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A Little Taste of Sugar

Monday, March 16, 2015      1 comments

Well, the no-sugar thing was going really well. From March 2nd all the way through March 13th, I had no sugar. There is no sugar for baking in the house, which is nice. I kept the honey and maple syrup, and I want to add a goal of limiting th... Read more

Sugar? No way!

Monday, March 02, 2015      3 comments

I want to avoid sugar because: 1. When I avoid sugar, I lose weight. 2. When I avoid sugar, I have more energy. 3. Sugar is expensive. 4. I want to set a good example for my children 5. I want to adopt a no-sugar li... Read more

Holiday Smoothie

Wednesday, December 03, 2014      4 comments

A lovely combination of flavors for those families who love year-round smoothies: a half bag of cranberries a can of pineapple with its 100% juice a banana or two (depending on sweetness preferences and blender size) a scoop or three ... Read more

Being Healthy or Losing Weight?

Tuesday, November 04, 2014      4 comments

I love it that so many people tell me that they don't mind if they lose weight or not, that they've chosen a healthy lifestyle so they feel better, have more energy, etc. I'm glad that this good attitude works, and that they're not worried if t... Read more


Tuesday, October 28, 2014      7 comments

My oldest sister visited last week with some of her children. She's been homeschooling for a decade more than I have, at least. I picked her brain on my stage of life. (I've got kids in middle school, elementary school, and pre-school.) She ... Read more

Shorter days and Pumpkin Soup

Tuesday, October 21, 2014      6 comments

A friend grew pumpkins this year and gave us some of their crop. I started processing the pumpkins yesterday: cut, scoop seeds and rinse them for roasting, bake the pumpkins, let cool, scoop the goo into containers for freezing. I made pumpkin... Read more

Happy Friday!

Friday, October 17, 2014      2 comments

Kids were up and going on their piano and school work today. I gave them the incentive of a walk to a playground at some distance if they could finish by noon, which they did with time to spare. It was warm and windy and I got my 32 minute jog... Read more

Sunday Evening Musings

Sunday, October 12, 2014      3 comments

Weight loss isn't going so bad right now. Every other area of my life feels out of control, though. It's a weird sensation, probably brought on by the extraordinary departure from routine this weekend. . .the Creation Day conference yesterday,... Read more


Monday, October 06, 2014      5 comments

1. Butternut squash is a really "cheap" food. Baked with apples (no sugar or butter), it's got a lot of flavor. You can have huge piles of it with very few calories. 2. Walking with a baby strapped on supposedly burns @ 100 calories eve... Read more

Oops. . .lost track!

Friday, October 03, 2014      2 comments

I think this must have been a more stressful week than I had anticipated. The kids balked at school all week, and we've had some glory moments, but few and far between. I lost sight of my goals and ate a half loaf of raisin bread with butter a... Read more

Boston Musings and Catching Up

Friday, September 26, 2014      4 comments

Things I learned from Boston: 1. A week away from logging calories worked for my plan, as long as I made sure I had 10,000 steps each day. That was tough on the days we were in the car all day! 2. Boson has hills. :) 3. God i... Read more

Manicures and Pedicures

Tuesday, September 16, 2014      3 comments

My mother-in-law treated me to a manicure/pedicure last Saturday. We're going to a ritzy wedding in Boston, and this treat was both to prepare for that and to celebrate my birthday (which is in the fall, but not this month. It was very dear of... Read more

Thursday done. . . so glad it's Friday!

Friday, September 12, 2014      2 comments

Yesterday was co-op. We went to the orthodontist for my daughter first. On the way home, I stopped for breath mints at the store (so if anyone had really bad breath in choir, I'd have something on hand!!) My four-year-old proceeded to make an... Read more

Another full day!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014      1 comments

Good walk/jog with kids. 3 miles. Less fussing from non- runners toward end of route. I think we're almost ready for Boston and the Freedom Trail! Must try suits on boys in a.m. So if they don't fit I can bum a different size off a frien... Read more

Sweet Tooth

Wednesday, September 10, 2014      1 comments

Here are my thoughts from Week 4 of the Sweet Tooth Challenge: When I log my intake, I tend to be moderate. When I don't log, I binge. (Is logging a life-time sustainable habit?). (Yes probably, if I cut back on some other aspects of Spar... Read more

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