Small changes bring results!

healthy habitsIn January I published a post about 7 totally unsexy but totally doable life changes.

I’ve acted on most of the items on the list for more than two months: I’ve consistently journaled my food, paid attention to regular meal times and front-loading, found new healthy but delicious recipes, added steps to my day and decreased the time spent sitting. [Read more...]

How to keep a food journal plus printable template

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Screenshot of food journal. Click to enlarge.

In my earlier post I wrote about reasons for keeping a food journal.

In this post I’m going to explain how to keep a food journal and I also share a printable food journal template I created for myself. If you like it, you can upload it for yourself.

Basically, your food log can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. The only thing you need is a pencil and a piece of paper. Some people just jot down the foods  they ate and little else. [Read more...]

Testing, testing

2010-03-21_1427-61(3).jpgLast week or so has been a time for medical tests.

I went to see a doctor a couple of weeks ago and she ordered a slew of tests including complete blood work, mammogram (after she examined my brea*ts) and a pap test.  I don’t have any new ailments in addition to my old ones but it’s been almost 5 years since I was tested thoroughly, so I was happy to comply. [Read more...]

Why journal your food?

scrappy-appleSorry in advance for the lengthy introduction before I discuss the reasons for keeping a food log.

I wanted to write it simply because I’m so excited I’ve been able to create a new habit without struggle. :-)

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I’ve now journaled my food for over 50 days. I’ve tried food journaling before, but I couldn’t make the habit stick. How did I make it work this time over? [Read more...]

Hobbies and interests keep your mind in working order

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Just a short note today.

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.

When I saw the quote from John Adams and thought: “That’s exactly what my new hobbies do to my (middle-aged) mind: they keep it in working order”.

After I started salsa and choir singing in September I’ve wondered how I was able to survive without proper hobbies for so long. [Read more...]