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Here I am, very present in this moment

Monday, April 07, 2008      3 comments

It feels awesome to be here today. I love Spark. I love all the people here and how we are supporting each other. I love our new group based on The New Earth. I am so peaceful and relaxed knowing that no matter how life out there is frantic... Read more

Diabetes and Dementia in the aging population

Thursday, March 27, 2008      7 comments

This past weekend I took care of my 86 year old mother. She has diabetes and is showing the beginning signs of dementia. My mother was always a tiny lady. She never overate or was overweight. She always chose to eat healthy foods, never bing... Read more

Dressing like a Thin Person

Sunday, March 23, 2008      8 comments

Do you think it is possible to dress like a thin person would? Today I went shopping with my daughter and tried on a dress that I would never have picked out for myself. It was a slim, knit, snug body hugging, form fitting, above the knee, cut... Read more

The Magic Bullet

Friday, March 21, 2008      4 comments

I was reading on another members blog that she was having trouble sticking to her eating plan and was looking for an "easy button" to push. This is what I wrote to her, and it ended up being an "ah ha" moment for me. I call it the magic... Read more

TAKING LIFE FOR GRANTED

Friday, March 14, 2008      3 comments

Many years ago I lived in Israel and scenes like the man on the camel were an everyday view for me. At that time I took it all for granted. Our life was simple and full of adventures. Now that I am older and wiser, I realize how special... Read more

A New Earth

Sunday, March 02, 2008      5 comments

I am reading the Eckhart Tolle book, A New Earth and plan to participate in the course given on Oprah.com on Mondays. Learning about spirituality has been my passion for several years now and I am enjoying this book immensely. I started th... Read more

SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

Sunday, February 24, 2008      2 comments

Feb 23rd, 2007 There is nothing like a wonderful day of sun in the Pacific Northwest, and when it comes in February it reminds me that spring is just around the corner. Today I spent the whole day outside basking in the sunshine. I di... Read more

Taking a Bit of Time for Myself

Wednesday, February 20, 2008      10 comments

This past weekend I took care of my elderly mother and father. It is difficult to watch your vibrant parents slowly lose the twinkle in their life. Along with that my boss is on vacation and I am working alone, my significant other is sick wit... Read more

Can we talk?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008      8 comments

Ok, so I switched into Phase 4, and I am doing fairly well. I have still been posting all of my calories and exercise. However, I have had a huge desire to eat some things that just aren't that great for me. For some reason the carbs have... Read more

Excuses, Magic Bullets, and Taking Responsibility

Thursday, February 07, 2008      8 comments

Ok, if you like to have life sugar coated, stop reading right now. I worked for several years as a back office medical assistant to a surgeon. Some of our patients were sick because of the lifestyles that they chose - ie smoking, drinking,... Read more

Today is the First Day of the Rest of my Life

Monday, February 04, 2008      7 comments

January 3, 2008 Today I made a huge committment and have moved into stage 4 of Spark Diet. I thought about this a long time before doing it thinking maybe I am being a bit premature since I am not yet half way to my goal weight. However, ... Read more

REVERSE PSYCHOLOGY, OR THE SAGA OF THE CHOCOLATE CAKE

Thursday, January 24, 2008      6 comments

Ok, I have been doing absolutely fantastic. I passed Thanksgiving, Christmas, my birthday and New Years and had no problem keeping on track. I exercised even when I felt a cold coming on. I posted even when it was midnight and I wanted to sle... Read more

Sunshine, sunshine everywhere, not a single ray to spare!

Friday, January 18, 2008      4 comments

Up here in the northwest, we have several days during the year when the sun doesn't shine. During these gray days it is sometimes difficult to feel motivated to do anything, let alone exercise. For the past few days we have had some gorgeo... Read more

Celebrating the good things in life

Thursday, January 17, 2008      3 comments

January 16, 2008 Trouble goals As I have been working through the trouble goals, those irritating little habits that elude us and cause problems in the healthy living journey, I have come to realize that once acknowledged these troubles se... Read more

Day 3 working on my trouble goal

Tuesday, January 15, 2008      4 comments

I am having wonderful realizations on the emotional eating topic. Yesterday was the peacemaker issue, the day before was giving up my own dreams for other people's needs. Today it is about PTSD. One of the after affects of living in Isra... Read more


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