Beating those Strong Food Associations
This morning, I had to get something fast, and went back to the grocery store I'd shopped at before starting my new eating lifestyle. As I entered the store, I could feel the automatic pull to all of the items I used to buy out of habit, and al... Read more
HOW DO SPARKFRIENDS AFFECT MY LIFE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS...
I've blogged about this so many times, but never get tired of marveling and giving credit to those who've been with me at different times throughout my last 6 sparkmonths. Honestly, I'll cover a few of the ways, but will undoubtedly forget othe... Read more
Eating Right is Making Me Feel Stronger & Healthier During Crisis
As I wrote that I am feeling stronger and healhier, I wondered how that could be. I mean, nothing has changed in the sense that I am still very grief-stricken over the health crisis of my cousin/friend who is like a sister to me. But I realize... Read more
Nice Surprise After a Week of Awful Happenings
I got on the scale after a week of hellish happenings. Not that I got WAY off track, but I did deviate in my eating. Got on the scale and to my surprise, I haven't gained at all. I'm relieved. Reading more and more about how stress blocks pr... Read more
The Upside of Grief-Complete Loss of Appetite
I feel that eating right has really helped me deal with this tough time with end of life issues of my best friend. Even though I felt that I gave myself a day off the wagon last Saturday, it was nothing like the "old days." I had to force myse... Read more
Hanging in there is the best I can do for now
That pretty much says it all. Tough times, but I'm back on-track. Just doing the best I can. Yes, it's important to learn lifelong eating habits, but there is so much that is more critical in daily life than constantly thinking of exercise an... Read more
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
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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