RATFINKROB's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RATFINKROB RATFINKROB'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/ Fun on wheels! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4504466 I had forgotten how much fun roller skating is! <BR> <BR> My daughter talked the wife and me into skating with her. I was just a little frightened by the idea. It has been over 30 years since I have been on skates. I put my skates on and watch while Morgan takes her class. She is skating backwards through the cones and gliding down on one skate. When her class is done she comes over to collect us. It is the moment of truth, I have to step out on the floor. I am a little wobbly, but wi... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:50:32 EST No more weight loss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4475917 I have finally given up and removed my weight tracker. I got down to 162, within 2 pounds of my goal weight, but it was not meant to be. I am back up to 164. Don't worry this isn't a bad thing my waist got another half inch smaller and I can see all my abs again for the first time in decades. I was going to post a picture without my shirt to show off my hard work, but when I asked my wife to take it she got a little miffed. I think her words were " Hell no your not posting that picture!"... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 16:44:05 EST All things must come to an end. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4432063 Once the ride stops, no matter how long it goes on, it always seems to short. <BR> <BR> My Father in-law Walter was a wonderful man. He always had a smile on his face and was quick with a joke. Even when he was fighting cancer he kept a positive attitude and a smile and wink for my wife or the kids. Sadly early this morning he lost the fight. <BR> <BR> I will be away until probable Monday. I drove back this morning to pick up some cloths and now I have to make the 3 hour drive back to... Wed, 17 Aug 2011 08:30:50 EST Make the ride stop, I want to get off! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4430095 I have been scolded for not blogging. (You know who you are <em>211</em> ) So I thought it was time to write something down. <BR> <BR> Life has been very busy and I have been having a hard time working in my strength training and eating. We have been going to visit Melissa's Father as much as possible. He can no longer get out of bed and his periods of waking up and talking are getting smaller. We spent the whole weekend sitting by his bedside. This week his hospice care will start 24... Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:07:16 EST Taken down by the master. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4404160 Yesterday I blogged about wanting to get rid of the last of my fat that is living happily around my belly button. I thought it was a valid goal for my 50th birthday. Apparently I have been going on about it around the house and looking at myself in the mirror ( it's a guy thing, we like to see our muscles flex) far to much. This was enough to get my wives devious mind churning. <BR> <BR> My perfect little wife has never had an ounce of fat on her. She was a star athlete all through scho... Wed, 3 Aug 2011 09:36:48 EST Let's finish this thing! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4401867 OK it is time to get serious! <BR> <BR> I don't know if anyone remembers but I got stuck at 166 pounds and then out of no where I lost 3 pounds. Now I have been stuck at 163 for over 2 weeks and I would really like to lose the last 3 of my final weight loss goal. I am walking twice a day, morning and late afternoon, and alternating days between weights and cardio. <BR> <BR> My wife was once again laughing at me last night for working out so hard when she thinks I am already too thin. I d... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 09:40:10 EST On the Beach http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4387474 On the Beach is a wonderful novel, and I am also very fond of the T.S. Eliot poem The Hollow Men, but I thought I would blog about our trip to the beach. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l67194436.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I was finally able to talk my wife into the whole family camping on the beach. My son and I have done it many times, but my wife is more of a Hotel person. We went to Mustang Island. It is just north of the much more popular Padre Island. There is no... Tue, 26 Jul 2011 13:07:09 EST Hit another milestone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357543 After being stuck at 166 for over a month, last week I was down a pound. This week I weighted in at 164. It's official, I have lost 30 pounds since I started sparkpeople! <BR> <BR> I don't know how much more I can lose. My obliques and upper abs stand out but my lower abs are still hiding under a layer of fat that lives around my belly button. My belly button is mocking me! <BR> <BR> My wife thinks I am starting to look too thin, but she is happy about the increase in size of my arms a... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 10:23:03 EST Hot Independence Day Weekend. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4344418 I had a wonderful long holiday weekend with my family. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l181195103.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Saturday morning we decided to take a break from bike riding and go for a hike. We went to Cedar Ridge Preserve, a wonderful all native plant preserve owned by Audubon Dallas situated in the cedar tree covered hills. I forgot my camera, so once again no pictures, the one at top I copied from the sight. <BR> <BR> We started by walking in the Butter... Wed, 6 Jul 2011 10:05:02 EST The magic powers of Band-aids. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4332525 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/3/l433247623.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Once again my daughter and I spent a large part of the week end riding our bikes at the park. Saturday was hot but we had a great time riding to all the different parks and ponds and stopping by the snow cone stand before we made the long up hill ride for home. <BR> <BR> Sunday was bright and sunny and we took off for the park again. Morgan started having problems. At the only major intersection we have to cros... Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:14:42 EST My new wheels! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4315096 I got my bike back for the weekend. My family took my mountain bike to the shop for Fathers day. It now has new tires, and tubes. They also gave it a full tune-up and lube. <BR> <BR> Saturday we went to the park for a pick-nick and stayed for 4 hours even though it was 104 and the sun was betting down. <BR> <BR> Sunday I was served breakfast in bed and had "Happy Fathers day" sang to me. Then I went for a bike ride with my daughter. It was still hot but we brought lots of water and we ... Wed, 22 Jun 2011 09:46:57 EST Hot time in the city http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4295327 Friday after work I finally got around to buying a new tube for the front tire on my mountain bike. I got out on the back porch and to my surprise, my bike is gone! I go out to the barn to see if someone put it away for me, still no mountain bike. I am so mad! I run into the house to till my wife that someone has stolen my bike and she just smiles. It turns out my wife and kids had taken my bike to the shop and had new tires and tubes installed, tightened and lubed the chain and even had... Mon, 13 Jun 2011 10:09:49 EST Movie star Paleontologist http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4255880 Today has been a good day. I have fixed many of the work problems from yesterday and got in my afternoon cardio. After work I am going to left weights and if I can find the energy, mow the lawn. I will finish off the day by sitting on the back patio sipping my fruit smoothy while I tend the gill. A nice veggie burger for me and I will sacrifice a cow for the rest of the family. <BR> <BR> Now if you are wondering about the title of my blog today, that's my daughter. As long as I can reme... Wed, 25 May 2011 15:22:49 EST Busy Saturday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4247918 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/9/l795526883.jpg"> <BR> Me and my cardio coach after the rain stopped. <BR> <BR> It is a beautiful day today, unfortunately I had to go into work for a while this morning. Once I finished that I had to run my son to Six Flag, then my wife and I took Morgan out to buy a new ballet costume, she is in a talent show at school. We stopped by another store for me to pick up some new shorts, nothing I own will stay up anymore. <BR> <BR> We final... Sat, 21 May 2011 22:31:41 EST Victory party is over, time for a new goal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4238938 The time for celebration is over. Now back to work. I decided to set my new goal weight at 160. My wife thinks I am crazy and don't have 10 pounds left to lose but I think she is just being kind. <BR> <BR> I have re-set all my setting so that the food tracker lowered my calorie range. I have been tracking my food but never got close to the minimum calorie that was set for me, so I just ignored it. Now I am going to hit the weights hard and try and hit my calorie goal everyday even if ... Tue, 17 May 2011 14:18:03 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4235788 It's official, I hit my goal weight! <BR> <BR> On Friday I was sitting at 170 but had the weekend ahead of me before my official Monday weigh in. I told the wife no going out to eat and I enlisted the help of the worlds smallest cardio coach, my sweet little Morgan. <BR> <BR> Friday I mowed, trimmed the trees and hedges, and worked like a dog in the garden. <BR> <BR> Saturday was supposed to be our long bike ride day, but I awoke to a flat tire and when I tried to inflate it I discove... Mon, 16 May 2011 10:06:08 EST Happy Friday the 13th! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4229863 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l177517735.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Well it's Friday the 13th again. I think we should all march under a ladder while holding a black cat and stomping on mirrors. Now that's a party! <BR> <BR> I have not weighted myself since Monday and was shocked to see my weight was 170 this morning. That's my target weight! I have decided no going out to eat this weekend and I am going to walk, run, and bike like a mad man at the park all weekend. My offici... Fri, 13 May 2011 09:46:21 EST Home again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4224971 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l448308047.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Life is returning to normal. It is nice to be back on my routine and it may be a cliche, but there's no place like home. The flowers are blooming, the weather is wonderful, and it is a treat to be out walking and riding in the sun. <BR> <BR> I will be changing my strength training again this week. I am going to purchase a new set of weights. My wife is a big fan of "The Rock" so I need to start working on my... Wed, 11 May 2011 09:07:09 EST On the road again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4198949 I will be away from my Spark friends for a week. My sweet GrandMother passed away today. I will be leaving in the morning for the long drive to Tennessee. It will be good to see my family again, but I hate for it to be under these circumstances. I will miss all the encouragement and support from this site. I will check in again next week end hopefully not too much fatter. Fri, 29 Apr 2011 15:44:03 EST It was a sunny bunny weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4189540 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/3/l334653027.jpg"> <BR> <BR> There is nothing better than a long weekend with the family. <BR> <BR> Friday was my mow the lawn, trim the trees, pull the weeds, transplant some flowers, and rebuild the fence around the barn day. <BR> <BR> Saturday my eco-terrorist daughter helped me plant 10 trees for earth day, build new trellises for the rose bushes, and we even found the time to go bike riding. <BR> <BR> That brings us to Easter. We had ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:45:23 EST Fun in the sun! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4174171 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/0/l30127205.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Since I live in Texas; the land of only two season, Summer and almost Summer, most of our fun happens in the sun. <BR> <BR> This weekend was a family reunion for my wifes side of the family. It was a beautiful "almost summer" day, with clear skies, a light breeze, and a high temp of 85. We went on saturday. A day early to sit everything up. So my day went like this. Go bike riding with my daughter, stop and ... Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:14:28 EST Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Woman http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4157846 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l12121240.jpg"> <BR> I had a wonderful weekend! I took off a couple of days from work to catch up on my Spring chores. I painted the house, trimmed the hedges and trees, worked on my sons car and helped him wash it, and even had time to take my daughter riding on her new bike. All these things were great and kept me outside four days straight, but that is not what I have decided to talk about today. Instead I wanted to let you in on Harle... Mon, 11 Apr 2011 11:30:30 EST My son the Chef http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4134306 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909466813.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The sun is shinning, the birds are singing, and the flowers are in full bloom, and it is a gorgeous day to start off April. Instead of blogging about another wonderful walk through the trees I thought I would talk about my son. <BR> <BR> Zachary is a joy to have as a son. He is 16, but still respectful; he is in high school, but still makes time to play with his little sister; he has his own car, but still enjoy... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 12:03:54 EST My daughter made me do it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4129485 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/1/l819814641.jpg"> <BR> <BR> If any of you have read any of my team comments you already know what I'm about to yell. <BR> <BR> I hate cardio! <BR> <BR> I know these words are almost a sin on a site like this, but there it is. Don't get me wrong I walk every day and like to go bike riding. I am talking about the crazy aerobic videos or even running for that matter. When I was young I loved to run and while I was in the Army I was a 10k ... Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:41:26 EST My reason for better health... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4123387 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l163813079.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Recently I have had several people ask me about my new healthy outlook on life. Some wanted to know why I turned down a second helping of my favorite food, or why I had a salad instead of the hamburger hot off the grill. Some even make fun of me because I walk or ride my bike to work instead of driving my car. I have answered the questions in many different ways. Some days I say I want to look better at the bea... Mon, 28 Mar 2011 09:30:07 EST TGIF! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4117217 The weekend is almost upon us. The weather here is wonderful! I can't wait to take the family to the park. My daughter loves the playground and my furry children love the long walks. There is nothing better than clear sunny skies and green grass to make you want to get on your feet and move around. <BR> <BR> Goodbye office chair! Fri, 25 Mar 2011 09:52:58 EST