_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/ 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... Sat, 16 Aug 2014 00:43:24 EST Don't Count Your Trophies Before They Materialize http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759998 First, business as usual: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l902594234.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l56095457.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was good day. <BR> <BR> I feel a sense of accomplishment. <BR> <em>530</em> <BR> I was up at 6:00 AM. <BR> <em>530</em> <BR> I did 20 minutes of INTENTIONAL EXERCISE and played with the Divine Miss O for a good hour on the trampoline outside. <BR> <em>530</em> <BR> ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:33:34 EST Staying Connected through Tough Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759716 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l410847825.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Staying Connected through Tough Times <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759151 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Read it. It's where every SPARKling should begin. Your success depends upon this understanding. <BR> <BR> <BR> THANK YOU, Tina, for a beautifully written blog. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dear S... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:07:03 EST Day 22 of the Rest of My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759174 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l686467140.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1590555289.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> First of all, THANK YOU to everyone who is reading daily. Your encouraging comments mean the world to me, and turn days like yesterday into days like today... overall, good enough. <BR> <BR> Again, THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> Today, the biggest drama I could dredge up was thinking up a title upon which to hang my thoughts... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:18:20 EST "14 THOUSAND pounds, kept off for almost 800 years!" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758837 THIS required an entry all of its own! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l342845908.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> CHECK OUT: "14 THOUSAND pounds, kept off for almost 800 years!" <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758529 </link> <BR> <BR> ...a TRULY inspiring list! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>531</em> Please, re-blog and spread the SPARK! <em>531</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:47:17 EST A Dubious First... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758499 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l748516033.jpg"> <BR> LARGER IMAGE: <link>quotes.lifehack.org/media/quotes/quo<BR>te-Vash-Young-there-is-no-finer-sensat<BR>ions-in-life-37257.png </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l367182803.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l49384034.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today was hard... I don't know why. <BR> <BR> Perhaps it is because of Ro... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:34:13 EST FREE On-Line Event: The Evolution of Medicine Summit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758338 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2058193411.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> INTRODUCING THE EVOLUTION OF MEDICINE SUMMIT, The Worlds Largest Medical Conference Completely FREE online September 8th -15th 2014. <BR> <BR> This FREE online conference is designed for patients, doctors, health coaches and those that are looking for Optimal Health in the digital age! <BR> <BR> You'll learn from the top doctors and medical thought leaders from around the world. They'll cover the mo... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:38:14 EST You know that sort of day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757751 ...when you come to the realization that a simple act of faith has become so much more? <BR> <BR> Or that other day, when you witness, in very real ways, how something small can grow far beyond your imagination and desire? <BR> <BR> Today was that kind of day... on both counts! <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l421503312.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1685320341.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Just in case you didn't ca... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 19:04:44 EST Better Late Than Never? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757712 I joined a great team awhile back that has had a HUGE impact on my process, and which is largely responsible for me taking off streaking this month: <BR> <BR> Balance & Moderation <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i<BR>ndividual.asp?gid=62651 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Every day, MAMA2FOURKIDDOS posts a 'Question of the Day' and a 'Challenge' pertaining to the month's focus; and both always relate to the umbrella focus of 'balance & moderation' in one's life. <BR> <BR> Fo... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:10:19 EST If it ain't broken... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5757592 ...KEEP STREAKING!!! <BR> <BR> We had a GREAT weekend over here! <BR> <BR> In the interests of honouring the spirit of my streak, I flipped Saturday and Sunday with regard to exercise... so family activity on Saturday (we went to the local fair: The Exhibition, or Ex for short), and strength-training on Sunday. <BR> <BR> As I did last week, I also skewed my sleep/wake-up time to accommodate/reinforce the idea of LIFESTYLE: I didn't get to sleep until 2:00 AM on Sunday morning, so I set m... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:17:11 EST It's Friday... I Thank God! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755844 ...Because it's two and half weeks, and I'm still streaking! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l313920085.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l807954878.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> This was in my inbox today: <BR> <BR> "I think over again my small adventures, my fears, those small ones that seemed so big, all those vital things I had to get and to reach, and yet there is only one great thing: to live and see the great day t... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 15:28:31 EST For my struggling SPARKling friends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755736 I'm sorry... I just had to share this. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I know that there are many SPARKlings carrying heavy burdens as they journey, and my heart and prayers are with every one. This blog does not in any way apply to the genuine sorrows encompassed in being deeply human. <BR> <BR> However, the vast majority of us, 'suffer' from what are aptly described as 'first-world problems'. I also know that at various stages of this journey, some of the baggage we have to leave behind ... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 11:53:43 EST Riding the Roller Coaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755468 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l41549538.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1699514900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1391430179.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ...another SPARKling said today that she had, "mixed feelings about this." <BR> <BR> Apparently I do, too. What I'm appreciating right now is that it is also just as apparent that I have somehow come to a place wit... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 00:44:19 EST Streakin'... Day 15: REWARDS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5755123 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l93031520.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1811555599.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Done (even thought the alarm didn't go off, lol)! <BR> Done (though it would have been easy not to)! <BR> ...and DONE (despite it being a VERY busy day outside the house... I was a 'lady who lunches' and met my former 'time out for moms' group, and then shopping... I dressed up in a dress that just barely fit last sum... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:02:13 EST Streaking vs. Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753869 Let's get this out of the way first: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1010767284.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l130118366.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> (I can't believe 2 weeks have already flown by!) <BR> <BR> <BR> I was up at 6:00 AM. <BR> <BR> I RAN full out for 10 minutes and then did 20 more minutes at a moderate pace on the rebounder... Mr. and I are already talking about the bellicon for my Christmas present ... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 20:19:28 EST Twofer... plus... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753284 Well, Saturday afternoon didn't happen 'as planned'... we got to the Farmer's market at 2:00 PM only to discover they close at 2:00 PM. Seriously? So next Saturday, now that I have faith we will still get things done, we will go to the Market right after breakfast, and work in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Instead of the Market, we went shopping for school shoes for the Divine Miss O. She started wearing Vibram Five-Fingers last year and they have made the world of difference in her alignment iss... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 23:26:14 EST 85% Kick-@$$ day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751713 (Did anyone catch yesterday's typo? Note to self... proofread before snapping picture, LOL!) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l898593466.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/3/l930485688.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'm really starting to love Saturdays. This is my second in a row where I am not overwhelmed and anxious about meeting a 'deadline'... getting prepared for something that I don't have time en... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 14:03:35 EST By the Hair of My Chinny Chin Chin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751414 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l174790108.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1321637670.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I wasn't feeling it today... any of it... but I did DO it... all of it. <BR> <BR> For some reason the nasty b!tch that lives in my head would NOT shut up!!! (anybody else have one of those?) <BR> <BR> I'd like to say that I continued serenely on. <BR> <BR> I'd like to say that a few positive affirmations and kind ... Sat, 2 Aug 2014 00:15:33 EST Another One Bites the Dust... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750598 ...the DAY, NOT the STREAK. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1059222194.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1369895588.jpg"> <BR> (I'll never claim to be a great photographer, lol) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Surprise, surprise, SURPRISE! I was up this morning before the alarm woke me, and I slept through the night without waking (I'm starting to relax into this)! I so needed a morning to feel 'right' at this juncture. Ev... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:57:27 EST Tired, But Victorious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750064 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l633997894.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l759964992.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> Up at 6:00 AM (my Mr. lovingly reinforced the alarm clock with a kiss... it's a special thing when someone else wants you to succeed as badly as you yourself do, and will even sacrifice (waking up with me because today was hard, not the kiss) to help you do it. <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> 20 minut... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:42:41 EST Time Sensitive Offer (Buck Books!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749644 I've been wanting to read this book, but I didn't want to pay the hardcover price... now everyone can read it for less than the price of a coffee! <BR> <BR> (I read my kindle books on my PC) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1007132981.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Death by Food Pyramid has received almost nothing but 5-star reviews since Primal Blueprint Publishing released it at the end of last year. It's undoubtedly a hit within the ancestral commu... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:59:53 EST The Week That Redeemed My World (and my heart) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749166 <link>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3BJ<BR>jehjOGo </link> <BR> Helen Reddy - Peaceful <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> In the morning fun when no one will be drinking any more wine, <BR> I'll wake the sun up by givin' him a fresh air full of the wind cup; <BR> And I won't be found in the shadows hiding sorrow, <BR> And I can wait for fate to bring around to me <BR> Any part of my tomorrow, tomorrow.... <BR> <BR> 'Cause it's, oh, so peaceful here! <BR> There's no one bending over my shoulder... ... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:45:51 EST Just the Facts! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748648 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l509708876.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1366943268.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was up at 6:00 AM. I wish I could say it's getting easier. Part of the problem is getting to bed by 10:00 PM... with the Divine Miss O on holidays, and summer evenings at a premium, it's hard to sacrifice the time for sleep (yeah, I know how that sounds, LOL). <BR> <BR> <BR> I did my 10 minutes on the reboun... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:09:30 EST Living Victoriously! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748386 I know... it's probably too soon to claim 'victorious' in reference to my STREAKING, but a SPARKLing friend of mine has 'living victoriously' as her feed comment, and just reading the words filled me with JOY! <BR> <BR> ...and it occurs to me to ask, is it really premature? <BR> <BR> If: <BR> <BR> "The secret to staying motivated all the time is to set emotionally-charged goals - in writing - and to stay focused on those goals day and night. It's really your SUB-conscious that controls you... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:52:19 EST Saturday Streakin'... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747005 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1644863767.jpg"> <BR> <BR> LOOK! Everyone's doing it! <BR> (Can you believe this was ever a fad?!?) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I'd much rather continue with my SparkStreak: <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1991492486.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1911815818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I was worried about today... yesterday was unaccountably hard. <BR> <BR> My sleep ... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:54:11 EST Amazing how much things can change... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746709 ...in 2 weeks. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1760266769.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago I was all over the place emotionally... and I was a lot closer to just throwing in the towel than I wanted to admit. I mostly felt tired and worn down by this process that was not paying off in the way I want it to (more desperately than I want to admit)... with the ELIMINATION OF 120 POUNDS Of FAT (70 pounds just isn't 'good enough' anymore). <BR> ... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:18:21 EST Streakin'... Day 2! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745880 (I won't do one of these every day, but for now the sense of accomplishment helps me do it all again tomorrow...) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> First there was... <BR> <BR> Streakin'!!! <BR> (what and why I'm streaking) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744420 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1661441430.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ...then came: <BR> <BR> I am NOT a SparkFraud! <BR> (str... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:45:41 EST Words CAN Be Enough... page 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745766 ...to set the world on fire, to move mountains, to change a life... because words taken to heart become the arms, legs, hearts, and souls who stand in solidarity, who love as required, and do what must be done. <BR> <BR> Words have always had a very important role in my life. I like how they taste... their texture and flavour as they roll over my tongue is something of a wonder and marvel to me! <BR> <BR> They have nurtured my spirit and my personality. <BR> <BR> They have informed my c... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:58:55 EST Feeding Obesity: Fixing the Fat Problem (FREE Viewing) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745351 Feeding Obesity Testimonials <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeVyk<BR>5dJ15g#t=14 </link> <BR> These people - Milton (71 pounds), Carolyn (26.5 pounds), Shawn (98 pounds) and MJ (69 pounds), and their stories, are VERY compelling!!! Collective weight loss: 245 pounds in four months - 10% - 14% drop in body fat percentage each! <BR> <BR> (Truthfully... their stories are my story, and my family's story, too.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:38:16 EST I am NOT a SparkFraud! (Streakin'... Day 1!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745119 This entry is an amendment to yesterday's blog... you may want to read it first: <BR> <BR> Streakin'!!! <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744420 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1988817542.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> As I was making supper last night I was thinking about all I'd written earlier in the afternoon, mulling over my desire to begin and sustain a meaningful streak... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:49:38 EST Streakin'!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744420 <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxUfg<BR>3uCBbg </link> <BR> Don't look Ethel, LOL! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Anybody else think of that song when they hear someone mention a streak, or am I the only one this old around here, LOL? It cracks me up every time I hear it! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> All kidding aside, I think about streaking (the clothes on kind) A LOT. <BR> <BR> I've always been aware of the Spark 'streak' blah blah blah philosophy, but I was too preoccupied putting out any nu... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:01:25 EST CHALLENGED!!! (Inspired, really...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741633 <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LaZd<BR>y395NM </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> "Green sally up <BR> And green sally down <BR> Lift and squat <BR> Gotta tear the ground" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> First a little lesson: the song above is FLOWER by Moby (from the soundtrack for 'Gone in 60 Seconds'), based on a an old slave song, "Green Sally Up" that was used to entertain young African-American children. The lyrics were, properly, "Green Sally up, Green Sally down, last one squat gotta tea... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:49:33 EST Judge not... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740229 "Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances." WAYNE W. DYER <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I happened across several blogs where SPARKlings described incidents of unbelievable cruelty at the words of strangers... commenting on their weight, their clothes, their presence (I wonder... would people say these things to another if they looked them in the eyes first?)... things I could never imagine thinking, let alone saying. <BR> <BR> The posts left me in tears, and... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:14:02 EST Feeling Inspired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739513 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1415219745.jpg"> <BR> <link>belleamiemotherofthree.com/wordpress<BR>/?page_id=5891 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Yesterday was just an all-around GOOD day! <BR> <BR> I felt truly connected to myself, my life and the people around me... even SparkPeople was more fulfilling than I've found it in a long time. <BR> <BR> I also feel newly invested... thanks for hanging in with me and encouraging me. It helped to get some stuff off my chest... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:03:50 EST Didn't even know this was possible: Reporting INAPPROPRIATE ADS on SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5738851 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l28111587.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l821241917.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l630166982.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l133696094.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1930216329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 19:42:08 EST SparkHeroes... and musings about my own journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736908 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l52045154.jpg"> <BR> LARGER IMAGE: <link>www.quotationbest.com/images/hero-qu<BR>otes-2.jpg </link> <BR> (I LOVE this picture... have you ever watched sparrows hunkered down on a snow drift in the middle of a prairie blizzard? I am in awe of that sort of strength.) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While every SPARKling is special and wonder-FULL in their own right, and so very many of you have indelibly contributed to my journey here (THANK YOU!), ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:53:54 EST Powerful Ways to Make Walking More Exciting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735474 LOVED this article: <BR> (very reflective of the foundations of my own journey) <BR> 7 Powerful Ways to Make Walking More Exciting <BR> <link>www.marksdailyapple.com/7-powerful-w<BR>ays-to-make-walking-more-exciting/#ixz<BR>z370CCUFAR </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. Breath Walking <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1482433822.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "It’s simple: breathe only through your nose for the entire walk. Don’t open your mouth. If you need to slow down at a... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 16:26:24 EST