MISSCUS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSCUS MISSCUS'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/ SLICE YOUR AGE IN HALF...Free Kindle Book, I love this book! Podcasts free. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640112 <link>www.amazon.com/Impress-World-With-Yo<BR>ur-SEVEN-ebook/dp/B007IDFUZ2/ref=cm_cr<BR>_pr_product_top </link> If you don't have a Kindle, you can download free from Amazon the "Free Kindle Reader for PC". <BR> It's called Impress The World With Your Body in SEVEN DAYS. <BR> No, it doesn't take just 7 days to have the perfect body. I had been listening to podcasts by Dr Dave Madow for a few weeks. What do I like about this book? It's a 7 Day plan to follow for better health, fitness and d... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 07:13:10 EST Sweat ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619876 "Sweat is proof you are loving your body. Embrace the drops! " <BR> <BR> This spoke to me. In the past, I've hated sweating. Now, not so much. Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:53:01 EST My friend died yesterday. I'm so sad. And yesterday's blog on listening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612449 This is a LONG blog. Actually is is an article I wrote this morning titled <BR> "The Mean Years and Deb Marr" <BR> and is to be published tomorrow in the Los Angeles Times Newspaper and the Daily Breeze Newspaper in Torrance, California. The numbers in brackets are clickable links used in eBooks as this story will be part of an eBook I will eventually publish myself. So ignore them, the reference website addresses are listed at the end of the article. Although, I had no intentions of writi... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 20:32:29 EST Listen...What it really means to 'Listen' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611663 Listen <BR> <BR> When I ask you to listen to me, <BR> And you start giving me advice, <BR> You have not done what I asked. <BR> <BR> When I ask that you listen to me, <BR> And you begin to tell me what I shouldn’t feel that way, <BR> You are trampling on my feelings, <BR> <BR> When I ask you to listen to me, <BR> And you feel you have to do something to solve my problems, <BR> You have failed me, strange as it may seem. <BR> <BR> Listen: <BR> All that I ask is that you listen, <BR> Not ta... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:36:11 EST Only ONE Workout Away???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596351 YOU'RE ONLY ONE WORKOUT AWAY FROM FEELING GOOD. <BR> <BR> REALLY?? <BR> <BR> Really !! Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:11:10 EST Get OUT of BED-Happiness is an Attitude!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463337 Happiness is an Attitude. Author unknown. <BR> <BR> <BR> The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she man... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:06:51 EST Pictures of Paco in shorts, Myra in her "bed", my crocheted dishcloth... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5432230 Here is a pic of one of the many dishcloths I have crocheted. I make them in all colors and then send 4 or so to those I love... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l195941211.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's my longhaird grey cat Myra sleeping in HER bed... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1984560775.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH just lets his jeans shorts drop to the floor on 115 degree days!! Paco being cute!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:57:03 EST Crochet--NEVER ENDING PAGE OF PATTERNS, more than 18,000 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5427536 I had a fun time scrolling down through all these crochet patterns, I never did make it to the end!! <BR> If you like to crochet there's something here for every crocheting person!! I found 4 patterns I want to make!! Lovely shawls, a bit of everything!! <BR> <link>www.craftsy.com/patterns/crocheting?<BR>_ct=wberqbdql-fqjjuhdi </link> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 17:38:04 EST World's Healthiest REAL Foods--So many recipes!! No Processed Foods Here!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424857 Okay, this is my go to website to learn about good healthy food, and recipes to cook wholesome healthy REAL foods. There are so many recipes to choose from. The link is to the Recipe section of the week!! But there are many more recipes on the site!! The whole website <link>www.whfoods.com </link> is GREAT!! <BR> <BR> Here's the link to the many recipes, in order by types: <BR> <link>www.whfoods.com/recipestoc.php#recip<BR>es </link> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 01:38:10 EST Hula Hooping--Who Knew ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424852 I have been hula hooping, and I have to admit, it really gets your heart pumping and is NO IMPACT aerobics. It also whittles your waist. It's how Kelly Osborne lost weight!! Here's a link to a great article!! All about Hula Hooping!! Enjoy!! Oh, it's also a good website to find out what good food is..... <BR> <BR> <link>cleancuisineandmore.com/hoopnotica-h<BR>ula-hooping-workout/ </link> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 01:32:14 EST Dogs Noses Look Like Angry Aliens (Picture) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403661 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l773804864.jpg"> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:47:39 EST Happy Mother's Day VIDEO FUN http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354033 This quick video will bring close to your heart and make you laugh, it's what it takes to be a mom in less than three minutes!! <BR> <BR> <link>www.coolestone.com/media/5351/The-Mo<BR>m-Song-Sung-to-William-Tell-Overture-w<BR>ith-Lyrics/ </link> Sun, 12 May 2013 12:53:58 EST What Fat Really Looks Like!! Has Pictures!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276234 I found a website that shows what fat really looks like. It sobered me to begin thinking about getting upset over only losing a pound, or only 5 lbs.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1240176042.jpg"> <BR> So, I feel that losing only 1 lb is really looking pretty good! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1926075785.jpg"> <BR> WOW, I've lost 6 of these already but until I saw this picture, I di... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:41:53 EST 50 QUESTIONS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003251 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> YES <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> the day after moving I was a mess <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> no cause my hands and fingers seem to quiver when I try to write <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> steamed chicken breast <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> 38 yr old son Loren <BR> <BR> 6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? <BR> yes <BR> <BR> 7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOL? <... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:39:17 EST 2nd try, with my willing chihuahua Paco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929080 This is my 2nd try of the same video. Hopefully the whole video and all the music will be correct. I am still learning to do vlogs. I credit BOGUSANNIE for the inspiration to take on a project this awesome. Please go to her page and view her videos, they are incredible. Very motivating to get out there and do the exercise. She inspired me to buy and start hula hooping! I haven't done that since a child. I am playing with Paco in video, and he is whining and growling in play. He doesn't bite... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 14:30:28 EST Day 4 Better Sleep Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928908 SORRY, this is a bit longer than I planned. <BR> <BR> Day 4 <BR> Better Sleep Challenge was a bit more difficult. Woke up at 0630am, and I had 3 cups of morning coffee spaced out over several hours. I usually only drink 2, so the third cup was more like a little extra treat. They say caffeine only lasts 4-6 hours. I say bully to that. By nightfall, 6pm or so, DH and I made a play with Paco vlog, which once I start something, if at all possible, I don't quit until I see it through to comple... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 11:50:21 EST My First VlOG, my willing dog Paco http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4928500 This is my first vlog, I was playing with Paco and my video camera and came up with this video, and I WAS INSPIRED BY BOGUSANNIE to do a vlog. Go to BOGUSANNIE sparkpage and view her vlogs, they are awesome!!! <BR> Annie also got me hula hooping too!!! <BR> Well, this is an edit. My first vlog I think was too big of a file, too many megabytes, the video doesnt have all the scenes, and it lost the music halfway through. SO, I will leave this video on for showing my first attempt. I will be wor... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 01:01:55 EST Day 3 Better Sleep Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927985 Day 3 <BR> Got myself overtired last night, was unable to go to sleep early enough as planned. At 1130pm, I turned off iPod, and turned off nightlight (tv). I laid there in the dark but looking back on it, I know after doing deep breathing for a bit, I fell asleep and slept all night til 0630am. I woke up with energy and felt refreshed. I haven't felt that for such a long time. Good news for me. So, I learned that I need to turn off everything even if I feel a bit jazzed up like I felt last... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 15:41:38 EST Day 2 Better Sleep Challenge. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925876 Day 2 <BR> Was a bit better. But because of getting up so early the first night, and staying up all day Wednesday, I ended up going to sleep at 7pm last night. I only slept until 2am and woke up wide awake. I was usable to nap yesterday. I'm glad I didn't, cause I may not have slept as sound as I did last night. <BR> My roommate gets up about 2 to 3 am every morning, and many times I wake at the same time and need to get up to the restroom. Then I am unable to fall back to sleep. I tried t... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 07:55:32 EST 10 New Healthy Habits I have now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925206 1 Drink 9 cups of water daily, little soda, a beer once a week, sometimes twice a week. <BR> 2 Spark daily and send goodies to at least 3 of my sparkfriends <BR> 3 Read a couple blogs daily and give supportive comments <BR> 4 Relax before bed for an hour, listen to music that is calming <BR> 5 Turn off tv before I go to sleep at 9pm <BR> 6 Track nutrition and exercise <BR> 7 Stay in nutritional ranges <BR> 8 Chase my chihuahua around house for about 5 to 10 min daily, most days <BR> 9... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:45:27 EST Better Sleep 4 Week Challenge, 1st night, daily blog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4925121 Whew, a little history first. I worked nightshift for about 40 years, been retired for a few years now, and have been unable to fully transition to sleeping all night. I have always slept during the day and with the nightstand tv on and volume on very low to drown out the ambient noise during the day, cars driving by, animals making noise, house creaking, faucet drip, ac noise, etc. <BR> Last night was my first night of this 4 week challenge. Which also requires a daily blog about sleep. Thi... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 16:27:03 EST 15000 Free MP3 Songs from Amazon com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4919618 Here is a link to get you to all these free songs. Granted you will have to sample them to see what you like, but they are free. I downloaded about fifty songs. Took me a couple hours, which I probably would have wasted watching tv. So, it does take a little bit of time. <BR> Amazon has a very easy download which puts the song right into iTunes library, then just make a play list with them, then sync onto your iPod. <BR> Voila, The link is long, copy and paste into address line and it will ... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 00:49:19 EST MORE FREE iPod MUSIC on Amazon . com http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4895738 On Amazon . com, in the search box type in free mp3 . Then the list of free mp3s will pop up. I downloaded 17 cds, average length was 70 minutes, these are cd compilations, which has all different artists playing tracks of their music in the cd for free in hopes of selling their own music cd, which I have done before, Sampler cds like this are awesome. I downloaded several styles of music. It was fun. I also downloaded the KJV Bible both old and new testaments so I can listen, the reader is ... Thu, 24 May 2012 08:23:24 EST iPod Free Workout Music Playlists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868102 On iTunes Store, search 'exercise music', select podcasts and there are several podcasts that have tons of free playlists. One I picked is House Music, the other I picked is Motion Traxx. Both podcasts have 30 min to hour and half long playlists. I download so many to my iPod, and they are pretty good. <BR> Most all of them give the beats per minute, from walking beats to running, intervals, couch to 5k, etc etc. <BR> SO MANY to choose from. They also have salsa, latino, jazz and much much mo... Sat, 5 May 2012 20:03:48 EST My favorite thing..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3998026 Hi there my fellow sparklers. <BR> I am working toward doing SANDIEGOJOHN'S 30 day challenge for photos on blogs. Here is one of my most favorite things. Yes, I play harp, for 18 years now. I took lessons for 8 years and went twice a month. It was a major undertaking. I learned so much about early history of songs written for the harp, for each song there is a story about it. I have most of the stories of the songs I play memorized and I tell the stories about the music to the person I am pl... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 12:58:01 EST Treadmill Is Working Out Great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3869816 Hi all my SparkPeople, Hope you all had a great holiday and are getting ready for the New Year! <BR> I am still getting used to having a treadmill. I am thoroughly enjoying using it and I crank up the volume on the cable tv music stations. I got an I POD for Christmas but it hasn't come in the mail yet, boo hoo, can't wait to download music from I Tunes. I have been playing with all the bells and whistles on my treadmill. I manage to do sixty minutes most days of the week. I had very fe... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:03:10 EST I got a new treadmill today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3824466 I bought a new treadmill today and gee is it nice. I am looking forward to start adding up the minutes walking on it every day. Today I did 30 minutes and tonight after dinner I walked for ten minutes. I felt so much better after dinner with my few minutes of walking. I am going to enjoy my treadmill every day while I walk off the pounds. I spent 60 bucks on gas in one month going to the gym 3 times a week. I still plan on going to the gym weekly for strength training and fill in with h... Sat, 4 Dec 2010 22:47:24 EST People are so different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3662747 I guess that people really are very different from one another in the fitness department. Today when I went to the gym I was reflecting on my years that I was a practicing RN in a cardiac unit and my uncanny ability to see a person's level of fitness(knowing mine is not as good as it could be), I began looking around at all the different people, they are all shapes and sizes, doing their exercises and no one was paying any attention to me or what I was doing. That is a great feeling when you... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 18:46:15 EST