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Exactly 57 years ago in 1957 – a weird anniversary to remember
Monday, October 20, 2014      22 comments

When I noticed the date this morning, I had an odd feeling that it was significant. October 20th? What was special about that? Then I remembered. It was a Sunday morning and I was spending the weekend with my parents in a small town in P... Read more
Multi-level vs. 1 floor living
Sunday, October 19, 2014      23 comments

When we were looking for a retirement home, realtors directed us mostly to ranch style houses for “one floor living.” Conventional wisdom advises that as we get older, climbing stairs will be difficult or impossible. That made sense exce... Read more
My new Spark fashion accessory – unintended consequences
Friday, October 17, 2014      28 comments

Since Sunday I’ve been testing and posting about my new Spark Activity Tracker. Yesterday we were going out to a dinner held by one of DH’s organizations. We were ready to go when DH asked “Aren’t you going to wear that new button thing?”... Read more
5+ years on SP and NOW I get an activity tracker?
Wednesday, October 15, 2014      30 comments

I’ve kept a fitness log for decades, way before online resources were available. Back in the dark ages before the Internet, I kept my results on a spreadsheet and before that in a paper diary. I love data and I can approximate my walking a... Read more
The T-Shirt read “The football team will perform before and after the band”
Saturday, October 11, 2014      19 comments

As my status says today, I spent hours last night sitting in a cold drizzling rain on hard bleachers to attend a high school football game. We have 3 grandchildren in the school’s extremely successful marching band program (2 trumpets and 1 tro... Read more
AMTRAK, SparkPeople and Me
Friday, October 10, 2014      21 comments

Although we’ve ridden trains in Europe and spent much of our youth on the NYC subway system, a journey on AMTRAK was a new experience for DH and me. However, our plan to visit #1 grandson at college in Rhode Island required a day’s travel f... Read more
“Time hurries on and the leaves that are green turn to brown”
Wednesday, October 08, 2014      25 comments

I have a soundtrack in my head. On this crisp October morning it’s playing Simon and Garfunkel who created much of the soundtrack of my youth. It pops up in times of nostalgia. My status yesterday said that I had a nice visit with #1 Gran... Read more
Compromise on eyewear
Thursday, October 02, 2014      19 comments

Usually I don’t run wearing my glasses. They bounce around and with progressive lenses, that can get pretty weird. After my experience last month I decided I need to have them along so I can tell the difference between a stick and a copperhea... Read more
Imitating and learning from spark friends
Monday, September 29, 2014      22 comments

I’ve learned a lot in my 5+ years here from the general articles, from the resources and discussions on team pages and from individual blogs and status posts. Many of these have sparked changes in my life. Others don’t fit the way I live a... Read more
More on the “Great Race” – the Hill and I
Sunday, September 28, 2014      23 comments

The Virginia 10 Miler is a wonderful event attracting a lot of community support and thousands of local participants as well as elite national and international runners. Unfortunately for me Lynchburg is known as the “Hill City.” I’ve writ... Read more
Meeting a Spark Friend at a great race
Saturday, September 27, 2014      20 comments

Today was my first real life encounter with a Spark Friend. Teri-rific and I ran the 4 mile option of the Virginia 10 Miler in Lynchburg. Nice that you don’t have to do the whole 10 miles to get a finisher’s medal. ... Read more
The Junk Food King and I
Thursday, September 25, 2014      31 comments

Like other sparkers I often write about my efforts to encourage DH to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Looking through my blogs I noticed that I never included his picture. So here we are. ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts How many people have an actual photo of their aha moment?
Saturday, September 20, 2014      245 comments

That's the moment in time when we realize that we have to make some changes, even if we're not sure at that moment what they should be. Here I am on Dec 6, 2008 holding the mug which was the award for first place in my age group in our town... Read more
Do you remember juice glasses?
Friday, September 19, 2014      22 comments

My status yesterday said that I was weighing and measuring my food to check on “portion creep.” Portion creep, along with sizing creep, was primarily responsible for my weight gain. For anyone who isn’t aware of my pet peeve with the... Read more
I cut up my mother’s pajamas this morning
Wednesday, September 17, 2014      23 comments

Like several sparkers lately, I have to deal with my mother’s possessions. Unlike some others, this is a slow process for me. Partly it’s because my mother saved everything and there isn’t any particular organization to the stuff she save... Read more

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