_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/ 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 Day #4: PaleoCon (John Drurant, Katie The Wellness Mama) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610176 Hello, again! Here're today's entries... I can't wait to watch them myself! <BR> <BR> I'll continue to post these daily... 7 more days (so you'll be tempted and run over and watch some... and I'd love to hear what you think), and then coming back and adding my notes as I have the chance to listen to them myself. <BR> <BR> I remain delighted, challenged and inspired... even more than I imagined I could be! As a woman of faith, today's session by John Durant is especially interesting to me! <... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:55:01 EST Day #3: PaleoCon (Dr. T. O'Bryan: Gluten Summit, Josh Newman: sitting solution) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609679 For anyone who is actually interested in this stuff, sorry I'm so late getting this up here today. It's my hubby's birthday, so it was tricky getting my watching in, let alone typing up my notes (my typing skills are DEPLORABLE... and my household doesn't understand that I'm in school this week), LOL! <BR> <BR> As I said, I'm posting every day (so you'll be tempted and run over and watch some... and I'd love to hear what you think). I've continued to add notes to previous entries as I've bee... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:21:01 EST Day #2: PaleoCon (Ben Greenfield: kids, Dan Kalish: healing the gut) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608196 I'll be posting these daily (so you'll be tempted and run over and watch some... and I'd love to hear what you think), and then coming back and adding my notes as I have the chance to listen to them myself. At the moment, this is not as easily done as I imagined it would be, LOL (my typing skills are DEPLORABLE... and my household doesn't understand that I'm in school this week)! <BR> <BR> So, far, though, I am delighted and challenged... exactly what I was looking for... and a little bit m... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:15:57 EST Day #1: PaleoCon (Loren Corain: overview, Abel James: IFing) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5607121 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l382199378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Listen to the following talks HERE: <link>paleocon.com/event/ </link> <BR> (each set of talks is available for 24 hours) <BR> <BR> <BR> Loren Cordain <BR> <link>paleodiet.com/ </link> <BR> The State of Paleo: Recent Evidence, Growing Popularity, and Media Criticism <BR> &#9830; The Latest Information on Paleo and it’s rise in mainstream media <BR> &#9830; What causes chronic inflammation – and how to ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:53:25 EST RECIPE: Grain-Free, Honest to GOODness PASTA! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604726 What I really love about Ancestral nutrition is that I can replicate pretty much any flavour profile: Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Greek... the world palate is still alive and well in my kitchen. <BR> <BR> Another element of my enjoyment is that I am once again challenged to learn new ways to create food we love, and my creativity is running all out on a daily basis. I get so much satisfaction out of this food adventure we're living... and I've only just barely scratched the surface. <BR... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:32:15 EST FREE!!! (Time Sensitive) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603825 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l382199378.jpg"> <BR> <BR> REGISTER: <link>paleocon.com/registration/ </link> <BR> <BR> PaleoCon Begins <BR> January 27th at 12:00AM PST <BR> <BR> Over 25 renowned experts—including best-selling authors, nutritionists, doctors, sought-after chefs, olympic athletes, and more to guide you through the most effective and practical implementation of the Paleo diet & Paleo lifestyle… <BR> <BR> ...And it’s ALL FREE. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 21:58:44 EST It's too Expensive to Eat Healthy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5596294 As inevitably happens in this particular SparkSeason, newbies flock to Spark chasing the weight loss and improved well-being dream. Rarely do they consider that compromise and prioritizing might be part of the process. They jump whole-heartedly and with good intentions into their chosen method of attainment of said dream, only to get two, three, or four weeks in and declare: "It's too expensive to eat healthy!" <BR> <BR> Honestly, I've never bought into that one, and I never will. <BR> <BR... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:58:37 EST The Death of Common Sense http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591882 I needed to file these here for reference for when I just need to punch something, LOL! They made me feel better... apparently I'm not alone, and not as crazy as I feel sometimes. <BR> <BR> (THANK YOU, Cheryl... and you can bring your soapbox over to my blog any time!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l934837944.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.digitalsparkmarketing.com/inspir<BR>ational-stories/death-of-common-sense/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Commo... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 02:22:39 EST (Apparently) Some Lessons May Never Be Learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591687 Apparently 'conventional wisdom' (despite all the science, actual experience, health gains and weight loss success to prove otherwise) is alive and well. <BR> <BR> I found the following an interesting, if very disappointing, read: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1134883503.jpg"> <BR> <BR> LIST: <link>health.usnews.com/best-diet/best-ove<BR>rall-diets/data </link> <BR> (In case you're wondering, the Spark Solution tied with Slimfast... I wonder what Chris Do... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 21:37:31 EST Lesson Learned! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588300 Which do you think has the greater potential for raising your blood glucose levels? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l18362339.jpg"> <BR> A whole Vidalia onion? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1329031333.jpg"> <BR> Or a lovely apple? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll get back to the onion/apple in a minute. This is all really about my liver. <BR> <BR> You see, I have been on an eighteen-month weight loss plateau.... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 16:15:22 EST 17 Reasons for... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5586043 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1248389545.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2061047171.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1323854246.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l525071051.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1404990114.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l326803797.j... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 19:29:19 EST Christmas, Glass Houses and the New Year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574552 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1832097166.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> THIS blog... short, sweet and to the point: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574500 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ...and just in case Christmas and the looming New Year are weighing on your heart: <BR> <link>www.aholyexperience.com/2013/12/the-<BR>one-way-you-can-keep-opening-the-prese<BR>nts-a-story-in-photos/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> R... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:33:47 EST Perfectly Timed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568108 I've been sitting here pondering why I would be 'wasting' time (time I DO NOT HAVE right now for such endeavours) scrolling through the pictures I found here: <BR> <BR> <link>allperfectlytimed.com/friendship-are<BR>-hard-to-break/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1718850963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l671031620.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l41656674.jpg... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 15:43:14 EST Fat Talk... SHHH! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566482 See the ORIGINAL HERE: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEIFlSBodVM </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> @ <link>www.specialk.com/en_us/fightfattalk.<BR>html </link> <BR> "Sometimes you have to get outside yourself to see the effect your self-talk has. <BR> <BR> From "joking" about cankles to destructive self-deprecation, fat talk has become part of ordinary conversation, spoken without a second thought. <BR> <BR> We believe that fat talk is a barrier to managing our weight and, when 93%... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:40:17 EST Grain-Free German Apple Pear Pancake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565809 THIS will be part of our Christmas morning this year!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l901982266.jpg"> <BR> ORIGINAL RECIPE: <link>www.thefoodieandthefamily.com/2011/1<BR>0/05/grain-free-german-apple-pancake/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Following is my own version of the recipe. While very good made just as the recipe is written, we prefer a drier, denser pancake, that still tastes 'eggy'. <BR> <BR> (One of the reasons I never made that oh so popular wife-sa... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 15:45:21 EST Only in Canada, eh? Pity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565259 ORIGINAL VIDEO HERE: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIEIvi2MuEk </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Don't you wish the whole world was more like WestJet and the Nervous Dog Coffee Bar? <BR> <BR> Nervous Dog Coffee Bar <BR> <link>happyplace.someecards.com/28002/coff<BR>ee-shop-holds-food-drive-for-thief-who<BR>-stole-their-tip-jar </link> <BR> <BR> ...and here's another WestJet moment: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9EJaDneTkQ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As our Advent journey... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 00:06:02 EST Christmas Bullies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561244 NEWSFLASH: Being a jerk is always a bad idea, but it is an especially bad idea when a) you have no idea what you're talking about, and b) you choose to target someone who has the ability to completely break down your crap on her very own live show. <BR> <BR> To view the ORIGINAL, please see here: <BR> <link>video.news8000.com/watch.php?id=3633<BR>5 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> I loved this response to what I view as a rude, inappropriate and belittling commentary. <BR> <BR> Yet there is a p... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:41:41 EST Go! Read THIS blog... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497214 <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497055 </link> <BR> <BR> (...not just this one post, but her whole blog) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2042697092.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l185099867.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1596921241.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abund... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 21:13:43 EST Body Acceptance... or Not? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491293 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, S&#333;t&#333; Zen monk and teacher <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:13:33 EST In Support of a Second Class Spark Citizen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489325 A friend directed me to a blog today. <BR> <BR> The blogger asks a really good question (this has actually been annoying me for the whole 5 years I've been a member of this community... I'm glad someone finally blogged about it): <BR> <BR> <BR> "So, if we [all non-American SPARKS] are expending all our energy and time on this, why are we constantly shut out from certain aspects on the Spark Experience?" <BR> <BR> <BR> Please, give this SPARKling some support: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:31:16 EST In Answer to Your Questions (Letter to Our Family) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484209 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1152488878.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In response to the on-going badgering, heckling and disregard, I wrote a detailed explanation, with references, to our families and friends a week ago regarding why we have chosen to fuel our bodies as we do. <BR> <BR> A letter to our family about exactly what/how we eat, and why: <BR> (there's something near the bottom just for my SPARKling friends) <BR> <BR> <BR> Hi, everyone. <BR> <BR> I probably should h... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 02:04:42 EST In the midst of death... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483715 ...there is life... abundant, grace-filled and joyous. <BR> <BR> Today, this woman's obituary has inspired me beyond words. Perhaps it will lift your day, and spirit, too. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1304008103.jpg"> <BR> This woman: Mary A. Mullaney... the white-haired beauty in the middle <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l136651102.jpg"> <BR> ...her friends called her Pink! <BR> <BR> <BR> If you're about to thr... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 13:03:49 EST Truer than I'd Like! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5481720 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1548424603.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I have managed all of the above at least once in the previous week, and this week is no better it seems.... <BR> <BR> No matter what I do right now, I seem to be a day early, or a day late. <BR> <BR> My Divine Miss O started school last week... twice... the first time we were a day early. Everything is GREAT on that front... fabulous new teacher, and my girl seems to have found her stride and health... no... 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