WEARINGTHIN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WEARINGTHIN WEARINGTHIN'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/ I'd like to take back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5983592 what I said about a certain political candidate who remained nameless the other day. I started really thinking about the terrorism threat to our country, and how with a loose cannon in the White House we are much more likely to generate terrorist support from outside of the country. I think we need someone with some tact in the Oval Office, not a loudmouth braggart. So I take back any support it may seem I had for him. I also feel though I've made some strong statements about the world on S... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 05:40:57 EST I didn't think I'd ever be saying this... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5982441 but there is a certain politician who is taking everybody on. He says what he wants to say, and almost nothing is sacred from his attacks. He brags in ways we just most of us who aren't professional wrestlers don' t brag. He is a true and pure narcissist. He violates all of the rules of human behavior we have recently set for this country. But, yet, there is something refreshing about what he is doing. Like maybe the shakeups are overdo, and change will spread all over throughout ideologi... Sat, 22 Aug 2015 04:58:07 EST Well, as Reagan said, "There you go again." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5975002 In this case it's me sounding off again. This time it's Coke. The Coca Cola company has been funding research from leading scientists with millions of dollars that disputes the idea of less calories for weight loss. Coke is saying that it is exercise that leads to more permanent weight loss, and therefore one should exercise more and eat more. Yes. You read that last part correctly. The "science" they are funding says to eat more calories if you want tolose weight! They are doing what t... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 00:38:41 EST I Gotta Quit. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5968126 Opening my big mouth, that is. I just made an inflammatory statement on a political story. It was a severe criticism of a major candidate. I wondered after I sent it out if it would land me facing some wealthy attorneys. I think I've just gotta learn to bite my tongue a little. From someone whose barely avoided hot water maybe a little too often, Glenn Free speech? What free speech is that? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:39:32 EST After my blog on the foods to avoid... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5965650 My spark page was paid a visit by the American Beverage Association, who have a Spark name, but no Spark page to respond to them by. This is my response. They claimed that regular and diet sodas can be part of a healthy diet, that there is no proof that they contribute to obesity, and that research over the decades has proven their safety. You can believe their argument or those of the doctors who have said that these drinks do contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Not only t... Thu, 23 Jul 2015 21:21:04 EST Foods to avoid according to doctors. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5964676 Just read this list online today of foods to avoid. Thought following it, and the flipside of the list, the positive foods to eat, would lead to health in the biggest ways. <BR> <BR> Foods to Avoid: <BR> <BR> Bacon: Fat and cholesterol hang onto it. <BR> <BR> Bread or pasta: High glycemic index, not whole foods, addictive. <BR> <BR> Cereal: Sugar and unhealthy grains. <BR> <BR> Cotton Candy: Sugar and chemical dyes. <BR> <BR> Cheetos: Artificial colors and MSG. Neurotoxins. Promotes... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 03:30:22 EST "If I am only happy for myself, fewer chances for happiness. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956168 But If I am happy when good things happen to other people, billions of chances for happiness." The Dalai Lama Mon, 6 Jul 2015 04:05:52 EST Time to Begin Anew!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5956153 I had been reading some men's fitness magazines lately. You know, the ones with the guys with the buff bods on the cover. Then, yesterday, I was leaning into the mirror with my shirt off, and saw my almighty girth in all of it's full color. I had been kidding myself that losing 33 pounds since I started on Spark a few years ago had me looking pretty good. I still have a ways to go. After the startling realization yesterday, I picked up my last year's copy of the Spark Solution, and starte... Mon, 6 Jul 2015 02:38:37 EST I thought hard about posting this one on a weight loss site. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5955201 But it seems to be the main format I have for writing my comments. I just think I have seen a lot of hatred spewed at people crossing the borders lately, or as many say, Illegal immigrants. I just wanted to state that if we had a pathway to citizenship, and welcomed people into our country, we would be seeing a lot more orderly and lawful group of people as they crossed the border. Treating people with all of these racist comments is doing no one any good. Glenn <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, th... Sat, 4 Jul 2015 01:51:44 EST Just Lookin' for Kicks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5952051 Retired five years now. Spend my days doing my physical therapy exercises (just 20 minutes per day). Take care of shopping, medical appts, prescriptions etc for my wife and I. Keep her in drinks and snacks and meals all day. Me too. But other than those things, there's not much that I do. Spend a lot of my time just lookin' for kicks. I read constantly on the computer. I sometimes read books, listen to music, watch videos. But now, I am really aware that there is a lot of down time to w... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 01:26:12 EST How do you find meaning in life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5948490 I usually feel like I have things figured out. I retired five years ago to help take care of myself and my wife. We live under the same roof almost twenty four hours per day. I take care of a lot of both of our needs. She is also quite helpful. My wife is sometimes writing or communicating with writers. She's also got caregivers who come into the home. I am sometimes out and about running errands for the household. I sometimes think that the taking care of both of us is my purpose or missi... Sun, 21 Jun 2015 04:02:57 EST It's been over two weeks since I've posted. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942628 Before my recent hospitalization for surgery, I was posting all the time. It seems that many issues were burning at me, and as I struggled through my thoughts, I would write them up in a challenging blog. It seems my blogs may have been meaningful. However, since I've been home, two months now, I haven't had the same intensity about issues. I don't know if this means I've been happier, but certainly less intense. No more struggling with issues, thus no blogs. Hope you are all doing well. ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 23:11:01 EST It's been over two weeks since I've posted. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5942627 Before my recent hospitalization for surgery, I was posting all the time. It seems that many issues were burning at me, and as I struggled through my thoughts, I would write them up in a challenging blog. It seems my blogs may have been meaningful. However, since I've been home, two months now, I haven't had the same intensity about issues. I don't know if this means I've been happier, but certainly less intense. No more struggling with issues, thus no blogs. Hope you are all doing well. ... Tue, 9 Jun 2015 23:11:00 EST Something I've Been Working on. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5934328 My dad died last year, and in August, at the area my dad lived, but at my brother's house, the family and a several friends will be getting together for a memorial, both for my dad and for my mom, who died about 15 years ago. It is described as an afternoon of fun, games and visiting. 5:00 PM is cocktail hour, where the Beefeater's martinis (my dad's drink) or any drink you would chose, will be served. That will be followed by a celebration of their lives, with pictures, memories and reflec... Tue, 26 May 2015 03:30:54 EST Feeling a little sad tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5919426 My younger sister by two years has come down with pancreatic cancer. I actually knew about it a month ago, but tonight, the news is really sinking in. She is kind of a non-traditionalist, and believes in natural and homeopathic ways of healing. Though a CAT scan reveals cancer, she never saw the oncologist recommended to her, and made a decision early on not to have chemo or radiation. Thus, she is getting worse as we speak. She is about 5'8" or 5'10", and now weighs 100 lbs. She saw a ... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:43:35 EST I've reached my limit on football!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5918879 I have written here about some of my feelings about football since the later information has come out about concussions and traumatic brain injury. I just yesterday read a very moving piece in the NYTimes about a kid who came from a football oriented family and went on to play in high school and at Dartmouth. Now, ten years later, he can't balance a checkbook, gets angry all of the time, and is very difficult to relate to. He was taken in for testing, and doctors found traumatic brain injur... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:24:52 EST Some people dream about success. Other people wake up and work hard at it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5917717 I have realized lately that I have been doing neither of those. So it's time to start dreamin'. And time to start workin'. I've got to go after my interests before life runs me out of steam (by getting too old to start). Or is there a too old to start? Maybe not. I guess if it came down to it, you could be starting on your death bed. So now I'll just declare, "You're Never Too Old To Start!!" Hear that Spark. You're never too old. Glenn Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:23:07 EST 2 lb gain in a week and a half. BLAAHHH!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5914913 I've been home a week and a half from over two months of weight loss at a hospital and nursing homes. Now, with company in my house, there has been a lot of food around, and I have gained two lbs. I just read an article about motivation coming from not feeling trapped. I have to rise above my environment at this time. I have two sisters in law visiting, waiting on me and my wife, and offering things at different times throughout the day. Worse, I suppose, is that the younger sister love... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 00:43:10 EST Just realizing how much The Kitchen is My Medicine Cabinet. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5912114 I was recently out of commission for just over two months. In nursing homes and a hospital. I lost 21 pounds because all you could have were three moderate meals per day, plus some minimal snacks. Now that I'm home, I'm really aware of what I am doing around food, as I would love to keep the weight off. What I am finding is that I use the kitchen almost like a medicine cabinet. During the day and night, I will think about how I feel. Usually that is not feeling full, so there are these lit... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 01:11:45 EST When I Started on the Spark... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5911537 I was 307 lbs. That was about two years ago. Now I am 42 lbs down at 265! When I read that today, it was very encouraging. Glenn Wed, 15 Apr 2015 01:42:55 EST Hello from an old voice on Spark. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5909128 Hello to all of you Spark friends from someone who has been out of circulation for a long time. I was gone for almost two months, and then some, receiving surgery on my back, having the surgery be done with a slight flaw in it, so I now have what might be a permanent drop foot, developing what might have been an infection, treating it for weeks, and coming home tethered to what is called a wound vac, which helps healing. It was good to get home today. No. It was great to get home today.... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 22:54:46 EST Hello, Again, Spark friends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5887215 Well, I don't know how complete my last blog was. I am currently in a rehab/nursing home. I had two surgeries, one on the 3rd, and one on the 17th. The rehabbing at home option wasn't the best for me, so this time I am in this care center, and will be probably for two to four more weeks. Some of my injuries is getting better, and some of the changes due to surgery may set me back on a semi permanent basis. The food here is not always great. I have lost 13 pounds. I guess that's a mixe... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 23:53:27 EST Hello, Spark Friends!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5874226 Hope you are all doing well. It has been nine days since I had a double fusion on my lower spine. Recovery is coming along, but sometimes you have to dig deep to get the will to roll over your legs and get out of bed. However, I am gradually working on just such movement. <BR> <BR> It is good to be recovering at home with my wife and caregivers. Also, there are visiting nurses, PT's, and a bath aide. Insurance and Medicare cover much of the cost. <BR> <BR> It is my wife and how she is co... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 01:41:02 EST Here's hoping that this last week of January... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5862658 is a good one for Sparkers far and wide. May it be a good week for finding our own personal acceptance, key to so much in life. Glenn Mon, 26 Jan 2015 02:54:13 EST Second thoughts on "Stuck in the Natural World". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856886 Humans are amazingly adaptable. I find that I am also. Even though hours ago, I expressed grave concern about the coming changes to how we will deal with our bodies, I feel now that I just will adapt. I don't have to live to be 200. I don't have to get pregnant. Just like I don't have to watch TV or to wear a collar (cell phone). I kind of doubt anyone will be forcing these changes on me. If as I age, I am still needing to be in touch with the natural world, I surely will. So I take bac... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:20:11 EST Stuck in the natural world. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5856830 Was just reading an article about transhumanism. That is a school of thought that believes that we should use all the science and technology to extend our lives, including artificial organs to keep us going indefinitely. Also, it includes using science and electrodes to give us far better sex by ourselves than we get with our partners. The need for coupling will diminish. Artificial wombs are being developed, and men will be able to give birth. There will be no need for marriage anymore.... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 01:30:10 EST Not TOO Much Water http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853656 For most of my adult life, the diet experts have been singing the praises of water consumption for weight loss plans. Having penchant for ice water (I loved it), I drank to my hearts content. In addition to the water, I had added diet Pepsi, and eventually, and in large quantities, green iced tea. (Hey it's healthy, isn't it?) I had worked up to the point that I was drinking 24 cups of liquid per day. My doctor noticed that my sodium was low, and encouraged me to cut back on the liquids. I... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:12:54 EST 10 Years Without a Cell Phone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5853223 5 Years Without TV. <BR> How Can He Survive? <BR> <BR> I left my job. <BR> I got closer to my wife. <BR> I bought more of a stereo. <BR> I found Pandora and subscribed to SiriusXM (at 1/5th the cost of TV) <BR> Lost a small amount of weight. <BR> Joined a gym. <BR> Eat less fast food. <BR> Don't impulsively buy food due to it's beauty on commercials. <BR> Upgraded our home. <BR> Lessened my anxiety. <BR> Sleep more consistently. <BR> Have more of my own thoughts. <BR> Lowered my anger leve... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 05:54:51 EST You Can't Predict When These Things Will Happen... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5844027 But I just had a great time listening to jazz last night, New Years Day. I had recently subscribed to a satellite radio station and bought some new computer speakers for better sound. I was listening to real jazz in my family room, computer right next to me so I could see the album covers of the songs and who was performing what song. The clarity was fabulous and volume just right. I, at times, became one with the music. My wife was ten feet away at the dining room table doing the crosswo... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 15:44:55 EST May 2015... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843976 Be a Year of WILD SUCCESS!! gLENN Fri, 2 Jan 2015 14:28:53 EST New Year, Playing Scrabble, Wild Success http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5843501 I was playing my wife in a game of Scrabble on New Years Eve and into the New Year. I had phenomenal success defeating this woman who I can usually barely keep up with in this game. She has a sharp mind for words. Does the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle most Sundays (with a little help from me). Anyway, I had great words with a lot of points. For those who know the game, it was 348 points, which is pretty darn good, especially against a strong opponent. After reflecting on her loss... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 01:42:20 EST Just read a new weight loss entry on Psychology Today. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839373 It came from Steven Stosny, and I wanted to share it. He writes about the struggle with food when you are thinking about it all the time. He asks us to "think less about food. Think about creating value in your life: developing appreciation of basic humanity, meaning, purpose, love, spirituality, nature, creativity, community, and compassion. You'll be surprised at how you will eat less food when food becomes less important than health and well being of your value structure." For anyone wh... Sat, 27 Dec 2014 14:21:26 EST How Racially Biased are We? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5839123 It is very discouraging reading the reader comments under many articles online. It sort of seems like the white racists have taken over the Internet at times. Some unabashedly send out racial slurs and putdowns, often with their names proudly displayed. At the same time, some get the distinction of being designated Top Commenters by their names. Are we really still that biased against other races and creeds in our culture that this can go on for so long with no letup? Sat, 27 Dec 2014 03:41:11 EST I'm not much of a believer or anything... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5837557 But I think we could all use a message of PEACE this year. Glenn Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:12:09 EST In Praise of Work. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827927 I have been retired for almost 5 years now. Ever since retiring, I have tooted the same horn as my father did to me. He spoke about how positive retirement is. He left his work early, and encouraged me to do the same. I bought the whole idea of a life of leisure hook, line and sinker, and never gave it a second thought for years. But now, as I approach my fifth year, I am feeling tonight like retirement can be a trap. You can have too much of a good thing. <BR> <BR> I left the workplac... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 05:39:34 EST Adding Fruits and Veggies, Day III http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5827828 The day started off with a large bowl of oatmeal, with walnuts, brown sugar and raisins and milk. Not a lot of fruits and veggies there, but almost all plant based, and considered by most to be a healthy breakfast. Then, I went into my high fat mode. I was out, and had a triple cheese burger (510 calories), small fries and a large diet Doctor Pepper. Delicious, but nutritious? I don't think so. Later, at home, I had a toast with bleu cheese and Simply Fruit. Once again, high fat. Then, w... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 22:42:20 EST Adding Fruits and Veggies, Part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826723 After posting my fruits and veggies blog, I got a lot of affirmations and thanks from people who liked being reminded of the value of adding them. Today, in keeping with my new vow to add them, I did my grocery shopping a day early. I picked up fresh carrots, cucumber, red peppers, leaf lettuce, apples, grapefruit, satsumas, winter squash, kale, onions, and celery. Tonight, for dinner, we had a frozen veggie lasagna and a tossed salad. I followed mine with two satsumas and a glass of 1% m... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 00:48:20 EST Adding Fruits and Vegetables. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826065 Just read an article about a prescription program that was set up in Harlem by pediatricians that allows families to purchase fruits and vegetables at half their normal price. This effectively puts the prices of produce at less than what they would pay for McDonald's food. The doctors are prescribing these for various ills instead of medication. <BR> <BR> One doctor had an overweight child he was seeing. Rather than telling her she had to lose weight, he prescribed the produce. She got e... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 22:16:44 EST In praise of us Whiners! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5823117 I recently read an article where someone took offense to New Yorkers being cast as the unhappiest people in the country. The reasoning was that New Yorkers complain on an almost constant basis, and therefore are not happy. The writer of a rebuttal of this said he had New York roots and understood that complaining lifestyle, and didn't feel it was mutually exclusive with being unhappy. In fact, New Yorkers can sometimes see a lot of humor in their complaints, and actually get a good laugh o... Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:45:20 EST I'm sure my blood pressure will go up... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820459 I'm sure my blood pressure will go up in the next two years during the presidential runoff. I'd like to just bury my head in the sand, and on Nov 4, 2016, just ask someone, Who won? That would be the healthiest thing to do. But I know that I will be glued to my computer day in and day out, following the developments and watching debates, etc., and picking my favorites. Why do we go through all of this? I guess it would be better to just ask myself, "Why do you go through all of this?" I don... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:14:06 EST There's something amiss in our land... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820440 There's something amiss in our land when the combined incomes of Howard Stern, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh would be enough to support a small country. Glenn Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:36:11 EST A Quote from which One Could Launch a Writing Career. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5813556 I just came across this great quote, from which I think one could launch a writing or painting career. <BR> <BR> "Description demands intense observation, so intense that the veil of everyday habit falls away and what we paid no attention to, because it struck us as so ordinary, is revealed as miraculous." <BR> <BR> Czeslaw Milosz (1911 - 2004) <BR> Nobel Laureate Polish Poet <BR> Sun, 9 Nov 2014 11:29:09 EST A Sad Day for Football http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812323 There is a court settlement in the works that was started by one lawyer, who happened to be friends with a doctor who first identified the prevalence of Traumatic Brain Injury in football players. Now other lawyers are on the case, and the impact could be huge for this case. If it is successful, added with the fact that high schools are gradually turning against contact football, could take the sport from being right in the center of the mainstream, to becoming very much of a marginalized e... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 03:02:23 EST Accepting the NaNoWriMO challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807304 November is the NaNoWriMo or the National Novel Writing Month. The challenge is to write 50,000 words toward a novel in one month. The idea is to just get the words down. You don't have to refine them, just produce a whole lotta words. The man who challenged me with this said he was revising it to say it didn't have to include only novels, but non fiction and academic work as well. That's about 5 or 6 double spaced pages per day, 7 days per week. I am considering memoir, writing about so... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 01:41:26 EST No Longer One of my Passtimes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5801964 Watching brain concussed people smash into other brain concussed people so they're brain concussed lighter weight friends can manipulate a flat ball thought the air or in their arms and cross a field. Then, if they aren't further concussed on the way, they get six points, which mean nothing, but people pay a lot of money to see which ball carriers can get the most six pointers in the midst of all of a whole lot of on field chaos, with what other than more concussions, knee injuries, broken bo... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:01:50 EST Should we be embracing technology? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800472 I'm beginning to wonder about my stance on technology. I, for one, had my satellite disconnected 5 years ago. My wife and I have been TV free since then. We bought a cell phone like about ten years ago, but with reception being poor where we live back then and still is now, we gave that up and haven't had a cell phone nor a smart phone since. I have felt pretty smug about my anti-technology stance. It feels good to flaunt the commercial spread across our world. Then, something happened tha... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 18:01:14 EST We don't have to accept iPay. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799607 Apple is coming out with a new product, I believe it's called iPay or something like that. It will help lead to a situation where we will have to pay a lot more money for our phones in order to have the right to buy things. We can now buy things with cash, check or debit card. It costs you nothing to have this right. But in the future, if the people at Apple and other phone companies get their wish, we will become increasingly reliant on this method of payment, and we can't do these tran... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:40:16 EST Summary of the summer progress. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5789513 Weight six months ago: 288-290 Current weight 287 <BR> Inches 4 months ago: Waist 48 Current waist 48 <BR> Chest 46.5 Current chest 44.25 <BR> Hips 45 Current hips 44 <BR> Right <BR> Thigh 24 Current R thigh 22.5 ... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:28:27 EST The three words. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783342 Just read a blog that emphasizes the three words to say to your partner which are, "I UNDERSTAND you." These words can help rejuvenate your relationship. The person who wrote the blog mentions how deeply connected we have felt in the past when we feel truly understood by someone. It means really listening to your partner, asking questions if you have to, and then let them know that they are understood. It is a precious gift you can give them. Glenn Sat, 20 Sep 2014 06:39:21 EST Hector and the Search for Happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5783318 Apparently, this is a new movie that says that the pursuit of happiness will not work. That real happiness comes from embracing the full range of emotions. However, when chasing happiness one is running from unhappiness, therefore not benefitting form it. I read some of the happiness articles, but actually have always been in the camp that pursuit of happiness will not bring it. That happiness can sometimes be a byproduct of pursuit and work towards a goal. But happiness as the goal itsel... Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:52:22 EST