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Hello again
Tuesday, February 06, 2018      3 comments

When I give myself the same kindness and support that I give other people, I am unstoppable. I stopped doing that and I regressed. I feel a "SPARK" growing into flame. It is time to harness that motivation and give myself a chance to ... Read more
A preferred destination
Tuesday, August 23, 2016      5 comments

I woke up this morning feeling very anxious - which made me want to pull the blanket over my head and hide. I knew I would not sleep again, feeling as unsettled as I did. I managed to tell myself that exercise was the counter agent to the anxi... Read more
Club 2500
Monday, May 02, 2016      6 comments

I don't really share my Spark streaks or trophies, but I am pretty proud of this one! ... Read more
What I've asked of my body
Thursday, January 14, 2016      5 comments

Indulge me for a moment while I oversimplify an incredibly complex issue. As I was out on my lunchtime walk, I started to contemplate all that I have asked of my body over the years... I have asked it to make due with too much sugar ... Read more
Cheese & Bread
Tuesday, January 12, 2016      7 comments

I've recently toyed with the idea of taking my 21 years of vegetarianism to the next level, and for health reasons, eating a vegan diet instead. I've read a lot about making the transition. The suggestions that make the most sense for my life ... Read more
Avoiding Impulse Buys (of the Caloric variety)
Thursday, January 07, 2016      5 comments

Tracking. It's crucial. Tracking is such an amazing tool. As important as the strategy of daily weigh-ins helping me set my intention each morning, tracking help keep me honest with myself at night (well, all day...but particularly at nig... Read more
Feeling better is the BEST motivation
Tuesday, January 05, 2016      4 comments

Proper nutrition and hydration. Regular bouts of activity throughout the day. In the last couple of months, I haven't paid good enough attention to these key healthy habits. I've learned since starting this wellness journey that these are... Read more
Not for everyone...but for now - for me.
Saturday, January 02, 2016      9 comments

Daily weigh-ins. This is a hotly debated topic... But as I review what has worked during my most successful spans along this journey, I find that daily weigh-ins are helpful to me. Naturally, I have to carefully manage expectations, as ... Read more
Biggest blog day of the year?
Friday, January 01, 2016      5 comments

I am venturing a guess that today is the biggest blog day of the year...it's a new beginning, a fresh start, a great marker in our personal histories...the dawn of a new year! And, while I have never been big on New Year's resolutions, I am... Read more
I can do this.
Monday, October 19, 2015      4 comments

It has been a tough time in the Erin World lately. The death of my little dog really took a toll. I have to credit myself by recognizing that I did not get completely derailed. I did not gain weight (nor did I lose any). But maintaining the ... Read more
Tuesday, September 08, 2015      19 comments

My little old dog, Max, died yesterday. His body just couldn't do what it needed to anymore. I will miss him always.... Read more
I am someone I can be proud of...
Tuesday, July 07, 2015      10 comments

I have to do something I don't want to do. But if I don't do it, I am not setting myself up for success. So this is going to be one of THOSE blogs... owning up. I wrote a blog on May 19 in order to get myself back on track. At th... Read more
A fire looms large (a real fire!)
Monday, June 22, 2015      11 comments

I am feeling unsettled. There is a fire over the ridge from my house. It is not contained and the winds are picking up. This is the view from m... Read more
Its not magic...
Tuesday, June 16, 2015      10 comments

I remember, as a teenager and young adult, desperately wanting to be able to lose the extra weight once and for all...imagining that there was some magical place where, once that happened, I would be free...as if walking out of a prison of my ow... Read more
A Heavy Toll - the confessions of a wannabe jogger
Wednesday, May 27, 2015      9 comments

There are certainly countless Sparkers out there who can relate to this... Being as heavy as I was for as long as I was really took its toll on my back. For many others it is knees, or hips, or (fill in the blank). For me, it is primarily one... Read more

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