DEWEYDAME's SparkPeople Blog DEWEYDAME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Videos I like Petra of Acacia: <BR><BR>os-detail.asp?video=37&utm_source=spar<BR>kpeople&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=<BR>exercise-of-the-day Thu, 26 May 2016 14:25:18 EST Back again! My nephew (more like a little brother) and I are both struggling and are challenging each other to lose 15 pounds by September 1, 2011. I have been going in the wrong direction since my arthro knee surgery. Finding the exercise that is knee and back friendly is a challenge. But I think good-old-walking will win out once again. Sun, 22 May 2011 17:42:06 EST Amazing Soup Diet My husband and I went on the ASD for a week. I lost 5 pounds and he lost 8 pounds. I was happy with the results, the breakfasts and the lunches, but NOT the soup. Outside of the Mexican and the red beans & rice soup it was NASTY!!! But I now have some really good recipes for the other meals that are quick and easy. AND five pounds gone! Sun, 18 Oct 2009 20:38:58 EST Returning It has been ages since I posted a food diary or added anything to my Sparkpage! <BR> <BR> I have had some situations: Mother with cancer, torn meniscus, and the never-ending spondy. The knee problems crashed my modified exercise program, that was already slashed since I had to give up Curves. Boy, I never estimated the amount of endorphins that I had gained from exercising! I spiraled into a lack of esteem abyss. <BR> <BR> Now, logic would say: Make your eating the emphasis and get s... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 12:14:03 EST Progress! I just had my Q lipid and A1C panels. My total cholesterol is 132, HDL is 52, LDL is 49, Trig. 164. <BR> <BR> The A1C is still not amazing at all. BUT it fell from 9.6 to 8.7. My diabetic educator/case manager will let me know if that is fair, good, significant. We are meeting soon. <BR> <BR> I still had troubles with my BS as I am learning that foods that were no issue are now an issue. My servings of carbs must decrease. I think around 100 g a day will be my maximum. <BR> <BR> Curve... Sat, 21 Jun 2008 18:58:46 EST Helping myself The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm. <BR> <BR> - Swedish proverb <BR> <BR> I am doing that and my help IS helping me. I haven't lost much weight, but having joined Curves and committing to 3 workouts per week for 2.5 months has made me feel better, toned some muscles that were on sabbatical, and lost some fat weight. <BR> <BR> My FAT ED has lots a few layers (if you didn't see that posting, look for it!). I know it will be a while before SLIM ED appears, ... Sun, 20 Apr 2008 11:30:54 EST Curves Experience Thus Far I started my trial month @ Curves on January 23, 2008. I really like it. I feel totally revitalized after the 30 min + stretches. It is surprising how much I tolerate exercising with others around. No, that is is surprising that I am slowly opening up to former strangers. I even made an appointment with my PT guy to go over the exercises. Curves gave me a photocopy of all of them! He warned me about "keeping the core" strong and using my sacro belt. But he was all for ... Tue, 11 Mar 2008 01:30:39 EST Curves I just interviewed the Curves manager on Thursday and had her show me how the equipment worked. It appears that my back can handle the machines! With disc problems I was concerned. On Friday I had my first workout, and today I am feeling fine. No sciatic problems getting up in the AM at all. So I will continue my month trial period, going 3x a week and see if I continue to have good results with the back. <BR> <BR> I felt great after the workout. Nice group of people willing to talk wi... Sat, 26 Jan 2008 19:13:40 EST Healthy competition Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box. <BR> <BR> - Italian proverb <BR> <BR> I was raised in a family that took game competition seriously. Rules were to be followed explicitly, no cheating EVER, and the game was played to conclusion. Wow, was I shocked the first time someone fudged the rules, looked at my cards or quit when bored! That took all the fun out of it. <BR> <BR> Those people thought I was rigid, no fun, and boring. What a hoot! <BR> <BR> G... Fri, 10 Aug 2007 00:19:10 EST Stewards of the earth....starting with me Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children. <BR> <BR> - Kenyan proverb <BR> <BR> I just awakened to the news that four factors are contributing to a health problem I have. Four simply, one more costly, actions will possibly ease and improve my personal ecology. :-) We are of the earth and should shepherd ourselves while we carpool, recycle, conserve. Wed, 8 Aug 2007 20:56:03 EST Pleasing whom? I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. <BR> <BR> - Bill Cosby, comedian <BR> <BR> I just had my, well, most recent birthday. In my loooong time on earth, I have been the consumate pleaser. As I have knotted myself up, bending backwards so much, I have often come out of the situation with a bad back and a lot of flack about my efforts. Usually, even though I have been known to spend every waking moment "helping," those I try to help tell me... Fri, 27 Jul 2007 13:38:08 EST Body as a garment.... 'Like Martha Graham, who said that "The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor," ' <BR> <BR> I really like this quote. So...what kind of body garment do I want? Hummm. I have worn the lumpy, soft, expandable model for a while. I wonder what form-fitting, lean would look like on old me! :-) Sat, 21 Jul 2007 11:23:05 EST Would I work for free? To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, and to be given a chance to create, are the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy <BR> <BR> - Bette Davis, actress <BR> <BR> The truth of the matter is that few of us could perform our jobs for free, or just for the love of the work. It just does not pay the bills! :-) I have reached my 20 year commitment to my job, the commitment I made when I began. But I am choosing not to retire. Each year if I had fun, I am ... Sun, 15 Jul 2007 04:41:02 EST Relishing the path or just pounding the pavement? You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth. <BR> <BR> - Shira Tehrani <BR> <BR> I need to slow down and see the beauty and humor in life more! Take the beachcombing walk I had with my granddaughter last week. In a flash we had stolled 2 1/2 hours! Of course she wasn't too keen on the hour walking back to the car. But look at the length and breath of time that involved the simple joys of discovering the beauties of the beach wi... Thu, 12 Jul 2007 23:33:28 EST Spreading kindness Blessed is he who speaks a kindness; thrice blessed is he who repeats it. <BR> <BR> - Arabian proverb <BR> <BR> "Pay it forward" comes again. Wasn't that a great movie? What an illustration that small acts of kindness do make a difference in lives. I TRY to act on kindness impulses. Don't question them, but do them. Sometimes I try to ignore the prompting, but when I follow through it certainly is its own reward! Sun, 24 Jun 2007 20:59:59 EST Making the most of every day and every hour I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. <BR> <BR> - John Burroughs, essayist and naturalist <BR> <BR> I was so glad to see READ on JB's list. I think I shall go do that right now! :-) <BR> <BR> Sometimes we need to realize that RESTING, VEGGING, SURFING may be just what we need that moment. Another interesting thing I have discovered is that if I do a task that I... Sat, 23 Jun 2007 16:20:51 EST Motivation People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily. <BR> <BR> - Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker <BR> <BR> A renewable resource! :-) Wed, 13 Jun 2007 18:34:17 EST Negativitiy No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character. <BR> <BR> - Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer <BR> <BR> It is so easy to become negative. A tired, badly fed, out of shape body really contribute to that condition and tailspin you into a character problem that needs correcting. <BR> <BR> Sleep. Excellent food. Exercise. All can help character. <BR> <BR> Right now I am experiencing the pains of a bulging disc, and boy, does the crabbiness ever immerge! Tue, 12 Jun 2007 04:02:08 EST Conscience <BR> Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone might be looking. <BR> <BR> - HL Mencken, author, critic and newspaperman <BR> <BR> Nope. REALLY disagree with today's quote. Conscience is the gift that all people possess that differentiates us from the other animal world. We all have it, and it is only lost by not listening to it. No matter what truths we believe, our conscience ratifies the right choices we make. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 3 Jun 2007 20:06:19 EST (no title) <BR> You cannot hope to build a better world without improving individuals. <BR> <BR> - Marie Curie, Nobel winning chemist <BR> <BR> And that first individual we need to help is ourselves. Working with teenagers it is apparent that many don't have anyone in their personal lives who hopes they can improve, while others have a wonderful chorus of people working and encouraging them. I often hope that helping one, old-soul teen who is doing it all for themselves will show them that ther... Sat, 2 Jun 2007 13:21:55 EST Thorny problems All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them, but confront them. Touch a thistle timidly, and it pricks you; grasp it boldly and its spines crumble. <BR> <BR> - William S. Halsey, WWII U.S. Admiral <BR> <BR> Boy, has my timid routine ever NOT WORKED! This quote is so true. Sat, 2 Jun 2007 00:39:18 EST Worry, worry, worry Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles.... it empties today of its strength. <BR> <BR> - Aunt Linda, as quoted by Jennifer Cribbs, SparkPeople community member <BR> <BR> Wow, des Aunt Linda hit that one on the head! My mother is a professional worrier. So I have delegated the worry list to her. :-) Actually, I do worry about things. My worry habit that needs breaking is to stop stewing about something. Just GET IT DONE! <BR> <BR> I have really let go of incidences or peopl... Tue, 29 May 2007 12:35:12 EST Making it happen The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them. <BR> <BR> - George Bernard Shaw, playwright <BR> <BR> We have my mother all settled into her retirement apartment. She already loves going down the stairs to eat.... Just has a stash of treats if she wants them. We hope that she has time to enjoy it before the dementia advances. <BR> <BR> Now it is my time to recoup from the moving frenzy, and... Sun, 27 May 2007 22:03:21 EST Prevention He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he that prevents it is the safest physician. <BR> <BR> - Thomas Fuller, British clergyman and author <BR> <BR> Wish I had understood this about diabetes II. My mother had the disease, but in her day they did not realize the propensity for a condition may run in families. Now we do, and prevention is better than the cure in this case, for sure. Sun, 27 May 2007 03:00:49 EST Kindness <BR> No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. <BR> <BR> - Aesop, Greek author of fables <BR> <BR> That is due to the fact that acting out of kindness is good for the one giving....always! <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 May 2007 21:51:14 EST Miracle of Change When you stand still, you reject the struggle, and you refuse to change and grow. Ultimately, you reject fulfillment, happiness, the dance for joy and everything else that is eternally good. <BR> <BR> - Matthew Kelly, classical actor and game show host <BR> <BR> Wow! I have a new favorite quote. Having gone through the last few months with helping my mother I truly can see that you need to seize the moment, as those moments can grow to years of "I'll do that tomorrow." Sun, 20 May 2007 16:31:13 EST Procrastination <BR> You can't escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. <BR> <BR> - Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President <BR> <BR> But sometimes you must practice selective neglect! Sun, 20 May 2007 01:08:10 EST The present <BR> The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future. <BR> <BR> - Ziggy, cartoon foible <BR> <BR> Well, and pen and ink figure sometimes doesn't prophesy the near future as well as someone who is used to the players playing in the future! My next 3 weeks will be difficult. Period. Best thing I can do in the present is to go relax, watch Am. Idol and Dancing w/TS, and get some rest for the onslaught! <BR> <BR> Tue, 15 May 2007 21:57:40 EST Tripping up as we progress.... To swear off mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas. <BR> <BR> - Leo Burnett, advertising pioneer <BR> <BR> My observation is that adults cultivate a more and more tender, exploitable heart to failure. We are so afraid of making a mistake, possible public ridicule, that we do often reside in a suffocating cocoon. My chosen profession only thrives if you try something new! The worse thing that can happen is that I waste a little money (my budget as a HS libra... Sun, 13 May 2007 09:48:47 EST Beg to differ.... <BR> Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness. <BR> <BR> - Jean de la Bruyere, 17th century French essayist <BR> <BR> What does a 17th Century writer know about today's pressures? Being amember of the French intelligencia he had cooks, housekeepers, governoresses, and valets. <BR> <BR> I have an 8-hour profession, 5 hours of elder care, the housework, the cooking, ironing, and I even dress myself! Add a husband, bills, preparing for schoo... Fri, 11 May 2007 14:32:15 EST What I can do Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. <BR> <BR> - John Wooden, Hall of Fame college basketball coach <BR> <BR> With the stresses of caring for an elderly parent, this quote is really applicable to me. You just take each day a moment at a time, and do what you can do. Yesterday I thought I was going to help my mother pack for about 5 hours. Instead I arrive at her home finding a friend compressing her foot...blood all over. We spent 3 hours at the trauma departmen... Mon, 30 Apr 2007 00:00:18 EST life Life is not a 'brief candle.' It is a splendid torch that must be made to burn as brightly as possible before it is handed on to the next generation. <BR> <BR> - George Bernard Shaw, Irish critic and playwright <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Apr 2007 14:03:38 EST Family support Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. <BR> <BR> - George Burns, comedian and television personality <BR> <BR> Nothing is as destructive to a change in healthy life styles as harpooning family members. Then there are those who helicopter around you watching every move. I like the kind who say how great you are to make a change, who notice if you are more lively or if clothes are fitting looser, or those who say you have what it takes! :-) Sat, 28 Apr 2007 01:26:06 EST Elder wisdom Pay attention when an old dog is barking. <BR> <BR> - Old Proverb <BR> Sat, 28 Apr 2007 01:04:43 EST Fun as great medicine There ain't much fun in medicine, but there's a heck of a lot of medicine in fun. <BR> <BR> - Josh Billings, 19th Century Humorist <BR> <BR> Need to read this every day! Wed, 25 Apr 2007 21:01:44 EST Wisdom Wisdom has two parts: 1)-Having a lot to say. 2)-Not saying it. <BR> <BR> - Church billboard in Vermont <BR> <BR> Hummm.....has anyone been called a "know it all?" Wisdom is often ignored for what is popular at the moment. Wed, 25 Apr 2007 00:07:49 EST Expectations Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold. <BR> <BR> - Maurice Setter <BR> <BR> I like silver! I remember a poignant statement from Jackie O. saying that she has learned not to expect too much. That may be interpreted as sad and negative....well, she had some horrible, horrible trials in her life. But the point is that she learned to love the MOMENT. And that is not so bad. Tue, 24 Apr 2007 23:40:30 EST Legacies The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. <BR> <BR> - William James, philosopher and psychologist <BR> <BR> I was just thinking about my legacy yesterday. Without a doubt, my best works are my three daughters. They are all unique creations with such distinct personalities and adult lifes. <BR> <BR> There are some professional accomplishments which I have found satisfying, but being the grandparent teacher (teacher-librarian) of my schools, I have to be ha... Sun, 22 Apr 2007 01:25:20 EST Helping hand The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm. <BR> <BR> - Swedish proverb <BR> <BR> <BR> Go Deweydame!!! Give yourself a hand while you are at it. :-) Fri, 20 Apr 2007 23:19:14 EST Finish each day "The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature." <BR> <BR> --Ezra Taft Benson, "Born of God", Ensign, July 1989, 2 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Finish each ... Fri, 20 Apr 2007 01:07:05 EST Small People Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great. <BR> <BR> - Mark Twain, writer and satirist <BR> <BR> I had to severe a relationship this last winter. It was a difficult decision but what a difference it has made having a negative, sabotaging personality out of my life. Wow! Thu, 19 Apr 2007 01:44:23 EST Measure of a Woman The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. <BR> <BR> - Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights icon <BR> <BR> I wondered whose quote this was. I love it. A great chance to examine how I react to problems, time-crunches, an aging and onery parent, having too much to do in too little time...... thou shalt not whine!!! <BR> Tue, 17 Apr 2007 23:52:27 EST Commitment There are only two options regarding commitment. You're either IN or you're OUT. There's no such thing as life in-between. <BR> <BR> - Pat Riley, basketball coach <BR> <BR> Rather discouraged. My commitment is really mugwamping. Sun, 15 Apr 2007 21:40:55 EST This quote makes me smile! <BR> I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. <BR> <BR> - JD Salinger <BR> <BR> This quote is like a sauve to my soul. <BR> <BR> Very few people are out to get you. Actually most are more concerned with their clothes matching or if their stomach is pooching out or if their hair looks good than taking the time to plot your destruction! So a smart person would analyze who tries hard to make them happy and stick with that person, right? <BR> <... Sat, 14 Apr 2007 22:05:37 EST Just do it! If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin. <BR> <BR> - Ivan Turgenev, novelist, poet, playwright <BR> <BR> A great religious leader, Spencer W. Kimball, gave believers the admonition to act for good by telling them "Just do it!" Not long after that Nike's "Do It' campaign started. Hummm...... <BR> <BR> It drives me CRAZY when someone says they will do something, then never do. I tend to be just the something even if ... Sat, 14 Apr 2007 21:57:25 EST (no title) The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future. <BR> <BR> - Ziggy, cartoon foible <BR> <BR> This really affects weight control. Whether we wish to lose or gain weight, we often look hard at the goal, and reach for something that seems great at the moment but which really sabotages us. Or we exercise too much or too little "just today" forgetting that grows into a second day, and suddenly we are in a habit that is not serving our goal. <BR> <... Wed, 11 Apr 2007 21:05:20 EST Retaliation It is often better not to see an insult than to avenge it. <BR> <BR> - Lucius Annaeus Seneca <BR> <BR> Is that quote ever true. The most damage is done to the person supposedly offended. Wed, 11 Apr 2007 01:11:32 EST Barriers Most barriers to your success are man-made. And most often, you're the man who made them. <BR> <BR> - Frank Tyger <BR> <BR> <BR> OUCH!!!! Sun, 8 Apr 2007 23:40:42 EST Breathing If you know the art of breathing you have the strength, wisdom, and courage of ten tigers. <BR> <BR> - Chinese adage <BR> <BR> Most of us breath too shallowing and too many times per minute. I have purposefully tried to slow to 8-10 deep nasal breathes a minute. It is pretty easy to do. It really calms one down. Sat, 7 Apr 2007 14:49:21 EST Worry Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere. <BR> <BR> - Anonymous <BR> <BR> I guess that means that "worry" is not an active verb? <BR> Fri, 6 Apr 2007 02:20:49 EST