DANABIRD1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DANABIRD1 DANABIRD1'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/ Saturday Storms? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482226 Threatening weather for the afternoon along Florida's Gulf Coast. These spring time fronts can be trouble when cold air meets warm stirring up threats of flooding and tornados. Be smart today and stay in touch with the weather service and be weather wise. <BR> <BR> I'll get my gardening done early and spend some time with the grands before the weather comes in. <BR> <BR> Happy Saturday...y'all! Sat, 14 Apr 2018 06:30:51 EST April Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6480918 Staying this week at the Lake Guntersville State Park. What a great place to have a business meeting and a wonderful time of year to be in this setting. I am hoping for fantastic weather on Wednesday, our outing day. Half the group goes fishing and half plays golf (me). I'll check on the stationary bikes on the afternoon break. Cheers everyone! Tue, 10 Apr 2018 05:45:33 EST Mystery Bird Found! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531641 I started my conquest in the late 90’s. Always a day late and a dollar short to see the rare visitor Often times less than a day, just minutes late. The elusive bird was “my albatross” and it had entered my psychic as much as any other rare bird does but this one beyond the imaginable causing me to ask the question; Does it even really exist? Time after time reports at Ft. Pickens yield an empty catch. Each trip more frustrating than the one before and by this time I even passed up many oppor... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 08:16:04 EST Mobile Birding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225269 My bride and I recently spent one of this winter's rare sunny days in Mobile, Alabama. We drove along the I10 causeway and ended up on Dauphin Island and riding the ferry back across Mobile Bay to Fort Morgan. <BR> <BR> We found this Osprey near the USS Alabama, battleship. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l249676888.jpg"> <BR> <BR> At the battleship the huge lawn was filled with Canada Geese. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l946151736.jpg">... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 08:04:21 EST Fort Pickens http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192850 We spent yesterday morning wondering the trails of Ft. Pickens. The fort is an old Civil War site which guarded the entrance to Pensacola Bay. Now, it is a part of the Gulf Islands national Seashore and managed by the National Park Service. <BR> <BR> We found some nice birds along trails. <BR> <BR> Sora <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1447965856.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and this Gray Catbird. The Catbirds were everywhere giving their mew like a kitten call. <BR> <img src... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 10:18:07 EST New Years Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187350 We found ourselves out of the trails and enjoying the day. Although it was very overcast most of the day we missed the rain and found a few good birds. <BR> <BR> Boat-tailed Grackle <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l343065684.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We could hear the Bald Eagles calling from inside the nest but noone appeared. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1055278130.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l404898897.jpg"> <BR... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 00:31:12 EST Naval Live Oaks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5180801 I spent yesterday wondering around Gulf Islands National Seashore-Naval Live Oaks Unit. The old grove of Live Oaks was set aside years ago to have timber to build the old warships. Live Oaks are tough wood and the old ships like the USS Consitution were built from the branches. Now it is a small part of GINS and protected by department of interior. <BR> <BR> Here is a part of the trail. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1375061027.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The old relic dune l... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:34:29 EST After Christmas No sale http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5177500 I definitely avoided those long lines and slashed prices to head back to the beach the day after Christmas. Why stress? I did enjoy some colder temps and high windy conditions but I managed to get a few nice photos. <BR> <BR> Ruddy Turnstone <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l205603930.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Ruddy Turnstone, Alternate/Winter Plumage <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1361515940.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Lesser Scalp <BR> <img src="http://photo... Thu, 27 Dec 2012 09:28:49 EST Yard Birds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5173237 After an exciting visit to the beach yesterday, I had to do a little work today. So, I only had time to take a couple of backyard bird pictures. <BR> <BR> Northern Caridnal- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l388252754.jpg"> <BR> <BR> House Finch- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l828785725.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Red-breasted Nuthatch <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/2/l528106571.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Nuthatch is another one of tho... Fri, 21 Dec 2012 21:47:15 EST Beach Birds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5172381 A fun day at Pensacola Beach with new camera and the birds <BR> Ring-billed Gull <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1250804777.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Laughing Gull <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/8/l28329059.jpg"> <BR> <BR> And then there was a special visitor. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/7/l87278688.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A Razorbill! These birds are normally found off the coast of Maine and sometimes wander south to the Carolina's. ... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 21:04:23 EST This did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5071166 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l237504559.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was just looking back and thinking about where I was and where i want to be with my weight and health. I found this spark! That was me on the right about 50+ pounds ago. I think this was the picture taken with my late Dad that gave me the Spark to get moving. <BR> <BR> It's been almost a year and i am sooo grateful for all the support and all the encouragement my friends gave and continue to give. I am thankful... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 07:44:17 EST Birding Trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062714 Saturday our Audubon chapter had a field trip to Fort Pickens. This is the first time I have been to the fort since Hurricane Isaac covered the road with sand and water. The park servcie has done a fantastic job uncovering the road. <BR> <BR> We had very few birds. This time of the year cold fronts bring the birds down on their way to the tropics. It was a beautiful day though. <BR> <BR> We walked to the point. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l132966605.jpg"> <BR>... Mon, 17 Sep 2012 08:08:16 EST We celebrate freedom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4954795 I grew up in small town America in the 60’s- a little village- Gulf Breeze, Florida. The community, even though small, had large July 4th celebrations. We had a parade through town where I marched as a Cub Scout and in later years I road my bike with the other kids in town. You could go to the park and go on boat rides and watch archery demonstrations, watermelon eating contest, a town clown made balloons and a local band played music. At our church for the 4th, we always had some sort of pa... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 09:29:27 EST Plateauville http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4915162 I have read about plateaus and running into them but I never dreamed I would actually get there. The pounds seemed to dripping off- 1 or 2 per week – with no problems. Then, I don’t know what. I have been working harder (job wise) and my travels during the week have made it tougher and tougher to get to the gym. So, my plan is to take time for me again and schedule my appointments and not get to my hotel so late that workouts are nearly impossible. <BR> <BR> Yes, I just have to do it. <BR>... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 18:00:06 EST Travel Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867315 Another trade show this weekend! So, I face the challenges of eating healthy, lack of cardio, and lack of sleep. Boy, what challenges this job brings. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a full day of travel and I did well to eat healthy. I started out early and finished late so there was no time for cardio but I did manage to eat three healthy meals and grab a protein bar in between. A nice seared tuna steak with spinach last night along with a couple of tablespoons of bruschetta on Italian bread, was... Sat, 5 May 2012 08:37:30 EST Bucket Garden Pics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4855953 I start off with an empty pickle bucket. Then I drill about 8-10 holes in the bottom of the bucket for drainage. I put four empty soda/beer cans in the bottom of each bucket and surround them with "chad" from my paper shredder. Then top them off with good soil from my compost. I usually cover these with a dark plastic bag for 2 weeks to kill off any remaining weed seeds that may have not been cooked in the compost. <BR> <BR> PLANT! <BR> <BR> Cukes! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 09:16:20 EST Bucket Garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4852914 Three years ago I started a new hobby….Bucket Gardening. I started with three buckets that I recycled from the garage. Then I planted tiny tomatoes with cages in each and I had a very successful harvest. Since then I have added buckets (20) and began to branch out into growing other vegetables. <BR> <BR> Green Snap Beans, Okra, potatoes, squash, peppers, and cucumbers are a few of the ones I have tried. The best results I have had is with the potatoes. I plant these in mid to late January ... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:42:01 EST Too darn busy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4841483 It’s been awhile since I last wrote anything, so it’s time to get with it. <BR> <BR> The last month has been too busy. My work had taken me away to Texas, Nashville, Birmingham, and tonight in Chattanooga. My plan has been to do cardio 5 times during the week but I am finding weekends the better time to get the cardio taken care of. The hotel life is not best suited for exercise but I always try to stay in a facility with a workout center and get my 20-30 minutes on the bike or the treadmill... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:46:05 EST Floss-Floss-Floss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4806423 The weekend before last I had a very unhappy tooth. Unfortunately, I had been dealing with a root canal gone bad for a couple of years waiting for the day when the dead tooth no longer wanted to be in my mouth. I made it through the weekend and then antibiotics for a few days before the big pull. It’s out and over until the bridge work begins. <BR> <BR> But, for the last week I have not been to the gym because of the pain and happy drugs. So, today and only about 9 days since last workout ... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 22:27:27 EST WOOHOO 50 POUNDS GONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796368 WOOHOO! 5o lbs. have left my body since July 2011! <BR> <BR> It hasn’t been easy and in fact it would have been easier just to maintain the status quo by not paying any attention to the food I ate or the lack of exercise I was getting. Yes, it would have been easy to convince myself by eating fried chicken (as long as it was breast meat) I was getting on the right track. Uneducated and unmotivated…just maintaining the extra weight and the life style was the future I had in my hand. <BR> <B... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:36:22 EST What a Tuesday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4750234 A 2:30 am wakeup call and I was off to Tallahassee (3 hour drive). I was going to speak to an environmental issue at a Senate committee meeting. It seems a state senator and state representative are trying to make it easier for contractors to drill for gas or oil on state owned lands. <BR> <BR> Not that I am against finding gas/oil (prefer alternative energy)reserves but to change and speed up the process to make it easier for the drillers-can’t be good at all for the environment. Let the l... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:55:51 EST This Year's Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4737928 One of my goals for this year is to be more consistent in my reading and so far the reading has been going well. I have finished my February novel, “Kill Alex Cross” by James Patterson. It is a typical Patterson-Alex Cross with the last hundred pages almost impossible to close and not read until the end. It is a good read. <BR> <BR> The inspirational novel I read is called “Two Shadows” by Charlie Winger. It is a true life story of a mountaineer and his tough life start. His family abandone... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 06:19:52 EST Super Tray http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4729521 The super tray for the Giant’s victory was a big hit. <BR> <BR> I boiled Shrimp 3 lbs. for 8 people and I had left- overs. Served with my own cocktail sauce (hot too spicy). I brined a turkey breast for 14 hours and baked it until 165 degrees. WOW, it was very juicy and I served it with the Multi grain rolls pictured here. <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l117828279.jpg"> It is a recipe in the Spark People Cookbook. I also served the li... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 19:59:32 EST Super Menu Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4703903 Patriots vs Giants. It’s on and I’m going to make my Super Bowl Party the Healthiest ever. <BR> <BR> If you have any suggestions to the menu please post them here and I will make it. I am the family cook most nights when I am home. This will probably be the evening meal so my plan will be heavier than just some light snacks. <BR> <BR> 1) Boiled Shrimp <BR> 2) Smoked Turkey w/multigrain rolls <BR> 3) Buffalo on a stick w/horse raddish sauce <BR> <BR> Bison maybe pricey but it's very lean... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:25:03 EST Super Bowl Bash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698154 Patriots vs Giants. It’s on and I’m going to make my Super Bowl Party the Healthiest ever. <BR> <BR> If you have any suggestions to the menu please post them here and I will make it. I am the family cook most nights when I am home. This will probably be the evening meal so my plan will be heavier than just some light snacks. <BR> <BR> 1) Boiled Shrimp <BR> <BR> <BR> Two weeks to make it right…..so help me add to. <BR> <BR> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> <em>281</em> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 05:57:52 EST The Big Day Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696506 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l906069647.jpg">We started our journey at 6:30 am; just as daylight began to appear. We were paired with a couple of top notch birders and they had already established the route we would take to see as many bird species as possible in one day, in January. <BR> <BR> Bird watchers are great citizen scientists. We count and make list at the drop of a hat. How many birds did we see in our yard? How many birds did we see on any given day? How bi... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 09:36:09 EST Big Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693015 Have you seen the movie “Big Year” with Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson? It is a true story about a bunch of bird watchers who spend all their time and lots of money traveling North America to see as many bird species as possible in one year. <BR> <BR> Now I have never been much for competitive bird watching (birding) but I plan to do a “Big Day” tomorrow. It’s a fund raiser put on by Audubon of Florida to raise funds for Shorebird monitoring. It should be loads of fun! <BR> <BR>... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 10:05:51 EST More Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4672109 One resolution for 2012 (which by the way I’m saying Twenty Twelve and not Two thousand and twelve) is to do more reading. The Spark People site has given me the bug. I have been a sporadic reader over the past few years, so my goals may not seem too tough; however for me they are quite aggressive. <BR> <BR> • 1 book per month fiction….James Patterson is one of my favorites along with Karl Haissen. <BR> <BR> • 3 motivational books per year…These will take some research but I like true l... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:18:58 EST Bird Counts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4642728 Yesterday, December 28, I spent most of the day on a bird count at Ascend Products which is located just north of Pensacola. If you are not familiar with the term bird count it is when you or a group of birdwatchers conduct a total census of birds in one area. First you identify the species and then you count the numbers, for example, Mourning Doves (species), 42 , was the total of individual doves we saw. <BR> <BR> Ascend Products is a major plastics producer and that’s about all I know ab... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 05:27:48 EST Christmas Bird Count http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4631052 Saturday, was the annual Pensacola Christmas Bird Count and we had an awesome day. <BR> <BR> I started out at 3:30 am with an Owl survey. I tracked through several neighborhoods to log in 6 Eastern Screech Owls and 3 Great Horned Owls. This was the first year I avoided being checked out by the local authorities. It must be pretty weird to see some guy standing beside his car playing a recording at 4 o'clock in the morning. <BR> <BR> I met the remainder of our group at 8 am and we finishe... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 08:17:49 EST Sum Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4624993 14 weeks have flown by since I started on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> 33 lbs. have left my body for parts unknown and for this I am proud of myself. I have determined that I must track my nutritional intake and I must exercise in some form every day to continue to have success. <BR> <BR> The tracking is not difficult-most of the time. I have noticed that since I started, I am taking time out to eat; no more “grab n go”. Also, I am taking time to track because it’s much easier right after I ... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 06:24:00 EST Protection ..."Our Role" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622326 The cold, north wind has only teased us thus far but the winter birding season is off to a great start. Wintering sparrows and ducks are in! This year hummingbird bander, Fred Basset is having trouble getting around to all the winter hummingbirds that have come to visit the deep south. Surely, when the hard freezes come more birds will show up. Our trees, lawns and feeders will be covered with American Robins, Cedar Waxwings and American Goldfinches; welcome birds of the winter. <BR> <BR> We... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 08:34:42 EST Hard Choice's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4614515 Hard choices! <BR> <BR> I am in the week of my programs where I have to pick a reward. I thought it would be easy but I am having trouble making a choice. It seems that spending money on me is “down right” tough to do. <BR> <BR> I have explored choices on clothing and a big night out. So far, the big night out seems to be the correct way to go. I do want to share and reward myself for the 30 lbs I have loss but I can think of no better way than to share it with my sweetie. She has been so s... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 08:45:21 EST What is it about Hummingbirds? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4596383 What is about Hummingbirds? <BR> <BR> We feed birds in our backyard year round but twice a year, when the Hummingbirds are migrating, all of a sudden the bird feeders become central focus at our house. The spring time brings a few Ruby Throated Hummers (RTH) through our yard on their way back from their winter homes in tropical South or Central America. In the fall larger numbers of RTH head their way back south and spend more time in the backyard. <BR> <BR> As early as July, these little... Wed, 23 Nov 2011 07:22:02 EST Gratitude is an Attitude http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4590338 Thanksgiving- too much has been said and written about food for the big spread. How good turkey is for you and how to avoid all the fat and calories…and so on. <BR> <BR> <em>429</em> <BR> <BR> I will watch my intake but I shouldn’t forget what all I have to be thankful for. I give thanks to the Lord above and all the great things he does for me. I have a great wife and I am thankful for all she does for me. She’s a great supporter and encourager. I am thankful for good children and that... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 16:04:26 EST Visible Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571616 All week has been a roller coaster of emotions. The highs/lows, the ups/downs, and the sad/happy moments all made the week a challenge but with the help of great friends and a great wife, I survived a much wiser man. <BR> <BR> I have been just flushed and overwhelmed with emotion as one of my friends went out of their way to express kindness to me or my family. The cards, the flowers, and the emails all just gave me the encouragement I needed to face the hard times. <BR> <BR> I serve on t... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 19:19:26 EST Nano Nano http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4565460 Sometimes technology just has to run over me! Finally, I traded in the “old” walkman for a new set of tunes (actually the walkman dies about 2001). What a difference it makes with the bike ride or walk around the neighborhood. <BR> <BR> I have just been riding and listening to the sounds of nature but mostly the sounds of my tires against the road and cars going by. But now, the sounds of my childhood have returned to my ears and make the pedaling more pleasure than ever. Apple Nano, I love... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 18:30:07 EST Tough Times http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4562675 My journey continues to be tough! <BR> <BR> Last week, I was in meetings all week with food catered in and dinner arrangements with no selection of foods. I did avoid the bad items and made the best of the week. Late nights and early mornings made it a challenge to meet fitness goals. But, I managed and thank goodness for finding new cardio methods. I walked and walked and walked. <BR> <em>231</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Upon, returning from the out of town meetings, my Dad that has been in a ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 08:26:19 EST Blue Springs State Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4535724 Today we visited Blue Springs State Park, just north of Orange City, Florida near Orlando. The park is on the St. John’s River system is home in the winter to as many as 340 Manatees. Our walk consisted of the campground loop and the boardwalk to the spring’s boil, where its waters come up from the ground to feed the Saint John’s. <BR> <BR> The trees canopy in the park is mostly made up of giant Live oaks with Sabal Palms reaching toward the sun in between the Oaks. The park is an old Stea... Fri, 14 Oct 2011 16:41:57 EST Fall Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4531625 Fall is the time of year for changes. Leaves loosen their hold, fade their colors and fall to the ground. The colorful birds that migrated north in the spring to breed have lost their spectacular plumages to a more drab winter attire. The grasses in our front yard have begun to fade to brown. Boy, that all seems so sad and dreary. <BR> <BR> BUT, Fall can be a time of change for the better. The skies in Pensacola always seem much clearer in the fall when the breeze comes from the north. The ... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 08:04:48 EST Slow Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526392 How can you ask for a more perfect weather weekend than what we've had on the Gulf Coast this weekend? <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we spent several hours hiking around a state park and visited a Heritage Festival. The old time arts and crafts were fun to see and we enjoyed the atmosphere becoming a part of the history. Civil War renegades fired a huge cannon, wood carvers carefully pared away wood slivers, and molasses makers squeezed cane through a huge press inviting us to remember times gone by.... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 06:16:56 EST Trade Show = Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4525078 It was not so tough to overcome the temptations of overeating at the trade show! Although, there was no time for planning meals or preparing snacks, it seemed very easy to make proper choices. <BR> <BR> The choice of Bison at the fancy steak house was a pleasant surprise. It was delicious and a very healthy choice in stead of Ribeye. Salads, vegetables, baked potatoes and rice were all easy choices but I did notice that fruit was not readily available. <BR> <BR> The scales told the tale o... Sat, 8 Oct 2011 05:48:55 EST My Kind of Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4511498 It’s a working weekend for me: A trade show in Shy Town. It’s been my past experience to go along with the crowd and throw nutrition out the window but this year I am looking forward to the challenges. <BR> <BR> First challenge, since the show has something to do with food, is avoid the temping little snacks that are being pushed at you all day long. Oh yeah, Nathan’s hotdogs will be there. The water bottle in my hand will occupy that extra space. Sorry about that Joey Chestnut. <BR> <BR>... Fri, 30 Sep 2011 05:59:23 EST Silence of the Blackberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4506370 Yesterday was one of THE better Mondays I have ever been a part of. The weather here in Pensacola is marvelous with somewhat cool mornings and not over bearing hot day time temperatures. Hummingbirds are swarming my feeders and watching them makes my day so relaxing and pleasant. All of pleasantries, my Blackberry was having problems receiving emails so I didn’t have to give it my immediate attention all day long. Above all, it just seems I had to eat and eat to make my daily nutrition goals... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 09:33:41 EST Visible means of Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4497902 I am a believer in the support system. <BR> <BR> More than once in my life I have needed to be picked up and put together but unlike Humpty Dumpty all my pieces are intact; I am moving forward! <BR> <BR> It has always been my best friends who have stuck with me through the trials and for them I am thankful. Without the support system I would have trudged around in the world with no direction before finally deciding I could not make it alone. Best friends can often say things that don’t fe... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 05:49:49 EST Greenhorn http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4495590 I am a greenhorn here. No, not new to diet plans and weight loss because it seems I have been struggling all my adult life with the weight. I have been up and down ever since I can remember and of course every Monday begins a new plan. What makes Spark people any different? The careful dairy of food and the wealth of information have just overwhelmed me as well as the ease of keeping up with all the activity. But foremost, I know the encouragement of my comrades will be the best benefit. AT... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 20:58:23 EST