CHICAGOTOM's SparkPeople Blog CHICAGOTOM's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Optimist Creed PROMISE YOURSELF <BR> <BR> Promise yourself to be so strong <BR> <BR> That nothing can disturb your peace of mind, <BR> <BR> To talk health, happiness and prosperity <BR> <BR> To every person you meet, <BR> <BR> To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. <BR> <BR> To look at the sunny side of everything <BR> <BR> And make your optimism come true. <BR> <BR> To think only of the best, <BR> <BR> To work only for the best, and <BR> <BR> To expect only the b... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 16:21:10 EST lost energy with lost weight This is more of a note to myself, but feel free to lurk. I have been losing tons of weight. I am looking fantastic! I am losing my desire to eat somewhat related to feelings of depression and anxiety. In the past when I lost weight I gained energy. Now, I am feeling like I am losing energy. I need to remind myself to fuel with enough food even if I am not hungry in order to maintain energy levels. Sat, 6 Jul 2013 16:47:07 EST The long wait is over Life is strange. <BR> I have agonized over the last six months to find a job. I have agonized over the last three months about finding residential real estate that my wife and I would like to live in and enjoy. Within 48 hours -- after doggedly trying and failing day-after-day on both fronts -- I now have both. I am starting on a Med-Surg unit July 8 and (with luck) closing in July too. WoooHooo! <BR> <BR> So, what have I learned? I learned and I want to remember that financially life can be... Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:50:47 EST nurses and jobs I graduated in December and I have been looking for a med/surg job in Chicago for six months. It is a difficult time in life. Yet, I find strength in being fit. I just wish employment in this field was as easy as the many yahoo stories suggest. Sat, 8 Jun 2013 05:22:00 EST what is authentic wealth? I am a patriot. I love America. I believe in free markets. Yet, worse than the American diet is the prevailing attitude that wealth is associated with money. I have been a victim and perpetrator of the American diet and money-is-wealth attitude. Both are similar. <BR> <BR> The American diet tells us that we need bigger portions, to eat more quickly, and to consume high-caloric-low-nutrient foods. Since New Orleans has already claimed to be the "Big Easy," the American diet transforms the "Ea... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:59:00 EST making good on life Determining to live with rambunctious abandon can be done at every moment. The danger to getting older is failing to see patterns that are destructive because the patterns are so comfortable. The key for me is to make small good changes at every moment. Mon, 3 Jun 2013 16:08:23 EST Help, I am a Whole Foods free-sample calorie junkie It is my dirty secret. I chow-down on free-samples. This is specially true at Whole Foods. I feel that since I am paying a huge mark-up primium to shop at Whole Foods that I deserve to eat as much as I can when free-samples are offered. They always have tons of free-samples. I love it and I hate it. <BR> <BR> Now that I am keeping a food journal, I wouldn't even know how to calculate the free-samples. In fact, I would rather just not know. Perhaps "Free-samples" = "Free-calories"? Not. <B... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 08:23:47 EST Toss and turn My sleeping is off kilter. I need to do some hoomework, but find it to be a drudge. I will knuckle-down which I think will improve my spirits. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 11:27:45 EST Stats test today The Chi Square measures the chance that... bla bla bla I had a stats test today for Research in Nursing. It was luke-warm. The good news is that I did not binge before or after the test. I gave Monster Drink a try to see if it would help wake-me-up for the exam. Frankly, it did not do anything one-way-or the other. It was perhaps a little better than not having anything and feeling sleepy during the test. <BR> <BR> I have not recorded my new weight. i am waiting a few more days. It is amazi... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 20:53:11 EST Energy Although it was never a goal, <BR> I have discovered that as I lose weight I have increased sexual energy. <BR> In fact, I have increased energy. <BR> Increased motivation. <BR> Increased desire to do things. <BR> I feel better. <BR> <BR> I suspect that there are those who have weight-loss goals related to lived-experience qualities that would be difficult to measure or articulate, but are real. <BR> <BR> Yet, I suspect that it is those who embrace the quest-journey-itself as "the goal" wh... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 16:57:22 EST Taoist story retold Ok, I listened to this story yesterday... <BR> <BR> A man was walking on the journey deep in thought. <BR> Then he noticed a lion begin to chase him. <BR> He ran, and ran, and ran.... <BR> Finally, he came to a cliff and jumped off in order to escape the lion. <BR> Luckily, there was a mulberry bush growing on the side of the mountain. <BR> He grabbed the bush which prevented him from falling. <BR> However, the mulberry bush had thorns which hurt his hands. <BR> He was going to jump the rest... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 08:24:31 EST blog 1 I begin the journey... Not really. <BR> <BR> Actually, I started at 302 LBS quite some time ago (yester-year)... I am now at a portly but moving in the good direction 265ish today. <BR> <BR> This weekend is study-time for test #2 in Research. It is mostly the stats portion of the course and doing sparks people is good for a mental break. <BR> <BR> I want to remind myself when the journey feels slow, dull, etc.. that I can return to this moment and blog and/or do other activities to change... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 12:03:45 EST