ACCEPTHECHLNGE's SparkPeople Blog ACCEPTHECHLNGE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A comment on our 2017 Starfish Summer Challenge.... Yes, Laurel was able to send a message to us. See under 'comments' in the Starfish 2017 Summer Challenge. <BR> She has also been communicating on FB. <BR> So glad, things are looking up for her. <BR> Big relief on my part. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 22:53:18 EST More on the Hurricane Victims..... For those who know Laurel, she let us know via FB, today, that she, her husband and Sadie, their dog, had to move into a Motel 6, as they could not use their toilet at home, and apparently had no water. They are only 30 min. from home, which will give them the opportunity of running, well, driving, to their condo. when needed, but plan on staying at Motel 6 indefinitely, meaning until the situation in Rockport will improve. She considers herself an evacuee, now. <BR> <BR> My husband's cousi... Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:38:46 EST A good Friend and her Family made it through Hurricane Harvey For four days, now, I have worried about our good friend and 5% Starfish Team Member, Laurel (ROCKPORT9). Rockport, where she lives, was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. Today, I finally got a sign of life. I can't tell you, how much relieved I am. <BR> Just received a follow-up text message from her: <BR> <BR> "You are welcome to post our status on Facebook. We worried so many people. Our neighbor was able to get a call out to my sister on Sat. I had decided we needed to drive to a nearby cit... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:41:06 EST Had to share this with you...... I don't blog often, but just discovered this Spark Recipe this morning and wanted to share it with you, because it is so simple, fast and good. <BR> <BR> The link I copied and pasted did not work, so, here is the recipe: <BR> <BR> Submitted by: REBECCAFRIEDMAN <BR> <BR> <BR> 90 Seconds, Blueberry Flax Microwave Muffin: <BR> <BR> <BR> Nutritional Info <BR> Servings Per Recipe: 1 <BR> Amount Per Serving <BR> Calories: 160.1 <BR> Total Fat: 9.6 g <BR> Cholesterol: 0.0 mg <BR> Sodiu... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:02:36 EST How are we doing with Portion Control? This was the question from one of our 5% Challenge Leaders. This is how I responded: <BR> <BR> I keep a small kitchen scale on my counter, at all times, that shows oz., pounds, kg. and grams. I have a huge inventory of food posted in my 'Favorites' and also use my 'Frequent' postings often. I also have memorized most foods, so I don't have to go through my 'Inventory' of foods. I know pretty much where I can find everything. I usually give myself a 'vacation' between challenges, and not post, but keep track of the food in my binder on the kitchen isl... Sat, 30 Apr 2016 01:08:34 EST A Remarkable Young Man I have met a young man on SP, today, who has lost a lot of weight, and continues his journey to get to his goal weight. His SP name is ON2VICTORY. <BR> What impressed me, and therefore want to share it with others on the 5% Fall Challenge, or any SP member for that matter, is this Blog: <BR> <BR> "My answer to those who are afraid to embark on a fitness journey because of what they feel they have to give up.... <BR> <BR> What did I give up to start living a healthy lifestyle and start tr... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 01:02:59 EST Owls in our backyard These past weeks, we were able to observe an owl family in our backyard. First, we saw the mother push her two young ones out of the nest and then hurry them on from bush to bush and rock to rock. There, they sat for a long time, before the mother introduced them to searching for their food. For several days, we could see them fly around and look for food. The two young ones never far apart from each other. We also eventually saw the male (father) keeping an eye on the young ones. He could si... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 23:55:50 EST My son the chef! Can I afford to visit him? My son is a very creative cook with a fulltime job, a wife, two kids and a dog. In other words, a very busy young man. His children just changed preschool, which is closer to home (no longer 30 minutes out of his way to drop them off when going to work), which afforded him to be at work almost an hour earlier than in the past, and therefore an hour home earlier than before. I know this doesn't add up, but his wife is allowed to work from home now until Jan. 2, which allows my son to leave for... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 20:56:06 EST A post that made me smile. I thought this was very touching, but also very funny: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>jUbmIA?rel=0 </link> <BR> <BR> A father with a big heart, wanting the best for her daughter and, obviously, approving of the groom. Mon, 5 May 2014 15:22:09 EST This is to my friend Dachelle (MATTEROFHEART). TODAY IS A NEW DAY. <BR> <BR> you can start fresh, wipe the slate clean. <BR> <BR> BEGIN AGAIN. <BR> <BR> TODAY, YOU CAN EMBRACE kindness. <BR> <BR> practice COMPASSION. <BR> <BR> STAND UP FOR JUSTICE. <BR> <BR> talk to strangers. <BR> <BR> ASK FOR HELP. <BR> <BR> LISTEN with your whole heart. <BR> <BR> OFFER HOPE. <BR> <BR> work for the common good. <BR> <BR> LOVE WELL. <BR> <BR> be the change you wish to see in the world. <BR> <BR> (Marla Rae) <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome back. We ... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 01:06:04 EST Wished Humans could get along that well..... It warms your heart: The love between a dog and orangutan. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndoned-dog-met-an-orangutan-what-happe<BR>ned-next-will-warm-your-heart/ </link> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 23:13:21 EST Did you ever order something from Amazon? This is what happens. <link><BR>n-warehouse-works </link> <BR> <BR> Amazing! Sun, 2 Mar 2014 13:49:16 EST A great Blog from SUNNYBEACHGIRL For those who missed it and are over 60 (or even before), this is a very well-written and honest Blog. I am a firm believer in everything she touched, be it food consumption or exercise. I think we would all feel better by adhering to what she recommends and lives by. She, obviously, has been successful and lives by her rules. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630326 </link> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:37:03 EST The Future of Medicine The doctor... THIS ONE YOU GOTTA SEE <BR> <BR> <BR> This is what they call modern technology. This cardiologist is certainly on the 'cutting edge.' Looks like the future of diagnostic medicine and treatment is going to be quite revolutionary. This is just amazing as to what is predicted in medicine. This is truly worth watching. Please watch and then spread the word. This is too good to keep to yourself! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 01:19:33 EST Proof that with practice you can get fit. It appears that whatever size you are, you can still get fit. Look at this fellow, joining a vacation exercise class: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> So, keep moving. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 20:19:10 EST Another (old) diet? I keep on reading health articles and, today, I came across a diet I had never heard about, before: "The Rice Diet". <BR> <BR> Did you know that it was developed in 1939 by Duke University (that's before I was born!) and has been successfully used to treat obesity ever since? <BR> <BR> Check it out: <BR> <link><BR>n/rice-diet.aspx?pos=1&xid=nl_Everyday<BR>HealthWomensHealth_20131115 </link> <BR> <BR> The initial phase only lets you eat about 800 calo... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 00:06:33 EST GOAL??? So, Spark Coach asked me to write a blog about what my weight goals might be and why. <BR> <BR> I look at my weight loss over the last three years, and it does not show me what I was hoping for. Sure, I have dropped some weight, only to gain it back. I am just talking about 3 or 4 pounds, but, it still is not what I was hoping for. I can find excuses: I am older than most people at SP, who are trying to lose weight. I am disciplined at home, but when I go out to eat, I probably eat more. My... Mon, 27 May 2013 00:34:44 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #30 This is my last Rise & Shine blog. I am happy that I posted every day, although it was not easy at times. I just wanted to see if I could have a 30-day streak, and I did. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: needed some protein, because we had the official Golf Season Opening at our club, today. It was not as warm as expected, but I wore shorts, anyway. Once we started playing, we noticed the cold wind come down over the mountains. I was glad I had a light jacket with me. Better that than nothing at all. ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:50:24 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #29 Last night I decided to have Swiss Muesli for breakfast, this morning. This meant that I had to soak oatmeal in milk, or yogurt. I only had almond milk, and decided that would do. <BR> This morning, I added a banana, cuties, a t-spoon of maple syrup, to add some sweetness to it, raisins, and some roasted almonds. Dh was in a hurry because he had an early doctor's appointment, so, I totally forgot to add the berries, I usually enjoy. It was ok, though, <BR> <BR> By 9:30 AM my trainer show... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:44:58 EST Quick and Easy Meal Ideas Spark Coach asked us, today, to describe a quick and easy meal idea. <BR> <BR> My most recent, quick and easy breakfast or lunch, mostly lunch, though, is a smoothie that can be mixed and blended in less than 5 minutes. <BR> <BR> I start out with unsweetened almond milk (1 cup-30 cals.) and 1/2 cup of 1% Kefir (yogurt drink), or use 1.5 cups of the almond milk, only. <BR> To this, I add 3 cups of organic baby kale, 1 cup of a frozen, three-berry mix, 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp. of Arbonne protei... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:43:27 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #28 Breakfast: <BR> <BR> Grapefruit, fresh, pink and red, California and Arizona,. <BR> Dr.Kracker Klassic 3-Seed Organic Crispbread, 1 pc.= 25g, 1 serving <BR> Butter, unsalted, 1 pat <BR> Jam - Smucker's Strawberry, 0.5 tbsp <BR> TJ Sprouted Multi-Grain Bread, toasted, 1 sl., 1 serving <BR> Egg (Jumbo) 63g = 1 serv. <BR> <BR> 391 Calories total. <BR> <BR> Copied the above from my Tracker. I should have thought of it sooner. <BR> <BR> I spent 2.5 hours weeding, loosening the soi... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:05:30 EST SP's response to my email, 4/27/13 In all fairness to SparkPeople, I need to inform you all of their response. I was very impressed to receive an answer so quickly, and will certainly try to work through their recommendations. <BR> <BR> Here is their response: <BR> <BR> "Hello, <BR> > <BR> > I'm sorry that you are frustrated with some elements of the Fitness Tracker. I will try to respond to each of your questions here and hope that this helps to at least provide some explanation or background. <BR> > <BR> > Regarding Exa... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 14:31:07 EST SparkPeople's New Exercise Tracker My frustration about the new SP Exercise Tracker frustrated me, today, to no end, and prompted me to write to SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> "I have been very frustrated with your recent change of your exercise tracker. <BR> <BR> Example #1: I live in a very hilly region, surrounded by mountains. I have been using the APP "Runkeeper" that gives me an accurate count of mileage walked, the time, and due to its GPS capabilities 'knows' where I walk, very much unlike SparkPeople. It also gives me the ... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 00:14:19 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #27 Breakfast: 1 cup of fresh pineapple cubes, my leftover oatmeal from three days ago, followed with one half of a piece of crispbread w/some butter and jam. <BR> <BR> Had a golf tournament today, which took 5 hours. Way too long!!! We played as a team and didn't make it into the money. That was ok, because I finally played one of my better games, which meant more to me. <BR> <BR> This has to be short, today, because I am really tired. It was quite warm out there. Sat, 27 Apr 2013 21:05:36 EST "Rise & Shine" Date #26 Hello All. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 1/2 Grapefruit, an omelet with 1 Jumbo Egg, 4 Mushrooms, 1 Green Onion. Added 1.5 serving of my 3-seed crisp breads, I like so much, with a touch of butter and Fig jam. (Just over 400 cals) <BR> <BR> Exercise: Did the ArrowCreek (our community) Circuit, with a couple of new records. Walked an elevation of 496 ft., 3.8 miles in 66 minutes. Improved the walked elevation and minutes. It usually takes me 70 min.. I seem to have trouble breathing a bit, going uphi... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 18:19:53 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #25 Seeing the end of the month and the end of my blogging for "Rise & Shine". <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 1/2 Grapefruit, 1 cup fresh berries w/Kefir and topped with 1/3 serv. of Post Great Grains (I always need a little crunch!). <BR> Dr. Kracker 3-seed organic crispbread. I wished I had never bought that box - they are so good - with a pat of butter and some jam. Coffee <BR> <BR> Exercise: Was running around all day, and ran out of time. AGAIN. I did do 35 min. of ST, and some yoga this morning, th... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 00:37:30 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #24 Breakfast: 1/2 Grapefruit, 1 Serv. of Oatmeal, 1/4 Apple, 2T 1/2 & 1/2 & 1 cup of fresh mixed berries. <BR> <BR> Exercise: 40 min. walking, 2.2 miles; 20 min. of yoga. <BR> <BR> I didn't have time for the longer walk today, besides my 'Runkeeper' didn't work (I think I have it fixed now), but I have walked that route many, many times before, and had it measured previously. When I returned, I showered and rushed out to the hairdresser. Hadn't seen her in a little over three months, and I su... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:17:59 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #23 Breakfast: 1/2 Grapefruit, <BR> Smoothie: 1 cup of Almond Milk, 1/2 cup of Kefir, 2 cups of Kale, 1 cup of mixed Berries, 1/2 Banana, 1T Chia seeds, 1 scoop of Arbonne Protein powder, mixed in a blender. <BR> <BR> I kept about 1/4 for a later snack, but dh did breakfast dishes and threw it out. Boy, was I mad! <em>39</em> <BR> Well, I adjusted the numbers when tracking my food. <BR> <BR> Exercise: 3.8 miles, walking the circuit in our community. The weather was gorgeous, The snow-co... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:29:39 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #22 - Earth Day! Breakfast: my usual 1/2 grapefruit. They are so sweet and juicy, right now. <BR> Oatmeal, with cinnamon, 1/2 apple grated into it, 1/4 cup milk and 1 Tbsp. of Agave syrup. I prefer Maple syrup, but had run out of it. <BR> <BR> Exercise: My trainer came today. She decided to up all my weights, and I can feel it, tonight. <BR> Tomorrow is opening day of our golfing season. We have a game, along with the 9-holers, followed by lunch and a meeting. I hope, I can hold on to a golf club. I am a ... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 00:05:38 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #21 This morning, I needed to eat some protein for breakfast, because we had a golf date for 9:45 AM, and needed to leave the house around 9:00 AM. I knew we wouldn't be done playing until way past our lunch hour. <BR> Breakfast: my usual 1/2 grapefruit, 2 soft-boiled eggs, a piece of whole-grain bread, toasted and slightly buttered, then a piece of Wasa bread, with jam. Coffee, of course. <BR> <BR> I am taking my golfing for my exercise, as I warmed up for 1/2 an hour, then played for about 4 ... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 01:16:41 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #20 I woke up early this morning.... <BR> Had breakfast: 1/2 Grapefruit, 1 soft-boiled egg, 1 slice of European whole-grain bread with a touch of butter, and on half of that slice, some jam. <BR> <BR> For Lunch I had a berry and kale smoothie with some Protein powder, Chia seeds, mixed w/coconut water, and almond milk. <BR> <BR> For my exercise, I took a long walk, a circle through our community. 3.8 miles, with an elevation of 493 ft. Actually, I learned through my 'Runkeeper' program that ... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 17:53:36 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #19 I am sort of getting tired of these blogs - boring... and I am sure, anybody reading them feels the same way. But, I committed to it, and will continue through the end of the month. Hopefully, after that, I can come up with something more interesting than just reporting about my breakfast and workout. <BR> <BR> So....I started out with my usual 1/2 grapefruit. The grapefruits I am eating at the moment are still from the CA Desert, while we were staying there. There was a grapefruit tree, rig... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 00:38:47 EST Rise & Shine" Day #18 Today was not my best food day. I had a good breakfast: 1/2 grapefruit, and my French Galette, whipped egg white, then added 2T of Oat Bran and 2T of Kefir (yogurt drink) which I folded under the whipped egg white and then "baked" slowly in a non-stick frying pan. I topped this concoction with 1/2 banana, 1T of sliced, roasted almonds, and 1t of Agave syrup. So far so good. <BR> What was not good was that I had to leave the house before lunch, decided to have some cereal with some milk before... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 23:08:47 EST "Rise & -Shine" Day #17 I woke up early, saw blue sky and the sun rise from behind the mountains. It was time to get up. It was only 30* at this point. <BR> <BR> Had breakfast, while waiting for dh to get up: 1/2 grapefruit, two small slices of whole grain bread, toasted, with almond butter and some jam. Coffee. <BR> <BR> I was going to wait for it to get warmer, outside, and attempt one of my long walks. Well, the morning went, and it was time for lunch: Sautéed mushrooms & spinach, topped with two eggs, which w... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 01:16:12 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #16 Had a good night's sleep. Finally! I felt so much better all day than these last 5 days. <BR> Breakfast was 2 poached eggs, served on whole-grain toast with a little bit of butter. <BR> I just realized, I didn't have my 1/2 grapefruit this morning. <BR> <BR> Exercise was a bust. Had planned a long walk, and woke up to snow all around us. The temperature never reached 40, today, and we had snow flurries throughout the day. I did walk on the treadmill instead (35 min.) but that doesn't compa... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 22:39:38 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #15 I got up early this morning, because I just couldn't sleep any longer. <BR> Prepared breakfast: Strawberries, banana, blackberries with Kefir, and topped with some granola. Coffee, of course. <BR> <BR> My trainer showed up at 9:30 AM. She worked me hard, and, actually, my back is hurting, tonight. I have no idea which exercise could have caused that. Need to think a little more about that. <BR> <BR> I am really tired, tonight, and will keep this short. I think I have said that a few times... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 23:25:07 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #14 I have not much to report. We had oatmeal for breakfast, with grated apple, sliced roasted almonds, a touch of maple syrup and a little bit of half & half. I didn't finish mine and was going to have the rest for a snack, but totally forgot about it. <BR> <BR> Planned on going for a nice long walk, but joined dh to shop at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. We should be all set for a while. <BR> <BR> Lunch followed, and then we started to watch the Masters (Golf in Augusta) and couldn't get away... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 23:01:54 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #13 Worked out with my trainer this morning, mostly ST and some yoga. <BR> Dh had breakfast ready when I was done. He fried some eggs and added those German sausage links again. Too many calories for my book. <BR> Shortly after that, we went golfing. The wind was blowing like crazy. The flags on the greens were actually bent, and the wind gusts almost pushed me over. Of course, I wore shorts, because dh told me that we will have about 73*. Well, the wind came over the (still) snow-covered mounta... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 22:35:50 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #12 Today, was sort of a low-key day for me. I slept in until 7:00 AM. We had breakfast, but there was not much to chose from. Dh finished all the berries, and bananas; I didn't have an apple to add to my Oatmeal, I just didn't know what to have for breakfast. I had brought some grapefruit from So. CA, so I ate 1/2 a one, which I usually do every morning. I enjoy Wasa bread that is readily available in almost all the stores. It's like a cracker bread, and I grew up with it in Germany. Anyway, I h... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 23:12:23 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #11 I am really too tired to write very much, but don't want to miss out on my "Rise & Shine" streak. <BR> It was a long day......Got up at 5:00 AM, had breakfast in the hotel by 6:30 AM. None of the other ladies had made it into the breakfast room. It gave me time to have a 'mindful' meal, as required by us for our 5% Winter Challenge, this week. After I had finished breakfast, three other ladies joined me. We discussed our day and the trip to the Golf Club. A little later, our former golf pro ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:52:31 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #10 As mentioned, yesterday, I am away from home. We (7 golfing ladies and I) traveled to Lodi, near Stockton/Fresno CA, to visit our former female golf pro who is delivering her second baby any day now, and needed a little support. She arranged for a couple of winery tours and a nice lunch and dinner served outside, at a couple of fabulous restaurants. <BR> However, I am really here to discuss my healthy breakfast this morning: an omelet with shi-take (the word that got me into trouble with SP ... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 01:18:55 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #9 Breakfast was again, 1/2 grapefruit, and the French Galette, I mentioned before. You whip the white of an egg, and then fold in 2 T of Oat Bran. 2 T of Yogurt or Kefir (which I prefer). Occasionally, I add the egg yolk to the Oat Bran & Yogurt, then fold the three into the egg white. Spread it into a frying pan like a pancake, sprayed with Pam, and let it cook slowly. Turn, when the underside is brown. It's very fluffy and light. I top this creation with berries and 1/2 banana. Sometimes, I a... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 23:47:57 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #8 Today, was a rushed day, all day long. Just thinking about it, exhausts me, so I won't bother you with the details. <BR> <BR> Had a simple breakfast of half a grapefruit, a soft-boiled egg, two slices of Wasa bread (30 cals. each) a little butter and jam on one of them. I was hardly finished when my trainer showed up. Another tough session, but only, I assume, because I didn't feel well, this morning. <BR> <BR> I had to rush all day long, then had to go to a baby shower at our golf club,... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 00:14:52 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #7 I woke up again at 5:00 AM and forced myself to stay in bed until 6:00 AM. Then, I thought, what the, I may as well be productive. I got up and started ironing. I iron probably more than most people in today's world, and that includes my bed linen. Just having bought two new sets of sheets and washed them this past week, I went to work. <BR> <BR> When dh got up, he decided he wanted a more substantial breakfast than his usual cereal with berries, banana and milk. When he asked if I wan... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 20:38:09 EST "Rise & Shine" Day 6 I finally had a better night and did not wake up until 5:18 AM. My trainer came at 8:00 AM, and she gave me a good, but hard, workout. I can't believe I am so out of shape, after a two-month absence, although I worked out while away. <BR> <BR> Didn't have breakfast until after my workout. Enjoyed 1 serv. of old-fashioned Oatmeal, with some fresh apple grated into it & cinnamon, topped with a touch of Half & Half and Maple Syrup. I love it that way, just have to watch the Half & Half & Syrup.... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 23:14:47 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #5 This will be a short one: <BR> <BR> This morning I fixed my French Galette (sort of a Pancake) with an egg white, beaten, and folded 2 T of Oat Bran, 2 T of Kefir (like yogurt but more liquid and milder) and the egg yolk (which I usually discard) mixed together. Then cooked it in a frying pan, very slowly, so it wouldn't burn. I topped it with 1/2 cup of Raspberries and 1/2 cup of Blackberries and half a sliced Banana. I poured just 1 tsp. of Maple Syrup over it, to give it a little sweetnes... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:22:54 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #4 (We found the Culprit) We found the culprit. A couple of ladies from my team "Lighter for Life", figured it out. <BR> <BR> Here is the Blog with the correction. <BR> <BR> I did have a healthy breakfast: First, half a Grapefruit; then I sautéed Shi-take Mushrooms and (1) green onion in a frying pan, using Pam. To this, I added a scrambled egg. It was good, but I did get hungry before lunch. I, probably, should have had two eggs. I made up for the low calories at lunch time. <BR> <BR> I waited for my walk ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 21:06:19 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #4 - NOT!!! Well, there won't be a blog, today. SP wouldn't allow me to post it, asking me to remove my "Profanity". I rarely use profanity, and certainly, never, ever in a public Blog. <BR> <BR> I went over my blog, over and over again, trying to figure out what prompted SP's refusal to let me post. I can't find it. English being my second language, I wondered where it could be. <BR> I did send it, via regular email, to my first team, here at SP, asking for advice. <BR> <BR> I'll let you know what... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 20:29:43 EST Rise & Shine, Day #3 Had a good day, food wise, today. Started with a Mixed Berry, Banana, Spinach, Avocado, Kefir & Almond Milk and Chia Seeds Smoothie this morning. Couldn't finish it all, because I had to head out early to the dentist. I had the rest just before lunch. For lunch I fixed steamed spinach topped with two poached eggs, plus a cucumber salad. Tonight, we went to the Wednesday buffet dinner at the club. I figured, I could pick and choose. Started with a big mixed salad, with a small amount of citrus... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:14:03 EST "Rise & Shine" Day #2 Well, the day turned out a little different than planned. We made it home around 12:30 PM, after stopping at Trader Joe's for vegetables, milk, Eggs & thin pork chops, which we were going to eat, tonight. Little did we know how much we needed to do, once at home. That car was loaded! I concentrated on plants that were overwatered during our absence. My entire collection of Orchids has died. <em>24</em> Too much water. My Australian Pine did fine, despite sitting in water. <BR> Then I wen... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 00:39:15 EST