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Caloric Cycling-What do you think?
Friday, September 03, 2010      29 comments

So if you don't know caloric cycling is a method to prevent plateaus and maximize fat burn and minimize lean tissue loss but varying you caloric intake significantly but still meeting your overall weekly caloric deficit. For example, if you w... Read more
Learning to love pictures of me
Wednesday, September 01, 2010      20 comments

I have blogged before of my fear of being photographed. I used to literally dive out of photos or I would do something to purposely ruin it so I had time to get out like put my hand in front of my face. I have seriously about 10 photos of me in ... Read more
"You don't look obese anymore"
Tuesday, August 31, 2010      55 comments

That is what someone told me at the gym on Saturday. At first I got mad, like rip roaring, steam coming out of my ears mad. Then I realized it was supposed to be a compliment on my progress. People do say things that are ignorant and it used to ... Read more
Taking the stairs
Sunday, August 29, 2010      21 comments

I went to the bookstore today to look at different cookbooks to get ideas for the blog series I plan to write. I love to cook and I love different ethnic foods. We decided to significantly cut back on eating out for a few reasons. Financially, w... Read more
2 month Sparkaversary and down 60 lbs total
Friday, August 27, 2010      27 comments

I wish I had some sage wisdom to offer on this day but I don't. What this really comes down to is eat clean, move more, and make emotional changes in my life. Every path is different. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes it is hard. Yes, there are... Read more
Dating while chubby: What I learned about men
Wednesday, August 25, 2010      31 comments

Today I decided to dedicate this blog to my friend. She always dates men who treat her like crap, use her, cheat on her, and in general never meet a single one of her needs and they don't care. When I read her fb status today that said she was s... Read more
Today I am wearing the smallest size I have worn in 7 years (with pics)
Tuesday, August 24, 2010      98 comments

I can hardly believe it. My goal since starting SP was just to fit into the smallest size I have been able to in recent memory. 7 years ago I lost 50 lbs with the help of a weight loss coach and her approach was actually very similar to SP so it... Read more
Unexpected attention
Monday, August 23, 2010      18 comments

In the last week it is really strange but it like I become visible for the first time in years. When I look in the mirror I can really see the changes in my body and even though I am still technically MO by BMI standards I definitely look just i... Read more
Doing things that scare me: blogging
Sunday, August 22, 2010      19 comments

When I started on SP I was determined to blog every single day. Then as I got more into this I realized that SP is about balance and learning a healthy lifestyle isn't an all or nothing kind of thing. It is learning balance in my life. I was ini... Read more
Uneven weight loss fat distribution and the battle again
Saturday, August 21, 2010      25 comments

I don't believe someone can be positive 100% of the time. The devil on my shoulder is still there, as much as I try to swat him away, whispering self doubt into my ear. At this point I really can see the weight loss and I have dropped 3 and a ha... Read more
My Inspiration? Mom, down 90lbs, 7 years maintained!
Thursday, August 19, 2010      28 comments

I have been lucky to have an incredible mother. She married my father young. It was kind of like west side story. The nice girl from the good family that married the guy from the wrong side of the tracks. When you are young and naive you never i... Read more
See ya later 290's, you're toast
Wednesday, August 18, 2010      46 comments

I waited the whole weekend to write this because I am always afraid I will somehow have a bad weigh in the next week and go back up but that is ridiculous. Part of my new found confidence is I am going to celebrate my victories when they happen ... Read more
This is when I usually quit
Tuesday, August 17, 2010      21 comments

So I am rounding out week 7 on SP and I just realized this is when I would always quit in the past. The weight loss coach I saw several years back, who was awesome, helped me realize that it is so important to recognize self destructive patterns... Read more
Craptastic Day
Monday, August 16, 2010      22 comments

Thank goodness it is over! On the way back from NYC the car died, yeah! We had to get towed all the way from South of Providence back to Boston with a smoking tow guy who spent a good 30 minutes telling me women shouldn't have left the home and ... Read more
NYC visit, even includes a (gasp) full body pic!
Sunday, August 15, 2010      30 comments

Friday morning we loaded up the car and headed down to NYC to do some sight seeing as my fiancé has never been there and visit my best friend from college. I haven't seen her in years and I have missed her so much. We got up super early and hit ... Read more

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