IUHRYTR's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=IUHRYTR IUHRYTR'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/ #528: 1,600 Straight Days -- Only 22 Pounds -- Say What? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777847 Today is a milestone -- my 1,600th consecutive day logging in to SparkPeople. But during that time I'm currently only showing a 22 pound loss? What gives? <BR> <BR> Actually, I was down from 290.4 pounds, my highest weight, to 235 at one point but then the addition of numerous medications, steroid injections in my back, subsequent limitations on exercise, operations, and a long bout with depression all combined to jack me back up to 280 pounds. <BR> <BR> Frustrating? Definitely! Enough to ... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:52:52 EST #527: I Was Truly Blessed Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5285806 When discussing developing a positive outlook, many public speakers are fond of using the rhyming phrase, "An attitude of gratitude." To me, giving thanks for blessings throughout the day is a natural habit. Sometimes the blessings are small, sometimes so huge that merely saying, " <em>304</em> ," is not enough. <BR> <BR> Here is an example of a small (to me) blessing: Earlier this week the light bulb <em>189</em> in my dining room burned out. I made a mental note to change it but promp... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:42:22 EST #526: I Don't Like...But I Do Like... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5205265 We all have things we don't like and things we do. Here are some of my thoughts about what I don't like and the positive side of what I do like. Maybe you can relate. <BR> ******* <BR> I don't like the way I look <em>15</em> , but I do like the goal weight picture I keep in my mind <em>9</em> and realize that goal can be achieved, despite setbacks, if I work diligently, day by day, inch by inch, pound by pound to get there. <BR> <BR> I don't like that I sometimes overindulge as with the ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 15:57:31 EST #525: Goodbye Brownie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4949161 When I last blogged in February it was to say goodbye to Little Thang, one of my kitties. <BR> <BR> Today it is to say goodbye to Brownie, my last kitty <em>240</em> , the second one to pass on this year and the third in two years. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471717590.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Brownie and Little Thang were strays that came to the house a number of years ago, about six months before Kitty who passed on last year. All three were amazi... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:03:57 EST #524: Saying "Thank You" Not Enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4758716 Three weeks ago I wrote about losing another pet, Little Thang, a kitty I took in as a stray eight years ago. When I said goodbye to her I also said goodbye to another piece of my heart as we all do when we lose someone or something close to us. <BR> <BR> Over the past several years there have too many relatives, friends and pets pass on that I am surprised there is any of my heart left. <BR> <BR> It is this accumulation of losses that left me feeling numb. <BR> <BR> But, you encouraged me... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 21:41:38 EST #523: Goodbye Little Thang http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4722829 Anyone who is or who has been a pet lover knows how hard this is to write. Last night at 11:00 one of my beloved kitty babies passed away. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/5/l258492008.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She came to my house at the beginning of 2004, along with Brownie, another stray cat. I named her Little Thang because she was skinny and such a cute lil 'ol thang. When I brought them inside after deciding to keep them, she seemed happy to have a home and accepted he... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 01:03:40 EST #522: A Dream Died Last Night http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4677448 Bowling <em>294</em> has been a large part of my life for more than 40 years. It has brought me accolades, trophies, tournament records, perfect 300 games, gold medals, TV appearances, and countless bowling friends along the way. I have bowled in tournaments across the country from California to New York, from Illinois to Florida. <em>130</em> <BR> <BR> But last night I had to say goodbye to a dream. <em>253</em> <BR> <BR> I started having back problems many years ago and suffered a b... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:15:57 EST #521: Life is Like an Empty Glass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647356 With respect to Tom Hanks and his Forrest Gump quote: "My momma always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates <em>255</em> . You never know what you're gonna get,'" there is another way of looking at life. <BR> <BR> Recently, I expressed my disappointment to my friend Patty that my relatives didn't have more of a sense of family. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Our dad died in 1976. When Mom passed on in 2004 I expected that my brother (who is 20 years younger), his children and my sister (five y... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 22:44:06 EST #520: Is Your Mountain Too High? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4641004 Profound insights often come our way in the strangest of circumstances. <BR> <BR> Like last night at a bowling center. <em>294</em> <BR> <BR> I didn't want to sit home so I headed out to watch friends bowl their league. On the table where I sat was a fortune, undoubtedly from a fortune cookie, that read, "Never judge the height of a mountain until you have reached the top." <BR> <BR> When I reread it, its wisdom hit me and I wondered: How many times are we faced with a problem and immed... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:23:11 EST #519: Precious Gifts Need Not Be Expensive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637459 We often equate how much a present costs with its quality. But the most precious gifts need not be expensive as Lori (MOMMA_LITTLE) showed in her December 4th blog <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612526 </link> . <BR> <BR> Her grandson Clayton was thrilled over a Santa Pez candy dispenser and a coloring book. The looks on his face with these two presents will make you smile. <BR> <BR> Since reading that story I have been reminded of several inex... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 21:23:46 EST #518: Pondering Lessons Learned From Losing Relatives http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4580196 Last November 11 I wrote of losing my dad, a career Naval officer who died on Veteran's Day: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3775907 </link> <BR> <BR> As I thought of him again today, especially today, and then thought of Mom, I realized I had learned several lessons from their passings. <BR> <BR> One was that grief knows no time limit. <BR> <BR> We all react to such losses differently and manifest our feelings in a variety of ways... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 23:02:25 EST #517: Disloyal to Memories of My Parents? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4571792 Of the things of Dad's I found as I went through things after Mom passed, are three silver-plated trays engraved with his name, given him by shipmates and people he supervised while in the Navy. They have been sitting in a plastic bin with his Navy uniform, medals, certificates, plaques, etc. <BR> <BR> Yesterday a family friend said he had a friend who collected such things and used them on holidays to serve nuts and other things. He said she finds some at flea markets and some are engraved ... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 20:57:53 EST #516: What Happened to Halloween? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4562148 I miss being a kid during Halloween -- the fun, the candy, and the innocence. <em>333</em> <BR> <BR> The ones I recall with the most fondness were when we were armed with an extra large pillowcase and often nothing more than an old white sheet with two holes cut out for eye slits. We roamed for what seemed miles but in reality was likely not that far. We could count on nearly every house being lit up in an invitation to stop by for Trick or Treat goodies. By the time we returned home tired... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:38:07 EST #515: Running Off at the Keyboard 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4540314 It is no secret I enjoy words and often find phrases we use funny, contradicting, imprecise...you get the picture -- they make me ask, "Huh?" <BR> <BR> Here is part of a current radio ad: "If you owe the IRS over $20,000 or more..." Wait, isn't "over $20,000" the same as "or more"? <BR> <BR> Or this one from a weight loss clinic: "You'll lose up to 2 to 5 pounds a week..." Hmm, seems to me that "up to" 5 pounds includes "up to" 2 pounds. Duh. <BR> <BR> That's as bad as "each and every." Wa... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 18:30:10 EST #514: What Color Is Your Life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524789 What color is your life? <BR> <BR> Lately mine has been a blah gray. Oh, sure, there have been occasional periods of brilliant red, vivid blues and greens and bright yellow but those have been overwhelmed by long periods of muddy brown and coal black. <BR> <BR> Most of this blandness is, I'm certain, due to boredom, with every day seeming to be just as every other day. My best friends live in Texas and Wisconsin so with my being in Florida we rarely see each other. My brother and sister eac... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 21:46:15 EST #513: My Love Affair with Hamburgers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4517546 If you ever watched the Popeye cartoons of years past, you will remember Wimpy who always told people he was trying to get money from, "For a hamburger today, I will gladly pay you Tuesday." Old Wimpy sure loved his hamburgers. So do I. <BR> <BR> It is hard to remember exactly when I had my first hamburger <em>489</em> but that cooked meat inside a flat bottomed, rounded top bun, with tomato, lettuce, pickles and sometimes cheese, led to many laughs with Mom for decades. Here is the story ... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 18:38:57 EST #512: Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4502091 A rain storm last night knocked out my computer's modem <em>24</em> leading to multiple irritating telephone calls to At&T tech support, having to slog through their convoluted recording system to get to a live person only to get have one call where the rep couldn't hear me, another when I was disconnected and on downhill from there. <BR> <BR> But that didn't compare to today. My patience was sorely tried this morning. <BR> <BR> After another night of insomnia I cleaned up and went to McD... Sat, 24 Sep 2011 19:46:49 EST #511: I Accepted Her Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4492038 No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.” -- Harold MacMillan <BR> <BR> ******* <BR> Two weeks ago my <em>223</em> Kendra (JUSTDUCKY1405) issued a 14-day workout challenge on Facebook and invited me to take part. I readily admit my hesitation. You see, I have severe back and leg nerve damage that makes my right thigh go numb and my legs feel like they are dead. As a result I wasn't sure I could complete the challenge in a m... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 23:59:58 EST #510: Inspiring Moments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4485399 This week I experienced two inspiring moments. The first, if you haven't seen it, is the following video showing the true character and sportsmanship of school softball players. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.godvine.com/Injury-Turns-into-In<BR>spiration-for-One-High-School-Girl-323<BR>.html </link> <BR> ******* <BR> The second was a brief conversation I overheard before a meeting. <BR> <BR> "How are things?" a woman asked a man next to her. <BR> <BR> "Sometimes life stinks," he re... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 21:14:59 EST #509: Are You Allowing Your Weight To Limit Your Fun? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4472623 Isn't it amazing how we can see something time after time without it seeming significant then one day while viewing the same thing once more we have an epiphany of sorts and gain a new insight into human behavior? That happened to me this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I was at a local bowling center for a practice session <em>294</em> . Afterward I had dinner and watched and talked with several friends <em>220</em> during their league play. During this time a couple came in to practice. While the ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 22:42:54 EST #508: Understanding Poverty and a Plan to Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4459502 Today I gained a first-hand understanding of seniors and others who can not afford to buy their needed medications. Either they have no insurance to help offset the cost or, like me, have hit a Medicare gap called the donut hole. <em>473</em> <BR> <BR> Te way that works is that once the cost of a person's prescription drugs equals $2,840 that person then is required to pay higher co-pays for their medications. Even ones that had been no cost now have a fee to get them. This continues until... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:09:39 EST #507: An Evening of Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4450607 I debated with myself whether to write this blog -- it's a happy one -- or even to write it, as I want to explain some things that make me happy while not sounding like a braggart or seeming to be begging for applause, with I definitely am not. <BR> <BR> But here goes. <BR> <BR> Lately I have felt unfulfilled, bored, lonely, stressed, depressed, I'm not sure what. I mowed the back yard this afternoon, cleaned up and was ready to sort papers and declutter and stay in tonight. A friend of the... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 23:58:14 EST #506: Unexpected Blessings II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4435730 "I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances." <BR> Martha Washington (1732 - 1802) <BR> ******* <BR> <BR> Life is often funny. Not just funny ha ha but funny weird at how things work out. <BR> <BR> A couple of days ago while taking out my contact lenses one of them popped out and disappeared even though I ... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 22:59:20 EST #505: Following Our Dreams Without Regrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4431293 "When a dream is calling you, there's just one thing that you can do. Well, you gotta follow that dream wherever that dream may lead." -- Elvis Presley, "Follow That Dream." <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kdLUt5ktmg </link> <BR> <BR> I realized yesterday, mowing the lawn of all things, with this song running through my mind, that we all have dreams, some large and some small, and that following them does not mean dropping everything and moving to a new town. <BR> <BR> It may ... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 20:41:07 EST #504: Are You Satisfied Being a Wannabe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4425068 Too often, in too many aspects of life, too many people settle for being a wannabe. They are too scared to try, too afraid of succeeding, too hesitant about moving out of their comfort zone. <BR> <BR> This was made clear today in, of all places, a writer's critique group, Word Weavers of Orlando, where most members are published writers. <BR> <BR> In a previous writer's group, members were satisfied coming to weekly meetings, reading something they'd written and listening to feedback. That'... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 19:25:22 EST #503: Aim For Perfection But Don't Expect It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419859 Like me, have you ever bowled in an organized league? <em>294</em> If so, you learned a valuable lesson you can successfully apply to your weight loss. <BR> <BR> Huh? Really? And what would that be? <BR> <BR> Just this: The odds of you bowling a perfect 300 game (all strikes) is astronomical <em>345</em> . So you likely settled for doing the best you could every game. <BR> <BR> There was still hope that perfection would happen but you did not give up if you failed to bowl a 300 game, d... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 23:14:27 EST #502: Squeezing the Life Out of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4415417 I am fortunate in having orange trees in my back yard, mature trees that produce the sweetest, juiciest oranges you'll ever taste. <em>474</em> In season it is pure joy to pick oranges and juice them. I have a juicer that squeezes the last drop of juice from the fruit. <BR> <BR> I thought of those trees as I drove home tonight from dinner along a route I have traveled hundreds of times. I was nearly at home when I realized I hadn't paid strict attention to my driving. Oh, I was aware of ot... Mon, 8 Aug 2011 21:33:12 EST #501: Only a Moment in Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4412988 Last Wednesday on FATROCKSTAR's blog, CARLANNIE's reply included this remark: I have this sign on my desk that says, "This is only a moment; it's not the rest of your life!" <BR> <BR> How insightful! <BR> <BR> It brought to mind one particular situation a number of years ago when I was in law enforcement undergoing initial training on using TASERs, non-lethal electroshock devices that use electrical current to disrupt voluntary control of a person's muscles. You've likely read about them o... Sun, 7 Aug 2011 20:36:02 EST #500: Tolerating Life or Living It? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4393024 "People are always getting ready to live but never living." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> ******* <BR> <BR> In one of her recent blogs SPARKIE1964 innocently asked what has turned out to be for me a probing question: <BR> <BR> "Are you tolerating life or are you living it?" <BR> <BR> The other day I drove along one of our area's major streets on my way to give a blood sample in advance of this coming Monday's doctor appointment. It was a road I have traveled often in the 30 years I've lived ... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:33:33 EST #499: When Did We Become Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4371183 Some dates and days are stamped indelibly in our minds -- when we got married, the birth of children, the dates our relatives passed on <em>39</em> , perhaps when U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated or when the Berlin wall came down <em>334</em> . <BR> <BR> But more important than those and other monumental events in our lives is one date that dogs us to this day and may have for our entire lives. So let me ask: <BR> <BR> When did we get fat? When did we become overweight and th... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 21:25:37 EST #498: The Lesson of the Palm Tree http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4358752 A few days ago a neighbor's palm tree crashed to the ground, breaking off about three feet above the ground. At first I thought carpenter ants or termites were the cause. But when I looked at the stump I saw none of them, only the same white/yellowish pulp as on the bottom of the fallen portion. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/1/l918934831.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today I spoke with a tree specialist who explained that palm trees rot inside and that inner weakness is what ... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 20:20:34 EST #497: Exciting News and Creative Thinking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4346087 Interesting evening after getting a call from a reporter for our local Orlando Sentinel newspaper who wants to do an article about a highway safety video I produced and which many of you have seen. <link>blutube.policeone.com/Media/764-Mark<BR>er-Memories-Part-1-A-Journey-to-Unders<BR>tanding/ </link> <BR> <BR> I'll post when the article comes out and the Sentinel's site. Thank you for watching. <BR> <BR> ******* <BR> As I put cans of dog food on the conveyor belt at the grocery store t... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 23:33:33 EST #496: First Monthly Goals -- July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4333024 Although I have lost considerable weight since becoming serious last September, it has been without written monthly goals. Now, to get my loss going again and to jump-start my life in general, I have created goals for July and am committing to them here. <BR> <BR> FOOD and EXERCISE <BR> <BR> * At least 6 cups of water a day, something that has been difficult for me so far. <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> * Stay within my calorie range 5-6 days per week. If more, great... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 13:21:01 EST #495: Big Attitude in a Small Town http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4324289 His name is Santiago. He looks to be about 45 but could easily be 10-15 years older. He works as a cook/server/busboy/greeter in a small dining room in a small hotel in a small town. <BR> <BR> Every morning he arises in the wee hours when the guests are asleep in order to prepare scrambled eggs, sausage, bagels, pastries, cereal, milk, juice and coffee for the earliest arrivals at 6:30 a.m. With a genuine smile and a hearty hello, he greets every guest and asks, "Would you like a hot waffle... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 19:44:47 EST #494: A Scary Moment Bowling Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4314378 Today I left Orlando for a two-hour drive to Stuart, FL, a quaint, small town on the state's east coast, south of Vero Beach. It was a pleasant and uneventful drive. After registering for the Law/Firefighter/Corrections/Military Games I met my teammates at the bowling center for a practice session. <BR> <BR> I had a pair of shoe covers on my bowling shoes as I went to the restroom before we started bowling. The covers are intended to keep water or other moisture off the shoes, especially the... Tue, 21 Jun 2011 22:38:09 EST #493: Overcoming Bumps in the Road http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4311724 This week's Orlando Sentinel newspaper carried a report about how the current Florida budget does not provide funding for a new building at the University of Central Florida (UCF). <BR> <BR> When asked to comment, M.J. Soileau, a UCF spokesman, said, "We have humps and bumps all the time as a public institution. We didn't get this far to stop at the first bump. We will not move forward at the pace we wanted, but we won't fold the tent and go home, either." <BR> <BR> Isn't that an inspiring ... Mon, 20 Jun 2011 21:16:04 EST #492: A Friendly Heart? Well Admired? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4309282 I decided to treat myself to a "not a father" dinner at Golden Corral <em>4</em> this afternoon. I looked forward to their buffet and arrived at 4:00, figuring I'd miss the 5:00 dinner celebration groups. Wrong! I took one look at the line and headed for the Chinese Buffet down the street where I was pleasantly surprised that the lunch prices had been carried over for dinner in honor of Father's Day. <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> After eating (and still staying within my calorie range for the da... Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:56:59 EST #491: What Determines Your Worth? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4294412 Heard an interesting question posed on a radio show this morning: "What determines your worth?" <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Have you ever considered this in your own life? Is it being a wife or husband? A parent <em>251</em> ? How about being a valued employee or neighbor <em>220</em> ? <BR> <BR> We derive some of our feelings of worth from these roles don't we but surely not all? <BR> <BR> I submit that what largely determines our worth are the contributions we make... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 21:46:13 EST #490: Succeed a "Little" at a Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4276989 I had a pleasant surprise at lunchtime when I received a phone call from my friend Lori (MOMMA_LITTLE). After the call ended I headed out to rake and bag leaves in the front yard. <BR> <BR> Sixty years ago the city in it's not so infinite wisdom planted oak trees in the front yards of all the neighborhood's homes. As a result, it takes raking and raking and raking throughout the winter to get up all the leaves deposited by these now mature trees. But if they are not raked and bagged they ki... Sat, 4 Jun 2011 15:37:39 EST #489: Near Tragedy & A Back Yard Flood http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4264107 This afternoon was supposed to be a relaxing time of conversation with family and friends followed by a delicious BBQ dinner. It nearly ended with a trip to the hospital. <BR> <BR> I was invited to share dinner today with my niece, her husband, her 7-year-old son, her neighbors, their young daughters and my sister. My niece's husband is a magician with BBQ and I looked forward to dinner and catching up with everyone. All went well until after dinner. <BR> <BR> While my nephew and his friend... Sun, 29 May 2011 23:19:37 EST #488: Running Off at the Keyboard 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4254499 A young man once asked God how long a million years was to Him. God replied, "A million years to me is just like a single second in your time." Then the young man asked God what a million dollars was to Him. God answered, "A million dollars to me is just like a single penny to you." The man thought a moment, gathered his courage and asked, "God, could I have one of your pennies?" God smiled and replied, "Certainly, just a second." <em>246</em> <BR> ******* <BR> Why do so many fat men wear t... Tue, 24 May 2011 23:43:51 EST #487: Catching Up a Bit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4237635 It has been a while since my last blog and there is so much to talk about. But a little at a time, just as we lose weight. <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> It was a tough week and even worse weekend as my best friend in Orlando went into the hospital, suffered through six surgeries then died on Saturday. But I have also read of at least three other SparkFriends who have lost friends: Greg (BIGDAD1211), Missy (YATMAMA) and Nancy (TEDYBEAR2838). Death never takes a holiday. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> Many... Mon, 16 May 2011 23:07:21 EST #486: An Inspiring Way to Handle Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4214738 This was posted by a friend on Facebook. I found it inspiring and eye-opening and thought you'd enjoy it, too. <BR> ******* <BR> The true meaning of stress. <BR> <BR> A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience; with a raised glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, "Half empty or half full?" She fooled them all. "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. <BR> <BR> Answ... Fri, 6 May 2011 14:46:07 EST #485: Letting Off Steam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4188231 I am more than a tad steamed right now <em>234</em> . On another Internet site a member entered a post. Several people, including me, responded to that post. But one person who replied began name calling and using profanity so I deleted the original poster from my contact list to avoid having to read through these types of replies. <BR> <BR> This made me realize that I can not recall SP members reacting in such an immature manner to posts of any kind or when replying to another's blog. Oh, ... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 23:12:01 EST #484: "You Are The First, My Last, My Everything." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4168350 Ah, singer Barry White. What an incredible voice. "You Are The First, My Last, My Everything" is a song of passion and love of another but can easily be applied to life. <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcd3XuQwDQQ&<BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> "My first, my last, my everything, <BR> You are the answer to all my dreams. <BR> You're my sun, my moon, my guiding star. <BR> My kind of wonderful, that's what you are." <BR> <BR> If you watch this video, notice t... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:15:33 EST #483: Witches' Winds and Our Moods http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4154185 Ever wonder why different types of weather affect our moods differently? Here's an excerpt from an article I wrote: <BR> <BR> They’re called Witches’ Winds <em>275</em> . They’re warm, dry winds <em>67</em> that seem to drain the life out of people. Witches’ Winds have been blamed for making people irritable, depressed, tired and sleepy <em>102</em> . They have also been blamed for increased numbers of traffic accidents, murders and suicides. Witches’ Winds are known by many names. <BR> ... Sat, 9 Apr 2011 18:34:10 EST #482: Water, Migraines and a Blood Sample http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4147809 What I learned today is important to our health. I know it is for mine because I needed the help of a nurse today. <BR> <BR> Here's what happened. The past few days I have had headaches. I'd get them in the past and have for years. A couple of Advil or other headache pill and things would be okay. Sometimes, too, I'd get migraines -- tightness across the forehead and neck, eyes sensitive to light, queasy stomach -- you might know all the symptoms. Usually, with something stronger than Advil,... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 20:38:30 EST #481: Are You Deceiving Yourself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4145492 Question: <BR> <BR> How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? <em>3</em> <BR> <BR> Answer: <BR> <BR> Only one. But first the light bulb must WANT to change. <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Go ahead and groan. It's okay. <BR> <BR> But the joke has a point to it. <BR> <BR> As with drugs, alcohol or other things that cause dependence, weight loss requires us to make a commitment if we are to change. Lately, there seems a plethora of SP blogs claiming the writer has a difficult... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 22:21:38 EST #480: What is Your Perspective? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4142552 Many years ago in a course on business management, we were grouped into teams of four and led outside to wait our turn at a task on perspective. When we were taken in we were told to keep our eyes closed and not open them until told to do so. <BR> <BR> The walk inside seemed so different than what we were used to. We bumped into walls and had to be steered around desks and boxes, all things we didn't remember being there since we had taken them for granted. We had seen them every class but d... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 21:02:11 EST #479: Sticks & Stones May Break My Bones, But Words... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4139852 The boy looked to be about 11 years old. He wore a Yankees baseball jersey and waited patiently at the snack bar. When it was his turn I heard him say, "May I have a..." to the snack bar attendant. <BR> <BR> I asked where his league was. "Clermont," he said. Knowing the friend I was at the center to watch in the last day of our city bowling tournament was from Clermont, I asked the boy if he was Austin. He gave me, a stranger, a wary look then said yes. I told him my name and congratulated ... Sun, 3 Apr 2011 21:47:36 EST