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Meeting with the Wellness Coach

Saturday, October 02, 2010      14 comments

I met with the Wellness Coach at my gym yesterday. Yes, I know, it was part of my plan for September, but I only missed it by one day. Although I did not get exactly what I wanted out of the session, it made me feel great! The obviously ath... Read more

September Review

Friday, October 01, 2010      8 comments

September Results: SparkPoints: 2692 Fitness Minutes: 2466 (41.1 hours) Strength Training Gym Sessions: 9 Days Food Tracked (almost 100%): 25 Days Stayed within Calorie Range: 16 Calorie Differential Report: Not valid due to lack o... Read more

Don't Hold On

Thursday, September 30, 2010      8 comments

Reference: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/fitness_articles.asp?
id=1544 I'm making a concerted effort to read my SparkPeople articles more thoroughly and apply them to my program. In the video article above it stresse... Read more

Perfect Pushups

Tuesday, September 28, 2010      12 comments

Reference Spark article: http://www.sparkpeople.com/r
esource/fitness_articles.a
sp?id=1003 To do perfect pushups, according to this article, you need to build up to lifting 80% of your body weight. I don't lift near that much weigh... Read more

Grateful for Gratitude

Monday, September 27, 2010      7 comments

I just read the Spark article: http://www.sparkpeople.com/res
ource/wellness_articles.as
p?id=1541 It enumerates the benefits of gratitude and four steps to developing more gratitude in your life. I am truly blessed in so man... Read more

Help, Please, With Introducing Newbies to SparkPeople

Saturday, September 25, 2010      15 comments

Several people at work are very interested in what I have done to lose weight and keep it off. After several discussions with my boss, we've decided to go ahead and set up a SparkTeam at work. One staff member started last week following t... Read more

Happy To Be Me

Friday, September 24, 2010      8 comments

I've been overweight 55 of my 61 years. And now I am not just a normal weight, I am slender. I still wake up and look and marvel. Can that person in the mirror really be me? Negative thoughts come and go. Should I really have eaten that mu... Read more

Four Week Challenge

Wednesday, September 22, 2010      9 comments

I'm into the fourth week of the Official Better Sleep Challenge. I go to bed earlier, at a consistent time, exercise earlier in the day, reduce my overall caffeine (almost all before noon), and greatly reduce the size of my evening snack. I usu... Read more

A Small Victory

Tuesday, September 21, 2010      11 comments

Well, the apple pie and the mini Baby Ruth bars and finally even the Butterfinger bars I blogged about over two weeks ago are gone from the kitchen counter. I did not eat one bite! I did not even put them out of view. I was patient and determine... Read more

Three Year Old Suggestibility

Monday, September 20, 2010      13 comments

This morning I was reading to Natalie, my 3 year old granddaughter. (Incidentally, she is known as the New Big Sister as of last Thursday.) I read Puss in Boots and in our version the king lifts his cup and toasts the marquis as they celebrate p... Read more

Lesson Relearned

Tuesday, September 14, 2010      14 comments

It seems like some lessons I have to learn over and over again. Last evening, after a supper I was still feeling quite hungry. I could still eat another 145 calories without going over my range, so I started adding options to the nutrition track... Read more

Unexpected Learning from Pilates Class

Monday, September 13, 2010      8 comments

In pilates, our instructor frequently reminds the participants to move their shoulders down away from the ears. She explained that movement engages the lats, the latissimus dorsi, a big muscle in the back. For years I have raised my shoul... Read more

No Pictures. Don't Ask.

Sunday, September 12, 2010      16 comments

No, I'm not talking about my second granddaughter who we are expecting in the next 5 days. I'll be proud to get her pictures online just as soon as I can. But Friday I did something outrageous. I hope you'll be content with words, because I... Read more

No Greater Joy

Saturday, September 11, 2010      11 comments

DGD2 (Dear Granddaughter #2) is scheduled to be born on Thursday, Sept 16th. DGD1 will be at my house at 7:50am that morning. All this is contingent on my DD not going into labor before then. However, I really hope she does. Life does not have t... Read more

No More Flopping!

Friday, September 10, 2010      10 comments

When I was a teen I remember my mom repeatedly scolding me about flopping myself down on the couch or in a chair. I had an "aha! moment" recently when I realized that I still sometimes flop a little. I also realize that it takes core strength to... Read more


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