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RUSSELL1960
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Now for the Real Challenge
Saturday, March 23, 2013      3 comments

This is a day of celebration and caution. This morning I weighed in at 174 (173.8 to be precise). My goal was to get to 175. This puts me well within the healthy range for my height. I have lost 49 pounds from my starting point at 223. My w... Read more
A Spark People Evangelist
Monday, March 18, 2013      5 comments

I've become a bit of a Spark People evangelist. It's not possible to be private about losing 46 pounds! There is no way to hide the fact that I'm much thinner now - not that I really want to. But there is a twinge of slightly embarrassed self... Read more
I'm not going to blow away!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013      10 comments

It is interesting (sometimes annoying) to hear the reaction of people who are noting the difference in how I look now that I've lost 45 pounds. A common comment is "you're going to blow away" as if I've become a dandelion seed that is in some k... Read more
It's still hard sometimes
Friday, March 08, 2013      4 comments

I've come a long way and I've learned a lot. Still, there are hard moments like last evening. The day started off well but we received a surprise invitation to a Guatemalan friend's house for lunch after we had already eaten lunch. They had p... Read more
My Latest Greatest Little Mini-Goal
Monday, March 04, 2013      5 comments

Each little mini-goal in my weight loss journey has been motivating. I've had a whole series of them because for me even having a modest goal like losing five pounds seemed too overwhelming and too far out into the future to give me much motiva... Read more
Purposeful Snacking
Saturday, March 02, 2013      3 comments

Part of my success with Spark People has been learning to enjoy and look forward to creative, healthy snacks. This is in striking contrast to my previous old habits of uncontrolled binge snacking where I literally ate everying in sight to the p... Read more
Leg Cramps
Monday, February 25, 2013      2 comments

I've got a new routine going that is annoying. Every night for the past week I have consistently awoken between 4:00 or 4:30 AM with cramps in the calves of my leg, usually my right leg. I get up walk it off and go back to sleep. Strange. Th... Read more
I Don't Get My Body - But I'm Not Complaining
Thursday, February 21, 2013      7 comments

I think my body likes to play tricks on me! For ten days there was no change. I did absolutely everything right - exercise and diet - nothing. The scale didn't budge. So I get myself psyched for the long haul. I realize that my metabolism ... Read more
The Final Ten: Helpful Advice from SP
Tuesday, February 19, 2013      6 comments

I'm glad I asked Spark Coach if its normal for weight loss to slow down as you approach your target weight. The answer is yes, "it's normal (and even necessary)." I've noticed the change. Up until recently I have been steadily losing about t... Read more
Folks, the Hard Work Pays Off
Monday, February 11, 2013      12 comments

This is just remarkable. I got test results this morning from my medical check up. All I can say is that four months of working really hard at the Spark People program has paid off big time. My total cholesterol is now 121. For me that seems... Read more
I Caught the Dirty Rat!
Saturday, February 09, 2013      10 comments

I caught the dirty rat that was sabotaging my weight-in - it was what our family sometimes calls "deadly, killer salt." I was water-logged. No wonder the scale groaned when I got on it and refused to move. I thought it was strange that I wasn... Read more
Six Days Steady
Friday, February 08, 2013      3 comments

Six days ago my weight dropped to 188 for a total weight loss of 35 pounds. Since then I've held steady at 188. I admit that I am constantly impatient (driven) to reach my goals and that I am grieving, a bit, the fun of those weeks when I woul... Read more
Evening Snacks - Good News!
Monday, January 28, 2013      4 comments

I met this guy at the gym yesterday who is on a crazy diet - he's trying to lose weight and build muscle at the same time. So he has decided to eat five eggs for breakfast and then two to three pounds of chicken later in the day. That's it, no... Read more
A Good Feeling Accomplishment
Tuesday, January 22, 2013      5 comments

This morning I stepped on the scale and guess what? I lost another pound and more significantly this puts me at the weight I had hoped to achieve when I first joined Spark People. That's just amazing. My goal at that time was to lose 29 poun... Read more
I Love Little Mini-Goals
Friday, January 18, 2013      5 comments

I feel encouraged and motivated today. I lost a stubborn pound earlier this week. I had been stuck for awhile at 197 and I wanted to move on. I have things to do places to go! Goals to meet. This was no time to be stuck. So with the platea... Read more

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