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Voted Popular Blog Post: View All Popular Posts Diet Advice: What Worked for Me and Didn't
Wednesday, August 08, 2018      13 comments

Over the years, certain diet advice worked for me, and others didn't. Here's breakdown on the various advice, and why it did or did not work for me. HAVE A SNACK BEFORE DINING OUT REASON: Eating a snack before eating out somewhere helps ... Read more
Can't We Do Better at Prevention?
Saturday, August 04, 2018      5 comments

What a whirlwind week. Last Friday, early in the AM, my mom said she noticed my dad was clutching his chest and short of breath. She called the ambulance, but my dad insisted he was fine and to just drive him to the hospital. Well, th... Read more
First Yoga, and A Wipeout with Scraped Knee
Tuesday, July 17, 2018      5 comments

Yesterday I went to Yoga for the first time. Not too bad! I was a little awkward in my transitions, but I was able to work through it. My triceps are incredibly weak, so I need to work more on that. My instructor is actually going on vacatio... Read more
I'm Trying Yoga Today!
Monday, July 16, 2018      3 comments

This is a huge step for me. I'm on the introvert spectrum, so I have a fair amount of social anxiety. Group exercise classes are something I always want to do, but then chicken out for various reasons. Tonight I'm actually going to go. I... Read more
Fitness Planning - Game On!
Sunday, July 15, 2018      4 comments

Today is a storm day, so I had time to work on my Fitness Bullet Journal. Warning: Something barely passable as "art" ahead. Proceed with a fair amount of remembering the "A for effort" concept, and be kind! I added a page for my "Zom... Read more
Tracking Fitness and Progress: Simplicity
Saturday, July 14, 2018      4 comments

Anyone who has followed my journey knows that I love to collect data and look at trends. I really like to collect information and see if there are patterns and things I can improve. I've recently discovered there's a trend called "Bullet ... Read more
Body Composition Matters
Friday, July 13, 2018      3 comments

Let's talk about body composition again. Since the start of summer, I weighed in at 142.5 lbs. Right now I weigh 138.9 lbs. That's a loss of 3.6lbs. Given all the hard work and exercise I do, it seems like such a small amount. That'... Read more
Balance in Inbalance
Thursday, July 12, 2018      1 comments

This has been a rough week for me. I started the week with me and my team having to work 1st AND 3rd shift in one day. I argued with my management that this wasn't necessary or a good idea, but I was unsuccessful in convincing them. The resul... Read more
When is the Best Time to Exercise?
Sunday, July 08, 2018      5 comments

Should I exercise in the morning, or after work? Does the time I exercise make a difference in weight management? When I lived in Georgia, I had no choice but to walk or bike very early in the mornings. By 9 am in the summers, it was too ... Read more
Omada Week 4
Sunday, July 01, 2018      2 comments

Today is week 4 of my Omada health program. I had some reservations and was skeptical about the program when I signed up for it. I joined because it was free to me (paid for by my employer), so I figured, why not? I've actually found ... Read more
Omada Day 1
Sunday, June 10, 2018      2 comments

This morning I received my welcome information and introduction to the Omada program (see my previous blog about what the Omada program is). Pretty simple stuff. Use my scale, track food and exercise. The mission statement of the prog... Read more
Omada Health Program - A Trial
Saturday, June 09, 2018      2 comments

Earlier this month, I joined a work incentive plan to get in better shape. It's an "On the Move" challenge where members of the company combine together into teams, then try to meet walking step objectives with fitness trackers. The idea is to... Read more
Body Recomposition (Some Numbers)
Friday, June 01, 2018      3 comments

I met with my metabolic coach today for a weigh in and a body comp measurement. The results surprised me. I went in for my initial measurement on 5/16, which was about two and a half weeks ago. My cardio endurance and power during my bike... Read more
Not So Simple Calorie Counting
Monday, May 28, 2018      3 comments

When I think back to when I first joined Spark so many years ago, I'm often stunned by how my journey has changed. I joined back then because I was overweight, unhappy, and unhealthy. I needed help. I was so focused and committed to calories ... Read more
Testing My Limits
Sunday, May 20, 2018      5 comments

Greetings, Sparklers! How are you all doing? By the look of my last blog it's been about a year since I've visited. Here's a recap of what's been going on with me. About a year ago, I had metabolic testing to measure my actual fitnes... Read more

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