TORTISE110's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TORTISE110 TORTISE110's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ A Funny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965922 Passing this along to my Spark Friends who try to run or work out in any way every day. Loved this cartoon passed along to me by a friend this morning. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4211201b-2e29-421b-bd39-3b083f338352.jpg"> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:31:16 EST Building a Life with Peaceful Practices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5962588 Sometimes I get so busy I forget how important it is to build in 'peaceful practices' into my days. Reflecting on that this morning got me thinking about what I believe about such activities and here's what I came up with: <BR> <BR> I believe a peaceful practice is like a balanced meal I feed myself to sustain life. A basic. Not a luxury. Not "me time" in a selfish sense. A peaceful practice serves a real need I have to restore my life, replenish my energy stores and build up the reserve... Sat, 18 Jul 2015 06:32:28 EST Sharing a Beautiful Photograph from Spain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5959905 Good morning, Those of you who know me know my son has been walking the El Camino de Santiago for the past month. This weekend he and his girlfriend finished the 500 mile trek and we were able to catch up some. There was a part of the 'way' that our son walked alone. His girlfriend was not feeling well and so needed to use transport. This is the picture--he says it is the best of his collection--taken at sunset on the Meseta, an arid stretch of the El Camino. <BR> <BR> It is wonderful ... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 06:48:13 EST Enough With Trying to be Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5954806 Passing along a quote from blog I like alot, Marc and Angel Hack Life: <BR> <BR> "The quest for perfection always ends in devastation. Thinking you have to do things perfectly is like strapping an extra 500 pounds to your back – it absolutely crushes you. Perfection is correlated with depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis or missed opportunities. The fear of failing, making mistakes, not meeting people’s expectations, and being criticized keeps us outside the arena where ... Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:02:17 EST What It Takes Is Not Boring at All http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947578 Outside of Spark I don't talk much about weight or eating (just cooking, LOL!). Since we are all 'at it,' Spark is a safe place to vent and smile, complain and celebrate this particular road. So much diet talk away from here is about fad diets or how folks 'should diet,' etc. and frankly the subject I spend so much time on here, bores me in casual conversation. <BR> <BR> I make exceptions when someone asks me what I do to maintain. I tell them I use the fitness site SparkPeople. I know tha... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 06:24:27 EST I Count Gardening as an Activity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943271 I came back from my travels to a garden path overcome with weeds. I decided to tackle that instead of a gym workout. It was complely satisfying and while it did not race my heart I moved (!) for many hours. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cbab33d8-cbe4-4e1e-a96d-bb419ad3fde5.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the right corner is my pot of 'porch herbs.' In the fall when it starts to get just a bit cooler I'll fill it with lettuces too. I'm so glad I can do that on my front p... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 05:58:27 EST How Much Should We Sit Each Day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5939449 "Metabolism slows down 90 percent after 30 minutes of sitting. The enzymes that move the bad fat from your arteries to your muscles, where it can get burned off, slow down. The muscles in your lower body are turned off. And after two hours, good cholesterol drops 30 percent. Just getting up for five minutes is going to get things going again. These things are so simple they're almost stupid." <BR> <BR> This quote is from an article in the Washington Post today covering research on how m... Thu, 4 Jun 2015 07:13:16 EST Are We Starving Ourselves? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5931852 A friend of mine posted this on fb today: <BR> <BR> "Just thinking...we spend a lot of thought, effort and money on making sure that the foods we put into our bodies are mostly wholesome, healthy and free from toxins. I wonder how life would change if we developed the same rigor and concern for how we feed our souls and minds?" <BR> <BR> We are careful about the ingredients in our food, what about the ingredients in our day? What makes for a nourishing day? <BR> <BR> Food and activities ... Thu, 21 May 2015 08:19:17 EST Remembering Mom on Mother's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925622 Sharing a picture of my mom on this Mother's Day. It was taken during a hospital stay a few years before she died. <BR> <BR> It's fitting Mom should be on a Spark blog. She cooked well and cooked with all fresh ingredients. At retirement and until very late in life (she lived to be 93) she walked 2 miles a day, every day. While she was a master pie maker, pie was a special occasion thing in our home, and we did not have dessert every day. And not surprisingly, her weight did not vary mu... Sun, 10 May 2015 06:06:56 EST On Living a Messy Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5925193 "All those beautiful, spotless rooms on Pinterest? Nobody lives in them." Patti Digh <BR> <BR> This quote reminds me of things I've done in life to stop myself from living. While I'm not a fan of a completely chaotic house I am trying to be more flexible about inviting people in even when the house is not PERFECT. <BR> <BR> I don't know about you but when I go into a home where everything looks perfect I get downright nervous. I feel like I'm about to make a mis-step at any minute. Wh... Sat, 9 May 2015 07:17:57 EST How Can I Be Kind to Me Today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920653 Not many of us would debate the importance of being kind to others. We know it’s a better world and a better day when we are. But how often do we ask ourselves, “How can I be kind to me today?” <BR> <BR> When I ask myself that question honestly I find the answer that comes is usually something small and doable. Here are some of my ‘answers’ from this week: <BR> <BR> I can sit down and call my friend Karen for a good talk. <BR> <BR> I can drink water because I always feel a lit... Fri, 1 May 2015 08:32:55 EST A Reflection on Kindness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917346 I am reading a memoir I like very much called Bettyville. It's the story about a man--a writer from NYC--who goes home to Missouri--Paris, Missouri--to take care of his aging mom, Betty. I love the book for being so well written and human, but mostly I love it for being kind. She is not easy and he is ceaselessly, but not perfectly, kind. <BR> <BR> I think of my family as a safe and loving place and I don't think I am wrong in that. But I notice sometimes we are more polite than kind to o... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:47:40 EST Kayaking Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912996 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1782290192.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What a great day on the water. My DH and I went out this afternoon. We watched a very defensive Canadian goose flutter and squak to lead us away--presumably from a nest. A heron took flight about 10 yards away from the nose of my husband's boat. <BR> <BR> It was wonderful to be on the lake, and to be healthy enough to paddle and savor it all. Thank you, Spark life! Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:17:37 EST Itching for Spring and Summer Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909237 I love how spring makes me 'itchy," and I don't mean seasonal-allergy itchy. I mean itching to MOVE. As soon as the weather turns just a little warm I am drawn outside to walk, to kayak. I also start dreaming of swimming, hiking and the beach. <BR> <BR> The warming trend in our neck of the woods makes me realize how 'pent up' winter was as for me this year. When we weren't cooped up because of difficult weather we were wrapped up in layers of clothing. As I put away my winter stuff I ... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:46:13 EST Spring Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5903334 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2097678849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't know how many calories are in a "Peep," do you? But this picture made me laugh out loud! Happy Spring and Happy Easter to those who celebrate. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 05:53:23 EST First Paddle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5897039 Those of you who know me on Spark know I've been waiting for this day. The outside temp got over 55 when my husband and I pushed off. The sun was warm on our backs. The windspeed low. Nirvana! <BR> <BR> It was a quiet trip. We paddled by some trolling fisher-folks. All of us were out just taking in the day. Later in the season the lake will roar with jet skis, motor boats. But for today, the lake was ours. We visited a few coves, waved to neighbors in their yards--some we haven't s... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 14:33:45 EST Watching My Weight(s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892093 This is not another blog about weight. Well it is about weight, but not the kind we talk most about on Spark. <BR> <BR> I'm talking about the weight I use in the gym to strength train. Let me be clear. I am not a body builder. And free weights still kind of scare me. I know, a trainer would help, but I'm not wanting to hire a trainer right now. I do a circuit using weight machines. <BR> <BR> Recently I started paying really close attention to the amount of weight I feel comfortable wo... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:51:51 EST I'm Thinking that Sometimes Easy Does It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887907 I woke up too early today. 4 a.m. is early even for an early riser like me. But it's my strategy for times when I seem fully awake and can't get back to sleep. I just get up and start my day. Which probably means there is a nap ahead in my day. <BR> <BR> Sleep is pretty important to me. I need it to balance myself: my work, my relationships, my workouts and self control around eating. So I think I'll go a little slower today. I've been on a workout "ramparge" after healing from a kne... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 06:08:15 EST The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth about Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5880937 I am coming to grips with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly Truth about what it takes for me to maintain a healthy life style. <BR> <BR> The Good (news) is all the great information, the fabulous motivating friends, and the inspiring photos and ideas on Spark that help keep a smile on my face and a bounce in my steps. Tracking is good. I always know exactly what to get back to when I slip up and am doing less-than-healthy things. <BR> <BR> The Bad is that part of my motivation for being here... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 06:52:22 EST Snow Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5877218 It's a feet by the fire kind of day. First snowfall of the year where I live. (I know, Boston, you should be so fortunate). But with it comes a delightful pause in metro DC where we all know people could wisely spend a little more time pausing--creating the mental space--to think clearly. And then there are all those neglected political children all over town who may finally get some prime time with their parents! I mean it is really cool when this city slows down. <BR> <BR> <img src="... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 07:13:56 EST A Spark-Like Food Fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874943 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1101010736.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember fighting over the biggest cookie? I sure do. And my husband, one of four boys, sure does as well. But lately something weird in a Sparky kind of way is happening at our house. <BR> <BR> We are trying to get the smallest piece of food instead. "Give it to me!" "No, give it to ME!" <BR> <BR> No one has been forked yet, but it strikes me as hilarious. Fri, 13 Feb 2015 07:56:18 EST Beets! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5871084 I borrowed a tool called a "Spiralizer" from a friend and have been experimenting with different vegetables. Last night it was beets: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1114751920.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I roasted them and then tossed them in a light vinagrette with some crumbled Feta and Pecans. <BR> <BR> Last week I made zucchini 'spagetti'. I sauteed them in a little olive oil and garlic and topped with Parmesan cheese. Pretty yummy. Sat, 7 Feb 2015 08:06:50 EST Anxious? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864359 Keeping it short and sweet today. True this! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1327360422.jpg"> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:42:42 EST I HAD NO IDEA: 4 Grams of Sugar in 1 Teaspoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5858517 Out of curiosity I just checked into how many grams of sugar there are in a teaspoon. I found out there were 4. And I am now in sugar shock. <BR> <BR> I HAD NO IDEA. <BR> <BR> Today I had some Dannon Greek Yogurt -- flavored and 0 fat -- but it has 19 grams of sugar in it's 130 calories. Just about 5 teaspoons!! OMGosh <BR> <BR> I HAD NO IDEA. <BR> <BR> I don't crave sugar in pastries, cookies, etc. Fortunately, while I loved these things as a child I don't really love them now. S... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:22:06 EST Laxidaisical January http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849186 Wow, it's cold where I live this week. I actually slept in my work out tights last night just to add a layer under my night shirt. Handy when morning came because I was half ready to go to the gym. LOL. <BR> <BR> I'm fighting the laxidaisical trend that hits me in January. I can handle my eating pretty well, but really, really I like go into a couch-centered mode. You know, book, coffee, legs under self with blanket nearby whenever possible? A fire... <BR> <BR> But after a busy day ... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 05:27:09 EST Healthy, Happy 2015! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5842500 The joy of having hung in with Spark for many years now--3 years in February to be exact--is that weight maintenance is my goal as the new year begins, not weight loss. It felt like a 'little miracle' last January 1, and it feels like a little miracle this year. Well to be honest, having been concerned about weight most of my life, just having a MAINTENANCE goal feels like a little miracle every DAY! <BR> <BR> But of course maintaining a healthy weight is not a miracle. It is consistent... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 06:24:54 EST Living into the Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834757 Yesterday I had lunch with a group of friends in my writing group. It was festive and fun. We know each other's stories and have shared a lot over several years now. Being together is a treat. As we were leaving a few of us were talking in the parking lot about writing goals for the new year. But then my friend, Kim, said, "I'm just living into this wonderful season right now and enjoying it. That's my only goal right now." <BR> <BR> Hearing her say that was a gift. I breathed easier ... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:15:11 EST Setting My Mood by the Number(s) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832708 At check-in with Spark every morning I score my mood on my start page. It the past I’d consider how I was feeling right then—usually at 5:30 am--and give myself a score. Typically I’d pick a score between 7 and 8. For me that meant I was feeling fine, generally upbeat, but nothing special. After all, the day was just getting underway. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1407216034.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But these mood ratings felt repetitive and meaningless until one d... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 07:30:53 EST There Will Probably Be Another Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819908 When I am eating something the I really enjoy I try to remind myself that this is probably not my last meal of "it." I will have another opportunity at some point to eat and enjoy it or something equally as enjoyable. In other words I eat a reasonable portion, telling myself I don't need to stuff myself now because I can have more later. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l84034528.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At holiday time this is really helpful. There are so many tradit... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:54:15 EST Looking for an Apology? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818733 I have been taking an on line class that poses powerful questions, life changing questions, every other day or so. Yesterday this one came up: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l920924089.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I realized that I was still upset about a friend who betrayed me many years ago. I don't think she understood how deeply she hurt me. But when I worked with yesterday's question I realized that what I really needed was to recognize for myself that she really di... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:44:56 EST Putting My Stamp on Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811826 I drove to the gym this morning at 5:45. It was dark and raining. I felt intrepid as I drove down a suburban street on my way to the fitness center even though I was sipping French Roast and listening to music. Then I saw a man in reflective clothing running outside on the sidewalk. Now I mentioned that it was raining; but actually it was pouring. That runner, I decided, was really INTREPID. <BR> <BR> Still, in some ways that runner and I were both doing the same thing. We were both up ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 08:11:40 EST Four Miles on a Country Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800704 Somedays are better than others for lacing up my walking shoes and getting outside. This weekend has been glorious. One of my goals on Spark is to get outside every day. I do mean everyday, even when the weather is not the best. Getting out the door reminds me of the kid I once was who could not wait to get home, get out of her school clothes and go outside. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l32574050.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On my walk a few days ago I saw some things... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 06:41:21 EST Glad to Be a Healthy Nana http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796673 When I started Spark my goal was to be healthy for my 4 grandchildren. So far so good, except that now I have 6!! Here is our newest little one, Jackson, with me and my DH. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2143437695.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 07:12:38 EST A Healthy Day at the State Fair? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788842 Yesterday my husbnd and I went with my stepdaughter and grandchildren to the Virginia State Fair. What a terrific day. The children loved the rides the best, of course. I remember how great it felt to be given the freedom to go into the ride section of the fair with $10 for the afternoon! Rides aren't unsupervised anymore, at least not with an 8 and an 11 year old, but still. <BR> <BR> My daughter made this collage of pictures from the day. Note the one with me and the grands in front of... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:00:42 EST Add Fun to My 'To Do' List? Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787178 I got a suggestion yesterday (in an on-line class) to look at my 'to do' list for the day, to scratch half of it and add one item of "fun." It could be anything. Sticking a flower in a vase, drawing a picture, painting my nails... <BR> <BR> I realized how my original list--which was, by the way, in my head and not written down-- was one of 'obligations.' There was a bill to pay, a stack of paper to organize, an exercise session to get in, etc. When I tried to think of 'fun' I was (I am... Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:50:26 EST Maintaining as Summer Departs and Fall and Winter Arrive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782255 As September moves all too quickly toward October I am thinking about fall and winter weight gain. It is tempting to cling to the lovely fruit and veggie meals of summer, but I noticed lately that local peaches and nectarines have lost their healthy texture and flavor. And yes, the markets where I live have summer fruits all winter, but for me, it is not the same. <BR> I ate a wonderful apple today for a snack. It crackled when I bit in. It was juicy and close to divine. <BR> <BR> <img ... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:44:21 EST Remembering 9-11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777719 Thinking of this date as my husband and I travel to NYC today to visit our son who works in Brooklyn. He was in elementary school in a Washington DC suburb the day the towers were hit and the Pentagon as well. We live close enough to the Pentagon to have had our house shake. He does not remember much about that day. <BR> <BR> We have an older daughter who changed her fitness goals after 9-11. She realized she could not have carried people out of the towers, and it bothered her. <BR> <BR>... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 07:03:11 EST It's the Little Things: Playing with my Spices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768676 Twice a year I go through my spices and organize, re-alphabetize (no one in my house, including me seems to consistently put spices back where they belong!!) and evaluate my spice rack. <BR> <BR> Spices get old and stale and need to be tossed. This project helps me decide I'm never going to use something and toss it out: today it was dried basil. It is so readily available fresh now, and dried basil doesn't work the same way at all. I'm not going to use it anymore. I feel the same way a... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:04:46 EST The Fears I've Left Behind by Losing Weight & Maintaining http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754956 It struck me today that after a year and 11 months of healthy weight maintenance there are a bunch of things I no longer fear. <BR> <BR> I no longer fear the scale. Up a pound or down a pound, I know what to do. <BR> <BR> I no longer fear a pool party or 'swimsuit season'. I own 3 swim suits and none of them promise to make me look ’10 pounds thinner.” I’m happy to put them on. <BR> <BR> I no longer fear going to the gym. I’m one of the crowd there. In fitness classes I keep up when I... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 09:11:10 EST Under Promise and Over Deliver? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750930 Ever felt backed into a corner by work or a family member to get something accomplished? Or felt the need to do more until you were exhausted? <BR> <BR> I sure have. My PTA days come to mind! And in many other circumstances when I am thinking, "how can I possibly..." while saying, "sure, I'll do that." <BR> <BR> Then one day a mentor of mine told me to try a bold new approach: "Under promise so you can over deliver." It sure beats the alternative of over promising and under delivering... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 09:08:25 EST Conversations that Feed Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744706 My husband and I start and end most day with a little conversation. In the morning we read the newspaper and chat over coffee and at night we collect our 'stories of the day' and catch one another up on what's happened. We've done this for as long as I can remember, even when we had children. <BR> <BR> I consider this time as necessary and as essential as food and water to nourish and restore ourselves. I suppose we could say we are 'working on our relationship,' but really we are just... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:01:01 EST Health Report Card: IDEAL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733975 Something fun happened today. My health care provider, Kaiser Permanente sent me a "Health Log." It said that my blood pressure was within the IDEAL range, that my BMI was within the IDEAL range and that my last LDL Cholesterol test was within the IDEAL range. <BR> <BR> HOW COOL IS THAT? <BR> <BR> I thought you would never ask. It is very cool. It has not always been so. When I started with Spark, now conming up on two and a half years ago, those numbers were anything but ideal. I w... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 17:14:52 EST Four Things I Want to Give Up this Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731448 1. Worrying about things that are not my responsibility, even when it involves my children. (only those without children will think this is possible! But maybe in time????) <BR> <BR> 2. Friends who think eating healty and working out are silly, compulsive and show-offishy. (I'm noticing how these folks are simply falling off my radar...and nothing terrible has happened yet!) <BR> <BR> 3. Double Scoops. (One is plenty, delicious and satisfying). <BR> <BR> 4. Thinking that needing the su... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 17:40:47 EST Life Is Full of Interruptions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725726 I write a "to do" list every morning. But at the end of the day when I write in my journal I often notice that the best moments are unplanned. Some of my very best moments might even be called, "interruptions." <BR> <BR> A friend calls and asks me to go to coffee. My husband calls about an office conflict and we sort it out. A fat squirrel hangs upside down on the line that holds the feeder in front of my kitchen window. He eats in greedy bites. I think I can see him grow fatter while... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:29:12 EST The One Canned Good I Cannot Live Without http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722316 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l407958225.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my choice. I need them a lot for my recipes. Fresh tomatoes are so "iffy" at the store, but canned tomatoes rock. They are saturated with tomato taste. I'm not advertizing Hunts here, but just diced tomatoes. Adding them to zucchini and onions tonight. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:08:29 EST Are You a Spark Hero? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709560 I am sharing this in honor of all the Spark heroes I know on this site! Love you guys. Thanks for the inspiration. <BR> <BR> "Ultimately, your happiness depends on your self-reliance – your unshakable willingness to take responsibility for your life from this moment forward, regardless of who had a hand in making it the way it is now. It’s about taking control of your present circumstances, thinking for yourself, and making a firm choice to choose differently. It’s about being the hero of ... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 08:39:31 EST Kayaking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703266 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1328056870.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've spent quite a bit of the weekend on the water in my kayak this weekend. Not only is kayaking a good upper body workout, it is a peaceful way to spend some time. For me, water is one of the best stress reducers and life expanders. My cares fall away around the water--ON it, or IN it! <BR> <BR> My little life seems less important afloat, than I sometimes experience it. Lots of time that's just the rem... Mon, 26 May 2014 06:07:24 EST Loneliness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693925 It's been a long time since I've thought of being lonely. I have 4 kids, five grands, a terrific husband. It seems like there isn't time to be lonely. But I know busy doesn't always mean "connected," and when I think about it I realize there are times in the day when I do feel alone and adrift. And those are dangerous time for reckless eating. I know that grabbing something to eat is more tempting then. <BR> <BR> This morning Martha Beck posted this quote on her site, "Loneliness, far ... Tue, 13 May 2014 07:10:17 EST Sparking at 5 AM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691039 I've been doing this for awhile, now. I get up early and take the time to check in with Spark and plan my day. When I saw this quote I realized how important "me space" is in my life. It isn't about not loving my family, it's about setting my own course as I go about my day taking care of their needs as well as my own. This impacts eating and exercise, but also my other goals and values. <BR> <BR> Not everyone finds this space in the morning, I'm guessing. Where do you find yours? <BR... Fri, 9 May 2014 06:07:21 EST My Favorite Motivational Quote for Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689474 I love motivational quotes and read many, often. Nothing better for me than a quick saying that turns a day around. What I realized recently though, is that one motivational saying fits maintenance for me, better than all the others. And here it is (ta dah!): <BR> <BR> I will do what it takes. <BR> <BR> Doesn't that just say it all? Wed, 7 May 2014 05:54:16 EST