RIDMYCOCOON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RIDMYCOCOON RIDMYCOCOON'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/ Note to Self http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934353 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac01bc94-58c9-48b8-95aa-4bd54a9350a6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That is all Tue, 26 May 2015 06:01:34 EST What's New? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5868600 I have not been able to weigh myself in this last month. The battery on my scale died. I takes one of those weird round batteries. It has been kinda cool to remember it's not always what is on the scale that measures my success. <BR> <BR> I officially moved into my studio. I got a very small space in Old Town in this adorable old building circa 1917. It has huge windows and I plan to never cover them. I have had the space since October but have only gone in a few times. My house has all red... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:16:14 EST Have a Great Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5852642 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l435033936.jpg"> Mon, 12 Jan 2015 11:46:40 EST Grass is Green on This Side! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849058 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675069973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l922426553.jpg"> Wed, 7 Jan 2015 22:57:23 EST Letting Go #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833318 LET GO OF THE IDEA THAT IT'S TOO LATE TO START OVER AND GET IT RIGHT <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1855162893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Remember, it’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than the top of the one you don’t Mon, 15 Dec 2014 10:21:09 EST Letting Go #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831888 LET GO OF PUTTING THINGS OFF FOR ONE MORE DAY <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l171602652.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Stop procrastinating. Stop wishing for it and start working for it. Do what you have to do today so you can do what you truly want to do, and be where you truly want to be, tomorrow Fri, 12 Dec 2014 10:50:17 EST Letting Go #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830244 LET GO OF CRITICIZING YOURSELF <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1571827610.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nobody is inspired by your misery or self-deprecating comments. If you wish to inspire yourself and others, be joyful. Have fun. Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Accept yourself. Be unapologetically YOU Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:51:12 EST Letting Go #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829633 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1812666127.jpg"> <BR> <BR> LET GO OF ALL NEGATIVE INFLUENCES <BR> <BR> You can’t expect to feel good if you surround yourself with negativity. Be with those who bring out the best in you, not the stress in you Mon, 8 Dec 2014 11:15:32 EST Letting Go #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827563 I tend to hold on to ideals that may not necessarily serve a purpose or outcome that I want. I sometimes fall victim to my own ideals. Now what is sillier than that? <BR> <BR> Here is #2 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535460252.jpg"> <BR> <BR> LET GO OF EXPIRED IDEALS <BR> <BR> Growth is painful. Change is painful. But in the end, nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you do not belong Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:23:06 EST Letting Go #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826954 2014 <BR> <BR> With the spirit of Winter, I am going to consciously keep in mind some practices in letting go this month. <BR> <BR> Here is #1 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1884822667.jpg"> <BR> <BR> LET GO OF LIFE'S LITTLE ANNOYANCES <BR> <BR> Don’t let dumb little things break your happiness. Frustration and stress come from the way you react, not the way things are. Adjust your attitude, and the frustration and stress is gone. <BR> <BR> Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:21:10 EST Life is a Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795224 More words given to me from a friend: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190450267.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Embrace your quirks, your mistakes, and the fact that life is a lesson. – Life is a ride. Things change, people change, but you will always be YOU; so stay true to yourself and never sacrifice who you are for anyone or anything. You have to dare to be yourself, in this moment, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be. It’s about realizing that even... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 11:39:09 EST Words on Courage I Found http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791729 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l427723344.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The average human life is relatively short. <BR> <BR> We know deep down that life is short, and that death will happen to all of us eventually, and yet we are infinitely surprised when it happens to someone we know. It’s like walking up a flight of stairs with a distracted mind, and misjudging the final step. You expected there to be one more stair than there is, and so you find yourself off balance for a moment... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 13:08:21 EST I Will Speak Kindly and Consciously to Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791113 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1569670042.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wait, what did you just say to yourself? Were they the inspiring, encouraging words you would speak to a friend? Or were they the belittling remarks you might shout to an enemy if you had no heart. Or the negative assessments about life you would utter if you had no faith? All day long we speak silently to ourselves, and a part of us believes every word. So stay mindful, and ask yourself, “If I had a friend w... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:16:43 EST Where You Are Right Now is a Necessary Step http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790415 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l583544777.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1597076121.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes we avoid experiencing exactly where we are because we have developed a belief, based on our ideals, that it is not where we should be or want to be. But the truth is, where you are right now is exactly where you need to be to get to where you want to go tomorrow. <BR> <BR> When times are tough, remind yourself that no pain c... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 12:16:20 EST Some Advice from my Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789577 Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is simply believing you’re worthy of the trip <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l166187868.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nobody is doing better than you because nobody can do better than you. YOU are walking your own path. Sometimes the reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes circumstances with everyone else’s public highlight reel. Forget what everyone else is doing and achieving. Your life is... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:25:01 EST Equinox Joy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785470 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1141142190.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l65971553.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1027289012.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l64940513.jpg"> <BR> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:37:53 EST Peace on the 11th http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777961 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1503070749.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's Hold Peace for the World Today <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1709115924.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l542622666.jpg"> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:09:22 EST Making It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777232 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l9955556.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1465643679.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1911428874.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:44:35 EST Happy Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714176 I am still glowing from a very relaxing birthday weekend. A little family time, a little gardening, a little clothes shopping and a patio grillfest. I am setting up my Nordic Track today and I am going to hit the week hard! Looking forward to seeing some more success this month! <BR> <BR> I am thankful to be alive and on this great path to great health and for reaching toward my full potential! <BR> <BR> Love You All! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1132406831.jpg"... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:12:35 EST Still I Rise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706004 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l771680704.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You may write me down in history <BR> With your bitter, twisted lies, <BR> You may tread me in the very dirt <BR> But still, like dust, I'll rise. <BR> <BR> Does my sassiness upset you? <BR> Why are you beset with gloom? <BR> 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells <BR> Pumping in my living room. <BR> <BR> Just like moons and like suns, <BR> With the certainty of tides, <BR> Just like hopes springing high, <BR> S... Thu, 29 May 2014 11:49:37 EST True Beauty Rises to the Surface of the Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5704407 I am looking forward to this week with great sincerity. I had a terrible head cold last week. Somehow, I feel like it has left my mindset with a different perspective. Do you think it is possible that we allow ourselves a virus when our heads are congested with smarmy thoughts. Almost as an effort to decongest negative thinking? <BR> <BR> Now for the continual decongestion of my physical body. <BR> <BR> "That is the thing about INNER BEAUTY: <BR> <BR> Unlike physical beauty, which grabs t... Tue, 27 May 2014 13:19:17 EST Sparkfriends are the Best! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691298 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l873812795.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am moved. I cannot thank my Sparkfriends enough for your input and support!! You people are so important and vital to my growth and to my ability to shed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1493750558.jpg"> Fri, 9 May 2014 12:18:06 EST Strained Relationship. Am I Missing Something? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689022 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1148306350.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have a friend who no matter what I decide to share always turns it into an opportunity to dissolve my interests. I mean always. Now, don't get me wrong, I appreciate another's similar experience so that I may better understand my own. I also appreciate someone having completely different views. This is different. This is someone who always seems to act like they know more than me. As if my experience is meaning... Tue, 6 May 2014 14:09:04 EST My Son is 11! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687315 Enjoying an amazing birthday weekend with my family. My son turned 11 this week! We went out for sushi but first went and applied for passports as a family. It is Sonny's first passport. (His uncle lives in London and invited us to come over and see the Monty Python reunion show with him. So we are going!! ) We also played tennis and went to see the new Captain America movie. His party with friends comes later in the month. <BR> <BR> Well, I am off to garden. Here are some pics: <BR> <BR>... Sun, 4 May 2014 16:15:27 EST I am Security [Day 1 of 21 days of Meditation] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672064 “Security represents your sense of worth, your identity, your emotional anchorage, your self-esteem, your basic personal strength or lack of it.” —Stephen Covey <BR> <BR> The flow of life is composed of various streams of energy . . . our impulses for security, happiness, power, love, creativity, insight, and self-actualization all move together to form our unique life expression. In living this expression, we find our flow—the universal rhythm within that is the infinite source of joy, bal... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:40:46 EST Diving into the Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669949 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l294463574.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a terrific weekend filled with many laughs! Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:39:50 EST “We are such stuff as dreams are made on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667378 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2071226499.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We returned from Oregon's Shakespeare Festival on Sunday night. We saw The Tempest which was very artistic and quite striking. <BR> <BR> I must admit that seeing them recreate the Marx brother's Cocoanuts was nothing short of life changing. I am still under it's spell. It was simply the best thing I have ever seen. Their performance and likeness is astounding! I felt like I went back in time. This play was origin... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 12:31:33 EST Bouncing Back :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632483 Just got back from a week long staycation. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to catching up with everything!! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! Have some fun today <em>224</em> <link>youtu.be/8JuJHGeuaf4 </link> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:02:11 EST What is it about Cats? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616502 "The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” <BR> ¯ Leonardo da Vinci <BR> <BR> I had a great love. His name was Tobias. My husband and I called him The Love Machine. He would get this swagger about him...trapes close in and give dramatic and gentle love bites on our noses on occasion. It was the sweetest intimacy ever had with a cat. I miss him. <BR> <BR> I have not had a cat since. 19 years now. He was one a kind. <BR> <BR> Miss you Baby <em>26</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 01:26:04 EST Healthy Quote from Buddha http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609141 To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. <BR> <BR> <em>403</em> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:00:39 EST My Affirmations for the Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592419 Every Cell in my body vibrates with energy and health <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Loving myself heals my life. I nourish my mind, body and soul <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> My body heals quickly and easily <em>26</em> <BR> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:19:33 EST One Month Since Accident http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587263 Still have not replaced lap top. working from IPad. Must keep things short. <BR> <BR> Update: <BR> <BR> was in nasty car crash - teen driver did not see the light or me. she in van texting. she t-boned me in my new mustang gt. had no major broken bones or skin. fire dept had to use the jaws of death to cut me out of my car after it went spinning two and a half times. then whisked to ER in ambulance. had major whiplash. been going to physical therapy. going to start trauma/drama counseling... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 19:12:29 EST Back in the Saddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583871 So much has happened. It is good to be back! More news to come. <BR> <BR> I hope everybody is well! HAPPY NEW YEAR! <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 05:44:46 EST 411 on the Fitbit Anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540882 I have been surviving with just my IPad for months now. Not bad but I do miss writing longer blogs and being able to download photos. I have a cloud but no idea how to start throwing stuff up there. I could be seen as a luddite. One technology that I happen to be pondering is the Fitbit. <BR> <BR> Can anyone give me the skinny on this piece? I would love any info good or bad. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to Thanksgiving this year! My dearest friend is coming from Los Angeles with her family... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:07:32 EST Up Late but It is Okay http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538847 Up late tonight. Put too much cayenne in my soup at dinner. It is not agreeing with my stomach. Great soup though! I didn't garnish the whole pot. Just my bowl. Thank goodness. Kamocha, Swiss-chard, Tomato, Garlic, Barley and Quinoa. Super Soup <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Having some tea now and wandering the SP universe. <BR> <BR> My son injured his wrist at school last week so we are going to be home together tomorrow. One or two more days aughta set him straight. He tends to forget to wat... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 03:44:02 EST Can do Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517816 It has been a few weeks since I have dealt with the toxic environment I was dealing with. Getting back to me and my family. Thank you for being here for me...every one of you! Thank you for helping me stay sparked and for helping know that I have friends. <BR> <BR> I am so very thankful! <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <em>381</em> <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 14:38:24 EST Big BUMmer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5494621 I wasn't sure I could gain 35 pounds in two and a half weeks. Turns Out I can. I have been under an insurmountable amount of stress and it has all gone on my plate and into my mouth. Sometimes no plate. Literally shoveling hand over fist. Smoking like a fish every 4 days, drinking too much wine and finding reasons to put butter and salt on all my food. <BR> <BR> You see, my father is dying. Has been for four years now. I have said my goodbyes more than one normally does. He just keeps going.... Tue, 24 Sep 2013 09:01:35 EST Hello Monday ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480585 "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." <BR> -Helen Keller <BR> <BR> Insert Photo of Serena Williams here: ( ) <BR> <BR> My IPad is not giving me full creative license. Cannot insert photos or video :( My laptop got sat on so this is all I have right now. It is hard to make lengthy posts too so I have not been blogging since I got back to spark. Anywho, back on t... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 12:53:02 EST Purple Hair Have I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5356694 Salutations! <BR> <BR> I colored my hair on Mother's Day. Purple is my favorite color. I am amazed at the remarks I am getting. It is becoming more of a social experiment than I would have imagined. Some of my more conservative friends have said nothing but strangers are greeting me with nothing but complements. I don't remember getting stopped on the street to be told how pretty I was since I was 20 something . I even got carded at a store I know doesn't card on the regular. In fact, when ... Tue, 14 May 2013 20:29:44 EST Not All Treasure is Silver and Gold Mate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327834 I don't want to look back on my life and wonder what it could have been. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l173715420.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I am allowing and embracing all wonders. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:10:04 EST I CAN Pick Who is in My Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324187 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l108933087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When one judges others on assumptions not truths...when they decide to shut others out because letting them in would only put them in a position to face their own music...when one refuses to reach out in false justification... I find this to be a passive aggressive trait that blows my mind. Family, it seems, can be no different than strangers if one is only present for fair weather. Only present under conditions t... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:47:17 EST Looking Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5302716 It is the end of a really, really, weird day. Everything was off. It is over. Thank Goodness. <BR> <BR> "When the going gets weird, the Weird turn Pro." H.S. Thompson. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l103624671.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 72 hours of fitness this year has and will continue to keep me moving forward! <BR> <BR> Hello, Humpday and Goodbye. I am looking forward to Tomorrow! Watchu-got- <BR> Thu-Thu-Thu-Thursday?!!! <BR> <BR> I am ready. I GOT this! <BR> <B... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:20:07 EST Got This! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287211 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l645654086.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I HOPE EVERYONE IS FEELING THE POWER! Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:44:26 EST Tuesday Tidings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283791 I am very thankful for the comments and suggestions made on my last blog. This week are the final days leading to tech rehearsal on saturday so I decided to plan solo workouts this week so that I can better plan and keep my time management tight. So I set my trainer free for the week. He already set me free the week following this one so I will be starting up training again at the end of the month. At which time I will sit down with him and figure out a better game plan. <BR> <BR> Until t... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 10:57:08 EST Pissy Fussy Ranty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277716 I just wrote a letter by email on my IPad and it took me an hour to write it. The pad is not the best place to compose a letter. In fact it is down right difficult. I managed to get it done and saved at every juncture of correction to drafts. When I read the final I sent it before saving it one last time. <BR> <BR> I immediately opened my sent file to re-read the sent item. It had corrected very few and randomly. It added returns where there were none. So in a nutshell it looked absurd. I s... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:57:00 EST It is Nice to Take a Little Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5271217 “A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.” <BR> ¯ Roald Dahl <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1697165204.jpg"> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 14:25:32 EST It's Official Quick Notes and Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262318 I have been approaching exercise more seriously. I am beginning to see definition in my torso, knees and arms. It is the beginning but definitely present. I would like to post pictures of my progress as I begin to release my shell. <BR> <BR> This week counts as the initial stages for me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l774930112.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1983455495.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have officially graduated from th... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:35:54 EST sad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261035 is very sad that she lost a spark friend today. she was a power source of positive thinking and action. A-NEW-TARA will be sorely missed. my heart goes to her son may her light and love surround him always. Sat, 23 Feb 2013 12:38:31 EST Every Moment is an Opportunity for Change in this Winter Wonderland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170139 Who or what kind of me will I decide to be today or at any given moment? <BR> <BR> Okay! Here is me so far: <BR> <BR> Went to the gym and did some cardio. Made some kick-bootie-split-pea soup. Did three sets of lunges since I woke up as today's challenge of bathroom-visit-exercise-reps and now it's time to dive into the books! Here I goooooo.... into the world of Integrative Nutrition! Spaloosh! <BR> <BR> If you have a little time and want to ask yourself a simple but interesting question:... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:37:16 EST Weekend Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168909 I just had a really nice weekend. <BR> <BR> What happened in Connecticut was horrifying. The fact that people were planning to picket afterwards is abominable. I did something new with this news. In the past, I would stifle over the injustice of things. This time; I held space, said my prayers/blessings and let it go. Having come from a rough upbringing to having a healthy loving family of my own; I now realize that survival mode doesn't have to last forever. I am aloud to flourish. Hold... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:28:25 EST