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I'm joining the 10-minute fitness challenge for this month.

Monday, March 19, 2012      2 comments

I like walking and running and I am involved with a couple of programs that track that. I have done two 28 day boot camps and I want to do something that keeps me cross training. Otherwise it is really easy for me to just do the running/walking ... Read more

Spring fever rewarded

Thursday, March 15, 2012      3 comments

At the first of March, I was so skeptical about spring actually coming. I was braced for a few more weeks of winter. But although there have been a few snowstorms around here, they just melt away in the warm weather. Things are starting to green... Read more

Jury duty piques my interest in a trial

Saturday, March 10, 2012      5 comments

This week I was called up to jury duty. I would have to say it was a pretty interesting experience, although I wasn't actually seated on the jury. It was for an infant abuse-homicide case, and it turned out that they had called up about 90 poten... Read more

I think blogging gives me stagefright

Saturday, March 10, 2012      7 comments

I seem to draw a blank a lot when I'm trying to think of something to say on this blog. I think that maybe I get stage fright knowing that it will be out there in public. I am trying to maintain my weight loss and then go forward. I just seem to... Read more

6 months on Sparkpeople

Sunday, March 04, 2012      11 comments

I just wanted to note that on February 22, I celebrated 6 months on Spark People. If I could accomplish what I did in the first 6 months in the second 6 months, I would be happy. I have definitely joined the slowest losers club. I am on a platea... Read more

Meal planning helps

Wednesday, January 18, 2012      9 comments

I have been working through the stage 2 diet strategies, and they have helped to shake me off my plateau. Although I had been a faithful tracker of what I have been eating, I saw some subtle but profound differences happen when I started plannin... Read more

What I like about SparkPeople

Thursday, January 12, 2012      6 comments

I started SparkPeople because I ran across a link on another health related website I was reading one day. I had never heard of it before. I had been wanting to join Weight-Watchers, but I didn't feel that I could afford it. I was in for the sur... Read more

One dress size down!

Sunday, January 08, 2012      7 comments

I am excited that I have lost one full dress size! Before my waist and hips were in the 18 range. Now my hips are in the 14 and my waist is in the 16. This was a bit surprising to me because my hips have usually been a bigger size than my waist.... Read more

Creating Mini-"Shake-it-Up" Routines

Monday, January 02, 2012      3 comments

All the talk of 10-minute exercise workouts on Spark People has given me the idea that I can create some mini-routines that will help me reach my goals in other areas as well. I also realized that in areas of my life that feel under control, I a... Read more

Glimpses of Simple Greatness

Saturday, December 31, 2011      2 comments

One thing that I have come to love about Spark People is getting glimpses into other people's lives. There are so many different people using the Spark that are outside of my regular circle of friends and acquaintances, and as I have visited the... Read more

Tackling My Hardest Stategy Action Step -- Measuring food

Friday, December 30, 2011      7 comments

In reading Stage 2 of Spark Diet, I knew that the hardest action step for me to take would be measuring food. It is one of the last ones that I have left to do, and I finally started on it this week. The reason that it is so difficult for ... Read more


Thursday, December 22, 2011      1 comments

Lately I have been remembering a motivational technique I learned a few years ago of writing affirmations. Affirmations are positive comments, written or stated in first person, that help reinforce why a goal is important to you. They are very m... Read more

Just in TIme for Christmas--Closet/Cupboard "Diet"

Tuesday, December 20, 2011      2 comments

If you are like me, one thing that can make decluttering very difficult is the fact that my closets, drawers, and cupboards are already too stuffed. This year, I don't have a lot of money to donate to charitable causes, but I realized that I had... Read more

Enjoying the variety of Sparks Teams

Saturday, December 17, 2011      2 comments

One of the things that it getting me excited about the Spark People website is the variety of Spark Teams that are based around things I am interested in such as reading, children's literature, cooking, home making, writing, multigenerational-h... Read more

Activity Pyramid

Monday, December 05, 2011      6 comments

A few years ago, while using Kaiser Permanante, I was introduced to the Activity Pyramid. It was very similar to the Food Pyramid, and there are several things that I really like about it. First, it introduces the idea that just as we need a wel... Read more

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