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Spring 5% Challenge - Day 3
Monday, May 09, 2011      9 comments

For some reason, this is the fourth time I am sitting down trying to write this blog. I actually started yesterday and was a few paragrapshs in, and my screen went blue and it was lost. Have I ever mentioned how much I HATE the Vista operating... Read more
Spring 5% Challenge - Day 1
Saturday, May 07, 2011      8 comments

Okay, so I've joined this challenge to lose 5% of my weight in 8 weeks. I know there are many aspects to the challenge, and I'm ready, set, go.. But I've got to admit, as my mailbox fills up with sparkmails and notifications of new threads and... Read more
Swimming Against the Tide
Tuesday, April 26, 2011      10 comments

I think I have been writing this blog in my head for days now, but even as I sit down to write, I don't really know what I am going to say. I have just been having such an awfully hard time with my journey lately, and have tried many of my trie... Read more
31 Days - March 30 & 31: Watch Your Portions; The 80/20 Rule; A Wrap Up
Thursday, March 31, 2011      4 comments

Missed yesterday, so today I'll cover 2 days worth of Spark advice, and talk about this month's journey for me.. Sparks advice for the 30th day was: Watch your portions. While big portions might keep your wallet full, they'll a... Read more
31 Days - March 29 - Shop Seasonally
Tuesday, March 29, 2011      3 comments

Today, Spark tells us to: Shop seasonally. When you eat produce that's in season, you're getting the highest quality and freshest flavor while saving money. Change your diet with the seasons and try a variety of colorful foo... Read more
31 Days - March 27 & 28: Nonsugar Sweetening and Drink Your Milk!
Monday, March 28, 2011      2 comments

Missed yesterday..in which Spark's tip was to: Sweeten without sugar. Sugar and corn syrup add calories to foods, but have no nutritional value. Buy syrup- and sugar-free varieties of fruit spread, applesauce, juice, and can... Read more
31 Days - March 26: Put that white bread down!!
Saturday, March 26, 2011      2 comments

Today, Spark tells us: Swap whole for white-- grains that is. White flours, breads, rice and pasta are highly processed and low in nutrients. Whole grain varieties are packed with nutrients, fiber and staying power. O... Read more
Eureka Moment #5
Friday, March 25, 2011      3 comments

Well, this definitely falls into the category of "eureka for me, but what Spark has known and been telling me all along..." Over the course of the last couple of weeks, I have been doing very well. I have been, for the most part, eating wi... Read more
31 Days - March 25: Adjust, adjust, adjust!!
Friday, March 25, 2011      2 comments

Today, Spark tells us to: Modify your recipes. Keep the tradition and boost the nutrition by making substitutions: whole grain flour, less salt, heart-healthy fats, half the sugar, and beans instead of meat. Your taste bud... Read more
31 Days - March 24: Eat Your Fiber!!
Thursday, March 24, 2011      3 comments

Today, Spark tells us to fill up on fiber: fruits, veggies, whole grains and beans are great sources of fiber, which helps to keep you fuller for a longer period of time. Well, how can anyone disagree with this wonderful advice? And, how ... Read more
31 Days - Where the Heck Have I Been??: March 20-23
Wednesday, March 23, 2011      3 comments

It's been crazy busy, and doesn't promise to get any better soon, but I thought I'd take a few minutes to address Sparks tips for the last few days and today.. 3/20: eat your fish eat 2-3 servings of Omega-3 rich fish a week, it's good f... Read more
31 Days - March 19: Go To Menu Items
Saturday, March 19, 2011      1 comments

Today, Spark advises us to: Look for "green flag" menu words. Healthy restaurant foods are usually described as baked, boiled, broiled, fresh, grilled, light, multigrain, poached, reduced, roasted, seasoned, steamed, or st... Read more
31 Days - March 18: Read those Labels!
Friday, March 18, 2011      3 comments

Today, Spark tells us to: Get the nutrition facts. The front of a package won't tell you the whole story. Read labels and compare key nutrients calories, serving size, fat, fiber, calcium, and ingredients to make the best choi... Read more
31 Days - March 17: Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
Thursday, March 17, 2011      3 comments

Today, Spark appropriately gives us advice about drinking alcohol (I know, I know, St. Patrick's Day is NOT all about drinking...but let's face it, that's what most of us think of when we think of the day). The advice, of course, is about moder... Read more
31 Days - March 15 & 16, Bedtime Snacking, Eating Grains, Plus Some Interesting Reading
Wednesday, March 16, 2011      4 comments

I missed blogging yesterday, so I'll cover Spark's advice for both days, then at the end have an interesting article to share.. Spark's advice yesterday was to have a snack before bed. I like this advice in general, not necessarily for mys... Read more

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