IMLEENEY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IMLEENEY IMLEENEY'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/ 'Fessin' up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138403 Oh my, oh my! I've gone from being fairly disinterested in food to having periods in the day...usually late afternoon and evening...when I feel the obsession with food is back, and I'm acting on it! My skinny jeans are feeling a tad uncomfortable these days, and the holidays aren't even here yet! <BR> <BR> My take on this is always that it's not about the food. It's not so much what I'm eating, but what's eating me. The puzzling part of this is that I seldom know what's eating me. Life is g... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 12:48:44 EST Last Words http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123904 Interesting things have been showing up in my inbox lately. Today, for example was a story someone shared about a woman who survived the holocaust. She related that her last words to her brother, they were both youngsters, were angry and critical. She never saw her brother again. 'Act as if the words you speak may be the last words you speak' is the lesson she shared and the way she dedicated her life to speaking thereafter. She suggested that our words be able to stand the test of being our ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 18:15:44 EST Bo's Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095567 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l266908242.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Meet Bo, the newest member of our family. We rescued him about a month ago and today's his birthday...5 years old. It's been 3 years since we lost Lucy, our last Standard Poodle, and it has taken me all this time to be receptive to getting another dog. But I am oh so glad we did. This one is a charmer, a goof ball, a lover. <BR> <BR> I like it when my friends know each other, so I thought I'd introduce him. <BR> ... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:32:33 EST Hello again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090984 Hi Spark friends, I think I last posted here sometime in June! For some reason, still unclear to me, I had stopped receiving email notifications from Spark and it just became too time consuming to try to navigate the site without those prompts. Then a few weeks ago the gods smiled on me and for whatever reason, I once again began receiving communications from the site. Yay! Trouble is, I am now out of the habit of posting! I have been lurking in the background for a while and still feel a bit... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 09:04:20 EST Little Help, Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4923975 Yes, I've been MIA and aside from my busy life the problem has been that SparkPeople has stopped sending me emails to notify me of mail, posts and messages. I've checked my account settings and that seems to be ok. Anyone know who to contact and how to get some help? I couldn't find much in the way of contact information on the site. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, a quick update. I went a bit haywire after my juice feast. I was fine for a few days and then I became an eating machine! <em>29</em> Thin... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 22:03:17 EST Trail's end for Mr. Wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4908496 I'm off to pick up Mr. Wonderful this weekend. Have a wedding to go to first and then as soon as I get up tomorrow I'm off to Delaware to meet the weary warrior and bring him home....But, not without spending a few days at the beach. He unfortunately got cellulitis from a cut on his ankle so he had to ride the sag wagon for a couple of days. I just know he was crushed that he couldn't climb those mountains in West Virginia! Not! <BR> <BR> I am so proud of him for undertaking this ride. It's ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 09:09:52 EST My birthday present to me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901823 As I arrived at the gym this morning I spotted a female mallard duck who looked like she was just sitting on one of those sewer grates at the curbside. I spoke to her and tossed her a piece of popcorn I found on the floor of my car and then went inside to do my workout. When I came out a couple hours later, she was still there. I walked over and checked out the grate and sure enough, I heard little 'peep, peep' noises coming from the sewer. The folks at the gym didn't have any way to remove t... Mon, 28 May 2012 21:35:22 EST What's next? Results and musings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4877132 <BR> I thought it would have been harder <BR> <BR> Weight down 11 pounds to 131.4 <BR> Waist down 2 inches to 29” <BR> Hips down 1 inch to 37.5” <BR> Body Fat down 2% to 22.3% <BR> BMI down 2 to 20.5 <BR> <BR> Other physical results are that the arthritis pain in my hip is all but gone and I am off my anti-inflammatory. I am also off two antidepressants that I was on. One was specifically for sleep which is fine now. I had some bloodwork done this morning and will post those results when ... Fri, 11 May 2012 13:37:43 EST Day 30-Juice Feasting Completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4875828 I have been craving fruit juices all day. Oranges and mango first thing this morning. Then pineapple, apple and bok choy (I made myself put in some veggies) and this evening I think I’ll have watermelon and pear. <BR> <BR> Probably the most important thing I’ve learned doing this...to answer Skinny’s question...is to trust myself. My body will let me know what it needs physically, emotionally and spiritually. So today I can’t get enough fruit juices. My intuition has always been something I... Thu, 10 May 2012 16:29:14 EST Day 29-One More Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874144 Day 29 <BR> <BR> A much brighter day today. I think my good cry yesterday was just what I needed. Today I have been grocery shopping for foods that I haven’t had around for a month or more. What fun! And when I stopped to pick up my order from my organic food co-op, my friend told me I had a glow about me. That was so rewarding to hear. <BR> <BR> I can’t tell you all how much your support has meant to me, especially yesterday when it was all I could do to sit down and make myself type an u... Wed, 9 May 2012 14:44:23 EST Day 28-Three Days to Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4872707 I had a crummy day yesterday, the first one since starting this juice feast. Physically I felt fine, but I was pretty out of sorts mentally. Just plain crabby. I don’t do crabby well. Today is even crummier. Nothing works. I want to go crawl in a hole. <BR> <BR> I think I would have quit doing this about three days ago, except that I am super responsible. Sometimes that’s a good thing, but right now it sucks. <BR> <BR> So I read a book and it was agonizingly beautiful. Tears were streaming ... Tue, 8 May 2012 17:14:01 EST Day 24-People Pleasing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866458 Day 24 <BR> <BR> B blueberries, celery, orange, pear, ginger <BR> &#8232;L posted early...no lunch or dinner yet <BR> &#8232;D <BR> S kombucha <BR> <BR> I swear, sometimes I am like a dog with a bone. I picked up my people pleasing phone call that I blogged about yesterday and began gnawing on it again this morning. So here are some thoughts that I went through during my morning processing. It’s not so much that I want to please people, that’s nice, but it’s more about me being afraid to ca... Fri, 4 May 2012 14:24:05 EST Day 23-Hippocrates Was Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865326 Day 23 <BR> <BR> B oranges, mango, coconut water, kiwi, ginger--yum <BR> &#8232;L tomatoes, spinach, mesclun, celery, scallions, carrots, cuke <BR> &#8232;D kale, pears, ginger <BR> <BR> Oh I can’t begin to tell you the mental/emotional changes that this juicing has triggered in me. All kinds of realizations are just popping up, and I thought they would be harder to deal with, but I also seem to have developed a knack for handling things as they surface. One of the issues that has come up ... Thu, 3 May 2012 20:46:51 EST Day 21-Tired of Juicing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861862 B cantaloupe, coconut milk <BR> &#8232;L grapefruit, apples, spinach, mesclun <BR> &#8232;D fennel, carrots, pineapple, bok choy <BR> <BR> Well, I’m not really tired of drinking juice, just of making juice! I’d love for some handsome juice chef to serve it up for me...I think Mr. Wonderful has been away too long! <em>24</em> That and the fact that I've just taken about four days off where I haven't had to do a thing. I've heard it called resting. <em>41</em> Today was a bit different sin... Tue, 1 May 2012 19:56:19 EST Day 16-The Juice Thief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853704 <BR> B cantaloupe, coconut water <BR> &#8232;L tomato, celery, cuke, zuke, parsley, scallions, bok choy, sprouts <BR> &#8232;D carrots, beet, pineapple, oranges--beautiful color! <BR> <BR> I made my favorite cantaloupe juice this morning by using the Vitamix to blend it and then I put it in a nut milk bag and hung it from a cupboard door to drip into a large mixing bowl while I went to check my email. After a while, I went into the kitchen to squeeze the bag and help the juice along, and wh... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:23:07 EST Day 15-Two Week Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852066 &#8232;B blueberries, coconut water, beets, apples, spinach, ginger <BR> &#8232;L wheat grass, apple, ginger <BR> &#8232;D carrots, pineapple, mango, celery <BR> <BR> Week 2 is done and although my measurements and weight haven’t dropped much, I’m pleased with the results. One of my main concerns is to reduce body fat, and that is happening and it is visible. My jelly belly looks significantly smaller and the love handles are getting harder to grab! <BR> <BR> Weight - 135, a total drop of 7... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:13:27 EST Day 14-The Juicy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4850471 B cantaloupe, coconut water <BR> &#8232;L kale, celery, cuke, bean sprouts, kelp, jalepeno <BR> &#8232;D carrot, orange, mango--this was sooo good <BR> <BR> What is happening is that little by little the toxins are being released. In my case it’s emotional toxins as well as physical ones. Each morning as I sit and contemplate and write, I get in touch with some bit of my past that needs to be released. Sometimes I know what these issues are, sometimes not. It’s just that when I focus on what... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:46:31 EST Day 13--Back to Normal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4848711 Day 13 <BR> <BR> B blueberries, orange, pears, apples <BR> &#8232;L tomatoes, bok choy, jalepno <BR> &#8232;D Romaine, pineapple, kiwi <BR> <BR> Feeling much better today. Had a very busy morning, but took it easy this afternoon. I seem to have sorted out whatever problem I was having with my green juices and I’m back to making ones that I actually like! <BR> <BR> I was talking today with a woman who practically attacked me when she found out that I was doing a juice feast. She has now bec... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 19:16:05 EST Day 12--The Juicy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4846859 Day 12 <BR> <BR> B oranges, kiwi, cuke, celery, kale <BR> &#8232;L cantaloupe, coconut water <BR> &#8232;D spinach, zucchini, ginger, pineapple, apples <BR> <BR> Very stressful morning. I didn’t sleep well last night, didn’t write or meditate well this morning and just felt out of sorts. Stuck. The enema helped, but I do believe I may have hit upon another ‘issue.’ <BR> <BR> This afternoon was lots of fun. We celebrated my oldest grandson’s fourteenth birthday. I brought enough cantaloupe ... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 17:17:10 EST Day 11-The Juicy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845718 <BR> Day 11 <BR> <BR> B pineapple, oranges, kiwi, spinach--yum <BR> &#8232;L Romaine, tomatoes, cuke, celery, jalepeno&#8232; <BR> D carrots, pears, pineapple <BR> <BR> My big cat, Opie, the fruititarian, now comes running to the kitchen and waits politely when he hears me making my morning fruit juice. Of course I share! <BR> <BR> I learn things from my cats. For example, this morning I was writing and thinking about the reasons we do what we do. Am I doing what I’m doing because it make... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 18:57:36 EST Day 10-Rest Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4845000 B blueberries, oranges, fennel, ginger, coconut water <BR> &#8232;L cranberries, apple, celery, mint, stevia <BR> &#8232;D lacinato, cuke, garlic <BR> <BR> I’ve been thinking about will power. I was talking to a friend yesterday about the fact that I’m juicing, and she said, ‘oh, I could never have your will power.’ I think I laughed it off at the time, but today I started thinking about it. There seems to be no will power involved for me. I’m just doing what I want to do. How does that invo... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 07:32:03 EST Day 9-Wiped Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4843651 <BR> Day 9 <BR> <BR> B grapefruit, oranges, bean sprouts, kale--sounds weird, but pretty good <BR> &#8232;L spinach, tomatoes, carrots, celery <BR> &#8232;D Romaine, parsley, kiwi, pears--surprisingly good <BR> <BR> Oh I can’t believe how tired I am. I had a Dr.’s appointment early this morning and then got in a few hours of work and then a blessed nap. I explained to my doc that I was doing this and that since I was superwoman I probably didn’t need rest. He grinned. <BR> <BR> I stopped ... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 07:50:22 EST Day 8-Juicy Week 1 Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841498 Day 8 <BR> <BR> B çoconut water, cantaloupe, strawberries, lime <BR> L çoconut water, pineapple pears <BR> D coconut water, blueberries, celery, cuke, ginger <BR> <BR> Craving fruit juices today, so that’s what I’ve been drinking...just could not face greens today! <BR> <BR> Week #1 Results <BR> <BR> Weight--down 5.7 pounds--@136.3 <BR> Waist---lost 1” @ 30 <BR> Hips--lost .5” @ 38 <BR> Body fat---down 3.8--@32.2 <BR> Body fat%--down 1.4%--@23.7% <BR> BMI--down 1.2--@21.3 <BR> <BR> I hav... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 20:00:50 EST Day 7-A Day Late! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4840660 <BR> <BR> Day 7 <BR> <BR> B blueberries, pineapple, orange, fennel, cucumber, ginger-omg, juiceheads, you gotta try this one! <BR> L Romaine, pears, grapefruit, parsley-another good green one <BR> D apples, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, celery <BR> <BR> Well the guys are done with the lawn and as soon as they left the birds descended. They love organic stuff as much as we do! While they were here, (the men, not the birds!) I did a ‘Raworganicvegan’ on them! I was making my breakfast jui... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 09:30:50 EST Day 6...I think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4838210 B cantaloupe <BR> L celery, cuke, kale, apples, lemon, ginger (That worked, thanks, Freeze!) <BR> D mango, strawberries, carrots, beet <BR> <BR> <BR> I am so tired today that it’s all I can do to keep my eyes open. Other than that, life is good. My body is still adjusting to juicing and I never know what a day will bring. I went to the gym and spent some time in the sauna, ran a bunch of errands, had a class for an hour and that’s it. When I got home, the guys I use sometimes to take care o... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:28:54 EST Day 5-The Juicy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4836261 Day 5 <BR> <BR> B mango, strawberries, orange, grapefruit <BR> L dandelion greens, apple, alfalfa sprouts <BR> D Romaine, tomatoes, lime <BR> Snack pineapple, grapefruit <BR> <BR> <BR> I added some bluegreen algae to my lunch juice and it was a big mistake. It was a mistake even before I added it! I drank it anyway, but the search goes on for a good green juice. When I finished it I went and made myself a grapefruit and pineapple juice just to get rid of the taste of the other. I practical... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:05:22 EST Day 4-My Inner Cheetah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4834774 Day 4 <BR> <BR> B cantaloupe <BR> L apples, pears, cucumber, chard (yummy but I wanted to wear a blindfold while drinking it...looked like sewer overflow) <BR> D grapefruit, pineapple, carrot <BR> <BR> Woo Hoo! Got nine hours of sleep last night! What a difference that makes! <BR> <BR> I’m channeling my inner cheetah this morning. Again while journaling I got in touch with some anger. <em>18</em> In the middle of feeling it, I stopped and thought, gee, you could choose to see this differe... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 13:27:00 EST Day 3-The Juicy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4833825 B oranges, strawberries <BR> L grapefruit, pear, Romaine, Spinach <BR> D beets, cucumber, tomatoes. Daikon, red pepper <BR> Snack apples, celery <BR> <BR> Little bit tired today. Of course I woke up at 3 am. But I did manage to take a short nap this afternoon. I went to the gym this morning and then did some errands and more grocery shopping and then met some friends for lunch. They had vegan meals and I had some peppermint tea. I was curious to see how I would feel in a social situation li... Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:15:35 EST Day 2- The Juicy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4832253 B cantaloupe, coconut water (this is the best!) <BR> L celery, cilantro, grapes <BR> D carrots, pineapple, bean sprouts, mango <BR> <BR> A couple of things I noticed about yesterday...one is that I needed to pee lots more than I would normally. I even got up during the night, which I never do. So my sleep was interrupted and I slept late yet again this morning and woke up feeling a bit down and depressed. I guess it stands to reason since my buddy ‘food’ has left me! The other thing I notice... Thu, 12 Apr 2012 17:24:56 EST Day 1-The Juicy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4830762 After spending so much time planning for this juice feast, studying, setting up my kitchen...and getting rid of the dh, <em>20</em> heh, heh...day one seems almost anticlimatic! But I’m excited to begin this new phase of my life. So it was a difficult birth you might say, but the baby is fine. <BR> <BR> For some reason, maybe because it seems like November outside, I slept in this morning. I’m usually up around 4:30 or 5:00 which is wonderful because then by 8:00 I feel like I’ve got half... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 18:04:26 EST Checking In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4826505 How'm I doing? Well, I was sitting here this morning catching up on my reading and I kept blinking and thinking...wow, my eyes are really changing. Should I be worried? I can't see as well as I used to, and I haven't even started my juice feast yet. What gives? I looked again and then tried reading without the glasses on and I could see better. Just didn't make sense to me. I took the glasses off and something wasn't right with them. Yup, I had been wearing my granddaughters' glasses! <em>2</... Mon, 9 Apr 2012 07:40:38 EST Trial and Error http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822268 I decided to do a juice day today just to see what I was getting myself into and to get some practice with the process. <BR> <BR> I started the day juicing some cantaloupe and added some coconut water and a bit of lime juice. Pretty yummy. <BR> <BR> From there it went downhill. I was in a bit of a hurry because I had to get to work, so I probably could have saved this next juice from yuckiness if I had had more time to play with it. I juiced some Romaine, cilantro, pears, celery and cucum... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 18:11:57 EST Resistance is Futile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4818075 I woke up this morning feeling a bit depressed. You know what they say about depression? It's anger turned inward! I was not happy with how I ate yesterday and felt emotionally hung over this morning. I just knew that when I got on the scale that I was going to see a jump in my weight. Well, guess what, my weight was exactly the same as it was yesterday. But the point is that now my 'depression' lifted and the 'weight' I had gained...let's call it emotional weight...was lifted. So that got me... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 08:11:17 EST Gearing up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817048 I had one of those nights where I woke up at 3 am and couldn't go back to sleep. Stress is rearing its ugly head again...still...whatever. When I first decided to do a juice feast I planned it to coincide with Mr. Wonderful's cross country bicycle trip. I figured it would be easier then because I wouldn't have to worry about planning meals for him and could just concentrate on feeding myself. However, he also won't be here to lend support. So he's leaving this Sat., and my good friend Food is... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 15:15:44 EST There is no 'There' Out There! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4814724 I pirated this from Caroljean64. Heartfelt thanks to her for posting it. <BR> <BR> <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/solve-your-probl<BR>ems-and-set-yourself-free-with-percept<BR>ual-language/?utm_source=The+Tiny+Budd<BR>ha+List&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=<BR>755b9c083f-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN </link> <BR> <BR> In my preparations for my upcoming juice feast, I have been dealing with issues as they arise, many of them dealing with how I perceive the world and its workings. This article on perceptu... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 10:15:27 EST A Day in the Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4810293 As I prepare for my juice feast I am in a state of wonder about all the issues both past and current that come up for my closer inspection. Each morning as I go through my routine of breathing exercises, meditation, reading and writing, I dislodge another chunk of my personal iceberg and dissolve it. This stuff can be anything from the idea of giving up my beloved coffee to the ponderous guilt I feel over something that I've been carrying around for thirty years or more. I may need help with ... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:57:59 EST Healing Power of Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4805100 If you read my blog yesterday, you know that the weekend was spent battling my evil twin...the one that wants me to eat junky food, or even too much good food. So last night right before I went to sleep, I asked to have a healing dream, one that I would remember, one that would empower me to deal with the emotional crap that is causing these outbursts of crap craving. Sure enough, right before I woke this morning I had that dream. I won't go into a lot of detail cause I have to leave for the ... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 08:10:12 EST My Evil Twin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4804199 I have been looking forward to my upcoming juice feast, now only about a couple of weeks away. But for the last couple of days, my evil twin has raised her ugly head and offered some resistance. Wouldn't you like a candy bar? she asks. Or how about a burger...a nice veggie burger with all the works? Maybe we could order a pizza. You won't be having that for a while. Oh, don't worry about the weight gain, the heavy, sluggish feeling, the self-hate...you'll be fine. All of that will go away ... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 15:59:44 EST Remember those New Year's resolutions? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4794393 Well, here it is, a quarter of the year almost gone. Do you know where your New Year's resolutions are? There I was minding my own business this morning, meditating along with davidji from the Chopra center, and he asked us to choose a mantra...basically an affirmation...to fill our minds as we meditated. What popped up for me was forgiveness. A little background here might be helpful. This is one of my New Year's resolutions: <BR> <BR> ' I am willing to give up my propensity to be judgment... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 06:34:54 EST Oh, what a beautiful morning! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4793089 Oh, I so need my quiet time in the mornings. I've been getting up around 4:00 for the past few months and having a couple of hours to pray, meditate and journal. It is bliss. I am a person who needs time to process both the external and internal events in my life, and busy as my days are, early morning is about the only time when it is truly quiet and conducive to introspection. I love this time of day. Always have. It's about a true sense of awakening for me. I woke up pretty snarky this mor... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 09:33:39 EST Mr. Wonderful's Excellent Adventure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4783144 Mr. Wonderful is planning the trip of a lifetime. Ever since he was a in his late teens...and kids, that was 5 decades ago...he has wanted to ride his bicycle across the country. Well this year he is doing it. He is going with a group and riding for a charity. They will start in San Diego and finish somewhere in Delaware. He is like a little kid looking forward to this! And just to make it interesting, he had arthroscopic knee surgery last week. So he's been doing rehab like crazy, raising m... Mon, 12 Mar 2012 07:24:38 EST Awesome video! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4780594 Awesome video...just had to share! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=EEu42L<BR>0ufBY </link> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 12:09:21 EST We have met the enemy, and he is us. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777122 Yes, I'm sorry to say this is so. My morning journaling has been such an eye-opener for me. Most times I just start out with whatever banalities are surfacing at the moment, but as i get into writing I often come across issues that have emotional juice for me. Today I got in touch with how critical and judgmental I can be. Not that I do this consciously or maliciously, but i am aware of that stream of consciousness that is always ongoing and how often i make comparisons or judgements about ot... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 10:00:55 EST The Big Fat Ugly Blues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4773193 For the past 24 hours or so I've had a case of the Big Fat Ugly Blues! Yup. I'm sure most of you are familiar with the syndrome, so I won't go into a lot of details except to say that in my case it involved eating too much of a good thing and essentially being down on everything and everyone....especially myself. I hate it when I get like that because I feel stuck, not myself, spinning my wheels, lazy, lethargic...and on and on. <BR> <BR> Today, I have reinhabited my body and am happy to b... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 07:53:58 EST Lighten up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4769810 I think I lost about 10 pounds in my morning meditation! This meditation was about letting go of everything that weighs us down. Everything that we think we are, but really aren't. What we are, if I can paraphrase, is pure spirit inhabiting a physical form. The true me is weightless. Carry that idea around with you today. <em>41</em> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 10:30:04 EST Giggle Belly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4768152 The Chopra meditation this morning was Laughter. What a hoot! It began with a sound recording of people enjoying some deep belly laughing. The idea was to join in. After a few minutes the laughter died down and the meditation began, but with a wide internal grin. I will carry that into my day. <BR> <BR> It reminded me of high school. I dated a wrestler for a while and he told me that the wrestling team used to warm up by playing Giggle Belly. They would lie down on their backs on the mat, e... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 06:51:24 EST Miracles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4766560 <BR> Miracles... seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always. <BR> -Willa Cather <BR> <BR> Isn't that lovely....I just wanted to share it. Fri, 2 Mar 2012 06:15:23 EST A New Take on Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4764653 Well, it happened again! Another eye opening meditation/journaling session. Today I learned to see food in a different way. Food is my most intimate connection with the environment. When I stop to think about it, I actually take some foreign object...food (hopefully raw and organic)...and put it into my body. Through the miracle of digestion, it literally becomes me! Egad! That sure puts things in a whole new perspective! It is an exchange of information and energy. Think about it. <BR> <BR... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 07:10:04 EST It's always something! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4762786 It just goes to show you, it's always something--if it ain't one thing, it's another-Roseanneroseannadanna <BR> <BR> I like this line so much I just added it to my signature. Here's what brought it up for me. As you may know if you have been reading my blogs, I have come upon a wonderful early morning routine. I get up at about 4:30...yes, I am retired and I know I could sleep in, but I've always loved this part of the day...and after a few stretches, I listen to a meditation and follow it ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 07:01:49 EST Transformation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4757663 We transform the world by transforming ourselves. I just emerged from another very powerful meditation/journaling experience and want to see if I can condense a bit of it...I want to get back to the Garden. That's how I want to eat. <BR> <BR> Last night I went with some friends to see War Horse. I have to say up front that I'm a sucker for horses. They move me. Always have, ever since I was a kid. I cry at the Kentucky Derby. It's something about their nobility and their great heart. There a... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 10:03:26 EST