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Planning Ahead
Tuesday, May 08, 2018      3 comments

I was in a rush this morning, so while my breakfast was decently healthy, my lunch is canned soup. Meh...I'll make it work. However, there was no way that I could pack my workout clothes like I normally do on a Tuesday. I'm worried that I'll go ... Read more
Good Decisions from the Past 24 Hours
Thursday, May 03, 2018      3 comments

Focus on the positive. Here are the good decisions I made over the past 24 hours: * When I got uber-stressed out last night, I put on workout clothes and jogged a mile. Holy cow, did that make me feel more in control -- and it stopped a str... Read more
Positive Self-talk
Tuesday, May 01, 2018      6 comments

If you haven't tried positive self-talk, give it a shot. Last night, I leaned over my bathroom counter, looked myself in the eye, and said, "Look. You can do this. I know you're intimidated, and I know it's going to be a lot of work. But wh... Read more
Why Do I Want to Lose Weight?
Monday, April 23, 2018      4 comments

Today I weigh about 155 pounds. My maintenance range is 142-146. Why do I really want to get back down to this weight? Inspired by a Sparkpeople article, here is my list: 1. I have about 10 beautiful pairs of pants in my closet that used t... Read more
Remembering Food
Thursday, March 22, 2018      5 comments

It's been birthday week in my household, so picture a lot of feasting and cake. Has to happen once a year -- no problem. But now I'd like to rediscover the healthy options that I've been missing out on for the past week. The following is my go-t... Read more
January Progress
Monday, January 29, 2018      2 comments

It's a bit early, but here's where I'm at. Weight: Stable. No loss, no gain. Fitness: Definitely built up the exercise habit. The longest stretch with no workout was three days, and I'm going longer. Added strength training, and I'm be... Read more
It’s Hard Being Hungry
Monday, January 01, 2018      5 comments

I’m hungry right now. Not because I’m starving myself, but because I’m readjusting to a daily calorie limit of 1800 or fewer. This is based on my age (42) and the recommendation from The Spark Solution that I should stay in a 1500-1600 calorie r... Read more
Sigh of Relief: Back to Regular Life
Monday, October 23, 2017      5 comments

Last week was insanely overbooked, but fortunately, this week can go back to normal. Here are my plans: Monday Dinner: a Spark Solution breakfast recipe (sounds weird, but seriously, it will be great for dinner!) Workout: Hmmm...this i... Read more
Managing to Maintain
Saturday, October 21, 2017      3 comments

This was a really rough week schedule-wise. Meals were grab and go, exercise never happened, and sleep with minimal. It took all of my willpower just to log into Spark every day and not simply give up. I faced my weekly weigh in with absolut... Read more
Sunday is Always a Great "Day One"
Sunday, September 17, 2017      5 comments

I'm giving myself a personal challenge this week of blogging every day. This way I can sort of track my motivation changes throughout the week. Today is going well so far. I had a healthy breakfast and lunch and I have plans to work out ... Read more
Lessons from the Summer 5% Challenge
Sunday, August 27, 2017      4 comments

Summer's over? Already? Yesterday, the Summer 5% Challenge ended. For those of you unfamiliar with this great undertaking, you join a team for 8 weeks with a focus on losing 5% of your body weight. There is a ton of support (thank goodness!) a... Read more
View From Rock Bottom
Tuesday, August 08, 2017      6 comments

I haven't logged on to SparkPeople in days. I've been avoiding this look in the mirror. I've let down my 5% Spark team and myself. No more. I'm done with it. The unhealthy eating: cookies on the couch at 10:00 at night, e... Read more
Why Do I Want to Lose the Weight?
Monday, July 10, 2017      7 comments

For better or worse, the following are my motivations for losing the last ten pounds and getting back into my maintenance range: 1. I have about seven pairs of size 8 pants for work -- really cute ones! -- but none of them fit me without lo... Read more
It's Official: I'm a 2nd Degree Black Belt
Monday, June 26, 2017      6 comments

Holy cow. My belt now has two embroidered stripes, one for each degree. Wow. Getting a black belt is like graduating from high school: you're now ready for advanced college-like training. Getting a second degree? That's like the college gra... Read more
Planning Out Tonight
Wednesday, May 24, 2017      1 comments

Much better day today. I woke up super-hungry so I ate cereal with milk and also had a Fiber One bar on the way to work. Then my coffee. Mediocre on the healthy side, but not bad. Lunch is Greek yogurt with banana and strawberries. Super fi... Read more

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