BOPPY_'s SparkPeople Blog BOPPY_'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community where are the statesmen and stateswomen? * Not in office! Witness Bill Bradley. <BR> <BR> * Elizabeth Warren spoke up; Wall Street still got what they wanted. <BR> <BR> * A few try, but most who do have the gumption, get lost in the noise. <BR> <BR> * Why can't these people stay in office? <BR> <BR> .--Too many people believe that voting doesn't matter. <BR> .--People believe they have more important things to do. You can't lead without followers. <BR> .--What's that got to do with what Kim Kardashian is rumored to be doing, now... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:37:25 EST Why is Food Labelling Bad & Congress a Mess? * People of lower economic status tend not to vote. (They don't even register.) <BR> * Unions and the civil rights movement, historically, have tended to counteract this. Neither is a significant force, any longer, especially for people of lower economic status. <BR> * Many people believe that the only issues are direct pocket book issues (DPBIs), and the only people, by and large, that get their DBPIs addressed are rich people and corporations; the latter can "amortize" the cost of influence... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:00:25 EST Latest Online/SP Lexicon of Acronyms and Text Emoticons Online & SparkPeople Lexicon Text, including Acronyms & Emoticons <BR> <BR> 2013-05-13 (Last Updated 2014-12-13, 18:59:52, v16) <BR> <BR> Apparently, there are folks who have read blogs or other posts <BR> and are confused by TLAs and emoticons. Ergo (;-)): <BR> <BR> != -- unequal(s). logical inequality. The '!' "reads" NOT. <BR> (_x_) -- kiss my "butter" <BR> 10Q -- thank you <BR> 10Qgg -- thank you very much (replace each 'g' with a <BR> . ... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:35:33 EST Yet, Again, More on Nutrition Labels. ANAICT, the reason that Tuna labels have serving sizes that are not integral of contents, e.g., 2.2 servings per can, is to create a servings size, such that, the mercury content falls within acceptable guidelines. <BR> <BR> I believe that similar misleading quantification is also carried out WRT trans fats, cholesterol, and other regrettable food properties. <BR> <BR> In the case of tuna, and school lunches, this kind of machination would appear to be borderline criminal. This also seems t... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:00:11 EST Why I Write Things Out, When Tracking/Recording I have in my house/home office 3 Android phones (1 with a telephone contract, the other two, obsolete, used as handy information devices, and Android tablet (Kindle), and a Windows notebook, not including my desktop and server. Moreover, the 3 Android phones all have speech to text translation that works very well for my voice <BR> <BR> So, why do I still use paper and pencil? Because I don't want to wet and vanquish any of my mobile devices. <BR> <BR> Even with the paper and pencil, I mak... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:33:31 EST How I Measure, Record & Track Everything I Eat <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:37:25 EST More on Labeling This quote from GoldenRodFarm <BR> <BR> ( <link><BR>LDENRODFARM </link> -- in response to my last blog on labelling): <BR> <BR> "I always read labels. And, they do seem to have bizarre measurements on them. They make it difficult to figure without a calculator sometimes. If a can has 4.7 oz in it, why is a serving 2 oz, and what happens to that .7 oz? Most tuna cans have things like approximately 2 servings. How many people put down the missing .7 when ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:29:48 EST The Loopholes of Food Labeling Good Article by the SparkPeops: <BR> <BR> The Loopholes of Food Labeling <BR> What Food Manufacturers Don't Want You to Know <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=153 </link> <BR> <BR> I also observe: <BR> <BR> * A lot of the measurement units are bizarre <BR> * Measurement, itself, often seems erroneous, if not fraudulent <BR> * There is a strong need for a nutrition label clearing house that is keyed by UPC, and has measurement data in greater de... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 02:19:47 EST Tracking or Slacking? Points or Progress? <BR> Plan or Pointlessness? <BR> Goals or Holes? <BR> Socialization or Struggle? <BR> Struggle? And, Success! <BR> Thu, 4 Dec 2014 13:42:31 EST Warning <img src=""> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 21:17:11 EST Top 20 Reasons to Lose Weight <BR> 1. Lengthen your life! Obesity can shorten your life by upwards 5, 10, to 25 years. <BR> 2. Improve the quality of your life. You can do more. You feel like doing more. And, you enjoy every moment of it more. <BR> 3. Improve your self-esteem. Feel better about yourself. Feel in control of yourself. <BR> 4. Reduce your risk of cancer. Increased body fat, associated with an increase in estrogen, can increase the risk of cancer, in women. <BR> 5. Stay sharper as you get older. Obesity dra... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:48:58 EST Thanksgiving: Give Thanks for Fun ---- <link><BR>bJDLEw </link> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:04:39 EST Early Thanksgiving /\W\/\i\/\s\/\h\/ Resignation (?) <img src=""> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 01:49:54 EST Calorie-Restricting Diets Slow Aging Calorie-Restricting Diets Slow Aging <BR> **************************** <BR> <BR> Research out of NYU Langone Medical Center shows low-cal regimen influences brain gene expression as female mice age. And remember, while peops are not mice, mice have very little brain (cerebral cortex), even proportional to their size. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>stricting-diets-slow-aging-study-finds </link> <BR> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:12:29 EST Smarter Thru Exercise? <link><BR>es-exercise-really-make-us-smarter/?rr<BR>ef=health </link> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:59:02 EST Better Source on Artificial Sweetener Study <link><BR>tificial-sweeteners-may-disrupt-bodys-<BR>blood-sugar-controls/?_r=0 </link> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:57:06 EST Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1228234/study-finds-link-between-artif<BR>icial-sweeteners-and-glucose-intoleran<BR>ce?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed </link> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 01:16:33 EST A Proper Perspective for Organic Food <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814232 </link> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 14:21:37 EST An Apt Depiction of This Fall in NH <img src=""> Sat, 8 Nov 2014 11:30:04 EST Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll Observations <BR> <BR> * No matter how carefully I write, rewrite or edit my blogs, people see what they want to see, XOR what they don't want to see in them. Social media, in general, and SP blogs in particular are a MORT (Massively Online Rohrschach Test). Yes, there are a few (too few) readers who get something meaningful out of this. <BR> <BR> * If I wanted to get the most play, here, my constant topic would be inspirational drivel. As I've said before, if you're so inspired, where's th... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:10:47 EST Tipping Point @ SparkPeople I've talked about tipping points before, but I may have found a new tipping point for me. <BR> <BR> The popups ads at are so frequent, numerous and invasive at SparkPeople, AND the limited amount of computing and communications resource that SparkPeople is devoting to their web site is making my use of it cost prohibitive (in terms of my time)! <BR> <BR> At first, I thought it was my browser. But, browser doesn't matter. Then, I thought it might be the fact that I blocked th... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:14:03 EST Portion Control Portion Control <BR> <BR> Portion control may be a problem, but it is definitely NOT the solution, IMAO. Or, rather, it's the wrong place to start trying to solve the problem of weight and health management <BR> <BR> For me, the key to portion control is planning. Not just planning at the time I take a portion, but long-term planning. <BR> <BR> 1. I don't eat things that make me want more of those things. Rice, for me, is a principal example. Most bread also falls into this category. <BR> ... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:50:16 EST Observations & Rules, Here! Some rules of thumb about what I've observed from my readers, and me. <BR> <BR> * Who Benefits? <BR> <BR> I benefit because it clarifies my thinking about nutrition, fitness, wellness, and CHANGE. <BR> <BR> Best case, the readers who need any advice or perspective the LEAST, embrace it the most. <BR> <BR> To give examples of what I mean, because I can't imagine anybody understanding the previous generality without examples. No, Alex, and '1CD', I was positively absolutely NOT referring t... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 15:10:35 EST How Human Memory Works, Or Not I am constantly annoyed by the ads (including the crypto-ads on NPR) for "brain training" designed by "neuro-scientists". Too many alleged scientists profess too much knowledge about human cognition. <BR> <BR> That is not to say that scientists know nothing about how human cognition works. Consider some research on human semantic memory. Subjects are briefly shown isolated words in sequence and then asked when presented a "new" word" whether it was one of the ones that was seen before. <BR> ... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:33:04 EST Thursday The day after Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>334</em> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 00:46:54 EST Interview with Myself Me: Were you disturbed by the response to yesterday's blog post? <BR> <BR> I: For the bulk of the responses, yes! <BR> <BR> Me: Why? <BR> <BR> I: Because my intent was to write a blog post that would get people to realize that quite often words are used by people in power to manipulate them. They need to understand the context, before rendering a knee-jerk reaction. <BR> <BR> Me: Who are these "people in power"? Are you paranoid? <BR> <BR> I: They include but are not limited to politicia... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:22:48 EST How's Your Glass? Glasses – Half-Full, or Half-Empty? <BR> <BR> There are at least two kinds of people in the world. <BR> <BR> The first kind is convinced the glass is half full, and insistent on enforcing derision on all those that won't salute his/her flag of -fullness. I like to refer to these people as -- the completely full of it group. <BR> <BR> The second kind of person, realizes that there are a myriad of distinctions that can be made about issues, and people, and that the half full vs. half empty d... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:07:20 EST Sunday, A Bear of a Day for Me I slept well Saturday/Sunday -- over 8 hours, unusual for me -- these days. <BR> <BR> But, I felt LAYZEEEEEEEEE, when I awoke! I had to force myself onto the treadmill, and started slower and finished slower than in recent days. Nothing hurt, so I didn't quit. I went on to my floor exercises, but I really backed off all these. Again nothing hurt, but I just didn't feel like doing even a mediocre rendition of my program. <BR> <BR> Felt great this morning, and got the treadmill in early, all ... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:41:32 EST Why I Write (Sometimes ;-)) When I am going to do something, it turns out best when I have a clear idea of what I'm doing. Sometimes "doing" includes writing (for me). So, then it's best to have a clear idea of what I want to write. When the activity that I'm going to do is hard, or long, or complex, the idea needs to be a written, outlined, or diagrammed plan, list, or schedule. If this is really a prolonged project – like changing me – my plan will require a vision, and visualization of my goals, as well as iterations... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 20:35:59 EST Saturday My conditioning is improving markedly of late. As I've said before, persistence pays off with increasing increment of results across time. Let me make this clearer than I have. I'm not JUST saying that I'm improving. I'm saying that the rate at which I'm improving is improving. This is not just acceleration. This is jerk as they say in the physics "biz"! (And, yes I realize that, that last term is an invitation to "smart comments". I don't care. This is too much fun, to avoid the use of the c... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 23:59:10 EST An Inadvertent Day Off, Thursday Had to leave early for my grandson's concert. Didn't get a metered walk in, but almost got to 10,000 steps. Was also short on VAM, and slightly short on my mileage goal. <BR> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Fri, 6 Jun 2014 00:14:00 EST Walking Is Improving, Still. Starting to crank up both the speed and inclination on the treadmill. I'm still walking at toddler speed, but I am improving: <BR> <BR> Since all the surgeries, up until just recently speed range on the treadmill varied from starting at 1 MPH, and eventually getting to 1.7 MPH. Within the last week, or two I've been starting at 2 MPH, and getting as high as 2.6 MPH. Again, up until the last month or so, I used 0 inclination on the treadmill. Within the last few weeks, I've been varying the i... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 02:10:41 EST Exercise For the Younger Folks? Are you younger? Less than 40? <BR> <BR> Are you looking for more challenging workouts without spending lots (or any) money? <BR> <BR> Here's something I came across, today. Free Workout Cards. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I haven't tried these, and frankly my body and it's "scars" will not allow almost all of these exercises. <BR> <BR> And don't forget, there's always the YMCA -- a grossly under-appreciated institution. <BR> <BR> If you try them, ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 13:59:59 EST Faster & Bigger Effects of Nutrition & Fitness Management Dialog with a Sceptic <BR> <BR> Me <BR> <BR> In an earlier piece on NSVs and plateaus, I said that staying on program would lead, in the *long run*, to faster and bigger improvements in health, well-being, and fitness. <BR> <BR> So the first qualifier to note is the "long run". What's "long" for one person may be "short" for another. Both subjectively and objectively. <BR> <BR> Scep <BR> <BR> You mean there's "qualifiers"? Your fancy name, for ifs, ands, and buts? <BR> <BR> Me <BR> <BR... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 17:19:22 EST Faster & Bigger Effects of Nutrition & Fitness Management Dialog with a Sceptic <BR> <BR> Me <BR> <BR> In an earlier piece on NSVs and plateaus, I said that staying on program would lead, in the *long run*, to faster and bigger improvements in health, well-being, and fitness. <BR> <BR> So the first qualifier to note is the "long run". What's "long" for one person may be "short" for another. Both subjectively and objectively <BR> <BR> Scep <BR> <BR> You mean there's "qualifiers"? Your fancy name, for ifs, ands, and buts? <BR> <BR> Me <BR> <BR>... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 17:19:21 EST So, You Want Personal NSVs, Eh? We gave away 27 pairs of pants of mine, last Friday. 26 were from storage and had not fit me for years, before I reached my peak of 306 pounds. One pair was the largest pair of jeans I owned. A 52" waist. I now wear a 34" waist. <BR> <BR> But, note, whenever I talk specifically about myself in blogs of late, I'm talking about NSVs, because, I've reached maintenance, and I intend to stay there. <BR> <BR> Gotta go track, and then to bed. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 May 2014 23:15:43 EST Non-Scale Victories – NSVs Non-Scale Victories – NSVs <BR> ************************** <BR> <BR> So, you had a great NSV. Congratulations! Congratulations!! <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> Caveat <em>40</em> <BR> ------ <BR> <BR> * NSVs are, really and truly, the REAL VICTORIES! No question about that. <em>30</em> <em>208</em> <BR> <BR> * However, across time, the NSVs don't come without the SVs. <em>40</em> <em>207</em> <BR> <BR> * When the SVs do NOT come, repeatedly, you've reached a plateau. <em>257<... Fri, 30 May 2014 13:49:17 EST YMCA, Day Been doing a lot of walking, so haven't been to the YMCA much lately. Also tried to avoid the weights at the Y because I might be tempted to do upper body and I know my left arm and shoulder can't take it. <BR> <BR> Did the recumbent and found that the walking made this much easier.Did an hour on the bike, at a high resistance level (for me). <BR> <BR> Walked for half an hour on the track. <BR> <BR> Did 33 minutes of lower body weights. Had to cut back, here, because of my left knee. <BR> ... Thu, 29 May 2014 20:49:01 EST My Walking Last three days, I've finally begun to walk fast enough to actually sweat during my walk. <BR> <BR> When I exercised, in the past, I was a "champion" sweater! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> When I wrestled this was actually a help. Made me so slimy the opponent couldn't hold onto me. First (and last time) time in my life this was any kind of advantage. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Wed, 28 May 2014 23:48:33 EST Exercise: Broad and Deep Effects on Well-Being Exercise: Broad and Deep Effects on Well-Being <BR> <BR> Broad Effects <BR> <BR> My dad was a high school gym teacher and coach, but he was never typical of either. I don't want to make it sound like I worshiped him (I did not; we had our differences), but he was most unusual for a high school coach. First, he coached swimming and tennis; not your typical “jock” sports. Also, at various different points, he also taught science. Second, he knew the advantages of fitness and regular exercise.... Tue, 27 May 2014 23:21:07 EST Wow! Want to learn something? Read the comments to my blog, yesterday. <BR> <BR> I mean it! <BR> <BR> I'd quote them, here, but I'd only mess them up. <BR> <BR> Bye. (I've got to go read them, again!) <BR> <BR> :-| , <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 May 2014 12:53:50 EST Confessions of an Ignorer I often go out and read "random" blog posts. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to actually say anything positive about many posts. <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> There's actually a variety of reasons. <BR> <BR> Some posts are so heartfelt and sad, that I often can't seem to find the courage or words to express anything that isn't sappy or otherwise insincere, since, after all, I'm an abject stranger, and that's not why I'm "here". <BR> <BR> Some posts are so phenomenally uninteresting, or w... Sun, 25 May 2014 17:23:36 EST Corrections and Musings on Recent Blog Posts & Comments Fitbit Openness <BR> <BR> Anja Baldo (4A-Healthy-BMI -- <link><BR>-HEALTHY-BMI </link> ), has pointed out an oversight in yesterday's blog on personal devices. I give the misimpression that Fitbit (the company) is not open to third-party smart-phone apps. I was in error, on this point. Fitbit does provide an open interface to user's data via their web site. Unfortunately, this interface is not particularly useful for (a) the kind of features I would like ... Fri, 23 May 2014 23:41:34 EST Personal Devices, Related Issues and The Future My Use of Fitbit <BR> <BR> As regular readers of my blog (if there are any <em>211</em> )know, I have a Fitbit One, I use it continuously (when I'm not in the shower, pool, or its battery is charging). While I find it very useful, and highly motivating, I am not a true believer in Fitbit or its products. This holds true for almost (?) all companies and products I've ever known or used. <BR> <BR> Fitbit <BR> <BR> Part of my particular reticence WRT Fitbit, in particular, is that they will ... Thu, 22 May 2014 14:05:44 EST Viewpoints If it's not one thing it's another ... <BR> <BR> -- Roseanne Rosannadana <BR> <BR> Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. <BR> <BR> -- Gilda Radner, 1946 -- 1989 <BR> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Tue, 20 May 2014 22:09:56 EST Update on Yesterday's Life Nutrition Regime I left out some important points about my nutrition regime, yesterday. <BR> <BR> I have a big breakfast, EVERY morning, without fail. As with all my other meals, everything is measured; and, recorded, selected and measured BEFORE I eat it. 13 out of 14 days, I'll have dried cooked cereal. Usually, 80 grams (1 C) of quick oats. In the quick oats, will be, 10 to 15 grams of raisins, and either, other dried fruit, or fresh berries. Also, most of my medications are taken in the AM. This means I... Sun, 18 May 2014 11:28:58 EST State of the Onion (Me) Someone recently asked me how I was doing, and how I was doing it. <BR> <BR> Here's my answer. <BR> <BR> -- <BR> <BR> I'm doing great. <BR> <BR> Back is way better. Right shoulder and arm are way better. Abdominal wall has given me no further problems. <BR> <BR> Weight is stabilized now at 185+/-2 lbs. <BR> <BR> I eat *upwards* of two pounds of fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables a day. Some days this amount comes in at 5 lbs, or more. These numbers *almost* never include bananas, or pot... Sat, 17 May 2014 10:46:42 EST This Space for Rent Today is do-it-themselves blof day. <BR> <BR> Pretend like I wrote something and then react to it. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>20</em> Fri, 16 May 2014 03:22:19 EST How to get a Steps Report @ SP * You must have a Fitbit or Spark steps tracker, that you wear. <BR> * If it's Fitbit you must hook up your Fitbit web account to your SparkPeople account. <BR> * The device will record your steps daily and transfer them to your SP account. <BR> * Go to the Top pull-down menu: My Trackers. <BR> * Then the sequence is: <BR> <BR> My Trackers / <BR> . Reports / <BR> . . Daily/Weekly/Monthly Step Tracking <BR> <BR> This will automatically give you a report for the last 5 weeks. If you want some... Thu, 15 May 2014 15:18:19 EST Numbers Don't Lie, Fitbit Motivates Me Notice how average number of steps and consistency have improved since the beginning of the year. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. The trend Report graphs are really helpful. Give 'em, a try. Wed, 14 May 2014 00:56:32 EST