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Will it ever be over?
Thursday, August 13, 2015      8 comments

No. Looks like I'm a slow learner when it comes to my food and health issues. It has taken me decades to finally realize that this personal journey of good health at a reasonable weight is lifelong. There is no end date. Perhaps ... Read more
Does this sound familiar??
Wednesday, August 12, 2015      9 comments

In my quest to figure out how I got "here" I've been doing some reminiscing about my personal history with food and diet. Does this list look familiar? T.O.P.S, 1500 calorie meal plan, meal replacement shakes, low fat, low carb, low calor... Read more
How did I get here: the kid years
Tuesday, August 11, 2015      4 comments

This blog will be short because I don't remember a lot of details (weight and food-wise) from my childhood years. We ate healthy as a family. Healthy by the standards of the 1950s + 60s. I can remember my mother insisting on peanut butter & ... Read more
How did I get here: the very beginning
Monday, August 10, 2015      5 comments

As if maintaining my weight loss isn't enough "work," it's time to face what got me into weight issues in the first place ( or not??? I wonder...) So how far back should I go? How about sixty some odd years... While going through pa... Read more
Post-vacation return to routine
Friday, August 07, 2015      4 comments

Had a great time on the big lake. We "girls" had the place to ourselves to do what we wanted - like nap, read, talk, nap, laugh, eat, knit, talk, nap... you get my drift. The weather was good - not too hot, not too cold. Days were sunny with... Read more
Caution: look at source of articles
Tuesday, July 28, 2015      10 comments

Imagine my surprise (shock) as I was reading articles posted here on SP from the American Beverage Association. What prompted me to "check the source?" A reference to summer hydration and diet soda. It stood out as not being in keeping with o... Read more
Celebrating and ending a streak of 225 days
Sunday, July 26, 2015      5 comments

Over the past 225 days of logging in at SP every day, I've learned a lot. SP Friends you've made me smile and my heart ache. I've walked miles an... Read more
On maintaining and non-perfection
Monday, July 20, 2015      8 comments

I'm not even sure that non-perfection is actually a word or concept but it is - at least in my mind. From what I read here at SP, I'm not the only Type A, perfection-driven, all-or-nothing type here. I'm not a super freak about it (although th... Read more
Monday, July 13, 2015      6 comments

Inspired by one of my SP friend's blogs (thank you PJDANIELS!), I've been thinking about what it means to be a "work in progress." The term WIP is quite common among my fellow knitters. Some folks won't begin a new project until current one is... Read more
Do the best we can
Thursday, July 09, 2015      5 comments

Read some excellent articles here on SP and book reviews as well as blogs from other Sparkers. Many are positive and motivating. Then there are the ones that tell the tough truth. They are like a bucket of ice water in the face on a hot summe... Read more
Neither rain nor hail nor heat nor gloom of night...
Wednesday, July 01, 2015      7 comments

... my new motto for getting out and walking!! (I also just discovered it's actually not the USPS motto but a quote from a description of the Persian system of mounted postal carriers c. 500 BC!! Who knew?!?!?) After looking at the numbe... Read more
Addressing old habits
Monday, June 29, 2015      6 comments

Now that I have reached a healthier weight, I am ready to move to the next phase of my personal plan. Getting the pounds off (40lbs.) was my first priority. Now I am in a happier, stronger place, not just physically but emotionally and mentall... Read more
Saturday, June 27, 2015      11 comments

I scored! I won!! I'm at my goal weight!!! Let the battle to maintain begin emoticon ... Read more
Getting ready to celebrate (and to do battle!)
Thursday, June 25, 2015      4 comments

After losing momentum, motivation, metabolism, and all those other "m" words, the scale is moving again. Perhaps that's all it took.. a couple of weeks to "rest" with a few higher calorie/lower exercise days (due to rain, humidity and mosquitoe... Read more
Enjoy the day
Saturday, June 20, 2015      6 comments

This little guy (girl) showed up just outside my sunroom yesterday. I'm sure Mama was hiding out not far away. He leaped and jumped; sniffed and looked; ran across three backyards and back again. What an example of joy and curiosity. We sho... Read more

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