BOPPY_'s SparkPeople Blog BOPPY_'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Bacon Was a Metaphor! It stood in the place of all foods which are routinely overdone in US culture. <BR> <BR> However, in this vein, bacon is an archetype. It is not typical. Nothing is as overdone in TV and restaurant food culture, these days, as is bacon. Another food that has historically been as overdone as bacon is sugar*s*-sweetened soft drinks, which include many juices, including apple and grape. Not to mention colas, and other sodas, and iced teas, and non-carbonated beverages like Snapple flavors. <BR>... Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:36:16 EST Everything's Better with Bacon But is it? <BR> <BR> * Life expectancy? <BR> * Blood pressure? <BR> * Artery disease including strokes and heart attacks? <BR> * Quality of later life? <BR> <BR> So is bacon the singular culprit? In a pig's eyes! (Whatever that means. <em>20</em> ) <BR> <BR> But, the chanting of the phrase has become epidemic on the Cooking, Food, and Travel channels, as well as food shows on the "usual suspect" broadcast networks. Not to mention-the ballistic and ridiculous proliferation of bacon in foo... Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:56:05 EST Burpees -- No, thank you! ;-) How Many Burpees It Takes to Work Off a Grilled Cheese, Cupcake, or Glass of Wine? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rned-Doing-Burpees-37846392 </link> <BR> <BR> My burpee days are long over. They're at least 15 years, two knees, one back, and two shoulders ago. <em>20</em> That's why planning, nutrition and exercise management are paramount. <BR> <BR> BTW, burpees are a particularly bad exercise for almost any purpose. High impact vs modest calorie consumption... Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:01:52 EST Perspective: The Biggest Change to A New Lifestyle -- And, The Biggest Change OF a New Lifestyle <BR> <BR> Many of my blogs have touched on the need for perspective, especially since the entire human cognitive system is based on relativism. Relativism is what allows us to sense over such a large range of sounds: tones, volumes, signals; sights and light; smells and tastes, etc. <BR> <BR> One of the properties that allows this relativism to occur is a base level that is born of experience. <BR> <BR> This base level sets the standard by which w... Fri, 24 Jul 2015 23:55:20 EST Liquid, Languid, Language Language Posts <BR> -------------- <BR> <BR> 01 Have you ever noticed how many loose women there are at SparkPeople? differentiation of related terms; homonyms <BR> . . <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666979 </link> <BR> <BR> 02 Hey, Peops; or, More to the Point, Peop! -- sexism in language <BR> . . <link><BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=56<BR>75762 </link> <BR> <BR> 03 Lessons? -- sexism in langua... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 01:56:20 EST Inklush Languidge 5 (?) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. Eventually, I'll get the numbers straight! But, there have been, at least 4 prior posts along these lines. <BR> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:02:34 EST Writing Your Way to Happiness Definitely worth a look: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>iting-your-way-to-happiness/?_r=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 02:55:08 EST Obesity -- Fast Becoming America's Greatest "Contribution" to Civilization <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> (How ironic that I used the word "fast"! <em>20</em> ) <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:11:56 EST More Inklush Languidge Punk Chew-ation: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> This can't possible be a true story -- in my experience. Male, or female, few know how to punctuate correctly. :-| <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 03:11:23 EST Do you want useful, effective encouragement? Here's how you do it: <BR> <BR> Start / <BR> . Account/Email <BR> . . Preferences / <BR> . . . Community / <BR> . . . . Items I Share/Items I See / ... <BR> . . . . .CHECK 'EM ALL! <BR> <BR> ESPECIALLY: <BR> . . . . . . Friend Feed <BR> . . . . . . . Show My Activity Feed on my SparkPage -- CHECK IT! <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:38:43 EST Almonds -- A Tip that Led to the Iceberg About a year ago I read a "tip" on one of the message boards or blogs at SP about almonds as a fulfilling snack. At this stage of my program, I was slowly adding "new" foods, and I took a while to consider whether and how I was going to add almonds to my nutrition program. <BR> <BR> So we bought the usual name brands of almonds, and I slowly added them to my program. At about the same time I started eating (only) plain nonfat Greek yogurt, in lieu of the Chobani flavors cups that I had been ... Sun, 12 Jul 2015 23:24:14 EST Are You Stable? Are you sure? <BR> <BR> Better check: <link><BR>feature=player_embedded </link> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Sat, 11 Jul 2015 13:53:08 EST What Goes On Here <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Wed, 8 Jul 2015 17:06:21 EST Liking Yourself If you like yourself, or want to, then you want to be the best self you can be. <BR> <BR> Do you do that by (a) bemoaning your fate, (b) constantly stroking yourself and (c) finding platitudes? <BR> <BR> Or?: <BR> <BR> * Determine where you need to go with goals and objectives. <BR> * Plan your program, foods exercises, actions. <BR> * Measure and assess progress <BR> * Track <BR> * Assess and adjust as necessary. <BR> <BR> Does the above sound like frustration? Good! It is. <BR> <BR> I ... Sun, 5 Jul 2015 01:04:10 EST Let's Hear It for Heavyweight Tiddly Winks Wink, wink! Nod, nod! <BR> <BR> Lee <em>20</em> Fri, 3 Jul 2015 22:24:36 EST The Old Bod Is Not What It Used to Be Someone sent me an inquiry about my back via SparkMail, also claiming that my Profile was private. My profile is not private -- nothing is private. However, if your profile is private, and this user's profile was!, then you can't access mine. <BR> <BR> Here what I wrote: <BR> <BR> * I have had two back surgeries to correct lumbar stenosis -- severe -- and scoliosis. All the men in my family have back issues, including my dad and his 4 brothers (all deceased), and me and my brother. In all p... Thu, 2 Jul 2015 23:50:39 EST Outpacing Black Flies? As I have mentioned, black flies track CO2 output from the nostrils and mouth. While walking faster may outpace some buggers, and may even (literally) blow some away, it's also likely to create a more persistent, directional (to you) stream of CO2, thus encouraging even more of the critters to attack. <BR> <BR> More research will be required. <BR> <BR> I volunteer to do the statistical analysis, once others volunteer to conduct or be subjects in the study. <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:29:08 EST Change to the NH State Motto? Live Free -- But NOT of Black Flies! ??? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>20</em> Sun, 28 Jun 2015 22:22:06 EST Summer Produce Contest The Annual Southern New Hampshire Fruit Meet (consumption! ;-)) has begun. The early heats look promising: <BR> <BR> * Summer navel oranges are delish. <BR> * Summer Delicious Apples are as well. <BR> * Peaches and nectarines, however, have been sub-par. <BR> * Early black plums are extraordinarily good. <BR> * Bing cherries have been the best ever. <BR> * Celery has been quite good. <BR> * Romaine lettuce has been sub-par since late last fall, but does seem to be picking up, of late with li... Fri, 26 Jun 2015 21:00:26 EST Dietary Breakthrough <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 23:20:45 EST A Cuppa Joe to Sell-A-Bright Inklush! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>20</em> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 13:49:55 EST Planning and Tracking 1.1 How Do I Plan Weight Management & Fitness Programs <BR> <BR> These are merely suggestions. YMWV! <BR> <BR> Take some time each night, assessing your schedule for the following day to consider: <BR> <BR> " <BR> * If and when am I going to exercise the next day. <BR> <BR> * How am I going to get access to the right foods and water, during the next day <BR> - Do I bring mylunch and a water bottle? <BR> - Will I have time to get to a reasonable place to eat. <BR> - Do I know the calorie conte... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 04:06:10 EST Planning/Tracking, 1.0 When you go on a trip -- especially to/in unfamiliar territory you consult a map. The map -- or at least, the part of the map that is the route you're going to use, is your plan. <BR> <BR> We have all largely come to abandon paper maps, and use online tools like Google maps. These online maps, combined with GPS and continuously connected phones allow us to track our progress on the route, in real-time. <BR> <BR> When I go on a long trip or whenever I go anywhere new in New England, I consul... Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:50:22 EST My Alleged Stamina Someone commented on my exercise stamina. <BR> <BR> I disagree. Here's an expansion of my reply. <BR> <BR> "Stamina" in NO SENSE defines me or my exercise program! I am rickety, limited, and a faint image of my former, more capable, but still unnotable, physical self. The previous sentence is neither rhetoric, nor humility--false, or otherwise. <BR> <BR> My fitness regime is required by (a) my current physical limitations, (b) a desire to deteriorate from my current state -- AS LITTLE AS P... Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:42:29 EST You Know the Video Where the Machine Exercises the Dog ... ... in a Game of Fetch <BR> *********** <BR> <BR> Well, the dog is the machine that exercises the man in "sort of" a game of fetch! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 00:50:42 EST Looking for Gentle Exercise, Or Something Else? Got a pointer, today, from Sableness' blog: <BR> <BR> * <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5943879#c<BR>omments </link> <BR> <BR> As I commented on her blog: <BR> -- <BR> Thanks for the pointer. This particular video will not work for me most mornings because it takes me at least 20 minutes of yoga and stretching before I can comfortably stand. <BR> <BR> However, I found several videos (mostly on You Tube) that cover qi gong in non-vertical posit... Sat, 13 Jun 2015 18:06:31 EST Have You Got a Budding Lego Engineer In Your Family? Attention Parents, and Grand Folks, <BR> <BR> Here's how to make Lego Gummies for your "Engineers": <BR> <BR> <link><BR>e-and-stackable-diy-lego-gummy-candy/?<BR>src=footer </link> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 01:32:11 EST The Truth About Goodies * They're virtual, not real. <BR> <BR> However, the ones I give are: <BR> <BR> * Gluten free <BR> * Free range <BR> * Not subsidized by any known lobbyist organization <BR> * Do not engage in conspiracies unrelated to health and well-being <BR> <BR> The ones I get, by contrast: <BR> <BR> * Will now show up thanks to fixing my goodies ordering. Sorry! <BR> * Are never eaten, virtually, or otherwise. It's hard enough to maintain weight, resisting the charms of MDW Beth's great cooking much ... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 02:33:27 EST "I'm Too Busy!" What fits your schedule better: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 hour of exercise each day: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> OR <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 24 hours of dead!: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:03:41 EST It's Summer * Time to celebrate? <BR> <BR> Maybe! <BR> <BR> * Time to overindulge? <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> (Is that an answer?) <BR> <BR> No, but this is: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>334</em> Tue, 9 Jun 2015 01:50:46 EST The Best Thing I Ever Ate The best thing I have ever eaten is the Provencal Summer Vegetable Bake: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>al-summer-vegetable-bake/ </link> <BR> <BR> MDW, Beth, found the recipe about five years ago. Since then we've been riffing on the recipe in various different ways. <BR> <BR> To be clear, this is not the best low calorie recipe I've ever tasted, nor is it the best recipe since I change my lifestyle. This is just the BEST FORKIN' THING I'VE EVER TASTED. <BR> <... Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:24:28 EST Where Was I? Good Question! <BR> <BR> Mostly depressed about trying to figure out how to workout without hurting myself. <BR> <BR> Did get in walks yesterday, and today, but am having considerable pain in my back (again!), and my left shoulder. Had an MRI Thursday, and will see the doc, again, in a few weeks. Also did modified mat exercises. <BR> <BR> 'They shoot horses don't they?' <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Sat, 6 Jun 2015 21:28:31 EST Snap a Pic -- Compute Your Calories? <link><BR>-calories-food-photos </link> <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> , <em>198</em> , <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> Thu, 4 Jun 2015 03:02:40 EST Recursion, Revisited Earlier, I had posted a blog on the usefulness of recursion in establishing a health management program of any kind. I had also followed that up, with a blog, on the differences between recursion and iteration (mere repetition). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Above is a graphic that purports to show recursion related to fractals, which are an intrinsically recursive graphical/mathematical form. Actually, howev... Fri, 29 May 2015 19:52:58 EST 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