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Neither rain nor hail nor heat nor gloom of night...

Wednesday, July 01, 2015      6 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

Score!!

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

"Oops there goes another rubber tree plant..."

Thursday, June 18, 2015      3 comments

Next time your found, with your chin on the ground There a lot to be learned, so look around Just what makes that little old ant Think he'll move that rubber tree plant Anyone knows an ant, can't Move a rubber tree plant But... Read more

Marching in place for a bit

Wednesday, June 10, 2015      5 comments

The scale says I still have 4 lb. to go to reach my goal. The glass is either half empty (I'm stuck) or half full (I'm holding my own.) Either way is ok. Time for a break. Time to reintroduce a few things to my eating plan. Time to increase... Read more

The final four ( and no this isn't about basketball!)

Friday, June 05, 2015      5 comments

Only four more pounds until I reach my personal weight goal. Not the ideal weight from the charts but safely out of the obese zone. Sustainable and comfortable. But my tracker just isn't moving. I know why. I'm tired (bored)? I'm not 100%.... Read more

I will - so there.

Sunday, May 31, 2015      5 comments

I'll keep this short because I'm in a mood... irritable and cranky for no particularly good reason. A friend of mine refers to this state as our "inner brats" taking over. My motivation is non-existent. It's raining and I don't want to walk... Read more

Abstainer vs moderator - we're both okay!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015      8 comments

Just finished reading Gretchen Rubin's latest book - Better than before: mastering the habits of our everyday lives. I would recommend it (or check out her blog, newsletter, podcast...) as I found many links to my personal quest for healthier ... Read more

Re-commit: the day after I sabotaged myself at the grocery store

Wednesday, May 20, 2015      8 comments

Went into the grocery store with a very short list yesterday and came out with two new flavors of B &J's ice cream... on sale no less. Got home, ate an early dinner, and opened both cartons. Ate most of both but ditched the rest. Read more

The Doppler Game: how to get your 10,000 steps in (and the grass mowed) before the rain arrives

Monday, May 18, 2015      3 comments

This time of year the grass grows quickly in my somewhat damp neighborhood and really needs mowing every 5 days or so. The job was on my to do list for Wednesday - a day with cooler temps and no rain forecast. As I sat here enjoying my sun... Read more

When the going gets tough...

Thursday, May 14, 2015      3 comments

I've hit that place where I just don't want to... eat healthy, count calories, exercise, clean the house... Arrrgh! But I'm within 10 lbs of my goal so I can't give up - I won't give up. I need to get there so the last pants hanging in my cl... Read more

Happily ever after

Thursday, May 07, 2015      6 comments

Have been giving thought to maintenance - only 10 more pounds to my target weight! I will still be in the "overweight" zone but I chose my target as a) attainable and b) sustainable. Maintenance will be my biggest challenge. I have never succ... Read more

Portion control to the rescue!

Thursday, April 30, 2015      9 comments

Yesterday's brunch with family ended on a successful, rather than "ugly" (see yesterday's blog), note. I made a reasonable meal choice (eggs, homefries, sausage, toast) at least as compared to some of the menu options. When it arrived, I cut t... Read more


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