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Today I Am Thinking About Good Health
Friday, September 06, 2019      11 comments

Ten years ago, when I was 42, I had a health scare. I was pretty ill, and the potential diagnosis of colon cancer was a real possibility, along with Crone's Disease and other scary options. In the end, a colonoscopy revealed a large pocket of in... Read more
Time for a Check-Up
Wednesday, September 04, 2019      7 comments

September is the month I celebrate my maintenance anniversary on SparkPeople. It was in September of 2010 that I first made it down into my goal weight range, and it was in September a few years later that I reached my actual goal weight. ... Read more
My New Exercise Plan
Friday, August 16, 2019      9 comments

I did some running intervals in my walk this morning and felt good about it. I want to try to keep increasing my running but not to the point where it aggravates my painful hip. I struggle not to get down about the fact that 2 years ago, I was r... Read more
April Positives
Thursday, May 09, 2019      13 comments

I don't have a lot of time to write but I have been thinking about my blessings and positive health and fitness progress in April. Here goes: 1) I lost three pounds in April. For me, that's a good pace for weight loss. 2) I exercised ... Read more
Just the Facts, Ma'am
Friday, March 29, 2019      10 comments

After reaching my goal weight on Spark, (an achievement that made me so proud and happy and thankful) I managed to maintain in my goal range for seven years. Then I spent a couple of years in a bit of denial as life became crazy and fitness and ... Read more
What I Needed Tonight (And It Wasn't Brownies)
Saturday, March 02, 2019      11 comments

In my new calling as a pastor (about ten months now) I have performed several weddings, dressed as a superhero on a 4th of July float to promote Bible School, and many more firsts. But until this month, I had never performed a funeral. Now... Read more
A Big Fat Dose of Reality
Friday, February 01, 2019      6 comments

I'll bet most of you are familiar with all those "mind tricks" we play as we rationalize eating something--or too much of something. Here are a few of mine: "I've been doing so well." "It's just this once." "I'm home alone so no one wil... Read more
That Thing I Was Dreading Happened.
Thursday, January 24, 2019      11 comments

So this happened. My husband, Rick, who has been pre-diabetic for several years, has now crossed the line and has actual diabetes. He got this diagnosis Monday and today we met with a dietician and RN to learn how to manage the condition. He wil... Read more
Fleece vs. Fluff and a New Way of Eating
Monday, January 14, 2019      9 comments

So, I have been exercising much more consistently lately and it feels great. I'm not burning nearly the calories I was when I could run, and I have quite a ways to go to get back to the level I was at, but it's getting better every day. This mor... Read more
Sliding and Slacking
Saturday, November 03, 2018      9 comments

So I haven't been weighing myself very often and today I did. I'm up five pounds from one year ago, and eleven pounds over my goal weight. My BMI has just nudged over the line from normal to overweight. And I can tell. I'm squishy, and my pants ... Read more
The Wedding Photos
Thursday, September 13, 2018      14 comments

I promised wedding pictures and so, finally, here they are. It was a beautiful day, full of wonderful memories to cherish. Juliana and Jeremy were married in the church where Rick and I were married, 29 years earlier. It's still hard to believe ... Read more
Eight Years of Maintenance!
Thursday, September 06, 2018      9 comments

I received a few comments and goodies congratulating me on my Eight Year Maintenance anniversary and I was surprised. I have been pretty absent from Spark and hadn't even thought about this milestone. I feel a bit like an imposter since I have b... Read more
The Letdown
Thursday, July 26, 2018      9 comments

You all probably know that feeling of working and planning toward some goal or big event, and then the letdown feeling when it's all over. That's what I'm fighting right now. A wonderful party with 350 friends and relatives, plus all the kids a... Read more
I Am Ready.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018      11 comments

I have been a "Sparker" since February of 2010. More than eight years! That seems mind-boggling. In my first year on Spark, I got down to my goal range, though not to my actual goal. That took several more years, during which time I bounced up... Read more
My New Life
Sunday, May 20, 2018      8 comments

So much has changed in our lives since my last blog post! All I have time to do is summarize, and promise to be a more faithful blogger in the future. We sold our house, closing on May 1, and scrambled to get everything in that big house a... Read more

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