MIMETALKER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MIMETALKER MIMETALKER'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/ Day 26 of the Re-restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816799 OK...haven't been blogging about it, just still doing it. "It" being coming back to Spark People, tracking food, doing exercise. <BR> <BR> What is working: going to bed earlier so I can get up and exercise. <BR> <BR> I still tend to snack too much at night, but it's better. <BR> <BR> Channeling James Brown... "I FEEL good now..." <em>334</em> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:11:54 EST Day whatever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805839 After a week-end of Halloween parties, and service projects, and no sleep after going through a haunted trail and watching a disturbing movie, I am back at work and exhausted. I did get over 8 hours of sleep last night, so that is good, but was too tired to get up early enough to exercise today. I will hop on the treadmill tonight, but morning is better for umpteen reasons. The good thing is it feels off not exercising this morning. I know what I need to do to feel my best. And that's step on... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:40:46 EST Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804014 Still here. <em>334</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:25:44 EST Day 4 RE-re-start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803395 Got up too late to exercise, but wore my running shoes to work as a reminder to do it at lunchtime. <BR> <BR> Been using the calorie tracker again and noticing how easily the calories accumulate...opposite phenomena in my bank account. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:23:33 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802846 Went to bed before midnight for once. More sleep made it easier to get up and walk the dog. Funny how that can work... <BR> <BR> Have that good-feeling-soreness in my muscles. Good to know they are still there. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:40:05 EST Day 2-RE-Re-Restart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802200 Had a fitful night of sleep so I almost skipped the morning exercise, but went to the cable "on-demand" fitness section and did the 1 mile for people over 50. It only took 14 minutes, but I did sweat. And it helped me wake up. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:07:05 EST Re-Re-Start Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801575 It isn't that I haven't been doing anything...I haven't been here talking about it. <BR> <BR> After almost 5 years am close to finishing my book. My daughter, who is also a writer and we are attending a roundtable (critique sessions) together. When she was a little girl she wanted to work with me when she became an adult. At the time she was hoping for the circus. When she became a teenager she wanted to be as far away from me as possible. My husband cried when she went to college, but I di... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:19:13 EST Re-Start (yes...again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677052 It's life...we start, we stop. We start again. <BR> <BR> The point is, to start again. <BR> <BR> And that's what I did yesterday and it feels damn good. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:03:37 EST Baha'i Fast...day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649261 This is the 19 Day Baha'i Fast and it's almost over. We fast from sunrise to sunset for 19 days and when it's over, it is our New Year (Naw Ruz). It's the spring equinox and that somehow seems to fit better to me than having it in the middle of the winter. Even as a kid, that made no sense. <BR> <BR> I've been doing this for over forty years. Every year is different, and this one has been because I had a sinus infection at the beginning and couldn't fast until Day 5. But that's okay because ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:11:23 EST The Set Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628360 All was going well until I turned over in bed one morning. The room began to spin. I closed my eyes and waited. It took a long time for the dizzy feeling to go away, but it went. All that day I felt a little off, but okay. I still did the treadmill, drove to work, went to meetings, worked on a grant, etc. etc. etc. It seemed fine, almost. Then I flew to Washington DC for a week-long Arts Conference. I rode the elevator several times a day, and on the second to last day, participated in a mass... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:58:42 EST Keeping it Going... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614998 My morning exercise is beginning to feel like a habit... <BR> <BR> If I skip a day, it doesn't feel right. <BR> <BR> A sense of having forgotten something annoys me all day <BR> <BR> But the second day off that feeling fades... <BR> <BR> Three days...it vanishes. <BR> <BR> And I kick my running shoes under the bed. <BR> <BR> that's happened before. <BR> <BR> Knowledge is power. <BR> <BR> I made myself remember that today when I wanted to stay under covers, cuddled next to my sweetie... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 13:09:24 EST It's About Love http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611108 Last night I watched a documentary on Netflix called "Lost Angels". It's about the Skid Row area in LA. About halfway through the film I saw a woman wearing a t-shirt that said "Love is the Answer". I had just been thinking that. The film depicts people caring for each other. There is one police officer who can walk in that area without back up. No one messes with him and it's because he loves them. If he arrests someone, it's a fair arrest and he's doing it to protect other people, or protec... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 11:46:32 EST Joined the Y today (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610296 I joined the YMCA today because for the month of January there is no joiner fee. I was a member a few years ago and then quit and bought a treadmill. I use it, but it's boring. And I miss swimming. <BR> <BR> We had an above ground pool until a tree fell on it. Our insurance would replace it, but the pool had its drawbacks. It was costly and hard to maintain, I worried about the grand kids going in without an adult even though they have been warned about the dangers...they are good kids, bu... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:13:37 EST Dreamy Snow Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609369 Growing up in the Midwest, I prayed for a "snow day" when there was a test coming up, or homework not done, or it was my birthday. Sometimes the answer to that plea was "YES" and I thanked all the Powers That Be for that day off. <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I had a snow day. Imagine my delight when I received a text from my boss at 6 AM on Monday (the day AFTER my birthday) "office will be closed today due to extreme cold. Stay home. :)" <BR> <BR> AND then the next day..."Office... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:54:41 EST Overcoming Inertia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603327 I woke up late because my daughter and I stayed up until 2:30 AM watching dumb television. So I wanted to skip my morning exercise. I thought about my day, and decided it was possible to do it after work. I almost fell for that nonsense, but I know me too well. By the time work is done I'll be too tired. Or my daughter will ask me to pick up something for dinner because she can't get to the store today. The Polar Vortex is back, and she has her four kids home from school today, along with oth... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:51:07 EST Surviving the Cold… http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601869 Every year my brothers who abandoned the Midwest and now reside in mild climates (Arizona & Oregon) tease me for still living here. The Polar Vortex has added to the teasing. <BR> <BR> But their taunts do not bother me… I'll adore the Spring that they will barely notice. <BR> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 01:24:09 EST Re-start (again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600205 So haven't been around for awhile. Life got in the way…my "excuse" is not legitimate because "life" is always there getting in the way when I allow it. I need to make this "my life" so this gets in the way of other things…if that makes sense. <BR> <BR> I've been exercising…sort of…and being mindful of what I eat…sort of…but my scale shows that it isn't working. <BR> <BR> So I'm back because I do better when I'm here. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:10:34 EST Almost Exercising with My Husband http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500405 Saturday, I received the 10-minute exercise videos I ordered from the info commercial. <BR> <BR> This morning my husband and I did the "Total Body" one... but not together. <BR> <BR> I am competitive. That comes from having two older brothers who I tried to beat but rarely did. <BR> <BR> My husband doesn't have sisters and thinks my trying to compete with him is silly. Then he becomes concerned that I'm going to hurt myself, because I have. So it's best that we don't exercise at the same ... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:52:26 EST We are family... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495783 It's Peace Month in my city. I participated in an International Day of Peace event with over a thousand children. We did chalk drawing along a bike path. <BR> <BR> They had some good thoughts... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l250949592.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l662590277.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I woke up hearing "We are family". The song floated in my head, and I thought about that. <BR> <BR> Sometimes we don't like... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:45:38 EST 10 minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495047 Ok...so I saw this info commercial about 10 minute work-outs and it looked intriguing. I recently saw a program on PBS about new ways to think about exercise, and it seemed to go along with those findings...which are about the benefits of short, highly intense, interval, exercise. I decided to give it a try. <BR> <BR> There was a free ab workout on line. So did it two days ago and still feel the effect. It's not excruciating pain...just the "hello? This is your muscles. We are awake and won... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 15:38:41 EST Waking Up Happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472510 I woke up happy today. Inside I was jumping down. I could have tried to do that but I might hurt myself or scare my husband. I'm not going to over analyze why. I think it is from catching up on sleep and doing what I love. I spent yesterday writing at the library and Starbucks, and then came home to a noisy house of grandkids and a husband who cooked dinner. <BR> <BR> Oh Happy Day... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 11:23:36 EST Back...again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467112 Life happened. Death of two friends, birth of another grandchild, friends in crises, extra work duties, a book project. Nothing that couldn't be handled, but it took time and energy and I got off track. Not far...a few pounds because I've not been cooking, or caring about what I ate. <BR> <BR> And I've been thinking a lot. <BR> <BR> I'm 61 and married 38 years to a man who still thinks I'm cute. I love that. <BR> <BR> I love writing more than mime so I don't want to spend five to six hour... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 18:59:43 EST When Dreams Come True http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5375987 My four year old granddaughter has been asking since January if I would take her to the circus. Every time she asked, (often) I explained we have to wait until the circus comes to town. Watching a television version did nothing for her. She wanted to ride the elephant, eat cotton candy, and get a light up wand. <BR> <BR> Today my daughter and I took the kids on a mystery trip to the Tebala Shrine Circus, in town for the week-end. When they realized where we were, they screamed. That is the ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 21:04:11 EST I'm Back...and a little crazed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5370514 Haven't been around much in the last few weeks. Went away for a week-end, got off my exercise routine, a friend died, gone another week-end, and now I'm back. <BR> <BR> This morning I did Bollywood dancing it felt good. I love exercising. I forget that sometimes. <BR> <BR> I want to exercise in the morning, but have to ease into it. I need a little cereal, coffee, prayers and then I'm ready. That takes about an hour, so I should be getting up at 5:00, but I stay up too late. I'm lucky to ... Tue, 28 May 2013 14:26:17 EST Beautiful Day...but a little sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5340687 It's beautiful out so I took my dog for a walk. She is 15 or 16...we don't know for sure because she was a rescue dog and they guessed at the age. Until a month ago no one would think she was old. She still acted like a puppy. I noticed she was slowing down and now it's obvious. She still wags her tail and wants to go for a walk when she sees her leash but tires out quick. For the last couple days she hasn't drunk water though she still eats. <BR> <BR> I'm taking her to the vet and I feel l... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:50:09 EST Monday Matters... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339432 I try to love Mondays... <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> So I started the day with coffee....making a smoothie with my granddaughter... and writing in my journal while pretending to listen to her which was highly unsuccessful until I resorted to letting her watch a tv show. By the time that was over other people in the house were up and I could hop on the treadmill for an interval training session that left me sweating and exhausted in a good way. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I was late getting to wo... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 12:13:45 EST Birthdays & Butterflies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338510 My granddaugher & her best friend turned four this month and their mothers planned and executed a butterfly-rainbow birthday party for them. <BR> <BR> They held it at a Conservatory and April is the month of a special butterfly exhibit. <BR> <BR> We had 21 kids and parents. My mission was to keep them from falling into the multiple ponds. I did manage to shoot a few photos: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1763567761.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:24:03 EST Fighting for Joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337194 I overheard a woman in the health food store tell her friend she hoped someday "joy" would become her "default" emotion. I lingered in the muscle enhancement section, which seemed out of place in a store dedicated to a natural life style. I wanted to hear her elaborate but the friend sympathetically agreed, then asked how to prepare beans so her husband won't fart. I didn't stay for the instructions. I don't cook. <BR> <BR> The idea of joy as a default emotion stayed with me all day. I reco... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:27:56 EST Gratitude Day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328714 Last night my granddaughter had a high fever and we were worried about her. This little girl who never sits still, has never been so lethargic. My daughter and her husband took turns caring for her. My husband and I ran errands and helped with the other kids. <BR> <BR> After a long night, she woke up without a fever, hungry, and ready to celebrate her birthday. For the last month she has been saying she wanted breakfast in bed on her birthday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:48:24 EST Bread, Smells & Giggles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327633 I drove for my grandson's field trip to "Great Harvest Bread Co". I love that place, and knew they make their own bread. What I didn't know was they grind their own flour, assuring it is made from the whole wheat. Impressive. <BR> <BR> I bought my favorite bread, Dakota, but was strong enough to decline a sample (offered three times) since I had eaten breakfast and wasn't hungry. I listened to my body despite the scrumptious smells that threatened to drown me in delectable waves of temptatio... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:06:34 EST Feeling Good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5317487 This has been a good month. Feeling more energetic, getting outside to walk in the woods which makes me feel more connected to myself. I think I am mildly affected by winter and decrease of light. Not enough to take medication, or need a lamp, but I definitely feel my spirit lift up in the Spring. Have to say...I like feeling that lift. <em>41</em> Tue, 9 Apr 2013 18:36:42 EST Happy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314763 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2143343359.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I read this and immediately feel calm. Sun, 7 Apr 2013 15:00:54 EST Keep-a-going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312591 I've been relatively consistent since January. I'm not getting back into shape as quickly as I used to (no surprise) but I feel better, and happier. My husband is also exercising and his weight slipped off so quick it felt like a practical joke. I reminded myself that as a little girl, I never let my brothers get the best of me, even though they were bigger and stronger. I just worked harder. Now I have to be mindful that too much exercise aggravates my old knee injury. So I am learning how ... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 12:04:57 EST A Good Thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310741 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1902798347.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm going to remember this tomorrow morning when I want to sleep longer. Wed, 3 Apr 2013 22:15:50 EST Remembering last year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5309144 It's April and that means there are birthday parties coming. Last year it was hard to feel up to planning them, but we did. This is the blog I wrote about it then: <BR> <BR> <BR> The Yin Yang Day <BR> <BR> <BR> This afternoon there is a party at our house for my one year old grandson and three year old granddaughter. My daughter booked a pony, and while she isn’t saying this, I’m sure it was inspired by an unfulfilled childhood wish. One pony is no big deal. It’s the fourteen-animal-petti... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 16:48:51 EST Believe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307494 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745268801.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Deep in your heart BELIEVE you are destined to do great things." <BR> <BR> I believe that and always have, but my understanding of what is "great" has changed...it's things like listening to a troubled friend, taking an unhurried walk with my grandson, making my hard-working husband laugh... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 12:16:15 EST Paying Attention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303463 You know how there are times it seems as if "someone" is trying to tell you something? The same theme or concept or idea keeps presenting itself and if it isn't something you want to hear you ignore it. And then it feels like it is coming after you. <BR> <BR> About a year ago, a friend told me the only message he got when he went on a religious pilgrimage was 'PAY ATTENTION". <BR> <BR> <BR> That idea has stayed with me, and this week the Universe has been screaming it at me. First I was... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:12:35 EST Road Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296248 Getting ready to go on a road trip with my husband, daughter, and four grandchildren. We are going to visit my son and his family (two more grandchildren) and see the premiere of his play "Dontrell Kissed the Sea". <BR> <BR> He's a graduate assistant in the MFA Playwriting Program at Indiana University and a part of the deal is he writes plays for the theater department to produce. He is also this year's winner of the Kennedy Center's Lorraine Hansberry Award for a play he wrote last year. <... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:48:53 EST Happy Naw Ruz-(Persian New Year celebrated by Muslims & Baha'is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293861 Tonight I'm going to a New Year's party. I'm a Bahá'i, and it is the year 170 B.E. (Baha’i Era). <BR> <BR> At the party there will be singing, praying, dancing, and eating. A lot of eating. Sundown tonight ends our 19 day Fast. For the last nineteen days Baha’is throughout the world have risen before sunrise to eat and drink and then waited until sunset to eat and drink again. For the twelve hours in between we try to not drool when friends eat lunch, or morning snacks, or take afternoon co... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:08:08 EST Baha'i Fast...day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290515 Almost through the 19 day fast*...two more days. <BR> <BR> My reflection today: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2098423297.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> *The nineteen day fast is a spiritual fast in which Baha'is abstain from eating and drinking between sunrise and sunset during the month of Ala (Loftiness). The purpose is to remind us to be mindful of the presence of God in our lives. People under the the age 15 and over 70 are exempt. Also people who have health is... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:24:04 EST About my son who won a National Award http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288877 I write am a contributing writer for an Arts Blog for my city's newspaper. I wrote this one about my own son because I couldn't help myself. <BR> <BR> <link>blogs.e-rockford.com/arts4all/2013/0<BR>3/15/rockford-native-wins-national-award/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The successes of my children are far more thrilling than any of my own. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 14:33:14 EST Baha'i Fast...day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286286 A week from today, I will be able to sleep until the sun wakes me up. That first day will seem strange, and I'll have to remind myself to eat and drink during the day, and I be grateful for lunch and coffee breaks and the treadmill. Just seven more days. Meanwhile I will focus on the purpose of the Baha'i Fast...to remember and love the Creator. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l803563070.jpg"> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 09:31:50 EST Baha'i Fast...day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284640 I love this quote: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1721886227.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There are far more helpers in the world than there are those doing harm. We can forget that because the news focuses on the shocking. But it's shocking because it isn't normal. What is normal is people living their lives as best they can, and often helping each other. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:43:38 EST Half way through the Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281806 The hardest thing during the nineteen day Fast* is finding the right time to exercise. I can't make myself get up early enough to exercise before sunrise...thought maybe now that the time has changed, I could do that. But exercise expends calories and since I'm not eating or drinking until sunset, it doesn't seem like a good idea. By the time I eat at night, I'm exhausted. <BR> <BR> The good thing is that I miss exercising and am looking forward to doing it again. I haven't lost any weight d... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 22:47:11 EST Baha'i Fast...day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5280303 My parents loved the painter Norman Rockwell. I was not a fan until I saw this: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1048630067.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every regligion has as one of its fundamental teachings a version of the Golden Rule. Imagine our world, if we all practiced it. Sat, 9 Mar 2013 16:47:50 EST Meditation-Baha'i Fast Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5274794 Today's reflection... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2138877823.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's sundown, and my daughter has fixed tuna cakes. They smell heavenly. How I love that girl. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:19:32 EST Meditation-Day 3 of the Baha'i Fast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272389 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l8906340.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is Day 3 of the Baha'i nineteen day Fast. We do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. Exemptions are made for illness, pregnancy, nursing, and those engaged in hard physical labor. None of these apply to me, so I am able to Fast and I enjoy this time of forced slowing down which leads to reflection on what is important in my life. I also LOVE that first sip of water at sunset. Mon, 4 Mar 2013 09:36:52 EST Baha'i Month of Fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5270969 Today is the second day of the Baha'i Fast. We get up before sunrise to eat, then abstain from eating and drinking until sunset. It is a symbolic fast. All the world's religions have some form of physical sacrifice to remind us of who we really are...not these physical bodies...we are spirits living in a human form. <BR> <BR> I love this time of year, as hard as it is. It makes me reflect on my life and what I want to improve, and set goals for the coming year. Our new year begins at the end... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 10:59:40 EST Busy People = Happy People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267289 <BR> <BR> "Busy people are happy people." My mother-in-law laughed when she said it. I did too because I thought she had to be joking. That was before I knew it was her mantra. <BR> <BR> To look at her, you wouldn't think she was busy. When running late she didn't hurry. "We'll get there when we get there." I spent hours sitting her the kitchen while she created multi-course meals without breaking a sweat. The conversation was so good I missed how she did it. Maybe her secret ingredient ... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:25:06 EST The Impact of "Tracking" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5263515 What I have noticed since I have been using theSparkpeople trackers, is that I am much more aware, yet not obsessed with eating and exercise. Before eating something I do an internal check-in...do I need this? Is it tracker-worthy? Is it worth the effort to get on my computer and enter it into my daily total? If it isn't worth that effort, I walk away...which is additional exercise. Cool. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:16:51 EST