DDHEART's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DDHEART DDHEART'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/ We'll Never Be The Same Again............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5767470 But do we even want to be? <BR> <BR> As we go through life, changes happen. We tend to think about a lot of the changes that accompany age as being negative but really they are just different not necessarily bad. <BR> <BR> If I knew then what I know now, I would have appreciated my younger self. I should have appreciated the body I resided in at 25 and taken care of it in a manner that it deserved. However, at that time, I was (as always) super critical of my body and too busy (the excus... Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:51:43 EST Does a trophy need to be gilt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5756813 I haven't run a race in a long time. Injuries kept me from the road races and common sense said that recreational running was more appropriate....for a while. LOL <BR> <BR> Of course, one sure way to get me to do anything is to call it a mini spark reunion. And that my friends is what happened. Wascallywone had a change in plans and was looking for something to do this weekend. Catantigo, her daughter and her sisters were going to be doing the Tater Trot so it was a natural. Two years ... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:25:34 EST HELP!!!!! I'm a prisoner! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750350 I love my technology! <BR> <BR> Access to internet has allowed me to make friends I would have otherwise never met. <BR> <BR> When you live in the sticks, being able to shop, research and educate is like a gift. <BR> <BR> My fitbit flex nudges me to move even though I can only dream of catching up to Janet. LOL And my Garmin runs with me like the best running buddy....warning me to slow or pushing me to speed up and cheering me on when I make my distance for the day or when I study my lo... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:35:09 EST Pardon My Random Thoughts............ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5746434 They say the most powerful sex organ is the brain. <BR> <BR> Hmmmmm...... <BR> <BR> I say the most powerful tool we have for making changes in our lives, is our brain. <BR> <BR> I was thinking on Wednesday's run " how many times have I done this?" The route I was running certainly but I was really thinking about my efforts to lose weight or change my habits. I couldn't remember exactly when dieting became a regular part of my life but I could remember it being a major part of my life in ... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:13:02 EST On to Plan B http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741446 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/4/l942556216.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> I worked with a dear friend who was so good at turning a frown upside down. It was a big trip on the rail cars so we brought him in to be chef and I served as his sous chef along with my on board services management duties. <BR> <BR> It was one of those trips when the challenges occurred at an ever increasing rate. This was not uncommon on these trips. Using vintage rail equipment comes with almost gu... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:09:11 EST A Monster Lurks............... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735230 It's early morning. As I walk through the kitchen this morning I am filled with dread. I know, based on many other mornings, that a monster lurks in my home. <BR> <BR> I approach with caution. Tentatively nudge the sleeping beast with my toe and it comes to life. Sigh.... Carefully, and most warily I step onto the back of the beast....hold my breath....Eeeeeeeek!!!!!!!!!!!!! There it is! The monster snarls.....and I crumble......... <BR> You guessed it...the monster is an innocent appe... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:57:18 EST Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730863 We can leave the past behind us but the past will not leave us...Robert Timmens, Larkrise. <BR> <BR> Every month I set goals for myself. This month I have decided to spend time each day working on forgiveness. <BR> <BR> Starting with myself, as we can only forgive others if we first forgive ourselves. <BR> <BR> Forgive myself for being human with faults and strengths. For mistakes I have made and those I will continue to make. Forgiveness for those things I have done with intent and tho... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 21:12:17 EST Stop That! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727641 Emotions. <BR> <BR> In a blink of an eye, a good day can go bad or a bad day can go good. More often than not the impetus for change is an emotion. <BR> <BR> The other day, while taking a walk, one of those stupid exchanges happened between my husband and myself. I had been talking about a book I am reading, something another person asked me to read as it relates to the lake and our efforts to maintain it's health and beauty. I found the writing style of the author annoying at times wh... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 09:54:28 EST THE ZEN OF COOKING & OTHER RANDOM THOUGHTS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5722124 I decided this morning after reading a friend's blog post on intuitive eating that I should make all my bites today a creative effort so that my dining satisfaction starts during the prep and continues through the appreciation of the appearance, aroma and taste. <BR> <BR> Thanks Janet for giving rise to this thought. <BR> <BR> Of course my first meal which happened to be fresh strawberries stirred into Greek yogurt wasn't very creative nor did it require any artistic cooking ability. LOL... Fri, 20 Jun 2014 12:36:51 EST In the Beginning................ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717761 Recently, my friend CATANTIGO hinted that she wanted me to post a blog on how I started running. <BR> <BR> I suspect that what she really was asking was " Why on earth did you start running?" LOL <BR> <BR> I've been thinking about this for a few days now and here's the story, Cat. <BR> <BR> Like so many things, I didn't set out to run. <BR> <BR> When I joined Sparkpeople, the focus to what i was eating helped me to lose some weight initially. My husband and I were in the habit of daily... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:29:46 EST What I Deserve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716305 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2085430530.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> Today's Garfield comic says it all, I think. LOL Thu, 12 Jun 2014 08:23:02 EST Wanting....and when things are so right. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714202 " I wanted it so badly, I could taste it!" <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> One of the reasons I don't totally ban any particular food or drink is that when we make something taboo, it becomes so very attractive and soon our minds can obsess to the point of wanting so bad....we can taste it. And sadly, that taste doesn't satisfy it only whets the appetite more. <BR> <BR> But I've been thinking about this expression for a different reason. <BR> <BR> Setting smart goals is a very importa... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:39:09 EST Unintentional Lies And The Truth Teller http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5708317 I don't lie. <BR> <BR> Maybe I should say I don't lie intentionally. I try to be honest with others. I fail to always be honest with myself. <BR> <BR> I'm sure I'm not alone in this. <BR> <BR> If you have ever told yourself you'll just have a taste, you didn't have THAT much to drink or eat, or those clothes shrunk (in the dryer or the closet-LOL) or, you burned lots of calories while shopping or running errands...then you have probably also lied to yourself. <BR> <BR> We don't mean to ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 19:28:51 EST S-T-R-E-S-S http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701659 S-tuff T-hat R-obs E-nergy & S-aps S-trength <BR> <BR> As I started out on my run today, I thought about stress in this way. <BR> <BR> I am a stress eater.....Ok Ok, I'm also a boredom eater, a celebration eater, I spent a life of self soothing with chocolate and ice cream....I like food....food is love......sigh. <BR> <BR> I am learning at the sweet young age of 62 to differentiate between my need for a hug and the need for a Hershey bar but sometimes I still have to have the choco... Fri, 23 May 2014 19:20:08 EST Why Do I Run? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696661 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2078110338.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I like this poster. It helps to define what I like about running. <BR> <BR> No, I know I won't convince the non- runners out there to take it up. But for me it has become a very much beloved thing that I can do. <BR> <BR> That's another thing I like about running. There's something about the challenge to yourself to do something. Competing against yourself is very satisfying. <BR> <BR> The biggest thing ab... Fri, 16 May 2014 21:54:39 EST A Late Spring Is............. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693711 Way, way back in the 70's, there were these cartoons, cards, mugs etc. with the tag line, Love is..........followed with some ooey gooey sentence completer like " a warm hug" or "a soft kitten". If you were around back then, you know the ones I'm talking about. <BR> <BR> The other day my mind started skitting about with the phrase............A late spring is............ <BR> <BR> Here are some of my completer sentences. <BR> <BR> 1-Glow in the dark legs. <BR> <BR> 2-Time to get the brush... Mon, 12 May 2014 21:28:51 EST I Owe You! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668301 To all my friends who patiently listened to me whine about this long winter, I figure I owe you a spring blog. <BR> <BR> Oh, and except for a brief mention or two, it won't be about running! LOL <BR> <BR> The winter here in Northern Wisconsin seems to be finally losing it's grip. We've been enjoying some warmer weather and yes, I have been out for some runs. <BR> <BR> Now, the whiny runner in me hasn't been totally happy with my runs but that's because she has a tendency to expect to be ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:44:50 EST "It's Not Difficult To Do The Right Thing" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664344 This morning I was watching a movie on TV. Yes, that is one of my guilty pleasures. LOL <BR> <BR> The movie I was watching this morning was I believe, "Confession". The story was about a lawyer who was defending a man who shot and killed 3 hospital ER workers who had failed to "care enough" to see his ill son fast enough to save the boy's life. <BR> <BR> On the surface, this would not sound like an uplifting movie, but as is often the case, there is more to a story than first thought. ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 13:27:21 EST Celebrating Spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653044 Yesterday as I read Coach Nicole's DailySpark Blog, I thought..."Oh Really?" <BR> <BR> It was a first day of spring entry, timely and it did show a number of nice things we might want to spark up our spring fitness lives. <BR> <BR> What had made me question of course, is that in this latitude, the polar vortex doesn't seem to be done with us! When I read that there had already been a couple of days in the 70's where she is, I sighed. We had a snowstorm on the 19th. Our weather pattern ... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:15:33 EST Healthy Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650197 For some time now, I have been trying to follow a number of healthy habits. <BR> <BR> The emphasis in that sentence is on the word "trying". My friends would be the first to report that I don't always succeed in doing that, except that you are all too polite to do so. LOL <BR> <BR> I admit it. I am not perfect! Far from it! <BR> <BR> But, I DO try. Eating balanced, healthy meals most of the time. Weighing and measuring my food most of the time. Maintaining an active lifestyle incl... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 18:27:39 EST How Crazy Is This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642104 I am sitting at my desk, having packed up my laptop. There is a suitcase and a cooler in the hall just outside the office door. The car is already loaded with my sparkrecipe flax seed muffins...blueberry, strawberry, cherry and apricot. My wine, and some soda, water and my dinner contribution all set to go. <BR> <BR> Why so much preparation? Why so much excitement? <BR> <BR> I'm heading out to a sparkteam meet. We haven't managed to all be able to make it but enough of the team that ... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 11:13:31 EST March on! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636346 I haven't posted too many blogs this winter have I? <BR> <BR> For that matter, I haven't logged too many miles either. Gulp <BR> <BR> No coincidence there....I often compose these posts in my mind while I run, but inside while I try to do what I can without dying of boredom and cutting the workouts short.....well I go the mindless route, watching something entertaining and thinking about....nothing. <BR> <BR> Today was a Johnny Carson DVD. Worth the mindlessness since I believe strongly... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:09:22 EST Dip me! DIP ME! Please Dip Me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633313 I woke up this morning hearing a tiny voice saying dip me...it was soon joined by a choir of little voices saying DIP ME!! <BR> <BR> Those strawberries I bought yesterday are noisy little (big) critters! LOL <BR> <BR> Now, I love all that beautiful fruit of course and it's delish all by itself with little or no adornment.....but big beautiful berries are just made to be dipped into dark chocolate! At least for me. The combination of two of the most luscious, decadent things............... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:14:29 EST It's so easy to make me smile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632871 Our house is rarely devoid of fresh fruits and vegetables. I have always loved my fruits and vegetables but since I started paying attention to the rainbow on my plate, this has become even more so. <BR> <BR> At 1AM this morning, I finished off the last of the fresh pineapple in the fridge, the big bowl on the coffee table had only 3 cuties left in it. My shopping list on the counter had been growing steadily and today, since we needed to drive to Green Bay, I planned to remedy my fresh fr... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:58:18 EST Hope? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622524 A friend sent some pictures today....actually this friend who has been in Hawaii for weeks, has been sending photos almost daily...but today the photos were different. No orchids, no scenic tropical views and no frosted glasses dressed with pineapple. <BR> <BR> My favorite is perhaps something filled with hope. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1145006254.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> It was warmer today and I enjoyed my walk, but it will be some time before I get to s... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:40:02 EST Just a little humor on a cold day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620375 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2070421763.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Of course, this would be funnier if it weren't true! LOL Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:04:32 EST Maybe Struggling is a good thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616184 A few days ago the big reveal occurred when the groundhogs saw their shadows. <BR> <BR> Big surprise! They predicted six more weeks of winter. LOL <BR> <BR> Now, 6 weeks from February 2nd takes us right to the middle of March. I live in Northern Wisconsin, Spring never really arrives before the middle of March. Oh, we've had years when we've had some wonderful spring thaws but in general, Spring doesn't usually arrive before the date you'll see noted on your calendar as the first da... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 18:28:50 EST Something Wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5601560 What motivates you? <BR> <BR> I know that what motivates me can vary. Sometimes I am most motivated by someone else, either by their success story or by their struggles. I find it very motivating to be able to help someone else. I guess that means I am motivated by things that make me feel good. No, I don't feel good that others struggle but I can feel good if I can somehow help. <BR> <BR> The same is true about the good feeling I get from exercise. I may not always want to work out bu... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:46:40 EST All That Glitters Is Not Gold http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593695 I am fortunate to have a lot of sparkfriends and team mates who encourage and applaud. <BR> <BR> As this year started out, I received many compliments about my level of motivation and energy. I appreciate all these kind comments, but I must remind you that "all that glitters, is not gold". <BR> <BR> I was born in the middle of a snowstorm. One might think that starting life in that manner would prepare an individual for the rigors of winter and that I could welcome the season and all it h... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:53:18 EST Treadmills & Mini tramps, Ellipticals and I-Tunes....Oh My! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580982 Baby it's cold outside! <BR> <BR> It's not enough of a challenge to be facing the post holiday "get back on track" period. We've got to have this bitter cold weather that makes getting outside for some exercise much harder. What's a person to do? <BR> <BR> Well, I have many indoor options available to me as most of us do. <BR> <BR> I can hop on the mini tramp for a "jog" It's not as good as the real thing, but it works. <BR> <BR> We found a gym we can use at a local high school. It'... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:07:37 EST 14 in 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578409 A great friend of mine mentioned a challenge to do 14 new or different things in this year of 2014. She likewise had gotten the idea from another friend....we're like pebbles creating circles in a pond aren't we? <BR> <BR> I liked the idea right away and decided to create a thread on the North Central Wisconsin team and we now have some other team members doing the same thing. One of the things I liked about this idea is that the list is totally individual. Now, I see that one nice unanti... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 19:05:22 EST Old Year's Retrospective http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576498 It's December 31st. Tomorrow we start a new year. <BR> <BR> Not one to make New Year's Resolutions but I find it helpful always to look back on the year just past and see where I've been so I can know where I'm going. <BR> <BR> I searched back through my blog posts and found that I made a post on Jan 1st that talked about my goals for 2013. Here they are. <BR> <BR> 2013 <BR> <BR> 365 days <BR> <BR> The general goal is to stay fit, to maintain my weight and perhaps to even lose 10... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:12:49 EST All I Want For CHRISTMAS........... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565685 At first glance, one might think I have strayed away from my theme of danger blogs this month. <BR> <BR> The danger on my mind today is related to a disconnect that can occur between what I want for my healthy lifestyle and what I just plain want. <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> The broad outline of what I want for my health is to be fit, to obtain/maintain a healthy weight, to keep those measures of health like cholesterol levels, BP etc. where I and my Doctor want them. I want to live a long ... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:00:35 EST THE FORMATION OF A HABIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5563453 Today's blog post isn't a Danger Blog though it could be. The habits we form can be good for our healthy lifestyle or they can be detrimental. <BR> <BR> A bit ago when my cold was at it's worst, I wrote about the night time eating I was doing. My coughing would awaken me and eating seemed to be one of the only things that would settle it down and soothe the throat. Oh, I took cold medicine and I drank enough hot lemon water and tea to float a boat, but I also had that "feeling sorry for m... Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:25:46 EST Not Just a Big Bore....A Dangerous Bore! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5562098 Yesterday afternoon, we went to the gym and followed our workout time with a stop for dinner at a nice little restaurant in that town. I had thought about this earlier in the day and was focused on making a fairly good menu choice. <BR> <BR> One nice thing about running for me, even if it's a TM run, is that my appetite is blunted and fresh in my mind is the reason I do all this so making healthy choices is generally easier for me. <BR> <BR> This little restaurant has a nice menu. We or... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:48:35 EST When Comfort is Dangerous http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561185 Since I've been writing holiday letters, I was reminded of something a great old friend of mine used to joke about. <BR> <BR> One day at work, my friend said...."It's just not fair! When we were kids, all the women of a certain age were expected to wear those shapeless house dresses or billowy tops with stretch band waists. I was looking forward to the day when I could hide my body in those comfortable, shapeless clothes! Here we are almost to that age and we are supposed to wear clothes... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:12:47 EST Too Much Of ANYTHING Can Be A Dangerous Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559723 Oh Boy do we know this when it comes to some of our trigger foods! <BR> <BR> I don't believe in totally banning any food so pizza, chocolate and ice cream have had a place in my diet. That being said, you all know that it has to be a matter of portion control and also it can't happen every day! <BR> <BR> What we often don't think of is that moderation needs to be practiced in every aspect of our lives. While it's true that it's much harder to over indulge in calories when we eat fruits ... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 11:39:45 EST Danger #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559030 When we're ill or injured, it is good to take it easy. Maybe pamper ourselves a bit. <BR> <BR> The danger lies in beginning to wallow in self pity. (you knew I had to talk about that didn't you?) <BR> <BR> It seems there can be a fine line between taking care of ourselves and starting to feel sorry for ourselves. <BR> <BR> When a runner can't run for whatever reason, the danger is high. <BR> <BR> Oh sure, there are exercises we can do to maintain some of our fitness that don't re... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 11:34:36 EST Dangerous Behaviors http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557480 Yesterday when I posted my blog, I knew that it would help to focus my efforts to fight the monster that was possessing me in the wee hours of the night. <BR> <BR> I also knew that I would hear from my friends who would gently prod me in the right direction. <BR> <BR> That blog post did both things just as expected. <BR> <BR> Today, and perhaps in some upcoming days, I thought I should comment on some dangerous behaviors and contrast those behaviors with wiser choices. <BR> <BR> The fir... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 09:52:24 EST I need an exorcist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5556683 My cold IS getting better. At times it doesn't seem so and when I tire in the afternoon, the coughing drives me insane, but I know I'm getting better. <BR> <BR> For one thing, I don't find it necessary to take cold medicines all day long. <BR> <BR> Another point is that I have been able to increase my step count and daily activity steadily. <BR> <BR> No, I wouldn't be able to run. Walking uphill requires a great deal more respiratory effort than normal. But, I have been walking uphi... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 09:49:15 EST This has to be the worst http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5548329 I've had a bad cold and I've been hating being sick. <BR> <BR> There are a lot of bad things about a bad cold. <BR> <BR> Coughing. Every move you make brings on spasms of coughing that actually cause pain in the chest wall muscles and back and abdomen. <BR> <BR> Sore throat. <BR> <BR> Plugged tubes in your ears. Feeling as though your head is underwater. <BR> <BR> Sinuses that are chock full of yuck causing pain in your head and even the skin on your face. <BR> <BR> No energy. <BR... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 10:27:30 EST Can I Harness the Power For Good, Not Evil? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536595 The mind is a powerful thing. When we say we can't we often set up the failure. When we say I can............anything is possible. <BR> <BR> I have been struggling with thoughts related to my health. I have told myself I am not going to worry. I have said 'ce sera sera. But it's hard to rid your thoughts of negative things. It's very hard not to obsess. <BR> <BR> The question of the day is, Can I harness the power of my mind for good rather than evil? LOL <BR> <BR> OK, I won't hav... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 13:24:09 EST Must be the Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535857 The sun is shining and the temp has risen all the way up to 39 degrees, and yet.............. <BR> <BR> It's a day that feels like curling up with a good book or a movie. <BR> <BR> Hmmmmm.....must be the season. <BR> <BR> Our lake is visited by a lot of migrating birds at this time of year. Our loons have left us already and though we always see ducks and geese, there are many more of them and many varieties as well. It is autumn and winter is fast approaching. <BR> <BR> And I....se... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 13:52:05 EST Life is Short http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529948 I've been thinking about this for the last few days. <BR> <BR> Life is short. Life is too short. <BR> <BR> We often say this as a justification for indulging in something we wish to have. <BR> <BR> Life is too short to not enjoy this chocolate. Life is too short to not have that cookie. <BR> <BR> I don't believe in denying myself anything really but it is important to make smart choices and to have the thing that really is special.....and enjoy it. That's different than mindlessly nosh... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 10:13:44 EST Keeping a Promise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5526619 I have been having trouble this morning uploading some pictures so we'll try this again. <BR> <BR> First some pictures I took one morning earlier this month. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l297276886.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't know how well this will show, but the morning dew had collected on some spider webs and it just looked so interesting. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/8/l886139066.jpg"> <BR> <BR> More recently, I got myself my ... Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:04:41 EST And it's time to think about new goals............... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523783 After meeting my mileage goal, I immediately started thinking about.... what next? <BR> <BR> It was easy to make another mileage goal. After all, this was fun. <BR> <BR> So the calculator pulled out. Just a quick little bit of math. If I averaged only 15 miles a week I would log 780 miles in one year and extending that out to the end of 2014, it should be very doable to get to the 2000 mile mark. Now, I usually run more miles per week than that but by using this number to calculate, ... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 10:08:00 EST OVERTURE! CURTAIN, LIGHTS.................... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522282 This is IT! I've hit the heights! LOL <BR> <BR> Today's run took me just above my October mileage goal and now it's time to tell the rest of the story. <BR> <BR> Three years and 2 months ago, I wore my Garmin Forerunner for the first time. I had bribed myself to do a streak of strength training with the Garmin being my reward. I wanted this gadget to aide in my training, but most importantly to more accurately measure my mileage. I started using it, of course, before I had even read al... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:27:42 EST I'm NOT a Bear! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520258 When I posted my last blog, many of my friends confirmed that I am not alone in lying or perhaps rationalizing to myself. JLITT reminded me that it's that time of year when we are faced with the primal urge to bulk up for the coming winter. That must be true as it seems a lot of us are struggling against this primal urge. <BR> <BR> This got me thinking of course...the best part of sharing with our sparkfriends is that someone will always have a thought producing comment for us. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:02:13 EST WHY DO I LIE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5518563 WHY DO I LIE? <BR> <BR> DO I LIE? <BR> <BR> DO I MEAN TO? <BR> <BR> WHO DOES IT HURT? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> The answers to these questions are intertwined. <BR> <BR> WHY...............lying to myself happens without intent. I don't ALWAYS lie, but it happens like this...................I step on the scale in the morning. My weight is up. I immediately pause to think. What have I been doing? Is this real wt gain or is it something else? Sometimes, like today, I have an immediate ans... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 14:22:29 EST 10-16 and just 16 or this is what commitment looks like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515245 This morning it was still raining. It rained all day yesterday and of course, rain is such a painful thing for me, but last evening as I folded and put away laundry, I set out my running clothes for today. I knew I wouldn't feel like running if it was raining so I wanted to have a visual reminder of my commitment to this months goal. <BR> <BR> So, as I said, it was raining still this morning and as expected I could feel the rain in most of my joints but there on the chair in the bedroom, s... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:01:43 EST