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  • The Downside to this

    5/26/2017 9:29:06 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    My fitbit on wrist I've been thankful for the LOVELY weather to conquer my 10,000 steps a day. On top of this I've been also doing the 21 day fix when I can to work on habits and consistency. A feat we all know I "need improvement" on. In doing these walking and workouts I come across some p... Read more

  • It's not a plateau, it's "mini-maintenance"

    5/26/2017 6:53:42 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Plateaus are depressing to many people. There are plenty of blogs and articles written about the negative effect they have on our motivation. What if I think about it geographically? Standing on a plateau gives me a chance to see where I've been and where I'm going. I can look around, ta... Read more

  • Words to ponder... "Slow Suicide By Spoon"...

    5/24/2017 12:18:03 PM, by LDYHAZ

    These were the words I read first thing this morning. Written in another blog. For me it was one of those "Light Bulb" moments. I then went out for an easy recovery run. My mind clears and thoughts just flow in while I run. My morning meditation time. I kept thinking of those words.. "Slo... Read more

  • When Sparkers Meetup in NYC, What do they do?

    5/23/2017 8:53:20 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Ride the Carrousel in Bryant Park! Left to right, that’s Phebess, Sylphinprogress and me. Here we are with “Patience” one of the lions guarding the New York Public Library The Exhibit “Love in Venice” was especially meaningful when you have an art teacher as your guide. Thank you ... Read more

  • Training to train

    5/21/2017 10:50:25 AM, by KATTURTLE

    Today I start "training to train" for my December marathon. Hoping to get "reconsistent" and drop some significant poundage, before hitting the big miles. Having that 26.2 in front of me always motivates/terrifies me 334... Read more

  • Days 26-27 How to respond to sabotaging thoughts

    5/21/2017 10:01:53 AM, by OLDEROWL

    On day 25 we were asked to identify sabotaging thoughts that tempt us to stray from healthy eating. It has been over a week since I discussed day 25. I had some sabotaging thoughts, first that my efforts to share Dr. Becks 42 lessons on Cognitive Weight loss were not being well received and that I ... Read more

  • How to get to Carnegie Hall? How to fit into your gown?

    5/18/2017 3:03:28 PM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    Practice, practice, practice is the jovial answer to the first part. As for losing the weight to fit into your performance gown, that's where Spark People comes in. When I posted this picture of my DD (Hayburner1969) on my feed, I received several inquiries. Some about the performance... Read more

  • Why do we Compare ourselves with others? Even when we know it is unrealistic...

    5/18/2017 11:48:43 AM, by LDYHAZ

    That's what I have been trying to understand. My mind tells me it is wrong. We are all individuals. All different. Is there a good side? In some way does it push us to be better? Ok what got me thinking all these deep thoughts? My video of my last race. Oh my do I have lousy form. I am a... Read more

  • The Fools Who Dream

    5/16/2017 8:49:48 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    My daughter and her boyfriend had me see La La Land and I am forever changed. Today was a pretty productive, yet "lazy" day. It's days like this I clean, putz, and start reflecting on things. My mind is my best friend and my worst enemy. I was thinking about how easy it was to make exc... Read more

  • Mom's Day on "a diet"

    5/15/2017 5:49:04 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I'm one of those gals who likes to keep things private or quiet. (no, really it's true! I swear) If something doesn't sound interesting or may offend or whatever. I just keep it in. With the exception of my bestie in Philly. She gets the lovely privilege of hearing EVERYTHING whether she w... Read more

  • Trip To Omaha and Sabotaging Thoughts

    5/15/2017 9:56:20 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Last blog I was thanking the Beck book for a 1 lb weight loss.... Friday DH and I headed to Omaha for our youngest daughters graduation and a race for me on Sunday. Car trip down was good. I packed a lunch and it was healthy. Once in the Omaha area we had to stall for some time. The grad... Read more

  • A Vacuum attracts Junk - What Choices Will I Make?

    5/12/2017 5:40:18 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    My vacuum cleaner picks up the dirt and junk that gathers daily on my floor. That's the job it was designed for and it does it automatically. Unfortunately, the same thing can happen in our daily lives unless we make a conscious effort to fill our life with valuable things instead of triv... Read more

  • quick blurb

    5/11/2017 6:50:49 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    I'm still alive. AND, I've been moving! over 10,000 steps a day to be exact. Today it's raining so I'm arguing with myself on getting out to finish another 10,000 steps. Rest day is winning. Which is not bad as I REALLY have a LOT of housework to catch up on and everyone's at work... Read more

  • Thanks Beck

    5/10/2017 8:40:26 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Today was weigh in and I am down 1 lb. Hey! I will take it :) The last several days have been up and down for me. When I have written my meal plan and gave myself no choices I did better. When I got stressed and did mindless snacking.. not so good. The beck book has made me think in a d... Read more

  • A Salute to All the Younger Sparkers

    5/6/2017 6:28:51 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    "No reason to apologize to me" I told the young mother ahead of me at the grocery checkout. She had a child by her side and one in the seat of the cart which I noticed was full of healthy selections (oatmeal not sugar cereal, produce etc.) There was some problem with an item and the clerk called f... Read more

  • Day 20 Getting Back on Track

    5/4/2017 10:00:58 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Adapted from Judith Beck's book 'The Beck Diet Solution' Yesterday, we learned about thoughts that tend to justify giving into cravings and how to deal with them. Today we are going to learn how to respond to an even more damaging thought that encourages you to abandon your diet after you gave... Read more

  • Day 19 Stop fooling yourself

    5/4/2017 8:39:16 PM, by OLDEROWL

    Adapted from Judith Beck's Book The Beck Diet Solution Healthy eating is a choice, but many overweight people might make very rational and reasonable choices when it comes to financial decisions but find it easy to excuse eating something that is not on their diet plan by fooling themselves that ... Read more

  • Beck Day 14, 15 and 16

    5/4/2017 11:55:11 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Day 14 Plan for Tomorrow: This day started with a nice run and then the annual Breakfast at the church. Knowing what was going to be served I took my protein drink and banana. It was a very frustrating morning for me. I had missed the planning meeting and so I didn't have any impute when they de... Read more

  • May Day May Day!

    5/1/2017 4:42:01 PM, by HOPEFULHIPPO

    That's me. My youngest is doing Body Boss. It's a book of workouts that I already do on DVD, but she paid for it herself and has been religiously working out 3x a week so I'm not arguing any points. As a matter of fact, she asked me to do it with her. So, I did. I modified to cater to... Read more

  • Beck Day 12.....

    5/1/2017 11:56:44 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Going hungry... I thought I wouldn't have any problem with this but I did have some. Started with monetary panic! "I need my lunch" "I have skipped meals before". When I was heavier I skipped breakfast quite often and that's an easy meal to skip.. Ok I can do this... Went to church and they ... Read more

  • Reminder to do what I know works....Audio Books Recommended..

    4/29/2017 9:53:49 AM, by LDYHAZ

    Day 11 of "The Beck Diet Solution" As I read I was saying to myself "Yeah I know all this". I have to laugh because when I got to the end of the chapter they have a section that talks about "Sabotaging Thoughts" Several times while reading I have noticed that the first Sabotaging Thought they hav... Read more

  • Going HOME - Where is that exactly?

    4/29/2017 6:16:54 AM, by BROOKLYN_BORN

    A building? A town? "Where the heart is?" A state of mind? Does it even have to be a real place anymore when so many of our connections are electronic? I have "HOMEpages" - One is on my website, one is here on Spark. People visit my "homes" both the current real one and my virtual homes as... Read more