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The Stress Factor
Tuesday, October 21, 2014      0 comments

This month I have found myself in a battle with the stress factor once again. This seems to be the single biggest challenge I face in my struggle to lose weight and to make any changes to improve my health (and I suspect I am not alone). I’ve ... Read more
Thursday, September 04, 2014      2 comments

OK - I know I really shouldn't be, but today I am really struggling with discouragement. I weighed today and I gained a pound. I refuse to even enter it into my tracker. It just isn't fair. I have been eating in range, exercising, drinking m... Read more
Frustrated and starting over....again
Tuesday, January 01, 2013      4 comments

I am not quite sure why I do this. I work really hard for several months. Make good progress on my goals. And then, I just stop trying. It almost feels like someone flipped a switch and I just stop. Then I lose the progress I had made and i... Read more
Fitness Victory
Saturday, September 08, 2012      4 comments

I think I have mentioned before that I work at a facility that provides services for individuals with intellectual disabilites. Yesterday I had a situation at work that showed me how much better shape I am in. One of the men we serve decided h... Read more
Why lose weight and get fit?
Monday, September 03, 2012      1 comments

Yes...another Spark Coach assignment. Why do I want to lose weight and get fit. There is of course a certain amount of vanity involved. I have a pair of size 10 jeans in my closet I really want to wear again. But deeper than that...I am jus... Read more
Excuses, Excuses, Excuses
Sunday, August 26, 2012      4 comments

We all have them! I can be really good at it. There are the standards, of course, I'm too busy, too tired, too sick...But I can also get creative - I can't exercise in the morning on Tuesday, because it will wake up my husband and I can't work... Read more
Non Scale Measurements of success
Friday, August 24, 2012      3 comments

In what ways can I see a difference due to my efforts to get healthier: 1) Workouts are getting easier. 2) Interested in trying new types of workouts. 3) Water actually tastes good! (Never thought that one would happen. ) 4) I can wear m... Read more
Meal Plans
Saturday, August 18, 2012      2 comments

Another SparkCoach assignment...write down quick and easy meal plans: Grilled chicken breast Uncle Ben's ready rice Salad Fresh fruit I must confess...I am somewhat spoiled...my husband does most of the cooking. Especially on days ... Read more
Setting Goals
Sunday, August 12, 2012      5 comments

Assignment today from SparkCoach is to set SMART goals. Part of my job is to set goals for others and by regulation they have to fit the SMART guidelines. I do it everyday without thinking about. So why is it so much harder to set goals for m... Read more
Does anyone know what this is?
Saturday, August 11, 2012      4 comments

At the farmer's market today I bought a new item. The vendor called it "sour okra leaves" and said it is good in stir fries and soups. The taste is somewhat sour, and kind of citrusy. I have been looking on the web for more information, but a... Read more
Small Victories!
Thursday, August 09, 2012      4 comments

Today I made a quick stop at Casey's to pick up a bottle of water. I was really hungry and new I was in trouble when I spotted the king size candy bar display. I walked right passed the candy bars and the chips and nuts aisle and got my water.... Read more
Wasting Time
Wednesday, August 08, 2012      3 comments

My SparkCoach assignment today is to look at how I use my time and identify wasted time and look at better ways to use it. The most obvious is watching TV. I tend to watch about 3 1/2 hours in the evening. I have been working toward reclaimin... Read more
Coping with STRESS!
Thursday, August 02, 2012      3 comments

Yes STRESS - all capitals - huge stress. The "experts" say that regular exercise helps with coping with stress. I hope they are correct as I am going to be putting it to the test for the next few weeks. My employer announced layoffs yesterday... Read more
Tuesday, July 31, 2012      3 comments

I have done fairly well on the jumpstart goals, except for getting up without hitting the snooze. I have struggled with this for years and it drives my husband nuts. I am improving (only 2 snoozes this morning compared to 5 or 6 that I used to... Read more
Saturday, July 28, 2012      7 comments

Is it possible for Sparkpoints to become an obsession? I am new to SP (about 3 weeks now) and for some reason I find I am looking for ways to earn sparkpoints. Tonight I am going down the list on my sparkpoints tracker page to be sure I have e... Read more

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