BOSS61's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BOSS61 BOSS61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Autopilot Behind the Wheel of the Caravan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576723 You knew this day was coming,. It is here. And you will be just fine. <BR> <BR> The ladies who sit in the front row of the Caravan - I call them collectively the Sisterhood - and they know full well who they are - worry about me. They think I need to blog for my psychological well being, and to stop cold turkey will work about as well as stopping cold turkey does with anything else. I tell them not to worry and that I am fine. They do not believe me. <BR> <BR> Those of you with whom ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 13:07:03 EST Dating Rejection Deja vu - The Next Generation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574369 As I close my failed experiment with blogging here (yes, ECOAGE, yet another farewell), I've reflected back on the odd, humorous, pointless and occasionally poignant missives with which I may have wasted your time. One of my most heartfelt was September 23 of this year, when I explained the challenges (and my permanent anger) that a lifetime of obesity have meant for me, socially. If you missed it (or are too new a Sparkfriend), here you go: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pub... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 07:56:13 EST Darmok - Or All the Calories She Had Had Had Had http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573980 With just a few days to go until the no-blogging resolution takes hold, nothing like going out with a bang, huh? <BR> <BR> The most thought-provoking and conversation-elucidating Star Trek episode all time, by far, was a story from Season Five of "The Next Generation" called Darmok. Our intrepid Space-farers, living in a future where there simply was no obesity (see it's a Spark blog) encounter a powerful alien species and endeavor to communicate. The aliens are chatty enough (they have hav... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 18:08:55 EST How to Delete a Privatized Spark Friend's Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573575 Ever peruse your own list of Spark Friends? Ever see that some people are not clickable, and that you cannot view their page as you once have? This is because they have taken their pages private, which is their prerogative and also is yours. Many people opt for the social media side of Sparkpeople, but also many do not. Increasingly, some play with the social media side for awhile, tire of it or come to be creeped out by people like me, and elect to adjust their settings and privatize. <... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 07:56:22 EST Putting Words to My Gym Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5573125 I made this up. It's probably inefficient. Anyway, here goes. <BR> <BR> I typically go every weekday morning, unless weather, work or family commitments (carpool) preclude. Today was an "A" day at the gym. I have A. B. C and D days. Weekends I do not go. Family time. The letter signifies which piece of cardio equipment I spend the first 45 minutes upon: <BR> <BR> A - Elliptical <BR> B - Arc-Trainer (the kind with both arms and legs in motion) <BR> C - Cross-trainer <BR> D - Any of the ot... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:36:27 EST Nature or Nurture? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572228 Today marks my second Spark-versary. The arrival of this date, and the approach of the New Year, has found me newly contemplative of my Sparky existence in recent days, as many of you now have seen. <BR> <BR> I have culled the herd of seemingly inactive (former?) SparkFriends from the middle and back row seats of the Dodge Gran Caravan (Feb 5, 2012 blog), and have determined to Spark forward with 175ish of you. Newbies always welcome but be forewarned – being my SparkFriend is quite the mi... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 11:51:53 EST 90% Quit Sparkpeople in 3 Years or Less? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571467 As many of you know, one of my 2014 NY resolutions is not to blog. This, accordingly, is one of the last. Not blogging will give me more time for things like tracking nutrition, exercising and tracking that too, and interacting more meaningfully with (by present accounting) 174 of you. Only 174? Yesterday it was 217. Three days ago it was 358. What happened? Hang on... <BR> <BR> In the course of redefining my presence here, and that I need to focus on my own weight loss more and being a one... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 07:15:23 EST Why People Quit Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5570929 As many of you know, one of my 2014 NY resolutions is not to blog. This, accordingly, is one of the last. Not blogging will give me more time for things like tracking nutrition, exercising and tracking that too, and interacting more meaningfully with 217ish of you. Only 217? Hang on... <BR> <BR> In the course of redefining my presence here, and that I need to focus on my own weight loss more and being a one-man amusement park less, I came to read the Spark pages of all of my 358 Spark frien... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 07:59:51 EST Some Presents For You (Vol I) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569177 My 2014 New Year's Resolution is no Spark Blogs. <BR> <BR> I need to focus on tracking, losing weight, my business, my family, my life, etc. But before I go, I've taken a little time to bestow some holiday presents on you all. <BR> <BR> With kindness* to fellow caravan members (you remember that one, right?), here is the first batch: <BR> <BR> * Kindness = We won't get upset, right? <BR> <BR> ***** <BR> <BR> Maryann2323 (a.k.a. Ginger) – An extra month between November and December, t... Sat, 21 Dec 2013 08:47:06 EST How to Change Beer Into Sparky Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567955 Sam Adams. Brewer and Patriot. Sam would be proud to see his name bandied about in sports bars and like places, from sea to shining sea. Of course, the problem is this: beer and similar potent potables as Alex Trebek calls them, are materially lacking in Sparky benefit. Translation: there are calories in them-thar brewskis. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1291919655.jpg"> <BR> But particularly around the holidays or more generally in football system, beer becom... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 11:03:23 EST Guaranted to Make You Cry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564210 Just watch this. Watch it. All of it. Do it now. <BR> <BR> <link>unlooker.com/airline-pulls-amazing-c<BR>hristmas-stunt-passengers/ </link> <BR> <BR> You will not be sorry. I guarantee it. <BR> <BR> Happy Holidays to all of you. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:35:49 EST "_______ Are Killing America" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563696 This headline greeted me in my inbox, this morning. The noun in the blank is less important (I did not even remotely agree) than what it COULD be. <BR> <BR> Imagination time, Sparkpeople! Help fill in the blank. Comments please! <BR> <BR> **** <BR> <BR> Some Sparky ideas: "Donuts" "Trans-Fats" "Desserts" "Refined Sugars" "Red Meats" <BR> <BR> My Helpful Facebook Friends Added: "Reality Shows" "Killer Bees" "Wal-Mart Execs" and "Banks" <BR> <BR> Coworkers/Employees Co... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:54:43 EST Dissection of my Flawed Gym Routine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563158 Every morning I'm up before dawn and the three of us (me, myself, and I) hop into the car and head to the gym. I work hard at the gym and usually perspire in buckets. <BR> <BR> I use a heart monitor and thus, to date, remain a blogger rather than a sad Sparky statistic. Ever wonder exactly what happened to all your old Sparky friends who seem to have vanished? Hopefully they all are still of this world. Hard to tell with certainty. I have roughly 400 Spark friends. Over 300 seem never to b... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:08:03 EST Dear Elderly Neighbors: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561515 Dear Elderly Neighbors: <BR> <BR> You are welcome for your clean driveways and walks. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1833562766.jpg"> <BR> With our snow blower, it really was no problem and we are happy to be neighborly, as we hope others may when we garner your years of experience. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1832076302.jpg"> <BR> Oh, by the way, we do accept fresh-baked (Spark-compliant, of course) pies as remuneration. <BR> <img sr... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:10:21 EST Me, Myself and I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560238 Grammar. The Queen's English. <BR> <BR> Sparkfriends, with great kindness I must tell you that this son-in-law of an English teacher cringes, not uncommonly, at some the faux pas I see in your statuses, blogs and photo captions. <BR> <BR> I know fully that you all are brilliant; each and every one of you. You simply would not be here, and would not have mastered the trackers, and would use the social media side of Spark, if otherwise. Your scintillating intelligance shines through, a l... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 06:23:11 EST Frozen Bunny Tartar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555087 ***Warning: Not for the Super Squeamish*** <BR> <BR> Thursday we grilled turkey outdoors as we always do, on our elevated deck. We accidentally spilled some gravy (about a cup, volumetrically) carrying the bird inside, which then froze albeit in a slick if tasty way. In a rush with lots of family arriving, we forgot about it. Once we beat Pittsburgh, that was all that mattered. <BR> <BR> No issues all weekend. We forgot about the spill some more. <BR> <BR> This morning on daybreak, we had... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 13:14:16 EST Stop Everything and Read TRIANGLE-WOMAN's Nov 7th Blog Right Now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553912 You have been warned that I am a bad Spark friend. Every last one of you, who chose to link to me, has been duly warned of what a one-sided self-congratulatory louse I am. One of my horrible Spark-friend characteristics is that I seldom comment on your blogs. I read them often enough and I get they are important to you. <BR> <BR> I never before have used this vehicle, my blogs (and their ill-deserved popularity) to reblog another Spark friend's blog. As Captain Spock famously told Lieu... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 07:12:39 EST Stupid Simple Berry Cobbler Recipe (Sparky Compliant Too) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553723 If I read it on Facebook, it must be true... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l895919418.jpg"> <BR> What you need: two 12-oz bags of frozen berries, one box of dry white cake mix (not the pudding kind), and 1 can of clear diet soda. Diet Sierra Mist, Diet 7UP or Diet Sprite all work. Fresca might work too. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1642648343.jpg"> <BR> 1. Place frozen fruit in a 9x13 baking dish. I'd spray it first with Pam, but that's... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:37:25 EST Thanksgivikuh Recipe - Grilled Turkey A'La Orange http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5552086 Grilled Thanksgiving Turkey A La’Orange - Sixteen Easy Steps <BR> <BR> The key advantages of this approach to the traditional thanksgiving turkey are that (1) indoor oven space is conserved and (2) the heat of the long-duration roasting is kept out of the kitchen. <BR> <BR> What you need in addition to the turkey: fridge space, propane grill with spare propane tank, large disposable roasting pan, large cutting board at least as large as the bottom of the roasting pan, Crisco or similar shor... Thu, 28 Nov 2013 09:03:24 EST A Short Thanksgiving Note http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551555 A short blog from me? Maybe. <BR> <BR> Per our usual, we are the home team for Thanksgiving. As I type this from the office, Thing One and Thing Two are helping Susan818127 convert our humble kitchen into a banquet hall seating close to 20 this year. Yes, metaphorically speaking, we are Beating to Quarters and Clearing for Action. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l710619075.jpg"> <BR> It's good to be the home team. Traveling around T-Day sucks, and we know just h... Wed, 27 Nov 2013 13:43:05 EST The Final Frontier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545252 Diet. Exercise. Nutrition. Healthfulness. (There, it's a Spark-relevant blog). <BR> <BR> Now onto the important stuff. Space. I love space. I wanted to be an astronaut as a kid. There was no bigger fan of NASA in the 1960s and early 1970s, not related to an astronaut and not benefiting economically (LBJ...) than me. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1070818866.jpg"> <BR> Gemini VI and Gemini VII had their famous first-ever rendezvous in space in December 196... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 12:38:24 EST Facebook Is a Stupid Idiot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543425 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1806124047.jpg"> <BR> This blog was not intended to be about Facebook. Now that I have it composed in MS Word and ready to cut-and-paste, I find that that damn Blue F has permeated my brain, again. After all (the hyperlink is worth it, I promise you), Facebook is a stupid idiot. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1231275050.jpg"> <BR> At some point over a year ago, for reasons both unscientific and unfathomable, I bec... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:46:33 EST 19 Signs You are a Picky Eater http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536784 Genetics. Or Environment. Or in this case, both. <BR> <BR> Many of you have commented that Thing 2 looks like me. Guess what? Thing1, IS me. In a teenage girl granted, but she is me. Read on... <BR> <BR> She just posted to Facebook (if it's not FB worthy it does not exist, from her perspective), a hyperlink to a blog about being a picky eater. She certainly is a picky eater and she gets it from me. Her Mom, the much nicer/sweeter/kinder/smarter side of our family, SUSAN818127 here... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 19:29:18 EST Throwback Thursday - A New Sparkpeople Trend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535129 The latest Facebook game (or a the latest as of a year ago, I raise not-trendy to an art form) is to post a picture of one's self from long ago. Doing so on a Thursday, is called "Throwback Thursday." <BR> <BR> So here I am, endeavoring to launch a trend on Spark: post a pic of yourself from days gone by. Here is mine, and if you look carefully, you can see my need-for-being-here-among-you, even then: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l377956.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ... Thu, 7 Nov 2013 18:52:51 EST "For Every Thing, There is a First Time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532837 I could blog about weight loss (good progress again), daily workouts at the gym (intense and successful), drinking my water (Quack like a duck), tracking nutrition (reasonable if not persnickety perfect), but those blogs are a dime a dozen here. Spark needs a special page, instead for... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1677411349.jpg"> <BR> Parenthood. Teachable moments. Fresh off Thing 2 buying us a plate glass window at an orthodontist's office whether we wanted... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:49:21 EST "For Every Thing, There is a First Time" - Spock, to Saavik... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532836 I could blog about weight loss (good progress again), daily workouts at the gym (intense and successful), drinking my water (Quack like a duck), tracking nutrition (reasonable if not persnickety perfect), but those blogs are a dime a dozen here. Spark needs a special page, instead for... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1677411349.jpg"> <BR> Parenthood. Teachable moments. Fresh off Thing 2 buying us a plate glass window at an orthodontist's office whether we wanted... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:49:19 EST Egos, Teens and Genders Oh My http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531005 Ours is an interesting house, sometimes, chock full of an endless treasure trove of new experiences. We have two "Irish Twins" teens, 17 months apart. You all have come to know them as Thing 1 and Thing 2. The latest doings for the Things is that now both have their respective learner's permit. Sparky Marylanders reading this: seat-belt and helmet time. Think I'm kidding? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l258599128.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Thing 1 is disinterested in... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 14:31:59 EST Go Back, Jack, Do it Again (Workout Music Quiz Game No. 9) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529836 Recognize that as the opening lyric of a classic rock song? Maybe a good tune for a workout? If you don't, you should. You all loved this game last weekend; here is another one. This one differs slightly; the bell-shaped curve of time site squarely on about 1974 (this is a hint). (and hey JUNEPA - Hold your horses on the bean-spilling this time, OK?) <BR> <BR> Anyway, once again, I reformatted and reloaded ye olde mp3 player that lives its life at the bottom of my gym bag. Yes. it's waterpr... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 07:38:47 EST Getting the Most Out of Your Walk-Out - 7 Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527995 Far be it for me to post a how-to blog about the technique of some basic form of exercise. Sparky is chock full of how-do blogs and videos from authoritative sources, such as "Coach Nicole" and her minions. You expect more from me. Rightfully so. More pointedly, you do not need such drivel from the likes of me. You certainly don't need non-expert advice. So why are you even reading this? <BR> <BR> This news story from the non-Spark health-and-nutrition internet (yes, that does still exis... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 05:27:03 EST In Which State Should You Live (Short, Interesting Quiz) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524442 This probably has nothing to do with Spark, but I found this fascinating. <BR> <BR> Here is a quiz that asks a few basic personality questions. Based on your responses, it tells you in which State you should live. (Canadian and overseas Sparkies, the Ugly Americans once again are self-centered, but you are accustomed to that). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l498475341.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here it is. Post your results below. <BR> <BR> <link>science.time.com/2... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:29:06 EST Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself; I'm a Man of Wealth and Taste http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523668 Recognize that as the opening lyric of a classic rock song? Maybe a good tune for a workout? If you don't, you should. <BR> <BR> Once again, I reformatted and reloaded ye olde mp3 player that lives its life at the bottom of my gym bag. Yes. it's waterproof and in the summer I swim with it too. I love exercise BECAUSE of the music and I would hate it viscerally if I did not have music. Maybe your exercise music needs a refresher or update? Maybe you don't pay enough attention to whateve... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 06:43:38 EST Conflicts of Interest in the Weight Loss Biz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522553 Proving again that Google News about “diet and weight loss” is an unending treasure trove of interesting and off-beat news tidbits, today I learned of a proposed business transaction of potential interest to the average Sparky. It interested me, but I am a business owner. It should interest you too. Well, maybe anyway. Bear with me… <BR> <link>dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/10/09/nest<BR>le-seen-putting-jenny-craig-on-the-blo<BR>ck/?_r=0 </link> <BR> So, what comes to mind when you think o... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:29:09 EST Technology Begets Obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520996 “What a fascinating modern world in which we live.” – Captain John “Lucky Jack” Aubrey, HMS Surprise, 1801, when beholding a French sailing warship of more advanced design. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2069108099.jpg"> <BR> Our modern world is indeed fascinating and is sorely dependent on technology and energy to make it so. Earlier this week after arriving at the office by car from my morning at the gym, I found that my aging Dell desktop computer had given up i... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:45:30 EST The Best Things in Life are Free - Handy Internet Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518283 I hate internet ads. I see few if any, ever. No reason you need to see any either. Here goes: <BR> <BR> Well, SparkPeople, of course. If you are inundated by the ads here, here are step-by-step instructions for enjoying the completely ad-free experience I see: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5341129 </link> <BR> <BR> It's easy, possible and so much more, well, uncluttered. These steps also will minimize if not eliminate advertisin... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 07:37:49 EST The Unpopularity of Congress - A New Poll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515112 So a new poll is out. Is there not always a new poll? <BR> <BR> A new poll is out, as we await word of a resolution to the shutdown, the debt ceiling and other political matters irrelevant to Spark (you chose to be my Spark friend, despite multiple warnings not to be, remember?). The new poll finds that most Americans have a more favorable view of the following than they do of the current Congress: <BR> <BR> 1. witches <BR> <BR> 2. hemorrhoids <BR> <BR> 3. jury duty; and <BR> <BR> 4.... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:27:18 EST What Was Your Favorite Year - and Why? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514271 Mick Jagger perhaps said it best: Time Waits for No One." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l132715998.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We've all been around the sun a bunch of times. Some of those trips were better than others. What was your favorite, and why? <BR> <BR> Initially and because of family history (yes, I still will blog about my Dad sometime), my instinct was 1945. Good defeating evil on the battlefields of Europe and the Pacific, etc. Of course, I did not per... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:52:46 EST How Obamacare Touches Some of Us Sparkies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512091 Wow, the news headlines are an endless treasure trove of thought-provoking blog topics. You can include "weight loss" in your Google news notifications too, and get there. No reason I should have all the fun. No matter... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/6/l562664906.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you had obesity-related surgery (I "know" some of you well enough now to know the answer in some cases is "yes.")? Would you consider it? Would its coverage by insurance, in who... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 07:13:35 EST And You Thought You Were Alone in Under-Reporting Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5511342 Admit it. You cheat. Often by a little. Sometimes by a lot. Look at your nutrition tracker. Look at it over the last week, or month. (Assume for this little exercise that you used it). Now, be honest. Does it reflect EVERYTHING you ate? Every scrap, every morsel, every little snitch of this-and-that while cooking, cleaning, driving, talking on the phone, watching TV? All of it? Faithfully? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l805749822.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If yo... Sat, 12 Oct 2013 08:12:01 EST Don't Need No ^$*&^(@ Needles! (I Know) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505745 So apparently in Britain researchers have found a gene that causes a predisposition to overeat. Ripped from the headlines, read all about it here: <BR> <link>www.express.co.uk/news/health/434441<BR>/Blood-test-hope-in-the-battle-to-beat<BR>-obesity </link> <BR> At a first glance, this makes sense. We all know people who eat "fattening" foods with reckless abandon and stay skinny despite perhaps only moderate exercise. More than a few of us have felt that life is unfair. I put myself i... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 07:51:20 EST Brutal Honesty, "Borrowed" From a Fellow Sparky http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505040 I read your blogs, as much as time allows. I comment on them less, but still as much as time allows. Blogs provide some insights into ourselves as people. I never thought the social side of Sparkpeople was worth anything, but shortly after joining here I found that many of us experience similar challenges, thoughts, successes, aspirations, etc. Of course, blogs are not uncommonly sources of entertainment too. <BR> <BR> Well, I found one of yours both entertaining and thought-provoking. ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 08:58:56 EST Sparky Speed Monopoly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499318 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1785501072.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The knock on the classic board game is that it takes too long to play. The knock on greater Spark success for many is failure to diligently track nutrition. Perhaps not to exercise sufficiently or effectively enough, but probably nutrition first and foremost. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1412109730.jpg"> <BR> <BR> With me so far? Here goes. <BR> <BR> 1. Get the Monopoly s... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 13:22:22 EST Out of Whack When You Can't Track? - Here are Some Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495666 Weddings. Business lunches. Office parties. Evenings with schedules too crazy to cook. Dinner at Mom's. The list goes on and we've all had meals, whole days, and even whole weeks wherein diligent use of the AINT (All-Important-Nutrition-Tracker) ain't possible. We also have had days when we are too harried, frazzled or lazy to make the effort. Maybe even the internet is down. <BR> <BR> We all approach those challenges differently. Here is what I generally do (take from it what its w... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 09:03:50 EST How I Came to Hate Those Who Make Weight-Based Pre-Judgments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493854 Yeah, yeah, you all expect a chuckle from my blogs. Disclaimer in advance: this one is serious. (Sorry to disappoint). <BR> <BR> I have been overweight, if not obese, for about 95% of my life. Even from the earliest pre-school years, photographs tell the tale. And there was never a time when I was not subject to varying degrees of social ridicule (some of it quite intense and unvarnished) over this simple fact. That I was one of the "Smart Kids" made it worse - they already resented me for b... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:14:28 EST Urgent News Flash About the Sparky Weigh In - You are Doing It Wrong! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5493151 I think most of you have been doing this all wrong for years. Here, is the correct technique: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1999782918.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now don't you feel better, having been educated? Sun, 22 Sep 2013 20:44:26 EST Bidding Adieu to Summer (Sniffle... Sob...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492589 Today is the first day of Fall, whether I like it or not. There seems not all that much I can do about it, as my efforts to have suspended the revolution of the Earth around the Sun have not been fully successful. My hard work endeavoring to keep us all positioned for perpetual Summer in the Northern Hemisphere have gone for naught. The Sun indeed will be crossing the Equator today, and I'm fast running out of good ideas to stop this from occurring. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 09:08:43 EST Some Updates to My Spark Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490308 Today I perused my own Spark home page, for whatever reason. I found all kinds of windows and narrative, substantially unchanged since the day I joined here, Christmas 2011. Been awhile. <BR> <BR> Some information was really outdated, like how I was looking forward to the 2012 pool season. Many of the originally stated short- and moderate-term goals have been achieved, but not all. Anyway, I updated the information. Check it and see. <BR> <BR> And despite what some of you might think... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:49:06 EST Goal Setting - My Updated Personal "Dos" and "Don'ts" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475513 Back here with the season change, taking a more active role in my own nutrition, exercise tracking and water drinking has caused me to think about my own goals. Many of you have read my facetious one about seeking to weigh zero pounds, to stand sideways and cast no shadow, etc. Perhaps worth a chuckle, but we all know it's not productive or necessarily realistic. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1022641204.jpg"> <BR> <BR> After fiddling with this issue now fo... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 09:31:07 EST 264 Bottles of Sparky Water on the Wall - The Countdown Begins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472957 Labor Day is upon us. For many of us, this means the closure of outdoor pools and the functional end of summer activities. The days are growing shorter with rapidity now; tonight the sun set at 7:36 EDT locally. Football season gets underway; stores have had Halloween displays front-and-center for awhile now. The local snowball stand has a large "Last Day September 15" sign prominently posted. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1167103405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Usu... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 21:36:02 EST Doings and Undoings and a Revised Goal Perhaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470563 So as it develops and around the first full weekend of September, both Susan818127 and I are back here as full-time, frequent flyers. If you are reading this blog, the real question is why in the world would you waste your precious free time thusly? Un-friend me and watch paint peel instead. It's both more beneficial and more fun. That said... <BR> <BR> Doings... <BR> <BR> Since we both inadvertently entered "coast" mode - no not maintenance so much as good-old fashioned lazy inattenti... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:15:19 EST My Brain http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448546 This is not a bad picture of my brain. It's a start anyway. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1713809427.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now to really be me, the following adjustments are necessary: <BR> <BR> “Monty Python” replaced with “Military History.” <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1067009074.jpg"> <BR> <BR> “Comic Books” replaced with "Pretty Actresses of the 1970s and Early 1980s." <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 09:01:57 EST