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Happiness Challenge

Wednesday, February 25, 2015      2 comments

The LTGL challenge this week for the 5% Winter Challenge is 10 minutes of intentional happiness a day. Sat - taking a walk with my little niece and nephew. That's a lot of happiness. Sun -- texting a friend during the Oscars: FUN. Mon... Read more

Still Alice

Monday, February 16, 2015      0 comments

I went to see "Still Alice" yesterday (my third movie in 2015!). I strongly recommend anyone interested in the movie read the book by Lisa Genova, a Harvard trained neuroscientist who self-published the book in 2007. The book is SO MUCH BETTER... Read more

Going to the Movies

Monday, February 02, 2015      3 comments

I went to my second movie this year: "Boyhood." I LOVED it. Two hours and forty-five minutes -- and I was riveted. I really enjoyed it. I need to make time to do this more often. I chose to get the Twizzlers and a box of chocolate co... Read more

What I am Learning -Week 2

Sunday, February 01, 2015      1 comments

I'm continuing to read labels. grated parmesan cheese...2 t = 20 calories...2% fat...75 mg sodium hersheys' chocolate sauce...2T = 100 calories...15 mg sodium raw almonds 1 oz = 180 calories... 25% fat...6 g protein twizzlers... Read more

What I am Learning

Thursday, January 29, 2015      3 comments

The challenge this week for the 5% Winter Challenge is reading labels. It's been good for me. Before I started sparkpeople I never really read labels. I knew I was going to eat what I wanted to eat, so why bother? But the past two years I ha... Read more

MOVING with my husband

Saturday, January 10, 2015      4 comments

My husband has some chronic health issues. He is in constant pain, always fatigued, and often in a medication fog. He also tends to sit-sit-sit. He's still working full time (thank God!), but it is a sedentary job, and then when he gets home,... Read more

Two Promises Kept

Tuesday, January 06, 2015      1 comments

This morning, I resolved to: 1) take my lunch to work, 2) to set an alarm for every 30 minutes and GET UP from my desk and MOVE and 3) walk to a place nearby and get a veggie slice and a salad for supper before an evening meeting. I did #1 (gre... Read more

Fall 2014 5% Archive

Friday, December 26, 2014      3 comments

Fall 5% CHALLENGE. I just turned 55 on September 4. I wonder what the next five years will bring...? When I am 60 I want to be happier, healthier, more centered and calm and confident. One day at a time...spark by spark by spark. I k... Read more

Dichotomous

Friday, December 26, 2014      3 comments

I heard this word the other day: dichotomous. The speaker said that people who don't succeed in losing weight and keeping it off tend to dichotomous thinking: on a diet/off a diet, success/failure, being 'good'/being 'bad.' That's an e... Read more

Me Time

Wednesday, December 10, 2014      2 comments

My sister has challenged me to 10 minutes of "me time" each day this week. Self-care really is so important...especially at this time of year when STRESS is everywhere. So...on Monday I spent some time (more than 10 minutes because I am no... Read more

A Christmas Story

Monday, December 08, 2014      6 comments

I went to my first holiday party this evening -- our neighborhood association. The gathering was 5-8 and I knew there would be food, but I ate a wholewheat pita and 2 tablespoons of red pepper hummus (I MEASURED!) and a clementine "cutie" befor... Read more

December Sister Challenge

Monday, December 01, 2014      2 comments

My sister MLH148 has challenged me to 1500 fitness minutes for the month of December (and a weekly LTGL challenge). God knows I need the motivation and accountability. In the past two years I lost almost 60 pounds, only to gain 20 back. ... Read more

The Walk I DidNOT Take

Tuesday, November 25, 2014      4 comments

I took a walk today up to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. It was a beautiful fall day, cold enough that I needed my coat, gloves and scarf, but not too cold and no snow ... Read more

Well...it could be worse.

Saturday, November 15, 2014      3 comments

I ended the Fall 5% Challenge right where I started it -- at 209 pounds. This is where I have been (with all sorts of ups and downs) since Fall 2013. Down 45 pounds from my start on sparkpeople, but still a longgg way from where I want to be. ... Read more

Support Group Wisdom

Monday, November 10, 2014      5 comments

I've been going to a support group for caregivers (my husband has a chronic illness). It's been really good. Tonight the leader talked to us about happiness. She said 50% of happiness is determined by genetics and temperament (some people jus... Read more


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