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Cruising for Trouble...
Tuesday, January 22, 2013      7 comments

We had a great time on our cruise to Progresso and Cozumel. The weather in Mexico was great and the water was so clear. They had just about everything you could want on... Read more
Working Hard at the Ranch
Sunday, January 13, 2013      29 comments

OK, maybe it isn’t really a ranch, but it's 100 acres of property we own in the country near Rocksprings, Texas. It’s our “get away” place that we have really worked hard on these past 10 years. We built a large cabin over a 2 year period (wit... Read more
Food Preserving Because You Just Want to (not because the world is ending...)
Sunday, December 23, 2012      6 comments

Several of you commented on my activity feed about canning jalapeños and smoking sausage. Preserving foods for later consumption has always been a hobby of mine. It's both a way to keep food from spoiling and also a way to try the food in a di... Read more
Nothing Like Progress to Motivate You!
Friday, November 23, 2012      11 comments

I've been feeling a little "down" after eating too much during Thanksgiving yesterday, but I got an "eye opener" this morning that helped get me back on track. I don't normally take part in the "Black Friday" shopping, but I was awake at 3:... Read more
Consistency and Commitment are the Keys to Success
Saturday, November 17, 2012      9 comments

We just finished week 6 of the 8-week 5% Fall Challenge. Although I never had the most weight lost for any single week, today I achieved that 5% goal and dropped 10.5 lbs during the challenge. This accomplishment was really due to two th... Read more
Grand Canyon Hike Remembered
Saturday, November 10, 2012      12 comments

As the 5% Fall Challenge makes a "virtual" trip to the Grand Canyon, I remember back to a hike I made in March of 1984 with my 10-year old son. It was a trip I'll never forget. We were to hike down the South Kaibab trail, walk along the r... Read more
Sometimes the Doctors are Wrong...
Tuesday, October 30, 2012      11 comments

I had a freakish accident about 8 years ago and broke both of the bones in my lower right leg (freakish meaning I broke my leg jumping for beads at Mardi Gras... ). Although the doctors put it all back together with plates and screws, my tendon... Read more
Does Exercise and Better Nutrition Really Help?
Saturday, October 27, 2012      13 comments

I'm not perfect. While I exercise regularly now, I still have my challenges with the calories. But overall, I am eating much better than I was 4 months ago when I finally decided to get healthy again. So ... did it work? In June, I weig... Read more
Starting Over
Friday, October 05, 2012      6 comments

I've tried to clean up my SparkTeams by deleting ones I haven't been active in. Unfortunately, this inadvertantly deleted my "streaks" associated with them. Yesterday was also an extremely busy day and I only got 9,500 steps in - stopping my 1... Read more
Having A Bad Day?
Wednesday, September 26, 2012      2 comments

All of us have bad days. For example: You're so busy you revert to old habits. Those food tempations are just too great. You feel tired, so you quit your program for a day or two. Something happens in your life ma... Read more
Overcoming Adversity
Sunday, September 23, 2012      6 comments

I had my first real setback this week when I just couldn't seem to keep my calories under control. Eating out 3 times, visiting Costco (with all the samples), and "grazing" at night just did me in. Instead of letting it get to me, though, I bu... Read more
Walking to Become Fit
Monday, September 10, 2012      6 comments

About 2 months ago, I began using a pedometer again and found that I had a hard time getting 10,000 steps a day. When I worked, I walked all around a large building (with steps), meeting with people instead of talking with them on the phone. ... Read more
Motivation to Get Healthy
Tuesday, September 04, 2012      3 comments

I used to be very active until my wife got seriously ill and couldn't do any of our favorite activities any more. It finally "hit home" how out of shape I was when we visited some friends (a couple) in Virginia. The wife in Virginia was a for... Read more
Motivation to Exercise
Sunday, August 26, 2012      3 comments

I have to keep the goal in mind - lose weight and get in shape so I can do the long tough hikes I used to do. I also want to look better - and see my belt again! It won't be easy some days, but I have to remember the progress I've made so far ... Read more

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