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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth about Maintenance

Monday, February 23, 2015      13 comments

I am coming to grips with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth about what it takes for me to maintain a healthy life style. The Good (news) is all the great information, the fabulous motivating friends, and the inspiring photos and ideas o... Read more

Snow Day

Tuesday, February 17, 2015      10 comments

It's a feet by the fire kind of day. First snowfall of the year where I live. (I know, Boston, you should be so fortunate). But with it comes a delightful pause in metro DC where we all know people could wisely spend a little more time pausin... Read more

A Spark-Like Food Fight

Friday, February 13, 2015      11 comments

Remember fighting over the biggest cookie? I sure do. And my husband, one of four boys, sure does as well. But lately something weird in a Sparky kind of way is happe... Read more


Saturday, February 07, 2015      16 comments

I borrowed a tool called a "Spiralizer" from a friend and have been experimenting with different vegetables. Last night it was beets: I roasted them and then tossed ... Read more


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      16 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      70 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

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