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/ 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 Summer Memories: State Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982411 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b8a40f0-4f06-4491-a07b-3395dd63d274.png"> <BR> <BR> It’s August and the time of year when many states are getting ready for their annual fair. When I was a new teacher my first job was in Salem, the capital of Oregon. I lived a few blocks from the state fairgrounds. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0a5d1dd6-0544-4514-9f5e-3b85cc5e3c59.jpg"> <BR> My apartment was just across Silverton Road near the Gray Gate. (S... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 01:31:20 EST THREE THINGS EXERCISING HAS TAUGHT ME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5977634 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/887f3fad-7ac4-4346-b496-6a77b65089d0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I started Spark I did not think of exercise as a reward. I thought it was next to impossible! I had experienced several car accidents which left me disabled and unable to walk without pain. At that time exercising was a memory, something that able bodied people did in order to lose weight and keep in shape. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2aacd339-52f4-42... Fri, 14 Aug 2015 04:34:21 EST WHY I LIKE USING "SPARKRECIPES" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5973983 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e9f7402-98ae-4e61-ae26-febae1340d49.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SparkRecipes is one of my favorite Spark resources. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a67b029b-df06-4df9-bc12-b915f340e694.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~1 – SparkRecipes encourages me to do more of my own cooking. There are so many ideas. <BR> If I have lots of zucchini to use up I can search for zucchini and find a wide range of recipes to try. <BR> Here is one of my favori... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 02:12:50 EST AUGUST GOALS: How I Plan to Reduce Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972124 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff4b4997-367a-4358-aa1f-779b6d605694.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Reduce your stress. How many times have you heard that? <BR> <BR> We know that reducing stress lessens your chances of developing all kinds of unhealthy conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more? And if you have one or more stress-related conditions, reducing your stress levels is an important part of your treatment. <BR> <BR> Yes, I know reducing stres... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 17:09:59 EST Some Like it Hot – Some Do Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5969012 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb9450f4-e036-476b-82bb-a725e4387890.png"> <BR> <BR> It's that time of year again. Summer is here and people start asking, "What is your favorite? The heat of summer or the cold of winter?" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d11d1e21-8b3e-4603-a22d-0728a3af09d7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here in the NW we have been sweltering with WAY above average temperatures. Some people really like day after day of 100 degrees and above.... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:44:12 EST Summer Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965580 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/87e7de7a-70b4-450e-8b6f-a9448f78318d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Summer takes me back to the time when I was a child playing my way through school vacation time. Things like wearing flip flops (we called them Zori’s) and writing in the sand. <BR> <BR> Do you remember your first hula hoop? I did a lot of silly things to play with it before I was big enough to twirl it around my waist. What laughter it provoked. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sp... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:59:15 EST Pictures of Oregon in Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5961032 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4e13c52e-5996-47e7-b9a1-489228695a7f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I think of summer in Oregon certain pictures come to mind. <BR> <BR> First, are the roses. They signal summer, coming into bloom in June and blooming bountifully all summer. The picture above was taken at the Portland International Rose Test Garden. It is a joy to walk among them. <BR> <BR> The next thing you notice is the abundance of water. In fact, Oregon is well known for its r... Wed, 15 Jul 2015 04:55:32 EST Celebrating America’s Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955221 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6aae1a9-04e7-4007-adcd-2d4688781a2b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Grandma always said that Independence Day was America’s birthday and we liked to celebrate it with music (as well as parades, picnics and fireworks). I wanted to give you samples of some of my favorites by American (mostly) composers. I’ve tried to give you links as well. <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the most stirring and inspiring musical tributes is Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 04:16:31 EST STUMBLING BLOCKS?? MAKE STEPPING STONES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953121 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf72441a-f1c0-4f9f-bfd7-a8a234f41ff3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is the way you use them.” <BR> <BR> I remember the first time I heard this saying. I had arrived at a huge stumbling block in my life. In fact it had stopped me cold. I was stuck and didn’t want to be -- but I couldn’t see any way out. <BR> <BR> Then I saw this quote. What good news. I could turn my stumbling block in... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:28:59 EST My Favorite Quick Get Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950022 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8564b0bc-42da-4ba7-806b-a2f02fc1ed67.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I live where I can see the majestic Mt. Hood. For as long as I can remember it has been a calming influence on me. There is something stabilizing about knowing that wherever I am driving, I can come around a corner and be gifted with a view of this always beautiful mountain. It never fails to thrill me. <BR> <BR> When I need a quick get-away I like to drive up to Terwilliger Boulevard in... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 23:33:11 EST CELEBRATING FATHER'S DAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948478 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f77c34b1-792d-4376-9f93-4ffc4656d057.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here it is – the special day we have set aside to celebrate fathers. <BR> Many thoughts come to mind when we say the word “father”. <BR> <BR> We use it to designate our biological or adopted father. <BR> We describe our ancestors as our fore-fathers. <BR> We look to the oldest and wisest as fathers of our community or group. <BR> Many call their spiritual leaders father. <BR> Christians p... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 03:09:04 EST One Day of Healthy Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945876 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9e54d0d-e3a3-41c0-8fa8-6f883c7e0b78.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A good day starts with breakfast, especially when breakfast includes chocolate. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3a577117-50b2-4338-9d80-e8ce4597aa90.jpg"> <BR> <BR> CHOCOLATE BANANA OATMEAL <BR> <BR> This recipe is quick, easy, requires no cooking and includes protein, grains (can be gluten-free) and fruit. All it requires is a banana, some protein powder, coco... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 03:02:57 EST Self-Care 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942681 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c2b339d9-30ad-4709-b929-1e3760a8e1d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has taken many years for me to realize the wisdom of self-care. I come from a tradition that honors submerging one’s own needs to meet the demands of others. I received praise for ignoring myself and was scolded for being selfish or self-indulgent if I chose to do something that honored my own inclinations. I learned this lesson. I obeyed it. I also became more and more a stranger to... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 01:15:32 EST Diving into My Summer Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938826 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/96a40e18-00ed-4275-bbe1-6cbab72589a9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s June and time to revisit my May Goals. <BR> I made progress in each of these: <BR> 1. Get enough sleep <BR> 2. Be sure to stretch <BR> 3. Drink plenty of water <BR> 4. Eat lots of veggies <BR> 5. Exercise as much as I can <BR> 6. Find Joy <BR> <BR> In May I received good news from my doctors. My new endocrinologist was helpful and my levels are stable. The cardiologist recommended ... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 01:57:03 EST MEMORIAL DAY MEMORIES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933760 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/22ac7871-2197-43da-92be-0307fecc4fe0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I was growing up (1950’s) Memorial Day was called “Decoration Day”. We always went to my grandparents’ house in what was then a very small town in rural Oregon. They had lived in Tennessee and South Carolina and still held many memories about the War Between the States that had been passed down to them. At that time their relatives lived in the North as well as the South which made ... Mon, 25 May 2015 01:34:37 EST Summer Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932305 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3b90483d-1ea9-4b7c-b0c6-499925d49da0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is a picture of the Oregon coast which is about a 2 hour drive from where I live. I go there as often as I am able, even if it is only for the day. One of my favorite places is a lookout at Gleneden Beach. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9b65339c-2c3d-4f62-8ae7-e410d9c0766b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Seals can be seen fishing in the waves. It is usually a quiet plac... Fri, 22 May 2015 01:44:00 EST GOALS REVIEW FOR MAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924447 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1383251363.jpg"> <BR> <BR> MY GOALS FOR APRIL <BR> <BR> Get enough sleep - <em>248</em> between 7 ½ and 8 ½ hours per night <BR> Be sure to stretch - <em>248</em> using Stronger Seniors chair exercises <BR> Drink plenty of water - <em>248</em> usually 10 or more glasses per day <BR> Eat lots of veggies - <em>248</em> I increased my veggies to at least 5 servings per day <BR> <BR> Exercise as much as I can - <em>248</em> ... Thu, 7 May 2015 19:50:31 EST