WOUBBIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WOUBBIE WOUBBIE'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/ 2017 Plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289445 I have pretty modest goals in general, so there's nothing earth-shaking here, I just want to set a few things out as reminders to myself. <BR> <BR> WEIGHT: I don't weigh myself often, so I'm not going to put a number goal here. By the end of 2017 I'd like to be another size down in pants. The ones I have now are baggy, but the next size down would be snug right now and I hate tight pants, lol! <BR> <BR> EXERCISE: Ten minutes a day of varied exercise is really not much to ask! 5500 steps a d... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 11:01:12 EST A little project for my son http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202798 My husband found this little worktable project online and I just HAD to reproduce it for Kyle. He's a tinkerer and has been relegated to a dingy corner of the basement. Maybe having an awesome workspace will get him motivated to get more projects done! We're getting the basement windows replaced (they leak) so hopefully it will be less damp and grungy once they're all in. <BR> <BR> These pictures are of the work in progress. The finished image is a flag from one of his all time favorite game... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 20:27:14 EST FlyLady Routines 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098491 Sorry to bore you all, but I just wanted a place to post my new FlyLady routines. My old routine is actually more of a rut, and it's time to streamline the Weekly Home Blessing once again. <BR> <BR> Saturday: <BR> <BR> ~ Thoroughly clean/disinfect the bathroom, not just swish and swipe. No more than 20 minutes. <BR> ~ Clean out the fridge and plan meals for the rest of the week. No more than 10 minutes. <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> <BR> ~ Do laundry and recycling, thoroughly clean/disinfect the... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 20:50:27 EST Unexpected Snow Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097260 I was on my way to work this morning, and DH had warned me about the slushy conditions of the driveway, but it was much worse than even I expected. So here's my poor little Subaru, wedged sideways on the driveway of doom. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/2866c2cd-2c65-4ec8-a94e-d281ecee6ceb.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be7c7753-2b9b-46e5-8e9b-ee29fb4d0c43.jpg"> <BR> <BR> EDIT: <BR> <BR> I'm happy to update that my DH magically whiske... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 11:08:32 EST Carbs in the Diet Increase Saturated Fat In the Blood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084847 I thought this was pretty blog-worthy: <BR> <BR> <link>lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/Diet-Compa<BR>rison-Studies/fl/Adding-Carbs-to-the-D<BR>iet-Increases-Saturated-Fat-in-Blood.h<BR>tm?utm_content=20160201&utm_medium=ema<BR>il&utm_source=exp_nl&utm_campaign=list<BR>_lowcarbdiets&utm_term=list_lowcarbdiets </link> <BR> <BR> "The idea that eating foods high in saturated fats is bad for us is 50 years old at this point, and much research has gone into "proving it". If the theory were true, yo... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:18:24 EST Raspberry Zinger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6024697 Why didn't I think of this sooner?!?! <BR> <BR> When I was pregnant and trying to refrain from caffeine and alcohol I used to LOVE this stuff. It was expensive, though, so once the kids arrived I stopped buying it again. <BR> <BR> Thank goodness we're income-stable at the moment! Wow, this stuff is good and needs absolutely NO sweetening to taste good. Zero calories, zero carbs, 100% happy flavor! <BR> <BR> Contains: Hibiscus, rosehips, roasted chicory, orange peel, blackberry leaves, natu... Sun, 1 Nov 2015 12:18:57 EST My bedroom remodel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6017791 Well, I'm about 85% done now! I have one wall section (behind the armoire) that still needs papering, the armoire itself needs to be reinforced and put back together (the base is still in the sunporch downstairs), the trim needs a finish coat of paint and we'll eventually put up crown molding, but it's really looking like the room I had imagined finally! <BR> <BR> This is a panoramic view of the whole room. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/06778ba9-67a8-4eae-8c13-... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 19:51:07 EST Petition about trans fats http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5978326 "The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently took action to prevent thousands of heart attacks each year by forcing food manufacturers to phase out dangerous trans fats from processed foods.* <BR> <BR> "But now the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the massive lobbying arm for junk food companies across the country, is pressuring the FDA for a waiver to allow small amounts of trans fat back in their already unhealthy processed foods." <BR> <BR> (The GMA is also the lobbying group... Sat, 15 Aug 2015 10:08:41 EST My Big Blog about Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5967091 Sleep. <BR> <BR> It's now the single remaining block that's missing from my healthy foundation. <BR> <BR> Not getting enough of it is: <BR> <BR> ~ Making me tired the next day, which makes me eat too much to try to recoup some energy, and also makes me reluctant to do much strenuous exercise. <BR> <BR> ~ Befuddling my mind; my productivity is terrible on "tired" days, both at work and at home. Only the most critical items generally get done. <BR> <BR> ~ Screwing with my hormones, with co... Sun, 26 Jul 2015 22:08:01 EST 5K in Azeroth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5913919 I did my annual 5K walk yesterday. Had my itty bitty old iPod Shuffle which is only loaded with music from World of Warcraft. Always makes me smile when I see "places" from Azeroth on my walk! <BR> <BR> Is it the starting line in Economy Park? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1077429169.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or the starting line in Silverpine Forest? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l321394133.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The final hill of the walk i... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:01:13 EST Going to blog my Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892457 It's Friday evening. I'm really tired and not in the mood to be productive. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow's Saturday, when I generally want to relax, but since I'm going to be busy all day Sunday, I HAVE to get a bunch of things done on Saturday. <BR> <BR> So bear with me - I was trying to figure out how to keep myself accountable and motivated to get things done without slaving away all day. I decided to make a list of thing to get done, and then devote 15 minutes out of every hour to doing them: <BR... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 20:14:24 EST Silly travel blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874584 Just my style of humor: <BR> <BR> I been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. <BR> <BR> I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there. <BR> <BR> I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends, family and work. <BR> <BR> I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:43:06 EST Just in case: Lazy recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798109 I posted this on someone's blog a minute ago and decided that I didn't want to redo it again in case she closes her account, or something, so I'm reposting my kid-friendly, lowish-carb lazy recipes. If you're a purist, don't read. It's jar sauce and shortcuts! <BR> <BR> Crockpot and Deli foods For The Win!!! <BR> <BR> Recipe 1, lazy chili: <BR> <BR> 1 pound ground beef, brown it. (ALDI has the good stuff now.) <BR> 1 container of fresh salsa (ALDI has it pretty cheap in several flavors.) <... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:36:58 EST The Eagle Project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793033 Whew! What a day! The worst of the job is done, though we have to come back next Sunday to finish planting grass and planting flowers. <BR> <BR> Here's a more-or-less "before picture. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1694308116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And a "during". That's Kyle with the mini chain saw. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1541216028.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And an "after". <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 21:29:48 EST September Intentions, Update2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785384 I got to work on Monday morning and looked in the mirror to finish putting on my lipstick and thought "hmm, something looks different". Then I noticed it again an hour later on my first bathroom break of the day, so I stopped and gave myself a closer look. <BR> <BR> I'm sure no one else would ever notice, but my chronic and ever-present dark circles were just a tiny bit lighter. Not gone - I have too many airborne allergies for them to ever go away completely, and most of the women on my mo... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:20:25 EST September Intentions, Update 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781010 Stress and Sleep Challenge <BR> <BR> To recap: <BR> <BR> SEPTEMBER MUST DO’s: <BR> <BR> I must <BR> <BR> ~ Declutter my current batch of paper and clerical To-Do's by <BR> ~ Getting all my daily personal clerical upkeep tasks done in the first hour of the day and <BR> ~ Scheduling my workday workouts like I would schedule a meeting and <BR> ~ Scheduling a defined half hour for lunch, when I work/play only on personal business <BR> <BR> Item 1 and 2 are coming along nicely. Most of my per... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:58:01 EST September Intentions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775460 The areas that need my focused attention this month and for the following few months are: <BR> <BR> SLEEP AND DE-STRESS: Getting enough sleep (at least 7 hours a night consistently) and enough downtime daily. <BR> <BR> STRESS AND DISTRESS: Managing what can be managed, and learning to cope with the rest <BR> <BR> (Getting more cardio activity and losing a few more pounds are also on my “intentions” list, but my success with those things depends almost entirely on my success with the first ... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:31:46 EST Some sage advice from Chris Kresser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764934 I signed up for his email list a few days ago and downloaded the free e-book, but it's just been sitting on my desktop since. I had a few minutes to start reading it today, and this little section jumped right out at me: <BR> <BR> "Over 50 percent of the calories the average American consumes today (and my guess is the number is similar in other industrialized countries) come from flour, sugar and industrial seed oils. <BR> <BR> "We consume flour in the form of bread, pasta, muffins, bagels... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:28:05 EST Dancing "On the Fly" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761936 A FlyLady Morning Musing. I've read this one numerous times, but it still rings so true! <BR> <BR> <BR> Morning Musing: Dancing on the FLY <BR> <BR> Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> I can tell you exactly why I put together a Control Journal! I was tired of building "To Do" Lists! Every day I would put the same thing on the list and every day I would check things off. Was I lazy! NO I call it resourceful. <BR> <BR> We love to make lists. It doesn't take long until those lists become boring. Mayb... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:07:10 EST A new project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718056 I've been inspired by VJH-W65's blog. She finally completed a very difficult quilt project that's been in the works for over 20 years. <BR> <BR> Well, my little cross stitch is just under that mark. I probably started it just before or just after the boys were born, so that puts it at around 18 years. Here's what the finished product WILL look like (emphasis on the WILL): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l862650043.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My eyesight is not what it used... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:50:33 EST If you really want to thank a vet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703392 take action and help get things done. Here are two places to start: <BR> <BR> <link>www.credomobilize.com/petitions/tell<BR>-senator-mcconnell-stop-blocking-fundi<BR>ng-for-veterans-healthcare?akid=10780.<BR>4328109.jKXrcc&rd=1&suppress_one_click=true&t=4 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>action.votevets.org/page/s/unemploym<BR>ent?source=homepage140207 </link> Mon, 26 May 2014 09:48:43 EST Shopping for a bra.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677198 An open letter to Phyllis (she isn't dead yet?) Schlafly from a future leader of America! (Excerpt follows, full text available in link.) <BR> <BR> Dear Ms. Schlafly, <BR> <BR> I’m a teenage girl who has been reading about you quite a bit in the news lately. It seems to me that you have absolutely no idea what women of my generation are all about. I can understand that because I often deal with older people who think that their generation is superior and my generation is the worst thing eve... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:25:59 EST Divest Monsanto: Does your Mutual Fund profit from them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668296 From "Food Democracy Now!": <BR> <BR> After a 6-month investigation into the top shareholders of Monsanto, Food Democracy Now! has learned that the largest shareholders of Monsanto stock are massive institutional investors. They are some of the world’s largest and most popular mutual funds – names like Vanguard, Fidelity and State Street. <BR> <BR> This is where millions of Americans invest their hard earned money hoping to be able to retire one day – and they are the top shareholders for M... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:41:01 EST Petitioning BK and Wendy's to remove pop from kid's meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643138 There's a petition at Moms Rising that could use a few more signatures: <BR> <BR> <link>action.momsrising.org/sign/kidsmeals<BR>/?akid=5234.157852.hVuRBy&rd=1&t=2 </link> <BR> <BR> The text reads: <BR> <BR> Dear Daniel S. Schwartz, CEO Burger King and Emil Brolick, CEO Wendy’s: <BR> <BR> We, the undersigned, write to ask Burger King and Wendy's to strengthen its commitment to providing children with healthy meal options, including by removing soda and other sugary beverages from your ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 20:23:42 EST FlyLady 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638925 Yes. This is very, very long. I'm putting this here so I can link to it for anyone who's interested in trying the FlyLady system and is uncomfortable "just jumping in" where she is on any given day without understanding the bigger picture. Without further ado, FlyLady 101! <BR> <BR> While FlyLady has some wonderful ideas, her confusing email system makes it sometimes a little difficult to just "jump in where we are", as she says. <BR> <BR> Marla Cilley had always been a disorganized mess un... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:05:55 EST Why is red meat red? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622296 My sister brought this up at dinner on Sunday (my steak was not quite as rare as I like!), so I decided to read up on it. Just thought it was kinda interesting reading for all of us bad, bad meat eaters. (Yes, I'm being sarcastic. I'm noshing on a salad right now.) <BR> <BR> From the Today I Found Out website: <BR> <BR> <link>www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/201<BR>0/04/the-red-juice-in-raw-red-meat-is-<BR>not-blood/ </link> <BR> <BR> The Red Juice in Raw Red Meat is Not Blood <BR> <B... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:05:33 EST A request for Super Bowl Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612409 Watch this awesome two minute video then post a link to your Facebook page. It's better than any ad you're gonna see tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It's time to eliminate the "R" word. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-tbOxlhvE </link> <BR> <BR> EDIT: MoveOn.org has a petition started to the Washington football club here: <BR> <BR> <link>front.moveon.org/the-super-bowl-ad-y<BR>ou-didnt-see/?source=mo#.Uu-oo7Rcf50 </link> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:50:46 EST Got my numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592854 Did my lab tests last weekend and got my results on Saturday. I have to admit, even though I know the theory of high fat low carb eating, it's still tough to close my eyes to all the naysayers. <BR> <BR> I think I'll have these numbers embroidered on a jacket, though: <BR> <BR> Overall cholesterol = 179 (Healthy is under 200.) <BR> HDL = 98 (Healthy is over 40.) <BR> LDL = 70 (Healthy is under 130.) <BR> Triglycerides = 56 (Healthy is under 200.) <BR> Kidney, Liver, Thyroid tests are all ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:46:54 EST The FlyLady Challenge: Low Carb Pantry List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589573 This list was just too long to post in a regular team thread, so I'll post it here. If you want to make an electronic version just cut and paste into a document - a spreadsheet or a table. Here's an actual Pantry List Template you can download: <BR> <BR> <link>templates.openoffice.org/en/template<BR>/pantry-list-template </link> <BR> <BR> This is adapted from About.com <BR> <BR> CANNED GOODS <BR> <BR> Canned seafood (tuna, salmon, crab) <BR> Sardines <BR> Canned tomatoes <BR> Salsas <... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:27:41 EST Merry Christmas, Love, FlyLady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571592 As usual, Marla has some timely and wonderful things to say today. Her daily blog is entitled Peace Starts with a Choice and a Smile. Here are some excerpts: <BR> <BR> "Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> Every single day of our lives we have choices! Our first choice is whether to get out of bed or lay and wallow in our self pity! Every hour contains a new set of choices that need to be made. We may not even know that we are making choices. Sometimes our choices are made by not making a choice and jus... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:02:29 EST Halloween Trunk or Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528717 I hadn't been planning anything much for Trunk or Treat this year, which was just as well, since it was going to rain and they decided to hold it indoors. Still set up a little table with a deep sea "trunk" (chest). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535717276.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Kyle's costume turned out great, and he got a haircut to match his character after school today. I heard LOTS of compliments, which is always good for his sometimes low self-esteem! <BR> <B... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:59:19 EST BAM-BAM! (AKA BAM! Part II) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523908 Here are the remaining 11 studies. One thing that really stands out is how many of the conclusions point out the "less hunger" aspect of low carb. <BR> <BR> 13. Halyburton AK, et al. Low- and high-carbohydrate weight-loss diets have similar effects on mood but not cognitive performance. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007. <BR> <BR> Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 7.8 kg (17.2 lbs), while the low-fat group lost 6.4 kg (14.1 lbs). The difference was statistically significant. <... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:59:29 EST BAM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523903 If any of you low carbers need access to a quick rundown of scientific studies that pit Low Carb High Fat diets against Low Fat diets, this page has all of the noteworthy ones summarized and graphed: <BR> <BR> <link>authoritynutrition.com/23-studies-on<BR>-low-carb-and-low-fat-diets/ </link> <BR> <BR> For anyone who wants to read the originals of the studies, he has furnished links within the text of his article. I like his sub-text that Low Fat is actually the fad diet, lol! <BR> <BR>... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:52:59 EST An homage to my salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515211 Yes, salad. Not something I normally get excited about. But lately I've been having the most wonderful salads for lunch and I gratefully thank Saint ALDI for the abundance! <BR> <BR> ALDI has started carrying organic leafy greens - at least 4 different varieties and mixes so far - and they are SO much more satisfying than the one-note salads I've usually had. Mind you, I had tried the artisanal lettuce bunches before and mixed them with fresh spinach, and they were fine but nothing to write ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:20:26 EST Dear Women of Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496928 Please do me a gigantic favor. When you are selecting inspirational pictures and posters of fabulously athletic women to post on your pages for inspiration, go the extra mile and find ones that show their FACES. <BR> <BR> What message are you sending yourself and the rest of us with these (what's the opposite of "disembodied"? "dis-em-faced"?) faceless body parts. <BR> <BR> Where's the character? Where's the spirit? Where's the eye contact?!?!?! <BR> <BR> Headless six-packs might be approp... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:41:35 EST My Favorite Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472633 I don't blog very often. I put most of my best thoughts into comments on OTHER peoples' blogs, I guess. I tend to use my blog space more as a record of where I'm at and where I'm going next. <BR> <BR> So. September. My favorite month of the year. The weather is usually gorgeous, the kids are back in school, but the squeeze of homework and projects hasn't crushed us yet. My job has (usually) not yet exploded into the relentless damage control it will become in another 6 weeks. (This year migh... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 13:35:04 EST Good Reminders from Coach Nicole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443166 I read her article again this morning here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1681 </link> <BR> <BR> Bad Habit #1: Going "on a diet" in the first place. <BR> Bad Habit #2: Overhauling your eating habits overnight. <BR> Bad Habit #3: Giving up certain foods altogether. <BR> Bad Habit #4 Only caring about calories. <BR> Bad Habit #5: Focusing on the scale. <BR> Bad Habit #6: Only dieting and not exercising.* <BR> Bad Habit #7: Trying to eat as litt... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 11:04:12 EST The Declaration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410919 When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. <BR> <BR> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that the... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 20:20:19 EST The case for low carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378513 I'm losing slowly, but I haven't backtracked in nearly two years of low carb. And I'm adding exercise slowly enough that I'm getting stronger without causing myself any pain. That suits me fine. Losing weight and getting healthy shouldn't be painful, but they certainly are work. And that's different. As they say, you can either work harder or you can work smarter. <BR> <BR> First, before anything else, your food needs to satiate you. Any way of eating that leaves you hungry, or craving certa... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 22:42:32 EST The next few little changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366104 I think have the latest round of little habits pretty well down, though I need to track them at least one more month on the Challenge forum. <BR> <BR> I'm definitely getting more walking in during the day, and I think what I'm doing will be sustainable even during the winter months, and during my busy season at work. I'm pretty much maxed out at 40 minutes a day, though, if I only walk at work. I'll have to ponder what else I can do and when I can fit it in. <BR> <BR> I'm still not eating t... Thu, 23 May 2013 21:31:10 EST FlyLady: Why you should do things for YOUR own sake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343018 People think that FlyLady is just a "housekeeping tips" site, but any FlyBaby will tell you that it goes much deeper than that. Often, how we manage our houses mirrors how we manage our relationships, our bodies, our sprirituality, you name it. So much of what she preaches about DIRECTLY relates to our health and wellness. <BR> <BR> Recently FlyLady received this email from one of her FlyBabies: <BR> <BR> "I am 53, never married, and trying to dig out of CHAOS. Yes, it is very hard and not ... Thu, 2 May 2013 09:33:57 EST Why you should track your food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329558 A lot of SparkPeople articles are on the fluffy side, but this one makes a really good point. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1143 </link> <BR> <BR> In the last year I tracked almost daily, except for a few months during my busiest time of year at work. Guess which months saw almost no progress? And no, I didn't substantially change what I ate and how I moved, I mostly just didn't bother tracking it. But when I got back on board at the beginnin... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:03:08 EST Andy Borowitz says it all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327597 He always captures the complete absurdity of politics perfectly! <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog<BR>s/borowitzreport/2013/04/courageous-se<BR>nators-stand-up-to-american-people.htm<BR>l?mbid=nl_Borowitz%20(109) </link> <BR> <BR> "WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In the halls of the United States Senate, dozens of Senators congratulated themselves today for having what one of them called “the courage and grit to stand up to the overwhelming wishes of the American peop... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:27:43 EST "We are blessed to be butterflies" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283644 EDIT: I didn't realize until yesterday that the link I originally put here goes to what FlyLady calls her "Morning Musing." That means that it changes daily and the article that I originally referenced didn't appear after the day I posted this blog! <BR> <BR> Here is a different link to the same basic essay: <BR> <BR> <link>www.deseretnews.com/article/66022691<BR>7/Dont-let-cluttered-home-stifle-your-<BR>imagination.html?pg=all </link> <BR> <BR> I'm leaving the original (changeable) l... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:15:44 EST got gerd? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277412 "A symptom is not a cause." <BR> <BR> I ran across this 3-part article this morning. <BR> <BR> <link>chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ough<BR>t-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd </link> <BR> <BR> Doctors generally treat Acid Reflux and GERD with acid-lowering medications like Prilosec. <BR> <BR> The trouble is, it's not the acid level of the stomach that causes the problem, it's the inability of the valve to stay closed and CONTAIN the acid in the stomach. When the valve malfunctio... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:32:39 EST I love this guy's Youtube channel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243274 Very real, very inspirational. Really liked his attitude! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/user/kalimgrad?featu<BR>re=watch </link> <BR> <BR> And here's a link to his Facebook "manifesto": <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/notes/jon-c<BR>alvo/my-weight-loss-methodology/101521<BR>55925491664 </link> <BR> <BR> Better than Biggest Loser! Fri, 8 Feb 2013 20:35:31 EST SweetLeaf brand sweetener http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208463 Wondering if anyone has tried this particular brand of stevia: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sweetleaf.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> I saw it at the grocery yesterday and bought the only box they had on the shelf. All it has in it is Inulin soluble fiber, and USDA certified organic SweetLeaf Stevia Extract. No maltodextrin. It uses a water filtration system for extraction, no chemicals. It's kosher, has no calories, no carbs, a glycemic index of 0, and is non-GMO-verified. You can use it in cooking and ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:39:10 EST ... and plans for the new year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203562 (This entry was under construction all day, but it's finally done. Ish. Unless I find more typos. Or think of something new to ramble about.) <BR> <BR> In my previous blog I mentioned my cautious nature when it comes to any lifestyle change. In my teen years I was the queen of self-help books and grand schemes with elaborate to-do lists and schedules. I'm 55 now. Meh. It'll get done when it gets done. ;) <BR> <BR> I'm also a realist about my own character. I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:12:26 EST The Year in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191766 Yes, people, I know that my scale reads about the same number today that it did in January 2012. <BR> <BR> Anyone who's been to my SparkPage knows that I will take all the time in the world (at least, that is, all the time the Universe has allotted to me for my earthly life) to get this stuff right. I'm focused on mastering small habits and holding on to existing progress. <BR> <BR> I'm like someone who puts her foot down on the ice at the edge of the pond and refuses to step even an inch... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 15:03:01 EST Obesity now kills more worldwide than starvation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170281 <link>en.avaaz.org/1239/obesity-biggest-gl<BR>obal-killer?utm_source=facebook_avaaz&<BR>utm_medium=social_media&utm_campaign=health </link> <BR> <BR> Sad but oh so true. <BR> <BR> It's not some phenomenal, universal lack of willpower, it's the food supply. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:30:51 EST