TRIANGLE-WOMAN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=TRIANGLE%2DWOMAN TRIANGLE-WOMAN'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/ Hesitation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834150 Hello folks, <BR> <BR> It's been a while since I posted. <BR> <BR> I'm going to post one thing, a link to a vlog from my middle daughter, a reading of her original poem called "Hesitation" <BR> <BR> I have looked at this many times, and it alternately gives me hope or crushes me to dust depending on the lens I look at it with. <BR> <BR> She is talking to me. <BR> <BR> Yep. <BR> <BR> Criticizing the conventional, safe lifestyle we afforded her as only the young and restless can do. <B... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:46:11 EST Sono grata a tutti voi! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823753 <BR> Sono grata a tutti voi! Which Elizabeth Gilbert says (see essay below) means "I am grateful for allof you!" <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/GilbertLiz </link> <BR> <BR> XOXO <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:42:01 EST One more TED Talk you might find worth watching.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823230 I know, I know. <BR> <BR> So many videos, so little time. And wouldn't that time be better spent exercising at the gym, walking the dog, or preparing a healthy meal? <BR> <BR> Maybe. <BR> <BR> However, this is 15 minutes of sound advice on how to reframe your exercise and weight issues. It starts a little slow again, but stick with it. <BR> <BR> And you can multi-task and march in place if you must, or chop up some healthy veggies, but take the time to watch this and see if you mig... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:52:49 EST Create a new you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822615 Just a little reminder folks, to treat yourself as you would your dearest and most precious child. <BR> <BR> Break down those barriers of "can't" and create something beautiful today. <BR> <BR> And it can be fitness related... <BR> <BR> Maybe a beautiful and healthy meal? <BR> <BR> Or jazz up your water with vibrant citrus yellows and oranges... <BR> <BR> Take a walk outside and find one thing to marvel at. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1400048162.j... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:11:35 EST Be the Queen of Your Own Life... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819313 For anyone who has not heard of "Queenisms" check out the Facebook page or website. <BR> <BR> <link>www.queenofyourownlife.com/tag/queen<BR>isms </link> <BR> <BR> Here are a few to Spark your day ladies (no disrespect to the gentlemen out there...) <BR> <BR> This first one is what got me sharing. I've never seen a Queenism that dealt with overeating.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1815383055.jpg"> <BR> <BR> &#9829;&#9829;¸.•*´¨`*•. • .&#9829;&#9829; ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:28:29 EST Circle of Blessings... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816705 "Thank you for being there." <BR> <BR> That phrase means less and less...or more and more depending on how you view the yin and yang of the World Wide Web and of social media, social websites etc. Are we more connected? Or less. <BR> <BR> I'll leave that for you to decide. <BR> <BR> But I do know that there are so many more of "you" in my life that never would have been in my life and in my thoughts and musings and prayers but for sites like this. <BR> <BR> And come to think of it, wher... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:07:10 EST Just for today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815310 I tried a little experiment yesterday. <BR> <BR> I focused for just one day on staying in my nutritional range, drinking my water and getting in my exercise. <BR> <BR> And I logged and stayed within my nutritional ranges. I drank all my water. Took my vitamins. And worked in the yard lugging heavy pots and yard ornaments to and fro, getting ready for a polar vortex to hit Ohio. <BR> <BR> November and I had to think about a Polar Vortex. Sheesh. <BR> <BR> But for yesterday, old man wint... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:06:42 EST You Are Not Fat.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805465 I saw this idea posted to Facebook the other day. Might have even been from my Spark feed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l747575105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I went to google it, I found several versions which I will post because it bears repeating. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1245365161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l287523798.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Would you say: <BR> <BR> I have ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:07:01 EST Floss and Dross http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804475 Augusten Burroughs in "Dry" wrote: <BR> <BR> “Think of your head as an unsafe neighborhood; don't go there alone.” <BR> <BR> Well I do. And when I check into into my often muddled and cavernous head I reap the dubious rewards, such as lack of attention to the people and the things around me. And by “people” I mean myself also. Women are often conditioned to think of themselves as not worthy of too much attention and TLC. <BR> <BR> We operate in crisis mode a lot of the time. <BR> ... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 11:33:27 EST Monday Morning Mantra (one day late!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801941 I'm having my middle daughter tested for ADD. <BR> <BR> ADD just stands for A Dear Daughter to me, but she (and I) need some coping mechanisms for her behavior that is becoming increasingly self destructive (read: avoiding homework until 11pm, staying up all night to finish it, and then running on 2 hours sleep. That leads to short tempers and short words. Disorganization and general chaos. Rinse and repeat.) <BR> <BR> I'm counting my blessings mind you. She is quite brilliant (so says... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:11:16 EST Quote for the day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799101 This was too long for the status update, and I just love it, so I thought it worth posting here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l867943355.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It seems to me to segue nicely with another blog I posted called: "We'll See..." <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795845 </link> <BR> <BR> The little seed must wait, endure and hope as it (and we) wait to see what's gonna happen next. <BR> <... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 07:32:42 EST Beauty and the Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798047 Quick post to tell all of you seeing this that you are beautiful. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l83805152.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Don't roll your eyes. Don't start bad talking yourself. Go ahead, just say it. <BR> <BR> And don't say 'I am beautiful" in the first person, go ahead and use your name in the third person as in, "Michelle is beautiful." In fact, do it while you are power posing. <BR> <BR> Make it fun. Make it real. <BR> <BR> Done yet? <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:55:24 EST We’ll See…. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795845 One day a Zen monk walks into the village and sees that there is great jubilation in the village square. <BR> <BR> He inquires into what the excitement is about and a young man shouts out that he has acquired a beautiful new horse. He exclaims to the monk how wonderful it is to have this horse, a symbol of wealth and prestige. <BR> <BR> The monk shrugs his shoulders and says, "We'll see..." <BR> <BR> The monk returns a few days later and a group of the villagers have crowded aro... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:52:30 EST Shout out for MOSTMOM1 aka Shelli aka Sparkicon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793280 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l527767371.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was considering posting my own boo hoo confessional blog this AM which is odd, because it is highly unlike me. I usually lick my wounds and come out swinging with all the optimism and "woo hoo" pom pom thrashing enthusiasm I can muster. <BR> <BR> I contemplated the thought as I trolled my Spark Friend Feed and lo and behold I saw MOSTMOM1 had posted a vlog called "Walking Confessional." <BR> <BR> <link>www.s... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:14:15 EST 97 Days Since I Last Blogged.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769524 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324191189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ninety Seven days since I last blogged and since I fell off the Spark World. <BR> <BR> Sheesh, has it really been that long? <BR> <BR> Thanks to all who stopped by and said “Hello" and asked how I was. Know that you helped raise me from the Spark Grave. Thanks to all those who friended me even as I was in absentia. I’m making the rounds, slowly but surely. <BR> <BR> Let’s see - what happened? <BR> <BR> I’m g... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:53:27 EST 27 Days Until Summer...Whence I ponder gratitude and giggles... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702012 Who knew 72 Days could last so long or go by so quickly? Although today is the supposedly the start of swim suit season, it's only in the mid 50's where I am with a high of only 72 expected for today so I guess I get a reprieve ;) <BR> <BR> But Einstein was right, time is relative and so is the weather. I'll take 72 degrees even as I still shudder to remember those awful "polar vortices" that we encountered this last winter. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l4... Sat, 24 May 2014 09:58:31 EST 29 Days Until Summer...Whence I encourage you to take up the brush... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700742 I'm Sparking offline (food, water and fitness - you know the drill) and working on multiple writing projects all of which require what I call "rabbit trail research" where I start with one topic and wend my way down endless delightful paths before I wake up and start writing again....or get up and do the laundry ;) <BR> <BR> Today I stumbled upon a self published poet named “Javan” - woke up and decided to write this. <BR> <BR> I "found" him at Brainy Quotes while looking up quotes about lo... Thu, 22 May 2014 11:52:08 EST 45 Days Until Summer...Whence I ponder social media and being vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688736 45 days until summer and I’m energized and inspired to check in and post a blog. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l318468821.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today’s temps will range between 45 and 61 degrees, so it’s not feelin’ too summery yet. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1120432815.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I found this video link interesting: <BR> <BR> <link>blog.petflow.com/this-is-a-video-eve<BR>ryone-needs-to-see-for-the-first-time-<BR>in-my-l... Tue, 6 May 2014 08:42:39 EST 59 Days Until Summer...Whence I speak of Mondays and Resolutions... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677871 I just finished finishing up on a thing I was finishing so I thought I would post a quick blog. <BR> <BR> BTW - my kids had off yesterday (Monday) They went back to school today (Tuesday). So when I was writing this, my mind was somehow firmly in the place of "Monday" <BR> <BR> LOL - I'm just gonna roll with and leave it that way! <BR> <BR> I'll be SO ready for NEXT Monday! <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> 59 Days Until summer....and so much for my "blog a day" streak. Things h... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:05:40 EST 76 Days Until Summer - Smile it's going to be a sunny day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665567 At least it is where I am. Finally! Still cold for April, but I'll take it. <BR> <BR> Daughter came home from college late Thursday night, leading to much activity and festivities in the ensuing Friday and Saturday...but alas, no blogs. I have several blogs in the making, but will do the easy thing today and just amuse you with some funnies once again... <BR> <BR> And remember, only, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l595847368.jpg"> <BR> Days Until Summer. ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:00:40 EST 79 Days Until Summer - An Invocation for Beginnings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663226 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1303832743.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Days Until Summer. <BR> <BR> Despite the title of the blog, I don't need a new beginning for any of this healthy stuff. Food, Water, Fitness and Meditation chugging along really, really well! <BR> <BR> However, I came across this YouTube Video in a blog posted by WOLFKITTY and just loved it. Because everyday is a new beginning so to speak. <BR> <BR> That's why I love my Spark Friend Feed! I always come up... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 07:34:24 EST 80 Days Until Summer - I &#9829; Worms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662540 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2028136581.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Days Until Summer folks. <BR> <BR> Where has the time gone? <BR> <BR> Food, water and fitness are really good, but I need to keep focused and kick Operation "Less Fluffy for France" into high gear - I need more intense fitness and more protein in my life. <BR> <BR> Thus, I'm self limiting my Sparking time. It will give me time for more activity, movement and fitness and more time to plan, prepare and track th... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:52:09 EST 81 Days Until Summer - April Fools!! (Inspiration) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661548 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2025386629.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In England and Canada, April Fools' pranks are only carried out in the morning of April 1 while in Scotland, pranks are carried out for two days. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1749166098.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, in case you are in need of some quick and (relatively) harmless pranks to make today (or maybe tomorrow!) more fun, here are some ideas… <BR> <BR> <em>56</em> Switch th... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:19:07 EST 82 Days Until Summer - Hiking with my Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660989 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Only 82 Days until Summer and only 109 days until my trip to Paris, so I need to double down with the food, water and fitness thing. <BR> <BR> I did not make 2000 minutes this month, but hold me to it for April folks! <BR> <BR> Today, it's 60 degrees outside! Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:02:18 EST 83 Days Until Summer - Smile it's gonna be a.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659806 SNOWY day!!?? <BR> <BR> With 83 days until summer and 4 inches of snow on the ground where I live, I declare that Mother Nature should be ashamed of herself. I saw a bunch of robins huddled in the maelstrom yesterday afternoon looking mighty confused. <BR> <BR> So on that note, I'll leave you with some funnies to brighten your day. (I'm heading out to have breakfast with some girlfriends and then to the gym!) <BR> <BR> XOXO <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 07:44:40 EST 84 Days Until Summer - Masterful Mexican Meal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659083 Yesterday: <BR> <BR> 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2141988095.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Days Until Summer... <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday! I had this blog all written and pasted into a blog window yesterday...but then I walked away from my computer before I hit the "Post Blog Entry" <BR> <BR> <em>2</em> <... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 06:37:56 EST 86 Days Until Summer - Happy DMD and New Weighted Vest! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658012 Yesterday: <BR> <BR> 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l194439643.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Days Until Summer! <BR> <BR> Hallelujah! Weather is warming up. <BR> <BR> Today, my middle daughter who is also my only child for a week since her sisters are both away, shadowed at a private Christian school that she is s... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 17:53:14 EST 87 Days Until Summer - This and that.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656845 Yesterday: <BR> <BR> 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>29</em> <BR> Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l478914637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Days Until Summer! <BR> <BR> No theme to this blog. Just a recount mostly. <BR> <BR> This is what it looks like outside my house today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1796598160.jpg"> <BR> ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:12:04 EST 88 Days Until Summer - What Motivates You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656084 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l656123973.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Days Until Summer. <BR> <BR> Yesterday's tally: <BR> <BR> 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> I'm counting down to summer and it's predicted we'll get some snow today. Ugh.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l617712199.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm going to k... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:12:01 EST 89 Days Until Summer - Meditate... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655666 Yesterday: <BR> <BR> 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness <em>24</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1941867017.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Days Until Summer! <BR> <BR> Geez, are we there yet? <BR> <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a train wreck in terms of fitness for me. Did not reach my step goal, did not get in even 10 measly minutes of fitne... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:14:03 EST 90 Days Until Summer - Where has the time gone.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654904 Yesterday: <BR> <BR> 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l866674875.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Days Until Summer! <BR> <BR> Where has the weekend gone. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a good day. Today was a good day. <BR> <BR> But busy, busy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l156725... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:47:08 EST 91 Days Until Summer - Fun Focus on Hooping http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653783 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1757579793.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Days Until Summer! <BR> <BR> Yesterday: <BR> <BR> 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Meditate <em>198</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Totally forgot to meditate! Oh well...today's a new day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l571312713.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fun Focus today is on HOOPING! <BR> <BR> L... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 09:21:30 EST 92 Days Until Summer - Smile, it's gonna be a great day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653032 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1694967060.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Days Until Summer! <BR> <BR> Yesterday: <BR> <BR> 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> VLOGGED about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Doing the Vlog yesterday was fun. It took a couple of takes because I wanted to eliminate (most of) the "Ummmms" and I wanted to keep it under 3 minutes. I could have said a LOT more. When... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:59:30 EST 93 Days Until Summer - My first Vlog! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652343 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75985632.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DAYS UNTIL SUMMER! <BR> <BR> <BR> Here's short little vlog on how I make my time at the gym more fun. <BR> <BR> It's easier to "show and tell" this than to write it all out AND I had a ton of fun doing it! I might do more! <BR> <BR> And even if you don't think my little trick will make your time at the gym more FUN, you may agree that it will make it more EFFICIENT, leaving more time in your day for FUN... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:15:31 EST 94 Days Until Summer - MUSIC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651373 Yesterday: <BR> <BR> 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday's blog was a little lame, but I'm enjoying the discipline of finding something significant to share everyday. I find the exercise fun (if a little time consuming :) And I love when people find something new or interesting to think about or do. <BR> <BR> I’m going to focus on music, some of ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:42:52 EST 95 days until summer.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651144 Yesterday: <BR> <BR> 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> And alas, today, no time to expand on my fun food, fitness and water...so I'll just leave you with a few giggles... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l420816976.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l606840903.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:13:59 EST 96 Days Until Summer - Back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649749 Yesterday I was back on track with my 100 Day Goals. <BR> <BR> 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 115 minutes of fitness as clocked by Spark Tracker made me feel better about the big goose egg the day before. <BR> <BR> Went to the gym with my DH and I wore my weighted vest while I walk/jogged on the treadmill. I love my weighted vest as it makes me feel lik... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:21:55 EST 97 Days Until Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649124 <BR> 100 oz water <em>24</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>39</em> <BR> Fitness <em>40</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> For those of you that are peaking in on this blog, please know that I pretty much crashed and burned with my 100 days until summer challenge. <BR> <BR> No guilt or recrimination about it - as I’ve said before, I’m gonna do this until I don’t do it and then to it again. <BR> <BR> Here is my starting “again.” <BR> ... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:42:36 EST 98 Fun Days Until Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648468 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1735944594.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Days Until Summer <BR> <BR> Yesterday's recap: <BR> <BR> 100 oz water <em>248</em> <BR> Food tracked <em>248</em> <BR> Fitness <em>248</em> <BR> Meditate <em>248</em> <BR> Blog about it <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Elements of fun yesterday? <BR> <BR> I must say I was still really enjoying the song "Best Day of my Life" while at the gym in the morning. <BR> <BR> <link>https://www... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:04:30 EST Day Two of the 100 (fun) Days until Summer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647862 <BR> Only 99 days until summer folks!! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a long one and the joy of writing these blogs will be weighed against the pressure to put them out in a timely fashion. My day two has been busy and the clock is ticking, so let me get this out there... <BR> <BR> My SP Friend RRUDEPARANORMAL does Spark Blog streaks and I adopted the idea from her. She is a night owl though. Many a morning when I’m up at 5:30am, one of the first things on my friend feed is her blog notificati... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:33:54 EST 100 Fun Days until Summer 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646825 So, it is March 13th and there are now 100 days until summer. That came up quick! <BR> <BR> This is what I boiled down my 100 Days Until Summer Challenge to: <BR> <BR> Breath deep, track food, do fitness and drink water. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1531998876.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then I looked at that and I signed heavily. And yawned. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l413312337.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That all seems pretty basic and b... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 09:39:19 EST Is it Summer yet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635780 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1729504531.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No, as of today, February 28 (where has the time gone?) it is not summer. <BR> <BR> But last year I did a “!00 Days until Summer” blog series which I really enjoyed doing, both the blogs and the challenge I set myself. <BR> <BR> There is something about the nice round number of 100 days that helped boost my motivation and helped me to focus and push a little harder, to go a little farther. <BR> <BR> Plus, I’m r... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 06:20:09 EST It's nice to be back at the Circus.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631587 Hello fellow Sparkies! <BR> <BR> I’m back, refreshed and ready to keep on keeping on with my adventures and keeping on keeping up with yours. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1598065177.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I spent a significant amount of very quality “me” time over the last 10 days that included reading, writing, meditating, going to the gym on my own, taking fitness classes with friends, walking my doggies, and enjoying every one of the healthy food choices that... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:17:22 EST Of Spark Breaks and Reaching for Better Feelings..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623153 I’m gonna need to take a Spark Break for the next week or so. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1275962664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Life is getting in the way and if I’m going to keep up with the demands of taking really good care for myself AND accomplishing two or three other time critical projects, something has got to give. <BR> <BR> Sparking can be addictive! And addictions take time. <BR> <BR> In the mean time, I’ll be using my phone to spin the wheel and trac... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:36:45 EST Give yourself a Scooby Snack Today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616691 A “Scooby Snack” is a fictional treat, a form of incentive payment. You know, for the cartoon characters Scooby-Doo and Shaggy. <BR> <BR> I call anything that makes me smile and boosts my mood my “Scooby Snacks”. <BR> <BR> They are calorie free pick me ups. They are small, and even insignificant things that I notice or actively give to myself to boost my mood. I elevate these treats to a new level by calling them my Scooby Snacks. <BR> <BR> They can be temporary things like a song, a... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:05:16 EST So...this is a little out there but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615833 Writing is a joy and an art form for me and whether I’m writing the equivalent of a stick figure or a masterpiece does not matter. Some days I just want to pick up the proverbial paint bucket and throw it out there and see what happens. <BR> <BR> I’m feeling a little Jackson Pollack today, so if NONE of this makes any sense at all, feel free to just move on to the next blog. <BR> <BR> Just know that I had a GREAT time writing it.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.c... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 11:19:23 EST Happy New Year!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611013 I just had to wish every a Happy New Year! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1349150885.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Chinese New Year that is. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l258500824.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is what I learned on NPR this morning: today, January 31st, is the first day of the 2014 Chinese New Year in China's time zone which I think was actually somewhere around 11:30pm last night for us but you get the picture. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:08:26 EST I'm so Excited.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609881 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l543713482.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was just sent a link via Spark Mail that I want to share. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1994683014.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I received the link in a Sparkmail from NOSNACKER-57 who is a leader of the “No-S” diet, one of the many teams that I belong to, but don’t necessarily participate much in. (Sometimes I feel guilty about my non participation in so many teams - but that is another b... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:51:28 EST Remind yourself of something important today..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608126 I’ve been having a lot of important realizations the last few weeks. <BR> <BR> If you were a psychologist, you might call them “break throughs” <BR> <BR> If you were of a spiritual bent, you might call them epiphanies. <BR> <BR> If you were Winnie the Pooh you might say, “I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me.” <BR> <BR> What I’ve realized is that losing weight is not the point of what I'm doing here. <BR> <BR> Self care is. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:09:50 EST Give Your Scale a Makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605123 My 18 year old daughter, away at college, wanted a scale to take to school. I told her she could have mine, but she forgot to take it after she went back from winter break. <BR> <BR> I was about to box it up to mail to her and I remembered an idea I'd seen elsewhere (there's nothing new under the sun, right?) and decided to give the scale a make over. <BR> <BR> Here it is: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l660662469.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In case you can't read it, i... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:58:40 EST