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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


May I feel safe.
May I feel happy.
May I feel healthy and strong.
May I live my life with grace and with ease.


I am enough.
I have enough.
There is enough.


October 2019:

Some changes over the summer have moved me past what had been a long-term plateau. Inspired by the journey of a fellow Sparker (WATERMELLEN), I re-read the book, Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works (Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch). I hadn’t been tracking for more than a year, other than writing down what I ate (but not calories, fat, points, etc). I accepted that perhaps where I am now is where I’m meant to be, which turned out to be the thought that changed everything. I am now eating when I’m hungry; I trust my body to let me know what, when, and how much to eat; and I stop eating when I felt satisfied. This has been so freeing for me, and I’m finding that allowing myself to eat anything has pretty much eliminated any cravings (for me that would be peanut butter by the spoonful) and that I’m choosing healthy foods that nourish my body. The story I had been telling myself – that I was stuck – had been a limiting belief that DID, in fact, keep me stuck. What helped changed the story was tapping (EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique) every day, just for a few minutes.

I have a lifetime of diet mentality behind me. Sometimes I still ask myself if the food is worth it, and how much do I need to feel happily satisfied. Will I ever get to the point where I’m eating intuitively? Who knows. For now, at least, I’m “kind of” eating that way. And for now, “kind of” is working for me.


July 2018:

Now it's time to lose the rest of the weight.

The 45-ish pounds I released between 2000-2003 have stayed off for the most part, with some challenging years along the way. I'm still 35 pounds away from the top of my ideal weight range. So while I know I can maintain, I think it's time to focus on building habits that honor my health and find the balance in eating that allows me to release the pounds in a way that I can sustain for the rest of my life. I lose weight very slowly, and accept that.

For the record, though, you know those people who say, "I will do anything to lose weight"? Well, I'm not one of them! I've learned that deprivation and restrictions lead to self-sabotage.

Member Since: 1/26/2009

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Trending toward intuitive eating, but realizing it will take a long time to overcome a lifetime of diet mentality. Current gym visits focus on strength training 2-3 times a week and limited cardio (due to a hip injury brought on, ironically, by too much cardio).

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My name is Leslie, and I am settled in the Seattle area (originally from the SF Bay Area). Married for 39 years to a man who still makes me laugh. Retired with two spoiled kitties.

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    emoticon Thank you for reading my blog. I found the ads and I don't do that! I tend to apologize when I feel as if someone disapproves of my actions which is 100% of the time! My parent's saw the world as black & white. I was made to say "I'm sorry" for things I said or did that they didn't t approve of. I got punished if I didn't. So now I tend to apologize for little things that I don't need to apologize for.
    25 days ago
    Thanks for the bloglove. I had an inkling that a lot of my spark buddies were coping with covid by eating. I'm just glad there are options available - including the option of sharing my own journey back to making good choices with others. Well, sweetheart - come walk along with me and here - have a glass of water.
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    Thank you so much for your comment on my blog six days ago. I sent in grades two days ago and slept off most of yesterday afternoon. I agree these computer challenges must be giving my gray matter plenty of exercise. I hope I can continue pushing it in retirement.

    I hope you have a great weekend!
    29 days ago
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    I had done Pahla's Hot 100 for the past 3 Autumns after I walked 100 days. I started to look it up again and found this challenge which meet my needs so much better! She talks through every exercises she does, She has in the past showed alternative exercises for example if you can do floor push-ups she may suggest wall push-ups. Or hang onto a wall for balance. Yes with every exercise she encourages you to do what you can do. I like that she points out her flaws! I like this right now because she is giving tips for women over 50. I like SP but I haven't seen a lot of tips for people over 40, 50, etc. Our bodies are changing.
    31 days ago
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    Thank you for your kind birthday wishes! Edison seems indifferent to the day but is as snuggly as ever -- what a blessing our pets are no matter what day it is!

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