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/ Busting The Rust! 11th SparkVersary! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6482772 Sending a shout-out to STRIVERONE for his recent invitation to one of the latest bike club spring rides I've ever had. <BR> <BR> Three reasons why: <BR> <BR> 1) The weather's been atrociously cold and wet. Our spring has yet to really SPRING as we've been running 10-20 degrees below normal, which should be low 50s, <BR> <BR> 2) I have been allowing my private practice time to chew up my workout times (UGH!) <BR> <BR> 3) I have been plagued by serious arthritis pain in my right hip & knee... Sun, 15 Apr 2018 19:51:13 EST How Blue are YOU? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6470979 No, I'm not talking politics. <BR> <BR> I'm talking lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I have been fascinated by the research and stories surrounding what has been dubbed "Blue Zones" which are unique enclaves of people scattered around the globe who live extraordinarily long & happy lives. <BR> <BR> I think I've already referred to some of their stories in past blogs: <BR> <BR> The Island Where People Forget to Die: <BR> <link>www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/magazine/<BR>the-island-where-people-forget-to... Sat, 10 Mar 2018 17:49:09 EST Golden Sunshine Treat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6467127 This morning's walk was such a delicious treat! A crisp 27 degrees, but the sun was spreading through the sky as I stepped along. Not quite the spring I had in my step yesterday, however I was patient with myself, realizing a little soreness is to be expected when one embarks on a walking lifestyle. Especially when combined with my usual Monday fast (I zip the lip from Sunday evening until Tuesday lunch) and Monday evening spinning class. But this, I remind myself, is the GOOD sore! The pay-o... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:35:20 EST Spring Preview: Stepping Out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6466818 One of the things I love about my life these days (among SO many others...!) is that where I live, work, shop for groceries, fitness center and more are ALL located within a 2 mile radius. <BR> <BR> However, I've been poking at myself over this one niggling thing all winter long: <BR> <BR> Why am I DRIVING everywhere I need to GO?!? <BR> <BR> When I heard the next three days were going to be milder (40s & 50s) and sunny I took up a challenge for myself: <BR> <BR> I'm going to walk to wo... Mon, 26 Feb 2018 09:42:57 EST Re-Imagining Magic http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6455940 I don't believe in magic. <BR> <BR> That is what I have told myself and have told many people over the years. <BR> <BR> However, an article I came across from NPR today has me revising my beliefs. Perhaps I DO believe in magic after all! I often tell others that "I'm from Missouri, show me," I want proof! <BR> <BR> Well magic can be very simple and so self-evident and ever-present that we obliviously stumble over it, unaware of the beauty of everyday magic. <BR> <BR> <link>www.npr.org/s... Thu, 25 Jan 2018 21:39:15 EST Ch-ch-changes! Yet Steady with Maintenance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6417628 Okay, first I wrote a bit in response to a message board post in which the person was wondering about choosing calorie-counts that work for her, so I thought I would share that. <BR> <BR> Then, on to Big News (HUGE thanks to everyone popping in now & then with kind words of support)! <BR> <BR> Definitely the type of calories matter! <BR> <BR> We are all an experiment of one so I suggest you experiment and look at the difference between those two caloric intakes you mentioned and see what ... Tue, 3 Oct 2017 10:17:13 EST Still Sparkin' & Maintaining!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6380754 Still Sparkin' & Maintaining!! <BR> <BR> Maintaining weight...a little higher than I want but it's been sustainable...between 215-220. All time low was 207. Was hoping for 210 as a maintaining weight, but I'm okay with this. <BR> <BR> Been so darned BUSY though! Many changes at work as I claw my way toward retirement by end of October next year. Tara and I continue to grow our relationship and are heading out for a two week foray into the Mid-West...Chicago, Detroit, and my hometown area ar... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:20:46 EST Weight & How We Wrap Our Head Around It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276645 More about my astonishing feat of having gone this past year with only a 2# weight gain: <BR> <BR> I was flabbergasted as I have been very scale-averse this past year. At first I just didn't want to have "one more thing" to keep track of. I felt confident in my food choices, so who needs the scale, right? <BR> <BR> But as the year progressed it began to feel like I was gaining weight as I could swear my clothes were feeling tighter. I have to admit to feeling like an ostrich around the sca... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:42:01 EST Still Sparking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276258 Where to begin? How about a quick overview of this past year: last year around this time I weighed 212. This year? 214! Woo hoo! What a success!! My all-time low is 207, so this is really not bad at all...SO HAPPY! <BR> <BR> Why is that? This has been a most challenging year for changes in my life which shall mostly remain private for the time being. <BR> <BR> One of my big challenges has been work that has become totally unmanageable and I've allowed it for the most part to swallow up my w... Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:43:59 EST Quick Update...! MOTD? Moi? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6178144 Hey everyone, still Sparkin' away as best I can. <BR> <BR> Work challenges have cut into my workouts, but after these training webinars (I'd rather go get my teeth drilled...lol!) are over there should be some light at the end of the tunnel! <BR> <BR> I've had some weekend rides around 50 miles or so, but THIS weekend I'll be upping my game by heading to the Great Finger Lakes Bike Tour <BR> <BR> <link>https://sites.google.com/site/greatf<BR>ingerlakesbiketour/home </link> <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 7 Jun 2016 08:24:02 EST The Universe is Smiling Down On Me...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160023 Two weekends ago I had already planned to sort of double date with close friends (a couple) in the bike club who are riding out to a B&B near Ithaca ( <link>tenwoodlodge.com/ </link> ) to stay overnight and test out a special hot tub that is available in the suite. <BR> <BR> My partner had mentioned that our local CyberCafe ( <link>cybercafewest.com/answer-the-muse.as<BR>px </link> ) has a cool band performing tonight, Answer The Muse, "a unique fusion of theatrical, spiritually inspired, tr... Tue, 10 May 2016 10:32:58 EST Into The Great Wide Open: Celebrating 3 Years of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6142520 Thank you to everyone for all your SparkGoodies and SparkPage comments praising my third year of maintaining my weight loss! My apologies for delaying my heartfelt gratitude for your ongoing support! <BR> <BR> I continue to move forward in so many ways. One of my driving mantras continues to be from Mary Oliver: "Tell me: what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" With each year that passes this question becomes yet more poignant and pertinent. <BR> <BR> With that in m... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 22:12:03 EST Intermittent Fasting: Works For Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102763 It was cool to see a nod of the head from SP's dietitian Becky recently: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=2083 </link> <BR> <BR> This is a good read if one is interested in incorporating Intermittent Fasting with one's approach to food. For what it's worth, this is how I do it: <BR> <BR> 1) I always maintain my basic approach of avoiding my trigger foods by eliminating sugar, no processed carbs, flour-based products, but include large amounts o... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:53:20 EST Building The Healthiest Life Possible! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053868 JEANKNEE recently asked my thoughts on the 80% - 20% split on the importance of food choices versus exercise for weight loss. My answer turned into a blog! :-) <BR> <BR> We are all an experiment of ONE, right...? <BR> <BR> So everyone's mileage may vary...I culled together some thoughts on the importance of food choices versus exercise. My own experience is that YES there is at LEAST an 80-20 split on the importance of food choices vs. exercise when it comes to WEIGHT LOSS. <BR> <BR> How... Mon, 28 Dec 2015 09:15:33 EST Sparking Through The Holidays http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6051689 Hello everyone...just a quickie note to let you know I'm still kickin' and Keeping the Spark through the holidays. I've been more rock-solid than ever in my commitment to living free from sugar and processed carbs which has counter-intuitively (given the constrictions of no sugar, no processed carbs) enabled me to feel more liberated than ever in managing my food. <BR> <BR> As I read more by Dr. Barbara Berkeley I find so much of her advice echoes what I independently found to work for me. H... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:05:59 EST New / Old: It's All Good! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6022491 Enough slacking! A "hills" ride with the bike club over the past weekend had me *GASP* WALKING up a hill on a climb for the first time since like forever! It was a new hill for me, so I don't know if it was one I would've climbed successfully in the past. But it was a 5-bell-alarm that I was overdue to get back to the fitness center for some regular, full-fledged workouts...just like the "old" days. Oof! Has it kicked my butt! The soreness I've been having since has been a sweet reward. Ah...... Wed, 28 Oct 2015 09:08:33 EST Another Year Younger! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6019759 Just checking in to let folks know I'm still Sparkin' in whatever ways I can. Although my workouts have taken a hit, I've really, really locked in on healthy foods and loving the Beck "no-choice" strategies with food: <BR> <BR> I'm loving my "no-processed-carb-zone" home...the only carbs around? Old-fashioned oats, barley, legumes, yogurt, veggies and fruits. <BR> <BR> No cereals, crackers, breads, pastas, cookies, cakes, candies of any sort. <BR> <BR> A new office partner has her Hallowee... Fri, 23 Oct 2015 08:29:21 EST The Way Wings Should (Thx to VALERIEMAHA!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5998519 VALERIEMAHA recently shared this sublime verse from Rumi: <BR> <BR> THE WAY WINGS SHOULD – RUMI <BR> <BR> <BR> What will <BR> our children do in the morning? <BR> Will they wake with their hearts wanting to play, <BR> the way wings <BR> should? <BR> <BR> Will they have dreamed the needed flights and gathered <BR> the strength from the planets that all men and women need to balance <BR> the wonderful charms of <BR> the earth <BR> <BR> so that her power and beauty does not make us forget o... Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:30:49 EST A New Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5997795 Just a quickie today, life just doesn't know how to slow down...whew! <BR> <BR> After a long, long weekend of struggles and waiting, my son & daughter-in-law are proud parents of a healthy baby boy! <BR> <BR> It's an amazing thing holding a new life in one's arms! <BR> <BR> Don <BR> <BR> ps...out of respect for privacy I'm not including any names or pictures. Tue, 15 Sep 2015 09:19:28 EST Action-Packed Summer Keeps Rolling On! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5990858 Heading out with friends tonight as Binghamton comes ALIVE again this weekend with First Friday <link>gorgeouswashington.com/firstfridays/<BR>firstfridaysupcomingevents.html </link> and our first LUMA Festival <link>www.facebook.com/lumafestival </link> ! Lots of walking, conversation and soaking up the wonderful buzz of youthful energy with the return of Binghamton University and SUNY Broome college students. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/7b2a35c7-2014-4... Fri, 4 Sep 2015 10:08:24 EST Hosted 3 Pro Bicyclists for the Chris Thater Races http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982758 Just a quickie...life just never stops for reflection much these days...whew! <BR> <BR> So cool to welcome three pro bicyclists to my humble abode as they are riding in the Chris Thater races this weekend: <BR> <BR> <link>www.facebook.com/ThaterMemorial </link> <BR> <BR> hey arrived at 1 a.m. this morning. I was up at 6 a.m. to get ready for my volunteer stint in assisting in registering all the bicyclists. I wanted to prep a slow cooker with my "killer" oatmeal (no sugar, lots of raisi... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:41:13 EST I'm Confessin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5976463 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F3SvkHcrvM </link> <BR> <BR> Okay, comin' clean here: It's been several months since I've stepped on a scale. Haven't bothered tracking my food either. More recently life has been presenting many opportunities and challenges which have also eclipsed what used to be my rock solid exercise / workout routines. Also cut into my time here with my SparkFamily...apologies for that. <BR> <BR> Sounds like I'm just going down the tubes, no? <BR> <BR> So why am I onl... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:16:18 EST How Does the Universe DO This...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5972493 I had the pleasure of hosting my first traveling bicyclist last night, courtesy of <link>www.warmshowers.org </link> : Jakob has come all the way from SWEDEN to land in New York City with his bicycle & gear and is Indiana-bound for his studies in Engineering Physics. <BR> <BR> He called on Monday with plans to arrive on Tuesday evening. We enjoyed a relaxing evening together after he got his "warm shower," did his laundry and sat down to a meal of fresh veggies & cheese, my salsa scramble... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 10:16:29 EST Forward Ho! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960602 You folks are just wonderful! REALLY appreciate all the support from each of you! <BR> <BR> So here's the update, re: atrial fibrillation: <BR> <BR> My e-mail to the NP: <BR> <BR> Hello Jenn, <BR> <BR> I'm back from my vacation during which I did some bike riding, walking and other activity, nothing too strenuous, but at least keeping on moving. <BR> <BR> Today at my first day of work returning from vacation I'm not sure whether to chalk it up to "adjustment" or the atrial fibrillation y... Tue, 14 Jul 2015 10:12:02 EST Lake of Childhood Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5960015 What a wonderful vacation I've had! Reconnecting with family (our annual reunion is always around July 4th), beachcombing along the shore of Lake Michigan, riding my bike around, often with the company of my nephew from Portland who doesn't own a car and is (like so many in Portland) all about the bike and also catching up with dear old friends from high school and college. <BR> <BR> I also met a challenge I held up for myself: Before leaving Michigan I would return to the lake of my childho... Mon, 13 Jul 2015 10:08:15 EST Who Couldn't Love A City Like This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5950691 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/58b0d1ba-839a-4d8b-8840-158b14406872.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Who can't love noodling about on one's bike through a city as gorgeous as this? <BR> <BR> That little girl's brother was oogling my bike and I said "do you have a bike?" <BR> <BR> "Yes." <BR> <BR> "They're a lot of fun aren't they?" <BR> <BR> Sister scoots up and chimes "I have a bike too!" <BR> <BR> I replied, "I LOVE my bike!" and rode off beaming with a smile. <BR> <BR> Keep the Spa... Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:34:16 EST May Your Life Be As a Song http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5949031 Just had to share the simple, laugh-out-loud joy of my morning bicycle ride to work this morning! <BR> <BR> The streets so quiet, the birds so raucous and sweet. <BR> <BR> The few children out walking to school or waiting for the bus. <BR> <BR> Feeling so free from the turn of the ignition switch! <BR> <BR> Here's the first melody that came to me while riding, a beautiful classical guitar piece: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jv68mYWNQI </link> <BR> <BR> and later this ... Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:01:54 EST Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour: Cheating the Bluffs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5947669 This past weekend was our bike club's annual Great Finger Lakes Bicycle Tour: <BR> <BR> <link>https://sites.google.com/site/gflbt2<BR>015/ </link> <BR> <BR> Things began with a BANG on Friday night during our short, 18-mile Fire Tower loop. There was a storm predicted for later that evening, however it rolled in MUCH more quickly than expected: <BR> <BR> Got caught in the last few miles of the ride in one of the most intense thunderstorm EVER! Sent me skittering about the road like an... Fri, 19 Jun 2015 09:43:14 EST Warming Up for the Warm Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5933694 Next weekend is our warm up self-supported cycling tour from Friday through Sunday through the Finger Lakes. I say warm up as we are planning a longer, more challenging self-supported tour of the Adirondack Mountains in September...territory I have seen very little of and am looking forward to doing it on two wheels! Our tour leader is promising a "kinder, gentler" route through the Adirondacks, but it's still going to be a challenge to rival and quite possibly exceed last years' Catskill Mou... Sun, 24 May 2015 22:43:47 EST Managing Moods & Life / Cycling Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5930153 WATERMELLEN has written some interesting blogs about mood lately and here was one of my "chime-ins" she suggested I share, of course with a little cycling update afterward... :-) <BR> <BR> Throughout my years of working with clients I've been pretty underwhelmed by their responses to SSRI's and most of the antidepressant medications. And why anyone would reach for anti-psychotic medication for depression is beyond me! <BR> <BR> Now that's not to say I haven't known a few folks who DID expe... Mon, 18 May 2015 11:55:23 EST Pepacton Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922047 Just a quickie...late, bed's a-callin'! :-) <BR> <BR> For a 34 mile ride, we had a rough last half as we crossed over the northern edge of the Pepacton Reservoir with a lot more climbing than we bargained for. After only a little way in to the northern edge our bike club president caught up with me to say that some of the newer riders were having a rough time keeping up so we decided to beat it on back to the covered bridge where we started so that he and I could grab our respective vehicles... Sun, 3 May 2015 22:09:34 EST Coming Around With a Little "Witchcraft" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5921513 Quickie blog today, thanking you all for your support and to let you know today's ride was a good step in the right direction: <BR> <BR> Perfect weather, great company, some old bike club friends I hadn't seen in a while and a little help from my internal "radio" which dialed up, of all songs, a nice laid-back solo guitar version of Witchcraft that had nothing to do with the hard pedaling up Honeypot Hill or the whooping descent down into the aptly named Speedville. It came to me after a whi... Sat, 2 May 2015 21:59:39 EST Surviving Transformative Times: Good Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5920301 I recently came across a blog that "spoke" to me: The “good enough” workout <BR> <BR> <link>blogs.plos.org/obesitypanacea/2015/0<BR>4/28/the-good-enough-workout/ </link> <BR> <BR> The author was referencing the "winter slump" in his physical activity and trying to get back on track with his workouts. He said "Whenever I am in such a slump, I allow myself a series of “good enough” workouts. In essence, I force myself to go to the gym or on a run, with a very simple goal: simply to do som... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:28:38 EST ALL of Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5907720 Continuing my efforts to move toward a kinder, gentler, more accepting attitude toward myself, especially my body I was inspired to "hear" a love song from a different perspective. <BR> <BR> John Legend's "All Of Me"...such a wonderfully romantic song! But check out the chorus: <BR> <BR> "'Cause all of me <BR> Loves all of you <BR> Love your curves and all your edges <BR> All your perfect imperfections <BR> Give your all to me <BR> I'll give my all to you <BR> You're my end and my beginning... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 12:48:16 EST It All Comes Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905576 It's been a long time since my music spoke to me, joined with me and added to my life with such resonance as it did today. <BR> <BR> Most of you know how much Jackson Browne's "Alive In the World" speaks to my soul. I realized today that I have another anthem. <BR> <BR> For my music when running I use an 8 GB Sansa Clip. Simple, small, convenient. Still use it to save from draining my cell phone. A feature it has is to "rate" songs on a one to five star basis. But who's going to put music ... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 23:12:16 EST River of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5905096 With the arrival of April comes the month-long preparation for my annual tradition of running my one & only 5K of the year. I am NOT a runner and I don't really enjoy it. However in the interest of mixing it up and challenging my body in different ways I donate April to the cause. Plus, I figure if I keep re-visiting running, who knows? I might get bitten by the running bug! :-) <BR> <BR> One of my favorite places to run is along the Chenango River downtown Binghamton. There is something abo... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 00:42:09 EST A Tale of Two Thighs: Steps Toward Self Acceptance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5896782 I recently jumped in at long last and completed my first yoga class, billed as Very Gentle Yoga. Some of the moves were similar to some of the stretches I've done with my spinning class. I was pleased with my flexibility, but again (shades of cross country skiing coming back to me!) I found myself challenged by my shaky sense of balance...especially when doing the Warrior pose, which seems by all appearances to be easy enough. But my toes were flexing all over the place trying to keep me from... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 00:32:38 EST Just A Ride... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5892510 Okay, so this all begins yesterday with the LONGEST most tedious day, beginning at 5 a.m. and not wrapping up till after 6 p.m. involving my going with a client out of town (Syracuse) for some important medical tests and evaluations. The medical center did a poor job of corralling the requisite stuff that needed to be done. It was supposed to be over by lunchtime. Good thing I brought my bag of veggies and part-skim mozzarella sticks! <BR> <BR> So late in evening a fellow bike club member po... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 22:36:18 EST By the Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5890971 Time to buckle down and get back on track with the all-important numbers game: <BR> <BR> Nutrition tracking and weighing in. <BR> <BR> Yes it's been another round of ostrich since the holidays and I've totally dropped my nutrition tracking and weigh-ins. After reviewing my pattern over the past year I'm not too unhappy. My yo-yo's have swung MUCH more widely in the past, but over this past year its been around a 10 pound swing between 207 and 218. I'm feeling kind of mixed about this: proud... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:57:59 EST One Of the Best Ways To Stay Warm... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5876358 Despite the brilliantly tempting sunlight beckoning to get out and play, today is just NOT one of those days due to brutally cold temps and winds. We're at a HIGH of ZERO (F) today! <BR> <BR> So, hunkering down snugly at home, keeping way busy with a mega-major-cookathon. Keeps the house warmer, right? <BR> <BR> Yep! But here's what's keeping me even warmer today: My quads are giving me a two-thumbs-up-big-smile-soreness reminding me of the truly wonderful afternoon I had yesterday cross c... Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:56:05 EST Downsizing Stuff / Upsizing Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874993 As I've downsized my body over the years I've come to appreciate also the importance of downsizing the "stuff" around me as well. One important source of this growing awareness arose from my self-supported bicycle tours in which I realized how fulfilled I was with a healthy body, super cycling friends, my bike and a grand total of 30-35 pounds of belongings strapped onto my bike. <BR> <BR> Human connection and wonderful experiences. What more could a person want? <BR> <BR> A recent quote w... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:33:48 EST One All-Important Question To Answer http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5864113 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1789893776.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This Mary Oliver quote was used in a totally awesome presentation on bicycle touring I attended in Ithaca tonight! Stoked & ready to hit the ROAD!! <BR> <BR> &#8203;Here is the blog I borrowed the jpg from, PLUS the beautiful poem by Mary Oliver: <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebestbrainpossible.com/tell-me<BR>-what-is-it-you-plan-to-do-with-your-o<BR>ne-wild-and-precious-life/ </link> <BR> <BR> Don Tue, 27 Jan 2015 23:39:47 EST Reaffirming My Path http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5861836 As many changes as I have wrought for myself over the past several years since joining SparkPeople, I am betting that this year ahead will be one of my most transformative years yet. Today I re-visited this TED talk by Lissa Rankin which excited me way back when I first heard it last year. Now it excites me even more and I realize that one of my core morning meditative messages to myself: Speak My Truth! was largely inspired by her messages in this talk. <BR> <BR> Stay true to myself, seek t... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:23:25 EST Catching Up with Local Sparkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856735 We've had some interest among our local SparkTeam members in catching up for a walk so I set up a meet 'n greet for today...however back when I set it up the weather was calling for mid-20's. <BR> <BR> Instead we only had 11 degrees...brrr! So our ranks got whittled down a tad: only myself and STRIVERONE, who I know also from our local bike club and rides together. He had just finished a 10K in even colder temps. I wasn't aware of this but our local running club (of which he's a member) has... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:08:47 EST New Pleasures, New Joys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5850195 A lot of smart blogs have been posted related to FatLoser.com and recently the theme has been that "thin people eat to live, fat people eat for pleasure." <BR> <BR> Certainly if we're going to shift gears from one way of living (eating for pleasure) to a new and healthier way of living (eating to live) we're going to have to be tough. It is tough to forego pleasure, unquestionably! <BR> <BR> Is it possible, however, to re-define "pleasure" for ourselves? And I suppose we can broaden this t... Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:04:50 EST Looking Ahead to 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5848539 2014 was off to a hobble with a pacemaker install and blood thinner jitters scaring me off the bike until June...although it certainly picked up steam with an AWESOME self-supported tour through the Catskill Mountains in September. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to a SPARKIN' 2015 now that I'm comfortably taking my blood thinner with no restrictions from my doc other than any reasonable blood-thinner precautions. <BR> <BR> While I don't have any big events planned as yet I'm hopeful that o... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 11:37:45 EST Sisters & Brethren of the Sun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838899 The sun and cloudless blue skies called...so out I rode! <BR> <BR> First ride since Veterans Day, mid-November! Best Christmas present of all! <BR> <BR> Temps in the low 40's...chilly but "do-able" with my bike tights and day-glo-orange sweatshirt. My Drymax cold weather socks could've done better to keep my feet warmer, but all in all I was pretty comfortable. <BR> <BR> So wonderful to see people out on the trails and walkways soaking up the sunshine! <BR> <BR> Earlier in the week, for ... Fri, 26 Dec 2014 16:31:27 EST "Disciplined"...? Moi? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5834985 So far, so good navigating those treacherous holiday party waters...able to weather it pretty well! Helps to make sure to bring a healthy dish to pass. Mine was an apple / raisin / walnut salad with yogurt, cinnamon and nutmeg. <BR> <BR> Somebody made what they called "OMG Bars" a chocolatey-peanut buttery confection. Others were raving about them and proclaiming that I just HAD to try it, "just a taste." <BR> <BR> Not gonna happen: "I know Pandora's Box when I see it and I just don't DAR... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:13:30 EST Just HAD to Pass This Story Along...! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5831633 Recently at work, probably a carry over from Thanksgivoween candy mark-downs, some anonymous *questionably* well-meaning person at work brought in two GIGUNDO bags of candy corn and plopped 'em on the kitchen table for all to snarf. <BR> <BR> I studiously avoided those bags for a couple of days...it's a sorry commentary on my tastes, but I have a weakness for candy corn. It's like a mainline sugar fix! <BR> <BR> Finally I'd had it. I was working late one evening. No one was around. <BR> <... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:24:01 EST Holiday Fun With Bikes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827558 One of the cool things our local bike club does is to join in with our local Christmas Parade. Our club members do some pretty clever things to trick their bikes out for the occasion, so I thought I'd pass along a couple pics they've shared in advance of the parade which is later tonight. Sadly the parade is always on a Thursday which is a night that I'm always booked for seeing private clients so another year, another parade passes without me...sigh... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:09:58 EST