ARCHIMEDESII's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ARCHIMEDESII ARCHIMEDESII'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/ Lent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639552 Hey, All ! <BR> <BR> I know I haven't blogged in a while, but things have been status quo. Life at the gym has been interesting, but I'll save that for another blog. <BR> <BR> Today, I'd like to tell you about something I'm going to do for Lent. I'm not very religious. In fact, I consider myself a retired Christian. LOL. However, I like doing something for Lent. Now, I know that during Lent, we're supposed to be making a meaningful sacrifice. However, like many other Americans, I've reint... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 13:21:19 EST Need Ideas - Cold Dishes for Potluck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558380 Attention Spark Friends ! I need your ideas ! <BR> <BR> Next week, our department is having a holiday potluck. nothing fancy. They've asked folks to bring in their favorite dishes. I had originally planned to make a chicken stew, chili or sausages with peppers/onions. However, it turns out we will not have access to a stove to heat up any of the foods we make. So, the food I bring needs to be a cold dish. <BR> <BR> Sure, I could do a leafy green salad, but I would like to bring something a... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 12:25:28 EST All State Half Marathon - Boston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486868 Yesterday morning, I ran my very first half marathon. How did I do ? Well, I managed to stagger across the finish line in roughly 2 hrs 35 mins. I would have liked to have been a little faster, but considering this was my first half, I'm not complaining. <BR> <BR> Here are a couple of photos of the bling and swag. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l169354588.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l241690841.jpg"> <BR> <B... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 06:08:38 EST Memphis Soul 5K BBQ Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5465870 Someone once asked me how I choose a 5K to run. I replied,"I run some 5ks, because I happen to like the t-shirt or the charity". Today, I ran a 5K for fun. Didn't even know I was going to even run it until Thursday when I received an email saying there were less than 100 bibs left. So, I decided to do it. <BR> <BR> It wasn't my best run or my worst. It wasn't hot hot, but it was a tad warmer than I would have liked. Also, I ran 7 miles yesterday and should have taken today off as a rest ... Sun, 25 Aug 2013 15:37:28 EST Why I Haul My Keister to the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5425336 I've been enjoying the new contract job. I still haven't heard whether or not I'll be asked to stay as a permanent employee. However, on a positive note, there is no way the project is going to be done by the end of August. So, I know I'll be staying at least that long, if not a bit longer. <BR> <BR> Story time. <BR> <BR> I work with a lot of nice guys in IT. In fact, I share an office with at least 3-4 of them. LOL !! I have my own little spot where I do my work. One of my co-workers is ... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:25:27 EST Big Changes at the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5392950 I need to vent and for good reason, there were big changes at the gym recently. Last week, I received an email from the group exercise manager that there was going to be a cut to our salary as well as some class cancellations. I contacted the manager and asked her what was up. I had a feeling my Friday morning cycle class was on the chopping block because attendance had been low. We were told that the class cuts would be for the summer. The pay cut was permanent. Personally I consider that a... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 05:39:45 EST Namaste ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381041 Yes, even animals do yoga ! I saw this picture online and thought it was a riot. Lemurs are wonderful, aren't they ? <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l420767952.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This picture reminded me that I really need to find a new yoga studio. Now that I have income again, I'd like to resume regular practice with an instructor. To save money (while laid off) I've been doing DVDs as well as online workouts, but it's not the same. I miss class. <BR> <BR... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 05:02:05 EST Three New Words (contract job report) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337490 In what seems a very long time ago, as part of the interview process for a job, I was asked to describe myself in three words. Not knowing what to say, I asked my Spark Buddies to help me out. Well, I never got beyond the telephone interview. However, I never forgot the words you gave me and I used them in other interviews. Now, I have three NEW words to add to that list. <BR> <BR> CLEARED FOR HIRE <BR> <BR> I got the contract job !!! Long long really long story. <BR> <BR> Remember that ... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:50:13 EST Memorial for Officer Sean Collier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5334390 I had the good fortune to be able to attend the memorial service for MIT Officer Sean Collier, the young man killed by the Boston Marathon bombers last week. I didn't know him personally, but I wanted to pay my respects as well as show my support for his family and the community. <BR> <BR> Security was very tight. Civilians had to go through metal detectors. The police officers who came marched in via a different entrance. Many did come as groups. I would say that half the audience were pol... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 16:55:02 EST the Spark Solution - Book Review ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5314338 Good morning, Spark Buddies ! <BR> <BR> This is a book review of the Spark Solution - a complete Two-Week Diet Program to Fast Track Weight Loss and Total Body Health by Becky Hand with Stephanie Romine. <BR> <BR> About a month ago, I received an email from SP_STEPH (Stephanie Romine) asking if I would be interested in reviewing a new Spark People publication. I jumped at the opportunity. I love reading new books ! So, I was sent an advanced copy to read and comment on. <BR> <BR> What ... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 07:28:32 EST Thank You to All My Spark Buddies ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5310359 I want to thank all my wonderful Spark Buddies who've replied to my two most recent blogs. I'll admit it. I haven't been a in good place the last few days. I know I'm usually an upbeat person, but some days the job hunt gets me down. So, I am appreciative to all of you who've read and commented on those two blogs that were written while experiencing some frustration. Thank you for letting me vent. <BR> <BR> I was overwhelmed with support and I think you should know, I also received one par... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 15:47:49 EST No News Yet - Contract Job (Didn't Get It) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5308987 Update - I didn't get the contract job. <BR> <BR> I'll admit it. I was in a bad mood when I wrote the original blog venting about being "rejected" not once, but twice in the space of a week. Did I really fail my TSA airport assessment ? Honestly, I feel the sequester had more to do with my failure than my actual interview. Why didn't they just cancel my interview ? Who knows. <BR> <BR> And I didn't get the contract job. I'm disappointed, but I'm also in a better place since writing the or... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:10:27 EST the Gym - I Work For Idiots http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5299919 Longish story. <BR> <BR> Last year, the gym where I teach classes decided to close out its New England branches. So, the facility was bought by another fitness chain. Most of the staff was asked to stay on to help ease the transition. I can't say the change was good. In fact, I think the gym has deteriorated since the new owners took over. <BR> <BR> Anyway, since the new owners have taken over, there has been a high turn over in staff. Desk people come and go. Why ? Not only are they paid... Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:32:08 EST The Day After - Snow Photos http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5245146 Hey, all ! I'll tell ya my glutes were screaming at me last night. I could barely move without wincing. Oddly enough, my back and shoulders while stiff, were okay. Feeling less achy this morning. I was going to go to the gym for some light cardiovascular exercise to help reduce some of the DOMs. The gym was closed. I wasn't surprized. The subway is still shut down. the roads are a mess and people are still digging out. So, I opted for a short walk around the neighborhood. Picked up a couple o... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:34:33 EST Survived the Blizzard Named Nemo, but Not the Shoveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244203 OUCH !! <BR> <BR> I'll admit it. It's been about two years since I shoveled 2+ ft of snow. What was the final total ? As of this morning at 7am, we had 22 inches on the ground and it was still snowing. The news said the town over from me got 28 inches. That seems close to me. Shoot, there was a snow drift the size of Montana in my driveway !! It was at least five ft. My brother and I shoveled for 6.5 HOURS. we still aren't done. We left the end of the driveway snowed in because the plows w... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 16:41:30 EST Three Words - Deja Vu All Over Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5238675 A while ago, I asked my Spark Buddies to help me reply to an email interview question that asked me to describe myself in "three words". At the time, the three words that I chose (and there were lots of wonderful replies) were flexible, approachable and consistent. Unfortunately, the three words didn't help me get an interview. too many highly qualified candidates. <BR> <BR> So, last week, I'm combing through the job listings and see a posting from a very famous Boston company. It's a job I... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 11:54:55 EST Pay It Forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225695 Some days, it feels like I'm taking one step forward and two steps back. <BR> <BR> I'll start with the good news. <BR> <BR> As many of you know, a couple of weeks ago I found a Fitbit on the ground while out walking. Debated about what to do, but after talking with some Spark Buddies, decided to see if I could find the owner. A week later, yes, I found Liz. Happy endings for everyone. Liz got her Fitbit back and I got a $15 gift card as a reward. So, my good deed for the week (paying it f... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 14:22:22 EST Fitbit - Found the Owner http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213889 There is a happy ending for one Fitbit owner. I do believe it must be a really small world or one that's really connected. I found Liz !! She emailed me last night that she saw my Craigslist ad. So, I replied this morning. Going to see where we can meet up so that I can return her Fitbit. <BR> <BR> So, this is my good deed for the week. Don't have to worry about buying a power cable now. <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> PS - Met with Liz this morning to return her Fitbit. She was ... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 06:12:25 EST Found a Fitbit One http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200386 This morning, on my way to the gym, I noticed something (looked like a pedometer) lying on the sidewalk. Picked it up. Lo and behold, it was a newish looking Fitbit One ! <BR> <BR> I'm guessing someone (found out later her name is Liz), lost her Fitbit. She must have had it in her pocket because when I clicked the device to my waistband, it was really secure. So, I have a Fitbit One ! LOL !!! I used it this morning and found that the steps seem pretty accurate. I know the distance I walk in... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:30:52 EST Temp Job http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185653 Happy New Year, everyone ! <BR> <BR> So, how am I starting out 2013 ? With a two week full time temp job at a local university. I'll be helping out on an IT support desk "subbing" for a person who is on vacation for the next two weeks. The good news is that I wasn't hired by a temp agency. I am being hired directly by the university. Which is great because I'll be in their system. That means I have a better chance of being hired internally since I'll already be an "employee". <BR> <BR> Tw... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:13:10 EST Three Words - The Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162287 For those of you who helped me choose "three words" to describe myself, just to let you know, they didn't work. Don't worry, that's not because they weren't good enough. When I hadn't received an email from that job I applied for, I wrote back asking if the position was still open. I finally got a reply saying that they opted to go with other highly qualified candidates. <BR> <BR> Oh well. On a positive note, there is some good news. I did have an interview this morning with a large financ... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:58:50 EST Just Desserts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143945 I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I ate well. Okay, I may have eaten a wee bit too well. I actually had a slight tummy ache. Can't remember the last time that happened. Tried to pace myself. Tried to watch those appetizers. Maybe just ate more than I thought. Guess my stomach can't handle that kind of excitement anymore. No worries, back to normal eating habits today. <BR> <BR> Now, just to let you know, whenever my family gets together to celebrate, they are firm in their belie... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 05:55:10 EST Spartan Sprint 5K at Fenway Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138445 Ring a ding ding... here is the Spartan Bling ! This is a photo of the medal and part of the official finishers race T shirt. <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1407542818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> This is a photo of the medal, a free bag and a Fenway Park patch. I paid extra for the patch. Thought it was pretty cool looking. I'm going to sew it to my bag later on. For those of you who've never heard of a Spartan Sprint, you might have heard of the Tough Mudder... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 14:02:30 EST Consider Donating Left Over Halloween Candy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5120314 Now that it's the day after Halloween, I know many of my fellow Spark Buddies are worried about those fun sized left overs sitting in that bowl by the door. I know some may tell you to toss it all out so that you don't feel tempted. That would be a waste of food. I have a much better solution, consider donating all the left over Halloween candy to your local food pantry. <BR> <BR> In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I've been thinking about all those who've been effected. Well, I'll bet there ... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 13:12:53 EST Update - Bummed Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082134 Bad news... I didn't get the job. <BR> <BR> Long story short. I applied for a job with a terrific company on August 7th. Was contacted a couple of weeks later to set up a phone interview. Had two (what I thought) were great in person interviews. Found out they contacted my former employer for references on September 13th. Today, October 1st, I received the rejection email. Para-phasing, "thank you for your interest. You have great qualifications. Unfortunately, due to the heavy volume of c... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 12:15:23 EST Audition Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020885 Audition ? Am I an actress ? yes and no. I'm a performer, but not in the way you'd think. Today, I had an audition at another gym to work as a group exercise instructor. The audition was supposed to be from 12-3pm. It wasn't that long. There weren't that many people there to audition. Probably around 20-25 instructors total. <BR> <BR> For those of you who don't know, I've been working many years as a group exercise instructor. It was my love of teaching classes that started my own journey ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:18:27 EST I Am Officially a Statistic. I've Been Laid Off. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958443 *sigh* <BR> <BR> I'm stunned, kinda shocked; but not terribly surprized. It's not like I didn't see this coming. I just wasn't expecting it to happen TODAY ! <BR> <BR> Yes, I've been laid off. I'm okay. I guess I'm still trying to digest everything that happened. Around 2:30pm, one of the managers asked me into the conference room for a chat. I knew something was up. Little did I know I was being laid off. The manager was pretty broken up. He started crying and the next thing I know, I was... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 19:44:23 EST Some Random Thoughts and Photos From Amsterdam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823199 WARNING !! There will be pictures of food in this blog. So, if you're feeling weak today, you might want to save my blog for another time. ;) <BR> <BR> I haven't officially sorted through all 500+ pictures I took while in Amsterdam, but here is a small selection I grabbed with a card reader. Luckily, it's quiet in work today. phew... <BR> <BR> I stayed at a wonderful little European style hotel in Amsterdam about a five minute walk away from the Anne Frank House. This was a very simple roo... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 11:26:30 EST This Story Bothered Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4753024 I just read a disturbing story posted on YAHOO news. A 9 year old girl died of a seizure. That would be a tragedy by itself. But, the reason this little girl died was because her grandmother and step mother forced her to RUN for three hours ! This was punishment for lying about eating some candy bars. According to the article, the seizure was brought on by dehydration and a very low sodium level. You can read more here. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>news.yahoo.com/2-charged-death-ala-g<BR>irl-f... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 10:38:18 EST Informal Poll - Would You Go to India ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4643195 If you had the chance and the price was right, would you go to India for an 8 day vacation ? I found a trip through Virgin Atlantic tours. they have a 6 day escorted tour for New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The other two days are the plane ride to and from. <BR> <BR> I was and still am pricing out airfare to London. I wanted to go in memory of my cousin, who loved going to London to see the shows. Well, as I was pricing out hotel/airfare, I came across the Virgin Atlantic website. Started check... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 11:41:31 EST Shocked ! In a Good Way ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632740 OMG ! I am shocked, but in a very good way. <BR> <BR> I took the day off yesterday so that I could be with family when we say our final farewells to my favorite cousin. The service was lovely. There must have been at least 125+ family, friends and co-workers there. My cousin would have been thrilled. She packed the house. It was wonderful to see how many people she touched. Now, she is in a better place. <BR> <BR> So, this morning I got into work expecting to face the usual turmoil. It's... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 11:42:00 EST I am Stunned and in Shock... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622027 My cousin, whom I love dearly, has died. <BR> <BR> I don't know what to say. At roughly 9:35pm this evening, another cousin called and left a message on my answering machine while I was asleep. I didn't recognize the name at first and let the message to go machine. I tend to not answer my phone when it gets late unless I know who it is. When I checked the message, I was completely stunned and shocked. My cousin passed away today. I called my aunty immediately. No one has any exact informat... Sun, 11 Dec 2011 23:41:50 EST Archimedes Strikes Gold During a Morning Walk ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4282994 So, there I was out for my morning walk when I pass by a dumpster next to an office building. I pass by this dumpster all the time and occasionally, I've looked to see what people have tossed. I'll admit it. I've been known to rescue stuff from the trash. Hey, one man's trash is another man's treasure ! <BR> <BR> As I was walking past the dumpster, I noticed what seemed to be new ink jet cartridges. So, I decided to take a closer look. Lo and behold, YES !!! Someone had put out some brand n... Tue, 7 Jun 2011 11:31:57 EST It's the End of the World - What Are You Eating ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4245368 If you believe a certain Christian preacher, the world as we know it ends tomorrow, Saturday May 21st at 6pm (don't know if that's EST, Central or PST). Of course if you believe the Mayans, it doesn't end til 2012. LOL ! <BR> <BR> So, to paraphase REM, if it's the end of the world as we know it... what are you going to eat ? Now, keep in mind, that since the world IS ending tomorrow, we need to keep things local. Not that I wouldn't enjoy flying off to Rome for a gelato and glass of wine or ... Fri, 20 May 2011 12:09:05 EST Never Tie Your Emotions to a Number on the Scale ! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4209767 Because there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. <BR> <BR> I've seen so many posts from members who are distraught that the scale isn't moving when they've been so good. They want to know what they are doing wrong. Well, they really aren't doing anything wrong. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. Because our weight is not a static number and... Wed, 4 May 2011 12:32:42 EST What Are They Teaching Personal Trainers These Days ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4035350 Folks, this is a WARNING to all of my Spark buddies who are thinking of hiring a personal trainer. <BR> <BR> This morning, I decided to hit the gym early to get in a short workout on the elliptical. While I was there, a personal trainer and her client hopped on the treadmill in front of me. I've got to say this... I was APPALLED by what I saw !! Now, I'm a fully certified personal trainer myself. I'm also a fully certified group exercise instructor. I was trained by very reputable organiza... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 13:01:57 EST Stonehenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3049803 Hello all ! I've finally had a chance to sit down and look at some of the photos I took while in England. One of the side trips I wanted to do while there, was a trip to Stonehenge. I've always been fascinated by ancient monuments. Stonehenge, the Pyramids, Maya ruins, the Great Wall of China, etc... Well, I honestly don't know if I'll ever get to see the Pyramids or Great Wall. So when I had a chance to see Stonehenge, I jumped at the opportunity !! I found a tour that would take me to Stone... Sat, 27 Mar 2010 15:23:20 EST How do I Become a Personal Trainer or Group Exercise Instructor ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2921543 That is a question that several people have recently asked me. What do I have to do to become a personal trainer or group exercise instructor ? Do I have to have a degree ? Where do I start ? What certifications do I need ? Who provides these certifications ? <BR> <BR> A person does not have to have a degree in physiology or sports education to be a good personal trainer or group exercise instructor. Yes, it is extremely beneficial. However, there are many folks, like myself, who discovere... Wed, 24 Feb 2010 10:04:20 EST Why Are Women Afraid to Have Muscles ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2367618 That is a question that puzzles me. In the time that I've been with Spark People, I've been surprized by the number of women who post and say that they don't do any strength training because they are afraid to pack on muscle. I've seen dozens of posts from people who don't want to run or cycle for the same reason i.e. they'll get BIG thighs ! <BR> <BR> What's wrong with having muscle ? I am pretty fit. I have good muscle definition and I don't look like a man or a body builder. I'm proud of... Wed, 2 Sep 2009 11:17:30 EST