NUMD97's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=NUMD97 NUMD97'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/ The Crash Not To Be Followed By The Burn - November 25, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822725 Boy, it's been a long time! I just saw the date of my last blog. I was already about a week into one of the craziest ideas of my life. <BR> <BR> Weight loss and major life changes are seismic shifts, I have discovered. There is an incredible interconnectedness when one decides to change. Both bring a certain tenacity and a certain inventiveness to the approach of how to answer the question, "What next?" <BR> <BR> And don't forget, of course, the people in the outer rings of your life who ar... Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:43:20 EST Happy New Year! New Year, New Beginning, Right? Not So Fast. - January 8, 2014 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587183 People look forward to the new year with incredible hope and newfound tenacity. They make resolutions, join gyms, and hit the elliptical, Stair Master, and treadmill with an acolyte's zeal. <BR> <BR> For most, this frenetic level of enthusiasm will last, perhaps, according to my gym, until mid-March, when they will quit and slink away. It was an impossible dream, or was it? <BR> <BR> Statistics state that ninety-five percent of us will fail at this quest, ultimately. Some of us diehards ... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 17:57:45 EST A Message From Your Body, Lovingly Sent To You - November 19, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545217 Dear, <BR> <BR> You need to remember that when you drink more water, you always feel better. <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> When you make poor food choices, you always feel crummy. <em>29</em> <BR> <BR> It's that simple, really, sweetie. <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> This is just a gentle reminder from someone who loves you very much. <em>43</em> <BR> <BR> Love, <BR> <BR> Your Gut Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:39:56 EST The Power Of One - January 7, 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194921 In anything I endeavor to do, all I need is one person to help me be the person I wish to be. That person is me. It's nice to have "a little help from my friends", but the real work to make this permanent has to come from me. <BR> <BR> Lately, I have been reading about very successful folks on SP, who through sheer will and determination, have lost a considerable amount of weight. Now that they are realizing their goals, and have successfully maintained it for long stretches of time, even... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 12:10:11 EST As Panic Sets In, Points To Ponder [For Women Especially] - September 22, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5070323 As some of you may know, I saw my doctor back in July who sent me "good news" after she received my lab results, that I am now officially prediabetic. That started a flurry of activity and an 82-day quest to lose what I felt was a reasonable amount of weight (twenty pounds to be exact) before the recheck in October. OK. I set out my plan, I wrote my blog and I was determined to see this weight loss in 82 days. Absolutely doable, right? Now here's the kicker [and you women will get this t... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 12:13:38 EST Twenty Pounds - August 30, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5037183 Many have done blogs indicating what successive pounds lost look like, creating clearcut visual imagery, including myself sometime back. Some images included dog food bags (about 25 pounds) and another (my favorite!), an elephant's penis (one of the ones I included, about 60 pounds) to indicate what those pounds lost could represent. But this morning I was awestruck by a picture that was taken just two years ago, and one the following year that showed a 20-pound loss exactly. I honestly di... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:46:08 EST To Save My Life - What Does It Finally Take? - July 21, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4980256 I am still steaming. And it's been four days since I went to the doctor's for a "routine" physical. She insisted, since I hadn't been there for a complete physical in two years. OK, that seemed fair, so Tuesday I went. <BR> <BR> Back story to my visit: <BR> <BR> I had needed a prescription for new CPAP equipment and had my doctor give me one. I was really annoyed that the company would not just give me what I needed, since the condition is stable, and has been since my diagnosis of ob... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 09:45:40 EST What The Heck Is A Serving Size Of Fruit Or Vegetable Anyway? - July 13, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968824 It's amazing however long that we're on this journey, there is still something new to learn. And often enough, that changes over the years as even nutritionists and the FDA contemplate what is really in our best interests. <BR> <BR> So, today's conundrum for me was lunch. I wanted to have a bunch of baby carrots with my grilled eggplant, but had no idea what a serving size of the carrots is. The packaged stuff is now easy, thanks to the work of Dr. Fred Kessler during his tenure with th... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 14:01:57 EST Live With Intention - July 4,2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4955029 Today, I borrow -- this being a rest day, I need my brain for other pursuits and know that you all will forgive the transgression. <BR> <BR> This was too good not to quote, and the author is Mary Anne Radmacher: <BR> <BR> " Live with intention <BR> <BR> Walk to the edge <BR> <BR> Listen hard <BR> <BR> Practice well <BR> <BR> Play with abandon <BR> <BR> Laugh <BR> <BR> Choose with no regret <BR> <BR> Continue to learn <BR> <BR> Appreciate your friends <BR> <BR> Do what you love <BR>... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 11:57:39 EST Sweetest Graduation Gift Ever - June 28, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4946362 OK, it appears it was too long for the feed, but this is really a "must read". Get the tissues ready. <BR> <BR> <link>healthland.time.com/2012/06/27/one-d<BR>ads-ultimate-graduation-gift-took-13-y<BR>ears-to-make-what-have-you-got/ </link> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:15:18 EST How Fat Exactly Are You? - June 21, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4935697 Since starting this journey, learning exactly how much body weight I have stored as fat, has become an important aspect of my better health plan, to better understand exactly where I am, health-wise. Call it the scientist in me, I need to see concrete evidence in numbers of the damage I have done, and another way to mark my progress. I have read about scales that offer this element as part of a simple weigh-in, but when I actually bought one, it didn't work and I sent it back from whence it... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 05:20:02 EST In A Realistic World - June 11, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4922394 Oftentimes we need some guidance about measures when we are forced to "guess-timate" what is a portion exactly. Most of us are not yet ready to lug around scales and measuring spoons in public places nor restaurants. So what's a body to do? <BR> <BR> I stumbled across this tonight that might be of some help: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l92133553.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I knew some, others were new to me, and something I'll have to remember (my good eye not withst... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 22:01:37 EST Resilience - What's That About? - June 3, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4910411 The other day I remarked to a friend about the fact that she and I, although on different career paths, shared something in common: The need, when circumstances demanded, to reinvent ourselves. I thought it required a lot of chutzpah to take on challenges where we "boldly went" probably where we had no right to go. She didn't think it was a question of chutzpah, but of persistence. <BR> <BR> I considered this. What makes some toss in the towel in the face of adversity and others to push ... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 19:40:34 EST Was Thinking Of Starting A Boot Camp Video And Then Coach Nicole's "28-Day Boot Camp" DVD Arrived - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4737807 Serendipity is an amazing thing, no? I've been on SparkPeople going on four years now, and have been amply rewarded by this supportive community in so many ways. I was thinking that it was time to add new activities to the cardio routine, to keep boredom at bay, and was seriously considering starting a boot camp video as an alternative to get some variety in. SparkPeople must have been reading my mind, because I then received an invitation from their marketing division to review Coach Nico... Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:59:59 EST Fifty-Four Year Old Men Are Not Supposed To Die - January 14, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4681247 First, before I say anything else, I want to thank my "core" of Sparkers for their unwavering support. I very much appreciate the notes on my SP page, the comments on my feed, and the texts to my phone, especially over the last two weeks, as these sad events began to unfold. You all are very special people. <BR> <BR> In the last several months, I have seen two men, young in years, felled by illness that came, for lack of a better word, like a thunderclap. One day they were fine, and then ... Sat, 14 Jan 2012 23:47:41 EST I Do Know Why - January 6, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4662964 [DISCLAIMER: This blog is going to be a bit brutal, so you might want to keep moving and find a more motivational one.] <BR> <BR> As some of you may have already seen, I’ve had a rough week this week, and my feed has reflected some of that. Now let me tell you some of why I’ve been a tad ornery. I finally realized why. Or at least part of the reason why. <BR> <BR> I guess it started about three months ago when my former boss, who has since become a very dear friend, sent me an e-mail th... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 22:10:35 EST Something To Ponder - A Mini-Blog January 2, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4651015 New year new beginnings, right? Everyone is all revved up to get going with their New Year's resolutions. You can actually feel the buzz in the Spark community. With this being a leap year, we actually have one extra day, so if we falter, we just got a natural "get out of jail" card. Sounds too good to be true. <BR> <BR> Now here's the obverse of this coin (you had to know this was coming): According to the Mayan calendar, the world (or the calendar, take your pick, there seems to be so... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 11:38:17 EST New Year: The Virtual Trek Continues - January 1, 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4648537 As part of my latest trek, I'm going to try and blog weekly on my progress across the country. It will help keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> The “NY To LA Or Bust! Virtual Trek”, got off the ground on December 28 and ended December 30, 2011 for a total of 4.74 miles. Nothing earth-shattering I know, but it's a start. I'm doing this in 100-mile chunks, and right now hope to be in Pennsylvania just past Stoney Hollow Road, east of Fern Ridge Bog Preserve (why not?) by mid-March. We’ll call i... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 13:47:53 EST NY To LA Or Bust! - December 25, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637984 Doing a virtual trek, I have learned, has helped me reach goals utilizing a visual of a map, and careful planning. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the virtual trek on Cape Cod, and it kept me quite focused. And it was completed pretty much on time (a few days after Thanksgiving - the original projected date, which was within reason), within the three months originally planned. Sometimes life intervenes, but that's OK, too. <BR> <BR> Now that I know I can do 80 miles, I'm thinking more ambitio... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 16:44:25 EST Being Your Own Super Hero - Saturday, December 24, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4637294 Yesterday, I came across an article in the Huffington Post briefly reviewing a book, published in England this past fall [“Dear Me: More Letters To My Sixteen-Year Old Self”], and it got me to thinking and remembering what I thought was so important then. “Sweet Sixteen” is a major turning point for an American girl. I was no exception. But looking back on it, I would love to whisper in my sixteen-year old self’s ear, that all that surrounded me then, found no place in the future at all. ... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 16:54:03 EST Motivation? What Happens When You Run Out Of Motivation? - December 6, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4615712 I saw this on another Sparker's page tonight and I just had to research the genius behind the quote, because, frankly, I had never heard of him. To wit, John C. Maxwell is an American entrepreneur and motivational speaker (after you read the quote, I think you will understand why): <BR> <BR> “The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. <BR> Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or <BR> whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? <BR> After yo... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 23:45:30 EST 79.1 Miles. What Was I THINKING? - December 4, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4612539 I've been on SP for a long time now. Over three years, going on four, to be exact. Once the "Ah ha!" moment has passed, and one "gets" it, the work really begins in earnest. OK, we "get" the point about portion control, more calories out than calories in. "Moving" more than sitting. And on and on it goes. <BR> <BR> We start off with such enthusiasm and verve. We got it, right? So the rest should be easy. [Easier?] But the issue is this: When one has a "ginormous" amount of weight to... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 22:49:20 EST In An Instant - September 11, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4478637 Those looking for weight loss encouragement or musings on that, keep looking. This blog is not going to address that. It's about something else entirely. <BR> <BR> I have been thinking of how things can change, so capriciously, in an instant. About a week or so ago, I learned the fate, quite by accident, of someone I went to junior high school with. I found a page on Facebook, dedicated to her memory and was puzzled about that, wondering what illness befell her, dying so young. She wou... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:10:22 EST Come Join Us! We're Going Virtual Walking On Cape Cod! - August 13, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4424810 For anyone who might be interested in joining us for our virtual trek, here are the instructions for Week #1: <BR> <BR> Open up MapMyWalk.com (register first). Click on "map the walk" function. Then it should show your address (pulled in from registration data). Change that and type in Sippewissett Road, Falmouth, MA. We're starting opposite Flume Lake (kinda nice touch, no?). Then on the right is a dialog box: Click on "center map" (this way the map moves when you move), and click the funct... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 15:24:37 EST Coloring In The Lines - August 13, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4424611 Remember when you were in kindergarten some years back, and how you took pride in first deepening the outlines of the page you were about to color, so that you would take extra care when coloring in the page? <BR> <BR> I got to thinking about that, when I remembered a little known feature that Spark provides: On the Start page, there is a monthly calendar (called my SparkSummary Calendar) where you can see at a glance how you are progressing for that month. There is a gold star awarded i... Sat, 13 Aug 2011 13:03:05 EST "Don't Stop! Don't Give Up!" - July 27, 2011 Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4389639 No time to write a proper blog, but if you're really feeling down, this should do the trick. And if it doesn't, whatsamatta with you? <BR> <BR> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/25 <BR> /dont-give-up-girl-motivational-song_n <BR> _908770.html <BR> <BR> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 11:50:47 EST Failure IS An Option (For Women Only - With Pics) - July 11, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4356021 Subtitle: Continuing Where We Left Off At Last Week's Meeting <BR> <BR> OK, now that I've got your attention, listen up! I ain't no expert, nor am I pretending to be, but some things bear repeating: <BR> <BR> (1) This is a LIFETIME change, not a sprint to glory for: <BR> (a) Wedding <BR> (b) Class Reunion <BR> (c) Family Gathering <BR> (d) Holiday <BR> (e) You pick any remaining excuses <BR> <BR> (2) You WILL "plateau" <BR> <BR> (3) You WILL back slide... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:22:07 EST It's Finally Happened, Virginia, We've Hit Bottom - July 8, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4348960 Perhaps, Viriginia, there is a Santa Claus, but after reading the following article today about a woman who WANTS to be obese and set new Guinness records, I am probably for the first time in my life utterly speechless. <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <link>jobs.aol.com/articles/2011/07/07/700<BR>-pound-woman-makes-a-career-out-of-eat<BR>ing-a-lot/?icid=main%7Chtmlws-main-w%7<BR>Cdl8%7Csec1_lnk3%7C218280 </link> <BR> <BR> The Cliff Notes' version is she weighs 700 pounds and is totally depe... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 09:17:11 EST For Women Only (Shhhhh!) - July 6, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4344092 Subtitle: The Power Of Belief <BR> <BR> OK, women, gather 'round. Let's sit down in a circle and once and for all let's figure this out. Grab a cup of coffee from the back. The urn's still hot. We have some serious work to do here today. <BR> <BR> I have noticed, especially lately from blogs I have read, that women, as they approach their goal weight (within a few pounds of where they want to be) are starting to absolutely freak out. For the first time (or maybe the first time in a ve... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 06:53:59 EST Firecrackers And Freedom - July 1, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4334815 No long blog today. No deep thinking. Just a wish that all take a moment on The Fourth to remember how we got here as a country and how many made sacrifices to preserve our freedom. <BR> <BR> No other country in the world can say that. Fri, 1 Jul 2011 09:44:29 EST The Evolution Of A Congresswoman - June 12, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4294604 Today I saw the long-awaited pictures, finally published, of Gabrielle Giffords. I have been waiting expectantly since first hearing of the awful shooting back in January, when we would be able to catch a glimpse of how her recovery was progressing. In five-months' time her progress is nothing short of miraculous. Her hair is shorter, probably growing back in after it was shaved for the surgeries she needed. Except for a small, hardly noticeable depression along her left temple, and her ... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 23:09:14 EST Taking A Moment - May 29, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4262704 We all lead busy lives, and we all are here to get the much needed support to continue with our weight loss project, but today, I want to take a moment's pause to remember our veterans who were flung into harm's way, in order to keep us free. <BR> <BR> If you're a veteran, I humbly thank you for your sacrifice and service. <BR> <BR> A peaceful Memorial Day to all. Sun, 29 May 2011 08:08:54 EST Obesity And Brain Damage - Ooooh Really? May 25, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4254978 As if I needed a new reason to lose weight, here is something I have not come across yet, until today: <BR> <BR> <link>abcnews.go.com/Health/weight-loss-im<BR>proves-memory-research-reveals/story?i<BR>d=13383600 </link> <BR> <BR> If nothing else, it is an interesting theory. I like the connection that weight loss will improve my memory (now where did I leave the house keys again?). The converse is a bit scarier: What in obesity is causing "brain damage" (the study's words, not mine, s... Wed, 25 May 2011 09:01:39 EST Packing A Lunch For The End Of The World - May 21, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4246833 I was thinking yesterday how "The End Of The World" as we know it, is supposedly coming today. This definitely is not in my schedule, and especially not now: We have great theater tickets for a Broadway show in June, and I still would like to lose a decent amount before that celebration night. <BR> <BR> So what DOES one eat, for the last day on earth? I still think eating a healthful low calorie breakfast is key for setting the calories for the rest of the day. Cereal for me is the best ... Sat, 21 May 2011 09:24:32 EST And Once Again The Universe "Self-Corrects" - May 18, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4241069 This is going to be short, sweet, and to the point: Every now and again, when we see something woefully wrong and out of place, it is heartening to see that sometimes, the universe gets it right and "self-corrects". <BR> <BR> Even in SP land, what this past week has shown us is, that when something goes awry, it can, indeed, be fixed. The take home here is that bullying of any sort, be it out there in the real world or here in the cyberuniverse, will not be tolerated, and will be exposed f... Wed, 18 May 2011 12:40:47 EST Mixed Feelings - May 16, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4235790 I usually start my mornings with SparkPeople, idly spinning the SP wheel. After racking up my points for the day, my next stop is to check out the daily blogs. Today was not a good morning. To my horror I noticed my profile staring at me as one of the popular blogs for the day. This never was my intention. <BR> <BR> I came to SparkPeople like everyone else here: I needed something to change my "wicked, wicked ways", or I certainly would hurtle into oblivion. My own internist had told m... Mon, 16 May 2011 10:06:20 EST Can FOUR THOUSAND People Truly Be Wrong? - May 12, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4229053 Something occurred today that has deeply troubled me: One of the most popular bloggers on this site, one who has truly motivated many, with over 4,000 followers, felt impelled to leave this site. <BR> <BR> This is the second instance in as many weeks wherein certain blogs had to be modified to conform to the opinion, seemingly, of the offended few. In the other instance, I actually understood the reasoning behind all the x'ed out thoughts: It, frankly, was racist, albeit directed by the a... Thu, 12 May 2011 22:06:06 EST If I Am Not For Myself, Who IS For Me? - May 5, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4212274 This is basic. And, no, it's not my original thought, but one that has always had strong meaning for me. <BR> <BR> One has to be strong, confident, a warrior, in fact. One must believe in what one has to offer. No one gets rewarded who cannot exude confidence. I need to revisit that. And often. I have to believe in myself. If I don't, no one will "buy" what I'm "selling". And if that is so, then whose fault is that? <BR> <BR> Men, most certainly "get" this. Women really need to g... Thu, 5 May 2011 12:47:49 EST It Is So Incredibly Easy - May 1, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4202501 Bet you thought I was going to say, "It's so incredibly easy to lose the weight, that it is the maintaining that will prove to be the harder of the two tasks." Well, that's not where I am today. <BR> <BR> What is so incredibly easy, is to gain back weight. When we struggle so mightily to lose a pound, even miraculously sometimes, two pounds a week. To put back four in a week is not a difficult task. THAT we know how to do expertly. We've been doing it for decades. What we are seeing no... Sun, 1 May 2011 14:21:44 EST What Does It Take? February 21, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4035925 What does it take? <BR> <BR> <em>264</em> To be focused? <BR> <BR> <em>264</em> To be alone to do what is needed, weight-wise and work-wise, without distractions? To do something exclusively for oneself, benefiting no one but oneself? <BR> <BR> <em>264</em> To do this and dare to succeed? <BR> <BR> <em>264</em> To do this well? <BR> <BR> <em>264</em> To be a champion? <BR> <BR> <em>264</em> To actually strive to succeed? <BR> <BR> <em>264</em> What does it take to be a wi... Mon, 21 Feb 2011 16:17:11 EST I'm A Regular! January 9, 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3907799 I learned something interesting tonight. I renewed my membership at the local "Y", and as the young woman started going through the directory looking for me, I took out my membership card to assist her with the spelling of my name. She was somewhat chastened by my gesture, more annoyed with herself than anything else, as she remarked to me, "I should know you! You're one of my regulars!" Wow! I never perceived of my membership that way, albeit I do go at the least three times a week, an... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 20:11:38 EST Thanksgiving Blessings - November 25, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3805300 In the hustle and bustle that is inherent in this day, I had to take a momentary pause to reflect. It's what I do, so bear with me. <BR> <BR> What is so striking about this uniquely American family holiday, is that no matter what your faith, we all can participate in remembering what is truly important, as we gather with family and friends, and are grateful for this peaceful nation. As other nations contemplate war, we are at blessed peace. <BR> <BR> As we reach a new holiday to celebra... Thu, 25 Nov 2010 10:58:34 EST For Those Of You Who Abhor Exercise And Cardio Especially (Just For Laughs) - October 30, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3750561 If HE can do it, why not YOU? <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAdZ2Dg2bUA </link> <BR> <BR> How's THAT for motivation? <BR> <BR> Here's hoping this link works, <BR> <BR> Nu Sat, 30 Oct 2010 18:09:16 EST What IS It? - October 17, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3721520 I have noticed lately that quite a few Sparkies have hit a wall. People who have been overweight for decades, let alone years, are disappointed with their: <BR> <BR> (1) plateaus <BR> (2) back sliding <BR> (3) lack of motivation <BR> (4) lack of progress <BR> <BR> We, of the generation that want it all and we want it NOW, are growing impatient with the results we see. Yes, we know enough not to give up totally, but I'm also seeing a lack of accountability as well. It goes something like ... Sun, 17 Oct 2010 19:11:37 EST Twists And Turns - September 10, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3625209 Sometimes when you least expect it, life throws you a good curve. Kipling was right: When all around you doubt you, it's always best to remember that you, above all, must believe in yourself. It all stems from that. You cannot be a success, if you believe that you are too old, too fat, too tired. That no one will want you. Positive energy goes a long way. And if you do not believe yet, then pretend that it is so, until it is. It's a wonderful mind trick that will not fail you. Litera... Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:38:32 EST Our Day At The Beach - August 29. 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3584973 Here I am Sunday morning, trying something new: I'm going to attempt (my first!) to create a pictorial of our day at the beach yesterday. (With apologies to 330POUNDWOMAN who inspired me with this creation.) <BR> <BR> My friend likes to go to the beach later in the afternoon, so the sun won't be at its hottest. Me being the good buddy goes along with this demand. We agree to meet at her house at 3:00 PM. I first go to the library to take care of a business application which is urgently ... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 09:11:00 EST "If" - With Apologies To Rudyard Kipling For The Modern-Day Editing - August 7, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3514011 Over the years, this poem has resonated with me, and several people have sent it on to me, to give me courage, to lift my spirits, and to help me "exceed my grasp" as I like to say. <BR> <BR> Perhaps it will do the same for you. For the sake of political correctness, I always edit out the last line. It truly does not change the flavor of what Mr. Kipling is striving to say. And now without further ado, take it away, Mr. Kipling: <BR> <BR> If <B... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 00:06:47 EST Parallel Events - July 31, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3487701 In the past several months, I have been on a quest looking for a new job. It is interesting to me to see how that event so closely mimicked my battle to lose weight. Both are a struggle. Both bring into question "worthiness." And both require a lot of self-examination to get to a better place. "What do I really, truly want?" ["You mean at your age you still don't know?" Those inner voices can be a real, you-know-what.] Yes, even at my age, I'm still evolving. <BR> <BR> During this time,... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 07:21:20 EST What Things Weigh - Something To Think About - July 11, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3421351 I have been giving quite a bit of thought to this lately, as I lose more and more weight than ever before. I know this has been discussed elsewhere, but I was hoping to put together a more extensive search of my own. I remember years ago, at a Weight Watchers meeting when the leader brought in a pound of fat for visualization. It was something to see. And who can forget when Oprah years ago, after she first successfully (momentarily) lost 67 pounds, pulled that weight equivalent onstage i... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 20:16:07 EST Peaceful - July 4, 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3399372 Taking a chance that this is allowed. <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w31Sisa2T<BR>Lo <BR> <BR> I just thought it would help get us in the mood, to take a moment to pause, and to reflect what it means to be free, and for what our service men and women are putting their lives on the line. <BR> <BR> May they all come home soon. That's my Fourth of July wish for our beloved nation. Mon, 5 Jul 2010 00:11:43 EST