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Exemplary

Thursday, June 20, 2013      6 comments

I met with my boss yesterday afternoon for my annual performance evaluation. I've reported to this individual for 2 years (she's newer to our organization) but I've worked for the same employer for 20 years. In her summary comments, she describe... Read more

Clawing my way back!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013      9 comments

There will be bumps. And some bumps are larger than others. But the only way to get back on track is to well, get back on track. I'm doing it! I'm proud of the fact I tracked every bite yesterday. I made healthy choices. I we... Read more

REFUSE to give in

Sunday, April 21, 2013      2 comments

Life isn't a perfect path We WILL struggle at times and if we allow them the struggles will make us stronger REFUSE to give in It's not about getting it right EVERY day It's about getting it right more days than wrong and buildi... Read more

S.O.S.

Thursday, April 18, 2013      11 comments

I have been battling sickness since March 9th. Two weeks before getting sick I was feeling pretty happy that I had "almost" made it through the winter without getting sick. In fact, I couldn't remember the last time I was sick. I spoke too soon.... Read more

Results - Resting Metabolic Rate Testing (RMR)

Sunday, February 10, 2013      9 comments

Almost a week ago I blogged about my testing. This is a follow up blog to share my results. We've heard it time and time again, but the bottom line seems to be I haven't been eating enough calories. "There is one basic truth to weight loss ... Read more

Resting Metabolic Rate Testing (RMR)

Tuesday, February 05, 2013      13 comments

Yesterday I met with two of our physical fitness & lifetime sports faculty to conduct Resting Metabolic Rate Testing (RMR). I was talking with them last week and mentioned I've been on a plateau and was interested in knowing if I was consuming t... Read more

Love Yourself Enough to Work Harder

Friday, February 01, 2013      11 comments

Sometimes it's difficult to love ourselves in spite of our own faults and weaknesses. My daughter has said more than once, "Mom, you're hard on people." And I always respond, "I'm never harder on anyone else than I am myself." I have high expect... Read more

I had a lunge-a-ful workout today!

Friday, January 18, 2013      7 comments

I worked out twice with my trainer this week and I'm always amazed by how great squats and lunges feel. Now wait a minute -- I am not a WEIRDO. When i started working with the trainer last fall, I couldn't do a single squat, not one. We sta... Read more

EXCITING news!!!

Wednesday, January 09, 2013      14 comments

I'm happy to report I was accepted into another 10-week program -- this one is dedicated to cardiovascular exercise (I participated in a 10 week program last Fall that was a combination of strength and cardiovascular training). Read on for more ... Read more

I have a lot on my plate (of life)!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013      5 comments

The bottom line is many days I don't have a complete tracker at the end of the day. I start each day with the best of intentions and I typically track breakfast and lunch, but it's pretty rare I track the full day. Undoubtedly, this has been an ... Read more

It was impossible to resist the gym today!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013      8 comments

Admittedly, I've been sliding down the slippery slope the past two weeks when it comes to doing the things I know I should. I started out the month of December SO strong and did an excellent job through all of my holiday parties, until the last ... Read more

A Healthy Breakfast Doesn't Have to be Boring!

Saturday, December 29, 2012      9 comments

1 c. of gingerbread coffee 1 T. half & half 1 slice of whole wheat potato bread, toasted ICBINB spray 1/4 c. egg substitute 1/3 c. fresh steamed spinach ... Read more

Another Holiday Party is Another Chance to SUCCEED!

Thursday, December 13, 2012      7 comments

Last week I attended the first of many holiday parties. I made a plan, I stuck to my plan, and I felt like a champion. I can't begin to describe the feeling of accomplishment. I felt like it was a true testament that I had arrived with embracing... Read more

Working Out is a MINDSET

Wednesday, December 12, 2012      8 comments

I've always been one of those people who repeated the mantra, "I don't want to go to the gym." What I really meant was: I don't want to exercise; I don't want to sweat; I don't want to push myself; I don't want to have to physically work for thi... Read more

The Taste of SWEET Success!

Friday, December 07, 2012      13 comments

On Dec. 4, I asked myself what it would take to feel good about the month of December as it relates to my healthful journey. Not just good ... really GREAT kind of good. Read more


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