BOPPY_'s SparkPeople Blog BOPPY_'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Another Spring Day New Hampshire: Cold & Windy, but still Spring <BR> <BR> Been doing a lot of walking, and it sure feels good to do it outside. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:19:34 EST Tutorial 1: Home Digital Tech & The Home World: The Cloud? In the olden days (BDA -- before the digital era), before the prevalence of (a) home computers, (b) ubiquitous Internet access, and (c) digital entertainment media (i.e., CDs, DVDs, MP3s, phone cameras/videos, YouTube, Google, smart phones, and HDTV) data had to reside in your possession, otherwise it was inaccessible. People then, and to a large extent, now, did not realize how limiting that was. <BR> <BR> Take land line-based phone systems (POTS -- plain-old telephone service, as we called... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:25:34 EST Hey, Peops, Too Tired to Write Much Today! Errands and pre-errand prep all day. <BR> <BR> Because DVR settings do not reside in "the cloud", and the DVR does not have standard interfaces (UGH!), when you replace your DVR/receiver (Dish -- but they're all the same), there is a boatload of "manual" re-configuration to do. (Of course, the alternative is watching commercials, and missing the few programs you really want to watch.) <BR> <BR> Used a Netgear WiFi widget, for the first time, yesterday, to connect the Dish DVR/receiver to th... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:43:57 EST Lessons? Sparkpeops: <BR> <BR> * The businesspeop went to the seminar. Peop felt the program was well worth the money peop paid. <BR> * The businesspeop was an Enlishpeop. Peop was also a she. <BR> * Friends, Romans, and countrypeops, lend me your ears ... <BR> * The policepeop had been on the force 15 years when peop became a firepeop working on the arson squad. <BR> * All of peopkind was in mourning when Samuel died. <BR> * Peop was a primate. We know this because peop was a hupeop. <BR> <BR> Do y... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:41:16 EST Hey, Peops; or, More to the Point, Peop! SparkPeops, <BR> <BR> InkLush <BR> ======= <BR> The English language is a wonder; in fact, it's several wonders, since it really isn't one, coherent language. It's the live, growing, amalgam of the many languages that led to the evolution of London/England and eventually the British Empire/colonies, the United States, the United Kingdom, all of the ethnicities and their languages, including those that have emigrated, and contributed to the latter. And, WRT the latter point about "ethnicities... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:27:42 EST World's Hardest Job Looking for a change of work environment? I'm not sure this is it! <BR> <BR><BR>yer_detailpage&v=HB3xM93rXbY <BR> <BR> <link><BR>=player_detailpage&v=HB3xM93rXbY </link> <BR> <BR> I'll comment on this tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:38:32 EST Freaks! Freaks! <BR> <BR> Of course, you realized, going in, that this post was going to be about perspective, didn't you? <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Who and what am I addressing? With great specificity, and, simultaneously, all of us, each of us, and none of us. <BR> <BR> For our entire lives, my brother and I have aspired to be freaks. Not just your run of the mill, social outcasts, mind you, but your renowned, professional athlete-type freaks – most notably – NBA basketball players. NBA players ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:13:15 EST A Challenge. "If I lost ______ pounds, I could _______!" <BR> <BR> Well, what are your parameters? <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:12:28 EST Change! So, You Want to Change? <BR> <BR> I, too, woke up one morning and decided I wanted to change. And, the first thing I did was take two months to think about IT; really hard! Consider this the planning phase. <BR> <BR> I spent the time assessing how much of my behavior, I needed to change, how much time and attention, it was going to take to change that behavior, and what tools and techniques I might use to change them. I also experimented (with malice of forethought) on eating and not eating... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:32:31 EST Another Idea (or two) Two days in a row with an idea? Are you mental or something? <BR> <BR> This is my quota for the year. <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> If you write your blog or comment about local weather or events, give us a clue where it occurs. Even if I read your blogs regularly, I read a lot of blogs. Moreover, at 67 "senior moments" are ever more frequent. And, I should mention, I've been having senior moments, for, at least, the last 57 years! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> One more idea: Because the formatting ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:43:29 EST An Idea The next time you're tempted to post, in any way, that you 'won't quit', 'won't give up', or 'won't fail', instead walk <em>311</em> for five minutes. <em>12</em> <BR> <BR> Save up five of these <em>292</em> , then post your successes <em>207</em> . <BR> <BR> Why? <BR> <BR> You've wasted no time, and you've shown that you've done *BETTER THAN* <em>49</em> NOT quit. <BR> <BR> You are ACCOMPLISHED! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Congratulations, <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:12:31 EST You are what you eat? How about: You travel with which you ate!: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>435</em> <em>435</em> <em>435</em> <em>435</em> <em>435</em> <em>435</em> <BR> <BR> Ah so, <BR> <BR> Lee <em>435</em> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:40:30 EST Nutrition Labels Nutrition labels may not be as laughably suspect as these two are: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But, there's a lot to be suspicious of. <BR> <BR> For example, in the case of dried fruit, two different brands will have exactly the same calories, carbs and sugars as the national standard even though, they're produced from fruit from different parts of the... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:58:19 EST Partners & Programs Having a partner on/in the same nutrition and fitness program will generally benefit both of you in the nutrition, fitness, wellness and relationship domains. <BR> <BR> In my case, while MDW Beth, has recently gone on the nutrition wagon (so-to-speak), it will not help me or her, because her approach to food is so different from mine. She hates vegetables, seldom eats fruit, loves junk food, has a glacial metabolism, has seldom had a weight problem, and will lose weight primarily by fasting.... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:11:02 EST What makes you laugh? I'm glad you asked! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> How about this gem? (from 1CrazyDog, a comment on one of my earlier blogs): <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. Made me feel much better about my Twinkie and Corn Curls jonesin'! <em>18</em> Tue, 8 Apr 2014 23:02:05 EST Have you ever noticed how many loose women there are at SparkPeople? Well, have you? <BR> <BR> Am I making a value judgment? Heck, no! <BR> <BR> They are self-admitted "LOOSE" women. <BR> <BR> It's not surprising, if you think about it. Most of the members are women. <BR> <BR> And, many of the members can't spell very well. It shouldn't be surprising, then, that many members, and hence women members, can't distinguish between trying to LOSE weight, and having LOOSE clothes as a consequence of success. <BR> <BR> So, dear reader, only you can prevent "loose... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:14:05 EST Sunday: Great Day for a Walk MDW Beth came with. She's "on the wagon" for nutrition management, too. <BR> <BR> Nice weather. <BR> <BR> All great, but saw the first blackflies of the Spring! Ugh! <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 01:51:14 EST Nothing Tastes As Good As Healthy Feels * True but misleading. <BR> * I am a strong fan of this claim. <BR> * However, it implies (to many) that I don't partake of foods I enjoy to stay healthy. <BR> * However x 2 (;-)), I enjoy food now more than ever before. <BR> * So what's the net? <BR> <BR> While I was never a junk food junky, my junk foods of choice were the junkiest junk foods, ever: Favorites: Twinkies, and Corn Curls. These foods don't even tempt me, now. <BR> <BR> I'm not sacrificing. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>474</em> Sun, 6 Apr 2014 04:36:26 EST Maintenance vs. Weight Loss I read MobyCarp's blog ( <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4746726 </link> ) the other day, and it was about maintenance not being steady state because there are so many variables that you must make up for to maintain your weight. <BR> <BR> But, it was a point well-taken. Maintenance actually requires more of my attention than did normal weight loss periods, except for plateaus. In fact, when I find my weight going up a few days in a row on maintenan... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 16:59:33 EST More Spring <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>250</em> Fri, 4 Apr 2014 02:25:21 EST Wanna See Something Inspiring?! SPRING SPRANG & SPRUNG!: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> -- <BR> <BR> Walked outside for the second day in a row. Did 66+ minutes, today. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>334</em> Thu, 3 Apr 2014 23:08:22 EST How to Do It?!! How to Do It? <BR> ********** <BR> <BR> Follow-Up On: Skill Set for Improvement; Readers Comments <BR> <BR> Mea Cluelessa <BR> ========== <BR> I'm always clueless about which of my blog posts will be “popular”. I put "popular" in quotes because I don't believe I've ever gotten more than 17 responses to any single post. I'm not only clueless about the popularity, I'm also clueless about the quality of the responses. Yesterday's blog (“Skill Set for Improvement”) got the most meaningful, and ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 18:37:12 EST Skill Set for Improvement Identification <BR> <BR> One of the most powerful forces in social psychology is "it takes one to know one". This can be stated in many different ways: <BR> <BR> * Identification is the most powerful force in learning <BR> * Role models show the way <BR> * Existence proofs: "If X can do A, then I can too, because I'm the same as or better than) X." <BR> * Competition: "I can outdo X" <BR> ... <BR> <BR> Success Factors at SparkPeople <BR> <BR> What I've noticed about many/most of the succe... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 16:29:06 EST Daylight Savings Time (DST) -Scribed I've seen a number of blogs complaining about, or embracing DST. <BR> <BR> If you're interested, here's a wonderful video that really gives the low-down, and up-down of the “technique”. <BR> <BR> DST described, circumscribed, prescribed, proscribed, rescribed, and retroscribed: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>seb2-4 </link> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:28:49 EST What to do about cravings/munchies? I've seen a number of blog entries on folks succumbing to "the urge" and indulging in chips or cake or other “snacks” they have sworn-off. <BR> <BR> I had such an “attack”, the other day. It was intense. <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> So, I went to the kitchen and started peeling carrots. <em>210</em> <BR> <BR> Carrots are one of my go-to foods, and peeling them, first, gives me the chance to think through the craving before indulging. <BR> <BR> I peeled 296 grams. Yes, I even weigh carrots... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:46:09 EST Walking: Don't Leave Home Without It! Walking: Don't Leave Home Without It! <BR> ******************** <BR> <BR> (But, Please, Leave Home! ;-)) <BR> -------------------- <BR> <BR> Research <BR> ======== <BR> There are a huge number of controlled scientific studies on the beneficial effects of walking. See: “walking benefits OR cognition OR research” (without the quotation marks), for examples. <BR> <BR> Surprisingly, most studies show the following wide range of benefits on: <BR> <BR> * Weight <BR> * Fitnes... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 02:12:27 EST If Spring Ever Does Show Up, Here's Something to Try with your child or grandchild: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. MDW Beth, a nurse, uses huge hypdermic syringes (sans needle) to sneak up on ODGS. <em>41</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:34:12 EST Ode to Cranberries & Cardini's As I've mentioned, since I started my nutrition program, I've become more interested in food and actually enjoy it more. I've also mentioned that I'm a fan of Cardini's Light salad dressings, and cranberries. <BR> <BR> Well, tonight I tried a new dressing from Cardini, and also tried a new brand of dried cranberries in my non-fat Greek yogurt. <BR> <BR> The dressing I tried was Light Balsamic Vinaigrette. Best dressing I ever tasted -- lite, or not. <BR> <BR> The new brand of dried sweeten... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:44:29 EST Just Because <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> You won't care how you get there. Just, get there! <BR> <BR> Lee <em>104</em> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:40:48 EST Quitting? Committing to Success! Preliminaries <BR> ------------- <BR> <BR> Thou: First, who's this post for? <BR> <BR> Thee: Probably none of the readers who have posted comments on any of my blogs. <BR> <BR> Thou: Are you autistic? <BR> <BR> Thee: Perhaps! <BR> <BR> Thou: Well, who do you think it's for? <BR> <BR> Thee: For those on the verge of quitting? <BR> <BR> Thou: Quitting what? <BR> <BR> Thee: SparkPeople. Improving their nutrition, or fitness, or wellness. <BR> <BR> Thou: Is this gonna be more generalitie... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:07:52 EST "How do you make yourself a priority?" This question can only be answered by people like yourself. <BR> <BR> I strongly recommend this page as an excellent source of answers: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>oard.asp?imparent=33093962&imboard=6 </link> <BR> <BR> Perhaps, you have additional suggestions to add? <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:12:17 EST Tools at SparkPeople -- Reports 1 Reports are among the most underutilized tools at SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> There are several places in the SP menu system where you can access reports (by whatever name). Here, let's look at the reports accessible via: <BR> <BR> TOP ORANGE PULLDOWN MENUS <BR> --MY TRACKERS <BR> ----REPORTS <BR> ------MY REPORTS <BR> --------Nutrition Reports <BR> ... <BR> --------Fitness Reports <BR> ... <BR> --------Weight and Other Reports <BR> ... <BR> Here's what the last men... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 03:05:19 EST An Offer Californians & Oceanians Can't Refuse ;-) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>334</em> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:48:39 EST Weather/Season, Decided! Snowed last night. <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:03:04 EST Wednesday, PM, Merrimack (NH) YMCA Parking Lot Simultaneously: <BR> <BR> 1. Rain <BR> 2. Snow <BR> 3. Hail <BR> 4. Rainbow <BR> 5. Wind -- almost blew a "little one" away. (Mom, held on for *dear life*!) <BR> <BR> Spring? It couldn't decide! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 01:13:53 EST What Winters Feel Like in the Midwest &, PERHAPS, New England, This Year <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:05:35 EST Dietary Changes Changing things in diet is (a) always revealing, and (b) most often, hard! <BR> <BR> I've been on program, now, for over three years. The one thing that I've done, and NEVER vary in my approach, is to have a good breakfast EVERY morning. During that 3+ year period, I've had oatmeal 98%+ of the mornings. However, I've learned when I'm really having trouble "making my numbers" for the month, that replacing the oatmeal with egg whites makes a huge difference in my ability to "turn the numbers a... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 15:40:46 EST Followup on my: "Fat, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Why Now?" Since I wrote the "state of union speech" (the "union" of our girth, health hazards and "comfort food" "dietribe" ;-)), I have become acutely sensitive to the forces that are shaping this explosion in bad choices: <BR> <BR> * Burgeoning population yields both burgeoning demand*s* & fuel for the "infinite monkeys" "paradigm" :-| <BR> * Burgeoning access to foods <BR> * Limiting choices for mass employment which translates into pressure to "go out on your own" + everyone "knows food" <BR> <BR... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:31:28 EST Be the What? BE THE CHANGE! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "How?" <BR> <BR> That's the task at hand! <BR> <BR> "So, it's not inspirational?" <BR> <BR> No, only after you figure it out! <BR> <BR> "Figure it out?" <BR> <BR> Includes doing it! <BR> <BR> "You're no fun!" <BR> <BR> I am after you've done it! <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. Psst: It actually is fun while you're doing it, but don't tell anyone. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:32:11 EST Apology to Timothy53 (of sorts) Timothy (Timothy Nohe -- Timothy53), <BR> <BR> Although this is not exactly the right place for this response, it's as good a place as any. <BR> <BR> The other day, I commented on your blog about your (shall we say) highly "entropic" day. Although, I sort of apologized for the humor that I found in your "cathartic rendering", this is just a note to let you know, that later, that day, I got my comeuppance. <BR> <BR> That evening, I went to the Merrimack YMCA. The Merrimack YMCA is quite an ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:13:05 EST Change: Follow Up on Yesterday's Comments First, I wasn't soliciting help with any problems I have with support, around me. I was just trying to see how others have dealt with this issue. (I was looking for information from others on how it goes, for a program I am considering putting together.) <BR> <BR> My wife and daughter have been very supportive of my changes in lifestyle. Although, MDW has had some difficulty adjusting to the reduction in portion sizes that I now eat. As a consequence, we have leftovers for the first time in ... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:17:04 EST Change Real change in one's life is very difficult. It's not only difficult to personally change your habits, skills, and approach to things, it's hard on the people around you. In fact, if they're "around" you, chances are, they are, because of expectations that you will be the same, so that, at the very least, they don't have to change in their approach to you. <BR> <BR> I've always found the following movie monologue, to be very revealing of that situation: <BR> <BR> Tequila Sunrise, screenplay... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:27:35 EST ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS ANALYSIS-PARALYSIS <BR> <BR> I see a lot of folks at SP bogged down in endless quests for motivation and deep understanding of the factors that led to their obesity, lack of fitness, or general lack of wellness, or self-flagellation on their 'myriad of weaknesses'. I've addressed the fool's errand of the motivation quest, repeatedly – albeit with slightly more tact than I'm showing, here. <BR> <BR> Here, I'd like to address the issue of over-analysis, and self-punishment. <BR> <BR> Conside... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:49:15 EST Memory? I forget! It's funny the things that provoke memories. <BR> <BR> In an earlier post, I had recounted my grandson's apparent (;-)) rejection of his ethnicity. My memory of that was evoked by an exchange on one of the SP game fora. <BR> <BR> -- <BR> <BR> Just now, while I was sparking, I thought of the following interchange between MDW and MDD, when she was 2: <BR> <BR> -- <BR> <BR> MDW: Honey, here, this shirt will keep you warm today, and it just came out of the dryer, so it's toasty. <BR> <BR> M... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:20:25 EST Fat, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Why Now? For_the_Dudes wrote: <BR> <BR> "The only thing that I'd ask is, since we've been actively domesticating plants and animals for 12,000 years, why are we just now getting fat and getting diabetes? I don't think the problem is eating grains, fruits, vegetables or meat from a farm." -- 3/7/2014 4:42:04 PM <BR> <BR> There is No, "Now". It's a "Progression" <BR> ------------ <BR> <BR> In a word: "progress". Used slightly more 'tongue in sheath' ( <em>211</em> ) than "natural" is used. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:52:26 EST "Natural" Is Bunk! It's Not That Easy. Within the last few days, WHO -- World Health Organization -- has issued a warning that we all eat too much sugar. <BR> <BR> And, indeed that's true. But, even if we didn't have: cane sugar, beet sugar, fructose (largely corn sugar), lactose (milk sugar), honey and ALL THE PACKAGED PRODUCTS, that depend on these, this would likely still be a problem -- albeit not for as large a percentage of the population. <BR> <BR> How can this be? <BR> <BR> Because civilization's farmers (before they we... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 14:34:30 EST Planning is Advance Tracking Tracking, Tracking, Tracking <BR> ------------ <BR> <BR> Remember, you're, "here", because you have a problem. You've determined that it's a problem. Not somebody else. You're not "here" to 'beat yourself up', but to solve your problem <em>104</em> . That's not negative! If anything, it's heroic. <em>205</em> <BR> <BR> All research, and all wellness experts, tell you that tracking is key. You've heard it, "here," "more than once". <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> "What's this "planning" stuf... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 19:00:28 EST How To, Not Why To ... (APEAR!) How To, Not Why To ... (APEAR!) <BR> ***************** <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Digression <BR> ========== <BR> <BR> (There's a famous person that we all know. And, I am critical of hermt -- her/him/it! My criticism of hermt is not the usual one -- AT ALL! It's not that shet --s/he/it -- hasn't done this or that -- or hasn't done it well enough. It's also not that shet isn't articulate. Shet is extraordinarily gifted in speakin... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 15:33:01 EST How To, Not Why To ... (APEAR!) <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Digression <BR> ========== <BR> <BR> (There's a famous person that we all know. And, I am critical of hermt -- her/him/it! My criticism of hermt is not the usual one -- AT ALL! It's not that shet --s/he/it -- hasn't done this or that -- or hasn't done it well enough. It's also not that shet isn't articulate. Shet is extraordinarily gifted in speaking, connecting, and expression! Instead, my complaint is that shet ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 13:33:58 EST If I think of something interesting, today I'll post it right here. <BR> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Tue, 4 Mar 2014 00:46:15 EST