Trying to Stay Positive
I weighed myself today and discovered I'd gained a pound. It's a bit discouraging, considering my calorie differential chart shows I consistently ate below my needs for a full week. Then again, I did kind of go crazy and pig out on New Year's Da... Read more
Net Calories Matter
We always host a little party in the afternoon of New Year's Day. It's a nice opportunity for family and friends to get together and mark the end of the holiday season. We had a great time, though I did eat a bit too much. I knew I had to get ba... Read more
Celebrating 60 Days of Logging
Today marks my 60th consecutive day of logging my food. I have tried to be as honest as possible, logging even the binges (such as yesterday...ahem). Although I have lost only 2 pounds during these two months, I think it's important to note thes... Read more
3 Days in a Row of Healthful Eating
I feel like I'm putting Christmas behind me at this point. I was afraid my irresolute dietary choices of Xmas week would make it hard to return to a healthful way of eating, but it hasn't been hard at all. I'm now three days into my old, healthy... Read more
My 2016 Plan Starts Today
I gave myself a diet vacation on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, allowing myself to eat whatever I wanted in any quantity. I can't tell you how good it felt to enjoy a bacon cheeseburger and french fries -- a meal I very, very rarely allow myse... Read more
49 Days and Counting
Today marks my 49th consecutive day of logging my food. I honestly can't believe it.
It hasn't been smooth lately, to be quite honest. I've done a fair amount of "fudging" by logging 100-calorie increments to cover some eating that I have n... Read more
Down, doobie doo, down down
Today marks 41 consecutive days of logging my food. Logging is magical. It's as if all you have to do is punch away on your phone keyboard and the pounds magically vanish. At least, I wish it were that easy!
Nonetheless, logging obviously i... Read more
Day 1: One day at a time
Today marks my 35th consecutive day of logging my food. Not all of those days have been pretty, let me tell you. But, as I said before, it's data I can use to identify trends. Maybe when I take a closer look at the graphs I can get an idea of wh... Read more
Day 1: Stay the course
Today is my weigh-in day, and I was quite excited about it. I haven't been weighing regularly for months, so today represented the start of a consistent weighing schedule again (after my last weigh-in last week). I didn't expect any miracles, bu... Read more
Day 1: Thankful for good food and good health
Like many people, I try to practice gratitude regularly - not just one day a year. But this Thanksgiving I must say I do feel particularly grateful for my wonderful life.
I'm thankful to live in a place where I always can access high-qualit... Read more
Day 1.1: My new "nothing off limits, everything counts" approach
Some time ago I joined Weight Watchers for about 38 seconds. I have nothing at all against WW; it works great for many people. It just wasn't for me.
But one concept I did take away from my time with WW was the notion that no food should be... Read more
Day 1: Proud of myself
I have to admit I have never paid much attention to the trophies SparkPeople gives out. I never fully considered the motivational value of these little rewards for various jobs well done, from nutrition to exercise streaks to spinning the Spark ... Read more
Day 1: I haven't been honest
I read a great story at the NYT website the other day about the journey of a guy who lost 150 pounds by using a calorie tracker (not SparkPeople, unfortunately). The story chronicled the man's ups and downs over the course of the 18 months or so... Read more
Day 1: Starting a new streak
Yesterday my previous diet streak of, what, 11 or 12 days (?) came to an end. I'm not sad. I think it's healthy to loosen the reins and make merry every now and then. I did exactly that yesterday, and I indulged with mindfulness. I'm not saying ... Read more
Day 1: A fresh start in all aspects of life
Yesterday evening I blew up at my mother.
It was completely unacceptable on my part. My mom has dementia (along with a couple of other problems that affect her cognition). She cannot be held fully responsible for her behavior.
But I c... Read more
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