There's Nothing Standing in My Way
I was scared that I was going to plateau at 40 pounds down. But that hasn't happened and I've now lost 42 pounds! I've previously always plateaued almost immediately upon reaching a new low. I now wonder if this had less to do with a "plateau... Read more
Irresistible Foods and their Substitutes
I've made a list of the foods that I just can't seem to say no to. My goal is to think of healthier "replacement foods" that offer similar satisfaction without being entirely too irresistible. I haven't figured out substitutions for all of the... Read more
So, I have come to the conclusion that I have an addictive relationship with certain foods, especially the usual suspects, white flour and sugar. I'm trying to figure out how to proceed with this knowledge. Eliminate them entirely? Keep a tig... Read more
I'm in Size 12!
Today, I had a major non-scale victory: I fit back into size 12 clothes. I went shopping with a buddy and we went to all sorts of stores. I was shocked when I fit into a size 12 dress and size 12 jacket at H &M.
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My Husband, the Chef: Valentine's Day Recap and Pics!
So, my husband is a professional chef. Sometimes this is a bad thing (like when he brings leftovers home from work!) but often this is a good thing, like when he devotes his creative efforts to making me a beautiful and healthy Valentine's Day ... Read more
Man, the food pushers are out in full force today, as expected! I'm glad I gave some thought to my strategy for handling the holiday. Sure, I could have a cookie, or a piece of cake. But I'm doing my best to avoid those foods for the time bei... Read more
FINALLY 40 POUNDS DOWN! Pics!
When I first started using Spark seriously in 2009, my goal was to lose 40 pounds. I figured I'd do it in six months or a year, tops, and then be free to return to my preferred state -- one of unhealthy nutrition and no regular exercise.
L... Read more
My Water Streak Reward (Pic)
During my lunch time walk, I stopped off at Cost Plus and grabbed myself a little reward for streaking!
It was only ten bucks but it matches my outfit today and every... Read more
New Streak, New Reward!
Today, I've beaten my previous streak of getting 8+ cups of water a day by streaking for 18 consecutive days! I'm very proud and, of course, plan on continuing my streak. Water is like the back bone of a healthy lifestyle. Without water, prop... Read more
I stumbled upon a journal entry I wrote this time last year. In it, I wrote about my new healthy lifestyle and all the benefits I was reaping from it. Then I wrote the following: "I plan on remaining committed to this at least through May."
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Technically, my only nutritional goals at the moment are to track my intake every day and to eat at least two plant based meals a day. These goals are going very well. I'm also, obviously, trying to limit my intake of junk food. More specific... Read more
Getting Stronger Every Day
I started taking toning classes under duress. I have always avoided strength training. I know, I know, it is good for me. But I didn't think it was fun and hated the way it left me feeling the next day (sore, sore, sore).
I recently deci... Read more
I had another small victory today. I went out to lunch with my co-workers. I have no doubt that I chose the healthiest item on the menu. We went to an Asian fusion noodle spot. I ordered grilled salmon with mixed greens and cold noodles in a... Read more
Big Non-Scale Victories!
Wow! This morning, I was going through some old photos and contrasting them with new ones. All I could say was WOW. I have lost 36 pounds but that just does not accurately communicate the change to my body. I guess because there has also been... Read more
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So far, so good!
My tracking streak and water streaks are still going strong. The scale is tending down. I've handled a few challenges successfully!
My nutrition has been good and I've made (and enjoyed) all my workouts. I had a g... Read more