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Sustainable Whatnow?

Thursday, August 11, 2011      5 comments

We've all seen the plethora of labels assigned to food to denote the different healthful advantages and nutrition. We see the labels and stamps and know that this bread is 100% whole grain or this pasta sauce is organic or these eggs are from ca... Read more

Attention Paid

Monday, August 01, 2011      4 comments

Listening to a Jillian Michaels podcast recently, the subject came up from a caller that when she lost weight it seemed to invite increased attention. It is a subject that has been on my mind much lately because it has been a factor of my new he... Read more

The Enemy of Over-Compensation

Sunday, July 31, 2011      8 comments

As far as the experience of maintenance goes, it's proving to harder to be underweight than to be overweight due to the circular cycle of over-compensation. Because I have been indulging in so much planned fine dining this week, I have been... Read more

Restaurant Week

Saturday, July 30, 2011      5 comments

This week has been Restaurant Week and boy have I been indulging in some of Madison's finest dining of all. Crusted duck breast medallions with dried cherry and port sauce. Moist blueberry buckle coffee cake with butter streusel topping. Rodizio... Read more

I Have a Confession

Wednesday, July 27, 2011      9 comments

In January of this year, I achieved my weight loss goals and began maintenance mode expecting hardship and difficulty from the endeavor. I heard all the talk that maintenance is harder, that you have to exercise even more vigorously and your bod... Read more

Living & Eating, Eating & Living

Tuesday, July 19, 2011      4 comments

The straw that broke the camel's back this week? Restaurants. I have been so busy running around trying to become a WI resident that I have not been able to plan and prepare meals and menu options as normal. Instead, I can scrounge for... Read more

Health and Beauty: From Obesity to Now

Saturday, July 16, 2011      6 comments

As for anyone who gains and loses weight, there have been many notable physical changes to my body, some expected and some surprising. 1) Loose Skin After losing weight at a very steady and even fast pace, loose skin has been noticeable i... Read more

1 Year SparkVersary: Living Healthy & Still Learning

Thursday, March 24, 2011      17 comments

It's been a while since I've have the desire to sit down and write a new blog. I am no longer satisfied to sit and spend more time than I have to in front of the computer in contrast to the days when I used to spend entire days at my desk. I sti... Read more

Living Healthy: Creative Cooking

Wednesday, January 26, 2011      12 comments

When visiting the family this holiday season, I was extremely grateful for how supportive everyone was. There was actually no reason to worry over comments at all, as all of the comments were complimentary and joyous. There were quite a few doub... Read more

2011: Start Strong & Stay Strong

Monday, January 03, 2011      8 comments

In 2010 from March through December I lost a total of 88 pounds. According to a Diet Blog article about successful weight loss, I was a "strong starter," employing all 7 of the secrets of a strong start. www.diet-blog.com/10/7_s
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Snack Profile: Fruit & Yogurt

Friday, December 17, 2010      11 comments

It's an oldie but a goodie! Fruit and yogurt is one of my all-time favorite snacks to grab, helping add a boost to my daily carbs, protein and fiber. With all of the different yummy flavors of yogurt out there, I enjoy creating new and delicious... Read more

80 Lbs Lighter & The Power of Offhand Comments

Monday, December 13, 2010      27 comments

This year will be my first Christmas at a healthy weight and I'm not that worried about the food. The food I can control. I can choose what I put in my mouth. Food I can plan and account for. It's the comments that are raising my anxiety le... Read more

Snack Profile: Stuffed Avocado

Tuesday, December 07, 2010      6 comments

Often I need to add healthy fat to my diet, and half an avocado is the perfect solution. My mom also consumes an avocado per week to help deal with hot flashes and it seems to be working. Cut the avocado in half around the seed, twist apart and ... Read more

Snack Profile: Pears & Cheese

Friday, December 03, 2010      10 comments

This is another inspiration directly from BOOKWORM27S as well as 15THC_ODETTE that is a perfect, fall treat to enjoy. The sweet, gritty crunch of the pear is complimen... Read more

Snack Profile: Beverage Indulgences

Sunday, November 28, 2010      10 comments

While I have a policy against drinking my calories in beverages and shakes (liquid calories do not provide me with a feeling of satisfaction to help me deal with my hunger), there are a few beverages that I enjoy with moderation. Read more


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