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He told me I could have a cookie too. Drat! Now what? Do I want the cookie? - Yes. Can I afford the cookie (calorie wise)? - No. If I have it, I'll go over for the day. But it's there, and it's chewy and delicious and he offered it to me f... Read more
Ode to a Grocery Store
Oh, Whole Foods...how I love thee.
On Thursday mornings, my weekly schedule brings me close to a Whole Foods Market. Since I'm on my way to work when I pass by, I usually can't stop for long or buy too much because I have to keep it with m... Read more
Sparkies, Sparkies Everywhere!
Since joining SparkPeople I have started to look at the world differently.
There are the obvious ways - trying to figure out how to fit in more exercise, cooking new recipes, waking up every morning and walking myself through my day to make... Read more
Summer Flings and Diamond Rings
It was August 2006. I had just started a new job and was figuring myself a pretty big deal since this new position was in my field and finally paid more than poverty level in Chicago. I was working on my first big project that involved calling... Read more
Please Hold - We're Experiencing Technical Difficulties
Ah, the ballad of the broken scale. Well, I don't think it's broken, but my house might be.
So I get up this morning and am dreading the weigh-in anyway. I know I'm likely going to be up because of the long weekend, and the food and the a... Read more
Old Habits Die Hard
Maybe it was because I was hungry.
Maybe it was because I was tired.
Maybe it was because I started delving into some rough stuff with my therapist that I'm not quite sure how to process yet.
Maybe it was because I thought I deserved it.
... Read more
Wow. I haven't blogged in a week. To be honest, I haven't really had all that much to say. I've been coming to terms with my last blog and letting the idea of becoming an "athlete" truly sink in. I like it. I'm game for it. I'm making plan... Read more
Swim. Bike. Run.
I just had a CRAZY idea. I mean seriously, I think someone might have to lock me in a loony-bin.
I had a GREAT swim tonight - and quite possibly it is the reason for this crazy thinking I've been doing. I have a sneaking suspicion that I ... Read more
It's Not Easy Being Green
It's been a long week. Well - at least it feels that way. I've been a bit more detached from my "Sparkiness" of late - checking my page only a couple times a day, using my nutrition and fitness tracker, checking in on the DGOTD and then signin... Read more
Boring Weight Loss... Learning to Embrace the Plateau and Other Small Hang-ups
I've been working through the idea for this blog for a few weeks now. This morning I am mad at the scale again, so I think it's time to get this out of my head and down somewhere that I can see it.
Only ten pounds into my journey and I hav... Read more
The More We Do, The More We Are Able To Do
Human beings are really amazing. We have the capability to adapt to just about anything. We live in crazy climates, we support any number of stresses on our bodies physically and mentally, we have children, we hold multiple jobs, we deal with ... Read more
Going to Great Lengths...for Exercise???
When we would take family trips as kids to Florida, my mother would always plan our route around all the Cracker Barrels on the way. I can remember getting the Cracker Barrel map of the US and following our route based on where we were stopping... Read more
Scale-Busting: Inches are the New Pounds!
So even with the new weigh-in Wednesdays, I'm still up. It's cool though. I'm blaming TOM. And the fact that 12.6 pounds in 2 weeks really is A LOT to lose, so my body is just getting used to this whole 'healthy lifestyle' thing anyway. I'm ... Read more
I'm changing my weigh-in day to Wednesday...cause I don't like what the scale said this morning.
WHAT??? How is that even possible? I ate in my calorie range EVERY day this week, when last week I was above a few days. I exerci... Read more
Closed for Maintenance
I have had a love for water since I was in the womb. One of my favorite pictures of me as a baby was taken when I was about 3 months old with my mom and dad in my grandparent's hot tub (never mind the "you aren't supposed to take your baby in t... Read more