It's Time To Regroup...Again!!!
I have logged back into sparkpeople after a long hiatus. I met my weight goal, had my surgery (one year ago), and recuperated mostly. I lost down to 140 pounds. Over the last year I have gained almost 20 pounds. It just kind of crept up a po... Read more
Fighting a Krispy Creme Donut
My daughter walked in last night about 8pm with a especially large bag. I looked at her and the bag incredulously...it was a krispy creme donuts bag with two large boxes of doughnuts. From where I was sitting, it looked like dozens. I shrieke... Read more
I spent part of the month of February and most of the month of March in medical testing, evaluations and various procedures in preparation for lung transplant surgery. So, I had maybe 2 days each week to exercise and was pretty much off my rou... Read more
Working on My "Spark" List
I have dared to dream. Last November I began evaluations for a life saving lung transplant. The goal from the transplant team was to lose weight to 140, get off of any narcotic medication and meet a financial threshold. Well, since November I h... Read more
Spreading The Spark: Week Four
I "Sparked" a friend today! I lunched with an acquaintance who, like me, has a chronic lung disease and is on oxygen therapy. I have been battling and managing my condition for ten years and she was just diagnosed 3 years ago. She suffers gr... Read more
Week 3: Getting in the Groove...
is my concept of healthy lifestyle changes covered in Chapter 8. These involve consistency in doing those small things that lead to more and more positive results, which in turn keeps the wheels turning to keep getting the result. This is head... Read more
Recapping Chapter 7: Healthy Lifestyle Habits
Because I have been involved in SparkPeople for a while, there are aspects of chapter 7 that I have already, if not mastered, at least incorporated into my routine. I did however recommit with the pledge and reviewed/reread most of the articles... Read more
Pledge and Breakfast: The First Two Healthy Diet Habits Action Steps
I printed and signed the pledge that signifies my commitment to my goals to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. I'm not sure if I signed this when I was a new member of spark a few years ago, but I feel like it is worth doing it makes t... Read more
Ready to Move to Chapter 7
I have read the articles, refocused, completed my visual motivators, tracked my food, blogged my feelings about all of the issues in Chapter 6. I'm anxious to move on to the next level. Since I've been on Spark for a while, many of the strateg... Read more
Day3: Committing to Spark Time, Revisiting Rewards and Revamping Pantry
Doing the 28 day program has me taking a look at my spark people involvement. Mind you, I'm on spark and doing relatively well: I track my meals, I exercise 4-5 days a week and shop fairly wisely around the perimeter of the grocery store. Stil... Read more
Day 2: Building My Visual Motivator
I started compiling items for my dream board a couple of years ago as a new sparker. Day 2 of the 28 Day Plan finds me knee deep in the files and minutiae that I had saved from before and surrounded by magazines with pages folded, sticky noted, ... Read more
First Day of 28 Days! FIRED UP AND READY TO GO!!
I'm pretty excited about starting the 28 day program although I've been a sparker for 3 plus years now. Because I need to ramp up nutrition, fitness and resulting weight loss, participating in the 28 day program helps me to get back to the soun... Read more
Chapter 5 - Positive Force? Self Actualization?
Reading Chapter 5 caused me to reflect on all 4 of the Cornerstones. And while not an exact parallel to Maslow's Heirachy of Needs, Positive Force, in my opinion, is the synergistic pinnacle of the first three cornerstones just as Self Actualiz... Read more
Revisiting Fire in Chapter Four
Reading Chapter Four takes me back to my early days in Sparkpeople. I have always been positive, a leader, decisive, active. Since being diagnosed with a chronic lung disease, I felt that I had lost those attributes that defined who I was; Job ... Read more
When Did I Begin to Crave Exercise???
It snowed here on Friday night and Saturday. Pretty much closed down the area as we are in the south and are not equipped to handle major snow storms. It's been okay to hunker down over the weekend, reading and eating soup. But as I think about... Read more