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
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???
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
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
Coffee became a part of my life a lot later than for many others. I could never figure out what all the hoopla and sighs were about!!??!! It took me years to develop a taste and appreciation for that morning cup. My taste buds finally settle... Read more
Goodbye calcium supplements
I'm sure many of you were just as surprised as I was to hear the announcement on the news about calcium supplements. If you missed it the bottom line is that research (can't cite it but you can search for it) has shown that, for women over 50,... Read more
Beck reboot: day 33 emotional eating
This is a big issue for me, I think. (Until I read WATERMELLON's blog about no emotions... )
Dealing with emotions rationally - is that an oxymoron? I'm still thinking about this. It's just not clicking for me. Will read what others are... Read more
Beck reboot: day 32 travel plans
In my case, travel boils down to three scenarios:
* taking my lunch to work... always, every day... usually leftovers but also had a few emergency supplies such as frozen entrees, instant oatmeal... Now retired - this category has - poof... Read more
Beck reboot: days 30 & 31 eating out & drinking
Day 30 is all about strategies for eating out. To be honest, there are times when I avoid eating out because of the temptations. I also avoid buffets and "all you can eat" situations whenever possible. When I do eat out, I am best able to m... Read more
Beck reboot: day 29 food pushers
There are some advantages for being over the age 60 "hill." One of them is that I no longer am suscept... Read more
Beck reboot: day 28 getting ready for weigh in
Tomorrow is the official weigh in day for the week. It's looking good for promising results. My hips are protesting all the walking - they don't seem to realize how precious these beautiful, sunny, fall days are to getting outside and enjoying... Read more
Beck reboot: day 27 seven questions
As others have noted, Beck's seven questions are a tad complex for my everyday use. Have put them aside to translate into something more user-friendly.
What spoke to me most in this chapter was "what would I tell a close friend or family m... Read more
Back reboot: day 25 & 26 thinking...
Day 25 is identifying sabotaging thoughts
There are several stand outs for me on Beck's list. Most notably: making up for it later, I'm hungry, no willpower, and I'll start again tomorrow.
Day 26 Recognizing thinking mistakes
Yup, ... Read more
Beck reboot: day 24 disappointment
In this short chapter Beck brings up feeling overwhelmed or discouraged. I choose to disagree with her main quote - I think dieting is hard. If it was not then I wouldn't be struggling or be tempted to give up. But hard is ok. Hard means it'... Read more
Beck reboot: day 23 countering the unfairness...
Again, I am fortunate that I don't fall victim to this syndrome mainly because, well, I am so fortunate. As Beck references, compared to so many others in this world, most of the countries represented here on SP, we live with bounty. I, pers... Read more
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