BOSS61's SparkPeople Blog BOSS61's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community How Much Would You Pay for Sparkpeople (if it were not free)? Hi. Remember me. The semi-occasional rebel who touts among other things, how to have an ad-free Sparky experience. Guess what? I still have an ad-free experience. For free. And you still can too. Also for free. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My blog about just how to do this is here, and nothing has changed. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=534112... Thu, 6 Oct 2016 10:13:59 EST Better Airplane Stories Here we all are, at the 15th anniversary of 9/11. This touched us all in so many ways. For me, my face, eyes and hair bear more than a passing resemblance to Mohammad Atta (a name that should need no reintroduction). It's simply the JFK assassination story of our generation: "Where were you when..." <BR> <BR> Tired of the tear-jerking posts on Facebook? As important as they are, I thought some of you might appreciate something a tad more uplifting. I have two. <BR> <BR> The first han... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:44:08 EST Better Airplane Stories Here we all are, at the 15th anniversary of 9/11. This touched us all in so many ways. For me, my face, eyes and hair bear more than a passing resemblance to Mohammad Atta (a name that should need no reintroduction). It's simply the JFK assassination story of our generation: "Where were you when..." <BR> <BR> Tired of the tear-jerking posts on Facebook, as important as they are, I thought some of you might appreciate something a tad more uplifting. I have two. <BR> <BR> The first han... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:44:03 EST What I Do When Not Sparking Just in case you still had any doubt as to who is the geekiest person on Spark... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The mathematically perfect baseball schedule. Here we go. Parameters: 30 teams, 162 games (owners will not stand for less and weather will not allow for more). Everything else is in bounds. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <B... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:55:34 EST Dear Technical Support Dear Technical Support: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance — particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0. The new program also began making unexpected changes to the accounting modules. <BR> <BR> In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other ... Tue, 12 Jul 2016 18:12:25 EST Das Pool Happy New Year to the Pool Season. Memorial Day Weekend is my favorite time of year for this reason. I understand and appreciate the significance of the holiday and greatly appreciate the sacrifices made by all who have served and still do. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is my blog, though, and its about the pool. I've had differing approaches to this at different times in the past. I count laps, you... Fri, 27 May 2016 22:05:40 EST So, Do Spark Teams Really Work ? Busy tonight and no time for many fancy pics and humor. Just a basic question: <BR> <BR> Do Spark Teams work? Do they help you lose weight, maintain a loss or otherwise achieve/maintain a healthy lifestyle? It's not a loaded question. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been here nearly 5 years and have lost a bunch of weight, gained some back, re-lost some of that and so forth. Maybe this is like some ... Tue, 10 May 2016 20:25:11 EST Another Benefit of All That Water Drink. Drink More. Yes. Now. You. (Yes, I do mean you.). <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> One of the first and hardest things i learned here was to drink lots and lots of water. Not the water in my coffee, in my apple or in my diet soda. The kind with hydrogen and a couple of oxygens, and nothing more. (No not Flint Michigan water, but the good stuff). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.c... Wed, 20 Apr 2016 07:10:18 EST Pandora Workout Music (And a Question) Those of you who have wasted precious free time on my blogs before, historically, know that I am quite into workout music. I have an idea. (Don't anyone say "Spark...) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am a power Pandora user and have been for years. I have dozens of workout stations programmed on my Pandora, which is open and available to anyone. Music is the soundtrack of my workouts; I'd be at a loss with... Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:40:50 EST Sparky Healthy Food Name Game Ever played "Geography" with your kids on a long car ride (yes, before the advent of electronic babysitters for the car)? You know, where everyone takes turns naming places that start with the letter that the preceding name ended with? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Like this: <BR> <BR> Player One - Arkansas. <BR> <BR> Player two (has to start with S, because Arkansas ends with S) - Sacramento. <BR> <img src="http:/... Sun, 20 Mar 2016 11:02:45 EST How to Blow Your Nutrition Tracking for the Super Bowl I'm quite the fair weather football fan. I am not planning to celebrate, to attend a party or to host one, to even watch the game or otherwise to be even cognizant of who plays or wins until Sportscenter at the gym Monday morning. I'm a baseball fan, in case you missed it. Between the end of October and about another month from now, its "wait for baseball." I'm waiting. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> So Su... Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:40:05 EST Alleged Truth About Tilapia You know the rules. If a Facebook friend posts a hyperlink to something, the "something" must be the unvarnished truth. Allegedly anyway. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Earlier this week I posted about how foods I like are not good for me, and that foods that i tend to dislike usually are good for me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 08:50:54 EST There Were Words! I am Speechless! Ever learn something new, you thought you knew everything about? <BR> <BR> Here is one that left me speechless. Speakers up! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>rewind-andy-griffith-sings-rarely-hear<BR>d-lyrics-for-his-show/ </link> <BR> <BR> Next someone will contend the world is not flat, or that Nixon was a crook! Tue, 2 Feb 2016 20:36:39 EST Another Contributing Factor: Captain Kangaroo (seriously) My last blog discussed how now that I am well into my 50s, I'm beginning to figure out my body a little bit. It seems that my body intrinsically likes foods that are bad for me, much more than it likes foods that are good for me. Foods enriched in fats, salts and sweets (or two or three in most any combination) are more or less delectable, whereas foods comparatively absent in one, two or perhaps all three are more or less blech! <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:37:09 EST Finally Figured Out My Body Now in my 50s, I've finally sort of figured out my body. It's deceptively simple and I do not know why the realization did not dawn earlier. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Foods that I like are bad for me. Foods that I don't care for or find boring and not worth the effort, are good for me. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bad for... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:40:30 EST Simon Says (A Blog Sing-a-Long) A few of you may remember my earlier take on this. For many of you, it's new. <BR> <BR> And if it's new to you, then it's new. <BR> <BR> Everybody sing now, in three-part harmony! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>f-a-recurrent-gout-sufferer/ </link> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:53:00 EST Deck the Falls with Snows of Folly Tired of snow blogs? At least this one is sort of Sparky. It's about weight, you see. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We got roughly 2.5 inches of liquid precip from the storm (yes, as snow). Let's say 3 inches. A cubic foot of water weighs 62.5 pounds. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> On our 12x27 foot deck, there rests 81 cubic ... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 10:46:44 EST Helpful Letter from Maine Dear Marylanders (and other residents of Mid-Atlantic States): <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I think we all knew it could happen. Every year when you pack up your well tanned family and head back home from our tiny piece of paradise, you look back and see us raking up our leaves and putting our snow shovels by the door. You always sigh, knowing that we will be dealing with winter in a far different way than yo... Sat, 23 Jan 2016 14:16:49 EST Dear Power Utility: Let's Make a Deal! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dear Baltimore Gas and Electric: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You've heard what we have heard. The world is ending. We're in for the mother of all blizzards, both with deep snow and high winds. With that comes the risk of power failures. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:43:01 EST NYC Needs More Potties for Sparkies So drinking 64 oz + of water a day and spending that day in the Big Apple are mutually exclusive. Truly. <BR> <BR> Doubt it? Read... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 17 Jan 2016 19:38:38 EST Not Watching at First Watch - Lesson for Many of Us <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A predawn junket to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, to drop off Thing Two for his Robotics Team competition, then found Thing One and I far from home and hungry. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The internet, the helpful if occasionally dangerous tool that it is, identified an interesting-looking breakfast ... Sun, 10 Jan 2016 13:03:17 EST Shopping Guide: Replacing My Spark Activity Tracker Like many of you, I was an early adopter of the Spark Activity Tracker when they came to be sold on this web site a few years ago. Aside from my $599.99 monthly membership fee (ha!), the Activity Tracker is the only money I ever spent here. I'm not tempted by the ads on the margins of the site, because I never see them. Not even one. If you want an ad-free Sparky existence, comment below and I'll (again) explain how. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Sat, 9 Jan 2016 15:23:42 EST How I Drink 72 oz of Water Before 7:30 AM Each Day I have a 24 oz insulated bottle that lives in the freezer. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I fill it before going to the gym each morning. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm on the gym floor my 6AM. I have my workout divided into three 20- to 25-minute chunks. <BR> <BR> Generally I'm doing cardio (elliptical) during the first... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 10:01:17 EST Classic Hit Song About My Bathroom Scale This really fit so well, when you consider the lyrics....They don't call it "Hitsville USA" for nothing... Sing along with gusto! Here goes! <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Nowhere to run to, baby <BR> Nowhere to hide <BR> Got nowhere to run to, baby <BR> Nowhere to hide <BR> <img src=""> <BR> It's not love <BR> I'm running from <BR>... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 16:49:10 EST What You Missed in 2015 Pop Music - 47 Songs in 4 Minutes Flat Speakers Up People (and remember, if you don't want to see my stuff, it's not to late to drop me as a Spark Friend). I would, if I were you. <BR> <BR> <link><BR><BR>9njWfJekKfUdu7dWM4 </link> <BR> <BR> For the rest of you exercising indiscretion and poor judgment, watch and listen to this talented amateur and her 47 song mashup! Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:15:36 EST Love Letter from My Life Insurance Carrier (Holy Scary Mail, Batman!) My latest blog; and it's 100% true. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Can you relate? And who's with me? Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:53:53 EST Threat of an IRS Audit or Worse So I keep getting these scam robocalls from "the IRS", saying the "IRS is suing me" and "this is a final warning" and "I need to call a phone number immediately". So curiosity got the better of me and I called. <BR> <BR> A guy with a thick accent answered. Here's how it went. <BR> <BR> "Hello, is this the IRS?" <BR> . "This is the IRS Department." (the cadence and tenor of the Soup Nazi) <BR> "Who am I speaking to?" <BR> . "This is Alex." <BR> "What does IRS stand for?" <BR> . "IRS Departm... Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:29:35 EST Latest Evidence for Me Being Old & Out of Touch My daily pile of Sparky emails brought a hyperlink to a list of the "100 Best Workout Songs of the '90s." I was excited. Those who know me know I love workout music, lists of workout music, discovering new (to me) workout music, etc. I also find that such lists usually reveal something about the person constructing it - how old they are, where they live or lived, perhaps their socio-economic status. We scientists are trained to observe and observe I do. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.s... Sun, 18 Oct 2015 05:40:00 EST Theme Music for the Primary Season (Pre-Blog) Another blog not about health, weight loss or anything remotely like it. So most of you, these are not the Droids you are looking for. <BR> <BR> As for the rest of you, this morning finds me working on a better and richer blog about candidate theme songs. Need some help, but what I have so far: <BR> <BR> Chaffee - Nowhere Man <BR> Sanders - Old Time Rock and Roll <BR> O'Malley - Stayin'Alive <BR> Webb - Yankee Doodle Dandy <BR> Hillary - I Want You to Want Me <BR> Trump - Money Changes E... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 08:56:08 EST Hair of the Donald Did you watch the second Republican Presidential Debate? Did you watch it carefully? Really, really carefully? <BR> <BR> I bet something obvious evaded detection. I stared at his hair. I wondered if he wore a toupee. Then I realized that I had seen this toupee someplace before. Pretty much, anyway. <BR> <BR> I'm sure its easy for him to keep his toupee well-groomed. In fact, I'm sure it's no tribble at all. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:01:21 EST Weird Noises a Quiet House Makes I know you like them here. However... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ises-our-house-makes-a-parable/ </link> Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:45:31 EST Her Eyes Have Seen the Glory... The things we take for granted with respect to our health... today's example is vision. <BR> <BR> So my Mom goes and finally has long-awaited and long-postponed cataract surgery. <BR> <BR> Mind you her vision has always been awful; she has worn glasses since the age of two. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It turns out the cataract surgery also corrected lifelong deformities of her corneal lenses - she now can ... Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:58:43 EST Gaming the Gym IV: Choosing Your Cardio Resistance Number Welcome back to a never-ending series of blogs about how I have turned going to the gym into a giant self-motivational game to keep my interest up and aligned with my goals for healthiness and weight loss. To understand all of this, I recommend reading the numbered blogs in order; this is the fourth. Whether or not you do, this one is about (1) choosing a piece of cardio equipment and (2) finding the resistance setting that is right for you. <BR> <img src=" Sun, 24 May 2015 08:05:31 EST Planned No Blogs Today, But This is Way Too Important Today's Washington Post has a wake-up call for all of us. If you joined Spark ever, for whatever reason, this means you. Just read this. Everyone. Now. Carefully. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>g/wp/2015/05/15/take-off-that-fitbit-e<BR>xercise-alone-wont-make-you-lose-weigh<BR>t/?tid=pm_pop_b </link> <BR> <BR> Puts the endless series of gym blogs in the proper perspective, huh? Almost worthless. <BR> <BR> This one, accordingly, is the most important o... Sun, 17 May 2015 08:43:31 EST How I Game the Gym (Gym Gear) - Part III The second of this series of blogs wrapped up by introducing (or I hope, reintroducing you) to how to find the right range of heart rates to achieve an efficient cardio workout for your age. If you have not already, best is if you read these in order. Below are helpful hyperlinks to the first two in this, possibly infinite series. (And for those of you who missed my blogging prolific-ness around here, for better or worse, you are getting what you deserve): <BR> <BR> Part I: <link>www.sp... Sat, 16 May 2015 09:25:43 EST How I Game the Gym; Preparation (Part II) Welcome back to an ongoing series of blogs about how I entertain myself, and keep my interest level up, at the gym. If you are reading these at all (and not just looking at the illustrations I ceaselessly troll the internet to steal), you should start at the beginning, helpfully provided here via the total magic you know as a hyperlink: <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928426 </link> <BR> Planning and Preparation are everything. <BR> <img... Fri, 15 May 2015 17:28:33 EST How I Game the Gym: Introduction (Part I) <img src=""> <BR> Humans are creatures of habit and I am no exception. I’ve made going to the gym an every workday habit. Not to push or prod, but maybe you should too. I always was one to do coffee cup curls, remote control lifts and brisk walks to the potty. I discovered the gym late in life, perhaps around the time you all were first imbued with my inanity. <BR> <BR> However, a gym rat I have become and ... Fri, 15 May 2015 05:10:14 EST Mean Monsters Lay in Wait For You at the Gym Mean-spirited, rotten-to-the-core evil monsters lurk at the gym. Physically fit, finely chiseled evil monsters. The ones you thought you left behind on the 3rd grade playground. The ones who stole your lunch money, gave you a wedgie and laughed at your clothes behind your back. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Guess what: the adult versions of those same detestable people lie in wait at the gym. They are just salivating at the prospect of ma... Thu, 7 May 2015 16:15:39 EST The Baltimore You See... ... is not how we really are. It's TV. They sensationalize. They accentuate the extreme and the newsworthy. Blood sells, sadly. Did Don Henley not have that song called "Dirty Laundry" with the line about getting an interview with the (new) widow? See? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Truth is, I'm horrified, embarrassed, and profoundly disappointed with my hometown has been newsworthy all week long in such a profoundly negative way. It's... Fri, 1 May 2015 16:43:35 EST Surefire Way Not to Overeat Ethnic Food Like food? Like ethnic food? Like ethnic food a lot and have problems not over-indulging in all that foreign yummy-ness? I have found the solution for you. <BR> <BR> Simply stated, you are experiencing the wrong ethnic foods. Take your taste-buds on this overseas odyssey and let your gag reflex forever protect you from over-eating again: <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Now does not not look simply yummy? <BR> <BR> <img src=... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:28:20 EST Why Someone Would Want to Be Me Tax Return Day. Our accountant goes to e-file. He cannot because a federal return already has been filed using my SSN. Warning, Will Robinson, this is tax fraud. Worse, it probably is identity theft. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> The federal government has a dizzying dozen of complicated web pages, complete with broken hyperlinks, to guide the multitudes so afflicted through the process of reporting, complaining, alternate filing, and waiting... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 13:32:17 EST Do You Need to Redo Your Spark Goal(s)? Are you searching for a new and more realistic goal? Have you thought about giving up? Well, this blog is for you. I found a goal that works for a lot of people here. <BR> <BR> Some of us are really here for health, or as a consequence of doctor's orders or some cerebral awareness that carrying less poundage will benefit us now and/or in years to come. That's 10% of us. <BR> <BR> For the other 90%, it's good old fashioned vanity, and the fact that our unfair, irrational and libido-dri... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:37:51 EST Days of Yore Summer Camp, 1972. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Our bunk of 11-year-old boys goes on a hike and winds up in town. We pool our limited money and find we have exactly, to the penny, enough to split two pizzas and a pitcher of Coke. (Yes, we were bad Sparkies). We order and the food comes. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> . <BR> The check comes too, and to our horror we learn that we... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:41:53 EST Living Long and Prospering (Perhaps as an Ostrich) Remember me? This is not about nutrition, exercise, or weight loss. Oh, I need less, more and more respectively. There, it's a Spark blog. With that out of the way... <BR> <BR> *** <BR> <BR> In the wake of Leonard Nimoy's recent passing, the Washington Post ran an interesting article today, about extra-terrestrial life. <BR> . <BR> Do we want to try to communicate with aliens, make peaceful contact, and perhaps benefit from their knowledge, technology and resources? Or, conversely, mig... Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:21:30 EST I Had a Dream (Too; MLK is Not Alone) In the spirit of MLK Day, I too had a dream. Last night in fact. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> In my dream, Susan and i own a restaurant. Like many restaurant owners, we're living paycheck to paycheck, constantly imperiled by fickle customers, unfair reviews, competition, credit and solvency issues largely beyond our capability to resolve. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> One day we learn that a com... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:08:37 EST Story of the Green Cheese Ball As some of you may recall from having read some of my historic Spark blogs, my Dad was a professional chef before I was born. He had gone to culinary school on the GI Bill after World War II. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Although he left the restaurant industry before I was born, this training and experience meant that food in our home, while I was growing up, was nothing short of delectable. Surely this contributed to why I am now here, con... Thu, 1 Jan 2015 19:46:38 EST Rules: 1st Annual Sparkpeople Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We've all seen them. We've gotten them. We've given them. Yep; ugly holiday sweaters. <BR> <BR> Now we have a better use for them: the 1st Annual SparkPeople Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest. <BR> <BR> No cost to enter. Everyone can play. Here are the rules: <BR> <BR> 1. Take a picture of someone you know personally, wearing an ugly holiday sweater. Alternatively, have someone take a picture of you, or ... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:22:28 EST Ick, Yuck and Blech! <img src=""> <BR> Overnight one of my Facebook friends posted that she tried cooking Brussels Sprouts for the first time and that they came out really good. On further research and clicking-through on her FB status, I found that she fried bacon-wrapped Brussels Sprouts, which then were submerged in melted cheese, fondue style. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Any fellow Sparky knows full well ... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:48:28 EST Dicephering Elton John's Lyrics <img src=""> <BR> Ever tried to sing along to Goodbye Yellowbrick Road? Bennie and the Jets? Think you know the words? (without the album liner - that is cheating). <BR> <img src=""> <BR> How about The Rolling Stones - Mick Jagger and a mouthful of marbles! Bruce Springsteen - often the same problem... <BR> <img src=""> <... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 07:08:43 EST Voyeurism at the Gym <img src=""> <BR> First things first, get your filthy mind out of the gutter. This is not a blog about that. Now that we have a basic understanding of what this blog is not about… <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Admit it; at the gym many of us are indeed voyeuristic in that we look at other people when there. Some of us look at their clothing, hair, exercise gear, makeup maybe, what have... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:44:40 EST