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AND Another Thing
Sunday, May 26, 2013      2 comments

Boredom is a waste of life. An idiotic choice. STOP making it!!!!!! ... Read more
10 Things to Do Instead of Eating Out of Boredom
Sunday, May 26, 2013      3 comments

1. Blog. 2. Declutter a small space. 3. Rearrange a closet. 4. Scrub a tub. 5. Go outside. 6. Wander in the garden. 7. Weed the garden. 8. Call your sister. 9. Move your body. 10. Put on Pandora and dance.... Read more
One Year of Spark Taught Me to Be Me
Saturday, July 14, 2012      5 comments

What have I learned in my first year with SparkPeople? It might be easier to answer, "What haven't I learned?" At age 51, I can finally say I've learned to take care of myself in a loving way. I've learned to believe in myself and trust... Read more
Blessing Received
Sunday, May 06, 2012      2 comments

Some form of this poem came to me as I was out running this morning. Without Spark, the opportunity to feel such gratitude would have been missed, so I am sharing with anyone who cares to read it: Blessing Received I have seen a bea... Read more
No One Took Anything from Me . . . But Me
Sunday, March 04, 2012      4 comments

“See that woman?” My sister or I would say to each other, whispering conspiratorially. “She stole my body.” The listening sister would nod, understanding perfectly as she looked upon the perfection that walked toward or away from the tw... Read more
Once Upon a Time, Spark Saved My Life
Sunday, February 12, 2012      6 comments

Once upon a time, there was an overweight Sally, one who hated her body and felt ashamed to be seen in it. She wouldn’t go to the doctor for a physical. She couldn’t. The thought of voluntarily getting on the scale mortified her. She knew sh... Read more
Epic Test Results in Epic “Fail”
Friday, December 30, 2011      5 comments

My kids would say it that way. “Fail” has become the noun form of the word to today’s teens, and anything beyond the ordinary is “epic.” So, what did I fail at epically? Remember how I wrote about benchmark testing about a week ago? At th... Read more
My Lifestyle Learning Benchmark
Sunday, December 18, 2011      2 comments

Modern teachers and probably parents know all about benchmarking. Schools administer year-end grade level tests in all subjects at the beginning, middle and end of every year. It is how we measure learning growth and see which students need he... Read more
Blogging's Just Thinking Out Loud
Tuesday, December 06, 2011      0 comments

And I haven't done nearly enough of it lately. Worry not. I'm not venturing into the dreaded "Should Zone." As soon as I lay a should on me, I know I'm NOT going to want to do something. Actually, when I don't blog, I find myself thinking of... Read more
Met a Major Goal
Saturday, November 12, 2011      6 comments

When I started Spark on July 10, 2011, I set two major weight loss goals for myself: Lose 30 pounds by February 5, 2012 Lose another 20 pounds after meeting the first goal. I can happily report that I've met the first goal: As of... Read more
Happiest Halloween in a LOOOOONG Time!
Monday, October 31, 2011      5 comments

Today, I had my first physical in several years. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’m honestly not very well educated about how to take care of a post-menopausal body. My doctor told me today, that, although a pap is not necessary annually, sh... Read more
Not Really a Blog--Just a Question. I'd Love Your Answers Please
Saturday, October 29, 2011      4 comments

I don't understand: If I'm getting my minutes in--more than in--why am I behind on Calories Burned for the week?! I noticed a few weeks ago that I didn't seem to be burning calories as fast as I had, according to Spark, but I thought it had some... Read more
Found a Missed Opportunity
Thursday, October 27, 2011      1 comments

Spark has made me into an opportunist. Constantly on the lookout for chances or excuses to exercise, I rise early to walk 2 miles before showering for school, walk as fast as I can everywhere I can during the school day and volunteer to ride b... Read more
My Spark Might Be Spreading
Saturday, October 22, 2011      2 comments

People I love are joining Spark! They're familiarizing themselves with the site and the philosophy, and they are starting to make changes in the ways they take care of their bodies. Some are starting to see success on the scale, and voices sou... Read more
Fat: It’s WHAT I Am (Soon to Be What I Was); It Is Not WHO I Am
Saturday, October 15, 2011      7 comments

Someone’s blog title sparked that thought earlier today. I can’t say which title to whose blog, but I wish I could. Fat is not WHO I am, I realized as I was reflecting on how 25 (out of 40 to 50) pounds have come off with relative ease. I kno... Read more

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