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Living into the Season

Thursday, December 18, 2014      0 comments

Yesterday I had lunch with a group of friends in my writing group. It was festive and fun. We know each other's stories and have shared a lot over several years now. Being together is a treat. As we were leaving a few of us were talking in t... Read more

Setting My Mood by the Number(s)

Sunday, December 14, 2014      11 comments

At check-in with Spark every morning I score my mood on my start page. It the past I’d consider how I was feeling right then—usually at 5:30 am--and give myself a score. Typically I’d pick a score between 7 and 8. For me that meant I was feel... Read more

There Will Probably Be Another Meal

Thursday, November 20, 2014      15 comments

When I am eating something the I really enjoy I try to remind myself that this is probably not my last meal of "it." I will have another opportunity at some point to eat and enjoy it or something equally as enjoyable. In other words I eat a re... Read more

Looking for an Apology?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014      12 comments

I have been taking an on line class that poses powerful questions, life changing questions, every other day or so. Yesterday this one came up: I realized that I was s... Read more

Putting My Stamp on Today

Thursday, November 06, 2014      13 comments

I drove to the gym this morning at 5:45. It was dark and raining. I felt intrepid as I drove down a suburban street on my way to the fitness center even though I was sipping French Roast and listening to music. Then I saw a man in reflective ... Read more

Four Miles on a Country Road

Sunday, October 19, 2014      16 comments

Somedays are better than others for lacing up my walking shoes and getting outside. This weekend has been glorious. One of my goals on Spark is to get outside every day. I do mean everyday, even when the weather is not the best. Getting out t... Read more

Glad to Be a Healthy Nana

Sunday, October 12, 2014      9 comments

When I started Spark my goal was to be healthy for my 4 grandchildren. So far so good, except that now I have 6!! Here is our newest little one, Jackson, with me and my DH. Read more

A Healthy Day at the State Fair?

Monday, September 29, 2014      10 comments

Yesterday my husbnd and I went with my stepdaughter and grandchildren to the Virginia State Fair. What a terrific day. The children loved the rides the best, of course. I remember how great it felt to be given the freedom to go into the ride ... Read more

Add Fun to My 'To Do' List? Really?

Friday, September 26, 2014      15 comments

I got a suggestion yesterday (in an on-line class) to look at my 'to do' list for the day, to scratch half of it and add one item of "fun." It could be anything. Sticking a flower in a vase, drawing a picture, painting my nails... I rea... Read more

Maintaining as Summer Departs and Fall and Winter Arrive

Thursday, September 18, 2014      8 comments

As September moves all too quickly toward October I am thinking about fall and winter weight gain. It is tempting to cling to the lovely fruit and veggie meals of summer, but I noticed lately that local peaches and nectarines have lost their hea... Read more

Remembering 9-11

Thursday, September 11, 2014      8 comments

Thinking of this date as my husband and I travel to NYC today to visit our son who works in Brooklyn. He was in elementary school in a Washington DC suburb the day the towers were hit and the Pentagon as well. We live close enough to the Penta... Read more

It's the Little Things: Playing with my Spices

Thursday, August 28, 2014      16 comments

Twice a year I go through my spices and organize, re-alphabetize (no one in my house, including me seems to consistently put spices back where they belong!!) and evaluate my spice rack. Spices get old and stale and need to be tossed. Thi... Read more

The Fears I've Left Behind by Losing Weight & Maintaining

Thursday, August 07, 2014      18 comments

It struck me today that after a year and 11 months of healthy weight maintenance there are a bunch of things I no longer fear. I no longer fear the scale. Up a pound or down a pound, I know what to do. I no longer fear a pool party ... Read more

Under Promise and Over Deliver?

Friday, August 01, 2014      9 comments

Ever felt backed into a corner by work or a family member to get something accomplished? Or felt the need to do more until you were exhausted? I sure have. My PTA days come to mind! And in many other circumstances when I am thinking, "... Read more


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