. To me, losing that 25 lbs seemed insurmountable. I always lost five or six pounds, then started roll... Read more
Deep Thoughts and Matthew West
Anyone who listens to contemporary Christian music has probably heard of Matthew West, an extremely talented singer/songwriter who has been topping the Christian music charts for the past few years.
I was invited to Matthew's wedding but di... Read more
Yikes! What Was I Thinking???
I had such a great day today. The junior high students behaved well. I even got some compliments from them! I stayed on track with my food and, for the third day in a row, drank tea instead of coffee. In fact, I felt so good, I decided to ru... Read more
A couple of days ago I wrote a blog about being stuck and overwhelmed in my career decisions. I asked for help. And you, dear spark friends, responded so sincerely, so helpfully, so smartly, and so KINDLY that it absolutely amazes me! I have ... Read more
Alright, sparklers, I need your help!
This is not directly about my weight loss journey, but it does significantly affect my life, moods, and tendency to overeat. Any help or suggestions you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
I ... Read more
I finished my vision collage!
I really enjoyed making this, and it definitely helped me think about ... Read more
A few people have asked me how the cherimoya that DD and I bought last week tasted. Let's just say...not a fan!
I looked up the fruit on the internet and learned that it is also called a "custard apple" because it's texture is supposed to b... Read more
The Great Grocery Shopping Extravaganza!
I hate grocery shopping. I really do. But I KNOW that if I don't go into the work week with healthy options for lunch, I will end up bingeing. As an added incentive, my DD's pediatrician told me Friday that the reason DD has been getting dizzy... Read more
Last night was my DD's "Sweet 16" party. It was a night of accomplishment and choices that perhaps could have been better. The good: I spent the whole day cleaning ... Read more
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It was a productive day for me! Writing my goals down just for today instead of the whole month definitel... Read more