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Finish what you started
Tuesday, May 26, 2015      4 comments

This speaks to me: Finish what you started. That's where I am right now. I need to finish what I started when I joined Spark. ... Read more
Discouraging weight gain on vacation
Thursday, May 21, 2015      7 comments

While on vacation, I planned to make fairly healthy choices. I did not bring unhealthy snacks. No cookies or chips or sweets. The hotel free-breakfast was slim pickings. Mostly I chose hard boiled eggs and (mini-sized) yogurts, occasionally... Read more
Avocados, cauliflower and other vegetables
Friday, April 24, 2015      5 comments

I do not like avocado. It must be an acquired tasted like pimento-stuffed green olives. It took me awhile to like coffee when I was young. Now I have it every day...usually decaf now. We are committed to learning to like avocado. It's healthy.... Read more
Celebrating 8th Sparkversary
Tuesday, April 14, 2015      3 comments

Eight years ago I discovered Spark. I stumbled into the Spark America section which confused me because it looked like each team was composed of people working for the sa... Read more
Delicious Ways to Add More Fiber
Saturday, February 14, 2015      4 comments

For our 5% Winter Challenge, we are adding our daily fiber intake. This is an area where I need to improve. It's a balancing act since my family is aiming for gluten free and lower carb meals. I found the article below on Spark, Delicious ... Read more
Dr Birdie's Spark Success Story
Sunday, February 08, 2015      6 comments

_143_pounds The link above is to an inspiring Spark success story from 2009. She is a doctor, mother of 5, and she lost 143 pounds. I am ... Read more
Make living healthy a high priority. No excuses.
Monday, February 02, 2015      7 comments

We start the morning with the best intentions. By the end of the day we have all kinds of reasons and explanations why we didn't follow through. Most of them are excuses. Living healthy was not high enough on our priorities. We lost sight of o... Read more
Why is 2015 different than my previous years here at Spark?
Sunday, February 01, 2015      4 comments

I have been trying to lose weight (off and on) for many years. The problem has been that pesky "off and on." During the ON times, I work hard. Motivation and commitment are high. I lose pounds and inches. During the OFF times, I regain those ... Read more
Good day vs bad day
Thursday, January 29, 2015      3 comments

When I have a day where I do exceptionally well, I feel great. Tuesday was one of those days. By evening I was so excited thinking about weighing in the next morning because I knew those inches and pounds were falling off. I wanted to share the... Read more
Sunday and Monday
Monday, January 26, 2015      3 comments

It was a beautiful day today. Sunshine was flooding in through all the windows. It was still terribly cold outside. Sunshine in winter makes my spirit dance. I've been down a tiny bit in weight every day this week...even after the buffet ... Read more
Staying on plan at a buffet restaurant
Sunday, January 25, 2015      2 comments

Yesterday we went to a buffet restaurant for lunch, his choice of restaurant. I thought it out ahead of time, planning what I could have that would fit with my plan. I mostly had meat and fresh stuff from the salad bar. It was a crispy, yummy sa... Read more
Eating low carb
Friday, January 23, 2015      3 comments

I'm enjoying checking out the recipes in my new low-carb cookbook. There is a recipe for faux stuffed potato skins that I modified to make a little heartier. Sorry, I forgot to take a picture before we ate it. Slice Summer squash in half ... Read more
Mid-January Review
Saturday, January 17, 2015      2 comments

The first eight days of January 2015 were a smashing success. Everything was going right. I could feel the progress. Pounds were melting off. Clothes felt a tiny bit looser. I was moving better. I felt good. Last weekend I was extremely t... Read more
Goals: Adequate sleep, and eliminating late night munching
Tuesday, January 06, 2015      3 comments

The New Year seemed a good time to renew my commitment to some of the goals that brought me success in the past. One of the goals is to eliminate late night munching. It's a bad habit. Some people do better by planning a healthy snack in ... Read more
Smaller basket for me, please.
Monday, January 05, 2015      1 comments

Option A: Lose some weight Option B: Buy a bigger basket Every New Years starts with so much hope. Why, I don't know, because any day is a good day to make healthy ... Read more

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