Thursday, February 28, 2008

 

Thursday Thirteen--Weight Loss Tips

With a 7-day cruise coming right around the corner and knowing full-well everyone puts on at least 10 pounds when on a cruise, I've decided to take off twenty pounds so that I can enjoy adding the ten pounds on the cruise. This plan makes sense to me--this way I won't grow out of my cruise clothes!

Today I'm contributing thirteen weight-loss tips to take off inches and extra pounds:

1. Fasting--I like to fast at the minimum once or twice a year to clean out the body. And Springtime is an excellent time to get off that winter fat. The fast I use is the famous Stanley Burroughs lemonade fast: a little red pepper, organic pure maple syrup to taste, and squeezed organic lemons. Sip this through a straw as the concoction is bad for your teeth, although very cleansing and good for your body.

2. Teaspoon of Norwegian Cod Liver Oil right before bed

3. Herbal Weight-Loss Formula--of ayurvedic herbals

4. Tonalin XS-CLA--which helps reduce body fat and increase muscle tone

5. Walking on the treadmill until breaking a good sweat

6. Love Handler--a Bliss product for lazy abdominals

7. Throw off the "set point" by breaking the fast and then returning to the fast--this confuses the body and helps keep the weight loss moving.

8. Exercise with dumbbells--muscles help burn fat.

9. Drinking lots of pure water and Yerba Mate tea.

10. Keeping weight loss buddies informed of my daily success (or failure!)--this keeps me accountable.

11. Weighing myself first thing in the morning and periodically taking measurements. This way I don't go into denial which is soooo easy to do.

12. Journal my emotions/feelings/thoughts. Weight-loss isn't JUST about the body!

13. Employ EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) as often as needed.

If you'd like to join Thursday Thirteen, click here.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

 

Weird Vog Day and Weird Easter Stats

Today was the vogiest day I can ever remember. For those that don't know, Vog is Volcanic Smog:

"Noxious sulfur dioxide gas and other pollutants emitted from Kilauea Volcano on the Island of Hawai`i react with oxygen and atmospheric moisture to produce volcanic smog (vog) and acid rain."

This vog blows over here from the Big Island, and today it looked like someone had muted the blue sky to a pale grey. I couldn't even see the West Maui Mountains! This gave the day a surreal quality.

Here is some news about Easter that was sent to me:

Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar. Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare.

Here's the interesting info. This year is the earliest Easter most of us will ever see. Only the most elderly (95 or older) of our population have seen it this early and none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier!

Here are the facts:

1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913, so if you're 95 or older you were around for that.

2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

 

Spring Is Really Here!

I've managed to transmute my Spring Fever into Spring Cleaning. My trigger was a message from someone who had seen a photo of mine on Flickr titled My Secret Garden and wanted to see more of my garden--and I realized my garden needed my attention too!

So part of today was re-organizing, cleaning, and spiffing up my Secret Garden. And when I finished doing my work, my garden looked so appealing I decided to relax with my new book, "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle.

I've read two of his previous books, but his new one really goes into depth about the "pain body", and I am finding this book an excellent refresher course and read. Of course, I've joined up for Oprah's special online course on this book too. Have you? I've never done this before, and I think it'll be fun. One of the preliminary homework assignments is to share your favorite quotes from each chapter on the Oprah site.

I'll share one of mine with you from Chapter Six called "Breaking Free":

"The beginning of freedom from the pain-body lies first of all in the realization that you have a pain- body. Then, more important, in your ability to stay present enough, alert enough, to notice the pain-body in yourself as a heavy influx of negative emotion when it becomes active. When it is recognized, it can no longer pretend to be you and live and renew itself through you."

I've learned a lot about my OWN pain- body through the years, and I'm onto the little pretender brat parasite! Now I catch it when it decides to show up...well, most of the time!

Here is the link if you are so inclined to join in.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

 

Heart Shrine Relic Tour Comes To Maui

Yesterday our family visited the exhibition of the ancient and sacred Buddhist relics hosted by The Maui Dharma Center and VITEC-Maui Community College. These relics have been touring the world since 2001 and will be placed within the Heart Shrine of the 500 foot bronze Maitreya statue under construction in Kushinagar, India due to be completed in 2010.


"Maitreya, the name of the future Buddha, means loving kindness in Sanskrit. The Tour exhibits a beautiful and rare collection of historically significant and culturally unique sacred relics of the historical Shakyamuni Buddha and other significant Buddhist Masters," the pamphlet stated.

Here's more: "The Relics are usually pearl or crystal-like deposits, called ringsel in Tibetan, and found in the ashes of Buddhist spiritual masters who deliberately chose to leave these remains as proof that the qualities of compassion and wisdom had been attained before death. It is hoped that by viewing these relics people will be inspired to cultivate the attitude of loving kindness and therefore naturally contribute to world peace."

For more information about these relics, click here.

May you also be blessed by these photos of the relics as we were!

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Friday, February 22, 2008

 

Obama-mania and Autism Breakthrough

Parking and waiting at the precincts to vote has been a big topic for conversation this past week in Hawaii. Everyone has their own version of the chaos/story. Obama-mania prevailed, and you had to be persistent and patient to cast your vote.

Of course, Hawaiians voted for Obama. That was a given.

Being the news hound I am, these past couple of weeks has been exciting because there's so much going on in every arena. Between the satellite being blasted out of the sky by the Navy to the Democratic presidential race to the Lunar Eclipse (to name a few fascinating news stories), I've been captivated.

However, one story which might of gotten lost in the glamorous, oh-so-amazing news is the story about Carly Fleischmann. This is my vote for the TOP news story of the week!

Carly is autistic, and her writings on her laptop computer are an autism breakthrough!!!

Read the ABC online story about Carly by clicking here.

Hope is in the air all around this Spring 2008!

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

 

Sunday At The Beach

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Friday, February 15, 2008

 

Life Is Much Weirder Than Art

To say that Maui has some colorful characters would be stating the obvious. For many years now I've been marveling and cherishing the 'colorful' characters that cross my path--whether I see them sitting in a health food store, hitching a ride, or walking on the beach.

Some of them I see all the time, and some are probably passing through to jolt me awake and make me wonder about them. Out of respect to their privacy and not to intrude upon them, I rarely speak to them--and simply enjoy their 'colorful' splash. I may give them eye contact, nod, or bow my head to their presence.

There is one character that my partner and I have been noticing for many long years. He is a staple fixture on Maui roadways: skinny toothpick legs... often seen wearing a stovepipe hat or some other wild hat...dressing with flare and pizazz...medium length scruffy red beard. Have you seen him too? My partner once chatted him up, and he received two different names, so we're not sure what his real name is. He's been around since Maui was born methinks.

Some of the colorful characters aren't necessarily wearing any color, but they do make a statement. Here is a photo of a man I call my "Man In Black" simply because he was wearing nothing but black with black sunglasses and a bald head. He wasn't your usual beach bum.


And I saw this Cleopatra styled Maui-ite in the health food store.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

 

Happy Valentine's Day


I've had a horrible case of Spring Fever these past weeks, and the last thing I've wanted to do is spend time on my computer. The weather has finally turned beautiful here on Maui! Because of my Spring Fever, my email and messages from other social networking sites such as Facebook, My Blog Log, Pownce, Xanga, Blog Catalog, and others have stacked up which makes me want to avoid the computer even more. Yikes! I'm so far behind in my responses!

Beach anyone? Hike? Swim?

But I must share this hilarious video clip sent by my blog buddy from Life In The Fast Lane because it's so funny. But before you click on the link below on the Hawaii Chair, be sure to read Deborah's post of the day titled "Anti-Valentine's Day--Love Really Stinks". Simply click on the link above.

I'm happy to read that not everyone is stoked about Valentine's Day! Me included. There's nothing wrong with LOVE. Hey, I'm all for Love, but the cutesy commercial love witnessed and marketed for V.Day is a bit much, dontcha think????

Click here to see the Hawaii Chair in action on Ellen.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

 

Sunday At The Beach

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

 

The Chinese New Year Celebration in Kihei

Yesterday at the Safeway Shopping Center in Kihei (South Maui), two giant dragons danced made their way from store to store amid the rhythmic pounding of drums, clanging gongs, and throngs of people feeding them money in little red envelopes. The dragons are considered auspicious and when you you give a dragon a donation, you're ensuring your good luck for the coming year.

Every year we make this our custom. Enjoy the images below!

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

 

A Day At The Swap Meet In Photos

Every Saturday on Maui a large Swap Meet takes place in Kahului. There are lots of booths selling everything under the Sun. I joined a friend who's visiting Maui. This was her first time to shop at the swap meet, so she had a blast checking out all the goodies and buying gifts for family and friends. Since I hadn't been there in a long, long time (when I had another out-of-state guest!), I had fun taking photos.

Here are two of the cutest kids of the day:


And here was my delicious treat of the day, one of my favorite drinks: fresh coconut juice. Here is how it's done (with a very sharp, long knife and skilled hacker!) and then served:



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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

 

Carnaval Dreaming

Yesterday began the "World's Biggest Party"--the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I've never been to Carnaval, but I've always wanted to attend to experience this amazing celebration. Just once in my life would be enough because I'm not a happy crowd person. I'm a curious person though, and I like to experience amazing events.

"For Brazilians, it's the 4th of July and the Super Bowl rolled into one," says the following video, one of the best I discovered on YouTube about Carnaval. Can you imagine?

Have you been to Carnaval? Tell us about it.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

 

Not Quite What I Was Planning Book

Yesterday was a very exciting day for me because the contributor copy of the book I'm published in arrived in the mail! The title of the book is "Not Quite What I Was Planning....Six Word Memoirs" by Writers Famous and Obscure. I'm thrilled to be included because it is such a cool book. It is published by Harper Perennial.

I'm somewhere in the middle between being a famous author and obscure author. My first and only book is still in print and available on Amazon and through distributors. Even though this book is in it's Second Edition, it feels REALLY old to me and needs updating. But this NEW 2008 Book is Fresh. Clever. Fun!

The proposition put forth by online storytelling Smith Magazine is this: "what would a six-word memoir look like?" Here's more:

"When Hemingway famously wrote, "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn," he proved that an entire story can be told using half a dozen words."

If you would like to contribute your six line story for consideration in the next edition, click here.

The hilarious part of this for me is that I've been trying to complete my fiction book for many long years. I procrastinate. Then I furiously write. Then I change things around. Then I hate it. Then I put it aside. Then I fall in love with it again. And then I get juiced and write more. The book is now called the Never Ending Book because I've wondered if this manuscript will ever be born in my lifetime.

But back to the New Book. Buy it. It'll make you laugh--I'm sure of it. You can flip through the pages, and put it down and then flip through new pages later--no need to get hooked, although you very well might. The illustrations are great too! Here are some of my favorites (not including mine which you'll have to figure out for yourself!):

"Soul'd out so I could prophet." Gotham Chopra
"Revenge is living well, without you." Joyce Carol Oates
"Liars, hysterectomy didn't improve sex life!" Joan Rivers
"I did ask to live backwards." Helen Glynn

Oh I have so many favorites it would take me a long time to list them!

Hint: mine is on a page that adds up to an 8.

So if you wonder why I haven't been blogging lately, I've been writing/editing/changing/messing-around-with my Never Ending Book. :Smile:

Being that it's Super Tuesday, check out this great video called "Yes We Can" by clicking here.

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