LJCANNON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=LJCANNON LJCANNON'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/ "What Is A Workout?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833143 <em>362</em> What is a Workout? <BR> By George Allen, former Washington Redskins Coach <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>324</em> A workout is 25 percent perspiration and 75 percent determination. Stated another way, it is one part physical exertion and three parts self-discipline. Doing it is easy once you get started. <BR> <BR> <em>315</em> A workout makes you better today than you were yesterday. It strengthens the body, relaxes the mind, and toughens the spirit. When you work out regularly... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:54:58 EST The Wisdom of Dr Seuss & The Grinch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829405 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2113476353.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the Grinch with his Grinch Feet ice cold in the snow, <BR> <BR> Stood puzzling and puzzling: <BR> How Could It Be So? <BR> <BR> It came without ribbons! <BR> It came without tags! <BR> It came without packages, boxes, or bags! <BR> <BR> And he puzzled three hours <BR> Till his puzzler was sore. <BR> <BR> Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! <BR> <BR> Maybe Christmas, he thought <BR... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 00:54:37 EST Squat Challenge From HelloHealthy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825844 I read about this Challenge on another Web Site this morning, and I thought I would share it with you all. I believe I will start this tonight!! Are you joining me? <BR> <BR> <BR> *#*#*# <BR> <BR> I’m a huge fan of bodyweight exercises for the reason that you can use them for a great workout anywhere. And perhaps the king of all bodyweight exercises, is the squat. Squats are awesome because they provide a great workout for multiple muscle groups, including the butt, thighs, and core. <BR> ... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 14:03:39 EST The Importance Of Getting To Know Each Other http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824936 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257779928.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I think this quote from Chief Dan George holds True whether we are talking about Animals, or about the other Humans we share this Planet with. <BR> <BR> <BR> "If You Talk To The Animals, They Will Talk With You And You Will Know Each Other. <BR> <BR> If You Do Not Talk To Them You Will Not Know Them <BR> <BR> And What You Do Not Know, You Will Fear. <BR> <BR> What One Fears One Destroys" Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:36:04 EST Ringing In The Christmas Season In Oklahoma http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824800 It may be hard from someone who never lived in Oklahoma to understand Our Love for a Jewelry Store Commercial. But we know that it really isn't "Christmas" until we have heard the Familiar Jingle. <BR> <BR> Hopefully this link to one of the MANY YouTube versions of the Beloved Jingle will let my Friends all over the world get a Taste of Oklahoma Christmas Spirit. <BR> <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch <BR> ?v=BNaET9kLT4g <BR> <BR> <BR> For me personally, I also have to hear "I Wa... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 17:14:00 EST Life Lessons From A Butterfly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824085 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2045363204.jpg"> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:08:56 EST Just For Fun & 3 Spark Points: Turtle Symbolism http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810883 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l907715897.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Turtle Symbolism <BR> <BR> A great deal of mythology exists in regard to the turtle. In the Far East, the shell was a symbol of heaven, and the square underside was a symbol of earth. The turtle was an animal whose magic united heaven and earth. The turtle is a creation of nature that carries its round shell over the ground, like heaven, and has a flat bottom, like earth. With a profile resembling a mountain and ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 19:42:56 EST News From The World Of Medicine via Readers Digest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798361 What Fitness Lovers Have In Common <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l155230557.jpg"> <BR> How you think about Exercise might make a Big Difference in how much weight you lose. In One Study, Volunteers walked a One Mile Course. One Half of the Group was told that it was "Exercise." The other half was told that the purpose of the walk was just to enjoy their Music. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1312066086.jpg"> <BR> Afterwards, the "Exercise" ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:03:31 EST Smile, Even If You Have To Fake It!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796620 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l632124102.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Do you smile often? It sounds silly, but even a fake smile can help reduce stress, reduce anxiety and improve your attitude when you’re faced with a difficult task or situation. What's a sure fire way to get you smiling? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1932036617.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1640886935.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 01:15:05 EST ....Just Focus, Your Goals Are ... Oh, Look!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796613 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1051137843.jpg"> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:49:51 EST Happy Friday From SparkPeople & FaceBook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796099 I liked SparkPeople's post on FaceBook this morning so much that I wrote it out and gave it to Mom. She does not have computer access, but I felt like the message on this post might help her maintain a Positive Attitude as she battles her latest health problems. <BR> <em>252</em> If she ever does get computer access, the first thing I will do is set up a Spark Page for her, LOL!! <BR> In case you missed it, I will write out the Message for You, too! It might do us all good to read it Ever... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 23:34:11 EST Ida Keeling: Completely Awesome!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785779 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l928388920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ida Keeling, a 99-year-old great-great-grandmother from New York, recently became the 95-99 age group world record holder in the 100-meter run. Ida finished in 59.8 seconds, becoming the first woman in history to compete in the event in the 95+ age group in an internationally certified race. <BR> <BR> <BR> Ida, just 4 feet 6 and 83 pounds, started competitive running at age 67 to help deal with grief over ... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:22:39 EST Learning To "Listen To Your Body" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783682 I borrowed this from MyFitnessPal's Facebook Page. It really does a pretty good job of clarifying what it means to "Listen To Your Body" It does take time to figure out when it is really Your Body talking, and when it is your Internal Spoiled Toddler who doesn't want to do ANYTHING remotely related to exercise. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l381225554.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” <BR> <BR> Ah, yes, this statement and simil... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:53:28 EST Another Reason To Stick To Your Exercise Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774849 <em>252</em> Today one of the Questions on the Spark Trivia pointed out why it is so Important to stay active, even if the Scale isn't moving. I wanted to share it in case the reminder would be helpful to others. <BR> <BR> <em>357</em> <em>320</em> <em>34</em> <em>317</em> <em>319</em> <em>237</em> <em>278</em> <em>216</em> <em>332</em> <em>294</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> In order or Exercise to improve your Cholesterol Levels, it must be: <BR> <BR> a) Intense ... Sat, 6 Sep 2014 22:46:46 EST What I Learned From My New Personal Trainer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763832 I had my First Meeting with my Personal Trainer (Travis) today. As I sort of knew -- and ALL of my Friends assured me -- It was MUCH Less Painful than I was afraid it would be. <BR> Well, except for the Weigh In, but I KNEW that would be B-A-D!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l105837279.jpg"> <BR> He did an Assessment and figured out what my Goals were, and agreed that they were All Reasonable and Achievable. Then he had me do some Walking on the Treadmill to asses... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:49:13 EST Exercise With Benefits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761754 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l640042054.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dr. Pam Peeke is the author of books like "The Hunger Fix", "Fight Fat After 40" and "Fit To Live." She has appeared on programs like ABC Nightline and the Katie Couric Show. Her FaceBook Page says that she is "The Doc Who Walks The Talk" This article was printed on her FaceBook Page today, and I read it on a friend's FaceBook Page. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1157919406.jpg"> ... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:56:11 EST Another Reason To LOVE Your Java http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758567 <em>469</em> <em>287</em> <em>106</em> <em>271</em> <em>254</em> <em>469</em> <em>271</em> <em>106</em> <em>287</em> <em>469</em> <BR> <BR> The Coffee Cure: 11 Diseases Coffee Helps Prevent <BR> <BR> Posted on April 25, 2013 by BeanPoster <BR> <BR> <BR> Believe it or not, coffee can cure many different diseases. Considered by many as the first super food coffee is full of antioxidants that help cleanse toxins from our bodies toxins that can cause life-thr... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:32:19 EST Happy Birthday Smokey Bear & Sam Elliot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756295 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Smokey Bear is turning 70 on Saturday — but don't bring any candles to the party, please. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l597655240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> As the friendly, huggable bear with the brimmed hat and shovel enters his golden years, he's burning up Twitter. But his message of fire prevention through personal responsibility hasn't changed much. <BR> <BR> Here are some little-known facts about Smokey Bear on his big day. <BR> <BR> STAYING ... Sat, 9 Aug 2014 11:35:45 EST Yukon - Walk This Way -- WINNERS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744910 <em>244</em> We got the results of our City Wide Walking Challenge last week. I have held off writing about it because I was hoping for a lot More Information, but the article about it came out in the Local Newspaper today so I will share what I DO Know. <BR> <em>209</em> Our Family Team, the RADICALLY AMBULATORY DUDES AND DIVAS won 1st Place in the Team Category. The RADD Team consisted of Me, My Husband (GWCANNON), My Dad (AIRFORCEBOB) and My Sister (MOMINE). <BR> <em>248</em> The... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:20:06 EST The Secret To Loving Exercise: Pleasure, NOT Pain!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744407 I am not necessarily a huge Fan of Dr Oz, but I DO Believe that Exercise Should Be Fun. And I think that we all need to be reminded sometimes to Enjoy The Journey we are on. This article by Dr Oz and his partner Dr Roizen is right along that line of thought with some suggestions of how to keep the "Fun" in our Fit Lifestyle. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> <em>311</em> <em>320</em> <em>323</em> <em>324</em> <em>405</em> <em>318</em> <em>278</em> <em>294</em> <em>362</em>... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:26:31 EST 10 Health Benefits Of Watermelon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743096 Watermelon is a natural source of most powerful antioxidants provided by nature. It is a good source of the antioxidant vitamins C and A to protect us from diseases. It reduces the risk of dehydration. <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer and watermelon are inseparable. Watermelons are found almost everywhere in the world. Although we can find watermelons in our markets throughout the year, the season for watermelon is the summer when they are sweet and of the best quality. No other fruit can we find so c... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 01:11:33 EST Getting To Know Your Spark Neigbor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728608 This was inspired by _Babe_'s Blog of the Same Name, AND by the fact that I have FINALLY learned how to Cut and Paste, LOL!! <BR> <BR> *#*#*# <BR> <BR> Your go to chewing gum flavour… I Have NEVER chewed gum, I hate it! <BR> <BR> Best time of the year… Fall, but Spring is a VERY Close 2nd Place <BR> <BR> If you were a toe nail polish what colour would you be ... Purple or Multi Colored <BR> <BR> Favourite pie ... Pecan <BR> <BR> First record you ever bought… Not sure, but it was... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 21:14:18 EST Chicken Farming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725039 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l354075603.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> *Fred was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young* <BR> *'pullets,' and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs.* <BR> <BR> <BR> *He kept records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and <BR> was replaced.* <BR> <BR> <BR> *This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached* <BR> *them to his roosters.* <BR> <BR> <BR> *Each bell had a different tone, ... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:45:58 EST Redneck Fishing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721788 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1515162141.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> A redneck with a bucket full of live fish, was approached recently by a game warden in Arkansas as he started to drive his boat away from a lake. The game warden asked the man, "May I see your fishing license please?" "Naw, sir," replied the redneck. "I don't need none of them there papers. These here are my pet fish." <BR> <BR> "Pet fish!?!?" <BR> <BR> "Yep. Once a week, I bring these here fish o'mine d... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 01:09:39 EST A Blog From A Friend: Analogies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721672 <BR> This afternoon I read this Blog from a Friend and it says EXACTLY what so many of us need to hear and take to heart!! With her permission, I am sharing it with you all. <BR> <BR> <BR> *#*#*#*#*#*# <BR> <BR> Analogies <BR> Posted on 6/19/2014 by 1yoyoKAT <BR> Sometimes it's hard to put myself first. Or even second. Or even in the top ten. <BR> <BR> I was at the gas station the other day filling up the tank in my shiny, still new smelling car. I've always taken excellent care of ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:04:37 EST My Legs Hurt, I'm Tired, I Don't Have Time .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717325 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1095141936.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You can choose the Pain of Discipline or the Pain of Regret. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1008419765.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just for Today, choose to live by Choice, Not Chance; to Excel, Not Compete; to Make Changes, Not Excuses; to Choose Self Esteem over Self Pity; and to Listen To Your Own Inner Voice, NOT the Random Opinions Of Others!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:06:29 EST Yukon - Walk This Way -- Modified For Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709958 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1047798067.jpg"> <BR> It is Day Three of our 6 Week Challenge and I am doing Fabulous, if I do say so Myself, LOL!! <BR> I do NOT have a problem with Staying Active, but I was enjoying Way Too Many Red Velvet Treats -- Ice Cream, Cookies, etc. Since Saturday I have been doing Much Better in that department. I didn't even slow down when I went to 7-11 for my Coffee this morning and found that they are selling Red Velvet Cake Balls again!! <BR... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:01:48 EST Yukon - Walk This Way: A 6 Week Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707676 <em>250</em> As of this morning, GWCannon, Momine, AirForceBob, and I as well as my Pastor, Debi Powell Maxwell are signed up for a 6 Week Challenge sponsored by the Local Hospital, County Health Department, and two local Businesses. <BR> <em>311</em> We got a Free screening this morning that included our Weight, Blood Pressure, Glucose, and Cholesterol checks. Plus, we got a VERY Generous bag of Goodies that included a collapsible water bottle, a Cooling Towel, and a T-Shirt among ma... Sat, 31 May 2014 20:39:03 EST Memorial Day Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703993 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1483237534.jpg"> <BR> "Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day for the sight before us is that of a Strong and Good Nation that stands in Silence and remembers those who were loved and who in turn loved their Countrymen enough to die for them" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1631297815.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "The Storm Clouds are gathering, the Elected have lost their way. But it is the American Citizen... Tue, 27 May 2014 01:00:40 EST Keep Calm With Sounds Of Nature! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655743 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l591096008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1865642636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1369843748.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l581658825.jpg"> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:59:33 EST Today's Choices = Tomorrow's Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653463 <em>227</em> Stop Making Excuses <BR> <em>42</em> Stop Saying That You Will Do It "Tomorrow" <BR> <em>39</em> Stop Believing That It Will Happen By Itself <BR> <em>362</em> Start Working Out Today - Just do what you're able to and work on being Consistent and making Improvements <BR> <em>550</em> Start Eating Healthy Today - Don't cut out entire Food Groups, and Don't plan to "Never eat my Favorite Food Again" Learn Portion Sizes and Savor Every Bite <BR> <em>306</em> Star... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:26:04 EST "Explore Australia" E-Mail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635574 I received this e-mail today from "Explore Australia" Much of what it says confirms what we on the Chair Exercise Team know through Ann's Research and our own research during the Virtual Treks on the Bibbulmun Trail last year and now in Tasmania. <BR> <em>220</em> I hope that the Computer lets me share the e-mail with you so that you can see for yourself what a Beautiful, Enchanting Country this is!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>295</em> Overland Track, Tasmania <BR> <BR> The Overland Track i... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:55:36 EST Macquarie Harbour and Sarah Island http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629736 Our Virtual Trek included a full day to cruise to Sarah Island and visit the Salmon Farms as well as the ruins of Australia's first and - according to some - Harshest Penal Settlement. <BR> <BR> Harry Grining and his brother took their first paying customers into the Gordon River more than 100 years ago. Five Generations later, their descendants continue the Family Tradition of introducing tourists to the Serenity and Mystery of Macquarie Harbour. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:10:40 EST Richmond Bridge and Theatre Royale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627890 We are spending some Extra Time at the Lake Pedder Chalet, just absorbing the ambiance and doing some Hiking and Exploring. <BR> I have taken advantage of one of the Tour Guides - John - who seems to be an Expert on Local Ghost Stories. One morning after Breakfast, he took me on a trip to Richmond Bridge. It was originally called Bigge's Bridge and it is the oldest Bridge in Australia that is still in use. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1210777259.jpg"> <BR> It was... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:03:39 EST Swimming, Shopping, & Virtual Tattoos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619951 <em>237</em> We spent Sunday relaxing and swimming in the Huskisson River and enjoying the chance to "Touch, Smell, and Taste" a real Rain Forest. I enjoyed wearing the Pink Camo Swimsuit that I bought for my First Virtual Australian Trek several months ago. Here is a picture of my suit from the Virtual Catalogue where I got it. No Way on Earth you are getting a picture of Me in a Bathing Suit, LOL!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1229168938.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 01:05:13 EST Apples, Birds, Philosopher Falls and a Tattoo?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619066 Our Virtual Trek continued in Tasmania this week. There were so many "HighLights" that it is hard to know where to start or how to include everything! <BR> I am really enjoying getting to know the Birds of Australia! Tarkine (one of our stops this week) is home to 130 different species of birds at various times of the year. This includes Eleven of the Twelve species that are endemic to Tasmania. The Swift Parrot and the Orange Bellied Parrot breed only in Tasmania. The Orange Bellied Parrot... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 23:38:52 EST King Solomon's Cave & The ChairLift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610734 It is hard to know where to start in telling you about our Tasmania Trek these past few days. The Chair Lift over Cataract Gorge in Launceston was Fabulous!! It is exhilarating and breath taking (is that the same thing?) to be dangling in open air over the rushing waters and almost 'Rain Forest' Terrain. The Cataract Gorge Chairlift is the World's Longest Chairlift. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> there is supposed to be a Picture here!! The Camera is not acting Right!! Will work on that!! <BR> <... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:35:30 EST HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY -- Wish I Was There!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606737 For my Friends and Fellow Trekkers in Australia I am almost 2 Days late, but here in Oklahoma, it is still (technically!) Australia Day. So Happy Australia Day, Aussie Friends!! I wish I was there with you for the Party! It was 75 degrees there today, while it is 39 degrees (and Dropping QUICKLY!!) here in Oklahoma! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l442266319.jpg"> <BR> Australia Day is the Official National Day of Australia and marks the Anniversary of the 1788 arrival... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:39:47 EST A New Virtual Adventure Begins 'Down Under'!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603015 We have landed in Australia once again, for a Virtual Trek. As I expected, we have been Busy, Busy, Busy ever since we got here. Unfortunately my Camera is having a fit and I don't think I'm going to be able to share many pictures right now. <BR> <em>250</em> Just as I was on our First Trek, I am still amazed at the Beauty and Colors of this country. We are exploring Tasmania this time, and one of my first stops was the Tasmania Zoo. They sent a Shuttle Bus to the Hotel to pick me up, ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 06:29:32 EST Winter Wellness Challenge, Walking 1,000 Days, & On To The Next Challenge!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591851 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2071011587.jpg"> <BR> Walking doesn't have to be Boring. It can be as Easy or as Challenging as Your Fitness Level and your imagination allows. The Winter Wellness Challenge offered several Interval Walking Programs that you could try out. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1657041558.jpg"> <BR> Today's Challenge actually tied in Very Well with a Challenge that Gary and I started back on April 16, 2011. It was to walk ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:49:38 EST #WinterWellness Day 11: Now & Zen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590837 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1774757905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is not a surprise that we are Very Stressed most of the time. If Stress is not properly handled, it often turns into Alchohol or Drug problems, or issues with Disordered eating. It is nearly impossible to make Good Food or Fitness Choices when your shoulders are creeping up toward your ears with Tension, or there is Just One More Project that goes Wrong at work. <BR> The next time that happens, try one of... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 01:17:36 EST WinterWellness Challenge -- Day 10: Smart Ways To Burn Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5590771 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l537208907.jpg"> <BR> Day 10 suggested reading the Article "10 Smart Ways To Burn Calories" <BR> <BR> <BR> Their list of Suggested Activities includes these: <BR> <BR> 1) Do Cardio First -- If your Workout includes both Strength or Resistance Training along with Cardio, doing the Cardio First will lead to more Calories After the Workout <BR> <BR> 2) Try Plyometrics -- If you are an Advanced or Intermediate Exerciser these Explosive and Hi... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 23:25:13 EST Warning: This Blog Is A Rant! Just My Personal Opinion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589427 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1130504495.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Because I am short on Time, today's Blog has NOTHING to do with the Winter Wellness Challenge. I just want to get this Off My Chest. I will tell you all about Today's Challenge ("10 Smart Ways To Burn More Calories") tomorrow when I have more time. <BR> <BR> <em>230</em> Please Do NOT read any further if you don't want to hear me Rant! <BR> <BR> Last night I went with Gary to check out a Local Gym that ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:49:01 EST Winter Wellness Challenge -- Goal Buddies Are Golden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588458 Today's Challenge pointed out that it is often Much Easier to stay On Track when we have a Buddy working with us. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1647157527.jpg"> <BR> The more Supporters you have, the easier it is to Stick to Your Plan! Spark Teams make it easy to find Friends who have Common Goals and Interests. On the main SparkPages Section of the Site, under the "Community Tab" you can find the "Buddy Finder". <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 19:29:15 EST Winter Challenge Days 6 ~ 8 I Need New Curse Words!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587565 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/0/l701065411.jpg"> <BR> Day Six of the Winter Wellness Challenge encouraged you to find a way to "Torch 100 Calories". Depending on Your Age, Weight, and Fitness Level, the number of Calories you burn during any activity will vary. Here are some of the examples the Article gave: <BR> <BR> a) Biking - 23 Minutes <BR> b) Elliptical - 8 Minutes <BR> c) Cardio Dance - 15 Minutes <BR> d) Stair Climber - 15 Minutes <BR> e) Walking, 3 mph - 20 Minute... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 00:05:24 EST #Winter Wellness Challenge Day Five http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586305 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1075931313.jpg"> <BR> Day 5 was about Busting Excuses. It gave several suggestions for beating Six Of The Most Popular Exercise Excuses <BR> <BR> 1) "Too Tired After Work or School" -- Take your Workout Clothes to School/Work with you. Change after work, but stop at the Gym or go for A Walk BEFORE you go Home or run your errands. If the Grocery Store is on your way home, walk several laps around the perimeter of the Store or Parking Lot Bef... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 23:31:22 EST Winter Wellness Challenge -- Days 3 & 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582524 <em>380</em> So far, So Good. It is Day 4 and I am still On Track with the Winter Challenge. Yesterday's Focus was on Healthy Snacking. Believe It Or Not, my Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate M & M Sandwich (on Wheat Bread, of course!!) was NOT on their list of "Healthy Snacks." <BR> Some of the Healthy Snacks that Spark suggested were: <BR> <BR> A Hard Boiled Egg with Salt, Pepper & Paprika <BR> 3 oz Cooked Shrimp and 1 Tablespoon Cocktail Sauce <BR> 1 Cup Sliced Apple with 1 Ounce Low Fat... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 00:28:13 EST WINTER WELLNESS CHALLENGE -- DAY 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579573 As a rule, I Do NOT like Challenges. I almost always Fail -- either I get Frustrated and Can't do them, or I get Distracted and don't Follow Through (many apologies to SHARON10002!! I started her December To Remember Challenge but fell Off Track less than half way through.) <BR> <em>39</em> In spite of that Failure, and my History of Failed Challenges, SparkPeople's Winter Wellness Challenge piqued my interest. I scanned through several of the recommended activities on various days and th... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:23:28 EST Welcoming 2014 Correctly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577153 <em>12</em> if you are not already in 2014 I have Important Information for you. It will insure that you begin the New Year Correctly!!! As the Final Countdown begins -- Or, if you are watching the Ball Drop on New York -- raise your Left Foot. Keep your Left Foot raised until 2014 is Officially here. <BR> <em>380</em> This will ensure that you begin 2014 on The Right Foot!! <BR> <BR> <em>236</em> HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!! Tue, 31 Dec 2013 21:33:19 EST Hoping To Share My Christmas Music With You!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566726 <link>youtu.be/5LJBB65r-9o </link> <BR> If that worked, it is a Link to the BCClarks Jingle. If you are from Oklahoma, you will recognize it, LOL!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I think that what keeps it "Fresh" is that every Year they have Different, Random Shoppers sing the Jingle. <BR> <BR> And my Other Favorite Song Is The Hippopotamus Song!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5vQgKRmnuU&<BR>feature=player_embedded#t=149 </link> <BR> <BR> A bit of History about the BCClark Jingle... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:30:12 EST