Warning the Obvious
You know that styrofoam coffee cup printed with the warning, "Contents May Be Hot"? And the razor blades that warn about being sharp? And the plastic toy food that says, "Do not eat"? You feel like calling up the president of the company and say... Read more
Calcium - Important for People over 50
Here's the question I asked:
"How does the SparkPeople 100-150% of RDA for calcium standard relate to the 1,200 mg recommendation for people 50 and over? The recommendation is only 1000 for people under 50. Does SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker... Read more
Two Important Things I've Learned
The two most important things I've learned recently about maintenance:
1) I don't have to be hungry to maintain a healthy weight. Filling foods exist and are a great help. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein, and whole g... Read more
Won't Make America's Funniest Home Videos
Yesterday my daughter saw my car in the parking lot of the YMCA when she brought my granddaughter for her swim lesson. She looked around and saw me in the Zumba class. She said she watched through the glass doors for 3 minutes or so, but couldn... Read more
Magical and Wonderful Three Year Old Thinking (Indulgently Off Topic)
My daughter is expecting in September, but we don't know yet if it is a boy or a girl. If it is a boy, she and her husband have selected the name Aven Beck. If it is a girl they are thinking about Annabelle and calling her Belle.
When 3 yea... Read more
Walking into Spring with my MP3
I was given an MP3 player for Christmas. When I put away Christmas gifts, I put its small package over by the computer. But then I forgot about it.
This week, while reading Fitness Magazine at the gym, I remembered it. My daughter gave me a... Read more
In Praise of Middle Foods
For years I was either on a diet or I wasn't. When I was on a diet I ate lettuce, celery, carrots, broccoli, green beans, yellow squash, bell pepper, and other low carb/low calorie vegetables. I ate cantaloupe, peaches, and strawberries in caref... Read more
An Admitted Reward Junkie
With this blog I will reach 20,000 SparkPoints and get my next trophy. I've tracked a lot of food, completed a lot of cardio and strength training, been motivated by reading about others' successes and efforts, and learned a lot by reading Spark... Read more
This Is It!?!!
Weight wise I'm entering a new phase. I got on the scale yesterday and it was 126.6. For the first time, more of me thought "too low" than wanted to celebrate the loss. I had a good 1700 healthy calorie day yesterday, burning over 300 calories, ... Read more
Challenges of Using and Understanding the SP Nutrition Tracker
Anyone else having difficulty getting all the nutrients without going over? I've been tracking here on SP several months now and see some real trends. For example, I'm often over on iron unless I don't take my multivitamin. If I don't take the m... Read more
In the last year I have spent beaucoup -- bowcoo -- boughkoo - however you spell it -- but you get the idea, lots of bucks on my teeth. Two fillings, my first root canal, five crowns, and something else or two I'm forgetting. Seemed like I was a... Read more
More Rewards of Healthy Living
Yesterday while I was on the elliptical trainer I read on closed caption TV that this year is a bad one for allergies locally. After an unusually cold winter, many trees and plants are blooming late, so that there is a double dose of usual and l... Read more
No Harm Done. Lesson Learned.
After losing 80 pounds I look like a slender person. But reality is, I can still lose "it" really easily. Last eve I almost fell into a box of Honey Kix and I could have gotten trapped with no way but to eat myself out. Luckily, I came to my se... Read more
Go Ahead. Play with Your Food!
Several people liked this comment I made in response to a blog question about getting kids to eat veggies:
My 3 year old granddaughter and I make eating veggies a game. With asparagus, I hand her the cooked spear. ... Read more
Tell Me About Your Best SparkStreak
The concept of streaks makes a whole lot of sense to me. This journey is so much about behavior, and the scale -- with its perverse nature -- does not always reward behavior. You can truly struggle, give your all, and even win, yet the old scale... Read more
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