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/ 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 Saturday Night - 34.5 hrs. til Colonoscopy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665372 My weight was up from 212.2 to 214.0 after that colonic - I guess I was filled with the water from the machines. <BR> <BR> I've been home 5 hours and resting under warm comforters and napping. I just got up to sip more water as I do not want to feel like I'm starving. I can't eat anything at all until after Monday. <BR> <BR> But tonight the scale is reading 210.9. I know it will be less in the morning. <BR> <BR> Deep breathing..... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.co... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 23:32:23 EST Colonic Hydrotherapy Done - 40 More Hours of Water Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665197 Saturday, April 5th 2014 - had my first ever colonic hydrotherapy session. It lasted 2 hours. Even though I've been on a 4 day liquid diet, I was in total disbelief of what my digestive tract was holding onto. I thought I cleaned everything out on Tuesday morning when 3 giant stools were released the day I began liquid fasting. <BR> <BR> This was all so surreal I couldn't be embarrassed over it. I was told by the tech who operated the Angel of Water machine that each person is different ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 18:07:10 EST Day 3 - Liquid Fast for Colonoscopy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664798 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=6fPFw1%40HL%3<BR>C+++++fkC+pp%3F%5F19lH+epKru%60K%60&si<BR>dnope2=K3%5E%60y%3C++Q+Pb&vliqsparentp<BR>g=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp&iMTGoal<BR>Num=159988018&dteDateShowing=4/5/2014&<BR>bGetElementByID=TRUE&vliparentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp </link> <BR> <BR> I couldn't sleep last night. Started to feel some hunger pains so sipped water all through the night. I made an apple shake for the morning. All white in... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 05:58:11 EST Day 2 - Liquid Fast - part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664430 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1813866895.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness gracious!!!! <BR> <BR> I didn't really plan well for today's liquid fast, but it's beginning to become a CHEF's Masterpiece. <BR> <BR> I made Ginger Miso Soup with free range, organic chicken broth, fresh Red Miso, fresh ginger root, garlic cloves, fresh parsley and dill leaves, and I sauteed the baby portabella & white cap mushrooms I dried in a sunny window to get the Vitamin D out of them i... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 15:47:49 EST Day 2 - Liquid Fast - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664256 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1655910294.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had bought purple grapes on the discount rack and knew I'd lose them if I didn't eat them. Not wanting to eat the skins so close to the Monday procedure, I soaked them in 1/4 cup white vinegar to remove a bit of mold off them, and then drained water. I cooked grapes on stove top for 20 minutes, and using a potato masher, squeezed out all the juices and let sit for 20 minutes. The remainder of grapes went out f... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 11:28:39 EST Bone Marrow Broth? So worth Making it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663730 Bone Broth for Health Building: Nourishing the Liver and Kidneys By Cindy Micleu, MTCM, LAc. <BR> <BR> Winter is an ideal time for nourishing the Kidneys, and soup is the perfect winter food. Bone broth is prepared in cultures around the world as both a tasty, healthful soup and an easily digested medicinal food. The prolonged cooking of bones in water results in a broth rich in nutritional constituents that promote strength, tonify blood, nourish in times of sickness and rehabilitation, and... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:54:48 EST Pacing Day 1 on Liquid Fast By Turning the Compost Pile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663650 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1703849876.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was so freezing cold, even with the compost tightly covered under thick rubber sheets, it didn't heat up enough to break it all down. Anaerobic piles take longer. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1759504529.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Way down near the ground, there is a thick layer of black gold I can use to topdress my transplants. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:27:55 EST Day 1 - Liquid Fast - for Colonoscopy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663526 Ah, yesterday I only had 1.5 servings of old fashioned oatmeal in the morning and 3 cups of brown rice with 1.5 cups cooked cauliflower & 1/4 cup mediterranean feta cheese in the evening. <BR> <BR> I was STUFFED. Today I lost exactly 1 lb. but have not had the usual morning 'bowel movement'. I guess it was way too much carbs and not enough balance. <BR> <BR> Anyway, today I'm tracking all the things I'm injesting for Day 1 of a liquid fast. I'm winging it here. I need more direction... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:17:33 EST For 1 Week I Posted My Ideal Weight As Current Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662777 I wanted to see how this made me feel to post that I was 20 lbs. beyond my goal weight. A weight that I was when I was 27. I'm almost 64. <BR> <BR> The moment I did this, I was filled with shame for commiting such a big lie. <BR> <BR> It bothered me. I didn't like doing it. I promised myself I'd keep it there for one week. After a few days, I refused to acknowledge the lie ~ like an ostrich hiding its head in a hole. That's what liars do, right? They use subterfuge, they use avoid... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 15:42:36 EST Happy Spark Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660952 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2059757955.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l706048707.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2003890822.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1953968008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l297379158.jpg"> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:36:57 EST Darling Daughter Returns 2 days later...AND... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659686 I served her hommade chicken soup. I had no idea when she'd arrive but the table was set. 10 minutes after I set it, she was here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1768941969.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After we ate, I told her that for years I wanted to find time with her to make bread. I always talk about it. As an artist, I said she would love kneading the dough and that it was therapeutic to work with the hands on creating a simple but artesian loaf of bread made by... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:07:04 EST It's not Will Power ~ It's Strategy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658440 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1040446131.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last of my food stamps bought these foods, yesterday at the farm stand. <BR> <BR> If you DON'T bring poisonous foods into the house, you won't poison yourself. <BR> <BR> <em>33</em> <BR> <BR> When you stop buying the binging foods, you stop binging. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l646375622.jpg"> <BR> <BR> IT'S NOT WILLPOWER ~~ IT'S STRATEGY. <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 09:04:25 EST It's CALORIE COUNTING that Matters Most http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657438 For weight loss, popular diets advocate everything from eating according to your blood type to nearly fasting for 2 days a week. Now, one popular instruction - to eat small but frequent meals throughout the day - has been called out by researchers, who say it does not boost metabolism or encourage weight loss. <BR> <BR> In fact, the research - presented today at the Society for Endocrinology annual BES conference - suggests counting calories is all that really matters when it comes to losin... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:11:14 EST Daughter FINALLY agreed to come, but wouldn't sleep over in her room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657423 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1450603168.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ive spent days steam cleaning, pulling her bed apart and washing everything even though its never slept in. It was a bit dusty, though. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l913237561.jpg"> <BR> I stayed up until 2 AM washing all the many layers of bedding plus her mattress. Nothing was really even dirty. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l327854165.jpg"> <BR> I put t... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:31:16 EST Computer to SP communication Sucks, today. Grrrrr.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656087 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=aF0qW%5Ckswg+<BR>++++fkC+pkG%5B4%40oH+eoMpyaN%5B&sidnop<BR>e2=K1bdz%3D++U+Qc&vliqsparentpg=%2Fmys<BR>park%2Fnutrition%2Easp&iMTGoalNum=1599<BR>88018&dteDateShowing=3/25/2014&bGetEle<BR>mentByID=TRUE&vliparentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp </link> <BR> <BR> It has taken TWO hours to enter my breakfast items in the food tracker. What a waste of my energy and time. I don't know if all these ADS flashing on my SP page ar... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:17:57 EST Red Peppers 49 cents/lb. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655351 A simple, humble lunch with a little bit of pasta, collards from my organic garden that I flash froze on Oct. 15th, 2013, and these brilliantly red peppers that I bought at the discount rack inside Walbaums the other day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l19735907.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Look at all the seeds I'm now drying to use them in the garden for growing. I can share seeds with fellow gardeners, too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:10:51 EST Homemade Yogurt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655267 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309228245.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've found a simple way to make yogurt. I bring the organic whole milk almost to a boil then let it cool down to 115 degrees F. I do this in 8 oz. mason jars that sit in a pot of water. I use a thermometer inside the milk. Never boil the milk. I bring the milk up to just under 200 degrees. Then allow it to settle at 115 degrees. I remove the jars from the pot of water, then add a heaping tablespoon of thick ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:34:37 EST April 7th colonoscopy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650343 I'm finally going for a colonoscopy, and decided to try colonic hydrotherapy so I can avoid drinking that gallon of Miralax that is not FDA approved. <BR> <BR> Need ideas, liquid fasting or prep before the procedure at 10:30 AM. <BR> <BR> How many days before Monday, April 7th do I wean off food, start juicing, and what do I do about electrolytes? <BR> <BR> Got my work cut out for me. Praying I'll also lose about 10 lbs. of excess toxins. <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:17:04 EST Happy St. Patrick's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649578 ¸&#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 you onward!!! <BR> /&#9612; <BR> ‘|\...... You can do this!!! <BR> .&#9733;´*&#12290;.&#9734;¨¯`*&#9733;¸.• <BR> <BR> <em>126</em> <em>448</em> <em>67</em> <em>137</em> <em>441</em> <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> .•´¯`•.&#9829;´¯`•.¸¸.•´¯`•. <BR> &#9829;The tr... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:45:44 EST The Silent Baggage We Carry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648315 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2026826117.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 100 lbs. of fat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l677029188.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes words are not needed. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:25:50 EST Courage to Admit I'm Obese http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646951 I have the Courage (The Power to Face) that I am obese. I will develop the courage to face my illusions that at my age it's ok to hold onto this extra weight. IT IS NOT OKAY. With courage I will pursue 2014's goals no matter what. The essence of courage is faith; faith in my goals and a deep understanding of why I've chosen to focus to losing 50 lbs. Determination, patience, enthusiasm and good company sustain courage. <BR> Determination - Once my goal has been set, reaching it becomes a ma... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:12:19 EST Staying Warm in Kitchen Cooking Seeds & Baking Granola http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641452 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l281700567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2091429762.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cooked Tri-colored quinoa <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1661170326.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2058593539.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cooked amaranth <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2040719748.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Homemade granola - soooo d... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 14:15:14 EST No rhyme or reason to my eating habits. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641385 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=6fPFw1%40HL%3<BR>C+++++fkC+pkG%5Fv%3CoM+dxKuvbIX&sidnop<BR>e2=KyebzB++MNeK&vliqsparentpg=%2Fmyspa<BR>rk%2Fnutrition%2Easp&iMTGoalNum=159988<BR>018&dteDateShowing=3/6/2014&bGetElemen<BR>tByID=TRUE&vliparentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l72951905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> House is still freezing cold. I have called the commissioner (answering machine) the cou... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 12:45:14 EST Freezing on Long Island http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640200 I've begged. I've called for two weeks. I've had the oil burner OFF since Feb. 11. Yesterday was the final straw when the house temp plummeted to near freezing. When the house is under 38 I've reached my tolerance level of patience and survival. I can't take it anymore. <BR> <BR> I'm going to call the County Supervisor. They keep telling me all I need is a signature from the manager. I'm freezing. I was told today after being on hold for a long time, "You are not going to freeze to ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:46:43 EST Knowing our pH tells us what we need to eat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640181 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1090259505.jpg"> <BR> <BR> our pH levels are very important to observe, follow, and maintain. If your pH strip is yellow, you might have cancer. I've purchased these strips at the Vitamin Shoppe. I had a very hard time finding them locally. The box is very tiny and the strips are on one long roll of litmus paper. <BR> <BR> I've tested before eating anything this morning via saliva and urine. there <BR> s a big difference in the two.... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:31:41 EST I've Really Got To Start Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637369 Yes everything I eat is pure, clean, wholesome, and there is no junk in this house. There's no candy, cake, cookies, crap. <BR> <BR> But I'm gaining a few pounds like I do every winter in the COLDER weather cause I eat lots of warming foods & root crops and that means more carbs. <BR> <BR> Then when the backyard Spring garden yields salad greens, I eat more raw foods, and I lose weight in the WARMER weather. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, I don't control my portions and eat the most healthiest ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 02:37:54 EST Homemade Enzymatic Citrus Cleaner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631618 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l429716176.jpg"> <BR> <BR> MAKE YOUR OWN CITRUS ENZYME CLEANER <BR> I read about making this enzyme cleaner that takes 3 MONTHS to “mature. I decided I COULD do it 2 weeks using yeast. <BR> The idea of making my own enzyme cleaner was appealing for several reasons. <BR> It’s natural, environment-friendly, and non-toxic. <BR> It’s made from kitchen scraps! <BR> It’s effective! <BR> So here is the “recipe”: <BR> Citrus Enzyme Cleaner <BR> ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:55:40 EST Depression is an obstacle to weight loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625624 I'm alone for every holiday. TO NOT THINK ABOUT BEING ALONE I ALWAYS DO HUGE PROJECTS LIKE THIS ONE ON VALENTINE'S DAY. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1433129761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1214982187.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I call this the cellarway. There are shelves with all my canning equipment and some appliances here. Also my homemade laundry soap. I'm doing the tile floors and having trouble cutting around pipes and ... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:57:08 EST Obesity - My battle since I was 40 + http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625244 DESCRIPTION <BR> <BR> Obesity is a condition of excess body weight due to an excessively high proportion of body fat. Usually anyone who is 20 percent over the normal weight for his or her age, sex, build and height is considered obese. The person's weight is considered healthy if it falls within the acceptable range for his or her height and age; if the pattern of fat distribution does not place the person at increased risk for certain diseases; and if the person has no medical problem for... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 02:53:47 EST Found Old Weight Chart Records from 1966 - 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624802 <BR> Date Age Weight Bust Waist Abdomen Hips L Thigh L Calf L Ankle <BR> <BR> 6/30/1966 16 125 37 27 38 <BR> 3/27/1971 20 (gave birth 9 lb. boy) . <BR> <BR> 3/16/1972 21 gave birth 9 lb. 1 oz. boy). <BR> <BR> 1/03/1974 23 153 38.5 33 39 39 <... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 13:30:23 EST Juxtapositioning of Wheat Grass in Winter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623373 Winter Red Wheat Berries for cooking are used to grow wheat grass indoors just to have a little bit of life indoors during this brutal winter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1789617680.jpg"> <BR> Sown on January 23 2014 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1632872471.jpg"> <BR> Growth on January 30 2014 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1118931503.jpg"> <BR> February 5th - The grass is doing very well with no ca... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:09:32 EST Much To Do About Discounted Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612142 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2026268805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Friday evening at Walbaum's - discounted veggies for $2.90 <BR> <BR> They had to be processed right away as they were reaching their limits of freshness. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1116137904.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cutting ends off an inch and placing in fresh cold water. Good for the next few days and will eat fresh. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 13:35:05 EST Keeping Busy During Being Snowed In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603260 <BR> I'm keeping busy doing little things that are creative, cost-effective, and that lift my spirits a bit. I'm still very upset over my brother's sudden death, and it is too dark a place to dwell in for very long. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l406876881.jpg"> <BR> So I've decided to do little creative tasks to make me happy. I've taken wheat berries that I crush & grind to add to homemade breads, and sprinkled the berries into a ceramic container. Soon... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:48:06 EST Finding Creative Outlets While Snowed-In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602582 Raw, unrefned SHEA BUTTER from Ghana is made into a thick, emollient skin cream that is beneficial for skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, skin tumors, dry skin, wrinkles, etc. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l366897619.jpg"> <BR> RAW STATE. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l784737599.jpg"> <BR> MELTING SHEA BUTTER over double boiler. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1002513717.jpg"> <BR> STRAINING MELTED SHEA BU... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:31:54 EST Thank You MLK, Jr. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600034 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1255286825.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGgkWkUVugA </link> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:58:07 EST Jan 17 Sauteeing Discounted Veggies for the Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596830 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l977430710.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Discounted peppers cut up and sauteed to keep them from spoiling along with red onion, garlic, and portabella mushroom. Now all these veggies have been cleaned out of the crisper and cooked. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1686160277.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1916916490.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I used several heaping tablespoons of the sauteed veg... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:11:02 EST Blending Grains, Seeds, Nuts for wholesome Pancakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595816 Eating pancakes at I Hop - for me - is like giving a drug addict a bowl of crack cocaine or a diabetic a lb. of white sugar. Using raw buckwheat seeds ground up in my coffee grinder to add to whole wheat flour & almond flour makes a pancake more tolerable. Here I'm using 1/3 cup each of nuts, seeds, and grain as it cuts down on the gluten, wheat sensitivities, and white flour (glucose) intolerances I live with. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1992091142.jpg"> <B... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:13:05 EST January 15th prepared meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594728 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l954918455.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Making Quinoa Risotto at 3 AM <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l557699914.jpg"> <BR> <BR> after soaking the quinoa, rinsing 3X and sauteeing garlic, onion, and portabella mushroom, quinoa added to pan to toast the seeds for 3 minutes - stirring. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l439330895.jpg"> <BR> <BR> adding chicken broth and water, until absorbed by s... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:42:39 EST Power Breakfast Loaded with Veggies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593329 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/nutritio<BR>n_food_chart.asp?sidnope=6fPFw1%40HL%3<BR>C+++++gfD+is%3Fc3%3DsJ+dtOvwbK%5D&sidn<BR>ope2=J1ae5E++U+Mk&vliqsparentpg=%2Fmys<BR>park%2Fnutrition%2Easp&iMTGoalNum=1599<BR>88018&dteDateShowing=1/14/2014&bGetEle<BR>mentByID=TRUE&vliparentpg=%2Fmyspark%2Fnutrition%2Easp </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1266968104.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Making a 4 vegetable omelette on this dreary rainy cold January day in NY. <BR> <BR... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 09:34:18 EST Anything I eat, I have to Prepare from Scratch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592680 My clean crispers are filled with root crops, baby spinach, fennel bulbs, avocados, apples, lemons, celery, zucchini, bananas, ginger, garlic, mushrooms, onions, etc. I have fresh yogurt, organic milk, eggs, butter, cottage cheese, bla bla bla There are NO prepared foods or junk foods but I can still gain weight if I don't watch portion control. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l576055753.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1356572708... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 18:15:30 EST Acceptance of What Is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591339 One day you open your eyes & realize that you have no family support, that the ones that mattered are all dead, & you take a deep breath, let go of the ones who are cruel, deceitful, pathological liars, unable to feel, uncaring, cheaters, disingenuous, mean-spirited, indifferent, nasty, apathetic, sardonic & who don't see the family matriarch as a person to be respected & honored, & you brush yourself off, close the door to any future expectations you once may have had that they will act like... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:23:18 EST Rainy Dreary Winter Depression Deserves Split Pea Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590480 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1112813488.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1029531188.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I NEVER buy or eat smoked cured pig hocks but for $2.73 I bought two of them and what FLAVOR it added to yellow split pea soup made with water, and many veggies and herbs, spices, and freshly grown turmeric rhizone that I plucked from the ceramic container its growing in. Fresh cumin seeds, bay leaves, garden dried rosemary, oregano, thyme,... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:35:27 EST Humble, Simple, Inexpensive, Wholesome meals that Satiate. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584079 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l86189408.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sunday dinner. I've been a self imposed hermit since I returned home on 12/23 from burying my brother. <BR> <BR> It's a good idea to stock up on long keepers like potatoes, carrots, onions, rice, whole grains, beans, etc. during the winter months. I freeze everything that comes in for 48 hours then pour into sterile glass jars for sanitary keeping. My nuts and seeds are stored in glass jars in the freezer so th... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 09:47:40 EST