HIPPICHICK1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HIPPICHICK1 HIPPICHICK1'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/ October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007981 October is here and a busy month it will be, but not half as busy as November looks. <BR> <BR> I weighed in this morning and another pound is gone. Yay! I'm down to 167. Now that I have reconfigured my diet to include slightly less fat and fewer calories it seems to be working for me. I've also been working out harder and making sure I burn 1800 - 2000 calories each week. It takes time for me to burn them too. Since I can no longer run or lift heavy weights due to back issues, it means... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 10:53:47 EST The End Days...of My Summer Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6004896 Days 8,9 & 10 - <BR> Thursday morning, the 27th, I packed my bags with food for the picnic that was to happen that evening at the park with my girlfriends. These women are the ones with whom I bonded over many years and with whom I am still friends even though thousands of miles and unspoken words separate us. We formed a coven of sorts (for I am Pagan) that I named "Eye of Newt." Some of their partners have joined us in circle, although many times it was just a handful of us - whoever cou... Sun, 27 Sep 2015 11:21:11 EST Completely Exhausted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001484 Well, I am pooped! The concert performance yesterday went very well. Chris and I made some mistakes, but like at any live performance they were forgivable mistakes. I have seen Steve Earle forget lyrics on stage as well as John Hiatt and dozens of others. I didn't forget lyrics because I had them in front of me, but I made a few musical errors on guitar and Chris made a few boo-boos of his own on bass, BUT we got a standing ovation TWICE! Once at the end of our set and another at the end... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 13:31:11 EST Numbers That Make Me Happy and Feel Accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000193 Blah, blah, blah, the scale. I know I have gained weight. I feel it, I see it and I don't like it, but I'm doing something about it instead of fretting. <BR> <BR> Two days ago I went on a 6 km walk and burned 431 calories! I was in my cardio zone for 28 minutes (HR between 127 and 142). I followed that walk with a glorious swim in the lake and burned an additional 64 calories. The temps were really high this week - very unlike September in Quebec, Canada. I feel so lucky because the su... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 10:30:44 EST I *Did* Take My Measurements http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5999418 <em>39</em> Well gang, as you saw in my feed today, the scale is up 2 more pounds. I *did* take my measurements and I have gained an inch on my waist and and inch on hips and a half inch on my thighs in one week! <BR> <em>15</em> I feel bloated. My jeans are tight. I'm starting to "muffin top," people! <BR> <em>100</em> I'm a bit freaked out because the gaining is happening rather quickly while I really am making a concerted effort to lose! Things have changed in the past 2 wee... Thu, 17 Sep 2015 23:24:21 EST What's Happening Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996880 I had to take a break from my Summer Vacation story. It was such a fun-filled and packed 10 days and I will finish it, but this weekend has been focused on spending time with JF as he prepares to leave for San Francisco tomorrow morning on a short business trip. <BR> <BR> So I thought I would expand on what is happening now with my weight loss and this plateau busting challenge. <BR> <BR> It's Day 15 of the challenge and in the first few days I did lose 3 lbs and was back down to my "usual... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 22:06:07 EST Summer Vacay - Day 6 & 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994290 We left for my appointment with the curator of the Transcona Historical Museum around 12:45. I took Dad there in his truck which he let me borrow for my visit home. Thanks dad! <BR> <BR> We arrived and my brother met us there shortly after. I met the curator, Alex. She is young and cute and very much into the history of our little town, named after the Transcontinental Railway and Lord Strathcona who had the honour of driving the last spike at Craigellachie, British Columbia to complet... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 18:19:50 EST 14 Day Power Yoga Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993980 From Do You Yoga: <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/course/the-14-day-<BR>power-yoga-challenge/ </link> <BR> Check it out! Wed, 9 Sep 2015 08:58:38 EST WIDOMSV - Day 4 & 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5992402 On Sunday, the 23rd I spent breakfast and lunch with mom and dad then left to get over to the University of Manitoba's campus and community radio station - UMFM 101.5. The show I was on is called "Tell the Band to Go Home." It's a show that focuses on singer/songwriters. The show host, Jeff Robson was my board operator when I hosted a show in the very same time slot as Jeff has now, called Songwriters' Circle. I hosted that show for 2 or 3 years and Jeff became more than my board operato... Mon, 7 Sep 2015 00:09:11 EST WIDOMSV - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5991052 Aug 22, Sat. <BR> SOULFISH asked me about the sad parts of my vacation and hoped they weren't too sad. The saddest part was seeing my parents' state of health...or lack thereof. Mom has bone spurs in her hip and is waiting to see a doctor about sound wave treatments to break them up. She is on a huge amount of Ibuprofen and it seems to have little effect on her pain. I wonder what effect it is having on her liver and stomach. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> Also my dad has been suffering with... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 16:54:03 EST What I Did on My Summer Vacation, Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990380 Aug. 21 - Mom's birthday. <BR> I started off the day with yoga and a walk then headed out to buy food for the party. We had a backyard BBQ that included 8 people in total, all family except for one - the guy who introduced my parents to each other, Dick. It's amazing to me that they are all still alive. They all suffer so much with physical ailments and mobility issues. <BR> <BR> I went to buy steaks and some veggies and then got to work on the food when I returned. I made my famous Chin... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 15:47:43 EST What I Did on My Summer Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989597 I had two vacations this year - a week with JF near QC City and Baie St. Paul, and 10 days in Winnipeg celebrating mom's 80th birthday and visiting a LOT of groovy people. <BR> <BR> Well, you saw a few photos from the week in QC, but there are more to come...September is going to be very busy (is already) and I have little time to write, but I thought I would get started and do it in little bits. Short blogs are often time more pleasant to read. Long blogs look daunting! <BR> <BR> So here... Wed, 2 Sep 2015 12:13:28 EST Ramping up the Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988702 Here's what I'm going to do today: <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UpW<BR>gS7WtGg </link> <BR> <BR> Here's a great article on 5 great reasons to do yoga at home. I like the one that states you can wear what you want. One of my old boyfriends did Tai Chi in the nude!! And I have see thru tights so I can really relate to this reason. <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> There are definite advantages to doing yoga at home. <BR> <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/5-reasons-to-start<B... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 10:00:00 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988208 I'm home from Winnipeg and visiting my family and friends. It was 10 days of fun with a little sadness thrown in for good balance. More on that later. <BR> <BR> Several weeks ago I intended on weighing in and measuring myself and had set a few new fitness goals. This summer was incredibly busy and I was not ready to do anything but enjoy the season because it truly is very short the further north one lives. So I enjoyed the summer and it isn't over yet. September starts tomorrow thoug... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:20:11 EST Vacation Photos! (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979583 Here are some more pics from Ste. Anne's I love me some flowers!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/07177489-67b9-4f50-b0b1-109ff27d2d69.jpg"> <BR> <BR> These beautiful lilies in front of Ste. Anne's were so scraggly so I deadheaded the entire plant before taking this shot. LOL! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/273674e9-a792-4977-b1d2-c53e343b87b5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The majestic gothic-ness of the Basillica. There is a museum inside. <BR> ... Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:39:48 EST Vacation Photos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979222 JF and I got home yesterday in the late afternoon from a week away camping. It was a wonderful trip despite the funeral that JF attended on Tuesday, but even THAT he said was lovely - a lovely tribute to his ex-mother-in-law and Valerie's grandma. <BR> <BR> On that particular day it rained all day long. My right shin was really hurting me so I decided that going to a mall to shop Quebec City and get my hair trimmed was not a good idea. I decided to stay at the campground and I rested. ... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 22:47:55 EST A Change of Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974108 On Thursday JF's ex-wife's mother (Val's grandma) passed away while Nancy (Val's mom) and Val were on their way to Quebec City to see her in her last hours. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> Out of respect, JF is going to the funeral which will be held in Quebec City on Tuesday. We have had to drastically change our vacation plans. We were going west and now we are going east and we are leaving a day early. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I had to bail out of a show today - a small local show called Heri... Sat, 8 Aug 2015 10:43:35 EST Yoga Poses Without a Mat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972256 I love this! It's easy and effective. <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/8-easy-and-mat-les<BR>s-yoga-poses-for-the-office-52637/?utm<BR>_source=DOYOUYOGA&utm_campaign=39eeb4c<BR>25d-DOYOUYOGA_Weekly_Update_120&utm_me<BR>dium=email&utm_term=0_77365ebdc2-39eeb4c25d-169133145 </link> Tue, 4 Aug 2015 22:19:09 EST Day of Rest or a Day of Doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5970750 On Friday, JF and I were discussing the menu for another visit from guests; this time his cousin Jean-Michel and his wife Sylvie came for lunch yesterday. They are vegan, so for the first time ever I prepared a vegan meal. It was delicious (if I say so myself!). I marinated firm tofu in Bragg liquid soy (google it of you don't know what it is), sesame oil, hot chili flakes, ginger and garlic. Then I let it marinate overnight and grilled it on the BBQ. I also made Black Bean and Quinoa sa... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 11:25:51 EST Yoga to Sculpt Arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968620 I'm loving these asanas! <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/6-yoga-tips-and-po<BR>ses-for-strong-sculpted-arms-77738/?ut<BR>m_source=DOYOUYOGA&utm_campaign=746138<BR>8f7f-DOYOUYOGA_Weekly_Update_123&utm_m<BR>edium=email&utm_term=0_77365ebdc2-7461<BR>388f7f-169133145 </link> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:29:02 EST Very Busy Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967512 I'm having a very busy summer. It's been quite social with a lot of music added to the mix. <BR> <BR> Last night we had friends over for dinner and in the afternoon we took in a concert at the local cultural centre. I'm on the board of that organization and I booked the musicians, friends of mine - a Celtic harp duo. The president asked me to MC the show. I've been on stage a lot in my life and so I was okay with that. JF and I also helped the musicians load in their gear and set up the ... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:22:05 EST Good Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963706 I'm off to see my doc today. I'm going to ask to be tested for fungus in my lungs. If you've been following my blogs over the past 2+ years you know I have Candida Albicans - a yeast overgrowth. I've overhauled my diet, was on a cleanse for a year and a half and continue to help keep the yeast growth in my gut down by additional cleanses and being vigilant with my diet. I can not/will not eat anything that feeds the yeast like sugar, alcohol, bread (that contains wheat and yeast), all pac... Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:41:37 EST Creative People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5963147 What an interesting article. I read it and said to myself, "Wow! This is sooooo ME!" And JF often complains about me and #1, 2, 5 and 8. I guess I will have to forward the article to him so he can get on board...if ya know what I mean! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> Here's the link!! <link>iheartintelligence.com/2015/07/08/lo<BR>ving-a-highly-creative-person/ </link> Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:20:02 EST Life is so FULL! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960764 There are so many things...so little time! <BR> <BR> <em>259</em> These last few days have turned out to be quite hot! Most of June was not very summer-like. The temperatures were on the cool side and I did not even get into the lake to swim until the very end of the month. Pity! I'm usually in about mid-June. <BR> <BR> <em>39</em> Swimming has been difficult. I've been struggling with asthma and I have been reading about fungus in the lungs. I think the past 4 years' struggle ... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:02:17 EST Firecrackers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954196 I was sitting up in bed with my laptop, logging my food for the day when suddenly there was a ton of fireworks being let off! Holy way to wake the ENTIRE FOREST people!! My cat must be cowering somewhere under the furthest recesses of the house. I don't want to be a party pooper though, so I decided to go outside to see the fireworks display and the forest was in my line of sight. Les sigh. Happy Canada Day! <BR> <BR> Today it rained pretty much all day. It let up around 5 so I too... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 23:28:04 EST While the kiln fires... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951349 This has been a very busy time for me. Lots of good things are happening (another blog, another day), but the busy-ness of preparing for the sale this weekend is starting feel like stress. <BR> <BR> We were to have our annual BBQ Sunday but the weather looks terrible. I said so on Wednesday but JF said it would be inconsiderate to change the date with only 3 days notice. This morning as he was looking at the weather (which looks worse now than it did Wednesday), he decided to change the d... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:01:20 EST Yes, They Smiled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948129 Here are some photos of the newest pots pulled from the kiln. You can find me on Facebook too. Just look for Poterie LM Serafin Pottery! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb6c8f82-c68d-4737-aba7-f517f88ce78b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/37850a8b-4b66-4a08-881f-9854b75db63b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f7ed9023-41ba-41b2-9cec-d70f9777bdac.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeopl... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 09:53:43 EST Wild Thing, You Make My Heart Sing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946670 Here are some yoga poses that nourish the heart. <BR> <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/7-yoga-poses-to-no<BR>urish-your-heart-51699/5/?utm_source=D<BR>OYOUYOGA&utm_campaign=a25acba71c-DOYOU<BR>YOGA_Weekly_Update_118&utm_medium=emai<BR>l&utm_term=0_77365ebdc2-a25acba71c-169133145 </link> <BR> <BR> I'm not sure I'm up to "Wild Thing" but most of these poses I can manage. <BR> <BR> Operation Clamp Down update: <BR> Weigh in this morning: 165. Down 1 lb from last blog post. How did I do it... Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:50:19 EST GAK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5945489 It's time for "operation clamp down!" <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> My summer pants don't fit. <BR> I'm still @ 165 lbs. Granted, last summer I was working hard to lose and was down to 160 lbs in August/14. Over the winter I maintained 160 for a while then it was 161, and then 163, and finally 165. I saw 167 once and 166 this morning. I'm not alarmed at the number and not that surprised by the gain. I know that I have gained muscle in my legs from hiking more often. Climbing hills will do... Mon, 15 Jun 2015 11:07:58 EST Conscious relaxation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5941439 I love this article on how to sleep better. The introduction to it sounds exactly like something I could have written. As a child I didn't sleep much either. <BR> <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/essential-advice-o<BR>n-how-to-sleep-better-54153/ </link> <BR> <BR> I especially like the advice in #2 <BR> "Moderate your stress/excitement throughout the day and take a step back from time to time: a walk in the park, a cup of tea, or 10 conscious breaths all provide brain breaks that will imp... Sun, 7 Jun 2015 22:43:26 EST Just Breathe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5938559 I found this lovely yoga website! <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> And this fabulous video on mindfullness and calming down: <BR> <link>www.doyouyoga.com/just-breathe-a-doc<BR>umentary-on-kids-and-mindfulness-31335/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Tuesday! <BR> Namaste <BR> Tue, 2 Jun 2015 15:17:31 EST Time Keeps on Slipping Into The Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937183 Wowee!!! I'm sooooo freakin' busy these days. Yesterday I *had* to finish some teapots because the time was right. The clay was ready to be trimmed from the bottoms of the teapot bodies. I'd made the handles and spouts on Friday and then...the power went out...for 4 hours. <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> So JF and I went to a local steak house for supper. <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> Haven't done that in ages! I had double salad, baked potato and steak. I brought home half the steak and JF's ha... Sun, 31 May 2015 09:27:38 EST Creating Energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931313 These days JF and I have been getting out regularly for a morning walk and it's been great. I have so much energy all throughout the day when I can get my workout in right after breakfast. As a result I'm spending more time away from the computer and more time in the studio. My annual summer sale is scheduled for June 27 & 28, so I really have to concentrate on getting ready for that. <BR> <BR> Chris and I are scheduled to do our first paid gig in September so one night a week I'm over at... Wed, 20 May 2015 10:11:32 EST Morning Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922464 It's been a very long time since we were able to do morning workouts. Getting back into them is simply perfect because then all of my exercise is done before 10 a.m. and I can get on with my day. I long for uninterrupted stretches in the pottery studio, but usually only get them when I can get my workout done in the morning. <BR> <BR> The things that prevent morning workouts are cold weather, ice, winter, and darkness. <BR> <BR> Since I naturally wake up when it gets light out, I am up ... Mon, 4 May 2015 13:19:09 EST Celebrating 13 years with JF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920860 Today is our anniversary! We've been shacking up for 13 years. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1063397682.jpg"> <BR> Last July at my cousin's wedding. <BR> <BR> Still in love, still making each other laugh, still committed to making a great life together! <BR> <BR> I'm quite tired from the very full week I have had. I'm thinking a quiet night in will be good and we can then decided what to do to celebrate on the weekend. <BR> <BR> The concert last night w... Fri, 1 May 2015 14:29:40 EST Where's My Cape? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919744 Wow! I've been super busy the past week or so. <BR> <BR> JF arrived home last Saturday morning at 1 a.m. from his business trip to Oklahoma City. Every time I think of Oklahoma I remember a girl with whom I used to be in a band. She had dyslexia and whenever she would sing to the soundtrack (cuz they had the LP at home when she was a little kid) she sang it "Amohalko!! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> JF went straight to bed got up around 9 a.m. and we did some errands in town after breakfast... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 14:46:33 EST Food Porn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917870 Here's a rather interesting article on food "porn" and what it does to our brains. Check it out here: http://www.msn.com/en-ca/foodanddrink/food<BR>news/what-food-porn-does-to-the-brain/<BR>ar-AAbmqPI?ocid=LENDHP <BR> <BR> And remember to delete the spaces between the letters when copying and pasting into your browser. <BR> <BR> Alternately I will give you the linky dink just in case it works this time. <BR> <BR> <link>www.msn.com/en-ca/foodanddrink/foodn<BR>ews/what-food-porn-does-to-t... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 09:49:03 EST All By Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916933 JF called me early from work on Wednesday saying he had to take a business trip to Oklahoma City to see some of his company's customers who were having problems integrating software that his company makes. They couldn't resolve issues over the phone so he and their customer service rep, Meagan got on a plane at 6 am Thursday, which meant poor JF got up at 2:50 a.m., left the house at 3 a.m. for the hour long drive to the airport and since going from Canada to the U.S. in "international" he a... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:10:59 EST The "After" Myth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916055 My sister shared this blog post on Facebook today. It's a REALLY good blog. I hope you will take a few minutes to read it. <BR> <link>https://cannebodyhearme.word press.com/2015/04/13/the-after-myth/ </link> <BR> <BR> I think the link won't work because when I use the "add link" button it repeats the https:// so just take one of those https:// out of there. <BR> <BR> Have a spectacular Thursday, everyone! <BR> <BR> Looks like there might be trouble with the link or host so here is t... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:27:26 EST Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915119 It's cool and rainy again today, but the sun is expected to make an appearance around 1 pm. I'm going to wait until then to go for my walk. <BR> <BR> Yesterday as I ventured out for my walk my plans changed abruptly when I discovered a tree had fallen across the road. The tree is being propped up by others trees on the other side of the road, so it's not preventing us from using the road, but I first had to cut away all of the branches from the tree trunk, so the car and truck could pass... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:00:17 EST It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like April http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914497 The snow has melted off the garden, but parts of the garden are still a bit frozen. Green nubs of daffodils, tulips and lilies are poking through the ground. Perennials are sprouting. Today it's raining. Rain is predicted for much of this week so that will take care of the rest of the snow and the ice on the lake...we hope! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I raked the leaves off of the garden in front of the house and a small bit of my border garden also got raked. Now I have 4 gigantic piles of d... Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:49:26 EST Things That Make You Go "Hmmmm..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913698 More sugar in vitamin water than in HOW MANY doughnuts?! <BR> <em>40</em> <em>473</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.motherjones.com/environment/2013<BR>/09/9-surprising-foods-have-more-sugar<BR>-krispy-kreme-donut </link> <BR> <BR> I'm not advocating the eating of doughnuts, but the article gives me a good idea that some things we think are "healthy" to "not too bad" really aren't. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 23:33:10 EST Stop and Smell the Roses http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913001 Apparently if you do, it will reduce anxiety. I knew that lavender relaxes the entire nervous system, and that orange energizes, but didn't know *why* until now. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sharecare.com/health/stress-redu<BR>ction/article/the-scent-that-soothes-s<BR>tress?eid=1010728749&memberid=25438243<BR>&_sid=9287ba90-2e90-492c-85ab-5af74158<BR>f85d&#cmpid=sceml00 </link> <BR> <BR> Celebrate the weekend with some lovely scents to help relax yourself. <BR> <em>247</em> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:30:59 EST Farmer's Market http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911925 Some of us are lucky enough to live near a Farmer's Market. I adore getting my veggies from Giselle's garden and hopefully I will be able to buy in again this year. <BR> <BR> Wherever you are, it is my wish for you that you have access to fresh, local, and hopefully, organic produce and meat. <BR> <BR> Here's an informative article on the best foods to buy at markets. <BR> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/food/best-foods-b<BR>uy-farmers-markets?cid=socFO_20150415_<BR>43860526&adbid=10153... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:37:36 EST Your Liver on Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910877 Another article on the dangers of sugar. <BR> <BR> <link>www.prevention.com/health/how-sugar-<BR>damages-your-liver?cid=socHE_20150413_<BR>43745336&adbid=10153178151691469&adbpl<BR>=fb&adbpr=87494991468 </link> <BR> <BR> Eat your veggies, kids! Tue, 14 Apr 2015 00:04:31 EST "Trying is lying." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910444 Love what I read this morning in this Spark article. <BR> <BR> Q. What's your favorite motivating quote or mantra? <BR> <BR> A. I always say, ''Trying is lying.'' You either commit to doing something, or you don’t. You don’t try to go to work every day--you do it. Make a solid commitment to what you say you want and just do it! Don’t try to be healthier. Just make small steps every day to live a healthier lifestyle, and it will become a reality. <BR> <BR> Have you seen it? <BR> ... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:21:12 EST Feeling Pleased http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5910214 This from Dan King, event organizer for Carnaball: <BR> <BR> "Awesome work from you last night! ...your tent and display was so cool! I know you had no obligation to stay as late as you did, and it was so appreciated that you did. You were the talk of the event!" <BR> <BR> I think more Tarot card reading gigs are in my future! <BR> <em>211</em> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 23:35:38 EST Give A Little Bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909304 Ages ago, when I was in the heyday of my career as a rock star, I attended business conferences for musicians and also a lot of songwriting workshops in Canada and Nashville. I had an odd idea one day - I wanted to teach songwriting to convicts. <em>40</em> Yeah, I wanted go to the penitentiary and hang out with scary people, but try to give of myself by offering to teach them how to write songs. Music therapy. Song writing is very cathartic. <BR> <BR> I don't know where that idea ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:25:15 EST The Awesome DDOORN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907131 The awesome Don put this in his feed this morning: "Your Brain On Sugar" <BR> <link>go.shr.lc/1DbPQRn </link> <BR> I read it and I think it's a great article with information that you need. Education is the shiz! <BR> <em>211</em> Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:40:27 EST And BOOM! Those extra pounds are gone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906758 Woke up this morning and caught a glimpse of my naked torso in the mirror and admired the curve of my waist and noticed my abs had a little definition. I thought I would weigh in to see if the scale moved down and BOOM! I'm back at 161 lbs. I feel happy and I also feel more confident than I possibly ever have in my life. <BR> <em>334</em> I feel confident that I can tell when I am over eating. <BR> <em>521</em> I feel confident that I can get back on track when my jeans start to g... 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