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Virtual pals, real value

Thursday, May 12, 2011      16 comments

That was the headline on a tiny article in the Toronto Globe and Mail earlier this week. It outlined UK research indicating that the typical user of a "social networking site" (such as Facebook, or I presume SparkPeople) has 121 online friends,... Read more

Second Sparkiversary!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011      25 comments

It's been two years! I weigh a solid 30 pounds less than when I found Spark People May 10 2009, down from 172 to 142 (or 141, with occasionally a glimmer of a "middle 3"!!). Still working on determining lowest sustainable weight . . . ... Read more

Counting Every Calorie: Obsessive? Future Eating Disorder?

Thursday, May 05, 2011      19 comments

I've been counting calories -- using the nutrition tracker, pre-planning my meals, following the Beck cognitive strategies to "learn to think like a thin person". I've got Beck cards to review which remind me to arrange my environment to elimin... Read more

Liposuction: The Fat Comes Back!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011      10 comments

An article in the Toronto Globe and Mail says that liposuction isn't permanent. The fat comes back -- just not necessarily in the same place. So if you have fat liposuctioned off your tummy, it's back within a year but maybe in your upper abd... Read more

MAINtaining! And anticipating the leaping greenly spirits . . . any day!!

Saturday, April 30, 2011      13 comments

I'm feeling very lucky that my slight indulgence over a birthday dinner for DH yesterday did not push the scale up -- or at least not yet! I'm holding at 142 for now, got to the gym today for cardio and upper body weights plus abs and stretchin... Read more

Long Weekend

Monday, April 25, 2011      9 comments

This has been a lovely four days off work, relaxing at home and at the golf course. I indulged in a couple of toasted hot cross buns (yes, faithfully tracked, within calorie range!). Maybe these aren't an American tradition, because I didn't ... Read more

How Do I Get this Weight Loss MOVING? One Approach

Thursday, April 21, 2011      13 comments

CMB2048 posted a recent blog asking "How do I get this weight loss moving?" It was a heartfelt plea from a person who's really struggling and who is making huge progress with regular strength workouts, but time pressed at work and having troub... Read more

Spark Support

Wednesday, April 20, 2011      17 comments

There is nothing like it. I do know that being "up two" is not the end of the world. It's minor stuff -- true even if it turns out to be a "real" gain. Still minor. But -- absolutely not minor-- the kindness, the great suggestions,... Read more

Up Two

Monday, April 18, 2011      15 comments

How I hate changing my weight tracker but -- there it is, 144.5!! WAAAAAAHHHHHHH!! Gotta keep it real. And -- no, I don't think it's "permanent" because it can't be: I simply have not eaten enough or slacked off from exercise to gener... Read more

Lowest Sustainable Weight: Periodic Post-Beck Report

Saturday, April 16, 2011      16 comments

My weight is at 142.5 right now. It may not "stick" there as my ultimate "lowest sustainable weight" (that's the concept from Judith S. Beck's "Diet Solution" I'm experimenting to discover) but my weight has been hovering at about 142 for sev... Read more

Satisfying Week!

Friday, April 15, 2011      5 comments

My regular work week was changed up with some fun things -- a drinks meeting with my collaborative colleagues, and two days of mediation training. The mediation techniques are meant to enhance my work in collaborative practice -- and there... Read more

The 7 Virtues -- Smelling Gorgeous for a Good Cause!!

Saturday, April 09, 2011      12 comments

Do you love perfume as much as I do? Are you a "signature perfume" type -- always choosing the same fragrance? Or are you silly enough sometimes to select a perfume just because it kinda "coordinates" with what you're wearing? For... Read more


Friday, April 08, 2011      22 comments

Yesterday I turned 60!! SIXTY!! OK, cannot believe it. And have to say, turning 60 is probably the most traumatic "big birthday" I've experienced since 40. When my husband had to take me to Bermuda for a week. And arrange a catered p... Read more

Interested in Saving Your Own Life???

Thursday, April 07, 2011      7 comments

Then you should be checking out STLRZGRRL's amazing series of blogs, and in particular today's "part 3". Here you go:
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Spring Stretching Out Ahead . . .

Wednesday, April 06, 2011      11 comments

The anticipation at this time of the year makes life zesty! All better times to come!! There are a few yellow and purple crocuses in bloom in my garden -- news ones, which I planted last fall, close to the back door where I'll see them every t... Read more

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