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My Shimmering Pool...

Sunday, December 06, 2009      8 comments

Hi everyone! This morning, I met my sister at 6:45 am for a sunrise run at Pier 39. We ran from Pier 1 to Pier 39 and back together. I started walking after 25 minutes but I completed my 25 minute goal for W6D3 of C25K and ran about two mil... Read more

Guilt-Free Carb Extravaganza!

Friday, December 04, 2009      11 comments

Today, I studied at the library for eight hours. Despite eating lunch and some snacks, I was feeling a little hungry as I waited for the elevator upon my departure. So, when the elevator doors parted and the delicious smell of burrito wafted pas... Read more

80/20 is no joke

Friday, December 04, 2009      15 comments

So, this week's Fall Into Winter Challenge is really proving that old maxim that weight loss is 80 % nutrition and 20% exercise. The challenge requires us to work out 350 minutes this week and stay perfectly in range every day. So far, I am succ... Read more

"We spend 'more than' when we feel 'less than'."

Thursday, December 03, 2009      6 comments

Today, I was catching up on my Biggest Loser. (No one tell me anything about it--I'm behind!) I was watching the episode where they have Suze Orman come in to discuss the financial costs of obesity. Frankly, my instinct was to zone out--the... Read more

Stress Eating (A nosh here, a graze there)

Wednesday, December 02, 2009      5 comments

Tomorrow is my patents final. Patents law is hard, hard, hard and I am really paying for not studying earlier in the semester. Today was a busy, panicky, stressful day. I really wanted to crawl under a desk and hide. A few times, I wanted to cry... Read more

Good news and Bad news (Mostly Good)!

Sunday, November 29, 2009      10 comments

I will start with the bad news first since it is relatively puny compared to my good news. So, here it is...I lost my pedometer on my 20 minute run! This is the third pedometer I've lost this year! And every single one fell off my waistband--yet... Read more

December Goals!

Saturday, November 28, 2009      6 comments

I have had a great November! Despite the fact that I have lost 6.2 pounds (so far) and done my Sunny Gals proud, I think I would have had a stronger month if I had set more clearly defined goals from the outset. With this in mind, I am setting t... Read more

Small Victories Add Up!

Saturday, November 28, 2009      9 comments

This week I only lost one pound. What is wrong with that phrase? Ah yes, the inclusion of the word "only". One pound of loss is amazing, fantastic and wonderful! I need to remember that small victories add up to a lifestyle change and need to be... Read more

The Hardest Habit to Break

Friday, November 20, 2009      9 comments

Habit #5 on the Spark Diet is "Eating with Purpose". And it is kicking my butt. I have had good success with the Spark Diet so far. I have had some cheat meals but for the most part I have been eating healthy foods prepared at home every da... Read more

Help me make the right choice!

Thursday, November 19, 2009      7 comments

Tonight, I am going to a Vietnamese restaurant with my friends. I could use your help in selecting the best entree option! a) Chicken Pho (Vietnamese chicken soup) b) Fresh Spring rolls with peanut sauce (not the fried kind but the kind ... Read more

The Perils of a Weekend Get-Away

Monday, November 16, 2009      4 comments

My husband works for a hotel chain and so we get a few free stays at various hotels each year. Somehow we managed to arrive in November with three free stays unused. Since the stays don't carry over into the next year, we have decided to use the... Read more

The Awesomest Thing That Has Ever Happened to Me

Saturday, November 14, 2009      10 comments

As some of you may know, I have signed up to compete in a triathlon in May of 2010. It was crazy enough that I decided to do this in spite of being overweight and out of shape. The fact that I had never swum a lap in my life made it even crazier... Read more

"The Weight"

Wednesday, November 11, 2009      3 comments

I have noticed that often times Sparkers refer to "the weight" when discussing their weight loss journey. Rather than saying, "I need to lose weight" or "I need to lose some weight", they will say "I need to lose THE WEIGHT." I find this to... Read more

Is now the time to begin strength training?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009      3 comments

I started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred on Sunday. I need to balance it with my triathlon training so my goal is to do it 3-4 times a week in addition to my swimming, biking and C25K. I mentioned this to my friend who is a former personal traine... Read more

Real Life Goodies!

Sunday, November 08, 2009      6 comments

So, in celebration of reaching 25% of my initial goal, my husband and I headed to Sports Basement for some fitness goodies. We walked away with three fun new toys! 1) Speedo nose plugs (in hot pink, natch) 2) 5 lb. hand weights to help me... Read more


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