TRAVELNISTA's SparkPeople Blog TRAVELNISTA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Update on the rebuilding of my house... According to World News Tonight on ABC Stress is contagious to the people around you. Well I am wound tighter than a drum so everyone around me must be stressed to the max! I know my Mother is and has been since Sandy destroyed my home. <BR> <BR> It was either Monday or Tuesday before Easter and I was in such a good mood because I had a meeting with the Contractor and builder assigned to me for the RREM Grant which is being funded through the FHA to rebuild my house. That changed real soo... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:24:40 EST Happy Easter! Christ is risen! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night I went to the Vigil mass It was the first time I have been to the Vigil Mass and I will do it again because it was so beautiful. There was the Ceremony of Light. The entire Church was dark. The Paschal candle is blessed and then lit. Once the candle has been lit there follows the ancient and dramatic rite where the candle is carried by a deacon through the nave of the church, in complete darkness, s... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 09:07:17 EST Did you get your Freekeh on? Dr. Oz had a segment on Freekeh today. What is Freekeh? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Freekeh (sometimes spelled frikeh) or farik (Arabic: &#1601;&#1585;&#1610;&#1603;&#1577;&#8206; / ALA-LC: far&#299;kah) is a cereal food made from green wheat that goes through a roasting process in its production. It is an ancient Middle Eastern dish [1] that is especially popular in Levantine, Arabian Peninsula, Palestinian and Egyptian cuisin... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:06:02 EST Just for laughs ( I need it today) Mexican Maid <BR> <BR> <BR> The Mexican maid asked for a pay increase. <BR> The wife was very upset about this, and asked: "Now Maria, why do you want a pay increase?" <BR> Maria: "Well, Señora, there are tree reasons why I wanna increaze." <BR> "The first is that I iron better than you." <BR> Wife: "Who said you iron better than me?" <BR> Maria: "Jor huzban he say so." <BR> <BR> Wife: "Oh yeah?" <BR> Maria: "The second reason eez that I am a better cook than you." <BR> Wife: "Nonsense, ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 17:05:06 EST Why do we Spark? S = Successfully changing lives for the better <BR> <BR> P = Phenomenal Motivation <BR> <BR> A = Accountability <BR> <BR> R = Reaches Millions of people on a daily basis <BR> <BR> K = Keeps us update on current health issues. <BR> <BR> <BR> P = Personalized Diet Plans <BR> <BR> E = Exercise Tracker <BR> <BR> O = Outstanding support system <BR> <BR> P = Pounds lost in the Millions <BR> <BR> L = Lots of info available, over 100,000+ articles, recipes, etc. <BR> <BR... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:47:05 EST Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast and be healthy? I am always tweaking recipes. I used to make a Raw Muesli for breakfast by soaking steel cuts over night in a container filled with a blended banana with a half cup of water. I wanted to make it Raw so I didn’t use milk or yogurt thus the blended banana as the liquid. Then the next morning I would add various chopped up fruit. It was too many steps and took too much time. There had to be a better way so I thought why not blend it? I guess I got my inspiration from Carla Hall on The Chew. ... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:29:16 EST Remember your Mom told you not to play with food, she was wrong! The most important thing I have learned on Spark People is one does not go on a diet to lose weight. You have to make a lifestyle change you can live with every day for the rest of your life. If you can't stick with something you will never be successful. <BR> <BR> That means you must play with your food. You have to come up with new recipes to support your new way of eating. It is fun playing in the kitchen with food creating new concoctions. <BR> <BR> My cousin came over today and inv... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:01:37 EST Christian Humor Little John the Baptist <BR> <BR> Matt..18:4-5 <BR> "Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. <BR> And who ever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. " <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Johnny's Mother looked out the window and noticed him "playing church" with their cat. <BR> <BR> He had the cat sitting quietly and he was preaching to it. She smiled and went... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:00:45 EST How did they do this? LOL I told my girlfriend I was in a bad mood and didn't feel like talking because I knew I would be cranky on the phone. So she sent me this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=player_embedded </link> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:17:12 EST Globesity: Fat's New Frontier Very eye-opening documentary. It takes just under 1 hour to watch. You actually need to watch it and not just listen to it in the background. The photos are a must see and quite shocking to me as I thought the US had the highest numbers of the obesity epidemic. There are also some subtitles when the people interviewed are speaking there own language and need to understand what they are saying and how they got this way. One company, correct that 2, Nestle and Cococola are actually brainwa... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 17:40:57 EST Preparing in advance for the huge storm on its way... After working out today I went to my favorite produce store to make sure I had enough fresh produce because we are expecting yet another snowstorm today through tomorrow. We are supposed to get slammed as I love in South Jersey. . <BR> <BR> Well did I ever score! Beautiful plum tomatoes for 69 cents a pound, gorgeous red peppers for $1.29 a pound, and huge heads of romaine for 99 cents a head. Needless to say I stocked up. The best prize of the day was cauliflower 99 cents a head. I see... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 14:47:58 EST Holy Humor A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, "I know what the Bible means!" <BR> His father smiled and replied, "What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means? <BR> The son replied, "I do know!" <BR> "Okay," said his father. "What does the Bible mean?" <BR> "That's easy, Daddy..." the young boy replied excitedly," It stands for 'Basic Information Before Leaving Earth..' <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> There was a very gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brot... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 14:12:49 EST OMG this is hysterical!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you read my blogs you know I love to cook. When this video popped up I had to watch. <BR> <BR> One of the newer additions on SP is " To Get Motivated on DailySpark" within your Daily SparkPoint Challenges. Well the one I chose today is hysterical. This one I will be bookmarking to go back to on a day I am down or depressed. This video can't help but change your mood. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:13:59 EST Just for fun! Here's another trick of Doctor Dementia to test your skills.... <BR> <BR> I've seen this with the letters out of order, but this is the first time I've seen it with numbers. Good example of a Brain Study: If you can read this OUT LOUD, you have a strong mind. And better than that: Alzheimer's is a long long, way down the road before it ever gets anywhere near you. <BR> <BR> <BR> 7H15 M3554G3 <BR> 53RV35 7O PR0V3 <BR> H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N <BR> D0 4M4Z... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:38:58 EST Religious Insight-Kids say the darnedest things LOT 'S WIFE <BR> <BR> The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot's wife looked back and <BR> turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, <BR> 'My Mommy looked back once while she was driving,' he announced <BR> triumphantly, 'and she turned into a telephone pole!' <BR> <BR> <BR> GOOD SAMARITAN <BR> <BR> A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the <BR> Good Samaritan. She asked the class, 'If you saw a person lying on <BR> the roadside, all... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:52:57 EST Tweaked Apple Pie Smoothie - even better! Ok so I played around with the recipe. Originally I used 24 oz. water now I use 12 oz. and it makes it thicker and more of a liquid apple pie sensation. I prefer it without the ice cubes as well. So play around to get the consistency you like, more or less water or ice cubes. <BR> <BR> Do not use less than 1/3 cup dry old fashioned outs because this is what is giving it the thickness and pie like taste. I have made this for breakfast for the past 3 days. Love it! Next I am trying blue... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:59:31 EST Yeah I finally closed on the Grant to rebuild my house! It has been 16 months since Sandy and most of us in NJ are still not back in our houses. After 3 attempts to close for this Grant I finally signed the papers. It has been very stressful because they keep changing the terms. First I was allowed to use my own contractor and now I am being kind of held hostage to use their chosen contractor. <BR> <BR> If I use my own contractor who I have known and trusted for well over 10 years I am not eligible to have an extra $15,000 available to me for ... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 07:49:17 EST My delicious Apple Pie Smoothie. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yup it tastes just like apple pie only this one is healthy for you. Have it as a Green Smoothie or not, thus the picture both ways. I made mine Green by using 2 cups of chopped kale. <BR> <BR> 3-5 ice cubes <BR> 1 large apple quartered <BR> 2 small bananas <BR> 1/3 cup Old Fashioned Oats (Raw do not cook) <BR> 1 tsp. cinnamon <BR> dash of nutmeg <BR> splash of vanilla <BR> 12 oz. water <BR> <BR> ***Optional: Y... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:38:17 EST Participation in your teams and challenges help you. Ok it is that time of year, no not praying for Spring (but I am because I am so sick of all this snow) but time to revisit your New Year's goals or resolutions. Have most of them fallen by the wayside? Do you need a little more 'umph' in your journey to a new YOU? <BR> <BR> Well, are you doing anything to help yourself to turn it around? Are you participating in your teams? Are you participating in your teams challenges? I am going to go out on a limb here and say that is a big NO! W... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:29:03 EST 13 Ways To Make Collard Greens Totally Delicious Saw this surfing the internet and I had to share. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The Couve a Mineira: Brazilian-Style Collard Greens looks really good. I am trying to get back to 100% Raw and I don't want to mess up my progress. This one I will try at another time but it sure sounds <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Lots of different collard greens recipes. You don't need to cook them with ham hocks. Check them out. <BR> <BR> <link>ww... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:34:12 EST You have got to be kidding! As I opened up my laptop today this popped up as a lead news article. Lead news, Really!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>om-kissing-practice-pillows-518124163 </link> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 11:25:53 EST Maxine's Valentine Sing-along <em>246</em> This is Maxine's take on Valentine's Day! You gotta just love Maxine! Scary thing is that I have a friend that thinks like Maxine on most subjects. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:48:25 EST "My Way" like you have never heard before. This beautiful. I never would have imagined a violin playing this song. Just amazingly beautiful! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l=0 </link> Thu, 6 Feb 2014 16:57:26 EST This picture says it all! <img src=""> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:16:17 EST Time to get back to PTSD counseling... Ok so yesterday was a really baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaddddddddddddddddd day! Part of the reason is because I have not attended a counseling session in over a month and a half. Why? Well I was in Virginia with my Mom and stayed almost a month as I have no job. I could just as easily apply for jobs online there opposed to being here. I came home mid January for an interview which was a phone interview to be followed by a live interview the following week. Didn't get to the live interview as the... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:50:16 EST Today was just one of those days... <img src=""> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:41:52 EST MIDDLE EAST MEMORIAL WALL I received this in an email today. I’d never heard of this. Now I have & now you have (if you didn’t already know)The Middle East Memorial Wall. This is incredible! The heart of the American people represented by a cellular company. God Bless America! We can do things like this without the Government getting involved. Please send this on to all your friends especially Veterans. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Now this is something we shou... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:53:17 EST Don't compare, do your best... <img src=""> Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:24:53 EST Enough said... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Snow, snow, and more snow! I think these guys will be around for awhile this time. Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:42:34 EST Try something new - Farro Tired of eating the same old grains all the time, well branch out and try Farro. <BR> Why eat Farro and what the heck is it you ask? <BR> <BR> Farro is the one of the oldest cultivated grain in the world. Extremely popular in the Middle East during biblical times, farro is able to grow in poor soil conditions and is naturally resistant to fungus. Farro has lost popularity during modern times because it is a low yielding wheat compared to other varieties. Farro is a distinct cousin of modern ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:11:27 EST Better than a Flu Shot! Miss Beatrice, the church organist, was in her eighties and had never been married. She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all. <BR> <BR> One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint <BR> sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea... <BR> <BR> As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, the young minister noticed a cut glass <BR> bowl Sitting on top of it. The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated. of all... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 20:00:14 EST Start a new tradition for New Year’s - The Gratitude Jar <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The Gratitude Jar. It works like this: begin at January the 1st, write a small note every time something good happens to you during the year. It can be something simple like: you have an epiphany, someone says something nice, you experience success in a curtain area of your life... or whatever makes YOU feel happy. Put the note in the jar every time it happens. At the end of the year at New Year's Eve, open the ja... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 23:50:17 EST My New Years Resolutions?????? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> All week long I have been thinking about what my New Year's Resolutions would be. A picture of Jerry the Mouse laughing is all that kept popping up in my mind. I couldn't find a larger picture to post so this will have to do. <BR> <BR> So I guess this means I am not making any New Year's Resolutions this year and it is OK with me because now I know I won't be breaking any of them. This is my story and I am stick... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:47:05 EST Wishing You a Healthy H-A-P-P-Y N-E-W Y-E-A-R by Alice Henneman, MS, RD <BR> <BR> <BR> H - ealth <BR> <BR> The first wealth is health.” (Source: Ralph Waldo Emerson) <BR> <BR> Make health a priority this year. Health should be more than the absence of disease – read on for ideas. <BR> <BR> <BR> A - ttitude <BR> <BR> “Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.” (Source: Joseph Addison) <BR> <BR> A positive attitude may not cure a disease. However, thinking positive can help you deal with misfortune, make the most of your... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:19:49 EST Would you have a patch stitched onto your TONGUE to lose weight? <link><BR>391412/Would-patch-stitched-TONGUE-los<BR>e-weight-Two-women-try-extreme-dieting<BR>-method---drop-20lbs-30-days.html </link> <BR> <BR> Are they out of their minds? What happened to good old fashioned dieting. I think 20/20 is showing this procedure on TV tonight. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <em>40</em> <em>100</em> <em>24</em> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 19:13:00 EST Amazing Christmas Story that will touch your heart The Most Stunningly Tragic Christmas Wish A Mom Could Grant Her Family (VIDEO) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>thers-christmas-wish-brenda-schmitz_n_<BR>4489451.html </link> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:34:47 EST The Story Behind The 12 Days Of Christmas Song The song was written by Catholics in England as a catechism song to teach their children about the Christian faith. The song's "gifts" help remember the teachings of the faith. <BR> <BR> "True Love" refers to God. <BR> <BR> "Me" refers to every Christian. <BR> <BR> The other symbols mean the following: <BR> <BR> 1 Partridge in a Pear Tree = Jesus Christ <BR> <BR> 2 Turtle Doves = The Old & New Testaments <BR> <BR> 3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity or the Father, Son and Holy Spiri... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:09:51 EST If you are eating seasonally you must be including Leeks in your menus. They’re in the same family as onions, but they have a milder, subtler flavor, and an extraordinary texture. They’re also packed with nutrients. Heaps of vitamins (K, A, C, B, folate – you name it), plus manganese, and many of the same health benefits as their allium cousins, onions and garlic. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Braised Leeks with Garlic and Wine <BR> <link><BR>ed-with-wine-43762 </link> ... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:27:17 EST Be Creative with Spaghetti Squash You can do so many things with spaghetti Squash other than putting marinara on top. you can even make a faux coconut pie. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash <BR> <link><BR>mediterranean-spaghetti-squash/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash <BR> <link>www.closetcooki... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 15:59:34 EST Christmas With a Capital "C" <link> </link> Mon, 2 Dec 2013 18:17:30 EST Just One Bite... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> Actually I need an emoticon that shows someone rolling on the floor hysterically laughing. There is no way in H#!@ I can do this. One little bite and I am done with! <BR> <BR> I have to pass on it altogether. Are you kidding me one bite? Nope I would have to eat the whole thing. <em>15</em> The worst part of the month of December are all the goodies will be calling my name. Chocolate is not... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 16:22:30 EST PASSPORT APPLICATION LETTER THIS IS PRICELESS: ACTUAL PASSPORT APPLICATION LETTER SENT <BR> BACK TO STATE DEPARTMENT <BR> <BR> Dear Mrs. Ms. Or Sir: I'm in the process of renewing my passport and still <BR> cannot believe this. How is it that Radio Shack has my address and telephone <BR> number and knows that I bought a cable TV from them in 1987 (25 years ago), <BR> and yet, the Federal Government is still asking me where I was born and on <BR> what date. For Christ sakes, do you guys do this by hand? Ever he... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 08:32:34 EST For History Buffs this is amazing The Miracle of Computers Painting <BR> <BR> The link attached below will bring you to a painting, this painting is truly remarkable. Painted by Chinese Artists, Dai Dudu, Li Tiezi and Zhang An, oil on canvas, 2006. <BR> <BR> Even more amazing though, is that the canvas has been computerised. <BR> <BR> When you click on the link below, a much bigger version of the computerized painting appears. <BR> <BR> Run your cursor over the people. <BR> <BR> The program tells you who they are – eve... Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:33:46 EST ~ My Thanksgiving Blessing for you ~ <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ~May your special day be filled with blessings from above, <BR> Wrapped with the warmth <BR> of friends and family you love, <BR> Held together with the wonder of God's tender care, <BR> Tied with pretty ribbons of soft hugs to share, <BR> All adorned with sweet kisses <BR> of those you love most. <BR> <BR> Soft Whispers from Derry's Heart Poems <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:37:43 EST Something to ponder... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 09:37:07 EST Need Motivation? <img src=""> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:25:00 EST Just do it! NOW! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:21:45 EST And you think I come up with some weird stuff... 5 Leafy Greens You've Probably Never Eaten (But Should!) <BR> <BR> <link><BR>afy-greens-cookbook-recipes_n_4283567.<BR>html?ir=Healthy%20Living&utm_campaign=<BR>111813&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Ale<BR>rt-healthy-living&utm_content=Title </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>246</em> I am pretty much up on my vegetables but the 1st 2 are the only ones of the 5 I am familiar with. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:23:55 EST Yes, you can eat Rutabagas raw! <img src=""> <BR> Rutabaga and Crispy Sage Pizza <BR> <link><BR>aga-and-crispy-sage-pizza.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Rutabaga Apple Salad <BR> <link><BR>00106014405/2010/10/28/the-ravishing-r<BR>utabaga-or-its-not-a-turnip-people-fou<BR>r-recip.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR>... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 21:46:16 EST Rutabagas anyone! Steam or boil diced rutabaga until soft and mash them is the way most people eat rutabagas. However, there are so many other ways to prepare them. Dice rutabaga and slowly saute with apples and onions until caramelized. You can roast them. You can make Rutabaga French Fries. They are a great veggie to add to soups. <BR> Rutabaga has a good mineral content including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese. It is low in saturated fat and relatively high in sugars. It also p... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:42:56 EST