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/ A race, a funeral, a parade and a concert – not a regular Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828641 Sometimes everything just comes together at once. <BR> <BR> This morning was our town’s annual Christmas Classic 5K. I run it every year along with about 70 members of our church. DH even participates. He’s part of our walking contingent. His stated goal is to finish ahead the ambulance and not in it. <BR> <BR> We’ve been called the “runningest church in town” and this race is part of our “Health and Holiness” Ministry. Our church also happens to be right on the race route so we’re ... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:12:35 EST Glad I fell on my face and not on my knees. Weird, huh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825018 Friday’s run was the perfect storm. It started as a routine practice run. My only goal was to run up that last hill on the 5k course that always defeats me. Usually I check my watch and decide there won’t be much difference if I take a 1 minute walk break even though I’m .3 miles from the finish. <BR> <BR> I surprised myself that I was keeping a great pace and felt good going up that last hill. <BR> No problem, right? <BR> <BR> At that point I met 3 people walking a large dog. I do ... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 06:45:59 EST Wearing a small size doesn’t make you “anorexic” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824163 Fat shaming is wrong and the stories about the devastating effects are constantly posted here on Spark. <BR> <BR> The inspirational stories about challenges faced, incremental progress and final success provide motivation to millions. <BR> <BR> However it is hurtful to hear comments that can only be termed “skinny bashing.” <BR> <BR> Telling an slim person to “eat a burger” is just as insulting as telling an obese person to “eat a salad” <BR> <BR> Making judgments about a person based on... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:22:19 EST Now here’s something you don’t see every day – A HOUSE in the road! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822773 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l361186259.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was right at the end of my driveway. That prompted a change of running route. I watched with neighbors for a while then ran in the opposite direction. I returned in time to see it proceeding on its way. <BR> <BR> There it goes! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1694668564.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The house was on a farm behind us which will now become a housing development. Many neighbo... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:20:32 EST Over 2 years ago I posted a blog asking “Who are these people who always get 100% in Spark Trivia?” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822098 I was lucky to see a “passing” grade. On the scoreboard you would have to scroll 50 to 80 pages to find my name. <BR> <BR> I persisted for quite a long time. I know I could have googled the information before answering a question, but it was a personal choice to see what I knew on my own. <BR> I drifted away and gave it up for a few years. <BR> <BR> Then in September a spark friend invited me back. <BR> <BR> I’m a much better student now with my monthly score hovering around 90% <B... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:17:08 EST Gee, Eileen got FAT! - Remembering a Thanksgiving Day comment. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820537 It was a family dinner sometime back in the 1980s and that observation was loudly expressed by my aunt. <BR> <BR> I’m pondering that memory today for several reasons. <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving week marks 5 years of maintenance for me. <BR> <BR> A Spark email this morning informed me that I am today’s SparkPeople Motivator. <BR> Wow, thank you everyone. That alone is so motivational for me. <BR> <BR> I re-read the information on my page which really hasn’t changed much in all my spark yea... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:12:08 EST My “brush” with an SUV http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819338 What’s going on? For the 2nd time in a week a driver almost ran me down. Last time while on her cell phone, the woman didn’t even notice me. This time the driver saw me and either couldn’t judge distance or just didn’t care. <BR> <BR> Here’s the location - a school driveway that’s the start and finish of our local 5k coming up in 3 weeks. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l338042068.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wanted to run the course ahead of time to get used to the hills.... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:38:14 EST Sometimes you just gotta eat the cheesecake - Choices for 4 days on the road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818129 This was a combination trip for us. <BR> <BR> We drove to the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina to: <BR> <BR> Check on my 94 year old MIL in her assisted living facility <BR> <BR> At MIL’s request, visit the old family vacation/retirement cabin a few hours drive further on <BR> <BR> Attend a meeting of Carpatho-Rusyn Society – a heritage group very helpful to me as I sought my East European roots during the last decade. <BR> <BR> Visit the Biltmore Estate in Ashville, one landmar... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:56:57 EST Unintended consequences of technology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815370 My daughter got her first mobile phone in 1994. It was called a “car phone” back then and it was huge. Her new husband bought it for her since she had to drive 1 hour to work along country roads which were very deserted in the early morning. Safety was the driving force. <BR> <BR> As the technology developed, the rest of the family acquired our own devices – for emergencies, we said. Safety was upmost in our minds or at least communicating something important that couldn’t wait. <BR> <B... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:18:17 EST My very long, extremely productive, spark filled day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813462 It actually began Friday afternoon when I read an email from my favorite running store about a sudden “flash sale.” I planned to visit them at some point anyway and this seemed like a personal invitation. <BR> <BR> DH decided to come with me and combine some errands. The store is in a city about 30 miles away – a 45 min drive on our country roads <BR> . <BR> I brought 3 pair of old running shoes to be donated to the “Rescue Mission.” <BR> DH checked out walking shoes for winter. Yes, he... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 08:21:24 EST I must be the only person who does not own or want to wear jeans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812345 It’s not because I’m old. I haven’t owned a pair since 1975. That’s when the 60s officially ended for me. At that point I was a mother of 3. <BR> <BR> So many articles and blogs talk about getting back into those “skinny” jeans. I don’t covet any jeans, skinny, fat or in between. I think I wore them because everyone did. I never found them particularly comfortable although they were sturdy. Then designer jeans appeared on the scene and the price skyrocketed. Perhaps that had an effec... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 05:23:39 EST 4 Billion Spark Points? I’m watching a milestone achievement right now in real time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810691 I’m referring to the counter on the Spark Points page. <BR> <BR> It’s like watching my car’s odometer as it approaches 200,000 miles. <BR> <BR> I like seeing my own spark points add up. <BR> I like observing how many cumulative points my teams are earning. <BR> <BR> But this? I’ve seen that counter in constant motion every time I click on that page, but this morning it really attracted the attention of my data driven mind. <BR> <BR> Look how fast it’s moving, I thought to myself <B... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 12:08:57 EST Remember the movie “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers?” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807957 This is one scary vegetable to appear on Halloween. It triggered a memory of the “pod people” from the 1950s version of the movie that freaked me out as a kid. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l988716213.jpg"> <BR> <BR> DH picked the last of our squash and found this thing. <BR> <BR> He doesn’t remember planting it. He found 2 smaller ones also so I can’t blame some wayward bird for dropping a seed. <BR> <BR> We didn’t find anything similar in the seed cat... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:27:11 EST Is this a Halloween decoration? No, just me cleaning out closets. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806770 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l251926360.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It’s getting colder and my hands are the first part of my body to freeze. I always need to have gloves with me when running or walking or just running errands. <BR> <BR> About this time of year, I go through my closets and jacket pockets to take inventory. <BR> <BR> Notice that they’re all exactly the same and of the very cheap variety. I buy them by the package each year to replenish my stock and be sure I h... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:43:46 EST I’m the mother of a 5k Masters Champ. 1st place trophy for me too (65-69) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804488 Here we are after the “I am Woman 5k” in Lynchburg, VA this morning. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1520901276.jpg"> <BR> <BR> What a wonderful atmosphere! 600 women of all ages, shapes and sizes, running and walking for a good cause (Childrens’ Miracle Network). <BR> <BR> It’s sponsored by Centra Health and very well organized. <BR> The shirts are performance fabric and we got a towel too. <BR> <BR> Of 588 finishers my DD, sparker Hayburner69, was #5 at 23:... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:00:57 EST Do restaurants take advantage of “healthy eaters?” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803832 Because of a sudden unexpected trip, my last 6 meals were on the road. This included take-out food since no one was cooking given the circumstances of our visit. <BR> <BR> The further south you go, the fewer healthy choices I found. <BR> <BR> This is the story of one meal. DH and my in-laws ordered burgers and Reuben sandwiches. The portions were huge and included side dishes (beans and slaw). Both sandwiches had to be eaten with a knife and fork. You couldn’t hold anything that big ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:46:04 EST Run cut short by smoke and grass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802614 Those are 2 separate things in case a quick misreading led you to think I was smoking grass. Come to think of it, isn’t “grass” an antiquated term now? I’m showing my age. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I went out for a run specifically seeking a hilly route. The weather was beautiful yesterday. <BR> <BR> At about 2 miles I ran a gauntlet of lawn mowers. People were understandably taking advantage of the weather to get outdoor chores done. <BR> <BR> I have a severe grass allergy, something I never... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:39:50 EST Exactly 57 years ago in 1957 – a weird anniversary to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801323 When I noticed the date this morning, I had an odd feeling that it was significant. October 20th? What was special about that? Then I remembered. <BR> <BR> It was a Sunday morning and I was spending the weekend with my parents in a small town in PA, visiting my grandmother. I woke up with a horrible pain in my side. I couldn’t even sit up. <BR> <BR> When it didn’t improve, we drove to the hospital in the next town. I was admitted and after some blood work, prepped for surgery – “acute... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:12:27 EST Multi-level vs. 1 floor living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800708 When we were looking for a retirement home, realtors directed us mostly to ranch style houses for “one floor living.” Conventional wisdom advises that as we get older, climbing stairs will be difficult or impossible. <BR> <BR> That made sense except the house we liked, right on the lake, has 3+ levels. The master bedroom suite, “the apartment” as my grandchildren call it, is at the top. The laundry room is in the walk-out, finished basement. The loft, overlooking the kitchen/dining room... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:01:07 EST My new Spark fashion accessory – unintended consequences http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799686 Since Sunday I’ve been testing and posting about my new Spark Activity Tracker. <BR> <BR> Yesterday we were going out to a dinner held by one of DH’s organizations. We were ready to go when DH asked “Aren’t you going to wear that new button thing?” <BR> <BR> So here I am. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1733433106.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It fit nicely on my belt and even matched color-wise. <BR> <BR> DH, my lovable engineer, is very interested in gadgets. My status y... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:28:51 EST 5+ years on SP and NOW I get an activity tracker? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798491 I’ve kept a fitness log for decades, way before online resources were available. Back in the dark ages before the Internet, I kept my results on a spreadsheet and before that in a paper diary. <BR> <BR> I love data and I can approximate my walking and running pace even without a device, although I use a watch on my established measured routes just to be sure. <BR> <BR> So what after all this time made me buy and clip an activity tracker to my shoe? <BR> <BR> First there were articles an... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:35:34 EST The T-Shirt read “The football team will perform before and after the band” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796385 As my status says today, I spent hours last night sitting in a cold drizzling rain on hard bleachers to attend a high school football game. We have 3 grandchildren in the school’s extremely successful marching band program (2 trumpets and 1 trombone). One grandson, a senior, was on the Homecoming Court so in spite of the weather, DH and I could not miss this one. <BR> <BR> We enjoy all aspects of the game and have attended regularly for the last 5 years. Eighth graders can participate in ... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:36:35 EST AMTRAK, SparkPeople and Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795661 Although we’ve ridden trains in Europe and spent much of our youth on the NYC subway system, a journey on AMTRAK was a new experience for DH and me. <BR> <BR> However, our plan to visit #1 grandson at college in Rhode Island required a day’s travel from southern Virginia no matter how we chose to do it. <BR> <BR> We could drive straight through in about 10 hours if all went well, but our past experiences on I 95 reminded us that wasn’t likely. We figured at least 12 hours on the road. <B... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 07:18:54 EST “Time hurries on and the leaves that are green turn to brown” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794523 I have a soundtrack in my head. On this crisp October morning it’s playing Simon and Garfunkel who created much of the soundtrack of my youth. It pops up in times of nostalgia. <BR> <BR> My status yesterday said that I had a nice visit with #1 Grandson at the University of Rhode Island. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1694460308.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 50 years ago I was a freshman at Queens College. There was a concert by a recent graduate (Paul Simon) who was beg... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 08:17:32 EST Compromise on eyewear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791111 Usually I don’t run wearing my glasses. They bounce around and with progressive lenses, that can get pretty weird. After my experience last month I decided I need to have them along so I can tell the difference between a stick and a copperhead on the path ahead. <BR> <BR> On Tuesday they bounced right off my head. Lenses were OK, but the frames broke at the hinge. <BR> <BR> DH, my ever helpful engineer, glued them back together. I have a spare pair of glasses, but I like these better... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:11:23 EST Imitating and learning from spark friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788839 I’ve learned a lot in my 5+ years here from the general articles, from the resources and discussions on team pages and from individual blogs and status posts. <BR> <BR> Many of these have sparked changes in my life. Others don’t fit the way I live and while effective for some wouldn’t be realistic for me. <BR> <BR> Some things are big like last year’s decision to train for a half marathon – my longest distance in 6 years <BR> . <BR> Some things are small like buying organic yogurt, spaghe... Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:51:15 EST More on the “Great Race” – the Hill and I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5788471 The Virginia 10 Miler is a wonderful event attracting a lot of community support and thousands of local participants as well as elite national and international runners. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately for me Lynchburg is known as the “Hill City.” I’ve written many times about how I hate hills. There’s a very active running club there with a large contingent of senior citizen women who run those hills all the time. <BR> <BR> Fortunately there’s also a 4 mile option and yesterday was the 4th tim... Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:20:44 EST Meeting a Spark Friend at a great race http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787944 Today was my first real life encounter with a Spark Friend. Teri-rific and I ran the 4 mile option of the Virginia 10 Miler in Lynchburg. Nice that you don’t have to do the whole 10 miles to get a finisher’s medal. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/8/l987546550.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then we were joined by our daughters (and Teri’s daughter’s friend) who all did the 10 miler. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l73861729.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Their medals ... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:10:34 EST The Junk Food King and I http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786594 Like other sparkers I often write about my efforts to encourage DH to adopt a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Looking through my blogs I noticed that I never included his picture. <BR> So here we are. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1679034901.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When the photographer had us pose like this, I thought it was silly. Now I like it. <BR> We’ve been together a long time. Here’s our first date in June 1963. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:36:49 EST How many people have an actual photo of their “aha moment?” I do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783351 That’s the moment in time when we realize that we have to make some changes, even if we’re not sure at that moment what they should be. <BR> <BR> Here I am on Dec 6, 2008 holding the mug which was the award for first place in my age group in our town’s annual 5K. Notice the smile (grimace?) on my face. Next to me is my daughter (sparker Hayburner1969) holding a turkey – my award for being the oldest woman running. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1304544167.jp... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:02:57 EST Do you remember juice glasses? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782806 My status yesterday said that I was weighing and measuring my food to check on “portion creep.” <BR> <BR> Portion creep, along with sizing creep, was primarily responsible for my weight gain. <BR> <BR> For anyone who isn’t aware of my pet peeve with the fashion industry, sizing creep refers to manufacturers intentionally increasing the measurements of women’s sizing over the decades. So the size 8 of the 1960s has the measurements of a size ZERO today. <BR> <BR> SP recently posted bac... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:13:01 EST I cut up my mother’s pajamas this morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781550 Like several sparkers lately, I have to deal with my mother’s possessions. Unlike some others, this is a slow process for me. <BR> <BR> Partly it’s because my mother saved everything and there isn’t any particular organization to the stuff she saved. Partly it’s because I could only deal with so much at a time. <BR> <BR> Still, it’s been 3 ½ years since her death so it’s time I finished this up. <BR> <BR> People deal with loss in different ways. In my case there was no reason to rush... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:13:12 EST “You have nice legs” said the nursing home resident. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780781 Several times a month my status reads “Brooklyn_Born is singing at a nursing home this morning.” <BR> <BR> A Spark Friend blogged today that she was beginning to volunteer at an old folks home. So I thought I would share this story. <BR> <BR> A few members of our church visit 3 different homes a few times during the month and hold a service of prayer and song. Afterwards we talk to the residents and over time have come to know them. <BR> <BR> One lady told me “You have nice legs.” <B... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:09:00 EST Focus on what you CAN do, not what you CAN’T – great blog from a Sparker living this advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779540 I’d like to direct your attention to a great blog by LindaKay228 whose experience and motivation put this common slogan into action. <BR> <BR> “Why I Do What I Do” <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779053 </link> <BR> <BR> I believe it deserves a wider audience. <BR> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 08:29:18 EST Why, other than weight gain, would I go back to tracking my food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778964 I must admit that I don’t track my food anymore UNLESS there is an upward trend in my weight. <BR> <BR> Weighing myself every day is especially important for me personally since avoiding the scale is how I gained the weight in the first place. Now I want to stay exactly where I am right now. So if there is an upward trend, I want to catch it early. <BR> <BR> (Note: I understand “fluctuation” which means up AND down. If there’s only UP, then I’ve got to figure out why and the sooner the... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:05:42 EST Age Quod Agis – not exactly Carpe Diem – but complementary advice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776467 What most people don’t know about me is that I studied Latin for 5 years. I’ve got big medals to prove it. I would have been a Classics major in college if I thought I could make a living at it, but I’m very practical too. <BR> <BR> As a math/computer science teacher, “Age Quod Agis” was posted on the front wall of my classroom, along with “80% of Life is Showing Up.” <BR> <BR> The phrase means “Do what you are doing” in the sense that you should concentrate and give full attention to th... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 10:05:28 EST Sparkpeople advertising – not a complaint http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773832 Recently I decided that I have gained so much from Sparkpeople that I would like to give something back. I would buy a T-Shirt. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, my decision coincided with the redesign of the website and I could no longer find the link to the Spark Store. So I went to the message board Site/Technical help asking what happened to the link and immediately got an answer. I also posted my question on my status and knowledgeable Spark Friends helped me out too. <BR> <BR> So here I am.... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 08:37:29 EST It’s not a plateau, it’s “mini-maintenance” http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773099 I know that 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> Since plateaus never bothered me very much, I thought I would share my perspective. <BR> <BR> Every individual journey to permanent, sustainable weight loss is unique. We know this. We take the expert advice applicable to the general population and adapt it to our own individual needs and circumstances. (I’m not doing jump... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 06:52:41 EST Run cut short by a SNAKE - EEK! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5771914 It takes something really unusual for me to blog in the middle of the day. <BR> A copperhead will do it. <BR> <BR> It very hot and humid here in VA so my plan was to get up early, drive to a city with a shaded trail and run there. <BR> <BR> On the outskirts of town traffic was at a standstill – road construction. We hardly moved at all. OK, I’ll just park here and walk to the trail. How much further could it be? <BR> <BR> The answer: 1.7 miles, but it was all downhill. <BR> <BR> It’s... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:12:37 EST Weight is increasing and I’m happy about it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770304 No, the weight isn’t on my body. It’s right here. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1004866101.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have a complete set of dumbbells ranging from 1 to 12 pounds. I keep them in the living room directly in the line of sight with the TV. I have a variety of upper body exercises that I do using 3 to 6 lb. weights <BR> <BR> While I love all kinds of cardio and actually look forward to my morning runs, strength training is something that I have to remi... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:51:32 EST I BLOG therefore I AM…NOT eating the ice cream (apologies to Descartes for the paraphrase) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5766149 I never blog in the middle of the day. That’s an early morning thing for me. <BR> This is a special case. <BR> <BR> Today is supposed to be a rest day. I’m working on a big project. I want to finish updating my website to include the recent concert tour of my choral society before our “welcome to a new season” dinner later this week. <BR> <BR> I enjoy web design. It was one aspect of my job as Technology Coordinator that I loved. <BR> <BR> Adding one more trip to my website was jus... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:13:56 EST Sugar alcohol and me – got to read those labels carefully. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764736 My status today says that I’m sorting through photos. That’s true and needs to be done, but the decision wasn’t totally my choice. <BR> <BR> Like many people, some food “agrees with me” and some doesn’t. In my case I’ve learned to totally avoid fish. Yes, the food that everyone is supposed to include in a healthy diet. Not me! <BR> <BR> I also avoid artificial sweeteners by personal choice, although I understand the need for them especially for those with a medical reason to avoid sugar... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:38:09 EST Oops! That wasn’t deodorant. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5763365 We travel a LOT and regularly by plane. So I’ve become expert at packing efficiently even for 3-4 week trips. <BR> <BR> I have a light-weight carry-on with the essentials I would need if the airline lost my checked suitcase. I even include some common stuff that I just don’t need the hassle of replacing in a foreign language. <BR> <BR> I have a regular supply of travel sizes in a quart size plastic bag all ready for the TSA inspector. I don’t mind. Keep me safe and I’ll follow any ru... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:24:28 EST Look where I am – virtually, that is. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762651 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2116356608.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I’m running/walking across the USA thanks to a Spark Team – The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/g<BR>roups_individual.asp?gid=33492 </link> <BR> <BR> This seemed like an appropriate follow-up to my last blog about real and virtual friends. <BR> <BR> My miles are real. I count every one that my legs are moving forward – running or walking. <BR> I’ve always kept a daily ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:33:41 EST Training with real people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761254 I love SparkPeople and especially the friends I’ve met here. <BR> DH calls them my “imaginary” friends. <BR> <BR> Regardless of their title, these online friends have helped me immensely. I follow their journey and they follow mine. The special interest teams have been especially valuable for resources, support and encouragement. <BR> <BR> Still, my workouts are usually done alone. <BR> <BR> I do canoe and kayak with DH and sometimes go for a “stroll” with him. <BR> I visit a gym bec... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 07:37:56 EST Expanding my horizons with a Spark Recipe – Moroccan Chicken & Lentils http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759413 I’m an impatient cook. I want it to be healthy and taste good, but I don’t want to take a lot of time doing it and I don’t want to baby-sit it. It should cook by itself without any more help from me. <BR> <BR> I also prefer a reasonable length of ingredients with names that I actually recognize. <BR> <BR> Yesterday’s Moroccan Chicken & Lentils that was part of my spark daily email along with 12 other easy, low calorie, high protein suggestions is now one of our favorites. <BR> <BR> Five... Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:29:45 EST A coincidence but a nice “Field of Dreams” kind of memory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758303 <BR> This is the baseball team of my Dad’s WWII ship (USS Philadelphia). <BR> Dad taught me to be a fan. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1336216101.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We watched NY baseball on TV or in person way back from when the Dodgers were still playing at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Yeah, I’m that old. <BR> <BR> On Sunday night along with a church group, I attended my first baseball game since Dad died in 1997. Our local minor league team was behind for the f... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:35:49 EST You know what’s wrong with you? You’re BOTTOM HEAVY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756793 Those are the exact words I was told yesterday at the gym. I had just finished a 3 mile run on the treadmill, sandwiched between a warm-up and cool-down walk totaling another 1.8 miles. <BR> <BR> The source of this “helpful” observation was an old guy, another gym regular, who spends most of his time sitting and drinking coffee. <BR> <BR> Our gym is a favorite gathering spot for retired people. The social aspect is important too. He’s about 10-15 years older than me. I’m 67. <BR> <B... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 09:38:07 EST My 50th HS Reunion and 30 hours in NYC http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754140 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l27083747.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That’s me in the 3rd row in red. It was a memorable evening reconnecting with old friends, making new ones (we were a class of over 700) and listening to the soundtrack of our youth. <BR> <BR> The trip didn’t start out so well. The one direct flight from our airport to NYC was cancelled and we spent the next 18 hours waiting and taking an alternative route. We could have driven there faster. <BR> <BR> We sta... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 07:11:51 EST Ireland-part 2 - Our finale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750368 Here’s the finale of our 50 minute concert. This was our 3rd of 4 performances in Ireland. <BR> This venue was a small church in Monaghan which is in the Republic of Ireland, but very close to the border of Northern Ireland. <BR> <BR> “Amazing Grace” <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/sherrill.mulkearns/<BR>posts/10204911944305374#!/photo.php?v=<BR>740602712648826&set=vb.100000973125789<BR>&type=2&theater </link> <BR> <BR> I’m in the second row, 4th from the left. <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:18:29 EST