Actually Lost 10 lbs in April
In late March I signed on for the "Lose 10 lbs in April Challenge" but soon I began to doubt that I could do it, and furthermore I began to question the wisdom of trying. I have learned from Spark People that attempting too much too soon will mo... Read more
Glad to be Part of SP
Mondays are my one day off per week which obviously allows me a lot more leisure, so I spent quite a bit of time on SP today mostly replying to posts on the message boards that I would normally pass over in the interest of time. And I must say t... Read more
Nice to Enjoy a Meal Out Once in a While
Now that I've been focusing on healthy eating for a little over a month, it's nice to eat out knowing (1) that I have a much better idea of the calories I'm taking in and can at least "ball-part" them and (2) that even though I ate more than nor... Read more
Values are Better Caught than Taught
I started Spark People a little over a month ago and so far I've lost 11 lbs. This, however, is just a symptom of healthy eating and more regular exercise which are the things on which I'm focusing rather than weight loss. Within a few days of b... Read more
Walking while Working
I have a very sedentary, intellectual-oriented job--I teach the Bible, theology, and the original biblical languages (Greek, Hebrew, and a little bit of Aramaic) in the context of a church. Yesterday I decided to experiment with walking while I ... Read more
Good to be Home
It's so good to be home again (I've been at a conference in NC this week) where I have complete control over my diet. I was excited to see that I only gained .5 lb this week given that I ate quite a lot and drank more southern sweet tea then I s... Read more
I Miss my Bike!
I've been in Charlotte NC for some meetings the last couple of days, and boy do I miss my bike! Lord willing, I'll be able to catch a brief ride after I get home (Minneapolis area) this afternoon and I can almost hear my bike calling me now--can... Read more
Thank God for a Healthy Cook!
I've been in Charlotte at an all day meeting of fellow pastors who start new churches, and the one preparing our meals for us must be a Sparkie! Thanks be to God. She served us spinach, mandarins, a very healthy stir fry, etc--with some brownies... Read more
Traveling--How Will I Eat
Well, I'm about to head out to Charlotte NC for two days of meetings where I will have no control over the food that's put before me--morning, noon, and night! So this is a new kind of test and I frankly don't know how I'll do. I pray that the L... Read more
First Week of Plateau
I've been with Spark People for a month now, and this is the first week I've not lost any weight. Over the previous three I had lost 10 lbs so perhaps my body needed a break! I've eaten the same, exercised the same, etc. so I don't know what's h... Read more
Honestly--Just Trying to get my Point Today!
It's Saturday, I'm tired, don't have much to say--but I want my point so I guess with this I've succeeded!... Read more
Keeping my Eyes on the Right Prize
It's usually easy for me to stay focused on healthy living rather than weight loss, but over the last couple of weeks the weight has been coming off so fast that I've come to enjoy, and even expect it, more than I ought. The last few days I've b... Read more
Thoughts on Herbs & Spices?
I've got high blood pressure and thus need to watch my sodium intake. Thus, I want to begin learning about the wide variety of herbs and spices out there so that I can still enjoy tasty foods without putting too much sodium in my system.
A... Read more
Great Day for a Long Ride
I'm traveling to CA in mid-May and one thing I plan to do while there is take a long bike ride--110 miles in one day. So each week I do an endurance ride, among other things, to get my body and mind ready for the big day. Today I'm scheduled to ... Read more
YES! I'm no Longer "Obese"
Thanks be to God, I just recalculated my BMI for the first time in three weeks (when I started Spark People) and, having lost 10 lbs, I've eaked out of the "obese" category! A score of 30.0+ is over the line, 29.9- is under, and I'm at 29.7! Awf... Read more
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