Learning and Loss
Loss, regardless of the cause, is one of the most profound feelings we, as humans, get to process. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was incredibly on point when she she published her key work so many years ago. The steps of grief are walked through by... Read more
It's Time to Come Clean With Myself!
I have happily been a SparkPeople member since August 1st, 2012. It is a wonderful program with such loving support. In many respects, SP saved my life. The people of the program helped me lose 210 pounds between my date of joining and August 1s... Read more
No Harm and No Excuses
So much to share and so much to include, but I will keep it to the most pertinent points. On the negative side, I have felt ill and had a cold since Christmas Day. This has played havoc with my weight and exercise plan. I have either been not ea... Read more
It's Time to Examine My Process
When I found out that my high school was having an All Years Reunion this year (a once every 4 years occurrence), I made the decision that, after having missed every other reunion in the 41 years since I graduated, I was going to go. Like the go... Read more
...you just have to allow yourself to breathe and just be... Today got to be one of those days. I sat near a waterfront park with a stellar view of Mt. Rainier and just let myself relax and take in the beauty of where I live. I don't allow mysel... Read more
The Joys of a Learning Curve
Every day I get to wake up it's a good thing! It is especially more awesome now that I have a wonderful partner who makes it his job that I know I am well appreciated and told frequently each day that I am loved. I didn't realize how much I miss... Read more
Finding Glimmers in the Soot
It has been a very problematic and trial filled last several months for me, especially as my sinus infection continues to linger into the end of its fourth month. There have been numerous other issues that have also made things complicated, not ... Read more
There has been a lot that has happened with me the last 6 months and I am having a very difficult time processing it all, accepting limitations I never thought I would have to face again, and dealing with health issues that were both unforeseen ... Read more
Being Sick Can Take A Toll on Progress!
It started as a slightly scratchy throat and a bit of head congestion the Monday before Thanksgiving. I figured it was no big deal and that I, as usual, would skate through it in a day or two. Holy Hannah was I wrong!
Here I sit, 7 weeks la... Read more
Finding a New Balance
It's funny how life can change direction on a dime. I blogged a while back about delving into a new relationship after being a widow for 8 years and how unnerving and exciting the prospects were for someone like me. To say that it has been a vas... Read more
I don't normally do this, but I have to say something...
The outcome of the election is nothing more than a statement that people are tired of the status quo. Whether or not you feel the results are good, bad, or indifferent, people are tired of being taken advantage of by a system that is extremely ... Read more
And So It Begins...
The new school year is in full bloom and the paperwork faerie has urped on my desk. Don't get me wrong, I am NOT complaining! I love what I do and thoroughly appreciate the students with whom I work. Each is such a unique being with his or her o... Read more
Preparing for the Unknown
Okay, I admit it... I am worried about the surgical procedure I have to have tomorrow. The thought of having things growing inside me, no matter how small, is terrifying in itself. The fact that they are outside of my immediate control certainl... Read more
Where did the time go?
I was reading a member's blog and congratulating her on her 500th day on SparkPeople and acknowledging the lessons she has learned when the question popped into my mind, "Just how long have you been on SP now?" I did some research and found a du... Read more
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Letting Myself Start to Love Again...
I'll be honest. Dating in your 50's is not exactly a bed of roses. As a matter of fact, I think it should require a helmet (for the number of times you'll want to slam your head into the wall over the audacity and sense of entitlement displayed ... Read more