HANNAH_CALM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HANNAH%5FCALM HANNAH_CALM'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/ Calcium Is The Enemy Of Iron http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130228 Did you know it matters when you take your calcium? If you are taking calcium supplements that contain calcium carbonate, you need to take them with a meal. And if you are also hoping to get iron from that meal or from other supplements or a multivitamin, you may be hoping in vain because calcium carbonate blocks iron absorbtion. So there's a couple of different things you can do, to prevent this from hindering your efforts at getting enough iron. First of all, you could switch to calcium cit... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 06:19:14 EST Slip Sliding Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4918429 Today was rainy, and I slipped a few times on my walk because of muddy patches. It's not my shoes, they look fine. The tread is still there. People just need to sweep their walks. Where did all that mud come from? From gardeners that don't clean the dirt off the sidewalk when they're done digging up stuff. They need to do that because it's a safety hazard. I shaved five minutes off my walk today. It's not totally surprising, because I also took like two blocks off as well. It's Friday! I'm lo... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 00:15:33 EST Ducked Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915730 I turned off the social aspects of this site for a while, because I felt it wasn't helping me lose weight at all. I need to focus on my core values, and how I got to this place, and who I am. So I'm doing a lot of soul searching. And I expect it to take a while, because I'm not really good at it. I'm actually not feeling well, so that's part of the problem. But as most people who have been paying attention to me know, which is probably only like three people, I have lost my ID card and can't ... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 04:23:53 EST Hope Is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4892205 Hope is not the closing of your eyes <BR> to the difficulty, the risk, <BR> or the failure. <BR> <BR> It is a trust that- <BR> if I fail now- <BR> I shall not fail forever; <BR> and if I am hurt, <BR> I shall be healed. <BR> <BR> It is a trust that <BR> life is good, <BR> love is powerful, <BR> and the future is full of promise. <BR> <BR> _Anonymous Mon, 21 May 2012 23:01:51 EST Great Quote On Chasing Money http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874846 "In today’s materialistic world there is a risk of people becoming slaves to money, as though they were simply cogs in a huge money-making machine. This does nothing for human dignity, freedom, and genuine well-being. Wealth should serve humanity, and not the other way around." _His Holiness, the Dalai Lama Thu, 10 May 2012 00:14:58 EST Hello Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4827460 Hello, everybody! I hope everything's going fine. I'm feeling better, I no longer have a cold. It just left the other day. *sigh of relief* Nothing much happened in March, because I was too sick to do a lot of work. But I nearly finished organizing the hall closet, where I thought my ID card might have been hiding. No luck on the lost item, but I found a lot of other things that I had forgotten about. I'm still going through some papers there. When I'm done with the closet, I'll work on my be... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:34:33 EST See You Soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762647 Hey, everyone! I hope you guys are doing fine. I've got this terrible cold right now. Anyway, I wanted to tell everyone that I'm going to be gone the entire month of March. I'm taking an internet vacation. I spend too much time online, and not enough time getting actual things done in my real life. So I'm going to be stepping back and re-evaluating my priorities. And getting some work done that can't be put off any longer. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 02:09:25 EST No Line On The Horizon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4751166 No Line On The Horizon, is a great love song by U2. It's fun and exciting, and has sweet lyrics. <BR> "I know a girl who's like the sea, I watch her changing everyday for me." <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/_oKwnkYFsiE </link> <BR> <BR> I like the line "no line on the horizon", because I'm in the middle of something with no end in sight. It seems like everyday is the same exact day. Some changes need to be made. <BR> <BR> I've been spending a lot of time the past few days playing with iTunes.... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:52:34 EST Just The Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4725510 &#8206;"Facing yourself is a question of honesty rather than condemning yourself. Good or bad the idea is simply to face the facts. Just see the simple, straightforward truth about yourself without cutting yourself down." -Chogyam Trungpa Mon, 6 Feb 2012 15:18:22 EST Lost ID Card http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4719622 Today I had a problem with emotional eating. I've lost my ID card, and I'm worried about that. I guess I better go looking for it, instead of fretting about it at the computer (where it's not), and eating erratically. First, I'm going to go into the kitchen and burn some of this nervous energy on the dishes. Then, I'll look in a couple places. The price of replacing this card is very high, $43! <BR> Fri, 3 Feb 2012 00:19:13 EST A New Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4667720 I've started a new team for women who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's private, so no one can see your posts there unless they get an invitation by me, the leader. Only women can be members. And because it's private, it won't show up on your page as one of your teams, unless you authorize for it to be visible. So your friends don't even have to know you've joined. If you have PTSD, I hope you will consider being a member. I will send you an invitation if you let me know you have an i... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 02:35:58 EST For The Ladies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666259 I've started a new team for women who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's private, so no one can see your posts there unless they get an invitation by me, the leader. Only women can be members. And because it's private, it won't show up on your page as one of your teams, unless you authorize for it to be visible. So your friends don't even have to know you've joined. If you have PTSD, I hope you will consider being a member. I will send you an invitation if you let me know you have an i... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:53:42 EST My New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4660278 I love to come with resolutions each year, it helps me focus on the future. This year, my goals are mostly about being healthy, but also about being happy too. <BR> <BR> 1) Get healthier, by seeing the doctor. <BR> <BR> 2) Work out each week for 4 hours. I've added a half-hour to Tuesdays, to make it an hour. Otherwise, every day is a half-hour. I'm still continuing my 30+ Minute Fitness Streak. <BR> <BR> 3) Workout each day before 12pm. <BR> <BR> 4) Give tours twice a month where I volun... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 18:41:25 EST You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648875 Monday, December 05, 2011 <BR> You Can Be Whatever You Want To Be! <BR> by: Donna Levine <BR> <BR> There is inside you <BR> All of the potential <BR> To be whatever you want to be; <BR> All of the energy <BR> To do whatever you want to do. <BR> Imagine yourself as you would like to be, <BR> Doing what you want to do, <BR> And each day, take one step <BR> Towards your dream. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l437752304.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And though at times it may se... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:18:40 EST Sorry Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648853 Previously Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> To all my friends who have been waiting to hear from me, <BR> <BR> I am sorry, but my health is really poor right now. I've been struggling to drink enough, eat enough, sleep enough, and get my exercise in each day. I feel like I should be returning your comments faster, and answering questions too. I am working on my issues, but it's going to take me a while to resolve anything. <BR> <BR> Right now, I'm putting a priority o... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:10:49 EST A Soap Commercial? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648848 Previously Posted on Sunday, November 20, 2011 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l939857907.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "The family that plays together, gets muddy."_posted by Paul Ingram on Mindbloom <BR> <BR> Member Comments About This Blog Post: <BR> <BR> COMPUCATHY 11/28/2011 5:24PM <BR> <BR> LOL...that's one muddy family. Hope you had a great Monday! Keep up the good work! Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on! emoticon <BR> BETHHONEY 11/21/2011 9:03PM <B... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:09:46 EST Day 4 of 30+ Minute Fitness Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648840 Previously Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 <BR> <BR> The government is recommending that all adults get at least thirty minutes of physical activity every day. So that's why I'm doing this fitness streak for 30 minutes or more. Instead of 10 minutes, which is one of the challenges here. <BR> <BR> Today's Fitness <BR> I did 30 minutes of fitness on my twist board, while I read my book. I could tell I hadn't done that activity in a while, my legs felt really fatigued. <BR> <BR> Today's... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:07:32 EST 11-11-11: Day 3 of 30+ Minute Fitness Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648837 Previously Posted on Friday, November 11, 2011 <BR> <BR> I've been inspired by Mr. Downey, the guy behind the website, to write about my new fitness streak. I'm on the third day. I wake up really early, and exercise. It helps me to do it first thing in the morning. Otherwise, who knows what will happen? I might get sick or something. I'm using SPARKGUY's blogs as a guide. But I'm not trying to just copy him. He's really inspirational, it's cool that we have him here as a model. <BR> <BR> To... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:06:01 EST No News IS Good News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648832 Previously Posted on Thursday, November 03, 2011 <BR> <BR> Yesterday was very eventful. It started out very exciting. I stayed up all night, because I was nervous about giving a tour. It was really cold in the morning. My mom was going to go downtown with me, because I was afraid of the protesters there. Occupy Portland- they're camping out in these two historic parks, on the other side of the police building. They're ruining both parks, they've cut down trees which were about 100 years old,... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:04:13 EST Happy November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648830 Previously Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2011 <BR> <BR> A new month! It's going to get colder, and wetter. I'm in the Pacific Northwest, where it rains through most of the winter. <BR> <BR> Last night, I walked 5.2 K, as sort of a fitness test. I was really happy to do it in just under an hour, with a pace of 18 minutes a mile. That's good, because I haven't walked that far in a while, and I chose to go on this hill. I've been working out at home on my stair climber. I could tell because ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:02:39 EST 25 Reasons to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648823 Previously Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011 <BR> <BR> Why Do I Want To Lose Weight? <BR> 25 Reasons To Slim Down <BR> <BR> 1. I want all my clothes to be all one size--and not one size fits all! <BR> <BR> 2. I want my smallest clothes to fit. <BR> <BR> 3. I want to give away my maternity wear. Even though I haven't had a child, I bought some because I have trouble finding pants that fit right, or tops that look flattering. Maternity wear looks sweet, and makes me feel happy when I wear ... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:57:24 EST Lego Man http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648820 Previously Posted on Friday, October 28, 2011 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l555551932.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Lego Man, Ego Leonard, arrives on a Florida beach Tuesday morning. <BR> <BR> He is 8 feet tall, weighs 100 pounds, and is made of fiberglass. Where does he come from? His website says he is from the virtual world, where you can be anyone. He is Ego Leonard! <BR> <BR> For a short article from the Washington Post, and to see videos about this wonderful ph... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:55:42 EST Be Thankful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648810 Previously Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2011 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l448286410.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This young girl is a survivor of the recent earthquake in Turkey. It looks like she's offering fried bread to the photographer. How gracious of her to share what little she has! Be thankful for what you have, we never know what can happen. <BR> <BR> Member Comments About This Blog Post: <BR> <BR> MAMAJENC 10/28/2011 12:28PM <BR> <BR> Wow that i... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 15:52:06 EST Up And At Em! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644649 Previously Published on Monday, December 19, 2011 <BR> <BR> During the past two weeks, I had to unfriend someone and turn my page to be visible to only friends, because this man started to sexually harass me. He was commenting on how he thought I was benefiting from the exercise... mentioning body attributes he wouldn't even know about. Icky! I reported him, but they said I had to confront him about not contacting me, and then they would deal with it after that. Great, I didn't think he dese... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:21:36 EST Shopping For Toys Could Be Dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4640441 Previously Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 <BR> Hillsboro Man Held in Lightsaber Attack <BR> <BR> Police arrested a 33-year-old Hillsboro man after he allegedly hit three people with blue lightsabers at Toys R Us on Hayden Island. <BR> <BR> A 9-1-1 caller reported the attack at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday and said the man, David Allen Canterbury, was swinging the "Star Wars"-style weapons at customers inside the store at 1800 Jantzen Beach Center, said Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpso... Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:44:56 EST The Eleven Mays of the Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4639054 Previously Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 <BR> 1) May you learn to plan for the holidays. Planning makes the holidays easy to enjoy. Disorganization and projects that are too ambitious cause stress, worry, and confusion. <BR> <BR> 2) May you learn to recognize your limitations and those of others. The joy of the holidays is simply sharing simple things with those you love. Don't expect perfectionism in situations or people. <BR> <BR> 3) May your outlook be positive. Look for the goo... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 17:12:48 EST Happy Hanukkah and Related Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637729 Previously Posted on December 20, 2011 <BR> <BR> "Do you believe in miracles? And am I hearing you? Said am I seeing you?" <BR> _Matisyahu, 'Miracle', a Hanukkah song <BR> youtu.be/Dom_X7YXf8s <BR> <BR> I'm converting to Judaism, from Christianity. Except I was never a Christian. So it's not really a conversion, not really. I mean, some of my family members are Christians, but I wasn't given that religion as a child. One of my grandfathers was adopted, and I believe he had come from a Jewis... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 08:49:10 EST A Fitness Test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636204 Previously Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 <BR> <BR> This morning I read in the paper about so many people failing the physical fitness requirements for Oregon State Troopers, you know, the highway patrol officers. So I tried to see how I matched up to a healthy 25-year-old man. Okay, he's supposed to do 50 push-ups in two minutes, 40 push-ups in two minutes, and be able to run two miles within a time of 16:36. Women have less stringent requirements, but that's actually insulting, becaus... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 13:27:49 EST Last Check-Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4635239 Previously Posted Tuesday, October 04, 2011 <BR> <BR> My hair started turning grey, but reversed itself after I found some asthma medicine that finally worked for me. I'm really sensitive to medication. Hardly anything does what it's supposed to in me. So I felt really lucky when I was able to get my asthma under control. I need to see the doctor again for some refills. I'm in between doctors, but I found a place I really want to go to. I just have to make myself do this. I think doctors are... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:11:48 EST Let Your Soul Guide You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633963 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l985157611.jpg">" <BR> <BR> <BR> Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot," is a music video performed by Sting, circa 1996. The song is about how sometimes you need to seek a new path, and trust in yourself. Even if things seem pretty hopeless, they're not necessarily, because we can focus on being spiritual. <BR> <BR> Here is the video: <BR> <link>youtu.be/WGdV_niLcVk </link> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 11:45:02 EST Do You Believe In Miracles? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632502 This is the season of miracles. It's Advent, people are preparing their hearts and homes for their King. Christmas is happening later this week. How can so much good come from one birth? One little baby... everyone starts out a baby. They're all miracles, but this one was especially famous/infamous. This evening Hanukkah begins, and lasts for the next eight days. We celebrate how G-d blessed our people by helping to consecrate our temple, which had been desecrated by the Romans. When it was c... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 09:08:45 EST You Can Vote! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4486294 Here's an interesting item I found today on SparkPeople. Coach Nicole has entered a contest to have herself be on a billboard in New York's Times Square. If we all vote, she might be able to make it up there on a sign. Please click on this link, check her info out, and vote by just clicking on the button in the upper right corner. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l331420787.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The purpose of the other website is to help people find out about all the... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:59:26 EST Fair Warning: How I Lost My Loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4484497 As some of you know, I was doing really great here, and had lost 12 lbs. within about six months. However, a friend of the family died, and I made some poor decisions about food. I was eating a lot of chocolate. Unfortunately, Easter candy was really plentiful around then... <BR> <em>450</em> <em>450</em> <em>450</em> <BR> <BR> Anyway, I tried to get back on track, after gaining about 5 lbs., but was unable to recover and lose weight again. So, even after leaving the chocolate alone, eat... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 11:22:45 EST The Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476541 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l339695997.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I went into The Help knowing that the film would be difficult to watch, and it was. It's about how these maids are having a terrible time in the South. A newly educated writer, Skeeter, comes back home from college to find employment, and ends up filling in for the housecleaning advice columnist. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l949436790.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So naturally, she turns to so... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 00:11:07 EST Easy Hot Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4473581 1/4 cup oatmeal <BR> 1/4 cup water <BR> 1/4 cup milk <BR> 1 egg <BR> <BR> Put the oatmeal in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the water. Crack the egg, and add it to the top of the oatmeal. Use a fork to break the yolk. Put in the microwave, cover, and cook on high for 1 minute. Then pour milk over your cereal. Voila! Thu, 8 Sep 2011 12:36:22 EST Lost Sleep and Choosing Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469071 Tomorrow is the 10th anniversary of my grandfather's death. I wanted to do something to mark it, but then I thought I would be all alone, because no one else will join me. It's a natural part of life, death. And Elvis's death is a holiday... <BR> <BR> A better day to celebrate my grandfather AND be able to include my grandmother as well (who died a year ago) would be their wedding anniversary, on the 17th. So I might take my family out to dinner that night. <BR> <BR> I have been having tro... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 09:54:11 EST Fresh Spinach Lasagna http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4445300 3 bunches fresh spinach, washed <BR> 1/2 tsp. salt <BR> 3 T olive oil <BR> 1 lb. lasagna pasta <BR> 1/2 C chopped green onion <BR> 3 pkgs. Mori-Nu Lite Tofu (Firm) drained/crumbled <BR> 2 T chopped parsley <BR> 2 tsp. miso <BR> 1/8 tsp. ea. nutmeg & black pepper <BR> 1/4 C ea. grated soy-Parmesan & Monterey Jack cheese (optional) <BR> <BR> Sauce: <BR> 15 oz. marinara sauce with: <BR> 2 C sliced mushrooms, sauteed in <BR> 2 T olive oil <BR> <BR> Boil 4 qts. water in a pot. Blanch spinach for... Wed, 24 Aug 2011 07:06:42 EST Banana Dream Pie w/Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4434026 Blend 2 medium bananas with 2 packages of Mori-Nu Lite Tofu (12.3 oz each). Add 2 packages of Mates Vanilla Pudding/Pie Mix and blend well until creamy smooth. Pour into pie shell and layer with fresh strawberry and banana slices; refrigerate overnight, for a fresh fruit cream pie that's incredibly delicious. Be creative! Try blending other fruits for a variety of flavor options: raspberry, blueberry, cherry, etc. <BR> <BR> This is on the back of a package of Mates Vanilla Pudding/Pie Mix, w... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 04:22:27 EST The Front Yard... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4334397 I may have been a little boastful yesterday. I don't think I'll be able to get all of my yard weeded and mowed by the 4th. It's coming up pretty fast. Faster than I am! But it's good to make goals, even if they're unattainable. I'm working at it though. It's looking better and better every day. It's not really relaxing in the garden right now, because it doesn't look nice. It's a source of stress. But seeing it after I'm done, seeing it farther along, I think is therapeutic. I'm going to focu... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 02:43:23 EST Working Away in the Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4331638 I've been gardening a lot lately, all by myself. I know my brother won't help, because my mom and I asked not to do anything a while back. He has a habit of plowing through everything cutting everything down, even flowers. We like flowers. So we don't need him. I don't know where my mom has been. Well, I know, but it isn't helping. She's been amusing herself with facebook mostly, or watching television. I could really use her help. Frank, her boyfriend, won't help anymore, because one of his ... Wed, 29 Jun 2011 22:02:57 EST Funny Face http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4327954 Last week I was worried because I thought that my face was too fat, that I had gained weight in my face. This week I'm annoyed because on the left side, I look thin, but on the right side, I look fat. Whoa, how did that happen? It's strange looking! I just have to keep doing my cardio, maybe amp it up a little, and hope that this clears itself up very soon. Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:53:27 EST Polar Bears and a Monster Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4324775 Hey, I dropped the Grrrr for now, because people aren't being drawn to my blogs. Maybe that's part of the reason. I like it though, I'll probably re-add it when I get more of an audience, if I ever do. Because I like animals, and polar bears especially are dear to anyone concerned about the environment. One of the reasons is that there home is melting away, taking away their hunting grounds. It's also making it too hard to migrate South to where there is solid ground in the summer (or wheneve... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 23:58:29 EST Grrrr--Health and Fitness Survey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311162 1. What is your main healthy fat source of the season? <BR> ~flax meal or olive oil, year round <BR> <BR> 2. What's your latest cardio obsession? <BR> ~gardening, if you can call my futile attempts to get outside before another downpour gardening--it's what I'd like to be doing <BR> <BR> 3. What's your favorite non-exercise exercise? <BR> ~playing with, and picking up my cat, who weighs at least 18 lbs (at his healthiest, he's a giant British shorthair) <BR> <BR> <BR> 4. What's your favor... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 16:27:58 EST Grrrr--Vegetable Team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4307989 If any of you are interested in fitting more vegetables into your diet, then please join the Vegetable Team. There's a wealth of recipes there, for sides, main dishes, as well as smoothies! You're sure to find something that interests you there. And you can add your own recipes. Now's the time to share your creativity, your favorite finds, and family classics. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=45410 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>427</em> <em>258</em> <... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 08:21:24 EST Grrrr--Early Americans-The Colonialists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4303413 One of my fascinations is reading about people living in different eras. It makes you think of how you can be more flexible, because so much that they knew is gone... So what could we be doing differently, or what could we be appreciative of more? It's really a good way to occupy your mind. I guess Early Americans is a misnomer, because people usually mean Native Americans when they write that, don't they? What I meant was... Post-Revolutionary Americans, pre-Civil War, whatever that era was ... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 18:31:27 EST Grrrr--Creamed Peas and Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4286616 This is something that my grandpa and I used to enjoy making in the summertime. I would visit my grandparents in the summer, and they had this beautiful garden. The peas and potatoes would be very fresh, harvested the day we made the recipe. <BR> <BR> Creamed Peas and Potatoes <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> sweet peas, removed from their pods <BR> small red potatoes, cut in fourths (not the large, Idaho potatoes) <BR> half and half, milk with half of the fat processed o... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 22:21:54 EST Grrrr--Wait For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4254166 I have to leave for a while, because we canceled our internet service. They were overcharging, by a LOT! My mom got swindled in that deal. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'll miss you guys. Take care of yourselves, alright? I'll try to watch my portions, and leave the chocolate to the professionals. Eating chocolate while mourning was a bad idea. <BR> <BR> I thought I would start writing in my journal, and then reworking blog material from there in a notebook, and then posting. So things would be more ... Tue, 24 May 2011 21:06:23 EST Grrrr--Book Review: I know this much is true--first draft http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4240054 I'm in a book club at the library. But I haven't been going much lately. One of the reasons is I don't like most of the books. But the main reason is that I let the weather keep me away. We have such unpredictable weather here in Portland, Oregon. This time I didn't go because I wasn't finished with the book, which is over 890 pages. I didn't want anyone to mess up the ending for me, before I'd gotten a chance to finish it. I know my excuses are weak. I should go more often. And if I'd given ... Wed, 18 May 2011 00:05:29 EST Grrrr--My Earliest Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4237867 It's weird what a child remembers, and how they think. They're like clay, ready to be moulded. New, very new. I just finished a long novel, that was awful, but kept coming back to the beginning. I like books that do that, come full circle. <BR> <BR> "...She took me by the arm and led me back to the window. <BR> "It is all connected,...Life is not a series of isolated ponds and puddles; life is this river you see below, before you. It flows from the past through the present on its way t... Tue, 17 May 2011 03:00:46 EST Grrrr-- A Glutton for Punishment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4235234 Cardio Routine-- 30 min stepper, 30 min twist disk, 60 min stationary bicycle <BR> Nutrition-- not tracking it right now, too hard to focus, not enough time <BR> Weight-- keeps creeping up! That's why I've stepped up my cardio <BR> <BR> If you haven't had a chance to hear Regina Spektor sing, you are in for a treat. Listen to her song, Fidelity, on YouTube. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/wigqKfLWjvM </link> <BR> <BR> The boy in the video reminds me of my brother, but is much more handsome. I... Mon, 16 May 2011 01:18:54 EST