DOUGLYE's SparkPeople Blog DOUGLYE's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Who Knew? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I've been doing it all wrong! Mon, 9 Jun 2014 14:42:00 EST 1 photo = 120 Fitness Minutes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> 1st load of the season. <BR> Cut, loaded, unloaded. <BR> <BR> Split by hand and stacked in 2 days. Thu, 29 May 2014 17:55:29 EST If The Bobcat Doesn't Get You . . . If the bobcat doesn't get you, . . . the trail will. <BR> <BR> I wanted a bit of adventure today for my fitness points. From my house I can see a distant hill with some broadcast towers at the top. The hill isn't THAT tall. At 1,470 feet, the elevation gain is only 1,270 feet higher than the lowest part of the trail. What could go wrong. <BR> <BR> At about 1 &#189; miles into my walk I came across the following sign <BR> <img src=""> ... Thu, 8 May 2014 02:17:02 EST Fitness Minutes Results OK, It's not what you expect. <BR> No Stats, . . No inches lost, . . No reports on weight loss <BR> (that comes tomorrow) <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Just a couple of shots of the back yard after 2 days of 'gardening'. <BR> I hauled another cubic yard of top soil up to the back yard, hauled 2 loads to the dump while my wife clipped, pruned, dug and generally made the yard presentable. <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <img src="">... Fri, 2 May 2014 23:09:41 EST Fitness Points? . . . Really? I took 50 Fitness Minutes for gardening! <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> There! I said it! <BR> <BR> Normally I would not consider gardening fit for Fitness Points. <BR> Not for me. <BR> <BR> Don't think for a minute that I would place my criteria on anyone else taking gardening for fitness minutes. It's just that I want to get the heart pumping . . I want to get some sweat happening . . I want to get some muscles working in order to count the exercise as fitness minutes. That's just me. <BR>... Fri, 2 May 2014 00:39:58 EST April At A Glance I started this most recent attempt on March 10 2014 at 225 pounds. <BR> On April 1st I weighed in at 218 pounds <BR> On April 30th I weighed in at 207 pounds. <BR> <BR> 11 pounds down in April <BR> 18 pounds down since March 10 <BR> <BR> I am currently working with some accountability partners and I have joined a Spring Challenge Team. I would highly recommend both of these accountability methods to other Sparkers. <BR> <BR> A sense of accountability helps me do things I don't want to do,... Thu, 1 May 2014 01:12:56 EST Goodbye Old Friend How long has it been. Two, Three years? IÕve lost count. <BR> <BR> ItÕs not the amount of time that weÕve been together that matters but the places weÕve gone together. You accompanied me through successes and failures, you endured my care-free nature that took its toll on your health. What started as an awkward, uncomfortable relationship blossomed to a partnership that is hard to break. But breaking up the relationship is what we must do. We need to move on. I need to move on! I am set ... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 01:08:42 EST Short Term Motivation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am 9 pounds away from a major objective. ONEderland. <BR> I have decided that when the scale tips below that 200 mark, I am going to purchase 2 of those T-shirts. <BR> <BR> The shirts display a 'Sweat Activated' logo that . . . when dry states 'do it' <BR> When activated by sweat the logo changes to 'Don't Quit' <BR> <BR> Sure it's a gimmick, but I like this gimmick <BR> <em>334</em> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:23:48 EST Hiking vs Walking Today, April 13th, all of the elements seemed to line up. I had a day off (well . . . I'm retired . . . most of my days are days off), the sun was out (that fact alone may cause celebration here on the Wet Coast), the temperature toyed with that magical line on the thermometer. It ALMOST reached 20 degrees (68 for my friends to the south ;-). This demanded something more than my walk through the streets of my town. But which walk should I do today. <BR> <BR> I decided to take a 15 minute ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:13:06 EST Fast Food and Hiking <img src=""> <BR> <BR> . . this is why I am training to walk faster Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:42:09 EST March in a nutshell March 10 through 31, 2014 <BR> 7 pounds lost <BR> 79 Miles walked (127 Km) <BR> <BR> A huge thank-you to my accountability partners. You are an encouragement to me as you struggle and succeed day by day. <BR> <BR> I finished off March with a great walk. &#188; mile from the house I entered into the woods and completed a 7.45 mile walk in 2 hours + 6 minutes. The trail was still a bit muddy in places from recent rains, but it was a beautiful sunny day, peaking into the 60's. The trail start... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 01:13:49 EST Nature at its finest - photos I managed to witness an event on Saturday that does not happen very . . . . well . . . this is the first time in the 35 years I have lived here that I have witnessed it. <BR> <BR> A group of between 100 - 200 Pacific White Sided Dolphins swam into the Squamish Harbour. The activity of these dolphins churned the waters as they leaped and arced, racing around the blind channel (a narrow channel that dead-ends further in, where the municipality has a marina for small ocean going pleasure cr... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:56:31 EST Foods that call your name There are a LOT of entries on Spark pages, at least about this first book, but I thought it bears another entry, even if it is only a reminder to my Spark friends. <BR> <BR> A friend recently put this book into our hands. Although printed in 2009, the book is as relevant today as it was when it was first printed. <BR> <BR> 'The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable North American Appetite' written by David Kessler MD (pediatrician, lawyer, author and administrator - former co... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 15:14:34 EST Inspired by another Sparker today It's been a couple of dreary days here on the WET Coast. Although we missed the wind storms, we did get enough rain to end several droughts. <BR> <BR> Today as I was scrolling through my friends blogs, I was inspired by MKMMARTY. He dared to brave the wet, the dreary and despite the damp he went for a walk this morning. He even posted some photos. <BR> <BR> That inspired me. Besides . . . it quite raining for a bit ;-) <BR> <BR> I donned my waterproof hiking boots (an upgraded running sh... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 21:30:38 EST How many Bald Eagles fit in 1 tree? The eagles gather in this valley for the dog salmon run. The salmon die after spawning, leaving plenty of food for the over-wintering eagles. The count this year was a bit low with only 1,500 eagles counted. (not my photo) <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:52:33 EST