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Santa Obscura Christmas Miracle
Monday, December 21, 2020      3 comments

All ready for my Santa Obscura 5k! The bright green Santa pack on my back is full of hand knit hats and chocolates for my friends and neighbors! (45 ... Read more
Six Personal Records
Saturday, December 12, 2020      9 comments

I went out for a windy chilly Wisconsin afternoon run and somehow set SIX personal records! Thoughts: 1) Honestly I cannot tell a good run from a bad one while I'm running. Except on the rare occasion that I am over dressed, they all feel am... Read more
My longest run EVER! And discovering Chi-Running.
Sunday, November 29, 2020      10 comments

I just made it to a BIG GOAL!! 4.8 miles! Ive been running every other day since Memorial Day. When I started I was only jogging in 60 second bursts with 90 second walks in between. My big running goal of the year was to run this loop witho... Read more
Brief and Brilliant Blog
Monday, November 09, 2020      7 comments

I woke up to a new truth about myself. For me, running makes losing weight easier and losing weight makes running easier. That's all. Have a sparky day! Maud... Read more
"By New Years" resolutions
Friday, November 06, 2020      4 comments

Holy cripes! New Years Day is only 8 weeks from today! I've decided to make some By New Years resolutions - goals to be reached by January 1, 2021. The ones I make on New Years Day are usually grand and often soon forgotten. Setting go... Read more
Shhh.... I have a covid lock-down secret
Thursday, November 05, 2020      9 comments

So I have been working at home and really haven't gone out for much of anything besides curbside pickups at Aldi and the hardware store for the past eight months. Besides that I have a weekly team zoom meeting and have seen only 4 or 5 people i... Read more
Fun BMI visualizer!
Monday, November 02, 2020      7 comments

Well lookie what I found on the internet. It is a BMI visualizer. You can give it your age, sex, height and weight and it will not only will it show you where you are on the "severely underweight to morbidly obese" scale, it gives you a comput... Read more
Can I tell you about my running?
Wednesday, October 28, 2020      9 comments

Normally I am not self-conscious at all. It never crosses my mind that someone might be watching or judging me. I am joyously oblivious if anyone thinks I don't belong or am not doing something the way I "should" be doing it. Like water off a ... Read more
6 month check up with my doctor!
Tuesday, October 20, 2020      12 comments

So six months ago, after years of on and off sparking, I got the cholestorol talk from my doctor. Sigh, my early lockdown stress diet of sausage and ice cream showed up more than I had thought possible. It was the first time I've ever gotten "t... Read more
New Weight Loss Tool - Before & After!
Tuesday, October 06, 2020      14 comments

Hey all! So guess what? I bought a new refrigerator! When I bought my little house four years ago, it came with a massive refrigerator-for-eight. My house is only 690 square feet and not only did my refrigerator eat up 11 of those ... Read more
Sleepless in Stevens Point
Monday, September 28, 2020      6 comments

Oh my stars and circadian rhythms! I have no idea why but I didn't sleep a single wink last night. This is so outside of my character. Normally I go to bed at 9:30 and get up without an alarm at 5:30. I am so much more a morning person. Norm... Read more
MetaSpark
Saturday, September 26, 2020      8 comments

So I'm going to be a little meta today and talk about Sparkpeople. Back in 2010 I joined and really got sucked in by all the support and optimism of the community. I also loved the gamification, streaks and reports. The thrill of spinning... Read more
Falling off and Bouncing Back onto the Wagon.
Monday, September 21, 2020      9 comments

After 120 days of near sparkiness perfection I fell off the wagon. Actually I did a Esther Williams style swan dive of joy off the wagon! I saw it coming, decided that I was going to indulge in everything and anything to my heart's content. ... Read more
Not Stress Eating
Thursday, September 17, 2020      8 comments

Just a little background. I was married for 30 years. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. My wasband, as I call him now, suffered from a lifetime of gender dysphoria and the shame and self-loathing spilled over onto me. Aft... Read more
The Packer Challenge
Monday, September 14, 2020      3 comments

Some think Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas as the triathlon of food temptations. But not me. I can get through these by being sensible and portioning/logging every morsel. I know I will go over my 1500 calories but I also know I wont go... Read more

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