BIGBROTHER323's SparkPeople Blog BIGBROTHER323's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Cooked my first HomeChef meal (you know, one of those meal services) Italian Chicken with green beans and cheesy Romano tomatoes. It took me 10 minutes longer for prep/cook time than their logged time, but the meal was well worth it. I love the large picture recipe cards. Best Tip: Put the card on the fridge so I could read it without having to wash my hands. We're on the 3 meals a week plan. These are very healthy and flavorful meals. <BR> <BR> SM me for my code to get $30 off your first order from HomeChef. <BR> Mon, 8 May 2017 08:37:03 EST Planning My bucket list trip Count me crazy for this one. I accept the charge. However, in my defense, there are no more new lands to discover and a ticket to Mars is out of reach for me. What is plausible is now my dream and my plan as I have now been researching the skills I will need for the two month trip in a canoe from my home in hamilton on the Great Miami River to the Ohio then the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. I will be fishing, trapping, camping, foraging, and resupplying in cities along the way. ... Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:31:45 EST Let me Introduce you to my friend, Mo. He can help you reach your goals, too. Mo who? <BR> Whose Mo? <BR> Hello, how can I meet Mo? <BR> I want more of Mo? <BR> <BR> Mo, or Big Mo, is a friend of mine that will help you reach any of your goals. You just have to call his number. You won't find it in the white pages--or google white pages. You simple write down your goals, break them down into very small increments--the ones you can achieve. Because the more you achieve a goal--even and especially a little one, Big Mo grows. Momentum, Big Mo, keeps you moti... Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:51:54 EST Dear Lord Dear Lord, <BR> <BR> I'm really struggling with everything. I simply need your sustenance. I want to feast upon the bread of life and want nothing. I want to drink from your well of everlasting water daily and be filled. There is none like you. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:34:17 EST So, my wife has diabetes Type 2; What next? Help! Yes, I'm looking for help. My wife was diagnosed with diabetes Type 2 yesterday. I set up her thingy and she checked her blood sugar this am for the first time. Looking for advice and links. Already found some information...Looking for testimonies of weight loss with it. Thanks. <BR> <BR> As of 8/19 Julie is getting the help she needs and is doing well. She doing well. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 10:10:27 EST Retouchables....What if? Retouchables...What if what I believed became standard practice? <BR> <BR> I believe that <BR> Every picture released that has been retouched should legally be obligated to state what has been done, what equipment was used, the time it took, and the money paid for it to be "retouched." <BR> <BR> Every young person should see a video regularly for the rest of their lives started at about 7 years of age that demonstrates how it is done from the live model to the photo to the retouched pho... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:02:10 EST Your Heart, Love and Dog will like it: Exercise! I went from anxious, anxious, I can't deal with this anxious to okay, let's attack these one at a time, first, then, okay, this is manageable in 30 minutes. What made this possible? Prayer and exercise. After I prayed I got the urge to run. My wife, knowing I feel better after a run and knowing the dog is manageble after a run, helped get me out the door. When I returned, I knew that the problems, albeit large, were manageable. I immediately begain to problem solve--that is, until I dec... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:20:31 EST A challenge: An I love me letter...hmm So I was challenged by BLC 24 to write a love letter to myself...this is a little odd. I don't know how to begin just forgive me if I brainstorm outloud for a minute. <BR> <BR> I could write from God's perspective to me.. <BR> I could write a funeral eulogy from a friend to me... <BR> I could write 10 reasons why I love me the way I am...and the winner is.... <BR> <BR> I'm starting with 10 reasons I love who I am. <BR> I love that I am intelligent. If I were of low IQ, I woul... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:13:52 EST Just Got to thinking: I know, trouble, right? I just read another's blog and it listed heaviest, current and lowest weight. It got me thinking what mine would be. <BR> <BR> Heaviest Weight: 326.4 <BR> Current Weight: 322.4 <BR> Lowest Weight: 6.8 lbs (Not going back to this!) <BR> Goal Weight: 220 lbs. <BR> Lowest Weight in 30's 190 (for 2 days)...Too low for my 6'3" frame. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:29:10 EST Emotional Eating: Deal with it once and for all. Emotional Eating: Deal with it once and for all. Like I am. Here. Emotional Eating: Deal with it once and for all.<BR>/lords-table/day13/section1/ I am on day 16...and breaking free! Want to support each other...especially guys? Sign up and tell me! Commit to 60. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:16:49 EST Want a no foods off limit "diet"? Try this. Not for the stubborn of heart! LOL 60 Day course to help you get free of emotional eating...Not for everyone! Must have open mind and open heart. For those willing to accept that the Bible might have something to offer them. <BR> <BR><BR>es/lords-table/day7/done/ Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:58:12 EST Hard Work! Why is it that convincing myself to just do it takes so much hard work! I want the habits to be natural for me now! God, help! Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:49:25 EST For Christians who need Steadfast motivation (and those who want to know what Christianity is Suppos Just started an online bible class that I believe is going to do wonders for my motives and stick-to-it-iveness for losing weight. Let me know if you are interested. My sister put me onto it. Or just google...setting the captives The Lord's Table. It's thorough and intense...60 day program. I think many of you would like it. Let me know if you check it out and or decide to give it a whirl...just curious what you think of it...and whether or not you find success through it. Y... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:20:17 EST Adjusting to Cold...and workouts <BR> I lived in Russia for 4 years! 13 degrees north of the furthest tip of Main. minus 40 on an average day in Janurary in komsolmolsk. The second year I was there I mimicked my Russian friends whom I made fun of the previous year who said it was a warm winter day. I walked outside, unzipped my feather coat 7 inches, loosened my scarf, tied up my furr hat off my neck and said, "It's a warm winter day!" My friend said he'd heard on the radio just before walking out the door that it was ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:54:01 EST 2014 Goals It's My Time Now, well, it's my time now, well it's my time to....(anyone?) <BR> <BR> My Goals (Revised January 20, 2014) <BR> <BR> They say (whoever they are) that 85% of people have quit their resolutions by January 17. I foiled them. I started January 19! LOL <BR> <BR> My SMART Goals: <BR> 1) BigBrother323 will lose 106.5 lbs by March 31, 2015. (average of 1.7 lbs per week) or 32.7 % of body weight. <BR> <BR> 2) Finish in top 50 of Spark’s BLC losing 8% of weight in 10 weeks, namely ... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 16:16:18 EST Another Fella Sparkina featured in a, not me (yet?) Well, not at my rate. I've fallen off the wagon and hurt my back. But here is inspirtation! Here is a fella sparkina of mine who is featured in a magazine!<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463034 <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5463034 </link> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:50:29 EST LOVE AND HATE...MY ALARMS THE STORY OF MY LIFE....NOW I KNOW WHY MY ALARM DIDN'T GO OFF THIS MORNING. IT JUST WENT OFF AT 7PM....ARG....I DO LOVE MY SUMMER HOURS, THOUGH! Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:02:58 EST Are you doing yourself right? Of course the REAL question which I ask myself is: Am I? <BR> <BR> Many of my blogs are "inspired" by my response to a sparkster's blog or post. This one is no exception. Thanks Bunnykicks. She put herself out there and I commented, I'm SOOO happy for you, You are doing yourself right! <BR> <BR> And like most thoughts to encourage someone else, I find I need to turn it inward. <BR> <BR> I am VERY hard on myself. I find myself often defensive when someone says something to me tha... Sat, 22 Jun 2013 21:32:19 EST Love your Body... I read this article today and loved it. It needed my edit, however. I haven't taken the time yet. The link is the unedited article. <BR> <BR><BR>ness_articles.asp?id=271 <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:22:16 EST Love your Body... I read this article today and loved it. It needed my edit however. The link is the unedited article. Below includes my edit. <BR> <BR><BR>ness_articles.asp?id=271 <BR> <BR> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:22:16 EST 5 secret tips to weight loss Here's a link to 5 secret tips to weight loss. I don't know what makes them secret. Let's see if they are. 1) How many of these did you already know? 2) Which one will you incorporate into your health routines TODAY? <BR> <BR><BR>ps-to-speed-up-weight-loss.aspx Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:43:58 EST My Current S.M.A.R.T Goals (BLC22) and why they are SMART! Thanks to Fat_2_Fab for reminding me to write this blog on SMART goals. A SMART Goal is Specific, Measurable, Adventurous, yet Realistic and Time-oriented. <BR> <BR> The following goals are NOT SMART goals. <BR> 1. I will exercise more. <BR> 2. I will lose 50 pounds <BR> 3. I will lose 4 pounds. <BR> 4. I will eat nutritional food. <BR> 5. I will lose 150 lbs 9 months from today. <BR> <BR> Specific goals explain exactly what you will accomplish. A SMART goal must have some way to measure pr... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 18:40:26 EST Re-run of Name this mustang! To see the pictures go to the original blog in November. Name someone else or claim an avatar for yourself....duplicates are okay....but be the first! I'm 1, 13, 14! oh and 40, but you canbe those too. choose what fits you! <BR> <BR> <BR> I've had these pictures for a while and thought I better do this whilst i can! Can you help me name these Mustangs? <BR> <BR> Who is number 1? Is this Chrissy Prizm, ALL Chrissy, or ____? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Who is Number 2? <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 22:51:28 EST BLC 22 Goal/Plan: Form Permanent Habits My goal this 12 week challengeis to incorporate balance through habits in all of my life. After all, what good is beinghealthy if those around you won't be around to be with you because they aren't. I want to "take people with me on the journey." 2) I don't want my being healthy to be a burned on someone else. Carving 300 minutes a week out of an alreadybusy schedule doens't work (at least for a married spud like me). Doing something that I need is great, but it just doens't work if i... Sun, 2 Jun 2013 18:49:44 EST Habits that will take me where I want to go... Welcome to my brain....feel right at home....I's a little dark and ominous. But I am reviewing habits that I beleive will take me where I want to go... So where is that? 215 lbs, in shape, flexible, strong. A producer of results. Next Mudathlon. <BR> <BR> Eat 5 or more freggies per day. Drink 8 ounces of water in am as soon as I awake. 20 minutes of deliberate exercise daily for 5 days a week. Drink 100 oz of water daily. <BR> <BR> 6 miles weekly <BR> <BR> Review d... Tue, 28 May 2013 10:46:06 EST SORRY: THIS IS AN AD: Please read watch this and tell me what you think...4 reasons uR not losing Read this and tell me what YOU think:<BR>e-belly-fat-naturally/?a_aid=ppc&a_bid<BR>=c17713ed&chan=AOLS&utm_source=aol&utm<BR>_medium=banner&utm_campaign=awf <BR> <BR> Reasons why you are not losing body is not producing enough adampanectowho? Too much grellin? or gremlins? <BR> <BR> SORRY: THIS IS AN AD: I didn't realize that this was a (long 30 min add). I liked it and want to buy it. If you have used REAL DOSE and have any inf... Fri, 17 May 2013 15:34:13 EST thought for the day... thought for the day....If God made my body, why don't I love it, and treat it HIS temple. <BR> <BR> What will I do with this thought? <BR> Share it <BR> Act on it... <BR> <BR> I will run with the dog today....before dinner! What about you? <BR> <BR> Return... <BR> Did *I*/you? <BR> <BR> Yes, I did! Good choice, ma boy! Fri, 17 May 2013 15:15:50 EST Flying Pig 10k Review Saturday I ran The Flying Pig's 10k in 72 minutes and on Sunday, the CFF's 5k. <BR> Saturday the weather was low 60's and clear. Perfect weather. Slightly windy on a few bridges. Ran a well. No pain. Soreness....Reminder, stretch and walk afterwards....don't even just stand. I could hardly walk after standing for about 10 mintues. My goals were 90 I'd break this, 2) 80 minutes...that this was new realistic goal after some training. I had hoped 72 minutes, a 12 minute ... Tue, 7 May 2013 07:34:16 EST My Courageous Sweetheart My Courageous Sweetheart <BR> <BR> Do you remember Sienfield’s bubble kid? He lived in a bubble because if he got someone else’s cold, life was over for him. Two decades ago children with CF would live about thirty years, meaning that most kids were buried by their parents having left children of their own behind. My sister’s kid has Cystic Fibrosis, but without Seinfield’s bubble kid’s obnoxious attitude. My Amanda is a sweetheart. <BR> Treatment today is different. There is no bub... Thu, 2 May 2013 19:41:41 EST Are You Insane? My favorite definition of insanity (besides my first name) is....doing the same things over and over again while expecting the same results. <BR> <BR> Is that not what we have done with our weight. We expect something different to happen, but we still don't exercise or eat well! What are we thinking! We let something get in our way. <BR> <BR> So here is a question to ponder: <BR> What do I need to do differently to get the different results that I want? <BR> <BR> So, what are they... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 08:29:08 EST Key2change 5k Debrief Ran my 5k yesterday! My goal was under 40 minutes. I hoped that I might get 36 if at all possible! I didn't train well last 3 weeks AND was sick....and ran 34:39! AND I didn't even wear my breathe right! <BR> <BR> I stayed right behind a woman for 1/4 the race then had to pace....she finished in 27 minutes! Now I have a new goal! I wanted to believe that that was possible for I know it is! <BR> <BR> The weather was as good as I could have expected. It stopped ... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 13:46:48 EST Reflection THEN Crashing! A big event is over. Now i just want to crash. But let's not forget about celebration and and enjoying the moments made. <BR> <BR> Basketball season is over...What's over? What's not? Coaching basketball practice, reffing basketball, putting the 9' foot rims up is finished. Mentoring kids into lovers of activity, team sports, young men and young women is ongoing. <BR> <BR> In my upwards basketball I feel like I did a good job, for eight weeks work. I prayed for them at each meetin... Sat, 9 Mar 2013 21:48:17 EST Constant Baby Steps... SNOW DAY today! Slept in....took boys sledding...made soup...EVEN cleaned up wet clothes mess and cooking mess! Shoveled mine and parents walk....drew with youngest...a cartoon cat, football helmet AND cartoon car...ranalked with dog in woods, took some good pictures of him...will have to post really did a lot today....I'd make a good mom! hehehehe <BR> <BR> Guess *I* don't have to sleep in the dog house tonight! LOL <BR> <BR> 60 minutes FM, 2 hours includin... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 22:24:14 EST Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Thanks to Whyweight552 Rennae for inspiring this blog. <BR> <BR> I am who I am today in great part because of the nest in which I grew up. I am who I am today because I flew OUT of the nest, and built my own. I keep my family, because, well, they are my family. I will carry on the good things they taught me. I will love them, but I will reject any negative voice no matter the source that would keep me from flight. I will not render my wings to be clipped. I grow back any that are.... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 15:34:46 EST I Love My SparkFriends Yup, I do. I love my spark friends--all of you. So this is a tribute to you. <BR> <BR> Your wall comments make me smile. Your goodies make me smile, laugh and cry. Your comments on my blogs make my day. Your accomplishments kick my butt into high gear as I long to have what you have....a healthier life than the one I had the day before. <BR> <BR> So thank you if you've ever written or commented to me on my wall, feed, spark-mail, or gone "shopping" for me! <BR> <BR> You've m... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:00:20 EST Add Yourself As a Friend Be honest now. Have you ever tried to "add" yourself as a friend on your spark page? Why doesn't it let you! I want to be my own best friend! Hmmmm. <BR> <BR> That sounds like sound thinking to me. Are you your own best friend? Am I my own best friend? Would you let your friend walk on stage dragging 13 feet of toilet paper while hobbling on cruches? Would you let him leave with the keys having had too much to drink? Would you let him walk out the door with a buger the size of New Y... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 15:27:36 EST The Done! I'm the guy that is done making, liking, and looking for excuses...for anything. It's my turn...It's my job...It's MY responsibility to make me into what I want to make me. I will catch myself making excuses. I will count how many times I redirect myself into positive thinking and action. I will not make an excuse why I can do something later, why I don't need to earn FM today, why I shouldn't prepare for bed, do ALL of routine...including breath right, do ALL of morning routine...includ... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:18:57 EST Attitude v. Altitude My attitude is great even though I just lost my blog entry and have to write it again. Do you know why? Because my nose is up. <BR> <BR> Pilots often call their planes' altimeters, gages that measure their height above sea level, the attitude meter. When the nose is up the plane climbs. In contrast, when the nose is down, or when the speed is low, the plane descends. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In life, if I have a good a... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 15:06:32 EST When an 8lb/week loss doesn't even get me 3rd place That's right! I lost 8 lbs this week in a biggest loser challenge at work. They listed the top 3 and I didn't even place! Now don't get me wrong. I'm not down. I'm stoked. My friend lost 19 lbs and came in second. I'm truly happy for him and stoked. I am ready to repeat my 8 lbs.. I'm open to learn from him. So here are a few secrets I'm learning (relearning--; ) <BR> <BR> Enjoy other's success. Don't Evny it, but use it to challenge yourself. <BR> <BR> So I asked him what he d... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 13:00:14 EST Reducing Calories IN by swapping healthy foods. So 5 minutes ago, I thought, i should blog about x, and then I read an article on spark next thing I read was a post with a link to an article about x. So, here it is. The truth is, since I am in 2 BLC contests AND I want to lose a double amount of weight for 4x the reward, I can sacrifice a little more by making smart This site includes many 100 calorie swaps. I used to think that, Oh, it's 40 calories here and 50 there--no big deal. After all, I'm a big guy, work out and so I require... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 13:11:11 EST First Day of Personal Challenge--I'm on it! I worked out 70 minutes on the day I signed up for work challenge. Even though I ate out twice, I made good choices. I'm so going to reshape my body, my health, and my future. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 11:37:02 EST Double Biggest Loser START UP. MY BIGGEST ADVANTAGE IS YOU! I am competing twice at the same time in TWO BLC Contests. One here on BLC21 and one at work. I just put in 10$ in the pot. Half goes to the winner and half too a local charity. So, just how much is possible in the next 8 weeks? My plan is in the previous blog. I just blocked out my 300 minutes a week of half cardio and half weight. My friend said he would win because he's training for a marathon, the flying pig. He doesn't know I have a secret! You keep me motivated an... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:11:35 EST 2013 Goals: Fewer Rolls! After taking a month off from tracking food and exercise, I am reviewing my year from a health status and setting new goals. I've learned much this year. I've learned (again) first and foremost that I am responsible for the condition my body is in--both strengths and weaknesses and that whatever condition it is in in January 2012 will be the result of my efforts. This will include what and when I eat, how much I eat, why I eat, as well as how and for what I train my body. <BR> <BR> I want to... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:12:47 EST For Nostalgia's Sake (Never Could throw anything away! ) This is my old page. I just dumped it here, so I could write my new page and examine it all later. <BR> <BR> <BR> Decided I needed to add this (3/13/2012) to keep me accountable. Trying to lose a lb a week (or inch) <BR> <BR> 1/01/2012 304 <BR> 3/12/2012 300 <BR> 3/19/2012 298 <BR> 3/28/2012 295 <BR> 4/01/2012 294 <BR> 4/03/2012 289 <BR> 4/04/2012 293 <BR> 4/10/2012 290 <BR> 4/11/2012 Four months to lose 75. Divided my 19= Yikers! 4 lbs a week. Can I do that! Sure, I can do that...or at... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 14:23:45 EST My TWEENER Plan This is my plan for the next three weeks. This last 12 week challenge (BLC20) ended last week. In January, I start two overlapping challenges. My work starts 1/4/13 and BLC21 starts 1/18/2013. In the past, I get excited, started early, lose weight, start the challenge 10 lbs lighter, then fizzle out. This time, I'm timing better. <BR> <BR> For the next three weeks I will flip my ST/Cardio ratio: 2 parts ST to 1 part cardio over 5 days/week (65 min daily) and eat what I want. I will ... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 12:14:26 EST Vote for Mama Kal's Next Avatar (BLC 20 Before and After) We all love momma Kal! She is always telling us Midnight Mustangs of the BLC20 challenge that she is hopping on her sea horse and riding on over from Azure Island. So, which image do you "sea" when she says this? Here are my favorites. Vote for only three! Maybe she'll use the winner as her avatar for the month of December! <BR> <BR> 1) darkgirlonseahorse <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 2) girlonhorseinsea <BR> <img src="http://pho... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:48:10 EST Name This Mustang I've had these pictures for a while and thought I better do this whilst i can! Can you help me name these Mustangs? <BR> <BR> Who is number 1? Is this Chrissy Prizm, ALL Chrissy, or ____? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos- <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Who is Number 2? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> And what about Mustang #3? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 19:46:42 EST At the Doctor's: Scales & Hicups Wednesday weigh IN: I'm the first! Maybe cause I have something to lose! Or did lose! best as I can trust the scale! <BR> <BR> Today: My scale....248.....lost 2 lbs.... <BR> <BR> Why can't I trust the scale, well besides the usual reasons, <BR> In August: My scale said: 273 The doctor's scale said: 284 Difference of 11 lbs <BR> November: My scale said: 249 The doctor's scale said: 283 Difference of 34 lbs <BR> <BR> I lost 24 lbs from ... Wed, 14 Nov 2012 07:55:56 EST 5k Analysis I'm 2 and 1/2 hours home from my 5k and I can breathe again! Here is what I did, the positives/negatives and thoughts for improvement. <BR> <BR> PreRace <BR> Weather: A cool, crisp, 48 degree, November 9th, clear sky day with a bright shining sun. <BR> Clothing: Gray, thin, thermal, long-sleeve, gray and black silky t, red upwards # 6 t and bib #3212. Tripple-stripe Addidas sweat pants (shed at start line) and black & gray silky shorts. Red/White Running shoes (Nike....yeah, I know!... Sat, 10 Nov 2012 13:40:09 EST The Power of......shrooms? I told my brother that if he ate the mushrooms on the Millillo's Pizza, it would make him strong. He was 8; I was 12. I was tired of hearing him whine about the slimy, 1/8 inch cubed mushrooms! I even demonstrated their cause and effect on my scrawny arms by not flexing <em>213</em> , eating a mushroom <em>485</em> , dramatically swallowing it <em>91</em> and ta da! <em>85</em> Flexing my muscle! He screamed, let me try, let me try. To date, he loves mushrooms on pizza, and on anyt... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 15:30:55 EST