COCK-ROBIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=COCK%2DROBIN COCK-ROBIN'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/ I Greatly Appreciate You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797755 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/2/l625230791.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just want to take a moment to say how much I appreciate all of you that have given such kind comments on my blogs! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1144290990.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You are all so awesome! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l710416195.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The comments really warm my heart. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:31:55 EST So I'm Not a Millionare, But.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796920 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1676690325.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm not a millionare, but I'm rich in many ways. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/9/l598337736.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been putting myself down for some time these past two years, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1184732972.jpg"> <BR> <BR> because I used to be in Onderland, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1045891635.jpg"> <BR>... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 15:51:29 EST Go ahead, call me crazy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793096 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2046653060.jpg"> <BR> <BR> All right, call me crazy! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1936385545.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But I need a little craziness. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1725470483.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know, it's not even Halloween yet! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l555500490.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But belive it or not, I'm starting to put my Chris... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 23:25:29 EST Go Mustangs! Face the Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783257 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1988871046.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my first blog in months, and my first with the Midnight Mustangs! I am determined to go the distance in this, and am excited about the challenge. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1247447593.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The BLC 26 challenge is met! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l280380375.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4LK1<BR>wJW... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:41:21 EST Not an April Fool's Joke http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662143 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l786916927.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not my usual upbeat, creative blog today. It's a sad day for me. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1082190257.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For today would have been my brother's 65th birthday. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l503965900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I miss you so much, Ralph! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l817541054.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:10:18 EST Surrounded by Crows http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618252 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2012505605.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's been disastrous for me, weight-wise. This time last year I was at 205. Now I'm at 235. This time last year, I had lost over 100 pounds and was hoping to get below 200 for the first time in many, many years. So what happened? <BR> <BR> I seem to be in thar movie The Wiz. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l618227911.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now, I'm surrounded by the crows who are mocking m... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 23:18:11 EST Saying Goodbye to a Brother is hard! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610632 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1847885453.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is in memory of a brother that departed some weeks ago, and only now am I realizing how much I loved him. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2027377413.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the strange thing is, he wasn't that nice when he was alive, he was downright abusive at times, to all of us. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/5/l35500002.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So why is ... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:21:22 EST A Theme Song for 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5577235 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l922053049.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been looking forward to 2014. <BR> <BR> 2013 was a disaster for me, and I say goodbye and good riddance to that year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l401729105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm making a new start with a clean slate. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l280864087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/7/l57025889.jpg"> <... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 23:06:29 EST Screwtape said it best! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558045 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l544794186.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been thinking of the annual hysteria about the so-called "war on Christmas," and something came to me. One of my favorite writers is C.S. Lewis, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1530653084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And one of his most famous books is called the Screwtape Letters. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l694151619.jpg"> <BR> <BR> letters from a senior... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 00:34:00 EST Happy Thanksgivukkah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549994 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1745855762.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's simply amazing! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2122147328.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thanksgiving, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l148040157.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and Hanukkah, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1235320490.jpg"> <BR> <BR> happen on the same day for the first time in over a hundred years! <BR> <BR> <img src=... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:14:39 EST A Small Lesson on Never Giving Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5537495 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1508992541.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just a short blog, but a loaded one. Have you been frustrated in your weight loss journey? I have! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l639920582.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've been screaming at that scale. 2013 hasn't been kind to me like last year was. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1099408688.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well, a little mouse has something to say to us all. ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 17:25:19 EST Rekindling Your Passion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490089 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1022716084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Have you felt like a Dilbert cartoon, that you've been darned to heck? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745078465.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That this Beatles song "Nowhere Man" is your phase of the journey now? <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eiY4EiOhmQ </link> <BR> <BR> well, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l857592636.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's e... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:41:24 EST Least of the Deadly Seven? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5489271 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l238923737.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The monks of old had a list they called the Seven Deadly Sins. The list went this way: <BR> <BR> Superbia (pride), Invidia (envy) Ira (wrath) Avaritia (greed) Gula (gluttony) <BR> <BR> Ouch! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1994403718.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That's one of the Big Seven we're all familiar with here on Spark People. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:37:07 EST I will never, ever forget! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479059 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l291438294.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have been inspired by another about not forgetting my past, so I don't go back to what I was. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1119157935.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will never forget the times I couldn't come in from the parking lot at work without gasping for breath. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1851516429.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Of hiding my eyes when I got weig... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 22:48:10 EST An Important Lesson in Never Giving Up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5454530 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2113365505.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And not with the frog picture, though it gives a lesson too, LOL! <BR> <BR> It comes from a cartoon series I saw some years ago called Monster Rancher: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1401139106.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There was this one episode I remember that stands out among all of them. It was called The Mocchi Cannon: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRcj6Q082Pg </link> <B... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 23:07:04 EST What was I THINKING?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5448010 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1518593565.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I did something incredibly stupid today. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2133714432.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But then, I'm allowed one stupid thing a day, right? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l422892368.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No, please! <BR> <BR> OK, what did I do? <BR> <BR> When I was at the store today, I thought of getting something to snack on. <BR> <BR> So... Wed, 7 Aug 2013 19:36:41 EST Mike, this is for you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439699 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1203142315.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is in memory of Mike Hebranko, who has struggled all his life with obesity and addiction to food, and last week lost his battle. <BR> <BR> <link>www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/06/<BR>obese-michael-hebranko-suffering-heart<BR>-kidney-liver-failure-_n_1323201.html </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l37105634.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I first heard of him in a book of stories abo... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 11:33:09 EST No Easy Answers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5381744 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l608337607.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I made a blog admitting my struggle with depression. And something I have learned in the past in my struggle to lose weight is, there's no easy answers, despite this book I have shown, but instantly rejected. Instant answers? Not likely. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l950206135.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And yet, there are the cliches. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeo... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 18:03:05 EST Am I Blue? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5380782 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l478438989.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This song, <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=57zFkL9GSZA </link> <BR> <BR> expresses something that has been uncovered in my weight loss, something that was hidden until now. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1527178780.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Hidden under all that fat. Using food to numb the pain. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1974664839.jpg"> <B... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 21:23:14 EST Was I really eating POISON?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5367215 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1397128866.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I recently came upon an article by CSPI, (Center for Science in the Public Interest,) on ten foods to avoid: <BR> <BR> <link>www.cspinet.org/nah/10foods_bad.html </link> <BR> <BR> And they were all foods I used to enjoy all the time when I was big. At the top of the list was something that floored me. It was my favorite! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l65365601.jpg"> <BR> <BR>... Fri, 24 May 2013 23:53:35 EST Where's the beef? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352648 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l912129721.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You may all remember this cute Wendy's commercial. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug75diEyiA0 </link> <BR> <BR> It was when I frequented Wendy's and other fast food places. <BR> <BR> The place advertised "hot and juicy hamburgers, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l190545627.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqTSkZXEfbg </link> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 10 May 2013 23:32:46 EST A Blast from the Past...sort of http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346114 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l403943377.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had a real blast from the past recently. <BR> <BR> My place of work decided to reward us for a safety record. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859438780.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They treated us to some pizza. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l955934263.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And not just pizza, Pizza Hut pizza which was my favorite. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://pho... Sun, 5 May 2013 10:21:28 EST Have you been sick? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5322644 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l406546001.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As I have made efforts to lose weight and become healthy, I have received many compliments. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l23920355.jpg"> <BR> <BR> But then, there are some comments that have me scratching my head. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1448279712.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Some look at me and ask "What happened? Were you sick? <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:05:58 EST Sometimes You Feel Like A Nut.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5303057 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l480149197.jpg"> <BR> <BR> No, I don't mean the candy bars. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l686614084.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is a continuation of something I have learned from Spark People, of always being willing to try something new. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1983998087.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Where I work as a cashier at Walmart, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:13:09 EST A Dog To Be Kicked http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5296969 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2060811907.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I got off from work yesterday singing that old Linda Rondstadt song: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1909522058.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRGzKut8qfA </link> <BR> <BR> It was the day from hell. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1832877710.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A day when I really hated my job at retail. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 08:24:57 EST Here Comes The Sun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5293345 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2007885318.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That song by the Beatles is really appropriate for today. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsv34Ng_Rik </link> <BR> <BR> For Spring is here! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l198862427.jpg"> <BR> <BR> That bright time when all that is dull and grey is gone! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l652338757.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When flowers a... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:57:13 EST They're coming to take me away, ha-haaaaaa! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288317 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l520617676.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You remember that Dr. Demento song by Napoleon XIV? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1595145881.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Here's the song: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHtm1jhL4 </link> <BR> <BR> I felt like that today at work. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l990537269.jpg"> <BR> <BR> When they assigned me a register in the afternoon, the plac... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:45:33 EST A horse is a horse, unless of course..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5276985 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l380796626.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I usually put on a movie on my day off, and yesterday, I put on a movie I hadn't seen in quite a while. It was one of the most inspirational movies I have ever seen. Seabiscuit (1993). <BR> <BR> It was the Great Depression, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1268442664.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Things were hard all around. And it brought together four of the most unlikely people, <BR> <BR> <i... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 07:09:05 EST More misadventures? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5266281 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l550299210.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "More misadventures?" <BR> <BR> "Adventures, my friend." <BR> <BR> These lines from a favorite musical of mine, "Man of La Mancha" <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1832418958.jpg"> <BR> <BR> somehow fit my misadventures in my journey to my goal. It pays to hae a sense of humor on this journey. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2034663044.jpg"> <BR> ... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 17:35:16 EST Denial--Not just a river in Egypt! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5253469 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l285295703.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For years, I was in denial about my weight and what it was doing to me. As the Beatles once said, living is easy with eyes closed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/1/l515392588.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzcZttcpYFQ </link> <BR> <BR> When I was at the doctor, I closed my eyes when I weighed in. I didn't want to see it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Sun, 17 Feb 2013 10:24:27 EST Fill Up On Love! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5249894 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1744672146.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Valentine's Day! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1354318884.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It is a day for love. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l168707164.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Cupid is going to be busy this day. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1669547029.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And cuteness is the norm. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 03:50:34 EST A Sad Farewell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5248168 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1847051277.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I had another customer at my register notice I had lost weight. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1280787496.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l335397972.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was somebody I used to see all the time over at Panera Bread which is right near the Walmart where I work. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:46:51 EST Be Super on Super Bowl Sunday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5236382 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1069728818.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Super Bowl is wearing down now. And it has been a day for fun, football, and mostly gluttony. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1337103781.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The spread put out on this day is incredible, dwarfing that of Thanksgiving and Christmas combined. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1297728551.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So much, they're talking of a chick... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 23:06:15 EST Food, Glorious Food! or, the French Paradox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233880 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l781763647.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was fascinated by the movie Julie and Julia, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1089291313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> about the woman who made it a project to cook everything in Julia Child's book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in a year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1447478304.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A delicious movie with mouth watering adventures and misadven... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:06:39 EST Be a Clown! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229484 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1604011033.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't help it, I can't get that song by Judy Garland out of my head. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEVJu<BR>bwhTmA </link> <BR> <BR> Sometimes, we do need to clown around. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1792382352.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And awaken the inner child within, that we have been denying for so long. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:42:58 EST Be a Clown! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229483 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1604011033.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I can't help it, I can't get that song by Judy Garland out of my head. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEVJubwhTma </link> <BR> <BR> Sometimes, we do need to clown around. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1792382352.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And awaken the inner child within, that we have been denying for so long. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l141... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 22:42:58 EST Disaster Averted! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5219791 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1036239923.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I was real depressed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1212040235.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Sort of like in that commercial: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l332022868.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nothing was going right, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l139379805.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Disappointments were mounting, <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:17:35 EST Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5216618 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1376044067.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today, I would like to talk about a very hard thing. Forgiveness. Something that is very hard to do at times. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l993903669.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's when somebody hurts me so much, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l778191935.jpg"> <BR> <BR> that I can't go on. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l6989261... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 08:08:23 EST What's in a name? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197984 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1901609995.jpg"> <BR> <BR> As most of you know, my name is Marc, but that almost was something else. <BR> <BR> I almost got named Tom, but for some reason, it was decided against being named that. <BR> <BR> My brother wanted me named that, but then had second thoughts when my full name would be Thomas, as if that was something bad. <BR> <BR> But then, I would have loved that name. It's the name of a famous saint and disciple of Chris... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 23:46:31 EST It was a very good year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180358 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l176505948.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Looking back on 2012, it was a very good year, like that song by Frank Sinatra: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/wtch?v=emAe6IClGys </link> <BR> <BR> It was the year I made a serious bid for health. Going from this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2080621570.jpg"> <BR> <BR> To this: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l170706012.jpg"> <BR> <BR> losing... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 22:56:58 EST The Day After http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5176209 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1102160176.jpg"> <BR> <BR> 'twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house, <BR> All people were tired, even the mouse. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1516651549.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Santa and the reindeer were all tuckered out, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1630258199.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And the presents were opened, without any doubt. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 23:25:59 EST Merry Christmas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175957 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1457865759.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wish you all a merry Christmas! <BR> <BR> I hope Santa was good to you this year. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1352909860.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And you remembered the greatest gift. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l198427739.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And, it was healthy. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1499218973.jpg"> <BR> <BR... Tue, 25 Dec 2012 16:18:54 EST An empty stocking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5174777 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l587154504.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I'm sorry I haven't blogged for a while, been insanely busy. But I want to tell you of a nightmare I had when I was a kid. One that came true. I dreamed I went down on Christmas, and my stocking was empty. I woke up crying. <BR> <BR> It was like this song by Cat Stevens. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1742554130.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGqusPKtiUY </link> ... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 22:37:58 EST No longer a rock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162727 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l784188479.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have a confession to make. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1376502819.jpg"> <BR> <BR> For years, this song has been my theme song. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l185570779.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKlSVNxLB-A </link> <BR> <BR> I just had no life, and the fat is the reason, well part of it. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 10 Dec 2012 23:33:26 EST You better watch out, you better not cry... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5161208 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1450951712.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Or this creepy Santa from 1959 will visit you. This is real nightmare fuel. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l679396420.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This was a movie I suffered through as a kid, it was made in 1959 in Mexico, and dubbed in English in 1960. This movie is so BAD, it's actually hilarious and has become a cult classic, but when I saw it, it was just scary. <BR> <BR> This Santa is no... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 15:15:27 EST Fun with Rudolph! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5156787 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l455459919.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's the Christmas season, and other than the eating that I try to avoid, there are the Christmas specials which I just love. I start watching them in August, and can't get enough of them. <BR> <BR> One of my favorite is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a classic, despite the fact that it has more bloopers than any other. <BR> <BR> The first happens in the copyright scene where the date is given as MCLXIV=1164. ... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 07:39:37 EST It's paying off! See where I'm featured! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5152345 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1697530900.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, I've been chosen as the December success story in the website run by Richard Simmons. <BR> <BR> <link>www.richardsimmons.com/j15/index.php<BR>?option=com_content&view=section&layou<BR>t=blog&id=8&itemid=51 </link> <BR> <BR> It's where I tell my story, from my misery to where I am now. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1174783021.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And it's only just begun... Sat, 1 Dec 2012 08:23:03 EST It is to cry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149821 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745227329.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had an experience today that proved to me that keeping fit during the Christmas season and not pigging out, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2022228997.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l945898552.jpg"> <BR> <BR> isn't as easy as it looks. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1668596758.jpg"> <BR> <BR> In fact, it's downri... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:04:53 EST My Doctor's a happy camper! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148705 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l675001540.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And so am I! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l684504260.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I went to see my doctor today, <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l996230197.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and he was just amazed at what I had done. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1926575241.jpg"> <BR> <BR> From this time last year, I had gone from this, <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 19:11:13 EST Thanksgiving forgotten, now it's Black Friday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5144059 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1818113166.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's amazing how quickly Thanksgiving, and all the positives are forgotten for a time of savagery that comes earlier and earlier. The feasts are barely getting cold and people are already stampeding to get their Black Friday stuff. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l49038434.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It's total insanity. I got off just as the sale started, and had to run for my life. I thoug... Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:13:39 EST