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Cooking Enchiladas for Multiple Food Needs
Monday, July 23, 2012      1 comments

My 15 year old son requested that I make chicken enchiladas tonight. Since he's back from having been gone for an entire week, I indulged him. The thing is, making enchiladas in this house is not easy. If you are a purist, look away now becau... Read more
10 Secrets of Zumba Instructors
Sunday, July 22, 2012      2 comments

Ive been hanging out with a lot more Zumba instructors, asking questions and making observations in my own quest to improve my health and fitness enough to join their ranks. I think Im starting to discover some of their secrets at least of ... Read more
Too Tired and Overwhelmed
Saturday, July 21, 2012      2 comments

Nothing has changed in my life. My routines are the same. My workload is the same. I just got 8 hours of good sleep. But I'm exhausted - in body and soul. Suddenly everything just seems overwhelming. (That doesn't mean that I won't go to... Read more
People are Talking
Friday, July 20, 2012      1 comments

I had two ladies come up to me after Zumba to compliment me on working so consistently and so hard. They asked "are you losing weight or tightening up?" Well, other than a one pound loss at the start of the month that scale has been "broken", ... Read more
Explaining Obesity to Others
Thursday, July 19, 2012      1 comments

On an online forum I belong to (not weight related), there have been a lot of threads lately on the obesity problem in the U.S. and other developed nations. One thread in particular asked people Why are You Overweight? I read a little bit of... Read more
Two steps forward and one step back is still progress
Wednesday, July 18, 2012      4 comments

My weight is fine. It fluctuates 2 or 3 pounds but I"m used to that. It's the rest of my health that is rocky right now. I burned myself 9 days ago. I am now on antibiotics for cellulitis. This morning I noticed that I now have thrush from ... Read more
Rah Rah Rah!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012      5 comments

Some days I have to cheer myself on. I figure if there is going to be a running commentary in my head it should at least be a positive one. So. . . You can do it! Baby steps lead to big steps. One thing at a time. It's... Read more
That's Life
Monday, July 16, 2012      5 comments

I was watching "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" last night. I was struck at how the person losing weight kept wanting conditions to be perfect and used imperfect conditions to be an excuse for not making good choices. I've been there. ... Read more
My burn
Sunday, July 15, 2012      3 comments

Six days ago, on Tuesday, I burned my forearm while removing a cookie sheet from a very hot oven. It was a 2nd degree burn - white in the middle. It seemed to be healing just fine. Then yesterday it suddenly swelled up and was red in about a... Read more
My heart has two holes in it (my emotional heart, not the cardiac one)
Saturday, July 14, 2012      4 comments

My husband and 15 year old son left yesterday for camp in Colorado. They'll be gone for 10 days. My husband has been working 10 hour plus days so it's not like I'm used to having him around all the time. And my son is quite independent too so he... Read more
Frustrating Frustration
Friday, July 13, 2012      1 comments

Frustration is the feeling you get when you cannot achieve a goal easily or your path is impeded. We experience frustration all our lives. And I doubt that it ever gets so easy to deal with that it isn't frustrating anymore. So how do you... Read more
Conquer Today's Mountains
Thursday, July 12, 2012      3 comments

My mountains might be your molehills but I'm going to conquer them one step at a time. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Get out those big girl panties. Or now that I'm trying to move into much smaller girl panties perh... Read more
She noticed
Wednesday, July 11, 2012      4 comments

Last night during a water break at Zumba, a lady came up to me smiling. "You come to the Y everyday!" she exclaimed. "Yup. Except for Sunday I am here everyday." I chuckled a bit as she went back to her spot. But as I thought about it, I re... Read more
Cardio Kickboxing
Tuesday, July 10, 2012      2 comments

Last night was cardio kickboxing night. We get a lot of people peeking in the windows at us. When I go out into the hall for a drink of water, people often ask me what it is like. Of course there are variations depending on instructors, but t... Read more
Oh the Stamina!
Monday, July 09, 2012      2 comments

I was very worried going into this weekend. Back-to-back outside commitments for 3 days in a row was a recipe for pain and exhaustion. Thanks to God and magnesium, I survived with flying colors. Friday started with trying out Aqua Zumba, ... Read more

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