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/ 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 Two Dogs and the Power of Belief http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604308 I have two dogs. <BR> <BR> Odette is a three year old golden mutt and Reo is an eleven year old black and white mutt. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l553153226.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Both of them are very dear to me and both of them are pretty smart. But there is difference between them that got me to thinking about the power of belief and how I might change some of my more limiting beliefs. If you bear with my little story…it actually has something to do wi... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:10:02 EST We pause for a little inspiration.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600975 Want to improve your mood? Power pose with me... <BR> <BR> ...all you need is two minutes, your body and some privacy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1590306841.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1931158793.jpg"> <BR> That's it...stand with your hands on your hips. That simple. <BR> <BR> Or for some other ideas...keep scrolling... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l3... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:29:44 EST Be Your Own Superhero for Two Minutes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596744 I woke up yesterday to my email box "Blowing up" with responses to a blog I wrote. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1752000658.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At first I was confused because I wrote it "waaaaaay back" in early November 2013. <BR> <BR> You remember November 2013 right? <BR> <BR> It was right after Halloween, where for many of us the downward spiral of toxic, noxious food filled festivities began. <BR> <BR> And all of that ended on January 1st with everyo... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 09:02:10 EST I Double Dog Dare You... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589940 Hello fellow Sparkies! <BR> <BR> I am really excited to share something that opened my eyes as to how important our body language is. It lays out the science behind how one tiny, seemingly silly tweak can have very real physiological impact on our hormones (Testosterone and Cortisol) <BR> <BR> I bet your eyebrows are going up right now, thinking, "Those are some pretty powerful weight loss hormones..." <BR> <BR> The funny thing is, this TED Talk had NOTHING to do with weight loss, but it ... Sat, 11 Jan 2014 08:11:29 EST Continuous Improvement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585765 I was listening to the IOWL Podcast that talked about the Japanese word "Kaizen" which simply means 'improvement'. <BR> <BR> Here's the link if you care to listen: <BR> <BR> <link>podcasts.personallifemedia.com/podca<BR>sts/216-inside-out-weight-loss/episode<BR>s/3322-continuous-improvement-part </link> <BR> <BR> However, business has transformed the word to mean more...to mean "continuous improvement". <BR> <BR> I think most here at Spark-ville would give a hearty "Amen" to the idea o... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:16:06 EST Some Soup and a Spark... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581702 <BR> Since it’s winter and a humongous cold snap has descended on the country, let me remind you of good old fashioned soup. <BR> <BR> My last blog was about hunger and how it CAN be your greatest tool on your weight loss journey. And coincidentally, my mother once told me that I would never go hungry if I learned to make soup. <BR> <BR> Soup is water plus whatever yummy thing you have in your pantry/fridge/freezer. <BR> <BR> This is what I came up with today: <BR> <BR> <img src="htt... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 09:45:18 EST Riddle me this...What Am I? And can I be your friend.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579575 I come among the peoples like a shadow. <BR> I sit down by each man's side. <BR> None sees me, but they look on one another, <BR> And know that I am there. <BR> I am more terrible than armies, <BR> I am more feared than the cannon. <BR> Kings and chancellors give commands; <BR> I give no command to any; <BR> But I am listened to more than kings <BR> And more than passionate orators. <BR> I unswear words, and undo deeds. <BR> <BR> <BR> What am I? <BR> <BR> Scroll down to see…. <B... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 14:24:44 EST Wrap up of 2013...looking forward to 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577578 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l931800376.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's January 1st, 2014 and I want to wrap up my Spark Activity Tracker (SPAT) numbers for 2013. I don't have much to wrap up as I've only had it a few weeks, but I like the numbers. <BR> <BR> This a change. Liking numbers. Makes fitness FUN. What a concept!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2033840772.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And I can't WAIT to see what it tracks for me in 2014! It has ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:37:47 EST Spark Tracker Weekly Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572083 Quick and dirty blog to track my numbers for the "future fabulous me" to see.... <BR> <BR> I'm still loving my Spark Tracker although I am disappointed when I don't get that "goal met" sticker by the end of the day. There were a few days that I did not make my 11,000 steps and one day that I did not even make 10,000 steps. But, the silly little thing makes me work harder the next day so at least my averages stay good. <BR> <BR> My tracker numbers have almost totally replaced my obsessio... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:55:03 EST Dream Big because truth CAN be stranger than fiction.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568715 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l103785823.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Things do happen in the weirdest way and I think that truth can be stranger than fiction. <BR> <BR> This is BY FAR the longest blog I have ever written, so if you care to, grab a second cup of coffee and follow me dear reader on a journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Weightloss Zone! <BR> <BR> It begins, with a blog post by PIXIE-LICIOUS entitled, “Struggle on....and on” <BR> <BR> <link... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 13:09:55 EST Spark Tracker Weekly Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564762 I think everyone hates the numbers on the scale, but habits are hard to break because we can't replace a habit with nothing. We have to have something to replace it with. <BR> <BR> I fell off the Spark Wagon for a few weeks in Sept, Oct, Nov of this year and when I climbed back on board, I had a Spark Activity Tracker with me. <BR> <BR> I like the numbers it reports and I like seeing them go up! <BR> <BR> I had committed to a goal of 11,000 steps everyday in December. I had two days this... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 10:07:45 EST The Secret Weapon A Woman Created To Save Herself From The Brink Of Suicide http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564403 Below is a link to a great TED talk that speaks of the four things we can all do to make ourselves "SUPERBETTER" <BR> <BR> When Jane McGonigal fell ill, she created something to make herself better. <BR> <BR> Even if you are not a "gamer" (as someone commented below) listen for the top five things people say on their deathbeds and the four principals of health that we should be applying to our life to increase our chance of living longer. <BR> <BR> And if you listen to the end...you will... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 18:17:46 EST I Need a Silent Night... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561924 I posted this last December, but Christmas and the attendant hustle and bustle comes every year so...we pause for this reminder. <BR> <BR> The rest of the year will disappear in a whirlwind of work, shopping, holiday gatherings and festivities. Be sure to take time for yourself and take care of your health. <BR> <BR> Below is a link to my favorite Christmas song by Amy Grant. Makes me tear up every time...especially the child that provides the spoken interlude at 2 min 40 seconds. <BR> <B... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:28:38 EST Review of the Spark Activity Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560069 Fitness Trackers are pretty ubiquitous now a days. As with any fitness or exercise equipment, they can be very helpful…if you use them! <BR> <BR> The Spark Wireless Activity Tracker is a tracker that has been designed to integrate with the weight-loss and fitness community here at SparkPeople.com and for me that was the biggest hook. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l160953052.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’ve thought about Fitbits, Bodybugs etc, but said “no” mostly beca... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 22:02:27 EST