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/ 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 Every Journey Begins... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5179263 Wow! I started out writing this blog with every intention of looking forward to the New Year. Four words in, however, it had turned into the usual self-pitying drivel. Well, I’ve scrapped that. I’m not going there anymore. Well, I will probably go there, but if I do I’m grabbing myself by the scruff of the neck and dragging myself right back out. <BR> <BR> I’ve fallen into the trap of counting the bad things in life instead of the good things. I’ll allow that the past four years have been p... Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:23:02 EST Thanksgiving Memories http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5139659 Someone in one of my teams was challenged by another team to write a blog about their favorite Thanksgiving memory, and as soon as I read that the room was filled with the smell of roasting beef, Yorkshire pudding, and puppy-breath. <BR> <BR> When I was a child we spent Thanksgiving with my “uncles.” I sometimes think about how amazingly lucky I was, growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, to have a mother (who grew up in a place and time where there was a lot of prejudice and bigotry, especially... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:58:50 EST Obstacles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5123977 I read something a few weeks ago and it has been battering around in my mind ever since. It came from Stephen Greenblatt’s Pulitzer Prize winner, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. I haven’t read this yet; as a cataloguer I tend to get my hands on a lot of interesting books and have a chance to flip through them and take a peek into them before sending them to the shelves for others to check out. <BR> <BR> What caught my eye was a quote from The Nature of Things by Lucretius, whose re... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 19:28:15 EST St. Louis Rock & Roll Half Marathon (with pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5107259 Well, I went and did it! I ran the Rock & Roll Half Marathon in St. Louis today. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/7/l773600448.jpg"> <BR> <BR> It was barking cold. I look a little crazed here! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/0/l501134540.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I wish they could think of another thing to call the corral than a corral. It made me want to moo the entire time! My daughter took this pic. I'm up there somewhere! <BR> <img src="http://photos-a... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 16:19:38 EST Watching my Rose bloom http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5080506 After reading someone’s blog about how they are moving towards eating more real food, or at least less processed food, I wanted to share my daughter’s journey. <BR> <BR> Several years ago Demelza (or Rose as she's more commonly known) moved back in with us. She wanted to help out and figured cooking was a good way to do so. She looked in my cabinets and said, 'How the hell am I supposed to cook all this from-scratch sh*t?" I laughed and told her : Learn! <BR> <BR> We had done “from scr... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 11:50:09 EST Totally Beccaficient http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5069686 Okay, let me start by saying that my sister’s name is Becca, and she is the most efficient person I know. She is all things organized, crafty and clever. So any time I do something organized, crafty and clever, I am being Beccaficient, see? <BR> <BR> So I saw a thing on Pinterest : Someone had used chalkboard paint on drinking glasses so their guests would have their names on their own glasses. Well, we’re not the most social people, but it made my brain start working. I have a glassed-in ... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 21:41:16 EST Moving right along http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5036790 Well, golly. Where do I begin? Maybe with me hitting pipes sticking out of the back of a plumbing truck in claymore? Clodmore? Cluckmore, Oklahoma yesterday? I broke the straps on the truck, and bent the pipe-holder thingy. Pipes everywhere. So I gave the guy my info, right? And I’ll pay for those straps, but I have an amount in my head and if it’s more than that I’ll turn it (and the photos of how their truck was parked) over to my insurance and let them deal with it! He knows he was parked ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 23:38:45 EST What selfish creatures, we http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5020384 It never ceases to amaze me how selfish we are as whole. Even when doing unselfish things, there is too often a ‘for me’ component, or a ‘for me’ thought. Or maybe I’m just more selfish than most. <BR> <BR> Next Thursday my mom and I are flying to Phoenix to bring my brother here to die. His breast cancer has spread and he’s lost his job, so he has no money and, for reasons that we here in Missouri can’t figure out, he can’t live with his wife; the wife he attended to when she nearly died ... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 08:56:30 EST The Fallen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5011934 I did a run yesterday in honor of the Fallen. <BR> <BR> The Sgt. Major who gave the speech before the race could barely finish, he was so choked up, and one family there who had recently lost their Soldier son had tears just flowing and flowing from their hearts. My feelings on war and warring aside, my concern over a nation that gives people hero status just for putting on a uniform, rather than for deeds performed in that uniform aside, I understand this sacrifice made not only by the ser... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 10:44:52 EST Centers and teachers and logistics, oh my! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5000216 Melancholy. There’s just no other word for how I’ve been feeling lately, but don’t worry. This isn’t another poor me blog. It’s just that as I try to get back into living more mindfully these thoughts sometime assail me. I don’t know WHY I’ve been melancholy. I guess because I feel like I’m having trouble finding my center. Emotionally, Psychologically, Spiritually, and Physically. It’s as if my essence has been drawn and quartered. <BR> <BR> I feel as if I’ve built a wall around me latel... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 23:39:47 EST Serendipity http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4968221 Anybody looking at my SparkTeams, or who has read any of my posts knows that, now I’ve met my weight-loss goal, I’m working on a few things a bit more internal here. <BR> <BR> I’m trying to build a more positive life. <BR> I’m trying to find a path that doesn’t include a job where poking myself with an antiquated tool sounds preferable. <BR> I’m trying to create a balance within, that doesn’t conflict with the balance of life without. <BR> I’m trying to reconnect with the person I used to b... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 07:13:54 EST A Pleasant Sunday (Photo Essay) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4950240 This is really just a continuation of the picking blackberries blog, I guess. The blackberries are gone, scorched by the relentless sunshine. This morning I noticed that the birds were enjoying them, though, so it’s not all bad. I had my share, and shared some with friends, and it’s only fitting that the wildlife get its share as well. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/7/l978549543.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Last night the clouds moved in, and although the temperatures still dropped... Sun, 1 Jul 2012 12:06:04 EST Picking blackberries http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941092 We have not had a lot of rain in the Show-Me State this year. Yet, somehow, we have the plumpest, sweetest blackberries ever. <BR> <BR> While picking a basketful of berries last night I thought about that. How sometimes the things we think will happen don’t, and the things we can’t believe will happen do. I listened to the geese grazing behind me and in a good mood for once! They tugged at the grass and asked me a few times what I was doing up there so long, bent over those canes. Then the... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 07:00:47 EST Volkslauf!!!!!!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4929220 I’ve been sweating the half-marathon I signed up for in October. I mean, really, who the heck do I think I am? Jim Fixx? Mark Remy? HALF MARATHON, am I NUTS?????? <BR> <BR> <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> Well, I think today’s 10K made me feel like I’ll be just fine in St. Louis. This was an intense trail run and there were more than a few people who fell out : slips, asthma, dehydration, but I did my little Energizer Bunny bit and just kept on going! <BR> <BR> <em>172</em> <BR> <BR> We went u... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 17:16:59 EST Being alive http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4912205 What an absolute, unbelievable joy! After over five years I was back in the pool. <BR> I slipped into the water, wrapped it around me like a robe, kicked off the wall, and became alive. <BR> <BR> There is nothing in this world like the feel of water slipping over and around me, the feeling that should be so alien, but is the most natural thing in the world. <BR> <BR> And as I slip through this liquid world I wonder, I can’t help but wonder, about the Selkies. How can you not wonder if, p... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 21:07:41 EST Feelin' Groovy (with pic!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4901579 So Friday I ran into the store to pick up a few things and saw a rack with dresses on it. I had a high school graduation to attend and it was hotter than hot so I thought, eh, what the heck? I’ll try one on. <BR> <BR> I, of course, picked out the Med. (cackling and giggling at that!), got into the dressing room and put it on. It was too big. No two ways around it. Boobies and all, it was too big. Huh. <BR> <BR> Well, we all know how this one goes, much like the beds of the three bears, not... Mon, 28 May 2012 17:46:37 EST No More Sad Songs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4876638 10 May 2012 <BR> This morning I wrote a blog about not singing any more sad songs. That it was time to look up and face life and look on the sunny side of life. I hadn’t posted it because I was at work and it was time to start working, and I hadn’t quite finished it. <BR> <BR> All day I thought about that. I’m reading a book on inner peace, on ways to change and channel those feelings and thoughts that plague me into more positive channels. <BR> <BR> Things have been tough here, but the mo... Fri, 11 May 2012 08:06:17 EST Dandelion Fluff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4856032 You know, the seed heads that dot our parks and yards. As kids, and even adults, we have picked these, given them a blow, and watched as the seeds scatter in the wind. <BR> <BR> I feel like one of those seeds right now : drifting on the wind alone. Moving away from everything I know and that is safe and secure. <BR> <BR> The thing is, I’m not really sure why I’m feeling this way. Maybe I do. My life at work is changing because of funding cuts. Half the people I work with have been given th... Sat, 28 Apr 2012 10:23:55 EST Treat? Or trick? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4835719 Yes, yes, Soxy has a calendar! It has an adorable blue-merle Border Collie sniffing a dandelion on it, and it says, er, it says March! Hang on. Okay, let’s try this again! <BR> <BR> Yes, yes, Soxy has a calendar! It has a beautiful black & white Border Collie, who looks very much like her own beloved Fiona, staring off into the distance. The month is April, and there are certainly no pumpkins or fall leaves on it. So why the allusion to Halloween? Stick around and I’ll tell you. <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 08:48:15 EST The Fork Tattoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4808525 It came to me as I sat in the hospital waiting room. It was definitely the old saying : Stick a Fork in Me, Because I Am DONE that brought it to mind. A tattoo of a fork in my right butt cheek. (My tattoo artist is actually very excited about the prospect of this!) <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We’ll start with Al, I guess, whose colon burst last August. After which he spent three weeks in the hospital and had gotten through the year as we got used to his having to wear an ostomy bag. In ca... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 08:06:54 EST Boobies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4781804 Way back in July of last year I wrote about the “Joys of Buying a Bra.” Of course, part of the problem then was that I had been so fat, I was embarrassed to have someone help me fit a bra. <BR> <BR> Even after losing tons of weight and slipping into overweight instead of obese, the thought of getting help was abhorrent. <BR> <BR> One of my ‘rewards’ for hitting my goal weight is to go to St. Louis and get fitted for a bra at an honest-to-goodness bra shop. But as we can all see, I’m stil... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 10:56:57 EST Life's a joke, but I ain't laughin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4776842 I’ve been working at the same place for nearly 8 years. The place I work has three separate funding systems. Yesterday, six of our people from one of the funding areas were told that if they aren’t absorbed by somewhere else, they will be out of a job by 30 September. Their jobs here will be turning into the third funding system, but they will not automatically be offered those jobs when the jobs become available. These people will have to apply for those jobs and take their chances. <BR> <B... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 07:09:32 EST Love & Hate, Thick & Thin http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4754069 I read an article on SparkPeople about loving yourself thick or thin, and it brought up a lot of emotions. I agree, you have to have some love for yourself in order to change yourself, and I will allow that if you hate yourself fat, there may be other things going on, and you are as likely to hate yourself thin. So changing your weight will not necessarily change your mind about yourself. However, the whole idea of losing weight as a lifestyle change needs to also be the idea of a life chang... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:50:44 EST Great Honor (with pic) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4721556 For the past three and a half years I have been working on Taiji. I know a lot of people do Tai Chi as relaxation, which is great; However, I am fortunate enough to be learning Taiji as the Martial Art it originally was designed to be. My Sifu (Mentor) has been developing a modification of Yang Style Taiji over the past few years, and my uncle and I have been with him the entire way. <BR> <BR> We have picked up a few more people lately, which is great, and we all joke about being the kids cl... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 08:26:43 EST Pushing Pause http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709858 I don’t do it often. <BR> <BR> Now, I’m not like a few of my friends who spend most of the day, every day at the gym, but I do get my workouts in. I am a lot more conscious of how long I’m sitting at work and get up to run up the stairs or get more water, or to the bathroom because I got that water! <BR> <BR> I work in my barnyard, I clean my house, I MOVE around. <BR> <BR> I’m not in constant motion, but I am usually doing. <BR> <BR> I don’t often do it, but yesterday I did. I did vir... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 08:47:40 EST There's a treadmill in my basement! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4696459 There’s a treadmill in my basement! Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> It’s not shiny and glossy and new; it’s one that someone else has used and loved and moved on from. At least I like to think they’ve moved up to a better machine. Maybe they just moved. It IS an Army town after all! <BR> <BR> Either way, I don’t care. They kindly donated it to The Samaritans and The Samaritans kindly sold it to me, working and all, for $20!!!! <BR> <BR> It DOES have an incline, but you have to stop and get off to adju... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 09:09:51 EST Little Engine http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4665622 They told me, and it’s not that I didn’t believe them. I guess I hoped it wouldn’t be the same for me. <BR> <BR> Maybe it’s because it happened near the holidays? Maybe it’s because it happened when the weather got colder? Maybe because it’s when dark began to fall in late afternoon? <BR> <BR> But those sound like excuses, don’t they? Well, I hate jumping on bandwagons, but I guess I do have to get on this one. These last 10 pounds are TOUGH! <BR> <BR> Tough, tough, tough to lose. <BR> ... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 08:18:32 EST Mind Monkeys http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4646069 They are driving me insane. <BR> <BR> But I have been working on Qigong and am having the same troubles I’ve always had with any form of meditation. My Sifu calls them Mind Monkeys, and I’m beginning to think that’s a perfect description! <BR> <BR> Focus on the flame. [Flame. Flame. Flame.] Wait, is that candle flickering too much? Is there a draft in here? [Flame. Flame. Flame.] Fire’s alive, ya know? Remember that experiment you did in high school? ARG! [Flame. Flame. Flame.] I’m sick o... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 08:49:53 EST