Friday, January 28, 2011
Today I met my first SparkPeople goal of losing 22 pounds. I'm ready to start my next one, but I want to savor my completed ticker just for tonight. This means I also met my 5% challenge for the Winter Challenge.
I still have so much to go, but I've made it through the first "leg", despite cracked ribs!
Onward and downward!!!!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Almost a month ago I wrote about injuring myself in the rib area when I got a hacking cough that lasted for about 3-4 days. Sneezing and coughing were torture and driving was difficult, as well as BREATHING!
Well, it didn't get better and my husband had been on my case for a while to have it looked at. I went today and the doctor told me that I cracked and/or separated some ribs on my left side! No wonder. There is, unfortunately, nothing they can do about it and it takes 2 months or more to heal.
I'm actually glad I went, though, because I was afraid he would tell me there was nothing wrong and that I was just getting the creaky achy stuff that happens when we get older.
There is a silver lining to this: It may get me out of shoveling snow for a while. Doctor's orders you know.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Feel free to copy and add your own answers...
Survey about me.
1. What time did you get up this morning?
Woke up at 7:00 am; actually got up at about 8:30 am (read the paper)
2. How do you like your steak?
Medium rare; but usually get chicken or fish these days
3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
The latest Harry Potter movie
4. What is your favorite TV show?
30 Rock, House Hunters, Designed to Sell, Income Property
5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Someplace further south than upstate NY
6. What did you have for breakfast?
Eggo Low-Fat Nutrigrain waffles and light syrup, coffee
7. What is your favorite cuisine?
8. What foods do you dislike?
9. Favorite Place to Eat?
Tully's, Texas Roadhouse
10. Favorite dressing?
11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
2007 Subaru Impreza hatchback
12. What are your favorite clothes?
Definitely jeans and a sweatshirt
13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
I would like to go ANYWHERE. I haven't traveled much. I just got my passport last year and I'd LOVE to use it.
14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Depends on the day. I would say usually 1/2 full.
15. Where would you want to retire?
I'd like to move south some. I like 4 seasons, but I'd like less winter. Of course it all depends on where my sons are then. (I'm about 10 years away from retirement.)
16. Favorite time of day?
The evenings after I get home from work and have a chance to relax.
17. Where were you born?
18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
I like professional football and college basketball.
19. How many siblings?
One older sister
20. Favorite pastime/hobby?
Sparking, reading, sewing
21. Bird watcher?
Well, we have a birdhouse that has seen a lot of activity over the last few years. I asked for another one for Xmas, which I got, but I won't be able to put it up until spring. I enjoy watching the whole cycle, but I'm not what you would probably consider a real bird watcher. I like watching the ones in my own yard. I don't go looking for them.
22. Are you a morning person or a night person?
A night person.
23. Do you have any pets?
One dog and one cat
24. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
My younger son has applied for a new job in the DA's office. I'm going to a library conference in Philadelphia at the end of March. And, I hope to visit my elder son in Southern California sometime this summer (and maybe get another tattoo)!
25. What did you want to be when you were little?
26. What is your best childhood memory?
Believe it or not, going to the orthodontist. My mom used to take me out of school in the morning after first period and she took the day off from work. We used to go out to lunch or just hang out together afterward, just the two of us. We even got our ears pierced together on one of those days that we played "hooky".
27. Are you a cat or dog person?
28. Are you married?
Yes. 31 years
29. Always wear your seat belt?
30. Been in a car accident?
Just a fender-bender on Christmas Day about 30 years ago. Fortunately no damage and no one was hurt.
31. Any pet peeves?
Quite a few actually. People who talk on their cell phones in public -- I don't need to hear their personal conversations and I think it's particularly disrespectful when people are at a service desk trying to wait on you. People who don't clean the snow off their cars so it blows off onto the cars behind them. People who give unsolicited advice. Those are just a few.
32. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Onions, peppers, mushrooms
33. Favorite Flower?
Violets. I love the way they smell.
34. Favorite ice cream?
35. Favorite fast food restaurant?
36. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
37. From whom did you get your last email?
38. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
39. Do anything spontaneous lately?
I decided to stay in my jammies all day last Sunday.
40. Like your job?
Uh... depends on the day. I usually do, but there are some things I don't like about it. Isn't that the way it is with most jobs? If it was fun they wouldn't call it work!
42. What was your favorite vacation?
I went to CA for a library conference a couple of years and I went a couple of days early and stayed with my son. He took me to LA, Hollywood, Venice Beach (got a tattoo!), etc. We did all the touristy stuff. Then I met up with one of my coworkers there and we spent a day at Disneyland. It was great even without kids. We did everything! Oh yeah, the conference was OK too.
43. Last person you went out to dinner with?
44. What are you listening to right now?
The Steelers-Jets game
45. What is your favorite color?
46. How many tattoos do you have?
One (so far). It's a flower above my right ankle. I got it on my favorite vacation, (see 42 above) so it's a permanent reminder of a great vacation. I definitely want to either add to that one or get another one. I think I'm going to do that for one of my rewards.
47. How many people will fill this out?
48. What time did you finish this quiz?
49. Coffee Drinker?
Yes. I have one cup per day.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Today was weigh-in and I'm down over 20 pounds! I am so excited! I am less than one pound from reaching my first goal and moving on to my next one. I haven't decided how to reward myself, but I'm thinking that just doing this is a pretty good reward in itself. I don't know...
Also, to follow-up on my previous entry about setting a Spark Streak to track my days of not biting/picking my fingernails, I'm up to 11 days. They still look terrible, but it's a start! I was thinking that for reaching my NEXT weight goal I might be ready for my first-ever manicure. That would be so sweet!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I have been a nail biter/picker for as long as I can remember. I haven't been able to quit for more than a month... ever!
Besides my weight, it is one thing that is so embarrassing to me. This is something I do pretty much unconsciously, but especially when I'm under stress. I'm doing pretty good with the weight loss (it's still early I know), but I decided to try a Spark Streak to see if that would help me break this very bad habit. I even put a photo of some hands with very nice manicured polished fingernails on my vision collage.
You know, it has helped! I just finished day 7 of no biting. I read that it takes 30 days to break a habit, so we'll see. The thing that's cool is that knowing I have this streak going makes me THINK about it more. Just like knowing I have to track the food I eat, keeping this streak going has been making me more aware of what I'm doing and accountable for it.
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