AMOMENTSNOTICE's SparkPeople Blog AMOMENTSNOTICE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I Want to Ride a Pony! Hello Sparkies! <BR> <BR> I heard a news story over the weekend that I found to be so shocking, appalling and disheartening that I had to write about it, now that I'm back here on SparkPeople. I know that the idea that something in the news could be described as "shocking", "appalling" , "disheartening", or all three of those, is far from being unusual. We hear about horrible things in the news all the time. In this news story, no one had been murdered. In fact, no one had died. Not that peo... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 03:05:54 EST Where'd She Go? Oh, She's Back! Wow, what a journey since I was last here. It's time; I'm back. Kind of exhausted, though. Starting over, weight-wise.... and in many other ways, too. <BR> <BR> It seems like I've been gone longer than since... July--??? That was the month of my last blog entry here. Well, my SparkPage still says that I'm glad it's Spring.... That's true now, too... again... and has been, apparently, for almost a year now. <BR> <BR> I'll check back later. In addition to general chaos, being busy and having ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 04:08:04 EST No, I'm not drunk Hi All! <BR> <BR> I haven't been on SparkPeople much lately, but thought I'd post something to let you all know that I am, in fact, still alive. I have a lot of things happening in my life right now; much of it is stressful, but I think it will ultimately improve my life. I haven't forgotten about you or about my efforts to be healthier, I just haven't been online much as I used to be. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling especially snarky at the moment, and I just heard about "Frizzy Headed, Drunken Woma... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 14:56:45 EST THE NECESSITY OF A LITTLE SELFISHNESS ON VALENTINE'S DAY (AND EVERY DAY, IN FACT). HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, SPARKIES! <BR> <BR> This year on this holiday of love, I've decided to go against the trend. I'm putting myself first! I'm going to be a little selfish, and it's long overdue. Before you judge me, let me explain, in my usual rambling way, of course.... <BR> <BR> This is the day of pink and red, of candy and hearts. The "hearts" are what have always seemed a little odd to me. What most of us think of when we picture a heart looks something like this: [mistaken for HTM... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 06:00:22 EST POLL QUESTION #7 : ) CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES Hello to all of my Sparkling People! <BR> <BR> Wow! Things have been so busy in my world since the beginning of the New Year. So much is happening in my life. Plenty of stress and some things that I can't say if they're "good" or "bad" yet, although most of that really is just a matter of perspective. Whatever is happening right now involves a lot of changes. (No, I'm not pregnant! --Or in menopause, thank you very much! Hey, we're not on The View!*) I'm learning to ride out the stress witho... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 05:10:28 EST POLL QUESTION # 6 : ) PROCRASTINATION *IS KEEPIN' IT WAITIN' Hello Sparkles! <BR> <BR> I was thinkin' 'bout where we are now. It's January 25th. Exactly a month after Christmas and a few weeks after the beginning of the New Year... and more than half way to Valentine's Day from there, too. By now many of us have forgotten all about those New Year's Resolutions set only a few weeks ago, so earnestly and with so much *anticipation. But, I think I've found a useful tool to keep the motivation going. Success, in and of itself, tends to be especially motiv... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 04:45:02 EST POLL QUESTION #5 : ) WINTER BOREDOM EXERCISE REMEDIES! Hello SparkPeople ... um, well, people! <BR> <BR> I know I've been slackin' on the blogs lately. Forgive me; things have been really busy for me over here in my real life, and that tends to keep me away from cyberspace (even the Sparky kind) more than usual. Now that we're past the holidays, it's just a mad sprint until Daylight Savings Time begins again on March 10th. Up here, near Seattle, that's a really big deal. This is because, at the nadir of winter, it gets dark here at about 4:30 p.... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:27:21 EST WHAT DID THE MAYANS REALLY PREDICT? I'm in a silly mood right now. I was thinking about what good things might be in store for us now that we are in the year 2013. We can all consider ourselves to be "survivors" now. After all, we've made it through 12/12/12 AND 12/21/12... narrowly escaping the Zombie Apocalypse. --Whew! Aren't we AMAZING!? Yay us. We've even made it almost a week into 2013 now. The only New Year's celebration we're left to anticipate is the coming Year of the Snake, which starts on February 10th, just five sh... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 00:43:14 EST POLL QUESTION #4 : ) MOTIVATION! Hello Sparkies! <BR> <BR> I hope you're all finding 2013 to be a great year, so far! <BR> <BR> I was thinking about what motivates us to do this thing of getting fit, especially now that we're in the season of New Year's resolutions. I know, as shallow as this may seem, clothes have always been my best motivator. Even with amazing benefits like feeling better, living longer and being able to do so many things that a healthy weight affords us, sometimes, for me, fashion trumps them all. --No... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 05:13:19 EST HAPPY NEW YEAR! --SparkMail Fail : ( Oh well. Have a nice 2013! Oops on my oops! It did send. --I'm adding this, rather than deleting anything from my original post, but I realize that the paragraph that follows no longer applies, sort of: <BR> <BR> I was busy adding all of my SparkFriends to my SparkMail Address Book tonight, with the goal of sending a mass SparkMail at 9:00 p.m. my time (midnight in New York). I wasn't finding the SparkMail system so user friendly. So, I'm putting my well wishes for 2013 in this blog post, instead. <BR> <BR> Here it i... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:35:54 EST WE'RE STILL HERE. NOW WHAT? BODY IMAGE IN A NEW AGE. Hello Sparkles! <BR> <BR> Well, I've been watching the news today, and preliminary reports say that the world has not ended. Coincidentally, I just found an interesting, thought-provoking article from February of this year. You may have already read it and others may have blogged about it, but it was new to me. So, I thought I'd share it here. <BR> <BR> The article is entitled, "What if Botticelli had Photoshop?" ....You guessed it, well known images of feminine beauty (from a certain age) ... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:08:45 EST POLL QUESTION #3 : ) Q: Have you ever reacted badly to compliments about your weight loss and let this stop your efforts? <BR> <BR> A. Yes <BR> <BR> B. No <BR> <BR> C. I don't remember <BR> <BR> : ) <BR> <BR> Have a super-sparkly day! (Yes, that's from a TV commercial!) Tue, 18 Dec 2012 03:23:03 EST POLL QUESTION #2 : ) Q. INSTEAD of noshing when I'm doing something (such as watching TV or some other "TRIGGER") that I have, in the past, associated with eating unnecessarily, now I do this: <BR> <BR> (The CAPS are just for emphasis/easier reference; I'm NOT yelling.) : ) <BR> <BR> Almost everyone probably does more than one of these. The BEST answer is what you USUALLY do now: <BR> <BR> <BR> A. I eat ONLY my meal/snack when I am engaging in this activity (such as watching TV). <BR> <BR> B. I EAT somethin... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:20:02 EST YOU LIKE ME! (VERY BREIF BLOG: CLICK HERE FOR EASY SPARKPOINTS!) Hello Sparkies! <BR> <BR> I just saw that I was awarded a "Popular Blog Post" by SP! <BR> <BR> A big T H A N K S to all of you who "liked" &/or posted a comment on my recent blog post. I really appreciate your support in my quest to write poll questions (and maybe even quizzes) for SP. : ) <BR> <BR> Please get on/stay on this bandwagon with me. --Stay tuned for more of my fabulous poll questions. (I'll do my best to make them fabulous, anyway.) <BR> <BR> I have alw... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 02:34:31 EST MY FIRST POLL QUESTION : ) Kudos to SANDIEGOJOHN who had one of his blog posts featured here on SP a couple of days ago. He also had this great idea in response to my last blog post, entitled "WHY I WANT TO WRITE POLL QUESTIONS FOR SPARKPEOPLE!": <BR> <BR> "I say you start writing them here in your blog. Build up a fan-base and see where it takes you!" <BR> <BR> Thanks, SANDIEGOJOHN, I'm doing just that, starting right now. : ) <BR> <BR> I think so many of us have gotten into the disastrous habit of eating for reaso... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:04:41 EST WHY I WANT TO WRITE POLL QUESTIONS FOR SPARKPEOPLE! Hi Sparkies! <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I've written a blog post. I strive to make my blogs thought provoking, supportive, inspiring and entertaining, even humorous. Sometimes I just vent a little. I've mentioned before (joking at first) that I'd like a job writing poll questions for SparkPeople. Some of you were very encouraging about this "aspiration" of mine when I made this quip. So, I've started to take the thought more seriously. I've always considered myself a "writer", as it w... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 07:52:12 EST YOGA: HOT OR NOT? Hello, My Fellow Sparklers! <BR> <BR> A bit of warning: The following might sound like a lot of complaining, so if you're not in the mood to handle a little of the negative, you might want to sit this one out. It's only my account of some brief, unpleasant experiences in my life, not typical of my usual sunny disposition. I'm very interested to hear about your yogic adventures. I SO want to be a yogi (I mean yoga-doer, not the guy siting on top of a mountain in diaper, seeking enlightenment.... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 13:52:47 EST DEAR JOURNAL.... MY NEW PLAN & OTHER RAMBLING THOUGHTS ON MINOR TRAUMAS AND THE SANITY OF EATING Hello Sparkles! <BR> <BR> Last night, after dinner (my usual time of impending disaster, as I often lose all functioning of my "brakes" (re: eating; you got that, right?), especially if there is anything chocolate/carby within about a 1 mile radius of me... I journaled about some stressful situations that I had been feeling sad & angry about. It did help, but the chocolate still found me later. --This is the extremely frustrating pattern that I aim to end. Thinking about these aspects of "Em... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 00:03:48 EST I DREAMED A DREAM... AND I'M MAKING IT A REALITY! Hello Sparkles! <BR> <BR> I had a GREAT dream last night! It was brief, as I recall and there wasn't much to it. I was out somewhere, maybe in a park or somewhere in public or just walking down a street where there were people around. Maybe I was there to meet a friend. In my dream I was thinner, maybe at about the weight I'd like to be. (I know I'm writing a lot of "maybe"s here, but things were a little fuzzy. --You know how dreams are.) Anyway, I was talking with someone I'd never met bef... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 18:22:16 EST MEASURES OF SUCCESS: SOME MUSINGS Hi All, <BR> <BR> How do you assess how well you're doing in your pursuit of weight loss & getting into shape? I think there is so much more to this than just the number of pounds on the scale, BMI or waist to hip ratio. Numbers never tell the whole story. Like Mark Twain said, "There are lies, damned lies and statistics". So, while I like numbers for measuring some things, like election results (numbers are handy for deciding the popular vote v. the electoral vote) and money, for example, a... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 23:51:45 EST CLEAN THAT HOUSE: AND ONE, AND TWO, AND DON'T FORGET TO BREATHE! Hello Sparkles! <BR> <BR> Here's a link on speed-cleaning your house; 30 minutes a day. <BR> <BR><BR>g/cleaning/daily-cleaning-checklist-00<BR>000000000953/index.html?xid=checklistn<BR>ewsletter-11-05-2012 <BR> <BR> I'm thinking that if I did this after a workout (& just kept moving fast), it would extend my workout, so I'd be super-efficient! (I'm gonna need a shower anyway, might as well clean right after my workout, right?) A few years ago I hear... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 15:05:26 EST ABOUT PLUM SAUCE (IN CASE YOU ALREADY SAW THE MU SHU BLOG POST) Hi All, <BR> <BR> I just responded to a question about Plum Sauce in the comments section of my last blog post. So, if you've already read that one, you may want to read those comments, too. <BR> <BR> Happy Mu Shuing (is that like snowshoeing? --a new exercise?), Sparkles! <BR> : ) YUM! Sun, 4 Nov 2012 23:00:13 EST YUMMY LOW CAL MU SHU: SORT OF A RAMBLING RECIPE Hi Sparkies! <BR> <BR> This is my version of Veggie Mu Shu. (Warning: It's not authentic Chinese food at all!) I make this when I want something really low cal, especially when I've gone over my calorie limit too often & want to get back on track. <BR> <BR> I use Broccoli Slaw: (It comes already shredded in a small bag. It's great stuff!) <BR> I stir fry it with oil spray (such as "Pam") or a little oil. When I use oil, I use either Sesame Oil or Chili Oil to add some flavor, but even wit... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 21:17:32 EST BREAKING NEWS ON WEIGHT LOSS JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN! NEWSFLASH: A woman just North of Seattle reports that she has found a revolutionary new way to lose weight. She SCARES the pounds away! This unidentified woman says that she has discovered that, while many people dislike being overweight, and may even be afraid of some of the related hazards of this condition, the extra weight is actually more afraid of us than we are of it. "I chase it away in so many ways: By riding my bike, running after it, even walking or moving while standing in the sam... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:23:11 EST ONE HALLOWEEN JOKE ( VERY BRIEF ) Hey Halloweenies! <BR> <BR> A friend (in person) told me this one the other day: <BR> <BR> So, a ghost floats into a bar and says, "Gimme a beer & a mop". <BR> <BR> That's it! <BR> : ) <BR> <BR> =^..^= <BR> <BR> w^;;^w (Vampire Bat?) Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:24:01 EST HALLOWEEN JOKES (A BREIF BLOG POST) Hi All, <BR> <BR> I love jokes; jokes that take some smarts to get and dumb (little kid type) jokes, almost as much as I love Pumpkin Spice! --Oh! & props to SGTSUNNY for sending me a link to a ton of Light Pumpkin Recipes. YUM! Gotta love the Great 'kin. I'm passing the link along to you all: <BR> <BR> <BR> umpkin-madness.html <BR> <BR> <BR> So, here are some Halloween Jokes that I know: <BR> <BR> Q. Name a ghost's favorite beach. (Scroll down for... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:59:06 EST OMG! TCBY HAS THE P * U * M * P * K * I * N P * I * E! Yo SP! <BR> Just saw this on HG (Hungry Girl). Yo, yo, yo! FroYo's got the almighty fave... the GREAT Pumpkin! Only 'til the end of the month. <BR> I can't believe I didn't kno (yo) about this B4. <BR> Enjoy! <BR> Peace. Out. <BR> : P Mon, 22 Oct 2012 03:46:09 EST OLD TIMERS STAVING OFF ALZHEIMER'S I'm not an "Old Timer" --yet, but I remember a time when most people had not heard of Alzheimer's Type Dementia (also known as "Alzheimer's Disease") and many people thought it was called "Old Timer's Disease". In any case, it's NOT a normal part of aging. Do you remember when we used to call older people who were forgetful "senile"? I was curious about this, so I looked up the definition of it: <BR> <BR><BR>enile <BR> <BR> I'm surprised that it doe... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 15:33:31 EST WHAT'S WITH ALL THE %#*&!^) ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER & CONFUSION MUKING UP MY PUMPKIN SPICE!? Really, this one isn't too long: I mentioned previously that on one of my recent (return) trips to Target, I bought some Pumpkin Spice syrup (for coffee; to make lattes). Well, I don't think I mentioned that I bought more than one bottle of it. A few days after I brought it home I grabbed a bottle & read the ingredients, and I saw that it is sweetened with sugar. No problem. Well, tonight, not having used it yet, I thought I'd just taste it. So. I opened the nearest bottle and dipped a straw ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 04:22:20 EST I'M DETERMINED TO WRITE A BLOG POST THAT ACTUALLY IS BRIEF. So, here its! LOL! : ) Wed, 10 Oct 2012 02:49:26 EST SO MUCH FOR THE PUMPKIN SPICE: A (RELATIVELY) BRIEF RANT ABOUT DISAPPOINTMENT & ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER I was so excited about my recent pumpkin finds (at Target last week), but when I wrote about those I hadn't bought them yet, and I'd never tried these items before. Here's my review on both (and another situation in my life): <BR> <BR> Well, when I went to Target the first time this week after seeing their ad, they were out of the "Pumpkin Pie" yogurt. I bought the Pumpkin Spice Eggos, but because my freezer was full I put them in the refrigerator for a couple of days. (My previous experienc... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 21:43:18 EST ANOTHER FOOD RECALL LINK (FDA) CALLING ALL SPARKLES: <BR> <BR> This provides an updated list of recalled items. Click on "What is Being Recalled?": <BR> <BR><BR>etwork/ucm320413.htm <BR> <BR> <BR> As noted in my blog post "FOOD ALERTS RECALL (A BRIEF BLOG POST)" of Monday, 10/01/12: <BR> <BR> You can sign up for food recall alerts here: <BR> <BR> <BR> calls/alerts/index.html <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> Sparkle on. <BR> : ) Tue, 2 Oct 2012 15:38:12 EST EVERYTHING'S COMING UP PUMPKINS! I love October, I love Halloween and I love all of those pumpkin spice flavored things that are available this time of year. Duncan donuts makes a "Pumpkin Spice" coffee, Eggo Waffles offers "Pumpkin Spice", well Eggos (of course) and Yoplait even has a "Pumpkin Pie" flavored yogurt! Yum! All three of these are on sale this week at Target (my local Target, anyway). I don't work for any of the companies that make or sell these yummies, (and nobody is paying me to advertise for them) but I'm s... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 04:28:15 EST FOOD ALERTS RECALL (A BRIEF BLOG POST) Hi Sparkles! <BR> <BR> Usually I try to provide something useful & humorous in my blogs, but this issue is deadly serious! <BR> <BR> You've probably heard about the recent peanut butter recall, but did you know that Black Licorice Red Vines are also being recalled --for having excessive levels of lead in them? I would think that ANY lead in any kind of food (even junk food) would be considered excessive, but I guess not!) This brings a whole new idea of what eating healthfully means. (Yes,... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 06:03:46 EST WELCOME TO MY RAT-INFESTED OPIUM (ERR, I MEAN M&M) DEN. A RANT ABOUT A RAT STUDY: Today I received this article by email: <BR> <BR><BR>0/cant-stop-eating-m-and-ms.aspx?xid=n<BR>l_EverydayHealthEmotionalHealth_20120926 <BR> <BR> The headline reads: "Can't Stop Eating M&Ms? New study of rats' brains could hold a key to understanding overeating and obesity". So, okay, you've got my attention. I read it. I learned something new, too: Rats eat M&Ms. This had never occurred to me before. I would think that in research on overeating & ob... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 03:00:12 EST DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE A FUGITIVE? OH, THE IRONY! No, I'm not referring to a 1960s TV series or a movie staring Harrison Ford. It's just that I keep waiting for my *overindulgences to catch up with me. Instead, my *loose pants are still loose. Is it possible? .... Could it really be true? .... Did I actually get away with it??? I've always been a slow loser. Sometimes I can feel that my body "wants" to let go of the weight; it's teetering on the edge and just needs a little push to make it happen. For the past couple of days I have fully exp... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 02:39:48 EST "STRESSED" SPELLED BACKWARDS IS "DESSERTS" ... and "stress" spelled backwards is "sserts" --is that an antacid or a breath mint? (Yes, I'm kidding, and I know it's not really spelled that way.) <BR> <BR> I've found lately that when I'm stressed I'm especially vulnerable to going off track. (Gee, I must be the only person in the universe to ever experience this, right? LOL.) Stress, working hard and feeling like I really deserve something is the trifecta of derailing my program. Tonight, late, late tonight, I finally completed some ta... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 06:21:11 EST Staying Honest This is my story about a significant recent event in my weight loss journey: <BR> <BR> Just so I don't become responsible for any medical emergencies out there in SparkLand, I'm informing you now that no people or animals were harmed in what I am about to tell you. <BR> <BR> The other night, after a long, stressful day I arrived home to find my house on fire. My home and the things things in it include, as is the case for most of us, my favorite possessions. I have worked hard for these thi... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 09:07:17 EST School is in Session & I'm Readin' (SparkPages), Writin' (Blogs) and 'Rithmeticin' (Calories). I'm in denial about Summer ending. It's starting to feel a little like Fall. School is now in session. I keep looking at boots, wishing my calves were thinner so I could wear them. --Next year, for sure! I heard on the news today that advertising for Christmas has started one day earlier every year for the past few years. Pretty soon it will be the norm to leave the lights up all year. So I guess that means a retroactive status update for our neighbors when I was a kid from "tacky" to "ahead ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:21:23 EST MOTIVATION: Hey! Who you callin' "Fat-Head"?! I promised my first blog by midnight tonight and my clock had just struck midnight when I sent the post. So, it's dated the 18th, instead of the 17th. Oh well. I got through all of my education the same way. Deadlines are motivating. My first blog was the log I kept adding to on my SparkPage. This is my "real" first SparkPeople blog (and these two together are my first ever blogs anywhere). So, I'm writing this one about having found my motivation to finally commit to this journey of health. ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 03:53:08 EST I'm a blogger now! 09/17/12: Yay! It's my 1-Month Sparkaversary & I'm GOING TO start that blog I've ben promising by midnight tonight. (I'm on the West Coast.) Stay tuned. : ) <BR> <BR> 09/16/12: I bought a really nice food scale. Yay! : ) <BR> <BR> 09/14/12: Maintaining motivation through the speed bumps --and thinking of those as ramps to propel me to greater heights! : ) <BR> <BR> 09/05/12: I'm as motivated as ever! I'm even having dreams about this weight loss journey! <BR> <BR> 09/02/12: I can feel in ... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 03:00:11 EST