TRIANGLE-WOMAN's SparkPeople Blog TRIANGLE-WOMAN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Advice for the day... <img src=""> Wed, 6 Apr 2016 08:38:27 EST Day 5 of my Streak On target, in the zone, full steam ahead!! Have a great weekend! Fri, 1 Apr 2016 20:30:06 EST Day two of my Spark Streak Made it past my "hangry time" unscathed. On to day three... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 20:33:34 EST Day 1 of my "Return to Spark" Streak. Hope everyone had a great Easter Holiday if you celebrate that sort of thing. <BR> <BR> I do and it's why I'm resetting my streak count. First because I did not check in yesterday. <BR> <BR> And second because I did really enjoy my Easter holiday. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Or rather my tongue enjoyed itself and rather over indulged. <BR> <BR> My hands help get the offending items to my mouth and my brain quickly fuzzed over in a sugar/fat induced haze. There was wine involved but what... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:38:54 EST Day 5 of my "Return to Spark" Streak <BR> I did not check in yesterday, but was a model of Healthy behavior because I knew you were all here. <BR> <BR> Much to do so I will bid you a Happy Easter and leave you with my favorite day time drink as of late: <BR> <BR> Lemon Ginger Tea! <BR> <BR> Boil water <BR> <BR> Crush/chop peeled ginger to taste. I use a 1 x 1 x 2 inch block <BR> <BR> Cut up lemon to taste <BR> <BR> Pour boiling over and steep to taste. <BR> <BR> Refreshing hot or cold and helps get my water in. <BR> ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 08:48:42 EST Day 3 of my "Return to Spark" Streak This little exercise in touching base everyday has been refreshing. <BR> <BR> It has helped be meet my step goals everyday (11,000 steps per day) and has helped be meet my water goals. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I commit to track every bite as well. <BR> <BR> Here is the basic plan: <BR> <BR> Coffee/coconut milk/maple syrup <BR> Slice of Ezekiel bread <BR> 30g nut butter <BR> Grapefruit <BR> <B... Thu, 24 Mar 2016 08:40:05 EST Day 2 of my "Return to Spark" Streak Hey, look. <BR> <BR> It's day two and I'm back. <BR> <BR> I think that deserves a pat on the back in and of itself, and I know it helped me meet my food, water and fitness goals yesterday. <BR> <BR> I bet WE can do it today. <BR> <BR> Let's meet back tomorrow, same time, same place. <BR> <BR> Spark on. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:50:12 EST Day 1 of my "Return to Spark" Streak Day 1 of using the tools that have always been there. <BR> <BR> Day 1 of using the power that was there all along. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Day 1 of sharing with you some of my favorite things. <BR> <BR> Breakfast of "Food For Life" english muffin, avocado and tomato. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Coffee with Coconut Alm... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:37:59 EST On being Vegan and Yummy Plant Based Foods Food, like religion is always a touchy subject. And I've found the subject of veganism to be one of the most incendiary. <BR> <BR> Give up smoking or alcohol, everyone claps their hands on your back and congratulates you. <BR> <BR> Give up animal products...not so much. <BR> <BR> In fact, the only reason I'm writing about it here is that I'm loathe to tell my real family, so know that I am trusting that my Spark peeps will be gentle with me. I'm coming out of the closet so to speak. <BR> ... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 11:55:14 EST Operation Let's NOT gain weight for the holidays... Well long and short of it is: nothing gained, nothing lost. <BR> <BR> So, goal met. Time to step it up so to speak. <BR> <BR> Got a FitBit recently, and just figured out how to link it to Spark. <BR> <BR> Here is the link to the Blog giving instructions on how to do that in case you are interested: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100045 </link> <BR> <BR> Let me know if you want to be a FitBit Friend :) <BR> <BR> Send request to:... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 07:14:38 EST Sometimes you just need to do what you can. So I have a fibrous growth at the bottom of my foot and it feels like I'm walking on a pebble. <BR> <BR> A large, very hard pebble. <BR> <BR> Truth be told, it's been there for a while. Say 3 months. <BR> <BR> But minor discomfort has bloomed into full blown pain and near incapacitation in terms of mobility. <BR> <BR> And it's "that time" of the year. <BR> <BR> The time that everyone brings out the refined sugar and flour cookies, rich drinks, heavy meats and cheeses, traditional fare ... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:23:55 EST Because sometimes you want it all.... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My children always chastise me for being fascinated with internet/facebook "memes" <BR> <BR> Those passed around, cliche pictures with quotes or phrases that just speak to me, tickle my fancy or otherwise cause me to pause and want to pass it on. <BR> <BR> I thought this one delightful. <BR> <BR> I hope you do too. <BR> <BR> BTW - Day 5 of my Spark resurrection. I'm looking forward to i... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 07:41:57 EST Day 4 of Saving Myself So, I started back a few days ago with "Beast Mode = ON" and we all know that any kind of super intensity will soon fall off. It is the nature of life and the universe. <BR> <BR> There can be no "up" without a "down". There can be no "left" without a "right.". There can be no "ON" with out an "OFF." <BR> <BR> So the super intensity is not there.... already. Beast Mode = not quite off, but not quite as "ON" as it had been in day one. <BR> <BR> So what. <BR> <BR> This morning I awoke at... Thu, 3 Sep 2015 13:15:23 EST Day 3 of Beast Mode=On Day 3 of Beast Mode=On <BR> <BR> Feeling really good about life! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Sep 2015 07:57:19 EST I'm back. Beast Mode = ON On STEPH-KNEE’s status there was a meme that said “Beast Mode: ON” <BR> <BR> And a comment that said: “On this journey I'm either on or off. I can't explain it well, but it's like a switch flips again & I'm doing everything right. Today the switch was flipped, & I'm ready 2 rock! :)” <BR> <BR> Yeah, that pretty much summed up my attitude this morning. <BR> <BR> I'm back. Beast Mode = ON <BR> <BR> A LOT has happened over the last year, including a 30 pound weight gain. It wasnâ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 07:55:41 EST Instead of.... There is a sad little phrase most of us know all too well: "I wish I had..." <BR> <BR> How many times a day do you trot out that little guilty thought. <BR> <BR> "I wish I had not over eaten last night." <BR> <BR> "I wish I had gone to the gym." <BR> <BR> "I wish I had not left Spark for so long." <BR> <BR> I wish I may, I wish I might. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> There is another phrase that I am learning to pull out at thos... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 10:17:01 EST Who is Tess Munster? I wanted to get this article out to my Spark Peeps because "KA BOOM" it kind blew me away. <BR> <BR> WARNING: If you have no tolerance for profanity, skip the article below. It has some choice words planted throughout. But you can read about Tess Munster at other sites. She seems to be trending right now. <BR> <BR> However, I find this article fascinating. <BR> <BR> And eye opening. <BR> <BR> And it gives me some new vocabulary to play with. I love the way the Militant Baker (the... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:15:22 EST How Cooking can Change Your Life... Please take 20 minutes to watch the video below. <BR> <BR> It is a talk by Michael Pollen, titled "How Cooking Can Change Your Life" <BR> <BR> Pollen is the author of Omnivore's Dilemma and several other best selling books about our food. <BR> <BR> It may be the most important 20 minutes of your day, or maybe even your life. Or maybe someone else's life, so pass it on. <BR> <BR> It may be something you already know. Or something that you knew and forgot. But it bears repeating. <BR... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 10:13:51 EST We are not alone... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Let's dream a little, and then let's get to work... <BR> <BR> XOXO Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:32:05 EST Find your Fitness <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Windchill is -19 (yes that is NEGATIVE 19 degrees Fahrenheit) so I'm finding my fitness at the gym today. Track, weights and finish up with some flexibility and balancing. <BR> <BR> What's your fitness today? Sat, 10 Jan 2015 09:18:52 EST Hesitation 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! <BR> Sono grata a tutti voi! Which Elizabeth Gilbert says (see essay below) means "I am grateful for allof you!" <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> XOXO <BR> <BR> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:42:01 EST One more TED Talk you might find worth watching.... 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! 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=" Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:11:35 EST Be the Queen of Your Own Life... For anyone who has not heard of "Queenisms" check out the Facebook page or website. <BR> <BR> <link><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=""> <BR> <BR> &#9829;&#9829;¸.•*´¨`*•. • .&#9829;&#9829; ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:28:29 EST Circle of Blessings... "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... 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.... I saw this idea posted to Facebook the other day. Might have even been from my Spark feed. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> When I went to google it, I found several versions which I will post because it bears repeating. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Would you say: <BR> <BR> I have ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:07:01 EST Floss and Dross 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!) 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... 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=""> <BR> <BR> It seems to me to segue nicely with another blog I posted called: "We'll See..." <BR> <BR> <link><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 Quick post to tell all of you seeing this that you are beautiful. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <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…. 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 <img src=""> <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.... <img src=""> <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... 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=" Sat, 24 May 2014 09:58:31 EST 29 Days Until Summer...Whence I encourage you to take up the brush... 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 45 days until summer and I’m energized and inspired to check in and post a blog. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today’s temps will range between 45 and 61 degrees, so it’s not feelin’ too summery yet. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I found this video link interesting: <BR> <BR> <link><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... 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... 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=""> <BR> Days Until Summer. ... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 10:00:40 EST 79 Days Until Summer - An Invocation for Beginnings <img src=""> <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 <img src=""> <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) <img src=""> <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=""> <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 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.... 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=" Sun, 30 Mar 2014 07:44:40 EST 84 Days Until Summer - Masterful Mexican Meal 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=""> <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! 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=""> <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.... 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=""> <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=""> <BR> ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:12:04 EST 88 Days Until Summer - What Motivates You? <img src=""> <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=""> <BR> <BR> I'm going to k... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:12:01 EST 89 Days Until Summer - Meditate... 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=""> <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