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Understanding Maintenance for me

Tuesday, April 19, 2016      16 comments

YO-YO DIETING: taking action when the scale gets to an unacceptable point way beyond the desired weight. Then returning to the old eating habits until it happens again. In the days before joining SP, I believed that the hardest part of... Read more

Reminding myself of a lesson learned

Saturday, April 16, 2016      21 comments

I've been a member of SP for several years. And I've learned a thing or two about myself during that time. Avoidance behaviors are so easy to pull off: Don't step on the scale. Don't keep track of everything that goes into my mouth.... Read more


Wednesday, March 30, 2016      12 comments

Writing blogs here on SP has been one of the most helpful activities for me in my weight loss. The process of writing helped me to focus on both the big and the small issues that cropped up while I was trying to lose weight. I paid closer atten... Read more

A pleasant surprise

Friday, March 11, 2016      19 comments

Yesterday evening I was dressing for a meeting, and felt my black pants feeling just a little tight. It was discouraging, because I thought I was making more progress than that. I've been walking every day for an hour, and limiting my fo... Read more

Momentum and Commitment: Some thoughts

Friday, February 12, 2016      13 comments

First, I had to stop the food train that was chugging along in the wrong direction. Then, I had to turn it around to go the other way. Now it is slowly moving forward again. This was all happening during a time filled with many of life's ... Read more

Emerging from denial and getting back into accountability

Sunday, January 10, 2016      16 comments

So now it is double-down time - following the holiday overeating - and also following a year of being too casual about my weight. The first order of business, here in Arizona, was to replace an inexpensive full length mirror that was way to... Read more

Beginning The New Year

Tuesday, January 05, 2016      7 comments

We had a wonderful New Year party. All of the Native American activities were done with the children in the afternoon - and then just after dark around the fire pit. They were excited about it - and had a great time. (I decided to just do th... Read more

Borrowing from Native Americans to celebrate the New Year

Tuesday, December 22, 2015      14 comments

This year our family will be all together to ring in the New Year, so I am working on creating a celebration that will be meaningful and fun for the adults as well as the grandkids (a boy and girl age 4, and a boy age 7). My sons and their ... Read more

Pre-party jitters

Monday, December 14, 2015      14 comments

Yesterday we had our annual Holiday Open House. Usually we invite all the neighbors on our street (it is a circular street 1/2 mile long) with their kids. Last year, though, there were more and more kids, and it didn't feel like the kind of pa... Read more

Inspiration from Google Images

Wednesday, November 18, 2015      13 comments

Today, as I updated my Spark Page, reflecting my regained weight and new commitment to losing and maintaining, I looked at Google Images for some inspiration for achieving my goals once again. As always, I found it - and thought I would share s... Read more


Friday, November 06, 2015      13 comments

Breakfast must contain either a fat or a protein - and not a lot of carbs - if it is going to set me up properly for the day. (No fruit smoothies or pancakes for me!) Most egg dishes don't really appeal to me very much. The only way I ea... Read more

Vegetables: Focus for the week

Monday, November 02, 2015      12 comments

Yesterday, it was cod for dinner, so I made some heartier vegetables to go alongside the fish: cauliflower gratin, mushrooms, and butternut squash. The cauliflower gratin recipe, though, wound up tasting not quite as good as just plain old ro... Read more

Photos of fall

Thursday, October 22, 2015      13 comments

I really love taking photos of those bursts of color - a few leaves that shine among all the others. So you will see I don't take many photos of whole trees. Read more

A Good Plan for the Day

Thursday, October 22, 2015      9 comments

This morning, after breakfast, I put together a chicken dinner in the slow cooker, so it will be all ready for us this evening. The recipe was online - and I had all the ingredients in the house:
/chicken-... Read more

Cooking and Cleaning

Tuesday, October 20, 2015      16 comments

Today I am cooking and cleaning. There are two soups simmering on the stove: split pea soup - and a vegetable soup. I even found a tiny cured ham that had no nitrates or nitrites, and I added some pieces to the pea soup. My husband will... Read more

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