HEALTHYBARB1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HEALTHYBARB1 HEALTHYBARB1'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/ What is your favorite summer fun thing to do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729989 Happy July Sparkbuddies! <BR> As we enter into the warmer months in my part of the world I am looking forward to walks at the park, beautiful sunsets, camping on the Oregon Coast, enjoying ice cream as my treat when it is warm and riding my bike outside. <BR> What about you what is your favorite thing about the warmer summer months and what things do you enjoy doing in july and august ? Would love to hear even if you are in the part of the world where it is getting colder and you are getting... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 16:58:32 EST Summertime!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719334 And so summer begins... <BR> ...my DD is home from college <BR> ...my hot tub is becoming a cool tub for the warmer weather <BR> ...Summer Challenge with the Teddy Bears Begins soon <BR> ...Barbecue time is in full swing <BR> ...Salads are often the main course for dinner <BR> ...Fresh fruit is every where <BR> ...Saturday Markets are my favorite place to do my weekly produce shopping <BR> ...shorts, tank tops and sandals...oh my!! <BR> ...Sunshine, blue skies and fluffy white clouds <BR> ...... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 19:31:28 EST Please pray for Daughter and her college - Seattle Pacific University http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712143 Hi Sparkbuddies <BR> ...Would appreciate prayers.... Very difficult day yesterday and still much emotional and physical trauma at Seattle Pacific University where my daughter is a science major. My DD was in library studying with her biology group and were locked in safe room for 2 hours until SWAT could clear all rooms and assure safety. She texted me right after the shooting obviously very scared as they did not know anything except that this time it was not a drill. <BR> My DH and I had ... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 13:43:12 EST Happy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702127 Hi Sparkbuddies... <BR> Have had a fun week. It was my DH's birthday and we went out to the movies and out to eat and walking through little shops and enjoyed just being together. Life has been quite busy lately and I had a month long cough that seemed to take forever to go away so it was fun to be feeling better and to go out in the world and have fun. <BR> One of the things my DH did this week was to play me the Pharrell Williams official 'Happy' video. I am sure many of you have seen if b... Sat, 24 May 2014 12:11:39 EST Had to post this article...Going through the Emotions!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630181 Just found this article by Mike Kramer and it verbally speaks of the journey of life and our struggles and our triumphs and how to deal with it all and come out triumphant!! My favorite quote is...."Two roads diverged in the woods and I took the one less traveled by and THAT has made all the difference." Mike really reminds us that we can do this one day at a time! I know that many of you like me have both triumphs and struggles on this get healthy road we are traveling and I hope this artic... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:06:48 EST Gonna Rock 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588474 So 2014 has started out with a bit of pain...fibromyalgia...and a bit of a cold...vitamin C and cold ease are my friends....BUT...I have taken this time to look at my real goals for this next year and have a good plan in place.... <BR> I will take one day at a time and make lifestyle changes that will lead to a healthier me for a lifetime! <BR> My goals for this year: <BR> 1. Exercise 4 -5 days per week inside. <BR> 2. Exercise 1 to 2 days per week outside. <BR> 3. Eat in my calorie range wi... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:40:13 EST Happy November!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529963 <em>465</em> <em>426</em> <em>429</em> <em>430</em> <em>257</em> <em>223</em> <BR> Just a quick spark note to wish each of my spark buddies and very Happy November. We are starting out this month with one day of sunshine and cold (yesterday) and one day of wind storm and rain (today) I love this time of the year and all of the holiday fun ahead. I will be putting and crocheted fabric turkey on my table and then a real juicey stuffed one later in the month and we will be surr... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:35:08 EST New Start Page...Woo Hoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519336 Hi Sparkbuddies!! <BR> I like the look of the new start page on Sparkpeople and wanted to ask each of you to share your positive thoughts with me about what you like <BR> I like that there is a place to post goals and get daily points when I check them off! <BR> I also love how my goals looks so professional on my page now...makes me motivated to get moving and keep my commitments to my health!! <BR> I like that I can access so many places on spark from one page. <BR> I like that sparkpeople... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:40:18 EST Encouragement and Hugs are important!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513309 Asked by a Spark friend to copy and paste ..... <BR> <BR> We could all use these words of encouragement now and then. <BR> <BR> Everyone will go through some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. <BR> <BR> Just something to think about... did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? <BR> <BR> Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? <BR> <BR> Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:13:45 EST Reminders to myself!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393376 "If you want something you've never had...you must do something you've never done!" JUST DO IT!!! <BR> <BR> Good Morning Sparkfriends from the Morning Monster! My crazy green monster on my sparkpage is there to welcome and to inspire us to get up and get moving and make every day count toward our health!! <BR> <BR> <BR> I am working hard so I can I wear a little black dress and look as cute as Betty Boop! <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 roads diverged in the woods & I took the one less traveled by &th... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:52:48 EST What is your peaceful "perfect" weight goal and WHY?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302031 Good Morning Sparkbuddies!! <BR> I have a question for each of you and would appreciate your responses. <BR> How do we determine what the "perfect" weight is for our bodies in a world filled with skinny models, BMI numbers and tons of articles that share differing viewpoints?? <BR> Sparkpeople has all the information and resources at our fingertips. My exercise room has all the right equipment. My refrigerator and the food store have all the right ingredients. And my effort and goals a... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:44:23 EST Motivational Quotes are Sparktacular!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285665 Today the Blog post of the day was motivational quotes and I so loved them all that I had to post them here in Blog form for all my sparkbuddies to enjoy and to keep them where I could come back and read them all month long!! Hope they inspire you as much as they did me!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Impossible = I’m possible <BR> Fail to plan = plan to fail <BR> "Never, never, never, never give up" - Winston Churchill <BR> “Just Do It” Nike <BR> “If you don’t take care... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 19:24:47 EST Healthy Blog REVIEW...What did you change and are you still going? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281120 Hi Sparkbuddies and Teddy Bears and fellow 5% Challengers!! <BR> <BR> REMEMBER: "If something is really important to you than you will find a way <BR> if it is not you will find an excuse!!" <BR> You always have a choice!!! <BR> <BR> I am here reviewing what we did last week on our challenge team...make a commitment to change something or commit to a goal that would improve our health, blog about it for a week with the goal of impacting ... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 12:13:13 EST Heathy Blog Day # 7 Woo Hoo Teddy Bears & 5% Challengers...You Rock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278739 Hi Teddy Bear Team Mates and 5% Challengers!! <BR> <BR> I am using this opportunity as we end our week of required healthy blogging to think back on why we do these Challenges and how this weeks LTGL has benefited me!! <BR> I began the week with some basic goals...mix up the kind of exercise that I do, increase my fiber intake and decrease my fat intake. All with the goal of better health and seeing weight loss on my scale. As the week progressed I determined that I want these changes I hav... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 11:00:32 EST Heathy Blog Day # 6 I need motivation and advice! Can you help?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277687 Hi Sparkbuddies!! <BR> Today the assignment on my Challenge team healthy blog is to ask others for advice and help as I seek to make changes to my current spark plan. I am working on changing up my exercise to see if I can get out of my exercise rut. I love to ride my exercise bike and I am trying to add in intervals to this routine as well as doing some walking and would love some other aerobic ideas from my spark friends. I have fibromyalgia and back problems and so low impact exercise is ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:32:24 EST Healthy Blog Day #5: What can you improve upon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275546 "Two roads diverged in the woods and <BR> I took the one less traveled by and <BR> THAT has made all the difference!" <BR> <BR> As I choose to make variety of exercise, increasing my fiber levels and decreasing my fat levels in my diet a priority this week I am also choosing to see this as a new commitment to change in these 3 areas of my health for a lifetime. Each day that I write this blog and stay on track with these changes, I find myself excited to see how they will effect my long te... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:43:11 EST Healthy Blog Day #4 How are you doing day by day with your goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274565 On this day of the week blog journey I am to share how the day by day changes I am implementing are working. I am working to bring variety to my exercise routine, increase my fiber intake and decrease the amount of fats in my daily diet. <BR> So far I think I am doing great on this daily journey. For the last 3 days I have added in intervals on my exercise bike, gone for 2 walks with my DH with one of them being at a local lake so a change of scenery was very encouraging too! I also have in... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 15:53:52 EST Healthy Blog Day #3 What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272637 What are you doing to encourage yourself and keep on track? <BR> On my journey to change up my exercise and add in more fiber while eating less fat I am taking one day at a time and making small changes. I love today's assignment because it gives me the opportunity to look at ways to encourage myself along the way. <BR> Today I am going to give myself a spark goodie and a real goodie of a smoothie. I love smoothies and today's will have lots of fiber with raspberries, chocolate coconut ice ... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 11:52:11 EST Healthy Blog Question #2 = How are you going to make your new habit become a reality!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271740 How are you going to make your new habit become a reality!! <BR> My new habit goals are... I need to add in some change to my daily exercise routine as I seem to do the same things over and over. I also need to work on monitoring my fat and fiber intake and change them both so that on a daily basis they are in healthy levels <BR> What I will do to make them happen... <BR> I will add in intervals to my exercise bike routine, I will walk 2 days per week and I will add in my twister board exerci... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 21:04:16 EST Healthy Blog Question #1 = What new habit you wish to develop? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269918 1) What new habit you wish to develop? <BR> Hi Sparkbuddies this week in my Teddy Bear Team 5% challenge our assignment is to answer a series of questions one day at a time to facilitate changing our behavior. Today's assignment is to chose a new habit that I wish to begin or a old habit that i wish to change!! <BR> <BR> So here goes: <BR> I am currently needing to add in two major changes and so I am going to chose both of them. I need to add in some change to my daily exercise routine as ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:13:01 EST Let the games begin Teddy Bears!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259879 Tomorrow... <BR> The 5% challenge begins!! <BR> The battle to be the 1st to land our plane begins!! <BR> The Teddy Bear Team gets to show who we really are!! <BR> <BR> So my question?? <BR> Are you ready??? <BR> Are you ready??? <BR> Are you ready??? <BR> <BR> Let the games begin and Let's do it Bears!!! <BR> Do your best!!! <BR> Make each day of the next 8 weeks really count for your health and for our team!! <BR> Don't forget to do what you have committed to do and don't forget to post..... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:55:58 EST You're invited to the 5% Challenge Community http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229354 Hi Sparkbuddies!! <BR> I belong to a spark challenge community where we do an 8 week exercise and weight loss challenge for every season of the year. New members are invited to join 4 times a year before each challenge begins and since the Winter challenge will begin in a few weeks open enrollment is right now. This challenge has been very motivating to me and wanted to share this opportunity with you. If you would like to participate you must ask for a personal invitation from someone on th... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:08:49 EST December...Making it count!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154614 Happy December Sparkbuddies... <BR> <BR> My Blog for today is to remind each of us as we head into the month of decorating and celebrating and shopping and visiting with family and friends that the best gift we can give to ourselves and those that we love is the gift of health!! <BR> So what are you going to do during the month of December to... <BR> Celebrate YOU!! <BR> Decorate YOU!! <BR> Shop for YOU!! <BR> Visit with YOU!! <BR> Here are some ideas... <BR> **Celebrate you by cheering for ... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:05:01 EST What are you thankful for sparkbuddies?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5140461 Hi Sparkbuddies! <BR> As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the USA, I am reminded of all that I have to be thankful for. I am going to list a few of my favorite "Thankfuls" here and would love it if you responded with what you are thankful for as well!! <BR> <BR> I am thankful for... <BR> My husband who loves me unconditionally and for 32 years of marriage! <BR> My 2 special and unique daughters who are becoming amazing young women. <BR> My daughters fiancee who has become a very important mem... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:31:34 EST Motivational Quotes are Sparktacular http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108261 These motivational quotes that were posted as part of the Blog of the day on my start page really are amazing. Had to put them in my blog for the day so that I could come back and read them over and over. Hope they inspire you too!! <BR> <BR> Impossible = I am possible <BR> Fail to plan = plan to fail <BR> "Never, never, never, never give up" - Winston Churchill <BR> Just Do It Nike <BR> If you don't take care of yourself, you canot take care of anyone else. Father Richard... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:41:47 EST Celebrating my 2 year sparkversary!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090288 <em>504</em> <em>504</em> <em>504</em> <em>504</em> <em>504</em> <em>504</em> <em>504</em> <em>504</em> <BR> <BR> CELEBRATING MY 2 YEAR SPARKVERSARY!! IT WAS OFFICIALLY ON OCTOBER 1ST AND I FORGOT TO CELEBRATE IT THEN SO CELEBRATING TODAY!! <BR> I CAN'T BELIEVE I HAVE BEEN SPARKING FOR 2 YEARS!! <BR> <BR> <em>345</em> <em>384</em> <em>244</em> <em>252</em> <em>248</em> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 17:25:22 EST Fall 2012 5% Challenge Commitment!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5063869 I am starting the Fall 5% Challenge in a few weeks and the following is my commitment to my Teddy Bear team: <BR> 1. I will exercise daily for a minimum of 60 minutes for the 56 days of the challenge. My exercise will be combination of exercise bike, twister board, weights and weight bearing and bone density exercise using walking, floor and core strengthening exercises. <BR> 2. I will stay in my calorie range and watch my portion sizes. I will track my food and exercise on spark and on my... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:32:13 EST Summer Healthy Bucket List!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4926532 Hi Sparkers!! <BR> I am starting a summer challenge and committing to a specific "Healthy Bucket list" that I will continue for the summer months!! <BR> 1. Exercise 5 days a week on my exercise bike or riding outside on my bike with my family on nice weekend days. <BR> 2. Using my twister board for 20 to 30 minutes 1 time per week and building up to 2 days per week over the summer. <BR> 3. Go for a mile walk with my dh 2 - 3 days per week to increase my weight bearing exercise for my bone den... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 15:22:03 EST New Season Ahead!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4920601 I have had a whirlwind of a June and it is only the 9th!! My older DD got engaged in May and her fiancee move here on the 21st. She is an artist and so is her fiancee so they had a Art opening on the 1st of June which was their 1st art show together and also the 1st time for many to meet her fiancee! It was a wonderful evening filled with their gorgeous art, family and friends, marshmallow roasting and delicious snacks. One dear friend even made them a keg of Rhubarb beer in honor of their op... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 20:06:26 EST What Motivates YOU??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4885553 I read an article this morning about the things that motivate us and how to use them to our benefit!! That got me thinking...what keeps us going and what motivates us on this stay heatlhy climb. I have always pictured this path I am on as "THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED!" and my self as a warrior. Each day I have choices to make and I chose Health, exercise, drinking my water and coming here to spark and meeting with you all...my sparkbuddies. I choose to make these part of my everyday priorities. I ... Thu, 17 May 2012 11:01:00 EST It is May!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861108 Just a quick blog to send you each a wish for a wonderful May!! <BR> It is May 1st today and I see sunshine, flowers blooming and beautiful spring green leaves on all the trees. Spring is such a season of renewal and newness and gives me hope for the same to happen inside of me!! Won't you join with me today and work on renewing our commitment to our health!! <BR> Bloom where your planted today Sparkers and celebrate spring and May day with me! I can do it!! You can do it!! We can do it toge... Tue, 1 May 2012 11:33:31 EST Happy April de-stress month to you!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839163 Hi Sparkbuddies! <BR> Did you know that April is the month devoted to de-stressing our lives?? I didn't until today! I was wondering what ways you all use to relax and give yourself some de-stress time in this busy world we live in!! Thought I'd list what I do for you all and hope to get some new ideas to add...enjoy my list and please share your ideas with me!! <BR> - I take some time each day just for me and do some of the following... <BR> journal <BR> take a bubble bath <BR> ri... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:02:26 EST 1/2 a pound at a time!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4824655 I so have to write a short blog today to note that my body has finally stabilized from all of it's immune crazyness of the last few months and I am finally seeing the scale move. I am so thankful that I lost 1/2 a pound 2 weeks ago, stayed stable at weigh in 1 week ago and lost another 1/2 a pound this week. I am hopeful that this is a sign that I am finally on a low enough dose of steroids that my body will not think it is starving and hold on to weight no matter how hard I work! So thankful... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 14:23:14 EST SNOW!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785442 Just had to blog and let you all know what is happening out my front window...SNOW! It is very rare in the Pacific Northwest to have snow in March. It so beautiful and strange to be sitting in my living room and looking out at a winter snow scene!! I had cocoa and toast for breakfast just because that's what snow means you have for breakfast!!! Off I go to exercise on my bike in the comfort of my home but what a view!!! Have a great day sparkbuddies and hope you all enjoy the weather in your ... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 11:41:07 EST Eye improvement makes me smile!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779668 Hi Sparkbuddies!!! Just a note to let you know that after a few weeks of auto immune eye issues and need for high dose prednisone my eyes are feeling ever so much better today and I am starting to wean off of the higher prednisone dose. I have had some emotional turmoil during this time and been both fearful and frustrated that I have had to go through this again. I have been on the road to recovery from a major season of auto immune issues for the last year and a half resulting in the loss o... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 18:59:58 EST Eye and Healthy Issue Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741990 Hi Sparkbuddies... <BR> I am writing to let you all know that I am experiencing some major health problems that make me not able to be on the computer as much. I have multiple organ autoimmune issues that have been relatively under control for the last year and a half and have made it possible for me to be very active with sparkpeople. The last 2 weeks have been not fun for me and the part of my immune system that attacks my eyes is very active right now. This has resulted in eye pain, s... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 14:22:11 EST Challenge: Blog a day for 7 days...Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692882 Welcome to day 7 of my 7 day challenge to blog everyday for a week.... <BR> <BR> What I have learned this week- <BR> 1. Blogging for 7 days in a row was fun and taught me that I have more to say than I thought about my life! <BR> 2. Sometimes snow storms that start out beautiful and fluffy can turn in to snowmageddon events...even in the mild pacific northwest. <BR> 3. Ice rain and freezing weather often results in trees falling on power lines and knocking out power to whole communities. <... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 08:59:42 EST Challenge: Blog a day for 7 days...Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4692068 It is frozen...the whole world outside my front window is one big icicle. Freezing rain on top of 8 inches of snow has made my front yard turn into a skating pond and my cherry tree has branches that appear to made totally out of ice. The sounds of ice are loud and snap, crackle and pop are not coming just from my cereal bowl! The power at my house has been out most of the day from ice caused power failures and so hear I am sparking in the evening and thankful for light, power and internet th... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 20:43:37 EST Challenge: Blog a day for 7 days...Day 5: Sparkpeople...It's all about the people!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689487 Hi Sparkbuddies... <BR> I am on day 5 of blogging and am enjoying reading all the blogs from my fellow team mates who are also taking on this challenge. I have been challenged in recent blogs to think about how much effort I put in to my exercise and to ask myself if I am sweaty when I am finished. I have been encouraged to choose a word for 2012 that will remind me what is most important to me on this journey. I have laughed at jokes, smiled at photos and read some wonderful quotes from famo... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:58:10 EST Challenge: Blog a day for 7 days...Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4687629 Hey I am half way through the 7 day blog challenge and I haven't run out of stuff to say!!! Today was another snowy day at my house and my family was home... so after exercising and taking some time just for me I baked cookies! They are good for us too...peanut butter and oatmeal and macadamia nuts and chocolate chips...oh my! The house smells marvelous. Snow also has made me hungry for winter comfort foods so stew is cooking on my stove top for dinner and is filled with lots of yummy veggies... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:49:54 EST Challenge: Blog a day for 7 days...Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4685143 SNOW...SNOW...SNOW... It is a beautiful day in the pacific northwest and the view out my front window is simply picture postcard perfect. I am looking at gorgeous tall fir trees with their tips highlighted by white crystals and the fluffy little flakes keep falling out of the sky. There is something calming and comforting to me about sitting in my warm home and looking out upon my front yard all crisp and white. The weather man is predicting 4 - 10 more inches tonight and that makes me excite... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:51:38 EST Challenge: Blog a day for 7 days...Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4682515 Day 2 of my blog challenge begins with back spasms...while no fun it is part of the body that I live in and my diagnosis of fibromyalgia. When I get up and find that this is the plan for the day I head to my patio and visit my hot tub. I have done this many times before but this morning I received a special gift during my time in the tub...Sitting in the tub while my back spasmed and hot steam surrounded me and heat worked it's wonders on my muscles I was surrounded by a winter wonderland. It... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 17:07:50 EST Challenge: Blog a day for 7 days...Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4679948 <em>249</em> <BR> Hi Sparkbuddies! <BR> My challenge team assignment for this week is to blog once a day for 7 days. I have decided to share a special thought and/or something I have learned from life or sparkpeople each day! Hope you enjoy! <BR> My quote for the day is: <BR> "THERE'S A CRACK IN EVERYTHING- THAT'S HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN!" <BR> Leonard Cohen <BR> I love t... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 10:42:49 EST If you don't want your blogs posted to facebook...read this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678615 Friday, January 13, 2012 <BR> If you haven't noticed it yet, view one of your blog posts. There is a new Facebook 'Like' button option on your blog posts. <BR> <BR> I think this was a bad move for Spark People. I know my blogs are public, but I want to keep separate Facebook and Spark People. If someone ' Facebook Likes' my blog post, I'm assuming my blog will go on that person's Facebook feed. I don't want any of my blog post links showing up on Facebook feeds. <BR> <BR> TO TURN OFF FACEB... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 15:23:38 EST January is going tooooo quickly!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4678439 Maybe it is only me but does it just seem like it was Christmas yesterday and now it is almost the middle of January!! I have spent the last 2 weeks being oh so busy...how about you?? I had a stomach flu bug yesterday and feel much better this morning and it has made me stop and look at this new year so far and evaluate where I have been and where I am going. I read a blog this morning that asked questions about where I think I will be 10 years from now and that got me thinking.. <BR> I set g... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:47:54 EST Twas the day before Christmas Barb style... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4636117 Twas the day before Christmas and all through the house the only creature stirring is definitely not my spouse...the ornaments are hung on the tree with care (well all except for the one I knocked off and broke this year!)...in hopes that my oldest DD will soon be here (we are so excited to have her spend Christmas weekend)...Younger DD in her PJ's and the dog in her bed are both fast a sleep while I write thoughts from my head...Out on the lawn the grass covered with ice crystals, the temper... Fri, 23 Dec 2011 11:41:27 EST Merry Christmas: December Virtual Bike Ride Blog!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625382 Hi and Merry Christmas Month to all my Sparkbuddies!!! <BR> <BR> I am accruing miles every day on my virtual bike ride to visit all of my sparkfriends. Trying to get to virtually visit 2 or more of you a month… It is so much fun to ride my exercise bike each day with the motivation to accrue miles to get to see you all. <BR> We left off in Cannon Beach, Oregon roasting marshmallows and enjoying the stars. Come along with me on my December Journey as I head out to visit 2 more sparkfriends t... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 11:40:06 EST Virtual Bike Ride: November http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4588582 <BR> Virtual Bike Ride Nov 2011 <BR> <BR> Hi to all my sparkbuddies!!! I have accrued enough miles to head out on the next part of my virtual bike journey and have chosen a motto for my ride: <BR> <BR> “You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Christopher Robin to Pooh <BR> <BR> I am off to visit with and share with you my journey to the home town of 1 more of my sparkbuddies and then we will be stopping at 2 of my favorite places along ou... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:16:34 EST First stops on my virtual bike tour!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4552479 Hi Sparkfriends!!! I am heading out on my virtual bike tour today and so excited!! I will soon be posting a list of all of my sparkbuddies I am visiting...close to 25 of you have signed up to host me...Hugs and Smiles!!! Today though I am getting started and heading north of my home to visit Cannie50 in Bellingham Washington (98 miles) . I will be stopping in Mt Vernon, Washington (70 miles) to enjoy a dinner of gluten free fish and chips at one of my favorite restaurants, "Trumpeter Publi... Tue, 25 Oct 2011 12:05:37 EST My virtual bike ride to visit you my friend!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4543694 <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <em>465</em> <BR> I have decided with inspiration from a sparkfriend that riding my exercise bike everyday results in amazing changes to my body but I could really be more inspired if my bike could take me somewhere. I would like to start logging my miles with virtual destinations in mind. Where am I going?...well to visit all of my sparkfriends!! I will be starting from good old Washington Sta... Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:44:54 EST