SCHAHARAZADE's SparkPeople Blog SCHAHARAZADE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hit Reset and... get your ass up. <BR> <BR> These last few weeks, months have been all work. All work, 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. as project after project rolled in, blew up and became little screaming monsters in my hand. <BR> <BR> I put the last one to bed today. <BR> <BR> Life can be like that; spinning out of control and more demanding than it seems should be allowed. In times like these one has to be flexible and calm and focused. I did well at the beginning of this mini-crisis. I ate well, took meds on time,... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 22:30:02 EST Burning. Yesterday I had a 'core day'. All Abs all the time. <BR> <BR> Holy cow. I thought I had torn something vital! <em>40</em> My abs and obliques burned like NOTHING I had ever felt before. I wanted to cry, but I stuck it out and went to bed feeling accomplished! <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> But today I kept remembering the burn and being somewhat afraid of tonight's workout. <BR> <BR> Then I remembered my favorite quote: "What is to give light MUST endure burning." It must endure the burn in ord... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 16:54:33 EST Spark Goodie Points! I feel special :-) After thinking the Spark Wheel was well and truly broken (or biased! <em>246</em> ) it finally made me squeeeellll!! <em>334</em> . <BR> <BR> It is so silly how something so small and insignificant can lift a sagging week. And what a week it has been! <BR> <BR> So here is the picture of my 1000 SparkGoodie Point win, for posterity and all that jazz! <em>334</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 05:17:00 EST For no particular reason Perhaps the three points...? <BR> <BR> And because I have insomnia. Cannot sleep. Have not been able to sleep for a while. I should work out harder. I STILL do not want to work out at all. <BR> <BR> So instead I am playing with my new software. I am looking at all the new fonts and cool new features. Here is what 10 minutes of tinkering delivered to me. I hope you like it. <BR> <BR> I hope it inspires us all to try to meet the goals we have set for ourselves. <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 02:16:32 EST Come sta? Oggio e jovedi. Sto imparando italiano. <BR> <BR> Last year I began this journey to do several *fun* things I have always wanted to do: <BR> 1)tone my abs (not really fun, but I really want to do this!) <BR> 2)learn italian and travel to Italy, off the beaten track (now does that not sound like THE MOST FUN EVER! <em>345</em> ) <BR> <BR> Both of these fun things are causing me some stress as I struggle with the "HOW" of doing them. <BR> <BR> I bought and followed Jillian Michaels' DVD. I h... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 21:45:30 EST Bathing for inspiration? I read this today and heard my inner cheerleader shout, "Amen!" (She has been very quiet lately.) <BR> <BR> <BR> People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily. <BR> <BR> - Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker <BR> <BR> This bathroom would inspire me to bathe ALL the time! <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now if I could only find something to motivate me to exerc... Sat, 10 Dec 2011 22:32:44 EST What I actually cooked on Turkey Day I spent the day with the family next door. <BR> <BR> (A lot of kids and a lot of noise) <BR> <BR> I actually got to contribute something to the meal. I made what is called 'dressing' aka stuffing. This is (or at least reminds me of ) a casserole. But I was told that before the fear of salmonella, one would stuff the cavity of the turkey with it. <BR> <BR> Here it is before I stuck it in the oven. (I actually remembered to get a shot of the food this time!) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 21:18:45 EST So now you know! (or at least you will after you read this) Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn’t; <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and a sense of humour to console him for what he is. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And woman to remind him to use both! <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving <em>213</em> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 22:35:54 EST A Good Prayer For Internet User <BR> <img src=""> <BR> God grant me the courage to tell you what I should, the serenity to keep some things to myself, and the wisdom to know the difference. Tue, 22 Nov 2011 19:20:31 EST Chocolate... My Guy went to the Ukraine this past month and among the beautiful things he returned with (nesting dolls and beautiful fabrics) a very large, very shiny bar of dark chocolate with gorgeous chunks of hazelnuts. <BR> <BR> The chocolate itself looked like black coffee and had a sweet smell though it was a bit bitter; well according to him. I probably could not tell since I love bitter chocolate. I would have to be eating raw, unsweetened cocoa for it to make any difference <em>246</em> . <BR>... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 22:10:24 EST Day 1 - AKA what shall I do? What shall I do? <BR> <BR> I am a little lost as to how to begin exercising again. <BR> -I thought to go for a walk (speed walk) but I ended up on a mission of mercy for my neighbour. <BR> -I thought to do a DVD, but my living room is covered in boxes. Not enough room to do anything. <BR> -I thought to use my elliptical... this is where I decided that the problem really was that I DID NOT want to work out at all. <BR> <BR> Underwhelmed and under motivated. <BR> <BR> Sigh. <BR> <BR> Wh... Mon, 7 Nov 2011 23:25:49 EST Finally - Release Today was the last day of my 'hiatus' from working out. <BR> <BR> Yet again, I feel trepidation and fear. I hate resets and starting over. The beginning is always the hardest. <BR> <BR> And I still do not like working out. I think it is the burning in my chest; that hard, searing feeling you get when you are sucking wind really fast. I hate that! And sweating, though less so <em>246</em> . <BR> <BR> But I do have three very specific goals <BR> 1) Run faster - I want to break through the ... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 23:26:32 EST Brown Calla Lily I was so intrigued by the very idea of a 'brown' flower. Not a dying brown flower, nor a flower that has been dyed brown. No, a flower that is naturally brown. Who would have thought! <BR> <BR> The real 'brown callas' are not quite as chocolatey as this silk one shown below. Still the idea is intriguing. I would love to use it in my wedding. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I will have to see if in reality the colour of a brown calla c... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 23:24:20 EST Beauty is what you see <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Photographer: Gregory Colbert <BR> You can see the complete album here: <link><BR>2016102825426276/albums/56678793884530<BR>70289/5667879499449277794 </link> Sun, 30 Oct 2011 21:52:17 EST Ms Piggie :-D OMG! <BR> <BR> Today I sat around and ate potato chips...and a couple of cookies. The cookies gave me a headache. <BR> <BR> By late afternoon I felt like this: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Porker! Oink! <BR> <BR> Then I thought: "That is not right! No way! I am cooler than that!" <BR> <BR> So after some very healthy self visualization exercises, I graduated my self perception to this: <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 29 Oct 2011 21:34:51 EST Because this is funny! <BR> I fell out of my chair laughing at this one <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 23:21:43 EST More down time... bummer! <BR> <BR> I don't feel well. I haven't felt well for some time now. I always blame the medications. Though this time I really should blame myself. <BR> <BR> I have a 'condition' that causes me some issues. I call these issues 'shenanigans of the body extraordinaire'. And one of the things that triggers these shenanigans is sodium. That is excessive sodium in my diet. For some reason it interacts rather violently with my meds and just my over all sensitivity to it causing all kinds ... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 23:31:01 EST What happened...? You had to ask?! <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I got sick. And not just sick of Michaels making that weird, scrunched up face she does either. Nope (well yes, that too!) Had a fever, got some chills, got tired went to sleep. <BR> <BR> I think I slept pretty well! <BR> <BR> So tomorrow morning, back on the mat to let Michaels try to kill me. She can try anyway. And you know that old saying, "What does not kill you will make you strong." <BR> <BR> I am betting on the "strong'. <em>33</em> = <... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 23:33:24 EST Day Six - Back on the mat ..and some burpees..burp ezz? How do you spell that word? <BR> <BR> I got up late. Actually lolled around in bed and had conversations with myself about the benefits and the relative insanity of exercising after being sick yesterday. I really felt worn out and tired, even though I know I slept deep...and long. So my first argument to myself was that I needed time to recover. Then the 'Bad Ass' (Michael's term, not mine) called me a wimp (me talking to myself!) and could I back down... Sat, 1 Oct 2011 23:35:55 EST Day Five - What?! Not even a full week into this little adventure and already huge sink holes in the road. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up sick. I was held at the porcelain you could have called me Hari Up Chuck. <em>246</em> . <BR> <BR> It was bad. <BR> <BR> And unfortunately I work for myself. Sooooooo.... <BR> <BR> Tea, crackers and ibuprofen and some mint gum. Stand really still for lengths of time. DEEP cleansing breaths. Immodium advance. And some syr... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 23:53:19 EST Rest Day Sort of. <BR> <BR> I put Jillian on the shelf today to recover from her shenanigans. Tonight I will be doing a deep, whole body stretching DVD from an Aussie company. I do this DVD from time to time when I am stressed out. <BR> <BR> I am stressed out and sore to boot. So hopefully it will be beneficial. I would like to avoid more ibuprofen. <BR> <BR> And it rained today. Or more like stormed with pea sized hail and big winds. It is so welcomed, a sleepy kind of slow evening, with stretchin... Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:08:01 EST Day Three - Only day three... and still no deaths! Yippee! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> But I did have some epiphanies: <BR> 1)Breathe! OMG! One would not think that one would need to be told this...but sure enough I hold my breath! <BR> <BR> 2)Breathe out on the contraction. Yep. This little technique made the crunches that much more crunchy! I actually have sore abs! I should not be happy about that but I am! <BR> <BR> 3)Slow down and pay attention! Hello!! It is not a race. It clicked to me that I had a remote control th... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 23:31:20 EST Day Two - Michaels Did NOT Kill Me ...yet! <BR> <BR> Today was easier. I got through the entire work out, soaked like some one baptized me in my own sweat, butt screaming, abs yawning... <BR> <BR> but not dead. <BR> <BR> I was actually surprised when the workout ended and it was time for a brief stretch. The time flew by. <BR> <BR> I still cannot do the side plank with the knee bends (or what ever they are called). Zero movement there. I think tomorrow I will try to do them with a bent arm supporting arm, as opposed to bo... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 23:17:15 EST Hari meet Jillian. One of you is going to die! ...of PAIN! <BR> <BR> I do not think it will be Jillian. <BR> <BR> <img src="" align="left">Today I started Jillian Michael's 6 Week Six-Pack work out. That groaning and keening noise you all heard this know the one that made the dog howl and the cat hide...that was me as I tried not to expire while trying to keep up with Level 1 workout. <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> If I have never mentioned it I have balance issues. It makes... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 21:55:02 EST And then I ate a cookie... ...and anther and another and another. <BR> <BR> As of today, I have consumed more sugar in the last three days than I consumed all of last year. <BR> Seriously. <BR> <BR> If you had asked me way back in the whens of time I would have said I DO NOT have a sweet tooth. Give me my salty goodness and be gone!! But no. Now I think maybe I have one. <BR> <BR> I have inhaled every kind of sugary pastry laid out before me. <BR> Chocolate chip cookies as big as my head (several. I lost count.) <B... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 17:16:02 EST Pondering This Today <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. <BR> <BR> - James Oppenheim, short-story writer, novelist, poet Sun, 29 May 2011 00:03:37 EST Food for thought The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future. <BR> - Ziggy, cartoon foible <BR> <BR> (No expounding needed.) Sun, 15 May 2011 22:54:43 EST Inspirational dressing I am feeling moody. Well, actually you could say I am bored and in need of some stimulation. <BR> I considered painting my room, but that would require another trip to the hardware store. Actually a trip to the hardware store would be fun all by itself, except that my truck is experiencing some sort of malfunction which makes driving it not the smartest thing. <BR> <BR> I should have rented a car... <BR> <BR> I should have gone to the library when I had the chance! Or the bookstore. There ... Sat, 7 May 2011 23:25:39 EST True Desire (tongue in cheek!) <img src="" align="left"> <BR> When the sunlight has gone <BR> The greenhouse turns red <BR> And the day goes to evening somehow, <BR> Then I'm thinking of you <BR> Though you're so far away <BR> And I wanting you <BR> Close to me now' <BR> <BR> Chorus: <BR> Oh chocolate chip cookies ' so high on the shelf <BR> Hiding in side of the jar. <BR> I'm not tall enough - to reach you myself, <BR> so near and yet so very far. <BR> <BR> I ca... Mon, 2 May 2011 19:50:11 EST Hard Core! As a college student, I spent most Saturday morning in jammies, bowls of cereals and Saturday morning cartoons! I was a geek and hung out with the same, as well as a couple of seriously normal people and some who were more insane than we! <BR> <BR> It was big fun <em>334</em> as you would imagine. <BR> <BR> Anyway, in his comment Senator ( <link><BR>NATOR9 </link> ) called me 'Buttercup' which immediately made me LOL! (Seriously! I did!!) <BR> <BR... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 15:20:30 EST A Short Note: Exercise might cause pain That should be a warning label. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did my aerobic workout. Step aerobics really. Nothing super fancy (I am REALLY klutzy). <BR> <BR> Susan Powter's Lean, strong and Healthy. 45 Minutes, one club step with risers (I have 4 pairs of risers - one was sufficient) and a wide enough space to do a couple of grapevines (the most complicated move in the whole thing) <BR> <BR> I sweated like a pig and huffed and puffed like a fish out of water. A big reminder of just how unfit i h... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 23:14:19 EST Random Musings and Meta Goal Setting <img src=""> I laugh a little when I look at this picture. <BR> <BR> Really now, who can by force of will, get all these things? <BR> <BR> I am not even sure they count as 'specific goals'. But there you go. <BR> <BR> I suppose that 'a body built to handle it' is a specific goal.. if I knew what 'it' is. <BR> <BR> This is where I break down and lose focus. What is 'it'? <BR> <BR> I do not want to be an athlete. But I want to be lean... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 21:26:35 EST Confession Sooooooo... <BR> <BR> I am having a bit of a set back. A BIG bit of a setback. <BR> <BR> I love potato chips. Love them! Love them! Love them! Love them! <BR> <BR> Did I mention I love potato chips? <BR> <BR> In my previous life (before Good Health said hello and became my friend), I ate them without a thought. Mind you, I was actually pretty moderate about the amounts I consumed, but I still ate way more than I should have in any given month. <BR> <BR> But now, I am obsessed. I said I w... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 00:50:10 EST Simply joyful I saw this today and was absolutely joyful that someone would go out of their way to wish a blessing on me. It shot through the chaotic day, cleared the clouds away and made me realize that the sun was shining and spring was here! I took a minute to go outside and stretch and enjoy the one thing given to me that I could NEVER recreate: God's Natural World. <BR> <BR> We are all so busy. Too busy. <BR> <BR> Slow down. <BR> <BR> Take a moment and enjoy this simple blessing <BR> <BR> A sunbe... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 20:19:22 EST A word of wisdom. <img src="" align="left">The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself. ~Rita Mae Brown <BR> <BR> Something to reflect on as the week flies by. <BR> <BR> Be well everyone. <BR> <BR> Mon, 18 Apr 2011 23:36:27 EST Scheherezade <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What gives light MUST endure burning. <BR> <BR> I am supposed to be working...developing a 'child theme' for someone's blog. The code will not come. <BR> <BR> My brain is full of colour and images. I should probably pick up a pencil and draw something. Instead, I am practicing some techniques with my graphics program. Some of it is pretty snazzy. <BR> <BR> The above is one idea I am falling in love with. I... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 22:58:50 EST Unhappy week In less than half an hour it will be Friday. the end of a very long and chaotic week. <BR> <BR> Last weekend a feral cat gave birth to kittens in my garage. <BR> <BR> Joy. <BR> <BR> This is my fault. She was one of a four kittens in a litter. actually there were several litters. I should have trapped her over the winter season and had her fixed. I have trapped and spayed/neutered a number of animals this past year, including her mommy. It has cost me small fortune. <BR> <BR> My Guy and ... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 00:59:16 EST Random Sketching I have been hungry for days now. <BR> <BR> I think it might be stressed induced. <BR> <BR> So last weekend I had a 'hot time' with random people in random places that involved lots of random random ness and bad food. And a lot of noise. After this time I admitted to myself that I never liked that kind of lifestyle and would not want to do it again. <BR> <BR> Then Monday, after meetings and running about I went for a check up. <BR> <BR> I hate doctors. I hate needles. And they always see... Thu, 31 Mar 2011 21:07:54 EST Boredom Tonight I feel like a teenager. <BR> <BR> "Mommmmm!!! I'm bored!" <BR> <BR> really, as if my Mom (actually my grandmother) could instantly whip something out to fill up my vacant brain. I know better. <BR> <BR> Now I know I have LOTS of work I could be doing. Programming, theme development, paper work for taxes, emails for tomorrow to send to clients... <BR> <BR> Lots of work. <BR> <BR> But I am under motivated. None of it is ever really fun. And there is no one here to yap at while I t... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 00:08:46 EST Laugh Out Loud - farmer In the dell A little geek humor? <BR> <BR> Or maybe a tale of what NOT to do when faced with a technical problem <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 23:26:11 EST A very simple prayer Dear Lord, <BR> <BR> Give me the wisdom to know what is right, <BR> <BR> Give me the will to choose it. <BR> <BR> Give me the courage to see it through. <BR> <BR> Pretty simple. <BR> <BR> Now in application. <BR> <BR> Dear God! <BR> <BR> Please help me be wise in the food and exercise choices I make every hour of every day. (french fries probably are not wise... yes?) <BR> <BR> Please give me will power to eat the bowl of salad without salad dressing, bacon bits and croutons, while th... Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:03:48 EST Congratulations to Me!! This may seem selfish, but I really want to celebrate what for me is a HUGE accomplishment. <BR> <BR> Since I have been on SparkPeople I have *CONSISTENTLY* received a a Consistency award and a 500 Monthly SparkPoints award. AND three Perfect Attendance Awards! <BR> <BR> If you know me, you would be amazed! Consistency is NOT a strong character trait (if it is a trait at all <em>20</em> ). I really do fly by the seat of my pants, flexing to meet what ever is happening. Probably because I h... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 23:19:40 EST Oscar the Grouch is my Brother! It is official. I am grouchy and grumpy as that fuzzy, mean tempered monster who lives in a trash can on sesame Street. <BR> <BR> I do not live in a Trash Can. Nor on Sesame Street. And I am definitely not green, or fuzzy...well not usually. <BR> <BR> But I am grouchy. And I am pretty sure this deep seated grumpiness signals some Grouch DNA. A lot of grouch DNA. <BR> <BR> I spent the day snapping left and right at any and everyone one. That might be because I also spent a goodly portion o... Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:32:24 EST If I have been eating crap... It's because I only have garbage in the house. <BR> <BR> I hate grocery shopping. Actually I do not like any kind of shopping...except maybe car shopping! <BR> <BR> Today when I looked at last weeks meals and descent into the garbage can of my diet, it occurred to me that I have a problem. <BR> <BR> I need to shop more. <BR> <BR> And I need to actually plan meals and leave Beth's cookies alone! OMG. <BR> <BR> Okay. So goal is eat better food. <BR> <BR> Plan is <BR> 1)get a menu (duh!)... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 14:24:14 EST HEY!!! That is NOT Fair! I have an on the go snack I prepare for myself. I pack a little sandwich baggie full of one serving each of any kind of dried fruit and nuts that I happen to have on hand. Usually it's raisins and dried mangoes (food of the Gods!). This last week it was cranberries, raisins and walnuts. (I do not like walnuts.). <BR> <BR> Anyway, as I measured these foods into the bag, I subconsciously began adding up the calorie count. (Usually I do not pay attention to the caloric count in my food. No! It'... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 23:42:29 EST Long day. <BR> It was a long day. Started at 2 a.m. is still going, will probably last until 2a.m. <BR> <BR> I am tired. And it is cold in here. <BR> <BR> And something new has occurred to me: I am tired of tracking all this stuff. I want to eat my food and be done with it. <BR> <BR> I guess that needed to be said (there isn't anyone here to hear it) <BR> <BR> Okay. I think I feel better. <BR> <BR> Gotta finish my project! Good night all you Spark-ly people! <em>41</em> Tue, 1 Feb 2011 01:03:40 EST I MADE BREAD!!!! Hahahaha...I am so excited! <BR> <BR> I made a loaf of bread and it did not SUCK! (No need to call 911 or use an extinguisher either <em>244</em> ) <BR> <BR> I should have taken a picture before the horde came in and ate it all! And all my diet butter! (How come diet food always tastes good to people who ARE NOT restricted? I mean, this is the second time he and a all the neighbourhood rug rats have eaten my low sodium food!) <BR> <BR> Anyway... <BR> <BR> It was low sodium, soft white b... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 19:50:35 EST STRONG START QUIZ For three points!!! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Well...okay not really. I just spent two hours staring at some code and wondering *WHY* it was producing garbage characters. (iso-8891 vs. utf-8. When in doubt, utf-8 please). <BR> <BR> So I am wasting time AND getting three points (BONUS!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, here is a nifty little quiz from a SP email called Strong Starters. I am supposed to answer just YES or NO, but please bear with me as I elaborate and elucidate and probably ramble on. <BR> ... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:32:03 EST Goal setting This past week I told myself to set some specific and well defined goals. <BR> <BR> When I started this whole "Healthy living" thing, I had a temporary goal to drop a few pounds. Well I actually did not want to drop any pounds. But I got sucked in with my friends and well it's become an addiction of sorts. <BR> <BR> I like the way this addiction is going. I have gotten way past being intimidated by cardio, I am not haunted by the salty junk food monster and I get better sleep more often. Al... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:43:00 EST I DARE You to Learn to Love Veggies Found on Spark and thought I would share it. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e_the_learn_to_love_veggies_challenge </link> <BR> <BR> I am (or was) 'a disaster in the kitchen'. Vegetables routinely committed hari kari when I came near just so they did not have to endure my mangling, boiling and burning. But hey, since I have to cook for myself and it cannot come out of a can or frozen package etcetera, I have gotten pretty good at a lot of things. Though, in truth... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 23:53:54 EST