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1.17.2013 - Update:
My yoga challenged ended on day 244 when I injured my neck. I was out of commission for about 2 weeks and then, sadly, did not return to my practice. Thanks to everyone that encouraged me during those 9 months!

April 9, 2012 - Update:

100th Day of 365 Days of Yoga!

I can hardly believe I've been doing this for 100 straight days! It has definitely taught me balance. Listening to my body to hear what kind of yoga it needs each day. I think I am going to try to up the ante a little. I am going to pledge, to myself, to do a really hard long yoga workout at least once a week. Really push myself. It will probably be on Saturday or Sunday as the work week is full enough but I think I need to do a little more. I am noticing some small changes in my body. My booty is rounder, my stomach flatter, and my legs thinner. I can live with that!

January 1, 2012

In an effort to experience BALANCE physically, I have committed to 365 days of yoga in 2012. I found a DVD - Rodney Yee's Daily Yoga - 5 Workouts on 1 DVD. It offers yoga for different days of the week. I figured this would allow me to explore different types of yoga while keeping to my goal in a way that discourages failure.

I am also going to attempt to blog about my yoga experience over the next 365 days...


Okay...I've been dieting since 1982. I have tried everything. I have counseled people on the right way to do things. I have read everything. I have watched everything. I have finally LEARNed....

There is no quick fix. There is no end date. I have said this to may people even to myself but I have never accepted it...


I have cut my calories by around 500 calories a day. I have cut my refined carbs by half (staying around 125 grams a day total knowing that somedays I will go over and that is okay). I am cutting no food groups out of my diet. And guess what people. I am losing weight. Yep...not an arm and a leg but weight. Every day a little. It may take me til next fall to get to the weight I want to be at...but I actually think I will get there or close. Maybe Christmas.

These past few difficult years have taught me, among other things, patience. With my life, with my children, with my husband, with myself. Dieting takes patience. This is something I have NEVER had. Something I have never given myself the luxury. It is a gift to give yourself the time to be kind to yourself.

I have finally accepted myself for who I am RIGHT NOW. And I accept that I need to be kind to myself everyday. That means no crazy diets. That means nourishing all parts of me EVERY DAY...not just when I get to goal weight. This body gets to eat every day! Not when I am punishing it by not dieting...which is how I used to see it.

Hope everyone takes care of the body they have today...TODAY! Give it something that is really good for it!

"Scientists from the National Institute of Aging believe that in the coming decades the average lifespan may decrease by as much as 5 years. This decrease in life expectancy will be related primarily to the growing epidemic of obesity...more than 34 percent of the adult population in the United States is obese."

Come on Sparkers...DO NOT GIVE AWAY 5 YEARS OF YOUR LIFE!!!!

"I now affirm that I am gentle and forgiving of myself."

Each day is a new day. I find the hardest thing for me is to be easy on myself. What I am attempting to do...rebuild trust and become whole HARD! I have to be patient. I want to become healthier again in the process. That too will will require patience. I won't be able to give it my whole focus the way I have in the past. That is okay. Each day I will try.

"There can be no real freedom without the freedom to fail." Erich Fromm

"The chief reason for failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now."

"No matter how difficult it seems at first, pursue the course of behavior that offers the most advantages in personal growth--habit will soon make it easy and agreeable. Do not be afraid of growing too slowly, only of standing still." (Author Unknown)

From Walden, Thoreau wrote, "One farmer says to me, "You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with"; and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle."


'In the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Strive to be happy.'

From the poem Desiderata by Max Ehrmann


A Great Obstacle To Happiness Is Expecting Too Much Happiness! -Bernard de Fontanelle

Happiness is a state of mind, not a way of life or a destination that you'll reach one day. Satisfaction can only come from within, through truly accepting yourself, your life, and your circumstances. During this life you'll have many hard days! This week, think about the joys of your life. Find creative ways to enjoy the little bumps in the road.


Hubby is my new GET IN SHAPE partner! Last night, we took our measurements, weighed ourselves, and set goals.
HYPNOTIZED AND MESMORIZED...I went to a hypnotherapist to see if that might help with my sugar addiction. I was feeling completely out of control. I can go for so many months without eating any sugar but the minute I put a bite in my mouth, I can spiral out of control for just as many months, if not more. I want to live a life where I am not controlled by my cravings. I've spent 20+ years on this dieting ride and I am ready to get off. So, I started doing research on hypnosis. Then I researched therapists in my area. I have to admit, selecting one was a crap shoot since I don't know anyone that has used this method. But, I think I chose wisely. He showed me lots of letters from people who had amazing success after therapy and I hope I will be an amazing success story, as well. It has been almost 3 complete days since my therapy session and I am doing GREAT! No cravings at all. And, I have actually eaten a small dessert without wanting a bite more or having a binge start. Hubby has baked a cobbler and a pie during these 3 days and I have had one piece of the cobbler and I ate that mostly to test myself to see if the hypnosis was working. Not only did I eat the cobbler very slowly, but it wasn't even that enjoyable. When it was gone, I didn't have desire to eat more like I usually do. I tried a small piece of the pie crust tonight and just didn't want it. I watched my whole family eat pie with the strangest sensation that it was so weird that I didn't want any. I really hope this continues and becomes just part of me.


I am bigger than my little self that is a dieter.
When accept that I am bigger than this issue then I will be.

I am awakening and part of that has taught me that my ego is completely wrapped up in dieting and failure to lose weight. I am done being a number. I am not my weight...never have been. I am going to exercise because it's healthy not to fit into a bathing suit. I am going to eat to be healthy not skinny. This might be the hardest growth to date since I've been dieting steadily for 25 years. However, I am ready to start tackling my ego and tell it to shut-up and go away!


There’s a famous quote from George Bernard Shaw: "When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity." Many people believe that we have a natural right to kill and eat animals, but think of it this way – imagine a time when an alien species visits our planet. They’re smarter than we are, and have technology far more advanced of our own. And they like to eat meat. So humans become the factory-farmed animals, taken to slaughterhouses – as we cry and scream and fight to no avail – and we’re shoved into pens until such time as we’re marched onto the killing floor, bashed in the head and stripped of our flesh, which is then neatly packaged up for market. It’s a horrible thought – yet that’s what humans do to animals every day. St. Francis of Assisi said, "If you have men who will exclude any of god’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men." Choosing a vegetarian lifestyle is choosing the path of compassion.

Albert Einstein said it best: "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." By choosing a meatless lifestyle, your choosing to be a caring citizen of the world.


There I said it. I love to diet. The actual act of dieting. Talking about dieting. Thinking about dieting. Starting a diet. Planning to diet. I can't help it. It's part of who I am. I like bs eing that girl who is always watching what I am eating. That girl who exercises all the time. That girl who doesn't eat bad food. I like being the go to girl when my friends have a question about nutrition or exercise.

I've been stressing these past few months not because I am tired of dieting but because I haven't been dieting. Somewhere along the way I decided that dieting and being obsessed about weight loss is superficial because I am really not concerned about my health and what you look like shouldn't be important. Who you are as a person is important and I want to look good. Simple as that and because of this I was feeling that I was superficial. I know I don't eat transfats, high fructose corn syrup, red dye, etc. and that is all "good" for me and my family but the real reason I diet is to look good...plain and simple. Yes, I am healthy and that is great but I have to be honest with myself. I want to look good in my jeans and my bathing suit. I want my husband to think I'm hot. I didn't really get concerned about ingredients until I had kids. And I really only eat clean because I believe it is the only way to truly make your body look good.

Now, that being said, I received an interesting Spark Mail from Chef Jen and she told me in so many words that I am good at dieting and that I get joy from dieting. She also told me that I bring joy and encouragement to others this same way. Well, if I can be encouraging to others and make a difference in someone's life while feeling joy, is it really all that superficial?

“There's a difference between interest and committed. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.” ~Kenneth Blanchard

Member Since: 3/23/2006

Fitness Minutes: 10,197

My Goals:
Sadly my goal to lose 30 lbs. has been the same since 2009.

My Program:
1. Log Food
2. Stay in Calorie Range
3. Walk 3 times/week
4. Drink Water

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I've completed 1-full and 1-half marathon.

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