GLAMIT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=GLAMIT GLAMIT'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/ GOODBYE SPARKPEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571113 I have decided after much thought and consideration it is time for me to say goodbye to sparkpeople.com. It's been a wonderful experience and has helped me tremendously over the years but unfortunately it is no longer serving a purpose. I would like to say goodbye to spark as I know it, as I have the utmost respect. I have disappeared over the years as most people do and we often wonder what has happened to that person. <BR> <BR> Spark is more then a place to learn or achieve. It's about f... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:18:35 EST Happy Halloween :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528232 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l138593373.jpg"> <BR> I hope everybody has a safe and fun Halloween. I won't be tasting the candy but what I do love about this time of year is the pumpkin harvest. I always sprinkle cinnamon under the lid of the pumpkin so when it's warmed by the candle it let's off a nice aroma. A tradition I'm now passing on to the kids. They go crazy for my roasted pumpkin seeds too. These are the things that my mother did with me. It's all in good fun. H... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:34:10 EST Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523050 My Mom always says "Life is constantly changing," nothing stays the same. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it feels like one challenge after another. <BR> <BR> No matter what the challenge is, we must face it head on. <BR> <BR> It all boils down to how you react. If you let it beat you, it will. <BR> <BR> “Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” <BR> ¯ Roger Crawford <BR> <BR> “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The b... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:51:45 EST PMS JOKES http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457063 If you don't suffer from PMS then let me give you a standing ovulation, lol. <BR> <BR> This is no joke~ Though I could be laughing, I'm not. Besides, I have much better things to cry about like this stupid soap commercial. Or if you prefer, I could hug you, before I bite your head off and then cry about something. NEVER MIND, I'm hungry. <BR> ........................................<BR>....................................... <BR> <BR> The 10 Definitive Signs of PMS are: <BR> <BR> 1. Eve... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:36:24 EST Tummy blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451683 So yesterday I did a little ab work, it was hard. I felt like somebody had a band around the middle of my waist and holding me to the floor. I barely lifted my head and tried to come up and NOTHING. I could feel all the muscles go tight, like I was over stretching. Hard to explain that feeling but I notice it when I swim or lay on my belly. When I lay on my belly it feels like there is something under me, like I'm laying on a rope and I can't get comfy. Now my tummy has always been a problem ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 11:34:15 EST Clean Bill of Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416694 Well it's official. I'm free of all my health issues. I had my 6 week follow up appointment on July 2. My pap is normal again. I had to have my cervix frozen last year after a bad pap. Really scared me. On top of the cyst on my ovary. Plus they were concerned with a polyp in my uterus which wasn't there during the surgery? OK. So my cervix is fine, my cyst/ovary is gone and my uterus looked normal. They did a D & C and all my biopsy's were normal too. <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> S... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:51:36 EST July Fitness Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407273 1. What are your fitness plans for July? <BR> I really have to get with it this month and start exercising again. We just got a treadmill so I want to do the Couch to 5K program again. Hit at least 1 zumba class a week, Yoga, and swimming. <BR> <BR> 2. How do you intend to stick to your plan? <BR> Post my daily exercise, blog and set a routine to keep myself motivated. Daily weigh ins. Take my measurements. Complete the healthy cooking challenge. Drink 8 cups of water daily. <BR> <BR> 3. Ho... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 10:46:30 EST June Goal Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405406 My goal for June was to lose 5 lbs and I lost 5.4 lbs with ~NO EXERCISE!!!! <BR> <BR> Next month I am going to start exercising again. Some how, lol. I am so tired all the time and I started working again too. My love is looking for a treadmill and if we get one I may start running again. If not I'm going to try and hit some Zumba classes, along with swimming and Yoga. That's the plan anyway :) <BR> <BR> So the photo food challenge was a success for me, along with tracking my food. The pics... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 11:11:03 EST Healthy Potato Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385755 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l740017217.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is there such a thing? Well maybe not but there is always healthier versions to foods we love. I saw a recipe on spark last week the day after I made a batch because I was CRAVING potato salad. If I am craving something, then I feel my body is obviously in need of something. Or maybe I just wanted potato salad. Fine by me but traditional potato salad is out of the question. One reason is I no longer eat mayonnaise.... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:27:05 EST I'm a Meat Eater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5385693 I was just thinking of the challenge this morning and how the girls must think I am crazy for eating bacon every morning, lol. Seriously I eat bacon almost every morning. Granite, I only have 2 slices but that totally hits the spot with a slice of toast and eggs. I'm not big on eggs but I find if I eat eggs I am a lot less hungry until my next snack. <BR> <BR> My boyfriend he always eats a sugary sweet cereal and he claims it's healthy. I guess I disagree. Most of those cereals are loaded wi... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:40:21 EST A little milestone :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379022 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l791752639.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been 3 weeks since I started back on sparkpeople and I'm happy to report I'm down 5 pounds. It may sound silly but this is big for me. <BR> <em>244</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I've always been a very slow loser. Consistent but slow. Normally it would take me a month to lose 4 lbs (if I'm lucky) along with a lot of exercise. I had my surgery 1 week after returning to spark so I did worry about the set ... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 10:58:09 EST 2 Week Post-Op http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378081 Today is officially 2 weeks post-op. She said after 2 weeks I can sit in the tub so today I'm planning a nice hot relaxing bath. Excited, I love baths :) <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I've been trying real hard to make myself walk and use the stairs for working out. I'm also doing some light weights on my arms and daily stretching. Now that I've dedicated myself to that I've started cleaning the house again, cooking, dishes, floors, laundry, etc. I didn't account for all this so I tucker o... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 14:40:46 EST ~Food for Thought~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377981 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l891008186.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday's wholesome meals at 1299 Calories. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1782559888.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As I sit here pondering what to eat today. I was thinking of what this fitness guy told me. He said it's better to eat junk then to not eat at all. Though I don't intend to eat junk, lol. I can just see how often I did not even realizing it. I use to have coffee for breakfast and then w... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 13:13:57 EST Portion Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376743 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1344083365.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Food is weighed and measured at 1279 calories for the day. <BR> <BR> My main focus right now is on eating 80%, (for weight loss) and less on the fitness (20%) mainly because I can't work out. For me if I don't keep track of my calories or pay attention to what I put into my mouth it will add up really fast. <BR> <BR> I was thinking of a time just recently before my surgery when my love and I went out to eat brea... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 12:27:53 EST So Many Blessings~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374519 I was just thinking this morning we are already half way through this year but I have so much to be thankful for. This is by far the best year I have had in a very long time. <BR> <BR> I have a very loving Boyfriend who is an awesome person and stands by me. <BR> (LOVE) <BR> <BR> I have 3 kids now in my life who bring me joy along with his loving family. <BR> (FAMILY) <BR> <BR> I have a place to live that I can finally call a real home that he and I share. <BR> (HOME) <BR> <BR> I have a... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 11:30:21 EST June Fitness Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374459 If you haven't already made a fitness plan for June I suggest you do <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> There is a thread started here if you want to share your goals. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=13125x36911<BR>x53535023 </link> <BR> <BR> What are your fitness plans for June? <BR> Walking more and Swimming as soon as I can. I also intend to use my stairs as a workout system to tone my legs. Light weights on arms. Stretching. <BR> <BR> 2. How do you i... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:34:18 EST NO CANCER~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372588 I got the diagnosis on my Dermoid I had removed last week along with the scraping of my uterus. All is normal. They did not see a polyp in my uterus looked normal. That kind of scares me since it was originally said to be shown on my MRI. Who knows I just have to trust in the doctors and pray they did their job correctly. They said NO CANCER, just the big fat Teratoma and I am healing very nicely. <BR> <BR> I am dying to soak in a hot tub but she said give it another week :) I want to put s... Thu, 30 May 2013 13:02:29 EST 1 Week Post-Op http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370203 WOW, I can't believe it has been 1 week already since my surgery. Physically this has been the hardest week of my life. I had no idea it would be this hard to walk and get around. I've really pushed myself and although the stairs are a killer, it does give me some great exercise. At first I was literally huffing and puffing each step and now I am pretty much using both legs to go up and down them. This is my first morning alone since the surgery and I made myself breakfast and carried my plat... Tue, 28 May 2013 10:07:26 EST SURGERY COMPLETE :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5364934 I'm home, still alive. They had me on a liquid diet yesterday so I'm finally eating solid foods and starving this evening. It's scary though because don't want to get anymore bloated. <BR> <BR> I ended up having to have the abdominal surgery. The dermoid cyst was too big and they didn't want to risk any complications. It was 8cm on the ultrasound and by the time I had the surgery it grew to almost 13cm. She said it was literally pressed into my pelvic. They are shocked I didn't have a lot o... Wed, 22 May 2013 19:41:54 EST Maintaining Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4940096 WOW, It's been forever since I wrote a blog on spark. Really I've been away so long I hadn't realized just how old some of my stuff on here is. Then it hit me, I may have not met my goal but I have maintained my weight loss for 1 year and 5 months. That's pretty amazing when I think about it. I may have not met my goal yet but somehow I have managed to keep it off thru some very terrible times in my life. Guess I'm learning how to take care of me after all. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> ~M... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:09:50 EST There to Here http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3784068 There to Here <BR> by Lauriel Mariondatter <BR> You ask me how we got from there to here, <BR> And you tell me you can't remember, <BR> And so I'll answer it for you, <BR> Though perhaps not the way you want me to. <BR> <BR> We got from here to there on the back of a unicorn racing through our dreams, <BR> We got from here to there when night's silence thundered between us, <BR> We got from here to there believing a song to be stronger than the worlds pulling us apart. <BR> <BR> And we were... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 22:21:56 EST The Raven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3707258 The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe <BR> Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, <BR> Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, <BR> While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, <BR> As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. <BR> "'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door - <BR> Only this, and nothing more." <BR> <BR> Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak December, <BR> And each separate dying ember w... Mon, 11 Oct 2010 09:43:25 EST Gluten Free Linguine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3664475 I am happy to report on my Ancient Harvest Linguine. It is made with corn and quinoa and is Gluten Free. I was pleasantly surprised that I really couldn't tell any difference from regular pasta. I'm not a big pasta eater anyway unless it's Mac N Cheese. Of course now days that's a treat and not something I eat very often. Anyhow this is supposedly USDA Organic and is low fat, very low sodium, no cholesterol. I purchased this off Amazon.com which is where I read all the wonderful reviews on it... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 10:01:54 EST 10 Ways to make it a great day~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3661263 1. Smile, laugh and encourage others <BR> <BR> 2. Meet each day with enthusiasm and determination <BR> <BR> 3. Be honest with yourself and others <BR> <BR> 4. Set goals and take action on your dreams <BR> <BR> 5. Manage your time or be mismanaged by it <BR> <BR> 6. When in doubt LISTEN and learn <BR> <BR> 7. View change as an opportunity for growth <BR> <BR> 8. Eliminate excuses <BR> <BR> 9. Don't find fault - find a solution <BR> <BR> 10. Count your blessings <BR> <BR> This Is Your... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 10:53:43 EST Slowed up a bit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3657566 Well I was doing pretty good until all the female issues started up this month. It's almost impossible to get a doctors appointment at any of the clinics around here without a 1- 2 week wait. By then if your still alive your over it, LOL. Which I waited 3 weeks to even try because I kept thinking it went away but then it would come back. I also took an over the counter UTI test which came back negative. I thought for sure that might had been the problem since I was having so much lower back p... Tue, 21 Sep 2010 09:20:40 EST Another Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3640269 It started near the Kern Canyon and now it's moving it's way towards town. I'd say it's been going 4-5 days by now, not exactly sure when it started. I took a pic standing outside the salon yesterday. Yikes, it's starting to come over the hill. I heard they were close to evacuating Bodfish last night and the smoke there is really bad. I've not been to work yet today but I took this picture yesterday before leaving. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l446445282.jpg"... Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:31:34 EST Medical Insurance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3636699 So I finally applied for Medical Insurance for Jeff and I again. We are both self employed so it's something that we've needed to do for a long time. We've never really had medical insurance except briefly through one of his old employers. I tried to apply a couple years ago and which Jeff was denied (Blue Cross). I guess for having previous injuries because neither of us have in illnesses that we know of. I decided not to go with them after the whole ordeal and just put insurance on the back... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 09:41:52 EST Turbo Fire Hybrid WEEK 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3627663 I'm going into Turbo Fire & Chalean Extreme Week 5. I've completed 8 weeks between Turbo Fire and the Extreme version. I had decided to switch to hybrid because I felt I was lacking in strength training. The first 3 weeks of hybrid was mostly Burn circuit with not really any Turbo Fire. The 4th week finally switched over to Turbo fire. I've not followed the plan to a "T" though since I'm going into my 3rd Week of C25K and before that I was including days of Zumba. Overal, I think the ST has ... Sat, 11 Sep 2010 11:27:20 EST C25K, Week 2- Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3626257 <em>248</em> <em>244</em> This week was a bit more trying for me. I didn't think it would be so hard but the first 2 runs, especially the 2nd run was a struggle for me breathing wise. I felt like I was huffing and puffing. Today was my 3rd run and for some reason it was much better, a good run actually. I even kicked it up a notch on the last interval and I felt great today. So I am pushing on to next week. Oh and Ana is right there with me, my support and best part is she is doing it too.... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 20:25:20 EST Brownies- Gluten Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3614462 Another seal of approval from me on Pamela's products. These are made from her chocolate brownie mix (wheat-free & gluten-free). They turned out great and both my hubby and my Mom loved them. At first my hubby was acting scared to try them. For some reason he is nervous about the gluten free talk but after trying them he changed his attitude. See they do taste like the real thing. Now I don't think that is with all gluten-free products but Pamel'as products got rave reviews on amazon and vari... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 10:30:00 EST Pamela's Gluten Free Bread Mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3611211 My newest find is Pamela's Gluten Free Bread Mix. I purchased several of her products from drugstore.com. I was going to get it from amazon.com but drugstore has free shipping if you spend $25 and that was fairly easy. I also got her cake mix, brownie mix, frosting and her baking and pancake mix. All GLUTEN FREE~ <BR> <BR> I am so excited. Yesterday I made pizza with Pamela's Gluten free bread mix. This is her first product I've tried. I couldn't be more pleased, I thought it was great. I o... Mon, 6 Sep 2010 10:34:49 EST Ovarian pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3608540 Well it came back last night. None of the clinics are open during the weekend and I'm not making a trip to the emergency. I felt pretty lousy last night before bed and the few times I got up to use the restroom I could feel the pain again on my left side. I had an ovarian cyst erupt when I was 17 so I'm no stranger to this pain. I was hoping it would clear on it's on and I felt pretty good yesterday until last night so disappointed for it to come right back like that. I just had TOM a couple ... Sun, 5 Sep 2010 10:04:05 EST C25K, Week 1- Complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3605357 Well I made it through week one again. I'm not so happy with my new shoes, I had to put back on the old ones today. The new ones just seem so much heavier and while great walking my soles literally start to ache when I run. I guess it will take some time to get adjusted. Aside from that I'm making it through the 60 second intervals, LOL. I think I need to stretch out before I go cause I feel really stiff starting the run off. I am doing the 5 minute warm up walk. Today was the hardest day for... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 23:10:04 EST In Faerie Glade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3602160 In Faerie Glade - John Bliven Morin 2010©Hawaii USA <BR> <BR> Sun sinks quickly – <BR> Red-yellow fellow – <BR> Twilight spreads shade <BR> Like a blanket, <BR> Dotted and mottled, <BR> In Faerie Glade. <BR> <BR> Faeries on butterflies <BR> Utter cries, flutter by, <BR> On summer breeze, <BR> Among the blossoms, <BR> So easily, teasily, <BR> Of apple trees. <BR> <BR> Pixies on fireflies, <BR> Dashing and flashing, <BR> On summer air; <BR> Wee lights in flight <BR> Like flashing stars, <B... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 22:51:15 EST MaraNatha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3598474 I wanted to share my goodie find. I've been using this brand for my almond butter which replaces my peanut butter. Peanuts supposedly slow the thyroid and I don't need that so I try to avoid certain foods that do. I have grown fairly fond of my almond butter. I found this at Von's and then one day I could not find it and I FREAKED. What, how could they do that to me. And then thankfully it came back in stock. However if you have a super walmart it's a lot cheaper there. I pay around $7.50+ a ... Wed, 1 Sep 2010 22:22:22 EST No more Cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3592686 <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <em>495</em> <BR> I will not eat anymore cookies <BR> I will not buy anymore cookies <BR> I will say no to cookies <BR> I will not think about cookies <BR> I will not write anymore blogs about cookies. <BR> <BR> <em>18</em> Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:56:03 EST Warning: Graphic Images http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3579528 My trip to the E.R. yesterday~ <BR> <BR> David our nephew came running into the salon through the back door and out the front door. I could hardly understand him but he wanted my keys. Well his panic started to set me into a panic only I was terrified to go look. I could hear Jeff out the front screaming, LET'S GO. I really didn't know what was even going on it happen so fast. Tina said she saw Jeff holding his arm with his shirt wrapped around it. So David jumps in the car and they are gon... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 09:18:10 EST Pork & Peaches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3572596 Here is the crock pot recipe I made yesterday, I doubled the recipe. <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't think the recipe was all that great. I mean it was OK and it was good, when is pork not good? For me though it was just kind of ~bland~ I really thought it would be loaded with flavor but it was missing something. I did season the meat with a bit of garlic salt maybe I should have added more because it was defiantly lacking salt for me and it just wasn't sweet enough for the trade off if that make... Wed, 25 Aug 2010 09:20:06 EST Chicken Enchilada Casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3569119 Here is the recipe that was given to me from JESYCZKA. Plus my own version of this below. <BR> <BR> Chicken-I used canned white meat chicken in water about 2-2 1/2 cans <BR> (I washed and drained them to get rid of some of the salt they're floating in) <BR> 12 corn tortillas <BR> 1 can red enchilada sauce-I used old el paso mild sauce <BR> 11 svgs shred cheese-I used mexican four cheese blend and each svg was 1/4 cup <BR> 1 can Rotel tomatos and green peppers <BR> <BR> the recipe called f... Tue, 24 Aug 2010 09:55:38 EST Slow Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3566882 Cooking up a storm today trying to prepare some food to eat through the week. I've got a chicken in the slow cooker. I'm gonna cook it down and take part of it for the chicken enchilada casserole. The rest I am going to make a batch of chicken noodle soup, mmmm. Then I've got some chops set aside for the next batch of cooking probably throw it in the pot in the morning and let it go while I'm at work. I saw a recipe for pork chops with peaches, cinnamon and a bit of honey, slow cooked and ser... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 17:12:13 EST September 2010 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3562330 I will be starting my new goals on Monday (tomorrow) because no better time. I've been struggling really bad mid month with hormonal changes, stress and sleep issues. I seem to do great for the first couple weeks and then BAM with the PMS and all my hard work goes down the drain. It's very frustrating and I think a big part of why I'm not getting no where (YOYO). CRAZY food cravings, lack of energy, lack of sleep. I can't think of one thing I wasn't tempted to sprinkle hot peppers on. And no ... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 11:59:07 EST ~SMILE VIRUS~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3549929 <em>334</em> Smile Virus <BR> By Russel H. Conwell <BR> <BR> Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu. <BR> When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling, too. <BR> <BR> I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin <BR> when he smiled, I realized I'd passed it on to him! <BR> <BR> I thought about that smile and then realized its worth, <BR> a single smile, just like mine, could travel round the earth. <BR> <BR> So, if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it undetected,... Wed, 18 Aug 2010 11:14:30 EST Spark Staycation~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3546340 I found out yesterday another spark buddy is leaving spark for a bit. I've lost a lot of close buddies this year and it suxs. This got me thinking about how I have been feeling too and how I can totally relate. Spark has become way to time consuming. I think a lot has to do with us being leaders of our own teams. Instead of coming on spark and enjoying my time I'm DREADING it. All my jobs and responsibilities, I still haven't found time to check out the "clean eating" or "whole foods" team be... Tue, 17 Aug 2010 11:43:00 EST Busy Bee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3538485 Whew what a ride~ <BR> <BR> There just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to get everything done. I'm getting up at 4:00 a.m. again which means when the clock falls back I'll be getting up at 3:00 a.m. I did this last winter, YIKES~ <em>198</em> <BR> I don't want to do that again this year but my nocturnal clock just wakes me up. I wonder if it's because I have endless jobs on my mind. I am happy to sleep until 5:00, I think that is the perfect time to get up. <BR> <em>128</em>... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 08:29:08 EST CANDLES....Update!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3521253 So as some of you noticed I took a couple days off of spark. Well, I just needed a break but also I needed to catch up on my candle production. I have way too many jobs, LOL. Sunday I spent the day adding the candle descriptions, pictures and shopping carts to my website. Though I got most of it done I still won't be ready to sell for another month or two. The goal was by Sept/October. I still have to pour the candles and have many more fragrances to test. I might test 20 fragrances and only ... Tue, 10 Aug 2010 10:13:11 EST Jicama update & Grilled fruit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3511162 OK, so I finally tried the Jicama. When I first cut it I thought it kind of smelled like grass so that kind of was a bit of a turn off for me. Surprisingly it had a mild potatoish flavor, crisp and juicy a tiny touch of sweetness. So then I squeezed the lime on it and added chili spices (all I had). I could not find the chili powder a spark buddy recommend for it. I think that might have made the difference I felt it was missing. I just didn't seem to care for it with the spices I used. I eve... Fri, 6 Aug 2010 23:10:12 EST ::Nike Shocks:: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3505431 I decided to go ahead and get my new shoes yesterday for my half way goal. Though I've been this weight before it was time for new shoes again, LOL. I have the hardest time finding shoes because I have small feet and usually wear a 5 or 5.5. Of course the shoe I had picked out (on sale) didn't come in a small enough size. ~Hmpf~ I guess that is OK though because after moving me to the child's section I found a really cute pair of Nike Shocks. I have always wanted to try a pair of these and a... Thu, 5 Aug 2010 09:18:55 EST JICAMA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3501765 In my quest to try a new food for the August challenge, I came across Jicama. Kind of funny looking but I saw on the whole foods team somebody was adding it to their salads. The part that got me though was it being used as a snack food. Oh how I love snack foods, lol. "Like the hot pretzels on the sidewalks of New York, jicama is a street food in its native habitat, sold with a squeeze of lime and a shake of fiery chili powder." Interesting!!! Here is the article about it if anybody wants to... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 09:11:40 EST Aug 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3500697 My BFF of sparkpeople Brightbeginning (Ana) has requested that I have a picture of myself up instead of fruits and such. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Unfortunately these cute little jean shorts like to push up on the muffin top. Hey, I'm a work in progress but even still I have made some progress this month. Time for a full body shot though looking back through my pix I have been this weight before. Ah well, the idea is to keep moving forward so that is what I'm gonna do. <BR> <BR> OK, ge... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 22:14:56 EST TurboFire 4 Week Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3493945 Weight and measurements include 4 weeks of TURBOFIRE plus, 5 day inferno (minus 4th of July party weekend) oops! Plus I did zumba 1-2x a wk, some yoga and a couple burn circuit 1's and last but not least a run interval. <BR> <BR> I would like to add more interval running (C25K) if I can find the time or energy to squeeze one more drop out of me. But for the most part I did the Turbofire faithfully with a few misses at TOM, which I did make up some of. <BR> <BR> Results are not outstanding ... Mon, 2 Aug 2010 08:25:10 EST