OLDEROWL's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=OLDEROWL OLDEROWL'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/ Life is a journey, enjoy it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5835194 Too many of us make our happiness conditioned upon achieving a desired goal or dream. This is partly due to seeing all those ads that present various products as something we must have to be successful. It is good to have a goal or dream for it helps us plan for the future, but fears of failure often paralyze us and prevent us from taking steps that need to be taken. Also, focusing too much on what we don't have creates in our mind a feeling of lacking, wanting and being inadequate. Thus ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:24:43 EST The blind men and the elephant http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5833780 I enjoyed John Godfrey Saxe's ( 1816-1887) version of the famous Indian legend: <BR> <BR> It was six men of Indostan, <BR> To learning much inclined, <BR> Who went to see the Elephant <BR> (Though all of them were blind), <BR> That each by observation <BR> Might satisfy his mind. <BR> The First approach'd the Elephant, <BR> And happening to fall <BR> Against his broad and sturdy side, <BR> At once began to bawl: <BR> "God bless me! but the Elephant <BR> Is very like a wall!" <BR> The Second,... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:51:00 EST Free podcasts that I find helpful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825217 Thought for this week. Renee Stephens provides an archive of podcasts that can be listened to free at <link>www.insideoutweightloss.com/podcasts </link> . There is a link to podcasts on self care that are relevant to many life events as well as to weight loss. Listening to them will allow you to pilot your mind and body much as a pilot steers an airplane by making necessary adjustments as life brings you challenging headwinds or cross-winds, a truly holistic approach. Also, there is a fre... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 13:59:04 EST Technology is wonderful http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812574 I took my car to Honest Auto for an oil change and engine light check. They have dedicated laptop computers set up at tables to use while they work on your car, and I decided to check my Spark teams. Isn't technology wonderful? <BR> My wife called me to ask if I could stop on the way back to pick up her medicine which she just called in to the drug store. Thank goodness for cell phones. It saved another trip to the store. <BR> The tech has something to discuss with me. Got to go. <BR> Fri, 7 Nov 2014 12:11:22 EST Live in the present and reach your goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809856 This is meant to be merely an introduction to my The Holistic, Naturopathic Alternative Group which is meant to enable us to gain the knowledge and motivation to treat food, exercise and thought like medicines so we allow our bodies digestion and immune systems and stress response to prevent and remove causes of inflammation and have improved mental function. This allows us to live a healthy life in the moment and achieve our lifetime goals. This is a holistic naturopathic approach and sol... Mon, 3 Nov 2014 09:28:08 EST How to find your passion and follow it http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809433 I am a bit disappointed with my self because I haven't actually started an anti-inflammation diet although I read enough material on the subject, tried a couple of meals and started a team devoted to it. You see I don't do the cooking in my house, and I'm having difficulty even discussing the topic of a more "healthy" diet. I am also known for spending too much time on the computer and books. <BR> I just listened to a couple of you tube videos about finding your passion, i.e., your subco... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 15:35:11 EST free 21 day law of attraction meditation series starts 11/3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5809117 Oprah Winfrey and her meditation expert, Deepak Chopra, every so often give us free 21 Day meditation sessions to enjoy. Sorry for the late notice but I just notice that this session focuses on using the power of positivity to attract improvements, even more wealth, into your life. To register go to <link>chopracentermeditation.com/home/?aco<BR>de=oprah&utm_source=OWNersInLineCTA&ut<BR>m_medium=20141030&utm_campaign=1 </link> . <BR> The power of positivity is part of the focus of my new g... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 07:06:18 EST Stopping repeated negative thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807425 The Power Of Positivity <BR> If your struggling to fight off negative thoughts that keep occurring then remember the <BR> five S’s: <BR> 1. Sense the negative thought creeping in. Watch your emotions come and go. If some emotion of feeling anxious, hurt, ashamed, angry or depressed lingers, then you are in danger of allowing your mood to cause even more negativity in your life. <BR> – <BR> 2. Stop this negative thought as soon as you sense it lingering. Refuse to let it linger any linger.... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:59:13 EST Turn negative thoughts into positive action http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807176 Experiencing setbacks and having stressful situations is a fact of life. In order to avoid feelings of being over whelmed by stress and to make positive gains, we first need to learn to look for the positive side of everything. The following is an exercise I got from the lawofattraction.com. <BR> <BR> Step 1) Quickly jot down in a few words a problem that you currently face and your worry or fears about it. Don't look for the negatives, just simply write down why you view it as a problem. (e... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 20:47:54 EST You can be organized now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5804152 You can be organized in no time. Decide now what is important in your life and what can be let go of to make room for what is important. As my tickler states: "Being organized is not about living according to other's expectations, rather it is about setting up a system that allows you to do more of what you are passionate about." Start now and set up a regular time to determine what are the 3 most important things to focus your tasks on, and make room by reducing the unnecessary. Allocate re... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 19:37:49 EST Fighting the urge to break a healthy habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802002 The main reason we break a habit (especially if its a new habit) is that it can be easy to switch to a different task (or contrary old habit) and then not be able to return to doing the habit. This is because of lack of focusing on the positive aspects of following the habit such as having a wonderful, wholesome life rather than the habit’s negative aspects (the amount of effort required, doubt about whether the habit can succeed or its worth, a feeling of being overwhelmed with too many ot... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:15:04 EST Key to developing your talents http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799143 I'm keeping on course by following a caloric 30% protein, 30% carbs, and 40% healthy fats diet and by exercising at the YMCA. I take care of my health and mind. <BR> Every day is a day to succeed at making right choices, and thus making improvements. <BR> I enjoy my victories, no matter how small. The key to doing things right is study, planning, practice, but always with moderation and balance. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:39:46 EST Zone Diet, An Anti-inflammation Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5796551 I am going to use the Zone Diet meal planning web site I just subscribed to plan just my dinners for the first week. I am starting small until I get the hang of it. The web site allows for planning three regular meals as well as several snack meals all to meet your both the Zone specific Carbs, Protein and Fat ratios and your calorie needs for as many days ahead as you pick and prepares a shopping list. You either plan the meals your self or have the site make a plan. If you don't like the si... Sat, 11 Oct 2014 22:30:46 EST The truth about a heathy obesity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5774059 For those who are obese, there is a interesting article on Dr Sears site about unhealthy vs healthy obesity. "One of great paradoxes of our obesity epidemic is that many obese individuals appear to be quite healthy. This makes the true believers in the Holy Grail of BMI as the standard for good health quite livid. They know in their hearts that obesity is a mortal sin. Early this year" (in 2013) " the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published another in a long series of articles demonstrati... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:57:39 EST Failure? Never http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765332 I have been following Leo Babauta's blogs and one of his latest blogs at <link>zenhabits.net/believe/ </link> helps us to believe in ourselves regardless of whether or not we meet our goals. The main point of his blogs is that we are human, and life events can't always be controlled; therefore, we all have setbacks but the important thing is consistency, not perfection -- that we intend to live a healthy lifestyle daily. <BR> I have been at Spark since May of 2013 and have had many setb... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:30:13 EST What we can learn from the Ferguson, Mo events. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761408 The vary tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri seem to have people on both sides jumping to contrary conclusions. Maybe a deeper understanding and appreciation of life would help. Everyone tends to judge things from his or her own perspective and too many do not attempt to understand the full merits of the other's viewpoint. We should look for ways to agree and not for ways to disagree. We should not rush to a quick judgement. <BR> I agree with Rand Paul who said "Anyone who thinks that rac... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:09:44 EST How I sifted thru conflicting diet infro. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5759128 I was kind of sold on a carb cycling/exercise plan by Shaun Hadshall and have lost enough weight on it to feel that it is working for me. Also, I found a book in my wife's collection of books describing the Pritikin weight loss plan which confirms Shaun Hadshall's recommendation to eat whole food carbohydrates and to avoid processed carbohydrates, such as ice cream, bread, muffins etc. However, yesterday my wife and I went to the library book sale, one of the books my wife pick out recommen... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 18:35:42 EST How to find and live your dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754880 Hi I just want to let you know you have talents that enable you to do great things, but you have to work at it. Life isn't easy; the trick is to get passionate about your interests and allot the time. Leo Babauta of Zen Habits is my hero in this regard. I have been following his blogs since January. He says to be great you have to find ways to help improve the lives of others: this can be a part of your job or your other interests. Leo blogs about living simple and giving to others. His blo... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:28:30 EST Exercise how's and when's http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748096 GENERAL <BR> Exercise is as basic a need as eating. I believe in a fitness lifestyle in which you achieve a balance between your eating habits and how and when you exercise. What and when you eat determines the best type and timing of exercise inorder to obtain the ideal weight loss effect. This is important if you are following a carb cycling and exercise lifestyle as I am. The balance between exercising and eating isn't as simple as exercising to burn more calories if you eat more calories.... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:45:27 EST Aging gracefully http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747653 I agree that aging can be hard, but the saying "GROWING UP SEEMS TO BE GIVING UP THE JOYS OF BEING YOUNG AT HEART/ FEELING ALIVE " doesn't have to be true. At 68 years old, I have seen enough people suffer, to understand why some day this might ring true even for me. However, the chance of it coming true for me is essentially nil, for I have the example of my mom who suffered with heart problems, RA, memory problems and a broken heart, yet still looked forward to enjoying another day. Eve... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:22:43 EST Sleep earlier, lose weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737746 Researchers have found that a good night's sleep helps people lose weight. See <link>52wlm.com/mission-31/ </link> . I also found that by skipping late night TV and Internet and going to bed earlier, that I get a better nights sleep and wake up fresh. <BR> If your trying to change the time you sleep, like going to sleep earlier so you can get your 8 hours of sleep and get up early enough to enjoy a fresh start in the morning, then I recommend you do it in small steps over a month or even t... Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:35:10 EST Newer Ideal Weight Guidelines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728551 I been away from Spark for a while as I had other interests - math, writing, a declutter challenge, Zen Habits, vacation etc. Even so, I have been still getting in a fairly regular exercise routine, although I missed several days, especially during our beach trip. However, I did an online health and fitness review with my health insurance provider -- they pay you $20 to take their review. Although I was under my goal weight of 174 lbs, they came back with a recommendation that I lose more ... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 19:28:27 EST New trigger for my strength training http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5712553 I missed a strength training day yesterday and it got me to rethink the time slot I plan to do strength training since I have trouble sticking to a strength training routine. I decided that I just need to commit to doing strength training first thing in the morning seven days a week before my jogging but exercise different muscle groups on alternate days. Before I had the mindset that I would do strength training a half hour before dinner on the 1st, 3rd and 5th days of the week but I cou... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:48:30 EST Using compassion and love to prevent, end or lessen the harm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711477 In my two blogs about letting go of ideals that conflict with your reality, I discussed the first two steps of letting go. It has been awhile since then and I think I will finish off the topic by discussing all five steps, using child discipline as an example. <BR> Step 1: recognize the signs that you are holding on to an ideal that you should let go of. Warning signs are any signs of stress such as fear, anger, resentment, envy, anxiety etc. Any undue stress, that can arise from wanting... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 17:07:12 EST Message for all parents of young men http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5707605 The following link <link>zenhabits.net/respect/ </link> contains an important message for all parents of young men but is directed to fathers who probably have the most influence over their boys because they tend to emulate their fathers. It is disturbing to me as a father to four daughters (although they are now grown up and have families of their own) how the mass media tends to treat women as objects who should bow to the sexual fantasies of powerful men. If more parents had taught thei... Sat, 31 May 2014 17:55:17 EST Contentment as a lifestyle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702457 I find the following resource valuable and it is free: <link>zenhabits.net/contentmentbook/ </link> <BR> Here the writer teaches you to have faith in your ability to cope with the uncertainty of life, and to view setbacks as great opportunities to learn or to increase your ability to cope with hard circumstances and come out the better for it. Two important chapters of which are those dealing with self respect and the act of letting go of your ideals of how things should go in your life whe... Sat, 24 May 2014 23:29:30 EST Letting Go: Seeing the Ideal in conflict with reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699516 I got several comments about how wise I was in posting the five steps to letting go of our Ideals if the conflict between our ideals and reality causes us harm. In the last sentence of the opening paragraph following the listing of the five steps, I wrote "See Leo Babouta of Zen Habits and his free e-book on letting go "The one Skill" <link>zenhabits.net/lg/ </link> ". As you can see from this link Leo has given us a free e-book on letting go and the five steps are explained in five chapt... Tue, 20 May 2014 20:52:02 EST Letting go: recognizing signals that we need to act http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696221 We would be happier if we could practice the habit of letting go of our ideals of perfection when they are causing us harm. We all want the world we live in to be more perfect since then we would have fewer problems. But there are times when we must act to let go of our ideal of how our world should be. The 1st step of letting go is noticing stress signals that we need to let go one of our ideals of how our world should be. The 2nd step of letting go is seeing the ideal that is in conflic... Fri, 16 May 2014 08:46:27 EST Great advice for young people http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694825 Here is a link to great advice for young people <link>zenhabits.net/career/ </link> <BR> <BR> Summary, To know what your future career should be is almost impossible because one cannot predict the future. Therefore do things to prepare yourself to excel when face with uncertainty. Learn to avoid distraction and procrastination, learn to be good with discomfort by doing things that are hard, learn about how your mind works, make some money, become trustworthy, make things, start a blog or... Wed, 14 May 2014 10:43:28 EST Finding peace with Uncertainty http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694546 A page of Zen Habits caused me to rethink my tendency to stay within my comfort zones and try something new for a change. See <link>zenhabits.net/uncertainty/ </link> . It is giving me new life and allowing me to acknowledge my true self. If I fail or look bad, that is OK because no one is perfect and God gives me the strength to persevere. The past failures are no longer an limiting influence on my future. Good outcomes are just as likely as bad outcomes if you use common sense; and, t... Tue, 13 May 2014 23:56:38 EST The number 3 Healthy Lifestyle Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694531 3. Avoid skipping meals. A study conducted by researchers at Cornell University showed that prolong periods of food deprivation tend to lead people to make unhealthy food choices and increase the attraction of unhealthy foods, while consuming regular meals promotes healthy food choices later in the day. Shaun Hadsall recommends eating smaller portion meals four to five times a day. This helps keep the hunger feeling at bay and reduces the urge to eat unhealthy snacks between meals since yo... Tue, 13 May 2014 23:35:03 EST The No. 2 healthy lifestyle habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693264 2. Listen to internal hunger cues. Lean healthy people don't eat just because of stress, or convenience, but tend to listen to their stomach. Next time you are at the movies don't grab a bag of popcorn because it is the thing to do. And when the urge to grab a snack or something to munch on strikes ask yourself if the urge is due to hunger or if it is something else. If it is hunger, decide whether you can wait it out until the next meal time and plan to eat a little more fulling food i... Mon, 12 May 2014 09:59:22 EST The pledge of allegiance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692851 My wife and I were very touched by a forwarded e-mail I received from my brother one that has apparently been circulating around since the Supreme Court here in America decided that the reference to "one Nation under God" in the pledge did not prevent our leaders and Civil Servants from leading a recital of the pledge in official public gatherings. Opponents maintained that it violated the separation of church and state, but the Supreme Court ruled that it did not. <BR> The e-mail quoted J... Sun, 11 May 2014 20:45:23 EST No. 1 healthy lifestyle habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682609 Eat a smart breakfast to obtain a reduced risk of weight gain. <BR> " In a study that included 20,000 middle-aged men, researchers found that breakfast consumption was inversely associated with weight gain over 10 years" <link>news.yahoo.com/13-habits-fit-lean-pe<BR>ople-130058152.html </link> <BR> <BR> Get in the habit of eating a smart breakfast, meaning one that will keep you full of energy all morning. "Smart breakfast choices include a good balance of healthy fat, lean protein and ca... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:29:04 EST Forming Healthy Lifestyle Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679272 Those who join Spark People likely join because they looking to change some of their habits in order to reach a goal, such as loosing weight. Some habits work for some people while other habits may work for others. You have to search for and pick out healthy habits, that are enough in line with your personality, that you can have success with your goal. <BR> Strive to work on one new habit at a time and choose to work on something that you feel has a better than 50% chance of success. Some ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:48:05 EST The seven P's of success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673687 Use the "Seven P's of Success" to remove the clutter or frenzy from your mind and your life. <BR> <BR> 1) Pause to calm your thoughts - you can't focus when your mind is divided by a multitude of thoughts, find your strengths then use them to address one issue at a time. <BR> 2) Permanently record your thoughts in a journal or equivalent tickler so that they can be addressed later - once you have properly recorded your thoughts, you can rest assured that you won't forget to address them in... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:16:03 EST Strategic carb-cycling and exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669276 I down loaded Shaun Hadsall's 14 day "Macro-Patterning" program. It's based on Wendy Chant's 8 week perpetual diet lifestyle described in "Crack the Fat-Loss Code" and the newer "Conquer the Fat-Loss Code". I think I will follow it once I get over my current eating habits. Shaun's strategic carb-cycling/exercise program is mostly about eating whole foods, but every 7th day is a free day. You can't spurge on a free day, but you get to eat some of your favorite processed foods such as bread, ic... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:10:21 EST My new message board signature http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664363 I decided to change my signature to read. <BR> <BR> "Coleader of Organized Life and Time Management team. <BR> Coleader of Healthy Lifestyle Sparkers team <BR> <BR> Being organized means taking time to to create a system where you can do more of the things that you are passionate about, and do them effectively. It is not about living up to another person's standards. <BR> <BR> Take time to collect your thoughts, then act calmly and thoughtfully to take care of the most important matt... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 13:50:21 EST Breaking an old habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657070 Lets say that for the past two days you manage to break a habit and knocked it out of your path to the curb. <BR> Pretend that you are driving a police car. That old habit is standing on the curb waiting to try and cross in front of other drivers where it is against the law. But paying attention to what other drivers going your direction are doing is more important then paying attention to that bad habit. So keep your main focus on the road since 99 times out of 100 that old habit won't da... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:44:34 EST Carb-cycling/exercise program:exercise routines http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656608 My last blog introduced the carb cycling nutrition portion of Shaun Hadsall's program and I left the exercise portion for a later blog. This blog serves as an introduction to the exercise program that goes along with it. Beginning on Friday, I will go into details about the program one day at a time for 14 days you may want to begin the program on a Monday rather than a Friday since days 6-7 are meant to be week end days. But I am retired and can schedule my "week end days" on a Wed-Thursd... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 23:11:25 EST Carb cycling/exercise program:nutrition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654878 Shaun Hadsall has a 14 day strategic weight-loss plan with carb-depletion diet & cardio days 1,3,5, 8,10,12; carb-included diet & body-weight or resistance-training days 2,4,6, 9,11,13 and "Cheat" days 7,14; after which, you follow a 8 week carb cycling plan formerly designed by Wendy Chant to avoid plateaus. <BR> <BR> On depletion days you will not consume starches (potatoes, rice, beans, corn, bread, flour, cereal, peas etc) or fruits. Protein is to be consumed with each meal (selected f... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 21:16:01 EST My trip to Vietnam http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647201 I am taking risperidone to control my schizophrenia but still have a few problems (like to stay in my comfort zone) and am not much of an outgoing type of an individual. I did get up the courage to take a trip to Vietnam last month so my wife could try to find some of her family, but her family had relocated after the war and could not be located. It was an enjoyable trip anyway. I found the people there polite and friendly. <BR> <BR> Viet Nam has many beautiful tourist sights some of which... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:22:09 EST If you are lacking the energy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5637481 Sometimes I felt as though I didn't have the energy to do a project that needed doing and I ended up doing other things instead. Maria Gracia, author of "Finally Organized, Finally Free for the Home", devotes a whole chapter of her book to resolving this problem. She writes that you should focus on breaking the project into small tasks that are more manageable, that you should know your limits and work at your speed. Some people can do their best in long marathon sessions. Others work in ... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 08:56:15 EST About my mountion lion profile image http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616330 I have gotten a couple of inquiries re the mountain lion picture used as my profile image. <BR> <BR> This picture was taken by my brother-in-law through the picture window of his study in March 2008 (about 6 months after retiring and moving to a mountain top home) in Bailey, Colorado. He said he was hoping to see a mountain lion in the region but did not expect to see one so close to his home (about 12 feet). Luckily he was able to snag his camera and take a picture before the animal disappe... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 21:22:15 EST Choose your positive fantasy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611442 Everyone (or almost everyone for those who are in denial) reaches a point where they find that their sense of reality differed from what was real in some way. lt seems to me that we all have had our fantasies. <BR> Researchers have found that people often base their decisions upon self perceived images of themselves that are not necessarily valid. In one example the AARP asked a pool of attorneys to do a favor to needy seniors by charging them only 30 dollars for their work. Overwhelmingly... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:17:31 EST Benefits of a tickler file for organization http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5608547 I became aware of the tickler file with office work and find that it has use with managing every day chores at home as well. For those unaware of a tickler file, it is basically a leter size file with 43 folders, 31 numbered from 1-31 for the days and 12 more for the months. If May 15, 2014 is the current date, The first folder is May then folders 15-31 follow, then June, then folders 1-14. So in general the folder for the current day and month is up front then folders appropriate for the ... Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:51:01 EST Make next action (not to do) lists http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598825 My thought for the week of 1/19 <BR> I have been adapting to my new file system and enjoy it. I have a Excel calendar where one page is an event table table which lists daily events by date, time, event, and notes; and, another page is a day planner in 15 minute intervals which lists the events from the event table and leaves a blank space where nothing is on the event calendar for that time span. A reminder of the events scheduled in the next two days is also on this page, as well as three a... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 10:39:43 EST Take time to brainstorm goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5597429 The flush valve in my toilet had been leaking for quite some time; last week it got more noticeable triggering the fill valve every half hour. My wife got a new flapper for the flush valve and I installed it. However, that did not solve the problem; and, I was determined not to call a plumber. <BR> <BR> I looked inside the tank hoping to find a easy way to remove and install a new flush valve, but it looked impossible. However, I remembered helping my dad install a new flush valve though... Fri, 17 Jan 2014 21:07:00 EST Do actions now http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582503 My thought for the week of 1/5 <BR> 1) Create a lists of specific action steps that will complete the unfinished business (which was written down by last weeks task or came to your mind since then) sorted under, for instance, <BR> a. phone calls to make but not at the present time <BR> b. errands to make (can be further broken down by location of the designation such as city, library, store, office) <BR> c. people to meet or interact with <BR> d. computer tasks such as searching the web, ... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 00:06:12 EST Status of weekly goals 1/3/14 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581061 1/3/2014 <BR> <BR> 1) Be present for family and friends: Talked to 4 daughters over the phone and mailed a birthday card to a grandson. <BR> 2) Become a US history bluff: Now intend to finish reading Martin Luther King's autobiography by 1/13/14 <BR> 3) Write about my thoughts: added 50 new words to my list of mastered words <BR> 4) Take care of myself: I took a hiatus of 13 days from jogging and strength training but caught a cold and lost 6 lbs. Current weight is 176 lbs goal: 168-174 lb... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 17:40:20 EST