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/ Whatever Will I Wear? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953065 There is a vlogger taking heat on YouTube for showing herself in fashionable bikinis, even though she is full figured. <BR> <BR> Here is an article about it: <BR> <link>www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/plu<BR>s-sized-beauty-blogger-explains-why-59<BR>68769 </link> <BR> <BR> People are complaining, saying women who are overweight should not think it is okay to do that, since it bothers some people. Really? Since when did people have the right to tell people who already have an extra laye... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:00:49 EST Silly Joke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951246 Something funny I read after an article on OregonLive about the hot weather: <BR> <BR> from "barttels" <BR> <BR> I have begged my spousal unit for the last few years to BUY a summer place on the coast. Unfortunately, we don't seem to have the money. <BR> <BR> I hate the heat. <BR> <BR> 1oldretiredguy <BR> <BR> from "incidentalmental" <BR> <BR> <BR> @barttels try not using the term "spousal unit" <BR> -- and buy a tent! Now is the summer of our discount tents... <BR> <BR> 2Webster Max... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 09:49:16 EST Starting Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947761 I think I may need to be starting over, because SparkPeople is not working for me anymore. I can post blogs, but I cannot set a new status anymore and I cannot look at my Start page. I have not been able to log in for days. But I have been visiting, and I wanted to spin the wheel, but I cannot do that anymore. This type of thing has happened to me, before, and I created a second account. Then when I noticed that I could do things at this account, I destroyed the other account. It is all very ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:46:55 EST We Need To Conserve Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947352 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f41a2810-3bc0-4acc-88e1-0e98e2ba95c8.jpg"> <BR> The Dream: <em>102</em> <BR> I went swimming with my husband and our two little kids. They were really cute kids! I had a little girl with dark hair and a little boy who was still pretty much a baby. I really do not remember the swimming part, but there was some kind of argument with someone there, and then we went home. At home, I had even more kids! They were older and all seated around th... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:44:07 EST Pure Imagination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946781 A Dream Fragment: <em>102</em> <BR> I was watching television, then I was there, seeing it happen. These older students were bussed into this place for a field trip of some sort. Their bus was huge, with black tinted windows. This teacher was trying to assemble everyone into lines. And then suddenly I had to be among them. So I went toward them, and I thought, "This guy is doing it all wrong, we need another line in between these two." So I went in between these lines, because there wer... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:31:46 EST The Ta Da List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946164 Want to see a record of your daily accomplishments? Then you might be interested in The Ta Da List! Just list everything that you are happy that you have done during the day, things that might inspire a "Ta da!" <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1fe68127-007f-43d6-a64d-a99c585b4153.jpg"> <BR> My Ta Da List, so far: <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> 1. I took a bath at dawn! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> 2. I washed my hair, used conditioner and my leave-in conditioner. <em>204... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:44:01 EST Thieves Among Us http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945817 Last week, my cat had his water bowl stolen from the front porch. Luckily, that was just something I found once at a thrift store. I really liked it, though! It was stoneware, and brown on the outside and a light blue aqua on the inside. So that looked appealing to someone. My mom replaced it with a whipped topping container. I wish that was what was out there to start with! But I just had never thought anyone would want to steal this bowl. Why? If you are that poor, maybe you do not really n... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 23:10:33 EST An Accidental Miracle in Capernaum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944061 In the New Testament is a story about a miracle that Jesus accidentally performed. How could he have accidentally performed a miracle? That seems really strange. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cf42f4d5-fb8b-4f24-bb4e-03bc5d67f8bb.jpg"> <BR> Someone had snuck up behind him, and touched his robe, because she had wanted to be healed. She did that, and he felt something of his healing power leaving him. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/db41d177-8be2-4... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:40:29 EST Stuff Going On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943320 I have been having some awful dreams. Last night I dreamt that these men invaded where I was and I called my grandma to tell her to come help me with grandpa. She told me to hang up and call "911," but I said that I could not because the men were already there! They were all dressed in black and were very angry acting. They said that I had to go to the top of this building and yell really loud about who I loved. It was scary! And they said there would be this man, and he would be yelling abou... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 07:40:20 EST Working Out And Reading In The Heat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942621 Since I gained a pound last week, I thought I should maybe change something. I thought I was doing well enough because I lost two pounds two weeks in a row, and then suddenly I am gaining, and nothing was different. Not a thing! But that could be the problem. Maybe my calorie needs are different, after losing four pounds, except that is now three pounds. So I am eating less. I went in my Lose It! app, and told them that I want to lose two pounds a week. It had been set at one and a half pound... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 23:04:29 EST Sunday Gratitude Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941396 I am not enjoying this week, because my grandma from back East died and my period will not stop. I regret not writing my grandma more, but I know she could have written too. I gained a pound this week. My Nook quit working, and while I was unable to log my foods into the app I like, I went over in my calories. I tried a dress on today, and it was too small. So, not my favorite week! <BR> <BR> My Gratitude List <BR> <BR> 1. My Nook is working again. <BR> <BR> 2. I am exercising every day, I... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 21:37:04 EST Metta Meditation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940564 May you be happy. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fff115cf-5f4a-48f4-bd45-9cacb2f71470.jpg"> <BR> May you be safe. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef85b20e-17e3-4659-8f6e-da318d5891df.jpg"> <BR> May you be strong. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fab6477a-209a-4176-810d-a844bc983fc2.jpg"> <BR> May you live in ease. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d0bf0177-9376-43f5-852b-7e76d86fcc50.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This si... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 07:07:47 EST Evolution - Days 1 thru 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940019 Intention: To share my reflections each day on the teachings of the 100 Days of Evolution with John Edward. <BR> <BR> I am getting organized and getting caught up! I am writing all my notes on a separate Notepad file. And this blog has five days on it, but after this I will just have one day on each. Short and sweet is best, but catching up is important too! <BR> <BR> Day 1: <BR> <BR> Day 1 is about how we have chakras and that daily meditation can help unblock them, so that we are functio... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 06:04:13 EST Haiku for a grandma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938856 Sky has fallen electric <BR> blue grey our rainbow <BR> look up a promise <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b65a4e42-7803-4388-bf5b-212927d6f685.jpg"> <BR> This haiku is about the time my grandma came to my town to visit and we went around the corner from our house to look at a rainbow. I was about five and she brought me a stuffed toy mouse and a little red-haired doll with eyes that opened and closed and a hand sewn blue dress with pretty underwear underneath- a matchin... Wed, 3 Jun 2015 05:24:11 EST Are You Ready To Evolve? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938216 Sign up now for a month of free videos from the John Edward website. He is a medium that helps people to contact their loved ones. He is really super nice, and is always asking people to pray for people on his facebook posts. I think that this thing is about becoming more conscious of what is truly important. Go to the link if you are curious! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4111bd2e-0def-44ca-9cc1-58a2dd66dd78.jpg"> <BR> From John Edward's Facebook Page: <BR> <BR> "Day... Tue, 2 Jun 2015 00:49:50 EST Things I Look For In A Snack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938146 I am really getting into writing lists from the book I am reading, Listful Thinking. It is fun! There are so many blog possibilities if you use the list format. <BR> <BR> Here is a list of some of the things I look for in a snack. <BR> <BR> 1. Are you vegetarian? <BR> <BR> You have got to be vegetarian, because I am one. This gets a little hard sometimes, because some cheeses are made with rennet. That is used to help make the cheese, but it comes from the stomachs of cows or sheep, total... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 22:42:47 EST Sunday Gratitude Blog - Last Day of May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937567 There is usually a lot to be thankful for in the Spring, with flowers everywhere and the trees leafed out. People walk around outside more, so you will see more friendly faces. It is warmer, and your body is less achy, if that is a problem for you in cold weather. Things just look up! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dd2d6043-54ab-4226-8153-18c54cecc32b.jpg"> <BR> I am reading a book called Listful Thinking, by Paula Rizzo. It is about making lists so that you get more do... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 00:04:17 EST Cray Brother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936935 Cray means crazy in slang, and that is what my brother is! Today is Saturday, and he has decided to clean his room. So he is running in and out of the house as fast as he can, taking things out into the yard. Wow, and there goes my zen! It has gone. It took the bus somewhere. That means I am not calm right now. My mom was taking things out too, to go to the dump. She is sitting down now, so I guess she is done. My brother is moving something really heavy now down the stairs. Busy, busy! <... Sat, 30 May 2015 19:48:42 EST Compromises http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933053 Portland is covered with misty clouds and the air smells really fresh today. It is one of those days that you start off thinking that you are really lucky. Some people do not have that. Some people do not have anything, really. Nothing. They just are, and that is not a good feeling. We all want to feel some security in this life. We want to look around us and be proud of how things are and feel safe. I think about this a lot because we have some homeless people living in a tent in the backyar... Sat, 23 May 2015 14:19:56 EST Weird Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931783 My mom told me the other day that Wisconsin legislators made it impossible for people to use food stamps to buy shellfish, potatoes, and ketchup. We were talking about how potatoes are such a staple. They are only unhealthy if you make them unhealthy by adding too much to them or eating too much of them. They are like any food in that way. I think that this is really awful, because it seems to me that the lawmakers are giving people bad advice when they say these foods are unhealthy. They are... Thu, 21 May 2015 05:41:02 EST Would you want to see? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930278 In the book Live Through This, there is a passage where the two runaway girls have been tricked into a trip somewhere, so that they could be put into a wilderness camp-type rehab program. Their mom had hired someone to find them and he and his son had told them some bogus story about their mom needing to see them. But when they got inside the vehicle, they were whisked away, over a hundred miles away. On the way there, the girls kept complaining and yelling. This song came on the radio, it wa... Mon, 18 May 2015 15:53:17 EST Live Through This - Book Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928399 I read something about this book, a while back, and I was wanting to read it, but I lost the information about it. So when I saw this on sale for my Nook last week, as part of a Mother's Day sale, I snatched it up. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d1399429-1780-447a-89a7-1888d44948cd.JPG"> <BR> It is called Live Through This, by Debra Gwartney, and it is a memoir about the years that her two eldest daughters were being rebellious and living on the streets. They got into... Fri, 15 May 2015 02:26:23 EST The Mysterious And The Miraculous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927362 I woke up in the night, so I thought I would write a blog. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I finally broke down and bought some vitamins online. I had been holding out, but as a vegetarian and someone who has iron-deficiency anemia, I am not supposed to be going without. I have just been being a cheapskate in that department. But I can afford it, and it is better to be taking them than letting money sit in my bank account. Vitamins and minerals do a lot! I think everyone should be taking them, becaus... Wed, 13 May 2015 08:11:50 EST Tracking Nutrition Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927095 Since I have returned to SparkPeople, I have logged in for 106 days and have a 10-week exercise streak. The exercise streak is not as disciplined as some people, as I have missed days but I make them up later. I figure it is not cheating, because I do exercise that much in a week! One week, I made a mistake and forgot to workout for an hour and the streak started over. So I had to painstakingly go back and find out where I went wrong and make up the missing hour. I did that, but I was like tw... Tue, 12 May 2015 18:15:13 EST Body Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926684 Has anyone not watched The Biggest Loser? I think most of us have at least tuned in once or twice. I do not like the show because I think they put too much pressure on people to lose weight too quickly. I think it is dangerous! So I do not watch it. But I have seen it a couple times, and they always try to figure out why people gained weight in the first place. Despite disliking the show, I think that is a really good idea. Because maybe, just maybe, knowing that can help you lose weight! <BR... Tue, 12 May 2015 02:00:56 EST Sunday Gratitude Blog - Mother's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926012 On Sundays, I am going to be writing about what I am grateful for, because a friend of mine here, SRWYLIE, is doing that and it seemed like a really great idea! His gratitude blogs are really beautiful. He has reached his goal weight, so he must be doing something right! <BR> <BR> Here is what he wrote this year for Mother's Day: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925939 </link> <BR> <BR> Well, first of all, it is Mother's Day, and I am than... Sun, 10 May 2015 22:03:30 EST Erstwhile, A Lost Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924739 I am sure that my great-grandfather was very much in love with my great-grandmother, Lola. However, this was not his first romantic relationship. Considering their age difference, that makes more sense when you know what happened before he became interested in Lola, who at sixteen became a bride while he was in his mid-to-late twenties. He had loved someone before, more his own age, but that did not work out. Something very tragic happened! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Fri, 8 May 2015 09:38:16 EST Creamed Peas And Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924410 This recipe was a favorite of mine growing up. My grandpa and I would make it together sometimes, with fresh peas and potatoes fresh from the garden. It was delicious! My grandma couldn't have any, because of the dairy in it. Probably because of that, we only had it about once a year. But it was really the best day of the year for me! <BR> <BR> We would get the peas and shuck them out of their shells. They are really sweet and tender when they are first picked. If you can't grow your own, tr... Thu, 7 May 2015 18:23:03 EST Where's That Water? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924058 My grandma told me this funny story about something that happened one day. Well, she was the youngest, and people were always asking her to do things, like get this or get that. Her oldest sister was really bossy, she was like her second mother. She had to put up with her being really bossy all the time, maybe more than her mom! Anyway, one day all the girls were working really hard in the kitchen cooking and baking and stuff. And her sister asked her to go outside and get some water. They ha... Thu, 7 May 2015 05:25:29 EST Putting Food On The Table http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922804 When my grandma was a little girl, she lived on a farm. The lifestyle was very different then, for farm families. There was a distinct division of labor, both men and women working very hard, but doing completely different things most of the time. The women got up earlier than the men, at 4 o'clock am, while it was still dark, to get breakfast started in the kitchen. They cooked a big meal for breakfast, and the men came and ate and went out into the fields to work. Then the women and kids co... Tue, 5 May 2015 01:29:57 EST Not Everyone's History Is The Same http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921414 I have read so many things about the old days in the West, and about being a pioneer. I thought that some of the things were universal, that they applied to everyone. But, no! That is not true, and that assumption caused me some embarrassment. I thought that people back in those days used old catalogs and Farmer's Almanacs in their outhouses, you know, as more than reading material. Everyone was saying they used them as toilet paper, and so I thought it must be true. Well, maybe it was for th... Sat, 2 May 2015 17:07:44 EST The Can-Do Kid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921008 This is a story about my grandmother, Nancy, when she was a little girl. She began life on a farm outside of a little town named Mineral Springs in Eastern Oregon. The youngest of nine children, she had seven sisters and one unruly brother. Her best friend was her cat, Yellow Boy. This isn't actually her, but it reminds me of how inseparable they were: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l833918781.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She was a pretty, slender girl who loved to make paper dol... Fri, 1 May 2015 21:25:25 EST The Friends You Keep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919904 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1367622564.jpg"> <BR> "Man is known by the company he keeps." an American proverb. <BR> <BR> If people see you hanging around with really snarky, negative people, they will think you are one too! That's something that I've been thinking about lately. I've noticed some blogs are either filled with hate or laced with a lot of bad words. And I really don't know that I want to be associated with the writers or their friends! I feel like I'm an... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 22:00:39 EST Personalizing Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919439 Yesterday, I went through my friend list and deleted a bunch of people. Twenty-nine in all! They either have deleted their account, weren't really my friends, or won't let me see their pages. So, see ya! I was kind of brutal to the people that set their account to private, wasn't I? Well, I thought they're not really using the social aspect of SparkPeople. These people have been like incognito for a long time, and I don't know who they are and they don't read my blogs or interact with me in a... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 01:52:32 EST My Lunch Not So Healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918832 Today I realized that there is way too much sugar in my shake that I like to make for lunch, and added with the banana that I would usually eat with it, it just is not healthy at all. Oh, no! There is about 8 teaspoons of sugar in the shake, altogether. The kefir has sugar, the chocolate hazelnut milk has sugar, and so does the Slim-Fast shake powder. So I need to make some substitutions, and get that under control. <BR> <BR> My mom makes a really good coleslaw, without adding any sugar. I'l... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:06:15 EST Awake And Alive! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918125 I had to stop taking the antihistamine because I don't need it anymore and it was just putting me to sleep. It was making it hard to wake up too. So quit taking it! I feel a lot better. The head cold is gone, but there's still a little stuff in my lungs. Maybe I should take an expectorate to get it all out, but I'm kind of scared to try a new drug. I might just try being patient. It's getting warmer and that should clear it all up. I gained another pound this week. What is going on with that?... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:09:41 EST What's My Motivation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917281 I read somewhere that actors ask "What's my motivation?" when they want to figure out what their characters are really thinking, what is making them do things. So sometimes I ask myself that. It helps me to focus. Act means "to do." That was its original meaning. In high school, I really wanted to be in a play. I was able to be an extra in one play, that was a big highlight for me. We were doing Inherit The Wind, about the school teacher that dared to teach about evolution in his classroom an... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:56:54 EST What A Wonderful World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915890 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1939246089.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This picture was taken by someone in New York by someone waiting for a train. Isn't it amazing the things you could notice if you are paying attention? <BR> <BR> Happy Earth Day! <em>432</em> <em>436</em> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> I am really loving this holiday because I feel better today! Yay! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I feel truly awake today, and this is very different. It's like being more alive.... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:12:19 EST Where Does My Time Go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914934 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l649497669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some of you might want to know what I do all day, because I don't really hang out much right now. Well, I know it's a problem. I have a problem with time management right now. But I do like you guys! I really do. There's more than one component to the problem. Here are some of the parts: <BR> <BR> 1.) I am trying to get a regular sleep schedule going, but it is really difficult because I don't feel well. I have a ... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 02:14:12 EST Am I Real? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911292 On television shows and in books, when a character doubts whether they are awake or not, they have this foolproof method of checking- by pinching their arm. We do that when we know we are awake too, to see how muscular our arms are, or to judge the amount of fat that is there. I found I had developed a bad habit of doing that to myself, checking different places to see how I am coming along. But then I was not happy, because I am not far along at all. I have just started! So I came up with a ... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:34:26 EST I Wake In Pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909270 When I wake up, I am in a lot of pain. And I am always really disappointed. I go, "Oh, no!" I wish I wasn't waking up. Because I start to feel my sinus headache, and my skin that's all messed up on my face from blowing my nose so much. Everything comes back. Sometimes, I can catch myself, and go back quickly to sleep. I really like to be asleep! <BR> <BR> This sounds bad, doesn't it? It is, because I'm alive, and I'm supposed to be doing things to keep healthy when I wake up. Sometimes, I am... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 08:03:38 EST The Longest Sad Quote http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908340 "People in difficulty and distress, or in any manner at odds with the world, can endure a vast amount of harsh treatment, and perhaps be only the stronger for it; whereas they give way at once before the simplest expression of what they perceive to be genuine sympathy." <BR> _Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of Seven Gables <BR> <BR> I tried to post that quote as my status, but it was too long! I was disappointed, because it's a very good quote. In case the language is too old for you, it'... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 13:57:06 EST Reading A Lot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906945 I'm on a reading tangent lately. I read two books by Mary Higgins Clark, who is a very popular American mystery writer. I read two books by Lois Duncan, about her daughter, Kaitlyn Arquette, that was killed in 1989 and is still unsolved. She is a famous children's author of suspenseful novels, but having her daughter killed made her lose her interest in that. She no longer wanted to put her female characters in danger! That is very sad, her losing her career that way, but she has been volunte... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 09:17:28 EST 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