HALFWRITTEN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HALFWRITTEN HALFWRITTEN'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/ Dear self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788705 Dear self, <BR> <BR> You have so much potential. Don't worry about trying to compare yourself with others. Life isn't a race with those around you. You have unique talents and so do those around you. <BR> <BR> Spend more time listening and asking about the lives of those around you. When you are feeling isolated it's easy to fall into self pity. Try to avoid this by thinking about others and helping them out. When you serve others you also give yourself a greater purpose. It is a wonderful ... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:42:24 EST Victory #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696414 My mission today is to list reasons I'm thankful for my body. Yes, all of it. <BR> <BR> Hair: I'm thankful for my curly hair and it's unique personality. <BR> Skin: I'm thankful that my skin, freckles and completion remind me of my ancestry. <BR> Scars: I am thankful for the permanent scars on my body which serve as reminders of things that I survived and also that gave me lessons <BR> Nose: I'm thankful my nose can smell. That it can help me enjoy the flavors of food even more than my tast... Fri, 16 May 2014 12:44:08 EST Victory!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694542 By the way if you didn't say the title in a deep Viking style voice I suggest that you try again. It's ok, I can wait. Really, I think you should yell out "Victory," it will help you feel even better than you already do. And no I'm not going to take " but my boss is looking at me weird" as an excuse. Granted that's probably because I'm used to having people look at me that way. After all we can choose to live our lives safe or fabulous. And I aim to always choose fabulous. <BR> <BR> Now ont... Tue, 13 May 2014 23:54:11 EST I've been gone so long... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692924 ...oh wait the song actually goes "I've been down so long," oh well close enough. I'm coming back to blog. It's been ages, but consistency has never been my strong suit. Hmm maybe it'd be nice to have a strong suit and go all 'Iron Man' in it, but I digress. <BR> <BR> It seems like Mother's Day is as good of a Day as any to hop back onto the SparkPeople Wagon. Although it probably is more of walking along side the wagon. That seems healthier. <BR> <BR> Why is Mother's Day a good day to reg... Sun, 11 May 2014 22:35:29 EST Give me lovely hair... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550359 Hair! <BR> <BR> Day 2 of the challenge. Yes, technically yesterday would have been day 2, but I'd rather not blog on Sundays. It is a day if rest after all. (Although I wouldn't hold me up to the whole 'I don't blog on Sundays thing,' since I'm maddeningly inconsistent) <BR> <BR> Today the challenge was to let my hair be 'au natural' and let it be. This meant no products, irons, curlers (although that'd be silly in my case) or anything like that. I imagine shampoo and conditioner would b... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:09:55 EST Is 10 my favorite number? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548590 I wrote 10 answers to Jame's Lipton's questions and my next thing is going to be a 10 day challenge. So is 10 my favorite number? No...actually it's 6. Although that's neither here nor there. <BR> <BR> More than a year ago I did a "10 day Recovery challenge." I enjoyed it and it helped me reflect on who I am. Since I haven't done it in a while, and because the challenge is revamped each year, I am going to do it again. <BR> <BR> <BR> Care to join me? You can get a spiffy PDF on https://re... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 18:50:50 EST Lipton 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547366 I am too scattered to talk about anything specific, so instead I thought it's be fun to answer James Lipton's questions from "Inside the Actors Studio". <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What is your favorite word? - superfluous , especially when saying "jettison the superfluous" <BR> 2. What is your least favorite word? - the N word, but really any word used to belittle others <BR> 3. What turns you on? - hearing or seeing someone brim over with excitement about a hobby they are passionate about. <BR... Fri, 22 Nov 2013 01:20:41 EST Absence may the heart grow fonder, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545438 ...it makes the find forgetful. At least in regard to healthy habits. The last time I was on here it was in March. Even then, I was only on for a week and then slipped back into my old ways. <BR> <BR> In the meantime I've read a lot of health books, tried some meditations, joined a gym and tried a lot of new recipes. Most of the meals ended up being unprint worthy. It's a term we use at home. When we try a new meal I ask my husband if it's print worthy. If he says yes I print it up and add... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:11:55 EST Wanted: Delox(ish) buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295004 Usually a detox brings the following things to mind: <BR> <BR> Only consuming liquids <BR> Drinking weird concoctions <BR> dangerous fad diet type of things <BR> <BR> How about you? The truth is that the word detox is much like diet. The true meaning has become twisted. When I'm talking about detox I don't mean any of that. I just want to get rid of white sugar and white flour. Easier said than done obviously. <BR> <BR> By white sugar I mean: granulated sugar and any artificail sweeteners.... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:40:10 EST Minding what matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290140 Last year my life felt like it was unraveling. It was full of wonderful, but intense changes. In fact it wasn't the year per say, but my perception of it that made me feel overwhelmed. <BR> <BR> I finally knuckled down and agreed to see a doctor, thanks to one of my friends and my loving husband. <BR> <BR> My doctor put me on Welbutrin. At first it sapped all my energy away. Again, it took me awhile to admit that it wasn't helping. It's like I felt that I somehow deserved to feel exhauste... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:13:53 EST Band http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150980 I recently finished a book called "Band of Sisters." It's about a group of women who's husbands are deployed in Afganistan together. The book is short, but it took me a while to read it. I identified with all of the women in the book in one way or other. Some of them I idenitified with so much that I had to set the book aside during some of the emotional parts of the book. <BR> <BR> It made me think of how lucky I am to have so many friends, family and neighbors willing to support me and e... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:30:58 EST November 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130102 I'm thankful for my other older sister who is always taking risks and encouraging me to live a more carpe diem type of life. Fri, 9 Nov 2012 23:39:21 EST Where'd she go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128935 Thanksgiving is coming up, so it looks like I've got some gratitude to catch up on. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. I'm thankful for my loving husband. He motivates and encourages me. <BR> <BR> 2. I am thankful for my 8 year old. She is extremely empathetic and has a strong moral compass <BR> <BR> 3. I am thankful for my 3 year old. She makes me laugh with her antics, especially when she says things that seem to come from left field. <BR> <BR> 4. I am thankful to live so close to my family and... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 21:53:00 EST Find the Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088484 Things I enjoy and can do instead of obsessing about food: <BR> <BR> watch Parenthood <BR> blog <BR> write a song <BR> listen to music <BR> listen to an audio book <BR> read a book-if the kids let me :) <BR> run <BR> hike <BR> visit the library <BR> visit friends <BR> visit family, especially my awesome mom <BR> paint <BR> write for fun <BR> lay on the grass an look at clouds <BR> play Barbies or some other game with my kids <BR> laugh <BR> play with my dog <BR> play board games with family/... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 23:25:05 EST The first step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076974 I've done a few 'scary' things in my life including: <BR> <BR> -talking at a few funerals <BR> -singing at my grandma's funeral-a song I composed <BR> -singing songs I composed in front of a large group <BR> -Bunji jumping <BR> -repelling <BR> -exploring caves, and only getting stuck occasionally <BR> -trying new food-including chocolate covered crickets, alligator, escargot, ect. <BR> -traveling in a run down/dangerous neighborhood in foreign country without any clue how to speak the langu... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:08:30 EST Try it you'll like it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056958 O.k. so the title makes it sound like I'm trying to push food on people. I'm not. It's just that giving food at least a try is something I'm all too familiar with since i have little kids. This being said, my words wouldn't have much value if I wasn't willing to give various fruits and veggies a try too. <BR> <BR> I've always enjoyed trying new food. What new food did I try? Cactus! My mom has a neighbor who cooked some up for her in a pico de gallo. When I was over at my mom's home she offe... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:53:32 EST ? days without incident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054536 Have you ever seen those signs "38 days without an accident' in front of a store? The numbers vary, but the general idea is the same at various companies. The sins got me thinking, what if I had a sign like that? Not without accidents, I'm clumsy and I have two young children, we wouldn't last a day. <BR> <BR> No, my sign would be different. It would say "(some number) without binging." I think it would be motivating to try to increase the number. I'm not sure where I could hang it though.... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:04:32 EST Moving from P.M. to A.M. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5047871 I'm trying to shift my thinking from P.M. to A.M. Does this mean that I've decided to become more of a morning person? No, I actually already am more of a morning person. I start out pretty motivated in the morning and then it slowly trickles away as the day goes on. However, as I said it's not about being perky in the morning. <BR> <BR> P.M. stands for Poor Me. It's a syndrome which I fall into far too easily. The self absorbed mood doesn't help motivate me. It's also something which I logi... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 23:21:48 EST Fun book http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037626 I love visiting with my friends. They rejuvinate me and tell me about books to read. Recently I read Mothering Style. The book has several personality tests to help determine your basic mothering style. <BR> <BR> I love that it has tests, because for some reason I adore quizzes. <BR> I love that it reminds me that there's no such things as a perfect mom <BR> Plus it helped give me some tips for time management. In my minds eye everywhere I drive takes 30 minutes, regardless of distance. I... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:46:35 EST What am I doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029986 Yesterday I made a beet burger. That's right, a burger patty out of beets. However, I wanted to know the calorie content so I created the recipe and put it on spark people. Now i have a few beet burgers in the refrigerator, and I'm setting my sites on doing something else i've never done before: coming up with a Zumba routine for my exercise group. This is the right kind of stress right? Fri, 24 Aug 2012 23:38:59 EST Call me totally weird... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020027 but my husband did something yesterday that made me so ecstatic. No, he didn't get me flowers or anything like that. <BR> <BR> He locked the freezer in the basement. Now I'm sure you;re thinking, what on earth? <BR> <BR> Here's the thing, our freezer is full of cookies, chocolate chips and other dangerous sweets. These things are for the girls and my husband. In theory they could even be for me if I could stop at eating one cookie. <BR> <BR> Now we aren't sugar hoarders, it's just t... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 22:02:33 EST Day ten...fin? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015935 I completed the ten day challenge, but as we all know there's no real ed date with anything involving health. <BR> It's been a wonderful experience and at the end I got to take a quiz? How great is that? Yes, I am a total personality quiz nerd. <BR> <BR> So now what? I passed the ten day challenge onto my sister and I think I'll do the other 10 day challenge in a few months. <BR> <BR> Body image is a life long process, but I am encouraged by progressing. Especially with the freedom of not... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 23:25:23 EST Day 9-Self Pampering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013557 “The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.”-anonymous <BR> <BR> Wow, how ture that statement is. The thing is that ti doesn't seem like it should be so hard to do. How different would the world be if we did accept ourself the whole way we are? I'm not saying that I wouldn't work to improve myself, I think the desire to be better and learn is part of my wholeness, but just that I wouldn't hang onto guilt, lies, and negative backstories. <BR> <BR> If everyone accepted themsel... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:43:22 EST Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011501 2 more days to go! <BR> <BR> Yesterdayand this morning I took a break from my phone, magazines, tv and the internet. It was hard. I didn't realize how much I bombard myself with outside images and messages until I took a break. The first three hours were the absolute worst. <BR> <BR> After a while it got a bit better, but it wasn't until late that evening that I really started to enjoy being free from technology. I wrote 1,000 words in a young Adult novel I've been putting off. This morni... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 23:09:41 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009964 O.k. this is separate from the challenge, but I realized one of the reasons I am suseptable to unhealthy food cues in the middle of the day. <BR> <BR> First: It's the mid day slump, when my energy takes a dive. No big shock there. <BR> Second: We leave the blinds closed to save energy during the hideous heat. However, this makes me sleepy and a bit grumpy. Turns out I'm part plant and I need my vitamin D! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm going to get out and take a walk after lunch to get some ene... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:52:08 EST Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009963 O.k. this is separate from the challenge, but I realized one of the reasons I am suseptable to unhealthy food cues in the middle of the day. <BR> <BR> First: It's the mid day slump, when my energy takes a dive. No big shock there. <BR> Second: We leave the blinds closed to save energy during the hideous heat. However, this makes me sleepy and a bit grumpy. Turns out I'm part plant and I need my vitamin D! <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I'm going to get out and take a walk after lunch to get some ene... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:52:07 EST 5 and 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008494 Yesterday I was out making a friend scripture chain. We (me and some other women from church) shared a scripture that meant something to us and then we all marked those verses and put the person's name by it. It will be nice to come across the verse and stories behind them as I am reading. <BR> <BR> Yesterday the challenge was to do some form of exercise for fun. This actually came easy to me because I love to exercise. It's pretty much the only personal time I get on most days. However, ... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 16:13:29 EST Day four, holding on a little more http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5005956 <BR> “If you dwell on the things you’re not, you’ll miss out on the things you really are.” <BR> <BR> I wonder if the challenge knew that today i was going to fall apart. I'm a journalist and the day of deadline and fixing the mistakes in my articles are both stressful for me. I love my job and I'm getting better at handling the deadlines and critiques, but that doesn't mean it doesn't effect me. <BR> <BR> The challenge today was to think about how much time I spend getting myself ready i... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 23:41:26 EST Day three for Beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003752 Pretty is something you're born with. But beautiful, that's an equal opportunity adjective.” <BR> <BR> Challenge, making a list of 10 things I like about myself that have nothing to do with appearance and 10 positive things about my appearance. <BR> <BR> 1. I am a good writer <BR> 2. I'm artistic <BR> 3. I'm empathetic <BR> 4. I enjoy learning <BR> 5. I can think outside the box <BR> 6. I'm smart <BR> 7. I'm persistent <BR> 8. I can write songs <BR> 9. I am a good singer <BR> 10. I'm friend... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 16:08:44 EST Second Day of Beauty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5002109 I testify that no one of us is less treasured or cherished of God than another. I testify that He loves each of us- insecurities, anxieties, self- image, and all. He doesn’t measure our talents or our looks;...He cheers on every runner, calling out that the race is against sin, not against each other.” <BR> -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland <BR> <BR> Todays challenge is to read about beauty from God's perspective. This involves reading 1 Samuel 16:7 <BR> <BR> 7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 15:17:39 EST 10 day Beauty Image Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001273 Today I signed a pledge not to bash myself or do any of that "fat talk." You know, the whole "I can't believe I ate blah blah blah" or "I'm so bad because..." or worse still, "I can't stand this or that about my body" <BR> <em>361</em> <BR> <BR> As a teenager this sort of stuff drive me nuts and I tried to uplift my friends when they bashed themselves. However, I know I've fallen into the trap too. So, I've signed the petition. My goal is to have optimal health for my body, not an optimal... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 22:07:07 EST Grrr...Arggg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000781 No, I am not the monster at the end of Joss Whedon productions. I'm probably less threatening than the paper monster anyway. <BR> <BR> The reason for the grr argh has to do with a pet peeve of mine. Today I was making a dessert for Sunday Dinner. i like to make them ahead so I don't have to think about them on Sunday. I love cooking, baking and experimenting with recipes. It's possibly a recipe for disaster, but I think a homemade dessert once a week is perfectly fine. (Truth be toldI have ... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 13:37:56 EST Risking life and gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989965 Risking my life is a bit of an exaggeration, but lately I've bee trying to figure out of I should go to the gym. First: I don't dispute the need for exercise. I'm currently doing P90x dvd's and walking my dog. It's just that I'm trying to decide if a gym membership will help em reach my goals. <BR> <BR> Here's my list thus far: <BR> <BR> <em>324</em> <BR> Gym Pros: <BR> -Tons of equiptment at my disposal <BR> -For the full price I can have unlimited classes <BR> -Motivation of seeing othe... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 23:40:51 EST Week One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4984029 It's officially day one of my journey. The other days were like a prologue. You can have a prologue to a plan right? <BR> <BR> So this week I'm going to focus on one habit in health, family and spirit: <BR> <BR> <BR> Health <BR> 1. Drastically cut back on all purpose flour out of my meals. Maybe I'll go for cutting it out 100% one day, but for now I'm going to say no more than two items a week with white flour. * Whole wheat is o.k. along with the other whole grains. <BR> <BR> -Thankful... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 22:18:53 EST Sounds like a plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981171 I thought I'd look up a few quotes on planning to get myself inspired. Here are a few which rand true for me. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> <BR> <BR> “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” &#8213; J.R.R. Tolkien <BR> <BR> “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” &#8213; Antoine de Saint-Exupéry <BR> <BR> “You can't plow a field simply by turning it over in your mind.” &#8213; Gordon B. Hinckley <BR> <BR> While I have a plan for the weeks to com... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 00:16:22 EST Hurtles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979893 The Olympics are one week away! I'm so excited to watch and route for every country that I know someone from. Aside from the United States, that includes: Russia, Japan, China, Brazil, Poland, The Czech Republic, Canada, Austria, Mexico, Thailand, Finland, Bolivia, and the Philippines. <BR> <BR> Beyond that, I don't have any special traditions for watching the games. I just catch any snippets of the games that I can muster. <BR> <BR> I've always loved the Olympics. As a child it was the o... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:26:09 EST Owning up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4978174 Every self help book I've ever read (and I've read a lot more than I'd like to admit) talks about being honest and making goals for the future. <BR> <BR> So I've decided to make a contract with myself. Feel free to use it or make one for yourself you beautiful people you. <BR> <BR> I promise to respect myself, my health and my family by taking care of myself. I will not use my family or friends as excuses for binging on unhealthy food or being sedentary. <BR> There are abundant resources f... Thu, 19 Jul 2012 18:00:19 EST Fit Mormon Momma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976770 For weeks I've put together things that I need to incorporate into my life to become fit and healthy. Nothing new or surprising, it's all the things that nutritionalista keep saying. The thing is that I have a tendency to get bogged down by lists like that. My "I want to be there now" attitude gets in the way. <BR> <BR> <BR> That same attitude dies nothing for my waistline or health. Instead of freaking out, I've decided to do three habits a week. One for health, one for my spirit, and one... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 20:59:29 EST