BROOKLYN_BORN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=BROOKLYN%5FBORN BROOKLYN_BORN'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/ Can I do it again? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6390875 I may only blog about once a week, but staying connected with Spark for the inspiration and motivation I get from others is very important to me. I credit it with staying in maintenance range all these 7 years. <BR> <BR> Last month during our cruise the connection helped me keep my eye on those small goals. It was enough to keep me on track while still enjoying the entire cultural experience of 5 countries of Europe. <BR> <BR> Now I’m headed to our neighbor to the north. <BR> <img src=... Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:12:41 EST It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388796 That’s the title of a song from the musical “Seesaw.” I’ve learned from Spark People that even if things are going badly, just keep your eye on the goal and keep going. That’s just what happened on Saturday. <BR> <BR> Even though I just celebrated turning 70 with a 16 day European cruise, I wanted to celebrate again by running in the Virginia Commonwealth Games simply because I CAN <BR> <BR> I’m a weather wimp who never races in the summer. I keep up a minimal level of running fitness fr... Tue, 18 Jul 2017 02:16:20 EST The Verdict – Did I Out-Run, Out-Walk, Out-Tour My Fork? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6385458 Thanks to Spark People I know how to maintain my weight at home (over 7 years now). <BR> I login every morning for my daily dose of motivation and follow the plan. <BR> <BR> On a 16 day cruise through 5 countries on the rivers of Europe it’s more difficult <BR> I don’t have my scale to weigh myself every morning. <BR> I don’t have my food scale that I use if and when my daily weight trend is only up and never down. <BR> I can’t track calories when every meal is a culinary surprise. <BR> <BR... Mon, 10 Jul 2017 03:43:35 EST Food for the Body, Mind and Spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6383045 OK, I am on a cruise after all, so you know there will be food. We're also visiting 5 countries along the river and the food is part of the culture. So how to keep my MAINtenance goal in mind while still thoroughly enjoying the experience? <BR> <BR> Breakfast is easy. I get coffee and juice at the "Early Bird" breakfast and go out for a run as I described in my earlier blogs. Afterwards, I join Joe at the regular breakfast - a full buffet where I choose oatmeal, yogurt and fruit. Occasion... Tue, 4 Jul 2017 00:56:03 EST A Bridge Too Far? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6381047 That was the title of a WWII movie about "Operation Market Garden," an unsuccessful attempt to secure a distant bridge over the Rhine before the retreating Nazis could destroy them. <BR> <BR> I took this photo on my morning run. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/4939b11f-14e9-4309-9cf0-262cf9f20738.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Although this isn't the bridge of the movie title, it is memorable because each evening at darkness the bridge lights come on gradually in a slow sequence star... Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:34:51 EST Following in Dad's Footsteps - Choices, Past and Present http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6379343 In WWII my Dad served on a "cruiser" the USS Philadelphia <BR> 72 years later, I am "cruising" in the same waters. <BR> <BR> He didn't have a choice as to his destination, but because he and his generation served, I do have a choice <BR> This trip will include 5 countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland) <BR> <BR> Dad kept a diary and took carefully selected pictures <BR> I write an occasional blog and take hundreds of pictures <BR> <BR> In my blog earlier this ... Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:20:22 EST The Spark “Solution” Gave Us a Happy Father’s Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6376531 Spark became my “solution” long before I ever read Spark Guy’s book. I didn’t know he even wrote a book. Years after I came out of my self-imposed spark hermitage and realized the value of logging in every day, even after reaching my goal weight, I ordered some items from the Spark store like the T-Shirt that’s my profile picture. “The Spark” came along with the order. More about that later. <BR> <BR> This is a different perspective. <BR> Spark became my solution because: <BR> <BR> It... Sun, 18 Jun 2017 04:58:56 EST Things Change – Attitudes Change – I CHANGED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6374938 Do you know what these are? <BR> An ice cream dish and juice glass from 1960 <BR> Each was designed to hold a “portion” (1/2 cup of ice cream and 4 oz of orange juice) <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/766a0503-a944-4c35-82ec-1216f776ecb2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Somehow over time MY portions filled these <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/73f4f89e-1636-48fd-a504-c312219a81a8.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ate my ice cream in a cereal bowl and drank my orange juice from a 1... Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:35:02 EST Many successful journeys began with a rocky start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6372823 So often we set off on a journey with great hopes and plans only to find the road is bumpy and full of potholes. This is true of the road to a healthy lifestyle/goal weight, as many sparkers can attest, and many other areas of life as well. <BR> <BR> My blog earlier this week described revisiting the important sites of our youth for our 50th wedding anniversary. That included the church where the ceremony took place. <BR> This was one of the pictures in our album. <BR> <img src="http://ph... Fri, 9 Jun 2017 06:40:39 EST Not "snakes on a plane" just "steps on a train" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6371606 Thank you Sparkers for your comments and good wishes on my last blog. While our NYC celebration recreating our youth didn't leave much time for SP, the principles are a permanent part of my outlook on life. <BR> NYC makes it easy to eat healthy. Even the tiny take out places offer fresh fruit. Organic and vegetarian "pesticide free" options abound. Exercise, no problem. <BR> <BR> However, it's an 8 hour train ride from NYC to Lynchburg VA. <BR> Sitting that long isn't smart or comfo... Tue, 6 Jun 2017 09:46:24 EST 50 Years of "Maintenance" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6370224 Patience , persistence & a little bit of luck. <BR> That was my answer to the desk clerk who asked us how one stays married for 50 years. <BR> <BR> We're celebrating the event back in NYC where it all began. <BR> <BR> We wanted to walk the streets and visit the places that were important to us, especially this one <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/03f17cfd-516b-4244-a455-c17a45bf9cb1.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was our first date June 2, 1963 at Rockaway Beach. We met th... Sat, 3 Jun 2017 08:11:48 EST My HERO - Head Over Heels Over Head (literally) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367985 Check out and congratulate this Sparker <BR> Age 50+ lost 85 pounds, 3 years in maintenance, recovered from pelvic fracture and now can do CARTWHEELS! <BR> <BR> "Cartwheel Evidence" (Jeanknee) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367846 </link> <BR> <BR> What a demonstration of patience, persistence, research and the application of Spark principles! <BR> I wish the whole Spark Universe could see this. <BR> <BR> Maybe "Heels Over Head" would... Mon, 29 May 2017 07:31:51 EST Never forget to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6367596 What do we REMEMBER on Memorial Day? <BR> <BR> The last weekend in May is a time to get together with family and friends. <BR> This is a good thing. <BR> It’s a time to appreciate what we have <BR> . <BR> Let's also remember why we have those things and those whose loss made it possible <BR> <BR> I live near the National D-Day Memorial. This town was chosen for the site because it lost the most men per capita at Normandy than any other place in the USA. My chorale performs at the annual... Sun, 28 May 2017 08:12:05 EST It's not a plateau, it's "mini-maintenance" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6366768 Plateaus are depressing to many people. There are plenty of blogs and articles written about the negative effect they have on our motivation. <BR> <BR> What if I think about it geographically? <BR> Standing on a plateau gives me a chance to see where I've been and where I'm going. I can look around, take in the scenery and focus on other things for a bit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f61db073-a557-4df6-a797-d62ea4969176.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Maybe there's some... Fri, 26 May 2017 06:53:42 EST When Sparkers Meetup in NYC, What do they do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6365527 Ride the Carrousel in Bryant Park! <BR> Left to right, that’s Phebess, Sylphinprogress and me. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f1faf7ed-8547-454a-94e4-b2962915cd76.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here we are with “Patience” one of the lions guarding the New York Public Library <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/f3c157dd-b365-4a8e-ab65-c909a36d7257.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Exhibit “Love in Venice” was especially meaningful when you have an art teacher as your guide. Than... Tue, 23 May 2017 08:53:20 EST How to get to Carnegie Hall? How to fit into your gown? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6363599 Practice, practice, practice is the jovial answer to the first part. <BR> As for losing the weight to fit into your performance gown, that's where Spark People comes in. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/d255ddb2-8b9f-40f9-a9d8-74ca115b3f3a.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When I posted this picture of my DD (Hayburner1969) on my feed, I received several inquiries. <BR> <BR> Some about the performance, some about the significance of her "horsey" screen name and some about how she did it.... Thu, 18 May 2017 15:03:28 EST A Vacuum attracts Junk - What Choices Will I Make? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6360893 My vacuum cleaner picks up the dirt and junk that gathers daily on my floor. <BR> That's the job it was designed for and it does it automatically. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, the same thing can happen in our daily lives unless we make a conscious effort to fill our life with valuable things instead of trivia or junk. <BR> <BR> Is it human nature that more people follow the daily activities of celebrities than the accomplishments of those working to make a positive difference? <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 12 May 2017 05:40:18 EST A Salute to All the Younger Sparkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6358313 "No reason to apologize to me" I told the young mother ahead of me at the grocery checkout. She had a child by her side and one in the seat of the cart which I noticed was full of healthy selections (oatmeal not sugar cereal, produce etc.) There was some problem with an item and the clerk called for the customer service guy. <BR> <BR> No one WANTS to wait. <BR> <BR> However, as a retired person: <BR> I have no boss to answer to. No job where I MUST show up or not be paid. <BR> I don't ... Sat, 6 May 2017 06:28:51 EST Going HOME - Where is that exactly? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6355057 A building? A town? "Where the heart is?" A state of mind? <BR> Does it even have to be a real place anymore when so many of our connections are electronic? <BR> <BR> I have "HOMEpages" - One is on my website, one is here on Spark. <BR> People visit my "homes" both the current real one and my virtual homes as well. I visit theirs too. In fact, if these virtual homes didn't exist I would miss out on so much. <BR> So over time I've learned to value both. <BR> <BR> My Dad used to say that "... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:16:54 EST The Power of Blogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6350166 Some blogs are descriptions of daily activities. I read those. Keeping connected with friends is important. I do that on Facebook too. Spark can be an extension of social media. You might even stumble across a kindred spirit and make a new friend. <BR> <BR> Then there are those blogs that incorporate the Spark Message and “spark” my day. Sometimes it’s with information. Sometimes a unique perspective. Sometimes I see a reflection of myself. <BR> <BR> These are special and often I wa... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:06:01 EST Sparked to Go For It! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6345873 I login to Spark every morning for my daily dose of motivation. I especially like the list of new blogs. Those are the people from all around the world who are sparking right along with me at that very moment. <BR> <BR> However, yesterday was the only time that the first blog in the list has ever been directed right at me and just in time too. <BR> <BR> Friday night we went out to dinner with family and friends. We had a great time, but I stayed up too late. <BR> I was registered for a 5... Sun, 9 Apr 2017 07:06:18 EST One hundred years ago today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6344602 The USA entered World War I and 2 babies were born hundreds of miles apart. <BR> <BR> One was the son of immigrants. <BR> One was the descendant of a family that had lived here for centuries. <BR> <BR> It was a time of great upheaval. Europe was ruled by royal families. <BR> Common people were on the move seeking safety and freedom. <BR> <BR> These babies had very different early lives, but a common future - service in WWII and the marriage of their grandchildren. <BR> <BR> This was... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 09:59:09 EST The Crisscross Effect - My checkbook balance and my scale display http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6341588 Both are just numbers. <BR> Both give me a snapshot of a particular moment in time. <BR> Neither one defines me as a person, but I cannot dismiss either one as irrelevant. <BR> Both give me important information that I ignore at my peril. <BR> <BR> Both numbers are often affected by circumstances beyond our control or some individual life challenge. <BR> The furnace breaks - balance goes down <BR> Medication has side effect - weight goes up. <BR> In addition, statistics clearly show a re... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 06:32:08 EST The "Crisscross Effect" - Connecting Goals in Different Areas of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6338163 At first glance these two photos do not appear to have anything in common. But they are indeed both personal challenges that Spark principles are helping me to conquer. Both are examples of testing the limit of my ability. <BR> <BR> My house is on a curvy country road. Here is the beginning of my one mile hill. I believe in the benefits of a run/walk regimen. Walking one minute per mile is my usual routine. I sip some water, check my heart rate manually and wipe my nose (darn allergi... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:27:09 EST Thank You Kelliebean - my personal motivator of the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6331350 I woke up with negative thoughts. The wind was howling creating a wind chill of 24 degrees. <BR> That is NOT how this weather wimp wanted to do a 5k training run this morning. <BR> <BR> I truly would have bailed except for my daily Spark login and reading: <BR> "Reframing" <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6330818 </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out and even bookmark it for whenever the "I don’t wanna" bug strikes in any area of your life. <BR> <... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:04:31 EST A Most Important Message for the Young and Future Generations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6329600 If you are overweight, do not fall for the hype to lose the weight quickly! <BR> There is a dark side to following that path. <BR> <BR> Through the weight loss/regain chronicles of celebrities, reality TV shows, statistics of the general population or personal stories of friends and acquaintances, the term "yo-yoing" has become part of our vocabulary. It's an unfortunate choice of word since like a yo-yo, it implies that the journey will be the same each go round. Yet we know that ea... Wed, 8 Mar 2017 06:29:06 EST Why spending time on Spark is different and more worthwhile than Facebook http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327339 "I have legitimate conversations with others about weight loss, health issues, the ups and downs of the journey. And for this - I have become stronger, I have become more motivated, I have become a better me!" <BR> <BR> I didn’t write that. I read it on a blog by VirginiaGirl <BR> "True Confessions of an Ex-FaceBook Addict" <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6327144 </link> <BR> <BR> As I login here I know that the observations in that blog ar... Fri, 3 Mar 2017 17:39:07 EST What to do when things don't go as planned? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322693 Turn to the best resource Spark has to offer - the Spark People! <BR> <BR> I always turn to the blogs first, especially the blogs of the "helpers" <BR> Something there always gives me my daily dose of motivation. <BR> <BR> Yes, there are lots of useful resources and challenges on the site . But it's connecting with people who are also on the journey that makes it real. It's different from reading about one celebrity celebrating weight loss in some magazine. Here REAL people are working thro... Tue, 28 Feb 2017 07:33:18 EST A Different View of Functional Fitness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6320743 Some years ago my daughter Jeannie (Hayburner1969) gave me a set of dumbbells for Christmas. My mother was in her eighties and not only needed a walker but also could not raise her arms above her head. That meant she needed help getting dressed and even combing her hair. I think Jeannie was concerned that might be my fate someday as well. So, the functional gift of a weight set. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/5b756f4e-e004-428e-90c3-ac795865deb2.jpg"> <BR> ... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 08:32:45 EST What can we learn from our Spark friends? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319261 How to SUCCEED with their encouragement! <BR> <BR> I woke up 3 hours late lacking motivation. <BR> Maybe I’ll just read or putter around the house. <BR> Oh, why not check in with those who understand how this program works. <BR> <BR> And I read: <BR> “I Succeed With the Help from my Friends” (JStetser) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6319174 </link> <BR> <BR> That sometimes the friend isn’t even human <BR> Weigh No More: Lessons From India... Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:10:48 EST Any Sparkers near Munich? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6317768 Pianist Sparker Hayburner1969 makes her European debut on March 3rd as part of a 3 day International Concert Series. <BR> <BR> <link>www.gasteig.de/veranstaltungen/mein-<BR>pianoforte-pianomarathon-international<BR>er-meisteramateure.html,v47088 </link> <BR> <BR> I’m so pleased she has returned to the stage after a break to raise a family <BR> I’m sorry that her Dad and I can’t be there. <BR> I don’t read German but I do understand the “hausfrau” description. <BR> <BR> Following Spar... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 08:40:18 EST I Know You Love Me - It's OK to Skip the Chocolate http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6314288 It wasn't always this way. Feb 14, 1964 my boyfriend of 8 months brought me the biggest box of candy I had ever seen. It was a HUGE valentine box, 2 feet wide. I even knew how much it cost because I passed that "homemade chocolate" candy shop every day on my way to high school and the box was the centerpiece of the window display with the price right there, front and center. <BR> <BR> I knew it cost $25 which was just about his week's earnings from his part time job. That sealed the de... Sat, 11 Feb 2017 06:27:46 EST "Hold on until Rescued" - Strength and Endurance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6311581 It was 1964 and I was a high school senior. It was the first year our school participated in the President's Physical Fitness challenge. It seems that statistics showed we were getting "soft" or maybe it was another attempt for us to keep up with the Russians. <BR> <BR> Anyway, suddenly we girls were to do timed runs, pull-ups, push-ups and the standing broad jump among other things. Most rebelled. We had been conditioned since our 50s childhood to sit and look pretty so some boy would n... Mon, 6 Feb 2017 07:03:14 EST "To Have and Have Not" - Finding an Unexpected Spark Lesson http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6307633 I spent most of Saturday at a high school swim meet. <BR> It was the conference championship and I had a connection to two of the schools. <BR> <BR> Two of my grandchildren are students at school 'A' and one more is a graduate <BR> One of my grandkids is a student at school 'B' and one more is a graduate. <BR> <BR> The schools are about 100 miles apart. <BR> One is in an affluent area. <BR> One is located in a city at the low end of the socioeconomic spectrum <BR> . <BR> My daughte... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 05:38:48 EST Going the extra mile for the team - the 5% challenge team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304232 Although I like being active, running, walking, any kind of movement, I can settle into a rut. Spark always gives me a boost, sometimes even a needed kick in the pants. <BR> <BR> So, after 8 years here I joined my very first 5% challenge. I've seen those challenges posted often and people seem to be enjoying them. Dare I say even having fun? I like fun. Remember when we were kids and exercise was fun? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/b27600ba-928a-4fea-9e64-... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:42:21 EST The Streak I'm Most Proud of and What I’m Most Grateful for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6300489 Today is the 1000th day straight that I have logged into Spark. It's also DH's 72nd birthday. <BR> <BR> How appropriate that they should coincide. I begin every day with a cup of coffee that Joe made for me, just as he has done every morning for nearly 50 years, except for those times when circumstances kept us apart. <BR> <BR> I'm grateful that: <BR> 2 high school sweethearts beat the marriage statistics <BR> I am beating the dismal weight maintenance statistics by following Spark princi... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 07:50:35 EST Challenge, Who needs a challenge? Oops, I guess I do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297223 Challenges are a big part of the spark world. We get invitations when we first join, on the start page, in email, through team activities or even through the posts of friends. <BR> <BR> In 8 years I think I've done 3. <BR> 30 days of fiber - check, I'm fine <BR> 30 days of healthy eating - healthy yes, but I can overeat healthy food too. Can't give away my food scale or ignore the tracker indefinitely <BR> <BR> I'm in maintenance now for 7 years, so the 5% challenges, valuable for so many... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:40:30 EST Following advice (or not) sometimes depends on the source http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295968 My daughter, who recognized that I needed to make some changes, gave me a food scale for Christmas a decade ago. <BR> Eh, who needs it! I eat healthy food <BR> <BR> Then she gave me a set of dumbbells. <BR> Eh, who needs those! Look how fit I am. <BR> <BR> Then she told me about Spark and I joined and OTHER people told me to use that food scale and pick up those dumbbells and I DID. <BR> <BR> For months now DD#1 suggested that I download Runkeeper Go . I had lost my SPAT during the... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:02:08 EST "Off to See the Wizard" - Following the Spark Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293710 It may not be made of yellow bricks and it doesn't end at the Land of Oz, but it is a path well worth following. <BR> <BR> There are general directions posted. There are guidelines for nutrition and calorie ranges, tracking tools, and articles to read. Then there are teams and challenges to join. These are like the side roads or "paths to overlooks" that I travel in reality on the Blue Ridge Parkway here in Virginia. They lead me to a view of the entire countryside. I can see where I've... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 08:56:39 EST The Road not Taken...The Pie not Eaten http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290961 With apologies to Robert Frost who poetically described: <BR> "Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,. And sorry I could not travel both" <BR> <BR> I'm thinking about the 2 roads I have traveled. <BR> One was smooth sailing with lots of billboards for all kinds of food and excuses for more and more eating. It ended at the weight that did not make me happy. <BR> <BR> The other was harder to traverse, many obstacles, potholes, situations and people who implied the journey was not worth the e... Wed, 4 Jan 2017 07:32:53 EST The Comfort of a Comforter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6290168 During this holiday we had a full house one night which required getting out some extra blankets from the plastic storage bags in the closet. <BR> <BR> After everyone left I was preparing to pack things away when suddenly this triggered some memories. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/a56ff024-9487-453e-8888-6df753d6181f.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yeah, I must be very nostalgic to reminisce over a blanket. It's a 60 year old quilt on a 60 year old bed. <BR> <BR> Neither ... Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:12:31 EST What Would Grandma Think of My Excuses? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289312 I always find motivation by logging into Spark. Sometimes it hits close to home. <BR> <BR> My DD#1 Hayburner1969 is BACK to Spark after 15 months of going it alone! <BR> <BR> Her blog this morning was a nice surprise that got me thinking too. <BR> <BR> "It's Not Like You Have to Saddle Up the Horse" <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289282 </link> <BR> <BR> Check it out. <BR> <BR> I hope she finds the motivation and support here o... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 08:34:37 EST What the World Needs Now is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288421 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9de125fb-17e7-4656-b408-180ae4b1a7cf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I posted my status about taking our 6 grandkids to a photo session to recreate a 2004 picture. <BR> <BR> This is NOT it, but on the walk back to our cars after the session they ran over to this sculpture and posed for this impromptu photo. <BR> <BR> Left to right: <BR> Billy (age 20), his brother Andy in the 'O' (17) <BR> Jacob (15) and Steven (18) brothers bracketing the 'V' <BR> Carrie (... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 07:44:39 EST I'm number 11! - I'm number 11! - and it only took 8 years! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287833 Tomorrow, January 1, 2017 is my Spark Anniversary. It was 8 years ago, New Year's Day 2009, that I joined Spark. I made up some meaningless username to get started. I only intended to use the trackers not get involved in anything else. <BR> <BR> By summer I was halfway to my goal and I was getting daily email with links to resources and blogs. I began to read them, learn and secretly connect with others. I was aware of them. They did not know that I, a "stealth sparker" was following t... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:44:17 EST 45 years of continuous gym memberships - done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6286392 Here's my replacement. <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/cb78cdc6-14c7-467b-9a8f-fc854fae0ef2.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I understand the theory behind changing up our fitness routine (challenging our body, combating boredom etc.) <BR> <BR> I agree that changing "time or manner of the routine" is what we should strive for. <BR> I just have to remember to temper my enthusiasm with caution when trying something totally different. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> I hurt my knee with the q... Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:43:49 EST 5 Billion SparkPoints! Our Cumulative Effort Toward a Healthy Lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6283266 At 11:52 pm last night the counter reached that milestone. <BR> <BR> No, I didn't stay up to watch it. Something jarred me awake at 11:40 and I decided to see how accurate my prediction had been. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/fd0c2515-a99c-4651-b647-755e64484b6b.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The cumulative points of the tracker represent the efforts of like-minded people all over the world. <BR> <BR> It feels good to be part of something larger than yourself. <BR> I w... Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:52:25 EST One Billion Spark Points Ago - Nov 4, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6282591 On that date I posted a blog as I watched the Spark counter tallying in real time the spark points of the total membership all over the world. I was fascinated as it approached 4 Billion points. <BR> <BR> As I watched the changing total, I typed my feelings about Spark People and the changes this community has produced in my life. I posted the blog at the exact moment the counter hit 4,000,000,000. <BR> <BR> The counter is located at the very bottom of our Spark Points page. I seem to ... Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:56:42 EST My Up and Down Spirit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6281647 Mind + Body + Environment = the state of my spirit. <BR> My mathematical mind tends to quantify everything. <BR> <BR> Over time I've discovered that I need 2 of the 3 to be positive or at least neutral or my spirit gets really down. <BR> <BR> After my Dad died (and Mom blamed me), the counselor I saw told me that I had situational depression. Mom moved in with us and I had a series of health issues. <BR> <BR> 47 years ago an army doctor told me that my mental state was unwarranted. I to... Fri, 16 Dec 2016 09:49:06 EST My 47 year old tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6279361 How long does an artificial tree last? I have read opinions and comments on this topic quite a lot recently. <BR> <BR> This is Christmas 1969. Can you see the baby under the tree? Baby Jeannie was 3 months old and I sent this photo to DH who left for Vietnam right after she was born. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/9cdb92f2-793e-4407-a0f2-8c7963f53d75.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's the same tree this morning ready for Christmas 2016 <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Sun, 11 Dec 2016 08:53:41 EST Minutes Needed to Burn Off ONE Chocolate Chip Cookie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278559 Yes, tis the season when cookies are everywhere <BR> Yes, people tend to overindulge <BR> No, I rarely stop at just one, although I admire those who can just "have a taste" <BR> No, my active lifestyle and love of fitness activities will NOT allow me to balance an overindulgence of food. Not easily. <BR> <BR> So, my data driven mind calculated the title of this blog. <BR> Calories Burned vs Time and Effort Needed <BR> <BR> My medium size chocolate chip cookie contains 105 calories. <BR> My... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 11:17:48 EST