PRINCESSNURSE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PRINCESSNURSE PRINCESSNURSE'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/ I am back and I need your help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589588 I lost 60 pounds with spark people in 2010 an maintained the loss for over a year and then life happened and I slowly gave up the healthy habits I worked so long and hard to create. Long story short, I regained almost all of the weight. <BR> <BR> It is a long boring story…..I could complain about all of the challenges that I have in my life but it's such a bunch of bull. When I stopped tracking and exercising I started gaining back the weight. I wish I could get to a place where I don't... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:40:35 EST Book Review: Everything Changes by Jonathan Tropper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5255884 Plot Synopsis: <BR> Zack King's comfortable life has gone seriously off the rails. He's still grieving for the best friend who died in his arms, but that's only part of the problem. He hates his job. He's not sure he really loves the girl he's engaged to. He may be in love with his best friend's widow and now he may have cancer. And then the long-lost father he despises shows up with reconciliation in mind… <BR> <BR> My Take: <BR> The central characters in this book are insecure, witty and ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 08:44:34 EST Book Review: This is Where I Leave You by Jonathon Tropper http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5242625 Plot Synopsis from Amazon: <BR> "The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman clan has congregated in years. There is, however, one conspicuous absence: Judd's wife, Jen, whose affair with his radio- shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Simultaneously mourning the demise of his father and his marriage, Judd joins his dysfunctional family as they reluctantly sit shiva-and spend seven days and nights under the same roof. The week quickly spins o... Fri, 8 Feb 2013 09:55:21 EST 2 Book Reviews: The Taker and Coming Out of Hiding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229252 The Taker by Alma Katsu: Literary Fiction. <BR> A woman in the emergency room is a suspect for murder and begs the doctor to help her escape from the authorities and tells him the story of her true love for a beautiful man that has lasted for over two centuries. Reminiscent of “Interview with the Vampire”. This book started slow but I ended up hooked! <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/The-Taker-Book-Trilog<BR>y-ebook/dp/B004G8QTGG/ref=sr_1_1?s=dig<BR>ital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1359507388&sr=1-<BR>1&k... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:58:37 EST Two Book Reviews: Life Among Giants & Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217148 Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach: Literary Fiction/Crime. A book that feels like it tries to combine four separate plots: the professional football player with a dysfunctional family, the world-famous ballerina with a tortured marriage to a rock star, the aspiring chef with a cross-dressing partner, and the failed investor who ends up murdered in the fallout of a financial scandal. All four are intriguing literary concepts. The result is a crowded - although at times interesting- novel. Us... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 14:02:33 EST Two Book Reviews: Faith & the Night Circus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213309 Faith by Jennifer Haigh (Literary Fiction) <BR> <BR> Set in 2002 in the Boston archdiocese where trusted priests have been accused of child molestation this book describes the fall out that occurs within a devout Catholic family when a priest within their family is accused of this crime. Centers on the relationships of three siblings and their faith (both their religious faith and their faith in each other). Very well written. * * * * <BR> <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/Faith-A-Novel-P-S-... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:21:29 EST Identity-based Habits vs. Action-based Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5198971 I just read an interesting article titled "Identity–Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals This Year". It was very interesting. In a nut shell it says that your current behaviors are simply a reflection of your current identity. In other words, what you do now is a mirror image of the type of person you believe that you are (either consciously or subconsciously). <BR> <BR> To change your behavior for good, you need to start believing new things about yourself. Most goals are... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 14:46:08 EST Two Book Reviews: Beast & Undeniable http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187815 Help!! It is only January 3 and I am in a romance novel rut! I swear my next book will be more redeeming.... I like to read romance novels occasionally because they are quick, easy, mindless formula fiction (and who doesn't like a happily ever after ending?) but they truly are like junk food for the brain-lol. <BR> <BR> 1. Beast by Pepper Pace: Romance. A modern day beauty & the beast story with a decent story line and fairly good character development. The trashy sex scenes detracted from... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 09:38:50 EST The 20 Best Books I read in 2012: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184589 Best Books I read in 2012: <BR> <BR> 1) The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff (AWESOME!) <BR> 2) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson (Graphic but a great read) <BR> 3) The Girl who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson <BR> 4) The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Steig Larsson <BR> 5) Defending Jacob by William Landay (Great! didn't see the end coming) <BR> 6) Into the Darkest Corner (Suspense, EXCELLENT!) <BR> 7) Don't Let Me Go by Catherine Hyde Ryan (EXCELLENT would ma... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 19:16:09 EST Book Review: The Hunger Games Trilogy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4788681 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324568161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Plot Synopsis: <BR> Katniss Everdeen, a teenage girl from District 12 in the dystopian future of North America called Panem, is thrown into the annual Hunger Games: a fight to the death among 24 children from the Districts. Katniss soon becomes the rallying symbol of a growing nation-wide uprising, and must choose carefully how to play the ever-complicating game of the war in order to survive. <BR> <BR> My Take... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 09:24:57 EST Day 5 of my 100 day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4764559 I am using my blog to track my 100 day challenge results for my spark team "The Power of P!nk!" <BR> <BR> Each Day Award Yourself With The Appropriate Emoticons for completing the task! <BR> 1. Stay within your calorie/ nutritional targets daily <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 20 minutes daily <BR> 3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily <BR> 4. Learn 1 new thing about nutrition/exercise and share it. <BR> 5. Listen to a P!NK song and/or write in your 100 day journey <BR> <BR> Day 5... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 04:28:38 EST Day 4 of my 100 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763198 I am using my blog to track my 100 day challenge results for my spark team "The Power of P!nk!" <BR> <BR> Each Day Award Yourself With The Appropriate Emoticons for completing the task! <BR> 1. Stay within your calorie/ nutritional targets daily <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 20 minutes daily <BR> 3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily <BR> 4. Learn 1 new thing about nutrition/exercise and share it. <BR> 5. Listen to a P!NK song and/or write in your 100 day journey <BR> <BR> <BR>... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:49:00 EST Day 3 of my 100 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4760939 (I am using my blog to track my 100 day challenge results for my spark team "The Power of P!nk!" The most recent day is on top if you want to check out my progress but you don't want to read the whole thing) <BR> <BR> Each Day Award Yourself With The Appropriate Emoticons for completing the task! <BR> 1. Stay within your calorie/ nutritional targets daily <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 20 minutes daily <BR> 3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily <BR> 4. Learn 1 new thing about nutriti... Tue, 28 Feb 2012 04:26:21 EST Day 2 of my 100 Day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4759091 (I am using my blog to track my 100 day challenge results for my spark team "The Power of P!nk!" The most recent day is on top if you want to check out my progress but you don't want to read the whole thing) <BR> <BR> Each Day Award Yourself With The Appropriate Emoticons for completing the task! <BR> 1. Stay within your calorie/ nutritional targets daily <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 20 minutes daily <BR> 3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily <BR> 4. Learn 1 new thing about nutriti... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 06:29:03 EST Day 1 of my 100 day challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758341 I am taking part in a 100 day challenge for my spark team "The Power of P!nk!" and I thought I would occassionally blog on my progress..... <BR> <BR> Each Day Award Yourself With The Appropriate Emoticons for completing the task <BR> 1. Stay within your calorie/ nutritional targets daily <BR> 2. Exercise for at least 20 minutes daily <BR> 3. Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily <BR> 4. Learn 1 new thing about nutrition/exercise and share it. <BR> 5. Listen to a P!NK song and/or write i... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 17:33:54 EST Book #5 Read in 2012: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741192 Plot synopsis from Amazon.com: <BR> <BR> "Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 04:31:07 EST Book #4 Read in 2012: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4708994 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l874987496.jpg"> <BR> Picture courtesy of amazon.com <BR> <BR> Plot Synopsis from Amazon.com: <BR> Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Pr... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 17:12:42 EST Book #3 Read in 2012: The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4699486 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l386231723.jpg"> <BR> (photo courtesy of amazon.com) <BR> <BR> Plot synopsis from The New Yorker: <BR> "This ambitious third novel tells two parallel stories of polygamy. The first recounts Brigham Young's expulsion of one of his wives, Ann Eliza, from the Mormon Church; the second is a modern-day murder mystery set in a polygamous compound in Utah. Unfolding through an impressive variety of narrative forms—Wikipedia entries, academic resear... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:57:41 EST Book #2 read in 2012: Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4690608 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l342228598.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Plot Synopsis from Amazon.com <BR> "From the acclaimed author of Still Missing comes a psychological thriller about one woman’s search into her past and the deadly truth she uncovers. All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara did not have an ideal home life. The question of why she was given up for adoption ha... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 06:58:53 EST My Review of Coach Nicole's 28 day boot camp---day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4689096 Since I am taking a break from running due to some tendonitis issues and my elliptical broke I have decided to give the new Sparkpeople DVD a try. (Can I just say I think it is actually kinda cool that I have used my elliptical so much in the last 3 years that I actually BROKE a METAL BOLT on it?!!! I ROCK!) <BR> <BR> The DVD is "Coach Nicole's 28-day Boot Camp" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l669528578.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have decided to follow the 28 day pl... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 12:28:49 EST Book #1 Read in 2012: The Bee Season by Myla Goldberg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4680886 Plot Synopsis from Amazon.com: <BR> "Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable nine-year-old, expects never to fit into her gifted family: her autodidact father, Saul, absorbed in his study of Jewish mysticism; her brother, Aaron, the vessel of his father's spiritual ambitions; and her brilliant but distant lawyer-mom, Miriam. But when Eliza sweeps her school and district spelling bees in quick succession, Saul takes it as a sign that she is destined for greatness. In this altered reality, Saul... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 20:19:41 EST My Goal for December....(drum roll please) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4611965 <BR> Weigh less on December 31 than I did on December 1. <BR> <BR> ('nuff said) Sun, 4 Dec 2011 15:06:56 EST My 11 Events in 2011 Challenge: Event #8 The Run Like H*LL 3-Miler (PICS) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571258 One of my goals for 2011 is to complete 11 running/fitness events during the year 2011. <BR> <BR> On October 28, 2011 I completed event #8 "the Run Like H*LL 3 miler" <BR> <BR> This was just plain old fun! It was a costume race the Friday before Halloween. My DH ran with me and dressed up as Dracula. He said it had been over 30 years since he dressed up for Halloween! I was a cat. We ran with our good friends Steve and Aimee who were Pebbles and Bam Bam. <BR> <BR> The event was in do... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 15:00:11 EST My 11 Events in 2011 Challenge: Event #7 the "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk" (pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4566129 One of my goals for 2011 is to complete 11 running/fitness events during the year 2011. <BR> On October 8, 2011 I participated in my local communities "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" 3 mile walk. <BR> <BR> The exciting part about this event was I did it with my oldest daughter who was home for the weekend from college. It was a beautiful day, we raised money for a great cause, I got lots of alone time with my daughter and I completed my 7th event for 2011--win, win, win, win! <BR> ... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 06:56:55 EST My 11 Events in 2011 Challenge: Event #6 the Mudathelon (lots of pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4565340 One of my goals for 2011 is to complete 11 running/fitness events during the year 2011. <BR> This event actually took place at the end of June....I posted it on Facebook but somehow missed posting it here....on June 26, 2011 (which also was my oldest daughters 18th birthday--man I am old) I completed my 6th event which was a Mudathelon in Anderson, Indiana! <BR> <BR> This event involved a 3.2 mile run with over 50 obstacles to get through. I was totally excited for this event! Competing wi... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 16:41:43 EST Day One! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4539863 Ok...I have truly been struggling that last 6 months...why? I really don't know. Psychologically speaking, maybe it was that after over 6 months of successful maintenance of my 60+ pound weight loss it all just became too much for me, or maybe it was a delayed reaction to my very difficult year health-wise in 2010...who knows? Physically, it was no doubt caused by my out of control eating, a lack of regular food tracking and a drastic decline in my amount of exercise over the last 6 mon... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:37:56 EST 5 things that make me fabulous (Punxsutawney Phil Pforty challenge blog) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4496403 My week #2 challenge for the team Punxsutawney Phil Pforty was to list 5 things that make me fabulous....so without further ado here is my list: <BR> <BR> 1) I save lives for a living. It's nearly impossible to beat that one. That makes me wicked freaking fabulous (since I am a nurse too I had to steal this idea from Jen...but since it is true so I am ok with stealing it!) <BR> <BR> 2) Day in and day out I am a glass is half full gal (well 95% of the time), and I think a good attitude is... Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:08:14 EST Book #43 Read in 2011: Songs Without Words by Ann Packer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4479066 Plot synopsis from Amazon.com: <BR> "Liz and Sarabeth were girlhood neighbors in the suburbs of Northern California, brought as close as sisters by the suicide of Sarabeth's mother. In the decades that followed, their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when Liz's adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters, the women's friendship takes a devastating turn, forcing Liz and Sarabeth to question their most deeply held beliefs about their connection. From the bestsellin... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 16:17:14 EST Books #41 and 42 Read in 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476183 Before the Storm By Diane Chamberlain <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l855955437.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Plot synopsis from Amazon.com <BR> “Fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood is special. <BR> Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he's more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean. Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 20:21:15 EST Books #33-40 Read in 2011--The Harry Potter Series http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4474881 Harry Potter & the Soccer's Stone <BR> Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets <BR> Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban <BR> Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire <BR> Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix <BR> Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince <BR> Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows <BR> ~by JK Rowling <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l665722941.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Plot Synopsis from Wikepedia.com: <BR> Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by t... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 04:31:13 EST Books #29-32 Read in 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4473526 Gosh, I have had a busy summer...a few of my spark friends have inquired what I have been reading so I thought I would give you a sampling of my summer reading list . <BR> <BR> <BR> The Tatooed Girl by Joyce Carol Oates <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l595700365.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Plot Synopsis from Amazon.com: <BR> Celebrated author Joshua Seigl, an idiosyncratic bachelor and confirmed recluse—young but in failing health—reluctantly admits to himself that he ... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 12:04:52 EST Book #28 Read in 2011: Heart of the Matter by Emily Griffin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4384318 Plot Synopsis from Amazon.com: <BR> "With HEART OF THE MATTER we hear the story of two women whose lives intersect in ways they never would have dreamed. Emily Giffin is an intelligent author who draws complex, affecting characters. Readers are immediately drawn into their hearts and minds, and again this is the case when we meet Tessa Russo and Valerie Anderson. <BR> Tessa, the mother of two young childen is married to Nick, a successful and dedicated pediatric surgeon. She turned her back ... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 08:41:31 EST Book #27 Read in 2011: Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4361859 Synopsis From Publishers Weekly: <BR> "Erdrich's bleak latest (after The Plague of Doves) chronicles the collapse of a family. Irene America is a beautiful, introspective woman of Native American ancestry, struggling to finish her dissertation while raising three children. She is married to Gil, a painter whose reputation is built on a series of now iconic portraits of Irene, but who can't break through to the big time, pigeonholed as a Native American painter. Irene's fallen out of love with... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 08:44:00 EST The best news possible! (AKA the end of a LOOOONG year) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4354491 As many of you may remember it was about one year ago that I contracted Hepatitis C from a needle stick from an infected patient at work (Hard to believe it has been a year isn't it? Time flies when you are having fun-lol). I completed 6 months of medical treatment for Hepatitis C on December 31, 2010. Last week I had my 24 week post treatment blood work drawn. I am happy to report that I had my Hepatitis C viral load tested this week (a measurement of the amount of Hepatitis C virus cir... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 04:40:44 EST Accountability blog Day #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4353379 July 9, 2011 <BR> <BR> Life Stuff: <BR> ~Worked 10 hour shift. As usual ate a few unplanned items...why is it so much easier to stay on track at home! <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> ~Home made Banana raisin muffin <BR> ~ 1 cup FAGE 0% yogurt mixed with stevia and small amount of fresh strawberry puree <BR> ~coffee and 1 cup almond mlk <BR> <BR> Snack #1: <BR> ~Coconut orange quinoa (quinoa made with OJ, 1/2 fresh orange topped with a sprinkle of coconut and cinnamon) <BR> ... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 16:07:58 EST Accountability Blog Day #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4350737 For the next week or two I plan to blog my food and exercise--it will be boring (if anyone reads it-lol) but it is what I need to do.....so without further ado here is Day #3. <BR> <BR> Friday July 8, 2011 <BR> <BR> Life stuff: <BR> I worked a 10 hour shift today. I tend to eat more when I work. I am not sure why. <BR> <BR> Food: <BR> Today I tracked my food and ate healthy. I ate more then I intended to, but I still was within my spark calorie range (although I was above my own... Sat, 9 Jul 2011 04:59:16 EST Accountability Blog Day #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4347971 Ok---I feel the need for some accountability, so for the next week or two I plan to blog my food and exercise--it will be boring (if anyone reads it-lol) but it is what I need to do.....so without further ado here is Day #2. <BR> <BR> Thursday July 7, 2011 <BR> <BR> Life stuff: <BR> I did not have to work today. I picked up a friend at the hospital after he had same day surgery done and took him home. I ran. I did some food prep for the next couple of days and I took my oldest daughter ... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 19:59:21 EST Accountability blog: Day #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4345443 Ok---I feel the need for some accountability, so for the next week or two I plan to blog my food and exercise--it will be boring (if anyone reads it-lol) but it is what I need to do.....so without further ado here is Day #1. <BR> <BR> Wednesday July 6 <BR> <BR> Life stuff: <BR> I did not have to work today (Hurray!). I watched a DVD with my kids (Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire), read a little (Harry Potter & the Order of the Phonix), sparked, went to Wal-mart for some groceries, exerci... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 17:40:56 EST Book #26 Read in 2011: A Widow's Story: A Memoir by Joyce Carol Oates http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4340608 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l219815392.jpg"> <BR> Photo from amazon.com <BR> <BR> Synopsis From Publishers Weekly <BR> "Early one morning in February 2008, Oates drove her husband, Raymond Smith, to the Princeton Medical Center where he was admitted with pneumonia. There, he developed a virulent opportunistic infection and died just one week later. After 47 years of marraige she is suddenly and unexpectedly alone. Oates staggered through her days and nights trying des... Mon, 4 Jul 2011 13:42:32 EST Book #25 Read in 2011: So Much for That by Lionel Shriver http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4329034 <BR> Plot synopsis from Amazon.com: <BR> "The novel centers around the ordeal of Glynis Knacker, a fifty-year old with a diagnosis of asbestos-related cancer and access to the best care a cut-rate medical plan and her husband's sizable savings account can buy, is rendered with such detail and authority that it is as if Lionel Shriver had drawn aside a curtain to make us look at details we know are true even as we wish they weren't. Here is the World Wellness Group, a health insurance compan... Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:24:17 EST Help me! I have been suffering from "diet mentality" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4293512 Recently I tried a team challenge where I followed a strict eating plan. It worked fine at first, but then I had a day where I completely went “off” the plan. I felt guilty and the next thing you know I figured “oh well. Today is shot I may as well REALLY cheat” and I ate everything I could. It was a slippery slope and suddenly I was “off track” for several WEEKS! I will spare you the details but suffice it to say it involved binging on foods, neglecting my exercising and gaining weight.... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 12:32:26 EST Book #24 Read in 2011: Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4269395 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l590024215.jpg"> <BR> Photo courtesy of amazon.com <BR> <BR> Plot Synopsis From School Library Journal: <BR> "In this collection of tales, Hoffman takes readers into the lives of the people who lived in Blackbird House from the time of the American Revolution to the present. The house, on a farm on Cape Cod, has a haunting presence throughout the book. In addition to ghost sightings, there are touches of magical realism (a white blackbird, b... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 09:15:01 EST Book #23 Read in 2011: Second Chances by Jane Green http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4265701 Plot synopsis from Publisher's Weekly: <BR> "Jane Green, author of chick-lit favorites Swapping Lives (2006) and The Other Woman (2005), explores the way one man's death affects the lives of his friends. Tom Fitzgerald, a Brit living in the States, is only 39 when he kisses his wife and children good-bye and boards a doomed train. In the wake of his death, his friends, some of whom haven't seen in each other in nearly two decades, come together to remember him. Tom's death reignites their fr... Mon, 30 May 2011 19:30:41 EST My Book Reviews for Books #16 to 22 Read in 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4253261 Well....I am quite behind in posting my book reviews, so without further ado here are all of my reviews for books #16 to 22 read in 2011: <BR> <BR> Book #16 Read in 2011----The Anatomy of an Execution by David R Dow <BR> <BR> “In an argument against capital punishment, Dow's capable memoir partially gathers its steam from the emotional toll on all parties involved, especially the overworked legal aid lawyers and their desperate clients. The author, the litigation director of the Texas Defe... Tue, 24 May 2011 12:53:02 EST I need your input! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4241558 My daughter is graduating from high school in a couple of weeks. I am putting together a book of pictures of her life and I would like to include some "words of advice" for her from adults who have wisdome to share. If you had to give just one piece of advice to a high school graduate knowing what you know now what would it be? It can be serious or funny lengthy or brief...whatever you want! I would greatly appreciate it if you could respond to this message with your words of wisdom so I can... Wed, 18 May 2011 16:43:22 EST An interesting article about weight gain & lack of sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4236836 An interesting article on the possible link between weight gain and lack of sleep....considering the fact that I average less then 6 hours of sleep a day (can anyone say "shift work"???). I may be in trouble..... No wonder I can't lose those last 10 pounds! <BR> <BR> <link>www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/13/u<BR>s-sleep-loss-weight-idUSTRE74C6J120110513 </link> Mon, 16 May 2011 16:32:50 EST Why my worst half marathon time was my best half marathon aka what I learned from a HARD year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4228173 One of my goals for 2011 is to complete 11 running/fitness events during the year 2011. On May 7, 2011 I completed my 5th event--The Indianapolis Mini-Marathon. <BR> <BR> I was pretty worried about running this race. I have had a hard year. As many of you know, I am a dialysis nurse. In June of 2010 I contracted Hepatitis C from a needle stick from an infected patient at work. I endured 6 months of nasty medical treatment that resulted in severe fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, moderat... Thu, 12 May 2011 13:57:32 EST Oxygen Bikini Ready/Eat Clean Challenge---Days 13 &14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4222188 Hi everyone! <BR> I had a busy weekend, and sadly, a few small lapses in my clean eating. The Mother's Day buffet had VERY limited choices and I did the best I could, but I did cave and have dessert. Ah well...I got right back on track with my next meal so not too much harm done I guess. <BR> <BR> My half marathon went great. I finished in 2:23:46 which is only 20 seconds slower then my time last year--pretty good considering I was WAAAAAAAAY undertrained--- only ran 1 nine mile run for m... Tue, 10 May 2011 04:46:59 EST Oxygen Bikini Ready/Eat Clean Challenge Days 11 & 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4215778 I am BUSY BUSY BUSY--so here is a quick and to the point summary of the last 2 days.... <BR> <BR> Day 11-- <BR> Food: <BR> Ate 100% clean....unplanned snack of nuts & dried fruit <BR> Exercise: <BR> Elliptical (40 minutes) <BR> <BR> Day 12-- <BR> Food: <BR> Ate Clean other then I had a glass of white wine and about 10 chocolate M & M's. YIKES! How did THAT happen? Oh well, I can't unring that bell so right back on plan with no looking back, right? <BR> Exercise: <BR> walk (20 min) <BR>... Sat, 7 May 2011 05:37:28 EST Oxygen Bikini Ready/Eat Clean Challenge--Day #10 Food Log http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4211421 This menu was to be a "Eat Clean cooler 1 menu". As always I made some modifications based on what my schedule was and what foods I had available, so it ended up being more of a cooler 2 kinda thing <BR> <BR> Day 10, Wednesday May 4 <BR> <BR> Breakfast: <BR> ~Egg white casserole (Rachel Mac's recipe) <BR> ~1 slice eziekiel bread <BR> ~Coffee with stevia <BR> ~1 cup non-sweetened almond milk <BR> <BR> snack: <BR> ~Quinoa with 1/3 of a small orange, unsweetened coconut, sliced almonds... Thu, 5 May 2011 04:35:21 EST