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/ Thinking Right without the Drugs! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6239707 I saw today where science has found out there is a difference in the brain's thinking between obese people and skinny people. Duh!? <BR> <BR> The news said that after this finding, obesity has been declared something you can't help and will allow drugs to be used to correct the thinking. Great! That's all we need MORE DRUGS! at High Prices! Doping us to go through life fuzzy. Is that really the answer? (Maybe the discrimination will go away if we're able to say it is no longer a matter... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:53:34 EST Wow! I like this new world! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6231690 I am now 196 lbs. Finally after a 2 week Plateau I lost 5 lbs.! And broke through the 200 lb barrier. Been on my journey since Feb and it has been worth every step! <BR> <BR> I knew something was up because my body has shrunk while on the plateau. I knew it needed to catch up so I wasn't worried. And shrunk it did. It is amazing. And how my body responds. It seems to be thanking me for losing the weight rather than nagging me about what it is missing out on. <BR> <BR> This is differ... Wed, 7 Sep 2016 11:44:46 EST It's a new world I've journeyed into and I like it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6211547 I am still on my journey. I am just realizing it is going to be a long journey but worth it as I am seeing results. <BR> <BR> I am still losing--I am down to 204 this week, 56 lbs total. Just 4 lbs away from cracking the 200 lb mark. So glad to be down instead of up or still at my beginning weight. I realize only now I was killing myself with weight and happy to do so. Never had a idea how being obese was blocking my health and my everyday living. Somehow, diabetes woke me up out of my... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 11:47:33 EST You've Lost Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6204902 It's always a compliment when someone else notices your weight and then says something. <BR> <BR> Not everybody you know does for a variety of reasons. But when someone thinks enough to not only notice but say something. Now that feels good. <BR> <BR> My problem is that I hear the compliments, be it, far and few between. I guess I growl out a "thank-you". Making the other person feel like "maybe they shouldn't have said something". <BR> <BR> I guess I just have my eyes set on the goal... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 13:19:55 EST 2 more lbs and cheering the milestones! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6199764 52 lbs lost since Feb. Wow! I am elated. Not bragging just happy. <BR> <BR> When I first started out, I thought, can I do this? It is just now sinking in: I have lost 52 lbs since February. Yet, I am afraid to get too excited because I haven't reached the goal yet. But I am cheering the results so far. <BR> <BR> I've had to get some new underpants. The old was too big and sagging badly. The new is snug but super. 32-34. Can't believe I can fit into them. But I can. That's down fr... Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:36:11 EST Weigh in Day! Another 2 lbs off! A new Freedom! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6195938 Wow! I stepped on the scales and another 2 lbs is off. <BR> <BR> Just 10 to go and I will forever be out of the 200 lb range. Of course, I've said that before. Once in 1983 and once in 2007. But this time is different. I think. I hope. This time has got to be different because of my Diabetes. This time it is do or die. Literally. <BR> <BR> Gone are the days of dieting and then eating, pigging out and returning to what was. Now are the days of eating new things and portion control... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 14:18:42 EST Off the Plateau and Losing Again-Perfection! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6191734 Today is weigh in day, Wednesday, June 29th. I show I am down 214 to 212. After a one week plateau, I'll take the weight loss. <BR> <BR> As expected during the plateau, my body was re-shifting the weight. It was hard at work still. I consider it an amazing miracle that the body knows what to do. All I do is less calories, carbs and sodium and the body does the rest on its own without any direction from me. <BR> <BR> I'd say that's more that hap hazard evolution. That was planned a l... Wed, 29 Jun 2016 10:53:57 EST Its Summer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6186226 I started this journey in the Winter, went through the Spring and now my journey takes me into the Summer. <BR> <BR> Like the Song says, <BR> <BR> When you walk through a storm <BR> Hold your head up high <BR> And don't be afraid of the dark <BR> <BR> At the end of a storm <BR> There's a golden sky <BR> And the sweet silver song of a lark <BR> <BR> Walk on through the wind <BR> Walk on through the rain <BR> Though your dreams be tossed and blown <BR> <BR> Walk on, walk on <BR> With... Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:55:37 EST Its A Journey http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6182911 I've been on this journey about 5 mos. And it continues on. Most likely for a lifetime. I just take it one day at a time. So far I've lost 44 lbs. <BR> <BR> Saw the Dr today. Nothing but good reports. And he adjusted my Blood Pressure medicine saying my BP reading today was too low due to my weight loss. He wants to see me in a month to see how the medication without a diuretic is working on my Blood Pressure. He said the diuretic kicks up the Blood Sugar. My goal is to get off of... Tue, 14 Jun 2016 18:00:07 EST Losing Weight with Saggy Skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6180248 One thing among many I've Discovered is that losing weight means saggy skin. <BR> <BR> What does one do with saggy skin? The body will shrink some of it. But my Birthday Suit is way too big. As long as I got my clothes on, I look pretty good. But when preparing to take a shower and I look in the mirror and to my horror: Saggy Skin. <BR> <BR> There used to be a program in the town in which I live, if you donated saggy skin to the burn center they would pay most of the cost of the surger... Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:28:02 EST Who cares How I Got it, the fact is I got it and can manage it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179632 The other day I had quite a awakening. Someone told me their definition of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. They said Type 1 is something you were born with. You can't help it. Type 2 diabetes is something you bring on yourself. With that definition came a snooty discrimination. Type 1 diabetes was righteous because you didn't do anything to bring it on. While Type 2 diabetes is your fault. And you deserve what you get. <BR> <BR> Yet, I've eaten what the general population has eaten. Ev... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 11:14:45 EST Back from Vacationing http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6177500 Back home again to reality. While we were gone while the workmen came in and replaced the tub in the back bathroom. Of course, they ran into more than they bargained for. So when we got home, no water and bathroom was being fixed but still no new tub. So its different coming home. Working around no water and hopefully everything will be fixed by Monday night. Hopefully. <BR> <BR> Did well at Branson with the family. While there my dr called and told me my A1C read 6.7 this last lab. W... Mon, 6 Jun 2016 10:13:55 EST Going on Vacation. What do I do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173061 Well this week I go on Vacation with the Misses and extended family of 2 daughters, 2 sons in law and 5 grandchildren. All of which I am looking forward too, except for one thing. <BR> <BR> I am scared. I will be away from my exercise. My food. I've got it down now, just barely. I will be at the mercy of the restaurants which are high in sodium and carbs. I found one restaurant that had only had one low carb and low sodium offering and it was yucky. I've found other restaurants that ... Mon, 30 May 2016 12:19:22 EST Plateau #2: Part of My Body's Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6171912 Well I hit my second Plateau in my weight loss journey. Is that a bad thing? Not really. My body is reshaping, tightening up the loose hanging skin and getting ready for the next bout. <BR> <BR> What caused it? I have no idea. I thought maybe I would freeze at five pounds earlier like I did in 1999. But I didn't. I zoomed past. So I was thrilled. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to the next weigh in, Wednesday the first week in June. No, I didn't start weighing daily. I just weigh o... Sat, 28 May 2016 12:03:32 EST Shout Out to SparkPeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6165496 Just want to do a SHOUT OUT to SPARKPEOPLE for making all this available to us! It is a help beyond words!!! <BR> <BR> In society, you mention SPARKPEOPLE and a couple of people know about it but not everbody knows. I was encouraged that when I attended my Diabetes education that they recommended SPARKPEOPLE. <BR> <BR> Great trackers, super articles and a great community. Wed, 18 May 2016 10:27:19 EST Went to a Viewing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6164794 Went to a funeral viewing of an acquaintance. Never fun. Always glum. But especially glum because this person had Type 2 Diabetes yet never took care. He died at 66 yrs old. I always thought he was older than me. He lost an eye plus had some toes amputated. It was sad. <BR> <BR> I got wondering if I was shooting blanks in the dark. Trying to take care of myself; but was this just a worthless exercise? The Dr.said I could null the effects of Type 2 Diabetes with diet, exercise and... Tue, 17 May 2016 11:03:39 EST Been Here Before http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6160441 I weighed in today at 225. That's down from 296 a year ago. Although, in 1999 I went from 325 to 225 in 6 mos. So I've been here before. In 99 and 2006 I went down to 200. <BR> <BR> I've been a champion of weight loss in 1999 I was interviewed by the Nashville press and spoke to 4,000 people after following Miss Texas. So I've been a hero. <BR> <BR> So rush up to 2016: I'm fat, tired and overweight at 296 (a year ago). At 265lbs I am being told I have Type 2 Diabetes. Due to my lif... Tue, 10 May 2016 22:44:24 EST Big Difference between Have-to and Want-to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6152898 My sisters-in-law saw me the other day for the first time in a while. I lost about 60 lbs since last seeing them. There was the usual shock then compliments. I told one that there is a big difference between Have-to and Want-to. I "have-to" because of the Type 2 Diabetes. <BR> <BR> Yet, I got thinking about that statement and am at this point very thankful to my Drs. and Diabetes Team for saying, "I HAVE to" if I am going forward. <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose weight so I don't have to... Fri, 29 Apr 2016 13:40:16 EST Becoming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6146335 This morning, i realize I am finally BECOMING... <BR> <BR> I haven't arrived but I am BECOMING. I look at my body and the skin is sagging, bones are appearing. My scale doesn't match the body's re-sculpturing but it is getting there. <BR> <BR> My exercising has increased from 10 min to 30 min. Doing well there and getting stronger. <BR> <BR> No, I haven't arrived but I am BECOMING. Wed, 20 Apr 2016 09:07:35 EST Learning A Lot http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6135488 I attended a 8 hour Diabetes Education class yesterday. I go back on Thursday for 8 more hours. <BR> <BR> Time flew. But most of all, I learned a lot. I learned there were folks just like me with diabetes. Only several of them were much worse than me. But we all had one thing in common: Diabetes. And we are all dedicated to controlling it. <BR> <BR> I learned too that there is a lot to learn about controlling diabetes. On the internet there is a lot of misinformation. On TV as well.... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 10:55:50 EST 2016 New Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126785 In January of 2016, I learned that I had Type 2 Diabetes. I am hyperglycemic meaning that my blood sugar is high and floating around in my blood stream and I need to get it back to normal. <BR> <BR> The Dr said the upside is that I can control this with diet, exercise and medication. So I have come down from 296 to 238 so far. My blood sugar has gone from 500 to 140. And I exercise at the YMCA 5-6 times a week. <BR> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:04:16 EST 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