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One-year SP anniversary!

Thursday, April 02, 2009      6 comments

One year on SparkPeople 15 pounds (in those first five months) 10,000 Spark points 11,500 fitness minutes and a new, healthier, happier lifestyle and body image. HURRAH!! Winter and the holidays were hard, but I maintained, ... Read more

New Year measurements and January goals

Saturday, January 03, 2009      1 comments

Thanks to portion control and a generally active lifestyle now, I have gained only a pound or so since our Sept-Oct vacation (I haven't walked for exercise since we got back, arrgh). Got my Wii Fit in mid-December, a few weeks after we got our W... Read more

Planned meals, late summer

Friday, August 29, 2008      1 comments

I sat down and planned dinners, snacks, and baked goods for the next two weeks or so. (I'm SURE we'll grill out over the Labor Day weekend, too.) These are kid-friendly, including pastas, breads, ranch dips, and such things. We tent to be v... Read more

More healthy numbers!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008      2 comments

My physical checkup today was ever so boring (yay!), but I was delighted to hear that my blood pressure was a very nice 118/72 and my pulse was a very nice 72. In the past my BP has been around 130/80 or so and my pulse maybe around 90. I like t... Read more

Substitutes list, a quirky twist

Wednesday, August 27, 2008      1 comments

I saw this list at the end of a SP article about using food substitutions. The suggestions were typical foods that have been highly processed to lower their fat and calorie content (skim milk, nonfat/lowfat frozen yogurt, etc.). My perspect... Read more

Plateau, arrgh

Tuesday, August 26, 2008      3 comments

emoticon I took my measurements today -- first time since June 16, which should have told me something right the... Read more

First, protein & produce

Sunday, August 24, 2008      3 comments

My daily protein and fruit/veggie numbers have risen to pretty decent levels, and here's what I did. When I need to eat, have some protein and a veggie or fruit. Do NOT reach for carbs until these are taken care of. That's it. Now... Read more

New challenge: food

Saturday, August 16, 2008      3 comments

I really have to improve my nutrition. Whole grains, more protein, more produce. Drop the simple carbs. Eat at home and from scratch. Keep an eagle eye on my breakfasts and snack choices. It's high time to get over my summertime reluctance ... Read more

Gotta regroup and restart

Friday, July 18, 2008      2 comments

I barely visited SP the last week, seesawed drastically on my exercise, and had a couple of pretty high-calorie days that, thankfully, weren't as bad as they could have been thanks to my choices (I tracked the first day), but were still quite hi... Read more

Where I am now: updating the numbers

Wednesday, July 02, 2008      2 comments

From June 16 to today, just over two weeks, I've made some great progress! I lost 1.5 pounds, nearly 1.5 inches in my waistline (at last!), and 0.5 inch off my hips, and held steady on my thighs (though they *look* better!). My standard wal... Read more

Inches update

Monday, June 16, 2008      2 comments

From my baseline measurements on May 5 to today, I've lost an inch off my hip measurement (woohoo!) and another inch off each thigh measurement (fantastic!). My total inches went from 126" to 124" (I guess I only included one thigh in my baselin... Read more

Nine pounds gone!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008      2 comments

149 pounds this morning. -- !!!!!!! -- I've lost NINE POUNDS this spring!!! Yesterday I put on a pair of shorts that used to be tight on me, and they were wayyyy loose! OMG (sorry, rarely do I do that) -- I can hardly believe this. I t... Read more

Baseline numbers, and a surprise

Monday, May 05, 2008      2 comments

I decided to take on Sunday's challenge from the SP Swimsuit Challenge, and take all of my measurements. Neck 13 5/8" Waist 31 3/4" Hip 44" Upper arm 12 5/8" Thigh 24" ** Total inches: 126" ** (7/2 revision = waist + hip + both... Read more

Jump rope

Sunday, May 04, 2008      2 comments

Bought jump ropes yesterday for the kids and myself, and tried it out today. Pant, pant! (Not really -- but I sure did need brief rest periods.) Even simply figuring out how to jump rope again after decades was a much more intense workout t... Read more

May goals

Sunday, May 04, 2008      1 comments

My goals for May: - 1 hour walking 5-6x/week - Add other cardio, 2x/week - experiment! - instead of a walk - Add strength training, 3x/week (and continue to track food, water, fitness) A couple of days after I set my goals, I learne... Read more


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