Your brain on stress
Monday, May 12, 2008      9 comments

The picture above is a 'before and after' slide of a neuronal pathway from a rat's hippocampus. On the left is the before picture. See all the lovely pathways? Lots of dendrites to carry neurotransmitters, lots of richness. Then he spent... Read more
Down into the scary stuff
Friday, May 02, 2008      6 comments

I have been surprised at how reluctant, wary, afraid I have been to move down under 141. It's the weight I haven't been under in ages...and beneath that actually feels like scary dark places, places I don;t know. That's crazy, yes, of course! ... Read more
Holy Spit!!
Sunday, April 27, 2008      1 comments

Here is my great wisdom for the day...possibly for the month. Always check the calorie content of your entrée BEFORE you go to the restaurant. I almost always get General Chicken at Chinese restaurants-- I like it! I had NO IDEA it ... Read more
I'm staying!
Monday, April 21, 2008      3 comments

Re my blog from this morning: Whatever else this is, and regardless of whether or not this is my final goal weight, I am very clear that I am not ready to leave Spark People! So--I'm not going to! I have lots to learn and lots of ... Read more
My first plateau? Or...?
Monday, April 21, 2008      2 comments

Hum. So what's THIS about? I am very close to goal--but also very ambivalent about reaching it. I changed it downward this weekend, by three pounds--and then changed it back. I don't want to leave Spark People--I'm totally not ready--a... Read more
Party time!
Sunday, April 20, 2008      3 comments

In February, the same day I started Spark and started recording my nutrition, I went to a big birthday party for a friend. It was catered by a favorite local bar-b-que place, with drinks and cake. I ate about 2,8000 calories, though I had to e... Read more
Can I be a skinny baker...?
Friday, April 18, 2008      4 comments

That's the question before me. Can I be "a woman who loves to bake and share with family and friends" and ALSO be "a woman who eats healthily and maintains her healthy weight". For one friend or another, one family member or another, I... Read more
It's not about the pounds
Friday, April 11, 2008      1 comments

So I lost 10 pounds. Not much, really. And I'm just 2 pounds from my goal? Not such a big goal! Lots of people have lost that much in a couple of weeks. And many faithful Spark people have lost 10 pounds, and still have a long way to go... Read more
Almost there!!
Friday, April 11, 2008      2 comments

I'm so excited!! I usually weigh just every two weeks, but my daughter's coming, and her husband, and it's a big weekend, and she asked me to make Gooey Butter Cake, and I needed some encouragement and so I weighed this morning--and I'm just 2 ... Read more
Things are swirling...dangers lurking...I will make it through!
Saturday, April 05, 2008      5 comments

Last night, the "voices in my head" started up an old song I hadn't heard since I started Spark. (No, I don't really hear voices in my head--you know what I mean!) It went like this: "Why do you want to weigh what the measuring skirt s... Read more
More reality checks
Monday, March 31, 2008      1 comments

Dang, this living in reality thing gets old. But--better to know and deal with it, than to keep living in frustrating fantasy-land. So. I only weigh in every two weeks--I've forgotten why, but it's probably a good thing for me. Anyway--I... Read more
Focusing on the real challenge
Sunday, March 30, 2008      2 comments

Spark makes me refocus on the right challenge. With "diets", I was always about eating less. Throughout the day, the focus was on having NONE or having LESS of this or that. With Spark, my focus is much different. Today I'm getti... Read more
Words of wisdom from the measuring skirt
Thursday, March 27, 2008      3 comments

So when I tried on my measuring skirt, many truths became apparent. 1. I have made changes. Real changes, ones that don't go away in just a few days of "just a bit over". 2. More changes are needed. Weight loss...and muscle tonin... Read more
Making choices...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008      3 comments

Last Friday--Good Friday--was a traditional after-church huge dinner with friends...and I went just a little over. Then Sunday was Easter...special dinner, just a little over. Then Tuesday was my gifts, special dinner, just a ... Read more
the excitement of making changes
Monday, March 17, 2008      2 comments

Weigh in day--lost 1.8 more pounds, and perhaps even more to the point, I didn't go sugar wild, all weekend long. I'm really excited that I'm discovering again the healthy person that lives inside me! I even came up with a non-sweets rewar... Read more

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