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We Are Home

Monday, September 20, 2010

The wedding was wonderful. I have never been involved in something that came off with so few glitches. Actually, I can’t think of a major one. Lots of minor things, but no drama. Now that it’s over there is this bit of an emotional letdown. We were all so busy for the past month or so getting ready. All five of Paul’s brothers and sisters were in the wedding party, so there was a lot of activity surrounding the “getting ready part.”

We had a great time and as usual it was good to see everyone. I did pretty well when it came to watching my caloric intake. I am not going to lie, I ate wedding cake and there were a few cookies that passed my lips over the weekend but for the most part I ate sensibly. I had a glass of champagne at the reception when we toasted the bride and groom. Otherwise I drank ice water or un sweet iced tea.

I was able to run in downtown Louisville Thursday morning and this morning. I logged a little time on the elliptical in the hotel Friday and Saturday. What I am the proudest of was that I didn’t use the stress of the wedding as an excuse to binge.

So it’s back to normal, ordinary life. Much thanks to all of you who wished Joan and I well. We really appreciate it. I am going to vegetate until tomorrow, here in a few so have a Spark filled day.


  
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STORMTMB 9/21/2010 10:43AM

    So glad that everything went well. Lots of happy memories for the bride and groom as well as for your entire family. Happy events are the best!!!

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WISEONE68 9/21/2010 10:11AM

    So happy for you all that everything went well. The picture is beautiful and I certain you are proud!!

You deserve a little "vegetate" time. Enjoy!!

Glad you took time to enjoy your family, the food fair (though in moderation) and the location (running in Louisville)...take time to recovery and recoup...and prepare for the next major event (Thanksgiving, Christmas, another wedding??!!)!! emoticon

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DOLLBABE56 9/21/2010 9:59AM

    I'm proud of you John.

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ZURDTA- 9/21/2010 2:43AM

    Just wonderful - way to go! And huge congrats to the bride and grrom, a beautiful couple with such a bright future.

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ANNE-ELIZ 9/21/2010 12:28AM

  I'm glad it went so well! It seems like a wonderful event for your whole family.

Congratulations on your success; not only in your choices about food but in having a good time!

There is no reason to do any of this if it doesn't contribute to joy in our lives and those of others!

I'm sure that you will be tired, if only due to the letdown after the high of such an event, but that will pass more quickly due to the choices you made.

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TINKERBELL200 9/20/2010 9:57PM

    Love the pic! Glad you all had a blessed day! You did great! I'm proud of you for not stress eating and keeping up with your exercise! Good job, John!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/20/2010 8:54PM

    Good looking couple!!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 9/20/2010 7:47PM

    So glad all went well. and what a beautiful pic!!! awesome stuff!!!

Dutchie

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CARTOONB 9/20/2010 7:28PM

    Great job on not binging and for no drama. Enjoy the vegetation!!!

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KSGROTHE 9/20/2010 4:49PM

    emoticon for not binging at such a happy but stressful time! It sounds like you did a great job managing your eating!

It's emoticon that you got a little exercise in, too!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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BTINTERNET 9/20/2010 4:24PM

    Glad it went so well and welcome home!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/20/2010 4:19PM

    Congratulations to all concerned! There is nothing wrong with having a piece of wedding cake and a few cookies; part of life is celebrating major events, and celebrations often include special foods and meals. The important thing is to not use those as an excuse to eat everything in sight and have two or three or more slices of cake while we're at it. Enjoy your 'vegetate' time!

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ISHIIGIRL 9/20/2010 4:16PM

    Glad you had a good time and stayed the course. Weddings can be so stressful. Have a great day.

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And Their Off............ The wedding day has bega

Saturday, September 18, 2010


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JPRICE217 9/19/2010 7:22PM

    the wedding is over hope everything went well

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VTORIA3 9/19/2010 7:22AM

    I'll bet the wedding was lovely. All your weight loss, looking and feeling your best, probably made it all the sweeter! Enjoy your post wedding day with the family.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/18/2010 11:19PM

    I hope the wedding was great fun!

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DAARJ53 9/18/2010 9:44PM

    Congratulations on the wedding, thank you so much for sharing with us on your special day. I have been reading through some of your blogs and I just want to say that you are definitely a special person, so inspirational. You have truly motivated me, as I am one of those people that seemed to have lost the Spark, got back on track this week and had a great loss. Thank you and enjoy your special day.

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WISEONE68 9/18/2010 4:29PM

    I pray all goes/went well at the wedding...what a joyous event! Will love seeing photos!!

Bless you all!

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MSCOCOPUFFS01 9/18/2010 2:44PM

    A precious moment.. lol how cute! Enjoy the wedding!

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DOLLBABE56 9/18/2010 1:42PM

    Well, bless you. You are going to have a great day. How special for you getting to spend quality workout time with your future daughter-in-law.

You must have thought, "hmmm.... water on the floor. Could be worse..... This is not going to ruin the day!" And it hasn't.

Yes, this will be a great day! emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 9/18/2010 1:22PM

    have a great day you and Joan both deserve it...seems theres been alot of time and love and effort into planning this wedding all along so I wish you and Joan and the Son and the bride to be a wonderful blessed day!Have a blast! emoticon

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HONORINGGOD 9/18/2010 12:51PM

    enjoy this day thanks for the stop by to share

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SAPPHIRE983 9/18/2010 12:05PM

    Have a good time at the wedding! I hope you have a great Saturday too!

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A Very Quick Hello

Friday, September 17, 2010

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DIASTER 9/18/2010 12:00PM

  Just be glad you have the son of this marriage, it is such a stressful time for the bride and the mom's. Cannot wait to see the pictures.
You are doing so well with the nerves and with your program, remember well when you first started Spark, you have come so far and with no major mess ups and your constant encouragement has helped so many of us that used excuses to just keep going because as you said we are worth it. Cannot believe you have become such a happy runner after your start on the c25 program but maybe? Well I am happy walking at this point and so is my knee but again am so proud of your straight road to success I think I took the long way around (detour) but can see the highway around the corner. Have a great time at the wedding and many happy wishes for the bride and groom.

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LUNDIEP 9/17/2010 11:56PM

    Love back at ya! It's a joy to hear of your joy! :)

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BEANPOD77 9/17/2010 10:48PM

    Have a wonderful time with your family...Many congrats! thanks for sharing your special event..Can't wait to see some pics..And , way to go on the running..My first 5K is in 2 days...Yikes!!

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MKPRINCESS007 9/17/2010 8:56PM

    Wishing you a wonderful day tomorrow! Enjoy yourselves and don't let anything distract you from the true meaning of the special day for your family!

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JPRICE217 9/17/2010 8:21PM

    emoticonon your run God bless you and your family tomorrow I am believing it will be perfect day

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KATRIONAH 9/17/2010 7:30PM

    Hi...sounds like things are on schedule. Just the right of people being unglued ...and YOU there to help keep it all together. tee hee hee I a happy that you had such a good run! One day I will run too..for now, I am happy to walk. Best wishes for a joyous tomorrow with the wedding. Can't wait to see those pictures. Karen emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/17/2010 5:24PM

    I'm glad someone in the family is keeping their head. I recall vividly my meltdown moment before my wedding--happened the night before, after the rehearsal dinner. Almost all brides have them and many grooms (and mothers of both). Love that you had such a good run; it's still amazing to me when I am running and realize just how far I've come both physically in the run and mentally to enjoy running. I didn't understand runners and their passion about running; now I are one, and so are you! Have a wonderful time, you might remind the bride and groom that the purpose of the day is for them to get married; even if things don't go quite as planned, as long as that is done, the rest is just the stuff of memories and stories. (Can you tell I used to be a wedding hostess?) Congratulations to all!!

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LIFEGENESIS 9/17/2010 2:47PM

    :D So happy for you!

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DEE797 9/17/2010 1:27PM

    John so glad to hear that you had a joyous run and that things are going well with the wedding. Doesn't every bride/groom emoticon come unglued at some point. emoticon Can't wait to see the pics. Can totally relate to Joan's photo stash, have one as well.

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MSCOCOPUFFS01 9/17/2010 12:08PM

    wow... you just totally made me WANT to become a runner... strictly for the feeling of running in new wonderful places.... Have a wonderful time at the wedding!!!

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BRYLIA 9/17/2010 12:04PM

    Great joyful run huh, what a wonderful start to such a special event. Thanks for the update and looking forward to the pictures. Congrats to your son and daughter in law to be! Enjoy!

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DANAB1106 9/17/2010 12:04PM

    picture taking is a gene...I have it too.

Thank you for checking in! I hope you have a blast!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/17/2010 11:46AM

    Couldn't stay away? LOL
Glad you didn't, and thanks for the update. I've had good runs, but none that I could call totally joyous. Good for you!
And mazal tov to you and your family.

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MISSROCKABILLY 9/17/2010 11:34AM

    Thanks for the update, John. Congrats on having such a fabulous run, and have a wonderful time at the wedding tomorrow! Can't wait to see the pics and hear all about it!

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I'll Be Gone For A Few Days

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Off to the Wedding

  
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TINKERBELL200 9/17/2010 1:53PM

    Have a wonderful weekend! Congrats to your son Paul and the bride! My son is getting married 3 weeks from tomorrow. I still need a dress! Eeeeeeeek!

Hope it's a memorable and fun day for the whole family. Be blessed and a blessing to all! Tell Joan not to cry to much!!!
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TINKERBELL200 9/17/2010 1:53PM

    Have a wonderful weekend! Congrats to your son Paul and the bride! My son is getting married 3 weeks from tomorrow. I still need a dress! Eeeeeeeek!

Hope it's a memorable and fun day for the whole family. Be blessed and a blessing to all! Tell Joan not to cry to much!!!
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JPRICE217 9/16/2010 8:02PM

    best wishes to you and your son

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/16/2010 7:36PM

    Mazal tov!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/16/2010 1:40PM

    Enjoy!

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AQUABUNNY 9/15/2010 10:29PM

    Have a great time at the wedding!!!

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HONORINGGOD 9/15/2010 10:17PM

    we will pray for travel mercies my friend .enjoy your selfs

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KSGROTHE 9/15/2010 9:37PM

    That would be awesome if you could run the 5K route on Saturday morning!

Enjoy your son's wedding! emoticon

- Karen

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HDHAWK 9/15/2010 6:13PM

    Wishing your son and his future wife a long and happy marriage. I hope you and Joan enjoy every minute of this special time. emoticon

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NJMATTICE 9/15/2010 5:58PM

    Special blessings for your son and his bride. Have a wonderful time.
Love,
Nancy

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MAWRTIAN 9/15/2010 2:49PM

    Weddings are nice, I was at one last week and had a blast, safe travels!

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KATRIONAH 9/15/2010 2:44PM

    Sounds like a nice time planned. Enjoy the happy events!!! Relax and just have some fun.

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STORMTMB 9/15/2010 1:58PM

    Have fun and be safe. Enjoy these happy events with your family.

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DANAB1106 9/15/2010 1:36PM

    I hope you have a great trip and enjoy the wedding! Have fun, relax and love on your family! Love Ya! Be safe!

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ROGUE_RUNNER 9/15/2010 1:36PM

    We will miss you - have an AMAZING time with your family :o)



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A Letter To Me

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Dear John;

Don’t misunderstand me. I love the Spark Goodies, the emoticons and those amazing computer generated images that create a cool picture. But it’s not what I am here for. I am here to learn, to change my life style and to be healthy, happy and successful. That happens to when I work hard, and am honest with myself and hang around with great people who are motivated in the same form and fashion I am. It happens when a Spark friend suggests a healthy meal alternative I haven’t seen before or points to an article that motivates me to do more so I’ll be more.

I bring this up John, because recently I have read a number of blogs and received a number of Spark Mails from people who are worried they lost “the Spark.” I think they are mistaken. I don’t think they have lost a blessed thing. What they call the Spark is the raw and positive emotion you get when you first start something new. It sustains you for a bit, it even encourages you and then all of a sudden a voice says “You know you are going to have to live like this forever?” You get a bit depressed.

If you are anything like me John, you find yourself fooling yourself, from time to time. You find yourself running ahead and believing that when your ticker reaches its magic number you can begin inhaling all the things that got you out of whack to begin with. When you realize you can’t bargain with your body you contemplate giving up. You pick your sweetest Spark friend and you send them an “oooshy-gooshy” Spark Goodie and you feel better because you know they will send you one back telling you how super special you are.

Pass the plate of cookies please.

You know how you always say “You are who you hang around with?” Maybe you should look at the people around you who want to succeed because they really do believe they are worth it. It is definitely hard work John. It’s kind of like falling in love. You walk around all “gaga” for a bit and then you wake up one morning realizing that person lying next to snores and doesn’t always trim their toe nails. You see them as they really are.

Don’t misunderstand me John, you are wonderful, beautiful and more special than you will ever realize. You just need to be aware that it takes more than that blissful moment. It takes hard work, dedication and the self-satisfaction of knowing that if you never get another Spark Mail again or a Spark Goodie, that all of this has been worth it. When you look in the mirror and see progress or when you say “No thank you” to the plate of brownies, that you really achieved something. Until you get there my friend, you won’t see lasting success.
I tell you this because I care and because you are beginning to realize that no matter how many people you surround yourself with, me and you John are still the number one priority.

Love

Yourself

  
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JPRICE217 9/16/2010 8:04PM

    you are so right

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/15/2010 3:36PM

    Very true. You have to do this for yourself. We will always be recovering addicts.

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MARCYNA 9/15/2010 2:49PM

    You're never superficial, and, reading this blog, I realize you are finding your real strenght John, and sometimes it may not come from SP but from your inner soul- God given soul.
So I cannot but praise you once again emoticon emoticon

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SMOCKON 9/15/2010 9:37AM

    You are so right. We join the SparkPeople community to learn, to give and receive support, but being part of the community is not the lifestyle change that is going to get us where we want to go. In end, each of us has to make the individual decision to pass up a high-cal goodie or to take a walk instead of watching a sitcom rerun. I absolutely love SparkPeople--as a tool, not as a goal.

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HLPRATT 9/15/2010 9:25AM

    I think we are all affected by the company we keep, more than we realize. And we affect those people around us too. Small things can make a big difference too.

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FERNASHES 9/15/2010 6:48AM

    Thanks, John. I needed this.

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MKPRINCESS007 9/15/2010 12:03AM

    I am with you. I will not even say "I lost my Spark" or "I have slipped off the wagon"........not gonna say it. Even though I have not been exercising like I have/should. Eating stuff that I know is going to erase my 15 pound loss. So, what's up? I AM DISTRACTED. I am "blaming" everyone else for my issue......darn husband's birthday cake, darn dog made me forget my lunch after his walk, darn meeting ran too late. Um yeah......if we, I mean, I, am not getting results, I gotta look in the mirror. Great blog, my friend!

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MEREDIE02 9/14/2010 10:48PM

    I love when I pass on the plate of brownies, especially when I realize I don't even want one!

Which really is not the main point of your blog, but, well, it's one of those things that reminds me that I *am* making healthier choices, even if no one is encouraging me or giving me stuff. So maybe it is the main idea.

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NJMATTICE 9/14/2010 7:54PM

    I thought maybe you were breaking up with yourself. "Dear John letter". It's a great journey of discovery. It's ups and downs. I like the term "pink cloud" to describe the exhilarating high of emotion when you finally turn yourself around from the depths of despair. Learning to grind it out in the tough times is when you discover how to really love yourself. That's my experience anyhoo. Thanks for giving encouragement. It's a good thing. Have a great evening.
Love,
Nancy

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HDHAWK 9/14/2010 6:00PM

    Not sure how you always know just the right thing to say. Thanks, this was another great blog that hit home!

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STILLPOINT 9/14/2010 5:42PM

    Lovely. Yes, in the end we are responsible for our own actions. And, in the end, I believe, we will learn that we need to love and appreciate ourselves - all the uniqueness, wonderful qualities, the fact that we snore and forget to trim our toenails - all of it. We have to love all of it! All this support and the accolades won't mean a thing without self-love.

That being said, You're doing grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!
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STORMTMB 9/14/2010 5:16PM

    It's a Cal Ripkin sort of thing. Ya just gotta keep showing up and doing the job day in and day out, through the good days and bad days because that's what you're made of. You can do it and you are worth it.

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GETURSHINEON 9/14/2010 4:18PM

    Perfect blog, thanks John!

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TIME4AFITME 9/14/2010 3:56PM

    so true emoticon

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ZURDTA- 9/14/2010 3:43PM

    Oh man... this made me well up... emoticon

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KAT573 9/14/2010 3:39PM

    While I always knew that this was a Lifestyle change and not a diet, I became aware of several things:

One of the first things I had to realize was that I used eating out as a way of rewarding myself! Once I realized that, it was work to find other more appropriate ways of rewarding myself that were in sync with a Lifestyle change;

I also came to realize I had used eating out as a way of consoling myself; same there; Lifestyle change is a lot of work; and it takes time and effort for us to become fully aware of, accepting of, and ready and willing to act in that realization.Not necessarily at the same time or even in the same space.

Simultaneously, while propping my journey up with more pro active responses, I started becoming aware of the ways of thinking I had that undermined this journey and I had to deal with those; yep; face em; work thru them, come out the other side.
So you are spot on; it IS a lot of work and in that regard, I became aware of the importance of compassion toward myself, AND others, without forsaking the work; still have to do it...but if I mess up, I realize now, I not only know I have, I am ready and willing to work on what I have to face, accept and do... I have the rest of my life in which to make this journey and as long as I pick myself up and head on in the right direction, I am gonna make progress. We all will!

I am so grateful I have worked on this and continue to and know it never ends, as life changes and so do we; It is helping me to provide pro active support for my hubs who almost died two weeks ago. He is working through this all, and it can be overwhelming, and I am so grateful to be able to pass on the compassion to him, while still reminding him, one step at a time, over time, and on, we will do what we need to do! It is a process and ongoing. Creativity helps mucho! compassion even more. The greatest of these is Love...Keep on keeping ON! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/14/2010 3:31PM

    Yeah. What you said.

I reached Onederland last week, and it was great; got me pumped and excited. Woo hoo! Lots of congratulations and goodies. Loved 'em all, and I have sent out plenty to others to celebrate their achievements.

That marker is just one little step in the right direction on the stairway to a healthy lifestyle, though. I have to keep working at this, and it doesn't stop when I reach some magic number on my ticker. I need to remind myself of that periodically.

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HONORINGGOD 9/14/2010 3:02PM

    iam all that &worth it .God has guided thus far ,his temple is cleaning up nicely .

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/14/2010 2:54PM

    Amen brother, amen.

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ANDI571 9/14/2010 2:37PM

    So true emoticon

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KATRIONAH 9/14/2010 2:24PM

    Hi John, Yesterday you talked about being worth it. And, I decided that Yes, indeed, I am worth it. I am free and able to choose my path to success and if I follow through ( through the ups and downs of my sparks adventure), one day I will succeed. I a MORE than just a sparkster.....but through sparks I a learning to be a healthier me, which makes me and my family happy.

I think the goodies and mails are just perks to help put smiles on my face and the faces of others. Reminders to them that I do think about them and that I am wishing them well. They are fun to send when someone has gone the extra mile to reach a goal.....and sometimes just to let someone who might be struggling know I am rooting for them. Do we need them to succeed...no....but, once in awhile they are fun!

My own journey has had many twists and turns. I cannot tell you how many failed attempts at WW's I was part of. Not that it is a bad plan, its just that at the time it did not work for me. I guess I was not ready. With Sparks I do find reading the blogs of others, like yourself, very helpful to keep me centered and movtivated. This is really something I will be living for the rest of my life. And, each day ....with each baby step....I come closer to my goal.

As usual, I enjoyed your blog a lot. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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KIMH239 9/14/2010 2:20PM

    I loved your blog! Well said and so very true!



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2BEATIT1 9/14/2010 2:16PM

    I did like your blog. However, just because someone sends you a goodie, it is not always for the reason you express.
I send lots of goodies and receive some in return. However, I just look to those goodies as an encouragement just like when someone smiles at you when the pass by.
Yes, your success is more important than the goodies, but let's not throw out the baby with the bath water.
Be blessed today and wish you all the success in your Spark journey for life.

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BUGGYS 9/14/2010 2:15PM

    You said it all, John! emoticon

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