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/ 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 Danspiration -Lesson 1- It can be done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850833 <link>danceinayear.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> This is a blog about how a woman taught herself to be a dancer in a year. <BR> I found it it very inspirational ! Her method can really be applied to anything that you want to do or to learn. <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Jan 2015 07:31:08 EST UnResolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849276 This is what I am giving up in 2015 --kind of a decluttering of my lifestyle. My thought is that in order to spend time on what I DO want to do, that I have to get rid of what I really DON'T want to do ! I mean, there are only 24 hours in a day !! <BR> <BR> 1) Nail polish on my fingernails. This can be a full time job. It's ridiculous. <BR> 2) Fancy clothes. I have one pair of black pants that I call my wedding <BR> and funeral pants. I vary the top, usually something I get on sal... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 08:13:59 EST Riptide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5845391 My notes for me. <BR> Meditation this morning led me to think about the concept of riptide. <BR> I looked on Wikipedia for more info. <BR> To summarize in my own words, a riptide is a strong current that is not readily noticeable that will take a swimmer out to sea. Basically, the swimmer is advised to relax and swim parallel to the shore until they are out of the riptide and can then swim back, or to relax and calmly float or tread water, then when the current loses its strength, they can s... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 07:57:32 EST Vision http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844550 (Let me say that these are my notes and not intended to be an instructional blog. <BR> They are shared with the thought that someone may be able to relate to them in some way that will be meaningful to them.) <BR> <BR> At this moment in my life, I am working on increasing my sense of true vision and awareness. With this intent in mind, yesterday I proceeded throughout my day. I did not force anything, just made conscious intent to be present in the moment with my awareness open. <BR> <B... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 09:16:37 EST Wiggle Worm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843612 Yesterday I was a little stiff and sore. I felt the need to get my circulation going without adding any strenuous demands. I did a little research and came up with some video examples. <BR> My plan is ....if it's stiff or sore.......gently wiggle it ! I think this is a fun way to get blood flowing to all areas without causing damage! Get up ! Get moving ! Just wiggle all over! <BR> One great thing is that you can personalize it to target the areas that need the most loosening up ! <BR> <... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 07:48:25 EST Simple tip for drinking more water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841047 This worked for me.... <BR> I have several large plastic (BPA free) water glasses. They have the screw on lids and plastic straws that won't fall out. They are three very different colors (red, orange, and blue) and I choose the one that either coordinates with my clothing choice for the day or symbolizes the type of energy that I feel that I need for the day. I fill it with ice water in the AM and then refill it through the day. It goes wherever I go! Visual impact and uplift, hydration, ... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 07:25:46 EST Lifestyle Notes for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839179 Seems that for the past few years I've been on a journey of experimentation, learning, and trying new things. <BR> Sometimes it has felt like an all-consuming quest and efforts have been scattered. Maybe now I'm putting it all together ...kind of like a quilt that is created with colors, shapes, and patterns that will create one harmonious whole of a lifestyle. In any event, I just feel a sense of having arrived. Things seem to be coming into focus and I have some things I know I value, I ... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 08:12:53 EST Ghost Status -- one more thought http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831080 Thanks to everyone who commented. I have given thought to all of the ideas. <BR> There was one more thought on the topic that I thought I would share.....something that occurred to me today. <BR> <BR> The organization that I work for provides fire protection and EMS services in my community. <BR> I type the reports for their calls and know the dedication, energy, and selflessness of their efforts. They are sometimes called to come during the worst weather and the middle of the night. So... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:33:07 EST Ghost Status Revisited -- warning ....long blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828481 This is a follow-up to my blog of yesterday. My sincere thanks to everyone who commented. <BR> They were very helpful and did shed some light on the topic. I also did a little googling and read blogs on similar topics. <BR> <BR> There are quite a few blogs/articles where women share how they feel invisible as they get older. Many use 50 as the starting point and some even say it is a sudden occurrence. <BR> They also share positives about this, including more freedom and opportunity t... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 07:23:23 EST Am I a ghost? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828017 First , let me say that I don't feel like a ghost on Spark. My Sparkfriends are quite interactive! <BR> <BR> But in my every day life, I feel like I am being stonewalled (except by people that want to sell me something) ! This has happened before to me and it is weird. <BR> Perhaps it is a coincidence, people are busy this time of year, or people somehow think I'm a designated listener. Here are some examples.....I send requests (multiple requests) to friends for info of some sort (recipe... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 09:19:14 EST Integrated Lifestyle Fitness Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794474 I finally have something in place that works with me and the physical demands of my life! <BR> There is some room for flexibility as to timing/scheduling. <BR> Bear in mind that I am semi-retired with a sedentary part-time job and don't have kids that I need to run after. I do, however, have a huge yard with lots of trees & landscaping, beach, and boats. <BR> <BR> I do what I call "cardio" 5- 6 times a week for an hour. This can include outdoor walking,walking to Leslie Sansone DVDs (some... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 07:11:23 EST October Goal -- For Now Anyway ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793180 My goal for this month is to "find out what really makes me feel good." <BR> <BR> So far: <BR> *Walking 5 miles with Leslie and using bands in some of the work-outs. <BR> *Tried out PopPhysique DVD and loved it! This is unique and very targeted. <BR> Just what I needed after doing cardio. <BR> *Stretching. I have been stretching in the evening while I watch TV. I can't <BR> say enough about what stretching does for me. <BR> *Discussing something with my husband that I have been needin... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 06:10:58 EST What Do You Want? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783884 One of my teams posed the question....What do you want? <BR> <BR> This was my answer: <BR> "I believe this is an absolutely crucial question. It guides all our choices and defines the structure of what we consider progress. It gives signposts when we make decisions and design a detailed program for ourselves. <BR> ....... I want to maintain my ability to be very active, independent, and fully enjoy life as long as possible. This means that I need to be able to be strong, flexible, and have ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 07:11:05 EST September - Is it really over half way through?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782161 Seems that this month I have a mild case of adult onset ADD. Does anyone know if that is really possible? I even forgot that I made September goals! Good thing I blogged so I could refresh my memory. Actually, I have taken quite a mental journey so far this month. House guests threw me off; possible issues with my dance dream/mission threw me off; a hub bub about work threw me off. Am I seeing a pattern here? Have had some interesting thoughts about energy & vibrations prompted by reading the... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:30:41 EST Bouncing Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781459 Well, after my mini-slump in reaction to the news regarding my dance teacher and studio.............. <BR> <BR> I bounced back !!! <BR> <BR> I realized I would not, should not, could not give up line dance/dance ! <BR> I realized there were lots of other options and opportunities ! I thought of so many that now I'm having trouble choosing what to do! I could offer to teach in garages all over my area. <BR> I could organize a workshop for other local teachers to share info and make present... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 08:16:42 EST Kinda Bummed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780567 Today my activity level has been extremely good (housework, yardwork, walking, dancing). But then....woopsie...my eating seemed to get out of control and I started eating things that I normally wouldn't even be interested in and in a manner that is unusual for me. Finally I got enough presence of mind to ask myself......Why????? What is all this eating about??? <BR> <BR> I think I figured it out.....my dance teacher announced yesterday that she would stop teaching in a few months and cl... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:33:58 EST House Guests http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778430 I'm good when I can control my routine and environment........but when I have to cater to other's food preferences and needs that vary from my own, things go haywire! Plus there's the lack of privacy, personal time for taking care of normal needs, constant vigilance to make sure they are comfortable, no exercise time, and the disruption of my normal activities. <BR> <BR> We get a lot of house guests because they love to come to the river! Plus we've been babysitting a lot. I love the pe... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 08:32:11 EST September so far -- 3 days into it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773081 So far this month, I have successfully tracked my food....the good, bad, and the ugly. That really was my goal. Since I have a pattern of trying to restrict calories for a few days and then follow with a couple days of being extra hungry and eating more, I have had the suspicion that I really need to eat more than I think I do. I need to make an honest appraisal of my food intake to make an assessment. Sometimes it seems like I have created a roller coaster style of eating. However, on... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 06:02:11 EST September Goals -- Establishing a baseline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771690 1) In order to determine true maintenance calorie level I will track food every day in September. <BR> I will aim for under 2000 per day. <BR> 2) In order to determine best macro balance, I will track food every day in September. <BR> I will aim for close to the balance suggested by Spark as a starter. <BR> 3) I will make an effort to change my behavior to reignite and restore my relationship with my husband by being mindful while interacting with him. I will note specific behavio... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:16:28 EST 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