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Teaching The Old Dawg New Tricks
Saturday, December 26, 2015      11 comments

OK Sparkers. Like so many of us, it is the end of the year and a new year is approaching. Time to re-assess goals, modify them, and renew my motivation. I have been trying to stick to 1300 calories/day, which has gone out the window on a n... Read more
Assessing the Day
Wednesday, December 23, 2015      9 comments

Hey Sparkers. Thank you for the feedback on my blog from yesterday. All the comments were helpful and I learned from them. I'm doing a quick check in while a few things are fresh. First off - totally let myself get derailed today. One ... Read more
Confession: Being Judgemental
Tuesday, December 22, 2015      14 comments

Update on my recovery from Friday's party. I was a hurting unit up until this morning. Lots of nerve pain. Some spasms. But I could hear Mike's voice in my head, so I stayed active. I continued standing at my desk at work. I modified exercise so... Read more
Second Party Done
Sunday, December 20, 2015      11 comments

Second party down. Glad I am done with parties and the excess. I have noticed that when I go over calories, it is always the wine or cocktails that make up the extra. I had plenty to drink yesterday. No hangover, though. Not sure how that w... Read more
One Great Party Down, One to Go
Saturday, December 19, 2015      10 comments

I know it's a good party when... * Santa shows up with presents for all the children. * I danced to Cotton Eye Joe. * One of the ugly sweater winners was a legit ugly sweater from back in the day. * I danced merengue, salsa, the twist an... Read more
Notes on Today's Lessons in Health
Thursday, December 17, 2015      10 comments

Some notes from the day. 1. Dr. Mike is an excellent motivator. Today's conversation while he was tugging on my leg was about my not getting discouraged or becoming overly confident, especially now that I'm showing progress. He told me that... Read more
Updating Stuff
Wednesday, December 16, 2015      9 comments

Well, Sparkers, after 1.5 days of fasting (yesterday was clear liquids, today was nothing until early afternoon), I'm done. Routine tests that I'd rather not discuss. But the drugs were lovely. I must say, modern medicine has some very nice phar... Read more
Out-smarting Myself
Monday, December 14, 2015      11 comments

How things have changed, Sparkarelles. I made a conscious decision to fall off the wagon tonight. I did not plan in advance what I would order. I just decided that I was tired after a long day, tomorrow is going to be unpleasant, and I wanted to... Read more
The weather? Really?
Saturday, December 12, 2015      14 comments

Can someone explain to me why I would want my scale to tell me the weather? Am I the only one who has has gotten the pop up ad for the scale that gives you the weather? What was *that* conversation in the product development department? F... Read more
Amazingly Good Day
Wednesday, December 09, 2015      10 comments

Very quick update before my board meeting. Sparkers, I had an excellent day. Very little acute pain. A little burn once in a while. Basically, I'm back to where I was when I was ignoring the problem and pretending that everyone's back felt ... Read more
I've Been Saved!
Tuesday, December 08, 2015      10 comments

Well Sparkers. I thought I was going to have a Come to Jesus moment with Dr. Mike. And in fact, we did. But I was the one who saw the light and converted; not Mike. I had a miserable end to last week and the weekend was terrible, too. Yeste... Read more
Warm Smoothies Redux
Saturday, December 05, 2015      9 comments

I did an impromptu warm smoothie one day this week and it was OK. I pretty much made my usual, but heated the fruit and almond milk on the stove first. Not much thought given to it. The texture was fine, but the combination was not great. I... Read more
Beck Victories All Over The Place
Friday, December 04, 2015      12 comments

I've had some real Beck victories, Sparkers. It's a good thing because it's not been a good week for me in terms of pain. I gotta get my feel-goods where I can. Last night I had to go to a holiday /check presentation hosted by a group of do... Read more
Muttley Meal Plan
Wednesday, December 02, 2015      13 comments

A few of you had questions about my food plan. This is what is working for me lately. I got here with the help of the nutritionist at Spectrum Fitness and my weightlifter niece. I eat 3 meals and 3 small snacks. I plan my meals on the weeke... Read more
Question: Hot Smoothie
Tuesday, December 01, 2015      2 comments

I drink a smoothie with protein powder every day. It helps me reach my protein goals and stay within calorie range. My smoothie consists of 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/2 scoop protein powder, 1/2 cup frozen fruit (usually st... Read more

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