My main go-to breakfast, especially during winter, is oatmeal. Any breakfast with oatmeal is going to be heart-healthy, but I keep looking for ways to maximize its potential - getting more bang for the buck, so to speak. A good thing to add is... Read more
A lightbulb went on in October, and I was finally on a roll exercising, tracking, and just generally making healthy choices every day and losing pounds at a good rate. I was doing fairly well through December, and then I ran into a few obstacle... Read more
I think one of the biggest challenges I have had in developing a healthy life-style has to do with exercise. Growing up, I had few positive experiences with exercise, and I just didn’t like it. There really wasn’t much of a PE program at my el... Read more
My first mini-challenge was to complete two sessions of 30 minute cardio. I knocked those out yesterday, and I have completed one more session today. Some days I amaze myself! Now that I have proved to myself that I can do this, I feel confide... Read more
Las year, I participated in some mini-challenges on different teams, and I found them to be highly motivating and effective. Today I am challenging myself to complete 60 minutes of cardio in two sets of 30 minutes each. I have been doing sets ... Read more
After all is said and done, 2010 was a turning point for me, and I finally starting building healthy habits. It took all year with many small steps and some missteps, but I now track what I eat on a daily basis fairly consistently; I stay with... Read more
This made me laugh. I hope it does the same for you! Happy holidays to all my Spark friends. I truly appreciate your encouragement and support this year. You have helped me more than you will every know! Many thanks!
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I lost about half a pound on my weigh-in after Thanksgiving. I had expected it to have been better than that. After all, I had stayed within my calorie range, I exercised every day, and I definitely didn’t over do it on Thanksgiving. In years... Read more
The Winter 5% Challenge asked this question, and it certainly gave me something to think about. Some of my reasons have always been obvious to me, a few came to the surface that surprised me. So why now, at this point of my life, do I want to l... Read more
...is not as slippery as it once was! I am speaking of that Halloween to New Year's slippery slope of never ending diet calamities waiting to wreak havoc on my healthy new life style. I could always count on that time of the year for a 10-15 p... Read more
Things I am thankful for:
I am thankful for my dear husband who adores me and has the patience of a saint.
I am thankful for my two daughters who have grown to become amazing women in their own right.
I am thankful for my good fri... Read more
My weigh-in at my Weight Watcher meeting today confirmed it - I have officially lost 10% of my starting weight. Sweet victory! I have no doubt improved my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and reduced my risk of a heart attack - this is g... Read more
Last week, I committed to the following for every day this week, and this is how I did:
...Exercise at least 30 minutes every day - EXCEEDED GOAL (I exercised 45 minutes on four days and 30 the other three days)!
...Track everything I ea... Read more
Last week, I put in writing my goals for the week. I committed to the following for every day of the week:
I will exercise at least 30 minutes three days and 45 minutes four days this week.
I will drink at least 8 glasses/oz of water p... Read more
I have been working on tracking and exercising for months now, and I want to reinforce that effort. Tracking my steps is new for me, and I want to work on increasing my efforts there. I try recipes and attend WW meetings sporadically, so I want... Read more