DANSINGER's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DANSINGER DANSINGER'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/ In Light of Robert's Blog About Veteran's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5135907 I was reading Robert's (ON2VICTORY) blog that he titled, "Happy Veterans Day, military memories..." from Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. As I read about Robert (whose blog is always inspirational to us all) reminiscing about his military memories, I did some "deep digging" into my own military memories and thought that perhaps I should begin to put down in writing some of the experiences that I encountered in my own service. It has not been easy for me to come to terms with many of those experiences... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 02:32:36 EST I AM A CHAMPION!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5055398 "Today gentleman, I am honored to coach you, and I am more honored to take you onto the field of battle. There is another honor to be bestowed upon you. That is the answer that comes with that question: <BR> <BR> • WHO AM I? …. <BR> • I AM A CHAMPION!!! <BR> <BR> "That’s right, and you need to remember that all through this game <BR> I will conquer what has not been conquered <BR> Defeat will not be in my creed <BR> I will believe what others have doubted <BR> I will always endeavor to p... Wed, 12 Sep 2012 01:41:37 EST Day 26 / Stress Journal - "Upcoming Confrontations, 'WooHoo!'" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5030682 Stress Level: 3 <BR> <BR> I'm expecting some confrontations that will probably be unpleasant for me in the next few days. I noticed that I was overeating and making bad choices over the weekend and I assume that there is a connection to the stress involved. I'm actually kind of happy about it! I realised that I have much more control than I used to. I can just think to myself during those same unpleasant confrontations, "I'm rubber, you're glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and st... Sat, 25 Aug 2012 15:54:16 EST Day 24 / Stress Journal - "Having a Bad Day, 'WooHoo!'" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5027465 Stress Level: 2 <BR> <BR> Objectively speaking, I'm having a bad day - but I'm in a good mood. As a matter of fact, I have a pounding headache, but I'm in good spirits. Why? Because I kind of like the way I'm doing things right now; the way I'm dealing with nutrition, stress, exercise, social issues, and work. I feel mature, responsible, sensitive towards others and rational. I feel good with the way I look and the way I feel - and that is why I feel like going "WooHoo!', despite squint... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 07:51:25 EST Day 23 / Stress Journal - "Making the Time" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026131 Stress Level: 2 <BR> <BR> I am feeling a small amount of stress, when, under previous circumstances, I would have been feeling much more. Despite this encouraging fact, I don't intend to discuss the issue in this blog (perhaps in a blog during next week). <BR> <BR> This blog's theme is "Making the Time" and it's about self commitment and accountability towards myself. I am really happy with my life when I participate in the Spark. I eat good, I get exercise, I vent stress, I think about ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:11:31 EST Day 17 / Stress Journal - "The Ultimate Fat Burner" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5017495 Stress Level: 1 <BR> <BR> If you’ve read some of my previous blogs or the personal information on my SparkPage, you know that I work as a Business Intelligence developer. Generally speaking, what that means is that I take various and seemingly unrelated bits of information (like business data), dig into the raw material and examine it, create logical (and often unnoticed) relationships between the processed information and then present a combined analysis in a user-friendly interface. A go... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 01:07:26 EST Day 15 / Stress Journal - "Improving My Nutrition" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5014501 Stress Level: 1 <BR> <BR> I have been slowly revising my nutrition plan each day, making it more and more healthy each day. The better my choices are, the HARDER I find it to meet my daily calorie intake. Now, I know it sounds like I'm either bragging or fibbing, but I often find myself finishing dinner around 7:30 pm, with only about 1300 calories tracked. <BR> <BR> Am I miscounting? <BR> I don't think so. I have plenty of experience from my last time on SP and I use the digital kitchen... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 00:40:05 EST Day 14 / Stress Journal - "Respect, Part II" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5012949 Stress Level: 3 <BR> <BR> “If you decide not to accept my offer, you may not remain in this department. In fact, you may not set foot between these walls. You may not enter the department under any other roll or position within the company. You may not enter to visit a friend during a lunch break. You may not enter this department after hours, in the evening or during the weekend. You must make a choice: To EARN the respect that you demand, or to demand RESPECT that you did not earn...” <BR... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 02:47:21 EST Day13 / Stress Journal - "Respect for Those Who Hurt Us" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011600 Stress Level: 1 <BR> <BR> I was reading ISLANDSHARON’S blog from last Thursday and her "monkey-guy" story reminded me of a story of my own, which, hopefully, may help you respect the people who hurt us and make life more difficult: <BR> <BR> In 2007, I took over a large assembly department with 46 employees. I managed the department for about 3 years. Most of the employees were un-educated, middle-aged mothers that were just breaking minimum wage. These were women that were arriving for ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 01:21:51 EST Day 9 / Stress Journal - "Not The Worst Feeling I Know, But Bad". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006035 Stress Level: 5 <BR> <BR> I have experienced a lot of bad feelings in my 40 years. I have, over the years, carelessly or innocently filled - and then meticulously combed through and tried to empty - a sack full of childhood issues, a sack full of family issues, a sack full of social issues, a sack full of trauma issues, a sack full of health issues, a sack full of marriage issues, a sack full of professional work issues and a sack full of parenting issues. I've gone through a lot of ups an... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 01:13:23 EST Day 7 / Stress Journal - Third Base! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5003117 Stress Level: 4 <BR> <BR> I've been dealing with people today who hear want they want to hear and respond to what they decided that I said to them (despite what I did or didn't say). It's like a conversation between Abbott and Costello: <BR> <BR> Costello: What's the guy's name on first base? <BR> Abbott: No. What is on second. <BR> Costello: I'm not asking you who's on second. <BR> Abbott: Who's on first. <BR> Costello: I don't know. <BR> Abbott: He's on third, we're not talking about him... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 09:23:34 EST Day 6 / Stress Journal - "I'm So Stupid" and "Trail Blazing". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001556 Stress Level: 3 <BR> <BR> I am so stupid! I forgot how much I like blazing the trails! I had worked out all kinds of equipment that would make walking the trails so fun, and I just put it all aside a year ago. How I could I be so stupid?! But hey, why cry over spilled milk, right? <BR> <BR> The Revamped Equipment (in order of importance to me): <BR> Prescription Ray-Bans (so 80s!) <BR> Black Lab, Wesley ("As you wish ...") <BR> New Balance shoes (extra wide) <BR> Hat <BR> Synthetic "swe... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 06:59:13 EST Day 3 / Stress Journal - Cola Chicken. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4997472 Stress Level: 2 <BR> <BR> You know, I forget how much I like SP! I zipped through the SP recipes with my older daughter last night and we choose a few for the coming weekend. We saw the "Cola Chicken" recipe and after being surprised (and a little grossed out) by the idea, decided that we have to try it! I'll make it for dinner this evening with brown rice and green beans. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I bought the two girls new running shoes. I hope they come with Wesley (my black lab) and me fo... Thu, 2 Aug 2012 06:51:28 EST Day 2 / Stress Journal - Falling into place. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995906 Stress Level: 2 <BR> <BR> One by one, the parts seem to be falling into place. It's not so hard to get back on track. I guess that it's sort of like regressing to old habits - only these are the good habits! I've been consuming more fluid, eating more sensibly (and tracking it too), and getting regular exercise. <BR> <BR> This afternoon, I will take the girls to buy new walking shoes so that they can accompany Wesley (black Lab) and me on our walks. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 08:20:51 EST Day 1 / Stress Journal - I could really use a new friend today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994174 Stress Level: 4 <BR> <BR> I'm just not good at it. Making friends, I mean. I am judgmental, critical and impatient with others whom I find disrespectful towards me. I am fearful of investing in a relationship only to encounter disloyalty. I have been hurt and offended many times over by friends and family. I know that it has a lot to do with my PTSD, but I need to move forward. As lucky that I am to have my wife and kids, I could really use a new friend today. <BR> <BR> Maybe it's jus... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 04:29:31 EST I'm getting back on track and busting that plateau – WOOHOO!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4050785 Since returning from my "Go Find the Child" journey, I have been on sort of a plateau. I have been watching my nutrition but have tapered off from physical activity a great deal. My multi-day recuperation from the jetlag led to mild laziness which was followed by me catching the flu. After recuperating from the flu, I maintained my lazy plateau for a few weeks which was then followed by pneumonia. Pneumonia?! I've never had pneumonia! I spent a week in bed, hugging 300 mg of antibiotic... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 03:28:38 EST "Go Find the Child" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3871030 "Go find the child you once were," she said. "Go in search of the child who trusted his elders and knew not disappointment - not in himself and not in others. When you find him, forgive yourself for changing - forgive yourself for loosing trust in others and learning disappointment. You have done no wrong. Hug that child and have fun with him, for he is you." <BR> <BR> This was in a session of marriage counseling with my wife and the counselor was proposing a challenge without realizing... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 07:50:59 EST Walking in the Land of Milk & Honey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3824755 Yesterday, I spent the early morning relaxing at home. The girls left the house early to spend the morning at their Grandmother's and my wife surprised me with breakfast (this only happens once every 10 years - whether it's necessary or not). While enjoying the quiet of the girls not fighting or complaining and the intimacy of a leisurely weekend morning with only my wife, she says to me, "It's a good time for a walk while I wash the floors and do the laundry." Wow, what a great idea! I g... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 03:34:54 EST Post-Traumatic Depression (WooHoo!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3819901 I denied my post-traumatic depression for years. By doing this, I spent more than 15 years allowing myself to mistakenly seek comfort in the act of eating and I allowed myself to become physically lazy. My post-traumatic depression was caused by combat stress while serving in the IDF. I was a victim in two suicide bombings and a fatal confrontation in Southern Lebanon during my service in the early nineties. In addition to my traumatic experiences in the military, years later my wife had ... Thu, 2 Dec 2010 16:23:18 EST Nokia Sports Tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3812427 I have been tracking my exercise using my cell phone and free software from Nokia. I can see distance, duration, average speed, average pace, number of steps, step rate, heart rate average and max (I haven't bought the monitor yet), calories burned, what songs I listened to, what picture I photographed along the way and what my route looked like on Google. Who could ask for anything more? You are welcome to see my workouts at <link>www.sports-tracker.com </link> . In the people search... Mon, 29 Nov 2010 15:22:17 EST A Pleasant Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3771823 Once or twice a year, I am called for Reserve Duty in the I.D.F. I am a former Paratrooper and have been serving in Cavalry Recon for the past 16 years. Reserve Duty is either one to two weeks of maneuvers, or three to four weeks of active security work. I am scheduled for a week of maneuvers soon, and the timing puts a damper on many things in my life; my wife and two daughters, my new job (started last week), and my new Spark program (started on Oct. 30). Yesterday, I received notificat... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 01:55:53 EST A New Chapter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3750528 This is what happened: <BR> <BR> After deciding not to continue with school, I told Ofer (my brother-in-law and boss for the last 3 ½ years) that I was planning to return to the factory and that it would happen in about a month. He told me that he had an idea for me, but would have to seek approval by the new CEO for the past half-year, who was out of town at the time and would return after a few days. After not hearing from Ofer for a while, and figuring that the CEO had returned, I calle... Sat, 30 Oct 2010 17:32:15 EST