Introduction, Page xi
On the first page of The Spark, in the first paragraph of the introduction are the words "reaping great benefits, such as higher levels of happiness....." It says that people who discover "a new way of living and thinking about their weight, the... Read more
Eat Naked! That phrase from a SparkPeople article stuck with me. Although it might conjure up sensuous pictures rivaling Greek orgies and Tom Jones medieval feasts, what the phrase refers to is much simpler. It means eat your food plain. As I at... Read more
I've just completed Day 25 Spark Your Body Bootcamp workout. I expected it would be far more intense than it is. However, now that I think about it, I'm glad it was just the intensity it is. It did get me to do several exercises at a more advan... Read more
New Name Needed?
I love it when my 2 (almost 3 now) year old granddaughter calls me what she named me, Old Mom. However, when other people call me that it seems silly. In fact, it seems negative.
Should I change my screen name on SparkPeople? Should I come ... Read more
The Water Habit
I used to drink a lot of water. I had kidney stones in 1972 and 1992, and was told to drink lots of water. Weight Watchers used to encourage lots of water, too. Weight Watchers has now gone to 6 glasses of liquid per day. Doesn't have to be wate... Read more
Missing from The Spark?
I had misplaced my copy of The Spark, but fortunately I've found it. As I picked it up and looked at it, though, something struck me. The 60s and 70s and 80s are missing. Really the 50s are almost missing, too. All the success stories with their... Read more
The Power of the Positive
As I shared in an earlier blog, I was really frustrated with my goal of trying to get 8 hours sleep per night. I mean, I'm just not in total control of sleep. Sometimes I just couldn't sleep no matter how much I tried. In fact it seemed the hard... Read more
Fitness Suggestions Wanted
I have enjoyed the Spark Your Body Bootcamp workouts. They are short enough that I hardly feel like I'm doing anything, but then my body has a touch of soreness and I know I did.
Also, the bootcamp exercises have made me realize that my gen... Read more
At a Weight Watchers meeting earlier this month I sat by a woman who asked me many questions about my weight loss journey. I shared with her several of my favorite recipes, products, and ways to earn activity points. At one point she commented ... Read more
My daughter let me know yesterday that she is expecting our second grandchild probably in September. WOW!... Read more
Which Do You Want First - the Good News or the Bad?
The Bad News is that I'm just feeling kind of blue, blah, bleck. There's some conflict in my family that we just can't seem to get over and it is repetitively disheartening.
The Good News is that for years I would have sought comfort in foo... Read more
Strong and Happy Streaking!
I just finished Day 14 of Spark Your Body Bootcamp. One of my good SparkFriends commented yesterday that she considered 13 days a streak! Okay. It's officially a streak now.
One observation of today's workout is that SparkPeople strength tr... Read more
Am I Cheating?
I try to get most of the SparkPoints available each day. And I want to do it the right way. I am very careful to correctly count my water and my cardio minutes. I carefully read articles I click on. If I add cardio and then delete it (say, I cl... Read more
Life at Goal Weight is Great, But it isn't Perfect
One reason I expect to be able to keep the weight off this time is that I am much more realistic. The first time I lost 60 pounds I was 16 years old. I was shocked to find out I'd still have to wait in lines, suffer bad hair days, and even do ho... Read more
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Do These Pants Make Me Look Fat?
I used to think that question was the definition of a shallow, vain person. Of course, for years it wasn't a question I could ask. No pants could make me look fat. I was fat. But now as I try to learn to dress this new body I find it can be diff... Read more