SAILOR64's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SAILOR64 SAILOR64'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 10 Biggest Mistakes I've Made While trying to get Healthier http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5811431 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was reading several articles from a variety of sources this week and it was interesting to me how people sabatage themselves when it comes to developing a healthy lifestyle and losing weight. What else was interesting to me was that I do many of the things done in the articles. <BR> <BR> So I decided to list my 10 Biggest Mistakes. They fall into three catagories Exercise, Nutrition and Mental Toughness or discipline. So, here we go... <BR> <BR> #10 Don't stretc... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 15:54:54 EST A Goal without a Plan is Nothing More than a Dream http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5808105 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I used to have a boss who had this posted on the door to his office and it always stuck with me. This is why I wrote a very specific measurable plan for my healthy lifestyle. Notce I didn't say "to lose weight." <BR> <BR> I approached my plan with three major Components: Physical Fitness, Nutrition and Psychology. When I created my plan I did it in an outline format and listed each of my goal for that part of my plan and mapped a strategy for achieving each goal. M... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:18:30 EST Injuries: A Part of Being an Athlete http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807050 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Recently I wrote a blog entry about treating yourself like the athlete you are. I shared about stretching before and after working out, RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) for an injury, taking hot baths with epsom salts to soothe aching muscles, basically doing all of the "therapies" the high priced athletes do. <BR> <BR> Last week I suffered a minor injury to my foot. It turns out I have plantar faciitis. Why haven't I ever heard of this before. My feet have... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:37:42 EST Fitness doesn't have to be expensive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803370 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have to admit something. I am one of the most frugal people you will probably ever meet. Some call me cheap, some don't call me at all. LOL <BR> <BR> I buy almost everything used, especially when it comes to workout gear. Did you know you can buy like new equipement for 35-75% off of original retail in almost every sports equipment dealer. I buy my stuff at Play-it-Again Sports, GoodWill, the Salvation Army, garage sales, yard sales, going-out-of-business sales, a... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:45:14 EST The Scale is NOT your Friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802788 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was reading in different chat rooms on SparkPeople today and saw the same issue over and over again, WEIGHT. <BR> <BR> I don't know why so many people are so hung up an their weight. They link a number on a scale to their self worth, their self esteem, how they look, so many different things. It's as if having a smaller number on some device is some kind of magic bullet. I blame it all on television. <BR> <BR> First, we need to understand what a "scale" is. Sca... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:04:54 EST The Stress Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5802132 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> So, I started this new SparkPeople Challenge to reduce stress in my life. The first thing they have you do in Week 1 is take a stress test. I think the test has a few questions that don't really apply to my life, which increased my "stress score." I was suprised because I think my actual stress level is very low. <BR> <BR> I attribute my low stress to being reletively healthy, except for my weight, I workout 5-6 days per week for 2+ hours per day and play golf, sai... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:20:34 EST Turning back the clock http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800278 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was asked the other day what I meant by "turning back the clock." I have that phrase posted at the top of my SparkPage, it's also posted in my office and on my SparkWall in my home gym. So, what do I mean by that. <BR> <BR> Well, I can't take credit for it. It's actually a concept I borrowed from Dr. Bob Arnot, MD. He wrote a book back in 1995 entitled "Dr. Bob Arnot's Guide to Turning Back the Clock." All I had to do was read the back cover and I was hooked. The... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:37:34 EST Just Do It!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799923 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> We all have those days when we don't feel like working out, and you know, that's okay. It's alright to feel like skipping a workout here and there. But you know what that leads to... laziness. First it's one day, then it's a couple here and there, the next thing you know it's been two weeks since your last workout. <BR> <BR> I was reading a SparkPeople article about "excuse busters." I don't believe in excuses, I believe in success. Just because it's alright to fee... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:23:57 EST Variety is the Spice of Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798069 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> All this month I have been writing about The mental aspect of being successful when developing a new healthy lifestyle. Notice again that I didn't say anything about losing weight of dieting. I believe that if you work at improving your health indicators losing weight will happen as a by-product of getting healthy. <BR> <BR> I believe the #1 reason people fail at changing their current lifestyle to a healthy lifestyle is BOREDOM. No question about it, doing the sam... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:32:49 EST Work out for the Seasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5797422 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I responded to a question from a guy about staying motivated all year long. He was having trouble keeping up with his lifestyle changes, staying on his nutrition plan and workout schedule. He has actually had more success losing weight than I have over 2014 so I felt like I should be asking him what his secrets were, but he needed help so I offered a few suggestions. <BR> <BR> One of the ways I stay physically fit, even though I 80 pounds overweight, is that I adju... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:18:30 EST Free Yourself from your Trash http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795815 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Read a great Sparkpeople article today about getting organized, which fits right into my theme for the month of October about getting into the right frame of mind to get healthy. You might notice I almost never talk about losing weight. This is because I think of weightloss as a by-product of living a healthy lifestyle. Getting healthy is about looking at ALL of your health indicators and changing your lifestyle in order to improve on them. <BR> <BR> If your goal i... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 11:43:10 EST Mental Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791682 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Sometimes I have a hard time thinking of a title for my articles, today is one of those days. Just a couple of notes before I start. When I write these blog entries I'm really just talking to myself. I make my living as a professional sales person and I do several presetations each week in addition to my public speaking. So, when I use the word "you" I'm really just referring to myself, but I have to maintain correct tense and point of view when I write. Please don't... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 11:28:42 EST Quit that Stinkin' Thinkin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786876 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Today I would like to spend a few minutes on ATTITUDE. When I was a teen-ager I had a summer job at a swim & tennis club. A few weeks into the summer I asked the manager why he had me out mowing the grass so many days and not lifeguarding. He said "Jonny, you're a great worker, but you have a terrible attitude." I asked him what he meant. I told him I show up every day on time, I do everything that is asked of me and I work hard all day. He said "but you walk around ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:38:40 EST Make a Game of It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785597 Hey Eveyone, <BR> <BR> The way I see it, being successful on SparkPeople is using every tool available to it's utmost. This is why I decided to do the best I can to max out on my SparkPoints every day. What ever the point value for each line is, that's what I'm going to do. <BR> <BR> 15 points for tracking nutrition, 24 points for fitness, 5 points for drinking water, 3 points for trivia, 3 points for post to my blog, 6 points for watching videos, etc.... I'm going to try for a minimum of... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:21:53 EST A Great Night's Sleep http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780935 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Today I wanted to remind you to neve underestimate the importance of a good night's sleep when trying to lose weight. Today on SparkPeople I read a good article on getting a good night's sleep and it got me to thinking about what I do to ensure I get all of the rest I need. <BR> <BR> Everyone who has ever read one of my blog posts knows I love scientific empiricle data. None of this unsuppported data for me. But everyone has their own bio-rhythms, thier invidual eb... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:59:21 EST Stress and our Relationship with Food - Part 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5549815 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> With the holidays fast approaching I am seeing more and more entries on SparkTeam pages as well as general message boards about stress and food. More specifically "Stress and Eating" and "Emotional Eating." <BR> <BR> Today I want to chat with you about Stress. Tomorrow I'll deal with the food aspect, but for now I want to share with you a few of the things I have learned over the years about dealing with stress. <BR> <BR> What is Stress? I believe "stress" is a s... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:10:15 EST Eat for the Weight You Want to Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5546151 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Seems like a simple enough concept, right? If you weigh 200 or 250 pounds or more it's because you eat enough to support that weight. So, if you want to weigh 165 pounds (guys) or 125 pounds (ladies) then doesn't it make sense to eat what a person who weighs that much would eat? <BR> <BR> Whoa, Nellie! Hold the phone! It can't be that easy, could it? <BR> <BR> Well, yes AND no. Here's what happens to many of us when we start thinking this way. We fall into the Ca... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 13:03:31 EST Sleep and Sleep Apnea http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5545106 (In the voice of a hypnotist) Sleep. Sleeeeeep. You are getting sleepy. You are falling into a deep sleep. Sleeeeeep. <BR> <BR> Something we do every night, right? One of my goals is to actually get 8 hours of sleep per night. I'm achieving my goal so why do I wake up so many mornings still tired? Because I have sleep apnea. Apneas are those periods when you stop breathing for between 10 and 30 seconds or longer. The apneas interupt the sleep cycles causing you to awaken slightly thus inter... Tue, 19 Nov 2013 09:46:11 EST What a Great Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5544553 I love this program. I was up this morning at around 6:15 had my morning coffee and contemplated what my day was going to be like. <BR> <BR> I had a lot to accomplish today. I had to go to the office. Keep two appointments, drop by the Homeowner's Association, and run a couple of other errands. Then I thought to myself, where's my workout going to fit into this schedule? How am I going to achieve my goals if I don't schedule my workout? So, I made an appointment with myself to workout today... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:40:28 EST Great Article Today http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541932 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just read a great article by Nicole Nichols (Coach Nicole) about getting ready for fall. I couldn't believe I hadn't read this before, she had some great ideas I want share with you. <BR> <BR> In her article Nicole says "Reinvent Your Fitness Program." I couldn't agree more. Fall is a time when the days are getting shorter and many people move indoors. I say get outside and enjoy the autumn. Dress for conditions (think layers) and get ready to pump those arms. En... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:29:51 EST Feeling Great http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541346 I can't believe how good I feel today. I have back on my Spark-diet for only 24 hours and I have more energy and feel better internally than I have in months. I've been tracking my food and still have 2 issues. I can't seem to get my calorie "pie" right, 20% protein, 30% fats, and 50% carbohydrates. I would like to get my protein up to around 25% and my carbohydrates down from 65% to 45%. I just can't seem to get those carbs down. <BR> <BR> But like I said, I have soooooo much energy. Can't... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:28:29 EST Hey Everyone, I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539977 It's been a long hot summer here in Florida and now that the weather is finally cooling off, I can get back to actual workouts I enjoy, not just working hard in the hot, humid Florida sunshine. <BR> <BR> I wanted to share with you a conversation I had with a small group in my homeowner's association. We were talking about what direction we should take in the redevelopment of our clubhouse. While our town is rather large (more than 40,000 people) our little community is made up of about 600 ... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:34:58 EST Goal Setting - Part I: Goal Criteria http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5258875 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> "A goal without a plan is nothing more than a dream." -Unattributed <BR> <BR> I have been reading, and responding, to several blog posts from people who are unhappy with their progress on reaching their goals. Almost without exception they don't really have a goal, just a number they arrived picked out of thin air. Before I respond to any post or blog I go to the person's Sparkpage and try to learn something about them. Many people don't make their nutrition and fi... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:32:04 EST Happy Valentine's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5250293 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Happy Valentine's Day! If you don't have a "valentine" let me be your valentine. I love this week actually. My birthday was just the other day and now V-Day. I know many of you are sad today, but today is really a day to rejoice. It's a day you can decide to love YOURSELF. <BR> <BR> Think about it. How can we expect others to love us if we don't love ourselves? How can we expect others to accept us for who we are if we don't first accept (and respect) ourselves? I ... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 11:05:38 EST Where do I start? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5247625 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Sorry I've been gone so long, I've been painting the inside of my house. But I'm back now and wondering... What's going on?!? <BR> <BR> I"ll bet I read 25 blogs and postings today about the scale and weight, and most of them horrified me. I couldn't believe how much personal power people give away to an inanimate object. I couldn't believe how people tied their success to a number that means absolutely nothing. <BR> <BR> Let me make one point perfectly clear, there... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:46:09 EST Cooking for Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235785 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> What a great day! I love Sundays. I do a stretch video and a yoga video from my P90X program and cook all afternoon. <BR> <BR> Today I am making Vegetable Soup and Gazpacho, both from the P90X program (Thanks P90X). They are very low in calories, high in fiber, full of vitamins and they really fill you up. I always keep at least 4 kinds of soup in my fridge and freezer and have a serving of soup with my dinner every night. Another advantage is everything is pre-mad... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 13:57:12 EST The Only Person We Must Compete with is Ourself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5234333 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was reading a Sparkpeople article this morning, as I do every morning, and it got me thinking. The article was about goal setting, which we have talked about here several times, but that isn't what I want to write about today. In the article the Spark-coaches brought up an interesting point about how people often compare themselves to people they see on television or in magazines. You know the ones, the skinny girls with the fresh looking skin and the made for biki... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 10:28:54 EST The Rule of 1% http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5232048 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> The Rule of 1% is simple: Improve yourself 1% every day, every week, every month, just keep on improving. <BR> <BR> Not sure where I picked this up, maybe Anthony Robbins maybe someone else. It works in any area of your life, physical, mental, social, emotional, whatever. You pick a part of your life you would like to improve then list the areas you would like to improve in. There can be as many as you like. <BR> <BR> Let's use me as an example. I want to improve... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:09:29 EST Paradigm Shift http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5229009 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I wanted to spend a few minutes today writing about "Belief Systems" or paradigms. Every person has a set of beliefs. I'm not just talking about religion, in fact, I'm not talking about religion at all. I'm talking about a core set of beliefs that each of us guides ourselves by. These are also called Paradigms (pronounced Pair-a-dimes). <BR> <BR> Many of us have paradigms about ourselves that are so entrenched in our beings that almost nothing will change them. We ... Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:01:48 EST Now the Fun Really Starts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5224164 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Well it's nearly the end of the first month of my restart on Sparkpeople. But this was just a warm-up, a shaking out period, for what's yet to come. You see I spent January getting in shape for the real program. January was just a trial run, a beta-test, if you will to fine tune my workout program and my nutritional program. I think I'm about ready to start. <BR> <BR> Friday begins a new month, February. I will weigh-in for the first time since October, and measure ... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 10:04:41 EST Lose the Guilt - Lose the Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5218520 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I know, I know, I know. I've said over and over in my blogs not to watch your weight, but to concentrate on things you can really control. Well, I just put that in the title to get your attention. What I actually want to talk about today it the "G"-word. That's right G-U-I-L-T, GUIILT. <BR> <BR> I was on-line this morning and came across an article by Lorie Parch entitled "The Secrets of Thin People."(Link posted here: http://health.yahoo.net/articles/weight-lo<BR>... Tue, 22 Jan 2013 11:32:42 EST Muscle Confusion: My Training Schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5217096 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I received a couple of emails asking about my workout schedule. How do I incorporate "muscle confusion" into my workout routine? I go on a two week schedule. I know lots of fitness experts out there will say you need two days of rest per week, and I agree with them. But, just because your resting doesn't mean you can't be active. <BR> <BR> Here's my rotation: <BR> DAY 1: Walk 3-3.25 mph for 1 hour daily (I walk to and from the gym so I split mine into 2 sessions 30... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:13:46 EST Hot Topic: Supplements - Part II: The research http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215441 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> If you haven't read Part I of this series on Supplements, please go back an check that article out first. <BR> <BR> The research. If you are familiar with my blog, you know I am all about research and "the science." I love the science behind claims, because most of it is "junk science." Someone did a study about this, that or the other thing and published a report. A "study" is usually nothing more than a questionnaire asking a select group how it feels about someth... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:59:09 EST Hot Topic: Supplements - Part I: Don't believe everything you Read. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5215313 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> There have been a lot of postings this week on different Sparkteams I belong to about the use of supplements such as "fat-burners", "metabolism increasers", herbal teas to increase metabolism, energy drinks, etc... So I thought I would take a couple of days to do some research into these supplements and give you all a report. <BR> <BR> First, I looked into the fat-burners. Supplements that purport to have "maximum weight loss power" and promise to help you "lose be... Sun, 20 Jan 2013 09:31:51 EST Why Losing Weight is a Bad Goal to Have http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5214221 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Sounds weird, right? Afterall, we're all hear to lose weight, most of us anyway. That's why we joined Sparkpeople in the first place. Let me explain. <BR> <BR> You weight is just an arbitrary number. It really doesn't mean anything. What is weight anyway. Weight is a measure of MASS (your body, muscle, blood, fat, bones, brain, organs, etc...) as it is acted upon by FORCE (in this case gravity). Let's say you weigh 200 pounds. On the moon you would weigh 33 pounds,... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:42:57 EST It's all about YOU! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5206351 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Yesterday I shared about ATTITUDE. Today I want to talk about YOU! <BR> <BR> I was talking with a friend the other day whom I've known since high school. She is the most loving, kind, giving person I know. She has several physical challenges to deal with everyday because she has fibromyalgia. I asked her how she was feeling and she responded about aching in several places, a nearly sleepless night and waking up with a headache. Pretty typical for a person with thi... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:35:34 EST Attitude is Everything - Part III: Tools http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204945 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> BONUS ENTRY!!!! <BR> <BR> I wanted to share with you some of the tools I use to be a POSITIVE person and to combat negativity in my life. Choose what works for you and share with me anything you have found that works. I'm always looking for feedback. <BR> <BR> 1. Eliminate negative language from your vocabulary. Stop swearing, stop any sarcastic remarks and look for something POSITIVE to say. Remember the old adage: If you can't say something nice, don't say anyt... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 12:00:38 EST Attitude is Everything - Part II: Learn to be Positve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5204882 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> Last time I wrote about ATTITUDE I discussed NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and how choosing the words you use to express yourself can lead to a change in how you think. What I failed to mention is this is only one tool in changing your attitude on life. <BR> <BR> A NEGATIVE attitude is learned. I believe as humans we are naturally optimistic beings. We strive for goodness and look for that in our environment. We LEARN how to be negative. It starts when we are ... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 11:09:18 EST Let's Work Together http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203467 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> What a great day! I was reading several postings on message boards today and invited a few newbies to our little band of fitness devotees. <BR> <BR> As I read through the posts a common theme started to emerge. "Where do I start?" I'll bet I read this at least 10 times a week. I send a question back, "Where are you now?" I told my new friend "Tim" the road to health is like a road map. You can't get to where you want to go if you don't know where you are now. Have ... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:59:44 EST I'm soooooo MO-TI-VAT-ED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5201973 Hey Everyone! <BR> <BR> Sing it with me! I'M SOOOOOOOOOOOO MO-TI-VAT-ED, MO-TI-VAT-ED, MO-TI-VAT-ED! I'M SOOOOOO MO-TI-VAT-ED MO-TI-VAT-ED MO-TI-VAT-ED. <BR> <BR> Now get off your seat and on your feet and CHEER it with me! M-O-T-I-V-A-T-E-D I am so MOTIVATED! M-O-T-I-V-A-T-E-D! I am so MOTIVATED! <BR> <BR> I know it sounds silly some times, but little things like singing aloud to yourself or moving around and giving yourself a little cheer can really help to get you in the right fra... Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:52:18 EST The Theory behind Muscle Confusion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200269 As a journalist, I do a great deal of research into subjects before I write about them and I try to gear my writing to my audience. When I do research on health or fitness topics I look at the quality of the source material I base my research on and the SCIENCE behind the source material. I don't use just one source either. I try to use as many as possible. <BR> <BR> Before we go any further let me clear one thing up: I do not endorse any particular fitness program, series, video or routine... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:30:19 EST How to Swim Faster - Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199613 I was at the pool today and while I was swimming I was thinking about my Blog entry for today. I couldn't get yesterday's subject out of my mind. I was in the pool with 12-14 other people, both men and women, most of whom were much older than I. I swim in a lane by myself because I swim so much faster than everyone else. <BR> <BR> After my workout, a man in the lane next to me asked, "What's your hurry, son?" I guess he called me "son" because he was 20+years older than me. I responded "No ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:16:52 EST How to Swim Faster http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5196532 Lately several Sparkpeople have asked me "How do I swim faster?" or "What can I do to swim faster?" Every time someone asks me a question like this I'm reminded of a question I asked my brother once. <BR> <BR> You see, my brother is an excellent golfer. At 48 he is still a 1 or 2 handicap, and as anyone who knows golf will tell you, that's great for an amature golfer. So my brother and I were playing golf one day and I asked him if he could give me some tips to lower my score. He responded ... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 08:51:57 EST Happy New Year Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5194623 Happy New Year Everyone. <BR> <BR> Whew! What a turbulent 2 months I have had. We had a severe family illness, 2 dear friends have departed this world for the next, and it seems like all I've done the past 10 weeks is eat. But this is a new year and I have rededicated myself to a happier healthier me. <BR> <BR> I really have no excuses. In fact, if I would have worked out more I probably would have felt better about all of the challenges I've had to face recently and I would have been str... Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:44:17 EST The tale of the TAPE, how to really measure Success! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5093139 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> I received an email the other day from a follower who asked, "If the scale isn't your friend and you don't weigh yourself, how do you know if what your doing is working?" <BR> <BR> I thought this was a great question. As I have said in my posts in "The Guys Lounge," "40-Somethings with 50 or more pounds to lose," "Team Florida" and others, I measure my success with a tape measure. No, really. I use a tape measure because I don't really care how much I weigh as long ... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 20:01:26 EST Fad Diets...Really Good Idea or Really Bad Idea? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5091136 I am not a big fan of the so-called "FAD DIETS." As a matter of fact I am not a fan at all. I have seen so many of them and you have too... ATKINS, THE GRAPEFRUIT DIET, THE HAWAIIN DIET, THE WATER DIET, The NUTRISYSTEM PROGRAM, Blah, Blah, Blah. All of the supplements, all of the pills, the measuring, weighing, Do this, do that. It's enough to drive you crazy. They promise instant (or almost instant) results. <BR> <BR> My take on these diets, programs, etc.. is there is NO MAGIC BULLET. Onc... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 10:38:37 EST Want to STOP Eating Out? Try this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5088322 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> How often do you eat out? The national average was 4.2 times per week in 2000. In 2010 the average jumped to 7.9 times per week,that's more than 32 meals a month eaten out. I have to admit, until 6 weeks ago I ate out even more than that. <BR> <BR> I'm single and my job doesn't lend itself to brown bagging my lunch. I had lunch out every day because I took clients to lunch Monday through Friday and weekends are spent at the bar watching football games. Not to menti... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 20:35:17 EST Attitude is Everything http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5086991 I read a entry from one of my teammates today that got me thinking. I spent quite a while mulling over what I could say to lift her spirits, motivate her and get her back on track. <BR> <BR> Her challenge (notice I didn't say problem) was her attitude about her weight and the journey she was taking toward losing 86 pounds. It was more than that though. It was also her perspective. <BR> <BR> People who follow Nuero-Linguistic Programming (NLP) believe the words we choose when describing th... Thu, 4 Oct 2012 19:22:57 EST Every Journey starts with a Point of Origin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5084371 Hey Everyone, <BR> <BR> We started a new month yesterday so I decided to review my goals. My goals all looked good, but I noticed my starting point or point of origin was unclear. So I went to the store and bought a new tape measure. Why did I need a new tape measure, you ask? Because I used a metal one from my workshop to start with and I wasn't sure how accurate it was. Turns out... not too accurate. <BR> <BR> Now I have my point of origin and I can track my progress with greater satisf... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 21:21:20 EST Start of a New Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5083048 Good day My Friends, <BR> <BR> Not only is it a start to a new week, it's a start of a new Month! Whoo-hoo. Lifted weights and swam today. Had an hour in the pool and did 3000 yards. <BR> <BR> I promised I would post my workouts. Today was my first day working out in a pool in nearly 7 years so I started out slow (at least slow for me). <BR> <BR> 30 x 100 free on 2:00 <BR> <BR> That's it. A nice easy swim today. The next 2 weeks are more about getting back into swimming shape. You ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 22:34:15 EST