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See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerA big success is merely the sum of many small but critically important successes. Today, I had to fasten my watch strap on the fourth hole instead of the third!See this image largerWe’re on vacation this week but so far I’ve been able to maintain my calorie deficit goal. I brought the gear to cook healthy (food scale, Instant Pot, sous vide circulator, spiralizer...) but I didn’t bring my weigh scale so I have no way to track that for a week. Hoping for a pleasant surprise when we get home! (Picture to make the post interesting)See this image largerRelaxing on vacay!See this image largerChallenge met! #H2Whoa See this image largerZoodles!See this image largerSous Vide London Broil- season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Vacuum seal the bag, cooked for 9 hours at 139.5 degrees. After cooking, 45 second sear on each side. Let rest for 10 minutes and then carve. 168 calories per 4 oz serving.See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerThe vacation is great but I’m missing the dogsSee this image largerWhen breakfast is a 4-shot Americano (no sugar or cream)…. Heart palpitations are a form of calisthenics, right?? 🤣🤣🤣See this image largerHeading home tomorrow morning from our week long family vacation in Michigan. As much as I don’t want to go, kinda excited to step on a scale for the first time in a week and see how I did.See this image largerThrilled! Got back from vacation and stepped on the scale. Lost two pounds over the week!See this image largerGood morning! See this image largerAsking for a friend... See this image largerFinally understanding and accepting this was my gift to myself several years ago.See this image largerSee this image largerI can neither confirm nor deny that this may be - or may not be - how I possibly feel right now...See this image largerSeriously, help a guy out!See this image largerMorning coffee and meditation. Hope everyone has a great daySee this image largerMy daughter won first place in the youth division of a local flower and garden show in the category of Creative Arrangement Using Natural Materials. She called it "Two Seasons Meet".See this image largerTonight’s dinner: sous vide brats and spiralized beet noodles being roasted on the grill.See this image largerUPDATE: roasted the beet noodles on the grill with olive oil, salt and pepper. Tasted so sweet and only 54 calories for a one cup serving!See this image largerI originally posted this for a 30 day martial arts challenge but it is just as relevant here. Especially for all of us who are *cough* *cough* no longer in our 30s or 40s See this image largerTwo great days. We've all experienced the first one. How about the second one?See this image largerTruth can sometimes be painful...See this image largerThe last 15 minutes before leaving the office is always the longest hour of the day. See this image larger10 Minutes left - make a cup of coffee!See this image largerAnd that's a wrap on Monday at the office. Later, everyone!See this image largerOn the plus side, there's a full seven days until it's Monday again.See this image largerFirst night back in the dojo after our Summer break. New class of white belts and their parents are watching an intro video.See this image largerNow tonight was a good night. If I include my exercise calories, I am running a calorie deficit of 2300 for the day. Time to go home and eat somethingSee this image largerTrue story, yo!See this image largerI just found out that one of the math teachers at my son's Jr High starts all his classes with a 5 minute mindfulness meditation. I am so ecstatic that this is happening - it's such an easy way to start dealing with the tragic epidemic of teen depression and suicide. Although I am disappointed that my son doesn't have this teacher for math!See this image largerI just found out that one of the math teachers at my son's Jr High starts all his classes with a 5 minute mindfulness meditation. I am so ecstatic that this is happening - it's such an easy way to start dealing with the tragic epidemic of teen depression and suicide. Although I am disappointed that my son doesn't have this teacher for math!See this image largerI just found out that one of the math teachers at my son's Jr High starts all his classes with a 5 minute mindfulness meditation. I am so ecstatic that this is happening - it's such an easy way to start dealing with the tragic epidemic of teen depression and suicide. Although I am disappointed that my son doesn't have this teacher for math!See this image largerI just found out that one of the math teachers at my son's Jr High starts all his classes with a 5 minute mindfulness meditation. I am so ecstatic that this is happening - it's such an easy way to start dealing with the tragic epidemic of teen depression and suicide - although I am disappointed that my son doesn't have this teacher for math!See this image largerHappy "Friday Eve" everybody!See this image largerI get to work from home this afternoon so I am taking a "late lunch" and going to take the pups for a walk to get a mile or so in.See this image largerBut first… another cup of life juiceSee this image largerChicken curry over quinoa for dinner. My wife and son loved it. My daughter? Meh, not so much. LolSee this image largerAnd with that, I’m off to bed.See this image largerHappy Friday, everyone!See this image largerOr another way to think about it is - the best time to have planted an oak tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today. See this image largerWOO HOO!!See this image largerDrank a cup of coffee... LIKE A VIKING(1 comments)See this image largerIt's called "Self Care"See this image largerLast thought for this wonderful Saturday morning...See this image largerOh yeah, reaching down to pick something up without a care in the world… #goodtimesSee this image largerMy roommate steals food from my plate when he thinks I’m not lookingSee this image largerGood news - my 9 year old daughter has discovered that she likes baking. Bad news - my 9 year old daughter has discovered that she likes baking. But tonight, with minimal assistance from me, she made meringue cookies and, at 25 calories each, one as an after dinner treat isn’t a major hit to my calories count. Oh… AND SHE TOTALLY NAILED THEMSee this image largerMeal prep - double batch of steel cut oats. I’ll get eight servings, enough for my wife and I to have an easily reheated breakfast for the week. Steel cut oats reheat so well!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerGood morning everyone. Have a great week!See this image largerOne of my all-time favorite quotes.See this image largerFollow your dreams. ALWAYS. FOLLOW. YOUR. DREAMS!See this image largerTruer words were never said. Thanks, ChewySee this image largerIt's a fine line...See this image largerSee this image largerJust found out my office provides yoga to employees three times a week. Going to start going and add yoga to my weekly exercise! See this image largerSee this image largerThe struggle is real. Add a couple of kids to the mix and you're left wondering what to fix for three separate meals for the rest of your life! LOLSee this image largerSo this happened last night - my watch was sliding around too much and I thought, out of habit and muscle memory, that I had cinched my strap to the hole I used when I first started this weight loss journey a couple months ago. Nope! I actually needed to move up another spot on the strap!See this image largerYay for coffee(2 comments)See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerWe all have those periods of struggle where we think we aren't progressing. This is for those times when we feel we're up against immovable objects…See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerSee this image largerTwo hours and counting... See this image largerSee this image largerBack from the farmers market. Beautiful bounty of beets, zucchini, onions, Brussel sprouts...See this image largerFresh apple cider.See this image largerHere’s the end result of the homemade cider. And yes, half an ounce of bourbon made it even better. Only 105 calories total with the bourbonSee this image largerCut the brussel sprouts from the farmers market in half and pan roasted them. Amaaaaazing!See this image largerTonight’s bedtime snack - pan roasted brussel sprout and oven roasted beetsSee this image largerAfter making the compote yesterday, my 9 year old daughter is making the pie this morning. Sure, I’m helping here and there but she is learning some great life skills.See this image largerAnother sparker’s post about accepting your own weird quirks reminded me that I wanted to post this gem… stay weird, peeps!See this image largerJust going to leave this one hereSee this image largerStarting to cook dinner early - but now, these two steaks will feed four people instead of cooking a steak for each person. Now to wait eight hours...See this image largerTook one of the pups to a park we’ve never been to before. Not pictured is my son who was “in no mood for pictures l” lololololSee this image largerContinuing with the whole “stay weird” vibe, I present this gem:See this image largerNailed my rings today! WOO HOO! (Ignore the mindfulness minutes, my meditation happens after my wife and kids go to bed.)See this image largerGood morning, SP peeps!See this image largerAnd a happy-day-after-a-holiday day!See this image largerWhat new experiences are you having? See this image largerWhat new experiences are you having? See this image largerI thought seeing slow change on the scale was difficult, I just checked my BMI and I am still four or five months away (at my current weight loss rate which will be tough to sustain) from going from "obese" to merely "overweight". LOL But I am already halfway there from when I started this journey just a few months to go. No worries, I guess that just will become my next goal after I finish this one. So here's a picture of a bunny with a pancake on its head.(1 comments)See this image largerDestroying my memories of youth, one meme at a time.See this image largerTwo and a half hours in the dojo tonight - got some some good cardio in! Came home and made a sandwich… and I’m still at a 1900 calorie deficit for the day.See this image largerSecond day this week in the dojo and crushed my goals. Now for a bedtime snack of ibuprofen, anti-inflammatories, and water.See this image largerTruer words...See this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerStarting... NOW!See this image largerSee this image largerDoing a sous vide salmon for dinner - along with pan seared brussel sprouts and roasted baby potatoes.See this image largerIt's true!See this image largerWOO HOO! Almost time to go home, make a healthy dinner, and go for a few miles walking.See this image largerThat moment when you find yourselfSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerI love the movie (The Last Samurai) and this quote is spot on. “To find life in every breath”See this image largerLife has meaning and purposeSee this image largerGood morning everyone! Have an awesome day and enjoy your weekend!!See this image largerRemember, it's how you look at things that matter LOLSee this image largerSunday night heralds the arrival of Monday morning…See this image largerThere are many perks but this certainly ranks among the bestSee this image largerThis is a saying we use in Karate frequently: "Nana korobi, ya oki" - Fall down seven times, get up eight. Especially applies to my journey of getting back to health!See this image largerTrue storySee this image largerCleo (L) and Hemingway (R) wish everyone a great and successful Tuesday. Well, they would if they could talk.See this image larger8:45 pm and I’m still 2500 calories below my daily allowance. I guess that explains why I’m hungry.See this image largerGood morning Sparkers!!See this image largerI tried… I really tried for proper portion control tonight but I had to have the other half of the steak. Good news is that I’m still a couple hundred calories below my daily limit. Plus, nothing unhealthy to eat today (other than the extra steak)See this image largerThree mile brisk at lunch and then training in the dojo tonight. Happy results!See this image largerAargh!!!See this image largerCan you tell it’s a slow day at the office? Catching up on SparkPeople posting. LololSee this image largerMiyamoto Musashi was a samurai from the 16th century. He wrote a lot of great stuff and this is a translation from part of one of his texts. I've been frustrated that the scale hasn't moved much recently in spite of me "doing everything right" and then I remembered this little gem about not focusing on how fast or slow something is happening.See this image largerThis morning’s breakfast - a fresh tomato, some pan roasted Brussel sprouts, and a two egg omeletteSee this image largerHow much Omega-3 is in Swedish Fish? Asking for a friendSee this image largerWe took the dogs out for a nice long family walk (and doggo training session)See this image larger"Silence is not an absence but a presence." See this image largerRuin a movie title by adding a word. I'll start: Jurassic Parking Lot Hamburger Helper HillSee this image largerSpent two hours in the dojo tonight. Only thing feeling better than sweating is coming home and changing into dry clothes.See this image largerMy daughter’s school has a “Bike or Walk to School Day” each year and it was yesterday. Since we live about two miles from school, she normally takes the bus. Yesterday we drove about half way and joined her classmates to walk the rest of the way. And then I had to walk back to the car. What a fantastic idea! She has a great schoolSee this image largerSee this image largerHemingway (or as I prefer “Dopey McStupid) looking far more regal than he really is. Lol. He’s an amazing pup and loves looking walks.See this image largerCoffee break at work and, by “coffee break” I mean “take a break from drinking coffee for a couple minutes”. And is that SparkPeople in the background??? 😎See this image largerTrue storySee this image largerToday marks the three year "adopt-iversary" of bringing Hemingway home from the rescue agency. He immediately made himself at home (like he was just waiting for us to come get him) and he hasn't changed since. See this image largerEver had a day where you think you're not making progress? Remember to measure the journey, not the moment.(1 comments)See this image largerDinner yesterday - pork chop (half of one), roasted brussel sprouts and carrots- 290 caloriesSee this image largerRemember, planning ahead is important!(1 comments)See this image largerGood eating choices today! End of the day and I’m happily staring a 1000 calorie deficit in the face.See this image largerAfter three miles of walking, Hemingway is done for the daySee this image largerAmong other things, I appreciate good poetry.See this image largerStrongly recommend keeping one of these grip strengtheners nearby. I’ve got one in the car and at my desk. So when i get bored, I can get some exercise in. Great for when you’re frustrated because you’re stuck in traffic!See this image largerLast night’s torture instruments. Oops, I mean strength training apparatus. LOL. Resistance bands, wrist roller, kettlebells, and something we use in martial arts, called a tetsutaba (iron bundle) that’s used for bone strengthening. Resistance bands are great because I can take them when traveling.See this image largerWhy yes, tacos are a part of my fitness plan. Dedicated to all my Taco Tuesday peeps. You know who you are!!See this image largerFriends and family can’t understand your new obsession with getting healthy and the new life choices you’re making? That’s okay, they don’t need to.See this image largerJust a little chuckle...See this image largerHave a BOO-tiful day!See this image largerHave a BOO-tiful day!See this image largerMy kids don’t have school today so my daughter has a friend over. For lunch they wanted quesadillas. I took a vacation day to hang with them so I’m starting with homemade tortillas (so I can control the ingredients)See this image largerLast night in the dojo, a few of my lower rank young students tested for their next belt. The one student without the blurred face is my daughter. She will be testing for her junior black belt in the Spring and was helping me with the testing.See this image largerHippo be hungry!See this image largerGood night, my friends. May you have a good and restorative sleep, waking up to a wonderful day.See this image largerAsking for a friendSee this image largerSpent the day yesterday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. It was really well done but I have one question - considering how he died, why does it have so many theaters?See this image largerNot a great pic (and I freaking hate taking selfies) but I hit the fitness center in the hotel this past weekend. Doing some grip training and lunges with 15 lb dumbbellsSee this image largerHave a great day, SP peeps, and make it yours!See this image largerSo far I’ve been good! So Santa better notice!!See this image largerMMmmm tacos AND poetrySee this image largerMmmmm... tacos AND poetry (part 2)See this image largerThis changes everything!See this image largerHappy Friday, everyone!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerBased on a recommendation from @STILLSPARKLEIGH - I checked out the YouTube channel Yoga with Adriene. This is a great little 6 minute routine for those of us stuck in a cubicle.See this image largerThe struggle is real. I can spend a little more time in bed or I can get up and have my first cup of hot bean water (which just doesn’t sound as appealing as “coffee”).See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerAll the talk lately about tacos… so I made Baja shrimp tacos for dinner. About 100 calories per taco, including the sauce. Calling @stillsparkleighSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerMy son went apple picking today with a friend. He came home with a few different varieties and asked if we could make jam. So tonight I’m teaching him to make jam and how to can it.See this image largerTrue storySee this image largerOne of my all-time favorites. I post this on my Instagram feed every couple of months as a reminder to myself. #BeYourself #BeYounique #ForgetWhoTheySaidToBe #InnerStrength #Integrity #ConfidenceSee this image largerMeditation time, then off to bed so I can crush tomorrow. Thank you to all my Spark friends for your constant support and friendship. May your dreams and hopes be realized. (Another from my IG feed) #meditation #integrity #solitude #tranquilitySee this image largerLast night I woke up to my roommate licking the top of my head. #truestory What has your “roommate” done?See this image largerIt’s how I roll.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerParrot for the win!See this image largerGood morning my Spark family! I hope everyone has a wonderful day filled with joy and successes. And may scientists discover a calorie-free donut in our lifetime.See this image largerAnd I feel like a Viking while eating. #courage #brave #power #ImNotScaredSee this image largerSee this image largerSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerTonight’s dinner: grass-fed roast beef, roasted brussel sprouts, roasted beets, and sautéed zucchini noodles. Now for a glass of bourbon and call it a night (still 500 calories below budget)See this image largerHappy Friday, SP fam! Go crush the daySee this image largerAdding to everyone’s Friday morning chuckles…See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerSee this image largerHappy Saturday everyone!See this image largerHere ya go, @stillsparkleighSee this image largerGood morning everyoneSee this image largerYes! You are taller than a flea!See this image largerWah wah wah wah wahSee this image largerHappy Wednesday!See this image largerHappy Halloween, Spark Peeps!See this image largerHorrible news out of Europe!See this image largerWell, what they used to see.See this image largerHappy Friday, Spark fam! Did you over-indulge on candy yesterday? Worried about the upcoming food-based holidays? I know I am. Fighting off the urge to eat emotionally or when I’m bored is one of my greatest demons.See this image largerWhy??? SOMEONE TELL ME WHY THIS IS TRUE!!!See this image largerGo ahead - I TRIPLE DOG DARE YASee this image largerGreetings from the future!See this image largerTime for another cup of coffeeSee this image largerNeeded vegetable broth today, so I went to the store. The sodium levels are off the chart, so I bought a bunch of veggies instead and am making my own.See this image largerAnd made 25 pounds of fresh dog food. Why should the people only be the ones who eat properly?See this image largerFollow up. Made 25 two-cup containers of dog food. Plus leftovers for tonight and tomorrow morning. 20 pounds of cooked chicken, 2 pounds each of carrots, spinach, & cooked rice, and 16 eggs. Two weeks worth of food for two mid size dogs.See this image largerAnd so comes to an end another Monday. Good night, pleasant dreams…See this image largerGood morning, Spark fam! I hope everyone has an amazing day!See this image largerGood day today. Proper eating and 3.5 hours of exercise equals a 2550 calorie deficit for the day. But I missed TT, sorry @stillsparkleigh - I’ll have to eat them tomorrow #bedtimeSee this image largerHee hee hee. I would *never* do thisSee this image largerLaying in bed, wondering if tacos are thinking of me, too.See this image largerHow tragic! Lol. @stillsparkleigh - careful making MBW! Can’t lose you! 🤣🤣🤣See this image largerHappy Monday, everyone. See this image largerSee this image largerLife goalsSee this image largerSoup weather is here and my favorite is ramen. Doing a sous vide rolled Chashu (pork belly) overnight. Best way to control the ingredients is to make it yourself! Thin sliced pork belly in ramen is heavenly!See this image largerHave your first cup of MBW, @stillsparkleigh ?See this image largerTrue storySee this image largerCouple hours workout tonightSee this image largerFirst time doing before and after. Wow. That’s about a 45 pound difference. I can’t stress enough just how much I appreciate and hold dear my SP family. A heartfelt thank you for the support and friendship #BeforeAndAfterSee this image largerIs there a better way to end the day than with a doggo on your lap?See this image largerNever stop being you. Celebrate your awkwardness, your uniqueness, your character. Embrace your inner weirdo - it’s what makes you wonderful.See this image largerDon't settle for the brown sadness water! #CoffeeOG @STILLSPARKLEIGH See this image largerIt's not a pretty sight(1 comments)See this image largerIt’s the truth, right @stillsparkleigh and @pelesjewel ?See this image largerGet up. Always get back up. See this image largerIt's about what drives us!See this image largerHey @stillsparkleigh - an homage to your Dr Seuss post the other day. I get extra points for being doggo-focused, right?See this image largerHappy Monday, my SP family!See this image largerFree. Or for a cup of coffee.See this image largerMonday’s first cuppa MBW is in my hand and the day is already looking better! You have yours yet @stillsparkleigh ?See this image largerThis is what makes life fun! See this image largerTo sleep, per chance to dream… OF TACO TUESDAY Are you ready @pelesjewel and @stillsparkleigh ?See this image largerSee this image largerDark cat is watchingSee this image largerUPDATE - this morning, I have almost full range of motion in my finger and the pain has substantially diminished. WOO HOO. Now thinking just a bad bruise.See this image largerHappy Friday, SP family! Weekends are my challenge - it's easy to snack and not pay attention to what I am eating. So I post this as a reminder to myself of the choices I make and continue to make.See this image largerHappy Friday, SP family! Weekends are my challenging time - where I can easily lose track of what I am eating (and why). So I post this as a reminder to myself about the choices I make and continue to make, with the idea that constant reminding will help me stay focused.See this image largerBut first, gotta start the work day with coffee and SparkPeople. @stillsparkleigh , I assume you’re enjoying some MBW as well? And notice my kicks match my coffee cup - yeah, that was totally intended. 😉See this image largerPoor cow. Probably just needs some coffee.See this image largerWhen therapy dogs need therapy. LololSee this image largerThe struggle is real. Happy Sunday!!See this image largerLooking for accomplices. @stillsparkleigh @pelesjewel @miami_lilly… looking at youSee this image largerAs a “Large black coffee, please” kinda guy, I can say that there are certain coffee orders I hate to be behind in line.See this image largerWhere my weirdos at? Check in!!See this image largerHey, teacher, leave those chips alone!See this image largerSeriously, how do people do that?See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerShout out to the SparkPeople community. As I reflect on what I’m thankful for, it’s the friendships I’ve made and the inspiration I’ve gotten from seeing so many of you now living your best lives. Keep going strong!See this image largerI can’t believe that there are people who don’t do this!See this image largerHappy Thanksgiving everybody! Stay safe, stay well, stay you!See this image largerIs the cooking time protracted?See this image largerNSV - even with a glass of wine, I kept my calorie count around 600 for dinner! Passed on the dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, and Jell-o (you know, all the really tasty stuff). I’m about 750 calories below my allotment for the day.See this image largerThe struggle is real. 🤣 Happy Friday, SP fam!See this image largerI'm half Irish... WHY HAS THIS NEVER OCCURRED TO ME???See this image largerAfter my (attempted) walk, doing some yoga for stretching. Yoga by Adrienne - with a shout out to @STILLSPARKLEIGH for introducing me to the channelSee this image largerEveryone, repeat after me: “when one door closes… “See this image largerMade it home about 12:30 this morning. That was one looooooong drive. But I managed to shed a pound and a half while on Thanksgiving vacation! And back to my usual SparkPeople antics! #done #homeSee this image largerThis is really freaky!See this image largerSo sad. So very, very sad. Because I’m still sleep deprived from yesterday’s journey, I forgot to being my coffee mug to work. First day back after a week long vacation? Check. Monday? Check. Really sleepy? Check. 😢😢😢See this image largerTo ease the concerns about my well-being (and the well-being of those around me) I ran a lunch time errand to get some coffee. All is well again. @stillsparkleigh #mbw #elixeroflifeSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerJust a reminder to believe in yourself!!See this image largerThere’s always a silver lining!See this image largerAfter yesterday’s calamitous start to the day (no coffee) I made sure I wasn’t going to screw up my TT either. Settling in for the day with MBW (#elixeroflife) and getting my spark going before pretending to be an adult and doing real work. #lifeisgood #ladolcevita #LaJavaVitaSee this image largerLa la la la la la(1 comments)See this image largerThree hours in the dojo tonight is allowing me to participate in Taco Tuesday!! #tt #tacotuesday #karateSee this image largerI like Heckin ChunkosaurusSee this image largerI've started my journey today! Calling my #MBW peeps - @STILLSPARKLEIGH et al See this image larger#yupSee this image largerThe struggles... they're realzSee this image largerThese side-by-side comparisons can be pretty shocking. #BeforeAndAfterSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerHappy Monday, SP fam! I've had my MBW, hope you have, too (or whatever your magical elixir of choice may be) and I'm ready to rock this week.(1 comments)See this image largerGood night and pleasant dreams!(1 comments)See this image largerYeah, I don’t speak fluent “cat”See this image largerC’mon Santa, you had one job! 🤣🤣🤣See this image largerAt least the workload is light.See this image largerSo is strength, peace, and gratitude. Happy Wednesday everyoneSee this image largerGood morning, Spark fam - keep your candle lit!See this image largerTrue story!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerIt’s true!See this image largerIt’s the difference between coal and great gifts! Santa knows what Santa wants! #TacoChristmasSee this image largerPork roast for dinner!See this image largerIt’s not Christmas until I see Hans Gruber fall from Nakatomi PlazaSee this image largerJust trying to live my best life!See this image largerIt's the most wonderful time of the year...See this image largerHappy #tacotuesdaySee this image largerMade chicken mole tacos today and used espresso powder in the tortillas. #tacos @stillsparkleighSee this image largerChange starts from within and starts todaySee this image largerAnd now the song is stuck in my headSee this image largerSee this image largerIt’s what I do best! 🤣🤣🤣See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerIt just feels so meanSee this image largerThe danger is realSee this image larger51 is, to make a huge understatement, unseasonably warm. So I took the dogs for a 2.25 mile (fast-paced) walk. Such a wonderful day!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerI mean, technically that should count, right? #SoBadImGoodSee this image largerGood morning and happy Christmas EveSee this image largerI deserve a short break - got the mushroom jus made last night, the roast for tonight has been cooking since 8 this morning, I’ve prepped the casserole, deviled eggs, and jello salad for tomorrow. Plus made breakfast for the family. And it’s only 11:30. Another cuppa MBW (looking at you @stillsparkleigh ) and then a two mile walk with the dogs.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPoor momSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerHemingway is still tuckered our from the festivities!See this image largerI’m 51. I got a pair of jeans for Christmas yesterday and, for the first time in 51 years, I was excited to get clothes under the tree. When I started this health kick several months ago, I wore a size 44 waist. The new pants are 38 and fit perfectly! I’ve not been a size 38 in about 20 years. #nsvSee this image largerIt just gets earlier and earlier. Ridiculous!See this image largerEven I feel the need to apologize for this one.See this image largerI absolutely love this quote from Eckhart Tolle.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image larger🎵 I wanna be sedated 🎵🎶See this image largerReally, would it have been that hard?See this image largerI got a Fitbit for Christmas to replace my (soon to be) outdated Apple Watch. It’s taken a little bit of getting used to the different interface but I find myself liking it more than the Apple Watch. How many of you are active on Fitbit.com? I’d like to start adding friends there and it would be awesome to find some from here.See this image largerSee this image largerSELFIES FOR SELF ESTEEM Okay @stillsparkleigh I’m in! My daughter and I are making cupcakes for tonight. I’ll have a bite but it’s killing me because they’re awesome and I want to eat several!See this image largerFruity Pebbles cupcake with strawberry buttercream. Pretty good for a 10 year old! I basically just supervised and put them into the oven and took them out. Otherwise she did almost everything.See this image largerCookies n cream with a chocolate Oreo buttercreamSee this image largerGood morning and here’s to starting 2020 off on the right foot (or left one, whichever you prefer)See this image largerWhere does the time go...?(1 comments)See this image largerBe careful out there. Oops, I mean be caffeinated out there (*then* be careful) #mbw #elixiroflifeSee this image largerDo it. Just do it. See this image largerI mean, seriously!!See this image largerHey @MIAMI_LILLY - here are some cookies that are really easy to make! LOLSee this image largerAaaargh. Guess who has just added $20 worth of pennies to his swear jar?See this image largerKeep walking because the second to greet you will be joy and hopeSee this image largerSee this image largerI forgot to post this last week but since @stillsparkleigh challenged us to post our #goalz it reminded me about this. I have neglected writing down my monthly training goals over the past year so I started up again. #gogoGo #letsdothisSee this image largerSee this image largerHad a great day yesterday - ate well AND stayed a couple hundred calories under my budget, got my glasses fixed and stopped wearing my old ones, and got some more ink last night!See this image largerWell now I wonder if there are any…See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerJust gonna leave this here...See this image largerAs I tell my students in the dojo - those aren't bruises... they're trophies!See this image largerGreat day today - first day back in the dojo after the holiday break. According to Fitbit, I am 2400 calories under budget. Explains my hunger lol.See this image largerI like to remind myself of this constantly because there are times (like this past weekend) where it totally felt like I was drowning and not being cleansed.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerCoffee (#mbw)? Check. SparkPeople pulled up in the browser? Check. Gotta get through the work day and then I’m gonna crush this weekend! 💪🤛🥋🏋️‍♀️See this image largerGood morning, Spark fam! Finished the day last night with yoga and then some meditation. Nothing like becoming that highly flexible, fluid yoga practitioner. And that’s exactly what I am - NOTHING like becoming that highly flexible, fluid practitioner!! LOLOLOLOL It’s best for all of no one sees it 🤣🧘‍♀️🔥🙏See this image largerThey’re not bruises, they’re trophies! Rise and grind, friends!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerIt's true, I checked...See this image largerAs a Fitbit user, I can attest to this…See this image larger(2 comments)See this image largerGood morningSee this image largerLive now.See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerWhether it’s our obsession with (re)gaining our health, our spirituality, our humor, or the guiding principles by which we strive to live, it’s okay to live a life others don’t understand. #TrueFreedomSee this image largerAs someone who grew up in front of computers and has enjoyed a 25 year career in IT (and, consequently, has become the extended family’s tech support), this is both funny and triggering. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣See this image largerDoesn’t really need a comment from me…See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerHappy National Squirrel *and* Granola Days(1 comments)See this image largerIt’s never too late and you’re never too old!See this image largerJust shy of 10k steps and I’m still 1800 calories below budget.See this image largerThe scourge of my kitchenSee this image largerOne always keeps their legs crossed in polite society. #thatdogthough #ladylikeSee this image largerAnd we can all breathe easier now, too.See this image largerLower step count than I anticipated but I’m thrilled with the calorie burn. Another good dojo night.See this image largerTonight’s dinner is eye of round. Dry-brined it for 60 hours in a vacuum-sealed bag then cooked via sous vide for 14 hours. Amazing taste and only 176 calories for 4 ounces.See this image largerIt’s how I approach most things in lifeSee this image largerHey, teacher, weave those kids aloneSee this image largerIt’s also positiveSee this image largerDon’t look now!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerIf course, I’m still trying to figure out what “the right amount” is. Happy Sunday!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerGood morning everyone - I’m just sitting here focusing on the positive!See this image largerSounds about right. LolSee this image largerIt’s trueSee this image largerToday was a beautiful day - 50 degrees and sunny. I put the leash on one of my doggos and went for a couple of miles. I have missed being able to go for walks and experience the beauty around me. I'm looking forward to warmer weather and hiking again.See this image largerToday was a good day. 6 miles of walking + steps, just shy of 4K calories burned, over 14k steps... crushed it today #goalsSee this image largerMy stage name is Foamy BubblesSee this image largerThe struggle is real 🤣See this image largerJust another habitSee this image larger55 Pounds, yo! #BeforeAndAfter See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerThree days in a row of being over 10k steps!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerReally Fitbit? You can’t spot me one step? I have to stand up and take one step?See this image largerSo trueSee this image larger#NatureSee this image largerTruer words, eh @STILLSPARKLEIGH ??(1 comments)See this image largerIt only happens periodically.See this image largerDo doot do, do doot do...See this image largerNot gonna lie, this one’s kinda saucySee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerMy transformation is complete.See this image largerI don't impress easily. Or maybe I do.(2 comments)See this image largerTrue storySee this image largerTuesdays are my “crush it” day. Three mile power walk at lunch and then three hours in the dojo in the evening.See this image largerSpring is coming and I'm feeling the pull towards the outdoors.See this image largerHelp when you canSee this image largerI absolutely love this quote from Banksy. Sure, it’s easy to see it as a depressing statement about not being remembered, but I’ve always viewed it as a call to action to think about the legacy we leave behind. In my karate school, I can track my lineage back 200 years. My favorite composer is Palestrina - a man who died over 400 years ago but whose name is still said today. Will my name be uttered 200 years from now? Or even 50? What about your name?See this image largerHappy Friday, everyone!See this image largerToday’s call to actionSee this image largerAll of us. We're all worthy. #loveSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerThe more you know…See this image largerCareful what you wish for!See this image largerI was out with a pretty nasty chest cold earlier this week and was lucky to do much of anything. Most of my exercise came from coughing and sneezing. 🤣🤣🤣 Yesterday was the first day I felt good enough to get out and walking again.See this image largerSee this image largerAdd time and nourishment - then it's time to sprout!See this image largerSee this image largerThere’s a solution to every problem.See this image largerCrushed my goals yesterday!See this image largerIt took me until the age of 50 before I started undoing all the unhealthy consequences of my previous 20 years. If you’re still breathing, it’s not too late. New career? Better health? New sport or hobby? Get (re)married? Make new friends? Still breathing? Then you can still do it!See this image largerWork colleagues: Hey Rob, how are you doing today? Me:See this image largerThat’s how it works, right?See this image largerCount your blessings, I guess? 🤔🥴🤢See this image largerWith my cats, this would only happen in the middle of the night...(1 comments)See this image largerI’m a hashafashasfaas kinda guy myself.See this image largerBecause modern problems require modern solutions. #PSASee this image largerSee this image largerSofa there’s been no ill effects, so that helped to cushion it.See this image largerSomeone got called a birdbrain.See this image largerOh, the horror of it all!See this image largerNSV - moved belt to the next hole as I hit 235 for the first time in 25 years!See this image largerHave a wonderful week, everyoneSee this image largerSee this image largerUsing the slosh pipe in the dojo tonight.See this image largerSorry, not sorry(1 comments)See this image largerBreathe in and #ResetTheTimerSee this image largerCan’t wait for Day 2See this image largerAnd I, for one, am intrigued. #TrueColorsSee this image largerWalk… Listen… Rejuvenate. #magicSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerBut did it go off without a hitch?See this image largerMy daughter and I are making more cupcakes. She’s wanting to go extreme today - Strawberry shortcake cupcakes with a lemon curd center, strawberry buttercream, and fresh strawberries. Finished pics to follow #prouddadSee this image largerAnd the finished product! Of course she gets into baking as I am getting healthy. LolSee this image largerAfter a minor procedure on my foot last week and crappy weather outside, I’m back to being able to get above 10k steps! Woo hoo!!See this image largerBut the real question is, which one started looking like the other?(1 comments)See this image largerSo funny I can “bear”-ly stand it.See this image largerSee this image largerAfter spending much of the past week and a half in front of a computer during the day, I needed to go for a decent walk this afternoon. Not a bad pace: 17 minute miles. I should be hitting 15 minute miles soon. @kennybarbie12 - here’s your post!See this image largerHappy Friday, peeps!!See this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerAnd there’s still so much stupid stuff to do!See this image largerGood day today. Not sure I actually climbed that many stairs though. 🤔See this image largerGood morning Spark Fam! However and wherever you find tranquility in your lives, I hope there is an abundance of it.See this image largerMmmmmmice…See this image largerCleo Bunny and Hemingway Rabbit wish all@of you a Happy EasterSee this image largerGood day today and I still likely get an additional 1000 steps in by the time I go to bed #crusheditSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerTime to turn a new page in my lifeSee this image largerNow for something more serious… whatever journey you’re on, may you find tranquillity and sanctuarySee this image largerGood morningSee this image largerHi peeps!(1 comments)See this image larger(1 comments)See this image largerIt’s a dog’s lifeSee this image larger65 pounds later! #BeforeAndAfterSee this image largerGood night, Spark fam…See this image largerGood day todaySee this image largerSpring is here and trails are opening up again. So happy to get outside...(1 comments)See this image largerExperience: the best, and worst, teacher there is.See this image largerHit ‘em all today.See this image largerNighttime walks are among my favoritesSee this image largerPosted a photoSee this image largerJust hit the 75 lb mark this week!! And after four months away, back to regular classes but I’m outside (to help with preventing the spread). Post class selfie (and after 2 hours of training and with no one else nearby, I took my mask off for the pic)See this image largerStay weird, my friends

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