HKARLSSON's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=HKARLSSON HKARLSSON'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/ Roly-Poly: Destroyer of Bikes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680577 I am at the end of my rope with my Specialized Sirrus Sport. It seems that just about every month I am down at the bike shop for something or other. Just since the beginning of the year, I have had to replace the back tire, the cassette, the shifters, a failed inner tube (the valve exploded while I was out riding; I thought someone was shooting at me), and when I went to get geared up for a charity ride tomorrow, I found a fault in the front tire. There is this little bubble that is disten... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 22:33:38 EST You know you're tired when... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654095 Greetings, Sparkpeeps, and welcome to the continuing series of indignities that is my life. You ought to get a kick out of this. <BR> <BR> So there I was last night, stepping out of the shower and drying off, trying to get ready for bed. It had been a LOOOOONNNNG day, and Mrs. Karlsson was VERY tired. HOW tired became quite evident in the minutes to follow. <BR> <BR> See, I'm one of those lucky people who manage to contract "bike rash" due to chafing and perspiration and so forth. L... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:00:46 EST Holding steady at -15 pounds. I need a tutu. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651621 Greetings, Sparkpeeps. <BR> <BR> I know it's been a while, but I crawled under a rock in the weeks leading up to my birthday and just decided to stay there. This seems to happen every year. I think I must be one of the few people in the world who actually dreads their birthday because they will be forced to celebrate it. It stresses me out, and the expectations always lead to disappointment. I actually feel the same way about most holidays, but there we are. <BR> <BR> To get myself out ... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:44:23 EST Patience is not always a virtue. And I think I bit my tongue off. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5617313 Greetings, Sparkpeeps. <BR> <BR> Today was a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG day. <BR> <BR> I got a call from my husband at 8:30 this morning. I was about to go out and scrape the inch of SNOW off the car before heading to a client visit in a neighboring city. It seems that black ice had accumulated in a frighteningly short amount of time, and his wheels locked up when he took a turn off the freeway. He plowed into the curb and it bent the passenger side front wheel into the wheel well a... Thu, 6 Feb 2014 21:43:20 EST Hmmm. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610326 <em>192</em> <BR> <BR> I stared at the scale for a long time this morning. I weighed myself five times just to make sure I wasn't tripping on antibiotics. But sure enough, it said what it said in spite of any logical explanation I could come up with, and it puzzled me, because I feel heavy, like lead. It wears me out to walk across the house. I went to the grocery store to pick up some milk, and it was all I could do to get out of the store without sitting down on the bench outside to... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:50:56 EST Mystery Solved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5606337 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> So here I sit, staring another four to five days of low activity in the face. How do I know? Well, I'll tell you. <BR> <BR> See, I actually got a bit of sleep last night. HOWEVER, when I woke up this morning, I was panting. It hurt to take deep breaths. This was a new, yet not unfamiliar development. I decided to drag my fanny out of bed and get myself down to the local urgent care facility. Just as I suspected, I was diagnosed with bronchitis and giv... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 16:23:30 EST Highly suspicious... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5605452 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> Well, I'm still waiting for this dumb cough to go away and whatever is in my lungs to clear out already. However, I'm feeling well enough to be absolutely appalled by the state of my house, and I'm slowly going around throwing out all the mountains of kleenex, as well as other, less savory things. <BR> <BR> You may or may not remember me mentioning in a previous blog that I had left pizza sitting out on the counter, ostensibly to let the mold have a field... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:29:11 EST Well THAT was fun... (I'm rambling)(TMI) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5603511 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> So it turns out that the "little bug" I had contracted turned into a much bigger one. I had a 102 degree fever for two days and alternated between sweating like a racehorse and chills where there were not enough blankets in the house to get me warm. I'm still not taking appointments, even though I suppose I could, but I just don't feel like being a hero any more. There was a time when I would have powered through and worked, but you know what? One of the ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:23:36 EST Blogging in between coughs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598500 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> I'm not sure what it is that I have, but I surely do wish it would go away. It's not allergies, per se, and it's not flu, and it's not a cold. Just a runny nose, tiredness, and a hacking cough which is exacerbated by biking. My husband brought something home that gives him a fever, congestion, and a runny nose. You would think the guy had the plague, the way he has been carrying on this past week. Sheesh. Anyway, I'm not sure what I've got, but a lot of... Sat, 18 Jan 2014 23:31:58 EST The weekend of recipe experiments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574863 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> One of my New Year's resolutions is to incorporate more healthy food in our diets here at the House of Karlsson. Rather than wait around until January 1, I decided to go ahead and get the jump on things, especially with so much leftover ham in the house. I chopped it up fine and saved the ham bone for soup beans (made with no salt) and in the mean time came up with a few ideas. I also decided to make a green smoothie. More on that in a moment. <BR> <BR... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 18:01:33 EST Mr. Karlsson wades in the healthy eating pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5569888 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> As you may or may not know, Mr. Karlsson is experiencing the onset of middle age spread. He's been in denial about it for quite some time, but now that the scale has tipped 200 pounds (even without clothes), he's becoming a little... shall we say... concerned. I haven't nagged him or cajoled him or any of those things people tell wives to do concerning their husbands' health, because I KNOW my man. Any time I nag him, he shuts down and/or does the exact op... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 14:04:05 EST Mama Mia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568994 Greetings, Sparkpeeps. <BR> <BR> You may have noticed that I make a point not to really talk about my family all that much, my female progenator in particular. For various and sundry reasons, I prefer not to burden the general public with such talk, partly because nobody would believe me, and partly because I'm waiting to secure the rights for the film. You can't write fiction like that, people. Just trust me. <BR> <BR> Anywho, the holiday torture and guilt tripping has begun yet again. ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:00:53 EST Yoga-schmoga, or, unexpected progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560922 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> Well, it seems that I'm starting to outgrow my Yoga Conditioning For Weightloss video. Do I look EXACTLY like the instructor when doing the poses? Nope, because I weigh twice as much as she does and have boobs and a gut that habitually get in the way. BUT!!! I can do almost all the poses without props or modifications. I just finished up this fifty minute video, and, while it was beneficial to stretch, I just felt kind of "meh" about it. <BR> <BR> So! ... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 23:30:49 EST I'm glad America is so big, plus, rambling because I can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5559120 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> I've been futzing around this morning covered in a pile of cats (whose fur seems to be strictly ornamental) and reading SparkPeople blogs. Dozens of blogs about the holidays and family and all that rot. After spending a good half hour doing this, I have come to a conclusion. <BR> <BR> I am SO glad I live far away from all my family and my husband's family. I mean, yeah, when things go wrong, we only have ourselves to get the job done, but I think the lack... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 13:13:33 EST Cold Day in Texas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558438 Well, the power went out at 4:30 this morning, which wouldn't be so bad except for A) it was 20 degrees outside and sleeting like the end of the world, and B) I can't sleep when it is dead quiet. I hear every little noise in the tri-county area and it keeps me away. Also, the carbon monoxide alarm went off, but it turned out to be a low battery, and fortunately I had a battery. Unfortunately, it is difficult to change a battery at 4:30 in the morning when you are half coherent, so it took ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 14:18:15 EST Yoga induces terror. Who knew? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557192 Greetings, Sparkpeeps. <BR> <BR> I suppose you're wondering about the title of my blog. Let's just say that self-awareness can be pretty darn scary. <BR> <BR> So, I've been feeling pretty stiff from the official House of Karlsson five mile hike on Sunday, followed by biking and more biking (nothing terribly strenuous, just recumbent exercise bike use while working on my book), and a fairly intense bout of strength training so far this week. Today I declared it "Restorative Yoga Day" m... Wed, 4 Dec 2013 23:25:42 EST When the going gets tough... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5553729 ... the tough resort to the MacGyver School of Engineering and rig up an ironing board! Whee! <BR> <BR> Well, today was an epic fail in the nutrition department, and I am solely to blame. I have not eaten enough food "to keep a bird alive", as grandma used to say. Consequently I was tired all day, especially after working without eating breakfast or lunch. Not a good idea. So, dinner time rolls around and my husband and I decided to complete the hillbilly trifecta. Namely, a visit to W... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 21:49:21 EST Moving right along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550649 Okay, so I'm done feeling sorry for myself about the five pounds. <BR> <BR> This is the second day in a row that I have gotten up with my alarm and gotten in a 30 minute workout before my day catches up with me. Any exercise I get later in the day is gravy. Well, maybe that's a poor choice of words since I don't really like gravy all that much. Bonus. Let's call it bonus. For the record, I haven't done this two days in a row since I was 19. NINETEEN. That's half my life ago. Speaki... Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:42:27 EST Well, THAT was a short-lived celebration... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550099 Weekly weigh-in today. Gained back five pounds, so my 15 pound loss is no more. <BR> <BR> *sigh* <BR> <BR> I knew it was too good to be true. <BR> <BR> Yada yada yada water weight blah blah blah hormones cause retention etc etc etc just a blip on the radar yada yada yada it's not about the number on the scale blah blah blah <BR> <BR> Whatever. <BR> <BR> I understand the science, and I see the long-term picture. I know to keep pushing. It still does not prevent me from feelling disap... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:19:22 EST Just a blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544420 Yep. Just a blog. That's all. <BR> <BR> *ahem* <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1476266527.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/5/l75048288.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/3/l630154822.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l907738809.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l158957277.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1479796894.jpg"> <B... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:47:52 EST Just lovely http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543053 Greetings, Sparkpeeps. <BR> <BR> Well, you know, there's a reason that I believe living in a constant state of angst is better for me than being relaxed and carefree, mostly because it keeps me prepared for the inevitable disasters that befall me. <BR> <BR> Case in point: this week was a real winner in the business department. I won't bore you with the sordid details, but here's the short version. <BR> <BR> 1. Two customers wanted to return big-ticket items a week later, even after I spen... Sat, 16 Nov 2013 22:47:48 EST The FDA or the EPA needs to test the water in Dallas. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529700 Either that, or it's a full moon. Hang on, let me check... <BR> <BR> Nope! Waning crescent! So it must be in the water. <BR> <BR> Lord have mercy. I marvel at the state of humanity in this town. I really do. Today was quite the eventful day. I'm not mad. I'm just thunderstruck and am in danger of having my nose cave in from facepalming so much. <BR> <BR> Where to begin... hmmm, let's see... <BR> <BR> Well, I woke up to NO e-mails, beautiful sunny weather, and a pile of cat vomit ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 23:52:29 EST Last Day Every Day? Not so fast, cowpoke. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528472 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/1/l619904711.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We've all seen motivational posters along these lines: "Live each day as if it were your last!" It's allegedly supposed to be an exhortation to live each day to the fullest. <BR> <BR> Well now hold on there just a minute, pardner. If you suddenly found out that today was your last day on this earth, what would you do? I know people say things like "Oh, I'd tell my family I love them" and "I'd go someplace spe... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 15:24:23 EST Justification Station http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5524247 What a week. <BR> <BR> I mean, it wasn't particularly stressful, per se. Just the usual assortment of demanding brats and their children, the usual melee of bills and confusing government paperwork, and trying to find a work-life balance. For some reason, though, I've been increasingly, well, noshy. No, that's not a word. I made that up. Noshy is when you graze like certain grass-fed free range ruminants, only instead of four stomachs to break everything down, you only have one, but you... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 22:41:26 EST The Charge of the Roly-Poly Brigade http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522319 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> Despite all protests to the contrary, I got my butt out of bed (the other butt magnet in this house besides the couch), got my paperwork together, and biked to the bank to deposit some checks. I decided that since there was NO WIND AT ALL, I would try for a new speed record. My current there-and-back-again time was down from 59 minutes to 51 minutes, so I thought I'd push to see if I could make 45. <BR> <BR> I took off from my driveway and decided that sin... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:05:27 EST Lifestyle Change: The Opera http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517317 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> The interweb is a dangerous and frightening place. There is no telling what you will find lurking in the furthermost recesses of the 'net. For instance, I accidentally discovered that there is an OPERA about JERRY SPRINGER. <BR> <BR> Yes. You read that right. An opera. About Jerry Springer. And it is as hilarious and/or blasphemous as you think it is, at least according to the Wikipedia article. <BR> <BR> Just think! An entire musical dialogue about ... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:11:52 EST Piano Angst http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515220 I cancelled my piano lesson today. <BR> <BR> Partially because there is yet another plumbing crisis at my house (gotta love the shifting Texas soil) and I'm waiting on the excavators to get here to begin digging. <BR> <BR> The real reason: I only practiced three days this week. Yes, I was busy, but I was also just tired, and quite frankly I'm tired of beating my head against the Wall of Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# minor. What on earth was I thinking when I chose this piece?! And I C... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:32:31 EST It is NOT a sin to be tired http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513590 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> I am here today to make a radical statement. As you may or may not have noticed, we are constantly bombarded with admonitions and exhortations about "getting things done" and "staying busy." If we just want to sit down for a minute (or an hour, or a day), then it must mean that something is terribly, horribly wrong with us. Oh no! Panic! Crisis! You'd rather sit for a moment in peace and quiet than cross off another item on your To-Do list?! Why, that's ... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:20:52 EST What's this? A non-scale victory???????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509962 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> So, today I decided to take it easy in the work department and not take any appointments today, mostly because today is my 10th wedding anniversary. I did decide to bike to my bank to deposit some checks so I can pay my bills. Round trip, it's about 11 miles, plus a stop at the local Starbucks makes it 13.4 miles. Not a terribly long distance, but respectable. <BR> <BR> As usual, the wind around here was hellacious. It's like trying to pedal into a bri... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:02:17 EST Achoo! Plus, what up with these activity trackers, yo? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504422 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> Well, it's been a couple of years, but I have finally managed to catch some sort of cold. Yay. During the busiest part of the school year. How very thrilling. It makes me cranky and slow, as opposed to cranky and fast. <BR> <BR> I've been sitting here thinking about things, and I think I'm going to have to make a choice. My job is becoming all-consuming yet again. I'm glad for the success. I am one of only two women in the state of Texas who runs an... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 12:47:05 EST Tummy hungry vs. head hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5499730 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> I went on a bike ride and got phenomenally lost. I mean, so lost I had to bust out the GPS lost. Naturally I got lost in one of the hillier parts of my area, so there was a lot of grunting and obstacles and very narrow overpasses on freeways and it felt like I was going to have to resort to some parkour moves with my bike if the sidewalk got any narrower. Yeah, I was so lost I had to use the SIDEWALK. I'd say that takes some talent right there. <BR> <BR>... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 22:26:18 EST Recalculating... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497653 Just a quickie. I'm about to bike to the bank, which should be good exercise since it's so darned windy today. <BR> <BR> I have basically bounced around all month, gradually climbing higher and higher, and now I am a pound heavier than when I started. I'm pretty annoyed by this, but I'm making adjustments. <BR> <BR> 1. Changing my goal date from November 1 to December first. I'm trying to get down to 279, and it's not going to happen by November 1 unless I have a massive and prolonged b... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:14:27 EST Laying seige to my fanny http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5495942 Well, Sparkpeeps, it seems that water-weight gain is not the issue, because I have been trying to flush it away for two days with water and grapefruit juice, and it is going NOWHERE. As a matter of fact, I weighed in this morning at 291. Up seven pounds since last week. I have looked at my caloric intake, my exercise, and all that, and I can't make heads or tails of it. I'm doing what I'm supposed to, and the opposite effect is occuring. <BR> <BR> I suppose I could say "screw it" and go ... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:48:01 EST Curse you, X-chromosomes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491314 Here's an update for you, Sparkpeeps. That growing shadow on my psyche? It's estrogen related. How do I know this? <BR> <BR> I WEIGHED MYSELF. Because, you know, good sense dictates that when you're sitting on your couch bawling your eyes out for no reason you should go and stand on a bathroom scale, because THAT will make you feel better. You know, because that right there is the very definition of sanity. ***our heroine rolls her eyes*** <BR> <BR> The past seven days, I have eaten... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:41:40 EST Winter is coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5491118 Greetings, Sparkpeeps. <BR> <BR> It's a strange thing about depression. It sneaks up on you when you least expect it, and for no reason. I can feel it coming. That hovering shadow slowly taking shape. Well, I'm not going to take it sitting down, or lying down. I don't have time for that sh*t. I will fight, and I hope you all will be with me. It may not seem like it, but I do appreciate each and every one of you. You're the only people I really feel I can express myself to and not be ... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:31:06 EST Making everyone's day more surreal, one government agency at a time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486648 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> For your amusement, I thought I would share a bizarre habit I have with you. It started out as a writing exercise, but now it's spun completely out of control. <BR> <BR> I started attempting to write short stories about eight years ago, just to blow off steam instead of eating my weight in Ben & Jerry's. Nothing fancy. In fact, they were pretty god-awful, because I couldn't write fiction to save my life. Technical manuals? Sure. Scholarly assessments? ... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 22:03:03 EST All right, Butt: it's time to rise and shine!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5483647 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> So here I am. On my couch with the butt magnet not getting a darn thing done. I think I've discovered the reason that the siren song of the couch (or the bed, or the floor, or anywhere but where I'm supposed to be) is so strong: lack of structure. <BR> <BR> See, I'm self-employed, which means that I am the boss. I set my own hours. The thing is, my work is pretty seasonal, and I'm at the point in my life where I get burnt out pretty quickly on my work. ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:54:43 EST Mr. Hunter and Mrs. Gatherer go shopping, and hilarity ensues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5477699 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> It seems that since I've been on "staycation" this week, I've discovered I have about 57 blogs waiting to be written. Rather than pile them on you all at once, I think I'll just hit the highlights. This particular blog is inspired in part by Spark user SPEEDYDOG, due to his helpful insights into the differences between men and women. <BR> <BR> I haven't mentioned this to anyone anywhere yet, but since it is now official, I can say it: my husband is final... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 11:15:11 EST Diana Nyad Motivational Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475921 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> It has come to my attention that this young lady has swum (swam? swimmed?) from Cuba to Key West. Without a shark cage. This is a notable task. I don't even like to take baths because I'm convinced Jaws will sneak up through the pipes and eat me. I'm not making that up. I can't even imagine the cojones it would take to swim in the open ocean for 53 hours without a shark cage. I mean, those suckers have a tendency to sneak up from underneath you, so beat... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 16:45:35 EST New goal time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470756 So I decided to go ahead and call it for my two month weight loss goal. I missed the mark by two pounds. I'm a little bit disappointed, but all things considered, a loss is a loss, and that's a win, if you get my drift. <BR> <BR> The reason I didn't meet my goal is quite simple and obvious: I didn't exercise. I'm actually surprised I lost any weight at all in the past two months, but I did. That's cool by me. So, my next goal is 279, just so I can be on the other side of the 280s for th... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:07:03 EST Finding what works http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5468764 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> Well, I'm sitting here instead of getting into the shop and getting to work reflecting on a few things. Oh, don't worry. I'm the boss, so I can go in whenever I want. Self-employment has its advantages. Anyway, I was just thinking... <BR> <BR> I've been watching all these inspiring vlogs and reading the recommended blogs and so forth, and I've noticed something. All these success stories that I've read about involve training for a sport, sometimes on ep... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:15:00 EST The things that appear in my inbox http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5467745 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> Imagine my surprise when I opened my e-mail inbox today and saw the following headline within the Weekly Spark e-mail I am wont to receive: <BR> <BR> "LOOK BETTER NAKED NOW! 5 TIPS TO LOOKING AND FEELING BETTER NAKED!" <BR> <BR> Ummmmmm..... okay...... <BR> <BR> I have a quick and easy solution for that already: take off my glasses. <BR> <BR> Call me old-fashioned, but there is a REASON that humans wear clothes. Take, for instance, the majestic tiger. T... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 10:29:03 EST Rachmaninoff and Mozart walk into a bar... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5462554 ... <BR> <BR> Yeah, I was never good at telling jokes. <BR> <BR> So I'm working on "Rondo Alla Turca" from "The Ruins of Athens" by Mozart, and "Prelude in C# minor" by Rachmaninoff. I finally finished Beethoven's "Fuer Elise" and the first movement of the "Moonlight Sonata." Please excuse me for uttering the following sacrilege, but I cannot STAND Beethoven. There, I said it. I'm not taking it back. I know that pianists are supposed to worship Beethoven. You know, because he wrote te... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 23:21:59 EST Checking in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5459864 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> Well, the insanity that is my career is starting to settle down to a dull roar again. I'm not going to bore you with all the crazy things my customers have been doing (although I was tempted to call the cops at one point; I will instead opt to send this person to another technician for the rest of his natural life). Suffice to say, I'm glad for the work and for the exponential increase in business, but JEEZ!!!! When you have a higher volume of traffic, you... Mon, 19 Aug 2013 12:05:00 EST Doom, despair, and agony on knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5450414 Forgive the pun. I just couldn't help myself. <BR> <BR> Well, dear Sparkers, it seems that my ninja activities and bad salsa dancing have finally caught up with me. Or rather, I should say, they have caught up with my knee. I favor my right leg very heavily. I lean that way, I step out with my right foot, I start climbing stairs with my right foot, and I tend to land heavily on my right when pretending to be Bruce Lee fighting off ninja hordes. Yes, I'm glad my cats can't operate video ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 23:29:58 EST Just In Time: the SP #backontrack challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440424 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> Well, I weighed in (not officially, just a check-in), and it seems that there is an upward trend. I mean, yeah, I could blame water retention. I could blame stress. And technically, I am still "officially" right on schedule for my September 1 weight loss goal. <BR> <BR> But here's the deal: I don't WANT creep. Especially not UP. And, upon examination, I have only exercised for 537 minutes this month. That may seem a lot to some, but for me, it's not ... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 23:29:00 EST Stamping Out Toxicity: just a rant, not instructional http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5436745 Folks, do NOT use passive-aggressive with me, because you will elicit an aggressive-aggressive response. Yes, it's been another one of those days, and I marvel at the shape of humanity today. It is no wonder that the world is such a mess, because nobody knows how to behave any more. <BR> <BR> I can't even begin... lord have mercy... <BR> <BR> Well, I guess some of you are probably wondering what I mean by "toxicity". This is behavior exhibited by yourself or others (this particular blog ... Sun, 28 Jul 2013 23:09:32 EST The only lost soul you can save is your own http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5434283 If you were looking for a happy cheerful Friday kind of blog, well, these aren't the words you're looking for. Move along. <BR> <BR> Last night, my husband went fishing and I was working out in my garage. I had the garage door open because my machinery runs hot and the fumes can be pretty nasty. It was not a bad night here in Texas, especially for late July. I think it was 93 degrees, which is downright frosty here in Dallas this time of year. There was a cool breeze blowing, and I was ... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 13:05:57 EST Straight Trippin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5429480 Greetings, Sparkpeeps! <BR> <BR> This doesn't really have anything to do with fitness or health, per se. It's something that's been on my mind. I have a three-year-old nephew, and, as toddlers are wont to do, they like Saturday morning cartoons. No shame in that. I remember getting up at the crack of dawn to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the late '70s-early '80s. Heck, I still remember the TV schedule, and I also remember how much my feng shui was di... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:20:12 EST Eight pounds might not seem like much when you have 100+ to lose... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5423635 ... but try carrying it in hand weight form!!! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l780953151.jpg"> <BR> <BR> So after weighing in and seeing that I'm down 8+ pounds, I decided I'd put it in perspective. You know, because eight pounds isn't all that much when you have over a hundred pounds to lose, right? Just a mere drop in the bucket, right? I thought "Hey, at least I can feel the heft and it will cheer me up and I can think it will be better than nothing." <... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 23:42:00 EST