DDOORN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DDOORN DDOORN'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/ Great Ride and Great Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742461 Today's ride paled in many ways to the wonderful ride back in October 2011, but there were enough parallels to bring back the memories and yet to enjoy the people with whom I was riding today. <BR> <BR> Here is the route for today's ride: <BR> <BR> <link>ridewithgps.com/trips/3034307 </link> <BR> <BR> 30-some miles, fairly flat, easy-peasy...but a great ride for me to pump it up and feed my need for speed and satisfy that cravin' for pavin' and yearnin' for burnin'! :-) <BR> <BR> HERE... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:18:43 EST Michigan: The Rest of Vacation & Some Archeology... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5741800 This was a most challenging week of re-entry after vacation, hence a delay in posting the "rest of the story"...! <BR> <BR> I was truly blessed with some of the BEST weather during my time in Michigan, especially on the important days of our reunion and our party for my father's 80th birthday. <BR> <BR> Here is a picture of my father standing WAY way up on the new "overlook" recently built in New Buffalo which takes one out into the nature preserves. We were down on the lower trail looking ... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:58:57 EST Rag In The Bag: Michigan Travels! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736218 So in line with the shedding of the "bubble" I've been enjoying tossing a rag in the bag (pannier), hopping on my bike and reconnecting with new friends, old friends and family out Michigan way. <BR> <BR> After spending the night with a very close friend with whom we shared our MSW years at Michigan State University I got on the bike for old times sake to tool around campus as I used to do way back in 1976-80 (the Magic Johnson-Gregory Kelser years!). Hardly recognized parts of the area in E... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:19:25 EST Bubble No More! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723650 Today I decided I will not live in a bubble any longer and Eliquis (my anti-coagulant) was NOT going to keep me off the bike! A friendly nudge from 4-A-HEALTHY-BMI pointed me in the direction of this blog: <BR> <BR> <link>afibrunner.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/<BR>what-activities-are-safe-while-on-anti<BR>coagulants/ </link> <BR> <BR> While I know there are bike club members on anti-coagulants who ride and it's been in the back of my mind if the anti-coagulant was going to be long term tha... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:12:55 EST To My SparkFamily: I Just Wanna Say... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721711 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCDWMqWZbqQ </link> <BR> <BR> I <BR> <BR> Am <BR> <BR> BACK! <BR> <BR> My night opened up: totally free to head to the fitness center and see what I could cook up...and had an AWESOME workout! <BR> <BR> Although my music didn't really grab me during my full set of upper body strength training...2 sets of 12 apiece 'round all the weight gizmos, once I moved on to the spin bike? I was sizzlin'! <BR> <BR> The music finally took me by the collar and MOVED ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 22:47:13 EST 1st Day of Experiment: Definite Improvement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720977 Thank you to everyone for your wonderful support, suggestions and for being "with me" through my struggles! <BR> <BR> I skipped my Ramipril last night and experienced a noticeable uptick in my energy today. Not running any races, but there was more focus, energy and ability to be more truly "with" others. My elliptical workout reflected progress as well. Not that it really ever suffered that badly. In 30 mins. I typically run around 425 calories supposedly burned...not that I believe the num... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:31:11 EST Deep In The Valley of "meh" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720193 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1631765527.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Apologies for dropping out of the Spark-iverse as I have, but this has been a month of torture. I haven't had anything of value to say to anyone. Although I have much that I could rant endlessly about, I haven't had the energy to do that NOR could I see the benefit in passing along all of my bottom-feeding, soul-rending, deeply dark and cruel bashing of myself and the whole wide world. <BR> <BR> I have been very... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 22:08:41 EST Vehicle Inspection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697941 Both of our household cars are up for their annual vehicle inspection this month, which is about to become even more crazy/busy than it already has. So I decided to do a two-fer today and bring them both into my auto shop. <BR> <BR> One person, two vehicles...hmmm...okay, I've been slacking a bit lately on my workouts due to bicycling events attended in which I couldn't participate...twice this week. So I knew I needed to kick it back into gear today. <BR> <BR> Dropped off vehicle #1 and si... Sun, 18 May 2014 22:12:59 EST Jog Along the RiverWalk With Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691123 DOGLADY13 lived in the Binghamton area for a number of years and asked about some parts of the downtown area through which I've been jogging a lot recently. <BR> <BR> So I thought for a change I would take along my phone and take some pics of my route which takes me from my fitness center (Riverwalk Athletic Center, part of the DoubleTree Hotel) along the RiverWalk trail downtown Binghamton, over the Washington St. Bridge which is closed to traffic and only for pedestrian / cycling use and ... Fri, 9 May 2014 08:50:34 EST Be the SPARK You Want to See in the World! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689624 Riffing off a couple of fellow super blogsters, HILLSLUG98239 & ONEKIDSMOM: <BR> <BR> Success is not an accident <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684308 </link> <BR> <BR> How did you get started? <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688298 </link> <BR> <BR> HILLSLUG98239 struggles with others being jealous of her accomplishments and wonders why intelligent people can't put 2 + 2 together and j... Wed, 7 May 2014 09:32:03 EST Lycra Busting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688662 Oh, but there WAS new territory forged after all! <BR> <BR> I forgot to mention another change: way back when I started wearing bicycle shorts I decided: Nobody is ever going to see me out in public wearing such lycra / spandex! <BR> <BR> So I covered up my bike shorts with regular shorts. <BR> <BR> Since I discovered a few weeks ago that I actually managed to fit into the spandex-lycra-style bike club jersey I've toyed with the thought: hmm...perhaps I could "get away" with wearing my bi... Tue, 6 May 2014 07:09:44 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688469 Hmm...been busy lately with mostly good stuff happening, but for whatever reason it hasn't really come together as blogs usually do for me. So I'm just gonna rattle on with what's been happening. I think it's related to not having pushed the envelop in any significant way lately...no overly-inspiring thoughts or experiences, perhaps? <BR> <BR> Getting ready for my Binghamton Bridge Run 5K yesterday has been enjoyable...going outside and jogging for an hour at a time several times a week ove... Mon, 5 May 2014 22:39:02 EST Easter Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676932 After enjoying a breakfast out together as a family my DS joined me on a hike through one of our local parks soaking up all the sunshine and nature. Despite this park (Chenango Valley State Park) being practically in my back yard, we don't visit it often enough. My son did the honor of snapping some lovely pics which I'll share. Not sure how the panoramic shots will appear, but will give it a whirl! <BR> <BR> First is the area around golf course (a panoramic shot): <BR> <BR> <img src="http... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:46:14 EST What Goes Around... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676047 A few years ago my neighbor was duly impressed by my health efforts and getting into bicycling. So he reclaimed what was once an interest of his in the past (cycling) and got back on the bike himself. Soon he was biking with his son and other friends and relatives. His forte is mountain biking while mine is road cycling, so our paths, despite being neighbors, haven't crossed too often. <BR> <BR> Over recent years I've noticed many folks coming around to his place talking bikes and bikes com... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:51:44 EST 3 Days, 3 Hour-Long Jogs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672643 These past few days have been such an amazing spring preview, with temps in the 70s, that I simply could not resist putting myself right out there and jogging to soak it all up before the hammer falls tonight dropping to 18 chilly degrees with snow yet one more time. <BR> <BR> But: Holy quads afire I've got a good aching soreness that comes from working different muscles. Each year I re-discover how differently one works muscles with running as opposed to my usual spin bikes and elliptical w... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:56:04 EST When I Grow Up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671813 I had such a wonderful jog yesterday in my favorite local park, Dorchester: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l796574783.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I maintained my jogging gait as I went up the ridge to jog along the top of the dam...the same angle as this photo was taken. This ridge is such a GLORIOUS place to be in the part as one is right on top of the dam which creates the lake you see on the one side and on the other side you see the valley of Whitney Point and its scho... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:45:31 EST Salty Upper Lip: Prepping for 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670801 We've been graced by stupendous spring-into-summer-like weather this weekend and EVERYBODY'S heading outdoors! Today I began in earnest to prepare for the Binghamton Bridge Run, my only 5K of the year...good timing since I am still taking the anti-coagulant and am staying off the bike. <BR> <BR> So I focus on jogging...or fast-walking...lol! <BR> <BR> One voice told myself before heading out to our Vestal Rail - Trail to jog 4 miles: first of the season, take it easy, it's okay if you need... Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:56:31 EST Safety Not Guaranteed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659982 I just have to give this movie one of the most heart-felt shout outs and and jump up & downs I've had over a movie in a long, long time. I knew way back when it came out that this was going to be a special movie. Check out the reviews below and see the trailer on YouTube: <BR> <BR> <link>www.rottentomatoes.com/m/safety_not_<BR>guaranteed/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1862079/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=73jSnAs7mq8 </link> <BR> <BR> FINALLY o... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 11:31:46 EST The OTHER NSA: Pile With A Smile! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659664 I've enjoyed getting back into the swing of things at Spinning Class this week along with some nice walk / jogs outside now that the temps are rounding the bend again and warming up some. <BR> <BR> Rather than naming these Non-Scale Victories as is often spoken about 'round these parts, I prefer to consider them Non-Scale Awarenesses (NSA)...not necessarily a whoop for joy but a smile of appreciation and a valuing the progress that I am making. Doubly so in that I appreciate the progress no... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:25:33 EST Working the Spark: The Pay-Offs Keep Rolling In! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654959 Today started off with a bang when I hit my new low weight of the year...woo hoo! Only 17 pounds away from my goal of 200! <BR> <BR> I had already had a plan to clear the closet of all my old clothes that are really too big. I don't want ANYTHING around to make it easy to backslide! <BR> <BR> However little did I know what treasures I would find among the SMALLER clothes that I had forgotten I had outgrown! VERY nice stuff! And I'm re-kindling the fun and self-satisfaction of being able to ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:14:02 EST Quiet Leadership http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648643 Another member inspired my blog for today when she pondered the fact that others considered her to be a "leader" but she wasn't so comfortable thinking of herself in that way...it didn't seem to "fit" her perception of herself. Here were the thoughts I shared, plus a little "bonus"... <BR> <BR> "Leader" is one of those tricky words isn't it? Often we can think of a leader as a General Patton taking the bull by the horns and barking out orders. <BR> <BR> But I prefer to think of a leader as ... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:41:35 EST Another First! Thanks & Shout Out to Our SparkFamily! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647559 Thank you everyone for all of your TREMENDOUS support which pushed one of my recent blogs ("A Change in Perspective: Preparing for Maintenance") toward achieving my very first Popular Blog Post award! <BR> <BR> It's not only a super day for this reason alone, but have notched down in another couple of ways that have me psyched as well: 1) I've crossed another big number by dropping below 220, which would be 100 pounds below where I started when joining SparkPeople in 2007 and 2) This led me ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:55:03 EST First Day of Spring! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645724 Who cares what the calendar sez? Who cares that we're gonna get DUMPED on with another half foot of snow tomorrow? <BR> <BR> Today was truly the first day of spring! 50+ degrees and sunshine / blue skies EVERYWHERE! A nice, teensy NSV was to decide instead of pulling my long-sleeved t-shirt down over my jeans I was going to tuck it in! I have forever pulled my shirts down, figuring somehow it hid the fat better? Silly me...! But hey, as I trim I figure I have less and less reason to be self-... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:02:22 EST Breathing In & Breathing Out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643134 Sending a big shout out of appreciation and thanks to everyone for your support on my last blog! Took you all "with" me on my latest medical journey which went very smoothly. <BR> <BR> The ablation was completed Thursday, bumping my HR back up to 55-60, however due to my heart still dropping beats it was going to be pacemaker time after all. I was relieved as I figured I'd only likely have to return within the near future to have it done. One twofer special coming right up! <BR> <BR> So Fri... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 20:17:15 EST Heart School http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639336 I've had this absolutely weird, humorous preoccupation with this old "Far Side" cartoon ever since I knew another intervention was going to be necessary to correct my heart rhythm: <BR> <BR> <link>jerrytravis.blogspot.com/2011/11/tut<BR>ored.html </link> <BR> <BR> So here's how I've twisted that chuckle to "fit" my circumstances: "Hey Biff, I'm going off to the hospital to get my heart "schooled" so it beats right!" :-) <BR> <BR> I've been WAY pleased with my weight loss efforts lately.... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 09:26:49 EST A Change in Perspective: Preparing for Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636066 One of our members of "At Goal and Maintaining" SparkTeam recently expressed worries about relapse and "obsessing" over food. This got me thinking about some of the changes in my thinking since 2014 began. <BR> <BR> I once upon a teensy sliver of time reached my goal of 200 only a few years ago in 2010 and am clawing my way back to goal again (SHEESH but the pounds are getting stubborn, but I'm MORE stubborn!) but with a different attitude this time around that I think will pull me through t... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:04:29 EST Ablating We Will Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633427 Well my "electrician" or more formally, electrophysiologist got right down to business and scheduled me for my cardiac ablation next week! I'm pleased to get going on this and am hopeful that I'll be putting this behind me so that I can hit the roads on my bike this year just like any other! <BR> <BR> The way that I understand the procedure is that he will be zapping (with a radiofrequency catheter up through the groin) the electrical current in my heart to see if it restores a proper rhythm... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:15:58 EST Nordic Swing Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631069 Sometimes a workout is just that: a WORK out! It just doesn't come easy and it just doesn't crank up those endorphins the way one would like. <BR> <BR> This morning was one of those mornings. The old upper body ST moves just weren't happening without a lotta OOF and there were no new increments of weight added...just the same-old, same-old. So after almost an hour of that I move on to Spinning Class for an hour. But again it just wasn't happening. I was going through the motions but none of... Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:53:53 EST Finally: Down To New Weight Loss Low for 2014! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629025 Beginning in January I've been on a zero-sugar, zero-grain approach and for the heckuvit I've been trying what some refer to as an intermittent fasting where I only eat from noon until 8-9 pm and leave myself food-free for around 16 hours. Keeping calories around 1400-1600 a day. <BR> <BR> During the first few weeks BAM! I dropped 20 pounds. I was thrilled, but I knew it wouldn't last...but but but...I've been almost totally flat for Feb. following the same approach that dropped all those i... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 09:23:34 EST Valentine's Day: The Heart...It's Complicated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623794 Here I was ready to march off and either zap ye olde heart or slap a pacemaker in and be good to go! <BR> <BR> Sadly no such simple solutions await... <BR> <BR> My EKG confirmed a return of the atrial flutter, however with some worsening features that make a solution tricky and outside the range of my current cardiologist's area of expertise. She is more of a "plumbing" sorta gal. Me? I need an electrician. My right atrium is not filling completely, nor is it emptying completely. The other... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 09:43:49 EST What Is It About February? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620209 It was a year ago when I had my atrial flutter and electrical heart block with low resting heart rates around 20-30 or so. Got my cardioversion zap and was finally taken off coumadin and cleared for no restrictions in my activities this past June. My resting heart rate was consistently in the 60s. <BR> <BR> I was warned, however, that this electrical gremlin might return and haunt my heart yet again. I got lax. Haven't been checking my heart rate. Last week after my fitness center workouts I... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:45:24 EST Holding Firm / Addiction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617331 The pounds they have grown stubborn, but I'm MORE stubborn and sticking with my zero sugar / zero grain approach. Also sticking with my 16 hour daily fasts and limiting my eating to the hours between noon & 8-9 pm. Calories varying between 1400-1600 mostly with occasional dips to 1200. <BR> <BR> I was impressed by Russell Brand's editorial comment about Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the lesson of addiction that he brings front and center to the world: <BR> <BR> "Like any drug addict I know ex... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 22:05:45 EST Stronger Than Food! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608954 I'm thinking of that old Ajax commercial: Stronger Than DIRT! <BR> <BR> Well this week began my "Season of Pain": <BR> <BR> ...all the "easy" pounds have been lost! <BR> <BR> While following a very similar food plan this week...the same plan that brought me nearly a one-pound-a-day loss during my first two weeks, I did a mid-week weigh-in and EEK! I was a pound UP! <BR> <BR> Now a calorie range of 1400-1600 doesn't seem all that luxurious, but I knew I was going to be SORELY disappointe... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:43:06 EST Food: Slowing Down and Savoring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606972 I've been trying to focus on savoring food that I eat. <BR> <BR> One of the best examples for me are natural almonds. I always keep them on hand in my car for snacking. However in the past I would mindlessly snack without limiting myself. <BR> <BR> Now I count out my 24 almonds for my single ounce and eat each almond by itself, cracking open the almond between my teeth and savoring the creamy, smooth inner flat between the halves and chew each half separately, taking in the flavor and tex... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 09:33:14 EST From Driven to Driver! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5602065 I've noticed another change in my thinking since beginning my re-set two weeks ago. <BR> <BR> First, a confession about a bad-old-habit I picked up along the way. Despite knowing logically that it is the easiest thing in the world to out-eat any workout, witness many long bike trips and events where I torch hundreds, perhaps THOUSANDS of calories yet still gain weight, I still carried that fallacy with me and allowed it to PROPEL me toward a workout compulsion where nary a day would pass wi... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 08:49:06 EST Killer Fact: 30-40 Percent of Health Care Spending in the U.S. Is Tied to Excess Sugar Consumption http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5599967 <link>www.alternet.org/food/killer-politic<BR>s-big-sugar </link> <BR> <BR> This is an extremely sobering article filled with very eye-opening information such as: <BR> <BR> “Basically, the U.S. healthcare system spends about $1 trillion per year (and possibly more) fighting the effects of excess sugar consumption.” <BR> <BR> "American politics are organized to protect corporate interests that make voters and taxpayers sick, and there is no better example: in a candy bar or a bowl of h... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:05:39 EST Better Scale-a-tude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597720 Felt like I needed a mid-week boost so I jumped on the scale...and three more pounds bite the dust! Beginning to feel my clothes loosen a bit, too. <BR> <BR> Yes, I know I won't always have that sort of pay-off, but here's a pay-off I'm planning to hold onto: using the scale as another friend in my journey! <BR> <BR> Alongside with hunger, self-support (as opposed to self-bashing) & numbers my scale sidles up to join the powerhouse pack! <BR> <BR> I used to play lots of games with the sc... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 08:17:29 EST Re-Set Pay-Off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594465 All righty...last week was my first weigh-in so THIS is my first week of seeing the pay-off: SEVEN POUNDS! <BR> <BR> Here are some of the numbers I'm seeing on the nutrition tracker: <BR> <BR> Daily calories totaling around 1400-1500 <BR> <BR> Daily carbs totaling around 130-150 <BR> <BR> Daily protein totaling around 80-100 <BR> <BR> What confidence boost to see that I really, truly *KNOW* what my body needs and can take control so effectively! <BR> <BR> Before going to sleep or when I... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:54:54 EST Rolling with my Re-Set! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5593481 I have really gotten rolling with my re-set: <BR> <BR> ---No sugar, no grains <BR> <BR> ---Eating only between noon - 8-9pm, resulting in a daily "fast" of 16 hours <BR> <BR> ---Tracking all food <BR> <BR> ---Weighing in weekly. <BR> <BR> I've avoided the latter two for too long and I don't wanna hit spring filled with coulda/shoulda/wouldas. Being at the upper limit of my clothes...nothing nudges me like THAT! <BR> <BR> The irony, which I'm able to take without self-bashing, is that ... Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:23:03 EST Re-Framing Hunger, My Best Buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589744 It was a late work day yesterday (heck today too!), after 8 pm when finished and I was HUNGRY! Way more than my usual hunger thus far in my re-set for the new year. But I thought of WATERMELLEN's advice from www.fatloser.com and Siebold's tip to welcome hunger as a sign that one's efforts are paying off and weight is being lost. <BR> <BR> I have an ancient, automatic response to hunger which says: FEED ME! <BR> <BR> I had to pick up some freggies and canned goods at the grocery store whi... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:36:46 EST CX Bounce Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583377 Well yesterday's allergy symptoms oddly let up enough for me to get a super night of sleep and woke up with hardly any symptoms other than an occasional runny nose. Whew! Glad that didn't hang on...I don't *do* sick very well, lol! <BR> <BR> Spent a couple hours getting my feet 'neath me again with cx skiing. Still so awkward...! always fighting my crappy balance...course that works my shoulders a lot, they're feeling the after-effects of all that heavy sticking with the poles to keep myself... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 19:01:48 EST Fighting to Kick the Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582370 I came across a surprising editorial in the New York Times by Mike Tyson during my 'net wanderings today. Although he focused on his recovery from alcohol / street drugs, I, on the other hand, honed right in to how closely his insights & experiences parallel my own junk (i.e. sugary, starchy) food addiction. <BR> <BR> Here is a link to his essay: <BR> <BR> Fighting to Kick the Habit <BR> ... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 21:38:09 EST Joining In The New Year Re-Set http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580065 I usually do my utmost NOT to join in with the crowd as I've always disliked the I'm-doing-it-cuz-everyone-is-doing-it mentality. <BR> <BR> As a result I've never been a fan of New Year's Resolutions. <BR> <BR> Well, this year will be an exception as I have backslid too much during the "dark months" and it is time to declare *ENOUGH!* <BR> <BR> Some of the thoughts / factors influencing me are: <BR> <BR> ---Reaching the upper end of tolerance for tight clothes. Thank goodness I gave away... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 21:57:27 EST Car Maintenance Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574143 What? Me work on my car? Not on your life...I'm woefully all-thumbs with most things mechanical as my wallet well-knows! <BR> <BR> But: the one thing I enjoy about taking my car to have work done is that the shop is just a few blocks from the upper end of one of my favorite and most-well-traveled local park with it's trail. I "almost" decided to attempt to cx ski, but figured with temps heading for mid-40s the snow would be too skimpy...and it was: I kidded with a fellow who was there doing ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 22:07:48 EST New Holiday Tradition! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5572619 I think I've started a new holiday tradition! What a super way to spend my Christmas! <BR> <BR> Community celebrates Christmas at Bandera family dinner: <BR> <BR> (hope this link works) <BR> <BR> <link>www.pressconnects.com/apps/pbcs.dll/<BR>article?AID=2013312260004&nclick_check=1 </link> <BR> <BR> I was one of the zillions of volunteers hustling to put together the meals that were delivered to the homebound. Pouring gallons of soup or gravy from bubbling cauldrons into smaller bucke... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 22:41:29 EST Hummus My Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5561930 Another member was curious about my home-made hummus which I posted about yesterday in my status. <BR> <BR> Well, I got sorta yacky in my response and figured why not share with others? :-) <BR> <BR> I found this recipe in SparkRecipes: <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=103857 </link> <BR> <BR> I liked the simplicity of it and the fact that it was a recipe that didn't require tahini as many of them do. Tahini can be hard to find and pricey. AND since... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 08:30:52 EST Contra Dance: Time for Some REAL Swinging! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541548 I keep waiting for a pocket of time to do this blog justice, however things are hopping such that I KNOW if I don't share it now my weekend is gonna just run away with itself and who knows WHEN I'll catch up with all of you! :-) <BR> <BR> First of all a follow up to my "workout weirdness": turns out my son has noticed the same thing happens to him when allergies kick up working out quiets them down. He said that pumping up our bodies during a workout just over-rides the allergies while our h... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 00:22:27 EST Workout Weirdness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532758 Lately I've been plagued by a lengthy bout of nasty allergies which have my eyes and nose running with periodic sneezing fits. I've been knocking off box after box of tissues...ugh! <BR> <BR> Yesterday was particularly nasty. But I remembered something from times past when this has occurred: becoming physically active seems to quiet down the symptoms. So I tested this theory by heading out for our power walk together with a co-worker yesterday. <BR> <BR> Sure enough, nary a sneeze or drip! ... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 09:29:41 EST Fading Tiger Paws http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5532465 This summer cycling season, after being cut loose by my cardiologist in June and taken off of Coumadin, was capped by two of the most special cycling accomplishments: 1) Cycling 'round the 1,000 Islands area of New York and Ontario with 15 of my bike club members and 2) Cycling 'round Cape Cod on my week-long self-supported tour with several other very special cyclists. <BR> <BR> One of the things I do when I ride is, whenever possible, I wear my Keen Sandals: <BR> <BR> <link>www.keenfoo... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 23:09:47 EST Somewhere In The Hills... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506457 Another wonderful weekend spent with fellow bike club members! Yesterday we had our bi-annual roadside clean up which our many hands wrapped up lickety-split and followed up with a quickie 20 mile ride to Whitney Point. It was more overcast yesterday and overnight it rained fairly hard...which accomplished exactly what I had hoped: a rain-free Sunday for more cycling! <BR> <BR> As it still looked and felt like it might possibly rain when I set out from my house at 9:30 a.m. I had this song o... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 22:53:26 EST