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/ 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 Singing and Running in Ireland http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750161 That’s why I’ve disappeared from SP for 10 days. <BR> <BR> My choral group, the Jefferson Choral Society, performed 4 concerts in Ireland. Here we are at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1082878129.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We are a 100 member group but only 30 of us made the trip, along with 14 spouses & friends (our groupies?). <BR> <BR> We did a LOT of sightseeing. Mine included exploring the running trails every morning. This is th... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:32:24 EST Oh Fiddle Dee Dee! It’s Scarlett and Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741914 Scarlett O’Hara and I have something in common. <BR> No, it’s not her 20” waist. It’s a vegetable. <BR> <BR> Remember the scene in “Gone with the Wind” when Scarlett shook her fist at the heavens and swore that she would never be hungry again? She was holding a TURNIP. <BR> <BR> All that survived the devastation of the war was the turnip. <BR> <BR> In our 2nd year of growing our own food DH & I are eating a LOT of turnips, pounds and pounds of turnips. In our private little war zone ... Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:46:51 EST How Professor Dumbledore got me off the couch http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740534 Yesterday was supposed to be a strength training day, but by late afternoon I was laying on the couch resting on my laurels. <BR> <BR> I was proud of myself. I had bashed my knee on a piece of furniture the night before and skipped running. However, I did walk 2+ miles outside and finished up 2 more at the gym plus the rowing machine. Yea me, right? So I DESERVED to relax and watch TV. <BR> <BR> While our grandchildren were visiting last week, we watched the Harry Potter movies AGAIN. ... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:48:02 EST I’ve Got to Stop Sleeping Around http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739906 I can fall asleep anywhere – on the couch, in a recliner, on any padded flat surface, even on a plane if I have something or someone to lean against. <BR> <BR> Last night I was in a spare bedroom watching a movie that DH wasn’t interested in. <BR> I woke up in the middle of the night and promptly bashed my knee on a dresser. This room is a lot smaller than MY bedroom. <BR> <BR> The knee feels OK, but I’ll skip running and just walk today to test it out. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I posted a b... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:40:50 EST Be Careful Out There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739331 My Spark email this morning contained a link to an article about Inspirational Workout Songs. I agree that music has the power to motivate us. I would even choose my fitness classes partly on the type of music the instructor used. <BR> <BR> However, the photo with the article showed a man and a woman running outside. <BR> <BR> I left a comment about the importance of being aware of your surroundings and decided that after my run I would share in my blog a scary experience of my daughter’s... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:51:09 EST Going the extra mile for the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737690 My current status says that last week I recorded my 1st 40 mile week EVER. <BR> <BR> This is significant because: <BR> I’ve been running for nearly 30 years and have never done that before. <BR> I usually cut back in the summer (It’s HOT here in the South) <BR> I’m not training for anything (see above sentence) <BR> <BR> Yet since July 1st I’ve been getting outside at 6 am to get a few miles in. When the heat and humidity drive me inside, I finish up at the gym. <BR> <BR> I don’t need... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 06:47:08 EST “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