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On the Death of the Beloved -- for a dear friend
3/17/2014 10:23:32 AM,  20 COMMENTS

On The Death Of The Beloved Though we need to weep your loss, You dwell in that safe place in our hearts, Where no storm or night or pain...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

Quiet Leadership
3/15/2014 7:41:35 PM,  22 COMMENTS

Another member inspired my blog for today when she pondered the fact that others considered her to be a "leader" but she wasn't so comfortable thinkin...  Read more

DDOORN

Another First! Thanks & Shout Out to Our SparkFamily!
3/14/2014 8:55:03 AM,  24 COMMENTS

Thank you everyone for all of your TREMENDOUS support which pushed one of my recent blogs ("A Change in Perspective: Preparing for Maintenance") towar...  Read more

DDOORN

First Day of Spring!
3/11/2014 10:02:22 PM,  20 COMMENTS

Who cares what the calendar sez? Who cares that we're gonna get DUMPED on with another half foot of snow tomorrow? Today was truly the first day...  Read more

DDOORN

Breathing In & Breathing Out...
3/8/2014 8:17:15 PM,  25 COMMENTS

Sending a big shout out of appreciation and thanks to everyone for your support on my last blog! Took you all "with" me on my latest medical journey w...  Read more

DDOORN

Heart School
3/4/2014 9:26:49 AM,  32 COMMENTS

I've had this absolutely weird, humorous preoccupation with this old "Far Side" cartoon ever since I knew another intervention was going to be necessa...  Read more

DDOORN

A Change in Perspective: Preparing for Maintenance
2/28/2014 12:04:29 PM,  58 COMMENTS

One of our members of "At Goal and Maintaining" SparkTeam recently expressed worries about relapse and "obsessing" over food. This got me thinking abo...  Read more

DDOORN

Ablating We Will Go!
2/25/2014 12:15:58 PM,  25 COMMENTS

Well my "electrician" or more formally, electrophysiologist got right down to business and scheduled me for my cardiac ablation next week! I'm pleased...  Read more

DDOORN

Nordic Swing Dance!
2/22/2014 6:53:53 PM,  16 COMMENTS

Sometimes a workout is just that: a WORK out! It just doesn't come easy and it just doesn't crank up those endorphins the way one would like. Th...  Read more

DDOORN

Finally: Down To New Weight Loss Low for 2014!
2/20/2014 9:23:34 AM,  22 COMMENTS

Beginning in January I've been on a zero-sugar, zero-grain approach and for the heckuvit I've been trying what some refer to as an intermittent fastin...  Read more

DDOORN

Valentine's Day: The Heart...It's Complicated!
2/14/2014 9:43:49 AM,  18 COMMENTS

Here I was ready to march off and either zap ye olde heart or slap a pacemaker in and be good to go! Sadly no such simple solutions await... ...  Read more

DDOORN

What Is It About February?
2/10/2014 9:45:24 AM,  22 COMMENTS

It was a year ago when I had my atrial flutter and electrical heart block with low resting heart rates around 20-30 or so. Got my cardioversion zap an...  Read more

DDOORN

Holding Firm / Addiction
2/6/2014 10:05:45 PM,  15 COMMENTS

The pounds they have grown stubborn, but I'm MORE stubborn and sticking with my zero sugar / zero grain approach. Also sticking with my 16 hour daily...  Read more

DDOORN

I Was Left To My Own Devices
2/4/2014 9:58:13 PM,  16 COMMENTS

www.youtube.com/watch?v=F90Cw4l-8NY Do you recall the last time I blogged? I do. I mentioned I was going to write a story for Na...  Read more

JESPAH

RE: I'm Back, After A, Very Very, Long Break.
1/31/2014 10:50:36 AM,  84 COMMENTS

RE: I'm back, after a very very, long break, i'll be, very very, honest with, you now, i have not had the energy to go out much, so have been hiding...  Read more

GREASE31

Stronger Than Food!
1/29/2014 8:43:06 AM,  14 COMMENTS

I'm thinking of that old Ajax commercial: Stronger Than DIRT! Well this week began my "Season of Pain": ...all the "easy" pounds have been...  Read more

DDOORN

Food: Slowing Down and Savoring
1/27/2014 9:33:14 AM,  12 COMMENTS

I've been trying to focus on savoring food that I eat. One of the best examples for me are natural almonds. I always keep them on hand in my car...  Read more

DDOORN

From Driven to Driver!
1/22/2014 8:49:06 AM,  18 COMMENTS

I've noticed another change in my thinking since beginning my re-set two weeks ago. First, a confession about a bad-old-habit I picked up along...  Read more

DDOORN

Killer Fact: 30-40 Percent of Health Care Spending in the U.S. Is Tied to Excess Sugar Consumption
1/20/2014 11:05:39 AM,  16 COMMENTS

www.alternet.org/food/killer-politics-big-
sugar This is an extremely sobering article filled with very eye-opening information such as: ...  Read more

DDOORN

Better Scale-a-tude!
1/18/2014 8:17:29 AM,  16 COMMENTS

Felt like I needed a mid-week boost so I jumped on the scale...and three more pounds bite the dust! Beginning to feel my clothes loosen a bit, too. ...  Read more

DDOORN

Re-Set Pay-Off!
1/15/2014 8:54:54 AM,  21 COMMENTS

All righty...last week was my first weigh-in so THIS is my first week of seeing the pay-off: SEVEN POUNDS! Here are some of the numbers I'm seein...  Read more

DDOORN

Rolling with my Re-Set!
1/14/2014 11:23:03 AM,  13 COMMENTS

I have really gotten rolling with my re-set: ---No sugar, no grains ---Eating only between noon - 8-9pm, resulting in a daily "fast" of 16...  Read more

DDOORN

Re-Framing Hunger, My Best Buddy!
1/10/2014 11:36:46 PM,  19 COMMENTS

It was a late work day yesterday (heck today too!), after 8 pm when finished and I was HUNGRY! Way more than my usual hunger thus far in my re-set for...  Read more

DDOORN

CX Bounce Back!
1/5/2014 7:01:48 PM,  12 COMMENTS

Well yesterday's allergy symptoms oddly let up enough for me to get a super night of sleep and woke up with hardly any symptoms other than an occasion...  Read more

DDOORN

Fighting to Kick the Habit
1/4/2014 9:38:09 PM,  15 COMMENTS

I came across a surprising editorial in the New York Times by Mike Tyson during my 'net wanderings today. Although he focused on his recovery from alc...  Read more

DDOORN

Joining In The New Year Re-Set
1/2/2014 9:57:27 PM,  16 COMMENTS

I usually do my utmost NOT to join in with the crowd as I've always disliked the I'm-doing-it-cuz-everyone-is-doing-it mentality. As a result I'...  Read more

DDOORN

My YES plan
1/2/2014 11:41:26 AM,  12 COMMENTS

I'm going to feel better about inhabiting my body. I'm embarking on a good health, good skin, and feel good change. As a result of these chang...  Read more

DOKEYOKEY

New Year's Eve
12/31/2013 1:59:43 AM,  19 COMMENTS

It's going on 2:00am and I'm still up. And the irony of "What to Remember When Waking," David Whyte's poignant creation, isn't escaping me. No...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

Car Maintenance Success!
12/28/2013 10:07:48 PM,  15 COMMENTS

What? Me work on my car? Not on your life...I'm woefully all-thumbs with most things mechanical as my wallet well-knows! But: the one thing I enj...  Read more

DDOORN

New Holiday Tradition!
12/26/2013 10:41:29 PM,  18 COMMENTS

I think I've started a new holiday tradition! What a super way to spend my Christmas! Community celebrates Christmas at Bandera family dinner: ...  Read more

DDOORN

I heard the bells on Christmas Day....
12/25/2013 2:34:01 PM,  19 COMMENTS

When you’re happy, sing. When you’re sad, sing even louder. --Irish Proverb Holy Holly, Greg Turiya Liotta I've always felt that if I c...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

My dear Spark friends!
12/24/2013 2:27:30 PM,  18 COMMENTS

Joyful greetings this holiday season! I hope all of you far-and-near bask in contentment -- Alone or surrounded by family and/or friends...  Read more

VALERIEMAHA

RE: Yesterday Was My, Tribunal Hearing It, Did Not Go, Well !!!! !!!!.
12/13/2013 8:27:28 AM,  103 COMMENTS

RE: Yesterday, was my Tribunal Hearing it, did not go, well !!!! !!!!, as i got asked, all kinds of personal questions !!!! !!!! !!!! !!!!, most of wh...  Read more

GREASE31

Hummus My Way
12/11/2013 8:30:52 AM,  19 COMMENTS

Another member was curious about my home-made hummus which I posted about yesterday in my status. Well, I got sorta yacky in my response and figu...  Read more

DDOORN

I Braved the Scale Today (and survived to tell about it)
12/3/2013 12:10:10 AM,  25 COMMENTS

It's true, indeed, I braved the scale And survived today to tell the tale. The number didn't rise at all, So the holiday wasn't my downfall. ...  Read more

SLIMMERJESSE

If You're Ever in the SP Gameroom - Please Help Reach a Million
12/2/2013 12:16:21 AM,  15 COMMENTS

Just for fun, If you visit the gameroom On Sparkpeople, Please help reach a million On the message board That has my name. Just for fun....  Read more

SLIMMERJESSE

Caffeine Detox Flopperoo
12/1/2013 12:13:37 AM,  19 COMMENTS

I gave it up for four days straight. Had no headaches, felt so great. Sorry to say, it's over now; I drank some coffee and wow-oh-wow! Didn't...  Read more

SLIMMERJESSE

My Black Friday Curiosity
11/30/2013 12:38:41 AM,  25 COMMENTS

I never shopped this day before So I set foot in a nearby store. Took one look around, then fled; Curiosity sated. Enough said!...  Read more

SLIMMERJESSE

The Pumpkin Pie
11/29/2013 12:59:15 AM,  17 COMMENTS

What can I say, It's once a year. A tradition of sorts, The worst kind, I fear. I'd intended to freeze The pieces, I wrote. You commend...  Read more

SLIMMERJESSE

FOR THIS AND SO MUCH MORE
11/28/2013 11:25:37 AM,  11 COMMENTS

For a year of constant loss and sorrow, Worries beyond compare, And more lost loved ones. For a very bumpy road with No GPS to show me the way...  Read more

SLIMMERJESSE

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