CHRYS13's SparkPeople Blog CHRYS13's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Ordinary Happiness Nov. 5th, 2011 <img src=""> <BR> Once upon a time, my sister wrote to me <BR> "Find your favorite comfy spot <BR> and Dream your day away." <BR> <BR> A CD of piano music by Emile Pandolfi is playing and I'm dreaming.... <BR> My godson just asked his girlfriend to marry him. They've known each other since they were freshmen at Stanford, seven years ago. She said "yes". My sister would be so pleased. She liked the 'the girl' a lot. (This part isn't a dr... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 12:59:07 EST On My Path to Contentment <img src=""> <BR> On My Path to Contentment <BR> ~~Cozy Warmth~~ <BR> Oh, to be enveloped in warmth..the coziness of a favorite quilt, a steaming cup of Highlander Grog coffee, my dog resting beside me in our favorite chair, being mesmerized by dancing flames of the fireplace- - - <BR> <BR> We are all deserving of cozy warmth- - in our homes, and in our relationships.... the cozy warmth of believing in ourselves; of trusting ourselves... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 12:29:52 EST On My Path to Contentment...10-29-2011 <img src=""> <BR> Gratitude <BR> Being grateful is such a fulfilling way to go through life. It can be so easy to lose sight of what we do have and what we're blessed with. <BR> <BR> There is always going to be something going on in our lives that will tempt us to feel sorry for ourselves or to remind us that things aren't just quite "perfect". It's so important at those times to keep in the forefront of our minds the beauty of what we... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 09:23:58 EST Things I've Learned From The Sun <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Things I've learned from the Sun: <BR> When in doubt, <BR> Always wear a slip. <BR> Because once you realize you should've worn a slip, <BR> It's too late. <BR> Sunlight is a quiet, yet powerful teacher! <BR> Having a sunny day? <BR> <BR> (from a card my sister sent me!) Sun, 1 May 2011 17:45:49 EST Saturday's Joy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saturday's Joy <BR> "Half the joy of life is in little things taken on the run. Let us run if we must---even the sands do that- - -but keep our hearts young and our eyes open that nothing worth our while shall escape us. And everything is worth its while if we only grasp it and its significance."...Victor Cherbuliez <BR> <BR> I have found great joy today in organizing and de-cluttering. I read ONEKIDSMOM's blo... Sat, 2 Apr 2011 20:19:25 EST The Peonies on my Page The Peonies on my Page <BR> The peonies on my page are in memory and honor of my beloved' only sister. She died unexpectedly on December 30, 2010....many of you know this. I thank you for letting me remember her with you. <BR> We were so close....we'd often buy the same clothing, and not even know that we had. She lived in southern CA, and I'm here in MN. We'd buy a greeting card for no special reason and laugh that the same card had crossed in the mail! We shared everything....and would l... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:55:18 EST Three Things I read this on several blogs today and found it interesting. goes. <BR> <BR> The three names I go by: <BR> * Chrys13 here on SparkPeople <BR> * Chrys <BR> * Mrs. (last name) <BR> <BR> Three places I've lived in the past: <BR> * Montana <BR> * North Dakota <BR> * other places in Minnesota <BR> <BR> Three instruments I play: (I changed this from can change it back) <BR> * Piano <BR> * Organ <BR> * Trumpet <BR> <BR> Three things I love to watch: <BR> * Sunsets <... Sun, 23 Jan 2011 19:25:44 EST The Christmas Prayer I found this prayer in my purse after church this morning. Someone wrapped it scroll-like around a candy cane and surprised many of us. There was no author listed....and the 12th day is left blank....something for me to pray about perhaps? I Googled the title and came up with no prayer like this: <BR> <BR> On the first day of Christmas, <BR> I pray for you joy in abundance and laughter, for laughter cures our ills and joy makes our spirits soar. <BR> On the second day of Christmas, <BR> ... Sun, 26 Dec 2010 16:37:48 EST Thanksgiving Day 2010 Thanksgiving Day 2010 <BR> <BR> "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." ~Melody Beattie <BR> <BR> I will have plenty of time this Thanksgiving Day to reflect upon those things for which I am particular... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 08:57:31 EST Dancing with the .....Squirrels! <BR> "To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak."...Hopi Indian saying <BR> <BR> I watched the squirrels dance from branch to branch, from tree to seemed they were in rhythm with the wind. Small steps, wild jumps, fluid leaps....again, in sync with the whispers of the wind. I closed my eyes and listened for the wind's pulse and soon I moved, too, with its beat. <BR> <BR> "Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another."~~author unknown <BR> <BR>... Sun, 7 Nov 2010 17:34:42 EST On Seeing through the Eyes of Love I’m sharing a quote that I came upon today: <BR> “I found a kind of serenity, a new maturity---I didn’t feel stronger than anyone else, but it seemed no longer important whether everyone loved me or not---more important now was for me to love them. Feeling that way turns your life around; living becomes the act of giving.”…Beverly Sills <BR> The key to meaningful connections with those in your life is through making yourself whole in body, mind, and spirit. You need to fill the voids that ... Sat, 6 Nov 2010 12:58:03 EST This Says It All..... <img src=""> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 20:04:11 EST Every Moment Matters Every Moment Matters <BR> I read this quote today and decided to share it with you: <BR> <BR> You can begin now to give your heart perhaps the most important thing it needs—a reason to keep beating—and it starts by knowing that every moment matters. <BR> ~Mehmet C. Oz, M.D. <BR> <BR> It has taken a lifetime to know that every moment matters; that it is a precious gift; and to make the most of every moment! We've had many life-lessons in our family, but have emerged unscathed and more aw... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 20:01:28 EST My Evening Reverie My Evening Reverie <BR> Most evenings this summer, but for those nights of torrential rains and high winds, I've taken a late evening walk, watching the sunset over the lake. Mother Nature and I have it down to a two mile walk. (I walk my other miles at noon). I look forward to this pleasurable day-ending reverie and use this quiet time to breathe in nature's beauty. Upon returning to our home, I take the time to relax outdoors in one of our rockers, gently moving with nature's rhythm, wa... Fri, 20 Aug 2010 22:11:46 EST Oh, Oh, Sparkies! Oh, oh, Sparkies! <BR> I've thought about this quite a lot from time to time and put it on hold. (After meeting with a colleague today and discussing possible mouse/keyboarditis!, I must make a change!) I've spent less time with my family; spent less time doing housework (not that it's hard for me to let go of that!), but now I've started to stay inside during this wonderful season in order to "SPARK"! I admit, I'm addicted! It's a wonderful site filled with wonderful information, motiv... Tue, 15 Jun 2010 20:23:50 EST You Must Try This Find out who truly is your role model - mine was Ghandi. <BR> DON'T SCROLL DOWN YET!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> FIRST, do the simple maths below. <BR> THEN, scroll down to find your hero. <BR> <BR> It is truly remarkable just how accurate this is! <BR> 1) Pick your favourite number between 1 and 8 <BR> 2) Multiply your choice by 3 <BR> 3) Add 3 <BR> 4) Multiply again by 3 <BR> 5) You'll get a 2 digit number.....maybe 42, for example <BR> 6) Add the digits together. Example 4 and... Sun, 13 Jun 2010 10:19:54 EST Enjoying my Weekend Reading, gardening, piano...enjoying my weekend <BR> 1. Saturday was a rainy day: I read the book "Women, Food, and God" by Geneen Roth. While interesting, it was not what I had expected. Have any of you read this book? Certainly, there are parts that I can take from this book and incorporate into my journey, but the spiritual aspect was not what I had expected. <BR> <BR> 2. Playing the piano or organ relaxes me. While playing and interpreting the music, I'm taken to a different plane. M... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 23:23:24 EST On a Mission to Take Care of Me! On a Mission to Take Care of Me! <BR> Firstly, I need to report that for the first time since I have been tracking my nutrition, I consumed enough protein yesterday! I came close today, but not quite. I'm getting there! Secondly, since I can only go as far as my body will take me, I'm on a mission to take care of me! I've eaten smart, exercised diligently, and have been a happy, content, and positive force! What a day! I'm looking forward to many more just like this one....(but with a bit... Sun, 16 May 2010 21:46:13 EST Eating more! Eating more! <BR> A few weeks ago, I had my metabolism checked. Even though I knew I wasn't eating enough, I also blamed what I called my non-existent metabolism for slow progress. So bright and early on a Tuesday morning, I went to the University without so much as a cup of coffee before the test. The director of the department "measured" my metabolic rate and I learned that I have a much faster than normal metabolism. How can that be? I was astounded and nearly went into shock when she ... Sat, 15 May 2010 20:42:10 EST Of being tranquil... Of being tranquil.... <BR> My DH and I just watched the sunset. At first fiery, it washed the sky in brilliant hues of orange and red, setting the living room windows ablaze with the day's glowing embers. As the day continued to slip into night, we were treated with a tranquil turquoise splashing through the lake's waters, while shades of pink and rose danced across the sky and over a glass-topped table that sits by the front window. What glorious magnificence! We left the confines of our... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 21:18:36 EST Gratitude Gratitude <BR> Choosing to count my blessings and to "dance in the rain" , I have become a more kind, gentle and generous being; (a work continually in progress, I admit!) Treating myself and others with kindness is healing. <BR> Enjoy your steps today, the splash of sun, and the whispers (and roars) of the wind... <BR> 3/30/2010 <BR> Tue, 30 Mar 2010 19:57:34 EST One Word: Stolen Blog II I copied this blog from NONNIELL who copied it from SUSIEMILO. <BR> <BR> USING ONLY ONE WORD <BR> 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> desk <BR> <BR> Spouse <BR> kind <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> fluffy <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> wonderful <BR> <BR> Your father? <BR> prayerful <BR> <BR> Your favorite thing? <BR> nature <BR> <BR> Y... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 20:46:09 EST Still trekking! Still trekking! <BR> A Sparkfriend , Susan, asked me how day three of trekking went. Day three and day four were great! I feel like I'm flying! LOL I've picked up my pace and am getting such a great workout. Since the weather has improved here in MN, I've met more walkers along the road. I've received lots of smiles, but as of yet, no one has asked me what I'm doing! That's all right, as I know that one of these days I'll meet the same walkers, and they'll have trekking poles! <BR> The s... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 22:01:53 EST I'm trekking! I'm trekking! <BR> A Spark friend introduced me to the sport of Nordic Walking! I'm nearly bursting, I'm so excited about it! I have two good walks under-my-belt now and must say that I've felt nearly Olympian while walking with my trekking poles! LOL I'm looking forward to the time(s) when others will ask me just what I'm doing, giving me the opportunity to tell them about this great sport. Since I have just two walks completed, all I can say is that I've had an exhilarating time; I enjo... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 22:19:22 EST Today is Unique! Today is Unique! <BR> "Today is unique! It has never occurred before and it will never be repeated. At midnight it will end, quietly, suddenly, totally. Forever. But the hours between now and then are opportunities with eternal possibilities.".....Charles R. Swindoll <BR> 2/25/2010 <BR> Thu, 25 Feb 2010 21:11:44 EST Stillness Stillness <BR> As I've visited my husband in the hospital this past week, I've had time to hone in on the stillness of the setting. At times, the only sound is the rhythmic ticking of his IV, and the up and down of his breathing as he sleeps. I then become aware of the beep-beep of a call light down the hall, rushing footsteps, doors opening, and shutting. Sometimes it's the laughter of visitors or the impatient cry of a young child. Other times, I can hear chairs scraping across the floo... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 22:45:21 EST Making a Difference Making a difference <BR> BRIGHTSPARK7 said 'Wow! Is it a rocket? Is it Superman? Nope. It's Chrys! The Spark shooting star!' <BR> <BR> A wonderful Sparkfriend sent this to me on my friend feed. What encouragement! What smiles! What fun! How wonderful to be on this journey to a healthy life! <BR> <BR> 2/4/2010 <BR> Thu, 4 Feb 2010 21:56:23 EST I'm Sparkling! I'm Sparkling <BR> I'm thrilled to turn the calendar page to February as I'm even more committed to this positive lifestyle! I've reset my weight goal in conjunction with my long term goal for 2010. I'm excited about the short-term actions and medium term milestones that I've set and I'm looking forward to achieving the rewards that I have in place. I continue to be amazed and thankful for all that SparkPeople offers...the friends, the teams, the coaches, the inspiration, the support, the... Sun, 31 Jan 2010 16:38:48 EST Blizzard in Minnesota Blizzard in Minnesota <BR> Made it into work this morning. Perhaps it was a good thing that it was dark and I didn't see just how iced-over the roads were/are!! Drove through areas of white-out conditions, but didn't think much about it until I got to work and that's all anyone talked of. By 11:00 a.m., all area schools were closed; and by noon, many of the buses returned, students still on! By 2:00 p.m., major state highways were closed and the snowplows were called off the roads! Ah, an... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 21:54:38 EST It's a part of who I It's a part of who I <BR> Freezing rain. High winds. Rain changing to wet, slushy snow. Me---walking outdoors! I had stayed inside almost all day and was pacing like a trapped animal! I put on my heavy, lined, rubber boots, my Columbia parka with hood, fingerless gloves, and headed out. It was slippery, but I developed a pace and stride within minutes and actually enjoyed the fresh air and moisture. The heavy, wet atmosphere provided a foggy screen across the lake and added to th... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 23:04:31 EST Oh, how I love Fridays! Oh, how I love Fridays! <BR> I'm always ready for Fridays, ready to leave the stress and challenges of work behind for a couple of days! There is such a difference in me on a Friday evening....less tired and more ready to enjoy the gifts life offers. As I'm writing this, rain is beating on the windows and the wind is blowing so hard that I'm able to hear the rush through the trees. It's January. It's Minnesota. It's raining! "uffda"!! <BR> 1/22/2010 <BR> Fri, 22 Jan 2010 22:06:54 EST Bootcamp Spark Your Body Bootcamp <BR> This is the first time I've tried a SparkPeople Bootcamp. Thus far, it has been a positive experience, and I haven't missed a day of the workout! In fact, I actually look forward to it and have become quite adept in working out with my good ol' stability ball. I continue to be amazed that exercise, both cardio and strength, have become such a major part of my daily routine and expectations! <BR> 1/20/2010 <BR> Wed, 20 Jan 2010 22:33:52 EST Frosted Wonderland Frosted Wonderland <BR> The trees, shrubs, and ornamental grasses were painted with a thick coat of brilliant white frost today. Although the day was overcast, the frost danced and sparkled on the northwest winds, never leaving its appointed post. When we drove over a hill on the way home, I felt as if I'd been transported to a magical wonderland....or a Currier & Ives painting....or a Christmas movie set! It was breathtaking. When letting the dog out tonight, my dear husband and I noted ... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 22:14:20 EST Sharing from my journaling I've mentioned before, that I journal each evening. Thought I'd share this one with you and see if anyone has any ideas. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Back to Work <BR> Hard to get back to work today....I'm still longing for the wonderful "me-time" that my days off over Christmas afforded! I'm so exhausted tonight....and I know that's the way it will stay until my next vacation. It can be depressing. As the Healthy Reflection for today stated, "don't be satisfied with life's leftovers". Exactl... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 22:37:35 EST A New Week A new week. A clean slate. A chance to do things right, accomplish toward that healthy lifestyle! I do believe I need to write down and follow some type of diversion that would lead me away from having the evening munchies! Even though I haven't succumbed to temptation, I've certainly spent a great deal of time being tempted! <BR> How am I doing on the "no-gurging goal"? Quite well. I had trouble two days, and considering it's a 13 yr. habit, that's not bad. As I said, it's a ... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 22:04:49 EST "Life's Ripples" "A tiny pebble idly tossed <BR> Into the placid stream, <BR> With gentle splash it sinks from sight <BR> And not again is seen. <BR> But outward from that central spot <BR> The circling ripples tend; <BR> Who knows on what far distant shore <BR> The spreading impulse ends? <BR> And so it is with life itself; <BR> A kind thing we say or do <BR> May take a moment of our time <BR> And then be lost to view. <BR> But ever onward it will go <BR> And never lost shall be <BR> Until its widening missi... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 15:17:29 EST Power: The Equation Not long ago, I read an article featuring Shirley Ann Jackson, PHD. She's a theoretical physicist and the president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She devised a formula for power: <BR> <BR> {Preparation 10(Passion +Persistence)} <BR> {Connection 10(Compassion + Courage)} <BR> {Excellence 10(Achievement + Wisdom)} <BR> = Power <BR> {P1 10(P2 + P3)} + {C1 10(C2 + C3)} + (E10(A + W)} =Power <BR> <BR> Follow your passion with pers... Sun, 13 Sep 2009 23:31:32 EST Walking with Bats! The sun sets so much earlier now and I've kept my evening walk at the same time. It's a pleasure to watch the sunset and the reflection on the water, but I'm not too certain how much I enjoy that bats "dive-bombing" overhead! All in all, it was a peaceful, beautiful evening walk, bats and all! Mon, 31 Aug 2009 22:11:11 EST Beautiful Day! My husband and I visited a beautiful Arboretum today, enjoying the lush vegetation, abundant blooms, and heady fragrances. The warm, late summer breeze from the bordering lake added to this most sensory afternoon retreat. The gifts of nature are so extravagant! Mon, 24 Aug 2009 00:01:20 EST Thoughts "If you wish the world to become loving and compassionate, become loving and compassionate yourself. If you wish to diminish fear in the world, diminish your own. These are the gifts you can give." <BR> <BR> "Try to realize, and truly realize, that what stands between you and a different life are matters of responsible choice." <BR> .....Gary Zukav Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:36:12 EST A thought on Sunday night "Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength." <BR> Hasidic saying Sun, 2 Aug 2009 22:21:34 EST Let Your Light Shine "There are all kinds of stars in God's skies. Some are so bright and 'twinkly', they take your breath away; and others don't shine so brightly, but they're still there. Their light is just a little softer." <BR> No matter what kind of star you are, let your light shine! Thu, 30 Jul 2009 22:29:17 EST Thank Someone Here's a "winner" from the archives of articles I've read: <BR> <BR> "I try to start my day thinking of someone to thank. To me, gratitude and inner peace go hand in hand.....As you think of of people to be thankful for, remember that it can be anyone---someone who allowed you to merge into traffic, someone who held the door open for you...the point is to gear your attention toward gratitude. ....What this exercise reminds me to do is to focus on the good in my life. Invariably as I think... Mon, 27 Jul 2009 23:56:18 EST Somthing to think about I read this some time ago: <BR> "The sole reason we've been placed on this earth is to love one another; to care for someone else; to help another person to carry his or her worries until that person is strong enough to carry them on his/her own; to care for someone unconditionally." <BR> .....just something to think about. Sun, 26 Jul 2009 23:50:19 EST Hurry-up! I have a Mary Englebreit calendar in my kitchen and the caption on July's day-at-the-beach picture reads, "Hurry Up And Relax". This tickles me each time I look at it, validates my feelings, and enables me to realize that a common dilemma for many of us is little down-time. I honestly include time to relax, or read, play the piano, or call and visit with friends and family on my to-do list. Whoa! Life for many of us is hurry-up and do this or that, be here or there....but I guess we can ... Sat, 25 Jul 2009 11:27:55 EST