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/ 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 Happiness is... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087277 Happiness is a frame of mind. We can all adjust our outlook and perspective to be more happy. And we can all watch over ourselves like a parent would for a child and do things for ourselves that we know will lead to greater happiness. Of course diet and exercise are important, but so is working on your mindset. I guess it's kind of like seeing the glass as half full. Then drinking from it, and adding more of what works for us to that glass so it is always there, ready for partaking. Happine... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 23:43:45 EST Is there a purpose in life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086450 In the Judeo-Christian tradition, if you believed in heaven, then as you age you may live your life according to the principles of God, and purpose may show itself. If it doesn't, there's always the afterlife to reveal the true meaning of things. It will all make sense in the end. <BR> <BR> But if you have detoured from that tradition, or never followed any of it to begin with, can there still be a purpose? If you believe in the scientific explanations of the Universe, that the Big Bang w... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 03:19:12 EST I like my writing a lot better when I'm opposed to something.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084488 than when I am saying something positive. Lately, I have written some blogs with a more positive tone. I find that difficult. Painting a rosy picture is a very hard thing to do, and feel that you are contributing something. In fact, you run the risk of turning people off out of an envy for your positive state. If I am feeling good about things and write about it, who really cares? But if I can muster up the critic in me, my vocabulary improves and there is more of a dramatic impact. I like t... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 03:54:12 EST Thanks to all of you who commented on my diet blog. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082845 I've decided what to do after talking it over with the person who knows me best, my wife. I am going to cut back on butter consumption (it mainly goes on toast and potatoes). I will reduce the amount of salad dressing I use. I will limit diet drinks to averaging 12 oz per day. <BR> <BR> Fitness wise, I will get up more often (I now sit a lot). And will go to the gym three times per week. <BR> <BR> That's the plan. Thanks for all of your support. Glenn Sat, 30 Jan 2016 04:20:02 EST Back to weight loss. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081193 About a month or two ago, I wrote on this site that after over fifteen years, I was tired of my attempts to lose weight, and would just cruise for awhile, without a weight loss emphasis. But I'm up about 4 lbs, and this shirt that I really liked wearing last winter is bulging out quite a bit today as I wear it. I think I'm ready. My goal is to lose 60 lbs. If I get down in the 220's, that seems to be pretty good for me on my 6'4" frame. So, where do I start? I read about people losing 100 or ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 05:06:35 EST It seems to be a time for "fools and fanatics". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078798 I just read an article based around the following quote from Bertrand Russell: "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." Glenn Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:21:05 EST It seems to be a time for "fools and fanatics". http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078797 I just read an article based around the following quote from Bertrand Russell: "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." Glenn Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:21:02 EST It was 45 degrees farenheit here in the State of Washington today... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6077566 but I stayed home and made au gratin potatoes, as part of a ham dinner. Comfort food. It was very nice staying home with my wife. Glenn Sun, 24 Jan 2016 04:58:57 EST All of my strong ideas have left me. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075812 I was looking through my blogs of years past. I was always coming up with things to chew on that I would write a blog on. I was never out of ideas. A lot of things grabbed me. Now, in the last few months, all of that has left me. It's like it was just lifted. I am left more content lately, with nothing to spout off about.. Go figure. Glenn Thu, 21 Jan 2016 21:57:30 EST We were doing it right all along. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072327 I was just reading about a study done on 20 cosmonauts, over half of whom spent a year or more in space. I learned that their best coping style was to complain, rant, ask for sympathy. Then, the other crew members would support them. This was the top preferred coping style, and they learned it in their training. It made me feel okay about my own, slightly open book approach to my own discomfort. I have a very supportive wife, and I try to reciprocate when she has something to complain ab... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 01:47:15 EST There is a power. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6071523 There is a power in the Universe, that is so big and loving and patient that only some people experience. It might be in their heads, but I sense there must be something out there, in here, that is almost majestic. I know I am an agnostic,, and that part of me thinks it is all made up. But I do have to wonder, if not just a little. Glenn Sun, 17 Jan 2016 02:25:27 EST "I can't imagine my life being any better." http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6070296 This was a quote from a produce clerk who had made acquaintance with a psychologist who wrote for Psychology Today. It was refreshing to read as it reminded me of simplicity, and how living simply can lead to the greatest happiness. I have had it three times in my life. Once, while working as a waiter in a long established suburb of Detroit. Second, was when I was way underemployed as a skills trainer for chronically mentally ill people in a special apartment complex (8 units and a common... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:39:06 EST Hello, Sparkfriends. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067777 Hope this wonderful day is a good one for you and all. Glenn Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:42:52 EST Find out where joy resides... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061852 And give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss joy is to miss all. <BR> <BR> Robert Louis Stevenson Wed, 6 Jan 2016 06:33:28 EST What's the difference between ignorance and apathy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061825 I don't know and I don't care. Wed, 6 Jan 2016 05:34:31 EST Taking stock of finances lately. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6055813 I am realizing that I will likely have limited money, which could take me through the next 30 years or so. (I'm a 64 year old retired person.) I feel I've got my finances in pretty good order. This year I paid of credit cards and now allow myself a certain spending amount per week. It works for meals that I eat out, either drive through or at a restaurant. But I haven't yet very well accounted for the extra money that I used to put on my credit cards beyond the food and snack budget. So my... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 04:09:27 EST Read something a few minutes ago that I needed to hear as this year ends: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6053179 "If you expect people to be rational, you'll spend your life annoyed. Enjoy the oddness." <BR> Hugh O'neill <BR> from Men's Health magazine Sun, 27 Dec 2015 01:35:59 EST I just realized tonight, Chritmas Eve http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6052300 that after 64 years, I'm kind of tired of making the healthy choices all the time. Maybe it's time to break from of the constriction of the focus on total health. Live the best life you can for you. The most rewarding one. That might be my new motto. Merry Christmas everyone. Glenn. ... Thu, 24 Dec 2015 23:44:32 EST Got my FITBIT last week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6050495 Though I'm really not moving around much due to back surgery this year, I think I'll start base lining tonight. Glenn Mon, 21 Dec 2015 02:04:05 EST Happy holidays to all people who are Spark Friends!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6049139 Last night I finished up most of my Christmas cards. But tonight, I wanted to wish the best season for all of you who are or were Spark Friends, even if I'm not one of them. For my wife and family, it's been a very good year, and I wanted people to know how appreciated they are. Thanks for being out there to put out all of your generous posts. Best wishes for the New Year. Glenn Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:56:30 EST Thinking of the FITBIT. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045675 Today, I was researching ways to monitor activity. Several people seem to like the FITBIT. I was trying to find out whether it would measure rotations on the stationary bike. A store clerk at a sports store told me the FITBIT HR Charge would measure heart rate and it would know what I was doing on the bike. I had my doubts, so I wrote to the company to ask them, and am awaiting a response. The HR is quite expensive, but I could get 20% off with a special offer. So we'll see. Thanks to all... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 00:22:14 EST Thought now I might buy an exercise tracker. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6045146 And I was thinking about the Spark one, because you can tie it to your shoe. I want to measure stationary bike riding, as well as walking. I'm really not very active. I feel I could double my activity from what I do now, and the tracker would show that. Anyone have any advice? Glenn Wed, 9 Dec 2015 23:59:03 EST "There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6042028 There is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person." <BR> Annais Nin <BR> <BR> How is your book coming? Glenn Thu, 3 Dec 2015 23:31:36 EST It's time to use reason. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6041336 When you look online, you now see some of the most hateful speech that was never in the American dialogue. This is no coincidence. There are paid and unpaid people worldwide who are reading our blogs and articles and adding the most invective comments, designed to stir up hatreds and jealousies among the faithful. This really fans the fire for the new rounds of expressed hatred that we've been seeing in our country. These are what as known as the trolls, and they are numerous. Perhaps you... Wed, 2 Dec 2015 17:57:42 EST I think it's time to face ourselves as a country... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6040840 To take a good, hard look in the mirror and say, "Are we going to be exclusionary, and dare I say racist, and work to see that some religions and ethnicities can't participate in American life?" "Are we going to engender fear in groups that are different from us, just because of our own discomfort levels?" After all, isn't this fight against "political correctness" just maybe a feeble attempt to get back to "White is right" in America? We might have to face the hard truth that the world ha... Tue, 1 Dec 2015 20:24:59 EST It is the Dawn of a New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6037028 Something remarkable just happened in my life. It is the dawn of a new day. Things do happen. Sometimes, you can know that it's coming, and it seems like you have processed whatever it is, but when it really happens, it strikes you in a new way. It feel like life just delivered me a fast pitch, and I hit it out of the park, with the bases loaded.. I'm here to say these things happen. Life is not always hum drum. Happy Thanksgiving Glenn Tue, 24 Nov 2015 05:52:38 EST For you people interersted in football... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035812 I have to confess something. You might know that I have been boycotting football recently. That is due to the extreme amount of head injuries, and early dementia in so many players. Well, I had a lifelong interest in the game, particularly the Saturday college games. Well, lately, I have been following some of the games on the computer, almost all the way through. You don't see the action, but you see where the ball is on the field and know whenever somebody scores. It is very hard to kic... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:57:42 EST For you people interested in football... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035811 I have to confess something. You might know that I have been boycotting football recently. That is due to the extreme amount of head injuries, and early dementia in so many players. Well, I had a lifelong interest in the game, particularly the Saturday college games. Well, lately, I have been following some of the games on the computer, almost all the way through. You don't see the action, but you see where the ball is on the field and know whenever somebody scores. It is very hard to kic... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:57:40 EST "You can be young without money... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6035522 but you can't be old without it." <BR> <BR> Tennessee Williams Sat, 21 Nov 2015 04:37:06 EST Busy day tomorrow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034514 Looking for forward to good things in the coming weeks. Best to figure out early how not to break the bank on Christmas. Best wishes, Glenn Thu, 19 Nov 2015 01:14:45 EST When you're in a long term relationship like I am... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6034002 32 years with my spouse, prior to that seven years of cohabitation, you find most of the times things go along swimmingly. But once in a while, especially in times of stress, a partner will say something that rubs the wrong way. You find yourself disputing it. Then there are hurt feelings on both sides. You find yourselves doing things in opposite sides of the house. You think about what you can say to get even, or put her in her place. "Boy,that one would really work." But you seldom do. ... Wed, 18 Nov 2015 03:58:12 EST Another quote that I like. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6032750 Of course, for this quote as with so many others, where he says "Man", it could also include "Woman". <BR> <BR> "Man is excellently made and eagerly lives the kind of life that is being lived." <BR> <BR> Mikhail Zoshcenko Sun, 15 Nov 2015 21:11:00 EST 100 pound weight loss from a treadmill! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030750 Read a very interesting article on MSN.com a couple of days ago written by a science writer who lost 100 pounds in a year by walking on a treadmill. He used an incline, and stayed with it for an hour per day, seven days per week. He actually seemed to be embarrassed by how simple his weight loss formula was. He went from 275 lbs down to 175 lbs. There were pictures in the article. The difference in his appearance was quite striking. As a side note, he was in his mid twenties, and had never ... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 02:51:50 EST Read a very good essay in the NYTimes tonight... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6030736 about what makes a good writer. It is really about not giving up. It is about the notion that the people who become the good writers are the people who have a relentless persistence to write. The author, Benjamin Moser, states that good writing is not romantic. It is the result of staying with writing despite everything. It basically is giving it a really good work ethic. This was in an article about writers who die young in this week's NYTimes book section. (Anyone can read ten free onli... Thu, 12 Nov 2015 01:50:05 EST Nice that the heavy rains are here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6028976 I think I like every season change by the time it comes. Now, we are getting heavy rains in the Seattle area. This happens every October. Then I get tired of them as the months go by and welcome snow and ice, if it comes, and then of course spring, when things start to dry up. <BR> <BR> But my favorite season is probably still summer. I lIke the warm heat, and the fact that it's kind of a kick back less productive time (as when we used to get out of school when I was a kid.) Glenn Sun, 8 Nov 2015 22:43:29 EST I heard this said on an inspirational video tonight: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6025774 "I feel like I've changed, slowly but surely." And I thought, THAT is how I feel about my whole adult life. I also feel like I will continue changing slowly but surely, and will think similar sentiments five, ten years from now. Glenn Tue, 3 Nov 2015 02:56:44 EST