HIKINGFIT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HIKINGFIT HIKINGFIT'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/ the greatest moon in the world. (tribute!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366399 Did anyone catch that moon last night? It caught me out in it while I was walking. So lovely. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1129047599.jpg"> <BR> *note: This is not the moon i saw last night, it is just a tribute. <BR> Fri, 24 May 2013 06:59:35 EST what happens in the garden http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5354018 "TBSnooz/Breaking News: <BR> <BR> Veg-Evac personnel were dispatched early this morning to an undisclosed garden near Austin after receiving this call on the emergency line: "Git here nayow! Mah veggies'r diyd! mah purr purr veggies...Ah saw'r it with mah own ayes! They just lept right out of the sole and threw themself right thar' on the grayound! Thar's exes awn ther ayes ther diyd ah kintell. Noooo!" <BR> <BR> Upon arrival at the scene the emergency personnel became suspicious of... Sun, 12 May 2013 12:28:57 EST it's a good day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5353078 Need to use up some of this energy. My S-iH disorder is acting up today (sunlight induced hyperactivity) i might have to go into a dark room and calm down. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> So I have a bunch of exercise planned for today. Running along to a podcast called begintervals is one. <BR> I made up a bunch of routes through my neighborhood yesterday (and named them) <BR> <em>20</em> <BR> <em>54</em> There is a one miler called Lightning Loop : short and fast around the blo... Sat, 11 May 2013 12:05:09 EST happy cinco de mayo! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5346105 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1436804640.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Join in the fun at an ocean near you! The whale you save might save your life one day. It could happen. Sun, 5 May 2013 10:16:31 EST on a roll http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5338144 I met all of my goals for yesterday! <BR> <BR> Mindful eating for one meal <BR> Stay within calorie range <BR> 40 minutes dog walk (+10 bonus minutes) <BR> 9 cups of water <BR> <BR> For today it is all of the above plus: <BR> <BR> Begintervals2 <BR> Squats/situps/pushups <BR> 10 minutes stretches <BR> <BR> I weighed in this morning and I am down 1.2 pounds from last week. I wasn't great about staying within calorie range all week, but I am definitely eating less than before. Combine t... Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:47:05 EST goals day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5337078 Yesterday: <BR> <BR> Mindful eating for one meal <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 40 minutes dog walk <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> 9 cups of water <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> Begintervals 2 <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> wk2 d2 of squats <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> wk2 d2 of situps <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> wk1 d2 of pushups <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Today: <BR> <BR> Mindful eating for one meal <BR> Stay within calorie range <BR> 40 minutes dog walk <BR> 9 cups of w... Sat, 27 Apr 2013 08:13:06 EST goals and radishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5336437 I got a nice surprise this morning when I peeked into the garden and saw that that the radish seeds are growing! Yay! I don't even like radishes that much, it's just fun to grow things. <BR> <BR> Today I am going to start a blog every morning (pretend it's still morning right now) setting my goals for the day. Tomorrow I will review whether I met today's, and so on. <BR> <BR> So today's goals are: <BR> <BR> Mindful eating for one meal <BR> 40 minutes dog walk <BR> 9 cups of water <BR> Be... Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:45:41 EST my living room needs to be very afraid http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5328842 I have an action plan to de-clutter and organize my living room. This plan is to be completed by April 27,2013. <BR> <BR> Step 1: Go through the overflowing "stuff-I-am-going-to-use-to-make-s*#!-with<BR>-someday" box. I can keep anything as long as the lid will close. <BR> <BR> Step 2: Clear off flat surfaces of the unused desk, put things where they really go, and evaluate whether/where to keep items. <BR> <BR> Step 3: Clear the papers and books off of the ottoman and put everythin... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:18:13 EST playing in the dirt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5325181 I've spent the last 3 days pulling weeds in the "pigpen" to get it ready to garden. <BR> By lastnight it looked like this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1146269614.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Not bad, considering it looked somewhat like this last Saturday morning: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1819442830.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had help from my roomy who cut down all the little trees, but it was a lot of work clearing the ground and still more to go to ... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 12:20:36 EST i'm skipping '13 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185360 skipping it and running it <em>186</em> <BR> <BR> <em>318</em> and jumping it <em>309</em> <BR> <BR> <em>326</em> and smackin' it <em>196</em> <BR> <BR> <em>218</em> HOOLAA! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 04:36:07 EST return of the yay me resume http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5183588 wrap up for 2012: <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> <BR> lost 10 pounds <BR> <BR> <em>270</em> <BR> days quit=155 <BR> <BR> <em>365</em> <BR> participated in a 10k <BR> <BR> <em>364</em> <BR> participated in a 5k <BR> <BR> <em>354</em> <BR> started dancing <BR> <BR> RAWR!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:53:45 EST they're not always "nothing but blue skies" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5175308 sometimes they're this: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1604142105.jpg"> <BR> <BR> after spending some time the other morning feeling sorry for myself for living in urban sprawl i told myself i needed to see the beauty that was around me and did i get an eye full. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1981924359.jpg"> <BR> smoke signals probably telling me to get back to work. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l183... Mon, 24 Dec 2012 16:10:46 EST fight at night and wake up bright http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5171702 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>4</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <em>227</em> <BR> <em>128</em> <em>216</em> <em>495</em> <em>253</em> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>403</em> <em>102</em> <BR> <em>85</em> <em>102</em> <em>31</em> <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 05:46:10 EST rekindling an addiction as a stragety http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5168546 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2103821313.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <BR> no, not that one. that one is still good. <BR> <em>270</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> you'll see the one i'm talking about a little higher up on the arm. <BR> <BR> i used to be addicted to tshirts. actually i still am - i still "use" them, but i can stop anytime i want! i bought 5 tshirts at salvation army - and they are my rewards for staying in calorie range this week. i can earn one a day... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 22:17:50 EST meatloaf saves the day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5165073 yesterday started out good with a fruit smoothie, packing lunch, and dinner cooking in the crockpot. <BR> <BR> breakfast <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1592116249.jpg"> <BR> <BR> lunch <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l207537242.jpg"> <BR> the only extra i had was a diet dr. pepper who got away before i could get a photo. <BR> <BR> i was still in calorie range, and then when i got home i went wild eating everything in site. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 13 Dec 2012 05:37:35 EST i am the captain of my crunch time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5162928 <em>313</em> <BR> <BR> <em>436</em> <BR> <BR> <em>341</em> <BR> <BR> <em>403</em> <BR> <BR> <em>194</em> <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> <BR> <BR> shredding the hell out of my days. whhoop! whoop! Tue, 11 Dec 2012 07:31:02 EST don't just wish for rain, dear http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5157886 We need rain here but the only thing going down the gutter is my fitness. <BR> <BR> Luckily I belong to some great spark teams one of which is Come on, Light Your Fire, where there is a challenge today to physically go out and find Rudolph. Check it out and join in here: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=23668x56998<BR>x50684900 </link> <BR> <BR> So that is what i am doing today. I'll be out hunting and gathering and I cast a wide net ;) No wis... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 07:44:40 EST if you want to quit... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5155723 don't give a too weak notice. <BR> <BR> lift that wait and just go ride on ahead and walk off. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 09:14:55 EST updated vision collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5154147 the original: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1566491674.jpg"> <BR> <BR> the new: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1624032280.jpg"> <BR> <BR> well the dragon had to stay, ya just don't argue with a dragon, even a goofy looky one. <BR> <BR> the butterfly is still here just flitting around a little bit. <em>88</em> <BR> <BR> took most of the original stuff off, except the no-limits sleeve, into which i put some items that wouldn't attach ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 23:22:57 EST resonation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5150230 <BR> Naughty Boy - Wonder ft. Emeli Sandé <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kASjW_aPbQ </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 07:07:43 EST don't blink http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5149129 if you came here expecting kenny's country song go here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f0p5KqdU9U </link> <BR> <BR> if by "kenny" you thought i meant mr. rogers, don't feel bad neighbor, i'm that old too ;) <BR> <BR> if you're here for driving lessongs you need to cut across there. <BR> <BR> and for the rest of you (hopefully i haven't lost you yet): <BR> <BR> i'm having a stairing contest! <BR> <BR> so yesterday - anytime i had the option to take the elevator or stairs i ... Wed, 28 Nov 2012 06:35:36 EST i'm not happy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148029 i don't have a word in my vocabulary. <BR> i can't find a fitting emoticon. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1762575377.jpg"> <BR> <BR> can happy define this flower, this earth, this tree? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1968292871.jpg"> <BR> <BR> i am. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 07:44:58 EST are you bored with your workout routine? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143592 Has working out become a drag? is the weather being all weathery again? want to throw stuff but don't want to break your bric brac? well you can stop throwing your excuses around and start throwing stuffed animals around! <BR> <BR> what you will need: <BR> <BR> a pile of eager stuffed animals - the more the merrier! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l45663330.jpg"> <BR> (shown: lazy stuffed animals, your results may vary) <BR> <BR> the great thing about this workout... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 16:52:37 EST flag waving rabble rouser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5143099 <em>743</em> happy turkey day! <BR> <BR> (that's weird, thanksgiving in turkey is called us day) <BR> <BR> I hope everyone has a happy thanksgiving, spending time with those you love to spend time with. If you are traveling be safe. I had to cancel my travel plans now that Texas is it's own country and we are trapped here. I'm glad we get a few days of break, but I'm really not looking forward to when they come to finish the separation. Tectonic saws are pretty loud, let me tell you... Thu, 22 Nov 2012 01:56:30 EST inventory of my fitness arsenal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137109 I prefer not to workout at a gym. So I don't. Been there. Didn't do that. Didn't even get a damn t-shirt. I realized that I have quite a nice home gym. <BR> <BR> Punching bag <em>326</em> <em>325</em> <BR> This is one of those big metal frames that hold a punching bag and speed bag. I am "storing" this for my sister. It's gone from garage to another corner of the garage to the back patio and now holds a place of honor in the living room where I am liable to stub a toe on it, bu... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 07:05:43 EST reverting to emoticons, again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5133324 <em>102</em> <BR> <em>271</em> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <em>478</em> <BR> <em>326</em> <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <em>270</em> <BR> <em>104</em> <BR> <em>252</em> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 21:21:24 EST would you guess by the picture...? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5127826 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1506522269.jpg"> <BR> <BR> this is the most agressive dog I have ever had. <BR> <BR> I can count on one hand the number of people she gets along with. I swore when I adopted her that I would "show" those who had condemned her that they were wrong. I don't exactly know if I have done that, and I'm not interested in "showing" anyone anymore, but I do know that I don't regret adopting her. I have stressed, cried, and screamed because of h... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 22:05:22 EST blahg schmlahg http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5124492 after a few weeks of spiking up and down energy-wise, today I feel really steady good good energy. <BR> gettin back to basics: tracking nutrition and fitness. <BR> have a great day sparkfriends :) Mon, 5 Nov 2012 08:03:19 EST where my wolves at?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5118710 today we are going to learn about werewolves. <BR> <BR> specifically how they can help themselves. <BR> <BR> you've all heard that silver bullets will kill a werewolf, although doing some light core's every day can't hurt but will actually help the werewolf build up strength and immunity. <em>320</em> <em>319</em> <BR> <BR> a healthy werewolf needs to take control of their cycle and there are so many treatment options available there is really no excuse! If one doesn't work for you i... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 07:14:15 EST sometimes you have to leave the house without your hair on http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5115044 I slept in, and continued on, so <BR> <BR> I lounged and became withdrawn, so <BR> <BR> I sparked with friends without yawn, so <BR> <BR> I knew I'd persist and be strong, so <BR> <BR> I went to a breakfast place we'll call so-so <BR> <BR> I got half my weekend errands and chores done, so <BR> <BR> I went for a walk with roomie, dogs, and before a long show <BR> <BR> I found what I had been needing after last week's wrong slow <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 21:12:15 EST when all alse fails revert to emoticons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5113320 2x2's they marching <BR> <em>287</em> <BR> <em>297</em> <BR> <em>262</em> <BR> <em>487</em> <BR> onto No-no's ark <BR> <em>340</em> <BR> arrrrr <BR> <em>221</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 07:40:58 EST a new vision collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5109496 <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l268289111.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I keep my vision collage right outside my room in the hallway where I can see it. it was getting stale so I tore everything off and put a bunch of new stuff i found laying around this morning. <BR> <BR> the dragon calender was 4 months behind, but a fierce but goofy looking october dragon makes me happy and sometimes scares me when i glance over at it. <BR> <BR> there's a giant blue butterfly to remin... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 07:13:55 EST mach check 1-2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107993 I hopped out of bed and hit the elliptical machine first thing this morning. I've been working my way up from 2 minutes over the past couple of weeks and I was going for 12 today. <BR> <BR> "Switch" by Ashanti and Nelly starts playing, and it really got me dancin' (a little more than you really ought to dance on an elliptical). So I made my 12 minutes and wanted to share that song but couldn't find a good version. I did stumble across this one by Will Smith which happens to be a great shaki... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 07:16:03 EST fe fi fo fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107572 <BR> I should have thought this throughsome <BR> <BR> gonna walk to the store and backs <BR> it's only a mile of dozen halfs <BR> <BR> I chose the path's most trashful side <BR> to add to my unravelled ride <BR> <BR> the miles were full of shiny distraction <BR> and my list kepton getting re-fractioned <BR> <BR> so to make a tale longer <BR> and dance a double conga <BR> <BR> i'm telling it to ya with historical portraition <BR> and given in mysterical cantation <BR> <BR> beware when t... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 20:47:44 EST a borrowed blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105733 tackling housekeeping chores today that have been neglected for about 2 weeks, including my google reader. I came across this one this morning from the awesome blogger Leo of ZenHabits <BR> <BR> The Only Way to Respond to Life / Post written by Leo Babauta. <BR> full article here: <link>zenhabits.net/applause/ </link> <BR> <BR> it's a pretty short article, but here is just a little bit from it: <BR> "We often not only take life for granted, but complain about it. Life isn’t perfect, work ... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 08:30:46 EST scavenger hunt stuff and Zzz http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105573 I finished work late again so I ran in and copied down my scavenger list* and grabbed the dogs. *see actual list in the comments here <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104562 </link> <BR> <BR> 1. count dracula <BR> 2. four leaf clover or lucky charms <BR> 3. lion king lunch box/pink bows/bear-related anything <BR> 4. feathers? <BR> 5. great hunt <BR> <BR> We didn't find a four leaf clover but we found a lovely color-changing fountain: <BR> <im... Sat, 20 Oct 2012 00:15:07 EST haikuna matata http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5104562 Hakuna Matata! (happy scavenger day) I'll be taking timon and pumba hunting tonight (dorky dogs now are fighting over who gets to be who), so please leave a comment for a scavenger hunt item :) <BR> <BR> the hunters would be <BR> ecstatic to discover <BR> all that you can list. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 06:47:45 EST I saw One! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103456 <em>503</em> <em>518</em> <em>518</em> <BR> <BR> <em>492</em> <em>192</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> looks like a scale gimmick if you ask me. <BR> <BR> sticking with 200 as my official weight for now :) but it was still pretty exciting! <BR> <BR> <em>356</em> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 08:21:24 EST just a little bit of F-this and F-that http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103176 Forget fatitude! <BR> frozen falalala folly! <BR> flex your fierce force field <BR> from any frame of fitness, <BR> find freedom from failure’s fallacy <BR> flourishing flowers in fatigue’s face. <BR> far-fetched faux falls flat from fences <BR> but firm feet foil flip flops. <BR> fully fly before five-day, <BR> first-day fog could be cloud 9 facing. <BR> feel fresh flair from friends <BR> fortifying flickers featuring fun and favor. <BR> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:26:26 EST the anti-road trip http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102245 I started out yesterday on a virtual walking bookstore (it's me walking, not the bookstores) tour from Austin to The Strand in NYC to Third Place Books in Seattle and back to Book People in Austin. Tracking along on a google map - you can check out my plan and progress here <link>goo.gl/maps/CZUdW </link> <BR> <BR> So it's going to just be a quick little trip - only 6700 miles so far - and I am hoping to come up with more stops along the way, so leave a comment if you have a favorite ... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:51:05 EST i feel lucky! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100968 a little get up and go song for ya - funny that this one actually makes me eager to go to work. well I ain't gonna run into Dwight Yoakam sitting around at home am I? ps. it's not my video, just the best version I could find. and there's lyrics! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0-0f8q8Jlc </link> <BR> <BR> well let's see if this works... <BR> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 08:15:35 EST not a bad way to spend a sunday afternoon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099223 My 20 minute walk around the block with the dogs turned into a 2.5 hour suburban adventure, running across all sorts of wild and crazy things. <BR> <BR> I spotted this pretty blue letterbox and just had to 'pic' it! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l310206423.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This stubborn blue-haired hydra refused to move out of our way. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l152561869.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Just your sidewalk-variety mug. <BR> <img src=... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 22:42:24 EST grown and mown (or) the subtle science and exact art of procrastination http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5097796 it turns out that no matter how much grass your dog can eat, they can't keep the lawn cut to where you don't actually have to do yardwork. which really bites. they're all gung ho! in begginning but always ends up the same way... <BR> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l131419209.jpg"> <BR> you betcha I'll eat all this grass! I'm so happy I don't even mind these freakin' bows in my hair! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l764813269.jpg"... Sat, 13 Oct 2012 17:39:43 EST afternoon walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090407 Ok so the dogs wanted 6 mph and I wanted zero mph, so we compromised and walked at about 2 mph (pretty slow, but I hold the majority share after all) It was a good 80 minute walk. It has cooled down here into the 50's at last and I love the cool weather. So I didn't want to go out, but of course I was glad I did. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l653012132.jpg"> <BR> <BR> and a bonus, I just happened to find some mojo while we were out! <BR> <BR> <img src="ht... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 19:27:02 EST Ranger http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090185 my neph-dog Ranger (my sister's dog) R.I.P. big guy <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l859378412.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/5/l654594159.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l963262324.jpg"> <BR> Sun, 7 Oct 2012 15:44:32 EST i don't have time for a title! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084460 Something came up and I've had to start work earlier this week. I got my walk with the dogs in this evening (stumbled around the block for 45 minutes) and now off to bed if I want to get 7 hours of sleep tonight. I have another earlier than usual day tomorrow. No time to read :(''' I hope to catch up with everyone's feeds within a day or two, too. <BR> Tue, 2 Oct 2012 22:27:52 EST my secret ingredient to quitting smoking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072130 On July 30, 2012 I was smoking a cigarette, and all of a sudden I wanted to quit very badly. It was 8:11 p.m. when I crushed it out and decided just not to light up anymore. Even though I had wanted to quit (again) for a while, this was pretty much a spur of the moment thing. And it has worked. For 55 days. I have quit hundreds of times, but 55 days is a pretty long quit for me. <BR> <BR> So here are a couple of things I did differently with my new quit: <BR> <BR> 1. I put that last c... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 22:20:30 EST furiously at work in the lab http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060894 i seem to have lost my mojo. <BR> <BR> i don't know if it has been the poor sleep getting to me or what. i've just been going through the motions with things such as logging on and tracking food, but not really getting into anything, and certainly not feeling like my self. this isn't just sparkpeople-related, it's everything - relationships, routines, energy, work, mood have all suffered. i quit walking. my diet went to hell. my temper came back. i withdrew emotionally from just abo... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 21:34:06 EST strength workouts with a cardio machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046601 i don't know about you but i have had enough of hearing about my new elliptical, so from now on i will refer to it as "the machine." <BR> <BR> i've gotten in 3 total body workouts with it so far: <BR> <BR> 1. lifting and maneuvering the machine into the car. <BR> <BR> 2. removing the machine from the car and putting it into the garage. <BR> <BR> 3. moving the machine into the house. <BR> <BR> come back for tomorrow's article "a good stretch with the cardio machine." it will be all about ... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 06:48:20 EST it's a championship fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5039707 In the boo-hoo corner weighing in at 212# we have the defending champion Juuuuuuuuli-delannoya-Julius! <BR> <BR> and! <BR> <BR> In the RAWRRR corner weighing in at 204# we have the challenger Awwwwwwwwwwesome-mucho gusto-Augusto! <BR> <BR> Round 1 <em>192</em> <BR> Julius and Augusto bounce into the center of the ring. Julius gets in a quick two pound loss, but Augusto counters with a solid 6 pound combination that flattens Julius to the mat. Augusto is urging Julius to get back up, sh... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 08:31:50 EST