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/ 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 I Can't Meet This Challenge Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557847 For the past 4 Days I have been following SHARON10002's "December To Remember Challenge" Blogs. Each Day she posts a Challenge and if you Choose to, you can do the Challenge and then tell her about it in the Comments. It is a Lot Of Fun, and I am enjoying it. If you haven't seen her Blogs, you should check them out. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l376710482.jpg"> <BR> However, I am going to have to at least delay meeting Today's Challenge because of a Prior Commitment... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 19:12:09 EST Cornbread Casserole, Ghost Pepper Salsa, & The Sky Bridge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556369 <em>101</em> As any one who knows me can testify, I do Not spend much time in the Kitchen. I don't like to cook, and I really do not think I am that good at it. <BR> <em>100</em> Every once in awhile, I find a recipe that I like enough to give it a shot and sometimes it comes out pretty good. The one that caught my eye this week was the Jiffy Corn Casserole. My Dad makes this, and I think I originally got the Recipe from him, if I remember right. Instead of a can of Regular Corn, I used... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 23:06:31 EST 2013 Trip To Las Vegas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553020 The first time we went to Las Vegas, Everything was a Struggle for me. Even walking from one Casino to the one right next door was so difficult that I Gladly paid for a Taxi several times. One time the Taxi Driver even commented "You realize that is right next door?" I said Yes, but that was "Too Far" for me. One of the Highlights of that Trip was our visit to the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. I had my Picture made with one of my Heroines, Elizabeth Taylor. I can't think of another woman who w... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 21:09:06 EST My First Zumba Experience - Not Terrible http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544832 Last week I was confessing that even though I KNOW that I need to do "Something" Different in my Fitness Routine, I was reluctant to try Zumba. I listed all of my "Reasons" and "Excuses" and admitted that I Knew some of them were Groundless -- "I'm afraid I'll make a Fool of myself" I know that is not true but it was still there. Also, I am going to be out of town later this week and I am working Extra Shifts this week so I am Very Busy. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> The result of that conversat... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:32:27 EST Oil For Your Lamp http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543892 Received this in my E-Mail today and wanted to share it with all of My Spark Sisters. It is apparently from a book called "Oil For Your Lamp: Women Who Light Up The World" by Lisa Hammond & BJ Gallagher. <BR> <BR> <em>529</em> "To Keep A Lamp Burning, We Must Keep Putting Oil In It." <BR> Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l604809288.jpg"> <BR> We are Women who light up Our World with Our Beauty, Our Creativity, and Our Intelligence. Our eyes Spa... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:21:13 EST Having Trouble Getting (Staying) Motivated? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542850 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l593291464.jpg"> <BR> Remember AND Believe that Just One Workout Will make you feel better Physically, Mentally, and Emotionally. <BR> Identify OBSTACLES in your way or EXCUSES you are making and make a Plan To Overcome Them! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1597957657.jpg"> <BR> Two Steps Forward and One Step Back is STILL Moving Forward. (It is also called the Cha-Cha!!). <BR> <em>362</em> Strive for Progress, No... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 17:44:20 EST You're The Best Gift Of All!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542077 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l98967903.jpg"> <BR> It has begun -- That stressful search for the "Perfect Present" for Everyone on Your List. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1457529119.jpg"> <BR> But Nothing in any beautifully wrapped package can compare to the Love and Support You share All-Year Round. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l311000789.jpg"> <BR> Sometimes the BEST Gift can not be wrapped or set under a Tree. Som... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:21:00 EST Challenge Met!! And A Bonus Picture!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528826 Well, I met the 100,000 Step Challenge, reaching that Number before 10:00 this morning -- Thanks to a Job where I can do a LOT of Walking Laps, LOL!! <BR> I actually got a total of 17,924 steps today and ended the Challenge with 110,032 Steps, 110%!! <BR> <BR> <em>423</em> We don't usually get many Trick Or Treaters in our Neighborhood, so I seldom buy Candy, and I keep the Outside Lights off on Halloween Evening to deter any Stray Children who happen to come by. <BR> Apparently my Oldest... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 00:45:55 EST 92% with One Day Left http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527930 <em>543</em> Last Saturday at Lunch Time my Sister (MOMINE) gave me My Very Own Spark Activity Tracker. I am LOVING it so far. <BR> <em>101</em> At first I had No Intention of attempting to reach the SparkPeople Challenge of 100,000 Steps in October for Spark Trackers. But then Yesterday morning I realized that I was already at 58% of that Goal -- Thanks to the Nifty Little Graph that they add to Your Fitness Page when you install the Tracker on your Computer. <BR> <em>311</em> <em... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:59:55 EST I Got The Answer Right, But .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526549 If you are on Facebook, you may have seen a Lot of your Friends changing their Profile Pictures to Giraffes. You are supposed to answer a Question/Riddle and -- if you get the Answer Wrong you have to change your Profile Picture to a Giraffe for (I Think) Three Days. <BR> <BR> I got the Answer right, but I still wanted to post a Picture of a Giraffe, so here he is for Your Enjoyment. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1786716432.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And, because I cou... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 13:27:19 EST Sunday Morning Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502470 A Sunday Morning Walk from the Turtle's Point of view (I REALLY Hope this is big enough for you to read! I don't know how to enlarge it!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309145557.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just in case you can't read it, the captions in the Pictures reading Left to Right are <BR> <BR> 1)Yeaa, it's my Sunday Morning Walk <BR> 2) 1st I have to pass these small rocks <BR> 3) now heading to the Jungle of grass <BR> 4) I HATE THIS GRASS! <BR> 5) I thi... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 12:21:15 EST Family, Friends, and a Five K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501929 Last Friday Gary (GWCANNON) and I took off work early and drove 5 Hours to Texhoma for the 5K that I had promised my Sister (MOMINE) that we would walk with her. We had hoped that one of her 3rd Grade Students would be able to "Walk" it with us in his wheelchair, but that didn't work out. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1807050895.jpg"> <BR> I actually lived in Texhoma my last year of High School. It is a Very Small Farming Community sitting on the State Line betwee... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 22:36:54 EST My 1st KettleBell and Sparky Photo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496342 After Dinner tonight, I told Gary that I wanted to check out the KettleBells at Wal-Mart. I was just going to price them, but then we found this Adjustable 20 Pound KettleBell!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l243853529.jpg"> <BR> I really did suggest waiting to check a Second Hand Exercise Equipment Store, but Gary said No. And, I really didn't want to after I saw this one! <BR> So -- now I have My First KettleBell --which came with an Instructional DVD. For thos... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 22:15:50 EST Confession Time, and Implementing A New Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486778 <em>101</em> Yep, it is True, My Tracker has moved Backwards 25 pounds. I started Lifting Weights back in December and at First I told myself that that the weight I was Gaining was Muscle. <BR> <em>426</em> But the truth is, I was NOT eating like I should have been over the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. But I was lifting Heavier Weights than I had been, and my clothes were fitting OK, so I just ignored it for awhile. <BR> <em>34</em> Then the Spark Fitness Tracker started war... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:42:01 EST Hello Darkness My Old Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480219 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2044716548.jpg"> <BR> I hope this finds you ready to make Today Marvelous!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l7661156.jpg"> <BR> Whether you had a Bad Weekend or a Good One, spend some time Today Counting your Blessings. Think about all the Good People and the Good Things in your Life. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1035527731.jpg"> <BR> It changes the whole tone of your day when you spend tim... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 07:09:06 EST Never Ever Give Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475255 Yesterday Diana Nyad made History. The 64 Year Old Endurance Swimmer became the FIRST PERSON -- NOT The First Woman --to swim the 110 miles between Cuba and Florida without a Shark Tank. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l409671121.jpg"> <BR> The Most Inspiring Part of the Story is Not that she made it, or that she is 64 years old -- although both of those facts are Impressive. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l256370904.jpg"> <BR> No, the True Lif... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 01:31:33 EST New Month, New Week, New Chance To Make Healthy Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5473083 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1837235854.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Take time to be Good To Yourself Today, and Every Day!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1769760913.jpg"> Mon, 2 Sep 2013 00:26:20 EST Friends + Coffee = Saturday Smiles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458082 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l66741857.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope you are doing something Fun and Active today. If you see someone without a Smile, give them one of Yours. It will cost you NOTHING, and it could mean the WORLD to them!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1726960403.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Keep Smiling and One Day the World will get tired of upsetting you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1799135503.jpg"> <BR> ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 13:05:30 EST Have You Checked The Calendar?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456764 IT'S FRIDAY!!!!!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1672519957.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is Friday! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l63438561.jpg"> <BR> Hopefully you have enjoyed a Week of More Smiles than you expected <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l695133763.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let the Smiles continue as we Enjoy a Healthy, Active Weekend. <BR> Get together with a Friend or Two. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 01:16:52 EST Keep Calm And Just Smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5456319 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1124770095.jpg"> <BR> Just dropping by with your Smile for Thursday. Hope you enjoy it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l295850838.jpg"> <BR> According to a 20 Year Study at the University of California, San Diego Happiness spreads among Siblings, Friends, and Neighbors. <BR> According to the Study, Your Happiness Increases By: <BR> <em>100</em> 67% By living within One Mile of a Friend who is Happy <BR> <em>30... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:52:38 EST What Day Is It? You Know!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454919 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1658134806.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>100</em> Secret of Success, posted by GUTELAUNE. <BR> A BRAND NEW EXERCISE- HIGHLY EFFECTIVE: <BR> Focus on your Cheek Muscles, just above your jaw. Now, contract them so that they pull backward and up toward your ears. Contract hard enough that your Lips part slightly and your Teeth show. Outstanding!! Keep that up!! <BR> <BR> Hope all of you have Smiled at Yourselves this Morning. Now go out and Spread... Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:34:51 EST It's Tuesday! Need A Smile? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454227 My SparkFriend GRANPATTIE shared this Smile with me Today. It is from her Blog "Now How Purrfect Is That!" You should drop by her Page and check it out. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2095030529.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And this Smile is From Me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1763272209.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope you are having a Terrific Tuesday with Lots of Reasons to SMILE!! Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:01:47 EST Monday's Smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5453497 If you are looking for a reason to Smile, you don't have to look far. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262274776.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:34:17 EST Green Turtle Chai http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449022 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1893572875.jpg"> <BR> If you have read my Blogs, you know that I LOVE my Coffee, and to a Lesser Extent I Love Green Tea. AND I LOVE Turtles! <BR> <em>17</em> Thanks to my Dear Son I have found a Website where you can Create Your Own Tea Blend, including the Artwork for the Tin that it comes in. So I created My Favorite Tea!! And here is the Picture on the Front of the Tin!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l14164... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 16:01:55 EST EXERCISE TIP OF The Day ~ "Just 5 Minutes" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444753 <em>101</em> You are sitting now, Watching TV or Reading. Just MOVE from your place and do 5 Minutes of Exercise. <BR> <em>311</em> Just 5 Minutes. <BR> It will Motivate you to Move and "Just 5 Minutes" does not seem Overwhelming. <BR> <em>321</em> This will lead to More & More Minutes, and before you know it, You will be doing 30 Minutes -- Or More!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1753063698.jpg"> Mon, 5 Aug 2013 00:57:06 EST Exercise: The Triple Whammy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436543 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2079293058.jpg"> <BR> In case you missed the Exercise Tip in the Spark Mail this morning (submitted by FISHMOOMIN), I wanted to share it here. Partly so that I would remember it the next time My Inner Toddler whines about going to the Gym. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l820700733.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A 30 Minute Workout is Much More than a Thirty Minute Workout <BR> <em>362</em> #1) You are NOT Consuming ANY Calories... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:16:02 EST Sparky's New Home....Well, Sort Of!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425613 <em>234</em> Since My Computer crashed I cannot access any of my Pictures of Sparky. But I did figure out how to download some Generic Pictures on the Library Computer. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l145811677.jpg"> <BR> This looks a lot like Sparky does now. He is about 6 inches in diameter and has DEFINITELY outgrown his 10 Gallon Aquarium. Thanks to A LOT of Gold Presidential Dollars and Regular Quarters that I have saved over the past several years, I was a... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:48:57 EST The Final Days Of Our Trek http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5415889 We spent the final days of our Virtual Trek in Sydney. It was truly a "Bittersweet" Time as we knew that our Special Time together was coming to a close, and even though we were (a Little!) Homesick and missing our Familys, there was still a SMALL Piece of your Heart that wants the Trek to continue. (Although Ann may Not have felt that, LOL!) <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1095951920.jpg"> <BR> One of the high lights for me was getting to walk on the SkyWalk. It is l... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 19:33:59 EST "EXCUSES" by Sandy Izer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5413597 I think this will sound Very Familiar to Many of Us. It is a Clear Reminder of Why Diets Don't Work. <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Starting on Monday I'll Diet or Die <BR> I'll eat Celery and Carrots instead of Pie <BR> I could cut down my Calories to 1,000 or so <BR> Look out World, I'\m ready to go!! <BR> Eat balanced meals without Snacks in between <BR> Then soon I should not be afraid to be seen <BR> Starting on Monday I'll Diet or Die <BR> But Today I'll sneak in my Last Piece of Pie! <BR... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:54:56 EST