Lifelong Learning - The Ph.D. of life
Shared experience is at the heart of social networking. I enjoy the SparkPeople community mix of vetted wellness information and the posts of everyday participants. If you're with SP for weight loss and nutrition, as I was when first joining, yo... Read more
My own path to wellness
A health psychologist employed by a provincial health group spoke on a radio phone-in show. The latest research: only 95% will successfully maintain the weight lost through “quick” methods. Also: more individuals who might be currently considere... Read more
I didn't apply for it - I already have it: credit
It's one thing when you can see and feel the changes of lifestyle changes in very obvious ways: better sleep, compliments from kids, family, acquaintances. So what do I do, what did I do when the positive feedback stopped? I went to a source tha... Read more
Look behind you
Step trackers have no distinct personalities - they are a tool, at the service of the situation or the person who chooses to use them. The one that I use most often is a model with which I've made my peace - how to wear it, when / how to recharg... Read more
The Small Things Count
Yes, it's that time of year again. The resolutions, the crowded exercise spaces, the news stands filled with articles and picture spreads of weight loss and lifestyle changes.
And what about the rest of us? Well, it's the everyday, small chang... Read more
Does it matter?
People come and go in any community, so it isn't strange to see change in the SparkPeople community. What I found interesting about some of those changes is that, your voice and your writing style doesn't have to be professional - it just has to... Read more
Thanksgiving - any day
Any day is a day to be grateful for whatever it is that you do. It is beyond what talents you have, or how you spend your time. There is a higher powe... Read more
Stories for Inspiration - the last 10 pounds
The SparkPeople highlight on the Daily Login wheel that I saw on Tuesday March 15 was "Inspirational stories of weight loss." As important as those accounts, there are other stories that may be just as relevant and helpful when the fruit juice i... Read more
Less stress - More joy
It takes a firm foundation to adapt with grace.
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When your basic habits of wellness and self-care are in place, you don't really notice how you adapt to the tough times. So the "less stress" is more about how you respond to the thi... Read more
Let it pour
Recently I was told about the death of an avocational colleague. We had known of each other, and we shared mutual respect. At the last extended talk we shared, I recall going in detail about what I respected in that person, and asking this indiv... Read more
Recognize the cycle
Recognize the cycle. They say that "forewarned" is "forearmed". And stress at work is one of those elements of the cycle. It doesn't seem fair that multiple projects are due around the same time. But it does happen. And once you have seen it occ... Read more
Signs of the Times
How do you know that you are making progress?
One way that I can tell is the freedom and joy that I feel in practicing yoga. When practice is calm, steady, and continuous, I am in a zone that celebrates the balance of effort / ease, challenge ... Read more
What's your tune?
There's music in the air... what's your tune?
Whether you live alone or in a family unit, you can choose, as an individual, how you will interact with those with whom you have contact. The power of choice is a privilege that humankind has, eve... Read more
Kick Start to Goals
What does it take to get the motivational juices flowing? Sometimes all it takes is seeing someone and realizing: "That's what will happen to me unless I am pro-active about lifestyle choices." I saw someone, with the accompanying: "Do you mind ... Read more
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H.A.L.T. - not just for 12 step programs
H.A.L.T. an acronym for too hungry, too angry, too lonely, too tired, signs that you are at risk of slipping into lack of self-control. I don't why that came so strongly in mind recently. But I recognized that the larger significance was to look... Read more