JENNY888's SparkPeople Blog JENNY888's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Restorative Yoga and New Resolve <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A little over a week ago I started attending a restorative yoga class that is offered at the fitness center I attend free with my Silver Sneakers benefit to my insurance. Before I started doing it I was finding myself barely able to walk around. My knee was extremely sore along with most of my right leg. I felt I was walking off balance. It made it very hard to get into exercising or doing anything healthy. <BR> <... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:53:35 EST My New Greenhouse with pics - finally!! What a day this has been. I wanted to do the blog yesterday but my ISP was down. I needed to do work on my course today but my computer refused to start. Windows was able to restore to a previous setting but then Norton did not work. After being on Chat with a very helpful Norton Rep for a couple of hours tonight everything work great again. I think he did several things that also make my computer run much faster. I have been having problems with this one for several months now. Figured it wa... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 21:38:38 EST Should we think of our weight as a range rather than a set point? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last week while reading (I am not sure where I read it) I read that it is better to think of your weight as a weight range rather than a set point. This makes a lot of sense to me. It can explain the day to day fluctuations that we all have experienced and give us a way to measure anyway without stress. <BR> <BR> I like to weight each day. I find I do better that way. If you think of your weight as a normal 3 poi... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 13:36:17 EST Less stress, more learning, a new attitude -- don't miss TED talks! I am generally a very competitive person. I am finding myself in 2014 being much less so. For example when I do Trivia on Spark which I do daily I used to hate missing a question. Now I just look at it as a chance to read more and learn more and don't stress about my average on Trivia. Does it matter? Isn't it the knowledge which really counts. <BR> <BR> I am working more on this attitude on everything. I watched an interesting TED talk about how stress is not a bad thing for your health if ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 16:08:06 EST January 1 - I must think of it as a holiday I started the year with the best intentions. I wanted to start a streak of walking 30 minutes a day. Guess what--first day I blew it. First the Rose Parade and then visitors kept me from getting it done. No excuse. I could have done it. That night I felt bad about not even keeping the first day but instead I made sure I did it today. I decided I must have needed one day of holiday before starting. Also I realized I must get it done first things in the day if it is consistently to be done. <BR... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 01:38:26 EST Conquering the Stress Eating and the Aftermath! November was a very stressful month for me due to a two week visit from a family member and getting the house ready for a senior. I'm glad to say I was able to get through this stressful period without gaining any weight and maintained. <BR> <BR> The week after was not so good. I think I let my guard down and celebrated eating a little too much and found I had gained three pounds. As of today, though, the three pounds are gone, lost forever I hope. <BR> <BR> I am proud of myself for not us... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:40:31 EST Team Bonus Points For those of you who love racking up the points here at Spark be sure to try out the new Team Bonus Points. I find I generally have 5 of them after getting my normal points. At that point I click on the five teams that I would like to pick and get random points on each one. Today I got 20 points on one of my teams and 50 on another. <BR> <BR> I think teams are also ranked in how many clicks they get in different categories. I find my favorite teams are quite high in their ranks. Wed, 30 Oct 2013 14:44:30 EST Spark Radio Anniversary One of the things I heard today on Spark Radio was that they are just having their one year anniversary. I am so happy Spark added this radio station. I find Lily and Karen and their program to be very inspiring and always look forward to hearing it. I think it is a very valuable part of Spark and I hope it continues for a long time. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:02:59 EST My Dehydrating Food Experience At Costco last week I bought a food dehydrator for $39. It was a great buy as it is much more elsewhere. I have had fun trying out new things to dehydrate. <BR> <BR> I started with cucumbers because I had several from my garden and I am the only one in the family that likes them. I sliced them really thin on my mandolin and put various spice mixtures on them. I made the following batches: <BR> <BR> cocoa powder, cinnamon, and a little sugar <BR> garlic spice mixture <BR> dill pickle mix <B... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 14:59:19 EST A New FAVORITE Breakfast Part of my plans for October are to blog more again like I used to. Today I would like to feature a recipe I found on Spark. I am sorry I cannot give credit to the author of the recipe but there was no link to save the recipe to My Recipes so I have lost it now but it will be in my memory for sure. <BR> <BR> I cut an apple up into small cubes (about 1/4 inch square) to start. I put a whole wheat tortilla in the microwave for 10 second to warm it a little. On top of it I added a little peanut... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 14:44:46 EST I'm not where I want to be - but a lot better than I used to be! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is a direct quote from an 82 year old woman, Marie, who started doing yoga in her late 70s which is included in the DVD I just received from Amazon, HeavyWeight Yoga 2 by Abby Lentz. Marie is an inspiration on how not to let problems get in the way of progress. <BR> <BR> Abby sets out in this video to change the image of yoga an... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 13:48:07 EST YOGA can be done by EVERYONE! <link><BR>st=national_yoga_month_lets_celebrate </link> <BR> <BR> The link above is to the excellent series of articles on Yoga that Stefanie Romine has compled on Yoga. I want to give her many thanks for the articles. They are well done and links to references are also provided. I have spent all of my Spark research time in the last couple of days looking at her articles. <BR> <BR> I was especially impressed with the link to Abby Lentz (see link belo... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:20:20 EST Summer Tasks (pics) and Lucky Goat Pic I thought I'd share a little of what kept me so busy this summer. I have had several people comment that I had left Spark. I don't know why because I have been on almost every day without exception but did blog less. <BR> <BR> I decided to do a make-over on several areas of my yard. The main project was to lay a flagstone path in my fenced front yard that led to the various areas. The ground had to be dug up, sand laid, stones in, and gravel in the cracks. It was quite a job but one I am pro... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:25:40 EST My solution for tight hips and sore leg I have noticed that my right hip and leg often is sore and tight. A little over a week ago I started researching yoga to make this condition better. I found one on youtube that I love doing and I think it has made a great difference. My leg and hips almost feel normal again. <BR> <BR> Many years ago when I was in my 20s a yoga instructor told me that they could tell I would have problems with my hips when I got older as they were tight. Turns out they were right. I wish I had been doing thi... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:02:06 EST Covered with bees stinging all over head and neck! What a morning. Put our two small goats out on their leashes to weed eat only to hear one scream bloody murder about a half hour later. Thumper had got into a hive of meat bees and her face and neck was covered with them stinging her. <BR> <BR> I was able to pull her over to the hose and wash them off a little at a time but she collapsed and was wheezing. A quick trip inside to Google gave me a suggestion to put honey on her gums. About three minutes later she was able to lift her head a li... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 17:56:29 EST Kitchen Rules to Lose Weight and Reverse Disease Video Links The three videos (Parts 1, 2, and 3) of Dr. Furhman on Dr. Oz's show are very interesting. I wanted to post them here so others have a chance to watch them. I think it is a very good introduction to Dr. Furhman's eating style which I have come to love and miss if I am off it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-lose-weight-and-reverse-disease-pt-1 </link> Tue, 6 Aug 2013 14:19:02 EST Temptation is hounding me - I need to be strong!! I have had such success on my new diet plan and have lost almost 22 pounds now in the little over two and a half months I have been on the diet. I can see how easy it would be to slip and go back to where I was though. <BR> <BR> I have spent the last two weeks in Florida moving my Mom out to California. My brother and I have packed all her belongings in a pod, cleaned the condo, shipped her dog to California, stopped everything that needs stopping, and also managed to sell her Condo in the ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:48:18 EST Summary of my new diet I am including notes here that I made as I read the Eat to Live book and as I read and listened to materials on Dr. Furhman's website. I found it helped me to keep track of what was allowed and what was not. There are notes on both the Six-Week Diet and Life Plan diets. This will give those who have asked me an idea of what I have been doing. I recommend that anyone interested read the entire Eat to Live book before they start the plan. That is what Dr. Furhman suggests in his book and I agre... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:34:25 EST Results of my Eat to Live Diet 14.5 pound loss and Future Plans <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I apologize for taking so long to post the results of my six week diet. Several have asked me for details on my diet and I wanted to respond sooner. Things have gotten very busy in my life with school and trying to make plans to move my 86 year old Mom from Florida to here in about a month. It has been about as stressful time as possible in my life the last few weeks. <BR> <BR> The good news is I have been able t... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:26:52 EST Three Week Report - 10.5 pounds and success like I've never had before! In my last blog I promised I would continue to report progress on my six week Eat to Live diet. I have just finished my first three weeks and could not be happier. I am down 10.5 pounds, my blood pressure is back to normal again, and I feel wonderful. What a difference three weeks have made. <BR> <BR> Learning the new style of eating has taken some time and I am glad that I started it over a school break. I have come to love the foods though in these three short weeks. All urges to eat, eat... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:43:07 EST Success Like Never Before - Now I Know I Can Do It! Tonight I proved I can do the "nutritarian diet" anywhere. I just finished the second week of the Eat to Live six week plan. I learned I can celebrate with food without going off of the plan. I went with my husband to a buffet that is quite gourmet at an Indian Casino. I was a little worried about doing it and resisting all of the forbidden food on the six week plan. <BR> <BR> It was a total success. Before I went I made a non oil Tangy, Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe that I saw featured... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 01:42:57 EST Eat to Live - Turning my life around? It has been awhile since I have blogged but I wanted to let everyone know what I am up to. I have lost 8 pounds in 12 days and have loads of energy. Every day it gets better. I am so excited I wanted to share. <BR> <BR> I downloaded the Eat to Live book by Dr. Joel Furhman to my Kindle and think it might be the key to me leading an extremely healthy life. I am feeling better today on day 12 of the initial six week diet than I can remember feeling in a long time. <BR> <BR> I have struggled t... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 15:31:56 EST Spark People Radio - Don't Miss It The highlight of my day today was listening to Spark People Radio. What a treasure this resource is. <BR> <BR> I had not listened to it previously due to my very busy week. I didn't think I had the time yet. This morning I decided to treat myself to a little time. Was I ever glad I did. <BR> <BR> It ended up being a little more than a "little" time because I did not understand the format when it started. It automatically starts the newest episode - the entire hour. I could not put it down t... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 13:09:41 EST Eating Out at Buffets? Final Decision - Bobcat Report I enjoyed reading everyone's comments about eating out at buffets good or bad in a previous blog. There was a lot of wisdom in the answers and I appreciated your comments and feelings on the matter. <BR> <BR> I have come to a final decision. I am going TO MAKE eating out at buffets a good choice for me. Doing this has been great entertainment for myself and my husband in the past. I still wish to take advantage of the opportunity and make the most of it. <BR> <BR> Tonight my husband and I a... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:05:36 EST My Goal - A Streak of Consistency I am working at being consistent in exercising every day. My goal is to set a streak of 14 days exercising at least 10 minutes a day. Often I do more, but it is the days when there doesn't seem to be enough energy or time that are challenging. After consistently doing this for a month I will evaluate once more and set a new goal. <BR> <BR> I am now on day 6 of my streak. I am surprised how setting this goal has helped with those difficult days. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:52:14 EST Good Habits at All Cost - My New Plan for Success - A Plan Customized to Me Alone <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In the last week I have had to do some serious thinking and have had to make some difficult decisions. I have thought hard about developing a plan that will lead to success for me -- success not just for a short time but over the long run. I think habits might be the key. <BR> <BR> I have come to realize that I cannot do it all and have to prioritize what I choose to do. I have had to drop out of active participa... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:03:53 EST SparkPeople Funnies - Never Saw it Before - Love It!! If you have not seen this page in Spark go to <link><BR>.asp </link> <BR> <BR> This page is guaranteed to lighten the mood. Fun, fun, fun! Tue, 9 Oct 2012 18:09:26 EST Planning Weekly Menus the Right Way - With the Nutrition Planner - Now I Know <img src=""> <BR> Last week I needed to plan my weekly meals ahead of time for the BLC20. I planned and things changed all week that kept me from keeping the plan. My plan was not flexible enough and was too far in advance to really work for me and not flexible enough to use what I needed to out of my fridge. I don't think I did as good a job on what I ate as I normally do with no plans. <BR> <BR> Today I planned the way I should have la... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:13:24 EST Bobcat Update and Other Vexations <img src=""> <BR> I appreciated all of the comments I got on the last blog. All of the support makes me feel my husband and I are not in this by ourselves. <BR> <BR> For those of you who thought it was a lion or cougar I think I might have also felt the same if I did not have all of the other pictures I had taken already on other nights. The last picture was not as clear and you cannot see the tail but I hope it is the same bobcat and w... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:38:15 EST Bobcat be Gone From My Mind So I Can Enjoy Nature Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last Wednesday I got 30 minutes of Cardio in as per the schedule on my planner at 10:00 am. Thanks coach for the suggestion of using the planner to schedule in exercise. It motivated me to do it no matter how tired I was. <BR> <BR> Instead of my planned walk on my treadmill I decided to walk in my above ground pool and scoop out debris at the same time. I got two tasks accomplished at once. Another thanks to Spar... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:18:32 EST Patience and Resuming Plans Bobcat or Not <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had no idea how many people were following my bobcat blogs until I have heard from so many of you that you were enjoying them. I had stopped posting them in the morning because I was afraid people were getting bored with them. <BR> <BR> I have come to realize that to get the cat we are going to have to have patience like the black cat waiting in the picture above. My own cats hunt gophers and I see them staring... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:52:42 EST Moving on with the rest of my twelve week plan - Let the bobcat situation just play out <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I finally feel as if I can spend more time on other things in life rather than just struggling to outsmart that bobcat. It is time to move on to other things and let the rest of the bobcat situation play out. I feel we have prepared the best we can. <BR> <BR> Last night was a quiet one again. As someone mentioned a non-quiet night might be better than a quiet one if the results were right and that is so true. I we... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:55:14 EST Fishing for a Bobcat No luck on catching the cat yet, but we have moved up to the big guns and tackle. I think the cat was too large for our previous trap and we now have a large bear trap to catch the cat in which a neighbor lent to us. I feel much better about the success rate of this trap. I am including a picture of our latest large trap below. <BR> <BR> In addition we have installed a baby monitor on the chicken cage so we can hear every sound that goes on. Another friend lent us a rifle so we hope to be ab... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:18:38 EST Bobcat Returns - Success for the Chickens but did not get the cat yet Last night the cat was out in the yard at 7:59 PM while we were watching TV in our family room nearby. It stayed for about an hour. We had set a trap with the remains of the chicken from the night before in it, covered the bottom of the cage with dirt and put branches on it to hide it. The cage was tripped during the first hour but without the cat inside. We could see him pacing around and on top of the cage even after it tripped. <BR> <BR> The cat returned around midnight for another 20 min... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:43:22 EST A Bobcat is Ruling My Life - I Could Use Support and Prayers from Friends - Pictures Hi All, I am so down today. It has been so long since I have felt this way and so seldom. My husband and I have been dealing with a bobcat problem in our yard. It has been killing and mauling our chickens one by one. It is very difficult to wake up in the morning and see another one in pieces all over the yard. We just feel so violated. <BR> <BR> We have fortified the cage. It's a large kennel with a roof on it and we have no idea how it is getting to the chickens. The cat is almost three fe... Fri, 14 Sep 2012 13:39:33 EST Preserving that excess of tomatoes in a gourmet way <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Do you have an over abundance of those delicious summer tomatoes? Would you like to enjoy them year around. If so try making tomato confit. I am adding three different links here of blogs and recipes. Basically they are all about the same. <BR> <BR> I made many packages of this last year and used it to add to any recipe that asked for tomato sauce. It is very delicious with pasta or other vegetables or spread on t... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 13:00:12 EST Being Better than the Day Before - The ultimate way to reach goals!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Instead of competing against yourself when reaching goals why not use the goal which is illustrated in the quote by Steve Young in the Healthy Inspirational Goals at Spark that I've posted above. This is a goal that I am going to adapt for myself starting today. I'm excited thinking where it might take me. <BR> <BR> How can you fail at your goals if you always strive to be better than the day before? This seems le... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 16:42:52 EST Creating my own Frozen Brown Rice without Buying at Trader Joe's I am realizing that I am going to have to start planning how to deal with the time restrictions once I start teaching again soon. I love meals with Brown Rice. My rice cooker is great at cooking it, but I often don't have time to cook it when I want it. Often I cook it and have it left over but it is not as good as when I first cook it and it doesn't seem to keep too many days. <BR> <BR> In the past I have solved the problem by buying the frozen packages of brown rice at Trader Joe's. It is ... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 16:31:42 EST Food so good it's impossible to believe it is not a cheat! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My zucchini vine is very prolific and presents me with a nice sized fresh zucchini almost every day. I split the zucchini lengthwise and scoop out the center seeds with a spoon. I turn the remainder into spears, shake a little olive oil over the top, and dip the spears in panko crumbs. They don't need to be completely covered in panko to be good. Sometimes I add a little seasoning to the spears and sometimes a litt... Thu, 26 Jul 2012 13:43:35 EST The Key to Me Being Able to Finally Visualize I have had a real problem with visualizations. It does not come easy to me. In a SparkLive class it was suggested by the leader that I visualize a goal for the day. I found that much easier to visualize than a long term goal and now wake up and visualize my goal each day. This is much easier for me and is showing better results. <BR> <BR> My first visualization goal was looking at the scale and seeing a weight that I thought would take me a week to obtain. I was really surprised that when I ... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:34:40 EST Nutella and Steel Cut Oats! Major Yum! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I decided to try something new in my morning Steel Cut Oats. I put one half a TB of Nutella in it. This addition was a raging success. I think I could even use it when I am craving that special treat. <BR> <BR> I had planned to put a half tsp of brown sugar and a half ounce of walnuts in and have it with some milk. Instead I found after putting in the Nutella I did not want anything else in it at all. It was... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:40:05 EST An important blog I would like all my friends to read . . . . Seldom do I take the time to send a link to all of my friends here on Spark but this one is too important not to share. Please take the time to go to <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4959166 </link> <BR> <BR> and read the blog by PinkHope. It gave me a whole new perspective on my Spark Journey and made so much sense. It rang so true for me. Thanks for writing it PinkHope. <BR> <BR> After one year of not taking the medicine consistent... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 14:25:37 EST Being Tired Makes it Much Harder Today I am finding it very hard to get moving on my goals. I am tired. We went out to watch the fireworks last night which was great, but it was later than usual when we got home and I found it hard to sleep without the normal evening routine. <BR> <BR> I ended up finally getting to sleep around 5:00 AM in the morning and only ended up getting a few hours of sleep in due to an appointment for which the guy did not show up. Not the best of days today, but I am working on turning it around. <... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 17:27:31 EST Spaghetti squash with no spaghetti squash - even better than pasta <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>piral-Vegetable-Slicer/dp/B006THC75E/r<BR>ef=pd_sim_k_1 </link> <BR> <BR> I have been anxiously awaiting the delivery of a spiral veggie slicer that I ordered from Amazon. I was not disappointed when it arrived. It is very quick to turn a zucchini or yellow summer squash into unbelievabl... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 16:03:00 EST Phenomenal Sucess at last - More than I even set as a goal My week has been phenomenal. Actually it is a twelve day period from when I got really serious and ready to go. I have dropped eight pounds during this 10 day period and feel much better. I usually lose very slowly, lucky if I can get a pound a week and have averaged around four a month when I am doing well. <BR> <BR> I am sure a lot of this is water weight like when you first start losing weight as I was at my highest when I started but it is very motivating. I am exercising again and bein... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:56:37 EST SparkPeople Live - Give it a try it is free for a week - just click on the Insider tab on the Start Today I joined SparkPeople Live for the free week. I am sure I will extend that to the three month paid sessions. I wasn't sure if it would be for me but I find I really like it. There are many meetings at different times and also recorded meetings that you can listen to anytime. I found it very motivating. <BR> <BR> Also there are special sessions with Spark Coaches that are recorded. I viewed the one on creating an individual fitness program by Coach Nicole. It is an hour and a half sessio... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 16:48:41 EST So Lucky My Arm Did Not Break! Hi All, <BR> <BR> Just when I finally got more time another setback. Right before the last couple of weeks of school I fell while helping someone move a very heave pallet in my garden (probably around 60 pounds). I know now that was not such a good idea but it looked simple enough at the time and I had moved it with my husband -- ever so slowly-- before. The speed took me down and I fell on my arm bending it completely backwards at the elbow. My hand was on my shoulder and I hear that my elb... Thu, 31 May 2012 13:00:50 EST Moving in the Right Direction - How Good it Feels! Finally this week I have turned around my negative progress and feel a little in control. I set a goal to lose 2 pounds this week. I didn't quite make it, the scale was .5 over my goal, but I feel good anyway. Now I'm planning how to make this week even better than last. Slowly the right thoughts are coming back to me when I need them most. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:38:28 EST Overwhelmed, Under Confident, and in need of a friend to "kick but" with In response to a video blog from JOHNTJ1 I am admitting my fear in an attempt to move past it. The current place I am in is not a good one and I find myself sometimes wondering if things will really change for me. Will I be stuck at this weight and health state the rest of my life (most likely a much shorter one if I do)? <BR> <BR> That is so different from the confidence that I felt earlier and through most of my life. I have to examine why I feel this way. I have narrowed it down to a few... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 14:04:42 EST Fix you if you want to - It is possible - Just do it! - Don't miss this! Today while doing my motivational reading on Spark today I ran across this video that I want to share with all my friends and others on Spark. I almost didn't watch it at first but was really glad I did. <BR> <BR> It is easy to feel down with lack of progress and just give up. What you are trying to accomplish seems so overwhelming and out of sight. Then something like this comes along to remind you that as Ben says, if you want it you just have to do it. I dare all to see this incredible vi... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 14:55:19 EST