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/ 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 New Weight Loss Plan/New Exercise Plan starting on Wednesday. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6187306 I had heard about my 80 year old uncle having success with a new eating plan, and decided to adopt it to myself. So I went to a nutritionist on Monday to help me implement it. I will eat as follows: Protein and carbohydrates with three meals in addition to 2 or 3 fruits and vegetables each meal. Snacks: there are two, both consisting of a carb and a protein. And that's basically it. <BR> <BR> Then, for exercise: As I have difficulty walking since surgery last year, I was inspired by a Spar... Wed, 22 Jun 2016 01:21:57 EST Saw myself in a mirror while sitting at a styling shop tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6184333 I looked as big as a house. I was feeling good keeping my weight under 300. (I'm 6'4"). But I really didn't have a clue as to how big I was. I think tomorrow I will set up an appt. with a nutritionist. I didn't want to go on a weight loss plan. but It looks like I have to. Wouldn't be able to live with myself without trying to get in better shape. Glenn Thu, 16 Jun 2016 23:39:41 EST Minute Rice? Really? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181760 A couple of weeks ago I wrote to Spark Guy, Chris, about the ever present ads for Minute Rice at the top of our "healthy" articles. Minute Rice is a polished rice, usually white, that is about the unhealthiest thing you can eat. It is like eating sugar. White rice already has a high glycemic level, and even their brown rice is so highly processed that is must turn to sugar in the body right away. I told him we shouldn't have to see these ads when we are going for articles that will lead to ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 00:27:11 EST Bad news: Bought a bag of Ruffles last night and a small chip dip. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6181215 Good news: It is the next night, and I have not finished the bag. This bag of chips (9 oz) will last three days. Sun, 12 Jun 2016 02:50:39 EST TV is a Series of Cheap Thrills!! part II http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179928 Totally titillated is the person who buys all of the products, watches all of the leading shows, and participates in all of the leading activities that TV attempts to get one involved in. They have the car, the smart phone, maybe a laptop and an ipad. they take the vacations, eat the fast and slightly slower food (but instant gratification is the buzzword here). TV wants results from all of that viewing, and they get them. TV has become the backbone of our consumptive society. Glenn Thu, 9 Jun 2016 22:27:12 EST TV is a Series of Cheap Thrills!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6179467 And that is what the producers use to get you to watch the shows and commercials. It is a temporary boost of excitation sent to you over and over again. It's what gets you to watch for hours and hours. These titillation points affect the brain, and you get hooked on them like a junkie does his or her fix. They actually run all through the show. <BR> <BR> Ever notice how you know the difference between a made for TV movie and a feature film, but you can't put your finger on it? Part of it i... Thu, 9 Jun 2016 07:10:14 EST Anyone familiar with Statin Myopathy and exercise? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6173488 I have a form of statin myopathy where even when off statins for years, I have weakness and fatigue in my leg muscles. I've read that there have been a couple of studies done on athletes with said myopathy. They found that when these athletes train, their symptoms get worse, But athletes who don't train do better than this group. My own experience is similar to this, so I haven't been exercising. Anyone with the same experience? Glenn Tue, 31 May 2016 03:27:21 EST I've Had Enough!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6172833 Enough that is, of weighing 290 lbs. I've been here or 5 to 10 lbs more for the last almost 20 years. That has been my maintenance level after a 40 lb weight loss. But I have problems now with being at this weight. I can't do the things I want to do, and being lighter could help with those obstacles. So tomorrow, I'm painting in bold colors. I'll call my personal trainer, and tell him what I want to do. I think it would be best to drop 50 lbs. <BR> <BR> I don't yet know if working out wi... Mon, 30 May 2016 04:17:59 EST Eighteen Characteristics You Don't Want to See in a Person Seeking the Highest Office in the Land: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6167331 Name caking that more aptly describes the name caller rather than the person he has castigated. <BR> <BR> Muddying up the issues instead of contributing to their clarification. Using tired mantras to obfuscate the issues. <BR> <BR> Using phony excuses and lies to hide sharing of information about the candidate with the voters. <BR> <BR> Using shallow standards like physical appearance instead of measuring character. <BR> <BR> Making all of his speeches be about how much he is winning, and... Sat, 21 May 2016 06:04:05 EST The new data that comes out on weight loss is always full of such certainty. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162580 A recent large scale study showed that weight loss with any staying power is nearly impossible. And it essentially said don't waste your time on weight loss, because you practically can't be successful. I wrote a blog about that putting to rest all of my weight loss efforts. I threw in the towel. However, I have my own example, which I also wrote about. I have lost 43 pounds and kept it off for over twenty years. So does this article mean I should just give up, as I seemed to do? Should I be... Sat, 14 May 2016 05:35:30 EST Remember that annoying presidential candidate I was avoiding? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6162202 Well, I"M BACK. I realized to a very strong extent that if you ignore annoying (and might I add dangerous) political candidates, they might just sneak into office. It is important to keep fighting them even if is only through online comments and discussion. You really can't afford to close your eyes for too long. I thank one of my British Spark friends for reminding me of this. Glenn Fri, 13 May 2016 13:35:27 EST There is a certain political candidate... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6161748 the most insulting one we have ever had, who is so annoying that I just want to outright avoid him. Yet the only way I can is by avoiding the news. Boycotting him would mean boycotting the news entirely. That's the only way I can see of staying away from this person. So for today, I will spend no more time watching the news or reading the stories that show up on my computer. I've got to put my own equilibrium above the need to be informed. Thanks for listening. Glenn Thu, 12 May 2016 21:03:59 EST AHHH! THe Reclusive Life! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6159834 I just read a blog about the reclusive life. It is something I aspired to in my twenties. I wanted to do next to nothing and have very little contact with anyone. It led to disaster for me. It took quite a while to patch my life back up. <BR> <BR> Now I've had a career, a good life with my wife and partner, a son and grandkids, a nice house and great property. And now, as I face the prospect (40 years later) of possibly outliving my wife, I see the reclusive life as pretty desirable. Bu... Tue, 10 May 2016 04:02:35 EST Newest study on obesity. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6158526 The study on obesity that just came out looked for six years at The Biggest Loser contestants who lost weight. What they found was that almost all of them put most or all of their weight back on within those six years. They found that by the end of their time at The Loser, they had a much slower metabolism. They actually needed to eat 500 calories less per day just to maintain their weight, making it near impossible to keep it from creeping back on. <BR> <BR> I am 6'4". Twenty something yea... Sun, 8 May 2016 00:51:21 EST WAKE UP AMERICA!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155665 That's going to be my new motto as we go through this election season. Glenn Tue, 3 May 2016 15:25:05 EST HELP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155621 I'm caught up in the muck and mire of the campaign season, and it is the worst it has ever been. A leading candidate is just making harmful stuff up about the opposition. It is outrageous what he just blurted out there. And the outcome is starting to look inevitable. As those phony IRS calls say," They are closing in around me.", or something to that effect. I need desperately to get away from it all. I actually, for a few moments this morning, felt like I was going to burst. Maybe it mea... Tue, 3 May 2016 13:56:06 EST HELP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6155620 I'm caught up in the muck and mire of the campaign season, and it is the worst it has ever been. A leading candidate is just making harmful stuff up about the opposition. It is outrageous what he just blurted out there. And the outcome is starting to look inevitable. As those phony IRS calls say," They are closing in around me.", or something to that effect. I need desperately to get away from it all. I actually, for a few moments this morning, felt like I was going to burst. Maybe it mea... Tue, 3 May 2016 13:56:03 EST Nearly two years sober. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6151536 I quit drinking two years ago, largely influenced by my Dad's experience with alcohol. He wasn't what one would call abusive. He was a "lovable lush", yet during the day after drinking (which was nearly every day), he was kind of an isolated man who really needed his space. He would often be nasty to his wife or those around him. That is, until 5:00 came, and he was drinking his martinis, and was lovable again. It was what we thought of as the way of the culture he was in. Fortunately for... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:51:34 EST I've missed blogging lately. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6149039 I don't really have much to say. I have been listening to music, watching TV (Yes, my wife got me a Roku box for my birthday, so now we watch online shows on our TV. This is out first TV in over six years.), cooking. Tomorrow, I'm going out to breakfast. I have a favorite place I go to once every week or two. It's one of the things I do to get a break from caregiving. <BR> <BR> A few weeks ago, I had some very sad news that was kind of expected. My younger sister died of pancreatic cancer. ... Sun, 24 Apr 2016 04:45:41 EST For me, reaching a good BMI, I would have to http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6139117 take off 32 lbs. I would love to leave the category of obese, just to be overweight once more. That would be 246 lbs, for a BMI of 29.9. I do think I've probably made as many adjustments to what I eat than I will. So now, I will be once again looking into exercise for my health. If it leads to weight loss, more power to me. "Whatever It Takes" is my mantra for how I will get into an exercise routine. Best wishes, Spark friends. Glenn Sun, 10 Apr 2016 12:35:47 EST No Exercise Program for ME!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6126319 I was doing some reading today on a condition I have called statin myopathy. I have a quite rare type, so that I have pain and tenderness in my muscles, even thought I quit statins a long time ago. It seems that exercising with this condition antagonizes it. It gets worse when you exercise. Therefore, the blog I put up a couple of days ago about starting a ninety day program will not be happening for me. I will be concentrating on weight loss and meditation and breathing for health, but not... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 23:26:18 EST Inspired by something I saw today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6124888 I saw a video of a woman who worked out at the gym for 100 days in a row. She did it to lose weight, and went down 18 lbs..and 3 dress sizes. What it made me think about was having the motivation to stay with a gym program consistently for a relatively short period of time. My goal is to walk better after last years problematic back surgery. So I have decided just now to work out at the gym 90 days in a row in order to become a better walker. More distance and better balance are my goals.... Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:15:05 EST Here's some you may well know... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6099470 And you may not know. But if you don't know them...Well, then let them work their magic. <BR> <BR> "Never put off till tomorrow what may be done the day after." <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." <BR> Charles M. Schulz <BR> <BR> "Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lay down until it goes away." <BR>... Fri, 19 Feb 2016 00:19:04 EST I DID IT!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097837 Just a moment ago, I reached 100,000 points! I'm one who always thought, "Who cares about these points anyway. They don't amount to anything." But I signed up in 2011, and really didn't start sparking till 2012. That has been 4 years of my life! I guess it is nice to be here at this point in time. I plan to go out to Jazz Alley in Seattle on Sunday with my wife to see a leading male jazz vocalist. We will have dinner there also. We were planning to go anyway. The celebration part is that... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 01:34:06 EST msn.com listed 101 motivational quotes tonight. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097028 I picked out the ones that I liked best: <BR> <BR> When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down, "Happy". They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life. John Lennon, the much maligned hero of my youth. <BR> <BR> If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough. <BR> <BR> Let us be` grateful to the people w... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 04:45:16 EST I love my wife, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096183 I also love my house, I love my car, I love going out to breakfast at this local restaurant (on my own) almost once per week where I love the breakfast I usually order, and I like the staff. I love creating the grocery list for the two of us, going out and buying the food, then preparing it, then cleaning up. I loved getting my education. I say all of this because my wife thinks she will pass before me, which may well be, but I know that life isn't ALL about the one on one relationship. Ther... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 05:33:48 EST The power of visualization. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6096090 Was just reading a blog about a guy who recommended using visualization to acquire what you want. It reminded me that I very often use visualization before I start a project or an undertaking. I will think about outcome ahead of time, then progress through the activity to reach that goal. It is very similar to what some track runners do before a race. It crystalizes your goal and outcomes, and makes it easier to proceed. Glenn Sun, 14 Feb 2016 23:49:24 EST New, self imposed, two week challenge for me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6094411 Tomorrow, I will start a walking program. I plan to get out and walk 0.2 miles per day, using my cane. On days I don't go out and walk, I will go to the gym for a total of seven days per week, I will do this challenge for two weeks, then will stop and review my progress and where I'm at with it. This might sound counter intuitive, but dark chocolate will be my reward, and I will start an new bar for every seven days of success. Wish me luck. Glenn Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:12:02 EST