SUNNYSIDEUPMARY's SparkPeople Blog SUNNYSIDEUPMARY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Suggestions for Eating Healthy in Vegas I caught myself saying "I'll restart trying to eat healthy after the trip". <BR> <BR> Yes, I have the excuse of why I am going - to fulfill my mother's wish to have her ashes spread near where she used to live - and all the feelings of grief and wishing my mother was showing us around Vegas again. But da**it I need to let myself feel and I need to work on eating for fuel and flavor. <BR> <BR> I am vegetarian, so I'll be bringing nuts for protein, plus probably some whole grain crackers. ... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 09:11:55 EST It'll Put Hair on Your Chest Thank you to PRNCSCUP1-2FULL for her blog on this subject. <BR> <BR> I hadn't remembered until now about that phrase "it'll put hair in your chest" if you eat/finish that food. And it was my mother who said it to me. Could eating food equal power in my mind? <BR> <BR> I know I've always gained a sense of accomplishment from finishing something. <BR> <BR> So, eating food and finishing it - will it really get me power and a sense of accomplishment? <BR> <BR> As for the power issue - I t... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 13:19:01 EST Real HOPE to RUN Again! HOPE! I LOVE having realistic hope! I'll be having surgery March 27th to repair/remove the meniscus tear in my right knee. Doc said I should eventually be able to resume runs up to 6 miles long! And I'll no longer limp after being on my feet for a long time. It has been a long, depressing 10 months since my last real run on 4/1/14. And now I have real hope - YEAH! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Tue, 10 Feb 2015 09:58:14 EST Stop Wasting Food Day 17 Stop Wasting Food* <BR> <BR> I don't know exactly where/how I got the message about finishing all the food on my plate. I know I really like finishing things - using up all the candles/craft supplies; reading all the Nancy Drew books, finding all the letterboxes, etc. <BR> <BR> I feel like I never saw this reading before - yet I know I must have. <BR> <BR> The analogy about overpumping gas into my car is a really good image! <BR> <BR> "Every time you eat food your body doesn'... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:36:55 EST Celebrate Oneself? So, when it comes to birthdays, how do you celebrate yourselves? <BR> <BR> My issues with feeling unimportant and lonely really spike around my birthday. And my next one is a milestone one - 50. I don't know what to do to celebrate me. <BR> <BR> I want to buy stuff, but I don't know what. Nothing I come up with seems like the answer, <BR> <BR> I'd like to hear ideas about how to celebrate oneself. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 11 Jan 2015 23:57:17 EST Gym Encounter and Speaking Up for Myself When I went to my small storefront gym today, we had a new manager. Hey, this is a great opportunity to speak up about how frustrating it is that only one of the tuners on the TV's transmits signals to our radio/MP3 players, so the sound often gets turned on for the whole area to hear. Some things I would really not be subjected to - politics, slanted news, downer news in particular. Manager was all receptive - yeah! Then AJ Guy comes in - when he started working out on the elliptical in ... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:45:29 EST Food/Needs Connection MEMORIES & FOOD* <BR> <BR> Fudge - time spent in kitchen with Mother. The name "Harris fudge" even associates it with connection. <BR> <BR> Cheese - Sunday midday meals with Dad - him slicing up the Colby cheese <BR> <BR> Grilled cheese, tomato soup - being a kid, ?being at Moriarty's (neighbors, babysitter's home) <BR> <BR> Mint candies - white and pink lozenges - family trips <BR> <BR> Buttercream frosting - having a project, feeling accomplished. Plus birthdays, celebration. <BR> <... Mon, 22 Dec 2014 11:05:24 EST "What Do I Feel?" I avoided doing the homework in the later part of the "What Do I Feel?" chapter of "Life is Hard, Food is Easy" book by Spangle. I've been putting it off for days (?years?), most recently saying I had to be home alone. Today I put it off by going to websites I don't really like, trying to shop online, etc. Finally I said enough and 'you can do it for 15 minutes'. I decided to center the homework around money issues because I'm supposed to dealing with that today (payday) and my two loudes... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 09:19:50 EST Rebuilding Self Esteem - Chapter 4 of Life is Hard, Food is Easy Rebuilding Self Esteem - Chapter 4 of Life is Hard, Food is Easy (LIHFIE) <BR> <BR> This is a long chapter with lots to take in and work on. Spangle divides self esteem up into these three areas: How I see myself, what I say to myself and what I believe. The lists below are the result of the exercises - some will make updated appearances in my blog, some are now part of my Other Goals here on Spark. <BR> <BR> SMALL WINS/GOOD THINGS 12/8 <BR> <BR> -Slept over 9 hours <BR> -Preplanned ... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 15:17:55 EST Chapter 3 - What's Going on? Chapter 3 - What's Going on? from Life Is Hard, Food is Easy - by Linda Spangle <BR> <BR> The discussion of heart hunger and head hunger is very valuable, both types resonate with me. These issues are something I would benefit from paying more attention to. <BR> <BR> Emotional eating of both the head hunger and heart hunger varieties DOES postpone what I need to do to address my situation. <BR> <BR> The references to feeling invisible and wanting it to be my turn could have come stra... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 09:32:46 EST November Monthly Goals Update Stopped doing much of anything to take care of myself and track my goals around the middle of the month. Kept tracking sleep. Having a very tough time, feeling drained, lonely, stressed by my personal issues, not great marriage and not having a regular schedule. <BR> <BR> Calorie Burn Goal - Burned more calories than consumed on 12 days this month - goal was 21. Tracked 20 days. Weight is up 7+ pounds, back into obese category, perilously close to 200#. <BR> <BR> PT Goal - Did 18 sessio... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 08:58:19 EST Day 3 Put Food in Its Place Day 3 Thanksgiving Day <BR> I don't want to look at food issues today. DH says how are you going to build inertia if you skip after Day 2. Ugh. <BR> <BR> I want to buy stuff. And I am not a shopper. Might be a substitution for misusing food. <BR> <BR> ************************** <BR> Life Is Hard,Food Is Easy (LIHFIE) - <BR> Chapter 2 - Put Food In Its Place <BR> <BR> Very interesting chapter and actually a good one to read on Thanksgiving morning - both because it encourages savori... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:44:00 EST Modification of Plan After reconnecting with the 100DWL group here on Spark, I am going to join them in restarting the book in January. Since I NEED something to focus on now, I am going to work in another one of Spangle's books - Life Is Hard, Food Is Easy. These books are about emotional eating and changing one's relationship with food. <BR> <BR> Chapter One Food Is My Best Friend <BR> <BR> Yup, food has been my best friend. And my energy booster. My comfort. My medication. My entertainment. My reward... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:46:38 EST Updates - The Simple and Not So Simple Truths The simple truth - my mother died on September 23rd. <BR> <BR> The not-so-simple truth - my mother died on September 23rd. After a six day hospitalization. I stayed with her in her room. She was at peace and ready to go. Every day the staff would say today's the day... I used to get frustrated 'moving at the speed of Grandma' while shopping - well, she even died 'at the speed of Grandma". That is somehow right. Had some regrets about things not done with her, but I also figured even if... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:55:20 EST August Challenges - And On To September! AUGUST CHALLENGES <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> SLEEP BET - I blew past my goal to average more than 7 hours of sleep a night! I averaged 7:49! I'd guess that I had been getting 6.5 - 7 hours. I am a person who has always needed a lot of sleep - 8 to 9 hours. The range for August was 5:40 to 9:38. The extreme short time was after I worked an overnight shift. I am not feeling terribly energetic generally, but I do feel w... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 11:56:19 EST My Ice Bucket Challenge Video - With a Sunny Mary Twist Posting as requested by a dear Spark Friend - here is my video ;) Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:20:54 EST Day 7 I Can Do It; Day 8 Help Me, Please...* *"Day" blogs based on activities in Linda Spangle's 100 Day Weight Loss book. <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> Day 7 I Can Do It <BR> <BR> Today is about becoming my own cheerleader. I set up my vision board on my Start Page to focus on words of encouragement: "I Can Do Hard Things" 2x, "I Totally Matter", "I Will Eat What Fuels My Body Best", "I Am Doing This For ME" and "Love Yourself First And Everything Else Falls Into Line - Lucille Ball". And I will post at least ten sticky no... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:01:58 EST Bucket List Dilemma I am not sure why I am balking at writing a bucket list. Through my employer, I have access to an online wellness program that includes new ways to earn points each month - for August, we are to write a bucket list and accomplish one thing on it. My only life goal right now is to hike the Ice Age Trail, a 1200 mile long trail. So far I've hiked 474 miles. It has gotten harder to get out on the trail since new trail is further away, I now work full-time (including most weekends) and I don'... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:58:26 EST Day 5 - Magic Notebook; Day 6 - Protect My Program Day 5 - Magic Notebook <BR> <BR> I like the idea of the magic notebook. I see it as two things really - a journal, which I have here through Spark's Planner, for longer writing; and a quick note like on a memo on my phone or paper in my pocket when I am at work. I like the idea of for the moment writing down the name of the tempting food, maybe a description, then telling myself I am not going to eat any right now. 'Course, I could carry paper in my pocket outside of work as well - and ... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:57:34 EST My First "Race" of the Year Feeling underwhelmed, disappointed that my first "race" of the year was not the victorious return to running that I'd hoped. I used to run/walk intervals of 3 min/1 min. My recovery from the knee injury is going SO slow that I am still doing 35sec/60 sec intervals. And my knee is still a little stiff and achy after sitting. I so badly want to be out there running and hiking long distances. And now I am feeling the overwhelming awareness of fall coming and that there is not much time left... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:57:26 EST Day 3 Do It Anyway; Day 4 Boundaries, Not Diets; My Tired Feet Day 3 Do It Anyway <BR> <BR> Great idea! I will use this in the evenings to get me to do a craft while watching TV or to relocate away from the kitchen. <BR> <BR> And actually, I employed this idea subconsciously when I chose to read this chapter and do this writing. I wanted to do anything but what I was "supposed to" since I work the closing shift today and am being "cheated" of a relaxing evening. I need to do these chapters - and they won't take the whole time I have until I have to... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:29:48 EST Day 1 I Used to Be That Way and Day 2 Interested or Committed? A Spark Team I am on is starting the chapter-a-day readings and exercises in Linda Spangle's 100 Days of Weight Loss (100DWL). The book looks at emotional eating, which is really where my issues lie. I've done some of this book before, and revisiting prior lessons can be valuable. So here I am. <BR> <BR> **************************************** <BR> <BR> Day 1 I Used to Be That Way... <BR> <BR> Fears and Negative Behaviors That Have Hurt My Past Weight Loss Efforts REFRAMED: <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:02:03 EST Day 70 No Good or Bad Day 70 No Good or Bad* <BR> <BR> Rather than label foods, my behavior or myself as good or bad, Spangle suggests reframing by referring to eating choices. By changing language, she says I am taking back my power around food and acknowledging my responsibility for my food decisions. Here are some comments on my food choices from yesterday: <BR> <BR> I made a great food choice late last night to not fill up with unneeded calories from shredded cheese! <BR> <BR> My choice to have a sangria... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:20:26 EST Forgiveness - No Idea How to Do This Forgiveness. <BR> <BR> What is it? What does it mean to me? So much to say, yet so little. <BR> <BR> I don't know how to do it. <BR> <BR> My counselor asked if I ever had it modelled for me. I sat and thought and thought, then said, "no". Then I remembered the only forgiving person that I could think of - and I *really* don't get how she could do it. My father's first wife was Bernie. I am the oldest child from my father's second marriage. Bernie somehow managed to move on from be... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:31:17 EST Gibbs Slap Okay, fellow Sparkers, I am in need of the Gibbs slap I got yesterday. <BR> <BR> I need to check in with Spark daily - and I am in need of a team or Spark Buddy for support. Do you have any recommendations? <BR> <BR> I pushed too hard in my at-home PT to be able to run/walk a 5 mile race tomorrow - and now I am limping again on my stiff knee. I SO want to be able to run. I am near tears as I write this. I like my Galloway group here, but it got to be emotionally painful to read about ... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:17:55 EST My Sleep Challenge - and PT Update I am challenging myself to complete a 7 day streak of a sleep challenge. The two components are getting ready for bed on time and getting up on time. Today I am at 1 & 1 for the challenge! <BR> <BR> Since I expect to be on a regular 6-2:30 M-F work schedule after July 4th while my store is being remodelled, I decided to experiment with seeing what a regular sleep schedule might do for my self care. My usual wake up time will be 5 am, with the only exception being freight days at work when... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 06:45:06 EST Day 48 You Gotta Want To... Interesting twist in today's 100DWL reading and exercises. <BR> *************************************** <BR> I DON'T WANT TO: <BR> <BR> Get enough sleep <BR> <BR> Stop binge watching Netflix <BR> <BR> Eat within my calorie range <BR> <BR> Feel connected other people - online and in real life <BR> <BR> Make healthy choices while at a scrapbook weekend. <BR> <BR> ******************************* <BR> That sounds about right a lot of the time. It is easier to hide by not doing these things... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:05:17 EST Day 47 Kick the Can't Things I "Can't" Do: <BR> <BR> Get enough sleep <BR> <BR> Stop binge watching Netflix <BR> <BR> Eat within my calorie range <BR> <BR> Feel connected other people - online and in real life <BR> <BR> Make healthy choices while at a scrapbook weekend. <BR> <BR> <BR> Reframing the above list: <BR> <BR> It's hard to get enough sleep, but I'll find a way! Maybe I could change the tone for my get-ready-for-bed alarm so it more novel and I am less likely to dismiss it. DONE <BR> <BR> It'... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 15:04:59 EST Day 44 It's Not the Right Time Yes, this is the right time to work on healthy living. A few months back, it was not with my husband's unemployment, lacking good insurance and with my mother's hospitalizations. Now, Dave is employed, I have that full-time job with benefits (insurance!) and Mother is currently out of the hospital. Now, I would not be surprised if my mother continues to be in and out of the hospital. <BR> <BR> So what are the current roadblocks to healthy living? And what can I do about them? <BR> <BR... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 12:28:33 EST Are My Feelings Important to Me? Are my feelings important to me? <BR> <BR> Am I living the life I want to live? <BR> <BR> These are the questions that I have been avoiding, that I have been pushing away with food and binge watching of TV. With taking care of everyone else. But the thoughts keep coming up - I am listening for now, in this moment. This is progress. <BR> <BR> I've also had thoughts like "If Katie can do it, so can I". What do I want my 'after' picture to look like? I love the smiles in her after pi... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 19:14:47 EST Updates, My Plan and Hope I have lots to update y'all on. I am now eligible for benefits through my job, so I am participating in the online wellness program. I had a bunch of routine blood tests done as part of that. I especially went in out of concern for possible thyroid symptoms (mental and energy) - turns out that med does need to be increased. And my HDL needs to be raised. Given a very strong family history of diabetes and heart disease, I was relieved that my other numbers were great. I will have a full ... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:12:53 EST Day 56 Head Hunger Part of me is hesitant to post a second blog entry in one day, because I don't want the first one to be lost to any readers or commentors since I am rather excited about the Good News and Goals. But the following entry about "head hunger" and grinding feels important to me also. <BR> <BR> ********************** <BR> <BR> In the 100 Days of Weight Loss challenge on the Emotional Eaters team, I am simultaneously working "my" day's challenge (Day 22) and joining the rest of the group (Day 56)... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:53:23 EST Good News and Likely Goals Hopefully, hopefully, hopefully, today is a big step further towards better times for my family and me. <BR> <BR> DH started a contract job today. It is much further away than we'd like, but it sure pays better than unemployment. And he will still be looking for a permanent job near home. <BR> <BR> And I have some quiet time at home by myself. Deep breath. <BR> <BR> We've gone back to the deep freeze. Sigh. Running outside is not in my near future - not 'til it warms up to about 25*... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:52:34 EST Days 17 & 18 Overate and overwatched TV yesterday. Gave permission to cats to 'hold me hostage' so I stayed on the couch - especially our 20YO oldster cat. Rose. <BR> <BR> <BR> Day 17 - Stop Wasting food <BR> <BR> Did I ever waste food into myself yesterday. <BR> <BR> I did leave a bit of food on my plate - offered it to N. How did it feel? At that point I had overeaten so much that I was feeling maybe ashamed, out of control or not much at all. I wish I had journalled before reaching for food. ... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:31:55 EST Days 13 & 14 Day 13 - Oops, I Forgot to Eat! <BR> <BR> Not a problem here. Already have alarms set for fuel times. <BR> <BR> Day 14 - Morning Affects Evening <BR> <BR> I do eat breakfast. Often I am very tired and hungry in the late afternoon and evening. I can follow the recommendation to ALWAYS eat an afternoon snack at 3:30ish that includes protein. <BR> <BR> *************** <BR> <BR> Yesterday was not a good day in terms of eating and watching TV. Actually, it may even be my worst ever. Watc... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 10:40:08 EST Mini Update: Struggling Slightly Longer Update: <BR> <BR> Still around - sort of. Been struggling with and losing myself in the desire to escape through overeating and overwatching TV. If y'all have read past blogs, it is the same old, same old stressors. <BR> <BR> I haven't been doing much on Spark - or much self-care at all. I am trying to work on the 100 Day Challenge - am on Day 12 - Fuel or Filler. Haven't been going to the gym or even running consistently. <BR> <BR> I was literally a half pound away ... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:48:03 EST Day 6 Protect My Program (and) Day 7 - I CAN DO IT! Friday: <BR> <BR> The eating is not going well. No written plan. Felt stressed by tax prep. And felt sorry myself that I'd be all alone on a Friday night. And D and N would be having the fun I want to have. Overeating and overwatching. And not planning, working my program. <BR> <BR> Day 6 Protect My Program <BR> <BR> *"Watch for ways to recognize and avoid situations that might cause you to weaken."* <BR> <BR> No one will ever care as much about my eating plan as me. One way to sidestep a... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 15:06:15 EST Day 5 - Magic Notebook Read through today's challenge before early start at work (5am). Did make some notes of food temptations on loose piece of paper. Figured I could use those and/or my phone to make notes to come back to write about in my journal and/or blog. One thing I learned - without a plan, my eating for the day can be distracted by a whim, backslide to old habits, and proximity to temptation. <BR> <BR> Today's challenge speaks to me. "Just because you think about a food doesn't mean you have to ea... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 21:05:36 EST Day 4 - Boundaries, Not Diets The reading for today's challenge talks about following a path, rather than a rigid completely on or completely off diet. And when a person might stray from a path, they can get back on it, get going in short order back in the goal direction. <BR> <BR> I have never really 'dieted' in the sense of trying to follow a rigid, temporary plan for weight loss. Hmmm - take that back, I did do a brief stint with Weight Watchers years ago, got to goal weight, but felt the program lacked in helping... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 10:12:27 EST Day 3 - Do It Anyway How did it feel to take a 'no matter what' approach to healthy eating yesterday - hopeful that with the plan for food I could do it, okay that I chose to add a mini-snack of 1/2 cup beans before bed, proud of what I accomplished, hopeful that I could continue this approach and would earn success. <BR> <BR> Actions I Plan to Stick With Today, Regardless of How I Feel at the Moment: <BR> <BR> Plan food <BR> Prep food <BR> Track food <BR> Run - 45 minutes with a 'magic mile' <BR> <BR> I ha... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 15:00:15 EST Day 2 - Interested Or Committed? Am I interested or committed to living a healthy lifestyle? Very intriguing concept that 'hits my nail on its head'! I have little difficulty with being committed to exercise, or at least the cardio portion. But healthy eating - that I have not been committed to no matter what. I trained for and completed a marathon. I need to bring that commitment to healthy eating. <BR> <BR> And oh my goodness do I have a BIG opportunity to demonstrate that commitment today. Today I am smack dab in... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:57:00 EST Day 1 - I Used to Be That Way... Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> I have been struggling alot with emotional eating and taking care of myself. I have not been on Spark much lately. I have reduced my Spark Other Goals list to two goals for the rest of February: track my food and each day complete a day in the 100 Days Challenge. <BR> <BR> This Challenge is based on my reading the "100 Days of Weight Loss" by Linda Spangle, which was recommended on the Emotional Eaters team. <BR> <BR> Day 1's challenge started with listing fear... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 15:21:43 EST A Respite of Calm Before the Storm Resumes I am choosing to take some of this calm quiet time to write before the storm of activity hits. <BR> <BR> I have actually been able to relax some on this trip by myself to MN to help my DD Jillian. Yeah! <BR> <BR> I am concerned about DD, her anxiety and all the normal questioning she is doing as a college freshman. I have been supporting and guiding her where necessary, particularly about the anxiety. She's been SO happy to see me, that I am worried about how she'll do when we don't se... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:11:45 EST Encouraging News Went in today for an interview at work for a promotion to head (or lead) of a department in my store. I knew going in that I was well liked and thought highly of regarding my work performance. I also knew that of the candidates I knew of applying for the position in Kids, I was not the strongest candidate in that my experience is primarily with hardlines areas, not softlines. The store manager told me that I will be a lead, and that she has Shoes in mind for me. The current lead in Shoes ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 19:01:35 EST The Time is Now The time is now. <BR> <BR> The time to take care of myself is now. Not tomorrow. The "things will get better when" mentality is wrong - the "when" may not come or be exactly how I want it. I should not put myself off morning routine is done, work is over, Mother is out of the hospital, my husband gets a job again. Yes, I have responsibilities to/for others that can't be put off 'until I get my act together'. But I could choose hummus and chips from the hospital cafeteria rat... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:15:57 EST I Don't Want to Be Journalling I don't want to be journalling, writing a blog entry or doing SP stuff right now. <BR> <BR> I want to be eating, eating, eating, watching fluff stuff on Netflix. Anything to not feel. <BR> <BR> So what am I feeling? Hot - it is warm in this room that is right above the furnace. Distracted by the cats wrestling in the hallway, which results in bangs on the door. Trying to figure out how to arrange the cheapest way to stay near DD, who has requested I come visit her at college. Fearful... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 17:30:43 EST Why One Day of Eating In Range Is a Huge Victory I ate in range yesterday. <BR> <BR> This is a huge victory. Eating in range was something I rarely did anyway before my recent downward spiral. Between Nov.20th and Jan.4th, I chose to ignore most common-Spark-sense, to ignore myself. I haven't been tracking, and have chosen to eat, eat, eat in quantity. I've not done strength training or non-running cardio. And I even had a period of 8 days with absolutely no exercise. I gained 9.2 pounds. <BR> <BR> Besides the ongoing stresses inclu... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:14:20 EST Big Challenges Keep Coming and Coming I just got another big whopping responsibility dumped on my shoulders. I need some relief, not more responsibility. But, this is my daughter and there is no one else to hand it over to, so I have to do it. <BR> <BR> DD's GI doc - who is one of the most compassionate, kind docs I've ever dealt with - believes that her GI issues and 20# weight loss are due to generalized anxiety disorder. It is apparently severe enough that there are some serious concern that she might not be able to succee... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 08:48:41 EST Yin and Yang <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not sure if I quite have the metaphors and imagery right for myself, but here goes. I feel like I have been making small progress in trying new ways to be, while also swinging way far and deep into less healthy behavior. Have others gone through this? People who have reached maintenance, experienced some success, have episodes of this on their journey? This morning, the yin and yang symbol came to mind afte... Mon, 23 Dec 2013 09:26:37 EST Back on the Healthy Living Path! For a few days there, I just gave in to the stress, the feeling of being worn out. Parts of this felt and tasted a little good, but the whole thing really didn't feel right. <BR> <BR> Side note: funny and/or ironic almost-typo up there - instead of typing ' a little good', I started to type' a little food'. It's been more than a little food. <BR> <BR> Things have gotten a little better here. We will have regular health insurance again starting 1/1. We've only had catastrophic coverage since... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 09:19:00 EST