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Sometimes You Learn The Hard Way

Tuesday, February 02, 2010      11 comments

One of the benefits of being self employed is that you can set your own schedule. If you want to take a long weekend you can. It also means that after you have spent all day in the car you come home, change your clothes and go to a very late aft... Read more

The Past Is Past

Monday, February 01, 2010      7 comments

I drove over five hundred miles one way to see a band perform this weekend. They are not a band whose name you would recognize. I did it on a whim. Well okay, I planned it out for three weeks ahead of time but trust me ďI donít do things like t... Read more

Changing Slowly

Sunday, January 31, 2010      4 comments

I have gained so many wonderful Spark friends in the past seven week. I am so grateful for their encouragement and positive support. One of them gave me some advice last week that has stuck in my head and will not go away. That's a good thing!!!... Read more

Fate Smiles On Me......... Once Again

Saturday, January 30, 2010      8 comments

By the time we got ready to go yell surprise to my sister-in-law at the local pizza parlor, I was acting like I was about 12. I was hungry. I was tired and I was mad at the world because, well I was just mad at the world. Things didnt get b... Read more

A Good Motivator

Friday, January 29, 2010      5 comments

First a very sincere thanks to those who responded to yesterdays posting. I really felt the support and the encouragement. I "felt the love." Last night while I was drifting off to sleep I set two very long term goals for myself. I want to ... Read more

The Challenge Ahead

Thursday, January 28, 2010      6 comments

Tomorrow morning I venture into the world of the unhealthy. My wife and I begin a short winter vacation . Most people head south for such a venture but not us. We head north, where it's even colder. One of my wifes dear sisters is celebrati... Read more

A Most Valuable Lesson

Wednesday, January 27, 2010      4 comments

First a thousand apologies for feeling sorry for myself all over this blog posting yesterday. i walked around half of yesterday feeling not good and not bad but odd. I did my cardio, but never quite got the rush I normally get from it. I felt li... Read more

You Can Feel Bad If It Makes You Feel Better

Tuesday, January 26, 2010      3 comments

I am really proud of what I've accomplished in the past month or so. I am so proud that I feel guilty. While the exterior of me is gradually changing and I am becoming comfortable with changing the way I look at food and exercise I realized this... Read more

A Milestone of Sorts

Monday, January 25, 2010      5 comments

Most people are familiar with the story of Moses wandering in the desert for forty years looking for the Promised Land. What most people donít know is that the journey, on foot, from Point A to Point B takes approximately ten days. Moses never ... Read more

When It's Worth IT

Sunday, January 24, 2010      2 comments

I had one of "those" weeks. A lotta really good moments, a few shaky ones and a couple, "Oh my what do I do now." (I dont really say "oh my" but you get the point.) I fought off just chucking this all together: way to much to do and rememb... Read more

Enjoying The Journey

Saturday, January 23, 2010      5 comments

I woke up at three am this morning because I had a cramp in my left big toe. It hurt bad enough that I was fully awake. In five minutes the cramp was gone but I was still wide awake. I laid there for a bit letting all kinds of stuff float throug... Read more

Success Sometimes Comes At The Oddest Times

Friday, January 22, 2010      4 comments

Nashville, Tennessee is one of my favorite cities. I travel there on business frequently, being that it is only a two hour drive from home. I havent been their since I began the Spark journey a little over a month ago. As I pulled into the city ... Read more

Ya Cant Give What You Aint Got"

Thursday, January 21, 2010      4 comments

I believe I have created every excuse possible as to why I am over weight. Write me and I'll send you all of them. I quit smoking five years ago and my body never adjusted. I travel for a living and am forced to unhealthy food. (I have pictures ... Read more

Helping Others ----- A Challenge

Wednesday, January 20, 2010      4 comments

What has touched me more than anything is the real compassion and genuine support everyone here shows each other. I think it's often over looked as a real tool towards healthy living - - - as important as diet and exercise. Extending myself to a... Read more

Only If I Have To......

Tuesday, January 19, 2010      5 comments

When the alarm went off I was already behind. Tat did not make for a cheerful mood. I tumbled around, showering, getting dressed, doing all the routine stuff thats part of everyones morning. Over in the corner, sitting quietly, was my gym bag. L... Read more


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