Looking Forward, Looking Back
I've been challenged to visualize where I'll be in 10 years, and what I might say to my "now" self, then. That is a challenge indeed! I certainly know where I want to be: healthy, several sizes smaller, fitter, involved in all types of exerci... Read more
My August Challenge
So here it is August 1st! I find it hard to believe that summer is half over, and that I've been Sparking for three whole months now! Progress has been . . . well, inconsistent. So much coming and going, during the summer, when I couldn't acc... Read more
Not "You have to" but "I can"! Yes, I can!
When I started my Spark journey (a couple of months ago), I had a lot to learn about what weight loss and living a healthy lifestyle were all about. I thought I had to follow a specific diet (which had never worked, long-term, for me before), g... Read more
I know, stress is bad for you, mentally and physically. I know it can derail a diet (by making you crave lots of "comfort foods" you would normally avoid, or at least eat in moderation; or it can make your metabolism less effective at burning c... Read more
I have found, over the last couple of months of Sparking, that I'm pretty good at following my eating plan when I have time to pre-plan meals, do a complete shopping, and be home to cook. (That's an accomplishment, all in itself, for rather dis... Read more
Why lose weight?
Why go to all this effort? What's the real payoff? Obviously, we all want to see lower numbers on the scale, to have a socially acceptable body size, and to be able to do some things that overweight may be holding us back from trying now. But... Read more
Have My Cake and Eat It Too
The last couple of days have not been my best, healthy-eating-wise! A birthday, an end-of-school celebration (I teach part-time), and a date with my DH have offered more temptation to overeat than I could resist!
But the good news is tha... Read more
To Exercise or Not to Exercise
Every day I have the choice: get my exercise for the day, or find other things to spend my time on, instead. Honestly, it's hard to get going, some days. I am just not in the mood to go work out! I really enjoy going to the gym for the socia... Read more
One month and counting
I've been on my Sparkpeople "journey" about a month now; time to take stock. There have been two out-of-town and away-from-Sparkpeople trips in the last month, but overall I've tried to keep the program goals in mind. I know it's working!
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