"I finish up my coffee; it's time to catch the train" -- Suzanne Vega
I know for a lot of us, holidays can be difficult, especially big food holidays (okay, that's most of them). So I went into today – Thanksgiving – with a solid plan. And I must say, I'm feeling pretty proud of myself.
I had planned to go ... Read more
"A full commitment's what I'm thinking of" -- Rick Astley
It’s amazing what a difference can be made by slowing myself down for ten minutes.
My life has continued to feel frenetic between work pace significantly picking up (and infringing on my personal time) and travel. It can be easy to let mys... Read more
"Honey, I know, I know, I know times are changing; it's time we all reach out for something new"
Life is a series of ebbs and flows. Some are easy to enjoy (birthdays, vacations) while some are harder to see the light through (family illness, job instability).
Some periods of waves lead to you (okay, me) standing i... Read more
"Hold me now, warm my heart; stay with me, let loving start" - Thompson Twins
I don’t believe in fresh starts. I believe that life is a bit more continuous than that and that rather than having to start a whole new book, sometimes we just need to turn the page or move on to the next chapter. With the lack of mindfulness... Read more
"Daylight licked me into shape - I must have been asleep for days" - The Cure
I've had a blog entry in my head for the last several days but haven't actually gotten to sit down and write it out.
My life has been chaos for the last week and a half or so. I don't want to get too in-depth but I was on vacation, came ho... Read more
"We're choosing the path between the stars, I'll leave my love between the stars" - David Bowie
Last night I had a party to go to. At the last minute my husband decided not to come. I hadn’t had enough down-time over the weekend. It was a long drive to get to the party. I was tired.
As I drove to the party – hitting traffic along the... Read more
"Can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life" - Foreigner
In our society, we often get lost in the details and forget about where we’re actually headed. We forget to acknowledge where we’ve come from and what we’ve accomplished, both in ourselves and in others.
I’ve had two experiences in the las... Read more
"We're the kids in America, everybody live for the music-go-round" - Kim Wilde
I was lucky enough to be a kid growing up in Suburbia in the US in the 80s. I stayed out until dark with my friends (and by friends I mean every single kid in the neighborhood). We'd ride bikes and play tag. We'd find magic in everything from... Read more
"Now there's no looking forward, now there's no turning back" -- Pat Benatar
I feel strong and proud.
The scale has yet to recognize my efforts, but it will come in time, no doubt. And my body is definitely changing.
Since my last blog, I started working really hard to reach my goals and very quickly that hard... Read more
"Here I am, rock you like a hurricane" - Scorpions
On 5/12, I re-dedicated myself to my SparkJourney after a bit of a detour. I know it’s only been a week and a half and that it’s fairly “easy” to commit for the short-term, but already I’m feeling my strength – mental and physical – returning, ... Read more
"You've been hiding, never letting it show, always trying to keep it under control" -- Heart
Yesterday was one of those work days that was long, difficult, and stressful. There have been a lot of those lately (aside from when I was on my amazing vacations, of course). In the best of times, I'm usually snacky mid-afternoon but on *thos... Read more
"I don't know what to do - I'm always in the dark, living in a powder keg and giving off sparks"
It’s funny to look back on where I was at in terms of health a year ago and see where I’ve been the last few weeks. My blogs about putting one foot in front of the other and “fake it ‘til you ma... Read more
You should know, everywhere I go, you're always on my mind, in my heart, in my soul" -- Chicago
This time last year I did my first two timed 5Ks. The first I choked and walked a good part of. The second was a fundraiser for the agency I work at. I had trained, I was determined. It was incredibly difficult, but I made it! It was amazin... Read more
"Anticipation's running through me, let's find the key and turn this engine on" – Eddie Money
I've written before about how I feel after a long run. My energy is high and I feel like, no matter what happens, I've had success in my day because the hardest part of my day has been complete. I feel like nothing can stop me.
That is th... Read more
“I'm addicted to you, baby. You're a hard habit to break” -- Chicago
It’s remarkable how well pattern creates habit.
I remember in September of 2012 completing the Health Starts Here 30 day challenge, more in support of a friend who was coordinating the challenge than anything else. 30 days of no oil, no su... Read more
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