SPIFF37's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SPIFF37 SPIFF37'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/ You need these in your life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5745782 If you don't know Doc Mike Evans and his visual whiteboard lectures on Youtube, you are missing out! They make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and determined to do better for myself and thus, in turn, others. And so entertaining! <BR> <BR> He's got them for low back pain, stress, flatulence - all kinds of health topics! <BR> <BR> Check out this one for starters! <BR> <link>www.evanshealthlab.com/23-and-12-hou<BR>rs/ </link> <BR> <BR> Happy viewing and please share with someone who ma... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:26:14 EST Race tips from a nut. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5740059 A SparkFriend mentioned she signed up for a 5k and innocently asked for tips. What I left her was a long, nutty message. I thought it may as well be a blog entry: <BR> <BR> "Oh yeah, I've got tips! <BR> <BR> 1. Allow enough time to pick up your shirt/packet, haul it back to your car, and get back to the start line. It can be a trek if it's a big race at a small venue. <BR> 2. If the lines are long for the porta-johns, I can usually ignore going #1 before the race. It's usually just pre-ra... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:59:37 EST Winter & Zombies http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5587100 At the risk of having rotten fruit & vegetables thrown at me, I'm just gonna say it: I love winter! Michigan, like other states, was just slammed with a ton of snow in a short time period. About 17 inches in two days in my area. <BR> <BR> I enjoy walking in the winter more than any other time. It's something I've grown to love. There isn't another soul out there but me and my snow-loving dog and it feels like I have the world to myself. Believe it or not, I typically lose motivation in the s... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 16:13:56 EST Looking back at my journey... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541087 I've been thinking about my weight loss journey today. It has been broken up into sections of fat relapses for various reasons, with one major connecting theme. <BR> <BR> The first major success was when I studied in Quito, Ecuador, my last semester of college. I stayed with a host family and got very used to increased activity, broth-based soups before meals, and someone else planning all of my meals. Once I saw some weight loss progress without trying, I intentionally looked for opportunit... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:21:23 EST Can't accept a compliment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513300 I don't handle compliments very well. At least not ones about my weight loss. I feel squeamish when people point it out. Plus it's usually in front of others and I just want to crawl in a hole. Why? I don't know, maybe I'm just embarrassed that I let myself get overweight again to begin with! I shouldn't even be having this struggle. <BR> <BR> Plus when people then want to know how I did it and I tell them I get up every morning and walk 4 miles before work (and eat less), they seem disappo... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:06:07 EST Today's 5k http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3346112 My hometown's annual 5k was today but I had never raced it before. I've done a lot of 5k's but always sign up for the walk b/c I'm a pretty fast walker. I decided to sign up for the run to see how I'd fare since it was on my turf. Little did I know, the town's homecoming parade was directly following the 5k and people had lined up on the street as far as you could see to watch the parade but instead were watching us! The 5k held up the parade and I had more spectators than I cared for - I wis... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:15:17 EST Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=1916540 I'm still just maintaining my weight right now instead of losing it but I hit a big milestone (for me) today! I was able to run for a mile nonstop. I don't think I've been able to do that since grade school! I always thought I hated jogging (I actually do hate it while I'm doing it) but it was a big thrill to see the endurance I've built up. YAY! Thu, 26 Mar 2009 21:59:18 EST