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From Flop to Fabulous
Friday, December 16, 2011      10 comments

"The first time she performed the role of Dewdrop in “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker” with the New York City Ballet, Ashley Bouder was 17 and made a memorable entrance: she fell on her face. Now 27 and a principal dancer for the company, Ms.... Read more
Reference Guide to Strength Training
Tuesday, December 13, 2011      4 comments

Here's an excellent article on strength training---so much clear & practical info in one place!
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Remove! Remove! Celebrate!
Wednesday, December 07, 2011      7 comments

I've gotten used to tracking everything I put in my mouth. It no longer seems burdensome. It's actually a feeling of security, a reassuring ritual. Even when I overeat or make poor choices, I find it valuable to get specifics about exactly h... Read more
Celebrate a Little Win
Sunday, December 04, 2011      6 comments

A commercial for Nicorette mini-lozenges to help someone stop smoking provided me with a vivid mental image for non-scale victories and giving myself credit. Leaving an office meeting with a group going out to smoke, one young man asks anot... Read more
Aging Strong
Friday, December 02, 2011      6 comments

"A New York Times piece from earlier in the month: "Is physical frailty inevitable as we grow older? That question preoccupies scientists and the middle-aged, particularly when they become the same people. Until recently, the evidence was dishea... Read more
Another Door
Monday, November 28, 2011      4 comments

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. ~ Helen Keller quoted on LIFEWALK's blog... Read more
Game On!
Saturday, November 26, 2011      7 comments

Monday begins a new competition with the Game On! Diet team. We will accumulate points for eating five small meals exclusively from a sanctioned list (sensible, healthy, real food), drinking 3 liters of water daily, exercising daily, mak... Read more
It Feels Good to Have a Plan
Friday, November 25, 2011      3 comments

I executed my plan, and felt very satisfied but not stuffed. I had to put a cloth over the rolls so I wouldn't see them; the others knew where to find them. We had Thanksgiving dinner at 12:45. I did have green bean casserole for su... Read more
It's Not OK Not to Have a Plan
Wednesday, November 23, 2011      5 comments

Dr. Judith Beck suggests I say to myself, "When has not having a plan ever helped me to stay in control of my eating and lose weight and keep it off? Not having a plan is a recipe for overeating and I need to stop fooling myself into thinking th... Read more
I am the Matthew Stafford of Weight Loss!
Monday, November 21, 2011      5 comments

Disclaimer: this blog contains sports. I promise not to overdose on the football part, but I want to tell you about an intriguing thought process I've had following Sunday's NFL game between the Detroit Lions and the Carolina Panthers. W... Read more
Spark Stickers
Sunday, November 20, 2011      3 comments

I was explaining to a friend how SparkPeople has many avenues of positive reinforcement for healthy behaviors. "But what can you use those Spark points for?" she asked. I explained about SparkGoodies, and then I heard myself saying, "It's like t... Read more
Quiche Quandary
Friday, November 18, 2011      8 comments

The spinach quiche I made for a potluck luncheon tasted great, and I was pleased with several calorie-reducing steps I took. These were mini-quiche (2-bite size) with no crust. I would like your input on the only drawback, which was a leng... Read more
Panic Averted
Wednesday, November 16, 2011      8 comments

I woke up this morning and thought, "This is too hard. I cannot do this the rest of my life." Praise God, I had an answering thought quickly: "You don't have to." "You only have to do it TODAY." Then I revised my self-talk to sa... Read more
Ripstick Nazi
Tuesday, November 15, 2011      7 comments

Last year I enjoyed TRAVELGRRL's blogs about the "Spandex Nazi" who made sure her workout class was goaded to maximum performance. (see her blog "Back in the Groove" from ... Read more
Three out of Four
Monday, November 14, 2011      5 comments

I kept my resolve to have fruit at breakfast (plus lots of onions in my egg), and I had fruit plus two veggies with supper, but I FORGOT (while rushing around and grabbing a quick lunch with my daughters) to have a veggie with lunch. I remember... Read more

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