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The Spark has Arrived!
Yesterday it finally came. I finally received The Spark by Chris Downie. I've just read over intro, chapt 1 & 2 of so far. First impressions: easy read, interesting, motivating, and it makes so much sense.
I liked SparkGuy's explanation o... Read more
Skinny Person with a Fat Shadow
I hit the bottom of my chosen weight range earlier this week. It should be celebration time. However, I didn't want to go any lower, so after a day of healthy eating and exercise I thought I would indulge in a little candy. The chocolate candy ... Read more
I just read on SparkPeople today - actually, in the trivia quiz - that adding milk to tea destroys antioxidant properties. What a revelation! I've been drinking skim milk in my tea for years thinking I was adding good nutrition. The practical th... Read more
Even If Times Change, Men and Women are Different
Last week my husband went to the grocery store with me. As we walked in, without hesitation, he stepped onto the big scale at the front of the store. I would never weigh myself in public, but he has no inhibitions about it. Men and women truly a... Read more
Waiting for The Spark
My book hasn't arrived yet. Can't wait! I'm jealous of those who are already into it. Oh, well. Patience has never been one of my better virtues. Maybe I need the practice.... Read more
Mother's Coat (Warning: More Obnoxious Blowing My Own Horn!)
It was crispy cold this morning even in central Florida. I reached for my sloppy loose coat, when flat black leather caught my eye. Maybe, just maybe. I slipped it on and sure enough I could button every button, tie the belt, and even still brea... Read more
A New Start?
A new year.... a new start. Well, it could be. But maybe this year I don't want it to be, for a change. Maybe that is good.
We moved to Florida when I was in 3rd grade. I remember wanting to start all over, wanting to meet new people who di... Read more
What Clicked? ... continued
I can eat almost anything. Sure, there are things I like more than others. But I have found if there is something that is good for me, if I will start eating a little of it, soon I'll like it.
When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer 1971-1974, e... Read more
What Clicked? ... continued
Another important thing that I have learned is to nourish my body. It seems pretty obvious now, but for years I just tried not to eat instead of to meet my nutritional needs. For those of you who have done Weight Watchers you know there are 9 GH... Read more
I do feel more confident than ever that I can maintain a healthy weight. I weigh 80 pounds below my all time high, 45 pounds below what I was just a little over a year ago, and this morning I weighed less than I did last week by a couple ounces.... Read more
If I Had Known Then....
Another blogger asked about 1965 and where other SparkPeople were at that time. It took me back to beginning of my roller coaster ride of weight control.
Oh, the doctor had put me on skim milk on my first birthday at 32 pounds. I only gain... Read more
Too Many Scary Leftovers
I cooked and cooked yesterday. All went well. I tried to give away a lot of leftovers with very little success.
Now, my plan is to focus on the good foods I need. I'll try to use up or incorporate a few of the leftovers in my eating, but if... Read more
Christmas Blessings and Challenges
Natalie loved her basketball goal and ball that Old Dad and I got her. It adjusts from 3 feet to 6 feet. She was frustrated trying to hit the big hoop, but this one is just her size at the lowest level. It is so great to give someone something t... Read more
What Clicked? ..continued
I finally realized that I don't have to be hungry to lose weight and maintain it. For years I tried to eat too little, setting myself up for failure. Eating healthy food is necessary; eating good food is good, not bad!... Read more
Effective Anti-All-or-Nothing Image
My Weight Watcher leader came into the room uncharacteristically a minute or two late, wearing an apron, chef's hat, and scurrying with 3 precariously held eggs in her hands. One egg fell and splattered. She looked down and said, "I just can't d... Read more