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Good Morning from Colorado

Thursday, April 28, 2016      15 comments

Many of my Spark friends know I have been in Colorado to help our son who broke his leg a few weeks ago. He had surgery last Friday and came through it. It has a terrifying twist because in the surgery he had an allergic reaction to the anesth... Read more

Time to Renew My Focus

Sunday, April 17, 2016      15 comments

It's been a harder week for me than usual. My son broke his leg skiing and will have surgery next week. He's making his career in Outdoor Education so this leg deal is key but all news points in a positive direction (leg is fixable), though he... Read more

Activity Takes Many Forms

Thursday, March 31, 2016      13 comments

Just sharing a family shot from Easter morning. It was chilly, thus the coats. It was drizzling, thus the plastic bags. Still, we had fun. Can't beat that! Two of my grandchildren with my husband and I, after the scamper around the yard... Read more

It's Blooming Springtime!

Friday, March 25, 2016      19 comments

I've been impatient for my Forsythia to bloom, but here they are, lighting up our side yard. Looking at the stand gives me an energy surge. It's time to get moving again! Happy Spring to all and Happy Easter to those who celebrate. ... Read more

A Sweet Clip on Why Mindfulness Is So Helpful

Thursday, March 10, 2016      10 comments

I loved this little youtube video on mindfulness. It reminded me why being mindful is so important. To view, copy and paste the link below into your browser. It's called How Mindfulness Empowers Us. (I could not get the link to work with... Read more

The Gym Is Not Calling

Tuesday, March 08, 2016      20 comments

It's going to be a pretty day here and while it's my day to hit the gym, I'm playing hookie. Call it spring fever, call it common sense, but when it's nice (and sometimes when it's not) I just want to be outside. You? Read more

Distorted Body Image: A Little Turnaround

Sunday, February 21, 2016      31 comments

Last week I was able to ski in Colorado with my family. It was the first time I'd been on skis for 8 years and I skied one full day. At 68 I hung out with my family, had a few thrills, no falls and felt like a million bucks. Then I saw the pic... Read more

A Memoir about Binging

Sunday, February 07, 2016      20 comments

I just read It Was Me All Along: A Memoir, by Andie Mitchell. I enjoyed this book, a story about a young woman who grows up overweight and continues to put on pounds through college until she becomes morbidly obese. The story about what ... Read more

A Little Straight Talk to Self

Thursday, February 04, 2016      18 comments

My weight spiked up this week and my first thought is to buckle down, give myself some tough advice, and feel bad. Because I do. This is not a path I want to walk. I showed up this morning to check in and recommit to my goals. That's a... Read more

What Are We Posting?

Thursday, January 28, 2016      25 comments

I hope it's not too political to say that I think this US election cycle for the presidency is just too darn long. But perhaps that isn't so much the problem as the vitriol and high emotion that is so common in almost all reporting right now. I... Read more

My "Go To" Smoothie Recipe

Thursday, January 14, 2016      18 comments

I've discovered that if I drink a high protein smoothie after strength training I have minimal initial soreness and DOM (delayed onset muscles soreness). Of course pacing my workouts so I don't over exert is also important, but I do like to thi... Read more

For Everyone Who "Sparks" Before Dawn

Saturday, January 09, 2016      17 comments

I think this is why I so need a quiet morning to jump start my day! Happy Friday everyone. ... Read more

We Gotta Laugh

Tuesday, December 29, 2015      15 comments

So here we are with cookies still around, chocolate gifts, and hey, a whole half quart of whipping cream for... Hmmmm Well it's gotta go. All of it. Ho, ho, ho....off it goes... Where do you take your goodies when you need them ... Read more

All I Want For Christmas

Tuesday, December 22, 2015      17 comments

I found this picture on line and for me, it rings so true. To be present on this amazing planet with people I care about is such a gift. To be active and healthy and committed to doing the best I can in life is grand. Those are my most heart ... Read more

I've Been Gifted

Saturday, December 12, 2015      17 comments

I feel so fortunate right now. Last week we traveled to St John with our daughter and 9 year old grandson. He has a busy life, like most young people these days. Lots of activities and lots of homework. Until this past week I felt like I har... Read more


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