2013: The Year of Not Being Stupid
New Year’s resolutions have never really worked well with me. I think maybe it’s because it is an implied struggle – a war to accomplish something instead of just ‘being’.
This year though is not so much a resolution as a path. This year i... Read more
When I jog without my IPod, I am left to just run. Inevitably I find myself running down a road, and thinking down a path. This was Sunday morning’s run.
The clouds are dark, heavy on the distant horizon. Storm warnings will surely soon ... Read more
Running thoughts about, of all things, free
Ah to be free.
Not free of all my inhibitions,
But of some. The ones that rob the joy of the journey.
And the wisdom to know the ones I must embrace.
But to be free, not free of all my fears,
But of the fears that bind me as ... Read more
I am not maintaining, I am . . .
I am maintaining.
But I am searching for a new word.
Maintenance feels too much like an oil change in my car. Not progresses, but trying to prevent problems.
Words count. They create a sense, a feeling. They paint pictures. I ... Read more
Self-Aware? Am I self-aware enough to know?
I am self aware enough to know I am not all that self-aware.
Example? Am I a good lookin’ guy? One of the benefits of reaching this age is I don’t really think about it. But I remember a younger me looking in the mirror one day and thinking... Read more
Have you notice the grocery store? I want it to be like ....
Is it just me, or does it seem that grocery stores have massive sections of foods that are, to put it kindly, not exactly healthy?
Last trip I left thinking that if we only had healthy food in the grocery store it would be 80 % empty. It’s ... Read more
WHAT CAN SPARK DO TO A MARATHON?
What can Spark do?
I’ve lost 30-35 pounds, more than I meant to really – but it feels good. The four stages of Spark work. Recording every bite, tracking weight, support systems, great articles – and sticking with it. I am now learning ma... Read more
Happy endings ...in Unexpected Ways
Don’t you love happy endings? This is one …
When I decided to run a marathon I found 3 friends. None had ever done one before and I talked them into joining me in our first marathon.
“When you do one, for the rest of your life you are... Read more
My idea of perfect, with a nod to Socrates
Socrates had some had two things to say that actually relate to Sparkpeople. However neither of them are dire prophecies so you probably won’t see a special about the impending disaster predicted on a pseudo science cable channel in high def.
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Focused, self absorbed, and it's almost here!
IT'S FEBRUARY! 13 days till the marathon.
Ok, I admit -- I am more than focused, and way more than self absorbed.
One of the great things about running is to set a goal and work toward it.
Day by day there is not much improvement.... Read more
What are you not carrying?
What do I like about loosing 30 pounds (Actually 35, but am going to maintain 30 as my base ...)
I like that I am not carrying
3 ten pound bags of potatoes with every step: ... Read more
A not so smart runner's lessons and Spark
I’m a runner.
Just not a very smart runner.
My biggest challenge? I over-train, end up injuring myself and miss the goal. I missed my first attempt at a marathon by too many hard runs. After 6 months hard work I was injured two weeks ... Read more
I’ve reached my goal. I eat healthy, I stay within my calorie range, and sometimes spend those calories on unwise choices. I am thinking that turned out to be pretty wise.
One of the joys is that people say I am looking good. (As good as I... Read more
Self Worth, Philosophy, and (of course) Spark
In our time, in our country, self esteem is seen as a primary need. People need to feel good about themselves. Frankly, I sorta, kinda, almost agree. Over the years I have worked with many people that society has beat down, or have been very po... Read more
Got a new computer at work. Most excellent indeed. Until I started using it.
First time I went on the net it all locked up. I won’t subject anyone to the spells and incantations I uttered or buttons pushed. So I went down to the IT wiza... Read more