PENSIEVEGAZER's SparkPeople Blog PENSIEVEGAZER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Finding motivation I am- yet again- struggling with motivation. It definitely helps me to track my diet and exercise, but sometimes I just want to give up. The absence of passion is sometimes the hardest thing for me to overcome on my weight loss/healthy living journey. <BR> <BR> My Struggles: <BR> "caring" - sometimes I want to throw in the towel. I am a foodie, and enjoy eating with my friends and family. I have a wardrobe full of clothes that fit me, a partner who loves me, etc. I <BR> need to work on mod... Mon, 6 Nov 2017 13:49:26 EST A Letter to People Afraid of the Doctor Dear patient, <BR> <BR> I know it's hard to sit across from me as I talk up exercise and healthy eating. I know you dread coming to the doctor because something you try to ignore will be thrown in your face, and you're sick of feeling judged. I know seeing someone who doesn't look so healthy makes you internally roll your eyes and probably helps you justify ignoring my healthy advice. I know this may be the only time you weigh yourself, and you may want to be blissfully ignorant. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 16:51:31 EST 2 years have passed?! Hello all of my dear spark friends in the internet world. <BR> <BR> 2 years have flown by since my last blog post. I can't believe it's been that long! <BR> <BR> Here's the summary of what's happened: <BR> I started med school. I knew it would be hard, but never realized the mental stamina I would need! I'm in my 2nd of 4 years on the journey to get my MD. Being a single mom in medical school has been a challenge... It really challenged me the first semester and I reverted to not taking ca... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 17:09:49 EST "Hungry For Change" review While flipping through Netflix last night, I found the documentary "Hungry for Change." I shrugged and watched it, not expecting much (I liked Food, INC but after I researched some of the facts, I found some of it was exaggerated propaganda). "Hungry for Change" talks about how "dieting" isn't effective, claims that whole, natural foods are essential, and exposes the dangers of some processed foods and additives. Of course whole foods are better, but they were using scientific facts to suppor... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 16:45:16 EST You can call me Alice... ... Because I'm in ONEderland!!!! <BR> <BR> That's right, for the first time in years I'm below 200 pounds! <BR> <BR> I am so glad I have made the healthy changes to my mind and habits that have led me to this point. It's so crazy (yet reassuring) to be less than 50 pounds away from my goal weight. A year or so ago I would never have thought all the positive changes I've made to my body and my thought processes were possible for me. And honestly, the most important change was to think pos... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 00:48:50 EST Honeymoon versus Long Term Motivation <BR> I have felt like I am DRAGGING this week. I took a week off of hard-core exercise due to my daughter being out of school. We went on walks, but I am someone who likes to work up a sweat. The sedentary lifestyle almost un-motivated me. <BR> <BR> My ennui led me to ponder the concept of motivation. Most people describe motivation as a driving force- a strong desire to live better or a gung-ho feeling about their healthful choices and weight loss activities. I used to think that way. But... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 23:47:24 EST