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I found a new place for short walks!
Saturday, September 24, 2016      6 comments

I mentor a teen who is in foster care. Yesterday I got a call saying that she really needed to talk. I called the group home's office to get permission, and the director suggested a small river side park nearby. It was perfect. We could walk. W... Read more
5 to 10 percent - I have a new goal!
Thursday, September 15, 2016      2 comments

I finally asked my doctor what it would take for me to go off of my medication. She said 5-10 percent weight reduction. Hmm. Her math was a little off, and she suggested that it could take a year or two. I believe that 5 percent is possibl... Read more
Pounds vs Pokeman
Wednesday, July 13, 2016      3 comments

I don't know how long Pokeman will hold my interest, but it's motivating me to move. My daughters talked me into installing the game on my phone. I have done more walking than I planned on just to catch the critters. My husband who is ... Read more
Supporting someone fighting anxiety and depression
Sunday, May 29, 2016      3 comments

I'm parenting a teen struggling with anxiety and depression. I am doing my best to be loving and supporting, but I feel like I'm not adequate. There are so many conflicting opinions. Plus I have to consider the level of cooperation. I find mysel... Read more
New Goal
Thursday, April 21, 2016      0 comments

Spring and Summer Goal - 16 pounds Goal Date - August 11 Exercise Strategy - more steps, more walks, strength training Food Strategy - reduce use of sugar and sweeteners, continue eating gluten-free, more organic food, less processed food... Read more
Previous Introduction Text
Thursday, April 21, 2016      0 comments

How many new beginnings will it take to actually be successful? Well, at least one more. I'm doing the Spark Start challenge this time. I have been sidetracked by injury and arthritis. I have regained all of the weight I lost a few years ag... Read more
Resetting the Goal
Sunday, August 30, 2015      1 comments

I am inspired by people who stick with a plan and have a large weight loss. I revisited my goals, adjusted the amount to lose per week, and set a new target date. Yes, I'd love to do it faster, but I really want to do it no matter how long ... Read more
Summer Gratitudes
Sunday, July 19, 2015      0 comments

1. I'm glad my knee replacement surgery and recuperation has gone well. I enjoy being able to walk without pain. 2. I'm glad that watermelon exists and that I get to enjoy it in the summer. 3. I enjoy my job and my coworkers 4. I have a lo... Read more
First Walk at Work
Thursday, July 09, 2015      3 comments

My employer has started a "Walk on Wednesday" program that allows employees to stay on the clock and walk on Wednesday afternoon for up to an hour. Yesterday was my first time participating. It was very hot, very humid, and very sunny. I wa... Read more
I am so glad
Sunday, May 24, 2015      5 comments

The surgery and recovery have been a difficult process, but I am definitely happy with the results. Before the surgery, I would be exhausted walking the short distance from my car in the parking lot to my desk. Last week, I went to IKEA wit... Read more
Eight Weeks
Tuesday, May 05, 2015      1 comments

Yesterday I went to the DMV. After standing in line for a few minutes, I realized I had left the title in the car. Before surgery, I would have been so discouraged. Walking back to the car would have been a big deal. However, I went to the car, ... Read more
Seven Weeks
Tuesday, April 28, 2015      1 comments

My physical therapist is very pleased with my progress. Today I could bend at 115° and could straighten to 3°. The goal is to reach 120+°. Like many other things in life, physical therapy is hard, but very rewarding. When I bend my knees... Read more
Monday, April 27, 2015      3 comments

Before I had knee surgery, I was at my highest weight ever. Then after the surgery, my weight was still high, probably because of all the IV fluids. But as I became more mobile, I dropped 12 pounds in 3 weeks. Dropping the weight so fast gave me... Read more
Getting more flexible every day
Friday, April 24, 2015      0 comments

Physical therapy is making a difference. It is very hard at the time, but the benefits very much outweigh the discomfort. When I first came home, ordinary things such as getting in and out of bed were challenging. Now, for the most part, su... Read more
Six weeks
Monday, April 20, 2015      1 comments

I can definitely tell the difference in my mobility since I came home from the hospital. I rarely use my cane, and I barely take pain medicine. I still tire easily, and have difficulty bending my knee or straightening it completely. My... Read more

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