HAPPYPATTY1's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HAPPYPATTY1 HAPPYPATTY1'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/ Seriously? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5431962 I have a friend. Let's call her D. <BR> <BR> D had three kids, ballooned to a huge weight. Did the whole liquid diet thing. Just couldn't do it. <BR> <BR> I haven't seen her for awhile - years in fact (not sure how that happened... but there it is). <BR> <BR> Just saw a picture of her on facebook. <BR> <BR> She's probably lost 100 pounds. <BR> <BR> If she can do it, I can do it. <BR> <BR> I'm jealous, envious, and sort of embarassed. <BR> <BR> If she can do it, I can do it. <BR> <B... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 14:09:49 EST Who knew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5421784 So, apparently, you can't get me to turn on a computer on a weekend even with threats. I just can't do it. Weekends are for lounging, reading, gardening, exercising, cooking, canning, gardening, gardening, gardening. Not for the computer, phone, or any other technology. Just can't do it. <BR> <BR> That's the introvert in me, I guess. <BR> <BR> So, the 4th was a 4 day weekend, and apparently that's all it takes to get me out of a habit. Even though I have been eating well, and moving p... Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:55:08 EST A tiny victory http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5409713 A few months ago, I went to a CAbI party. If you don't know what that is, it's like Pampered Chef, or Stella & Dot, or Tupperware, but it's clothes. Expensive, but really great quality clothes. I have been to several ove the years, and the hostess never seems to have big girl clothes. She tops out about about size 10. They make the clothes in larger sizes, but she tends to not carry them. So, this last time, I took a chance and bought this super cute top: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 14:00:51 EST Decide to go. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5408811 I kinda hate to exercise. <BR> <BR> I like how I feel afterward. <BR> I am really enjoying how much more energy I have. <BR> I am looking forward to being in better shape. <BR> <BR> But I don't like to to move my bod in such a way that it hurts, iiggles, etc. And I sweat SO badly. <BR> <BR> Since I was a kid, I have had a really hard time with heat - as in heat exhaustion, heat stroke, etc. Happens to me almost any time I am outside working in direct sun over about 80 degrees. So, I e... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 17:29:14 EST Electronically Dark Weekends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5407680 I work in front of a computer. All day. Every day. Minumum of 8 hours, usually more like 10. I spend a significant amout of time in excel, as well as various other programs that my company uses. <BR> <BR> As a result, I have no interest in computers on the weekend. None. It is all I can do to even turn a computer on during a weekend. So, generally, I forego all digital work on weekends. I don't miss it. I do tend to get grief from people though, because this generally means I don't... Mon, 1 Jul 2013 16:42:29 EST Uhm... yeah... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404622 So I didn't blog yesterday. Didn't have time, and decided that was okay. <BR> <BR> That said, I did move my bod. <BR> <BR> And this morning, I went for a walk at about 5. I have been bugged lately because when I walk in the morning, I carry my shuffle (attached to some piece of clothing), my phone, and a flashlight. The phone and flashlight have been going into a pocket of a fleece jacket. The problem with that is that my fleece jacket is too hot. I don't want to carry that stuff in m... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:43:13 EST At war with the word "should" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5402504 I went for a nice walk/run this morning. It was dark and quiet (except for Adele and Eminem on my shuffle). The 'hood had not awakened yet, and I had it to myself. <BR> <BR> And as I walked, I made a decision. <BR> <BR> No more counting. (with one exception, see below*) <BR> <BR> Not calories, steps, minutes, sit-ups, downward dogs, Wii scores, glasses of water, meals in restaurants, pants sizes, bra sizes, pounds on the scale, number of vegetables I've eaten today, spark points, minu... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:49:45 EST Oh, heck no #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5401409 Yeah... not so good at the blogging, am I. <BR> <BR> Also, not so good at the sticking with a plan, or eating well, or following through, or being consistent. <BR> <BR> Aha. Well I got a new job. And the new job comes with some kick-ass benefits. One of the benefits is a nice little bribe. If I get a physical, the company puts $1000 in an account for me to spend on my health. Now that, my friends is a darn good benefit. So, I went to my doctor, she filled out the form, she sent me to ... Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:30:23 EST Oh HECK no! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190203 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1086955825.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is my husband and me at my mother-in-law's house in Arizona over Christmas. See that cute, lean guy? He married a cute, fairly lean girl almost six years ago. Where is she? I see her no where in this picture. <BR> <BR> After looking at this picture, I realize that I haven't seen myself in about 5 years. I don't look in mirrors, I don't buy myself clothes, I rarely take pictures... <BR> <BR> And then t... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:43:29 EST She's baaaaack. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4633979 Random and disjointed... forgive me... <BR> <BR> I wish I had a profound reason for being absent for six months. Ya know... trekked across Nepal. Did a stint with the Peace Corp. Got stuck in an elevator and had to be brought food and water throught the top hatch. Anything, really, but the truth. <BR> <BR> The truth is that I can be sidetracked all too easily. <BR> The truth is that I can really only do ONE thing at a time with any competence. <BR> The truth is that I wasn't making pro... Wed, 21 Dec 2011 11:55:35 EST It's really simple. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4112239 This is simple math. <BR> To get everything done in a day means no more BSing around with phone games. <BR> It means good nutrition so I have the energy to get everything done. <BR> It means drinking enough water. <BR> It means being clear about goals. <BR> <BR> Don’t get all crazy about it – just write a list first thing in the morning, reduce the amount of time wasting that’s happening, and get ‘er done. <BR> <BR> It’s not rocket science. <BR> <BR> It’s discipline and time management. T... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 10:29:31 EST Voice of Reason #6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3962798 Questions from Kim: <BR> <BR> 6. Is your plan all about food, or does it include fitness too? <BR> <BR> Well, I'm glad you asked! My plan, (which is moving along beautifully by the way), was to get the worst monkeys off my back (caffeine and sugar), for a month before adding anything else. It will be a month this weekend. So now my plan is this: <BR> Work (from home) 6am-3pm every day. That's 9 hours. Should be enough. <BR> Work out (or garden), from about 3 to 6pm... includes changing... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 12:38:26 EST Voice of Reason #5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3924422 My friend Kim gave me a whole long list of questions about my Quadruple Smackdown... and I'm gonna take 'em one by one... <BR> <BR> # 5. Can you come up with a list of alternatives for each of these foods? For example, what will you eat when you want sugar? Can you come up with a list of fun recipes and go-to snacks? Can you make a list of the specific foods you crave, feelings that lead you to eat certain things, specific situations, etc., and then in another column, write down what you wi... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:53:28 EST Try vs. am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3903109 Have you ever read NOTABOUTTHEFACE? She just wrote a great blog about the mental games we play with ourselves... about how we say we will try to get to the gym today, or we will try to exercise... but try in that context is really sort of a namby-pamby-wormy way to declare ourweak intentions. After than comes DO - getting out there and making ourselves actually DO the work... <BR> <BR> But I think after "I will try", and "I do", comes "I am" <BR> <BR> I am an athlete <BR> I am healthy <BR... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 11:00:07 EST Voice of Reason #4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3901305 My friend Kim gave me a whole long list of questions about my Quadruple Smackdown... and I'm gonna take 'em one by one... <BR> <BR> <BR> #4. Are you making these changes out of positive or negative feelings toward your body? <BR> <BR> Neither, I don't think... or maybe both? <BR> <BR> The changes are for the following reasons (in no particular order) <BR> 1.) I don't like to feel my belly fat sloshing around when I'm gettin' jiggy with my boy. <BR> 2.) My skin is totalled. <BR> 3.) I ... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 18:12:12 EST Voice of Reason #3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3882243 My friend Kim gave me a whole long list of questions about my Quadruple Smackdown... and I'm gonna take 'em one by one... <BR> <BR> <BR> #3. All the things you've listed are what you're NOT going to do. Now, what ARE you going to do? Maybe you can explore different kinds of bread & formulate your own genius sandwich creations? Come up with some yummy new dishes with whole grains you can eat? Challenge yourself to eat 9 different freggies every day? Can you find something positive and fun t... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 22:13:55 EST Voice of Reason #2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3874244 My friend Kim gave me a whole long list of questions about my Quadruple Smackdown... and I'm gonna take 'em one by one... <BR> <BR> # 2. What can you do to reward yourself for success and keep yourself motivated? How about a prize for each successful day of the first week to get you over that hurdle? <BR> <BR> So here I am on day three... and the smackdown is flawless. I had a wicked headache yesterday, but three advil took care of it. I didn't need excedrin (which has caffeine), so that'... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 13:10:46 EST Voice of Reason #1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3871633 My friend Kim gave me a whole long list of questions about my Quadruple Smackdown... and I'm gonna take 'em one by one... <BR> <BR> #1. What are you going to do to get back on track if you find yourself having trouble? If you're jumping "all in", how can you keep yourself from falling completely "all out" when you hit an obstacle? <BR> <BR> This is my achilles heel. As an addictive person, it's all or nothing. So... if I eat some sugar, does that mean it's a trip to the candy store? Uhm.... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 11:58:25 EST To the kid standing at the end of the diving board... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3869046 Let me begin by saying that I have been a weasel. I get it. I want it, then I don't do anything about it. (Okay, okay, I "say" I want it, then don't do anything about it)... I am the kid at the end of the diving board. Standing there. Standing there. Standing there. I have turned around and walked off the board so many times I can't even count. If you are still reading my blog, thanks for hanging in there with me. <BR> <BR> Then, I have been fighting my nature for awhile now. I kno... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 11:15:10 EST I don't believe it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3809906 That's it. <BR> <BR> I don't believe it. <BR> <BR> I have been pounding my head against pavement for months trying to figure out why I can't get going, why I can't get motivated. I have been looking for the key for so long, dancing, dancing, dancing around it. <BR> <BR> "Occam's Razor": the simplest explanation is usually right (Written 2/10) <BR> "Ashamed of myself": slipping back into sugar-lust syndrome (Written 5/10) <BR> "To the kid on the sidelines": starting is too hard (writt... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 12:47:11 EST 365 day makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3806758 Short and sweet at the moment... <BR> <BR> Nothing derails like a sinus infection... I think I slept until noon on Tuesday. WHEW!!! But I'm feeling better. Better enough to accomplish a couple of goals today <BR> <BR> 1.) Strength Training (health) <BR> 2.) Give myself a manicure (beauty) <BR> <BR> I'm also heading to the store to see if they have any organic turkey on sale... today would be the day for that! <BR> <BR> More later... <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Nov 2010 11:40:44 EST Working on the 365 day makeover http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3804536 Yeah... what is it, day 4, and I've been in bed for two days straight with either strep throat or a sinus infection. <BR> <BR> Greaaat. Just fab. <BR> <BR> I am responsible for pumpkin chiffon pie tomorrow... and the thought of standing up for the hour it will take to make it is exhausting me! <BR> <BR> But once I get over it, here I come!!!! Wed, 24 Nov 2010 21:18:38 EST What I know about who I am http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3799942 I've been on "tilt" for awhile now. <BR> <BR> I've been traveling for work like crazy (Seattle, Denver, Orlando, St. Louis, and Philly in the last three weeks)... it has been both good and challenging. Good because traveling is the best way for me to get out of my head and hit the reset button. Challenging because, well, that much travel and restaurant eating is not the healthiest thing in the world. <BR> <BR> Something I've been pondering is how to take the things about myself that I kee... Mon, 22 Nov 2010 15:28:34 EST Finding my center http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3748541 So, I haven't been sparking lately. I haven't been sparked either. I just read a blog by my dear Kim at 1BIGDREAM, and started to respond, then realized I was writing a blog. <BR> <BR> Not sparking, but busy. <BR> <BR> I am simplifying my life. There are some great blogs out there about simplifying and I find them very motivating. I have been scanning papers into my computer so I have less clutter. Several postings on freecycle and trips to goodwill, and resale clothing shops... One of... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 13:24:09 EST Some good news from the cardiologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3682601 So I finally saw the pulmonary doctor, and she suspects asthma. But she wanted to a good baseline evaluation of both heart and lungs. <BR> <BR> So, today I had a stress EKG. <BR> <BR> First of all, my BP was 90/60. Niiiice! <BR> <BR> Second, the doc said, while looking at the ultrasound, that my arteries, heart, and all that look absolutely PERFECT! <BR> <BR> And I didn't get too breathless while doing the test, so that was good. <BR> <BR> Still not allowed to exercise, and the lung t... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 15:54:08 EST Hitting bottom in Nature's Cathedral http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3633634 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l43216265.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The week was good, and it was bad. In spite of constantly going, visiting with family, hordes of people, taking walks, staring through binoculars at the climbers on El Capitan, still, I was able to have a good long visit with my soul while in the most holy place I know. <BR> <BR> The original intention was that my dad, brother and I were going to hike Half Dome to celebrate our birthdays (my 50th, my brother's 47t... Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:10:19 EST Stolen from Yoovie for the weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3604632 What 3 totally non-lazy things are you going to do? <BR> <BR> 1.) Clean up the legume bed (peas, beans), and get it ready for potatoes <BR> 2.) Balance my checkbook <BR> 3.) Walk around Lafayette Reservoir <BR> <BR> What 3 excuses are banished from your vocabulary? <BR> <BR> 1.) I can't because... (this is a whole category in and of itself, having a lot to do with the fact that i can turn ANYTHING into a valid excuse) <BR> 2.) I will, but first... (see #1) <BR> 3.) I'm not really ... Fri, 3 Sep 2010 17:49:58 EST #1 item on my 50 by 50 is out... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3599841 My dad and I went with a friend of mine for a shake-down hike last weekend. Mostly it was to test all our gear, and get some high altitude work in. <BR> <BR> The good news is that it was beautiful! We left out of Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite and hiked up the Lyell Fork about 6.5 miles. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l767357135.jpg"> <BR> (The trailhead) <BR> <BR> Along the way, we saw what originally looked like floating ash. Uh... yeah... that would be snow. ... Thu, 2 Sep 2010 10:08:09 EST Hitting the Reset Button http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3542518 I read one of those spark comments pages... this one asked for motivational quotes that people use... I started to read them and found myself writing down my favorites: <BR> <BR> 1.) Do it now. Deal with the fear later. <BR> 2.) Is it energy giving, or energy taking? <BR> 3.) There is a difference between interest and commitment. <BR> 4.) If it ain't hunger, food can't fix it. <BR> <BR> These are all SO good... they ring true for me. I wrote them on my white board at work. <BR> <img ... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 12:12:09 EST My body loves me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3464747 DISCLAIMER: This is gonna get "woo-woo", new age-y, whacki-cali... so if you're not down with it, run while you've got the chance! <BR> <BR> My body loves me. <BR> <BR> I've known this for a long time. When I was a kid, it was great. Skinned knees, pogo-stick champion, roller skates, skiing... I could do whatever I wanted. My body always came along for the ride, and virtually never complained. <BR> <BR> Several years ago, I went on a rollerblading binge, and my body loved it. I fell o... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 12:01:24 EST The brilliance of Michelangelo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3411908 "Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. " <BR> <BR> The man created some of the most beautiful sculptures in the world. <BR> <BR> David <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l252170101.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Moses <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l142778363.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Mother and child <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l393342377.jpg"> <BR> <BR> He would see a beautiful pi... Thu, 8 Jul 2010 16:07:52 EST Seven more done on 50 by 50 list! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3404992 So, I got a whole pile of stuff done, but didn't have access to my computer, didn't have time because we were buggin' out of town, etc. Here goes a recap of life since the 29th (in order of the list!) <BR> <BR> #2 - figure out a better budgeting system for home: this was not easy... We got married late (I'm 49, Todd is 45). I am VERY independent with my money... Todd is very relaxed. We finally opened a joint checking account, but our accounts are all over the place. Makes it hard to k... Tue, 6 Jul 2010 17:08:23 EST #33 - Design a new, lawn free, front yard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3382761 I live in California, about 30 miles east of San Francisco. You would think that because I am so close to the ocean, we would have cool weather and plenty of water. <BR> <BR> But you would be wrong. Two ranges of hills separate my town from the ocean, and my weather is more like the central valley of California (wicked hot). These days, we are hovering in the 90's. <BR> <BR> We have a great water company here. You can call them and ask for a home audit, and they will come out, change ou... Tue, 29 Jun 2010 13:56:59 EST #12 - My sweet Sarah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3379471 So, I don't have kids of my own. I always thought I would, but my life got complicated, and sad, and busy, and I was afraid of men, and the biological clock ran out. I was sad about it for awhile, but then I realized that I get absolutely whatever I want in life, so if I had REALLY wanted kids, I could have made it happen. <BR> <BR> Also, I used to teach high school. I was very good at it, but I burned out after 9 years. I was lucky enough to teach in a really special, loving place (al... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:34:02 EST #15 - Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3370382 Three pairs of shoes are now in the goodwill box. <BR> <BR> Really, not much of an accomplishment, but my 50 by 50 list won't get done unless I DO it! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l152301516.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Good bye darling black and white cuties that I always get compliments on - but that hurt my feet so badly I LIMP the next day. <BR> <BR> Good bye little slippers that I wore for my wedding, and never wore again because they are torturous! <BR> <BR> Good... Fri, 25 Jun 2010 13:05:45 EST #21 - Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3347909 So I have a ROTH Ira that has been sitting in a Money Market for a couple of years. Why? because I'm lazy and was intimidated by my broker. In disgust, (both at myself and my broker), I moved it to Schwab. And there it has sat, in another money market account earning exactly $0.27 per month. This is my RETIREMENT ACCOUNT! <BR> <BR> Am I in denial that I am getting older? Am I afraid of money? Dunno. <BR> <BR> But today, I called Schwab - man they are nice people. Answered on the fir... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 14:27:57 EST 50 things by my 50th birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3345075 Realizing I need a nice swift kick in the posterior, and finding this great idea from my spark buddy 1BIGDREAM (Kim), I joined a new group (after quitting two others because I was not giving them any time at all...) <BR> <BR> Anyway, this idea is so basic, and so good, I just couldn't pass it up. Now, some of my 50 things are kinda dumb, and some are things that are already planned, but some are new motivations. <BR> <BR> I will try to take a picture of each as I accomplish them... and I w... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 17:52:59 EST Am I in the Twilight Zone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3344202 So let me start right off by saying that I am not a very good friend. I never remember birthdays. I don't like to talk on the phone, so weeks can easily go by without me reaching out to my best girls. I am a pretty avid gardener, so I don't like to go out after work (limited sun availability). <BR> <BR> Recently, a friend and I were trying to get together, and kept missing each other. She sent me a text that said "I can't meet tonight, I have to take my mom to the oncologist." Now I did... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 12:45:14 EST Now THIS was interesting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3314411 I quit drinking 23+ years ago. No issues. (Well LOTS of issues, but that isn't my point right now). <BR> <BR> Anyway, when I go to a dinner or a party or any occasion where people are drinking, my internal dialogue goes something like this: <BR> walk thru the family room, out onto the deck. Ah! There are the ice chests. I want something to drink. Hmmm... Beer - no. More beer. No. Brawwrrrrr.. What about that red cooler? Wine. No. Crap. Okay. what about that other cooler? Juic... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 16:57:49 EST I think I finally get it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3292745 First of all, for those of you who keep up with me, I withdrew from sugar on Saturday. By Sunday, I had to bum a percocet from my sister for the headache. We are talkin' HEADACHE. Oh holy cow. But by Monday morning, I felt SOOO much better... a relief. You know when you are sick and have a fever, and the fever finally breaks, and you feel just like new? Well, that's how I felt on Monday morning. Relief, renewed. <BR> <BR> I'm back at work, still getting sleepy a bit during the day (... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 12:17:46 EST I'm ready... part deux http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3269935 I think I stole this quote from someone on spark (that is to say, I know I stole, it, I think it was from spark): <BR> <BR> "If you want to do something, you will simply do it. Stop trying to force upon yourself what you are not ready to change. When your soul is ready, you will just do it... You will instinctively embody all that you had previously struggled to make your reality, and you will be hard pressed to explain why it had ever been such a struggle to begin with." <BR> <BR> And so... Wed, 26 May 2010 11:34:08 EST I'm going to hike Half Dome! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3263165 My dad and I have been training for about 7 weeks now, and I am sort of scattered: I send an email to a bunch of people about it, and I'm starting a blog, and then there is this blog... so I've decided to streamline a bit - write once/paste thrice. Hopefully it will help me pull all the disparate areas of my life (garden, half dome and ya'll) together into a more cohesive whole. <BR> <BR> Todd and I had a great hike on Saturday. My Dad is off to Spokane, so he didn't make it. We got an earl... Mon, 24 May 2010 14:29:43 EST I'm ashamed of myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3247368 Eating sugar. <BR> Hiding it from Todd. <BR> Hiding from all of you. <BR> Trying to figure out if throwing money at the problem would help (as in a health-spa-retreat type of thing) to get me detoxed once and for all. Not sure it will help. <BR> I'm sad, and depressed and afraid I will never beat this monkey. <BR> <BR> I was doing SO well... and then I sprinkled a bit of sugar on some strawberries for a family party (they were bitter). <BR> <BR> WHAM!!!!!!!!! <BR> Strap on the feedbag! ... Wed, 19 May 2010 16:24:50 EST Clean of sugar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3126959 So, on Monday I quit sugar. Cold turkey ... tapering is for whimps. <BR> <BR> This means that I also quit my morning ritual of Nestle Hot Chocolate laced with coffee. Which means that while giving up sugar, I was also giving up caffeine. <BR> <BR> And, no, I cannot drink coffee black, or straight, or whatever. <BR> <BR> The headache, malaise, inability to concentrate and NAUSEA on Monday into Tuesday was amazing. Who knew? <BR> <BR> Tuesday was better. Not great. Still missed my mo... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 13:59:36 EST Good- Bye and Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3109668 Good bye Milky Ways <BR> Good bye denial about food addiction <BR> Good bye shame <BR> Good bye guilt <BR> Good bye irritable bowel syndrome <BR> Good bye wheat and flour <BR> Good bye monkey on my back <BR> Good bye sugar <BR> Good bye excuses <BR> Good bye sad and frightened look on Todd's face <BR> Good bye hiding candy wrappers because I'm ashamed <BR> Good bye breathlessness <BR> Good bye headaches from caffeine withdrawal <BR> Good bye misery <BR> Good bye crappy skin <BR> Good bye memo... Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:23:35 EST Occam's Razor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2870023 Have you ever heard the theory of Occam's Razor? Basically, there was a Franciscan Friar in a little village called Occam (or Ockam) in England way back when, who posited that "Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily." (Historians are starting to think he pinched the idea from Aristotle, but whatever)... <BR> <BR> To put it another way: "The simplest explanation is usually the right one." <BR> <BR> The idea is used a lot in science: When things get complicated, you shave away ever... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 12:26:08 EST My dirty little secret... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2860638 A few years ago, I decided to get my MBA. I had worked in business after college, then left to teach high school for a decade, then came back to business. When I came back, I was behind in terms of my career -- people my age were all much more advanced than I was, and people who were the same level as me were all much younger. To try to leap frog myself back to where I thought I should be, I decided to get my MBA. Mind you -- I was a psychology major, and taught history and psych. I'm no... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 10:56:51 EST Physics and me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2813670 I continue to mull. I continue to struggle. It occurred to me this morning that one cannot lose weight and regain health by just thinking about it. We have to actually DO SOMETHING to get the job done. Harumph. <BR> <BR> And this thought led me back to the idea that I get absolutely whatever I want. And I'm not getting this, so I must not want it. Harumph. (Law of Attraction) <BR> <BR> And this thought let me to thinking about laws of the universe... and how this particular one - the... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 14:38:56 EST Oh the joy of being completely unplugged for 14 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2790508 I'm back. We got back from Kauai last Wednesday, but I delayed turning on the computer for as long as I possibly could. I still haven't talked on the phone, or checked my work email (plenty of time for that tomorrow!)... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/7/6/b76816294.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I just love being unplugged. We heard about the devasation in Haiti when we were in Hawaii, but didn't have cable, so never saw a photo until we got back. Holy Cow! <BR> <BR> Well, I ... Sun, 24 Jan 2010 17:32:51 EST To the kid on the sidelines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2714521 Remember these? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/5/2/b527423549.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I do. I remember going to northern Washington state to visit my grandmother during the summers, and my brother and I would go to the city park every day and ride one of these. I LOVED that thing. It's probably been gone for twenty years -- too dangerous, potential lawsuits, blah blah. But still. I LOVED it. I loved pushing off and getting it going faster and faster and faster, then jum... Fri, 8 Jan 2010 11:33:18 EST