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Wednesday, January 28, 2015      12 comments

Keeping it short and sweet today. True this! ... Read more

I HAD NO IDEA: 4 Grams of Sugar in 1 Teaspoon

Tuesday, January 20, 2015      15 comments

Out of curiosity I just checked into how many grams of sugar there are in a teaspoon. I found out there were 4. And I am now in sugar shock. I HAD NO IDEA. Today I had some Dannon Greek Yogurt -- flavored and 0 fat -- but it has 19... Read more

Laxidaisical January

Thursday, January 08, 2015      12 comments

Wow, it's cold where I live this week. I actually slept in my work out tights last night just to add a layer under my night shirt. Handy when morning came because I was half ready to go to the gym. LOL. I'm fighting the laxidaisical tren... Read more

Healthy, Happy 2015!

Thursday, January 01, 2015      11 comments

The joy of having hung in with Spark for many years now--3 years in February to be exact--is that weight maintenance is my goal as the new year begins, not weight loss. It felt like a 'little miracle' last January 1, and it feels like a little ... Read more

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Living into the Season

Thursday, December 18, 2014      68 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      12 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      14 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

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