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/ We have to take some things into consideration...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750890 I've already had to make some adjustments in my plan. Why? I forgot a few things about myself and my life...... <BR> <BR> 1) I have a lot of yardwork that won't go away <BR> 2) We entertain a lot during the summer <BR> 3) I have a fair amount of housework and this increases when we are prepping <BR> for house guests <BR> 4) We have a dock, deck, and boats to take care of. Boating can be exhausting and stressful. <BR> 5) I need to maintain a certain level of strength and fitness just t... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:12:25 EST I Got a Gig as an Elf! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743443 Yes, the dance world has a new elf! <BR> My dance teacher asked if she could use one of the line dances that I had put <BR> together for the ensemble finale of her studio's Christmas program! <BR> She asked me to teach it to her students and then perform it with them. <BR> I have taught the dance many times before and it will be a fun one to teach and <BR> to do. It's fairly easy and yet showy, with a lot of direction changes. It's the dance that I created for "Blurred Lines", but w... Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:47:05 EST Breaking Free http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742568 I am gradually getting a sense of breaking free from feeling stuck in my dance progress and in my food & movement plan. <BR> <BR> I would say that the main thing that occurred was that I became quite humble and acknowledged that some of the things I was doing weren't correct or weren't working. I became more teachable....a better student. I had been reverting back to what I was comfortable with and did not want to do the hard work to change bad habits and learn something new. When I stop... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 08:41:44 EST Dance Progress -- Getting Unstuck # 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735873 For my own record....WARNING....might not be interesting to others. <BR> <BR> Got the contacts and they're not working. My eyes are too dry for them to center and centering is crucial when you have a lot of correction for astigmatism. The contacts make my vision about as blurry as it is normally, only in a different way. So much for being just another pretty face (haha). I am seriously thinking about getting more interesting glasses and expressing my personality through my clothing. M... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:24:45 EST Dance Progress -- Getting Unstuck #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734309 I am going to try walking around my house on my tip-toes to increase balance and calf strength. <BR> This seems to be the weak point in my dancing and if I walk around my house like this in the course of my day, it won't take any additional exercise time! The idea came to me, and then I googled it to see if anyone else suggested this. <BR> I came up with an article! Note : the article does remind reader to stretch calves, if you try this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 06:37:43 EST Dance Progress -- Getting Unstuck #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732971 In my relaxing time, I'm going through my exercise DVD's, youtube, and dance blogs/websites for inspiration. <BR> <BR> Friday I did the DVD, "Balletone", and weight trained (plus yardwork.....my "meditation & awareness time") <BR> Yesterday I did the DVD, "Ballet Conditioning", & stretched (plus washed my car..."my meditation <BR> & awareness time") <BR> <BR> I watched a youtube video about a day in the life of a ballerina. Even if I had the genetics and was 50 years younger, I wouldn't wan... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:59:23 EST Dance Progress -- Getting Unstuck #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732554 This is a follow-up blog to the one posted on July 3, 2014. <BR> <BR> The following is a picture that I ran across on multiple websites of an example of the disparity between body & face (not to mention an "old guy" in amazing shape) ....just so you know what I was talking about. <BR> I think you will agree that the effect is a little disconcerting because of the incongruity. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l204522458.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> First, I am addres... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 13:39:07 EST Dance Progress -- Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731124 My dance teacher had suggested that she do a videotape of me dancing. She felt this would be a good learning tool for me. So, I did four very different line dances for her to record <BR> (bachata, waltz, jazzy, & soul). As some of you know, I am doing line dances, but trying to do them artistically (with expression, whole body movement, & styling). Then she guided me in evaluating/critiquing the performances. Truthfully, this was a little traumatic for me because I have never had my danc... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 08:18:15 EST Survival Value - random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730374 Some books/articles I have read take the historical perspective and talk about how a little extra fat helps a person survive during a famine. Then they relate how, in modern life, our bodies interpret modern stress as a similar challenge.....and then our bodies start storing calories in the form of fat to nourish us during the famine. <BR> <BR> But, I wondered if it is really true. Why wouldn't muscle strength, fitness, and leanness have more survival value? It is the strong and quick pe... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 08:37:33 EST Week-end Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723884 I tried to analyze the dynamics of the week-end in an attempt to make it through without gaining weight.........and still have a fun week-end! <BR> What are the issues? My normal schedule is interrupted. My husband takes charge from 3:00 PM Friday until 8:00 PM Sunday. I have to work around what he wants to do. <BR> We eat out. We socialize. Other people drink more than I do so I get hungry and hungrier while they are sitting drinking past reasonable eating times. Food that goes with... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 07:26:28 EST Week-end Derailment Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721932 Recently I shared some of what I have learned about myself through tracking. <BR> Another thing that is obvious to me is that week-ends present a significant challenge. <BR> The general trend is that I gain 2 pounds over the week-end and then lose it by the end of the week. I wouldn't necessarily say it is 2 pounds of actual body mass. Part of it is water weight and more food mass. But still, where would I be if I could manage the week-ends better? <BR> Way ahead of the game...that's what ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:39:10 EST Still processing yesterday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721442 Yesterday had some unusual events that I am still processing.... <BR> 1) At my private dance lesson in the afternoon my dance teacher videotaped me doing 4 different line dances. Then we sat together to watch and discuss them. That is a first for me. It was an excellent learning experience! I will blog about that in the future. <BR> 2) After dance I decided to stop at a grocery store to pick up a few things. I felt I needed a post work-out snack and opted for a 20 oz. real coke and a pr... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:43:42 EST Latest lessons learned from Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719630 Guess I'm a late bloomer. I've been seriously active on Spark for over 2 years....lost about 18 <BR> pounds and yet just started tracking. Another label might be stubborn and rebellious. <BR> Anyway......I found that maintenance requires more fine tuning. So, in the spirit self-discovery, I decided to track to learn more about my food intake. So far, I this is what has been made evident to me through recent tracking: <BR> 1) One serving of nuts really takes up a LOT of the daily fat allot... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 07:40:30 EST Another Dance Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716246 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1281886760.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2053671427.jpg"> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:38:08 EST A Lesson in Laziness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714771 This is something I ran across on Wikihow. There are actually some good ideas in the article and if nothing else, it does cause one to think a little differently. <BR> <BR> <link>www.wikihow.com/Be-Lazy </link> <BR> <BR> My personal thought for the day.........there is a fine line between efficiency and laziness! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:23:52 EST June Motto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5713963 Work smart*, <BR> Have fun, <BR> No drama. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1063488050.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l547374026.jpg"> <BR> <BR> *(I've seen it written as "Work hard", but I saw another Sparker use "Work smart" and I like that better.) <BR> <BR> I bought a peace sign necklace on sale thinking I'd give it to one of the grandkids for a present. <BR> But I decided to keep it to myself and wear it to remind me ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 08:11:14 EST June -- the non-goal month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708220 I am going to try to take pressure of myself by reducing the demands and expectations that I put on myself. It's all getting too stressful and wearying. I just want to relax and play more. <BR> I don't want to strain or struggle in any area. Some stretching, learning, growing.....sure. <BR> Beyond that..... not so sure. I have to go at my own pace, respect my needs, and take care of myself. <BR> <BR> I do plan to play with the Spark Nutrition and Fitness Trackers during this month. ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 16:40:56 EST Yard Fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704115 My new concept...... <BR> "Yard Fit" <BR> It is viewing yard work as a work-out .........like a sport that you need to prepare for, recover from, and plan. I am convinced that it is an excellent, legitimate work-out. I just need to control it, or should I say....control myself. The only difficult part is that Yard Fit, is related to weather. So, this means that if I cannot "train" in my yard, I will have to train in another location that day. My plan is to do strength training (all body... Tue, 27 May 2014 07:45:49 EST Chair Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700494 As I proceed design a program for myself, I'm going to share specific things that work for me. <BR> In recent posts I have talked about being stiff and sore, mostly in the upper body. Yoga was suggested to me. Truthfully, I have never been a big fan of yoga. Somehow it seemed so competitive and foreign to my natural movements. Plus, a lot of the poses have the head hanging down, and I feel like I am going to pass out. I've always preferred the dance/gymnastics stretches. <BR> <BR> How... Thu, 22 May 2014 06:33:03 EST Designing a Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698161 Am I the only person who feels they need A PLAN ? <BR> Judging from the content of other blogs that I read.....I think not! <BR> But I'm having trouble right now! There just seems to be too many contradictions and incompatibility in my needs & goals! <BR> <BR> 1) Dance emphasizes lower leg and core strength and flexibility. There is also an emphasis on leanness and lightness as well as freedom of movement with a controlled effortlessness. There is not much sustained intense cardio unles... Mon, 19 May 2014 07:56:35 EST The "Dark Side" of Spring Fever? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694680 i think that my physical and mental slump was a combination of factors that happened in a short period of time. I had trouble dealing with it all and then, in a weakened state, just sort of crashed. <BR> In a nutshell, I think it does have to do with adjusting to Spring. <BR> 1) Change in weather requiring physical adaptation and habit changes <BR> 2) Increase in physical demands due to spring yardwork and spring cleaning <BR> 3) Increase in social demands, social events, and house guests... Wed, 14 May 2014 07:45:35 EST I'm in Rehab http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692082 Well, not officially.......... <BR> Just self-imposed. The problem is not substance abuse. The problem is dealing with aches and pains from, well, not sure what! Maybe it was all the intense dance, maybe it was all the intense yard work, maybe it was Annual Spring Stress (all these new social obligations and demands on an introvert with some social anxiety takes it's toll.......I kid you not). Maybe my thyroid symptoms are back......this was one of them that starting medication fixed...... Sat, 10 May 2014 16:37:21 EST Validation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675630 This week I had my fourth private dance lesson. As some of my friends may have noticed, my status reflected a down mood. I have managed to move out of my mini-depressed state....but that would be the topic for another blog. This one is a summary of the content of my fourth private dance lesson. <BR> <BR> I went to the lesson feeling rather bothered because I was still sore from all the extra yard work. Also, due to quite a few demands on my time, body, and emotions, I had not practiced ve... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:04:58 EST You Can't Make a Heart Love Somebody http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661150 From the song, "You Can't Make a Heart Love Somebody" <BR> "You can't make a heart love somebody. <BR> You can tell it what to do, but it won't listen at all. <BR> You can't make a heart love somebody. <BR> You can lead a heart to love, but you can't make it fall." <BR> <BR> I've been feeling empty and yes, unloved lately. But, as somewhat of a contradiction, I've really been feeling a strong need to spend a lot of time alone. <BR> <BR> I have hoped for some kind of affectionate resp... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:17:57 EST Dance Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659140 Last week I had my third private dance lesson. I danced each dance several times and the teacher made comments and offered suggestions. The teacher's general comment was that I was "progressing beautifully." Wow. That did make me feel good <BR> So next time I intend to do the same four dances that I picked out and try to improve on them even more. <BR> <BR> I am also working on dances for the weekly lessons that I give my friends. They enjoyed doing the dance "Irish Stew" to Pitbull's... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 08:26:39 EST The Glass is Always Full http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652962 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619866567.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No matter how much water is in the glass, it's really always full! <BR> Air will always make up the difference to fill your glass, and there is an infinite supply. <BR> Air is not the absence of substance. It is a different kind of substance with properties invisible to our eyes. But it is always there, everywhere. <BR> <BR> The power of air in every breath we take. <BR> The power of air supporting the soarin... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:29:57 EST Feel the Rhythm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648947 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1697883412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1342383397.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1844998797.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l181170907.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1746170514.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l125629150.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 08:45:01 EST Danspo (Danspiration) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648717 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859730620.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1631986967.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2071259523.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l658600645.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1281460776.jpg"> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:52:47 EST Artistic Identity & Next Dance Lesson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647723 I finally came to the conclusion that I want to work within the framework of line dancing. Current line dancing has quite a variety to it. The choreography and performance shows the influence of other genre's, but is not a full-out version of that dance. To really specialize in a genre requires a commitment to that style as well as a commitment of time to devote to learning that style. The dancers that have achieved the most success have specialized, at least to some degree. I prefer the ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:15:41 EST Dance Crazy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639269 Had a snowy and cold past few days, so we are sticking close to home. <BR> This gave me ample time to spend lots of time dancing. Youtube is a great resource for travelling through the world of dance! I watched latin ballroom lessons, soul line dances, <BR> Cajun/zydeco dancing, and discovered a line dancer in Malaysia (under "senipadu") <BR> that is the best line dancer that I have ever seen! "Senipadu" has over 700 Youtube entries! <BR> She is my dance hero. And yet..... I have to find... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 08:05:49 EST Adventures in Latin Dance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634458 I am still venturing forth! <BR> <BR> I found an explanation on youtube to help people relate to the Latin beat. <BR> Here's the link <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5FOwr-jDwQ </link> <BR> <BR> I've added whole body stretching to my routine since the Latin moves require more <BR> flexibility, plus I have revived the body part isolation exercises from the jazz classes that I took a long time ago. I do feel myself loosening up. Flexibility is a big part of dance, and I had gotten away ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:40:06 EST Private dance lesson # 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630671 Well, my honeymoon phase with latin dance might be over already! <BR> You know when you try to learn something and it just makes you realize how much you have to learn and don't know? I'm at that point. Plus, I am finding that since the style is quite different from country dance technique, I have to unlearn some habits of country dance to learn the latin (type of hip movement, foot placement, even counting <BR> beats seems different in a way that I can't quite figure out). I am hoping tha... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 08:43:39 EST Lessons learned from my private dance lesson #1 (January) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598765 I have been teaching line dance to my friends and in not-for profit places for about 10 years now. I definitely feel that I have developed my ability to teach. But I have felt an unmet need to develop myself as a dancer. I finally came to the conclusion that I needed formal, personal instruction in styles and technique. I also felt that it needed to be a private lesson at this point of my development. I decided that ballroom dancing was most akin to the current line dance. So, I finally... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:33:59 EST I CAN DO IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593163 Repeat after me....... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1553081627.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l234975961.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1698556308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l828155965.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 06:14:43 EST Vitamin P -- Pleasure http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591978 I was thinking today about the idea of eating for health vs. the idea of eating for pleasure. <BR> I ran across a very interesting article about this and thought that I'd share it with you. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>psychologyofeating.com/metabolic-pow<BR>er-pleasure/ </link> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 07:33:03 EST Make-up demo for those of us dealing with wrinkles.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5584245 I ran across this tutorial and felt it might be helpful to those of us dealing with wrinkles.... <BR> <BR> Wow, this lady definitely has a lot of wrinkles. (Comment: I wonder how her neck and shoulders stayed so youthful? She also has beautiful teeth.) <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2<BR>290272/Keira-Knightleys-make-artist-Li<BR>sa-Eldridge-scores-140-000-YouTube-hit<BR>s-week-beauty-tutorial-50s.html </link> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:03:07 EST Sharing a few thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583364 I made it through the holiday season and maintained my lower weight. <BR> Truthfully, I am shocked. I tried to review my habits to analyze how that happened.... <BR> what I did differently this year. Here's what I came up with: <BR> 1) I hardly drank any alcohol. For me, that means 4 beers total between Thanksgiving and through New Years Eve. <BR> 2) I consistently exercised, even increasing my cardio to 5 miles (Leslie Sansone) a day, up from the 4 that I had been doing. I exercised ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 18:53:52 EST Health/survival trumps fashion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572559 I ran across a very interesting site (wwwtheandersonmethod.com} <BR> with some very interesting blogs. I am sharing the author's thoughts on body composition because I felt that they were somewhat unique. <BR> <BR> "In the end, it is better to make health your goal rather than a certain fashionable appearance. Fashion may dictate that certain legs, arms, noses, thighs and waists are popular, but your body is designed by genetics and a creator that is more interested in you than fashion. Fas... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 20:59:42 EST Self-nurturing -- Activity # 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572110 Prior to Christmas I had gotten all fired up about maintaining my weight loss through the holiday season. My strategy was to continue exercising regularly, allow holiday indulgences only at special events, eat a little less than I had been when not at holiday events, to focus and enjoy the seasonal non-food sensations (lights, music, dance with holiday music, candle aromas). I also tried to make it a heartfelt Christmas by doing the best I could to make loving gift choices, heartfelt remark... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:29:58 EST Self-nurturing -- Activity # 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569914 I found a book that I had purchased several months ago....50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food. I had set it aside, for some reason. <BR> I think what might have put me off was the idea that there were "tips" or "techniques" that would help with fighting off emotional eating. Maybe I just felt that the real need was so much deeper than "tricking" myself. <BR> <BR> In trying to figure out what would meet my need to feel satisfied, nurtured, and fulfilled, I realized that some of my un... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:46:11 EST Self-nurturing -- Activity #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568538 This is the first in a series of related blogs. <BR> <BR> Self-nurturing: <BR> Showing ourselves some Love..... in this context, Love is a verb. It is an active process of showing care for ourselves, of meeting our needs. In this context, it is not an emotion, but involves a physical activity. "Actions speak louder that words." "A lot less talk and a little more action." "If you're in love, show me" <BR> <link>www.metrolyrics.com/show-me-lyrics-m<BR>y-fair-lady.html </link> <BR>... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:10:18 EST Oh, WOW.....and another thing..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567334 I had another flash of insight! <BR> <BR> If you read my blog of 12/14/13 you will know that I was flipping out about my wrinkles. <BR> To add to that, my choice of clothing is somewhat uninspired at the present time. <BR> What it boiled down to is that I don't feel attractive..... Well, let's face it. <BR> Physical attractiveness does fade as we age. Who's gonna want a wrinkly old woman. <BR> I have to say, that I do think that "sex appeal" really does fizzle. I might (and I do mean ... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:14:52 EST OMG, I think I got it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567010 I read another blog just now about being proactive in taking care of yourself. <BR> The concept was to keep yourself full emotionally in order to control emotional eating. <BR> We turn to food, and usually the not-so-healthy foods, as a way of coping. <BR> We self medicate with food when we are feeling unpleasant emotions. <BR> Somehow, just the way this was presented in this particular blog really got to me. <BR> It was the concept of needing to feel full emotionally. <BR> <BR> FOR ME ( I f... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 06:32:54 EST What I'm Working On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564342 1) It's OK to be behind the scenes <BR> Lately I have felt quieter and more withdrawn, more private and less sociable (if that is possible). I feel more comfortable out of the spotlight and when doing things behind the scenes (except for line dancing and then it seems I always end up front and center and seem to like it that way!). But, when a person is in a supportive capacity, they often get no recognition and appreciation. They have much delegated to them and no one to delegate to. T... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 16:19:39 EST Study About the Effects of Sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564033 Here's an interesting study about the effects of sugar.... <BR> <BR> <link>well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/13/in<BR>-food-cravings-sugar-trumps-fat/?hp&_r=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 07:31:36 EST Reducing Holiday Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558186 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=479&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a link to a great article on Spark about reducing holiday stress. <BR> <BR> Fri, 6 Dec 2013 07:59:46 EST "To do" list http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557358 House decorated for Christmas.... <em>248</em> <BR> Mom's room at nursing home decorated for Christmas <em>248</em> <BR> Christmas cards sent <em>248</em> <BR> Hot pads for line dance friends (9 of them) knitted and bagged <em>248</em> <BR> Major grocery shopping done for the week through the week-end <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Is life more than checking off a "to do" list based on short-term and long-term goals? <BR> <BR> <BR> ........To be continued after Christmas <BR> ... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 07:03:17 EST Changes require adjustments! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536633 I have been taking the thyroid medication for about 40 days now. <BR> Initially I noticed that I had a lot more energy and stamina and less body aches. I also slept better and was able to handle stress better. There seemed to be less stress-induced eating. <BR> Due to those changes, I was able to increase the frequency, length, and intensity of my <BR> work-outs. I also noted that my hunger increased noticeably! I needed something to fill my tummy and just wasn't getting that from lean p... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 14:44:23 EST Creating New Traditions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530405 I'm building my lifestyle of healthy habits, behaviors, traditions, and customs........day by day! <BR> Today I decided that I would start some customs. <BR> <BR> I'll have a beautiful seasonal wreath by the main entrance to our home. Lucky for me that <BR> Wal-mart marked down to half-price their fall wreaths the day after Halloween. I purchased <BR> a beautiful fall wreath that will look good 'til Thanksgiving. It replaces the Halloween wreath that had been there. I have a new Christm... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 21:24:18 EST Fresh Start -- 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527161 I am grateful to feel that I have a " new lease on life" since starting the thyroid medication! <BR> <BR> Today is my birthday and I am considering that this is the fresh start for a new beginning. <BR> I want to let go of the negatives of the past, live a wonderful present, and look forward to a future full of promise. Formerly, I truly had difficulty even looking into the future and making plans. It all seemed full of negatives and so bleak. Now, with the lightening up of my frame of mi... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 08:01:38 EST