BRIGHTSPARK7's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BRIGHTSPARK7 BRIGHTSPARK7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Maintenance Blog: Practicing harmlessness to the body-mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366537 Eleventh week of maintenance. <BR> Weight: 127 pounds. <BR> <BR> One of the foundation practices of yoga is 'ahimsa' or nonviolence. We are taught to be nonviolent to others but recently I have been reflecting that my weight-loss journey has been about learning to do no harm to myself. To stop abusing myself. So much of the abuse was unconscious. I thought I loved myself when I took that second helping of raspberry almondine tart. In reality, I was turning down the voice of truth and love ... Thu, 25 May 2017 14:08:22 EST Celebrating ten weeks of maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363751 Greetings Sparkers! <BR> Weight today: 125 pounds. <BR> <BR> Weighing daily has become a lifestyle, just like brushing my teeth. I don't create alot of angst around it; it's just routine maintenance, something I do to maintain my optimum body. <BR> <BR> My weight tends to fluctuate up and down a couple of pounds but hold around 125. I have figured out how much to eat and how much activity I need. Having said that the last week has been super busy with work and business meetings. More cli... Thu, 18 May 2017 23:10:14 EST Second Week of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338812 The weekend is here and hubs and I will be going out to lunch at my favorite restaurant: Park Baluchi. A buffet style Indian restaurant with excellent food, presentation, ambience and service. Even with buffets I have a rule to only eat one plate of food. I arrange it with care and I savor each bite. At least that is my intention. I need to eat more slowly for sure. I am usually done in ten minutes, fifteen at the max. I'd like to stretch that out to twenty minutes. Set my fork down, chat wit... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:32:41 EST Declaration of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332068 Well this has been an amazing week. I declared maintenance has arrived. My weight has been hovering at 127 to 128 for the past eight weeks and my body and I feel happy here. Today was a bright sunny day here in California and I wore my sleeveless silk paisley blouse with my black slacks, both size 8. I felt so feminine and happy in my skin. This time last year, spring came and this blouse didn't button up around my hips. What a difference a year makes. <BR> <BR> I am so grateful for a messa... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 23:02:20 EST Is this maintenance? Or a plateau? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314710 Well, I am comfortably in my size eight trousers and weight has stayed the same for the past month,give or take a pound. I am pretty happy with the way I am eating right now, as a lifestyle I can maintain. <BR> <BR> But in my closet I have a pair of trousers that were tailored for me a few years ago before I gained forty pounds. Yesterday I tried them on. They zip up but with a distinct muffin top, which the size 8s don't have. I do long to fit into them again, though paradoxically, I am ok... Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:40:48 EST Back to tracking after eleven days of no green smoothies. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303309 Two good reasons to start tracking nutrition again: <BR> 1. I am participating in the Winter 5% Challenge and that is the challenge for the week. <BR> 2. It has come at at timely moment for me 'cos I gained three pounds in the past two weeks. Oh no! Weight creep! <BR> <BR> I stopped tracking nutrition in November and continued to lose weight. I was nourishing myself with green smoothies every day and not having carb cravings. And then in the past two weeks it started to creep back up. Wha... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:47:18 EST On to a new quest for an extraordinary life, my version. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6296809 Now that I am a mere three pounds from my goal weight of 122 pounds, I find myself reflecting about what else do I want to accomplish, manifest, create in order to really have the time of my life. I decided to explore this in a methodical way with a mentor who has been able to create an extraordinary life for himself. He walks his talk, looks as good in his fifties as he did in his twenties, is happily married to an amazing woman, has a billion dollar business, is a radical parent to four chi... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:34:55 EST What's more weighty than weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278238 The weight loss finish line is in sight. Seven pounds to go, thirty three already released. It has taken a year to get here. As I move forward, I don't want to make the main goal of my life maintenance of weight. Yes it's one of the foundation pieces to celebrate wellbeing. But there has to be more to life. <BR> <BR> The weight was a way of hiding out from my deeper desires. Sedating myself with carbs rather than experiencing my messy feelings. That may not be what's true for you. We are ea... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:07:44 EST Small Wins keep adding up to greater awareness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270527 Today, I had a therapy session. I meet with my doctor every four months and typically I soothe myself afterwards by going into the hospital gift shop and buying a small piece of chocolate. Emotional eating but I used to excuse it by saying I deserved it and it was only a little bit. Today, was different. I am not the person I was four months ago, that is clear. <BR> <BR> For one thing, I took my green smoothie with me because the meeting was at lunch time. I happily sipped during the sessio... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 01:10:48 EST A peaceful Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270056 Dear Mother Father God, <BR> Thank you for the gift of this precious day, for your limitless grace and mercy showering down on us. May peace spread throughout the land and across the waters. As we come into this week of Thanksgiving and celebration, I thank you for the reminder not to take my freedoms for granted, to appreciate those who have gone before, who have won me, a woman, the right to vote. <BR> <BR> Thank you, Grandmother Earth and Starry Skies, Mama Moon. <BR> Thank you, Father... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:25:41 EST What does wellbeing feel like, bathing in a shower of healing words. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268649 I feel at ease. <BR> At home. <BR> I am beaming. <BR> Beautiful. Blessed. Blissful. <BR> I am bright-eyed. <BR> There is a steady calm center at my core. <BR> Contented. Delighted. Eager. Ecstatic. <BR> I feel elegant. Friendly. I am giggly. Grateful. <BR> Healthy. Insightful. Intuitive. In tune. Joyous. Kind. Knowing. Laughing. <BR> I am listening. Loving. Magical. Meditative. Merciful. Empathic, compassionate. Aware. Mindful. I am a tad mischievous. Innocent. Natural. Noble. Observa... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:19:36 EST "How we relate to the body is how we relate to everything." Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262471 I have been reading my new book, "Heart Yoga" to reignite my yoga practice. Fabulous book and it comes with a video course on the Daily Om website. Amazing practice and I was sweating through it. Now having practiced yoga for an hour, I feel limber, supple, happy, energized, relaxed, embodied, alert but at ease. <BR> <BR> There's a but. <BR> <BR> But in the book, Andrew Harvey says, "How we relate to the body is how we relate to everything." My logical mind won't accept it. Some of us wor... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 20:36:04 EST Am I really pear shaped? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261348 I updated the virtual models on my page, to reflect my skin tone and hair color. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc663434-4afa-4271-b0ea-b90aec78f8c6.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> This is roughly where I was a year ago. As you can see, pear shaped. I used the simulator from the Mayo Clinic. They are predicting that when I am at goal weight I will no longer be a pear. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35cba59c-7633-43b6-87c1-26c70a91e3ce.jpeg"> <BR> Whoa! Can th... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 09:51:09 EST What would make this the best day ever? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260384 A favorite moment from yesterday: <BR> <BR> An eleven year old boy in a jedi costume comes to the door. I suspect he is too old for a glow wand but I summon up the wonder in myself. "Harry Potter had his own magical wand and I think you should have one too." <BR> <BR> He smiles and takes the glow stick from my hand. Then he runs down the driveway to his father. "Papa! Papa! Look what I've got!." He's more excited by the wand than by the candy. Note to myself: You're never too old for magi... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 14:07:14 EST First Halloween without candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259991 Part of me doesn't believe it. I usually snack on the chocolate bars I have bought to give away as treats. I have been helpless. In the past. <BR> <BR> But I am on week 6 of no sugar and The craving for candy is infinitesimal. I bought glow in the dark wands to give out as treats, and some tiny chocolates for those under three. I am witnessing myself with a sense of being astounded that I haven't had a chocolate yet. <BR> <BR> I credit my trainer Eric. He has taught me to include a high n... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:01:41 EST Are we there yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258632 There is a part of me that is like the child in the backseat asking are we there yet? I have released nearly thirty pounds and can fit into my size 8 pants. Have I arrived? I am quite competitive so I want to get into a size 6 and keep going. So I did a bit of research. <BR> <BR> The normal BMI range for my height (5 feet 3.5 inches) is 104 to 140 pounds. I am at 134. I have a medium frame so I estimate that I need to be in the middle of the range. That would be a target of 122 pounds. <BR... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 23:00:12 EST Woo hoooo No caffeine is working! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258137 Last night I met with my women's circle. We had an amazing evening of sharing from the heart, with tears and laughter. Afterwards, we headed into the kitchen where refreshments were laid out. I noticed some social pressure to be 'nice' and 'appropriate' and go along with everyone, and to sample the pumpkin bread, the chocolates, the pumpkin flavored tortilla chips. But I was clear, not my food. I drank water and made happy conversation with everyone. I was firm. I was the woman who pleases he... Thu, 27 Oct 2016 22:10:38 EST Pizza or brussel sprouts? No contest. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6257174 I met with a woman friend today. We hadn't seen each other for a couple of months. She said, "You're skin looks great. You are glowing." You are glowing is my favorite kind of compliment. When someone sees the light in you and reflects it back, it feels blissful. And even if they hadn't seen it, you would still feel great, because in your heart, all is well. <BR> <BR> She asked me what I have been doing. So of course I said, "No sugar for four weeks. Power green smoothies for four weeks. An... Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:47:12 EST No caffeine at all this past week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255991 Yes, that means no coffee, no tea, no cocoa, no chocolate. <BR> <BR> I thought it would be hard, like walking waist deep in mud. The first day, I wanted to make my usual Assam tea in my cheery red mug. My morning ritual. I have tried lots of teas and it took much tasting and sifting to determine that my favorite is Assam. So, I was very attached to it. I switched to rooibos and chamomile this week and so far so good. <BR> <BR> The big plus is that I have been able to fall asleep easily and... Sun, 23 Oct 2016 19:18:03 EST Victory Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255173 Finally. <BR> I bought a size medium yoga pants this afternoon, hoping they would fit me soon. Guess what? They fit! Now. Today. <BR> <BR> I have been a size Large on the bottom for what feels like forever. Apparently I am not as much of a pear as I believe myself to be. There is some dissonance between my mind and body still. My mind has not quite caught up with my new size. Dressing with awareness helps me attune with what is. <BR> <BR> This year I have lost almost thirty pounds. Wow. ... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:46:59 EST Beauty walks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6254127 On yesterday's walk around the neighborhood, two blue jays chattered on a lamp post overhead. I haven't seen them in several days so I welcomed them as dear friends returning into my world. I love their screeches. Not musical but loud and thrilling. They seem to say to me, "Speak up. Your voice is needed in the world. Speak up." To me, they are beautiful. Their plumage is outstanding, deep sky blue streaked with white. They are unique and different, as we all are. I feel nourished by the crea... Wed, 19 Oct 2016 17:57:58 EST Writing your life story the way you want it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253540 Isn't it amazing that we get to make up the meaning of our lives every day? <BR> <BR> I am imagining my life as a series of episodes in a long story with a happy ending. If you watch Netflix series you will know what I mean. In the current episode, I am committed to creating peak mind-body conditioning. This episode is going to run until the end of February 2017. That's how long I estimate it will take. After that, there will be other story lines, maintenance being one of them. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:17:07 EST What, no caffeine this week? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253057 This is week 5 of my twelve week challenge with my trainer, Eric. <BR> Requirements this week: <BR> 1. No sugar <BR> 2. No dairy <BR> 3. No caffeine <BR> <BR> By now, the dairy and sugar feel relatively easy. This will be my third week of no sugar and second week of no dairy. Essentially a vegan diet, though eggs are included. I started the day with fruit, a banana and five dates. So sweet as my taste buds have adapted to no sugar. <BR> <BR> Over the weekend, I tried giving up my usual m... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:33:46 EST Day of gratitude and reflection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251545 Sitting here at my computer with my green smoothie while two angels are cleaning my home. Elena and Latisha. I feel so blessed. I enjoy a clean home, so long as I am not the one who has to do it. And I am glad to employ others in doing what they love to do, so it is a win win. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow evening our dearest friends are coming for dinner and fun conversation. I am creating a healthy vegetarian feast but there is an issue about dessert. I usually wind up these affairs with my go to: F... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 15:47:45 EST More reflections on no dairy for a week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251083 I feel that I will go back to dairy when this week's challenge is over. And I won't take dairy for granted any more. From not eating cheese, yogurt or milk since Monday, I appreciate even more the contribution of cows to my world. On a daily basis. <BR> <BR> I have been reading up about dairy regulations in most dairy farms. The picture painted by the activists is very different than the one drawn by the National Dairy Council. I will opt for organic milk, as my compromise until I find a ha... Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:39:25 EST Is it time to become vegan? Decisions, feelings, tastes and thoughts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6250596 I am feeling nutritionally challenged this week. I love dairy, cheese, milk, butter, yogurt. My trainer, Eric has asked me to give up dairy for a week. I am reminding myself that it is my choice. <BR> <BR> As a vegetarian, I have been getting most of my protein from dairy sources. This week, it has to be beans, legumes, peas, chick peas, edamame, veggie burgers. So I do have abundant choices. Tonight I am having butternut squash with edamame, sauteed in garlic and olive oil, with cumin and ... Wed, 12 Oct 2016 19:18:38 EST Experiment: Day 6 of no sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248557 I gave up eating my usual Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast because of the added sugar. My trainer, Eric, put me on a no sugar challenge. Today is the sixth day and I have some surprising observations. <BR> <BR> First, this has not been about will power. By simply loading up with nutrition in the mornings with my green alkalizer drink, I have not yearned for carbs in the way I used to. I still have my old favorite orange marmalade in the fridge but I don't crave it. I haven't touched it all ... Sat, 8 Oct 2016 22:21:50 EST Am I at goal weight yet? Experiment continues. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246919 One goal has been achieved. <BR> Normal BMI, 138 pounds. <BR> <BR> Is this my ideal weight? Well, my vanity would like me to lose a few more pounds. This week, for the first time in a couple of years, I wore my red turtleneck tucked into my jeans. Figure hugging and I felt pretty proud of myself. Jeans size 10. I still have a few favorite loose sweaters and tunics that have a baggy fit, that I used to wear to hide my rotund stomach. There's not much to hide anymore. Yet my vanity goal is a... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 18:14:11 EST Week of no added sugar and an abundance of freggies. Go green! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6245845 My trainer has challenged me to give up added sugar this week. That means no Honey Nut Cheerios, The second ingredient on the label is sugar. Honey is okay. I have it in my tea a couple of times a week. <BR> <BR> I shopped for groceries and was surprised to find added sugar in a bag of frozen vegetables I usually buy. What! Sugar in my vegetables! No thank you. <BR> <BR> No orange marmalade on my toast. And no toast, since the bread I usually buy has sugar added to it -- even though it is... Mon, 3 Oct 2016 18:50:18 EST Tree Pose in Yoga and Asking the Trees for Their Secrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244972 On today's walk, I asked the trees for their secrets. <BR> <BR> VALERIEMAHA commented on my last blog that she moves from mountain pose into tree pose to help with concentration and balance. So I took my inquiry about tree pose to the trees themselves. Tell me, what is it all about. <BR> <BR> The native americans call the trees the 'standing nation.' In sanskrit, they are called, 'achar.' Non-moving beings. They are rooted and yet they sway, bend, and flutter leaves in the breeze. <BR> ... Sun, 2 Oct 2016 02:29:46 EST Union of body and soul: Being a mountain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243784 I gained a whole new understanding of mountain pose, a yoga asana I have known about for thirty years. I practiced it for a few minutes before writing here. And now, I am mountain sitting in my seat, writing. <BR> <BR> When I contemplate my favorite mountains, Everest, Kailash, Kilimanjaro, I think of grandeur, majesty, awe, reverence, humility, stillness. A mountain is an axis mundi, a backbone of the world, connecting earth with the heavens. There is a timeless, changeless quality which e... Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:36:21 EST Be who you aspire to be. It can be easy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6242755 I have always admired those women who carry around green drinks which they have made from scratch. It didn't seem as if I could be one of them. But all that is changing. I have discovered that it is really easy to toss a couple of handfuls of spinach, an organic apple, four inches of cucumber and a nub of ginger root,water as needed -- a couple of hey presto whirs later and voila! Green alkalizer drink ready. <BR> <BR> It's fast. It's convenient with ready washed spinach. it takes less time... Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:03:50 EST Initiating green drink week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241892 This week, I am increasing my freggies. I want to go beyond calorie tracking into really deeply nourishing the body. <BR> <BR> 1. I tablespoon of brain octane in my morning tea. <BR> 2. Green alkaline smoothie before breakfast. Include 2 handfuls of spinach or kale. <BR> <BR> The theory is that if I add in more good stuff, I won't crave the junky stuff so much. I will be monitoring my energy levels, creativity, and brain performance during the day. <BR> <BR> This morning I had bread an... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 01:38:09 EST Blue screens off at sunset http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238754 The latest experiment in getting a good night's sleep: Turn off the cell phone and the iPad at sunset. I was moaning to dear hubs that I like to read on my iPad. He said, "Get a real book." Oh. Real books. Yes, I do have a few of those! ;-) <BR> <BR> Two health commitments for this week: <BR> 1. Blue screens off at sunset. <BR> 2. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. <BR> <BR> As usual, I will track daily. That has become a habit now. I look forward to my daily spin of the wheel. <BR> ... Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:00:47 EST Ahhhh.... Contentment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6238165 It has been a heavenly weekend in my world. <BR> <BR> I read a fantastic book by one of my favorite authors, Richard Bach. I read for about an hour every day and shoot for an entire book over the weekend. Writers thrive on reading. <BR> <BR> Hubs and I went out for brunch. He asked where I wanted to go and I immediately picked a place we hadn't been to in a while. It has little alcoves and poetic wisdom painted on the walls. One of their specialties is fresh spinach leaves dressed with ma... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 22:20:18 EST What would make this the best day ever? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236980 Two juicy clementines and an organic pear, ripe and fragrant. <BR> <BR> I placed them on my favorite ceramic plate, a mustard yellow hand-painted with red and green swirls. Then I went outside and sat in the gazebo with my feet up, the fruit plate propped on my belly. The sun was warm and I could feel the rays absorbing into my clothes and skin. I felt nourished and satisfied even before I peeled the clementines. <BR> <BR> Fruit tastes even fruitier when you eat it outside, as Dr. Seuss ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:18:46 EST 66 Days to Install a New Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6235821 It takes 66 days to create a habit. Not 21 days or forty days, as i have read some places. These are the latest research findings from the University College of London. After 66 days of doing something every day, you reach automaticity, The behavior becomes automatic. <BR> <BR> There are some new habits I'd like to install. <BR> <BR> 1. Modulate sleep cycle: <BR> Withdraw into the quiet of my bedroom at 9 pm. Enter the grand silence. Unplug from screens. Read, write my gratitudes, medita... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:48:13 EST Three days left and creating space for realization to happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234947 Day 6 of nine day challenge to donate or discard 27 objects per day. <BR> <BR> Today I gave away a navy business suit that is now too big. I have only worn it a couple of times and someone will love it. Also piles of books. <BR> <BR> One aha I had was that in reality I am not giving anything. It is all God giving through me. I am participating in the recycling of abundance that is happening all the time, throughout all of the world, this continuous giving and receiving. <BR> <BR> Also, ... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 01:26:10 EST Quiet day of rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6234229 Day 5 of nine day challenge to donate or toss 27 objects a day <BR> <BR> Today, I donated my fleecy rust colored dressing gown. I have never liked the color. Yet I have settled for its cozy embrace, enjoying the idea of it more than the thing itself. I wanted plush softness, luxury. No more settling. <BR> <BR> I tossed out a nonstick pan that was beginning to lose its coating. Why oh why have I been hanging onto such an unhealthy saucepan! Also gone is a key ring made of shells that I pick... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 20:53:18 EST Releasing objects that no longer resonate with my soul http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232618 Day 2/9. <BR> One of my mentors has challenged me to give away or get rid of 27 objects every day for nine consecutive days. I am on Day 2. I thought 27 would be difficult but it turns out I have lots of stuff sitting around that I am no longer in love with. You pick up an object and ask, " Does this resonate with my highest vibration, the kind of life I want for myself?" Does this resonate with who I aspire to be? <BR> <BR> As a writer, you can imagine one of the first things I thought o... Fri, 9 Sep 2016 01:31:53 EST Eat well to be well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6230806 I am excited about the next three months. A new season always stokes my generative fires. Here are some mind-body shifts I want to ease into, based on the work of Eric Edmeades. <BR> <BR> 1. Check food labels for sugar. If it's one of the main ingredients, don't eat it. Eat foods with less sugar. <BR> <BR> 2. Avoid long named ingredients that are chemicals, including flavorings. Go for the real thing. <BR> <BR> 3. Eat plant foods that are in season locally. <BR> <BR> 4. Get enough of ... Mon, 5 Sep 2016 23:26:52 EST Goals to break into the 120s this season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6229123 Now that I am at 139 pounds, how to carry on recreating my best bod-God-pod? <BR> <BR> A friend warned me against complacency. I admit I do get comfortable with things as they are. But I am heeding the warning and planning for an excellent autumn season. I have always loved September. I used to love going back to school, new books, new learning, growth and evolution. So, what is my curriculum for this fall? <BR> <BR> Over the summer, I held to a calorie deficit of 250 daily, and slowly w... Fri, 2 Sep 2016 18:19:38 EST Love every step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6226802 I led a retreat for nearly two hundred women this weekend. Phew! Amazing stuff orchestrated by the divine field of all that is. But ... Even though I didn't take excellent care of my nourishment needs, I accept myself and love myself I see I have been judging myself for not nurturing myself enough over the weekend. No more. I put a great deal of thought into what I wanted to provide for others, in terms of healing and transformation. And the feedback was amazing. They loved it. Women wept ... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 22:38:49 EST Goodbye to the 140s and hello 130s! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6220574 It happened. It really happened. The scale reads 139 pounds. Part of me is elated and part of me feels just the same. I was curious if my khaki trousers would now fit me. They have been hanging in my closet for years. I remember wearing them to visit Shakespeare's home in Stratford-on-Avon, England. Well. They zipped up and fit like they were tailored for me. Amazing. Thank you, Shakespeare, time to visit you again! To wear or not to wear, the question has been answered. Yes! <BR> <BR> I co... Thu, 18 Aug 2016 21:56:48 EST The small wins matter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6219427 It was a day of celebrating small wins. <BR> The scale has not budged for three weeks but I am confident this is the breakthrough week. On the upside, I know what to do to maintain! <BR> <BR> This morning I decided to celebrate small wins all day long. That was the experiment of the day. You know I love experiments with my psyche (Greek for soul and butterfly). Lots of wins today: <BR> 1. Making the decision to practice the art of small wins. <BR> 2. Five minutes of yoga stretching first... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 02:52:47 EST Virtual model for Creating a weight loss vision for the next twenty pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210072 With some help from my sparkfriend WATERMELLEN, I found a virtual model online that shows you what you will look like after the weight loss. Here is a link to the site if you'd like to experiment for yourself: <BR> <BR> <link>modelmydiet.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> I have posted my Before and Afters on my Spark page. Seeing one's body as it actually is has been part of the challenge for me, The extra forty pounds piled on over about four years, ten pounds at a time, and I stopped seeing mys... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 00:39:30 EST The Best Body For Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202842 Even though I am on my way down (weigh down!) and have lost 22 pounds, I feel a kind of contentment with this version of my body. It is the best body for now. There is not an ounce of resignation in that statement. Only acceptance. <BR> <BR> This past week, I've had two people comment that I look great, slimmer, and so on. Interesting to be witnessed but I also realized that it doesn't matter to me what they thought of me. This re-creation of the body is my own experiment that I am doing fo... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:54:40 EST The secret to feeling energized during my walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192725 Even though my weight is now in the healthy range, I found a new reason to walk today. I'm walking to help myself but I'm also walking for the people I serve. I had this thought during my walk and suddenly found myself with a surge of energy, great posture, and a brisk pace. <BR> <BR> My clients expect powerful results. And I want to show up fully, as my best. It realized it's not just about what I do during consultations. It's how I show up for myself that allows me to better serve others.... Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:22:36 EST Busting through the Pesky Plateau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191513 The tag line at the top of the Spark Coach page reads, "You can create your life." <BR> I have a pretty wonderful life. Today I met with three amazing women coaches who are each up to great things, helping people achieve their dreams. We masterminded about our businesses and I left the session feeling enlivened and excited. This evening hubs and I walked our loop round the neighborhood. <BR> <BR> And then there is this pesky plateau. Twenty pounds down in twenty weeks and now I have been m... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:36:03 EST Experiments with Being My True Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146756 Confession: Last year, I spent nearly three thousand dollars on clothes trying to look good even though I felt overweight and whale-like. This is the first time I've owned up to it. I put it on my credit card, over a period of months. I hired two stylists to work with me. Two. I didn't like what I saw in the mirror and I just couldn't get enough of other people's opinions. They had all kinds of formulas and ideas about what beauty is and how I could be more beautiful. We didn't talk about my ... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:22:47 EST