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Still going strong!

Monday, January 26, 2015      3 comments

I realized today that I overlooked my anniversary of quitting my job, and becoming "retired". That happened on the 21st. This week was another milestone, of receiving my Medicare card. So here I am approaching my 65th birthday, and I'm more a... Read more

Body Massage

Thursday, January 01, 2015      2 comments

I was mulling an interesting thought yesterday afternoon, as I gazed at a billboard of a gorgeous young woman with defined collar bones and blond hair swept into a french twist, wrapped in a luxurious towel, and someone's hands giving her massag... Read more

Looking back at 2014

Thursday, December 25, 2014      1 comments

2014 was the year I decided to focus on ME. I improved my life by quitting a very stressful job, and replaced that activity with bird watching and nurturing a garden. In July, with my doctor's prodding, I started working on my weight. Kaiser'... Read more

Size 22 Pants

Thursday, October 02, 2014      7 comments

I was size 26 when I started this journey last July. I had a pair of size 22's in back of my closet, reminding me of my goal. I noticed my 24's were baggy, and thought, "What the heck? Let's try on the 22." OMG! It fits perfectly! Then I wen... Read more

Responding to My Body

Friday, September 26, 2014      0 comments

Okay, Body. I hear you! You have clearly informed me that you want a balanced meal plan with carbohydrates in proper perspective. You like carbs. You also like some fats to keep the skin subtle. So I'm going back to the SP recommended pie c... Read more

Respecting One's Body

Sunday, September 21, 2014      2 comments

I just read an SP Article about Loving One's Body. The closing paragraph was as follows: Take care of your body Diets, pills, quick-fixes, binging, not exercising, over-exercising, all these things disrespect one of the greatest gifts you h... Read more

Still Reducing Carbs

Friday, September 12, 2014      2 comments

Yes, I lost 2 lbs this past week. That's better than any week during the past two months. I'm going to keep doing this, and see how it goes. Now that I'm 14 lbs down, I'm starting to fit into clothes that I couldn't wear before. This is a t... Read more

Follow up - Reducing Carbs

Tuesday, September 09, 2014      0 comments

I'm still finding it difficult to get close to 40% fat, 30% carb and 30% protein. My husband eats low fat, and tons of fresh fruit and veggies, to keep his heart healthy. So I'm adding fats, and eating small carb servings (like rice, pasta and... Read more

Changing the weight-loss formula?

Thursday, September 04, 2014      3 comments

Last Monday, there was an article on All Things Considered about a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. It adds to the body of evidence that cutting back on carbs, not fat, can lead to more weight loss. The big point here, i... Read more

Aim for your goals

Tuesday, August 26, 2014      0 comments

I just read an interview with the Sacramento King's newest rookie, Sim Bhuller. Sim is 7'5" tall, and of Indian-Canadian heritage. He was talking about working toward one's goals. He said, "My message is just that if you work hard and really a... Read more

Social Eating

Saturday, August 16, 2014      1 comments

It seems to be human characteristic to celebrate special occasions by sharing food. Yesterday, I had two examples of social eating, and I want to share how I managed to keep them controlled. On Fridays, my husband and I go to the coffee shop ... Read more

One Day at a Time

Wednesday, August 06, 2014      0 comments

Weight loss is a slow process, especially as an older person. I have to remind myself of that. There are no quick fixes. After all, these unwanted 100 pounds crept on to me over the past 10 years. It's going to take a while to work them off.... Read more

18 Months later

Saturday, August 02, 2014      0 comments

Wow. It's fascinating reading my previous entry. So much has happened since then! My husband's surgery has been postponed for another 5 years or so. The aorta is not dilating any further. The valve will need to be replaced, but not now. M... Read more

2013 - a year of challenges

Monday, December 31, 2012      2 comments

2013 is going to bring some challenges in my life. My husband, Steve, is expecting open heart surgery some time between May and October. His next tests in April will help determine when his upper aorta needs to be replaced. So how does this ... Read more