WOUBBIE's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=WOUBBIE WOUBBIE'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 new project http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5718056 I've been inspired by VJH-W65's blog. She finally completed a very difficult quilt project that's been in the works for over 20 years. <BR> <BR> Well, my little cross stitch is just under that mark. I probably started it just before or just after the boys were born, so that puts it at around 18 years. Here's what the finished product WILL look like (emphasis on the WILL): <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/6/l862650043.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My eyesight is not what it used... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 20:50:33 EST If you really want to thank a vet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5703392 take action and help get things done. Here are two places to start: <BR> <BR> <link>www.credomobilize.com/petitions/tell<BR>-senator-mcconnell-stop-blocking-fundi<BR>ng-for-veterans-healthcare?akid=10780.<BR>4328109.jKXrcc&rd=1&suppress_one_click=true&t=4 </link> <BR> <BR> <link>action.votevets.org/page/s/unemploym<BR>ent?source=homepage140207 </link> Mon, 26 May 2014 09:48:43 EST Shopping for a bra.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677198 An open letter to Phyllis (she isn't dead yet?) Schlafly from a future leader of America! (Excerpt follows, full text available in link.) <BR> <BR> Dear Ms. Schlafly, <BR> <BR> I’m a teenage girl who has been reading about you quite a bit in the news lately. It seems to me that you have absolutely no idea what women of my generation are all about. I can understand that because I often deal with older people who think that their generation is superior and my generation is the worst thing eve... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:25:59 EST Divest Monsanto: Does your Mutual Fund profit from them? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668296 From "Food Democracy Now!": <BR> <BR> After a 6-month investigation into the top shareholders of Monsanto, Food Democracy Now! has learned that the largest shareholders of Monsanto stock are massive institutional investors. They are some of the world’s largest and most popular mutual funds – names like Vanguard, Fidelity and State Street. <BR> <BR> This is where millions of Americans invest their hard earned money hoping to be able to retire one day – and they are the top shareholders for M... Wed, 9 Apr 2014 13:41:01 EST Petitioning BK and Wendy's to remove pop from kid's meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5643138 There's a petition at Moms Rising that could use a few more signatures: <BR> <BR> <link>action.momsrising.org/sign/kidsmeals<BR>/?akid=5234.157852.hVuRBy&rd=1&t=2 </link> <BR> <BR> The text reads: <BR> <BR> Dear Daniel S. Schwartz, CEO Burger King and Emil Brolick, CEO Wendy’s: <BR> <BR> We, the undersigned, write to ask Burger King and Wendy's to strengthen its commitment to providing children with healthy meal options, including by removing soda and other sugary beverages from your ... Sat, 8 Mar 2014 20:23:42 EST FlyLady 101 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5638925 Yes. This is very, very long. I'm putting this here so I can link to it for anyone who's interested in trying the FlyLady system and is uncomfortable "just jumping in" where she is on any given day without understanding the bigger picture. Without further ado, FlyLady 101! <BR> <BR> While FlyLady has some wonderful ideas, her confusing email system makes it sometimes a little difficult to just “jump in where we are”, as she says. <BR> <BR> Marla Cilley had always been a disorganized mess un... Mon, 3 Mar 2014 20:05:55 EST Why is red meat red? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5622296 My sister brought this up at dinner on Sunday (my steak was not quite as rare as I like!), so I decided to read up on it. Just thought it was kinda interesting reading for all of us bad, bad meat eaters. (Yes, I'm being sarcastic. I'm noshing on a salad right now.) <BR> <BR> From the Today I Found Out website: <BR> <BR> <link>www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/201<BR>0/04/the-red-juice-in-raw-red-meat-is-<BR>not-blood/ </link> <BR> <BR> The Red Juice in Raw Red Meat is Not Blood <BR> <B... Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:05:33 EST A request for Super Bowl Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5612409 Watch this awesome two minute video then post a link to your Facebook page. It's better than any ad you're gonna see tomorrow. <BR> <BR> It's time to eliminate the "R" word. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=mR-tbOxlhvE </link> <BR> <BR> EDIT: MoveOn.org has a petition started to the Washington football club here: <BR> <BR> <link>front.moveon.org/the-super-bowl-ad-y<BR>ou-didnt-see/?source=mo#.Uu-oo7Rcf50 </link> Sat, 1 Feb 2014 19:50:46 EST Got my numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592854 Did my lab tests last weekend and got my results on Saturday. I have to admit, even though I know the theory of high fat low carb eating, it's still tough to close my eyes to all the naysayers. <BR> <BR> I think I'll have these numbers embroidered on a jacket, though: <BR> <BR> Overall cholesterol = 179 (Healthy is under 200.) <BR> HDL = 98 (Healthy is over 40.) <BR> LDL = 70 (Healthy is under 130.) <BR> Triglycerides = 56 (Healthy is under 200.) <BR> Kidney, Liver, Thyroid tests are all ... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:46:54 EST The FlyLady Challenge: Low Carb Pantry List http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589573 This list was just too long to post in a regular team thread, so I'll post it here. If you want to make an electronic version just cut and paste into a document - a spreadsheet or a table. Here's an actual Pantry List Template you can download: <BR> <BR> <link>templates.openoffice.org/en/template<BR>/pantry-list-template </link> <BR> <BR> This is adapted from About.com <BR> <BR> CANNED GOODS <BR> <BR> Canned seafood (tuna, salmon, crab) <BR> Sardines <BR> Canned tomatoes <BR> Salsas <... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:27:41 EST Merry Christmas, Love, FlyLady http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5571592 As usual, Marla has some timely and wonderful things to say today. Her daily blog is entitled Peace Starts with a Choice and a Smile. Here are some excerpts: <BR> <BR> "Dear Friends, <BR> <BR> Every single day of our lives we have choices! Our first choice is whether to get out of bed or lay and wallow in our self pity! Every hour contains a new set of choices that need to be made. We may not even know that we are making choices. Sometimes our choices are made by not making a choice and jus... Wed, 25 Dec 2013 11:02:29 EST Halloween Trunk or Treat http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528717 I hadn't been planning anything much for Trunk or Treat this year, which was just as well, since it was going to rain and they decided to hold it indoors. Still set up a little table with a deep sea "trunk" (chest). <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1535717276.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Kyle's costume turned out great, and he got a haircut to match his character after school today. I heard LOTS of compliments, which is always good for his sometimes low self-esteem! <BR> <B... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:59:19 EST BAM-BAM! (AKA BAM! Part II) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523908 Here are the remaining 11 studies. One thing that really stands out is how many of the conclusions point out the "less hunger" aspect of low carb. <BR> <BR> 13. Halyburton AK, et al. Low- and high-carbohydrate weight-loss diets have similar effects on mood but not cognitive performance. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007. <BR> <BR> Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 7.8 kg (17.2 lbs), while the low-fat group lost 6.4 kg (14.1 lbs). The difference was statistically significant. <... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:59:29 EST BAM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523903 If any of you low carbers need access to a quick rundown of scientific studies that pit Low Carb High Fat diets against Low Fat diets, this page has all of the noteworthy ones summarized and graphed: <BR> <BR> <link>authoritynutrition.com/23-studies-on<BR>-low-carb-and-low-fat-diets/ </link> <BR> <BR> For anyone who wants to read the originals of the studies, he has furnished links within the text of his article. I like his sub-text that Low Fat is actually the fad diet, lol! <BR> <BR>... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 12:52:59 EST An homage to my salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5515211 Yes, salad. Not something I normally get excited about. But lately I've been having the most wonderful salads for lunch and I gratefully thank Saint ALDI for the abundance! <BR> <BR> ALDI has started carrying organic leafy greens - at least 4 different varieties and mixes so far - and they are SO much more satisfying than the one-note salads I've usually had. Mind you, I had tried the artisanal lettuce bunches before and mixed them with fresh spinach, and they were fine but nothing to write ... Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:20:26 EST Dear Women of Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496928 Please do me a gigantic favor. When you are selecting inspirational pictures and posters of fabulously athletic women to post on your pages for inspiration, go the extra mile and find ones that show their FACES. <BR> <BR> What message are you sending yourself and the rest of us with these (what's the opposite of "disembodied"? "dis-em-faced"?) faceless body parts. <BR> <BR> Where's the character? Where's the spirit? Where's the eye contact?!?!?! <BR> <BR> Headless six-packs might be approp... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 13:41:35 EST My Favorite Month http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472633 I don't blog very often. I put most of my best thoughts into comments on OTHER peoples' blogs, I guess. I tend to use my blog space more as a record of where I'm at and where I'm going next. <BR> <BR> So. September. My favorite month of the year. The weather is usually gorgeous, the kids are back in school, but the squeeze of homework and projects hasn't crushed us yet. My job has (usually) not yet exploded into the relentless damage control it will become in another 6 weeks. (This year migh... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 13:35:04 EST Good Reminders from Coach Nicole http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5443166 I read her article again this morning here: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1681 </link> <BR> <BR> Bad Habit #1: Going "on a diet" in the first place. <BR> Bad Habit #2: Overhauling your eating habits overnight. <BR> Bad Habit #3: Giving up certain foods altogether. <BR> Bad Habit #4 Only caring about calories. <BR> Bad Habit #5: Focusing on the scale. <BR> Bad Habit #6: Only dieting and not exercising.* <BR> Bad Habit #7: Trying to eat as litt... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 11:04:12 EST The Declaration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5410919 When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. <BR> <BR> We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that the... Thu, 4 Jul 2013 20:20:19 EST The case for low carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5378513 I'm losing slowly, but I haven't backtracked in nearly two years of low carb. And I'm adding exercise slowly enough that I'm getting stronger without causing myself any pain. That suits me fine. Losing weight and getting healthy shouldn't be painful, but they certainly are work. And that's different. As they say, you can either work harder or you can work smarter. <BR> <BR> First, before anything else, your food needs to satiate you. Any way of eating that leaves you hungry, or craving certa... Tue, 4 Jun 2013 22:42:32 EST The next few little changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5366104 I think have the latest round of little habits pretty well down, though I need to track them at least one more month on the Challenge forum. <BR> <BR> I'm definitely getting more walking in during the day, and I think what I'm doing will be sustainable even during the winter months, and during my busy season at work. I'm pretty much maxed out at 40 minutes a day, though, if I only walk at work. I'll have to ponder what else I can do and when I can fit it in. <BR> <BR> I'm still not eating t... Thu, 23 May 2013 21:31:10 EST FlyLady: Why you should do things for YOUR own sake http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5343018 People think that FlyLady is just a "housekeeping tips" site, but any FlyBaby will tell you that it goes much deeper than that. Often, how we manage our houses mirrors how we manage our relationships, our bodies, our sprirituality, you name it. So much of what she preaches about DIRECTLY relates to our health and wellness. <BR> <BR> Recently FlyLady received this email from one of her FlyBabies: <BR> <BR> "I am 53, never married, and trying to dig out of CHAOS. Yes, it is very hard and not ... Thu, 2 May 2013 09:33:57 EST Why you should track your food http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5329558 A lot of SparkPeople articles are on the fluffy side, but this one makes a really good point. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=1143 </link> <BR> <BR> In the last year I tracked almost daily, except for a few months during my busiest time of year at work. Guess which months saw almost no progress? And no, I didn't substantially change what I ate and how I moved, I mostly just didn't bother tracking it. But when I got back on board at the beginnin... Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:03:08 EST Andy Borowitz says it all http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5327597 He always captures the complete absurdity of politics perfectly! <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog<BR>s/borowitzreport/2013/04/courageous-se<BR>nators-stand-up-to-american-people.htm<BR>l?mbid=nl_Borowitz%20(109) </link> <BR> <BR> "WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In the halls of the United States Senate, dozens of Senators congratulated themselves today for having what one of them called “the courage and grit to stand up to the overwhelming wishes of the American peop... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:27:43 EST "We are blessed to be butterflies" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5283644 EDIT: I didn't realize until yesterday that the link I originally put here goes to what FlyLady calls her "Morning Musing." That means that it changes daily and the article that I originally referenced didn't appear after the day I posted this blog! <BR> <BR> Here is a different link to the same basic essay: <BR> <BR> <link>www.deseretnews.com/article/66022691<BR>7/Dont-let-cluttered-home-stifle-your-<BR>imagination.html?pg=all </link> <BR> <BR> I'm leaving the original (changeable) l... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:15:44 EST got gerd? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5277412 "A symptom is not a cause." <BR> <BR> I ran across this 3-part article this morning. <BR> <BR> <link>chriskresser.com/what-everybody-ough<BR>t-to-know-but-doesnt-about-heartburn-gerd </link> <BR> <BR> Doctors generally treat Acid Reflux and GERD with acid-lowering medications like Prilosec. <BR> <BR> The trouble is, it's not the acid level of the stomach that causes the problem, it's the inability of the valve to stay closed and CONTAIN the acid in the stomach. When the valve malfunctio... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 12:32:39 EST I love this guy's Youtube channel http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5243274 Very real, very inspirational. Really liked his attitude! <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/user/kalimgrad?featu<BR>re=watch </link> <BR> <BR> And here's a link to his Facebook "manifesto": <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.facebook.com/notes/jon-c<BR>alvo/my-weight-loss-methodology/101521<BR>55925491664 </link> <BR> <BR> Better than Biggest Loser! Fri, 8 Feb 2013 20:35:31 EST SweetLeaf brand sweetener http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5208463 Wondering if anyone has tried this particular brand of stevia: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sweetleaf.com/ </link> <BR> <BR> I saw it at the grocery yesterday and bought the only box they had on the shelf. All it has in it is Inulin soluble fiber, and USDA certified organic SweetLeaf Stevia Extract. No maltodextrin. It uses a water filtration system for extraction, no chemicals. It's kosher, has no calories, no carbs, a glycemic index of 0, and is non-GMO-verified. You can use it in cooking and ... Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:39:10 EST ... and plans for the new year http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5203562 (This entry was under construction all day, but it's finally done. Ish. Unless I find more typos. Or think of something new to ramble about.) <BR> <BR> In my previous blog I mentioned my cautious nature when it comes to any lifestyle change. In my teen years I was the queen of self-help books and grand schemes with elaborate to-do lists and schedules. I'm 55 now. Meh. It'll get done when it gets done. ;) <BR> <BR> I'm also a realist about my own character. I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:12:26 EST The Year in Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5191766 Yes, people, I know that my scale reads about the same number today that it did in January 2012. <BR> <BR> Anyone who's been to my SparkPage knows that I will take all the time in the world (at least, that is, all the time the Universe has allotted to me for my earthly life) to get this stuff right. I'm focused on mastering small habits and holding on to existing progress. <BR> <BR> I'm like someone who puts her foot down on the ice at the edge of the pond and refuses to step even an inch... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 15:03:01 EST Obesity now kills more worldwide than starvation... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5170281 <link>en.avaaz.org/1239/obesity-biggest-gl<BR>obal-killer?utm_source=facebook_avaaz&<BR>utm_medium=social_media&utm_campaign=health </link> <BR> <BR> Sad but oh so true. <BR> <BR> It's not some phenomenal, universal lack of willpower, it's the food supply. Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:30:51 EST Eight Pounds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5138165 I'm updating this on December 12 out of my built in need for tidiness, not because I ever made any progress on the challenge. <BR> <BR> Life is too hectic right now to focus very intensely on this goal. I'm doing OK maintaining where I've been and what I've been doing, but I think it might fall to the New Year to start in a fresh direction, not because I'm a fan of New Year's resolutions, but because it will be February before my job and personal life slow down enough for me to focus and mak... Sat, 17 Nov 2012 08:38:26 EST Twinkie the Kid, Dead at age 85 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5137404 My DH has worked for the company that is currently called Hostess Brands for about 16 years. Today they officially announced that they will liquidate the business, selling off the brands and the Intellectual Property associated with them, as well as all their physical assets. Vaya con dios, Twinkies and Ho-Hos <BR> <BR> This, my friends, is not a bad thing. Hostess Brands is quite possibly the most poorly run large corporation I have ever heard of. And besides, the lion's share of their busi... Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:53:32 EST Ever sold a used iPod? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5116623 I'm using this old blog to post a link to this picture that appeared on a Sparkblog a while back. It goes to this blog: <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_pu<BR>blic_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=53<BR>29253 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2135236864.jpg"> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:51:16 EST October Team Challenge: Zombie Kill Points (ZKP) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5081301 [COME JOIN THE CHALLENGE ANY TIME THIS MONTH! POST HERE: ] <link>www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes<BR>sageboard_thread.asp?board=0x482x50169709 </link> <BR> <BR> Friends, you will never see the worldwide zombie invasion coming. One day your sweet, kind, friendly neighbors will be out raking their leaves, walking their dogs, waving cheerily as they pass by, and the next they'll be scratching madly at your front door demanding brains! The time to prepare is NOW! <BR> <BR> <img src="http:... Sun, 30 Sep 2012 22:24:34 EST Last Week of September - Make it count! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5072758 Last week was OK. Had a bad munchy attack on Friday, and stopped trying to even track it! Came back stong on Saturday and Sunday, high on fat, low on calories. This week I'm working on new section of Tai Chi drill and just maintaining my routine. In fact, I think that's going to be my goal for October as well, just maintaining the progress I've already made rather than adding something new. I really need to get back to dropping pounds as opposed to just building muscle, so the protein/fat adj... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 10:55:16 EST September Goal Template, Week 3 (!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5062148 Week 3?!?!?! Already? Sheesh. Life comes at you fast.... <BR> <BR> I'm happy with how SOME of last week went, but I was really hungry the second half. Maybe I was balancing out the lower calories from the start of the week? I'm not sure. <BR> <BR> Lowering the total protein seems to have helped a bit; I actually showed a 3 pound loss, the first loss in months. <BR> <BR> The squats and everything else physical are coming along well. Need to make more progress on my Tai Chi form, but it's ... Sun, 16 Sep 2012 20:36:47 EST September Goal Template, Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5051625 Some misses last week, but mostly positives. This is starting to become the routine I'd like it to be! Gotta work that Zumba in, though!!! <BR> <BR> 9/8 <BR> <BR> 2000 cal, on plan: DONE <BR> Beer: DONE <BR> Crunches/Zumba: NA <BR> Pushups/Weights: NA <BR> Stairs: NA <BR> Walk: DONE <BR> <BR> <BR> 9/ 9 <BR> <BR> 2000 cal, on plan: DONE <BR> Beer: DONE <BR> Crunches/Zumba: NA <BR> Pushups/Weights: NA <BR> Stairs: NA <BR> Walk: DONE <BR> <BR> 9/ 10 <BR> <BR> 2000 cal, on plan: DONE <BR>... Sun, 9 Sep 2012 21:30:57 EST Happy Labor Day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5042254 (See below for source info) <BR> <BR> Labor Day is the one holiday on the calendar devoted to honoring and recognizing America’s workers and their families and the value we bring to the prosperity and strength of our nation. That’s pretty much all of us, whether we’re employed or looking for work. And no matter what we do, our work makes the work of others possible. Teachers depend on electricians, who count on steelworkers, who need nurses and engineers, who rely on researchers and bus driv... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 10:30:40 EST September Goal Template, Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038645 9/1 <BR> <BR> 2000 cal, on plan: DONE <BR> Beer: OVER <BR> Crunches/Zumba: NA <BR> Pushups/Weights: NA <BR> Stairs: NA <BR> Walk: NA <BR> <BR> 9/2 <BR> <BR> 2000 cal, on plan: DONE <BR> Beer: OVER <BR> Crunches/Zumba: NA <BR> Pushups/Weights: NA <BR> Stairs: NA <BR> Walk: NA <BR> <BR> 9/3 <BR> <BR> 2000 cal, on plan: DONE <BR> Beer: OVER <BR> Crunches/Zumba: NA <BR> Pushups/Weights: NA <BR> Stairs: NA <BR> Walk: NA <BR> <BR> 9/4 <BR> <BR> 2000 cal, on plan: DONE <BR> Beer: OVER <BR> Cr... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:26:34 EST On to September http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038608 I made some real progress in August. Most important was that I realized that, like my other lifestyle "rules", I had to make rules for exercise as well. Once I scheduled small chunks of it throughout the day it started to get done more regularly. I've been working in some outdoor walks around lunchtime, and hope to keep it up, at least while the weather's decent. Don't know about walking here in the winter. I have a couple of different circuits I can do based on my energy level, time availabl... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 10:04:56 EST August Goals, Final Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5033169 Five more days in the month, but I think it's safe enough to sum up my successes with my August goals: <BR> <BR> ~ Low alky beer, 4 or less, nothing before 10:10 COUPLE OF SLIPS BUT STILL DOING WELL! <BR> ~ Walk at work at least 15 minutes every day DOING GREAT SO FAR! <BR> ~ Run at least 2 sets of stairs at work every day DOING UBER WELL! <BR> ~ Keep doing my 31 curb jumps DOING GREAT SO FAR! <BR> ~ Pushups or 10 lb weights 6 days/week: BETTER AND BETTER. <BR> ~ Do the crunch challeng... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:25:01 EST Try to give trying a try. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026678 BE-THE-CHANGE posted a great Status today. She quoted Ray Bradbury, one of my all-time favorite authors: <BR> <BR> “You can't TRY to do things; you simply must DO them.” <BR> <BR> It got me thinking about the nature of “trying”. Turns out that there are at least three distinct senses of the word “try”. <BR> <BR> ~ One is to make an attempt to do something, though the outcome is uncertain. “I will try to type this at 60 words per minute.” “I will try to pull a rabbit out of this hat.” You ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:36:12 EST August Goals, Week 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5026157 August goals: <BR> <BR> ~ Low alky beer, 4 or less, nothing before 10:10 COUPLE OF SLIPS BUT STILL DOING WELL! <BR> ~ Walk at work at least 15 minutes every day DOING GREAT SO FAR! <BR> ~ Run at least 2 sets of stairs at work every day DOING UBER WELL! <BR> ~ Keep doing my 31 curb jumps DOING GREAT SO FAR! <BR> ~ Pushups or 10 lb weights 6 days/week: BETTER AND BETTER. <BR> ~ Do the crunch challenge and work up to 31 crunches: ADJUSTED MY TIME AND AM DOING BETTER! <BR> ~ Keep calories to ... Wed, 22 Aug 2012 10:24:02 EST Meade! :{ http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5018319 John J Meade. <BR> <BR> <em>46</em> <BR> <BR> A financial statement just landed on my formica desktop with his name on it. <BR> <BR> When I had to call him at his field location EVERY SINGLE MONTH the day before the deadline to turn in his paperwork he wasn't "John", or "Mr. Meade", he was simply: <BR> <BR> MEADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I've been in this position for about 5 years now and I honestly can't remember more than a handful of times that I wasn't calling him on the 26... Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:50:04 EST Whyyyyy?????? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013744 This is just the WORST news ever: <BR> <BR> <link>www.businessinsider.com/fruit-juice-<BR>infused-chocolate-has-half-the-fat-2012-8 </link> <BR> <BR> Those criminal hooligans!!! Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:57:07 EST August Goals, Week 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5013580 August goals: <BR> <BR> ~ Low alky beer, 4 or less, nothing before 10:10 COUPLE OF SLIPS BUT STILL DOING WELL! <BR> ~ Walk at work at least 15 minutes every day DOING GREAT SO FAR! <BR> ~ Run at least 2 sets of stairs at work every day DOING UBER WELL! <BR> ~ Keep doing my 31 curb jumps DOING WELL SO FAR! <BR> ~ EDIT: Alternate between pushup challenge and 10 pound weights: 6 days/week GETTING THERE. <BR> ~ Do the crunch challenge and work up to 31 crunches DOING WELL SO FAR! <BR> ~ Keep ... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 13:02:22 EST Zumba! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5008781 Decided to resurrect my home Zumba workout. I haven't taken a class in 2 years and have forgotten half the steps and moves. So, here are 5 of my favorites on Youtube videos: <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2C4B<BR>99A2A28B7768 </link> <BR> <BR> ~ Zumbalicious is reggaeton (Cuban hip hop basically). Don't know the musicians. <BR> <BR> ~ Boro Boro (it means Go Away, Go Away in Farsi) is a belly-dancing pop tune from this guy: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpe... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 20:32:10 EST Thanks, Nike http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5007166 In case you haven't seen it, here. Go get fired up. <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1ighxU1vYw </link> Wed, 8 Aug 2012 19:10:13 EST August Goals Continued... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5006958 August goals are as follows: <BR> <BR> ~ Low alky beer, 4 or less, nothing before 10:10 DOING WELL SO FAR! <BR> ~ Walk at work at least 15 minutes every day DOING WELL SO FAR! <BR> ~ Run at least 2 sets of stairs at work every day DOING UBER WELL! <BR> ~ Keep doing my 31 curb jumps DOING WELL SO FAR! <BR> ~ Get up to 31 pushups per day MEH <BR> ~ Do the crunch challenge and work up to 31 crunches DOING WELL SO FAR! <BR> ~ Keep calories to 2000 or less (changing tracker tomorrow) MOSTLY DOI... Wed, 8 Aug 2012 15:59:56 EST