It's been forever since I've "sparked". That's mainly because I found a new and (in my opinion) preferable food tracker app that I use now instead of SP: lose it,
Lose It is a great phone or iPad app with all the bells and whistles as well ... Read more
You know you're succeeding with weight loss, when.....
1. When you have to do a shopping overhaul to buy smaller sizes, because your clothes are hanging on you
2. When your "skinny jeans" you've kept around for years, are LOOSE!
3. When people who don't see you everyday ask "what are you doin... Read more
This is EASY!
I can do this!
I have always noted that my weight loss success depends on depriving myself of bread. I use the word "bread" as a loose category, as it also includes anything made with white, refined flours/sugars-- crackers, cereals, ch... Read more
Making a soft return to SP after a 6 month break!
I announced in a blog back in January 2012 that I would be taking a break from SP. I found myself obsessing about logging in, spinning the wheel, tracking, meeting the criteria each week for the Community Team, being a team admin, blogging, and... Read more
Pics from Sunday's solar eclipse
Well, weirdly enough, my small town of Redding, CA was in the auspicious path of May 20th's annular solar eclipse. Aside from a few random cities in China and Japan, Redding CA, (and neighboring outlying areas) Reno NV, and Flagstaff AZ had th... Read more
I can't believe I've managed to stay away for almost 3 months! this May will mark my 6 year anniversary with sparkpeople, and never have I stayed offline for so long. I have to say, though, it's liberating, and hasn't really affected my weig... Read more
I "break" for success!
I'm takin' a spark break!
I've seen other people do this before, for a variety of reasons. It has always made sense to me, though I don't think in the five and a half years of near-daily "sparking", i'vever taken a spark-break myself. Oth... Read more
Home for the HOLIDAYS!
I finally get to spend some time with my twin daughters, since they are home from college. Empty nesting has been a mixed blessing. Mostly, I miss them. Their older sister just finished her NCLEX nursing exam and passed! She has a lul befo... Read more
This time of year seems to dish out nothing but ugliness. I just can't groove with the Christmas holiday anymore. Maybe it's because my kids are grownups and the "santa" magic and thrill of toys is gone. It might even be because it's my birt... Read more
Pics of me bottling my OWN WINE!
I am SO PROUD!
I picked organic grapes, brought them home, smashed them with my very feet, destemmed them with my very hands, pressed the juice out by hand with cheesecloth, pitched yeast, and made my own wine!!
This has been a proj... Read more
POINTS equals POUNDS...
In yet another attempt to "shake things up" with my eating plan, I decided to go ahead and take my mother's advice, and revisit Weight Watcher's.
I am a lifetime member of weight watchers. I first joined back in 1988, when I wanted to get ... Read more
Proud mama rant
I had such a wonderful time this weekend visiting the girls in the dorms. Ellen, my oldest was supposed to come along, but I was proud to learn that her reason for bailing was so that she would not miss an opportunity to be a part of a study gr... Read more
Just when you're feeling great....
... You get "Eustacian tube dysfunction"????
So about 4 weeks ago, I caught a cold. Typical for me at the beginning of every kindergarten year. It's like my body goes from being in this nice cocoon of a clean house with NO little kids... Read more
So far I'm doing OK at avoiding staff room treats this year. I did succumb to a cookie today, and a couple bites of berry pie. But I had organic fruit through the juicer for breakfast with pea protein, about 2 oz of chicken and salad for lunc... Read more
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6 weeks post op, and feeling great!
KNOCK ON BIG WOOD! LOL!
But really, I am feeling so much better. I had a little relapse early in week five, when i waltzed into physical therapy boasting how great I was feeling, and the therpists there said, OH GOOD! YOU ARE FEELING BE... Read more