JUGE300000's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUGE300000 JUGE300000'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/ Something New! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4710483 My wife and I have been vegan now for over 4 years. It was 4 years last November 8th. We talked about it and we have decided to try raw for a while. We are planning on one raw meal per day for a week and then 2 raw meals for a week, and then we would like to settle in at about 70-75% raw for a period of time. I am hoping that this will help the weight get moving down again and I am also hoping that it will help get my sugar and triglycerides down. Everything else is pretty normal. So, we wil... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 15:13:45 EST RV Show in Tampa http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683955 On Saturday, Sue and I went to a huge RV show at the state fairgrounds in Tampa. We saw a lot of cool stuff, and we made several interesting purchases. First we bought a new bike carrier. It will carry two bikes which is what we need. It was made by the same company that makes Reese hitches and appears to be very well designed and made. <BR> <BR> Then we also bought a pair of pillows. I have the hardest time finding a good pillow and these seem to be pretty good. <BR> <BR> Finally we bough... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:24:53 EST Back to School Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4657827 Vacation is over. I had to go in today and finish up grades. Tomorrow the kids are back. Fortunately it is only for two days and then the weekend. I'm ready for this yer to be over already. Wed, 4 Jan 2012 19:33:10 EST 2 days and back to work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4650788 On Wednesday I go back to work. I need to get in lots of exercise before that time. Right now I am about to go out and do a nice bike ride. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 10:27:42 EST New Years 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4647926 This is it! I've made up my mind! This year I am going to go down to my goal weight. My goal is to lose 26 pounds in 26 weeks. A pound a week. I can do that. So by June, I will be hovering around 170 lbs. Maybe 168. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 09:53:12 EST Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4644905 Just took an 8.5 mile bike ride at 11.0 mph. Took a different route today...thought I would change things up some. It was a good ride. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 12:52:10 EST What I DON'T Know About Electricity is Dangerous! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4643125 I called an electrician to come over to my house and work on an outlet that wasn't working. The top outlet was dead...the bottom outlet was alive. He turned on the switch and the top outlet was fine. It was a switched outlet. Boy did I feel stupid. That was a $75.00 lesson. Thu, 29 Dec 2011 11:01:48 EST Corkscrew and Whole Foods Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4639656 Tomorrow we are going to take a walk on the wild side...Corkscrew Wildlife Sanctuary, and then we are going to go to Whole Foods Grocery to do a little shopping. After all that, we may eat at Loving Hut in Naples. We ate there once and the food had way too much oil...fat...but we have heard that it is better. So we will see. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 07:26:58 EST Merry Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637926 My family celebrates the opening of the gifts on Christmas Eve, and last night I was blessed. My wife gave me a new cast iron tea pot, black with a golden dragon on the top. She also gave me a new tea mug from Teavana which will really keep hot drinks hot. My son's family gave me some storage packs that fasten on to my bike. Makes it easier to carry keys and repair kit. My father- and mother-in-law bought me a U of K jersey. Like I say, I am blessed. Got to see my granddaughters open the gift... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 14:38:47 EST 38th Wedding Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4634967 Today is Sue and my 38th Wedding Anniversary. I'm not sure where all those years have gone so fast. But here we are celebrating once again. Today we will drive 3 hours to the other coast of FL to view the Morikami Gardens near Lauderdale. After a couple of hours there, we will drive south to the Sublime Restaurant. That is our favorite Vegan Restaurant in FL. We will dine on delicious food before our trek back across the peninsula to our home. A fitting end to the end of 38 years. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 09:23:35 EST Work Year Winding Down http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4632414 This work year is winding down. Only one more day after today, and I can take a 2 week break until New Year. I'm ready for the break. Tue, 20 Dec 2011 07:51:04 EST Day of Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4630148 The Lord's Day, a day of rest. Feels good not doing much of anything. Sue and I will go out for a walk to get a little exercise, but no hard labor today. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 12:02:20 EST Saturday Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4629118 Today I went out for a bike ride. It wasn't too windy, but it was like work trying to keep going. My legs felt rubbery. In the end, I did 11.43 miles in 64 minutes for a 10..5 mph average. Decent...not great. Sat, 17 Dec 2011 11:40:31 EST Friday, Friday, how I love that day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4627748 Excuse me, Mammas and Pappas, I know that I took some liberty with your song, but I really do love Fridays. Let let me count the ways...1. It is the last day of the workweek. 2. It introduces the weekend. 3. I have two days away from work ahead of me. Ahhhhhhh. Thank you, Friday. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 07:58:38 EST Walked for 45 min. this A.M. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4626433 I have been biking and elliptical training and this A.M. I decided that I wanted to get out and walk some. So I put my walking shoes on and did 45 mints at a 16 minute per mile pace. The air was cool (60 degrees) and the morning was clear, and I had a great walk. I need to do that more. Thu, 15 Dec 2011 07:55:17 EST Scary Evening http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4625061 For several days our lights have been dimming occasionally. Last night the electricity went crazy! Our recessed lights in the kitchen surged until I thought they would explode. The TV was affected. All of the lights in the house were going off and on. <BR> <BR> Finallly called and electrician. He found the problem and charged me $75. And then I had to call the electric company because the problem was outside in the lines coming into the house. We have two insulated 110 lines coming into the... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 07:50:47 EST Splurge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4623719 I splurged last night. My wife got home late, and I sat in front of the TV eating, waiting for her. I hate when that happens. Tue, 13 Dec 2011 07:54:16 EST Start of a new week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4622292 I didn't quite reach my goal of 1 lb. for the week. I missed by about 2/10 of a lb. Over a four week period, I have lost four lbs. So average for the period is a lb. per week, but for the week I fell a little bit shy. Mon, 12 Dec 2011 07:56:28 EST Anastasia http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4621293 Our granddaughter, Anastasia, is a great student. She sets goals for each quarter and my wife promises her a reward if she reaches her goals. Yesterday, Sue took her to her nail tech and she got her nails, toes and fingernails done. Then we took her out for lunch and shopping. We left the house at 10:00 A.M. and didn't return until about 6:30 P.M. She was a happy little girl. We were happy grandparents. I hope we get to do this every quarter. Sun, 11 Dec 2011 12:10:23 EST Christmas is Coming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4617406 Here comes Santa Claus. <BR> Here comes Santa Claus. <BR> Right down Santa Claus lane. Thu, 8 Dec 2011 08:00:10 EST Half Day Off http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615282 Today I took a half day off from work. It was a welcome relief, even if its intended purpose was to go to the dentist. Dentist appointment didn't last long, and I wound up getting half my lawn mowed. Good exercise. Good relaxation. Tue, 6 Dec 2011 18:15:09 EST Weight Variations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612865 Some days I hate the scales. Today is one of them. Yesterday I was 191.2 and today I am 193. I didn't eat anything exceptional, and I stayed within my guidelines. It has happened before, and I know it will happen again, but it is frustrating. Tomorrow, I will probably be back at 191. Oh well, I'm glad yesterday was my official weigh day and not today. Mon, 5 Dec 2011 08:00:22 EST 2 weeks...3 lbs. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4610417 I have lost three pounds in the last two weeks. Now that is only 1.5 lbs. per week, but when you consider how long it has been since I have lost any weight consistently, it is a big thing. Sue (my wife) and I challenged each other before Thanksgiving to begin losing weight again and it is working. <BR> <BR> Yippee. Sat, 3 Dec 2011 10:24:48 EST Weekend to Weekend until Christmas Vacation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4608924 Seems I am living from weekend to weekend until Christmas Vacation arrives. Then I get 2 weeks off. I'm looking forward to that. Fri, 2 Dec 2011 07:00:45 EST I'm Almost There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4607265 One pound a week...that is the challenge. And I have lost .8 lbs. for this week. I am almost to my weekly goal. That will make 2 lbs. in two weeks. It's hard work at this point, but I really want to get down to my goal. I have been sitting dormant for too long now. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 07:59:57 EST Hump Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4605498 It is mid-week, Wednesday, and I have lost about .8 lbs. so far this week. My goal during my wife's and my challenge is 1 lb. per week, so I am right in the zone. That feels great to be able to say I am more than halfway there at this point. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 07:45:09 EST Spousal Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4603949 My wife and I challenged each other for weight loss. We are both nearing the end of our weight loss and it has gotten difficult to lose, so the challenge is for me to lose 1 lb. per week and for her to lose 1/2 lb. per week. If we do this, we will reach our goals almost together. I lost a lb. the first week, and she also lost her 1/2 lb. 2nd week has begun, and after 1 day...no apparent progress. But it will come off. Tue, 29 Nov 2011 07:50:23 EST Tonight I did a second session on the elliptical machine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4603143 When I got home tonight, I knew my wife was going to be late. So I decided that, rather than sit around watching TV and snacking, I would do a second, albeit, shorter session on the elliptical machine than I did this A.M. This A.M. I did 30 minutes and tonight I did 20 minutes. I burned a total of 640 calories in a total of 50 minutes. I had to push myself to do it, but I feel good for having done it. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 17:57:43 EST Vacation at an End http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4600938 All good things have to end, I guess. I am in the 5th day of a 5 day Thanksgiving weekend. I don't really want to go back to work, but until I find some other way of supporting myself, I guess it is back to teaching for several more weeks until Christmas Vacation. Just living from vacation to vacation right now. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 09:15:29 EST Thanksgiving Day, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4597859 Today is a day for reflection. I have much to be thankful for, I do believe. For one thing, I have gotten a root canal and a temporary crown and I am able to eat and just exist with a great deal less pain. I am thankful for that. <BR> <BR> Today my wife and I will have a quiet Thanksgiving Dinner together and I am thankful for that time to spend with her. <BR> <BR> Tomorrow we will get together with our son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughters, and we will go for a picnic and a walk throu... Thu, 24 Nov 2011 11:04:02 EST I Want to Break 190 lbs. this week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4584238 I am at 192.0. I would like to lose at least 2.2 lbs. this week. Then I would weigh in at 189.8. That is a goal I have been looking at for some time now. <BR> <BR> I had been doing the elliptical machine for a while. For the last 3 days I have been riding my bike. Maybe the switch will do the job for me. Mon, 14 Nov 2011 18:23:32 EST Veteran's Day Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4581928 My veteran's day weekend is almost gone...I am in my last day of the vacation weekend. Unfortunately, I get a little time off and I want more. I am going to have to buck-up and do it. Getting old is not for sissies. Sun, 13 Nov 2011 09:25:26 EST Dentists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4579175 Well, I did two consultations and the dentist finally decided to do some work. I had a first consultation and then a referral. Then I had another consultation. Finally on day three, the specialist decided to do my root canal. Meanwhile, I was missing a lot of work. <BR> <BR> Well, my mouth feels a lot better now that I have had the root canal. Back at it on Tuesday...I go back to the dentist that referred me to the specialist for the root canal. Now I get the tooth built up and get a perman... Fri, 11 Nov 2011 09:05:54 EST Much to be thankful for http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4566339 Here I sit on a beautiful November morning, enjoying the warm sun, clear sky, cool temperature. SW FL is beautiful this time of year. In addition, unless we have one of those rare November Hurricanes, it appears as if we have escaped the wrath of Mother Nature once again this year. I think that is three years in a row now. We truly have much to be thankful for here in SW FL. <BR> Thu, 3 Nov 2011 09:32:52 EST Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4526695 I hurt my knee about three weeks ago, and I haven't exercised since. This A.M. I decided it was time to get back at it. I rode my bike for 60 minutes...slowly. I averaged 8.5 mph when I usually average 12-13 mph. But that's okay. At least I did it. I felt some twinges in my knee from time to time, but I did most of the pushing with my right knee (injured the left knee) and now that the ride has been done for about an hour, my knee feels good. I was afraid it would tighten up and I would have ... Sun, 9 Oct 2011 11:47:28 EST Rosh Hashanah http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4510119 Well, I'm not Jewish, but I do thank my Jewish friends for their New Year's Celebration. I am getting a vacation day from work because of it. <BR> <BR> I don't think we have a large Jewish population in our school district, but there are enough that we take off this holiday. And I certainly think we ought to have an ecumenical attitude toward such things. <BR> <BR> I am enjoying this day by resting and maybe helping my knee to heal. Thu, 29 Sep 2011 10:44:55 EST Blur, Blur, Blend, Blend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4496202 Everything is running together. Stop the world and let me get off. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 07:57:01 EST Jogging...Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4494289 Today I jogged for the 3rd day in a row. 3 miles at a 12 minute mile pace. Yeah, I know, that's pretty slow...but don't forget that I'm just starting out. Today my left knee ached pretty much all the way through. I have a knee brace...I think I will have to try that next time. Other than my left knee, it feels pretty good. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 08:08:44 EST 3 Miles Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4492318 Today I jogged three miles at 12 minute mile pace. I started last week and did two miles, then 2.5 miles. So far the jogging feels pretty good. Knees ache a little bit in the beginning, but they feel better after I warm up. <BR> <BR> My bicycle has a flat tire so I am not riding right now. Need to get that fixed. <BR> <BR> I am just tired of the elliptical machine and am looking for other things to do. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 08:03:23 EST Another Beautiful Morning in SW FL http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4490697 Got up this morning a little later than yesterday, 7:20 A.M. The temp was still a comfortable 73 degrees. There is once again a slight breeze that almost feels cool when it blows. I have been sitting on the lanai doing spark people for about an hour now. I am ready to go in and fix breakfast, and will probably not return to the lanai when it is ready, but I have had a nice respite here this morning. I am enjoying the fact that we are beginning to at least some some better morning temps. Sun, 18 Sep 2011 08:29:57 EST End of September Weather http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4489284 Here in SW FL, the thermometer is still hitting lower 90s almost every day, however, the nighttime lows are lower. This morning I got up to 73 degrees at 6:30, and I went out onto the lanai to see how it felt. Very comfortable!!! In fact, there was a little breeze that almost felt cool!!! So, things are beginning to change, and here I sit on my lanai doing my SparkPeople, something that I have not been able to do for awhile. It is now almost 8:00 and the temp out here is still nice. I will be... Sat, 17 Sep 2011 07:49:47 EST Jogged 12 Minute Miles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4485961 Today I went out and jogged two twelve minute miles. Didn't feel like the elliptical machine. Can't ride my bike because of a time conflict. Jogging seemed like the thing to do. I know, 12 minute miles is slow. But I'm just getting started, and tomorrow I will probably not be able to walk. Thu, 15 Sep 2011 07:57:10 EST Humpday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4484105 Here it is Wednesday already. I'm not sure where the time is going right now. Seems like I have so much to do at school...so much material to cover and I am getting so little done. And then there is the issue of all the extra data and paperwork that the school board is requiring this year. Never seem to get anywhere. Teaching isn't what it was 40 years ago when I was starting out. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 07:58:10 EST Switching Things Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4482139 In the last several days, I have been switching my exercise up...I had been doing elliptical training almost exclusively. Saturday, I mowed the lawn with my power push mower...over 90 minutes of elevated heart rate. Then on Sunday, I took a bike ride of 60 minutes...12.3 miles. Yesterday I walked early in the A.M. for 40 minutes (2.5 miles). Today, I am going to ride my bike to work I think. Enough of this indoor elliptical trainer exercise. I need some change. Tue, 13 Sep 2011 08:03:05 EST Sun Harvest Citrus http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4478431 Yesterday we went to SunHarvest Citrus for the first time in months. I bought a gallon of fresh orange juice. Was surprised that they still had some as it is just about the time for oranges to be coming in again. Probably frozen...only thing I can figure out. But it is soooooo good. Even if it is frozen. Sun, 11 Sep 2011 08:49:11 EST Victories and Disappointments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4473043 Life is filled with victories and disappointments. On the one hand, it is great to spend time with family and take a walk on the wild side in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. On the other hand, it is a downer to have students who not only don't "get it" but they also don't care and don't want to "get it." It is great to come home in the evening to my loving wife and the hot dinner we usually have by 5:30, and it is equally sad to have the governor of FL and other state officials try to turn educati... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 07:48:15 EST Corkscrew Wildlife Sanctuary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4468871 Corkscrew Wildlife Sanctuary is near Imokolee, FL, and is one of my favorite places in SW FL. Yesterday, my wife and I took our son, daughter-in-law, and three granddaughters there. Although it was blistering hot and humid, we had a pretty good time and saw some wonderful sights. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/1/l417378484.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The holly bushes were filled with red berries. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/9/l493000201.jpg"... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 07:57:32 EST Labor Day is Over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4467957 Labor Day is nearly over and now it is back to work. At least it is only a four day work week. Then two five day work weeks. Then a three day work week. then a four day weekend. Mon, 5 Sep 2011 18:04:04 EST Day of Rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4465508 Got to sit on the lanai again this A.M. It was 75 when I got up at 7:30, and the humidity was tolerable...not great. I am really looking forward to October when the mornings will be wonderful on the lanai. Sun, 4 Sep 2011 09:55:01 EST 3 Day Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4463851 Have Monday off because of Labor Day. This is the first 3 day weekend of the school year. How I love vacations. Shame 3 days can't stretch into 6 days. Another first today. The first time since summer that I was able to take my tea out on the lanai and sit and drink it comfortably. Our morning temps have been running in the low 80s and this morning it was 75 which is the temp we keep our thermostat on. I figured I could endure 30 minutes to an hour, and sure enough, it was pleasant for about ... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 09:26:46 EST