_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/ Obesity is Protective! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207946 We're all familiar with this perspective, 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.sparkpeople.com/guid/fee4e6d6-18a5... 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 Aeolus at The Eden Project - Acoustic Wind Pavilion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5879969 <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__Ydj<BR>ypIZ_o </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l131046622.jpg"> <BR> * <link>www.lukejerram.com/aeolus </link> <BR> * <link>thekidshouldseethis.com/post/5287892<BR>9719 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since several people have asked for more information about my feed picture, I thought this was the easiest way to provide the information... unfortunately none of it is current! ... Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:35:14 EST My 7-year SPARKlingversary... Happy Maps? Yes, PLEASE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5851102 <link>www.ted.com/talks/daniele_quercia_ha<BR>ppy_maps </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we're going. But what if we'd rather wander? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos "happy maps" that take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way." <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I loved, loved LOVED this talk! <BR> <BR> I've always been a back-roader, and I've infected my family with the bug, LOL! If I have any regr... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 13:55:54 EST Have you ever wondered... when you burn fat, where does it go? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850265 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l319362517.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Among other things, the article I just read says: <BR> <BR> Excess dietary carbohydrates and protein are converted to a type of fat called triglyceride. When people attempt to lose weight, they are attempting to metabolize these triglycerides while keeping their fat-free mass intact... <BR> <BR> Triglycerides are comprised of three types of atoms: carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Triglyceride mole... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:17:18 EST A Divine Miss O Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849634 I'm sure many of you, my SPARKling friends, wonder what sorts of adventures I've been having the last few months. <BR> <BR> Honestly, I've been trying to find the words to tell you... I travelled so far and back, and around again, LOL. <BR> <BR> Yet every time I sit down to begin, it all overwhelms me. By and large, things are better than ever on every front... <BR> <BR> ...we are slowly finding a new normal with my in-laws that, while still hard and messy at times, is working it's way in... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 16:39:15 EST 9 More Calorie Myths We Should All Stop Believing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5849576 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1012832052.jpg"> <BR> Read the whole article here (especially follow the links!): Mark's Daily Apple <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/9-more-calor<BR>ie-myths-we-should-all-stop-believing/<BR>#axzz3OG9PoO74 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1601988121.jpg"> <BR> LARGER IMAGE HERE: <link>http://experiencelife.com/wp-content<BR>/uploads/2014/08/Screen-Shot-2014-11-1<BR>9-at-9.55.36-AM.png... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 14:34:22 EST 7 Common Calorie Myths We Should All Stop Believing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848677 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1012832052.jpg"> <BR> Read the whole article here (especially follow the links!): Mark's Daily Apple <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/7-common-cal<BR>orie-myths-we-should-all-stop-believin<BR>g/?awt_l=K5_zk&awt_m=JNNDRlgs1xWvYa#ax<BR>zz3OABq7j4r </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1601988121.jpg"> <BR> LARGER IMAGE HERE: <link>http://experiencelife.com/wp-content<BR>/uploads/2014/08... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 14:15:37 EST Our New Kitchen Toy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848144 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l823003709.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l815350718.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l430577104.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1534560796.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> SWIRLIO! <BR> (as seen on TV) <BR> <BR> <BR> I have to admit, I had very low expectations for this product. <BR> ... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 23:14:19 EST Be BOLD... Siebold! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5847578 This is Steve Siebold: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1606260504.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is his FREE weight loss motivational coaching program <BR> (I'm told it used cost $500.00!)... and he has a FREE book for download, too: <BR> <link>www.fatlosers.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's probably not for everyone... if you need a lot of hand holding and reassurance, this is not for you. <BR> <BR> If you prefer to approach fat elimination with a 'die... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 11:21:56 EST Unconventional Weight Loss [online] Convention http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5846084 So it begins... the (long abandoned by me) New Year requisites. SIGH. <BR> <BR> I grudgingly relinquished holiday mode this evening (we've had a truly blessed and refreshing Advent, Christmas and Holiday season) to find this on-line event. <BR> <BR> While I have to admit that I am not at all keen on the BIG January push to SUCK EVERYONE into the resolution/weight loss maw (often to very disappointing results), I am intrigued by the different tone presented here, and I am impressed by the fo... Sun, 4 Jan 2015 21:36:22 EST Buck Books PALEO Promotion TODAY Only!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822761 They are HERE!!! <BR> <link>buckbooks.net/#sale </link> <BR> <BR> I just now purchased my books... great sale... except for the one book at full price... didn't get that one... I'm sending a message to the author to get with the spirit of the event (if I really want it, it will still be full price tomorrow, LOL). <BR> <BR> I also looked through the other Paleo Kindle books available, and got a few other titles for under $2 each! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> From Todd Dosenberry 'Primal Toad': ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:56:18 EST PRIMAL Test Drive... FREE Books/Book Excerpts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815663 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l232922329.jpg"> <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/download-pri<BR>mal-blueprint-ebooks/?awt_l=K5_zk&awt_<BR>m=J4S0xMGq4xWvYa#axzz3ItLLf6oB </link> <BR> <BR> PASSWORD: PBFPBINTROPDFS <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2088452994.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1737923730.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> My dear SPARKling friends, despite t... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:39:32 EST BOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807887 "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 knows just how much I detest Halloween. <BR> <BR> I have spent most of my conscious life trying to simply survive the day. Halloween, in my experience, is a day too many people use to excuse any and all behaviour... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:18:40 EST For Women Only: The Weight Loss Solution On-Line Summit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794748 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l603472840.jpg"> <BR> <link>women.paleohacks.com/registration/ </link> <BR> <BR> GREAT video, and registration HERE: <BR> <link>women.paleohacks.com/registration/#s<BR>thash.moMy7O5y.dpuf </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is your invitation to the most in-depth, life-changing women’s weight loss event of 2014! <BR> <BR> 40 of the foremost weight-loss experts on the planet come together to reveal: <BR> • the real secrets to melting... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:39:29 EST Women's Gluten-Free Heath Summit!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5775854 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l361079123.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I don't have the time (I wish I did!) to make notes for everyone to read here as I usually do... I just want to say that this summit is so worth the time it takes to listen!!!! <BR> <BR> All talks this week (four a day) are under a half hour each, the audio quality is the best I've ever heard for these summits, and the FREE gifts are AWESOME... Dr. Daniel Kalish is giving away an e-copy of his la... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 12:18:21 EST I wish... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774952 This song just makes me feel happy... I smile in spite of myself... and my being dances... <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l8Xa<BR>ly5b8g </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "I Wish You Enough!" (c) 2001, Bob Perks <BR> <BR> Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure. <BR> <BR> Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the father said, "I love you, and I wish you enough." <BR> <BR> They kissed... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 03:59:49 EST TIME SENSITIVE: Bringing SEXY back!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774113 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l875402683.jpg"> <BR> <link>sexybacksummit.com/ </link> <BR> It's back for THIS WEEKEND only!!! September 5th, 6th, 7th!!! <BR> <BR> FREE!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ORIGINALLY WRITTEN: May 28, 2013 <BR> <BR> What do you think about when you hear the words sexy... mojo... libido... sensual? <BR> <BR> I think most of society uses these words interchangeably and limits them to a very narrow focus... the body... a certain look.... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 17:07:00 EST Balance & Moderation: September Challenge: Process Goals Redux! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771538 Moving right along! <BR> <BR> THANK YOU, again for your kindness and support this past week! <BR> <BR> I've had wonderful, restful, rejuvenating weekend (I'll blog about it this week... I'm developing a strong interest in photography... who knew?!?) and I'm back to my old/new self! ;) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1187814572.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I've been struggling with the idea of moderation... I don't like it, and I just... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:57:51 EST Like the Phoenix, I will ALWAYS rise... with a 'little' help from my friends! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769493 Broadway <BR> Allison Krause & Union Station <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu8yb<BR>WvuwYE </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> (hit play and listen as you scroll...) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday (got worse before it got better): <BR> <BR> Ghost In This House <BR> Allison Krause & Union Station <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAnlw<BR>KnRrZw </link> <BR> <BR> I don't pick up the mail <BR> I don't pick up the phone <BR> I don't answer the door <BR> I'd j... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:41:38 EST Why can't JOY be 'character building'? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5768878 <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qJuV<BR>Q5Qb_E </link> <BR> Love Reclaims the Atmosphere <BR> by Burlap to Cashmere <BR> ...a balm to my spirit... a place to begin anew... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l411369085.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Refuse to fall down. If you cannot refuse to fall down, refuse to stay down. If you cannot refuse to stay down, lift your heart toward heaven, and like a hungry beggar, ask that it be filled, a... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:21:54 EST The Hill I Will Die On... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766420 <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaWA2<BR>GbcnJU </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ...looks like this. At least I try very hard to make it so. <BR> <BR> I'd like to say that I am as consistently generous, loving, compassionate and MINDFUL of the invitation to be part of something greater... as is the young man in the video.... I'd like to say that, but I'm not. <BR> <BR> I struggle with consistency in my life in many, many areas, but in these most of all. SIGH. <BR> <BR> Yet, in my own... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:07:36 EST Redecorating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765084 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5GFiDdGGGM </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Anybody surprised I'm still here? <BR> <BR> As you can see I'm still streaking... yeah, I'm a little surprised, too, LOL! From what I can tell about the sobering few who make it to the end of week 4, week five is when the wheels come off completely. <BR> <BR> ...and even though I'm still doing it, this week has been my most difficult yet. As far as what I've achieved, this week looks a lot more li... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:30:08 EST OFFICIAL Exercise Challenge OFFICIALLY Completed... now LIFESTYLE Continues! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763083 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2056892291.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l336825428.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l794256959.jpg"> <BR> As she indicated, my Divine Miss O started her streak PROMPTLY on Monday! <BR> <BR> <BR> Today instead of using my rebounder, I tried to do my bouncing on the big trampoline outside. The Divine Miss O joined me, and we had a BLAST... we couldn't st... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:26:11 EST No white knuckling it here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762432 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l658183621.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1393673122.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I wrote the following January 27, 2010, <BR> You can read the rest here: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=2805881 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Here's something else you newbies might want to consider (I suppose others of you might also do so if you haven't already): I'm... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:18:13 EST Oh HOW I wish I lived in Missouri!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762326 I would register in a heartbeat! <BR> <link>womensfitnesssummit.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l71287777.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September, 28 <BR> • Friday Night Social <BR> • Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. group dinner that evening <BR> • Sunday, 9 a.m. – Noon <BR> <BR> Kansas City, MO <BR> ARC Performance <BR> 710 Arogosy Parkway <BR> Riverside, MO 64150 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http:/... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:33:44 EST Giving Birth... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761633 ... to the rest of my life! <BR> <BR> Right now I feel a lot like I did those last couple of weeks before the Divine Miss O was born. I just wanted her to get here so we could simply get ON with loving and raising her. <BR> <BR> The tension about drove me crazy. <BR> <BR> Having to trust the process drove me to distraction. <BR> <BR> Just like anyone actually carrying a child, I couldn't sleep, no position in my life was comfortable, and I had all of these doubts and worries about doin... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:00:48 EST Two Dozen Streakin' Days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760625 Before I begin today's accounting, a public service announcement: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1702982292.jpg"> <BR> (it's okay... I'm Catholic... the Pope, Jedi Master... it's all the same) <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark Tec has just brought it to my attention that I am an IDIOT. <BR> <BR> ... no, they didn't SAY that. They were very courteous and helpful. This is SparkPeople after all. <BR> <BR> In my excitement about being almost done my month, and in my... 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