LISBETHSALANDER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LISBETHSALANDER LISBETHSALANDER'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/ I Know http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639407 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853406396.jpg"> <BR> Title: The Love Letter <BR> Artist: Jan Vermeer <BR> Year: c. 1666 <BR> Type: Oil on canvas <BR> Location: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam <BR> <BR> I chose The Love Letter to illustrate this blog because it contains 2 paintings within the painting. There is also a trompe l'oeil feature in this painting of an open curtain, which imitates the curtains that were hung to protect paintings in this period. The differ... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 10:37:33 EST I Resolve to be Kind to Myself Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634229 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l317105493.jpg"> <BR> Artist: Hieronymus Bosch (circa 1450–1516) <BR> Title: The Temptation of Saint Anthony. <BR> Date: between 1500 and 1525 <BR> Medium oil on oak panel <BR> Dimensions Height: 73 cm (28.7 in). Width: 52.5 cm (20.7 in). <BR> Current location: Prado Museum <BR> <BR> I chose this painting of The Temptation of Saint Antony because in this painting, St Anthony looks peaceful and meditative. This artist has done many pain... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 10:27:32 EST Old Habits and Healthy Habits Walk Into a Bar . . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620336 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1623061144.jpg"> <BR> Artist: Sofonisba Anguissola (1530–1625) <BR> Title: The Chess Game (Portrait of the artist's sisters playing chess). <BR> Description: Lucia, Minerva and Europa Anguissola playing chess. <BR> Date: 1555 <BR> Medium: oil on canvas <BR> Current location: National Museum in Pozna&#324; <BR> <BR> To celebrate my one year old yoga practice and to inspire myself when I need a little push, I decided to imagine a conver... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 11:33:33 EST Scarcity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580779 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l327674325.jpg"> <BR> Color etching by Giovanni Volpato, the oil painted c. 1770 by Francesco Maggiotto, Italian painter, (Venice 1738 - Venice 1805) <BR> Title Puppet theatre (I Burattini) <BR> Date c. 1770 <BR> Medium engraving <BR> Dimensions 38.5 × 29.5 cm (15.2 × 11.6 in) <BR> Copia del grabado en color conservado en el Museo Gadagne, de Lyon. <BR> <BR> Scarcity <BR> <BR> I heard a story on NPR yesterday morning and haven’t been able... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:12:43 EST Struggling with Self Care http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547302 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1462741023.jpg"> <BR> Artist Hans Eworth (circa 1520–1574?) <BR> Title Mary Neville, Lady Dacre <BR> Description Portrait of Lady Dacre <BR> Date c. 1555-1558 <BR> Medium oil on oak, cradled panel <BR> Current location National Gallery of Canada <BR> <BR> The woman in this painting looks like she takes very good care of herself and she is writing. She looks like she is very secure with who she is, in her time and place. <BR> <BR> I don’... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:03:25 EST Día de los Muertos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529184 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1801299215.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A couple week ago I saw the film Gringo Mariachi. It was showing on the HBO Latin channel and is in the HBO On Demand. It is in Spanish, but the main character doesn't speak Spanish so if you don't speak Spanish there is plenty of English in the film. The film has magnificent music. The main character in the film lives his dream, in spite of the fact that everyone tells him it's not possible for him. When I f... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:21:46 EST How I Regained My Power Over Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525541 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l200714331.jpg"> <BR> Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) <BR> Wheatfield with Crows <BR> Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. <BR> <BR> When you're in the grip of the sugar-salt-fat addiction, you can feel as isolated and desolate as the view in this Van Gogh painting. Here is a link to a short essay on taking steps to overcome the sugar-salt-fat addiction and the psychological issues that accompany it. <BR> <BR> I struggled with this addiction for many... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:45:54 EST Inspiration for Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513158 This is a link to a video interview with a man who finished the Chicago marathon in a little over 16 hours. His encouragement to all of us is, "If you dream it ,make it happen. Your life is the most beautiful thing that can happen to you. So, make the best of it." <BR> He finished around 1:30am. I am in awe of his determination. <link>abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=ne<BR>ws%2Flocal%2Fchicago_news&id=9286065 </link> <BR> <BR> Have a healthy week one and all. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:21:20 EST Trying a New Habit on for Size http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504361 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1014819252.jpg"> <BR> Artist : Nicolas de Largillière (1656–1746) <BR> Title Study of Hands <BR> Date circa 1715 <BR> Medium: Oil on canvas <BR> Current location: (Inventory )Louvre Museum, Paris <BR> <BR> I started something new a little over two weeks ago in a desperate attempt to fix a couple of issues with one big change and I think I’ve had some success. <BR> <BR> The issues I thought were related were the amount of time I spent on... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 11:50:56 EST Dressing Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482957 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l592225608.jpg"> <BR> <BR> James Tissot <BR> Title English: Seaside <BR> Date circa 1878 <BR> Medium oil on canvas <BR> Current location: Cleveland Museum of Art <BR> <BR> I had a period when I was in an extremely stressful position where I worked when for my clothes I went on the Lands’ End web site and ordered 6 black mock turtle necks for work. I wore these mostly with some black pants and sometimes, when I felt festive, brown pants. ... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:42:25 EST Are You Guilty of Tsundoku? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463856 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l205941210.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thanks to Shakespeare and Company Books, Paris Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:21:07 EST All You Need is Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462291 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l724462018.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As part of making friends with myself, I'm working hard at suspending my judgement of others. For me, this has been earth shattering. The constant judgement chatter in my mind is/was a partner to a sound track of self-criticism. <BR> <BR> The link here is to an article where a woman describes the judging "game" she plays in her head and the tools she uses with herself to let go of this behavior. <BR> <BR> I e... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 18:57:49 EST Striving for Health -- One Year of Sparking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461163 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l321710549.jpg"> <BR> THE ART OF PAINTING (De Schilderkonst) <BR> Vermeer <BR> c. 1666- 1668 <BR> oil on canvas <BR> 47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in. (120 X 100 cm.) <BR> Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna <BR> <BR> I chose Vermeer’s Art of Painting to illustrate this blog because it does a great job of reflecting how I feel as I celebrate my 1 year Spark Anniversary and some family birthdays as well. <BR> <BR> This painting is rich in allegory but that... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:22:39 EST Sugar, Salt, Fat Combo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453971 <link>mavocado.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> I put this link in a blog so I can "bookmark" it for myself, However, I do want to share it if you are struggling with food cravings. Since I left processed food behind, I no longer suffer from binges or from night eating and I am grateful every day to be free from that monkey on my back. The toll those behaviors took on my self esteem and the relationship I had with my body was not pretty. <BR> <BR> I am not perfect, so I still need reinforceme... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:33:42 EST Forgive Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447487 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2096163201.jpg"> <BR> I saw this on the street when I was out walking and it hit home. <BR> <BR> My Spark People friends treat each other well. They show kindness and empathy to each other the like of which is hard to find anywhere. These things keep me coming back; the positive outlook, the support, the affection and the friendship. When you struggle with an issue, you can count on your fellow Sparklers to show you the way. <BR> <BR> Y... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 10:24:36 EST Making Friends with Yourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415432 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l781281727.jpg"> <BR> Rick making friends with himself in Casablanca <BR> <BR> I “like” George Takei on Facebook. I love his posts, most are funny, and some are serious and there is a nice balance between the two. They are always sensitive to the feelings of others. <BR> <BR> He provided a link to this short clip of an interview with Dustin Hoffman about his role in Tootsie. Mr. Hoffman has a real revelation that he talks about in the c... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 10:56:44 EST Independence http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410877 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l696510915.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Artist Constantino Brumidi (1805–1880) <BR> Title Liberty <BR> Description one of a pair of ceiling-mounted paintings representing the concepts of liberty and union. <BR> Date 1869 <BR> Medium oil on canvas <BR> Current location White House, Washington, DC <BR> Credit line The White House Historical Association (White House Collection) <BR> <BR> The Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of ... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 19:12:51 EST The Power of Vulnerability http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392076 <link>www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vul<BR>nerability.html </link> <BR> <BR> I have written before about struggling with shame. This is a great lecture on the origin of shame and how it plays out in our society and on a personal level. <BR> <BR> It's a Ted talk and it is 20 minutes. I found it absolutely fascinating. It's contributed to my understanding of this powerful force and I'm sure I'll watch it again. <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:27:40 EST Healthy Food News Digest for 27 May 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5369415 This digest is divided into two sections, The first section is The Way We Eat and the second is Anti-Fat Bias in the US. You can copy and paste the links into your browser. If you scroll all the way to the bottom, I'm adding links using the Spark tool, but I've found it to be unreliable sometimes. <BR> <BR> <BR> THE WAY WE EAT <BR> <BR> “Seeking Food Ingredients That Aren’t Gene-Altered,” by By STEPHANIE STROM <BR> Published: May 26, 2013, New York Times <BR> Page B1 New York Edition <BR... Mon, 27 May 2013 14:52:36 EST More To Come http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5365488 http://jezebel.com/5946643/reddit-users-at<BR>tempt-to-shame-sikh-woman-get-righteou<BR>sly-schooled <BR> <BR> This is a link to a news item about a man who posted a photo of a woman on Reddit so he and his friends could make fun of her and her response to him. <BR> <BR> I am thinking about this and it fits in with the theme I've been thinking about for my next blog but I wanted to share it right away. <BR> <BR> As part of my health goals, I include a healthy relationship with my body. Th... Thu, 23 May 2013 09:41:42 EST Setting a New Milestone for Project Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5362349 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1828955406.jpg"> <BR> Artist Belmiro de Almeida (1858–1935) <BR> Title Português: Bom tempo (Idílio campestre) English: Good Time (Rural Idyll) <BR> Date 1893 <BR> Current location Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil <BR> <BR> The biggest benefit I hope to receive from my healthy lifestyle is to get off of high blood pressure medicine. We dropped one last week and it was a disaster, I gained 7 lbs of water within 4 days ... Mon, 20 May 2013 13:44:44 EST I Admit that I am Lonely and Afraid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355375 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l88435168.jpg"> <BR> Jan van Eyck (between circa 1390 and circa -1441) <BR> Title Untitled, known in English as The Arnolfini Portrait, The Arnolfini Wedding, The Arnolfini Marriage, The Arnolfini Double Portrait, or Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his Wife <BR> Date 1434 <BR> Current location National Gallery, London, England <BR> <BR> My wedding anniversary is in 2 weeks. My husband died a little over 5 years ago and the numbness wo... Mon, 13 May 2013 16:02:06 EST Taking (Clawing, Stealing, Grabbing, Wrenching) Time for Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339279 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l416672208.jpg"> <BR> Artist: Giuseppe Arcimboldo 1573 <BR> Series: The Seasons <BR> Dimensions: 76 x 64 cm <BR> Gallery: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France <BR> <BR> I will be the first to admit that the investment you make in your own health takes time every day. It is a good investment and like all good investments, it needs attention. I’d like to share some of my dividends from this week and some of the strategies I used to stick with my g... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:24:12 EST Oui, je suis une femme. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328804 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l654615877.jpg"> <BR> Auguste Renoir: Luncheon of the Boating Party <BR> Date 1881 <BR> Source Phillips Collections, Washington <BR> <BR> I’m having dinner with an old friend tonight and I’m really looking forward to it. I can’t describe how different this is for me since when I was in the grasp of the sugar-salt-fat triad I went out to eat more often but it was not the company I sought, it was the fix. When I look back on it, it frightens... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:30:20 EST Good Health Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5318341 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109767135.jpg"> <BR> When I took this photo of Sr. Bahiano in Sao Paulo, Brazil, he asked me to post it on the internet and make him famous. <BR> <BR> I wrote a blog yesterday about the hiking trip I took with my grandson last week. I wrote about some of the benefits of good health (aka NSVs) that I experienced on that trip. I've been stuck on the scale lately, so I want to review some of the good health benefits I've experienced in my tr... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:52:11 EST It's So Worth It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317777 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873032123.jpg"> <BR> Wildcat Canyon, Starved Rock, North Utica, Illinois <BR> April, 2013 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1916791178.jpg"> <BR> More detailed view of the spring waterfall. You can see that there is still snow in the parts of the canyon that don't get much sun. <BR> <BR> I took a hiking trip last week with my 11 year old grandson. I am still in awe of how much hiking I was able to do. I hiked... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 23:07:41 EST Eat Well and Live Better (a little Portuguese for you) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306619 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1248372777.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Having a good diet is a prerequisite for having a healthy and active life. Eat well and live better. Sun, 31 Mar 2013 19:49:26 EST Making Peace with Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303598 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l695790019.jpg"> <BR> Die Allianz von Gerechtigkeit und Frieden (The Alliance of Justice and Peace) <BR> 1649 <BR> The painting originated immediately after the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 and allegorically shows the expectations of the post-war period. Peace and justice are conjoined. <BR> DEUTSCHES HISTORISCHES MUSEUM, Berlin <BR> I have not been able to find the name of the artist for this painting. <BR> <BR> Recently when taking stock of... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:01:33 EST Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5295037 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1348135333.jpg"> <BR> Artist William Hogarth (1697–1764) <BR> Title "The importance of knowing perspective" <BR> Description Satire on "False Perspective": Whoever makes a Design without the knowledge of Perspective will be liable to such absurdities as are shewn in this Frontispiece. <BR> Date 1753 <BR> <BR> Everything's got space between it, the planets, trees, your eyes. Your eyes get too close together, it's a whole different world. ... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:13:39 EST My Body, My Self, My Friend: The Joys of Listening to my Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279388 1. When the feelings of anxiety start, if I frame them as a message, I can make them go away. <BR> This is an amazing result for me. I’ve had two visits to get medical tests done this week. Anything to do with doctors and medical procedures has been an anxiety producing situation for me. So this week, when getting the tests done, and I felt the beginnings of anxiety – I started to listen. My body was telling me that it was afraid and connecting to bad medical experiences in our past. ... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:51:56 EST Who Are You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275803 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1091168689.jpg"> <BR> The Who, Chicago, 1975 <BR> <BR> I’m going to use March to get to know my body better so I can understand what it is trying to tell me. All this fat is a message from my body and I need to learn to understand it so I can work toward the healthy me. <BR> <BR> Each and every day and night, my heart beats and pumps blood through my body; my lungs, kidneys, liver and stomach work every day without any supervision from me... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:25:26 EST New Healthy Habit Blog 5% Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5275780 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l501869004.jpg"> <BR> Seated Woman in a Red Armchair <BR> Pablo Picasso <BR> 1931 <BR> Location: Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA <BR> Currently located in the Picasso and Chicago Special Exhibit <BR> <BR> I’m struggling to keep up with the 5% challenge. I’m afraid I’m letting my team down by not being able to devote the required time on a daily basis. I’m trying to keep up with this week's blogging challenge by cramming everyt... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 11:09:59 EST Healthy Food News Digest for Monday 25 February 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263276 The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food <BR> <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/magazine/<BR>the-extraordinary-science-of-junk-food<BR>.html?ref=nutrition&_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> This link is to an article that is adapted from “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us,” which will be published by Random House this month. The book is written by Michael Moss. Moss is an investigative reporter for The Times. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for his reporting on the meat ind... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:14:17 EST Small Victories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262214 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l778621759.jpg"> <BR> English: Winged Nike of Samothrace. Parian marble, ca. 190 BC? Found in Samothrace in 1863. <BR> Français : La Victoire de Samothrace. Marbre de Paros, vers 190 av. J.-C. ? Provenance : Samothrace, 1863. <BR> Dimensions H. 3.28 m (10 ft. 9 in.) <BR> Current location Louvre Museum, Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Denon, first floor, Daru stairs <BR> <BR> <BR> I booked a vacation on a Sunday night fo... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:55:18 EST This is my Home http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254216 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l287789910.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Artist: Boris Kustodiev (1878–1927) <BR> Blue House 1920 <BR> <BR> I love to travel. I like it even more now that I realize that I take my home with me where ever I go. I take my body and my body is my home. <BR> <BR> I haven’t always felt this way. Somehow on this trip to the Caribbean, I realized that my body is my home and I need to release the anxiety I have about my body. I am striving every day to be... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 23:14:38 EST Why I Want to Lose Weight - 5% Winter Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243118 I don’t like to talk about my program as losing weight. I like to focus on the health benefits. I joined the 2013 5% Winter Challenge and one of the countdown assignments is to list the reasons why you want to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I offer my reasons here. <BR> <BR> 1. Most important, I want to improve my health. In the last 10 years, I have developed some health issues. I have to take high blood pressure medicine. Because of the high blood pressure medicine, I have to take potassium... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 17:28:36 EST If Only! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5240024 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l86987616.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the shampoo I use is named "Big." If only it was this easy! Wed, 6 Feb 2013 10:25:37 EST Moving Ahead While Standing Still http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236164 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l812438334.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Artist: Rembrandt (1606–1669) <BR> Title: The Company of Frans Banning Cocq and Willem van Ruytenburch, known as the ‘Night Watch’. <BR> Date: 1642 <BR> Medium: oil on canvas <BR> Dimensions Height: 379.5 cm (149.4 in). Width: 453.5 cm (178.5 in). <BR> Current location: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam <BR> <BR> <BR> January, 2013 is the first time in a year, I did not show a weight loss for the month, not even a hal... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 20:10:28 EST Feeling Blue or In the Pink? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224464 I am struggling today to focus on the positive things about my visit with my doctor yesterday. I have a wonderful doctor who truly loves her job and I always feel like she cares about me and my health. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l128734046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thomas Gainsborough <BR> Deutsch: Knabe in Blau (Porträt des Jonathan Buttall) <BR> English: The Blue Boy, 1770 <BR> Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino, California <BR> <BR> Blues <BR> I went in yesterday for ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:13:21 EST How I Slew My Dragon or Ending Binging and Craving Forever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218476 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061882115.jpg"> <BR> Artist: Raphael <BR> Year: c. 1504 <BR> Type : Oil on wood <BR> Location: Louvre, Paris <BR> <BR> I suffered from an addiction to sugar, salt and fat. I have never had a sweet tooth, so the sugar found in most of the foods I loved was in the form of refined carbohydrates. <BR> <BR> Last January, I visited my doctor and I weighed in 10 lbs from my highest weight ever. I was morbidly obese. In fact, I had put of... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:11:15 EST The Force is With You http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216704 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1715819283.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Title: The Tribuna of the Uffizi <BR> Artist: Johann Zoffany <BR> Year: 1772-78 <BR> Type Oil painting <BR> Location Royal Collection, Windsor Castle <BR> <BR> I am an avid movie watcher. This weekend my line-up included a documentary called Rio Breaks, a film that followed 2 boys who live in a favela (where the poorest of the poor live) in Rio who are participating in a surf club that hopes to help the boys f... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:04:50 EST Focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208628 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1749898002.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Artist: Domenico Di Michelino <BR> English Title: Dante and the Three Kingdoms <BR> Date: 1465 <BR> Medium oil on canvas <BR> Current location: Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Florence <BR> <BR> I struggle with my focus when I'm eating. Even without any outside distractions, I often finish eating, look at my empty plate and think, “Who ate my food?” <BR> <BR> I enjoy a beautiful city view from where I sit at the ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:30:54 EST History http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194894 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2137314047.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Artist Johannes Vermeer (1632–1675) <BR> Title The Allegory of Painting -or- The Art of Painting <BR> Date circa 1666 <BR> Current location Kunsthistorisches Museum <BR> <BR> When I think about my state of mind and my state of being at this time last year, it is clear to me that I have had a transformation. I have lost a total of 37 pounds in one year and gained a life. <BR> <BR> In January 2012, I had to make... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 11:54:04 EST A Compliment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149717 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l676156228.jpg"> <BR> Artist: Joachim Beuckelaer (circa 1533–1575) <BR> Title: The Well-Stocked Kitchen (1566) <BR> Location: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam <BR> <BR> I have never been able to accept a compliment with grace. I am usually embarrassed because I don’t like the idea of people actually paying attention to me. I felt like they would notice something bad about me while they were admiring any good. <BR> <BR> My friend and I have had l... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:56:02 EST Victory is Mine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148951 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l91673440.jpg"> <BR> Artists: Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825) and Georges Rouget (1783–1869) <BR> Title: French: Sacre de l'empereur Napoléon Ier et couronnement de l'impératrice Joséphine dans la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, le 2 décembre 1804 <BR> Coronation of Emperor Napoleon I and Coronation of the Empress Josephine in Notre-Dame de Paris, December 2, 1804 <BR> Date between 1805 and 1807 <BR> Current location: Musée de Louvre, Pari... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 23:03:31 EST Remember the Roll of Paper Towels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144184 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l267998039.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We took a great family photo yesterday to mark Thanksgiving Day. My daughter-in-law was on the computer screen (Skype session) and my son, daughter and grandson and I gathered around the screen and had our photo taken. Even though I have lost 29 pounds since March, I am still so grossly overweight that it is still shocking to see myself in photos. Seeing the photo put a dark shadow over the rest of the day, ecli... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:30:31 EST The Next Goal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139614 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1724493715.jpg"> <BR> Narcissus Artist: Caravaggio Year: 1597-1599 <BR> <BR> I have an appointment with the nutritionist this week. I consider my weight at these appointments to be the “official weight.” I’m pretty sure I may be down only 1/2 lb or so since the last visit. I don’t think I gained. At the last visit I broke through the 200s into onederland. It was 199.5, and I took a photo and felt like I had really accomplished somet... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:14:09 EST Practice Pays Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137270 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1622856472.jpg"> <BR> Jan Davidsz Heem <BR> FESTOON OF FRUIT AND FLOWERS <BR> c. 1635-84 <BR> Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam <BR> <BR> I roasted a chicken last night. I roast a chicken every couple of days and pull the meat off the bones so it’s ready for me. I keep the carcass and all left over parts and make a stock out of it. I put the fat and juice left in the bottom of the pan in the refrigerator so the fat separates and I sometimes add th... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:44:57 EST You are Beautiful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5130668 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l836817725.jpg"> <BR> Photo taken by me on my walk today. <BR> <BR> I strive to believe that I am beautiful, as I believe that every human is beautiful. It is easy to believe this about others, it has been difficult for me to internalize this message. Making healthy choices to benefit myself every day has helped me recognize my own beauty, <BR> When I was out on my ramble today I saw this window and photographed it. It made me smile. I... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 15:19:16 EST Energy Girl http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127435 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1400066850.jpg"> <BR> Tobias and the Angel Andrea del Verrocchio 1470 - 1475* <BR> <BR> My eating practice has created a new person in my head called Energy Girl. She is the future me, the end goal to my everyday practice. Energy Girl is the person who makes me get up and go out for a walk, who helps me choose good foods and reminds me that feeding myself well and tracking my calories will help me achieve my health goals. She reminds me... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 14:46:06 EST