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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

Made My Day

Thursday, September 09, 2010      11 comments

I was feeling kind of discouraged because I woke up in the middle of the night after getting to sleep on time. I reset my alarm clock from 6:30am to 7:30, so I got 7 hours sleep. I didn't get my morning workout done as I had planned. I enjoyed t... Read more

Secrets Found

Wednesday, September 08, 2010      16 comments

I just found an easier way to see my SparkFriends' Secrets of Success. Near the top of each SparkPage there is a "Explore My SparkPage" bar. The last option is "More." Under that option are 4 choices and the bottom one is "Secrets of Success." C... Read more

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Tuesday, September 07, 2010      10 comments

The Ugly: I only got 5.5 hours sleep last night. Went to bed at 10pm, but gave up and got up at 12:30. The Bad: I ate 607 calories at 2am. four servings of fruit: cantaloupe, banana, peach, applesauce; 2.5 servings healthy grains: 100 calor... Read more

Stronger Than......

Monday, September 06, 2010      22 comments

There is an open bag of Baby Ruth miniatures sitting on my kitchen counter. There is a bag of Butterfinger miniatures and I'm not sure if they are open or not. There is about 1/3 of an apple pie sitting in a clear-covered pie pan on my counter. ... Read more

No SparkVersary Yet, but Celebrating a Great Bike Ride!

Sunday, September 05, 2010      10 comments

If you read on my SparkPage, it says I first came to SparkPeople on Sept 2, 2009. While that is technically true, when I first got here I was overwhelmed. I came back several times and poked around. Then one Saturday in October, I spent four hou... Read more

Lifestyle I Can Feel Good About

Saturday, September 04, 2010      11 comments

I feel really hopeful that I am on the brink of making the changes I need to feel good about my lifestyle and habits as well as my weight loss! The WAYMO challenge came just at the right time for me, and I am doing it!!... Read more

Trophy Junkie

Friday, September 03, 2010      13 comments

I just got my rewards from SparkPeople for August. I racked up 5 trophies: perfect attendance, SparkPoints, fitness minutes, consistency, and - ta dah - the Trivia A Student. So, August was a good month, but with my commitment to the WAYMO? (Wha... Read more


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