SAM60SUMTHINK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SAM60SUMTHINK SAM60SUMTHINK'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/ July progress and upping some plans http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742988 This blog is just a statement of my July progresss...and... my plan for reaching a solid but diverse plan of exercise... <BR> <BR> Now past the middle of July and about 1.5 weeks to its end, <BR> I've been assessing my July progress. For me that's always "exercise". <BR> <BR> In my Making Daily Choices Count team, we are doing a challenge to stay on track with some basics. Because of that challenge, I can summarize that I'm getting my exercise time in, and am definitely drinking my w... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:31:18 EST This could be the theme song for all SP teams! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732533 Many of us feel alone at times when some aspect of our journeys is difficul. <BR> <BR> My own obstacles definitely leave me feeling alone, so I'm sure glad that I have kind SparkFriends who do stand by me. <BR> <BR> Hope you'll find this song - in this incredible presentation! - as meaningful as I do! <BR> Enjoy! <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> <link>www.sunnyskyz.com/happy-videos/780/T<BR>he-Only-Version-Of-Stand-By-Me-You-ll-<BR>Ever-Want-To-Hear-Again-It-s-THAT-Good- </link> <em>335</... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 12:56:35 EST CHALLENGES WORK! Go for the Gold and do them! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731003 Team leaders know that challenges are incredible tools to each of us, often in different ways. When team leaders create challenges, they do so after thinking about the needs and interests of the team members. When we team members enter those challenges, leaders feel pleased that the challenges have touched a need and that people will commit to some change, stretegy or other effort. When everything pulls together (or rather, we the participants ALLOW everything to pull together!)... particip... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 01:21:58 EST Pushing to stay on my exercise path for all of July http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730903 My exercise for July is taking a break from an important routine. <BR> <BR> In addition to walking and at-home exercises, I usually exercise for 90 minutes 3 times a week in a physical therapy pool. I call it my lifeline to normalcy because this eases my fibromyalgia and knees to the point that I can do other things. It helps me with handling things but I've too much on my plate to go! <BR> <BR> But this month is full of stressors and getting to that pool would add to th stress. Biza... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 22:02:12 EST Set your S.M.A.R.T. Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729246 Setting goals is not a one-time newbie project. <BR> <BR> Not just any goal will do. Goals should be: <BR> <BR> S - Sensible <BR> <BR> M - Measurable <BR> <BR> A - Attainable (!!!) <BR> <BR> R - Realistic (the below article calls it 'relevant') <BR> <BR> T - Timely (time-sensitive!) <BR> <BR> As we progress on this journey - which incidentally is LIFE! - it's wise to revisit and reset our goals so that they stay in step with our evolving progress, needs and reality. <BR> <BR> Puttin... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 17:41:21 EST Do you have a mantra? (or maybe even more than one?) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727779 If you've not seen it yet, or you just need to grasp a little motivational mantra to help you with this or that of the hurdles you encounter, dig in right here: <BR> <BR> In many articles, mantras are mostly associated with peaceful stress reduction, but they also help us in other ways. They can fuel one's motivation, which is certainly important if your journey here is a struggle. You probaly have one or more little sayings aka mantras that come to mind... even if you don't realize it. "... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 13:48:41 EST A good goal: make use of the sunshine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725953 We've just passed the longest days of sunlight here in my corner of the world. <BR> <BR> For those of us who love being outdoors in summer months, the message is clear: <BR> <BR> Living in the moment is full of joy. <BR> <BR> Get out there and absorb all the goodness that awaits us outdoors. <BR> <BR> Whether it's summer where you live... or winter! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>375</em> <em>432</em> <em>444</em> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:19:52 EST Healthy nutrition...on a budget? YES! Absoutely! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5720796 Habits take time to change. The way we eat and WHAT we eat are some of the trickiest bundles of ingrained habits to tackle, because ... they are just such a part of every day! <BR> Unless, of course, you never eat? ;) Solid, healthy nutrition is key in anyone's healthy lifestyle, regardless of goals or hurdles. Tackling old habits to weed out the unhealthy ones is an important move toward any goal. Today I read an article that might be a good introduction to a person who hasn't yet reall... Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:21:18 EST challenge assignment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5716874 An assignment... <BR> <BR> Go back over your life and remember some of the painful incidents that made you want to lose weight. Why did you start eating and stop moving. What is in your mind now? <BR> <BR> I didn' really have any desire to lose weight, never had an incident when my weight embarrassed me so much that I wanted to LOSE weight. <BR> <BR> I weighed 103 in November of 1971 when I got married. <BR> By a year after my second child was born, I was up to around 109, with the doct... Fri, 13 Jun 2014 00:08:24 EST Fire Up to Reach Your Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5715762 My focus has from Day One been on internal change. For me, the weight has been an annoyance, but not the concern. I came here to increase levels, to eat MORE, to eat BETTER. I still struggle to eat enough (to remember to eat!) but when I eat: it is healthy food. And for the past few years my focus on weight increased... It's one long turtle journey. What has helped me stay motivated is that my main strength is from the solid features at this site. Not the teams, which do give exchange a... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:21:28 EST Going for the Extreme In The Journey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714938 I've always loved the IDEA of extreme sports. <BR> <BR> Not all of them, but... <BR> <BR> Wow... extreme skiing!? Used to watch incredible movies showing incredible athletes soaring down mountains that seemed impossible to navigate. LOVED THE THRILL OF JUST WATCHING!! I could FEEL it... albeit vicariously. <BR> <BR> Surfing!? Again: have always loved the way the best of surfers glided with grace against the odds of huge waves, bending, reaching and dipping as the waves roared under, aro... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:32:58 EST Americade Week is here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5709709 Rolling Thunder is a term that one really understands when living in an area where an annual motorcycle Event brings thousands of bikers to her daily haunts! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/9/l399108305.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today is the official first day of Americade! <link>www.americade.com/ </link> If you click the video, you'll see the area where I live. Summer rides - on bicycle, Harley or car! - are wonderful here! <BR> <BR> The big bikes have been rolling in f... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 11:50:44 EST Think Future http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706412 Going forward is the only way to get ahead. <BR> Thinking forward is where movement begins. <BR> True in our journeys, <BR> true in solving real world issues. <BR> <BR> This video is remarkable. <BR> Solar ROADS... can be done! <BR> This IS possible. <BR> Someday. <BR> Incredible! <BR> Enjoy: <BR> <link>sfglobe.com/?id=832 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>434</em> <em>435</em> <em>433</em> <em>434</em> <em>435</em> <em>459</em> Thu, 29 May 2014 23:10:10 EST Before the picnics, http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702824 People died fighting for freedom. <BR> That is what the REAL Memorial Day is all about. <BR> <BR> MEMORIAL DAY IS MAY 30! <BR> <BR> The government-issued date varies to be sure that the masses can have a great time. <BR> Many of us who have lost or nearly lost loved ones and friends to war observe Memorial Day on the correct date... and not with parties, picnics or fun. We remember, we cherish memories and are thankful for the sacrifices made on our behalf. <BR> <BR> If you are brave enou... Sun, 25 May 2014 13:24:12 EST All it Takes is One Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702284 This site is so loaded with wonderful articles and tools that making every one of them easily accessible is difficult if not impossible. For this reason, I like to remind people to DIG into the site! <BR> <BR> At the very core of what makes this site work is the concept that "It Only Takes One Spark" to ignite the dynamics that make change begin, occur, and keep on rolling forward! <BR> Have you ever heard of "What is the SparkPeople Fuel For Improvement® System?" <BR> <link>www.sparkpeopl... Sat, 24 May 2014 17:40:25 EST My Goals for second half of May http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5697006 My only health-related May goal is no news to my goal-setting: <BR> <BR> (continue to) <BR> <BR> INCREASE ACTIVITY!! <BR> For May, I committed myself to reach weekly totals of 38,000. So far, so good! <BR> <BR> Method/rationale: <BR> To achieve a HABIT of a steady "moderate activity" level of step-count that averages over the week to at least 5,000 per day plus 3,000 steps 'extra'. <BR> <BR> Once habit is established with EASE instead of feeling I have to work to reach it, the numbe... Sat, 17 May 2014 11:52:40 EST Considering one aspect of metabolism jump-start http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694860 If you've known me long, you know that I sure am one turtle in this journey. Doing all I can that is 'right' and having much-improved health but little weight-loss. <BR> <BR> Lately - the past few weeks - I've been really digging into more possibilities other than the obvious ones of disability limitations to exercise on top of mostly sedentary lifestyle. If you play the numerical theory-game with the numbers of calories-in and calories-out, I 'should' be pretty danged slender by now. My... Wed, 14 May 2014 11:29:55 EST May: The Merry Month of WILL-do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686424 May. <BR> <BR> The very word sounds sort of pathetic standing alone: <BR> ................................. may .............................. <BR> As far as words go, "may" is pretty lame, isn't it? <BR> As far as months go, "May" is loaded <BR> with optimism, <BR> with spirit, <BR> with fun and <BR> with energy! <BR> <BR> So... Surely this is the month of.... <BR> (not "may" but) .......................... WILL ! <BR> <BR> May is a month for song, for strolling in the park (wearing a... Sat, 3 May 2014 11:32:41 EST Balance takes concentration. Check this out and think. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685375 On this journey in which we each have diverse goals, we balance much in our lives: our nutrition, activity, home life, outside responsibilities... and so much more. While watching this incredible lady, why not think of your journey so far and as it lies in wait for you to tred even further and farther. Much in our journeys is a balancing act. And we can do it. <BR> <BR> "The Power of Concentration" is a video of an incredible lady, Miyoko Shida, mastering an incredible accomplishment in f... Fri, 2 May 2014 00:01:22 EST self note: adrenal gland thoughts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683625 While I was looking into symptoms and characteristics etc that are really dragging me down, certain words and themes kept recurring. Am beginning to wonder if I should request testing of cortisol levels or general hormonal levels that might be affected by the loss of one adrenal gland. The last line of the quote below sort of decided for me that with fibromyalgia and loss of one adrenal gland, maybe taking the chance of sounding like my only problem might be hypochondria is okay by me if it... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:36:08 EST Habits. I keep uncovering them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679905 During the past month I was increasingly lethargic - you know, beyond tired. Seemed strange. Then I realized that I was fighting it. And going about it all wrong! <BR> <BR> Last week I went to bed at 7:30pm one night. Got up at 2am for an hour, went back to bed and slept til almost noon! <BR> <BR> This week when the feeling started to make me feel like I was dragging, I just plain went to bed, repeated a similar routine... and have felt fine for two days. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to wor... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:16:05 EST Habits. I keep uncovering them. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679904 During the past month I was increasingly lethargic - you know, beyond tired. Seemed strange. Then I realized that I was fighting it. And going about it all wrong! <BR> <BR> Last week I went to bed at 7:30pm one night. Got up at 2am for an hour, went back to bed and slept til almost noon! <BR> <BR> This week when the feeling started to make me feel like I was dragging, I just plain went to bed, repeated a similar routine... and have felt fine for two days. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to wor... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:16:00 EST Must somehow push past ! my limits. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667824 Invisible disabilities are frustrating, y'know. I have three of them. The pain issue is what I can hide, what even a few of my docs don't really understand. One of these, unfortunately, is my very nice General Practice doctor; I started seeing her about a month before my cancer surgery in 2006. So she's never known the active and thinner me, just the fibro me. Four or six times a year I see her: she checks bloodwork to be sure my kidney's working well, the iron's up, the sodium's high ... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 00:21:26 EST Stay-on-Track Calendar: have you seen yours? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663949 To stay on top of specific tracking and planning, we have several tools. The planner will send us email reminders if we want reminders of appointments or perhaps challenge reminders; the nutrition and fitness trackers help us look at exactly how much activity we are doing, how many calories we burn. The reports generated by tracking are absolutely wonderful. Yup, you know of several ways to keep an eye on your progress. At midnight every night your SparkPoints Page switches to the next ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 00:49:17 EST April 2 = the day to take a walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661286 Why? <BR> April 2nd is the day the American Heart Association declared "National Walking Day". <BR> <BR> So. <BR> You gonna? <BR> Hey, it's for your health. <BR> No glitz. No glammor. Just... for... you. <BR> Go for it. <BR> I'm gonna. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.startwalkingnow.org/about_start_<BR>walking_day.jsp </link> <em>362</em> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:03:23 EST time flies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657964 I've been on SP actively since joining seven years ago... today. Never a 'pointaholic', my SparkPoints don't reflect all I do here. I do only those things that help me and don't always bother getting points. Yet those points add up even when we ignore them. Maybe if I'd clicked for points each time I did something, or if I'd tracked online instead of on paper for a few years the numbers would be higher. Frankly,I don't care: every point I have had (until we got that 'give bonus points' t... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:48:40 EST My Goal Board Check-In Items http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654621 The relatively new feature on our Spark Pages - the Goal Board Check-In - seemed rather trite to me at first. Couldn't see collecting 'points' that had no meaning. (I'm truly not a pointaholic; use that button for points just as a checkmark that tells me 'done' on my to-do site list!) One day I decided to turn this goal board into a sort of daily re-affirmation of goals. I tweaked it a bit and now really zoom in and think about the items selected/personalized on it! It helps. <BR> <B... Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:39:09 EST Water Exercise - worth considering for everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5645321 Many people will say, "oh I can't exercise" or "well, I walk a little bit but can't do much more" and they truly do have physical limitations. Limitations are not roadblocks; we almost always can find detours when it comes to exercise as well as other goals; we can lower hurdles so that we can still move forward. Yet of those who view physical limits as stop signs in life, many often don't realize that if they have access to a pool of water, they can in fact move so much better with low-imp... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:56:53 EST Positive and peppy tune http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5644385 I love music. <BR> Some people use prerecorded exercise music when exercising, but I would rather pick and choose my own tunes. Am always open to new ideas for anything from slow and relaxing to tempest tempo. <BR> <BR> <em>335</em> Music can lift a sad mood or make a glad one even more joy-filled. <BR> <em>335</em> Music can sooth nerves on a stressful day, give reprieve from the chaos. <BR> <em>335</em> Music can ... do so much! <BR> Very powerful. <BR> <BR> Being open to the n... Mon, 10 Mar 2014 11:28:39 EST Using my down-time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643025 I'm in Day Two of one miserable cold. <BR> <BR> When I have to relax for health reasons or when in flare I call it 'down time'. That doesn't mean I feel 'down'. It means that I'm not up and active, just taking it easy so that I will be myself again sooner. Down Time. So that's what I'm doing today: making use of my down time. I don't just stare at the walls. But I fill my hours with enjoyable, relaxing passtimes! Turn what could be a negative into an 'opportunity'!! Feeling under t... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 16:40:40 EST Think Outside the Box for Solutions! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5634388 Sometimes we slip or what we plan is hard because we just do not ENJOY what we plan to do to meet our goals. <BR> <BR> When staying on track gets hard, it's time to think outside the box. <BR> I constantly revitalize this long journey of mine. Otherwise, I might keep trying what is not working! And what works last month does not necessary work THIS month as the many goals and components of the journey interact. <BR> <BR> Think of the dog that is trying to fetch a ball... that fell into a ... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:02:13 EST Going for my own kind of gold medal http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5631610 Today I didn't really want to do my usual exercises, but turned on the radio station and got going. Sundays are loaded with lots of peppy oldies and little dialog, so my attitude changed and I loved just plain moving my parts. <BR> <BR> Then, I took a few minutes to think forward while looking through my book of exercises geared to my fms/mps (fibromyalgia and myofacial pain syndrom). This is a looseleaf binder of exercises -- intended as a sort of lifelong exercise bible full of curren... Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:45:50 EST Back in Phys Therapy and Pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5630269 Went to the Physical Therapy pool yesterday afternoon.... Before going into the pool for the 3x week pool use via a sort of medical exercise-membership (money-saving for people with chronic issues), there was the usual p.t. intake session. So much for using JUST the pool. <BR> <BR> She finds my 'case' to be 'interesting'. Her eyes actually lit up as she asked questions, got answers! She feels that there is, of course?!?, one more avenue to be checked in spite of all the years of tests a... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:20:46 EST Being 'cableless' has evolved into an exercise routine! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5626036 Ditching the cable tv has freed my time! Maybe I'll want it back someday, but for now? Nope! I've been LIVING more! <BR> <BR> And an unexpected bi-product of the switch to whatever comes to me over the airwaves is that using the indoor antenna has turned out to be a new form of exercise! How's that for surprising?! <BR> <BR> Unlike the 'rabbit ear' types, this antenna looks like an iPad sitting on its own little stand; it seems happiest - or at least is its most effective - when it s... Mon, 17 Feb 2014 01:08:29 EST Pyramid for Success: a SP system resource. Have you seen it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5624850 I often refer to the SP site as a maze... and rightly so: it's huge! Dig into this site through searches on various words and terms, especially using the word 'article' after the word/s searched. You will find things you had not seen before! Why? It's mostly about space and just how much can be put out in front of us at any given time. But so much is HERE! <BR> <BR> Among the items that I like are the basics. <BR> The Fuel for Improvement System <link>www.sparkpeople.com/system/index.... Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:28:00 EST All movement is exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621706 Refering to 'activity' or 'movement' instead of using the work 'exercise' emphazes that all movement IS exercise. We don't have to plan it, don't have to buy anything to move. And moving our parts is important for health. <BR> <BR> Never hesitate to move... in whatever way you can that you like. And never downgrade your own activities because your friends are incredibly and energetically involved in multiple sports. We do what we can, we put our soul into enjoying it... and should take p... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:07:34 EST 'Found a Local p.t. pool'!!! plus 'Shoulders Need Exercise, too'!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5620506 1. <BR> MY POOL TIME - resuming near home!! <BR> <BR> Pool exercise in warm water was my lifeline to normalcy from August, 1994 til September, 2012. If you've known me a while, you've read previous frustrations over losing 'my pool time' when my p.t. died and her offices with the p.t. warm-water pool closed 1.5 years ago. <BR> <BR> I called local p.t.'s with therapy pools; at that time, none had a monthly plan for people needing regular pool therapy for 'health maintenance' to keep chronic... Mon, 10 Feb 2014 14:10:34 EST Ditch cable? You are kidding, right?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5618662 Yes! I did it!! <BR> <BR> For well over 2 months I considered ditching cable tv, going back and forth with thoughts like "I waste so much time watching tv shows that don't even really interest me!" to "...oh, but how I love this and that show/channel that is only available on cable..." <BR> <BR> Last week I disconnected the cable, then ordered the service to be turned off. Why in that order? Because I first assured that with my new indoor antenna I can receive a few - and I mean a FEW! -... Sat, 8 Feb 2014 13:38:22 EST Music moves me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5609618 Do you use a tape sold with the music already gathered for your walking or exercise? Or do you prefer to assemble your own collections... and then completely rearrange or switch things around so that you listen and think about it first at leisure and then while exercising? I'm the latter type of music-for-exercise fan. <BR> <BR> My tastes are politely referred to as ecclectic, or maybe some people would claim disfunctional. I like many classical pieces (love War of 1812!), was even nick... Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:05:50 EST The Price of a T-Shirt http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604819 We - ah, yes, the generic "we"! - take so much for granted. <BR> Even when we try to not do so, this happens. <BR> Let's face it, there are so many issuesand concerns in this crazy world that one simply cannot simultaneously dwell on all the important matters. We subconsciously filter through the maze of facts of this life to focus on the few that touch our lives and/or our hearts. <BR> <BR> The T-Shirt. <BR> <BR> I have of course - haven't you? - thought of the simple everyday items in... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:46:28 EST Exercise Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588567 I am doing what I can do. <BR> And (grrrr...!) that is not nearly what I coul do 1.5 years ago. <BR> "Things" keep getting in the way: my physical therapist dying was a biggie, but the fibromyalgia pain (worse now that I don't have pool time 3 days a week!) has a companion that's hard to work through: migraines. For the past 1.5-2 weeks I've felt lucky on the days when I 'only had a headache'. Don't remember having had this long a string of migraines, so I'll blame it on the weather! Yes, ... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 21:14:11 EST How to get a GOOD/GREAT photo of yourself! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583198 Don't know aout you, but I sure need the name of this photograper and staff; once I have the right folks, I'll gladly post my picture! Meanwhile, I'm still avoiding cameras; they really do not like me much, y'know. Here's an example of how good photography really works! <BR> <link>www.upworthy.com/see-why-we-have-an-<BR>absolutely-ridiculous-standard-of-beau<BR>ty-in-just-37-seconds?g=2&c=reccon1 </link> <BR> <em>388</em> <em>401</em> <BR> <BR> OK, I'll admit it: thinking edits c... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 16:11:21 EST My Review of Coach Nicole's "28 Day BootCamp" DVD http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581063 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1335322789.jpg"> <BR> Coach Nicole’s “28 Day BootCamp DVD” (focus is on both cardio and strength) is a winner in my book. Now, that is Big Stuff coming from me. No, I’m not a super athlete in great shape needing Tough Challenges! Perish the thought! Yikes! In fact, my physical limits are downright frustrating to me because I want to do things that just are not possible anymore. Most exercise classes, plans and DVD's remind me of what I ... Fri, 3 Jan 2014 17:44:47 EST Spring... 77 days away on the calendar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5580171 Not in the mood to be serious or discuss nutrition, goals or anything except... <BR> <BR> Well, does't EVERYone like to talk about the weather when it's weathering outdoors?!? <BR> <BR> There is a reason that I decided to be born on GroundHog Day, and that reason is right outside my window right now! Brr it is so... JANUARY outside! Subzero temps (including the double-digit windchill) and this ridiculous "Hercules" snow storm have me thinking about... spring, summer, flowers, robins and h... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 23:45:09 EST 2014 - fireworks in Dubai http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5578011 If you didn't get a chance to celebrate 2014's being greeted by Dubai's fireworks, here's a link to the show!! Enjoy!! <BR> <BR> <link>video.foxnews.com/v/2994859627001/du<BR>bais-new-years-fireworks-display-set-t<BR>o-break-record/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>411</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 14:06:19 EST Idea for a snow sport? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574210 As I looked at the pictures on the site below, I wondered.... <BR> How many steps did the guy rack up on his pedometer doing these things!? <BR> <BR> Guess my mind reall zeroes in on activity in a different way these days, huh? lol <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <link>www.viralnova.com/simon-beck-snow-ar<BR>t/ </link> <BR> <BR> Enjoy. <BR> <BR> And.... oh yes, please DO let me know whether this inspires you to duplicate his wintry step activity!! Sat, 28 Dec 2013 23:53:58 EST Shed Emotional Roadblocks in Stage 3 of Diet Stages http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5567196 Emotional roadblocks litter pathways leading toward our Lifestyle goals - in losing pounds, in making any drastic changes. Habits aren't broken/replaced by merely snapping our fingers or making wishes. Focus and work are required. Why we developed bad habits or 'allowed ourselves' to live with the negative impact/results is often the answer to why we struggle so hard to reverse the process and achieve goals. <BR> <BR> In other words: for all change, look at the habits. <BR> <BR> One SP... Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:54:38 EST This is beyond mere 'exercise' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565922 Coach Nicole does many videos of exercises that are beyond my ability these days. <BR> <BR> But here's one routine that she might have to work hard to do! <BR> <BR> Imagine... 1944... singing and.. beyond. <BR> <BR> ENJOY: <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/embed/61cY1ILv60k?re<BR>l=0&autoplay=1 </link> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:42:28 EST Doing my best; turtle pace takes patience but is ideal for me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5565589 Last week I had my second visit with my 'new' dietician. Yup, a year after my healthy dietician died suddenly and unexpectedly of a massive coronary... I am checking in with another. Asevidenced by last year's deaths of both my dietician and physical therapist, doing what is healthy and following sensible lifestyle plans does not necessary prevent ALL the bad or terminal issues. However, we must do our BEST... and be comfortable knowing that 'Que Sera, Sera' is more than a song when we hav... Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:05:42 EST Podcasts that I like http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560586 Ray Hanish hosts fantastic podcasts. Some of them are on my iPod; I sometimes listen to them on longer drives. And I can just go online to select one of interest and listen online while doing other activities. I highly recommend them ... especially for times when you don't want to sit and read, but do want to keep your mind thinking in the right - healthy! -direction. Here's a link to his site; just click to hear blogs or check out written blogs etc!! ENJOY: <BR> <link>cutthefatpodcast... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 14:08:14 EST