An old lady’s advice – the view from the far side
My grandmother was 65 when I was born. She seemed old to me from my earliest memory. Now I’m 65 and I have 6 grandchildren ages 11-18. I wonder if I look old to them.
She arrived in the USA in 1900 alone at age 17 on a ship that still ... Read more
Waiting for that outside push – in health, weight and a clean house
“No one knows our house is messy ‘cause when somebody’s coming we clean it up.”
That was my son’s observation many years ago as I mobilized the “troops” for a marathon effort to get our house “ship-shape.” Company was coming and not just a... Read more
I used to be a hermit
Retirement can do that to you, although what I really mean is that I was an online hermit. I was online everyday and until recently very few people knew about it. I would read and learn in all areas of life including SparkPeople. After nearly... Read more
Diet as a “part of speech"
I dislike the word diet when it’s used as a verb. “I’m dieting” brings to my mind images of deprivation. I imagine myself sitting at a banquet with everyone enjoying wonderful food while I turn down all the options with “No thank you, I’m diet... Read more
Maybe I should rename my snacks as meals?
Just a case in point: Checking on one random day, I see that I consumed 1782 calories, near the very top of my maintenance range It was also a BIG day for exercise - running, walking, canoeing and even 2 short SP strength training videos. Acc... Read more
Did you win?
That was my Dad’s question 25 years ago when I returned from a “Turkey Trot” charity run. It was Northern Virginia. There were about 1000 participants and I was 40 years old. It was also my very first 5K.
Dad was blinded by love, but he ... Read more
Sizing creep in pictures – how I stayed in denial
Many Sparkers have commented on the sizing creep of the fashion industry. Since I have “vintage” clothing all the way back to 1959, I just did some in-house research.
Here I am with my 2nd child. I’m very happy to be wearing my SIZE 10 sh... Read more
“Thank you for your service” is not enough.
Today is Veterans Day which originally was called “Armistice Day,” the day that ended WWI which at that time was “The Great War” or “The War to End All Wars.” Sadly, that didn’t happen.
On Sundays my blog entries tend to be more introspe... Read more
Water, water everywhere? How about salt, salt, everywhere!
We used to have to memorize poetry in school back in the stone age. Do they even do that anymore? “Water, water everywhere and nary a drop to drink.” As I remember, that was the lament of the Ancient Mariner as he was surrounded by undrinkabl... Read more
The middle of the road is a lonely place and dangerous too
This is absolutely not political, but with a hard fought election just 3 days behind us, I’m struck by the similarities between our weight loss journey and our political landscape.
I don’t have to describe the political situation. We’ve ju... Read more
I weigh myself every day and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with me
Although I’m in maintenance for almost 3 years, I’m very glad that I don’t have an “official weight day” every week or month because a few days ago after 2 months of exceptionally stable (within tenths) weight, I gained 2 pounds overnight. Beca... Read more
How to celebrate an anniversary? - 3 yrs of maintenance
How appropriate that Thanksgiving Day will be the date that I’m scheduled to join that special 5% who keep the weight off for 3 years. How ironic that it’s also a day we traditionally celebrate with food, lots of food.
What can I do to m... Read more
The View from a Plateau
Ah, the dreaded plateaus of weight loss. As I read the new blog posts each morning, it’s a rare day that they are not a focus of concern to someone. A search of the message boards reveals the same thing. Anyone who has ever been on a weight l... Read more
DH gave away a package of cupcakes! Dare I hope?
Could this be a new direction for the junk food king?
My husband, aka the junk food king of the world, has carried on a 45 year affair with Little Debbie, the snack cake lady. On my sparkpage I have a candid photo of our kitchen table at... Read more
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Did you have work done?
It took me a minute to understand what that old acquaintance was actually asking. I hadn’t seen her since my retirement and when we reconnected, I was two years into maintenance.
I lost my weight very slowly so I really didn’t get much r... Read more