Return to the scene of the crime, Part 2 (thoughts on vacations)
(Note: this is a follow-up to my June 25th blog)
This particular trip to my father's was relatively uneventful compared to others. He only made one gratuitous racist remark that made my blood boil. He only told my wife one story that was ... Read more
The latest great reason to live a long, healthy life...
Noah Andrew Clark, born 7:45 PST, Saturday, June 25th, Federal Way, WA. Mother and child are doing fine.
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Return to the scene of the crime ... Part 1
By which I mean my parent's house of course.
My wife and I spent Thursday night there on our way to NYC to renew her passport at the Russian Consulate. Yup, my wife is an alien! She was born in the Soviet Union and has a great accent th... Read more
Isn't it good to be back home again
Just got home from 48 hours on the road, including some time spent at my parents' house. It was the first time away from my daily routine since I joined SparkPeople. Tomorrow I will blog about the successes and failures of the trip and what I ... Read more
Spandex Bike Pants
"Spandex is a privilege, not a right" said my friend Andrea. This was many years and many pounds (my pounds) ago, and we had just seen an overweight cyclist go by wearing bike pants. I laughed nervously because I was already internalizing her ... Read more
Saving the planet, one fat man at a time.
One of the resolutions I made around the same time that I joined SparkPeople was to use my bicycle instead of my car for trips around town. I figured it was good for the environment, it was good for my health, and with gas at $4 a gallon, it wa... Read more
Today's Guest Blogger
Today's Guest Blogger is Cat Stevens, 70's pop star. I sometimes listen to this song while I'm hiking because it reminds me to enjoy where I am now, focus on the process, take the next step and not obsess about the destination. I wonder where ... Read more
I tend to do things to extremes.
In college I took up scuba diving and became an instructor.
I like to hike, so I planned to climb all the mountains in the Northeast over four thousand feet.
If I started jogging again tomorrow (no... Read more
I decided to give myself a little treat to acknowledge the hard work I did during week one. I thought I might buy myself something.
So what did I get? An banana split? A flat screen TV? A trip to Tahiti? No to all three.
I got mys... Read more
One week down, a lifetime to go
It's been a great first week: moved from stage 1 to stage 2, lost 5.25 pounds, and seemingly received a gazillion Spark Points and trophies.
I'm sure this next week, that things will slow down. It's a good time to remind myself that I'm ... Read more
This sentence is six words long.
Which is my way of saying that as I move into week two, I resolve to be very good about measuring everything. Well, okay, not everything, but all the food I eat. In the past I've "eyeballed" portion size. And I plan to do so again in the futu... Read more
The World is Getting Bigger As I Get Smaller
Most people, I think, have heard the adage about putting a frog into water: if you put a frog into hot water it will jump out, but if you put a frog into room temperature water and slowly heat it, you can boil it. Before going any further, let ... Read more
To sleep, perchance to lose
I am probably one of only a few people who use an alarm clock, not to wake up, but to make sure I get enough sleep every night. I am aware of the growing body of research that shows that getting adequate sleep is crucial for effective weight lo... Read more
Another page on the stack
Cheng Man-Ching, the man who brought Tai Chi to the U.S., wrote that daily practice was like placing a piece of paper on a stack. By itself, each page seems like nothing, but if you stack enough of them you get a tremendous pile of paper.
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The scale moved!
I joined SparkPeople last week and weighed myself today. I'm down three pounds. Even better, when I calculated my BMI, I realized I dropped below 40. It's great to go from "morbidly obese" to simply "obese." I'm excited but when I look at my ... Read more