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/ 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 What about bulking up? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781935 What about bulking up? What about just working to be fit? I just read an article by a family therapist who is also a TV producer. She is working on a show with twenty sumo wrestlers. She describes one who is 430 lbs of muscle. He has taken the national sumo championship three times. He has also run marathons. The author said, "If you are going to be big, why not make something of it?" I have struggled with weight for most of my adult life. I am now working consistently at a gym. What i... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:01:34 EST Getting past the worries... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778339 I just read an article on psychologytoday.com that mentioned the lives of children, who seem to be able to be fascinated by certain things in the world without regard for all of the problems that will beset them as they get older, such as making a living, finding a partner, making a relationship work when there can be frictions, etc. The children have a tendency to live in the NOW. As they age, they get more future oriented, and begin to worry about all manner of things. Well, you get to c... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 04:35:52 EST The one thing I know I can do for myself. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5770288 I wrote a few days ago about my legs being fatigued from all of the activities I do for myself and my wife. I decided that most important for me was to take off some weight, to help ease the burden. <BR> <BR> When I work out at the gym, I start out with the stationary bike, do my strength training, and then do ten minutes on the treadmill. I've also mentioned that not a day goes by that I don't have muscle fatigue in my legs by early evening. <BR> <BR> It just occurred to me to stop doing... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:01:51 EST What to do about sore, overworked legs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769062 Well. I would call it an epiphany. Yet it is so obvious, I should have arrived at it a long time ago. That is, I spend a lot of my days and nights getting up and doing things. I am the sole caregiver for my severely disabled wife. I do for her and I do for me, much of the time. That includes all shopping and anything out of the house for both of us. I am the only one who drives her. I also drink a lot of liquids during the day and night, and I am just up and down a lot. It results in mu... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:50:20 EST On taking your life, 2014. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765281 Just read of yet another suicide. This was the percussionist for a band in Portland, OR. 43 years old. Shot himself. Even prior to the suicide of Mr. Williams, this has been a year of an uncommon amount of those in the spotlight taking their lives. It is almost becoming as common place a the proverbial showing off of the baby bump. And it is very sad. These lives were as yet undetermined as to the amount of joy they could have and bring to this world. It is only in the bleakest moments tha... Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:51:37 EST Quite an eventful week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5765268 But one that did smooth out. Spark people deserve all the credit they are given. Thanks to all for some great rewards (and awards). Glenn Sat, 23 Aug 2014 01:07:02 EST Great news today at the last minute. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5764006 Just as I giving up on all new weight loss attempts, and stated that I would still exercise and still initiate the changes for consumption that are already in practice. At that time I stated I would give up on the scale and measuring for while. Today was planned to be my last day of measuring, but my waist came down. Small though it was (1/2 inch), it gave me a total of 1.5 inches lost in my waist since I started measuring about 6 or 7 weeks ago. This means, with my weight loss stable, there... Thu, 21 Aug 2014 04:03:39 EST Throwing in the towel, and sticking to it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762587 Okay. I've certainly tried. I had a problem getting my weight down. 8 months ago I started eating only when hungry, and only till satisfied. Then, after that didn't work on it's own, I started at the gym three days per week 18 weeks ago. Then, when that didn't bring my weight down, I lowered my sugar and white flour consumption. I also, 5 weeks ago gave up drinking alcohol. Still, the scale hangs around between 288 and 290. (I am 6'4"). I just made the decision today, that I will be doing ... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:53:12 EST Would like some help or validation. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5762289 Well, I've tried a lot of things to get my weight down. Even gave up drinking, and reduced my sugar and fast food consumption. I now work out three times per week, and have done so for 18 weeks. But the weight has not come down, and the inches only barely. However, I don't feel willing to make any more changes in my consumption. So I'm stuck right here, at 6"4" and 286-290 lbs. And I feel like just saying right here. Is this the right decision? It feels like the only one I can make. Glenn Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:09:45 EST Are we putting the cart before the horse? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761846 Just read a blog on Psychology Today about diet that said that we are perhaps putting the cart before the horse when it comes to weight loss. The author said we choose to lose weight, then stabilize. Actually, the argument goes, we should be stabilizing, then losing weight. According to him, a behavioral specialist, we should use mindful eating to stabilize our weight for three months or 100 days before dieting. Then we can gradually lose the weight, and keep it off. He cites the dismal fail... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 03:29:34 EST I have to realize I had become very alcohol dependent. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5760003 I quit drinking about a month ago. I had been primarily a wine drinker, but sometimes drank Scotch or Irish Whiskey, and brandy was one of my favorites. Never really thought I had much of a problem. Saw myself as a moderate drinker, but could get up to five drinks on weekend nights. I quit because (a) I felt like I was too dependent on it and (b) Because I was consuming a lot of empty calories, and also, the alcohol was lowering my sense of inhibition about eating higher calorie foods. My ... Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:40:47 EST More good reports...Can't emphasize the gym enough! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754866 Two weeks ago I had a treadmill stress test and a chemical stress test from a cardiologist. Yesterday, got the results. Doctor showed me my arteries in different views and my actual beating heart. He said the heart was beating great, the arteries were very clear, and my heart was in GREAT shape (He said he didn't expect quite these results due my previous stents. <BR> Today, I saw a pulmonologist who was very happy with my lungs. From data he had he could tell I was sleeping about 8 hrs per... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 07:00:27 EST The Muffin Study http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5752009 For a short while lately there has been talk about a study saying that saturated fat is no more unhealthy for you than other fats. Now, a new study is trying to lay some of that to rest. It was the Swedish muffin study. They compared people eating muffins over a 3 month period, half made with palm oil (saturated fat) and half made with polyunsaturated fat. What they found was that the people who got the polyunsaturated fat ended up with more muscle buildup. The people who ate the saturated... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 00:55:08 EST One more thing about happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5751139 I just wanted to say one more thing about happiness that a I learned a long time ago from a wizened teacher and world traveler on Eastern thought, "When ya think ya got it, ya don't." Best wishes, Glenn Fri, 1 Aug 2014 14:11:47 EST Does getting what you want make you happy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5750833 I don't really know the answer to that question. Most of us strive for more money, no matter what our socioeconomic status. However, according to the happiness experts, once a family gets to the point of making $70,000 per year (two average incomes), they have most of their basic needs met, and any more income after that doesn't result in greater happiness. And this works all the way up into the 1%. More money doesn't lead to a happier life, studies show. <BR> <BR> Then, what about having ... Fri, 1 Aug 2014 06:05:52 EST Are you part of the Reinvention Revolution? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5749413 I read a blog on Psychology Today that said we are in the middle of this reinvention revolution. This is the first I have heard about it. It means you are digging deeply and working hard at change. The authors of this blog said it particularly applies to communication, and experimenting with different forms. They said this is happening after a period of stagnation in our society. I'm wondering if they're mainly addressing the technological changes we have seen in terms of cell phones, tab... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:25:35 EST SUCCESS IS UNAVOIDABLE http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747906 I GOT THE ABOVE QUOTE FROM AN ARTICLE ON SPARK THAT I JUST READ. I FIGURE, NO MATTER WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING, I AM STAYING WITH MY CHANGES AND ADJUSTMENTS, AND SIMPLY REALIZE THAT I AM HEADING TOWARD MY GOALS OF GREATER FITNESS AND WEIGHT LOSS, AND THINGS ARE BOUND TO HAPPEN POSITIVELY. I STARTED EATING ONLY WHEN HUNGRY AND THEN ONLY TILL SATISFIED, NOT FULL. I STARTED THE GYM 16 WEEKS AGO, AND HAVE STAYED WITH IT CONSISTENLY FOR THAT WHOLE TIME. I CUT MY SWEETS CONSIDERABLY. 11 DAYS AGO I... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:43:06 EST To add an activity. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747286 I want to add something to my routine. I do my workouts regularly now. and that has convinced me that I can stay with an activity. I could add hikes at parks on alternating days. This could help my weight loss and fitness areas. But it wouldn't add anything social. <BR> <BR> I spend a lot of time with my wife at home, where I am her caregiver. I would like to get out and be social with more people. That is why I am also considering a Tai Chi class. Or jazz guitar lessons. Or classic... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:43:14 EST I guess you take the bad with the good. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5743884 Good news-I've completed 15 weeks of exercising three times per week. Have seen a rosier outlook for me, plus, as a result of the working out, I stand straighter. I've actually improved my posture almost unintentionally. <BR> <BR> Bad news-For the last month or so I've been getting a pain in my arm when I'm stressed. Dr. will to do a treadmill test tomorrow to see if there's any need for a cardiac catheterization. I just don't want to go through that again, and I know I don't want any mor... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:08:59 EST My Lateset Last Ditch Effort to get the weight down. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5739086 Still exercising three times per week at the gym (14 weeks), and still seeing no reduction around the middle, and not seeing pounds go down. A new approach is in order. Recently I was reading of new long term studies that say that alcohol is no longer seen as a heart benefit. First, the announced benefit to one's heart came for red wine. Then, other spirits were included. People had begun to think that if only they could drink moderately, they would have a healthier heart. Now, that whole ... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:25:57 EST I won't be smoking the new legal marijuana. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735593 I know that sounds rather prudish, but I have valid reasons. Last year, I had access to some good marijuana before the recreational legal stuff was available. I went through a period of smoking some, and having some edibles, and found a couple of problems that I cared much less about when I was in my twenties and experimenting with it. One problem is my cough. I have found that I have much less tolerance for the harsh smoke entering my system that I did years ago. Smoking it recently led ... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 20:44:43 EST Are you bothered by commercials? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732880 Do you feel TV is a land where people are trying to get you excited about things that you don't want to get excited about? Do you feel compromised when you are watching something, they tell you something else is coming, and you wait and wait for that story, only to be frustrated by more talk and more commercial breaks? Do you feel the TV land is a little less REAL than you like to be? Does it seem to be a land of hucksters and promoters? <BR> <BR> Well, I can tell you something. You don... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 03:30:01 EST Watched the music and fireworks from the Boston Pops tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5732302 Their concert was moved to the third because of Hurricane Arthur. What was particularly great about it was watching the young kids sing and dance to the music of the Roaring Twenties and music of the Beach Boys from the sixties. They weren't concerned with how old the music was. They just had a great time moving to it. Reassuring to a 63 year old. Glenn Sat, 5 Jul 2014 04:49:03 EST Culmination of twelve weeks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5727479 I began my exercise program 12 weeks ago tomorrow. I will be going into the gym to complete this period which I have with successful participation for three days per week. I missed only two sessions during the whole 12 weeks, and I am not feeling any sign of becoming burned out or disinterested. I like my workouts. <BR> <BR> Though my weight has not gone down, I have lost some in term of inches in that period. And yesterday, when I went into the gym, my personal trainer and owner invited... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 01:06:05 EST What about cortisol? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723785 I was on here last night about not getting my weight down and my waist down, even though I have been exercising consistently for 11 weeks. My new solutions were to reduce alcohol, eliminate sweets, and change my post exercise snacks. I'm going to stick with those changes as stated, but add reducing my stress level so there is less waistline increasing cortisol in my system. A big stressor was just eliminated from my life, and that might be enough to reduce the compound. I'll go ahead with m... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 01:19:24 EST Breaking the plateau. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723198 I have been working out for 11 weeks, quite successfully making it to the gym and getting in my 35 to 40 minute workouts. I have seen no weight loss, but began measuring over a month ago. My chest is a little down, my hips are down, and my right leg is down. However, my waist remains the same, which is a little large. So that's no weight drop, and no waist drop also. What to do? I thought for a while about this tonight, and came up with some new guidelines for getting the weight loss go... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 05:44:11 EST What's the point of Creation? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718835 I read yesterday of a young pop singer who wants to end her life. She spoke frankly about why it was not just her music, but her whole life that she wanted to get away from. It made me think of a good question for all of you Sparkers. <BR> Why Creation? Why do we create at all? What is the point of anything, I would wonder? Why do we need to improve? Why are things bad, instead of just being things? Why are things good? I know we have jobs to make money, but why do we have hobbies?... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 03:58:15 EST And now there are inches. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5717566 Last week I reported on weight loss showing up 9 weeks into my exercise program. I was celebrating, but perhaps a little too early. I am now back up by five pounds! However, this week, after a month of tape measuring, I noticed a drop in inches. My chest, hips and right thigh are all smaller than they have been. Mid section was still unchanged. Though I have not been happy with the scale, this new development was welcomed. Thanks for all of you who suggest measuring when one is exercising... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 00:29:09 EST GOOD NEWS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5711747 I'm in my ninth week of regular, continuous exercise three days per week. No changes in weight for the first 6 weeks. I felt a little discouraged, because even though I was eating low glycemic foods most of the time, and was exercising consistently, the weight was not coming down. Now, in the last two weeks, I have lost 4.5 lbs. Maybe things are coming together in terms of my consumption and expenditures! It is very nice when you start to see a reduction when you are stepping on the scale!... Fri, 6 Jun 2014 00:51:48 EST THE RESULTS ARE IN!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5702559 I started my gym workouts 7 weeks ago. Just got my first lipid profile post workouts. Cholesterol: down 15%. LDL Cholesterol: down 15%. Triglycerides: down 20%. And to think it wasn't even that painful. <BR> <BR> Also, I just read that when the average woman works out three days per week for eight weeks, she puts on 1.75 lbs of muscle and loses 3.5 lbs of fat. I'm about two pounds down, so I could have gained and lost at that ratio. So happy I have a good personal trainer. Glenn Sun, 25 May 2014 05:20:44 EST Loving yourself as you are. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700508 Carl Rogers, one of the founders of the Humanist school of psychology, said that you have to love yourself as you are to form the basis from which you move on to a healthy psychology for your own life. I'm not sure I've even made it to that point at my young age of 63. When I look at myself in the mirror when I'm getting dressed, I see a tall man with broad shoulders and a large middle. However, my own image of myself, when I'm on my computer or sitting with my wife, is that I am actually m... Thu, 22 May 2014 07:08:32 EST I've got a plan, and it's not working. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698893 My plan for my weight loss is not working. It is based on two principles: Eat only when hungry, and eat only till satisfied, not full. This came from Spark Radio host Lily, and she lost 65 lbs and kept it off doing this. Since I was stalling with my weight somewhere in the 280's (after originally being 307), I added the guideline of eating no high glycemic carbs. However, I didn't stick to this very well. For example, on Friday, I drank one of my wife's 12 oz. Vernor's ginger ale. Then o... Tue, 20 May 2014 03:09:28 EST I like the new term, and what it entails. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692193 Today, I heard a word used that I haven't before, and I suspect we'll hear more of it. INFOBESITY. This is the condition of having received way too much information from your computer, cell phone, TV, etc. When you get overloaded with this info, it is called infobesity. I think it fits one of the paramount excesses of our culture. Glenn Sat, 10 May 2014 20:36:08 EST Progress report on eating only when hungry. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690987 Been away from the Spark for awhile, so I thought I would do an update on my plan, taken from Spark radio host Lily, to eat only when healthy, and then eat only till your satisfied. This worked for some time, and took me from 292 to 282. That was my weight in January. Then, I gradually increased to 291. Now, using the same plan, I am down to 285, a six pound loss. However, it took another modification to lose this six pounds. I had to limit sugar and high glycemic carbs. Since doing so, ... Fri, 9 May 2014 01:13:03 EST Does being online make one edgy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686186 I ask this question because I am a generally sensitive person, who, when I interact with people in my daily life, I am very kind to others, and go out of my way to make people comfortable. In fact, I did that for a living with a career in mental health. However, in the last couple of years, I have noticed a new crotchetiness, especially and almost exclusively, when I am online. On occasion, I will blurt out something unexpectedly that can be harsh or insensitive. I often later find myself a... Sat, 3 May 2014 02:54:11 EST Looking for feedback about Activity Trackers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673274 I'm considering picking up an activity tracker, and just wondered what people's experiences are with them. Do you think they are effective? Have they actually added to your motivation? Do you have any favorite activity trackers? I would guess they are not all alike. Thanks, Glenn Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:42:22 EST A Call to Boomer Consumers of Healthcare http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664740 Well, we're the generation. Aging in greater numbers than any other generation. And we've got a potential legacy. That is, being the greatest consumers of healthcare. Our costs will skyrocket. It will, from time to time, be a political issue as to how much society should spend on us. I took a stand on it 2 weeks ago. If you have a GP who likes to refer you to other specialists, the amount can grow, and the costs can add up rapidly. Becasue of my medical complaints, I was seeing eight spec... Sat, 5 Apr 2014 01:52:15 EST What's not to like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656674 I am now 62, to be 63 in five days. If I live as long as my dad, I will be 92. What should I do with next 30 years? I think I want to be a writer, and it would most likely be nonfiction. I think I want to perfect the craft of writing for 30 years. I would make some money, keep myself occupied, and still be able to attend to my wife, who is quite disabled and at home. I would be able to live in my house in the woods. I would hear the frogs in the spring, clear the needles in the fall an... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:24:25 EST