LINDYPOWER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LINDYPOWER LINDYPOWER'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/ Pancakes Using more seeds & nuts than loaded with 100% gluten flours http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764144 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l508930124.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Using 1 TABLESPOON each of coconut flour, cashew meal, flaxseed, self rising white flour, whole wheat flour, raw sunflower seeds, raw hemp seed, and cardamom seeds - anything course or whole was ground up in the coffee grinder. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1288401575.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup. I yielded 1/2 cup of ground up ingredients. <BR> <BR> Oatmeal would h... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:36:58 EST Still Sick with Lung Condition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756401 Saw a doctor at the Local Walk-In, Urgent Care Center after my doctor said he was booked. I asked for a digital ex-ray & a culture. Done. Found Pulmonary doctor a few miles away who'll see me next Thursday; I have to bring the ex ray on CD disk with me. I picked up prescriptions but am holding off on taking steroids & powerful antibiotics until culture is analyzed. It's hot - no A/C by choice this summer to save on electricity. Haven't heard back from daughter since she texted, "Go to ER". I... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 15:01:01 EST I feel the mid-section of my body becoming concave & gushy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742909 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1523886108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Which is the front and which is the back..........aha....but the waist is now down to 37 and the bellybutton line is 40. For me this is amazing. It's happening. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l746333505.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm at the lumps and bumps stage of weight loss and this is not pretty.... <BR> <BR> but I'm not inflamed and bloated with a hard abdomen sticking out like a matr... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:42:33 EST Neverending Dirty, hard work by Hand http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740420 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l808028734.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l33903458.jpg"> <BR> 40 ft. tarp laid over thick ivy 6 weeks ago to kill it but its still growing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l106784991.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was outside at 6 AM gathering even more weeds for 7 AM pick-up. <BR> <BR> I had 1,000's of weeds with their seeds in giant cans to be taken off property so there'd be no fu... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 23:14:51 EST Figuring Out How to Balance Meals Since Going Vegan 32 Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739980 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l681853892.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2062984451.jpg"> <BR> At 387 calories, I had some satiating old fashioned oatmeal, soaked overnight in water, cooked on the stove for 5 minutes with almond milk, banana, chopped walnuts, Ceylon Cinnamon, freshly ground flaxseed and cardamom seed. No salt or sugar added. <BR> <BR> It's all too beige and brown looking isn't it? For lunch I'll make a big colorful salad... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:16:12 EST First Egg Since June 7th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739367 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l693996099.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l567839305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=6fPFw1%40HL%3<BR>C+++++gm%3C+jkAbz%3DnM+fpNpw%5FP%5E&si<BR>dnope2=Mxd%5E3%40++MNeI&vliqsparentpg=<BR>%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp&iMTGoalNu<BR>m=159988018&dteDateShowing=7/15/2014&b<BR>GetElementByID=TRUE&vliparentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp </link> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:42:55 EST 32 day VEGAN diet lowered all lipid numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737312 April 7th my numbers were high. <BR> <BR> They probably continued to go higher until I started the VEGAN challenge for 32 days. But I only have the numbers from April 7th and July 8th when I was tested, again. <BR> <BR> The Vegan challenge began on June 6 - July 8th. I did not use a statin drug. <BR> <BR> Here's the results; <BR> <BR> Cholesterol went from 268 down to 239 ~ 29 points <BR> <BR> Triglycerides went from 334 down to 283 ~ 51 points <BR> <BR> LDL went from 157 down ... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:40:10 EST Next Mini Goal is Getting Back to Onederland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734613 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l90740576.jpg"> Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:49:00 EST I kept saying NOTHING was working... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734385 I've eaten clean food for....ever. <BR> <BR> But I eat good portion sizes as I work like a chain gang member with a pick axe and pile of rocks. I'm hungry when I work so hard. <BR> <BR> So if nothing worked, not even reducing portion size.....I changed the foods I was eating. <BR> <BR> I know I'm allergic to many foods, did rotation diets years ago, but nothing worked. <BR> <BR> So I've eliminated dairy, meat, fish, poutry, processed foods, prepared foods, sugar and salt. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 08:46:06 EST Day 32 of Vegan challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734061 I just spent a long time posting about 30 pictures of food I made over the past several days and there is something wrong with the computer after I just got it back from computer place - it was down for 2 days. <BR> <BR> You would have loved the photoes. It's all too exhausted to redo it. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow I get the blood work for lipids. <BR> <BR> I've been true blue for this entire challenge. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75068128.jpg"> <img src="h... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:04:58 EST Day 32 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734060 My computer crashed from a software product that Staples Office installed on June 3rd. I spent the last penny to my name getting computer fixed with virus clean up and Anti Virus program installed. Something went wrong & it started asking me for $39.99 to use it for another year. WHAT??? Then when I didn't do it by July 4th it crashed my computer. <BR> <BR> Thankfully Staples fixed this weird problem for free and now I'm back online. <BR> <BR> I stayed home the entire holiday weekend ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 20:00:44 EST Day 30 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732469 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1020642228.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1/4 cup combined ground raw sunflower seeds & raw almonds <BR> 1/4 cup whole wheat flour <BR> baking powder <BR> 1/2 cup soy milk <BR> 1/4 cup fresh blueberries <BR> 1/2 teaspoon CEYLON cinnamon - lowers cholesterol <BR> <BR> coffee <BR> <BR> I was 216.1 at my highest weight in the beginning of June then got down to 212 ish soon into the vegan plan. <BR> <BR> Today the scale read 205.9 lbs. <BR> <BR> I can... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:16:08 EST Amended Blog with Pictures - Day 29 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731959 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553228106.jpg"> <BR> blueberries, orange, cinnamon, coffee <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1188459180.jpg"> <BR> oatmeal soaked overnight and cooked with soy and almond milk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l381383378.jpg"> <BR> chick peas, tofu, asparagus, potatoes, olives, turmeric root, onion, garlic, 2 cups salad greens walnuts, avocado, mushrooms. <BR> <BR> I was so exhaust... Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:47:35 EST Day 28 of the 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731128 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l175895260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ground old fashioned oats soaked overnight in filtered water to break down the phytic acid in the grain. <BR> <BR> Cooked 5 minutes with soy and almond milks - unsweetened, freshly ground flaxseed, cardamom seed, and Ceylon cinnamon. <BR> <BR> Perked coffee on the stove top with a combination of soy & almond milk. <BR> <BR> Having this for breakfast grounds me with eating a food staple that I'm accustomed to h... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:22:52 EST Vegetarianism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731112 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1363380772.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> The simplest definition of vegetarianism is a diet free of meat, fish, and fowl flesh. But eating habits of vegetarians cover a wide spectrum. At one end are lacto-ovo vegetarians, who avoid animal flesh but eat eggs and milk products. At the other end are vegans, who forgo eating (and often wearing) all animal-based products, including honey. Raw foodists are vegans who eat mainly raw fruits, vegetables, le... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:08:46 EST Day 26 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730738 I'm just not hungry. My daughter picked today as the day we'd spend together this summer. First she said last Friday, "next week some time" and I said I needed her to make a commitment to a specific day because this is how last summer went.....we slid through all the days until summer was over (except for her birthday of course where I killed myself for days on long end preparing the sailboat with massive projects to get it ready.....to take her and two friends sailing to the ocean with all... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 17:11:10 EST back to pure foods ~ no more white bread rolls - its poison to my body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729879 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1571779226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After eating a white flour kaiser roll with a Morning Star vegan veggie burger (filled with crap) I was 2.4 lbs. heavier this morning than from the weekend, and I landed 2X in the bathroom purging my guts out - I was 1.4 lb. lighter after two trips to the toilet. It looked like it was day 2 of starting my vegan 30 day challenge and the purging of terrible terrible toxins from my body. <BR> <BR> never again wit... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 13:27:37 EST Study of grains, legumes, beans, seeds, ~ soaking, sprouting, dehydrating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728859 Linda's Study of grains, legumes, beans, seeds, ~ soaking, sprouting, dehydrating in the old’ Kitchen 6/29/14 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190089819.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Quinoa, lentils, split peas, and barley to be soaked. Peas were cooked as they can’t be sprouted. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1453221408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Soaked from June 27 – 29th – with frequent rinsed in small holed sieve and covered with a... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 08:13:59 EST Day 24 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728270 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1472653727.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last night I collapsed filthy dirty from doing grueling chores at the house. Everything gets done by hand. It takes forever. <BR> <BR> I wanted to get out of here......escape this endless list of work. But I don't want to use the gas in the car and I'm in a deshelveled state with broken finger nails. and knots in my hair. What's the point in giving myself a manicure when I'm in the midsts of scraping a found... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 10:32:47 EST Life is too hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727821 On April 2 2014 I weighed 216.4 lbs. On June 28th I weigh 206.9. <BR> <BR> So in two months I really did lose 10 lbs. If I can lose another 10 lbs. by the end of August, I'll weigh 196.9. I'll be back in wonderful ONEderland. <BR> <BR> The amount of effort and hard work I place into daily living and the exhausting amount of hours I cook and prepare meals from scratch is tremendous. <BR> <BR> I work in this house doing hard, filthy dirty jobs and collapse after an hour and have to sit,... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 15:24:17 EST Day 22 of 30 day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727341 I had some freaking news out of the blue that blew me into a huge state of despair - news I never thought would ever happen & there's nothing I can do to fix or change what a family member did last week. I'm just sick over it and how it devastated another family member, directly. <BR> <BR> So I've been still eating pure vegan for the past 5 days but not logging it here. I've taken pictures. Even though I feel slimmer and a pair of denim shorts (2 sizes smaller) slid on my body 3 days ag... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:29:27 EST Today's Gardening Chores Really Helped Spruce Up the Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722930 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1461610655.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yams, red potato, russets, yellow & red onions, signature & Kentucky Wonder string beans, Burpless Beauty Cucumbers, Bell peppers, Jalapeno & Red Cherry peppers, red cabbage, brussel sprouts, Calabrese & Sun King broccoli, Pascal celery, Black Beauty, Fingerling, & white eggplants, kale, arugula, Bloomsdale & Giant Noble spinach, Bibb lettuce, carrots, Oregon Sugar Pod peas, Fordhook swiss chard, GMO-free Agate O... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:11:53 EST Day 16 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722922 <BR> Halfway through the 30 Day Vegan Challenge, I'm sticking with this true blue. I cook without recipes and throw things together - whatever the spirit needs. I'm using frozen bags of beans, legumes, grains, etc. in the freezer that I picked up every month - one bag at a time. Will have baby lima beans, tomorrow. Today I fancied organic whole wheat spaghetti served hot with cold raw ingredients like tomato, garlic, onion, raw white turmeric rhizome, chick peas, freshly picked spinach, kale... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:52:44 EST Day 14 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722660 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19556835.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l7382372.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A very busy day in the backyard organic garden so I used up 1 cup of brown rice medley cooked the other day with potato, celery, garlic, onion, chick peas I boiled a few days ago. Then I went into the garden & picked fresh spinach, kale, and arugula and chopped it up, and added it raw to the hot beans and rice, then topped with raw walnuts ... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 09:51:52 EST Day 15 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722651 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l891212602.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I didn't want another bean or leaf of lettuce. I wanted something comforting so looking at my pantry and frig, there's nothing to grab and pop in the mouth. Everything has to be made from scratch. That's the way I live. <BR> <BR> So I got busy with some whole wheat flour, old fashioned oat that I ground down to flour, raw buckwheat seeds that I ground down, too. Flaxseed - yes, ground down, too. And without a... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 09:42:41 EST Day 5 of Helping Family Members Declutter their Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721568 I stayed home today. I'm tired. It was misty, humid, and as the hours went on, I ended up realizing that the best thing I could do on day 5 was give the family time to enJOY the open spaces without me. There's enough leftover summery salads for them to eat without cooking. Maybe the girl will begin to clean her room and the man will do something about the piles of crap he's accumulated in the dining room and the office. <BR> <BR> But I did continue to do something important for the gir... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:35:43 EST End of Day 4 Cleaning a Family Member's Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720885 It was a scorcher, today but we had nice breezes to keep it less hot than the 97 degrees out. I began day 4 by bringing more washed blankets, curtains, and the dogs bedding back all fresh and clean. Then I tackled the refrigerator now that the kitchen was finally sparkling and not filled with filthy floors, crumbs, stains, filthy stove, sink etc. I emptied all the bins, crispers, and scrubbed all the shelves, door compartments, etc. I even did underneath the frig as it was filled with dus... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:34:00 EST Day 12 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720525 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1342091173.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Simple foods. <BR> <BR> I've lost 6 solid lbs. in the past 12 days. <BR> <BR> Going back to the other house for day 4 in 97 degrees. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1234989738.jpg"> <BR> <BR> another 4 hours just working on a very tiny parlor to remove tons of dirt, clutter and dust. Now this room is almost finished. There is a haven in the hoarding nests. A place to ... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:10:49 EST Day 11 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719659 I did not have time to post day 9 and 10 as I've been at another house doing a loving act of kindness for a family in need. I didn't even post fitness minutes on the tracker - I worked non stop doing very physically demanding hard work that NO GYM could offer. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1135211183.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=6fPFw1%40HL%3<BR>C+++++gg%40+ppC%5Fz%3EmM+ewNtw%5DNX&si<BR>dnope2=L3c... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:30:08 EST Day 8 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717902 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=6fPFw1%40HL%3<BR>C+++++gg%40+kj%3Fd4%40nN+ewKyu%5CQ%60&<BR>sidnope2=L3%5Fb7B++MOgK&vliqsparentpg=<BR>%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp&iMTGoalNu<BR>m=159988018&dteDateShowing=6/14/2014&b<BR>GetElementByID=TRUE&vliparentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l729933378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> white and orange fresh turmeric rhizomes to be planted & some stored for cookin... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 14:07:44 EST Day 7 of 30 Day Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717351 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l226018265.jpg"> <BR> Oatmeal soaked overnight and served with flaxseed, CEYLON cinnamon and cardamon freshly ground, a few dried cranberries and coconut milk <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l953479863.jpg"> <BR> Cup chickpea, tofu dish <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1865845260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> afternoon snack <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l15668... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 17:19:34 EST Day 6 of 100% Commitment to the Vegan Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716566 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l213643994.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Boiled/simmered dried chick peas for 3 hrs. after soaking all night. Lots of these to freeze for next week. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1210577579.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I always use 8 inch plates for my meals. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l134538846.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just 1 cup is very filling with 13. 3 gms protein and zero cholesterol. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:30:48 EST Permaculture is a basic planning for optimal conditions in biodiversity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715844 <BR> Permaculture - performed in a practical sense for a 64 year old Master Gardener with limited income, limited hand tools & land, and limited body strength. <BR> <BR> <BR> Permaculture is a diverse, creative concept for any gardener. I believe it takes a lifetime of experimenting, designing, documenting & recording everything for the purpose of studying Phenology, developing an intuitive sense of plant rotation and coupling diverse groupings of plants together using companion planting ... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:20:54 EST My Little Piece of Heaven - Backyard Organic Veggie Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714296 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1809517071.jpg"> <BR> <BR> turning the compost pile in the rain. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1422553761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is called black gold. A heavy wet barrel of it is going to be used in the last row I'm cultivating - string beans. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l978422326.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've already turned over the bean row and pulled out some weeds & last ye... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:51:05 EST Pushing Hard to Complete Filthy Hard Spring Chores While Sick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711453 I've worked so hard I'm on the verge of collapse. Hardly eating anything and pushing pushing pushing. I've moved 2 sailboats off my property, cleaning up the land that was underneath the boats, finished using GIANT pick axe to get THICK DEEP TALL grass roots out of the veggie garden to finish planting for the season. <BR> <BR> Moved a car off the property, tire inflated, battery charged, raking up tons of leaves from the Autumn from 100 ft. tall maple trees, blowing a million samaras ou... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 16:26:42 EST We're Fat Cause We Eat Too Much. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707338 <BR> Hi. I am Art Caplan, from the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University Langone Medical Center in New York. <BR> <BR> Why are your patients fat? Why are people fat generally? Struggling with weight is a problem. I personally have done better with it lately, but it is a challenge. We all know we are in the middle of an obesity epidemic in the United States. Indeed, worldwide obesity is an increasing problem. <BR> <BR> If you look at the medical literature, the answer is cle... Sat, 31 May 2014 08:48:17 EST Worthy SP Article on Nutrition & Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706051 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1712 </link> Thu, 29 May 2014 12:45:45 EST In an unreal world, I wish I lived here for 1 year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702754 <link>www.groupon.com/deals/ga-the-biggest<BR>-loser-resort-niagara-1 </link> Sun, 25 May 2014 11:51:17 EST So Close to Giving Up Attempting to Eat Well to Lose Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696809 I gave up eating ice cream for good, last year, but this afternoon snack is no better. Trader Joe's Honey Greek Yogurt & some plain applesauce with grated nutmeg. Delicous, but very high in sugar(43) carbs (48) calories (370 calories) fat (17 gm) cholesterol (70 mg). I can't win. I should have stuck with the small apple & green tea. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l915007929.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Flat Belly Diet tells you to eat COLD CUTS, BOXED cereal? <BR> <... Sat, 17 May 2014 06:53:19 EST How is it possible to keep carbs below 60 mg per day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690475 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=6fPFw1%40HL%3<BR>C+++++gg%40+klGc4%40oH+esMtq%60RZ&sidn<BR>ope2=Lxf%5E0%3D++MLfF&vliqsparentpg=%2<BR>Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp&iMTGoalNum=<BR>159988018&dteDateShowing=5/8/2014&bGet<BR>ElementByID=TRUE&vliparentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp </link> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1650487958.jpg"> Thu, 8 May 2014 10:46:24 EST My Smart Food Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688998 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l64628065.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2058830723.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1530917532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l677128260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1930226057.jpg"> Tue, 6 May 2014 13:26:19 EST 4 work out moves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688992 The Only 4 Exercises You Really Need ~ The strength moves you can do anytime, anywhere, at any fitness level. <BR> <BR> To build muscle and burn calories, try to do three 5-minute mini workouts with these moves in one day. All in all, you’re only working out for 15 minutes. <BR> <BR> When you do these four moves you're hitting all of your major muscle groups effectively. And they're efficient because you don't waste time isolating one muscle group at a time, as some exercises tend to do... Tue, 6 May 2014 13:19:35 EST I'm NOT HAPPY - OVERWHELMED with life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686994 My life is too hard. Too difficult. I am unable to fix all the equipment. The bolts won't come undone. I am struggling with all the work chores to be done. I am not as strong as I used to be. Everything is falling apart. Village and Town are killing me with harassment, denying exemption, making up ordinances to attempt to manipulate me over the things I have on my property that Im allowed to have. I'm sick of everything. Getting overwhelmed. Can't take spark plug off lawn mower - on too tight... Sun, 4 May 2014 08:39:29 EST Little More Progress in Basement Disaster Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669680 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l62101345.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l728691394.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2102790657.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l874115771.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1421275809.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2127590016.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:15:37 EST A Special Breakfast on a Special day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669652 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2044987908.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=6fPFw1%40HL%3<BR>C+++++gg%40+jl%40%5C4%3DpG+eqGtu%5BNZ&<BR>sidnope2=K4%5D%5EzE++T+Ok&vliqsparentp<BR>g=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp&iMTGoal<BR>Num=159988018&dteDateShowing=4/11/2014<BR>&bGetElementByID=TRUE&vliparentpg=%2Fm<BR>yspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l409332177.jpg... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:48:52 EST Making Chicken soup to take to hospital http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667208 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l389933266.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l459991502.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's not all about me. There is suffering all over the world. People are dying of pancreatic cancer, lonliness, heart disease, diabetes, etc. <BR> <BR> I found out a friend, Joe, (who passed away suddenly upstate NY in 2011) who left behind two sisters who are very ill are both in a nursing home. One has pancreatic cancer, the other... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 09:17:51 EST 6 lbs. heavier the day after medical procedure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667109 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=6fPFw1%40HL%3<BR>C+++++gg%40+ioH%5Bw%3BtN+epMwy%5BI%5E&<BR>sidnope2=K3bdyE++S+U+&vliqsparentpg=%2<BR>Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp&iMTGoalNum=<BR>159988018&dteDateShowing=4/7/2014&bGet<BR>ElementByID=TRUE&vliparentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp </link> <BR> <BR> I made poor choices the day of the colonoscopy. A lady in the lab that took my bloodwork after the procedure who was very obese suggested I go next door to the ... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 07:22:30 EST Medical Procedure is over. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666971 Starting at 218.1, I was down to 207.5 the morning of my medical procedure after long fasting. Afterward, I couldn't believe I could actually eat food. I was in the starvation mode, I think. Havent eaten since Tuesday and its now the following Monday. <BR> <BR> I decided my first food should be homemade chicken stock with a cracked egg in it and fresh spinach. It was heavenly. Rainy, chilly day and this soup was just what I needed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:02:33 EST I can do this http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666071 <BR> ¸&#9734;´.•´ <BR> .•´&#10038;`*. <BR> *.*&#9733; <BR> . &#10038;•´ &#9734;´,•*´¨&#9733; <BR> ¸&#10038;.•´¸.•*´&#10038; <BR> &#9734;´¸.•&#9733;´ ¸.•`&#10038;* &#9734;´¸&#9733; <BR> &#9787;/.... Just stopping by to cheer myself onward!!! <BR> /&#9612; <BR> ‘|\...... I can do this!!! <BR> .&#9733;´*&#12290;.&#9734;¨¯`*&#9733;¸.• <BR> <BR> <BR> 11 hours to go before I arrive at the gastroenterologist office for the medical procedure. I haven't eaten since Tuesday and its now Sun... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 22:59:28 EST Dr. Ordered Gatorade for Today - NO WAY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665692 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1127639471.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1955540872.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l993266229.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The choice is simple. Homemade electrolyte drink using himalayan seasalts and lemons. I also boiled some olive leaves in a cup of water and added that. <BR> <BR> I am on my way out to get some calcium magnesium supplements as I've run out of them. <BR... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:37:31 EST