FERRETLOVER1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FERRETLOVER1 FERRETLOVER1'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/ 03-03-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886013 We are getting snow - maybe 1-3 inches; then ice on top of the snow; then maybe some more snow and or ice on top of that! ENOUGH, WINTER! We get it - you are a mean old man. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>425</em> <em>227</em> <em>425</em> <em>227</em> <em>425</em> Tue, 3 Mar 2015 06:45:53 EST 03-02-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885287 “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” ~Johann von Goethe Mon, 2 Mar 2015 06:29:35 EST 03-01-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884632 2 Numbers to Keep You Slim <BR> <BR> When women were given a list of 10 proven weight-maintenance methods, counting veggies and the number of steps they took were the only two daily habits that consistently helped them keep the scale steady after 12 months and 2 years. <BR> <BR> 10,000 - Take this many steps a day <em>331</em> <BR> <BR> 5 - Eat this many servings of veggies each day <em>550</em> Sun, 1 Mar 2015 07:40:50 EST 02-28-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5884077 If you want something you never had, you have to do something you've never done. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:52:49 EST 02-27-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883535 "The future is informed by our actions of the past. Ignore it at your own risk. But don't dwell. Reflect, learn, plan, and then charge forward." -Adam Rosante, trainer & author Fri, 27 Feb 2015 06:30:20 EST 02-26-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882961 MAKE EXERCISE FEEL EASIER <BR> <BR> Walkers who focused on a landmark in the distance reached it faster - and with less perceived effort - than those who looked around. Runners can try this trick, too. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:11:26 EST 02-25-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5882256 “To worry is like rocking in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but gets you nowhere.” ~Unknown Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:08:35 EST 02-24-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5881618 I had a bit of an epiphany recently. I realized that I have been living in the future: "I'll buy that new furniture when we move", "We'll get that new tv when we come into some money", "We'll take that vacation sometime soon". <BR> <BR> Well - NO MORE! Of course you have to plan for the future to some extent, but not to the extent that you forget to live in the present as well. Denying yourself all the comforts that you want "just in case" is a sad way to live life...at least for me an... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:38:51 EST 02-23-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880938 “Has worrying about tomorrow every changed it?” ~Max Lucado Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:53:23 EST 02-22-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880316 “Stop worrying about missed opportunities and start looking for new ones.” ~Pei Sun, 22 Feb 2015 07:08:48 EST 02-21-2015 - Pictures of New Bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879733 I'm so excited about my new bed: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l883300154.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's a couple of other views showing the underbed drawers(2 on each side!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l673455300.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1549319579.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here I am showing off the headboard: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1468210335.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:56:54 EST 02-20-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879183 “You wouldn’t worry so much about what people really thought of you if you knew just how seldom they actually do.” ~Unknown Fri, 20 Feb 2015 06:12:48 EST 02-19-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878538 “Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball.” ~Mitzi Chandler Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:29:05 EST 02-18-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877879 Real weight loss requires real change: Change of perpective. Change of habits. Change of routine. Change of attitude. <BR> <BR> You have to change the way you see before you can change the way you look. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 07:00:18 EST 02-17-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877236 Celebrate all you've already accomplished and each step that's gotten you farther down the road. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:58:32 EST 02-16-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876548 "Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be." -Khalil Gibran Mon, 16 Feb 2015 06:52:28 EST 02-15-2015 - Exercise and Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875997 <em>311</em> <em>182</em> <em>108</em> <em>549</em> <em>315</em> <em>237</em> <em>318</em> <em>34</em> <em>328</em> <em>335</em> <em>276</em> <em>339</em> <BR> <BR> For most people, the hardest part about starting to exercise is finding the time. The hardest part about sticking to exercise is finding the pleasure in it. <BR> <BR> That's the bad news. The good news is that there's a proven way to make exercise more enjoyable, and it may also help you wor... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 06:17:25 EST 02-14-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875462 HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1331795749.jpg"> Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:50:16 EST 02-13-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874910 “Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte Fri, 13 Feb 2015 06:34:09 EST 02-12-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874290 No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 06:51:26 EST 02-11-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5873644 “Decide upon your major definite purpose in life and then organize all your activities around it.” ~Brian Tracy Wed, 11 Feb 2015 06:37:04 EST 02-10-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872964 “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” ~Roy Disney Tue, 10 Feb 2015 06:21:01 EST 02-09-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872260 “You will never leave where you are, until you decide where you’d rather be.” ~Dexter Yager Mon, 9 Feb 2015 06:03:27 EST 02-08-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871637 “It’s in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” ~Anthony Robbins Sun, 8 Feb 2015 06:29:05 EST 02-07-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871062 “Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.” ~H. L. Hunt Sat, 7 Feb 2015 06:55:09 EST 02-06-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5870516 "A day without laughter is a day wasted." - Charlie Chaplin <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1552026651.jpg"> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:01:28 EST 02-05-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869845 “Choice, not chance, determines destiny.” ~E.C. McKenzie Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:05:49 EST Some pictures from our blizzard... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869174 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l665848901.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ice "cactus" outside library. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1783831696.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1854736909.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From my front door. Wed, 4 Feb 2015 07:34:24 EST 02-04-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869148 "You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear."&#8203; - Sammy Davis, Jr. <BR> <BR> (I have always loved and admired Sammy Davis, Jr. for all that he had to overcome in his life. He truly lived this statement and chose commitment every time!) Wed, 4 Feb 2015 06:54:38 EST 02-03-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868436 “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I… I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost <BR> <BR> (I know everyone has heard this quote, but it still rings true!) Tue, 3 Feb 2015 07:33:12 EST 02-02-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5867621 Almost all people are searching: for happiness, for love, for fulfillment, for success, for recognition, for healing, for peace … for the unnamable something, which seems to be missing. This search leads us further away from ourselves, because we are looking outwards and hope for the fulfillment of a truth, that is inwardly already perfect. The less we search in the outer world, the more we will discover inside us. <BR> Mon, 2 Feb 2015 05:24:49 EST 02-01-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866945 “There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” ~Dr. Denis Waitley Sun, 1 Feb 2015 07:18:04 EST 01-31-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866331 “All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.” ~Wayne Dyer Quotes Sat, 31 Jan 2015 06:48:17 EST 01-30-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865705 “The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change.” ~Eng’s Principle Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:38:16 EST 01-29-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865003 “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~Wayne Dyer Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:22:54 EST 01-28-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864248 "I believe in the power of positive thinking to create your desires." - E. G. Daily Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:47:21 EST 01-27-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863521 "A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination." - Nelson Mandela Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:12:44 EST 01-26-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5863179 "It's never too late-never too late to start over, never too late to be happy." - Jane Fonda Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:34:49 EST 01-25-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862004 Today starts International Clean Out Your Inbox Week. <BR> <BR> <em>17</em> <em>387</em> <em>542</em> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:58:15 EST 01-24-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861387 "Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine." - Elvis Presley Sat, 24 Jan 2015 05:59:03 EST 01-23-2015 - HOW TO CURE A CRAVING - Part 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860766 Eat Healthiest When You're Starving <BR> <BR> And here's the key truth you can use to train your brain: Studies show that the foods you munch on when you're hungry are the ones you'll eventually start to crave. So if your appetite ramps up a few hours after lunch, plan ahead to have a snack with fiber and protein, like whole wheat crackers and peanut butter, or grapes and a hardboiled egg, on hand. Do it often, and those are what you'll want to reach for. <BR> <BR> (I sure hope this one ... Fri, 23 Jan 2015 06:25:23 EST 01-22-2015 - HOW TO CURE A CRAVING - Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860030 Break a Sweat <BR> <BR> "Aerobic exercise is one of the best ways to strengthen the area of the brain responsible for dietary self-control," says Peter Hall, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. He found that people with decreased activity in this neural region, called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, eat more junk food than people with normal levels do. Aim for at least 150 minutes of cardio each week, or about 20 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> Bonus: ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 06:31:31 EST 01-21-2015 - HOW TO CURE A CRAVING - Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5859259 Distract Yourself <BR> <BR> Playing an engaging, highly visual digital game (Candy Crush Saga or Flow Free, anyone?) for just three minutes slashes food and drink cravings, according to a study by Plymouth University in England. Why? <BR> <BR> Because all that hand-eye coordination leaves little brain space left to think about ice cream or other treats, says study author and psychology professor Jackie Andrade, Ph.D. Say you're thinking about chocolate: "That image in your mind sustains ... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 06:17:31 EST 01-20-2015 HOW TO CURE A CRAVING - PART 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858497 No one has ever smelled cookies baking in the oven and said, "Gross"; as humans we're hardwired to like caloric food. But you can outfox that genetic predisposition: Tufts University researchers found that if you stick to healthy nutrition habits for just two weeks, your brain actually starts to prefer good-for-you food. "You're building healthy neural connections that never existed and putting the bad ones to sleep," explains study author and nutrition professor Susan B. Roberts, Ph.D. B... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:55:11 EST 01-19-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857668 “Never be afraid to do something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the titanic.” ~Anonymous Mon, 19 Jan 2015 07:27:27 EST 01-18-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856897 “Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.” ~Ralph Marston Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:53:47 EST 01-17-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856210 HAPPINESS EQUATION <BR> <BR> You + <BR> Time spent with close friends <BR> (Equals) <BR> A 50% chance of outliving peers who don't have strong relationships. <BR> Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:20:45 EST 01-16-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855549 Instead of beating yourself up for a very questionable food choice, try the 3:1 rule. <BR> <BR> For every not-so-great food choice in one day, add 3 healthful choices. Think green, clean, non-processed cuisine. That way you crowd out all the bad with the good. <BR> Fri, 16 Jan 2015 06:44:37 EST 01-15-2015 - Would you rather... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854854 ...set mini goals or go after one big goal? <BR> <BR> I prefer setting mini goals while still keeping the bigger picture in my sight, too. I like the satisfaction of achieving those smaller goals. <BR> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 07:45:14 EST 01-14-2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5854052 “Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might as well put that passing time to the best possible use.” ~Earl Nightingale Wed, 14 Jan 2015 06:47:02 EST