A quiet Sunday
I am so thankful for today. I have had a very busy month, having to work for 4 Saturdays in addition to M-F regular hours. Working a 6 day week is not my norm! That meant that Sunday was spent trying to get the laundry done and preparing for th... Read more
This is my journey
When I started Spark (for at least the 4th time) 3 months ago, I wanted to be nose to grindstone, never cheating, and doing everything: blogging daily, tracking all food daily, exercising daily, etc. In other words--do it all!
Well, I hav... Read more
Looking back, moving forward
I took some time last night to look back over the last 2 1/2 months. I started with Spark in December and was highly motivated and successful. Then it happened. Work got busy, the weather was too bad to walk outside, and I got sick. My motivatio... Read more
Whew! Glad last week is over.
To say that last week was busy doesn't even begin to describe the week. Long days at work, worked on Saturday for the 3rd weekend in a row, and finally finished everything that needed to be done. It felt so good to go to bed last night with noth... Read more
Handling the well-meaning food pushers
I have struggled and, by my own doing, got off track. I finally got back on track and have bee able to handle taking my own lunch to work to save calories, keeping only healthy food in the house, and doing other healthy lifestyle things. But I h... Read more
A creed to live by . . .
I like to get up and read a daily inspiration/reflection/meditat
ion. This was today's and it fit what I was feeling as I "recover" from a major slip-up! It came from www.appleseed.org where there are many good inspirational readings. Thought... Read more
Slip sliding away
I came dangerously close to quitting---very close. I had a streak of days of no exercise and junk food (fast food). So today I realized it was something I'd been battling for some time--and I was losing; not the weight, but the battle.
I t... Read more
Short but . . .sweet?
Yesterday was a rough day for me. I craved any and every kind of food which may be why I noted how many phrases are used that relate to food. It started with someone saying, "I'll keep this short and sweet." My mind went: sweet, yummmm, Dunkin D... Read more
Now the hard part starts
I've been with Spark, consistently, since right before Christmas. At first it seemed easy. I was excited and motivated. Also, I had vacation so could really focus. I planned meals, cooked, ate better, and exercised. The weight came off, motivati... Read more
Is it REALLY easier to be unhealthy?
I had a setback---a big one. I'm talking McDonalds, beer and chips, and cookies setback. As I sat eating, thinking, "It's just a setback. I'll be okay. I deserve this." And on and on. Part of me felt like it was just so much easier to sit and ea... Read more
Saturday, lovely Saturday, how I love Saturday!
Yes, Saturday is my favorite day of the week. A whole day stretches before me with nothing to do---well, nothing I "have" to do. I get to get up, drink my coffee and read the paper leisurely, and think about how to spend my time. A full 24 hours... Read more
NEAT vs exercise
Heard this on Spark Coach: daily activity is called NEAT and is not the same as exercise. Here i thought a full day of housecleaning was exercise, but it isn't. At first I was disappointed, but then I realized that even if it is NEAT it burns ca... Read more
One flight at a time
Yesterday I did something I didn't think I could do . . .climbed 25 flights of stairs in one day! I didn't set out to do it, it just happened. When I got to work, I decided to take the steps as far as I could. I made 6 flights before I gave up a... Read more
Rainy day . . . . do I or don't I?
I was looking forward to today because I'm having lunch with a co-worker. Not only would I have good company for lunch, we planned to walk to a great place for getting healthy lunches. So I'd have exercise and good food.
So I wake up and --... Read more
Yes, I have met the saboteur and it is me! Not always, but often it is my own thinking that sabotages my efforts. It goes something like this:
"Wow! I've lost 15 pounds total. See, it's easy, so I can cheat a little and get back on track." OR ... Read more