Cairo, January 2011
Sunday, January 11, 2015      12 comments

Today's email from an old friend stirred-up some memories about my trip to Egypt. I was there exactly four years ago. It was actually never my intention to go to Egypt. The trip was a course requirement for my doctoral program. Not only am... Read more
check-ups, tune-ups, and plans
Friday, January 02, 2015      14 comments

I am worried / concerned about losing weight too fast despite having recently increased my calories by 100 per day (begun in early November, I think). The results continue to be the same (2.5 pounds per week every week) and this is starting to f... Read more
blogging and learning
Tuesday, December 23, 2014      8 comments

I know blogging is good for me. Putting myself 'out there' is a terrifying act, but the amazing feed-back and support I get from my SP buddies makes it all worth while. I swore to myself that I would blog once a week. But here it is 5 weeks lat... Read more
soap-box and suspicion
Friday, November 14, 2014      21 comments

I keep reading about the idea of reorienting our values here at SP, in blogs and articles: "Be more upbeat!" or "love yourself!" or "stop that negative self-talk!" While I agree wholeheartedly in theory with these very well-intentioned exhortati... Read more
Sunday, October 26, 2014      17 comments

My Spark-page clearly states that I am an atheist. It neglects to point out that I was raised in a strict Roman Catholic environment by French parents (English is my second language)------I've been baptized, communionized, and confirmed. My page... Read more
Making my bed and lying in it
Tuesday, October 21, 2014      14 comments

Some decisions are easy enough to make: the gym or the track, the ballet or the theatre, red wine or white, cupcake or no cupcake, etc ... Other decisions, however, constitute much more of a struggle: marriage, a change of career, having a child... Read more
Blogs and writer's block
Sunday, October 12, 2014      18 comments

I have come to realize that I am content-challenged when it comes to blogging. I don't have some gripping on-going drama in my life that needs constant updating. I can't blab about my offspring since I don't have any. I can't provide anecdotes a... Read more
Halloween and Hail Mary
Tuesday, September 30, 2014      20 comments

Please note that this blog is not about the Lord or any of his relatives. This blog is about my cat (yes, I am one of 'those' people). I realize cats aren't everyone's cup of tea, so you can choose to either continue reading or make an escape! ... Read more
weigh-in #4
Wednesday, September 24, 2014      14 comments

Today was my monthly weigh-in day. I lost 11 pounds this month, which I'm very happy about. I changed-up my fitness routine about a month ago. I increased the intensity of my work-outs----mostly running----while radically decreasing the am... Read more
Sunday, September 21, 2014      5 comments

I woke up early this Sunday morning (5:30 AM) because it is "go to the gym" day. It was a gorgeous morning. Cool, but not too cool. Misty and just slightly drizzly-----the kind of weather I have every day at my imaginary dream-cottage on the coa... Read more
Hibernation SP-style
Sunday, September 14, 2014      8 comments

I hit the gym yesterday morning for the first time since I've been in this city. The gym is on campus and is state-of-the-art. It is also typical of gyms everywhere: dull, drab, windowless, and odd-smelling. There are two cardio rooms: one on th... Read more
What's happening to me?
Tuesday, September 09, 2014      13 comments

I joined SP a little over 3 months ago--------May 24th, to be precise. When I hit the "register" button, I must have really made some sort of unconscious commitment to the program. But I don't remember actually deciding to make a serious commitm... Read more
sunrises and spandex
Sunday, September 07, 2014      6 comments

Like many of you, I live in a big city. I do not live in the suburbs, though. I live right smack in the downtown core. The area is crowded, smelly, noisy and always alive. There is a park across the street, sandwiched between tall buildings. ... Read more
Blogging and root canals
Thursday, September 04, 2014      10 comments

I hadn't planned on a weight-loss journey. For the 1.5 years prior to my joining SP, I had been holed-up in the library, studying like a maniac, and living in a state of constant unhealthy dread because of my upcoming major comprehensive exa... Read more