MIRAJOTOM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIRAJOTOM MIRAJOTOM'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/ running in place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4436638 I feel like I've been running in place for at least 2 years. My weight has been bouncing around the same 5-8 lb range, except for one horrible week when my mom was gravely ill and I forgot to eat for several days and dropped 5 lbs in a week. Thankfully, mom recovered (we will be celebrating her 90th birthday this fall) and I started behaving normally again. I'm self aware enough to know that I need to focus on my weaknesses-- portion sizes and absent-minded munching-- but it's so much mo... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:58:48 EST dress rehearsal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4214325 I'm working on the Spring Challenge, and I noticed that this is the 4th time I've restarted the spark program in the past 5 years. Looking at it another way, I've been on this journey for the past 5 years with periodic lapses and recommitments. fortunately, I've never smoked, but I've read many times that most people who successfully stop smoking make several attempts before they can stop permanently. <BR> <BR> I've decided to look at this process as a dress rehearsal. Each time I sta... Fri, 6 May 2011 11:32:10 EST A new perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3390589 The other day I listened to an interview with the author of a book about the North Korean famine of the 1980's. She had interviewed about a dozen defectors about their experiences. All of them had spoken about the first time they encountered a dead body-often they had ridden a bus or a train and a fellow passenger had died of starvation on the journey. The saddest was a kindergarten teacher. She said that normally if one child died, she and the other teachers would have gone to the family... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 19:09:27 EST waterlogged... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3320966 Why do I have such a hard time drinking water? My father always had a glass of water at each meal, but I struggle to get 4 glasses a day, barely half of what I should drink. It sounds silly to say I don't like the taste. When I go out to eat (which is infrequent) I do usually drink a glass of water while I'm waiting for my entree. I need to find a way to get into the habit of drinking more water at home. I should set the table for dinner , including water glasses, before I leave for... Thu, 10 Jun 2010 12:47:32 EST The Red Queen and Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3258910 Sometime in the last few weeks I must have tumbled through the rabbit hole with Alice and, as the Red Queen explained, I have to go faster and faster just to stay in one place. I've done my cardio and weight work, watched my food intake, and the scale just keeps boincing back and forth between the same 3 lbs. I can handle staying here at this weight. I have clothes that look good (or, more importantly, that make ME believe that I look good), my blood pressure, resting pulse and cholesterol... Sun, 23 May 2010 09:33:39 EST Having my cake and not eating it, too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3205523 So, last night after work I went to a program at the library about cakes--including old recipes, vintage cookbooks, and SAMPLES. Yes, I deliberately signed up for this at the same time I'm trying to cook and eat well. And yes, I probably already have enough favorite cake recipes for every birthday and holiday for the next several years. And no, I didn't have enough foresight to pack a healthy snack in case I didn't have time to get home for dinner. (Note to self: Open the warehouse st... Fri, 7 May 2010 14:29:06 EST feeling vaguely discontented http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3193597 We've had a surprisingly beautiful spring in the Chicago area, my mother's health is better after a crisis this winter, my husband is feeling more like himself, and I find myself feeling uncomfortable and edgy for no apparent reason. I put off so much this winter "until things settle down" but now that "things" have settled, I'm having a hard time getting started. I have a lot of restless energy, but little focus. <BR> <BR> Perhaps this discomfort is a necessary prelude to change. Now... Tue, 4 May 2010 12:34:12 EST