EMMABE1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=EMMABE1 EMMABE1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ The never ending tussel!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390790 I wonder how many of you have a perminent tussel - trying to find food to eat that is really tasty, filling and healthy but also low calorie!! I certainly do!! <BR> Today I made a really tasty soup - it ticks all the boxes as well as being soooo easy to make and is only 49cal per cup . I batch cooked - made 10 cups and packed them for the freezer. I have those now when I need something instead of grabbing something Higher calorie. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f5b9... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:17:52 EST Its Time to Look Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387097 Some of you will know me from a few years ago - some of you won't. But I thought I might come back to Sparks - not because I have put on weight - well only about 5lb anyway but because its time for me to set a new goal - 34kg (75lb) <BR> Having already lost 65kg (143lb) <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b0b3a6e-7e2b-412b-be85-e11aa4124254.jpg"> <BR> that might sound as if its going to be easy for me but when you think it took me 10years of hard work to lose that 65kg ... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:21:37 EST "I Have a Dream" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204127 The great Martin Luther King famously said this in his speech - on August 28th 1963. He couldn’t have known how well known it would become. <BR> So what has this to do with Healthy Living? I think its got a lot to do with our attitude generally - and I find it particularly important for mobility limited people who are striving to achieve a goal. <BR> Having a dream - something you really want - often something you really would like but think never in your wildest dreams could you ever have ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 03:55:55 EST My story - for those who don't know me with an update for those who do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196789 For those of you who don't know me and an update for those who do - <BR> I lost 65kg (143lb) between 2002 aand 2012 - not all with Sparkpeople but much of it with Chair Exercise. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3751113d-79c8-467f-bf84-e307597a6af7.jpg"> <BR> So what difference did it make to me ? <BR> Obviously I shrunk – from 2002 to 2008 to 2009 to 2012- down in clothes size from 34 to 18/20 - but I have changed in so many other ways, and as my Doctor pointed out, all... Fri, 8 Jul 2016 03:54:26 EST Chair Exercise Fun - Why I started another team. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195569 A little over a year ago I left the leadership of Chair Exercise Team – I left because a member was extremely rude to me and I thought Why should I even bother after nearly 7 years of working very hard for the team, its obviously just not worth it.. <BR> Since then I have been “lurking” just watching what these members have done in the team. <BR> When I checked the other day I saw that people visiting the team had dropped severely – it had actually halved since I left. <BR> There could ... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 23:27:36 EST Life Isn’t Always Fair!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978642 No life isn’t always fair!! How often when I was regularly on Sparkpeople did I hear people say “it isn’t fair” maybe their husband could eat anything,, maybe their friend lost faster than they did, but for what ever reason its something I heard a lot!! <BR> Well no! Life isn’t fair – its not being fair to me <BR> My husband eats <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00fd3a29-14b4-47af-add2-2136c667100c.jpg"> caramel chocolate slice for morning snack – I have <img src="http://... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:58:09 EST Mobility Limited Version TV Advert Break Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924381 A couple of days ago Sparkpeople had an infographic on exercises to do in advertisment breaks on TV - an easy way to get in some extra movement. The idea itself was a good one - but the exercises were totally beyond the capability of anyone who is not young and fit anymore - which is a large number of members on this site. <BR> <BR> I decided its time that we REAL people - members who are limited in mobility or a bit older and less fit - had the same opportunity!! <BR> So I re-designed the ... Thu, 7 May 2015 16:51:39 EST ANZAC DAY - 100 years - 25/4/2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916755 Tomorrow is ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand – Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day commemorates the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli, Turkey, during World War I in 1915. It is also the day that we remember the bravery of all our forces – through from Gallipoli to the present day <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l214050138.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The assault troops, mostly from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZA... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:42:47 EST They grow up so fast!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894986 They grow up so fast!! <BR> <BR> Back in November last year - we gained a new family member - <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1400847778.jpg"> <BR> - he was all fluff . <BR> As an older couple we had to think hard about even getting another dog when our two oldies passed away - and we had actually decided that we wouldn't get one. But something was missing in the house - so Tiger came to stay!! <BR> <BR> The last 3 months have been hard work. <BR> <BR> Unusu... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 01:28:58 EST Obesity, an individual or societal responsibility? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874125 I was recently asked the following question - I'd be interested in your answers <BR> This is something everyone of you should have an opinion on – so please share your viewpoint –please do not just answer with an emoticon. . <BR> <BR> Obesity, an individual or societal responsibility? <BR> <BR> Should obese individuals bear personal responsibility for their obesity problem and accordingly, should any strategies to combat obesity be exclusively targeted to the individual? <BR> Or should o... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:45:25 EST You know its been wet when..........!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873577 This picture was taken by Cairns (North Queensland, Australia) Golf Club - on the 4th Fairway <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1715499667.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have no idea what the fish is - and I'm not going to get close enough to find out!! Wed, 11 Feb 2015 01:55:13 EST Anyone for Croc Eggs?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861236 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l437065551.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was shopping the other day - browseing the fruits and vegetables to see what was good quality and reasonably priced - as you do!! and found punnets with the label - Croc Eggs - Aussie Fruits <BR> Now what on earth is a croc egg?? I doubt these come from a crocodile. <BR> The Label and celophane made it hard to tell <BR> <BR> Eventually I worked out that they were black Plums!! <BR> But do the producers reall... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:44:12 EST Organic foods – are they worth my hard earned dollar?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821984 This is the start of a blog - one that I intend to follow up - that I have been doing for a Uni Course I have been doing to update my knowledge in nutrition, inbetween all the other things I have been doing - and you think you are busy!!!!!!. <BR> Its a subject I find very interesting - one that has a lot of confusion attached to it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1609574680.jpg"> <BR> I keep hearing that we need to eat organic foods to stay healthy – but on a... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 01:47:35 EST Obesity and Preventable Death: 8 Lifesaving Resources http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821279 More than 2 in 3 adults (or 78.6million) are considered to be overweight or obese, and more than 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are considered to be obese (1). Obesity is linked to health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death (2). The global obesity epidemic is now costing the world economy $2 trillion a year (3). <BR> <BR> The following resources explain the link between obesity a... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:49:44 EST A Busy Few Weeks!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812112 The last few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotion for us!! <BR> Firstly my beautiful Tibbie died. She was 12 ½ yrs old and we had had her for nearly all of that 12 ½ yrs. Then just 2 weeks later my Saluki died – but she was also 12 ½ yrs old and had been with the Tibbie all her life. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1369916324.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We had decided when this happened we wouldn’t have another dog, despite the fact that we have had dogs all our lives... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 17:47:12 EST Its that time again!! Gympie Muster!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769714 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1864277132.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This weekend the Gympie Muster is on again!! It's been described as the quintessential Aussie event and with the towering gums and leisurely lagoons of beautiful Amamoor Creek State Forest Park near Gympie in Queensland it's the perfect setting for more than 25,000 people who flock to the Optus Gympie Music Muster each year in the last week of August. The Muster attracts fans from all corners of the nation to see... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 02:14:09 EST A less obvious reason to have (and use) a juicer!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760547 Some of you may know that earlier this year I had a totally blocked bowel <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675522709.jpg"> <BR> well since then I have had to be very careful what I ate, and was very careful as its not the sort of thing one wants to repeat.. <BR> I couldn’t eat raw vegetables except very ripe tomatoes that were peeled and cored. I couldn’t eat much raw fruit – it had to be very soft fruit and peeled <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l959202... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 22:21:27 EST An Australian Mid-Winter View!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748547 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l912311225.jpg"> <BR> I took this picture yesterday looking almost due East about 10 min from home!! Early as the sun was still not fully up. <BR> Considering its mid-winter - its not a bad sight - the same site that greets us nearly every day!! The sea is warm too!! Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:51:22 EST Understanding Alzheimer's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713553 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1348703653.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was in our local paper in honour of a festival commemorating purple for Alzheimer’s Disease. I’m not sure who wrote it – but it struck me as so fitting a reminder for all of us who have to deal with Alzheimer’s or dementia in a relative or friend, or indeed a plea for ourselves at some time maybe !!. <BR> <BR> Don’t ask me to remember <BR> Don’t try to make me understand <BR> Let me rest and know you’re wit... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 17:05:00 EST D Day - 6th June 1944 - 70 Years ago today!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711789 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l607593799.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1434821921.jpg"> <BR> <BR> D Day – 6th June 1944 – the landing of Allied Troops on the beaches of Normandy. <BR> <BR> The Normandy landings, codenamed Operation Neptune, were the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation be... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 03:35:53 EST The 70 yr old activist!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5710065 This morning I was called an activist - my reaction - what? Me an Activist??!! No Way!! Can you see me duck walk shuffling down the street with my walker, in a street march? I wouldn't get 1 block!! <BR> But it gave me a huge laugh!! <BR> <BR> So I decided to celebrate my 70th birthday by doing a cartoon - I hope you get a laugh out of it!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1119266095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> WooHoo - and I'll keep activating!! (or maybe not!!) <BR> ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 22:10:33 EST Some tips and tricks that might help members make the site more user friendly!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709900 These are a few things I have either been told or discovered in my computing time – some are ”band aid” suggestions but might help you until there are changes while some are things that already exist!! <BR> <BR> 1 – The adverts – they can be blocked very effectively with an Ad blocker. The main one people seem to use is Ad-blocker – that is available for different browsers. Its free!! <BR> <link>https://adblockplus.org/en </link> <BR> There are others available too if you search Google... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 16:53:29 EST Follow up on my Open Letter to Sparkguy and staff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709464 Thank you to all who read and or voted for my blog. I got a popular blog trophy but see the blog is labelled – “Voted Featured Blog Post” – so maybe these days “Popular Blog” and “Featured Blog” are the same – who knows?? Probably another change I haven’t caught up with – LOL!! <BR> <BR> I was blown away by the support, depth of feeling and number of members who expressed similar thoughts. It was rather like breaking a dam!! <BR> The blog was written on behalf of all older members and thos... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 05:21:51 EST An open letter to Sparkguy, Sparkpeople Staff, and Technical Support Staff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707656 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l290887510.jpg"> <BR> Do you know what its like to be old, and on top of that to be mobility limited or have a chronic disease? Of course not!! You are all young and fit – as most of us were at some stage in our lives. <BR> <BR> You can have no idea what its like to not be able to read things easily because you have spots in your eyes, or are looking through a mist all the time? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1269... Sat, 31 May 2014 19:51:38 EST Its getting to be a habit!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672332 Those of you who read my last blog know that I have had a bit of a hard time recently – with a bowel blockage and shingles – and then last Friday night I blacked out and fell – I didn’t make much impact in the concrete – but it knocked me about !! <BR> The Ambos carted me off to hospital with suspected concussion and broken cheek bone and knee – however after a CT on my head – yes they found a brain!! <BR> No damage was found and I was given the rare honour in the OZ public hospital syste... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:47:37 EST A difficult time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666166 In mid February I was shopping one day when I felt light headed – this has happened before but usually rights itself when I sit down and have a drink. This time it didn’t – I passed out instead!! <BR> I briefly came to in the ambulance and again in emergency but it was 2 hrs before I really was conscious. Even then it took the rest of the day for my pulse to come back to normal. It was thought to be a stroke but this has been ruled out, <BR> <BR> Then I started a stomach ache. To cut a ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 03:18:18 EST An Australian’s thoughts of Super Bowl!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613459 Today – a lot of Americans will be watching Super Bowl – either actually in the stadium watching live or watching on TV!! <em>281</em> <BR> <BR> Tickets for the game sold at $500 - $2,500 – and luxury boxes for $400,000 – in addition parking fees of $150 were in place!! <BR> <BR> <em>528</em> That is a whole lot of money. <BR> <BR> I have to wonder firstly what anyone in the “cheap” (?) seats – if $500 can be called cheap - gets to see given that the stadium is huge!! <em>420<... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 22:14:00 EST Happy Australia Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605450 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950413367.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A very Happy Australia Day to all my American friends - <BR> <BR> Watch for the Empire State Building - in New York - to turn Green and Gold in honour of all the Aussies living in US <BR> <BR> <link>www.smh.com.au/national/empire-state<BR>-building-going-green-and-gold-for-aus<BR>tralia-day--with-help-from-hugh-jackma<BR>n-20140125-31f58.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:22:42 EST Team leaders attitude and responsibility – does it matter?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590473 <BR> I am wondering about attitude, with relation to Sparkpeople in this case, but its possibly actually a reflection on society in general. <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> In the nearly 5 years that I have been a leader of Chair Exercise Team I have found that attitudes of members wishing to lead vary greatly. <BR> <BR> I agree that I run a tight ship- that I can be domineering and that I work long hours and thus that some might feel they cannot cope with that. They don’t have to offer or ag... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:25:45 EST How do we let ourselves go this badly?? (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568252 How do we let ourselves go this badly?? <BR> I saw a blog last week by WILDKAT781 – How did I get here? <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564576 </link> <BR> And she started me thinking!! <BR> <BR> Then this week I had an appointment with my Doctor whom I have known for 35years – and knowing he still doesn’t believe I have lost weight I wore a dress I haven’t worn for a bit!! I had to go to Curves first and the effect the dress had on them... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:47:53 EST Idea for a Christmas Platter for a party http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567343 How often do we get invited to Christmas functions - maybe at a club or a group or maybe with friends and we need to take something - but honestly are wanting to keep off all the rich, high calorie foods that inevitably get taken to these gatherings?? <BR> This happened to me yesterday - so I took a fruit and cheese platter <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l215577306.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cheeses: <BR> Triple Brie, Apricot Nut Cream Cheese, Cracked Pepper Cream Cheese, Ched... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:28:27 EST WooHoo!! Chair Exercise is in the Fitness Tracker!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565844 I heard today from Coach Jen that two new entries have been added to the Sparkpeople fitness tracker <BR> "chair exercise, low impact" <BR> and <BR> "chair exercise, moderate to vigorous intensity". <BR> <BR> To find them - go to your fitness tracker - type in "Chair Exercise " to the seach box and click "search" <BR> <BR> Low impact - is if you work gently or slowly or do slow exercise <BR> <BR> moderate to vigorous intensity - is things like Chair dance, turbo chair etc - and keep up wit... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:38:25 EST Can Type 2 Diabetes be cured?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552489 In 1998 I was looking after our property, my DH was in hospital for a short time and I felt tired and was drinking a lot. <BR> I put it down to the extra weight I was carrying – I was at least 170kg (375lb) and the extra work, as well as it being summer and hot <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1243129130.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Eventually I went to my Doctor and was diagnosed Type2 diabetic with an A1C through the roof!! I was put on Metformin and told to record my blood sug... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 23:28:44 EST My poor dam!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551147 A few of you may remember that we have (or had) a beautiful dam on our property filled with waterlilies and birdlife. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l363176275.jpg"> <BR> The main reason for the dam, the reason we built it, was to hold water for our gardens and act as a back-up supply should the house tanks ever run dry (they never have) <BR> <BR> This year has been very dry and we have watered the gardens a lot and used the dam water to top the pool up – we ha... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:24:26 EST Agggh!! Snake!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548655 I was swimming laps this morning <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1212913067.jpg"> <BR> When I looked up and there was this face looking at me – big black beady eyes!! <BR> <BR> Snake!! <BR> <BR> About 2’ long and wriggling!! He was sitting quite happily in the sun on the coping only about 2” from the water and lifted his head to watch me!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1700831508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First thought – yell!! <BR> <img s... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 20:45:42 EST The “Improved” (?) Nutrition Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547949 On Friday I went to enter my foods in my Nutrition Tracker and discovered it had changed – I wondered if this was due to an update to my computer at the beginning – but no! its been “improved”. <BR> <BR> When I said something about that we hadn’t been warned on the Leaders message board – I was told – <BR> “Sorry that I didn't post this sooner. You can copy and paste this message in your teams to better inform them if you are seeing questions. <BR> <BR> This morning we launched a slightly... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 19:16:27 EST British Monarchy to take over the crippled USA. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538673 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1595446681.jpg"> <BR> A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN <BR> To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II <BR> <BR> In light of closing down of the Government in the USA and thus the inability to govern yourselves, We hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.) <BR> Her Sovereign Majesty Queen E... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:59:05 EST Australian Melbourne Cup Carnival Fashion Etiquette – more fashion!! (and pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534397 Today is Oaks Day at Flemington, Melbourne Australia – more fashion, good and bad, and more horse racing!! <BR> The Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day are part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival – the Derby last Saturday and Emirates Stakes Day next Saturday are also part of the Carnival. The Melbourne Cup is by far the most famous and followed race though!! However all race days call for “fashion” !! There is strict etiquette among the fashionistas. <BR> <BR> Dressing for the races isn’t the same as ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 23:17:08 EST Fashion - good and bad at Melbourne Cup (pictures) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532548 Today - the" race that stops a nation " literally - was run - the 2013 Melbourne Cup !! <BR> It is a holiday in Melbourne Australia but everywhere else thoughout the country people watch it on TV, and many thousand dollars are bet on the winner - and many have Melbourne Cup parties - and the day is an excuse to "dress up" - both good and bad can be seen!! Its a good example of how we do things "down under"!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1860801932.jpg"> <BR... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 03:06:16 EST Adding Chair Exercise to the Fitness Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526069 A number of you will have seen my message asking if Chair Exercise can be added to the Fitness Tracker - I thought I would update you with the situation to date!! <BR> <BR> I thought I would try to explain the problems to you – so at least you understand that I AM doing something – you might need a knowledge of Human Biology and science for this though!! <BR> <BR> I have written to <BR> University of South Carolina <BR> Inst lifestyle medicine <BR> Australian Institute of Sport <BR> Anne B... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:45:23 EST I thought we were supposed to “Spread the Spark”? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522594 Yesterday I tried to download the Fitness and nutrition tracker app for mobile phones – and kept being asked for $3.95. Not a huge price – BUT – to pay that $3.95 it is necessary to pay Google Play and they only accept a credit card or their gift cards, no PayPal Facilities. <BR> <BR> 1 – There is NO notice on the Sparkpeople page you get the app, about the app that was advertised as free, now being charged for - however when I messaged, Coach Jen answered that it is now $3.95 to get as the... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:14:16 EST There are many twists and turns in the road!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517921 This last week I received a big set back – a lot of you will know that I have been working extremely hard to prevent having knee surgery – <BR> I have lost weight – a fair amount – <em>9</em> <BR> I have reversed my type 2 diabetes – A1C is stable between 4.8 and 5.2 <BR> I have come off blood pressure tabs <BR> And I have been increasing my steps – last week averaging 7200 a day – <em>311</em> <BR> I go to Curves 3 times a week and I try to eat veg and fruit and drink water and beh... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 17:21:28 EST We could all use a little support every now and then http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512779 Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste ..... <BR> <BR> We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. <BR> <BR> Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. <BR> <BR> Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? <BR> <BR> Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? <BR> <BR> Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 00:22:05 EST International Fleet Review and Light and Sound Spectacular - Sydney Harbour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505654 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1912411530.jpg"> <BR> Last night I sat enthralled watching a TV program, it even gave me Goosebumps - The Fireworks Light and Sound Spectacular - on Sydney Harbour - which was a culmination to the International Fleet Review in Sydney Harbour over the last few days. It was the history of the Australian Navy in Sound, fireworks and pictures projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 01:16:53 EST International Fleet Review and Light and Sound Spectacular - Sydney Harbour http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505653 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1912411530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last night I sat enthralled watching a TV program, it even gave me Goosebumps - The Fireworks Light and Sound Spectacular - on Sydney Harbour - which was a culmination to the International Fleet Review in Sydney Harbour over the last few days. It was the history of the Australian Navy in Sound, fireworks and pictures projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 01:16:52 EST Is it all worth the effort?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492151 <BR> <BR> At some time I was always going to ask myself this question, I guess!! <BR> Well yesterday and today that time has come!! I seem to be being hit at from all angles!! <BR> Firstly – I got as did all team leaders – an email from Sparkpeople saying – and I quote..... <BR> “As a member of our Community Team or a SparkTeam leader, you are part of an exclusive pre-release group for the Spark. We’d like to thank you for being such a loyal member by offering ....................!!” <BR>... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 18:36:04 EST Definately NOT the original - Fifty Shades of Grey............... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490519 I am sure by now most people will have heard of Fifty Shades of Grey - the original - well this is NOT the original!! <BR> <BR> FIFTY SHADES - Pam Ayres <BR> <BR> <BR> FIFTY SHADES OF GREY - (a husbands point of view) <BR> The missus bought a Paperback, <BR> down Shepton Mallet way, <BR> I had a look inside her bag; <BR> ... T'was "fifty shades of grey". <BR> Well I just left her to it, <BR> And at ten I went to bed. <BR> An hour later she appeared; <BR> The sight filled me with dread... ... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:44:13 EST Promise Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459014 “Promise Yourself <BR> <BR> To be so strong that nothing <BR> can disturb your peace of mind. <BR> To talk health, happiness, and prosperity <BR> to every person you meet. <BR> <BR> To make all your friends feel <BR> that there is something in them <BR> To look at the sunny side of everything <BR> and make your optimism come true. <BR> <BR> To think only the best, to work only for the best, <BR> and to expect only the best. <BR> To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others <BR> a... Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:14:41 EST "Don't Worry, Be Happy" week!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449369 <em>30</em> <em>41</em> <em>100</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <em>213</em> <BR> There seems a lot of negativity in the world today!! We watch the news on TV and it always seems to be bad things happening, very little good. People always seem rushed, no time for a smile or a “hello”. And here in Sparkpeople there seems a lot of illness and misfortune – Ok – I know these things happen and I know that the support that Sparkpeople can give those people is very valuable – I ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 22:50:44 EST The creamiest yummiest potato mash ever!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447990 I was watching a TV program "Masterchef" a couple of weeks ago - and they had a tip to make mashed potato without cream and using minimum butter but retaining the creamy texture and flavour!! Instead I used only skim milk and 1 tablespoon butter with the potatoes for a 4 person quantity!! <BR> I tried it this morning - and honestly you would think there was loads of cream and butter in it!! <BR> It sounds really strange - but believe me - it works!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 19:09:31 EST