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/ “Too Soon Old and Too Late Smart” – An Amish Proverb, I think http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736607 At least I used to hear it a lot when visiting my parents near Lancaster, PA. <BR> <BR> I thought about this during my run this morning. I had just posted a response to Indy-Girl’s featured blog warning about the “crabs” trying to pull us back down into the bucket. <BR> <BR> My post was: <BR> Perhaps the crabs "mean well" like those people who validate our excuses. <BR> To be successful I have to focus on the responses within parentheses. <BR> <BR> Don't worry about your weight, you're fi... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:48:31 EST Standing my ground with a big stick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735138 Recently there have been several articles about proper etiquette for walkers, runners and bikers when sharing the trail. I’ve added my opinion about confronting a solid wall of walkers either in front of me or coming toward me. <BR> <BR> Lately though, my problem has been my country road. There are no shoulders. Sometimes just a strip of grass. Often just a ditch. <BR> <BR> Biking there is way too dangerous, but I do like to walk or run the 1 mile uphill and back down to our house whic... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 08:05:22 EST Sale or Scale – which do I fear? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733598 There’s only one letter difference in those 2 words, but a world of difference in my life. <BR> <BR> I fear a particular kind of sale. The one my supermarket regularly runs on ice cream. I usually cope by avoiding that aisle completely, but the July 4th long weekend was approaching and company was coming. 2 cartons for $5.00 plus an extra $1 off coupon. <BR> <BR> Oh, look at all those flavors! Moose Tracks, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Butter Pecan. Better get some plain varieties too.... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:11:22 EST Part of a ”Brave New World” I never knew existed (80 years after Huxley) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728818 As I try to eat as naturally as possible and live a healthy lifestyle, I keep discovering new things. <BR> <BR> I remember Dolly the cloned sheep, but I didn’t know that the USA had approved the sale of meat and products from cloned animals. <BR> <BR> "There are cattle in the thousands globally now", and their offspring and descendants are "going to multiply every year," Russell said. <BR> <BR> "It would be next to impossible to go backwards." <BR> <BR> <link>http://news.msn.com/science-... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:16:49 EST A coincidence or can SP read my mind? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728186 I’ve been looking for a new fitness activity. Running, walking, canoeing, kayaking have always had a place in my life, but I needed something else. <BR> <BR> The only fitness class that I liked at the gym has been cancelled. There weren’t enough of us left still interested in old-school low-impact aerobics with weights. <BR> <BR> I’ve substituted a SP video with the set of dumbbells that I keep in plain sight by the TV to remind myself about strength training, but still something was ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 07:41:10 EST Time to join the 21st Century? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5726903 Here’s the family in Heathrow airport waiting for our flight home. Note DH on the end with his old-school reading material (aka a book). <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l786336319.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Neither DH nor I are technophobes. Here in Slovakia I’m watching DH describe life in VA to my 87 year old relative using his tablet. I assume his granddaughter is translating to bridge the language barrier. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l6093563... Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:50:08 EST Thank you Mr. Selfridge and other SP themes of London http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725397 Only those who watch Masterpiece Theater on PBS will understand this reference. Selfridge’s Dept Store in London was founded in 1909 by an American who changed retail industry in the UK. Since I’ve watched all episodes of his amazing story, I visited the store on Oxford Street. <BR> <BR> One of his innovations was lighting the display windows at night. I thought my fellow sparkers would appreciate this one. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1143665326.jpg"> <BR> ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:26:45 EST Is it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle in Europe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722196 I’ve just returned from 17 days in Europe(Slovakia, Vienna, London) and read TinaJane’s terrific blog about cultural differences. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721395 </link> <BR> <BR> Although I don’t have the perspective of a resident, we do travel to Europe several times a year. During this trip with family (3 generations), we immersed ourselves in the local culture. We ate lots of carbs, meat of the “schnitzel” variety and for those ... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:34:07 EST Reflections of 17 days in Europe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721471 In country #1 I remember family – present and past <BR> Those I travelled with: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1754186641.jpg"> <BR> DH, DD (Hayburner1969), her DH, & 3 kids. <BR> <BR> The family I first discovered in 2008 in Slovakia - 70 years after the last contact. <BR> In Bratislava, the capital, we visited with these. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1760070161.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l5911193... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:44:45 EST Memorial Day lyrics for the whole world http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702594 Last night my choral society sang at the National D-Day Memorial. The program included a swing era dance band, a children’s chorus, and recognition of the veterans in attendance. <BR> <BR> There was a special remembrance of those who gave their lives on D-Day as the 70th anniversary approaches. The National Guard unit of our town was the 2nd boat onto Omaha beach and all but 5 died almost immediately. <BR> <BR> Our program included the customary repertoire for a patriotic event: This ... Sun, 25 May 2014 07:20:09 EST Thinking about THOSE people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701913 I read a wonderful blog by Steph-Knee this morning about obligation vs. desire <BR> <link>/www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701198 </link> <BR> <BR> Her story is inspirational and she writes really well. <BR> However, my data driven mind kept thinking about one paragraph in particular. <BR> <BR> She wrote: <BR> “Why do I have to track my calories when MOST (emphasis mine) people don't? Why do I have to work harder than THOSE (emphasis mine) people th... Sat, 24 May 2014 07:19:44 EST Running with “difficult” feet – compensating for genetics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697451 I’m a combination of both of my parents. <BR> Sports minded and competitive like my Dad. <BR> Prone to worry and anxiety like my Mom. <BR> <BR> In one area I got the worst of both. I’ve got Dad’s flat feet with severe over-pronation and Mom’s “floppy” ankles with even an extra bone and some weird looking toes. <BR> <BR> So when I woke up on Thursday with an aching joint in my right foot I faced a dilemma. Since I never race in the summer here in the south, Saturday would be the las... Sun, 18 May 2014 06:31:15 EST Heat + Humidity + Hills = Hell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694678 It’s my own fault. Since November I’ve avoided hills with the rationalization that I was training for a flat half marathon. I convinced myself that it was more important to focus on distance and endurance. I don’t need much convincing to avoid hills. I always time my 1 min per mile walk breaks for the steepest elevation changes along my route. Downhill is fine. I’ve got great quads. <BR> <BR> As for the heat and humidity, the winter season took care of that. Now both are back with a ... Wed, 14 May 2014 07:40:01 EST The Changing of the Guard – figuratively that is http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693096 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1917560074.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That’s usually my seat in the front of the canoe. This summer our 12 year old granddaughter can match Grandpa, stroke for stroke. She’s been paddling her own kayak since age 7, but it was a surprise to see her here. <BR> <BR> It seems not very long ago that she was perched in the middle seat just going along for the ride. <BR> <BR> Next in the “time flies” department: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sp... Mon, 12 May 2014 06:37:38 EST Cary Grant and Me and my Shoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692399 On a whim I followed a link to one of those online quizzes. It was to determine “which classic leading man should I marry.” <BR> <BR> Cary must have been a winner by a hair since my movie preference (To Sir with Love), my interest in Musicals, and outdoor activities would have indicated that Sidney Poitier, Fred Astaire or John Wayne had the edge. <BR> <BR> The final explanation about Cary included: “He dresses better than you do” <BR> <BR> Ha Ha – My response – “Doesn’t everybody?” <BR> ... Sun, 11 May 2014 06:05:22 EST No, I am NOT a MORON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691722 I wasn’t called this directly, but I recognized myself in a rant on another forum this morning. It was posted by a virtual friend who was complaining about those ”morons” who turn on their AC in May when they should just “open the windows and let the fresh air in.” <BR> <BR> I believe in fresh air. I’m outside in it as much as possible. I run and walk and since we live on a lake, we canoe and kayak too. However, I also have severe allergies to most of nature. <BR> <BR> Growing up in Bro... Sat, 10 May 2014 07:08:31 EST Monsanto Strikes Back – (Star Wars pun intended) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690454 Perhaps the reaction to increased information about pesticides, additives and GMOs is having an effect? <BR> <BR> Maybe the money poured into the defeat of labeling initiatives and referenda isn’t enough? <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-robert-t-f<BR>raley/saying-not-really-to-chip_b_4718<BR>918.html </link> <BR> <BR> Dow Chemical used to have an advertising slogan commonly shortened as “Better Living through Chemistry." <BR> <BR> Is that always true? <BR> <BR> Edit: <BR> Phe... Thu, 8 May 2014 10:31:58 EST 3 Generations - 3 Awards http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686935 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1394534562.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my favorite kind of race – with family <BR> <BR> 1st place (60 and up) ME! <BR> 1st place (12 & under) – My granddaughter <BR> Overall 3rd place female – My daughter, sparker Hayburner1969 <BR> <BR> All for a great cause too – Autism Awareness <BR> <BR> There were some serious hills in this course and I walked up every one for a total of 5 minutes. <BR> <BR> So I was really happy with my 31:08 (10:0... Sun, 4 May 2014 06:48:54 EST Do the website designers even USE SP? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684629 Without the team blog stream, I can no longer easily scan the topics that sparkers have written about? The team blog link was a valuable resource that has now been eliminated. <BR> <BR> This is a terrible change, unless the purpose was to LIMIT my time on SP. Although I have accepted and adjusted to all previous changes without complaint, this is the worst possible redesign error. <BR> <BR> I notice that the right hand space where the blog stream used to be is now occupied by pictures/i... Thu, 1 May 2014 07:47:17 EST Extreme levels of Roundup detected in food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684001 This is getting to be too much. <BR> <link>www.rodalenews.com/roundup-food </link> <BR> <BR> It’s especially distressing to me that when the maximum “safe” level is exceeded, the solution is simply to change the definition of “safe” level. <BR> <BR> This cartoon appeared in a magazine decades ago. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1758406673.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s not funny anymore just scary. <BR> <BR> Edit: If the caption is too small, it reads: <BR> "Bless this f... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 12:13:55 EST How did I break my streak? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682316 I’ve logged in every day for well over a month. I have the sparkpoints to show for it every single day. <BR> <BR> I know it’s not a big deal. Although I really like to see those virtual trophies for fitness minutes, I’m not a streak leader or anything. Occasionally I do miss a day. <BR> <BR> But this month I didn’t, so how is my streak now just 2 days? Three days ago I earned 96 sparkpoints. This is strange. Of course I logged in. The points are there. <BR> <BR> Just for my general... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:11:02 EST City Girl Goes Country - 2014 Edition – Oops http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681395 Last year my multi-part blog (CGGC) described the effort of a city girl to adapt to country living and take advantage of all it had to offer, in particular the ability to grow our own food. <BR> <BR> We learned a lot and even grew herbs indoors all winter. Cooking with fresh herbs became a habit. Yesterday, I went to cut some basil and the plants looked different. I hadn’t done this in a while and I marveled at how big the leaves were. Well, there are different kinds of basil and some le... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 07:41:17 EST Water Adventures http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678670 I live on lake so technically I can swim whenever I want at least from May through September. But I don’t. I don’t like to share my water with fish and they were there first, so I stay away. <BR> <BR> Even if I could coexist with fish, there are jet skiers and boaters who don’t observe the “no wake within 50 feet of a dock” rule. It’s the same reason I can’t bike on our narrow country roads. I’m going to get the worst of any collision. <BR> <BR> There is a pool at the YMCA in town. D... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:06:20 EST While my heart and mind are fixed on Boston this morning, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676913 I’m also remembering those days when only men were allowed to participate in this iconic event. <BR> <link>/www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/20<BR>14/04/17/throwback-thursday-women-firs<BR>t-ran-marathon/ </link> <BR> <BR> The image of a race official trying to drag a woman off the course is worth remembering. <BR> In 1972 women were first allowed to compete officially. <BR> <BR> I was pregnant with my 2nd daughter at that time. Little did I realize that 18 years later she would run ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:27:01 EST Does this mean I’m a perfect 10? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675805 All the other race numbers this morning were 100-300. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1602200857.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What did I do to deserve this? <BR> <BR> I know that elite runners are given special low numbers. That sure is NOT me. <BR> <BR> Maybe I registered early and was the only early registrant who actually showed up? <BR> No, there were 62 on the list when I registered. <BR> <BR> Maybe although this was a 5K, someone knew I would wear an old shirt and thoug... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:41:54 EST An unexpected use for a “body shaper” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670927 And the careless behavior that caused me to need it. <BR> <BR> Some years ago in a moment of vanity I bought a “body shaper.” My mother (and Betty White) would have called it a girdle. It was advertised as taking inches off your waist and hips and had several testimonials to go along with it. <BR> <BR> No matter how I adjusted that tape measure, the difference for me was less than 1 inch total, a result not noticeable at all, and to me not worth the discomfort. Coming of age in the 60s, ... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:39:23 EST What Spring Means to Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667969 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2034051076.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’m glad winter is over. I love to be outside in nature. <BR> Unfortunately, nature doesn’t love me as much as I love it. <BR> Still I want go outside every chance I get. I want to see the flowers. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2027005189.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The beautiful bushes <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2122229760.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and the trees <BR> ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 07:49:19 EST What does my new profile picture tell you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664811 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l170567772.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 8 years since my last half marathon and I’m still smiling. <BR> <BR> Mile 12 and I want to finish happy. <BR> <BR> I carry my own water (and cough drops, darn allergies) <BR> <BR> 25 years after running my first step, I’m running because I can. <BR> <BR> As you can see from my last profile photo, <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l495448781.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I always race in red and black. ... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 06:56:26 EST I must choose WISELY because I have been choosing POORLY. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661467 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1954948360.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was halfway through the box of wheat thins when I realized that something was wrong. I wasn’t unhappy or upset. This wasn’t emotional eating. I just really liked the flavor of these crackers. I kept reaching for one handful after another. <BR> <BR> This wasn’t the first box I attacked. They were “on sale” and DH can’t resist a SALE to stock up. <BR> <BR> Some of you know that I live with the “Junk Food ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:01:47 EST G-R-A-D-U-A-L spells “ME” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658388 I admire those who go “cold turkey” – no sugar, no caffeine, no TV etc. <BR> I just was never very good at all or nothing. <BR> <BR> Still, I want to improve myself in all areas. <BR> <BR> Check out this teaspoon. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1670785045.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once it held a heaping helping of sugar for my morning coffee (along with a few drops of milk). I’ve started each day with coffee for about 50 years, but could never drink it black. However, when... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:14:28 EST “10 ways to keep your diet GMO free” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657576 This article speaks for itself, although I was surprised by number 10. <BR> <BR> <link>www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/health/upwave<BR>-gmo-free-diet/index.html?hpt=hp_bn13 </link> <BR> <BR> As a personal choice, I’ve always avoided artificial sweeteners, but I never considered aspertame in the same context as GMOs. <BR> <BR> #3 The Tipping Point campaign makes sense to me. <BR> An example of this is the supermarkets (Kroger and Safeway) who have pledged not to carry GMO salmon even if it is a... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:44:01 EST I think the planet has a virus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655954 When I’m “coming down with something” my body’s thermostat is all mixed up,. <BR> I’m hot. I’m cold. Hot…cold until finally I’m really sick. <BR> <BR> After weeks of alternating running outside in winter wear or shorts and T shirt, my body is confused. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a shirt & light vest were enough. This morning it’s snowing! <BR> <BR> This is southern Virginia and it’s almost April. Enough already! <BR> <BR> Schools are closed. I hope the gym will open later. This is disco... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:47:59 EST “Have you tried to lose weight and had no success?" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652174 "Maybe it’s not YOU. Maybe it’s your diet” - Huh? <BR> <BR> I’m confused by this ad for a popular diet plan. It’s not YOU? <BR> Who else decides what you will be eating? <BR> <BR> I understand the importance of “diet” (the noun) and exercise too. That’s why I’m here. <BR> <BR> Actually, I don’t really have any opinion about this particular program. I understand many people are successful with it. At least it doesn’t push some magic pill, although I do prefer preparing my own food. ... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 08:02:36 EST Is GMO Salmon coming to a supermarket near you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651302 Kroger and Safeway say they will not carry it even if it is approved by the FDA <BR> <BR> Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Target say they will not carry the genetically modified fish either. <BR> <BR> Walmart and Costco have not yet announced a decision (as of March 12th). <BR> <BR> Here’s the full article. <BR> <link>www.delish.com/food/recalls-reviews/<BR>gmo-salmon-rejected-by-kroger-and-safeway </link> <BR> <BR> Here on SP we’ve discussed GMO products before and the efforts of corporat... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 06:44:18 EST A second opinion and a solution from an unexpected source http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650586 I couldn’t believe I didn’t realize it myself, but sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is what we need. <BR> <BR> One reason my last 3 weeks of training were such a bust was the nasty blister on my arch that developed suddenly. The worn covering on my custom orthotic was the obvious problem, but refurbishing them (new covering) didn’t solve the problem. The suggestion then was that I hadn’t broken them in slowly enough. When that didn’t work, I sought suggestions as to how to cover the exposed... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:00:17 EST I really wanted this beach towel, so I ran 13.1 miles! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649747 It took 2:25:50 but at nearly 67 years old, I’m grateful to still be “in the race” <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1230566058.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you’ve read my March 5th blog, “Do you believe in Jinxes,” <BR> you know I wasn’t sure I would even get to the starting line. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640103 </link> <BR> <BR> With a sinus infection and penicillin I wasn’t even getting off the couch. <BR> <BR> Th... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 09:18:34 EST I’m grateful for antibiotics as my status states, but what else happened? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644185 It was quite a coincidence to read the following article in the NY Times on day 7 of my penicillin regimen. <BR> The Fat Drug <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/opinion/s<BR>unday/the-fat-drug.html?_r=0 </link> <BR> <BR> I knew that antibiotics were given routinely to animals. <BR> I did NOT know HOW LONG AGO this became accepted practice. <BR> I did NOT know that the drugs were delivered constantly in their feed. <BR> I did NOT know that increased weight was a side effect. (I thought t... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:10:02 EST Do you believe in jinxes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640103 I don’t think I’m a superstitious person, but a few hours after I posted my blog on Sunday about tripling my fitness minutes goal, I started to feel “funny.” <BR> <BR> DH & I went for a nice 2 mile stroll while the weather was still nice. Another snowstorm was predicted for Monday. <BR> <BR> By Monday morning I was in full sinus distress. <BR> <BR> The snow arrived right on schedule knocking out our Internet access as it always does. I hardly noticed since I’ve just spent 2 days in bed... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 06:59:09 EST I just tripled my yearly fitness minutes goal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637477 No, I haven’t just decided to become an “Iron Woman” but sometimes it helps to step back and look at your own spark page. Somehow long ago I entered 4550 as my YEARLY goal for fitness minutes. <BR> <BR> Anyone familiar with my situation knows that exercise, especially cardio, was never my problem. I always loved being active. <BR> <BR> Math isn’t my problem either. I taught math and computer science for 30 years. <BR> <BR> Where did that number come from? I think I just typed in an... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:51:12 EST Just call me Mrs. Patmore, at least this morning. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635843 Those who do not watch Downton Abbey won’t understand my reference. The series is set in England in the early 20th century. Mrs. Patmore is the cook for the aristocratic Crawley family in their 400 room “abbey.” <BR> <BR> Everyone must adapt to times of social and technological change. <BR> <BR> I cheered when Lady Edith defied convention and began to write a newspaper column. I wished Lady Sybil well when she eloped with her true love, the family chauffeur. I admired Lady Rose’s co... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:57:31 EST When I find a sale, sometimes I go overboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634050 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l339748180.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I eat this cereal every day, carefully measured as to a serving. I mix it into my yogurt. I didn’t intend to buy this much, but $3.00 per box was $1.50 to $2.00 less than I usually pay. So I bought 4 boxes. <BR> My favorite peanut butter was on sale too for $1 off. So I bought 6 of those. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743417921.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then at the checkout, I got a cou... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 07:07:30 EST Puzzlement about a run – SOLVED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633139 Yesterday, I was ready to get back to a normal routine. I had sufficiently broken in my newly refurbished orthotics over 3 days with a lot of walking and a very short test run as well as wearing them around the house. <BR> <BR> The day didn’t begin well as I woke up at 4 am with a sinus headache and congestion. I ate a few crackers with peanut butter so the 2 Advil wouldn’t land on an empty stomach and dozed on and off until 7:00. <BR> <BR> Checking in on SP perked me up and by 9:00 I w... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 07:06:53 EST Watching your daughter follow in your footsteps http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632453 My DD#1 is a Sparker. She’s exactly where I was 25 years ago, weighing the same as she did in late pregnancy. I’m very happy that she is not waiting 25 years (like I did) to do something about the situation. <BR> <BR> She and I both found that the extra pounds negatively impacted our running ability. <BR> <BR> Hayburner1969 posted this morning: <BR> Thank you sparkers for common courtesy <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632192 </link> <... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:36:15 EST An unfortunate ad placement on a race registration page http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631360 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l137488606.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I always try to patronize race sponsors, but I wonder who solicited this local business? I cropped out the name of the funeral home. <BR> <BR> I appreciate local businesses who support fitness activities in our community and I wouldn't mind having the NAME of this one in the list on the back of my race shirt, but I don't think I'd be in a hurry to redeem any "door prizes" they might contribute. <BR> <BR> As I s... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 07:16:36 EST Who do you think wears these? The Incredible Hulk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630754 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1050060851.jpg"> <BR> No, just me and I’m more like that easily irritated gal in “The Princess and the Pea” <BR> <BR> These are my newly refurbished orthotics. I call them “industrial strength.” I have inherited genetically “difficult” feet. I credit technology like this for still being upright and “in the race” <BR> <BR> 4 months ago when I decided to register for a half marathon, my 1st in 8 years, I figured 12 weeks would be enough t... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 10:45:45 EST Stop! Right where you are! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628937 That’s something you might hear from a police officer who suspects you of wrongdoing. But I’m thinking of it in a different context. <BR> <BR> It’s the advice I just gave my daughter who blogged that she now weighs what she did when 7 months pregnant. I can relate to that. I remember getting on the scale at age 40 and realizing that I weighed the same as the day I gave birth for the 3rd time, 12 years earlier. <BR> <BR> So I understand not wanting to face reality and the excuses that are... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 07:27:52 EST I’m a “semi-lucky” person, regularly winning stuff that I don’t need. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627981 When there’s a contest or a drawing or any kind of prize at stake, I sometimes win. I’m VERY happy whenever that happens, excited actually. However, in my case, it’s rarely anything I will ever use. <BR> <BR> For example: <BR> Here are door prizes I have won at races or other events. <BR> <BR> A round of golf at a country club. <BR> Neither DH nor I nor any family member have ever played golf or belonged to a country club. <BR> I donated that to a silent auction. <BR> <BR> Several pa... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 05:56:01 EST Mommy, what’s a husband? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626111 I know there was some annoyance in my voice when I responded to my daughter. <BR> Yes, she was only 4, but she was really smart and very sensible, so much so that we used to call her our “wise” child. <BR> <BR> So I asked her, “Think Karen! Who do you always see me with?” <BR> <BR> She answered thoughtfully, “Mrs. Thomas?” <BR> She was our neighbor and our children not only played together every day, but we shared carpools to a large number of activities and visited and talked on the ph... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 06:13:59 EST Why don’t I bake? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625295 Because I’m like the “Little Red Hen.” If I made it, I’m going to eat it. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l338719444.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We were snowed in by the latest storm and lost our Internet connection (Satellite) for over 24 hours. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l943090104.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I watched a lot of Olympics including all the late night sessions I had recorded for “later.” <BR> I organized my pantry and got an unusual urge to cook... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 07:22:55 EST Streak almost broken by the weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624519 When I posted my status as having a “cut back” week, I thought it would be my choice. Mother Nature had other ideas. No running, no gym workout, not even Internet access to sign into Spark for over 24 hours. <BR> <BR> Along with the many others areas, snow has impacted my activities. <BR> The lake is very pretty in winter, but this is the first year I remember seeing ice. Good thing our ski boat is in the lift. The sailboats are pretty well trapped. The canoe and kayaks are covered with... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 07:23:28 EST