JVANAM's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=JVANAM JVANAM'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/ HAPPY ANNIVERSERY TO ME! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4927943 HAPPY ANNIVERSERY TO ME! <BR> <BR> Two years ago this very moment I was being wheeled out of surgery following my open heart - bypass surgery. <BR> <BR> Mel Stewart, my Thoracic cut man, guaranteed 30 more years were added to my life. <BR> <BR> So, if I die within the next 28 years….I get my money back. <BR> <BR> My Cardio guy, Scotty Morris, just gave me the green light to workout 6 days a week, 90 -120 minutes a day. I failed to admit to Scotty, for the last six months I’ve been doing ... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 15:08:41 EST It's Turkey Lurkey Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4597697 That's the title of a song from the musical "PROMISE, PROMISE." <BR> <BR> It could also be how you feel following the WHO Beast come your WHO Feast. <BR> <BR> If upon your turkey; <BR> Today you must induldge, <BR> Than take care, <BR> Don't be defeated, <BR> At the waistlines, <BR> Battle for your Bulge. <BR> <BR> Be Thankful. Be Healthy. Thu, 24 Nov 2011 08:38:22 EST Out of the frying pan ....for 50 years. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4464300 Last night was THE last night for Gene's Fish Fry. They closed out 50 years of serving the CD-NY with healthy fish meals. At the same concrete block building were Rt. 4 joins with Rt. 43. <BR> <BR> If it wasn't for the fact I had spent a goodly amount of time in the YMCA pool I wouldn't have even been in E. G'bush. Nor stopped by for a closing nights repast. <BR> <BR> Though I haven't dined at Gene's every season since 1961 I have enjoyed their fair over the last half century. <BR> <BR> Du... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 14:04:26 EST A carryover from my post on the fitness message board. Worth Blogging??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4419185 On the SPARK-wide message board "FORUM: Fitness and Exercise / TOPIC: Building a small home gym, what is your must haves". Some answers where what SPARKER'S already had, desired to have, & some reminded us what we have is only as good as what we use. <BR> <BR> Here's my post: <BR> <BR> Following my 2010 heart surgery I was already half way through the construction of my own home gym. <BR> <BR> I had been going to the area "Y" for decades, but I selfishly wanted THE HOME GYM. A place whe... Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:38:53 EST Annius Horrabelious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4361384 First off my apologies for not keeping either my blog's, fitness minutes, or my SP-Team responsibilities up to date. <BR> <BR> As many of my SP-Friends know this year started out for me last May (2010) with what turned from a simple heart bi-pass into an open heart surgery that my thoracic surgeon had only heard and read about. <BR> <BR> Then came the Christmas vacation that never seemed to end. <BR> <BR> I no sooner got home to find out my Princess G-Daughter was going to have a baby. Li... Wed, 13 Jul 2011 23:23:33 EST DisneyLand Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4087514 Well the vacation of the damned is turning out to be the joy of a lifetime. <BR> <BR> When we woke this morning we heard on the TV that the tsunami advisory had been cancelled. So we knew that park fun was on. <BR> <BR> Today we decided to visit the California Adventure Park. <BR> <BR> When I was younger I had been to DISNEYLAND at most 6 or 7 times. There had been this huge parking lot that to get from your (parents/uncles/aunts/grandparents) car to the ticket booth and park entrance yo... Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:56:15 EST WHY ME???? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4084399 I swore I had NO prior knowledge of the Japanese earthquake or the resulting tsunami. <BR> <BR> I have been planning this vacation with DA" BOYZ since before last Thanksgiving. If you read the previous blogs about my travel plans run a muck than you know just what I have been through. <BR> <BR> So Wednesday the two older boys got out of school early for spring break. My daughter and son-in-law though this would be a great time to finish my quest and they would take time off work so the wh... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 14:29:39 EST The Vacation Continues http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4083115 Well the entire family finally made it to Disneyland this morning. <BR> <BR> Today was their first day in the Magic Kingdom. Today we spent most of our time in TomorrowLand & FantasyLand. <BR> <BR> The two youngest were getting sleepy so here we are watching the fireworks from our hotel room. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l450716849.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l185564898.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeopl... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 00:38:06 EST Planning for Home 1/26/11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3963688 Well this elongated vacation is approaching it’s close. <BR> <BR> And just as I start to wax pensive on my elation the reality of the deicing season winds it’s way into the planting season. And so I’m asking all of you for your help. <BR> <BR> As my mail finally caught up with me, my annual selection of seed catalogs arrived. Normally by now I have selected, ordered, received, and started sowing the seeds indoors. So as I was reading this years selections I though of an easy SP-Team gam... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 18:09:31 EST Vaca 2010/’11 #8 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3942957 Though I had high hopes for this train vacation it’s been derailed at almost every twist & turn. <BR> <BR> Well at least the last few weeks have been quiet. <BR> <BR> Following my “174 Seconds” slid down a kids rock wall I’ve been bedded down while the scar heals and antibiotics keep me stoned. I didn’t have to sever my own leg. I wasn’t even nominated for a movie award. <BR> <BR> After having the stitches in for about a week and a half my daughter takes me to her family GP to have the t... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 02:21:17 EST A Conversation with Author and Scholar Harriet Brown http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3911519 For decades women have generated false images of themselves and other women. All based on a media false image. <BR> <BR> I can recall back to me tween years as how young health attractive girls were transfixed by being thinner and thinner and thinner. Using every unhealthy pill or potion. <BR> <BR> As I grew older one would have thought such obsessions would have lessened as girls became women. As women became more enlightened and proactive in their own persona. Yet eating disorders are... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 19:54:03 EST Christmas/New Years Vacation ‘10/11 #7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3890293 The End is Near” Especially for me. <BR> <BR> With the trouble getting here I decided to stay on a bit longer. Just until I was certain the weather and the traffic congestion was rectified. <BR> <BR> If you took the time, you may have read that I had one large present to shop for. It’s part of our families tradition. <BR> <BR> From before I was born one member of each nuclear family group would receive one gift that was ridiculously disproportionate with the other gifts. <BR> <BR> Tha... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 21:03:58 EST Christmas (New Tears Eve) Vacation #6 12/31/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3874786 How’s that Resolve-ey Thing Workin’ Out for Ya’ <BR> <BR> Don’t be the least bit surprised if today, before the steeple bells tolls twelve, someone will walk up to you to ask, “What’s your New Year’s resolution?”. <BR> <BR> For the last 50 + years I have answered this question the same way. <BR> <BR> “At 11:59.50 PM I will resolve not to make a New Year’s Resolution. I do it every year and I keep it all year long.” <BR> <BR> Don’t get me wrong, all through the year I make and keep short ... Fri, 31 Dec 2010 17:02:59 EST Christmas Trip '10 #5 12/30/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3871867 No-o-o-o-o. This just can't be happening. <BR> <BR> This morning I tune in the TODAY SHOW just as Al Roker is reporting that Arizona is going to have a snow blizzard. WHAT? <BR> <BR> Let's review how this trip has progressed. Atmospherically speaking. <BR> <BR> Before I left Upstate NY there was a lake effect snow storm from Syracuse, NY to Cleveland, OH. That was followed by high tidal waters, rain storms, and flash flooding on the Pacific Coast. The lake effect storm traveled south ... Thu, 30 Dec 2010 13:17:30 EST Christmas Vacation ‘10 Blog #4 12/29/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3870343 “My Prayer is to Linger with you.” <BR> <BR> Will I was hoping to continue this “TRAVEL BLOG” into the New Year, HOWEVER, with the flooding conditions in Orange County, CA my journey (not my joy) ends here in the Valley of the Sun. <BR> <BR> Just in case some little eyes might find this blog on Mommy’s Desk Top… The “PLANNED” next stop on this rocky road trip was to spend 12/26 through 1/02/11 in “The happiest place on Earth.” ;-) <BR> <BR> With all the trials & suffering going on outside... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 21:10:08 EST Christmas Vacation ‘10 Blog #3 12/24/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3861026 ‘Twas the day before Christmas <BR> <BR> Yesterday was a quite, calm day. <BR> Most of my shopping done, <BR> So I kept from the fray. <BR> <BR> Spent most of my time, <BR> At the YMCA, <BR> For a workout so fine. <BR> <BR> Cybex, Precor, then into the pool, <BR> To take a few laps, <BR> “Santa’s a workout fool”. <BR> <BR> Back to my hotel I flew like a flash, <BR> Dropped off my SPARK gear, <BR> Zapped out the door in a bit of a dash. <BR> <BR> Raced through the traffic with curb to cur... Fri, 24 Dec 2010 19:01:31 EST Christmas Vacation ‘10 Blog #2 12/22/10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3857485 Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, <BR> Jack Frost nipping on your nose, <BR> Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, <BR> And folks dressed up like Eskimos." <BR> <BR> Good Morning from Mesa, AZ. The temperature is currently 57 degrees under cloudy skies. The expected afternoon high is 69. <BR> <BR> It’s about 8:00am on 12/22/10. I just got off the cell with my son-in-law (a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk). <BR> <BR> I told him not to let on to the rest of the family that I’m in town. We... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 11:28:01 EST Christmas Vacation ‘10 12/15/10 (delayed): http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3856714 Clark Griswald I Ain’t <BR> <BR> This trip, to visit with my Daughter and Grandsons, I started planning before Halloween. I don’t want to give the impression I’m anal retentive. I am, I just don’t want to give that impression. <BR> <BR> For those of you who are members of the SP-Team “CD-NY” you may have already read the back story. If you wish to just jump down to the line of asterisks feel free. <BR> <BR> For those of you who have read the back story….read on McDuff: <BR> <BR> The Th... Tue, 21 Dec 2010 22:28:09 EST Caroling in the snow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3825904 I participated in a caroling with congregants of my Church and three others demoninations today. <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter how much hot chocolate, wassail, or just hard booze you take in...when it's cold your cold. Today we froze our butts off. <BR> <BR> With only four more blocks to sing a long, the sky opened up and....here comes the snow. That's when many of us, self included, started to sing only every other word. <BR> <BR> To paraphrase Alexander Wollcott, Caroling "is nothing mor... Sun, 5 Dec 2010 18:36:42 EST Preparing for many different things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3810442 Today is the first Sunday of Advent. The first day of the New Christian Year. <BR> <BR> The scripture reinforce us to prepare for the coming of the Lord. I don't think everyone gets it. <BR> <BR> This afternoon I called my daughter and my 3 grandsons. To find out what DA'BOYZ are doing to get ready for Christmas. <BR> <BR> The three year old told me that he sleeps alot and goes BAH BAH. And he doesn't wet anymore. My daughter told me he is going to be one of the sheep in the churches ... Sun, 28 Nov 2010 18:32:04 EST In the words THANK YOU. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3804608 Hi God; <BR> It's me again. <BR> <BR> Community Leader SARAH_VW started a message board "I am thankful for" in the SP Cafe'. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb<BR>oard.asp?imparent=21781840&imboard=1 </link> <BR> <BR> So God I'm saying to you THNX. Thanks to you for the 60 years of love & joy you brought my way. My family. My friends at home. And my extended SparkFamily and friends I have found here. <BR> <BR> So in case I get stupid (which happens quit a lot) and for... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 22:03:01 EST Pray for No More War http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3801012 God; <BR> I hope your reading. <BR> It's just been reported moments ago of the artillery fighting between North and South Korea. <BR> <BR> Do we have to do this nonsense again? <BR> <BR> This past Sunday was the feast of your son as Christ the King. Direct the thoughts and insight of the governmental and military leaders to Christ. PAX. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/8/l784090839.jpg"> Tue, 23 Nov 2010 02:09:31 EST Sometimes what you watch on TV is not your choice. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3795319 About 2 hours ago I suddenly awoke from a sound sleep. <BR> <BR> Got to take care of the usual nocturnal events. This time however sleep was not on my horizon. <BR> <BR> Thinking a soothing cup of decaf tea would settle me down, I went to the cupboard to find no tea. Off too Price Chopper for a late night restock. <BR> <BR> Not that a single item purchase couldn't wait till daylight. It was a compulsion. <BR> <BR> After cashing out with the Robo-Cashier, returning my shopping cart, th... Sat, 20 Nov 2010 03:48:49 EST Fight you pounds and insure hungry children have pounds in their belly. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3638518 Here at the entire SparkPeople network we are fighting those extra pounds we carry. As well as work (& workout) to insure our healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> For some children, elderly, and adults in America that war has turned into a fight of starvation, disease, despair. <BR> <BR> That's why I'm imploring each and every Sparker to go to <link>www.pfpchallenge.com </link> and register to lose your healthy weight for those in our country who hunger not just for their next meal, but for a ... Tue, 14 Sep 2010 19:36:05 EST Glory be to Saint Patrick http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3015502 HAPPY belated SAINT PATRICK'S DAY <BR> <BR> So I've been home a week now. Spending most of my time in the house EXCEPT. <BR> <BR> Last Saturday I went to North Albany to watch the N.A. LIMERICKS march in our 56th consecutive St. Patty's Day parade. I thought I could watch the parade from the comfort of Charlie Weaver's Bar, which is across the street from the WNYT-13 studios. <BR> <em>439</em> <BR> <BR> No one told me the bar closed eight years ago. So I sat in my car, out of the bris... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 13:56:49 EST Mucho, Macho Man…I want to be a Macho……NOT!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2935379 Pains Men Should Not Try to Macho Through. <BR> When the going gets tough, guys should go to the doctor. <BR> <BR> I’m a guy’s guy, tough as nails and hard as rock. Well once. <BR> <BR> Able to soldier on despite hardships or injuries? Because everyone knows that hardship builds character, and pain is all in your mind. And, oh, don’t forget: NO PAIN, NO GAIN. <BR> Well, that’s the traditional view, anyway. <BR> <BR> Modern males are supposed to dance to a different tune. We’re advised tha... Sat, 27 Feb 2010 15:46:02 EST The Biggest Health Danger To Men http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2918227 Here's a PARADE Mag. article I found while waiting in my Cardiologist lobby. <BR> <BR> If I knew this stuff a few years ago I wouldn't be going through what I'm going through now. <BR> <BR> Men you each should read this article and TAKE IT TO HEART. No joke. <BR> <BR> THE BIGGEST HEALTH DANGER TO MEN <BR> By Stacey Colino, PARADE Magazine <BR> <BR> Nearly 75 million Americans have a potentially life-threatening disease—and 28 percent don't even know it. According to a new study from the ... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:06:16 EST 10 Weird Fitness Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2899114 Here's an article sent to me that has some cogent points and some that are...well, as the title says WEIRD. <BR> <BR> "Weird, unconventional exercise ideas that are so crazy they MIGHT just work. <BR> <BR> If you think you've heard it all when it comes to fitness, think again! I've rounded up 10 things you never knew about working out—from the benefits of a post-exercise drink of pickle juice to why you should avoid your friends at the gym. These unconventional but expert-endorsed fitness t... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 19:14:03 EST A bedside mini-Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2862235 I'm doing fairly well here in the hospital. The surgery went well according to the Cardiac resident. <BR> <BR> I tried to hide my new NetBook in my hospital table. Then they changed my room. When the Candy-Stripper was packing up my stuff she found it and the nurse put it away in my new locker. RATS!!! Foiled again. <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> At 2pm today they got me up and walking for the first time. That was painful each time I put a foot down on the floor. <em>39</em> <BR> <BR> W... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 17:10:49 EST Family Christmas 2009 a.k.a. NEVER TRUST YOUR KIDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2669705 Without my knowledge my 3 kids, their spouse, & the g-kids shocked me. <BR> <BR> !!NO!! They didn't come to stay with me over Christmas. OMG NO. <BR> <BR> My son came up from NYC, with my daughter-in-law, and KIDnapped me for the holidays. <BR> <BR> So, we spent, or are still spending, the holidays AT WALT DISNEY WORLD. YEAH BABY!!!! <BR> <BR> I left CD NY on 12/19, with no idea what was going on. <BR> <BR> Bob and Nicole flew with me to Orlando. I started to suspect something was goi... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 19:24:25 EST Happy trails to you http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2604924 Here is an interesting article I expatriated from eatingwell.com. It is as true for healthy/regular travelers as it is for those of us making long trips this holiday season in a car, boat, train, bus, or sleigh. <BR> <BR> Avoid Travel Trouble <BR> <BR> Plan your next trip with two things in mind: eating healthy and having some activity during each day. <BR> By Dr. Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., Joyce Hendley, EatingWell, and EatingWell.com <BR> <BR> One of the pleasures (and perils) of... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 15:00:13 EST How to slide down the chimney. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2602196 Happy Healthy Holidays <BR> <BR> With Dashers, and Dancers around the holidays we tend to start Prancering and get Stupid about our meal plans. <BR> <BR> So here is my Comment for all of us to Don-our Vixen, while at the parties we can still have some Blits-on, and not just Rude-off the hostess. <BR> <BR> As sure as Santa comes down the chimney during the holidays we are all tempted to go off our meal plans. While at those special parties or family dinners you will be tempted to for an ex... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 17:18:55 EST