Today's Tidal Wave of Grief & How I fell off the Wagon for the First Time Since October '08
It was bound to happen. I had to celebrate my son's birthday today, and then this morning I received very bad news. My dearest friend/cousin who is like a sister to me took a turn for the worst. On Monday, she will know how quickly the clock ... Read more
Happy Birthday to My Son
I've lost two out of three. I'm blessed to have him left, so this is a special birthday for me. It's been one of those types of lives where everything seems to go wrong. Better luck next time? (smiling)... Read more
When Life Comes Crashing Down, My Eating Doesn't Have to Accompany It
Yesterday was the ultimate bad day. I won't bother with the details because living through it once is enough without breathing life into the memories. However, it was one thing after another to deal with. Additionally, I have two loved ones w... Read more
I Want to Be One of those People Who Post "I Lost ___ lbs by Walking"
Yesterday, I posted that I've been working hard, but gained two pounds anyway. I received a lot of great advice, including that I should change it up when it comes to exercise. If that's the case, how am I reading all of these success stories ... Read more
Exercising More, but the Scale Doesn't Care. What's Up w/that?
I have been really working hard and the scale hasn't budged. Then, today, after a week or two of a lot of activity, I'm up 2 lbs! Yes, I've increased my caloric intake, but still within range. I know I need to do a bit more protein, but I jus... Read more
Exercising More, and Hungrier as a Result.
I will have to research this, unless someone can answer it. If you are exercising more, how do you know what your caloric intake should be? I'm sure it's somewhere on this site as to how I figure that out. What a nice dilemma to have! I'm mo... Read more
I Never Counted Calories or Other Similar Things
In the olden days (before I began eating better), I never paid attention to the nutrition info on the food labels. In fact, I never even realized that drinks counted as calories. Simple things like lemonade, coffee specialties, and others were... Read more
The More I Exercise, The Better I Feel (Imagine that!)
Hey now, I've been at this eating better adventure for about 9 months now, and have made good progress. However, I've only done half-hearted exercise. I've started to crank it up a notch and am just feeling better and better each day as a resu... Read more
How My Long Walk Reminded Me of My Success on This Food Journey
Today I walked for nearly two hours. At one point, I pondered how far I had left to go to my destination. But then I looked back and saw the expanse of distance I'd already covered. It was awesome. That made me smile as I continued to walk a... Read more
Wishing All A Happy, Safe 4th of July Weekend
To all my sparkfriends, have a wonderful holiday weekend.... Read more
Independence Day - Freedom from all of my past bad habits
Of course, I celebrate July 4th with its special meaning, but it is also symbolic for me. I started my lifestyle change on Oct. 13, '08 - Columbus Day, and viewed it as my voyage into a healthier lifestyle adventure. Now, this 4th of July is t... Read more
Yay-Down A Pound!!
Hope it's not just my scale being squirrelly (because it has issues but I changed the batteries), but I'm down a pound after a seemingly endless plateau. I think this is a turning point where my body has finally accepted that I am serious about... Read more
Dealing w/A Social Event & Eating - According to Jillian
I don't watch Biggest Loser on TV, but I do listen to Jillian on her Sunday morning radio show. This week, she gave some tips on how to cope with an event you're going to where you know you will have temptations like a buffet. She said to alwa... Read more
How I Sparked Yesterday
I'm not a person who usually wears t-shirts with logos or messages. However, due to what a great tool Sparkpeople has been, I felt like giving back by buying a shirt. I wore it on a 5-mile lake walk yesterday and never realized how many people... Read more
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How Our Thoughts Can Be a Huge Energy Drain
The other day, I blogged about what Jillian said in last Sunday's radio show about ways to boost your energy by boosting your mental processes and I listed those. But I forgot the most important part, and found this to be very true for myself. ... Read more