BOPPY_'s SparkPeople Blog BOPPY_'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Blogging? Wanted to read others' blogs, yesterday. <BR> <BR> Went to my readers' blogs. Responded to a couple of new ones. Went to one of my teams. All the blogs listed were mine. <BR> <BR> Embarrassing. <BR> <BR> But, if you're reaching your objectives and goals, what matter? <BR> <BR> Speaking of which, since I lowered my target weight, I've actually increased in weight. <BR> <BR> Really, embarrassing! <BR> <BR> Time to get serious! <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Wed, 27 May 2015 07:01:37 EST Tada – A Grossly Underrated “Nuance”! * Plan <BR> * Measure <BR> * Record <BR> * Track <BR> * Do <BR> * When you've met your objective, or reached your goal, Announce: “Tada!” <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/3BStErCZR7i?pid=6151731617039427378&o<BR>id=101453162215777563254 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Do it in public. <BR> <BR> Do it in private. <BR> <BR> Do it outwardly. <BR> <BR> Do it inwardly. <BR> <BR> Your choice! <BR> <BR> But, do it! <em>104... Tue, 26 May 2015 06:19:28 EST Re: Online, and Nutrition, Exercise & Wellness Management Lexicon Text ... Editor's FAQ -- Answers only! ;-) <BR> <BR> 1. No, I do not have all these memorized. I use very few of them regularly. <BR> 2. No, I do not print this out. I use an editor (word processor) to view or <BR> ---change the file. I, also, recommend that you don't print it out either. <BR> ---Windows comes with several editors and text viewer/browsers: Notepad, <BR> ---and WordPad among them. Mac also has some. <BR> 3. Many of these I've had to look up, to use SP meaningfully. BMI and BMR <BR> --... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:52:02 EST Periodic Update: Online, and Nutrition, Exercise & Wellness Management Lexicon Text Online, and Nutrition, Exercise & Wellness Management Lexicon Text <BR> --- (including Terms, Acronyms & Emoticons) <BR> <BR> Last Updated, 2015-05-21, 23:06:55, v17.2 <BR> <BR> Apparently, there are folks who have read blogs or other posts and are <BR> 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 ... Fri, 22 May 2015 03:19:01 EST Yoga-Lite, Basements, Adaptation ... Our exercise area takes up about 1/6 of our basement. Half of the exercise area is carpeted with padding. There's also a small mat on the carpet. Next to the carpeted area is a treadmill. In front of the treadmill is an old Sony CRT TV with a Dish Joey receiver. The TV sits on an old TV stand. <BR> <BR> This setup has existed for at least 5 years, and possibly 10, or more. Last week, for the first time, in all that time, MDW Beth complained that she couldn't see the TV, very well, over the t... Thu, 21 May 2015 16:24:36 EST Who knew? Who knew that cleaning the basement could generate 9000+ steps before 1:00 PM? <BR> <BR> Who knew that standing on the concrete floor in the basement is tolerable if you "retire" to the exercise area every hour or so for some yoga? <BR> <BR> Who knew that cleaning the basement revealed where the tape, glues and sundry tools you've been looking for for weeks would "magically appear"? <BR> <BR> Who knows how I'll feel tomorrow morning? There's more cleaning to do! <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> ... Wed, 20 May 2015 03:16:38 EST Truth Often Comes in Strange Packages ;-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>334</em> Mon, 18 May 2015 03:50:42 EST Have you registered to vote? Have you asked five other people if they have? <BR> <BR> Don't you think that would be a good idea? <BR> <BR> Lee <em>40</em> Sat, 16 May 2015 01:03:20 EST Looking for Help, Advice, Tips, Tricks ... ? * to do something? <BR> * to change you? <BR> * to improve your results? <BR> * to start a project? <BR> * to avoid common errors? <BR> <BR> You might want to try: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 14 May 2015 20:28:26 EST Setting the Record ... er ... Curvy! ;-) Semi-random items. <BR> <BR> * Cold, I don't mind; snow I mind; because of my back, blown out knees, and ever-worse balance (lower leg/foot neuropathy). <BR> <BR> * Cold is good in the Spring because it kills black flies. <BR> <BR> * It was cold all day. Yeah! <BR> <BR> * It's never as cold here (NH) as it was in Chicago. Moreover, winter clothing has improved so much, that it's hardly an issue, anyways. <BR> <BR> * Update on Cara Cara oranges. Beth bought three. I believe they were over... Wed, 13 May 2015 22:21:14 EST Semi-Wheneverly Citrus and Black Fly Report ;-) MDW Beth bought Cara Cara "Oranges". <BR> <BR> Some conclusions: <BR> <BR> * I've never had them before. The ones I reported on earlier were definitely not Cara Cara. <BR> * They are delicious. It's hard to believe they come off a tree. They taste like some kind of devilish confection. <BR> * They smell and taste (taste is mostly smell), like a cross among: <BR> . + Sugar Cane <BR> . + Intensely flavorful Delicious Pink Grapefruit <BR> . + Intensely flavorful Delicious Navel Oranges <BR>... Sat, 9 May 2015 20:05:31 EST Blackflies Showed Up Thursday I'd rather have cold and clear than warm and blackflies. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Fri, 8 May 2015 23:23:38 EST Darn Cold this AM in Southern New Hampshire But, NO BLACKFLIES! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Wed, 6 May 2015 07:06:20 EST Obituary for Ben E. King -- Updated I grew up in a white neighborhood in Chicago, and later in a white suburb. Somehow, I was saved from the great void of white music. For some reason, the sounds of the Drifters, Clyde McFatter, Ben E. King, and later Chess, and Motown "spoke" to me. <BR> <BR> I was amazed that the local Nashua Telegraph carried the obit of Ben E. King. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> * NY Times Obit of Ben E. King -- <BR> <link> Mon, 4 May 2015 02:24:54 EST Goodnight! <em>102</em> Sat, 2 May 2015 05:01:15 EST Still Catching Up Clock struck twelve. <BR> Hickory dickery, Sparkery! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:19:54 EST 4 Days of Catch-Up Leaves little time to blog ... <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:57:12 EST Got to get in more walking! Boppy, are you listening? <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:47:10 EST Why Do I save my Meal Tracking Chits? Four Reasons: <BR> <BR> <em>141</em> To be able to display them in a blog post to motivate others to track. <BR> <em>141</em> To be able to check "things that happened earlier" which may have been entered wrong, or which I may need to duplicate, later. <BR> <em>141</em> To remind myself to put the date and time of meal on every chit, for non-same-day entry into SP. <BR> <em>141</em> To remind myself that I am a different person than I was. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 02:02:56 EST Whew. Caught up on the week's tracking. Saturday PM, had to catch up on my tracking at SP. <BR> <BR> As I've mentioned, I record my food on little slips of scrap paper, and then enter them at the end of the day. Starting at the beginning of this year. I staple them together and dump them in a little box, next to my computer. The exercises I record on forms that help me plan and track my workouts. <BR> <BR> Saturday I had Tuesday through Saturday to enter. <BR> <BR> Here's my food chits since January 8th of this year. <BR> <img ... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 01:04:47 EST Relativism: Don't Leave Home Without It! Or, more to the point, if you leave 'home', it will become obvious. <BR> <BR> My maternal grandmother, who was an immigrant, put it in a more personal, direct, and pessimistic way: <BR> <BR> "Things are never so bad, they can't be worse!" <BR> <BR> You'll have to forgive her; she and her family were victims of the pogroms in Russia. <link> </link> <BR> <BR> My earlier post was on how the weather is finally warming up in Merrimack, NH, USA. <BR> <BR> I fou... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:41:59 EST Looks Like Spring May Have Finally Formed a Beachhead! ;-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 01:55:55 EST Smart Watches Revisited Earlier, I had done a review of smart watches, and I had expressed concern that Fitbit probably would not be able to stay competitive. <BR> <BR> I've change my mind. <BR> <BR> The reason I've changed my mind is that I have come to understand that there is an overriding factor that Fitbit excels in. Specifically, it's life of the battery. Many of the new smart fitness watches require recharging daily, if not more often. Fitbit has figured out how to make the battery charge last. Specifically... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 02:27:32 EST Hey, The new SP Free App: * It's actually useful. <BR> * It's free. <BR> * It now includes Favorites and Recent <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 9 Apr 2015 01:22:02 EST Interesting Sights? And, Mixed Emotions? I start my walks, outside, by going out through the garage. As I exited the garage I immediately noticed two things. The first was that most of the snow on the sides of the driveway had melted. (It'll be at least another two or three weeks before the plow-built snow piles at the end of the driveway melts.) The second thing that "caught my interest" was two or three lone snow flakes. <BR> <BR> My first reaction to the snow was depression, but then I realized that a snow that killed off early ... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 17:47:45 EST Old Man OF the Mountain <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Some have expressed Interest in what was, and happened to New Hampshire's Old Man of the Mountain. <BR> <BR> Rather than waste time and words, I point you at the following excellent resources: <BR> <BR> *YouTube Video: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> * Wikipedia Article <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_Mountain </link> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 20:12:24 EST My Diet Revisited My diet is not a diet, it is my lifestyle dietary regime. I've covered this before, but the following is a more detailed delination from my post on one of the message boards. <BR> <BR> My entire diet is predicated on a subjective calorie to satisfaction ratio, with some special, general exceptions: <BR> <BR> The general exceptions: <BR> <BR> 1. Always favor produce over fats or carbs, and discount the calories for produce, slightly, by downsizing the size (weight) of fruit, and fresh veggi... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 17:14:27 EST Some Thoughts on Using Religion to Discriminate Losing My Religion for Equality, by Jimmy Carter <BR> ****************** <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR> Thu, 2 Apr 2015 18:44:03 EST Curse of the Old Man On the Mountain? Prolonged winter due to the demise of the Old Man On the Mountain? <BR> <BR> Talk about having your nose out of joint ... <BR> <BR> Lee <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Apr 2015 00:38:31 EST That's why they call it "Whether"! March 30th -- about .01 inches of snow. <BR> March 31st -- 33 degrees at 6:11 AM. <BR> <BR> I suppose it could be worse, <BR> <BR> Lee <em>40</em> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:12:23 EST Followup to yesterday's blog on the Insanity in Indiana Discrimination is not tolerance. <BR> <BR> Discrimination is bigotry. <BR> <BR> While all religion claims peace and acceptance, most often religion gets used for some kind of discrimination, OR worse. And too, the tax code enforces this insanity. <BR> <BR> Recently, in the US we've seen the rise of the 'god wants you to be a militant a$$' form of religion. I for one cannot stand idly by, while this occurs. <BR> <BR> You're free to express your allegedly unbiased views in your own blogs. T... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:55:28 EST Give Indiana the Attention It Deserves <link><BR>g-ten-football-championship-out-of-ind<BR>ianapolis </link> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:02:57 EST Motivation II Yerkes-Dodson Law <BR> ---------- <BR> <BR> There are only a few things in scientific understanding of psychology that may be classified as a law. One of these involves the relationship between motivation and performance. This relationship is generally referred to as the Yerkes-Dodson Law -- <link><BR>3Dodson_law </link> . <BR> <BR> The following graph well shows that relationship. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:50:49 EST Sampling Opinion. Motivation I. I've noticed that both my brother and I are very active in soliciting a variety of opinions on "things". While there is this consistency, there is also a vast difference in terms of what, how and from whom we solicit opinions. <BR> <BR> In my own case, there are two separate domains in which I solicit opinions. There are technical domains such as science and engineering, in which I've developed skills in finding *how to find* who and what to ask. <BR> <BR> In less technical domains, I find ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:53:44 EST Winner & Losers American society, especially as it is portrayed in pop culture and sports is all about winning and losing. I think, if you're trying to change your behavior, that a more subtle and functional view will be more helpful. <BR> <BR> First, this is one of the few places, where "losers" are "winners"! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> More seriously, language can be used in many ways. I've found that thought and language, when used to promote self-improvement, or reach any other goals is best used in ser... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:01:19 EST Spring & the Future; On My Mind, Today <link><BR>sts/U2Pe6SbG9rB </link> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:33:19 EST Oranges, V Took an orange from the fridge, today. Was the size of a small grapefruit, but was very dense, so I weighed it. 445 grams. 9 grams shy of a pound! <BR> <BR> It was also VERY tasty. <BR> <BR> Now, the packaged and fast food suppliers are clearly a major factor in US obesity. But you also can't completely discount farmers. They keep breeding ever better, tastier, more caloric foods. You really have to stay on top of this "stuff"! <BR> <BR> Found this after posting the above: <BR> <BR> <img... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 02:38:00 EST Walks, or Tools III Warmer, yesterday. Made the walk more pleasant. <BR> <BR> Another tool on smart phones for walking is the camera for stills and videos. <BR> <BR> It was too ugly out yesterday to take any pics, and I have to walk on the street -- because of the snow (S. NH), and my back/leg issues. Almost no sidewalks, here, and the street snow is dirty/ugly. <BR> <BR> The "other lesson" in yesterday's walk was to remember to download all the tech podcasts I want to listen to before I go out since Verizo... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:52:56 EST Clear, Yesterday, Streets Dry But, cold. <BR> <BR> I'll try to get out earlier tomorrow. <BR> <BR> No dog. <BR> <BR> Just me. But a dog is another walking tool. ;-| <BR> <BR> Arf, <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 02:48:28 EST Another Walkable Day. Bye, <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:34:22 EST Tools for Walking A tool is something that helps you do a task. <BR> <BR> So, if you can walk, okay, why would you need a tool? <BR> <BR> Perhaps, you're reticent to walk, i.e., you don't walk consistently. Or, you don't walk consistently because of pain. Ankle pain? Knee pain? back pain? Hip pain? <BR> <BR> Am I going to give you a cure for osteoarthritis? <BR> Am I going to inspire you to overcome lifelong tendencies to not walk? <BR> <BR> Nope. <BR> <BR> But, I am going to offer some tips, and techniqu... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:37:06 EST Tummy Troubles? A number of people have mentioned tummy trouble and have indicated that they can't eat this or that. <BR> <BR> At 306 pounds, I had trouble with all of the following foods: <BR> <BR> * Coffee/decaf <BR> * Citrus including grapefruit, oranges, orange juice <BR> * Red wines <BR> * Tomato sauce <BR> * Greasy foods <BR> <BR> Once I lost about 100 pounds, I had none of these problems, although I no longer drink wine, nor eat greasy foods (for other reasons -- calories!). <BR> <BR> <BR> Lee ... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 15:17:49 EST Daily Orange Report: Triumphs and Tribulations ;-) Beth bought the Sequoia oranges at a local store -- Market Basket. They came in a sealed plastic bag with the MB name & logo. <BR> <BR> I meant to go back to the store and buy some more, but I just didn't have time -- as I had to herd cats all week -- the most annoying, fruitless, and time-consuming kinds of cats -- vendors who don't deliver the service you have paid for. That, plus finding parts for light fixtures in the kitchen that need repair and upgrading. We've owned three houses, and ... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 01:00:59 EST Oranges, III Googled Cara Cara Cushman Honeybell Oranges. <BR> <BR> The ones we have are definitely not Cara Caras. Neither the segments nor the peels are red -- just deep orange. <BR> <BR> They are also not Honeybells's Ours look like navel oranges not like mineolas. <BR> <BR> BTW, we've received a lot of gift-boxed fruit over the years, and a lot of it has been very good -- but none of it comes close to these oranges. <BR> <BR> The stickers on the oranges, say "Sequoia". <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 02:18:07 EST More Oranges, Please For your -children, grand- or otherwise: <BR> <BR> You: Knock, knock! <BR> <BR> They: Who's there? <BR> <BR> You: Apples <BR> <BR> They: Apples Who? <BR> <BR> You: Knock, knock! <BR> <BR> They: Who's there? <BR> <BR> You: Apples <BR> <BR> They: Apples Who? <BR> <BR> You: Knock, knock! <BR> <BR> They: Who's there? <BR> <BR> You: Apples <BR> <BR> They: Apples Who? <BR> <BR> You: Knock, knock! <BR> <BR> They: Who's there? <BR> <BR> You: Orange <BR> <BR> They: Orange Who? <BR> <B... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 22:08:46 EST From Stephen Sondheim on Opera, to Boppy_ on Oranges From Stephen Sondheim on Opera, to Boppy_ on Oranges <BR> <BR> I once heard a Terry Gross interview of Stephen Sondheim. I found quite a few memorable elements in the interview, even though I am not much of a fan of musicals. Sondheim, in turn, is not much of a fan of opera, because 'it's all about the voices and not so much about the lyrics and music.' Second, most operas are written in Italian, which Sondheim considered to be tantamount to 'cheating' since Italian words all (?) end in vowe... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:35:17 EST Bermuda vs Caribbean <link><BR>0000ad.htm </link> <BR> <BR> Why are there two B's in Caribbean, and only one R? <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> No, I've never been to Bermuda. You? <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:12:34 EST Just saw an SP article: How to Make Anything in a Slow Cooker! <BR> <BR> Okay, bub, how do I make enough to buy a home in Bermuda and live there for my remaining days? <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 03:26:30 EST Oh What a Beautiful Morning? Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' <BR> <BR> Music by Richard Rodgers(, lyrics by Boppy_, I) <BR> <BR> There's a bright white light from the ground, <BR> Icicles from the eaves that are round <BR> The snow is as high as an mammoth's eye, <BR> An' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky. <BR> <BR> Chorus: <BR> <BR> Oh what a beautiful morning? <BR> Oh what a beautiful day? <BR> I've got a very sick feeling, <BR> Another frickin' storm's our way. <BR> <BR> Repeat chorus <BR> <BR> All the... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:56:06 EST Oh What a Beautiful Morning? Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' <BR> <BR> Music by Richard Rodgers, lyric by Boppy_I <BR> <BR> There's a bright white light from the ground, <BR> Icicles from the eaves that are round <BR> The snow is as high as an elephant's (mammoth's?) eye, <BR> An' it looks like its climbin' clear up to the sky. <BR> <BR> Chorus: <BR> <BR> Oh what a beautiful morning? <BR> Oh what a beautiful day? <BR> I've got a very sick feeling, <BR> Another frickin' storm's our way. <BR> <BR> Repeat chorus <BR> <BR... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:56:02 EST