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Spa Menu

Friday, July 01, 2011

My day trip to the ocean was very relaxing and inspired me. It reminded me to be kind to myself. So with that thought in mind I am creating a summer spa menu over the next few days. Spa menu sounds so much better than a regular old menu plan, don't you think? Besides being kind to my body and nourishing it with good healthy food is my goal anyway.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/2/2011 2:31PM

    Another great spin!

We are busy trying to eat everything in the freezer right now, so our meals are...interesting. Pan-seared salmon with a side of stir fry veggies, and pureed strawberries for dessert, anyone???? emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/1/2011 11:00PM

    Excellent! It's all in how we "frame" it, right?? And spa menu sounds luxurious and pampering and healthy -- but not rigid and depriving and . . . all that.

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The Ocean

Thursday, June 30, 2011

There is something soothing about the rhythmic sound of ocean waves, the saltiness of the air where water and land meet. The rolling sound washes over you; slowing your hear rate, renewing your spirit. Breath slows to match the motion of the waves.
Walking on the beach the ocean waves tease and tempt. It never fails to get you wetter than you had intended. Watching my step in the firm wet sand, the receding water exposes shiny jingle shells along the tide line. Soon I realize that I have gone further than I had planned.
Oh how pleasant it was to just focus on my foot steps, walk along the sandy beach, and feel the ocean breeze gentle blowing across my skin and through my hair.

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WATERMELLEN 6/30/2011 8:08PM

    Wonderful! I also love walking by the ocean -- say, the beach at Sanibel -- but don't live near one. So: enjoyed yours vicariously: thanks

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TRAVELGRRL 6/30/2011 6:45PM

    I feel the serenity oozing out of the computer screen! What a wonderful description -- I feel like I'm there with you!

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Make Room for the New.

Monday, June 27, 2011

NEW_PARADIGM had this on her Sparkpage:
'"We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us." --Joseph Campbell

It reminds me of when my son was younger and I read WELCOME TO HOLLAND by Emily Perl Kingsley.

Ah my dreams had to change, but I could still have dreams(goals). Mourning the loss of the old dreams or clinging to our old expectations is time lost.

Make room for the new.

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ID_VANDAL 6/30/2011 10:21AM

    I love that quote so thanks for sharing it and thanks to NP for posting it to start with.

It really is time to let go of the past - learn from it but let it go and open your eyes to what's in front of you.

Great advice - now I need to make sure I take it!

Here's to a wonderful second half of 2011.



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LEAG0628 6/29/2011 11:15AM

    So true. Thanks for sharing.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/29/2011 10:26AM

    Thank you for sharing..."welcome to Holland" made me cry for all the lost dreams and hopes that we all must mourn...

But as you say, it's time lost. Make room for the new.

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NEW_PARADIGM 6/28/2011 9:11AM

    It tickles me that the quote speaks to you, it's been very meaningful to me for some time at many levels. Accepting the 'letting go' transitions are seldom easy. I hope for you that the rewards of accepting the 'what's there' come soon.

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"Put It On a Plate"

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Is what I told my son when he grabbed a bag of carrots from the frig. (Yes even carrots should be put on a plate and you should be seated to consume them. ) He got the plate then decided he wanted some salsa to go with it... I offer pizza hummus. He agreed. I spooned out the hummus, cut and fanned out the carrots around it. It looked like a flower and garnered a "wow" from my son.
It only too a few extra seconds to make it look nice and follow Dr. Beck's suggestions. Passing on this kind of habit to my son is what I consider a...
Healthy Habit Payoff.

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ID_VANDAL 6/27/2011 9:45AM

    Wow - excellent point and a great job of passing on knowledge and the skills you have learned!!

How is "Hoppy" doing anyway?



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WATERMELLEN 6/27/2011 8:12AM

    Love this!! "The eye does half the eating", my former Home Ec teacher used to say: for sure, making it look nice helps slow down the gobbles, creates a sense of occasion, increases satisfaction . . .

Thanks for your kind comments on my mid 4 GRRRR blog . . . so much appreciated!!

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PURPLE_ROSE_3 6/26/2011 4:01PM

    WooHoo, you are such a great example for your family. Keep it up!

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BEX987 6/26/2011 3:19PM

    Way to go!! My biggest motivator is my baby girl. She may be only (almost) a year old, but I want to be healthy and encourage her to be healthy. Now about this pizza hummus, that sounds like something I would like! I tried the garlic hummus and it was only so-so. Did you buy or make the pizza hummus??

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The Greatest Gifts...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

are my Sparkfriends. They are a wise bunch, Offering encouragement, insight and other kind words to help me move forward.

BIGLITTLEWOMAN posed an interesting question: "how does one prevent a jaded attitude?"
OOOO I know, I know the answer to that question: think of all the things I have to be thankful for.
There are so many good things in the world... just open our eyes and look. Even in my current situation.. there is much good.

WATERMELLEN and FLUTTER-BY)L( brought up the excellent point of being true and honest to ourselves.

Bruce Corwin's blog gave me much food for thought.

He mentioned a quote from a monk:"When you judge yourself, you break your own heart." then shared a way he defuses negative self-judgments by saying to himself: "That's not me."

My heart had been broken by others, not by their judgement but by actions. I sank into the victim mentality.

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

NORASPAT shared: "negative thoughts lead to negative actions. Positive thoughts lead to positive actions."

Hmmm... if I think that I am a victim, I will act like a victim. But that is not me.
At times I get weary from battle, my resolve weakens, I need to regroup.
(been working on this insurance issue since May7, still not resolved.) Monday is a new day and I have my action steps. Having actions steps empowers me and reduces my stress.

I have so much to be grateful for and will remember to be honest with myself.

(Note: Have you noticed sometimes what we need just appears in front of you here on SP?)

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1CRAZYDOG 6/26/2011 10:34AM

    What a fabulous blog! Thanks.

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 6/25/2011 10:07PM

    Yes indeed, little Spark pearls of wisdom. We leave some and we take some. If I need a boost, some empathy, or good old fahioned advice I can count on the wonderful people here at Spark.

A positive persepctive; Gratitude, a good night's sleep and a new plan to tackle the old problem. Perseverance. You have that. Red Rover, Red Rover Send Nancy right over.

That means I would pick you to be on my red rover team.

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WATERMELLEN 6/25/2011 3:24PM

    "Sometimes what we need just appears in front of you here on SP": yes, I have noticed that.

And today I needed, "That's not me."

Here it was!!

Thank you!!

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AZMOMXTWO 6/25/2011 11:52AM

  love it so mang great things to think about thanks for sharing you are right just what I needed just when I needed it

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