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/ New Team: Mindful Mental Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899652 I started a new team called Mindful Mental Health. If you are interested, please join me there! <BR> <BR> <link>teams.sparkpeople.com/mindfulmentalh<BR>ealth </link> <BR> <BR> It's really for everyone, regardless of their mental health diagnosis or lack of one. If you have those moments where you feel crazy wild, or you are super depressed, or you feel fine, but you just want to come and help motivate people, then the team is for you. I started it because I felt that SparkPeople needed ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:25:54 EST Hate Surprises! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5893374 I really do hate surprises, so when I realized that I could make before and after pictures of myself now, before I am really done, I did it. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> There is a website called Model My Diet, that helps you create avatars of your before and after self all at once. You just have to enter in some basic information, and to do a really nice job go to the advanced settings. You do not even have to have an account. But if you do get an account, there are people to hang out with t... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:34:14 EST A Sugar Battle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892625 Hey, everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I am having a difficult time with how I changed my diet. I really miss how it was. Even harder is convincing my mom that I would like to go easy on the sugar. I told her that I was not eating regular candy anymore, to keep that in mind for Easter, that I am just eating sugar-free candy. <em>449</em> And so, the next time she goes shopping she brings home a bunch of scrumptious looking candy! It looked so good, York mini peppermint patties, and... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 05:19:59 EST Resolutions 3-5 for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890844 I have been thinking a little bit about how I gained about fifteen pounds over the holidays and after my birthday in January, and what may have caused all of that. A lot of it was chocolate, and I am not good about rationing out the chocolate when I get it as gifts. I was tempted to put it all in the freezer, and now I wish I had. Anyway, it is time to move on from there, and think how I can do better in the future. So I have come up with some new resolutions for this year that will help me t... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:32:15 EST Second Resolution for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5889901 I am going slow this year in figuring out my resolutions. That is because I have been sick this winter, and was not sure what to plan for, exactly. So I was not going to make any. But then time was dragging along, and I am still here. So I guess I can make plans! <BR> <BR> January 30, I wrote a blog with my first resolution, which was: <BR> 1.) Make a healthy lunch every day, unless I'll be eating out. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had another idea of something that I should do for this year. The ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 13:39:40 EST Five Things I Love About Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5885555 I've been seeing this title around SparkPeople, on people's blogs. It's an assignment for SparkLive, and I'm going to do it too! <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> Well, it's hard for me to choose five things I love about myself, because usually I'm just thinking of the big picture. I just love me. But you don't know me, and this is probably where I'm supposed to be telling you five great reasons for you to like me. I hope it's something like that. Well, I might love things that I know you probably... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:38:11 EST Celebration! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5883474 In Gretchen Rubin's video The Years Are Short, she writes about her bus ride with her daughter on school days. How it annoyed her, and then she realized that for her daughter it was a big part of her life. So then she was thankful for it. Please watch the video, because it's so beautiful! Ordinary things can be transformed with an attitude of gratitude. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/KktuoQwb3vQ </link> <BR> <BR> I have been working out more this month, and it has been hard for me to blog, be... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:50:08 EST Slogans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5878736 Last week, I was downtown with my mom to listen to a free noon concert. While we were walking around I noticed that there are a lot of slogans written everywhere. It seems nearly every company or organization has one. Either they always use it, or it's their current theme. Nonprofits have themes, companies and politicians have ad campaigns. Portland State University's theme is "Together we are Fearless." One company that delivers things has "Dedication at every turn" on their van. It's everyw... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 11:49:14 EST Diet Fads Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871476 This article on diet fads was from a couple of years ago, but is still very relevant, and always will be! Most shocking diet? Just breathing! No, you've got to eat. <BR> <BR> <link>news.health.com/2013/01/29/ashton-ku<BR>tchers-diet-scare-5-fad-diet-red-flags/ </link> <BR> <BR> Have I ever tried any strange diet? Not really intentionally, but I have definitely eaten in unhealthy ways before. I used to only drink nutritional drinks on my period, I was on a complete liquid diet for about f... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 21:17:32 EST Life Is Better Than Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866841 The title sounds better than how it all is. What I meant is that life is not perfect, but it's life, and it's what we have. So it's better than perfect! Waiting for perfection will usually result in nothing, and that's no good. That's true with dating, job hunting, housing, what have you. We have to make compromises all the time. Life is flawed, but it's beautiful and real. <BR> <BR> In Gretchen Rubin's video, Sometimes Flawed Can Be More Perfect Than Perfection, she says how imperfections c... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 23:53:15 EST New Simpler Resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866091 My last blog was about making big problems or new plans smaller and easier to deal with. The point was lost on me, if you read that entry. But I thought about it more, and I got it! <BR> <BR> I don't have to do everything at once to be improving stuff, just what I know right now. So I went out and got stuff for healthy lunches and I'm making them now. Ta da! <BR> <BR> Healthy breakfasts can wait a little while. I'll work on that later, a little bit at a time. I've got to read all these la... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:29:05 EST Clarity of Values http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865414 In her video, The Strategy of Clarity, author Gretchen Rubin talks about how we often can have difficulty forming better habits when we aren't being clear with ourselves exactly what we want. Eating more healthfully might seem like too big of a topic, so we need to break it down, like in her suggestion to pack a lunch everyday instead. A lot of times people's new ideas seem to somehow contradict other things that they still want to have in their lives, so it's very hard to change for the bett... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:45:32 EST It's Who You Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864916 In her video, Strategy of Other People, Gretchen Rubin talks about how other people can inspire us on the one hand or possibly lead to our downfall on the other hand when we try to practice good habits. We are all interconnected. So we need to understand both what is happening and why they might be reacting in a certain way to our new habits. We all have different motivations. Sometimes you need to be different, you need to be the odd man out to be healthy. And, since peer pressure can be so ... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:42:10 EST The Question of Identity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864156 In her video, The Strategy of Identity, Gretchen Rubin talks about how what we think about ourselves can effect whether or not we will pick up a good habit. I think it's a really interesting topic, and wish people talked about this more often. Because it can be REALLY hard to pick up new habits which are good. <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/kBVnqxmPjPw </link> <BR> <BR> Myself, I've been a vegetarian for a while now, but I don't know what I'm doing, really. And I've been a vegetarian for sever... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:49:51 EST 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