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Evaluate: What Needs to Change?
Friday, February 10, 2017      5 comments

The scale should never be the only measurement used to track progress...but it is an indicator. At my job, we talk about triangulating data -- using at least three sources. Source 1: The scale I am back up to 155.4. This makes me f... Read more
5% Challenge: Revelations from Two Weeks of Work
Monday, January 30, 2017      11 comments

Thanks to the 5% Challenge, I am posting my weight to a thread each Saturday. This can be intimidating at first...until you realize that we are truly all in this together. Once over the intimidation factor, I discovered that tracking weigh-ins c... Read more
Recognize. Recover.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017      9 comments

Teachers around America are getting new students around this time of year. When semesters end and new classes start, our class lists become a mishmash of former faces and transferred ones. It's a bit stressful -- kind of like Day 1 all over -- a... Read more
A Wednesday Carol
Wednesday, January 04, 2017      8 comments

This is one of those moments where I can easily predict the future. The Ghost of Wednesday-Evening-Yet-to-Come has shown me what will occur later today: I work until 4:00 and get home at 4:30. I have no idea what to make for dinner so I thr... Read more
Got Bustle?
Sunday, January 01, 2017      6 comments

Remember the bustle? That lovely 19th century fashion statement for all wealthy ladies? I gotta say, I'd personally like to bring the bustle back int... Read more
This Will Be Funny Later
Wednesday, November 30, 2016      5 comments

A series of unfortunate events kicked off an evening that left me screaming Edvard Munch-style in my car today. 1. Stayed at work too long, creating a panic with my daughter who needed a ride to dance. 2. Got a Kohl's bill for $80...even ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts How I Learned That Tracking Matters
Sunday, November 27, 2016      137 comments

Sure, it's Thanksgiving weekend, and I didn't track my family get-together. Totally understandable, right? Ah, but here's the crux: I haven't actually tracked in a month. (I haven't weighed myself either -- let's not go there!) So tod... Read more
Singing Smoothie Praises
Thursday, October 06, 2016      2 comments

Over the weekend, my husband attended a nutritional seminar. He came home excited about a "new" concept: smoothies. "You've heard of smoothies?" he asked incredulously. "Well, yes. I mean, a smoothie is just a mix of--" "No, no. T... Read more
"Your A$$ is Huge"
Friday, July 29, 2016      12 comments

Got to admit, I'm still burning from my co-worker's comment on Monday: "I love you, but your a$$ is huge in those shorts," she had said while giggling. Here were my many internal reactions: Horrified -- OMG my butt is so big! Everyone... Read more
Summer Successes and Challenges
Tuesday, July 26, 2016      2 comments

Two months without a blog? You can tell my work laptop was turned in for the summer! Here's what's new: Successes: 1. Lots of fun with my family, including an adventure trip across Wisconsin, Minnesota, and South Dakota ending at Devil's ... Read more
Don't Call the Game Until It's Over
Monday, May 23, 2016      1 comments

My husband is guilty of calling the game the first time an opposing team scores. One touchdown during the first few minutes inevitably elicits an ominous prediction: "That's it. We're done. Might as well turn it off." Now, he does forget this pr... Read more
And...we're off!
Monday, May 16, 2016      4 comments

I feel like the starting gun has popped, and I am on my way! First, I have spent the last six weeks working uber-hard on a portfolio submission for the National Board Certification for teachers. Yes, it's a great endeavor, but I've let ever... Read more
Spring Arrives with New Beginnings!
Tuesday, April 12, 2016      1 comments

Ah, my dear Sparkfriends, spring is here, and the winter funk is dissolving more each day. I am back to tracking food -- and enjoying the challenge! -- and I plan to add in exercise in 15-minute intervals. My downfall has been an all-or-nothing ... Read more
It's Been A While...
Thursday, April 07, 2016      2 comments

...and that's okay. Because we're still here for each other. Because health and wellness is a journey. Because I'm back now. And I may come and go, but I'll always return.... Read more
What's My Spark?
Thursday, March 03, 2016      6 comments

I just read a great article about verbalizing your spark -- your motivation for a healthy life. I'm going to write as many as I can (good or bad). I want to eat well and exercise because... ...I'm a role model for my kids. I want them ... Read more

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