BLUE42DOWN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BLUE42DOWN BLUE42DOWN'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 Goodbye to SP, Permanent or Semi-Permanent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423370 As mentioned in my feed and on my Spark Page, I'm going on a permanent (or semi-permanent if I randomly decide to return) hiatus from SparkPeople. I'm not deleting my page or removing teams or friends, just in case I do return for any reason, but I've found I don't use any of the tools any more. <BR> <BR> SparkPeople served the basic purpose I needed at the time I started, which originally was just food tracking and adding a bit of walking, with a goal of ending a decade or so of deliberate... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 19:37:57 EST 16 July 2013 - Past information from SparkPage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423329 This is just to archive what I had on my SparkPage, since some of it makes less sense with going on a permanent hiatus. <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> <BR> <BR> ** For anyone who winds up on my SparkPage for any reason ... Greetings and Salutations. If you would like to add me as a Spark Friend, please do and you will find I add you back in return. For all that I mention being intensely private and will sometimes call myself "non-social", I do make a point of keeping up with friend statuses,... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:41:38 EST Looking behind and continuing forward http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408728 Time for reviewing June goals and making July ones. <BR> <BR> == June goals == <BR> 1) Average calories under 3000. <BR> <em>301</em> Didn't make this one, though I didn't blow it terribly either. My average for the month was 3111 calories per day. (More discussion of this below.) I did bring the average down from May and ended June well with an average of 2972 for the last week. <BR> <BR> 2) Push up my cardio intensity <BR> <em>248</em> <em>186</em> I've been doing this in s... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 15:34:28 EST May slips away and June marches in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5376202 Oh my, oh my. Another month bites the dust, and another month gone, etc. <BR> <BR> Where did I get to with regards to my goals? <BR> <BR> 1) Track eating daily <em>248</em> <BR> I'm a teensy bit behind right this moment as I went clubbing last night, got up early to go to a social gathering, then hit the gym. But once I finish this blog post, that's next on my task list. Otherwise I have tracked every day since I restarted doing so near the beginning of the month. <BR> <BR> 2) Avg ... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 01:11:19 EST SparkStreak for logging in and spinning wheel goes poof http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5358838 It would have been 608 days with Thursday's spin. Instead, at the time I chose to make my spin, just as it finished and went to submit, SP took a critical dump. Next thing I knew, the status page was saying it would be around 4 hours for them to get it back up. Didn't check before leaving work, didn't check from my phone, and didn't get home until after midnight ... resulting in no Thursday spin. <BR> <BR> End of SparkStreak ... and really what I feel is a sense of relief. <BR> <BR> The ... Fri, 17 May 2013 04:18:24 EST A week of tracking so far http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353245 As I set my goal to do, I started tracking again as of 4 May. I am using a software called Living Cookbook rather than SP. The key reason for that is the software does a bit more including kitchen inventory (helping me keep track of what I have and what recipes will work from that) and pricing (I record what ingredients costs when I buy them, and it gives a cost for recipes or quantities of the ingredient.) <BR> <BR> I haven't yet met my goal of bringing my calories down to 2050 so I can g... Sat, 11 May 2013 16:11:35 EST Mayday, Yes I May, Jennifer May makes May goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5342748 It is May. (Yes, you MAY have already known that.) Today is May Day / Mayday, which to my memory was often pictured with a maypole, girls in spring dresses and flowered crowns dancing and weaving ribbons around it. Not that I ever actually saw anyone DO that. <BR> <BR> Some fun little May factoids about me. My middle name is May. I've always liked it, as well as how it flows with Jennifer. In fact, I often sign off things as Jennifer May and fill that in as my first name rather than pu... Thu, 2 May 2013 02:28:22 EST General Goals with Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5339519 I've been slacking for over a month now on food, eating more than I should, eating a lot more sweets than I need, being really lazy about cooking anything. On Friday I got a wakeup call of sorts. <BR> <BR> See ... I am definitely a food lover. Not a food lover in the sense that I feel that gives me an excuse to eat anything and everything in absurd quantities. No, a food lover in the idea of the sensory experience. Food can appeal to all our senses. <BR> <BR> Obviously we taste it, the ... Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:21:34 EST Strength training - what can we focus on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325489 I said this in my previous blog, but wanted to expand on it more: "I do strength training for strong muscles and healthy joints, ligaments, and tendons." <BR> <BR> I rarely do things for just one reason. I love when I can live the cliche “two birds with one stone” and get a single action to have multiple benefits. Strength training, particularly in the form of weight training, gives me the ability to do that. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> ===================== <BR> A few months ago, I re... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:16:59 EST Blue's Back Blogging http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5324193 (... and applying alliteration apparently.) <BR> <BR> I've been really quiet on the blog front, I know. One of the things with participating actively in the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) is that most of my other Sparking activities were side-lined. Not for lack of things going on in my head or things going on in my life, but because I was already sharing things with my teammates and most of my time was spent tracking, reporting, and trying to keep up. <BR> <BR> I'm not bashing the BLC by ... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:54:32 EST Flower pics from walk at lunch last week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5287287 <em>87</em> <BR> <BR> I was amused to have the OUTLAW teams QOTD ask if we were seeing flowers yet. I've been meaning to upload these from my phone to share. One day last week I decided to spend my half hour lunch walking around the block and then started taking pics with my camera of the flowers I saw. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l469722702.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l249063000.jpg"> <BR> These trees are pretty neat w... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 04:16:32 EST Cardio for Heart Health http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279039 I had a really odd (to me) realization last night. <BR> <BR> I do my weight work (strength training) for fitness reasons. I love feeling stronger, more capable physically. I love knowing my bones are strong and my joints and tendons and ligaments and such are remaining healthy. A side effect of weight work is more muscle which is a minutely faster metabolism, but I don't lift to lose weight. <BR> <BR> I was doing my cardio for weight loss reasons. Not entirely, of course, because I do e... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 15:05:20 EST Catching up on February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276202 Seems like I've been doing this a lot lately -- sliding a day behind here, a week behind there. Here it is nearly a full week into March and all I managed to do was LOOK at my February goals and briefly ponder their completion, or more appropriately, lack of completion. (However, as I'll explain, I actually don't feel bad about that and feel good already about things I'm doing in my life.) <BR> <BR> Here's the summary: <BR> <BR> == February goals == <BR> 1) Weight at or below 165 consi... Wed, 6 Mar 2013 16:17:18 EST Proactive versus Reactive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5272730 I've mentioned this book before -- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I was originally exposed to the book and the concepts at a seminar 20-some years ago, and am very glad I was even if I still have yet to fully implement some of the concepts. One of the concepts I remember being directly discussed at the seminar is this idea of being a Proactive individual rather than a Reactive individual. Interestingly enough, I picked up a 2013 calendar that is based on The 7 Habits, and the con... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 13:01:38 EST Honesty and Discipline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267309 Just wanted to make a little addendum to my previous blog. <BR> <BR> First, I have to admit I can learn quite a bit from the responses to my blogs. We may all see the same world, but it is fascinating how much difference point of view can make. Our own life experiences and beliefs and opinions color so much. <BR> <BR> That said, one thing I didn't really intend as a point of my topic was picked up on. The reason for the paddling I got and my mental response -- the topics of Honesty and D... Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:45:45 EST As my Spoon dug into the Peanut Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264909 <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> I had the very unusual thought / question cross my mind. When was the first time I ate peanut butter like that? How did it start? <BR> <BR> Well, I didn't come up with the very first time, BUT it did take me back to some interesting food memories. <BR> <BR> My last paddling. <BR> <BR> That's right. <BR> <BR> My father was a believer in "spare the rod, spoil the child". When we were smaller, he used a wooden spoon. But they weren't quite durable enough and at s... Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:42:45 EST Decision Made, Dressing Up, and More http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261699 <em>68</em> <BR> So, I've made my decision on the race on my birthday. I'm going to pass it up this year. It's annual. It isn't new. I can make much better plans and work my finances a lot better looking ahead than rushing to fit it in this year. Patience means I can make the most of a stay in SF, too. Far wiser than painfully squeezing myself money-wise for the next month or so, especially with my portion of the hospital bill to pay and a paycheck short one day (that I spent in the ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 02:47:49 EST Oooh, can't decide - must get more details http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260260 Oh ... my ... <BR> <BR> Just got an email about a race and I'm so tempted to register for this: <BR> <BR> <link>rhodyco.com/eab12k-2013.html </link> <BR> Sausalito to San Francisco Emerald Across the Bay 12k <BR> <BR> It's on my birthday. <BR> It involves coming across the Golden Gate Bridge! <BR> What's NOT to like? <BR> <BR> Well, it isn't cheap. And it isn't in walking distance of home. I would have to have enough for the cost of the race ($50 plus online fee), but there's just no ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 16:37:56 EST Healthy Heart for Valentine's Day, pt. 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251836 So there I was in the ER room bed, all hooked up to monitors, and my silly phone alarm about to do a 5 minute cycle of snoozes and alarms. Ugh. That meant no more sleep or going through a rather awkward process of getting up enough to reach it, turn it off, and by the end of that process be awake enough I wasn't going to get back to sleep anyway. <BR> <BR> Amazing timing, but someone came in to see me right at that moment. Financial services. Because I am uninsured, I had to sign somethi... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 16:42:37 EST Healthy Heart for Valentine's Day, pt. 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5251124 What a couple of days this has been. I mentioned this in a forum post in my BLC#21 ONYX OUTLAW team's thread and really nowhere else until I updated today's status. <BR> <BR> Starting on Sunday evening, I noticed that my heart would race for a few beats (6-12 was typical) before slowing back to normal. I just shrugged it off - maybe I was laying wrong and just shifted, maybe I just got a dose of adrenalin for some reason, maybe I got too much blood sugar. It happened a few times, but I di... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 03:34:27 EST Oh hello February! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236553 There's a song that seems so appropriate sometimes: <BR> <BR> "Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future." (the song is Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band) <BR> <BR> Ah, yes, yes it does. Another month has passed and it's time to take a moment to review January and look at what I want to accomplish in February. <BR> <BR> == January goals == <BR> 1) Dental hygiene habit. <BR> -- Almost, but not quite. I was consistent all the way up until the last few days. Wha... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 03:40:05 EST BLC#21 - Back to the Future (Forget the Past) Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225829 Every weekend of the BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) there is a challenge to help us stay focused through the weekend as that's a difficult time for some Sparkers. There's two parts of this weekend challenge that call for blogging: <BR> <BR> <em>195</em> <BR> 1) How will your life change when you reach your fitness/weight goal? How will you feel? <BR> Journal or Blog about it <BR> <BR> Honestly? It won't change any more or less than it has been through the whole length of the journey. ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 16:12:28 EST Sixteen months along, belatedly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5221043 I swear the reason this was delayed had nothing to do with the fact it was the first month to ever show a gain. <em>211</em> The 16th, my usual day for these, was the beginning of BLC#21. I weighed in at 172, which is up 3.5 pounds from the 168.5 of last month's check-in. <BR> <BR> Then again, as I mentioned in a semi-recent blog post, I've done a bit of a change-up to work on stabilizing my eating -- one part of which is setting my SP goal to two years out rather than a few months awa... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 02:32:24 EST BLC#21 - Just DO IT weekend challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213801 I actually posted all the details of the challenge and what I'm doing and keeping track of my points in the super-sekret hidden Outlaw thread earlier today. However, this one action I'm making more public and expanding on: <BR> <BR> D: DECIDE to just DO IT. <BR> <BR> Basically we are to pick something that is holding us back and decide to just do something about it. Good timing on this one, as I've mentioned this more than once in the last couple weeks, it's not the first time I've set go... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 01:23:19 EST Flu Shot thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213166 I decided it might be easier to comment further on my status(es) yesterday about flu shots and flu antibodies in a blog than to add my own replies or bounce around to several pages. <BR> <BR> First, the source for the answer that I found was on the same site as COXBETH provided on my second status, but a different page: <BR> <BR> <link>www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-sea<BR>son-2012-2013.htm#how-long </link> <BR> <BR> This page has a lot of good information, in question and answer form,... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:23:45 EST So many possibilities http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210966 I saw an article today that was comparing a very low-carb diet and intermittent fasting. There were two terms it used that I found interesting: <BR> <BR> Dietary Schemes <BR> ********************** <BR> <BR> I really like this first term for some reason. When we scheme, we plot and plan - often with a hint of being sneaky or tricky / clever about it. So many times when someone wants to accomplish something with their food - whether it is burning fat faster or bulking up muscle or non-med... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 03:22:51 EST FIRED UP for Monday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207761 (25) F = Had an OUTLAW Dance Party - I'm still playing some of the GOYBADs and dancing <BR> (25) I = CICO (posted below) <BR> (25) R = 6 hours sleep last night <BR> (25) E = Dates (see below) <BR> (25) D = Upped weight on my Leg Press and did a full 3x12 set of lunges (yuck!) <BR> (25) U = My affirmation "I can recover from mistakes and learn from them." <BR> (25) P = Today's plan is brought to me by how I felt when I got home -- like I wanted to just curl up under my blanket and vegetat... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 02:38:28 EST FIRED UP for Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205839 (25) F = went to the park and had fun on the swing <BR> (25) I = CICO (posted below) <BR> (25) R = 9 hours sleep last night <BR> (25) E = Bell Peppers (see below) <BR> (25) D = Added Alternating Bent Over Dumbbell Kickbacks (tricep). Tried for a second military pushup, but not there yet. Upped a couple other weights (Lat Pulldown and something else) <BR> (25) U = My affirmation is "I love my life!" <BR> (25) P = I'm going to be making either chicken breasts or pork chops in the slow co... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 22:40:49 EST FIRED UP for Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204411 (25) F = going out dancing tonight <BR> (25) I = CICO (posted below) <BR> (25) R = 10 hours sleep last night <BR> (25) E = Bananas (see below) <BR> (25) D = Recumbent bike - did intervals that were more resistance (12 when my range is usually 8 to 10) and speed (110-120 rpm when normal is 85 and pushing to 100) <BR> (25) U = My affirmation is "I deserve to reach the best weight and fitness condition for my body and will do it!" <BR> (25) P = Last BLC, I kept roller-coastering when I would... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:07:12 EST FIRED UP for Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203097 This is our last weekend on break between BLC Round 20 and BLC Round 21. Six of us on two teams (the OUTLAWS and the WARRIORS) agreed to provide weekend challenges for our two teams to help keep us "in the game". <BR> <BR> This weekend was mine to create, and I spent a good amount of time in mid-December coming up with what I wanted it to be. I chose to get us FIRED UP for BLC Round 21 - giving us basic healthy habits we could focus on starting with the letters in FIRED UP. (For those cur... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 02:52:05 EST Okay, time to stir things up a little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5202745 I had another day of being super hungry yesterday, one that led to eating over 4500 calories. As I discussed in a previous blog, this isn't "binging". I'm not rushing to inhale the food. I'm not craving and caving in to that. I'm not hiding my eating from anyone (here or at work). It's simply eating more food and more often through the day, deciding not to sweat the calorie range. <BR> <BR> Now, this has been happening off and on for some months now. <BR> <BR> There's also the fact tha... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 20:56:33 EST Heart Rate Monitor aka my geek is showing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199094 A DailySpark blog showing fitness gadgets happened to have the Polar RS100 heart rate monitor shown. I followed the link to Amazon, saw the price, and decided it was time to move ahead with my plan to get one. <BR> <BR> It arrived on Monday. I didn't get it out and swoon <em>211</em> until after work. I liked how neatly it was packaged, a small black box. Not sure why I expected something big and clunky. There's three pieces - the watch which tracks the data, the chest strap, and the... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 16:13:23 EST What to do when January 2013 doesn't go as planned? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5193934 Did you set goals, make a fresh start, have all sorts of plans for 2013? How are they going? <BR> <BR> I can see from blog titles and SparkTeam threads that not everyone's month is going according to plan. And it's only the SIXTH of January. <BR> <BR> I'm sure not perfect either. I already missed one day of my "Dental hygiene habit" and went on a snack attack and stayed up too late last night. <BR> <BR> So what do you do when you've already "screwed up that goal"? Is it the end of the ... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 21:58:40 EST State of the Blue42Down - 2013 fitness review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187436 A year ago, after three-and-a-half months active on SparkPeople, with the New Year 2012, I decided to do a review of a variety of statistics about myself - keeping my focus more on fitness than pounds. (** Hehe, hurried to post before midnight - now I'm going to get the last few measurements done. **) <BR> <BR> First State of the Blue address: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648619 </link> <BR> <BR> Three months: <BR> <link>www.sparkpeopl... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 02:59:44 EST The "Magic Trick" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5184813 It's been said before. It will be said again later by others. It bears repeating. <BR> <BR> There is really only one "Magic Trick" to improving our lives, and that is embodied in a single word: <BR> <BR> CONSISTENCY <BR> <BR> It is the magic behind Spark Streaks. When we start with <em>249</em> it is so seemingly small. <BR> <BR> What will one 10-minute workout do? What will one day of eating within a reasonable calorie range do? What will one night of 7-8 hours of sleep do? What... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:11:20 EST It's only mid-December, right? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181677 <em>100</em> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Seriously, somewhere in the first week or so of December I completely fizzled. It showed in how I've been eating. It showed in no new words added to my novel. It showed in my productivity (or lack of) at work. I "woke up" a bit too late in the month to make much of December, but did turn things around and feel like I'm revved up again as I head into January. <BR> <BR> I'll just call it a sloppy pit stop. <em>226</em> <BR> <BR> One thing I c... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 03:02:43 EST Binge or general Overeating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179465 This is a question that has been rattling around in my head for a couple weeks now, and I keep swinging back and forth in my answer to myself. <BR> <BR> Where this started was with a few days this month that I ate well over my calorie range, pretty much eating whenever I felt hungry or a desire to eat. One of those involved eating an entire box of cookies over a couple of hours (minus the one I'd had the day before). In the past I've also gone through most of a jar of peanut butter and ove... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:49:26 EST Biggest Loser Challenge, Round #21 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177944 For anyone who has seen my blogs about various things in BLC#20, and has thought it might be fun to try out a challenge like that, registration is now open to new people (new to the BLCs, that is, or even those who missed out on the previous one but would like to return). <BR> <BR> It starts with joining the registration team. If that sounds like something you'd like to do, or you have questions about what a Biggest Loser Challenge is like, feel free to send me a SparkMail. Space is limite... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 17:02:29 EST 3500 calories adds up to what? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175604 Some of you may have seen the status on my feed this past week: <BR> <BR> ************************ <BR> BLUE42DOWN wonders if anyone knows the actual source study / calculations used to come up with 3500 calories in a pound of fat. We hear that so often, but can't find any reference to the source. <BR> ************************ <BR> <BR> I wanted to add the three links other Sparkers gave in the comments here and talk about where my mind had been rattling around with this. <BR> <BR> P... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 02:29:03 EST Fifteen months along PLUS Santa Run 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168644 Time is speeding along. It seems like November was just last week! This month's loss definitely slowed to a crawl. Actually, it was going along better, hitting 167.5 for a couple days. <BR> <BR> But then I hit a ravenous beast stage where I just could not seem to stop feeling hungry again. One of those days I ate (and tracked) over 5000 calories. The amazing thing about that? I never once felt stuffed, full, or ill. My average calories for this week (Monday through Sunday) were just o... Mon, 17 Dec 2012 00:16:03 EST What I'm looking for in a Workout Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5166682 Given the responses to my feed, I'm realizing I was less than clear what I'm looking for and why it is frustrating me. <BR> <BR> (My status was: BLUE42DOWN is getting a little frustrated looking at workout routines -- most focus either heavily on "bodybuilding" or "fat burning", and I just want "overall body fitness / strength".) <BR> <BR> I probably should have specified weight training routine vs. simply workout routine. I'm not looking for stuff like P90X or Insanity or videos. I'm lo... Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:31:39 EST San Jose's Christmas in the Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161714 Here in San Jose, CA, we have an annual Christmas in the Park event as well as an outdoor ice skating rink called Downtown Ice that runs from around Thanksgiving until New Years (or something like that). <BR> <BR> I walked down there tonight, meandered around taking pictures, and was amazed by just how many people were there. It is a couple blocks from the gym I go to, and there's even a kettle korn place that is part of it in the walkway in front of the gym, so I've seen a lot of people wa... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 02:49:26 EST BLC#20 - Final essay =P (My thing, not a challenge) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160340 Back before BLC#20 started, we had some training weekends to give us an idea how the challenges would work. Included in one of those was taking some before pictures, measurements and setting some goals. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042699 </link> <BR> <BR> Now that BLC#20 is over, it's time to take a look back and see how I did on those. <BR> <BR> ====================== <BR> Snapshots <em>388</em> <BR> ======================... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 15:57:41 EST Self-deception http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155514 Finally I'm getting to this blog that has been percolating in my mind for over a week. It started when I read NUOVAELLE's blog called: "Dark days" in maintenance. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148088 </link> <BR> <BR> It is very worth a read no matter whether you're just starting out, getting close to your goal, a recent beginner at the maintenance thing, or have been at that maintenance thing a while. Go ahead. I'll wait while yo... Tue, 4 Dec 2012 04:13:15 EST November 2012 zips into the past; planning December http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153635 Yep, ye olde goal review time. <BR> <BR> == November goals == <BR> 1) Stably below 170 <em>192</em> <BR> -- Whoops! Well, I was. Then I went a little food crazed and bounced back up to 172.5. Today I'm back down to 170. While I can't cleanly call it met, I actually am right in that range so I can aim lower for next month. <BR> 2) First <em>365</em> - 1:40:00 or better <em>248</em> <BR> -- Accomplished in 1:26:10, walking almost the whole way. (I did a small jog across the... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 14:04:52 EST BLC#20 - Finish STRONG challenge for final week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5153192 The BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) #20 (Round 20) is coming to an end very soon. Our final, week 12, weigh-in will be on Wednesday. This blog is part of our weekend challenge. <BR> <BR> O: Overcome the obstacles of the BLC/Holiday Break. Journal or blog your plan to continue your weight loss success during the break (one time points 1000) <BR> <BR> ============================ <BR> <BR> Well, I don't really have nearly the obstacles in store for me that "Holiday Break" implies. No family... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 01:58:50 EST Grocery shopping and landlord's dog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5145529 I've been meaning to do this some week, so here it is. This is my "haul" of weekly grocery shopping. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l883398074.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, that's all to feed one person - but aside from the produce, most of it lasts more than a week. Alternate weeks have different larger staples I'm buying. <BR> <BR> I get to haul all of that home on the bus and carried the last block or two. I use a backpack, duffel bag and a separate reusable gr... Sat, 24 Nov 2012 23:33:47 EST Straight to the point http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143738 What? ME?! <BR> <BR> Actually, I'm not talking about my blog getting straight to the point. Instead, I was thinking about the vision that many of us have related to losing weight. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1473058207.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Way way too often, we think of it as a straight line. Start at this weight, end at that weight - done deal. We think our graph will look like this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2129827200... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 21:16:35 EST An old Thanksgiving memory and saying I Love Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5142689 On another forum today someone was talking about looking forward to the L-Tryptophan nap. I realized that in 43 years, I have never once sat down to a Thanksgiving dinner at which the goal was gorging myself. <BR> <BR> Of course, the first 18 years that was because we didn't celebrate at all. Raised as a Jehovah's Witness, no holidays were celebrated. Even birthdays were marked by no more than being another year older. <BR> <BR> My earliest Thanksgiving memory is in second grade. My par... Wed, 21 Nov 2012 14:49:09 EST Fourteen months along - super sweaty day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138962 And not from heat. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l109846879.jpg"> <BR> We'll see how well that picture comes out. That is the back of my shirt I wore at the gym this morning, after I'd finished my workout. The top little section at the neck - that's the only part that is dry. The front didn't fare much better. Whooo-eee. <BR> <BR> Here's the latest shots: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l382703058.jpg"> <BR> 17 Nov 2012 @ 169.5 poun... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 02:36:54 EST