CRYSTALJEM's SparkPeople Blog CRYSTALJEM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Read All About It! So my editor was dumb founded yesterday when she called to ask what I thought of my byline and I told her I hadn't seen it yet. I actually forgot it came out yesterday.... was thinking it was today.... cause the paper is dated today.... but it comes out one day early.... I know.... <BR> <BR> So.... she recommended I go get a coffee and enjoy. Which I did. Well I got a tea. And my kids were as excited as I was. <BR> <BR> As a matter of fact when they went to town they came home with a ca... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 09:49:07 EST The Sun Came Back! My cat is being very helpful with this entry this morning. Feeling rather cuddly after a night out I guess. Yep comfy, just laid down on all my paper work. Typical. That's ok. I'm in a good mood. <BR> <BR> Finally! The smoke is gone, at least for a while. A week of it was a bit much. My lungs and eyes and life in general need a break. Don't get me wrong. The people up north, they're living the nightmare, I've just got a bit of smoke to deal with. Was smart enough to start both my inhale... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 10:17:02 EST Cloudy with a Chance of Smoke Oh I want to get so much done today and am already floundering. All the smoke in the air makes it so dark all I really want to do is go back to bed and read and sleep. I am so tempted, but I've committed to things today! <BR> <BR> Stomach is churning over one of my kids again. Happy on the outside, maybe not so happy on the inside. Such a normal thing for many kids, but for this one, it's easy for it to spiral out of control. Trusting their ability to ask for help, trusting their ability to... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 12:09:10 EST It's Monday! Are You Ready? Began reading an interesting article (have to finish it yet) but I thought I'd share while I have a chance. It's from the Huffington Post and is called I Don't Have To Lose Weight To Be A Yogi. The pictures prove that fact - and let's face it. The idea of weight not having to hold us back is not new. I'm all for that. Quit letting "things" and "people" and "ideas" and "beliefs" hold us back! It's pretty simple really, when you want to do something "Just Do It!" Well it's all that simple w... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:17:23 EST RLA: Truth Well amongst all the things I haven't finished yet I did manage a tiny blog entry. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy. <BR> <BR> Last night was the first night in I don't know how long where we didn't have anything "planned" so we stayed home and puttered at things - maybe not efficient, but much needed mental break. <BR> <BR> Watched American Ninja Warrior... <em>216</em> The girls are just making me want to reach every goal I set. <em>405</em> ... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:57:04 EST CWMR: Press Set Well, two Christmases ago I received a very nice brand new bathroom scale. You program in your height and sex and it determines your BMI and caloric range to keep you at the weight you currently are. It even saves the last results so you can review. <BR> <BR> So this morning, I finally set it up. Yes, finally. I told you I've been having a problem with getting things done in a timely fashion. This time it was simply not really wanting to know the truth. But lately I've been really good at ... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:29:43 EST CWMR: Down... Calorie Wise Meanderings and Ramblings: <BR> <BR> ... the scale that is. It's a slow decline but it is a decline never the less and I am celebrating it. <BR> <BR> Finding the foods that cause me to bloat up and gain that air and water weight is a very high priority for me. It makes a huge difference in how I feel so it's worth the effort. I'm not finding it easy, but worth it. I'm a bit immature when I choose to lose a food I "really really like" but a challenge is a challenge and I know i... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 11:49:03 EST CWMR: Organizing Calorie Wise Meanderings and Ramblings.... <BR> <BR> I keep trying to tweak my schedule so everything "fits". And it never does. Because while I try to stay mindful and pace myself I still get caught up in the world. A lot. It doesn't help that I'm an family unit. Like everything in life it has pros and cons. Pros outweigh the cons for me. But that doesn't mean I don't get frustrated with them. <BR> <BR> So I tried again today. I must admit, each attempt I get a bit better a bit more refine... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:18:37 EST CWMR: Storytellers and Reporters Calorie Wise Meanderings and Ramblings... <BR> <BR> I did it. I finished my freelance piece. It was a little painful, but in a good way. Lots of learning curve and that's ok - I'm open to learning and I am quick to admit I do not know it all, probably never will. <BR> <BR> It was challenging - being a blogger I'm used to being able to be in full control. I'm a story teller so brevity is not something I often worry about anymore. But when you're freelancing for a newspaper it's definite... Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:56:06 EST Just Do It I had a great little video shared with me this morning. <BR> <BR> It's the truth. If I don't want to start over again, quit giving up! <BR> <BR> I'm at the edge, I can give up or I can jump and wait for the net to appear. <BR> <BR> I have my first interview with someone I know this afternoon. Am looking forward to writing this article. Hoping to please the editor, but I also realize part of this is all about pleasing me. <BR> <BR> I'm nervous, but I know I can do this. <BR> <BR> Have... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 10:37:02 EST What Have I Done! Well, I've put myself in my element, started my dreams coming true, made a plan, got a free lance assignment.... <BR> <BR> And Now I Am Absolutely And Completely Utterly TERRIFIED! <BR> <BR> Great local paper <BR> Great objective and supportive editor, and we think alike <BR> Geat opportunity to do articles I want to do, not the stuff I don't want to do (like accident scenes, council meetings and police reports) I get to do the interesting people/business interviews, the opinion pieces!! <B... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 10:52:17 EST Bursting Buttons I'm still a little sore, but definitely on the mend. Thank goodness. Being sore just isn't fun, especially when the pain makes fun tasks difficult - like walking. <BR> <BR> I realized that yet AGAIN I have become unsubscribed to some of my favourite blogs. I do wish that didn't happen. <BR> <BR> Being in pain yesterday and having to be careful how I walked I thought it was a perfect opportunity to work on the next draft of my manuscript. I looked at it as an opportunity from wherever opp... Thu, 28 May 2015 09:52:56 EST RLA: Challenged Wow, how time flies.... good news is I'm also getting things done! Lots of distractions, interruptions and challenges. That's part of what life is. I'm learning to do the dance. While I was dancing aka gardening I managed to do "something" to my left leg. Pretty sure it's sciatica. I'm suffering less today than yesterday. Trying to take it easy today. <BR> <BR> Have been busy with getting out everyday as part of the David Suzuki Foundation 30x30challenge. 30 minutes of nature for 30 days.... Wed, 27 May 2015 15:23:54 EST Victorious NSV: said no to cola last night 2x (small but huge at the same time) AND I'm sticking with my overall plan! Ok, so it's only been a few days, BUT I could have blown it on day 1 and I didn't, not day 2 or day 3 or.... so I'm like.... HAPPY! <BR> <BR> SV: Dropped a couple of pounds from a few days ago and remained exactly the same between yesterday and today. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ok, I know that in the real world that's peanuts. But peanuts is exactly what I needed today. :) <BR> <BR> Still ha... Wed, 6 May 2015 12:10:04 EST The Visions In My Head Feeling fine. <BR> <BR> Want to make a new vision board, as I always find these helpful. I finally did my goal board on SP a few months ago and wow, have to admit, what a difference - just another word for vision board, but regardless of what you choose to call it, the impact is unquestionable at least for me. <BR> <BR> Chris D made me finally realize (he's been saying if for how long?) that streaks really help build momentum and motivation so I set myself a little goal. 100 days signing i... Tue, 5 May 2015 12:26:09 EST Not Perfect, and That's Perfectly Fine All I can say is that when you are a fast thinker and fast typer (doesn't mean you necessarily do either well lol) that one of the most frustrating things to experience is a computer that is slower than molasses in January. What is equally frustrating is that my tech gurus just seem to scratch their heads and go "I don know..." In other words, it's not bugging them nearly as much and their solution is just go buy a new one.... yet they haven't done that either. Sigh. One of these days I'll... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:57:16 EST Loving Life With All It Brings Trying to feel positive, and in truth, over all I do. Good right? Hold on to that thought. I am. <BR> <BR> It's grey, cloudy and cool with a 30% chance of showers. About what is to be expected in our area this time of year. Actually weather is much nicer than what we often have. I even planted and "early" garden spot yesterday - a few beans, carrots, radishes, chard, spinach and I have a spot for 4 tomato seeds and 10 potatoes to go in. Still below freezing at night so don't want to ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:59:38 EST I Woke Up I woke up feeling a real complete sense of gratitude. Maybe some of the videos and blogs I watched and read this morning helped build it even more, but for some reason I didn't have to look this morning, I just felt it. Deeply. <BR> <BR> I'm so grateful for my life, the very fact that I have one! I woke up very tired and feeling like I might be getting a cold, but even that didn't stop the feeling of wonder. <BR> <BR> My feet hurt and it took me a minute to stand straight and get my bala... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:36:01 EST Feeling Beautiful I just read an article about Pink Now I like Pink a lot, her music, her attitude, her style, her incredible physical grace and strength, and I think she's very beautiful, naturally. <BR> <BR> I was quite taken aback that photos of her from the gala she attended, in honour of a friend of hers, would incur the wrath or "concern" of her fans because of her ummmmm, wait for it.... <BR> <BR> weight. <BR> <BR> That's right. They were concerned that she might be gaining a bit too much. She di... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 09:45:47 EST RLA: Celebrating Awesomeness Wish I could spark/blog more easily on my phone but it doesn't seem to be an option at the moment. <BR> <BR> Anyway, things here are going quite well, just getting ready to run some errands and take my dd driving - or more accurately - she gets to take me. <BR> <BR> Here's my latest RLA blog, hope you enjoy. <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>49</em> <em>49</em> <em>49... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 18:04:32 EST RLA: The Concept of Time <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> First things first, my dh's hand is not broken, just sore. He learned a valuable lesson, watch where you put your hands and never cry wolf. He's always had a habit of pretending to get hurt to freak the kids out. Yesterday when it happened initially my dd thought he was joking. To both their credits, they stayed calm and she did exactly what needed to be done as soon as she realized this was a real emerge... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:19:59 EST Finding Comfort Quick SP update.... tendonitis in my right pointer finger. Not sure why, but the universe must be giving me a message. So, behaving sort of today and getting down to work. Exercised by hiking in the fresh snow with my dog. Sticky snow makes for a good workout, and needs a bit of care since you can't see ruts, rocks or anything else beneath the pure white carpet. It's beautiful, and warm, and the snow won't last long. <BR> <em>334</em> <em>225</em> <em>67</em> <em>259</em> ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:56:38 EST New Thoughts On Addiction Never ceases to amaze me how once the "experts" say something, it seems impossible to get them to say something else even when the evidence changes. <BR> <BR> I like the potential this article gives about the topic of addiction and connections, or addiction and isolation. It rings very true to me. <BR> <BR> I find people who are addicted to things, even if they appear very happy on the outside, are battling a personal war on some level. Ok, I just realized I am both judging and labelling.... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 17:46:38 EST And That's The Truth Well, truth can sneak up on you. <BR> <BR> Last night my son had an assignment, one of those that asks questions like how old were you when you began to talk. <BR> <BR> When my kids were born I never thought I'd forget any milestone ever! Well, I have, mainly because we moved when my youngest was 2 and all those baby books and souvenirs pretty much stayed packed away. I have numerous folders of goodies waiting to be pasted into baby books, records to be updated and hopefully after they... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:02:30 EST Sports Clothing Recommendations Please Bras to be specific. I have a bit of a challenge ahead of me. I have a teen age daughter who is rather well endowed. I have just come to realize that she is extremely, and I mean extremely self conscious about this. Apparently has been for a very long time. As a matter of fact it just might be part of, maybe a big part of all the other challenges she's faced. Still trying to figure out how I missed that one, but right now that's not what is important. <BR> <BR> Anyway, here's what I ne... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:54:25 EST New Work Out Routine Rocks! It rocks literally. <BR> <BR> Saw this on my feed this morning, couldn't resist sharing. Enjoy all! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>o5zrj3g </link> <BR> <BR> Namaste CJ <BR> <BR> Ok, so I don't know why the link above won't work. It works everywhere else I type it so...... here it is without the hyperlink. If you want you can copy and paste to your browser or you can go to youtube and search for Uptown Funk Treadmill Dance - Carson Dean. <BR> <... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:42:57 EST RLA: Making It To The Other Side New Blog up.... and a huge list of chores to do, including exercise and sunshine! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Gotta run! That's good right!? :D Cheers, and have a great day being green! <BR> <BR> CJ Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:46:18 EST Babes Well, I have another blog up so I'll share it with all of you! <BR> <BR> You may have heard of Cici but if not, here is a little girl who knows how to put a bully in his place, even though a bully's words cut even the thickest skin. It's all about attitude and sass and Cici, well, she's got lots of both. <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>49</em> <em>49</em> ... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:03:43 EST It's Always Good Well, I didn't make the cut or get an honourable mention this year for my NYCMidnight entry. That's ok. First of all, I'm very happy with my story and for me that's the most important thing. I got excellent feedback and help from fellow competitors. By next week I should have the judges comments inland. There is always next year. And there's always the flash fiction competition and other competitions. I never would have written the story I did without the assignment from NYC so that's... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:33:02 EST RLA: Lessons On Living <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I posted a blog this morning about living life now, putting aside the what ifs and the if onlys. <BR> <BR> I was inspired by a wonderful woman named Sarah Amento who is fighting for her life because of breast cancer. <BR> <BR> I hope together, we both inspire each of you. <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR>... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:17:27 EST Wowzers Ok, I am EXTREMELY frustrated with my internet speed today. One of the cons of living in the rurals (even if rural means only 10 minutes from the nearest large centre). Soooo frustrating. I swear at this speed doing things manually would be about as quick. <BR> <BR> A lesson in patience. <BR> <BR> Wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been supporting me and giving me encouragement, and providing information to help me reach my dreams and the goals that come from them. <BR> ... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 11:53:34 EST I Can Do This! Spring must be coming. <BR> <BR> I updated my goal board. <BR> <BR> I'm going to do it. <BR> <BR> I am. <BR> <BR> Step by step. <BR> <BR> They are relatively simple attainable goals. <BR> <BR> But I'm still going to need support. <BR> <BR> I hope that all my SP friends will give me a boost of confidence every once in awhile because I'm going to need it. <BR> <BR> I already know I prefer to avoid things that are uncomfortable, and that is one thing I really want to change. <BR> <B... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:32:12 EST CFWW: Good Lunch Day <em>550</em> <em>551</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> <em>485</em> <em>69</em> <em>284</em> <em>291</em> <em>210</em> <em>368</em> <em>369</em> <em>370</em> <em>551</em> <em>550</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I am getting back into more healthy eating every day it seems. Makes me happy. Makes me feel better. Doesn't seem to be hurting my pocket book more than usual. Spring must be coming, I've got the itch for green! <BR> <BR> Today I made a very simple spin... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:53:37 EST I Read It I read my email this morning and found this message from Chris, The Spark Guy. <BR> <BR> I must admit I don't read all the spark messages from SparkPeople that drop into my mailbox. But I'm glad I took the time to read this one. I really needed the reminder, more than I would have guessed. I've gotten busy again which is ok, but as I got busier and more frantic I forgot to take the time to still visualize, dream and plan. To take the time to not just make things happen but to let things ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:23:19 EST A Leap of Faith Well, I don't really have much to say today, but I realized that I haven't written anything in a while so here I am. <BR> <BR> Funny how some days I can't get enough time to write all my thoughts down and then other days it's like the door got left open and they all ran away during the night. <BR> <BR> I think I'll weigh myself today. I must admit that I have been ignoring that for quite a while. A new scale that is accurate, but weighs heavier than my old one <em>39</em> put me in a b... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:30:09 EST Blogs and Stories Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Here's a real quick note. <BR> <BR> First, and RLA blog for you. I think there's actually a few up since I posted here last. This will take you to the latest, you can flip through any others that you want. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I also have a link to the story I wrote. As far as I know I'm allowed to share it now so if you'd like to read it here it is. Remember, it was an assigned challenge so it was genre action/adventure, subje... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:18:24 EST Writing Well, I'm really enjoying the writing challenge I'm working on. Thankfully I didn't get half way through and have to start over this time. I'm done my major draft and it's off to a friend to see what she thinks. It's got 2 british characters so was asking for help with dialogue etc to make sure it comes across alright. DS helped me out with some technical lingo so hopefully the judges will like it. <BR> <BR> The assignment for me was Genre: Action/Adventure Subject: Invention Character... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:28:49 EST RLA: Tip Toe <img src=""> <BR> Well, the early bird really does get the worm. Got up a bit early, became inspired, managed a blog before anyone else even got up. <BR> <BR> Have a great day everyone! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>49</em> <em>49</em> <em>49</em> <em>49</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Wednesday. Be... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:26:13 EST RLA: Actions <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well, unfortunately I am still oh so far behind on catching up on everyone's blogs. Truth be told I feel so guilty it isn't even funny. I mean I want everyone to read my blogs.... but I've hardly touched anyone else's of late. So.... how's that going to work? I mean, I know that no one really has any more time available than me we're all swamped with work and living our own lives. <BR> <BR> I read a quick one... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:34:48 EST CFWW: Magnesium I used to find time to visit and write here and lately I just haven't. Yes, RLA has been taking up some of my time - a certain person in my life seems to think that's a waste of my time since it doesn't bring in money, but it gives me great satisfaction. Right now it's my creative outlet in many ways so I ignore the haters and just shake it off. Yep, been listening to too much Taylor Swift lately thanks to my dd. <BR> <BR> Have been experiencing some joint pain where I've never experienced... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 07:41:03 EST RLA: Morning Glow <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Oh. My. Gosh. Where are the days disappearing to? Time is rushing past me and this year, like a child, I find myself pausing in the midst of it, eyes wide with wonder and awe as the whirring goes on all around me. This year, it's all very surreal. For awhile everything feels "normal" again and I am carried along on a wave of routine, habit, tradition. And then the next moment there is an externally impercepti... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:38:18 EST When Gratitude Isn't It's been 2 weeks since my FIL passed away. We've weathered a lot of change, responsibility and duties in those last 2 weeks. Every once in a while it feels like I'm about to crash completely but somehow I pick myself back up successfully. Human resilience is truly amazing. <BR> <BR> The weekend of plays was astounding. Weather yesterday hampered what should have been a sell out performance. They performed like they were on Broadway and had a full house. It's going to be hard to watch ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 08:04:33 EST RLA: Goodbyes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Rise Like Air has a new blog up. It's about my father in law and how my daughter reminded me to make every encounter count. <BR> <BR> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <em>55</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <em>49</em> <em>49</em> <em>49</em> <em>49</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks for all the kind words and thoughts I've received. It's made everything much easier... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 16:38:48 EST Tuesday Is A New Day Yep, it is. We start again because that's what we do. <BR> <BR> I started the tale so I guess I feel I need to continue it. <BR> <BR> Scooter is holding his own. Not happy, but we made it through the night with stitches in tact - me not so much sleep because his socks came off at about 4:00 and then I had to stay half awake to keep him from scratching because I forgot the surgical tape and scissors I needed to redo them. <BR> <BR> Last night around 8:30 my FIL passed away. He chose to ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:52:09 EST And I Like Mondays Even Less Now Took Scooter to the vet, our primary vet is away on a family emergency. My heart truly goes out to her - immediate empathy on a day like today. <BR> <BR> When I called our secondary vet they were happy to work Scooter in at 10:30. Warmed up the car, tried not to look at the beast because he's so doleful, he looks so pitifully sorry; kind of. I don't know if it's sorry or he just knows from my energy that things are very different. That things aren't ok. <BR> <BR> This is the vet that ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:26:44 EST I Don't Like Mondays Well, I guess it's not really Monday, it's any day that starts out awfully, but somehow Mondays that start out poorly just set the tone, or at least they feel like they do. <BR> <BR> Went out to the barn this morning, took my little survivor dog Scooter (remember he had his head almost ripped off last Oct by some unknown beast). Completely unprovoked my big dog tore into him. I figured out who tried to kill him last year - it was my own dog, whom I was positive hadn't done it. I know now ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:35:54 EST CFWW: TMI Calorie Free Words of Wisdom - Wheat Belly and TMI (Too Much Input) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have a friend who has celiac disease. She suffered for years to varying degrees, but almost always getting worse, before a small town doctor finally figured it out when no one else had. It had gotten so bad she tells me that she would regularly cry in the shower in the morning because it just hurt so much, and the pain was just one ... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:04:47 EST CWMR: Grey and Blustery It's the perfect day to snuggle up under a blanket with a cup of hot tea and a good book. But I decided to go against my better judgment, and venture out to acclimatize myself for the upcoming winter season. Although it's gray and windy, it's still above zero Celsius but supposed to get colder as the day goes on. Even with the forecast wind gusts I think it's a perfect opportunity to take advantage of some free time to do the stuff I want to do and need to get done. The likelihood of much be... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:10:22 EST Short Story: Take The Long Way Home Hello Hello Hello! Happy Belated Halloween. <BR> <BR> I wrote a story a while ago and finally finished the final edit. Here's the link in case you'd like to check it out. <BR> <BR> Hope you enjoy. <BR> <BR> <em>431</em> <em>424</em> <em>333</em> <em>275</em> <em>423</em> <em>422</em> <em>421</em> <em>420</em> <em>419</em> <em>419</em> <em>420</em> <em>421</em> <em>422</em> <em>423</em> <em>275</em> <BR> <BR> <link> </link>... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 16:35:41 EST Take 2 Well it just wasn't meant to be so we're extending Halloween by one more day. I'll have the "treat" up tomorrow unless our tower goes out again. I just don't have the energy right now. DS is going out to two parties tonite one in our closest town and the other in the city. Not planning to be home till after 3. Both parties are dry and he's a great kid, but he's still a fairly new at driving and it's Friday and it's Halloween and well I'm a mom! <BR> <BR> Noticing grey hairs. At least DD s... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:30:05 EST