MOLLYR618's SparkPeople Blog MOLLYR618's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Halfway there! I did it! I made the halfway mark! <BR> <BR> Most people start their body image adjustments (formerly known as “diets”) in January. I had to delay mine a month after being diagnosed with mono on Jan. 5 and then taking virtually all of January to recover. No working out, not eating properly (it was mostly soup and small things that ended up being very high in sodium). <BR> <BR> When February got here I made a commitment: I was going to drop two sizes by my son’s graduation party on May 15. A... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 08:09:05 EST What's in that package? (Celebrate the little victories moment: I’ve lost 2.6 pounds! Woohoo!) <BR> <BR> One of my favorite sayings this past year has been “It’s just packaging. What’s inside hasn’t changed.” <BR> <BR> Usually when I’m saying that, though, I’m talking about my dating woes and the fact that most men enjoy talking with me on the phone, but when they discover that I’m not a Barbie they back off. <BR> <BR> The phrase is starting to take on new meaning for me now, though. Now “packaging” is about pres... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 15:55:49 EST Mind over matter I’m no longer on a diet. <BR> <BR> I don’t want to use the word “diet,” I won’t think of myself as being on a diet and I don’t want anyone to ask how my diet is going. <BR> <BR> This is a mindset – not a diet. <BR> <BR> As a two-time former smoker — I quit once when I met my now ex-husband, and again three years ago when I broke up with a smoking ex-boyfriend — I can tell you how difficult it is to change a habit if your mind isn’t set. Both times I quit smoking it came only after my mind ... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 09:19:20 EST Time for a change It’s been said that the definition of insanity is always doing the same thing in the same way and expecting different results. <BR> <BR> That’s why, for many of us, dieting drives us crazy. We keep doing the same thing exactly the same way – then scratch our heads when it doesn’t work. <BR> <BR> Really? <BR> <BR> This time around is different: I’m doing different things, doing some things in a different way and actually AM seeing different results. <BR> <BR> The first step was to embrace... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 16:41:21 EST Losing it Weight loss is really a Rubik's cube: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 14:49:39 EST Now you've got my Irish up I’m nothing if not stubborn. <BR> <BR> Ask anyone who has known me for any considerable length of time, sometimes all it takes to get me to do something is to try to tell me I won’t be able to get it done. <BR> <BR> No one has told me I wouldn’t be able to lose weight – in fact, it’s been quite the opposite - but lately I’ve been feeling the taunt of the scale: “Really? You think you’re going to make me move? I don’t EVEN think so!” <BR> <BR> Oh yeah. That’s what I needed. Bring it, Scale!... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 13:12:53 EST We really can be hard to understand For years I’ve listened to men joke about how difficult women are to understand. No we’re not, I’d think. All you have to do is pay attention. <BR> <BR> Today, I started to see the light. <BR> <BR> I’ve blogged about this before, on my Losing It blog: reality slapped me in the face this week and I’ve discovered/realized that I’ve not just gained “a little bit of weight.” I’ve officially gained back half of the 115 pounds I lost with my divorce. Ugh. <BR> <BR> I was talking to my mother abo... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 13:38:25 EST Reality bites (This is from my regular weight loss blog, <BR> <BR> Reality always seems to have a way of slapping us in the face. <BR> <BR> Not just a “How dare you!” kind of slap, but more of a “Hey! Wake up, stupid! I’m trying to tell you something!” kind of slap. <BR> <BR> That’s the kind of reality I got hit with this week. <BR> <BR> I’m not an idiot, I know I’ve gained weight this past year. My jeans and slacks are tighter and a size bigger than they were last Christm... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 07:54:07 EST