There is more to this winter challenge than just losing weight. For me, it is also about stepping up healthy habits and behaviors that will help me maintain that loss.
As I reflect on my progress so far, I have a fairly impressive list, i... Read more
I hit the Farmers’ Market this morning looking for items that would support my goal to eat sensibly. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that you can’t be eating sensibly if you aren’t eating at least five fruits and veggies a day.
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The Winter 2011 5% Challenge, that is! During this eight week challenge, I have three major expectations:
--to weigh less at the end (preferably the full 5%, but there is this little matter of a 14-day cruise celebrating my 35th wedding anni... Read more
These are my goals for the 2011 Winter 5% Challenge.
1. I will log my daily nutrition and fitness info on the Spark Trackers daily.
2. I will follow Sparkpeople nutritional guidelines and stay within the calorie rang... Read more
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