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Walking - kicking it up a notch Part 2

Friday, November 27, 2015      0 comments

Well, who would have guessed that my determination to walk further and faster would lead to my desire to take a walking vacation in the Tuscany region of Italy! I paid the deposit on two trips, back to back, next September. That gives me 10 mo... Read more

Thanksgiving Avoidance

Sunday, November 08, 2015      4 comments

For the first time in at least 10 years, we are not doing Thanksgiving at our house this year. We have hosted for my sister's children and their kids, and really enjoyed watching the grand kids grow up, and the millenials find their way in life... Read more

Central Asia and Eating "to Plan"

Friday, October 23, 2015      4 comments

Steve and I have just returned from an amazing 3-week trip to Central Asia. We visited the countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan. The food there was surprisingly good. While the natives are not really i... Read more

Vacation and "Dieting"

Thursday, September 24, 2015      3 comments

My husband and I are going to tour the Silk Road, starting Sept 29th. We'll be gone for 3 weeks. My challenge will be to eat healthy and get exercise while on this extended trip. My research tells me that vegetables and fruit will be availabl... Read more

Walking - kicking it up a notch

Sunday, July 26, 2015      1 comments

I've been walking since I received my Spark gizmo. I added a walking class this summer. I'm now up to 3+ miles of walking almost daily. It has made a huge difference in the speed at which I'm losing weight. I will certainly cross the 200 lb ... Read more

Metabolism - A follow-up to my 4/25/15 blog

Wednesday, May 20, 2015      1 comments

As promised, I am following up on my comments of 4/25. I took a Metabolic Rate test at Kaiser today (Ree/Vue Indirect Calorimeter). My metabolism is FINE! I learned that my resting energy expenditure is 1613 calories per day. For me, maintai... Read more


Saturday, April 25, 2015      1 comments

It sure is frustrating when the weight refuses to come off! My scale readings have been bouncing between 217 and 220 for 6 weeks. I am exercising more, and purposely not eating all my allotted calories. It isn't helping. I've made an appoin... Read more

You know you're getting smaller when...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015      4 comments

Well, I'm slowly moving off the 220 lb plateau. In the mean time, my body is shrinking. I'm having fun noticing the things that are changing. 1. People are regularly making comments about my slimmer appearance. Talk about positive reinforc... Read more

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

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