_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/ Streakin'... Day 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745880 (I won't do one of these every day, but for now the sense of accomplishment helps me do it all again tomorrow...) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> First there was... <BR> <BR> Streakin'!!! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744420 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1661441430.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ...then came: <BR> <BR> I am NOT a SparkFraud! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_publ... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:45:41 EST Words CAN Be Enough... page 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745766 ...to set the world on fire, to move mountains, to change a life... because words taken to heart become the arms, legs, hearts, and souls who stand in solidarity, who love as required, and do what must be done. <BR> <BR> Words have always had a very important role in my life. I like how they taste... their texture and flavour as they roll over my tongue is something of a wonder and marvel to me! <BR> <BR> They have nurtured my spirit and my personality. <BR> <BR> They have informed my c... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:58:55 EST Feeding Obesity: Fixing the Fat Problem (FREE Viewing) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745351 Feeding Obesity Testimonials <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeVyk<BR>5dJ15g#t=14 </link> <BR> These people - Milton (71 pounds), Carolyn (26.5 pounds), Shawn (98 pounds) and MJ (69 pounds), and their stories, are VERY compelling!!! Collective weight loss: 245 pounds in four months - 10% - 14% drop in body fat percentage each! <BR> <BR> (Truthfully... their stories are my story, and my family's story, too.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:38:16 EST I am NOT a SparkFraud! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745119 This entry is an amendment to yesterday's blog... you may want to read it first: <BR> <BR> Streakin'!!! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744420 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1988817542.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I was making supper last night I was thinking about all I'd written earlier in the afternoon, mulling over my desire to begin and sustain a meaningful streak... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:49:38 EST Streakin'!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744420 <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxUfg<BR>3uCBbg </link> <BR> Don't look Ethel, LOL! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Anybody else think of that song when they hear someone mention a streak, or am I the only one this old around here, LOL? It cracks me up every time I hear it! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> All kidding aside, I think about streaking (the clothes on kind) A LOT. <BR> <BR> I've always been aware of the Spark 'streak' blah blah blah philosophy, but I was too preoccupied putting out any nu... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:01:25 EST CHALLENGED!!! (Inspired, really...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741633 <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LaZd<BR>y395NM </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Green sally up <BR> And green sally down <BR> Lift and squat <BR> Gotta tear the ground" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> First a little lesson: the song above is FLOWER by Moby (from the soundtrack for 'Gone in 60 Seconds'), based on a an old slave song, "Green Sally Up" that was used to entertain young African-American children. The lyrics were, properly, "Green Sally up, Green Sally down, last one squat gotta tea... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:49:33 EST Judge not... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740229 "Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances." WAYNE W. DYER <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I happened across several blogs where SPARKlings described incidents of unbelievable cruelty at the words of strangers... commenting on their weight, their clothes, their presence (I wonder... would people say these things to another if they looked them in the eyes first?)... things I could never imagine thinking, let alone saying. <BR> <BR> The posts left me in tears, and... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:14:02 EST Feeling Inspired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739513 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1415219745.jpg"> <BR> <link>belleamiemotherofthree.com/wordpress<BR>/?page_id=5891 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was just an all-around GOOD day! <BR> <BR> I felt truly connected to myself, my life and the people around me... even SparkPeople was more fulfilling than I've found it in a long time. <BR> <BR> I also feel newly invested... thanks for hanging in with me and encouraging me. It helped to get some stuff off my chest... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:03:50 EST Didn't even know this was possible: Reporting INAPPROPRIATE ADS on SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738851 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l28111587.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l821241917.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l630166982.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l133696094.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1930216329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:42:08 EST SparkHeroes... and musings about my own journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736908 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l52045154.jpg"> <BR> LARGER IMAGE: <link>www.quotationbest.com/images/hero-qu<BR>otes-2.jpg </link> <BR> (I LOVE this picture... have you ever watched sparrows hunkered down on a snow drift in the middle of a prairie blizzard? I am in awe of that sort of strength.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While every SPARKling is special and wonder-FULL in their own right, and so very many of you have indelibly contributed to my journey here (THANK YOU!), ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:53:54 EST Powerful Ways to Make Walking More Exciting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735474 LOVED this article: <BR> (very reflective of the foundations of my own journey) <BR> 7 Powerful Ways to Make Walking More Exciting <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/7-powerful-w<BR>ays-to-make-walking-more-exciting/#ixz<BR>z370CCUFAR </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Breath Walking <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1482433822.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "It’s simple: breathe only through your nose for the entire walk. Don’t open your mouth. If you need to slow down at a... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:26:24 EST Speaking of Honesty in Advertising.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733922 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA0wKeokWUU </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I nearly peed my pants laughing as I watched this... and it would have been even funnier if it wasn't so true... WARNING: some language... but with a British accent, LOL, so it sounds elegant none-the-less! <BR> <BR> I felt this was important to share here because there are a lot of SPARKlings who worship in the church of Dr. Oz. I have always liked him myself (he disseminates a lot of really good information... afte... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 15:25:59 EST Honesty in Advertising? (...and homemade ALL NATURAL SODA/POP recipes) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733871 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHhCP5ad-zM </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> You know how most commercials for unhealthy foods — soda, fast food, candy, etc. — seems to have lots of healthy looking people and tout how great the (bad) product is (yes, I believe there are foods which are BAD)? <BR> <BR> Well, this parody ad gets it right. Take two minutes to watch. I promise it's worth the time and thought. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Remember my last blog post on this subject? <BR> <l... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 14:00:20 EST The Older Ladies Anthem! (My HAPPY for today, LOL!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722833 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4QzHeUE-CM </link> <BR> <BR> Well, I ain't 16, not a beauty queen. <BR> My eyes are baggin' and my skin is saggin' <BR> And if that's the reason that you don't love me, <BR> Maybe that's not love. <BR> <BR> I ain't 20 either and I don't care neither. <BR> My hair is gray and I like it that way. <BR> And if that's the reason that you don't love me, <BR> Maybe that's not love. <BR> <BR> If you don't think I rock, well we ain't gonna roll. <BR> If you don't t... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:52:09 EST YOU are MORE than your swimsuit!!! (in case you've forgotten...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721485 YOU are MORE than your swimsuit!!! <BR> <BR> ...by LISA-JO BAKER via (in)courage <BR> <link>www.incourage.me/2014/06/you-are-mor<BR>e-than-your-swimsuit.html </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "My kids officially smell of summer. And to me summer smells like sunscreen. <BR> <BR> From the moment the gates of our community pool crank back open again, our kids will swim, dive, splash, lather, laugh, lick ice cream and live at the pool. <BR> <BR> And I know for many of us, that is the exact sam... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:57:57 EST FREE On-Line Summit! (...and update) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706168 (If the images are too small to read, simply ZOOM the view on your computer screen!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2094035586.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675463189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l357656147.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l476050126.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/... Thu, 29 May 2014 16:21:11 EST HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701711 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l512172364.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l966324919.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l631515206.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2063526275.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2053239427.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l262313432.jpg... Fri, 23 May 2014 21:08:43 EST It's THAT Kind of Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697141 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1196213164.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ever have one of those days... <BR> <BR> ...when you can't think straight? <BR> <BR> ...when your hair hurts? <BR> <BR> ...when you just know your head will explode if one more person needs something from you? <BR> <BR> ...when you look around and wonder why you even bothered to get out of bed? <BR> <BR> ...when you have so much to do that you wonder if there is any point in starting? <BR> <BR> .... Sat, 17 May 2014 16:35:49 EST ENCORE! (...and a brief UPDATE) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696424 ENCORE!!! <BR> (24 of 51 presentations will be available for the weekend!) <BR> <link>thediabetessummit.com/encore/?inf_co<BR>ntact_key=99c294c29f7a309c2842b40a62e8<BR>216f686675a244a09c8cc09976781d9b3811 </link> <BR> <BR> If you can't listen to them all, I personally recommend: <BR> <BR> -- Suzy Cohen: Diabetes Without Drugs <BR> <BR> -- Jonny Bowden: Should All Diabetics Take Statin Medications? <BR> <BR> -- Stephen Sinatra: The Great Cholesterol Myth and What Really Matters for H... Fri, 16 May 2014 12:54:13 EST Shhhhh... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690155 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l969941302.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Now, I don't normally share this sort of information, and I do so now only because I strongly believe that information which can save lives, and return people to VITALITY, should be easily accessible... it shouldn't create more stress. <BR> <BR> I also believe that if you like what you hear in any given talk, you will make the investment and buy the speaker's book in gratitude for what you've received... Wed, 7 May 2014 23:25:40 EST Thyroid & Diabetes: more in common than you would guess! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689800 Sorry I didn't get this up sooner... I couldn't type until Sunday, and our whole weekend was CONSUMED with a HUGE homework project (in my opinion beyond the scope and ability of even my own very bright 9-year-old) and soccer. I am SO scrambling right now to find my stride again (and after a week of incapacitation every corner of my house - LAUNDRY - is on fire).... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l153888861.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Each group of sessions are... Wed, 7 May 2014 12:47:16 EST What is it they say... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681466 ...about biting the hand that feeds you? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2028803461.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> She sure doesn't look dangerous, does she? <BR> <BR> This is our cat Cleo. Rescued. Beloved. Now aged. At times, challenging to care for and love. <BR> <BR> Four months before we got married, I discovered her hiding under my Mr.'s garden shed. She would creep out at dusk and watch the house suspiciously from the shadows. <BR> <BR> She was sick and... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 09:36:28 EST 15 Ways... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680490 ...to Reduce Inflammation! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1212573227.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> We talk a lot about inflammation but, in my experience, very few people really know what inflammation is, and how it relates to our health and well-being. Before I get to the main point of this blog entry, I thought I'd clarify: <BR> <BR> <BR> What the heck is inflammation, and how does it affect you? <BR> <BR> There are two types of inflammation: acute and s... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 20:06:24 EST Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672314 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/2/l225514969.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I read this today, and thought I'd share.... <BR> <BR> FROM: Being healthy in the 21st century <BR> <link>grokettesmusings.com/2014/04/14/bein<BR>g-healthy-in-the-21st-century/ </link> <BR> <BR> "Eating well is a job. It's true. We actually have to make time every day to come up with meals and then prepare them, too. This takes time that we may not think we have. But think about it. How much time... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:19:53 EST Go and Get the Life You Want (Reprisal) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656241 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1966145160.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l355086291.jpg"> (yourself) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1675105685.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> FROM: Mark's Daily Apple <BR> Why You Should Let Yourself Succeed and Go Get the Life You Want <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/why-you-shou<BR>ld-let-yourself-succeed-and-go-get-the<BR>-life-you-want/#i... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:22:40 EST Body Acceptance... or Not? (It bears repeating...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656227 Original HERE: <BR> <link>www.rolereboot.org/life/details/2013<BR>-07-why-body-acceptance-isnt-for-everyone </link> <BR> (Below edited for 'profanity' of sorts... I missed it when I read it because the message was so much bigger, but SparkPeople wouldn't let this blog entry post because of it) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> “Each of you is perfect the way you are… and you could use a little improvement.” — Shunryu Suzuki, Sôtô Zen monk and teacher <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:09:20 EST Beauty Defined http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656221 I love movies. I especially love sharing movies I love with my daughter... I love seeing her 'get it' and vibrate with the very same awarenesses that captured my imagination. <BR> <BR> This weekend we wateched an old favourite anew: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l402001799.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ...the BEST Cinderella story EVER!!!! Watch it... you won't be disappointed! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l324670263.jpg"> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:01:41 EST There, But for the Choosing, Go I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656212 (I'm riffing off an inbox missive...) <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l781844159.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> If you put a BUZZARD in a pen 6 feet by 8 feet entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. <BR> <BR> The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. <BR> <BR> Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a pr... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:37:11 EST "What's up?" you ask... (or maybe you didn't) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645312 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1376855331.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Like Hugh Grant says in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral: "I think I should be where people are not." <BR> <BR> I'm feeling pi$$Y, fed-up and uncharitable.... <BR> <BR> I'm being a big pouty baby, LOL... just trying it on for size, mind you (not my usual M.O.) <BR> <BR> Right now, as I sit here and write in peace with my page turned off-line, it actually feels fine... I'm missing a few people, but ot... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:50:06 EST Your Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644037 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l8545892.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now, and now IS RIGHT ON TIME." <BR> <BR> ASHA TYSON <BR> <link>www.answers.com/topic/asha-tyson </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My journey here at SparkPeople has been incredibl... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 23:26:31 EST Abstain? Moderate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642205 Or, something else? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l563972681.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l513220940.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1241788330.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In reference to the following article, I was asked today which I favour: abstaining, or moderation: <BR> <BR> Are You an Abstainer or a Moderator? <BR> <link>www.psychologytoday.c... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 13:06:50 EST Check Out When You'll Probably Die http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642156 Some of us have it better than others based purely on where we were born. Like, a lot better. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1058468530.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.visualizing.org/full-screen/2645<BR>02/embedlaunch </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> This, too, is a really fascinating website: <BR> visualizing.org <BR> <link>www.visualizing.org/explore#featured<BR>=1&topics=426&sort=recent </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What strikes me as I examine this chart is h... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 12:08:40 EST Lexophiles? Are you one? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641235 I started my day laughing (my aunt sent me this). <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1823839630.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> LEXOPHILE: <BR> ... a lover of words <BR> ... one who derives pleasure from various use of words <BR> ... one who appreciates the nuances surrounding different words <BR> ... one who is alert to synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and homonyms, often using them for effect, sometimes in humor. <BR> <BR> Clearly, I am a lexophile. How about you? ... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:06:16 EST I Rise, Again, from Ashes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640460 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1446578720.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1901994251.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l372348370.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1188110636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1467389343.jpg"> <BR> Larger Image: <link>funnyquotesimages.com/wp-content/upl<BR>oads/2014/02/... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:13:01 EST Last Supper? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638732 If you had just one day left on earth, what would your last meal be? <BR> <BR> Last Meals <BR> <link>www.laphamsquarterly.org/essays/last<BR>-meals.php?page=all </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Following are photos of what death row inmates requested as their last meals, as photographed by New Zealand-based artist Henry Hargreaves: <BR> <BR> Henry Hargreaves Photographs Death Row's Final Meals <BR> <link>www.vice.com/en_ca/read/two-pints-of<BR>-mint-choc-chip-or-a-single-olive </link> <BR... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 15:44:09 EST Natural Remedies, Natural Health! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636596 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l804814526.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l915531321.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l835976893.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> A big part of my life, which contines to grow in prominence, is an interest and active application of Natural Remedies to my own, and my family's health and well-being. <BR> <BR> When I talk about Natural Remedies, I am not talking a... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 03:34:39 EST Still drinking Soda/Pop? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634397 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1605167513.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been eating an exceptional and nutritionally sound diet for years now, so most of you wouldn't know that up until three years ago, I had a several cans a day COKE Classic habit (at least 4 cans a day, icy cold after 30 minutes in the freezer, until it was bit slushy). <BR> <BR> I know. <BR> <BR> In my defense (and I do need one), it was literally the only thing that would dull my nearly continuo... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:13:27 EST Beautiful Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623618 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l992211637.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've ALWAYS thought Valentine's Day is highly over-rated from a romance perspective, yet it DOES lead a person to reflect... sometimes uncomfortably so... and so many struggle through it. I wasn't going to write a 'Valentine' blog but then, in response to another SPARKling's Valentine's Day musings, one just fell out of my head. She shared a license plate (NVRGIVUP) and a song (I've rearranged the lines... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 02:21:04 EST Do you really... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622359 ...need to eat vegetables to be healthy? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1928423817.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I love this article: <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/do-you-reall<BR>y-need-to-eat-vegetables-to-be-healthy<BR>/#more-47374 </link> <BR> <BR> "Vegetables also compliment meat. They notice when meat has had its hair and nails done, or when it’s lost weight. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard kale say the words, “Have you been working out... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:18:30 EST Love Reclaims the Atmosphere http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621411 Burlap to Cashmere <BR> (hit play and listen as you scroll...) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions." ZORA NEALE HURSTON, letter to Countee Cullen <BR> <BR> <BR> ...today, I can breathe... as LOVE reclaims the atmoshere: <BR> <BR> I'm staring at the mirror <BR> As the shadows plague my room <BR> In every risen hero there's a choir that resumes <BR> <BR> I used to ... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:46:43 EST Get my funk ON, indeed! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620898 'Roll Away Your Stone' - Mumford and Sons <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Apparently I did, indeed, forget one (THANK YOU, Kate): <BR> <BR> funk <BR> /f&#601;NGk/ <BR> noun <BR> <BR> 4. that which is funky, open bluesey songs of joy. As in get your funk on. Do the funky chicken. Dance for the joy of it. When the world of reality and darkness is there, because life is balanced with both, throw your hands in the air and dance as if you don't care. <BR> <BR> <BR> ...this is what friends are for:... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:23:03 EST Funk, funk, funk, funk... FUNK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620663 funk <BR> /f&#601;NGk/ <BR> noun <BR> <BR> 1. a (state of) depression, a bad mood, a low, the dumps, the doldrums, a blue funk <BR> <BR> 2. a bad smell <BR> <BR> 3. avoid (a task or thing) out of fear. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1668179478.jpg"> <BR> (larger image) <BR> <link>www.kenmcneill.com/doc/wp-content/up<BR>loads/2013/02/calvin1.png </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As happens occasionally, I'm inexplicably struggling... and all t... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:54:25 EST Let them eat cake! ;) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616447 ... or not, LOL! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l289969622.jpg"> <BR> This year's Birthday 'Cake': A wedge of triple cream brie, dried prunes, and clementine zest! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today is my 53rd birthday (my 7th with SparkPeople.. yikes!).... <BR> <BR> I wasn't going to say anything, but a dear SPARKLing wished me well and inquired as to what I substitute for birthday cake. In light of PaleoCon (finishing up tomorrow) I thought this was an opportunity... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 23:46:16 EST Day# 11: PaleoCon (The importance of PLAY: Charlie Hoehn, Michelle Norris, Pete Servold) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615440 Though it's the final day of PaleoCon, the discussion doesn't have to end. <BR> <BR> Try as I did, there was no way I could listen to every talk, every day, so I'll be going back to listen, ponder, add notes and continue to journey Ancestrally... I'd be so pleased if you'd join me! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l382199378.jpg"> <BR> Listen to the following talks HERE: <link>paleocon.com/event/ </link> <BR> (each set of talks is available for 24 hours) <BR... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 22:41:45 EST Day 10: PaleoCon (Mark Sisson, Stefani Ruper) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615388 Hey, everybody! <BR> <BR> I'm jumping in early with this! Tomorrow morning, if there are changes, I'll adjust it then. <BR> <BR> As I already said in my previous post, I'm excited about today! <BR> <BR> These speakers: Mark Sisson, Stefani Ruper and Nora Gedgaudas are among the most knowledgeable out there in their areas of expertise. <BR> <BR> I'd also like to take the time to say that of all the disciplines out there, I have never before encountered a community so eager to teach and s... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 21:32:25 EST Day 9: PaleoCon (Chris Kresser, Seth Roberts) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615221 Hey, everybody! <BR> <BR> PaleoCon organizers and followers alike are geting tired, it seems.... They're not even sending out reminder notices anymore, LOL (and no, you're not crazy... they DO have the day and date wrong on the event heading today)! <BR> <BR> I'm juggling this and research project that I need to complete within the next two weeks, so I fell behind today. Sorry to be so late with this (I really hope that you've already signed up and are listening on your own). <BR> <BR> If... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 17:39:38 EST Day #8: PaleoCon (George Bryant: eating disorders, Ameer Rosic: healing, Josh Newman, Paul Jaminet) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614009 G'Morning, SPARKlers! <BR> <BR> Let's get to it, and if you're watching at all, tell me what you think! <BR> <BR> May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May you find peace within and all around you. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith and desire... a desire which even itself issues from God. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that wou... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 12:33:04 EST Day #7: PaleoCon (Superbowl Sunday: week #1 recap) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613954 So, yesterday (Superbowl Sunday), even PaleoCon rested and focussed on more important thing... like football, LOL! <BR> <BR> I have to say, I was just grateful for a day to (almost) catch up with myself. My Divine Miss O's team took the soccer tournament, and her dance preparation for exams is going well. <BR> <BR> My wonderful Mr. saved his company from imminent IT disaster and garnered world peace (to hear him tell it, LOL!) <BR> <BR> I didn't do much... just held it all together: making... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:50:37 EST Day #6: PaleoCon (Gabi Lewis & Greg Sewitz: eating insects, Elana Amsterdam: Natural MS treatment) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611952 G'Morning, SPARKlers! <BR> <BR> Wanted to get this up before I had to fly off and be a soccer/dance mom (NOT that kind of dance mom, LOL... my kid is too real and too '9' for that to happen)... my awesome Mr. needs to put in some extra time at work this weekend, so it's just us girls over here... which has its FUN and challenges, LOL! <BR> <BR> I'm getting some listening done, but unfortunately I won't get any notes typed up until after the weekend, so even if you miss the talks, I've provi... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 10:17:17 EST Day #5: PaleoCon (Robb Wolf, Denise Minger, Stephanie Greunke, Neghar Fonooni) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610728 G'Morning, SPARKlers! <BR> (Actually I'm on my way to bed, but as I won't be available tomorrow morning, I'm pretending it's already here.) <BR> <BR> Still posting daily (though I'm starting to fall behind a little, LOL!)... 6 more days! <BR> <BR> Regardless, even if I don't get everything watched each day before the event is over, I'll finish watching afterward, and complete my notes. So, if you're interested, keep checking back! <BR> <BR> Today is going to be challenging... we have fami... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:14:00 EST