4A-HEALTHY-BMI's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=4A%2DHEALTHY%2DBMI 4A-HEALTHY-BMI's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ More paddling Arkansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746806 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2140801535.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got back in my whitewater boat on July 4 and spent the last three weekends in it, and some weekdays. <BR> <BR> July 4 weekend I went camping with a colleague at a local lake and visited a local whitewater play spot on the way.. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l122513886.jpg"> <BR> I’m the little red dot in this photo. <BR> <BR> We paddled on the lake on Saturday <BR> <link>http://ww... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 08:33:47 EST Paddling in Arkansas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718289 Some of the most critical boxes have been unpacked, I have a functional kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. My living room is my gym. I haven't really tackled the tv room or the office yet. And there are of course still boxes in all of those rooms (and the garage) that I haven't unpacked yet. <BR> <BR> One of the challenges is that the rental house here is about 2/3 the size of my house in NY and even though I got rid of a lot before I came I'm still having trouble shoehorning my things int... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 08:03:51 EST Weekend with LESLIELENORE, goodbye NY http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698864 I am being relocated to Arkansas soon for my job, and LESLIELENORE came to visit for the weekend to say "goodbye" and help me get ready for the move. <BR> <BR> The cats are always interested in helping with packing. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l247821016.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We did manage to have some fun too, though. Normally when we get together we kayak, but it was a bit cold so we stayed on land this time. <BR> <BR> We walked the Ludovico Sculpture Trail in Sene... Tue, 20 May 2014 00:51:42 EST Aww, thanks for the shout out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662361 BOPPY_ wrote a blog post yesterday about the skill set he thinks is necessary for reaching goal weight and staying there. He wants to find a way to make those skills more accessible to more people: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=56<BR>61917 </link> <BR> <BR> ...and a follow-up here: <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=56<BR>62864 </link> <BR> <BR> I found myself writing a n... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 07:23:27 EST Seriously? An ad to promote paranoia in relationships? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644202 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2050925828.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't usually see these things on my computer because I'm blocking ads and flash in my browser.. I only saw it because I was browsing with my phone. And this is exactly why I block the ads on my computer. It's not at all what I come to this site for. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:44:36 EST Berating yourself is damaging. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643691 I saw the following image recently on a Facebook post of someone who wants to lose weight: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l404419281.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I too was dissatisfied with my health and fitness, in the beginning. And there was some self loathing going on. But I have a different perspective now, and feel compelled to say something about these sorts of messages. <BR> <BR> "Beating" and "taking down" my former self wasn't productive, because eventually I'd get ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 15:16:56 EST Riding horses in Chile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614361 Uploading photos at this hostel is ridiculous. I spent 30 minutes on the first attempt and it got to 97% before dropping the connection, forcing me to start over from scratch. (I've already cropped and shrunk the photo to make it as small as reasonable.) <BR> <BR> Anyway, we spent the morning on a 5 mile horse ride in this valley near Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. It was really great, and I enjoyed the horse I had - named "Parajito." He was responsive, if a bit energetic. Mu... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 20:21:14 EST Penguin Cuteness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613705 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l133769310.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Waiting to ride horses in Chile but in the meantime I thought some of you might enjoy this picture my friend Axel took while we were in Antarctica. <BR> <BR> The chicks are adorable. <BR> <BR> :-) Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:14:44 EST Kayaking in Antarctica http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611775 My first movie, ever, cobbled together with footage from the Coolpix plus whatever stills were available during the "down" time while returning through the Drake Passage. <BR> <BR> <link>vimeo.com/85572530 </link> <BR> <BR> I used whatever video editing stuff happened to end up on this laptop during the 24 hours I had to set it up and learn Windoze 8 before I left (I never intended to make any movies). <BR> <BR> Getting music off my iPod was a whole other issue I won't get into. So c... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 05:43:08 EST 25,594 steps at the bottom of the world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599545 We hiked around a lot today in the local national park and looked at the permanent ice field above the town where there's a ski resort in the winter. It's so cold here it's hard to remember that this is the height of their summer! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l137652702.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Fitbit said I went more than 25,000 steps today. <link>www.fitbit.com/user/25GDQB </link> <BR> <BR> Here are the GPS tracks from some of where we went (we hopped in... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 23:24:27 EST Greetings from the Bottom of the Earth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598435 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1799580047.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Greetings from the southernmost tip of Argentina, the city of Ushuaia. I'm here with my friends Axel and Suan and we are preparing to get on a ship to spend 10 days exploring the Antarctic Peninsula. This will include kayaking, of course, although it won't be very demanding, since the program accepts people of any experience: <BR> <link>www.polar-latitudes.com/content/kaya<BR>king-antarctica </link> <BR> <... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 22:01:57 EST Review of the Spark People 28-day Bootcamp DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577575 For a link to the full review, go here: <BR> <link>docs.google.com/document/d/1kwVRIcii<BR>RlXQ9tWr-3rz2iXtvKJ8xPUJM9ze21OH2RQ/pub </link> <BR> <BR> Because formatting is difficult in these Spark Blogs I'm going to post an abbreviated version of the review here. Please see the link above for the full review, in gory detail. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1335322789.jpg"> <BR> <BR> On Dec 4, 2013 I got an email from Sarah Felkey (Marketing Manager @ Spark... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:35:43 EST Dancing with the Binghamtonians http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540848 Last Saturday I enjoyed meeting up with DDOORN, ANNIEMAC_98, and her husband for an afternoon of Contra and English Country Dancing. None of them had tried it before. <BR> <BR> Here's DDORN's post about it: <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=55<BR>41548 </link> <BR> <BR> For an explanation of this kind of dancing, see my blog post from April: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316259 </l... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:26:09 EST Spark Meetup in Binghamton, NY Sat 11/9 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532497 If you’re anywhere near Binghamton NY, come join me and DDOORN at a beginner-friendly contra dancing event happening next Saturday, November 9 in Binghamton. There will be LIVE MUSIC and lessons! <BR> <BR> Contra dancing is sort of like square dancing crossed with swing. There is always fun live music. It’s super beginner-friendly and if you can walk, you can pretty much contra dance. Here's a video with people explaining why they like contra dancing and showing them dancing: <BR> <link... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 00:12:05 EST Post-apocalyptic kayaking with LESLIELENORE and her brother http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507285 This past weekend the bf and I went to a contra dance in Buffalo - loads of fun - dancing until late Friday night and all day Saturday (HR monitor reported 1455 calories burned on Saturday alone). <BR> <BR> Then Sunday the bf and I met LESLIELENORE and her brother for a relaxing paddle up the Buffalo river in an industrial canyon between the abandoned grain silos. <BR> <BR> The silos are about 175 ft high (53m) and they towered above us in freaky decay <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spark... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 19:04:42 EST Kayaking 14 miles through 4 locks with 12 friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500671 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1259497641.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last year I kayaked with LESLIELENORE and her brother and two others in the canal between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes. <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=51<BR>08658 </link> <BR> <BR> We had so much fun we decided to do it again this year. As you can see from the group shot, this year we had many more people with us, including two friends in a canoe, and one on... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 20:12:04 EST We’ve kept off 6.5 tons for 629 years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462378 While there are 17,156 members in the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team ( <link>teams.sparkpeople.com/maintaining </link> ), <BR> 215 of them have joined a list to celebrate their maintenance anniversaries: <BR> <link>docs.google.com/forms/d/1eQoYlctQfXA<BR>rCGv3qKYX8rW6o-ODNA2eLr4YVeFtUwc/viewform </link> <BR> <BR> This same list also provides data for our Hall of Fame. <BR> <link>docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=<BR>0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdE9wMW5wZ2M5MWphUXBGNFJQU<BR>E... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 20:39:01 EST Hoopin' with ZIRCADIA and a weekend in northern VT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439244 The bf and I went to Vermont last weekend and on the way stopped to see ZIRCADIA. We didn't have much time, but there was enough to take a really nice walk along the water and try hooping. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l831727677.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Dana's a very good teacher, and was correct that given the proper equipment and coaching both of us managed to keep one up long enough for a photo. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l355494... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:10:38 EST Regain happens. The most important thing is what you do about it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5424830 I started at 335.6 lbs in 2007, got down to 326.2 in late 2008. <BR> I reached my initial goal weight (under 160) in early 2010. <BR> I have been up and down both above and below 160 several times since then. <BR> I eventually moved my target goal weight to 150 and made 160 my “scream weight.” <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1074129073.jpg"> <BR> <link>docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=<BR>0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdEF6dlJkbnNlVEFCZlhxRElCW<BR>DZNUlE#gid=8 </link> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:45:30 EST I’m back in my “fat pants.” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377105 Once upon a time, when I was over 335 lbs, I had a favorite pair of 4x batik rayon pants. The colors were subdued enough to work with my (then) very somber wardrobe of blacks, greys, and dark colors that I thought helped me blend into the background. (Which, honestly, is kind of hard to do when you’re that huge. But I did my best.) I loved them because even subdued, the colors were rich and in places even bright. ish. I got them from Junonia, and they weren’t cheap. <BR> <BR> Here is a ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 18:37:57 EST Contra Dancing - burning calories and socializing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5316259 A little over a month ago XC ski season was winding down and the rivers hadn’t really thawed enough to kayak on safely. And socially I’ve been a bit of a hermit over the winter, not really getting out there and meeting new people. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l71362785.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So I forced myself to go to a local contra dance, as a way to burn some calories and socialize. There are videos from that dance on YouTube. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?... Mon, 8 Apr 2013 18:58:48 EST Report on a 1 Rep Max test http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248234 BREWMASTERBILL has been bugging me to do a 1 rep max test so I inserted one into my lifting schedule. <BR> <BR> Since I usually lift at home alone in my basement, I generally do the 18 or 24 reps that the New Rules of Lifting for Women has prescribed. <BR> <BR> I'm visiting my sister (HAVASUROSE) in AZ at the moment and this afternoon visited her local gym to get some real 1 rep max numbers, in a place where there were folks who could spot me, or at least call 911 if something went wrong.... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 20:40:36 EST Gun Show! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204481 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1475444383.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Enjoyed catching up with NIMNIX, WOLFKITTY, and GEE-KNEE this evening after hours. <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 02:14:49 EST Communal Project: a log reinforcing healthy choices & thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179538 After two pretty rough months emotionally, I fell off the bandwagon last weekend and overindulged at three parties in four days - with predictable results. <BR> <BR> In addition to getting back on track with the food and exercise, I thought it would be a good idea to work on reinforcing my healthy choices and thoughts. <BR> <BR> I can see from the <link>http://teams.sparkpeople.com/maintai<BR>ning </link> blog posts that I'm not alone here, and I know I'll be more likely to do this if oth... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:15:03 EST 5 reasons why I want to get these 10 lbs back off and continue with the strength training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173009 So it's been a very good year. <BR> <BR> I broke all previous records from 2010 and 2011 (the year I was on shoulder rehab) for number of rivers paddled (47), hours in my boats (366:37:03), days paddled (103), difficulty of rivers paddled (IV-V), calories burned on rivers (48,146) and calories burned boating overall (116,200). <BR> <BR> I kayaked in NY, MA, WV, PA, Costa Rica, Canada, Argentina, and Chile. <BR> <BR> I paddled the Bottom Moose (IV-V) <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 15:34:27 EST Where I started, 186 lbs ago. Never, ever, EVER give up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143425 Now and then people contact me and say that they are currently around the same weight as where I started, and they ask what it was like, and how I felt when I started, and how I even GOT started, and how I kept going. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/6/l662372037.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Back then I would have been happy to get under 300 lbs. I don't think I ever really believed I could go under 200. But I tried (again) anyway, because I just didn't want to continue, in ... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:34:31 EST Making my bed as an anti-binge / maintenance strategy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139440 Whenever houseguests have stayed in the past I've whipped myself into a frenzy to try and make my home hygienic, if not presentable. Litter box and cat bathroom spotless, cat hair tumbleweeds swept out of the corners of the stairs, my bed made, everything vacuumed, dishes done and put away, kitchen clean, laundry folded and put away. <BR> <BR> And I've otherwise pretty much neglected the house and yard the way I used to neglect my exercise and nutrition. I'm starting to see that this perv... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 15:31:02 EST Bottom Moose (class IV-V) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133243 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l119209694.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday I ran a new river, the Bottom Moose. <BR> <BR> This river has been a sort of milestone for me. I have been aspiring to run it for a while. This is the kind of river most white water kayakers come to the Adirondacks for, and the past couple of years I've had to run easier things while my friends paddled on it because I was a beginner. <BR> <BR> The description of it on the American Whitewater websit... Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:31:10 EST Epic paddle through the locks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5108658 This weekend LESLIELENORE and her brother joined me and two others for what we’d planned to be a 20-mile paddle through the canal from Cayuga Lake to Seneca Lake and then down along the shore of Seneca. <BR> <BR> Here's LESLIELENORE's blog post about the trip: <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=51<BR>09030 </link> <BR> <BR> Pics and the gps track here: <BR> <link>www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?tri<BR>p_id=1838919 </link> <BR> <BR> ... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:20:13 EST What superpower would you choose? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104007 On the way to work this morning I was thinking about that game we sometimes play as kids. You know, the one where you get to pick a single superpower. Would you rather be able to fly, or maybe be invisible? Because people who write Wikipedia articles apparently have too much time on their hands (perhaps that’s their superpower), there’s a whole organized list of superpowers, here: <BR> <link>en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_superh<BR>uman_features_and_abilities_in_fiction </link> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:53:16 EST SparKayaking on Keuka http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082930 I had a good kayaking weekend! <BR> <BR> Saturday I went to the Black River in Watertown, NY and played with friends in my whitewater play boat behind Maggie's. <link>http://www.americanwhitewater.org/co<BR>ntent/River/detail/id/1255/#rapid5224 </link> <BR> <BR> Sunday I went in the OTHER direction, and paddled a sea kayak 14.4 miles from Branchport to Hammondsport with LESLIELENORE and her brother. Here's her blog post about the day: <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_j... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 21:34:08 EST 30 questions challenge: 21-30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5074052 I’ve joined in on TANYAP71’s blog question challenge. <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>51162 </link> <BR> I don’t often manage to post blogs daily, so I’ll be answering questions here when I can and posting them en masse. <BR> <BR> It’s been fun reading the responses from others, and to help me keep track of them, I’ve made a spreadsheet, here: <BR> <link>docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=<BR>0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdGpVRkhuUGgtVllINi1Oa... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 08:04:28 EST The year of brushing monsters out from under my kayak http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5065444 In my first season of white water kayaking (2010), I kayaked 95 days. Three of them, on three different rivers, were bad ones, where I got significantly hurt, shaken up, or both. <BR> <BR> I spent most of 2011 in shoulder rehab, healing after surgery repaired a snowboarding injury. <BR> <BR> This year, 2012, I went back to all three of those rivers, and ran them without incident. <BR> <BR> One of those rivers was the Dryway section of the Deerfield in Massachusetts. I blogged about that,... Tue, 18 Sep 2012 21:00:39 EST Rockstars of Maintenance, Revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5057292 Just about a year ago I wrote a blog post about a list of successful maintainers we’ve been compiling in the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team. <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=45<BR>12102 </link> <BR> <BR> One of our team leaders, TINAJANE76, suggested that I do a new blog post about this list, as a reminder to all of us that not only can maintenance be accomplished, but that we’ve got a list of people doing it, ri... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:10:49 EST 30 questions challenge: 11-20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5056603 I’ve joined in on TANYAP71’s blog question challenge. <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>51162 </link> <BR> I don’t often manage to post blogs daily, so I’ll be answering questions here when I can and posting them in clumps of 10. In this case, since I won't have access to a computer until next week, I'm going to post some of these ahead of when they're "due." <BR> <BR> It’s been fun reading the responses from others, and to help m... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:43:05 EST 30 questions challenge: 1-10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5053471 I’m joining in on TANYAP71’s blog question challenge. <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=50<BR>51162 </link> <BR> I don’t often manage to post blogs daily, so I’ll be answering questions here when I can and posting them en masse. <BR> <BR> It’s been fun reading the responses from others, and to help me keep track of them, I’ve made a spreadsheet, here: <BR> <link>docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=<BR>0Ah4KrA4GkhKgdGpVRkhuUGgtVllINi1Oa... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:59:30 EST Get off the merry-go-round http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5023938 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l988858046.jpg"> <BR> <link>http://www.clipartheaven.com </link> <BR> <BR> GOING4HEALTHY, a member of the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance (AG&M+TM) team recently described what used to be her annual loss and regain cycle: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x1111x2845<BR>4049 </link> <BR> <BR> - Dec 31: begin weight loss <BR> - March: achieve goal weight <BR> - Sept: lose all ... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 20:22:32 EST Will Horton hear OUR Whos??? Maintainers ARE HERE. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012438 I was saddened to see a feature on the front page of SparkPeople.com today. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes<BR>s_articles.asp?id=423 </link> <BR> <BR> It is a feature that was written five years ago (the first comments date back to November 2007) listing 5 "secrets" of the "elusive" 5% of successful maintainers. Who "prefer to stay relatively unknown." <BR> <BR> Although I am glad they recycle this column at all (at least it addresses maintenance), I am very sorry ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 18:17:40 EST Learning Maintenance: Mental Phases http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996986 I believe maintenance can be learned. I’ve been at this for over two and half years, and I seem to be getting better at it. Here’s a way of looking at my progress in terms of what is going on in my head at any given time. See the bottom of this post for a related blog post about framing my progress in terms of levels of maintenance. <BR> <BR> Over the past 2+ years I’ve noticed some phases that I seem to go through. I don’t think I ever saw these phases so clearly before because I never ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 20:27:11 EST Learning Maintenance: Levels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996985 I believe maintenance can be learned. I’ve been at this now for over two and half years, and I seem to be getting better at it. Here’s one way of looking at my progress, based on the number on the scale. See the bottom of this post for a link about how I frame my progress in terms of mental phases. <BR> <BR> There are various levels of maintenance. You can define weight maintenance in many ways. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4323116 </link> ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 20:24:51 EST SOULOFWELLNESS' insightful questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995323 I've had a recent email exchange with SOULOFWELLNESS who had some questions about the steps I took to remove a lot of weight (body fat). <BR> <BR> I really like her questions, because they show that she is putting a lot of effort into understanding this monumental task she's set for herself. I see that as a sign she is likely to succeed - especially because so much of this process has been one of discovery for me. I've had to learn a lot about myself and about nutrition and about the vario... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:26:07 EST Talking about Maintenance, TODAY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985652 Lots and lots of folks have been sending me kind words about the segment in which I appeared on the TODAY show this week. Thank you!!! <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=49<BR>83177 </link> <BR> <BR> And wow, I’m very happy if anything I’ve ever done or said has helped anyone else on their own journey. I’ve been (and continue to be) inspired by plenty of other people, both here on Spark People and on other sites. I’m not very goo... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:32:28 EST BMI values are kind of meaningless between 18 and 30 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969568 There is a fun link floating around on the blogs here lately, where you can see how your BMI compares with the averages in other countries and globally overall. <BR> <BR> <link>www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18770328 </link> <BR> <BR> "You're most like someone from Tanzania* <BR> * Compared with other females aged 45-59 in Tanzania" <BR> <BR> It kind of underscores the meaninglessness of BMI between the values of 18 and 30. Below 18 can be unhealthily thin. Above 30 is often unhealthily fat. ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 04:00:31 EST Did I mention I like kayaking? LOL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969563 Finally got a picture with my biggest boat (Wilderness Systems Tempest 165) and my smallest boat (Wavesport Project X 48) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l940297253.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If they look like they're made of the same plastic, that's because they are. Both come from the Confluence Watersports factory in South Carolina. <BR> <BR> I like taking the big one out in rough open water (like Lake Ontario when there are big waves), and the little one is for learn... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 03:23:55 EST Road Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4967550 My friend RUSSLANE ( <link>http://wekeepitoff.com </link> ) and I had a friendly debate a while back about road food. He claimed that Asian restaurants were a good choice. I disagreed and countered with grocery stores. I’ll let him make his case for his choice, and expand on my reasons, here. <BR> <BR> I like whitewater kayaking. As a sport people often joke that it involves 90% driving around looking for rivers, 25% drinking beer, and 5% actual paddling. While the ratios are usually a ... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:09:04 EST Surfin' and Rollin' in Canada http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4961286 I just got back from a week of kayaking in Canada and no phone or internet access. It was AWESOME. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the place: <BR> <link>www.owl-mkc.ca/mkc </link> <BR> It's on the Madawaska River near Barry's Bay in Ontario. <BR> <BR> My instructor was a crazy Argentino who seemed to know exactly when to push and when to back off and got stuff out of me I didn't even really know I had. He was also pretty fun, as well as an amazing boater: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spa... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 22:45:29 EST Clearing the monster out from under my bed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4931905 Halfway through my first season kayaking I got a painful dose of reality about my abilities <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3506672 </link> <BR> The experience I had in 2010 was so traumatic - my first bad day on a river ever - that it was crazy how fearful I became. It took a month for me to really get my nerve back. <BR> <BR> I did get my nerve back and went on to run more rivers that year. <BR> <BR> I lost my second season to a snowboa... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 16:30:00 EST Weight Maintenance Definitions, Revisited http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4924102 While Russ gets the <link>http://wekeepitoff.com </link> site back up and running, I'm going to repost my columns from there on my blog here so I can refer to them when I need to. <BR> <BR> Last year I wrote a column about the varying definitions of maintenance used in scientific studies. <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4323116 </link> <BR> <BR> I followed this up with an illustration using data from contestants on the TV show, "The Biggest Los... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 23:34:17 EST The myth of zero-calorie foods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4882601 Lots of things we eat are labeled as having zero calories. Some even use it for marketing, such as Splenda. <BR> <BR> It is interesting to note that while these items are low in calories, they are usually not devoid of them. The reason they are labeled as such has to do with labeling laws, not science. <BR> <BR> According to US FDA labeling codes, <BR> <BR> The terms "calorie free," "free of calories," "no calories," "zero calories," "without calories," "trivial source of calories," "n... Tue, 15 May 2012 12:54:40 EST Horsie Vacation! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4853809 I spent a few days this past week visiting my sister HAVASUROSE in Arizona where she helps out at a nearby Arabian horse farm. <BR> <BR> Every morning we'd get up and go out there by 6:30am to feed them breakfast, rake up the poop, groom, and exercise a few of them. We'd work until noon (my HR monitor would report 650-700 calories), then go home and change into our swimsuits and eat a salad and hang out in her backyard by the pool, reading and napping until it was time for dinner. I caught... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 18:53:23 EST