My 'mill has been breaking down!
Not mechanically, but the electronic gremlins had taken over.
It was really strange...I can hop on, turn it on, ramp up my settings, however...after less than a minute everything electronically freezes... Read more
Heading northbound this weekend beginning tomorrow morning...up Syracuse way. Going to be working setting up a paper craft store within a crafting expo at the Oncenter. I earn credit hefting those heavy boxes of paper around and my wife gets the... Read more
I am a weight loss surgery failure, er, no, success...?
Here's the thing: I had a gastroplasty in the early 1990's and lost boatloads of weight dropping to the upper 200's...down from my all-time high of 450.
But I blew it. I wasn't re... Read more
So, if I'm not losing, I'm gaining...or if I'm not gaining, I'm losing...right? Flip sides of the same coin.
What if I'm not doing EITHER?!?! Throughout my life everything centered on this pattern, losing / gaining, gaining / losing...on an... Read more
I've been re-thinking my goal lately, as I have been plateau-ing over the past 3-4 weeks. I've made such tremendous improvements over the past couple of years. Dropped from my largest pants size of SIXTY down to a much more normal 42...I can now... Read more
A little while back another Sparkie mentioned that Brown University's National Weight Control Registry was looking for volunteers who have lost a significant amount of weight and kept it off for a significant period of time.
www.nwc... Read more
I have had the hardest time lately sticking with my streaks! I started my latest streak on 4/12, but broke it this past Saturday on 4/26. Better than my last streak, but I remember going MONTHS without missing a single day.
PLUS my workout... Read more
Some thoughts I wanted to share with others, especially those considering bariatric surgery, as I cross into my second year with SparkPeople:
I had a gastroplasty (stomach stapling) back in the earlier days of bariatric surgery (1992) and l... Read more
(note: this used to be my sparkpage text...am backing it up as a blog, since I've changed over my sparkpage - Don)
Music has played an essential role in my efforts to reclaim my health and my life.
I could have never stuck to my diet ... Read more
OMG! Just listening to Jackson Browne's Solo Acoustic Vol. 2 album for the first time and this song just jumped out at me! It captures SO WELL my current struggles and themes!!! I just had to share it in case it may resonate for some of you out ... Read more
Hey, lost THREE more pounds this week TOO!
Woo Hoo! So nice to see pay-offs after several weeks of a plateau! It really DOES work, folks, to stick with what you know works for you, even during plateaus...sooner or later the rewards will be... Read more
I've recently finished reading The Kite Runner and was blown away by the courage shown by Amir, the protagonist, as an adult he faced the demons of the past and redeemed himself from terrible choices he once made as a child.
Similarly, Jim... Read more
A little bit ago I posted about a wonderful latino poet, Jimmy Santiago Baca. Here is a link to some of his poetry from a performance he gave in 2000 at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL.
I am so taken by the passion, intensity and conviction... Read more
...like excitable dogs left home alone all day, my feet hungrily hit the treadmill first thing this morning and gobbled up the miles!
My trusty mp3 player first served up a peppy live EWF from their live Gratitude album and my feet took rig... Read more
As I wait for this blasted blister to heal, I am all too painfully realizing how much my daily cardio has helped my energy levels and mood...because the ABSENCE of cardio has me feeling like a listless slug! This has been a record for me of NOT ... Read more