ITSMATT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=ITSMATT ITSMATT'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/ Potential is good... Kinetic is GREAT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832413 A definition from the fine folks at wikipedia: <BR> <BR> "In physics, the kinetic energy of an object <BR> is the energy that it possesses <BR> due to its motion. <BR> It is defined as the work needed to accelerate a body <BR> of a given mass from rest to its stated velocity. <BR> Having gained this energy during its acceleration, <BR> the body maintains this kinetic energy <BR> unless its speed changes." <BR> <BR> <BR> I write this all the time. <BR> So much so that I suspect <BR> ... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:31:24 EST A new day is coming... most definitely! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832079 I most definitely enjoy 1960's and 1970's rock music. <BR> <BR> Tommy James and the Shondells recorded "Crystal Blue Persuasion" in 1969. <BR> <BR> Here are the opening verses: <BR> <BR> "Look over yonder <BR> What do you see? <BR> The sun is a-risin' <BR> Most definitely <BR> A new day is comin', whoo-hoo <BR> People are changin' <BR> Ain't it beautiful, whoo-hoo <BR> Crystal blue persuasion" <BR> <BR> Now, one can read all sorts of things into this if one cares to - Biblical references,... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:54:46 EST poetic encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5830443 tracking food eaten <BR> consistently recording <BR> trusting the program <BR> <BR> <BR> ten minutes daily <BR> moving walking every day <BR> results soon follow <BR> <BR> <BR> mindful strengthening <BR> renewing changing growing <BR> stronger mind and body <BR> <BR> <BR> old ways are fading <BR> better patterns are forming <BR> bolstered by spark friends <BR> <BR> <BR> today new day now <BR> repeating not yesterdays <BR> best days lie ahead <BR> <BR> <BR> make it a great day! <BR> ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 19:33:16 EST +300 Calorie is OK for Special Occasion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5829105 My company is a fantastic group of folks and last night we had our annual Christmas party. <BR> Great restaurant in Old Town Alexandria and despite the cold, whipping wind and rain, it was a wonderful time. <BR> The food was scrumptious! <BR> <BR> I had lamb kapama with pasta and crushed tomatoes with the juices from the lamb and feta. <BR> And some Mediterranean appetizers including spanakoptika (spinach and cheese with phyllo dough) and a delicious dessert with a whopper of a named, galakt... Sun, 7 Dec 2014 13:02:30 EST You are NOT a Mathematical Formula! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828563 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1801152655.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Newsflash SparkPal... <BR> <BR> You aren't a mathematical formula. <BR> <BR> <BR> I imagine this might come as a surprise to some. <BR> And a relief to others. <BR> <BR> And yet... <BR> <BR> There we are acting like we ARE, in fact, mathematical formulas. <BR> <BR> Turn the crank and voila! <BR> <BR> Like the Babbage Difference Engine... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l4624603... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 10:45:34 EST As You Would to a Friend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827748 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1259241129.jpg"> <BR> I'm going to be blunt with you, my SparkCompadre... <BR> <BR> You, my SparkFriend, have been treating yourself like GARBAGE. <BR> <BR> Beating yourself up. <BR> Expecting perfection. <BR> And in the process... <BR> <BR> Scuttling your own ship. <BR> <BR> And this nonsense needs to stop now. <BR> Right now. <BR> I mean it. <BR> <BR> The notion that YOU are somehow supposed to be perfect... <BR> Well, it is ludicrous... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 19:40:25 EST Who Wants It Most? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827165 ========================== <BR> <BR> I have written literally hundreds of blog posts and articles over the years for this and that. <BR> Here on SparkPeople I have pages of blog posts. <BR> I've been looking back through them and identifying ones that have a particularly good message. <BR> <BR> This is the sixth in a series of my "Throwback" re-posts of those older blog posts. <BR> <BR> It's a really good post, if I do say so myself. <BR> <BR> Would you do me a favor? <BR> If you li... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 20:44:39 EST There Will Always Be Doughnuts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826598 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1354777508.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Every Monday. <BR> Every Friday. <BR> Two boxes of doughnuts. <BR> Two boxes of doughnuts. <BR> Like bookends to the weekend. <BR> <BR> This is what it is like to work where I do. <BR> <BR> Ding! <BR> <BR> It's Friday. <BR> There will be doughnuts. <BR> <BR> Ding! <BR> <BR> It's Monday. <BR> Ditto. <BR> <BR> Ding! <BR> <BR> Salivate. <BR> <BR> Ding! <BR> <BR> Rinse and repeat. <BR> <BR> <BR> The peanut-... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 20:07:56 EST We have the key http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826011 "So often in time it happens, <BR> we all live our life in chains, <BR> and we never even know we have the key." <BR> - The Eagles, Already Gone <BR> <BR> As a child of the late 60's and 70's, the Eagles hold a special place in my memory. <BR> <BR> And this line from "Already Gone" is one that speaks to me now... a bit differently than it did in the past. <BR> <BR> This is, of course, a breakup song but the line really is appropriate also for those of us trying to lose weight. <BR> I s... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 20:19:39 EST Throwback #5: Excuses are Lies We Tell Ourselves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824633 ========================== <BR> <BR> I have written literally hundreds of blog posts and articles over the years for this and that. <BR> Here on SparkPeople I have pages of blog posts. <BR> I've been looking back through them and identifying ones that have a particularly good message. <BR> <BR> This is the fifth in a series of my "Throwback" re-posts of those older blog posts. <BR> It is one of my very blunt posts that hits the reader right between the eyes. <BR> To wake you up if you ... Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:00:46 EST No Reason to Wait! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5824362 Today is Friday, November 28, 2014 <BR> <BR> Black Friday <BR> <BR> We didn't do any shopping today. <BR> Didn't go to the mall. <BR> Didn't fight crowds. <BR> And it was nice. <BR> <BR> I was *going* to wait until Monday, 12/1 to add a bit of weight training and abs exercises to my workouts. <BR> <BR> But I decided a few minutes ago that there was no reason to wait. <BR> <BR> I asked myself, "Why are you waiting, exactly?" <BR> <BR> And I had no good reason whatsoever. <BR> <BR> It's ... Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:15:19 EST The Thanksgiving Two-fer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823951 Two blogs in one day. <BR> Might be a first for me. <BR> Maybe. <BR> <BR> <BR> Turkey and ham and pies - yes, that's a plural there - are all consumed. <BR> <BR> And I tracked every last morsel. <BR> Some I had to guess on as I didn't have a perfect ingredient list. <BR> But I'm in the ballpark, and that's good enough for me. <BR> <BR> Currently I'm 61 minutes into a 90 minute walk on the treadmill. <BR> Burning a few of those calories I consumed. <BR> <BR> And yes, I'm well aware that I... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 19:05:07 EST Make Goals You Can Meet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823844 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1866500620.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Happy Thanksgiving everyone. <BR> Enjoy time with your family and friends. <BR> And if you are all alone today... <BR> Find an organization today that is serving Thanksgiving meals... <BR> And go volunteer with them today. <BR> Homeless shelters, local food distribution points, churches. <BR> Folks are feeding others today and if you are feeling alone in the world today... <BR> Go get involved in someone else's li... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:28:19 EST Throwback #4: Forget the New Year Resolution! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823284 ========================== <BR> <BR> I have written literally hundreds of blog posts and articles over the years for this and that. <BR> Here on SparkPeople I have pages of blog posts. <BR> I've been looking back through them and identifying ones that have a particularly good message. <BR> <BR> This is the fourth in a series of my "Throwback" re-posts of those older blog posts. <BR> <BR> The point here is that you can start right now and get a jump on the "Resolution" folks. <BR> And y... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:35:11 EST Throwback #3: The Novel Concept of Eating Half http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822954 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1498518942.jpg"> <BR> ============================== <BR> I have written literally hundreds of blog posts and articles over the years for this and that. <BR> Here on SparkPeople I have pages of blog posts. <BR> I've been looking back through them and identifying ones that have a particularly good message. <BR> <BR> This is the third in a series of my "Throwback" re-posts of those older blog posts. <BR> <BR> Some of you might not like ... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:52:54 EST Oh Bother! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822419 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/9/l692657347.jpg"> <BR> Winnie the Pooh: [in a sticky voice] I must be going now. Goodbye, Rabbit. <BR> Rabbit: Well, goodbye, if you're sure you won't have any more. <BR> Winnie the Pooh: [turns to leave then stops] *Is* there any more? <BR> Rabbit: No, there isn't. <BR> Winnie the Pooh: I thought not. <BR> Winnie the Pooh: [tries to climb out the front door but is stuck] Oh, oh, help and bother! I'm stuck. <BR> Rabbit: Oh, dear. Oh, gracious.... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:29:21 EST Throwback #2: You Won't Like This Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821790 ============================== <BR> I have written literally hundreds of blog posts and articles over the years for this and that. <BR> Here on SparkPeople I have pages of blog posts. <BR> I've been looking back through them and identifying ones that have a particularly good message. <BR> <BR> This is the second in a series of my "Throwback" re-posts of those older blog posts. <BR> And this particular post generated many comments - about 185 of them. <BR> Some didn't like what I wrote at... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:54:18 EST Sister Hazel and Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821192 Sister Hazel is a band out of Florida - Gainesville, I believe. <BR> <BR> They've got kind of a harmonic, melodic, upbeat southern rock sound. <BR> <BR> There's a song I heard by them yesterday on the Pandora internet radio app while driving the desk. <BR> It is called "Change Your Mind". <BR> <BR> You could hear an acoustic version of it over on the YouTubes here: <BR> <BR> <link>http://youtu.be/wYvDht6BQyc </link> <BR> <BR> Always been a favorite of mine, at least in that musical ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:39:14 EST Throwback #1: Stop Sabotaging Your Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820308 ================================ <BR> I have written literally hundreds of blog posts and articles over the years for this and that. <BR> Here on SparkPeople I have pages of blog posts. <BR> I've been looking back through them and identifying ones that have a particularly good message. <BR> <BR> This is the first in a series of my "Throwback" re-posts of those older blog posts. <BR> <BR> There will be some that won't like these blunt messages. <BR> I invite those folks to read someone else'... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:59:24 EST Appreciate Where You Were, Are & Are Headed http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819692 One of my favorite non-fiction books is a "Gaining Ground" by Forrest Pritchard. <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the book on Amazon from his site: <BR> <link>www.amazon.com/gp/product/0762787252<BR>/ref=as_li_tf_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&cre<BR>ative=9325&creativeASIN=0762787252&lin<BR>kCode=as2&tag=smitmead-20 </link> <BR> <BR> It's the tale of a young man's life making it as a sustainable farmer in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. <BR> It's worth the read if you're looking for a book. <BR> <BR>... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:07:11 EST A Life Inspiring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818488 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l166761948.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "Life becomes inspiring, not in spite of the problems and the hard hits, but because of them." <BR> -- Joni Eareckson Tada <BR> <BR> I guess I was 8 or 9 when I first saw the book "Joni" in the PX on the military base where we lived in Hawaii. <BR> <BR> I didn't understand then nor did I even give it much thought as to what the book was about. <BR> <BR> Eight or nine year old boys seldom are interested in such t... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:02:51 EST Rise Above the Clamor of Negativity! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817897 I LONG for the News cycle of my youth. <BR> <BR> Yes, certainly the Cold War was anything but a fun time and we had our share of tragedies and problems and political unrest. <BR> We had our sicknesses and our riots and our problems, both as a nation and as a world. <BR> <BR> But we didn't hear about it 24/7. <BR> <BR> Since CNN unleashed the Bulldog of 24-hour "news", we've been inundated by the constant rattle and hum of the cable news channels. <BR> <BR> And very little of it is posit... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:29:08 EST There is no E-Z Pass! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817386 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1923606026.jpg"> <BR> <BR> We want there to be an easy way to lose weight and get fit. <BR> Or, at least, an EASIER way to do those things. <BR> <BR> But the truth is, folks, that it is going to be hard at times. <BR> <BR> It is going to take effort. <BR> And commitment. <BR> And change. <BR> <BR> Surgery isn't going to guarantee fitness nor weight loss. <BR> That's the truth. <BR> <BR> "Cleanses" don't create a fit or healthy person. <... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:42:56 EST Encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816911 The big boss met with us today. <BR> He's a pretty big deal in my organization and well respected in the community. <BR> Over the course of about 90 minutes he talked to us about things that were important to the organization. <BR> And the thing that he stressed over and over was the WORTHINESS and VALUE that each of us have. <BR> <BR> I'll tell you this... <BR> <BR> As someone who has to work very diligently at not being cynical and sarcastic about everything... <BR> <BR> I was ENCOURAGED... Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:01:22 EST Treadmill Desk Update: The monitor http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816373 Here's an updated picture of my DIY treadmill "desk": <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1131124527.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I've written about this a few times now. <BR> But the condensed version is this: <BR> I needed to combine walking and typing to get my backside out of the chair. <BR> You see, my typing was getting in the way of my walking. <BR> <BR> So I fashioned a desk of sorts out of a wire shelf unit. <BR> <BR> The addition I made last evening was to mount a b... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 20:30:44 EST Have a "Will Do" Attitude! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5815714 "Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity." <BR> <BR> This quote is attributed to Louis Pasteur, the French microbiologist and chemist who is famous for, among other things, the process of pasteurization. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let me parse that a bit... <BR> <BR> He says that his STRENGTH lies in his TENACITY. <BR> <BR> Tenacity is defined as being DETERMINED or to have a FIRM GRIP on something. <BR> <BR> So, ol' Lou and you and I have somet... Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:46:27 EST I Can't = I Don't Want To http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814485 Preface: <BR> I subscribe to the "Substantive Responsibility Assumption". <BR> <BR> This is the position that says that the individual is CONSIDERABLY RESPONSIBLE for the events and circumstances that occur to them in their life. <BR> <BR> This differs from a "Strict" or "Strong" Responsibility Assumption position that posits that EVERYTHING that befalls a person is the result of their own desires and choices. <BR> <BR> I don't think that the strict viewpoint is reasonable, if for no othe... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 21:04:31 EST Good Socks for Walking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5814024 Short and sweet update on my socks. <BR> <BR> I wear Asics shoes - usually the GT-1000 model. It is a lower-end running shoe and while I don't run (right now), I like that the shoe is light and sturdy and breathes. <BR> <BR> Affordable and comfortable on my feet (YMMV), I have had 3 pairs of these now. <BR> <BR> I've never successfully worn Nike shoes - they fit my feel horribly. But I like their Dri Fit socks. I've been wearing these socks up until this point exclusively when walking. ... Mon, 10 Nov 2014 07:24:47 EST I've REGAINED Everything I Lost! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813638 // Note: I actually have NOT regained <BR> // everything I lost this time. <BR> // But I could... it has happened <BR> // in the past. And.. <BR> <BR> I bet, my SparkFriend, you've had some scale victories in the past. <BR> <BR> Lost some weight <BR> Perhaps a SIGNIFICANT amount of weight. <BR> Clothes were fitting better. <BR> Or maybe falling off of you because you'd lost so much. <BR> People were noticing that something was different. <BR> They could see it in your face, your body. <B... Sun, 9 Nov 2014 13:51:32 EST Cash for Your Weight Loss! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813008 Bazinga! <BR> <BR> I got you to click on my blog post, perhaps via the tempting title. <BR> It's a little trick, I know, but I really wanted you to read this today. <BR> Because YOU might need to hear this. <BR> I know that *I* do. <BR> <BR> Stay awhile, will ya? <BR> <BR> Glad you are here! <BR> Welcome! <BR> <BR> <BR> There is no cash for weight loss, of course. <BR> But I wanted to talk about something tangentially related to that. <BR> <BR> That is the subject of DEAL MAKING. <BR> ... Sat, 8 Nov 2014 09:39:27 EST I Cannot Lose the Weight! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812781 Here's the deal pickle. <BR> <BR> Get it... <BR> <BR> "deal pickle" <BR> <BR> ahem. <BR> <BR> <BR> Are you done groaning yet? <BR> <BR> OK, on we go! <BR> <BR> <BR> As I was saying, here's the deal: <BR> Weight lose is quite difficult. <BR> <BR> And I SUSPECT that you've THOUGHT <BR> <BR> if not SAID <BR> <BR> something along the lines of this blog post's title. <BR> <BR> "I cannot lose the weight!" <BR> <BR> or <BR> <BR> "Weight loss is impossible!" <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 20:22:04 EST You are Fat, Lazy and Weak... and Always Will Be! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812153 OK, now that I have your attention, let's chat, OK? <BR> <BR> The title of the post is a mildly provocative one. <BR> One aimed at getting you to read the post. <BR> Kind of like internet sensationalist link bait. <BR> Only I don't make a dime off of this. <BR> Guilty as charged. <BR> <BR> But seriously, let's chat for a bit. <BR> <BR> <BR> One of the primary reasons that we - and by WE I mean ME and probably YOU - have difficulty losing the weight... <BR> One of the primary reasons that ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 19:11:17 EST A little truth from some church sign I saw this morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811813 "It's not the minutes at the dinner table that put on the weight. <BR> It's the seconds." <BR> <BR> Make it a great day! <BR> Matt Thu, 6 Nov 2014 07:59:59 EST I Cannot Stop Eating Halloween Candy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810872 In the aftermath of Halloween, there might be a metric ton of little candies at your home. <BR> <BR> And probably several that you like. <BR> And some that you think are so-so. <BR> And others that aren't great. <BR> <BR> And you keep eating them and eating them and eating them. <BR> <BR> And you want to yell out in desperation... <BR> <BR> "I Cannot Stop Eating Halloween Candy!" <BR> <BR> I get that. <BR> <BR> It's tempting. <BR> <BR> There isn't anyone on the planet that likes the Tw... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 19:20:28 EST Affirmation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810290 5 kilograms doesn't seem like much, really. <BR> 2.2 x 5 = about 11 pounds, for you feet and pounds folks out there. <BR> <BR> But I'm telling you that 5 kilograms is a TREMENDOUS weight lifted off of my body. <BR> <BR> Seriously. <BR> <BR> On October 18th of this year I started weighing myself again. <BR> <BR> 128 kilos. <BR> <BR> That's about 282 pounds and some change. <BR> <BR> This morning I was around 271 pounds. <BR> <BR> <BR> And that drop in weight is WAY MORE than the 11 pou... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 21:33:57 EST It's All Uphill From Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809558 Here's the deal, SparkPeeps... <BR> <BR> I'm going to borrow a sentence from Dr. Chuck Kelley from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. <BR> And no, this isn't going to be a religious sermon. <BR> But I heard Dr. Kelley speak this morning. <BR> And I rather like the guy. <BR> And while he and I might have some theological differences - and I'm sure we do - I very much enjoyed his sermon this morning. <BR> <BR> The sentence I'm going to lift from him is this: <BR> <BR> "Nobody ever acc... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 20:08:15 EST 10 Minutes A Day WILL Change Your Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808578 Forget Geico's 15 minutes claim. <BR> <BR> You may or may not save money by switching to them. <BR> <BR> I've got nothing against Geico, for sure, <BR> but their claim is found LACKING <BR> in comparison to what I'm talking about. <BR> <BR> Saving a little $$$ MIGHT put a grin on your face. <BR> And give you something to chat about around the water cooler. <BR> <BR> But LOSING 10% (or more!) of your body fat. <BR> <BR> Now, we're talking. <BR> <BR> Take 10 minutes a day and start devo... Sat, 1 Nov 2014 10:00:22 EST The struggle for control of your actions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807980 You've seen this in just about every movie or TV drama where a loose group of people flung into a perilous situation must learn to survive. <BR> <BR> Two TV shows come to mind, just to give you concrete examples. "Lost" and "The Walking Dead" both, while being different in as far as the plot goes, are similar in that one of the most challenging problems the people in the group have is dealing with the interpersonal relationships within the group itself. <BR> <BR> More than one idea about w... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:25:55 EST Truths, Darn Truths and Statistics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807424 Until the yesterday I had 338 SparkFriends. <BR> <BR> At least that's what the number on my SparkPage said. <BR> <BR> But I wondered about that a bit... <BR> did I REALLY have 338 SparkFriends? <BR> <BR> I mean, WOW... that's pretty incredible if it is true. <BR> <BR> So I did a little digging into it. <BR> And it wasn't easy because I did this manually. <BR> <BR> Of the 338 folks 22 of those had shuttered their doors. <BR> Those 22 people had taken their SP page offline. <BR> Presumabl... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:58:42 EST Pirsig, Patterns and Change http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806817 "You look at where you're going and where you are <BR> and it never makes sense, but then you look back <BR> at where you've been and a pattern seems to emerge.” <BR> &#8213; Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values <BR> <BR> Today's quote leading off this post is one near and dear to my heart because I find patterns and pattern matching quite interesting. <BR> <BR> Human beings, like other creatures, are pattern making and pattern matching enti... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:59:25 EST And it makes me wonder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806324 "Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run <BR> There's still time to change the road you're on. <BR> And it makes me wonder." <BR> -- Led Zeppelin, "Stairway to Heaven" <BR> <BR> One of the most well-known songs, I suspect, is this one - "Stairway to Heaven". <BR> And while you might not be a fan of Led Zeppelin - my wife isn't - you have likely heard this song. <BR> <BR> I'm using these specific lines from the song today to drive home what should be a very obvious point.... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:15:41 EST You may be setting yourself up to fail. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805531 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1450001440.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Over and over and over I hear folks talk about how they have once again fallen back into old ways. <BR> - They talk about having a problem with eating too much. <BR> - They talk about blowing their day at some fast food restaurant. <BR> - They talk about impulsively eating food at odd hours. <BR> - They find themselves digging into the ice cream or chips or whatever in the evening. <BR> <BR> These are all familia... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:59:26 EST Food Tracking Tip Number 1: Food Groups http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805134 A common sentiment I've heard from folks trying to lose weight is that tracking food is too much trouble. <BR> <BR> Hogwash. <BR> <BR> There are plenty of ways to track your food consumption and some of them are WAY harder than others. <BR> <BR> Back in the early 1980's there was no public internet. <BR> No webpages or browsers. <BR> No home PCs to speak of. <BR> <BR> Back then, if I wanted to track what I ate, I had to look everything up in whatever resources I had handy. <BR> <BR> My m... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 15:56:35 EST BMR and Target Calorie Math http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804991 I've written about these topics in the past but I have time on my hands while walking on the treadmill this morning trying to forget about my sore neck and thought it would be good to revisit some concepts that I believe are good to understand. <BR> <BR> Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) <BR> <BR> Breaking this term down, we can tell that it involves a rate of some sort and that it involves the metabolism in some way and that word "basal" is similar to the word "base". That helps to unravel wha... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 11:17:48 EST Treadmill Desk Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804701 This is part of an ongoing series of blog posts about my DIY treadmill desk. It is an evolving piece of equipment which I hope will result in a good way for me to work from home once a week or so and also provide me with a way to write blog posts (like this one) while I walk on the treadmill. This is my second blog post written while walking on the treadmill and so far it is going well. I've got the belt going at 2.0 miles/hour and it seems to be a good rate for typing. Now, on with the u... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:51:15 EST Avoid Mindless Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804539 One of the reason folks eat too much is mindless eating. <BR> <BR> Eating while watching TV. <BR> Eating while watching Movies. <BR> Eating while fiddle-farting around on the internet. <BR> Eating while driving in the car. <BR> Eating while bored. <BR> <BR> Mindless eating. <BR> <BR> Sitting at the desk at work. <BR> Mindlessly eating. <BR> <BR> Watching stupid cat videos on someone's Facebook page. <BR> Mindlessly eating. <BR> <BR> You get the idea. <BR> <BR> Here's an idea. <BR> <BR>... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:52:43 EST Special Day Extra Calories are OK... really. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804162 Today was the last day at my job. <BR> <BR> I'm technically "on the books" for one more week but I'm using my banked leave to catch up with home projects. <BR> <BR> Today my (now former) boss bought everyone pizza (I had two slices) and my friend Ed brought me a peanut-covered doughnut (best doughnut ever) and then my family had caramel apples tonight at the house. Mine was a Braeburn - a mighty fine apple, by the way. <BR> <BR> Generally I wouldn't eat all of this in the same day. <BR> D... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:46:27 EST Treadmill Desk Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803581 I am using my 15" Lenovo laptop this evening to try out the treadmill desk before I invest in a 27" monitor and a ceiling VESA mount. The monitor I'm looking at runs about $240 delivered plus taxes and the VESA mount is another $40 plus taxes. So, for less than $300 I could have a considerably larger display for my setup. But before I spend any money on this, I want to make sure that I'll be able to do what I need as there's no need to invest in a bigger monitor - I've got a 20 or 21 inch ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:40:04 EST The Battle Between the Ears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803255 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/9/l998420405.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If you cannot win the battle between your ears... <BR> <BR> You will NOT be successful at losing weight and maintaining that loss. <BR> <BR> Period. <BR> <BR> <BR> Most people who are overweight will not succeed at weight loss. <BR> That is the sobering reality of life. <BR> And it sucks that this is the case. <BR> <BR> I write this all the time that "Weight loss is hard." - and that is a very true statement. ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:11:22 EST Treadmill Desk Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802418 As I mentioned in a my blog post dated 18 October 2014, entitled "Redux", I'm going to have an opportunity to work some from home, approximately one day per week starting in November. This is an attractive option for me for a number of reason, not the least of which is the more than two hours of my life I'll gain back sans the daily commute. <BR> <BR> With this change I'll need to have an "office" of sorts to do my work - a job that mostly consists of typing and clicking. <BR> <BR> You see... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:48:26 EST