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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


Monday, January 18, 2010      6 comments

I did not want to exercise this morning. The more I thought about it the angrier I got." How come I just cant think myself into shape?" I muttered. I listened to peppy music to get me psyched up. it didnt work. Read a few inspiration... Read more

That Time of Year

Wednesday, December 30, 2009      2 comments

I have a friend in West Virginia who is a gardener extraordinaire. People comment all the time how talented he must be. It seems he can get anything to grow well. Each year he produces a bumper crop of vegetables. I can tell you from firsthand e... Read more

Holiday Hangover Part One

Monday, December 28, 2009      1 comments

I survived. Actually I prospered!!! I ran the Christmas gauntlet and lost exactly four pounds over the past week. I could write ten thousand words on how I navigated holiday treats and the like, but I wont bore you. I got on the scale, did a mil... Read more

I Am Wondering If I Have Holes In My Feet

Sunday, December 20, 2009      2 comments

I weighed in this morning for the first time. I was sorta/kinda worried. What if I put weight on and the whole freakin' world gets to wag a finger under my nose. So there I stood in my under garments perched to get on the scale. Result: 9.4 poun... Read more

Chewing Nails

Wednesday, December 16, 2009      2 comments

Somewhere around 5 pm yesterday I hit a nasty wall. It was the one labeled "cookies, ckaes and pies." I had the ultimate sugar crave. It reminded me of when I quit smoking five years ago. I weathered the storm, got a bit petulant and unresonable... Read more

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