BOPPY_'s SparkPeople Blog BOPPY_'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 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 Yesterday vs Today Two hour walk, yesterday. <BR> <BR> I'll be taking it easier, today. <BR> <BR> Lee <BR> <BR> Monday vs. Tuesday in S. NH <BR> <BR> Spring sprang. <BR> Fall fell. <BR> Just one day! <BR> What the hay? Tue, 13 May 2014 13:01:07 EST Nutrition & Science, I Nutrition & Science <BR> ******************* <BR> <BR> It's extremely hard, and sometimes impossible, to do valid and *useful* research on human nutrition. <BR> <BR> Mea Gulpa <em>211</em> <BR> ========= <BR> <BR> “Mea Gulpa”, as in I'm not guilty <em>40</em> ; I'm afraid <em>198</em> . <BR> <BR> I am not a fan (to say the least) of *almost* all naturo-____ [alleged] medical professionals. So many are: best-case: incompetent, usual-case: misleading, worst-case: charlatans. <BR> <... Mon, 12 May 2014 13:30:04 EST Responses to Saturday's Blog Commenters LOFLAMA: Ten Points: Comment Winner <BR> <BR> GoAnna2: Yup <BR> <BR> MaverickDr: Yup & Yup! <BR> <BR> StrongerLeaner: That's right; You need to vary the workouts, and address weaknesses. And, I definitely found a weakness. ;-) <BR> <BR> Morticia: Better You than I. We don't rescue wild rodents at our house. Why? Chipmunks chewed through my cable TV cable twice,and through two of my phone lines. Squirrels nested in attic after chewing two large holes through the roof. I've twice trapped an... Sun, 11 May 2014 18:32:41 EST Feels Good to Be Sore! Come Again? <BR> <BR> Changed my workout at the YMCA, yesterday, and my lower butt and upper hamstrings are very sore today. <BR> <BR> Why is that good? <BR> <BR> 1. My body is in good enough shape now, that I can overdo it. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> 2. It's only DOMS -- nothing to worry about. I stayed within the boundaries of the hard limitations. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> 3. I was able to exercise, today, although, I was a wimp compared to yesterday. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> O+O <B... Sat, 10 May 2014 20:39:28 EST Metabolism & Age MDGS, age 10, is a very curious boy. He's a good student, and is quite well-versed in using the Internet to gather information about interests, school, hobbies (stop-action photography, animation, and LEGO engineering), and any questions that arise. Recently, he has shown great interest in MDW Beth's Fitbit. Consequently, the other day, she lent it to him, to wear to school, so he (and she) could see how many steps he got in on a school day. By the time he had returned from school on the bus,... Fri, 9 May 2014 09:42:08 EST Getting to Know Yourself As I age, I get a better and better understanding of myself. My attitude about my understanding of self, now parallels my understanding of math: the more you know, the more you KNOW how much you don't know. This is not just a turn of phrase, it's an important viewpoint. <BR> <BR> Let's take math first, as a topic, to make this SLIGHTLY less intimidating, but to underscore its importance. Americans, by and large, do not understand even the rudiments of math. It's a major factor that contribut... Thu, 8 May 2014 15:33:48 EST Stagnating? Here's what I was tempted to write somebody, today. Thought better of it – too presumptuous. So I'm posting it here, which is simultaneously (a) preaching to the choir, and (b) disposing of it in the great bit-bucket in the sky (cloud!)! <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Stagnating? <em>40</em> <BR> *********** <BR> <BR> Want to lose weight, and keep it off? <BR> <BR> Hold yourself accountable. <em>530</em> <BR> <BR> Do, measure and track! <em>104</em> <BR> ---------------------- <BR>... Wed, 7 May 2014 13:49:19 EST Tuesday Not a good day at the computer. <BR> <BR> Didn't think I was going to get out, at all. Finally, decided that discretion was the better part of valor, and went out for a 70 minute walk. Felt more like Fall than Spring, but it was great to get out, and the blackflies are, again, forestalled. <BR> <BR> O+O <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Tue, 6 May 2014 22:57:34 EST Sunday * Will probably come in at over 12K steps. <BR> * Also got in 8.87 miles on the recumbent <BR> * 30 minutes weights <BR> * 21 minutes abs/core <BR> * 20 min yoga/stretch <BR> * 20 minutes strength/resistance <BR> <BR> Knees still a little tender. <BR> <BR> I was probably just tired, yesterday. <BR> <BR> Had 10 hours of sleep, last night! That's 4 more than usual. <BR> <BR> Lee <em>213</em> Sun, 4 May 2014 22:21:51 EST Friday & Saturday Glorious day, yesterday. Walked a lot. <BR> <BR> Today sore & less ambitious. <BR> <BR> Did get in my 10K steps. <BR> <BR> Was quite undisciplined in my floor ex, but did get some in. <BR> <BR> O+O <BR> <BR> Lee <em>102</em> Sat, 3 May 2014 21:58:51 EST Yesterday -- Thursday, 2014-05-01 Personal Southern NH Weather Report <BR> <BR> * Got in a good walk outside, yesterday -- very pleasant. <BR> * Delayed my dinner while doing floor exercises. <BR> * Bad strategy: just as I stepped outside to grill, the rain returned. <BR> * You win some; you lose some. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Lee <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> P.S. We moved to NH from CO in September/October 1987. During the first week in our "new" home, we watched the weather report daily. The first two days, they gave repo... Fri, 2 May 2014 11:36:52 EST Rained all day and night Wednesday. Making sure that black flies, mosquitoes and mildew have sufficient moisture. <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Lee Thu, 1 May 2014 02:55:40 EST Was Yesterday's Blog on the "New You" Just Hype? Let me tell you a true story. <BR> <BR> I have a friend. He is a very smart man. Smarter than I and many of our mutual friends. I'd say more about him, but I don't want this post to be too revealing. <BR> <BR> He invented several new ways of doing things -- all based on a new mathematical idea. He was looking for some help starting a business based on this idea, and we connected through an on-line forum on the early Internet. After exchanging messages over a period of a year, or so, he look... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:58:37 EST The New You The New You is the Best Reward <BR> <BR> YOUR PROGRAM is working. Great! <BR> <BR> Celebrate by eating a cubic meter of junk food? <BR> <BR> YOU are the celebration. Your GREATEST reward is a new you. <BR> <BR> A you, that not only changed, but also a you that will enjoy all the habits of that NEW YOU, more than the old ways. This is not hype. This IS THE BOTTOM LINE. A pleasant one. A rewarding one. <BR> <BR> Congratulations! The enjoyment will keep increasing! <BR> <BR> Lee <em>104... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:23:45 EST Sunday Up early, again. <BR> <BR> Couldn't walk with MDGS, because he only had shorts and it was too cold. <BR> <BR> So, games, it was. <BR> <BR> He's gone home, now. <BR> <BR> Off, to a walk ... <BR> <BR> Lee Sun, 27 Apr 2014 12:46:57 EST Started the Day Like a Rocket; Not So "Ballistic", Now ;-) Got up relatively early for a Saturday, 8:00 AM. Did my exercises, extra long and hard since I only walked yesterday, albeit for way longer than usual. Showered, shaved tied up some loose ends on a computer program I've been procrastinating about. <BR> <BR> Then, it was time for the Easter Egg Hunt for my Grand Son. MDW, Beth, works almost every weekend and holiday, and we celebrate all holidays (non-religiously) and birthdays, on days when she's off. <BR> <BR> Did manage to get in 20 minut... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:35:44 EST Bad Food Unhealthy Or Bad Food <BR> ********************* <BR> "No food is unhealthy in moderation." <BR> <BR> Sorry, I just don't buy that claim. <BR> <BR> General Case <BR> ------------ <BR> In the general case, there are SOME foods that are unhealthy. Those containing trans-fats (hydrogenated vegetable oils), for example, are unhealthy. (And, BTW, the Federal labeling laws, WRT trans-fats, are still “squirrelly” – <link><BR>-Fat-and-Partially-Hydrogenated-Oil-... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:32:32 EST Dialogue with the Wind Me: Yo, dog, you blew the shopping cart into my truck door. <BR> <BR> Wind: Lighten up, dude! It's not the first scratch on that door, and didn't the other come from the dethatcher hanging on your garage wall?! And, BTW, doesn't your daughter refer to your truck as the "Pavement Princess"?! <BR> <BR> Me: Yeah, well ... <BR> <BR> Wind: It's not the wind that kills car doors, it's the people that mis-design parking lots that kill car doors. <BR> <BR> Me: And, I suppose you're not the one th... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:42:08 EST 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