My Most Recent Detour
I haven't been around SP much these past six months because I've been way too busy and stressed to even think about Sparking.
It started in February when my 80-year-old mother had her 5th back surgery. Between her degenerative discs and her... Read more
Goodbye, January and Hello February
Goodbye, January. I’m actually very sorry to see you go because I didn’t do as well as I’d planned and I’d like more time to put things right. Here’s what happened (or didn’t happen):
Progress on My Existing Goals
1. I want to have a ... Read more
True Confessions . . .
Usually this space is full of optimistic tales of progress and success -- sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, as the old song says.
Tonight is different.
Tonight is (dunt, dunt, duhhhhhhhhhh . . .):
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I had a great "Weigh Day", which made me very happy because I've worked VERY hard this week. That start to my day motivated me to stay on track today and get lots accomplished, including 2 workouts.
The first one was unplanned. I was waiti... Read more
Lean and Mean: Kalantha's Notes
Anybody ever heard of Billy Beck III?
I hadn’t until yesterday. He’s apparently the epitome of personal trainers, owns a personal fitness center, based in Florida, and has a Masters Degree in exercise physiology. He’s been in fitness magazi... Read more
Review and Revise
The new year has begun and, before it's too far gone, I need to review my goals from December and decide upon what I'm aiming for in the month of January.
Progress on my existing goals:
1. I want to have a healthy “BMI” (18.5 – 24.9). ... Read more
Step-daughter leaves tomorrow and I'm getting right back to my regular routine (I can't wait!)
I actually met my December goal of 213 lbs. last week, but this past week of eating hasn't been all that great. So, I'm expecting a small gain wh... Read more
Busy, busy, busy!
Christmas, visitors, birthday, New Year's, fitness (I am still on track). Didn't lose anything this week, but didn't gain either, so I'm happy.
Step-daughter arrived yesterday and she'll be here for a week which means... Read more
The Road to Truth
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” (Buddha)
I’m moving further and further along on the road to “truth” and, this time, I AM going all the way.
Here’s how I know... Read more
One at a Time
One thought at a time.
One . . .
Second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade
At a time
One . . .
Holiday, party, event, celebration
At a time
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Nip It in the Bud (Notes)
The notes below are important to me because, while I have always been able to lose large amounts of weight, I have never been able to maintain my losses. This particular chapter of one of the books I'm reading addresses strategies for how to do... Read more
Quick Check-In Too
I think I'm finally starting to feel a little better, but had A LOT of trouble sleeping last night. Tomorrow's my exercise "day off", so my plan is to get to bed early tonight and then take it easy all day tomorrow.
Despite not feeling all... Read more
If You Snooze, You LOSE!
For some reason, my American culture glorifies a fast-paced lifestyle in which people are proud of getting up before the sun and staying up late, often getting only 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night, when most people actually need about 7 – 9. But t... Read more
I've been fighting a cold/sinus infection for the past couple of days and busy with Christmas prep. Still trying to keep up with my piano practice, other household chores, exercise, and meal prep. So, needless to say, not much time to "Spark" th... Read more
Self-Efficacy Related to Weight Management
I started out today thinking about the difference between Weight Loss and Weight Management. For me, the obvious difference is that Weight Loss relates to short-term dieting, that will eventually end, and Weight Management relates to a permanent... Read more