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Aqua Zumba!

Friday, July 06, 2012      7 comments

This morning I tried out Aqua Zumba. It was fun. I'm sure that there are variations depending on the venue and instructor but this is how it was at our Y. There were about 50 people in the pool - about 25 in the warmer "family" pool and about... Read more

Defiant Eating

Thursday, July 05, 2012      2 comments

My eating has changed. I no longer binge on chips and dip. I no longer graze all day mindlessly. I have regular balanced meals with some treats built in. 90% of the time that works for me. Yesterday we had a barbecue at the park. I had som... Read more

Happy Dance!

Wednesday, July 04, 2012      4 comments

After Zumba last night the lady who was behind me came up to me and told me how proud she was of me because I was losing weight. I think it is significant (and funny) that it is only people who see me from behind who notice that I'm losing! <... Read more

Eating Out and Carbs

Tuesday, July 03, 2012      5 comments

Even when choosing "healthy" choices I often get off track when I eat out. My biggest problem is eating too many carbs which then makes my blood sugar go too high even if my calorie count is technically on track. Just like there are hidden su... Read more

July Goals

Monday, July 02, 2012      2 comments

It's July already! Here are my July Goals: 1. Continue to try to keep my blood sugar levels 2 hours post prandial to 120 m/dl or less. I'm probably 85% successful right now. 2. Be dairy and sugar free due to allergies. 3. ... Read more

A Mish-Mash of Thoughts and "Stuff"

Sunday, July 01, 2012      2 comments

I lost 1 inch around my waist this month! The scale hasn't moved in 3 1/2 weeks but it was so nice to see that new number on the tape measure. My MIL is dying She won't eat or drink properly. My husband and I were talking last night and ... Read more


Saturday, June 30, 2012      3 comments

The giving of praise is a hot topic in parenting and teaching circles nowadays. Apparently, giving copious praise for every little thing takes away a person's desire to do things for intrinsic reasons like the joy of learning. Intrinsic reward... Read more

They Put Sugar in the Peanut Butter!

Friday, June 29, 2012      3 comments

I normally get Adams. Ingredients: peanuts. I noticed that a new organic brand was on sale last week and the price was cheaper than Adams. It never occured to me that an organic brand would have any ingredients other than peanuts. They added org... Read more


Thursday, June 28, 2012      3 comments

Today I say Yes to: The sunshine (in moderation) emoticon Green smoothies Read more

The Latest Layer of the Onion

Wednesday, June 27, 2012      2 comments

No, not "The Onion". I'm talking about the onion that is my multi-faceted chronic health problems. Two days ago I had a very good day physically even though it was mixed with some heart rate issues. Yesterday I had another good day and I'm prett... Read more

Zumba Gold

Tuesday, June 26, 2012      4 comments

I fulfilled one of my mini Zumba goals today. I participated in a Zumba Gold class for active older adults that was being taught by an instructor friend of mine. It was a fun lighter workout. I recognized a number of songs that we use as warm... Read more

Mini Zumba Goals

Monday, June 25, 2012      1 comments

On my blog entry on possibly becoming a Zumba instructor, someone suggested listing the baby steps toward even seeing if this would be a good option for me. I've actually done some baby steps toward this already! 1. On Saturday I talked t... Read more

Digging Down Deep

Sunday, June 24, 2012      2 comments

My ten year old daughter overextended herself this weekend. Volunteering 7 hours at the Y, going to a baby shower, trying to fill baking orders for 2 large zucchini breads, 1 small zucchini bread, 6 dozen chocolate chips cookies (3 doz. with nu... Read more

Am I Crazy for Even Considering This?

Saturday, June 23, 2012      3 comments

I love Zumba. I go 4 times a week. I work out hard - sweat is pouring off of me by the time the hour is up! I've helped to lead songs on occasion - that doesn't mean that I'm anything special - the instructors often ask students to come up and h... Read more

The Power of Routines

Friday, June 22, 2012      4 comments

I've just had a couple of down days. It was so nice to know that I had this safety net of routines to get me through. I have an early morning routine: take my thyroid pill, log into Sparkspeople for encouragement, take my fasting blood su... Read more

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