SAINTBETH's SparkPeople Blog SAINTBETH's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Learning Russian I've been working on learning Russian here in Kazakhstan. It's a long learning curve. So, while I eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, about half the time I don't know what I'm eating, much less what is in it. Exercise is a challenge--sidewalks have pot holes and cracks that could break an ankle. Also, there is the ice and snow, which have just recently melted. But since I take the bus here, there is a certain amount of walking that is built in to my day. My health [read weight] is not a... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:44:42 EST The Silk Road The people of Kazakhstan are so friendly and welcoming. Anyone who speaks English is treated like a celebrity! People heard us talking as we walked on the street and would stop and use the few phrases of English that they knew, ask to take a photo with us, and were so kind. It was great to be in a country that actually loves Americans. <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:38:03 EST When Your Camel Is Tired <img src=""> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 10:54:20 EST Gnarly <img src=""> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:22:41 EST Left Brain, Right Brain <img src=""> Sun, 9 Feb 2014 12:46:50 EST Good Choices to a New Me <img src=""> Tue, 4 Feb 2014 12:10:37 EST Just Thinking <img src=""> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 12:28:12 EST Grammatically Ungood <img src=""> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 12:08:01 EST Sometimes I Feel This Way <img src=""> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:19:57 EST Salt, Sugar Fat Found this book by Michael Moss at the local library. Had to wait to check it out, but it is worth it! He tells how the major food manufacturers [many owned by tobacco companies!] gang up on Americans to make it easy to make bad food choices and brain wash us to do that from childhood with advertising. It makes their profits go up--and our weight goes up too. <BR> <BR> Makes me mad enough to change some of my bad food choices. Makes me take a whole different look at the grocery store shelves... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:21:47 EST When Having a Bad Day . . . <img src=""> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:44:15 EST Going to the Silk Road, Lord Willing Whoo-hoo! I've got an opportunity to go to Kazakhstan this summer to teach English. What an adventure I'll have. There will be some friends there, too, so not totally alone, but part of the travel will be solo. <BR> <BR> Please pray for the success of this trip. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:39:03 EST Nice Kitty! <img src=""> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 10:14:44 EST Modern Technology <img src=""> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:39:59 EST Putting It All Together <img src=""> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 09:33:52 EST Get Natural <img src=""> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 10:15:04 EST All My Shoes Are Made for Walking <img src=""> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:52:25 EST At the Annual Rhyme Dance <img src=""> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:44:56 EST My Dog, Spot <img src=""> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:10:11 EST Dangers of Menopause <img src=""> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 11:32:37 EST An Alphabet of the Obsolete <img src=""> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:35:03 EST The Sincerest Compliment <img src=""> Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:40:54 EST Junior! <img src=""> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 09:40:44 EST Holiday Cookies <img src=""> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:43:10 EST Upper Body Strength <img src=""> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:06:11 EST Post This on Every Mirror in Your House <img src=""> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:38:49 EST Yummy Veggies <img src=""> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 10:06:24 EST Pop Ups or A Little Whine Pop ups happen when your cursor happens on a hot button on SP. All the highlighted hypertext words in the health articles take you to ads, not info on the word highlighted. <BR> <BR> My pop up blocker is very effective, but these ads pop up when the cursor happens on their territory on the page. In reading about rheumatoid arthritis, the word health took me to a sudafed ad, another word took me to an ad for Pearle Vision. The imbedded video ads are even worse if your cursor strays over them.... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:01:09 EST A Glimpse Beyond As much as I like Spark People, the pop up ads are becoming obnoxious. <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:50:35 EST We Are a Unique Generation <img src=""> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:36:05 EST The Perfect Remote Control <img src=""> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:28:52 EST Passive Agressive <img src=""> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:49:23 EST DIY <img src=""> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 09:37:45 EST Memories <img src=""> Mon, 9 Dec 2013 10:57:32 EST Judging Portions <img src=""> Sun, 8 Dec 2013 10:53:21 EST There's a Word for It <img src=""> Sat, 7 Dec 2013 10:11:39 EST Xmas <img src=""> Fri, 6 Dec 2013 11:44:38 EST Something to Worry about <img src=""> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:22:50 EST Just Let Go <img src=""> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 10:44:49 EST Flight 1201 South <img src=""> Sun, 1 Dec 2013 09:29:05 EST Travelers <img src=""> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:31:43 EST Principle Products <img src=""> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 10:45:44 EST Sometimes I Forget <img src=""> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:45:59 EST A Quick Government Fix <img src=""> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 11:50:19 EST Please Take a Seat <img src=""> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:17:58 EST The Play's the Thing <img src=""> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 10:48:02 EST Blue Moon <img src=""> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:04:01 EST Pressure <img src=""> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:18:29 EST Take a Hike! <img src=""> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:03:19 EST See No Evil <img src=""> Sun, 10 Nov 2013 10:56:50 EST