_RAMONA's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=%5FRAMONA _RAMONA'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/ "Today, it's all about YOU!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6491097 Even before I was a 'mom' I realized some things... the need for 'mothering' and being 'mothered' is not bound by time, age, distance, or circumstance. I also know that 'mothering' has not as much to do with giving birth, or even biology, as it has to do with: <BR> <BR> ~ nurturing <BR> ~ encouraging (helping and supporting someone in finding the courage within themselves to be exactly who God is calling them to be) <BR> ~ loving - especially when it really doesn't make any sense <BR> ~ ... Sun, 13 May 2018 13:52:57 EST You can't make this #@!# UP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6484528 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5877c3c9-2e83-44dc-b45d-a7e08236bbd0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (in some instances profanity IS the appropriate response... or at least the human/honest one) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's 4:00 AM and I'm writing a blog. <BR> <BR> Why am I writing a blog at 4:00 AM, you ask? <BR> <BR> I'm writing a blog at 4:00 AM because: <BR> <BR> ...at 2:15 AM I was woken up by screaming in the street. <BR> <BR> I investigated to discover a dark green Ford Taurus wag... Sat, 21 Apr 2018 07:50:51 EST Killing for Profit -- The Corruption of Evidence Based Medicine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6481806 (...not to mention all of that "peer reviewed research" in which SparkPeople puts so much faith... doesn't seem so relevant in light of this, does it?) <BR> <BR> <BR> I was recently asked, in light of my current chosen course of action on behalf of my health, and with regard to my dogged pursuit of wellness, if I was having on-going testing done to monitor changes, if any, one way or the other. <BR> <BR> I responded: <BR> <BR> "I haven't had any blood work done for over a year, and I have... Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:57:56 EST Cheat Meals: Are they really worth it (or even necessary)? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6472995 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb2af8a6-ec4f-4e8d-bc1b-6d205293ebfb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My chosen approach for healing and the resulting elimination of excess body fat is nutritional ketosis, within Paleo guidelines. It's the only approach that supports my body in releasing excess fat. If you want to know more about this you can read here: <BR> <BR> CICO Shove Off! 'New Kid on the (Nutritional) Block' Hits Mainstream <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 01:42:01 EST For Jeanne... and anyone else (ME!) in the midst of a 'season of the soul' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6468936 In no particular order... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/0dd87df2-7aca-4134-ae2e-06d0acf78b61.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5ffa47c4-d049-4446-b448-b211ff8526df.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/dbcc6fca-a537-4ea4-ba23-b00ce5e9e421.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6bcf5d96-e135-4973-8521-58b172bf0e27.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 4 Mar 2018 18:45:32 EST For Amy (...and if I'm being honest, for me, too)... Keepin' it Real http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6415183 When I joined SparkPeople, I thought it was because I wanted (needed) to take control of my weight and my health... and for awhile this remained a truth I could comfortably live with. I was undeniably fat (morbidly obese), and I was chronically ill. <BR> <BR> Interestingly, while the weight was my most obvious symptom, it wasn't where my journey began. In fact, it was actually only after years of frustrating struggle, that the weight began to take care of itself... only after I discovered an... Tue, 26 Sep 2017 07:21:39 EST SparkPeople Fail? (Community Feed Rant) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6403163 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cee04ca0-8e2c-429c-9704-3b7bbb212088.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So for the last couple of years here, I've been leader of a Spark Team. <BR> <BR> I'd like to say that it's a great overall experience, but I can't (though there are some truly great moments). <BR> <BR> It's too much work for too little return on the investment of time. Initially I blamed myself... there must be something I'm doing wrong... so I tried all sorts of things that... Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:30:15 EST "I Don't Know" Part 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395674 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9d8838c7-ef72-48ce-932f-8d692a3e3240.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/42914ca5-8a49-4856-9bf2-ba572d0252a0.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> According to the Divine Miss O.... <BR> <BR> <BR> So, here I am stuck writing an essay when I could be out doing fun summer stuff, because Mom and Dad don’t like that I say, “I don’t know” a lot of the time when they ask me questions… usually when I’m in trouble. They wa... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 20:27:00 EST "I Don't Know" Part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6395658 So, life almost never goes quite the way we plan, and we had to mover our deadline... so all essays were due this morning. Here's Dad's Contribution! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d33eef40-12f2-4b22-a463-44d2a5748d68.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c3d8559b-f4c3-4727-8cac-6fbef7a9a78a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My current life circumstance is that my daughter, The Divine Miss O, is having difficulty communicat... Thu, 3 Aug 2017 19:47:03 EST "I don't know." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394048 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/faa3dcd7-2891-4ebd-ad43-ac46cffeaeab.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The love of my life (The Divine Miss O), with the love of her life... her French Horn... she plays with the local youth orchestra... the youngest by several years. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I am SO in love with my Divine Miss O at this stage of the game (she turned 13 July 1st). While last summer was a bit of a minefield (her emotions were all over the place, and she was furiously resisting the... Mon, 31 Jul 2017 01:31:30 EST Momentum? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390720 Okay... I just have to put this some place, and since this is the only place I can speak freely about my experience, this is where it's going. <BR> <BR> I've had a TERRIBLE week. I am exhausted. <BR> Why? <BR> I'm not sleeping. <BR> Why? <BR> Because I apparently now live in "the hood" and no one told me! <BR> How do I know? <BR> I have not had one night's uninterrupted sleep in a week due to fighting, yelling, drunkenness, property damage, and emergency vehicles screaming through AT.ALL.HOU... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:24:38 EST Any Experience? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390654 I love, love, LOVE this dress: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/014cbaf3-45b9-40c5-9682-14e2f1d7f1d1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> ...and THIS (I have no dressy pants... this is so cut for my body) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/20f41a03-7caf-4da1-9243-6f27e3faf658.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any experience ordering from Rotita? <BR> <link>http://www.rotita.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I order from Cleo on-line all t... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 15:32:12 EST Giving Up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6387992 Original video: <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKSWX<BR>zAnVe0 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Never. <BR> <BR> I want to do more with my life than just give up. <BR> <BR> So, I will try. <BR> <BR> I don't yet live the life I want to... and I know the only thing in my way is me. <BR> <BR> The sky is grey much more than it is blue... and I'm tired of getting used to. <BR> <BR> I know one day I'll get there... and I'll take my place again.... <BR> <BR> ...Be... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 05:02:11 EST At the Heart of Things... (Bonne Madone) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6386577 ...I'm a deeply-rooted soul... a fast-growing weed that sends her tap-root deep... before truth is revealed above ground. <BR> <BR> Camping has always worked for me because I value "doing for myself." My Mom still talks about how my first sentence was "ya camah" (Ukrainian for, "by myself") as I'd determinedly push helping hands away... from everything. Camping is simply an extension... a modern expression... of how I've always lived. <BR> <BR> I deeply value the skills I learned along-side... Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:12:09 EST Yes, I've been away... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385896 ...most recently GLAMPING! <BR> <BR> (For those not "in the know," and as defined by Urban Dictionary: "Going camping, but with glamour. A combination of the two words. It's like regular camping, but with nicer things than usual, being warmer, and more comfortable. Glamping isn't done by usual outdoor types who climb mountains.") <BR> <BR> It's an actual thing all over the world! Check out Glamping.com: <BR> <link>http://www.glamping.com/glamping-typ<BR>es/ </link> <BR> <BR> I want to ... Tue, 11 Jul 2017 03:43:28 EST Do I look ready for New Year's Eve? (PICTURES) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286769 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8878a7da-dda6-43d5-81c2-2b67e1c1e79e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be0deece-7b17-4b92-8e56-b6e7a45423ef.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just over a year ago I was 250 lbs. & over 50% BMI... Obese Class III. <BR> (I know most of you already know this... and I know it, too... but somehow I've still not fully absorbed this fact so, please, bear with me as a continue to repeat it... until.) <BR> <BR> Today I'... Thu, 29 Dec 2016 01:45:01 EST Christmas Comes Anyway! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6284164 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/ec38a6f2-8446-4dc2-b76b-2c2390b6df8e.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Three more sleeps 'til Santa...YIKES! <BR> <BR> Unlike so many SPARKlings, I am not 'ready' with respect to gifts, cleaning, food... typically, the trappings of the seasons tend to overwhelm me, and I struggle right to the last minute with covering all of the conventional bases. <BR> <BR> Yet... every.single.year. (because of, not in spite of my struggling, and just like the Whos of... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:58:43 EST Autoimmunity Demystified (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270408 Apparently there is a limit for how long a blog post can be, and I reached it with my last post, LOL! <BR> <BR> My notes for the first part of the following series can be found here <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267278 </link> <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I've felt so EMPOWERED to take even further control of my own life/health, and the lives/health of those I love. This is so very worth your time! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img ... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:20:39 EST Autoimmunity Demystified (Part 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267278 If you've never before participated in a FREE on-line educational event, let this be the first: <BR> Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They're Not Telling You <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82e7c3b3-447b-4cf6-9eb7-972cf90d15a8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "This documentary is crucial for you if you know someone with autoimmune disease, have it yourself or simply want to be proactive and prevent it. Do you have someone in your life that is suffering with rh... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:10:01 EST BOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259560 "One need not be a chamber to be haunted; <BR> One need not be a house; <BR> The brain has corridors surpassing material place." <BR> <BR> EMILY DICKINSON <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/7/b777959191.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone who knows me well knows just how much I dislike Halloween. <BR> <BR> Halloween, in my experience, is a day too many people use to excuse any and all behaviour regardless of how hurtful, selfish, or egregious, while costumes an... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:15:53 EST CICO Shove Off! 'New Kid on the (Nutritional) Block' Hits Mainstream: LCHF/Keto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241401 On Fox News TODAY: <BR> <BR> Why outdated information is to blame for weight gain <BR> <link>www.foxnews.com/health/2016/09/25/wh<BR>y-outdated-information-is-to-blame-for<BR>-weight-gain.html </link> <BR> <BR> Why CICO (Calories In/Out) doesn't work for SUSTAINABLE weight loss <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIuj-<BR>oMN-Fk&list=PLrVWtWmYRR2BYjk-oQTlR>AtG<BR>Cjnly3J7LB </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since I began following a ketogenic nutritional plan (under the Paleo umbre... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:19:06 EST I've been SPARKED by DEBVNE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223832 Check out her blog: <BR> <BR> Finding Your Fight <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223629 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60d4606c-cd47-489f-a736-8a146f86a01d.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, how is your "inner, petulant brat" doing today? <BR> (THANK YOU for the laugh Deb... it gave me what I needed to MOVE through this moment in which I find myself.) <BR> <BR> My inner petulant brat is parti... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:10:32 EST THANK YOU for visiting my page today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217594 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8859da39-93ad-4b77-9c45-3d7b9747ad03.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Being SparkPeople Motivator of the Day is a double-edged sword. <BR> <BR> While it is certainly an honour, and I appreciate the acknowledgement of my contribution to this site over the years, it is impossible to respond to everyone who will visit my page this day in the same personal way that truly sparks the motivation which carries each of us through this journey to our own personal... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 04:10:23 EST No more Mrs. Doubtfire... or Picture UPDATE at nearly 100 lbs. ELIMINATED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213341 <BR> <BR> <BR> First of all, no one was harmed in the making of this video (at least not much, LOL... I'm not sure husbands are always the best resource in these situations)! We are SO not photographers, and he even less so than I, so this little project tested our mettle as couple. He is, however, my greatest cheerleader, and I could not be doing this without him at my side. <BR> <BR> ...and while I DETEST being in front of the camera, this was just too amazing to me to not share it with... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 16:43:29 EST I just need to get this off my chest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212466 To those of you who showed up to read the non-blog, I'm so sorry... somehow it posted before I was done, and I thought it best to just delete it, and finish it properly first. I hope you feel it's worth a second visit. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4d4e752-81cf-4352-843b-1189c415a209.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I had my first physical in 6 years (we booked physicals for the whole family). <BR> <BR> ...and I remembered why it's been 6 years si... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 23:53:37 EST AUSPICIOUS August: Regrouping & Moving FORWARD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210751 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7b9c7d5-8764-400d-bd69-0b364a6e5884.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Accept the possibility that in order to live your purpose you may need to put yourself first for a while, and that's okay." ~ CHESTER GOAD <BR> <BR> So, for the last eight months, in the midst of, and despite life upheaval, and never having a moment to myself, I also feel that I have conversely been living a rather selfish existence. If something wasn't 'on fire' (... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 02:48:53 EST Obesity is Protective! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207946 We're all familiar with the perspective expressed in the following picture, and few people would argue it's veracity: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/be4c4936-feb3-4e99-915e-b2a0eb2a2cd1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ...but what if there was another way of looking at obesity... a way that actually created a solution? <BR> <BR> I invite you to consider the following articles, and tell me what you think! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 01:25:44 EST How I Am Eliminating 'EXCESS Weight" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205378 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5864cefb-7154-408d-8589-0adc146dc71c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... I love this picture because when my Mr. first glanced at it 8 years ago, he demanded to know who took it, LOL! It really does look like me, and represents how I have felt much of this journey. <BR> <BR> <BR> Rarely do I post several blogs in such quick succession, but since yesterday's entry several people have contacted me wanting to know how I am eliminating the weight. They, too, ha... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:03:30 EST What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Losing a Lot of Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6205152 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/54ea3d29-c604-4e20-aa80-77a28b79a385.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I read an article today, and I've come to a funny realization.... I think I had to become an unhappy, frighteningly unhealthy 'fat' person in order to learn, once and for all, how be a deeply happy and fulfilled... what? <BR> <BR> A deeply happy and fulfilled 'thin' person? <BR> <BR> A deeply happy and fulfilled 'goal weight' person? <BR> <BR> A deeply happy and fulfilled '... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 01:16:40 EST Boring May Be Better: Why Routine May Be Best for Certain Health Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204461 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f6a35f54-2bd0-4cc5-8a56-14221a215449.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> From Mark's Daily Apple: <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/boring-may-b<BR>e-better-why-routine-may-be-best-for-c<BR>ertain-health-goals/ </link> <BR> <BR> (Ramona here: I found the following really interesting to consider...) <BR> <BR> Let me first point out that I'm not arguing for a routine life. This isn't about settling for spending the rest of your days without variability. ... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:00:09 EST Are you accidentally dieting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202559 From my inbox today... and too good to not share: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03739707-dd08-47c9-8512-aa72b8ad422a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Treats" don't make us "fall off the wagon." Guilt and shame do. <BR> <BR> <BR> Happy Monday! <BR> <BR> (Ugh. Monday.) <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about DIETING a lot lately. <BR> <BR> Specifically, dieting in the Paleo/Primal/Real Food/Whateveryoucallit community. <BR> <BR> "Just Eat Real Food," we say. "... Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:03:33 EST How Defining Moderation Can Help You Reach Your Health Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6185247 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9644188e-4e33-42d9-b578-64e783ea40eb.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Moderation is a process.... A rational adult knows better than to believe that every option under the sun needs to be at the table for life to be worth living. We maturely eschew certain things because we accept they aren't good for us.... Learn to accept that some things resist moderation for you. They're a set-up every time.... In the interest of your own health and satisfacti... Sat, 18 Jun 2016 15:24:53 EST Groundhog Day? (...or my UPDATE/Before PICTURES don't look as awesome as I thought they would) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090593 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/eb0c8ade-2477-4d0a-8613-f4d05e372ec3.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Before I post pictures, I have a confession to make. <BR> <BR> So, this past year I haven't been a really active SPARKling. I was tired and grumpy. I had been working at this steadily for eight very long years, and I still had a very long way to go. It was discouraging. <BR> <BR> ...And, for the first time in eight years, I got completely discouraged. And I got angry. In ... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 03:51:53 EST Holy Concensus, Batman... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6065391 I hate January at SparkPeople! <BR> <BR> All the newbies are flocking in... hopeful... desperate... oh so gung ho (I have to admit this is mildly inspiring)... and I just want to hide. They are loud, messy, and disruptive. They make me feel old... a failure. <BR> <BR> January 9th (TODAY) is my 8-year SPARK anniversary. <BR> <BR> 60 pounds eliminated (that's less than 8 pounds a year). <BR> 60 pounds yet to go (so, based on my current rate of elimination, by 2024 I might be at goal weight... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 00:53:13 EST I forgot... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6047134 ...that in the midst of darkness and waiting, JOY abounds! <BR> <BR> Otherwise, what good is faith, anyway? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3706ceb9-960c-4c8d-b164-db070bae017d.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is Gaudete (REJOICE!) Sunday. <BR> <BR> I have been a practicing Catholic all of my life - from cradle on. This year I will see my 55th Christmas. <BR> <BR> I know how Advent goes... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/gui... Mon, 14 Dec 2015 01:58:11 EST So... what did one Wiseman say to... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6039301 ...the other two? <BR> <BR> Let's go have an ADVENTure! <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/230d1016-3c55-4be1-9436-55d6107c8923.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> It is now, throughout Advent, that I am given the chance to suspend all expectation...and instead to revel in the mystery: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/3bd40c6c-c824-435e-95f4-b60e6b361038.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Advent is concerne... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 03:22:45 EST Today is the day! Let us rejoice and be glad! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6038087 To all of my American SPARKling friends, and for all who carry a daily sense of gratitude in their hearts... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/6c3e8173-81a7-46f2-865a-182aba1b2308.jpg"> <BR> LARGER IMAGE: <link>http://unitingcaregivers.files.wordp<BR>ress.com/2014/11/gratitude-unlovks-the<BR>-fullness-of-life-happy-thanksgiving.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For the expanding grandeur of Creation, worlds known and unknown, galaxies beyond gala... Thu, 26 Nov 2015 08:36:14 EST FREE Thanksgiving Feast Cookbook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036404 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b69e36f8-dfa1-4d36-b0f0-a145fd3504c5.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>http://gallery.mailchimp.com/3601824<BR>3441eb2eb7a4ac55c1/files/ThePaleoMom_s<BR>_Thanksgiving_Feast_optimized.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/31b8f457-c538-4cb1-8fb9-fdcbf791b68b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ...I've downloaded it myself and have been drooling over the recipes so I decided to share!ENJOY! <BR> <BR> (even if ... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:01:23 EST I have a confession... (Reprise) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6036086 This blog is from 2009... 18 months into my journey here at SaprkPeople. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/6/6/b665168439.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> (Some of you are familiar with my 'BEFORE Pictures & Continuing PROGRESS' pictures blog... if you aren't you might want to take a peek before you read further...) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2108514 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm 5'3" tall and I weigh over 250 ... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 09:49:07 EST In the Eye of the Beholder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035505 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/158df8eb-5d7c-47ef-afc4-1b5b655deaa6.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fat-shaming. <BR> <BR> I must admit, I have never experienced fat-shaming from a stranger. <BR> (though it could be argued that my mother remains a stranger). <BR> <BR> I've ever been present when any incident of fat-shaming has occurred... and I am appalled that it occurs at all. <BR> <BR> I look at the picture below and I see a beautiful, vibrant woman. <BR> <BR> ...that ... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 01:49:15 EST Motivate Yourself... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035425 ...with 15 Ways That Actually Work! <BR> <link>greatist.com/grow/motivation-tips-th<BR>at-work?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&<BR>utm_campaign=feed_http--greatistcom- </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I LOVED this article! <BR> <BR> It comes at motivation from a slightly different angle... an angle that has kept me motivated for the last (almost) 8 (yikes) years of a very complex journey. <BR> <BR> Perhaps they will give you the extra boost you may need! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 21:40:48 EST Bad News for Cardio Junkies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034317 <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c55a6654-f9ba-4e8f-b734-cd2ccbb6652c.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>525</em> <BR> A Case Against Cardio, Part 27 <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/a-case-again<BR>st-cardio-part-27/#axzz3rQaIKrdR </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> "What's better for altering body composition - resistance training alone, endurance training alone, or endurance training with resistance training? ...Some cardio can be beneficial, [but] it simply ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:31:29 EST (RECIPE) Best Homemade Paleo Mayo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032322 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/45e27b83-c6bd-40bb-8ecf-d5d32a01a13a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> BEST Paleo Mayonnaise <BR> <BR> There are lots of different versions, but many just don't work out that well... I am super picky about mayonnaise. This version of mine is just creamy and thick enough, and it has a smokey tang that works well with everything... and it has a light neutral taste overall. <BR> <BR> Make sure all of your ingredients are room temperature before starting.... Sun, 15 Nov 2015 02:31:29 EST (RECIPE) Since Canadian Thanksgiving has long since passed... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030557 ...I'm making THIS for Christmas (to go ALONG-SIDE the turducken*, LOL)! <BR> <BR> <BR> Meet the Vegducken, the Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dish That Rivals Turducken <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/97a84643-df20-421f-8688-058922560db5.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.epicurious.com/holidays-events/v<BR>egducken-best-vegetarian-thanksgiving-<BR>dish-article </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> RECIPE: <link>www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/view<BR>s/vegducken </link> <BR> Yield:... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:50:11 EST Fat Loss Summit: FREE Online Event From November 15-29, 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028396 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/18c3688b-cf03-462e-a9b4-12726e487660.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> QUOTE: "The Fat Loss Summit is an ONLINE event beginning November 15 and ending November 30. <BR> <BR> It features over 24 fat loss experts who will show you their best tips, techniques, and strategies that you can easily implement to lose weight, while helping you get to the root of what's stopping you from losing weight and keeping it off. <BR> <BR> And... instead of being c... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 20:48:22 EST My doctor took one look... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028012 ...at my gut and refused to believe I work out. So, I listed the exercises I do every day: jump to conclusions, climb the walls, drag my heels, push my luck, make mountains out of molehills, bend over backward, runaround in circles, put my foot in my mouth, go over the edge, and beat around the bush. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d09371e6-4e1e-4f43-a012-ea2e506fd038.gif"> <BR> <BR> The Divine Miss O read the above joke to me this evening. And while I laughed, I ... Fri, 6 Nov 2015 23:43:44 EST In His Grip... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998539 ...in His grip. <BR> ...in His grip. <BR> ...in His grip. <BR> <BR> I keep trying to reassure myself that we are all truly and still in His grip.... But it's hard today to remember, and even more so, feel it with conviction. <BR> <BR> I am Canadian. We are the world's Peace-Keepers. <BR> <BR> Truly... this sort of thing just doesn't happen here. <BR> <BR> This is a HUGE country, but today we are all reduced to the heartache of one small community. <BR> <BR> <BR> Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 12:04:12 EST Obesity is a SYMPTOM, NOT a disease! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988175 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/59087173-b11c-47ca-afc2-e753c90afc2b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In the article and video to which I link, Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, explains why our current approach will never heal the core issues that lead to obesity, and offers an alternative way of looking at obesity that can lead to real change. <BR> <link>psychologyofeating.com/obesity-is-no<BR>t-a-disease-video-with-marc-david/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 15:00:51 EST Faithful Reflections... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905118 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1709476884.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l976718902.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1948652936.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I wrote this account of my local Via Dolorosa about 7 years ago. Today I share it anew... perhaps it will touch your own longing with grace... <BR> <BR> For 17 years now, our city holds an interdenominational 'Outdoor Stations of t... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 03:20:06 EST The Truth About Cancer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5900639 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1355726244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1026952244.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l764812480.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> REGISTER for FREE, here: <BR> <BR> <link>http://thetruthaboutcancer.com/quest<BR>/spring5.php?a_aid=1618291# </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> * Episode 1: Modern Medicine & The Cancer Pandemic (March 30th 9:00PM... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:54:40 EST