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Sodium - OMG!
Sunday, January 23, 2011      11 comments

I always thought that I would be well within my sodium range being a vegetarian and all. As it turns out, I am so NOT within my range (500-2500 mg). In fact, I had to go back as far as Jan 13th to find a day that I was WITHIN my range. Most d... Read more
Peace.
Friday, January 21, 2011      11 comments

That's what I want for myself this year. I want it for others as well but I can't do much about that. Other than act as an example. I just joined the SP "Official Stress Buster Challenge". I joined because for me this journey is about mi... Read more
Kitchen Cleaning Update - 1/19/11
Wednesday, January 19, 2011      13 comments

My parents drove down to my house with their pickup today - so rather than wait for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters truck that comes around at the end of the month, we decided to take the 23 bags of mostly kitchen stuff piled in my dining room to ... Read more
What One Vegetarian Learned from her Nutrition Tracker
Tuesday, January 18, 2011      23 comments

I'm a vegetarian and have been for 27 years now and except for the first couple of years, I was never in the "normal" weight range. Most people assume that vegetarians must naturally be thin when in reality there are plenty of vegetarians who a... Read more
Halfway to Obesity - YEAH!
Monday, January 17, 2011      16 comments

I shocked one of my "normal weight" friends the other day who commented that it looked like I was losing weight. My response was "yeah - I'm almost halfway to obesity!" She looked at me funny - kinda "concerned" - and before I could explain, t... Read more
Why not me?
Sunday, January 16, 2011      15 comments

Today my friend Chris and I walked about a mile over to a nearby street corner where we could watch people pass by in the PF Chang's Rock and Roll Marathon. We weren't there for the marathon runners. Hat's off to them but we were there for the ... Read more
My life in pieces...
Thursday, January 13, 2011      57 comments

WARNING: Deep insights looming! I've resolved to clean out my kitchen in January. Not just "surface" clean it - but go through every drawer, cupboard and shelf and get rid of the stuff I don't "love". This process is especially cathartic... Read more
A long term goal - Independence from Morbid Obesity
Wednesday, January 12, 2011      13 comments

About a week ago I discovered that I would be considered "obese" when I hit 240 lbs. About that same time, I entered Stage 4 of the Sparkpeople Lifestyle (will not use the d-word!) One of the exercises in Stage 4 is to set a long term goal (6 ... Read more
The kitchen reorganization continues
Monday, January 10, 2011      8 comments

Still on a mission to create a kitchen that is convenient, clean and serves my healthy lifestyle. Latest progress: --reorganized my dish cupboards so that commonly used dishes were on lower shelves and less used dishes were on higher shel... Read more
I have a choice.
Sunday, January 09, 2011      12 comments

And I choose PEACE. I am deeply disturbed by the random act of violence perpetrated against a peaceful gathering of people yesterday in Tucson, Arizona - a mere 130 miles south of me here in Phoenix. 6 died. Needlessly. Senselessly. ... Read more
Emotional Eating - I was tested today!
Saturday, January 08, 2011      14 comments

I'm in Sparkpeople Diet Stage 3. One of our Actions is to write a blog on emotional eating. I've had this assignment now for a couple of weeks and haven't really had good "material" for it. Why? Because one of my promises to myself for 2011 ... Read more
The Real Food Flowchart from Summertomato.com
Friday, January 07, 2011      7 comments

Found this to be both an entertaining and accurate reminder of what "real food" is: Thank you to Darya Pino and SummerTomato.com See full article AND LARGER IMAGE ... Read more
My 47 lb Mantra and reaching the Big O!
Thursday, January 06, 2011      13 comments

I'm a number junkie - I admit it! The other day I was fooling around with the BMI calculator and I wondered at what weight I would be "obese". Turns out it's 240 lbs. 240 lbs. I started this journey at 324 lbs the week after my ... Read more
Consistency is paying off!
Wednesday, January 05, 2011      6 comments

Today I faced 3 lifestyle challenges before 11:30 AM: 1. I went to hilly neighborhood to walk with friends 2. I had breakfast with those same friends 3. I ate lunch out at my favorite Chinese restaurant 1: The Hilly Walk Despite 2... Read more
The right mindset - Setting up my day for SUCCESS
Tuesday, January 04, 2011      8 comments

I'm a morning person. I get stuff done in the morning. I like to exercise in the morning and, thanks to SP, I've found I like to enjoy what most people would probably call a "hearty" breakfast which includes at least 30% of my daily protein. (... Read more

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