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Workout Shake Up

Wednesday, October 03, 2012      6 comments

This is another Spark Coach challenge. I am going to shake up my work outs by doing twenty hours of Callenetics in the next 10 weeks (December 12). I have used these videos before (Callenetics and SuperCallenetics) with really good results, but ... Read more

A wonderful place to live, a wonderful day to be alive

Monday, October 01, 2012      9 comments

We had been watching the leaves on the mountain turn for days--a patchwork quilt of scarlets, greens, and golds. This is such a beautiful time of year, but it can be so fleeting. A heavy frost and a stiff wind can end all that glory almost over ... Read more

Exercise motivators

Saturday, September 29, 2012      4 comments

Spark coach gave some really great tips today about what to do when you don't feel like exercising. (Coach Nicole's program) Here is a very brief synopsis; 3 for today: 1. Get dressed to exercise: put on your workout clothes 2. Put o... Read more

N.E.A.T. ideas

Thursday, September 27, 2012      5 comments

Last week Coach Nicole did a program in SparkCoach about a concept called Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT). This is about raising your base metabolism by being more active when you are not exercising. By doing small things like parkin... Read more

Celebrating September

Monday, September 17, 2012      13 comments

I love September, the season of Indian summer. The days have become shorter. Now it is dark soon after 8:00. The shorter days bring with them a welcome coolness after the heat of the summer. These earlier evenings are perfect for neighborhood ni... Read more

Hurray! I found my motivation to lose weight again!

Monday, September 10, 2012      16 comments

It has been a while since I really wanted to lose weight. I think it happened when I got down to my 10 pound weight loss mark. I was so excited. But then I found that those last 5 pounds came back almost like I'd never lost them at all. What hap... Read more

Moi? Le Sabateur? Mamma? Le Sabateur?

Friday, September 07, 2012      6 comments

Entertaining family is a big deal at our house. It always has been. My mother has always had a huge commitment to making sure there is plenty of healthy food at every meal, but there are also plenty of treats--often based on fresh fruits, peanut... Read more

My most common excuses not to workout

Sunday, August 26, 2012      8 comments

Today is another blogging assignment from Spark Coach to blog about our most common workout excuses and counter them. I guess I have three most common excuses: I don't have time, I'm too tired or not feeling up to it today, or I'm bored wit... Read more

10 Healthy Snacks

Saturday, August 25, 2012      10 comments

The SparkCoach action plan today was to plan 10 healthy snacks between 100-150 calories and post the list on your refrigerator. This is my list: 1. 20 Almonds (139 calories) 2. 1 medium banana (109 calories) 3. 5 cups healthy pop ... Read more

Sparkiversary Reflections

Thursday, August 23, 2012      9 comments

I made it through one year with SparkPeople, and although I'm not the star weight-loss member, I know that I am in a better place today because I have joined SparkPeople then I would be without you all. *I have made some great friends in th... Read more

Quick Meal Plans

Sunday, August 19, 2012      5 comments

Today's spark coach topic was on planning quick, healthy meals. This is a good thing to keep in mind, so I am going to put three quick meal ideas together. These are meals that I would have to put together on a day I needed to grab something fas... Read more

Refocusing

Friday, August 17, 2012      6 comments

I found that cutting back on my weight loss goal a bit, and reminding myself that my motivation is better health--starting with a "healthy BMI" at 159 lbs, really helped me to feel more committed and less daunted at the task. Right now I th... Read more

Re-thinking my weight goal.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012      4 comments

I have been wondering why I have lost so much motivation to lose weight lately. Aside from the stressful factors which have been part of my life with moving and hunting for a job, I think that the single most important factor is that I am not th... Read more

Ready to work through the situation again

Thursday, July 05, 2012      6 comments

Being passed up for two jobs I thought would be a perfect fit kind of sent me into crisis and it got pretty scary for a while. During this time I kept up on my walking, and checked in every day. The weight gain was discouraging, but I am ready t... Read more

Chapter 5: A positive force

Thursday, June 28, 2012      6 comments

I thought this would be one of the easiest chapters for me to write on. I was surprised that it has been quite difficult. I was raised in a family where volunteer work and community service have been a way of life. I have really got a lot of enj... Read more


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