JUST_TRI_IT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JUST%5FTRI%5FIT JUST_TRI_IT'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/ Europe Trip -Day 13 (2014- Blog 87) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662173 Winding down a really special trip. My father's health brought me back here and with my sister we have jointly created a wealth of memories of family, country sides and city scapes. Today we returned to paris on our last long train ride. <BR> <BR> The countryside changed from the quiet lush green of Normandy to the hustle of Paris. We found our way to our hotel located close to the Louvre. We choose it for proximity to the metro but found the map a bit deceiving. No matter, at this point ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:49:23 EST Europe Trip - Day 12 (2014 - Blog 86) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661281 Wow - today was fantastic!! We rented bikes from a little place called Maison de Velo, right near the train station. The bikes are the first I have ever rented and loved! Usually bike places I have rented at have kind of dumpy bikes, but these were new road bikes that were a dream to ride. And get this: for a mere 10 euros we rented them from 9:00 to 7:00! <BR> <BR> So, we took off towards one of the seaside towns using the scenic route the entire way. Practically no traffic and idyllic sc... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:58:32 EST Europe trip - Day 11 (2014 - Blog 86) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660485 A completely relaxing day! Walked through this charming town, visited several museums in a very leisurely fashion. The town's shops are mostly asleep on Sundays and as such the calm feel of the day was accentuated. We did not realize that this is a very very busy town in the summer months, so we consider ourselves fortunate to be experiencing the calm before the hectic nature of summer tourists. <BR> <BR> When DH visited Europe with his father a few years ago, he called me just once. It was ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:36:26 EST Europe trip - Day 10 (2014 - Blog 85) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659739 Those of you in Europe already know how amazing your transportation system is. It really is well developed. Yesterday we just hopped on another train - the intercity one - from Paris to Normandy. They leave every hour or so and arrive hassle free a few hours later. And we hopped off in the relatively small town of Bayeux - one of the few towns that was not bombed during WWII. <BR> <BR> We arrived just in time to grab a bite to eat - spinach quiche and tabbouleh salad and an apricot pastr... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:42:04 EST Europe Trip - Days 7-8-9 (2014- blog 84) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659020 Cannot believe that in just a few days we have gone from Germany to France to England and back to France again! Have visited my family in Germany then trotted off to London to visit more family in the span between blog 83 and 84! <BR> <BR> After our delightful jaunt in Heidelberg, we took off in the very fast train through France to London. The countryside was such a treat. Although we did want to sleep, it seemed ashame to do so with the wonders of both English and French hills, villages a... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 00:53:27 EST Europe trip - Day 6 (2014 - blog #83) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656467 After a mistake of walking shoes yesterday, I was wiser and walked in my special jogging shoes. They are the ALTRA ZERO DROP shoes that changed my running life! I do not normally use them for anything but my runs, but this pair is at the end of their running life, so I use them for long walks. Perfect! I did skip my run since the soreness from yesterday was significant. But we made up for that by walking during our day trip to Heidelberg. <BR> <BR> What a spectacular city! The views are sim... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:34:58 EST Europe Trip Day 5 (2014- Blog #82) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655591 Still in Darmstadt... <BR> <BR> Getting used to the sounds of a completely different language today. Fortunately my sister speaks many languages and has lived here in Germany since 1981 and her daughter grew up here and speaks several languages as well, so when stuck, I have support. But still, trying to pick up clues to what is what is a challenge to enjoy. <BR> <BR> Went for a run in the cold..not with much extra layering as I travel light light light. Fairly chilly out but that just kep... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:49:03 EST Europe Trip - Day 4 (2014- Blog #81 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654911 Although I am physically in a total different place today, my own physical activity was not as great as high as yesterday. Today we left the hotel early and found our ways to train station to begin our travels to Germany. I think I have said before that riding on a train is one of my all time favorite things to do. And today was a train riding day!!!! <BR> <BR> We zoomed through the French and german landscapes at speeds that topped 200 Mph. What a peak experience! We met up with my other ... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:53:13 EST Europe Trip - Day 3 (2014- Blog #80) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654044 Oh my feet are tired!!!! We walked early to our first museum...about 4 miles. Then we walked around go the most amazing museum of impressionist art - Museé d'orsay. That kind of walking kills me!! Too slow wreaks havoc on my back. <BR> <BR> Then after a yoghurt for lunch,we walked another 3 miles to my dad's place. Went through a delightful garden, down the cChamps D'elyisee and through some quiet streets. Had a wonderful afternoon remembering family history and stories. A light light dinne... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 17:08:40 EST Europe Trip - Day 2 (2014- Blog #79) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653456 Have a longer blog later but quickly ... Did a 5k on the Paris streets this morning....lunch with my father and a very long walk on our way back to the hotel. Light breakfast, a nice hot croissant, light lunch, light dinner and a superb crepe ..... <BR> <BR> Day = awesome!!!! Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:59:49 EST Europe Trip - Day 1 (2014- Blog #78) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652264 Arrived.... Met up with my sister who flew in from San Francisco. <BR> I met my water goal and am off in a few minutes to walk and walk some more. <BR> <BR> Will touch base again when I get longer wifi access... <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:42:05 EST Off to Europe... (2014- Blog #77) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651235 Well, tonight is the last night before I leave for Europe to see my father who is not well. I meet up with my two sisters - one who lives in Germany and one who lives in CA. The emotions are varied and I have put them on hold for now. <BR> <BR> Bags are packed... I travel super light with no checked luggage. My priorities are to keep up the exercise while gone. Thus, the running shoes made it in :) as did the running sweats. It sure would be sweet to be able to find some nice places to run.... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 01:50:47 EST Failure just IS... (2014 - Blog #76) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5650438 Have been thinking about failure of late. So many quotes about failure that get us to consider failure for the teacher it is. <BR> <BR> “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” <BR> &#8213; Thomas Edison <BR> <BR> “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” <BR> &#8213; Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” <BR> &#8213; Truman Capote <BR> <BR> “Success is stumbling from f... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 02:27:47 EST A SPARK DAY! (2014 - Blog #75) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5649335 As I mentioned yesterday, today was the Shamrock Run here in Portland. Rain predicted but it never really materialized. A few drizzling moments, but nothing much more than that. <BR> <BR> I met up with my two friends and their two daughters .. all doing the Shamrock for the very first time. Well.. I kind of met up with them. So, I called them about 30 minutes before the start of the race to see where they were and my friend says "Yeah, we have not left the house yet." No way! They sure were... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:49:07 EST 40 Miles today (2014- Blog #74) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648852 <em>332</em> What a good day for riding. Everyone seemed to have had the same idea today. The great weather brought people out for walking, running and biking. I rode about 40+ miles - .. and most of if was dotted with cherry blossoms, magnolia trees and lots and lots of green! The birds, geese and squirrels added to the refreshing spring day. <BR> <BR> Each year, my winter break from riding seems shorter because I am riding later into the winter and earlier in the spring. This year I ro... Sun, 16 Mar 2014 02:33:20 EST The Satisfaction of Sureness (2014 - Blog #73) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5648145 "Know well what leads you forward and what hold you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom." <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> Several times today I knew what decisions I needed to make. There was a certain "sureness" that I felt in a few health decisions I made. <BR> <BR> Instead of a latté, I just drove on by. Smiled as I realized I was craving calm not coffee. <BR> Instead of a big dinner when I went out with DD, I was conscious of my eating. Enjoyed every bite in moderation. <BR> Instea... Sat, 15 Mar 2014 02:26:17 EST The Derailment Crew Showed Up! (2014- Blog #72) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647372 "The main cause for failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want at the moment." <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> The last few days I bent to "what I wanted in the moment". I chose rest or getting "one more" hour of work done... As much as I would like to rationalize both choices, I was bending to the moment and not what I know I needed to do. No excuses accepted. <BR> <BR> But today was different. The Derailment Crew took up residence in my head ALL DAY LONG! i was... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:54:55 EST Derailment (2014 - Blog #71) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5646654 I adore trains!!! If I could travel all the time on a train, I would make that happen. In fact, I will be doing that quite a bit when I get to Europe next week. And this got me to thinking about my own "train trip" to health... <BR> <BR> Once I set my eyes on the end game, i keep the train pretty much on track. But, oh yeah... oh darn... oh phooey, I have derailments. The good thing about minor derailments in most train situations is that we may get some bumps and bruises, but the train is ... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:55:28 EST Temporary Stories (2014 - Blog #70) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645856 "Feelings come and feelings go. There is no need to fear them and no need to crave them. Let them come, and then let them go. No feeling is your permanent reality, no matter how intense it is." Author Unknown <BR> <BR> Last week I heard one of my colleagues remind us that feelings are said to only last for about 90 seconds. The rest of the experience is the story we hang onto for years and years and years. <BR> <BR> I am not an emotional eater, at least that is what I have told myself. Bu... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:39:27 EST HIGH OCTANE FUEL (2014- - Blog #69) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644959 "Goals are the fuel in the furnace of achievement." <BR> Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> As we each travel our own road towards and deeply into health, we run into side trips, road blocks, dips, humps, fast lanes, slow lanes, obnoxious drivers along side, drivers who pay it forward, toll booths, rickety bridges and Golden Gate Bridges. <BR> <BR> This quote really reminds me what I have enjoyed about discovering the satisfaction of goal setting. I do not need huge goals. I am good with tiny goals an... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:08:26 EST Get Strong at Any Age (2014- - Blog #68) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644024 <link>nyti.ms/1ceYdAi </link> <BR> <BR> <em>185</em> Very interesting article in the New York Times this morning about our bones... and keeping them strong. Current studies are calling out the need to have some high impact exercise in our routines, no matter our age, in order to keep our bones strong. The high impact has to be pretty deep in order for the bones to do their work to become stronger. Some examples include: sprinting, jumping off a box 15 inches or higher at your gym and ... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 23:10:15 EST You Can't Get to the Store with your Eyes Closed (2014- Blog #67) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642946 Did you see the articles this week about the "new" SAT test? It sparked a good conversation between DH and me today. What's the point of an education and do we actually measure our society's goals for education.. Such stuff like that :) <BR> <BR> At one point we chatted about goals and the importance of measuring our movement towards goals. Should we actually measure anything in schools and if so what? And if so, why? At one point he said, "Well you cannot get to the store with your eyes cl... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 14:02:10 EST Spring Joy! (2014 - Blog #66) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5642573 Seriously, what else is there to say when the sun shines through cherry blossoms. <BR> <BR> I drove to my daughter's house in Portland today and marveled at the sun and the tree blossoms. I wanted to stop and take pictures but had to get her to the airport. After the rains and weird snows and cooler that normal January/February, today was simply JOY JOY JOY. <BR> <BR> I like the winter. The cool temps feel good, challenging, invigorating. I had to learn to dress for cold and wet, but once... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 01:06:06 EST PICK ME PICK ME(2014 - Blog #65) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5641780 "Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again." <BR> James R. Cook <BR> <BR> This quote got me thinking today.. taking a look back on four years ago (WOW! Time is a movin') <BR> <BR> There have been so many benefits of deciding to get healthy through better food habits and more exercise. One prime benefit was when I decided that I could do my first triathlon at age 51. Why? Because I thought I could not. No one else said i could n... Fri, 7 Mar 2014 00:30:31 EST Streaking for Water! (2014 - Blog # 64) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640990 Sorry, I could not resist being a bit cheeky :) But seriously, at work we have started a streak! <BR> <BR> A bit of background... At work I do not speak much of a healthy journey. As a supervisor it seems inappropriate to do so. I do hope that my behavior/habits speak for me. Folks know that I run, walk, bike, etc. And they also know that I struggle with having to drink water. Back in January, I spoke to one person on the team because it was a natural conversation that led to me talking ab... Thu, 6 Mar 2014 03:12:31 EST Even though I had an Excuse (2014 - Blog # 63) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640036 After last night's stressful events, I had a perfectly nice day. I had to mentally get tough and to follow my own advice. I had to focus on making a choice to handle the situation with my boss with generosity even though I was ticked last night. I stayed up late to get the report done. 6 hours after I started I finally went to bed, satisfied that I had produced a report that made sense, was supportive of the hard work my entire team has done and could be used for upcoming budget discussions. ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 01:38:02 EST ARGH! (2014 - Blog # 62) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5639110 Ok.. normally I am not one to get ticked off about work. BUT OH MY OH MY! And I am also one to work 15 or more hours a day .. doing reports, emails, follow ups etc after my 10 hours at work. It is my choice and I love it, so cool. BUT TODAY I AM TICKED! I get a message from my supervisor at 5:30 this afternoon that she forgot to tell me that I am presenting at a huge meeting tomorrow morning and I need to send HER a report by TONIGHT. <BR> <BR> I am thoroughly stressed and need to get to t... Tue, 4 Mar 2014 00:15:18 EST The Best Fruit (2014 - Blog #61) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637682 "Happiness, I have discovered, is nearly always a rebound from hard work." David Grayson <BR> <BR> This morning was another nice run. A bit chillier that yesterday and a heck a lot more wet. As I am jumping over puddles that line the sidewalks here in the neighborhoods where I am cat sitting, my toes got wetter and wetter and my hair dripped down my shirt. Only had two other runners on my entire route today. Most people are curled up in front of a warm fire I am guessing. (My turn next!) <B... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 12:56:29 EST Chance, Accident, Choice (2014 - Blog #60) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637006 What a good feeling it was to go out for a run today. The weather, although it was in the forecast that it might snow a bit, was quite perfect. Rainy and chilly but still pleasant. Had the good rain jacket on and was well layered. Much easier to run in the muck than in the heat. <BR> <BR> Anyways, I had made a date with two friends to go meet for coffee and I think that my morning blog spurred me to not drive there but run there. Since I had told them I was close by, they had texted me e... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 15:42:36 EST Are We There yet? (2014 - Blog #59) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5636721 "To accomplish our destiny it is not enough to merely guard prudently against road accidents. We must also cover before nightfall the distance assigned to each of us." Alexis Carrel <BR> <BR> Talk about ROAD ACCIDENTS! This week has been a series of minor traffics accidents if I think about my decisions. From my water headaches to just feeling a bit weighed down, I am sitting here at someone else's home at 5:00 am on a Saturday morning realizing I am NOT THERE YET! <BR> <BR> What was it abo... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 08:54:57 EST My own path (2014 - Blog #58) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635688 "Unless it's your path, it's pointless to follow. But if it is your path, then, alas, it's pointless to follow any other." Harvey Arden <BR> <BR> When I once considered doing an event like a 5k, I think my biggest worry besides how I would use a restroom along the way, was not finishing and looking like a fool. Neither of these concerns have since stopped me. I learned on my very first shamrock run..my first 5k ever, that the path I was on was simply said -my own-. I do not think anyone p... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 23:51:21 EST Two powerful words...WHY NOT? (2014- Blog #57) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5635643 "Why not? is a slogan for an interesting life." <BR> Mason Cooley <BR> <BR> So, I am cat sitting and left my laptop at home...and on my laptop are my ideas for blogs, my photos ..argh. Oh well...this is me on the ipad hen-pecking my blog out for today and for yesterday. Yup, you read my status correctly this morning. I was sitting the couch, laptop on lap, hands poised over the keyboard and I fell fast asleep. And I have no idea what I was going to write. It must not have been too exciting... Thu, 27 Feb 2014 22:46:12 EST Finally - A Water Headache! (2014 - Blog #56) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633907 I know.. this might sound a bit odd.. I am totally excited that today for the first time ever, I got a water headache! Really!! <BR> <BR> Here's the what happened and the why this is a big deal <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> What Happened: <BR> Today was a crazy day. I drank my first 22 ounces of water with breakfast. Good start! And then I was in meetings that really did not give me a chance to go to the restroom so I put off the water until about noon. I was planning on more water, but I wa... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 00:01:54 EST Struggle is Good (2014 - Blog # 55) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5633046 "If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." <BR> Frank A. Clark <BR> <BR> I've been thinking of how we each travel our health journey. Sometimes it is smooth sailing. Other times it is really rough. Sometimes the monotony of the journey is deafening. Other times the variety and adventure is exciting. <BR> <BR> I have yet to read a personal story here on Spark that is not dotted with successes and failures, struggles and triumphs. The paths are never smooth. ... Tue, 25 Feb 2014 00:51:00 EST Gateway Behaviors (2014 - Blog #54) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632035 In Blog #51, I described one of my gears this way: " Gear #6 - Ten minutes of a well-designed exercise MAKES a difference. It is a gateway habit to healthy living. " I got to thinking more about GATEWAY BEHAVIORS. <BR> <BR> The comparison I was thinking of was to GATEWAY DRUGS, so I looked up the term. Here is a definition of a GATEWAY DRUG: "a habit-forming drug that, while not itself addictive, may lead to the use of other addictive drugs." <BR> <BR> So often we beat up on ourselves for... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 23:25:42 EST Recharged through Reconnections(2014- Blog #53) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631281 The value of friendship is the comfort of being yourself, of opening the doors to thinking on so many levels. It is energizing to just "BE" and laugh. It is soothing to be tranquil and not worry about what you need to say or not say. <BR> <BR> Today was a spectacular time of reconnecting with a friend. We were able to fit in a nice walk through the woods, a few nice meals and a nice full of playing banana-grams and farkel. We reconnected on a professional level, sharing ideas and things we ... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 00:49:40 EST Enjoying LIfe (2014 - Blog #52) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630502 "Life is to be enjoyed, not endured." <BR> Gordon B. Hinckley <BR> <BR> Very short blog today for a few reasons. Logistically, I am running out of power on my laptop and I normally need some time to think and write. And, although the ipad has juice, I can't think and write on an ipad. And then much more importantly, I am enjoying a special treat with a friend this weekend. We have taken off for three days... to a nice spot where all is quiet, the scenery is amazing... and the friendship c... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 23:13:42 EST More than a few gears (2014- Blog #51) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629753 "Life is like a ten speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use." <BR> Charles Schultz <BR> <BR> I have a pretty nice bike- a racing bike with many gears. I decided to take a few workshops at my local bike store to learn about flats, basic care and shifting. It was very enlightening to hear more about gear shifting. Biggest lesson: What I thought I knew I had to unlearn. I had made riding a bike a very hard job and had not learned to use the gears to my advantage. <BR> <BR> Before I re... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:08:03 EST COMMIT & SUBMIT (2014 - Blog #50) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5628847 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l488976333.jpg"> <BR> <BR> You have used them or seen them - the button online you can click to ADD TO WISH LIST. And the stuff sits in that wonderful little basket until you do one of two things. Either dump the wish or take action and move them into your SHOPPING CART. And you still have another step! You gotta COMMIT to buying the stuff and then you have to hit SUBMIT to really get your stuff. <BR> <BR> And so it follows that our lives... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 01:24:23 EST Robbing Yourself of Today (2014- Blog #49) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5627885 "Don't let the past steal your present." <BR> Cherralea Morgen <BR> <BR> I have to admit, I am usually a glass half full kind of person. I do not really like being around the glass half empty people because I think it robs me of good moments. For some reason, that negative energy is just exhausting for me. I am not a PollyAnna, but I do choose to see things from a more positive note if I can. <BR> <BR> When I saw this quote I thought about how much we really impact our individual journeys... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:52:44 EST Deciding Makes the Difference (2014 - Blog #48) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626998 "The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are." <BR> Author Unknown <BR> <BR> In my life, I have not had to "diet" very often. I can remember three times. The first time was when I was 18 after living in Latin America for a year and I gained about 10-15 pounds. I "did" my first diet ever. I had no idea what I was doing and was not successful until I decided to stop dieting and start being more judicious about my food intake. Because i wa... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 02:22:48 EST Comfortable in My Skin (2014- Blog #47) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626055 <em>244</em> Did my first ride of the new year. The snow and ice has kept me off the roads since the first of the year, so OH OH OH, it felt fantastic to be out there today. I met with a friend for a nice latte and great conversation. Then, I took off for about 20 miles, a ride through a cool afternoon, strong winds and solid rain for about half the ride. Good thing for me that I brought my wet-weather biking clothes, so no big deal. <BR> <BR> Here's what I was thinking along my route.... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 02:00:01 EST Results or Excuses - Which rule your Life? (2014- Blog #46) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5625203 "You can have results or excuses. Not both." <BR> Jen Segger <BR> <BR> There have been times in my life where excuses for not being as healthy as I should be ruled. Here are a few of my "regulars".. that start off some poor choices: <BR> <em>18</em> I have had a long day. <BR> <em>18</em> I did awesome yesterday. <BR> <em>18</em> I had a crappy day. <BR> <em>18</em> I am tired. <BR> <em>18</em> Basically my clothes still fit. <BR> <em>18</em> I just love sweet stuf... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 00:25:37 EST Different Horizons (2014- Blog #45) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624415 "We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon." <BR> Konrad Adenauer <BR> <BR> Spark certainly embodies this quote for me. Each day online, I learn something that impacts the way I think. The most powerful, as I think I have said before, is the myriad of blogs and spark pages. Here is a bit how I see this quote. <BR> <BR> We all have the human condition in common - that condition that has us taking care of a physical body. We all have in common a need to make sur... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 00:17:32 EST Stopping for the right reason (2014 - Blog #44) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5623574 On my way to work today, I thought about stopping for a latte. I have not had one in a long time! I had a goal of limiting them each week and that turned into really not having any. I got to thinking about WHY I was stopping for a latte. <BR> Was I hungry? No. <BR> Was I thirsty? No. <BR> Was I craving coffee or caffeine? No. <BR> So, why have I been stopping all these years for a latte? <BR> <BR> I have plenty of time to consider that question and the best I can come up with is HABIT..... Fri, 14 Feb 2014 00:08:25 EST An Unimportant Day (2014 - Blog #43) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622723 "There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." <BR> Alexander Woollcott <BR> <BR> I was trolling for my quote and ran into this one today and it go me thinking about how easy it is not to notice a day for all the worth it has. <BR> A day is full... replete with time. <BR> A day is full.. replete with opportunity. <BR> A day is full.. replete with decisions. <BR> A day is full... replete with TRY TRY TRY. <BR> <BR> Forgetting these things means we miss time and opport... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:37:38 EST Remarkable Video about Body Image (2014- Blog #42) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621866 Take a peek - <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player<BR>_embedded&v=E8umFV69fNg </link> <BR> <BR> This video was posted yesterday on Spark. What a remarkable project! As I watched it I was reminded about how much "society" defines beauty. We cannot escape those images that bombard us every single day from every angle possible. From what is "beauty" in our homes, to what is "beauty" in our diets, to what is "beauty" in our physical selves. <BR> <BR> I often chuckle and winch a... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:42:42 EST Cravin' Veggies! (2014 - Blog #41) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620807 After four days without being able to leave the house (ice and snow and a steep driveway!), DH finally got out! Not easy feat, but close to 5pm, SUCCESS!!! after some slipping and sliding. And did I have a list for him! <BR> <BR> Over the past four days we were getting to the bottom of the veggies - carrots gone - onions gone - tomatoes gone - lettuce gone! The last of the broccoli and celery was looking pretty pathetic in the veggie drawer. So, my list prioritized the veggies I was fantasi... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:42:14 EST "Stop Looking for Short Cuts" (2014 - Blog #40) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5619788 Part of the mental toughness course reminds us to "stop looking for short cuts". Oh my, isn't that the truth! <BR> <BR> When I view television, so much of our advertisement IS about short cuts. We are such a "quick" "now" "fast" society. ("We" being pretty much anywhere!!) <BR> <em>24</em> Learn a language with no pain or time using THIS special DVD. <BR> <em>24</em> Make money faster by winning the lottery. <BR> <em>24</em> Eat breakfast faster by running to the fast food pla... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 21:02:38 EST Why Keep Judging? (2014- Blog #39) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618917 I watched the first episode of the Biggest Loser and the last 45 minutes of the last episode. I watched this time because I keep hearing about it! So, I gave it a shot. I did not have much interest in watching the entire season but I was impressed and touched by the stories of each contestant. Their individual dedication to taking this huge step to health was striking <BR> <BR> The last 45 minutes was equally striking. I did not even recognize the contestants - so overwhelming was their wei... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 19:47:35 EST