ANDYINBC's SparkPeople Blog ANDYINBC's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What's your Reason? I recently joined a gym with a medically supervised health program. I can't believe I am saying those words. I suddenly feel so old. <BR> <BR> I didn't think I needed to because honestly I am not that out of shape (in my mind) and I really shouldn't be paying that much. But you know what, I did anyways and I love it. <BR> <BR> This program has been supervised and structured and tailored for me. It has been expensive but because I am paying more than I want I am making sure I go when it is ... Fri, 4 May 2018 13:30:15 EST Saying Good-Bye Let's just get this straight, the title was meant to be dramatic. I am not leaving and I am not saying good-bye (to you). I am saying good-bye to the two hundred and more Sparkfriends that I removed from my sparkfriends list last night. I have been at Sparkpeople for many years and had close to 500 friends. But as life imitates art, or in this case Sparkpeople imitates life, people come and go. Yesterday I removed all those people who had not updated their status in over 1000 days. <BR> <BR... Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:34:02 EST Getting Fit in a Hospital Room Getting Fit in a Hospital Room <BR> <BR> First off, to all my Canadian friends, Happy Canada to us! <em>636</em> <BR> <BR> To my <em>652</em> friends, wait until Tuesday! You will have your day. <BR> <BR> So, today is the start of a new 5 % Challenge and today is the first day of my summer holidays. If this were any other day or year, I would start a new challenge, or the summer by getting outside, exercising or getting things done around the house. <BR> <BR> This year is different... Sat, 1 Jul 2017 17:34:28 EST 100 Days of Fitness Are you up to a challenge? <BR> <BR> Earlier this week our good friends at Sparkpeople featured a video of a young woman trying to improve her life by completing 100 Days of Fitness. I admit I was inspired by the video and began to think that perhaps I too could commit to 100 days of fitness. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ark-videos-detail.asp?video=44 </link> <BR> <BR> But rather than start working out I did what I do best; I surfed the Internet, leading me ... Sat, 16 May 2015 09:40:21 EST Numbers Lie! - Challenge Within a Challenge So the Challenge within a Challenge continues. I have been waiting for Ceri to post her blog to let us know how she has done this week but I guess she is either afraid or she is waiting for me. <BR> <BR> On my end... <BR> For many reasons this was a more difficult week to ensure I was able to max out on my daily minutes. Too many meetings at work, too many calls to parents of students and too many days where I was feeling wiped out and drained. When I stepped on the scale yesterday to weigh... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 13:01:39 EST Challenge within a challenge - Week 1 Finish Last week marked the beginning of the 5% Challenge but it also was the start of a special challenge within a challenge. The first ever Team Ceri vs. Team Andy competition to lose weight and gain fitness minutes was initiated. As noted, the winner of this little side bet would get some special bragging rates but with that the losing person would post a picture on their page, send one to the winner to post on their page and of course write a blog with pic to bemoan the fact they were not quite ... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:17:34 EST Challenge within a challenge! So, here starts another 5% Challenge and I am going to participate yet again. Now while I love these challenges I have not been as faithful to the team as I could be and have had difficulty remaining diligent to the end. This time I have a slightly different plan to keep me on track, along with another good Sparkfriend of mine. <BR> <BR> You see, Ceri, aka Ceriusly, one of the challenge leaders and I have been doing these 5% challenges for a few years and we are upping the ante a bit. This t... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:54:03 EST What's Your Desperation Point? What's your desperation point? Over the last few months I have watched the numbers on my scale climb. As I had done before, I reached a milestone goal and then turned direction and headed back towards my starting point. I watched those numbers grow, but I had convinced myself I could get back on track. I stepped on the scale, saw an ugly number but assured myself it wouldn't be long. Each time the numbers rose I justified it with knowledge that life had been throwing me too many challenges an... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 14:41:43 EST Out of Hiding - Briefly Just felt like I should check in as I have received some amazing Sparkmail, Sparkgoodies and Sparkpage messages asking me what's up and where I have been. <BR> <BR> I have definitely abandoned Sparkpeople for awhile and with that a few extra pounds have crept up and the fitness minutes decreased. Believe me I want to be here, I want to be active and I want to be eating properly but life has thrown a few challenges my way and I have taken them on. <BR> <BR> The biggest challenge I have recen... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 12:22:21 EST Accountability Team I have thought about this for awhile, and then, a little bit longer. I do appreciate all the great things about Sparkpeople; the great tools, the great resources, the great people. I appreciate the teams I have been on as they have introduced me to many amazing people. <BR> <BR> When I first joined Spark I was keen and eager and joined multiple teams, unfortunately over the years my team list has dwindled as I found many teams did not have great participation and other teams had a focus tha... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 16:31:12 EST Okay Sparkpeople, I have a complaint! Who do I complain to? <BR> <BR> Yes, I definitely have a complaint. Somebody isn't following through here. I joined this place years ago and was assured that if I ate properly, exercised, used the nutrition tracker and participated in teams I would reach my health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> Well, guess what, I haven't met those goals. Sure I have lost fifty pounds over the years. Yes, I am more fit at 49 than I was at 45 or whatever age I was when I joined. But c'mon, I haven't met my goa... Sat, 1 Jun 2013 21:19:31 EST Gross Ingredients Just read this article today and thought i would share it. it is just further proof that we should be eating more foods with fewer ingredients. <BR> <BR> The original article is posted at... <BR> <link><BR>secret-and-gross-ingredients-in-your-f<BR>ood/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaig<BR>n=email-2013-04-15&utm_medium=email </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> A new (and disgusting) Food Beast report reveals that Cadbury Creme Eggs contain a substance from the cas... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 17:23:27 EST This isn't a sprint, not even a marathon. This is life. This isn't a sprint, not even a marathon. This is life. <BR> <BR> I have written a few blogs lately about the successes I have been having. And for the most part, I am doing great. In the past few weeks I was able to reach a short term goal that has been a long time coming, dropping my first 50 pounds. I have had great fun working out and getting in activity with my trainer, aka my youngest daughter. Since January 1, I have not touched a carbonated drink nor any alcohol, water has been my ... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:45:58 EST Working with My Personal Trainer My week of activity was a lot like the weather here in British Columbia. After a cold few days to start the week, the weather has warmed up to blue skies and gorgeous sunny days. In a similar way, my exercise and activity was very much the same. Cold to start and warming up as the days move on. <BR> <BR> My biggest advantage in this healthy living, weight loss adventure has been my personal trainer. After being given a few days off because I whined about having a sore throat and feeling cold... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 15:36:32 EST A Feel Good Moment Sometimes we get so wrapped up in where we are heading, we get discouraged and we forget the miles we have travelled. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share a Scale Victory of the unexpected kind. I haven't used the Wii Fit in ages and tried it the other day. When I used it, it let me know that it had been over 1000 days since the last time. But the better part was it told me that I was 33 pounds lighter than my last weigh- in all those days ago. <BR> <BR> It was one of those moments where you jus... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:51:55 EST My Secret to Success New Secret to Success <BR> <BR> There are so many things that we can do to do on this adventure to achieve better health and fitness but I have recently discovered a new secret to ensure success, yes, ensure success. <BR> <BR> This new found secret is expensive but well worth the price. This new found secret guarantees I eat healthy, eliminate junk food from my diet and makes sure I get out to exercise. In fact, since I began to utilize this new Secret to Success (S2S) on January 1, I have ... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:44:57 EST Don't Laugh, Time Travel is Possible! Please, as you read this blog today, I only ask that you keep an open mind. I want you to remember that great scientists throughout time have been ridiculed for their discoveries and only after death have they been proven true. <BR> <BR> Now, people may see the obvious genius in the work of my good Sparkbuddy Bill, aka ELYMWX. You can even read his most recent bog at <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232384 </link> <BR> <BR> He has a difficult j... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 11:23:17 EST The Winter 5% Challenge The Winter 5% Challenge <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=58570 </link> <BR> <BR> The Winter 5% Challenge is starting up and you might be interested in this one. This is a great team challenge lasting for 8 weeks. After joining this team, you will choose or be assigned to a team within a team. Each of these teams compete with each other to accumulate fitness minutes and participate in other healthy weekly challenges. This is a great and fun way t... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:00:50 EST The Joys of Fitbit I have had a few Sparkfriends ask me about my new Fitbit and after a few emails I think I will just blog about it. <BR> <BR> How do I like it? I love it! <BR> <BR> When I first took it it of the box and started using it, I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. The first couple days it seemed like an expensive pedometer. <BR> <BR> But now, after using it for close to a month I go no where without it. To get the full benefit of the Fitbit you do have to use it along with the Fitbit website... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:43:19 EST Out of Hiding ... Briefly Thanks to all my great Spark friends who have been checking up on me, leaving messages and the occasional goodie. You guys are the best. <BR> <BR> I typed this earlier today but am only sending this now... <BR> <BR> I am sitting outside the neurology department at our Children's Hospital waiting to speak to our neurologist. For the first time in ages I have a moment to breathe. Our family has been quite challenged with ongoing concerns for my eldest daughter. No longer a conversation about ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 05:35:04 EST October Goals October Goals <BR> <BR> Inspired by a few other Spark people, I have decided to set ten fitness goals for October. These include... <BR> <BR> Hit 500 minutes of exercise for 4 weeks totaling 2000 minutes or more! <BR> <BR> Get to my lowest weight in years and years. Hitting 233 would be a loss of fifty pounds from my highest ever weight <BR> <BR> Continue my current daily exercise streak. Today I hit 50 days straight, the end of October will be 81. <BR> <BR> Complete the Virtual 5K race... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 12:26:08 EST Throwing it Away! Or not? Today I read a blog by JGriff148 entitled, Today I Can... <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5078228 </link> <BR> <BR> It neatly sums up the choices that we make are ours. We can be disappointed or we can choose to make a new start. <BR> <BR> This blog resonated with me, as September is always a tough month, starting up another school year after a summer vacation where life, and my time, is under my control. Early this month, for the fifth or sixth... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 12:25:45 EST Moving from Obese to Overweight (My Plan) Moving from Obese to Overweight <BR> <BR> Today I am sitting at 244.4 pounds and in that category known as Obese. My goal is to end the year at 219 pounds, leaving Obese and heading into that new category called Overweight. <BR> <BR> I am determined to get there and in order to keep motivation and focus on track I have joined three amazing team challenges for the fall and winter. One is known as the BLC #20, another is the BL Fall Challenge and the third is the 2012 Fall 5% Challenge. Th... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 19:53:37 EST The Fall 5% Challenge <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=57892 </link> <BR> <BR> The Fall 5% Challenge is starting up and you might be interested in this one. This is a great team challenge lasting for 8 weeks. After joining this team, you will choose or be assigned to a team within a team. Each of these teams compete with each other to accumulate fitness minutes and participate in other healthy weekly challenges. This is a great and fun way to keep active with other like minded Sp... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:05:48 EST Letter to the Newbies and the Doubters! I recently had a new Sparkfriend ask me about reaching fitness goals when spending so much time on the computer. His question was valid, as it was mine previously. My question when i first came here was, "If you are spending so much time on the computer how can you reach your fitness goals." <BR> <BR> Over two days these are my replies to him, a little edited now, and perhaps they explain to the newbies or the doubters that yes, it is possible to be here on Spark and be successful in reachin... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 12:45:42 EST There's Been a Mistake but Thank You! Yesterday I was very surprised to receive an email from the good people at Spark telling me that the SparkPeople Community thinks I am a motivation to others and in recognition, my SparkPage now has a special "SparkPeople Motivator" icon! <BR> <BR> Okay, hold on here! There must be a mistake because it is all of you who continually inspire me. With each goal I set last month, and all the months before, all of you were the ones offering support and cheering me on. Each day I came here, you w... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 15:50:50 EST The Strange Benefits of Losing Weight On August 16, 2010, I reached an important milestone dropping to 250 pounds. At that time, I thought I would never see that weight again. Unfortunately, in the last year I added weight back on and far exceeded 250 pounds. It has taken me all summer and I am thrilled to be back at the milestone weight. On my first time here, I wrote a blog that I would like to share again, because the strange benefits of losing weight are still quite valid. So here goes... <BR> ................................... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 10:26:05 EST Reality Bites Back! Many of you won't feel sorry for me. Some may even chuckle. For those of you who don't know me, I am a vice principal in an elementary school. It is a great job, but with it, a fair bit of stress, plenty of meetings and even more to do. On aspect of my job, that many people are envious of is my summer break. Those months of July and August are where I get to kick back and relax a little bit, even though many of us educators will work into July and end their summers in August to prepare for Se... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 02:36:41 EST The Yo-yo Bites Back Constant diligence seems to be the key. For the last two weeks, I have had some great success. Down three pounds each week with better tracking, fewer calories, more exercise and increased activity. Seems like the formula we all know. <BR> <BR> This week started well, and again a quick two pounds down, but then life hit. A little stress, a birthday celebration and the return of some bad habits, including no tracking, very casual exercise, and eating foods with little nutritional value. You k... Sat, 11 Aug 2012 14:20:22 EST The Costco Queasiness Consequence (warning- graphic) For the last two weeks, I have been tracking my calories and eating nutritiously, more fruit, more veggies, and very little junkfood. Yes, there were 20 cheesies one day and maybe a handful of chips on another. But, overall, way better than before. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, our family went to Costco to do a little shopping. Afterwards, the kids and my DW were hungry and persuaded me to eat there. I hadn't eaten much earlier in the day, so I caved. I had one of the giant all beef hotdogs Costco is... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:10:14 EST Goodbye to my Dear Friend, Coke Last week I came across an article from Healthy Living that was reposted on Yahoo. The writer pointed out that there are a number of reasons that soda, pop, and soft drinks should be avoided. No surprise, we all know that these sugary sweet drinks should be avoided. But for whatever reason I wanted to look at this with a more serious look. Perhaps the leading contributor to this was the fact that I had just finished a two-liter (half gallon) bottle of Coke in the last twelve hours, four if yo... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 14:01:56 EST The Skinny Rules The Skinny Rules: The Simple, Nonnegotiable Principles for Getting to Thin <BR> <BR> My daughter and I have a summer challenge to see who can read the most this summer. While at the library recently , I glanced at the title of one book and thought okay, why not. The book was The Skinny Rules: The Simple, Nonnegotiable Principles for Getting to Thin. The author is Bob Harper, one of the trainers on The Biggest Loser series. I am not a fan of the show, and thought Bob Greene, Oprah’s long ago ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 14:34:37 EST Summer Photo Challenge - Pics included Last week, I decided to challenge myself (and some of you) to keep active each day of the summer and to record it in photos as well as words. After my first day of this little challenge I discovered I needed some variety in my activities or every pic would be an image of my stationary bike or pics of my neighbourhood. <BR> <BR> The great thing about this is that it has made me think about my activities differently and I am looking for ways to add some variety. <BR> <BR> My first day, I went... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 13:21:59 EST Why the Strange Picture? Challenge Maybe <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am sure you have heard Newton's first law of motion... An object in motion will stay in motion, and an object at rest will stay at rest, unless acted upon by an outside force. <BR> <BR> So, what's that have to do with the strange picture? <BR> <BR> Just wait... Okay, I have definitely been the object at rest, staying at rest, and definitely not really wanting to change. My thinking is, if I really wanted to, I ... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 03:19:37 EST I Hate This! I hate knowing I had lost weight and now put much of it back on. <BR> I hate the old feeling of tightness around my waist as I put on my pants each day. <BR> I hate putting on shirts and seeing that they have become too tight in the chests and stomach. <BR> I hate seeing the buttons in my shirt pulling against the fabric. <BR> I hate refinding that stiffness in my muscles and joints as I walk, move and putter around. <BR> I hate rediscovering that I am again breathing hard as I carry boxes fr... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 12:44:08 EST Life Can Get in the Way It is amazing how one week can be so different than the last. Week before last I was working out daily, getting in great minutes, eating well and feeling pretty proud of myself. And then, life takes a turn. <BR> <BR> Last Sunday, my daughter told me there was water in our den. Sure enough, we had sprung a leak and the carpet was saturated and everything had to be taken out, carpet and underlay ripped up. The leak wasn't due to frozen pipes but just one of life's mysteries. The pipe was carry... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 13:43:44 EST Who are you people? Okay, what's up with you people? I get sick for a week and I have people sending me emails, visiting my spark page, dropping off gifts, and adding comments to all my "woe is me" updates. <BR> <BR> My own parents didn't even phone to ask how I was feeling. I will give them a break, they are 86. Not that I expected it but none of my brothers checked in on me, not even my sister. On the other hand, my wife and daughters did take care of me during this ugly bout with the flu. <BR> <BR> But it i... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 01:12:42 EST I did not Die! Contrary to popular belief held by Spark friends out there, I did not die and I was not in the hospital, in a coma, or held captive by a terrorist cell of grade 7 students at my school. <BR> <BR> No, I had been caught up in the busy-ness of work but was honestly burnt out from an overwhelming schedule that wiped me out months before. My body and brain were tired, cranky and not willing to do anything extra. I was burnt out. <BR> <BR> In that time, I stood on the Spark sidelines, dropping in... Sun, 27 Nov 2011 12:59:08 EST There's a Thief out there! I am sure about it, there is a thief out there. I don't know what has happened but some things are missing and I want them back. <BR> <BR> This month and last, I had thought I had simply lost my desire, my determination and will to exercise, eat properly and participate on my Spark teams. I have looked around but still still haven't found them. Every so often I get some exercise in, eat properly and make an appearance on a team or two but honestly, the spark is missing. I just don't seem to ... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 02:34:15 EST May Review ... June Goals A month ago, I wrote a list of goals. These included, <BR> <BR> " Add stretching and weight training into my days. Stretching every day, weights every other." <BR> <BR> Did this for a whole 3 days ... and then nada, nothing, zilch <BR> <BR> "Each week make sure I have done something active with my family (at least 3X each week). A bike ride, a walk or even throwing a frisbee around." <BR> <BR> Spent time doing activities with my youngest but still need to get my oldest daughter and wif... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 00:22:48 EST Blame it on the Raisin Bran It's not my fault. I am blaming it on the Raisin Bran. <BR> <BR> This week, I have had a terrible week, "Spark"wise. I have been eating poorly, rediscovering the old friends, Coke, Chips and Chocolate. Wish they wouldn't show up when I don't need them. <BR> <BR> When I was hungry, I ate poorly but perhaps I was thirsty as well. Could be, since I have not been drinking my water either. <BR> <BR> Add to that, I haven't been getting enough sleep, going to bed way too late and getting up too e... Sun, 29 May 2011 13:21:16 EST Being a Kid Again. One of my goals for the year has been to become more active and to include my family. This year, my youngest and I have been bike riding, playing soccer and playing Wii together. <BR> <BR> This week though she introduced me to a new activity that somehow doesn't show up on Spark for calories, a game called Grounders. After I had just cut the lawn and wanted a little more activity I invited my daughter and her friend to the park for a walk. When we got there, these two eleven year olds, star... Sun, 15 May 2011 19:52:13 EST At the Work Conference On Thursday after school, I left for Whistler BC (home of the 2010 Winter Olympics) to attend a vice-principal's/principal's conference. My memory of last year's conference reminded me that there would be plenty of socializing, plenty of food and beverages, and too much sitting that could be all be less than ideal to a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Well, this year I was determined to make sure this weekend wasn't going to be a setback on my plans for health and fitness. I wish I could say I ... Sun, 8 May 2011 13:28:16 EST My Goals for the month of May, After reading some fitness goals from Ms. Principal and other Sparkies out here I thought I would set some personal goals for May 2011. So here it is, my list for May. <BR> <BR> • Add stretching and weight training into my days. Stretching every day, weights every other. <BR> <BR> • Each week make sure I have done something active with my family (at least 3X each week). A bike ride, a walk or even throwing a frisbee around. <BR> <BR> • Each week have at least one or more, truly hard, work... Tue, 3 May 2011 08:47:47 EST Message to an Unidentified Spark Friend Each day I check the status updates of my friends and you are there. You join more teams than anyone I know and you make comments on everyone's status and on their pages. Looking at your page you have hundreds of friends, You are always there to support each and every team member. Love it, for that you are great. <BR> <BR> But when I read your blogs, you have been down about the lack of success you have had reaching your fitness goals. When I look at the status updates, you are not climbing... Sun, 1 May 2011 11:51:21 EST Finding Peace with Reruns (Not TV Reruns) I don't like re-runs. Never did, never have. <BR> <BR> Perhaps you are thinking of reruns on television. The limitless parade of reused and recycled shows which litter our channels. Those reruns I do not like, except in the case of a few brilliant pieces which have made their way on to the small screen. In most cases I do not enjoy reruns and find watching them painful. <BR> <BR> The rerun I have recently discovered that has been most frustrating and torturous has been the rerun of losing ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 11:38:53 EST What (or who) Motivates You? This is a long read and I do mention many of my Sparkfriends. If I have missed you I do apologize. If I have mentioned your name I only hope I haven't embarrassed you. (Let me know if there is something I should change) <BR> <BR> Today, I discovered a new source of motivation. Actually, this motivation has been with me all along my Spark journey but today I finally recognized it. I didn't realize how much it meant to me until I was away from Sparkpeople during my February hiatus due to "the ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:35:39 EST Rising from the Ashes According to Wikipedia.... A phoenix is a mythical bird that is a fire spirit with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold and scarlet. It has a 500 to 1000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. <BR> <BR> So here it is, like the phoenix rising, a new beginning. <BR> <BR> Recently I have had a setback.... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 13:21:09 EST New Year ... Plans for Family Fitness and Personal Fitness This isn't so much a blog as a To-Do list, for the year! <BR> <BR> My own personal fitness and health is very important but I recognize the importance of getting my family more involved. I am riding the exercise bike while they watch TV. I am heading out for walks when they are sleeping, but for my family I have to get them more involved, more active. <BR> <BR> So this year, I have an Action List that includes.... <BR> <BR> Specifically <BR> Taking My Family for a ... <BR> walk/bike... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 16:46:10 EST Coke, my old friend and Silent Killer! I have read a few blogs recently where people shared their new found freedom from caffeine, but more so, their freedom from the caffeine and sugar in Coca-Cola and other soft drinks. I too am on a break from Coke and other soft drinks, pops, and carbonated beverages. <BR> <BR> Interestingly my “Coke” free days are my best Spark days. My longest “Coke” related spark streak was 63 days without and now Coke and I have been 38 days apart again. The days without Coke have been the days that I ha... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 12:56:57 EST