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M Is for the Miracle of the Purple Shoe
Sunday, July 02, 2017      53 comments

This happened back when we lived near the city center of Tokyo, more than twenty years ago. My son and daughter were small, and my mother and godmother were coming to Japan the next day for a two-week visit. We lived in a cramped but new and cle... Read more
L Is for Learning to Cope
Monday, May 08, 2017      45 comments

Healthy trends usually don't last long for me, but I'm almost three weeks into this one and holding steady. I'm not hungry. I'm not tempted. Driving my husband home from the subway station at night, if he asks me to stop at the convenience store... Read more
K Is for Kaput
Wednesday, April 26, 2017      51 comments

It was a hard winter. There was no crushing event, and nothing about my outward circumstances to explain why I had serious thoughts of giving up everything and retiring to my futon for the rest of my life. It even crossed my mind that it wouldn'... Read more
J Is for Just Keep Going
Monday, March 27, 2017      55 comments

A couple of years ago, a treasured SparkFriend posted a quote on her page that has stayed with me ever since. It's by Winston Churchill, one of the most quotable men in history: "If you find yourself going through hell, keep going." Th... Read more
I Is for Interim--Tying Up Loose Ends
Wednesday, March 08, 2017      37 comments

I've noticed that I enjoy reading about my SparkFriends' daily lives. I always look forward to seeing how events are unfolding for everyone, and I have to admit that it's not usually the reports about nutrition, cooking, fitness, or weight loss ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts H Is for Hopeful in the Morning, and the Help I Find at SP
Friday, February 24, 2017      60 comments

I have a feeling there are many people out there in the Spark world who, like me, start every day with the best of intentions regarding nutrition and fitness, do very well up to and including dinner, but then for some inexplicable reason lose co... Read more
G Is for Going Back and Finding Treasure
Friday, February 17, 2017      54 comments

Until very recently, I would roll my eyes in irritation when someone would say, "I have no regrets." It sounded so arrogant and conceited. Did those people really believe they had lived their whole lives without making mistakes? I've made thousa... Read more
F is for Fulfilling Your Mission
Wednesday, February 15, 2017      43 comments

We all have a mission, even if we never figure out exactly what it is. We are here for a reason, and every one of our lives is important and meaningful. Some people's main mission is accomplished in the very last moments of their lives (soldiers... Read more
E Is for Emulating People You Admire
Sunday, January 08, 2017      50 comments

We were living near Boston, and my friend Molly had invited my two toddlers and me to visit her and her two toddlers at the beach cottage she had rented up in Gloucester. I have good memories of that day on the beach, and some lovely photos of m... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts D Is for Dealing with Pain
Friday, January 06, 2017      84 comments

I was standing in a checkout line at a crowded supermarket in England. Just in front of me was a young woman pushing someone in a wheelchair. As the line moved forward and the young woman moved to the side, giving me a better view ahead, my eyes... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts C Is for Catalyst
Saturday, December 17, 2016      61 comments

One thing that's spurred me into action recently is the panic I feel every time I have to get dressed for work. I'll stand in my closet and survey the possibilities--seven or eight pairs of pants hanging neatly in a row, with several more pairs ... Read more
Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts B Is for Building Something Better
Sunday, December 11, 2016      316 comments

Okay, here's the truth. Over the last few months, in that place on your SparkPage where you can type in your status, I would type things like, "after several days of eating well and exercising, I feel great!" Or "not overeating or drinking alcoh... Read more
A Is for Acknowledgement
Friday, December 09, 2016      34 comments

I have a problem, and I've had it since even before I became aware of my own name. I was a chubby baby, a chubby child, a chubby teenager, and a chubby adult. When I look at photos from my childhood, I notice that only for brief periods, maybe d... Read more
My Friend Susan--A HERO at SparkPeople and in Real Life!
Tuesday, October 18, 2016      37 comments

When I first started getting involved in the SparkPeople community, I remember browsing blogs looking for friends. It had been a while since I had been close to anyone, and I felt a little shy in my self-imposed exile. I live in Japan and don't ... Read more
What a Pain!
Sunday, September 11, 2016      39 comments

When I was young, it was possible for me to pay almost no attention to how my body felt. Unfortunately, I paid too much attention to how it LOOKED, always lamenting the fact that I wasn't as thin as one needed to be in order to be fashionable. H... Read more

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