DENNISBISHOP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DENNISBISHOP DENNISBISHOP'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/ Renewed start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790263 Oct. 1st. - the first day of the new me! Wed, 1 Oct 2014 08:51:04 EST July 4, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731764 Making progress on my recovery from slipping off my program. Never, ever, give up! Fri, 4 Jul 2014 07:44:57 EST November - The official end of Michigan's Golf Season http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529154 Golf has helped me big time with my exercise goals. Four hours of golf, twice a week really helps me. I will need to seriously look at a gym membership - don't want to fall back this fall... and winter. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 10:49:41 EST You have to love Vince Lombardi... he was definitely a winner. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508766 "Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing." Vince Lombardi Wed, 9 Oct 2013 09:23:35 EST Slow but Sure! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507893 This permanent life style change was to be slow.... very slow... on purpose. I know very well how to lose pounds, fast and sure, only to regain them because diets, by definition are based upon short term goals with activities ending once the goal has been reached. So, with the recommendation of my doctor, this lifestyle change was to be permanent and become a repeatable habit rather than short term behavior modification. Simple and sure. It started last May, 2013 with a mid term check up in ... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 11:15:07 EST July 4th - hidden fireworks in the food. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4953454 We do a July 4th feast every year. It is my wife's birthdate.. and... summer... and...the family is available for a get together and that means food and drink. <BR> This year I need to control my portions, make healthy choices and drink more water, less wine. <BR> Here goes.... <BR> Tue, 3 Jul 2012 11:40:55 EST Back on track! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946064 I knew it was coming, that despite my new approach and better program, a plateau was going to slow me down. And sur'n'uff, it hit me, but still it was a surprise and a dissapointment. But being here before on previous journeys that ended in success has helped me accept that plateaus are just a part of everyone's journey and to keep doing what you have been doing and maybe do a double check on your measureables to make sure they are accurate and on point. So, two weeks of no loss and now, this... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 10:58:28 EST IT'S FOR REAL THIS TIME http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4904210 I must admit, after so many missed re-starts with my new healthy lifestyle program I was hesitant to announce yet another start to my adventure to better health. But now, after one month of developing better eating and exercise habits and experiencing a ten pound weight loss, I am well on my way, excited about the past month and looking forward to continued success. My motivation is to look back at my reasons for wanting to change my life: <BR> 1. I want to go into a regular clothes store/de... Wed, 30 May 2012 11:39:30 EST Golf 2012 Starts Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781552 Finally, the 2012 Michigan golf season starts today with my first round of the year. This is the earliest time ever, due to our very mild winter and apparently early spring. Now I can get some REAL outdoor exercise into my fitness program! Sun, 11 Mar 2012 06:35:24 EST Golf 2012 Starts Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781551 Finally, the 2012 Michigan golf season starts today with my first round of the year. This is the earliest time ever, due to our very mild winter and apparently early spring. Now I can get some REAL outdoor exercise into my fitness program! Sun, 11 Mar 2012 06:35:22 EST D is for me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4752856 D - Day, March 1, 2012 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:11:41 EST 2012 HAS A GREAT SOUND http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4651014 I LOVE THE SOUND OF OF THE NUMBER 2012 - THIS IS GOING TO BE MY MOST HEALTHY YEAR YET.... STARTING NOW! Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:38:12 EST Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4394360 Still alive and on my program. Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:59:17 EST Update - still holding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4394354 Chocolate was my downfall but and early death was my insperation. <BR> Hit a bump in the road, but back on track! Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:57:56 EST Here we go again update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4104509 Well, here I am, about 11 weeks into my re-start and looking back I have learned: <BR> 1. The first week is always the easiest <BR> 2. You can realize significant progress in your first month - mine was a loss of 12 lbs. <BR> 3. After two months you become very cocky and think you have it in the bag - 20 lbs lost and on a roll. <BR> 4. At 10 weeks you wonder why you have not lost any more weight and you call it a "plateau". <BR> 5. At eleven weeks you wake up and get back to work. <BR> den... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 10:07:34 EST Here we go again - poor health and my (re)new plan. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3913685 Ah yes, my disease is poor health and the symptoms are excess weight, loss of energy, inability to perform rather simple tasks and a deteriorating ego. The cure is simple... honest self analysis and a commitment to change. The tools are available and well known. The path to success has been traveled before. So, forgive yourself for letting your wheels come off and for letting poor habits seduce you into your current state of disrepair. <BR> <BR> Use your lessons learned to give you the str... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:30:34 EST Golf - finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3177852 The weather has been horrible up here in Michigan for the past couple of weekends, and weekends are my golf opportunities. This weekend is no different - a poor weather forecast.... so I am leaving work early on this beautiful end to April and getting in a round with my friends at a course close to my office. I intend to walk the course to maximize the exercise! <BR> dennyb Fri, 30 Apr 2010 06:05:06 EST The weather is nice - looking forward to exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3174024 Today I'll take a walk, <BR> tomorrow is a round of golf! Thu, 29 Apr 2010 07:53:30 EST Tuesday's and focus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3085476 I like Tuesday's. The weekend seems long past and the next, long to come. So, my focus on my program is clear and commanding. I am albe to plan accurately for the next three days with confidence that I will not be distracted nor derailed. Food and exercise will be contolled and acurately recorded. Yep, Tuesdays are good. <BR> dennyb Tue, 6 Apr 2010 06:29:29 EST Easter Crash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3081634 It was due, and sure nuf, the crash happened. <BR> Wine and Easter do not mix... not that well. One's guard is lowered and inhibitions go out the door - and so do nutrition plans. <BR> Alas, I will move on, wiser and more vigilant in the future! <BR> dennyb <BR> Mon, 5 Apr 2010 10:07:22 EST A new golf season...... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3063617 This year I am determined to use golf as a part of my exercise plan. I promise to seldom use the cart, but to walk the course as my fellow player comands the left side of the cart, bringing my clubs to my side when needed. <BR> dennyb Wed, 31 Mar 2010 03:54:14 EST Another week, another pound http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3051823 The fact is, I lost a pound, despite myself. <BR> Was caught up in meeting presentations to some Korens at the office the past two days. The meetings rolled over into lunch, which the company took care of by hiring a Korean catereer - great food, high calories. It was hard to bring my standard low cal, high nutritional, pre-made lunch in to the office, esp. with the Koreans there - eating something different than they were eating would have been an insult. Well, eveidently I am through with ... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 10:02:09 EST Back on my SP path! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3023003 Busted the wall down, traveled across the plateau and now back on my weight loss track to better health. Will learn from the fall and move on. <BR> dennyb Sat, 20 Mar 2010 16:57:01 EST With three you get eggroll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2964646 Well, eathing three helpings of any entre get you a roll! Sat, 6 Mar 2010 06:32:41 EST Outdoors exercise! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2960726 March's snow melt is in full throttle here in MI and it could not come at a better time. I am tired of being cooped up. I love to walk and play golf and this break in the weather is a sign that my golf days are soon to start again... and better health! <BR> dennyb Fri, 5 Mar 2010 05:49:38 EST Nearing the end of February http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2934046 I bet most of the people in the country are glad to see February gone, esp. those on the east coast who are still digging out! Michigan Februarys are drab and dull with very little sunshine to enjoy. February 2010 was no exception. Motivation is tough with these conditioins... but March will bring the start of spring and renewed hope for a better environment.... and a better me! <BR> dennyb Sat, 27 Feb 2010 09:22:01 EST Back and Ready to Rock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2918080 Have not posted in awhile - but just know that I am still on my path and looking foward to postive results this week! <BR> dennyb Tue, 23 Feb 2010 13:31:27 EST Flight to Florida delayed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2860965 Delta's ph0ne robot called to say they cancelled my flight to Fla and have resceduled my departure for tomorrow. Lost one day, hope more will not be lost to this storm that is moving through Michigan! <BR> dennyb Tue, 9 Feb 2010 12:09:21 EST Try'n to eat smart when snowed in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2847996 Seems like half the country has been snowed in the past two days -- and that leads to temptations. Especially when you are a guest at the in-laws and they feel that they need to entertain you with food and snacks. So far the words "no thanks" have been working.... but I need to get out of here, and quick!! <BR> dennyb Sat, 6 Feb 2010 10:34:24 EST A Junior Arby's is not JUNIOR! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2845174 Note to myself - Junior Arby's may cost only $1.00, but it will really cost you 272 frig'n calories! So only eat one! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 14:03:27 EST Eating Healthy on the road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2842344 A business trip to Cleveland today - by car. These can be my downfall but not today. Took the wife with me and staying at my inlaws home in Parma. Stopped at a tollway OASIS and found a fast food grilled chicken sandwich, wiped off the mayo best I could. Had a wedge of cantaloupe for a snack after the meeting. Dinner was my treat at the Bonefish Grille and found a nice and healthy seared AHI TUNNA with Jasmine rice and a veggie medley with a house salad and one glass of red wine. <BR> So far... Thu, 4 Feb 2010 21:21:04 EST The man in the mirror http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2833872 OK, look him right in the eye and ask him "Are you doing all that you can do to be healthy?" And if the response is, hey, I want to enjoy life, the reply should be "Won't you enjoy life more by being healthy?" Wed, 3 Feb 2010 04:08:00 EST Just another day of my new life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2832689 So at some time you wake up and realize that this is not a diet, it will be the way you lead your life, the rest of your life. Yep, that's me, that's today... and I am perfectly OK with that! <BR> dennyb Tue, 2 Feb 2010 20:57:06 EST It's all how you look at the half glass of water! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2827502 I was bummed - gained a pound after three weeks of losses. Got really down on myself.... the I realized, hey, I'm nine pounds lighter then when I started. I'll take a 9 pound loss any ole month! So I'm continu'n to SPARK ON!!! <BR> dennyb Mon, 1 Feb 2010 19:59:27 EST False positives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2814704 Looks like Monday's great weigh-in was false..... positive, but false. I am working my a... of just to hit the same mark this Monday! Sometimes that happens I guess. <BR> dennyb Fri, 29 Jan 2010 20:24:43 EST Big Pay-off, great weigh-in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2792820 Was VERY surprised to see a four pound drop this past week, the third week of my re-newed SP plan. But heck, I will take it for sure. That makes for a 9 pound total weight loss for the three weeks, very commendable. But I know that these missions tend to start out like gang busters then become more challenging as time goes on. Well, not this time. I've been here before and I know what I have to do! There is too much at stake, this, the 6th decade of my life. Concentrating on fresh fruit snack... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 07:58:42 EST Sunday, the homestretch of my week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2788399 Well, Saturday went well, despite a nice steak dinner out at our favorite restaurant, The Old Stone Inn. Stayed within my range for the day, to the low side. So now it is my final day of the week before Monday's weigh in and I will not mess up. Already have some Chilean Sea Bass defrosting. I know it is damn expensive, but it will certainly help me stay in line for this weekend and achieve my goals. <BR> dennyb Sun, 24 Jan 2010 07:59:04 EST Saturday - the toughest day of the week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2784670 OK, gotta stay focused today - will absolutely, positively stay within my calorie range!! I refuse to tear down what I have worked so hard to attain over the past 5 days! <BR> dennyb Sat, 23 Jan 2010 08:05:21 EST First day of Weekend land mines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2783570 I'm glad I stayed in tonight - too many land mines out there in restaurant and pub land. Looks like I will be under my calorie limit, and I need to keep it up. <BR> dennyb Fri, 22 Jan 2010 20:51:24 EST I love Wednesday's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2774575 Wednesday's are usually safe with safe days surrounding it - right in the middle of no temptation and predictable nutrition. I feel as if I am riding a bike downhill, very little effort required, just steer the damn thing straight! If only I could ride downhill on Friday and Saturday!! <BR> dennyb Wed, 20 Jan 2010 21:42:00 EST A one pound loss is better than a poke in the eye! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2761327 Did not meet my expectations with my weekly weigh-in this morning. Dropped one pound rather than the 2 I had projected. Will work harder this coming week to catch up to my goals. However, a one pound loss is still a loss of a pound - one that I will never, ever see again. <BR> dennyb Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:52:50 EST Two weeks down and now to take it up a notch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2756382 They say the average diet last 2 to 4 weeks. I am enerting my second week. Rather then rest on ly achievements I intend to take it up a notch with better nutrition and exercise. That should help keep me focused! <BR> dennyb Sun, 17 Jan 2010 09:00:11 EST A mid winter walk without snow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2752926 Was able to get in my neighboorhood walk, with out the worry of ice or snow on the sidewalk! Wouldn't it be nice if this was the end of winter rather than the middle? <BR> dennyb Sat, 16 Jan 2010 10:39:11 EST Second Weekend of new program http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2750388 Weekends have been my downfall in the past. I will not let this one bring me down, Monday's morning weigh in is too important to blow. <BR> dennyb Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:05:49 EST Mid winter melt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2747328 As the we enjoy this mid winter thaw in our weather, it occurs to me, as the snow melts, so does my fat as I turn up my program a notch! Thu, 14 Jan 2010 22:27:37 EST Still on track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2742313 Day 10 of my program and I'm recording everything that goes into my mouth - the only way I know of being accountable.. and successful! <BR> dennyb Wed, 13 Jan 2010 22:01:22 EST Dental work - a blessing to my plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2737270 Tomorow I have some dental work scheduled - involing a new crown. <BR> Should help me with my plan.... a soup day! <BR> dennyb Tue, 12 Jan 2010 22:31:41 EST First week's report - progress! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2728574 Feedback: <BR> January's Goals: <BR> 1. Weight loss of 10 lbs (4+2.5+2+1.5 for the 4 weeks) (4 lbs lost 1-11-10) <BR> 2. Exercise - Ave. 10 min per day first week (ave was 5 min. per day - ouch) <BR> 3. Log daily on SP (yes, accomplished) <BR> 4. Monitor weekly, adjust if necessary! (that's what I am doing now!) <BR> <BR> Overall, great progress. However, I need to kick up my exercise drastically, my program is to go to 15 min. ave. per day for this (2nd) week. Also the 2.5 lbs weight loss... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:37:45 EST 125,000 Spark Points and still going.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2722172 Not sure if this is a testament to longjevity (four years on Spark) or to determination? Either way it is a message. I enjoy this site, coming to log on it every day- as long as a computer is neaby. There are so many resources and things of interest, not just from the administrators who have continued to come up with unique ways to peak our interest with new formats and ways to receive information about the world of health and fitness, but mostly what keeps my interest is input from all of Sp... Sun, 10 Jan 2010 04:01:29 EST The good part of snow and my plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2714215 Shoveled snow for about an hour yesterday. The work out was great! <BR> dennyb Fri, 8 Jan 2010 10:32:03 EST