BECCABOO127's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BECCABOO127 BECCABOO127's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Low Carb Diet, Once Considered a Fad Diet.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233999 "Once a fad diet, the safety and efficacy of the low-carb diet have now been verified in more than 40 clinical trials on thousands of subjects." <BR> <BR> That is good to hear! <BR> <BR> I try to get less than 125 net grams of carbs per day. I've been told that anything under 150 carbs per day is low carb. I will never do a no carb diet. I've tried, and I am unable to do so. It makes me too hyper and dizzy. <BR> <BR> I low carb diet I can do. When I don't stick to my 125 net grams... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 13:09:27 EST What Foods Improve Your Eyesight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6232256 BBC News has a good article stressing that greens are important to your eyesight. <BR> <BR> The article states in part: "boosting the diet with the three macular pigments - lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin - led to significant improvements in the protection of the delicate macula, as well as improved eyesight.... <BR> <BR> "...for all of those whose mothers and grandmothers told them that carrots would improve their vision the message is this - although lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-ze... Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:11:13 EST Loneliness is a Public Health Concern http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231962 Loneliness can affect your health. This New York Times article explains in part: <BR> <BR> "...loneliness affects several key bodily functions, at least in part through overstimulation of the body's stress response. Chronic loneliness, his work has shown, is associated with increased levels of cortisol, a major stress hormone, as well as higher vascular resistance, which can raise blood pressure and decrease blood flow to vital organs. <BR> <BR> Professor Cacioppo's research has also sho... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 21:36:08 EST I'll Take a Cold Brew, Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231927 ....A cold brew coffee that is! <BR> <BR> Cold brew coffee is apparently becoming really popular. I know I like it. Have you tried cold brew yet? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f84441a5-0445-46ab-a397-0fd1da2444be.jpg"> Couresy of the Washington Post <BR> <BR> <link>www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/foo<BR>d/whatever-happened-to-plain-iced-coff<BR>ee-cold-brew/2016/09/02/ecad64e0-5fe7-<BR>11e6-8e45-477372e89d78_story.html </link> Wed, 7 Sep 2016 20:26:00 EST Exercising at the Beach! Another Paul Eugene Video! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6228366 Paul Eugene makes me happy when I workout and that, in itself, is inspiring. <BR> <BR> <link>www.pauleugene.com/blog/?p=692 </link> <BR> <BR> Don't let those waves get you! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0b9aa9a7-fc10-4d99-9224-d7bcc6eb3262.jpg"> (image courtesy of Google) <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 1 Sep 2016 11:16:41 EST Not All Calories Are the Same http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224848 I've read so often that it is just calories in, calories out. I knew that it is more than that, contrary to popular belief. However, the below Spark article helps to explain why. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=9_health_fitness_fallacies_we_fell_<BR>for_10_years_ago </link> <BR> <BR> For example, I gain weight easily when I eat gluten. I also have terrible body/skin issues when I eat gluten. <BR> <BR> Not everyone is the same. Truly, "one man's meat is ... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:09:51 EST "I Can and I Will" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6224383 Below is a link to the Secrets of Successful Families. One father used to whisper to his sleeping girls each night, "I can and I will." <BR> <BR> I love the quote. <BR> <BR> "I can and I will" proceed to the next level of my fitness journey. I've lost 100 pounds and I thought that was all I could do. Well, my thinking is different now. My next part of my journey will happen. I commit to it. <BR> <BR> The article speaks of the "immigrant drive." That is definitely in my family. ... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:55:11 EST Cuban Black Bean Recipe from Three Guys from Miami http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218660 So, I tried out a wonderful mom and pop Cuban restaurant nearby and had the best black beans I've ever had in my life. I found a good recipe for the black beans and other yummies on a website called "Three Guys from Miami." <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <link>icuban.com/food/frijoles_negros.html </link> <BR> <BR> I hope you get a chance to do the recipe and enjoy it as much as I will once I've fixed the recipe! <BR> <BR> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 21:53:06 EST Another Great Chair Workout! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6218545 Here is a fun chair workout. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/4SEE-dCoQgc </link> <BR> <BR> In case you have trouble accessing the above link, you may see Paul Euguene's blog at <BR> <BR> <link>www.pauleugene.com/blog/?p=692 </link> <BR> <BR> Also, Paul Eugene has a seated chair stretch out here: <link>www.pauleugene.com/blog/?p=638 </link> Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:50:11 EST Exercising, the Antidote for Deadly Diseases http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216872 "High levels of physical activity linked to lower risk for two cancers, diabetes, heart disease and stroke" <BR> <BR> Please see the below article for the details. <BR> <BR> <link>medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_16032<BR>6.html </link> <BR> <BR> I've been working at my local physical therapy place to get more aerobic exercise, and not just the strengthening and stretching exercises. Of course, all types of exercise are important for us! <BR> <BR> Here is another good article from ... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:33:22 EST Great Recipe Resource! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216401 Below is a link for a diabetic recipe website, and as you know, even if you are not diabetic, you can enjoy these healthy recipes. <BR> <BR> <link>www.cornerstones4care.com/healthy-ea<BR>ting/Sticking-with-it/Recipes.html </link> <BR> <BR> Now, I can find this resource easily, and enjoy making all these new recipes! <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy it too! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fa137d1d-4ae3-457c-9107-d7827cd6c798.jpg"> Courtesy of Cornerstones4care.com <B... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 22:02:12 EST Seated Chair Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212425 Shape has a good seated chair workout. <BR> <BR> <link>www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/6-sea<BR>ted-moves-work-your-whole-body </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! Thu, 4 Aug 2016 22:19:07 EST Still Improving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6208758 Just wanted to share that the physical therapy (PT) with Tony is doing well. I work out on average 1 hour and 20 minutes; although, I was able to add a lot more exercises to the routine in that time. I am combining Tony's routine with an excellent routine I got with a physical therapist, Jennifer, when I was in Cali. Her routine really focused on my knee (as I had a torn ACL), and she graduated me to a maintenance routine. I was doing so well, even if I didn't do the maintenance as often ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:55:25 EST On This Day in History...Bugs! Bunny that is! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207740 <link>http://www.bing.com/search?pc=AMAZ&f<BR>orm=AMAZWB&q=On+this+day+in+history&fi<BR>lters=tnTID%3a%22C8C624D4-DD9D-46c3-B0<BR>9E-84C6C84F57A4%22+tnVersion%3a%221527<BR>119%22+Segment%3a%22popularnow.carouse<BR>l%22+tnCol%3a%2218%22+tnScenario%3a%22<BR>TrendingTopicsAPI%22+tnOrder%3a%228e2d<BR>16ed-96d8-4aef-9af8-77afed5b7fe5%22 </link> <BR> <BR> I found this by accident, and love it as I love Bugs Bunny! My Dad grew up with Bugs and loved him too. Enjoy! Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:32:40 EST Exercising with Fibro Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206990 I found this article most helpful about exercise and fibro. I found the article through a SP article, which is listed below for your convenience. (See all the links in the SP article-quite helpful!) I have only quoted a very small part of a very helpful article. I am most interested in exercising with vibration and Nordic walking (walking with Nordic pole). <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=1823 </link> (the entire SP article <BR> <BR> <link>ww... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:32:14 EST My New Vision Quest Plus Motivational Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205140 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/930c41b2-c36e-4897-9029-914a92192901.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am new to making a collage online, and here is my first attempt, along with some of my favorite quotes. Sat, 23 Jul 2016 00:20:58 EST Buff Bodies at Senior Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205037 <link>www.cbsnews.com/pictures/amazing-agi<BR>ng-athletes-buff-bodies-battle-at-seni<BR>or-games/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The first pic is a lady who is 58 years old and very buff! <BR> <BR> I want to be fit as I age. I want to have defined muscles and good muscular support for my arthritic joints. I want less pain, and so far, I have experienced less pain while exercising regularly. <BR> <BR> These are my new goals, along with continuing to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I will visualize... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:41:38 EST Physical Therapy is Helping Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203773 I signed up at the local physical therapy (PT) place, and the PT worked up a routine for me. I have appointments two times per week for starters, but I can go there to do my aerobic exercise on the treadmill or bike any time I want. <BR> <BR> I don't even have to take my morning pain pill any more! <BR> <BR> I am also using this opportunity to get back with the low carb program, and start tracking my carbs again. I've been a little lax, and am up two pounds. <BR> <BR> My new goal is... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:20:23 EST Looking for Doc #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195535 I don't know what to say about the first doc I went to here, other than he was dismissive and insulting. He wasn't the worst doc I'd ever run into, but that doesn't mean he was good either. <BR> He refused to give me physical therapy. There were other very insulting comments directed toward me which I won't go into here. Let's just say I have enough self esteem to do what is the best course of action....RUN AWAY! (That's also my favorite line in a Monty Python movie.) <BR> <BR> I found ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 22:06:22 EST Starting Again. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188730 I am going to my new doc to get a script for physical therapy. My knees need help again. I have already located a good physical therapist close to my house. I see that as a positive step. I've been busy tending to a sick dog and a sis who didn't feel well. I felt like a momma as I had to perform whether I was feeling well or not. All my pals call me a nuturer. Perhaps I was a mother in my past life? lol! Well, now it is time to take care of me. God speed in all your endeavors. Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:27:31 EST This Day in History http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182132 I found a wonderful website that will tell you what happened on a particular day in history. The link is at the end of the blog. I had to find some good news to help me counteract the terrible news of the past few days. I feel for everyone affected by it. I always turn to positive news to help me cope. <BR> <BR> This day in 1967, Thurgood Marshall was appointed to the Supreme Court. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/686c6daf-350f-437d-bb0d-973733b5a7cb.jpg"> <BR... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:32:29 EST Great Resource! Calories Burned Calculator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171649 Below is a resource I just found today. I haven't "logged" in or joined it, but was still able to use the calculator. SP doesn't always have a listing for the activity that I am doing; hence, this is quite helpful. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.healthstatus.com/calculat<BR>e/cbc </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> I fixed the link per Dawn's suggestion! It works! Fri, 27 May 2016 22:57:55 EST I Had to Share Proverbs31Julia's Blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171068 I am sharing the above blog, as it really explains what helps people with diabetes: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6168379 </link> <BR> <BR> I had been introduced to Dr. Jason Fung last year. I have to remember to get back to my IF (intermittent fasting) as it really works to decrease my blood glucose numbers. I do the type of IF that I eat low carb each day during only an eight hour period. For example, when I was doing the IF, I... Thu, 26 May 2016 23:16:14 EST I am Very Fortunate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151813 I read some great affirmations on one of my teams, and it reminded me how fortunate I am. I have gone through a period of acquiring. I always want something. Now, I remind myself that I have a sufficiency in all that I need, and I want for nothing. This attitude helps me be more at peace with myself instead of always searching for something material to soothe myself. I can then turn to doing things I enjoy, such as watching Netfix or reading a good book. <BR> <BR> I have my health issue... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:33:15 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6141587 I sure wish things were easier these days. I am so busy giving pills to dogs, all three now, and pills for myself, and taking care of my sister. I think I am working just as hard now as when I worked for real, and I had a really busy job back then. <BR> <BR> I am hobbling around on my knees now. My good knee has tendonitis from what I can tell. I am trying to let it heal but have to walk around to tend to the "family." I haven't had the time to go to the doctor myself, yet. Plus there a... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:49:47 EST Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6133852 I woke up at 5 am today without an alarm. I then took a really nice longer walk at 7 am with two of the pooches. It was cooler and I could go a longer distance. I told myself before I fell asleep that I wanted to get up earlier and start my day. I want to continue to wake up earlier. I got my clothing order from Catherines, and most items worked well and looked nice. I am five (almost six) sizes down! I figured out why I slept so much the other day. I had a hidden infection in my toe.... Sun, 3 Apr 2016 09:55:23 EST A Simple Way to Give Back to Your Community http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094606 I ran across a great article at Goodwill, which describes how to give a box of items to Goodwill. <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.goodwill.org/blog/donate/how-to-<BR>make-more-room-for-new-stuff/ </link> <BR> <BR> You just go to the GiveBackBox link within the article, and print out a label to place on your box. You pick a time for pick up. You then place the box on your front porch to be picked up on the day you select. <BR> <BR> It is a good article about cutti... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 21:01:42 EST Cold Brewing Bounty (of Coffee)! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077983 Well, I read the article from Spark People the other day about cold brewing coffee, and I went on Amazon immediately to get a "toddy" system. <BR> <BR> I love cold brewing. I have to remember to do it the night before, but it just needs to sit in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours. I let it sit 12 hours, and it tastes great! <BR> <BR> I like to drink iced coffee so this is the best way for me to do it. <BR> <BR> Does it taste better than regular brewing? Yes, it does a bit. It is smooth... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 16:02:54 EST Happiness for a New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6054662 I wish everyone the best for the New Year! <BR> <BR> I have been struggling to be on program; however, I am doing better than not. I try to do good choices each day, and I don't guilt trip myself when I slip, as I know that I get back on the wagon immediately! I don't say to myself to wait until tomorrow. I just get back on it right then! <BR> <BR> I hope in the new year to start sharing some pics with you. I like my new part time home, and the backyard is so pretty! I like to walk my ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:43:12 EST Holiday Joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049514 I went to the grocery today in my new neighborhood, and the produce was the freshest I had ever seen. I got a lot of good foods, and only got one "treat," which was the Lactaid version of holiday nog. <BR> <BR> I was very happy to see that most of the stuff I need is really close by. I found a post office, a Big Lots, the laundromat, a Walgreens, and the grocery in one little mini-mall which is not only not far from my house, but also it is in the non-busy part of town. <BR> <BR> I can't... Fri, 18 Dec 2015 20:11:22 EST I am still here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041207 So far so good on getting serious again. My recent goal is to get more exercise and get my blood glucose into the high 100s. Those would be the two most wonderful holiday presents for me. <BR> <BR> I will also keep away from holiday treats. <BR> <BR> I love my fitbit flex, as the spark people tracker kept on trying to fall off my foot. I learned how to sync the fitbit with SP, and it is keeping track great. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season. Just remember to ... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 11:59:24 EST I am gearing up to get serious again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012260 I am vowing to make the best effort possible to walk at least a little 5 to 7 days a week. Even the smallest amounts of walking (like around the block) help with my blood glucose. <BR> <BR> I am also vowing to keep on with my positive attitude. It sure does help with the journey. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is well and that you are having some fun, too. <BR> <BR> God speed! <BR> <BR> We can, we will, and we are doing this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9137... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 16:42:29 EST Update on Me! lol! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990913 I have been going nutz the past three months since coming to the good ole' KY. Everything on the house went south, my dog went south, and I went south. <BR> <BR> The dog is past his crisis now, the house is nearly okay (just a few more items to fix), and I will hopefully be okay soon too. <BR> <BR> I went to a diabetes specialist who over corrected my insulin with oral meds regime, and yesterday, I had a true hypoglycemic crisis. I never want to have one again. It turns out that my ... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 11:36:52 EST Update on Larry the Poodle Mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952662 My pal, Larry, has done well in surgery. The doc thinks it may be a cure for him. He is an older dog but did really well. I attribute it to a good surgeon. Larry started to get sick while I was driving across country, specifically, in Shamrock Texas, when all the flooding was occurring. I told Larry to hang on until we got home, as it would be impossible to find an ER vet in such a small town who could handle his condition, especially during the flooding. <BR> <BR> Larry did what I said... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:00:32 EST Doing the Best I Can Every Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911895 I seriously feel pretty punk today. I've been working so hard with the spring cleaning that I've caused myself to have a flare up. <BR> <BR> It is not fun, and feels more like one has the flu. <BR> <BR> I get depressed when I don't feel well. I was cleaning my bedroom a little bit, and unearthed the scale. When I got on it, I discovered that I was 249.6! I am now officially in the 240s! That discovery cheered me some, and that I know that I will succeed. I just have to remember that... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:47:14 EST "Harvey," a Brief Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899128 A graphic novel by Herve Bouchard and illustrated by Janice Nadeau <BR> <BR> Harvey is a wonderful little read about a child who loses his father, and how he feels about the tragic event. The illustrations are so expressive and really help to tell the story. <BR> <BR> Harvey has a vivid imagination both before and after the tragedy, which makes one step into the shoes of the child and relate to him. <BR> <BR> I usually read library books through my kindle fire, which is so convenient,... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 23:44:58 EST "An Innocent Soldier" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887229 A novel by Josef Holub. <BR> <BR> This is a wonderful book, and it is well worth reading. It is officially the first book I've read from our local (walk in) library. I read tons of library books through my kindle fire, but searching for a real book off the physical shelf is a treat I haven't had in a while. <BR> <BR> Possible spoiler alert: <BR> <BR> It is a book about a young man who is way too young to go off to fight in Napolean's war against Russia. He was a young, orphan farmer... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 00:06:21 EST Tip 'O the Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886294 I thought I'd start sharing whatever really works for me whether it be a strategy, a recipe, or a good product. <BR> <BR> King Arthur Muffin Mix (Gluten Free) <BR> <BR> King Arthur is great! It is the only mix I have found thus far that doesn't have too much sugar. It also has fewer carbs. There are 12 portions to the package; (I make them in 6 mini loaves and then halve them. Obviously, it would be great for presents too.) There are around 33 carbs per portion. That is really low co... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 14:16:42 EST Just for Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879651 One of my spark pals, Amanda (BlessedBeing), wondered where the idiom, "making a clean sweep," originated. Well, I am still working on that one. If any of you ladies and gents know, then please let us know! <BR> <BR> Here is a fun link for idioms. Now, I can understand my other sister when she is quoting Shakespeare! <BR> <BR> <link>www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/phrases-<BR>sayings-shakespeare.html </link> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:48:37 EST Tired of Feeling Tired? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879135 Below is a link to a great article explaining about what you can do to get some of your energy back. Mindfulness is one technique (which I love), but the others are rather enlightening. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/randi-gunther<BR>/tired-of-being-tired-stop_b_6705538.h<BR>tml?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000033 </link> <BR> <BR> Peace and happiness to you! Fri, 20 Feb 2015 01:23:47 EST The Turnaround http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878365 After my last blog, I promptly gained 8 pounds! I have lost 3 of them thus far. Whew! I am glad to be going in the right direction again! <BR> <BR> I did a lot of housework today, swept and mopped the entire house. I did a little spring cleaning too, washing some wood work and washing pillows. I sure hope I can hire this job out soon. I'd rather be out walking in nature or at my gym, which is actually a physical therapy place, doing my maintenance workout. <BR> <BR> I am bored of ... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:06:08 EST The It that Makes me Do It. Falling off the Wagon. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870092 I fell off the low carb wagon last night, and purposefully ate things I knew would be too many carbs. Why are they in the house? <BR> <BR> My dear sis went looking for something I would enjoy, and mailed them to me. I do enjoy them. The first time I enjoyed the instant rice noodle soup, I made it into a healthy soup with chicken and lots of veggies. My blood glucose did not spike that way; hence, I know I can work around it if I do a little work (cooking). <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I ate it ... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 13:19:09 EST What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867385 I found an excellent article about what CFS is. Please see below. <BR> <BR> <link>chronicfatigue.about.com/od/whatisch<BR>ronicfatigue/a/what_is_CFS.htm </link> <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed in the mid 1990s. I have times where I am better than others, and times when I will have a "flare." <BR> <BR> I have learned to not expect my body to perform on any given day. However, I do as much physical activity as I can, and really make a lot of progress during my good days. <BR> <BR> On m... Sun, 1 Feb 2015 19:37:21 EST SP's 60 Second Exercises--Especially Good for the Cubicle Peeps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856501 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=1557 </link> <BR> <BR> I have to remember to do these very quick and easy stretches or breathing techniques at my desk! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l645940166.jpg"> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:40:50 EST Great SP Resource http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852626 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>.asp </link> <BR> <BR> The above is SP's Fitness Center with fab links! Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:34:27 EST I Love Butterflies! May We All Have Beautiful Transformations Inside & Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852094 <link>www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/<BR>Danaus-plexippus </link> <BR> <BR> I found a great link about the butterflies and moths of North America, including where they are in the U.S. <BR> <BR> Butterflies have always spoken to me. When I studied the Indian Medicine Wheel, I found out that I was of that butterflies and otters are my spirit guides. <BR> <BR> Butterflies go through transformations, and I certainly did from my young life, until now. I now understand true beauty ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:37:44 EST Special Occasions and Party Ideas from SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851471 <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/seasonal-and<BR>-party.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Just sharing a great page I found through Spark People! <BR> <BR> Happy Viewing! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 00:20:27 EST Love My Spark Tracker! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847038 I just wore my spark tracker for the first time, and did normal movement around the house. I discovered that I walked a mile today, and about 3200 steps! <BR> <BR> Great for a first start! I can't wait to see what it does when I actually move a lot. <BR> <BR> I would recommend anyone to get this tracker, especially if they are like me and don't track things very consistently, as this tracker does it all for you! <BR> <BR> I've been trying to get back on track and eat little no sugar.... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 21:10:15 EST Happy Holidays! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837076 Hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday! <BR> <BR> The year 2014 was a challenge for me but I managed to keep my weight off. I am very proud of that. <BR> <BR> A hidden infection was finally outed. I am still on heavy duty antibiotics for it, but will be off them soon. <BR> <BR> All three pooches were sick this year--two ended up in the ER. One, most recently came out of the ER this morning. Praying that he continues to improve. The other came out okay too, but had complications. I... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:33:26 EST Hello Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751156 Hope all is well with you ladies and gents. <BR> <BR> Here, things have been wild. Also, my illness prevents me from getting on the computer very often these days. <BR> <BR> I am still here though, and hope all your wishes and dreams are coming true for you. <BR> <BR> I finally hit my goal of 260, and set my new goal of 240. I do so much better just setting the new goal for 20 pounds and don't worry how long it will take me. <BR> <BR> The time passes anyway right? lol <BR> <BR> Chr... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:39:49 EST