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Nearing My First Goal
I am dangerously close to my first goal of finally not be 200-something pounds. At the current rate I should leave the 200s behind within a couple days. Then it's on to the next goal: 175 pounds.
I don't know what 175 pounds is going to lo... Read more
The French Women's Diet
I've been ill... again. Stress levels up, immune system down, I get sick. That's the way of it. While I've been sick, though, I have not been idle. I've been reading.
I read about three books this week, and one of them was the French Women's D... Read more
Part of me buys into the whole "resolutions doomed to failure," "what a passe way to ring in the new year" mentality. I mean, really, how old am I?
Well, who cares how old I am? New Years is a great time to re-up on things that I really ne... Read more
Damn That 200 Pound Mark!
I went to put on my "fat 10s" this morning. I was so excited to wear them last week. They're a pair of size 10s designed for big girls, so they really fit a 12. Still, a 12 is big progress for me, and it felt great to wear them to work. But I we... Read more
New Low... Weight!
When I went on my first date with my husband, I was 135 pounds and a size 6. (I have a lot of muscle, so I tend to be heavier than my size might "normally" indicate.) 3 years later, I went from an active job to a desk job and I quit smoking. I p... Read more
I've been barely holding my grip on my healthy lifestyle while I've been swimming through my sea of stress. I take comfort in the fact that I didn't gain back more than 2 pounds of what I'd lost. It was hard as I haven't been exercising the way ... Read more
Stress Wave Receiding
I've been so stressed out the last couple of weeks that I haven't been able to do a lot of the things that I need to. I can't write. I try, but my brain is just drenched in stress. My weight loss stalled. I may have even gained a couple pounds. ... Read more
Sharing a Beautiful Workout
Today is likely to be one of the last good weather days of the year here in Washington, and I didn't want to waste it. So I jumped on my bike and rode two miles to the beach, walked around a while, and then road the two miles (uphill) home. It w... Read more
Stumble, Trip, Stumble, Trip
I've been stumbling and tripping a lot lately. Not anymore. I am doing this! I am getting fit. I am eating right. I am going to get a job because I'm going to go out and get a job, not sit and wait to hear back. I am going to finish writing this... Read more
What a Week Costs
Well. I've been off the wagon for a week, and yesterday was a feast day. So I feasted. I haven't been to the gym. It's not that I didn't want to, but my son's been home from school, and one thing and another.
The truth is that I let myself ... Read more
Alright, I spent a couple days there where I wasn't really sick (except day one) but I wasn't feeling right. Didn't go to the gym. Didn't track calories, but tried not to be too awful. (That last part was a lie.) Today, I'm back on it.
I'm ... Read more
"Original" Weight Goals Are Rediculous
What is the "original" weight anyway? What is the "ideal" weight? And what's so wrong with being proud of where we are right now, as we strive for health?... Read more
Help! Eating Out Tomorrow!
My son has been invited to a birthday party and sleepover. My husband and I suddenly have Saturday evening and night to ourselves. ... Read more
Fat in Perspective Pic
I took this pic from another Sparklers page because it helps me to see this when I think about the 15 pounds I've lost and the 75+ I have to go. I've lost 3 of those alrea... Read more
Constant Little Rewards, Paid For With Sweat
One of the easiest ways to stay motivated is to achieve a goal of some kind: Seeing the scale move, your clothes fitting better, or lifting heavier weight. Those changes, though, take time and weeks of effort. For the first three months of this ... Read more