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Having trouble finding work

Saturday, June 23, 2012      7 comments

I'm really having trouble finding work. After losing my job two years ago, I went back to get some additional schooling. It took about a year. So far, it looks like it had absolutely no effect. I am starting to feel really weighed down by the fe... Read more

Driver's license pictures--Reality check

Wednesday, June 13, 2012      9 comments

Today I had to renew my driver's license. During the four years since I last renewed, I had ballooned up 20 pounds. Thanks to SparkPeople, when this new picture was taken, I had lost ten, so I was only up 10 pounds from the last time. Thanks Hea... Read more

I'm working on the tame your sweet tooth challenge

Wednesday, May 23, 2012      9 comments

I was planning to keep this in the journal on the planning page, and most of the entries I probably will, but today I was assessing my sweet tooth, and I decided to copy it into my blog. I am going to record my feelings about sweets and how ofte... Read more

The Accidental Arabesque

Friday, May 11, 2012      8 comments

Today when I was bending over to feed the cats, I noticed one of my feet coming gently off the floor, and kind of as a counterbalance, gracefully arcing up behind me. I was amazed at what a natural, graceful movement this was and how high and st... Read more

New Low weight today!

Monday, May 07, 2012      11 comments

I weighed in at 164.2 today, which is a new low weight for me. So what is improving for me? The spring weather is making it possible for me to get out and walk more. I have been averaging 10 miles a week this month. I have also been working on g... Read more

Chapter 4: Fire

Saturday, April 21, 2012      4 comments

Staying motivated can be one of the most difficult parts of setting and reaching goals. I really enjoyed the positive outlook of this chapter. It was really good to realize that self-discipline does not mean beating yourself into submission, but... Read more

I hit my 10 pound milestone today!

Monday, April 16, 2012      7 comments

I'm very happy to report that I hit my 10 pound milestone today! This will give me a new marker to work on maintaining and moving beyond! Yes, now I am here, I do look and feel better, but I can see the need for the next 10 pounds to come off! T... Read more

Shifting gears for a steady, maintainable pace.

Saturday, April 14, 2012      3 comments

I loved this article: A Solution-Focused Approach to Weight Loss Ask the Right Questions, Find the Right Answers -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert www.sparkpeople.com/reso
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Spark Chapter 3: Fitness

Friday, April 13, 2012      3 comments

I'm glad that this chapter reminded me that fitness is made of several parts--not just exercise. I'm grateful that I learned good principles of nutrition early from my mother. I grew up loving fruits and vegetables and not feeling a meal was com... Read more

Received Coach Nicole's new video in the mail this weekend

Monday, April 09, 2012      5 comments

I am excited to have Coach Nicole's new video in the mail this week. I really like the 10-minutes-when-you-can philosophy of exercise and I am also looking forward to trying a wide variety of things like the video promised, and to having the thr... Read more

Spark Chapter 2: Focus

Wednesday, April 04, 2012      2 comments

I am working on the chapter 2 part of The Spark book bonus program. It is about focus, which is a really important part of goal setting. It's like the vision that helps you stay on course when you set your goals and make sure that you get where ... Read more

Reading The Spark: Introduction and Chapter 1

Sunday, April 01, 2012      4 comments

I remember reading a review of The Spark on Amazon that criticized it for getting to the diet portion so late in the game. I think that is what actually appeals to me most about The Spark. I think that having some perspective about how fitness a... Read more

I hit a new low weight today!

Saturday, March 31, 2012      8 comments

Today after my shower I weighed in at 165.4. This is a new low for me since I started the Spark Diet. I am excited--especially since it has felt like I have been on a plateau for so long. Thanks everyone for your encouragement and good advise. I... Read more

Why I am spring cleaning my "Other Goals Tracker"

Saturday, March 31, 2012      5 comments

I tend to be a joiner. I think something is a good idea, and join on in. Then I get myself spread too thin and wonder why I can't get anything done. Tonight, I went through my Other Goals and started cutting back. I cut back on things that I had... Read more

Losing two pounds would be a big victory for me!

Thursday, March 29, 2012      5 comments

I would really like to lose those last two pounds that keep me from reaching a 10 pound weight loss. What a hump this has been for me! That would be a big milestone. I know it is tiny compared other people's big victories, but it would be a grea... Read more


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