SPARKCHANTAL's SparkPeople Blog SPARKCHANTAL's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community who's this guy? do you know John Oliver? used to be on the daily Show with jon stewart? <BR> <BR> please don't miss this YouTube Video! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_RTSNmQ </link> <BR> <BR> hope it works. if not, the title is 'last week tonight, Donald trump (HBO). Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:57:31 EST I'm voting for this guy here is our new president <BR> <BR> (note: this Video was made in 1980!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>9HRDVZY&ebc=ANyPxKqppLRFxlnn2Aspelo2Jm<BR>CjNXIWJoqwuIEgt95FpIeLghkNfvfAEI6MYo4j<BR>6A770XsfbiOQfoPzNhgSUIjd63XjE0D5DA </link> <BR> <BR> PS <BR> <BR> seems like the link doesn't work that well; <BR> <BR> if you're interested, check out YouTube, rowan Atkinson 'not the nine o'clock News...american presidential candidate' <BR> <BR> it is timeless! Tue, 8 Mar 2016 16:03:22 EST the truth about depression: bbc documentary <link><BR>bjEqbZ8 </link> <BR> <BR> if this doesn't change your attitude towards depression.... <BR> <BR> what are the causes? could be a variety of things, trauma or hormones; what happens in the body? what can be done about it? these are some of the issues addressed in this hour-long video. <BR> <BR> and depression can be passed down from generation to generation... we better be careful about how we interact with each other! Mon, 1 Feb 2016 19:09:12 EST how to lose weight fast according to stephen colbert <link><BR>uQR6G_Q </link> <BR> <BR> enjoy Sat, 9 Jan 2016 12:25:44 EST 'Honest' and 'Abe' while channel surfing on thursday, i just happened to hit the exact moment obama was getting ready to pardon the turkeys. there he was, standing between his beautiful girls, introducing the birds Honest and Abe, and telling us about their future and all. i'm thinking to myself, i bet he'd rather be doing something else at the moment. <BR> <BR> slowly he starts to break down, starts laughing, then says he wonders why he's doing such a thing, why he has been doing this for seven years, and how... Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:58:38 EST photography is a powerful art just heard of this organization, group or whatever you want to call it: 'ostkreuz'. <BR> <BR> for anyone interested in photography and what's going on in the world, well worth the browsing time, check out 'reportagen'. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 1 Nov 2015 17:46:48 EST ain't no sunshine coz he's gone my poor sunshine had bone cancer, for the last half year i've been hanging on to him and spoiling him as best i could. <BR> <BR> he was drifting fast, and on friday i talked with the vet about putting him down. he said five days too early is better than one day too late. so with a heavy heart i said i'd contact him sometime the following week. <BR> <BR> on saturday he stopped eating, and on sunday he died, just as i had been warned, under excrutiating pain in those last five minutes. <BR> ... Fri, 8 May 2015 04:06:04 EST a georgie-video (in words) georgie is still around, even though we had given him up two or three years ago. <BR> <BR> so are his 'friends', the ravens that moved in nearby, after they discovered a constant supply of readily-available cat Food. they have me well-trained, too, to give them a dish of their own, so georgie has a fighting Chance to get something into him. <BR> <BR> so they tell me they're hungry, could i please get them some dinner... ok, hang on. i go upstairs, get them a bowl and put it on the wall i... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:10:12 EST happy valentine's day everyone wish you all a happy valentine's day, and that the message of the day may be spread the world over. <BR> <BR> yesterday was friday the thirteenth, february no less. but what squawking and trumpeting filled the air, heralding the return of the migrating wild geese! i couldn't believe it. they don't usually return before march, at least. spring is here already, even though it's still relatively cold outside. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 04:20:19 EST double christmas! i live in two worlds. <BR> <BR> this means not only do i get to celebrate christmas on the 25th, with santa and all that, the american way, but also here in typical german traditions. a spark friend asked me about this, said i should share it with others, so i'm dedicating this blog to her. <BR> <BR> of course, both countries are christian, so many traditions are similar. family get-togethers seem most important around here; going to mass with especially beautiful music, giving gifts and ge... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:48:40 EST a life for the birds! or should i say cats! 'fuer die katz', for the cats, is an idiom in german, meaning 'for the birds'! <BR> <BR> for two years-- or is it three!?-- i've been worried about my cat georgie, practically nothing else on my mind. he's doing just fine. <BR> <BR> and now? my cat sunshine comes down with bone cancer. i have to decide tomorrow: amputate his front leg all the way to the shoulder, complicated and expensive, with no guarantee he won't suffer mestasasizing, or simply put him down now. these past few days on p... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:11:38 EST what a cat!!! any georgie-friends still there? (georgie is on my profile pic & wallpaper) <BR> <BR> you can't believe this, he's still around. actually, i'm the one who can't believe it. <BR> <BR> at the beginning of last year he had some sort of attacks, couldn't jump up onto his favorite closet, and was losing control of his legs in general. vets thought it was a tumor, and he wouldn't survive the year. then he had some sort of infection in his tail (see last blog), and has been getting antibiotics ev... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 03:37:28 EST georgie looks like a poodle well i'll be ..... <BR> <BR> maybe something bit georgie in the tail; whatever it was, he was losing hair on it and it seemed quite painful for him. <BR> <BR> off to the vet's. had to leave him there, get the pus operated out, and now i have to trick him into taking antibiotics-- ten times! <BR> <BR> lo and behold, he's really picking up. does 105 toward the door when he thinks he's going out. so maybe his troubles could be an infection rather than a tumor, and these antibiotics are ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:11:16 EST dear samsonboy... you need to get a sparkpage up and running! how else can i get in touch with you?? <BR> <BR> ok this georgie story-- the symptoms you described are about the closest i have found to what i'm going through with georgie. <BR> <BR> it started about two years ago (actually much longer, but only hints) when he started falling off the closets he slept on top of. he tipped over to the left, plus he's losing control of his hind quarters. today i saw it clearly, and there seems to... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 14:20:07 EST another georgie story we have new neighbors on the ground floor, and they recently 'inherited' a belgian shepherd dog (color and fur like a german shepherd, build similar to a collie). big guy, compared to a cat. <BR> <BR> when the two first 'met', georgie pulled the hunchback-number. the owners of paco the dog ordered him to 'sit', which he did. <BR> <BR> and then georgie attacked him, just jumped on his back! can you believe it! every day i check to see if he's still alive, and this... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:54:34 EST my placemat the best christmas gift i got this year was a placemat. <BR> <BR> what makes it the best one? first, it was a total surprise, totally unexpected, from a colleague of mine. now we don't exchange gifts as a habit around here, there would be no end to it all if we did. and second, it was very thoughtful, and very personal. <BR> <BR> you all know me... cat lady... well, this placemat is a quilty pattern of cats, in just wonderful christmas-y colors, deep pine green, bright red, gold an... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 12:04:00 EST yippee! can you believe it... we went for our mile-long walk today! Sat, 4 Jan 2014 04:37:20 EST georgie update we have some faithful friends out there who shared our misery last year. georgie was diagnosed with at least some sort of neurological disorder, at worst a brain tumor. he was not supposed to survive the year. <BR> <BR> well, he's still around and wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2014. he still goes out on his own, eats well (esp. in colder weather) and can climb up his cat-tree up to the top of the closets. <BR> <BR> but he is wiggly and a bit disoriented at times, doesn't seem to hear ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:24:59 EST what if wild animals ate too much? just saw the funniest youtube videos... <BR> check them out, they are very short, and very cute. <BR> <BR> rollin'wild (on youtube) <BR> <BR> <BR> (sorry, i'm computer illiterate, couldn't find the link to copy) Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:59:52 EST georgie for sale ok I've had it with this guy. <BR> <BR> worries for a whole year, I do everything imaginable for him, short of hanging those vets, read his every wish from his whiskers, fret all over the place because of him. <BR> <BR> guess what, he's spoiled rotten. <BR> <BR> even though his head is still tilted and he topples a bit when he shakes his head (quite often), he's getting stronger. now he wants breakfast and OUT at 5 a.m, which is right smack in the middle of my sleeping rhythm. claws at me... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:13:37 EST the law of gravity we all love to complain about how we are/were mistreated. pushed down, pushed aside, treated unfairly, abused, insulted, hurt, the whole gamut. <BR> <BR> we never abuse, insult or push anyone, right? <BR> <BR> down is always easier than up. Thu, 5 Sep 2013 05:39:59 EST can cats have ms? if you've been following my past blogs this year, I don't need to introduce you to my treasure georgie (see wallpaper), who started falling off the closets and showing other drastic symptoms until I took him to vets no. 1, then 2, then 3. <BR> <BR> glaucoma? vestibular disorder? an infection? epilepsy? a brain tumor? it was all on the slate. no. 3 was getting ready to put him down, I swear it was the antibiotics from no. 2. hey! not my George. <BR> <BR> so the latest theory is ms, b... Mon, 2 Sep 2013 13:05:15 EST spread the word... we are all stardust! it's true. <BR> <BR> just imagine. when a super-sized star explodes, that's called a 'supernova'. then all kinds of matter, like iron, carbon, oxygen... go flying through space. <BR> next step is, all the dust and bits get compressed into larger pieces that become a new star and its planets. <BR> our bodies are made of exactly that. <BR> <BR> and that is your physics lesson of the day. thank you for listening. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:25:36 EST revelation the big difference between gourmet and gourmand... <BR> <BR> last night with some friends we ate at a hotel's buffet. I had a little of lots of delicious good stuff, felt stuffed to the gills (admittedly, not least because of an extremely hot and lazy, junk-filled july). <BR> and this morning, despite the spoils of war, the scale did not show a difference. <BR> lucky me, now I have to get it moving in the right direction again. <BR> <BR> lesson learned? lots of taste, ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 03:53:55 EST new name I have re-named my boy georgie, he is now PRINCE georgie! <BR> <BR> as a matter of fact, King George sounds better. <BR> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 06:39:32 EST dear jeannette59, thanks for your interest and comments on all my blogs. <BR> i'd like to show my appreciation in the form of comments, goodies and so on, but you don't seem to have a spark page! <BR> <BR> so i'm writing you this blog. it's the only way I can contact you. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 04:06:15 EST is georgie really improving? last night he didn't make his appearance until one thirty a.m; then, for the first time in about a year, he tried to wiggle out of my arms when we walked toward the door to go in for the night. <BR> <BR> BUT his head is still tilted, he stumbles a lot, shakes his head and falters, can't make a quick getaway if needed, doesn't climb any more (but he can jump up onto the table in one leap again, he had been using the chair as stepladder for a while). <BR> <BR> and boy did he enjoy t... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 05:48:19 EST big brother who can understand the computer. <BR> <BR> trouble is, some do, and how to abuse it. <BR> <BR> on one of the game board threads here, I posted cities and their country, and now i'm getting all kinds of ads for travel to these places. even off spark. <BR> <BR> and outside of this site as well, some friends emailed me photos. there were supposed to be 5, but only one was 'readable'; I went through it like a slide show-- and you won't believe it, but 'excerpts' from spark turned up... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 03:24:24 EST there otta be a law I tried so hard. <BR> <BR> exercise, watch my calories, get a lot of water and sleep. <BR> and the scale goes... <BR> nowhere. <BR> <BR> so I give up, get sick, reduce the exercise... <BR> and the scale goes.... <BR> down 4 freaking pounds in one week! <BR> <BR> is there justice in this world. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 02:23:02 EST i'm getting freaked out our topic in my conversation class last night: privacy rights and how they are being intruded upon. <BR> <BR> anything and everything that goes into the internet, social networks etc is registered and stored... forever. you can't get it out. and there are hackers everywhere making use of information like addresses, account numbers, surf behavior, interests, etc., selling it to companies specializing in collecting this data. <BR> <BR> today's generations are born with it. there is no sense o... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 05:47:56 EST a spark milestone I did it. <BR> <BR> but it's not over yet! the end of one phase rings in the new. <BR> <BR> when I stopped dancing and my driving increased twelvefold, I packed on the pounds. with the help of spark I knocked that extra stuff off, so i'm where I've been since the new millennium, basically. about halfway to where I actually want to be. <BR> <BR> one of the first wishes I had made when starting to spark two years ago was to be able to dance again. this season I joined a progr... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 04:44:12 EST premiere and derniere yesterday was premiere (first performance), tonight is derniere (last performance). <BR> <BR> the theater we are performing in seats about 80 people, and well over half the audience were friends and family of the 20 of us in the troupe. needless to say, they were all very appreciative and we had about 4 curtain calls. <BR> <BR> and I think that despite all the chaos between scenes, the whole thing wasn't that terrible. <BR> <BR> tonight it will be a much smaller and more neutral audience,... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 06:44:31 EST why am i commiting suicide? don't worry. it's all in the game. <BR> <BR> never thought i'd see the day, but thanks to spark I am dancing again. our theater group, mostly people who have had no experience in the theater arts, has been working for a year on themes from romeo and Juliet. <BR> <BR> we have discussed the characters and attempted to 'translate' them into movement. we speculated what romeo and Juliet would have been like in 50 years had they lived. and we tried to 'feel' what it's like to swallow poison (th... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 05:13:34 EST the latest on georgie (tumor or stroke?) what a cat. <BR> <BR> after a looooonnnggggg winter, we jumped 30 degrees centigrade, went from 7 to 37 in a short time. then it broke, we had a day of tropical rain. and georgie was out in it all, refused to come in. I think that's what got to him, because in the heat and rain he hardly ate anything. and the following day he just stayed in my bed until about 9 pm, when he decided to go out again. <BR> <BR> now he's signaling to me 'hey where's the food' and 'lem-meow-tahere' again. b... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 04:02:08 EST message from andylin90: before you give up, read this! i'm ready to give up. been fighting an unlucky figure for fifty years and am making no headway. and every time I give up, it just gets worse. <BR> andylin heard my plight and sent me this, which I will copy and paste from her comment yesterday, just the way it is: <BR> <BR> (Andylin90:) <BR> <BR> This poem which was given to me by a former Weight Watcher's leader (author unknown) has always helped me when I get in that circulus viciosus. And yes, we've all been there. <BR... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 06:08:20 EST a freggie recipe: fennel salad; open to suggestions for improvement have to admit that i'm producing this recipe from memory... from about thirty years ago, so I don't remember the details. <BR> <BR> chop up fenchel and orange into bite-sized pieces, about equal amounts. <BR> <BR> <em>474</em> whoops, no pic of fennel <BR> <BR> as a sauce use something dairy, like a bit of crème fraiche or whipping cream, or thin it out with a little milk or water to reduce calories; spice it a little with a touch of ginger, <BR> (salt? pepper? sugar? dill?) <BR> ... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:09:40 EST confession it's so hard to commit long-term to weight loss. <BR> at first I was doing just great. <BR> then came the yo-yo ing and I just couldn't get back on track. <BR> now i'm still a bit over my lowest from last year, but am approaching that level. <BR> but as soon as I feel 'skinny' (everything is relative, you know) the munchies take over again. <BR> well... i'm doing smoothies (more fruit than I usually eat) but even though I make them with about half fizzy mineral water, I think they are too ca... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 04:27:01 EST happy november here it is, 31 may, we've been waiting for pleasant weather since November. so far nothing has changed since then. <BR> someone is sleeping on the job, what is this already?????? <BR> get out the skis! Fri, 31 May 2013 07:05:10 EST global warming this is a battle we seem to have won. <BR> or can anyone tell me why it's the end of may and I'm still wearing my winter jacket? <BR> <BR> Wed, 29 May 2013 18:10:00 EST what's in a number... we really like to measure things in numbers. <BR> <BR> our weight... this proves how loveable we are, I suppose <BR> our spark points, <BR> fitness minutes, <BR> blogging and reading... <BR> <BR> funny how the numbers sometimes don't stack! Sun, 26 May 2013 08:16:53 EST 'nice meeting you' dawgie blog well that was a fun week with you dawgs! <BR> now I have to get to know my cats! <BR> <BR> in my first blog to you all, I described that open-air ballet event... meantime pictures have been posted on facebook, I don't know how to provide links but just google 'theater Koblenz facebook' and you'll find it, may 18. <BR> <BR> <BR> program for the day: <BR> <BR> br: one slice whole grain bread (btw I like to toast it), 2 slices chicken pastete, coffee <BR> lunch: veggie mix from the wok ... Fri, 24 May 2013 02:29:07 EST nutrition tracking this week goes on... and today it was/is: <BR> <BR> br: one slice whole grain w. chicken cold cuts, coffee <BR> lunch: roast beef w. potatoes, carrots, onions; wine mousse <BR> dinner: flat beans w. mushrooms and what's left of the spinach salad <BR> <BR> danced all morning, plus some heavy cleaning <BR> <BR> <BR> boy all this better show up on the scale this week. i'm getting withdrawal symptoms! that's why I had wine mousse for dessert today. Thu, 23 May 2013 10:03:38 EST melt those pounds off... time to shake it up a bit... <BR> <BR> brkf: whole grain bread, cheese, 4 cherry tomatoes, coffee <BR> lunch: spinach salad (raw spinach leaves with thinly sliced mushrooms and carrots, bean sprouts, vinaigrette); fish and rice; yoghurt with fresh berries <BR> dinner: chicken and zucchini <BR> <BR> action for the day: <BR> <BR> 90 min. choreography, 30 min. swimming Wed, 22 May 2013 05:05:08 EST ...and today? program for today is similar to yesterday. <BR> <BR> I've been doing "atkins at night" now since the beginning of may, meaning no carbs after lunch, and I've taken off about 6 lbs by now. I got sugar cravings last night which I indulged in this morning (and resisted last night even. it showed on the scale, so it was worth it.) so I allowed myself an 'unusual' breakfast: <BR> <BR> -- one slice whole grain bread with thin spread of cream cheese and marmalade <BR> <BR> lunch a variation of y... Tue, 21 May 2013 03:56:37 EST accountability what am I doing to lose weight today? <BR> <BR> my exercise: an hour each of brisk walking in the woods and ballet exercises <BR> <BR> my nutrition: <BR> - cheese on whole grain bread, 4 cherry tomatoes, coffee <BR> - green asparagus, chicken, rice; fresh pineapple <BR> - celery and carrot sticks with boursin cheese Mon, 20 May 2013 07:03:18 EST woof! to the dogs hiya dawgies on the spring/summer challenge! it's going to be fun meeting you all. <BR> <BR> I had a great sunday today, we are having a ballet festival in our town. <BR> some choreographers and dancers from the area danced last night in a gala production, woo hoo it was just great. <BR> <BR> then this morning they set up barres on the square in front of the theater (outside, luckily the sun was shining), and three choreographers alternated in giving the exercises. so ballet class with prof... Sun, 19 May 2013 08:56:01 EST cat story ok so it's up and down, but the general line seems to be down, though ever so slowly. <BR> yesterday this fighter cat bolted around like a Jamaican sprinter, but then just plunked himself down on the grass, which he never did before. <BR> he's getting all floppy, weak in the legs, and today he tried to get me up at 5 as usual, but then had some breakfast and was content to go back to sleep. he has such days. <BR> <BR> my roller-coaster ride is because I read that cats can recover from stro... Thu, 16 May 2013 03:41:13 EST georgie again... hey, he's doing better. hope this continues. <BR> <BR> so I can't believe this brain tumor thing, seems more like stroke. but the vet said there is no such thing as stroke in cats. <BR> that's not what I found on the internet, though. <BR> <BR> still puzzled... <BR> <BR> ps. it's raining. i'll try my luck at getting him in the house. but he's much more clever than I am! Sat, 11 May 2013 03:59:24 EST georgie update ????? <BR> <BR> for a cat with a supposed brain tumor, he's doing ok right now. <BR> head is tilted, his back legs give out on him every once in a while, but he can climb his cat tree to sleep on top of the closet if he wants. but he doesn't want, really; he prefers to sleep on the couch or cuddled up to me. <BR> but he spends the whole day out, eats pretty well, about 4 times a day. <BR> and he still 'beats up' sunshine who weighs twice as much as he does (playfully, of course). <BR> <BR... Thu, 9 May 2013 04:58:21 EST a diet technique that seems to work lately I've been having some success with this technique of 'dieting': <BR> basically it's atkins in the evening. <BR> <BR> --rule of thumb: 3 meals a day, 5 hrs apart, no snacking <BR> <BR> --carbs and 'sweettooth' stuff (a little bit of jam... don't overload, of course) allowed for breakfast, I prefer whole grain bread with cheese and tomato <BR> <BR> --heavy on veggies at lunch, fruity dessert <BR> <BR> --dinner: protein & veggies, no (or very low) carb. so meat, fish, eggs, dairy, c... Wed, 8 May 2013 04:36:59 EST