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My Favorite Greeting Card of All Time
My sister gave me my favorite greeting card of all times. It was probably 1987. A glossy luscious golden brown chocolate chip cookie filled the front portion. In ornate font it said, "Sister, If there was only one chocolate chip cookie left in t... Read more
Help Me Choose an Affirmation
Maybe I should take a break from listing all the bizarre things I've done to lose weight, or all my SparkFriends may decide I'm just too weird. But I kind of laugh and kind of cry when I think of all the misery I've endured due to misinformation... Read more
So Very Grateful One Diet Strategy Didn't Work For Me
Thinking about all the crazy things I've done to lose weight, by far the most dangerous one was in my mid-twenties. I reasoned that if people who quit smoking gain weight, maybe smoking would help me lose weight.
Well, I tried smoking. I r... Read more
Better Laugh Than Cry
Sometimes I laugh when I think of my previous attempts to lose weight. When I was in my teens I had a bad habit of waking up in the middle of the night and raiding the refrigerator only about half awake. In order to try to change that behavior, ... Read more
Careful, Be Very Careful Today
Perhaps you read my update. I got up to watch the 4:39am launch of the shuttle Endeavor. Here at our central Florida home we can clearly see night launches when we look east toward Cape Kennedy from our front yard.
This morning was suppose... Read more
What Do You Tell Yourself?
Internal dialog or self talk is something I never really noticed for years. I mean, how could I not notice that every day, probably every waking hour, and probably many times in most waking hours, I was talking to myself? Most of the time the th... Read more
Screen Name Results
A week ago I was considering changing my screen name. I love it when my now (as of today) 3 year old granddaughter calls me Old Mom. She was the one who gave me that name, so it is special. Yet, it seemed like adults -- and especially adults I d... Read more
Getting Past the Mindset that Scale Number is our Grade in Life
"Getting past the mindset that the number on the scale is our grade in life is a life long challenge for some of us," ONEKIDSMOM responded to my blog yesterday. Those words stayed with me all day, kept resurfacing in my thoughts.
You know ... Read more
"Hi. How are you?" she asked enthusiastically.
I almost said, "131.6," but I knew that wasn't a good answer. "Fine," I mumbled. I was 129.0 yesterday.
"What's wrong?" she asked.
"Fluctuations," I said. "You know. My weight is up a... Read more
People on a Diet vs. People Pursuing a Healthy Lifestyle
Page xv of The Spark, paraphrased in my words: People on a Diet Lose Weight; People who Follow a Healthy Lifestyle achieve lasting weight loss, improved fitness, better health, and -- what I wrote about 2 days ago -- the higher level of happines... Read more
Wow, Do I Feel Great!
I just got back from a 15 minute bike ride in my neighborhood in the crisp air. That would not be so remarkable, except (drum roll here) my husband went with me! It was the first time we have done any activity together for many years. I certainl... Read more
People are Nourished by People as Much as by Food
"people are nourished by each other as much as by food." - The Spark, page xi
In my day to day life I rarely meet someone who understands, or at least someone who understands and talks about, their struggles with food. When I go to my WW me... Read more
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