JUSTYNA7's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUSTYNA7 JUSTYNA7'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/ Eating Less http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983622 Well, my Wise Women Retreat went very very well. I think I have worked on so many issues that I did not feel the exhaustion that the others felt by the end. It was emotionally filling for me. A lot of belly laughs and everyone is now a friend/sister to me. We plan to do it again next year. <BR> <BR> Afterwards though I decided to just do laundry and hang out on the computer. Get caught up on emails, browse for a few things on line. I had leftovers... and sandwiches. By night I felt li... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:19:07 EST Wise Woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982060 It's been a while since I have blogged. I let SP writing and reading go while I was on holidays and busy with the B&B.... although a couple of teams I have remained active on. There was only a spattering of service while at the cottage.... but I'm back. It was crazy catching up on emails and letters and "work". The house was tidy but not clean and a LOT happened last week so while I was here I wan't if you know what I mean. Today I have some breathing space. Guests have been fed and are... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:04:32 EST Food Journal and figuring out how foods make me feel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972134 I'm starting this thread because today I started some clean eating goals. I am going to try and get to the end of the month without eating complex foods, sugars etc. <BR> <BR> It's not easy, is it? I sat talking to my meditation buddy about it. Fortunately, although she does not have an eating problem she is feeling a little "out of sorts" with her body and wants to treat it better. We talked about diets that we have tried before. There are SO MANY! I have tried. Usually I didn't sti... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 17:25:00 EST Take charge and be present http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968480 Yesterday was DH's and my 31st wedding anniversary. It was a good day... could have gone bad. I got a "congratulations" phone call from someone who is toxic to me and at first it seemed like a call that would go fine... but eventually words were said and I got off the phone with the conversation on an endless loop in my head. What do you do? Well.... I am learning how to deal with that. The old me would have found excuses to eat. Anniversary? Lots of good reasons I could get DH on boar... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:29:18 EST Today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967536 Today. I'm not sure what is different about today. But I over the past while I had been struggling to commit to eating less, eating clean and using all the tools at my disposal. I've been writing morning pages and going for walks. I have not been recording my food because I have not wanted to. Not wanted to because I wanted to eat without any responsibility. Then yesterday I not only had a meditation that specifically looked at asking for help with my responsibilities but I read a blog... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:23:51 EST Accomplishments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959948 I need a moment. I need to stamp my feet and have a little whine about my weight. Argh! OK, that's done. Yup, still on this plateau. I have to remind myself that it is not really a plateau because it has been more like a bobble head. It is definitely not how I am going to look at my accomplishments this week but hey, I think I am allowed to have a moment of rolling my eyes at the scale and say, "really, after all this, no change?!?" <BR> <BR> However it really has been a great week of ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:16:37 EST An Ally between the covers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957935 This week I am meant to use my journal to track food... when I eat and when I want to eat. The reasons, the circumstances, the emotions that begin the search to fill the void and the reaction to when I say no, or have to work at it or how I feel when I comply.... The idea is that words count just as calories do. <BR> <BR> But I also realized in reading the chapter (The Writing Diet chapter 2) that the journal might become my best friend and when I thought about that compared to what I t... Thu, 9 Jul 2015 08:05:19 EST Manure and seeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5957568 Do you ever feel tired of always having to do this? <BR> <BR> I started my meditation this morning wondering about the part of me that still feels negatively about myself... feels like a sham... feels like I just have not mastered this. I can still see a pile of manure in my core. What is it doing there?!?!? Part of that comes from being in the "gestation phase" of the course in weight loss. I am just waiting, which is hard. I want results, and what if they don't come? Shouldn't I be... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 13:57:54 EST Frozen pie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954833 This has to be quick... but I am working on learning to love. It means... wearing my heart on my sleeve and really being present. From the Course in weight loss... asking angels to be in my home, in my conversations, in my head... all the time. It is all about love. I had pie last night... frozen pie. Well, it was defrosting over my tea... but it had been a bad day. I was also up too late. Not a good time to do this as I have a super busy schedule for the next week at a pace I'm not u... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:53:36 EST Writing diet ... first day of Morning Pages http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953841 I'm going to cut and paste what I wrote on the team page: <BR> <BR> Wow! I'm proud of myself. The keyboard was not working so I replaced batteries and then changed keyboards. Not bad for technically challenged, lol. <BR> <BR> My writing this morning I used the topic in the discussion and wrote a letter to fat Justyna and then had her write back to me, thin Justyna. It was more like a phone text conversation. A bunch of my doubts surfaced and I kept pushing the gratitudes, positives and... Wed, 1 Jul 2015 10:09:32 EST Life of leisure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953420 Today is my second day "on my own". I have a list of chores but am taking time to read between them and am thoroughly enjoying not having to keep to anyone's schedule, cook for anyone but myself, visit with neighbours and sleep on my own schedule. I wish the bugs were not as vicious and the weather today is not as good as yesterday... but I'm not bored yet! <BR> <BR> What occurs to me is how well I am taking care of myself. Good food choices. Good exercise choices. Good sleep choices ... Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:20:28 EST Compassion for myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950930 There is something amazing that happens when I help people. At least that is what I have found in OA and spark people and in my meditations and.. so many other places. I say things to them that I need to hear. I remember things I have forgotten. I feel like all the knowledge I have sucked up and stored gets sorted and put in the right places. <BR> <BR> Information changes and emphasis, priorities. But really it all comes down to love, caring, listening. <BR> <BR> I think that 1CRAZYD... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:56:55 EST A Ceremony http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949737 Today was my ceremony. In Marianne Williamson's Course in Weight Loss she is big on ritual and ceremony. It means every chapter has homework. It took a little while to coordinate this one. <BR> <BR> Last night I tidied around where we would do the ceremony. <BR> <BR> I set a beautiful table with things I have collected for other "homework" in the book. It represents the things I love... water, trees and rocks. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b0d3badf-ed30-4404-a1c5... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:12:03 EST Letting go of Anger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947086 In my meditation today our readings were about feeling our feelings, letting go of emotions and using that new space to allow new things to grow. <BR> <BR> So it was not a surprise when I did my ten minutes of silence that I "went to work". I used the imagery that Marianne Williamson suggests in her first step in A course on weight loss, and pictured anger as bricks in a wall. <BR> <BR> The first brick I went to pick up was large. It was messy, like some kind of goo trying to escape and ... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:34:03 EST Listening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5946314 One of the homework assignments in the Course for Weight Loss is to write down my thoughts and really pay attention. Perhaps in the past we were not listened to. OK, that is reality. I often was told "it doesn't matter what YOU think"... and I also was told "You have no idea what you are saying" and "I don't believe you, you are making this all up". <BR> <BR> I had never thought about how those words might affect me then... or becoming an adult. The book says perhaps we have assimilated... Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:11:58 EST Letting Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944888 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/759068cb-313e-419d-a97d-02c3d23fee86.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My homework seems to be a lot about "letting go" and it is amazing to me <BR> 1. How afraid I am <BR> 2. How many tries I have to take at it <BR> 3. How incredibly it works <BR> 4. How much doubt I have that it works <BR> 5. How simple it really is to do once I get past the fear <BR> 6. How much I still am afraid when I go to do it <BR> <BR> I am sure it will come with practice. How... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:47:38 EST Touch.... and labels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943939 This morning's meditation reading, the first one anyway, was pretty hard to figure out. However there was a line that said we need to stop and touch things. I think that the author was talking about slowing down to appreciate them. In our discussion we talked about how easy it is to get caught up in cleaning or repairing or renovating... the crazy upkeep wheel, without stopping to enjoy. Don't just have pretty things behind glass or safely stored in closets, or around to look at, use them... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:13:56 EST Rewriting history http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943337 I am part of the Wiriting Diet Team and A Course In Weight Loss Team. This morning in meditation I found myself combining my "homework" with interesting results. <BR> <BR> I know for me I have lots of events in my life, people, experiences that have helped make me the person I am. Yet I have had trouble embracing those fully. Yes, I appreciate that they made me who I am. Yes I have gone back to console the young girl or young woman they happened to to try and see them through different e... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:04:21 EST Be happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940091 Every once in a while I have an aha moment. This morning it was after meditation. During meditation I had tried to let my mind wander to possibilities and the message clearly kept bringing me back to "finish your weight loss course". I used to be a person who rarely finished things so it made me smile. <BR> <BR> My neighbour though was having a tougher time of it. <BR> <BR> I should.... be walking along the river every day. <BR> I should.... be taking you up to my cottage to swim. <... Fri, 5 Jun 2015 08:16:58 EST A Spiritual Course in Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937189 I am starting Marianne Williamson's Course in Weight loss. She is such an inspirational person to read and see in person and I was so surprised when I read the program she she spoke in Ottawa to see she had written this book. Apparently she wrote it for Oprah and Oprah helped her print it as a gift for all of us. That is nice but what I really like is that it is a work book with homework. When Marianne did "the course in Miracles" she lost weight as a side effect which surprised her... but... Sun, 31 May 2015 09:34:01 EST 3rd page of pool exercise notes... walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936654 You don't need to work hard in the water to get a good workout and you don't need to swim. <BR> <BR> Water walking is more work than on land without the impact on your hips and knees. If you have an above ground pool it's great because you can walk in a circle, build up a current then turn around and walk against the current. I have been known to read a book while walking in the water. At chest height it is 3x more work than on land.... so a 15 minute walk in the pool is like 45 minutes a... Sat, 30 May 2015 08:19:22 EST 2nd page of pool exercise notes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936646 Grab some water weights! <BR> <BR> Try and keep your feet moving at all times with a light jog unless indicated, and use the weights with your arms to do: <BR> 1. biceps curls (palms up) <BR> 2. biceps curls (palms down) <BR> 3. shoulder shrugs with arms straight <BR> 4. barrel press (bend slightly at the waist like the Hulk)... feel free to grimace <BR> 5. pushing water (like punching in front of you.. less resistance on top of water and more in the water) <BR> 6. side bends with stra... Sat, 30 May 2015 07:56:53 EST Water Workout notes Tai Chi and Aquafit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5936630 Water Tai Chi – Slow movements <BR> <BR> 1. Sweep Arms. Stand with feet apart, elbows bent by side, wrists loose and sweep arms to left and right while twisting body same direction, eyes on outside hand. Breath. <BR> 2. Stand with feet apart, bend at knees, bend at waist, reach forward then arch back, <BR> 3. Make a heart with the hands, turn to side and sink at knees with heart to knee, on front foot, lean forward with back foot off the ground, return to footdrop sides. <BR> 4. Sun S... Sat, 30 May 2015 07:06:57 EST What is your "Personal Fitness Ideal"Affirmation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5932384 My thread post in the Writing Diet was worth cutting and pasting I think. The discussion this week says to find an affirmation that reflects your personal fitness ideal and write it 5 times. LIsten to the "but... that blurts out" and convert the negatives to positives. <BR> <BR> <BR> am strong, flexible and consistent. <BR> I am strong, flexible and consistent. <BR> I am strong, flexible and consistent. <BR> I am strong, flexible and consistent. <BR> I am strong, flexible and consistent... Fri, 22 May 2015 07:50:36 EST Energy where are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5929124 I just can't get going this morning. I had a good start, hit a wall, climbed over the wall then sat at the base of it and munched on toast and tea. The toast and tea became much more interesting than the next wall. The walls are metaphors but the food is not. I'm wondering if today it is enough to go plant some bulbs for a neighbour with DD and go dancing with friends tonight? Can the paperwork wait? It is a long weekend after all... but usually I have B&B guests and instead I decided D... Sat, 16 May 2015 12:49:25 EST The relationship between my food and pain... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927430 Ayayayay! I did way too much yesterday.... garden, mow lawn, wash window and swim laps... I have not looked at or adjusted my tracker amounts but I am tired and sore... so officially today is a day of rest. Good timing. I started the day having to go for fasting blood work and have two other appointments this afternoon. Most of my soreness has left after a long hot shower and doing my morning meditation at my neighbours. <BR> <BR> This morning the theme was about feeling pain. Not physi... Wed, 13 May 2015 10:08:53 EST Once upon a time... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926811 Once upon a time I would make any excuse not to exercise. <BR> -it's too late <BR> -I'm too tired <BR> -I'm too busy <BR> Then I found Spark People and made it a rule to put on my exercise shoes for ten minutes EVERY day and do SOMETHING. I learned to be consistent. I learned to find opportunities and not to make exercise into a big deal. <BR> <BR> Once upon a time I told myself "I HATE GARDENING" <BR> -it's not GOING anywhere and I need to go somewhere <BR> -there is too much for me to... Tue, 12 May 2015 08:40:31 EST Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925736 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1479153438.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the writing diet the question of the week is about desserts. "Is there a relationship between giving up sugar and anger? Sugar withdrawal is real. How are you affected? <BR> <BR> There is no question for me that I get hooked on sugar... it worms it's way into my life and pretends to be a foundation wall for me so when I threaten to take it away I am afraid... of what will happen, what will be uncovered, or ... Sun, 10 May 2015 11:00:09 EST What are we going to do today, Brain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5924767 Good morning! Another victory for me... I did over 11,000 steps yesterday and this morning it is not yet 10:00 am and I've done over 6000. It's not the number as much as I am feeling no pain in my knees. This morning's walk along the river I even tried to take larger steps. It is amazing how much shuffling I drew myself into when I was protecting my knees. Of course is also felt good, after so many months, to get a gold medal for step count last week. I feel like I lost a year with my i... Fri, 8 May 2015 10:23:54 EST At Peace http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922907 My neighbour and I started the day with a walking meditation along the river. <BR> <BR> Imagine the mist everywhere, the air cool with just thin veil of humidity brushing your skin and the sun coming up. We walk to the end of the street then through a gated path onto private property. On the left the bee hives, some sprouting something in a large plot, on the right a large hedge which hides the house on the end of the block... and ahead the mist fingering the branches in an orchard. The... Tue, 5 May 2015 08:24:06 EST Mystery pain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922514 I kind of crawled out of bed tentatively this morning. I had a LOT of pain last night. It may have something to do with how much I did over the weekend. Getting ready for B&B guests with a fair amount of heavy cleaning... standing while I got all the baking done.... then raking and putting out the yard art and yard furniture at last... and then after the bride and groom got settled DH convinced me we should go out dancing. I had a super time... so much energy and it was so much fun. I go... Mon, 4 May 2015 15:08:06 EST Time to break out of the cocoon? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920814 Yesterday my meditation threw me off balance and I found myself facing a different direction. The theme was crossing the ocean and how the waves can make it so you can't see very far. It might hurt and be uncomfortable but you know you are heading to safety. I'm paraphrasing... but it brought back a memory of being in a large boat whale watching on the St. Lawrence. From our vantage point we could see the many types of whales and the shore. In fact from up there we could remark on how th... Fri, 1 May 2015 12:36:12 EST The negative power of self centeredness... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915737 I’ve been doing a meditation every day since January 1st with my neighbour and had the best meditation this morning. The theme was ... I should see if I can find the reading we did and quote the paragraph that stuck out for me... <BR> <BR> “...When thrown off centre, when old patterns return, when feeling exhausted or depressed, I so quickly become the exaggerated cause of all that is not right with the world..... <BR> “...I have to acknowledge the power of negative self centerednes... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:58:58 EST Me and my weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5915205 I've decided that I have to come to terms with never geting down to my original weight. I'm OK with that. After all, six pounds, eight ounces is not that realistic. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:53:56 EST Don't listen to the little voice! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912350 If I hear something ten times..... <BR> <BR> It amazes me how many things I KNOW and forget. It is why reading blogs is so important. I slip so easily away from good habits. So I am reposting the following from what I wrote on a member's blog: <BR> <BR> Self hate does NOTHING to help us lose weight. Has it EVER worked for you? No, well then. Weight gain happens. It does. <BR> <BR> I have an eating disorder and when it is triggered it is hard to hit that off button because the butt... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:28:04 EST Who knows what new and exciting thing I will do/learn next! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911770 "Mom has discovered the internet!"... no not my mother... me! My kids are having a great time kidding me as I figure out my new phone for texting and downloading music and as of today discovering apps. Yes, spark people, I now have the calorie and exercise app downloaded! I suppose it is never too late to learn and grow and shock my kids, lol <BR> <BR> Today I just want to celebrate. I watched MostMom1's latest vlog about changing the rules. You are so right on Shelly! I too am up from... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 11:29:53 EST Chair exercises and living on light http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909261 I was reading Seaglass's blog from yesterday and it triggered a memory. The line going through my head from a blog I read a while ago is "when I can, I do when it comes to exercise" and I blogged about it. It's an attitude. And yet, I find myself shaking myself sometimes thinking "what am I still doing here?" because I am sitting at the computer or watching TV and hours have passed without moving... and then I get up and walk around the block or get in the pool and I think "why am I not d... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 07:49:17 EST Don't stop, ever! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908895 Thanks Chris for your blog ... <BR> <BR> From 3 fat chicks on a diet: <BR> <BR> Dr. Peyton comments, “Every additional pound you carry equals <BR> 3 extra pounds of pressure on your hip joint, <BR> 4 extra pounds on your knee joint, <BR> and about 9 extra pounds on your patella femoral joint (which you use going up and down stairs, standing up, and getting off the toilet).” <BR> <BR> This is such a good reminder for me why I can't stop working at getting healthy. I know how hard ... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:29:27 EST Writing myself the right size http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908278 I read Steph-knee's blog and thought... that is what I need, a blog vacation. And so I went to one of my spark teams to work on this week's discussion topic and of course found myself writing blog worthy thoughts. The topic in The Writing Diet team this week is trauma and we are asked in the book to write about incidents that we feel were traumatic for us... ten of them. This is what I wrote and what came out of my writing: <BR> <BR> Here is my problem with the topic this week: I was tra... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 11:50:30 EST On the edge of 100,000 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907014 I'm making progress. Thank goodness I made a plan last week because as I look back I can see all the things I accomplished. Walks, swims, ST, good food choices. I know that every time I make a plan I am more likely to follow it than if I don't make a plan. Yes, things can happen to get me side tracked but even if my list has to carry over to the next day it is still a reminder that those were goals. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow is my birthday and I will reach, God willing, 100,000 points. As I w... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 10:43:04 EST Just getting my head together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903473 I need to be accountable. This was all triggered when I saw on my page that I hoped to reach my goal weight by this birthday... which is next week. In fact I am at a higher weight than I was when I set the goal which seemed reasonable at the time... but I did not know I was going to injure my knee and need a replacement. I need to feel like I am moving forward. <BR> <BR> My strengths and pros: <BR> 1. I like healthy foods and I am a good cook who knows a lot about nutritious menu planning... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 10:22:37 EST If I can, I do http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5902140 "Then I applied a rule I try to live by. When it comes to exercise, if I can, I do. " from AAACK's blog made me sit up straighter and read it again. What a great rule! <BR> <BR> So I did some ST! I also wrote down the ST moves for walkers that I could not remember. There are only 8 but I had gotten a couple wrong. I would like to start doing these regularly MWF. A long long time ago I did ST MWF and it was a great "habit". I feel ready to have a routine again. I spent much of the wee... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:20:05 EST 99,000 points and shedding layers! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5901173 I was noticing that my spark points are approaching 100,000. Wow! I may even hit that number by my birthday. That would be kind of cool. An incentive to put in a few more steps or activities between now and April 8. <BR> <BR> I am really grateful for the points. It IS motivating to try and get 25 points to do the bonus spin. And my choice of things to add up for points are what really help my program. Reading other people's blogs and commenting on team pages are how this all fits tog... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:11:27 EST A plan for today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897962 Today.... <BR> <BR> I don't want to play computer games... <BR> <BR> I want to repeat yesterday... I did laps in the pool and laughed out loud because I was able to get in more laps than expected before guests got up... and I did a power lap as fast as I could without even thinking about it and it felt fantastic, heart pounding and muscles burning. I am loving my pool again. <BR> <BR> Food has been.... good? I indulged in a lot of foods like bread and pasta but I also insisted on salads ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:54:25 EST How much water vs. how often you pee.... the answer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895909 Secret to water I learned from my kids who are lifeguards and wilderness trippers. If you drink more than a half cup of water it creates a large amount of pressure in your digestive system and pushes it's way through your system... not only making you pee a lot but also peeing out nutrients because they don't get a chance to absorb. The best analogy for me is what happens when you pour a lot of water into a very dry plant. You end up dehydrating because the water goes right though!. So the se... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:24:05 EST Yes I can... theme song for the special hockey international http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5895572 I volunteered tonight for the Special Hockey International 2015 Tournament. 72 teams from all over the world, all with intellectual challenges playing hockey for the fun of it. Hurray for the team from California and the team from England. What must it have been like for the families to bring their kids here to Ottawa Canada. Could they have imagined their children playing on an professional ice rink with a professional skating team encouranging them on? They showed a video at the openi... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:04:05 EST Justyna, Good Job! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5894013 "Of all the things I'd been skeptical about, I didn't feel skeptical about this: the wilderness had a clarity that included me. " Cheryl Stryed from "Wild" <BR> <BR> Read more: http://www.oprah.com/oprahsbookclub/Oprahs<BR>-Favorite-Quotes-from-Wild-by-Cheryl-S<BR>trayed#ixzz3UZXbJsr9 <BR> <BR> <BR> I have made a couple of references to the book "Wild". I know it is a book about a walk... but to me it parallels my journey towards getting healthy. I did diets and I battled an eating diso... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 14:15:58 EST Giving my metabolism a tweak... and motivating myself to get back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892183 I read a great article about giving your metabolism a kick start. I KNOW that a lot of my problem is about eating foods that I don't need right now... but I needed to feel like I would not be fighting a body that refused to budge even when I did start eating right again. There were 10 suggestions and as I read them I thought... "I can do that". I don't think I can remember them all but... <BR> <BR> 1. Start the morning with a cup of coffee or caffeinated tea. A study showed that women who ha... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 09:59:52 EST Keep moving forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888708 We CAN do this. In my meditation time this morning I was talking about the "Wild" book and how at one point the author is literally counting her steps to keep going. One, two, three... to one hundred and starting again ... then when she gets too challenged she counts to fifty, then ten... and finally is done. It made me think of walking forward one hundred steps and how easily I can get distracted. I 'll think... I'll just rest, or visit this little side trip, or smell the roses... and I ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:44:37 EST I choose to LIVE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886220 I am FREE today. <BR> <BR> I decided. I am free from compulsive eating. I am free from obsessing about food, overeating, undereating and night time snacking. <BR> <BR> I read a line in my meditaiton this morning that said (paraphrased) that when we "live" we have to go through some discomfort. It made me think about the times when I have chosen to stay home, say no to participating in something, or avoided taking a step towards something that needed doing. How often too did I use foo... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:44:26 EST