Ghost Ship and the Art of Oakland Burning
I have been especially moved by the Ghost Ship warehouse fire tragedy in Oakland. I can't count the number of times I've stared vacantly out the BART train leaving the Fruitvale Station as it flew past the unremarkable street full of shabby stru... Read more
Back on SparkPeople
So, here I am... back with SparkPeople. I took a hiatus while I did Weight Watchers. I couldn't see myself tracking on both systems. My life is already consumed by computers.
I lost almost 20 pounds with WW but I can't afford to keep payin... Read more
Who Do I Eat For & Why?
I went to a coworker's Retirement Event after work. They had simple finger food: cheese, crackers, veggies, dip, etc. I ate enough to fit into my daily plan.
Then, I went home.
My husband had cooked dinner. I told him that I'd alrea... Read more
We had our first cooking class in the Nutrition Class at work. It was a lot of fun!
We got a brief lecture and demonstration from three Food Science students and then they turned us loose in the kitchen.
Today's assignment was for ea... Read more
Fitness & Nutrition Program @ Work
I've sort of fallen into a rut lately. I'm not losing any more weight although I am losing motivation. Needing some Spark, I joined a Fitness & Nutrition program at work. The six-week program consists of nutrition coaching 1 day per week. Thi... Read more
Lesson Learned: I control what I do or do not eat
My elderly mother, who's grossly obese and has congestive heart failure, spends every waking hour watching food shows on TV, looking at recipes online, talking about food, thinking about fo... Read more
Running Into The Unknown
This New Year's Day, I ran a 10K race at Lake Chabot Regional Park. I ran the 5K last year... a pleasant 3.1 miles over a gently rolling hill trail that hugs the lake. My friends, Pat and Linda, ran the 10K. I was jealous.
So this year, ... Read more
I was scheduled to go on an East Bay Regional Parks hike at Garin Park today. The rain was coming down steadily. The weather forecast called for thunderstorms. Winds were blowing up to 40 mph on the ridge-line. The park schedule said "rain or... Read more
Changes Since Developing Healthier Habits
I started running on a regular basis one year ago. I'm still wearing the same shorts that I wore last year, but now they're all looser. I was running in one pair last week, and they were actually falling off! Although my weight hasn't changed... Read more
Emotional Brain Training (EBT)
I've just started a weight loss and emotion management program called Emotional Brain Training (EBT). The program provides online tools, workbooks, video training classes and teleconference sessions that help you change how you respond to stres... Read more
5K 2nd Place Age Group Finish
I ran my second 5K this morning, and had a blast. Not only did I come in 2nd in my age category, I shaved 5 minutes off my previous time.
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Learn to Bollywood
I definitely left my comfort zone tonight. I bought the DVD "Learn to Bollywood with Pallavi." I love Bollywood music and the intricate dance routines. I've always wanted to learn to dance, but I was always too self-conscious because of my we... Read more
Can You Keep People From Eating Themselves to Death?
We had our family July 4th BBQ today. Yes it's a day early, but we'll be attending a parade and other events tomorrow. I grilled salmon and had salad, rosemary red potatoes, and corn on the cob. All very healthy.
My mother was told me ... Read more
Revelation: I now eat when I'm hungry
I had quite a revelation. I took the "How Positive Is Your Body Image" quiz yesterday. The revelation came at question 8:
Most of the time, I eat when I’m _______.
__ Bored, depressed, lonely, stressed and/or wo... Read more
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Lesson from the Lytton Casino
My girlfriends and I went to a local Indian casino today. Half way through the afternoon, I realized that following a diet plan is like gambling at a casino. You play the 5 cent slots (choose the lowest cal options), play one try at a time to ... Read more