DAYSPRING-STAR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DAYSPRING%2DSTAR DAYSPRING-STAR'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/ “Try to Remember the Kind of September... and If You Remember Then Follow. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785658 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1674978581.jpg"> <BR> “Try to Remember the Kind of September... and If You Remember Then Follow." <BR> <BR> I love this time of year! As a child, September represented a new beginning as I eagerly returned to school with my supplies: a new box of crayons with perfect tips, a package of markers in so many colors, that bottle of glue with the orange lid, maybe last year’s ruler and scissors cleaned up, but definitely new pencils each with th... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:27:43 EST April: Fools? Nah! Potential, Passion, and Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661529 Happy April 1st! April Fools? Not!!! <BR> <BR> Potential, passion, and progress? Absolutely!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l491883085.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No fools hanging out at SparkPeople! We are here because we are intelligent and know with SP resources and community support, we can make progress toward whatever it is that we really want in terms of our health. We can transform our thoughts, our attitudes, our actions, and yes, our bodies. We can do it... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:49:21 EST An Experiment in Miracles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519428 "You have to be willing to accept the information, you have to be willing to work hard. You have to be motivated to go to practice with an open mind." <BR> -Brandi Chastain <BR> <BR> This morning I found my way to one of my dear SparkFriend's blogs. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518530 </link> <BR> <BR> There is always a lesson, a challenge, a gift meant for me if I pay attention when I explore and interact with the SparkPeople communi... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:12:32 EST A Lifestyle Change I Can Live With (Part 2)... Butternuts, Magic, and Kelly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517026 A couple days back I shared one of the permanent lifestyle changes I want to make. I want to improve the quality of the food I eat (while reducing the quantity) by eating seasonally and locally. As I wrote, I believe this is a nutritious, cost conscious, and delicious choice. <BR> <BR> We have been blessed by friends and neighbors who kindly share the excess of their gardens. The harvest of Butternut Squash is bountiful this season! <BR> <BR> I like to either bake or microwave Butternu... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:54:00 EST A Lifestyle Change I Can Live With... Maybe I'll Just Have to Share with a Couple Worms! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515269 One of the permanent lifestyle changes I want to make is to improve the quality of the food I eat while reducing the quantity. I buy into the idea that eating seasonally and locally is a more nutritious, cost conscious, and delicious choice. <BR> <BR> With that goal in mind, today for lunch along with some sardines, I had baked butternut squash and my spur of the moment attempt at a waldorf salad. <BR> <BR> The squash was so yummy and sweet to my taste. I only added a sprinkling of pe... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:31:33 EST What Does It Take? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494696 What does it take? <BR> <BR> What does it take to convince myself that healthy eating in portions to support my goal weight is just as easy and desirable as consuming “junk food” with abandon? That is the question I am pondering this morning as I finish my breakfast smoothie. <BR> <BR> I’m at the start of another day with my thoughts, intentions, and actions in alignment with my path to well being. I’ve had my vitamins and my smoothie contains almond milk, protein powder, fresh fruit, and... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 10:12:18 EST BLC22 TnT, SP Workout Generator, What a Ball! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425767 Today is TnT Thursday. No, I’m not talking explosives! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1880860684.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’m talking about fitness BLC22 style. TnT is a “Tone 'N' Tighten” fitness challenge. <BR> <BR> So what was my exercise routine today? Well, that’s kind of what I frequently ask myself when faced with the need to work intentional fitness into my daily life at home. No, I don’t belong to a gym or attend any classes where someone else figures out ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 21:15:03 EST BLC22: Me, Five Years From Now… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407961 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1816619151.jpg"> <BR> I can’t believe it’s already July. July 2018! Is the year half gone or do I have a half year to look forward too? Ha! Both I laugh; it’s the glass half empty or half full question. My life is certainly full and I’m living and loving every single moment. It’s wonderful to feel so young, energetic, and strong! <BR> <BR> How has my life changed in the last five years? <BR> <BR> What hasn’t changed is my weight gi... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 22:29:40 EST BLC22: Reaching and Maintaining My Goal Weight: Imagine As If… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397532 Imagine as if... <BR> <BR> “Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.” <BR> &#8213; Gloria Steinem <BR> <BR> I have reached and am maintaining my chosen goal weight. I feel “youth full” and “wonder full” about my body, my health, and my food! I have discovered and implemented healthy alternatives to my previous hindering lifestyle patterns. <BR> <BR> “Live out of your imagination, not your history.” <... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:55:08 EST BLC22: To Reach My Goal Weight… A SMART Goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384770 "I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." <BR> -Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> My goal for the next twelve weeks is to reach my goal weight of 133 lbs. by the end of BLC22. <BR> <BR> SPECIFIC: My goal is detailed and specific: <BR> Who? I, Sharon, will <BR> What? Release 15 pounds <BR> Where? From my b... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:59:48 EST BLC22: EATING, TRACKING, & REPLACING THE "F" WORD WITH OPPORTUNITY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383443 One of my den mates posted a comment on our Fabulous Feisty Foxes BLC22 team chat thread that got me sparked. She was sharing how she sometimes eats out of boredom. She led me to further thoughts and these questions: <BR> <BR> Have you ever explored why you eat when you eat and what you eat when you eat? <BR> What have you learned from your fitness efforts and experiences? <BR> Do you still use the “F” word? <BR> <BR> I've learned that I eat from fatigue in the evening. Have you exp... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 14:09:28 EST BLC22: Twelve and Goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381167 BLC22: Twelve and Goal! <BR> <BR> Twelve weeks, that is, to achieve my goal! <BR> <BR> I joined BLC22 because I had a vision and goal in mind: to finally reach and then begin maintaining my goal weight. <BR> <BR> My motivation stems from my “no limit” vision/dream. I envision: <BR> 1. My energy level is high, my body is strong, and I enjoy a balanced, active lifestyle. <BR> 2. I joyfully maintain my goal weight with ease. <BR> 3. I move freely with agility, strength, and grace. My musc... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:23:38 EST BLC22 "Before" Snapshots 052713 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369654 This Weekend's Challenge for BLC22 prep includes taking front and side view snapshots to help us see the progress we make in the 12 weeks of the BLC. Well, I've been putting this off and rationalizing that I could use some previous photos to meet this requirement. But alas, I am a rule follower, and I suppose a bit Type A deep down, so although I've put this off until the last day of the Weekend Challenge, today I pulled together all my courage and sense of humor! <BR> <BR> This morning ... Mon, 27 May 2013 19:59:23 EST I Just Want to Have My Say... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5368336 I started this as a comment to a fellow SparkFriend's blog: Loving Yourself: Helpful or Harmful? <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365119#c<BR>omments </link> <BR> <BR> The further I got into my comment, the more I was inclined to post it as a blog. I am very interested in the opinions of others around this and didn't want to miss them if they got buried in a string on the original blog. Here's my comment: <BR> <BR> "Like a few of the othe... Sun, 26 May 2013 10:53:53 EST DaySpring at Dawn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367543 When sleep eludes you in the wee hours of the morning, perhaps it is a gift... <BR> <BR> Of light... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1845946509.jpg"> <BR> <BR> or a Star... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l308865237.jpg"> <BR> <BR> or a dollar of a more valuable currency... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1101899824.jpg"> <BR> <BR> or a reminder of the abundance of the Universe... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sat, 25 May 2013 12:06:34 EST Gnats and Belts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364470 OK, so I'm usually an upbeat, I can do this, Spark cheerleader. Right now, in this moment, in all honesty, I'm feeling a bit touchy about my choices yesterday and so far this morning... <BR> <BR> We've all been here, haven't we? You know, at a place where we are grasping at straws, clinging on by our fingernails, about to step into the quicksand of despair? Can you relate? <BR> <BR> So... what do I do now in this moment? What would you do? What have you done in this situation? <BR>... Wed, 22 May 2013 10:55:12 EST The Spark Solution! Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361842 May I share a few thoughts about the new book by our SparkPeople coaches and friends Becky Hand, R.D. and Stepfanie Romine? The title, if by any chance you are unaware, is "The Spark Solution: A Complete Two-Week Diet Program to Fast-Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health." Check it out: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/sparksolution </link> <BR> <BR> Why did I decide to purchase the book and try The Spark Solution Program? Three reasons come immediately to mind: <BR> <BR> 1. I just... Mon, 20 May 2013 06:13:17 EST Water Bliss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358273 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l816965822.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of the foundations of our SP journey is drinking eight 8 oz glasses of water each day. After a year as a Sparkie, I can say that my body let's me know that it is not willing to give up this daily hydration. I get thirsty and I now get thirsty especially for good old H2O! <BR> <BR> I've registered for the BLC22 (Biggest Loser Challenge round 22). Guess what the first pre-round challenge was. WATER WATER Wed... Thu, 16 May 2013 08:18:58 EST I Know I'm Making Progress When... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350144 I go shopping for a few new clothing items for vacation and I find myself leaving the Misses Department empty handed. I watch my feet walk my body over to the Active Wear Department. There I feel my eyes searching for just the right vacation outfit. I watch my hands pick up a pair of "Advanced High Performance Duo Dry Max" shorts and a purple(!) top of the same line. My mind envisions a flashy black and purple me fitness walking a shell strewn beach, the sun is just rising, my hair is flo... Wed, 8 May 2013 18:22:15 EST Vacation Calorie Oblivion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343327 Today I want to post a blog to record for my future reference what I can think about and do to myself both negatively and positively. I think I've come up with a happy conclusion. If so, then perhaps you may recognize yourself in my actions and/or perhaps you will discover a tool or two to help turn around a situation that you previously may have considered unsalvageable. "Unsalvageable," yep, that's exactly what I thought and felt last night. Today as I honestly but painfully tracked my... Thu, 2 May 2013 13:52:51 EST Counting Down My Bliss Trip and Guardian Angels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340525 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l321114965.jpg"> <BR> I'm counting down the days until my First Sparkaversary and considering where I've been in the last year and where I'd like to go in the next. Along my journey I enjoyed plenty of miraculous progress. Also I've tripped on some obstacles that have shown me where I need to adjust the course of my trek. Usually it's simply an attitude adjustment to "I can do this." Mostly my journey has been blissful. <BR> <BR> A few n... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:41:50 EST Breakfast? A Walk on the Wild Side! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334989 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l514631756.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am usually not very hungry in the morning. Today I was quite hungry but not for my trusted standbys of either oatmeal or a smoothie. So I took my breakfast walk on the "wild side;" wild caught Salmon, that is! <BR> <BR> 1 cup Baby Arugula <BR> 1/2 cup long grain Brown Rice <BR> 2.5 oz Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon <BR> 1/2 Tbs pinenuts <BR> .5 oz President Fat Free Crumbled Feta <BR> 2 large fresh Strawberri... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:19:51 EST •&#9829;*•.¸¸.•&#9829;HELP: Shout Out to Fellow Starving Sparkies&#9829;.¸¸.•¨¯`• http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331417 OK, so maybe the "starving" phrase was a bit much (we all know that no one starves if adhering to their SparkPeople calorie range)... I meant it in terms of a "starving artist" which is what I would be if I had to support myself with my artistic abilities or lack there of. That being said, please, oh PLEASE help me! <BR> <BR> My dear friend TRIANGLE-WOMAN recently reminded me that I really need a lesson on how to create these special characters (ie *•.¸&#10047;*•.¸.•*&#10047;¸.). TW so e... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:40:22 EST Give Me a Morning Smoothie and I'm Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5331392 Just finishing up my breakfast, noticing the blue sky outside, and contemplating the day! Yeah, so much to look forward to; so much opportunity! And today it's mine, all mine! <BR> <BR> What's your "feel good" way to "break the fast?" Mine? A smoothie!!! I really like those that are green... Kale, yum! But alas, today I chose not to go green. <BR> <BR> This morning's recipe all whipped up in my irreplaceable VitaMix: <BR> 1/2 cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Unsweetened Almond/Coconut B... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 08:18:19 EST The Gold Rush... Weekend Prospecting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315606 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1466230943.jpg"> <BR> Honesty in Nutrition Tracking reveals that I have plenty of prospects for improvement in the weekend leg of my journey. A real gold rush! Prospecting, panning, washing away the dirt, the grit, and the fool's gold, to discover the valuable nuggets... <BR> <BR> Here's what I learned from yesterday: Weekends are a promising combination of circumstances, place, and time to strengthen consistency in making healthy choice... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 09:55:02 EST The Irony... the Numbness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307508 I just finished two morning Spark objectives of mine... <BR> <BR> 1. Updated my tracker with my Easter overeating. <BR> 2. Did my SparkCoach session (Plateau Busting). <BR> <BR> I'm not up to my usual humor and cheerleader approach as I consider this blog. Not going to try to find any cutesy images for embellishment. I noted on my tracker that I just feel numb. So for my future reference I will document this in my blog as I am sure there is a lesson here that will serve me either now a... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:25:54 EST A Gift for Rusty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303753 Yesterday I found a gift on SparkPeople that I wanted to “buy” for myself. Amazingly, this gift was not to be bought with money, but rather, with a challenge and promise to myself. This morning I unwrapped the present… my very own 28-Day Bootcamp Workout Challenge! Just what I’ve always wanted! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1597401241.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today my blog is all about starting to document those important ??? Who, what, where, why, and how??? For some... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 22:22:32 EST And the QOTD is... Does DAYSPRING-STAR have ADHD... Well... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294801 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1840507021.jpg"> <BR> Started the following as an answer to the Progress, Not Perfection (PNP) SparkTeam… then decided that this was a topic that perhaps may spark additional consideration and conversation within the Wonderful World of Spark… <BR> <BR> Please excuse my ADHD writing style with all the parentheses, “;”, and “…”s, not to mention fragments (never understood ADHD years back when I was raising a daughter diagnosed with this dis... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:06:01 EST Spring Forward and Lean Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293484 This morning the sun is shining brightly through my front window. "Good morning", I say to the sun, "and thank you for welcoming this day, the first day of Spring." <BR> <BR> The weather report on the radio this morning had me wondering whether there would be any sunshine today. In any case, I am in such a good place that, with or without the sun, my outlook is bright! <BR> <BR> I've been eating and exercising according to my plans, tracking with honesty, drinking my non sparkling Sp... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 09:53:45 EST Sparkling Awesome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289170 A dear SparkFriend and I have partnered on a Days Until Summer Streak. Today we are both on our 4th day of what we intend will be a 99-day streak! We will joyfully welcome summer in a healthier place than where we are today. <BR> <BR> This morning I texted her after I awoke in a funk! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l329214165.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I acknowledged my snarly mood and realized that this could terminate my side of our streak. Together we both came up wit... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 21:06:22 EST Dear SparkGuy – Am I Slacking? Let Me Put On My Honesty Glasses. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278793 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l448669775.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dear SparkGuy, <BR> <BR> This morning you met me at the right time and place as the SP “framework for success” and my efforts in the last 24 hours have aligned for quantum reception and impact. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I finally picked up my backpack of SP tools and renewed my journey. I’ve been stumbling for a few months RATIONALIZING that I was “stuck in a plateau.” <BR> <BR> Yesterday I checked in with ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 11:43:38 EST Valentine's Love Letter to Myself: February 14, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250066 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l793306687.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dear Self, <BR> <BR> Today is Valentine's Day. Since you are the most important person in my life, I wanted to write you a letter. Thank you for always sending guidance via our thoughts, feelings, and sensations. I know you speak truth in love and honor of our greatest purpose. <BR> <BR> I respect you because, as we are truly one, you have my best intentions in mind and at heart. You know that I will not find hap... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:05:26 EST Sandpaper and Pearls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242820 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l570877513.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My inspiration today started with an article a friend shared with me a couple days ago. It caught my awareness and planted a seed in my being. The catch phrase for me was “gifts wrapped in sandpaper.” I related this to one of my favorite images. That image is of an oyster being “irritated” by a grain of sand and responding by creating a pearl. IMHO, pearls are one of the most beautiful gems. <BR> <BR> Toda... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 12:19:48 EST Starting Over, Miracles, It Was Supposed to be Soup! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240387 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1493689886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Even though the last few days I've been bingeing on Trail Mix and any other food I could get my hands on while overindulging in Downton Abbey seasons 1 and 2, I still deeply and completely love and accept myself. Today I began again aligned in the easier direction to weight loss and my overall sense of happiness and personal fulfillment. <BR> <BR> I started my day with a green smoothie made with Kale, frozen str... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 14:51:29 EST PLATEAU BUSTING IN PROGRESS: DAY 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232482 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1672209941.jpg"> <BR> Plateau Busting record photo 02/01/13: <BR> Weight: 153 <BR> Height: 5'4" <BR> BMI: 26.3 = Overweight <BR> Bust: 36 <BR> Waist: 29.5 <BR> Hips: 38 <BR> Thigh: 21.25 <BR> Upper Arm: 11.25 <BR> <BR> Today I switched my SparkCoach program from Consistency and Motivation to Plateau Busting. <BR> <BR> My weight has been bouncing between 146 and 153 lbs for the last few months. I admit that I have had challenges and la... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 00:01:57 EST How Come You Taste So Good… To Sugar or Not to Sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5230388 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l444032591.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've found a recent thread from my Sugar and Food Addiction SparkTeam to be very interesting... from the various perspectives on whether or not to completely avoid sugar. <BR> <BR> IMHO, I don't have either a food or sugar addiction. I say this only because it is relatively easy for me to manage either when I make a conscious decision to focus on my journey to improved health and well-being. I am not say... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:36:34 EST Imagine This… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220457 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l231968601.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Imagine going the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to renew your driver license. You tell the registrar that it’s several weeks before your birthday but you’d like to know if it’s OK if you renew today. He says it’s no problem at all. <BR> <BR> You take the vision test noticing that you can clearly see line 10 with your new glasses, but he only asks you to read line 5. <BR> <BR> Imagine the registrar asking if... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 16:58:05 EST Into the Bottomless Garbage Can I Toss... Mold??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208302 This morning into the bottomless garbage can I toss... <BR> MOLD! OK, not just mold, more than mold! <BR> <BR> Today I toss my thoughts that I am inadequate. And my thoughts that I can not make a difference. <BR> <BR> It was stinking ugly mold that brought me to these questions... why do I let things, especially small things keep irritating me when often times just a little action, just a little effort can make all the difference? And why do these little things morph in my mind into huge dr... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:01:08 EST The Answer to Prayers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5182174 This morning I read a blog by a fellow Sparker. Her prayer was a simple plea that, although I have no idea of what initiated it, my heart was touched and my eyes tearful. I shared the following with her and included the disclaimer that now may not be the appropriate timing for her, but perhaps in the future, she might contemplate the meaning. As we close the current year and open the new, I'd like to share this. I don't know the origin and so do apologize... <BR> <BR> ANSWER TO PRAYERS <... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:13:31 EST The Snow Angel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180057 Winter fitness? Not a problem here. I got in my cardio today... I shoveled snow, lots of snow. I cleared our sidewalks, front steps, and even our driveway. I actually had to remove my coat as I got so warm from my blood pumping. My husband??? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l751079233.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He set free a snow angel! Sat, 29 Dec 2012 17:32:39 EST The Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168973 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1466306335.jpg"> <BR> Last night I went to bed literally sick. I messed up my entire digestive system after a day of unhealthy choices. This morning I woke up feeling better and hope my body purges the nastiness still inside. As I packed my husband's breakfast and lunch, he and I spoke about our need to get back on track nutritionally. We both felt the impact of an emotional weekend. <BR> <BR> After my husband went to work, I ate an oat... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 10:36:29 EST My Grandma Says... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5164855 My daughter called to advise me that she was called into my granddaughter's preschool for a conference with her PreK teacher and the Director. Apparently I was the instigator of this "situation." <BR> <BR> My darling 4 year old granddaughter stood before her friends during circle time to make an important announcement. As described by her teacher, she posed with her hands on her hips and proclaimed, "Candy is poison. My Grandma says so." <BR> <BR> Reportedly this caused quite a stir in t... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:03:44 EST 10 Years from Now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157123 My SparkCoach program today involved visualizing myself ten years from now and phoning back to myself now with encouragement, information, etc... Then I am to blog about my experience. <BR> <BR> This exercise was very difficult for me. I had trouble visualizing in response to each of the questions the program was asking (i.e. where would you be, how would you feel, who would you be with...). Too much of it I had to force; it was not automatic and didn't feel authentic. <BR> <BR> I hope t... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 13:01:35 EST Chains and Checks, Forgotten Friends, Temporary Highs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155694 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l955191095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The chain of events... <BR> <BR> Visited the "no lies" scale this morning... 10 lbs up from my lowest weight since discovering SparkPeople; 23 lbs from my goal weight. Reality check. Check! <BR> <BR> Reunited with SparkCoach... embraced encouragement to revisit and reset SparkStreaks. Check! <BR> <BR> Consumed and tracked healthy breakfast... Check! <BR> <BR> Vitamins... Check! <BR> <BR> Fitness... Decided... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 08:50:05 EST My Thanksgiving Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141404 All powerful Divine, <BR> Countless are your gifts. <BR> Infinite are your blessings. <BR> Your love knows no boundaries. <BR> We come before you this Thanksgiving. <BR> Nourish our bodies with wholesome food. <BR> Open our hearts for service to others. <BR> Quiet our minds that we may embrace peace. <BR> With gratitude... <BR> <BR> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:41:29 EST The One Word Blog… SJKRACH Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137759 I came upon BARBWMS’s The One Word Blog today and thought it would be a fun challenge for me. <BR> <BR> If you’re game also, as BARBWMS wrote just, “Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. Use one word answers, get an easy three SparkPoints, and help your SparkFriends get to know you.” <BR> <BR> So here goes… <BR> <BR> Where is your cell phone? <BR> kitchen <BR> <BR> Spouse? <BR> devoted <BR> <BR> Your hair? <BR> gray <BR> <BR> Your mother? <BR> friend ... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 19:05:35 EST I See... I Got to Thinking... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135310 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1281003304.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning, although only 39 degrees to start and outside under the a NE Ohio overcast sky, I decided to do some last minute Fall clean-up. My only plan was to burn some dry pine branches I trimmed yesterday in our small, but handy fit pit. <BR> <BR> Well the gift and power of fire is never to be taken for granted. Nor the flammable nature of pine, especially that as long dead and dry as my trimmings. The w... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:58:13 EST CSA Season Comes to End, the Menu (Da Da Ta Da!), FlyLady and Dr Oz??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128171 Received my last CSA box on Oct 24 (aw, sad day!). Even though it's been a couple weeks, I still had acorn squash, potatoes, shallots, radishes, pumpkins, turnips, and some kind of winter squash (???) left at the beginning of the week. So finally, finally I made a menu and have been finding ways to enjoy the last of the this season's bounty. <BR> <BR> OK, this may sound odd, but I have been eating acorn squash for breakfast! Yep, and I love it! I caught a Dr Oz show last week that mentio... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 08:19:07 EST Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126339 Today my SparkCoach program spoke about how to break out of a plateau. It explained that plateaus are a normal part of weight loss. That’s good to know. Puts my mind at ease. However… <BR> <BR> My scale has crept up over the last several weeks. Is it a plateau? Let’s be honest here. No, absolutely not! IMHO (just learned what that meant from one of my wonderful SparkTeam leaders) one cannot be at a plateau when one is not following his/her program. <BR> <BR> Yep, that’s me. I’ve... Tue, 6 Nov 2012 15:42:51 EST Radical or Baby Steps? Finally, Hurricane Sandy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120614 After a week away, I posted the following update in SparkCoach. I am struggling. <BR> <BR> 11/1/2012 - Oh boy! Dug into my granddaughter's halloween candy without any limitation. Just gave myself free reign to do as my mood struck and the mood was to enjoy the luxury of sugar and chocolate and more sugar without limit. I abandoned my healthy eating plan as I have done now for several days and maybe even weeks. I look at my body and I still feel great about being thinner. But I've also seen ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 18:33:33 EST