HONEYBEE56's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HONEYBEE56 HONEYBEE56'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/ IN MY IMAGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4024339 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l956854408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Alas I gazed into a mirror, my complexion for to see. <BR> <BR> But what my eyes beheld, was an old woman instead of me! <BR> <BR> I asked her to, "excuse me please", but she wouldn't let me be. <BR> <BR> In fact she stood and copied my every movement to a tee! <BR> <BR> <BR> "Madam", said I, in sweet refrain, "oh please, won't you step aside? <BR> <BR> I'd like to view my countenance, but behind you it does... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 03:52:51 EST MEMORY: GOOD VS EVIL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4018655 Sparkpeople has some really great information and this is one of the topics I particularly appreciated: <BR> <BR> Memory can be used for good or for evil. If you use your past as a source of learning, it's worth remembering. If, however, all you do is mull over your mistakes and punish yourself for your failures, it's a waste of time. Rehashing failure can paralyze you in mortal fear of making another mistake, which, of course, just makes the feeling worse and practically guarantees future l... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 02:44:14 EST WHERE I FIND MOTIVATION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4016276 You know you’re supposed to be motivated. You’re told it is the only way to lose weight. So if it’s that important, where do you find motivation for yourself? It’s not for sale at the corner store and it seems in short supply at most gatherings of friends or family, so where do you get yours? <BR> <BR> Goals generally make it easier to get motivated, because they offer their own reward. They are your goals and reflect where you have a strong desire to achieve for your own well being. Most go... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 09:43:56 EST To My Sparkpeople Friends for VALENTINES DAY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4015719 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l46725070.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Valentine Smile <BR> <BR> On Valentine's Day we think of those <BR> <BR> Who make our lives worthwhile, <BR> <BR> Those gracious, friendly people who <BR> <BR> We think of with a smile. <BR> <BR> I am fortunate to know you, <BR> <BR> That's why I want to say, <BR> <BR> To a rare and special person: <BR> <BR> Happy Valentine's Day! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l945427424.jpg"> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 01:13:01 EST Self hypnosis/ Positive thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4006105 Self hypnosis is just another way of saying Positive thinking. <BR> <BR> Dr. Gurgevich explaines all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. You’re aware of where you are and what you’re doing at all times," he said. <BR> <BR> Try it: Follow the guidelines below, practicing for at least a few minutes once or more each day... <BR> <BR> Promote a trance state. ... Deliberately focus attention on your own thoughts, with a narrowing of awareness of other stimuli, which enhances your acceptance of suggestio... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 08:34:42 EST I Believe: from my e-mail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3989012 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l541439818.jpg"> <BR> I Believe ... <BR> That just because two people argue, It doesn't mean they don't love each other. <BR> And just because they don't argue, It doesn't mean they do love each other. <BR> <BR> I Believe ... <BR> That we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l748095240.jpg"> <BR> I Believe ... <BR> That no matter how good a frien... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 01:38:59 EST Where's the Fruit? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3941480 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l518069018.jpg"> <BR> One of the reasons why so many Americans don't eat enough fruit is because it's hard to do. Two to three cups of fruit per day, which the Food Pyramid recommends, can be a challenge to some people, especially those who are hurried. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l917436490.jpg"> <BR> To complicate matters is the huge selection of foods "made with real fruit." Every body prefers real apples in th... Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:41:26 EST VEGGIES & FRUITS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3869619 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l319749245.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's time to incorporate extra veggies and fruits into the diet for a good kick start for the New Year! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l708988339.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't worry about robbing yourself of protein; the fact is: most vegetables and fruits contain protein. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l57970797.jpg">Eating the extra veggies and fruit will a... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 15:10:21 EST POTLUCKS? BRING 'EM ON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3859168 The Holiday potlucks are coming up and there will be more goodies there than you can shake a stick at, or (even in your wildest dreams) eat! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l436226186.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'll share my plan that I use for just such occasions. <BR> <BR> First is mindset. If I go to a potluck thinking... <BR> <BR> "I wish I didn't have to go and be exposed to all that food" Then I'm not going to have very much fun and I probably won't be much fun to be... Thu, 23 Dec 2010 11:29:31 EST FRAZZLED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3327706 I got this off my email, but it pretty much sums up an ordinary day for me... <BR> <BR> Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. - <BR> Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. <BR> <BR> This is how it manifests: <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l604223828.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I decide to water my garden. <BR> <BR> As I turn on the hose in the driveway, <BR> I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. <BR> <BR> As I start toward the garage, <BR> I notice mail on th... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 17:47:08 EST Is it the Insoles or the shoes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3171723 I'm so thankful that the physical therapist took a moment to check my stance when I was there a week ago with awful knee pain; her suggestion to wear supportive shoes and heavy duty insoles has helped my knee so much that I called and cancelled my next appointment! I hardly feel any discomfort from my knee at all now; and wearing these ugly shoes and insoles has been worth it even though I hate to wear shoes in the house, I'm not taking them off until about time for bed! <BR> <BR> I think t... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 14:51:00 EST A light bulb came on in my head! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3152932 I went to the therapist again just this past Wednesday (she's the nicest lady). I explained to her that I couldn't afford to come for both my back and my knee pain <BR> and as far as that goes, I couldn't afford to see her even once a week as she had <BR> suggested because we are living as a lot of people are, on a limited income. <BR> <BR> I told her that my back was probably worse because of having to favor my left knee so much; she agreed and saying that my back would undoubtedly be wo... Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:40:48 EST Our Anniversary Day was Memorable! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3147519 Our anniversary day was turning out so nice; my bum knee wasn't causing me excessive pain, my back pain was only moderate, the weather was dry even though the weatherman had prophesied rain; and we were already dressed so when our son got here, we could just leave for the restaurant. <BR> <BR> But just before our son came to take us out to dinner for our anniversary, we decided to take pictures or ourselves (my hubby and me) to mark the occasion. For the picture containing both of us, I ... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 07:09:02 EST Happy Anniversary CHUBBY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3141424 I love you too CHUBBY-TUMMY! <BR> <BR> Happy anniversary! Thank you for the flowers and card! Looking forward to dinner! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> <em>247</em> Tue, 20 Apr 2010 15:22:13 EST How To REV up our Metabolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3130152 Here's what I've found out about how to 'rev up' the metabolic rate. <BR> <BR> Insulin; it's job is to feed cells with proteins and sugars to build body parts and energize movements. Proteins and sugars come from the food we eat. Insulin travels to all the organs, muscles and the fat cells, trying to make sure everyone is fed. This in turn makes the metabolism rise as the natural sugars build glycogen. Building glycogen causes our cells to release calories in the form of heat. There'... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 14:59:41 EST Do You have a Sluggish Metabolism? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3127405 One way to tell if your metabolism is fast or slow is to find out if you are affected by the yo-yo occurrence. <BR> <BR> One in every 14 people have genes for a fast metabolism whereas the others, such as myself, are among those of the 13 remaining that have a more sluggish metabolism. If that isn't bad enough, gaining weight actually increases the RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate). <BR> <BR> Now here's something very interesting...for every 3 pounds of fat lost, the body will also lose 1 po... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:24:32 EST The battle Continues (caution, whining involved) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3115102 I'm so grateful for the friends here in sparkpeople that don't mind reading and commenting on my 'whining' blogs. Even though I'm doing this for my own therapy, it's just so awesome that some people out there actually give a hoot! Thank you for that! <BR> Most people don't want to hear (read) anything that isn't inspirational, motivating or uplifting. I however, live in the real world of hurt. Anyone wants to complain to me about something...I'm there for ya, because I understand. <BR> <... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:13:42 EST 85 Days until July 4th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3104179 85 Days until July 4th! <BR> <BR> When I first got up today, I was both surprised and amazed that my sciatica and my knee were both quite; meaning no pain. It lasted until I got out of bed, but it wasn't hurting me like it had been. I was and still am elated about that and I thanked God! <BR> <BR> The more I did today the worse my pain got, but I plugged along doing things that HAD to be done. I fixed breakfast for us then started laundry (being careful not to pick up the laundry baske... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 21:38:08 EST 86 days until July 4th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3099918 Yesterday was amazing! I hurt like the dickens but was able to amble around and even fix supper by myself! I made a simple vegetarian Black Eyed Pea Stew and it turned out delicious! I made each of us two small biscuits to go with the stew and was glad because they sure tasted like more! <BR> <BR> I really enjoy baking goodies which was a real downfall of mine in the past; but now that I cook with whole grain flour and am practicing portion control, it's not so bad. <BR> <BR> Cookies U... Fri, 9 Apr 2010 13:57:29 EST 87 days Until July 4th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3094168 I don't really expect people to read these painful blogs; I'm basically writing for my own therapy because I find there is something therapeutic in writing; more than just to ease the mental faculties. <BR> <BR> I actually felt better physically after writing the "I'm going to walk without pain by July 4th" blog. Yesterday I made myself do what I could but was careful not to over-do. The day went well except for sitting. Its really difficult to sit on a razor sharp jagged knife. Okay, ... Thu, 8 Apr 2010 06:42:51 EST I'm going to WALK WITHOUT PAIN by July 4th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3092451 This morning when I woke up I was not in too much pain as long as I didn't move! <BR> <BR> Well as it happens, one can't lay in bed in one position for the rest of his/her life, so I had to get up. <BR> <BR> The left knee wouldn't bend, then it wouldn't straighten so I had to use some effort to get it to move. The doctor said the x-rays were good, no arthritis, or cartilage loss and no visible injury. So I told my knee that...it didn't listen! <BR> <BR> I hobbled into the bathroom for ... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 17:42:47 EST I came home with additional owies from my trip to the coast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2938377 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/9/l595414501.jpg">. My DH had a great time at the coast! <BR> <BR> Ever wonder if you should go somewhere when you know you probably shouldn't? <BR> <BR> That's what happened with me. I was having trouble with my left knee and although it isn't confirmed by a physician, the symptoms are that of a bakers cyst (just behind the left knee) and it was (and still is) causing me pain especially when straightening the leg or when I put weight on it. ... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 13:03:59 EST I NEED A CASSEROLE COVER PATTERN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2621121 Does anyone here have a pattern for toting a casserole dish? I’d like to make one for myself and my sister in law. I’m looking for one that will carry a round casserole dish and one that will carry a rectangle. I can’t knit, but if I have to, I can crochet; but I would really rather sew. <BR> <BR> I have checked the free patterns websites to no avail. I don't have time to join the other ones, and I only want just those two patterns. <BR> <BR> Can anyone help me with this project? ... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 04:25:58 EST NOT A RESOLUTION; ITS A PERSONAL CHALLENGE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2607554 Sadly, there is a cartoon in last Sundays paper that I can relate to; it’s titled “MUTTS” and it shows two characters lying on the floor on their back and they are so fat their feet don’t even touch the floor. They are groaning about how stuffed they were from eating too much; then one mentions that there is one piece of pumpkin pie left. Both characters lift their heads and the next frame shows them pigging down that last piece of pie. <BR> <BR> That’s the way I used to be. I would eat... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 13:56:03 EST Autumn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2538809 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/7/b37923253.jpg">Inspired by the beauty of fall I have been taking pictures of the great outdoors in all its radiant colors! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/2/0/b202968916.jpg"> Even the raindrops on the marigolds give a delicate sparkle to the blooms. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/9/b59682285.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/5/b751624550.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/6/b869206740.jp... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 06:35:33 EST Just curious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2368061 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeYscnFpEyA <BR> <BR> Why is it, people like this never run for president? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> Wed, 2 Sep 2009 13:50:54 EST My Hubby Turns 66 on Flag Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2140453 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/3/b733242241.jpg"> <BR> We’ve been pure vegetarians now since January of this year and the rewards are priceless! My hubby’s blood sugars remain perfect (even though he eats goodies everyday) and my arthritis and claudication are still gone. Woohoo! <BR> <BR> I am so excited about walking because I haven’t been able to walk much at all for way over 10 years without the aid of a cane or walker so I was trying to ignore the foot and back pain (... Wed, 10 Jun 2009 16:56:39 EST THE DOCTOR WAS AMAZED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1991514 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/1/b31394698.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What a lovely trip to the coast! The weather was delightful even though the ocean winds were a bit nippy yet this time of year! <BR> <BR> I got to walk barefoot in the sand on the beach as well as walk on the boardwalk for the first time in over 10 years! The relatives we seen there were surprised because we had just seen them in September of last year when I was hobbling around just like I had been for the past 1... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 00:27:08 EST I'VE BEEN GIVEN ANOTHER CHANCE AT LIFE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1975883 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/5/b55686688.jpg">I’m so excited I just have to share this info with those who will take a moment to read it! <BR> <BR> I don’t know if many of you know that for the past 3 months that my family and I have not been eating any animal products at all or not, but I can’t begin to tell you the benefits of eating vegan and how it has changed our lives! <BR> <BR> I say “our” because for the first time since my husband was diagnosed with diabetes, h... Wed, 15 Apr 2009 16:26:02 EST Here’s a lesson I want to learn... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1958709 A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. <BR> <BR> His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. <BR> <BR> As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visu... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 16:10:28 EST 10 Ways to Detox Your Body Naturally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1956988 1. Eat fresh, whole organic foods. <BR> Processed foods contain preservatives, artificial colors and flavors and many other additives that are not good for your body. To really give your body a break, cut back on processed food and focus on whole, natural foods instead. <BR> Adding more raw foods to your diet is also a popular way to start a detox, as eating raw foods is said to increase energy while boosting mood, slowing aging and fighting chronic diseases. <BR> And as much as possible, ch... Thu, 9 Apr 2009 02:30:10 EST IS YOU HOME HARBOURING TOXINS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1942103 Air fresheners can cause irritation to the eyes and mile to moderate lung irritation including asthma-like symptoms. <BR> <BR> All purpose cleaners can cause mild to moderated damage to the eyes and can even cause weakness and dizziness! <BR> <BR> Automatic dishwasher liquids and concentrated powders can cause skin irritation, and the fumes can cause tearing and even chemical pneumonia not to mention they are poisonous. <BR> <BR> Basin, tub and tile cleaners are often chemical acids that c... Sat, 4 Apr 2009 10:11:30 EST Exercise Exercise Exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1934110 <em>57</em> <em>401</em> <em>418</em> <em>405</em> <em>415</em> <BR> I woke up all psyched and pumped this morning and put on my jogging shoes and went for a run! I ran without stopping for a good 10 feet before I had to rest because the sweat was just pouring into my eyes! But still feeling energetic, so I decided to do some push-ups! I managed to make it to 1 before I gave up, but being on a roll I decided to push myself and see what all I could accomplish; I did a jumping jack the... Wed, 1 Apr 2009 16:38:48 EST Reasons Not To Mess with Children http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1930128 A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. <BR> <BR> The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal, its throat was very small. <BR> <BR> The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. <BR> <BR> Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible. <BR> <BR> The little girl said, 'When I get to heaven, I will ask Jonah.' <BR> <BR> Th... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 14:04:31 EST TAMING THE APPETITE (the healthy way) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1903787 You can choose food to tame your appetite. The way NOT to do this is with fatty foods such as salad dressings, cheese, fried foods, etc. They may well kill your appetite, because they slow down the emptying of the stomach; and they disrupt the muscular motions that normally guide foods along your digestive tract, like squeezing a tube of toothpaste at both ends at the same time. These fatty foods also pack so much fat; they add the pounds in a hurry. <BR> <BR> A different approach uses fi... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 02:20:27 EST THE DANGERS OF HIGH-PROTEIN DIETS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1888384 THE DANGERS OF HIGH-PROTEIN DIETS <BR> <BR> High-protein diets present numerous health concerns. While they are loaded with fat and protein, they are low in vitamin C and B. The absence of fiber often contributes to constipation and other bowel problems. <BR> <BR> A high intake of animal protein can be harmful to the kidneys, gradually damaging the nephrons, the kidneys’ tiny filter units. The effect is not usually detectable until much later. Animal protein also encourages the loss o... Tue, 17 Mar 2009 17:05:09 EST EXERCISE A LITTLE...LIVE LONGER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1866680 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/2/b82923623.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Regular physical activity cuts death rates dramatically. The good news for non-athletes is that most of the benefits come from light physical activity such as walking. There is relatively little difference in the value of intense physical activity versus modest exercise, such as walking. But there is a big difference between getting any form of physical activity and never getting any at all. <BR> <BR> Do not buy ... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 13:32:27 EST DISAPPOINTED IN SOMETHING.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1843777 I’m so disappointed in something…is it my ‘friends’ or my ‘family’ or people in general or maybe myself? I’m not certain… <BR> <BR> What is it about the word ‘vegan’ that makes people act like I’ve suddenly acquired a very nasty contagious disease, or grown a third eye, or contracted leprosy? We are only vegan for the healthy benefits of eating to heal our bodies. We are not (as most everyone knows) vegans for any other reason; it’s not for religion or any kind of bandwagon! So don’t be s... Mon, 2 Mar 2009 16:35:19 EST What Our Presidents Haven't Learned...Yet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1833952 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/3/b330482193.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when ... Fri, 27 Feb 2009 04:01:49 EST A BRAND NEW GOAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1823574 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/8/6/b866695597.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’m creating a new goal today; today I am going to do ‘portion control’. <BR> <BR> Now, I’m not new to portion control, its just that since I have begun this new food program that I am currently on, I have not had to count calories or even monitor how much I eat! It’s been great; and I have been losing weight at about 1 pound a week. <BR> <BR> Its not that I really feel like I ‘have’ to lose weight faster, that... Mon, 23 Feb 2009 18:17:08 EST Did I Ever Tell You That I Am Slow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1820357 I’m a slow loser, but a loser none the less. Everything about me is slow. I never used to be slow. When I worked at the factory, people often asked me if I was on meth or speed! I didn’t even know what that was! See? I told you I was slow. <BR> <BR> I used to hurry to do this or that and I was never late anywhere ever, it just wasn’t an acceptable thing in my book. Now, even when I think I’m hurrying, I’m really just slow! I know I must be slow because, “look!” it’s February alrea... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 17:28:54 EST The Addiction of Certain Foods, and Why http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1785801 Here is another interesting fact taken from the following book: <BR> <BR> “At a “Cheese Forum” held December 5, 2000, Dick Cooper, the Vice President of Cheese Marketing for Dairy Management, Inc., showed slide after slide documenting the escalating cheese consumption in the U.S., and proudly credited the industry’s marketing schemes. One slide asked the question, “What do we want our marketing program to do?” and then gave the answer: “trigger the cheese craving.” He then detailed the ind... Tue, 10 Feb 2009 02:59:08 EST ITS NOT YOUR FAULT THAT YOU ARE FAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1778672 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/4/b549450145.jpg">Amy starts her day off being “good.” She eats a breakfast of instant oatmeal with fruit and heads to work, vowing that today she will stick to her diet. But by 11am the familiar call from the vending machine starts and Amy feels powerless. She can’t fight the craving for Chocolate, and ultimately gives in to temptation…every time. <BR> <BR> Paul’s doctor has warned him repeatedly that he is risking serious health problems if ... Sat, 7 Feb 2009 16:58:16 EST FREE RADICALS & HOW THEY AFFECT YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1760098 This is a long essay; it contains (in the following order) these topics so if you want to skip to the topics you are particularly interested in, you can just scroll down. It’s basically for information purposes, so you don’t need to reply unless you so desire. <BR> WHAT ARE FREE RADICALS? <BR> FREE RADICALS ARE DANGEROUS <BR> THE CHEMISTS AND THE RADICALS <BR> ATOMS <BR> MOLECULES <BR> ATOMIC BONDS <BR> ORGANIC MOLECULES AND CHEMICAL GROUPS <BR> IONS AND IONIZATION <BR> THE UNPAIRED ELECTRON ... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 17:54:16 EST WAS THERE LIFE BEFORE SPARKPEOPLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1748608 WAS there life before Sparkpeople? I don't think so.... <BR> <BR> I never did much before Sparkpeople. I was always cooking fattening rich foods…but Sparkpeople got me in the kitchen cooking healthy foods. When I wasn’t cooking fattening foods I was sitting…Sparkpeople got me off my chair. Before Sparkpeople I would diet and fail and throw in the towel, but Sparkpeople made me realize when nothing worked to ‘keep on keeping on’. <BR> Now I am glad to be alive…even if nobody notices tha... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 17:22:27 EST REVERSING TYPE 2 DIABETES ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1742989 Before you roll your eyes back and X out of this blog...read what it says, you may be very surprised! Just hear me out. The following is an article from 2006. Following this article is what we have personally <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/4/b642681337.jpg">found out about this food program. <BR> <BR> Low-Fat Vegan Diet Rivals Oral Diabetes Medications in Federally Funded Study; Study Participants to Describe Their Experiences at Briefing with Researchers with George Washin... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 00:45:14 EST Law of the Garbage Truck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1703552 Subject: Law of the Garbage Truck <BR> <BR> <BR> Law of the Garbage Truck <BR> <BR> One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were <BR> driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a <BR> parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his <BR> brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of <BR> the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. An... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 16:32:06 EST CALORIE FREE HOLIDAY COOKIES ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1617245 THE GOOD NEWS IS... <BR> <BR> Christmas Cookie Rules... <BR> <BR> 1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free. <BR> <BR> 2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories. <BR> <BR> 3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with ... Fri, 19 Dec 2008 15:30:55 EST AN INVITATION... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1600709 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/0/b600170355.jpg"> <BR> You are cordially invited to A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION!!! <BR> <BR> Guest of Honor: Jesus Christ <BR> <BR> Date: Every day. Traditionally, December 25 but He's always around, so the date is flexible... <BR> Time: Whenever you're ready. <BR> (Please don't be late, though, or you'll miss out on all the fun!) <BR> <BR> Place: In your heart.... He'll meet you there. <BR> (You'll hear Him knock.) <BR> <BR> Attire: Come a... Mon, 8 Dec 2008 03:19:53 EST KEEPING A POSITIVE ATTITUDE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1598170 There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, <BR> and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. <BR> 'Well,' she said, 'I think I'll braid my hair today.' <BR> <BR> So she did and she had a wonderful day. <BR> <BR> The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. <BR> <BR> 'H-M-M,' she said, 'I think I'll part my hair down the middle today.' <BR> <BR> So she did and she had a grand day. <BR> <BR> The next ... Sat, 6 Dec 2008 04:12:53 EST