HEALTHIERKEN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HEALTHIERKEN HEALTHIERKEN'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/ How many people did *not* run today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658271 That's what I have to ask myself when I run but am not satisfied with my efforts. Remember, Self, you did more today to achieve fitness than millions in this country did. Give yourself a little credit! <BR> <BR> So anyway, I did run. On the Dreadmill. It was a surprisingly good run, actually. Whereas I've only been able to run 2 minutes/walk 2 outdoors, on the dreadmill I was able to run 15 minutes, walk 5, and that's with the dreadmill at a 5% incline. I did that for an hour. Only co... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 01:19:36 EST As sexy as . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648762 . . . Usain Bolt. <BR> <BR> That's how I felt on my run today, wearing my Sun Run running tights. No one else knew of course, as I wore windbreaker pants over them--it's still late winter here. But the tights did what I needed them to do. Wearing them was a motivation to get out there and start my training for the 10k Sun Run. It'll have to be a highly-accelerated training--I should have started several weeks ago and the Run is just 6 weeks away. <BR> <BR> I'm carrying almost 20 poun... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 23:01:46 EST It's Time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606727 This is it. The Wall. I can't procrastinate any longer. Training for the Vancouver Sun Run, the April 10K event I've registered for, starts today. So I started. On the dread mill. Warm-up walk for 5 minutes, then run one minute, walk two; repeat 8 times. Sweat. But not too badly. Puff and pant. But not too much. Cool-down walk for 5 minutes. Stretch. Dry off. Shower. I can do this. <BR> <BR> Rewards? Well, the log-in wheel gave me 20 points today--could it know I needed enc... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:29:06 EST A wolf in sheep's clothing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5591836 So. Great day today. Church this morning. Nap this afternoon. Snowshoeing after nap. <BR> <BR> I broke trail through the woods--should have had my handsaw along, the heavy snow has bent too many trees over the trail--then around the perimeter of the hayfield, down the hill to the lake, and out onto the lake. That took about 30 minutes. It was fine--hard work for the legs, but that's the point, right? Overcast day, but late afternoon sun was showing through the clouds along the horizon... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:26:42 EST Looking the Trackers in the eye http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558778 OK. <BR> Thank you, SparkFriends, for your encouragement following my last blog "Facing Facts . . . ." <BR> <BR> The Fitness Tracker and the Nutrition Tracker hold no fear for me today. Fitness tracker: die, you demon! I shovelled snow for a good hour and a half. The lake is frozen and I laid out and cleared off the skating rink. It was rewarding and vindicating. I wlll lose these excess avoirdupoids! <BR> <BR> Nutrition Tracker? I'm hovering at the bottom of the caloric intake for ... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 00:45:43 EST Facing facts and dealing with them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555588 Fact: I now weigh 165 lb. That's up significantly from 2 months ago, not down. I'm going the wrong way! <BR> <BR> Facing it: I've had to, in all Spark honesty, re-set my weight ticker. <BR> <BR> Dealing with it: Dig my heels into the slippery slope to stop this crazy downhill slide, slap myself up-side the head, and get back to Sparking in earnest. <BR> <BR> It's so straightforward, what's the problem?????? <BR> <BR> Wasn't it St. Paul who wrote: "the spirit is willing but body ... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 01:28:03 EST It's Movember. Men, time for your DREaded http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5531467 Digital Rectal Exam, your PSA test and, perhaps, your colonscopy. <BR> <BR> Movember is a world-wide program focusing on prostate cancer and men's mental health. Check out www.movember.com <BR> <BR> My new profile pic shows my gone moustache as I join the Movember campaign and start over with a new moustache beginning November 1. <BR> <BR> Man-up, guys. Get checked. For prostate cancer. *And* don' be reticent about addressing potential mental health issues. We've got to stay healthy, ... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 00:27:24 EST Conan did not make it . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5527936 . . . to the SuperHero Challenge 2013. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Back in November of 2012, a number of us 50+ Males started challenging one another to achieve physiques to match the Superhero of our choice by Hallowe'en 2013 and to dress accordingly to honour the occasion. I thought I could look like Conan--my avatar as a Teacher-Librarian lo these many years ago having been "Conan the Librarian". <BR> <BR> Easy-peasy, I thought back last November. Lose 5 or 6 pounds and work like... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 01:21:32 EST I went down to the woods today . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5520888 My wife's a Girl from the Coast. Douglas Fir grow *everywhere* on our coast, but don't do well here in the interior. For our 25th wedding anniversary, 13 years ago, I planted 5 Douglas Firs, one for each 5 years of our marriage, so my wife could look out the kitchen window and see the kind of trees she loves from her childhood. Sadly. over the years, all but one of those firs succumbed to drought, deer grazing or just plain bad gardening practices. <BR> <BR> Flash forward to today. I w... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 01:06:43 EST The Fort With no Walls http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5510332 So, no carpentry work today. I had to do my civic duty and attend Regional District (sort of BC's equivalent to county) meetings. I'm the Alternate for our elected rep, who wasn't able to attend. It's always interesting to go and see local government working from the inside. I've developed a whole new respect for local politicians since taking this role. They know a lot about a lot of things and very much focus on the best interests of the entire region. Anyway, it was a great day for a... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:03:54 EST Am I ever having fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509472 Last spring I started a tree fort for Johnny (GS, 4-yrs-old) by putting 2 x 6's from tree-to-tree-to-tree and planning like fury what to do next. Johnny doesn't visit all that often and in high summer he was happy with the pool, no thought of the tree fort. Procrastinator King that I am, I didn't do anything more about the tree fort. <BR> <BR> *But*. . . <BR> <BR> . . . I put a time-delay-firecracker under My Self at Johnny's last visit by telling him I'd have the fort done if he came... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 01:23:02 EST well, well, well http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500874 I must be a hibernating mammal. <BR> <BR> That's the only rational excuse I can come up with for not having lost my pound-and-a-half a week since the beginning of August. Not only have I *not* lost weight, depending on how forgiving my scale is on a given day, I may have gained a pound or two. <BR> <BR> So, I wonder, am I predestined to look like a beer barrel on stilts this winter, or can I find a way to trick my inner bear and hit if not my exact weight target, at least my 5-lb ideal... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 23:45:52 EST The best day in a lonnnnngggggg time : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485888 Went for a hike Saturday. A pretty long hike, considering the hiker mix. <BR> <BR> There were me (the eldest hiker, at a month short of 67), two of my sisters, two of my nieces, one of my nephews, my grandson (the youngest hiker, at 4-and-a-half), three great-nephews, a great-niece, and a step-great-nephew. We hiked through a provincial park--approximately 12 km in 4 hours or so--not a stunning pace unless you're a four-year-old! <BR> <BR> Needless to say, the "Littles"-- my grandson a... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 03:27:21 EST I don't wanna blog : ( http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482142 'cause it has to be another "still going backwards" blog. Got in 3 good runs last week but also got in more than 3 days of no-no eating. Frantic weekend with Trade Fair Booth, funeral, and grandson's baptism--good tasting but bad-for-me food galore at all events : ( <BR> <BR> This week? Monday--lethargic from weekend indiscretions; Tuesday--trip to the 'city', always precludes exercise and includes food temptations. Tomorrow--should be able to do an early-morning run and stay on track nu... Tue, 10 Sep 2013 22:55:36 EST Blew it for August, Better in September? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5476256 My goal beginning in August was to lose a pound and a half a week till mid-October. Ha! <BR> I was on form for the first two weeks, then fell away. Badly. I regained what I'd lost plus a pound. So, here we go again. I'm starting my day with 10 minutes of yoga, having a small snack with coffee, letting it 'settle' while I meditate for a bit, then going for a run/walk. AND NO COMPUTER TILL AFTER THE WALK! Period. No Sparking, no email, no eBay, no net surfing. It's too danged easy to sit... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 23:53:35 EST I *might* have cheated a bit, but . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5458081 . . . I'm recording the loss of this week's 1.5 lb. I got the scale to show 156 by leaning this way and that till the dial finally stopped at the target weight : ) <BR> <BR> It was a tricky week--my Sis visited for two days, we had a trip to the 'city', and a full day of socializing and celebrating the birthday and civic contributions of a good friend. A whole week of over-eating temptations and little opportunity for exercise. I was good about managing nutrition till yesterday, the Celeb... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 13:04:47 EST A fifty-fifty week : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5451644 The new regime? I'm on track at the end of the first week. I was down the requisite 1.5 lb at Friday's weigh-in. Better luck than good management or hard commitment, though. I did run 2 days and do weights one day and do yoga 3 days. I did return to more sound nutrition practices most days. So it's a start, and not a bad start. The coming week will be tricky--company coming for a couple of days, trip to the 'city' one day and a day of celebrating a friend's accomplishments in public li... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:54:03 EST Yogahhhhhhhhhh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5444080 So. July was wonderful--summer at its best here in central BC. Lots of sun, rain pretty much as needed. I enjoyed gardening, visiting, lazing and sun tanning and welcomed Grandson #2 into the world. <BR> <BR> Notice anything missing? Yeah. No regular exercise, very little Sparking : ( <BR> <BR> Weight, flexibility, core, endurance, strength got away from me. Like the local wildlife, I seem to have been packing on the pounds in preparation for a long, hard winter : ) As the saying go... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 11:08:17 EST Waning year, waxing fitness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5404598 One can hope! <BR> <BR> The Solstice is past, the year is waning. I'm not whining about that--the best of summer and fall are still to come in this part of the world. <BR> <BR> It's just that July brings the second half of 2013, my 67th year on this earth, and reviewing where I hoped to be in terms of fitness achievement vs. where I am, I know it's time to ramp up my resolve. <BR> <BR> I've been much better about nutrition for the past couple of weeks--amazing how emptying the scot... Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:14:27 EST Weeds in the gardens and tangles in the health journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5389892 First, thank-you to SparkFriends who sent me messages discreetly inquiring if my Spark quiet was in any way sinister. It's nice to be missed, and for sure I'm missing my Spark interactions. Nothing serious going on here. It's just as the blog title says: weeds, weeds, weeds, WEEDS, both real and symbolic. <BR> <BR> I used soil from the municipal composting program and fertilizer direct from the farm next door when I put in new gardens last fall: neither source has facilities to steriliz... Sat, 15 Jun 2013 11:25:21 EST WNGD May 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354622 And I went and missed it. How 'bout you? <BR> <em>211</em> Mon, 13 May 2013 01:08:35 EST Unusual start to the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352144 Felt *so* good to wake up today. I've been looking forward to this completely schedule-free day for a couple of weeks. Time to Spark properly. Time to garden. Time to suntan. Bliss. <BR> <BR> Woke up early without the benefit of the alarm. Gave thanks for the beauty of the perfect sunny morning. Got up, turned on the coffee, and did my customary walk from window to window, revelling in nature's beauty on all sides. When I got to the windows overlooking the lake, I noticed something s... Fri, 10 May 2013 12:30:13 EST I ran all the way : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336865 How could I not? Adrenalin! Excitement! Volunteers! Music! Good weather! Encouraging bystanders! Great running partners! The Sun Run was definitely a great experience for me, one I'll want to repeat. Plans already in place for next year--the 30th consecutive Sun Run!--and Sis and I have our eyes peeled for a HM event this summer. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much, SparkFriends for all your encouragement and for sharing your own excitement at participating in Events. I think that was what prodd... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:52:35 EST Inexplicably sanguine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5330231 That's how I'm feeling on this eve of my first major running event. It's the Vancouver Sun Run, 10K. 47,000 partipants registered, several thousand last-minute entrants in response to the Boston Marathon tragedy. <BR> <BR> I expected to feel terrified at this point. I know I haven't trained as consistently as I should have. I know I didn't prepare mentally--it was a busy week leading up to now. But nevertheless, I feel sanguine about it. Excited--in a low-key sort of way. But quite ... Sun, 21 Apr 2013 01:31:22 EST Not the world from which I retired! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328654 So, I worked as Teacher-on-Call in a secondary classroom for three days this week. Senior class of First Nations Studies; Grade 10 "Planning" class; grade 11/12 Communications (senior English for non-university-bound students), and 9th grade Social Studies. Nice kids, mostly. Well-planned lessons and classroom systems. Good back-up from the administration. But--teaching and learning? Wow! 'way out there! <BR> <BR> When I was doing Teacher-Librarian training, we were encouraged to be t... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:40:49 EST I bucked The Suck! I bucked The Suck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5321427 Thank you, GETSTRONGRRR of 50+ Males for naming the demon that was making it easy for me to postpone exercise! The Suck. The devious, insidious, deleterious *bleeping* Suck. <BR> <BR> But I bucked The Suck today. <BR> <BR> I knew I had to get in some miles or I'd *never* be ready for my 10K event in a week. So I dutifully changed, warmed up and began dreadmilling. <BR> <BR> I hurt. The Suck said, "Better not exercise today. It kind of hurts, maybe you still need some healing time ... Sat, 13 Apr 2013 01:33:12 EST wha happened? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5294483 Wowsers, did this day ever get away from me! <BR> <BR> A close friend who lives away for the winter phoned this morning to say she was back early this year. Of course we needed to catch up, so I invited her for lunch, not sure what if anything we had in the house for hosting a lunch. <BR> <BR> DW had a sleepless night last night so needed to sleep this morning. It was all up to me! Found all the makings for turkey soup and cornmeal muffins and a dessert and flew at it, making lunch, ti... Thu, 21 Mar 2013 01:27:34 EST New profile pic, new target. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5291387 So. 21.097494? <BR> The metric equivalent to 13.1 miles. <BR> <BR> June 22, 2013? <BR> 12 training weeks from March 31, the day I'll start training to run a half-marathon. <BR> <BR> New target? <BR> To run 21.097494 km on June 22. <BR> <BR> I'll probably be running by myself, unless I decide to organize a local HM event. <BR> What's bizarre about this target is that until a year ago, I've never considered myself a runner. Then last year I trained for and ran 10k, plus. Wasn't *so* har... Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:31:43 EST Good start : ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283414 OK. So my body is still on Standard Time. Couldn't get up with the alarm this morning. Good thing I had no schedule today : ). Shoveled snow, ticking off two "Other" Goals: Do something energetic outdoors; and get some exercise minutes. Meals off-schedule with the clock all day but who cares? I'm retired. I'm on my own schedule this week. Well, at least today and tomorrow : ) <BR> <BR> So, did I do my 10K event training? Did I? Did I? YES I DID! Did it too late in the day, really... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 02:26:30 EST We know where this is going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5281941 <em>39</em> <BR> I'm blaming it on "Spring-ahead" malaise. I'm blaming it on working 5 successive school days. I'm blaming it on too many meetings. I'm blaming it on too many trips to the 'city'. I'm blaming it on anything but myself. No matter what I blame it on, I can't pretend I don't know where this is going. <BR> <BR> Two weeks without blogging. A couple of days not even spinning the SparkPeople log-in wheel. Ten days or so without 10k run training. A week without facing the... Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:35:51 EST Getting a head start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5262830 Usually I do not expect to work out on a Sunday. I'm not home from church till well into lunch time, and who wants to miss his after-lunch nap? After napping I tend to want to Spark and putter at a bit of chores and then make some supper. <BR> <BR> My usual plan is to run-train on Mondays, Wednesdays and one other day. This week, though, we go to the 'city' on Tuesday for GS's 4th birthday : ) Then I work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday as a grade 4/5 teacher. I'll definitely be too ti... Mon, 25 Feb 2013 01:26:39 EST A Good Week . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5260631 . . . except for the weigh-in. And I don't mean the weigh-in was bad, it just wasn't good. Danged scale still won't dip : ( I only want it to hit 145 one time, just *one time*! <BR> <BR> I did meet my exercise goals, though. Did 3 days of Sun Run training, a long session, a short session and a long session. The training regime at this point usually nets me about 3k in distance so after I finish the training pattern of run/walk, run/walk I just keep on walking till I've covered a total o... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 01:49:11 EST Overcoming Adversity or Procrastination? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5256943 Adversity or Procrastination, one or the other kept me from my run training for a few guilt-stricken days. Oh, I know I hurt my ankle on Friday and so I *could* claim adversity was keeping me sedentary. But really? Really, I suspect I could have run yesterday but I didn't "feel" like it. I think I have to call that procrastination : ) <BR> <BR> Whichever it was, I overcame it today by shoveling snow for half an hour, dreadmilling for an hour and stretching for 2o minutes. Fitness Tracke... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 01:33:12 EST Shoulda when I coulda! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5252225 Should have run a couple of times last week. Before I turned my ankle yesterday. Now it'll be a few days to a week till I *can* run again. Unloading some chairs from the van. Stepped on a bit of ice on the driveway, staggered and went down. Right ankle went completely u-shaped, or that's what it felt like. Nothing snapped and it's only somewhat swollen today, only slightly discoloured where a spat would cover the outside of the foot. Only slightly painful to walk on. Only a constant re... Sat, 16 Feb 2013 02:02:20 EST Still sinning, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250536 as in archery (missing the mark) as opposed to endangering my hereafter (that's for a huge confessional time in a different forum : ) <BR> <BR> The mark was 145 lb by today. Missed it. I'm still hovering around 150. <BR> <BR> Gotta get me a whole new quiver full of bolts and develop a much steadier hand and eye. <BR> Gotta quit wavering and instead keep the target firmly in my sights. <BR> Gotta believe the Nutrition Tracker when it says I've over-caloried or 0ver-fatted or over-salte... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:49:00 EST A blog a week?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5244648 Not good enough. I *thought* blogs several times this week, but did I write them??? Noooo! <BR> <BR> I thought about blogging on Thursday when I dreadmilled to good effect--5 km; I thought about blogging on Friday at the end of a day being the teacher in a grade 2 class, but I fell asleep instead : ) Gosh, those little folk make a guy work hard. But they're so much fun. By the end of the day I had a stack of gifts: special "For you, Teacher!" drawings and Valentines. Did I ever notice h... Sun, 10 Feb 2013 02:18:47 EST Drained. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235122 In a good way. <BR> I gave blood today. <BR> I always feel good about that. <BR> <BR> I feel good that I'm blessed with health that lets me be a renewable resource : ) I feel good that I'm able to get to a blood donor clinic every 8 weeks so I can give regularly--all my working career I wasn't able to get to clinics as they were always on week days and 100 miles away from where we live. I feel good that somebody will survive some trauma because I had something to give today. <BR> ... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 23:39:56 EST "I Feel Good . . . ." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5233929 . . . on a couple of levels. <BR> <BR> My psyche feels good (can pysche feel good?) because I *finally* started my training regimen in preparation for the Vancouver Sun Run, a 10k event I'm joining in April. I did it on the Dreadmill, not outdoors--DW thinks I shouldn't do long walks outdoors alone as there are reports of cougars-make that mountain lions-in the neighbourhood. <BR> <BR> My body feels good because I exercised. <BR> <BR> My confidence feels good (can confidence feel g... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 23:59:40 EST I don't know how you do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5220931 You folks who aren't retired. <BR> <BR> I don't know how you have oomph to exercise on work days. <BR> <BR> I've been called in to work every day this week, and boy! does that wear me out. <BR> <BR> And it's not a tough assignment: Teacher On Call for the secondary grades science teacher. Five good classes a day, nice kids, well-prepped lessons, beautiful classroom, upbeat school. <BR> <BR> So what's the deal? Well, I think it's this: when a guy spends most of his day pleasing... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 23:31:00 EST Shoveling today was not for fun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5213816 Our unseasonal thaw gave me a major shoveling project overnight. When I got up this morning, the snow had slid off the roof, inundating the steps and blocking a lot of the parking space. Now, having slid down the roof and hit the ground hard, this snow was packed, and I mean PACKED! No more Mr. Fluffy Snow, no sir-ee! Had to chop at it with a spade before I could begin to move it with a shovel or pusher. But again, a couple of hours of reasonably strenuous work and hey, presto! I've bur... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 01:42:49 EST Embracing my Inner Child http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5210915 The skating rink is done, I mean the Big People skating rink. Cleared of snow. Ready to use! Got it finished Tuesday afternoon. <BR> <BR> So what to do for exercise next? Well, I had started a snow fort prior to the last big snowfall. It needed salvaging. That was yesterday's exercise, shoveling snow out of the fort and piling it high around the perimeter walls, placing extra in strategic locations so I can carve out observation towers after the snow packs. Then a thought struck me:... Thu, 17 Jan 2013 00:54:01 EST It's done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5207747 The rink, that is. <BR> That project that has given me blogging fodder for a week and a half : ) I finished clearing the Big People rink today--it was too dark to take pictures by the time I finshed, that's tomorrow's project. Today I clear the last snow-bound third of the rink, and then re-cleared the other two-thirds of the fresh snow that had fallen since I cleared them last week. Took about two and a half hours, I'm tired but it sure is fun entering 200 minutes of exercise in the fi... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 01:49:41 EST Cold, dry snow . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203013 . . . is much easier to move than moister snow. Not surprised, just saying . . . . <BR> <BR> With just 10 more degrees of cold (can you have 'more cold' or just less warmth??) here today than a couple of days ago I'm able to move rink snow like a snowblower! Well, not quite, but today I was able to move as much snow in one hour as it took two hours to move day before yesterday. <BR> <BR> Now, I agree with all you commenters who suggested letting the Dads of the Grands clear more ice i... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:35:24 EST The snow keeps coming down and I keep shoveling it off the rink. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199812 Shoveled on Sunday, again on Tuesday, and again today. Still haven't got the whole rink cleared. Yesterday it took 2 hours to clear a third of it! Fresh snow last night meant lots of shoveling to be done around the yard, no time to work on the rink. Forecaast is for a few clear days. Hope it holds--I've got more than 6 hours of rink clearing waiting for me if I really do manage to get the whole thing done. <BR> <BR> What's more likely to happen is I'll end up with a generous-size rink... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 01:34:00 EST New week, new resolve. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194156 OK. Last week I detoxed from holiday food and drink and lived with a cold-would-be-bronchitis. Got through that, but needless to say, no exercise. Today I got outdoors in the clear, cold afternoon sun and did an hour of snow clearing on the rink and paths. Feels good : ) Felt *really* good to have exercise to feed into the Tracker too : ) Between the food smarts, the cold, and today's workout, I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning's weigh-in. Wish me well! Mon, 7 Jan 2013 00:25:01 EST April 21 is the day . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5190099 . . . of my first 10K event of the year. I just signed up for the Vancouver Sun Run. I had registered last year, but a last-minute funeral kept me from participating. This year, I'll try again. Re-training starts Jan. 19. Run, walk; run, walk; run, walk till I'm finally back at covering 10k without stopping. The only thing I'm not looking forward to is having to train on the treadmill on those days when it's too wintery to train outdoors. <BR> <BR> Thanks, SparkFriends for all your e... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 13:32:27 EST Baseline Day 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5187066 hmmmm. Have farther to go than I expected. I'm up almost 10 lb over the holidays. My BP and resting pulse were abysmal this morning. I'm hoping some that of the BP overage can be attributed to this cold that I'm halfway through. But it is what it is. I know where I'm starting, I know where I'm going, I know how to get there, and I know SparkPeople and my SparkFriends are the key components of getting there successfully. Weeeeeee're off and running! <BR> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 21:39:50 EST A Renewal of Vows rather than New Year's Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183942 If I've learned anything from SparkPeople, it's moderation: moderation in terms of goal-setting, moderation in terms of nutrition, moderation in terms of exercise, moderation in terms of self-evaluation. There's no need to be The Best, there's no excuse for being The Worst. In that spirit, I'm not starting 2013 with extra-grandiose expectations. <BR> <BR> It's still important to me that I dip to the lower end of my BMI range and then stay within between 145 and 150 lb. I may have to re... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 13:23:08 EST What happened to the last 20 Days? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179160 Last blog: Dec. 8, 20 days ago. Not exactly stellar Sparking : ( <BR> <BR> I know, I know, most North Americans have too much to do in the weeks leading up to Christmas and then again between Christmas and New Year's. My failure to participate fully in SparkPeople over the past 20 days is more a comment on my time-management than on actual over-work : ) Anyway, apologies, *and* kudos to you dedicated Sparkers who carried the torch the whole time! <BR> <BR> It's been a good-busy 3 weeks... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 20:03:34 EST A Bad Week. A very, very, very Bad Week! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5160634 That's what the Nutrition Tracker is telling me, loud and clear. Loud and clear and rather frostily, I'm afraid. 4 days out of 7 I went above my recommended caloric limit, and on 2 of those days, I went *seriously* above it. <BR> <BR> Bring me a cat-o'-nine-tails. I must self-flagellate. <BR> Lead me to the pebble-strewn floor. I must kneel in pain. <BR> Give me a distorting mirror. I must see where I'm headed if I keep this up. <BR> Feed me only beans and water tomorrow and the ... Sat, 8 Dec 2012 23:15:05 EST