Great idea from my kettlebell circuit class
Friday, July 11, 2014      10 comments

Today we did a variety of exercises based on a deck of cards. I really enjoyed the surprise of it - not knowing what would be next - and then the thought hit me that I could do the same thing at home, as could you, my spark friends. You would ne... Read more
4th Festivities
Sunday, July 06, 2014      10 comments

Had a wonderful holiday weekend. The weather has been terrific, if a bit cooler than normal, and my daughter came home for a visit. Here's a shot of us with my mother - three generations ("of awesome," according to a Facebook comment haha). ... Read more
Accountability vs. balance
Thursday, June 26, 2014      11 comments

I joined both the Biggest Loser summer challenge and the 5% summer challenge because I'm team oriented and the accountability will keep me motivated when/if my own goals get a little fuzzy or when/if I start self sabotaging. However, when ... Read more
A tracker tale
Thursday, June 19, 2014      11 comments

Like a lot of people, this isn't my first time on Spark and I have to admit that, in days past, I would use the tracker pretty religiously when I was "being good," but if I overindulged or had a flat out episode of bingeing, I did not track what... Read more
Recapping the week and reflecting on successes
Saturday, June 14, 2014      5 comments

It's been a very consistent week so hurray!! I've come to realize that, at least at this point in my life, my one and only obstacle to reaching and maintaining my happy weight is learning healthy stress management skills. Like many of us, ... Read more
BLC summer challenge goals
Tuesday, June 10, 2014      11 comments

I read a new Spark friend's great suggestion about goal setting to stay motivated. She recommended setting a weight goal, a nutrition goal and a fitness goal. I really like that idea so here goes: Weight - starting weight 131.5, goal weight... Read more
Free online program for emotional health and stress management
Sunday, June 08, 2014      3 comments

ndex.htm I will be using this site to help me deal with stress in a healthier way and may blog about the experience and share any insights I gain.... Read more
The skill I lack
Friday, June 06, 2014      2 comments

I'm strong on work out consistency, I have a lot of nutrition knowledge and the time and willingness to eat whole foods, I don't eat out much, my husband and I have a great relationship and he is very supportive of me. What I'm lacking is the ab... Read more
Coach Dean's words
Monday, May 26, 2014      2 comments

"From a psychological point of view, emotional "reality" is the product of whatever story you tell yourself about how things are and why you are the way you are. If you want (or need) to change your reality, then change the story you are telling... Read more
A new favorite pastime
Sunday, May 25, 2014      0 comments

...is to take a walk and listen to Pandora radio. What a great way to start the day! Today is absolutely perfect - sunny, low humidity, not a cloud in the sky AND I have the day off tomorrow too! I can get very impatient, wanting to fit ... Read more
Progress in 26 days of Sparking
Saturday, May 17, 2014      1 comments

I see that it's been 26 days now since I recommitted and starting logging food and workouts. Feeling really good and seeing progress. *No more lower back pain *Increased stamina *Jeans that were ridiculously tight now fit comfortably ... Read more
Serious food for thought
Friday, May 09, 2014      0 comments

Yesterday I attended a luncheon to honor centenarians - people who are 100 years or more old. What a cool event! And here was a point that a speaker made that was kind of mind blowing but made perfect sense once I thought about it. Statistically... Read more
Feeling so good!
Thursday, March 21, 2013      3 comments

Why? A combination of things where the sum is greater than the parts, I suspect: 1. Adding weights back in with the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution and doing additional cardio. 2. Doing the Deepak Chopra/Oprah 21 day perfect health me... Read more
The true value of health and fitness
Tuesday, November 08, 2011      0 comments

It took a diagnosis of cancer for me to really see why fitness is so important. I know that sounds silly but the truth is I was one vain chica and, in spite of all my talk about "energy" and "wellbeing," I watched what I ate and worked out so I ... Read more