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Mindful Walking and Other Thoughts
"Mindful walking" is my term for what I am trying to do now and, for you SP folks, it has nothing to do with exercise, so feel free to move on if that is a disappointment. ... Read more
Friday: On Track
What a wonderful day! A good day at work, on track with food and water and exercise! I am slowly starting to see that my energy level is improving. After I walk, I have sustained energy for a longer period of time. However, I still get very sl... Read more
Today is a Victory!
The fact that today was a very nice day for me highlights the difference that SparkPeople (website and community) have made in my life. I was so tempted to eat everything in sight and not be accountable yesterday - take the day off as it were. ... Read more
Thank You, SparkPeople!
This morning, I huddled with some teams with "I need support". I have been amazed by the responses! I have not reached out successfully before (preSP). When I posted that, I didn't know what to expect. I am humbled by the generosity of people... Read more
Stuck? I feel like a banana slug!
Last week, I walked every day at work (5 days straight). Every day I added time or increased difficulty. The campus has steep hills and stairs. Saturday, I intended to do some weight training, even though I am still clueless on that point. I... Read more
Turtle Day (Slow and Steady...)
I discovered yesterday that the nutrition info on SparkPeople in terms of portion size is different (smaller) than a diet I had used before and was using as a guideline here. Today was my first day of really measuring according to the package d... Read more
Amusement Park: Unexpected Metrics
This morning was my weigh-in and measure morning. During the week, I had stepped on the scale out of curiosity and REALLY liked the number, but I didn't count it. I said at the time that I didn't put stock in the number, but, based on my disap... Read more
In Memoriam (If Dad Could See Me Now!)
Five years ago today, my dad died from prostate cancer that metastacized into bone cancer. I held his hand as he died, the hardest thing I've ever been through, but I had to be there. My Navy brother held his other hand, and my very pregnant s... Read more
My New Mantra: No Shortcuts!
Exercise is still a big word to me, so I look for ways to make incremental changes in how I go about my day, small ways to add movement. I walk the long way around while in the office, I don't go to the nearest coffeee bar. When time permits, ... Read more
Finding Motivation Everywhere!
I started the day with a short walk from my desk to the cafe at work. The sun was shining, the air was very cool and it was glorious! I was trying to count steps, but a visitor asked for directions and a coworker stopped to chat. I have been w... Read more
Made My Day!
Last night, I thought I ate a really healthy salad before class. I was at school and had no time or resource other than instint for my dinner choice. Because it's an evening class, waiting until almost midnight at home was not an option. The ... Read more
I Think I'm Missing Something
Yesterday, I walked more than I have since starting this program. At lunch, I walked for 12 minutes and it was down a steep hill and back up - not level at all. In the evening, I walked another 18 minutes, but it was level. To see I burned so... Read more
Another Coachable Moment
Monday morning! I am really tired because I stayed up too late and then did not sleep well. Tonight and tomorrow night are long because I have classes after work. Normally, I would dread the rundown feeling. I love school, but I have reached ... Read more
Today, I weighed in and the scale moved in the right direction! I also decided to measure myself, something I have not done in years. As Dr. Phil famously says and has been used used ad nauseum, "it is what it is." There's no point in attachi... Read more
Putting it Together
I joined SparkPoints on 01/27. but didn't weigh in until a few days later. Very slowly, over the days, I've poked around on the website. I've learned from the articles on the site, from the SparkFriends...The friends and teams have provided en... Read more