_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/ Autoimmunity Demystified (Part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6270408 Apparently there is a limit for how long a blog post can be, and I reached it with my last post, LOL! <BR> <BR> My notes for the first part of the following series can be found here <BR> (the last 2 episodes have yet to air... and I can't guess how much longer the youtube links will remain active... technically they should no longer be available, LOL): <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267278 </link> <BR> <BR> It's been a long time since I'... Mon, 21 Nov 2016 19:20:39 EST Autoimmunity Demystified (Part 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267278 If you've never before participated in a FREE on-line educational event, let this be the first: <BR> Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They're Not Telling You <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/82e7c3b3-447b-4cf6-9eb7-972cf90d15a8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> "This documentary is crucial for you if you know someone with autoimmune disease, have it yourself or simply want to be proactive and prevent it. Do you have someone in your life that is suffering with rh... Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:10:01 EST BOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259560 "One need not be a chamber to be haunted; <BR> One need not be a house; <BR> The brain has corridors surpassing material place." <BR> <BR> EMILY DICKINSON <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/7/b777959191.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Everyone who knows me well knows just how much I dislike Halloween. <BR> <BR> Halloween, in my experience, is a day too many people use to excuse any and all behaviour regardless of how hurtful, selfish, or egregious, while costumes an... Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:15:53 EST CICO Shove Off! 'New Kid on the (Nutritional) Block' Hits Mainstream: LCHF/Keto http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6241401 On Fox News TODAY: <BR> <BR> Why outdated information is to blame for weight gain <BR> <link>www.foxnews.com/health/2016/09/25/wh<BR>y-outdated-information-is-to-blame-for<BR>-weight-gain.html </link> <BR> <BR> Why CICO (Calories In/Out) doesn't work for SUSTAINABLE weight loss <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIuj-<BR>oMN-Fk&list=PLrVWtWmYRR2BYjk-oQTlR>AtG<BR>Cjnly3J7LB </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Since I began following a ketogenic nutritional plan (under the Paleo umbre... Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:19:06 EST I've been SPARKED by DEBVNE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223832 Check out her blog: <BR> <BR> Finding Your Fight <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223629 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/60d4606c-cd47-489f-a736-8a146f86a01d.png"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> So, how is your "inner, petulant brat" doing today? <BR> (THANK YOU for the laugh Deb... it gave me what I needed to MOVE through this moment in which I find myself.) <BR> <BR> My inner petulant brat is parti... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:10:32 EST THANK YOU for visiting my page today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6217594 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/8859da39-93ad-4b77-9c45-3d7b9747ad03.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Being SparkPeople Motivator of the Day is a double-edged sword. <BR> <BR> While it is certainly an honour, and I appreciate the acknowledgement of my contribution to this site over the years, it is impossible to respond to everyone who will visit my page this day in the same personal way that truly sparks the motivation which carries each of us through this journey to our own personal... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 04:10:23 EST No more Mrs. Doubtfire... or Picture UPDATE at nearly 100 lbs. ELIMINATED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213341 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> First of all, no one was harmed in the making of this video (at least not much, LOL... I'm not sure husbands are always the best resource in these situations)! We are SO not photographers, and he even less so than I, so this little project tested our mettle as couple. He is, however, my greatest cheerleader, and I could not be doing this without him at my side. <BR> <BR> ...and while I DETEST being in front of the camera, this was just to... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 16:43:29 EST I just need to get this off my chest... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6212466 To those of you who showed up to read the non-blog, I'm so sorry... somehow it posted before I was done, and I thought it best to just delete it, and finish it properly first. I hope you feel it's worth a second visit. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c4d4e752-81cf-4352-843b-1189c415a209.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today I had my first physical in 6 years (we booked physicals for the whole family). <BR> <BR> ...and I remembered why it's been 6 years si... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 23:53:37 EST AUSPICIOUS August: Regrouping & Moving FORWARD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210751 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/c7b9c7d5-8764-400d-bd69-0b364a6e5884.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Accept the possibility that in order to live your purpose you may need to put yourself first for a while, and that's okay." ~ CHESTER GOAD <BR> <BR> So, for the last eight months, in the midst of, and despite life upheaval, and never having a moment to myself, I also feel that I have conversely been living a rather selfish existence. If something wasn't 'on fire' (... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 02:48:53 EST Obesity is Protective! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6207946 We're all familiar with 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