HAYBURNER1969's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAYBURNER1969 HAYBURNER1969'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/ Enthusiasm and Energy - Through New Eyes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6340171 About seventeen years ago, while I was attending a baby shower, the hostess passed around some index cards on which we were each to write some parenting advice for the new mother-to-be. I tried to think of a useful tip that she hadn't probably already read in some book or magazine, and I came up empty. So instead, I thought about being a parent in general and what is wonderful about it. I wrote: <BR> <BR> "The best thing about being a mother is getting to experience everything again for t... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:25:46 EST Single-Serving Packaging... Do We Need It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338681 If you Google "increase in single-serving packaging," you'll find a number of articles from the food packing industry. Did you know there is a "Packing Digest" publication or foodmanufacturing.com? I never thought about it. <BR> <BR> If you look at the price per ounce, it's much more expensive to buy single-serve bags and containers than a large size. Yet, they are growing in popularity. The packaging is designed to make the food or beverage easily portable. It conveniently fits in a pu... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:27:01 EST Lifting a Mother's Spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338426 "A mother Is only as happy as her unhappiest child." It's something my mother, Brooklyn_Born, once said years ago and I've never forgotten it. <BR> <BR> First, let me reassure you that nothing is wrong at home. We've got three kids, ages 15, 18, and nearly 21. My 18-year-old had a massive amount of homework last night. He's in an early college program, so it's quite demanding. I look at what he does and I can't believe someone so smart came from me. (For the record, I think I am fairly... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:33:08 EST Patience... Yeah, Yeah, I Know... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335425 We all know patience is a virtue. I am sitting here moping a little about this injury and not feeling very virtuous, I guess. In the grand scheme of things, I suppose it's not all that bad. It's not life-threatening and it should heal. I was inspired by the patience of my friend JeanKnee, who has slowly recovered from a pelvic fracture. I will put a link to her blog post at the end. <BR> <BR> So I tried to think of all the things I know to be true about patience. <BR> <BR> Slow and ste... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:48:41 EST They Look Like Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334666 The other day, my oldest son was off from school and I found him in the middle of watching The Price Is Right. I loved that show as a girl in the 1970s and 80s, so I sat down and started watching with him. The doors opened to reveal what some lucky contestant could win, and within a few moments, the thing that had my attention was not the prize itself, but the models. <BR> <BR> They didn't look like models. They looked a lot like me. I was surprised. I even mentioned this to my son. Wh... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 06:14:48 EST Do Not Squander Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6334176 For the past few days, I've been dealing with pain in my left hand. I went to my GP today and she brought the sports doc in. Diagnosis: Stress fracture of the fifth metacarpal. NOT what a concert pianist (who has an engagement to play Rhapsody in Blue in 61 days) wants to hear. <BR> <BR> Now, the good news. I have two pieces of good news. <BR> 1. I should be fine fairly soon. Hopefully pain-free in two weeks. <BR> 2. I have already gotten Rhapsody ready and, if I were not injured, I ... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:14:53 EST Thanks to You for These Two MILEstones! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333280 This morning, I got quite a shock when I opened up my SparkPeople blog and saw the little sticker that yesterday's post was voted a Featured Blog. That's the first time that's ever happened to me. My mouth literally dropped open, and I joked that I might have to ice my chin after it hit the table. Seriously, however, thanks to all who voted for it. I'm simply glad when anyone enjoys what I write, but this was quite a boost and possibly the highlight of my day! (Edited to add: I only say... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 08:34:18 EST Someone's Gotta Be Last! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332742 I ran a unique kind of race on March 11th. It's a Predict-Your-Time 4-miler. You guess what time it will take you to walk or run it, and the race director writes your name on a big chart. The race clock starts ticking DOWN starting at 70 minutes. When your time rolls around, off you go. You can't wear a watch or timing device. The idea is that if everyone ran a perfect race, we'd all finish at exactly the same time... 0:00. Turnout was quite low this year, probably because of the weath... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:49:05 EST Daily Goals to Curb Hunger? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6332210 A few days ago, I wrote about how filling a German breakfast is and how it stuck with me through the day while touring Munich. One Sparker suggested part of that might be because I was distracted by my new surroundings and activities. While I still believe a large part of it is due to the different foods I consumed, I think she may have a point. <BR> <BR> I have noticed that when I'm very busy, I don't think about food. I don't feel hungry. This happens when I'm practicing piano for hour... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:52:15 EST This Weisswurst Is Making Me Thirsty! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331154 We discovered weisswurst in Munich. We liked it so much that my husband ordered it three times. I ate it twice. Of course, everywhere you eat in Munich, you have to drink their beer. I mean, it's Germany. You just *have* to drink their beer! I am not much of a beer drinker, but even I liked it a lot. We especially liked their Munchen Dunkel. I ordered a liter at the Hofbrauhaus. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4c9bc6cc-fbf3-48fe-9e6c-36a1fb43328b.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 06:21:00 EST A Breakfast Revelation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330109 My husband and I ate breakfast four times in Germany. On the afternoon of the second day, as we were walking around the city centre, I remarked to my husband, "It's already 12:30 and I'm not hungry at all." He said he wasn't, either. <BR> <BR> We ate a very European breakfast each day. Cold cuts, an egg, cheese (camembert), brown bread (very dense), jam, yogurt, fruit, and coffee. This is very different from what we normally eat at home. Normally, DH eats a bowl of toasted oat cereal (t... Thu, 9 Mar 2017 05:39:14 EST Munich Piano Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329148 Home, sweet Home! <BR> <BR> We're back after spending four full days in Munich. We went because I was invited to play a piano recital at the Gasteig in Munich. It's a huge cultural venue, much like the Kennedy Center in D.C. So of course I jumped at the chance and accepted! <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a453dba1-0c5b-49fa-8944-c3be8d50ad68.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I played the first of eleven recitals over the course of 3 evenings. It was billed as a "Pianomarathon." He... Tue, 7 Mar 2017 08:22:36 EST You Have Reached the Top of the Mountain! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320762 "You have reached the top of the mountain: performance on the level of .....!" <BR> <BR> This was the only line of text in an email I (and 10 others) received early this morning from the man who has organized the "Piano Marathon of Master Amateurs" that will take place at the Gasteig in Munich, Germany next weekend. The other thing in the email was a picture of a poster promoting our event. It's posted on a pillar next to a poster promoting the upcoming recital of Murray Perahia. He's an ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:01:51 EST There's a SparkTeam for That! (Calling All Pianists!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320216 Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the vastness of SparkPeople. Seriously! But in a good way. There are so many things to help us on our journey to better health. Nutrition tracker. Weight tracker. Fitness tracker. SparkRecipes. Articles. Videos. Message Boards. Challenges. Blogs. Goals. Streaks. Trophies. Reports. SparkMail. <BR> <BR> And SparkTeams. <BR> <BR> I don't belong to too many teams, but I'm really excited to have found one that is dedicated to something I love. <BR> ... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:46:12 EST Pedal OFF! A Reality Check. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319704 I've been learning Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" for an upcoming performance in May. It's coming along quite nicely, but I'll tell you something I have struggled with since I was a little girl when it comes to the piano. <BR> <BR> My mother, Brooklyn_Born, always called it "concertizing." <BR> <BR> "Concertizing" is what I find myself doing in my practice sessions once I reach a certain point of proficiency at a piece. I've got it technically down pat, for the most part, and I'm excited t... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:45:59 EST There Will Come a Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319225 I love the Lord of the Rings movies - especially Return of the King. One of my favorite parts of the movie is where Aragorn is rallying his army outside the Black Gate of Mordor and gives a stirring speech. If you don't know what I'm talking about (or you just want to see it again), here it is: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXGUNvIFTQw </link> <BR> <BR> "There will come a day... ... but it is not THIS day!" has become part of our lexicon. We see it sometimes in memes. So when I ... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:05:36 EST Ordinary People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6318679 This blog isn't about anything health-related. It's just something funny I remembered as I went through photos on my hard drive. <BR> <BR> Last summer, I was with my husband in the elevator of the Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, headed down to the first floor, on our way to attend the finals of the Cliburn Amateur Piano Competition. Since I hadn't made the cut for the final six, I didn't have to rehearse with the Fort Worth Symphony the day before. We spent that day doing other th... Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:55:22 EST You're Never "Over the Hill" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317754 Recently, my children's high school band director invited guest conductors to work with their bands for over 10 hours of rehearsal from 4 PM Friday to 3 PM Saturday as they prepare for Concert Assessment. For the final hour, parents were invited to an Open House where they could roam from room to room and hear the result of the students' hard work. <BR> <BR> The conductor of the Wind Symphony told the teens to continue to play their instrument throughout their lives. He told them that most... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:57:59 EST So Delicious! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317308 A few years ago, my husband switched to almond & coconut milk products. Around the same time, we were also looking to consume less high-fructose corn syrup. We discovered it was in our coffee creamer, so I started looking at others. I found this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/98c1b440-fff4-4b8e-b92b-0eb998600edb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The product's very name is truthful, in my opinion. So Delicious! <BR> They've changed their packaging slightly since I took this pi... Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:36:52 EST All Things Work for Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316888 There's a reason I thought of this particular Bible quote today from Romans 8:28. <BR> <BR> Nineteen years ago today, I miscarried my second pregnancy. The pain and sadness lessened a long time ago, which is why I can write about it and share my thoughts. <BR> <BR> When I was starting my senior year of college, my boyfriend of just over a year broke up with me. I was devastated. I had hoped that maybe he was "the one" and we would marry after college. I tried everything I could to get... Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:44:03 EST Let It Go... Let It Goooooooo... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316336 Sorry. I'm sure I've now put that song in your head for the rest of the day, but it figures prominently in what I'm going to talk about today. <BR> <BR> A few days ago, I played another solo recital - this one was my "dry run" before I make my European debut in two weeks in Munich, Germany. <BR> <BR> The recital went very well. However, I had one scary moment in Brahms' Rhapsody in B minor, Op. 79, No. 1. I don't know what happened. I had already played the same thing already in the fir... Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:42:23 EST Valentine's Day #27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315892 Today is the 27th Valentine's Day for my husband and me. We had our first date on February 9th, 1991. I was flying out to Texas on the 13th for a piano competition, so I was really surprised when my boyfriend of 3 days dropped by my apartment on the 12th with a red rose, a small heart-shaped box of candy, and a card with big red lips on it (when you opened it, there was an ape wearing lipstick.) It was such a surprise. I knew even before then that he was a keeper, but that sort of sealed ... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:08:02 EST May the Force Be with You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6315436 What is the strongest force in the world? According to what I found using Google, it seems it's the nuclear force that holds together the atom. <BR> <BR> I think the atoms that make up the mattress of my bed have the strongest nuclear force in the entire world. At least, they have quite a hold on me. I call this phenomenon "the bed magnet." <BR> <BR> Every day, it takes a tremendous amount of willpower on my part to resist the pull of the bed magnet, although I have noticed on certain da... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:12:33 EST The "Show" I'm Referring to in My Blog Post Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314424 See "The Health Benefits of Pets" for more about Gracie and how pets can help us be healthy! Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:39:23 EST The Health Benefits of Pets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314299 This is Gracie. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0debae3e-f44f-4129-beaf-203057c63087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Gracie is not our dog. She lives next door. Imagine every time you drive into the garage, you see this little face looking at you, on the other side of the invisible fence. Imagine the whining noise she emits. As you can see, this dog is *clearly* starving and neglected. (Yeah, right!) <BR> <BR> We keep a box of small Milkbones in our laundry room and usually... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 07:06:33 EST "The Scale Is Wrong." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313812 This morning, I am pondering a question. How can you weigh more upon awakening (and after "emptying" yourself, to put it nicely) than you did when you went to bed? <BR> <BR> I don't usually weigh myself at night, but last night I did. Then this morning, I was 2 pounds heavier. <BR> <BR> I'm sure I didn't really gain 2 pounds overnight, but it makes me wonder where they came from. <BR> <BR> I'm reminded of back in 1996 when I had my first son. I weighed in at the doctor's office at 130 p... Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:58:54 EST Hooray! Love the Seagulls! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313290 You know how much I hate the cold. Well, I'm here to tell you to forget Punxsutawney Phil's forecast this year! 6 more weeks of winter? Nope, I disagree. And it's all because of the seagulls. <BR> <BR> I pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot and look what I found! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/39b67b9e-5047-4b5f-a4bc-9cc3aa116ece.JPG"> <BR> <BR> This doesn't begin to show how many were actually here. <BR> <BR> You might wonder, "Are those mountains in the b... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 08:12:59 EST Lonely Beans at the SuperCenter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312707 I had to make a quick trip to Wal-Mart before heading home after church this past Sunday. I headed for the food section and oh. my. goodness. What on earth? The snack food aisle was mobbed. So was the beer aisle. Luckily, I was not there to buy those things, because I bet I couldn't have gotten through. Then I realized why. <BR> <BR> Super Bowl Sunday. <BR> Aha. <BR> <BR> Since we weren't planning to watch the Super Bowl, I headed to the bean (canned vegetable) aisle. The aisle was e... Wed, 8 Feb 2017 07:53:57 EST Unrealistic Expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312154 Yesterday's blog entry was about maintaining perfect "streaks" and how it can put a lot of pressure on us. Later in the day, I was working on the fugue from J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C major from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II. I played this piece back in high school, so it's been at least 30 years since I studied it. <BR> <BR> The prelude isn't all that difficult for me and I had that relearned and memorized quickly. However, fugues are another story because they are very intr... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 07:38:31 EST The Pressure of a Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311608 We hear about "Streaks" all the time on SparkPeople. I've got some streaks going - like logging in every day, and blogging every day since January 2nd. I'm not sure how long I can keep up the blogging one, but it's fun to see if I think of something to write about. <BR> <BR> I've got some streaks in my personal life, too. The first one that comes to mind is cleaning the kitchen every night. Sometimes my husband or kids clean it, but most of the time it's me, as I'm very particular about ... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 07:57:41 EST "I Hate the Cold!!!!!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311112 Every Fall, my husband says he's going to keep a tally of how many times I utter this phrase until Spring arrives. <BR> <BR> "I hate the cold!!!" <BR> <BR> I think I blogged about this once years ago, as I seem to remember writing the sentence, "There are not enough strong words to emphasize how much I hate it." <BR> <BR> I got up this morning, put on my running clothes and said, "OK, I'm going to get a long run knocked out so I have the whole day to work on schoolwork and other things." <... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 09:14:33 EST Waiting for Tires... While Avoiding that "Spare Tire" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310563 I sit in Starbucks as I write this. If anybody out there has read my blog for the past few days, you'll notice three of the entries mention this Starbucks visit. Since I write my entries a few days in advance, I'm getting the rest of the week's blog entries knocked out while sitting here, waiting for the garage to put the tires on my car that it needs to pass inspection. <BR> <BR> I spent a decent amount of time poking around SparkPeople and writing my previous blog about my socks. Then I... Sat, 4 Feb 2017 07:49:17 EST Super Socks! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6310061 I'm sitting in Starbucks waiting for my car to be inspected. I'm reading SparkPeople and thanking members who have kindly commented on my blogs and/or given me words of encouragement. It's becoming one of my favorite pastimes, and yet I'm not enjoying it as much as usual today. The reason? <BR> <BR> My legs are cold. <BR> <BR> It's winter in Virginia (mild compared to where many of you live, so please just bear with this southern weather wimp!) The outside temperature is 19* F. When I ... Fri, 3 Feb 2017 08:04:52 EST Fitting In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6309489 Because I'm a real planner, I usually write my blog entries a few days in advance. Ideas pop into my head - things I'd like to write about - and so I keep a running list of topics. The topic of "fitting in" came to mind, so I jotted it down. Then I went to SparkPeople and I found this posted to my SparkPage by 1CrazyDog: "Care about people's approval and you will be their prisoner." - Laozi (philosopher) <BR> <BR> Funny how that works sometimes. Time to write. <BR> <BR> Fitting in. I... Thu, 2 Feb 2017 07:59:55 EST Press Any Key http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308859 Some of you know, from reading my mother's blogs last year, that I'm a trained concert pianist. I spent much of my young life in piano competition all over the country. I liked it, but not enough to make it my life's work. <BR> <BR> So it was a surprise to many people, myself included, when a year ago, I decided to enter the Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, after 25 years away from playing virtuoso-level repertoire. I was curious to see if I could still co... Wed, 1 Feb 2017 06:28:53 EST Morning Rituals - The Coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6308311 This morning, I thought about my blog post the other day about the little extra efforts we make for loved ones. Every morning during the workweek, here's what my counter looks like by the Keurig machine. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be3e6a84-6b6c-4e13-b0cc-85db8a318463.JPG"> <BR> <BR> I line up my husband's and daughter's travel cups and my my own regular cup with our reusable K-cup filters ready to go with the proper kind of coffee in each (daughter & I drink... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:12:28 EST A Powerful Ally It Is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307682 Have you ever watched hummingbirds for an extended amount of time? They are amazing little creatures. We have had a hummer feeder for many years now. My husband once remarked, "It's a good thing hummingbirds are not big, because boy, they are mean!" He's right. A hummingbird will fight and chase off others that try to come to the feeder. They chitter away at each other, dueling in the air, and you can hear their little beaks clashing. They are tiny birds with big attitudes. <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:41:39 EST Lower Sugar Dried Cranberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307137 I think it's time for another "new food"-related blog entry. <BR> <BR> I've been working on getting more fiber in my diet after a few weeks of tracking my nutrition. One day, I planned to make a new recipe (Cranberry-Quinoa Salad). I needed Craisins. Craisins are loaded with added sugar which raises their calorie content, and they're not all that high in fiber. (I looked at the nutritional information while standing in the grocery aisle.) But then, I noticed these: <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sun, 29 Jan 2017 09:39:21 EST The Rudest Sparker of All??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306587 I've been on & off SparkPeople for several years now. (Mostly off.) There is so much to see & do here and so many people to interact with in different ways. I sometimes can't keep it all straight. One SP feature I've pretty much ignored has been SparkGoodies. I'd see the little GIFs in the left-hand side of my SparkPage, and I'd think, "Aw, that's cute" and keep on with whatever I was doing. I mostly concerned myself with thanking people who had responded to my posts, reading their blo... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 07:18:11 EST That Little Extra Effort for the People We Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6306048 One thing I do for my family is prepare our daily lunches. My kids are all over the age of 15, so they're certainly capable of making their own and sometimes remind me I don't have to do it, but I like to do it. It's one fewer thing for them to have to do in the morning, and they all have to leave before I do, anyway. <BR> <BR> However, I admit there's one thing I don't like about the lunch preparation, and that's making sandwiches. I don't know if it's the hassle of getting out all the d... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:59:56 EST Thankful for the Gift of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305469 Part of my job as a Director of Music & Liturgy is planning funerals. Right now I'm in the middle of planning two of them. It's for a 57-year-old man who lost his battle with cancer. His wife is roughly my age and a friend of mine. Funerals like this one really give me pause and make me reflect on things. <BR> <BR> This morning, my husband dropped a small container of coffee grounds in the kitchen. It didn't make too much of a mess, but he was mad at himself for dropping it and was grum... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 07:24:43 EST Living Honorably http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304825 I have been a lifelong fan of Star Trek. I love imagining what technology might be like in the future. I love how for over 50 years, the various shows have explored important issues and timeless moral questions. <BR> <BR> I love imagining what kind of life might be out there in the vastness of space, and for that reason I especially love learning about the cultures of the different races they create. <BR> <BR> One race that fascinates me greatly is the Klingons. If you don't know what a ... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 05:45:58 EST A Full-Body Workout (in Our Minds!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304211 To renew a teaching license in Virginia (which a person needs to do every 5 years), you can do a variety of things - one of which is to take 6 credits of college courses. Since I already have my Master's degree in Education, this frees me up to explore other areas of interest. In the past, I took several semesters of Spanish and Information Technology courses. Currently, I am taking a Health class. <BR> <BR> You've heard the phrase "Never stop learning!" Several times over the years, whe... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:00:11 EST Schedule for Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6303536 Yesterday, I posted about the realization that if I am going to run after work, I need to simply do it directly from work. I can't go home; otherwise, it's too easy to skip the workout. <BR> <BR> Since the New Year, when I came back to active status at SparkPeople, I've been tracking my nutrition and weight, blogging, and reading & commenting on others' blogs. Suddenly I found myself going a few days without piano practice. I wondered why I didn't have time for it. SP was the only new th... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:46:25 EST I Can't Go Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302986 OneKidsMom reminds us often about the importance of planning our day so that we can be successful in our journeys to achieve and maintain good health. This morning as I was planning, I realized something that often determines my daily success or slip-up (I hate to say failure, but maybe I should.) <BR> <BR> I CAN'T GO HOME. At least, not on a workday. <BR> <BR> With the exception of the very hot & humid Virginia summers, I usually plan my runs for after work. Many times, I pack a bag and ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 09:28:21 EST Strength Training... Medieval Style http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302361 One of my good running friends (Carter) is very active in the SCA - the Society for Creative Anachronism. I had never heard of it until I started seeing pictures of her on Facebook in medieval garb. Sometimes she was in dresses, but much of the time she was dressed as a knight for what's known as "heavy combat." <BR> <BR> My daughter was always very interested to look at pictures of Carter's latest adventures in the SCA. She said she would like to learn how to fight, too. This did not su... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:08:04 EST Happiness Is Bad for the Economy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301845 A Facebook friend shared a photo of a page from a book - Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig. <BR> <BR> "Happiness is bad for the economy. If we were happy with what we had, why would we need more? How do you sell an anti-aging moisturizer? You make someone worry about aging. How do you get people to vote for a political party? You make them worry about immigration." (You could choose any issue to put there, so please no political discussion in the comments. I'm just quoting the book.) ... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:17:09 EST Ice Baths http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6301174 I had tendinitis just about everywhere in my lower body at some point after taking up running. I had posterior tibial tendinitis, patellar tendinitis, iliotibial band syndrome, and Achilles tendinitis. I didn't have them all at the same time, thank goodness. I never get it anymore, but now I've been running for about 18 years. In this time, I learned that I absolutely must stretch properly afterward, not increase my distances too drastically, do self-massage (and pay for real massages fro... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:41:16 EST 6 Days On, 1 Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300475 In 1999, my sister and brother-in-law gave me the book "Body for Life" by Bill Phillips. I was getting into fitness for the first time, and I read it, cover to cover. I gave away my copy years ago so I can't refer to it directly, but what I think I remember is that you eat six smaller meals a day, with a serving of protein, a fist-sized serving of some complex carbohydrate, and a lot of vegetables. If you do this faithfully for 6 days out of the week, on the 7th day you eat whatever you wa... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:18:27 EST The First Day of the Rest of Your Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6299783 A few weeks ago, I became SparkFriends with JannieWannie. In her bio, she says, "Each day I renew my commitment to my health. I am willing to invest time and effort into my well-being." <BR> <BR> This morning, I read a post on my Facebook newsfeed from a friend (Jenifer P.), who said, "Having big, hairy, scary goals is important, but breaking them down into steps, even daily steps, is also important. Don't get overwhelmed with the 'bigness' of your big goal. Stay focused on what you can ... Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:47:27 EST