IACTA_ALEA_EST's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IACTA%5FALEA%5FEST IACTA_ALEA_EST'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/ an other wednesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416766 I have felt adrift the last few days, some nights sleeping less than four hours with thunderstorms raging into the morning. I have a wet basement today, but given what I saw on my bike ride this morning, it was par for the course. Everywhere there is standing water. <BR> <BR> I start working with a private client today and feel the extra hour I stayed in bed helped me achieve 8 hours. <BR> <BR> I received a copy of Ty Bollinger's book at the library and enjoying comparing it to Dr. Agus,... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:14:39 EST busy but not gone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413802 Been a few days since I have blogged. Got the iphone sorted out and have been testing task manager apps. I have started using wunderlist and have been more productive as I schedule and knock out tasks and habits. <BR> <BR> I am now using a CDMA iphone and the reception is pretty good. It will be sad to drop my cable modem and tv but that was the way to add the iphone without significant extra cost. I love you NCIS, and TCM. <BR> TTFN. <BR> <BR> Today I built a birdhouse with my table ... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 00:39:34 EST barometer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409373 I wonder what's up with me. I dont have a taste for vegetables at all, or nutribullet shakes. I pushed myself to eat some honeydew melon yesterday. I still pass on the coffee cream. Im in short supply of pants that fit well, and it will soon be time to replace them with smaller ones. Overall the changes are slow and I feel on track for my maintenance habits. <BR> <BR> I found myself wondering about the effects of changes in atmospheric pressure on appetite. We are in this pattern of ap... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 08:18:51 EST black coffee and an iphone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5406845 the whole smartphone thing is intense. I remind myself, that now is the lower pressure time to move over to a new technology but zoiks! a new carrier and device and I dont get a signal inside my house. <BR> <BR> I will be spending time at the apple store I see. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I am still ok with the black coffee. I dont know whether it has an impact on other food/fat consumption but time will tell. <BR> <BR> Happy Sunday! Sun, 30 Jun 2013 23:13:05 EST no fat, less coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404778 I have been sipping on the same cup of coffee all day, without my usual dose of half and half. After skimming Kessler's book it occurred to me, I am drinking a little coffee with my cream, and the less cream, perhaps the less coffee. <BR> <BR> I have never been tempted by the fake stuff, but in a pinch I have used it. I think I will stick to iced, black coffee and see what happens. <BR> <BR> Part of the food rehab suggestion is to identify food cues...and be ready for them. <BR> Cue: co... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:18:37 EST kessler - brain hijacked by fat sugar and salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404119 I picked up a few Kessler titles at the library, "The end of overeating" on audio recommended by carolyn sutton and a print copy of "Your food is fooling you or how your brain is hijacked by sugar fat and salt". <BR> <BR> A few interesting ideas - "Overeating is a result of changes in the reward center of the brain." <BR> <BR> Conditioning kids to food means that when kids are repeatedly exposed to food cues, their reward center becomes hyperactive. They will repeat these patterns even if ... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 23:58:04 EST mixed feelings about coffee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402442 I am torn about whether or not I should be drinking even a little coffee. I suspect coffee is one of those silent triggers that keeps me under optimal functioning. <BR> <BR> Today I made no coffee and I am a slinky-like in my energy level. Started the day with a bike ride and that did not energize me. <BR> Ate a macrobiotic lunch and that didnt energize me. I really dislike needing coffee. I had decaf tea with a little chai. Nada. <BR> <BR> Perhaps tomorrow will be better without coffe... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:54:40 EST suffering http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400861 I talked to a stranger tonight about the end of life. Why people avoid nursing homes. One of those brief exchanges that are heartfelt and open. At lot of western philosophies look to minimize suffering, but I prefer the buddhist view that suffering is a human condition that can be ended with truth and following the eight fold path. I have studied very little but what I read seem to be true: too much attachment to eating and attaining things has created suffering. There are foods that se... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:50:39 EST pocket change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400166 Here I am thinking about onederland, reminding myself I have a 5 pound focus. Which means I am focused on 208 not 199. What makes round numbers magic, for good or evil? The concept behind them? <BR> <BR> Why is 50 so much scarier than 49 for an age? Why is $1.99 better than $2.01? We are talking pocket change. <BR> <BR> I think I am doing really well when I get a message from Body Media that is has been more than 2 weeks since a weigh-in. I am trying not to let the "magic" of li... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:01:43 EST lusty thoughts about cannolis http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5397243 A.M. thoughts : <BR> Today, I am going to rise above. I am well- rested! I have a fridge full of fresh food and I want for nothing. I am blessed. I will make the most of what I have. <BR> <BR> I will follow the meals I have chosen, and finish the path projects, now that the taproots are removed. I will clean out and organize 1 space of the garage - jars, jugs and cans. I will bring the new insulation to attic. <BR> <BR> P.M. reality: <BR> I hit the supply store at dinner time and sto... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:42:19 EST up early for garbage day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5396123 I think of cleaning the house as in sync with following the spark program. I like the idea of purging my living space of unnecessary items including dog hair, but also clutter. I posted three things on freecycle yesterday that I dont need (isnt that the tip of the iceberg) and put out an old window and box spring on the curb for garbage day. <BR> <BR> The only way to get the box spring out of the house was to removed the long rails, so it was not donatable. The spring was like a slippery ... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:35:51 EST throwing away junk food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395773 I am the daughter of two refugees and it is very hard to throw away food, especially when a gift. Yesterday a dear friend brought consolation pastries to help heal my ankle after a fall. I ate them, or we ate them with herbal tea. <BR> <BR> I have mixed feelings about wasting food and disrespecting gifts. After all, doesn't a maintenance plan allow for the occasional departure from healthier choices? It does. <BR> <BR> It did not cause me to crave more sugar, but the following day I fe... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:32:30 EST freecycle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5393153 Yesterday I picked up a belt sander for my home improvement projects. A neighbor wanted to get rid of it but not landfill it. There is an organization called Freecycle where neighbors can post or search giveways, and make arrangements for the hand off. I have used Freecycle in both NH (Mt. Wahington and Concord areas) and OH (Cleveland East). <BR> <BR> I have donated and received many awesome things (plants, clothes, furniture, appliances). It is easier to give something away when you ... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:14:28 EST 2 years home, today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391916 Happy Birthday Kohosh. It was two years ago today you were neutered so you could come home. What a great perk that was, huh? By the different vets' and animal wardens' guessings he is somewhere between 10 and 6 years old. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l846276668.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had good results and improvements in 2 of my 3 areas I targeted. I give myself a B for overall learning maintenance habits this month. <BR> <BR> 1) reset my goal weight to 199.... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:29:22 EST tripped over the dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390698 blessings in disguise! Finally I am forced to seek out alternative workouts. I never did those 10 minute 'spot treatments'. The bulk of my spark minutes were in working in the garden or exercising the dog. Now I cant do either for several weeks. <BR> <BR> Back in 2000 an old boyfriend once said to me, "I am surprised you didnt yell at the dog" as I was getting stitched in the ER. We had been playing frisbee and there was premature jumping....As per usual, I don't take out pain on my c... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:33:42 EST that's life in Ohio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384328 My sister came to visit from Chicago. The first morning here I took her to our local family owned organic market where I shop 3 times a week. I introduced her to one of the clerks as my sister from Chicago. "I'm not comfortable with you telling people where I am from". Whoops, chatty me. <BR> <BR> So my openness was a big adjustment for my sister whose sense of stranger danger is so heightened. By the third day she was much more relaxed. We gave our parking spot at the art fair to an e... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:05:20 EST a month of vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382995 It was a month ago today I started a vegetarian diet. For a while I ate vegan, but here and there slipped. Funny thing, is I feel like I can do this diet. I dont have to cook, unless I want to, I shop every other day, so the goods are fresh, and I do not feel like I am on a "d i e t ". I have favorite standbys (kale and grapefruit for breakfast) about 5 days a week, and can often hit 1600 cals of veggies and fruits without a lot of difficulty and 40-60 grams of fiber. <BR> <BR> 14... Sun, 9 Jun 2013 00:53:49 EST new personal best for sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5382266 I have gone a few weeks without a new PB on the armband, but with my sister visiting I got 8.5 hours of sleep. Having visitors is stressful for me (maybe even more so with family, as my friends that visit are mostly low maintenance mellow folk ) <BR> It is nice to have a visitor. It is nice to see my sister begin to unwind and not freak out when I introduce her to a stranger at the organic market. And as a bonus, I am sleeping more with a visitor in the house. Sat, 8 Jun 2013 09:50:24 EST shifting my priorities in the moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377735 "What we are really doing in those situations is using memory, anticipation, and an appeal to our most basic values to shift our in-the-moment priorities" <BR> <BR> Great article by Dean Anderson on spark "Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up" <BR> <BR> While I think it is a dangerous oversimplification, I like the behaviorist part of the approach, plus a sensory/emo awareness. I am still looking for the sensory trigger to help me shift out of crave eating. I ate four pieces of white bread y... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 09:41:01 EST I slept 8 hours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376627 I woke up rested today with my Body media armband reporting 86% efficiency for a total of 8 hours of sleep. I knew it when I opened my eyes - I knew it before I linked up. <BR> <BR> I could do better most days, by actually getting in bed on time. Hmm...what is stopping me? <BR> <BR> I read a blog about eating patterns related to sensory deprivation, but failed to remember the username of the author. Next time I need to stop and assess whether sensory patterns have an impact on giving i... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:51:14 EST riding in the "Ford Pinto" of sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5374449 Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. Thomas Dekker <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1178429869.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You put your money and valuables in a purse, why not guard your sleep the same way? Why not treat sleep like money? <BR> <BR> First rule of saving is: pay yourself first. Otherwise your tank will run out early. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l95103072.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When times got heard in t... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 10:24:44 EST down 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373438 Good things come at their own pace. Using a mini goal seems to be tempering the urge to push harder, and be less healthy. I am focused on my return to onederland and that is good enough for now. Fri, 31 May 2013 09:22:50 EST cleaning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5373038 I am cleaning up the mess the plumber made and loving the new location of my cooking stove. <BR> <BR> The kitchen flows and it is a treat to clean my sink and counters and floors. I am blessed. Thu, 30 May 2013 22:18:58 EST making progress without deprivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367403 I loved TIME2BLOOM4ME's blog today. It gave me so many ways to measure progress besides the 16 pounds I have lost since February. <BR> <BR> I eat scarce amounts of mucus producing foods and lots of foods that eliminate it. I eat TNF bananas. I practice the practice of happy people. <BR> <BR> It really does make a difference to be focused on health. I dont feel like Im in a program so much as not wandering in a fog. Intentional eating means putting some effort into choosing healthy fo... Sat, 25 May 2013 09:09:43 EST body media give-away and challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367135 If you want to ROCK your body media armband this June, join the I earned it challenge: <BR> <BR> http://earnd.it/19bubJ1 <BR> <BR> Grand prize is a trip to the biggest loser resort...plus a bunch of other prizes. You earn points by moderate and vigorous exercise minutes between June 1 and June 30 - may the best sparker win! Fri, 24 May 2013 22:09:28 EST cherries and walnuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365404 I had thought juicing would get boring, but two things happened. <BR> <BR> My tongue and palate have become more sensitive to the juice. I taste the little differences made by lemon, apple, and now I am adding cherries and walnuts to my late day meals for better sleep cycle regulation. Cherries and wanuts have melatonin. <BR> <BR> http://thriveforward.com/lesson/foods-fo<BR>r-sleep/ <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1398679586.jpg"> I read that on Thrive forwa... Thu, 23 May 2013 08:35:39 EST courage to step on the scale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5363159 I finally had the courage to step on the scale this week - last weigh according to Body media 2-10-13. <BR> It was a little easier to bear being back on the program, and having progress in my short list of goals. <BR> <BR> The program is getting better as I add more meals, especially late in the day. I have been adding an oatmeal berry smoothie, half at night and the rest for breakfast. <BR> <BR> My last food shopping was at the chinese market. They had watercress, cilantro, gai-lan and b... Tue, 21 May 2013 08:28:41 EST oldies but goodies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362440 1. what goal would you pursue if you could not fail? <BR> 2. would you let someone harm your body and not stop them? <BR> and my fav <BR> 3 what should you be doing right now? <BR> (putting on the respirator and cutting that wall out! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1152854062.jpg"> Mon, 20 May 2013 15:14:29 EST I'm my own happy therapy client I guess. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5361553 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1212131371.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I shop every other day now for fresh greens. I am looking for a way to track my intake of the groups of fibrous, leafy starchy vegs, fruit, legumes, sea vegs and grains and make sure I am hitting my nutrient goals. So I am cutting up old therapy books and making new cards with calories and nutrition breakdowns for a single recipe for use in planning and shopping. <BR> <BR> <BR> I made these cards years ago.... Sun, 19 May 2013 21:43:04 EST Get to work girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5360297 I've been very lazy today. My eating is right, but no exercise. 10 rounds of websudoku. Here I go, heading out the door. Sat, 18 May 2013 14:33:19 EST pistchios and avocados arent evil, they just need healthy friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358679 It was so nasty trying to breathe on the bike ride today, the air was so full of cotton and pollen. It was raining and blowing pollen! I just came home and struggled with both breathing and the recipe calculator; I kept forgetting that the recipe doesnt show the ingredient list. <BR> <BR> Finally finished adding a new smoothie: <BR> <BR> Fennel, Ginger, Apricot, Kale Apple and Pistachio soup. I think gazpacho when its green, not smoothie, but since I am drinking it cold, it really is m... Thu, 16 May 2013 14:26:13 EST Lemony artichoke soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357419 I am getting some great recipe Ideas from Sally Butcher's clean eating, and another book called Recipes from Veggiestan. <BR> <BR> today I added spinach kale and parlsey to artichokes and lemon. I posted the recipe on the Nutribullet team page. I going to drink the second half of the batch hot, with great northern beans. That will catch me up on fiber and protein and I can coast for the rest of the day. <BR> <BR> Happy Extracting! Wed, 15 May 2013 12:28:35 EST tennis elbow and alltime favorite nutribullet recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356027 Im getting to the point where I am mandating a break in tranplanting and weeding until I can lift a bowl of water. I have a wicked case of tennis elbow but the weather has been so divine for gardening. <BR> <BR> Smart thing to do, which is why it apparently took me this long to figure it out (chuckling). <BR> <BR> New recipe today: carrot and frozen mango - whoa Nelly! that goes down like butter on bread. YUM! <BR> Fresh asparagus with a dab of goat cheese, once extracted, barely heated o... Tue, 14 May 2013 08:49:53 EST digging in the dirt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353920 Mot of my exercise last week was related to transplanting and weeding. I dug so much I broke a spade. <BR> I dug through rocky soil, wet clay and in yesterday's downpour - spring is a great time to move stuff. <BR> I love how many types of shovels there are - rabbit spade, coffered spade, edger, round nosed are the ones I learned today when the searching the web for a new one. A steel rabbiting spade goes for $80 in the UK. WOW ( i want one, but cant find anyone that sells them here). <B... Sun, 12 May 2013 10:38:22 EST tie-dye punch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353489 This is a nutribullet special: <BR> I assembled separate orange citrus and strawberry protein shakes and swirled them together. to avoid the blah colors of bulleting: <BR> <BR> Orange <BR> 1 orange, 1 red grapefruit, 1/2 cup Trader Joe frozen chunked mango and 1 tablespoon tahini <BR> (no other liquid to achieve a spumoni texture and to support the swirling of colors) <BR> <BR> Red <BR> 1 pint organic strawberries hulled, 1 tablespoon honey, 3 tablespoon s genisoy natural protein powder... Sat, 11 May 2013 22:03:46 EST nutribulleting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350827 I bough a nutribullet for two reasons <BR> to get more greens in to my diet <BR> to see if I am ready for a vegetarian diet <BR> <BR> I've been following Brendan Brazier's website (Thrive forward) to increase my understanding of how to choose foods for complete nutrition. It's been easy. Most of my intake is raw, but I still enjoy soups and stews. <BR> <BR> I shared with my family, my sister being very supportive. <BR> <BR> I made a little shopping guide to make sure I have the pyram... Thu, 9 May 2013 10:15:44 EST covered in gas odor - to the showers then charging the electric trimmer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5345302 My corelink armband says I got 60 minutes of exercise in 2 hours of edging. It's ironic, isnt it, that I am trying to eat healthier only to cover myself in MTBEs, hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen , particulate matter (damaging to the respiratory system), carbon monoxide...ETC <BR> <BR> http://www.peoplepoweredmachines.com/faq<BR>-environment.htm <BR> <BR> and I quote " And speaking of gas, the EPA estimates that over 17 million gallons of fuel, mostly gasoline, are spilled each year whi... Sat, 4 May 2013 12:14:30 EST 3 days from trophy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340754 I about 3 days, i will reach the next level and wonder, what have I learned in this four plus years? I am very excited, but wonder for what reason? My achievements are not in line with my expectations. It's time to think about my path, as my armband is due to return from the shop, and I may try out body media's site instead. I find myself clicking for points here rather than for knowledge, reinforcement. <BR> <BR> My stress level is high, but vaguely so. I need to make some tweaking ... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 12:39:54 EST I need to post some obvious signs apparently http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338317 Signs of the obvious, eating more than exercising will result in weight gain ....surprised again! <BR> Stop counting calories, pants get tight! <BR> Here are some other gems... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1408903202.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1869555724.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l661170245.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l412919889.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 14:01:48 EST now if I could only do that with chocolate! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337109 How many times have I bought too many plants and then scramble to get them in the ground. <BR> <BR> New rule - one flat at a time. <BR> <BR> Now if I could only do that with chocolate! Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:54:20 EST now that Im rested and about to demolish a wall... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334015 I have to recognize how important it is to be organized. Last night I stayed up and cleaned the kitchen, putting things away. I feel more ready to take out that wall. It's going to be messy! Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:49:17 EST advise from a renown teacher http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5332809 Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. <BR> <BR> Thich Nat Hahn <BR> <BR> but I like this one better. Spike Mulligan said, "all I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy." <BR> <BR> Substitute whatever hearts desire for money at the time. Just be happy. Just choose to be so, and smile over that slow cup of tea. Tue, 23 Apr 2013 10:40:25 EST Neil Armstrong on EXERCISE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330506 "I believe that the good lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I'm dammed if I am going to use mine running up and down the street." (From the book of quotes, IF IGNORANCE IS BLISS. <BR> <BR> Oops, Neil! Perhaps today's youth DO get a bonus spin toward heartbeats for wasting some running up and down the street. And bless your soul, you were our reluctant Ohio hero that died last year from heart problems after you celebrated your 82nd brithday. I read on Wiki that your family reques... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 11:16:52 EST good things about being a frog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329763 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l857057340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> being green <BR> sitting in the sun on a lily pad <BR> ... <BR> having bears and pigs and frogs as friends <BR> <BR> an excerpt from "it's not easy being green". <BR> <BR> I guess Kermie just had a a 30 degree shift that day, and being green was a good thing! <BR> What if I shift that 30 degrees every day for a new perspective? <BR> <BR> good things to get going on... <BR> why it's easy to be nice to myself <BR... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 14:46:51 EST what's a little spill http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327483 I am one of women that is really hard on myself....lots of negative self talk about my body and mistakes in life, so today Im going to compliment myself on how I handled the fourth two wheel spill on the arboretum bike trail yesterday. <BR> <BR> The dog and I were on the last uphill mile. He runs on the grass next to the trail and I stay on the trail. Usually. He is harnessed to an arm off the seat post. My job is to keep the bike where I can see him. His job is to exercise and get his cra... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:48:37 EST my enchanted brussel sprout forest and the China Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5323260 I just finished the book China Study today and then went to the market to shop for greens. I made collard greens with a teensy bit of bacon, onions and mushrooms with apple cider vinegar , a jersey white sweet potato, and the coup de grace (dun, dun dah)... <BR> was an oven roasted terrine of whole garlic cloves and fresh brussel sprouts over which I poured a scant tahini tamari glaze dusted with crushed walnuts. I cooked the garlic and bs in a covered stoneware crock at 350 so that the bott... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 21:38:58 EST my frontal lobe is also on vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321745 Rats! I violated cardinal rule of going to bed on time/ Bedtime is looser because I'm on break, but 4am?? Really? Who is making the decisions, cuz it aint my frontal lobe. <BR> <BR> I have noticed that the more normal my sleep, the more caffeine affects me. Back in the pre-spark days when I was in sleep deprivation mode I could have espresso and be asleep in 30 minutes. Now, even a small glass of tea has subtle effects. Ill need to be more mindful of small amounts of caffeine, but al... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 11:36:39 EST meridian points for obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5320636 I just finished an estim course in Toronto over the weekend in dc current, which is in the microamp range( one thousandth of what I currently use on patients). It was a fascinating two days learning Traditional chineses medicine (TCM) of being a model and practising on other students to deliver healing current to the body. One student, a big burly ex-mariner and occupational therapist (OT) from Cape Breton was able to increase hand movement significantly for the first time in 22 years. As a... Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:11:26 EST "instant self hypnosis" a book by forbes robin blair http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310917 I recorded several scripts today from this book I checked out the library. I really enjoyed reading each script out loud. Tomorrow i will listen to one in the morning that corresponds to my spark goals. I am looking forward to seeing if I get an increase in the good behaviors such as portion control, reduction in emotional eating and goal focus. <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Apr 2013 02:04:42 EST i can do this...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310072 when things get hairy, stop and breathe! <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2032871428.jpg"> <BR> <BR> think fuel, tasty, but 300 cals of fuel at a sitting. I may not be amouse, but nether am I a mack truck. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1200728108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> portions, baby! palm, not Palm tree <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2116855808.jpg"> <BR> <BR> check my emotions before fueling... <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 11:40:37 EST