WALKIETALKIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WALKIETALKIE WALKIETALKIE'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/ My New Workout and I'm not sure I L-O-V-E it yet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789822 I thought I would take a minute to document what I've been doing for my back since I got out of the hospital. I see a physical therapist and she checks my body mechanics and mostly yells at me for not keeping my abs engaged enough. <BR> <BR> Considering that I barely had abs, the fact that I can even find them to motivate them was worth throwing a party over. <BR> <BR> I do this routine every other day and it takes me any where from 1-1/2 hours to 2 hours depending upon how much I really w... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:01:52 EST While You Are Waiting For God to Open a New Door For You, Praise Him From the Hallway. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5758957 My mom gave me a little angel that says that while I was in the hospital trying to come out of a pharmaceutical stupor after lower back surgery. I think it's perfect. <em>90</em> <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm solving some long term problems. I know now why my back hurt like a bee-atch after exercise. I'll be following up on some other issues that came up during pre-surgery screening with my heart. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> My daughter, our only child is getting ready to leave for college... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 12:33:11 EST February Follow Your Heart - Know Love (and love your blender) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5235593 February – Know Love <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2009169542.jpg"> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1320844966.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This blog is about my blender. . . <BR> <BR> Last month one of the members of the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team posted a message on one of the boards about how he started each day with oatmeal and a green smoothie. <BR> <BR> <link>teams.sparkpeople.com/maintaining </link> <BR... Sun, 3 Feb 2013 11:09:12 EST January Follow Up: Going Organic and Other Sudden Moves http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5225041 As a follow-up to my early January blog I wanted to sit down and evaluate if I’ve actually learned anything by Going Places, following my heart and opening my mind to some new ideas. My January calendar picture advised me to Go Places. My initial thought about this was that I was going to “Go Organic” and try to eat more wholesome foods. <BR> <BR> I can never be accused of being an early adopter of any new idea. No sudden movements from me. I’m a plodder. Organic foods fell into the gen... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 23:42:17 EST Follow Your Heart - January http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5199724 Every January I get excited to get a new calendar for my cubicle at work. This year I had a hard time choosing between several calendars but finally selected a calendar with the theme - Follow Your Heart. <BR> <BR> Easier said than done. I find my biggest problem is not so much the following as the recognizing what my heart is telling me to do. There is a great scene in a movie that I watched with my daughter recently where a woman shows up for an appointment with a psychiatrist that she ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:33:37 EST Bullfrog Challenge Run http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5099052 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/9/l896598529.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Today the family and I participated in the Bullfrog Challenge Run in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. We are all novices when it comes to running in these events and so, we were over dressed for the warm weather. <BR> <BR> This is my 3rd race. I did 2 races several years ago and then just stopped doing them for some reason. <BR> <BR> Since last March, I've been meeting friends on Saturday mornings to run one ... Sun, 14 Oct 2012 20:10:10 EST Last week was kind of a big week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4792957 I RAN. 2 miles at a 13.5 min/mile pace. I could have kept going but I was at lunch and had to get back to the office. I used the cardio setting on the treadmill and entered in my age and weight and let the treadmill suggest a heartrate to maintain. After about 5 minutes I realized I could easily run a little faster. I reset the heart rate and ran another 5 minutes and again realized that I had more in me. I reset the heart rate 2 more times. During this session, the treadmill manipulated... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 06:48:55 EST Hey! Where's the Ceiling?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4733464 I typically interact with the Sparkpeople web-site on my smart phone. Then last July the unthinkable happened. My husband and I took our dogs to get their nails clipped, I dropped by phone somewhere and had to get a new one which finally happened for Christmas. <BR> <BR> In the interim, I had to go back to using my old blackberry curve which was like trying to communicate on the internet with cave paintings. Did I go back to sparking on my computer? Of course not. Spoiled child that I am... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 09:13:43 EST Intervals are my new Favorite workout http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4390708 While working out this morning I suddenly realized that I like interval training. My new favorite work out is 30 minutes on the stationary bike doing the cross country program and following it up with 15 minutes of 1 min 30 sec walk/run intervals. <BR> <BR> I'm still working out the timing of these morning workouts although I've seemed to settle happily onto the 5:23 train into the city. The 5:15 was just a bit to early for me and the 6:05 doesn't give me enough time to workout and get rea... Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:28:11 EST Eating Healthy in the City of Red Meat and Obama. . . oh yes you can http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4378165 My Sparkfriends on the Sending Skinny Vibes Team tell me that today is National Junk Food Day. They also tell me that I should challenge all of my Sparkfriends to NOT eat Junk Food today. In the the spirit of Sending Skinny Vibes I offer my lunchtime walk within a ring of about a mile or so from my office near City Hall. <BR> <BR> The lunchtime landscape in Chicago is changing. I first noticed it when I started my 2 mile walks around the loop in March of 2010. A small grocery store, and ... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 22:50:34 EST Yoga Bare- (foot) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4282074 I took a yoga class with my daughter for the first time at the gym near our house. We joined the gym out of desparation because the Y by our house was so crowded that getting any time on equipment was impossible. One day in the pool someone swam right over the top of my daughter who was learning to swim and that was the end of our Y membership. The place was too crowded and crazy. We joined the gym right after it opened and I think that the staff was just so busy signing people up that th... Mon, 6 Jun 2011 23:26:40 EST Don't Hate. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4264776 I've got a secret. . . You are not alone. Everybody starts where they are everyday. Unfortunately, we don't get to pick our starting points but we get to pick the route and the end point. Think of this as a roadtrip. You can have a great time along the way and find all kinds of cool stuff or you can be the whiner in the backseat of the car, complaining at every turn, bump in the road and detour. Some people gotta have a map and some people like to wing it and head in the correct general ... Mon, 30 May 2011 10:31:32 EST Switch it UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4213584 My husband gave me a new heart monitor as an early birthday gift. Really, it was a way that he could get his back from me after he let me borrow it last winter and I told him I liked it. This is my 3rd heartrate monitor in a year and I have to tell you, this one is so cool. <BR> <BR> I opted to stay away from the GPS monitors because I do a majority of my walking in the city and I finally got the sales people to admit that there is so much interference in the Loop that they could not guara... Fri, 6 May 2011 00:23:52 EST Lost my MoJo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4185821 Lost my Spark mojo with this new work assignment. <BR> <BR> It has been a 2 month journey to a dark place. <BR> <BR> My supervisor is out on medical leave which created something of a time sucking vacuum for me. The special project which the big giant boss tossed me ended up being more like 130% of my time rather than 30% of my time. I finally had do go into boss #3 who lives in the universe between the supervisor and super boss and tell him he needed to dis-engage me from something. <B... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 15:04:43 EST DesPlaines River Conservation Area Exploration and I Would Never Survive a Week of HS Track http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4122457 Today we explored the DesPlaines 3 rivers fish and wildlife conservation area near Wilmington. It's a state park on I-55 just south of I-80. The DesPlaines, Kankakee and Illinois Rivers all come together in this area. <BR> <BR> If you love to fish, shoot skeet, practice archery, work with your hunting dog, horseback riding, boating or pheasant hunting, then this is the state park for you. Unfortunately, camping is no longer allowed due to trouble with the well and due to a shortage of c... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 21:27:10 EST Plateau Busted? Only Time will Tell http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4105004 Sometimes you should just listen to advice. My sister-in-law told me when I got serious about tracking, to go get a good heart rate monitor. I thought it was over-kill. What would I ever need that for? Wasn't I doing great without it? I compromised and found a wrist monitor that you have to touch to get a heart rate. It was on close out at the sports equipment store a few miles away. I quickly realized that it wouldn't work for weight training and the constant touching and checking was ... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 14:29:43 EST Get Back on the Bike! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4094581 As soon as the time changed I made my husband take Old Rusty down from the rafters in the garage and put air in the tires. <BR> <BR> No more darkness when I get off the train from downtown in the evenings means it must be time to start bike commuting again. <BR> <BR> My husband also gave me his Polar heart rate monitor to use for the week to do a reality check on my calorie burn. That story is either good news or bad news depending upon how you want to look at it. I'm not burning as many ... Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:26:57 EST Now It's Going To Get Interesting . . . http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4052868 I'm coming up on me re-anniversary on Spark. (March3) It's been 1 year since I got serious. It's been a pretty fun year and I have to say that fortunately my job has not been all that demanding. That is all about to change. Last week I was notified that I'm going to be assigned to a new team for 30% of the time as the right hand of the #2 person in our huge organization. I did not ask for this assignment I was just assigned. <BR> <BR> This team is tasked with changing some business pro... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 22:48:21 EST Even - Steven http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3973231 I noticed that I had not measured myself since early November. I decided to pull out the measuring tape out of curiosity. Since November my work outs and eating habits have changed drastically. <BR> <BR> Instead of 2, 3 or more hours of daily walking, and my 4 mile bike commute to and from the train station, I've temporarily switched to 1 hour of walking (my leisurely stroll between work and the train station downtown during the week), and a 30 minute cardio interval workout or weight lift... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 03:26:53 EST How to Figure Out How Many Calories Your Dog/Couch Potato Needs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3806499 Here is a link to an article that I've been waiting to see. Our pets are overweight along with our kids and ourselves. Our pets are overweight. No. Really. I have 2 and they watch more tube than I do. <BR> <BR> The article below is interesting because it points out that the calorie suggestions listed on the bags of food are about 20% to 30% too high because guess what? Our pets are not "active" because we are not active enough with them. Your pet needs about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise... Fri, 26 Nov 2010 08:56:04 EST Walk the Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3800755 My daughter just asked me, "What's your Sparkname on this website again?" I answered "WalkieTalkie". She replied, "Oh, because you 'walk the talk', that's what your name means." She's so fun and creative. I was sad to tell her that I actually picked that name to remind me when I first started exercising, to not exercise so hard that I couldn't hold a conversation. I actually like her interpretation better so I'm changing my story. I'm gonna "Walk the Talk". <em>334</em> Mon, 22 Nov 2010 22:39:36 EST Back to Basics http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3783866 I joined a challenge at the beginning of September where we had to list 3 goals for the challenge. Since I had been doing so well on my exercise program, I got over-confident and decided that I wanted to add both swimming and weight training to my repertoire, which would have been fine but anyone that knows anything about me knows 2 things; first, I hate to swim with the passion of ten thousand burning suns, and second, I do not love the gym and so the weight training was a real stretch goal... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 20:47:23 EST Nov.2, 2010 Today I Ran http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3757756 I ran for the first time in more than 20 years. I promised my daughter, husband and sister-in-law that I would run a Super Sprint with them in Chicago next summer. I made this brash promise after watching my husband and sister-in-law run for the first time last summer. I figured that I better start training for that run now like its my own personal Chicago marathon. I thought I would run a block and walk a block. I ran a block and felt ok so I kept going figuring I would stop when I coul... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 19:29:05 EST Today I Achieved Nuetral Grey (and that's a good thing). http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3683505 When I was an architecture student one of the required classes was watercolor. The first day of class we headed into the studio with our pads of watercolor paper and sable brushes and new tubes of cerilian blue stuffed into our tackle boxes. The first thing that the professor said to us was,"You need to learn how to mix colors to create nuetral grey. It's the hardest thing that you will do here. Your first project is to take all of your colors and create a color wheel and this project will... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 23:07:47 EST What I Learned This Week... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3668790 has nothing to do with weight loss and everything to do with weight loss. I work at a state DOT in transportation as a grant manager and was asked to attend a meeting earlier this week. I was tapped because one of the meeting organizers heard through a co-worker that I ride my bike from my house to the train and back, a trip of just over 4 miles round trip, almost every day. The meeting was hosted by the Active Transportation Alliance in Chicago and the Dutch Consulate. It seems that the K... Sat, 25 Sep 2010 01:50:31 EST Yep. The Ground is Hard, Just Like I Remember it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3560468 The experiment with in-line skating ended up with me laughing on the driveway and being amazed at how much more difficult in-line is than ice skating. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Being bored with my walking routine, <em>102</em> and not really all that fond of swimming, I suddenly remembered the in-line skates that I had purchased when my daughter was about 7 years old and wanted to learn. She picked it right up back then. My skates sat in the closet until I read an article yesterday about ... Sat, 21 Aug 2010 16:55:49 EST My Lance Armstrong Moment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3497340 I went out with the family on a couple of bike rides this past weekend. <BR> <BR> Some of my group had sped ahead of me by about a quarter mile. Being more of a slouch, I hung back to relax and I'd lie if I were saying I wanted to finish at a leisurely pace. I just wanted to make sure I finished the ride. There was about 5 miles to the finish and I was starting to feel fatigue. So I figured I could slow down and take it easy. My daughter was with me riding just a bit ahead of me. The ... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 00:35:48 EST The shoe graveyard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3465307 I am not exactly the model of modern fitness. That would explain how I ended up on this site trying to regain control of my fitness and health. <BR> <BR> I have been consistently walking about 27 miles a week for 146 days. In that time I have worn out 3 pairs of shoes. Seriously? Yes. Really. Completely trashed. I now have a fitness shoe graveyard in a corner of my office. <BR> <BR> I'm keeping them to donate to the middle school kids who collect them to send into a shoe company that... Sat, 24 Jul 2010 15:55:53 EST Raise the Win Flag! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3180819 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/8/l688434096.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I have not really been to focused on the weight loss contest at work. I've really just been trying run this body through its paces and see what it's got since I re-activated on this site in early March. I've gone through the whole Elizabeth Kubler Ross ritual. I've recognized my denial, I've grieved for the past pre-Rheumatoid Arthritis body, I've gotten angry, I've tried to bargain with my knees, and I've accepte... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 22:27:48 EST Kryptonite http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3035964 If the new Sparky me is Superman then my kryptonite is crunchy corn tortillas. Yes, yes I know. But there is just something about them that I love. Though after eating them I'm left with cravings. It must be a trigger food for me. <BR> <BR> I learned this yesterday after meeting my husband for lunch. Since starting SP, I have had other Mexican meals but they have not involved the crunchy corn tortilla. My reaction to eating them was just wild. Even though I really like them, I will pr... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 22:26:09 EST Me Version 2.0 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3020592 The weather in Chicago has been incredible over the last 3 days. So I decided to get some additional cardio minutes into my day. When I re-activated on SP my plan was to arise at 4:30 am get ready for work and walk 2 miles from my house to the train station. Completely unrealistic goal. I've managed to do it once in the last month. I do fit in a 1 mile walk to the office and back to the train once I'm in the city. Therefore, I've been looking other ways to add cardio to my day because I... Fri, 19 Mar 2010 20:55:00 EST The Thing I'll Hate the Most http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=3008894 So, I've been spending some time thinking about what its going to be like when my husband and I lose all the the extra weight that we've gained and writing the story for our commercial-in my head. The whole train of thought took off on me as I was writing a note to my niece - the soon to be Dr. C. MD. She is the one person outside of my office and whomever happens across this page, that I've felt safe telling about this trip I've decided to join my husband on. <BR> <BR> I briefly recounted... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 22:25:03 EST I Have a Food Scale and I'm Not Afraid To Use It http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2995741 I've spent the last 2 weeks measuring each and every food item that goes into this family's mouths. I've measured so many things that I actually worried at one point that I was going to wear out the battery on this electronic scale. When my husband saw me measuring the vegetables that were going into our salads he decided that I was serious about counting our calories and he got more serious about it also. <BR> <BR> That was a breakthrough for us as a couple. There had always been one of... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 17:28:32 EST Impossible Tasks and African Proverbs http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2987118 There is an old African proverb that says - You must eat an elephant one spoonful at a time. It is one of my favorite quotes and I remember it while I am working when faced with tasks that seem impossible and too huge to ever accomplish. How ironic that it also applies to the job of shedding a sedentary lifestyle and gaining control over your weight. <BR> <BR> I have a lot of experience falling off of elephants. I've always had the intention of doing the right thing by my body but somethi... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 12:12:12 EST