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Getting Back to Maintenance
Thursday, May 25, 2017      35 comments

After four years of maintenance, the winter of 2016 hit and ever since I have continued to hover just above goal weight. I won't say those four years were easy but I was doing it. That's what made me fall in love with Spark. All the yo-yoi... Read more
Here Comes The Sun
Sunday, May 07, 2017      43 comments

A beautiful song written by George Harrison for the Beatles and it played in my head a couple times this weekend since we had a break from the rainy days! Studies show that spending time outdoors, in nature can.... Improve short-term m... Read more
Great American Grump Out Day
Wednesday, May 03, 2017      16 comments

I found that May 3rd is Great American Grump Out Day, a day to "focus on humor, self awareness and positive behaviors to lighten up the seriousness and stresses of the world for 24 hours.” It seems to have been created by Janice A Hathy, a... Read more
Sunday, April 23, 2017      38 comments

I had a couple minor challenges the last few days. I headed out for a six-mile run after work recently. I took the route that includes about a half mile steady incline at about the 1 1/2 mile mark. As I began the ascent, I came upon a lost dog, ... Read more
Slow Down
Saturday, April 15, 2017      21 comments

We live in a fast-paced, multi-tasking kind of world. But like Ferris Bueller said "life moves pretty fast. If you don't slow down once in a while, you could miss it." Today I attended a training run for a 5K I'm signed up for in May. It's... Read more
Tuesday, April 11, 2017      22 comments

This is the word of my week. The last couple weeks I have picked a theme for myself. I hadn't thought about doing it again this week but it just kind happened yesterday, to really start visualizing to change things. Visualize a pleasant me... Read more
And I'm Feelin Good
Tuesday, March 28, 2017      49 comments

You know the Michael Buble song.... Birds flyin high, you know how I feel Sun in the sky, you know how I feel Reeds driftin on by You know how I feel It's a new dawn It's a new day It's a new life For me And I'm feelin go... Read more
Post Vacation
Wednesday, March 22, 2017      20 comments

I'm off work the rest of the week after a five-day vacation in Cancun with DH, my daughter and her boyfriend, to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary which was last December. My son chose to stay home so as not to miss any Chicago Fire socc... Read more
Friday, March 10, 2017      42 comments

Winter has finally arrived. I did a New Year’s Day run with my running group on a sunny 40-degree day. We had 50-70 degree days last month and broke a record for no measurable snow during January and February. Tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day 5... Read more
3/4/17 - A Few Of My Favorite Things
Friday, March 03, 2017      41 comments

I had an interesting moment at my hair appointment tonight. Every once in a while, I get this young woman who spends about two minutes massaging my scalp, forehead and temples before rinsing out the shampoo. By the time she finishes rinsing my h... Read more
Eating Disorders Awareness Week
Tuesday, February 28, 2017      13 comments

On my One Day Challenge team, I try to set a challenge on Wednesdays to improve our wellness. As I approach Wednesday and thinking about what this week means to my family, I thought I'd blog a few thoughts on eating disorders. I have receiv... Read more
New Experiences
Sunday, February 26, 2017      23 comments

What is life without new experiences right? Mix it up, step outside your comfort zone, try something even if you fail right? At 40-something, I stepped outside my comfort zone and learned to ride a motorcycle. A couple years later I s... Read more
Here Comes the Sun
Sunday, February 19, 2017      15 comments

Mid 50s to low 60s... in February.... in Chicago. HOT DOG! It's been unseasonably warm and sunny for the past five days or so and this weekend was absolutely GLORIOUS! It was a weekend of plenty of activity and some resting. ww... Read more
Saturday, February 11, 2017      42 comments

I was reminded of this John Denver song today as I ran with my running group at our local Arboretum. It was an unusually warm and sunny February morning so it felt good not to overdress! I never used to think that there was anything beautif... Read more
Tidbit Tuesday
Tuesday, February 07, 2017      14 comments

~I'm Just Here to do the Super Bowl Shuffle.... Oh the day started out well with a local 5K with some members from my running group. I felt strong throughout the race.... until that hill. I pulled out the positive self talk to get me up the... Read more

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