HYPNOTEUSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HYPNOTEUSE HYPNOTEUSE'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/ Here We Go Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5471808 I want to go to a hypnosis convention on Nov. 1, so I really want to look a lot better than I do now. So it's back to work on my fitness and diet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l338913748.jpg"> Sat, 31 Aug 2013 15:52:10 EST My Favorite Blouse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287871 You wouldn't think losing a mere 8 pounds would matter that much. But my favorite blouse fits again! It has a side zipper, and my poor boyfriend used to struggle to zip it. Today it zipped no problem and he says, "Wow, you have lost weight." I have this same blouse design in maroon too, so hopefully that one will zip just as easily. <BR> <BR> #satisfaction #progress <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l696018499.jpg"> <BR> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:53:30 EST The Great Outdoors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270321 What a perfectly beautiful day we had today. I spent as many minutes as possible outdoors. When I get a Fitbit I'll finally know just how many steps it takes to get from the front of the property to the back of it 10 to 15 times a day. <BR> <BR> Today I saw my first woodpecker. It had a red crest just like Woody Woodpecker. <BR> Then I saw two rabbits dancing together in the yard. <BR> <BR> Here is a photo of a joshua tree at sunset. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 21:23:14 EST Magnetic Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264589 You wouldn't believe how many nails are in my desert back yard. So I tied a big magnet to a string, and then I walk all over the yard which is about a quarter of an acre. So I'm getting a lot of metal debris out of the yard and I'm getting exercise. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2099523457.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1803281935.jpg"> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 11:11:36 EST Did You Miss Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5259473 My computer connection hasn't been working, so I haven't been able to participate here much. I was on such a roll too. <BR> <BR> Here I am juggling snowballs. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1174848557.jpg"> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 01:46:23 EST Out of Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254733 I was out of town all day yesterday. So fast food was a necessity, but I also made sure I ate an orange, a can of kippers (fish), and drank water at the archery range all day. I'm trying to boost my potassium, so I read a Spark article on the foods highest in potassium. In short, the best ones are dried fruits and nuts, green leafy veggies, mushrooms, bran, wheat germ, yams, bananas, and oranges. <BR> Good ones are meat, fish, poultry, legumes and many other fruits and veggies. Luckily I lik... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:00:48 EST Hiking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252092 Had a great day hiking around the Mojave Desert. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l381720018.jpg"> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 22:31:36 EST Happy Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250827 I spent today pampering myself. I decided to take a break from tracking everything and just live. I got some sparkly shoes and some new make-up and PINK fishnets. <BR> <BR> Hope you had fun. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l889537594.jpg"> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:59:11 EST Better than Chefville http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249057 I've decided to treat the food tracker like a Facebook game and we've been getting along great ever since. Only instead of coins I get real life results. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1585026457.jpg"> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:13:29 EST Ready For a New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245040 I'm feeling more optimistic today. I started the day off with a glass of water. I found I can add my daily vitamin to my food tracker, so the trace mineral count is going up. If you take a vitamin don't forget to add it to your tracker. Many of the brands are listed in the pull-down menu. <BR> <BR> I started wearing my hiking boots yesterday so I can get used to them before going far from the house. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2074625026.jpg"> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 11:50:32 EST The Rocket Boys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243870 Hopefully going to the dry lake bed today to watch the rocket scientists launch their model rockets. I usually get a lot of walking done there. Still fighting off the last bit of a cold so we'll see how it goes. Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:23:39 EST It Could Be Worse http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243058 Since I came back to Spark People I wanted to update my weight. It's both good news and bad news in that its within 4 lbs of what it was 2 years ago. Rather it was less but thank heavens it's not more. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l908033721.jpg"> Fri, 8 Feb 2013 16:08:46 EST Ready for Improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240888 What brought me back here? A quote from Bob Parsons. "Measure everything of significance. I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched improves." <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1284391976.jpg"> Wed, 6 Feb 2013 22:50:57 EST Gone To The Desert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240878 So much in my life has changed. We moved out of the city into the desert. I just had an addition to my family: my first granddaughter. Now each day includes chopping and carrying wood, digging in the yard, hiking in the desert, and exploring our new home. We now have an electric stove instead of gas, no washer or dryer, and a clothesline. The first 3 months were sheer culture shock. The beauty of the area is astounding. There are quail and roadrunners and chipmunks in our yard. It's like a w... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 22:46:25 EST Holiday Blues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632864 I have been gone from SP for a few months. But I'm having a hard time with the holidays and staying on track so I came back for a while. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619496027.jpg"> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 13:53:28 EST Skip to My Lou http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4423761 Playing guitar is a better way to relieve tedium than eating a bag of chips. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l730954257.jpg"> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 22:30:52 EST I'm Turning Into a Chair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4420090 One of the downsides of being a writer is I sit in a chair a lot. I have to get better at taking frequent breaks. I overheard a man say that when he swapped his sit down job for a job where he stands all day, he lost 30 pounds. I believe it. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 02:41:05 EST Gardening is Practical and Good Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419132 My favorite cafe is called Linnea's in San Luis Obispo, CA and the patio is so inviting with vines over an arbor, art sculptures, bamboo, a fish pond, and flowers everywhere. So I am endeavoring to make my patio have the same feel. I got out there today to weed whip the whole area, and edge all the sidewalks and trim back the vines. Boy am I tired, but that's some great exercise. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l289892208.jpg"> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:06:18 EST A Little Hooping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4417442 I was horse sitting for 3 days and I'm so stiff and tired. Not so much from taking care of someone's place, but because while I was there I took my hula hoop. I could barely get out of bed the next day! My back isn't hurting anymore but my neck sure is. I didn't even do it for all that long, but I guess I'm more out of shape than I thought. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l479038887.jpg"> Tue, 9 Aug 2011 21:03:58 EST Happy Dr. News http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4409315 Yesterday was the big Dr. appointment I was dreading where he was going to tell me my blood test results from drawing blood 90 days ago. Happily I hadn't gained any weight. I was one pound less than 90 days ago. Not that that is great after how hard I tried to lose weight. <BR> <BR> But the best news was my cholesterol was normal, my blood sugar was normal, and so on and so I don't have to go back to the Dr. every 90 days anymore, only if I get sick. <BR> That's a huge deal to me. <BR> <i... Fri, 5 Aug 2011 16:33:11 EST It's a Toss Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3948086 Taking all my juggling equipment to as SCA event tomorrow. This time I thought to make a Facebook post to remind friends to bring their juggling equipment. When it comes to juggling, it's definitely the more the merrier. And if I share my toys, my hands end up empty and I don't get to juggle. So hopefully they'll remember to bring their own toys. Yes! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l525978613.jpg"> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 16:31:41 EST Shopping is Fun Exercise Kinda Sorta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3937290 I'm trying to counter my sedentary lifestyle in any way I can. So yesterday I went to my favorite fabric store and picked out fabric to make a new blouse. I spent over an hour walking up and down the aisle carrying heavier and heavier bolts of fabric so that has to count for something. <BR> <BR> It's just too beautiful in S. CA to stay indoors for very long. So most likely I will go to the park or something today as well. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l101112933.jpg"> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 13:08:22 EST Trophy Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3935938 Yay I got a new trophy today. I got 25 points on the wheel, and I only needed 10. Woot. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l845519857.jpg"> Tue, 18 Jan 2011 02:51:18 EST Overcoming Procrastination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3925590 I've been procrastinating dyeing my hair for about six months. Then yesterday my boyfriend commented on how gray it was getting. So then I decided today was the day. After I put the gunk on my head I was sitting on the couch waiting for the timer, and Nate was on TV. And the topic was procrastination. LOL. My hair will look nice for an SCA event I'm going to tomorrow and an archery event I have on Sunday. I have more confidence when I don't look so drab. Color perks me up, whether it's o... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:22:27 EST Belly Dance New Year's Resolution http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3921224 Two weeks into Jan. and I'm still keeping my New Year's Resolution to belly dance each and every day. It may be for 5 minutes, it may be for an hour or more, but it is giving me a new mindset of always thinking of exercise and doing something consistently. I also take a related photo each day. And I post it in public to keep me focused. And to keep myself motivated, I'm getting new costume bits together, so when the day comes, I can start teaching and performing again. I'm waiting for 3 coin ... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 12:04:25 EST Happy New Year 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3876742 Starting the New Year off right with some belly dancing practice. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l800937793.jpg"> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 12:40:29 EST Ready to Move On to 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3869374 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l45687473.jpg"> <BR> I'm relieved that the Dr. didn't say anything about my weight today. Now that the holidays are over maybe I can focus more on fitness and nutrition. Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:26:40 EST Waiting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3823946 I am still waiting for the baby to be born. Sat, 4 Dec 2010 17:01:15 EST Birth and The Longest Day Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3822715 Expecting my second grandson any hour now. The suspense is killing me. It feels like the longest labor in history. Fri, 3 Dec 2010 22:53:06 EST It's Getting Chilly Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3813620 Cold weather is making me rethink my exercise routines. Not so much fun to juggle with frozen fingers. Tue, 30 Nov 2010 02:41:19 EST Sleepyhead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3804316 I got up early to move the truck for street sweeping and I've just been dragging the rest of the day. Ugh. So I'm just going to listen to my body and go take a nap. Wed, 24 Nov 2010 18:35:55 EST I Challenge You To A Good Laugh http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3798283 My goal today is to find and keep my sense of humor. All this serious stuff is wearing me out. I may drop dead of stress before I drop dead of weight problems at this rate. So I've started watching old comedy videos on youtube. Just look up Soupy Sales, Carol Burnett or Lucille Ball and you'll be laughing right along with me. <BR> <BR> Good Humor...it's not just ice cream. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l84250125.jpg"> Sun, 21 Nov 2010 21:21:56 EST TGIF http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3793953 It's Friday. My 'paid' work is done so I can get back to my art projects. I do want to go to the park today (or something) to get in some exercise. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l132442561.jpg"> Fri, 19 Nov 2010 10:59:03 EST Back From Camping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3790869 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l726385681.jpg"> <BR> I'm back from the Gene Foster Traditional Archery Rendevouz. Fun times. Sleeping in a tent with the temperature at 27 degrees was challenging. Consequently, with so little sleep I didn't have the energy to do much of anything once daylight rolled around. <BR> <BR> I was in no shape to shoot arrows at any rate. I did get exercise walking from the booth to the tent to the outhouse to the clubhouse in a constant loop. I di... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 19:05:49 EST Rollercoaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3776928 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l285400522.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I went to my doctor a week ago I was very upset at having gained 7 pounds. But this week, I just weighed myself and it's gone. Whew! They do say our weight naturally fluxuates five pounds anyway, but I have to be really careful I don't let it creep up on me. I just have to keep the eating out and snacking to a minimum. I think that's what made me gain 7 pounds so fast. Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:29:29 EST Not What I'd Hoped For http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3758187 I started Sparkpeople almost 3 months ago, and I've managed to gain five pounds. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I go to the Dr. again, where I'll probably get chewed out for my weight again! <BR> I hate going every two months just so he can tell me my high blood pressure medicine is still working and hand me a paper for yet more pills. It's all so discouraging. Tue, 2 Nov 2010 22:40:06 EST Windy Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3744998 I had a good time walking and stretching at the park. It's not crowded at all on weekdays. I'm glad I did it even though I could barely keep my eyes open the rest of the day. That park has a Frisbee golf course and I'd love to have someone to play Frisbee with there. I just joined the spark team for Frisbee. Do any of you guys live in or near Anaheim, CA? <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870672776.jpg"> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 21:35:58 EST Walking on a Windy Wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3744080 Work has kept me too busy to exercise. Even right now I'm behind on a deadline. But I need to put my health first so I'm going for a one hour walk. It's a blustery day so this should be interesting. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 13:22:57 EST Axe throwing is good therapy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3739797 Yesterday I got to throw axes. That was great fun. And I got to juggle. I always get plenty of exercise at S.C.A. events. I just wish I had a place at home to practice. It's hard to get good at something like archery, thrown weapons or atlatls without a daily practice area. <BR> Now that we are official SCA members I'll feel more comfortable at events and save money on entrance fees. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l51212525.jpg"> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 18:18:06 EST Steampunk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3723266 A few days ago I joined a Steampunk group on SP and also created another one for Steampunk Belly Dancers. I'm so excited to be making my first Steampunk costume. But my ideal view is of a thinner me wearing it, so I'm motivated, that's for sure. <BR> <BR> If you have never heard of Steampunk, wikipedia has a good overview of it. <em>40</em> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 12:31:46 EST Fresh Air is in Order http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3713604 October is my favorite month but my to-do list is so long I'm feeling anxious and munchy. I think I need to go spend some time in nature. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l747741785.jpg"> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 19:32:01 EST WHERE ARE THE JUGGLERS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3685033 I started a juggling group on here weeks ago and still have no members. Juggling is a great and diverse exercise and easy to get started. Now that we have the Internet, juggling tutorials abound and there are sites everywhere for jugglers to learn, buy equipment, or participate in conventions. So if you have any interest in juggling at all, please join my group. I'm tired of juggling alone. <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/group<BR>s_individual.asp?gurl=juggle <img src="... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 14:30:00 EST Hooping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3675871 When we were picking up prizes for my daughter's baby shower at a discount store, on the way out the door I spotted some hula hoops. I said, "How about a game with hoops." Next thing I know we were back in the store buying 4 hoops. They were child size hoops, but a big hit at the party. Here is me hooping. If it weren't for the hoops, I doubt I would have gotten much exercise at the party. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l315224001.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I also have a new goal.... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 03:17:58 EST One of Those Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3638612 I just want to keep it real here and not do the "Amway Cheer' type of blogging. <BR> Last night I had a nasty panic attack that made sleeping difficult. I'm somewhat better today and was able to nap a bit. <BR> <BR> But I notice when I'm anxious or depressed, I don't exercise. So as soon as I'm done with this post, I'm going to apply the motto 'action dispels fear' and I'm going to do some sort of physical activity, probably walking or juggling. Anything to get off of top dead center. <... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 20:16:28 EST Amtrack Century Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3630498 Yesterday I went to watch the Amtrak Century Bike Ride. It starts in Irvine and ends in San Diego and then they take the train back. <BR> <BR> A man came over to talk to me. He had just finished 80 miles of the 100 mile ride and was looking forward to the last 20. He was also 60. And many riders there were in their 70s. If that's not inspiration I don't know what is. Sun, 12 Sep 2010 13:29:48 EST Oh Look Notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3623156 I just realized the 'goodies' have notes to go with them. So I'm just now reading everyone's notes. Sorry if I didn't get back to you after you left me a note. <em>234</em> Thu, 9 Sep 2010 20:15:10 EST Photo From Yesterday's Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3622786 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l296753060.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l584426982.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l32558538.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I made sure to take a camera on yesterday's bike ride to reaffirm to myself that I actually did it! I'm not as sore today as I expected to be. I'm pretty happy about the whole thing. Thu, 9 Sep 2010 17:38:39 EST Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3616280 My boyfriend was determined to drag me along on a bike ride. I was so nervous and worried, but determined to press onwards. He was getting the bikes checked and I was getting dressed for the ride. So I went out there and my bike was fine but he'd just had a tire malfunction on his. And the extra tube he has is the wrong size, so no bike ride today. <BR> <BR> Not sure if I'm happy or sad. <BR> <BR> I did put on my bike helmet for a photo only to find out my double chin has gotten even bigg... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 20:18:30 EST Frustrated http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3582182 I get so frustrated on this site. Tonight it took me 20 minutes to find my 'write a blog' button. I can't find the message my friend sent me. He just signed up and I don't even know his user name. He said he left me a comment and I can't find that either. <BR> "Screams and pulls my hair out." Sat, 28 Aug 2010 03:14:48 EST If it were easy none of us would be overweight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3568419 I had a bit of a set back when I woke up with a pinched nerve near my shoulder blade. The free weights I did two days ago contributed to it. So I didn't try to exercise today at all. One step forwards and two steps back. Tue, 24 Aug 2010 04:33:11 EST