MARISPHERE's SparkPeople Blog MARISPHERE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community "Sweatin' Like a Hog!" Yes, you read it right, The World's Greatest Husband actually let those words out of his mouth. In fact the exact quote was, "Honey look at you! You're sweatin' like a hog!" <BR> <BR> My truly marvelous husband was instantly penitent and I know it's just an old Southern saying. I tried to take no offense, BUT holy minestrone--really?!!? <BR> <BR> After 34 years, I know this mean and he knows me. I know his tendency to shoot from the lip and think later. And he truly is more sensitive than h... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:38:14 EST Kangoo Jumps Update <img src=""> I kept them! A pharmacist steered me to less drowsy, lower dosage Dramamine and said there was no downside to taking it a few times a week. So, I can Kangoo Jump to my heart's content. <BR> <BR> Now all I have to do is figure out a good fitness schedule and stick to it! <BR> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 19:05:43 EST Kangaroo Jumps <img src=""> When I saw these on Sparkpeople I nearly went crazy--to be able to jump and run without joint pain? I couldn't wait to try them. They are not inexpensive, but Igot them anyway--and I LOVED THEM! They work as advertised. <BR> <BR> Now, I'm totally bummed that I have to return them. My motion sickness problem is so intense that I can't use my treadmill without taking Dramamine and I can't use the Kangaroo Jumps for the same r... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 14:24:01 EST Vision Statement I've decided to give this visioning a try and was told that I needed a formal statement. So here goes: <BR> <BR> I see myself at my best weight and in optimum health, which allows me to focus on creating sufficiency in my income and affords me control over the time I devote to loving my family and friends and enjoying my life. <BR> <BR> <em>202</em> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:21:07 EST WUB: 4, 3, 2, 1! I started the year with great expectations and 4 goals for the first week. Well, here it is the last week and my goals have dwindled to only one. I'VE GOT TO GET MORE SLEEP! <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In order to get anything accomplished, I need to be on my feet by 10 am. That means I should be "lights out" by 3 am. That's 7 hours and it would be quite enough. So that's my only goal for the entire month of February--to regulate this s... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:48:06 EST WUB: Have You Seen My Consistency? It's missing and I can't find it anywhere! <BR> <BR> Maybe three goals a week is too much for me, so I'm going to dial it back. This week, I'll try to focus on two goals--simple, easily achievable goals. <BR> 1. 7 hours of sleep per night <BR> 2. 40 minutes of fitness per day <BR> That's it; that's all. <BR> <BR> Last week I overachieved my goal of doing something just for fun. I went to the opera on Thursday, and Friday I had an in-home dance party with legends! <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:38:29 EST WUB: One Good Thing The one good thing about a massive sugar binge is that I can go for quite a while without ever wanting to feel that lousy, hungover feeling again. So, the sugar monster is under control for the time being and I can focus on other things. <BR> <BR> I've got a new kettlebell obsession, ZenKahuna Style Kettlebell 15 minute Endurance Complex. Here's the link, if you want to try it: <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This week's goals: <BR> 1. Write every day (gotta ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:28:22 EST WUB: A Work in Progress I did pretty well with last week's goals--at least I stayed mindful of them and I learned some things. <BR> 1. Meditation is harder than it looks. My brain is like a bag full of squirrels most of the time. Quieting it for even 10 minutes is going to take some major effort. <BR> <BR> 2. Planning the meals makes life --and tracking -- much easier. <BR> <BR> 3 Doing something, even if it's not all I planned, makes me feel accomplished. <BR> <BR> I totally failed at writing every day, so this ... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 23:45:19 EST Thanks, Spark Friends and Happy New Year! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a new twist on the traditional New Year's Day/Kwanzaa Karamu meal, in keeping with my flexitarian commitment for 2013. <link><BR>collards-and-black-eyed-pea-soup.html </link> <BR> <BR> I wanted to thank MissLisa1973 for my 2012 challenge to walk 1,000 miles. It has changed the way I view the world! <BR> <BR> Thanks also to Sharebear 1963 for showing the way t... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 17:14:25 EST Kissing August No, I am not as smart as a 5-week old. Still trying to teach myself how to eat for health. I DO want a lighter, stronger, healthier body but now I believe that won't come before I get a lighter, stronger, healthier mind. <BR> <BR> August will be KISS (Keep It Super-Simple) month. My goals: <BR> <BR> 1. Stop making Alps out of anthills. Hardly anything is as huge a deal as I've been making it lately. Life is mostly beige. We assign our own colors, our own values, we make our own investmen... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 23:03:58 EST Eating Like an Infant--the July Challenge It's almost impossible to overfeed an infant. A full baby will either stop swallowing and allow milk to leak from its mouth, push things out with its tongue or clamp its jaws and refuse to open them. At one time or another, my children employed each of these techniques. <BR> <BR> Babies know when they've had enough. When did I forget? <BR> <BR> I routinely eat past full--waaay, waaay past. There are myriad reasons for it: clean plate syndrome, not paying attention to my body's signals, stuf... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 19:51:50 EST 1,000 Mile Update I just crossed the 400-mile mark! <BR> <BR> I'm a bit behind the pace I wanted--I should be at 420 this week, but I'm still chugging along and I still feel like I can make it. <BR> <BR> I want to thank all of you wonderful Spark Friends who drop in and give me a woo hoo! or a bit of advice, or just a sympathetic ear (eye?) from time to time. It really matters. It really helps. <BR> <BR> The gardening is almost finished. The mad publishing rush is nearly at an end. I'm glad--I'm ready to ex... Sun, 27 May 2012 16:16:46 EST Okay, Body, Let's Try This There's so much information, some of it conflicting. What to eat, what not to eat, how much. What do drink, what not to drink, how much. <BR> <BR> And I don't seem to be doing any of it right. <BR> <BR> So, body, let's try this: Eat less, move more. <BR> <BR> Eat what you want--nothing is off limits, so you don't have to eat it ALL now. Have a little today; you can have a little more tomorrow. <BR> <BR> And keep moving. At least we're doing that part right. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:42:11 EST On Pelee Island (in my mind) The books are done. FINALLY. I'm starting a line of preschool books, but that can wait until tomorrow. <BR> <BR> The Evil Scale finally moved again and that is worth celebrating, so right now my mind is taking me to Pelee Island, in Lake Erie. I'm tooling around the island on a very cool retro Schwinn bike and everyone I encounter is smiling and waving. It's a gorgeous summer day, a wildflowers and butterflies kind of day. <BR> <BR> I'm not coming back to the real world for the next 18 h... Mon, 19 Mar 2012 23:50:36 EST Hard Choices I LOVE SP and all my SP peeps, but my life is flying at the speed of light right now. I can't spend as much time Sparking as I have. <BR> <BR> I'm 8 miles below my goal for this point in the 1,000 mile challenge, won't even reach 5,000 of the 10,000 swing challenge, the books have issues at the printers and I need to mop floors. <BR> <BR> I'll try to be present on the site and stay in touch with everyone while dodging meteors. In the meantime, you all have my highest regards, prayers and s... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 18:03:51 EST Love Yourself Month We give a lot of love all year. Let's designate February as "Love Yourself Month." Schedule all of your health screenings--mammograms, paps, physicals--this month. How about eye exams and dental visits? <BR> <BR> Take care of yourself and while you're at it, give yourself a play day. I'm taking Leap Day (February 29th) and only doing things I want to do that day. I may go to the plant conservatory for a taste of spring , take in a movie or play, spend time with good friends, go bowling. It ... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 00:28:05 EST Getting the Most Out of Me I've finally identified my priorities and the now work can begin in earnest. <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise and pray--at the top of the list right now. Aside from the obvious benefits, exercise and prayer are all that stand between me and a padded room at Happy Acres where I'll spend my days trying to convince everyone that I really am Eleanor Roosevelt--really!--and waiting for the Prozac snacks. <BR> <BR> 2. Make money--a necessary component of our economic reality. It's also important for 3, 4 a... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:30:21 EST The SPARK-alanche! Committing to just one thing--walking 20 miles per week--is making a huge difference in my life. It's forcing me to get more sleep, so I wake up in time to get the miles in. It's making me schedule chores and cooking, so that tasks are actually getting done. <BR> <BR> It's a SPARK-alanche! Rolling downhill, picking up speed. I dare anything to get in its way! <BR> <BR> We had a our first taste of winter today in northwest Indiana (not as bad as the photo, that was last year) but I was out ... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:45:15 EST A Good Bucket of Milk It's one of my Mother's "mom-isms": "You made a good bucket of milk and kicked it right over." <BR> <BR> I do it every night. After a good day of exercise, eating right, tracking food, drinking water (making a good bucket of milk)--I find myself eating some truckload of sweet (fill in the blank) at about 4 am. Last night, it was marshmallows (and the bucket goes flying!) <BR> <BR> I usually get home at 1 am., so being awake at 4 is not as weird as it sounds. I've tried the usual suggestions... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 22:08:36 EST Thanks, Spark Friends Thanks to you, I feel more grounded and I'm ready to tackle the Planning phase. From your comments, I get: <BR> 1. Prioritize <BR> 2. Have realistic expectations <BR> 3. Lighten up <BR> <BR> Everything's looking better now! <em>249</em> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 22:13:54 EST A Simpler Life I've got to make a plan to uncomplicate my life. I have many, many interests--which have kept me from being properly focused on or dedicated to anything. I'm sure it's why I work in the Pit. I never committed to anything (other than my family). <BR> <BR> Things I can't NOT do, even when I say I won't do them: <BR> 1. Writing <BR> 2. Gardening <BR> 3. Volunteering <BR> <BR> It is becoming increasingly difficult to fit these in with working 7 days a week, trying to start a business, keeping a... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 23:42:22 EST One Complaint Update On Start 7, I made it through two whole days! Of course, I'd given myself some leeway. There were Suggestions: "Sir, you probably shouldn't walk in front of my moving car." There were Advisories: "I think you might want to stop slamming that door." But those weren't actual Complaints, right? <BR> <BR> Then I got cocky. I felt invincible! I stopped paying close attention and my mouth got away from me. I see now that it requires strict supervision and a training leash. Maybe on Start 8, I can... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 21:21:45 EST One Complaint at a Time Three days ago, I made a commitment not to complain. It's a task suggested by Unity minister Edwene Gaines. The idea is to transcend your way of viewing the world. No complaints for 21 days. If you blow it, you gently forgive yourself...and start over from day one. <BR> <BR> Instead of a complaint, you're to say, "God, that's great! I decided to say, "God is great!" That way, I'm praising rather than whining. <BR> <BR> Start 1: I'm all over this! Piece of cake! Ha! I was fine all day, unt... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 18:01:09 EST NaNoWriMo is eating my soul! Just like every November. 50,000 words in 30 days, added to my healthy new (for this year) Spark People obsession takes a lot of time. Cheering for my Spark People, even if I'm not very present this month! <em>104</em> Fri, 4 Nov 2011 23:55:54 EST I'm Choosing I had a good day. I was happy with my exercises and met my new Healthy cooking goal. I made 3 meals today. Then I got to the Pit and everything changed in an instant. In case I haven't mentioned it before, I REALLY HATE MY JOB! <BR> <BR> I know in this economy we have to be grateful for any income and I acknowledge the blessing, but the Lord knows my heart and I REALLY HATE MY JOB! Five minutes after arriving, I was in the depths of despair and planning a raid on the vending machine. <BR> ... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 19:53:31 EST Catering the Pity Party I've finally realized why I haven't lost any weight yet. It's not because I don't get enough exercise; I'm fairly disciplined about that. It's because I come home from work and eat like food is going to be banned the next day. <BR> <BR> I've been trying to feed the Pity Party that I have each night when I make it home from my far-less- than-satisfying job. Intellectually, I remember to be grateful for income, but my soul isn't really buying it. So I blow an entire day's worth of excellent ef... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 22:54:45 EST Fort Wayne Rally The Fort Wayne Rally was more than inspirational. It was motivational, informative and restorative. I learned so much my head is still spinning and the women who shared their journeys were beautiful and moving. <BR> <BR> I took so many notes; now, I'm working on a plan that lets me incorporate the knowledge I gained. Thanks to everyone who attended and special thanks to everyone who did so much to put the event together! <em>252</em> Tue, 20 Sep 2011 00:00:30 EST Kettle Bell Challenge After our mini-vacation, I experienced a major let-down when I returned to reality. Of course, that meant I had to fall apart a bit. I got off track with the exercise and food tracking and the novel. <BR> <BR> But, thanks to the inspiration of the Spark People, I'm making my way back. I took on a Kettle Bell challenge to help keep me focused. It's a 10-1 Ladder. I'm doing it with a combination of swings, cleans and snatches. Today, I could only go from 10 to 5, but I'll keep trying. <BR> <... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 20:58:09 EST Respect the Work That's my new mantra. I usually push myself a bit every time I work out or do any physical activity. Today I realized that my habit of rewarding myself with a big bowl of whatever has the most sugar, fat and calories is not only self-defeating, it's downright disrespectful! <BR> <BR> I'm vowing to respect the work-- and do those things that support the effort I put in not only exercising, but every other challenge I attempt. I've still got 15,000 more words to a completed first draft, 54 mor... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 18:49:16 EST Boy Did i Blow It! I made a stupid mistake at the Pit that caused a co-worker to have to do some extra work. I feel pretty bad about that. Not only because I don't want anyone to suffer because of me, but also (mostly) because I HATE feeling incompetent! <BR> <BR> Thank goodness for Spark People! Since joining and actively participating I can always find a cheery word or an inspiring story. And because I'm meeting at least some of the goals I set, I can always feel a sense of accomplishment. I'm on Day 40 of ... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 19:16:41 EST Spark Inspiration I've just started the 2nd cycle of the Xtreme Fat Loss program. Haven't braved the Evil Scale yet; maybe tomorrow. But I'm so inspired by the Spark People. Just seeing so much success and reading so much helpful and positive information. I know I have to keep going! <em>252</em> Sun, 5 Jun 2011 16:07:42 EST A New Day So, I weighed myself this morning and discovered that the Evil Scale is moving in the wrong direction! Up 8.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople have inspired me, so I'm not curling into a fetal position and crying. I started Joel Marion's Xtreme Fat Loss plan today. Of course, due to my age, condition, joints in revolt, etc. I'll be modifying the heck out of the plan. But, at least I'm not giving in to despair or going down without a fight! <em>28</em> Tue, 31 May 2011 22:16:51 EST