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What is the #1 thing preventing us from losing weight?

Thursday, January 14, 2016      9 comments

If you answered - me, then you're right. It's not our busy life, not processed foods or sugar, the weather, the moon, etc. etc. Look in the mirror. YOU are in control. YOU are responsible. YOU can make it happen. Not gonna deny it's ha... Read more

Hi ho, hi ho, it's back to work I go...

Monday, January 04, 2016      8 comments

Some of you might be thinking... "Wait just a minute, I thought you said you're retired. So what do you mean back to work you go???" Well, the retired part is accurate. But I clearly remember what it was like to have to set the alarm clock an... Read more

Speaking of sugar

Friday, January 01, 2016      5 comments

Lots of talk about sugar (and sugar and flour) all over these days including SP. Saw this amazing statistic... and thought I would share: " 68 percent of packaged foods and beverages contain added sugars * Sugar is hiding every where. J... Read more

"The journey of a thousand miles begins"... today

Friday, January 01, 2016      4 comments

Whether you write resolutions and goals or not, have 10 extra pounds or 100, or are maintaining a healthy lifestyle - today is the beginning of a new year and a new journey. As we practice writing a new date or hang up a new calendar, there is ... Read more

Think about it: "If you commit to nothing...

Tuesday, December 29, 2015      9 comments

... you'll be distracted by everything" - the title of a blog by James Clear (posted and re-posted in a variety of places online as well as below) which centers on Tendai Buddhist monks and a physical challenge which either ended in success or d... Read more

"The trick is to never lose hope"

Tuesday, December 22, 2015      8 comments

This Tupac Shakur quote is the title of an article I read today by Sandip Roy (via Happify... you can read the whole thing here: my.happify.com/hd/the-tr
ick-is-to-never-lose-hope/ The article spoke to me in a number ... Read more

Labels redux

Thursday, December 17, 2015      5 comments

Thanks to all who commented on my blog yesterday. You brought a smile to my face and a thunk to my forehead (think of the advertisement "oops - I could have had a V8.") For those of you who mentioned the other valuable information obtained by ... Read more

On the wisdom of reading labels

Wednesday, December 16, 2015      7 comments

I'm a great advocate of, when all else fails - read the directions (and sometimes, for me, it is when all else has failed.) I've also heard the advise, over and over again, to read food labels but will admit I don't always do that either. ... Read more

'Tis the season of small steps

Tuesday, December 15, 2015      7 comments

I'm a great believer in small steps - something I learned here at SP. Sometimes the temptations around me (or rather "in" me) can make sticking to a healthy plan pretty challenging. When things get overwhelming or my willpower is weak, I look ... Read more

Dodged a bullet - this time

Friday, December 04, 2015      7 comments

The bullet: Due to emotional overeating - soft, comfort foods following dental surgery as well as the deliciousness of Thanksgiving - my scale jumped to almost ten pounds over the top end of my maintenance range. Admittedly, I was up a pound o... Read more

Update the roller coaster ride...

Wednesday, December 02, 2015      9 comments

... in my little world. Had a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family. Too much food but many blessings counted and appreciated. Dental update As the result of the flurry of phone calls reported in Nov 4 blog, I had a consult with de... Read more

Giving thanks

Tuesday, November 24, 2015      8 comments

The American holiday of Thanksgiving has a long history. Due to many years (30!) of effort by Mary J. Hale, it was established as a national holiday, once and for all, by President Abraham Lincoln. Having one day set aside to reflect and be gr... Read more

Navigating (or not) the medical world

Wednesday, November 04, 2015      8 comments

What has the medical world come to? Go here, go there, go back again; see this person; have this test; round and round we go. Doctors delegate to assistants, secretaries, PAs, NPs. Reports are written and never read. Phone calls? consultat... Read more

Are you tired of fall photos yet???

Sunday, October 25, 2015      12 comments

As I enjoyed other Sparker's beautiful photos of fall here in northeastern USA, I looked out the window to see the wind shaking the leaves off the trees in my backyard. The backyard looks more yellow than grass green even though I mowed/mulched... Read more

Beck re-boot: finale

Friday, October 02, 2015      3 comments

Time for my copy of Beck to be returned to the library. It's been an interesting read with a number of concepts and tips to add to my "bag of tricks." Rationally - I've got this. Emotionally - still a work in progress. Thank you Dr. Be... Read more


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