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/ Gearing Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6422014 I'm gearing up for the week! Many things are going on. My friend M is coming over today in the late afternoon. She is a fan of my pottery and has seen Chris and I in concert on an occasion or two. She is now working in the music industry in radio, I believe. When I met her, she was just passing by my pottery shop and came in. We had a great conversation and then she created an event out in our area - Oktoberfest - and invited me to participate as a vendor. We really enjoy each other's com... Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:23:38 EST Bruised Ribs (Update) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420386 It's been 4 weeks since I fell and bruised the ribs on my right side. I feel so much better now, but can still feel my ribs hurting just a wee bit, like yesterday when I was digging out some oregano from my garden to make way for irises. It was more the pulling action rather than the digging, but yeah, I'm much better than even last week. I think it is probably safe to go back into the pottery and get on the wheel again! I haven't been on the wheel for nearly 4 weeks now, but did throw on... Wed, 11 Oct 2017 10:31:34 EST A Simpler Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6420026 I seek to live in a responsible kind of way. When I first came to Spark and started to track my food I realized just how much I was eating, which was a complete shock to me because I thought I ate no more than most people I know. Wrong! <BR> <BR> After a while I realized that eating less was better for the planet. By eating less I was reducing my carbon footprint. Eating less means I buy less which means my share of the cost of transporting the food to the grocery store where I shop was ... Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:53:31 EST Waiting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6419805 I'm going to start a short blog while I'm waiting for my friend J to show up. She is bringing me a dress form that she has never used and I have never had one so I am over the moon! I will finally be able to alter clothes for myself and use the form when making something new. She s also bringing me the sound system we are going to use at Shimmy Sangha. <BR> <BR> Shimmy Sangha is a dance event that J and I dreamed up as a way to get our dance sisters together once a month to dance in a non-... Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:31:38 EST Food Matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6418033 Food Matters TV is like Netflix for health and healthy lifestyles. I have been given a link to share with my friends who may want to check out FMTV for $1 for 30 days. <BR> <BR> I have seen quite a few documentaries on FMTV and learned a LOT! If you like learning, and have a buck, give it a go! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.fmtv.com/one-dollar-sign<BR>up </link> <BR> <BR> After you sign up you'll have access to That Vitamin Movie (the latest thing I've watched), as well as the rest of th... Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:17:17 EST The Viking Wedding!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6416161 I've been mulling it over for days - how will I blog about the wedding? Just photos? Shall it be chronological (my fave way of telling my stories)? Should I post photos of the process of making my dress? The helmet? The time that K&K spent here and K helped me make the helmets? How far back should I go? It's been months! <BR> <BR> I think I will just let things flow... <BR> <BR> I will start this story on the day before the wedding. <BR> <BR> Friday morning - 2 a.m. - JF arrives home w... Thu, 28 Sep 2017 23:19:57 EST Saying No to Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411451 After writing that blog yesterday I realized a few things: <BR> <BR> I am stressed out. <BR> That is not good. <BR> I can not go back to being stressed out because it sucks and it affects every aspect of my life and even my bodily functions. <BR> I'm probably stressing other people out with my stress and that isn't good either! <BR> <BR> My apologies, my dear friends! Please don't take on my stress. <BR> <BR> Other things I realized: <BR> <BR> There is only so much I can do before I brea... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:55:41 EST A Productive Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6411121 I'm trying to refrain from using the word "busy" and replace it with productive. I'm sure having a productive week! <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> It feels very stressful, in fact. Two days ago, I tripped on a rather large rock that was poking up in the road. I'd just taken a photo of some mushrooms growing on a fallen tree and I wasn't looking at the road, really. I was concentrating on putting my phone back into my pocket and then I was flying thru the air and landed on knees first and was the... Thu, 14 Sep 2017 10:53:15 EST A Little Peek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6405466 Here's a little peek into what's been going on with me. <BR> <BR> As you can see on my feed, we are working on our wedding clothes and my dress is now being embroidered. I have two cloaks to make too so I've decided to embroider just the back hemline and the front neckline and see how I'm doing for time. We are going to try our hand at making papier mache Viking helmets (with horns!), hopefully over the long weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm making Val and Marty's wedding favours - fridge magnets -... Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:34:35 EST The 50 Hour Rave That Altered My Forest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6402980 I'm not exaggerating. There was a 50 hour rave near our house on the weekend. It began at noon on Friday and went straight through, without a break, til 4 pm on Sunday. <BR> <BR> At first I didn't even hear it. On Friday night I heard it and thought it must be Mayofest, but didn't Mayofest happen 2 weekends ago? I dunno. I put my ear plugs in, turned the fan on and went to bed. The next morning at 7, I could hear music. I thought that was weird. Was I hearing things? Nope. Rave music.... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:21:04 EST Thanks For the Lovely Compliments! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6401432 Thanks one and all for the lovely compliments on my feed! The dress is coming along. I am experimenting with eyelets and it's not an easy thing to make a round hole in a thick weave linen. Linen is pretty tough stuff! But I finally figure out a way - I used a small screwdriver and hammer to make an X on the fabric and then I pushed the grommet thru the opening. I'm happy with that method. The more difficult part is hammering the underside grommet on (thus making an eyelet) as they are easy... Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:47:47 EST Inflammation and Viking Wedding Stuff (and no, they're not related) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6399520 The bodies' first reaction to invaders is inflammation. Inflammation can be caused food, and since food is medicine and medicine can be your food, here is a short guide to eating right. Some foods masquerading as healthy foods, aren't so healthy after all! I suspect that my savvy Spark friends already know what's truly healthy, but just in case you are wondering, read on. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articl<BR>es/healthy-foods-that-cause-inflammati<BR>on?utm_source=mbg&ut... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 21:13:00 EST Last Day of the Online Stress and Sleep Event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6398310 This day, is by far the most powerful for me. The interview with Chris Wark, a cancer survivor who decided after his diagnosis (at age 26!!) of stage 3 colon cancer, to forgo chemo and radiation therapy (although he did have an operation) in favour of self healing through nutrition and dealing with stress. I'm only 40 minutes into the interview, so there may be more to his story that he hasn't touched on yet, but I was so impressed with what I've heard so far I decided to take a break from i... Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:22:24 EST Photo Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6397500 I used to post a lot of photos here and I've gotten away from it since using my phone as a camera. Slowly I am getting used to using my phone as a camera, and now I sync my phone more often and download the photos from it more often too. <BR> <BR> I chose a random period of time - spring! There are photos from walks and hikes. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/640e511b-c830-42a1-8d87-8dc5be0d1619.jpg"> <BR> Gorgeous fiddleheads <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Tue, 8 Aug 2017 12:24:53 EST More from the Sleep and Stress Event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396578 I have to say, I'm so impressed with Food Matters TV that I might buy a year's subscription. It's only $99. I thought it would be much more expensive. The information is really good. It's all science and no VooDoo, ya know? <BR> <BR> I'm into Day 6 of the event now and I implore you to check it out. I had such a good sleep last night, getting up only once instead of 3 or 4 times to pee, and I woke up without an alarm for exactly 8 hours, just by using a few techniques I learned over the... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 08:26:11 EST Sleep and Stress Online Event http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395478 I'm watching Day 2's talk with Dr. Libby Weaver on Women and Stress and it is eye opening!! Check it out. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.fmtv.com/sleep-stress#.W<BR>YMTkszRXWw.link </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't done the morning or evening meditations yet (yesterday's video wouldn't load), but am going to try again today. <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 Aug 2017 09:12:49 EST The Way Life Goes On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395159 I wouldn't say that I have recovered from Ti-min's death, but the tears have dried and life goes on. The week following, I cleaned up her things - litter box, outside shelter, the little mat where I put her food, etc. It was sad, but I got thru it. <BR> <BR> My asthma is definitely better now. I'm not cured, but I am not using my inhaler three times a day either. I'm using it once, every two days now. <BR> <BR> Often when I am doing something I will think of Ti-min, like when I come in ... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 14:25:00 EST Ti-min; The Cat With 30 Lives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391517 Ti-min is gone. After missing for 2 days with just one sighting on Friday morning, she turned up Saturday and was in a very, very bad way. I have no idea what happened to her. The poor wee thing showed up on the deck as I was visiting with a friend. She mewed and right away I knew she was in pain and things were bad. I quickly went to her side and noted how she looked - she'd lost weight, her mouth on one side was grey and looked like her gums were swollen or perhaps she'd lost a tooth (re... Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:51:29 EST Wowee! What a Little Rest Can Do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389779 Resting - a concept I find hard to grasp. <BR> Could it be because if I was idle as a child I was told to "do something constructive?" <BR> <BR> Relaxing - very difficult for me. I feel tense a lot of the time, even when sleeping I can clench my jaw or grind my teeth. <BR> Could it be because of the many traumas I have had in my life so I am dealing with always feeling I need to be ready to flee? <BR> <BR> Your past can sure screw you up, but becoming aware of your challenges is a good plac... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:59:26 EST Vacay - Staycay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388327 Yes, I am on vacation and I really need it! This week is going to be all about resting, relaxing, having fun and getting out to do a few things with friends. Not too much, but just enough. <BR> <BR> So, I've been thinking that the term "adrenal fatigue syndrome," or AFS, is maybe a fancy term for exhaustion. I did some more research on AFS and read some people's stories and I'll tell ya, my life has not been ruined by my exhaustion like some people's lives. If my adrenals were truly fati... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:33:54 EST Adrenal Fatigue? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387100 I've researched adrenal fatigue before, thinking that I may have it. For two days I have felt fairly tired. Yesterday I was plagued with brain fog. Couldn't string a sentence together. Today, since lunch I have been dragging my butt. <BR> <BR> So I wondered again about adrenal fatigue and if it's come to that with me and with the very little research I have done so far it seems to me that most people probably have adrenal fatigue just based on how we live these days - caffeinated drinks, w... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 21:31:51 EST Things I Do to Feel Better http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384831 <em>524</em> <BR> Well, after blogging and getting all that crap off my chest, I feel much better, thanks to your support and love and caring. I couldn't ask for a better group of Sparkies on this journey with me! Thank you one and all. <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> Here are some of the things I did recently that lifted my moods from way down in the dumps to actually putting a wee smile on my face. <BR> <BR> Laundry <em>100</em> <BR> I know. Weird, huh? This was how it went. JF dum... Sat, 8 Jul 2017 12:26:01 EST How I Can Go From Okay to Damn Sad With One Realization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6384035 I went for a massage on Tuesday and I was feeling really in need of it. I hadn't been for two months and I tend to keep ALL of my tension in my muscles in my back and legs and I don't even realize it until I go for a massage. Afterwards she said to me, "Are you feeling more tired than usual?" and I said no, not really, why? What do you feel? Then she said, "I feel the weight on your shoulders," and I burst into tears. That's exactly it. <BR> <BR> In all ways I feel like I am responsible f... Thu, 6 Jul 2017 11:28:29 EST Catch-up Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381697 Thursday Night <BR> It's been a rainy, cool day here on the lake. I spent my time working on cleaning up my kiln shelves. They get marked with glaze spots if glaze is applied thickly and melts off the pot. I clean my shelves by scraping off all the glassy glaze drips and spots with a big pumice stone, made especially for this purpose, and then I apply a fresh coat of kiln wash. I wear protective eye gear and a dust mask for the job. Crap goes flying when I scrape the shelves and it's super... Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:18:33 EST A Challenge I Can Get Behind! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377077 I wholeheartedly support this challenge! I wish the email would have come sooner, but you can start any time you like if you want to join in. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articl<BR>es/the-10-best-tricks-for-quitting-sug<BR>ar-mbg-no-sugar-challenge?utm_source=m<BR>bg&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=emailafriend </link> <BR> <BR> The link will take you to the NO SUGAR challenge and give you tips on how to quit sugar. If you need convincing that sugar ain't all that sweet... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:32:51 EST What About Booze? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371148 I quit drinking when I quit eating sugar and simple carbs, more than 4 years ago now. It was never "my thing," ya know? I never liked getting drunk when I felt the peer pressure to do so as a teenager, and as a young adult I found that going out for drinks with friends was really expensive and not something that I couldn't actually afford to do regularly, although by that time I had discovered sugary, dessert-like cocktails that got me tipsy and it was more fun than "beer drunk". <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 5 Jun 2017 10:51:55 EST Love This Spark Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363077 I love to walk and hike, garden in the spring, summer and fall, and I practise yoga about 5 times a week, so this article is perfect for me! <BR> <BR> Check it out: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness<BR>_articles.asp?id=2258 </link> <BR> <BR> "A few simple yoga poses can help you avoid a sore back, shin splints, plantar fasciitis and fatigued legs, all while boosting your stamina, decreasing muscle tension, improving your balance and strengthening your core." <BR> <BR> A ... Wed, 17 May 2017 10:52:09 EST My Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6361410 My friend Rhonda is here on Spark now. She has done a tremendous job of taking weight off by training and eating right. In the past two years she has been under enormous stress and has fallen back into some old habits causing a small re-gain. She could sure use some Spark support and seeing as I have the BEST Spark friends, I thought I would invite you to visit her page and leave a comment, add her as your friend, etc. We need all the support we can get! Am I right, or am I right?! <BR> ... Sat, 13 May 2017 13:48:07 EST One Week Into May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359280 As you probably have noticed on my feed, this past week has been very un-springlike. It is currently snowing! Prior to today's snow, we have had rain for days on end and now the province of Quebec has declared a state of emergency. Floods throughout the province of QC and Ontario continue to hamper everyday life for thousands. We are lucky that we do not live in an area affected by flood waters but we live very close, about 6 km away from a river that usually floods if we have a lot of prec... Mon, 8 May 2017 11:42:29 EST Hot Cup of Tea on a Rainy Afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355812 We just got back from a day of shopping. We rarely leave our paradise on weekends for much, so I was pretty surprised at the huge Sunday shopping crowds. Is shopping the new “in” hobby? I honestly thought people preferred to be at home with their families instead of in a mall or big box store. Sunday is the new Saturday. <BR> <BR> First, we went to Lee Valley. It's a Canadian hardware and gardening store with exemplary customer service and great quality merchandise. Besides selling stuff,... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 22:03:53 EST Two Weeks Until May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349850 I just updated my Spark page and included a photo of the lake that I took last year around April 11. The lake doesn't look much different right now and we are past the mid point of April. With a few days of sunshine and some more rain, the ice may sink by the end of the month or maybe even before, but it has been a very slow spring. The few days of double digit temperatures and sunshine we have had has been lovely. 85% of my flower garden is still under snow but where it has melted, I see ... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:40:46 EST Nordic Walking - My Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348418 I was there before 10 a.m.! It felt like a small miracle since I am not a morning person and got up at 6:30 a.m. to get to this "taster session" in Nordic Walking. I live an hour from the city of Ottawa, so I left the house at about 9 a.m. to get there in time. <BR> <BR> I was greeted by the friendly instructor, Irene, who was passing around a clipboard getting our names and contact info. The session involved how to use the walking poles properly to propel you forward as you walk which the... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:00:19 EST Country Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347490 While country living is what most people these days seems to want, or strive to have, it can be challenging to live in a rural setting as much as it is a balm for the soul. <BR> <BR> I don't get out much and I get a little bit "in need" of social time, even if it's just a phone call or a chat online, although an in-person visit is the best. There are few people who will make the trip to come and see me even though it is, for most, less than an hour's drive away. My BFF, Summer, said as much ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:31:53 EST Makes Me Go Hmmm??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344231 I wonder... <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Spark friend reports loss of 9 lbs but their user photo shows them as really quite thin. Photo update needed or an intervention? <BR> <BR> <em>387</em> Why my laptop automatically shuts down when it reaches zero % battery charge WHILE IT IS PLUGGED IN. I mean, it's plugged in! Shouldn't it be able to function being plugged in even at 0%? <BR> <BR> <em>135</em> Why people who channel entities from other planes always have their eyes closed whilst c... Wed, 5 Apr 2017 14:14:24 EST The Ups and Downs of Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341257 So, you may have noticed that I lost another pound. It may have been 2 pounds, but my scale is not digital so it was hard to tell where the needle really was when I stepped on the scale this morning. <BR> <BR> That 1 pound brings me down to 168. I have not seen 168 for a long time. The lowest weight I have been in the past several months was 167 recorded back in November of 2016. <BR> <BR> The Tale of The Pounds <BR> Starting at 260 lbs (in 2008...I've been heavier though!) I lost most o... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:14:08 EST 40 Things About Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339710 I have some NEW Spark friends and thought this would make a fun blog entry. Thanks to POLSKARENIA for sharing her 40 things that inspired me to write MY 40 things! <BR> <BR> 1. Do you like blue cheese? <BR> Nope. Smoked Gouda is my fave, but now I refrain from eating most dairy except for raw milk cheese and that happens only about twice a month. <BR> <BR> 2. Have you ever smoked cigarettes? <BR> Yes, when I was in junior high. That lasted for about 3 days when I was accused of not smoki... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:11:39 EST The Rain and Snow and What's Going On Over Here (since you asked, Karen.) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6339123 The Rain: <BR> It's coming. It's sunny now and about -7 C. Freezing rain will begin today around supper time. It will change to just plain, normal rain overnight and Monday morning. <BR> <BR> The road from our house to the highway is snow covered ice. Thank goodness I have ice picks to strap on my boots so I can make it to the highway where I can walk on asphalt. <BR> <BR> The Snow: <BR> We had snow Friday night to the tune of about 8 cm. It may have been the last snow fall of the seaso... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:12:32 EST Unique Experience http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6335047 On Friday I had my last silver (amalgam) filling replaced....without freezing! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> I know, right? <BR> <BR> Well, the thing is, I hate the freezing. It's the worst part of going to the dentist for me. When I am frozen it takes FOREVAH!! to come out...maybe 4-5 hours, sometimes less if they use less to freeze me. And that dang needle HURTS, and after the freezing comes out, the place where the needle went in hurts. Also I feel rather worn out, tired, and good for nuthin'... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 23:45:05 EST Winter Wallop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333646 Two solid days of snow and blowing snow has created havoc across the eastern part of Ontario and across southern Quebec. Whiteout conditions are responsible for a 30 car pile up on a highway going towards Toronto and it involved 12 tanker trucks, one of which was carrying a toxic substance. The driver of the truck died, and several people were exposed to the toxic chemical and were taken to the Kingston hospital for decontamination. Because of the toxic spill, there was an orange alert in th... Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:44:34 EST Musicians' Meetup and Montreal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330795 Well...the musicians' meetup was yesterday and the folks were very warm and welcoming towards me. I even got to share a song with them, which I really appreciated, but I don't think this group is for me. They are a decade or so older and the majority of the songs they were sharing were unknown to me. Most of the members of this group are in the "campfire strumming and singing" category. There's nothing wrong with that, but well, I guess I'm used to jamming with "real" musicians, and now I'm... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 11:09:32 EST Creating New Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6328965 In early February I decided to create some new habits so I wrote a list and look at it almost every morning when I wake up so I can recall exactly what it is I wish to accomplish. <BR> <BR> Drink water. <BR> I'd read that upon waking we are slightly dehydrated so the recommendation was to drink water. That sounds like good, sound advice. Every morning I now drink a glass of water and you know what? I'm thirsty! <BR> <BR> Drink lemon water. <BR> I keep reading that it's pretty awesome fo... Mon, 6 Mar 2017 22:01:04 EST Food, Ice and a Cat Tale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327362 Oy ve! I'm so done with this ice! GAK! I walked yesterday as far as I could down my usual road/route - Walker Road, which is sheltered from the high winds that were blowing. I had the ice grippers strapped onto my boots and even so, I slipped here and there. It is very icy and there was just a bit of snow covering the roads. <BR> <BR> The road, going down the 1st hill, was completely exposed ice. It was akin to a frozen waterfall. I just stood there and stared at the 50 feet of ice in fron... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 19:09:54 EST March. In Like a Lion? Or Lamb? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6323131 Oh March, you are almost here and I can't believe it. While January crawled by, February was welcome and then flew by. Mind you, two or three more days of you, February, and you might be enough for me to be happy to see you go too. <BR> <BR> February was another difficult month exercise-wise. It rained some and it thawed a lot so the snow mounds at the sides of the roads and garden are less imposing. With the rain and thaw also came the overnight freezing(s). Our road has been like a skati... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:35:47 EST No Sugar Tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320454 For all of you Guess Who fans, I'll bet I have just given you an earworm. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJbF<BR>VJvRqOQ </link> <BR> <BR> No sugar! It's my No Sugar Anniversary. It's been 4 years this month that I quit sugar. Why? Candidiasis. I have issues with yeast overgrowth. Without going into details about Candidiasis (which you can research if you wish), I will just tell you that I have no regrets about quitting sugar. I feel I have a better handle on eve... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:40:31 EST Winter Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319885 I've managed to try more than a few new recipes lately. We have turned to the crock pot in order to cook many meals over the past 2 months, and meals that are hypotoxic as well as less fussy. Cooking meats so they are hypotoxic means cooking them at no more than 230 degrees F and that makes the slow cooker an ideal cooking tool since it technically isn't supposed to get above 209 F, although mine does seem to boil around the edges. <BR> <BR> In addition, I've found that you can put dried b... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:45:19 EST Happy V-Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6316239 JF and I had a lovely Valentine's Day and I hope you did too. Did you catch the menu in my feed? It was delish! And no room for dessert, but I see what some of you assumed would actually *be* dessert! *wink wink* Ha ha!! No such chance. My sweetie had an allergy attack at around 9 pm, which is about the same time I get my nightly hot flash. So he went to bed and I stayed up fanning myself to cool down and then when I got to be my ususal cold self again, I did the dishes to warm up! <BR... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:55:10 EST That's Progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6313158 I was determined to get my fitness minutes up and I did it! I've been meeting my fitness goals and that has made me happy. Today I did a long yoga session and added strength training to my routine. I couldn't get out to walk. The freezing rain overnight made it hazardous to walk today. We're expecting some snow so once that ice gets covered it will probably improve the walking conditions. <BR> <BR> I'm determined to make contact with more friends right now. Yesterday I went for a long wa... Thu, 9 Feb 2017 00:34:38 EST Five Days into February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311484 We are five days into Feb. Time seems to have sped up whereas January dragged on forever. <BR> <BR> The weather is better for walking, that's for sure and that makes me happy. It's colder, there is some good snow cover on the roads and we got some more snow today. It should be lovely tomorrow and hopefully we'll see some sun. It's going to be a tough walk that will burn many calories while I slog through the deep snow. The weather on Tuesday looks a bit more rough - more snow and possib... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 23:44:22 EST On Inflammation, Slow Cookery and The Gig http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307855 In keeping with JF's hypotoxic diet, which I am following too by default, (and since I do most of the cooking), I am using the crock pot often these days. He didn't expect me to get on board so fast, but he read the science, told me all about it and we are slowly adopting this new way of eating, which isn't too difficult since I am more than halfway there with the Candida diet. The two main things to avoid when one is following a hypotoxic diet are dairy and gluten. <BR> <BR> Following a h... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 11:56:53 EST Like an Orwellian Novel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6305037 I was glued to my laptop from the 20th thru the weekend and even a bit on Monday, but I had to stop reading all the scary news and bring myself back to my world, where not much has changed. <BR> <BR> I feel a bit shell shocked, really. It's surreal and I see black skies from coal burning, and the destruction of lands for the sake of the construction of pipelines. It isn't for the good of all. It is for the good of a few and it's a bandage on the wound, not the cure. <BR> <BR> After coming... 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