BARCONIUS's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BARCONIUS BARCONIUS'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/ A view of the world from behind my eyelids http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696467 Thanks Mav. That was an awesome thought. I finished up my last part-time shif last night. It was nothing but anti-climactic. Thursday tends to be a relatively slow night. By the end of my shift, I was surrounded mostly by relatively new hires, so I didn't really get to say goodbye to the people I will miss the most. Ah well, life moves on. <BR> <BR> I finished my first full week back at the morning walks with J, and he's on his way to Arizon to build a school or some such project. Go ... Fri, 16 May 2014 14:13:10 EST Catching up and the end of the Geek Squad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695790 So much since I took time to linger here. First, morning walks with J have resumed. You might think that recovering from sleep depravity would be incompatible with getting up at 4:30 in the A.M. to walk a quick (relatively) mile, and you would be right. My part-time schedule went all over the place with the arrival of spring and all the things that retail workers need time off form work for (including Baby Girl's college graduation! Congrats Baby Girl) OK, she doesn't ready my blog. Bu... Thu, 15 May 2014 15:02:45 EST When is a goal not a goal? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674981 I know I said yesterday that getting more sleep was a goal. Truthfully, it was more of a wish. PLMitch commented that it was a good goal, and it made me think..."I really didn't make a goal of it." Well, that's going to take some thought and planning. So I started small and set a goal last night for 6 hours sleep. That might not sound like much, but I worked both jobs last night and didn't get home until almost 11:00. I have to start my morning commute no later than 6:30 <BR> <BR> Meet... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:18:13 EST Rested and ready?...Naw http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674473 I've been working on the whole sleep thing. Last night was not helpful. Lots of catch up stuff the last two nights, actually. Not terribly strenuous. I got a haircut, did some shopping. Attempted a light repair at home (need to go shopping again to buy longer screws). I did some laundry. Before I knew it, it was midnight. Not good for someone who gets up at 5. <BR> <BR> I rarely remember my dreams, but I dreamt that my legs were on fire, and woke to found them in significant pain. ... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:09:33 EST Extra hours, Good DR visit and "I'll sleep when I'm dead"...or something http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662749 First the Doc visit. Doc cancelled a visit late last year when I was to have my blood pressure checked. DW tired of waiting for me to fit a return visit into my busy schedule and made the appointment for me (Thank you Sweetie). End result...my BP was 120/70. I'm staying on the 5 mg of whatever she prescribed for me, but it's totally under control. Another year like last year and I should be coming off of that med. <BR> <BR> Overtime at the day job. Only 60 - 90 minutes per day, but it ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 14:55:19 EST It hurts so good...or not so much http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647830 It's been quite a while since I had a gym membership, so I knew I'd need to scale things back. Well, I didn't scaled back quite enough. I didn't injure myself and mostly experienced that discomfort that comes from first using unused muscles. <BR> <BR> Still and all, it was nice to be there, even if I didn't have a workout buddy. I did learn that I'm less ready for cycling than I thought. Just a little hump to get over to get active again, then look out world! Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:33:33 EST Spring Cleaning and trading Netflix for 'The Gym' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644560 I've never been one for New Year's resolutions. I don't keep them, so I don't bother. Now I'm having some wonderful convergences. My hours have been cut at my part-time job. That comes right as my need for fuel oil is falling off. I'm incredibly pleased. <BR> <BR> That makes it time for spring cleaning for me. I've cleared my streaks and confirmed my goals. For readers from earlier last year, that means I can reconnect with J and start walking again. We start in 2 weeks. We'd start... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:29:35 EST S.A.D and an introspection on passion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5614819 Oh my, wasn't that a catchy title. OK, not my best, but I've been introspective over the last few days, so there ya go. <BR> <BR> S.A.D. I wonder how long someone worked to come up with that one. Seasonal Affective Disorder. We used to call that the winter blues. Before that we just chalked it up to cabin fever. Now it's a full-blown mood disorder with a variety of treatments. If you have a real problem, don't think I'm making fun of you. I'm sure there are some who really suffer thi... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:45:10 EST Job interview, NSV and a pet peeve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562013 Job Interview <BR> <BR> I've been employed long enough now to be eligible to apply for seniority promotions (without going through the civil service testing system). I had my first interview and it was a total bust. As we were going through the interview questions, I was strongly left with the feeling that the panel hadn't actually read the job description that had been posted, because one had nothing to do with the other. In fact, it's unlikely I would have applied for the job I was inte... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:59:25 EST Catching up, peddling and remember your clocks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529332 Thanks for all the warm birthday wishes and encouraging comments. It was quiet, and that's all I'm really up for these days. Sorry to hear about those who don't enjoy them. I don't make a big fuss, but as is evidenced by the fact that I announced it here, I do make a fuss. Or, rather, like to have one made. Thanks for cooperating. <BR> <BR> The new second job seems to be working out. I get to work with real customers next week. I'm still tweaking the sleep schedule and working out mea... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 14:12:32 EST Birthday reflection - 500 miles?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526410 I'm not normally one to spend a lot of time reflecting on the past. It's called the past for a reason. Still, sometimes it's good to see how far we've come and birthday's can be as good a reason to do that as any. Last year this time, I was a lumpy couch potato, unemployed and stress eating my unemployment away. Since then, I'm employed, I started a walking plan, walked my first ever 5k, took up bike riding and, according to Spark People, I have travelled over 500 miles in my various work... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:44:21 EST What are you doing under there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515977 Last weekend I was in the mood for something funny and ran across a video by Ken Davis. I've never heard him for more than 30 seconds (he does a daily radio blurb). Very funny and I didn't have to be embarrassed to watch in front of my daughter. He is 65, has lost over 100 pounds in the last few years, and made a choice to really live for his remaining years. He has some very funny stories, and is also very inspriational. <BR> <BR> It came at a good time. It's easy to feel sorry for mys... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:50:47 EST Look Out Geek Squad and, Adding a Little Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510697 Well, a surprise second interview later, I have my second job. I'm feeling less sorry for myself than I did when I applied. Getting a job offer is always affirming, even if you don't want the job. The new job shouldn't affect my morning walks unless being on my feet that long bothers me knees too much. The second job will provide precisely the amount of income I need and it will work to sharpen and expand my IT skill set. It's a good all-around fit. It just makes for long days. Life co... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:37:50 EST Next big challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508144 What a year it's been. Not much new progress to report. In fact, I'm sitting upon a well-earned plateau. That I can deal with. <BR> <BR> As with many of you, we've been facing financial issues for well over a year now. Recently several things have come to near crisis and I've decided to take on a second job. It's not the first time I've worked two jobs, though I really hoped never to have to again. I've got a second interview tomorrow for a part-time job. It will keep me on my feet, l... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 15:50:52 EST With apologies to Norway http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506732 A co-worker shared this with me today, and I though I'd pass it along: <BR> <BR> <BR> Norwegian diet <BR> <BR> Ole was turning 78 and was overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet. <BR> <BR> The doctor said, "I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for 2 weeks. The next time I see you, you should have lost at least 5 pounds." <BR> <BR> When Ole returned, he shocked the doctor by having lost nearly 60 pounds! <BR> <BR> "Why, that's amazing!" ... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 08:35:10 EST Funny NSV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495778 My poor DW...She flagged me down in church this past Sunday (I work the sound board, so I keep pretty busy). Apparently she's been approached by a number of our little old ladies who are just incredibly impressed by my weight loss this year. Then the other day, one of our older female neighbors stopped me on the sidewalk to comment. Now, I've never given my dear wifey any cause to doubt my fidelity, but other women approaching her about my appearance did unnerve her a bit. I'm just thorou... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:44:31 EST I felt foolish...sometimes that's good for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493574 I mentioned a couple of posts back that I'd had a phenomenal ride up the Union Canal Trail that had left my knees pretty sore. In fact, that soreness grew over the next couple of weeks and I pretty much put the bike up. I was just getting ready to get a doctor involved in my knee pain when I noticed that my feet weren't quite righth in relation to the floor. I pronate moderately (walk on the outside of my heels). Ususally I notice when my shoes are starting to wear and need replacing, but... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:05:21 EST When I was "J"-less... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482460 ...I was like Kahless at the Three Turn Bridge. Okay, that's an fairly obscure Star Trek reference. If you get it, we should definitely be friends. <BR> <BR> I really meant to blog about Monday's walk, but didn't. So, here goes. It was practically a religious experience. First it was cold. 51F by the app on my phone. So, I pulled out a flannel shirt for warmth and headed out, still on my own. My normal route is a big rectangle, starting north and running clockwise, so my first turn p... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 09:01:30 EST Sunshine on my shoulders... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477567 ...means I finished my ride before sunset! And, yes, that makes me happy. (Baby Boomer song cue) <BR> <BR> It's been an interesting week. First, DW and I had a nice holiday weekend. We didn't really do anything special, but it was nice, unstructured time together. We don't really get enough of that. Tuesday was right back to the regular routine, out in front of my house at O dark thirty to walk with J, who told me he needed to be away for the next week. I miss him, but I'm having a be... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:09:09 EST Amish Flu and Funny Looking Ships http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466898 You know how to tell if you have the Amish Flu? You don't get really sick. You just get a little hoarse and buggy. <BR> <BR> That pretty much sums up my weekend. I did like most men of all levels of manliness. I whined and felt sorry for myself. Not too much, mind you. Though I guess you'd have to ask DW to see for certain. I should have medicated, but didn't. I also didn't engage in any activity more strenuous than driving the Daddy Cab. Don't feel sorry for me. It wasn't all that... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:09:43 EST Racing the sunset...again...and losing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461931 I headed back out to Monday's trail last night. Yes, that was the Union Canal Trail. Thanks for pointing that out. I started out heading toward the city and was very disappointed to find every old building neglected, abused and covered in graffiti. Even the display board explaining what the structures were is so paint covered that it's unreadable. <BR> <BR> I continued on to where the trail joined a local surface road and returned to the trail, aiming for a landmark about 5 miles away.... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:28:13 EST Another Day, Another Trail (minus water weight) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5461162 I raced the fading daylight (an all too regular practice anymore) to try out a trail I'd not ridden yet last night. I've kind of been saving this one. It isn't a rail trail, so it had turns and small hills for variety. I've walked about a half mile stretch once in the past, when I was going to college across the Tulpehocken Creek from the trail (the Tully, for locals). I hadn't researched the trail, so I didn't really know how far I could go and DW decided she wanted to come along and wal... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:21:15 EST Tanned, rested and ready http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459776 Had a lovely "staycation" with DW. Number 3 came home to visit. Her first since December, so it was delightful. <BR> <BR> Friday, DW and I walked a small part of the Bartram Trail (that Berks Co. Sparkers for that one). Only a half mile out and a half mile back (notice the symmetry. Could have been awkward otherwise). It was very nice. We haven't walked even a mile together for a very long time, and it was nice to not have any noise around. She was hoping to see more critters, but ... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:42:14 EST Singin' in the rain (minus the singin') http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454120 The morning started out damp, with J and I greeted by a not-too-awful rain this morning, so we grabbed umbrellas and we headed out. "Singin' in the Rain" kept running through my head. Of course singing wasn't really a likely occurrence. It was just after 5 AM. and the only songs we both know are hymns. I can just imagine our poor neighbors being awakened by our joy, if sodden, renditions of classic hymns, mine in English and J's in Spanish. <BR> <BR> We got about half-way through the w... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 14:56:52 EST A string of landmarks -- officially down 30 pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452859 What a weekend! First, I took my bike off the nice level, nicely tended rail trail and onto some seriously eroded county roads. I was riding the Schuylkill River Trail (SRT), which extends beyond the end of a rail trail that JOEF2F and I rode a few weeks back, and wasn't quite ready to turn around, so I followed the signs and followed a short stretch of road further. For the first time in over 20 years, I was tackling hills. Not big, challenging hills, but small ones. That was enough for... Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:44:33 EST Spark People Boot Camp Day 2? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5449676 Well, I was feeling really ambitious the other night and realized that if I set my alarm 15 minutes earlier and actually got out of bed with it, I'd have enough time to do Coach N's Boot Camp workout and shower before J arrived for our morning walk. I was having no success at adding this in during the evening, so it seemed like a good idea. And it worked out that way...yesterday. I got up, did the Day 1 routine, showered and waited out front for J to arrive. He forgot to set his alarm. S... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 08:48:24 EST Goodbye July -- If you're going through Hell, keep going. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5447387 Okay, it's a little late to get to that, but I still had some July hangover and so here it is today. July goals were all shot to pieces. I didn't expect the really hot weather to hit until August (my, wasn't I surprised) and I really mind the heat. I tried not to complain ovemuch, but I tend to get ill when the nighttime temps don't get below 70, so I was kind of miserable for those two weeks. <BR> <BR> Right as temps returned to normal, the terrible tooth reasserted itself and was join... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 09:02:25 EST The randomest of trivia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5426545 Kummerspeck is the perfect word. German for weight gain from stress eating. Literally translates to grief bacon <BR> <BR> <em>487</em> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:16:34 EST Potpourri of postponed postings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423139 THE INADVERTENT INTERVAL TRAINING <BR> Last Thursday evening, I was really looking forward to getting the bike out. It was a bit cooler than it had been, or at least less humid. Unfortunately, it was cloudy and I get home just a bit late, and was racing the sunset. So, instead of repeating the previous Saturday's ride to Gibraltar, I visited the trusty rail trail 2 miles from home. <BR> <BR> I can be a bit impatient when I have a goal in mind, but I'm usually not too distressed by other... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:17:23 EST Riding with Joe and my new worst enemy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5416860 Well, there for a few days, life was quiet and there wasn't really much to write about, then JoeF2F and I went bike riding on Saturday. It would have been nicer with more of the crowd, but Joe was great company and we're looking to expand our little group. Joe has a buddy to invite, and I had two people ask to come along next time. One was J. I've always joked that I'm not sure I want him around 7 days a week, but he's always fun to be around, and he would be good for the trip. A surpris... Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:47:25 EST New month and DOMS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408352 Off to a steady start for July. Yes, I know we're only on the 2nd, but as the say "Well begun is half done". Two wet walks this week, though this morning didn't require an umbrella, at least. Time to celebrate. I mentioned once before that I have monthly phone calls with a nurse from my insurance company's Get Healthy program. After last month's appointment was the point where I decided it was time to set specific weight loss goals. I'd been steadily improving in general fitness. I was... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 09:25:06 EST July goal and creative sparking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404492 Does anyone ever check out the leaderboards? I'm not a particularly competitive person, most of the time, so it's not the sort of thing I spend a lot of time on. Recently, however, I started noticing that I was near the top of the page on every leaderboard (whatever page I was on). Leaderboards display 25 records per page, and on the smaller teams I tend to rank around 30. On the larger teams, I tend to rank around 80 or 90. My goal for July is to move up one page on each board (except Be... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 10:41:58 EST Guess who I caught peeking at Spark People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5403623 Come one, now. Don't kid me. I know you don't have a clue. But, then, I didn't give you one either. It was my dear wife. I nearly did a happy dance sitting in my living room chair. She let me show her around a little and "introduce" her to some of my friends. I showed her my blog, which she declined to read. Then I just backed off, because I don't want to scare her off. She's going to let me build her a Spark Page and everything. I know she'll want to poke around slowly, and probably... Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:05:31 EST After the ride (with no cryptic subtitle) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402295 OK, it feels early and witty may be just a bit beyond me today. We'll see. <BR> <BR> I had a great bike ride last night with CHANGINGHORSES, CASEYSAUER and JOEF2F (check their blogs, too). All except for the picture, friends. Honestly I'm twice as wide as any of you and three times as wide as Will. But I'm a work in progress. I'll just keep going till we can retire the wide angle lens, <BR> <BR> I was reminded of a few important concepts with the ride. First is perspective. I'm bla... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 10:39:41 EST That's why they call it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5400409 (First note: I reported a weight loss today. I'm very excited about it, but I think my scale may be playing tricks on me. It's just one of those things, when the battery starts to get low. It doesn't say it's getting low. And they're not that old. And I'm in the middle of a challenge, so I'm not changing anything until it's over. I just won't be surprised if something's not quite right. Just don't tell the other team) <BR> <BR> It's one of those ideas that I think about often enough th... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 16:01:31 EST Serendipity, a better night's sleep and OMG how far we've come. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5395372 When I think of my biggest challenges, I usually think of the things that distract from or threaten to derail my fitness success...boredom, anxiety or other emotional triggers for eating. The thing that really seems to be my biggest challenge (and I won't address just yet, but soon) is getting enough sleep. I understand the need for a full night's sleep. It just never seems to work out. Besides not getting the benefits of sleep, being tired contributes to many of the other challenges I fa... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:44:40 EST What a weekend! and J takes a trip. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5391828 The weekend started off kind of slow. Nice weather for bike riding, but I had commitments for Saturday morning, early, that I wasn't prepared for. So, Friday went to more seat work. I got up bright and early Saturday morning. I got to sleep in 90 minutes as I only had to get up at 5:30. I finished my business, headed home and took a nap. Honestly, I haven't slept properly for a couple of weeks and I was feeling it. <BR> <BR> When I got up, it was time to take Number Two to work, so ... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 10:24:15 EST The stars have aligned and, remembering the small things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5387891 Finally got myself out to that nearby bike trail last night. The car behaved on the commute. The weather cooperated. Partly cloudy, warm and a bit humid. A little sticky, but certainly not a deterrent. Even DW has started to catch on that this is going to be a priority for me and chased me out the door. The trail was nice and green with many friendly people (and a dog or three). Many said hello as I passed. One very helpful senior citizen (on a well-used racing bike) slowed down to ma... Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:37:40 EST The sun came out...right on schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5386395 Well, my blech Monday came and passed and today was better. Partly because the sun really did peek out this morning and partly because I chose for today to be a better day. Actually yesterday was a triumph. My biggest eating issue is emotional eating, and I didn't allow my foul temper to become an excuse to indulge. Or better said, I didn't seek solace in food. That is a an event worthy of celebration all by itself. <BR> <BR> I had to change my route to work to accomodate some misbehavi... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 23:10:05 EST Blech Monday, Whine, whine, whine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5384522 Didn't think it worth complaining about last week, but I felt unpleasantly all week. I suffered a personal disappointment Saturday morning. Nothing weight or fitness related, but enough to cast a pall over the day. DW changed my schedule around half a dozen times in 2 hours and I got almost nothing accomplished. By the afternoon, all I really wanted to do was sleep and just couldn't. Sunday is ususally a busy day for me and yesterday was exceptionally so. Every time I started something,... Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:19:04 EST Best 15 minutes of my week (so far) and measuring progress in inches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380190 I FINALLY got my bike out of the garage last night. I had a delay on the trip home and was quickly losing sunlight, so instead of heading for a nearby trail, I took my chances on the streets. After about 15 minutes it was getting to dark to be safe without lights and I haven't had the time or cash to get them, yet. Still, I put in a mile and a half and it was glorious. Almost as good as finishing my first 5K. Nothing planned before sunset tonight and none of the women at home need transp... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 10:32:39 EST So glad I choose my attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5377769 Well, the inevitable happened this morning. Now that I'm recovered from the big dehydrated weekend. I'm still down a bit and am celebrating that. Could have ruined my whole day, but I won't let it. <BR> <BR> Walking was wonderful this morning. Temps in the 50s with a clear sky and a rising crescent moon. J was in his usual good spirits. I amuse him, so it's a fair trade, I think. Always leave them laughing, I guess. <BR> <BR> DW and number 2 have business in the state capitol today... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 10:03:48 EST Moving my Bookends, and why I still don't trust the scale. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376586 That's not a book title like "Who Moved My Cheese" or "What Color is Your Parachute". My Bookends are my oldest and youngest daughters. Since they live away from home, and my favorite second-born lives with me, I often desired a shorthand to describe the "out of town" girls (women). I settled on bookends. My wife liked it. Once the girls learned about it, they liked it as well. <BR> They're renting a house together and Saturday was moving day. No activity like this is ever complete un... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 10:25:28 EST Choose your 'tude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5372295 DW caused me a small amount of distress last week one day when she posted one of those ecards that are so popular on my facebook. It said "I'm in the fitness protection program" and showed a woman reclining lazily on her couch. Truthfully, it annoyed me. Here i am, rising at O dark thirty to walk. I'm watching what I'm eating and fussing with her continuously about how we eat, and she posts that. I appreciate the humor. I like a good pun and appreciate the irony in the post...but still.... Thu, 30 May 2013 08:46:09 EST Still sparkin' -- random thoughts, bicycles and mixed metaphors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5371442 I needed to take some time away from the blog to focus on a little career enhancer...a Windows 7 certification. It was all for nought, I'm afraid. Minimum passing score is 700 and I finished with 680. It was a little heartbreaking. <BR> <BR> I still continued walking. The only day J and I didn't get out together was Memorial Day, and I walked myself that day. Slept in until 7. I know that's early for a few of you, but my alarm goes off at 4. It was a little slice of heaven. Got to se... Wed, 29 May 2013 11:56:42 EST Best non-scale victory EVER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5357172 Saving the best for last. Took a little bit of a break from the regular routine. Moved baby girl into her big sister's house (instead of home to me). Worst end of semester for me. But, she has in internship in Philly, and that's where Number One daughter lives, so that's that. Didn't walk a track, but moving a college senior out of her dorm is no small task. Still got quite a workout in. <BR> <BR> Knees have finally recovered from the big 5K. They're sore. They're always sore. But... Wed, 15 May 2013 09:00:55 EST Stepping back to step up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5350998 Where to go from here. It's a natural time to re-evaluate. J and I finished our first 5k and set right back to walking on Monday morning. My knees hurt badly, so we kept it down to 1.5 miles. Same for Tuesday. Wednesday we planned to walk the regular 3.1 miles, but got drenched halfway through All this gave me some time to think. <BR> <BR> Then, yesterday I read two articles on SP about walking. Well, I read an article, and read the title of a blog. The article discussed ways to get ... Thu, 9 May 2013 13:12:36 EST 5k - Wounded Warrior Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5347310 Well, the big day has come and gone. Thanks again to all who offered support and encouragement. My unofficial time for the event is 59:55. My best time yet. <BR> <BR> I confess I wasn't really at my best coming into the event. People have been asking me for over a week, if I were excited. Truthfully, I wasn't. I was actually kind of dreading it. No good reason. It's just how I felt. Mostly, I just kind of ignored the whole thing until Sunday morning. Then, all I could think was, "W... Mon, 6 May 2013 11:13:17 EST Misty Monday and an Epiphany (whining leads to quitting) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339410 Temp: 55 degrees (and light rain), Distance: 3.1 miles, Time: 65 minutes <BR> <BR> Okay, I got bored with the count, so we won't bother with that any more, but I'm still walking every day. Since February 11, when we started, Jay and I have only missed 3 days. Two due to a medical limitation and one for snow. We passed our first 100 miles this morning. <BR> <BR> J regularly asks me how my knees are doing. I started out my first serious attempt to lose weight about 4 years ago when my ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:57:39 EST 5K My Way -- Day 68 -- First time for 5K Woo Hoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328685 No surprise. It was planned. Still it felt awesome! The "Lady in my Pocket" announced the completion of our third mile as we neared the end of our walk and J just looked at me and said "Really!?" Then he repeated himself three or four times. Yes, really. So, with the Keystone Wounded Warriors 5K just 2 weeks away, we have our course and our distance. We're just going to work on bringing down our time, and likely start to walk up the steep parts instead of down. <BR> <BR> All in all, i... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:09:05 EST