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Fewer Calories! What??!!
Thursday, October 01, 2015      10 comments

I went for another assessment. I lost more weight this week. Not a surprise. I'm a pretty easy client since I am accustomed to tracking, weighing and measuring my food. It was only a week between sessions. It should be 2 weeks, but I started lat... Read more
No choice
Wednesday, September 30, 2015      5 comments

It is bedtime again. Thank goodness I am prepared for the week. Today was another 6:00 in the morning to 8:30 in the evening day. I am bushed. Like yesterday, I ate dinner in my pajamas. Changed while dinner heated up. Just a point of infor... Read more
Crankypants and Gratitude
Tuesday, September 29, 2015      10 comments

I love my husband, but... I sometimes wonder if he really understands that supporting my efforts is more than being a cheer leader. I prepared his lunches for the week. I prepared his dinners for the week. I make part of his breakfast when I pre... Read more
It's a Little Like Spark Over There
Monday, September 28, 2015      11 comments

One step forward, two steps back, Sparksicans. Saturday was as close to a pain free day as I have had in months. Sunday was very rough. Today was in between. Not many spasms, but a lot of burn and stiffness. I had a terrible night's sleep. ... Read more
Meals Out
Sunday, September 27, 2015      12 comments

Friday and Saturday I had meals out and with people that I had to be careful to not offend. Friday worked out well. I was able to pick the restaurant and they are known for fixing meals to order for diet considerations. I ordered a hamburg... Read more
The Battle of the Cottage Cheese
Friday, September 25, 2015      9 comments

I have been sticking very closely to the eating plan. I managed the lunch meeting very well: lean hamburger with green beans served on lettuce. The bedtime snack is plain Greek yogurt with strawberries. Tonight I wasn't in the mood for yogurt. ... Read more
Working on that Behavioral Change Stuff
Thursday, September 24, 2015      8 comments

Thinking back to a blog I wrote earlier in the week about lessons learned, I have been shaping news ways of thinking about what my life looks like now and in the future. Of course, I don't have a crystal ball and in general I try very hard to li... Read more
Assessment Day and Lenny Reunion
Wednesday, September 23, 2015      8 comments

Sparkers! I bumped into Lenny today! I ran some errands after work and there was Lenny at one of the stores. I got a huge bear hug from him. He looks so happy. He is back to working as an engineer (what he did prior to Fitness Manager at the Y.)... Read more
This Old Dog Learns a New Trick, or How to Squat
Tuesday, September 22, 2015      10 comments

I distinctly remembering asking the last physical therapist that I worked with over a year ago if I should work to hold a pelvic tilt as much as possible. He didn't exactly tell me no, but his response amounted to "good luck with that. No one ca... Read more
Planning Pays Off
Monday, September 21, 2015      8 comments

This is a quick one, Sparkanadians! I'm at work and I have to leave in 10 minutes for a seminar and won't be home until after bedtime! Spark while ye may and all that. Today's session with the physical therapist was edging into "real workou... Read more
Lessons Learned
Sunday, September 20, 2015      12 comments

Lots of insights today, Sparkers. I'm glad I waited until the evening to blog because the lessons came all day long. First lesson, handling disappointments. A lot of you are blogging about this today as it is the lesson for the Beck Diet So... Read more
It's All in the Planning
Saturday, September 19, 2015      11 comments

First, a touching story on how far my husband will go to support me and this goofy diet. Last night while I was Sparking, The Hubster was at our favorite watering hole enjoying his final happy hour. In solidarity with me, he has decided to ... Read more
Making Every Calorie Count
Friday, September 18, 2015      11 comments

Holy Hunger, Spark Man! I'm glad so many of you are doing the Beck Brush-Up because your lessons came back to me. I didn't die when I didn't respond immediately to a grumbly stomach. I remembered that I would eat again and within an hour... Read more
Nutrition Plan
Thursday, September 17, 2015      10 comments

Well... The nutrition plan is in. It is going to be tough. High protein. Low carb. Aggressive. Only for two months, though. I was assured this was not meant to be a plan to live on. It is to lose weight fast and then introduce a realistic nutrit... Read more
First Impressions on the Weight Loss program
Tuesday, September 15, 2015      12 comments

First of all, Sparkalunatics, thank you for listening and encouraging me. Thank you for giving me permission to be sad, weak and vulnerable. Growth happens by overcoming weaknesses. It is not a lesson I learn easily. I know I have a long way to ... Read more

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