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The key: serve the food on the island!
Thursday, December 03, 2009      4 comments

Valuable lessons learned at two Thanksgiving meals: Leave the serving dishes on the island or buffet table. Place a small, reasonable portion (you don't want to look like a pig!) on your plate, sit somewhere at the table where it's awkward to... Read more
A Testamonial to SP Strategies
Tuesday, November 24, 2009      2 comments

We had a pre-Thanksgiving dinner with my 92 yr old dad yesterday. It was a vivid, HD (high definition), live and in color, hands-on demonstation of SP wisdom as applied to Traumatic Turkey Day. For the past few years, we've taken Dad to an ... Read more
My dental hygienist re-lit my spark?! Huh?
Thursday, November 19, 2009      5 comments

A-mazing! She said, "I can see that your health is important to you, so I know you can turn this around. I'd tell most people to come back in 3 months, but I am certain you can fix this by yourself. Come back in 6 months." My Jiminy Cricke... Read more
A revelation into my own brain...
Monday, November 02, 2009      3 comments

I used to think that eventually I'd reach the point where I could "just have a bite." Or "just have one cookie". Or "just a small piece of cake." And I still hope that someday I will be able to do that......but not today... or tomorrow. ... Read more
Personal Best
Friday, October 30, 2009      3 comments

Well...I hope I'm not overstating it. It wasn't a "timed event"..but it took concerted effort. In the 5 1/2 days last week while my dh had back surgery & was recovering, I walked 43 miles. Hotel hallways, hospital halls, outside on nearby t... Read more
Emotional Ups and down, down, downs (not on the scale tho)
Sunday, September 27, 2009      5 comments

What an emotionally high week I had. Laughing like I haven't laughed in years! Good friends, fun, pursuits I care about, etc. Riding bikes with an 83 yr old friend who's legally blind in one eye and her second eye has "bled out" twice in recent ... Read more
Cancer never sleeps -- neither will I (tonight).
Saturday, August 08, 2009      5 comments

Tomorrow night I'll be at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Participants will walk around a track lit by luminaries with the names of cancer survivors or those lost to cancer. From 7 pm to 7 am -- we'll walk remembering that cancer n... Read more
Grab a pen...life-changing info!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009      19 comments

From a poster in the hospital hall. Try to picture these comparisons visually (like a photo of the 2 items side by side): 1/8 of a bagel (a bite) with 1/2 tsp of cream cheese = 1 whole bagel with fruit preserve. 1 corn chip = 40 baby c... Read more
Emotional eating....oh, yeah!
Monday, August 03, 2009      2 comments

Well, my dh had his (second) heart ablation. He was on the "most difficult" list for the internationally known doctor to tackle. It's intricate; they put a tiny catheter into each of the three main arteries to his heart (one on each side of the... Read more
My SP ship almost shipwrecked!
Monday, July 20, 2009      8 comments

A total disaster. Another Titanic. All in a period of ten days...... First, we're semi-retired, self-employed folks and we gave up all but one client "to enjoy life" because my dh has serious health issues. Last week our sole remaining clien... Read more
The good news and the bad news..
Saturday, June 13, 2009      1 comments

DH and I walked 5k today to raise $$ for Habitat for Humanity. I was psyched & planned to meet my week's quota for burned calories. We saw a favorite friend, 79 yr. old Al, with his hiking sticks trudging along with 200 walkers whizzing by him. ... Read more
Hit a bear--rier! (barrier...as in
Tuesday, May 19, 2009      1 comments

Well, this black bear (see photo in photo gallery) and his cinammon-colored bear cousin have been on both our decks, clawed & destroyed our screen door & munched grass 20' from my house. A total of 4 visits. So I'm a little leary about heading u... Read more
Blue ribbon day!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009      1 comments

Our community held a Health Fair last Saturday. In spite of 24-30" of new snow the night before, my little Subaru and I headed through the snowdrifts to see what the blood tests would show after 8 months of SP. My LDL, HDL, triglycerides, total ... Read more
Can it be true?!!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009      3 comments

We were away from home for 5 weeks. The last two times I've done this, I have gained 30# each time...and then spent the whole darn spring/summer losing it again! Ridiculous! This time I took my scale with me, along with my new SP skills and my 2... Read more
Gotta dance!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009      4 comments

SP (and everyone else) says to find an exercise you enjoy. Hmmmm...easier said than done. My hometown is too small to offer much in the way of dance and that's what I'd love to do. My dh has 2 new knees and no rhythm. While visiting Santa Barba... Read more

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