IPA-RAY's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IPA%2DRAY IPA-RAY'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/ I'm going on a 7 day cruise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6407815 I am a bit concerned that the cruise will lead to gaining some weight when I am struggling to lose. Everyone I know who has taken a cruise talks about the endless food available. Some have also mentioned getting drink packages so that they could drink lots of alcohol. There is a fitness center and running track on the ship. <BR> <BR> <em>340</em> <em>483</em> <em>471</em> <em>297</em> <em>181</em> <em>231</em> <BR> <BR> Wish me luck and will power! <BR> <em>521</em> ... Tue, 5 Sep 2017 07:09:16 EST I'm an Uber driver. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6291615 Being mostly retired, I found myself with some spare time. A friend suggested I consider being an Uber driver. I signed up and I love it! After 3 weeks, here are some thoughts: <BR> <BR> 1. Unless you plan to drive until 3:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, you are not likely to make much money. But if you just want to pick up a couple hundred a week, it is easily done. <BR> 2. You can meet many interesting people. <BR> 3. It is safer than driving a cab because Uber drivers have no cash ... Thu, 5 Jan 2017 00:42:26 EST A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman is the best book I read this year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6253509 <em>149</em> I read a lot of books. Prior to my retirement from full time work, I was reading about 75 books a year. This was due in part to my spending almost 2 hours a day on a trolley going to and from work. And partly because reading help relieve work stress. <BR> <BR> I still probably read a book a week. The best book I've read this year is "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman. It is a funny, charming, touching story about a curmudgeon with staunch principles, strict routines, and a... Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:21:30 EST Smuttynose Rockfest Half Marathon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6249571 On October 2, I ran the Smuttynose Rockfest half marathon in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. I had heard that the course is flat and scenic, that there is a rock band that plays during and after the race, and that there would be beer, chowder, and a lobster roll at the finish. <em>224</em> Friends of my wife, who are now also friends of mine, let us stay at there house the night on October 1 and 2 and rode us to and from the race. My wife ran the 5K that starts with the half marathon. <BR> ... Mon, 10 Oct 2016 21:13:50 EST I turned 66 today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6248995 Happy birthday to me! <em>383</em> <BR> <BR> I am mostly retired, working about a day and a half a week. <BR> <BR> I am in decent shape having just run a half marathon in 1:50:19 but I plan to get fitter and faster. I would like to be at least 15 pounds lighter. With the help of Sparkpeople, <em>521</em> Sun, 9 Oct 2016 20:23:52 EST VIRTUAL WALKING4FUN TEAM http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6163228 I did the virtual Walk Across America a couple times before that site shut down. That government site is back up but I joined this team which links to a number of virtual walks all over the world. It looks like a great team so I'm getting the word out with this short blog. <BR> <em>311</em> <em>57</em> <BR> <em>36</em> Sun, 15 May 2016 07:04:14 EST After 9 months, a new blog. So much has happened. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6113627 While I have checked in on Spark, I have really not been active. That may explain why my weight is up and not budging. Six of the main events: <BR> <BR> 1. My father died. <em>39</em> Not too tragic as he was almost 94 years old. Very impressive military burial ceremony befitting a past state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. <BR> <BR> 2. My niece Bethany had triplets. <em>77</em> <em>170</em> Two are healthy, one is struggling. <BR> <BR> 3. I retired from full time emp... Mon, 7 Mar 2016 16:16:29 EST Lucky day today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5940722 <em>137</em> <BR> <BR> Good 9.4 mile run today and my Mullins Saturday group decided that I could choose the route. The loop will hereafter be called "Ray's loop." <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Went to Fleet Feet sports to pick up Pirate tickets that I won. <BR> <em>300</em> <BR> <BR> I needed a new hand held water bottle and they didn't have any like the one I was replacing until someone found one in a "Demo" box. He didn't know what to charge so asked the owner. The owner said to giv... Sat, 6 Jun 2015 13:49:22 EST So I ran a 10K Saturday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5937917 In Beaver, PA. Race started at 9:00 and it was cloudy at the start. Only at the start. <em>67</em> By mile 1, it was hot and sunny. <em>259</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> There were no mile marks or splits and I did not have a GPS watch so I was never sure of my pace. I basically lined up next to a cute young blonde and chased her for the first of the 2 5K laps which the 10K course had. <em>57</em> <em>344</em> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> We had talked briefly at the start line ... Mon, 1 Jun 2015 13:31:28 EST 5 observations from my Pittsburgh Marathon aid station. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5922914 <em>57</em> <em>363</em> <em>185</em> <BR> 1. Runners, including marathon runners, come in all ages, shapes, sexes, and sizes with as varied a gait as could possibly be imagined. At the 19.9 mile mark, I saw runners who looked barely fit enough to be watching the race from a couch go by at a 6 minute mile pace. And runners who looked like Olympians go by at a 12 minute mile pace. <BR> <BR> <em>84</em> <BR> 2. I've never seen so many men with very muscular chests running a marath... Tue, 5 May 2015 08:35:55 EST Good day running and biking today! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917998 <em>57</em> <BR> I ran 5.2 miles this morning which is not very far but I finished strong and my legs, which felt stiff for my entire 7 miles yesterday, felt normal and even a bit strong today. <BR> <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, it snowed. <em>444</em> <em>42</em> <BR> Today it was 57 degrees and mostly <BR> <em>67</em> <BR> So I got out a bike for the first time this year and rode 13.2 miles at a better than expected pace. <BR> <em>332</em> <em>48</em> <BR> <BR... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:45:31 EST "Obesity runs in my family" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912809 When I was looking at the scale this morning (of course, no change after 1 day), I was thinking of a cartoon I saw last year. A woman is in a doctor's office and she says to the doctor, "The problem is that obesity runs in my family." The doctor replies, "The problem is that nobody runs in your family." <BR> <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Obesity runs in my family. I lost a sister for "complications related to obesity" which seemed too vague an autopsy report for me but my parents accepted it. O... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:31:02 EST "You don't need to lose any weight." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912337 <em>198</em> <BR> This is my least favorite quote right now. And I hear it a lot now that I am trying to lose weight. My weight is higher than it has been in a couple years and I DO NEED to lose weight. I am an athlete. I used to be a very good athlete. An Ironman. A runner who ran 10 miles in 58:48 and could break 5:00 in the mile as a 40+ year old. I am not going to do another Ironman and I am never going to run that fast again. I'm okay with that. I am not okay with walking rather than ... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:01:01 EST Dream big. Work hard. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5705962 That is my motto for my training for the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 19. <BR> <em>57</em> <em>522</em> <em>521</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 10:52:36 EST I can't believe I haven't blogged in 2 months! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672249 <em>198</em> <BR> I guess that is because of how busy I have been at work. <BR> <BR> I'm in a transition phase. Only 1 race planned before the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on October 19. I want to start my training for that race with a better base than I've had for any recent race. I got slightly over 150 miles of running last month and expect the same this month. <BR> <em>57</em> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> I plan to improve the quality of April's 150 miles. Maybe even start speed work... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:24:54 EST Sedona Marathon report. Great pictures. Not so great story. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5613715 <em>57</em> <BR> Saturday, February 1, 2014, I was in Sedona, Arizona to run the marathon in support of a nephew who was running his first. There were four of us running, my wife, my nephew, and his girlfriend were entered in the marathon. <BR> <em>522</em> <BR> <BR> The plan was to run, not race, the marathon. Initially, I planned to run at a pace of around 9:15 per mile. But since one of my training partners recently ran 13 miles under 9:00 pace, I felt compelled to run the first h... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 08:28:37 EST 2013 was good, 2014 will be great! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579676 That's my story and I'm sticking to it! <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I had some good race results in 2013, some nice vacations including 2 bike trips, and got my skin cancer taken care off. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> What I did not have are 12 injury free months. And any weight loss, except maybe 3 pounds. <BR> <em>273</em> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> In adding up my bike, run, walk mileage for 2103, I was not happy to be reminded that my mileage for February was: 11 miles biked, ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 15:57:18 EST December goals for year's totals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555758 I added up my cycling, running, and walking miles to see what round number totals I could make for 2013. It was easier than I expected and 2 of the goals should be no problem. <BR> <BR> <em>332</em> <BR> I have 975 miles. 25 more will give me 1,000. Not too much for real bikers but the most I've had in a long time. <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <BR> I have 1152.2 miles. 147.8 will give me 1,300. This might be optimistic due to an unplanned surgery on my chest yesterday. 100 will give me a t... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 08:43:58 EST Today's words of wisdom. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5551337 I'm reading Holy Orders by Benjamin Black and the main detective in the story was given this advice in training: "Never jump to conclusions about a person until you know all the facts about him -- and the fact is, you'll never know all the facts." <BR> <BR> <em>250</em> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:55:57 EST 2013 road race report. 5 races, 4 awards. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546787 I haven't been running many road races so I decided to run a few in 2013. I ran 5 and won an age group in 4 of them. <BR> <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a report: <BR> <BR> 4/21/13 Burgh’s 10K <BR> 2nd 60-69, top 15% overall. 47:43 (7:41 pace) <BR> Started slow and felt unsure of what pace to attempt. Satisfied with result. <BR> <BR> 6/01/13 Run for Alex 5 mile <BR> 2nd 60-64, top 27% overall. 41:07 (8:13 pace) <BR> Very hot with some very tough hills. I walked on one! Next year, I wi... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 09:37:15 EST Don't forget the sunscreen! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5529328 <em>67</em> <BR> I love running in the heat of summer with no shirt (when my weight is under 190) or a light shirt (when it is not) and almost never wear sunscreen. But I will be using this blog as a memo to myself to wear sunscreen in the future. Why? You may have guessed already. <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> <BR> I had surgery for skin cancer Wednesday. <BR> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> But I'm pleased to report that all of the cancer cells were successfully removed. <BR> ... Fri, 1 Nov 2013 14:06:35 EST October goals: some met, some not. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528162 <em>332</em> <BR> Biking: Goal was 400 miles, biked 403.2. <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> Walking. Goal was 31 miles, walked 42.5. <em>48</em> <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <BR> Running. Goal was 140 miles, ran 108.3. <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> <em>11</em> <BR> Weight. Goal was to lose 4 pounds, lost 2. <em>42</em> <BR> <BR> Overall <em>244</em> but less than <em>250</em> <BR> <BR> I set some pretty high goals and did okay. This was the most bike miles I'v... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:33:02 EST Biking from Pittsburgh to D.C. 10 pictures. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523001 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l428065872.jpg"> <BR> Saying goodbye to the duck at Point State Park in downtown Pittsburgh. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l202773978.jpg"> <BR> One of the highlights of the GAP trail is going through the well lit Big Savage Tunnel at the Eastern Continental Divide. 23 miles of downhill to Cumberland await you. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l743598273.jpg"> <BR> In Cumberland, th... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 09:04:49 EST My bike trip from Pittsburgh to D.C. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515910 I did it! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Total miles of approximately 356. Three days of <em>257</em> but more like torrential downpours. <BR> <BR> I hope to post some pictures over the weekend. Might break it up into a few blogs showing the changes along the way. There were some pretty boring stretches but many very pretty stretches. Interesting people and places along the way. I will definitely ride parts of it again. On a clear, or at least dry, day. <BR> <BR> The train back was nice bu... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 09:35:35 EST There is one main thing I want for my birthday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5508742 A win by the Pittsburgh Pirates this evening! <BR> <BR> <em>60</em> <em>300</em> <BR> <BR> Go Bucs! Wed, 9 Oct 2013 09:02:03 EST There's a 40 foot duck in Pittsburgh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5507821 Sitting at Point State Park where the 3 rivers meet. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l731923522.jpg"> Tue, 8 Oct 2013 10:04:38 EST Lots of exercise this weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506212 Saturday: <BR> <em>57</em> Ran 9 easy miles in the morning. <BR> <em>332</em> Biked 18 miles in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> Run was shorter and slower than planned as my running companion was tired. Bike was nice except for a ton of gnats brought out by the humidity. <BR> <BR> Sunday: <BR> <em>57</em> Ran 12.6 miles in the morning. About 9:00 pace for half then ran with different people at a slower pace for the second half. Very humid but nice people to run with. <BR> <em>332</em> ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 18:02:49 EST Today's lunchtime run. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504501 <em>57</em> <BR> Planned a new route from my office in Pittsburgh which I figured would be around 6 miles. Decided to start by going up what I call "Flag Hill" as it goes past a Flag Plaza into the Hill District. The last time I ran up this hill, it was about 12 miles into a 15 mile run and I had to walk a bit. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Ever since i ran/hiked most of the way up Pike's Peak last month, no hill seems steep to me so I was determined not to walk this time. It also help... Fri, 4 Oct 2013 14:36:44 EST October goals. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503274 <em>57</em> Run 140 miles with some speed work. <BR> <BR> <em>108</em> Bike 400 miles. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> Walk 31 miles. <BR> <BR> <em>192</em> Lose 4 pounds. <BR> <BR> <em>521</em> <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:49:56 EST Biking from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502593 <em>108</em> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Later this month, I'll be biking from Point State Park in Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. I'm hoping the leaves will be colorful along the way and that the government shut-down will not create problems on the trip. <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> I was planning to ride in Cuyahoga National Park Saturday but found out yesterday that it is closed. I guess the word "National" should have tipped me off. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> I wonder if 5 days o... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:55:00 EST Quote of the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501171 I've not been active on Sparkpeople for a long time but am back for October, at least. I will be posting some blogs and possibly rejoining some teams. I thought I'd start with this quote. <BR> <BR> “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” <BR> <BR> ¯ John Len... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 08:54:05 EST Puns for Educated Minds. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5379307 I haven't posted anything in a long time. This is too good not to pass on. <BR> <BR> 1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. <BR> <BR> 2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian. <BR> <BR> 3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still. <BR> <BR> 4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption. <BR... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:30:34 EST My new tracking calendar. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199215 <em>282</em> <em>57</em> <em>30</em> <BR> First, I would like to let everyone know that my cold is finally going away. I was able to run a bit over 6 miles last evening, stopping only twice to cough. And it was not a doubled over hacking cough. <BR> <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> I get a lot of calendars every year from various charities I either contribute to, or once may have contributed to. Most of them are thrown away. This year, in line with my resolutions, I am... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 17:45:11 EST The unfortunate irony of my last blog post. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5192723 <em>24</em> <BR> The Ray referred to in the article was Ray Graham, a running back for the University of Pittsburgh who was scheduled to play in his last game as a Panther yesterday. <BR> <BR> <em>282</em> <em>273</em> <BR> Unfortunately for that Ray, he has an injured hamstring and was not able to play. Unfortunately for this Ray, I am suffering from what might be the worst cold of my life. So the running back Ray didn't run at all yesterday and the runner Ray barely made it throug... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 08:51:14 EST It was in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette so the word is out! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5189618 I saw this on the first sports page of yesterday's paper: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2071239555.jpg"> <BR> <BR> They may not have been referring to IPA Ray, but I'm claiming it! <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 08:48:00 EST Resolutions and goals for 2013. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5185667 I have 5 resolutions which are fairly simple and obtainable. And 5 goals which aren't all as easy. <BR> <BR> RESOLUTIONS: <BR> <BR> 1. Take a multi-vitamin daily. So simple but I hate taking pills and this is like taking a pill. <BR> 2. Don't forget to floss. Those extra seconds in the morning can be found! <BR> 3. Eat fewer muffins. I eat too many. They don't seem to be hurting my cholesterol (175 when I donated blood last month) but can't be helping my weight loss effort. <BR> 4. Appreci... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 09:20:41 EST Mileage totals for 2012. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5181874 <em>108</em> <BR> 800.5 miles biking. <BR> <BR> <em>311</em> <BR> 475 miles walking. <BR> <BR> <em>57</em> <BR> 1252.3 running. <BR> <BR> I don't believe that I set mileage goals for 2012 but will use these to set goals for 2013. I'm considering running 2 miles this afternoon to give me 125 for December. I'm also considering being satisfied with 123 for the month. That will make it a tad easier to do better in December, 2013. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> For good measure, <... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 09:09:35 EST Sparkpeople may be free because of ads, but c'mon! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5159025 <em>24</em> <BR> I have found recently that if I am unable to spin the Sparkwheel because a cell phone lacks flash, I will be awarded "1 points" which is a number lower than any that is even an option when I spin the wheel on my desktop. I'm sure that is because I was not able to be shown an ad or two while the wheel was spinning. I'm okay with that. <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> <BR> What has me writing this blog is that I just read a Health article which had some words highlighted in blue a... Fri, 7 Dec 2012 08:41:15 EST I survived yoga! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5148131 <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I can do these: <BR> <em>413</em> <em>414</em> <em>417</em> <em>401</em> <em>403</em> <BR> <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> I am sore today but happy that the 75 minute class went well last evening. I actually plan to practice before next Monday's class. This morning I saw a YouTube video that has me even more psyched. I can't post the link because access to YouTube is denied at work but search "The Amazing Transformation of a Guy Who Didn't Give Up!" and y... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:11:49 EST My second attempt at Yoga begins tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5147222 <em>413</em> <em>414</em> <em>416</em> <em>401</em> <em>403</em> <em>404</em> <BR> <BR> My running club is having 4 sessions of Yoga starting tonight and going on 4 consecutive Mondays. Sessions are free and I've committed to going to all 4. We'll see. <BR> <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> My last attempt at Yoga was not free and it was a combination of hot Yoga and power Yoga. The instructor tonight is a young man who was on my Ragnar Relay team and he will be merciful. The instr... Mon, 26 Nov 2012 14:23:11 EST Parking in the Weight Watchers section? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5134199 <em>226</em> <BR> First, let me say that my car does not even vaguely resemble this Emoticon. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I ride a trolley to work and occasionally park at a space near the entrance to the parking lot rather than drive close to the entrance to the trolley pay booth. This makes me feel good because I am helping the environment by burning a little less fossil fuel while I am helping myself by burning a few more calories. <BR> <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Recently one of my... Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:42:15 EST SparkPeople Game Room gripe. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5128319 I hesitate to post this because it is my second griping blog and I don't want to become the grouchy old man that my wife sometimes accuses me of becoming. <BR> <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> It amazes me how many people are incapable of following the always simple instructions of posts in the SparkPeople Game Room. I just posted where the instructions are, "Change a letter or rearrange them." The posted before me had the word FLEES and responded with SLEEP. Which would be fine if the instruction... Thu, 8 Nov 2012 10:27:54 EST I can't wait until Wednesday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5125032 Every day I get 4-6 pieces (or more) of political mail. I probably watch less than 10 hours of television a week and still have seen more tv ads than I would have thought possible. <BR> <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> Too bad there is nothing I can put on my tv that deletes all those ads because I am not an undecided voter and no ad is going to change my vote. I have found a series I like but am watching it On Demand until the election is over. <BR> <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> It disgusts me that ... Mon, 5 Nov 2012 14:55:45 EST Ali's recipe for a good life. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5106800 <em>149</em> <BR> I am reading The Soul of a Butterfly by Muhammad Ali. It is a wonderful book and I actually plan to buy a copy when I return the copy I'm reading to the library. It will be the first book I've purchased in a long time which tells you how much I love it. This morning I read a section that relates to my blogs of last week. It is Ali's recipe for a good life. <BR> <BR> Here is his suggestion... <BR> <BR> Take a few cups of kindness <BR> One dash of humility <BR> One sprink... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 08:50:35 EST One flight up or two flights down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5105049 In the mid 1970's a friend of mine wrecked on his dirt bike and I ended up going to the emergency room with him at West Virginia University. While there, I noticed a sign on the elevators that said, "If you are going up 1 floor or down 2 floors, please take the stairs." <BR> <em>206</em> <BR> <BR> I don't believe I have ever seen such a sign again but I have never forgot it. And I walked a lot of stairs today because of it! <BR> <BR> <em>36</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:58:35 EST Glasses or contacts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5103635 I get my eyes examined this afternoon and am debating getting contacts. I wear glasses and have worn them since the 7th grade. I tried contacts in the past but never liked the idea of sticking a finger on my eyes. Seemed unhygienic. But I'm tempted to get contacts. And have until 5:00 to decide whether to get contacts or just a new pair of glasses. Glasses or contacts? That is the question. <BR> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> When I was running fairly competitively a couple decades ago, I bought ... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:56:10 EST Who are your heroes? Here are 3 of mine. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5102690 Here is the basic Dictionary.com definition of a hero: <BR> 1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. <BR> 2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal: He was a local hero when he saved the drowning child. <BR> <BR> I think some may question my first choice but here are three people I consider heroes: <BR> <BR> 1. John Lennon. <BR> Born exactly 10 yea... Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:12:15 EST 10 keys to a good life. Changed 1, added 1. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100833 Thanks friends for helping me get to 10. The order is somewhat random. <BR> <BR> 1. Faith. It is important to believe in something, or someone. I am always amazed (and sometimes jealous) when I hear people talking about the benefits of their faith in their God. I am an atheist. But I have faith in humanity. <BR> <BR> 2. Hope. I once heard someone say that the worst thing you can do to a man is take away his hope. <BR> <BR> 3. Compassion. I originally liked the idea of starting with faith,... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 06:00:22 EST 9 keys to a good life. Looking for 1 more. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100019 While I was biking this weekend, I started to think of future blog topics. Two topics came to mind. First, today's, is a list of keys to a good life. I started making a list of 5, then was hoping to get to 10 but didn't make it. I haven't given the list much thought so I figure by putting it in writing, I'll make myself give it some contemplation. My next blog will be about 3 people I see as heroes. <BR> <BR> 1. Faith. It is important to believe in something, or someone. I am always amazed (... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:14:24 EST I need to brag. You don't need to read. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5095187 I'm trying to convince myself that I can get back in shape and accomplish some new running feats. The first step is to remind myself that I used to be a decent runner. In order to document this (somewhere other than on a piece of paper I will likely misplace), I decided to put in a blog my 5 top running accomplishments. At least the top 5 I could recall on the way from Starbucks to my office this morning. This way I can always check the list when in doubt of my ability. These are in chronolog... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:42:31 EST