Ice Cream Addict No More!
Vanilla flavored frozen Greek yogurt served up in an attractive 4 ounce ramekin has replaced my usual overly generous 1-1/2 cup bowl of high-cal ice cream (I'm talking fla... Read more
2013...Getting OFF the Yo-Yo-Diet-Go-Round!
Many of us are all too familiar with the yo-yo diet pitfall. It's too easy a pattern to slip into. Those wonderful, healthy habits that enable us to reach our much desired weight loss goals get tossed aside during a weak, seemingly hungry moment... Read more
Just thinking out loud.....
I donít know why Iím always so baffled when another month comes and goes. But March is over, itís the first day of April and Iím giving myself the ďbeginning-of-the-month-you-ca
n-keep-doing-thisĒ pep talk!
Iíve said it before and I... Read more
!!! :-) Thank you!
So far Spark 2009 has been a pretty good year! Iím sticking to my maintenance plan, following through with my workouts, even adding new exercises and videos to the program to keep things fresh and fun. But after finally losing the weight, feel... Read more
Just for the fun of it...
So far all of my workouts have been fairly ďeasyĒ to do. The difficulty comes from the speed, duration and intensity that I use on various machines. Recently Iíve been thinking about adding variety to my exercise, perhaps taking a kickboxing cl... Read more
During January and February, having hit a slight stalemate in some areas of my life, Iím hoping things will pick up in March. As Iím noticing throughout the Spark community, people are taking time to reassess, begin anew, revamp and re-energize... Read more
No More "Cheat Meals"?
Last Saturday we went out for a really spectacular Chinese dinner, my ďcheat mealĒ of the weekend. I was able to eat all the yummy things I normally donít eat during the week, especially the deep-fried foods, rich sauces, etc.Ö I had at least t... Read more
My Last Weigh-In....
My most recent weight check was last Friday, the 13th. I was 123.3, 1.7 pounds under my original goal weight of 125 and safely within the 5-pound wiggle range Iím allowing myself with maintenance. I was relieved, elated and doing little happy... Read more
Making A Small Difference
Typically, Valentineís Day in our family is a time for major sweet tooth indulgence, beautiful flowers and cards and maybe dinner out at a nice restaurant. Aside from the beautiful flowers and cards, which Iím looking forward to receiving and g... Read more
A former Dunkin Donuts junkie takes a stroll down memory lane....
High on my list of old bad habits was the weekly, then bi-weekly, and eventual 4 - 5 day ritual of visiting Dunkin Donuts for any variation of coffee/muffin, coffee/ 2 old fashioned, coffee/muffin/2 old fashioned, plus other assorted flavor of d... Read more
The food plan in my maintenance program has been going quite well for the past 5 months or so. Slowly I have been incorporating certain foods back into my diet, foods that I had either totally eliminated or cut back on slightly during the st... Read more
A Great Example
I believe it was the fall of 2006, shortly after his father became ill and entered a nursing home that my husband, at age 52, embarked on his personal lifestyle-changing journey, six months before I began my Spark journey. It started with adjus... Read more
Almost waylaid by some junk food...
Now that my husband and I are trying to stick to a reasonably healthy way of eating, we no longer bring junk foods into the house. But yesterday when my daughter and I were at the food store picking up a few essentials, we also picked up, at he... Read more
7 Flights of Stairs
My daughterís dorm room is located on the seventh floor of her building. Up until two Sundays ago when we returned her to college, we had always taken the elevator to get to her room, no matter how much luggage we were toting. But that day it... Read more
Empty Nester...Who Me?
Empty Nester...Who Me?
I am not yet an empty nester. There are about 6 or 7 years left before I reach that stage of life. But even so, with a daughter now in college and another daughter following close behind by about three years, Iím de... Read more