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Countdown - 88 Days to Go

Monday, April 04, 2016      4 comments

I'm dealing with a literal pain in the neck limiting exercise options. As expected this past weekend including a wedding and social events got my 90 challenge off to a slow start. But I gave myself the challenge and focus. Today, without excus... Read more

My 90 Day Challenge

Saturday, April 02, 2016      5 comments

Countdown - 90 I'm giving myself a 90 day challenge to get back to my goal weight. I've been floundering for a variety of reasons. Currently, neck and back pain and a stressful work schedule are hampering my progress. Today I will be at a w... Read more

The Scherenschnitte Diet

Saturday, March 12, 2016      11 comments

I realized that I needed something to keep my hands occupied when relaxing in front of a netflix show. I was doing great during the day with exercise and diet but in the evening when I sat down to eat with a large bowl of popcorn to watch a sho... Read more

The 16 Pound Yo-Yo Must Go

Monday, December 28, 2015      3 comments

My end of the year self-assessment shows progress and a problem. I began making progress toward lasting weight loss when I joined Spark People on October 15, 2012. Spark People coaching and friends helped me gradually adopt new daily habits ba... Read more

A Good Change

Saturday, August 29, 2015      4 comments

I decided to get up early and start my day at the gym. Good choice. For several weeks now, I've packed my bag the night before, ate breakfast, selected some good reading material for the half hour on the elliptical machine, and then taken off ... Read more

Struggling for Perspective

Thursday, July 23, 2015      3 comments

I gained five pounds during the past two weeks of travel to a conference and then on to a family reunion. I was more careful on this trip than ever often making excellent choices. At the conference hotel I took advantage of the fitness room. ... Read more

Unexpected Invitation

Wednesday, July 22, 2015      4 comments

After starting the day out well, and after eating supper, we were invited over to a friend's house for tamales. It was a thank you gift. I ate humbled by the lavish gratitude expressed for just being a friend. I forget what it must be like fo... Read more

Green Leaf "Tortillas"

Monday, July 06, 2015      1 comments

I love Mexican food but how can it be worked into one's diet? Just one medium tortilla alone can pack 130 calories. Add to that all the cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and fatty meats and a meal can become a unhealthy disaster. However, I'm d... Read more

A Day Off From Sparking

Monday, June 15, 2015      3 comments

After a good week of sparking, I took a day off. I was exhausted from an intense week of work. I had several eating out plans that put me out of my routine. I set aside my diet at all these events. I then came home and snacked, then snacked ... Read more

Stopped in My Tracks2

Thursday, June 11, 2015      4 comments

It's working. I've gotten back to careful tracking of every bite. It's helping me stop in my tracks before overeating. A moment to celebrate took place last evening at a meeting. Someone brought bags of peanuts and trail mix to share. Sever... Read more

Stopped in My Tracks

Friday, June 05, 2015      2 comments

After a long trial it has become clear. I need to track every calorie. There is no getting around it. Its the only way to be "stopped in my tracks" before overeating. I've been trying to convince myself that I can more or less keep track ... Read more

Internal Obstacles

Wednesday, May 20, 2015      2 comments

I'm currently teaching a faith and finances class. The lesson last evening focused on identifying external and internal obstacles to meeting financial goals. External obstacles are factors over which we have no or less control, or which were n... Read more

Breakthrough Day #3

Thursday, April 16, 2015      3 comments

This is a learning moment. Yesterday was every bit as intense as I expected. On top of everything I was asked to attend a dinner meeting at a Mexican Restaurant. Feeling exhausted and stressed I didn't make the best choices then came home and... Read more

Breakthrough Day #2

Wednesday, April 15, 2015      2 comments

Thanks JAROL7 for referring me to the 5% Club - I'm competitive enough to be motivated that by small percentage who rise above the 95% majority and achieve consistent long-term maintenance. I will not be beat by that group. I want to be in tha... Read more

Breakthrough Day #1

Tuesday, April 14, 2015      6 comments

After achieving my weight loss goal, I've not yet mastered the art of maintenance to my satisfaction. My faltering maintenance efforts over the past year have kept my weight at least 30 pounds below where it was when I started. That's the goo... Read more

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