CJWORDPLAY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=CJWORDPLAY CJWORDPLAY'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/ GETTING OUTDOORS AT THE OREGON COAST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491535 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/863bc00b-6f71-481a-baab-124640b9d1d8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My day begins at Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach. A sunrise walk is the best on this long reach of sand. <BR> <BR> Of course, morning doesn’t always look like that. Fog and mist are often part of the day. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03a97074-1d03-46f7-9970-a2fb29b127d4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Traveling South I stop at a favorite spot, Gleneden Beach. It has a bit of everyt... Tue, 15 May 2018 01:53:33 EST Stressed Out? Take a “Weirdness” Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6485370 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f17bb64-b6c0-4870-a887-9acb984cad47.jpg"> <BR> <BR> April is Stress Awareness Month which reminds us to keep searching for ways to put our stress to work for us instead of letting it drag us down. This is a serious issue and I have been inspired by the many suggestions my Spark Friends have noted in their blogs this month. Thank you for reminding me that taking a break -- for exercise, meditation, sleep, reading, music and self-care -- is a... Tue, 24 Apr 2018 02:09:05 EST Strength Training for Functional Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6473001 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7bbe1078-031d-4382-a5d6-cf553914d634.bmp"> <BR> <BR> WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL FITNESS? Functional fitness is strength training to make your body better at doing everyday activities. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/100249ae-fae5-4657-838d-e4c9f73ee63d.jpg"> <BR> Functional fitness focuses on real-life motions to increase your flexibility and overall strength. That makes everything you do — from shopping to tying your sho... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 03:04:31 EST Celebrating Friendship Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460476 February is Friendship Month and I’ve been wondering what friendship is all about. It’s such an easy word to say. What does it really mean? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/51e8b6d9-f4b4-412b-8029-5de9d68b143c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I think of classic friendships I remember Pooh and Piglet. They know how to be with each other no matter what the day holds. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3c4a4ae4-9189-4ed8-b1d4-c02ca34a27b9.jpg"> <B... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 02:46:54 EST Thinking Back/Looking Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6449677 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fa097cf-a866-4802-816e-adf89222ad05.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The end of one year and the beginning of the next --- a time to review and plan. I’ve been thinking back at 2017, trying to make some sense out of what seemed, at times, rather chaotic. There were some joys, some struggles, some days filled with physical pain, some moments of sorrow and some moments to celebrate the little delights of life. Sorting through all of these memories I ask mysel... Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:23:32 EST A Christmas to Remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6444889 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f0abd72d-9b01-4fcd-9c0b-59496ef023d1.png"> <BR> <BR> Christmas is a time when Santa's Elves are very busy preparing for the big day. We do all we can to help them (and sometimes we even get to make some secret deliveries to friends and neighbors - but, shhh, don't tell). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f651f026-04cf-48be-a40a-bec2ce545380.png"> <BR> <BR> At our house we have a tradition of getting our lists to... Sun, 31 Dec 2017 02:33:00 EST My Winter "Me Time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6441200 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/387c01e0-9587-40b3-bdb4-80482eaf0895.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When it gets cold outside I like to find a good book to read. I'm in luck because this has been a great year for new books from some of my favorite authors. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a7c60feb-5c44-43c0-aa54-d8a3a48bf025.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Louise Penny has another mystery novel in her series set in Three Pines, Quebec. It's titled, "Glass Houses" and has a lot... Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:47:20 EST One of these Days . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6432148 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/15b09d37-dd14-4717-ab81-7b913e2f332b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Where does the time go? It seems like I just cleaned my refrigerator. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fb027934-d1d6-4544-a5e9-887682b369f7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In an ideal world, my pristine refrigerator would contain --- <BR> <BR> BASICS: such as -- Eggs/carton of egg whites, Canola margarine, Herbed feta cheese, <BR> Grated Mozzarella/3-cheese blend, Greek yogurt/low-f... Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:14:37 EST The Great Pumpkin is Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6426506 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4f6e7985-0fe9-48f4-976e-cdc79efa6949.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Our family Halloween celebrations always include the movie, "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". (I'm old enough to remember when it first aired on television in 1966). Every time I view this film I am impressed with the imaginative characterizations of the way peoples minds work. For instance, we keep trying -- even when the outcome is uncertain --- as Charlie Brown experiences each ... Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:04:11 EST Halloween Treats That Won’t Trick You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424780 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de19cdaf-4809-4a3b-8d25-5f1abf4a7b23.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Trick or Treating has changed since I was a little girl all dressed up in a Cinderella costume complete with winter coat, hat, gloves, muffler, boots and umbrella. (It seemed like it always rained for Halloween.) <BR> Candy was a treat because we seldom got any, except the homemade kind. We only went to our neighbors houses (the people we knew) so the sugar high didn’t last very long. <BR>... Wed, 25 Oct 2017 02:29:43 EST Fall Recipes for Fresh Pears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6424090 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00355b0f-4750-4f31-bdc6-60feecaa9898.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am lucky to live where pears are grown locally. A juicy Bartlett pear tastes great all by itself and makes a perfect snack. A slice of cheese makes a pear even better. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37c79a88-1975-4a4f-acdc-b1ebb6e0d5b7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For breakfast I especially like <BR> OPEN-FACED WALNUT AND PEAR TOAST <BR> Spread 1 tablespoon cream cheese ... Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:20:35 EST A New Month - A New Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420284 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6632f9fb-fe77-4fff-9f58-61f7c9868cbf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When a new month begins it's time to stop - take a breath - and check in with how I've been doing and decide how I want to proceed. <BR> <BR> Looking back, the best thing about September was discovering that I still have lots to learn about myself and what I need to promote health and wellness. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9a01bce8-c54b-46d1-ac2b-28b4343cdff7.jpg"> ... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:09:39 EST SEPTEMBER -- My Birthday Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409546 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a073dddb-fa07-407c-bc15-2889ca938d7a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am celebrating my 72nd birthday this month. I remember a time when I thought that was REALLY OLD!!! Funny how my perspective has changed over the years. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4946209c-3f9b-4c0d-9968-dc11c44f876b.jpg"> <BR> This year I've decided to give myself two gifts. First, I am enrolled in a support/practice group with women who are learning b... Sun, 10 Sep 2017 03:19:33 EST Blogging Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372797 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b6d63b25-6a3f-4821-8250-2fa7e683e7cc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, you read that right. I am writing about writing a blog. I think blogging is an amazing way to share what I am learning and what I am thinking. Imagine trying to send a personal handwritten letter to hundreds of thousands of people. Oh, my. I would be an even older old lady than I am. And the postage costs! I’ll take instant blogging, thank you. <BR> <BR> What to write about. T... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 03:51:10 EST My Summer Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368391 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l273259735.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I started writing this blog about my summer plans when I got stuck. <BR> I figured could make a list of the types of exercises I will do and new recipes I want to try. (I know better than to set a specific weight-loss goal. I know the direction I want my weight to go = DOWN. But just how many pounds and exact dates is a bit too discouraging. I want to celebrate what actually happens and not over- estimate the ... Tue, 30 May 2017 03:53:45 EST A New Goal for May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359118 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8aaab1f7-6dc7-486f-ada5-8e4e746f901b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm astonished that May is here already and it's time to think about my goals. <BR> <BR> Last month my goal was to focus on persistence. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca0b0ff8-cf01-4ba6-8766-2589a7878573.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I checked in every day in April and did my best to exercise and eat healthy. <BR> AND I'm still here. Yes - that's persistence. The best part of ... Mon, 8 May 2017 02:24:41 EST Positives About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355052 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1860d972-0e92-4246-919a-263f39544919.gif"> <BR> <BR> The Aspire & Inspire Team has been focusing on being positive this month so our task was to blog about positive things about ourselves. I wasn't sure what to include so I turned to my daughter and asked her what she thinks my positive qualities are. <BR> <BR> This is Stephanie's list. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d18ec75f-fa0e-48e9-96c2-48d7c381399b.jpg"> <BR> ... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:57:43 EST The "Glad Game" and Everyday Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349133 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd579fa9-4e0e-419c-853b-0fefcab2881f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A friend recently broke her arm. Most people would label a broken arm as “bad” and it certainly was NOT what she wanted to happen. She is a thoughtful person who makes herself available to help others, yet now she is faced with how to get through even the simple tasks of taking care of herself. After a few days she told me, “You know, I think this is my opportunity to learn how to be the ... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 05:14:40 EST WHY DO I SET GOALS??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345856 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/efdf46dc-80ff-423c-a956-d1c649e2a453.jpg"> <BR> Another month is here. Must be time to write yet another blog about my goals. I should be reviewing my goals from last month and re-setting them. <BR> But I have a problem: I don’t WANT to write about goals. <BR> So my question is . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bd73fc6f-bccc-47e9-b2d6-72174f87e74b.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> When I look at the picture at the ... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 04:23:20 EST A Woman I Admire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340538 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/481f2520-d312-4b9f-a33e-918a5dba8568.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I met Joan Chittister when I read her book, “Heart of Flesh”. Years ago my friend recommended this book because I was struggling with the role of women in our world culture. I had never heard of Sister Joan before (she is a Benedictine nun) but I knew I wanted to know more about her from the first pages of her book. What touched me was how openly she talked about what it is to be a woman ... Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:06:46 EST Blessings: Gifts that Money Can't Buy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6337647 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/bc757d6c-5c32-4b00-9df4-b863dfd3f5f1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We often wish each other luck, or comment on how fortunate we are. Good fortune brings to mind having nice things happen or gaining fame or possessions. But somehow that doesn't seem to be all there is to it. I feel fortunate having so many blessings in my life, especially blessings that can't be purchased. <BR> <BR> So today I am considering some of the blessings I have been given. <B... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:24:50 EST Celebrating Friendship http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319565 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/42326997-09b7-4c2b-8f16-2d7cb52bbb53.jpg"> <BR> In February we especially celebrate our friendships. <BR> What comes to mind when you think of the word "friend"? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/116ccfe8-b309-44b0-861f-85650e7fc87c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/17dacf40-9827-42f9-9e78-16b56197f24b.png"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/84d06957-e9bd-4f8... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:32:05 EST February Goals -- I'm frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312643 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c85bdfc5-e6dd-4df0-88d7-d67cd44b3dca.png"> <BR> I am frustrated. This is the time to look at my progress in January and set goals for February. I found this beautiful rosy picture and then I thought and thought and thought about what I want to achieve in February. Nothing felt right. There are many health issues that make it hard for me to make progress right now in exercise, eating and so on. So each time I re-set a goal and then life get... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 01:59:55 EST LEARNING TO LOVE MY BODY AS IT IS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304178 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27d1cff0-5d6e-4529-9eb8-7b14c48ab66c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This quote is a great outline for establishing a healthy life. I know a lot about eating well. I move daily (well almost daily). I hydrate often and I do my best to get plenty of sleep. The one thing left on this list is to love my body. I have never been good at that. I have always wanted to have a different shape even when I wasn't overweight. The times I have lost weight I still wa... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 02:52:08 EST Looking Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299700 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/12a35eff-e587-46e1-a177-c2b113390b75.png"> <BR> <BR> Looking ahead -- here are some of the things I am anticipating in 2017. <BR> <BR> 1. Getting Stronger . . . so I can get back to the Y for my Yoga and Silver Sneakers classes. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ea1243df-6895-45a1-8a21-96f71a0fd0e0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2. Concerts . . . such as one this month with Capella Romana <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:48:19 EST WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT SETTING GOALS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295063 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2b17f7a5-6ca7-4a8e-b778-26248d8b99bb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Reflecting on my past year with Spark I realize that I learned a lot about goal setting. I design goals to give order and purpose to my daily activities. I know that setting specific goals motivates me. When I can state clearly what I want to accomplish and how I am going to do it I am more likely to stick with my plan. <BR> <BR> I began the year by setting several specific goals in ea... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 04:12:51 EST DECEMBER GOALS AND . . .STUFF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279282 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0e0ff754-592e-40b6-844d-a68c59811663.png"> <BR> <BR> The last two months have been difficult. Since being hospitalized for a severe infection in October my goals have been drastically simplified. I went from exercising at Silver Sneakers and Yoga classes (4 times per week) to needing help to get out of bed and walking with a walker. With the help of terrific doctors, home care nurses and physical therapists I am now recovered from the infe... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 03:14:41 EST "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" -- What It Means To Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6243947 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6d665660-e01e-4315-a311-01627b9a33e7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The song "RESPECT" is a favorite workout song for me. Aretha Franklin spells out the word so I began to think about what respect means to me and my Spark experience. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee31ace8-d1c2-43fa-bc01-689d85767be3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> R -- Recognize that I need to make changes in my life in order to become stronger and healthier. <BR> <img src="... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:52:41 EST Fall Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6236094 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af9ef1d9-9856-405f-8a0e-6bb7e87337ad.jpeg"> <BR> <BR> Cooler temperatures mean the trees put on their fall color show. And for me they mean more time to be outside. Our summer has been so hot and smoggy it hasn’t been healthy to exercise outdoors. So now I plan to get back to walking in the woods. I think I will take my camera so I can combine exercise with the fun of capturing how the trees are changing. <BR> <BR> I will be able to conti... Thu, 15 Sep 2016 02:02:54 EST Summertime Recipe Favorites http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210111 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0cc28568-475d-4f9a-be39-589fd0f784fc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Summer means fresh fruit. All I need to do is wash and eat. Sometimes I get more creative, but so far I haven’t tried making a melon hedgehog. Just thought it was super cute. <BR> <BR> When I do cook in the summer I go for big batch recipes. That way I can have several leftover meals and not have to heat up the kitchen. Here is a favorite Spark Recipe that goes well over fresh greens o... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 03:23:55 EST Exercise in the Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6206163 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fb5263d4-4d76-4eb6-b3c7-f900e9b24051.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like exercising outdoors so as long as summer temperatures are moderate I am a happy athlete. But ---- summer has a habit of getting way warmer than my body likes. So I need to look for ways to cope with the heat and still get my exercise done. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b4db6d7f-9426-41e7-91e1-5856ea33704b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here are five tips and how I u... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:48:29 EST JULY: My New Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6198369 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b2abe19a-6862-493a-9601-1dd9057e56f4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My goal for June was doing some kind of stretching each day. Stretching is my body's best friend. I was delighted to find that focusing on one change all month long helped me incorporate it as a habit. Stretches have become a way to relax and move more comfortably all day long. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/684152b5-26d0-4b16-8080-43ea50ae5310.jpg"> <BR> For ... Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:06:56 EST Remembering Father http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6183798 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e2d3e0d-84fd-45b5-bf7b-bab5661460ea.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fathers are celebrated every day but especially in June. There are so many words I would love to be able to use to describe my father, but they would not tell the truth. I could tell the story of our troubled journey together, but that would not be helpful for me or for you. <BR> <BR> So instead, I offer you these short verses from my heart. <BR> <BR> My father didn’t love me the way I... Thu, 16 Jun 2016 03:54:17 EST June Goal: Stretching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179429 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3b9d08f-771e-4afc-9cdb-24d593635337.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thinking about my goals for June I decided to review the ones I put on my Start Page. The first one is stretching. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0d14d366-0200-4e63-b275-c8bc93661c04.jpg"> <BR> Stretching is so very good for me. I know that from experience. I can tell how much it helps ease the pain related to fibromyalgia by how much my pain increases when ... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 04:06:25 EST Summer Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6169233 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c557ecb7-23d7-49e2-a3f6-8aefd4cb441c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Vacation time is fast approaching and people begin to ask, “Do you have any plans for this summer?” Yes, I have plans for some fun summer activities. <BR> <BR> First, I will be walking our local forest trails. I love being among trees, especially in the summer sunshine. The rays of the sun filtering through are fascinating. And the shade is nice, too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos... Tue, 24 May 2016 03:37:17 EST What I Like About Being Outdoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164580 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03d45fa5-2515-40d8-856a-40e99f796648.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Where do I begin? I live in a fantastic part of the United States, the Pacific Northwest. I am surrounded with wonderful places to walk and just enjoy the beauty of nature. I don’t have sufficient words to describe these places. So here are pictures of some of my favorites. <BR> <BR> Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e7aa848f-b137-... Tue, 17 May 2016 04:32:05 EST May Goal: Dealing with Discouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159841 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4fe88a3f-0664-4a34-8549-be023c6a6218.jpg"> <BR> <BR> EVERYONE gets discouraged. Yes, even top athletes, powerful leaders, Oscar-winning movie stars, people who have a reputation for being positive, and . . . Me. No matter how hard I work, no matter how well I plan --- discouraging days will come. It’s part of being human. It’s part of living a real life. And boy, has my life been real lately. <BR> <BR> So when I was asked to blog about my... Tue, 10 May 2016 04:25:20 EST THE ART OF MOTHERING http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6157972 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6de0c265-9bd3-4b0d-ac71-b7fd54255258.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First, let me say that I am thankful for the countless blessings I have received from my gentle Mom. And I am delighted to be the mother of an exquisite adult daughter. Those two things make this a very Happy Mother’s Day for me. <BR> <BR> Over the years, and especially after the death of my mom, I have become aware of a wider concept of the word Mother . . . one which includes others wh... Sat, 7 May 2016 01:53:13 EST FOCUS ON CARDIO http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6105821 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee5be4df-8d7c-4bd3-bfe2-b49ce6bb089d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> February is National Heart Month which makes it a good time to focus on cardio exercise. When my knee was injured my regular walking routine was seriously curtailed. I did what chair exercises I could, but I missed being able to move freely like I had before. Physical therapy is going well. I am now able to walk 20 minutes using my walking poles. It feels good. <BR> <BR> Now I am lookin... Sat, 27 Feb 2016 02:12:38 EST MY VALENTINE DAYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094048 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e68d9cfa-b711-42f8-8569-2ed034921c0b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Over the years I have celebrated many Valentine Days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3ec99e3d-ce5e-41f1-ba23-622e6c472390.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In kindergarten I remember cutting out hearts and making valentines for my school mates. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/04be1733-0680-46ec-8f0b-b83bc5dd1ff5.jpg"> <BR> A few years later Valentin... Fri, 12 Feb 2016 03:36:46 EST WINTER WONDERS: Let it Snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072999 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7a3eefb2-b983-4503-b036-c57e0c1e7e9d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For a lot of people snow comes regularly in winter and sometimes it comes in super over-supply. But where I live snow arrives seldom and often by surprise, so it is always an event. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0f36b43-d0fb-4a69-a7f4-5a47ecf9a59c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As a child to awaken to falling snow often meant a day off from school. I could sit home by th... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:57:44 EST 2016 Plan for Healthy Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065437 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/acbf430a-616d-4acf-87cf-a937a8075c70.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am thankful for the New Year and a fresh start. Last year was a difficult one with multiple health issues which side-tracked my regular exercise and eating patterns. I'm ready to get back to the basics. <BR> <BR> Here is a III Part checklist my doctor gave me to help determine what is most important for me. These questions helped me work through to a plan so I've included them along w... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 03:20:19 EST My Favorite Winter Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053731 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fab34ace-b7c5-4ef9-851e-79ca6fe4c365.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are so many reasons to make soup for cold winter days. It smells wonderful while cooking. It feels warm and comforting. It fills you up. You can make a big batch and have leftovers. <BR> <BR> This is one of my favorites: <BR> BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLE SOUP <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b532ede4-669e-4c14-a639-9d43c3aebfc3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1 qt. (32 oz) B... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 01:36:44 EST Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040401 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32d8acc0-c8cc-4d01-ae6f-12aea57ddb16.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What does success mean? According to the dictionary -- <BR> <BR> SUCCESS, def. noun: a person or a thing that accomplishes an aim or purpose. <BR> <BR> I think it is safe to say that most people consider success to be something positive. <BR> Many people look up to those who appear to be "a success". <BR> <BR> Success is often pictured something like this <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 02:49:05 EST Here’s a Fun Game that is Absolutely Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039761 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3424f89b-ef00-4ba6-8d47-200ae887f9d1.jpg"> <BR> That’s Right! You can play this game with any number of people and it doesn’t cost a thing! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3424f89b-ef00-4ba6-8d47-200ae887f9d1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You start with a topic, any topic. The first person says something happy about that topic and everyone else shouts <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3424f89b-ef00-4ba6-8d47-200ae... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:01:39 EST The Twelve Goodies of Thanksgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036942 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7dd26cca-dd15-436f-bd3c-350f305e1a78.jpg"> <BR> Here is a just-for-fun Thanksgiving song I adapted for all my Spark Friends. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> THE TWELVE GOODIES OF THANKSGIVING <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> For the first goodie of Thanksgiving my Spark Friend gave to me <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/de143672-8fb6-45a2-955a-0be9c8bd0273.jpg"> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1305c0c9-6146-4337-9b29-1aa... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:11:31 EST ANY TIME IS TEA TIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6023511 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0ff77266-9f57-4320-a4f4-1886e0065940.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My grandmother introduced me to tea time. She had a tradition of sitting down for a hot cuppa and biscuits in the afternoons. When I was little she served my tea in one of the children’s tea sets she had. This is the one I still have. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/aa59c53e-16f3-44a0-a388-aac7c1dcb296.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I got older I was able to sip my tea ... Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:06:45 EST BALANCING FALL CHALLENGES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6016353 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8fef8ada-80e6-482b-88b1-ab04493cc76d.jpg"> <BR> Fall is a time of lots of changes. The leaves start falling, we begin to get less daylight and before long it's time to reset our clocks back to standard time. Some people look forward to these changes, longer nights and cooler temperatures. Some people wish summer heat and sunshine would stay. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/acfa18c6-22c4-40cc-87ec-217db6eeaee5.jp... Sat, 17 Oct 2015 03:46:19 EST One thing I like about SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998289 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/16f7371f-efe4-49a0-acf7-fabd3f0c125d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There are many, many things I like about SparkPeople. But the ONE thing I like most is that SparkPeople provides a wide range of choices and resources. If all I needed was a “diet” plan with a list of foods that are and are not allowed I could look anywhere. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f05474d-745c-4213-8691-900794128fe9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since I am embraci... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 01:19:43 EST CHANGING MY GOALS FOR SEPTEMBER http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993828 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b52cb10f-d881-4faa-936a-064fc08130bf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For years I was either a student or a teacher so September meant the beginning of the school year and the time to set new goals. This is my plan so far: <BR> <BR> I’ve been experimenting with my nutrition and I've discovered that . . . <BR> <BR> 1. I feel better without wheat <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6e869eb4-99b7-4672-9585-c766912a561b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I pla... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 01:42:14 EST