FFUSCO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FFUSCO FFUSCO'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/ Handling Holidays with Aplomb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824569 Greetings, Sparkers. <BR> <BR> It's been a hot minute since my last blog, but please trust that I have been taking at least fairly decent care of myself while in pursuit of these important, life-changing habits and goals, the substance of which we share together in our journey for healthier living. I have been periodically tuning in quietly on the site, reading blogs and group challenges with interest. I continue to gain momentum and reassurance from your words and brave shares of struggles... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 07:38:52 EST It's good to be an injured loser today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787803 Greetings, Sparkers! <BR> <BR> It's been far too long since my last entry, but rest assured I have been tuning into many of your inspiring stories all along, gaining strength, newfound hope, confidence, and fortified commitment along the way. <BR> <BR> There was a period in my life, really most of my life, where I would let certain setbacks consume and doom me. Somehow, there was something about a downward spiral that in an odd, and inexplicably, subconsciously appealing way, sucked me in a... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:34:54 EST Watch out for those bunnies... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676985 Just wanted to state publicly that today will end as follows: Frank: 1; ChocoBunny: 0. You see, every day that I don't sneak a bite or two from my daughter's Easter chocolate stash I am that much more likely to avoid the disaster altogether. When she is good, she gets chocolate from the stash provided that she first eats her dinner. If last year is any barometer, we will likely be well into May before the soon-to-be 5-year-old finishes the blasted stash. She takes little bites, you see. <BR> ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:45:53 EST "Hoisting" Furniture Like a Pro http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666559 I have a joy to report, people... <BR> <BR> While I did not resort back to good old days of hoisting large hunks of furniture over the shoulders, I did manage to carefully and strategically move a rather large chest up two flights of stairs all by myself. And without pain or damage! <BR> <BR> This is a big deal because a month ago I could not even think of doing this on the knee following surgery. But with time, and patience, and plenty of late 30's style stretching, I am well on my way to ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:26:32 EST Eff' da Pizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657102 I have noticed that it is becoming easier and easier to consume massive amounts of calories in very little time, with very little thought, and usually with minimal coin. Well, I'm better than that, Sparkers! At least on this day, anyway. <BR> <BR> About a month ago, I bought about a dozen pizzas to reward a group of children and their teachers for a job well done. These pies were a mere $5 a pop. And the pizza vendor lady threw in an additional pie for free when she saw my school name tag. I... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:32:59 EST Feeling a certain kinda way... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639259 This morning I do not know what I feel, but I think I know why I feel it. <BR> <BR> I missed two days in a row at the gym, which has left me feeling deflated, or worse yet, as if my day(s) never really started. I am not a morning person, but given my work schedule, I have learned to adapt. And adapt I must. Even with my shortened commute since the recent move, I really have to be up no later than 5:20 in order to get a decent workout in ahead of the day job. After work is completely unreali... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:57:31 EST Time for the next move... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637600 I have been stalling in the 230-range for about six months now. I realize that this site is about so much more than weight loss, and actually, I am proud to report that there have been many positive changes within me, aside from the plateau, within the last six months. I eat healthier, have cultivated a healthier repertoire of coping mechanisms, and am more cognizant of over-eating triggers. Still, the scale does not move, and it is frustrating. <BR> <BR> For background, while my official st... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 11:34:33 EST Up early on the "day off" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632269 Feel good about getting up at 5:15 on my "day off" to get a head start on a project I have been pushing toward completion at the office. Taking the day allowed for a much-needed reprieve from my daily responsibilities while also providing the space to look ahead. It also served doubly to free me up for some family time. This respects an extension from a banner weekend in the household. <BR> <BR> And btw I'm still on the oatmeal and loving it. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:35:42 EST Oh, I just do not know... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630458 Well, I am definitely improving along this life quest for better health, but I still have a lot of learning and reteaching to do. <BR> <BR> While I did not completely cave today, I certainly did eat more than my fill. Not enough to actually feel uncomfortable, but certainly enough to generate some food regrets and be reminded of my former, larger self. I kinda pigged out. And it's weird and a bit alarming how it all went down. It actually did not start with food. <BR> <BR> I will spare the... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:57:37 EST Six months worth of oatmeal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626211 This probably does not represent a news flash, and the subject matter might be a bit of a bore, so you may want to tune out early. For what it's worth, I have discovered a few things about oatmeal, as follows... <BR> <BR> 1. Real oatmeal (not instant) has a different flavor that is delightful with fruit and is more hearty than the garbage processed kind. <BR> <BR> 2. A half-cup of oatmeal keeps me full until around 11:00, at which time I have a light snack to offset lunch start time, which ... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:44:27 EST Recycling the chocolate... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625370 Ok, so here's the scoop. My wife and I never quite know what the heck to get one another for Valentine's Day and as such we usually just wind up cooking an amazing meal together and then buying a bunch of chocolates for dessert. The first part was fine and justifiable, of course. We did filet mignon and I cooked it perfectly, although she wanted hers a bit more well, as usual. Whatevs. All the sides were fantastic too and it was really quite romantic. The story on the chocolates is not nearly... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 09:06:32 EST Human plow pushes 56 inches pain free... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624311 Hey, folks. Well, call me crazy but I like all the shoveling lately here in snowy Jersey. Ok, that's an understatement. It's been a snowpocalypse, but I don't really care and as a matter of fact, it feels damn good to be able to move the stuff off the driveway and cars without any pain. <BR> <BR> My recovery from minor knee surgery last month is moving along quicker than expected. May God bless the surgeon. Specifically, we have seen literally 50+ inches of the white stuff since I went unde... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 22:04:12 EST Suited up at the gym... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618415 A funny thing happened on the way to the gym yesterday. Actually, I never got there. <BR> <BR> First, some background. Every minute of every morning counts for me because I am on an early schedule at work. So, if I wish to get any gym action in the AM, it has to be early in the AM. Usually, I am pretty good about getting there three mornings a week, and usually I am feeling rushed when I am there. But, time is not a luxury I have, so I try to make the most of it, as best I can. I have found... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 07:56:47 EST A Pre-emptive Strike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616977 Just blogging briefly to report herein that I enjoyed my reasonable lunch very much, thank you, and am now moving on to other things that do not involve chewing, mainly chatting instead. I am posting this news because I feel a craving coming on and figure that by pre-emptively stating that I am done eating lunch I would then have to either tell a fib or just plain go back on my word if I were to give in. And I will not give in. <BR> <BR> So, again, I enjoyed my turkey sausage sandwich and c... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 14:09:15 EST A Poor Food Choice & A Reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615639 Yesterday evening, tired and a bit disheveled, I caved to some organic, sea salt caramels. They were in one of those clear, clam shell type containers and stood out like jewels in the roughage in the health food aisle. They didn't belong in the health food aisle. Some well-meaning stock boy put them there while glancing at the product and seeing that the word, "organic," and the brand was in common with the tree bark cookies, chicken nuggets minus the chicken, and asphalt-flavored cereal. So ... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 07:41:18 EST Staying in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612594 I don't know whether it's the weight loss or the resolve to continue to do the next right thing or what, but I am feeling pretty good in my own skin lately, and that has not always been the case. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow, I say the heck with the game and all the food. I am staying in to play "Monstrosity" with my 4-year-old instead. And I plan to feel good about myself, and my food choices, at day's end. <BR> <BR> And then I'll be at it fresh to hit it hard at the gym first thing Monday ahead of ... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 23:05:33 EST Eating the oatmeal... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605928 I am off to a good start, and it is really about time. I had oatmeal for breakfast with about half the brown sugar I usually mix in and am feeling good about this food choice. I downed another one of those candida-crushing probiotics with my regular vitamins and am hoping that I have gained the assistance of a reliable ally in the weight loss battle. Why does this have to be such a battle for me? Argh. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 08:36:55 EST Got snookered in... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605333 Well, this was a weak moment for me, but I wound up spending $39.99 on some alleged Candida-crushing, super-duper probiotics online from some company I've never heard of. I do not so often fall victim to online ads, but this one had me totally tuned in and I bought in hard. Guess it's good I did not double-down and pick up the three-month supply discount. Not sure what to think anymore, but certainly hoping it will help. I am a hot mess lately. <BR> <BR> If anyone has any insights or persona... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:54:52 EST Cutting the Fake Sugar = Cutting the Cravings http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582248 I have come to realize that consuming fake sugar has led to compulsive real sugar binging hours later. I know. I know. This has been documented or at least written about before. And, actually, I had read and ignored these findings. But now I have anecdotal evidence to go along with the studies. Simply stated, I cannot seem to get enough sugar hours after downing a seemingly innocuous can of Diet Coke. <BR> <BR> It's like I trick and tease my body with the fake stuff only to succumb to the re... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 19:54:38 EST Call Me Butterscotch Boy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580799 Me thinks I have discovered a good way to forget about butter, and I do love my butter. Somehow, and really by accident, I got in to a batch of butterscotch candies and after sucking on a few, I forgot that I had been pining for way more damaging snacks. You know, the type of snack that is slathered in butter and sweet on the lips. <BR> <BR> Maybe butterscotch candies can be added to the tool kit to thwart off cravings? The verdict is still out for sure, and I only reached for them because m... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 13:34:41 EST A strange idea for Thanksgiving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549420 Eat!!! <BR> <BR> Warning: This advice may or may not be backed by research, good judgement or even just plain common sense. Still, I feel obliged to share this tidbit based on past practice, and past failures. We are all learning, otherwise we would not be here on this site. So here it goes once more... <BR> <BR> Eat!!! <BR> <BR> If you instead watch people eat and desire what is on their lips and not yours you may not eat today but you will eat tomorrow and feel even worse about it. Absta... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 21:32:54 EST Slowly & Steadily Losing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512110 Not sure whether it's psychological or physiological or both, but as the pounds are now steadily and slowly vanishing from week to week, I have noticed that both my appetite and my cravings are waning as well. In any case, it is certainly a good thing, and has had a compounding effect thus far on the weight loss to date. <BR> <BR> I have read that as the body shrinks in size, fewer calories are needed. Hence, fewer calories are desired. Granted, I still eat poorly at times, but, thankfully, ... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 07:56:02 EST Habits Can & Do Change Incrementally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490095 In my professional circle, I have been seeing and hearing this word, incrementally, a lot lately, and for whatever reason. I figured I'd steal it for my next overdue blog post. <BR> <BR> Over the last several months, aside from slow but steady weight loss, I have noticed that my bad habits are slowly but surely changing for the better, incrementally. It seems that much like weight loss, nothing happens right away. And it probably should not. I have found that as my body changes, incrementall... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 10:51:31 EST Looking back with a chuckle... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5457169 It's funny how thinking and reactions shift over time, as habits change for the better. The other night, while enjoying sushi with the three most important women in my life, I recalled a time when I would have to repeat myself to waiters in disbelief about the pending order. Conversations about food with strangers whose job it is to bring the food would go something like this... <BR> <BR> "Sir, did you say you wanted six sushi rolls?," uttered in a voice loud enough for three tables to hear ... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:08:02 EST The 4-yr old was winded before me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5452222 Just wanted to happily report that my little girl was winded before me while running back to the car from the beach. We were just having a bit of fun, and I easily outlasted her. So psyched. <BR> <BR> A year ago today, it actually took some doing to get up and out of the low-rider beach chair when it was time to go home. And truth be told, I was usually miserable getting onto or off of the beach. Beach bumming and overeating really do not mix. <BR> <BR> Today is a better day for the beach.... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 22:24:20 EST Poised for Behavioral Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5446112 Sometimes living this life the way we want to live it is simply about making a decision and committing to that decision to get the desired result. For the record, on this day, Aug. 6, I have made that decision: to eat and live well on this day. And when tomorrow comes, I will simply recommit. Still, today is about only today. I woke up feeling good; am now settled in for what should be a productive and insightful conference; and I am set, psychologically, to eat and feel well. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 08:07:22 EST Work Troubles: Yet Another Excuse... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5439202 Well, work sucked so far this week. And it's not even Wednesday. Still working into the wee hours on this Tuesday night/ Wednesday morning. And it's not like I'm going to be able to roll in to the office any later tomorrow, meaning later today. Pray. <BR> <BR> So this is familiar turf for over-eating issues. I cave easily to fried foods and other garbage when sleep deprived. It is as if my mind and body are saying... "You need something. You are incomplete today, and missing something. Eat s... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:20:01 EST Welcome to my spin zone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5437847 Don't worry. I promise that this little blog has absolutely nothing to do with the nonsense nowhere sport that some call spinning. That is a dreadful enterprise. This blog has all to do with the spin that I am putting on my recent caving into temptation. <BR> <BR> More good news. For those of you who were thinking... "Hey, why is this clown shirtless all of a sudden? Please put something on..." Fear not, at this rate, shirts, bulky sweaters, and maybe even tents will be needed to cover up th... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:12:57 EST Taking a Stand for Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436183 This is more of a pledge than a blog, so I apologize in advance if it reads as a selfish rant, or worse yet, a narcissist's manifesto of sorts. <BR> <BR> From this day forward, I simply refuse to allow the shortcomings of others, which cause me great stress, to manifest themselves in to my sick compulsion to binge eat in a vain effort to feel better. It does not work and never has. Without exception, I always wind up feeling worse and the reason is simple. <BR> <BR> When others hurt me, wh... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:24:37 EST Slow & Steady... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5428269 Well, if this journey is about stamina, I've got plenty of it. Been rolling on the site for over a year now, and have lost significant weight, yet consistently fail to meet goals in a timely fashion. But now I'm thinking: What's time got to do with it? I eat better. I feel better. I look better. And I live better. <BR> <BR> Deadlines are for work. Lifestyle changes are for life. I am feeling good and looking forward while enjoying the present. I see no other way. <BR> <BR> Thanks for readi... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 13:07:49 EST Getting on that scale... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5420211 Every Sunday morning for the last year or so I have weighed in. Tomorrow is no exception. I am feeling good ahead of the weigh-in. <BR> <BR> Thanks in large part to the inspiring motivators on this site, my lifestyle is changing for the better. This is truly no longer just about weight loss for me. In fact, the weight loss is becoming more secondary than primary, and I feel better because of this. <BR> <BR> Sure, I have lost some weight, 15 plus pounds so far, and many more to go. And it ha... Sat, 13 Jul 2013 22:18:00 EST Good reading onsite... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5412406 Just read Watson's article regarding binge eating and learned a bunch. While I recommend that all read her piece in its entirety, my take-aways for what they're worth are as follows... <BR> <BR> Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate in this blasted Jersey heat! I recently stumbled upon the epiphany that I often crave sweets and fatty foods more in summer than in any other season. This might very well be because I'm thirsty, not so much hungry, and my body does not know the difference. <BR> <BR> Skippin... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 13:15:40 EST Honestly though... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407412 I am new to smartphoning, and hence, new to the little epiphanies that have come about myself via some very helpful Apps that totally relate to my weight loss goals. I learned a bunch this past month, specifically due to my newly meticulous tracking of expenses. There is one such category for eating out. Holy Schnikees! <BR> <BR> While I formally eat out like a human being (ex: sit-down meal with wait service) only about once or twice a month, I do indeed eat a great deal of garbage over the... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 12:37:44 EST Low energy, but lower weight ain't so bad... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5399089 Well, I am down another two pounds from last week. This is good news, of course. As documented in my last blog, the weight loss path has been slow, safe and steady. I am very grateful for my health, especially since my early April cardiac event scare. This is a lifestyle change; not a diet. Eff' dieting. And please forgive the half-assed attempt at profanity. That's better. <BR> <BR> As for the energy level, it is low, but I suspect due to the constant fight against that imposter assassin, a... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:10:42 EST Slowly but surely, and safely... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5390684 No offense to those who do so, but I am proud to report that I have finally begun to naturally and safely lose pounds little by little without the artificial and compromising "aid" of dieting or pilling. I am committed to a life style change and thus, my progress is not only encouraging and needed in the short term, but sustainable and even enjoyable in the long term. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 10:16:28 EST Living life for a change... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5383726 So pleased to report that I have finally made the decision to live, experience, explore and enjoy all the little things so that I can endure, overcome and impact in positive, lasting ways. Sun, 9 Jun 2013 19:53:48 EST Feeling good, mostly http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330514 Well, another Sunday is here, representing another opportunity to start a new week off right. And what better incentive to do just that than spring flowers and sunshine? I know of none. <BR> <BR> This past week was fair to poor, a bit rocky altogether really. Illness has thrown off my game a bit. Make that, it had thrown my game off a bit. <BR> <BR> All in all, I am still making more good choices than poor ones, and I remain enthused and excited about my life shift plans that are now well i... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 11:22:24 EST Another epiphany leading to change... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321888 Brace yourselves, this could be an ugly one. <BR> <BR> First, let me begin by stating clearly that I am not blaming anyone for my over-eating indulgences and related high caloric blunders. I am of course responsible for my own actions, and I am at least somewhat proud to state that these days more than half the time I am taking the right actions when it comes to food and behaviors consistent with my weight loss goals. Still, there is work to be done and improvements to be made. <BR> <BR> Ok... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:26:36 EST A Scare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5312808 Well, it happened. My poor eating habits have led me to the hospital. "Minor cardiac episode" is what they called it. It all went down yesterday afternoon into last night. And I am still here for testing and observation. Heart disease runs in my family, but still I have no one to blame but myself. <BR> <BR> While I have actually been better lately and generally eat more sensibly than I used to, I can still be a real animal, a dog, when it comes to certain junk foods. I sniff it out, get a ta... Fri, 5 Apr 2013 15:44:42 EST Going out to eat like a pro... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5307444 So, I have a professional lunch date today and I am planning ahead like a good little worker bee. It is the first of April, but I am no fool. I know what to do and how to do it. It is really just a matter of how often I do it, meaning the right thing. <BR> <BR> So, just for the sake of coming clean, I plan to avoid the following foods on this Opening Day 2013 while dining with a colleague: french fries, wings, pizza, burgers, calamari, and pretty much anything else that involves a deep frie... Mon, 1 Apr 2013 11:37:50 EST It's not easy but entirely worth it... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5305513 I realize that I am stating the obvious, but it helps me to post about just how hard it has been for me to shed unwanted pounds. And I have lost a few, about 12 all tolled, but it has taken forever and I am far from on schedule. Still, despite a few see-saw battles, I have succeeded in keeping at least this little chunk of weight off for several months now. And for me, that's progress. But I'm not bragging. Plenty of work to do. The good news is that this is not a race; it's a lifestyle chang... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:56:44 EST Good News: It's still cold out there... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5297173 Well, as long as it's still cold out here in Jersey, I still have time to get it together for bikini season. ;-) So, there is still time for me to get back on track and lose weight ahead of the warmer weather. <BR> <BR> Last week started off well enough but then I caved, actually imploded, as job-related stressors mounted. The calorie intake on Thursday and Friday was massive. Unfortunately, old habits die hard. Still, on the plus side, I am still exercising routinely and vigorously; I am ve... Sat, 23 Mar 2013 12:28:45 EST Feeling a craving coming on... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5286488 Well, I am certainly familiar with this feeling. It is a craving and it is about a 6 right now on the diet implosion scale. My plan is simple and I am really just putting it out there over the lunch hour so as to commit to it, or so I hope. Here it goes... <BR> <BR> First, I will drink some more water and have a chat with a colleague, thereby distracting myself from nearby temptation. (There are three really top-notch, no-holds-barred fried chicken joints within a stone's throw of my new gig... Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:49:31 EST Really? An apple a day??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5279344 Well, it seems that there might actually be something to this old adage after all. This work week I ate an apple a day at the first sign of hunger between breakfast and lunch, generally around 11:00, and wouldn't you know it: I craved less and ate way less. And I feel good even though I worked hard all week. <BR> <BR> I am hoping that I do not tire of these apples. I do like them very much. I could go crazy and have an orange instead one day. Wow. I am living life on the edge, but my new bal... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 20:15:32 EST Gave a little, but took in a lot... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269942 Oh no. Not again. I am fresh off another calorie-crazed indulgence of the worst kind. I told myself I deserved it and even had a little script play out in my brain before the first of many bites of all the wrong things. It went something like this... <BR> <BR> I donated blood today but had to wait quite a bit beforehand, as there were many fellow donors present. It was pleasant enough on the little bloodmobile bus. There I was with some good reading material; engaged in some friendly banter ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 15:31:00 EST Habits are changing for the better, hopefully for good http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5265991 I am making some progress lately and I am happy to report on it. And when I think about it, there have been far too many times in the past where I have blogged or journaled about negative trending with respect to weight loss, or lack thereof, eating right, or just plain living well. So, I am overdue for this. <BR> <BR> My day started off stressful enough. While I did manage to get to the gym at 6:00 for a quick workout, I left harried, and running late, feeling somewhat disappointed in mysel... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:39:51 EST Let's a get a roll join... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5264810 Hey, folks. Just reporting herein that I am long overdue for a nice roll of days that are good and sensible days with respect to eating and living. Today has been a good day thus far and better yet, the workday is almost over. Getting there quickly anyway. <BR> <BR> So, guess that's it for now. Just figured I'd go public with some positively to keep this little streak alive. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a great day. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:09:21 EST Lost one, but I know where the others are hiding http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5261849 Well, I am down a modest pound since my last official weigh-in and while that is moderately good news and certainly better than gaining a pound, or worse, I know very well where at least several other pounds that could have been lost are hiding. <BR> <BR> For starters, the M&M raids have got to stop. I have heard the legend of this little candy, and maybe it's true, that they were first used on the battle fields by soldiers looking for an extra boost. They slammed a handful and then charged ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 08:48:29 EST Saving the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260442 Just writing to report briefly, and somewhat proudly, that I was able to actually reverse some bad trending this afternoon after a rough start that involved several handfuls of M&M's. The short version is as follows... <BR> <BR> After this seemingly innocuous little chocofiasco I corrected myself and had a very healthy day that involved extended play with the three-year-old, a very sensible and light lunch, and a modest dinner that I prepared (fresh leaf lettuce with diced apples, pears and ... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:05:32 EST Back in the Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258709 I know, I know, it is a tired and trite headline for this little blog, but it fits. After a full year of flirting with the 250-lb mark, a nagging injury notwithstanding, and not making much progress at all, I am back in the game. So there it is again in case you missed the worn out sports phrase the first time. But seriously, I am feeling good about myself and ready to commit anew to some serious, long-term, healthy-me lifestyle changes. I am already swimming on a regular basis and look more ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 11:54:49 EST