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A Nice Day To End The Week
Saturday, August 25, 2018      19 comments

It's been a week! Work challenges. My dad was diagnosed with prostrate cancer and the news about the abduction and murder of Mollie Tibbetts rocked me. To stay active, I walk, I ride a motorcycle, I run and I ride a bicycle. It hurts my heart wh... Read more
Positive Self Talk
Saturday, August 11, 2018      14 comments

I've done multiple 5Ks, 10Ks, 2 15Ks, 3 half marathons. I've improved some yoga poses... lizard, half frog, three-legged dog, pigeon, when years ago I never ever imagined any of this stuff was anywhere in the realm of possibility for me. So... Read more
I'm Just a Child Of Nature
Monday, August 06, 2018      17 comments

I often blog about how nature moves me. Since I've recommitted to Spark Coach to conquer my plateau, I'm finding inspiration outdoors around nature. I went for a run at the Arboretum again this past Saturday. My running group wasn't going b... Read more
Lessons Learned From Nature
Saturday, July 28, 2018      15 comments

I had a lovely six-mile run on a local path this morning. It was a cool and sunny morning. There were people from all walks of life walking, running and riding bikes. I saw birds, bees, wild flowers, water and a bunny who sat very still un... Read more
I'm Changing It Up
Saturday, July 21, 2018      14 comments

As some of you read in my last blog, I got back into the SparkCoach program since I've been spending most of the past year plateauing! By the way, to those of you that stopped by that last blog, thank you SO much for propelling it to popula... Read more
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Monday, July 09, 2018      93 comments

During a hiatus from Spark several years ago, I received an email about a free trial for Spark Coach and thought, 'let me get back on there and try again.' It was a turning point for me that helped me finally reach my goal weight, five year... Read more
Chicago Proud To Run 10K
Saturday, June 23, 2018      12 comments

Another Proud race during pride weekend is in the books. There were some challenges. I very much dislike getting up at 4am on a Saturday. I very much dislike the long drive into the city. I very much miss my daughter who normally runs... Read more
The Spark Effect
Saturday, June 09, 2018      14 comments

I joined Spark in 2009 when I had trouble losing the last 10 pounds (of about 30 pounds) or so that I was having trouble losing on my own. I slacked off for a while, thinking 'okay, I've got this now'. I lost weight and put it back on AGAI... Read more
Quarryman Challenge
Saturday, May 12, 2018      6 comments

The Quarryman Challenge 2018 is in the books. Not exactly how I planned it but I got it done. I've done this 5K the last three years. Last year I placed 2nd in my age group and female middle of the pack (I had the middle time out of all fem... Read more
Race to Wrigley
Sunday, May 06, 2018      10 comments

Enjoying some downtime on this lovely Sunday late afternoon. It's been quite a weekend. My feet are up, I had a warm washrag on my face earlier for a few minutes and now just veggin! Friday I worked off the week with a sweaty five-mile walk... Read more
Thursdays and Yoga
Thursday, May 03, 2018      12 comments

As Beau Bridges said in the movie Rumor Has It, "Life has to be a little nuts sometimes. Otherwise it's just a bunch of Thursdays strung together." In my last blog I noted I was worried about my dad. Today's procedure showed no cancer, just... Read more
Monday, April 30, 2018      11 comments

Here we are at another Monday. Time to write a new chapter as we wrap up April. Some goals reached, some not, but always progress. I completed a half marathon last week that I didn't expect to happen since injuring myself earlier this ... Read more
Just Do It
Sunday, April 22, 2018      16 comments

It's been a week of stepping outside my comfort zone with great results. I had a bad case of the Mondays recently. Do you ever sit at your desk and your eyes start drooping for no reason, and your motivation just tanks?? The weather was aw... Read more
I Run For Charity
Sunday, April 08, 2018      12 comments

Yesterday was my second post-injury 5K, the 4th annual Shake it Off 5K for Parkinson's research. It's organized by a man in my running group who has been battling Parkinson's for several years. He and his wife are tireless crusaders to rais... Read more
Owning It
Thursday, April 05, 2018      13 comments

Did you hear, yesterday was Portillo's 55th anniversary?! To celebrate, they were selling slices of their famous, delicious, heavenly, amazing, melt-in-your mouth chocolate cake for .55! DH and I have been busy and didn't plan dinner. Since... Read more

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