MISSUSRIVERRAT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MISSUSRIVERRAT MISSUSRIVERRAT'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/ When Life Hands You Lemons...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039898 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8e04064a-06fb-4341-a22b-490db1fdb604.jpg"> <BR> So, I've had a few woes that I have been dealing with: <BR> 1) Need for extensive, thus expensive, dental repair (3 stages of crown work, total estimated cost $21,000-28,000) <BR> 2) Leg injury from overuse & overexertion, i.e. too much yard work and exercise without enough R & R. <BR> <BR> So, you ask, where is the lemonade? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d3af9c1e-0... Mon, 30 Nov 2015 08:33:36 EST Took a Firm Stand With the Dental Specialist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032406 WARNING: Purpose of this blog is to vent and record my feelings. <BR> <BR> So....apparently my mouth is a potential train wreck. <BR> My gums and roots are very healthy due to good hygiene and all the chewing activity. But because my teeth fit together so well and I have a slight overbite, they are just really designed for gripping and grinding. Well, 66 years of eating,chewing on things, and tooth grinding has taken it's toll. This is one area where I take my stress and can't seem to... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:59:57 EST Day 4 of lecture series on tapping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6026420 <link>www.thegabrielmethod.com/tapping-for<BR>-weight-loss-rob-nelson?inf_contact_ke<BR>y=054a10b5f0c4f0a6e97f1263e1b4001622da<BR>336db913882381f3908d9227fd1d </link> Wed, 4 Nov 2015 06:16:07 EST Day 3 of lecture series on tapping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025805 <link>www.thegabrielmethod.com/tapping-for<BR>-weight-loss-lindsay-kenny?inf_contact<BR>_key=fc46b13c47e4280e8fedd00a8a567fd68<BR>ee57ab2d08c7b28b683ffff023ac727 </link> Tue, 3 Nov 2015 06:03:53 EST Day 2 of lecture series on tapping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025142 I think these videos are only up for 48 hours. <BR> <BR> <link>www.thegabrielmethod.com/tapping-for<BR>-weight-loss-dawson-church?inf_contact<BR>_key=d70b9e02f74c5a61d1c23662342e6f193<BR>60ebba9926da228dd2ed5e104304bb6 </link> Mon, 2 Nov 2015 06:23:31 EST Great video on Tapping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024531 <link>www.thegabrielmethod.com/tapping-for<BR>-weight-loss-screening-2015?inf_contac<BR>t_key=e39ed75e6c38633f0c1296fdb83c70f0<BR>4920c961b4ebabef49d8dc9d7c59e0b8 </link> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 07:20:33 EST One Size Does Not Fit All (Blog 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018574 In yesterday's blog I talked about the various stresses in my life and that I thought it may be raising cortisol. I should also mention that, according to the sources I read, cortisol levels raise just because of ageing. <BR> <BR> My go-to solution for stress reduction had always been some type of large body movement. Through the years it varied, but I have always been active. I didn't do it to lose weight, but to stay healthy and because I so enjoyed it. There was swimming, baseball, rac... Wed, 21 Oct 2015 06:46:24 EST One Size Does Not Fit All (Blog 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6018037 According to Jason Fung and many other sources, sometimes people gain weight because of an increase in cortisol. I gave this a lot of thought. <BR> <BR> It brought to mind the many websites that I stumbled upon in my googling. There is a slew of websites with "experts" that meet this description: <BR> Young woman who is 15-20 pounds overweight and feeling run down. <BR> They stop the overexercising, stop the calorie restriction, begin a more relaxing type of movement and attitude and ..... Tue, 20 Oct 2015 08:07:54 EST One Size Does Not Fit All (Blog 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6015313 <link>https://intensivedietarymanagement.c<BR>om/why-cant-i-lose-weight-htlw-12/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is an article by Dr. Jason Fung. <BR> The following is an excerpt from this article: <BR> "The key to understanding obesity is that many different things can contribute to the development and the treatment. Consider the analogy of your car not starting. There could be multiple problems. For example, the battery is dead, the car ran out of gas, or the spark plugs are worn ou... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 06:59:34 EST The "Me That Is to Be" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6008395 I just came up with this a couple days ago. <BR> This phrase, "the me that is to be" is what I am using with myself. <BR> In the trenches, when I am making one of the many decisions that I make during the day.....I go by this guideline. What does the "me that is to be" do in this circumstance? What is the behavior that this "me that is to be" would choose? <BR> <BR> I started the process by becoming aware of my values, qualities & traits that I admire in a person, personality, and perso... Sat, 3 Oct 2015 06:43:12 EST Resolving Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007852 My last blog talked about some issues with my Dad and also my husband. <BR> During a walk later that day, I decided to try to talk with my Dad, even though he is deceased. I do believe in that kind of thing and understand that some of you may not. <BR> <BR> Well, when my Dad and I had our conversation, he was very sad. He felt bad to know how things had affected me. He let me know how hard it was coming home from war, then getting married and supporting a family and how hard it was to tran... Fri, 2 Oct 2015 07:35:27 EST Great....now I'm crabby ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6006152 Blogging to process my feelings. Please disregard if this seems a bit nutso. <BR> <BR> Something snapped. I am just plain tired of being nice to people that disregard my feelings and needs. I can't figure it out. New development. Maybe it has something to do with getting older. Supposedly we lose our filter and the real stuff just comes out. Trying to figure it out. Maybe it's healthier for me to be more open? <BR> <BR> It has something to do with my feelings toward my Dad. I know... Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:51:31 EST I'm Just Envious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6002561 So.....I made a statement in my last blog about Sparkers sometimes bragging.....and that it sometimes makes me feel bad about myself. <BR> <BR> Spark is a little different place place with a different culture than our every day world. <BR> It encourages us to be positive about ourselves. It gives us permission to be proud. <BR> We need to feel good and crow about our achievements. The world can be negative. <BR> Those in our everyday lives can sometimes be downers and controlling. Spa... Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:39:37 EST Beck -- only on day 4 and I need to start over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6001222 Thanks to all those on the Beck team that answered my request for help! <BR> I did some thinking about what was causing my confusion. <BR> 1) I am in maintenance. I have been maintaining a 15 pound weight loss for about 3 years now. <BR> I have been doing it by intuitive eating and making adjustments as the demands on my life changes. So....what I have been doing is working in many respects. I was looking for a way to maintain the weight loss and perhaps change body composition slightly.... Mon, 21 Sep 2015 06:32:10 EST Beck -- Day 4 Third Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998359 There was some discussion on a recent blog about whether or not to use food as a reward. <BR> I found a couple things on the internet that are geared towards the educational setting. <BR> They review the topic and give specific reasons why food is not a good reward. <BR> <BR> Here are links to those articles: <BR> <BR> <link>healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/hsmrs/Conn<BR>ecticut/Food_As_Reward.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> <link>cspinet.org/new/pdf/constructive_cla<BR>ssroom_rewards.pdf </link> <... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 07:06:30 EST Beck -- Day 4 Second Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997686 In exploring the concept of giving ourselves credit, I ran across a very interesting/enlightening article about self-indulgence vs. self-nurturing. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog<BR>/evolution-the-self/200806/self-indulg<BR>ence-self-nurturing </link> <BR> <BR> Title: From Self-Indulgence to Self-Nurturing <BR> Author: Leon F. Seltzer, Ph.D. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is an excerpt: <BR> "Rather, if our parents (because of their own unfulfilled needs an... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 06:12:56 EST Beck -- Day 4 Giving Yourself Credit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997050 Beck says she's noticed that, "people who struggle with their weight tend to be hard on themselves." She says, "Do you have a tendency to focus on the negative, berating yourself for <BR> everything you do wrong? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b94f8aa2-9cc6-419d-be58-f63beae33d43.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Beck says, "To counteract this tendency, it's important for you to learn to give yourself credit for everything you do RIGHT." Critical thoughts will undermine our con... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:04:49 EST Beck-- Day 3 Grace at a meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996436 I did some thinking about how to make mealtime special. <BR> I stumbled on a painting that affected me deeply. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b8c8633f-89e9-4cd6-8bfe-c5ba83d1b583.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This painting was done from a photograph. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9f4af9b7-4540-4f85-a88f-2edc57957eaf.png"> <BR> <BR> The story of the photograph is explained in this article: <BR> <BR> <link>gracebyenstrom.com/history.html </lin... Sun, 13 Sep 2015 07:18:41 EST Beck -- Day 3 -- Second day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995963 I am taking a second day to try to get myself to eat only at a table (as opposed to the couch and the car and my work desk.) For me this is a major habit change that I need I need to work through. True, Beck Day 3 just says we need to eat sitting down. I normally do eat sitting down. But I personally feel the need to come to a resolution of some sort about eating at a location that honors the meal, honors myself as a person that deserves a pleasant eating environment/location, and acknow... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10:13:05 EST Beck -- Day 3 Eat Sitting Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5995240 Beck says we are supposed to eat sitting down. I reviewed my eating habits and concluded that I usually do eat sitting down. I do occasionally taste test food as I prepare it. A little of that is necessary, I think. I also scrape the bottom of the pan to get the rest of the sauce, right before I do the dishes. Other than that, I am not standing and eating. Maybe others have more of a problem with this than i do. To me, it just seems awfully messy to stand and eat. <BR> <BR> However... Fri, 11 Sep 2015 06:26:14 EST Beck -- Day 2 Pick a Food Plan (Diet) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5994586 Today I am supposed to choose a diet to follow and also a back-up diet. <BR> <BR> First choice diet -- I have been intrigued by the 21 Day Fix. This plan involves portion control, specific number of portions from food groups, and specific food choices. <BR> I will use the food plan for that, but try to figure out a maintenance plan rather than weight reduction. This means that I will try to figure out a sense of sustainability about it. I will be figuring out quantities that will be enou... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 06:50:54 EST Beck -- Day 1 Reasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5993925 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71b96449-47ab-4678-82ef-6a13d1195190.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/edda03cb-9f77-4352-ac1b-296eaa61b65a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have begun reading The Beck Diet Solution. I am presently at a weight that is within normal ranges for me. So, I have decided that I will utilize the principles in The Beck Diet Solution to achieve goals that are part of my Wellness Plan as opposed to a "Diet." However, you will see t... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 07:38:26 EST Life is Not a Competition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5989401 <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e1a14c61-987c-4255-8407-95d355c221c3.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1d03797-a1e3-42f1-a217-3c9039b445bc.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/303ac36b-a026-4deb-8b4d-d0aebbc5d5ee.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6e8f195-032e-4aa6-8765-67f9be0460f6.jpg"> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 08:12:01 EST September 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988569 I have decided to make things as simple as possible this month. <BR> <BR> 1) Going back to the basics of the food plan that has served me well. It is a modification of <BR> The Simple Diet. My "plan" involves lots of vegetables, some fruit, 5 servings of lean protein and a serving of carbs (preferably finely milled whole grain) at suppertime, plus a few condiments for taste. I also allow myself to OCCASIONALLY have foods because I really want them so I won't feel deprived. I don't... Tue, 1 Sep 2015 06:47:42 EST Deja Vu All Over Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987907 We all know what the term Deja Vu means. <BR> What I like to say when something repeats itself like we are experiencing it even <BR> ONE MORE TIME is "Deja Vu all over again." It sounds funny to me when I say it, but it means something to me. <BR> <BR> Anyway...... I reread some of my blogs. I saw some patterns which helped me learn something about myself. But, I also was reminded of some lessons that I learned previously and apparently have not retained ! When a person has to start ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 08:42:19 EST Here's my swimsuit ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5979730 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ccaf2144-b4e1-44ea-9bd6-a1e47aebd169.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A Sparkfriend asked about my swimsuit that I wore jumping off the roof of our pontoon... <BR> This is it ! <BR> <BR> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:02:52 EST Interesting article about weight/ fat loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978261 <link>www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/zap-f<BR>at-fast </link> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 08:23:35 EST It's Been an Interesting Summer So Far.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5974538 Here's what I've been into: <BR> <BR> Reading some enlightening books & writings (Syndey Banks, Michael Neill, Jack Pransky, Eckhart Tolle). <BR> <BR> Reading some eating/movement/lifestyle books ( Michelle Hastie, Josie Spinardi, Sara Vance). <BR> <BR> Being even more open to intuition & inner wisdom in my everyday life, moment by moment. <BR> <BR> Resolving problems by being aware and open to guidance (problems with vision & getting the right glasses , work//home balance, relationship,... Sun, 9 Aug 2015 07:37:04 EST Interesting Essay About Valuing Each Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965792 <BR> This came in an e-mail this morning from a relative who is about 80 years old, living a full and happy life. <BR> <BR> <link>www.libertyhigh56.net/special%20page<BR>s/dancing.htm </link> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:56:48 EST Navigating Through the Mist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962621 What follows is a reflection of my personal beliefs/awareness at this point. I do not expect people to agree. I trust that you will allow me to simply express them and record them without argument or criticism. <BR> <BR> At this moment in time, this is my basic understanding of reality-- my starting point --what I believe. <BR> <BR> Everything is perfect, eternal, conscious energy. It can be called Life, Love, Consciousness, yet those are just words. We are vibrantly alive in the reality... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 07:50:56 EST It's never too late to turn things around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959911 I have made friends with an amazing resident at a nursing home we'll call Jack. He listens to upbeat or spiritual music in a well-lit sitting room with lots of windows. Sometimes he will read novels. He tells me that he learns a lot from them. If there are words that he doesn't know, he looks them up in a dictionary that he has on hand and makes notes. In that area he can look out the window or enjoy the flowering plants and tomatoes that he is caring for in their individual planters indo... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:59:30 EST Mom and Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5953190 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/88477d23-ee63-4c29-94ec-8868206ccc78.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have never shared a picture of myself on Spark ! <BR> Here's what I look like ! <BR> <BR> It was taken at a party at the nursing home. Tue, 30 Jun 2015 07:55:03 EST Bouncing Back (Again) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943851 I guess we all have our ups and downs.....I realized I had a blog back in September with the same title. Hmmmm <BR> Main thing...... I started feeling better! Yeah ! <BR> <BR> I think the problem was that there was a situation at work (p/t time job) with a lot of personnel changes and I had a lot of fear & uncertainty. Through this process I became aware of my negative beliefs/attitude about men and authority figures. I saw through those prejudices and realized they were unfair and and... Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:39:57 EST Maybe I just need to accept unhappiness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940665 Beware. Kind of a downer of a blog. Sorry, but this is the only place I feel I can express my feelings right now. <BR> <BR> Sometimes it seems like I have a low H.Q. (happiness quotient). <BR> You know, maybe that's just something I can't change. Maybe it's genetic. <BR> I occasionally get out of that state and feel energetic and good about things, but then stuff happens and I am down again...trying to dig myself out. Such an effort to do so and I am getting a little tired of trying. <... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 11:20:41 EST Interesting blog about the possible value of some Mindlessness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937722 The title of the blog is, <BR> "Do We Need More Mindlessness?" <BR> <BR> <link>eatingdisordersblogs.com/?p=4446 </link> <BR> <BR> This is kind of along the lines of valuing some time to "chill out" as well as seems to be consistent with some studies that we only have so much ability to stay disciplined. <BR> <BR> Mon, 1 Jun 2015 08:33:33 EST Interesting article about keeping weight off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933833 <BR> <BR> <link>www.weightymatters.ca/2014/06/is-it-<BR>really-scientifically-impossible.html </link> Mon, 25 May 2015 07:44:15 EST My Little Corner of the World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914996 This is a follow-up to a previous blog entitled, "Doctor Visit." <BR> <BR> <em>67</em> I went on a vacation to Florida ! The sunshine, beautiful scenery, and relaxed recreational time with my husband was very therapeutic ! (Note: I already take high potency Vitamin D). We have already booked a vacation in the same location for next winter. <BR> We are having fun talking about this and making plans. I LOVE Florida !! <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Since taking the progesterone prescript... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 07:11:49 EST Self-Knowledge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913878 Over the past several years, I've read a lot of blogs on Spark as well as other websites. <BR> I guess I've made the process of making positive change like a hobby and a personal study. <BR> I like to experiment on myself and also get information from others on what has made a positive difference in their lives. It's even helpful to observe what makes things go wrong for people...what holds them back. I don't consider myself anything special in the brains department which is maybe why I lik... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 10:41:27 EST Doctor Visit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879828 My notes for me. <BR> <BR> So I went to the doctor (female gynecologist) because I thought my thyroid meds needed to be bumped up. As a background for this blog, let me say that I live in the snowy, cold mid-west. I live in the country near a small village. The nearest larger towns are about 30 minutes away. I am 65 years old, overall healthy, and at a normal weight. <BR> <BR> She essentially said...... <BR> If I lived somewhere warm and sunny I wouldn't even be in her office. People ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 09:52:31 EST Burnout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874948 <link>tinybuddha.com/blog/stop-pushing-10-<BR>crucial-steps-avoid-burnout/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Although this article describes coping with an extreme case of burnout, <BR> I felt that the ideas were helpful . <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, yesterday I was trying to cope with a much lesser version <BR> of burnout. This led me to doing a little googling for thoughts/info this AM. <BR> <BR> I don't know if it is my thyroid or my personality (or whatever?!?), but I <BR> seem to have to w... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:14:46 EST Creating a Breakthrough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869904 Here's an article in Spark about how to create a breakthrough. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivat<BR>ion_articles.asp?id=311&page=2 </link> Thu, 5 Feb 2015 08:43:12 EST Breakthrough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5869854 My notes for me. <BR> <BR> Had a private dance lesson yesterday. In my mind, I had said it was my test <BR> and after that I would evaluate. I sure as heck know that I can get exercise <BR> a lot more mindlessly than learning/practicing/creating dances (think Leslie <BR> Sansone). Part of me thought I should just give up on the dancer thing and <BR> just get cardio in a less mentally challenging way. Sometimes it just seems <BR> too stressful and demanding. <BR> I mean, I hadn't re... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 07:28:36 EST Midweek Mini-notes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864247 My notes for me. <BR> <BR> What I'm exploring right now: Pleasurable Weight Loss, Jena La Flamme. <BR> She has her own website, new book out (January 2015), and is on facebook. I get it that she is a genius at marketing, but I do think that she has some good things to say. <BR> I am thinking about buying the book, but swore off more diet books. <BR> Here's a good article she wrote: <link>www.rebellesociety.com/2015/01/02/st<BR>op-waiting-to-love-yourself-because-of<BR>-your-weight/ </l... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:45:46 EST Notes for this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862069 These are notes for me re/ changes that I made this week. <BR> <em>551</em> Mini-meals -- I felt that I had a higher energy level throughout <BR> the day and into the evening. I had quite a variety of foods. I revisited portion <BR> control. I am not sure that my stomach did shrink, but it took smaller <BR> servings of food to satisfy me. <BR> <em>4</em> Eating mindfully -- I really ate much more slowly and savored <BR> the taste of things. I think this had to do with more fre... Sun, 25 Jan 2015 09:12:24 EST Article about mini-meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5860074 <link>www.vegetariantimes.com/article/high<BR>-energy-grazing/ </link> <BR> <BR> Just to qualify...I personally am not a vegetarian and I really don't like to refer to mini-meals as grazing because of the bad connotations (think cow). Also, please know that I firmly believe that everyone needs to find their own way and what works for them. Having said all of that..... I did think this article made a lot of excellent points about eating mini-meals. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 08:04:20 EST Interesting article about stomach stretching http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857756 <link>obesitycoverage.com/weight-loss-surg<BR>eries/gastric-sleeve/gastric-sleeve-wi<BR>ll-my-stomach-stretch </link> <BR> <BR> I realize this is geared towards those patients that have had their stomachs stapled. <BR> I just thought it was relevant to the idea of mini-meals and my blogs about stomach <BR> shrinking/stretching. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:49:41 EST Many mini-meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5857698 Thanks for all the comments and feedback on my previous blog about trying mini-meals with the theory that it would shrink my stomach. <BR> <BR> I'd like to explain that I got the idea when I was watching a TV show about weight loss through stomach stapling surgery. Once the patient recovers from surgery, they are cautioned not to overeat at any one sitting so they don't stretch their pouch and also to avoid carbonated beverages for the same reason. Of course, they are told to eat only nu... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:21:32 EST Week-end Shrink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5855592 Today and throughout the week-end, I am going to try an experiment. <BR> I am going to try to shrink my stomach. In this particular instance, I am talking about the actual stomach organ. Some articles say this is not possible while others do. <BR> <BR> This is what got me thinking about this... <BR> Yesterday I was hungry between meals. I was ready to grab a package of baby carrots. <BR> From my Weight Watchers days, I think of veggies as an unlimited food item. Whoopie... <BR> a great wa... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:58:53 EST Danspiration- Lesson 2- Dealing with sore muscles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852407 With an increase in dancing time, I have experienced sore muscles, especially my back. <BR> One technique I used was simply to massage the sore area myself. Shoulders and calves are easy to reach, but it is hard to massage your own back! Since I don't have anyone in my life willing to do that, I tried a technique that I learned about on a dancer blog.....use tennis balls ! <BR> Here's an article about how to do that: <BR> <link>www.thankyourbody.com/tight-muscles-<BR>tennis-ball-massage/ ... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 06:57:26 EST Freeing up my time -- Progress report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851617 Notes for me <BR> So....I had blogged about all my "Unresolutions" . <BR> The goal of doing all that was to free up my time & energy so I could spend <BR> it on what I DID want to do ! <BR> Well, yes, the change in mind set did work ! I instituted a lifestyle that I am <BR> calling in my head, "Dancer Mode". <BR> It involves living my dream as a dancer and dance teacher ! <BR> I am making changes big and small to fully shift to embrace this lifestyle.... <BR> more details later. <BR> <BR... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 08:55:35 EST