JAZZEJR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JAZZEJR JAZZEJR'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/ Count-down to retirement--WooHoo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830787 Even though I won't be "officially" retired until December 31, my semester will be done December 16, so I have only 6 more days--less than a week, after 47 1/2 years of college teaching. Last Friday evening, our president gave me a retirement dinner party at the local country club to which were invited 25 people of my choice. <BR> <BR> We had a blast! See for yourself: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1678513557.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:34:19 EST Math is taking a beating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808867 The following came in an email from Pinterest as a post I might have interest in. The suggestions are good, at least not full of curse words, as another was. But look at the first suggestion--don't try to make this fit on a 7" plate. :) OK--at least I didn't comment about subject/verb agreement. (Well, I guess now I did....) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1494059550.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Second paragraph: <BR> <BR> Eat at least 1100 cal per day <BR> Your ... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 19:19:34 EST Now pay attention... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807253 Why did my doctor tell me today not to lose any more weight (what WOULD she have said if she had seen me before my vacation where I put back on 7 lbs. while still trying to eat healthfully)? It's because I've been following a VERY low carb diet and am 15 lbs lighter than when she saw me last year. <BR> <BR> You'll hate it the first 3 days because most of us are carb addicts and don't know it. But after that, you'll adjust, and your body will start burning fat like crazy. <BR> <BR> It's... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:59:10 EST Oh Happy Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748931 I have just returned from an overnight stay in the hospital after a longer-than-expected surgery...but since it was completely successful, I am truly happy. I just wanted to give you, my SP sisters and brothers, a quick report before I head to my bedroom for more bedrest. <BR> <BR> Thank you so much for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> Much love, <BR> <BR> Jonnie Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:07:58 EST How much exercise is REALLY needed to lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745529 Apparently the people who do all these studies have done some more and determined that 30 minutes five times a week will not usually do it for most of us. Here is the SP article that explains the new guidelines. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=how_much_exercise_you_really_need_t<BR>o_lose_weight </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:46:19 EST Homemade Sugar-Free Drinks (3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744635 From Joan & Lydia Wilen's Household Magic Daily Tips <BR> <BR> Delicious Sugar-Free Iced Tea <BR> <BR> This is just a basic way to make deliciously brewed sugar-free iced tea. If you’re trying to remove sugar from your life, try this: <BR> <BR> Steep four black tea bags (any brand is fine) in four cups of just-boiled water for at least 15 minutes, but no more than an hour. We like to do this in a four-cup Pyrex measuring cup. Slice one-quarter lemon into smaller slices. Squeeze the lemon ... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:19:11 EST Homemade Sugar-Free Drinks (2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743978 From Joan & Lydia Wilen's Household Magic Daily Tips <BR> <BR> Watermelon Raspberry “Ade.” Watermelon is everywhere in the summer! This lovely blend was inspired by the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Here’s a version without the sugar… <BR> <BR> Mix three cups of seedless watermelon cubes, one-quarter cup of raspberries, one-eighth teaspoon of salt (optional) and one cup of filtered water. Put everything in a blender, and whirl until smooth. Pour over ice, and add a lime-wedge garni... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:27:04 EST Homemade Sugar-Free Drinks (1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743356 From Joan & Lydia Wilen's Household Magic Daily Tips <BR> <BR> We love homemade lemonade. What we don’t love are all those lemons (buying, squeezing) and all that sugar it takes to make it! So we have moved on to a sweeter fruit and some ingenious help from a root to make delicious, no-sugar-added beverages—all without artificial sweeteners. These are quick, easy and super-refreshing drinks that you can make yourself. The following recipes each make two to three generous servings (two more ... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:34:41 EST Over 50? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736113 Have you had your colonoscopy? I just had my 2nd or 3rd one today, with a favorable result. <BR> <BR> The prep (to empty -- COMPLETELY clean out -- your intestinal tract) is the hardest part. I was asleep during the "scope," which apparently only takes about 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> It's a very important test that you don't want to put off. They say that colon cancer is very slow growing, usually developing from benign polyps, which if discovered during the colonoscopy, are snipped off, com... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:07:25 EST Ready to smile? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729502 Here you go! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4QzHeUE-CM </link> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 01:09:24 EST A Wonderful Tribute http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727589 Hey Spark Friends, <BR> <BR> You'll want to check this out. Another Sparker wrote a very timely tribute to the phenomenal founder of Sparkpeople, Chris Downey. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726181 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 08:32:26 EST Social Media to the Max? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716933 I'm posting this mainly to share a site I happened upon, Woot! -- an offshoot of Amazon. They offer a lot of tech stuff at sometimes unbelievable prices. I recently bought a 46-inch TV for my guest room for $250 (new, not reconditioned). <BR> <BR> Anyway, this scale probably appeals to the tech savvy, but the possibility of sharing the results on Facebook makes me laugh. To be fair, it tracks a lot of other information in addition to weight, but still...results on social media? Naw...I d... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 04:20:10 EST Adios to the Spring 5% Challenge, Hola to the Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706625 Just want to say <em>304</em> to all the Leaders of the Spring 5% Challenge and to all my fellow Teddy Bears for another successful 5 % Challenge. Did I achieve my 5% goal? No, thanks to all my away-from-my-routine trips, I missed it by a few pounds. But without the support of my fellow challengers, I would have PUT ON pounds. <BR> <BR> You guys keep me at least running along-side the track even if I'm not staying on it, so I'm still in the game. I did accomplish my goal of walking ... Fri, 30 May 2014 08:54:08 EST One of my heroes is now an angel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705862 Maya Angelou died yesterday morning. I met her once on my college campus, after reading her first book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," for an English class. I was hooked on that woman as the kind of strong, compassionate, life-loving person I wanted to be. She lived a great life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. <BR> <BR> Her last tweet was "Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God." <BR... Thu, 29 May 2014 09:11:55 EST I am a BD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704944 While celebrating Adrienne's Teddy Bear day in the Spotlight, I read one of her blogs that referenced a quiz showing your Exercise Personality. I decided to take the quiz...and true to form, my answers were all over the place regarding my preferences. But equal numbers of B and D types makes me wonder how I get any exercise in -- I sound like a schizo-socializer. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Mostly B's: Social Sweater <BR> <BR> Pros: You are most motivated to move when there are others movi... Wed, 28 May 2014 07:18:53 EST When the doctor says... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704569 "Aw, it's nothing -- just wait a few more days, it will be over," Why aren't we happy? I'm telling you, it took me a few moments to get to my happy place. My first thought was, "What! I'm paying $90 to be told THAT!?" <BR> <BR> But after asking myself, "Well, what did you want her to say--'We can run some tests, but I'm pretty sure you won't survive this?" Of course not! You paid the money, and you got good news -- you were afraid she was going to say, "Why did you wait so long to com... Tue, 27 May 2014 17:58:46 EST A training program for extending your walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703253 A big part of Sparkpeople's helpfulness to me is keeping me motivated...keeping me moving. I tore my Achilles tendon last July and although it's "healed," the scar tissue is thick, and it gets very sore when I walk more than a few minutes. By the end of my walking sessions, I'm limping. But the more I've walked, the farther I've been able to. Still, because it doesn't feel good, I've been wimping out on doing it like I would like to. <BR> <BR> New day! I just signed up to do a virtual r... Mon, 26 May 2014 05:27:49 EST I Can't believe it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702771 ...the universe seems to be sending me toward discussions on...you guessed it ...Happiness. I always watch Oprah's Super Soul Sunday discussions with various wise people. Today the discussion was on the Pursuit of Happiness. <BR> <BR> It seems most of us think we'll attain it when we've reached an important goal--get the job, get the raise, lose the weight, etc. etc. Whereas that moment of jubilation is just that...a moment. It is much more rewarding and the goal is attained more quick... Sun, 25 May 2014 12:07:49 EST The Importance of Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701871 For the last week of our 5% Challenge, we are assigned to blog everyday. My SP Friends know that as much as I like to talk, I only blog when I feel I have something worthwhile to share. I just read an SP article that brought this thought to mind: <BR> <BR> I was blessed with a natural inclination toward "happy." I know this isn't the case for everyone because some of my longtime friends, and even my own children, seem not to have this inclination -- for them it takes more work to attain ... Sat, 24 May 2014 04:57:27 EST A big, hearty Thank You... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681309 For the time you took to stop by my page and fill it with Goodies and statements of good wishes for my day in the spotlight. Love reading those things! <BR> <BR> And remember: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1043043763.jpg"> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 01:15:49 EST Believe this! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666273 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l767497664.jpg"> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:25:29 EST YooHoo!! Returning 5% Challengers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655994 I have a feeling some of you have forgotten something. You must sign up TWICE to actually be a member of the challenge. After you indicated which team you want to be on in the Winter page sign up, you must still go to the Spring 5% Challenge page and join to be considered an official member. Then you can be put on your team. <BR> <BR> I don't want anyone to miss out on looking and feeling good for the summer! And on the great fun and comraderie that we have while working toward that goal... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 08:42:20 EST A Lifestyle lift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652111 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l594257224.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nuff said! <em>211</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:23:18 EST Just a beautiful, WARM memory... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646120 OK, so I'm snowed in today and a few of you asked for pictures of my trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, an old fishing village still with cobble-stone streets, made into a tourist town. So here you go, pics of warm temps and some proof that I really did get my daily exercise! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l551523786.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l667948485.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:15:08 EST Community + incentive = results! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643164 Even as I'm sitting here listening to the waves lap the shore outside my balcony window, I'm checking on my 5% Challenge team, marveling at their tenacity and fantastic weight loss and vowing that I will not return next week with a weight gain to negate all their efforts. <BR> <BR> I'm making sure that I watch my portions even if I am indulging in delights I don't normally have. And I'm in every exercise class they offer. <BR> <BR> My commitment to my team gives me the incentive to make be... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 21:09:34 EST 30-day ab challenge completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638966 <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <em>320</em> <em>406</em> <BR> <BR> Well, as we do with challenges, I learned ways to get all those sit-ups, crunches, leg raises and planks done each day. I doubt if the organizers of the challenge intended for them to be broken up into 4 and 5 sessions per day, but I don't know if they intended a 68-year-old woman to do them either. Well, I did, and I gained new respect for myself. <BR> <BR> I ended with 125 sit-ups, 200 crunches, 65 leg raises and a ... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 21:05:32 EST 21 Days of the 30-day ab challenge completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630431 Well, now, except for the plank, I have to divide each exercise into two parts. Still my recovery time is good. I'm usually wiped out after completing the sit ups, then after a minute, I'm ready to do the crunches. They're the easiest. The leg raises could be easy too, but I do a little butt lift at the top to make them more challenging. <BR> <BR> I'm up to 90 sit ups, 130 crunches, 52 leg raises, and a 150 second plank. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Representin' all the 'ole la... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:17:07 EST 16 Days of the 30-day ab challenge completed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625795 Not a day missed! I'm proud of that. Can't say I look forward to it, but I'm getting stronger. I'm at the point where I have to space them apart now. I'm at 70 sit ups, 95 crunches, 42 leg raises, and a 120 second plank. Two whole minutes up on my elbows and toes. That's the tough one! But I hold my stomach in and huff & puff my way through it--mentally begging my timer to go off. <BR> <BR> OMG--is this going to double by the end of the month?!!!! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>406</... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 19:20:15 EST 1 Week into the 30-day ab challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618037 Day 7 and I'm still going strong. I'm at 40 sit ups, 20 crunches, 20 leg raises and a 45 second plank. I'm also doing the plank challenge so it's for more seconds each day. The combination is working great. I'm SO much stronger than when I began! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>406</em> <em>320</em> <em>402</em> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 17:01:51 EST 30-Day Ab Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612053 I began the 30-day ab challenge today. There's an app on my phone that checks me off for each day completed, so knowing me, I'll want to see the checks with no gaps. That should keep me going. <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <BR> <BR> There are lots of other challenges if you want to take a look. I ran into this on Facebook, but this is a regular internet link. <em>320</em> <em>406</em> <BR> <BR> <link>30dayfitnesschallenges.com/30-day-ab<BR>s-challenge/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 12:02:35 EST My commitment to myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598138 We kicked off the Winter 5 % Challenge today. I am pledging to myself to regain the serious commitment I had when I did my first challenge 3 years ago and attained my goal weight. I will for this challenge achieve my 5% -- 7 lb weight loss. I'm going to put it out there and be accountable. I will chart my progress for all my SP Friends to see. Please feel free to beat up on me if you see me slacking. <BR> <BR> This is not the place to be all kind and forgiving if I come whining with e... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:29:55 EST Out with the old, in with the new... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592319 Thoughts and beliefs, that is... <BR> <BR> I know how I should eat, but I just can't resist a good ____.... <BR> <BR> I know all the wonderful benefits of exercise, but I just can't get up off this couch.... <BR> <BR> YES YOU CAN! <BR> <BR> Steve Siebold has written a myriad of books on training minds to think better thoughts in order form a belief system to will propel us toward achieving our goals in life. Another Sparker in her blog Erasing and Replacing, listed the following as some ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:57:22 EST Some viable ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580370 In case you didn't see a fellow Sparker's blog: <BR> <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12098/the-7-<BR>things-i-did-to-lose-220-pounds-withou<BR>t-dieting.html </link> Fri, 3 Jan 2014 06:43:55 EST The Supreme organic garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576322 Who knew gardening could be this easy?!! I'm just thinking of planting a small garden in an area where I currently have flowers surrounded by wood chips. Boy, am I ever glad I watched this before taking up all those wood chips! At the end, he talks about how many more nutrients we get from this type of gardening. It's phenomenally simple. <BR> <BR> <link>www.backtoedenfilm.com/ </link> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:08:20 EST We can go nuts for nuts!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572103 Breaking news! You know how we've been told to eat nuts for their great Omega-3s, but to watch it, and eat no more than a scant palmful because they are high in fat and will therefore stunt our weightloss efforts? Well...studies now show eating LOTS of nuts do NOT make us fat...at all!!! <BR> <BR> Guess what does.... <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRxMh<BR>qdmb2Y </link> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:17:30 EST Happy Birthday to me yesterday, and Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571525 The really important one is today, so Merry Celebrations to you all on His behalf. I hope it is as joyous a day for you as it is for me. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a quiet celebration of my 68th year on this earth, because the ice storm made the roads a bit treacherous for travel. But that was OK--I thought I'd have a quiet day of reflection, but my family and friends had the phone ringing all day. <BR> <BR> I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with all my favorite dishes--huge prawns bathed in garl... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 09:16:32 EST Tee-Hee... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568952 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1281763368.jpg"> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 21:47:31 EST Mandela, Rest in Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558148 What can I say? Only that I am so grateful to have lived in this era of so much positive change effected by so many people. But Mandela has always been beside Martin Luther King as one of my heroes. <BR> <BR> What a gentle, strong man. I can't even imagine how hard my heart would have been after being purposely, unfairly jailed for 27 years of my life's prime. I would have come out swinging. He inspired millions to do the right thing. <BR> <BR> A friend who recently returned from Sou... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 07:02:37 EST Overnite oatmeal parfait http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536987 I just finished making the simple overnight prep. This is going to be yummy! I didn't have lemon fat-free pudding, but I had vanilla so I just added a smidgen of lemon extract to it. And I had some non-sweetened vanilla almond milk and some honey vanilla Greek yogurt--they worked fine. Also I had old fashioned oatmeal. Next time I may try oat groats and chia seeds. (I just learned that we're supposed to grind chia seeds, the same as flaxseeds--I use a little coffee grinder.) <BR> <BR>... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:37:54 EST Some inspiration for simple, superfood dishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535696 Big page of Pinterest suggestions <BR> <BR> <link>www.pinterest.com/kaykayreid/dr-joel<BR>-fuhrman/ </link> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 10:33:01 EST An interesting "healthy diet" debate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5533586 Plant-based vs. starch-based diets <BR> <BR> Interesting. I hope I can soon get to the stable point in my journey where I can tolerate a balanced mixture of whole grains into my eating plan. For now I have to limit my starches to one serving per day in order to lose weight. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdxVfi632Xw </link> Wed, 6 Nov 2013 06:57:18 EST Power walk inside! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523515 Hey SP Friends, <BR> <BR> If the weather or work is keeping you inside, here is an SP featured video that is great cardio even done inside. I had to stop for a rest after 15 minutes, then pick it up again. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=30minute_indoor_walking_workout </link> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 22:24:31 EST Encouraging thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506770 "You get from this life what you have the courage to ask for." <BR> ~Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l198251995.jpg"> <BR> Mon, 7 Oct 2013 09:21:26 EST More streak motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505035 I'm grabbing all the motivation I can get--this time joining FIRSTLADYJ1 to stay within my eating limit for 7 days. How brave (or stupid) am I to start this on the weekend! To make sure I can do it, I just froze all the ribs I barbecued yesterday and I'm going to do my plant-based diet FAITHFULLY for the next 7 days. No excuses! That along with my exercise streak should finally net me some weight loss. <BR> <BR> I'll report next Saturday. Want to join me? Want to get SERIOUS about lo... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 08:49:35 EST 21-day Streak! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503135 One of my teammates on the F.I.T. Females In Training team began a 21-day streak of at least 10 minutes of exercise. I joined her today and am inviting you to come along with me. I thrive on challenges and tend to get sluggish and lack-a-daisical when I don't have one. So let's do this! <BR> <BR> Are you up for it! 21 days -- no excuses -- at least 10 minutes of some kind of exercise. If you've been doing more, then continue; just be sure to do it EVERY day. <BR> <BR> <em>381</em>... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 04:21:48 EST 2013 Fall 5% Challenge is open to old and new members! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492720 All my SP Friends who have at some time thought about joining this challenge to give a boost to your weight loss, here's your chance. This invitation probably won't stay open long because we can only add so many new members. <BR> <BR> Lose 5% of your weight (or more or less--you set your goal) while practicing good lifestyle habits, and racing (with your exercise) to "virtually visit" various exotic countries with your team mates. It's a blast, no kidding. But the main goal is to blast so... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 11:42:05 EST Do you have berry good knowledge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452774 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1589059865.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l529438155.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1990251270.jpg"> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:39:01 EST OK, so I'll repent my sins tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451139 3 slices of pizza, much Chinese food and some wonderful red wine sent me way over my calorie allowance for the day, but Hey! I'm leaving my kids & grand kids tomorrow to head back to Michigan where I promise to resume my healthy eating habits. <BR> <BR> Besides I'll be in the air or tromping around airports tomorrow, and I never eat much when I travel--nothing but junk to choose from--so I'll redeem myself soon. <BR> <BR> And did I EVER enjoy myself! <em>224</em> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 19:59:29 EST Goals for the 2013 Summer 5% Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432940 The Challenge will begin in 2 days, and I am so ready! Even with a couple of personal challenges, I will overcome, persevere and be victorious over these stubborn 9 lbs. <BR> <BR> Challenge #1, the small challenge: The first 3 weeks of the challenge I'll be visiting family--eating, eating, eating. In all fairness to my son, however, he went grocery shopping for all the fruits and veggies needed for my plant-based diet. My veggie-fruit smoothies are already a big hit, even with my grand... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 10:19:21 EST 2013 Summer 5% Challenge is open to old and new members! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412877 If you have already indicated your intention to join the Summer 5% Challenge by selecting your team, you need to go to the site below and officially join the overall challenge. <BR> <BR> If you would like to join this challenge for the first time, or after having been away for a while, you also may join now by indicating your desire at the site below. It's a supportive team effort to encourage each of us to lose 5% of our weight during a period of 8 weeks. <BR> <BR> See (a little less of ... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 00:35:43 EST