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/ Progress Report: A Month of Fruits, Vegetables and Exercise. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6294184 A little over a month ago, I learned that because my older brother has prostate cancer, I have a greatly increased risk of contracting it. So, I looked it up on the Fred Hutchison Cancer Center website, and learned about their diet for cancer. It said to increase fruits and vegetables to 8 or 9 per day. It also said to reduce fat. For most cancers, you just reduce saturated and trans fats, but for prostate cancer , it seems all fats are bad. So I have been eating like it prescribes. I also, o... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 21:39:09 EST "The most imortant thing in life is to stay loyal to yourself." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6293285 This comes from Lucia Manzano, 100 year old Spanish citizen who lived through the reign of dictator Francisco Franco. Sat, 7 Jan 2017 14:41:13 EST A quote from an astronaut: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6292364 "Every generation has the obligation to free men's {and women's} minds for a look at new worlds, to look out from a higher plateau than the last generation." <BR> <BR> Eileen S. Onizaka <BR> <BR> (This is not just about space.) Glenn Fri, 6 Jan 2017 06:16:01 EST My Word for 2017 Will Be "Patience". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6289182 I can't afford to be all upset and in shock and dismay at everything that happens this year. So my word for 2017 is patience. Glenn <BR> <BR> And it will probably have to be my word for 2018, 2019 and possibly 2020. Mon, 2 Jan 2017 01:35:48 EST The Answer to: Do Things in our Lives Really, Truly Get Solved? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288374 "We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy." <BR> <BR> Pema Chodron <BR> <BR> This is something to thin... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 03:50:31 EST I just want to say... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6288328 A hearty GOOD BYE to 2016. Glenn Sun, 1 Jan 2017 00:40:20 EST Use Things, Not People http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6287519 The other way never works. <BR> <BR> (Taken from a movie about minimalism.) Fri, 30 Dec 2016 14:06:54 EST Food is Function. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6280874 Food sustains. It gives us energy and nutrients. But food is also dysfunction. It can give us obesity and all manner of diseases and allergic reactions. It can save us, and it can kill us. <BR> <BR> I hope you are developing a good relationship with food. Glenn Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:01:45 EST Quote for the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278793 To the best of my recollection, it goes something like this: <BR> <BR> "New challenges often go through stages. <BR> At first, they may seem impossible. <BR> Over time, the same challenge becomes improbable. <BR> Until eventually, that very thing that's challenging us has become inevitable." Fri, 9 Dec 2016 23:07:50 EST In answer to the question, What was your childhood like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6278362 At this point, and I wonder if many others feel the same way, I really don't know. Certainly I was loved when I came into the world. Dad was often busy building his business, an engineering firm. Mom was stay at home, often cleaning, cooking or visiting with neighbors and a friend across town (I would go with her). We had 4 kids in the family in a professionally oriented neighborhood. Nice maternal grandparents, who I spent time with and greatly enjoyed . I remember mom as being sometimes... Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:16:31 EST A Bad Case Of Deconditioning, and a Solution. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6277895 Since I had back surgery last year in February, I have greatly restricted my activity, and thus have become very deconditioned. I have a long driveway with a small hill on it. A couple of weeks ago, I took the trash out to the street for pickup. Coming back, I walked at my normal pace, but by the time I got to the house, I was gulping for air and was so breathless that I thought, I could have a heart attack right here. <BR> <BR> In contrast, tonight, I had three large bins to wheel out there... Thu, 8 Dec 2016 03:51:45 EST Well, we've made it past the election, through Thanksgiving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6276479 and I take it most of us are still here. I wonder what effect the events of the last month have had on you. <BR> <BR> I know I certainly didn't want the guy who got in to make it. But he's there now. I've kind of decided not to get all upset about things. I know we have a government in power that doesn't represent my point of view. But what can I do? To preserve my sanity and help my wife preserve hers, I've chosen to take more detached view. It feels a heck of a lot better this way, and ... Mon, 5 Dec 2016 02:28:38 EST I need to do something to change my life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6269200 Nobody puts a time limit on how long you can hang around Spark. I've been here for years. It IS a weight loss site, yet after 4 or 5 years, I am saturated with articles and quizzes about weight loss. I've had support when I gain, and support when I lose. And now, after decades of working on weight issues, I have a very low frustration tolerance point for reading any more. But yet, I'm not ready to jump ship. <BR> <BR> I think the only reason I'm still here is that I like hearing from my Sp... Fri, 18 Nov 2016 23:41:51 EST Quote for the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6268221 "Re-examine everything you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul." <BR> Walt Whitman. Thu, 17 Nov 2016 04:43:25 EST Let's Put an End to This Brutal Game!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267021 Yes. I' talking about American football. <BR> <BR> This weekend alone the quarterback from the number three college team in the country suffered a broken collarbone. First reports were that he was out for rest of the season. Now, his coach has come out ad said it's not true that he will be out for the season. There are only two months left! <BR> <BR> Another player this weekend suffered a punctured lung. <BR> <BR> So it's not only the concussions and consequent CTE that these guys re deali... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:30:00 EST Let's Put an End to This Brutal Game!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6267020 Yes. I' talking about American football. <BR> <BR> This weekend alone the quarterback from the number three college team in the country suffered a broken collarbone. First reports were that he was out for rest of the season. Now, his coach has come out ad said it's not true that he will be out for the season. There are only two months left! <BR> <BR> Another player suffered a punctured lung. <BR> <BR> So it's not only the concussions and consequent CTE that these guys re dealing with. We n... Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:29:59 EST Time For That Peace Movement I Talked About a Little While Ago. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6266530 We could start by licking our wounds and practicing some random acts of kindness with our neighbors. And I'm talking about our neighbors on both sides of the spectrum. We've got to keep our heads held high and care for those around us. It's the only way to healing. Glenn <BR> <BR> (I was inspired to write these thoughts by a gentleman who wrote an article about the need for love on the psychologytoday.com website.) Mon, 14 Nov 2016 03:21:27 EST Had Our Cable Disconnected on Wednesday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6265519 We are now free of the cable box. Neither my wife nor I were interested in seeing this new president set up his forthcoming presidency. Plus, we didn't want to be involved in the very commercial and commercially driven holiday season. Thus, we will be approaching Christmas with a degree of peace. Best wishes, Glenn Sat, 12 Nov 2016 03:09:45 EST What do we do in a horrible time like this? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264393 In the words of the great Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu: <BR> <BR> "Chop wood. Carry water." <BR> <BR> It's what we always do. <BR> <BR> Take care, Glenn Wed, 9 Nov 2016 14:23:08 EST As I saw Whoopi Goldberg say this morning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6264173 No matter what happens today, you've still got to get up tomorrow and take care of your baby, buy your groceries, and pay your bills. <BR> <BR> Here Here. Tomorrow, I've got to get up, take a shower, go to the dentist to get my teeth cleaned, grocery shop, and serve something for dinner. How right she was. Glenn Wed, 9 Nov 2016 04:27:31 EST "Most True Things are Kind of Corny, Don't You Think? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262198 The full quote is: <BR> "Most true things are kind of corny, don't you think? <BR> But we make them more sophisticated out of sheer embarrassment." <BR> Michael Faber <BR> <BR> Today, I really embarrassed myself. I was no doubt being genuine, which is okay when you're writing a blog, but sometimes doesn't work when you are out in the world. I loved my dad, but I always thought he was kind of an idiot so... Sat, 5 Nov 2016 08:34:28 EST Could Somebody Stop Changing All of the Rules??!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6262085 That's not my sentiment, but it seems to be the way a lot of people in his country and the world feel about how things are progressing. Women have made strides forward. African Americans have made gains. The concerns of Hispanics are now being addressed. The Supreme Court gave more status to the people who are LBGT. Whole industries are changing due to the needs we have to reduce global warming. You can now get thrown out of school for being a bully. These changes appear to be both good and b... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 22:52:24 EST Is today SOMEDAY? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6261667 Is today the day you take the bull by the horns and make that commitment for a new life? Is today the day you join the gym, go on a diet, eat that extra food (if you need it) give up cigarettes, have your last drink, call a friend, make up with that person you are estranged from, or start meditating? Today could be the day. Today is November 4th. It's as good as any other. Take the plunge! Why not start now!? Glenn <BR> <BR> *The phrase "Is Today Someday?" came from the Lymphoma and Leu... Fri, 4 Nov 2016 00:51:28 EST Second Day on My New Eating Plan http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6260126 I ate three meals and two snacks the first day successfully. However, I was pretty hungry at the end of the day, and woke up quite hungry, but 1.8 lbs down. It took me half a day to get over my hunger. <BR> <BR> Today was the same. I had three meals and two snacks, and was very hungry as the evening wore on. This time, I violated the plan, and had an Orange Julius (half orange juice and half milk on ice) later in the evening. Still hungry, but I'm thinking this hunger might fade over time.... Tue, 1 Nov 2016 05:42:07 EST We Hold Ourselves Responsible... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259523 For who and what we are. We are usually the biggest arbiters of our own guilt and shame. Yet are we really in that much of our own control? <BR> <BR> Can we help it if we were born small or large or thin or fat? Can we help it if we were born into a disadvantaged background, or lived in a home that didn't quite understand what goes into the love of a child? Can we help it if we had mean brothers and sisters, or none at all? Can we help it if we had good or poor role models when we were gr... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 23:14:35 EST Can I Really Do This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259090 Today it was a large bowl of Vietnamese beef and noodle soup (Pho) for lunch. Then two large pieces of sausage, pepperoni and Canadian bacon pizza for dinner. I'm eating wrongly, and plan to get right back on track tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Weeks ago, I instituted an eating plan that I previously had while recovering in a nursing home last year. On that diet, I lost almost 30 lbs and then put it right back on after coming home. The plan I set up at home this September was to eat three meals per... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 00:36:48 EST Can I Really Do This? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6259089 Today it was a large bowl of Vietnamese beef and noodle soup (Pho) for lunch. Then two large pieces of sausage, pepperoni and Canadian bacon pizza for dinner. I'm eating wrongly, and plan to get right back on track tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Weeks ago, I instituted an eating plan that I previously had while recovering in a nursing home last year. On that diet, I lost almost 30 lbs and then put it right back on after coming home. The plan I set up at home this September was to eat three meals per... Sun, 30 Oct 2016 00:36:47 EST Why Do We Eat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6258466 We Eat To Be Alive. So what's the Big Deal? Glenn <BR> <BR> (That 5 word answer to my question was a headline to an article from today's New York Times.) Fri, 28 Oct 2016 14:09:15 EST A Little Light Reading: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6255539 "If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, <BR> is an empty desk a sign?" <BR> Albert Einsten <BR> <BR> <BR> "Right now, I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. <BR> I think I've forgotten this before." <BR> Steven Wright <BR> <BR> <BR> "From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, <BR> I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend to re... Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:46:26 EST Feeling Election Stress? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252712 Here's a good way to wind down. It can apply to any area of stress in your life, and you can do it over and over. <BR> <BR> First, turn off your TV or any device that your use to follow politics. It's a good idea to shut your eyes. Feel the sensation around your skin. Is the air cool or warm? Is the air moving or still? Then go inward, and look at different areas of your body. Are any feeling tense? Relax them. Think of them loosening their grip on you. Now, go to your thoughts about whethe... Mon, 17 Oct 2016 03:03:40 EST To You. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6252184 To you, My Beautiful Bed. <BR> <BR> Where have you been all my life? <BR> <BR> Don't tell me. I know. <BR> <BR> You've been there the whole time. <BR> <BR> But why is it only now that I have discovered you in your sweetness. <BR> <BR> Only since my lower back surgery, last year, and the recent decompensation from some kind of muscle disorder I seem to have in my legs. So that periodically, I have to lay down and give them a rest. And same with you, back. <BR> <BR> Now, oh bed, I come t... Sun, 16 Oct 2016 00:44:37 EST My Abbreviated Weight Loss Struggle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6246544 Heavy as a kid, I played basketball for a season at 15 years old and lost 20 lbs. I stayed slim in my teens and twenties, then started to put weight on. Got on Atkins and lost 40 lbs. That all came back. <BR> <BR> By the time I was 45, I was at 305, or 90 lbs overweight. I had been hooked on fast food, mashed potatoes, sugary Cokes. Then signed up for Optifast, a hospital based severe eating plan. I lost 90 lbs in only 2 and a half months. Eventually, put all of that back on, and over time... Wed, 5 Oct 2016 00:25:12 EST Three weeks of dieting. Four violations. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6244497 Will I ever actually lose? Last week it was a large bag of chips with dip. This week, a package of Oreos in one evening. Next a smaller bag of chips. Then, tonight, as I was watching one of my favorite movies, I grabbed the box of large wheat grain crackers out of the cupboard and had five of them smothered with salmon mousse. It went very well with my green iced tea, and left me totally satisfied. Will I ever learn? Glenn Sat, 1 Oct 2016 04:43:34 EST So far, So good!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6240421 For years I have known how to eat heathy. However, I've been obese for a long time. Last week, I stared a new plan. I am eating three meals per day, with two snacks. In nine days, I'm down 4.8 pounds. Thank you Universe!! Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:57:13 EST To anyone contemplating retirement... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6233180 If you feel you can afford it, just do it! I cannot really tell you how great you will feel to be free of the work world (especially if you are an introvert, like me.) I have now been retired for six years. There's really nothing like it. Glenn Sat, 10 Sep 2016 01:36:33 EST Thoughts on health. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6223789 There is a positive side to every health outcome. Let us recognize that and always move forward with dignity and awe. <BR> WEARINGTHIN Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:25:11 EST How to Lose Weight the Natural Way. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6222783 Last week was a rough one for me in terms of making bad food choices. By Saturday, I had made the decision to see a dietician in the coming week. Then, on Sunday, I was talking to my wife about my decision, and mentioned I wanted to just go in, tell the dietician to put down her pen, and just talk about what I needed to do for a whole hour. What, asked my wife, do you need to do? Well, we talked for about a half an hour and I knew what I wanted and needed to do, and it was no longer to s... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:49:20 EST We Can All Handle Duress... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6216520 What we can't handle is not being able to make a contribution. <BR> Author on Book TV Fri, 12 Aug 2016 04:55:23 EST Perhaps by trying to change her face and skin tone... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6213220 Renee Zellwigger is moving past her old persona. It could be she is settling into a new, more sedate Renee whose relationships in movies, as in lives, will take her to a new level. A level from where she can emerge as a more self aware woman who can choose roles and help set parameters for what she will be doing from now on. Using some of her past, but adding a new dimension of adulthood, of womanhood. I myself would enjoy seeing her as a new self directed and freer woman. Of course, I am co... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 11:37:20 EST 20+ years of watching what I eat, and I've had it. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6210705 Went to the store tonight after still being hungry after dinner and bought a small container of Reser's potato salad, a medium bag of horseradish and cheddar potato chips and two liter diet Pepsi. Then, over the course of an hour I ate all of the potato salad, some of the chips, and had two glasses of the Pepsi. I just thought, I'm hungry, I'm going to eat what fills me up, and heck with the scale. Oh yeah, I also had a ten ounce glass of 1% milk. It might just be that I didn't get enough s... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 23:56:46 EST For All Who are Seeking Peace... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209812 May this be a quiet Sunday like no other. Glenn Sun, 31 Jul 2016 14:05:19 EST Referring to a Major Political Figure We all Know... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6209410 He's not just politically incorrect, as he likes to say. He's just not correct... period. Glenn <BR> <BR> Forgive me. I don't want to make the Spark into a political site. I just didn't know where else to air this. Glenn Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:24:24 EST The Other Night I wrote about Peace. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6203538 I think it is very important. I have been thinking about it, and I wonder if in these times, we need a new peace movement. It is so necessary to have peace in your life and in the world around you. Imagine life where it doesn't exist. Getting to peace is a trick in itself. It can start with breathing, meditation and prayer. Life is so much better when you have it.. Glenn Wed, 20 Jul 2016 04:41:52 EST Inspired by another... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6202308 I just say Peace to the World tonight. Glenn Mon, 18 Jul 2016 01:18:30 EST "It Does Not Do to Dwell on Dreams and Forget to Live." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6196235 This is a quote I read tonight on msn.com from the Harry Potter book, The Sorcerers Stone. <BR> <BR> Much of my teens and early twenties were spent dwelling, and not really living. It took for life to come along and knock me "upside the head" before I really started my adult life. Still a dreamer now, I feel that I also have partaken of much that life has to offer, and hope I have many more years to be a part of this experience called life. Glenn Thu, 7 Jul 2016 02:35:26 EST "I Can Do Better." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6194982 This phrase comes from the world of neuroscience. I just read an article by neuroscientist Christopher Bergland that according to recent research into optimal functioning when it comes to motivation, this phrase, repeated over and over , is the most powerful technique for improving performance. Dr Bergland became a world champion triathlete by uttering phrases much like this to his self, winning three major triathlons in a row. Eventually, he was so obsessed with winning and improving himse... Tue, 5 Jul 2016 03:29:53 EST We strive in our own lives to achieve and grow all the time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6193588 I am reminded of a quote I recently read: <BR> "Sartaj was thinking about how uncanny an animal life this was that you had to serve it and let go of it at the same time, that you had to enjoy but also plan, live every minute and die every moment." <BR> Vikram Chandra <BR> Sacred Games <BR> <BR> And when you are doing that planning: <BR> "The life of sensation is the life of greed; it requires more and more. The life of spirit requires less and less. Time is ample and it... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 12:28:24 EST Gym and Yoga so far successful. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6192146 New diet plan not so. <BR> <BR> Did 40 minutes at the gym on Monday. Then, tonight I did three segments of new yoga session, For diet plan, I am actually up 1.4 lbs from last week when I started. Still hangin' in there. Could be partly due to excess protein amount I am sneaking in. I'll have to closely monitor that. <BR> <BR> Side note: Our store was having a sale on this great Snoqualmie ice cream. Got a pint of Mountain Blackberry. I served my wife and I 1/2 cup each with some organic s... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 01:11:28 EST Gym Tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6190286 Then DDP yoga on Wednesday. The yoga will be important to get my balance back and walking better. <BR> <BR> Also, started my new eating plan last Wednesday. So far, no real weight loss. Probably to tweak it a little. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to this week! Glenn Mon, 27 Jun 2016 01:44:41 EST Minute Rice, part 2. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6188559 Many people wrote asking about my contacting of Spark Guy, Chris, about the MInute Rice ads that appear on the top of a lot of the searches we do for healthy eating. It was bothersome to me and many others that these ads are for a product with dubious health benefits, and they appear like a regular post. So I sent him an email, and am just reporting to those wanting to know the response that there was no response. The ads still exist, and I received no contact from Chris. Sorry, Glenn Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:42:37 EST