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Positives for 2019
Tuesday, January 14, 2020      9 comments

It's that time of year when we reflect on the year past and make plans and goals for the year ahead. I have updated my goals on my SparkPage for 2020 and of course, began to feel bad about all the 2019 goals that I didn't meet. So I've decided t... Read more
Ten Years on Spark People!
Friday, January 10, 2020      18 comments

I've taken a few days off from work and the family has all returned home. (We had a wonderful week together with lots of fun and celebration.) The Christmas tree is undecorated and taken to the tree pile for later burning. The twelve days of Chr... Read more
Christmas Will Come
Tuesday, December 24, 2019      6 comments

This is the Christmas Eve message I will share tonight with my congregation at our service of Carols, Candles, and Communion. Wishing each of my dear Sparkfriends a blessed celebration! Christmas Will Come Some people say Christmas is ... Read more
I'm Still Here!
Sunday, December 15, 2019      12 comments

I just realized how long it's been since I wrote a blog. It made me think about something I once read about blogging. It was an author who said that she didn't blog because she only had so many words in her and she wanted to use them for her boo... Read more
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

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