LIVEDAILY's SparkPeople Blog LIVEDAILY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Teachers Take Responsibility I think I was given this when I first started teaching, so I've had it for 36 years. It is still pertinent today. <BR> <BR> I take responsibility for children <BR> who sneak popsicles before supper, <BR> who erase holes in math workbooks, <BR> who can never find their shoes. <BR> I take responsibility for those <BR> who stare a photographers from behind barbed wire, <BR> who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers, <BR> who never "counted potatoes... Sun, 2 Aug 2015 12:05:48 EST Yay for Teachers! Today is the first day of August. For most of the United States, teachers are beginning to gear up to return to school after the summer break. Teachers are a much maligned group of folk. I am dedicating a blog a day for the month of August in support of teachers, and to give everyone else something to think about! <BR> <BR> "In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else." <BR> <BR> Lee Iacocca Sat, 1 Aug 2015 09:52:39 EST Keeping busy So, I have been keeping busy. <BR> <BR> My Heart: I am still in recovery mode. I have been cleared to drive, and I have been getting out and about. My scarring is fading away slowly. I think the Vitamin E I put on it helps. I still haven't been cleared to begin cardio rehab, so I'm beginning to feel like a bit of a lump. But you know how nature abhors a vacuum. <BR> <BR> My sciatica: This was a severe problem years ago. Very debilitating, and what brought me to my wonderful chir... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:49:59 EST My Buttons It all started with a craft idea I saw about 10 or more years ago in a magazine. Some crafty person had made a pin (brooch) out of buttons. They had bought buttons all the same color and sewed them on to a circle form. I thought to myself, couldn't you make other shapes as well? So I decided to make a heart shaped pin. But I wanted the buttons to be special, so I started haunting yard sales, flea markets, and antique shops and events to find OLD buttons. Not just any old buttons, but ol... Mon, 11 May 2015 19:57:20 EST An Update! Hi everyone! It's been a month since I last told you about my health status. I've been back to the surgeons and the cardiologist, and they are both pleased with my progress so far. I still can not drive, and I still have to ride in the back seat of the car when I am in a car. That's because IF I were to be sitting in the front seat (passengers side), and the car were to be involved in an accident, if the airbag went off, it could potentially reopen my surgical site. Don't want THAT to ha... Sat, 9 May 2015 00:10:50 EST Hello Spark Friends! I have been away. Very unexpectedly. <BR> <BR> On March 25th I went in for a cardiac cathertization, which is where they inject a contrast dye, and then take pictures of your heart and surrounding veins. If there's a minor blockage, they automatically put in a stent. If anything, I expected to wake up to the news that they had to put in a couple of stents and that I'd need to spend the night and go home the next day. <BR> <BR> Instead, I woke up to the cardiologist telling me, "I have ba... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 16:40:04 EST Be Pro-Active About Your Health I currently take high blood pressure and thyroid medications. My doctors like to see me about every 6 months, just for a general check up along with prescription renewals. About 3 years ago, during one of these check ups, my dr and I had a conversation that went like this: <BR> <BR> Him: Listening to my heart - You have a heart murmur. <BR> Me: No I don't! <BR> Him: Listening again -gives me "the look" - Yes, you do. <BR> Me: I've NEVER, ever had a heart murmur! <BR> Him: We'll keep t... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 19:02:55 EST September Plans and Goals and New Gym So I've joined a new gym. It's called Life Time Fitness and it is truly amazing. It's like belonging to a country club/spa/elite gym, and with everything it offers, it really isn't any more expensive. It has 3 indoor pools and 4 outdoor pools. 400 pieces of cardio/ST equipment plus oodles of free weights. A dedicated yoga room, 2 exercise rooms, a gym, a rock wall, and 2 racketball courts. Fully outfitted locker rooms, hot tubs, saunas, and eucalyptis steam rooms. Awesome! <BR> <BR> T... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:26:51 EST Is It Just Too Much? I had a thought today. <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Scarey, I know! <BR> <BR> Then I was reading another SP friends blog, and she made a comment about how she decided not to blog every day because the daily thing just got to be too much, and it resonated with me. <BR> <BR> When I come onto SP, and I LOVE Spark People, I can spend anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours updating everything, earning points, logging in my trackers, checking my teams, responding to spark mail, reading arti... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 21:02:43 EST August Goals It's August already!! <BR> So, I've been thinking about what I want to do differently this month. I've slowly been increasing my sets of ST exercises that I do and still working up to get a small amount of cardio in every day. For the month of August I will: <BR> <BR> 1. Do 3 sets of 20 reps of calf raises. <BR> 2. Do 3 sets of 20 reps of leg abductions. <BR> 3. Do 3 sets of 20 reps of knee high leg raises. <BR> 4. Do 3 sets of 20 reps of moderate incline pushups. <BR> 5. Do 3 sets ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 23:23:38 EST What I've Learned from BLC25 I've participated in the BLC 4 rounds in a row (BLC 20, 21, 22, 23), and then took a break for a variety of reasons and returned for BLC 25. Some observations: <BR> 1. I benefit from the commraderie of teammates. <BR> 2. I don't like being told specifically what I have to do and when I have to do it. <BR> 3. I'm an adult. I don't feel that there's a place for scolding in the BLC. We all have our weaknesses and I feel the BLC should be a place to come for support and encouragement. You ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:23:39 EST New Meals, Yumminess, and a Nutritional Victory! First off, the yumminess! I am SO in love with this recipe that I have it once a week! Yes, it is high in fat, but it's a good fat and if you eat low fat the rest of the day, you're ok. It's easy to prepare. And it tastes so, so good!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2755713 </link> <BR> <BR> Second, my nutritional victory. I had posted earlier about wanting to try plain yogurt. I have, and I now think that there's no way I could go back to eat... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:09:58 EST A Week's Worth of Meals Another BLC Challenge, this time it's for a whole week's worth of meals. So my breakfasts and dinners have been working out very well. The weather was brutally hot on Tuesday, so the salad with shrimp was perfect. Today was cooler, and eating a hot meal (the tilapia) worked out beautifully! <BR> <BR> I want to experiment with different types of yogurt. I prefer Greek yogurt, but I'm also trying to cut down on the amount of sugar that I consume. I understand that some sugar listed in yog... Wed, 28 May 2014 22:32:42 EST 5 Dinner Meals for the Week Ahead Yes, you guessed it. This is another challenge for the BLC. I've spent a good bit of time thinking about this. One of my problems is when I get home at the end of the day, I really don't feel like cooking, which is a conundrum. I love to cook, and I have to eat, and I want to eat healthy food. I tend to make batches of things and eat the same thing every day, but for this challenge I wanted to try to stretch a bit. <BR> <BR> Dinner #1 - Filet mignon steak, baked potato with butter, gree... Mon, 26 May 2014 17:29:31 EST 5 Breakfast meals for The Week Ahead For our weekend challenge in the BLC, we have to plan 5 breakfast meals for the upcoming week. I LOVE breakfast!! <BR> <BR> Breakfast #1: 1 cup of blueberries, 1/3 cup of Kellog's Bran Buds, 1 single container of Fage Peach Fruyo Greek yogurt (yum!!) <BR> <BR> Breakfast #2: 4 oz. Tropicana Trop 50 Red Orange juice, 1 rounded teaspoon of sugar free orange Benefiber, 1 rounded serving scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder, 1 1/2 cups cold water. I love this because I don't have to use my blende... Fri, 23 May 2014 19:15:24 EST Meal Plan for May 11 - 17, 2014 As part of our WEC this week in BLC, we had to write out our meal plan for 4 days next week. I almost never plan my meals in advance, because I never know what I'll be in the mood to eat on any particular day. I always make sure that I have plenty of options though! So the days I picked are Tuesday, May 13 - Friday, May 16: <BR> <BR> I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch during the week. It's just easier that way for me, and it's food I enjoy. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 2 hard boiled ... Sat, 10 May 2014 22:36:22 EST CICO for the First Week of BLC CICO, for those of who who don't know, means "calories in-calories out". It's a report you can find under your "my trackers" tab. SP calls it a calorie differential, and it's just one more way for you to keep track of your numbers. Each number means something different: <BR> #1 - calories eaten <BR> #2 - Your BMR (basic metabolic rate) <BR> #3 - calories burned through exercise <BR> #4 - total of BMR + calories burned <BR> #5 - the difference <BR> <BR> Ideally, you want it to be a negativ... Wed, 7 May 2014 17:46:56 EST My First BLC25 Fitness Test One of the objectives for this weekend's challenge in the BLC25 was to do a fitness test. This test will be repeated in week 6 and week 12 of the BLC. A goal is to improve your results. There were four parts to the fitness test: <BR> <BR> 1. Push Up Test: How many can you do in 1 minute? I did modified push ups on the wall and I did 25 in one minute. <BR> <BR> 2. Crunch Test: How many crunches can you do in 1 minute? I did 21. <BR> <BR> 3. One mile walking test: How long does it... Sun, 4 May 2014 12:39:21 EST BLC25 Goals I have several goals for the BLC25: <BR> 1. Regain control over my eating by tracking EVERYTHING that I eat and drink, and staying within the guidelines that SP has set. <BR> 2. Increase my fitness level. I had slacked off on this something awful, just only doing exercises that my PT had given me when I first got out of the hospital back in September!! <BR> 3. Start going back to the gym. I went twice last week, and it felt pretty good! I want to go to the gym a minimum of 3 times a week... Thu, 1 May 2014 22:48:19 EST March Recap and April Goals March was my month to get back into the swing of things. I think I did fairly well. I almost earned a 2,000 Fitness Minute in the month of March! Thank you Spark Activity Tracker!! <BR> <BR> April Goals: <BR> 1. Join the BLC again. <BR> 2. Earn 2,000 Fitness Minutes in the month. <BR> 3. Walk at least 5,000 steps a day. <BR> 4. Make a date with the gym! <BR> <BR> I can do this!! <BR> <em>244</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:52:13 EST It's Girl Scout Cookie Time Again!! I've been through every stage of GS Cookie-ness. I used to BE a GS. I've sold GS cookies. I was a GS Leader, at one time to THREE troops at the same time. I've been a GS cookie indulger. <BR> <BR> Today, I became a GS Cookie Supporter. <BR> <BR> Everywhere I went today, there they were! Where I live, they set up stands outside of grocery stores and shops instead of selling door to door, like we used to do back in the day. I didn't want to get any cookies. Well, I really did, but don'... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:24:58 EST A New Starting Weight I got on the scale today. It's been awhile. I basically indulged in self sabotaging behavior over the holidays accompanied by mild depression from missing my family, with a side of self doubt from work issues. It wasn't pretty. <BR> <BR> Note to self: invest in a happy light for next winter and make appointments with self to get to the gym!! <BR> <BR> So, while the number on the scale is up 25 pounds from the last time I weighed myself, I still feel optimistic. Why? <BR> 1. I'm eatin... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:21:40 EST A NSV So, I went to the dr's yesterday. Second time this week; two different drs. Went Monday to my allergist, who diagnosed me with sinusitis (sinus infection). I went yesterday to my GP because I needed prescription refills, and they wouldn't extend them over the phone; I had to go in. The nurse assistant leads me to the room, and tells me that I can leave my coat, and then we'll go get weighed. "We?", I thought. Bless her little heart, she set the scale at 200!! It made me do a happy dance... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:56:36 EST Where Have You Been??? Anyone who knows me here on SP knows I check in every day, and that I disappeared for the entire month of September. <BR> <BR> I entered the hospital on Saturday, August 31 and was finally discharged from the hospital on Friday, September 27. I was in the hospital for 28 days; 4 weeks; 1 whole month. <BR> <BR> I had NO idea how sick I was. I had just returned from a trip to Florida (which was awesome) and 2 days later I woke up around 4:30 am with a raging fever, body chills, body aches. ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:06:14 EST CICO for August 14 - 20, 2013 Haven't been feeling the best this week - dealing with vertigo again. My fitness minutes are down. <BR> <BR> Wednesday, August 14 <BR> 1268 <BR> 2090 <BR> 423 <BR> 2512 <BR> -1245 <BR> <BR> Thursday, August 15 <BR> 1222 <BR> 2090 <BR> 419 <BR> 2509 <BR> -1287 <BR> <BR> Friday, August 16 <BR> 1473 <BR> 2090 <BR> 370 <BR> 2460 <BR> -987 <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 17 <BR> 1320 <BR> 2090 <BR> 330 <BR> 2420 <BR> -1100 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:55:49 EST Salad in A Jar I know! It sounds like one of those things that's too good to be true. Who'd have thought? I had heard about this when a friend from the BLC team Azure Destinations came to visit the team I am on, the Ivory Falcons. This friend told everyone about how someone else made salads like this all the time, and provided a link. I took a look at it. I was curious. We've all had that horrible experience of going to get a bag of salad only to find that it has rotted. Ick. <BR> <BR> So I got my ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 23:49:43 EST CICO for August 7 - 13, 2013 Wednesday, Aug. 7 <BR> 1252 <BR> 2100 <BR> 676 <BR> 2776 <BR> -1524 <BR> <BR> Thursday, August 8 <BR> 1365 <BR> 2100 <BR> 729 <BR> 2829 <BR> -1464 <BR> <BR> Friday, August 9 <BR> 1266 <BR> 2100 <BR> 311 <BR> 2411 <BR> -1145 <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 10 <BR> 1258 <BR> 2100 <BR> 654 <BR> 2754 <BR> -1496 <BR> <BR> Sunday, August 11 <BR> 1224 <BR> 2100 <BR> 751 <BR> 2851 <BR> -1627 <BR> <BR> Monday, August 12 <BR> 1531 <BR> 2100 <BR> 1321 <BR> 3421 <BR> -1890 <BR> <BR> Tuesday, August 13 <... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 23:21:12 EST CICO for July 31 - August 6, 2013 Wednesday, July 31 <BR> 1343 <BR> 2110 <BR> 333 <BR> 2443 <BR> -1100 <BR> <BR> Thursday, August 1 It's August already?!?? <BR> 1271 <BR> 2110 <BR> 743 <BR> 2853 <BR> -1582 <BR> <BR> Friday, August 2 <BR> 1250 <BR> 2110 <BR> 923 <BR> 3033 <BR> -1783 <BR> <BR> Saturday, August 3 <BR> 1253 <BR> 2110 <BR> 1033 <BR> 3143 <BR> -1890 <BR> <BR> Sunday, August 4 <BR> 1289 <BR> 2110 <BR> 441 <BR> 2551 <BR> -1262 <BR> <BR> Monday, August 5 <BR> 1274 <BR> 2110 <BR> 698 <BR> 2808 <BR> -1534 <BR> <BR... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:24:37 EST CICO for July 24 - 30, 2013 Wednesday, July 24 <BR> 1332 <BR> 2120 <BR> 487 <BR> 2607 <BR> -1275 <BR> <BR> Thursday, July 25 <BR> 1300 <BR> 2120 <BR> 629 <BR> 2749 <BR> -1449 <BR> <BR> Friday, July 26 <BR> 1221 <BR> 2120 <BR> 378 <BR> 2498 <BR> -1277 <BR> <BR> Saturday, July 27 <BR> 1254 <BR> 2120 <BR> 626 <BR> 2746 <BR> -1492 <BR> <BR> Sunday, July 28 <BR> 1339 <BR> 2120 <BR> 612 <BR> 2732 <BR> -1393 <BR> <BR> Monday, July 29 <BR> 1258 <BR> 2120 <BR> 338 <BR> 2458 <BR> -1200 <BR> <BR> Tuesday, July 30 <BR> 1291 <... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 23:17:31 EST Reflect - Regroup - Refocus As part of The BLC22, we've been asked to reflect on the past 6 weeks of the BLC; on what went well, and what could use some work. <BR> <BR> I feel that I am learning more and more about nutrition, preparing combinations of healthy foods, eating healthier, and learning to be satisfied with eating less. I've become more diligent with measuring ingredients and portions. I feel I am broadening my variety of foods: frozen yogurt pops, quinoa, whole wheat flour, protein muffins, gazpacho jus... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 22:09:49 EST Fitness Test July 18, 2013 For The Falcons BLC, we were asked to blog about our fitness test. Here we go! <BR> <BR> Pushups - wall - 41 in 1 minute. <BR> Crunches - modified(in chair) - 37 in 1 minute <BR> Lunges - forward - 32 in 1 minute <BR> Bicep Curls - 5 lb. hand weights - 45 in 1 minute <BR> Squats - regular - 29 in 1 minute <BR> Plank - modified (on wall) - 39 seconds <BR> <BR> Except for the plank (pitiful), I'm pleased with my results. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:38:04 EST CICO for July 17 - 23, 2013 Wednesday, July 17 <BR> 1320 <BR> 2130* <BR> 341 <BR> 2471 <BR> -1151 <BR> <BR> *this number is my base metabolic rate of calorie consumption as determined by SP. Every time you lose or gain weight, it changes. If you lose weight, it goes down. That means you need to do a bit more exercise to see the same amount of weight lost. <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Thursday, July 18 <BR> 1261 <BR> 2130 <BR> 699 <BR> 2829 <BR> -1568 <BR> <BR> Friday, July 19 <BR> 1524 <BR> 2130 <BR> 777 <BR> 290... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:00:27 EST Making Blueberry Jam My parents used to own a pick-your-own blueberry farm in Virginia. I'd go there in the summers to help them out, and while my Mom was the Blueberry Pie Queen (they were the BEST!!), I taught myself how to make Blueberry Jam. While my family no longer owns the farm and I have moved to New Jersey, I continue to make blueberry jam in the summer when Jersey Blues come into season. <BR> <BR> First, you need some blueberries! <BR> <img src=" Sat, 13 Jul 2013 23:06:23 EST CICO for July 10-17, 2013 Yes...I've skipped a week as I was on vacation visiting family in Virginia! Back to it this week!! <BR> <BR> Wednesday, July 10 <BR> 1412 <BR> 2153 <BR> 390 <BR> 2543 <BR> -1131 <BR> <BR> Thursday, July 11 <BR> 1245 <BR> 2153 <BR> 531 <BR> 2684 <BR> -1439 <BR> <BR> Friday, July 12 <BR> 1272 <BR> 2153 <BR> 518 <BR> 2671 <BR> -1399 <BR> <BR> Saturday, July 13 <BR> 1145 <BR> 2153 <BR> 531 <BR> 2684 <BR> -1539 <BR> <BR> Sunday, July 14 <BR> 1278 <BR> 2153 <BR> 479 <BR> 2632 <BR> -1354 <BR> ... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:05:16 EST CICO for June 26 - July 2, 2013 This is Week 4 of the BLC22! <BR> <BR> Wednesday, June 26 <BR> 1279 <BR> 2133 <BR> 341 <BR> 2474 <BR> -1195 <BR> <BR> Thursday, June 27 <BR> 1476 <BR> 2133 <BR> 997 <BR> 3130 <BR> -1654 <BR> <BR> Friday, June 28 <BR> 1383 <BR> 2133 <BR> 485 <BR> 2618 <BR> -1235 <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 29 <BR> 1364 <BR> 2133 <BR> 466 <BR> 2599 <BR> -1235 <BR> <BR> Sunday, June 30 <BR> 1447 <BR> 2133 <BR> 313 <BR> 2446 <BR> -999 <BR> <BR> Monday, July 1 <BR> 1300 <BR> 2133 <BR> 930 <BR> 3063 <BR> -1763 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 22:30:27 EST CICO for June 19 - 25, 2013 Today starts Week 3 of the BLC22 <BR> <BR> Wednesday, June 19 <BR> 1262 <BR> 2153 <BR> 348 <BR> 2501 <BR> -1239 <BR> <BR> Thursday, June 20 <BR> 1375 <BR> 2153 <BR> 925 <BR> 3078 <BR> -1703 <BR> <BR> Friday, June 21 <BR> 1251 <BR> 2153 <BR> 411 <BR> 2564 <BR> -1313 <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 22 <BR> 1384 <BR> 2153 <BR> 424 <BR> 2577 <BR> -1193 <BR> <BR> Sunday, June 23 <BR> 1250 <BR> 2153 <BR> 348 <BR> 2501 <BR> -1251 <BR> <BR> Monday, June 24 <BR> 1295 <BR> 2153 <BR> 436 <BR> 2589 <BR> -... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:41:12 EST CICO for June 12-18, 2013 Wednesday June 12 <BR> 1216 <BR> 2169 <BR> 352 <BR> 2521 <BR> -1305 <BR> <BR> Thursday, June 13 <BR> 1128 <BR> 2169 <BR> 352 <BR> 2521 <BR> -1393 <BR> <BR> Friday, June 14 <BR> 1351 <BR> 2169 <BR> 352 <BR> 2527 <BR> -1170 <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 15 <BR> 1327 <BR> 2169 <BR> 283 <BR> 2452 <BR> -1125 <BR> <BR> Sunday, June 16 <BR> 1316 <BR> 2169 <BR> 403 <BR> 2572 <BR> -1256 <BR> <BR> Monday, June 17 <BR> 1292 <BR> 2169 <BR> 482 <BR> 2651 <BR> -1359 <BR> <BR> Tuesday, June 18 <BR> 1339 <B... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:02:02 EST Staples Grocery List These are the things I always have on hand: <BR> <BR> Horizon 1% milk <BR> large eggs <BR> Skinless, boneless chicken breasts <BR> Fage 0% fat yogurt <BR> Protein bars <BR> Protein powder <BR> Oatmeal <BR> Granola, low fat <BR> Wheat germ <BR> Flaxseed <BR> Spinach <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Baby carrots <BR> radishes <BR> cucumbers <BR> purple/red cabbage <BR> baby red beets <BR> artichoke hearts canned in water <BR> broccoli <BR> blueberries <BR> apples <BR> Canned diced tomatoes, low sodium <BR> ... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 20:38:12 EST CICO for June 5-11, 2013 Wednesday, June 5 <BR> <BR> Calories Eaten: 1240 <BR> BMR: 2185 <BR> Exercise: 258 <BR> Total Burned: 2443 <BR> Differential: -1203 <BR> <BR> Thursday, June 6 <BR> 1249 <BR> 2185 <BR> 873 <BR> 3058 <BR> -1809 <BR> <BR> Friday, June 7 <BR> 1212 <BR> 2185 <BR> 357 <BR> 2542 <BR> -1330 <BR> <BR> Saturday, June 8 <BR> 1146 <BR> 2185 <BR> 357 <BR> 2542 <BR> -1396 <BR> <BR> Sunday, June 9 <BR> 1382 <BR> 2185 <BR> 400 <BR> 2585 <BR> -1203 <BR> <BR> Mond... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 22:56:47 EST My Goals for BLC22 My goal for this BLC round is to lose 12 pounds. My action plan is to: <BR> <BR> 1. Plan my meals for each week. <BR> <BR> 2. Do my grocery shopping and cooking on Saturday for the week. <BR> <BR> 3. Make sure I prep all of my fruits and vegetables so that they are ready to go! <BR> <BR> 4. Use SP Nutrition tracker to log all of my food. <BR> <BR> 5. Drink 12-14 glasses of water daily. <BR> <BR> 6. Exercise a minimum of 40 minutes daily and log it on the Fitness Tracker. <BR> <B... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 22:53:36 EST What's On My Mind What a loaded subject. I mean, really. There's SO MUCH. How do you narrow it down? Do you talk politics? Nuclear war with North Korea, that basketball player visiting North Korea, our status with North Korea, I could go on, but I won't. Do you talk about Second Ammendment Rights and Gun/Firearm control in the United States? I could, but I won't. Hmm...let's see. How about Mayor Bloomberg's decision to ban all "sugary drinks" over 16 oz from being served in NYC restaurants? A judge h... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:51:32 EST Everyone Needs to Read This I don't often say that: everyone needs to read this. In this case, everyone really does, especially everyone involved with Spark People. <BR> <BR> It was eye-opening and slightly horrifying at the same time. It involves US: our eating habits and how big food companies target US with their food products. It explains A LOT about the science behind WHY we crave the food we crave, and why it's so hard to give up soda, chips, and other junk food. <BR> <BR> Do yourself a favor, and read it. <... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 14:58:09 EST Lots and lots of snow! I finally got my snow!! I've been wanting a snow storm. I know many of you are groaning at that, but I love the snow! Actually, I love all seasons in their turn. This bitter, windy, snowy weather will help us appreciate when the weather turns warmer, when we see the first crocuses peaking out, when we see pussywillows and daffodils, and when the days become longer. When it becomes too hot an humid in the summer, don't we wish for a cool breeze, a good brisk summer thunderstorm to break t... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 19:22:03 EST My Changing Life I'm participating in the BLC21. One of the items on our weekend challenge is to journal or blog about, "How will your life change when you reach your fitness/weight goal? How will you feel?" <BR> <BR> 'tis a wonderment. <BR> <BR> My life, up to this point in time, is nothing like I expected it to be. That's neither good nor bad, most days. It's just very different. I learned a long time ago that my expectations were not going to happen. I adjusted, and made new plans. That's import... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:08:22 EST Happy New Year 2013 The New Year is upon us once again, and it is time for revisiting 2012, pondering some, and making goals and plans for 2013. <BR> <BR> Isn't "ponder" a wonderful word? Deep thinking, soul searching, reminiscing, wondering...pondering. <BR> <BR> Since I've joined SP, I've lost 42 pounds, numerous inches, and have acrued almost 7,000 Fitmess minutes. All in 177 days (I counted). It boggles my mind truly. If you had told me in May or June of 2012 that I would have accomplished this I woul... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:32:10 EST A - Z About Me Thanks to Adakara and Nikki for starting this! <BR> <BR> <BR> A - Available or Married: Available <BR> <BR> B - Book: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver <BR> <BR> C - Cake or Pie? Pie, but only if it's homemade. <BR> <BR> D - Drink of Choice: Water, coffee, or tea. <BR> <BR> E - Essential Item: Jergans Lotion <BR> <BR> F - Favorite Color: Blue <BR> <BR> G - Game to Play or Watch: FOOTBALL!! <BR> <BR> H - Hometown: Groton, CT <BR> <BR> I - Indulgence: books <BR> <BR>... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:38:37 EST The Scale Saga When I joined SP on July 8, 2012, I owned a scale. It's a Health-O-Meter. It's a good scale, and I trust it. Now, I say that because when I first started SP I wanted a "reliable" scale, so I went out and bought a NEW scale. A digital scale endorsed by The BLC (tv show). It wouldn't work properly. When I weighed myself on it, it registered a full 40 poulds LESS than my Health-O one. I figured that couldn't possibly be right, so I took it back. <BR> <BR> I weighed myself on the scale at... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 08:22:59 EST The Inbetween I've enjoyed participating in my very first BLC! So much, in fact, that I'm going to do it again! But there is an "inbetween" period from the end of the BLC 20 to the beginning of the BLC 21. What will my strategies and goals be during that time? <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to drink 12 glasses of water every day. <BR> <BR> 2. Continue and increase my strength training every day. <BR> <BR> 3. Increase my cardio to at least 2 times a week. <BR> <BR> 4. Increase my fruit and veggies to 6 a ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 11:37:45 EST Staying On Track During The Holidays What am I going to do during the next month? The time of year that people alternately love to look forward to and dread at the same time? <BR> <BR> I'm going to continue to track my food and drink. It's a topic of curiousity to me, the number of people here on SP that do NOT use the nutrition tracker every day. It's free. It's easy. It helps you be accountable. It helps you plan. I love it! <BR> <BR> I'm going to continue to work on getting my 30 minutes of fitness in every day, and... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 22:53:52 EST Movie Quotes Game Part 4 Here we go!! <BR> 1. Fiddler on The Roof <BR> 2. <BR> 3. The Blues Brothers <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> 6. Dead Poets Society <BR> 7. Poltergeist <BR> 8. Rocky <BR> 9. <BR> 10. <BR> 11. Little Shop of Horrors <BR> 12. The King and I <BR> 13. The 10 Commandments <BR> 14. It's A Wonderful Life <BR> 15. <BR> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:48:25 EST