FLAMENM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLAMENM FLAMENM'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/ Reboot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708510 The start of summer is my motivator. Time to get back to hiking and get onto the water. Mon, 2 Jun 2014 00:09:06 EST And so it begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692979 Planned out my meals for the week. And packed my bags. <BR> Getting ready to travel for work. And travel towards healthy. Mon, 12 May 2014 00:23:33 EST Walk, walk, walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627864 I started my lunch walks again. Here's to walks! Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:04:38 EST Goodnight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618282 Running on empty. Nothing left to do but <em>102</em> <em>102</em> <em>102</em> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 23:54:53 EST I got a new saree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615481 One thing I love about sarees, they always fit just right. <BR> <BR> I went to an India fashion show today and got a new purple/green georgette saree. It should be great for the opera this summer. I'll post pics when I get the blouse and petticoat sewn. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 23:41:38 EST Choosing water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612479 I'm focusing on getting more water into my diet. In summer, I drink water all the time. But in winter it is harder. <BR> <BR> So recommitting to at least 20 glasses a day! <BR> <BR> Guzzle up. Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:12:46 EST Oh, I have purple fingers and toes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602875 Nails, that is. <BR> I started walking and needed a pedi to take care of some rough spots and sharp nails. And got a pedi to boot! Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:38:47 EST Focusing off-line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599469 One of my habits is focusing so much effort and time on researching and planning and less on doing. I've been spending less time on-line so I can focus on living off-line. Doing, instead of thinking about doing. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:04:17 EST Successful eating while on the road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590800 Finished a week of work-related travel. was mostly successful in my eating. I bough salad ingredients and lots of cut veggies and fruits with me. So I DIDN'T eat out every night. Sun, 12 Jan 2014 00:02:43 EST Cooking up a feast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582542 Had a small tasting party of different foods for my family and friends today. I always get excited when I try new recipes and discover new healthy foods. Especially because I introduced the niece and nephew to some new salads an veggie dishes. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 00:56:00 EST Here is to a new start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578684 It's a new day. It's a new start. <BR> Recommitting to making it to one-derland! Wed, 1 Jan 2014 22:22:32 EST Where I am right now is okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569610 Sometimes it is good to remind myself that while I haven't finished my journey, where I am right now is okay. You can only get to the top of the mountain by scaling the sides. And sometimes a few detours are needed. Sun, 22 Dec 2013 00:59:23 EST Escape from IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566908 The modern horror movie version of Escape from Alcatraz. <BR> I need a vacation! Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:55:17 EST Walking through the neighorhood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565255 Enjoyed a great walk through the neighborhood to see the lights. Loving the holiday season this year. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:01:09 EST Time to recommit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554710 I survived the Angst-giving holiday season with the visiting in-laws. The sister-in-law is a major emotional/soul vampire. Her latest energy drain is her restricted diet. How can someone be on a 1500 calorie diet and not lose weight? She knows. It starts by eating Ranch dressing at almost every meal, refuse to eat vegetables or fruits, have a daily Starbucks mocha with extra sugar and cream, drink tons of soda and juice and refuse to break into a sweat. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness the crazy is ... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 01:04:43 EST PT - And so it begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541545 With all the sprains and tumbles last year I lost mobility in my knees and ankles. Here's to stretches and stretches and stretches. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:16:12 EST Where did the sunshine go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537569 Daylight Savings Time always messes up my internal clock. I am constantly wondering where the time went.... <BR> The sun is up when my body says it should still be down. And it sets way before I am ready for daylight to end. Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:00:58 EST The beauty of the internet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517436 Sometimes you lose track of family friends. You move and an address change never makes it across an ocean. <BR> But through facebook, you can reconnect. Thank you world for letting me find the family that used to babysit me, threw my mom a shower as an expat and always filled my world with love. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 00:51:11 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514729 Work has been very stressful with furloughs and shutdowns and closures. And planning for all the what-ifs. <BR> Calgon take me away! Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:08:39 EST Uh-oh, cold time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511129 I have that achey body, scratchy throat, start of a cough, I want to stay in bed feeling! <BR> Not good!!! Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:07:24 EST Clearing the clutter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506477 Clearing the clutter. I think it is the first step in clearing the fat. <BR> I started with the fridge. Everything is all organized and clean in there now. Now onto cabinets. Sun, 6 Oct 2013 23:24:07 EST Stretch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501942 Stretching the legs. And stretching some more. And some more. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:49:54 EST Hills versus mountains http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485765 Amusing conversation with friends back east... <BR> <BR> Hill - 800 ft elevation change <BR> Mountain - 5,000 ft change <BR> <BR> 'nuff said Sat, 14 Sep 2013 22:35:59 EST Holy torrents of water, Batman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476260 I found myself contemplating the power of water today. <BR> I was doing field work in an arroyo that experienced a 10 foot plus overbank flow over the weekend. Boulders and cobbles ripped down that channel. <BR> Pretty cool. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 23:54:24 EST Holy torrents of water, Batman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476259 I found myself contemplating the power of water today. <BR> I was doing field work in an arroyo that experienced a 10 foot plus overbank flow over the weekend. Boulders and cobbles ripped down that channel. <BR> Pretty cool. Wed, 4 Sep 2013 23:54:24 EST Herb salads http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5474013 Herbs are greens, and leafy greens at that. Exploring adding watercress, basil, mint to salads and sandwiches and smoothies... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 22:19:23 EST -insert pithy comments here- http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469439 'cause I got nothing. <BR> Too tired from my work crazy! Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:04:25 EST Swimming against the current http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465370 We tried out the water park in town. It really is more kid-specific. But we found a great new exercise. Walking in the lazy river AGAINST the current. <BR> <BR> Oh, my aching quads. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 00:46:18 EST Walk,walk,walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5460475 Got back to the morning walk to the bus. Did the mile plus in 20 minutes. Not too bad, especially since it's all uphill. And the knees weren't that creaky! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 23:02:27 EST Oh no, not the briar patch!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456684 No, don't throw me in the briar patch!!! <BR> <BR> Yeah, I guess those folks didn't grow up with Br'er Rabbit. I'm not really afraid of the birars and brambles. bring them on. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 23:25:26 EST Hmm. Albuquerque is in Oregon??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453402 I'm used to one of the 50 being missing. <BR> (All the New Mexico folks will get that statement.) <BR> <BR> But to be told that ABQ is in Oregon. Really?!?! <BR> One of the fifty has moved! Mon, 12 Aug 2013 22:40:04 EST One word blog - angles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449359 Joint movement is all about angles. How your joints flex, the angles they make. All those angles affect mobility. <BR> <BR> I'm slowly getting the knees back to being able to fully bend again. <BR> <BR> TIme and patience. <BR> And practice Thu, 8 Aug 2013 22:38:41 EST Cooking class success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445829 I spent a weekend cooking Gugarati Indian food. Yummy vegetarian fare. I can't wait to try making the food at home. Mon, 5 Aug 2013 22:44:55 EST Cooking class success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5445830 I spent the weekend eating and cooking Gugarati Indian food. Yummy vegetarian fare. I can't wait to try making the food at home. <BR> Mango ras, here I come! Mon, 5 Aug 2013 22:44:55 EST Skipping through the rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441643 Definitely a treat in the desert. <BR> <BR> As are tadpoles! Thu, 1 Aug 2013 22:50:38 EST Houston, we have a problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436465 My fridge interior needs to be completely rearranged. With the advent of green smoothies, I need a lot more room for fresh veggies and fruit. And moving us to a more raw veggie life I need space for all the veggie salads/cut veggies I keep on hand. And now that the spousal unit eats healthier, I need more space for yogurt and other fermented foods. <BR> <BR> The Standard American Fridge is designed for the Standard American Diet. And that doesn't apply to us anymore. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 17:54:09 EST Meeting overload http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432450 Just asking the universe that I can have a day without meetings or conference calls. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:34:16 EST Rain = rivers instead of street http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426960 Got to see standing waves on the roads as I drove home. <BR> I could have gone surfing in the desert today. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:35:53 EST Summertime is for pools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422490 Made it to the pool today. And discovered the kiddie pool is the perfect height for water-assisted lunges, squats and jumps. Yay for a knee-friendly workout. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:02:59 EST Summertime is for pools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422489 Made it to the pool today. And discovered the kiddie pool is the perfect height for water-assisted lunges, squats and jumps. Yay for a knee-friendly workout. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:02:59 EST Summertime is for pools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422487 Made it to the pool today. And discovered the kiddie pool is the perfect height for water-assisted lunges, squats and jumps. Yay for a knee-friendly workout. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:01:58 EST Summertime is for pools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422486 Made it to the pool today. And discovered the kiddie pool is the perfect height for water-assisted lunges, squats and jumps. Yay for a knee-friendly workout. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:01:57 EST Summertime is for pools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422485 Made it to the pool today. And discovered the kiddie pool is the perfect height for water-assisted lunges, squats and jumps. Yay for a knee-friendly workout. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:01:54 EST Summertime is for pools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422484 Made it to the pool today. And discovered the kiddie pool is the perfect height for water-assisted lunges, squats and jumps. Yay for a knee-friendly workout. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:01:45 EST Summertime is for pools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422483 Made it to the pool today. And discovered the kiddie pool is the perfect height for water-assisted lunges, squats and jumps. Yay for a knee-friendly workout. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:01:45 EST Summertime is for pools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422482 Made it to the pool today. And discovered the kiddie pool is the perfect height for water-assisted lunges, squats and jumps. Yay for a knee-friendly workout. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:01:44 EST Summertime is for pools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422481 Made it to the pool today. And discovered the kiddie pool is the perfect height for water-assisted lunges, squats and jumps. Yay for a knee-friendly workout. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:01:43 EST Summertime is for pools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422480 Made it to the pool today. And discovered the kiddie pool is the perfect height for water-assisted lunges, squats and jumps. Yay for a knee-friendly workout. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:01:41 EST Summertime is for pools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5422479 Made it to the pool today. And discovered the kiddie pool is the perfect height for water-assisted lunges, squats and jumps. Yay for a knee-friendly workout. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:01:38 EST Slogging around bottles of water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5419386 Who needs weight lifting when you toss around 1-gallon jars of water for work. <BR> Lots of squats and twists and stretching and digging. <BR> <BR> Off to soak in a bath to loosen some tight hamstrings. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 23:40:41 EST