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Anniversary=itis: I miss my brother so much
Friday, December 09, 2011      9 comments

Wow---Google picked up on this and it's a violation of privacy.... Read more
Tuesday, December 06, 2011      4 comments

It's well into December and I seem to have lost all my Christmas things---stockings, cards, stickers, everything---I don't think that they were thrown out but have suffered the affliction that curses so many of my things: They were put away in ... Read more
Red-Tailed Hawk
Sunday, December 04, 2011      3 comments

We saw a red-tailed hawk poised for a long time on a low-lying branch of a tree in our back yard. It was really enormous. I had mixed feelings about this predator. ... Read more
December Goals
Thursday, December 01, 2011      6 comments

I spent the month of November thinking about a blog entry entitled "November Goals". I was finally ready to think about November goals on about the 28th on November. So ... Read more
I Must Humbly Begin Again
Monday, November 28, 2011      8 comments

I have allowed myself to become derailed during the past week. But I am determined to get back the SPARK today--right now. One lovely person suggested Al-Anon for me and I am doing that. My essential character is the opposite of Al-Anon.... Read more
I Stood There Eating
Friday, November 25, 2011      8 comments

Warning: Emotional stuff ahead. I have two sons. One of them just turned 37 and the other will be 35 in a couple of weeks. I am writing about my younger son. He was a fine baby and acted like other babies. We didn't have any money so I... Read more
Emotional Eating
Saturday, November 19, 2011      6 comments

I went for four months and five days without doing any "emotional eating." I never for a moment thought that I had vanquished emotional eating, but I was starting to believe that feeling good and losing weight was powerful enough to trump the i... Read more
Blood lipids and figures
Thursday, November 17, 2011      2 comments

November 9, 2011: Trig: 181 HDL: 37 LDL: 64 Total: 137 VLDL-Calc: 36 A1C: 5.9 Sept. 19, 2011: Trigylcerides: 282 HDL: 32 LDL 63 Total cholesterol: 151 Oct. 20, 2010: TRIG: 175 HDL: 37 LDL L 77 Tot... Read more
Phase 5: Learning
Friday, November 11, 2011      4 comments

Day 41 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 4 205.5 I think I can improve in terms of patience and trying to discern when to be judgmental and when not to be. I need to stand up for myself and yet I don't want to be in attack mod... Read more
Sparkingly Spiffy
Friday, October 28, 2011      8 comments

I know I've used this blog to get the diurnal complaints out of my system, but I also want to reflect on what this site, Spark People has given me. It's been 25 years since I've started struggling with obesity. I tried every popular diet a... Read more
That movie....
Wednesday, October 26, 2011      3 comments

You know that movie. That movie where a group of hopeless, helpless students can't stop being bad in class. They throw spit-balls at Sidney Poitier. At first they ignore Richard Dreyfuss. Even Michelle Pfieffer cannot reach them. Morgan ... Read more
Angry and Tired--and a Bit Hungry
Friday, October 21, 2011      7 comments

I have a job that can be intermittently tough. We divide the year into 4 quarters and the ideal situation is that I work for all 4 quarters and that means an average work-load throughout the year. Often I work for 3 of the quarters, which... Read more
Day 24: Go to bed early!
Saturday, October 15, 2011      1 comments

Day 24 Go to bed early Yes! I'm soon on the bed. I really prefer to go to bed early and spend some quiet time reading. I've been doing more thinking about things in my life. I realize that my efforts to be "liked" by others have be... Read more
Day 21 Weigh in/Decide what you can improve from Phase 2
Wednesday, October 12, 2011      6 comments

I am 5.5 pounds down from day 1. I consider this to be excellent progress, because I had been in a plateau for a while before I started the Challenge. What can I improve? I think most of the work must be mental. I'm already discipli... Read more
Day 20 Examine phase 2 victories
Tuesday, October 11, 2011      4 comments

I have been very busy and a year ago--even 6 months ago--I would have used the pressure at work as a "justifiable" excuse to go home, crawl into bed, and eat various sorts of bon bons. I would have perceived empty calories as my just reward for... Read more

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