SIGLED's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SIGLED SIGLED'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/ Back Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798091 Its been awhile but I am back. Been getting my health problems worked out. <BR> <BR> In July I was having trouble breathing. After seeing the pulmonologist and some testing. I found out I have asthma. Then I went to the sleep clinic and found out I have sleep apnea. So, I am now on a cpap machine through the night and taking Symbicort. <BR> <BR> After about a month, I am beginning to feel normal again. The cpap is making a difference in my strength and outlook on life. <BR> <BR> I... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:17:13 EST Always room...for a friend... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555362 In this season of hustle and bustle let all be reminded of this story: <BR> <BR> The old professor stood in front of his class. Sat an empty jar on the table. Filled it with golf balls. "Is the jar full?" asked the wise old man. "Yes it is." replied the young'uns in his class. <BR> <BR> Then he filled the same jar with pebbles which shook downward as they went in between the golf balls and rested until he had filled the jar. "Is the jar full?" asked the prof. "Oh definitely" replied h... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 20:00:47 EST A Matter of Life and Death... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5440037 The other day I was driving down a street in which I remembered a man I used to know. He was a good man. A good husband (he and his wife were high school sweethearts) and family man. He had a hangup with anger but his job made him take an anger management class: 3 times! Now that's enough to make you mad! haha His blood pressure, weight and smoking were out of control. <BR> <BR> He simply told his medical doctor when the Dr. told him if he didn't change he was going to die: Hey, I k... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:32:58 EST In Memory of Frances - My Wonderful Mother-In-Law 1925-2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111104 When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see. <BR> If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me. <BR> I wish so much you wouldn't cry, the way you did today, <BR> While thinking of the many things we never got to say. <BR> <BR> I know how much you love me, as much as I love you.. <BR> And each time that you think of me, I know you'll miss me too.. <BR> But when tomorrow starts without me, Please try to understand.. <BR> An angel came and called ... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:59:45 EST UNDER CONSTRUCTION http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4886196 Wow! It has been way to long since my last blog. <BR> <BR> Let me do a little thinking...some planning...and some action and soon a brand new blog will appear to cheer, encourage and help. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, enjoy the Spring and the May that is calling us all to get out there and JUST DO IT! <BR> <BR> --Dennis Thu, 17 May 2012 18:46:55 EST Walking at the Mall http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4666699 I was at the Mall the other evening. Doing my usual 3 laps of walking. I was moving along at a good pace. Passing the shoppers. And being past once in a while by some walkers. I wasn't trying to race anyone. Just wanting to maintain a good walking pace. <BR> <BR> One lady cautioned her young daughter who was trying to keep up with me. "Be careful honey, men who are walking fast like that are wanting to snatch your purse!" I don't know if she was serious or just trying to scare her da... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 17:40:51 EST Christmas: Jesus is the REASON for the SEASON! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4613937 It is not what we take up, <BR> but what we give up, <BR> that makes us rich. <BR> <BR> --Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> Christ was content with a stable <BR> When he was born <BR> So that we could have <BR> A mansion when we die. <BR> <BR> --Anonymous <BR> <BR> Somehow not only for Christmas <BR> But all the long year through, <BR> The joy that you give to others, <BR> Is the joy that comes back to you. <BR> And the more spend in blessing. <B... Mon, 5 Dec 2011 21:05:15 EST This Is All that Needs to be Said... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4107283 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/7/l271563424.jpg"> <BR> <BR> "When I stand before God <BR> at the end of my life, <BR> <BR> I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, <BR> <BR> and could say, <BR> <BR> "I used everything you gave me." <BR> <BR> --Erma Bombeck Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:19:44 EST An Irish Blessing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4098603 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/4/l342348940.jpg">May the road rise up to meet you, <BR> May the wind be ever at your back. <BR> May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. <BR> And until we meet again, <BR> May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.” <BR> <BR> Irish Blessings quote <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>441</em> <em>137</em> Thu, 17 Mar 2011 12:59:28 EST Is this Really Happening? Or am I just plain Crazy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4049318 I have been back with SparkPeople just over a year now. When I entered again, I vowed that no matter how my weight loss went, I would hang in, thick or thin! <BR> <BR> From Feb 2010 to June 2010 I lost 40 lbs. Came right off. Then I hit the dreaded set point: 224 lbs. I exercised more Spark minutes than I ever done during the summer and on into the Fall. I stayed true to the nutrition as well. Over the latter 6 mos of the year, I went down to 214 then back up to 224. <BR> <BR> Frustr... Sat, 26 Feb 2011 12:05:43 EST 10 States With the Deadliest Eating Habits http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4009654 CAUTION: Reading this article may improve your health. It is a reality check. <BR> <BR> <link>finance.yahoo.com/family-home/articl<BR>e/112083/10-states-with-the-deadliest-<BR>eating-habits </link> <BR> <BR> What is interesing about this article is that it is slanted with the viewpoint: It's all the our fault for eating this way. When in reality, and this has been proven, you can go into a grocery store with a dollar and buy a LOT of the unhealthy food. Healthy food is expensive and... Fri, 11 Feb 2011 12:56:18 EST YOUR DAILY SURVIVAL KIT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3933507 YOUR DAILY SURVIVAL KIT FOR THE NEW YEAR <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/7/l471728199.jpg">Today, I am giving you a <BR> <BR> D A I L Y S U R V I V A L K I T <BR> <BR> <BR> To help you each day............ <BR> <BR> <BR> Toothpick ... To remind you to pick the good qualities in everyone, including yourself. <BR> <BR> Rubber band ..... To remind you to be flexible. Things might not always go the way you want, but it can be worked out. <BR> <BR> Ba... Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:08:07 EST Adult Truths -- Enter at Your Own Risk! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3922262 *** Adult Truths *** <BR> <BR> 1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die. <BR> <BR> 2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong. <BR> <BR> 3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.. <BR> <BR> 4. There is great need for a sarcasm font. <BR> <BR> 5. How are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? <BR> <BR> 6. Was learning cursive really necessary? <B... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 17:43:10 EST Seven Secrets of Success found in Your Room http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3892127 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/4/l745547142.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The complete article can be found under BORN TO WIN at <link>message.blog.co.in/tag/bangalore-blo<BR>gs/ </link> Wed, 5 Jan 2011 10:20:30 EST THOUGHTS for the NEW YEAR!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3866805 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/8/l384356382.jpg">People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas. ~Author Unknown <BR> <BR> I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's. ~Henry Moore <BR> <BR> Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. ~Brooks Atkinson <BR> <BR> We ... Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:02:00 EST A Christmas Card to all My Spark Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3836835 A Christmas Card just for YOU: <BR> <BR> <link>www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?c<BR>ode=2007134554829&source=jl999 </link> <BR> <BR> The Merriest of Christmases Yet to all! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAckfn8yiAQ </link> Fri, 10 Dec 2010 18:13:24 EST The JOY of Having Spark Friends Like YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3808516 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l123049645.jpg">God must have known there would be times <BR> We'd need a word of cheer, <BR> Someone to praise a triumph <BR> Or brush away a tear. <BR> <BR> He must have known we'd need to share <BR> The joy of "little things" <BR> In order to appreciate <BR> The happiness life brings. <BR> <BR> I think He knew our troubled hearts <BR> Would sometimes throb with pain, <BR> At trials and misfortunes, <BR> Or goals we can't attai... Sat, 27 Nov 2010 15:05:12 EST 11 Best Fast Food Post-Workout Snacks Under 200 Calories. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3767706 I know here at Spark People we are pretty tough on Fast Foods. <BR> <BR> Check this site as it offers some super alternatives. It also shows that the industry is definitely trying. <BR> <BR> <link>shine.yahoo.com/channel/food/11-best<BR>-fast-food-post-workout-snacks-under-2<BR>00-calories-2402237/#poll-A4197A32E6E6<BR>11DF89ECFE3406BC3DF2 </link> Sun, 7 Nov 2010 11:34:25 EST FINALLY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3745992 Hi Spark Friends, <BR> Wow! Today I am able to declare a six pound weight loss. And no, it hasn't happened in one week. <BR> <BR> I started my journey back in February. I was clicking along pretty good. Then I hit a small plateau in April. I was moving down from 256 to 230. By summer I was in the 220's. Then the BIGGEST PLATEAU of my weight loss journey. This plateau is historical. This is where I stopped and gave up in 1999 after losing 100 lbs. This is a SET POINT that seems... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:31:58 EST Drew Carey: No More Mr Fat Guy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3671484 This article appeared in the Sunday Parade Magazine (Sept 26 2010) it is truly inspirational. Even includes a relapse Drew had in Aug 2010 and what he said about it. <BR> <BR> Yo u may find the article at: <link>www.parade.com/health/2010/09/26-dre<BR>w-carey.html </link> Sun, 26 Sep 2010 13:03:35 EST If I Could Ride My Bike on Those Roads--I WOULD! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3621506 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l954974001.jpg">The following are some great road pics. What a road to ride my bike on! If only I could: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l316515812.jpg"> <img <BR> I did ride a road similiar to this (only without the beautiful trees) on Biking Across Kansas. Only the hills I rode one after the other went on and on and on...110 hills total that day. What makes a series of hills like these fun, is that you can g... Thu, 9 Sep 2010 10:30:53 EST August 7th -- 100 Miles for the Week of riding -- I met my Goal! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3515119 Finally got a Century Ride over a week's time here at home. Whew! <BR> <BR> I've been doing 60 - 70 miles a week over the summer. Finally my break came from teaching between the Summer and Fall Sessions. Even with a break, I had to plan my rides around appointments, college meetings, preparing for the Fall Classes, family events, weather, house work, yard work and the unexpected. <BR> <BR> I missed about 3 perfect early morning rides (cool and calm) but if I were going to meet my Century... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 12:55:10 EST Things I’ve Learned Riding a Bike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3492124 1. Riding a bike is not the miracle – Getting on the bike to ride each day is. <BR> <BR> 2. You are never too old to ride a bike. CANNOT will stop you. CAN DO will open new doors to experience a new world of adventure. <BR> <BR> 3. Wind is a fact of life. Let the wind become your friend not your enemy. You can’t refuse to ride just because the wind’s blowing. (Especially in Kansas) <BR> <BR> 4. Going up a hill is hard work. Going down a hill is exhilarating and rewarding. Do the wor... Sun, 1 Aug 2010 17:33:20 EST Riding in Kansas July 29th 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3482213 I was able to do a 22 mile ride in the early AM in Kansas today. Weather is sunny, 80's, somewhat humid. Felt great being out in the summer countryside. Had a south wind so I had headwind and then a side wind for the first 11 miles. <BR> <BR> I encountered something I have never encountered before. A fire truck with red light and siren was blasting down the highway coming toward me. Cars/trucks were pulling off. So, what does a cyclist do? Cyclists are supposed to obey all traffic ... Thu, 29 Jul 2010 12:40:46 EST The Purina Dog Chow Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3467631 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l609759192.jpg">Story is from a friend: <BR> <BR> Yesterday I was at my local SAM'S CLUB buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Yoyo, and was in the checkout line when the woman behind me asked if I had a dog. <BR> <BR> <BR> I thought to myself, "What did she think I had, an elephant?" <BR> <BR> So, since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina D... Sun, 25 Jul 2010 13:53:28 EST Lizard Under the Skillet Bike Ride --- I DID IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3446783 Well the Lizard Under the Skillet bike ride (July 18th) in Lawrence, KS has quickly come and is now a reality. I DID IT! Woo! Hoo! <BR> <BR> I rode with my son-in-law 61.3 miles through the back country south of Lawrence all the way down to Ottawa, KS then back up through Baldwin City and then north. Lots and lots of hills. Lots of humidly and heat. A little wind to keep us cool. We started out at 6:30 am with temps of 79 and humidity 90%. We ended with temps in the 90's feeling like ... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:02:32 EST From a 48" waist to a 38" waist: Solution? New Clothes!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3420446 Well gang! I finally did it! My expandable old pants are not only worn out and flagging in the wind but all but dropping off my body! <BR> <BR> The solution? Time to buy NEW CLOTHES!!! My daughters gave me a gift card on Fathers' Day. So with my wife (my shopping guru) accompanying me, I embarked on the Great Clothes Finding Adventure!! <BR> <BR> The fear? That my weight loss to date and apparent shrinking in size is a figment of my imagination and I will have to be happy with a little... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 14:31:35 EST FIRECRACKER 100 BIKE RIDE! Woo! Hoo! I DID IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3398270 Saturday July 3rd. Up at 5 am. Quickly dressed in my prearranged bike clothes. Loaded the bike on its rack. Stopped for a quick cup of coffee, banana and something full of carbs. <BR> <BR> 30 minute drive to Ottawa, KS. Pulled in the park a little after 6 am. Already a number of like minded cyclists decked out in their brightly colored jerseys. One group had FOG on their backs. Then in smaller letters underneath: Four Old Guys! compared to me? They were far from OLD. Try being 61!... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 15:10:18 EST Fathers Day Bike Ride http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3355236 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/6/l961336916.jpg">Now before you get all excited about my Fathers Day ride. I want to let you know from the get-go that I didn't ride a 100 miles or even 50 or even 25 miles. I rode my usual minimum ride of 16 miles. <BR> <BR> I share this ride because it represents the day by day fun I have just riding the bike. <BR> <BR> I got up at 6 am on Fathers Day. It was a beautiful sunny morning. Wheat Harvest days are here in Kansas which means ... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:12:54 EST Riding with Adam...riding for the Joy of the Ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3285562 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l162066365.jpg"> In the picture from left to right: Adam, me, Levi and niece Joy. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, Adam, my nephew, his Dad, my niece and her husband rode 13 miles along the Arkansas River in Wichita, KS. Great morning for a river ride. Temps were cool, wind was not a factor. <BR> <BR> But we did have an incident. Adam flipped over in his bike. He went down the small hill in the background of the picture and flipped over at the bot... Mon, 31 May 2010 16:16:51 EST The Dog Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3269633 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/2/l425051568.jpg">Hey gang! I have discovered a whole new diet. It's called the Dog Diet. I eat what I am supposed to eat then give what I used to eat to my dog. My dog cleans it up and enjoys it all. I stay on track, and my dog gets FAT. I get healthy and my dog gets sick and overweight from eating all the wrong stuff. And eventally dies a premature death. <BR> <BR> You say, "Whoa, wait just a minute! That is cruelty to animals! How da... Wed, 26 May 2010 10:21:35 EST Wicked Wind 50 mile Ride! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3239131 The Wicked Wind 50 mile ride (sponsored by the Oz Club, Wichita) has come and gone. Wow! <BR> <BR> This year I had the privilege of riding not only with my Brother-in-law, but first time 50 milers: my niece and my son-in-law. On long rides the time and miles go by much faster when you are riding with someone you know! <BR> <BR> The official stats: Total of 53 miles with a saddle time of 4 hrs and 52 min. The first half was a 13 mph ave and I ended with an 11 mph ave. Not the faster tim... Mon, 17 May 2010 14:18:43 EST Finally Figured it OUT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3188213 <em>9</em> <BR> <BR> Today was the weekly weigh in: 2 pounds lost down to 233! Yes! I am doing the Dance of JOY! <BR> <BR> In the past when I have gone through the 230's, usually I melt through them. This time around the melting has taken it's time. But it is HAPPENING. And yes, Mabel, I said the last time I went through the 230's. <BR> <BR> I know! I know! It's a NO-NO to YO-YO but life happens and yes, I've YO-YOed. I'm 61 and I have lost enough weight in my lifetime to equal 3 ... Mon, 3 May 2010 09:06:18 EST We're Not Doing This Just for the Fun of it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3166296 Recently, while cruising the internet, I was stopped by this title: <BR> <BR> "Bad habits Can Age You By 12 Years, Study Suggests" <BR> <BR> "Four common bad habits combined — smoking, drinking too much, inactivity and poor diet — can age you by 12 years, sobering new research suggests. <BR> <BR> "The findings are from a study that tracked nearly 5,000 British adults for 20 years, and they highlight yet another reason to adopt a healthier lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Overall, 314 people studied h... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 09:49:22 EST Here's a SHOUT OUT to All SparkPeople!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3120846 This week I learned from an acquaintance that his Step-Dad was going to have surgery to clean out Kidney Stones in both his left and right kidneys. <BR> <BR> His Step Dad is 42, 5'7" and weighs well over 325 lbs. His Doctor gave him a lecture on Monday telling him that if he didn't change his eating habits he would be dead before turning 50. The doctor also emphasized that the man's legs were shot and would probably be amputated this year due to diabetes. To all this the man replied: "I ... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 22:51:38 EST Through the Plateau and Blasting through the Barrier! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3075984 Well Spark Friends it happened. After 15 lb loss in about a month I parked on the Plateau that we all fear and dread. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago I weighed in to my SHOCK: from 241 to 243!!!! AAAAAAGGGGGGHHHHH! So what do you do? <BR> <BR> You hang in there, stay committed, stay positive,, keep THE SPARK SHINING BRIGHTLY. <BR> <BR> What happened as well that was encouraging was that my body kept readjusting and slimming itself. It's got to clear out the OLD before bringing in the new! ... Sat, 3 Apr 2010 12:05:33 EST Don't Underestimate the HANDICAPPED http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3052937 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/6/l265078440.jpg">I would love to tell you about my nephew Adam. <BR> <BR> He's a young man of 30 now. He is young, vibrant, full of dreams, goals and ambitions with a zest to live the life. Oh yeah, he happens to be handicapped. <BR> <BR> Adam along with his sister has Friedreich's Ataxia. A form of MS that attacks the Central Nervous system and gradually taking away the ability of the person to walk, talk or use their arm muscles. You c... Sun, 28 Mar 2010 15:45:20 EST ONE POUND! I am ELATED! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3018653 Stepped on the scales today for the weekly weigh in: ONE POUND LOSS! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> Yes, I tracked the nutrition. I tracked the fitness. I stayed true and blue. And my body has responded with a loss of one pound. To lose a pound the body must get rid of 1500 calories! That's amazing. <BR> <BR> I am growing weary of reading blogs that say, "I ONLY lost ONE pound this week." Saying that as though they were dong a bad job! Well, Honey, I got the GOOD NEWS: it is a VICTORY! <B... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 10:37:50 EST Back on the Bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2994978 Back on the stationary bike today! Now this is no ordinary stationary bike. It's the bike that I've ridden around 5,000 miles on the road. This is the bike that I rode in Biking Across Kansas in 2007. I have it on a trainer. <BR> <BR> Two weeks ago I was really getting in the groove. I was either walking or riding my stationary bike every day. The last two days of that week I was both walking and riding. On the last day of that week, I walked and rode outside on my road bike for the f... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 12:37:01 EST WOW! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2991329 <em>244</em> <BR> The WOW factor is back. I weighed in today: 5 lbs this week. 14 lbs since Feb 15th. I am still doing the WOW! My pants are loose. My sweaters and shirts and hanging. I see Mr. Lean in the mirror. I was walking down the hallway at work yesterday realizing my pants were slipping down. I thought, "Just two weeks ago my pants were so tight that I couldn't pull 'em up over my gut. <BR> <BR> Why the WOW factor? I don't know. It's so simple: When one follows the Spar... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 12:03:02 EST FRUITS AND VEGETABLES CAUSES OBESITY? THAT DOES IT! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2982903 Now I have heard everything. On Jimmy Fallon last night, he was saying that a new report came out saying that "Fruits and Vegetables may cause OBESITY!" Then he added so when you see a 300 pound man he's not FAT just a health food junkie!" (March 9 2010 show) <BR> <BR> The article came out on MSNBC on March 9th. It basically says that certain pesticides contain certain chemicals that can promote obesity. If an apple for example is sprayed with these pesticides then you probably won't los... Wed, 10 Mar 2010 13:40:30 EST LIVE-IT not DIE-IT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2953759 Several times now, I've heard folks refer to what I do as a DIET. DIET sounds to me like DIE-IT. <BR> <BR> I don't perceive myself as being on a DIE-IT. Because that's where most DIETs lead: IT soon DIES out. It makes one feel like they are going to DIE if they do IT one more day. <BR> <BR> Instead, I like to perceive myself as on a LIVE-IT. Because what I am doing with SparkPeople will LIVE as I DO IT. <BR> <BR> I eat right because I LIVE-IT. And as I LIVE-IT then I eat right. <BR> ... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 14:33:16 EST No One Cared--Oh YES THEY DO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2931950 Wow! <BR> <BR> Yesterday I wrote on my status stating that my daughter and son-in-law and 3 kids were about to lose their home due to being laid off and out of work over the last 9 mos. That I was very discouraged because of this. <BR> <BR> I never heard a word from the Spark Community. <BR> <BR> So today, I wrote that No one Cared. Within the hour I had six wonderful, encouraging, heart warming and caring responses. All stating their care, concern, hope and willingness to pray for my ... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 16:07:45 EST The Joy of Honest People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2917237 I love honest people! ! <em>220</em> <BR> <BR> Last Saturday, I lost my debit card. I have searched high and low for it. Looked in all the usual places both in the house, my clothes and the car. This morning I went back to the grocery store where I last used my card. The little lady behind the counter was not only friendly to my weary worn face, but willing to go to the back office and look. Within a minute she came out, smiling, with the card. <em>345</em> <BR> <BR> All I could sa... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:36:21 EST Family and Friends http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2912396 There is nothing greater in this world than to have great relationships with Family and Friends. <BR> <BR> And when it comes to being overweight: well we all have our horror stories about what has been said or done to remind us: YOU'RE OVERWEIGHT! The stories started for me when I started gaining weight in the 3rd grade. I can still hear the laughter and the kids shouting: FATTY! FATTY! YOU'RE A BIG FATTY! <BR> <BR> On the other hand, it is interesting the reaction you get from Family ... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:07:40 EST Who's That Skinny Guy in the Mirror? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2908760 After losing 100 lbs a few years ago, looking in the mirror one morning, actually with shock, I wondered: Who's That Skinny Guy in the Mirror? It is shocking. Like losing an Old Friend. <BR> <BR> The identity thing is scary. It is a shock to look in the mirror to see the skinny person and wonder where that wonderful, funny fat guy went? <BR> <BR> Recently, I've let the Fat Me come out full of fun and naughtiness. The Old Friend is back. But the time has come to hide hi... Sun, 21 Feb 2010 12:04:21 EST CONFESSION: I am a POPPER! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2905224 I have to confess, I am a POPPER! <BR> <BR> No, not a PILL popper. But a FOOD popper! <BR> <BR> In getting back into the routine of SparkPeople. I am amazed how many times I want to reach out when in the kitchen and pop this and that into my mouth: just like I used too. <BR> <BR> It is horrific, how fast one gets into the old habits still thinking they are on track. And leads you to the thinking: Why am I getting overweight again? I eat all the right foods? Leaving out the fact that ... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 11:33:30 EST SigleD is Losing Weight Again! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2901653 "What fits your busy schedule better? <BR> Exercising one hour a day <BR> or <BR> being dead for 24 hours a day?" <BR> <BR> <BR> Well after goofing off for a year. I am back on track. <BR> <BR> My sciatic nerve went nuts from Dec 22 to the end of Jan of 2010. Woke me up but good! As of Feb 15th I was 256 lbs. Once again went on track with SparkPeople and have lost 5 lbs. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 11:45:43 EST Starting Again http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2886421 Here it is the middle of February and I am just now starting to continue my journey from 256 to 159. <BR> <BR> # 1, it is time to get tuned up for the biking season. #2 It is time I lost to relieve pressure on my lower pain to relieve the pressure on my sciatic nerve. <BR> <BR> What's been holding me up? I have been fighting one virus after the other since Dec 22nd. Finally am getting my strength back. It's been one rough winter. Then my sciatic nerve has given severe pain form the end... Mon, 15 Feb 2010 22:01:33 EST Wow! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1662968 I started on December 29th anew with SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> I weighed in yesterday, Jan 5th. I lost one pound. Usually when I start out on any diet (live-it to me), I lost 10 pounds the first week. <BR> <BR> Yet, I was elated because last week was a holiday week. I kept track of my eating via SparkPeople nutrition. I pretty well stayed in the boundaries. It paid off. <BR> <BR> Yet, I felt like I celebrated the New Year in. And brought it in, in style! <BR> <BR> I have been having a... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 10:43:40 EST