KJAZZINGILBERT's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=KJAZZINGILBERT KJAZZINGILBERT'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/ Okay, okay... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5186270 ...sometimes it takes a bit to get back on track but I am back. I enjoyed a healthy green smoothie for breakfast and made the time to do a half hour on the eliptical at the gym. I've got to ease back into this exercise thing. Oh, better track that. <BR> Seeya! <BR> Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:41:02 EST I've Been Eating Too Much... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5163296 ...and it shows. <BR> I am back. <BR> I need SparkPeople in order to lose weight. I eat healthy but I just eat too much. <BR> Tracking is key for me. I don't track. I gain weight. It is that simple. It's so easy to kid yourself that you aren't going overboard. <BR> Well the scale don't lie people. I've been going overboard. <BR> So I need to make the time to track. <BR> I've reset my goal weight once again to May Day. 17 pounds gone by May Day. That's it! <BR> <img src="http://phot... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:24:02 EST I AM still here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5114951 ...just in moderation. I'm still tracking and losing. I'm just not so active socially anymore on the message boards in My Groups I'm afraid. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1676521365.jpg"> <BR> Having two puppies is eating up my spare time. <BR> Here is one of them that is too tired to worry about losing weight it seems. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/5/l853946300.jpg"> <BR> LOL, cute right? <BR> Anyway, I've reset my goal date to the first o... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 19:15:45 EST New Beginning, New End http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5090413 Okay, it's not horrible but I did manage to gain about three pounds while on vacation. I was feeling like it was more actually so I'm not too upset about it really. This is a weight loss and health improvement journey and journeys sometimes have sideroads so cool. I'm ready to hit it good and steady now. <BR> So his is a new beginning. <BR> The new end? <BR> I've changed my end goal from October 8th, (obviously not going to happen) to New Years Eve. It's doable if I behave as good as I w... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 19:36:24 EST Life Got a Bit Crazy... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088268 ...and here is why. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/8/l486333064.jpg"> <BR> First I was on vacation in Minnesota for a week where I did not eat so good. Then last weekend we got Hunter and Dakota so life is indeed a bit nuts. <BR> I haven't weighed in or tracked my food for two weeks and I'm pretty sure it won't be pretty. <BR> <BR> I will be weighing in Sunday and we go from there! <BR> <BR> It's all good! Fri, 5 Oct 2012 19:13:24 EST Check Me Out http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5068465 I'm checking out for a bit so I won't be around until I get back at the end of the month. I'm heading to Minnesota to be with my folks. <BR> I am going to try to be good about eating. My exercise has been a mess this week. I don't know what I did to my knee but it's not good. This has been a problem for more than a few weeks now. Did an xray yesterday and it doesn't show any problem so I have an appointment with an ortho doctor when I get back. <BR> Oh, and now my computer is freaking ou... Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:35:18 EST Work in Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5060472 I haven't been taking the time to blog a whole lot lately. I think maybe because I'm just doing okay as far as SparkPeople goes. I am still tracking the good AND the bad. It's the bad that is stalling my progress and I know that and I need to get on that and I will. <BR> <BR> I'm not perfect. Hardly anyone is. <BR> Well maybe this guy is... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/2/l825553614.jpg"> <BR> ...whatever. He probably has stinky feet or some other flaw. <BR> <BR... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 14:06:10 EST Loving the Smell of Curry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5050087 The smell of curry is permeating my house right now and I love it! <BR> <BR> I've got my week planned as far as food goes and I've already started a Spark Recipe, Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry. <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=1226514 </link> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l29838361.jpg"> <BR> It's one of those super simple open cans, chop some veggies, add spices and broth and just let it cook in the crockpot for 5 or 6 hours. I'm plann... Sat, 8 Sep 2012 18:54:38 EST I Won't Treat Myself Like a Garbage Can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5046957 I got this message board entry by member SJKRACH in my email today and wanted to share it here. <BR> How many of us have gone through this? Perhaps even on a regular basis? Perhaps with nearly every meal? When I eat garbage, aren't I treating my body like a garbage can? Shouldn't I be treating it like a temple? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l790088258.jpg"> <BR> Read and see if you can relate. <BR> <BR> Over the last few days I've realized that if it's in the ki... Thu, 6 Sep 2012 11:12:15 EST Get On Your Knees! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5045724 Gosh darn! My knee has been hurting for about 3 days now so I used that as an excuse not to go to the gym which is a sad sad excuse because I don't need to use my knees for all the different things I can do at the gym. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/4/l845039086.jpg"> <BR> So today I did my best to ignore the knee and have a workout. I'm glad I did. I'm listening to my body and being careful and working around it. Tonight I'll wear a knee snuggie under my pants to... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 14:59:24 EST Ribs Without the Bones http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5040410 Today I made Seitan BBQ Riblets from SparkPeople Recipes. I had it with Sweet Potato Fries on the side. <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=311678 </link> <BR> <BR> They came out quite tasty! They remind me very much of the McRib Sandwich that they used to have occasionally at McDonald's. In fact I may just have to try a serving of my leftovers in a bun with some extra BBQ sauce on it. They have a nice chew to them due to the vital wheat gluten. I think t... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 19:56:44 EST The Voices in my Head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5035972 This week has been a little bit of a struggle. I'm not doing horribly or anything but I haven't been my same gung-ho self. I need to get back to that. I also need to get connected again with my SparkPeople community. I do find that it helps. <BR> <BR> I'm starting by getting my patootie to the gym this morning. I always find that exercise is the best motivator in the world. It's like immediate feedback. I'm sure I will hear that inner voice in my head when I get there saying things li... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:45:01 EST Not Pretty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5029248 So we all screw up from time to time and this week apparently, is my time. <BR> I'm not going to go into all the delicious details. <BR> I think I just needed to blow the whole watch everything I eat and make healthy choices thing a few days off. That and a crap week at work. <BR> So that has passed and I'm ready to get back on it. <BR> Unfortunately I have a weigh in coming on Sunday and I don't think it's going to be pretty. <BR> Speaking of not pretty... <BR> <img src="http://photos-... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:44:20 EST Get Over Yourself Kevin. Sheesh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5021795 Okay, time for some out and out bragging. It's a difficult journey and I've earned some bragging rights. <BR> <BR> This week I experienced a decent drop in poundage. I weighed in this morning at 163.4 so that's two pounds this week so yay! My starting weight was 185 so that's a total of 21.6 pounds in 2 months which averages 2.7 lbs. a week. That's actually losing a little bit quicker than I want to so instead of aiming for the low end of my calorie range recommended, this week I will ai... Sun, 19 Aug 2012 12:37:16 EST What's the Plan Man? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5019334 Good morning all! <BR> First, thanks for all the nice comments in my blog about making my sister welcome here on SparkPeople. I did the link to her SparkPage wrong. I was in a rush so I'm linking to her at the bottom of this blog entry. <BR> <BR> It's Friday morning and I'm feeling great. I'm to that point in my weight loss where I want to take on the day and get moving even at 7:30 in the morning and I am NOT a morning person. I actually feel lighter this morning. <BR> <BR> So, what's... Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:08:23 EST Please Welcome My Little Sister Tammy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018323 I'm so excited that my excitement about SparkPeople has sparked interest in my sister Tammy! She is the most wonderful baby sister a guy like me could have. <BR> <BR> Our entire family struggles with weight issues. My dad has always had a huge beer gut. Mom has been on her diet her entire adult life I think until she went into chemotherapy 2 years ago with colon cancer. My older brother has Dad's gut and so would I if I wasn't so vain. Well I've had a gut but I'm taking the steps to mak... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:53:16 EST Fancy Schmancy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5015999 I currently belong to a really nice gym. I should say a REALLY NICE gym. It's very clean and beautiful and towel service is included. There's a healthy restaurant, classes of all kinds, 3 swimming pools and two huge hot tubs, steamroom, dry sauna...I mean this place has it all...for a price of course. It runs $50 a month. <BR> <BR> Now I see there is a new gym opening just blocks from my house. I could walk there or ride my bike and it's a mere $10 a month!!! Now it's all brand spankin... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:43:43 EST Olympic Afterglow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013404 I'm pretty inspired by the Olympics. Aren't you? <BR> <BR> I mean those amazing fit bodies performing in ways I can hardly imagine. I was never the athlete type. I remember going to gym class in the eighth grade and the teacher broke us down into teams to play football. All the boys scattered across the field into some sort of formation as I stood there, not having a clue. How did they know this stuff? I was a boy. Was I supposed to just know how to play football? It was humiliating ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 11:20:21 EST I'm Good to Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5009774 Usually I plan my meals for the following week on Saturday and then do my cooking and food prep for the week on Sunday. But lately I've been getting up early early on Saturday mornings to hit the Gilbert Farmer's Market so I need to plan my meals on Friday instead. <BR> <BR> So, here's what I've come up with: <BR> <BR> Breakfast will be simple cereal and homemade almond milk with some fruit. <BR> <BR> Lunch will be a Green Bean Almondine Burger, served openfaced on toasted french bread wi... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:21:53 EST Could This be Love? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008108 Anyone else falling in love...with Popchips that is? <BR> Okay, okay, perhaps not the most healthy of relationships... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l362493341.jpg"> <BR> ...but not all that horrible either really. It's a fairly low calorie, low fat treat. <BR> <BR> Last night at work I dipped a serving (20 chips) of Sour Cream and Onion flavored Popchips into my hummus and oddly enough, I want it again. <BR> <BR> See that's what happens when you fall in love. Yo... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 11:02:55 EST A Pleasant Surprise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5004979 One of the nice surprises here on SparkPeople are the recipes! There are some decent, and for the most part simple recipes there. And they make it easy to add it to your daily Nutrition Tracker. <BR> Of course most of the recipes are not edible by me but if you do the search and choose vegan in the dietary requirements part, voila! <BR> <BR> This week I made three recipes from the SparkPeople Recipes. <BR> Goin' Green Smoothie which is simply spinach leaves, banana, strawberries, and o.j... Tue, 7 Aug 2012 11:59:12 EST I Think the Scale is Stuck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001874 It's weigh in day! <BR> I had my doubts about this week. I've been eating good and exercising and doing all those things that have brought me success thus far, yet starting on Tuesday the scale seemed to be stuck at 168.4, which is not bad but I was just hoping for more. I tried weighing at different times of the day, before poop and after poop (oh c'mon, I know I'm not alone in this one), after work, after the gym etc.. But nope, 168.4 appeared to be my destiny for the week. I even gave ... Sun, 5 Aug 2012 12:00:02 EST My New Regular Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5001053 Well the farmer's market was awesome. <BR> Not so much the market, which is quite small and limited, but there is a vegan/vegetarian food truck that comes every Saturday now!! <BR> Here is the cute family that just started this up 2 months ago as a family business. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l140994039.jpg"> <BR> They are super friendly and helpful. <BR> Here is the cute trailer that they've fixed up. Oh, it's called The Uprooted Kitchen. Awesome name! <BR> <im... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 18:18:26 EST Chowing Down! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4999476 I need to sit down today and plan my food for next week. This is one of my favorite things (as Ms Oprah Winfrey might say). Sometimes I do it on Saturday and then cook all my meals for the week on Sunday but this week I want to get on my bike early Saturday morning and get to the Gilbert Farmer's Market. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/8/l581382496.jpg"> <BR> Compared to "real cities" farmer's markets it's not much. But they do have one decent organic farm who represe... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 11:47:17 EST Inspired by DTERMINED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4996576 Credit where credit is due, SparkPeople friend and blogger did a blog entry today <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4995159 </link> recapping July and planning for August that inspires me to do something similar here. <BR> <BR> It's been a good and bad month but mostly good as far as the SparkPeople lifestyle goes. <BR> From July 1st to August 1st I've lost exactly 8 lbs. so that is 2 lbs a week which is exactly right on target for me. <BR> I feel ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 14:51:36 EST Not THAT Kind of Watermelon Cooler! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4994968 I have a cup of watermelon in my nutritional tracking chart today. I was just going to have it as a side with my vegburger but then I noticed my blender already out on the counter and I thought hmm. <BR> I blended up my cup of watermelon until it was all liquid, poured it in a glass and added about a cup or so of sparkling water. Stirred it up and I had myself a very refreshing watermelon cooler. <BR> I will definitely be doing this again! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:11:47 EST (Some of) What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4993053 Oh yes, I am back and ready to jump into Sparkpeople with both feet. <BR> We just got back from Vegas last night rather late so I just woke up and my first thought was, uh oh, I wasn't so perfect on my eating in Vegas and yesterday was weigh in day so I better get it over with. 169.5! So not so bad. Down a pound from last week. I'm pretty certain it would have been 2 pounds had I not gone to Vegas because on Wednesday when I couldn't resist the lure of the scale I was 168.5. <BR> <BR> We... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 11:58:41 EST Wish Me Luck! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4989394 Just wanted to say thank you thank you thank you for all of your kindness out there in sparkpeople land. I cannot possibly get around to thanking each one of you for your kind thoughts, wishes, goodies and prayers so let me just do it in ONE BIG THANKS. <BR> It's still terribly difficult. <BR> This morning I vacuumed all Parker's hair out of my car and rearranged the bedroom so I no longer wake up facing where Parker has slept for the past 10 years. <BR> Even though I know we did the right t... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:19:33 EST Not Going to be Around for a Few Days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4985380 ...except to track nutrition and exercise anyway. <BR> Today we had to have our wonderful dog Parker put to sleep so I'm just not going to be social for a bit here. His hips finally did him in. He couldn't get up anymore and was in pain. <BR> Best dog ever. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l3422956.jpg"> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:00:22 EST My Change of Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4981697 I've been a really good Do Bee this week with diet and exercise and tracking it all so I have to admit I was just slightly disappointed that I only lost 1.1 pounds this week. I think it was Wednesday when I sneaked in an early weigh in and was happy I had gone below 170 and promised myself, no wine, no pizza, get to Sunday for weighing in and you will surely be below 170. Oh well. I'm 170.4 and I'm good with that. A loss is a loss. I will take that loss and add just that much more to it ... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 12:51:04 EST Best Lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980811 I've got to give major praise to YC's Mongolian BBQ! I just enjoyed a delicious, nutritious, vegan lunch there. David was with and he also enjoyed a meat filled delicious lunch. So this is a place we can both enjoy together! Booyah! <BR> I just checked on locations and unfortunately they are only in Arizona. :( <BR> But here's the thing, this concept is found in other places that Arizona I'm sure. I've seen it in casino buffets, the same deal. It's one of those places with the big round... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 18:09:50 EST Not Even Thinking About Wine and Pizza http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4979165 Nope, it's a non issue today. I think last weekend really got it out of my system. <BR> We are planning on getting up early and riding our bikes to the Gilbert Farmer's Market in the morning. <BR> If that sounds like deja vu, it is. But I blew it and did the pizza and too much wine thing last Friday night and blew off the early morning Farmer's Market trip. <BR> That's not happening tonight. <BR> Checking myself before wrecking myself. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>211</em> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:51:31 EST Sharing Secrets! Shhhhh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4976134 This is not an official weigh-in but I couldn't resist the lure of the scale this morning because this is the week I will get out of the 170s. Sure enough, 169.8! So if I can behave the rest of the week I should be below 170 on weigh-in day, which makes me very happy. <BR> <BR> I've been doing good using SparkPeople. The other day one of my Spark Friends was asking me for secrets to success which gave me pause to really think about it. <BR> <BR> I don't think I'm successful until I've re... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 12:36:00 EST Run 4 Your Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974529 Today is a non weightlifting day at the gym. <BR> IT'S ALL ABOUT CARDIO BABY!!! <BR> I'm going to do 55 minutes running on the treadmill using the Treadmill Coach: Interval Based Workout Music Mix for Running, Jogging Or Walking - Coached By Fitness Instructor Amy Dixon that I got from iTunes. I love it. It's got hills and changes in speed, sprints, the whole nine yards as they say. I run much harder having Amy in my ear telling me that I can do this. <BR> If you have an iPod you can als... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:25:12 EST Cows do it. So can you! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971676 Just thought I'd share here just how easy it is to make your own almond milk. I did it for the first time today and who knew? Piece of cake! <BR> Here it is in only 53 seconds...that's how easy it is. <BR> <link>youtu.be/gz3MdfT92ZQ </link> Sun, 15 Jul 2012 18:55:31 EST Road Trip! Detours Encouraged! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4971217 Thanks to all my SparkPeople friends that somehow knew to write exactly what I needed to hear yesterday. I actually avoided the computer yesterday, still feeling a bit guilty about my admitted screw up. I know. Silly Kevin. <BR> <BR> So today is all about getting back on it, taking over the driver's seat, steering towards a more healthy me. <BR> <BR> It's not about getting there the fastest. I've done that before, only to find months later that I was right back where I started. <BR> ... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 12:23:46 EST Admit it, track it, get past it, and get back on it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4970071 Okay, so I screwed up. I almost don't want to blog about this. <BR> Admit it, track it, get past it, and get back on it. <BR> I'm not going to go into details here but it obviously involved a bad night at work, a pizza, and wine. <BR> I've been perfect for three weeks but I really blew it last night. <BR> Was it worth it? <BR> Hell no it wasn't worth it. <BR> Not only do I feel like crap this morning but I ate pig (pepperoni) and a mother cow's milk (cheese) so I have that guilt to deal with... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 13:41:20 EST It's a Dry Heat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968696 A strategy to change a bad habit has worked for me so far. <BR> The habit? Coming home on Friday night after work to enjoy a Pizza and Wine Orgy. <BR> The strategy? Plan something early Saturday morning that I have to be awake for. <BR> Last weekend I made an eye doctor appointment for 9:30 a.m., (the new glasses should be in either today or Monday). This week my partner and I have agreed to get up early and bike to the Farmer's Market in beautiful Downtown Gilbert, Arizona and load up our... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:24:23 EST I'm No Nun, But I've Got Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965415 I was raised a good Catholic boy in the suburbs of St. Paul Minnesota. Our church, St. John's was right up the street from the house I grew up in and next to the church, (sidenote: the church was formerly a roller rink like back in the 50's which I always thought was kind of cool) was the nunnery. This is where the nuns who taught in the catholic school lived. I always wanted to peek in and see how these 8 women lived together in one little building just as I wondered what was under that w... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:47:09 EST My "AHA!" Moment of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4963748 I just read a really good article How to Ditch the 'Good/Bad Food' Attitude - Make Peace with Your Cravings to Drop More Pounds. <BR> I found myself disagreeing with some of what was written until I got to this: <BR> "However, for some people, it just doesn’t work that way. Sweets, salts and alcohol all cause biological reactions in the body that are hard to ignore. And, if you’re someone who responds strongly to these reactions, even one small bite can trigger you to continue sampling simila... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 11:12:38 EST I CAN Handle The Truth! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4960586 A quick update on my Friday Night Pizza and Wine orgies of the past. I do indeed believe they are in the past. This weekend was a breeze and I think scheduling my eye appointment early Saturday morning helped as well as working late Friday night again. <BR> <BR> Today is all about getting to the gym and then preparing meals for the week. <BR> <BR> I workout better when I follow some kind of program, whether it's from a fitness book like Mario Lopez' Knockout Fitness (oh my, the eye candy ... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 13:16:41 EST No Booze 4 Youze! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4957919 I've written here before about my Friday Night Pizza & Wine Binge(s) that helped get me to where I am today...too fat for my own good. And I've written what a struggle it can be to break a bad habit when it's gone on for far too long. <BR> Last Friday was a breakthrough weekend. I think by blogging about it honestly, putting down on paper (so to speak) really did help. And so did the support of my new SparkPeople friends. I felt so good Saturday morning and so proud of myself by Monday mo... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 11:56:19 EST My Vision Collage (part 2) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4956401 Yesterday I did my vision collage and posted it as a blog entry. Today I'd like to explain the whole thing. So starting in the upper left and reading like a book: <BR> Forks over Knives is a documentary that changed my life for the better. I have heart disease meaning high blood pressure and high cholestrol. I'm on three pills a day to keep it under control. Through Forks over Knives I learned that a vegan diet is the best thing I can possibly do for my health. I didn't get the title at... Thu, 5 Jul 2012 11:48:12 EST My Vision Collage http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955510 Just finished working on my SparkPeople Vision Collage for 10 spark points and thought I'd share it here. I don't think I'll explain it all right here right now but it was fun to make and made me think about really, what is inspirational to me? What makes a difference? Who has inspired and for what reason? What will make this healthy living journey work for me? A lot of that is here. <BR> If you want to make your own online collage it's pretty darned easy. See link below. <BR> <img src... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 19:36:11 EST I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955049 A holiday in the middle of the week feels so weird. I'm old enough to remember the debates about changing holidays to Mondays to give working folks a longer weekend. Obviously it was settled but I'm thinking let's change the 4th of July also! Let's make it the first Monday of the week of the 4th and simply call it Independence Day. <BR> Don't get me wrong. I'm a union government employee so I get all the holidays and I love it, but haven't most of the holidays lost their meaning? Haven't... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 12:14:29 EST Thanks Coop! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4952130 I see Anderson Cooper finally came out publicly. Well good for him. Like he said, he always lived his personal life pretty openly amongst family and friends and now he sees the value of being public with that bit of information. <BR> That's just it. Being out has value. And not just to yourself but to others. <BR> I've been out forever it seems. I came out when my first partner and I moved in together and we were living too close to my family for me not to tell them. Now that was back i... Mon, 2 Jul 2012 14:57:37 EST The Vegan Zombie http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950200 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/0/l801730057.jpg">Yesterday I made an Spicy Asparagus and Green Bean Stew from Nava Atlas' cookbook, Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. I'm working my way through the seasons pretty much by doing one recipe each week. That's the wonderful thing about this cookbook. It automatically encourages you to buy and cook with what is in season. I'm still working on Spring and will continue to do so for the most part because the summer soups are... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 11:33:43 EST So This is Different http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4948958 So this is different. I mean that in a good way. <BR> Last night after work I came home, washed up, and fixed a nice cup of Sleepytime Tea, just as I planned. Within an hour I was drifting off to lala land. One of my favorite things is falling asleep in front of the t.v. on the sofa. I don't know why. It's just so nice. My partner does the same thing but I don't know that he relishes the experience like I do. <BR> Does that make me a... <BR> 1) Couch Potato <BR> or <BR> 2) Sofa Sleepe... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 12:58:30 EST Welcome to my Inner Dialogue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4947636 I have been coming home from work and having something to eat for years. I don't know that it would be emotional eating exactly. Well maybe it is since I'm rewarding myself for making it through another day of working for a living. It's become more habitual eating than emotional eating though. <BR> So that gets to the subject of how do I change a habit. I remember reading somewhere that if you make a change and stick to it for three weeks, that change is permanent. I think that's true. ... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 12:01:30 EST This Time It's Forever http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946267 Hello first blog entry on Sparkpeople.com. <BR> Let me summarize as briefly as possible my eating history and where I see my future. <BR> Like most of us, I was raised on meat and taters. At about 13 I realized that my Thanksgiving turkey came from a living being. About the same time I had my first taste of hunting with my dad and brother and made the connection that to eat what we eat we have to kill one way or another. So I became a vegetarian. It didn't last long believe me and definit... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 13:03:52 EST