FLORIDASURVEYOR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=FLORIDASURVEYOR FLORIDASURVEYOR'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/ Boring Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5054350 Weight loss has been sluggish...so, have been keeping away from the scale a little lately. I feel good and my clothes fit (which is a red flag warning). <BR> <BR> Still logging, except for slacking off a bit on the weekends. Watching portions and trying to make most meals as healthy as I can. <BR> <BR> Walking & Running some...trying 3-4 times a week. Back up to 10-15 minute intervals in hopes of ramping back up to 30 minutes or more (5k territory). <BR> <BR> Wow...that was pretty dull. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 12:05:12 EST Bad/Good Sparker http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5024894 I have not added a blog in quite a while...haven't been sure what to write...and also had been a bit dissappointed in myself for a while. <BR> <BR> I had let myself backslide some for a couple of months or so. Gained about 15 pounds...its funny how easy it was :) I also slacked off on logging my food, which was the main thing that helped me so much in losing weight. Also, I gave up the gym and running and, in general, was not exercising near enough. <BR> <BR> Okay...enough of that trash... Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:30:23 EST Ups and Downs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4777806 Have not been on Sparkpeople foe a few days...and then just to check in quick. Kinda backsliding in the healthy eating department. Have gained a few pounds...not happy with the scale right now, but still stepping on it every Monday. Have started out each day with good intentions...packing a healthy lunch and having a decent breakfast...but, it falls apart a little as the day wears on. I am in need of some extra willpower. <BR> <BR> Its not all bad. In the last three weeks I have run tw... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 17:01:14 EST My first 5k is behind me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4749244 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/7/l372465495.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A new milestone...or should i say a 3.1 milestone! <BR> <BR> This past Saturday I ran in the Blue-Gray 5k in Lake City, FL. We started at 7:00 am and I finished 34 min 20 sec later....not the fastest...but not the slowest. 5th in my age group and 53rd out of the 76 participants. <BR> <BR> I'm very satisfied with my time, but more satisfied with actually finishing and the fact that I ran every single step...no w... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 10:10:51 EST Moving Faster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4698748 Yesterday I completed week 5 of my couch-5k running plan...which means I had a 20 minute uninterrupted run. This probably doesn't sound like much to the marathon runners...but, considering I have likely not run a cumulative 20 minutes in the last 15 years, this is a satisfying accomplishment for me. <BR> <BR> My right knee is a bit stiff, since I crammed the entire week's training into 3 consecutive days. A sports related injury!....rare in my family. <BR> <BR> 'Possible 5k next month'...... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:21:28 EST 2 years and counting! On to 2012! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4651872 Today is my 2 year Sparkaversary! <BR> <BR> On January 2, 2010 I stepped on a scale for the first time in a few years (a scale I had to buy from amazon.com, because our existing scale would not weigh me). The scale said 406 pounds. A wake up call for a 52 year old man. I realized this may be the final call to salvage my relatively good health. <BR> <BR> Stopped eating like a teenager and began an adult diet. After a while I added a walking regimen. <BR> <BR> My Sparkaversary report: <B... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 17:21:57 EST Not Exactly a "Sparky" Holiday! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4638499 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l386818411.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I don't know why, being the youngest in my family, that our house has become a "host" house for Christmas. Even though I am not that young anymore, the youngest kid used to be able to get away with being the black sheep or the late arrival at the festivities. <BR> <BR> Instead of being guests, we are hosts...only seven people this year, but enough to require the prerequisite amount of food for 7 people...in other... Mon, 26 Dec 2011 09:01:51 EST The gym report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608570 I promised a couple people I would blog about my newbie gym experiences. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I did something new...completely foreign to me. On my lunch hour, I went to the gym, changed clothes, worked out properly, changed back and returned to work. <BR> <BR> This, I'm sure, sounds perfectly normal to some.....but to me this is a big step...acting like a regular gym guy. <BR> <BR> Its amazing, after acting like a fat guy for so long, that I can suprise myself with such everyday, healthy... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 22:10:11 EST You can call me "Gym" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4595275 Okay...big step...I set foot in a gym for the first time ever. <BR> <BR> The membership I won in a raffle...6 free months at the fitness center. Some sort of sign, I guess....either that or I was the only raffle ticket purchaser for that particular prize, as I won handily. <BR> <BR> I did not plan on going in there today. Its 24 hour access, so I planned my first trip to be Thanksgiving morning, prior to our guests arriving...I figured the place would be deserted and there would be nobody... Tue, 22 Nov 2011 11:02:41 EST Only a minute? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4591112 My first video blog...so I thought I would embarrass myself a little. What is in the video would have killed me a couple of years ago...at 406 lbs. Its only a minute, but I am proud of it...and its only a start. Thanks Sparkpeople...and SparkFriends. Sat, 19 Nov 2011 09:51:43 EST By the Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3781083 I have not added a blog recently, but I have been thinking lately about numbers...there are lots of them involved in the process of getting fit and losing weight. My work consists of handling numbers all day long, so I naturally do the math on everything. Here are a few things I have come up with. <BR> <BR> First...Since January I have lost 126 pounds (113 of them with Sparkpeople). Given my starting weight I am now, as I show on my sparkpage, 70 percent of the man I use to be. This seem... Sat, 13 Nov 2010 10:34:38 EST "Fitting in" better! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3124463 When some folks lose weight, they talk about "fitting in". They "fit in" smaller clothes, like favorite jeans. <BR> <BR> I was sitting in a metal office chair today, in the office of my boss...a place where I have sat hundreds of times, squeezing into the chair, rubbing both sides. I noticed today that I "fit in" better. <BR> <BR> While getting my haircut last week, in a stylist's chair where I have sat dozens of times....in the past it was a tight spot! I noticed this last time that I s... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 21:20:33 EST A bunch of Questions answered http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2988985 I got this from a blog by TWICE THEMAN who got it from PINPRESS, who got from SIMPLETAILOR, who got it from BILLALEX70. Keep it going if you so choose. <BR> <BR> If you've are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! paste these instructions in the body of your blog. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. What time did you get up this morning? about 5:15 AM <BR> <BR> 2. How do you like your steak? Medium, Rare <BR> <BR> 3. What was the last fil... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 20:42:04 EST Some food is just evil! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2910250 I goofed today and went too close to ice cream....ice cream is evil. I told my wife that I would not eat ice cream unless we made a special trip and ate it somewhere else but home....well thats what we did. <BR> <BR> I discovered that our new local ice cream parlor, Scoops n' More (emphasis on "More") has a rather large hot fudge sundae. I will not divulge the scoop count, but suffice to say that I went over my calorie range for the very first time! <BR> <BR> Ice cream has always been my ... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 19:27:48 EST Valentine's Day is hard on the diet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2881349 Okay...we went to see a play at a local Community theater and then went to a favorite spot...an italian restaurant....and it was very good, spaghetti & sausage...and a cannoli. <BR> <BR> The calorie count was alarming....but I stayed within my calorie range. I have only one other time got within my range, prefering to actually eat less. <BR> <BR> Back on the straight and narrow toworrow...but it was a fine meal. Luckily, we do not eat there often, as pasta is a weakness for me having gro... Sun, 14 Feb 2010 18:41:10 EST Don't go to Whole Foods hungry! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2853467 I am glad that the nearest Whole Foods store is over 60 miles away, so that I do not find myself in one everyday...especially when very hungry! <BR> <BR> They have a great food bar, where I racked up a 1200 calorie lunch/dinner. I have rarely, in the past weeks, made it up into my suggested calorie range... I did today. <BR> <BR> But we stayed away from buying any bakery items...only getting some fish for this weeks dinners. <BR> <BR> Don't shop hungry !! :) Sun, 7 Feb 2010 20:09:50 EST Real Men don't ask for doggy bags http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2850072 "Real men don't get doggy bags" is what I jokingly said to my wife at a restaurant today. For the first time I can remember ever doing, I actually boxed half of my lunch (veal parmesian) and took it home to eat at another meal. She did the same. Money and calories saved! Sat, 6 Feb 2010 21:13:08 EST Had a Clam steam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2773937 Being from the North and currently living down South, I have become used to BBQ's, and miss going to clam steams...they just don't know about that here! I just recreated a clam steam in my microwave steamer by steaming up a couple of dozen small (littleneck) clams for my wife and I. We also steam a couple of ears of corn. The clams are suprisingly low on calories and high on protein for a dozen. A nice change of pace too. Wed, 20 Jan 2010 19:29:16 EST The Black and White Cookie in the Kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2764394 Into my third full week on Sparkpeople and changing my eating habits...it is going great! I feel better already. My worst problem is that I am falling well below the calorie range suggested for my stats...I find that I really don't care to eat that much...however....on a trip to Fresh Market today for some fish, my wife bought a couple of black-and-white cookies. Being formally from NY state, these cookies are my absolute favorite bakery item. I have a feeling that one will disappear very... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 21:33:11 EST