SWDOTB2's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWDOTB2 SWDOTB2'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/ Letting Go of the Cane in Recovery http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270092 Friday morning, November 18th (16 days after knee replacement surgery): I ventured out alone and carried my cane with me, but not using it for weight bearing. The weather was so nice that I took my jacket off and carried it. Pushed myself by deciding to go around the little circle the second time. <BR> <BR> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <em>425</em> <BR> <BR> Saturday morning, November 19th (17 days after knee replacement surgery): I had a spark of an idea to ask my DH if he would... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 04:58:10 EST A Juice Blend from the gifts of friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266122 1 sweet potato - that was gifted to me from my brother's wife, my sister-in-law last Monday evening (11/07/16) when she came to visit me in my recovery from knee replacement surgery (11/02/16) She brought other vegetables as well which included beautiful little new potatoes, carrots, etc. <BR> <BR> 2 pears - from a large fruit basket that was delivered to my home Monday (11/07/16) from amazing and incredible women who have attended my Spinning & Strength training classes (Dina, Pam, Sherri... Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:24:21 EST Grocery Shopping Early to Follow Through on my Meal Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233856 DH and I went shopping yesterday after I taught my 75 minute yoga class. It was no surprise and to my delight that a young couple from Wakarusa returned to my class after they were in my thoughts and conversation this past week. I love it when this happens, you know, like when someone comes into your awareness and you hear from them or "run into" them. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0be384f9-3f34-40a2-b280-7d753f982dc2.JPG"> <BR> <BR> DH and I found an "I Love ... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:36:49 EST Sadness in my Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233254 Yesterday afternoon, I attended the funeral service and burial of my son's baby who was not carried to term. In my role as grandmother of this little girl child named Evelyn Colette, I carried flowers and tears as I was offered and accepted to sit on one of the green fabric-draped chairs near the little white casket. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/367291cd-1cb9-4624-9654-d5a7cf4dccbc.JPG"> <BR> <BR> My son and daughter-in-law lost another baby girl named Ella Le... Sat, 10 Sep 2016 08:27:55 EST "...a heart wide open to all this beauty..." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037887 "This food is the gift of the whole universe—the earth, the sky, and <BR> much hard work. <BR> May we live in a way that makes us worthy to receive it. <BR> May we transform our unskillful states of mind, especially our greed. <BR> May we take only foods that nourish us and prevent illness. <BR> We accept this food so that we may realize the path of practice." <BR> • <BR> Traditional, via Thich Naht Hanh <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving Day Prayer <BR> <BR> For the wide sky and the blessed sun, <B... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 21:02:37 EST Overspray http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6003116 I've been thinking about a poem I wrote a year ago entitled "Overspray" and relating it to how we are affected by energy. Recently I have been pondering energy and the many energy exchanges I encounter throughout my days. Being the sensitive spirit that I am, I shield up as I walk into the office world where I hold a job. The shield shifts as I transition from office world to walk into my calling of teaching a yoga class, the shield shifts and expands as I "hold space" for each class of s... Thu, 24 Sep 2015 06:48:15 EST Letting Go of the Larger Sizes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956180 My desire to weigh less than 165.9 is fulfilled from my true self. <BR> <BR> My desire to weigh less than 165.9 has the power to manifest. <BR> <BR> <BR> Recently I found a little black velvet long sleeve dress, it cost me $1 at a garage sale. I brought it home and tried it on. It fits just right and it is a size 10. <BR> <BR> <BR> Update on my Systematize Project for this Weekend's Double Trouble Challenge in BLC28: <BR> Saturday morning, I worked longer than 15 minutes on cleaning ou... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 05:51:02 EST "the lines run deep, you know," (samskaras) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5944863 A poem I wrote on Friday: <BR> <BR> remember the day <BR> we walked <BR> <BR> the coolness under the tall pines <BR> <BR> you pointed to a red-headed woodpecker <BR> sitting on top of a pole <BR> <BR> and I chose to steer through the gates <BR> the lines run deep you know... <BR> <BR> ...I whispered my intent <BR> to individuals <BR> choosing not to shout from the stage <BR> not making a show of it <BR> but drawing close <BR> leaning in <BR> wrapping my arm around <BR> <BR> the time spe... Sun, 14 Jun 2015 10:02:52 EST A Critical Place in my Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937099 "The light is critical: of me, of this long-dreamed, involuntary landing on the arm of an inland sea." (from Adrienne Rich's poem, "Integrity") <BR> <BR> I am aware that I am moving through a "critical" passage in my journey. How is it best to describe it...? but to acknowledge a deep hurt attached to the weight number representing 166 pounds. <BR> <BR> It happened on Christmas Day (1995)...presents wrapped, all 3 children were in their Sunday best (the little girls' hair combed and b... Sun, 31 May 2015 05:31:00 EST Poetry Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912733 The Dean of the Schurz Library, Vicki Bloom asked me to read some of my poetry at an event on campus yesterday afternoon. This event included recognition of the month of April as National Poetry Month. Being acknowledged as a poet means so much to me and the Dean acknowledged my voice and my yoga teaching as I found my way back to my chair after reading several poems. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1110547632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 04:47:33 EST Making More Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5899262 weight: 172.3 (a loss of -1.1 pounds) <BR> <BR> 01/14/15 193.8 <BR> 01/21/15 191.3 (-2.5 pounds in the first week) <BR> 01/28/15 188.2 (-3.1 pounds in the second week for a challenge total of -5.6) <BR> 02/04/15 186.1 (-2.1 pounds in the third week for a challenge total of -7.7 pounds) <BR> 02/11/15 183.9 (-2.2 pounds in the fourth week for a challenge total of -9.9 pounds lost) <BR> 02/18/15 183.3 (-0.6 of a pound in the 5th week for a challenge total of -10.5 lbs. lost) <BR> 02/25/15 180.5... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:21:53 EST Making Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5886690 weight: 178.7 (I am so very thankful for this progress toward my desire for weight loss!!!) <BR> <BR> 01/14/15 193.8 <BR> 01/21/15 191.3 (-2.5 pounds in the first week) <BR> 01/28/15 188.2 (-3.1 pounds in the second week for a challenge total of -5.6) <BR> 02/04/15 186.1 (-2.1 pounds in the third week for a challenge total of -7.7 pounds) <BR> 02/11/15 183.9 (-2.2 pounds in the fourth week for a challenge total of -9.9 pounds lost) <BR> 02/18/15 183.3 (-0.6 of a pound in the 5th week for a c... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 06:58:52 EST I am not looking for excuses. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880410 I am not looking for excuses. I am looking for progress. I am looking to move forward. <BR> <BR> Jan. 14, 2015 193.8 <BR> Jan. 21, 2015 191.3 (lost 2.5 pounds) <BR> Jan. 28, 2015 188.2 (lost 3.1 pounds) <BR> Feb. 04, 2015 186.1 (lost 2.1 pounds) <BR> Feb. 11, 2015 183.9 (lost 2.2 pounds) <BR> Feb. 18, 2015 183.3 (lost 0.6 pound) for a total of 10.5 pounds since the beginning of the Spark Biggest Loser's Challenge Round #27 and we still have 7 weeks to go... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:12:00 EST Heart Enhanced Walk, Day 75 of 75 Day Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875474 Sparker "IUSBDEB" surprised me during our lunch hour yesterday. Each heart shaped clue led me into doing more than our intended walk around an indoor track. 1st heart instructed me to walk out to the parking area where I found the next heart shaped clue under my truck's windshield wiper. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l441378383.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This heart shaped clue sent me walking across campus to the Schurz library building where we climbed up 5 flights of ... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 07:45:08 EST Walk, Day 70 of 75 Day Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5875290 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1499045021.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was cold outside last Sunday so we walked inside. My granddaughter walked with me to Leslie Sansone's WATP dvd. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l919901625.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l294274006.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l216527578.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l3... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:11:48 EST 5th Week in Review (February) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5872141 70 days, my walking streak contineus..., at least 30 minutes every day, <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> This was my 7th week following ChaLEAN's Extreme Workout dvd's. Campus was closed last Sunday when 14.7 inches of snow fell breaking a record, campus was closed on Monday as well. Wednesday's cycling and strength training class filled. <BR> <BR> <em>324</em> <em>362</em> <BR> <BR> Used 8# weights to warm u... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 22:42:45 EST 4th January Week in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5866641 4th Check-in of the Year: <BR> <BR> 62 days, my walking streak continues.., at least 30 minutes every day. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> This is my 6th week following ChaLEAN's Extreme Workout dvd's and I moved in the 2nd week of the Push Circuit workouts. The Monday and Wednesday cycling and strength training classes I teach both filled to capacity with extras coming back into the room for just the strength training even thou... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 17:03:47 EST 3rd January Week in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5865292 Last week on January 24, 2015, I posted this on the Beauty Over 50 January Challenge and wanted to include it here, in my blogs. <BR> <BR> 3rd Check-in of the Year: <BR> <BR> 54 days, my walking streak continues.., at least 30 minutes every day. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <em>311</em> <BR> <BR> This was my 5th week of following ChaLEAN's Extreme and I moved into using the Push Circuit workouts after completing 4 weeks of Burn Circuit strength training dvds. This changes... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:05:34 EST Planning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858896 Planning on a new moon day for the rest of this week (Jan. 20th-25th, 2015: <BR> <BR> Tuesday, January 20th: <BR> 5:20pm - 6:00pm will walk around the indoor track before teaching. <BR> 6:30pm - 7:45pm Will teach yoga downtown <BR> 8:15pm - 8:45pm I will walk on the treadmill downtown after teaching yoga to get in my 30 minutes that I committed to as my Last Chance Workout (LCW) before my Wednesday weigh-in. <BR> 9:00pm - 9:30pm Grocery shopping to tap into a 5% off discount day <BR>... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:48:09 EST 2nd January Week in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858299 2nd Check-in of the Year: <BR> <BR> 50 days, my walking streak continues.., at least 30 minutes every day. I was fortunate enough to see six swans on the river during Thursday's walk (January 15th). Saturday's walk was on an inside track downtown at the Memorial Health and Lifestyle Center where I teach yoga. I walked after teaching yoga and I used the sauna in between teaching yoga and walking. Sunday's walk was on an inside track on campus after teaching a yoga class to 11 people. <BR> ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:01:35 EST A Camo Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856727 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1702201876.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My streak of taking at least a 30 minute walk every day continues. I walked outdoors Thursday, January 15th on my lunch hour. This is one of my favorite views downstream from atop the red foot bridge that connects our main campus to student housing. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l245700056.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I counted six swans upstream. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 21:59:02 EST January Week in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851532 1st Check-in of the Year: <BR> <BR> I am happy to report that my little orchid is blooming again. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l597738440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am also happy to report that I am continuing my walking streak each day for at least 30 minutes since the first of December, whether it's outdoors or on an inside track, I am walking and it feels like I am moving forward. <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> This is the 3rd week of returning to following ChaLEAN's ... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 04:30:51 EST Day 30 of a 30 Day Walking Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5841577 This is the 30th day out of 30 days that I have taken a walk. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2080548098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> IUSBDEB agreed to walk outdoors with me to keep my walking streak going. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l484913101.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The path that leads back by the heron rookery and the osprey platform. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l423642064.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is the St. Jose... Tue, 30 Dec 2014 22:24:45 EST Walk, Day 26 of a 26 Day Streak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839132 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1157120942.jpg">' <BR> <BR> I asked my son if he would like to support my walking streak by taking a walk with me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l44829282.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My husband walked with us instead of taking a nap and I found a little resistance training by pushing the stroller. I love being an active grandmother. Sat, 27 Dec 2014 05:08:04 EST Christmas Day walk, instead of baking cookies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838735 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1805716495.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I made a choice to walk on the 25th day of my walking streak, instead of baking cookies for this evening's Christmas dinner. I chose to set out tangerines, apples, strawberries, blueberries and bananas instead. My daughter brought cookies, we had more than enough sugar ladened foods without the additional cookies that I chose not to bake. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l3437... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 10:32:14 EST Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838304 So I started a streak on the first of December: to take a walk every day and I'm 24 days in to this streak. Yesterday was Christmas Eve day and the club downtown was closing early at 1pm. My fitness accountability and workout partner, Sparker IUSBDEB met me on her lunch hour so we could walk on the indoor track since it was raining steadily outside. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l475411662.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We walked for 33 minutes, then decided to climb ont... Thu, 25 Dec 2014 09:40:58 EST Saturday evening with my Daughter & her 2 daughters, 07/19/2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742872 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l291641174.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My daughter and her two little girls at Krider Garden, Middlbury, Indiana. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l389483090.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We met up near a halfway point to walk in the garden. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l356984147.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Near the statue of "Hebe, the goddess of youth," a bird's nest rests in her hand... <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:47:14 EST Spark Rally, April 26th, 2014 Florence, Kentucky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696885 Florence, Kentucky Spark Rally, April 26, 2014 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966825399.jpg" <BR> <BR> My sister, READING GAL traveled more than 8 hours from North Carolina to meet me at this Spark Rally. I traveled 5 hours from South Bend, Indiana. I was so happy to see her again, it had been almost a year since we spent time together. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l260666072.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With gratitude for INDYGIRL (Be... Sat, 17 May 2014 08:59:15 EST On a Snowy Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582788 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1720516243.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Very thankful for a dear friend who allowed me to talk about why I eat. It helped me to tell her what I wanted to eat yesterday and I had a good day yesterday. Followed through with a romaine, zucchini, avocado salad last evening and stopped there without any night time eating. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 10:05:59 EST Started October by fasting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502134 A successful day of fasting to cleanse and also to take back a little control over my eating. Broke my fast this morning with a 3 egg white omelette of spinach, chopped red pepper and shaved parmesan cheese in a tsp. of coconut oil over 8 sprigs of steamed asparagus. I am thankful for a phone conversation last evening with a wellness coach who is in training. I volunteered to be one of her practice clients. We talked about visualization and I found myself describing my spirituality, clari... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 06:46:23 EST Mother's Day 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5355950 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l810194366.jpg"> <BR> Pokagon State Park, near Angola, IN was filled with redbud trees in bloom and even though the day was cold, we packed a picnic lunch. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2130339328.jpg"> <BR> My 3-year-old granddaughter, Joscelyn enjoyed looking at the turtles and frogs at the nature center at the park. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1631557015.jpg"> <BR> I enjo... Tue, 14 May 2013 07:21:11 EST May 11th, 2013, Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353732 I am encouraged by my weight loss of just one pound. The first week in the May challenge is behind me and I am motivated to keep working toward more weight loss. After asking for support from Spark friends who walked together, IUSBDEB gifted me with some green produce from the Farmer's Market yesterday morning: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1778849168.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thank you for the romaine and the asparagus, the spring greens and the red pepper and for c... Sun, 12 May 2013 06:41:38 EST May 10th, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352852 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1304991143.jpg"> I asked IUSBDEB to take a photo of me so I could see myself at the weight I am at in the beginning of this May challenge. Sparker FVHORVATH was standing with IUSBDEB and I spotted these beautiful purple iris blooming on campus outside of Greenlawn Hall. LESSOFMOORE was just arriving, walking down the sidewalk toward us to meet up for a SPARK walk last night after work. I shed my jackets for this photo, but the weather wa... Sat, 11 May 2013 08:31:44 EST Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5306157 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1700554260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Back on plan, I decided to prepare waffles instead of steel-cut oatmeal for this Sunday holiday breakfast. <BR> <BR> I started with 2 Kashi blueberry waffles, 150 calories, 6 g of fiber. <BR> <BR> I measured 3/4 cup of Stoneyfield organic french vanilla lowfat yogurt and divided this, spooning it over the 2 waffles. 3/4 cup is 128 calories, 35% calcium, only 6-7g of protein, it wasn't greek yogurt, that would... Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:20:24 EST An article about Willpower http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5231241 This quote comes from an article, by Hillari Dowdle that I found in Yoga Journal, Feb., 2013 called: "Boost Your Willpower:" <BR> <BR> "Step 1 Know What You Want" <BR> <BR> "...If you want to lose weight, for example, is it really about squeezing into those skinny jeans? ...can you approach it as an opportunity to create a body that enables you to experience life with vitality and ease? Can you make it an act of love toward yourself? ...Formulate your "I want" statement within the cont... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 06:46:37 EST Commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5178471 It was just a week ago, I selected one card from Lynn Andrews' "Power Deck" and it was the card entitled, "Commitment." Andrews writes: "You need commitment to focus on your target...to hit the bull's eye requires total commitment of your spiritual and physical being." <BR> <BR> And now, here it is again: "make a commitment," as I begin using SparkCoach this morning to help me lose this extra weight that I've allowed myself to carry again after losing it initially by using Spark and the ... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 07:33:33 EST I was so touched by this story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5151273 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448&<BR>feature=youtu.be </link> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 05:07:38 EST Apple and Caramel Bread Pudding for breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145661 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1368559396.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I am focusing on getting a handle on my eating. I am determined to stay on my eating plan this week now that the Thanksgiving holiday is past. I made this "best life plan" recipe this morning and also on the morning of Thanksgiving. My son and daughter-in-law enjoyed it very much after completing a 5K Turkey Trot in Niles, Michigan. I babysat for their 2 month old daughter this year so they could run together.... Sun, 25 Nov 2012 06:47:05 EST Photos from Spark Rally in Portage, 9/15/12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080476 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/4/l642158247.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942431993.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l836802440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The photograph of the group at the Spark Rally in Portage that my DH tried to take with his cell phone did not turn out, it was very blurry. Did anyone take more photos of this Spark rally, I would love to see them. Please share. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:23:02 EST Still Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5076035 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l469346577.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I walked down to the small lake at Still Water after teaching a restorative yoga class this morning. I sat on the small dock there and watched a red tail hawk. I took some time for myself, to be alone, to watch the ripples in the water after the fish "hit" the surface. I listened to the wind in the trees and the jays. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l908734391.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:17:57 EST Open to what the Universe has planned for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5075328 This is about yesterday, this is about today. This is where I am right now...open to what the Universe has planned for me, my life path. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I taught four yoga classes in one day. This was a "first" for me. It felt so good. The first class was an early class at a local well-known facility that I am not at liberty to write about in a public blog. It began at 6AM and I am a morning person, as some of you know. I enjoy beginning my day with yoga, it sets my intent for my ... Wed, 26 Sep 2012 07:21:45 EST Heron Indeed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952683 Sighted more nesting bluegills from the bridge, the river is low. Two large plovers or killdeer along the water's edge and a large heron balanced on top of a branch. Walked to a grocery store for low sodium black beans to add in the flatbread with romaine, salsa and avocado. Splurged and bought a set of metal measuring cups to keep in my desk at work. Someone left a large cookie with frosting on the break table in the kitchen right next to my office. It never fails, whenever I try to dil... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 22:03:35 EST A Walk after Dinner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4951064 The moon is so beautiful this evening, we took a walk after dinner and the air temperature isn't as hot as it was before the sun set. Stayed on the "best life plan" throughout this day and tracked every bite. Also got in some abdominal strength training this evening after our weekend guests left for Ft. Wayne. I can do this! Sun, 1 Jul 2012 22:37:17 EST January 2nd, Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4653247 So I'm thinking about yesterday. I'm reflecting on how I did. I am following my bestlife food plan again. I really love the focus on vegetables and fruits. The Lentil Barley stew I ate for lunch had small chunks of sweet potatoes in it (Vitamin A). It snowed heavily most of the day and I knew I had to drive into town last evening to teach a yoga class. <BR> <BR> I prepared dinner early in the afternoon, slicing up 3 zucchini, lemon zest, minced garlic and artichoke hearts to be served... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 06:19:37 EST Cooked up a storm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4649650 Just finished the second liter of water for this first day in the New Year and I cooked up a storm today. Stuck to my bestlife meal plans all day and tracked everything. My weight is up after the holidays and I need to prioritize my weight loss efforts in the busyness of my schedules. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 21:25:59 EST Human-ness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4518578 Human, being human...I continue to be in awe...our bodies are so unique and wondrously made, each cell, each breath, each thought... <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I tried to eat a little cleaner...I remembered to cleanse with apple cider vinegar in the morning, but now this morning, I've already forgot. Could of had something to do with getting out the door early, pushing myself to get to an early morning step aerobics class. I felt like I needed this cardio workout due to my spin classes being can... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 09:32:59 EST Focusing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348758 Dear Lee, <BR> <BR> I'm so glad you found your goals for July and taped them up on the dining room wall right above the dimmer light switch. <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> <BR> <BR> 1.) to study hard, to keep my head in my homework and to catch up on the reading for yoga teacher training before the retreat on the 15th of July. <BR> 2.) to continue making anatomy flashcards, I'm a visual learner <BR> 3.) to eat less in the evenings <BR> 4.) to strive to eat more clean and more raw foods <BR> 5.)... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 07:18:48 EST July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346397 It's 5:57AM and I pull open the living room draperies. The sunrise is breathtaking, the deep pink of dawn coming on...tufted clouds like a sky mattress pad cover release their stitches and I'm feeling a need to write to you. <BR> <BR> I know you are filled with gratitude for yet another day in this lifetime, this is established, this is your way, your practice, a tuning within of when to open up to the outside world... <BR> <BR> The blueberries taste good this morning, yes? -on top of you... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 06:53:51 EST Poetry (Late Spring 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4279837 <em>172</em> <em>134</em> <BR> <BR> EASTER <BR> <BR> hyacinths in white <BR> <BR> eucalyptus oil in <BR> water on hot stones <BR> <BR> steam rises <BR> <BR> sweat cleanses <BR> time away <BR> <BR> the in between <BR> <BR> hyacinths in purple <BR> hyacinths in white <BR> <BR> a rabbit crosses the road <BR> <BR> Lee Scott-Green (April 21, 2011) <BR> <BR> COMMENCEMENT <BR> <BR> there's a nest in the magnolia <BR> and the maple has leafed out <BR> <BR> some kind of roll call <BR> I... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 05:55:38 EST Cincinnati Spark Rally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4252216 There were 11 round tables in the conference room at the Cincinnati Spark Rally Saturday. And around each table... Spark people... with their own incredible stories of weight loss success and determination. It was absolutely amazing and humbling to listen and get to know so many people who nodded their acknowledgment and smiled with encouragement. I am filled with gratitude this evening for this experience, filled with gratitude for each person there who extended their friendship. <BR> ... Mon, 23 May 2011 23:39:27 EST