HIKETOHEIGHTS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HIKETOHEIGHTS HIKETOHEIGHTS'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/ Les Mills Body Combat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675182 We had an extra special treat in my body combat class this morning. Our regular instructor brought someone to help him teach the class. A bit pathetic when the highlight of your day is going to the gym, but I have so much fun in my body combat classes. <BR> <BR> So as we were doing the class he waits until we are half way to announce there are actually many instructors among us. Lucky us when we had SIX body combat combat instructors. It felt like we had won the jack pot. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:29:59 EST Quote from FB http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664208 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l559155786.jpg"> <BR> Got this off a friend's FB page & wanted to share it with my Spark Family. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 10:43:31 EST Hiking fun & Poachers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645598 Having some awesome hiking adventures lately. A few snow hikes: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1869343116.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l610003399.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l350873811.jpg"> <BR> Sangeetha got this shot of my cucumber snacking. One of my hydration tricks eat wet veggies like cucumber & celery. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1884391947.jpg"> <BR> Ontario pea... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:19:15 EST Spring Forward sparkies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643211 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1587356953.jpg"> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 22:12:27 EST Chilling with Mom & Murphy hiker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641492 Baily makes these sad eyes when I leave without her, but today she was suppose to stay home during Body Combat at the gym. She jumped in my car refusing to get out. We met her puppy au pair and spark friend Murphy hiker who walks her while I take body combat. After this we always visit mom. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1329132197.jpg"> <BR> We lay around and discuss little things and sometimes we have these passionate debates. Everything is fine so long as we al... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 15:10:22 EST Cheri's blog "we are family" re-sparked! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638648 We have all heard of a re-tweet, but how about a re-spark? Just read Cheri's blog and just had to re-spark it. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638142 </link> <BR> <BR> Her page is set to private so I am including it here in case you can't read it. This is priceless: <BR> <BR> We are family <BR> I got all my cripples with me <BR> We are family <BR> Get up everybody and hobble <BR> <BR> We are family <BR> I got all my cripples... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:46:20 EST Okay to look at map on your phone while driving, really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635956 Do not talk on your phone while driving in California, but go ahead and look at it all you want. An appellate court has determined holding a phone in your hand to follow a map is legal. Reminds me of a moment I nearly lost my life to a young lady staring at her phone driving straight at me while I was walking my dogs. Having someone driving head on at you in a vehicle as you stand there is as haunting as it is infuriating. Apparently now it is perfectly legal. <BR> <BR> The clowns on t... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:22:51 EST What happens when I put my jacket down? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618873 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l534456395.jpg"> <BR> Then I feel guilty when I need my jacket back <em>24</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1845438477.jpg"> <BR> Baily's Valentine's Day portraits. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l838234813.jpg"> <BR> Have a great weekend everyone. Sat, 8 Feb 2014 18:48:04 EST 'The Needle & The Damage Done' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614027 Philip Seymour Hoffman (July 23, 1967 – February 2, 2014) was an American actor and director. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 2005 biographical film Capote, and received three Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor as well as three Tony Award nominations for his work in the theater. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1865164812.jpg"> <BR> That first moment you consider taking drugs, realize it is the merry- go- round of hell. <BR> <B... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 12:55:31 EST You know this was a great green smoothie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611984 This is for those of you who won't try green smoothies: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l150628829.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1742906642.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l198715483.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51800546.jpg"> <BR> Baily takes ownership of my nutri bullet cup, onward! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l817112382.jpg"> <BR> <img src="... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:55:36 EST Loving this new start page more each day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607239 spark-people keeps improving the site making goal seating easier for us. Now we get points for reviewing our goal board-GENIUS! My goal setting and progress has improved significantly with this reminder. <BR> <BR> The clutter battle is real for most of us. As we get older the crap accumulates so we need to purge. I set it in my goal board, review it daily and happy to toss a few things each day. Feels great to clean up the place too. It starts with baby steps like everything. <BR> <B... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:46:47 EST Confessions of a sugar addict http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605177 I have struggled with my excessive sugar intake my whole life, I did the spark sugar challenge and that did help. Yet every now and then I have little slips into the vicious cycle. This most recent slip was one of the worst. <BR> <BR> I was at my favorite bakery the night I went to the Eagles concert, Portos. I ordered one guava pastery, but he ordered 6. At the end of the night they ended up at my place. The guava pastry is not a treat I can turn down so I ate them all by Friday. The... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 11:02:28 EST Getting my groove back & http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604349 Recovering from the flu kept me from working out for weeks. Returning to a workout has been surprisingly hard. My fitness level dropped and I am a wimp. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l303622614.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1092265265.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l945451704.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1178200237.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No complaint here, just some catch... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:45:32 EST Looking for my groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600361 That awful flu had me in bed for several days <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l157821021.jpg"> <BR> I hadn't worked out for 2 weeks so I gave it a try only to cough my way out of the gym. No one wants a sick person working out next to them. <BR> <BR> Workers unplugged and moved my elliptical so I couldn't use it either. Before I knew it, 3weeks went by. <BR> I woke up this morning and saw this in the mirror <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:05:32 EST 3 arrested for starting fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598987 3 young men were cold so they started a fire in the forest, <em>40</em> Causing a horrible fire for days. People have lost their homes, risked their lives, wildlife will die and suffer a horrible death by fire. Our brave firefighters have to risk their lives because of sheer stupidity. It is so aggravating. <BR> <BR> The boys are in custody with five hundred thousand dollars bail. They were honest when apprehended immediately telling authorities they were sorry, they started the fire... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:15:26 EST Angeles Forest on Fire http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595831 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1458497951.jpg"> <BR> They are calling it the "Colby fire" has burned 125 acres. This fire is so close to homes in Glendora California embers are flying on roof tops and trees. One lady's shirt has a burn hole from the embers. They have their hoses out in an effort to save their homes. <BR> <BR> Our brave firefighters are going to wipe this one out! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1860594060.jpg"> <BR> Vi... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:24:55 EST Present for Baily http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585842 My neighbor gave Baily this collar this morning <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1131653167.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was sweet of her, but it is a bit tight on her. Perhaps Baily needs her own spark page to get down to goal weight, lol. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2144773375.jpg"> <BR> Baily doesn't seem to like it though. <BR> <BR> I so thought I could go work out, but that was nuts. I got tired just walking around the block. I just keep r... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 15:49:29 EST DRATS, what would Dr. Oz do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584272 This blog goes out to my Dr. Oz Show Fans Teammates. Super bummer part of being sick in bed is you miss your workouts. The longer that goes in it just gets more difficult to find your mojo and get back. This is where loving it helps out. I absolutely love Body Combat & hiking of course. <BR> <BR> According to Dr. Oz, if you sit all day you should get up every once every hour for a mini walk (like around your desk or chair) then go for a short walk twice a day you don't need to work o... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:18:58 EST Good Belly Challenge problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582100 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l59254113.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I joined & bought the juice hoping it would help with my virus. I struggled with the site so I went to the message boards to look for answers only to find more people having problems. <BR> <BR> I did a review of my "other goals" list and if you haven't done it lately I suggest you do. The goals are linked to our start page for easy tracking. I was happy to remove goals that have become my habit now, <em>524</... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 17:16:01 EST Virus & Good Belly challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579424 I have been somewhat busy with events & dog sitting the bichons. A few days ago a little girl sat right next to me and let out a few hacking coughs in my face. Now I am in bed with the dogs. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1250093481.jpg"> <BR> Max and Matilda belong to my brother. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1727195283.jpg"> <BR> Normally we would be off on an adventure. They seem to know I am sick. My mother is having surgery today & I had... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:39:36 EST Sparking with M.S. Team message http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565780 Here is the team message I wrote for the Sparking with M.S. Team <BR> <BR> Initially, I lacked an inspiration for our December team message. I didn't want to preach good eating with my Yogurtland holiday flavors obsession. One more week of flavors & I will be back on track :). <BR> <BR> I recently lost a classmate who passed away in a diabetic coma at 53 years old. She was thin her entire life and did not even know she was a diabetic. Her life was full then ended with no warning. <BR> <B... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:53:43 EST Teach Your Children Well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540192 I just love that song, right? I recently saw Graham Nash perform solo and what a treat that was. I have seen him 3 times now and he only gets better. I got this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1886448011.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l419418960.jpg"> <BR> The full song written on the back. Check his web site to catch his performance if you can go it will be worth it. <BR> <BR> My cousin was just killed while driving on the job by ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:55:16 EST Mt. San Jacinto from The Palm Springs Tram with D & D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521424 Fun times with old friends in beautiful Mt. San Jacinto State Park. We took the Palm Springs Aerial Tram up to the park to hike for Danny's birthday. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l674539588.jpg"> <BR> This is Dan the farmer man, he runs "Wiser Family Farms" growing the good stuff we all want to eat. We spoke about the Farm business and I realized how grateful I am for farmers like the Weisers to provide us with fresh and local produce we can count on to eat he... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:57:08 EST Mile...Mile & a Half http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516301 Last night I attended a showing of a movie about hiking the John Muir Trail <BR> <BR> <link>themuirproject.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> The name of the movie is "Mile...Mile & a Half" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2026547205.jpg"> <BR> It was so good I cried happy tears almost as much as Les Mis. <BR> <BR> It is available on itunes and DVD. I highly recommend it. <em>295</em> <BR> <BR> Moo is still pink <em>40</em> just in time for Halloween. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:57:22 EST More Moo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511835 Poor Moo got the tomato juice bath today to remove the skunk stench. She never tried to bite, scratch or hurt me at all. She is so sweet. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l582723657.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l290842838.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l685861060.jpg"> <BR> Let us hope this does the trick. Does anyone have an idea when my black and white cat who is now a light pink will ever be white aga... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 21:24:06 EST Happiness is not ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509076 If you ask my cat, Moo, she would say happines is not a skunk followed by a bath and rejection! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l392816850.jpg"> <BR> Our front door was being stalked by this gray cat so Moo refused to come in last night & today she is paying the price with a stench not even her big sister, Baily, will tolerate. Moo is under house arrest for a day or two. <BR> <BR> Love my food should taste good chips making nachos food tracker friendly. I made spin... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 15:07:38 EST A hole in the screen door http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502606 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l55977313.jpg"> <BR> Moo by the screen door <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1119507247.jpg"> <BR> Moo by the little hole in the screen door <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2104977537.jpg"> <BR> Moo busting me busting her <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1806526607.jpg"> <BR> The Getaway! Wed, 2 Oct 2013 15:07:08 EST L.A. County Fair: Lynryd Skynyrd & Bad Company http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501657 The L.A. County Fair is over <em>46</em> I did not get enough of it. A season pass got me a whole lot of entertainment for my dollar though. <BR> <BR> I saw Lynryd Skynyrd named as a mocking tribute to their H.S. P. E. teacher, Leonard Skinner, who was notorious for strictly enforcing the boy's long hair policy. <BR> <BR> In 1977 the band's plane crashed in a forest in Mississippi when Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walte... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 17:46:53 EST Demi Lovato, Coco Palm and the L.A. County Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487264 Having bought a season pass for the L.A. County Fair I have more than gotten my money's worth. Besides all of the concerts and great food, the people watching is unmatched. So often when you people watch everyone sort of looks the same, right? It is so boring to visit a town and everyone looks like they are wearing a uniform as though they all shop in the same store. Prepare yourself for fun people watching at the fair filled with variety. <BR> <BR> I ate at is Coco Palm right next to th... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:07:01 EST Ke$ha, The Jacksons and Kettle Corn! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484584 Tonight our Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur the holiest day of the year) begins. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Many do a modified fast to include some water or a bite to eat for health reasons and they now have services online also. <BR> <BR> I went to the Ke$ha concert last weekend, what FUN! It was an eye opener for me like no other concert I have e... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:22:45 EST 9/11 Service Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482780 I have no words on this day just as I had none 12 years ago. Making any contribution is a good way to deal with this difficult day. I found several sources suggesting a community service in honor of the heroes and victims of 9/11. <BR> <BR> 9/11 Day is the non-profit movement to observe September 11 every year as a day of charitable service and doing good deeds. We created this observance soon after 9/11 to provide a positive way to forever remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, h... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:50:51 EST Season Premiere Today: Dr. Oz Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480722 Oh Joy!!! I have been watching the repeats, taking notes and enjoying all of the repeat episodes of Dr. Oz's show. <BR> <BR> Today is his season premiere, I am guessing everyone knows that already with plans to watch. It is time to learn more so take notes! Mon, 9 Sep 2013 14:58:48 EST The Motels, Terri Nunn & The Bangles at the L.A. County Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475679 Imagine my surprise when I heard The Motels were going to be at the Terri Nunn & Bangles concert. I had planned to see them at a concert over a year ago until something prevented me from attending. After having seen them, I can see why people love them so much. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l895674554.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We saw Terri Nunn with Berlin last year and she was great. She wore an elegant long skirt with a cute bustier, boa and boots very much her rock and ... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:01:37 EST Trace Adkins, Kellie Pickler and The Top of The World Restaurant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473524 The L.A. County Fair is here and so is the Summer Concert Series <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l893604666.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.lacountyfair.com/2013/entertainm<BR>ent/concerts.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Saturday Night I enjoyed the Prime Rib Buffet at the Top of The Park Restaurant with the Mountains in full view. Food was so delicious well worth allowing myself to eat as much as I wanted. Next time I will consider ordering from the menu to avoid the sugar b... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 13:07:49 EST L.A. County Fair: The Music of War http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471857 Yesterday was opening day at the L.A. County Fair. A season pass is getting me into some concerts I will love. Last night was The Music of War, I have blogged about seeing them many times before. The band just keeps getting better each year. <BR> <BR> I HAD SUCH FUN!!! <em>335</em> <BR> I also managed to dodge a huge calorie count at the end of the day! <em>244</em> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 17:15:09 EST Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5469011 Sometimes we forget to set goals. I read a blog today that reminded me of that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l622618823.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468941 </link> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:17:59 EST Can Selfies Hurt Your Real World Relationships? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5455239 Do you know what a selfie is? Here is the urban dictionary definition: <BR> <BR> "A picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website (including Sparkpeople.com) You can usually see the person's arm holding out the camera in which case you can clearly tell that this person does not have any friends to take pictures of them so they resort to Myspace to find internet friends and post pictures of themselves, taken by th... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 15:59:36 EST Baily's New Boots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5441361 Baily's first time in her new hiking boots did not go so well. Some further research will be necessary before we attempt this again. Perhaps it was a bad fit. <BR> <BR> My breakfast protein power spinach smoothie was quite unique this morning. You might even say it was a first time ever recipe that no one will repeat. <BR> <BR> Spinach <BR> Wild Blueberries <BR> Vanilla Protein Powder <BR> Ground Flax Seed <BR> Black Pepper (thought to be cinnamon) <BR> <BR> One sip was all it took to re... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 17:44:27 EST Pretty Cool Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439908 I saw this video and had to share it with you guys. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuzysvmEUF4 </link> <BR> <BR> I finally got around to making homemade hummus, I used Spark's Coach Nicole's recipe. I noticed Fresh and Easy's hummus is just as good at a reasonable price too. <BR> <BR> I also made a great Spaghetti Squash Casserole for my vegetarian daughter, I loved it but my protein was low for the day. <BR> <BR> Anyone have a good homemade hummus recipe for me t0 try out? <BR> ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:20:06 EST A BIRTHDAY HIKE: TBTN with the L.A. Trail Hikers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5438695 I was compelled to invite my friend Sangeetha to enjoy The Bridge To Nowhere hike with the L.A. Trail Hikers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1428366625.jpg"> <BR> She is a true peakbagger at heart, but this hike is so much fun I had to drag her along. <BR> <BR> The Bridge to Nowhere is an arch bridge that was built in 1936 north of Azusa, California in the San Gabriel Mountains. It spans the East Fork of the San Gabriel River and was meant to be part of a roa... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 14:13:33 EST Beets! Where have you been all my life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429411 Watching my mother eat beets when I was a kid made me quiver. She would eat pickled beets as if they tasted good. I had read here on Spark and on heard on Dr. Oz beets were good for you. I recently read this: <BR> <BR> <link>voices.yahoo.com/15-health-benefits-<BR>beets-fight-cancer-more-805501.html?ca<BR>t=51 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Out I went to buy some beets to force feed myself some healthy lifestyle. This morning I decided to "man up" and give the beets a try. I was thinking... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:08:16 EST Hey Hey July! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407506 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1199592236.jpg"> <BR> July is here so open your arms with a big hello! <BR> <BR> Hello to July Goals <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Hello to July Heat <em>67</em> <BR> (even though I don't get to hike in the heat ) <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> Hello to Independence Day for the USA! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l636086470.jpg"> <BR> I am loving the U.S. A. right now our home sweet home. This is the perfect we... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 13:44:39 EST My Nieces Big Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401493 Our family celebrated my nieces marriage to quite the awesome guy. When someone you love gets married it is so fabulous if you actually like their partner. This guy won our over family in a big way. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l671109956.jpg"> <BR> My nephew performed a wonderful ceremony. There wasn't a dry eye in sight. <BR> <BR> I love this photo of my niece with her father, she looks pretty happy right? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 15:19:47 EST Fourth Sparkversary- Who Knew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5388199 If you ask me how do I keep healthy the first thing I will say is SparkPeople.com. I log in every single day, track my food 98% of the time and check in with my favorite Spark Teams and friends regularly. It works for me and it will work for you. My sweet Spark Friend 1Beachwalker reminded me it was my 4th Sparkversary as I had forgotten. Four years ago, I had no idea how much Sparkpeople.com would change my life. <BR> <BR> Has it really been four yeas since I knew nothing about eating... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:59:08 EST Gratitude Hike on Vivian Creek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383625 I enjoy blogging about hiking and food. <BR> <BR> I continue to struggle with sugar as opposed to many of my Spark friends who struggle with salt. My most recent sugar adventures are too embarrassing to share. Perhaps you can bravely share yours with me in an effort to comfort me? <BR> <BR> On the hiking front I have had two interesting group hikes. The first one was a two peak hike. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1053479730.jpg"> <BR> This is Etiwanda Peak an ... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 17:50:53 EST To Sir (Dr. Oz) With Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381515 I have no words to describe how much the Dr. Oz show furthered my journey for healthy living. I remember watching Sidney Poitier's To Sir With Love over and over, right? What a flick! I used to love to watch Lulu sing this tune. It is the perfect song for my adoration for Dr. Mehmet Oz. <BR> <BR> Those fat girl days of hiding sweets <BR> And binging food are gone <BR> But in my mind I know <BR> They still will live on and on <em>335</em> <BR> <BR> But how do you thank someone <BR> Wh... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 13:26:05 EST I earned them boots! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373885 I love reading my Spark articles, blogs and all that stuff we get points for <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Quite a while back I blogged about earning some cowboy boots. When I did reach that goal I did not get them, long story you may already know it. <BR> <BR> We are having a family country style June wedding. Most of us are suburban folk so going country has been a learning experience. I was lucky to have some horse riding & country styling neighbors who gave me some advice and tips to ... Fri, 31 May 2013 17:11:53 EST They got me, did they fool you also? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363923 For a while now, I have been changing my diet to reflect a list released from the John Hopkins Institute. I even wrote a blog with a list of the changes. I have been punked and so has anyone else who believed this information. <BR> <BR> <link>www.hopkinsmedicine.org/kimmel_cance<BR>r_center/news_events/featured/cancer_u<BR>pdate_email_it_is_a_hoax.html </link> <BR> <BR> We have been making all these changes based on a list that was fabricated at best. At first I was just thinking "W... Tue, 21 May 2013 21:25:37 EST Celebrity Apprentice Ice Cream Sold Out at Walgreen's-What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358781 I love watching The Celebrity Apprentice for the entertainment value and to watch Ivanka Trump. Each week the celebrity teams compete. The losing team goes into the board room where Donald Trump fires someone from the losing team. <BR> <BR> If you have never seen it, make sure you watch this Sunday's season finale. It involves an ice cream competition between Country Western Star Trace Adkins and Penn Jillette Las Vegas Star Magician. Make sure to go to Walgreen's and buy each of the ... Thu, 16 May 2013 16:23:37 EST 2013 EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women LA -ANDY GARCIA http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354339 Happy Mother's day to all the MOMS. I made breakfast for the moms of my family this morning. Coach Nicole's Lentil Loaf was a huge hit, but I sort of knew it would be. I used the skills I learned on Spark videos from Chef Meg to make this and that for everyone. I am no Spark Chef, but I learn more each day. <BR> <BR> I gave my sisters a bag with a few healthy things including: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2128007936.jpg"> <BR> Love these Seeded Spelt crackers ... Sun, 12 May 2013 20:02:34 EST