PROVERBS31JULIA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=PROVERBS31JULIA PROVERBS31JULIA'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/ Six Foods That Act Like Addictive Drugs In Your Body http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734794 Another great blog from MindBodyGreen... <BR> <BR> Dairy/Cheese <BR> Sugars & Fats <BR> Meats <BR> Wheat & Rice <BR> <BR> Contain addictive chemicals in these foods called exorphins. <BR> <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14423/6-food<BR>s-that-behave-like-addictive-drugs-in-<BR>your-body.html </link> <BR> <BR> The thing is to get a Natural High from endorphins - generated by exercise, enjoying beautiful outdoor scenery (sunrises, sunsets, etc), companionship ... <BR> <BR> Anothe... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 19:26:12 EST Article - "Secret Habits of Successful Exercisers" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733767 "Secret Habits of Successful Exercisers" from the Dr. Mercola site. I want to study this and break it down for me, because I am definitely one of these who rarely feels an immediate payoff once exercise is completed... <BR> <BR> <link>www.mercola.com </link> <BR> <BR> I will have to edit - Safari isn't really nice to my attempts to copy and past from another web page. <link>fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/ar<BR>chive/2099/12/31/exercise-habits.aspx?<BR>e_cid=20140707Z1_DNL_artTest_... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 11:36:42 EST Notes from the Spark Quiz "Test Your Cholesterol" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725208 <BR> As I was going through the quiz, I copied some of the "explanation" notes off to the side, where SP clarified why the answer was what it was. I find myself getting mixed up with cholesterol and triglyceride and how to deal with them. I decided to paste in some of those notes, to remind me what to do!! This is not my wroting!! The Spark Quiz link is below! <BR> <BR> =======••• <BR> <BR> Being overweight increases your blood cholesterol levels since your body stores the extra calories y... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:25:57 EST Paleo diet - should I do it?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722497 My girlfriend (who so far has refused to take SparkPeople seriously) was starting on yet another attempt at "going Paleo..." <BR> <BR> I never could quite buy into it, even though ya, sure, I'd love to slather butter on everything, right? There is moderation, of course - not "good food" vs "bad food" - a mental outlook. <BR> <BR> So today, I hear from the ever hysterical James Fell (wish he wasn't so crude in places, but he does bring out useful points...). His article helped me reframe the... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:47:51 EST Fasting - reboot the immune system http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712860 Who knew? <BR> <BR> Many religions and spirtual practices encourage fasting, and many benefits are reported. <BR> <BR> Here is a benefit I hadn't heard of before, at least not in exactly this way: <BR> <BR> Twice a year... <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.techtimes.com/articles/81<BR>23/20140607/fasting-good-immune-system<BR>-triggers-stem-cell-regeneration.htm </link> <BR> <BR> This could have great benefits for those undergoing chem for cancer... <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 14:30:10 EST Why I choose not to do CrossFit.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708519 Just saw a video on Facebook - and found it on YouTube for a better link (for those not on Facebook.). <BR> <BR> <BR> All I can say is OUCH! I have enough problems putting one foot in front of the other... <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T74X<BR>ek-pDLM&list=UUPDis9pjXuqyI7RYLJ-TTSA </link> Mon, 2 Jun 2014 00:28:11 EST Rambling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707847 Leg aches so I am back up. <BR> <BR> Got this email with my SparkTracker info from last week (stored on the SPAT lo these many days when it was lost, before my husband found it late a few hours ago (8 pm Sat night)... The one segment of email states: <BR> <BR> "Coach's Comments <BR> <BR> You're on your way to earning a bronze medal for your fitness minutes! Fit more fitness into your life with these 10 practical tips. <BR> <BR> Note: Our records show that you forgot to wear your Spark 5 ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 03:14:03 EST Exercise Funnies! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702428 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l20932835.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l30601955.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619082439.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1122704559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l45033570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l870393147.... Sat, 24 May 2014 22:39:29 EST Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis 90 day program - on sale now (Wichita) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698821 Spent some girlfriend time today at Bed Bath & Beyond in East Wichita (N. Rock Road), and Lo! and Behold! They had Tracy Anderson 90 day Metamorphosis program on sale today. It retails $59.99 and I had waffled the past few months about it, seeing as many Sparkers have mentioned making some changes in their health and shape with the program. It was 50% off and then I had my 20% discount coupon, so that took the pain down a little more. (I'm weird, I don't like to pay full price for anything fo... Mon, 19 May 2014 23:28:41 EST Am I an obnoxious exerciser? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696277 Today, in the Dear Abby column, there was a discussion about doing one's floor exercises while visiting at relatives: <BR> <BR> (Quote) <BR> DEAR ABBY: When my husband and I go to visit my mother (in another <BR> city) every other month or so, my brother and his wife insist on coming <BR> over to see us while we're there. Our visits usually last two or three <BR> days. <BR> <BR> Many times when they come over, my sister-in-law will start doing her <BR> exercise routine, includin... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:34:53 EST Live Like You're Dying - The Scripts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686097 Check out this video on YouTube: <BR> <BR> http://youtu.be/unzBo3m5N2I <BR> <link>youtu.be/unzBo3m5N2I </link> <BR> <BR> Sent from my iTelephone. Nearly all contextual, typos, and grammar errors are free for your amusement, courtesy of Apple's Random Word Generator! Fri, 2 May 2014 23:02:18 EST Open your eyes....and then it will be a beautiful day". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680860 My Mom sent me email today with a wondrous video, and I want to share it with you. To all my deaf, hard of hearing, and ESL friends, it is also open captioned / SDH. <BR> <BR> TIME-LAPSE PHOTOGRAPHY <BR> <BR> Sit back, take a deep breath, and think... <BR> (Recommended: Use FULL screen for this video) <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=gXD<BR>MoiEkyuQ&vq=medium <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=gXDMoi<BR>EkyuQ&vq=medium </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Namaste Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:12:08 EST Your Water Consumption... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677809 It is good to drink plenty of water during the day... <BR> <BR> A horrible paen to water, sung along to a religious school song commonly sung in USA: <BR> <BR> <BR> "Water's good for me, I know, <BR> For SparkPeople tells me so... <BR> If we drink it plentif'ly <BR> We'll feel better, yes we will... <BR> Yea water loves me, <BR> yea water loves me, <BR> Yea water loves me, <BR> Yea water loves me, <BR> SparkPeople tells me so!" <BR> <BR> Okay, and moving along..... (Yes, i know, I should... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:54:38 EST A dad at age 16? nothing and everything to do with weight loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666788 I was killing time, and clicked on my MindBodyGreen email and saw in it a blog link "3 Things I Learned From Becoming A Father At 16". <BR> <BR> <link>www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13228/3-thin<BR>gs-i-learned-from-becoming-a-father-at<BR>-16.html </link> <BR> <BR> Now, of course, I became a mom in my 30's, so on one level, this blog has nothing to do with my life's experiences. On the other hand, it has everything to do with my life's experiences. <BR> <BR> All three of his points are tota... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 18:56:26 EST The Layman's Ten Commandments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664661 <BR> (Someone sent me this email. A lot of insightful thoughts to consider in my life. If it blesses you, so much more the better.). <BR> <BR> <BR> The Layman's Ten Commandments. <BR> <BR> Someone has written these beautiful words. It's a must read. Try to understand the deep meaning of it. They are like the ten commandments to follow in life all of the time! <BR> <BR> 1] <BR> Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs t... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 23:09:17 EST This Night Owl Needs To Wake Up Early http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662984 My husband sent me a link to an interesting news article on a recent study... <BR> <BR> To slim down, it helps to get up early and see the light, study says <BR> <link>touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/articl<BR>e/p2p-79803674/ </link> <BR> <BR> I think we've basically known that, judging by various articles here on the Spark about the advantages of waking up early. I also know that many of us have butchered up schedules, what with working split shift/second shift/third shift (etc), having ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 21:36:23 EST Irish Prayer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649822 Saw this today in "Dear Abby", and I have seen this before in other places. <BR> <BR> <BR> IRISH PRAYER <BR> <BR> <BR> Take time to work, <BR> <BR> It is the price of success, <BR> <BR> <em>320</em> <BR> <BR> Take time to think, <BR> <BR> It is the source of power. <BR> <BR> <em>58</em> <BR> <BR> Take time to play, <BR> <BR> It is the secret of perpetual youth. <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> <BR> <BR> Take time to read, <BR> <BR> It is the foundation of wis... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 10:36:08 EST HANDBOOK 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648045 HANDBOOK 2014 <BR> <BR> Health: <BR> 1. Drink plenty of water. <BR> 2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. <BR> 3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. <BR> 4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy <BR> 5. Make time to pray. <BR> 6. Play more games. <BR> 7. Read more books. <BR> 8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. <BR> 9. Sleep for 7 hours. <BR> 10. Take a 10-... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:39:24 EST Links to Recipes for various Persian, Middle Eastern dishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636806 This is really more a collection of links for me to remember to go check out later - I am fixing to make up some Ghormeh Sabzi (Sabzee), which is a green Persian soup, lots of herbs. I had it at this restaurant in town. I thought it looked disgusting at first, shrugged, and said "When have I ever had 'bad food' here? Everything has always tasted great, no matter what it looked like.", and plowed into it. OHHH Now that was SOOO yummy! I ended up buying some of it in a takeout container to take... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 10:30:26 EST You Asked: Can Yoga Help Me Lose Weight? - Best SPBlog Ever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631566 I just read the best Yoga blog here on SparkPeople: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=you_asked_can_yoga_help_me_lose_weight </link> <BR> <BR> It's really encouraging for me. I've always "somehow known" that yoga was good for me when I did it, but it's too easy for me to get discouraged and quit because of naysayers... <BR> <BR> <BR> (later - like a few hours after I started this)... I thought I had already sent this blog in. Just now found out that a former f... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 11:48:52 EST A safer alternative to bariatric surgery? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623835 I get these cool articles from the Israel21c website. Recently I received a link to an article about eating a bigger breakfast. After reading that, I did a search and got these additional links on various research being done on obesity - <BR> <BR> <link>israel21c.org/?s=obesity&submit=Sear<BR>ch </link> <BR> <BR> including: <BR> Researchers find regular high-fat meals can prevent obesity <BR> <link>israel21c.org/news/researchers-find-<BR>regular-high-fat-meals-can-prevent-obe<BR>sity/... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:21:20 EST Ouch! Protein Deficiency?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622734 I read an article today - after I had already maxed out my SparkPoints for articles to read (so I can click on this tomorrow and get my SparkPoints then...). <BR> <BR> From the article "How Much Protein Do I Really Need?" by Becky Hand: <BR> <BR> "Diagnosing a protein deficiency requires a complex nutritional assessment, physical assessment and lab testing. A low protein intake can occur for an extended period of time—long before signs and symptoms of deficiency develop. Signs of protein ma... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:54:49 EST Hives? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619053 I'm on my iphone and not in the mood to type much. Was sitting in church this afternoon and felt neck and chin get itchy "inside" but outside my skin felt hard and swollen. Went to bathroom for a look see and took this photo: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1554851099.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then took another one about 10 pm this evening. I'll need to save this and add photos. Otherwise iPhone and SP blog don't play nice... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 23:14:08 EST Sundogs After Sunrise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616198 It was cold on the way to the blood drive today. On the way, we saw double sundogs on either side of the sun. I took some photos and a short video with my phone. They aren't just wonderful (lots of better ones uploaded to Twitter and Instsgram.). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2096132737.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (deleted second photo - it was essentially a duplicate.). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1220143531.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have a v... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 18:43:59 EST Please Donate Blood (if you are able!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615626 American Red Cross Blood Drive – Wednesday, February 5th <BR> Jon, NetApp Blood Drive Coordinator (Wichita, KS) <BR> <BR> At this time, 31 people have made an appointment to give blood today and several more have volunteered to serve. Thank you for your support! <BR> <BR> While thousands of people from across the country responded to the call for blood donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this month, there continues to be an urgent need for blood donors. Severe winter weather across ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 07:27:36 EST Cirque de la Symphonie - Feb 2, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613583 Before the Super Bowl, we went to the symphony earlier this afternoon (Sunday, so it's Monday now, I'm not in bed because I only now found...ooops don't want to give it away yet...). <BR> <BR> Anyway so it was the Cirque de la Symphonie back in Wichita (we didn't get to see them last time, in 2009.)... There were nine talented performers - acrobats and gymnasts and aerial flyers (silks, ropes, hoops), and a hoop dancer. (No lions, tigers or bears, oh my... sorry... wrong circus!). <BR> <B... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 01:38:41 EST Time to Educate "Dear Abby" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608341 I read today's "Dear Abby" and smoke began broiling out of my head. I am pasting in the article. She never seems to point people in the direction of SparkPeople - quite possibly because she doesn't know how SparkPeople could help women duh as the lady who wrote in today because of her husband's hurtful comments. <BR> <BR> Here goes: <BR> ============== <BR> Hi, <BR> Here is your Dear Abby brought to you by DearAbby.com. <BR> <BR> (I get these in email as well as read in dead tree edition. I... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:54:53 EST Taking baby steps with baby food... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596438 I reverted back to baby food today. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> Why not!? This stuff was GOOD! <BR> <BR> I had been helping a friend move stuff from one part of her house down to her basement. Nevermind why. But I wasn't terribly hungry. I'd had some "Millennium Nuts" earlier today and well...yesterday...and um, yea these were healthy nuts, right? Almonds. Cashews. Pecans. Macadamia nuts. Walnuts. Might have been peanuts but not enough that I noticed. But then... Some are raw, some are roas... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:44:53 EST Today's funny... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595359 Signature line - I forgot whose SparkPage It was from, but I thought it was funny & shares it with some of my non-Spark kin and friends - <BR> <BR> "My psychologist's name is Harley Davidson !" <BR> <BR> (Apologies for any typos - can't find reading glasses and I am on my iPhone with my increasing blurriness...). Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:50:26 EST After dinner spice/herb mix at Indian restaurant - what is it called? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586381 I took a photo last week and want to identify the various spices etc included in the mix: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l257812952.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After dinner spices for settling stomach and helping digestion, as well as mouth freshener. Some names mentioned in one website <BR> <link>http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/497<BR>312 </link> <BR> <BR> In this photo, I'm fairly sure the long striped spice (or herb?) is either fennel or fenugreek. I get those two mixed ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 01:09:44 EST Eight Surprising Side Effects of Weight Loss - online article http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578872 Remember yesterday's blog? Same issue if the paper had ANOTHER fascinating article! (Or else I am easily amused and/or distracted. I think both. Anything to avoid the pain of exercise...). <BR> <BR> This article came from the FITBIE.com website - which I hadn't heard of, until today. I cut the newspaper version out, but think I will capture the article off the website later on, and print it off on inspirational paper... And incorporated some of these "side effects" as actual goals!! <BR> <B... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 01:31:10 EST Do Yoga With Me? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577705 I was one of the "victims" of the Spark Deal of a "lifetime" subscription to the New Element Yoga website a few years ago. Never could get videos to load up on my phone or iPad, and some of the videos wouldn't even play on my computer. Many had poor acoustics, so I couldn't understand the teachers. Website kept locking me out even when I carefully typed in my password. Other days I got in just fine but a video wouldn't work. Tried again a few weeks ago and there is no website - "domain name f... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:07:02 EST In today's Dear Abby column http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576403 I get the daily "Dear Abby" in my email, and so just had to share this (to save for me!): <BR> <BR> DEAR ABBY: I thought I'd share my own New Year's resolution with you. <BR> For the past 25 years I have made the following resolution: Each day I <BR> will ask myself, "What is the kindest, most loving thing I can say or <BR> do at this particular moment?" I invite your readers to consider this. <BR> -- WAYNE IN PUYALLUP, WASH. <BR> <BR> DEAR WAYNE: I consider it a refreshingly posi... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:42:33 EST Back and Forth on the Fit Mom - Healthy Body Image etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571385 "What's Your Excuse..." etc. <BR> <BR> so here's another story, this one about a healthy Australian mom. I think she's a new heroine for me, much more reachable than Maria Kang. <BR> <BR> Meet Taryn Brumfitt - see photos of her, airbrushed as well as the pale, unbronzed, c-section scars and what I would call a normal mommy belly (looks smaller than mine!).... <BR> <BR> <link>www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2<BR>524703/Mother-hits-Fit-Mom-promoting-u<BR>nhealthy-beauty-ideals.html <... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 00:11:12 EST Another Article linking Exercise Benefits on Depression; Self-Talk etc http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570543 Exercise four days a week and take food.... <BR> <BR> Another article from James Fell. I like the dry comments: "...strong circumstantial evidence..." <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> (quotes from article ) <BR> <BR> "We found that there was a slight effect in favor of exercise," Cooney told me. "There are some promising findings, but these need to be read with caution. The effect size is not that marked." Cooney stated that he was keeping an open mind and that he recommends exercise to pa... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:25:25 EST Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570097 I read an interesting article on Saturnalia - some of the other holidays I wasn't familiar with. <BR> <BR> <link>m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4469720 </link> <BR> <BR> And after visiting with my mom, I took Java for a walk - or maybe more accurate to say she dragged me around and I used a walking stick to help control for snow and ice. Thankfully I didn't fall, although the walk took about ten minutes longer. You know, tippy toeing around the patches of ice to get to the drier parts of the r... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 21:34:36 EST not quite 50 years without Christmas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564254 Some have asked... and while explaining, I also found an interesting blog from a man who I've never personally met, and his experience mirrors mine so closely it's not funny. It's both a video and the transcript (more or less) following it. He was older than me when his parents made the decision to stop telling stories about Santa Claus and all of that, and I'm guessing that makes him like nine years older than me. But whatever. I don't have a lot of time to be online for now, about time to l... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 13:32:48 EST SHHHUT IT DOWN - Fat Talk Video (not #Captioned) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559495 My mom showed me a video on Facebook that was doubly tragic - heavier women at a dress store, talking amongst themselves. I have NO clue what they are actually saying, because of course, Special K (United States) made no effort to have the video commercially captioned. It wasn't until the camera close-up zoomed into the "tags" on the clothing with comments printed on saying stuff like "I'd look fat in this" or "I have a muffin top" etc and I'd see the hurt and puzzled expression on the women'... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 01:33:43 EST Happy Thanksgiving Humor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552517 Had a small Thanksgiving with my immediate family and my mom. Just the four of us and not too many courses. I have not calculated the damages on calories but I do know it was less than it was when we have gone to luxurious multi-course Thanksgiving buffets. <BR> <BR> When we got home, I promptly took JavaBeana (my mom calls her JellyBelly or JellyButt) out for a walk. I discovered that my MapMyWalk app quits tracking correctly when I put it in my pocket (why? Because my fingers were cold! Th... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 00:46:36 EST You Are Beautiful! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547900 My dad's home from the hospital! <BR> <BR> And I saw this video on Facebook. I think? I wish it was #caption so I would feel more beautiful and more loved... <BR> <BR> <link>youtu.be/litXW91UauE </link> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:30:19 EST Surgery snd a happy video.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5547274 Last night, my dad had surgery on his prostate, trying to work it out so there was a better connection between his kidneys and the bladder/prostate. I guess it's not going so well and he may lose the right kidney. He is in a hospital in Racine, WI. <BR> <BR> Sigh. <BR> <BR> And someone showed me the neatest family video: <BR> <BR> <link>www.godvine.com/An-Entire-Family-Sho<BR>cks-the-Bride-With-THIS-Amazing-Broadw<BR>ay-Performance-4250.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I posted it on my ... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:29:56 EST Anniversary of our First Date http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545740 Today was the 24th anniversary of my first (accidental-on-purpose) date with my husband ... We went to see "All Is Lost" and had dinner there at the theater (meals purchased in the diner inside theater can be boxed up to go inside the theater.). <BR> <BR> Here's the flowers he brought me: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l847571388.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And earlier today, before leaving for our date, I rebounded (yep, I relapsed, need to restart the streak!) and while... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:59:16 EST Click Here for One Weird Trick to .... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535806 <BR> You know those ads we see everywhere - click here for one weird trick to blast away belly fat, etc? <BR> <BR> Here is a great blog that addresses those ads! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sixpackabs.com/one-weird-trick-t<BR>o-get-the-something-something-you-dese<BR>rve/ </link> Fri, 8 Nov 2013 12:46:55 EST Prayers for our friends in the UK/North of France http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525333 My husband sent me a link to a news story about the hurricane passing through the south of England and north part of France. He has a special empathy as he was actually in the south of England on holiday when the "Great Storm" of 1987 (referenced in this article) happened. Fortunately they were not harmed and were able to secure housing for the few days after their event and before time to fly home. They had planned to sight see a few extra days. Reading about this years storm brought him a l... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 09:30:17 EST Restart My Streak again. Day 1 and other minor issues... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5525077 Got my rebounding done this morning. Day one of my rebounding streak, again. I messed around last night after I got home and didn't do my rebounding at all. Then it turned midnight and there I was - busted! I decided to get some sleep and then start my streak again later this morning. <BR> <BR> We went to the symphony this afternoon (we budget and get season tickets so it's kind of a built-in "date" schedule too.), and then met my mom for dinner, and I was feeling itchy when we got home. Aft... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 23:24:53 EST I did rebound last night. Late. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523070 So I did rebound (jump on the mini-trampoline thing) last night, around 9:30 or 10 pm but then it was nearly midnight when I realized I hadn't tracked it online. URk! I ended up having to add it retroactively because then the clock went to 12 midnight just as I picked up my phone to enter it into the tracker. OH well. It takes awhile to get the groove thing going, right? <BR> <BR> But... net result was that I was energiized and so I didn't get to SLEEEEP until after 1:30 am. Not very bril... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 10:22:25 EST Restarting my Reboundng Streak. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521827 I started a streak of rebounding every day - figured that was something I could do indoors every day, regardless of excuses. I set it to 10 minutes a day but rebounded 20 minutes on Sunday and 20 minutes on Monday. So that was a two day streak. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was Tuesday, should have been the third day of my streak. ("Don't look, Ethel - it's the Streaker!"). Instead, I went to the doctor, got a steroid shot (presumably cortisone?) in my left hip and a prescription for antibiotics, and... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:28:46 EST This Blog sounds like a Spiritual aspect to SparkPeople?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519913 Does this sound familiar?? <BR> <BR> I was browsing around at an interesting website - "Life Hope & Truth" after seeing some of their neat photos illustrating biblical scriptures, and hit upon this article: <BR> <BR> "A healthy diet is not a short-term strategy for weight loss. It is a long-term commitment to biblical and commonsense principles of healthy eating. <BR> Healthy Diet <BR> <BR> Diets don’t work for most people! If you are looking for a quick fix for losing weight, this article... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 00:14:34 EST This Blog sounds like a Spiritual aspect to SparkPeople?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519898 Does this sound familiar?? <BR> <BR> I was browsing around at an interesting website - "Life Hope & Truth" after seeing some of their neat photos illustrating biblical scriptures, and hit upon this article: <BR> <BR> "A healthy diet is not a short-term strategy for weight loss. It is a long-term commitment to biblical and commonsense principles of healthy eating. <BR> Healthy Diet <BR> <BR> Diets don’t work for most people! If you are looking for a quick fix for losing weight, this article... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 23:50:08 EST I have the brain of a cocaine addict? (or the brain of a rat?!) ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515325 Who knew? <BR> I just read these two articles... I've always known that I can't eat "just one" Oreo, or two, or however many a serving size includes. When I read SparkPeople articles that refer to repackaging favorite foods, like putting each serving of cookie into its own zippy bag, so that one only eats what is in that bag, instead of trying to eat "just one" out of the entire opened bag of cookies (or ice cream, or cake or brownies or potato chips or crisps, or whatever is addictive to you... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 15:35:55 EST