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Waiting for that outside push – in health, weight and a clean house

Saturday, November 17, 2012      13 comments

“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

Friday, November 16, 2012      18 comments

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"

Thursday, November 15, 2012      14 comments

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?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012      14 comments

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?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012      8 comments

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

Monday, November 12, 2012      26 comments

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.

Sunday, November 11, 2012      12 comments

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!

Saturday, November 10, 2012      11 comments

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

Friday, November 09, 2012      16 comments

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

Thursday, November 08, 2012      20 comments

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

Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts How to celebrate an anniversary? - 3 yrs of maintenance

Wednesday, November 07, 2012      61 comments

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

Tuesday, November 06, 2012      11 comments

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?

Monday, November 05, 2012      17 comments

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

Did you have work done?

Sunday, November 04, 2012      16 comments

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

My daughter is a Sparker too! What can we teach the next generation?

Saturday, November 03, 2012      11 comments

How about preventing weight gain in the first place? Now I don’t expect SP to be inundated with new members in their appropriate BMI range, but I’m glad to see a team of those with “Less Than 10 Pounds to Lose.” My daughter is in that gr... Read more


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