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High Point of my life
Wednesday, November 07, 2018      11 comments

Well, as of this past Monday morning, I weighed the most I have ever weighed in my life, 180 lbs. I'm only 5' 2". I'm sure I'm well into the obese range right now. Definitely not where I want to be. It was back in 1998 when I weighed almost that... Read more
Quick Update - Good news, Bad news
Friday, May 25, 2018      15 comments

Dear Friends, 2017 was a very rough year for our family and 2018 is a roller coaster ride so far. In May of 2017, my brother was diagnosed with a very aggressive leukemia (MDS RAEB2/AML) and was not given a good prognosis. A year late... Read more
My Job to Retrain My Brain
Friday, March 30, 2018      5 comments

I've had dysfunctional thinking and a dysfunctional relationship with food for a very long time. I finally am working with a coach/therapist/counselor ... Read more
Do my daily actions align with my core values??
Friday, December 29, 2017      9 comments

That's the question that I've put to myself lately: Do my daily actions and decisions align with my core values?? This is what I've been working on lately. (Seems like I'm always working on more "opportunities for growth and learning" wheth... Read more
Fooditude - Adjusting your food attitude
Thursday, August 24, 2017      15 comments

I had lunch with a dear friend yesterday and she shared something that really clicked for me. She's a very active and overall healthy person. She's about average weight and maintains that weight by tracking her calories every day. I've known her... Read more
Our Family Crisis
Thursday, June 08, 2017      17 comments

Hello Dear Spark Friends, On Monday, May 22nd, our world started to get flipped upside down. That's when I first heard that doctors were considering a diagnosis of leukemia for my 56 year old brother, Steve. EMTs broke into his house on the... Read more
It's another weekend with the Crazy Redheads
Saturday, April 08, 2017      8 comments

Well, it's another weekend with the crazy redheads, otherwise known as Irish Setter dogs. I'm dog sitting nine Irish Setters this weekend and they are keeping me busy for sure!! I thought I'd share a quick video of the 3 pups. They are abou... Read more
This is my first St. Patrick's Day
Friday, March 17, 2017      10 comments

Well, this is the first St. Patrick's Day that I've known that I'm Irish, thanks to a genetic heritage DNA test. I've always resisted the onslaught of St. Patrick's Day celebrations and the "everybody's Irish" sayings, instead opting to educate ... Read more
To track or not to track - Looking for Advice
Monday, March 06, 2017      14 comments

Hello Spark Friends!! Yes, I really am struggling with this and I'm looking for some input for my particular situation. I'll try to keep it somewhat brief and concise. No guarantees, though!! :-) Past: I tracked all my food for seve... Read more
Remembering....maybe that's a part of the puzzle
Sunday, March 05, 2017      5 comments

I was thinking the other day.........what was it like when I wasn't obsessed with food; when I didn't eat more than my body needed; when I didn't constantly want to stuff my face with food? What was it like back then? Was there a time that I tho... Read more
Final Session of my "How To Eat" Class
Sunday, August 28, 2016      6 comments

Well, this is long overdue. The last session was over a month ago. :-) I guess I didn't want it to end so I procrastinated on the last update. The final session was actually a potluck lunch for our small class. There were 6 or 7 of us in a... Read more
Session 5: "Hierarchy of Food Needs"
Thursday, June 30, 2016      5 comments

Hi Everyone! Session 5 of my "How to Eat" class was very interesting and shared a really basic concept from Ellyn Satter's Eating Competency model. Ellyn Satter created a pyramid hierarchy of food needs similar to Maslow's hierarchy of need... Read more
Summary from Session 4 of my "How to Eat" Class
Thursday, June 30, 2016      3 comments

Hello Friends!! Here's a quick summary of Session 4 of the "How to Eat" class that I'm taking. The class is following the Ellyn Satter model of Eating Competency. You can find more information here: ellynsatterinstitute.org
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Summary from Session 3 of the "How to Eat" Class (video blog)
Friday, June 10, 2016      5 comments

This is my interpretation and a summary of information from a class that I am taking through work. It's called "How to Eat" and is based on the Ellyn Satter Institute's model of Eating Competence. ENJOY!... Read more
Dieting and fixing a broken foot
Monday, June 06, 2016      4 comments

In this class I'm taking called "How to Eat" I'm learning A LOT. The class is based on the Ellyn Satter model of Competent Eating. Check out her website at: www.ellynsatterinstitute
.org/ The first thing the instructor ... Read more

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