SHARON10002's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SHARON10002 SHARON10002'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/ A December to Remember: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278536 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e15a63cc-38cd-4eff-8e0a-17efc6ff2e72.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our ''to do' list." - Patti Digh <BR> <BR> First of all, I'd like to say "Thank You" to each and every one of you for sticking with this daily challenge for the first week. I haven't visited your individual pages as I normally do to write a personal thank you, but I hope you know that I appreciate your participation, and support... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 10:22:59 EST A December to Remember: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278048 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/40ee3394-b990-425e-830c-2b07f48e8f2e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood." ~ Rachel Carson <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ff2491ae-8a52-4b18-9d1b-50d051c63388.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:16:48 EST A December to Remember: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277584 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/696275e1-9b9f-413a-b3d4-c144ddd19128.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal." ~ Steve Maraboli <BR> <BR> Have you ever been away from home and family for an extended period of time? Most of us have not. Do you realize that only one percent of our entire population serves in the military? That's it! For the average Am... Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:54:38 EST A December to Remember: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277095 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/71ef8438-ba22-4f8b-95b8-9b8251e34695.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Day 6 of the Christmas Unwrapped December to Remember Challenge. We're almost a week into the Challenge now, and I am so glad you are enjoying spreading a little love, joy, and happiness, along with the true spirit of Christmas. <BR> <BR> Here are some of your comments from yesterday: <BR> <BR> LADYLUK had this to say: <BR> What a wonderful blog!! I started the change bag ... Tue, 6 Dec 2016 10:11:31 EST A December to Remember: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276640 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/13832c37-b66c-44b7-aed7-57a1e39cf81c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others." ~ Brian Tracy This season, unwrap the magic of Christmas for yourself and others in your life in the December to Remember Challenge. <BR> <BR> Welcome to Day 5 of the Christmas Unwrapped December to Remember Challenge. As a reminder, we started a collection of our loose change yesterday. This lo... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:34:07 EST A December to Remember: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276119 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5f53bb4b-63f3-4a09-b143-05397c76d1a1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Day 4 of the Christmas Unwrapped December to Remember Challenge. If you're just joining us - welcome. We are all preoccupied with the busy planning, shopping, and decorating this time of year. It's easy for the rush, rush, rush of it all to become overwhelming at times. In the midst of all this, we must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 09:44:13 EST A December to Remember: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275704 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f809f4ec-6263-4dcc-852b-773a0bbe7a0f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Day 3 of the December to Remember Challenge. Yesterday's challenge was to pick out and send a unique greeting card to someone. Here are some of the comments that were posted about remembering and sending a card to someone we had lost touch with. A few of you took it a step further and made a Christmas phone call, which was great! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpe... Sat, 3 Dec 2016 09:49:16 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - The Late Night Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275535 It's Friday again! Happy Friday everyone! Time to take a break from all the hustle and bustle of the week, and all that bargain hunting for the best Christmas sales and deals out there. Grab your favorite beverage of choice, and let's get our grin on and start our Attitude Adjustment Hour, and head on over to the punny side of the street. I know what you're about to say. I know, I know . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c839060d-6359-4caf-82a9-97e5897f3a9c.jpg"... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 23:08:50 EST A December to Remember: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6275253 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a3bb80b3-fb15-4d2d-997b-23f8042612f8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's Day 2 of the December to Remember Challenge. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's challenge was to smile and make someone happy - even if it was only you. I met my goal by "Face-timing" with my roommate from college for her birthday, and making her laugh! 46 years later and we're still going strong! Suddenly, I'm feeling rather old . . . I started off by serenading her with a slightly off-key rendit... Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:41:19 EST A December to Remember: Christmas Unwrapped - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274960 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/376123a0-5164-4bc9-a9c6-5d93566f5b60.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Welcome to December. The most magical and wonderful time of the year! This time of year is traditionally known for giving presents, but I think it's a time for giving so much more - it's a chance and a time to give of ourselves, and most of all - our hearts. It's just such a natural feeling this time of year to want to make a difference, to give, to spread a little joy, make others happy,... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 18:21:08 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6274438 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43240f56-a331-495d-b803-14455fa60b76.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today brings us to the conclusion of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge series. For those of you who have continually and faithfully walked this path with me for the past month, I'd like to thank you so much for taking the time to join me. I realize that it took real commitment and effort on your part to be more aware of your daily experiences as you looked for life's little blessings ... Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:03:31 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 29 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273972 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6de1db53-6ea6-47af-bd31-57b407594293.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever looked up into the heavens on c crystal clear night, and felt overwhelmed by what you see? So much so that you in that very next second that follows hear your self calling out, "Oh my God!" "Thank you, thank you!"? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18410151-e7cc-47cc-9b5a-4811f0e85f3b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's focus our attention on the first second - t... Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:48:12 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 28 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273408 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6868581a-797e-4af4-89a6-510ede1df9ef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I found this list of the ABCs of Grateful Living while researching information for this blog. I think it's very imaginative, practical, and can be used by us as a guideline, too. <BR> <BR> The ABCs of Grateful Living simply go through the alphabet and apply a note for each letter the first word that comes to my mind. As an exercise, you could personalize this list to suit your ... Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:44:57 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 27 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6273037 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a6a5a154-c90c-496c-b3d5-98be65c62fd9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change. Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future! Today is a new day!" ~ Steve Maraboli <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws... Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:59:34 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272459 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7c094082-5451-4e39-b28a-538107e2c447.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 'Tis the season for counting our blessings and remembering our loved ones and friends, looking for the abundance of experiences that is right there in front of us - right here and right now, and giving thanks for it. In three words - Gratitude, Abundance, and Thanksgiving. Here are some very good quotes that express all of this in the everyday things in our lives. . . <BR> <BR> <img sr... Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:06:55 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 25 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272190 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54baba27-8d69-445e-810b-2e8ee630c53a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I hope each of you had a very Happy Thanksgiving, and whether or not you are back to your usual routine, or still spending time with the family, I am giving you a gentle reminder that Thanksgiving is "officially" the day of the year when we begin to remember that it is time to get into our hearts, and appreciate all we have in our lives. It's sad to think that many believe this holiday is ju... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:58:09 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - No Pun Intended http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6272099 It's Friday again! Happy Black Friday! In case you're a little fried from all of that bargain hunting, and shopping grab a Gobble -t of your favorite beverage, and roost for a minute. It's time to stop being so stuffy, and lite n up for the weekend. Since it's Thanksgiving weekend, I thought we'd have an appropriate Friday Happy Hour . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/32831797-8242-4dc6-b3d8-85cbb7a50da9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Let's start our Attitude Adjustment Hou... Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:52:59 EST 30 Days of Gratitude: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 23 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6271269 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/395cc3e3-832b-4d1d-9a22-f5e5cd709656.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To live a life of gratitude is to open our eyes to the countless ways in which we are supported by the world around us. <BR> Such a life provides less space for our suffering because our attention is more balanced. <BR> We are more often occupied with noticing what we are given,thanking those who have helped us, and repaying the world in some concrete way for what we are receiving. ~ Gregg K... Wed, 23 Nov 2016 18:22:21 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 22 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270833 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/945ce76f-de19-4b52-bd7d-70da50c05564.jpg">Did you know that practicing gratitude can help us overcome and conquer life limiting behaviors - like eating too many sweets, overeating, anger management, or overcoming other life limiting behaviors? Now that's a connection I was not aware of, and is indeed good news for those of us here on Spark People! It is yet one more way acknowledging and expressing gratitude on a daily basis is so beneficial ... Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:45:56 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270384 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ba227593-255b-4465-9b8a-0f2f5853e709.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Does a place have consciousness, such that it can receive gratitude for what it has given just by being itself? Yesterday we explored the subject of finding gratitude in nature. I'd like to add some more to the discussion today. Many of use walk outside for our exercise so this seems like a very useful and pertinent aspect of finding gratitude in our day. <BR> <BR> People of traditiona... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:22:52 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269962 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b1c688d9-3e84-45ae-ad49-e59979a93407.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Can you remember a time when you looked at the stars and felt so small that it made your heart swell with love and you marveled in wonder andt the awe of it all? <BR> <BR> Like a garden, gratitude requires nurturing and cultivation. We need to create new habits and new ways of thinking. All of us have many, many things to be thankful for, beginning with the infinite gifts from nature - th... Sun, 20 Nov 2016 20:08:30 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 19 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269413 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c21383ef-5a5c-44bb-a17c-30506840f0ff.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." Buddha <BR> <BR> Here is a beautiful video about the Amazing Power of Gratitude. The photos are beautiful, and I think you'll find it a good way to start or en... Sat, 19 Nov 2016 12:57:51 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Let's Talk Turkey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269084 It's FINALLY Friday!!!!! This week seemed to go by slower than a snail trying to get through a puddle of molasses . . . It's definitely time to get our happy face on, and get ready to let loose, and shake those tail feathers! So here come some pre -Thanksgiving laughs that will get those belly laughs goin' and those endorphins a-flowin'! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2760dff9-f1e5-4aef-b061-46281422436e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeop... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:02:39 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269043 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e27d7845-e0ab-4caa-b405-7162b282bed5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today we are going to explore how gratitude helps us overcome stress in our lives. This is true whether at work, at home, or just going about all the things life throws at you throughout your day. When your boss is grumbling at you for the report he wanted yesterday, pause for a moment and be thankful you have a job - many others do not. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:19:12 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268574 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5e426c7f-f5b7-4243-bd78-2f6505ace819.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Would you like to turn your negative thoughts into positive ones? Gratitude is the way to steer our heart towards happiness and joy. Whenever you are feeling that you are no good, that you belong somewhere else, or that you are a failure, start to count your blessings. Gratitude will start to alter your mood almost immediately. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/63ad... Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:07:35 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 16 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268006 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/441a1075-9ceb-4b73-8144-2766e9d682c0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Why do we overlook so many little things to be grateful for in our daily lives? Let's face it, life is a complicated mess, and can at times be simply overwhelming. We are focused on "bigger things", and if your attention is focused there, the little things pass right by with nary a side glance. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we learned of the numerous benefits that finding and feeling gratitude has on... Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:06:05 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 15 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267453 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/314380a8-cc44-40f1-98e2-f4ef232264d2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When you stop to think about it, recognizing and expressing gratitude in our lives seems so basic. As yesterday's acrostic illustrated, we become so involved and overwhelmed in our lives, that we forget to "be on the lookout" for it and identify it on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b9ce3dd9-7531-45c2-a828-1aef30c34be2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It has been ... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:45:51 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266907 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bafd3f7-af1a-4cb6-9195-747fff9c6757.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, it's Monday again, and the start of a new week. For some reason Mondays seem like a "catch-up day" for taking it easy and not working for two days. I think this short acrostic poem about gratitude sums up how most of us wander mindlessly, yet breathlessly through our days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3efc545-fb11-4ad0-b3a7-e32b49624396.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:52:07 EST 30 Days of Gratitude: An Invitation to Health and Happiness - Day 13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266277 Gratitude Is many different things within our life. It is an outward expression of our appreciation for this lifetime. It helps us see things with a whole new and fresh perspective. This works not only when things are status quo, or going well, but in our difficult times as well. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7645ecc5-2781-4e8d-8052-6806a15e26cf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Gratitude has one of the strongest links to mental health and satisfaction in life of any personalit... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 15:30:16 EST 30 Days of Gratitude: An Invitation to Health and Happiness - Day 12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265710 We've all heard the saying that what does not kill us only makes us stronger. However, when faced with life's everyday challenges, it can sometimes be very challenging for us to find the good in what we perceive is going wrong in our lives. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6980c64c-9c0e-4d36-b9d3-aaaeb35cb9c5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Can you recall a time in your life where you were faced with a problem or issue you felt was insurmountable? Did you manage to come out on the... Sat, 12 Nov 2016 13:00:05 EST 30 Days of Gratitude: A Huge Debt of Gratitude - Day 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265372 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/00a67ad3-d8c6-4a14-8f91-06a9cf799ed2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We have been hearing a lot from the politicians and the media about the evil, and greedy "one percenters" in our country. They make way more money than the rest of us, and they need to pay their fair share of taxes, and help the rest of us. <BR> <BR> But are you aware that there is another "one percent" who are just the opposite? These are the men and women who serve, and have served, i... Fri, 11 Nov 2016 18:20:56 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264913 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/1c3df575-1fc3-424f-a7b7-ac88aca65b24.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On a scale of one to ten, where would you rank gratitude? That's something I''ll bet you have never considered before. I want you to pause for a moment, and give it your full attention and then your ranking. Should it be at the top of the list in #1 spot, or further down, at say #4 or #5? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/05b12231-b301-45b7-b4b5-ecae0a2b1f3a.jpg"> <... Thu, 10 Nov 2016 18:21:29 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: Finding the Gratitude Despite the Rain - Day 9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264451 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/43849b31-1623-46c2-a1be-1351e31bd59d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For the past several days, I've been writing about the feeling of gratitude I've had while being out and about, or sitting out on my deck in the beautiful Autumn sunshine and air, and seeing Mother Nature in all her bejeweled brilliance. <BR> <BR> Today I awoke to the flip side of that day. It was overcast and rainy. Although I was disappointed, I began to think of the reasons to be thank... Wed, 9 Nov 2016 17:39:49 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263759 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/148b122d-0e7c-4c3b-8db7-cfddacb182d9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Gratitude is many things to many people; It is wonder; it is appreciation; it is looking on the bright side of a setback; it is fathoming abundance; it is thanking someone in your life; it is thanking God; it is 'counting blessings'. It is savoring; it is not taking things for granted; it is coping; it is present-oriented.' ~ Sonja Lyubomirsky - The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getti... Tue, 8 Nov 2016 09:31:14 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6263448 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f374f233-35ff-459f-ab54-ee1d92ba9de7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We've been looking at gratitude and the effects of gratitude on our lives and our bodies as we have been focusing on seeing the gratitude in our day since the beginning of this month. It's been a week, and I am wondering if you are noticing anything different? Do you feel happier? More energy? Sleeping better or more soundly? <BR> <BR> There are some very simple ways to increase your e... Mon, 7 Nov 2016 17:58:11 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: Gratitude and Happiness - Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262818 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ac19a58b-c284-48bb-83d5-021c2b0d6009.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What could be better than a sunny Sunday morning sitting out on a deck with a morning cup of coffee looking at the trees decked out in all their bejeweled glory, and listening to the sounds of nature? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/145f910b-a664-4a24-9851-8c4e164ad305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been unseasonably warm, but welcomed and beautiful, and I'm sure is near... Sun, 6 Nov 2016 14:05:16 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262402 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0fa903eb-a14d-47ce-bd0a-6598979adabc.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What if you could do one simple thing every day that didn't cost anything, didn't require taking a pill, or a special diet? Something that would boost your immune system to keep you healthy, and keep you in a state of enhanced well-being . Would you do it? <BR> <BR> It's no secret that stress is a major debilitator of our psyche and our bodies. This is especially true when we are going th... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 17:51:45 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261991 It's Friday again! Happy Countdown to Election Friday! In case you're a little fried from all of that political muck, and in dire need of some humor , you've come to the right place. So grab a glass, or maybe a bottle would be better about now, of your favorite beverage, and take a load off - of your mind that is. Shut off the ringer on your phone this weekend to save your sanity, 'cause it's time to lite n up for the weekend. Here's some political wisdom from one of my favorites, and yours ... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 18:16:23 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: An Invitation to Happiness and Health - Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261868 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45ff0ac8-6041-4e73-acdf-89b6e487f0d7.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Is happiness constant or does it fluctuate? Are you aware of the peaks and valleys of happiness in your life? How long does it stay, or doesn't it? In a recent study it was shown that just as your body has a certain weight that feels "natural" to it and it strives to maintain, your happiness also has a basic level that is mostly predetermined as well. But with that knowledge, don't believe ... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 11:54:10 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: What Fills Your Heart Today?- Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261523 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f73cb5df-2960-4766-a10d-4fa9e108a22f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you ever tried to catch a butterfly? You can run after it, getting closer, only to have it dart away. I think that gratitude acts in much the same way. It beckons to us to "catch the moment". If we do not, it flits right on by us like a beautiful butterfly in flight. It nudges us gently, and steers us toward being in the moment - and challenges us to be fully engaged with all of o... Thu, 3 Nov 2016 18:30:36 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: What Fills Your Heart Today? Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261173 I begin this second day of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge by saying thank you to each and every one of you for your gifts of your comments yesterday. You each gave me a gift of your time and your comments, and for that I thank you. I so appreciate the good, all of it, that each of you brings to my life in your own unique way. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3672acf0-4507-4c57-9c1f-2348cc2cb99b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Before I go any further, let me say, that family, ... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 23:59:12 EST 30 Days Of Gratitude Challenge: What Fills Your Heart Today? Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260496 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8cd000e5-b67b-4b26-a7d0-acfa314e6c85.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Gratitude and love fills my heart today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/e19ef46a-771a-4fcc-bbb3-7636a31b1bb9.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> November is most associated with one of our favorite holidays - Thanksgiving. Since today is the first day of November I thought it would be appropriate, in keeping with the spirit of Thanksgiving, to challenge myself to ... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 19:07:16 EST Halloween Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - A Frightfully Fun Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259794 Ghostly greetings and welcome aboard, foolish mortals, to Broomstick Airlines! I'm so excited to be hanging out with all of our many ghoul friends! Step all the way to the back of the plane to make room for everyone. There's no turning back now. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ef488aa-9fa9-4950-83c8-218299e64ebe.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am your hostess, Bloody Mary. On behalf of our pilot, Frank Einstein, and our co-pilot, Barry D. Hatchet, along with my co-ghostess, A... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:13:02 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Down the Psycho Path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258547 Hello! Well Friday has finally completed its weekly lap, and I don' know about you, but it took so long to get here, I think it crawled! I'm so ready to bury this past week! I'll bet you're just dying to find out what this week's Happy Hour has in store for you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/42bbf714-25bd-420b-bcad-3e3e73a4e820.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With Halloween breathing down our necks, and just a few days away, I thought we'd start to give up the ghost of tho... Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:24:58 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Rakin' In the Laughs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255067 YES!!! It's Friday again! Time to shed all your worries and cares, let go of those doldrums, negative thoughts, depressing or embarrassing weekly happenings, and just plain let everything "air out"! <BR> And. . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d7f03cac-95a3-4e3b-a99f-51c10a355b3c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's Friday Happy Hour! I'm so glad you decided to join me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/50542a3c-1650-4a82-a09c-f82ec0aa0834.jpg"> <BR>... Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:07:27 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Texting 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6251581 YESSS!!! It's Friday again! Time to leave all your worries and cares of the week behind, let bygones be bygones, wipe the slate clean of negative thoughts, and just plain "let it all go"! Here are a few giggles to help get you in that "Weekend State of Mind". So here are some text messages that might just put a smile on your face. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d02f9b4-6e4b-4ae7-9a04-7bf68d2b8dcd.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Fri, 14 Oct 2016 17:29:11 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Walking A Thin Line http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6247961 Hip Hip Hooray! It's finally Friday! Let's shout it all together now - Thank GOD it's FINALLY Friiiiday! Time to cut the cord on all those things that have been feeling like a ten ton albatross hanging around your neck, and walk, skip, boogie, ore just "ease on down" the yellow brick road. We all have one thing in common here on Spark People - we're all trying to lose weight. Let take a humorous look at weight loss and start our weekend off a grinnin' and a laffin'! So to get us started of... Fri, 7 Oct 2016 17:46:25 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - Math Has Some Serious Problems http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244313 It's Friday again!!! Time to get yourself in the right frame of mind from the hustle and bustle of the week, and get your "Thank God It's Friday 'tude" goin' on. There's been talk in our house lately about our grandchildren and schooling. Last night I was crunching numbers instead of chips, and this got me to thinking about how math has changed so much since I was in school. So here we go with some thoughts about "the new math" that I hope will make you smile, and not groan too much. So sit... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:27:02 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy and Life - It's Age-musing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240769 Hip Hip Hooray! It's finally Friday! I don't know about you, but I've been waiting for Friday for a whole week! Time to let go of all those things that have weighed a ton on your shoulders this week, and head on down the yellow brick road to the weekend a grinnin' and livin'! Let's get our grin on! This week it's time for some thoughts on getting older. So why not get comfortable, and here's a suggestion to help you with that . . . <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:42:24 EST Friday Happy Hour: Laughter, Lunacy, and Life - A Hodge Podge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6237019 It's FINALLY Friday!!!!! If this week went by any slower, it would have ground to a halt. So I think it's definitely time to get our happy face on, and get ready to let loose, and shake off the remnants of the week that have been and nagging, irritating, and pulling at us like a wedgie all week! <BR> <BR> I've been a little scattered this week - here, there, and everywhere, and today's humor follows that theme. It's a little abstract, less focused, a hodge podge of "a little bit of this ... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:19:01 EST