Baby Steps Spark People
Sunday, April 10, 2011      14 comments

Sometimes the inspirational stories on Spark People don't inspire me. Sometimes they bother me a little bit. While I do agree that most of us can do just about anything that we set our minds to doing, the incredible Spark Success Stories may not... Read more
Spark Smiles come from...
Saturday, April 09, 2011      3 comments

Doing the next right thing. Eating for nutrition, not just for pleasure. Not submitting to the tyranny of the scale. Working out, even when I hurt or am truly tired. Feeling my emotions, even the unpleasant and unhappy ones. Fruits and... Read more
Oops, I did it again!
Wednesday, April 06, 2011      6 comments

When you have autoimmune diseases and chronic pain for more than 20 years, you learn a lot of coping mechanisms. You learn to manage your energy, manage your time, take it easy when the weather is bad and the pain is, too. Despite the health pro... Read more
My Spark Experience
Saturday, April 02, 2011      8 comments

I joined Spark People at the beginning of January. The Spark Experience for me has been wonderful. I have made some friends who are genuinely caring and supportive of my decision to improve my health while losing weight. By tracking my food, I h... Read more
Sunday, March 20, 2011      5 comments

Don't you wish that you could avoid stress? None of us can but it helps to know that managing stress is possible. There are two types of stress: eustress and distress. Distress is the most common type of stress, and has negative implications. Eu... Read more
Psychic Spark People (Woo Hoo or WooWoo?)
Friday, March 11, 2011      9 comments

On 2/26, I was having a bad day and a hard time dealing with my unimaginably slow weight loss. So, I wrote a blog about learning to live with new measurements. As I was writing it, I got a message from a darling Spark Friend congratulating me on... Read more
Even Little Miss Sunshine Can Cry
Friday, March 11, 2011      5 comments

When I woke up this morning, I thought it was going to be a perfect day. The sun was shining and it was perfect Spring weather. I worked my behind to the bone yesterday, getting our house ready for realtors to see. We are planning to sell our ho... Read more
Fibromyalgia and Food
Tuesday, March 01, 2011      7 comments

My friends and even my doctors will often tell people newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia to talk to me about living with it. I was living with fibro when they first named it and lived for years keeping it secret because so many people and even me... Read more
Learning to Live with New Measurements
Saturday, February 26, 2011      13 comments

Today was the first time that I have weighed in for three weeks. I lost ONE pound. That is a little bit disappointing and could be pretty demotivating. I reminded myself tha... Read more
Managing your health and having a great vacation
Thursday, February 24, 2011      1 comments

Vacations are supposed to be great fun, but for women with autoimmune diseases or other physical problems, they often leave us exhausted and in a flare - not to mention with a weight gain. A SparkFriend newly diagnosed with RA asked our group fo... Read more
Sunshine, Selfishness and Me
Tuesday, February 22, 2011      2 comments

My SparkTeam members know that I left my husband and dog home and went to FL to visit my mom. The sunshine and warmth are healing for me and the time I've spent outside makes me reticent to go home! I am a sunshiny person. My disposition is happ... Read more
I don't eat enough to be this fat!
Friday, February 18, 2011      6 comments

I joined SparkPeople in January and it still amazes me at what is out here. Now, for the topic that got your attention... Because I have been ill for many years, I joined a fitness center affiliated with a hospital. My doctor wanted me to see a ... Read more
Sneak Attack Exercising
Wednesday, February 09, 2011      1 comments

The weather here in Kentucky has been terrible for those of us with chronic pain and fibromyalgia. Over the course of more than 20 years dealing with fibro, I have identified that if the barometer swings more than 5-6 points in any direction, I ... Read more
You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks!
Thursday, February 03, 2011      2 comments

Don't get me, wrong, I am NOT calling myself a female dog! But I am pretty old and I am teaching myself new tricks. After having been sick and tired and fat for 23 years, I have decided that I will not let that make a difference in MY life anym... Read more
Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired?
Sunday, January 23, 2011      0 comments

Last night I didn't sleep very well. I had started to read The Spark and it had given me a great deal to consider. I have dieted so many times but this is the first time that I have really stopped and considered it as a lifestyle change. However... Read more

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