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Z is for Zoster
Monday, April 24, 2017      12 comments

I had a bad case of chicken pox at age two. Thankfully, I don't remember them. Did you know they don't go away but lie dormant in nerve tissue near your brain the rest of your life? There they wait for your immune system to weaken (usually af... Read more
Surviving a Friend's Sunday Feast
Sunday, August 28, 2016      7 comments

We have good friends who include us in their extended family feast every Sunday noon. There is always a bountiful buffet. While I have put my eating on a "calorie budget" I have not quit LIVING. The fellowship at this meal is so wonderful I ... Read more
But I want cookies!
Saturday, August 27, 2016      11 comments

I was watching TV yesterday when a commercial for my favorite cookie flickered across the screen. Marketing gurus have obviously figured out HOW to make us look up because I did and immediately thought "I want a cookie." I don't keep cookies i... Read more
How to Ask for Help
Friday, August 26, 2016      5 comments

I've been doing great on my plan. I have not eaten one bite out since August 2nd. I do believe this is a "life record". What that has done for me is to allow me to weigh and measure EVERY bite of food that has gone in my mouth. I credit this... Read more
Another Great Weigh-in!
Wednesday, August 24, 2016      8 comments

My Week In Review CELEBRATIONS: Down 1.4 more pounds. Three 30 minute or more workouts. Water consumption UP. Fully tracking food every day. Staying in range every day. No meals out. Slowly cutting back calories from sugars... Read more
Holding Back the Appetite Monster
Monday, August 22, 2016      8 comments

Have you met the Appetite Monster? It's that craving, yearning, "gotta have it" imp that sits on your shoulder. He goes everywhere with you and tries to urge to you eat when you aren't hungry, things that are not good for you and as a comfort ... Read more
People are noticing!
Sunday, August 21, 2016      19 comments

Two people came up to me today and said, "You have lost weight!" That makes me feel accomplished. After 20 days my efforts are visible. I'm down 11 pounds as of this morning. I want to specifically talk about the "calorie range" on the nutri... Read more
I found the groove!
Thursday, August 18, 2016      11 comments

Like many others I have started and restarted a diet, program, plan, exercise regimen and more dozens of times. Some starts last a week, some a few days and some a few hours! It's much like learning to ride a bicycle. You can start and fall 1... Read more
Avoiding the Weekend Hurdles
Saturday, August 13, 2016      6 comments

In order to get back on track and build momentum I had to "rethink" my weekends. In the past we enjoyed lunch out every Saturday (usually that Mexican meal I mentioned in my previous post). We followed that up with shopping (Dollar Tree, Wal-M... Read more
The Meal Makeover (PHOTO)
Friday, August 12, 2016      17 comments

I have been working on "recreating" my favorite restaurant meals at home. This way I can control the calories, food quality and save money at the same time. One of my favorite meals is the Lunch Portion Steak Quesadilla from our Local Mexican ... Read more
Overcoming Resistance and Making Progress
Wednesday, August 10, 2016      17 comments

Many of us have those upticks on the scale. For some of us they can even add up to 10, 20, or 30 pounds. It happens. The question is how to get going again. Two years of moving (twice), building a home, going through 3 surgeries and nursing ... Read more
The Social Media Legacy
Saturday, January 16, 2016      9 comments

I love and use social media every day. It connects me to my family and friends near and far and bridges the gap of years to my childhood and school friends. I thoroughly enjoy seeing my friend's children and grandchildren, their gardens, holid... Read more
When I...
Friday, January 15, 2016      23 comments

So many times in my past I have said "When I lose weight..." followed by something I wanted to do because I had a WRONG impression that somehow weight was the barrier. Now I will admit that being obese certainly made things more challenging. L... Read more
Sixty Things at Sixty
Monday, January 11, 2016      21 comments

I turned sixty last month. It usually gets lost in the holiday rush but a good friend of mine gave me a book which gave birth to this list. Here are sixty things I'm going to do this year! I'll put an asterisk when they are complete. * S... Read more
Being perfectly IMPERFECT!
Friday, March 13, 2015      19 comments

This is a little long but there are gems in here that might help one of you. I do a lot of thinking in bed at night before my body overtakes the process and I drift off to sleep. Yesterday was another high stress, crazy day but I survived ... Read more

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