So one of the more interesting (and heartening) things about my still novice Spark experience has been that so many of us had and continue to have similar experiences. One of the unfortunate souls who had the poor judgment to become my Spark Fr... Read more
This is just a quick one (what? Me succinct? Ha!!) , as I have not yet ingested enough caffeine this early Saturday AM to Spark my horrible pun-filled wit. Had a totally crazy work week, as we are badly understaffed with our two veterans out ... Read more
This is the largest single change I have made since joining Spark. My personal Soup Nazi, which you all know as the Sparky Nutrition Tracker, has imbued me with life-altering revisionist thinking.
In six weeks here ... Read more
I am in the news today, locally (see link) www.carrollcountytimes.c om/news/neighborhoods/sout h_carroll/septic-systems-t o-be-focus-of-taylorsville -talk/article_0d0935a9-32a 4-58b4-bc7f-4c24e90fdd7a.html
If... Read more
We all have heard it. How losing weight and getting healthier is not so much a goal to achieve as it is a process. To overuse a trite term-of-art, it is a "Journey."
With apologies to Mr.. Steve Perry and those who would co-opt Journey ... Read more
A brief update for those of you who have been tracking my trials and tribulations as a Spark newbie...
In the last couple of weeks, I have grown accustomed to the 8 cups (and sometimes more) water intake as the new reality. I also am resign... Read more
Tonight we faced a food-calorie-control challenge, as parents of busy teens are wont to do. Dinner on the road, shoehorned between after-school carpool and an evening concert for the Middle School Band.
Locationally and time-wise the opti... Read more
Now a 5-week veteran Sparker, last week I was dealing with my first plateau. Even though I was treating the nutrition tracker like a drill sergeant (nothing passed my lips without being researched, tracked and recorded), and even though I was e... Read more
Today I again face one of my mortal fears: semi-annual visit to the dentist. Do understand; we would be best friends if not for his profession. He is a funny guy with similar interests. We are the same age, think alike, both live and die Bal... Read more
So I found my way here by word of mouth, suggested by a person little more than a distant acquaintance. A guy in my religious school class in 1972, who I had lost touch with until the advent of facebook for our generation reunited many of us in... Read more
The small number of poor, misguided souls who have elected to waste valuable time reading my blogs and status posts (yes, this means you) have gotten a small dose of my complex and nuanced relationship with the Spark Wheel.
For those who ... Read more
Lo and behold, our aging football team of destiny finds itself again playing for a trip to the Super Bowl on the frozen tundra of Foxboro. Owner of an aging big-screen TV bought in Ray Lewis' rookie season makes me the host for the big game agai... Read more
I have long known these facts:
1. I only am in the mood for cardio first thing in the AM.
2. Caffeine after mid-afternoon keeps me up at night.
3. I have more interest in strength training (if at all - yuck) later in the day.
4.... Read more
So Spark has inspired me to eat a lot more fruit. Fruit usually is the answer to hitting the end of the day within my fat, protein and carb goals, in rough approximation of my sodium and cholesterol goals, but consistently low on total calories... Read more
Spark recommends that I eat between 2,270 and 2,600 calories a day. It seems just too much and I think I have basis for this judgment. So I am contemplating overriding the default calories-per-day-setting and inputting a value more approximatin... Read more