STRNGNGRNDED's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=STRNGNGRNDED STRNGNGRNDED'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/ I will not freak out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379669 This morning I weighed 1.4 more than yesterday. I have a feeling it is sodium retention. Why? Because I was parched before bed and woke up parched. Today I've had GOBS of water. How much is gobs? Over 101 fl oz/over 12 cups of water. I'm almost finished with my fourth 33.8floz bottle. <BR> <BR> Today was my cardio day and every time I had a hunger pain, my heartbeat jumped into cardio zone. I waited until it went back down to fat burn. It was very interesting. I did an hour and then rested... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 21:24:05 EST A few things... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379223 <link>youtu.be/Dh9aNEKrw2U </link> Here's a woman from France discussing the history of fashion sizing. I've written a blog regarding this very topic and how skewed it is. Oh I long for the days of having custom tailored/made clothing. Why? #1 clothing quality today is garbage. I mean that literally. The fabric and sewing is garbage. #2 the fit is also garbage. #3 why do I want to pay money of any amount for said garbage? <BR> <BR> On a side note, there's no way Amy Schumer wears a true s... Sat, 24 Jun 2017 18:19:24 EST I'll take my little triumphs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6378038 This morning I was hoping to see a number. A number that I've been wanting to see for a couple of weeks now. I didn't see it this morning either and was disappointed. I started to step off when, WAIT!!!! <BR> <BR> I looked back and realized I lost eight tenths of a pound! YES! <em>104</em> I'll take it. I think it's been a year and a couple of months since I've been at this weight. I don't know for sure since I didn't have a working scale then. I'm basing this guess on how my clothes fit... Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:26:46 EST Something I hadn't considered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6377210 The waist line is the life line. <BR> Have you heard this quote? It's from Jack LaLanne? Heard of him? Younger generations may not have. I remember seeing him on TV at the age of three at my grandparents home. They had a big TV and I'd sit in my grandpa's chair watching the show early in the morning. <BR> <BR> Since I've been changing up my workout routine, I looked up his show and I'm doing his exercises this week. In an interview he said the waist line is the life line and your waist sho... Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:08:40 EST Weigh in day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376607 Even though I weigh almost every day, my "official" weigh in day is Saturday. I'm wondering if I should change it to Wednesday just because it's the middle of the week. <BR> <BR> So interestingly, I'm .2 of a pound away from where I was last month, 5.18. At least I'm losing now. I've been stagnate for so long. <BR> <BR> What I did this week: <BR> <BR> no calorie counting <BR> <BR> I ate what I wanted, with extra vegetables. example: yesterday's breakfast, Asian sauteed vegetables with... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:05:51 EST Don't fit the mold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376309 The more "health" articles I read and the so called science and suggestions given, the more I realize I do not fit the mold. <BR> <BR> The more protein I consume, the more weight I gain, instead of lose. <BR> Doing cardio will cause weight loss, but instead I gain. <BR> Do not weigh yourself daily, why? <BR> <BR> When I was thin I rarely weighed myself. Currently I'm weighing daily so that I can see how certain foods and exercise affect the weight. I'm glad I was, because otherwise I nev... Sat, 17 Jun 2017 13:56:38 EST My comparison http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375678 It's an assumption a lot of people make when they think you compare yourself to others. I have heard a lot of women do this. I try not to be annoyed by it. But the only person I compare myself to... is myself. <BR> <BR> In 2014 when I was still thin I asked my son to take a picture of my belly. I don't remember why, but now I am glad I did. I have a visual goal to work towards. I'm a visual person and have some of my old clothes hung out in outfits as inspiration. I will fit into them again... Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:02:43 EST this was not the case for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6375087 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=488&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> When I lost weight I never consciously went into "maintenance" mode. I just continued to eat healthy, avoid dairy, and do my basic calisthenics. I maintained for 7 years without effort. <BR> <BR> This week so far, I've worked my arms, legs, core and today I'm doing arms and more core, beause of distractions, I don't feel I got a great workout. <BR> <BR> The bad news is, I'm not losing. The go... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:41:01 EST Finding the sweet spot called the calorie deficit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373771 Since I've had my fitbit I'm able to view my daily calorie burn on a more accurate level compared to SP, because it's based on heart rate. <BR> <BR> My resting heart rate in my 20's and 30's was always in the 70's. Now that I have the fitbit it shows my average resting heart rate is in the 60's. I've noticed it goes into fat burn range when I have to drive to the city. Stressed much? LOL <em>40</em> I've never had high blood pressure; it's always been near perfect. <BR> <BR> Accordi... Sun, 11 Jun 2017 14:30:53 EST brownies in 14 years and stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6373029 The last time I went shopping, I ran into the lady that does my hair. She was buying a brownie mix for 97 cents. That's a great deal. So I bought some. I just made it today. My son came into the kitchen and wasn't sure what I was making. <BR> <BR> Hmmm, he's never seen me make brownies. He's 14. LOL I asked if he's ever tried a brownie. He said he had at cub scouts and stuff like that. He likes the brownies I made. That's good, because I don't. I won't buy them again, not even for 97 cent... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 16:38:09 EST Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369894 What is it going to take to lose this stupid weight?! I've been going back and forth with two stupid pounds for three weeks now. <BR> <BR> The only thing I did differently yesterday was eat an apple and almond butter for breakfast; instead of a pork chop, mashed potatoes and green beans. LOL <BR> <BR> My son suggested we go grocery shopping and buy more potatoes and junk food.(joking about the time I lost two pounds when I ate ice cream). LOL <BR> <BR> I refuse to stay at this weight b... Fri, 2 Jun 2017 11:26:05 EST Changes, fitbit, and challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6369529 Last night while I was trying to get information logged on SP and catch up on emails, (who has time to sit at the computer? I have challenges to conquer!), I noticed my butt was hurting. Oh, yeah, I don't have as much FAT there anymore. LOL yay me. Now I need chair pads. <BR> <BR> I've become fitbit friends with so many amazing women! And the challenges, well I think I'm in over my head. The first challenges I think I came in second to last? Or something? I'm not positive, but I think I j... Thu, 1 Jun 2017 14:49:32 EST SPARKS start page, support, and friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6368139 I've been off and on SP for many years now. I think I first found out about SP in 2006 or so. Reached my goal on my own, but made some lovely friends. After missing everyone (and deleting my FB), I came back to SP. <BR> <BR> Then I gained the weight back. grrrrrr But hey 7 years was a good run! <BR> <BR> Anyway, it used to be every time SP would make a change it would be frustrating trying to figure out how things worked or imo it was a dumb change. Who am I kidding, I'm very opinionated... Mon, 29 May 2017 14:38:12 EST protein for the chickens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367690 <link>youtu.be/WQ6nxgSYGoM </link> <BR> <BR> what to do with those large green worms on tomato plants. This year they'll go to the chickens. Sun, 28 May 2017 11:58:59 EST family get together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367521 This morning I was told that part of the family scheduled to visit was not coming after all. sigh. Supposedly the weather. I think it was more to do with how far we live. What irked me though, is they think nothing of expecting everyone else drive to them. I was quite disappointed. <BR> <BR> The good news is, my brother made it, my kids made it, and we had a blast! Even when we had to go to the basement for the tornado warning! LOL Hey, we know how to laugh. <BR> <BR> I've had my fitbit ... Sun, 28 May 2017 00:40:19 EST Eating clean book review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366581 The Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno <BR> <BR> First, I think the word lifestyle should have been used instead of diet. Don't you think that fits better? Plus, if you've been on SP long enough you know that lifestyle changes is what makes the difference in weight loss and being healthier, not silly diets. <BR> <BR> Some of the information is common sense: avoid foods that contain ingredients you can't pronounce, don't know, and/or are man-made chemicals. Drinking milk is to fatten up babies. <... Thu, 25 May 2017 17:16:53 EST random thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366160 #1 Why do people now say growing chickens instead of raising chickens? I would think the industry "grows" chickens and homesteaders raise. <BR> <BR> #2 Has anyone ever made the Low Carb & Gluten Free Cream Cheese Rolls that seem to be all over the internet? <BR> <BR> My ds and I tried and I say tried, because their just bleh. I'm sorry I wasted three farm fresh eggs on this recipe as well as the cream cheese. I will never make this recipe again. It was a huge disappointment. Did I do so... Wed, 24 May 2017 16:31:00 EST new toy called a fitbit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364499 This gift was for Mother's Day, but I received it Wednesday evening and so I didn't get a true assessment of my day until Thursday. <BR> <BR> I'm still learning how it all works and how the sleep function works, but I am reaching my 10k steps daily and today was more. I'm reaching them just by doing regular household/farm activities. It will be interesting to see the steps when I start including walking. <BR> <BR> What I have found very interesting is how often I am in fatburn mode. So wh... Sat, 20 May 2017 22:04:40 EST Book review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6364009 Lose the Clutter Lose the Weight by Peter Walsh <BR> pg. xi <BR> How do you feel when you walk into your home? Like you're on vacation? or that your possessions are goinng to crush your spirit? <BR> How do you feel about your body? light and free? or do you look for the closest parking space and electric carts in the store? <BR> chapter 2 The science linking clutter and weight <BR> pg. 27 The power of thoughts and emotions <BR> pg 34 People are not engaged in their own lives. By this I mea... Fri, 19 May 2017 14:28:30 EST Strange, very strange http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363266 In the past three days I've lost 1.8 pounds. So strange. Especially considering the meat and veggie breakfast I blogged about two days ago. <BR> <BR> Another strange thing is that SP is showing I already blogged today, which I haven't, because I'm blogging this now. I guess it would be a bad thing if it were reversed and I had blogged and no points were given. <BR> <BR> Great news! I received my Mother's Day gift in the mail today. It took two hours to charge the thing and then get it con... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:59:52 EST Cravings for breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6362423 What week am I on?! LOL I've completely lost track and I suppose it doesn't even matter since I'm still trying to lose the stupid two pounds that came back on for no apparent reason. <BR> <BR> I haven't juiced in two weeks, but I have been eating lots of fruits and veggies still and more fish. Even though I only juiced for breakfast, I was just wanting to chew my food. That being said, I've noticed my joints being achey again, especially after two hours of painting and up and down the ladd... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:22:17 EST sigh, it was "one of those days" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6359913 First, yesterday was such a great day and very productive. I burned branches for four hours while my son mowed. Usually it's the other way around, but we switched it up. <BR> <BR> Even after three days of rain, I had to water the garden. The food is doing well and I'm really looking forward to the harvesting this year. I get to plant more seeds next week, including the second round of kale, swiss, broccoli, and lettuce. <BR> <BR> Without going into the stupid and unethical issue I faced t... Tue, 9 May 2017 21:35:50 EST Weigh in; what week am I on? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358499 I think this is my fifth week. And I weighed myself yesterday even though Saturday is my weigh in day. I'm glad I did too, because this morning I'm up two pounds. Seriously?! <BR> <BR> So what was it? The exercise I did? The bread I ate yesterday? I'm a little bummed about the increase, but I'm really glad I weighed myself yesterday, so it doesn't upset me as much if I didn't know what I weighed yesterday. <BR> <BR> Something interesting I noticed this week; I didn't juice this week and I ... Sat, 6 May 2017 15:22:30 EST Books from the library http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358126 This week I went on my local library's website and started putting some health books on hold. The lady that called me yesterday was a little surprised at how many, (just six), books I requested. <BR> She doesn't know me yet, but she will very soon. Hello, I'm anonymous, and I love books. yes, I'm a book addict. I have my own library and I enjoy learning. I autodidact often. And if a book I read makes me want to do more research and learn even more, then I consider it a great book. <BR> I we... Fri, 5 May 2017 16:43:32 EST arsenic in rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358112 <link>thepioneerwoman.com/food-and-friends<BR>/how-to-cook-rice-without-a-rice-cooke<BR>r/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=em<BR>ail&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pioneerwoman-<BR>full-rss-feed+%28The+Pioneer+Woman+%7C<BR>+Full+RSS+Feed%29 </link> <BR> <BR> and brown rice has more arsenic than white?! <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/arsenic<BR>-in-rice_us_589cc1ffe4b09bd304c0b04c </link> <BR> <BR> alright, so just be sure to soak, soak, soak, soak, soak, soak, soak, soak, yeah ... Fri, 5 May 2017 15:46:37 EST One month ago I began my "gung ho" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6357312 The very first week I lost the bulk of the weight I have currently lost. Since then it's been .2 or .4 a week. But overall, that is pretty good. <BR> <BR> I'm in my second week of adding walking. This week I will incorporate a higher intensity to burn more calories. <BR> <BR> The calories burned listed on SP are confusing. It doesn't make sense that I would burn as many calories painting as I would for running on the treadmill. I've also heard that treadmill calculations aren't very accur... Wed, 3 May 2017 20:21:21 EST I'm confused about how this is more expensive... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356849 There are a lot of people who think eating healthier is more expensive. It has been my experience that the opposite is true. <BR> <BR> A month ago when I started juicing in the mornings, my grocery bill has actually decreased by a lot! I'm talking about a $100 per week. That's a huge savings. Also, the food lasts longer. Where before I'd have to shop every week, the food is lasting 1.5 weeks. <BR> <BR> Here's an example of what I bought and the prices: <BR> <BR> banana bunch (6) $1.68 so... Tue, 2 May 2017 21:51:35 EST The person's food in front of me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6356213 Today I had to run intoWalmart for another cat travel case so I can take both my boy cats to the vet at the same time. What a mistake! <BR> <BR> IT WAS PACKED!!! And when I had made a comment to another lady she looked at me like I was from Mars and said, "well yeah, it's the first." That didn't mean a thing to me until I was waiting in line for fifteen minutes, okay, maybe it wasn't this long, but I had a headache and you know Einstein's theory right? Then it hits me. Oh, yeah, people are... Mon, 1 May 2017 15:41:49 EST what the? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355321 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?ID=2244 </link> <BR> <BR> Smoothie bowl? Never heard of them. I'm really glad the author of this SP article included a link so I could see the nastiness of what a smoothie bowl is. It really just looks like a GIANT melted sundae in a bowl, with a tiny bit of fruit to make it "look" healthy. <BR> <BR> Okay, anyway, it's probably just me who thinks those things do not look appetizing. <BR> <BR> It was good checking through t... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:21:48 EST what the? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355320 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?ID=2244 </link> <BR> <BR> Smoothie bowl? Never heard of them. I'm really glad the author of this SP article included a link so I could see the nastiness of what a smoothie bowl is. It really just looks like a GIANT melted sundae in a bowl, with a tiny bit of fruit to make it "look" healthy. <BR> <BR> Okay, anyway, it's probably just me who thinks those things do not look appetizing. <BR> <BR> It was good checking through t... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:21:47 EST So blooming frustrating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355183 Okay, so I felt I did really well this week. I even included walking 30 minutes daily. <BR> <BR> So what more can I do to lose this blasted weight? I only lost .6 of a pound. Yeah, I know, it's better than gaining. <BR> <BR> There has got to be something else to tweak! What am I missing? Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:18:00 EST Once again; weigh in tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354955 The past two weeks I have noticed, that on Friday night I want something specific to eat. However, I will not eat it. Why? BECAUSE tomorrow is weigh in of course. Is that crazy? I figure I'll eat it for lunch on Saturday, because I'll have all week to lose whatever I gain. <BR> <BR> Out of curiosity, I weighed myself every day this week. There was an increase the day after I ate meat. I thought that was fascinating. Still within calorie range too. <BR> <BR> For those that don't know, I ma... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:11:30 EST Bust a move! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6354499 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/dailysp<BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=159 </link> <BR> <BR> One of my kitchen lights thought it was at a disco and then I watched this vid tonight and just couldn't help but laugh. I guess the light was trying to tell me something. <BR> <BR> BUST A MOVE. <BR> <BR> And Simon's reactions are hilarious. This one was so good, I think I'll watch it again. You even get three points from SP for watching. <BR> <BR> Enjoy and laugh out loud! Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:46:01 EST My butt hurts~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6353036 Like that catchy title? <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I'm about to head off to bed and I'm sitting at the computer for last minute SP entries and I realized, man, my bum really hurts. It's not like a ran a marathon. Why IS IT hurting? I only walked 30 minutes. WALKED. My bum should not be hurting. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Oh yeah, yesterday I did some leg/butt exercises. When I did them though I really felt my core being worked. yeah baby, that's where I need to trim down, not my butt. Gee, ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:08:12 EST Disappointment, but.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6352003 Okay, blast it, I didn't lose a single ounce of weight. <BR> <BR> In microobservation though I think I may have lost inches. I think the blob, called my stomach, is shrinking. It may be wishful thinking. I definitely know my top area has decreased a little. <BR> <BR> At the very least, by replacing my old breakfast through juicing I know that I'm getting more nutrients and consuming less sugar. <BR> <BR> Funny thing yesterday, my son asked me if I had sugar before we left the house, be... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:46:21 EST Third week coming to an end and weigh in is tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351736 The past two days have been a struggle, because I've had seasonal allergies. I haven't had allergies like this in years! It's probably because I moved to a new area and it's apparent <BR> <BR> I'm allergic to something down this way. sigh. It also doesn't help that I have three cats in my sunroom. oh didn't I mention I'm allergic to cats? LOL <BR> <BR> Now this morning I was thinking, "it sure is a good thing I've been juicing and eating more fruits and vegetables. Imagine how bad my aller... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:48:52 EST What a busy day~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6351278 As I sat down for breakfast my son said I already had over 5000 steps before 9am. That was just the morning chores. <BR> <BR> Spring has sprung and I need to mow every day (slight exaggeration) to keep the grass and weeds from taking over. <BR> <BR> Swept the front porch. Cleaned north facing windows in the living room and started the breakfast room windows. My windows are double paned, so I have double the work, cleaning the insides of them as well. <BR> <BR> I also planted a few more ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:27:50 EST Doubled up on fruits and vegetables...cost? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350785 There's a lot of talk about the expense of eating healthy versus eating processed foods. So far, my grocery bill has decreased substantially. <BR> I'm in my third week of juicing and on Monday I had to double up on the fruits and veggies. <BR> A large bag of organic carrots alone was $16.99. I bought 20 apples. Kale, avocados, etc, etc. <BR> What was the final increase of this bill compared to my last bill? <BR> <BR> Only $30. I rounded up. <BR> <BR> The actual total for just the fruit... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 18:47:45 EST Getting stronger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349901 Carried in two 40lb boxes of kitty litter at the same time today after grocery shopping. Took them from my car in the garage, through the mudroom, the hallway, the kitchen to the sunroom. Yeah baby! I know I couldn't have done that two weeks ago. Mon, 17 Apr 2017 21:21:16 EST How can the poor afford fast food?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6349389 I've been on a documentary kick and today I'm watching Super Size Me. I've seen it already, but it's been years. <BR> <BR> Years ago, there was another documentary I watched, of a family giving excuses about why they couldn't buy their youngest daughter a fruit. Why? Well it was too expensive of course. So they proceeded to the nearest fast food place and gorged their faces on what they claim was cheaper. Because they needed to save their money for all the medication needed for health issue... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:50:02 EST Saturday weigh in; week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348812 The scale says I've lost .4 (4/10) of a pound. Of course I wish it was another six pounds, but I have noticed: <BR> my posture is a little better, <BR> I'm not as bloated, <BR> I'm eating smaller quantities of food at a sitting. (I think this is two-fold. One, I'm listening to my body again. Two, I'm eating better quality foods which are more filling). <BR> My facial skin is softer, <BR> my energy level is higher <BR> my thinking is clearer <BR> <BR> Now I'm sure there's a lot more going on... Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:20:59 EST Tomorrow will be week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348640 Tomorrow is my weigh in day. Just like the first week I do not feel as though I've lost weight. <BR> The first week surprised me though. <BR> <BR> What I've noticed for these two weeks: <BR> saved a lot of money at the grocery store <BR> more energy <BR> stronger <BR> wanted to eat more fruits and vegetables <BR> <BR> What I will be doing for week three: <BR> increase juice <BR> increase water <BR> increase fruits and vegetables. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone has a great weekend! Fri, 14 Apr 2017 22:08:10 EST Day 12 – 4/13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348164 Breakfast: 2 apples, 3 carrots, 4 celery <BR> <BR> Lunch: half a chicken burrito, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, iced tea (I really wanted refried beans, but I refrained) <BR> <BR> Snack: the rest of the burrito <BR> <BR> Dinner: two pieces of sourdough bread toasted, soy spread, English tea. <BR> <BR> Water: 5 bottles <BR> <BR> Activity: moving chickens, laundry/hanging up clothes on the clothesline, chasing dogs, mowing, picking up sticks. Ugh all these sticks! <BR> <BR> On the way h... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:57:22 EST Have you heard? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6348157 Have you heard of or tried Bullet Proof Coffee? <BR> <BR> This cannot be healthy. Isn't this what Bob the trainer from The Biggest Loser was drinking for his morning workouts before he had a heart attack? <BR> <BR> <link>authoritynutrition.com/3-reasons-why<BR>-bulletproof-coffee-is-a-bad-idea/ </link> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 20:45:14 EST Day 11 – 4/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347687 Up early again and tried to prepare myself mentally for the LONG day ahead of driving to a near-ish town to have my car looked at. It’s been a long saga that I don’t want to get into. <BR> Drivers were kookoo pants and I was grateful I made it safely as three different people almost side swiped me by swerving into my lane on the freeway. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?! <BR> <BR> The auto mechanic company drove me to a local bookstore and shortly after I was there I started to feel heartburn co... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:44:47 EST Alarm clock and waking up calmly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347671 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=2242&page=2 </link> <BR> <BR> I was reading this SP article and found it interesting, but not really relevant to me... uuuunnnn-til I got to the alarm clock. I'm grateful I don't need an alarm clock to wake up, but on a few occasions, like this morning, I will use my cell phone as an alarm clock. It has a calming chime that starts out very low and increases the longer it plays. Snooze can be hit, but I don't need the snooze. ... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:14:16 EST Water Consumption http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347189 Not all waters are created equally and if you don’t like water, well, I strongly suggest grabbing a bunch of bottles at your local health food store and having yourself a taste test. <BR> <BR> Once upon a time, two of my three children gave me a blind taste test for three waters. I could tell them which was Aquafina, (which I drank at the time), the nasty California tap water, (please do not drink this without a filter), and Evian. <BR> <BR> I’ve been through my fair share of brand bottle... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:48:40 EST Day 10 – 4/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6347152 Up earlier than usual and again, I felt great! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: kale, apple, cucumber juiced <BR> <BR> Lunch: broth of the homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup and lime with POM pomegranate juice/diluted <BR> <BR> Dinner: Homemade Chicken Tortilla soup and added avocado, cilantro, tortilla chips and lime. <BR> <BR> Water: 11111 bottles of 16.9 ounces of water <BR> <BR> Activity: painted my son’s room. I only have trim left and it’s done for the time being. I plan to add crown moulding and... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:47:49 EST Day 9 – 4/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346710 Wasn’t hungry this morning, but felt great. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 2 or 3 swiss chard leaves, 1 cucumber, 2 apples <BR> <BR> Lunch: homemade pizza 3/8 of a pizza <BR> <BR> Dinner: strawberries 1 cup, blueberries 1 cup <BR> <BR> Snack: bowl of Lay’s potato chips <BR> <BR> Water: 6 – 16.9oz <BR> <BR> Activities: painting <BR> <BR> Today was a beautiful day and I received an emergency notification that the local area is on a fire ban. Conditions are too dry and considered dangerous. Went g... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:42:21 EST Second week of gung ho http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6346566 Yesterday/Sunday <BR> <BR> Woke up and was a little hungry. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: 3 carrots, 3 kale leaves, two apples; juiced. And a pear <BR> <BR> Supplements. I take supplements daily. <BR> <BR> Lunch: baked potato with salt, pepper and Earth Balance soy spread butter <BR> <BR> Dinner: Rice, Asian vegetables, tofu, English tea <BR> <BR> Water: 6 bottles <BR> <BR> Worked in the yard today; shoveling wood chips and putting them around trees and moving branches to the “burn pile”. ... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:20:03 EST