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Wed, 28 Aug 2013 02:04:32 EST Another 21 Day Meditation with Oprah and Deepak Chopra starts today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444814 <link>https://chopracentermeditation.com/h<BR>ome </link> <BR> This 21 day daily meditation series focuses on Miraculous Relationships. <BR> It starts Monday, August 5, 2013. <BR> If you are interested, I hope you will join in. I find meditation and mindfulness both relaxing and invigorating! <BR> <BR> It is free for the 21 days. (You can purchase for download if you want to keep the series later.) Mon, 5 Aug 2013 04:59:47 EST June! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374387 Okay, I admit it. <BR> I've made excuses. <BR> I caught a cold and used it as an excuse not to exercise or even go out (I didn't want to make anyone else sick). <BR> It is not getting me closer to my goals. <BR> <BR> SO <BR> June is here. <BR> I wrote out the daily goals and posted them - with a checklist. <BR> I'm determined to greet more sunrises this month. <BR> I calculated how many pounds til I am no longer obese and I can get there at one pound a week by the end of the year. <B... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:02:07 EST 60 Day Challenge at my gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343911 I've signed up and had my fitness testing on Monday. The tests included blood pressure and heart rate (pulse), body fat measurements by calipers, waist:hip measurements by tape, BMI (height and weight), a 6 minute run (and walk), pushups (modified), squat test, balance assessement, and my total fitness score. It did not include flexibility measurements. <BR> The areas that need the most improvement are the body fat followed by aerobic fitness. Fortunately, no knee problems and my back an... Fri, 3 May 2013 01:59:56 EST Read MOSTMOM1's vlog "it takes a SparkVillage" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337314 Another darling vlog by Mostmom1 - highly recommend <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=MOSTMOM1 </link> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:50:55 EST Beauty - different ways to look at it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334519 The SparkPeople Blog reran an article about women being willing to give up various things for "the perfect body." <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=poll_would_you_trade_one_year_for_t<BR>he_perfect_body </link> <BR> <BR> A friend of mine recently sent around this email about women being drawn by a sketch artist. It is one of the Dove Real Beauty Sketches campaigns. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpaOjMXyJGk </link> <BR> <BR> Remember to give yourself a com... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:31:20 EST Tribute: Mr. Rogers' quote on hero helpers (and more) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324697 A picture is worth a thousand words... but these words are worth applying: <BR> (In tribute to all those affected not only at the Boston Marathon 2013 <BR> but during any difficulty or tragedy) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1552192923.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hate cannot drive out hate, only LOVE can do that. MLK <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1395463586.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1218584875.jpg"> ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 01:59:08 EST Stair climbing as a sport http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321893 (This is an homage - I am NOT planning to take up stair or tower climbing as a sport!!!) <BR> <BR> People love a challenge. <BR> FitBit tracks the flights of stairs climbed virtually. <BR> So here are some benchmarks to aim for, as well as some training plans from around the World Wide Web. <BR> <BR> There are numerous stair climbing events around the world. <BR> Check out Towerrunning.com if you'd like more details. <link>towerrunning.com </link> <BR> Thomas Dold of Germany is t... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:33:58 EST Yes You Can - Inspirational song http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320555 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH7VRx2gXhA </link> <BR> <BR> YES YOU CAN – Donnie McClurkin <BR> (Verse 1) <BR> Listen, gather 'round I found something that you can use <BR> And if you listen, well, I'm here to tell you, you cannot lose <BR> A simple song, simple melody, to remind you that you can be <BR> The greatest ever, defeated never, even though sometimes you may lose, <BR> oh my <BR> <BR> (Chorus) <BR> Yes you can, you can do anything if you try, just try, oh my <BR> Yes you can, ... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 09:11:16 EST approaching 1000 days on SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5319405 <em>244</em> Today I earned 25 SparkPoints for another 30 days on SP (990 and counting). <BR> I remember when I first joined, it was at least a couple of weeks before I started participating and earning points. Being the "nerd" I am, I set a goal to earn 100 points a day. <BR> <BR> Well, here are some statistics: <BR> 98% - days I've logged into SP and spun the wheel <BR> 97 - average daily SparkPoints <BR> 40 - average daily fitness minutes (plan to increase this!) <BR> SparkFriends -... Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:07:31 EST April status updates - we danced, now to tone up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5315322 Each day I listen to at least one upbeat song. <BR> The first week of April I shared a song daily in my status updates. <BR> I was thinking about continuing the trend this week, using line dances <BR> (like the "Cupid Shuffle" <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=h24_zoqu4_Q </link> <BR> or Beyonce's "Move your body" <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYP4MgxDV2U </link> ). <BR> But I decided it would be more helpful to add on a different fun fitness activity. We don't want to get into a rut!... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 02:12:34 EST Another mindfulness meditation with lovely pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302837 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMldMnEfxX8 </link> <BR> Thought you might like to have another link for a guided meditation - this one is worth watching, not simply listening to. The images are stunningly beautiful. <BR> Especially good if you tend to eat/turn to food when under stress. <BR> <BR> Breathe in health, <BR> Breathe out the negatives. <BR> <BR> Might be a good way to start (or end) your day as well. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <em>135</em> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 07:11:13 EST 21 Day Meditation Challenge with Deepak & Oprah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284113 <link>www.chopra.com/ </link> <BR> Today is already Day 2 and I realized there may be others who would like to join the FREE 21 Day Meditation Challenge with Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey. The audio meditations last about 15 minutes a day, and this series focuses on HEALTH. <BR> After I did the meditation today, I looked at the comments section and there were already over 10,000! That is amazing. Thousands of people all over the world are taking time to meditate and better themselve... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 15:26:44 EST Sculpt a masterpiece (mature pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5282225 You have to learn how to change "all or nothing" into "something (anything!)." <BR> -Coach Nicole <BR> <BR> This was the phrase that jumped out at me during my SparkCoach session this morning. Perfect! I'd found my activity lagging since I noticed back pain last week. I have this fear of injury, and kept talking myself OUT of exercise when I need it to get stronger and REDUCE the risk of pain or injury. Yes, it's important to listen to your body and not overdo things, but it's also impo... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:11:30 EST Just get up and dance...like it's 1989 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279648 Sometimes you just want to pull out the old videos and dance. <BR> I stayed up to watch <BR> Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814 from 1989 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1121165615.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Miss you much <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l623449543.jpg"> <BR> Rhythm Nation <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l734270913.jpg"> <BR> Escapade <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1395856802.jpg"> <BR> Alright <img src="htt... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 01:32:40 EST March goals - 31 days until the 13 week challenge ends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267982 I am supermotivated for March. <BR> I want to see visible results. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l921608505.jpg"> <BR> This year my initial goal is to lose 13 pounds in 13 weeks - April 2nd will be the target date. So March is my chance to cross this goal off the list through consistent action. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l3872228.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1501012253.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Working out is good fo... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 02:13:43 EST Fitness. Pass it on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260509 Saw this on a billboard for values.com <BR> "Fitness. Pass it on." <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l817762110.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here is the back story: <BR> <link>www.values.com/inspirational-sayings<BR>-billboards/64-Fitness </link> <BR> Linda Fontren lost her sister to complications of obesity, diabetes and cancer. <BR> She motivated her community in Mississippi to lose more than 17,000 pounds! <BR> "If you want to be happy, you have to be healthy." <BR> <... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 22:26:12 EST 6 weeks into the new year, it's now Lent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248877 I had set an original goal of losing 13 pounds in 13 weeks this year. <BR> 6 weeks into the new year, I am down 10 pounds - SparkCoach has made a difference in me staying on track, although you can do it just with the free resources on the site. <BR> I had set a minigoal for Valentine's day of trying to lose 12 pounds, so I came close. Have reset my goals for the 13 weeks (which will end April 1) to lose another pound per week. More importantly, I want to see my body fat percentage decr... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 10:05:39 EST If you need an excuse TO work out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205467 I am trying to keep my SparkStreak for daily exercise going. In 2013, I have a smiley face each day on the calendar so far. My SparkCoach assignment is to get rid of any excuses NOT to exercise, and they have links to several Daily Spark blogs that help (surprised I'd not already read these blogs - so thought I'd share them with you!) <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=100<BR>_reasons_you_should_work_out_today </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=40_<BR>t... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:53:42 EST January...so far, so good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198394 exercising daily - streak unbroken in 2013 <BR> annual exam done - now to lose weight and get my cholesterol down, everything else looks good <BR> mindfulness every Wednesday, hooray! I love that group <BR> what would get me the most "bang for the buck"? Making my weekly meal plans, getting the groceries, and preparing the meals at home <BR> <BR> So how are you doing so far this year? Wed, 9 Jan 2013 09:11:09 EST Affirm yourself each morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191073 It helps to start each day on a positive note. <BR> I like to read The Daily Motivator by Ralph Marston for inspiration. <BR> <link>greatday.com </link> Sat, 5 Jan 2013 05:46:27 EST Celebrating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187344 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1916027914.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l219755738.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1627295511.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1751682834.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1385598755.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l392138578.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l31264611.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:28:27 EST 2012 is drawing to a close (with motivational pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179459 This has been a difficult year in some respects, but I am grateful for SP and for all my SparkFriends. <BR> I have hope for 2013 and turning around some things in order to get back to "nonobese" BMI. I am not going to set myself up for failure by setting a pounds-lost goal, but I am aiming for the first 10% weight loss, getting back to One-derland, and improving my fitness. I plan to sign up for SparkCoach to see how much it will help push me on the journey. Once I start making progress, I... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:17:02 EST Hearts broken... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5167038 no words... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l357797715.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l146116445.jpg"> <BR> Rest in peace... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l307072854.jpg"> <BR> Let us make a vow - never again... <BR> Consider joining wearebetterthanthis.org and let's make a difference... <BR> <BR> <link>wearebetterthanthis.org </link> <BR> <BR> UPDATED WITH THE FIELD TRIP BY TABATHA VARGO 12/19/12 <BR> <im... Sat, 15 Dec 2012 05:45:58 EST Monday! Let's get this party started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161701 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1273892648.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (Thanks Teeny Bikini!) <BR> I'm starting today - how about you? <BR> <em>381</em> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 01:49:46 EST Update (December) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160837 It's been some time since I blogged, so just giving an update. <BR> <BR> I broke my little toe in November, it has healed to where I am no longer in pain walking. However, it did hamper my activity last month and I am now at my heaviest ever. I had a personal trainer who worked with me to adapt some movement, so I wasn't completely sidelined. What I missed most was the Thanksgiving morning annual "Gallop and Gorge" 8K. <BR> There are lots of little aches and pains that are affecting me... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 08:19:59 EST America moving forward into the 21st Century... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5126838 <link>video.msnbc.msn.com/nbc-news/4972078<BR>0#49720780 </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l66883425.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2027654917.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1689292565.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1175228205.jpg"> <BR> Tonight you voted for action…you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours… to meet the challenges we can only solve together… <B... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 03:59:37 EST Setting a new goal through May 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099433 Well Dear SparkFriends, I have not made much progress this year although I can say I haven't GAINED. Now to get SERIOUS!!! <BR> I am setting a goal of losing at least a pound a week until my Mom's 80th birthday Memorial Day weekend. <BR> Losing 1 pound a week will take me out of the obese category. <BR> If I were able to lose 2 pounds a week, I would be at my goal weight. <BR> <em>249</em> <em>192</em> <em>55</em> <em>319</em> <em>344</em> <BR> Please both wish me luc... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 06:44:08 EST Concert tonight, guests arrive next week - here's a smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096760 It's been quite the week. I have guests coming in next week, so all efforts were focused on getting the house in order (amazing how instrumental planning to have guests over helps us get out of CHAOS - Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome). <BR> The lawn is completely done, including bushes trimmed, edging done, a tree that was too close to a window removed, mulch placed (did THAT myself), mums put out for color, and they are scheduled to come back out to aerate and reseed after the guests leave... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:45:32 EST I've turned a corner reading labels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5094901 It's fall, and I DO love my hot chocolate. So when we had a 30 degree drop in temperature this weekend, I headed to the store for some hot chocolate mix. Notice I said "hot chocolate", not "cocoa". <BR> Well, thanks to the SP LIFESTYLE, the first thing I did was read the label. <BR> First ingredient on hot chocolate mix? Sugar. <BR> Calories - too high. <BR> Fat - too high <BR> Carbs - we won't even go there. (4 tsp sugar) <BR> So I put the different brands back on the shelf, came ho... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:39:51 EST Robert Frost's The Road Not Taken http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088724 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l222165007.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l71778867.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Road Not Taken <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, <BR> And sorry I could not travel both <BR> And be one traveler, long I stood <BR> And looked down one as far as I could <BR> To where it bent in the undergrowth; <BR> <BR> Then took the other, as just as fair, <BR> And having perhaps the better claim <BR> Be... Sat, 6 Oct 2012 08:29:00 EST Happy heart (reflections) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047283 I mowed the lawn, came in and hydrated, pulled out an ice pack and took an Aleve. <BR> The fitness assessment two day ago is catching up with me. <BR> First (after the intake - medical history, measurements, goals and the like) was the 6 minute "run" for distance. My pulse was where I expected but my blood pressure was really high (glad I don't check that while I'm exercising, smile). <BR> Then I was to do pushups and squats. Since the trainer had mentioned the squats would be timed (... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 15:17:13 EST September is here...some of my motivational quotes & pictures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040373 I'm glad to have made it this far. <BR> Joining a 12 week challenge at the gym - goal for me is to start losing, aiming for a pound a week. <BR> In the meantime, here are some pictures I like - enjoy! <BR> <BR> My teammates and my future abs (in my dreams) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l174603366.jpg"> <BR> Ernestine Shepherd at 73 (future me in my dreams) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l785420559.jpg"> <BR> If it's not fun, why do it? (O... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 19:15:24 EST DrB - Cow Wrangler (photos) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030998 Cow Parade NC 2012 has arrived in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill), and I helped "wrangle" the statues to their Chapel Hill locations. <em>224</em> <BR> Cow Parade is a public art project that has been held on 6 continents. Our "herd" will be on display for 3 months, then an auction will raise additional funds for the Children's Hospital. <BR> I have really enjoyed volunteering with this project and look forward to visiting the different locations to see the cows "out to pa... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 21:40:28 EST Sparkle - worth the admission price http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019928 I went to see the (remake of the) movie Sparkle today. <BR> <BR> It is the last movie Whitney Houston performed in before her untimely and tragic death. <BR> <BR> So many emotions ran through me watching her performance. So much pain. <BR> I could imagine her dear mother, Cissy, watching her and serving as an inspiration for her character as mother of three talented girls. <BR> I could imagine her daughter, Bobbie Christina, watching her and crying from missing her so very much. <B... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:22:22 EST Historic day at the Olympic Games http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995623 YES! <BR> Michael Phelps passed Larisa Latynina as the winner of the most Olympic medals on July 31, 2012. Fittingly, it was teamwork that made it possible. <BR> He was given the honor of anchoring the 800m freestyle relay. <BR> 19 medals and counting... (15 Gold!!! 2 silver!! 2 bronze!) <BR> <em>242</em> <em>345</em> <BR> Then what can I say about the USA Women's Gymnastics team? <BR> They took my breath away! Fab Five indeed! <BR> <em>405</em> <em>104</em> <em>248</em> <BR... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 00:11:32 EST My running checklist for The Olympics Workout Game (with modifications)-updated daily http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990654 The Olympics Workout Game (Modified from the DAILYSPARK BLOG) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l715914636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WHEN YOU SEE THIS… - DO THIS… <BR> (I'm including the very first time during competition I did this with date, but I continue to do the action any time I am watching) <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190239451.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> A world record is set - 25 jumping jacks <BR> (Ye 400 IM W in swi... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:32:17 EST My running checklist for The Olympics Workout Game (with modifications) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4990652 The Olympics Workout Game (Modified) <BR> <BR> When you see this… Do this… (First time during competition I did this) <BR> <BR> A world record is set - 25 jumping jacks <BR> <BR> Any mention of mom or family - 10 pushups <BR> <BR> TV cuts to a sport you don’t like - 30 seconds downward dog stretch <BR> <BR> Flashbacks to previous Olympics - 30 seconds jogging in place (Interview with gymnasts and Bella Karoly) <BR> <BR> Shots of disappointed coach/athlete - 10 single leg hops <BR> <BR>... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 15:31:30 EST Tribute to the Olympic games (LOTS of links and some of my favorites) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4987308 Let the games begin! Citius, Altius, Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l261598184.jpg"> <BR> Here is a link to several interesting facts about the Modern Olympics. <BR> This includes the oldest and youngest male competitors and why the Marathon is the distance it is. <BR> <link>factsofolympics.blogspot.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Some of my favorite Great American Summer Olympians: <BR> <BR> Wilma Rudolph - polio survivor ... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 04:27:19 EST SuperBetter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984795 I recently started listening to TED Talks (FYI, NPR has a TED Talks Hour show that is being picked up by my local station, and I couldn't be more thrilled) and this one caught my interest. <BR> <BR> "When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost ... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:07:02 EST Pictures from San Fran http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981115 Trying AGAIN to post a blog from my recent trip to the west coast. <BR> Most of the pictures I want won't load. <BR> Biked across the Golden Gate Bridge. <BR> The perspective at twelve miles an hour is totally different from 35-50 mph. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l712632686.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l746345963.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l724293856.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 23:27:17 EST Thank you, Spark Friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961879 At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. <BR> Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. <BR> Albert Schweitzer <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 9 Jul 2012 10:04:00 EST One good decision at a time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953451 In the spirit of the Food Showdown, this was breakfast: <BR> <BR> What I thought about - <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l319293627.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l718559711.jpg"> <BR> McDonald's Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit with a small orange juice <BR> 420 + 150 calories = 570 <BR> 23 + 0 g fat <BR> 12 + 0 g saturated fat <BR> 235 + 0 mg cholesterol <BR> 1160 + 0 mg sodium <BR> 37 + 30 g carbohydrates = 67 <BR> 2 + 0 g fiber <BR> 3 + 3... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 11:39:42 EST Summary of June progress (with motivational quotes) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948641 Quick blog because I have to get to Zumba this morning <em>224</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l361009185.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l271043374.jpg"> <BR> My main goal this month was to lose 5 lb and get to Onederland. <BR> I wanted the 5 lb to be all fat, not muscle. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l312584410.jpg"> <BR> I did not QUITE reach Onederland... <em>39</em> this month. <img src="http://photos-ak... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 08:35:24 EST June - prepared for success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4907409 It's been a struggle, but I am now on track. <BR> I have been going to the gym, especially enjoying a circuit training class that challenges me and has lots of supportive people who are regulars. <BR> (Silent scream here - lost my blog and had to start over) <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Cut to the basics <BR> Monday - weigh in and FITN test on elliptical, qi gong <BR> Tues - circuit training <BR> Wed - qi gong and mindfulness <BR> Thurs - circuit training <BR> Friday - yoga <BR> Sat - Galloway t... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 12:40:53 EST Reaching out for a helping hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877097 Ok sparkers...I have to admit I'm struggling. <BR> Being older, the memories of the 5Ks I used to run, the days when I was pain free, the stage of my life when I had a fulfilling career that kept me active through the day - those are my past. <BR> I've since gained weight and although the gaining has stopped, I have had such trouble LOSING weight and trying to maintain a positive attitude about NSV like being able to complete a half marathon or getting into that smaller sized dress... <BR... Fri, 11 May 2012 13:11:12 EST Plan for SparkStreak - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853468 I'm now officially a member of the gym again. <BR> Today starts a new SparkStreak. TODAY. NOT TOMORROW. <BR> <BR> Here is the plan. <BR> <BR> Monday - Weigh in, FITN assessment on elliptical weekly <BR> Cardio. Lower body weight training (LB wts), stretch <BR> <BR> Tues - Cardio & Circuit training class, Upper body weights (UB wts), stretch <BR> <BR> Wed - Core training, stretch <BR> <BR> Thurs - Cardio & Circuit training class, LB wts, stretch <BR> <BR> Fri - Core, stretch. Occass... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 14:10:10 EST Changing From Within - Week 6 of 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741495 <em>38</em> No, you're eyes are not deceiving you! <em>43</em> I'm skipping weeks 4 and 5 in order to bring you the latest class, it was too good not to share! I promise to go back and fill in the missing weeks. <em>224</em> <BR> Week 6 was something of a breakthrough. We've been doing mindfulness exercises, mindful eating, and rating ourselves on the hunger/fullness scale. I was starting to wonder if this was going to be "successful" - after all, if it were as simple as thinking... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:43:46 EST short blog for points http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721166 I'll get to the Changing from within update hopefully tomorrow... <BR> Feb 3 was GO RED FOR HEART HEALTH. <BR> I tilled my garden, although the effort was much more than the small plot I have warranted. Next year I'll just hire someone to do it for me - would take maybe ten minutes for someone with the right equipment. The time, effort, and cost today was extreme. <BR> Will be planning what to plant over the next few weeks, waiting for our weather to have the inevitible cold freeze. <... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 22:16:28 EST Changing from Within - Week 3 of 8 Mindful eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716220 (This entry is for last week's class, tomorrow will be a summary of this week's class.) <BR> The third class centered on a mindful eating experience. I must admit I was late to the class - I didn't want to eat cold food, so I got a half salad from Wendy's so I'd have something warm to eat. <BR> However, there was a handout for the day's class and the mindful eating meal is almost self-explanatory. <BR> Before eating, determine where on the hunger scale you are. <BR> -Am I physically hung... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 10:39:56 EST