DASH Diet Four-Month Progress Report
I started following the DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution (author: Marla Crill Heller) on March 8, 2013. This is the way of eating I've been looking for all my adult life. ... Read more
Walking to Ohio, Month 1
I'm doing a challenge on the Leslie Sansone Walking DVDs Team: I've decided to virtually walk from my home in Los Angeles to my friend's home in Youngstown, Ohio. It's a ... Read more
A Shout Out
I want to shout out to all my sister and brother lesbian, gay and bi folk who, like me, find ourselves single on this historic day. Yes, we're having a different experience than our coupled friends, but don't you feel the ancestors wrapping ange... Read more
A Lifelong Romance
I keep thinking that my initial reaction to this quote was to reject it as trite and irrelevant to my journey. But the longer I sit with it, it points me to all the many ... Read more
There is so much personal power to be gained by refusing to participate in body-bashing. As I lose weight, I'm also working on laying down the burden of self-hatred.
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Yesterday, I hit my favorite thrift store because I had a problem: My size 12 work pants were saggy and I kept having to hitch them up. So, off to Sun Thrift I went. I left with 3 pairs of size 10 work pants, some jeans and capris in my new s... Read more
Be Willing to Change
As I shared in my last blog entry, I was asked for weight-loss advice recently. I told the person that I could talk about what I'm eating and what I'm not eating, but my biggest tips have to do with behavior. I talked about finding a foundatio... Read more
What's your foundation?
I was recently asked for some advice as to how to stick to a weight-loss/health-improvement program. I'm no expert, and there are lots of people on Sparkpeople with more weight loss and years of success maintaining. But at the time, I was on t... Read more
Back from vacation!
I shared an incredible few days with my college housemates. We stayed in the vacation home of one of the group, on the Sonoma, California, coast. I was thrilled to wear a bathing suit in the hot tub, and come down stairs for breakfast in my ja... Read more
Down a pound!
I've been having grumpy conversations with myself about the scale. Thank goodness I took my measurements a while ago, so I could see on the tape that I'm losing inches. And I've been exercising and had my food on track. But my goodness, why wa... Read more
Happy Thanksgiving, One and All!
What's on your menu this year?
We're having loving company, sweet memories of celebrations past, poignant thoughts of those who can't be with us, and lots and lots of gratitude for life's bounty.
We're also having turkey, roasted veget... Read more
Food doesn't console...
Food "doesn't console. It doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps. All it replaces is the lack of God." -- Marguerite Duras.
I just ran across this line by one of my favorite authors. She writes about alcoholism. But, for me, this ... Read more
On Waiting to Love Exercise
I've just seen another thread on the Fitness and Exercise board begun by a Sparker who is troubled by her/his distaste for exercise. This Sparker asked "what if you hate exercise?" In that question, I hear an assumption that one must love, or ... Read more
It's All Good -- a quick update to my last two blogs
My last couple of blogs have been painful. If anyone's been reading and is left hanging, I figured I should update you...
1. My ex's new wife (kiddo's stepmom) is finally out of the hospital (as of yesterday). She had a total of 3 surger... Read more
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Sadness on My Doorstep
Bad news this week. My ex's new wife (my kiddo's stepmom) is 34 years old and in the hospital with a pulmonary embolism following surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from her groin. Her prognosis was guarded before this happened, and now it's ... Read more