LADYPHOENIX61's SparkPeople Blog LADYPHOENIX61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community $49.95+Tax: The Diva Turns 50(Ouch!) <img src=""> "The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles." *-* Sigmund Z. Engel <BR> <BR> On Thursday April 28th, the LadyPhoenix, the Diva, the Grand Empress, Moi will be 50 years old. I suppose it's a blessing, I should be and am thankful I've reached this milestone. In the first half(1961-2011) I lived from day to day as I pleased in childhood, then adjusted to being a responsible adult wit... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 18:48:00 EST The Reformation of a Worm Killer <img src=""> <BR> I, like most of my gender find worms disgusting, slimy, yucky things. I usually show them the bottom of my shoes when they cross my path. Lately though, I've had a new reason to respect them. I've come to realize that the inchworm measuring the marigolds and I have something in common: METAMORPHOSIS. St. Paul the Apostle says: "All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord." The things that have been m... Tue, 29 Dec 2009 19:08:14 EST Free Your Mind and Leave the Rest Behind <img src=""> <BR> How many of us are natural born worriers? I believe I am, but I'm not sure. I'll try not to let it worry me;-). My daughter says I worry if I can't find something to worry about. Last week I learned of an anxiety disorder called Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD) which is a condition marked by a perpetual state of worry about most aspects of life. While we all fret about careers, money, family and health people with GAD ar... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 12:51:43 EST What's Your Vision? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I had my eyes checked and like most people my age, the eyes are starting to get a little fuzzy. I squint, hold things at a distance and usually have to find somebody to thread needles for me. But that's OK. I'm thankful to be growing older. <BR> <BR> That's one kind of vision. The one I'm more interested in is where do you see yourself 3 months, 6 months a year, 5 years, 10 years from now? Every morning I r... Tue, 11 Aug 2009 15:28:29 EST A Dove Set Free I'm in a bad place right now and felt the need to vent. I'm saddened, shocked and heartbroken by the death of my longtime friend, Sue. We were the same age(I'm not telling!) and had known each other since junior high and although I'm only 5'3 I was "tall" around her since she stood at only 5'. I've gotta tell you though, she was tall in every other way! <BR> Have you ever encountered anyone in your life who has a positive and endearing touch that affects everyone they meet? Sue was one of tho... Thu, 18 Jun 2009 18:08:17 EST Bearing Good Fruit: Fruits of the Spirit <img src=""> <BR> I love fresh fruit! It's the season for fresh vegetables and fresh fruits and I hope you're all taking advantage of it as much as I am. My favorite fruit is the peach. My favorite variety is the Georgia Belle. I think God was just showing off when he created that peach! Before joining Spark I would rarely buy fresh fruit but now I crave it! I can't get enough of it! My daughter looks in my fridge for the cold cuts but there... Thu, 11 Jun 2009 21:33:44 EST Happy Mother's Day: Beatitudes for Parents <img src=""> <BR> Happy Mother's Day to all mom's who read this blog! How do we desribe motherhood in one word? Not possible is it? During pregnancy we talk about morning sickness, restless nights, cravings, swollen body parts, hormone changes and then...CHILDBIRTH! At this point let me say "Blessed is he who invented the epidural and highly favored are women who receive them!" In my day, all you could do was breath through contractions, ... Sat, 9 May 2009 11:46:03 EST Would somebody please spank me hard! I've been so bad today:-( OK, it's Easter right? I've been looking forward to this day for a long time because it's one of my favorite holidays. The thought of eating wrong never crossed my mind because I just know "I've Got This!" The morning started out fine. Sunrise service at 5:30 then on to a breakfast of whole wheat pancakes with 2 slices of bacon and light syrup, some fruit compote on the side and a glass of cranberry juice. Drank down some milk on the rocks and had my morning allotment of water. Fine, right? <... Sun, 12 Apr 2009 17:27:44 EST Defining Moments: I Got This!!! <img src=""> Let me start by saying that George Lopez is one of my favorite comedians! His standup routines can have me in tears! I also admire his courage. He overcame and impoverished childhood and a deadly illness a few years ago when his wife Ann became a rarity by being a match when he needed a kidney donor. Truly a love match! <BR> But his life story isn't what this is about. It's about one of my favorite G.Lo expressions: "I GOT THIS!... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 22:35:28 EST Man Plans, God laughs! <img src=""> Have y'all ever heard the Yiddish phrase "Man Plans, God Laughs"? It's one of my favorites because while we're busy planning how we want things to be, God's listening and rolling around on the floor laughing at us. <BR> A while back I blogged about being sick of winter and how I was looking forward to March. I think God read the blog and was rolling around heaven laughing at me. On the first day of March, it's snowing big, fat f... Sun, 1 Mar 2009 18:55:31 EST L'Aissez Le Bon Rouleau De Temps!(Let the Good times Roll!) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The blues and grays of winter are nearly over and Mardi Gras(a nicer way of saying Fat Tuesday) is close at hand! I see Mardi Gras as a way to scare off winter. Wouldn't you run if you saw the lunacy of NOLA on Tuesday? I dont know who can throw a party better than the good citizens of NOLA! Mardi Gras is a decadent pleasure that occurs the day before Ash Wednesday which begins Lenten Season. During Lent it's traditi... Sat, 21 Feb 2009 15:54:24 EST Prêt Pendant le Printemps(Ready for Spring) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Isn't the little birdy cute? Keep your eyes on him for a litle while. He's not going to do anything, I just thought he might take your mind off the snow and ice for a few seconds. <BR> My purpose for this blog is to ask: AM I THE ONLY PERSON HERE WHO'S SICK OF WINTER??? This season really messes with me! I want to sleep, feel lazy and without realizing it until I joined Spark my cravings for carbs increases. I have to... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 17:29:36 EST Let It Go! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2008 was about "Laying Aside the Weight" for me. I wanted to unload the anger, fear, stress and depression that had held me captive for so many years. During last year I came to understand what pushed my buttons and sent me to the fridge. I also learned how to deal with those things in a more adult manner. Thankfully I've been able to get past most of the things that caused me pain and anger. I've come to accept them a... Sat, 17 Jan 2009 22:28:15 EST They're Heeerre: Invasion of the Little Green Women <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The local newspaper ran a story on the area Girl Scout's Cookie sale rally. I knew it was about time for the invasion of the little blue, brown and green women. From now until sometime in March, we'll see them everywhere-ringing out doorbells, at the supermarket and in my case the parking lot of Walmart. Their moms and den mothers will be putting order forms in your face and how will we be able to resist those Do-Si-D... Sun, 11 Jan 2009 19:29:38 EST Watch Out! The Buzzards are Coming! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Take a look at the picture. Can you relate to the man sitting on the bench? I can and I'm sure you can too. One of my Spark Mates posted on how Thanksgiving went for her and said family members were watching her to see what she ate and how much. We all know people like that. I call them buzzards because like a group of vultures they're just waiting for dieters to eat something sweet, salty or fattening to say "AHA! I ... Fri, 28 Nov 2008 15:16:16 EST The Twilight Zone: Shopping in the Misses Department "You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind and size. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the sign post up ahead, your next stop...The Twilight Zone!" <BR> <BR> I experienced something today that hasn't happened since 1984. I bought pants from the Misses Department at Dillard's! I've bought things for my daughter from the Misses Department but the pants were for ME! Albeit they were a size 16 t... Fri, 7 Nov 2008 17:15:14 EST Breast Cancer Awareness When I was about 3 or 4 years old there was an older neighborhood lady we called Miss Rosie. Although she was married she didn't have any children of her own and always kept her kitchen stocked with candies, cookies and kool aid to give to us neighborhood kids when we were playing outside. She was also our "neighborhood nanny" who had bandaids and iodine if we got hurt. I remember her as a really sweet, "old" lady. I recall hearing whispered conversations between mama and some other women tha... Mon, 6 Oct 2008 15:02:39 EST A Letter To My Mother Dear Mother/Bette/Carrie/Pancake, <BR> Happy 71st birthday! I hope you're having a big party today with Doodee, Pop, MawMaw, and all your family and friends. I wanted to take this time to say thank you for everything! Your love, laughter, friendship, support, understanding, patience, your heart...for just being my beautiful mother. I'm thankful for the weird stuff I got from you too--foot rubbing, hair playing, sweet tooth, mushrooms in everything I eat, stubborness, mean when I need to/want ... Mon, 29 Sep 2008 21:43:56 EST Laying Aside the Weight and Moving on to Stage 4 This may be my longest blog. I hope it fits! <BR> An email came this morning offering me the chance to move on to SparkPeople Stage 4. For those who haven't gotten that far, in this stage if you've reached your weight loss goal it helps you maintain your weight or continue on your quest for weight loss and tell others about your journey and offer help, encouragement and support to others who are struggling with weight and health problems. Even though I haven't reached my weight loss goal, I'... Fri, 22 Aug 2008 12:58:32 EST Mirror, Mirror on the Wall... OK, this is getting harder! It seems my last 30something pounds think they're Jesus and want to be with me always. I DON'T THINK SO! I have been so angry because it's taking so long to get out of the 170s. I can't understand it! Then yesterday while I was on the treadmill I looked in the mirror and it's inches that are coming off! I could actually see a thinner Renee! My legs and arms look more muscular too. That made me feel better. I know these pounds will come off if I keep working at it. ... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 10:37:53 EST Confessions of a Pasta Addict For dinner tonite I made spaghetti using 98% lean ground beef, multigrain angel hair pasta with Omega3, and an organic sodium free pasta sauce I bought at a health food store. I had corn and green beans on the side. Not a bad meal, right? Well, I messed it up. I had 3 cheese garlic bread with it. Then the pasta addict showed up and talked me into having an extra helping of each thing! I felt like that little piggy in the picture <em>15</em> <BR> Shamu looks like Twiggy next to me right now! ... Tue, 29 Jul 2008 22:11:58 EST I Can't Believe... I can't believe I've come this far! I've tried to change before but I always gave up and went back to my old habits. I can't believe this is me actually exercising! Me, who used to play sick at P.E., who used to get tired just watching Richard Simmons! I can't believe I threw the salt out of the house!Me, who used to put the salt in while cooking and before I started eating. I can't believe I gave up the Dixie Crystal for Splenda! <BR> I can't believe I weighed 210 lbs and was a size 22! I c... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 18:11:15 EST Empowered Women I Am Woman <BR> <BR> <BR> (Helen Reddy and Ray Burton) <BR> <BR> I am woman, hear me roar <BR> In numbers too big to ignore <BR> And I know too much to go back an' pretend <BR> 'Cause I've heard it all before <BR> And I've been down there on the floor <BR> No one's ever gonna keep me down again <BR> <BR> Oh yes, I am wise <BR> But it's wisdom born of pain <BR> Yes, I've paid the price <BR> But look how much I gained <BR> If I have to <BR> I can do anything <BR> I am strong (strong) <BR> I... Fri, 6 Jun 2008 22:15:21 EST Saying Goodbye To 2 Old Friends Well, I finally got up the nerve to go brassiere shopping. I had put it off out of fear actually. I knew "The Girls" had gotten a bit smaller and I didn't want to know how much. I have had breasts since I was 9 years old. Other girls in my neighborhood were playing in the streets and swimming topless and there I was in a training bra that I was sure would choke me to death. By junior high I was a C cup when other girls were just getting out of their training bras <em>39</em> , silly boys with... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 18:14:04 EST Give the devil a black eye! Does it ever seem that every time you try to make a step in the right direction, start making some progress, and positive changes are happening something or someone comes along to try and derail it? That's what happened this week. I was doing fine, getting fit, the weight is coming off, blood pressure and cholesterol looking good and I decided to participate in Race For the Cure. BAM! <em>18</em> Up jumps the devil and his mess! <BR> The doctor says I have a pinched nerve in my left shoulde... Mon, 26 May 2008 21:53:11 EST Craving excitement I'm thinking of trying some new activities. Can you still buy archery equipment in a store? I don't mean little kids stuff with suction cups on the tips. I'm talking bows and arrows like in the Olympics! I'd love to learn that. <BR> I've never bowled either. Maybe I can learn that. I just don't like those shoes. Maybe I'll take up skating again. I used to burn the skating rink down back in the day. I loved skating to Chic's "Good Times" and "Freak Out!" <BR> Hush! Yes, I know my age is showin... Sat, 24 May 2008 15:29:29 EST Jolly my foot! For some reason the word "jolly" has always been associated with fat people. I haven't met a jolly fat person yet myself included. Let's face it-being fat is uncomfortable, mostly depressing and frustrating. Look at Santa Claus. The guy has one red flannel suit, that long white beard and is hounded everywhere he goes by little kids who want something from him and he's gotta be happy about it-but that's only between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. The rest of the year he's in the unemployment... Sun, 18 May 2008 20:36:17 EST Acting My Age? I turned 47 last month and it hit me-I really am middle aged! In a few years, I'll be eligible for senior citizens discouts and AARP will be sending me mail. If I was still teaching I'd be 5 yrs away from retirement <em>40</em> . When I look in the mirror I see my mother's face looking back at me and if not for Jazzing Hair Rinse in Ebony the beginning of her skunk streak would be showing. <BR> Most of the people I played with as a child are grandparents and my music is called old school. My... Tue, 13 May 2008 13:55:37 EST Pampering Time Sometimes as career women, wives, mothers and caregivers we become so busy we forget to do nice things for ourselves. We're in the process of self renewal and while we work this weight off, don't forget treats like facials, manicures, pedicures, etc. Things like that are rewards and can do wonders for your attitude, energy and relaxation. Indulge once in a while. Run a hot bath and give it your favorite scented oil or bubbles. Light some candles, turn off the lights and put on your favorite m... Mon, 12 May 2008 15:59:14 EST Stuck in the mid 80s I can't get past the mid 180s for some reason! <em>24</em> Frustrated! Send help! Tue, 29 Apr 2008 15:52:21 EST