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What if Weight Didn't Exist?
Thursday, December 15, 2016      9 comments

SparkCoach suggested an blog topic -- if the scales and weight didn't exist, how would you measure success? This was really interesting to me, as I am looking at setting my goals for 2017. Weight loss was NOT a success for me last year, but in m... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Shaking Up My Program!
Saturday, December 10, 2016      15 comments

Today SparkCoach suggested blogging about adding new challenges to my exercise program. And I had just been thinking about shaking up my program overall. Due to health challenges (thyroid levels off) I gained weight over the past 6 months, and I... Read more
Remembering Dad, and Pearl Harbor
Wednesday, December 07, 2016      7 comments

Today is Pearl Harbor Day, and the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor is bringing back memories of my Dad. Dad passed away 25 years ago; he died peacefully at home under hospice care. But 75 years ago, he was a new naval enlistee statione... Read more
First Ski of the Season!
Thursday, December 01, 2016      8 comments

Woo hoo, I really had fun skiing today! 5 of us drove to Mount Bachelor in Central Oregon, and we skied out to Dutchman Flat (away from the machine groomed trails). It was a lot of fun, and the snow was great. I took my own car because I wanted ... Read more
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
Tuesday, November 29, 2016      5 comments

SparkCoach suggested blogging today about common excuses for avoiding exercise, and how to overcome those excuses. This was very timely for me, because yesterday I was exhausted and did my minimum amount of exercise. Here are MY most common excu... Read more
Thanksgiving Visit to Phoenix
Monday, November 28, 2016      8 comments

My Thanksgiving visit to Phoenix was delightful. My brother invited me (from Oregon) and my sister (from her temporary job assignment in Louisiana). Geoff and his wife were wonderful hosts. ... Read more
Staying Motivated
Tuesday, November 22, 2016      5 comments

SparkCoach suggested blogging about how to stay motivated for the long haul. Many of us enter our diet and fitness programs with a rush of enthusiasm, but it takes a lot of time to see results. And sometimes it is HARD to stay motivated. (Right ... Read more
Four Hikes this Week! And, a Message to Men...
Sunday, November 13, 2016      7 comments

I'm going to start with a personal heartfelt plea to men. (I'm giving this same message personally to the men in my life). Please, please, please, take care of your health. INCLUDING getting prostate exams on schedule, and following up with resu... Read more
Nice Hike, and New Garage Door!
Wednesday, November 09, 2016      6 comments

I enjoyed a nice hike today with my friend Pat; we hiked a loop that is about 5 miles long and includes some uphill. Pat's final chemo treatment is next week; she is an avid hiker who has kept hiking throughout her breast cancer surgery and chem... Read more
Hike to Badlands Rock
Thursday, November 03, 2016      5 comments

On Tuesday, H & I hiked to Badlands Rock. The hike was about 6 miles through volcanic terrain (sandy ash, lava and basalt formations). It was a glorious day after the rain. At the start of our hike, little bluebirds flitted from juniper trees to... Read more
Rain, Hiking, and Stress Reduction
Sunday, October 30, 2016      5 comments

Most of you know that I LOVE hiking. It really helps me reduce stress, and to focus on the important things in life -- the beauty around me, and good friends. I hiked the Dry River Canyon in the Badlands area (in Central Oregon, where I liv... Read more
Hiking between Rainstorms
Wednesday, October 26, 2016      8 comments

I enjoyed hiking today with my friend H; it was my first real hike in 3 weeks (I was suffering from a bad case of poison oak). She had been unable to hike for even longer due to a strained back muscle. We hiked about 4 miles in the historic cana... Read more
Bathroom Remodel is DONE!
Saturday, October 22, 2016      12 comments

My guest bathroom remodel is finally done! I'm very pleased with the results. I did not completely gut it and redo everything, but I think my lower cost remodel looks great! I used a contractor for most of the work, but as always there was quit... Read more
Making Weight Loss/Fitness an Adventure!
Friday, October 21, 2016      8 comments

SparkCoach suggested blogging about how to make weight loss and fitness a fun and exciting adventure, instead of a long slog of deprivation and chores. So I thought about the ways that I personally use to keep fitness fun, and what additional th... Read more
Outside my Window
Monday, October 10, 2016      12 comments

Guess who was visiting the Celtic cross outside my bedroom sliding door? ... Read more

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