SOXYINMO's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SOXYINMO SOXYINMO'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/ Ordinary days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6412368 This weekend I spent time with my daughter and eldest grandchild. <BR> This weekend I ran a 5k for the first time in AGES! <BR> This weekend I watched by Sox win and my Sox lose. <BR> This weekend I took a long, hot, Epsom Salt bath (did I mention is was the first run in ages?) <BR> This weekend I petted dogs, made lunches, fed animals and ate ice cream. <BR> <BR> It was a small weekend. Nothing overly exciting. Just an ordinary couple of days. <BR> <BR> It’s sometimes easy to overlook how ... Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:27:22 EST Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6409946 Last year the Colombian Congress signed a peace accord with the Rebel faction known as FARC. <BR> The accord has been a hard pill for many people in Colombia to swallow. The fighting had been intense, had lasted for generations, and had ended with an estimated 220,000 people dead. For the 50 years this fight had been going on, nearly 6 million people were driven from their homes. Their places of refuge, including churches, were often bombed. Forgetting the atrocities will be impossible. <BR>... Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:34:11 EST Kindness matters http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6406018 Kindness matters. It really does. In nearly every interaction of every day we live on the precipice of choice : to be kind or not. <BR> I will admit that my first reaction to a person or how that person acts or makes me feel is not always with kindness. They may not see it, but that doesn’t make the “Ugh” the “Blech” the “Expletive deleted” any less unkind. <BR> Those auto-responses may not ever be totally tamed, but the response we give that person, or pass on about that person to others, ... Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:28:01 EST Grabbing the ring http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396719 Balboa Park has a truly phenomenal carousel. Besides the requisite horses, this gem that sits near the San Diego Zoo, has tigers, ostriches, giraffes, roosters, sleighs and a lion. <BR> <BR> As a young child I was content to sit on any animal with my dad or my uncle standing beside me. Later, the greatest joy was going up and down on a jumping horse in the center of the platform. <BR> <BR> But the best was, like Lucy Pevenesie riding Aslan, racing to the platform to ride the lion! <BR> <B... Sun, 6 Aug 2017 15:44:18 EST Positivity, Scales, and the Art of Forgiveness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6396261 The past few years I have been trying to erase the negativity in my workplace. Slowly but surely, a few of us have worked on our faults and tempered our reactions so that we can have a work environment built on treating each other with mutual respect. <BR> <BR> Friday I found out that one of my team is spreading lies about me, and to my supervisor at that. Fortunately, my supervisor has known me for a long, long time, and has seen the change I have made in myself and my area and knows that ... Sat, 5 Aug 2017 10:07:30 EST Balance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6394996 Life today can seem like walking a tightrope. There is always something that needs doing, and often that doing is not for ourselves. This makes it so easy to become overwhelmed and make us feel like we are not enough. <BR> I really like this definition of balance : “A condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.” It’s that second part that caught my attention. The first part says Equal – the second “In the correct proportions.” Sometimes we have to give a li... Wed, 2 Aug 2017 06:57:57 EST A Certain Wizard's Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6391750 I’ve been really, REALLY looking forward to the birthday party we are having at the library on Sunday. I’ve been looking up recipes and have my Hufflepuff tie all ready to go. I am excited! <BR> French author Gustave Flaubert once said “pleasure is found first in anticipation, later in memory.” I know that I have often found that the build up to something and the memory of that thing are sometimes more real than the event itself. <BR> Sometimes when living the anticipated event it seems surr... Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:08:38 EST Reactions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6389801 I found this the other day while looking for something else, but it is amazing just the same : <BR> “We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.” – Charles R. Swindoll <BR> <BR> I’ve bee... Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:54:07 EST A Fresh Take http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6388037 I have been a member of SparkPeople for a long time! With the help I found here I was able to lose 115 pounds. By stepping away, I re-gained some 25 pounds. <BR> Things around me were changing, as things around us all do, but I jumped on a raft and just floated, I abdicated my rudder, my paddle, my oar, and let the river take me where it would. <BR> There is a saying : You cannot push the river, and that's true, but you can steer your craft on the river. <BR> If you just float, you can't c... Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:46:31 EST Feeling fit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6333551 Wooo HOOO! While running today I could feel my biceps inside my shirt. It made me feel STRONG <BR> <em>362</em> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:23:29 EST Healthy choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6322845 What "new" healthy thing am I going to work on? Well, I think my best bet is to continue to strive for a healthier food intake. Making those healthier choices until they, once again, become the norm. <BR> The other thing is getting this stress under control. Continue working on meditation techniques and breathing and FACING things sooner rather than later so the anticipation doesn't kill me. <BR> Those are the two things I think are most important right now. Tue, 28 Feb 2017 12:33:37 EST Need to increase exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6312575 The question was how do I shake up my workouts, but I'm barely working out. I am finding time slipping through my fingers. Yep. there are definitely times I could be working out that I am on the computer or sitting in front of the TV, but lately having those 10 minutes to myself even just sitting still seem awfully precious. <BR> I want to add biking to my workouts; i keep trying to get the ONE bike the gym has but so far no luck. I dont feel up to RPM yet and those bikes are at a premium. <... Tue, 7 Feb 2017 22:21:51 EST Making Mistakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6304242 What was my last mistake? How did it make me feel? On Friday I went out to visit my mom at her assisted care facility. I didn't bring any water with me. That was the biggest mistake. It got to be late afternoon and i was hungry and thirsty and I went to the local chicken house. I decided to get the BBQ chicken sandwich. I'd been wanting BBQ chicken and that would be a quick and easy meal. <BR> My mistake came in not stopping there. I SHOULD have gotten the sandwich and then gone to the gas s... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:03:50 EST Where's the stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6302641 SparkCoach asked about stress or anxiety associated with my weight loss journey. My stress levels have been pretty high lately but mostly because of my mom falling, her moving into an assisted care facility and having to get everything out of her house so quickly. <BR> This adds stress to my health just in general but also in trying to get good and healthy food in a shrinking time frame. <BR> Trying to balance the extra time & food on top of everything else can be stressful. <BR> I'm tryi... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:43:29 EST Diet sabotoge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6297184 Is someone sabotaging my healthy eating plan? There have been little snippets here & there. My mom is about the worst. She managed to lose a lot of weight and has put it back on and more. I do believe that when the people in my life act in a sabotor type way, it's because of jealousy. <BR> My plan of action has been to change the subject. When someone pushes food on me or says disparaging things, I redirect the conversation. <BR> My friend and I have been known to take cake that we just coul... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:46:03 EST Healthy life motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6295119 My mom's health has not been the best over her lifetime. She has indulged in many things she shouldn't and that has taken its toll. A few years ago she was doing tai chi, going to the Senior Center to do LIT there and looking and feeling good. Then her 'friend' got cancer and told my mom 'life is short. Do whatever you want! Don't listen to anyone else! Just enjoy life!" What my mom didn't realize was that she was actually enjoying life. But she decided she didn't feel like working out one da... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:05:22 EST Workout commitments http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289271 So, what keeps me from making my workout commitments? At work my friend and I used to walk every day at 10 and again at 2. She got transferred to another department and it is much more difficult to get up and go on my own. I have also gotten a promotion and, feeling the need to prove myself, I have taken to working through my breaks, even though I know how counter-productive that can be. <BR> <BR> Two years ago, after my marathon, my IT Band was in bad, bad shape and getting it back took som... Mon, 2 Jan 2017 07:39:32 EST Finding my way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287906 So I'm supposed to blog about the positive changes since I changed my lifestyle, but I'm in the throws of a return, so I'm going to come at this a bit differently. <BR> I lost 115 pounds and have, over the past few years (especially 2016), watched 30 of those pounds return. <BR> Well, the brakes are on and this is as far as that goes! So I guess I'm looking at comparison. I am still moderately fit, still running some, still working out, but my muscle tone is Ptht. That flabby belly was GONE! ... Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:54:49 EST Back to the races http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6095598 Yesterday was my first running race of the year! A very bizarre 5K in the next town over. It was 15 degrees F (-9.45 C) and hilly! I've been fighting off allergies that want to become a chest infection, which made breathing tough, but I managed to do it in 30:05, which isn't record-breaking, but makes me feel like I'm back in the game! <BR> <BR> It was a very small field, but I came in second woman overall & the woman ahead of me couldn't have been older than 25! So I'll take that at 58 and ... Sun, 14 Feb 2016 10:38:12 EST Of my philosophy http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088402 Last night I had a nice meal in front of me; a nice, well-rounded meal. And we ate while the news was on. And we ate as the reporter talked about Syrian refugees eating dirt and grass because there was nothing else to eat. <BR> <BR> I am not going to feel guilty for enjoying the food I have. I am, however, going to have this picture of children eating grass in my mind for a long, long time to come. And I should. <BR> <BR> This isn't about politics, neither is it about sharing what cannot b... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:41:33 EST Lost arts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084549 I really miss writing letters. I miss receiving them as well. This was brought home to me as I wrote my quarterly letter to my in-laws. My mother-in-law is no longer able to respond due to Parkinson's Disease and Post-polio syndrome, but she and my father-in-law still enjoy my letters and when I'm late they let Al know it! <BR> <BR> I like that I can connect instantly with people now. Especially with those people who would never write a letter; people like my sister, my niece or my youngest ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 07:03:38 EST Untitled http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078814 Some 25 years ago I had a VHS exercise tape for larger women. It was a good workout, but one of the things that I liked about it was that at the end of the tape the trainer told us to hug ourselves & say "Today I am okay the way I am." <BR> I think that's important to remember even when, or maybe especially when, we are working towards a healthier us. <BR> Yes, I have things I want to change. Yes, I have to be realistic about the loss of muscle mass. Yes, I have to eat better. Yes, wanting an... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:44:24 EST What lies ahead http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074612 Start where you are. <BR> Use what you have. <BR> Do what you can. <BR> <BR> My daughter posted this on FaceBook this week. I keep getting caught on the 'start where you are.' On one had I think : Well, der. But on the other I know how easy it is to put things off ‘until Monday,' until 'after Christmas,' 'after New Year’s Day,' 'after this cookie.' <BR> <BR> Then there's the little problem with my weight tracker. Yes, I started at 250 pounds. And, yes, I am now at 156 pounds. Not bad. And ... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:04:41 EST Taming monkeys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067374 I got a promotion at work. I deserved this promotion, no doubt about it. I have been doing 98% of this job for the past six years, and 100% of it for the past two years. But working for the Federal Government has some drawbacks and one of those is that they will pass you over for someone who has never done the job, never even worked in your field, if they are in danger of being downsized. <BR> I get it! They are looking after their employees, but it is really a wacky situation that saw this ... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 06:59:37 EST Positivity Circle 1-4-2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6059672 Last year I posted a positive thought or feeling every Monday here at work. It really helped us move into a more positive frame of mind, and we were great at helping each other through the rough spots. <BR> We had not decided if we wanted or needed to continue this into 2016, so I decided that it helped me enough that I would post my positivity thoughts here every Monday to help keep me on the path I want to be walking. So here it goes : <BR> Well, 2016 certainly entered on a wave here in Mi... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 07:03:41 EST "To stay our minds on" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6033502 I don't know if you've read Frost's poem : Choose Something Like a Star? You can find it here: <BR> <link>http://ceadserv1.nku.edu/longa//poem<BR>s/rf-star.htm </link> <BR> We sang this in choir in high school and the lines that have stayed with me from that day to this is : <BR> "So when at times the mob is swayed <BR> To carry praise or blame too far, <BR> We may chose something like a star <BR> To stay our minds on <BR> And be staid." <BR> And that's certainly in my mind a lot these da... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 07:04:11 EST Lessons learned http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6012011 Things I learned on my 25K trail run that it's taken a few days to get straight. <BR> <BR> Life is a trail run. <BR> <BR> Just when you think you've found your pace, things get rocky or root-y or steep, and you have to change your pace to meet the new challenge. <BR> <BR> While it's important to know what lies ahead, if you focus too far ahead you will fall. Be present where you are right now to give yourself the best footing. <BR> <BR> Mind-monkeys are rat-bastards and even when you th... Fri, 9 Oct 2015 07:02:07 EST Relativity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000619 I need to stand up, get dressed and run a nice little half-marathon distance. I don’t really want to do this today. I ran a 5k race yesterday. I am going to the movies later this morning. I have to stop by and see my mom at the physical rehab facility. It’s going to be a busy day after a busy week, after a busy month, after a busy summer, and before another busy week, and I really just want to have a nice, peaceful morning. I’m not sure if my Walkman is working again (it didn’t yesterday) and... Sun, 20 Sep 2015 07:31:11 EST Asleep at the Wheel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779048 Music is one of my greatest loves in life. When people ask what’s the best thing about living now, my answer is always “that I can have music at the touch of a button.” Think about that. Think about the days when you either had to make music yourself, or had to go somewhere to hear music. You couldn’t have a string quartet follow you down the road, or out in the fields. Music had its own place and time <BR> . <BR> Now we can listen to what we want when we want. It really is a miracle. <BR> ... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:05:05 EST Scientific-ish study http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5701319 Okay, so I’ve had a bit of a zeitgeist here. I’ve read the information. I’ve understood the information, I just didn’t put 2 and 2 together. <BR> <BR> I have been part of a Biggest Loser type competition at work off & on for the past year. (The competition has been off & on, my participation has been consistent.) Any road, since not everyone at work wanted to lose weight, and since some of the people in the challenge wanted to boost their weight loss by setting and meeting specific goals, we... Fri, 23 May 2014 08:54:21 EST Reflecting on Boston http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677607 Everyone, runners and non-runners alike, everyone knows what the 2014 Boston Marathon meant. It meant redemption. It meant strength. It meant purging demons. It showed us all what can be done if you want something badly enough. It showed us that the more people try to tell us we can’t, the more likely we are to prove we can. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I did my short run. 2.6 miles on a wicked up and down trail, a short run that is part of my training for my first marathon this fall. Like the parti... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:07:26 EST Because I can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671748 This isn't really my blog today. This was written and posted to Facebook by my daughter. If you would like to see the article she mentions, you may find it here : <BR> <link>ftw.usatoday.com/2014/04/dear-world-<BR>boston-marathon-photos/ </link> <BR> <BR> <em>247</em> <BR> With the price increase deadline for the St Louis Rock n Roll approaching, and after a fairly uncomfortable 5K this morning, I began to have doubts about running a full marathon this fall. The race today was only 3... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:02:33 EST Using your head http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5629971 In Tai Chi we teach that we "Use the yi, not the li" which means to use your head, and not to react to things with brute strength, or without thought. <BR> <BR> In commenting on someone’s page today that thought came to mind, and it makes me think about how often we eat in response to something. About how much we eat is in response to something. Although not a big emotional eater, I have let the cold weather around me be an excuse for poor choices lately. “Ar, it’s freezing out. Have anothe... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 10:03:25 EST The Nature of Habit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611820 What is it they say? If you can do something for 28 days it becomes a habit? <BR> <BR> Last year I decided to create a Gratitude Jar. (You can read about that here if you want) <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254420 </link> <BR> <BR> The idea is to write down, every day, something for which you were grateful, fill this jar and have something visual to remind you of all you have to be grateful FOR, and at the end of the year, spill it out... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 07:48:33 EST Starting over http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5585345 I’ve been sliding. Slip-sliding away. In the back of my mind is the thought : I’ve done it before, I know what to do, I can do it again, and yet I am not doing it. <BR> <BR> I have gained back at least 16 pounds, and after this holiday I’m sure it’s closer to 20. (My scale is at work for our competitions and support groups and I have been on vacation and am now snowed in, so no weighing until tomorrow.) I think one of the tricky things is thinking that I “ONLY” have a ‘few’ pounds to lose. ... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 09:04:51 EST Sorry, no title. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5576958 This blog was meant to be a kind of reflection of the new year with an added tribute to John Denver and all he means to me on what would have been his 70th birthday, but it turned into something else, so I've had to come back and look at this again. To be sure, I made a note that his songs, his singing, his voice gave me my life back, and in many ways what else is there to say? <BR> <BR> I found it impossible, when I first sat down to write this, to move my fingers. For someone who has been ... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:29:53 EST Remembering what to remember http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5490960 “Memory lives longer than what it remembers.” <BR> <BR> This quote from Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Cycle is stuck in my head. The entire work has been stuck in my head lately, but this quote may as well be lit with neon and hung right behind my eyes. <BR> <BR> I remember hopping up behind my dad on his motorcycle. He used to pick me up at grade school and that gave this very un-cool girl some appreciation, let me tell you! More so than when he would pick me up in his police cruiser. <BR> <... Fri, 20 Sep 2013 09:25:50 EST Understanding choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5486032 I’ve been thinking a lot about choices lately. I’ve been reading that our lives are what they are because of the choices we make and while I want to shake my head and shout, ‘no! no! no!’ the fact is, it’s true. <BR> <BR> We make certain choices for a lot of different reasons. We are influenced by our Faith, by our families, by what we want at the moment, by what we want down the road a piece. We make choices based on our relationships and friendships and what we want those to be. We choos... Sun, 15 Sep 2013 09:34:42 EST Summer's Bounty (with pics) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5478493 My garden has been amazing this year! We had a cool first half of the summer, and of course our lovely (NOT!) flood. The heavy rain did in most of the watermelons, <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l505413324.jpg"> <BR> <BR> but the winter squash are coming on gangbusters! <BR> . <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/2/l725215426.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1117120687.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have pickled cucumbers, wax/banana pep... Sat, 7 Sep 2013 10:12:23 EST Feeling Pensive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472499 And so it begins. The march into Fall. <BR> <BR> The black walnuts begin the parade as always, dropping their leaves as quickly as they gained them in the Spring. How odd, though, to see the ground littered with brown bodies when the temperature is as hot as it got all season. The air cries “SUMMER!” But nature whispers “fall”. <BR> <BR> Friday night I heard the “gabble ratchet” of wild geese. They were there again last night and this morning, so I am thinking they are gathering in the fi... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 11:12:44 EST Inspiration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5435022 I’m 55. Nearly 56. As you know, I lost 110 pounds through SparkPeople. I hit my goal weight in May 2012, and have managed to sit below or at that weight since. <BR> <BR> This has been a bad year for me, emotionally. The past seven months have been a struggle to keep my weight at goal. I had actually beaten it and had five ‘play-with’ pounds. They are gone now and I’m back at that goal. I want to get those five pounds back off, but it has been a struggle. It’s harder than when I weighed 250... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 09:11:31 EST I did it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5352912 Way on back in October, after just finishing the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in St. Louis, and possibly after a cocktail or two, my daughter told me that her gym was going to be sponsoring an AFAA certification for group instructor. AFAA, otherwise known as the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, is one of the top certifications for instructors and personal trainers in the industry. She was planning on taking it and asked if I wanted to as well. Yep! Sure! Sounds super! <BR> <BR> Well... Sat, 11 May 2013 09:37:44 EST Sacrifice http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5298092 I don’t know who she was. I’ll never know who she was. But I will always remember her. <BR> <BR> There we were, 3.75 miles into a 4 mile race. She was younger than 50, so not my competition as far as age group goes. And she was right in front of me as we turned the curve to the finish line. I picked up my pace a little; I wanted to sprint over that line, but I was pretty much at my limit. <BR> <BR> Still, I managed to pass her. Barely. I felt her pick up her pace. I tried to do likewise, b... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 10:21:25 EST De Plan! De Plan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5288556 So. I have a four mile race next Saturday. Shouldn’t be a problem, should it? But of course it is. It is because I’m a slacker. It is because I have not been doing much for cross training. It is because that’s not a fanny pack on my belly. That’s my belly. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I took Fiona and Bozko out on a short run. Fiona, of course, wanted to run 65 mph, especially since this was the first time we’ve brought Boz with us. Bozko is younger and faster but Fee is in charge, so she needs to st... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 08:42:19 EST Sparking Blueberry Madness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5278699 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1225662762.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I know what you’re thinking : that’s a very odd looking breakfast. And you’d be right. I’m thinking that myself. But what’s a person to do? Here it is payday morning, and I am wracking my brains for what to eat for breakfast. <BR> <BR> At work I eat a lot of these overnight oatmeals in jars. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2120384128.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I love them. I do. It’s a grea... Fri, 8 Mar 2013 10:32:56 EST Hanging in There http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5269475 It seems like a lot of people are thinking about maintenance these days. As I approach the one year mark of reaching my initial weight loss goal, I have to admit it’s been on my mind a lot, too, so I guess I’ll weigh in on the issue. <BR> <BR> Get it? Weigh in? Oh, never mind! <BR> <BR> First and foremost, I highly recommend that you check out this string on SparkPeople Before you reach your weight loss goal : <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/lifesty<BR>le_center_detail.asp?i... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 09:09:27 EST Filling the jar http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5254420 Way back in the very beginnings of winter, or at the last dregs of the old year, depending on how you look at it, I decided to start a Chore Jar, filled with the things I needed to get done, and a Gratitude Jar : a jar I would fill every night with things for which I was grateful. <BR> <BR> This is my Jar update. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1017722036.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Okay, the Chore Jar went out the window. Not literally, although it was a close-run thing... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 07:25:32 EST "Pegasus, and flying fish, and woodsmen made of tin" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235590 This is a tale. One I need to tell. Because I am sick and tired of so many people having the wrong idea about what we do, and what we're worth. It's a long tale, a rant, even, but I need to get it off my chest. This is not weight-loss related and it is my own opinion, seeing it as I am from ground zero. But it does affect my over-all health and welfare, and, well, it's my blog. <BR> <BR> I work for the Government. I catalogue library books, so I neither have, nor want access to any secret go... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:05:17 EST A reminder http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5200711 I said goodbye to a friend today. No, she didn’t die, but she is retiring from her job here. She worked in another building from me, but had helped me with a job problem; she always seemed to say the right thing just when you needed to hear it, just when you thought you couldn’t take any more. <BR> <BR> It doesn’t seem possible that I won’t be seeing those e-mails she was charged with sending out every day, her name in the ‘from’ line always bringing a smile. I won’t cross paths with her whe... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:43:28 EST Lining up the goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197059 And, no Cinericia, not in a firing line! <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> Now is the time for all people to set some goals. Well, it was time last week, but now it’s time to make those goals more specific. That is something I learned on SPARKPEOPLE. It is easy to make vague goals, but hard to keep them. It really helps to have firm, obtainable goals in mind. Let me repeat that : obtainable goals. <BR> <BR> It’s all very well to say I want to lose some weight, or I want to eat better, or I want to... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 13:51:07 EST