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Post-Thanksgiving Recap
Sunday, November 28, 2010      5 comments

The Fall 5% Challenge began the last week of September with my scale reading 129.8. Yesterday's post-Thanksgiving weigh-in was 126.8. Woa! I am really appreciating the Challenge's structure, support, and variety. If you're looking for something ... Read more
Join the Winter 5% Challenge With Me?
Sunday, November 21, 2010      5 comments

Don't know about the rest of you but I need incentives other than that vague promise of better health to keep up with my Spark program. The end of September someone mentioned the 5% Challenge. Curious, I checked it out. It turned out to be ... Read more
Wish I understood my self-destruct tendency
Saturday, October 23, 2010      11 comments

Saturday morning is my designated weigh-in time. After a terrible few days of foolish, all but binge, eating I was expecting the worse today. The Fall 5% Challenge has prompted me to get serious about my weight loss. The 10 Minute Daily Ex... Read more
Week One Weigh-In
Saturday, October 02, 2010      9 comments

It's the end of the first week of my 5% Weight Loss and 10 Minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenges. Excellent results so far if I do say so myself. Posted a 1.8 pound loss. Most days I did one of Coach Nicole's videos, one day did Spa... Read more
Revitalizing my Commitment with a Challenge
Sunday, September 26, 2010      7 comments

I have joined a couple of Spark challenges. I need to do something to revitalize my commitment and get me back on track. I joined SparkPeople a year ago. In the first 7 months, I steadily lost 7 pounds, making my progress an average of 1/4 ... Read more
Eating just for the sake of reaching nutrition goals?
Sunday, May 16, 2010      5 comments

The last few nights I have been eating an additional snack for the sole purpose of reaching my Spark nutrition goals. I'm not hungry. Having the snack makes me feel borderline stuffed. I've asked this question on the Diet & Nutrition messa... Read more
Vitamin D with Fosamax
Saturday, May 08, 2010      3 comments

Health News FYI While flipping through the Spark Health News came upon "Vitamin D Best Taken With Largest Meal of Day". Those of us taking Fosamax have probably all been told to also take Vitamin D to increase the benefits of the drug. ... Read more
Produce Delivered to My Door
Tuesday, March 30, 2010      3 comments

I received my first CSA delivery this morning. Yet another thing I probably wouldn't have considered before my Spark days. CSA- Community Supported Agriculture, is not a new idea. Most are small family run farms. Almost all use natural, org... Read more
I walked a 5k yesterday. My first.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010      8 comments

To a lot of people here on Spark this may not be very noteworthy. Even snicker inducing. But the answer to the Spark Poll question “This or That: Walking or Running” came as a real shock to me. Despite the overwhelming amount of information, tea... Read more
Spark Poll Section Completed!!
Saturday, March 27, 2010      6 comments

This morning I finished the Food & Nutrition section of Spark People's Poll Center. 158 questions. Actually there are 161 but the 'This or That' questions don't offer a "both" selection. I use Olive and Canola Oil equally. I bounce back an... Read more
Lose Fat Just by Standing?
Thursday, March 04, 2010      5 comments

I am loving the emails sent from Real Age (a Spark advertising partner). They tend to be brief common sense blurbs on things it never hurts to be reminded of. This one says there may be a scientific reason why standing rather than sitting may in... Read more
Top 10 Superfoods of 2010...or are they?
Saturday, February 06, 2010      4 comments

Earlier this week our newspaper carried a story from the McClatchy news service listing the Top 10 Superfoods of 2010. 1. Blueberries, 2. Quinoa, 3. Seaweed, 4. Walnuts, 5. Kefir, 6. Apples, 7. Chiles, 8. Lentils, 9. Eggs, 10. Rom... Read more
Oatmeal in its Varying Forms
Monday, January 25, 2010      5 comments

Discussions on Spark Team forums can cover a variety of topics. Awhile back one of my teams had a rather lengthy discussion of oatmeal. You know the kind where little snippets show up in posts two or three days in a row. Who knew that there... Read more
Short on Protein
Sunday, January 10, 2010      12 comments

After being diligent about tracking my food for a couple of months, I find I'm consistently low on Protein. I easily stay within Calorie range. I struggle to stay within guidelines for Carbs and Fat. Thanks to specially fortified ... Read more
Why Wait Till the New Year?
Saturday, December 26, 2009      6 comments

I've followed the example of a fellow Spark Teammate and have already switched my calendars to next year. There's no need to wait till the first of the year to begin my fitness and nutrition push. It's time to get back on track after the last fe... Read more

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