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Wed, 3 Feb 2016 12:55:35 EST Excited for Many Things! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6066308 <em>192</em> I'm excited that my efforts to take off the latest poundage is actually working! 2 lbs over 2 weeks. Tuesday is weigh-in. I don't know if it will be 3 in 3, but at least I am feeling hopeful that weight loss is still possible and that I may actually make my goal to shed 5 lbs by the end of the month. <BR> <BR> In order to achieve this I've become more focused during my workouts. For example, when I am walking outdoors, I'm concentrating on keeping my heart rate as high a... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:02:12 EST Making Music While the Lake Freezes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061061 Winter came rather suddenly on Boxing Day or shortly thereafter. We got 2 months worth of snow in 36 hours and it got colder, but it was okay. The temps rose a bit and things started to melt then we got this cold snap I've been reporting in my feed. <BR> <BR> Yes, I am wrapped in my wool by the fire and have happily spent the morning tapping away on my laptop doing various things, like shopping online. Hey, all I can say is that free shipping is a great lure, plus I really needed Sulca ... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 11:56:07 EST Thank you Texas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053921 From the weather website: Hazardous winter conditions are expected. A snowstorm from Texas will bring snow and locally blowing snow over these regions (West Quebec, Canada) beginning tonight. Total snowfall amounts of 20 to 35 cm can be expected by Wednesday morning. <BR> <BR> This means I have to get to town today and get veggies and yogurt. Since I'm going to town and it feel likes a brazillion degrees below zero right now I think I'll go to the gym. I am up too late this morning to g... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 10:46:36 EST Specifics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051715 Sure, I'm starting my January goals now but I wasn't very specific about what it is I intend to do other than increase my exercise efforts. <BR> <BR> Today I decided to step on the scale because I wanted to know what my starting point is so I can make a realistic goal when choosing how much weight I want to lose by the end of January. I was frankly shocked that I'd gained 5 lbs in the past 5 days! It is absolutely true that I have been eating a lot of carbs, but not a ton of them. I have... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 14:21:21 EST Starting January Goals NOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051428 I have been too soft on myself I think, so I'm starting my January goals now! I have been getting by with a bare minimum of exercise and at this time of year, with all of the celebrations, I succumb to too many carbs at times. I know what I'm getting into and I'm trying to enjoy myself AND be careful at the same time. Balance! But if I'm going to eat a little homemade rye bread with the delicious Cuban Black Bean and Potato soup I made, then I'm going to have to move my butt more because ... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 22:58:56 EST Celebrate Winter by Getting Cozy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6048997 I can hardly call this winter, yet the winter solstice is right around the corner. It's not snowed very much at all and it is quite warm (+7 C) for this time of year, and it is raining a lot. The days are grey and today was misty and very foggy later in the afternoon. It can still feel cold because of the humidity, and I get chilled to the bone on cool and damp days, so I treat myself to warm towels after my bath or shower. It's fab! I'm lucky because the laundry room and bathroom are al... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 18:37:41 EST Been a Long Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6044565 ...since I rock and rolled, <BR> It's been a long time since I did the Stroll. <BR> Ooh, let me get it back, let me get it back, <BR> Let me get it back, baby, where I come from. <BR> It's been a long time, been a long time, <BR> Been a long lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely time. <BR> <BR> I think this is the longest I have gone without blogging. Ha! Miss me? <em>211</em> <BR> The last 3 weekends I was occupied at craft sales so my weeks were filled with organizing and pack... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 22:52:05 EST Everything is Breaking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034698 NOT in the pottery, thank goodness, but I am packing up today for a big 3 day sale, so keep your fingers crossed that no pottery gets broken in the process. <BR> <BR> My stove is very, very old. Probably about 40 years old. It has flip numbers for a clock. Very 70's. Two of four elements are busted and JF can no longer fix them. The oven is about 100 degrees off, so if I want to bake something at 350 degrees I have to crank it up to 450 degrees. Sometimes I forget this and, well, thing... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 11:15:12 EST It Takes Guts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033013 I just watched a fantastic episode of The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. It's all about how get bacteria can determine if one is obese or not. They player only works in Canada though. :-( But if you ARE Canadian you can see it here. Highly recommended!! <BR> <link>www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/m/episodes<BR>/it-takes-guts </link> <BR> Here are my notes for those of you who can not see this because you are not in Canada: <BR> <BR> Tim Spector author of The Diet Myth was on the show ... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 10:38:33 EST Quickie Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6031520 Hey all! I've been busy in the pottery. It's that time of year! <BR> <BR> JF is fine. His nose is healing well and quickly. His neck started to hurt a week after the fall, oddly enough, but he hasn't mentioned it lately so I guess he is more or less recovered. <BR> <BR> Artisan and craft sales start for me next weekend and I'm gearing up for that. <BR> <BR> My fall eating frenzy did not happen this year, but we've had pretty mild weather. No snow yet and only a few mornings of frost s... Fri, 13 Nov 2015 12:52:09 EST Rough Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024416 Around 11:30 am today JF fell from a ladder just after having felled a tree that the beavers had gnawed down to the core. The tree was headed in the direction of the garage, so it needed to be taken down. I was supposed to be out there with him. I had gotten dressed and was just writing a client an email and just as I sent it I heard a tree come crashing down. <BR> <BR> I quickly went out to inspect because I had feeling JF was not okay, and saw the ladder was down so I called out for JF ... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:58:21 EST Passed My Exams! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6021465 My dad mentioned a long time ago that he wanted to give my my Gram's shotgun. My dad is a gun collector and was a hunter. He also practised target shooting and won a trophy for it back in the 60's. I remember deer hanging in the basement, being bled after being killed. My mom used to tell us dad was bad because he killed Bambi. I thought that was a bit unfair. I never liked the taste of venison, but I did like elk and moose and I have never disagreed with hunting for food. <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:20:33 EST Catching Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018438 Soooo, you may have heard by now that we (Canada) have a new Prime Minister. It is not the one I would have chosen, yet this one gives me a bit of hope that Canadian dignity will be restored...eventually...if promises are to be believed when spoken by a politician. <BR> <BR> I would have like to have seen the Green Party leader Elizabeth May as our PM, but the Green Party isn't as popular as the other 4 parties (The Conservative party led by our old PM who has now resigned from his post, ... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 22:01:05 EST Feeling Accomplished http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012434 The glaze kiln is firing one last time before my fall sale this Thanksgiving long weekend. It should be finished in about 10 - 11 hours. Tomorrow family will arrive for our celebration and everything is ready! Val came home with her dad and she helped me around the house this evening while we were catching up and listening to Alabama Shakes. Check it out y'all: <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-5O<BR>X7CO26c </link> <BR> <BR> This week has been incredibly busy and challengi... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 23:45:58 EST Burning The Midnight Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6010155 Finally! I am in bed. It's after 2 a.m., Tuesday morning. What a day. I can't believe I am still awake. <BR> <BR> I started glazing some earthenware pottery on the weekend - wine cups and wine jugs - and it was taking so long to finish. Today I was still working on the jugs and at one point I decided to see how long it took me to finish painting glaze on a series of jugs that are decorated with multi coloured stripes. After timing myself doing a portion of this job I multiplied it by... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 02:36:23 EST 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