XBALANQUE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=XBALANQUE XBALANQUE'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/ 85% Raw Vegan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429932 My husband started rejecting meat several months ago, but really enjoying his veg, so it seemed logical to do the switch. For me, I could be raw vegan 100% of the time if it were not for garbanzos, black beans and lentils, which I love. One of the 3 ends up in a salad every day. <BR> <BR> Will continue a plan of 85% raw until the end of the year to see what happens. <BR> <BR> My main concern is to be in the best health possible so that I can meet the challenges of my daily life. We all... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:07:37 EST Coffee stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165854 A friend referred me to a company that is doing research projects in farms with leaf rust roya). Leaves get a rusty mold andeventuually die off. Have that problem with a large percentage of the farm, especially in one variety. Talked to company representative today and she and a technical person will come next Friday. Unfortunately, shedoubts that the farm will be approved since there is an experiment going on right across the river in another farm. <BR> <BR> Turns out I know her. She... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:09:52 EST IT REMAINS PROHIBITED (Translated from a poem by Pablo Neruda) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2687206 For 2010 <BR> <BR> <BR> IT REMAINS PROHIBITED: <BR> <BR> • To cry without learning from the reason you cried <BR> • To wake up one day and not know what to do <BR> • To fear your memories <BR> <BR> <BR> IT REMAINS PROHIBITED: <BR> <BR> • To not smile at your problems <BR> • To not fight for what you love <BR> • To abandon everything because of your fears <BR> <BR> <BR> IT REMAINS PROHIBITED: <BR> <BR> • To not show your love <BR> • To have someone else pay you debts <BR> • To be in ... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 18:17:34 EST Back in the Saddle Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2392170 I really have been working hard and have made great progress--with my upper body--3 inches off, but the lower half seems to be content. My personal trainer insisted I come back to Sparkpeople and start logging everything again. Our coffee crop is coming up and I have various routines that I will force the only other female in the farm to do with me. <BR> <BR> Sister-in-law trip and exhibit put off until November. Now I have a new incentive. I need this kind of solid date to work toward... Fri, 11 Sep 2009 18:06:08 EST Facebookeando http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2222520 <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I have neglected my friends at Spark since I started Facebook. It is just too much fun kibitzing with my step daughters and their kids, finding people I haven't heard from in years, getting to know family and business associates better and possibly expanding my business., etc. The thing has become a political forum as well as a meeting place. Highly recommended. <BR> <BR> Oh, by the way, I'm half way to my goal. Sun, 12 Jul 2009 13:48:40 EST Here I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2210222 Been offline for quite a wile this time. I finally got a second server, so I don't have to beg, borrow and whine for use of the Internet when the lights go off. (If they are off too long, my system falls apart, so I now have a plug in modem as well. <BR> <BR> Update: <BR> <BR> 1. Training going well, but body fat and flexibility still an issue. Today I started a more rigurous program of interval/weights Pilates. Trainer is great because she is also a Shiatsu (hope that is the massage... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 15:56:58 EST Distracted http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2178266 There is a Hurrican in the Pacific (Andres) so we are stuck in the city. Too wet to get anything done in the farm. I have spent the time shopping for things for the farm and setting up a new Facebook. I found my best friend from 8th grade and I have found out how wierd the sense of humor is of two of my "steps" (step-daughters. ) I highly recommend this exercise.! <BR> <BR> Wed, 24 Jun 2009 19:29:20 EST Give life to your dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2162349 Give life to the dreams that <BR> you have hidden, <BR> discover that you can <BR> live these momentos <BR> with your eyes wide open and your <BR> fears asleep, <BR> with your eyes closed and <BR> your dreams awake. <BR> <BR> (A rough translation of Urugayan Poet Mario Benedetti) <BR> Thu, 18 Jun 2009 16:46:09 EST The return to the farm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2148293 Because of husband's accident (spraying eyes with insect spray), I had not been in the farm for over a month--a first for me. <BR> <BR> We had given land to the caretaker/workers (3 right now--one more on Monday with the wonderful name of Francisco de Leon de la Cruz) for there milpas (corn field). I was expecting to see the area ravaged, but instead, the corn has already grown two feet. By taking down most of the trees, you can not only see the shape of the land but a view of Volcan Fuego... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 19:52:00 EST Fitness Evaluation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2136343 Paulina gave me a fitness evaluation this morning and we will start working on a program on Friday. <BR> <BR> I came out "excellent" in almost everything--on my left side. Seems I have a problem with strength and flkexibility on my right side. Also a posture problem. <BR> <BR> Surprising news was abs. Although I have this "llanta" (tire), underneath I apparently have a six-pack. <BR> <BR> Program details later. <BR> <BR> Meantime, off to the farm. Tue, 9 Jun 2009 10:59:21 EST Giddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2123447 So happy to be back, although I will disappear for a few days to the farm. <BR> <BR> Since I am in a really silly mood, I will share with you one of my "mature" moments (not quite equal to the mudfight with grandaughter a few years ago). <BR> <BR> While doing chest exercises in Body Pump this morning, the instructors kept saying bring the bar to the middle of your chest. I said to two of my friends, who immediately shared it and we had a giggle problem for a few seconds: <BR> <BR> "Do y... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 15:41:29 EST UPDATE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2120241 Finally back on line. After numerous calls to Internet provider, they finally agreed that my router got disconfigured after a blackout. <BR> <BR> Looks like a peaceful revolution is underway. They are calling it the Hugo Boss revolution. It is first time the middle and upper classes have come out in massive protests and they continue. Government has learned that with Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, they can't get away with the same ol same ol. The next step is to unite the people outsi... Wed, 3 Jun 2009 15:38:33 EST Broke the rules! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2089419 Back in the Internet cafe. Went shopping to buy showes for spinning tomorrow and ended up buying a dress two sizes too small. Really loved the dress an the price was right. I WILL wear it on Sept. 15 for my ssister-in-laws art exhibition at the Mexican Embassy. If I don´t make that, I have another event Feb. 27. <BR> <BR> I disagree with the blog that says it is not a good idea to keep or buy clothes too small. They really motivate me and with the economy the way it is, it is really n... Sun, 24 May 2009 17:02:22 EST JUST ANOTHER DAY N PARADISE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2082776 Apparently not many people know that Guatemala is on the verge of something--not sure what. Whie I was writing my last blog, an attorney was killed a few blocks away. The next day, a videotape appreared accusing the President and his wife along with half a dozen others (four of whom I know through coffee). Tape was made 3 days earlier. <BR> <BR> My husband accidently sprayed hmself in the eyes with mosquito spray and is temporariy blind. He is 83 and in the early stages of seniity. Ri... Thu, 21 May 2009 18:55:14 EST ALMOST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2049700 Back from vacation and in Internet cafe thanks to a comuter virus. <BR> <BR> i have a goal to wear a certain dress to my sister-in-law´s birthday party on the 25t. Tried it on today and not quite there. Seems that my weight has shifted to below the waist, so the 12 lbs. I thought I needed is probably more like 22. Getting there. <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 May 2009 11:54:11 EST La Buga http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2014198 Sorry I can{t include sounde. I am in the restaurant Happy Fish in Livingston, the Atlantic side of Guatemala, using free Internet and Garifuna band is playing in the background. Been swimming once today and will return later. Had a long walk. Eating mainly shrimp. It is a little below 90 degrees and I am loving it. However, leaving to go back to hotel to see the rest of the Barcelona-Chelsea game. <BR> <BR> Nos vemon. Tue, 28 Apr 2009 15:54:03 EST VACATION ANGST http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2003642 Tomorrow we go on vacation for 8 days. We usually take mini-vactions, using a double discounted package for a hotel chain. This year, had to cancel reservations in January (my husband's birthday) and March (my birthday) because of the weather. The reservations expire on the 30th, so four days straight in Livingston. Not much to do there except swim. Rain is forecast, so I'm packing several books and will force myself to finally memorize the National Athemn of Guatemala (it goes on and on... Fri, 24 Apr 2009 19:58:16 EST Finally--someone noticed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2000371 After losing 13 pounds, a friend noticed that I looked thinner! Hopefully this will happen more often, but at least someone noticed. Thu, 23 Apr 2009 16:47:26 EST For Lulu in memory of Beto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1987062 Beto was my diet doctor back in 1999, before I moved to Guatemala fulltime. I would see him on my visits here and email him daily. He died a few weeks ago, so I decided to go back to his diet plan, which is very good--very balanced, lots of fruit and vegetables, etc. The best part of the plan is the way you normalize after you have reached your goal by adding just a littlefood each week until you stop losing. <BR> <BR> In any event, the plan is working for me and I am looking forward to... Sun, 19 Apr 2009 19:00:10 EST Jack Spratt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1984546 Since our wedding day, I have gained 20 pounds and my husband has lost 20 pounds. He was athletic when he was younger--boxing, running, rowing, swimming. Now he runs and joins me on the Obritrack when I am on the treadmill. He eats about 40% more than I do, not counting his mandatory dessert. <BR> <BR> Can I trade him in? Sat, 18 Apr 2009 18:39:31 EST THIS IS WAR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1979493 Okay, you disgraceful group of fat cells. You invaded my territory 50 years ago and you think that nothing I can do will get you to leave. Think again. I have a new arsenal call SPARK. You can try to lead me astray, make me swoon over creamy clam sauce (I won today's battle, didn't I?), try to keep me away from the gym, but I got my army now, so watch out. <BR> <BR> You can't win. Might as well give up! Thu, 16 Apr 2009 20:01:36 EST END OF THE MONTH MADDNESS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1837750 Every end of the month I go crazy, thinking, okay, I can start all over again the beginning of next month. BAD IDEA! So here is what I am going to do: <BR> <BR> 1. Set up a Spark Streak to behave all month. <BR> 2. Make journal entries about why I shouldn't do this. <BR> 3. Stay away from the shopping center that has the peanut butter and chocolate gelato (all month). Sat, 28 Feb 2009 15:53:19 EST You load 16 tons and what do you get? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1806883 That's right, another day older and deeper in debt. Today and tomorrow I am literally loading 16 tons of coffee onto a container to ship to the US. I am stressed to the max because I forgot about Presidents Day. Can't do all of the documentation because the market was closed yesterday, so tomorrow I will be running around like crazy begging everyone for favors so I can make the ship. <BR> <BR> Dr. Viau, may he rest in peace, was my diet doctor ten years ago. He told me then that as long... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 17:07:32 EST