Catching up! Solos to practice! Many recipes to enter!
Thursday, January 20, 2011      1 comments

I've been so busy lately (practicing for our Got Hips belly dance banquet, show, and masquerade ball) that I realized how backlogged I am with entering my recipes into the SparkPeople recipe book: sugar-free homemade "Jam" crockpot egg casser... Read more
Photographer from Chi Trib came to belly dance class last night.
Friday, January 14, 2011      6 comments

I take a beginner, intermediate, AND an advanced belly dance class (as well as pilates reformer) every week. At last night's class, there was a photographer there from the Chicago Tribune. She was there to take pictures for an interview the T... Read more
Every round leads to better and better habits
Wednesday, December 08, 2010      2 comments

I posted this in answer to fellow Spark Team member Ashley's question and decided to put it on my blog here as well. For me following a restrictive diet for short periods of time has helped me see what food items I was overeating becau... Read more
When others are counting on you, take care of yourself first.
Tuesday, September 07, 2010      3 comments

Last January, I had ballooned back up to 208. As of this morning, I am 151.8 lbs. I feel better and have more energy. Little did I know that I was going to need it. 6 weeks ago, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. They caugh... Read more
Totally Blown Away - Randa Kamal & Faten Salama!!!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010      0 comments

Totally Blown Away – Workshop with Faten Salama & Randa Kamel Yes, I had attended workshops in my local town of Chicago. Raksanna always brings in top notch talent from all over the world for her students and the local community to broaden... Read more
The Missing Ingredient - Passion
Monday, March 15, 2010      2 comments

So, we're sitting around after an intensive workshop - 10 hours of belly dance over 3 days PLUS a St. Patrick's Day parade. Phew. One thing led to another and, in the course of our conversation, one lady asked if belly dance was respo... Read more
There's a difference between losing the fat weight and becoming thinner!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010      2 comments

Just today and interaction with a friend of mine taught me that there's a difference between losing the fat weight and being thinner. Losing fat weight is dropping pounds. Being thinner involves letting go of the all the things that kept... Read more
30 LBS Down! I hit my stretch goal!!!
Monday, February 22, 2010      3 comments

I hit my stretch goal of 178 lbs and, I am now in my stabilization phase for the next 7 weeks. The scariest part of this whole journey was packing up those size 18s and 16s. But, I asked myself, "Why hang on to them? On the off chance t... Read more
20.6 lbs!!!
Tuesday, February 02, 2010      0 comments

My initial goal in round 1 was to hit 181 (a loss of 25 lbs) with a stretch goal of 178. Now, at 186, I am within striking distance. At 28 days, and with all that mental bulls**t behind me, I feel it is time for me (well, all of us r... Read more
18 lbs down. Let the mental weight loss begin!
Friday, January 29, 2010      4 comments

I had a "realization" last night. (Epiphany is too strong a word.) For the past few days, I've been in a funk. I know that emotions are stored in the body and, as the fat is released, the emotions come bubbling to the surface--both the posit... Read more
11 pounds down. 'Nuff said!
Friday, January 15, 2010      2 comments

11 pounds down. Sticking to my program is no problem even though it is strict. I look at my naked body in the mirror every morning and remind myself that I do not want to "wear" any cr@ppy food on my body. In the past, even though ... Read more
What a restricted diet teaches us?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010      4 comments

I hear people rail all the time about restricted diets with advise to "not cut anything out"? Ummm. Really? That works for everybody? I don't think so. Every one is different and requires difference strategies. A person... Read more
Sore but happy.
Monday, March 02, 2009      0 comments

I spent the weekend attending a workshop and rehearsals. The rehearsals were from an upcoming hafla. The workshop was for bellygrams. I'm sore but happy. Did I have a great rehearsal? Yes. Did I do great in the bellygra... Read more
Start small each morning but START!!!!
Tuesday, December 02, 2008      0 comments

If I don't do some exercise in the morning, chances are that, unless I have belly dance class or rehearsal, I won't do it. I'll let just about anything get in the way: gotta work late, gotta run errands for family (not really. I d... Read more
Eat For A Week On A Food Stamp Budget? Don't I Do That Already?
Tuesday, October 21, 2008      3 comments

It started 2 years ago-out west, of course. Then, govenors, churches, and Congress jumped on the bandwagon. Now everybody's trying it. The first week in November has now been designated THE week to do this. To put everyone in the right hol... Read more

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