CELIAMINER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CELIAMINER CELIAMINER'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/ Core Health Beliefs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604156 Today's SparkCoach challenge is to write myself a letter as my own best friend. While mulling over the challenge, I tuned into the Fatloser course lesson #19 <BR> ( <link>www.fatloser.com </link> ) and decided to write this blog instead. I've been following Onekidsmom's comparison of Fatloser homework questions from two years ago and from the present. Since this is my first time in the course, I can't compare, but I am pleasantly surprised by my answers to today's questions on beliefs. ... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:54:15 EST My Spiralizer Arrived! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591269 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l308996565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank you, U.S. Postal Service, for delivering my new kitchen tool earlier than expected! I went right out and got a zucchini to make for dinner. The Bitoni Spiralizer (slightly heavier than the less expensive ones shown at Amazon) quickly and easily turned my zucchini into a bowl full of zucchini "pasta." I made a homemade marinara sauce from what I found in the pantry (canned tomatoes, garlic, a teensy bit of ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 14:05:39 EST SparkCoach TV Challenge: Nope http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507882 Today's SparkCoach challenge is to turn off the TV for 24 hours. Not happening. Not today. I have enough days in the week when the TV remains off, but Tuesday is NCIS, and DH and I love to kick back and watch Gibbs, Tony, McGee, Abby, Ducky, and "Mr. Pahlmah" (sadly no Ziva now) take on the bad guys. Sorry, SparkDude! Another day. Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:58:48 EST Still voting for SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500060 I'll keep voting daily till the site says the round is closed. Vote here: <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com<BR>/OH/SparkPeople-Inc/387418 </link> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 08:57:04 EST "Awesome!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497558 The other night, DH and I stayed at a hotel near a restaurant hosting a wine dinner so we wouldn't have to drive. The next morning, we dropped off our keys at the front desk and said we had the bill slipped under the door. The youngish desk clerk responded, "Awesome!" As we walked to the car, we pondered on abuse of the word "awesome" and wondered what adjective he would use to describe, say, the arrival of his first-born, since he had wasted "awesome" on our checkout. Just sayin'. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 08:34:34 EST SparkPeople...I Voted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492991 I'm coming in late to the game, but I voted for SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com<BR>/oh/SparkPeople-Inc/387418 </link> <BR> <BR> We can vote each day. <BR> <BR> Edit: Well, crud, voting is over. Sun, 22 Sep 2013 17:34:30 EST SparkCoach Challenge: 3 Recent Accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5488981 1. I tracked focus goals all of June, July, and August. <BR> <BR> 2. A major project at work is completed...yay! <BR> <BR> 3. I continue to maintain within +/- 3% of my goal weight...even through travel and vacation. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 07:27:52 EST August by the Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474586 So ends my summer of tracking. In August, I added a goal to my tracking calendar to move at least 25 minutes each day. Here's the tally of all four calendar goals (Calories within limits, less Alcohol, six hours of Sleep, Fitness 25 minutes): <BR> <BR> Calories: 55% (up 7% over July, up 11% over June) <BR> Alcohol: 58% (up 13% over July, up 2% over June...July must have been a party month) <BR> Sleep: 97% (up 3% over both months) <BR> Fitness: 64% (no comparison) <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 12:19:53 EST Finally Fessing Up for July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454720 Okay,I've put this off long enough. Time for those July stats for the three primary goals: calories within range, less alcohol, six hours of sleep. <BR> <BR> Calories: 48% (4% improvement over June) <BR> Alcohol: 45% (11% down from June) <BR> Sleep: 95% (same) <BR> <BR> So far in August, I'm doing fairly well in those categories, and I added a goal for fitness each day. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 07:09:46 EST Finally Before and After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450023 In cleaning out my hard drive, I finally found some pictures of me "before" so I could make a comparison. Note that the "after" picture is cropped from me standing next to DH, so the cropping itself is skinnier than for the "before" picture, but the difference is still pleasing to me. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l69861089.jpg"> Fri, 9 Aug 2013 14:33:53 EST Spam on SP? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422945 [SECOND EDIT: SP replied quickly to my report, saying one of the coaches had already deactivated this person's account. Apparently I wasn't the only one to get her e-mail. Glad she's gone (assuming JLOVE55/Jennifer is really a "she"). <BR> <BR> [EDIT: Thanks, all. As some of you suggested, I reported the e-mail to SparkPeople. There's probably nothing they can do about it, but at least they know.] <BR> <BR> Anyone else get something like this? I searched for JLOVE55 and got no result... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:58:31 EST Article on Yoga for Larger Bodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408511 In the Washington Post Express paper, p. 13. This is a fairly large .pdf file, so it may take awhile to load: <BR> <link>www.expressnightout.com/printedition<BR>/PDF/EXPRESS_07022013.pdf </link> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 11:47:41 EST June...ouch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407435 On May 28, I started focusing on 3 main goals: C (calories within limits), A (alcohol at a lower level--trying to reduce), B (bedtime early enough to get at least 6 hours of sleep). To visualize, I made a calendar and rewarded myself with a gold star for each goal I made for the past 34 days. In the interest of accountability, the results are in, and they are not pretty for the most part, but they highlight two main things. First, weekends are worse. Second, my focus on an earlier bedtim... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:53:58 EST Early Lessons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405447 This morning I read a delightful Spark mail from BABARR67, whose youthful gym experiences were less than wonderful, and her words triggered not-so-great memories of my own. Here's my response to her: <BR> <BR> "I feel your pain about the gym...perhaps I wasn't *always* the last person chosen for kick ball, but it happened enough that I remember the shame. Then there was that rope climbing thing in 3rd grade. I still remember the rope burns. And we had to stand on our heads then, too. Th... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:53:03 EST Before and After Virtual-style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401418 Thanks to PATRICE_E for pointing me to <link>www.modelmydiet.com/ </link> for virtual models. The program I used previously stopped working, so I never did an update. Before I get to the results, let me point out that after visiting Patrice_E's Spark page, I can say she IS an athlete, though she claims not to be one. <BR> <BR> Here's the new before (224 lb) and after (143 lb) virtual me: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1852418061.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Edit: For folk... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:37:34 EST (Not) Serious Spirituality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397142 This morning a member of the Meditation and Mindfulness team shared her spiritual practice and asked about others. My reply was this: For me, I feel closest to MotherFather God when I am in nature. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets burn memories into my brain. Walking along a wooded path as autumn leaves fall awakens me in a way like no other. Sitting on the porch with the cat in my lap listening to the birds and the wind in the trees centers me. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I don't take sp... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 09:04:02 EST SparkCoach Challenge: Visualize Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389063 I've lost about this much: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2129637248.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These are 40-pound bags of rock salt. I know how hard it is to haul these from the store to the car and from the car to the basement. Hard to believe I used to haul the equivalent of BOTH of these bags around on my carcass every day. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:38:39 EST Yes, We Have Larger Size Yoga Clothes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385533 A Stephanie Romine daily blog today <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=in_the_news_this_is_your_brain_on_c<BR>offee </link> contains a round-up of articles in the news, one of which focuses on yoga for larger bodies. That article really brought back memories of when I started yoga. Before I ever showed up at the local studio, I talked to the owner and conveyed my worries about not having a "spandex-compatible" body. She assured me there were people in her classes in all si... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:22:55 EST Back to Basics Calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381153 Even after maintaining a year, I have found myself struggling, so ten days ago I made a calendar that focuses on three daily goals: calories within range, alcohol within personal limits (and lower than my previous limit), and getting to bed at a time that allows me at least six hours of shuteye (nominally 8:30 - 9:00 on a work night). Then I bought a package of gold stars to reward myself and keep a visual track. I started on May 28 rather than June 1, because I figured waiting for the new... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:08:21 EST Scenic Prince William Forest in Virginia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375834 Lovely volksmarch today in Prince William Forest National Park in Virginia. On this hot, humid day, we chose the more rugged trail for the shade and were delighted by sights of streams and flowers and the sounds of birds and cicadas. Pictures follow.... <BR> <BR> First of all, this is the season of the Brood II cicadas, who have emerged from their 17-year hibernation. Their collective mating calls are so loud that they sound like car alarms sometimes. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 18:06:59 EST Fitbit - Location is Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373418 This morning I wore a cool sport dress to work, since it's casual Friday and a hot one at that. I went out for my walk early and clipped my Fitbit to the dress pocket. I had noticed when I got to work that the step count seemed low to that point. I know how roughly how many steps I take between my house and the office. So I decided to do some tests by counting my steps, and I noted that my Fitbit was missing 7-10% of my steps. Once I clipped it to my top, the count became more accurate. ... Fri, 31 May 2013 09:03:43 EST A Painful Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363113 There I was, feeling smug that I had just barely caught the early bus so I could get to work early and take a longer walk. On the transfer from the bus to the subway, though, things changed. I make that walk four days a week (the other I telework) with no problem, but today, a grate on the sidewalk lifted up and tripped me, throwing me into the street and causing me to hit my head hard, bend my glasses frame, and get bruised and scraped. Since I seemed to be in working order and with no re... Tue, 21 May 2013 07:45:21 EST Spark Solution Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362246 Even in maintenance, I find benefit in the new SparkPeople book "The Spark Solution." <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/sparksolution </link> <BR> <BR> Coach Steph has asked those of us who signed up for the two-week Spark Solution challenge to check in on some topics: <BR> <BR> • What made you decide to try The Spark Solution Program? <BR> I had been on work travel or vacation since mid-March and was showing the effects on the scale. I knew it was time to return to the basics that launc... Mon, 20 May 2013 12:09:32 EST My Miracle: One Year of Maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360946 One year in maintenance. I wish I could say it has flown by effortlessly, but such is not the case. Along the way, I've read stories from many maintainers, some, like me, new to the idea, some who have kept weight off for one year or many years, and some brave souls who revealed they had regained their weight after maintaining for a year or more. I owe a great debt to those motivators who shared everything from confusion over what maintenance entailed to the hard truth that maintenance is ... Sun, 19 May 2013 10:14:23 EST Kayaking advice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352080 Need some advice from you kayak enthusiasts out there. <BR> <BR> The REI stores in my area have "learn to kayak" classes, and since learning to kayak is on my bucket list, I went to the website to see what it would take. There I ran into a bewildering array of clothing ranging from paddling gloves starting at $31 to board shorts (too skimpy for my taste) starting at $34 to "rash guards" (presumably to wear under a wetsuit?) starting at $37 to paddle jackets starting at $84 to wetsuits start... Fri, 10 May 2013 11:38:17 EST Dying From Comfort http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350831 Yesterday, I read a Generation Y blog entitled "A Life of Comfort Will Kill You Silently." <BR> <link>elitedaily.com/life/motivation/comfo<BR>rt-is-a-silent-killer/ </link> <BR> <BR> While the blogger wrote about staying in relationships that go past their expiration dates and about becoming complacent in a less-than-rewarding job just for the comfort of the known and expected, the concept triggered in me the notion that I am "comfortable" in my messiness. So to follow on from my blog y... Thu, 9 May 2013 10:18:14 EST No, I'm not entitled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349645 I loved NELLJONES's blog today "Are We Entitled?" <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5349591 </link> <BR> <BR> The bottom line message is powerful: "We all know that people aren't automatically entitled to stuff, but we also aren't entitled to thin. Both take work." <BR> <BR> Nell made me think hard about my own background. I was not raised in a wealthy family, so when I got out on my own, I felt a need (compulsion?) to amass things. L... Wed, 8 May 2013 10:05:02 EST Level 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324928 It has been a long time coming. I've tried running again, and bought a great elliptical. I've read blogs and articles (repeatedly), taken quizzes till I know them by heart, played Trivia, posted, and sent goodies. I've read The Spark, cooked recipes from the SparkPeople Cookbook, and ordered The Spark Solution. What I've gotten back is so much more than what I've given: encouragement, friendship, motivation, inspiration, 75+ pounds gone, and 1 month away from my 1-year maintenance Sparkv... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:03:15 EST Reluctantly I approached my mat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316847 Yesterday felt so loooooong! I didn't sleep well the night before, I got to work to find the servers that should have come back up after a planned power outage hadn't, and when I was finally able to log in, my computer was hosed such that I couldn't reach my shared drive that housed my work folders and the ONE project I needed to complete yesterday. Then someone added a telcon to my calendar over the "Do Not Schedule" that marks the end of my day. I felt wrung out and discombobulated as I ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 08:46:21 EST Balance is My True Nature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284831 That was the centering thought of the Day 2 Chopra meditation. I had not intended to sign up for this quarter's 21-day meditation challenge, but I realized that the sleepless periods resulting from severe jet lag created open times just right for meditation. <BR> <BR> Something that struck me in this meditation was the need to be open to spontaneity and welcome surprise...things I am not normally good at. I make list after list and plan trips and events almost to the minute, so I wasn't su... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 06:51:52 EST Tipping for Water Delivery? Other? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266976 Yesterday, as I was out for a fitness walk, I passed a water delivery man returning from a house to his truck. He was complaining loudly to someone on his cell phone, "Man, if each customer gave me just a dollar, I'd have 40 dollars today!" That got me thinking about people who deliver things to my house. I don't get water delivered, so it never occurred to me that the delivery people would expect (or even hope for) a tip. Certainly I tip for pizza delivery (though we haven't ordered one ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:19:50 EST Car vs. Deer: No winners http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264659 I wrote a very emotional piece to myself last night trying to get the sadness and anger out, and I had intended to post it as a blog. Instead, I decided to spare everyone the details and just say I am more upset over the broken body of a beautiful creature than I am over the minor breaks in the car. <BR> <em>39</em> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:05:47 EST Doing the Dishes - Dividing Labor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5246009 DH and I do dishes by hand rather than use the dishwasher because it's just the two of us, and we like the ritual and the extra time together. Here's how we divide the labor: <BR> - DH washes. <BR> - I clear the table (anything left on the table is invisible), wipe down the stove and counter, move all the cooking and prep dishes to the counter next to the sink (anything left on the stove or island is invisible), keep moving dishes closer to the sink (anything not next to the sink is invisib... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:36:15 EST SparkCoach Challenge: Action Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180749 Short blog, as I am still thinking about goals for 2013, but the visualization exercise today is to think about what my life would be like if I were perfectly content in all aspects. Then, the challenge is to blog about an action plan for those less-than-satisfactory aspects. <BR> <BR> So far I have used December to ponder changes that need to be made now that I am in maintenance (body weight) and have spent 2012 working on forgiveness (emotional weight), and I see my biggest needs are to... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:43:19 EST SparkCoach Challenge: Out of sight, out of mind http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177482 Gift baskets full of crackers, jams, caramel corn....BEGONE! Stashing those treats out of my sight today to meet the challenge. That bag of caramel corn in particular has been luring me with its siren song. Buh-bye! Scram, sausage log! Hasta la vista, white chocolate! Sayonara, crackers! Helloooo, fruits, veggies, fish! <BR> <em>45</em> <em>265</em> <em>370</em> <em>291</em> <em>492</em> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 09:16:17 EST SparkCoach Challenge: Accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171774 Today, SparkGuy's challenge is to list 3 recent accomplishments: <BR> <BR> 1. Stayed mindful Sunday while eating 2 meals out and stayed within my calorie range. <BR> 2. Got the 2 messiest surfaces decluttered before MIL's visit. <BR> 3. Finished the Christmas cards before Christmas <BR> <em>30</em> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 07:40:13 EST It's Okay to Grieve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166743 What a heavy day. How do we admit that so much evil exists as to execute one's mother, 20 little kids, and even more? My heart is heavy, and I couldn't get through dinner without tears running down my face. I give myself permission to grieve, even if I've never met any of those killed or their families. I do know my cousin's sweet daughter attends a school about 10 minutes away from the scene of today's slaughter, and they are devastated. It's okay to grieve. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:22:00 EST Cookies: Truth in Advertising http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161283 If you're like me, you get daily e-mails from SP on various topics, one of which is a daily recipe. This week there was an entry for Cranberry-Almond Oatmeal Cookies, with a picture that looked like the wonderful cookies served by Subway, so I decided to try the recipe. First, I read all the comments and suggestions made by readers through the years and altered my own recipe accordingly. The end result, while certainly tasty, looked nothing like those luscious Subway cranberry-almond cooki... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 17:22:11 EST Life vs. Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160114 Started my day rushing out the door, mat in hand, to a make-up yoga class. Jumped in the car, turned the key, and...clack-clack-clack...dead battery. Called AAA to come out and replace the battery, all the while not feeling particularly stressed. This calmness when things don't go as planned is unusual for me, so I took time to reflect on why. The simplest explanation seems to be the stress-busting skills I have picked up in the last few years, from a personal retreat, from yoga, and fro... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 11:19:21 EST Going for December Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153332 December is a very tough month, and my November record was not great with vacation and Thanksgiving, so when I read MANDELOVICH's blog today, I decided to follow her lead and set a goal of staying on track in December. <BR> <BR> On track means each day I will <BR> <BR> - Work out: cardio, ST, yoga, or a combination <BR> - Track fitness <BR> - Track meals <BR> - Stay within my calorie range <BR> <BR> For accountability, I'll revisit each week with results. <BR> December 1 - 7: <BR> Work ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 08:59:36 EST Learning from Near-death Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152512 I try to meditate each day with varying degrees of success. Today, instead of using my normal guided meditation, I decided to watch inspirational videos at TED.com. The collection today was titled "What We Can Learn from Near-death Choices," and featured five speakers, three of whom I listened to and took notes in between the tears and the laughter. Here are their lessons. <BR> <BR> Ric Elias relates his brush with death as a passenger on US Airways Flight 1549 (Miracle on the Hudson). H... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 10:55:29 EST The "R" Word http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130100 Day two of visiting the Portland (OR)/Vancouver (WA) area, where we would like to retire. My feeling right now is this: Do I really have to go back to DC? Can't I just stay here? <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we landed around noon and hit the ground...walking. Specifically, we walked the 10K volksmarch around Vancouver, and it was like coming home, since we walked many of the same trails over 10 years of participating in the Discovery Walks. Finishing around mid-afternoon, we were disappointed... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 23:29:53 EST Trying the One-Word Answer Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109879 Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers. <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> purse <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> Tim <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> brown <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> deceased <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> deceased <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> walking <BR> <BR> Your dream last night? <BR> none <BR> <BR> Favorite drink? <BR> water <BR> <BR> What room are you in? <BR> c... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:04:58 EST Maintaining but still losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097277 I'm not saying that like it's a bad thing, because today my scale read 140.0, down 80 whole pounds from my start at 220! And 5 pounds below the weight at which I declared victory and started maintaining. I did hear that little voice inside me saying 140...140...140. So that's where I am today. Will I stay here? Not sure, but it's a good feeling to put up that "Lost 80 pounds" icon for awhile. <BR> <em>224</em> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 07:59:17 EST What does the scale mean? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086987 Not sure of the source, but the message is powerful. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l983064177.jpg"> Thu, 4 Oct 2012 19:16:48 EST Never Quit Pledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005234 August 7, 2012 <BR> <BR> Today, I promise I will not quit. <BR> <BR> I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey. <BR> <BR> I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself. <BR> <BR> I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations. <BR> <BR> I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am. <BR> ... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 14:35:00 EST Why Goddess Created Women http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970983 Borrowed from MaryAlice on the UU team with some modification. <BR> <BR> 10. Goddess worried that Adam would always be lost in the garden because men hate to ask for directions. <BR> <BR> 9. Goddess knew that Adam would one day need someone to hand him the TV remote. <BR> <BR> 8. Goddess knew that Adam would never buy a new fig leaf when his seat wore out and would therefore need someone to get one for him. <BR> <BR> 7. Goddess knew that Adam would never make a doctor's appointment for hi... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 09:20:06 EST My June goal...not so much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950904 I set June as the month I would tame the monster that is my closet. It has a nasty habit of swallowing everything within reach of its maw. I frequently have to rescue the cat from its bowels, and that's not a pretty image. So here is how I did (or didn't): <BR> <BR> By the end of June, I want to have accomplished the following: <BR> 1. All too-big clothes out of my closet <BR> <em>42</em> <BR> "All" was a tall order. I got some out, and the up side is that I'm starting to see space i... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 20:51:03 EST SP website run by Zuckerberg? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4938596 Change is not inevitable. Why change what works and what people are comfortable with? The Facebook change to that insipid Timeline was the last straw for me. My cover picture simply says, "I Hate Timeline" in bold, clashing colors. I can't say I'm sad Facebook's IPO failed. Now SparkPeople is copying the Zuckerberg Facebook model by instituting more changes that make the site less friendly, not the least of which is the change to the Fitness Tracker. I immediately found the button to ta... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 08:11:37 EST Respect...There's an App for That http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4895732 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l490556053.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Posted with source duly cited. <BR> <BR> One of my friends shared this on Facebook, and I related the following story: In the *old* days when we still had those ugly black phones on our office desks, I was talking to my new supervisor one day when his phone started ringing. I stopped mid-sentence and stood there uncomfortable as he let it ring. Finally I asked, "Do you need to get that?" His reply: "No one on... Thu, 24 May 2012 08:18:41 EST