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I am Losing it
Tuesday, March 02, 2010      13 comments

Today the scale showed 319.5 (but it wobbled a bit, so I decided to go with 320). It kind of freaked me out. Somehow, it hammered home that this change, this decision to make health a priority, is real. Until now, a part of me didn't quite "get ... Read more
February Goals--How I Did
Monday, March 01, 2010      18 comments

I made goals for February that seemed quite reasonable to me. But I definitely was more successful at some than others. Water--there were only three days when I didn't drink at least 8 glasses of water Nutrition Tracker--entered everythi... Read more
My Hips aren't
Thursday, February 25, 2010      22 comments

When I took my measurements for the Spark tracking page, I was a bit distressed to realize that my posterior, if it could unwind and stand up straight, would be an inch taller than me! As of today, my hips are 63.5 inches. And my height is ... Read more
No Way Around It--This is Constant Work
Wednesday, February 24, 2010      27 comments

Getting to a healthy weight and fitness level is work--there is just no way around it. Maybe those miraculous people (only about 30% of the population at latest count) who intuitively know how to limit unhealthy foods don't have to work at,... Read more
I Ate a Scone!
Sunday, February 21, 2010      12 comments

The big news about eating a scone is that it was A scone, not two, or three! And I didn't load it with butter, jam, or the choc/hazelnut substance that dares not speak its name... I went for a walk, ended up on our local high street, notice... Read more
Plan for Healthy Success
Friday, February 19, 2010      13 comments

Yesterday, my husband's best friend invited us out to dinner. He's trying to put weight on, as he just came back from climbing Vinson Massif in Antarctica and he's heading to try Everest in 5 weeks. So he suggested a burger joint, the best in th... Read more
Survived the Chocolate Craving with some Spark Help
Wednesday, February 17, 2010      12 comments

I got through my craving without giving in, thanks to some healthy distraction and lots of great tips and encouragement from fellow Sparkers. Thank you! Just to be clear, chocolate is not evil. The problem I was having yesterday was that I... Read more
Obsessing Over Chocolate Today
Tuesday, February 16, 2010      14 comments

I'm not obsessing over healthy, dark chocolate with almost no sugar. Nope. I'm wanting Nutella, Cadbury cream eggs, Malteasers, etc. Chocolate that probably has very little real cocoa in it, but a lot of fat and sugar! I think the trigger i... Read more
Breakfast of Champions--by a former breakfast hater
Monday, February 15, 2010      6 comments

One of the biggest challenges I found on Spark People's program was eating breakfast. I really don't like doing it. And the last thing I want to do first thing is prepare a nutritious breakfast. Enter oatmeal. My first day on Spark, I went ... Read more
A Lot of Things Taste Better Than Thin
Thursday, February 11, 2010      12 comments

I saw someone post the official anorexia slogan, nothing tastes as good as thin feels. Which got me to thinking. A lot of things taste better than thin. Which is why I'm morbidly obese! The bottom line is that I hate(d) exercising an... Read more
The Feast that Kills Us
Tuesday, February 09, 2010      6 comments

I was thinking about my weekend buffet experience--the abundance of the food, much of heavy in fats, sugars, and refined grains (along with the luxury proteins like crab and salmon, too). It reminded me of an article I read several years ago abo... Read more
Beating the Buffet
Monday, February 08, 2010      11 comments

I did something that was unthinkable a month ago--I beat the buffet. Yesterday, I went for brunch with my husband and his best friend at Merlot, a rotating restaurant that gives an amazing view of Ottawa's parliament buildings, the Gatineau... Read more
Ate Lunch at a restaurant and sent back the bread basket
Friday, February 05, 2010      10 comments

I took my husband out to lunch today--we try to each take the other on a date once a week. I picked a restaurant that was funky (in a 170 year old building) and ordered a 'harm reduction' lunch. A baked Tortilla wrap of spinach and smoked s... Read more
Weigh-in Day & No Movement on the Dial
Thursday, February 04, 2010      4 comments

Oh the sadness of stepping on the scale (and I was excited to do it) and see that the dial hadn't budged! I took my legitimate pout moment and then got dressed and went for my morning walk. And I did 2 K instead of 1.5 K. Mind you, that was... Read more
Hitting the February Blahs
Wednesday, February 03, 2010      5 comments

I'm doing great on Spark--dropping pounds, not feeling too deprived, and really surprised at how quickly a little bit of exercise adds up in terms of strength and energy. And yet...I'm bored. It's not shiny and new anymore. It is really sinking ... Read more

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