Time to Relight the Fire
During my four years on SPARK, I have made a lot of changes in terms of my exercise and eating. At one point, I was on fire and lost some significant weight – 50 pounds – in a reasonable amount of time. Then I slowed down. I have been gaining... Read more
A Bit of Irish Humor
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!
Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, 'Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I w... Read more
Looking for New Recipes?
Of course, my main sources for healthy recipes are the SP site and the SP cookbook, but I am always looking for new ideas. I have my tried and true favorites, but it is so important to keep switching things up. Luckily for me, there are tons o... Read more
Blogging Day 7
As this week of blogging challenge draws to a close, I am pretty pleased with myself. This experience has helped me identify and focus on a particular habit and actually make some significant progress. As I shared my thoughts, frustrations, an... Read more
Tracking...Still At It
I know tracking is important, so that is the habit I decided to focus on this week. Despite how long I have been doing it, I am not really at the point where I can say it is truly a habit. Having spent some time thinking about this, I have tri... Read more
Sometimes I Amaze Myself!
I did it!!! I finally did it!!! Oh, yeah!! Oh, yeah!! I actually went out for dinner and stayed on program.
As per my plan on my last blog, I ate a light breakfast and lunch with lots of veggies, leaving me with adequate calories for a ... Read more
So, Here Is the Plan...
There has got to be a way for me to successfully deal with eating out. As my SP buddy GOROSIEO suggested, "...we have to develop this eating out system in our own heads for long term so it a) doesn't derail our efforts and b) we can maintain th... Read more
Minor Tracking Obstacle
I have been successfully tracking all week. Of course, it is only Monday, but, still, I am on a roll and building consistency. It really isn't so difficult...as long as I am home. It is when I go out that I have a problem, and I am going out ... Read more
If you want to make something a habit, you have to work at it. The odds are improved if it is something that can be done daily. Being consistent is key. At one point during this process (my most successful, I might add), I made tracking ever... Read more
I am very consistent about drinking at least 8 glasses of water, eating at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies, and exercising at least 30 minutes every day. I am really at the point where I am on auto-pilot with these healthy habits. My pr... Read more
New Dinner Items for the Cloverleaf Café
Most of the recipes I have been using on a regular basis come from SPARK. DH is definitely a carnivore, so there is more meat than I like on the menu. (What can I say? I love the guy!) I mostly cook chicken, though, and a non-meat entrée once ... Read more
New Lunch Menu Items at the Cloverleaf Café
I mostly eat salads for lunch made with lots of veggies and a variety of protein options, but I do like a good sandwich now and then as well. So my menu options look like this:
Veggie Chopped Salad (Three Ways)
¾ cup each of 3-4 differen... Read more
Breakfast, Steel Cut Oats, Dr. Oz, Oh, My!
I knew I was on to something when I started eating steel cut oats for breakfast (thanks to SPARK members for sharing that suggestion!), and I keep singing their praises at every opportunity. I came across this article today which reinforces wha... Read more
A Few More Breakfast Items for the Cloverleaf Café
The Cloverleaf Café has some great items on the menu, and here are a few more to add. I like a breakfast that is high in protein and will stay with me until lunch. Fair warning, my new favorite breakfast these days include steel cut outs with ... Read more
Switch Points - What a Concept!
At today’s WW meeting, the leader talked about the switch points on train tracks, whereby three inches of steel determines which direction a train goes. To illustrate her point, she said that one time a train employee hit the wrong button and s... Read more