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RUSSELL1960
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35 days to go
Friday, May 27, 2016      0 comments

Its interesting that I haven't been using the food tracker. In the past this was key to my learning and self-monitoring. My travel and work schedules haven't allowed me time to keep focused on the tracker. Instead, I've kept myself fiercely f... Read more
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

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