HARROWJET's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HARROWJET HARROWJET'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/ The Beck Diet Solution - Day 7 - Arrange Your Environment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990826 It is difficult when there is junk food staring me in the face. Out of sight, out of mind. <BR> <BR> It is especially important to avoid environmental triggers when I first start my diet. I will prepare our home by putting tempting foods where I won't easily see them - and by putting wholesome foods allowed by my diet in plain view. <BR> <BR> Remove personal temptations. <BR> <BR> Rearrange the dishes so that the smaller ones are easiest to reach. <BR> <BR> Consider others. Enlist t... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 09:06:55 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 6 - Find a Diet Coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990155 Very few people who have struggled with dieting can lose weight and sustain that weight loss without help and encouragement from another person. Getting someone to help you increases your chance of success. <BR> <BR> A diet coach can: <BR> <BR> Keep you motivated. <BR> <BR> Build your self-confidence. <BR> <BR> Help you solve problems. Two heads are better than one. <BR> <BR> Keep you accountable. Knowing I have to report to someone can motivate me to stick to my program. <BR> <BR> H... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 08:57:22 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 5 - Eat Slowly and Mindfully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989367 There are two very beneficial reasons that's important to always eat slowly and to pay attention to what you're eating: <BR> <BR> - When you eat slowly, your brain has time to register that you're full. <BR> - When you notice and enjoy every mouthful, you feel more satisfied when the food is gone. <BR> <BR> The more slowly you eat, the more time you give the 'I'm full' alert to reach your brain so that it can signal you to stop eating. <BR> <BR> How to Slow Down: <BR> <BR> Change somethin... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:19:40 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 4 - Give Yourself Credit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988773 People who struggle with their weight tend to be hard on themselves. The moment they stray, they become self-critical. Instead of viewing slips as mistakes and thinking how they can solve the problem the next time it arises, they tell themselves that they're weak, hopeless, or even bad. <BR> <BR> Start now by telling myself, 'Good job', or the equivalent every time I sit down to eat, read a Response Card, and complete every other weight-loss task in the program. By consciously giving myse... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:13:05 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Day 3 - Eat Sitting Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988273 Do you do any of the following? <BR> <BR> - Take free samples of food at the grocery store. [Costco] <BR> - Take food as you prepare meals. [Occasionally] <BR> - Sneak bits of food from someone's plate as you clear the table. [used to finish kids plates] <BR> - Spoon ice cream out of the container or reach into a bag of chips while you're walking around talking on the phone [guilty] <BR> - Take a piece of candy or pretzel as you walk past the snack jar sitting on a coworker's desk <BR> - N... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 18:32:05 EST The Beck Diet Solution, Day 2, Pick Two Reasonable Diets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987462 I need to choose two diets - the one I plan to start with and a second one in case the first one doesn't work out. They need to be healthy and well-balanced. <BR> <BR> All diets enable weight loss in the same way - by getting you to eat fewer calories. <BR> <BR> Choose a diet that allows you to eat a reasonable variety of foods. You might be able to lose weight on a diet that isn't nutritious, but eventually your body will rebel - and you'll start to gain back weight. <BR> <BR> Guideline... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:35:50 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Chapter 5 - Week 1 - Get Ready: Lay the Groundwork http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987099 During the next 2 weeks, I will learn crucial strategies that I will need to diet successfully and to maintain my weight loss. <BR> <BR> I will use Cognitive Therapy techniques to prepare my mind and environment for dieting. <BR> <BR> The time I put into getting ready will help me to: <BR> <BR> - Talk back to my sabotaging thoughts. <BR> - Reduce the frequency and intensity of cravings. <BR> - Remain motivated to follow my diet, even when I experience intense cravings. <BR> - Be more consc... Sat, 29 Aug 2015 22:55:35 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Chapter 4 - How to Use the Beck Diet Solution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5986310 Over the next 6 weeks, I will begin to make over my mindset and, as a result, gain the skills I need to make over my body. I will learn how to motivate myself and how to feel good about eating differently. I will develop a consistent sense of control that will continue to grow the longer I practice the techniques in the program. And I will learn how to use my new skills for a lifetime, so I will be able to maintain my weight loss. <BR> <BR> This program is designed to help me solve the pr... Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:34:40 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Chapter Three http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985686 How Thin People Think <BR> <BR> I HAVE wondered why I can't lose weight or keep off the weight I've lost (although I am doing better in more recent years). <BR> <BR> Consider: <BR> <BR> Do I sometimes eat even when I'm not really hungry? [yes] <BR> <BR> Am I sometimes concerned that I might not have an opportunity to eat? <BR> Do I ever have such thoughts as, 'what if I get hungry later?' [yes] <BR> <BR> Do I sometimes eat part the point of mild fullness? [unfortunately] <em>4</em> ... Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:08:02 EST The Beck Diet Solution - Chapter Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984778 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/678a5213-bc52-4b27-b460-460ca5aac02d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What Really Makes You Eat <BR> <BR> Do you ever feel as if you eat automatically, that eating is somehow out of your conscious control? Many have felt this way at times. <BR> <BR> The good news is that my eating is NOT automatic. Automatic processes are involuntary, such as the beating of my heart or the digestion of my food. I don't decide when my heart will beat or how to set off my d... Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:47:11 EST The Beck Diet Solution - First Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5984070 The cover promises that "The Beck Diet Solution" will train your brain to THINK like a thin person. So far, so good. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> Chapter 1 - The Key to Success <BR> <BR> According to the author, Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., the reason I haven't been successful long-term is because I didn't know 'how' to diet. Once I know 'how' to diet, I will see lower numbers on the scale week after week. I will wear smaller sizes and enjoy other benefits like more energy, more confidence, bett... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:18:46 EST Today Is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5980485 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/994b9850-c6b0-4d92-a13f-4becfea5c2c2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is a perfect day to just be happy. Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:27:02 EST One Person http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979566 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41471d3b-0696-45e8-a1cb-a22fe5f658c3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "If you're searching for that one person who will change your life, take a look in the mirror." Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:11:37 EST Training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978865 This morning I was out early to get my walk in before the heat hits. The days are shrinking; it was 7 when I left the house. In the middle of summer 6 was often my start time. <BR> <BR> The half marathon I signed up for is September 20. I have pretty much accepted that I will be walking rather than running. I am okay with finishing last too. The worst part about finishing near the end is missing the fun when the faster people come in. If they were still holding the marathon, I could ru... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:38:30 EST Tecumseh Triathlon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975772 The Tecumseh Triathlon was August 9. My son was one of the participants. I like it when there are photographers there because they usually get some nice pictures. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ed2928b8-bc97-4f52-a125-ca8c006e6f76.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Leaving the water. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/35067050-ec1b-426d-b2c8-4240bf09c9c0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On the bike. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2cc3486d-fae... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:23:33 EST Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975502 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/69b49df3-2b94-426a-b7f1-f8f5221ca756.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "You have to believe in yourself when no one else does - that makes you a winner right there." - Venus Williams <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/041b8821-8acd-41f3-a926-931f7d1facb5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Go after your dream, no matter how unattainable others think it is. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f50eea44-cf2b-4fca-a09b-fd4... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:10:59 EST Gratitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974189 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/954e6cd4-0f5c-4507-bc71-10caefd73179.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life." <BR> <BR> — Joel Osteen <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ee80c07c-b05d-4dd4-baa0-687771d9c2f0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sat, 8 Aug 2015 13:34:41 EST Sunday's Ride to Erieau http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5971679 Sunday morning the group (CMC - Canadian Motorcycle Cruisers) met in Essex at Tim Horton's for a Sunday ride to Erieau for lunch. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/af3b188a-1d21-4823-85c7-b1502c5e5a83.JPG"> <BR> <BR> And we are off. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1798b4c6-f01b-4020-95a6-a07b0adaa9e7.JPG"> <BR> <BR> For some reason I like to take a shadow picture when we go for a ride. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople... Mon, 3 Aug 2015 22:15:52 EST Pretty Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967036 On Saturday we visited a garden that is open once a year for the Explore the Shore weekend which took place on Saturday and today. What a garden! I have a hard time taking care of my small plot. This place was wonderful but it must take so much work. Pictures cannot do it justice. The weather was ideal. There were artists set up at various spots. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/996250c5-13a9-4ea7-bc31-f220645cbb07.JPG"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaw... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:29:38 EST Dogs' Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966009 My daughter and son-in-law are in Boston for a few days. They have tickets for a ballgame tonight. We are looking after their two black labs, Tucker and Dexter. <BR> <BR> This morning I decided to write something for my daughter as though it came from her younger dog, Dexter. I have nothing to blog about, so I am sharing Dexter's thoughts. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/252d9bc8-09fa-4204-a4a0-90a09d5e6fc9.JPG"> <BR> <BR> Dear Mommy and Daddy, <BR> <BR> Gra... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:07:37 EST Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962860 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/01b2627e-90fe-4410-82b1-547003ff8858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Stop focusing on being skinny. Start focusing on being healthy." <BR> <BR> A friend and I were discussing this topic earlier in the week. She has lost 20 pounds by reducing portion sizes and not eating at night. Neither of us will ever be 'skinny' but reaching a lower weight often helps with staying healthy. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:37:42 EST Tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962441 We got home from our vacation Wednesday afternoon. Since then I have been trying to find some energy. After we got here, we had to go pick up our Wiggles. She had stayed with our granddaughters about 20 minutes from here. Then of course there was the unpacking and laundry. I stopped at the grocery to get something for supper. Sleeping in my own bed sure felt good. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was prepared to relax on the patio while Hubby went for a motorcycle ride to see some of his friends.... Fri, 17 Jul 2015 21:07:21 EST Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959750 Monday morning we will start our journey back to Ontario. It has been a wonderful vacation. We were able to spend time with a Spark friend and her husband in Maine. They are wonderful hosts and it was a great time. <BR> <BR> We took a ferry from Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia and spent a night with another Spark friend and her husband. We then spent a night in Lunenburg, NS at a nice motel with a beautiful view. We took the scenic drive along the coast as much as possib... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 21:12:33 EST My Exciting Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953442 The last couple of mornings I was up early to go for a walk. Yesterday the mosquitos almost drove me crazy before I got back to the house. Today I remembered to wear some Bugzz Away repellant. <BR> <BR> I enjoy my walks. This is the area where I grew up. I like to see the changes and remember the people I knew. <BR> <BR> It is also interesting to observe nature. I saw ears sticking up in a clump of grass and then watched as a bunny took off. There were three yellow birds fighting and ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:31:57 EST It Is Cold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952245 Coming from southern Ontario where it is usually sunny and hot to an area of the Maritimes that has been chilly since we got here, makes it hard to adjust. Saturday when the sun was out it got warm and it was comfortable. We are staying with my sister in an old farmhouse that is often cold. Today it is cloudy and we are expecting rain at some point. After hearing about the heavy rain back in Ontario yesterday (my son said he was building an ark), we aren't sure what to expect. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 14:27:59 EST Vacation Going Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951007 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2f186275-d751-4c44-a71b-6a8e161a9920.JPG"> <BR> <BR> The view from our motel tonight (Topmast Motel, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia) Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:53:03 EST On Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947600 This afternoon we will leave for the first 'leg' of our much-awaited vacation. We will drive to our daughter's to leave one of our dogs. (The other one will be staying with our granddaughter near here.) After spending the night with daughter, we will cross into the US and head toward Maine. I haven't heard which route we will be taking but we like to get off the main highway and see the real country. <BR> <BR> We have arranged to spend a night or two with a Spark friend and her husband. ... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 07:33:45 EST Supercharge Your Satisfaction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940870 (I did not write this but I agree with what Jane Powell wrote in her daily meditation article and decided to share it here. I know that part of my responsibility as an older woman is to share with younger women some of what I have learned along the way. You can check for other meditations here: <BR> <link>www.meditationsforwomen.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> Supercharge Your Satisfaction <BR> <BR> “Satisfaction comes from giving your wisdom away.” <BR> <BR> Each one of us can make a diffe... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 19:50:02 EST Just Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940337 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c6e11df7-6948-4b7d-80dc-d30d232e15ad.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7fce502c-ebe7-436c-ba7a-1566cb9de509.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Fri, 5 Jun 2015 17:09:37 EST Stop Waiting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938092 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63c33eba-aed6-497a-9d51-69770b9ce893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Stop waiting for Friday, <BR> for summer, <BR> for someone to fall in love with you, <BR> for life. <BR> Happiness is achieved when you stop waiting for it <BR> and make the most of the moment you are in now. <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 20:34:20 EST No Effort Is Ever Wasted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936477 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/56c277f3-c33e-440b-b371-33d91da1af7e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "No effort is ever wasted, although some pay dividends later than you think. Do not imagine that you "wasted your time" because something didn't turn out right. There is no such thing as "waste" in the Universe. Everything -- everything -- yields benefit. It's true. And your life will show you this. So don't decry the "effort that failed." All things lead to your highest good. You just may n... Fri, 29 May 2015 21:55:37 EST Busy Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934245 I had my exercise class this morning. Friday will be the last one. I will have to stay active on my own. <BR> <BR> After I got home and changed, we went to get some plants for the garden. We have several tomato plants, a couple pickling cucumbers, two broccoli, some peppers and some herbs planted. It was hard work but it will be worth it when the plants start to produce. <em>376</em> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 May 2015 22:31:00 EST Geese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930874 I saw this picture today and thought it was cute. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ca0458ed-8ea8-48e4-982d-dd98d65827a2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “But John, I still don’t see any sign of a lake. For heaven’s sake, WHY won’t you stop and ask for directions?” Tue, 19 May 2015 14:17:11 EST It Is a Process http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930410 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/72d56a38-b55f-4992-9c9a-23fa3bbc6ca3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/27baa252-679e-4a5d-a0de-73c6e5637f57.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a992719f-cbd1-4d44-af55-b1aca8865240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e0b20667-695b-4e95-86d2-637b0bce00f2.jpg"> Mon, 18 May 2015 21:22:58 EST I Refuse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929730 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6ccd944f-ad0f-40f1-9ddf-e3f26c3924c4.png"> Sun, 17 May 2015 18:13:09 EST Cute Thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926596 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/952ffabc-d31c-49c9-80f4-0c72c1108adf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e66880ea-884b-4b41-a8ab-74735bb54817.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2e20007e-0f95-4a36-8f4c-d958c567b8ab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43f433c8-2dc9-44ae-a2a4-bd10009c0b11.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/397b6a65-9278-4d7d-b500-fddd25802b07... Mon, 11 May 2015 21:45:29 EST Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925970 It has been a very nice weekend. Yesterday I shared about the first part of Saturday. In the afternoon my son and grandson came over so that Grandpa could give Noah a driving lesson on the truck. It is a standard and Grandpa would like all the grandchildren to at least know how to handle it. Apparently the lesson went well. Brian and I had a nice visit while they were gone. <BR> <BR> Hubby took me out for supper. We traveled between rain drops on the motorcycle. The heavy rain happene... Sun, 10 May 2015 20:31:02 EST Iron Hawk 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925501 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l782450111.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This morning was the 4th annual Harrow District High School Iron Hawk duathlon and 5K run. My son, daughter and grandson took part in the duathlon. I walked and ran the 5K. I liked the set-up of the course better this year than last. <BR> Hubby took our picture before the starting gun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1841503373.jpg"> <BR> And here we are after we finished. <BR> <B... Sat, 9 May 2015 22:11:22 EST Three Times a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923866 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1440459040.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "The wonderful thing about food is that you get three votes per day. Every one of them has the potential to change the world." <BR> <BR> - Michael Pollan Wed, 6 May 2015 19:42:34 EST Point Pelee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922078 Today was the kind of day we wait all winter for. It was warm but not hot, the sun was shining and there was no wind. We heard that there might be rain on Monday so we decided to take advantage of our passes and go to Point Pelee. Ted wanted to test the new bike rake he got for the van. It worked just fine. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l567224649.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The road is on the left. The path on the right is the bicycle/walking path. It is well cared for.... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:52:36 EST Today's Juice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920252 In my quest to eat healthier, I am trying to remember to juice more often. It seems to happen in cycles (like everything else). I do it for awhile and then I get tired of cleaning the juicer and stop until the next cycle kicks in. Anyway, today I made this Carrot-Orange recipe I found on-line. I didn't have a full tablespoon of chia seeds so I used what I had and added chia seeds to my shopping list. I suppose for blogging purposes, I could have taken a picture. <BR> <BR> <link>www.f... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:28:02 EST Training Started http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919880 Today was our day to go to the hospital. I took the quilt top I finished a few days ago. They were happy with it except the sides were not quite straight enough. They managed to get it sandwiched anyway. I finished tying the one I started last week before we had to leave early for the funeral. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l681950660.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been looking at different training schedules for a half marathon. The Run for Heroes I signed up for... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:13:30 EST Healthy Thought Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915980 5 Healthy Thought Habits that Super Charge Your Life <BR> <BR> Author: Dr. Adrienne Stewart <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It has long been an adage that our thoughts affect our health. Within the last several years, research within the field of psychoneuroimmunology is providing scientific proof that our thoughts and emotions interact with our nervous and immune system. One of the most important findings is that positive thoughts and emotions over a long period of time greatly impact our physic... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:57:48 EST Growing Older http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913956 * Death is the number one killer in the world. <BR> <BR> * Life is sexually transmitted. <BR> <BR> * Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. <BR> <BR> * Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years. <BR> <BR> * Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing. <BR> <BR> * All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pa... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 13:27:24 EST Bicycle Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913136 On Thursday we loaded our bicycles onto the back of the truck, gathered the dogs and headed to the section of the Greenway we like to ride on. The dogs were thrilled. They packed on some unneeded pounds during the winter so a good run will help them get back to a healthier weight. I got a new bicycle helmet for Christmas and it was time to test it. <BR> <BR> We rode for about 25 minutes. Since it was the first ride of the season, we didn't want to overdo it. Besides, the dogs were runni... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:27:32 EST Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911147 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1582044954.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "You have a choice each and every single day. I choose to feel blessed. I choose to feel grateful. I choose to be excited. I choose to be thankful. I choose to be happy." <BR> — Amber Housley Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:28:51 EST More Signs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910023 On Saturday, I noticed the daffodils are starting to open. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l441322575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For me, daffodils are the sign that Spring is really here although I do have a picture in my file, of daffodils with a coat of snow. I am going to be optimistic and say that snow is done for this year. <BR> <BR> We have noticed the grass is really starting to get green. Soon we will hear the roar of lawn mowers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:36:13 EST Signs of Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906501 Two or three days ago I observed my crocus in bloom. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1997323654.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was so happy to finally see a flower in our part of the world. My poor sister shared this picture <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l473406670.jpg"> <BR> with the comment - "here are my daffodils". I think they got more snow after that. I hope it is gone before we go home in July <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> This morning I found an... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 14:36:37 EST Spring Thaw 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901764 This morning was the first event for 2015. It was cold but not as cold as Saturday had been. On Saturday, I was thankful the 5K was happening on Sunday and today was a nicer day. I picked up my number and prepared. My husband took my picture with his phone. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1402898978.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It isn't great but that's me - number 2. <BR> <BR> It took me 49 minutes, 05 seconds to finish 3.2 miles. The return was colder and there was ... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 15:18:11 EST Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900294 It has been a good day. This morning I did some de-cluttering in my daughter's bedroom. I took a full bag of clothing and 'stuff' to St. Vincent de Paul on my way to lunch with my girlfriend. We both had omelets. We always have a nice time together. <BR> <BR> At 2 I went for a haircut and a manicure using the gift certificate my husband gave me for Christmas. Tonight Hubby went to a hockey game, giving me a night off from making supper. All in all, it was a very nice day. We woke up ... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:15:02 EST