I swear, my face is twice as big as it was on Saturday morning. Just one night of high-fat, high-sodium foods and my body is holding on to water like a sponge. I feel gross--puffy, bloated, and swollen--and here's the thing, I think I ALWAYS f... Read more
Victories On and Off the Scale
Down 2.7 pounds today after no gain or loss last weekend. That puts me almost 9 pounds down since I restarted Spark in March. I had really been hoping for a couple weeks of those big start-of-diet drops to motivate me, but since two weeks afte... Read more
Six Pounds Down and People Notice?
Since I restarted Spark I have lost six pounds. I probably lost another 4 before that, when I came back from Christmas break just disgusted and finally ready to make a commitment to myself. So I have lost 10 pounds probably total, since Januar... Read more
For a Girl Who Claims to Not Be Social, I Eat Out an Awful Lot.
My last blog was about how I am a secret shy person who has difficultly talking to new people, and who would really rather not go out. For someone who professes to be a homebody, I go out an awful lot. This weekend I went to see my friend's ro... Read more
People think I am an outgoing person. I'm loud, bubbly, generally the center of attention in a group of people. I am constantly told how friendly and fun I am, and that it must be nice to have so much self-confidence. I moved to AFRICA for ex... Read more
A Numbers Game
When I decided that I was going to recommit to Spark, I set a pretty generous goal for myself. I want to lose 140 pounds before the end of 2013. It's a lot of weight, but it's also well over a year and a half to do it. I know from past exper... Read more
Surviving Brunch, or Why is Everything in a 9x13 Pan Delicious and Not Good For You?
So, first of all, while I did survive brunch, albeit with less than 400 calories available for the rest of the day, I did not survive book club last night. I had such good plans; I ate a piece of salmon and an apple before I went, so that I wou... Read more
What is the Point of "Healthy Desserts"?
I'm not talking about a beautiful, fresh peach, grilled until it has char marks from the grill and drizzled with a teaspoon of organic honey; I totally get the joys of fresh fruit, in season. There is nothing as delicious as a bowl of ripe pine... Read more
The American Commissary
One of the little perks of my job is that I have access to the American Commissary, basically a store run by the embassy, which sells American products at prices that are close to what you would pay in the States. Since buying American products... Read more
Teachers eat a lot of junk. I am not sure if other jobs entail as many parties and food-related events, but rarely a week goes by where I am not offered a crepe from the French class, or pizza from the football team lunch, or have a student att... Read more
Turkish Food vs. Lulu: Round Two
There is a Turkish place in the neighborhood that is one of our favorite places. A group of us from my apartment complex will often order food and hang out to watch television or have a couple of drinks. Last week we ordered a huge amount of f... Read more
I've had a Pinterest invite for a while now, but never bothered to do anything with it until my massive dose of insomnia last night. None of my friends were online, Facebook was boring, and there is only so many times you can play Bejeweled bef... Read more
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I Have the Posture of a Beanie Baby
My back hurts. Pretty much all the time. Not intense pain, nothing debilitating, that would compel me to go visit a doctor, but a nagging, aching pain that is just vaguely uncomfortable and annoying.
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