BANKER-CHUCK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BANKER%2DCHUCK BANKER-CHUCK'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/ Bad days vs Good Days.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617834 I wrote this in 2010 and it is still true today. I still have to learn how not to be on a diet roller-coaster. "I joined Spark! at the end of 2009. Sometimes the "Bad" days overshadow the "Good" days. Bad days have consisted of: lack of motivation, personal issues, health issues and .....life in general, gets in the way of my plans. I will have to say my good days far exceed the bad days, but one bad day and I forget all those good days I had and will have. <BR> How do I defeat these bad ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 12:17:33 EST Food Relationships..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608238 I have jumped onto the SparkWagon and fell off the wagon more than a few times over the past 4 years. The fall starts with an innocent food on the "do not eat" list. Huge slice of pizza, frozen yogurt, fried chicken, Carls Jr. $6.00 Burger....etc. Before long, matter of a few shot weeks, all the foods that were on the" no-no" list are reintroduced back into the diet. Then all the hard work to lose weight and eating clean are left behind. But not forgotten because I was healthy for that perio... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:02:54 EST Diet Wagon Trying To Bump Me Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5335092 Back on the diet-wagon but hard to hold on. Have not been able to do strenuous weight exercises or upper body aerobics due to a shoulder injury. But prior to shoulder injury other health obstacles started in Feb. when I hurt my lower back and could hardly get around for 3 weeks. Then on the cusp of healing in Mar. I caught a bad cold that wiped me out for 3 weeks. I have managed to drop 21 lbs. since Jan 1st. despite not being able to get in some aggressive exercise. Lately, my exercise consi... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:43:55 EST Polar Bear Motorcycle Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186479 A group of us from the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) did the Polar Bear Run yesterday in Portland, Oregon. This is attended by bikers from all over Oregon and Washington. This is an annual event, 29th annual. Some people jump into icy waters, we ride motorcycles. I will have to say I forgot to take my "smart-pills" when I decided to take this motorcycle trip on New Years Day. (Both groups need smart-pills). It was 25 degrees when I left the house for "Breakfast at Valerie's" restaurant in Vanco... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 15:35:32 EST Ride-Against-Hunger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154728 Ride-Against-Hunger (RAH) Dec. 2, 2012 <BR> <BR> What an amazing weekend. We surpassed all of our expectations with 5900 lbs of non-perishable food and $783.00 in cash donations (not including what our meeting-site collected). All in all with the cash conversion to pounds, we totaled more than 6000 lbs of food that equals approximately 4,425 meals. Once we get all the numbers, we will post the final totals on our website (www.RideAgainstHunger.org) <BR> <BR> This was a humbling and satisfyi... Mon, 3 Dec 2012 12:44:31 EST The Cost of Eating Reality Check :-{ OR ;-] http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087955 I posted a response very similar to a SparkCafe question. A SparkMember was asking how to eat healthy on a small budget. She thinks eating healthy will cost her more and push outside of her budget. <BR> <BR> When I go on a diet I find my budget for eating decreases substantially on a monthly basis. I can eat well on simplistic staple foods. When I am not on a diet I tend to shop for items that are not healthy and costly. (Lots of Junk-Food...you know what I mean) Coupled with the fact I am... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 13:36:14 EST Back from Motorcycle Trip with Baggage :-\ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082385 Made it back from the Run For The Wall, a truncated trip but enjoyed my stay with friends in Los Angeles area for a few days. Made it back in plenty of time for our 25th wedding anniversary. I was glad to be back home. <BR> <BR> BUT!!! I brought back more baggage than I left with in the form of bad habits and pounds heavier. I reintroduced foods that I have either eliminated or watched carefully that have caused me gained about 15 lbs. coupled with being out of physical condition. I do get... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 14:50:09 EST Final Blog...Until I get Back!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876667 Until I get back from my motorcycle trip, that is. It is 05:00 in the morning and I need to hit the road pointing the bike South. The temp now is 39 degrees and on the bike traveling at 65 mph the chill factor will be closer to 29 degrees. I may be sorry but I am leaving the electric vest at home to save room in my saddlebags. I will be chasing the sun so hope my bit of suffering the cold will not be in vain. Should be in the 90's once I hit California. I will be meeting 4 or 5 others in Alb... Fri, 11 May 2012 08:20:32 EST Run For The Wall (RFTW) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4868991 D-Day for my Annual motorcycle trip with the RFTW group is quickly approaching! I have been planning this trip for many months and still do not feel ready. This will be my 4th year and it is the same routine every year. I have a lot of chores around the house that need to be done before I leave. Finishing touches on the bathroom remodel, get the garden put in, mow the yards, clean-up outside remodel debris. Main goal is to finish packing for the 100th time! I keep buying different luggage an... Sun, 6 May 2012 14:21:11 EST Made Contest Goal!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4861116 Beginning the end of January four friends started a contest. The rules were simple: Lose 10% of our body weight in 90 days (by May 1st). My starting weight was 247 lbs so I need to lose 24.7 lbs Rounded up to 25 lbs (my friend John appreciated rounding) and ending on May 1st at 222 lbs. My weigh-out this morning is 220.6. I surpassed goal by 1.4 lbs. <em>198</em> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l126039116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now the hard work really begins (each day is a... Tue, 1 May 2012 11:38:23 EST Motorcycle Weather Coming Our Way Soon!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4844023 Motorcycle Weather In Portland Oregon!!! <BR> Weather Alert <BR> Saturday <BR> 4/21/2012 <BR> Hi: 71° <BR> Partly sunny. Highs around 70. Light wind. <BR> <BR> Lo: 50° <BR> Partly cloudy. Lows around 50. Light wind. <BR> <BR> Sunday <BR> 4/22/2012 <BR> Hi: 75° <BR> Partly cloudy. Highs around 75. Light wind. <BR> <BR> Lo: 49° <BR> Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Lows around 50. <BR> <BR> My silhouette traveling with me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:56:44 EST Vietnam Wall Memorial Facts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841020 As a Vietnam Veteran these fact tell a story. My annual motorcycle trek from Los Angeles to Washington DC is coming in 3 weeks. It is the Run For The Wall. (We don't actually physically run but ride motorcycles. We refer to an organized motorcycle trip with a destination as a "Run") This will be the 24th year for the Run, I have been on this ride for 3 years and have made it All-The-Way 2 times. This will be my 4th year to participate. Unfortunately I have other obligations that will not all... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 13:08:25 EST Civil War Veteran and Wife Finally Put to Rest. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4834220 I belong to the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) group. Today we stood for Peter Jones Knapp and his wife, Georgianna Eliza Pierson Knapp. This will probably be the last time this will ever happen in the United States. It was a great honor for me to attend this funeral that has been waiting for 88 years, today, since his death April 13th 1924. Several TV stations and other various news correspondents were there in attendance to memorialize the funeral event. Below is the announcement of the funera... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 00:23:43 EST Back on the "Band-Wagon" again!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4822039 I am back on the "Diet" (LifeStyle change) band-wagon once again. I sure is a struggle trying to stay on this wagon with so many things trying, and succeeding, to throw me off. I have never lost sight of what I need to do and the goals I am trying to reach. I get side-tracked at times but I remember the guidelines I need to follow. <BR> <BR> I am planning another motorcycle road-trip starting May 8th that will take me, for the 4th year, on the Run For The Wall annual event from Portland to L... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 14:48:36 EST Spring?? This is Spring!!!?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4818509 This weather is enough to put a Therapist into a depression. Would a weather forecast like this for Spring make you want to hurt someone? We have been in Spring for a month now and for March we hit record rain-fall. When I do see the Sun, rarely, I feel like dropping to my knees in thanks. <BR> <BR> Detailed Forecast Portland, OR <BR> <BR> Today 4/3/2012 <BR> Hi: 53° <BR> Rain at times. Highs around 50. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain near 100 percent. <BR> Rainfall amo... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 12:12:18 EST Diet Relapse! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4623478 Just touching base since it has been almost 3 months since my last Blog. I have had a food and fitness relapse starting last May. I went on a motorcycle road trip from Portland OR to Los Angeles to Washington DC....and back of course. I gained some bad habits along the way. <BR> I discovered food that I had taken off my list, then reintroduced and have gone overboard. I have gone from 216 lbs in May back up to 238 lbs. Still well below my original starting weight of 279 lbs but the weight i... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 23:45:19 EST Painting For Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511705 Can you visualize painting a house for exercise? For the past 4 days I have been putting in an average of 5 hours each day painting. This calculates to: 4 days (300 min X 8 Cal per min) /3500 cal. per pound = 2.74 pounds lost. <BR> I have a renewed respect for people who paint for a living. Most all painters I know are slim and look fit. For the past 4 days I have been dragging myself home and putting myself to bed early! I have been sore for the past 4 days and I am not done yet! I still ha... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 09:03:30 EST Warrior-Dash Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4479651 I made it through the whole Warrior Dash course and all 10 obstacles. The obstacles were much more difficult than I had imagined or on the video clip shown on the Website. The first obstacle was the logs in the lake. Getting over those logs, 5 of them, was no easy task when you are in over waist deep water trying to get over rolling logs. The 3rd obstacle was the vertical 16 foot (?) retaining wall with the knotted rope you have to climb hand-over-hand getting over to the other side was no e... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:33:05 EST Warrior-Dash...Ready Or Not!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4467438 Well it is near time to get with this Warrior-Dash program next weekend 9/10/11 & 09:30 AM. It seems so long ago and a grand idea when I signed-up last Jan 2011 for the event. I was in decent running shape then. Since signing-up for the race my left knee has had problems and my shoulders have problems. I have had shots in both but does not seem to help much. My intense training for the event has come to a standstill for several months. Two weeks ago at the beach I started running and the knee... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 12:43:46 EST Playing With The Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4418852 I find myself pre-occupied sometimes figuring what could be the alternative if I exchange the cost of a "habit", in dollars, and convert it to "savings". <BR> <BR> Smoking (Quit 9 years ago): 456 packs/yr X $4.75/pack X 9 years = $19,878 <BR> Fast Food ( Decrease frequency 1.5 years): 208 times/year X $25 = 5.200 <BR> Portion control of meals (1.5 year estimate: est.1095 meals X $1 = 1,095 <BR> Fuel cost obtaining Fast Food 208 trips/3 miles each: 42 gals X $3.79 = 164 <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:45:42 EST Heading for the Vietnam Wall Memorial http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4229247 It is that time of year again. Once again I am riding my motorcycle on a 7000+ mile trek on the 23rd annual group ride, Run For The Wall. It is a long and grueling trip that is physically and mentally demanding . But with great payoffs by observing patriotism is alive and well across our country, in our schools and townspeople we meet along the way. Our destination is the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington DC. It is truly an honor for me to ride in the memories of MIA/POW's. The Vietnam W... Thu, 12 May 2011 23:32:49 EST How heavy is the glass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4216441 A good friend sent this to me about STRESS: <BR> <BR> A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience; with a raised glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'..... She fooled them all... "How heavy is this glass of water?", she inquired with a smile. <BR> Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz. <BR> She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends ... Sat, 7 May 2011 13:25:55 EST 55555 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4162953 What a lucky number!!! WooHoo!!! If I were in Vegas maybe it would be worth some money?? Well no such luck but it is a number that caught my eye this morning while filling out my SparkPoints. It is the number of total cardio minutes logged in since I joined SparkPeople on 1/1/10. I never looked at this number, until today. Taken from my SparkPoints: <BR> Track Cardio Min. 1 point / 5 minutes (max 24 / day) (Your Total Minutes: 55555) <BR> <BR> So this number starts me to think about my fitn... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:49:06 EST 4 letter words!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4158136 I know many 4 letter words, some good and some bad. Some can be used in mixed company and some cannot. There is one 4-letter word that needs to be eliminated from my vocabulary. It can be used in mixed company but it is not an appropriate word to describe what I am trying to achieve. <BR> <BR> The word: DIET <BR> <BR> When I started this journey on 1//1/10 I used the 4-letter word DIET, a lot!! I have learned, through Spark, to replace this 4-letter word with a 9-letter word "LIFESTYLE". Ap... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 13:14:06 EST Race for the Roses 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4143120 Didn't think I was going to get this race in the books. I have been nursing an injured knee for over a month now. Two weeks ago I further aggravated my knee by running the 5K Shamrock Race in Portland. By the way is was cold and raining...all day!! Not a good introduction for my 2nd ever 5K. But I made it through the Shamrock running all the way and forgot very quickly that it was cold and raining. There were 32000+ other runners and many spectators enduring the same weather. Well I digressed... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 00:47:31 EST One Mean Squirrel!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4134284 I posted this story in a couple of teams I belong to. I must have re-read this several times over the years. I try to share it whenever I can find a captive audience. <BR> <BR> This is long but a great story by Daniel Meyer <BR> <BR> Neighborhood Hazard (or: Why the Cops Won’t Patrol Brice Street) <BR> <BR> I never dreamed slowly cruising through a residential neighborhood could be so incredibly dangerous! <BR> Studies have shown that motorcycling requires more decisions per second, and ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 11:56:54 EST Winter Needs to Take A Hike!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4098485 I find myself obsessing over summer. My obsessions include but are not limited to: Sunshine, warmth, morning (warm) walks, riding motorcycle, riding bicycle (soon to be purchased), gardening, wash & wax cars, relax in a lawn chair....You know summer stuff! Waking up in the mornings to bright sunlight shining through the window immediately sets a positive mood for my day. My batteries get charged up and give me the drive to get things done. Sunshine makes me want to do "stuff" even if I have n... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 12:15:28 EST Portland Oregon Shamrock Run In the Rain & Cold!!. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4088963 Well I found out how to run in the rain and used some of the information suggested by my SparkFriends. My wife Maggi went with me, bless her heart, to hold onto my dry clothes and for moral support. We were up at 5:00 AM and took the train into Portland. This morning I ran my 5K in the Portland Shamrock Run, 32000+ entries, with over 11,000+ in the 5K alone! I wore breathable dry-fit pants with running shorts over them. I wore 2 sets of dry-fit shirts that included a Tech-Shirt provided by t... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 19:31:10 EST All Consuming Lifestyle Thoughts....... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4068263 I can sympathize with people about the obsession of weight loss and nutrition consuming ones life. I have been at this lifestyle change of "Nutrition & fitness" for over a year now. I am still learning, reviewing, researching and living everyday with "controlling" my calories consumption, eating habits, fitness, and life's situations around me. I believe this will be a lifelong task for me. <BR> My foundation learning phase is in my past, but always reviewed. I need to keep applying what I h... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 12:23:36 EST Pushing Myself!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3984864 Pushing myself to exercise sometimes reminds me of an old-time comedy skit with the actors Don Ameche and Francis Langford who called themselves "The Bickersons". One of their skits Langford is trying to get Don Ameche to do something, so she says: "You say you'll do it, but you won't!, So do it now!" When it comes to exercise or doing something around the house I have to use their line to push me along. I am a procrastinator so I have to say to myself: I say I will do it but I won't! So I ha... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 18:33:04 EST Composition Body Weight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3955945 I have seen many articles here in SparkPeople that goes over this same information, but thought I would post this Website showing a little twist on how it is presented. The title of the article is "Scale Subterfuge: Does Body Weight Matter?" The article is written for women but can very well be for men. Basically the article is saying you can get 2 people with the same BMI, and height, weight. Except one as a weightlifter with low body-fat and lean muscle vs the other one with who is obese w... Mon, 24 Jan 2011 11:52:45 EST One Year Anniversary with Spark!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3878101 <em>503</em> I will reflect more later of my journey with SparkPeople over the past year. But I wanted to give myself a 1 year trophy. <BR> The year has flown by quickly but I am 60 lbs. lighter. It has been a lot of hard work and more still in the future. This coming May 1, 2011... I hope to be on a maintenance plan, but need to get these little progress goals knocked in the head first. <BR> More to come later. Heading for the gym.. <em>244</em> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 19:45:01 EST The New Year is Upon Us!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3875340 Have a Happy & Healthy New Year!! May the New Year bring you the ability to reach all your goals the safe and healthy way. I will be at my drawing board tweaking and adding new goals. Hope to be at goal-weight by May 1, 2011. Good luck to all. <em>306</em> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 22:02:49 EST Love Spark & Women's Day!! :o} http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3853826 Just read a "Daily Spark" article <link>www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=4_p<BR>roven_health_benefits_of_marriage </link> <BR> <BR> Now I think I will need to read my wifes subscription to Women's Day!! Especially the 1st link: <BR> <link>www.womansday.com/Articles/Health/8-<BR>Surprising-Health-Benefits-of-Sex.html<BR>?cid=sprk </link> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I like the idea that this activity can help make me thinner, improve my health, get better sleep, boost my immune system ,Im... Mon, 20 Dec 2010 11:42:38 EST Self-Lying!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3841442 I would like to give credit, when due, to the person I saw in a Blog. A specific line she used to describe how she assessed her current progress. I cannot seem to find her Blog! But the line seems appropriate for me now: "I am a lying liar that lies"!! I say this because I said, to myself, I was going to increase the intensity and duration of my workouts. After stepping onto the scale this morning I see where I found that 3#'s again I lost last week!! In fact it is the same 3#'s that keeps a... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 12:45:06 EST Holiday Weight Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3808318 I ran across this article that are great tips to keep in mind during the holiday seasons. It is easy to get caught up in hidden calories and forgo exercise unless planned in advance. Enjoy the article by Coach Nicole, I have it printed out and posted on my refrigerator door. <BR> Included in Article but not limited to: <BR> • Track Foods <BR> • Plan Meals <BR> • Look-up calories before eating <BR> • Make fitness a priority <BR> • Schedule workouts like an appointment <BR> • Bring your own foo... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 12:30:25 EST Happy Thanksgiving!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805614 Here is wishing everyone a "Happy Thanksgiving" and a nutritious and healthy dinner. I will do my best to watch my calories. Instead of pumpkin pie I will be having a sweet potato instead sprinkled with Sweet-n-Low and cinnamon, dressing made the low cal way (no butter), Salad, and veggies. <BR> Maybe afterwards I will fire-up the treadmill and challenge the grandkids? I only wish I had a fraction of their energy. <BR> <em>4</em> <em>231</em> <em>9</em> Thu, 25 Nov 2010 15:11:56 EST Subtle Hints http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3797583 I have somewhat touched on this subject before in a previous Blog "Measurements Vs Scale" <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3062487 </link> But since then I have found other subtle changes that I find more meaningful. <BR> Clothes: <BR> <BR> Shirts- From size XXLarge down to size Large. <BR> Pants- From size 44 down to Size 38, and they are loose! <BR> Shoes- From size 10 down to size 9 to 9.5. I would never have guessed I would have "Fat-feet"! ... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 13:41:48 EST Excuses, Excuses....Excuses!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3772893 I do not want to sound to harsh or maybe I just got up on the wrong side of the bed, but why do people make the excuse "I don't have time to exercise", or "I don't have time to eat right" or "I am to tired"? I see these excuses made in many post on SparkPeople threads, from friends, from family members....etc. Pre-SparkPeople I was very guilty of making these very same excuses and a few others I made up to rationalize for myself. <BR> <BR> The way I look at it is; I have to be truthful to m... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 12:58:05 EST Halloween & Grandkids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3764113 We had a great Halloween with the grandkids visiting with their costumes, eating candy (them not me), playing Wii games. Here are a few of the festivities that helps keep off the stress: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l574237330.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l116900950.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l246369736.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l408287585.jpg"> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeop... Fri, 5 Nov 2010 12:32:30 EST I Found My Virtual Jillian!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3757622 I have found a SparkFriend that I am choosing for my virtual Spark "Jillian", NANCYANNE55. This girl has not pulled any punches when giving advice and telling me very straight-on what she thinks. Most of her advice is qualified from her own experiences. She even came across with a Jillian type comment: "Why are you working your shoulders if they are injured? On second thought, why are you lifting weights at ALL if you are injured? I don't know what your injury is, but do whatever your doc say... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 18:12:23 EST Back To The Drawing Board! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3754157 I just weighed in with my Team Biggest Loser Challenge Group. A 2# gain!! I seem to be working hard but lately no results. I need to step up my game. I think I need Jillian from the Biggest Losers to kick my backside (nice word for BUTT!) all over the place. I have got to get back to the drawing board and re-figure my program and make some changes. I know I need to eat more calories ( based on my calorie burn), get more restful sleep and get more serious with strenuous strength exercises. (I... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 12:41:31 EST BOO!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3751660 Halloween is a tough night. There is so much to do to protect myself and my stuff from the bad-gremlins. I love the good-gremlins coming for candy, My dog used to announce every kid who came to the door with her incessant barking. Now that she is older and lost her hearing I don't have to contend with that any more. Poor dog misses out on her barking fun! So Sophie gets her treat also. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l835258978.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now for the mischievou... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 11:29:17 EST Lack Of Sleep=Lack Of Weight-Loss? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3750107 I read an article several months ago that I ran across again today that is relevant to some issues I have been having. For the past 2 months I have been on a plateau that I cannot seem to break through. I have been having a lot of painful issues with my shoulders that wakes me up several times during the night. <BR> I am watching my calorie intake and have a good exercise program. According to the BMR calculator I should be dropping 2-3 lbs/week, based on my calorie burn vs calorie intake. ... Sat, 30 Oct 2010 12:00:37 EST Getting Older really Sucks!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3731222 Am I Vain? Do I want to much? Is my past suntans haunting me? Payback is hell! I really don't want much but just a little tune-up! <BR> <BR> Has anyone had surgery or researched surgery to tighten loose skin? I have lost 60+ lbs in the last 10 months. Since I am over 60 my skin has lost some elasticity. It may be really vain on my part, but the skin under my jawline is now hanging down with no signs of retracting. Other parts of my body I can wear clothes, but not my face and I don't like a ... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 15:20:28 EST Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3726166 You may ask "What does this have to do with "Exercise or Nutrition"? Well it is a little serendipity, if you will. Riding a motorcycle burns 2.8 calories/min. and standing in a Flag-Line burns 3.5 calories/ min. The average ride on a local mission, is what we call our trips, is 60 min. (168 Cal burned) and the Flag-Line is an aver. of 60 min., or (210 Ca. Burned) If we are on an extended mission the ride can be from 120-240 min., I will let you do the math. <BR> But....This is not the reas... Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:35:37 EST Getting Over A Bad Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3688929 What a roller-coaster this past 9 months has been since I joined Spark! Sometimes the "Bad" days overshadow the "Good" days. Bad days have consisted of: lack of motivation, personal issues, health issues and .....life in general, gets in the way of my plans. I will have to say my good days far exceed the bad days, but one bad day and I forget all those good days I had and will have. <BR> How do I defeat these bad days? One way is my SparkFriends pulled me through! I log in everyday without fa... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 13:11:47 EST Delayed Motorcycle Trip! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3685862 Had my trip all planned and could already taste the In-N-Out burger in Redding CA. I decided to do my bike a favor and change its oil before leaving. Long story short is when I put the drain plug in it cracked my oil pan. I guess I don't know my own strength. So I got to visit my mechanic again!! He is a nice guy but I would rather it be a social call and not a "have-to" call. The "have-to's" always cost me money$$$$. The weather would have cooperated also. Beautiful here in Oregon. Hopefully... Fri, 1 Oct 2010 22:00:34 EST Getting Over The Negatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3681213 It has been a tough year for losing friends in motorcycle accidents. In the last 4 mos. I have lost 6 friends. I have been riding motorcycles for over 35 years, and all of a sudden 6 friends gone. Four from the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR), 1 from my Rose City motorcycle club (Portland Oregon), and 1 from the Star Touring & Riding Chapter in Vancouver, WA. Three members from PGR this month alone. Two of the accidents happened when vehicles turned left in front of the motorcyclist. It seems to ... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 02:29:59 EST Inspiration Needed? Then This is a Must See. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3661800 Found this very inspirational Video clip about one person journey. I guess you could say he reached his "Ah-Hah" moment and pulled himself up. I have met so many Sparkers over the past 9 months who have done the same thing. I have been so inspired by many people. When I feel unmotivated/uninspired I head for SparkPeople to help me get motivated/inspired. This is one of those mornings that I needed inspiration and SparkPeople came through again. <BR> Here is the Video: <BR> <link>www.dailysp... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 13:15:24 EST