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 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 The Slow, Slow Decline http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5616095 I started with this newer way of eating last summer. I got it from one of the hosts of the Spark Radio show who took off sixty five pounds and successfully kept it off. It consists of two princlples: Eat only when you are hungry, and eat only until you are satisfied, not full. It takes a little practice to do this effectively. It helps to recognize when you are eating emotionally, instead of out of hunger. However, I have incorporated this into my eating practices, and have lost 15 lbs si... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 15:58:13 EST Do Vegetarians Live Longer than Meat Eaters? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5611160 They do. According to studies cited in an article I just read on the MSN network, they live an average of 6 years longer. I wonder where that puts Atkins' people and paleo people on the spectrum? Glenn Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:30:58 EST The Best of Both Worlds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5610764 A couple of weeks ago I posted about starting a hiking program. Afterwards, I hiked through one park. The next day and for a few thereafter, I had some bad joint problems, and never returned to the hikes. Now, I'm thinking of going easier on these walks. Not challenge myself so much, especially on the climbs. <BR> <BR> I read an article on Spark tonight about alternating a couple of cardio activites throughout your week, and to get the most benefit by exercising for five days. It just... Fri, 31 Jan 2014 02:42:26 EST My apology http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604431 I am sorry to the Sparkers out there who had the opportunity to read my blog entitled, "Blah, Blah Blah". It was offensive and critical of an activity that I am finding is very important to many people. Glenn Fri, 24 Jan 2014 13:12:04 EST Blah, Blah, Blah. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5598580 (I deleted the content of this blog because I found it was offensive to many Sparkers.) My apologies. Glenn Sun, 19 Jan 2014 02:30:56 EST Reading about hiking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5595404 Reading about hiking tonite and it looks so interesting. I love getting out in a woods on a trail. Take in the hummus(sp?) smell coming up from the ground. You can feel the oxygen as you breathe. It seems so good for you when you are walking and taking it all in. And the stress seems to melt away. I've had a lot of starts and stops with my exercise programs. I would like to begin hiking, and stay with it. But until I get out of the house a few times, I know myself well enough to realize... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:00:26 EST All is Well with the World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589873 Here it is, 2:52 Am on Saturday morning. I worked up my Spark points tonight, I am twenty pounds down from what I was a year and a half ago, I read some pretty decent blogs tonight, my wife is happy, and all is well with the world. Now, I've got to go change the sheets so we can go to bed. Blessings, Glenn Sat, 11 Jan 2014 05:55:02 EST All is Well with the World http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589872 Here it is, 2:52 Am on Saturday morning. I worked up my Spark points tonight, I am twenty pounds down from what I was a year and a half ago, I read some pretty decent blogs tonight, my wife is happy, and all is well with the world. Now, I've got to go change the sheets so we can go to bed. Blessings, Glenn Sat, 11 Jan 2014 05:55:01 EST No to Technology? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5583832 I just read a report on the Microsoft Network Web page that had fourteen predictions for the year (2014). One of the predictions was that we are going to lose more and more of our privacy, and this will be heightened by the increasing use of drones invading our private lives. The segment went on to predict that this year that the people who are resisting technology will grow. When will we reach a tipping point of resistence to the technological world where people might begin living more nat... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 03:49:43 EST Can you ever really be 24/7 for something? Dealing with commitment http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5582584 I ask this and wonder also if you can ever be functioning on all cylinders, or can you ever be totally all in on a project? Are you ever really working 100% for something?, or, as some say, 110%? <BR> <BR> In my case, I concluded long ago that the answer was no. Being single minded of purpose for a long period of time led to life getting out of balance and going downhill rapidly. You begin losing sleep, ignoring signs you are out of whack, and lose all sense of some of the warm and fuzz... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 03:19:04 EST Apples as good as statins? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5581975 I just read a report on the Psychology Today online site where a man cited a study from the British Medical Journal that found that for relief of cardiac symptoms, a statin has about 12% effectiveness. The study found that in people who eat one apple per day, there is also a 12% effectiveness in reducing cardiac symptoms. Apples are as effective as statins, according to this. That is really good news for me, as someone who can't take statins. Of course I would like to see this study repli... Sat, 4 Jan 2014 14:21:08 EST Getting a Jump on the New Year. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5574198 I've been thinking about a few changes I want to make. I have no reason to wait till Jan 1, so I'm starting tomorrow, Dec 29, 2013. These include finding a church I'm comfortable with and working out at the gym three times per week. I was attending a local church recently, but found a little element of fire and brimstone in it that I haven't appreciated. So I might try a couple more churches, starting with one tomorrow. As for working out, I haven't done that for many months, and will s... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 23:34:08 EST Should she love herself? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568420 There was a time a few months ago when a blogger wrote how disappointed she was because she didn't know how to love herself. I wrote back, "Why is it necessary to love yourself?" Lately, I have been feeling like taking that back. I think there are degrees of loving yourself, and it is best to treat yourself with care and compassion. And if you do it long enough. who knows, you might find that you do love yourself. <BR> <BR> Last year I was on a very rigid diet plan. I lost 55 lbs, alwa... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 02:39:20 EST 1st Day of Advent http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5554538 Today is the first day of advent. Though I dabble in religions, I wouldn't call myself religious. However, my wife calls herself a Christian, and likes to follow some of their traditions and rituals. So this evening, before dinner, I got the advent wreath out from storage and set it up. As you do, I lit one of the four candles, and we ate dinner under the glow of the advent candle. Each Sunday night before Christmas, you add a lit candle to the mix, until the last week you have all four li... Sun, 1 Dec 2013 21:03:39 EST Today Was National Take A Hike Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5543922 And I'm a sucker for some of these days. Some of you may know I shaved off my beard for Shave off Your Beard day on October 17. Well, I have been waiting and waiting for I don't know what to start my new walking program. Tonight, learning it was Take a Hike Day, at 9:00 at night with it raining out a little, I grabbed a good flashlight and took a 20 minute hike on my front road. It was leisurely. Some of the old joints let me know they were there, but when I got home they quieted down. Ma... Mon, 18 Nov 2013 01:55:54 EST Forced Disability by Agreement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5538614 I know this is not the best place to write about American football. After all this is a weight loss and fitness site. But somehow this blog entry might be connected to what we do on weekends <BR> <BR> There was an article by Frank Bruni in the New York Times this weekend about the recently discovered and much discussed presence of Traumatic Brain Encephalopathy in older and former football players. It seems, for those who don't know, just one concussion at a younger age, and sometimes mul... Mon, 11 Nov 2013 20:58:14 EST Young-er women as superheroes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5536302 I'm taking a risk in writing this. Last night I wrote about the joy I sometimes get in seeing the inventive blogs that come to this site. Some of them look very professional. <BR> But tonite, I have something different to talk about. I am talking about the absolute, tremendous need of some us Sparkers to achieve in all manner of ways. I'm talking mostly about the need of probably a minority of younger people, and especially younger women to be as superheroes. You can see evidence of it w... Sat, 9 Nov 2013 04:25:10 EST Sometimes. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5535397 Sometimes it's just great to read all of these inventive blogs. Good luck to you, Glenn Fri, 8 Nov 2013 01:23:48 EST "If you think you got it, you don't." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5519986 Many months ago, I did some writing on here about the happiness studies with all of the theories of how to achieve it. At the time I was looking myself for ways to be happier. Now, looking back on that period, I am reminded of some things I learned in Eastern studies in my early college years. That was that when you get involved in the search for happiness, it always seems to be just around the corner. It is only when you quit the search, that is when you find it. It seems to take the effo... Tue, 22 Oct 2013 04:42:03 EST Added: Eat only healthy things. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517491 Well, I've tried for two or three months now to (1) eat only when hungry and (2) eat only till satisfied. However, I have kept putting on weight. I am now up close to 300. So tonight I made a new decision . To add: (3) Eat only healthy things. Thus no more chips, burgers, diet sodas, French fries, white flour crackers, and anything else I can think of that seems to be an unhealthy thing to put in my mouth. Maybe THIS will start me back on the path to losing. I hope so. Glenn Sat, 19 Oct 2013 05:29:10 EST Well, It's national beard free day here in the US. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516718 I woke up tonight at 3:30AM, and started Sparking. Moments before I started, I poured myself a stiff double Jamesons Irish whisky. Then, I read it is National beard free day today, Friday. Well, I'm finishing up on the Spark, and thinking I'm going to shave my beard off in the next few minutes. I'll try and get a picture to post on this site. Then, I'll probably just grow it right back. <BR> <BR> Greatly admiring people who are on a program and sticking to it. That has been no small fea... Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:05:04 EST If you're motivated...you'll eventually reach your goal. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513841 Read this on someone's blog tonight about motivation. It struck me so clearly, that I thought I would repeat it. These are words to live by. They're really all you need. Good luck Sparksters. Glenn Tue, 15 Oct 2013 02:29:09 EST Feel just sick about it!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5505310 Yesterday, bought a bag of Halloween candy. You know, the mix that has the candy corn and the soft, gushy sugary pumpkins, all with orange dye. Then I took a tour of our new wine and spirit Superstore with my credit card. End result: Indulgence last night and was up 1 lbs this morning. I feel just sick about it. 1 lb 6 ozs of candy. 3 stiff Scotch drinks late last night, with a little bit of wine. <BR> Last night it was like I found the treasure. Today, I'm not even sure I want to eat ... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 15:44:45 EST American football can be really exciting. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504980 I used to love watching the college games on Saturdays. But after hearing about the amount of concussions in the players that can lead to early dementia, and also lead to traumatic brain injury, not to mention the leg and knee injuries so many players face that lead to difficulty walking in later life, I had to give it up. These guys are heroes for corporate America, and neither they nor the corporations that sponsor them are particularly concerned with what the consequences of participati... Sat, 5 Oct 2013 07:24:18 EST Not For Most Sparkers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492407 I've discovered salt. Not just any salt, but sea salt. I've discovered that if I drink two or three glasses of salt water, I feel really good. One thing I didn't mention. I have a chronically low salt level in my blood. Every time I get my electrolytes done, my sodium, and often my chloride levels are in the low range. Even though I have been drinking this salt water, my blood pressures have been in the 120's over low 70's. I actually think it's probably good for me to do this, as long... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:57:56 EST Now I've Taken My Third Walk in Five Days... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487307 Now I've taken my third walk in five days, and started writing down what I'm eating in my journal. If I can stick with it, it will complete a commitment I made in a Spark Blog weeks ago. I know I will do this!! Glenn Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:46:44 EST All Things Must Pass http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485085 I usually write a blog when I'm grappling with something or going through a change, and it seems like there was a lot of that in the first half of the year. But now, things have been cruising along okay for this very pleasant summer. I've been consistently commenting on some of the blogs others have written. <BR> <BR> It seems I may have started losing weight again, though there is no apparent reason why it is going on now. I did join up with a waking challenge, and yesterday was my fir... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 03:34:56 EST Five twelve hour self scheduling shifts. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5475337 I got this idea from a blogger on the Spark. She was writing about her job being 12 hour self scheduling shifts. I know now she was strictly talking about work, but this was my thinking: I am retired and just today was lamenting the amount of free time that I have. I thought there might be some possibilities here to break my week into 5 12 hr self scheduling shifts. I would still have 4 or 5 hours of free time. (And if you ask me, that's a lot of free time). But I could probably do won... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 05:57:39 EST This is a very kind site. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472187 Just reading about some people who are struggling right now. Life can be a series of struggling and sort of cruising. I have found that sharing the dark periods on Spark can lead to quick and compassionate responses. This is a very kind site. Glenn Sun, 1 Sep 2013 01:07:49 EST Add two things, and I will. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5466352 I posted a depressing scenario a couple of nights ago about my weight creep. Very many people suggested just doing one or two thing new for a while, and concentrate of sticking to those. I've decided it will be the 15 minutes of exercise each day (with two thirty minute workouts at the gym per week) and keeping track of my consumption with a journal. I find it very cumbersome to track on the Spark, but I am a long time journal writer, and that will be my method. Thanks to everyone who comm... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 02:12:25 EST