CELLISTA1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CELLISTA1 CELLISTA1'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/ A walk downtown, or How to turn a kinda bad day into a fun day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412881 Let me begin with a picture: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1871740556.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is an enormous and very weird used bookstore in a building that used to be a bank. Let me explain how I happened to be there. <BR> <BR> I went to Pilates this morning and when I came home I looked at a paper that was written yesterday when I went to a Touch For Health (muscle testing) session. Does anyone know what that is? I won't go into detail but it is a therapeutic p... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 00:40:23 EST Lightbulb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403594 The lightbulb just turned on. <BR> <BR> Why I have to track my nutrition and exercise in July: <BR> <BR> 1. I hate summer. The heat makes me want to sit in one spot and not move. It doesn't make me stop eating, however. June is always perfect and pleasant here but July? Uh-oh. <BR> <BR> 2. My Pilates instructor is going away for 3 weeks and I'm afraid I'll turn into a blob (total couch potato) without Pilates 2-3 times a week and I don't like the other instructors and I hate how I feel... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:39:52 EST Quick trip to NYC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346595 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1723891347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whirlwind trip to New York -- <BR> I managed to pack a lot into 4 days! <BR> <BR> Work: a few hours each day (I work for a major arts organization in LA and met with my counterparts in NY). <BR> <BR> Walk: 16,218 steps the 1st day ;16, 399 steps the 2nd day; 12,805 steps the 3rd day; and I forgot to write down how many on the 4th day! <BR> Central Park - I'm in my own Woody Allen movie: <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 5 May 2013 20:13:35 EST Farewell to a good dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335701 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l892632762.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I said farewell to my dog Cassie this morning. <BR> <BR> She died in my arms, at peace. Our dear vet gave her an injection. It happened very quickly and easily. I only wish I could choose the day and go so peacefully myself. <BR> <BR> It was the right decision and I feel absolutely secure about my decision but of course I feel very sad. She was a dear companion for more than thirteen years. I adopted her... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:08:23 EST No choice but to listen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271234 Spark friend Cello23 said this in response to an earlier blog of mine: "When our immune system is low, we become more instinctive and less gate-keeping..." <BR> <BR> In a recent comment on my page, Spark friend Minium said " I've also realised that when times are hectic as they were 2 weeks ago, I'm completely unable to pay attention to my body's signal." <BR> <BR> I've been forced to listen to my body for the last four days because I had food poisoning. I've also been in that dream state ... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 14:33:57 EST Why I love my home town in the winter. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244443 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75634144.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Need I say more? <BR> <BR> I lived walking distance from here for 17 years. I still come down here often, usually after my acupuncture treatment every 2nd or 3rd Saturday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1760379921.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I always feel optimistic after acupuncture, and the weather was so beautiful, so I took a walk of about a mile-and-a-quarter, which was my first walk in a... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 21:31:32 EST Cellista does NOT like to complain. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230982 For me, a blog is a time to share good experiences (a trip), a learning experience (being inspired by my teenage mentee), or a physical or psychological moment of happiness (Pilates, Peeling the Onion). It's not about whining or complaining. I don't like to whine (though I do it) and I don't like to complain. Remember Katharine Hepburn's remark: "Never complain; never explain." I wish to be that sophisticated. I'd rather be a woman of mystery than one who tells everybody EVERYTHING! <BR>... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:59:13 EST Is Pilates a "miracle cure"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219297 For me, it is! Yesterday I was hurting and today I'm not... Here's what happened: I have a wonky knee. It's the MCL ligament and the wonkiness comes and goes. There's not much you can do about it. I get it treated with acupuncture - electric stimulated needles. I know it sounds awful but it feels really good, like a deep tingly warm feeling. <BR> <BR> I missed Pilates for a couple of weeks because I had a cold and bronchitis. I didn't do any exercise at home either because when you ca... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:59:33 EST A Spooky Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202691 I was just sitting here at my laptop playing solitaire (I have the flu, after all) and not thinking about anything when the Hebrew word "mavet" popped into my head. I haven't spoken Hebrew for nearly 40 years though I did watch a really good Israeli movie the other night, called "Footnote," which is about father/son academic rivals. I know, sounds boring, right? <BR> <BR> Anyway, I knew what the word means and I couldn't believe it, so I checked. <BR> <BR> "Mavet" means "death." <BR> <BR... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:11:44 EST How great food is my best motivator http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5158824 I don't know if you'll think I'm totally crazy, but it seems that my commitment to having dinner once a week at my local bistro is turning out to be the best motivator in my life right now. Because of the expense (close to $60 including wine, espresso, tax, and tip on top of a $35 prix fixe), I am not having lunch out every day like I used to. I'm packing a simple, healthy lunch or coming home for lunch. Because the food is so exquisite, I prefer to eat simply at home the other nights (fis... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 01:13:44 EST My New Toy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5146575 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1644826391.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's my new toy, the recumbent bike I bought from craigslist. It's sitting on my terrace in the back garden. Here's what it looks like when I'm on it: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2079264514.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Isn't it fun to have wireless? I can take my laptop outside and watch PBS documentaries or Hulu or movies on Netflix. When I look up from my laptop, this is what I see: <BR> ... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 23:42:05 EST Impulse Buy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138909 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1705873172.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just did a total impulse buy and I want you to tell me it's okay! I looked on craigslist at recumbent exercise bikes and emailed the guy and said I'd buy it and he's delivering it tomorrow! I don't even know why I did it, but... yes I do. <BR> <BR> When I looked at my fitness tracker, I saw that for this week I had 220 minutes of exercise and only 427 calories burned, although I am far from accurate in my rec... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 00:16:43 EST Peeling the onion - another layer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105589 Not sure what I want to say here, but feel compelled to extract true feelings from under some layers of boredom and frustration. I gained a few pounds. <BR> <BR> A whiny voice says "It's so boooorrrring having to track food." "I don't feeeel like going for a walk." A judgmental voice says "No matter what you do, it's never enough. Why don't you just stop?" Another voice says "You know you will never lose weight. You will be overweight forever." She's the one who bought the greasy Ch... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 00:41:36 EST Passion for Pilates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046452 For maybe the first time, I can relate to STRIVER57's (and others) passion for running and her frustration when she couldn't run. Today was my second day in a row at Pilates after the long break when I was traveling etc. I felt like my body WOKE UP. I feel like I have to/want to do this work for the rest of my life. I hate how my body feels when I don't do it: blobby, amorphous, weak. When I do it, I feel strong, coordinated, and graceful. <BR> <BR> This is quite independent of weight... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 00:12:04 EST Paris, Budapest, or What I Did on my Summer Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033687 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743136969.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here you see me & a friend having coffee and a little aperitif in a Paris cafe. Actually, not much has changed. Same tables, same chairs, different clothes. This is how I travel. Sit in a cafe, walk around, sit in a cafe, walk around, sit in a cafe, etc. Oh, well, maybe I'm exaggerating, but I'm not one to rush around and look at the tourist attractions. I prefer taking the time to observe what's around me, t... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:09:01 EST Dignity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030803 Ok, I know, you're waiting for my European photos... But this word - dignity - has been bouncing around in my head for a couple of days now and I wanted to delve into it a little bit. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I made a list of things I want to do daily: <BR> tai chi outdoors (at least on days when there's no construction going on next door) <BR> meditation (don't leave home before doing it every morning) <BR> music (play or listen, and laughing also counts) <BR> tracking nutrition <BR> burning (3 ... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 18:20:41 EST A Quick Blogette http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5028575 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l594670456.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Budapest: the Duna (Danube) river. <BR> <BR> Before I create a blog with lots of beautiful pictures and stories of my marvelous trip, I need to reflect a little on the Spark aspect of how I am feeling now that I'm home. I was away for three weeks and went right back to work on Monday so I haven't had much time, but as soon as I returned home I made some decisions about my daily life. I decided that I needed to d... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:35:16 EST Wise teenager inspires her mentor. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980797 I may think I'm old and wise, but I had a lesson in wisdom from an almost-16-year-old who walks the walk way better than I do. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we had a cosmic connection, you know - the kind where someone calls you without using a telephone :). I suddenly thought about her and sent her a text: "I'm the world's worst mentor. Haven't talked to you in ages. What's happening?" <BR> <BR> J's reply: "I can't believe you just texted me. Are you here to rescue me? I'm having a meltdown! I... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 17:52:24 EST The Truth, as told by My Jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959751 Jeans: Cellista, you must really love me. When I got too tight, you joined Spark so you could get back in to me again. <BR> <BR> Cellista: It’s true, I’m very fond of you. When you got too tight, I got really worried. I was in the 190s and I could see that 200 approaching on the scale and it scared me. That’s where I draw the line. I looked online for a calorie counter and found Spark. <BR> <BR> Jeans: But you didn’t put me on again for such a long time. What happened? <BR> <BR> Ce... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 21:26:33 EST Lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949187 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l163487637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Corn tortillas (heated in the oven), chicken breast, avocado, & salsa, with green beans and a tall glass of water with mint leaves & lemon slice. Somewhere around 400 calories. Note the reading matter. <BR> <BR> I don't struggle with food (lucky me - I am grateful!) but I do struggle with exercise. Recently I rejected a goal, which is what I always do. My Spark kid-sister urged me to focus on my trip, which wa... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:39:20 EST A hipster goes back in time: a fashion crisis. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4945589 I'm going to write this so I can figure out why I'm feeling so uncomfortable. <BR> <BR> I got a lot of attention at work for wearing a dress two days in a row. No one there has seen me in a dress for ages. I got compliments but I didn't receive them well. I kept saying "I feel stupid." What does that even mean? I think it means I'm uncomfortable physically, i.e. jeans and a t-shirt and sandals are comfortable, a dress and cute shoes that pinch are not. The dress I wore today is very c... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 00:48:15 EST Giving & Receiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4930893 I learned something very powerful today. I learned that the more love I give, the more I get. I learned that the people to whom I have given of myself are the ones who give back to me sincerely. Today was my birthday. I have reached a pretty advanced age (67) but even my doctor says I'm a really young 67. I'm a hipster; an ex-hippie; a progressive; an adventuress; a spiritually, intellectually, and artistically-inclined person. Over the last 20 years I've been a mentor to several young ... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 01:02:06 EST My Double-Dip System & garden photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922620 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l806108018.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The double-dip system, invented mostly by CANNIE, involves me doing two types of moving around per day. And as I said in my status, in order to do two per day, I have to do the first one :). For a person who doesn't run, it takes a little creativity to up the exercise ante. Yesterday it was a walk near my house in the hills plus a Coach Nicole video. Today it was a walk at a beautiful garden plus a belly dance ... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 00:47:31 EST The Re-set Button http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919463 My darling friend BIGMAMAT set the re-set button and lost lots of pounds. I'm taking inspiration from her and pressing the button too. I had all the best intentions in mid-April and got some very helpful advice from my wonderful Spark friends, but then I had a bout of flu, got better, had tonsillitis, got better, had an allergic reaction to a bee sting, and now I'm better. During that time, I never gave up Pilates, which is serious strength training, but I didn't keep up my cardio. A bell... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 22:04:00 EST Who's the fairest of them all? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865485 Musically Minded posted a blog that got me thinking. <BR> <BR> What if we lived in a world without mirrors? <BR> <BR> Mirrors in Zumba studio: Oh, dear, look at those thighs. I'm embarrassed. <BR> Mirrors in belly dance studio: I'm bigger than most of them (and twice their age) but I move well and feel great. <BR> No mirrors in the Pilates studio: I feel fabulous, strong. <BR> <BR> What does the mirror tell you? Thu, 3 May 2012 22:33:25 EST No pretty pictures, just a dilemma. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850798 As I was walking the dog this evening, my thoughts turned to how I resist any sort of goal. I remember once telling a therapist that I didn't have any goals, and she said, "Wait, you are working on your Ph.D. That's not a goal?" Of course I have many ideas, and a philosophy, if you will, about leading an honest and good and creative life. <BR> <BR> But I'm talking weight loss here. I'm going to Europe this summer and will see some Spark friends. It occurs to me that I should drop some... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 22:58:11 EST My Saturday walk at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835216 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l699494631.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After acupuncture, I usually take a walk. Today, I didn't really feel like it. It was very windy and chilly (for us!) but I parked my car up on the cliffs overlooking the beach and thought, "I'll walk a little." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l301226567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I started off and just kept going for awhile. I ended up having an expensive and healthy lunch of grilled halib... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 20:24:13 EST Cellista meets Cannie! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824006 Look who appeared in my neck of the woods: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l278053773.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's Cannie and her wonderful son Payton. They stopped in L.A. on a long road trip and it was wonderful spending time with them. I'm sure she will blog about their trip when she gets home. <BR> <BR> I just want to say that there are people out there who think that Spark friends aren't "real" friends. I beg to differ. Meeting Cannie (and it was the same wi... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 23:54:46 EST Why I'm not buying a ham. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817510 This blog is not profound. <BR> <BR> This blog is not poetic. <BR> <BR> This blog is about me going to the market and deciding not to buy a spiral-cut honeybaked style ham for Easter/Passover. The pre-Spark Cellista would have bought it. The Sparked Cellista would not. Why? Because in the old days I couldn't think of anything nicer than having half a ham in the fridge to nibble on for days and days. My daughter would love it, and she's coming to visit for a few days with her two little ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 20:58:49 EST The point of the journey is the journey. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4767291 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l445849355.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "I accept that the point of the journey is the journey. And that being in a hurry doesn't get you there faster. <BR> <BR> Because it doesn't matter what mythology you choose to accept or what the sunrise at the summit chooses to reveal. What matters is that you accept the world for what it is and that you withhold judgement on things you do not understand. What matters is that you surrender to the mountai... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 13:55:13 EST I met a goddess. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4757080 I met a goddess this afternoon: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l920296141.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She lives here: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l451039012.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She told me to sit down for a moment and think. So I thought, and I wrote: <BR> <BR> This is what I reflected upon today in the camellia garden: that there is as much beauty in the world as there is ugliness. <BR> <BR> Reading about Syria, violence, tribal hatred. Here I sit a... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 21:07:02 EST A Walk & A Poem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4746353 My cello teacher lives at the foot of some big mountains, so after my cello lesson yesterday asked her to recommend a place to walk. So I went here: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l341362483.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l219636280.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l370094780.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The main trail was heavily used. I didn't really like being around so many people on a narrow, som... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 16:41:00 EST Horse ranch at the beach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4735731 This is where I went today: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l396101357.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l355393713.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l501328757.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I brought my cello and played a little Bach in honor of a dear friend's 90th birthday. I played outdoors next to the horse stalls and a table laden with healthy vegetarian treats. This friend loves life, especially hors... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 20:56:44 EST Cactus & Camellias http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734327 Would somebody remind me to get a camera??? I keep taking pictures with my phone and the wide angle makes it very hard to get a closeup. <BR> <BR> The cactus photos came out better than the camellias, so I'll start with those: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909531842.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l154141272.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Look at these spikes! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l126741020.jpg"> <BR> <B... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 21:23:24 EST 100% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4715271 I had my beautiful daughter M and her family here for 4 days. <BR> <BR> I love getting up in the morning and finding M already in the kitchen making coffee. <BR> <BR> I love telling stories to my 6-yr-old grand-daughter at night in my bed and hearing her say, “Hold me tighter!” <BR> <BR> I love the 2-yr-old’s toothy smile and. I love that she is bi-lingual and that she is such a good singer. (She will be two years old tomorrow!) <BR> <BR> It seems so chaotic and so noisy and so messy ... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 21:54:21 EST A long, boring blog about being tired. No pictures. Don't even read it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4679497 It’s the end of the work week and I’m tired, my stomach hurts, and I have to get my priorities straight and my schedule in order. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago I started this “Pace” workout led by a neighbor of mine. Three four-minute intense cardio spurts, then a 3-mile walk at the lake. I was excited because I had been wanting to bump up my cardio and to start exercising in the morning. First day was great. Second time more of a struggle. Third time was sore afterwards. Thought I could do ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 01:04:31 EST A New Year's Gift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4658171 Who says you can't look a gift horse in the mouth? Um, what does that actually mean? <BR> <BR> Well, I've been thinking for awhile that 1) I need to do more cardio, and 2) I need to exercise in the morning. Overcoming the morning lazies has been tough for me, but I started going to a 9:00 Pilates class twice a week and found I had more energy and pep all day. But I just never got it together to walk or do cardio before going to work in the morning... til today! I got a wonderful gift! ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 21:52:08 EST A Stroll Around My Neighborhood (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638236 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l442192551.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My dog Cassie and I set out for a stroll this morning, December 25th, and I thought I'd show you what my neighborhood looks like in winter. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l613125900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I should get a camera! These are all taken with my phone. It was really hot and bright this morning and most of the time I actually couldn't see what I was shooting because of the reflection o... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 23:03:25 EST I stumbled but did not fall. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4628602 I am astonished and grateful yet again about the way Spark has changed me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ate in a way I don't like but is very familiar to me: a lunch of 1000 calories consisting entirely of protein and fat. I read a lot of blogs about folks with sugar addiction and how they struggle with it. Sweets don't really call to me, but let me tell you what I ate: 2 big spareribs (with no sauce), a small slice of pork, some dark meat turkey, two chicken tacos, some chow mein. I think tha... Fri, 16 Dec 2011 22:19:30 EST December at Venice Beach (photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4620600 Every few weeks I go down to the beach. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l465702707.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Even though it's in a tsunami zone - there's never actually been one. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l178352856.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Can you spot the sandpiper? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19413689.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The tide was low today and there were lots of seagulls. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/n... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 20:16:25 EST Are you talking about ME? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615049 Went to Pilates class this morning. I usually have a private session and I'm always worried about keeping up in a group, but I did just fine and another person said, "You're so flexible," and my trainer added "Yes, and strong!" <BR> <BR> I can hardly believe they're talking about me! <BR> <BR> My first instinct is to pooh-pooh it, you know. I said, "Oh, yeah, well, but I'm so old..." Which was kind of a stupid thing to say. I need to work on that! <BR> <BR> It's so easy to slip b... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 14:46:14 EST Me, Mamadwarf, & other photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611300 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l416004836.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are so many things wrong with this picture: <BR> 1. flash was on <BR> 2. guy taking it was possibly drunk <BR> 3. Jan is so much taller than I am <BR> <BR> Long story: I got a new laptop, finally dowloaded software to get the 100+ pictures off my Droid. But since I haven't blogged for a long time and I never put any pictures up, I thought I'd share some now. (Actually, Claire inspired me with her gorgeous ... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 00:42:33 EST Breakfast is my favorite meal: challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4574610 I just finished eating breakfast and it was so delicious I thought I'd share it with you: <BR> <BR> 2/3 c. (cooked) oatmeal <BR> Toppings: <BR> 1 tsp. brown sugar <BR> 1/2 poached fuji apple (cooked the night before) <BR> 1/4 c. greek yogurt (2%) <BR> 2 walnuts (crumbled) <BR> <BR> and a tsp. of honey in my tea <BR> <BR> Total calories: 262 <BR> <BR> So good, so filling, so few calories! As I said, I love breakfast. Last week I went to a hipster breakfast place in Berkeley and had a (s... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 12:29:12 EST Blog challenge: 10 things I never thought I'd do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4533987 I was thinking this morning how in my pre-Spark life I would NEVER have gone to a salsa class and get up the next morning and go to Pilates. I mean, I wouldn't have done either one! <BR> <BR> So I thought I'd challenge myself - and you - to come up with 10 things that until Spark came along, I never thought I'd do. Let's see, here's my list. Can't wait to see yours! <BR> <BR> I never thought I'd: <BR> 1. dance <BR> 2. actually look forward to exercising <BR> 3. sweat <BR> 4. care about... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:59:17 EST I never thought I'd enjoy it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510512 I don't run, or swim, or do zumba, or treadmill, or elliptical, or play tennis... <BR> <BR> I never played on a sports team... <BR> <BR> I never experienced "endorphins" ... <BR> <BR> But lately I've gotten into a routine where I move my body, sweat a little, feel great, and what's more, I look forward to it and actually enjoy it! <BR> <BR> I always heard that the way to sustain exercise is to find what you like to do. I tried, I really did, but I never really liked to exercise. I like... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:45:58 EST Anyone here a CONTROL freak? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4490108 I have a blog burbling inside that wants to come out... <BR> <BR> It's about CONTROL. <BR> <BR> Hello, anyone here a control freak??? <BR> <BR> Last week I stepped on the bosu (that's a half of a big plastic ball, flat on the bottom, round and squishy on top) at Pilates and my trainer said, "Focus on the wall." Everything started to swim, just like in a movie. My eyes wouldn't focus and I got really dizzy. I never like the bosu because I have a fear of balancing. I don't trust myself... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 19:48:34 EST Sweat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435974 Not a pretty title for a blog, but it's what I need to write about today. <BR> <BR> Before I joined Spark, I don't think I raised a sweat in about 15 years. Probably more. Cause I don't like to sweat! I never liked to exert myself physically. Mentally, yes. Creatively, yes. But I just wanted my body to stay comfy all the time. Maybe a nice swim from time to time, because no sweating involved. Also I always loved Feldenkrais, an incredibly wonderful body movement system - that also ... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 02:46:03 EST Arts Infusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4370708 Work is one thing, family is another. Like everyone knows this, right? But do you feel like two completely different people??? <BR> <BR> I just spent 17 days with my daughter and her two little daughters, ages 1 1/2 and 5 1/2. First half of it was in the mountains where I had a gig teaching music. We were given a nice house to stay in; we ate all our meals in the dining hall (plenty of healthy options); N (the 5 1/2 year old) went to the children's center every morning and did drama, mus... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:26:48 EST Am I a loser or a winner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4319244 I had a frustrating, maddening day at work today. I received some criticism on a very visible project. The worst part of it was that I am not completely happy with the project either, so the criticism rang true. There's a big press party on Monday and I'm afraid everyone will be disappointed. I'm embarrassed that my work isn't good enough. This is all in a very public situation. There was also some personal upset between me and the person I report to. I get frustrated because she is be... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 02:02:30 EST Poison http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4286851 <BR> How easily I became a poisoner. I feel like a character in Agatha Christie, sneaking out at night to place the poison in a spot where the victim is sure to find it, while I am fast asleep – that’s my alibi. Hmm, I have no proof that I was asleep. The poison will be found in my garden shed, and the stinky cheese in my refrigerator. Hercule Poirot, on a visit to California, staying in an elegant Pasadena hotel, called in by a local detective to assist in finding “The Mouse Killer,” wi... Thu, 9 Jun 2011 00:17:26 EST