HELEN_BRU's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HELEN%5FBRU HELEN_BRU'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 Sandpiper Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736684 Rec'd the following from a Spark Friend. Have read it before, but it was so timely b/c I had just heard an old school chum of mine had passed on. So here it is for those who haven't read it yet. <BR> <BR> <BR> This story is true. <BR> <BR> The Sandpiper <BR> by Robert Peterson <BR> <BR> She was six years old when I first met her on the beach near where I live. <BR> I drive to this beach, a distance of three or four miles, whenever the world <BR> begins to close in on me. She was... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:31:01 EST I'm Turning Over a New Page! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702826 Yes, you heard me right! No more stalling and falling off the track. And to keep my momentum going, I'm joining the 5% Summer Challenge that gets more and more popular around Sparks. They have a bunch of great leaders and members - all very supportive and inspirational. That's the name of our game! <BR> <BR> This time, however, I hope to be going back to the SUDS team to join the Dawgies in their kennel. , if they will have me. I was already on that team a number of times in the past an... Sun, 25 May 2014 13:28:15 EST I Like This One. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691587 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l87198304.jpg"> Fri, 9 May 2014 21:54:34 EST Question of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691214 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1323564710.jpg"> Fri, 9 May 2014 10:31:59 EST Good Morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689745 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l349532884.jpg"> Wed, 7 May 2014 11:36:17 EST Here's Just How Cold It Is. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654134 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l168339548.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Brrrrr!!!!!! Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:20:18 EST Use Your Talents. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654003 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2106075137.jpg"> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 15:44:59 EST Aaaaagh Winter! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615207 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l647096774.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't you wish. . . . .! Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:21:04 EST Ground Hog Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613059 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l742549057.jpg"> Sun, 2 Feb 2014 13:20:25 EST My Christmas Wish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561326 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l150283613.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Merry Christmas everyone! <em>444</em> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:24:57 EST Today's Smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557548 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1184426412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "No, I have not seen the cat today." Thu, 5 Dec 2013 11:18:18 EST My Advice For The Day. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536407 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1447341984.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I keep telling myself that. . . ! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1779039888.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this is the only way to get it done! <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> Just never give up! Sat, 9 Nov 2013 08:52:30 EST Good Advice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5534742 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1208591659.jpg">G <BR> <BR> And have a great day! <BR> <BR> Hope for another loss this week. <em>244</em> Thu, 7 Nov 2013 10:01:33 EST Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525076 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88205536.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And let's get our butts out there! <em>311</em> Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:24:37 EST Today's Reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516793 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l665381061.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>220</em> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:34:08 EST Passing This One Along. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512339 From my friend, Dierdre McGuire <BR> Sunday, October 13, 2013 <BR> <BR> Everyone will go thru some hard times at some point. Life isn't easy. Just something to think about...Did you know the people that are the strongest are usually the most sensitive? Did you know the people who exhibit the most kindness are the first to get mistreated? Did you know the ones who take care of others all the time are usually the ones who need it the most? Did you know the 3 hardest things to say are I love yo... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 13:20:31 EST Thought For The Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494582 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l726216642.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Have a great Spark Day ! Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:17:09 EST Thought For The Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457023 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1871228812.jpg"> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:05:10 EST My Thought For The Day. . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446317 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l702015043.jpg"> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 10:53:45 EST I Have To Keep Myself Honest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438867 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l142835421.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just couldn't resist this one! <BR> <BR> I have to keep myself honest if I'm going to make any headway. <BR> <BR> Go Emeralds! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1765506705.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and Beautiful Butterflies! Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:23:50 EST Thought For The Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426426 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l878634555.jpg"> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:28:43 EST My Assignment #3 on the 5% Summer Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423043 1. What Do I Want To Change? <BR> <BR> My wishy-washy attitude about losing weight. Get Serious! <BR> <BR> 2. How Do I Want To Look? <BR> <BR> At least 10 years younger! lol <BR> <BR> 3. How Do I Want To FeelS? <BR> <BR> Healthier and more agile. <BR> <BR> 4. What Things Will I Be Able To Do In The Future With A Slimmer, Healthier Body? <BR> <BR> For starters, wear a bathing suit and go in the pool b/c I'll be less conscious of my being obese. Be more active and social b/c I'll ... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:36:48 EST Inspirational Thought For The Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416685 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1868293644.jpg"> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:38:01 EST What Propels Us To Move Forward in Life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413083 A teammate, Ninalee, wrote a blog entitled Life is a Journey. <BR> <BR> It was excellent! <BR> <BR> However, after reading it, I asked the question, but WHAT propels us to move forward? And all I could think of was growth. . . oh, I know we naturally age but I am referring to something more meaningful, like from the lessons we learned along the way. Otherwise our lives are stagnant. They seem to go nowhere. We age, but that's about it! <BR> <BR> Somewhere there is a lesson about weigh... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 09:29:52 EST Just Something To Keep Me On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408613 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195193051.jpg"> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 13:27:49 EST HAPPY CANADA DAY!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407296 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1737326226.jpg"> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 11:01:04 EST Something I Must Remember To Do Each Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5405398 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l864604987.jpg"> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 10:59:12 EST Calgary Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399142 65,000 people can now return to their homes. <BR> <BR> Schools closed Monday. <BR> <BR> Downtown is closed until at least mid-week. <BR> <BR> But we have turned a corner! Lots of volunteers are ready to help and donations streaming through Red Cross. <BR> <BR> Sun has been shining for two days now. <BR> <BR> Sounds good to me! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:06:47 EST Calgary Conditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5398211 are grim in a lot of areas, especially downtown. As many of you know, we are experiencing flooding. Our downtown is shut down, as well as schools. Over 100,000 people have been evacuated. It has hit surrounding towns and areas as well. But we are a strong people and this too we will overcome! <BR> <BR> Sun is now shining brightly and even though it may rain occasionally, they are hopeful that things will start to move normally about Wednesday. <BR> <BR> You can catch all the pictures an... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 11:37:39 EST Let Me Add to My Blog of This Morning on Control. . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390941 I sometimes don't get personal enough in my blogs. My loss of control started in my marriage. I just explained this to someone who blogged about her problems in hers right now and realized I could expound on my blog and show just where it all started with me. <BR> <BR> I figured if my DH didn't do anything illegal or it wasn't too costly, I would let it go by the boards. Then I had balance and there wasn't that power struggle that goes on in so many marriages or relationships. But I didn... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:21:10 EST What Is At The Basis of Weight Gain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390694 Bear with me while I try to figure out how to say all this. I recently read a book that resonated with me. It was just one case that the author quoted. She was a successful professional woman who lost her zip in her company after many happy and energizing years. She obviously did the work she loved but couldn't get back into things the way she did in the past. She had become contented. So the author told her, "she had lost control". That was the missing and magical word for her conditi... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:30:11 EST My Thought For The Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343108 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l38010594.jpg"> Thu, 2 May 2013 10:42:35 EST Here's An Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342973 Just to bring you up to date, no doubt others who have done the same as I did have noticed that going from a low carb diet to a more healthy one, you are bound to gain some weight first! I did, but didn't record it on my tracker. I am now on the downswing and I really lost about 7 lbs. total to date since my change. <BR> <BR> Well, the good news now is I have levelled out finally and have started to lose. <BR> <BR> Also picked up Jillian Michaels' Slim For Life. Just started to read it... Thu, 2 May 2013 09:06:48 EST In a Way, You Can Say I've Become More Positive than Ever Once Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337274 I guess it's about time I came back here and blogged. Just to bring you up to date, I eliminated some of the foods that I'm not supposed to eat, added more good ones and then started binging on sugar ( it includes a lot of sins) again. However, I found I could incorporate a certain rye bread successfully because I learned I really do need to eat a lot of fibre to keep this body moving! (And beans don't do it for me!) <BR> <BR> <BR> In the past, I've had some pet peeves - like when I firs... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 12:03:13 EST Happy St. Paddy's Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5289604 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l184411739.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l990412469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have a great day! <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:09:20 EST Just Had To Tell You The News! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288690 I'm on a 5% Challenge and my teammates are the Dawgs <em>338</em> and this morning was weigh-in and <BR> <BR> I LOST 2.8 lbs! <BR> <BR> Of course that doesn't coincide with my ticker loss because I was weighing in on Spark on a different day. But as of today, it will be the same as the Challenge weigh in. <BR> <BR> I see you all mainly attribute my wt. loss to the Krill Oil. Remember, I am also on a very limited diet. And, if Krill has any magic potions in it for me, it is because ... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 11:19:07 EST IS THERE HELP OUT THERE? YOU BET!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287735 Maybe not for all, though. <BR> <BR> But I'm 78 and finally there is something that works for me. For those who have read my past blogs, know that I am - or supposed to be - on a restricted diet. (I am following it faithfully with two exceptions mentioned below) <BR> <BR> I added Krill Oil to my diet and think this was the magic button for me. It is healing my system from overabuse - years of eating things like sugar, flour, wrong fats, etc. And yes, at times I was a health nut an... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:49:04 EST Day 6 - Do You Need Some Motivation or Advice? Ask for it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277127 Funny thing . . . I find no problem getting advice or motivation from my Spark Friends, without even asking! <BR> <BR> They are an alert bunch of great supporters! Yahoo! I think I'll keep them all. <BR> <BR> Thanks again for all your support this week. It has been great meeting some of you for the first time. Hope we get to know each other better and spur ourselves along the road to success!!! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>252</em> <em>223</em> <em>381</em> <em>386</em> ... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 09:12:33 EST Day 5 - What Can I Improve Upon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275645 Looks like I had two Day 4's. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I must get more exercise now that things are working better. Might even see into buying some equipment, but have to walk with more ease before I take any leaps and bounds! <BR> <BR> <em>319</em> <em>231</em> <em>237</em> <em>311</em> <em>320</em> <em>324</em> Wed, 6 Mar 2013 09:43:28 EST Day 4 - So How Am I Doing Day by Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275505 Sometimes it takes a long time to get everything working right, and I feel that's been my case. <BR> <BR> With me, it was finding the "right" chiropractor (can't leave him out of the equation because without him, I'd still be "nowhere"), changing the diet (which I did before it didn't work in my favour because other things had to come first, like getting my body to where it could work properly) and using the right tools for my health; i.e. finding the right oil and understanding what I CANNO... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:18:27 EST Day 4 - So How Am I Doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274020 So far, am doing great! Dropped 4 plus some lbs. since I started about 4 days ago. I am eating right for me too - no problems so far. <BR> <BR> I do have an appt. with my chiro. this morning and I am sure he will get all defensive about the Omega 3 oil he sells ( that is imported from a Scandinavian country) but I drank the whole bottle of his and didn't get any response whatsoever. <BR> <BR> I have ankylosing spondylitis (was diagnosed by a homeopath in 1980) and started taking Krill o... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 09:24:17 EST Excellent Results - Day 3 on Blog Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272394 Just reporting that I've had excellent results - going back to a more healthy diet for me - find it is so easy to follow with no cravings that I used to get. <BR> <BR> The mystery is what was I doing wrong FOR ME before? Was it eating the night shade veggies, not getting enough Omega 3 (the Krill sofgels are super and keep me out of pain - I swear!). Time will tell. <BR> <BR> I'm even sleeping better. <BR> <BR> Yahoo! Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:38:39 EST How Will I Incorporate My New Habit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270968 Did I say I had a new habit? Maybe it's eating my Ancient Grains bread when I feel I really need it - otherwise sticking to my Perfect Health diet, which of course is a modified low carb diet for life! Get that last part? FOR LIFE! <BR> <BR> Now that I know my condition of Ankylosing Spondylitis is a form of arthritis, I can follow what is recommended by the experts - one in particular on Dr. Oz's show last week: <BR> <BR> Remove or avoid all gluten (good-bye my Ancient Grains bread!) <... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 10:58:56 EST Room For Improvement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269651 I have lots of room for improvement here! Since I have to blog every day, maybe I should tackle this one first. <BR> <BR> How do I intend to improve? <BR> <BR> I've got the water down, so now I think I will watch my portions. I'm okay with everything but the protein and bread. I added back bread for fiber. I love the Ancient Grains - can't you tell? lol <BR> <BR> If I know there is something I can't live without, I'm not going to fight it any longer. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 11:31:51 EST "Everything I Desire Is Within Me" - Centering Thought for the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130338 That is Deepak Chopra's meditation for today. . . <BR> <BR> and here is the rest of what he has to say that I find so important because we have a tendency, or I do, to compare how we are doing weightwise with others on Spark. This will free you! <BR> <BR> "Today we will consider what success is and where it is found. It's common sometimes to measure our success or fulfillment by comparing ourselves to others. This is called object-referral, looking outside for validation. <BR> <BR> "It ... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 08:54:08 EST Better Yet, WHO motivates YOU??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071240 I just wrote a blog the other day asking What Motivates You. But, since we are all here on Spark, a better question might be. . . WHO motivates you??? <BR> <BR> And WHY??? <BR> <BR> I'm a self-starter myself. Oh someone might "light the fire" but in the end, it is how I respond and keep it up that matters. <BR> <BR> I learned a long time ago that no one can do the work for you. So the sooner you get down to it, the better. You don't have to take leaps and bounds - just one step at a ti... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 09:07:26 EST What Motivates YOU???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5067767 Here I am, with a clean slate - yup! I deleted all my old blogs, my accomplishments, etc. and am starting over. . . <BR> <BR> I'm no longer the "old" me - this is the brand new me and I'm ready for action. <BR> <BR> Joined the 5% Fall Challenge Team and I have my work cut out for me. I'm to lose 11.4 lbs. by Nov. 17. Doable. But I have to do the work! <BR> <BR> There are so many motivators - revenge, marriage, vanity, you name it. <BR> <BR> But the only one that keeps you going and ... 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