WAUSUP's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WAUSUP WAUSUP'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/ Turn-offs and Turn-ons http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5111155 Really?? You seriously thought I was going to talk about that kind of turn-on? <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> I'm talking about turning on and turning off my healthy habits. I need to recognize what my turn-offs are. What are those things that lead me to make bad choices? What cause me to put my plan aside and overeat or not get my exercise in. Here are a few of mine: <BR> <BR> 1) Dreary, gloomy, days. (like today) <BR> 2) Busyness-- full tight schedules of responsibilities. (like yest... Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:35:03 EST Putting Exercise and Fitbit in the Spotlight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5100145 So with our Fall Challenge, it happened to be my special day today. My "Day in the Spotlight." Thanks for those who wrote with encouragement. So what do you really do with a day in the "spotlight"? Two other special things happened today. First, I have the day off. Hmmmm.... What to do with the day? Second, Fitbit is now connected with SparkPeople! If you don't know what a Fitbit is, it is basically a fancy pedometer that tracks elevation, syncs with computer, and all. Fun for geeky... Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:53:32 EST Challenge Week 1 Successes and Stumbles http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5096588 Week one of the fall challenge has passed and it is always good to look back and learn from the week. Since I'm needing something to get me back on track with healthy eating and exercise, I am looking to the challenge to help me. <BR> <BR> This week has been very good. I've had mostly great times with only a few off times. One thing I learned long ago, is to not view a full day as either "off" or "on." There are times I'll stumble. There are also times I might choose to go off plan. ... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:34:04 EST My Favorite Place to Walk or Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5092609 I was thinking about hiking recently and reading about the Appalachian Trail. The AT is one of many incredible hiking trails around the country. Near where I live is the Ice Age Trail. Another opportunity where someone can hike for a very large number of miles. Sort of the "trophy hike" or "dream hike" for those of us who love doing it. <BR> <BR> Reality sets in for most of us though, and our lives simply don't allow us to drop out of society for six or eight months to hike thousands of m... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:59:40 EST 5% Challenge Launching in 5... 4... 3... 2... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5087750 Sometimes, we put ourselves into a self-induced plateau. I know there are real plateaus where our body and metabolism takes some time to catch up and progress is hard. I've experienced that a few times, but most of the time, my plateaus are self-induced. <BR> <BR> I never intend to put myself into a period of no progress, but my choices stop the progress. I get sloppy (let's just call it what it is= lazy) on exercise. I lose some edge or just simply don't push myself. I get very hapha... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 10:58:06 EST Highest Security http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5082430 About 5 or 6 months ago, I was tightening up some security for online programs like Facebook and SparkPeople. I guess I tightened it up a little too tight. My page wasn't offline to me. I could see it, and while I haven't been blogging, to my eyes, things were back to normal. Funny thing is that I could even update it. As part of a fall challenge, I updated my Sparkpage last week. Again, I could edit, but had no idea the page wasn't online. <BR> <BR> Nevertheless, I think everything is ... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 15:13:23 EST Consistency: 7 Days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874366 In recent months, I've lost my consistency. Call it focus, drive, or whatever, it is that consistent and driven "edge"-- perhaps a slight touch of obsession. It is so easy to burn-out and lose that drive. <BR> <BR> I don't have the answer as to how to keep that drive for the long-run. I may never have that answer, but I know what will work for me is simply being consistent one day at a time. Seven consistent days in a row and here I am--one week. Seems like such a short time considerin... Wed, 9 May 2012 17:38:19 EST 2 hours of cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4867068 Started off and ended the day on the exercise bike. I still have to get my eating under control. Choices, choices! The good news is that I'm logging it all--bad choices and everything. The even better news is that I passed up birthday cake and ice cream knowing I was already at the end of my calories for the day. Yes, I still have a little will-power left!! I'm staying focused no matter what and am not going to let myself slack. Tomorrow is a new day and a new challenge. Fri, 4 May 2012 23:50:06 EST Bad Choices/Good Choices/Best Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4865546 I had lots of temptations today. Started off the day at a meeting with a huge breakfast buffet. Lots of choices: sausages, eggs, breads, sweet rolls... I did a pretty good job by eating fruit and a small portion of eggs. I could make good choices easily for lunch by stopping at Subway and choosing a light 6" sub. Dinner was a different story. Chicken and burgers on the grill. I was making good choices overall, but then I gave in and chose an extra sandwich. This pushed me over the top f... Thu, 3 May 2012 23:15:04 EST All Things New http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4863958 I'm starting over. I want to make this all new again. <BR> <BR> No, I haven't gained everything I've lost back, but I've lost my mojo--my motivation---my drive. I've tried new things. I tried a site similar to Spark People just for a change of scenery. The site was great. Worked awesome. I have no complaints. But I'm still not finding that motivation. <BR> <BR> I've tried tools and toys to motivate me. I've tried new workouts. But, working out is only one part of the equation. <BR>... Wed, 2 May 2012 23:37:31 EST Blogging that coaxes me back and TOYS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4618077 There is nothing like writing a blog that reminds me to want to get back and be part of the Spark community again. As I wrote yesterday, I've been busy, and didn't really expect to be back very quickly. But then, in my email box were emails notifying me about responses, and Spark People so slyly "forces" me to come back to read them rather than "conveniently" read the comments on the emails. (Perhaps that would be "inconveniently" read the comments on the emails because that would enable m... Thu, 8 Dec 2011 17:15:54 EST Where's Wausup? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4616708 It has been such a long time since I've been around here. I last blogged at the beginning of November where I wrote about needing to refocus. That need to refocus is where I'd been for quite some time. I think things were getting a little too "familiar" to me. Too routine. And routine was easy to break. Suddenly breaking routine became routine. It was hard for me to get that focus. <BR> <BR> Then, November started getting busy and December has been even more crazy. That doesn't help ... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 17:01:33 EST Refocus 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4574340 Last week, I wrote that I was going to take this month and refocus. I need to take a step back and reexamine the things I'm doing right and hopefully find things I can do better. <BR> <BR> Last week's focus was nutrition and I did discover a few things. First off, I've been on Spark for quite some time and have lost a lot of weight by simply following common sense nutrition and exercise. Therefore, I didn't expect any huge epiphany such as "You mean if I stop drinking 6 cans of Coke each ... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 09:56:20 EST Going to Bed Hungry http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4564869 I won a battle last night. I've long ago identified TV snacking as one of my biggest enemies. I can mindlessly eat an entire "tube" of crackers or half a bag of chips without thinking. Last night, I was watching TV just before bed and foods kept beckoning me. The couple slices of pizza in the refrigerator or the ham and chicken in there that could make a sandwich. The crackers and peanut butter in the pantry cried out my name. Even the jug of apple cider sitting in the garage was callin... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 11:18:30 EST Refocus 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4562360 I'm challenging myself this week to really take a good look at each thing I do with regards to eating and exercise. Today, I'm focusing on my eating and I'm starting with tracking. My goals: <BR> <BR> 1) Measure everything. <BR> 2) Enter everything every day. <BR> 3) Eliminate unhealthy snacks. <BR> <BR> As I carefully examine my habits, I hope to discover some areas that I can improve on in order to start progressing once again. <BR> <BR> Measuring everything is always an eyeopener fo... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 00:15:37 EST Mutual Motivation http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4554321 I'm going to brag a little about my youngest son today. Our YMCA had a challenge this month to earn a sweatshirt. You need to exercise 12 times during the month to earn it. Overall, a pretty easy challenge, but in our busy lives, even 3x a week can sometimes be more than we can handle. <BR> <BR> All five of my family signed up. I'm pretty driven by these things and I wrapped up my 12 fairly early in the month. The rest of the family wasn't doing as well. School activities were keeping ... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 13:34:02 EST Library Trip and "Believe It, Be It" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4541471 Last Saturday, I went to the library with my wife and two of our three kids. I picked up a few books that I'm going to enjoy reading and that will hopefully be a good encouragement and inspiration to me over the next few weeks. I've already mentioned a blog or so ago where my mind is beginning to go and that is getting ready for some good snow. I picked up two books on snowshoeing that I haven't read and one on cross-country skiing. I've thumbed through those a little, but haven't gotten ... Tue, 18 Oct 2011 11:06:02 EST It Doesn't Have To Come Back http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4533557 This article caught my eye this morning. The headline, "Good news for dieters: It is possible to maintain weight loss" in the Chicago Sun-Times. <BR> <BR> <link>www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/health/8<BR>190390-423/good-news-for-dieters-it-is<BR>-possible-to-maintain-weight-loss.html </link> <BR> <BR> There is nothing new here from the research of the National Weight Control Registry. A group of 10,000 people who've lost 30 pounds or more and maintained that loss for a year or more. (I ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 10:44:20 EST Blog (*) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4531853 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/1/l314288923.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The asterisk... <BR> <BR> Do you ever asterisk your accomplishments? Do you give yourself full credit for the things you do or in your mind, do you ever discount your success and make it less than it really is? <BR> <BR> In sports, records that aren't really what they seem receive the dreaded asterisk in the record books. <BR> <BR> In 1961, Roger Maris of the New York Yankees broke Babe Ruth's 34-year-old sing... Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:23:14 EST 4 Things That Drive Me... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4530421 I was thinking about things that drive me--that move me and encourage me. Today, I want to highlight four that I need to keep remembering and recognizing. <BR> <BR> 1) Remembering past success is still part of my ongoing present success. <BR> It is easy for me to forget the progress I've made so far. As I see my body settle in to a weight "comfort zone" the closer I get to my goal, I see very little bits of progress. Certainly not the big jumps I used to enjoy of 2, even 3 or more pound... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:11:06 EST Quote to think about today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4524053 “I believe that, with anything in life, if you have the patience, desire and passion, you can do whatever you set your mind to.” <BR> &#8213; Ed Viesturs <BR> <BR> I'm still reading the Ed Viesturs book I mentioned a couple blogs back. Since this is my workout book and I am sometimes doing workouts that don't allow me to read--like the running/walking track--it is taking me a little extra time to get through it. <BR> <BR> Viesturs is the Everest summiter and expedition leader and was feat... Fri, 7 Oct 2011 11:26:01 EST Inspired... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4520672 There are days where I'm totally inspired from within. I'm fired up. Following my nutrition plan is easy. I want to go to the health club or ride my bike, or whatever. Other times, I've lost that fire. It's not even a spark anymore. <BR> <BR> For me, when inspiration doesn't come easily from within, I need to remind myself that I don't need to look far to be inspired. For some, that might be walking in the spring as the trees blossom and life is around you. For others, it might be a ... Wed, 5 Oct 2011 11:33:15 EST HRM Bit the Dust http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4508281 I think it is time to give up and send this thing in for repair! My Timex HRM started out as such a great tool, but has been failing me over the past several weeks. It started out being a little inconsistent in the early summer and occasionally reported my workout at a very low heart rate. Now, the incorrect reading is more the norm rather than the occasional. <BR> <BR> I tried the maintenance I could think of. I replaced the batteries. I cleaned the sensor pads. I've tried reposition... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:21:21 EST No Shortcuts to the Top http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4507124 I like reading motivating books. Not so much motivational books written by some speaker/guru who talks about motivation. I like reading books written by or written about people that really motivate me. <BR> <BR> The past few days I’ve been reading a book titled, “No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks.” It is the story of Ed Viesturs. ( <link>tinyurl.com/6eg46oy </link> ) While it is not the most well-written book I’ve ever read, there is so inspiration to gain ... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 17:24:37 EST I read a great blog today that I have to pass along... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4499921 I read a great blog today that I need to help pass along. I've been thinking a lot this week about making this a lifestyle change that lasts. Many of us have yo-yo-ed before, and I can't imagine that anyone wants to go through that. <BR> <BR> So, I decided that I need to create my maintenance plan now--not wait until I get there. I'm going to go on maintenance today. <BR> <BR> Of course, I don't mean that I'm going to remain at my current weight. What I want to do is decide what my life... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 10:36:36 EST Bike Snob and Books That Move Me http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4484471 Bike Snob: Systematically and Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling <BR> <BR> I picked up this book last weekend when it was a Kindle Daily Deal. It is a hilariously written self-deprecating look at cycling. The type of book that makes you want to be a cyclist even if you are like me and really aren't or never will be much more than a casual bike rider. <BR> <BR> This book got me thinking. This is the type of book I need to read more. Books that encourage lifestyle as opposed to ju... Wed, 14 Sep 2011 11:10:40 EST What do you put on your vegetables? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4476423 I know I'm a rather weird sort of freak, but I'm going to share some of my deepest darkest scariest secrets. <BR> <BR> I like vegetables, but like a lot of people, I tend to defeat some of their benefit with extra toppings. Here's a great example. I was feeling pretty good about myself ordering green beans at Culver's restaurant and really liking the taste as opposed to french fries. Then, I discovered why I liked the taste. They had transformed good healthy green beans to a 130 calorie... Fri, 9 Sep 2011 23:00:37 EST If I could have one piece of exercise equipment... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4471396 I was thinking this morning about this question: "If cost were no object and you were given the opportunity to have one piece of exercise equipment any size, any style, what would you choose?" <BR> <BR> My mind jumped quickly to my typical tools at the club--treadmills, ellipticals or a good stationary bike. Then, I thought perhaps I should be thinking more on the order of a good road or mountain bike--much more inspiring for good workouts! Of course, where I live, there are many days in ... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 11:32:01 EST What Time is it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4469312 There is a passage in the Bible that goes like this: (Ecclesiastes 3) <BR> <BR> For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: <BR> a time to be born, and a time to die; <BR> a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; <BR> a time to kill, and a time to heal; <BR> a time to break down, and a time to build up; <BR> a time to weep, and a time to laugh; <BR> a time to mourn, and a time to dance; <BR> a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather sto... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 11:43:49 EST It's Been Awhile http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4357830 It's been awhile. It has been way too long since I've been on this site. But I've been having a great summer staying active and trying my best to live life in a healthy way. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l95028729.jpg"> <BR> June was filled with hiking. I blogged about the marathon hike already. In addition to that, I have hit the trails many times and have had some great hikes ranging from short to 10 miles or more. <BR> <BR> In addition, I've been doing ... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:07:46 EST Walk Wisconsin Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4279412 I'm still nursing a nice sized blister or two, but my youngest son and I had a great day on the trails. Walk Wisconsin is a very fun event. The focus is not racing, but enjoying a walk so it is not timed. The route takes you through some great terrain and beautiful scenery. <BR> <BR> The day was really perfect. A little warm at times, but all-in-all a great day. I was very proud of my son sticking with me for the day despite our aches and pains. He was very proud to receive his medal and... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 22:33:33 EST 26.2 Miles to Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4275771 Walk Wisconsin starts bright and early on Saturday morning. It looks like it might be a very nice day. My son and I are really looking forward to the day. Hopefully our feet and shoes will hold up and blisters and pains will be at the minimum. <BR> <BR> We figure one step at a time. We're going to go our pace and just keep moving forward enjoying a day outside in some great scenery. <BR> <BR> I hope each one of us can get some good exercise in this weekend. Fri, 3 Jun 2011 22:20:34 EST Walk Wisconsin -- One Week To Go http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4262448 One last year's highlights for me was an event called Walk Wisconsin. Walk Wisconsin is a exactly what it sounds--and event for walkers. Specifically, there are three options for adults. a quarter, half, and full marathon. <BR> <BR> Last year, I did the half-marathon. This was a good thing for me and the half-marathon challenged my endurance. <BR> <BR> I'm signed up again this year, with one difference. I'm going for the full-marathon this round. My youngest son will join me. <BR> ... Sun, 29 May 2011 00:04:07 EST Energized! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4254634 There are a lot of good reasons to lose weight. For your health and well-being. For your family and the example you set. Of course, a great reason to lose weight is simply to be able to live your life better and do some of the things you do all the time easier and better. To be energized! <BR> <BR> As a musician, having energy to perform well is a big thing. Tonight I was watching a clip of a performance I was part of this evening. It was fun to think that I am energized. I do have the e... Wed, 25 May 2011 01:42:35 EST 1 Pound--I'll take it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4244946 I had a bigger week of exercise this week. Not so much in minutes, but in intensity. That has almost always sabotaged my progress. This morning, I was exactly 1 pound less than last week. To the 10th of the pound accuracy even. I'll definitely take that. Anything that is not backwards is good and certainly anything showing forward progress is great! <BR> <BR> Taking a step in the right direction each day! Fri, 20 May 2011 09:08:27 EST The Secret to Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4243061 "So how did you do it?" <BR> <BR> The longer anyone is one SparkPeople and making some progress, the more this question is asked of you. I like answering this question, because it helps me set people straight. Diets are a temporary thing. Making good choices is my life. People want to know the "secret"--the trick, or anything they can do to jump-start their plan. In reality though, losing weight is a paradigm--a very simple answer, yet oh so complex. Take this for example... <BR> <BR>... Thu, 19 May 2011 10:43:57 EST Little Things Make a Big Difference http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4240798 In the Spring 5% Challenge Community, the "Living the Good Life" challenge is measuring everything. I measure a lot, but I'm not one to measure everything. This has been a good reminder for me of how important the "little things" are. <BR> <BR> In reality, I'm okay with a little variance. This is a lifestyle, not a boot-camp. So if my daily 3/4 cup of cereal is a little closer to a cup I'm find with that. At least it is a good choice as opposed to some other choices I might make for bre... Wed, 18 May 2011 10:50:54 EST My New Favorite Walk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4237800 I have a new favorite walk this spring. Last year at this time, my "go to" walk was a little over 3 miles. I had a couple routes mapped out in my neighborhood that I could use, but there was one I did most often. <BR> <BR> This spring, while I've taken that 3 mile neighborhood walk a few times already, there is a different walk that has become my new "go to" walk. Tonight, as I enjoyed this new walk, I was thinking about the fact that I'm challenging myself more each day. ... Tue, 17 May 2011 00:58:44 EST Wrapping Up a Good Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4230593 This has been a good week. I've made good choices most of the time. I've been active. I've been able to challenge myself with some good self-directed questions. <BR> <BR> My good week has nothing to do with the number on the scale. In fact, sometimes I've had great numbers show up on the scale, but I know deep down inside I didn't have a good week--I didn't do my very best. <BR> <BR> A good week is any time I can feel I gave my best effort and did what I need to do to be successful and... Fri, 13 May 2011 15:30:29 EST When... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4225438 One of the greatest benefits of Spark People is how many are there to rally around you and push you when you need it. We need that push along the way. There was a lot of wisdom shared in the replies to the blog I wrote yesterday. Some of it perfect for my situation. Some missed the mark for where I'm at, but perhaps good for someone else who might stumble across their comment. <BR> <BR> I think my current situation boils down to a few things: <BR> <BR> 1) The first and probably the main o... Wed, 11 May 2011 12:01:26 EST Where's My Passion? Where's My Fire? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4223627 I've been having a lot of trouble giving my all the past several weeks. Perhaps I've been a little tired or burned out. Maybe in my efforts to not make this a diet, I still made it too much of one. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, maybe I need to make this more of a diet than I've been making it. Diets have distinct goals. "Lifestyle" is a little ambiguous. <BR> <BR> The real problem is that I'm not making an effort to finish the job. I'm not making enough effort to continue making pro... Tue, 10 May 2011 17:17:09 EST The Hike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4191542 Thoughts on a hike... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 11:12:29 EST Tomorrow, Tomorrow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4188846 I had to cringe at the closing statement of my own blog I wrote and posted last night. It said "As for me, tomorrow I'm back to journaling and back to involvement..." What is so wrong with that? I was writing it at about 11pm, it was sincere and there really wasn't much more I would do that day. The problem is that due to time zones, Spark posted that as a blog as a Monday blog, so through the day on Monday I'd have those infamous words: "I'm going to start tomorrow." <BR> <BR> I've si... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 09:42:18 EST Back From a Short Break http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4188323 I went AWOL from Spark for about a week. I ate right (although I didn't journal anything) and exercised (didn't journal that either). I finished the week off with a 7 mile hike yesterday and a 3 mile hike today. Not too shabby for a "week off." <BR> <BR> Sometimes, I wonder if I'm at a point where I need to quit focusing so hard on losing these final pounds. The weight is slowly going down, but I want to enjoy and celebrate the fact that I'm making some pretty good choices nutritionally ... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 00:06:43 EST Taking a Peek at the Big Picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4160384 I bet every one of us who came onto this site hoping to lose weight came here with a preconceived notion in mind. I--like all the rest--cringed when I saw my actual starting weight. The number was higher than I hoped. That stunk as I knew it was about 60 pounds above where I was only a five or six years before and I was still very overweight then. <BR> <BR> Of course, it wasn't that much of a surprise. I already knew the clothes I wasn't able to wear. I already knew that each time I bo... Tue, 12 Apr 2011 10:52:10 EST Keep Trying--Something is Bound to Work http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4146399 Yesterday, I blogged about things I learned while exercising and watching last week's episode of The Biggest Loser. Last night, I had a meeting that would keep me from watching the new episode live, but was home in time to watch it from the DVR, so it seemed to be another good night of exercise and watching. Monday night, I was able to do the full 120 minutes on the bike myself, while last night, I shared the bike with my wife. 60 minutes is still a nice workout time, and I enjoyed the epis... Wed, 6 Apr 2011 10:19:52 EST Me-Monday & Biggest Loser http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4144029 Having had a number of days with evening commitments behind me and a whole slew of full evenings ahead, I actually had a Me-Monday evening. Okay, it wasn't totally all about me. I needed to drive my oldest son to rehearsals at the high school. Then, my wife and I went grocery shopping. Of course, there is the time putting groceries away and this involved cleaning up a little mess that had occurred this past week in our refrigerator. But finally--about 9:30pm--the time came: I could have m... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 11:48:55 EST Vision: Year Two http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4126523 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/2/l329227276.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My Sparkversary was last Friday. Thanks for all the great messages of encouragement. Now that I'm in year two, I thought it was a good time to put together a new vision collage. Here it is... <BR> <BR> Faith: This is foundational for me. Faith in God... Faith in myself... It is important and helps me through each day. <BR> <BR> Just Do It Anyway: How many times am I too tired to exercise? How many times... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 12:16:40 EST Spinning Wheels http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4115496 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/3/l239322500.jpg"> <BR> Yesterday, I blogged about our snowy day. It was certainly a day of distractions, watching the snow accumulate and people trying to travel on the freeway and other roads by my office. A memorable moment of the afternoon was the UPS truck which was stuck in our parking lot having drifted off to an unplowed area and spun into a bunch of thick, sticky, slushy snow that had him going nowhere. The driver had the wheels spin... Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:38:02 EST Spring and Snowstorms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4112546 A beautiful spring day here in Wisconsin. Just Sunday, I spoke with a friend who asked me what I was going to be doing now since most the snow was quickly melting and I wouldn't be able to snowshoe anymore. Three days later and here I am, looking out my office windows over the parking lot and seeing my car "sort of" in a parking spot having spun through 7 1/2 inches of newly fallen snow and the forecast promising another 4 before the day is done. <BR> <BR> One never knows what the weathe... Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:23:33 EST