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/ One Of My FAVORITE Christmas Quotes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050476 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ef0f2b34-f708-412f-8ba3-be15c12958f9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the Grinch, with his Grinch Feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, How Could It Be So? <BR> <em>144</em> It came without tags. It came without packages, or boxes, or bags. <BR> And he puzzled and puzzled til his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. <BR> <em>8</em> What If Christmas, He Thought, Doesn't Come From A Store? <BR> Wh... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:27:05 EST My Chill Your Cheeks 2015 Almost Didn't Happen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035936 <em>259</em> For the past 2 days the Weather Dudes have been warning that today was going to be Frigid -- temps just slightly above Freezing, and the wind chill hovering around 20 degrees. I was NOT Looking forward to the 5K this afternoon. It starts at 4;30 and with the Stupid Time Change, it would be close to Dark when we finished. I know that the minute that the Sun goes down, the Temperature will drop sharply. <BR> <em>39</em> I seriously considered NOT doing the 5K at all. After all... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 23:26:17 EST Record Setting East Gate 5K 2015 & New Cancer Battle Ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6020631 <em>364</em> Today was the 2nd Annual East Gate Foundation 5K. Gary (GWCANNON) and I walked the 1st Annual East Gate 5K last year while he was undergoing Chemo for Colon Cancer. The East Gate Foundation has helped us in many ways this year. Gary was declared "Cancer Free" just last month. <BR> We had been looking forward to walking it again this year. When Gary was diagnosed last week with Stage 4 Lung Cancer it only made him more determined to walk today. He will get a new Port placed o... Sat, 24 Oct 2015 23:34:48 EST I'm Not Good At Rest Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6005263 <em>311</em> I started the day with a quick, 15 minute walk to 7-11 for Coffee before Church this morning. <BR> <BR> <em>362</em> After Lunch, I had about an hour before it was time for my Goldsfit Class. Not sure why -- maybe it was my Inner Toddler or the Old Jeannie trying to take control -- but I Really, Really Did NOT Want to go. I waited until the Last Minute to leave the house, and even driving over to the Gym, I kept telling myself that I could just Walk at the Park after it coo... Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:54:33 EST Bad Stuff, Good Stuff, and Commitment 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995171 <em>311</em> Last night during my 10 Hour Overnight Shift I walked Three Times with Leslie Sansone. Total: 70 Minutes and 2.59 Miles <BR> <em>324</em> After I got off work, I went to a nearby a nearby Gym and did 45 Minutes on the Recumbent Bike before I went to my Morning Job. <BR> <em>7</em> I have not gotten "Officially" Weighed or Measured since Last September. I actually Enjoy Exercising and Staying Active is Not A Problem, LOL!! <BR> HOWEVER ... I know that my Snacking has been... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 00:34:23 EST SURPRISE!! I Met My Goal!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987160 <em>331</em> I did not expect to reach my Steps Goal (14,000) today. Technically, there WAS Time for a Walk early this morning, but I chose to sleep in for an extra hour and then have a nice, leisurely Breakfast before going over to an elderly Church Member's house to help her with some household chores. (by the way, what is the Best Way to get a small streak of Red Fingernail Polish off a White Car?). <BR> <em>433</em> Then it was a One Hour drive to a Cookout with some friends of Gar... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 01:17:01 EST Wednesday Workout & Question About Slam Balls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5985407 <em>362</em> My "Best Speed" is much Slower than anyone else's in the Class, and it would have put my Team way behind for me to complete a 400 Meter "Run" between each Exercise. Today I was not even able to manage my Own Best Speed due to my knee hurting A Lot. So each time I stopped when my Team Mates completed each Run. I was on the Treadmill, One Partner was Rowing and One Partner Ran Outside. I think I completed about 250 - 275 Meters each time. <BR> <em>101</em> The Weirdest Thing... Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:59:13 EST PACING IS THE GOAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983498 I was the only one who showed up for the GoldsFit Class this afternoon. It is nice for me to get the One-On-One Attention, but I can't help feeling a little bad for the Trainer. She did tell me that they had a Large Class yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3cd79f77-7418-455b-88f6-cd9be6b35b17.jpg"> <BR> <BR> SUNDAY, August 23 <BR> <BR> WARM UP: <BR> 500 meter Light Jog <BR> 15 Push Ups <BR> 15 Air Squats <BR> <BR> STRENGTH/SKILL (for Pace, no Rest... Sun, 23 Aug 2015 23:16:33 EST Sunday's GoldsFit Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979196 Today was Much Better than my last GoldsFit Class. Mostly because there was NO Running, Jogging, or High Knees. Even when you allow for modifications, I don't like those Workouts because I am so much slower than everyone else. Yes, I know you aren't supposed to compare yourself to others, but it is hard when others are nearly finished and You are still on the First Exercise of a Set. <BR> <em>362</em> We had a new Trainer today, and I think I will like him. The Class consisted of just me an... Sun, 16 Aug 2015 22:07:55 EST To Do It Or Not To Do It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976897 Really seriously thinking I may not continue these classes after my contract is up (December). I usually Love the Class, but on Days/Workouts like this one today, I feel completely inept and as if i don't "Belong." I don't feel like I'm any stronger on Push Ups, nor am I any closer to doing a Real Pull Up. I have to modify the Lunges A LOT, because they KILL My Knees. And, I am so much slower than any one else that I cut off One Whole Round on the Warm Up so that I could start the Inch Worm C... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:50:28 EST Walking At Work, But Not With A Video!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975700 <em>315</em> I started yesterday morning at the Gym with a Friend, as usual. I had plenty of time, so i didn't push for Speed but i incorporated the incline feature of the Treadmill, with Intervals of 2 minutes at 0 Incline and 3 minutes of 3% Incline. I have learned that anytime I go Over a 3% Incline, my knee sends up Angry, Red Flags. I also did a few One Minute Intervals at 4 mph. My average Speed was 3 - 3.5 mph. After 60 minutes the Treadmill showed I'd walked 3.29 miles. <BR> <em>... Tue, 11 Aug 2015 01:21:32 EST Throwing In The Towel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967008 <em>39</em> I am thrilled at how many of you joined me for the Porcelain Throne Squat Challenge. However, after only 2 Days and One Goldsfit Class, I must end my participation. <BR> 100 - 120 Squats a day turns out to be more than my Left Knee will tolerate. <BR> <em>362</em> Throw in a Strength Training Class which often involves Squats in more than one Form, and my Knee was really sending up Serious Alarms. <BR> <em>320</em> I'm tempted to just switch to a diffrent Exercise - Push ... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:33:53 EST 30 Day Porcelain Throne Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5966153 Are You looking for a Challenge that you can do Anytime, Anywhere? AND it will help remind you how important Water is to your Success!! Well, I have The Challenge for YOU!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4111bcd4-fee2-4308-8780-fa124dca6ec4.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, there's Your 30 Day Challenge. I will start Tomorrow. Who is In?! Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:26:04 EST Saturday Giggle For LEANJEAN6 -- Lord Love A Duck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5958975 I saw this and thought of my SparkFriend,LEANJEAN6, immediately. So here is your Saturday Grin! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8f6f6a2d-3aae-4a07-a4c1-496b2fee5b1b.jpg"> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 09:29:06 EST The Tao Of Pooh (for Barb) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951795 Thank You everyone for reading my Dr Seuss Blog yesterday. His Wisdom is Simple and Timeless, which is probably why so many of us Love Him. Barb (ONEKIDSMOM) mentioned the "Tao Of Pooh" so I collected some Pooh Wisdom for her (And All Of You, Too!). Feel free to add any that you like that I missed! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3facbbcf-ba25-4df0-a098-1e823ed9b6b0.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fc00906f-a58c-49b9-b880-aa42128b44db.jpg... Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:22:27 EST 8 Must Read Success Lessons From Dr Seuss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5951403 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b37c2d6-8ac6-4133-9349-4876f5bc2548.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1. Be Who You Are <BR> “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7e08dc8b-ba23-42c8-a26e-c92c90f8c2f5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 2. Trouble Your Troubles <BR> “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:25:24 EST Insane Inflatable 5K & A Huge Thank You To Oral Roberts University http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940732 On May 31, my Sister, her Middle Son, and I went to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Insane Inflatable 5K. I'm pretty sure it wqas her Son's Idea and I wasn't sure what it would be like, but it sounded like Fun. If nothing else, we are Great at acting Immature so this seemed like a Good Idea. We got there very early so we could check out the course (it was on the Campus of Oral Rberts University) and get a Great Parking Place. The Parking place was very near the bank of Porta Potties, and when it was ... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 14:05:12 EST Graduation, Socks' First 5K, and Fun With A Nephew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931566 I spent last weekend with my Husband, Sister (MOMINE), and Dad (AIRFORCEBOB) celebrating her Graduation from Oklahoma Panhandle State University. It was an Especially Great Occasion because her Oldest Son's Wife was in the same Graduating Class. Mom could not be there because of her health, but Maxynne wore Mom's Favorite Necklace, so she was DEFINITELY 'There' in Spirit. Middle Son (Alan) graduated 2 weeks ago from the University of Oklahoma. <BR> I did not get a good, "Posed" picture of ... Wed, 20 May 2015 18:28:47 EST Long Blog, Don't Read If You're Easily Frustrated, LOL!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5927645 I am going to share my Story with you because I am sure that there is a Lesson in here SOMEWHERE!! At the moment I Do Not see it, but I figure that Blogging it will at least show me that there is Some Humor in it. My Sister (MOMINE) is an Expert at seeing the Lessons in Life's Little Frustrations. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e1409575-9104-43c8-8dad-a9ad4f2d72eb.jpg"> <BR> When Mom moved to the Nursing Home in February, it was left for Maxynne and I to get her Apartme... Wed, 13 May 2015 18:04:58 EST Mother's Day Litany http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5926023 Our Pastor shared this at Church this morning, and I thought that my Friends who are Moms might enjoy it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l562337610.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Julia Ward Howe, who wrote "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic" was appalled by the evils of war and wanted to create a day where Women could come together to make change in the world. Anna Jarvis taught Sunday School in West Virginia and advocated for Children's health and welfare and promoted peace in a com... Sun, 10 May 2015 22:17:30 EST Frustrated But I WILL Go On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5923414 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l358882515.jpg"> <BR> This evening's workout left me feeling Frustrated more than anything else. My Push Ups seem to be getting worse instead of better The One Bright Spot was that my Ring Row Pull Ups are Pretty Darn Good. Oh, and I am constantly surprised by how well I do on Sit Ups. <BR> I don't understand why the Rowing Machine is So Hard for me to do. I know I need to talk with the Trainer about that. I don't think you are supposed to "... Wed, 6 May 2015 00:48:36 EST 5K A Day Continues, Leaving Chicago Illinois http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916703 <em>331</em> My new shoes and I have been together for 24 hours and a little over 16,000 Steps now. My back pain is almost gone. So, even though my Old Shoes LOOKED OK, I was Right ... they had Too Many Miles on them. They are now bagged up to go to the Local Shelter <BR> <em>364</em> My 5K A Day Streak continues, today is #46. I'm nearly half way done. Sunday (April 26) will be the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. I will be doing the 5K. According to the e-mail that I got the other day... Fri, 24 Apr 2015 00:39:37 EST Tuesday & Wednesday Workouts & New Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5916040 This was Yesterday's GoldsFit Workout. By the middle of the 20 Minute EMOM (Every Minute On The Minute you switch to the next Exercise) , all I wanted to do was Cry! I'm sure that it wasn't "Pretty," but I DID Complete it. On the way home I knew that I would be back -- and That made me question my own Sanity. <BR> <BR> <BR> WARM UP: <BR> 6 Minute AMRAP: <BR> <BR> <BR> 10 OH PVC Squats <BR> 10 Wall Balls (14/10) <BR> 10 Ball Slams (15/10) <BR> <BR> Then… <BR> <BR> Shoulder Gi... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:56:18 EST The Ant And The Rubber Tree Plant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913027 I am sure hoping that this link works because I have had this Song stuck in my head all day and I want to share it with you!! <BR> <BR> https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=play<BR>er_detailpage&v=wOOTF8vu6ps <BR> <BR> <BR> Next time your found <BR> With your chin on the ground <BR> There a lot to be learned <BR> So look around <BR> <BR> Just what makes that little old ant <BR> Think he'll move that rubber tree plant <BR> Anyone knows an ant, can't <BR> Move a rubber tree plant ... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:41:58 EST Consider The Ant!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912698 Quote of the Day: “Discover your beast mode” <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l515939532.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Scripture of the Day: “Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up?” Proverbs 6:6-9 <BR> <BR> I have to admit, despite wh... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:15:07 EST 5K Number 32 and Meeting The Trainer's Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5908492 <em>323</em> Yesterday I went to Goodwill hoping to find a Kettlebell that I could use at work (I have 2 at home). I didn't find a Kettlebell, but I did find a "G-Ball" and Two Brand New DVDs of a "Melt It Off" Workout with Mitch Gaylord. <BR> It looks like a Great AB Workout. I watched it but I didn't actually "Do" it because I am So Sore from GoldsFit the past 2 days, and I Really wanted to do GoldsFit this evening and tomorrow after work. <BR> <em>364</em> I did do my 5K to continu... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 20:20:40 EST Spring In Your Step Challenge Met; 100 Day 5K Challenge Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5906139 <em>543</em> This month's Challenge for owners of the SparkPeople Activity Tracker (SPAT) was to get 70,000 Steps. You could say that I am a bit of an Over Achiever, I suppose. I crossed 70,000 Steps with a short Walk this morning before Church. <BR> <em>311</em> I've been thinking about increasing my Daily Step Goal for awhile now. I have had it set at 12,000 Steps per day for quite awhile now. I almost always exceed that number. <BR> A Study that I read recently where an Old Order ... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 00:36:14 EST Day 17 of 100 Days of 5Ks -- Plus A Goldsfit Workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899611 <em>102</em> This morning I overslept so late that by the time I made it to the Gym for my Workout (Treadmill 5K with a Friend) she was finished with her Walking, AND her Strength Training Too. However, the Last Wednesday of Every Month we have a Therapy Session at Jimmy's Egg after our Workout. So, instead of my Scheduled Walk/Workout I went to Jimmy's and had a Great Therapy Session with Lots of Coffee (for Me, Genie drinks Hot Tea with her Therapy). <BR> <em>311</em> Shortly after I ... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:46:14 EST 5K A Day For 100 Days -- Walk, Run, or Jog!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890834 <em>364</em> Yesterday I accepted a Challenge on another website to do a 5K Every Day for 100 Days. It can be all at one time, or in several shorter walks throughout the day. There are No Medals or Trophies involved (although there MAY Be a T-Shirt!!) <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Yesterday -- with a 40 Minute Treadmill Walk & 2 Short Walk Away The Pounds Videos -- I got in 4.66 Miles. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Today I did a 50 Minute Exercise TV Walk with some Strength Training and I walked... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 01:00:37 EST Loving My Job -- Sweeter Than Candy!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5888925 For those who don't know, I do Private Duty Home Health. I get clients through Friends, Family, and former Clients referrals. It is Totally the BEST Job I've ever had, even though you don't get Holidays, Benefits, or Vacation Pay. But the Hugs and knowing that you've made Life easier for someone is The Best Reward. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1826884622.jpg"> <BR> One of the Families that I am currently working for, has been one of the Greatest Blessings to know. ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:36:59 EST Vida Haenchen's Elephant Stew http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880848 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l136779614.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't usually post recipes, but I found this one while cleaning out Mom's apartment and I thought you might enjoy it. The only thing I see wrong with it, is that there is No Garlic, LOL!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1478476702.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 1 Medium Size Elephant <BR> Brown Gravy <BR> 2 Rabbits, optional <BR> Salt & Pepper <BR> <BR> *Cut the Elephant into small, bite size pi... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:58:53 EST Donuts And Coffee: A Love Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861898 I haven't actually tried these Coffees yet, but after reading this Blog on another website, I may have to stop in at the Dunkin Donuts on my way to work Monday, LOL!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1442813728.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For many of us, coffee is not simply a drink, it is a way of life. An essential lifeline to gently coax us awake and away from the grasp of sleep. A ritual that energizes and focuses the mind. A pick me up that revives our will to push on ... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:59:22 EST Starting 2015 Strong http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843486 <em>362</em> Attended my 13th GoldsFit Class today (3 days in a row this week!). <BR> <em>311</em> 30 Minute Walk at work, 50 Minutes on the Recumbent Bike, and 30 Minutes on the Treadmill before Class this evening. <BR> <em>250</em> Finished the day with Over 20,000 Steps. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 00:59:03 EST GoldsFit Workout of The Day -- Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841595 This evening I did my 10th GoldsFit Workout at Gold's Gym. It is a Group Personal Training Class. I signed up for a Year because that brought the price Down to a really reasonable weekly fee. I choose NOT to think about how much it actually is for the Full Year, LOL!! <BR> My Goal is to learn a lot of New Exercises and to know for sure that I am doing them correctly. <BR> Right now I feel totally incompetent and overwhelmed. But I signed the 12 Month Contract, and I WILL persevere. I am NOT... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:50:15 EST Trouble At The Inn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838474 I read and Loved this story in Guideposts many years ago. I am so glad that I found it on-line and can share it this Christmas. Be warned, I will probably repeat this story every Christmas. <BR> <BR> <em>203</em> <BR> <BR> Trouble at the Inn <BR> <BR> In this classic story from 1966, a child puts the true meaning of Christmas into the annual holiday pageant. <BR> <BR> By Dina Donohue <BR> <BR> <BR> For years now, whenever Christmas pageants are talked about in a certain little town ... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 19:30:19 EST "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... 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