FITNHEALTHYKAL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FITNHEALTHYKAL FITNHEALTHYKAL'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/ A new kind of resolution. Happy Ground Hog Day Resolution! 2014 Kickoff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612763 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1539181084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> A month has passed since some made their "NEW YEAR" resolutions. How did you do? Did you head into 2014 with a plan and it's already gone beside the way or are you living it? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1391208483.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been overindulging for decades in many ways. <BR> <BR> Many have been over eating, over drinking, over spending, under ... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 06:55:10 EST BLC 24 Chronicle & Cruise Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597672 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l178017116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> <em>340</em> <BR> <BR> CRUISE CONTROL: <BR> <BR> CRUISE GOALS: <BR> <BR> Meditate <BR> <BR> Laugh <BR> <BR> Breathe <BR> <BR> Walk <BR> <BR> Work out 5 times per week <BR> <BR> Drink 8 glasses water a day <BR> <BR> Choose to eat what is good for me <BR> <BR> Remember what I am grateful for <BR> <BR> Pay it forward <BR> <BR> Balance <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> CHRONICLE:... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 06:55:33 EST In the end time is all we have and all that matters... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597202 I have an assignment for a class I am taking in one of my challenge groups. <BR> <BR> As I search for photos to upload as part of this assignment my recurring theme that resonates with me isn't about all that I am NOT getting done but rather this frenetic pace I keep trying to do it ALL having been touched by lessons that REALLY matter more to me than many others. Hear me now....every trite word...time waits for no one and MOMENTS matter more than a prim diary or planner or militant schedul... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:15:20 EST Who Do You Want To Be This Year? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587918 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1154589998.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Who Do You Want to Be This Year? <BR> <BR> This is the time of year when we make a lot of promises. In year’s past, I’ve resolved to go to the gym regularly, take yoga classes, listen to classical music in the mornings, bring a smile to one person’s face every day, write one letter of gratitude to a loved one each month, and to give up dairy, among many other resolutions. <BR> <BR> As I thought over what I wante... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:19:33 EST My Aspirations, Hopes & Dreams for 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587915 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260043480.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Like each year, after I thought about my word and my plans for 2014, I began to think more and more about what the word and the priorities meant. Since I tend to be self-reflective during this time of year, this is very long and mostly for my benefit. <BR> <BR> Since I have my list of priorities this year, I thought it would be a good exercise to see if I could come up with a few goals for each. <BR> <BR> One ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 10:16:16 EST The steps to unlimited happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587667 I saw this on AMARILYNH'S blog. She got it from KATRINAKAT23's blog. SHE got it from Septemberspirit's blog. She got it from MindBodyGreen. Its so good I want to be able to find it again and I want to share it with all my SparkFriends! When you read it you will see why!! <BR> <BR> Here are 20 things to let go of in order to reach unlimited happiness. <BR> <BR> 1. Let go of all thoughts that don't make you feel empowered and strong. <BR> <BR> 2. Let go of feeling guilty for doing what yo... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 05:32:00 EST Present Moment Wonderful Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584242 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l399714385.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We can start a year with certain plans, hopes, and dreams. But a year is a long time. In a year we could easily forget or lose motivation for what we started the year desiring in our hearts. Or perhaps we will end up needing something new. If I have learned any one thing it is that life changes. <BR> <BR> Perhaps that is why I don’t choose to look at this year as one vast expanse of time ahead of me. Instead, I wa... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:01:26 EST One Little Word 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576283 Ali Edwards is a scrapbooker extraordinaire. Awhile back she started what has become a movement called One Little Word. <BR> <BR> Ali challenges you to live with your word, to invite it into your life, to let your word speak to you…and you might even follow where it leads. The possibilities are endless! <BR> <BR> Too often I let my fears hold me back from doing, from giving, and from experiencing all that the Universe has to offer me. <BR> <BR> I don’t do the things that I am prompted to ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 05:41:09 EST While visions of the Gala danced in their heads.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569692 So many memories depicted and ideas dreamed for our table at the Hogwarts Yule Gala...Picture Christmas Memories and Dreams and each guest at the table bringing their own personal touches to our table. Elegant. Eclectic. Evocative....:::clapping in delight::: Each place setting telling a story that is being told as we plan and get to know one another. The table will have a cloche for each person to add their memory too and each placesetting will have a tiny gift from the table hostess to tak... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 07:44:48 EST Today is Bake Cookies Day...I am hosting an online COOKIE EXCHANGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567044 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1719706899.jpg"> <BR> It’s that time of year again. The trees have been decorated. There’s a chill in the air. The egg nog lattes and peppermint mochas are selling like hotcakes. It’s the BEST time of the year.  During the holidays, I am without a doubt baking more, and spending more time with family and friends. Cookies are a wonderful way to show someone you care and a staple on most Christmas to-do lists. I find myself using just about ev... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 07:28:37 EST Hogwarts Sugar Plum Flurries Gala/Yule Ball SLEIGH tablescape ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564667 Part of the planning for a function is the theme. These are some ideas that could be used to form a table theme for our table of nine Hogwarts members and their guests. <BR> <BR> The first with the cloches....we could have multiple cloches in the center of the table with memories of Christmas past, present and future (though that wouldn't be a memory but rather a projection) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870163771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Love the simplicity of the... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 07:07:43 EST Hogwarts Sugar Plum Flurries Gala / Yule Ball http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559622 December is full of parties, dates and galas. I normally don’t enjoy shopping for the big events because I am on a budget. <BR> <BR> I got married by a ship captain 9 years ago on Christmas Eve. I wore a RED gown and carried a winter bouquet of red/white and green with roses and holly. This shopping adventure makes me think of that time. We are planning our 10th anniversary this time next year and I will be the lady in red then too! <BR> <BR> This time the sky is the limit as we have been ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 09:08:26 EST Happy Thanksgiving, Hanukah and LIFE! L'Chaim! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551980 <em>465</em> <em>499</em> <em>426</em> <em>500</em> <em>430</em> <em>465</em> <em>499</em> <em>426</em> <em>500</em> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving and Hanukah and LIFE! L'Chaim! <BR> <BR> Living Life - "Life is not a race - but indeed a journey. Be honest. Work hard. Be choosy. Say "thank you", "I love you", and "great job" to someone each day. Go to church, take time for prayer. The lord giveth and the Lord taketh. Let your handshake mean more than pen and paper... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 05:43:39 EST 60 Things To Be Grateful For In Our Lives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545002 Here are 60 things to be grateful for in our lives: <BR> <BR> 1. Your parents - For giving birth to you. Because if there is no them, there will not be you. <BR> 2. Your family – For being your closest kin in the world <BR> 3. Your friends – For being your companions in life <BR> 4. Sense of sight – For letting you see the colors of life <BR> 5. Sense of hearing - For letting you hear trickle of rain, the voices of your loved ones, and the harmonious chords of music <BR> 6. Sense of touch - ... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:03:13 EST 9 Self Care Essentials To Add To Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543253 There's been a long-held belief that people are worthy of respect when they put others before themselves. People have often evaluated their own worth (and the degree to which they deserve value in society) by their ability to contribute and place the needs of others before themselves. <BR> <BR> Along with this belief is the idea that self-care is self-indulgent. However, we can only sustain physical health and emotional health when self-care is a priority. (This is true for both women and me... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 08:15:10 EST World Kindness Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539929 "When we leave this planet we won't be asked how much did you earn, how big was your house etc - just "How kind were you?" Kindness, it's a currency we need more and more, the more you give the more you have to give". <BR> <BR> World Kindness Day is a time when many people around the world choose to carry out random acts of kindness. And in doing so make someone's day extra special, bring a smile where there was none and remind people that they are cared about. <BR> <BR> Little things can ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:47:54 EST 12 Reasons You Can't Trust Your Scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539894 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1078667313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the Middle Ages, they had guillotines, stretch racks, whips and chains. Nowadays, we have a much more effective torture device called the bathroom scale. ~Stephen Phillips <BR> <BR> There are many positive physiological changes that can be observed after following a nourishing traditional foods diet which be missed if a person is only focusing on the scale. <BR> <BR> The scale does not show changes in skin ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:18:24 EST Thanksgiving Blessing Bags http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539774 It's that time of year again. ANY time is a good time to bless others. Be creative. If someone can't cook - bring a pre-cooked ham. If you are doing this just before, bring a turkey. Bring a box of cereal and a bag of candy....personalize it and be blessed. The feeling is like none other! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1783228816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ~Thanksgiving Blessing Bags~* <BR> <BR> 2 cans of green beans <BR> 1 can of sweet potatoes <BR> 2 cans of corn <BR... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 05:50:55 EST Just for TODAY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537897 There are many things we would probably conclude we could not possibly do, if we had to do them for a lifetime. However, we could do them, just for today. Instead of trying to “tackle your whole life problem”–to paraphrase Kenneth L. Holmes–, and being burdened by yesterday’s mistakes and tomorrow’s worries, try living one day at a time and focusing just on today. <BR> <BR> Reiki is a Japanese healing technique which involves transferring energy–Ki , or the life force–through the palms of ... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 05:28:25 EST Morning Ritual of Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528908 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2077632514.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is a simple five-minute ritual you can use every <BR> morning that scientists say could be the equivalent to <BR> the ultimate magic pill for ‘happiness’. <BR> <BR> A 2008 study on subjects using this particular method found <BR> they were influencing their hypothalamus, which can have a <BR> positive impact on sleep, cravings, appetite, and even stress (1). <BR> <BR> This ritual has also been scien... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 06:41:17 EST 24 Guidelines for Your Best Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528298 Each day is a gift so begin and end each day with gratitude. Celebrate the good and more of it will flow to you. <BR> <BR> Adversity is a part of life. Know that you are not your problems. Instead of getting wrapped up in doom and gloom, change your focus to the life you want to have, not the problems you think are before you, realizing that what’s happening around you isn’t who you are. <BR> <BR> Love what is. Our stress often comes from our perception that something is good or bad- not fr... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 11:42:30 EST Queen Of Everything and Princess Of Quite A lot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510555 Not yet old, but no longer young, after the mother and before the crone, she is now a Queen . Still active, creative and passionate, the Queen is tempered with an earned wisdom that has come with her experiences. She has faced and overcome obstacles, limitations and life lessons - now assuming her power and accepting full responsibility for her life, dreams, fulfillment and happiness. She is the Queen of herself, the mature monarch, the sole sovereign of her own destiny. <BR> <BR> Recently ... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 08:59:56 EST 57 Meticulously Planned Acts of Kindness AKA Random Acts of Kindness 10/2/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502104 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2044422532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn9u7zmTzXU </link> <BR> <BR> 57 Meticulously Planned Acts of Kindness AKA Random Acts of Kindness 10/2/56 <BR> <BR> This was my gift to myself last year. Full of all of the FUNderful gifts I blessed ME by doing. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l301099478.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=50848... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 05:50:16 EST Where are you for your 2013 Goals & Priorities? 100 days remaining in this YEAR. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496766 About halfway through August,is when you start hearing a lot of people talking about “when summer’s over” and “when school starts” along with “in the fall.” <BR> “When summer’s over, I’m going to get serious about my ____________.” <BR> “After school starts, I’m going to get back to ___________.” <BR> “In the fall, I’m going to start focusing on ______________.” <BR> “My eating” <BR> “My weight” <BR> “Taking more time for myself” <BR> “Getting more sleep” <BR> “Being healthier” <BR> <BR> Do... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:31:10 EST Can making lists boost your happiness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496756 Ironically, after posting my list 20 Little Things To Treasure In Autumn this morning, I read this when doing my daily work for a "class" I am doing on Happiness... <BR> <BR> Can the simple act of making a list boost your happiness? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2111580161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I was in college, I took a class on the culture of Heian Japan, and the one and only thing I remember about that subject is The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. This stra... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:24:10 EST 20 Little Things To Treasure In Autumn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496726 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l362883155.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Autumn gives us every opportunity to live an authentic life. Yet how easy it is to miss the little things in the pursuit of a “perfect” life! An authentic life is made up of recognizing beautiful moments in an imperfect world. We must discipline ourselves to linger even for a moment on those things so they will become emblazoned in our memory like a snapshot in a tattered scrapbook. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Celebratin... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:45:37 EST BLC23 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495701 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l221489242.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1759717393.jpg">BLC 22 Goals <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1561143323.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Make it Count and Make it Epic! <BR> <BR> So many auspicious goals that I’ve read from other BLC members in the past few days. My head is spinning. <BR> <BR> Makes for lots of ideas. <BR> <BR> I think I need to use the KISS principle because if ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:33:34 EST Act 2, Scene 3.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484297 "What if one day, you were to find out, that this is all a dream anyway, and you could have done anything you wanted to do, and been anything you wanted to be? <BR> <BR> You, only you, could have written your own script. Played the lead in your very own play. <BR> Would you have written it differently, perhaps? Played it with a bit more gusto! Put your whole heart and soul into it? <BR> <BR> But then, it's only a dream. Right? <BR> <BR> Well, my friends, this is act 2, scene 3, of your pla... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 06:57:43 EST 8 Things You Forgot To Be Grateful For http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457854 “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” <BR> &#8213;Epicurus <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51553634.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So that’s what I want to reflect on today – a few quick reminders about some things you, too, likely forget to be grateful for… <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. The unique privilege of being YOU. <BR> YOU are one of a kind. You are lucky enough to have... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 08:31:57 EST Ashton Kutcher's Profound Speech To Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456100 WOW! I don't know a lot about Ashton Kutcher. I know he's Hollywood. I know he was married to Demi Moore. I know he's a Democrat. He was on the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night and he had a message our youth (and WE) needed to hear. Great stuff that this person who has a great work ethic AND is a Hollywood "idol" speaks.... <BR> <BR> <link>landing.newsinc.com/shared/video.htm<BR>l?freewheel=69016&sitesection=ijreview<BR>&VID=25029456 </link> <BR> <BR> All I know is that what he said i... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:45:42 EST Public Service Reminder: We are all mojo swaggering She.ros! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452679 <BR> I am a broken record of self nurturing, self love, yadayadaness. I know I’m not talking to myself but when do I hear my own words and how do I expect anyone to listen if I don’t even walk my own walk? <BR> <BR> However there is one element of stuckness that runs deeper and is even more resistant to change. It can run down even the most eager mojo-swaggering super SHEro. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1774397457.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 10:16:41 EST Scale Crimes...Just The Facts (The Bare Naked Facts) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450652 Truly if it were not for our BLC rule of WI, we should all throw that blasted contraption out the nearest window and have it dashed to its death below and with no fanfare either - or perhaps like a big ticker tape parade that welcomes a hero home, we shall have a HUGE send-off or grand funeral for the day when we truly CAN bury that confounded contraption. <em>55</em> with the <em>192</em> and the reverence and importance we place upon the numbers it reveals to us each week (hopefully ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 09:06:42 EST When fear knocks, answer the door.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425167 I never watch the ESPY's. Never say never right? I'm not a big award show fan I'm not even a huge sport fanatic (Go Wings) AND it's right smack in the middle of the Tour De France. I have long followed Robin Roberts story and journey and I heard she was receiving an award and that was enough for me to grab a box of kleenex and curl up for a bit of motivation. A BIT? Just yesterday, I tried to talk myself out of a simple workout. Really? <BR> <BR> The awards show, which celebrates the year'... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:20:17 EST Get the courage to declare that RIGHT NOW, this is your turning point. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391205 No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future. <BR> <BR> Human are unique. We are the only species who can completely change the course of our lives. <BR> <BR> Ants can't do it. Alligators can't and sharks can't. If a shark wanted to stop being a predator it couldn't. Alligators can't decide to be a chef. <BR> <BR> But we are different. As a human, if you don't like the story of your life so far, you can rip up the pages and write a completely new one. <BR> <BR> As... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 20:55:49 EST It might be time to take a chance on yourself if... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386725 There are two kinds of people. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l395814993.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First, you’ve got the toe-dippers. <BR> <BR> These are the ones who stand at the edge of the water. The tip of their toe tells them it’s too cold. They wait to see if there might be weird fish in this lake. They wait to see if anyone else is going to swim with them. They wait to see if they’ll feel foolish. They wait to see if they might feel more comfortable someday in the future. ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 09:28:23 EST Live Outside the Box http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384139 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1501472797.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Henry "Box" Brown paid a dear price for his nickname. <BR> Born a slave on a Richmond, Virginia plantation, Henry began plotting his escape when his wife and three young children, having been sold to another slave owner, were carried away in chains. <BR> <BR> After pondering on it, he had a carpenter build his escape vessel: a wood crate three feet, one inch wide by two feet, six inches high. <BR> ... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 07:13:40 EST Goals for BLC22 Twelve Weeks of S.M.A.R.T. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383731 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l221489242.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1759717393.jpg">BLC 22 Goals <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1338894757.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1561143323.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Make it Count and Make it Epic! <BR> <BR> So many auspicious goals that I’ve read from other BLC members in the past few days. My head is spinning. <BR> <BR> Makes for lots o... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 20:03:56 EST Engage. Act. Try. Care. Believe. DO something -- anything. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376395 I got this in my email and I am sharing it forward. It is compelling and I would love for you to sit down and read it and then share it forward with your loved ones (family, friends, kids school mentors etc. etc.). It is VERY compelling and speaks of a societal problem. Every time my children (now child at home) say "I don't know." or "Whatever." I have a quarter jar and it has been filled over and over again. OMG..."What would you like for dinner? " "Whatever." "What do you want to do today?... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 07:58:49 EST How will you know if you like something if you don't TRY?!* http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366935 Here’s the truth: You can’t know how you’re going to feel about something until that “something” is actually happening which means stepping out on chance. Lawdy, I've stepped out and put my toes in so many times in so many ways and not really given it my all. LIVING LARGE is about diving in - ALL OF YOU - maybe even NEKKID (which is more than it sounds like - more like REALLY letting YOU be revealed) <BR> <BR> You won’t know if you like green juice until you drink some green juice. You can... Fri, 24 May 2013 17:47:31 EST If I had my life to live over.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366909 If I Had My Life To Live Over <BR> <BR> by Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> The following was written by the late Erma Bombeck <BR> after she found out she had a fatal disease. <BR> <BR> If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more. <BR> <BR> I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded. <BR> <BR> I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a... Fri, 24 May 2013 16:59:26 EST No Break Challenge Week #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366339 Break Challenge #8: May 29th thru June 4th.....and then we start the new round on Wednesday June 5. Thank you Jane for all of your efforts. These were amazing and YOU are the <em>285</em> ! <BR> <BR> We are starting BLC22 on June 5th (first WI). <BR> At least several days before then, maybe a week before, the new chat threads for BLC22 will be open and returning team members as well as new members will be getting settled in. <BR> <BR> For those that want a no break challenge that week, ... Fri, 24 May 2013 05:07:05 EST No Break Challenge - Week #7 - Into The Final Countdown! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366336 <BR> Break Challenge #7: Wed 5/22 through Tues 5/28 <BR> TRI-atholon challenge for the week: <BR> <BR> Some of us are flagging. We have 3 more weeks left in the break between BLC21 & BLC22. <BR> So this challenge will be simple to track and we should all be doing the work, just a chance to push a little more. <BR> <BR> acT - Exercise <BR> Ok, exercise is about just doing it. Get it done, no excuses. Whether you feel like it or not, when life if pulling on your or upheavaling your days, ev... Fri, 24 May 2013 05:04:16 EST 15 Key Resources For Women's Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363175 <BR> Ladies: It’s time to show your body (and mind) some love. Last week was the 14th annual National Women’s Health Week (NWHW). This year’s theme, “It’s Your Time,” promotes self-awareness and self-care among women. The goal? To educate women on how to keep themselves healthy and happy for life. <BR> <BR> The week encourages women to take control of their health by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding risky behaviors, managing stress, and ... Tue, 21 May 2013 08:44:11 EST Fridge Makeover On Three Budgets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363164 FRIDGE MAKEOVER: HOW TO REVAMP YOUR DIET ON 3 DIFFERENT BUDGETS <BR> <BR> Joy Bauer, MS, RD, CDN is the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY Show and NY Times bestselling author. For smart eating tips and scrumptious recipes visit JoyBauer.com <BR> <BR> Want to feel energized and bust through your weight goals but can’t muster up the dough to fuel your body with award winning grub? Good news — healthy food does NOT have to cost an arm and a leg. Really. In fact, it’s quite possib... Tue, 21 May 2013 08:30:57 EST The Spark Solution Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361820 Some of us are doing a two week program using the new Spark Solution Program and were asked to do an end of the first week review. <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about my addiction to spark points for awhile now and I have a confession to make. I am a spark point addict. But (and I have a whole lot of junk in my trunk), I could be addicted to worse right?). And I'm working on this addiction as in I don't mindlessly go down the list insisting that I get every possible point I can item by item... Mon, 20 May 2013 05:13:33 EST Court Et Doux on self love and care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358900 My mind is constantly racing with things I want, and need, to do. <BR> <BR> <BR> My mind is constantly racing with things I want, and need, to do. I wonder if I will ever feel emotionally safe and secure again. :::shrug::: If one more person tells me what a wonderful stepmother I am as if it's an accolade I've earned a medal for I may just explode. This is my life after all and you do the right thing...right? <BR> <BR> I do worry that I will die before I see "my" girls grow into women... Fri, 17 May 2013 06:43:03 EST No Break Challenge Week #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355915 Break Challenge #6: Wed 5/15 through Tues 5/21 <BR> <BR> TRI-atholon challenge for the week: <BR> <BR> Last week we focused on what worked for you. This week, put some of that into effect. <BR> You get some choices for each category. Make it count and pick things that give you a good return for your efforts. <BR> <BR> Training – Exercise <BR> Training is not the events of one day, it is something we do continually. The idea is that we need to exercise regularly our entire life to get ... Tue, 14 May 2013 06:23:32 EST Non Break Challenge Week #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5348310 CAMO “no break” challenge for week #5: Wed 5/8 through Tues 5/14 <BR> <BR> TRI-atholon challenge for the week: <BR> <BR> This week is focused on finding what works for you. <BR> <BR> Titrate – eating <BR> Titration is adding a little more or taking a little away to get the correct combination. So we will be looking at our patterns that can result in us eating too much or too little for our meals & snacks. The goal is to eat when you are hungry and eat what you need to fuel your body un... Tue, 7 May 2013 08:13:03 EST Non Break Challenge Week #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341607 TRI-atholon challenge for the week: <BR> <BR> sTamina – Exercise, <BR> <BR> We know we need to do some cardio, and some ST, and even some flexibility/mobility work. But we also need stamina – the ability to do the exercise over a longer period of time. The ability to run longer, to carry loads for longer periods of time, etc. So for this week, try to get some longer workouts. Note: The goal to encourage stamina and endurance, so don’t do easier exercises just to be able to go longer an... Wed, 1 May 2013 07:29:31 EST Redefining Success and Celebrating the Ordinary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335401 Today I posted another blog stating "I am...ORDINARY" -- it isn't being met with great popularity and it IS a stereotype - a label and THAT my friends is the point. It is part of a homework assignment I was doing that I came across these and want to share. I do believe that as the following states we are doing our children a disservice grooming them to all believe that they are all to be super stars, soccer stars, Mensa bound, Julliard bound etc. etc. SOMEONE NEEDS TO BE ORDINARY and we need ... 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