BOOKWERME's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BOOKWERME BOOKWERME'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/ All those steps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887765 I keep an eye on the weather forecast and adjust when I will walk to adjust to the weather. For the last few days, I have awakened early and gotten up since the time change is coming. I did my early morning chores of opening the coop and putting out feed...and then I started my walking for the day. I have recently upped my goal from 10000 steps to 5 miles...about 11,500 steps. I walked just over 3000 before 6 am. It has sleeted nearly all night and was an easy to walk on ice pack on my d... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:09:48 EST Join the Organic movement!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882392 Found this on FB (of course) and LOVED it! This is second effort to share it. Watch the video on this site: <link>www.NewMacDonald.com </link> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:02:42 EST Do YOU have a fatty liver? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882135 Found this via a friend's post on FB. I know heart disease is the number one killer in the US, but I didn't know that fatty liver can have a lot to do with that. I won't try to explain, but so recommend educating yourself if you don't know about this. Good place to start is here: <link>drhyman.com/blog/2013/09/26/fatty-li<BR>ver-90-million-americans/#close </link> <BR> <BR> We can make changes that lead to better health..even with this. <em>381</em> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:40:44 EST Just some good common sense http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875715 Found this on a FB post (of course!). It is interesting that it notes that this SHOULD just be common sense, but often is not viewed that way. See what YOU think: <link>eatlocalgrown.com/article/13706-nutr<BR>ition-facts-that-should-be-common-sens<BR>e.html?c=ssc </link> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:44:21 EST Another way to walk with a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863132 I have been wearing a fitbit for nearly three years now. I have worked towards 10000 steps a day for a long time...and make it nearly every day. My streaks are more likely to be broken by my forgetting to log in than my not making the steps...even when I traveled last y ear, I did laps in the waiting areas of airports and in the parking lot of the resort we visited! <BR> <BR> At home, though, it can get a bit boring to trek the same route up and down my driveway. One full lap is approx 10... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:50:53 EST Crispy Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852449 Again - Good Housekeeping Magazine, October 2013 page 88 <BR> <BR> In an article about Tory Johnson's effort (successful) to lose weight, she mentions what she calls "life savers: The little things that helped me on my weight-loss journey." <BR> <BR> "Crispy Snack - I grew to love pickles as a predinner nibble. With zero calories, zero fat, and less than one gram of carbs per serving (a third of a pickle!) even a whole one was a safe snack. And I only needed one - they're so crunchy, br... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 08:13:36 EST Distractions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852098 Good Housekeeping Magazine, October 2013 page 88 <BR> <BR> In an article about Tory Johnson's effort (successful) to lose weight, she mentions what she calls "life savers: The little things that helped me on my weight-loss journey." <BR> <BR> 1)" A fresh coat: Nail polish top coat became [a] go-to distraction and probably saved...thousands of calories. You can't do anything with your fingers - liike rech in a bag to get chips - if your top coat is still wet. By the time it dried, the ur... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:48:02 EST Snack Attack 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851243 And the last post on this topic (from same source as previous posts): <BR> <BR> "It' 3 p.m. and your eyelids are heavy, but a nap isn't in the cards. 'Vitamin C-rich foods will give you the quick energy boost you need until it's quitting time,'says Dana James, C.D.N., a nutritional therapist and owner of Food Coach NYC. <BR> "Best Bites Have a cup of sliced papaya with a squeeze of lime juice for an extra dose of C. Other C-rich options include strawberries or a snack mix of chopped dr... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 18:32:28 EST Snack Attack 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849486 Continuing from the previous two blogs from BHG Sept 2014 page 194: <BR> <BR> "You tossed and turned all night, and have a meeting that will run into lunch. What You Need After a healthy breakfast of whole-grain carbs and protein, make sure you have a midmorning snack. Coffee's the obvious perk-up, and we give you permission to grab a second or third mug research shows that coffee hydrates you almost as well as water). Just pair it with food that has fiber and healthy fats, Glassman sa... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:14:04 EST Snack Attack 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848347 Better Homes and Gardens September 2014 page 194 <BR> <BR> Another time snacking might seem in order is when "you'll be eating a late dinner but you're hungry now. What you need 'Water-dense foods will fill you up and curb your appetite, and protein will keep that feeling going until dinner,' Glassman says. <BR> "Best Bites Try crunching on celery sticks dipped in hummus, or roasted red peppers with mozzarella and basil. A few endive leaves topped with tuna salad will do the trick, too." Wed, 7 Jan 2015 08:07:51 EST Snack Attack 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847468 Better HOmes and Gardens September 2014 page 194 <BR> <BR> For many of us, snacking is a fact of life....but we also know our choices have consequences. In this article, there are snacks that can help counter some of the issues we face during each day. <BR> <BR> For example, suppose "your head is throbbing and your stomach is growling. What you need "Magnesium helps relax blood vessels, which can help relieve tension and pain," says Keri Glassman, R.D., author of The Snack Factor Diet. ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 09:45:04 EST Breast Cancer research: Exercise works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846421 From Good Housekeeping Magazine page 74 October 2013 issue. <BR> <BR> Health News. Exercise Works. "Get moving and boost your defense against breast cancer. One risk factor for the disease is a high estrogen level, but heart-pumping activity - like walking or biking at a swift pace - can help your body deal with the hormone. In a recent study, after women exercised regularly for four months (30 minutes a day, five days a week), far more of their estrogen was broken down into safer compon... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 08:46:26 EST Dinosaur Syndrome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845452 Was reading an article on FB this morning about brain imaging and ADHD...and an interesting comment jumped out at me: "Imaging Reveals More Than Mental Health <BR> Brain imaging — like SPECT scans — can show us more than just mental health issues. For example, more than 200 studies now show that as your weight goes up, the function and size of your brain goes down. That should scare the fat off anyone! I coined a term called "The Dinosaur Syndrome" to drive this point home. Big body, little b... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 09:37:50 EST Honey info worth knowing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834976 This is really good info to know if you use honey. You may not be getting what you think! <BR> <link>organichealth.co/studies-show-fake-h<BR>oney-is-everywhere2/ </link> <BR> <BR> Be sure to note the many health benefits of REAL unadulterated honey. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:23:38 EST Reduce stress and blood pressure with hugs, pets and massage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830898 Just ran across a yellowed newspaper clipping...I have no idea when I saved it. But now that I have two daughters who are licensed massage therapists...it has new meaning for me. Notice, especially, the very last paragraph!!! <BR> "Health Briefs by Susan T. Lennon <BR> Hug your sweetie daily <BR> Pets and massage also trigger hormone that reduces stress and blood pressure. <BR> Hugging, sitting close to or holding hands with your loved one can make you feel good. Ditto for snuggling with your... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:02:56 EST Chocolate? Look at this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829511 Dr Mercola report on surprising benefits of chocolate! <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2014/12/08/gut-microbes-make-d<BR>ark-chocolate-healthy.aspx?e_cid=20141<BR>208Z1_PRNL_art_1&utm_source=prmrnl&utm<BR>_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_cam<BR>paign=20141208Z1&et_cid=DM62115&et_rid=755946199 </link> Mon, 8 Dec 2014 07:52:13 EST Come DANCE with me!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828209 Love finding articles like this one: <link>www.npr.org/templates/story/story.ph<BR>p?storyId=6622283 </link> <BR> <BR> We took ballroom dancing lessons for about two years...work got in the way (hubby was exhausted at the end of a work day!) The dancing fell by the wayside..but even now, years later, he will tell folks how much fun we had! (HOW do I get him going again???) <em>351</em> (ps...notice that the dancing couple icons are under the fitness heading!) Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:34:26 EST Burn calories while you sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811942 Good Housekeeping November 2014 page 90. <BR> <BR> "Slim-Down Strategy <BR> Burn More Calories While You Sleep <BR> <BR> Lower the thermostat, and you may fit into your skinny jeans sooner. sleeping in a 66 degree F. room can double your body's calorie-burning brown fat (a.k.a. 'good fat'), says research from the National Institues of Health. Why would you want more fat? Brown fat - like the dimply white stuff - actually boosts your metabolism." <BR> <BR> <BR> No thermostats at my hous... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 11:17:38 EST Sneaky Slim Down Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811333 My step mother passes along to me many of her magazines once she is done with them. I enjoy reading them and then pass them along. Sometimes, I find little treasures...and amazingly, this is from a `current` issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine. <BR> <BR> This is from page 85 of Good Housekeeping November 2014 issue. <BR> <BR> "The Sneaky Way to Get Slim <BR> <BR> Do it by stressing less. Women who experienced stressful events burned 104 fewer calories per day - and less fat - than thos... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 12:19:42 EST Just a few pics of our trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797075 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1273993000.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunrise looking out of our hotel room. Divi Carina Bay Resort in St. Croix US Virgin Islands. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838637373.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l282978775.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l449397711.jpg"> <BR> Husband and son-in-law in kayaks (in the pic they look like two coconuts way out... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:41:34 EST Get Smart! Be Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779220 Someone shared this on Facebook today. LOVED it!!! <link>time.com/50346/the-single-most-prove<BR>n-way-to-get-smarter-and-happier/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:37:55 EST Heart Attack? Know the signs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761951 Better Homes and Gardens February 2014 page 138 <BR> <BR> The article quoted below starts on page 135 and says: "Most women have at least one risk factor for heart disease - including a family history-but don't even realize it." <BR> <BR> Did you know that "Getting medical attention within one hour of having a heart attack can reduce the risk of dying by 50 percent." <BR> <BR> "Know the signs of a heart attack. Recognizing the symptoms is crucial to getting help ASAP and every minute matte... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:27:51 EST "Why your genes matter - and what you can do" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752994 Better Homes and Gardens February 2014 page 136. This info is part of an article about heart health. We may have genetic risk factors, but we CAN do something! <BR> <BR> <BR> "Why your genes matter - and what you can do" <BR> <BR> "Knowing your family's medical history - and discussing it with your doctor - will help your doctor recommend lifestyle changes as well as what screenings to gt and when. So grab a pen and paper and start interviewing mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa, and everyone i... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 14:23:26 EST "Love Your Heart" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752485 Tidbits from the introduction paragraphs of an article in Betther Homes and Gardens February 2014 page 135. <BR> <BR> "When it comes to heart disease, what runs in your family matters - a lot. Studies show that if one of your parents had a heart attack or stroke, your own risk for those conditions can double, and having a brother or sister with the disease ups your chances of having a heart attack, too. But the incredibly empowering news is this: According to the American Heart Association... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 21:02:19 EST "It's Still SUGAR" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750880 Good Housekeeping Magazine May 2014 page 124....another "find". <BR> <BR> "Recently, consumers sued several food manufacturers for labeling a sweetner 'evaporated cane juice', claiming that the healthy sounding ingredient was simply another name for sugar. lawsuits are pending, but that's not the only sweetener with a fancy name on food labels. 'Fruit juice concenetrate,' ingredients ending in '-ose' and nearly all 'syrups' are forms of sugar - with the same dubious nutritional value." <BR... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 07:44:47 EST "Boost Your Brainpower" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750524 Good Housekeeping May 2014 Page 122 Love to find and save the good info!!! <BR> <BR> "Getting your move on improves both physical and mental fitness. And you don't have to wait until you're eligible for AARP membership to see the brain benefit: A Harvard study of people ages 18 to 45 found that the more time adults spent exercising, the more brain tissue they had in zones involved in memory. 'For most people, the memory-related brain areas start shrinking at a rate of 1% to 2% a year ... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:14:36 EST Tasting chocolate for the first time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749734 This link is a video of the men who work very hard to cultivate and harvest the cacao beans that are eventually made into the chocolate we love so much. In Cote D'Ivoire, chocolate as we know it is rare and expensive! <BR> <BR> <link>sploid.gizmodo.com/cocoa-farmers-try<BR>ing-chocolate-for-the-first-time-is-a-<BR>1612726978?utm_campaign=socialflow_giz<BR>modo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_faceb<BR>ook&utm_medium=socialflow </link> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:44:32 EST "Give someone a squeeze." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725717 AARP The Magazine. June/July 2014 issue Page 14 with tips for Healthy You. <BR> <BR> I loved the second of six "60-Second health Boosters: <BR> <BR> "Give someone a squeeze. <BR> A 10-second hug lowers blood pressure by increasing the feel-good hormone oxytocin and lowering the stress chemical cortisol." <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:18:39 EST Take your Kidneys for a WALK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718522 INS Health Watch put out this article via email and encouraged sharing...so here it is. I LOVE that we can get such great benefits from something we are/may be/should be doing anyway...for other reasons!! <BR> <BR> "The Simple Way to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy <BR> <BR> Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email Share on print More Sharing Services 8 [Obviously, these click through links don't work here.] <BR> <BR> Chronic kidney disease can rob you of your independence and even you... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 15:12:44 EST Guard your Medical ID http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712239 The June 2014 issue of the AARP Bulletin had some info tht is wise to keep in mind. It had occurred to me to worry about someone getting info from my medical records, but figured there wasn't much to do about it. Medical identity theft never occurred to me. "Crooks use your insurance or personal information to get treatment or medication, or to submit false billings in your name. And unlike credit card fraud - in which the card issuers eat most, if not all, of the bogus charges - there are... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 16:45:13 EST Don't meddle with our food...stop GMO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704099 I am already trying to boycott products and companies involved with genetic meddling in our foods and other products. Thus, I am sharing this article from Dr. Mercola that I think everyone should read. <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2014/05/27/gma-monsanto-gmo-la<BR>beling.aspx?e_cid=20140527Z1_PRNL_art_<BR>1&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_medium=email&u<BR>tm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20140527Z<BR>1&et_cid=DM45685&et_rid=533112833 </link> <BR> <BR> You may be very surpri... Tue, 27 May 2014 07:24:53 EST Cell phone user? Read this. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700932 We've been hearing about this for a long time. Now it would be wise to really pay attention...just a word to the wise. This was posted on Teresa Tapp's May Newsletter: <link>forum.t-tapp.com/content.php?286-You<BR>-ll-Want-to-Get-Off-the-Phone-Now-You-<BR>ll-Wantto- </link> Thu, 22 May 2014 17:02:59 EST another good reason to WALK http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698653 Email info from RealAge today: <BR> <BR> "Just 1 Mile Keeps Your Brain from Shrinking <BR> <BR> Our brains tend to shrink as we age, just like a piece of fruit on the counter. But you could help keep your brain plump and young just by walking about a mile a day. <BR> <BR> That's right. In a 9-year study, people who walked just 6 to 9 miles each week preserved significantly more gray matter as they aged, compared with their more sedentary peers. <BR> <BR> Steps Worth Taking <BR> What's so ... Mon, 19 May 2014 18:36:29 EST On oil pulling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688033 There is a lot of discussion about the current "fad" of oil pulling. IS it really a fad? It has been around for thousands of years. What oil to use? Sesame has been the traditional favorite...but coconut oil may have more benefits. There are so many opinions. <BR> <BR> Have you tried it? I did. I researched it..and have found it to be beneficial for me. <BR> <BR> This morning, Dr. Mercola posted about it. So, read for yourself what HE has to say. Do your own research and make up... Mon, 5 May 2014 12:51:45 EST 8 superfoods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648205 They are, of course, selling a product. they always are...however, along they way the information can be useful as well. I have no intention of purchasing their product, but I am interested in what they say is IN it and why these ingredients are superfoods. Have a look for yourself: <BR> <BR> " <BR> Mister B's Secret Recipe Reveals the 8 Most Nutrient Dense Superfoods on Earth... <BR> <BR> The nutritional properties of each of these nutritional powerhouses could fill an entire book. Ever... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 07:35:41 EST Oil Pulling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637022 Until recently, I knew nothing of this age old practice. I suggested it to someone and she asked me to explain. Thought I would share the info here, too. <BR> <BR> "Re: oil pulling. I only learned of it recently..and at first, thought the idea rather gross. BUT having tried it myself and seeing the benefits both I and others are having, I certainly have become an advocate! <BR> <BR> I suggest you Google "oil pulling" and see what info you can find. Basically, you can do it with olive oil ... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 16:16:32 EST Choose progress, not perfection. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610118 I was reading a Better Homes and Gardens newsletter this morning and one of the pages struck me as being good advice for OUR efforts at better health and fitness. So often we are overwhelmed by the task at hand, or let details and small failures trip us up. The advice here just seemed like a good way for US to be thinking about our efforts here on SparkPeople. See what you think. <BR> <BR> Here is the link: <link>www.bhg.com/decorating/storage/organ<BR>ization-basics/ways-to-reduce-clut... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 10:58:46 EST Fire prevention lesson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604599 Another FaceBook find...and one that could be life saving. The simple tip in this video is new to me...but certainly makes sense. Have a look: <BR> <BR> <link>www.reshareworthy.com/batteries-can-<BR>cause-house-fires/#zovcbxxbDzDHRxwm.01 </link> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:25:25 EST Weightless Project dot org. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600342 <link>https://weightlessproject.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is an interesting effort to help both the overweight AND the malnourished. Worth looking into for everyone's sake. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:37:03 EST Observations of God's Wisdom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599284 This came via email. <BR> <BR> Subject: How Great is our God!! <BR> <BR> Some interesting facts to read.......... <BR> How Great is our God!! <BR> Our Creator and Redeemer . . . and do we THINK about it ???God's accuracy may be observed in the hatching of eggs.. . . . .For example: - the eggs of the potato bug hatch in 7 days; <BR> - those of the canary in 14 days; <BR> - those of the barnyard hen in 21 days; <BR> - The eggs of ducks and geese hatch in 28 days; <BR> - those ... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 18:57:26 EST Guidelines for Natural Flu Prevention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593234 This is an excerpt from today's Dr. Mercola report: Pregnant Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Shot <BR> January 14, 2014 <BR> <BR> The focus of what I have excerpted is how to boost your immune system naturally so you can be less susceptible to flu and other viruses. <BR> <BR> "Guidelines for Natural Flu Prevention" <BR> <BR> "It's important to remember that your immune system is your primary line of defense against any virus, so keeping your immune function high should be at the top of... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:55:51 EST SING!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589945 another Facebook Find! <BR> <BR> Singing daily for at least ten minutes reduces stress, clears sinuses, improves posture and can even help you live longer. <BR> <BR> Among the comments: "Or bring joy to somene else ~ Remember the experience with [and elderly lady] who had lost her memory, but the moment a few children started singing some of her favorite Kingdom songs, she joined right in not missing a word...so sing more to increase your memory cells." Sat, 11 Jan 2014 08:14:15 EST 7 Reasons Positive Emotions are Good for your Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588925 Another Facebook Find: <BR> <BR> 7 Reasons Positive Emotions Are Good For Your Heart <BR> <BR> Laughter makes blood flow more freely <BR> <BR> Hugs release Oxytocin and remove stress from the body <BR> <BR> When you meet someone that your heart goes crazy for, your heart gets a workout <BR> <BR> Spending time with a loved one lowers blood pressure <BR> <BR> Love letters may lower blood cholesterol <BR> <BR> Holding hands calms nerves <BR> <BR> A positive attitude lowers risk of heart ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:18:40 EST More Good Advice...Wake up and do stuff that makes your day better!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587784 I really liked all this!!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/<BR>doing-these-simple-things-after-waking<BR>-makes-your-day-better-but-you-dont-re<BR>alize.html </link> Thu, 9 Jan 2014 08:20:11 EST 7 Weeks Could Change Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584230 Everyone on SP knows about changes making a difference. This article is not related to weight loss and fitness BUT, This has some good ideas. <link>www.forbes.com/sites/davidkwilliams/<BR>2013/12/31/the-first-7-weeks-of-2014-c<BR>ould-change-your-life-the-choice-is-yours-3/ </link> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:47:52 EST Time to Ponder Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574533 <BR> Quote of the Day from my sister-in-law's newsletter: <BR> <BR> - If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400-with no balance carried from day to day-what would you do? Well, you do have such a bank...time. <BR> <BR> Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as "lost" whatever you have failed to use toward good purposes. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. You can't hoard it, save it, store it, loan it or i... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:12:02 EST Laughter good for your health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562688 Dr. Mercola just posted an article about Laughter being related to our well-being. Laughter is a natural immune booster...and who doesn't need a boost these days? <BR> <BR> <link>articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/<BR>archive/2013/12/12/happiness-laughter-<BR>immune-boosters.aspx?e_cid=20131212Z1_<BR>PRNL_art_1&utm_source=prmrnl&utm_mediu<BR>m=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=<BR>20131212Z1&et_cid=DM35084&et_rid=364489462 </link> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 07:47:00 EST Women and Body Image http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562432 FaceBook strikes again. <BR> <BR> We on Sparks are very conscious of how we view ourselves as we make efforts to change and improve our health and fitness. We also know the importance of making POSITIVE thinking part of our daily efforts. <BR> <BR> This link is an interesting take on how women view themselves..and how someone is trying to change that viewpoint. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/speci<BR>al-k-filled-a-clothing-store-with-the-<BR>mean-comments-wom <... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:41:00 EST Stress reduction: the benefits of sewing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558888 Found this on FB this morning..posted by a quilt shop that opened in my daughter's community: <BR> <BR> The Dancing Bobbin Quilt Shop <BR> Hello again everyone, <BR> <BR> Some of you may have seen this but I thought I would pass this information on to you. Now you have scientific research that supports your sewing habit. <BR> <BR> If your 2014 New Year's resolutions include getting healthier, you may be surprised to learn that picking up a needle and thread can help. Most sewing enthusiast... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 08:18:50 EST Walk, Walk,Walk. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557493 I know some folks think it is not exercise unless you work up a sweat and get your heart pumping like crazy. <BR> <BR> My husband recently asked me what was supposed to be the purpose behind all the steps I try to do each day (5 miles..about 11500 steps) even though I wasn't walking fast most (all) the time. I told him I had learned from past experience that the stroll paced walking I used to do out in the ministry..roughly 3 hrs a day most days..had kept my blood sugars in normal range (... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 10:05:52 EST