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The Taxi Driver Didn't Recognize Me
Wednesday, October 13, 2010      38 comments

Once a week, I walk down to Loblaws (about 2km), the bank, and the library. Then I take a taxi home. After 4 years in the same house using taxis a few times a week (we don't have a car), the drivers for the local company kind of know us. I ... Read more
"He Must like Large, Intelligent Women"
Tuesday, October 12, 2010      30 comments

Was the comment made by the mother of the friend who hosted us for Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday! My husband is the 'he' in that comment. Well, good to know that my intelligence was shining through the layers... It's funny, I don't f... Read more
Survived Thanksgiving Dinner Yesterday--barely!
Sunday, October 10, 2010      18 comments

Was invited to Thanksgiving dinner by a friend who is an amazing baker. I had my plan--eat my usual breakfast, eat a salad with some tuna before I headed out so that I wouldn't be tortured for the next few hours by the smell of baking and ... Read more
80 pounds in pictures
Monday, October 04, 2010      70 comments

When I started my Spark journey, the logical part of my brain knew it was simple: consume fewer calories than I used up and I would lose weight. It isn't rocket science. It really is that simple. BUT--my inner four-year-old had a whole oth... Read more
Stop the Insanity!
Monday, September 27, 2010      23 comments

Sorry, Susan, for borrowing your tag line! Had lunch this weekend with a girlfriend who has a successful business, is a great person, has guys galore asking her out on dates, and who is a valued member of her sport's team. And she spent the... Read more
In the 260's--And I now fit in the seats at the Opera!
Thursday, September 16, 2010      32 comments

I'm serious, I'm 4 pounds down since last week and I certainly have NOT eaten at a 14,000 calorie deficit for the week (actually, that would be me eating NO food all week). I'm no sure why this happened, could be fluid, could be finally releasin... Read more
What Losing 75 Lbs has Taught Me
Monday, September 13, 2010      30 comments

I have removed 75 pounds since January 8th. I tried to pick up a 75 pound bag of sand this weekend and could barely manage it. My poor knees, ankles, and feet! The first thing I learned: I CAN do this. Losing weight is no great myst... Read more
Haagen-Dazs Won--Karen One
Wednesday, September 08, 2010      22 comments

I've really been struggling the last month. I've felt unmotivated to exercise (or, more than I usually do) and a whole lot of cravings that hadn't bothered me since January were back. Nothing snacky was safe in the house. No wonder my scale... Read more
I Think I'm Skinnier than I am--pictures to prove it!
Friday, August 27, 2010      42 comments

So--my husband took this shot a couple of days ago: I think I look cute (and I haven't been able to wear this outfit for four years!) but I am doing the artful angles... Read more
Weight Loss Slow Down is Okay
Monday, August 23, 2010      16 comments

I was reviewing my numbers and I see that I have slowed down quite a bit, when it comes to the pounds coming off. I dropped about 12 pounds a month for the first three months on Spark. Now I'm dropping 5-6 pounds per month. Miraculously, I... Read more
Cat Vaccuming and Oatmeal--ONE of these things is a good idea!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010      34 comments

Miss Kitty shortly after I tried to vacuum her--do you get the feeling she wishes she was the size of a tiger? A friend of mine noticed that a) Miss Kitty was sheddin... Read more
My A** changed shape--with ergonomic consequences
Wednesday, August 04, 2010      23 comments

For the last 3-4 weeks, I've had a sore posterior after about an hour of sitting at my desk. It's been good in one way, because I get up and do a few leg raises and some wall push ups to get the blood flowing. And then I had a brainwave. A ... Read more
Is Everybody Beautiful? (Re: Spark Article)
Tuesday, August 03, 2010      27 comments

Short answer--No. And I'm not talking about outside appearance, I'm talking about the internal self. Long answer follows. Physical beauty is part genetic gift from our ancestors, part self-care, and part social construct (interestingl... Read more
Down 70 pounds
Thursday, July 29, 2010      36 comments

Today marks exactly 29 weeks of Sparking. And it marks 70 pounds gone. Week 1 hips were 65 inches. Week 29 hips are 56.75 inches Week 1 upper arm was 23 inches. Week 29 upper arm is 18 inches Week 1 upper thigh was 37 inches... Read more
Into the 270's--and Pasta Portioning
Tuesday, July 27, 2010      31 comments

Last night: Me: "Honey, how would you feel about cooking up some of that whole wheat pasta I bought?" In our house, D is the main evening cook. Him: "Sure, I love pasta--I've been missing it!" Me: "So, one portion is 50 grams of th... Read more

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