WILLBOYWONDER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WILLBOYWONDER WILLBOYWONDER'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/ Let Them Eat Tangerines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565763 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1178904621.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ok, so the original phrase was “Let them eat cake,” which was first spoken by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, a Genevan philosopher in his autobiography, Confessions, (no it wasn’t Marie Antoinnette as many people believe). I say, let them eat tangerines. Lately, I have been really into eating tangerines. I’ve always loved them, in fact, I love all fruits. But there is something about the tangerine that has hooked me of ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 14:29:42 EST New Start Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519229 Did you know Sparkpeople.com is getting a makeover? There's a new Start Page, and it's much more personalized than the old one. You probably have seen it already if you're reading this. I’m always open to improvements. As someone who has been a part of this community since 2006, I have seen many changes. I am sure it will take some getting used to; however, I think over time, I will grow to like these changes. Hope you will too. Check it out: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/b... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 09:47:03 EST Dealing With Bad Influences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325082 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1404496034.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Do you have bad influences around you that get in the way of your progress? If you say yes, then you’re not alone. It’s a common problem for people on a regime to eat healthier and get more exercise to find people in their lives discouraging them. In some cases, all you have to do is dissociate with them. This is especially important if you’re someone who finds it difficult to stay motivated. Sever ties with them... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 10:59:25 EST A Spoonful of Salt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312382 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1673586837.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last night, I was reading a health report that indicated that we should limit our intake of salt to no more than one teaspoon per day. When you hear it, it doesn’t actually sound like very much. It’s just a measly teaspoon, right? But when you look at a teaspoonful, my gosh it sure is an awful lot of salt. Even if you use the more healthy salts, such as seat salt, kosher salt, or Himalayan pink salt, a teaspoon... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 09:28:27 EST Friday Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5304000 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1823729806.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> So I ran across a Sparkpeople recipe, and my first reaction was, “You’ve got to be kidding me.” <BR> <BR> But then, being an open-minded guy, I decided to give it a try. The recipe is BAKED GRAPEFRUIT. Did you see it on the Sparkrecipes.com site? This is it: <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 grapefruit <BR> 1 teaspoon honey <BR> 2 teaspoons shelled and finely chopped pistachios <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 32... Fri, 29 Mar 2013 07:12:55 EST Staying On Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303061 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1598154905.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> How do you stay on track? I don’t have to tell you how difficult it is to follow your eating plan and stay on target with your goals. I’m probably one of the most regimented people out here and it’s hard for me too. But I have a few tips and tricks that I like to use, and you may like some of them too. They actually work for me. <BR> <BR> • Pay attention to and keep track of everything you’re eating. Th... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:15:20 EST Workout Music http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5290709 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1939466377.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sparkpeople.com has sponsored recently-released oldies cardio workout music. I’m very particular when it comes to my cardio because I love my treadmill and like to do cardio cycling (which in a nutshell is a series of faster then slower then faster then slower cardio routines). It’s hard to find pre-made music lists that would work, so, I handpick the music for my playlist. However, I happen to like this new oldie... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 07:55:08 EST Visualization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5284904 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1874913420.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I haven’t posted here in quite a while. I've been a busy bee, though I've still maintained my healthy lifestyle during my Sparkpeople.com absence. Conversations I have had with people often include asking me for tips as we move into spring. I’ve maintained my progress and I love helping others, as this helps to keep me motivated. So, the top tip I want to share is this. VISUALIZATION. That’s very important. <B... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 08:04:49 EST Exercise and Healthy Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4534922 With all the many health benefits that exist from exercise, I have been reading recently about another one I didn’t know about. Did you know that exercise has been known to help acne, blackheads, rosacea, and other skin problems? Who knew? Apparently, exercise contributes to healthy skin because it increases blood flow, unclogs pores because it activates sweat glands, and more importantly, it reduces stress which is one of the biggest causes of skin problems. Exercise helps to increase cir... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 07:10:56 EST Are You Like Michael? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4484366 Michael lost 12 pounds over the last 6 weeks. He was excited about his progress, even though he still has a long way to go. He attributes his success to following primarily a plant-based diet. But he began to get a little worried when two friends in town on business wanted to take him to a private dinner party at a restaurant one Saturday evening. Michael wondered where they would be eating and what would be served. He was afraid that all his progress would be blown by one night of fun and ad... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 10:27:49 EST Missing in Action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4480716 <BR> Over the past few weeks, I’ve been noticing the number of my SP friends who have been missing in action. I realize that we lead busy lives, as I certainly do. But I also notice that those people who are consistent with SP and who keep up with their logging and who keep up with all the SP points tend to be much more successful than those who don’t. In addition, in talking with some people who disappeared for a while and now are back, every person I talked to has told me that it was sh... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:58:29 EST Are You B12 Deficient? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4454392 <BR> Many people who change their diets and begin eating more healthfully often end up with a deficiency in B12, an essential vitamin for optimal health. B12 is common among red meats, poultry, fish, and dairy. But if you want to cut down on your saturated fat intake, you may decide to cut down or eliminate these foods, which can cause a B12 deficiency. It is important to pay attention to changes in your body so that you can identify the symptoms right away. The symptoms are many, and may... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:07:05 EST What Is Gout? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4441811 What is Gout? <BR> <BR> I always wondered about gout but never took time to learn about it. When I was very young, that's a term I always heard but never fully understood it. My dad has it. My grandfather had it. Several living and now deceased people in my family suffered from it. I kept thinking that it must be hereditary, so I figured I’d look it up and check it out thinking that I might end up with it one day. <BR> <BR> In the arthritis family, gout is marked by pain and inflammation... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:28:12 EST Exercise At Your Desk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4391763 A lot of people with desk jobs sometimes say they don’t get the chance to exercise the way they want to. I can relate, because I sit behind a desk all day. So, I know it can be a challenge. However, I have been researching some simple exercise tips to teach the beginner exercisers in the class I teach at a community center, and wanted to share my tips here. These are things you can do with very little equipment. All you need are a chair and a 5 pound dumbbell. If a dumbbell is not avail... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 10:49:58 EST Spinning Class http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4389849 If you’ve ever thought of taking a Spinning class, I recommend it. I am in a class at my gym two days a week, and I love the results I’m seeing. Many gyms will let you sign up for the classes they offer (for a fee, of course) without actually joining the gym. Some local recreation centers and YMCAs also may have classes. But I really support this for quickly strengthening your legs, abs, and hear and for burning calories efficiently. But there are some things to keep in mind before you d... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 13:21:52 EST HEAT HEAT HEAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4376909 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l429895816.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Oh my goodness: when I left home today, it was about 5:50 am, and it was already 80 degrees. The weather report called it a sweltering heat, and that's precisely what it is. It was hard to breathe and it felt like an oven. I have been reading a lot about heat illnesses (heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat rash) and it surprised me to learn that many people have suffered from these conditions and ... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 11:42:34 EST Cauli Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4374207 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l309030960.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’ve developed a new love for cauliflower. I’ve been experimenting with different ways of preparing it, and this one that I call Cauli Salad is so good that I had to share it. It’s specifically for those following a plant-based w/ no dairy, but I think anyone will enjoy this: <BR> <BR> The ingredients are: <BR> Cauliflower – 1 large head <BR> Non-dairy mayo (Vegenaise), 3 tbsp <BR> Onion, raw, 1 large, choppe... Wed, 20 Jul 2011 07:52:44 EST Turnips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4369532 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l732854811.jpg"> <BR> If you like to eat turnips (I’m talking about the root vegetable and not turnip greens), then here is a different way to prepare them. Try making a salad with them. Clean and peel them and boil until they are tender. It doesn’t usually take them long to cook, depending on their size. Cut into cubes and make a salad following the same recipe you’d use for a traditional potato salad but instead, substitute potatoes w... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 08:37:31 EST It's World Health Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4148641 Today is World Health Day. Sponsored by the World Health Organization <link>www.who.int/world-health-day/2011/wo<BR>rld-health-day2011-brochure.pdf </link> , World Health Day is an initiative to get the world to think more about making smarter and healthier decisions. This is a good opportunity to re-dedicate our lives to get back on track. I’m doing things like: <BR> <BR> Pledging to walk more – the weather is getting nice <BR> <BR> Cutting out unhealthy snacks – Kettle chips are a bi... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 07:53:07 EST Secrets to Losing Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4128396 I hadn’t posted anything in quite a while. I decided to do so today. With nice weather approaching, people are interested in working on getting their bodies right and many people have asked me the secrets to losing weight. So, I decided to post something here in hopes that it might inspire people who read it. Here are my top three “Secrets to Losing Weight” which can work for anybody. <BR> <BR> The first secret is, find a reason to lose weight, something so strong and powerful that no... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 07:20:25 EST Today Is World Vegan Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3755078 So, if you didn’t hear, today is World Vegan Day. It’s celebrated November 1st every year. It’s a day, like other special days, dedicated to the cooking, lifestyle, and health of vegan eaters. Although I’m not what you would call a 100% vegan, if you had to classify me, I’m more vegan than anything else. Every year on World Vegan Day, I take time to talk to people about vegan meals, vegan recipes, vegan choices, and answer questions people have about maintain healthy eating. A few of the... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 18:41:29 EST Sparkpeople.com Resistance Bands Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3734091 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l120689719.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Several weeks ago I purchased some Sparkpeople.com Resistand Bands. I highly recommend. Most equipment tends to collect dust. But I really like these bands because they are so versatile. You can use them on your arms, your legs, and the things you can do with them is really immense. The greatest benefit is they can be dropped in a bag and taken with you whenever and wherever you go. These are one of the few co... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 22:09:45 EST My Shake Weight Review! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3733811 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l296373319.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got my Shake Weight today. This device, the Shake Weight for Men, is a 5-pound dumbbell (the version for women is a 2.5-pound dumbbell) with springs at the base of each end designed to strengthen and tone the arms, chest, and shoulders. An instructional DVD is included in the box that provides an elementary-level primer on how to get started. The Shake Weight’s website promotional material claim it is based on... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 19:02:19 EST Food Recall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3614871 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l726782410.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Morningland Dairy and Ozark Hills Farm Cheese, sold at Whole Foods Markets, is being recalled related to a possible “Listeria and Staphylococcus aureus” contamination. The products have been reported in markets in Connecticut and Massachusetts in the cheese section. Even though there are only reported incidents in three stores so far, people need to be aware. Customers may return the products to their Whole Foods... Tue, 7 Sep 2010 12:12:09 EST Don't Be A Slacker!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3599323 Don’t Be A Slacker! <BR> <BR> In case you haven’t noticed, the days are getting shorter. You know what that means: fall is approaching and most people tend to 'fall' off the wagon beginning in fall and throughout winter. It’s pretty common, and many of us slack not only with our physical activity but also in the way in which we eat. But we do need to be mindful of it NOW – before it happens – so that we can continue to reach our goals. <BR> <BR> First, physical activity is simpler than... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 07:19:39 EST PTSD In War Dogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3498654 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l292213988.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog posting is different than the ones I normally post. But when I learned of this, I thought it was such an interesting topic that I couldn’t resist posting it. Did you know, or had you ever heard, that military dogs face the same types of stress and depression and anxiety and withdrawal that their human counterparts face? I had never thought of the pain these dogs go through during times of war. Well evi... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 11:25:02 EST Water Zumba http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3475416 Zumba is a popular exercise activity these days. But have you heard of or ever tried Water Zumba, also called Aqua Zumba? I did recently and I like it a lot. Performing the moves in water is easier on the joints, but it is more of a workout on the muscles than regular Zumba. It really works the arms and legs quite vigorously. I tried to search for some online tools to help determine how much fat it burns but haven’t located any yet. I’m certain fat burning counts are similar to swimming... Tue, 27 Jul 2010 15:09:29 EST USDA New Food Guidelines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3346498 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l55733060.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The USDA issued new dietary food guidelines. I just finished reading it and really, there aren’t many surprises. A strong finding is in the need for us to increase our intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, sugar-free and caffeine-free beverages, and decrease our intake of red meats, saturated fats, sodium, and excess calories. People are generally getting it, but we have a long way to go. We g... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 07:18:58 EST Binge Drinking Can Kill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3288313 On Memorial Day, Andrew Koppel, the son of TV news anchor Ted Koppel, died from alcohol poisoning as a result of a bout of binge drinking with friends the night before. He was 40 years old. <BR> <BR> I worked on a county Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Council, and it might surprise you to learn that binge drinking is not just something practiced by teens or a twenty-something crowd the way many people tend to believe. Many older “kids” use poor judgment and drink themselves to death, lite... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 11:23:03 EST Bean/Veggie/Brown Rice Burritos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3189559 Here is a nice burrito recipe I came up with. Although it's meant for vegans, everyone will enjoy it: <BR> <BR> <BR> INGREDIENTS <BR> 1 (15 oz.) can of black beans (try to find a low sodium brand, such as Amy’s) <BR> 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes <BR> 1 cup cooked brown rice <BR> 1/2 cup chopped red onions <BR> 1/2 cup chopped green peppers <BR> 3 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1/2 cup of finely chopped basil <BR> Salt/pepper to taste <BR> 6 whole wheat tortillas (or spinach tortillas) <BR> 1... Mon, 3 May 2010 13:47:29 EST My Review Of A New FRITOS® Product http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3176458 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l938026674.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I enjoy a nice snack. I’m not talking about just snacking on fresh fruits and celery and carrot sticks as many of you know that I have for snacks. I also like junk food sometimes for my snack. One of my top snack foods are the regular FRITOS® Corn Chips. The only issue I have with them is the salt and the sodium, so I don’t have them too often – it’s too salty and have too much sodium. But I just le... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 19:11:04 EST Your Diet and Your Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3162133 I like to read all I can on health, fitness, and nutrition studies from reliable sources, and I ran across this recent information on dementia and Alzheimers. I was not surprised to learn that the most healthful diets, those that are low in red meats and dairy and those high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts, fish, seeds and Omega 3/Omega 6 fatty acids may also help to reduce the incidence of brain atrophy such as Alzheimers. That is amazing. If we need another r... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 10:54:06 EST My New Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3142349 It's been about eight weeks since my last blog posting. I fell off the blog wagon. Now that I have a new gym membership, now is a good time to get back on that wagon. <BR> <BR> Okay, so today, I decided to find a new gym. I’d been a member of Bally Total Fitness since about September 2006. I chose that one because of the location. It is close to home and was decent. But somewhere along the way they got new management and things changed. <BR> <BR> First off, the cleanliness factor ... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 20:19:45 EST It’s American Heart Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2835130 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/3/9/b390281977.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s American Heart Month. February was first declared American Heart Month back in 1963. This is a good time to focus on the importance of maintaining healthy living for a stronger heart. So what does that mean? There are some things you can do with your diet and your behaviors to help improve the functioning of your heart. Here are three key things you can do: <BR> <BR> See a doctor <BR> Many people don’t see a... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 11:06:54 EST The Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2783385 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/6/b662010466.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So, what do you think about "The Biggest Loser?" I am not a big fan of reality TV shows. Many of them, in my humble opinion, seem to make a fool of the participants, using them as a source of entertainment without giving them much of a reward in return. But I think “The Biggest Loser” is quite different. It is a good and practical health show. In fact, I would go so far as saying that this show is one of the mo... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 19:57:39 EST The Spark: Book Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2765694 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/8/b789497636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I received my copy of the book, “The Spark” about ten days ago and I must say it’s exactly what I expected. The full title, “The Spark: The 28-Day Breakthrough Plan for Losing Weight, Getting Fit, and Transforming Your Life,” goes well beyond delivering what it promises. <BR> <BR> According to promotional material for "The Spark," it promises to be a revolutionary tool that: <BR> <BR> “distills the best of <link... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 07:46:32 EST Oh Happy Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2698189 I spent my holiday with friends and family members who have not been around me since I developed my new, healthier eating styles. It was so refreshing to share it with them. Their questions were more inquisitive out of a genuine regard for my new way of eating rather than, “why are you eating weird that way?” as I had been accustomed to hearing from people. I guess to some people, it's weird to have breakfast without eating bacon and eggs. <BR> <BR> Speaking from experience, it’s diffic... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 13:01:31 EST Goodbye 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2667793 As the year comes to a close, most of us will focus on where life has taken us, while others will look ahead to where it is we want to go. Sometimes when we look ahead to the New Year, we make a list of resolutions. Many people often say they don’t make resolutions. But I think resolutions are important. <BR> <BR> A resolution is nothing more or less than a goal, and if you fail to establish any goals, then a year from now you will most likely be right where you are today. So, no matte... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 09:42:41 EST Healthy Eating: It's Really Not Hard To Do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2623994 If you’re looking for some interesting ways to have a healthier lunch or dinner, try adding a little imagination and creativity to your meals. Making just small changes can make a big difference. Consider these tips and hopefully they will make you think of some additional ideas: <BR> <BR> - When eating sandwiches or wraps (whether at home or in restaurants or delis) add several vegetables, such as carrots, onions, mushrooms, romaine lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, ... Thu, 10 Dec 2009 08:50:43 EST Why Sparkpeople.com? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2609362 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/0/b503575673.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Whenever I get the opportunity, I tell my friends, family, associates, and even people I hardly know all about <link>www.sparkpeople.com </link> and what I like about it. It’s among the key reasons attributable to my success with maintaining my weigh loss progress. A Sparkpeople slogan is, “Make Your Life An Adventure” and that’s exactly what you get – an adventure – if you put forth the effort. <BR> <BR> Sparkpeo... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 08:55:00 EST Doing Abdominal Crunches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2597677 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/3/b634053566.jpg"> <BR> <BR> One of my favorite exercises to do is the abdominal crunch. Some people don’t like them, which is fine. All exercises are not for everybody. But I happen to find them to be very effective and easy to do. I like crunches because you can do them virtually anyplace. I often drop and do them between commercials while watching television, or I incorporate them into my overall exercise routine. <BR> <BR> They are par... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 09:49:27 EST Hot Yoga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2585874 So I was recently talking with one of the trainers at my gym. It wasn’t an official personal training session: we were just chatting. You know many of them will talk to you about fitness unofficially. He mentioned a “Hot Yoga” class that he would be teaching in a few weeks and invited me to join in. <BR> <BR> I said sure. At first I thought when he said it would be a hot yoga class, I thought it would be a regular class that would be hot, as in one that I didn’t want to miss; however, I ... Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:42:04 EST Why Are You So Tired? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2546638 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/1/b711415618.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It you’re like lots of people, I bet you wake up in the morning struggling to get out of bed. If you don’t, then you’re lucky. I have been reading lots of things on this topic and this is one common complaint that many people have. I don’t have this problem routinely, but I am bothered by it from time to time. <BR> <BR> So, why do we suffer from this? Well, I have compiled several common things that can affect t... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 10:23:35 EST Don't Give Your Pet The Swine Flu http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2543148 An Iowa cat contracted the Swine Flu from it’s owner. I never thought much about pets getting sick from humans. But it’s a reality we don’t think of. People should exercise the same precautions for their pets as they would for themselves or members of their families. People also should seek medical attention for their pets. <BR> <BR> Read more about it in this news article: <BR> <BR> <link>news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091104/ap_on_h<BR>e_me/us_swine_flu_cat </link> Sat, 7 Nov 2009 23:22:34 EST Donald Watson - Vegan Founder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2539902 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/4/8/b48787510.jpg"> Donald Watson, Founder of the Vegan Society and the Vegan Way of Life <BR> <BR> <BR> November 1st was World Vegan Day, and November is World Vegan Month. Most people don’t really know the origin of the word or what it really means. Donald Watson, along with a colleague Elsie Shrigley, created the word vegan in 1944. He created the word vegan by taking the front and back of the word vegetarian. People who identify with the t... Fri, 6 Nov 2009 13:37:13 EST Food Recall Alert http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2530926 Food mistakes like this sure do happen a lot. One of the latest in food recalls is Alexia Foods, Inc., which has issued a recall because of a food allergen, pine nuts, not declared on the package of its olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, and Pesto Oven Reds frozen seasoned potato wedges. This is a nationwide recall for products with the UPC # 34183 00108, and sell by dates of: Sell By 5385050811, Sell By 5385050911, Sell By 5385051011, and Sell By 5385051111 (printed on the upper left back panel)... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 12:14:32 EST November is American Diabetes Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2528057 November is American Diabetes Month® and this time every year, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) wants to use this time to help bring awareness to this debilitating disease. Diabetes is a serious medical condition, and if not treated, it can cause complications such as heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, and loss of limbs. <BR> <BR> The important thing I want to tell you about diabetes is that it starts out as a silent disease. That means, there as it is developing in your bo... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 14:33:09 EST Keeping Halloween Safe For Your Kids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2511487 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/9/7/b972770337.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s that time of year again. Halloween is meant to be fun for kids. Exercising a few measures up front can help ensure it is fun, healthy, and safe for kids of all ages. This is a good time to remind people of some things we should already be doing all year long. <BR> <BR> First, teach kids about portioning out the treats they get from trick-or-treating. Although many people are giving out healthier treats than th... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 08:20:32 EST Eat More Tomatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2496108 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/2/b527348864.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Tomatoes are a very diverse food. I hesitate labeling them as a fruit or vegetable here, as the debate on which category they fit into has been going on for decades. But whatever you call them, tomatoes are great to add to your diet. <BR> <BR> First of all, I love the flavor. They are delicious. My grandmother ate them like most people eat apples. I love the little cherry or grape tomatoes that I can pop in m... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 08:56:21 EST Struggling Weekends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2447250 The weekend is one of the most difficult times for many. A lot of people struggle during the weekend. That’s the time when lots of people complain about how hard it is to stay on the wagon. So, here are three tips that may help: <BR> <BR> First, try to stay busy. The busier you are, the more likely you are to avoid too much snacking. <BR> <BR> Second, don’t keep the junk in the house. If you live with someone who eats it and you do have junk food around, portion out small snack serv... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 14:57:53 EST