A is for ABOVE and BEYOND...Does competition give you an extra push? Yes, it gives me an incentive to do well and to keep on improving.
B is for BLC rounds... Newbie?(first BLC round) Oldie?(1-3 rounds) Goldie?(long time BLCer)? Former BLC team(s)? I started for two rounds as a Shamrock Sheriff and am grateful to the team; I then moved into leadership with the Violet Team (and discovered that leadership drives me nuts) and now I am a new tiger. Fitting, because I'm a rather large feline!
C is for CHILDREN...you have? I have two. They are middle-aged balding men.
D is for DOWNFALL...what's you're biggest temptation/excuse? White carbs--a simple saltine cracker is, for me, the burning towers of Troy, the Nemean Lion, the Augean Stables, the glare of Medusa.
E is for EARLY Bird or Night Owl? Both--either---I like to be in bed (with book) by 11 PM and get up luxuriously late when I can.
F is for FURRY FRIENDS...you have? 5 magnificent cats: Blixa, Bongo, Oslo, Mrs. Palmer, and Zoey Elizabeth
G is for GROCERIES...what do you fill your cart with? I try to stick with fresh and unprocessed food.
H is for HOME...where do you call home? Columbus, Ohio
I is for INSPIRE...who or what is your role model/inspiration? My role model is the Queen of England for her unflinching sense of duty but my inspiration comes from great artists--especially poets and composer.
J is for JOB...What do you do for a living? I teach English literature at Football Univ.
K is for KEEP IT SIMPLE...What's your healthy focus when short on time? Sticking the right things into my gaping maw.
L is for LOG...Do you use the Nutrition and Fitness trackers? Most days I do; some days I am overwhelmed with too much work.
M is for MARRIED, Single, Involved? Married for 41 years.
N is for NAME...What's the meaning behind your sparkname? It's a musical notation that means slowly but with zest and gusto. I'm a slow learner and a slow loser and I must accept that. I can embrace my slowness and not let it discourage me.
O is for OUNCES...How many ounces of water do you consume on a daily basis? At least 64 and sometimes up to 80 or more.
P is for PRODUCE...How many fruits and veggies do you consume daily? 3/3 and sometimes more veggies.
Q is for QUOTE...what's your favorite? There are so many!
"Don't stay in bed unless you can make money in bed"--George Burns
"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity" -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Tea cleared my head and left me with no misapprehensions"--The Duke of Wellington
"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." --Micheal Pollan
R is for ROUTINE...Average number of days and minutes you exercise weekly? I try to get out to the gym for 60 minutes at least 5 days a week; I try to walk out doors when the weather is good for at least 30-60 minutes at a time.
S is for STATURE...How tall are you? 5 feet, 4 inches
T is for TIME...What time zone are you in? Eastern
U is for UNWIND...What is your favorite pass time or hobby? reading!
V is for VACATION...If you could travel anywhere, what destination would you choose? An imperial tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, sounds nice today.
W is for WEIGHT WORKOUT...Do you follow a consistent ST program? Yes, I do. Typically 3x a week.
X is for "X" MARKS THE SPOT...What do you want to see happen these 12 weeks, other than the scale move? I want to make sure I keep up my program! Right now if I can sustain my momentum, I will be happy.
Y is for YESTERDAY...Do you dwell on poor choices or allow them to push you forward? A bit of both. My mood dictates me. I try to stay positive but some experience with wallowing in negativity makes good moods that much more precious.
Z is for ZERO...name one weight loss tool you couldn't live without? Spark People!