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Starting Over
Monday, September 30, 2013      2 comments

I call this the Summer of Bronchitis. I have been so sick since about mid July. I got well enough to swim for one whole week near the end of August. Then my son and both grandgirls got sick in the following week, and I was sick again just... Read more
Touching Base
Monday, August 19, 2013      5 comments

The past three weeks I have been sidelined by illness. The upper respiratory infection I had was something I just couldn't get over. It turned into severe bronchitis that took me out of work for several days. There was an ear infection in the... Read more
July 2013 - It's Been One Hard Month
Tuesday, July 30, 2013      9 comments

I feel a bit like July has been a wasted month. I started off the month discouraged by the slow rate of change in the numbers on the scale. But I was seeing changes in my body, and worked to encourage myself to focus on those. That was a ... Read more
Back on the Positivity Train!
Monday, July 08, 2013      3 comments

Maybe I just really needed that long weekend to rest up, but I'm feeling quite positive and energized about my SparkJourney. I was concerned that the activity tracker was over-estimating the number of calories I burn swimming. So I found a... Read more
Keeping On - There's No Better Choice
Saturday, July 06, 2013      3 comments

I'm feeling better than I was when I wrote yesterday's blog entry. Thank you for all the kind words of support! Taking in your words, and taking some time to think helped a lot. I went to the pool and swam for an hour and fifteen minutes. I ... Read more
I Know I Shouldn't Compare...But
Friday, July 05, 2013      7 comments

I'm feeling somewhat down and frustrated. Two months I've been at this - tracking what I eat, weighing and measuring, staying in a weight loss calorie range every week, and swimming 1.5-2 hours 4 to 7 times a week. I'm working hard at this. A... Read more
Setting some real-life goals.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013      4 comments

I've been thinking a lot about goals lately. Numbers on a scale are, in a way, an abstract concept for me. I've been thinking more about things I'm looking forward to accomplishing as I get healthier- goals that I can picture enjoying. I ... Read more
Learning to Trust the Process
Friday, June 21, 2013      5 comments

I started Sparking on May 6th. But I was too scared to see how much I weighed, so I started with an estimated weight. It took three days to get up the courage to weigh myself. When I did, I discovered that I'd over-estimated my weight by 60 p... Read more
A Little Slip
Monday, May 27, 2013      3 comments

Okay, so late last night I over-did with "a little something sweet." What lessons can I learn from that? Well, I was probably over-tired. I'd been up early, had been very active that day, and was up past my normal bedtime. I'll have to... Read more
Sunday, May 26, 2013      3 comments

Without movement, I just can't lose weight. But I'm not really an exercise kind of person. So being motivated to move is often difficult for me. Procrastination has been a foe. It's been way too easy for me to let a sense of responsibility t... Read more
Getting Started
Saturday, May 25, 2013      4 comments

Well, I'd never imagined "blogging," but I'm thinking of this as sort of a diary of my journey. Even if no one else ever reads a word, perhaps recording my thoughts through this process will be a help for me. My plan for getting healthier ... Read more