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Dawg Days, finding the exercise mojo edition
Saturday, October 15, 2016      12 comments

Have I mentioned that it's been a very long time since I've been able to run? It's been 1 year, 10 months and 14 days since I ran as part of a planned regimen. I've tried a waddle here and there, but nothing regular. It just hurt too much. ... Read more
Dawg Days, planning and craving edition
Friday, October 14, 2016      11 comments

Two-fer day. I took the day off. I had delusions of working from home, but it's 2:45 and I haven't started yet. I've been tidying, doing laundry, sparking, surfing, paying bills, and waiting for the exterminator (who has been and left.) (For the... Read more
Dawg Days, thoughts on maintenance edition.
Friday, October 14, 2016      10 comments

A handful of you delightful Sparkers asked/commented about Mike's thoughts on breaking up dieting with a period of maintenance. I responded to FITFABME at length and decided to rework it a little bit into a blog. Having had the most success... Read more
Dawg Days, hunger games edition
Wednesday, October 12, 2016      13 comments

Yesterday and today Dr. Beck is asking us to pay attention to hunger cues. I was dreading this part of the process, Sparkers, but yesterday I managed to do two days in one. At least two days as best as I can do them. Because this DAWG cannot ski... Read more
Dawg Days, working the plan edition
Monday, October 10, 2016      12 comments

It's been a full day, Sparkaroos. Now that I figured out that I only have 10 weeks until the First Run 5K, I have a burr under my saddle to start running. I know that after almost 2 years off, I can't just do an Usain Bolt and run like the... Read more
Dawg Days, Updated Exercise Plan edition
Sunday, October 09, 2016      11 comments

Brother Update Sparkers, thank you so very much for your prayers, loving comments, and your all-around goodness. My brother is home now. He has non-Hodgkins lymphoma, c-cell (I think.) My sister started emailing information about it that I fra... Read more
Dawg Days, complicated blog edition
Thursday, October 06, 2016      20 comments

Dearest Sparkers... I have a very heavy heart. I am sharing with you something that I have only shared with a very few people close to me at home. My sisters and I just learned late yesterday that my big brother has cancer. It came from out... Read more
Dawg Days, credit where due edition
Tuesday, October 04, 2016      14 comments

I'm attempting Beck for the time. This time I'm participating with the Becks Diet Solution Team and so far it seems to be helping me stay focused. I really like today's lesson: Give myself credit. You all know that I am very proud of m... Read more
Dawg Days, slippery slope edition
Monday, October 03, 2016      14 comments

For heaven's sake, Sparkers! Participating on an active team takes a lot of time! I joined the Beck team and the Maintenance team just this past week and it's a commitment! I definitely see the advantages of it. If I participate in the team disc... Read more
Dawg Days, the best of times, the worst of times edition
Saturday, October 01, 2016      14 comments

It's the last day of the 30-day blog challenge. I have a "free" day to go and the last question pertains to what was the best/worst of the previous year. I'm going to take the last month for my best/worst, because the answer is the same. Th... Read more
Dawg Days, I can't live without you edition
Thursday, September 29, 2016      8 comments

The blog topic today is someone or something I can't live without... I could be literal minded and respond with water and oxygen, or Maslow's hierarchy of needs. I could also be literal minded and say that I can manage on my own if (Go... Read more
Dawg Days, nervous edition
Wednesday, September 28, 2016      9 comments

Three rocks are rattling around in my head. They are related. I've been reluctant to bring it up, because I'm afraid I'll jinx myself. The rocks have a common theme: reaching goal weight. As of this morning, I was at 162.5 pounds. I've been... Read more
Dawg Days, utilitarian blog edition
Wednesday, September 28, 2016      4 comments

Today's blog challenge wants me to write about my favorite memory. Lord have mercy. I can't begin to sort that one out. Every single wedding that I've gone to - including my own. Every single baptism. So many childhood memories of feeling ... Read more
Dawg Days, letter to my friends edition
Tuesday, September 27, 2016      15 comments

Dear Sparklers, Thought I'd write a letter and check in with you. I'm doing great: almost at goal weight; healthier than I've ever been my entire adult life; getting a good night's sleep most nights; eating a diet with lots of vegetables, l... Read more
Dawg Days, one year ago in history edition
Monday, September 26, 2016      5 comments

Blog Challenge question for today: Explain Why You Chose Your Username(s) My original user name was DogLady13. I had it from other social media sites from long ago and carried it over to Spark. I switched last winter to StrongDawg. I switc... Read more

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