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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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    Thanks my dear friend for your thoughts and prayers. I LOVE the green tea goodie healthy!

    Yes, this has been an especially sad time for me. I can't help but think how happy Don would be if we were isolated together. Even though we worked together for 30 years we were selcom physically together. He was either out on a construction job, or manning the gallery while I was out on 'whole house' estimates or in the home office working on bookkeeping.

    I try to stay in touch with my grief group buddies by checking in on them. Most all of us are totally on our own. Some have children here in the state but they say that they have their own again a big portion of time is on your own.

    I'm not complaining though...I look at our angel force of doctors and nurses and first responders in the trenches...they are truly angels amongst us.

    Hugs to you my sweet friend and stay safe! emoticon emoticon
    7 days ago
    Why - that is very kind of you to say - that ThePlan is inspiring. It is certainly motivating for me. Truth is - I love to plan and often the planning is enough - I don't always care if I fulfill it. I like trying on futures.

    But March turned out to be a very inspiring creative month for me. thank you for following along. Big Hugs
    8 days ago
    Wow - that is a coincidence - about the medical procedures across the country from each other but on back to back days. I hope your DH's surgery went well. I remember 2007 when mine had 3 retina surgeries in 9 weeks! Got to know the eye doctor hospital very well.

    And isn't that a cool tip about strength training making your veins stay put? Nothing like a little new incentive for working out! Take care. And thanks for the bloglove
    11 days ago
    emoticon And thank you sweetie. I'm glad you enjoyed the portraits. It's true - there's always something glorious we can aim for. Maybe even ... a book or two. emoticon
    16 days ago
    emoticon Thank you for reading my blog.
    I have 2 books checked and all the whole set of Laura Ingalls Wilder books. I do have my devo on my phone. I will have him help me but I honestly am not into reading many books on my computer-I use reading as a relaxing tool before bed.
    20 days ago
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