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Don't paint with a broad brush.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011      14 comments

Painting with a "broad brush" is only good if you have a barn to paint. I'm obviously using it as a metaphor but let me explain why I bring it up. People tend to paint with broad brushes when it comes to "others". I'm sure you have felt this ... Read more

Sometimes a power failure is a good thing.

Friday, July 22, 2011      19 comments

We had a nine hour plus power failure that forced us to throw away lots of refrigerated and frozen foods. I was amazed at some of the things still lurking there after a year of being on SP. I guess I didn't want to throw away food but seriousl... Read more

What a difference a year makes

Thursday, July 21, 2011      26 comments

July 20th of last year was when I dusted off my Sparkpeople account and got serious. I had actually set up an account many months before but never DID anything with it. That sort of sums up most of my adult life with regards to nutrition and ... Read more

That small pebble...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011      20 comments

Have you ever gone on a hike or a long walk and had a small pebble in your shoe? You might be surrounded by the most amazing vistas, fragrant flowers, bubbling brooks and singing birds. You might be in the company of your one true love, an old... Read more

Come in and COOL off!

Monday, July 18, 2011      13 comments

It's WICKED hot outside. The actual temperature is 93F and the heat index is 103. All I know is that when I opened the back door to let the dog out it felt like a convection oven. OPPRESSIVE! So how DO you cope on a day like today? Firs... Read more

Lessons Learned

Sunday, July 17, 2011      13 comments

As part of a summer challenge I have to reflect on the last round of BLC (a member-created challenge here at Sparkpeople). The challenge lasted 12 weeks and over that period I lost 9.3 pounds. I was on vacation for a little over a week of the ... Read more

a BIG dose of perspective (Picture)

Friday, July 15, 2011      39 comments

I have a 12 year old dachshund named Max. He is the sweetest dog I have ever owned. All my friends in real life call him "the love dog" because of his disposition. Max is gravely ill. I am surprised he survived the night. We took him to th... Read more

Injuries and Momentum

Saturday, July 09, 2011      27 comments

This will be a brief blog as I am typing with my left hand. I injured my wrist on Wednesday, spent most of yesterday between the doctor and the imaging center and now I am facing a few weeks of immobilization of my right hand/wrist/forearm. I ... Read more

Car Exercises

Saturday, July 02, 2011      14 comments

Yes, you read that right! I was stuck in a car for 400 miles today and found there WERE exercises I could do: "Glute Squeezes" "Quad Sets" "Hammer Curls" "Wrist Curls" "Mini Leg-Lifts" and at pitstops and gas stop - high knee ... Read more

The perfect flaw

Saturday, July 02, 2011      9 comments

There is a framed piece of counted cross stitch hanging over my desk that my older sister stitched in 1994. Her stitching is so even and neat and faithfully recreates the award winning design from a cross-stitch magazine so many years ago. How... Read more

That little voice in my head...

Thursday, June 30, 2011      21 comments

Eleven months ago when I began this journey my "little voice" was indulgent. It said things like "Have another cookie." "Why not drive thru McDonald's?" "Cookies are on sale - buy 2 boxes." "Get the 3 course meal - the appetizer and dessert ar... Read more

The thing I love I also HATE

Tuesday, June 28, 2011      24 comments

I love the internet. I love that I can find the answer to just about anything so quickly. I love that I can connect to people all over the world in seconds. I love Sparkpeople. I could go on and on, but in spite of my love of this world wide... Read more

How losing weight affects the rest of your life

Tuesday, June 14, 2011      30 comments

I've lost a little over 66 pounds and in the process have lost a few other things too! One is that need to surround myself with "stuff". If something was free I took it. If something was on sale for 90% off I thought I couldn't live without i... Read more

Just keep putting one foot in front of the other...

Sunday, June 05, 2011      20 comments

When reading blogs and posts I often see people say things like "I need direction." "I need motivation." "I'm bored." "I'm tired." "I'm struggling." etc. There is nothing "easy or quick" about this journey to health and fitness and many o... Read more

Need YOUR input!

Wednesday, June 01, 2011      36 comments

Okay I lost 1/10th of a pound. Granted, I didn't gain, but this week I slayed my all time fitness minutes with 922! I ate in range (some days at the bottom some near the top) and I drank my water... 1/10th of a pound? Okay I know I've ... Read more


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