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How to Love your Scale

Tuesday, January 13, 2015      4 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

Coming Home!

Monday, April 14, 2014      4 comments

I want to use the metaphor of "coming home" as a guide for my return to my ideal weight. I am still adjusting to jet lag from a flight home from Spain. The trip was a tremendous gift of renewal and spiritual blessing. But when I pulled my las... Read more

Healthy Despite Disaster

Thursday, January 02, 2014      5 comments

This is one holiday season we'll never forget. Disasters come in threes they say and we've had three. It could have been much worse. 1. Our daughter walked away from a car wreck on her way home from college sore but uninjured. The car was... Read more

Mom's Home Cooking

Monday, December 30, 2013      5 comments

Oh dear, oh dear! My Mom is such a good cook and I've not done a good job this year at sampling the delicacies in a measured, portion controlled way. The family gatherings are now over (except for the New Year's pork and sauerkraut family trad... Read more


Tuesday, December 17, 2013      4 comments

I've been feeling frustrated with myself. I've allowed a few pounds to creep back on and now I may not meet my goal of being at 165 before Christmas. Prompted by Spark Coach this morning I went back to see what I weighted last year going into ... Read more

How to Break Teeth

Thursday, December 12, 2013      7 comments

My dentist said the number one tooth breaker is ice. Second, popcorn kernels. It was crunching down on the latter that broke my tooth. I've been very fortunate. I've never had a cavity, not once in my entire life. For 53 years I've had perf... Read more

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