Why is this time so different?
I think we all hear a lot about how Spark is different from other resources. I have been giving a good deal of thought to why this time is so different for me, why I earnestly believe that this time is the last time. I've come up with a few reas... Read more
My Shimmering Pool...
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!
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
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'."
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)
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)!
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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?
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
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