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The Motivated

Monday, March 02, 2015      6 comments

NOT feeling particularly motivated I open my spark page and find that I have been nominated motivator of the week. I found many kind words on my spark page and I read them feeling perplexed and undeserving of this. Then I noticed the impact of ... Read more

Lenten Disciplines - Day Three

Friday, February 20, 2015      8 comments

I'm slogging through the challenge of getting new routines and disciplines in place. I got up early this morning for the third time in a row to get my gym workout in. Yeah!!! This change is slowly impacting other parts of my day. I am finding... Read more

A New Routine for Lent

Wednesday, February 18, 2015      3 comments

Today is Ash Wednesday the first of the forty days of Lent. This is a season for spiritual reflection and intentional effort to develop new healthy disciplines. I've decided to set my alarm earlier to get my gym workout in before going to work... Read more

Kick me off the team?

Thursday, February 05, 2015      3 comments

Technically, I should be kicked off the At Goal and Maintaining team. You see I am not at goal which forces me to face the truth that I have not been maintaining. I've been gaining and in this game gaining is losing. Not that all is lost, of... Read more

Time to Shake Up My Routines

Wednesday, February 04, 2015      3 comments

I'm in an evening rut that is undermining my consistency and progress toward my goals. When I come home tired from work, I want to relax. I've been sitting down to watch a show on netflix. While I sit, I eat. I did it again last night. So I... Read more

How to Love your Scale

Tuesday, January 13, 2015      6 comments

It's almost funny to notice how eager I am to weigh in first thing in the morning if, that is, I've made really good food and exercise choices the day before. What the scale actually says is somewhat irrelevant because I know I'm on track. I k... Read more

Making Sure Exceptions are Truly Exceptional

Monday, January 12, 2015      4 comments

Any one choice is not all that significant in and of itself. So I'll go ahead and eat what I want this evening. It's appropriate to occasionally allow an exception to the rule. So at the church pot luck, I go ahead and enjoy that dessert. It ... Read more

250 Minutes

Thursday, December 11, 2014      6 comments

A Spark Coach message shocked me back into action. I've been exercising but not with the level of determination I've had in the past. The message said research shows that 250 minutes of exercise a week is needed to generate weight loss results... Read more

Life Giving Energy

Friday, October 17, 2014      3 comments

Spark Coach asks, "what is the underlying motivation for weight loss and healthy lifestyle choices." I'm not sure if I can put my finger on why there is such strong emotional energy around this within me. Free association words come to mind. ... Read more

Giving up Voyager

Saturday, September 27, 2014      4 comments

I like Star Trek. I like it too much. Each evening I have been watching Voyager and snacking mindlessly while watching. This consistently sabotages my diet. It consistently gets me to bed too late with the result that I don't want to get up ... Read more

Good Decision

Wednesday, September 17, 2014      4 comments

Good decisions do feel good. I decided I would limit myself to five chips at the business lunch I had to attend yesterday. I love the chips and salsa served at Mexican Restaurants and I could easily eat the whole basket but the CALORIES... ove... Read more

I Have to Be There for Myself

Monday, July 14, 2014      5 comments

I have done well on my journey to healthier living. I've made a number of positive changes in my life which are paying off. I reached my goal weight after losing 50 pounds and for the most part kept it off for a year. But lately I've been sli... Read more

A Baited Trap

Saturday, June 07, 2014      3 comments

It occurred to me that temptation functions a bit like bait on a trap or fishing hook. A worm is dangled on a hook. A bit of cheese is placed on the mousetrap. If the bait weren't desirable the trap wouldn't work. I am amazed by my mind's ab... Read more

Rewinding and Moving Forward

Thursday, May 22, 2014      3 comments

For today's visualization, think about the last time you got off track with your diet. What caused you to get derailed from your good intentions? Imagine rewinding the memory, but taking a different path where you make better choices. Think of t... Read more

Consistently Inconsistent

Saturday, April 19, 2014      9 comments

I'm frustrated with myself. I wanted to get back on track this week but I seem to be in one of those ruts in which I am consistently inconsistent. I have some daily spurts of good effort followed by faltering which sabotages the good for an ov... Read more


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