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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Looking for a change of work environment? I'm not sure this is it!

I'll comment on this tomorrow.

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MAVERICKDR 4/18/2014 6:51AM

    Thanks for sharing this, Lee. Food for thought. emoticon

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BETRHO48 4/18/2014 12:39AM

    The link is working now.
emoticon Unbelievable! Awesome! I love it!
Thanks for putting it in your blog.

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BETRHO48 4/17/2014 11:08PM

    So sorry, Lee, the link did not work for me! emoticon

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Of course, you realized, going in, that this post was going to be about perspective, didn't you? emoticon

Who and what am I addressing? With great specificity, and, simultaneously, all of us, each of us, and none of us.

For our entire lives, my brother and I have aspired to be freaks. Not just your run of the mill, social outcasts, mind you, but your renowned, professional athlete-type freaks – most notably – NBA basketball players. NBA players are freaks, in case you didn't know.

Now, many of you will say, 'Yes I know, they're freakishly tall!' But, there are many other dimensions of freakishness – even within the limited confines of the NBA. For example, you'd be hard pressed to find a “point guard” (the position primarily responsible for distributing the ball to the other players, so they can score) who doesn't have huge hands regardless of height. And, you may have also noticed, that almost all NBA players are very muscular. But the physical freakishness doesn't end, even there. Many are freakishly quick, or freakishly fast, or can jump freakishly high, ETCETERA. Beyond these more obvious “physical dimensions”, there are the less tangible. Many have freakish “vision” -- the ability to simulate in their heads, where players are going to be, on the court, and in the air, seconds from the current time, and consequently optimize their own positions, actions, moves, scoring, passes, blocks, defense, and rebounding. Of all of the freaks that have ever played in the NBA, Larry Bird, was IMHO, the greatest WRT “vision”!

But, it wasn't in the cards for either my brother or I when it came to basketball. And, while my brother had more success than I, he too, was very limited by his anti-freakishness. He was too short, had bad “wheels” (legs), that were too stubby, and too heavy for the requirements of sustained running, and quick cuts. And, most of all, he had small hands, with short fingers. While I was taller and faster, and with bigger hands, I wasn't nearly as coordinated, so, net, he was the better athlete and basketball player.

Basketball player aren't the only athletic freaks.

Earlier today, I was watching the Boston Marathon on TV, and was especially impressed with what freaks the female runners were. Most were slim (narrow!), taut (of musculature), and ran with an easy, precise running motion. Most of all, each had a very high (normatively) length to width ratio of their skeletal system (bones), across both the shoulders, and hips. And, more than that, if we were to check out their physiological measures, even before, they became athletes, I'm sure we would find greater performance of their lungs, heart and circulatory systems.

“Okay, Okay!” I hear you say, “How does that help me achieve my goals in nutrition, fitness, and wellness?!”

Simple! You have to figure out where your freakish capabilities are WRT YOUR improvement. You have to find, hone, and use your specific freakskills to define and execute your specific freakprogram -- start it, get on it, maintain it, adapt it, and live long and prosper.

Be a freak!

As Monk always says, “You can thank me later!”

freakishLee, speaking, that is emoticon

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MAVERICKDR 4/16/2014 7:23PM

    Outstanding, in a freakish emoticon kind of way. Thank you!

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NELLIEH1 4/16/2014 2:58PM

    Hmmmm...good challenge...freakishness emoticon ...I'd have to say focus emoticon ....I love to perseverate on something important (at least to me) i return to that way of thinking over and over...or those songs emoticon ...or...anyway helps me do the daily tracking routine.

But along with this freak skill, i love flexibility emoticon and creativity emoticon ...keep things fitness has to be different every day...even if i eat mostly the same kinds of things emoticon ...or wellness has to be looked at from new angles...never mind same old, same old plans.

One more freakish...I just have to stop and "smell the roses" emoticon or sing a new tune emoticon or snap some photos emoticon of something inside-out.

Thanks, so much, Lee, for this post!! emoticon

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    Yep, you are right - they are really muscular and quick. And agile. They are not always tall though, as you well know. There have been some really short NBA players. Muggsy Bogues was only 5'3". That totally blows my mind as I am that height!! Hey, maybe I could be in the NBA!! LOL. Isaiah Thomas and Calvin Murphy are only 5'9". I agree about Larry Bird though. He was amazing. Are you from Boston? Of course, I'm from Illinois so Michael Jordan will always be my man.

Not anything to do with diet but once I was at a night club in my tiny town with my ex and his twin brothers and their wives and I looked across the room and Jerry Sloan was sitting at a table with another guy. This was during the time when he was a player for the Bulls and prior to his being a coach. I said, "OMG it's Jerry Sloan!!" My husband and his brothers had all played basketball but they didn't think it was him. Jerry's hometown was actually about 30 miles from here so I knew he could have been home for a visit. So we argued for a while and we ended up with a bet. I went over to their table and said, "Aren't you Jerry Sloan?" He and his friend looked at each other and laughed. He was really nice about it. I asked him for his autograph and I still have it. He asked me to dance and I accepted. Now Jerry is tall - the same height as my last stepfather - 6'5". We looked like Mutt and Jeff. LOL. Of course he's not so tall compared to some of the almost 7.5 footers!

A lot of the female runners today look almost like men.

Thanks, I am a freak. I'm just not saying in what way. LOL.

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DAWNO64 4/16/2014 1:14PM

    I've always tried to embrace my freakishness. I'm tall for a woman (5'10"), built like an amazonian warrior. But I'm AWESOME.

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CORTNEY-LEE 4/16/2014 1:07PM

    Welcome to the Freak Show because being "normal" is boring!

Being ordinary is never fun. Train like a freak :)

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JSPIN74 4/16/2014 1:03PM

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DEBBYFROMMT 4/16/2014 12:38PM

    Wow Lee, You are a freak! So am I

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A Challenge.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"If I lost ______ pounds, I could _______!"

Well, what are your parameters?

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1SALMON1 4/17/2014 10:14PM

    If I lost 65 lbs I could be in healthy BMI range.
If I lost 19 lbs I could be merely over-weight, no longer medically classified as obese.
If I lost 0 lbs I could continue to hike and dance and lift and swim; I could find clothes that I like and that fit me; I could continue to feel WELL!
I'm already enjoying many of the wonderful benefits of good health, thanks to Sparkpeople and a year of hard work; if I lost 50 more lbs I could find out what other benefits are waiting out there. I think I'll keep at it a while!

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EMSSBEARS 4/15/2014 8:33PM

    "If I lost 40 pounds, I could stop losing weight-finally!" emoticon

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BRENJET 4/15/2014 8:05PM

    If I lost 20 more pounds, I would up my chances of being around to be a grandmother!!! (My daughter is 9 and I am 50!)

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CHERYL_ANNE 4/15/2014 6:17PM

    If I lost 8 more pounds, I could be considered ideal weight as opposed to over weight on the BMI chart (which I think is a bunch of hooey).


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1CRAZYDOG 4/15/2014 5:53PM

  My parameters are a bit different being in maintenance, but here goes:

If I maintain my weight loss, I can continue to -- bike, hike, walk, run, and do my daily "gotta do's" comfortably, without getting winded and exhausted (like I would before I lost weight!)

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DEBBYFROMMT 4/15/2014 12:23PM

    Well, I'm already doing what I want to do, but I could use to lose about 3 or 4 lbs

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SUSANELAINE1956 4/15/2014 11:05AM

    "If I lost 20 pounds, I could walk farther and faster!" ... among many other things

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ADARKARA 4/15/2014 9:49AM

    If I could lose 15 lbs I could stop losing weight! emoticon

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    I guess it would have to do with fitting into older clothes but I don't have a clue how many pounds that would take.

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GOANNA2 4/15/2014 6:21AM

    I have to lose at least 10 pounds to get healthier...

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Monday, April 14, 2014

So, You Want to Change?

I, too, woke up one morning and decided I wanted to change. And, the first thing I did was take two months to think about IT; really hard! Consider this the planning phase.

I spent the time assessing how much of my behavior, I needed to change, how much time and attention, it was going to take to change that behavior, and what tools and techniques I might use to change them. I also experimented (with malice of forethought) on eating and not eating various things. I then committed to myself, that I would embark on a process to change, and more than that, a process to discover/invent a process that would change me. And I have. But, even still, constant attention is required to maintain and improve.

Good luck with your voyage. The sun's out; the wind strong and behind you, and your course, true ...

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68ANNE 4/14/2014 9:21PM

    I just started my arduous journey into an assessment into my current voyage and I am projecting that it will take at least 3 months

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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2014 8:45PM

  Spot on! I took 2 mths. also to think and assess. In the end it was worth it for me.

Maintenance requires that thoughtful preparation as well, and it is an every-day process. But it is so worthwhile to me.

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EMSSBEARS 4/14/2014 4:06PM

    Nice blog I agree if you don't take time to access and plan then you are just flying blind and change probably won't happen

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/14/2014 11:56AM

    I think you really hit on something here and this may be my main problem. I have never had 2 months that I could devote to research and planning. For most people this kind of focus usually comes when they are required to because of acute health problems. Then everything else is pushed to the background. I've never really devoted that amount of time and concentration to anything unless I was extremely ill and I think that is my chief problem right now. I need to make me and my health a priority for an extended period of time and see what I can come up with. My medical problems are getting to the point where they have to be addressed. As my former doctor stated, "You spend too much time taking care of everyone but yourself." As my doctors have always told me, I'm not a typical patient. Mainstream treatment seldom works for me and it takes a lot of trial and error. I am putting too much pressure on my current doctor who really wants to help me but struggles as my problems are complex. The solution won't be found in a pill bottle but in diet, exercise, maybe even supplements and tests. I'm limited on what exercise I can do and already have a good grip on that. I just need to knuckle under on the diet part and find out what it's going to take to get me where I want to be. Sorry to think out loud here. LOL.

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DEBBYFROMMT 4/14/2014 9:22AM

    Wow Lee, that is exactly what I did! Good luck in your voyage!

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GARDENCHRIS 4/14/2014 8:55AM

    i like the taking time out to assess.

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NELLIEH1 4/14/2014 8:34AM

    Great encouragement for each one of us, including yourself!! You are so right, we each need to carefully assess with the w's and h periodically, so that our course indeed is true, sails not constantly luffing, mind not distracted continually. Thanks again for your insights!! Blessings on your journey,too, Nellie

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KANOE10 4/14/2014 8:31AM

    Constant attention is required to maintain and improve. It is a daily effort. However, the change is worth it!

Nice blog.

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GOANNA2 4/14/2014 7:08AM

    I am planning to change. Senior moments are
becoming more frequent and i need to take stock.
Seeing someone suffer and succumb over the last
6 weeks has been a wake up call to live...
Have a great week Lee. Thanks for the support.

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Another Idea (or two)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Two days in a row with an idea? Are you mental or something?

This is my quota for the year. emoticon

If you write your blog or comment about local weather or events, give us a clue where it occurs. Even if I read your blogs regularly, I read a lot of blogs. Moreover, at 67 "senior moments" are ever more frequent. And, I should mention, I've been having senior moments, for, at least, the last 57 years! emoticon

One more idea: Because the formatting in blogs and comments is so primitive at SP, denote paragraphs by two returns -- not just one. Again, it will help us senile old folk. emoticon

I may never have another idea. Alas. emoticon

Lee emoticon

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GOANNA2 4/14/2014 7:05AM

    Lovely idea.--
Have a great week.

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RD03875 4/14/2014 1:27AM

    You should let SparkPeople know their whole system is old and needs updated. I'm sure you can tell them how to update it and what to do!


You could always ask those people where they are when they posted their weather.

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NELLIEH1 4/13/2014 10:34PM

    emoticon Sure hope you'll keep on in ideas emoticon emoticon !

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68ANNE 4/13/2014 10:13PM

    That blog was an entire moment in senor moments and you age really quickly!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/13/2014 9:39PM

  Will do!

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DEBBYFROMMT 4/13/2014 8:57PM

    LOL! That's why you asked if I was in Wyoming! DebbyfromMT - Montana, get it?

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    You have found blogs with paragraphs? LOL. I would settle for punctuation as sometimes I have trouble deciphering what people are saying when it is one long sentence.

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MERRYMARY42 4/13/2014 8:03PM

    I know good idea, I try to double space but not always, I think I forget

you are absolutely correct, sometimes I read about the weather and no one says it is at the north pole, or close

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EMSSBEARS 4/13/2014 7:27PM

    We have to get over our Own Senior moments to remember to do that - lol

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