BRERRABBIT1's SparkPeople Blog BRERRABBIT1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Stress! An indoor walking anti-stress meditation: <BR> <BR> Stand up straight. Squeeze your shoulder blades together. Stretch your neck toward the ceiling and tuck your chin in. Don't look down; your gaze is directed outward and slightly upward, eyes softened and unfocused, roaming over objects not ordinarily seen. <BR> <BR> You are strong and perfectly balanced. Leading with your belly, you walk, moving harmoniously like a dancer. You are beautiful. Mantra: 'This is My Life and I Love It'. <BR> ... Fri, 8 Dec 2017 09:50:45 EST Four Correlations <BR> Four Correlations <BR> <BR> 1. Live a healthy life, close to the earth <BR> <BR> 2. Be aware of the problems of the earth, and try to be a positive force <BR> <BR> 3. Space is reality. Shut off the TV, and look out a window <BR> <BR> 4. Do your own work. Easily, paid labor or duty can morph into slavery. (Remember that, often, because of human nature, one problem only foretells another, as our Civil War did our current labor troubles) <BR> <BR> <BR> **Housework can't kill you, but... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 15:05:28 EST KNOCK KNOCK! Knock knock! <BR> Who's there? <BR> Ether. <BR> Ether who? <BR> Ether Bunny. Knock knock! <BR> Who's there? <BR> Cargo. <BR> Cargo who? <BR> Cargo fath, run over Ether Bunny. Knock knock! <BR> Who's there? <BR> Boo. <BR> Boo who? <BR> Don't cry --Ether Bunny be okay <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Image from <BR> <BR> **Happy Easter, Sparkers!** <BR> <BR> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:43:36 EST No Hands Mountain to Lotus and Back, Oh, my! I did it! From Mountain (standing position) to Lotus, and return to Mountain without assistance of hands or arms! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> **No brag, just fact. --Paladin** <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 13:28:48 EST Fermented Wheat, aka Sourdough There is much theory out and about that wheat should not be consumed. If it contains essential B vitamins, it also contains serious toxins. Fermenting the wheat helps to dissipate these toxins, and leaves the proteins more accessable and digestible. <BR> <BR> To make a sourdough Starter (sponge): <BR> <BR> 2 heaping cups organic whole-wheat flour <BR> 2 cups tepid water <BR> 1 package dry yeast <BR> Later, another cup organic whole-wheat flour <BR> <BR> In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in 1... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:38:09 EST Thinking Myself on Track I was thinking about how the magnificent Tom Hanks lost his weight so successfully for the movie Castaway, and thinking it was perhaps partly because he was accountable to scores of people who were depending on him for their livlihood. <BR> <BR> That led me to think maybe I could use the Spark Current-Status feed as a tool to keep myself on track. Thinking I might achieve success because I would never want to disappoint my Friends. Yes, I think that might help me. <BR> <BR> **I think I thi... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:39:05 EST My Favorite State of Consciousness When I am so concentrated on my activity that it perfectly absorbs my mind, I magically escape myself. I'm in the 'Now'. I am aware of nothing else. I am the polar opposite of 'self-aware', or self centered. <BR> <BR> This is the Flow State, aka Mindfulness. or the 'Now'. I function at maximum effectiveness, my sense of the passing of time vanishes. <BR> <BR> "Quick, somebody, gimme another pot to polish!" <BR> <BR> Keeping busy is not the answer. Keeping busy is the question. Yes! is the... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 12:58:09 EST Who knew! All about a proper squat 1. I assume a wide stance <BR> 2. I bend my knees a bit <BR> 3. Straighten my spine, keep it as vertical as possible <BR> 4. I dig my heels in; ground them! I am very angry <BR> 5. Jut my butt out, I mean way out. Then THRUST it up toward the ceiling. Not a pretty sight, but, hell, boys, you'll get over it. <BR> 6. Throw my chin out ahead of my nose <BR> 7. My spine is straight as possible. My stance is very wide <BR> 8. Now I lower my buttocks to (at least) below my knees <BR> 9. Very slowl... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:49:51 EST Proud or Grateful? I'm on a DAY-5! Hooray for me!! I'm so proud! .. or should I be grateful? Jeez, can't I be both? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> **Goat head isn't so bad if you use catsup.** Sat, 19 Jan 2013 09:29:12 EST What is Success? What is success? It is an inner, and indescribable force, resourcefulness, power of vision; a consciousness that I am, by my mere existence, exerting pressure on the movement of life about me. It is my belief in the adaptability of life to my own ends. Fortune and success lie with ourselves. We must hold them firmly -- deep within us. For as soon as something begins to slip, to relax, to get tired WITHIN US, then everything without us will rebel and struggle to withdraw from our influence. O... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 11:40:26 EST Life is Suffering I'm on a diet <BR> I'm on a diet <BR> I'm on a diet <BR> I'm on a diet <BR> I'm on a diet <BR> OMG CHOCOLATE <BR> yum <BR> <BR> Either way, eat wrong or eat right, there is suffering! But either way there is also satisfaction.. <BR> <BR> **Snickers in one hand, a taco in the other, and a soda pop between my slippers. ** <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Image from tumblr <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 12:58:14 EST Happy New Year, Sparkers! Resolve to do what should be done, and NEVER fail to do what you have <BR> resolved to do. --Ben Franklin paraphrased <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 09:08:22 EST Sophie's Diet Chocolate Martini Sophie's Diet Chocolate Martini <BR> Makes one, or two to tango <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 tsp packed brown sugar, or more to taste as learned by experience (burp) <BR> 1 (sort of heaped) tsp cocoa <BR> 1 tb water <BR> 1/2 c. or so of 2% milk <BR> Ice <BR> 1 oz or so vodka (hic) <BR> 1/2 tsp chopped dark chocolate (yum) <BR> If desired, a dollop of creme de cocoa or Bailey's or :) both, or both plus whipping cream <BR> <BR> Process: <BR> 1. In small saucepan drop the brown sugar and cocoa... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 11:00:32 EST Oh, God! <img src=""> <BR> Image from tumblr Sun, 30 Dec 2012 07:58:09 EST A New Year's Resolution <img src=""> <BR> Image from Tumblr Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:00:36 EST No Christmas Tree? No problem! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> image from tumblr Tue, 25 Dec 2012 09:43:15 EST Word of the Day: Craving Word of the Day: Craving (whose opposite is 'Satiety') <BR> <BR> Mantra: ** A Craving is Not a Command! ** <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> image from: True Fitness Fanatic Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:40:12 EST Overcome! The Word-of-the-Day is: Overcome (whose opposite is 'Submit') <BR> <BR> Overcome your need for normalcy. It robs you of the will to be extraordinary. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sat, 22 Dec 2012 12:52:04 EST Geez, I'm a mess! Drinking beer and talking smart: <BR> I am a mess <BR> But I have tried. Here I am before you, I say I done my damnedest! <BR> So I never apologize <BR> Now, I must apologize to keep the peace. <BR> That is bad. Very bad. I will not! <BR> But there is no such thing as 'good' or 'bad' says the philosopher. What is good for the murderer is bad for the murderee says the shrink. <BR> So, the question (so that I may think positively about an apology) is this: <BR> What is 'the good' about apologiz... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 16:37:23 EST The word 'want' I believe Buddhism asserts that: life is suffering, and the cause of the suffering is Want. <BR> It helps me to stop cold every time I think or say 'I want' and replace those words with: <BR> <BR> I should ... or <BR> It would be good or wise or productive or honorable to ... <BR> <BR> Or change 'I don't want' to 'It would be wise, or prudent, productive, or good NOT to ... <BR> <BR> I know that 'Want' is only a word, but words can be powerful tools.. or destructive forces! <BR> Wed, 2 Mar 2011 15:07:43 EST Arthritis and/or Osteoporosis I am on a Day-4. I have been at this business of Health & Fitness for many years, and am convinced of one thing (at least for myself): <BR> Diet is as vital as exercise in the treatment of arthritis/osteoporosis pain, weakness, and inflammation! <BR> EVERY TIME on or around a Day-4 (no matter what my weight) I am feeling like a million bucks and performing like a champ. And my belly bloat/watery fat is always remarkably reduced! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:51:55 EST Luck helps too When I am 'on the wagon' all day (eating only every 2 1/2 hours small clean balanced meals which are light on grains, starches, fruit, and dairy) I pay myself a quarter first thing next morning. Then, after emptying my bladder, I weigh myself. I am dressed only in my skin and my lucky Freddie Fender sweatband. If my scales register ANY reduction I get another quarter. (Happily, my scales divide pounds into tenths.) <BR> My quarters go into a Carl's Jr shake container with open faced lid. It'... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 13:28:35 EST This Quiz Borrowed from Another Sparker 1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:15 am <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? Medium rare <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Last one I remember was 'The Godfather'. <BR> <BR> 4. What is your favorite TV show? I Love Lucy <BR> <BR> 5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? In the nearest-to-perfect climate and conditions I can find.. very quiet, very quiet <BR> <BR> 6. What did you have for breakfast? Haven't had it yet, but homem... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 16:45:59 EST One moldy old grape I swear, one grape is capable of knocking me off the wagon! One ill-timed grape might make my next planned meal seem less appetizing, and *another* grape (or 50 of them) seem more appetizing. <BR> <BR> **Sheesh, the more you know the less you know, you know?** Thu, 21 Oct 2010 11:42:04 EST How to curb evening hunger?? I am ravenous during evening and night hours. Sometimes I can overcome this devastating 'mouth hunger', sometimes not. When I can't overcome, I actually shovel the food in! <BR> <BR> But I am never hungry after sleep. Why is that? If I can learn why, can I use the knowledge to stop my evening hunger? <BR> <BR> Maybe the reason I'm not hungry following sleep is because my mental/physical energy is increased; because my mind/body is rested and refreshed. Then I crave mental or physical work o... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 16:21:08 EST Not now, Lizard *Id to **Ego: Feed me! Feed me! Feed me! <BR> <BR> ***Superego to Id: Not now, Lizard. You would kill us if we let you. <BR> <BR> Id to Ego: But, you tightass, you fool, one bite of carrot cake can never hurt us! I want it! <BR> <BR> Superego to Id: Indeed that would do harm; it would be feeding your craving, which is never satiated. You are not hungry; you merely want. In the proper course of time we will dine on the correct fat, protein, carbohydrates and calories in the correct portion... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 13:05:25 EST 060907log 1127a.. I have a journal? Thank you, sparkpeople, and not only for this. This is another 'Day One' (day1), as yesterday I fell off the wagon again; not unusual, not a serious problem, but one which this day must be devoted to climbing back aboard. So far, so well done! <BR> <BR> um.. I have a blog? Sat, 9 Jun 2007 15:34:12 EST