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
Shake It Off!
I have probably attended hundreds of Weight Watcher meetings. I have never left one without feeling that I benefitted in some way. Most of the time, though, three days later I don't remember the topic or much about the meeting. However, our Polk... Read more
Learning to Wait
Some lessons it seems I have to learn more than once.
This morning I woke up hungry. Very hungry. I ate a little. I had some coffee. I ate some more. I had another cup of coffee. I ate some more. Hunger, hunger. I've already eaten 485 calor... Read more
Today I went to the Basic Zumba class at the Y. I've been going to the regular Zumba class but I thought perhaps I could do better keeping up with the moves if I spent a little time at the elementary level. It was lots of fun, and like the regu... Read more
A year ago today I made my Weight Watcher goal. A year! Wow!!! I have now been at a healthy BMI for a full year. My cholesterol and blood pressure, both of which were high, are now normal. I feel better. I have much more energy. I am happier. I ... Read more