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Quick and easy meals
Thursday, April 11, 2013      0 comments

So today's Sparkcoach video wasn't useful for me - but that's a GOOD thing. Beth, the nutrition coach talked about how we don't use our kitchens and how we don't cook and gave steps to fix meals. Today the "community" task was to blog about qu... Read more
hrrrmmmmmm
Tuesday, April 09, 2013      4 comments

Okay, so sparkcoach is holding me accountable. I'm tracking even when I'm way off. Today was way off. I went back to emotional eating. I don't want dinner. I'm going to have DH come up with something for himself. I've had enough calo... Read more
Day 2 of intermittent fasting
Thursday, March 07, 2013      4 comments

Well, this is the second day of the intermittent fasting. Again, I've really liked it so far. I like just focusing on work, brain, moving during the day and not focusing on food at. all. The good breakfast keeps me going until close to lunch,... Read more
After the fast
Tuesday, March 05, 2013      3 comments

Actually, I felt great all day. I think it's good for me, psychologically, to realize that I'm not going to collapse if I don't eat the way I usually do. I had plenty of energy all day and only really felt deprived around lunchtime and at arou... Read more
Back in the saddle again
Monday, March 04, 2013      4 comments

... no not bike saddle, unfortunately, but back to try to Spark myself. I had a great vacation in early January and lost weight and felt great and then I came back and sustained a rather major leg injury that sidelined me for weeks. I'm fi... Read more
The BEST snack!
Friday, January 27, 2012      6 comments

Well, this has been a good week for finding new things. I usually like a somewhat sweet snack around 4, but only something with nutrients - this keeps me from wanting dessert after dinner - I'm trying to cut sugar out entirely. This was good a... Read more
Mushroom Bolognese - vegan
Tuesday, January 24, 2012      5 comments

I made this last week and it was delicious. My husband was skeptical - he loves the real thing, but he felt the texture and flavor was rich enough: Warning - this is a slow cooking sauce - perfect for a day you can just leave it going on l... Read more
Borsch - the real kind (as a bonus, it's vegan!)
Sunday, January 22, 2012      3 comments

I lived in Soviet Russia, in the city of Krasnodar in the fall of 1987. Each area, or maybe each family, has their own style of borsch (there's no "t" sound in the Russian word, so I leave it out), and it's nothing like the florescent purple/pi... Read more
Some recipes I've enjoyed lately
Saturday, January 21, 2012      6 comments

I'm on a no dairy, no gluten kick, and I'm also trying to follow a combination of the Eat to Live plan and the Mark Hyman Ultrametabolism plan. I eat these smoothies for breakfast every day, although I vary the fruits, and I had the pancakes fo... Read more
Transitions
Sunday, January 30, 2011      7 comments

Well, I didn't realize I hadn't been here since Wednesday, but I'm not surprised. I was given some test results and found out I am allergic to gluten, dairy and eggs. It's quite a transition for someone who's favorite comfort food was a fried ... Read more
Cycles
Wednesday, January 26, 2011      0 comments

It's funny - I know what to do. I know how I feel when I don't do it. It's not just guilt - in fact, guilt plays a very little role these days. If I eat things that don't agree with me (weightwise, healthwise, etc.) I actually end up in pain ... Read more
goals
Monday, January 24, 2011      1 comments

Today's task is to DO LESS. Make goals count and don't take on too many. This is something I struggle with every day. As someone who is part-time employed, works most days from home, and has various care-taking and similar part-time... Read more
Time for you
Sunday, January 23, 2011      4 comments

So today's task is to make time for myself. The irony is that with this crud I've been doing nothing but that. Result: I've eaten the wrong things, and I'm achy from being in the same positions too long. I think I do better, honestly, when I'... Read more
Learning something new...
Saturday, January 22, 2011      0 comments

Today's task is to learn something new. I'm still in the process of learning to SLEEP when I'm sick - you know, actually resting? Still hard for me to do. The other thing, though, that sparked me today is this blog post, shared by my frie... Read more
Visualization
Thursday, January 20, 2011      2 comments

Yesterday's work was to get a goal buddy. I have one, who's terrific, and whom I check in with each day via the site. I also have my wonderful spark teammates and teammates from a long-time e-list. I can say, if you don't have a check-in part... Read more

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