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To Spark
Monday, August 24, 2015      4 comments

That is the answer to the question, "To Spark or not to Spark?" So my couple days away to get my little guys back in school (pre-K, 2nd, and 5th grades) and to get my own school year started (over 100 students at last count) turned into like a w... Read more
Evaluating my progress
Wednesday, August 05, 2015      4 comments

So a while back I declared a commitment to honest calorie counting. I posted the counts for a few days, but then I thought maybe y'all didn't need to hear my same song 15th verse. At any rate, when I first started counting calories, I discovered... Read more
Swimming Lesson
Sunday, August 02, 2015      7 comments

My kiddos love a good day at the water park, and up until this summer I seriously would wear knee length shorts with my control-paneled-solid-black-on
e-piece-don't-notice-me swimsuit any time I took them there or to the pool. I think the imm... Read more
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Tuesday, July 28, 2015      25 comments

I've been doing a lot of thinking about weight, women, and popular American culture. There's that group pushing for realistic body images in the media, the group pushing for embracing curves. There there's that group who accuses the curve-embrac... Read more
Slowly shifting patterns
Thursday, July 23, 2015      6 comments

I notice that even though I keep eating more calories than I'd like, I am now eating a healthy breakfast and lunch. I am not formally exercising as much as I should, but I am a lot more active than I had been. Tonight we had a family water gun f... Read more
Some positives!
Tuesday, July 21, 2015      6 comments

So I took a big risk and enrolled my son with special needs on the city swim team this summer. He did an amazing job all summer, and it was awesome to watch him have success in the pool that he didn't have in other areas of his life. And tonight... Read more
Not sure what the deal is
Monday, July 20, 2015      2 comments

Apparently I don't respond well to ultimatums--from myself. Being hit with the whole "you may not be walking in 10 years" thing was, yes, a jolt, and I thought somehow I'd wake up the next day with the motivation to be perfect in terms of calori... Read more
Turning in my Queen of Denial tiara
Thursday, July 16, 2015      5 comments

So about a year ago, I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. At that time, the doc advised losing weight and cortisone shots and muscle relaxers. My skin was only showing mild signs of psoriasis, so before putting me on methotrexate, a big gun... Read more
Gross gross/Nicer net
Tuesday, July 14, 2015      3 comments

2100 gross, but Spark tells me my painting/sanding efforts bring me to 1500. Please be right, Spark. Thanks to everyone for cheering me on!... Read more
Still being honest
Monday, July 13, 2015      2 comments

About 2100 today. :( But I guess I'm still being honest which is my current goal. The night munchies plus a big dose of anxiety got me. I have already made my smoothies for tomorrow's breakfast and lunch, so I'm hoping for a much better day to... Read more
Almost didn't log in today...
Sunday, July 12, 2015      3 comments

but I think logging in is a good habit to maintain. My day started great. I was at 800 calories after breakfast and lunch. And then I overdid and overdid some more. First, I volunteered at my kiddos' school again. Not very many people showed, so... Read more
It's a big number, but it's a number.
Thursday, July 09, 2015      3 comments

I've got a number for y'all: 2450. UG, but my commitment was to counting honestly, so in that way today is still a success. Looking back through my blogs, I'm going to call this day 7 of honesty. I do see the counting as very beneficial because ... Read more
A tough one--but, hey, the dog is here.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015      2 comments

My son has gone longer than ever before without a significant "meltdown" as I call them. What a blessing, but today he had one. I wasn't as bad as many previous episodes, but I just cratered. I tried to come up with a calorie count to share, but... Read more
Whadda day
Tuesday, July 07, 2015      2 comments

Life was rolling along fine until our goofy pup dug out of the backyard. She is now safe at home after being found by some kind folks SEVERAL MILES away. You wouldn't think a 35 lb. animal could cover that kind of territory so fast. Anyway, the ... Read more
Monday, July 06, 2015      5 comments

So my secret goal was to be under 2000 calories today, and I did it! My gross count for today is 1850, but I painted for two hours, and Spark tells me that takes my net down to about 1300. SCORE. In case anyone is wondering, I'm not a painter by... Read more

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