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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

I had a super time traveling...the high point was climbing around these cliffs & rocks...felt SO GREAT to be able to have a body that could MOVE around and navigate such tricky areas!

Another fellow and I swapped cameras so we could get photos of ourselves. Here I am celebrating myself and my SPARK accomplishments! (complete with the WRONG photo date stamped...lol!):

Here are a couple of short videos to give you a better idea of the terrain:

First the view from way down in the crevasses & brush:


Then the view from on high!


While traveling I went "astray" with my food choices much more than I really wanted, but am back and re-SPARKING myself toward ONEderland once again! I'm going to be SO ANGRY with myself if I've set myself back too far, but am going to channel that toward getting down to the BUSINESS of LIFE and LIVING with healthy food choices and working out! This business of "maintaining" and avoiding pitfalls, stumbles and backslides...treacherous stuff!

Enjoyed listening to Michael Pollan's audiobook "In Defense of Food" while on the go...such a FINE book which I HIGHLY recommend to EVERYONE out there! I've had so many suspicions along the way which Pollan confirms in his book...it's so cool to hear someone famous echoing such similar thoughts...!


PS: For those of you who are close to your goal, maintaining or planning on reaching and maintaining your goal weights: I can't recommend highly enough that you check out ORIGAMIFREAK's great blogs here:


and here:


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FERRETLOVER1 12/3/2009 8:53AM

    Maintaining is truly hard - I have lost at least 100 or more lbs. several times & re-gained that & more. This time around, I have committed myself to not letting it happen again. I am worth the effort & so are you!

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ZELLAZM 12/3/2009 4:23AM

    Always knew you had your head in the clouds! emoticon

Great photo! Welcome back!

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JCORYCMA 12/2/2009 9:03PM

    Don, that's an awesome picture! I was naughty in my holiday travels last week too but as soon as I got home, I got back to my Sparking and feel like I'm in much better control. Tracking that nutrition does help...
Thanks for the blog links. I'll check them out!

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FRECKS96 12/2/2009 7:33PM

    Welcome Back! Glad you had a great trip and are re-energized.

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MOJAVEMAMA 12/2/2009 6:00PM

    Looks like Red Rock!!! Looks like you had a blast.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/2/2009 3:51PM

    Glad to hear you're back - AND back on track!

Your pics make me a little homesick for the brief 2.5 years I lived in the southwest...

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INTOTHEJAM2 12/2/2009 3:07PM

    Welcome back! Congrats on all of your success. You're a great inspiration to all of us on SP :)

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L*I*T*A* 12/2/2009 2:54PM

    nice to have you back..........looking fantastic too...........blessings and hugs..............lita

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ZIRCADIA 12/2/2009 2:50PM

    I LOVE that book - I also highly recommend a similar book, Food Matters, which echoes many of Pollan's principles but arrives at the conclusion from a world environmental health motivation. :)

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AZIMAT 12/2/2009 2:17PM

    Welcome back. You look terrific. Sound like a wonderful time.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Heading out of town for some fun for a long weekend.

Planning on SPARKING away my days and will catch up with you all when I can...'net availability may be questionable.

You all take care and KEEP THE SPARK! :-)


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KIKICANADIAN 12/2/2009 9:43AM

    enjoy your trip...I was a bit worried

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S318830 11/29/2009 5:09PM

    I hope you had a great trip!

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BOUDICA26 11/27/2009 12:01PM

    Have a great time! I hope the weather is agreeable.

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FRECKS96 11/27/2009 8:40AM

    Safe trip, and enjoy!

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ZELLAZM 11/27/2009 6:57AM

    Safe travels, Don and enjoy your mini-vacation!

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L*I*T*A* 11/27/2009 12:56AM

    have a safe and wonderful time.............blessings and hugs..............lita

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Getting Closer...!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This has been such an excruciatingly LONG day!

First thing this a.m. I weighed in and found out I lost FOUR POUNDS this week! Woo HOO! Can't wait to tell my SparkFamily! Wait and wait and wait...here I am almost MIDNIGHT sharing the excitement! Sheesh it's frustrating not to be able to shout out to you all for such a long time!

This week I got nervous when a visit to Old Country Buffet over the weekend put my calories up to around 3200...so I buckled down to 1200-1500 since and voila! 205 is an awfully SWEET number! :-) I think the cycling of calories UP and DOWN has been helping me out.

Although I may not be able to pop in on my Friend Feed as I would like throughout the day, I sure carry your support with me throughout my day! So in the spirit of Thanksgiving I wanted to share these thoughts from Marlene of MotivateUs.com:

Be Thankful

Thanks for not having
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Thanks for lacking knowledge
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Thanks for difficult times
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Thanks for limitations
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Thanks for challenges
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Thanks for mistakes made
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Thanks for exhaustion
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made the effort.

Thanks for setbacks
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Thanks for troubles
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

~ Author Unknown ~

Happy Thanksgiving, my friend, I am grateful and thankful for you.

Here's to a healthy, happy Thanksgiving to all of us and our loved ones!


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ZIRCADIA 11/30/2009 3:49PM

    CONGRATS ON THE NEW LOW WEIGH-IN! :D So close to ONEderland!

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S318830 11/29/2009 5:10PM

    Awesome, awesome, awesome! You're so on your way to reaching the 100s by the end of December. I think you'll be there before that!

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SUSIEMT 11/28/2009 8:49PM

    Just happened on your blog. I enjoyed it! I am getting ready to enter onederland myself. WooHoo! Can't wait for us both to be there! Good luck!

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FRECKS96 11/26/2009 9:46AM

    WTG Don! Congrats! Thank you for the reminders and have a wonderful holiday.

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DAVEOZ 11/26/2009 2:46AM

    So true... and great loss!!


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/26/2009 1:06AM

    woo-hoo! Crush that scale, Don!

ONE-der-land, here you come!


Have an awesome T-day!

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L*I*T*A* 11/26/2009 12:38AM

    congratulations on the great loss!!!!
happy thanksgiving to you and yours.........blessings and hugs............lita

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RENA1965 11/25/2009 11:52PM

    nice blog Don! happy turkey day..

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Jingo All The Way! (Gratitude)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Had a great session on my 'mill this morning...kept the incline @ 12 throughout and kicked the speed from 4 to 5 mph halfway...wrapping up with Santana's Woodstock version of "Jingo!" Couldn't resist the pun for my blog title...okay, groan away...! :-)

One of my favorite SparkPeople (ORIGAMIFREAK www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=OR
) celebrated her birthday today by going to RealAge.com and calculating that through her efforts in reclaiming her health she has given herself the gift of growing EIGHT YEARS YOUNGER! Woo hoo! Be sure to stop by her SparkPage and wish her a happy birthday! And if you don't know her, stop and browse about her accomplishments...one AMAZING person!

This all has me thinking again, in this season of Thanksgiving, how all of us here at SparkPeople are giving ourselves and through our support of others, each other such tremendous GIFTS of LIFE and living a SPARKED LIFE! I just wanted to share my gratitude to all of you out there, Chris Downie, all the SparkStaff and fellow members: my SparkFamily...!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! :-)


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USARUNNERGIRL 11/24/2009 8:17PM

    Thank you for being part of my Spark Family! Good work on you treadmill today!

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ZELLAZM 11/24/2009 3:32PM

    Same to you, Don!

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L*I*T*A* 11/23/2009 4:31PM

    great...........thanks for sharing........blessings and hugs.................lita

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FRECKS96 11/23/2009 1:13PM

    Amen and Thank You!!!

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YAKWOMAN 11/23/2009 11:12AM

    That gratitude comes back to you ten-fold. You are an amazing inspiration to me. Congrats on the 12 incline! Very impressive.

You also have a wonderful Thanksgiving! emoticon

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/23/2009 9:03AM

    LOL. I looked at your blog title and couldn't fathom what it referred to.

I know of Django Reinhardt, the game Jenga, the term "jingoism," and recall that Jango was Boba Fett's father in the Star Wars canon, but have never before heard of the song Jingo.

I'm clearly a musical Philistine. hehe

P.S. Right back atcha.

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Good 'Millwork This A.M.

Friday, November 20, 2009

After having overslept the day before and totally missing my cardio on Thurs. I got a decent night's sleep last night, woke up in time for my 35 min. treadmill session and from the first step I knew that I was going to have a great session.

Instead of mixing up the walking and jogging I went straight to a 5 mph jog which I maintained throughout the 35 mins. with a big help from Chick Corea and Return to Forever's opus: Sometime Ago / La Fiesta...slow, noodling beginning but what a head of STEAM it builds over the twenty-some minute jam on top of Spanish / Flamenco chord changes with some wild sax shrieking at the crescendos along with Stanley Clarke's thundering, galloping string bass, Flora Purim's airy vocals and Chick's light & sprite Fender Rhodes:

Sometime ago I had a dream
It was happy, it was lasting, it was free
And now in life, oh can't you see
How we can make that dream into reality?

Oh the music, it was playing
Oh the firelight, it was dancing
All the children they were singing
All the people they were loving

Sometime ago I had a dream
It was happy, it was lasting, it was free
And now in life, oh can't you see
How we can make that dream into reality?

Oh the morning sun, it was soft and cool
Oh the evening breeze, it was warm and gold
All together life had started to unfold
Sometime ago

I can't recommend this album enough...!


Some YouTube samples



Another classic from this band: "Spain"


Looking forward to making the rounds with my clients tomorrow passing out turkeys and boxes of Thanksgiving food...it always feels like one of the significant kickoffs of the holiday season for me. There is SO much for which to be thankful...not the least of which is being part of our wonderful SparkFamily!

Everyone have a SPARKIN' weekend!


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DAVEOZ 11/22/2009 5:06PM

    Love RTF, Chick, Jaco, DiMeola and the whole gang! I was fortunate to meet a few of them in 88 while going to some shows.

John McLaughlin is a favorite of mine as well when meditating.


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L*I*T*A* 11/21/2009 4:18PM

    great......thanks for sharing..........have a wonderful weekend........blessings and hugs...................lita

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GETTO140 11/21/2009 8:51AM

    WOO HOO!! Great job! Yes..oversleeping really messes up a person's routine. So...maybe that could be a good thing. Who wants to be in a rut!??

Have a great day!

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AZIMAT 11/21/2009 8:37AM

    Thanks for the update, I can see you tooling around the Tri-cities with the load of goodies. It's so much fun to hand out gifts, Tangible manifestation of others' concern and love, been there....

And thanks for the music recommendation, I'm listening now on YouTube, really upbeat.

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MADTOWNBUDDHA 11/21/2009 7:21AM

    Chick Corea is such a briliant musician! Your work project...giving to the people that can use the help is a real inspiration. Thanks for supporting this Rookie!

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MADTOWNBUDDHA 11/21/2009 7:20AM

    Chick Corea is such a briliant musician! Your work project...giving to the people that can use the help is a real inspiration. Thanks for supporting this Rookie!

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MADTOWNBUDDHA 11/21/2009 7:19AM

    Chick Corea is such a briliant musician! Your work project...giving to the people that can use the help is a real inspiration. Thanks for supporting this Rookie!

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JCORYCMA 11/20/2009 11:53PM

    Way to go Don! I still jog at 5 mph on the treadmill. I think my pace is a little faster outside. I keep thinking I could invest some gadgets to keep track but I just like to put on some good music and run for the sheer joy and wonder if I wouldn't be making it a chore if I get too hung up on how fast and how far I go. I am thankful for the Spark community too and all the great motivating and inspiring friends I've made. Thanks to you for being one of them!!

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